Boly heads in late equaliser as Wolves draw with Newcastle

first_imgWOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1Feb 11 (Reuters) – Defender Willy Boly headed in a dramatic equaliser in the dying seconds as Wolverhampton Wanderers snatched a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday.After a run of three successive wins, Wolves looked like they were about to come unstuck as Isaac Hayden gave the visitors the lead 11 minutes into the second half while the home side’s attack failed to catch fire.Striker Raul Jimenez had a night to forget, blazing over the bar in the first half and heading the ball wide with the goal at his mercy late in the second.Newcastle’s record signing Miguel Almiron, the Paraguayan striker who joined from Major League Soccer side Atlanta United, gave the visiting fans plenty to cheer about as he made his debut.Those cheers turned to howls of rage in stoppage time as Boly heading in the equaliser after beating Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka to the ball.last_img read more

Wilson hails MOU between G.C. Foster and Sprintec

first_imgHead of the Sprintec Track Club, Maurice Wilson, expressed his delight yesterday after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the G.C. Foster College. Wilson told The Gleaner following the MOU signing, which was held at the college’s campus in St Catherine, that he was very happy to be joining forces with the college. “I am extremely happy, and it has been long in coming, but there is no time like the right time. It is important that the legacy of G.C. Foster and the club are directly intertwined,” said Wilson, who is acting principal of G.C. Foster College. “If Maurice Wilson is not around, the collaboration must continue, and so it is for this reason that we are making sure that the structure is not only about one person, but about a group of persons that want to see the institution improve, want to see track and field improve, and by extension, sports in Jamaica,” he said. Wilson, who founded Sprintec in 2003, added that the club had already been assisting G.C. Foster’s athletes in a number of ways. “Obviously, there has been a great synergy because the college has been able to derive a number of benefits through our international athletes,” Wilson said. “We have been able to solicit excellent medical assistance for our college athletes, and we have also been able to solicit gear for our college athletes through adidas,” he said. David Mais, chairman of the G.C. Foster College, said that his institution was very happy with the partnership. “I think that the relationship, which has developed over the years, has got stronger, and we went through the engagement period, and now the two organisations are together in a formal arrangement,” said Mais. “We are absolutely looking at how we move together to make the track and field programme at G.C. Foster College and Sprintec much better, and it is something that will help the national team,” he said. Alando Terrelonge, minister of state in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, was also in attendance at yesterday’s signing. Dr Orville Taylor, senior lecturer and head of the Department of Sociology, Psychology, and Social Work at the University of the West Indies, was the guest speaker.last_img read more

Compensation for policy-makers, leaders & directors

first_imgDear Editor,Ongoing media coverage regarding all forms of compensation (salaries, benefits, stipends, perks, etc.) payable to the top echelons of Government and national, public and civic service organizations suggests that it might be useful to have some public ventilation on the underlying bases and justifications for the apparent dissonances, discrepancies and differentials within the body politic. (It is acknowledged that similar issues are au courant in other spheres within and outside our nation with established avenues and procedures for dealing with them).The most recent high-profile public service cases in point are the amounts being paid to Parliamentarians and Ministers which may be considered as ‘super salaries’ when compared with the paltry, beggarly, sums being paid as ‘stipends’ to Chairmen and Directors of the Boards of governmental Agencies and Authorities. (My understanding is that the stipends paid to Chairmen are ,000 and Directors ,000 per month; they were apparently fixed in the last century, and are clearly well below the current national minimum wage and to me quite an insult to the personal pride of the recipients which no amount of altruism and considerations of service to the motherland can assuage).How can we countenance and knowingly live with the glaring differentials between the earnings of politicians and the stipends of professionals who are usually appointed to serve on critical Boards where the responsibilities and efforts required are at least apparently equal to, if not superior in some cases. The efforts and responsibilities of Chairmen and Directors of Boards like the GRA and GuySuCo who actually provide leadership and professional oversight for operations within the commanding heights of the economy are virtual ‘full time’ jobs. Besides, as far as I gather, they have ‘fiduciary responsibility’ and can be sued if found to be delinquent in the performance of their duties as Directors.Contrary to generally held impressions, some, if not most of these Chairmen and Directors do not simply attend monthly meetings (on which impression the current stipends were apparently fixed); typically, they have a lot of ‘home work’ to do to prepare for the meetings and sub-committee work based on their particular areas of expertise; then there are the continual ‘oversight’ and ‘representational’ obligations which they are expected to discharge. While Parliamentarians enjoy extensive ‘parliamentary breaks’ for example, Chairmen and Directors of State Boards must be on-the-ball continually, especially in some productive and service-oriented operations like GuySuCo and GRA. I know of a case where one Board Chairman was so engrossed in the affairs of the organization that he was considered and often referred to as the “Executive Chairman”. Does the Government expect or unwittingly encourage these professionals and upright citizens who are normally requested to serve on the Boards to fall prey to or to seek illicit, under-the-table or round-about means of self-compensation and aggrandizement?There is also the case where a Director on the Board of one of these operations was so appalled at the miserly stipend payable to him that he quickly sought an opportunity to serve the same outfit, in virtually the same capacity, but as a functional head of the said organization for which he is being paid a handsome salary, plus related benefits. Such unsavoury moves become unnecessary if proper systems were in place for determining the relative demands, difficulties and other differentials inherent in the different roles within the various organizations.There are several simple Job Evaluation systems and techniques readily available to establish defensible, systemic and objective bases for fair and equitable compensation arrangements based on relativities and comparability following orderly processes of Job Analyses, Job Evaluation and other Human Resource Management applications.Government should seriously consider employing such approaches for a start if it really wants to attract and retain the people with the appropriate competencies and profiles, whether as Board Members or Staff, for all its operations and agencies, and who would not be tempted to do any form of wangling to meet obviously critical demands of the respective positions.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Christmas: Remember those thrown into poverty

first_imgAs we celebrate Christmas today, it is time for reflection on the year that is about to end. This year, however, we celebrate Christmas against the backdrop of the 2019 Budget that was just passed by the Government using its one-seat majority in Parliament and, shortly thereafter, the collapse of Government with the no-confidence motion filed by Guyana’s Opposition Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) being successful. Despite the looming of fresh elections in the first quarter of 2019, this has not dampened the spirits of Guyanese, as had been anticipated by many.Today is Christmas – the birthday of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem over two millennia ago. The narrative of his birth is very important for us today, and not only because the religion founded in his name is easily the largest and most widespread among the seven billion or so humans on planet Earth today, but for the message encapsulated in his life.Born in a manger among the domesticated animals kept there, the baby Jesus was of humble stock, since his nominal father, Joseph, was a carpenter. Joseph was made the Patron Saint of Workers by the Catholic and even some protestant denominations, while Jesus ministered mostly to the poor during his sojourn on earth. In the Bible it is written: “When he (Jesus) came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.”In a world of increasing inequality, Jesus’s message is very apropos on this day. Even though named after him, many will be hosting sumptuous feasts even as thousands of our brothers and sisters in the sugar belt wonder where the next meal will come from.This newspaper carried a story in which a 25-year-old mother of four was quoted as saying, “Sometimes my children wake up in the night hungry and all I can do is cry. Right now, I need a lot of help. I am punishing a lot, because it isn’t easy to raise four children without a job”. She and her 35-year-old husband were former workers at the Skeldon sugar estate, which has been closed.No mother or father can bear the cries of hunger from their children. Those cries are daggers to the heart, which worsens when there is no means to offer them a morsel. Her heart-shattering story is just a microcosm of the harsh and cruel reality hundreds of sugar workers are now forced to endure following the closure of some estates over the past two years. That reality may not have fully resonated or been understood by others, and maybe by those who made the decision to shut the estates. It’s similar for others like her and for the fathers who become emasculated in such circumstances. That reality has telling effects on the mental state of those affected. Enduring that daily exacerbates that very troubling mindset and the seeming hopeless situation.The people across the entire sugar belt face more than a bleak future, as they many have been unemployed for as much as two years. Even before the decision was taken, families pleaded for it not to be implemented over fear of the devastating impact it would have on their lives and on thousands more who are indirectly affected.Today, as we celebrate Christmas, let us remember and help those who are poor and those who were plunged into poverty because of unemployment.Merry Christmaslast_img read more

Tiger takes winning ways to Snead’s former club

first_imgSnead won a PGA record 82 career titles, his last coming at age 52. Woods won last week to break a tie for second at 73 with Jack Nicklaus, whose 18 major titles is the mark 14-time major champion Woods has chased since boyhood.But Woods appreciates Snead’s feat as well, even though it came before the current golf superstar was even born. Woods was only five years old when he met Snead and they struck up a friendship before Snead died in 2002.“Sam’s record, to do it for that long, is just absolutely phenomenal,” Woods said. “He didn’t exactly have easy guys to play against, (Ben) Hogan and (Byron) Nelson.“His swing is one of the classic swings that we all try and replicate. We all looked at it, we all analyzed it and we all tried to do it. He was blessed just like Hogan with amazing flexibility that a lot of guys just can’t do. I mean, he’s kicking door archways in his 50s and 60s.”Woods is the season’s only three-time winner, having also taken key major tuneup titles at the Memorial in June and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March. He leads the US PGA money list and scoring average, ranks fifth in driving and 10th in reaching greens in regulation.And even worse for rivals as the British Open looms in two weeks at Royal Lytham, he is gaining confidence.“If you have a positive tournament, you try and ride that,” Woods said. “If you have a negative tournament, that didn’t exist. So obviously I feel very excited about what I did last week.”Stricker, who hopes a strong showing will help his chances of making the US Ryder Cup team, will have wife Nicki as his caddie. He will attempt his fourth title in a row at the US PGA John Deere Classic next week.Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut at last year’s Greenbrier, will play alongside defending champion Scott Stallings and Australian Stuart Appleby, who fired a final-round 59 at Greenbrier in 2010 to win by a stroke.A major storm a heat wave that struck the region last Friday has left more than 1.8 million people in 11 states without power, toppling more than 80 trees at Greenbrier, one that toppled a bleachers stand behind the 16th green.Volunteers cleared debris last weekend and the event is ready even though more than 300,000 people in West Virginia remain without power.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia, USA 5th July – Tiger Woods, fresh off his 74th career victory last week, brings his skills for the first time to the former home of the only golfer to have won more titles, Sam Snead.Woods tees off Thursday alongside fellow Americans Steve Stricker and Webb Simpson, who won last month’s US Open, at the $6.1 million US PGA Greenbrier Classic at the Greenbrier layout where the late Snead was club professional.last_img read more

Demand exceeds veterans home plans

first_imgBut even when all three are built by the end of the decade, the need in the region will outweigh the available supply by at least 1,000 beds, officials acknowledged. “We are in the greatest-need location in the United States for a veterans home,” said Robert Johnson, construction director for the California Department of Veterans Affairs. “There are more veterans living within the 50-mile catchment for the West L.A. site than there are for 42 other states. They all have veterans homes. Los Angeles doesn’t.” The total cost of all three projects is about $300 million, with $180 million coming from the federal government and the rest from state sources including a statewide veterans bond act approved in 2000. SACRAMENTO – Even as three new veterans facilities are planned for the region, officials said Tuesday that demand is outpacing available supply. The state last month broke ground on the 60-bed Pete Knight Veterans Home of California in Lancaster, and plans to start construction this summer on facilities in Ventura County and West Los Angeles. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is scheduled to attend Friday’s groundbreaking of the West L.A. facility, which will provide 400 beds in units for elderly care, skilled nursing and Alzheimer’s/dementia. The Antelope Valley and Ventura County facilities will provide 60 beds each for long-term residential elderly care and an additional 50 beds for an adult day health care program. (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Flexing their muscles

first_imgLooks like the new Dodge Challenger SRT8 will be screaming out of showrooms. The company started taking orders on Monday, and since then more than 6,000 muscle-car buffs plunked down deposits. More than 4,300 ordered the car on the first day.“This is unprecedented,” Mark Mallie, Challenger brand manager for Dodge Marketing, said in a statement. “Customers were actually coming to us and pushing us, so we thought this was a good time to take pre-sale orders.”Fred Beaucar, sales manager at Glendale Dodge, says the store has received lots of calls about the Challenger.But they areis not taking deposits because the dealer doesn’t know how many Challengers it will get.“We certainly don’t want to take anyone’s money if we can’t get them the car,” he said. American enthusiasm and demand for the smart fortwo is already strong. More than 30,000 people from all 50 states have each placed a $99 deposit to secure a vehicle. Smart has a base price of $11,590 for the fortwo pure, while a fortwo passion coupe starts at $13,590. The smart fortwo passion convertible starts at $16,950.The company said that interest has come from a wide variety of consumers, including first-time buyers looking for something affordable, urban dwellers looking for something functional and easy to park, baby boomers in need of a second or third car for commuting or for family members,and empty nesters who no longer require a large car or back seat.GOOD VIBRATIONSPontiac this week said that pricing for the 2009 Vibe will start at $15,895 when it arrives in dealer showrooms in February 2008. Added to the Vibe lineup for 2009 are an all-wheel-drive model, which will start at $19,495, and the performance-oriented GT model starting at $19,895.The Vibe is powered by a 1.8-liter engine and five-speed manual transmission that can be upgraded to a 2.4-liter engine. Standard safety features include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, StabiliTrak electronic-stability control, six air bags and OnStar. All-wheel-drive and GT models come standard with the 158 hp 2.4-liter engine.FINAL WORDFabric fatigue: A term used with tires when the fabric degrades and results in tire cord breakdown due to repeated flexing and heat.– From staff and news services160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSo far the only styling cues available are from the concept car. The production model will be unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in February.SRT stands for street racing technology, and the 8 refers to the car’s 6.1-liter HEMI V-8. Cars will feature a numbered dash plaque, plus dual carbon-fiber hood stripes that harken back to the original Dodge Challenger.The car is available in black, silver or HEMI orange. Mallie said more than half the orders are for Hemi Orange.Suggested retail price is $37,995. Deliveries will begin in the spring. Beaucar said he expects to get his Challengers at some time in April.GET SMARTThe shortest, most-compact automobile currently in production will soon be launched in the world’s largest automobile market, when the smart fortwocq debuts in the United States in January.Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler AG, introduced this latest vehicle to the U.S. market at a press briefing in Washington, D.C., this week.last_img read more

Rooney expected to be left out again by Man United for Liverpool clash – Coral

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Wayne Rooney has lost his Manchester United and England starting spot in recent weeks, and he is 4/11 to again be sidelined for United’s Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night.Meanwhile, Rooney is even-money to win back his England place for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland, and 4/5 not to start November’s big match at Wembley.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Kids turn lesson into real-life benefit

first_imgTeachers teach and kids learn, right? Yeah, well, not always. What began a few weeks ago as a math and English lesson for some seventh- and eighth-graders at Columbus Middle School in Canoga Park ended Wednesday in a poignant, emotional lesson in life for the entire campus of 1,350 students – with the kids doing most of the teaching. “Kids could run the world if adults would just let them,” said teacher Alison Mailes, who had tears in her eyes as she was handed a check for $1,000 by students Lovia Ampofo, 14, and Victoria Vela, 13. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Mailes has been on a leave of absence from her teaching job while she helps care for her 18-year-old son, Jeff, who has had a bone-marrow transplant to beat his cancer. “For you to do this at our time of need, well, it just means so much to my family. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” she told the students. Standing next to Mailes with another $1,000 check was teacher Giesela Frey, whose West Hills home burned down in a fire in April. Her family lost everything, including two of their pets. “You kids are unbelievable,” Frey said, as the students applauded her. “I’m speechless. I’m just so, so grateful.” The checks came as a surprise to both teachers. The money was raised in one week by about 30 students who set up shop in the school library and took donations from fellow students in exchange for arts and crafts, cookies and brownies. English teacher Jackie Wellbaum, and her math teacher husband, Sean Wellbaum, had been having their students use made-up charities and donations to learn how to use spreadsheets and keep financial records. “The kids came up to us one day and asked if it would be OK to raise real donations to give to our two teachers instead,” Sean said. Assistant Principal Denise Cantillon checked and said it would be fine as long as the kids didn’t charge for their arts and crafts, but asked for a donation instead. It would be a community service event. “The kids were absolutely incredible,” Cantillon said. “They took a classroom lesson and turned it into a real-life fundraising, charitable event.” Word soon spread throughout the campus about the English and math lesson that had taken on a life of its own. Every kid in school was urged to stop by the library and see for themselves. “My job was to walk around school and drag everyone over to our fair in the library,” said Ampofo, laughing. It wasn’t a tough sell. Most students already knew where the money was going – knew who would be helped when they made a donation in exchange for a key chain, pillow, gift bag, or one of the other items offered in the library. But no one expected the kids to raise $2,000 in one week for two teachers going through some tough times. After hugging the kids and thanking them again, Mailes said she couldn’t wait to get to the City of Hope Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon to tell her son – who is doing well after his bone-marrow transplant – what the kids at her school did for them. “I meant every word,” Mailes said. “Kids could run the world if adults would just let them.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Neymar miles ahead! Costliest players ever based on cumulative transfer fees

first_img 18 18 18 18 18 18. Fernando Torres’ combined transfer fees amount to a total of £84.58m – Atletico Madrid > Liverpool > Chelsea > Milan > Atletico Madrid 18 18 14. Paul Pogba has cost a total of £89.25m – Manchester United > Juventus > Manchester United 15. Robbie Keane has cost a total of £88.27m – Wolves > Coventry City > Inter Milan > Leeds United > Tottenham > Liverpool > Tottenham > LA Galaxy 6. Hulk has cost a total of £110.85m – Envigado > CA Banfield > Porto > Monaco > Real Madrid 9. Luis Suarez has cost a total of £99.04m – Nacional > FC Groningen > Ajax > Liverpool > Barcelona 8. Hernan Crespo cost a total of £101.38m – River Plate > Parma > Lazio > Inter > Chelsea > Inter > Genoa > Parma 13. Cristiano Ronaldo has cost a combined total of £94.78m – Sporting Lisbon > Manchester United > Real Madrid 18 18 18 18 4. Gonzalo Higuain has cost a total of £119.85m – River Plate > Real Madrid > Napoli > Juventus 10. Juan Veron’s transfer fees totalled £98.6m – Estudiantes > Boca Juniors > Sampdoria > Parma > Lazio > Manchester United > Chelsea > Estudiantes > Brandsen > Estudiantes center_img 1. Neymar has cost a combined £272.97m – Santos > Barcelona > Paris Saint-Germain 12. David Luiz’s combined transfer fees have amounted to £96.48m – Vitoria > Benfica > Chelsea > PSG > Chelsea There are no prizes for guessing who tops this list.Neymar is the most expensive footballer of all time and the Paris Saint-Germain is also the player who has built the largest number in cumulative transfer fees.Here, looks at other costly players, beginning with Fernando Torres. 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has cost a total of £143.74m – Malmo > Ajax > Juventus > Inter > Barcelona > Milan > PSG > Manchester United 18 7. Nicolas Anelka has cost a total of £108.28m – PSG > Arsenal > Real Madrid > PSG > Liverpool > Manchester City > Fenerbahce > Bolton > Chelsea > Shanghai Shenhua > Juventus > West Brom > Mumbai City 11. Gareth Bale has cost a total £98.35m – Southampton > Tottenham > Real Madrid getty 16. Radamel Falcao has cost a total of £87.58m – River Plate > Porto > Atletico Madrid > Monaco > Man United (loan) > Chelsea (loan) > Monaco 18 18 17. Ronaldo cost a total of £85.83m during his professional career – Ronaldo also played for Real Madrid 18 18 18 2. Angel Di Maria’s combined transfer fees amount to £152.15m – Santos > Barcelona > Paris Saint-Germain 18 5. James Rodriguez has cost a total of £117.49m – Envigado > CA Banfield > Porto > Monaco > Real Madrid > Bayern Munich last_img read more