Manchester Utd, Southampton in League Cup semis

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s vision and Anthony Martial’s cool finishing helped Manchester United into the English League Cup semi-finals as two of the team’s out-of-favour forwards showed their worth yesterday. United’s 4-1 win over West Ham at Old Trafford was illuminated by Mkhitaryan’s touch and eye for a pass in only his third start for the club since his high-profile move from Borussia Dortmund in the offseason. The Armenia captain set up goals scored early in each half – by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Martial – before getting a standing ovation from United fans when substituted in the final minutes. By then, Ibrahimovic and Martial had each grabbed their second goals of a comfortable win that set up a semi-final match against Hull. United manager Jose Mourinho has been holding back Mkhitaryan while he adapts to the English game. On this evidence, it’s time for the last season’s Bundesliga Player of the Year to be unleashed on a regular basis. “We were waiting for his adaptation,” Mourinho said, “and it looks like it’s coming.” In the other quarter-final match on Wednesday, Southampton beat a largely second-string Arsenal team 2-0 thanks to first-half goals by Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand at Emirates Stadium. Southampton advanced to the semi-finals of England’s second-tier cup competition for the first time since the 1986-87 season, and will now face Liverpool.last_img read more

Mr Granger fetching a crowd!

first_imgDear Editor,The PNC/APNU clan is utilising an overworked strategy in attempt to counter their justified rejection after abandoning Lindeners and other support bases. The sinister approach targets creating the illusion that they are actually doing better politically than the facts support. This is evidenced by their now-familiar entourage approach of putting up a front and ferrying their paid hard-core members to meetings across the country, in a futile attempt to sway public belief that they are being supported to cover up discernable, widespread citizen rejection.By now, the public has realised that they are up to no good, and would breach the entire rulebook to ritualise a backdoor approach to remaining illegally in power. Their objectionable behaviour is correctly treated with disgust by citizens, so much that the illegal regime is now advantaging the use of school children and unsuspecting sports personalities to dishonestly draw attention. Mr Christopher Gayle has recently publicly clarified that the low-handed, under-the-deck players clandestinely duped him into believing that the organisers were taking him to meet fans.Many citizens have long identified with their false promise and bullish approach, and have made up their minds that the uncompromising and ruthless lawlessness of this Granger-led clan has to go. There is, however, a measured hesitancy amongst our citizens to publicly demonstrate their objections, on which the cabal have capitalised to this point. While this allowance by citizens will never be permanent, it is related to the fears that are obviously linked to the usual political masturbation and persecution that has emerged as a major character trait of the innate design of PNC/APNU regime. There is no doubt that Mr Granger and his clan are acutely aware of their rejected status and they have moved to counter by fetching a crowd.It is quite amazing, however, that the cabal using taxpayer’s money would move to disrupt citizen’s normal objective pursuits to draw attention and seek audiences. In this instance, they utilised barricades to close off the entire bloc around the market, the car park and the entire business community, days before the actual event last Saturday. Like the previous 2018 fiasco in Vreed-en-Hoop where the regime caused over 200 vehicles to cross the Harbour Bridge toll-free, the fuelled up David Granger PNC train went to Linden in Region 10. It is clear that Mr Granger and his PNC/APNU understand the right of the people to picket Granger and his created illegality, and the now-imposed barrier protection. However, there was no need to block off the entire area two days before a meeting.Lindeners, at large, boycotted the Granger meeting because there are no jobs and the UNBELIEVABLE crime rate, due to the lack of concern by this APNU/AFC regime. It is a fact that while in Government, Mr Granger and his team effectively continued their Opposition mantra by deliberately closing down Guyana’s first call centre placed in Linden under the then President, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo. At the time, it did not matter to this vindictive cabal that the impact would realise the loss of jobs for one hundred and forty-three young Lindeners.Additionally, the closure resulted in another seventy-nine persons, who worked as cleaners, handymen, and labourers at the centre, being been kicked to the curb. It is sad to say that the PNC people, who were put in charge of the closure, illegally removed and stole all of the valuable equipment and accessories. Shame on Mr Granger to be begging the people of Linden for a chance and now announcing that he will re-open the PPP/C-instituted call centre at the same venue in Kara Kara.It is of particular note that the APNU/AFC allocated millions of dollars in the 2017 budget towards another false promise to build a state-of-the-art synthetic track in Linden. To date, only some drains and a few loads of sand are visible at the site on the Wismar shore of the Demerara River. They also budgeted for the development of several Community Centres and playfields. To date, nothing is visible for the residents to benefit from.The evidence of blatant abuse of State resources for party campaigning purposes was uncaringly obvious at the PNC party activity in Linden. The National Sports Commission Bus, bought by the PPP/C to facilitate National Sports programmes by the National Sports Commission was seen transporting PNC supporters from Georgetown to Linden. When the PNC activists saw citizens taking out photographs of the bus, they bullishly threatened to take away the citizens’ phones.The bus, along with more than fifty other vehicles that transported people from Georgetown and as far as Berbice, were subsequently moved by their respective drivers from the nearby vicinity to a far-out area. The movement of the busses provoked the older people, resulting in an embarrassing ranting, shouting and cursing out at a level never witnessed in Linden before. At the same time and against the backdrop of an erupted systemic banditry and other crimes all across Guyana, Mr Granger conflictingly spoke that his Government has achieved and restored calm and peace. Along with many citizens, I am absolutely convinced that his grey matter has eroded beyond rationality.The PNC/APNU meeting in Linden was an absolute disgrace as the residents have shown that their abandonment by likes of David Granger and his cabal is not forgotten. Lindeners have largely demonstrated their disapproval having come to the stark realisation that they were much better off under the PPP/C. Mr Granger can continue to fetch his barriers, bags of empty promises and a crowd. However, once bitten, twice shy! We in Linden want the PPP/C.Sincerely,Andrew Forsythelast_img read more

Bullet still lodged in shot teen waitress’ throat

first_imgThe 16-year-old waitress who was shot during a failed robbery at a Chinese Restaurant last month is still hospitalised and awaiting surgery to have the bullet lodged in her throat removed.Onika Luke of Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara (ECD), remains in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital.According to information received, the teenager has refused to have tubes placed through her nose to feed her since she indicated that this would be too painful for her to endure as she already is in a lot of pain.Meanwhile, her assailant is still on the run. However, Guyana Times understands that the injured teen was able to write a statements from her hospital bed, detailing the incident on the night she was shot.The teen worked part-time at the Chinese Restaurant.Reports are that the lone gunman walked into the restaurant posing as a customer. This newspaper was told that he ordered a half serving of vegetable fried rice and paid Luke for the meal. However, when she collected the money from the man, he snatched her by the shirt, whipped out a gun and demanded cash.After the waitress did not comply with his demand, the lone gunman shot her. Police are still investigating.last_img read more

Peace Region curlers compete over long weekend in Fort St. John

first_imgAfter a weekend long tournament, Graham Powell and his team from the Sexsmith Curling Club placed first in the SunLife Financial Competitive Division. Powell and his squad defeated Mark Pillsworth 7-2 in six sets for the first place finish.In the Encana Challenge Division, Caryl Sallows, representing the Grande Prairie Curling Club, took top spot, deafeating Hudson Hope’s Devin Burkitt 7-6 in nine ends.After completing the second leg of the curling tournament, Kurt Balderson and his team remain in top spot in the tour standings of the SunLife Financial Competitive Division with 18 points. The second place position is shared by Jordan Steinke and Jen Rusnell, with both teams registering 16 points.- Advertisement -In the Encana Challenge Division, Jeff Henricks occupies the top spot with 20 points. Two points behind him in second is Devin Burkitt. Third place belongs to Caryl Sallows, with her team earning 16 points throughout the first two tournaments.The third stop on the Peace Region-wide curling tour is the Mile Zero Cash Spiel, which will be taking place Nov. 25-27 in Dawson Creek.To view a complete list of draws, playoff scores and tour standings, visit the PCA official website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Rani Khedira turns down Tunisian World Cup offer

first_img0Shares0000Augsburg’s midfielder Rani Khedira has tussled with the best in the Bundesliga but is turning down the chance to go to the World Cup with Tunisia © AFP/File / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Feb 7 – Rani Khedira — brother of Germany star Sami — has turned down the chance to play for Tunisia at the 2018 World Cup.The Khedira brothers were born in Stuttgart to a Tunisian father. Both Rani, who is 24, and Sami, 30, played for German junior teams while Juventus midfielder Sami went on to become a World Cup winner who has made 72 appearances for Germany.Rani Khedira is a defensive midfielder with Augsburg, who has made 36 appearances in the Bundesliga.He was approached to play at the World Cup for Tunisia, who have drawn Belgium, England and Panama in Group G in Russia this June.“It filled me with pride that the association thought of me,” Khedira told magazine Kicker on Wednesday explaining why he turned down the Tunisian offer.“I was born and raised in Germany, I only speak German – that was crucial.“My game is about communication, instructions and tactics, time is too short, it’s too difficult.“I can not help the team and give my best performance.”The younger Khedira says he wants to be fair to other players who have earned the chance to represent Tunisia at a World Cup.“They have worked their asses off for the last two years and I don’t want to take a place away from any of them,” he added.However, Rani Khedira admitted it was not an easy decision.“It has been a long process with those in my sphere of influence, my dad is a proud Tunisian, I carry both countries in my heart and wish them the best, but, in the end, it was the right decision,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

World Cup planning begins in earnest for Southgate

first_img0Shares0000England manager Gareth Southgate will begin his World Cup preparations against Nigeria © AFP / OLI SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 1 – Gareth Southgate will begin the process of fine-tuning his World Cup starting line-up when England host Nigeria in Saturday’s friendly at Wembley.Southgate has just two more opportunities to see his team in action before they jet off to Russia for the World Cup. Saturday’s clash with Nigeria is followed by a second friendly against Costa Rica at Elland Road next Thursday.Both of England’s opponents have qualified for the World Cup and their differing styles will offer Southgate a glimpse at how his players will cope with the varied approaches they will face in Russia.But the England manager’s main goal will be to experiment with his line-up to learn as much as possible about the players he expects to feature in their first group match against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.Top of his to-do list will be resolving which of his inexperienced goalkeepers is his first choice.Stoke’s Jack Butland, Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Burnley’s Nick Pope have only nine caps between them.Pope had a brilliant season for Burnley and kept more clean sheets than any other English keeper.But he has yet to feature for England, making Butland — who has seven caps — the slight favourite at this stage.Southgate is expected to play a three-man defence, having used the system in recent matches.Kyle Walker is set to start on the right of the back three, with his Manchester City team-mate John Stones in the middle.That leaves Chelsea captain Gary Cahill and Leicester’s Harry Maguire likely to fight for the other spot.If Maguire starts it would complete a remarkable rise for a 25-year-old who travelled with his brothers to watch England as a fan at Euro 2016.“It was a great occasion for myself to go over there and see them play live and the atmosphere,” Maguire said.“The fans out there – the incredible atmosphere, the passion that they show.“It is something if you look back and you think you’d be there, you’d probably think you were dreaming.“But it’s a dream come true for myself to represent England, so it’s a really proud moment.”– Acid test –If Southgate plays Walker in central defence, he still has plenty of options at wing-back.Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the contenders on the right and Danny Rose and Ashley Young on the left.With Tottenham striker Harry Kane certain to start after being named England captain, Southgate will choose between Jesse Lingard, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli for the two attacking midfield roles.England, who also face Panama and Belgium in Group G, qualified for the World Cup with ease, winning eight of their 10 matches to finish as unbeaten group winners.But Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia and Lithuania hardly posed a serious threat to England and Southgate, who took over from Sam Allardyce early in the campaign, knows the acid test of his ability — still in question for some — will come in Russia.Expectations are low after England’s wretched performances under Roy Hodgson at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016.But Southgate has tried to freshen up a squad that had gone stale as established stars like Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere lost form.All four have been axed from the World Cup squad as he gambled on several younger players.Southgate’s admirers claim his faith in the likes of Alexander-Arnold, Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford is a bold philosophy worthy of respect.But critics suggest Southgate’s youth revolution was partly designed to allow him to point to the future rather than the present — therefore innoculating him against heavy criticism if England fall to impress.For Southgate the road to Russia was smooth, but more daunting obstacles lie in wait.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kobe shows up a happy camper

first_imgBryant arrived late, missing a short get-together his teammates and coaches had before they entered the gym at 10 a.m. Bryant arrived at 10:34, with two outside public relations handlers along for company. One of them broke up Bryant’s session with reporters after roughly eight minutes, saying, “OK, that’s a wrap.” Before he joined his teammates for the 51/2-hour flight to Hawaii, Bryant did his best to deflect the tough questions about his summer of unease. He said he was glad his recent discussions about the team with team executives stayed behind closed doors. Bryant also said he was pleased by the effort the team made in pursuing trades to acquire either Kevin Garnett, who was traded to the Boston Celtics by the Minnesota Timberwolves, or Jermaine O’Neal, who stayed with the Indiana Pacers. The Lakers simply did not wish to give up Bynum and Lamar Odom in order to swing a deal for Garnett or O’Neal. “I know they tried,” Bryant said. “It wasn’t for a lack of effort (that the deals weren’t completed). It means a lot because I know they tried. “It just didn’t happen.” Earlier, well before Bryant made his entrance, Bynum said he understood the superstar guard’s frustration. Bryant’s harsh words didn’t upset him too much. “The only thing it did was make me work harder and put my nose to the grindstone,” Bynum said. “I think everything’s cool between us.” Moments later, forward Luke Walton did his best to forecast what the next few days and weeks will be like for the Lakers. He didn’t seem too concerned that a rift had developed between Bryant and the rest of the team. “I’m 99 percent positive that by the end of training camp nobody, at least on our team, is going to be talking about this,” said Walton, who signed a six-season, $30 million contract during the offseason. “We’re going to be a team. We’re going to get some wins and that’s going to be the end of it.” Only 99 percent sure? “Well, you never know,” Walton said, breaking into a wide smile. “This is L.A.” Note: The Lakers filled out their 18-man training camp roster by signing free-agent forward Andre Patterson, who played for their summer league team. He also played last season for the D-Fenders of the NBDL and averaged 10.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. elliott.teaford@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kobe Bryant took the high road during the Lakers’ media day, doing his best to put to rest a tumultuous offseason in which he demanded a trade and shredded team management and 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum. “I was frustrated,” he said Monday when asked about his radio rants last May. “I blew up. I was frustrated. Now it’s about taking the team we have to greater heights. Priority No. 1 is to bring a title back to L.A. Hopefully, we’re all on the same page.” Bryant apologized several months ago for trashing General Manager Mitch Kupchak so publicly. He said Monday that he exchanged text messages with Bynum over the summer, apologizing for his harsh comments about him. Bryant declined to second-guess management’s inability to dramatically upgrade the team, saying he was glad to see that point guard Derek Fisher and center Chris Mihm had re-signed with the Lakers. “I’m a soldier, man,” Bryant said. “It’s not a soldier’s job to question whether he should fight. It’s not my place. We’ve just got to go out there and play. I’m ready to go. Practice starts (today in Honolulu). I’m going to demand a lot from them and I’m going to demand a lot from myself, and we’re going to roll. We’re going to be ready.” NBA: Lakers star says he’s ready. There don’t appear to be any hard feelings. By Elliott Teaford STAFF WRITER What, you expected another meltdown? last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal businessman is returning from England where he is set to launch a “child friendly” doll.Ballybofey man Ian Harkin already has a successful company, Arklu, which has sold thousands of dolls including his famous Kate Middleton royal doll.Now Ian has launched Lottie, a ‘responsible’ doll, and plans to create 10 jobs in the process. The businessman has already won three international awards for the doll.“We did a lot of research amongst parents who were worried that their daughters were growing old too quickly and that many dolls appeared too sexual.“The doll, which is aimed at 3 to 9 year olds, is based on the body of a 9 year old using scientific data.“And we have given her pets such as a dog called Biscuits and a horse called Black beauty and we are concentrating on her getting outside into the outdoors and having a healthy lifestyle. “We have her enjoying the things a nine year old should be doing and not being a pop star, going shopping or going nightclubbing,” he said.Lottie is already selling across Ireland and Ian is planning to launch her across the US next month.Not a man to rest on his laurels, he is also planning a range of six other dolls.“We will be looking for sales people, finance support and people with design-based skills.“Lottie has really taken off but as the market grows we will need people to fill those positions,” he said. DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN HOPES TO CREATE 10 JOBS WITH ‘RESPONSIBLE’ DOLL was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ARKLUDOLLIan Harkinlast_img read more


first_imgThomas Farren CFCE, Laurence Arbuckle Board member, Clr Jack Murray, John mc Cartney Director Loughs Agency, Dr Don mc Ginley CFCE, Enda Craig CFCEPOLITICIANS may be about to pull the plug on a costly legal battle which has cost Donegal County Council an estimated €6M and a quarter of a century of angst.In 1990 county councillors were praised when they finally agreed to a solution to the sewage treatment problems affecting Moville and Greencastle.A new waste water treatment plant was given the go-ahead; with an outflow pipe into the Atlantic ocean, north of Foyle estuary. But somehow – and no-one has ever explained it – the democratic decision of councillors was set aside and a new plan hatched for the outflow pipe to go into the Foyle, close to some of the area’s most beautiful beaches and coastal walkways.The Campaign For a Clean Estuary, the CFCE, has fought a battle since to get the original plan reinstated.And now every local politician has agreed that’s what should be done.If the council – and now Irish Water – do not agree, CFCE has already made a submission to Europe saying they are being denied natural justice set out in the Aarhus Convention which signed by Ireland last year. The convention compels states to allow citizens access to justice on environmental issues, regardless of cost. On Friday afternoon last, members of the CFCE, accompanied by local Sinn Fein Clr. Jack Murray, met with the Lough’s Agency Director of Conservation and Protection John McCartney and board member Mr Laurence Arbuckle to discuss the fears and concerns of the local community of Moville and Greencastle in relation to the proposed sewage discharge by Donegal Co Conncil into the waters of the Foyle estuary at Carnagarve.Spokesman Enda Craig told Donegal Daily: “The CFCE members gave a detailed history of the campaign to date and impressed upon the director and board member the importance of moving the discharge north of Greencastle in line with the ‘ precautionary principle’ which was the basis of the unanimous decision of the elected members of Donegal Co Co taken all those years ago in 1990.“The still unexplained decision by the Council executive to abandon this democratic decision has been the main overriding factor for the delay in delivering this overdue and badly needed Waste Water Treatment Plant for the Moville and Greencastle communities.”Cllr Murray said: “All political parties in the Inishowen Peninsula are once again in total agreement with the 1990 decision in relation to the location outside the estuary, thus protecting the highly regarded bathing waters, pocket beaches and shore walk between Moville and Greencastle.”When the new council is elected a motion before the council may finally end the dispute – and the original plan given the go-ahead. The council wanted to pump sewage hereAFTER 24 YEARS AND €6 MILLION POLITICIANS LOOK TO END DONEGAL’S LONGEST-RUNNING PLANNING DISPUTE was last modified: May 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:AtlanticCarnagarveGreencastleLough Foylesewage pipelast_img read more


first_imgLocal Letterkenny company Orbit Security is celebrating 18-years in business by opening a fantastic new showroom. Local man Martin Hilferty set up the company back in 1996 and has seen the business go from strength to strength over the years.Through thick and thin Martin has built up a big a client base throughout Ireland offering various services including Static Security Guards, Event Security, Mobile Patrol & Key Holding. With the security industry growth has been going form strength to strength. In 2000 Martin added a System’s & services division to the business offering CCTV systems, Alarm Systems, Fire Alarms Systems Access Control & Automated Gates.In 2005 Martin’s brother Pauric joined the team and now Orbit Security employs over 80 full time and part time staff with their new showroom at the Mountain Top in Letterkenny and office’s in Dublin and now are expanding into the UK market.Martin told Donegal Daily, “Orbit Security’s growth has been both challenging and exciting over the years, but I would really like to thank all our staff for all there hard work and dedication.In 2013 Martin and Pauric launched another section to the business called Guardian I with cutting edge technology coupled with the very latest in monitoring offering clients a 24hour security solution at a fraction of the cost. Pauric told Donegal Daily, “Orbit Security is a local business with a national presence and now entering the UK market is a massive positive step for the company in the future growth.Gary Gamble will be broadcasting live from the official opening of their new showroom in the Mountain Top this Thursday from 1.30pm-3.30pm.Orbit Security is NSAI certified in “Intruder Alarms”, “Guarding Services” and Alarm Monitoring and is licencedby The Private Security Authority of Ireland.ORBIT SECURITY CELEBRATE EIGHTEEN YEARS IN BUSINESS BY OPENING FANTASTIC NEW ‘SHOWROOM’ was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsOrbit Securitylast_img read more