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De Bruyne full of pep from Guardiola tactics at City

first_imgManchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is enjoying playing under manager Pep Guardiola and credits the Spaniard’s tactics for helping him thrive at the Premier League leaders.The Belgian international notched seven league goals and nine assists in 2015 but since Guardiola’s arrival last July, De Bruyne’s impact has risen drastically, with the 26-year-old assisting 21 goals in 36 league games last season.De Bruyne has provided nine assists and scored twice in 16 appearances across all competitions this campaign and the attacking midfielder praised his manager and the club’s successful transfers for improving the unbeaten side.“Since Pep came to the club, he plays a style of football I like to play, so it makes it easy as a player,” De Bruyne told Sky Sports.“I like it here, it is the perfect environment and since I came here there has been a lot of trust in me. I like the project they are doing from the moment I came here.“There was an older team (when I first arrived), they did a lot of transfers, a lot of young people, they are building for the future… I am really happy here and I see myself being a long time here.”De Bruyne, along with forwards Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, has been instrumental in City’s storming start to the season, which has seen them open a five-point lead at the top of the standings and qualify from their Champions League group.City host fifth-placed Arsenal on Sunday and De Bruyne has urged his team to extend their advantage and heap pressure on their rivals on a weekend when title contenders Manchester United and champions Chelsea face off at Stamford Bridge.“It is a very important one again. We have Arsenal and United have Chelsea, so there are a lot of things that can happen again,” De Bruyne added.“If we win that game, it means that somebody else is also going to lose points with Arsenal.“So it puts pressure on the rest, it gives us a good advantage and it is always handy to have more points and to put pressure on the other people.”last_img read more

Population worry about crime, corruption, joblessness

first_imgDear Editor,An opinion poll conducted by the North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) in early December, mid-way into the APNU/AFC term in office, found widespread dissatisfaction with the Government.Guyanese cited a variety of challenges impacting the well-being of the nation and support for the ruling coalition. Large majorities expressed concern about crime, corruption, the economy (poverty, wages, joblessness, inflation, etc.), future (wrong) direction of the country, health care, education, race relations or racism, governance, and drugs as among serious problems worrying the nation.In general, a large majority of people from across the political divide, supporters of all three parties, feel the Government has not done a satisfactory job in managing the affairs of the nation, and in handling the issues noted above.They are also not pleased at how the President appointed the Chair of GECOM, which has badly divided the nation.The poll, which interviewed 442 individuals to represent the ethnic diversity (41% Indians, 30% Africans, 18% Mixed, 10% Amerindians, 1% others) of the population, was conducted by this writer earlier this month. The poll findings, analysed at a significance level of 95%, has a margin of error of 4%.Based on the findings of the poll, 92% expressed a fear of crime, with many saying criminals have become emboldened and daring in staging robberies, carjacking, and carrying out violent activities. People feel elements of the Police are involved in criminal activities, including “providing cover” for, or facilitating, criminals, making solving crime difficult.A whopping 90% said the country is moving in the wrong direction, an indication of a lack of confidence in their future well-being.On other issues, 83% said they are worried about corruption; 79% on the state of the economy; 69% on unemployment (citing termination of sugar workers); and 67% on race relations, or racism.People are also not satisfied with the Government´s (Ministry) handling of education, health care, agriculture, and combating drug trafficking; with dissatisfaction figures of 73%, 71%, 66%, and 68% respectively.Asked if they approve of the appointment of Ret´d Judge James Patterson as GECOM Chair, 59% said no, with 30% saying yes, and 11% unsure. Some 57% feel the Government had violated the (spirit of the) Constitution in not choosing someone from the list of nominees of the Opposition Leader.Asked if they support the closure of Rose Hall and Enmore Estates, 63% said no, with 24% saying yes, and the others offering no opinion.Asked if they approve of the latest budget, 61% said no, with 24% saying yes, and the others not offering an opinion.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Super Eagles adopt rules to curb bonus rows

first_img0Shares0000ABUJA, December 3 – Nigeria have adopted a code of conduct which they hope will forestall bonus rows like the one that almost caused the country to miss out on this year’s Confederations Cup.Sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi has forwarded a code of conduct, drafted by a committee at his ministry, for immediate implementation by the country’s football federation. The committee was set up to draw up rules after the Super Eagles refused a 50 percent cut in their bonus for two 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Kenya and Namibia in June.The African champions refused to board their flight out of Namibia to Brazil and the government had to intervene to pay the balance of the bonuses before they agreed to travel to South America.Nigeria arrived less than 24 hours before their opening Confederations Cup game against Tahiti.The five-part document spells out the obligations of the Nigerian Football Federation, coaches and players called up to the national team. Non-compliance could lead to fines, suspensions or even expulsions.Pay rows have often surrounded Nigerian teams with coaches not paid regularly and in time, while players have resisted any attempts to review their win bonus downwards.There have been several attempts to introduce a code but they have often been met by a stiff resistance from players.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

AFC ordered to pay Minnaert Sh2.4mn

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Ivan Jacky Minnaert when he was unveiled on 26th, February, 2016.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – Kenyan Premier League side AFC Leopards has been ordered by the Football Kenya Federation appeals board to compensate former coach Ivan Minnaert with a six month salary sum amounting to Sh2.4mn for unlawful dismissal.The Belgian coach through his lawyers presented his case to the board saying he was unlawfully relieved of his duties after he was sacked by the club on September 1 over poor performance. In a 29-page ruling, the tribunal chaired by Bernard Murunga argued that the club failed to substantiate any of their allegations towards the Belgian tactician while Minnaert argued that most of the results termed ‘undesirable’ were not of his own making.“From our analysis, the club did not set any written targets for the coach other than achieving desirable results as indicated in the employment contract,” the tribunal listed down on its findings.Minnaert had asked to be refunded the full amount of the 18 months remaining in his initial two year contract but the tribunal ruled that it was an excessive period as it pre supposed that the coach would not work at all during the 18 months.Another issue raised during the hearing was the unclear contract signed between Minnaert and the club with the tribunal questioning why there was no start date written on it. “The match against Bandari Football Club according to press reports was played on March 2, 2016 and it is fair to presume that the coach took his position after signing the contract in late February 2016 even though none of the parties dated the contract,” the Murunga-led hearing board ruled.“We therefore confirm that the coach was duly employed by the Club under the terms of the undated contract as having commenced work at the Club as the head coach for a period of at least six months when his services were terminated on 31st August 2016.”Minnaert was pleased with the tribunal’s decision but termed his six month stint at AFC Leopards as ‘the worst experience’ in his career.“The decision from the tribunal has vindicated me, that I was truly dismissed wrongly. It is good that AFC Leopards know they need to deal professionally. I will put all the bad things behind and try to remember the positives including the fans who are great but suffering because of the management,” Minnaert stated.This is not the first time AFC Leopards are facing trouble with a former coach as they were also asked to pay former coach Dutchman Pieter de Jongh Sh1.5mn over the same issue of unlawful termination of services.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Leopards leave it late to turn the style on Nakumatt

first_img“Ingotse is a fantastic young players with very good pace and we knew getting him in with 15 minutes left would be ideal because he can always run behind the defense. I am happy with the win and how we performed today,” Stewart Hall, the AFC Leopards head coach said after the game.In a game of not so many straight cut chances, Leopards put in their best in the final 20 minutes, injecting pace and power upfront to secure the win to charge their push for the 2017 title.Fiamenyo dived in to head a Robinson Kamura freekick at the stroke of half time. Late in the second half, Ingotse finished off a pass from Kiongera before the latter volleyed home a cross from Whyvonne Isuza just two minutes later.The first half didn’t produce as many goal scoring chances and when they did come up, most were in favor of Ingwe.On the quarter hour mark, Duncan Otieno saw his ferocious shot fisted away by Nakumatt shot stopper Sammy Okinda after being set up by Fiamenyo. Nakumatt’s first chance at goal was in the 30th minute when a mistake by Bernard Mang’oli in defense gifted Ronald Musana the ball but the Ugandan fired wide.Two minutes on the turn, Mang’oli almost made up for his error but his shot from the edge of the area was well saved by Okinda for an unused corner. Okinda who had shown some good quality commanding his defense and distributing the ball made another crucial save to deny Kiongera.AFC Leopards striker Gilbert Fiamenyo attempts to go past Nakumatt FC defender Eugene Ambulwa in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on March 20, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe striker had gotten off Kennedy Onyango with some brilliant piece of skill on the right but to squeeze in a shot at the near post.Okinda was finally beaten in the 44th minute when Fiamenyo dived in to head a well delivered freekick from Robinson Kamura.Leopards kept the pace at the start of the second half and 13 minutes in Kiongera was denied by the crossbar after he dived in to meet a Marcus Abwao cross.Nakumatt on the other side had a chance in the 73rd minute with Kepha Aswani almost haunting his former employers with a ferocious shot from the edge of the area, but Ian Otieno parried the ball away.In the final 10 minutes, the introduction of Ingotse for Fiamenyo paid dividends with the youngster slicing the ball home from a Kiongera assist. The latter then finished off the job two minutes later with a superb volley from an Isuza cross.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards Ghanaian striker goes up in the air against Nakumatt defenders during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Sunday March 19, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTHIKA, Kenya, Mar 19- AFC Leopards left it late before turning the style on Nakumatt beating the Kenyan Premier League newcomers 3-0 in their first match of the 2017 season at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Sunday evening.A late goal from substitute Marcelus Ingotse and a sublime volley by Mungai Kiongera added on Gilbert Fiamenyo’s first half header as the Leopards started their season with an emphatic win.last_img read more

Brazil star to miss remainder of Copa America

first_imgBrazil captain Neymar has been handed a four-match ban, ruling him out of the remainder of this year’s Copa America.The Barcelona attacker has been punished for his role in Wednesday’s post-game fracas, when he was shown a straight red card for confronting Jeison Murillo and Carlos Bacca after the Group C defeat to Colombia.Brazil, who have yet to make sure of their place in the last eight, do have the right of appeal.Bacca has been banned for two matches and fined $5,000 for his part in the melee. 1 Neymar in action for Brazil last_img


first_imgMaureen won €32,400 on last Saturday’s (11th May 2013) National Lottery Winning Streak TV Gameshow held in RTE. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were from left: Lydia Carlin, The National Lottery ticket selling agent from Simpsons, Tulnaree, Carndonagh Co Donegal. Marty Whelan, Gameshow Host. Maureen Gamble, winning participant. Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive, the National Lottery, Geri Maye, Gameshow Host and Joe Carlin also The National Lottery ticket selling agent from Simpsons, Tulnaree, Carndonagh Co Donegal Pic Mac Innes Photography.Carndonagh woman Maureen Gamble likes to take a chance as her name might suggest!And sending in her scratch card last week, she thought her name might come out on the Winning Streak TV game.And it did. Maureen left the family farm at Tulnaree last weekend and came home €32,400 richer.Maureen, who keeps rare chickens, works on the family farm. MAUREEN TAKES A ‘GAMBLE’ AND SCOOPS €32,400 was last modified: May 13th, 2013 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:Maureen GambleWinning Streaklast_img read more

Emmy-winner wrote for Benny

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A funeral service will be held Monday for two-time Emmy-award winning comedy writer George Balzer. Balzer died of natural causes Thursday at his Van Nuys home. He was 91. Balzer, who lived in the San Fernando Valley for 80 years, was under contract with comedian Jack Benny for 25 years, beginning in 1943 with Benny’s radio show and including “The Jack Benny Show” that launched on television in 1950. Balzer won his Emmys for his work in 1958-59 and 1959-60. Some of the better-known comedy routines and lines he wrote for Benny included “Si Si Cy,” the bakery shop “cimeron” rolls, and the railroad station master calling, “Train leaving on track five for Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga.” “He was most proud of writing for Jack Benny. He had a very dry sense of humor,” said his son, Tim Balzer. “He brought me up as a gentleman. He always said to me, ‘Don’t ever do anything you don’t want other people to find out about — because they will.’” Balzer’s early radio comedy-writing career included stints for Bob “Bazooka” Burns on the Bing Crosby Kraft Music Hall and for George Burns and Gracie Allen. He also co-wrote the Broadway musical comedy show “Are You With It?” that ran for 17 months beginning in 1945. Balzer’s passions included his family and Notre Dame football. He was an avid golfer and a member of Lakeside Country Club in Toluca Lake for years. “He always gave me good advice, even though at the time I didn’t know it was good advice,” said his daughter, Bonnie Neel. “I could always pick up the phone and ask him what he thought about some problem. He was a devoted grandparent. He was very religious and devoted to the Catholic Church.” Balzer also used his wit at home with family members and had a broad vision of life, said his daughter Judy Bell. “I always thought he was very knowledgeable about life. It was the simple things he treasured,” she said. “I think we learned from him that we would not find happiness in material things. He was a good role model.” George Balzer was born on Sept. 1, 1915, in Erie, Pa. He moved with his family in 1920 to Los Angeles. The family later moved to Weeks Colony in Winnetka. Balzer attended Winnetka Avenue Elementary School and in 1933 graduated from Canoga Park High School. He joined the family business, Home Way Laundry in Van Nuys, and in 1942 married Ada Marie Anderson. Balzer is survived by daughters, Bonnie Neel and Judy Bell; a son, Tim Balzer; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and his sister, Helen Gates. His wife died in 1997. Funeral service is set for 10 a.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Church, 6635 Tobias Ave., Van Nuys. Balzer will be buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Donations in Balzer’s memory may be sent to the Motion Picture and Television Fund, 22212 Ventura Blvd., Suite 300, Woodland Hills, Calif., 91364. — Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.comlast_img read more

Freeway widening estimate up again

first_imgThe cost of adding car-pool lanes through the congested interchange of the Antelope Valley Freeway and Interstate 5 jumped an additional $30million because of design issues and price increases in construction materials, transportation officials said last week. One of the top transportation priorities for northern Los Angeles County officials, the freeway-widening project was estimated to cost $81million as recently as 2005. After a second big jump, the latest estimate is $157million, with $127million in funding. “This significant cost increase was due to changes in Caltrans (state Department of Transportation) seismic design criteria standards that the project has to comply with, the need to redesign the bridge widening at a single location to meet the Metrolink vertical clearance standards, and the continuous rising of the concrete and steel prices,” Caltrans project manager Osama Megalla said in a letter to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The MTA’s planning and programming committee is expected to vote Wednesday to come up with the additional $30million in funding. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Design work on the project is about 95percent complete. The project is expected to go out for bids in April. Transportation officials are trying to expedite the project and get it completed by mid-2009. North Los Angeles County officials said the new lanes are vital for serving commuters from the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys. Tens of thousands of commuters crowd the interchange daily. The connector would make commutes easier for residents of the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys by easing congestion and providing continuity of the car-pool lanes on both freeways. Increased costs of construction projects are blamed in large part on a global building boom. Closer to home, the winding-down building boom had kept contractors busy, with fewer bidding on major highway projects. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 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

‘Show f******* balls’ – Liverpool star reveals Klopp’s incredible team talk

first_img Getty whoops gameday cracker Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions latest Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea After falling to a 3-0 defeat at Camp Nou in the first leg, the Reds seemed to be heading out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage.Without Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, the task seemed too big for Klopp’s side to overcome.But doubles from Divock Origi and Giorginio Wijnaldum sent Liverpool to the final in Madrid on June 1.And Dejan Lovren, who was on the bench for the Merseyside miracle, believes it is all down to the words of wisdom from their charismatic German. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed Dejan Lovren revealed what Jurgen Klopp said to inspire Liverpool Divock Origi celebrates the winner at Anfield center_img SORRY Liverpool’s incredible comeback victory against Barcelona is unlikely to be forgotten by fans anytime soon.And it seems neither will Jurgen Klopp’s rather unique speech which inspired the 4-0 win at Anfield. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT JIBE Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? “Congratulations to Klopp,” he told Liverpool’s official website .“Before the game he did an amazing speech.“It was something brilliant and I think he lifted us so high. It was just ‘Believe! Put it in your mind that we can do it’. It was something that we’ve never heard before.“He said: ‘Boys, believe. One or two goals, even if we don’t score in the first 15, 20 minutes, believe in the 65th, 66th, 67th minute that we can score, and then with Anfield behind us, trust me guys, we can do it. TROPHY 2 LATEST Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “‘We did it once against Dortmund, we can do it tonight. Just show f******* balls tonight.’ And we did it!”Liverpool will play either Ajax or Tottenham in the Champions League final. Tune into talkSPORT this evening to hear full commentary of their semi-final second leg clash, live from Amsterdam!last_img read more