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Former T&T football coach slams new appointment

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC:Well-known former national coach Alvin Corneal has slammed the appointment of Belgian Tom Saintfiet, calling it “a disrespect” to domestic coaches.The 43-year-old Saintfiet was unveiled as the new Soca Warriors head coach at a media conference on Wednesday, replacing Trinidad and Tobago-born Stephen Hart, who was sacked last month.Though Saintfiet has had multiple coaching roles in the past – mainly in Africa – none of them have been high-profile, and the outspoken Corneal believes he will be a burden to the side.”I am not in agreement with having a foreign coach at this time simply because it is an exercise in futility,” Corneal told the Express newspaper.”Foreign coaches can’t walk in here and pick up national players and get them to gel as a team, especially when you don’t have a lot of time.”Why are you burdening us with him and you don’t even know him [or] anything about [him]. It is unfair and a disrespect to our local coaches.That is my biggest problem because I feel it for the young coaches who are aspiring to the national level; you not even recognising them, but bringing somebody who has no track record of note.”Saintfiet takes over a national side lying one from bottom of the six-team CONCACAF World Cup-qualifying final round following losses in their two opening games.And Trinidad and Tobago FA chief, David John-Williams instantly placed Saintfiet under pressure by indicating that he needed to immediately revive the country’s World Cup dream in the next two qualifiers next March, or also face the sack.Corneal was critical of this approach, noting a more long-term view was needed.”If we are realistic, we would get one or two good local coaches and get the training going. If it (World Cup campaign) doesn’t succeed, at least we know we will have players mostly between the ages 23-27 trained properly,” the former national player argued.last_img read more

John Wall leads Wizards past Lakers

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum So it made sense that Wall’s reeling and undermanned Washington Wizards, amid so much losing and infighting and roster flux, would dominate James and his rising Los Angeles Lakers throughout a 128-110 victory Sunday night.“We’re a team that’s built on energy and depth,” James said. “We didn’t have either tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA day after he and Lonzo Ball each registered a triple-double in a win at Charlotte, the four-time NBA MVP had six rebounds and three assists and sat out the fourth quarter of a lopsided laugher.“We did a good job of making it a little difficult on him, showing him a lot of bodies, active hands,” said Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who had 25 points and 12 rebounds. LATEST STORIES Wizards: The deal bringing Trevor Ariza to Washington from the Phoenix Suns is still not official, so Oubre and Rivers were listed as inactive Sunday because of “trade pending.” … Markieff Morris left at halftime because of a neck strain. … Porter missed his third game in a row with a bruised knee. … Jeff Green started in Porter’s place and scored 20 points.UP NEXT:Lakers: At Brooklyn on Tuesday to close a four-game road trip.Wizards: At Atlanta on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Dwyane Wade makes more New Orleans memories, Heat beat Pelicans Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) goes for a layup past Los Angeles Lakers guards Lance Stephenson (6) and Josh Hart (3) as Washington forward Troy Brown Jr. (6) looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON — John Wall was at his attacking best: 40 points and 14 assists; one no-look, through-the-legs assist; one buzzer-beating rainbow step-back jumper.LeBron James was at his sluggish worst: a season-low 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Wall said the key for Washington was its defensive effort, something often missing this season.“Tried not to let LeBron get going,” Wall said. “He missed a couple easy shots he always makes. Didn’t get a couple calls driving to the basket. … It’s one game, but we know he is who he is.”Nothing the Lakers tried to do to slow Wall worked as the Wizards emphatically ended a four-game losing streak, going up by as many as 18 in the first quarter and 27 in the third.“Box-and-1. Triangle-and-2. I haven’t seen that since high school,” Wall said.James and the Lakers had been 5-1 in the second half of back-to-back sets this season, but they opened Sunday’s game by going 5 for 19, 0 for 8 on 3s. Washington, meanwhile, made its first five shots and 13 of its first 18, taking a 26-8 lead on Wall’s layup.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Wall ended the first half with a baseline jumper over 7-foot-1 center Tyson Chandler to make it 71-51. Wall turned and slapped palms with a couple of front-row folks, then spread his arms wide and basked in the ovation from a home crowd populated by plenty of spectators in LA jerseys.“I know all the Lakers fans out there probably was upset,” Wall said, rolling his eyes.By then, Wall already had 28 points, outscoring LA’s five starters — James, Ball, Chandler, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart — by six.Recently acquired reserve forward Sam Dekker scored a season-high 20 for Washington, including a buzzer-beating bank shot at the end of the third quarter that put the hosts ahead 99-76.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 25 points for the Lakers, 15 in the second quarter.Washington was without starting center Dwight Howard, who had back surgery, and injured starting forward Otto Porter Jr., while a pair of players — Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers — were unavailable because they are on their way out of town via a trade that is still not officially complete.Didn’t matter on this night, thanks in large part to Wall.“When he gets going,” Dekker said, “it really sets the tone for us.”TIP-INSLakers: Michael Beasley was back with the team, but didn’t play, after being away for personal reasons. … JaVale McGee missed the game with flu-like symptoms. … A pair of sneakers James wore during a game at the Wizards a year ago Monday — one black, one white, with the word “equality” in capital gold letters on the back of each — was recently placed on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. … Ball finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. 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Chief Magistrate dismisses charges against GECOM Chair, Govt Commissioners without hearing case

first_imgConspiracy to breach Constitution charges…lawyer says Magistrate’s actions “unheard of”Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Friday morning dismissed private criminal charges filed against Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice (retd) James Patterson, and the three Government Commissioners: Vincent Alexander, Desmond Trotman and Charles Corbin, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Magistrate McLennan dismissed the charges even without hearing any submissions from the lawyers on the matter.The charges filed against the four were for conspiracy to breach the Constitution of Guyana by not following Article 106, which stipulates that elections are to be held within three months of the passage of a no-confidence motion.The defendants were represented by Attorney-at-law Rex McKay, Neil Boston and Robert Corbin.The chief magistrate, in her ruling, said the charge has no purpose and appears to be frivolous. Further, she told the court that to bring such a charge against the defendants is an abuse of the court.The charges were brought by Marcel Gaskin, the brother of Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin. He was represented by Attorneys-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin and Ganesh Hira.Government Commissioners: Desmond Trotman, Vincent Alexander and Charles CorbinHowever, Attorney Datatin has said he would be moving to the High Court on Monday to refile the challenge. He added that the move by the chief magistrate to dismiss a case of national importance and with grave implications without a proper hearing is unheard of.“You can’t breach a Constitution; but if people get together and say that is what they are doing, then it is a criminal offence at common law, and under section 21 it carries (a penalty) of one year imprisonment; but of course that’s not mandatory. But when the no-confidence motion was passed by the National Assembly on the 21 of December, it meant 90 days later they should have had an election. Everyone in Guyana is aware that that is not happening, the people who are charged with bringing an election is the Elections Commission and they are not taking any steps to do what they should be doing,” Datadin said.According to Datadin, his client was not partial in filing the charges against the four defendants, but did so because the Chairman and Commissioners are those who voted to not conduct elections as is constitutionally mandated.Some of the protesters outside the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsAs the matter was being heard in the Magistrates’ Courts, several protestors stood outside of the court calling for the coalition Government to call elections. According to one protestor, she has lost faith in the APNU/AFC coalition Government, and is calling for them to do as is mandated.Another protestor, Jermaine Gentle, said that as a citizen of Guyana, he is calling on the leaders of the country to respect the Constitution.With the Government’s defeat, the next steps are spelt out in the Constitution of Guyana. Clause 7 of Article 106 of the Constitution of Guyana states that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had initially committed to following the provisions outlined in the Constitution, facilitating early elections and engaging in dialogue with the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo; but they have since changed their position.Since the passage of the motion by a vote of 33-32 on December 21, 2018, however, persons aligned with the coalition have sought to question the motion’s validity, even as the vote has already been certified.The original proponent of the 34-vote argument is Attorney Nigel Hughes, a former AFC Chairman and the husband of sitting Minister Cathy Hughes, who told State media that half of 65 is 32.5, but when rounded to the nearest whole number, this would be 33 as there is no half member.Following this reasoning becoming a challenge in the High Court, acting Chief Justice Roxane George ruled that 33 is the majority.The Government has since challenged the Chief Justice’s ruling in the Court of Appeal.Five days remain until the constitutional deadline for holding elections expires.last_img read more

Woodfibre LNG signs foundation customer

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – Pacific Oil & Gas Limited has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Woodfibre LNG Export, has signed a binding LNG Sales and Purchase Agreement with BP Gas Marketing Limited.This agreement is for the delivery of liquefied natural gas from the Woodfibre LNG export facility in Squamish.As part of the agreement, BP will receive 0.75 million tonnes per annum of LNG over 15 years on a free on board basis, with first delivery expected in 2023.- Advertisement -At the same time, BP Canada and Pacific Oil & Gas are working on an agreement for BP Canada to provide gas transportation and balancing services ensuring a reliable delivery of gas to the Woodfibre LNG export facility over the 15-year term.The Woodfibre LNG project is located approximately 7 km west-southwest of Squamish. It involves the construction and operation of an LNG export facility by Woodfibre LNG Limited on the previous Woodfibre pulp mill site, which would have a storage capacity of 250,000 m3 and would produce approximately 2.1 million tonnes per annum of LNG. Advertisementlast_img read more

Juventus ready to step up interest in Arsenal and Chelsea target

first_img1 PSG star Adrien Rabiot Juventus are ready to step up their interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who has also attracted interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.The 19-year-old, who came through the ranks at PSG, has less than one year left on his contract but has thus far been reluctant to pen new terms in the French capital.He started 12 Ligue 1 fixtures last term but wants more first-team football – and that could be difficult as PSG boss Laurent Blanc is also able to call upon the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta.Roma and Inter Milan are keen on the France Under-21 international but Serie A champions Juventus could look to steal a march on their domestic rivals by firming up their interest in the coming weeks.Sources in Italy claim Juve are also willing to offer Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner as  makeweight in the deal, but it is believed PSG would prefer a cash-only package.last_img read more

Revealed! Liverpool’s replacement for Raheem Sterling is…

first_imgJohn Aldridge insists Liverpool already have a ready-made replacement for Raheem Sterling in Jordon Ibe.The Reds youngster is set to leave Anfield this summer, with Manchester City the firm favourites to land the 20-year-old.City have already seen two bids turned down but are expected to return with another offer and could even match Liverpool’s £50million valuation.But former Merseyside hero Aldridge claims Brendan Rodgers doesn’t need to go and splash the cash on an alternative for Sterling.“Liverpool have a ready-made replacement for Raheem Sterling in Jordon Ibe,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast show. “He’s a terrific player and has got so much potential.“He’s got as much, if not more potential, than Raheem had at that age. He’s a big strong lad, very direct and a better finisher than Raheem.“It’s a bonus for Liverpool that they already have one on the shelf.”last_img read more

College football notes: Virginia Tech kicks QB Vick off team

first_img Vick, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback and former Tech star Michael Vick, was suspended from school in 2004 for several legal problems. But the junior came under new and intense scrutiny this week after replays showed he stomped on the left calf of Louisville All-American defensive end Elvis Dumervil during the Jan. 2 bowl. No penalty was called on the play and Vick claimed its was accidental. He further hurt his cause by claiming to have apologized to Dumervil, the NCAA sacks leader, but the Louisville player said no such apology was ever offered. Going pro: Oregon first-team All-American defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and Fresno State standout cornerback Richard Marshall said they will pass on their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-5, 338-pound Ngata, the Pac-10’s co-defensive player of the year and Outland Trophy finalist, said financial concerns and his mother’s poor health led him to the decision. NFL scouts have told him he will likely be drafted in ht emiddle of the second round, at worst. Marshall, a two-time all WAC selection who led the team with 78 tackles this season, could be a second- or third-round pick, Fresno State coach Pat Hill said NFL scouts have assessed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was dismissed from the team Friday, the result of numerous legal transgressions as well as his unsportsmanlike conduct in the Gator Bowl. University president Charles Steger announced the dismissal on the same day that coach Frank Beamer met with Vick and his mother in their Hampton Roads home, the school said in a statement. Beamer informed them of the decision during the meeting. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson On Friday, it was revealed that Vick had been stopped for speeding and driving with a revoked or suspended license in Hampton on Dec. 17, according to police. Vick’s license had been taken away in August 2004 when he was cited for reckless driving and marijuana possession in New Kent County. Steger suspended Vick from school at that time, and warned that any additional problems would effectively end his time as a member of the Hokies’ football team. School officials said in a statement that there would be no further comment until a news conference today. Vick said before the Hokies’ 35-24 comeback victory in the Gator Bowl that he planned to return for his senior season. He can now either declare for the NFL Draft by the Jan. 15 deadline or transfer to a Division I-AA school so he can play next season. In 24 career games, the last 13 starts, Vick was 207-for-346 for 2,868 yards, 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also rushed 184 times for 492 yards and six TDs. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Doneky Sanctuary owner Danny Curran (centre) with Daniel and Ingela Reinholdsson, Patrike Sármens and Monica Andersson from Sweden when they arrived in Ireland to choose a few donkeys to take back to their 300 acre farm in Sweden. Also in photo are Sandra Curran and Elsa Curran. (North West Newspix)A Swedish businesswoman’s plan to help children with autism has saved three abandoned Donegal donkeys and could result in many more being rehomed.Monika Andersson owns a 300 acre equestrian centre in Nykoping on the outskirts of Stockholm.They came up with the idea of opening a specialist area at the centre to work with children with autism. However, they were worried that horses may not be suitable for the children with special needs.Monika and her family opted to use donkeys instead but with just 400 or so donkeys in all of Sweden, they didn’t have a lot of choice.Indeed Monika revealed she had only ever seen one donkey in her entire life.In stepped ex-pat Charles McSweeney-O’Rourke, who is originally from Ardara, but now lives in Sweden and is friendly with the Andersson family. He contacted the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary and a visit was arranged.On Monday last Ms Andersson and some other family members including centre manager Ingela Reinholdsson took a plane to Ireland with the intention of choosing two donkeys to ship to Sweden from Donegal.The group spent three days deciding which animals to take back home with them.But they were so impressed by their visit that they chose three donkeys and the paperwork is now being filled in to send the animals abroad.The three lucky donkeys are named Reuben, Hans and Eeyore. Monika and her company have even agreed to pay all the costs in shipping the donkeys back to their new heated home in Sweden where they will form part of the animal therapy treatment programme.The move to Sweden is a real rags to riches story especially for Reuben who had been stabbed with a pitchfork and suffered various types of cruelty before being rescued.Danny Curran of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, which cares for more than 60 donkeys at its centre in Raphoe, said he hopes it is the start of a wonderful relationship.“Things have moved very quickly but the bottom line is that three donkeys are now moving to a wonderful new home. “The lovely thing about it is that one of the donkeys was a victim of cruelty, another was found wandering on a road and the other came from a good home.“Donkeys have a lovely nature and I have often seen children with autism hugging them and building up a special bond with them.“It is early days yet but our Swedish friends have said they may be interested in taking more donkeys again next year if things work out,” he said.Danny revealed that their Swedish counterparts are now even planning an open day at their equestrian centre for the Donegal donkeys.“It will be a bit of a journey getting them there and we are still filling out all the necessary paperwork but we’re delighted.“We have more than 60 donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary and that’s a lot of work on a daily basis.“Hopefully we can build up a nice working relationship with these people and can give these lovely animals a good life for the rest of their days,” said Danny.The donkeys will not leave Ireland for another month but fans of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary can keep up with their new lives in Sweden on the centre’s Facebook page.DONEGAL DONKEYS TO BEGIN NEW LIVES IN SWEDEN TO HELP AUTISTIC CHILDREN was last modified: July 25th, 2014 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)last_img read more


first_imgOn Saturday past, Letterkenny Heat ran a preseason basketball tournament in the Aura Leisure Centre. Each team would play each other once in the group game, with the top two teams facing off in the final.The first game of the day saw LYIT take on Kilkeel Knights, who are a strong physical team. The travelling team got off to the better start racing into a 13-5 lead, while it took LYIT time to settle into the game. Ger Murray and Padraig Barrett were working very hard in the post for the home side to try and get them back into it before it was too late. LYIT’s guards started to put more defensive pressure on their opponents resulting in numerous steals for Steve Cannon and Conor Boyle who turned them into easy fast-break points to give LYIT a 3-point lead at half time.The second half would go basket for basket for most of the half, showing just how tough both teams were battling. The youth of LYIT appeared to make the difference in the end with superb performances from three young lads in particular – Seamus Hickey, Moe Ismail and Shaun Wogan who all had important scores and stops down the stretch. In the final seconds of the game, LYIT held on to win 59-55. The second game saw both Letterkenny teams square off in the first derby game of the year. Both teams had good starts offensively, with Heat’s John Cronin and LYIT’s Seamus Hickey shooting well, and the game was close up until the last five minutes of the first half when LYIT opened up a 10-point lead at halftime through the fast-breaking combination of Steve Cannon and Shaun Wogan. Unfortunately for LYIT, two players went down with injury and were out for the remainder of the tournament, leaving the team with only six players to continue.The second half saw Heat get into a rhythm with Kieran O’Neill catching fire from long range, while Ejder Akkoc scored on a couple of post moves. LYIT weathered the storm by putting on a full court press that caused their opponents trouble and they picked up easy baskets as a result. Heat appeared to be tiring coming in to the final moments of the game, and LYIT recognised this and kept pushing the ball up the court which helped them to a 70-52 win.Blackstone Ballymena would face LYIT in their third game of the day and the last of the group games. Both teams needed to win in order to progress to the final, with the losing team being eliminated, so it was all to play for. LYIT were boosted by the addition of Conor Dorrian who landed at the right time to replace his injured teammates for this game. In his first senior game, the young 6”5 student had an MVP performance against one of the top teams in the Ulster League.LYIT started the sharper in this game, with a superb defensive effort from Conor Boyle, Padraig Barrett and Steve Cannon. This defensive intensity led to transition points for the home side giving them an early 8-point lead. Shaun Wogan and Seamus Hickey punished them on the break time after time. Blackstone’s Adam Murray and Marty Mc Donald continued to fight hard and scored a couple baskets apiece to give their side a chance trailing by 7 at halftime. Ballymena big man Sasha Pavlovic, standing at a towering 6”10, got two early scores for his team. Mark Cannon came off the bench for LYIT to give his side a lift and the team went on an 8-0 scoring run. Blackstone put on a full court press to try to unsettle the home side but they remained calm and broke the press every time. The aforementioned Conor Dorrian provided a huge defensive presence picking up numerous important blocks and rebounds, and he was rewarded on the other end with easy scores against their press. LYIT ran out winners 73-56, and were through to the final.The top two teams of the day were LYIT and Kilkeel Knights so both would square off in the final, a rematch of the opening game of the day. With this being the fourth game of the day, both teams were tiring and the pace was a lot slower this time. It seemed as if this match went basket for basket the entire game because no team led by more than 3 points until the final minutes. Conor Boyle and Mark Cannon scored well in the first half for LYIT, getting to the basket and converting. Arunas for the Knights scored on a few nice spin moves to the basket. Halftime saw LYIT lead by 3-points.With both teams evenly matched, fitness would be the big difference down the stretch it seemed and once again the younger legs of LYIT proved too much for the opponents. Pinpoint three-point shooting from Seamus Hickey and Steve Cannon in the final minutes gave LYIT a 7-point cushion. It was enough in the end because LYIT won 75-71 to be crowned champions of the Heat Preseason tournament 2011, picking up four wins out of four.Thanks to Letterkenny Heat for organising the tournament, Aura for hosting it, and to our winners LYIT! This will give them confidence going into their first league game next week against reigning cup champions Dungannon Cavaliers.ENDS BASKETBALL: LYIT WIN PRE-SEASON TOURNAMENT was last modified: October 13th, 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)last_img read more