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Jose Mourinho has one clear priority – convince Harry Kane to stay

first_imgTHERE will be a clear No 1 priority for Mauricio Pochettino’s successor Jose Mourinho — to get Harry Kane to stay.The England captain is as loyal as they come, ‘one of our own’ to the Spurs supporters and unswervingly faithful to both Poch and his national manager Gareth Southgate.3 Mauricio Pochettino’s successor will have to convince Jose Mourinho to stayCredit: PA:Press AssociationYet, next summer Kane will be 27. He is widely recognised as possibly the best striker on the planet. And he has never won a trophy.Kane has 4½ years left on his contract — yet the length of his deal is merely a bargaining tool allowing chairman Daniel Levy to ramp up his transfer fee.If Kane decides he wants something bigger and better next season, it will be tough for even the ball-busting Levy to keep him.Pochettino loved Kane to a fault. He chose to start him in last season’s Champions League final against Liverpool when he was not match-fit after a lay-off of almost two months with an ankle injury.Yet since that mood-changing night in Madrid, even Kane’s goalscoring prowess could not keep his Argentinian boss in a job.Everyone close to Spurs knew that last season’s extraordinary European run — the draw in Barcelona, the victory over Borussia Dortmund, the insane win over Manchester City and the outrageous comeback against Ajax — was merely papering over the cracks.Tottenham lost 20 matches last season. They hadn’t spent a penny in the previous two transfers windows and had spent almost two years in exile at Wembley.What Pochettino achieved in securing four consecutive Champions League qualifications with a negative transfer spend was a modern-day footballing miracle.3 Tanguy Ndombele arrived for big money but is far from the finished productCredit: Getty Images – GettyYet the Argentine knew full well his players were not being paid the market rate, older players he still wanted were being pushed out of the door by Levy, and the quality of his squad had been diluted over the previous couple of years.Even when Levy re-entered the transfer market this summer, Pochettino was not impressed. Tanguy Ndombele is a promising player but for a club-record £55million you’d want the finished article, a consistent performer.Youngsters Ryan Sessegnon, 19, and Jack Clarke, 18, were not Pochettino signings — the former has yet to start for Spurs and the latter was loaned back to Leeds. Frustrations were made obvious when Poch insisted his job title should be downgraded from manager to ‘head coach’ due to his lack of clout over recruitment policy.Pochettino, 47, has grown morose and sulky since Madrid — and he’s had damned good reason to be.During five and a bit years in charge, Poch has confirmed himself as Tottenham’s second greatest boss of all time, after Bill Nicholson.Players spoke of an extraordinary sense of energy, a workaholic who expected the same of his players. A boss who could be warm and engaging, yet utterly ruthless when a player was not performing.3No reasons were ever given when players were dropped. Pochettino was old school.A b******d of an Argentinian centre-half to his core.And yet also new-age in his training techniques. No team in the Premier League had fewer days off. No team worked harder in training. And as a result Pochettino transformed Spurs from soft-touch under-achievers into consistently the best pound-for-pound team in the division.Yet Tottenham’s form during this calendar year has been close to relegation material.They have not won a league away match since January, they were humiliated by Colchester in the Carabao Cup and by Bayern Munich’s 7-2 Champions League win at the Lane.Despite all that, though, sacking Pochettino is a massive gamble for Levy.The manager remains hugely popular with supporters and retains great affection from some players — but most have become sick and tired of his increasing disaffection and his unusual sense of remoteness this season.Levy has been good for Pochettino but not half as good as Pochettino has been for Levy. 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The stakes are high. That is why Levy has felt the need to gamble.last_img read more

Sime Darby Fulfills Promise with PPEs

first_imgSime Darby Plantations Liberia (SDPL) has about 3.7 million pairs of personal protective hand gloves to help the Liberian Government’s fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease in the country. The hand gloves will help reduce the dire demand for personal protective equipments (PPEs) for frontline healthcare workers and their support staff fighting the Ebola virus. Sime Darby, an investor in Liberia’s oil palm and rubber sectors, made the donation at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Congo Town on Friday, November 7. Professor Boimah Sonii made the donation on behalf of Sime Darby and assured the government of his company’s preparedness to help sustain the fight against Ebola.  Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai was on hand to receive the hand gloves loaded in three containers on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The elated Vice President described the Malaysian investors as one of the companies that have made ‘substantial’ investments in Liberia. Sime Darby is investing hundreds of millions of United Sates dollars in Liberia’s oil palm and rubber industries in the post-conflict economy. Vice President Boakai, being aware of the risks taken by the company to invest here particularly in the oil palm sector, lauded the company and noted how it has remained committed and focused in its investment drive in the country despite the enormous challenges. “Sime Darby is one of those companies that have made substantial investments in Liberia– in four of our counties of course they are just in two of those counties for now,” said Vice President Boakai. “We are thankful for the contribution from them [Sime Darby] and of course much more is needed in the fight against Ebola and our [government] commitment to take our health sector to a new level.”  Vice President Boakai also thanked the Malaysian government for the partnership and support to the Liberian government. For his part, Liberia’s Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, also thanked Sime Darby for the donation and said it is timely for the government and people of Liberia. “These donations are timely and good for us because the demand for PPEs is too high,” said Dr. Gwenigale. Minister Gwenigale immediately turned the containers over to Deputy Health Minister for Administration Mr. Matthew T. K. Flomo who expressed his gratitude to Sime Darby for the kind gesture. “We are now fighting a twin battle,” said Mr. Flomo. “One of the battles is to defeat the Ebola virus and the other is to restore normal healthcare delivery across the country.” According to Minister Flomo, the donation by Sime Darby will help the Ministry supply hand gloves to public hospitals in the 15 counties of Liberia. He, however, noted that more PPEs including hand gloves are needed because health workers are required to immediately dispose of every pair of glove they use as they cater to a patient at a time.  “We are more than happy to receive these gloves, but the fight against Ebola is not over yet and so the demand is very high,” Flomo added.Few days ago, Sime Darby Management announced that it was bringing in three containers of hand gloves to help the government fight the Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Armed gunmen attack, rob graphic artist

first_imgA graphic artist is now left counting his losses after he was attacked and robbed of $1 million in cash by armed gunmen on Friday morning.The Prashad Nagar, Georgetown, resident was robbed at about 09:00h in the vicinity of Bel Air, Georgetown, in his motorcar.Guyana Times understands that while the graphic artist was driving his Toyota Allion motorcar along Eping Avenue, Bel Air, two motorcyclists suddenly blocked his path.Scared for his life, the man sat and watched as one of the suspects dismounted his motorcycle and approached his vehicle.The perpetrator upon reaching the victim’s vehicle, reportedly whipped out a firearm from his waist and demanded cash.The victim handed over his cash resulting in the gunman and his accomplice fleeing the scene on their motorcycles.The matter was reported to the Police and a manhunt has since been launched for the two suspects.last_img read more

Guyana featured in National Geographic Traveller’s “Cool List 2019”

first_imgGuyana has been featured in the National Geographic Traveller’s ‘The Cool List 2019’.The article focuses on Guyana’s futuristic cityscapes and modernist architecture to pristine rainforest and rehabilitated wildlife. In this most recent accolade, Guyana is featured at number 10 on the all-encompassing global list.“New flights are opening up this undiscovered gem…Guyana’s main prize is Kaieteur Falls. The largest single-drop waterfall in the world is a beauty, cutting its way through the jungle as the Potaro River falls 741 feet before continuing towards the Atlantic,” the article said.Over the years, Guyana has cemented its position as a leading tourism destination, and has gained international recognition as ‘National Geographic Traveller 2014’s must-see places on planet Earth.Guyana earned a coveted spot on this exclusive, very short list for the very first time in 2014 and BBC Travel’s ‘Five destinations you should know more about’, among many others.The recent National Geographic Traveller accolade is further proof of the destination’s vibrancy and its lure with its offerings of raw authentic adventure, stunning scenery and rich culture, unique to Guyana.The destination features an irresistible combination of natural beauty, pristine Amazonian rainforests, immense waterfalls, amazing wildlife, blended with a vibrant Indigenous culture, rich heritage and the most hospitable and friendly people in the world.At the onset of the New Year, Guyana was also featured in The Sunday Times Newspaper (UK) in an article titled ‘The Guianas’ and in an article on how to visit Kaieteur National Park in Travel and Leisure. Earlier in December, the country’s famous St George’s Cathedral was also highlighted in Atlas Obscura – “St George’s Cathedral isn’t all that lofty as churches go, but at 143-feet-tall and made entirely from wood – apart from its foundations – it ranks amongst the tallest wooden churches in the world,” they wrote.Founded in 2009, Atlas Obscura catalogues unusual and obscure travel destinations, and relies heavily on user generated content. Added to this, the Evening Standard (UK) featured Guyana in an article titled ‘25 of the world’s most magical jungle adventures’ late last year.last_img read more

Teams invited to participate in slow-pitch tournament

first_imgSo far, this is the only booked slow-pitch tournament to participate in this summer, other than the league playoffs, which are scheduled for August.- Advertisement – The entry fee for the tournament is $350 per team and entry forms must be submitted by July 6. Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to a local kids sport organization. The event will also include an element of poker, where the winning team from each game will receive two playing cards, while the losers receive one. After the five games have concluded, each team will combine all their earned playing cards, in hopes of creating the best poker hand. Poker hands can then be used to win a variety of prizes. The first-ever F.A.I.T Poker Slow-pitch Tournament will be held on July 9 and 10 at the Surrerus Diamonds.center_img Local slow-pitch teams will be getting the chance to compete in a tournament-style competition. Teams must be co-ed and require 10 participants, six males and four females. The tournament is round robin style and every team is guaranteed five games. The tournament has also enlisted the services of a certified umpire.last_img read more

Condors are Ice Dogs’ prey

first_imgIce Dogs center Ash Goldie scored 3:06 into the third period to give Long Beach a 3-1 lead. But Bakersfield’s Andrew Ianiero scored less than 3 minutes later. The Condors’ Todd Griffith then scored with 1:19 left to tie it at 3. The Ice Dogs jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first period when Alexei Smirnov scored a power-play goal and Bonello added a goal. This was the seventh game of a season-long, nine-game trip. The Ice Dogs improved to 5-2 on the trip. They stand at 18-26-3 for 39 points, the fewest in the 10-team National Conference of the ECHL. The Ice Dogs play tonight at Bakersfield and conclude their trip Sunday in Phoenix. The Ice Dogs return home on Feb. 23 to face the Alaska Aces at 7:30 p.m. The Ice Dogs lost a two-goal lead in the third period, but recovered to beat the host Bakersfield Condors 4-3 in a shootout on Friday night. It was the Ice Dogs’ third straight win. Goaltender Mike Brown made 43 saves in regulation and turned away all five Condors in the shootout to lead the Ice Dogs. Brad Bonello was the first skater in the shootout and the only one to score. center_img 160Want 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

Nigerian pastor wants Sh200,000 for World Cup litany

first_img0Shares0000Green power: The Super Eagles train on the eve of Friday’s big matchLAGOS, Nigeria, June 22 – A pastor in Nigeria has urged his followers to pay him more than Sh200, 000 ($2,000) to unleash a squadron of “prayer warriors” to help the country’s footballers secure a World Cup win.Earlier this week, self-styled prophet Tommy Yisa Aika said that the Super Eagles lost their opening match to Croatia because God was punishing them for hiring a white coach, Gernot Rohr. But he now says Nigeria can salvage the situation and become the first African team to win the tournament — as long as fans give him 750,000 naira ($2,092, 1,797 euros).“What I need is a token 750,000 (naira) to get some spiritual materials and also to give my prayer warriors as honorarium,” he said in a television interview, the Daily Post reported.Aika said his crack congregation was on standby and ready for action, “so that what has been destroyed can be readjusted to grant the Super Eagles divine favour all through the tournament”.Nigeria play Iceland on Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Taxpayers billed $1,200 monthly for McKeon to ride in style

first_img “It’s a $50,000 car – that’s just the way it came out,” he said. “It’s a nice car. We have cheaper cars, yes, but the man came in and that’s the one he wants. … We’re thrilled to have his business.” McKeon aides said the congressman travels extensively in his sprawling district, which includes the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys in the west and stretches east to Inyo and Mono counties and portions of San Bernardino County. While the auto lease doesn’t break the bank – McKeon routinely refunds the House treasury any surplus at the end of the year – it’s a matter of perception. “The concern would be they don’t want to be seen driving something too ostentatious,” said Jon Coupal, chair of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, a taxpayer rights group. “We would prefer that they travel in safe transportation, but not something overly luxurious.” Last year, leases for 136 House members cost at least $1.05 million, divided between 72 Republicans and 64 Democrats, Knight Ridder reported. Taxpayers also paid for hundreds of thousands of dollars more in gas and insurance. Other California representatives with expensive leases include Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Atwater, who is paying $1,227.17 a month for a Chevrolet truck, and Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville, whose Toyota Highlander hybrid costs $1,073.73 per month. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, is paying $901.22 a month for a Lincoln Town Car. The least expensive leases are held by Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, who pays $210.65 a month for a Chevrolet Tahoe; Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., whose Honda Accord costs $214.79 a month, and Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., whose Chevrolet Impala costs $219.00 per month. Valencia Acura owners Fleming and wife Cheri have contributed $6,000 to the congressman since 2002, including $3,500 in the 2006 campaign cycle, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. “We’ve been supporters of him for a long time,” Don Fleming said. “But we have been supporters of other politicians who drive other cars.” McKeon’s previous ride was a Lincoln Navigator. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want 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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 House members traveling on official business have a choice of mileage reimbursement – a maximum 44.5 cents per mile – if they use personal vehicles or to lease a car for their two-year term. The Senate does not allow auto leases to come out of office budgets. The Acura lease comes out of McKeon’s annual business budget of $1.3 million allocated by the federal treasury, McKeon spokesman James Geoffry said Wednesday. It covers costs for McKeon’s Washington office and district offices in Santa Clarita and Palmdale, including staff salaries and other expenses. “It’s not costing the taxpayers a dime more,” said James Geoffrey, a McKeon spokesman in Washington. “It’s not like we’re going out and getting more than is allocated. “It’s a transportation cost like any other transportation cost. Mr. McKeon went shopping and determined what met his needs and that’s what he came to.” Valencia Acura Owner and General Manager Don Fleming said the price of the car, the shorter two-year lease instead of a standard three or four year, and expected high mileage – about 15,000 miles allotted per year, pushed lease payments north. SANTA CLARITA – Taxpayers pay $1,231.51 a month for Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon to lease a top-of-the-line Acura sedan, one of the the most expensive deals signed by the 136 House members who take advantage of the car-lease perk. The two-year lease signed last year with Valencia Acura puts the seven-term Santa Clarita Republican behind the wheel of an Acura RL while back home in the 25th congressional district. The model is an ultra-low emission four-door with 290 horsepower and standard voice-activated navigation system. The basic RL sedan costs at least $49,000 and gets 18 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon in highway driving, according to EPA fuel efficiency estimates. McKeon’s car lease, first reported this week by Knight Ridder News Service, is the second most expensive held by a House of Representatives member, behind Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., who is paying $1,248.31 for a Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle. last_img read more

THE FAMOUS MK2 ESCORT IS BACK ON THE ROOF FOR THE DONEGAL FOOTBALLERS!

first_imgThe escort is placed on top of the Dry Arch service station today.It brought the Donegal team luck in 2012 when we last won the All-Ireland.And now the MK2 Escort has been put back on the roof of the Dry Arch Filling Station in Letterkenny.Up, up, up and away!A huge crane was put in place this morning to lift the car onto the roof of the service station. The car, which has even undergone a fresh coat of paint in the Donegal colours, caught the eye of motorists as the operation got underway.Owner of the Dry Arch Service Station, Ciaran Brogan, said he was hoping the MK2 would rekindle some of the memories which brought Sam home in 2012.“It was last up in 2012 and we all know what happened that year.“We’re just hoping the same thing might happen again this year. “We’ve had a great reaction to it going up and it’s a real talking point.“I think it’s so important for everyone to get behind Jim and the boys this week as we head to Croke Park,” he said.Many thanks to Joe Langan for the great pictures.Touchdown! The Donegal team escort makes its mark! THE FAMOUS MK2 ESCORT IS BACK ON THE ROOF FOR THE DONEGAL FOOTBALLERS! was last modified: August 23rd, 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) Tags:Ciaran BrogandonegalDry Arch Service Stationletterkennylast_img read more

Zumbrun signs to Redlands

first_imgKarina Zumbrun signed a letter of intent to play collegiate soccer at the University of Redlands, Thursday afternoon at the Arcata High library.“She was a force in the middle of the field for us,” Arcata head coach Patrick Stranahan said. “She was an important part of our team.”Zumbrun lead the Tigers to a 14-8-1 overall record last season and a second-place finish in the North Coast Section playoffs. The soon to be Bulldog led Arcata with 38 goals and 13 assists a season ago, and had the …last_img read more