Anthony Patrick still at Waterhouse

first_imgAnthony Patrick is still at Waterhouse despite being relieved as head coach of the struggling Premier League team. He remains at the club as assistant coach and is also in charge of the youth programme. Patrick returned to Waterhouse as interim coach of the Red Stripe Premier League outfit following the resignation of Calvert Fitzgerald, who started the season in charge. Poor results led to Fitzgerald stepping aside. Patrick took over. However, the team continued to struggle. It was rumoured that Paul Young would have taken over some two months ago, but the deal was finalised last week and Young took charge on Friday. When contacted yesterday, Patrick explained his role at the club. “I was playing an interim role until Paul Young came in. Now he is at the club, so I am his assistant and also in charge of the youth programme,” Patrick told The Gleaner. Young, who also had a stint at Waterhouse in 2009, a 2-2 draw against Tivoli Gardens last Sunday at Waterhouse Stadium. Although Waterhouse are at the foot of the table, on 14 points from 17 games, Patrick remains hopeful they will start winning soon. “It will take self-discipline from players. He (Young) is stressing on that, as it is important in moving forward. “We are trying to get the players to concentrate for the entire game. We have to be hopeful that the team can start winning. With five games remaining in the second round, the aim is to win those games then enter the third and final preliminary round in an improved position and take it from there. “We still have a chance of making the last four for the championship play-off,” Patrick said. Waterhouse next play Cavalier SC at Stadium East this Sunday, starting at 5 p.m.last_img read more

Condemning the Acts of Violence Against Roots FM

first_imgMedia reports of an armed attack against radio talk show host Henry Costa’s Roots FM must be condemned by all peace loving Liberians because it is deeply disconcerting and portends a dangerous development which, if left unchecked, could lead the country down a very slippery slope, back into wanton and carefree violence as has been witnessed in the past. The Daily Observer in strongest terms condemns the act of violence perpetrated against Roots FM.The nation must not lose sight of the fact that such crude tactics of intimidation did not help Presidents Tolbert, Doe and Taylor, all of whom met an unfortunate but inglorious end.It would appear, from what the nation is currently bearing witness to, that despotism alongside what seems to be complete and reckless disregard of the law is creeping and is beginning to define the character of the Weah government.This newspaper, drawing from hard but past experience of three arson attacks against the Daily Observer and arrests and imprisonment of its staff, hopes that this kind of gross intolerance to dissenting opinion being exhibited by officials of this government is not becoming a defining character of the Weah led government itself.The Daily Observer expresses this concern drawing from hindsight and experience. All too easily, individuals who once owned nothing of significance now find themselves availed to illegally acquired wealth and are ostentatiously flaunting same in the faces of the Liberian people. And they are doing so in reckless disregard of the implications now and in the future.This newspaper finds itself constrained to remind President Weah that he must become seized of the situation and do all he can to rein in rogue elements whose actions tend to draw the government into disrepute.Already there are growing public concerns that this kind of lawless and violent behavior perpetrated by individuals believed to be associated with this government is being endorsed by President Weah himself.This newspaper certainly hopes that this is not the case. However, in the face of demonstrated Police reluctance to apprehend perpetrators of such mindless violence, the public is left to conclude rightly or wrongly that President Weah endorses such strong arm tactics of violence and intimidation against political opponents or those expressing critical views of his government.As things stand, the public is beginning to question the role of the Police in all this. Police failure so far to apprehend perpetrators of the violence against a peaceful gathering of children attending a party hosted for them by Representative Yekeh Kolubah. It has failed also to arrest perpetrators of the violence meted against Senator Nyonblee Karnga and others during a political rally in District 13 late last year.The Daily Observer is thus constrained to ask: to whom can the citizens seek protection from violation of their rights, if not the Police? Can the Police actually be trusted to defend and protect the rights of the ordinary man on the street, for example?Based on past experience, this newspaper cannot help but warn President Weah that those encouraging him to stifle free expression should not be given an ear.This newspaper, relying on hindsight, recalls the late Minister of State John Rancy’s letter to President Doe, urging him to clamp down on political opponents and those opposed to his bid as a civilian president, especially his nemesis, General Thomas Quiwonkpa, in order to consolidate his hold on power.True to Rancy’s advice, Quiwonkpa was marginalized in the Doe government and he eventually fled the country to the United States for fear of his life all on Rancy’s advice.His return to the country at the head of  an invading force, which was subsequently repulsed, led not only to his capture and execution but to bloody reprisals against his ethnic Nimba kinsmen as well.The Daily Observer has gone to such lengths to drive home the point that such mindless violence being perpetrated against media institutions considered political opponents is bound to have repercussions that may not portend well for the country’s future peace and stability.This is because, judging from past experience, such violence is likely to engender resistance replete with a potential to snowball into a bloody orgy of violence and mayhem.In realization of this lurking and potential danger, this newspaper calls on President Weah to take hold of the situation and not allow it to degenerate into a free-for-all situation reminiscent of the country’s bloody past. That means, he has to take strong measures and act decisively against some of his comrades and colleagues found to be involved in acts inimical to the peace and stability of the country.Should President Weah however fail to act in consequence of these concerns, he may, more likely than not, end up paying a high price which could even cost him his much coveted presidency.And he must, above all, keep in mind the old saying that “to be forewarned is to be forearmed.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wenger insists Arsenal have no issues with early kick-offs ahead of Man City meeting

first_imgArsene Wenger insists it is rubbish to suggest Arsenal have a problem with early kick-offs.The Gunners badly struggled when starting at lunchtime last season, losing 6-3 at Manchester City, going down 5-1 at Liverpool and then suffering a 6-0 hammering at Stamford Bridge by London rivals Chelsea.But, as Arsenal prepare to face City at the Emirates in the early game on Saturday, Wenger has dismissed claims his side have issues when being forced to start ahead of the traditional 3pm slot.“At home, we have played well at 12:45. In the FA Cup, we had great games at 12.45. It is not the kick-off time, it is your performance, how you turn up,” said Wenger.“At 12:45 or three o’clock – for me that is just talk, the rest is the quality of the performance that counts.”Wenger continued: “[We were worse] away from home, but I think the coincidence was that we played against very strong teams away from home at 12:45.“I think it was more the quality of our opponents and the lack of quality in our performance that produced a result, not the kick-off time.“I have heard that many times – would you rather kick-off at three o’clock or 12:45? It is two hours and 15 minutes, that does not produce a miracle in your physical recovery.“Sometimes maybe, on our side, we go a bit too much overboard on that. I think 12:45 is a good kick-off time. I like it.”Three games into the Premier League season Arsenal have yet to be beaten, but were held to a goalless draw at Leicester before the international break.The Gunners have already seen off Manuel Pellegrini’s men once this season, sweeping aside an under-strength team 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley on August 10.Wenger feels Saturday’s match, which could see £16million signing Danny Welbeck make his debut, provides another chance for Arsenal to prove they can cut it with the Premier League title contenders.“We have now got the opportunity to show that we have grown as a team, that we are more mature and ready for the fight, so let’s do it,” he said.“I don’t think that this game is very important for us mathematically because we dropped points away from home, but it gives us credibility and confidence to do well.“The Premier League this year is very, very important for us and of course a game against Manchester City becomes a very important game.” 1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger last_img read more

Chelsea v Man City: Community Shield preview, commentary, predicted XIs, and more

first_img revealed 4 Chelsea will play Manchester City on Sunday at Wembley to contest the 2018 Community Shield.The FA Cup winners, now managed by Maurizio Sarri, will take on Pep Guardiola’s Premier League title winners in the traditional top-flight curtain raiser. It’s becoming more like a friendly with every passing year but will still be full of intrigue, especially with Sarri bring in Jorginho and implementing a 4-3-3 formation to replace the 5-3-2 played under Antonio Conte.And you can hear the match live on talkSPORT from 3pm.What the managers are saying: Sarri has the chance to win his first piece trophy as a manager smart causal SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Pep Guardiola: “I’m happy a manager like Sarri is here, I will learn a lot and see him every weekend. We are going to improve because of his ideas.“I’ve seen three games and he gets it. The team already in a short time plays like he wants. he needs more time but his ideas are already there.“It’s going to be a good game. Chelsea will be a big rival, they always are. I think he will be perfect for English football.“Sarri invited us in the summer, we went out in Italy and Sarri paid for the meal.” gameday cracker Most Popular Premier League News Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Hazard won the Silver Ball at the World Cup latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 4 How can I listen?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT.Team newsChelsea will be without Willian, Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Michy Batshuayi, N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud after their World Cup exertions.Manchester City, meanwhile, will not be able to call on Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling for the same reason. ALTERED possible standings predicted How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Maurizio Sarri: “The match for us is very difficult for one reason: they have worked all together for two years. We started two and a half weeks ago.“I want to win, because it’s very important to have immediately a trophy.“But in this moment of the season it’s very important, the performance.“We have to improve, of course. And so I hope to see from my team another step.” What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Chelsea and Manchester City will play in the Community Shield on Sunday, August 5. Predicted teamsChelsea: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger, Alonso; Jorginho, Fabregas, Barkley; Pedro, Morata, Hudson-Odoi.Manchester City: Bravo; Zinchenko, Laporte, Garcia, Humphreys Bolton; Luiz; Brahim, Foden; B Silva, Nmecha, Sane. 4 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 4 silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Pep Guardiola’s Man City are hoping to retain the Premier League title England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion last_img read more


first_imgSenator Brian O Domhnaill has reacted to claims that he has paid back €3,434 to the Oireachtas for wrongly-claimed expenses.The Fianna Fail politician issued a statement this afternoon on the matter.The Gortahork public representative said the Vouched Public Representation allowance payments which he received from the Oireachtas for 2012 were “absolutely and entirely” for expenditure incurred in the carrying out of my duties to the best of my ability. The Fianna Fail politician is already being investigated by the Standards in Public Office Commission for alleged duplication of expenses claims.A total of five members of the Oireachtas repaid €4,992 in claims after the audit, which was carried out by Mazars.Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, who was investigated by the commission over travel and subsistence claims made between 2006 and 2007 when he was a county councillor, accounted for €3,434 of the total.This is his statement in full. The Vouched Public Representation allowance payments which I received from the Oireachtas for 2012 were “absolutely and entirely” for expenditure incurred in the carrying out of my duties to the best of my ability.Since the introduction of Vouched allowance for TDs and Senators I have always opted for vouched expenses. My legitimate expenditure on constituency activities for 2012 was in excess of Eur 25,000. The Vouched allowance payment for Senators was Eur 15,000.I was advised by the houses of the Oireachtas In 2011 that expenditure which I had incurred was deemed eligible for Senators ie Constituency Offices costs etc.However, it has since been clarified as being deemed ineligible expenditure for allowance purposes for Senators. Therefore over Eur 13,000 of absolutely necessary expenditure in the fulfilling of my role has been deemed ineligible for the purposes of the Allowance.I also had incurred other eligible secretarial expenditure for the 2012 period which was an eligible allowable expense, however due to a lack of clarity I didn’t present those for claim purposes. If I had submitted those as part of my claim at the time no repayment on my part would have been due at all. However for the purposes of clarity I decided not to query the matter and instead immediately repaid the amount of Eur 3,434. This left an overall payment of Eur 11,566 allowance for 2012. My constituency expenditure for the period was approximately Eur 25,000 which was paid for exclusively by myself.It is worth pointing out that TDs are allowed to claim for all of the constituency expenses which I had incurred however Senators cannot claim for this expenditure.Because I am one of the only Irish Senators with a Full time constituency office my level of annual expenditure is much higher. I am happy to do this and will continue to do so in order to provide a dedicated and full time service to the people of Donegal.The reporting of any inaccurate claims is absolutely incorrect as no claims were made for this payment. The PRA is paid by the houses of the Oireachtas to each Senator and TD without the need for a claim having to be made. The only requirement is for a Senator or TD to specify as to whether or not the payment is to be vouched or unvouched. I have always opted for the vouched option.SENATOR O DOMHNAILL SAYS EXPENSES WERE USED TO CARRY OUT HIS DUTIES was last modified: December 20th, 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:expensesSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLlast_img read more

Long Beach to fight for C-17s

first_imgWASHINGTON – A delegation of Long Beach officials will meet with top Air Force brass in Washington next week to make a military case for saving the production of Boeing Co.’s C-17s. In a strategy similar to the recent successful fight to save Los Angeles Air Force Base from closures, local leaders said rather than press the potential job loss if the Pentagon stops purchasing the aircraft, they instead will argue that the cargo transport planes are critical to U.S. forces. A Defense Department study recommended purchasing no C-17s beyond the 180 currently planned. The last of those is scheduled for delivery in 2008, meaning production – most of which is done in Long Beach – could wind down next year, putting about 6,500 people out of work. The U.S. Senate recently approved a measure keeping the production line open, but Los Angeles County lobbyist E. Del Smith called that merely a “wish list” that means nothing if President George W. Bush doesn’t put funding for the C-18s in his 2007 budget. 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The production line cannot lapse. Unless they fund (the C-17s) in 2007, the U.S. has forfeited the last large military aircraft production line in the country. That’s egregious,” Smith said. “We’d be losing our number one defense capability.” Added Long Beach Councilman Frank Colonna: “It’s absolutely critical to the national defense, and, of course, it’s critical to the economy of Long Beach.” Colonna, along with Mayor Beverly O’Neill, Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga and at least one other council member will meet Tuesday at the Pentagon. Smith said the group will meet with Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed how he wrote a song about battling cancer just months before his wife Majella was struck down with the illness.Daniel and MajellaThe singer raised thousands of euro when he recorded the charity song for Donegal cancer charity Relay for Life.Daniel became patron for the charity in June 2012 and joined hundreds of other volunteers on a 24 hour relay to celebrate the fight against cancer. Daniel sat down with songwriter Marc Roberts to pen the song ‘I’ll See This Journey Through” especially for people battling cancer.But just months after performing at the event, Daniel discovered that Majella had developed breast cancer.Daniel revealed “It’s amazing I suppose how things come in life. I never imagined when I wrote the song ‘I’ll See This Journey Through” that it would be Majella’s journey and indeed my journey my journey so soon after we had it written,” he said.Majella has raised the profile of cancer sufferers and also €600,000 for the Irish Cancer Society when she had her hair shaved on the Late Late Show. Daniel and Majella are expected to appear at the 24 hour Relay for Life event which takes place in Letterkenny on May 31st.DANIEL REVEALS HOW HE WROTE CANCER SONG JUST MONTHS BEFORE WIFE MAJELLA WAS DIAGNOSED was last modified: April 9th, 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:cancerDanielMajellalast_img read more

Could Joshua Garnett’s latest injury end his 49ers tenure?

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Joshua Garnett’s disappointing season and perhaps his 49ers tenure are in jeopardy following thumb surgery last week.It’s uncertain if he’ll play in a cast Sunday when the 49ers (2-8) return from their bye and visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7). Garnett, a 2016 first-round draft pick, has barely played this season, and he didn’t play at all last season.“I know a lot of people probably think, ‘Oh, they …last_img read more

South Africa sets new Aids targets

first_imgThe government has set itself the target of getting 80% of HIV-positive South Africans on antiretroviral treatment by 2011, while bringing the rate of new HIV infections down by 50%. 3 June 2009 President Jacob Zuma, in his state of the nation Address in Cape Town on Wednesday, said the government was concerned at the deterioration of the quality of health care, aggravated by the steady increase in the burden of disease in the past 15 years. During his budget speech on February, former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel allocated an additional R932-million to the Health Department’s HIV/Aids grant in 2009/10. He said the government had to work together with stakeholders to improve the implementation of its HIV/Aids treatment and care plan, which aims to reduce the rate of new HIV infections by 50% by the year 2011. “We have set ourselves the goals of further reducing inequalities in health care provision, to boost human resource capacity, revitalise hospitals and clinics, and step up the fight against the scourge of HIVAids, TB and other diseases,” Zuma said. These funds were expected to be used to screen more pregnant women for HIV and to phase in an improved drug regimen to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission. Comprehensive treatment Budget allocation Over 630 000 people are on government’s anti-retroviral programme currently, and the medium-term expenditure framework provides for an increase to 1.4-million people by 2011/12. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

2010 reward for ‘builders of the future’

first_img17 August 2009Fifa is to give away over 120 000 category four World Cup tickets to 20 000 stadium construction workers and thousands of youngsters involved in community programmes aligned with the Ticket Fund initiative – a first in the 80-year history of the tournament.Speaking at the launch of the World Cup Ticket Fund in Johannesburg last week, Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said 40 000 of these tickets would be given to 20 000 construction workers, each worker receiving two tickets for a group stage match at the stadium they had helped to build.The remaining 80 000 tickets will be issued as a reward to thousands of South Africans, particularly youngsters, who are involved in programmes aimed at encouraging participation in football and community-oriented initiatives.These programmes range from making children and young adults aware of health issues, to equipping people with financial literacy skills to manage their lives better, to raising awareness of the need to protect the environment to score “green goals”.The 80 000 tickets will be distributed via the six Fifa partners involved with these programmes: Adidas, Hyundai/Kia, Sony, Coca-Cola, Emirates and Visa. Encouraging learning – Adidas, in partnership with the Department of Education and the 2010 Organising Committee, will award 15 000 tickets to encourage children participating in educational and soccer activities that form part of the official schools campaign, My 2010 School Adventure.  Protecting the environment – Building on a partnership with the South African Department of Education established at the Fifa Confederations Cup, Coca-Cola aims to create a generation of environmentally aware children when they roll out a recycling programme to grade 8 to 12 students in schools across South Africa. 20 000 tickets have been assigned to this project. Healthy lifestyles – Kia Motors will partner with South African development organisation Sporting Chance to run street soccer leagues and health education programmes in some of South Africa’s poorest communities. 5 000 tickets have been assigned to this project.Combating HIV/Aids – Sony has teamed up with Grassroots Soccer, a South African non-profit organisation that uses football to promote HIV/Aids awareness among children and young adults across South Africa. 15 000 tickets have been assigned to this project.Financial literacy – Through Visa’s financial literacy roadshows, low-income workers in the industrial and tourism sectors will get the opportunity to learn basic financial skills. 5 000 tickets have been assigned to this project.Emirates and Hyundai have also confirmed their commitment to the Ticket Fund, with plans to award 15 000 and 5 000 tickets respectively.The Ticket Fund initiative will therefore not end when the final whistle is blown on 11 July 2010, but “will mark only the beginning of long-term partnerships that will continue to create opportunities for South Africans for years to come,” Fifa said in a statement.The Fund “aims to use the excitement and passion for the game in the country as a tool to motivate and engage people, particularly young South Africans, on topics such as education, health and the environment.”Jordaan said that despite the “massive global demand for tickets to the tournament, we are doing all we can to ensure South African residents are well represented in the stadiums with their unique vibrancy and spirit.”The Ticket Fund was also a way of showing appreciation “for the critical role played by the thousands of construction workers whose skill and dedication has made this project a vivid reality.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more