Players up for derby clash – Poyet

first_img The Black Cats could hardly choose a better weekend during which to finally secure their first Barclays Premier League win of the campaign and, as a result, prevent themselves from being cast further adrift at the foot of the table. And Poyet believes he will not need to fire up his players for Sunday’s showdown with the Magpies at the Stadium of Light. He said: “I don’t think I should give any kind of special message. They should feel it. “The players who have been here at the club, British players, they need to make sure they help the new ones to understand what it means. “We will do our bit as well, but I am sure that’s going to be what happens, and what happens is going to be spectacular, so that side of the game, I am not too worried about.” The new league season may only be eight games old, but it has proved a long one already for supporters who have seen their side play well in patches, but struggle to do so for long enough to secure positive results. To date, they have managed to take a solitary point from a 1-1 draw at Southampton, and a demoralising 4-0 defeat at Swansea last weekend sends them into the derby perched on something of a precipice. However, Poyet is hoping the special atmosphere of the Wear-Tyne skirmish will spark the passion required to buck the recent trend. Asked what the fans could expect to see, he said: “I can tell you that they will see the passion. They are passionate players and they want to be on the pitch, for sure. “In the end, of course, you need quality and you need concentration and other things, but the passion is going to be there. “If the passion is not there, then things will change dramatically.” Newcastle will arrive on Wearside sitting in 10th place with 11 points, but with Poyet hoping to exploit a potential weakness in central defence in the absence of the injured Fabricio Coloccini and the suspended Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Poyet, whose first game as Brighton manager resulted in a 3-1 away win against Alan Pardew’s Southampton, said: “They have been, especially going forward, a very strong group of players who have been playing together for the last six or eight months, with the addition of [Loic] Remy, who is always someone you need to be careful of. “From that side of the game, they are very strong. But as everyone knows – probably Alan Pardew better than anyone – they have been having some problems in the centre of defence, so we need to wait and see who is going to play in there. “That could be the only part of the game where maybe they have been suffering.” Gus Poyet is confident his Sunderland players will need no added motivation as they attempt to breathe new life into their season against derby rivals Newcastle. Press Associationlast_img read more

Sir Alex Ferguson set to appeal against FA charge

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson will appeal against a Football Association charge of improper conduct, BBC Sport understands.The Manchester United boss said he had “feared the worst” when referee Martin Atkinson was appointed for Tuesday’s game with Chelsea, which United lost.Ferguson added on MUTV: “You want a fair referee, or a strong referee anyway – and we didn’t get that.”He also has two matches of a four-game ban from last season hanging over him after remarks about referee Alan Wiley.Ferguson was angry over Atkinson’s failure to dismiss Chelsea defender David Luiz for fouls on Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney after he had already been booked.He was further upset when Chelsea was awarded what he considered a “soft” penalty when Yuri Zhirkov fell under the challenge of Chris Smalling. If Ferguson’s suspended ban is triggered, he will be suspended from the touchline for United’s FA Cup sixth-round tie with Arsenal at Old Trafford on 12 March and the Premier League game with Bolton a week later and then whatever extra games if any are added on for his latest outburst.United’s loss at Stamford Bridge pegged their lead over Arsenal back to four points, with the Gunners having played a game less.Arsenal could close the gap to one point with a home win over Sunderland on Saturday, with Ferguson’s team playing Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.Ferguson cancelled his customary pre-match news conference on Friday, in which he would have been expected to talk about Sunday’s Premier League match against Liverpool.Source: BBClast_img read more

Nine Dead in Downtown Dayton Mass Shooting

first_imgNine people have been killed and 27 injured in a shooting in downtown Dayton.Police say the shooting began at about 1AM this morning on East Fifth Street in the Oregon district of the city.The shooter, who has not been identified, fired multiple rounds using a long gun, was killed by police outside of Ned Peppers Bar. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and had extra magazines. Mayor Nan Whaley said that police responded to the shooting in less than a minute. The motive is unknown at this time President Donald Trump, tweeted “The FBI, local and state law enforcement are working together in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio. Information is rapidly being accumulated in Dayton. Much has already be learned in El Paso. Law enforcement was very rapid in both instances. Updates will be given throughout the day!”Victims have been treated at four different hospitals and it is believed that number is risingThis was the second mass shooting in less than 1 day.  The first happened El Paso where 20 people were killedlast_img read more

Top marks for golf delegates

first_img2 Apr 2015 Top marks for golf delegates A management development course for golf club managers and senior staff was a huge success when it was hosted by England Golf at the Avon Conference Centre in Warwick. Twenty-seven delegates from the golf industry took and passed part one of the Management Development Programme, the highly regarded course provided by the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE). England Golf is partnering CMAE and the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) to strengthen and develop clubs by promoting progressive education for club managers, both those already in the industry and those coming into the profession. The initiative reflects the aims of the England Golf strategic plan, Raising Our Game, which calls on all who care about the game to work together to create a brighter future for golf, including more players, more members and stronger clubs. David Joy, the Chief Executive of England Golf, said: “It is fantastic news that all delegates passed the course and I congratulate the club managers and senior staff who successfully took the opportunity to improve their skills and their knowledge of the industry. This will undoubtedly lead to stronger clubs which are better able to meet the needs of existing members and new players.   “This week-long course was well subscribed due to the quality of the education and the exceptional testimonies provided by previous delegates.”   The MDP programme was launched in 2011 and courses have been held throughout the UK and Europe, delivering top class education to club managers and senior staff on all 10 core competencies of modern club management.   Delegates at Warwick enjoyed presentations by leading educators, including Bill Sanderson, Steven Brown and Duncan Ritchie, along with specialist technical presentations by England Golf’s Rules and Handicapping department, the PGA, BIGGA, 59 Club, XACT and Golf HR consultants.   The MDP pathway was originally developed by the Club Managers Association of America and thanks to their vision and generosity has been given to CMAE who have adapted the materials for the European golf, sports and city club markets.   For more information about training and education for club managers visit: www.cmaeurope.org and www.gcma.org.uk   Caption: Some of the successful delegates on the course.last_img read more

288 persons living rent-free in regional houses

first_imgThe Auditor General (AG) has flayed seven of the 10 Regional Administrations over their mismanagement of Government buildings. He has revealed that some 288 persons are living in those buildings rent-free, and has since recommended that all steps be taken to recover the monies owed, so that the monies could be paid in to the Consolidated Fund, where they belong.Leading the list of delinquent regional administrations is that of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), which has again been flagged by the Auditor General for its management of the 300 Government buildings. It was revealed in 2016 that 132 of those buildings are occupied, but only 26 persons are actually paying rent; and in the AG’s Report for 2017, the occupancy number has been raised to 136, with only eight persons actually paying rent, while some 120 persons are living in the buildings without permission.According to Civil Service Law, 2004 Public Service Rules, “Government quarters provided to public servants as a condition of service, eg in the case of hospital staff, where presence on a hospital compound may be required on a continuous basis, shall be free of rent.”It goes on to state that: “in lieu of quarters, a house allowance may, with the approval of the Permanent Secretary, Public Service Ministry, be granted to a public servant who is entitled to free quarters but for whom quarters are not available.”It is understood that for unfurnished quarters, an employee who does pay rent is required to pay 10 per cent of his or her salary, while the requirement for a furnished apartment is 12 per cent of that employee’s pay.The report also recommended that the Regional Administration take steps to ensure that only officers entitled to Government quarters are accommodated therein.In the AG’s 2016 report, the same issue was identified and brought before the Public Accounts Committee, where Regional Executive Officer (REO) Pauline Lucas said the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARA) has been called in to assist with eviction. However, it is unclear as to the status of that action, since the number of occupancy has increased and those paying rent have decreased.Of the 10 Regions, figures were not provided for three of them; namely, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). However, it was reported that in Region One (Barima-Waini) there are 230 Government buildings owned and controlled by the regional administration, of which 60 are Government Living Quarters. Of these 60, officers of the region occupy twenty, 38 are unoccupied, and two are abandoned. However, in respect of the twenty living quarters occupied by officers of the Region, no evidence has been seen that rent was being paid by any of the occupants.According to the AG, the administration of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) made little or effort to correct the situation that existed in 2016, since it was revealed, after inspecting the House Rent Register, that of the 77 living quarters, 15 are occupied by unauthorised persons.However, the Region indicated that seven persons were transferred there, while five have vacated, and three are still occupying the living quarters.The Report indicated the number of persons paying rent in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) has increased from 7 at the end of December 2018 to 21 at the end of May 2018. However, some 28 other persons are still living without paying any rent.In Region Five (Demerara-Mahaica), the situation was a little different, since the AG identified that 20 of the 46 living quarters are occupied without any documentation to validate such action.Included in the 20 quarters are two junior staff, a heavy-duty vehicle driver and a Schools Welfare Officer; they continue to occupy these living quarters rent free and with free utilities. The Regional Administration had paid for these utilities, and currently, as of July 2018, continued to pay same without any approval.“The Head of Budget Agency indicated that the Schools Welfare Officer was transferred from Region Four and sent to the Region, but brought all her furnishings; while the heavy-duty vehicle driver was allocated an apartment next to the REO, who is entitled to a vehicle and driver in the event of an emergency, for transportation purposes,” the Report stated.Based on the records presented in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), there are some 102 living quarters, of which 88 are occupied, with only 12 paying rent, while 30 are entitled to rent free accommodation. However, of the 46 living rent free, there are five civilians with no relation to the regional administration.In Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), there are 85 Government buildings controlled by the Regional Administration with 53 being occupied rent-free. The last time rent was collected was in December of 2014.All of the defaulting REO’s have since promised to have the issue addressed and the living quarters regularised.last_img read more

‘Egos not heroes’? Why Neymar player power claims are false

first_imgWhen Paris Saint-Germain’s players gate-crashed Thomas Tuchel’s press conference after their 4-0 rout of Monaco in the Trophée des Champions and demanded that their coach belatedly fulfil his obligation as a new arrival to sing in front of the entire group, the German launched into a few bars of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.It felt apt, a fitting reflection of the instantaneous rapport that the former Borussia Dortmund boss had struck up with the star-studded squad.However, Tuchel and his players couldn’t have looked any further apart during PSG’s Champions League opener against Liverpool. Even more alarmingly, Tuchel’s take on the game was as worrying as his side’s performance at Anfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He claimed, “We put in a great performance in the first half.” In truth, they had been lucky to be only 2-1 down at the break, with even centre-half Thiago Silva admitting afterwards that they had been “in trouble” before Thomas Meunier lashed home a goal out of nothing just before the interval.Tuchel argued: “We conceded two goals in the first half but never at any point did we lose our confidence.” Presumably, then, the colossal gap between his midfield and stellar forward line was intentional.He added, “We played with a lot of bravery and mental strength.” However, PSG’s recovery from two goals down actually had more to do with Liverpool lapses in concentration than PSG’s character. In fact, the visitors had exhibited their customary lack of bottle when the Reds cranked up the pressure again in injury time.Tuchel concluded, “The score didn’t tell the story of the game.” This was the one thing he got right, but even then, accidentally. The final score was misleading, alright, as it suggested a close game. In reality, though, it had been anything but; PSG had been played off the pitch for the majority of the game. Jean-Pierre Papin PSG PSPSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had claimed beforehand that the club had the “best coach in the world”.But Tuchel was made to look like an irrelevance on a night on which Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani appeared to completely ignore his pleas to track back. The contrast between PSG’s front three and Liverpool’s was stark, as French legend Jean-Pierre Papin noted.”With PSG, [Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe] are not heroes, they’re egos,” the former striker told Le Parisien. “At some point, whatever your status is, you have to serve the team.”There’s a difference between stars we see abroad and those we have in France. In France, we’ve got the impression that they’re impossible to manage. “Why can Liverpool put their players into line and not here? When Neymar was playing with Barcelona, he defended from time to time…”Quality is permanent; it’s in the DNA of these players. There’s no problem there.”But they must come together, let everyone around them benefit from their qualities. They cannot care who the star of the team is. “The club’s project is to win the Champions League. If the players don’t have that in their head, they’ll never win it.”Tuchel has, unsurprisingly, dismissed the idea that he has been brought in with the sole intention of winning the Champions League but, with domestic success taken as a given, his tenure will undoubtedly be judged by results in Europe.All of his predecessors have ultimately been removed for failing to get PSG beyond the quarter-finals. Certainly, Unai Emery’s dismissal was never in doubt after last season’s tame last-16 exit at the hands of Real Madrid.Unai Emery PSG ZidaneIndeed, it was after the second leg in Paris that Tuchel’s representatives were first contacted by PSG officials. So, as first impressions go, Anfield was a shocker for Tuchel and his team. The decision to play centre-half Marquinhos in front of the back four was as surprising for a club of PSG’s wealth as it was ineffective. Allowing Neymar to roam freely in a trequartista role also backfired spectacularly, with even Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitting afterwards that his side had targeted and exploited the Brazilian’s inability/refusal to defend.Consequently, Tuchel’s reluctance to criticise his side’s strange lethargy and total lack of tactical discipline did nothing to dismiss the suspicion that he does not have the requisite power or authority to bend PSG’s superstars to his will.It has long been believed that Neymar & Co. are essentially allowed to do as they please by the club’s grateful owners and it was telling that France boss Didier Deschamps jumped to Tuchel’s defence by saying, “He has a high level of social skills, works meticulously, has authority and at the same time has a certain closeness to the players. But there is a lot going on in Paris; he’s not a magician.”He is already a history-maker, though, with PSG having become only the second Ligue 1 side ever to win their opening eight fixtures.  Despite their vast financial superiority over all of their domestic rivals, such a record would not have been possible were the players not united behind Tuchel. And they certainly are.Indeed, the German needed less than a month to ingratiate himself to the PSG squad, immediately impressing with his warmth and charisma. “It’s true that the coach has brought something new,” Neymar enthused on Tuesday. “Right from the first conversation with him, I realised that he was a winner.”Thomas Tuchel Deschamps PSIt’s not just the players who have taken to Tuchel either; everyone that works at the club have been quickly won over by a man that always has time and a smile for everyone.”This is a pretty dramatic change from Emery,” a club source told L’Equipe last week. “With Tuchel, we now have a coach who is very close to the players, very tactile too. He takes people in his arms, which is appreciated by the Brazilians, in particular.”Every clique within the PSG dressing room was impressed with the fact that Tuchel redesigned and restructured the training facilities at Camp des Loges, even going so far as to enlarge the weight room so that all of the players could work together. There is also an element of Tuchel wanting to be able to monitor everything and everyone. He is as meticulous as they come and wants to ensure that his instructions are followed.Contract rebel Adrien Rabiot has been calmly but firmly told to treat every training exercise with the respect it deserves.Young players like Timothy Weah are being given more first-team opportunities, with Tuchel instructing the squad’s senior players to make them feel welcome, while he has also taken time out to speak at length with veterans such as Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria to ensure that they feel as appreciated as superstar duo Neymar and Mbappe.”The coach immediately came to talk to me,” Di Maria explained at the weekend, “he made me understand that he was counting on me, that I was important to the team.”I think he has come to win the Champions League and he is bringing something new to the team. I hope that this season we can all reach our best level to win the Champions League.”Everyone expects more from Paris. We were not 100 per cent at Anfield but when we are, we have a good chance of winning, because we have Neymar, Kylian and Edi (Cavani) – the best.”Whether they have the best coach for the job remains to be seen. For now, though, Tuchel seems happy. Even more importantly, the players do too.last_img read more

Rural household electrification reaches 9981 in 7 years says economic review

first_imgKolkata: An economic review for 2018-19 presented by the state government says rural electrification of households has increased from 55 percent in 2011 to 99.81 percent till March 2018. When the Mamata Banerjee government came to power, there was no electricity coverage in 45 percent of the entire area of the state but in the past few years, almost all the villagers have been brought under the coverage of electricity.The review also says that the government has ensured 24×7 power supply to all the consumers with uninterrupted power supply for 24 hours a day in the urban areas but in case of rural areas, supply of power for more than 23 hours a day has been achieved in the rural areas. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAround 5 lakh new consumers have been added during the financial year, taking the consumer base to 185 lakh. As many as 5,390 new industrial connections having a capacity of 266 MVA, 1,52,956 new commercial connections and 26,188 new agriculture connections have been provided by the state Power department. Around 100 percent electrification has been completed for all districts except the enclaves of Cooch Behar, Sunderban islands in South 24-Parganas and the hill areas of Darjeeling region. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has been exporting power to Bangladesh continuously since December 2013. In a major infrastructural development, the WBSEDCL has set up 25 new 33/11 KV sub-stations (having transformation capacity of 356 MVA) during the last financial year, taking the total number of 33/11 KV sub-stations to 616 with transformation capacity of 10,455.45 MVA. WBSEDCL has commissioned 1,002 CKM new 33 KV line, 2,655 CKM new 11 KV line and 21,459 CKM new LT line during last year, raising the present line lengths of 33 KV line to 15,029 CKM and 11 KV line to 1,64,333.77 CKM. Around 6,704 new distribution transformers with a cumulative capacity of 572.182 MVA have been installed, taking the total number of distribution transformers to 2,60,443. Phase I and phase II of Strengthening and Extending Electricity Distribution Network (SEEDN) with a sanctioned amount of Rs 619 crore has been taken up for further strengthening of the distribution system, for providing quality power to the people.last_img read more

Selfie butlers exist because this is the world we live in now

first_img Friday, March 2, 2018 Tags: LOL, Theme Parks & Attractions SYDNEY — Beyoncé, who’s been known to make her husband Jay-Z snap pics of her while on vacation, may be interested to know that Madame Tussauds in Sydney, Australia has introduced the ‘Selfie Butler’ to capture selfies while on site.At last, the hip hop mogul can breathe a sigh of relief and hand over selfie duties to someone else.Available from now until March 18, the exclusive service includes one full hour with a personal photographer (dressed to the nines, no less, in a vest and white gloves!), who’ll curate your photos for Insta-worthy pics on your device. The service costs $55 and includes the price of admission plus a one-hour session for a maximum of five people. All additional guests must have a valid entry ticket.According to Mark Connolly, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Sydney, the service will give guests a much-needed break from taking selfies so that they can truly focus on the exhibits. Want to touch fingertips with E.T. himself? Or pose as part of Taylor Swift’s squad? Don’t worry, your selfie butler will capture every moment for you. Share Selfie butlers exist because this is the world we live in nowcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more