No quick fix for England – Lineker

first_img “What I hope will come out of (the commission) are some positive proposals,” added Dyke. “(Other national associations) appear to have acted in a much tougher way (in pushing through reform). I think people know we have a problem. Hopefully we can do it without using the big stick.” Dyke also wants the commission, which he expects to deliver its findings in the new year, to look outside the professional game and also outside the sport for answers to the question of the falling number of English players in the Premier League. “There’s something that says ‘if you haven’t played the game you don’t know’, but I don’t buy that. “I think you learn from wherever you can. We should learn from what is happening in football in other countries and we should learn from other sports.” Dyke went on to reject allegations of hypocrisy from his time as a Manchester United director between 1997 and 1999 and also, as chairman of Brentford, his appointment of former Germany international Uwe Rosler as manager. In an interview on Sky Sports News, Dyke said: “When I was a director of Manchester United I was lucky, I was there during that wonderful period when virtually half the youth team came and played in the first team. “Manchester United is one of the clubs that has developed young English players over many years. “In terms of Brentford, Uwe Rossler played a long time. I’m not against foreign managers. If you’ve got a league which is largely foreign owned, largely foreign managed and mainly foreign players you’ve got an issue for English football.” FA chairman Dyke delivered a keynote address on Wednesday, describing the English game as “a tanker which needs turning” and setting an ambitious target for England’s senior team to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. To get there, Dyke wants to work with the Premier League to increase the proportion of England-qualified players featuring in the top flight on a weekly basis, and Match of the Day presenter Lineker believes it is vital for the Premier League to buy into Dyke’s vision for the plan to succeed. Lineker wrote on Twitter: “Finally read Greg Dyke’s speech. Some realism as to issues, some fantasy as to targets. Unless PL & FA unite, it’s all pie in the sky. “Things are improving, small sided games and pitches, better coaching, but will take time and patience. There is NO quick fix!” Dyke conducted a round of media interviews on Thursday morning following up on his speech, and believes the Premier League understands the need for change without any pressure being exerted upon it. Dyke, who took over as FA chairman in June, said on talkSPORT: “I’m not sure I need coercive powers. I think the Premier League understands it is in everybody’s interest to have a successful England team. “I have no doubt some of the remedies might be tough for the Premier League and you might not be able to implement them.” Changes could include a quota on foreign players, a reform of the loan system and also addressing the thorny issue of a mid-season break. A mid-season break is commonplace on the continent, but it has never been introduced into English football despite lobbying from key figures. Former England manager Fabio Capello said the lack of a winter break was one of the main reasons behind England’s failure to win a major tournament since 1966. Former England striker Gary Lineker admits Greg Dyke’s vision to improve the national team will be “pie in the sky” unless the Football Association and Premier League unite to tackle the issues in the domestic game. Press Associationlast_img read more

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CAF Confed Cup: Enyimba Crash out

first_imgEnyimba FC Nigeria’s last team in continental football, Enyimba FC of Aba lost 2-1 to Raja Casablanca of Morocco in the second leg of the semi final of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup last night to exit the competition.Enyimba had lost the first leg 1-0 at home in Aba to crash out on 3-1 aggregate. Rangers is to represent Nigeria in the competition next year following it’s victory over Kano Pillars wednesdayCHAMPIONS LEAGUEResultsBarcelona 2-0 InterPSV 2-2 TottenhamLiverpool 4-0 ZvezdaPSG 2-2 NapoliGalatasaray 0-0 Schalke 04Lokomotiv 1-3 PortoDortmund 4-0 AtleticoBrugge 1-1 MonacoShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

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Unilag Favoured to Host Next Year’s NUGA Games

first_imgThe University of Lagos has been given the nod to host the 2019 edition of the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) games, which is also the 26th edition. This was revealed to journalists by the NUGA President, Prof Stephen Hamafyelto.The NUGA boss stated that findings from the inspection team favoured University of Lagos ahead of University of Jos, as both signified interest in hosting the biennial sporting event next year.He said that after the two-day NUGA Council meeting in Abuja, activities at the 25th NUGA Games held in 2017 at Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM) were reviewed, in order to safeguard the reoccurrence of what happened in Makurdi, having been given hosting right in 2104, but staged the games three years after.Furthermore, he noted that with the hosting right awarded to UNILAG, the games is expected to come up early in the year precisely between January and April which is usually dry season as against wet season that could disrupt the outdoor events.Hamafyelto said NUGA would be cautious of the new host since the university has not been served letter, but have to report the council decision to the Committee of Vice Chancellors (CVCs) to deliberate, being the final arbiter that determine on the need to serve Unilag the hosting right letter.“It is after the decision of the CVCs that NUGA can then embark on all other necessary steps to ensure success of the games next year.“Among such steps is the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), formation of Main Organising Committee (MOC), and Local Organising Committee (LOC) among others. These will propel the school authority to improve their preparations ahead of the time.“During the review of the 25th NUGA Games at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Anande Richard Kimbir explained how he was able to overcome the challenges of funding and other hitches in the course of hosting the games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Commey vs Lomachenko bout called off

first_imgIBF lightweight world champion Richard Commey’s unification bout with WBO and WBA lightweight title holder Vasyl Lomachenko has been called off.Commey suffered a fractured knuckle in the first round of his title clinching bout against Russian Isa Chaniev last Sunday and has been ruled out for 6 weeks.Commey was set to face Lomachenko on April 12, 2019 in a winner takes all contest, but after checks on his injury, that fight will not go ahead as planned.The 31-year old Ghanaian is reportedly set for another doctor’s appointment next week for further treatment.Commey became Ghana’s latest world champion, after a 2nd round TKO victory over Russian Isa Chaniev last Sunday.–By: Daniel Koranteng | citinewsroom.com |Ghanalast_img

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Wellington City Council forum: Larry Shimer

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What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington City Council?Shimer: I run again because a number of important decisions face the city in the future coupled with poor economic conditions which are out of Wellington leadership’s control. Over the past six years we have been in a similar situation and I always voted for the most important project for the city’s citizens while maintaining a balanced budget. I enjoy serving on the council and will continue to vote with the citizens’ interests in mind.3. Losing businesses is an ongoing concern to the community of Wellington. What do you as a city council member believe you can do to stop the exodus and enhance business growth?Shimer: I will continue to encourage businesses of all sizes to move to Wellington. I will also continue to support all businesses which are operating in Wellington today. I encourage city staff to work with these businesses to make it easy to operate in city. Last year we hired a economic development individual who promotes uniquely Wellington’s interests.4. The current Wellington City Council is studying ways to supply water to oil companies. What is your position on the matter?Shimer: I am opposed to supplying purified city water to oil companies in times of water shortage. I will never vote to sell our water and put our citizens at higher shortage condition. I do, however, support the sale of gray water, which is affluent from our waste treatment plant. This sale has no correlation to palatable water availability.5. Staying with water, because of the current drought, the water level is low at the Wellington City Lake. Do you favor other alternative water sourcing, or do you believe we should remain status quo on our water resources? Also, will you ever be in favor of water rationing?Shimer: There is a current study by an independent contractor which is researching alternate water sources for city of Wellington. Currently the city of Wellington gets raw drinking water from the lake, the Chikaskia River and from nine city owned wells. Dredging the current lake and drilling additional wells are two of the alternatives currently being considered to obtain more water for citizen consumption. Other alternatives are being explored. I am only in favor of water rationing if all other alternatives have been exhausted.6. The total assessed valuation in Wellington went down in 2012, but may remain constant or improve with the inclusion of Wal-Mart on the tax roll in 2013. However, this may not be the case in the next four years. If Wellington has a lower assessed value as the previous year, how would you as a council member respond to the lack of tax revenue for the municipality?Shimer: I am in favor of a balanced budget. Should revenue drop in future it will be responsibility of staff and council to prioritize needs and to adjust project budgets according.7. Many believe Wellington has trouble promoting itself to outsiders. Do you believe as a tax entity, the city should initiate various promotional programs and if so what would you think they should be?Shimer: The city currently financially supports the Chamber of Commerce to promote Wellington. Advertising is expensive and should be used to promote recreational venues, such as the golf course, aquatic center, all recreational sporting events and city and county festivals. this will bring out of town revenue to local businesses.8. Do you believe in tax incentives to lure in private business? If so or not, please explain.Shimer: I would vote in favor of tax incentives for businesses that will enhance the future of Wellington. Short term tax abatements entice businesses to the community and , ultimately, will add tax revenues to the city budget.9. The Wellington utility rates continue to be a concern to many citizens, especially the fuel adjustment rates. Do you believe they are reasonable and in line with other communities? Should the city make a change in the way it handles utilities? Shimer: Wellington utility rates are in line with surrounding communities and communities in the state that are the same size as Wellington. Utility rates must cover the cost and delivery of those utilities. The city of Wellington cannot afford to lose money to deliver utilities and services.10. What would you say is Wellington’s biggest concern over the next four years?Shimer:  I would like to see Wellington maintain the status quo or improve economically in the next four years. Unfortunately, most of the outcome of economic improvement will not be controlled by the staff or by the city council, but by outside entities. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Larry Shimer is a Wellington City Council incumbent running for one of six “at large” positions on the newly restructured board.Registered voters within the Wellington city limits can vote in this race which will have 15 candidates on the ballot. The top three vote-getters will receive four-year terms. The second three will receive two-year terms.Voters can vote for up to six candidates. They can vote for one candidate, two candidates, three, four, five or six – but nothing more.The city/school election will be held on Tuesday, April 2. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex. People can also advance vote at the Sumner County Clerk’s office.The following is a list of questions submitted to Shimer.1. Tell us about yourself.Shimer:  I am a retired Boeing employee and have served on the following city boards and commissions as a City Council. Wellington Planning Commission. Board of Zoning Appealslast_img read more

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Summer travel season could be worst in decades, especially for airlines, cruise ships

first_imgThe upcoming Independence Day holiday would ordinarily be a very busy one for vacationing Iowans, but a new estimate finds travel will be down about 15-percent this summer, compared to last year. Mark Peterson, a spokesman for Triple-A Iowa, says the COVID-19 pandemic has more people itching to get out and go, but fewer of them are expected to hit the road, just to be on the safe side.“No, it won’t be as busy, it’s going to be down,” Peterson says. “People are still going to be concerned and conservative in the way they address some of their travel. It’s kind of like a wait-and-see attitude.” Airports in Iowa and at various destinations will be nearly vacant. Leisure air travel is predicted to be down 74-percent between July and September from a year ago. Worse yet, travel by rail, bus or cruise ship is expected to fall 86-percent for the quarter, compared to 2019. With people avoiding airports and hotels, Iowa recreational vehicle dealers are reporting record sales and rentals.“More people want to be a little safer, a little more inclusive, when they go out,” Peterson says. “If they’re going to spend the night someplace, they know that the place they’re going to stay is going to be safe. They know that the RV is going to be the best way to go so, yes, they are being used a tad more this year.” While the interstates and highways are more sparsely traveled these days, he warns that’s not an invitation for motorists to ignore the speed limit.“There aren’t as many cars and the road’s a little bit open and all of the sudden, we seem to be having people traveling a tad bit faster,” Peterson says. “We’re getting record numbers of vehicles traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour.” Road trips in cars are still popular for those who are traveling, accounting for 97-percent of the favored modes of transportation. Car trips are expected to see the smallest decrease in travel volume of just three-percent year-over-year.last_img read more

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Counteracting police intimidation – allow the Citizens to take videos on every occasion

first_imgDear Editor,Every day, I hear stories of Police harassment and intimidation. Police cars are parked up in front of bars and public places, following patrons as they depart. Frequently, when they confront you there is an attempt to shake down the person. This is outright harassment, entrapment, and intimidation. On a daily basis, our citizens have enough harassment from many sections of the authorities. Putting up with more taxes, regulations, fines, fees, penalties, blackouts, poor internet, are just some of the daily matters, our citizens must overcome. Add to that, police at every corner, on every street, frequent stopping of vehicles; one can’t blame the average person for a sense of being “fed up” and feeling frustrated.The Commissioner of Police is better-off calling off the police harassment on persons going to entertainment spots. Every citizen should have the right to video every interaction with the police and post to YouTube or Facebook.Every policeman should be courteous and professional. And fellow police ranks should have an obligation to report any case where monies are accepted for food or as a bribe or anything. Only when the Government and the leadership begin to hold their ranks accountable for professional and courteous police service, will the public experience this. Despite meager salaries, some police live a life better than the average citizen. What is their means? This culture has to be rooted out. Therefore, video and photographs of every police interaction with its citizens is essential and should expressly be encouraged and allowed.I look forward to the Commissioner of Police making clear such polices that show that they are committed to customer service of its citizens rather than having its ranks intimidate and harass its citizens every day.Sincerely,Name withheldlast_img read more

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Mosques, Schools Get Anti-Ebola Materials

first_imgTo support the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country, the Mandela Washington Fellowship-Liberia in partnership with the United States Embassy donated several anti-Ebola materials to mosques and schools last Tuesday in Monrovia, valued at USD11, 000.00.Under the theme ‘Ebola Must Go,’ items donated included thermometer guns, Clorax, chlorine and two decorated tanks to each school and mosque.“This is our way of contributing to the fight against the deadly Ebola virus and will also like to defeat the argument that Ebola is over and therefore we must avoid being complacent about Ebola being out of Liberia,” Mr. Sedekie B. Kamara said.He explained that with the high reduction of Ebola cases throughout the country, it is necessary to continue to observe preventive measures especially in public gatherings, including schools, churches and mosques.  Mr. Kamara said their selection of the various mosques and schools is due the huge number of people who congregate there at various times.Meanwhile, the Chief Imam of the Salafiya Grammar School Mosque, Salah Sheriff, lauded the Mandela Washington Fellowship-Liberia and the United States Embassy for the support in the fight against the virus.He explained that the virus hampered many regular activities in 2014, and called on Liberians to take Ebola preventive measures in all seriousness.In remarks, Robert J. Tanookpuwah of the United States Embassy Cultural Affairs Department said, “We’ll continue to work with young people, along with the Mandela Washington Fellowship to support community initiatives.”Mosques and their schools that benefitted from the donation included the Gurley Street Mosque, 24 Street Mosque, 17 Street Mosque, Neezoe Mosque, Buchanan Mosque, Gbarnga Central Mosque, among others.The Mandela Washington Fellowship is United States’ President Barrack Obama’s initiative intended to give support to young people that will help to impact them in their communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ECC Advances Strategies to Observe Voter Registration

first_imgThe Elections Coordinating Committee (ECC) has complemented two stakeholders’ engagements it organized to validate its observation deployment and communications strategies for the upcoming voter registration, which begins from February 1 to March 24 across the country.The exercise, according to ECC’s chairperson, Oscar Bloh, is part of preparations the entity has put in place to observe the upcoming voter registration process.The forum for the first day which was held from December 28 and 29, 2016, brought together representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) and the National Elections Commission (NEC), while the second engagement included executives from both the print and electronic media. The objective of the Deployment Strategy, Mr. Bloh said, is to guide the ECC in observing the voter registration exercise that the NEC will conduct nationwide. Mr. Bloh: “On the other hand, the objective of the communication strategy is to lay the framework for engaging the media and other electoral stakeholders.” The ECC, he said, will recruit, train and deploy 73 long term observers and 16 county coordinators. The observation will cover the country’s 73 electoral districts. According to Bloh, each observer will be assigned to an electoral district where the coordinators will serve as supervisors for the observers, who will cover specific registration centers during the voter registration period by gathering quality information about the process and reporting directly to the ECC Secretariat. The observation will also include the exhibition period of the preliminary voters’ list as well as the process of rejection of particular individuals, if any, and complaint hearing emanating from the rejection. The observation will be done in phases and will cover 15 of the total number of days stipulated by the NEC. Phase one will target five days of the first week; phase two, five days during the middle of the process and; phase three, five days during the last week. Periodic and provisional statements will be released at the end of each phase of the observation, with a comprehensive report at the end of the third and final phase. During the observation, Mr. Bloh told reporters that the ECC will be looking out for easy access to registration centers for citizens, particularly the elderly, pregnant women and people who are physically and visually impaired (the blind). The observation will also include the extent to which NEC is in compliance with the voter registration regulation and elections law, identifying obstacles and challenges that could impede the registration process and assessing whether there are patterns and trends for denying particular groups of potential voters from registering. To improve the quality of data that will be collected, the ECC will train the observers in the use of checklist and critical incident forms that the ECC will develop. The checklist and critical incident forms will be the instruments by which information will be gathered. The ECC has meanwhile called on the NEC to hold political parties and candidates accountable for using other forms of gathering as a pretext to engage in political campaigning outside of the stipulated time set by the NEC. The ECC is the civil society platform that observes elections in Liberia and works in partnership with the National Democratic Institute with support from USAID. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Absenteeism affecting Region 6 RDC work

first_img…calls made for councillors to resign — PPP, AFC reps The functioning of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) has been affected by far-too-frequent absenteeism of councillors from meetings; and those councillors who regularly attend meetings of the RDC are appealing to absentee councillors to resign and give others a chance to serve.Region Six Chairman, David ArmoganThe call has been made by councillors from both the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Alliance For Change (AFC), since more than 70 per cent of councillors have been absenting themselves from RDC meetings.This Region Six RDC has 30 seats, 19 being held by the PPP and 11 by the coalition APNU/AFC. During the last RDC meeting, held on Thursday last, for most of the proceedings, only two APNU/AFC councillors from the AFC faction were present, and an APNU councillor strolled in towards the end of the meeting.Region Six Chairman David Armogan and several PPP councillors have expressed disappointment at the attitude of some of the coalition councillors towards the RDC’s functioning. This trend of absenteeism, which started at the turn of the year, has reportedly worsened every month when RDC meetings are held.Armogan has accused APNU/AFC councillors of being inefficient, declaring they have not been bringing ideas to the table, while often being hesitant to debate topics.“The Government side doesn’t seem interested in representing anybody. We were expecting that ideas would come from the Government side, because that is the side that has the money and the power; so a lot of ideas should come from the coalition side to be implemented in the region, to make things better for the people of the region. Unfortunately, nothing is coming from them, and they are even debating what is coming from the PPP,” Armogan said.He publicly declared that all councillors have an obligation to push Government’s policies, but said Government’s representatives on the RDC should be pushing more to ensure that those policies are implemented. He thus said he was looking forward to more of an input from the Government side of the house.Even as the AFC side of the house has lashed out at the lack of attendance of coalition councillors at RDC meetings, coalition councillor Gobin Harbhajan has also lashed out at his colleagues, calling for them to perform or do the honourable thing.Harbhajan reminded the RDC that councillors should automatically lose their seats after being absent for three consecutive meetings without a valid excuse. He said there are others who should be given a chance to serve.He told the RDC that he was disappointed with the actions of his colleagues. “I believe these councillors were put here to represent the people and their constituencies,” he declared.Harbhajan also noted that at the recent meeting held to discuss the regional proposed budget for 2019, only a few coalition councillors showed up. That meeting was held on July 28, and only four coalition councillors were present. Harbhajan said all of them should have been present.On Thursday, at the RDC meeting, Harbhajan told the house that if the coalition councillors are not attending meetings, they should resign and give others a chance to serve.Harbhajan, the Prime Ministerial Regional Representative, has been taking a hard line whenever his political colleagues are fingered in questionable transactions. He has also been vocal against corruption in Region Six, and has been criticised publically be many of his colleagues for his stance on corruption.In an invited comment, Harbhajan told Guyana Times that the coalition councillors who do not attend meetings are “selfish.”He noted that counsellors on the Government side should be at all RDC meetings to push for Government’s policies to be implemented.last_img read more

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