BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgASTON VILLA VSNORWICH CITYAston Villa have won only one of their past 23 Barclays Premier League games and will be aware that no team with 13 points – Villa’s total – or fewer from 24 games (based on three points for a win) have avoided relegation. However, Norwich last won at Villa Park in the inaugural season of the Premier League, in November 1992. Since that 3-2 victory, Norwich have drawn three and lost three at Villa.LIVERPOOL VSSUNDERLANDLiverpool are unbeaten in their last seven league games against Sunderland, who have gone 284 minutes since scoring against the Reds. The Black Cats have lost five and drawn two since they last won against Liverpool, at the Stadium of Light, in March 2012. Sunderland, are still without Younes Kaboul but Sebastian Larsson undergoes a test after a month out.NEWCASTLE VSWEST BROMNewcastle have lost just once at home to Albion, in December 2011. Overall, the Magpies have won six and drawn two of their nine home Premier League games against the Baggies. Albion have lost only one of their last six league games but three of those were draws. Their goal in the 1-1 draw with Swansea on Tuesday night was their first in three league games.SOUTHAMPTONVS WEST HAMSouthampton held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, their four successive clean sheet, their best sequence since November 2014. Saints have now gone 388 minutes without conceding. West Ham have lost only one of their last 11 Premier League games, a run extended by the 2-0 midweek win over Aston Villa. However, six of those games were draws.STOKE CITY VSEVERTONStoke City are going through a difficult time. In the space of a week they have gone out of the Capital One Cup – at the semi-final stage – and the FA Cup and, on Tuesday they lost 3-0 at Manchester United, their third game without a win and third without a goal. Everton have a poor Premier League record at Stoke; they last won there in September 2008, while drawing four and losing two of their other six games at the Britannia Stadium.SWANSEA CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACESwansea are unbeaten in their last three games in the Barclays Premier League, winning seven points from a possible nine. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, lost 2-1 at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday, the club’s fifth defeat in a row and seventh game in the league without a win. It is Palace’s worst sequence of defeats since they lost seven in a row between September and November 2013.last_img read more

System-wide Improvements Planned for UL

first_imgDr. Ophelia I. Weeks, President, University of LiberiaThe president of the University of Liberia (UL) has outlined strategic plans aimed at improving operations and academic activities throughout the university system in a bid to bring it on par with top learning institutions across Africa and the world.In a speech she delivered at the 2nd Annual Convention of the University of Liberia Alumni Association in the Americas (ULIBAAA) recently, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks said the University of Liberia is in the process of establishing the Personnel Evaluation and Enhancement Program (PEEP) to help determine effectiveness and efficiency on the job.According to her, this will help determine mechanisms that need to be put in place to increase productivity, as well as to offer opportunities for staff to attain advanced degrees and participate in job-related refresher workshops, seminars, symposia and short courses.“This will allow us to retain productive personnel, to re-tool and re-train dedicated and committed staff who need enhancement, and allow us to minimize deadwood,” she said.Dr. Weeks, whose late father, Rocheforte L. Weeks, Sr., served as the third UL president from 1959-1972, and the first Liberian appointed to that post, pointed out that under the PEEP program, the school will implement its newly developed Teaching & Learning Center (TLC).Commenting on curricular issues, Dr. Weeks said it is the hope of the University to complete reviewing and revising all academic programs that have not been reviewed for the past five years. She disclosed that a new policy has been put in place that mandates a five-year review cycle.“We will also begin the process of introducing hybrid and online courses at UL before the end of 2018,” said Weeks.On program development, Dr. Weeks noted that the five undergraduate and three graduate programs will be established in the next four years.  They are the Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Information Communications Technology, Fisheries, and Honors College undergraduate programs .For graduate programs, she disclosed that the University will offer Masters in Public Health, Environmental Sciences, and a Public Financial Management & Public Procurement Program within the existing graduate Business/Public Administration program.“Some of these programs will require less than three years because the developmental process is already underway. Others will take more than three years due to the complexity of the program, and availability of funding,” Dr. Weeks said.On students’ success, she stated that the school is on the road to realizing a fully functioning Testing & Evaluation Center; one that is not limited to entrance exams.“We hope to put in place a Students Success & Service Center that will contribute to correcting the existing chaotic and defective student union financial aid program, restore discipline, and infuse good leadership training for our students,” she indicated.“The University of Liberia Student Union Financial Aid Program needs improved oversight, with the introduction of a more structured merit-based and needs-based selection system and process that is fair and transparent. And there needs to be more structured psycho-social and mind education programs for our students,” Dr. Weeks explained.On the issue of infrastructural improvement, she said the UL hopes to complete wi-fi and internet access for all of its four campuses by the end of the year.“This was already in the making, and we look forward to its realization. Our challenge continues to be lack of access to a fully-integrated network platform/system for enrollment, human resource, and financial management, which require a level of sustained finances that we do not presently have, but we are hopeful,” Dr. Weeks told the UL ALUMNI in the Americas.“We have potential local and international partners to assist our College of Agriculture and Forestry to develop a poultry program with focal involvement of youths (using the 4H model), and women in communities that surround our Fendall and Sinje campuses. Also, in partnership with the University of Liberia Alumni Chorus (ULAC), we are currently working together to construct a Performing Arts Center,” she said.“This project was initiated a little over a year ago. Additional medium-sized and big-ticket projects may require more time to raise funds, and will include putting in place a capital campaign,” Dr. Weeks concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 3 honours outstanding teachers, students

first_imgThe Education Department of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) on Friday recognised the exceptional performances of teachers, students and athletes in their annual Regional Award Ceremony, held at the Aracari Resort at Plantation Versailles, WBD.Proceedings were held under the theme: “Rewarding success and dedication,” and the ceremony was conducted in the company of First Lady Sandra Granger, officials of the Education Ministry, teachers and students from across the region, and the regional executives.The event covered the distribution of awards for both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years, since there were some setbacks in the event last year. Nevertheless, pledges were made to continue this annual tradition.Regional Education Officer (REDO) Anesta Douglas was among the list of invitees, who expounded on the works of the educators throughout the region to produce remarkable results.She remarked, “We want to recognise all our teachers who have contributed in one way or the other towards the development of education in this region. Our teachers have been in essence a strength and a great pillar of support to all of us throughout those two academic years.”As she indicated, there have been changes in technology throughout the past few decades, with the transcendence from cassette players to smartphones, and theThe teachers and students who were awarded for their successful workFirst Lady called on the students to utilise these resources.“This is the age of technology, and so we have to constantly upgrade our skills and learn new ones if we want to remain relevant in the modern workforce. Technology has opened the doors for innovation in so many aspects,” the First Lady said. Encouragements were also echoed for girls to complete their secondary education programme, which would reduce the scourge of teenage mothers and other social issues.“I urge you to think beyond today, and imagine what you will want to be a few years down the road. Focus on the skills that will help you to get employment after you leave school, and recommit your time and efforts to reaching a high performance in subsequent examinations.”Some of the categories for the awards included teachers who would have produced excellent grades at the national examinations; exceptional work in the Education Management Certificate Programme; recognition of teachers who would’ve served 27 years and counting; outstanding performances by students; and appreciation to stakeholders who would’ve assisted the region’s education sector.Ten students received awards for their performance at the CSEC level, inclusive of the Arts, for 2017 and 2018; as well as the top performers for each secondary school at the CSEC level.Top performers from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) were also recognized, and awards were given to the most improved schools at the nursery, primary and secondary levels, as well as both male and female champion athletes for 2017 and 2018.Some of the teachers who were recognised for their service were Gita Dudnath Ramotar, Althea Daniels-Stuart, Alana Fingall, Melanie Bumbury, Latoya Bostou, Roslyn Glasglow, Latoya Clarke and Vineta Juman. The Department also acknowledged 52 retired teachers who taught at the nursery, primary and secondary levels.Thakoordine Persaud of Cornelia Ida Primary School attained the top prize for the National Grade Two Assessment, while Darren Ramphal of Leonora Primary was awarded in the National Grade Assessment category for the region, and Colin Osborne of La Harmonie Primary for the riverine area.The most improved schools this year was Parika Back Nursery, Greenwich Park Primary, and Stewartville Secondary.last_img read more

Application for mining licence to be made easier

first_imgMinister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes and a team from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) on Tuesday met with miners in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) to discuss issues affecting them.Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes engaging miners in the GGMC Office at 7th Avenue, Bartica, Region 7Key among these was the challenges the miners face with regards to mining applications.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), during the interaction, the Minister and a team also accepted mining applications. However, Minister Broomes explained that such an exercise will soon be a thing of the past as currently; GGMC is working on computerising the application process.“Miners usually have to travel to Georgetown for this process, however, we are trying to simplify it for them, decentralise using our office here,” Minister Broomes explained.She further explained that this online mining application service should be functional by mid-2019.The Natural Resources Ministers have been meeting key players in the mining sector to address some of their concerns. The Ministers have candidly addressed many of the issues highlighted, explaining the steps being taken in the respective Ministries to tackle them.last_img read more

Bonds insists off-field stuff not daunting

first_imgBarry Bonds insisted he’s unfazed by all his off-the-field issues and is ready to resume his pursuit of the home run record. “Let them investigate. Let them, they’ve been doing it this long,” Bonds said Tuesday after his first spring training workout with the San Francisco Giants. “It doesn’t weigh on me at all – at all. It’s just you guys talking. It’s just media conversation.” The slugger arrived at the Giants’ training site in Scottsdale, Ariz., more fit than in recent years following a productive winter of conditioning. Noticeably absent were his two personal trainers, Greg Oliver and Harvey Shields, who no longer can be with the slugger at the ballpark. Bonds, who spent the weekend in Las Vegas for the NBA All-Star game, was flanked by his two publicists and a Major League Baseball security guard assigned to him. Bernie Williams rejected the Yankees’ offer of a minor-league deal and will wait to see if a guaranteed job opens up for him on the team. Yankees manager Joe Torre spoke with Williams last week and tried to reach him, without success, on Sunday. “Bernie told me he had talked with Joe. Other than the invite, there wasn’t any information that led him to believe he would be a member of the team,” Williams’ agent, Scott Boras, said Tuesday. “He’s continuing to work out, will wait to see if their position changes.” Zambrano, Cubs deal Carlos Zambrano and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a $12.4 million, one-year contract Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration by striking the deal just before the scheduled hearing. Zambrano earned $6.5 million last season while going 16-7 with a 3.41 ERA and 210 strikeouts. He asked for $15.5 million in arbitration, while the Cubs countered at $11,025,000 – more than any player has been awarded. “I feel good, ready to go,” Zambrano said. “I’m ready to lead this team to the championship, to win in this city.” Ichiro ponders future Ichiro Suzuki discussed the possibility that he might become a free agent for the first time. Seattle’s sleek, six-time All-Star and perennial Gold Glove outfielder said “It is possible I will go to free agency” after the 2007 season. Suzuki’s $44 million, four-year deal ends this fall. This is the first time in his 15 years of professional baseball with Seattle and with Orix in Japan that he’s playing the final season of a contract. “I have never had the choice to choose for myself which road I want to take,” Suzuki said through interpreter Ken Barron. “So if you ask me is it possible that I will go to free agency, yes, it is possible. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img He joked with new teammate Barry Zito in their corner space of the clubhouse, then the 42-year-old Bonds made his way through the room and greeted outfielder Jason Ellison, infielder Rich Aurilia and pitcher Matt Morris. He shagged fly balls and hit five home runs in batting practice, including a shot to the berm in right-center on a fastball from No. 2 starter Matt Cain. “He’s an incredible talent,” new Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He showed it today on the first day.” Bonds still could be indicted if a federal grand jury determines that he perjured himself when testifying in 2003 in the BALCO case that he hadn’t knowingly taken performance-enhancing drugs. Williams passes last_img read more

Pics and bits; World Cup trophy lands in 254

first_img0Shares0000Traditional dancers welcome the FIFA World Cup at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport during its tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26- At about 11:02am, the aircraft carrying the most coveted trophy in the world of football, the 18-carat, 6.1kg FIFA World Cup trophy touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi from Addis Ababa Ethiopia.The plane carrying the FIFA World Cup trophy taxies at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as it arrived for its two-day tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaWelcomed by a ceremonial water canon treatment, accorded to aircraft only on special occasions, the trophy was received by a host of dignitaries led by three Cabinet Secretaries; Sports’ Rashid Echesa, Tourism’s Najib Balala as well as Youth and Gender’s Margaret Kobia. Government officials among others Tourism CS Najib Balala, Gender and Youth’s Margaret Kobia Sports’ Rashid Echesa and his PS Kirimi Kaberia take selfies on the plane ferrying the World Cup during its tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaSo special is this trophy that no matter how high ranking you are in the government, your fingerprints will never get close to the trophy. Not even the world’s best players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are allowed to touch it.Tourism CS Najib Balala and his Sports’ counterpart Rashid Echesa pose with the FIFA World Cup during its tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe prestige of laying hands on the trophy is only left to sitting Heads of State and precious winners. Kenya having never even come close to playing in the event, only President Uhuru Kenyatta was allowed to lay his hands on the prestigious piece of silverware.Security officers carry in the FIFA World Cup trophy into State House during its tour of Kenya on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAfter a short ceremony at the airport, the trophy headed to the House on the Hill where despite a delay of close to three hours, the ceremony got underway in a bit of glitz.A seven-a-side exhibition game pitting Bunge FC against a combined team from the Copa Coca-Cola tournament provided the appetizer to the greater event, the game ending in a 1-1 draw.Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen vies for the ball with a player from the Copa Coca-Cola combined team during an exhibition match at State House when the FIFA World Cup trophy was hosted by the President on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaElgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen might have scored Bunge’s lone goal, but it was Kieni legislator Kanini Kega who stole the show.Kega was the team’s goalkeeper and made several superb saves, including a penalty to ensure the waheshimiwas were not embarrassed by the budding stars.President Uhuru Kenyatta exchanges pleasantries with players from the Copa Coca-Cola combined team during an exhibition match at State House against Bunge FC when the FIFA World Cup trophy was hosted by the President on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOthers who were part of the team included Machakos’ Victor Munyaka, Webuye West MP Dan Wanyama who is a former national team volleyball player as well as Football Kenya Federation National Executive member David Gikaria, also the Nakuru town East MP.The President got the opportunity to interact with the trophy even as he urged Kenya’s Harambee Stars to qualify for the event held once in four years.President Uhuru Kenyatta admires the FIFA World Cup trophy when it was hosted at State House on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaPupils from across several primary schools who had attended the event also got the opportunity to have photo-ops with the Head of State, a once in a while opportunity.On this day, the President, clad in a simple Coca-Cola branded tee-shirt was eased out and mingled freely with the crowd.President Uhuru Kenyatta takes a penalty against Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi during the FIFA World Cup trophy hosting ceremony at State House on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThere were some more moments of cheer when the President took, and scored, a penalty against Harambee Stars’ CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup winning keeper Patrick Matasi.Matasi saved three penalties during the win against Zanzibar last December but on this occasion, he failed to land in a save against the country’s Commander in Chief.President Kenyatta was definitely pleased with his achievement and almost fell into doing a ‘dab celebration’… or probably trying a #WakandaForever kinda thing.President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a joke with Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa during the FIFA World Cup trophy hosting ceremony at State House on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe trophy will now be hosted for a public viewing ceremony at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on Tuesday before heading to Maputo, Mozambique in the evening.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kane’s boyhood team-mate turns Chinese history-maker

first_img0Shares0000Nico Yennaris (top), also known as Li Ke, celebrates his historic goal for Beijing Guoan © AFP / STRSHANGHAI, China, Apr 17 – Nico Yennaris was born in working-class east London, played with Harry Kane at Arsenal as a boy and is an England youth international.While Kane moved to Tottenham Hotspur and became England captain, Yennaris’s career has taken a very different direction, becoming the first naturalised player to score in the Chinese Super League (CSL). In January he made Beijing his home — 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles) from Leytonstone in east London — and the midfielder even has a new name.“It’s the first in history so it’s something that I can be proud of,” the 25-year-old known as Li Ke in China told state television after his milestone goal Sunday for CSL leaders Beijing Guoan.Born to a Chinese mother and Cypriot father, Yennaris, who is nine weeks older than fellow east Londoner Kane, now wants to help his new country become a footballing force.Schoolboy pal: Tottenham’s Harry Kane © AFP / OLLY GREENWOOD“I hope to help Chinese football and hopefully one day I can play in the national team as well and we will try to get to a World Cup,” he said in his unmistakably London accent.Yennaris, who signed for Beijing from Brentford in England’s second tier in January for a reported £4.95 million ($6.5 million), is eligible to represent China because he played for England only up to under-19, not the senior side.Chinese football this season began bringing in naturalised players, with Yennaris joined at Beijing by Norwegian-born John Hou Saeter.Yennaris will be on a vastly improved salary in the Chinese capital but he will have to dump his British passport because China does not recognise dual nationality.That means no going back now for Yennaris, who is yet to get a call-up for his adopted country but would improve a team ranked 74th by FIFA, a rung above tiny Cape Verde who have population of 500,000 compared to China’s 1.4 billion.He will though have to cover up his arm tattoos because the Chinese government frowns upon them.China failed to score or win a point in their only World Cup appearance, in 2002.– Kane connection –If the stars align — and China improve markedly — Yennaris could face Kane at the World Cup, Yennaris in the red of China, Kane in England white.They played for the same club in east London and were recruited as boys by Arsenal, although Kane was released after one season at the age of eight.Yennaris made a handful of appearances for Arsene Wenger’s side including 45 minutes against Manchester United in the Premier League in 2012.Yennaris and striker Kane remain on good terms. “When we see each other face to face and bump into each other we say ‘hello’ and we always speak,” Yennaris said.Yennaris had a couple of loan spells in the lower tiers of English football before moving permanently to west London club Brentford in 2014.Five years later came the life-changing opportunity to make the radical switch to China, where Yennaris is on a steep learning curve, especially with the language.Much has been made of him singing the Chinese national anthem but he is still picking up the basics off and on the pitch, such as the words for free-kick and corner.There were eight yellow cards and a red in Beijing’s 2-1 victory over Henan Jianye at the weekend, which at least made Yennaris feel like he was back in the rough and tumble of English lower-league football.“I’m used to this, but this may be a different level of fouls,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video – Is this the latest Atletico Madrid star Chelsea should sign in the summer?

first_imgChelsea might have won the Premier League title by a canter but that doesn’t mean the Blues will rest on their laurels next season.While Jose Mourinho’s side blew away the domestic competition, Champions League failure against Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the campaign will still hurt.The south west London club are expected to dip into the transfer market this summer in a bid to reverse their European fortunes and have been linked with Atletico Madrid star Koke.Former teammates Diego Costa and Felipe Luis moved to Stamford Bridge last summer and the Spain star will know Cesc Fabregas from international duty.Is he the man to help Chelsea lift the Champions League trophy again?Watch the video of Koke’s best bits above and leave your comments belowlast_img

LOUGH SWILLY SET TO COME ALIVE WITH SEAFEST 2011

first_imgAhoy there all seafarers!The shores of Lough Swilly is set to come alive with sails at SeaFest 2011 from 1-3 July, celebrating the region’s unique coastal environment.The weekend begins on Friday 1 July with the launch of MalinWaters, a new cross-border marine tourism initiative for the zone between the north of Ireland and western Scotland. It’s followed on the Saturday with a parade of sails and action in the Saldanha Cup, a traditional cruiser-racer sailing regatta that commemorates the 200th anniversary of the sinking of the frigate HMS Saldanha, with a course that takes on the wreck site of the ship near Ballymastocker Strand.Among the myriad family events taking place on shore, SeaFest will also feature an abundance of Donegal’s local food culture, such as fresh seafood from local waters, plus lamb, beef and pork from the county’s field, prepared by talented chefs from the region.For more details visit seafestloughswilly.com.Ends LOUGH SWILLY SET TO COME ALIVE WITH SEAFEST 2011 was last modified: May 26th, 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:Lough Swillyseafestlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Opens MVC Schedule At Knapp Center Against SIU

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team starts 2016 with a New Years Day matinee against the Southern Illinois Salukis at the Knapp Center. Tipoff for the Missouri Valley Conference opening game for both teams is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday and will be broadcast online on ESPN3. Drake (7-4), who dropped its final non-conference game at No. 25 Iowa on Dec. 22, will open 2016 moving forward from a 1-4 record in the month of December after a 6-0 start to the season. The Bulldogs are hoping for a similar start to MVC play in 2016 like last season when they ripped off nine straight league wins before falling at SIU. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) leads the MVC and ranks 19th in the nation in scoring at 20.9 points per game. Wendell poured in a game-high 35 points on the Hawkeyes, shooting 50 percent from the field (14-of-28). She has now scored 78 points in her last two games against the Hawkeyes after dropping a career-high 43 points last year. Wendell has recorded 30 or more points in a game six times in her career. Junior point guard Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) handed out 12 assists to just one turnover this year against the Hawkeyes after dishing out 10 assists with just two turnovers in 2014. Ingle has the top mark in the MVC and ranks 10th in nation at 6.6 assists per game. SIU (7-5) enters Friday’s contest winners of five of its previous seven games, but dropped its final non-conference game to Marshall, 61-55, on Monday in Carbondale, Ill. The Salukis have three players averaging double figures led by Rishonda Napier’s 15.4 points a game while Dyana Pierre is next at 13.5 along with pulling down a league-best 11.0 boards a game. Friday’s matchup is the 81st in the all-time series, which Drake leads 53-27 as the Bulldogs have won seven of the previous 10 games as the two schools have played twice annually since 1980. It is the most games for Drake against a conference opponent. Drake, who is beginning MVC play at home for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign, closes the weekend Sunday against Evansville at 4 p.m. at the Knapp Center.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more