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No fear of sack for under-fire Jol

first_img “Jol out” was chanted on several occasions during Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United, which came on the back of losses at Southampton and second-tier Leicester. “I have no fear,” Jol said defiantly. “In the past they used to say ‘have no fear, Martin is here’. “I don’t fear. Sometimes I worry if the supporters are at my back, but on the other hand it is better that they are on my back than the players’ back. “I felt better when I saw the reaction of the players in the second half.” Jol’s confidence is admirable considering the increasing levels of vitriol he is facing, as well as the constant questions about his future. “I get asked about pressure every week and any manager in the league will get this question,” the Dutchman said. “If you are in the bottom half of the table you have to win games. “It is not as bad as people think, but the only thing is you want to turn it around like Newcastle United did [against Chelsea on Saturday].” Asked where his unerring belief comes from, Jol said: “Because I know there are always six or seven clubs in trouble. “I said to somebody on Friday, if you looked at Roberto Martinez [at Wigan] he was always in the bottom three of the table and after games he was always fantastic. “That is where I get my belief from, because I know we are a better team than at least six or seven other teams. “We will pick up points and I think we will be fine in the end, but to play against Man U doesn’t help.” Fulham paid the price on Saturday for a woeful 13-minute period in the first half, with Antonio Valencia, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney netting in quick succession. The Whites pulled one back when Alex Kacaniklic’s shot deflected in off Rooney as the hosts impressed in a second half in which Darren Bent hit the bar and Kieran Richardson came close. “We started off well, then gave it away,” Jol said. “They went through our defence like a knife through butter. “If I saw us in the first 10 minutes, end of the first half and the whole second half, we are much better than we showed in that short spell. “It could have gone wrong at half-time, but we stuck together and my boys were so good. They wanted to do well and show character, which is what we told them. “I take the responsibility so I can’t say I am a happy customer, but I am really satisfied that we came back to 3-1. “We could have scored the second one with Bent or Kieran and 3-2 would have looked a bit better.” Things do not get much easier for Fulham next weekend as they travel to high-flying Liverpool. United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford before the international break, but first head to Real Sociedad in the Champions League. “It will be a difficult game against Socieded,” manager David Moyes said ahead of Tuesday’s match. “To go and play a team in Spain that have qualified for the Champions League will be a hard test. “We will go there and hopefully try to get a result that can continue our good form in the group.” United may be without Jonny Evans, Rafael and Tom Cleverley in San Sebastian after the trio were forced off injured at half-time against Fulham. “It was three injuries,” Moyes said. “Actually, we had four with Patrice Evra taking a knock just before half-time. “Jonny Evans’ back seized up, Rafael has gone over on his ankle and Tom Cleverley had double vision. “It’s the first time I’ve ever had to make three [substitutions] at half-time. “Sometimes, maybe the team in the past has not played well and I might have had to do it but it certainly wasn’t because of that [against Fulham] – it was down to injuries. I just have to hope they are okay.” Press Association It has been a difficult start to the campaign for the west Londoners, whose manager’s position is coming under increasing scrutiny. Jol is amongst the favourites with bookmakers to become the next Barclays Premier League manager to leave their job, while Fulham fans are quickly losing patience. Fulham have suffered three defeats in the space of a week, but Martin Jol does not fear being sacked.last_img read more

Beat writers predict outcome of Scott Shafer’s last game as head coach against Boston College

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Scott Shafer is coaching his last game as Syracuse’s (3-8, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) head coach against Boston College (3-8, 0-7). The Orange take on the Eagles at 12:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.Here’s how our beat writers think Shafer and his staff will be sent off:Sam Blum (7-4)Syracuse 17, Boston College 14Stand with ShaferSyracuse might not be the more talented team on the field today. They might not be the more talented team on the field most days. But the Orange is winning on Saturday for Scott Shafer.Jesse Dougherty (8-3)Boston College 27, Syracuse 17Closing timeAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSure, it would be nice and probably even logical that Syracuse comes out guns blazing to honor its coaches. But don’t you think we would have already seen that kind of buckle-down, there’s-no-tomorrow grit if the players had it in them? I’m not saying they won’t play hard in Scott Shafer and staff’s final game, but I’m saying that it ultimately won’t matter. On an emotional day, the Orange loses nine straight by being the same team that lost eight straight.Matt Schneidman (9-2)Syracuse 28, Boston College 17Final standThis game isn’t about Boston College’s top-ranked defense in the ACC. Nor is it about a Syracuse defense that has struggled mightily all season. It’s Scott Shafer’s last game as head coach along with all his assistants. And most of SU’s contributors were recruited by current staff. The Orange comes out with a win not to salvage a fourth victory on the season, but to send the coaches that brought them here out on top.Paul Schwedelson (10-1)Syracuse 27, Boston College 13Good ‘ole rump kickingSyracuse does to Boston College what Scott Shafer said his wife does to him when he’s not enthusiastic enough — kick them in the rump. On Saturday, SU’s players “fight the good fight” — whatever that means — and the Shafer era ends on a much more positive note than the rest of his time as SU’s head coach. It’s the players that have been a part of the last two recruiting classes – see Jordan Fredericks, Ervin Philips and Steven Clark – that carry the Orange to victory. Comments Published on November 28, 2015 at 10:56 amlast_img read more

LeBron makes history, drills game-winner in OT against Bucks

first_imgMilwaukee took a 108-107 lead on a tip-in by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 1:12 left. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving missed a 3-pointer from the left corner on the next possession, but Jabari Parker’s lay-in attempt at the other end curled out.James was fouled on the rebound by Antetokounmpo, his sixth. James then hit the deep 3-pointer to put Cleveland up 110-108.Parker was fouled on a layup attempt on the ensuing possession but missed both free throws. Irving hit a pair of free throws with 15.7 seconds left to make it 112-108.James had 34 points and Irving 28 for Cleveland, which had lost at Milwaukee 118-101 on Nov. 29. Parker had 30 points and Antetokounmpo added 25. The two teams meet again Wednesday night in Cleveland.The Bucks scored the final seven points of regulation to send it into overtime tied at 100.Parker scored on a drive to put Milwaukee up 104-102, but Richard Jefferson was fouled on a three-point attempt and hit all three free throws to put Cleveland back ahead 105-104. Antetokounmpo answered with a short jumper from the lane to put the Bucks in front 106-105.Jefferson scored on a baseline drive, but Antetokounmpo made a tip-in to give the Bucks the 108-107 lead with 1:12 left.The Cavaliers took a 100-93 lead on Irving’s 3-pointer with 2:32 left in regulation, but Greg Monroe’s inside basket and Tony Snell’s 3-pointer cut it to 100-98 with 47 seconds remaining.After a missed 3-pointer by James, Parker scored on an inside spin move from the left side to tie it at 100 with 15.5 seconds left. Irving missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1 second left.After trailing by 18 during the first half, the Bucks scored the first five points of the third quarter, going in front 58-57 on Dellavedova’s 3-pointer for their first lead since the opening minute.James and Channing Frye hit consecutive three-pointers to put the Cavs up 77-71 with 3:30 left in the third quarter. Cleveland led 84-78 entering the fourth quarter.last_img read more

Realtors climb out of deep hole

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Hawaiian spiker Shar Manu-Olevao unloaded 29 points for Cocolife.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With a pair of imports clawing till the end, Sta. Lucia Realty yanked a victory out of Cocolife’s grip Tuesday night.Bogdana Anisova and Marisa Field combined for 55 points to power the Lady Realtors’ climb from two sets down to a 23-25, 22-25, 25-12, 25-23, 15-7 win in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Anisova accounted for 35 points, most of them in the third set when the Lady Realtors jolted back to life after yielding thefirst two frames.When the Asset Managers were trying to come back in the fifth, Anisova hammered five while Field dropped four of the Lady Realtors’ final nine points to preserve just their second victory in seven matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneField, who missed two matches due to injury, banged in 20 points, while Fil-American hitter Mar-Jana Phillips chipped in 11 as team captain and setter Djanel Cheng opened up the scoring lanes for the Lady Realtors with 30 excellent sets.The Lady Realtors tied the Iriga City Oragons who, like them, are trying to avoid getting pitted against the top team. LATEST STORIES View comments Nat’l team vet Norwood savoring every moment playing for PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Judges Warned Against Impropriety

first_imgJudge Gbeneweleh appeals for government’s full support to the judiciary.In the wake of growing public condemnation of the justice system, a Judge of the Criminal Court ‘C’ on Monday, May 13, 2019, cautioned his colleagues to desist from any ‘arbitrary attitude’ that that has the propensity to tarnish the credibility of the court.Although Judge Peter Gbeneweleh did not mention the name of any particular judge or magistrate, he reminded his colleagues to see themselves as agents of peace, who should discharge their duties with a high level of neutrality.“You should discharge your duties with fairness, impartiality, transparency and professionalism to restore public confidence in our justice system,” Gbeneweleh said at the opening of the 2019 May Term of Criminal Courts, A,B, C, D and E, at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.On the issue of the jurors, he said their presence during the term of courts should not be misconstrued as being there for commercial purposes.He warned that, as a Judge, he will not hesitate to punish any of the jurors suspected of misconduct.Though Judge Gbeneweleh spoke on the theme, “Equipping the Justice Sector in Enhancing the Rule of Law, he remains convicted that public officials are subject to the law, and as such, they are under the equal protection of the law.”“We all must always uphold and respect the rule of law, which is one of the keys for sustainable peace, security and national development in our country,” he cautioned his colleagues.On the issue of logistical support, Gbeneweleh opted for vehicles to be assigned to judges of specialized courts to include the Tax, Probate, Debt and Commercial like in the case of the Circuit Court and Relieving Judges.He also blamed the lack of modern recording equipment as some of the challenges confronting the court to speedily hear and determine cases throughout the country.“Our magistrates should be equipped with computers and competent clerical staff,” Gbeneweleh appealed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Corentyne rice farmers seek assistance after investing $148M

first_imgAgriculture Minister Noel Holder; Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma; Chief Executive Officer of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Fredrick Flatts; and other officials from the Agriculture and Finance ministries, along with Prime Ministerial Regional Representative Gobin Harbhajan, on Fridayvisited a farming co-op located 14 miles inland the Central Corentyne Coast, where 30 farmers have pooled their resources and invested some $148 million to develop 3000 acres of rice land, but are able to cultivate only one crop of rice per year as a result of poor drainage and irrigation that obtains.Because of a shortage of land in the front areas of the Corentyne Coast, the farmers, belonging to the Corentyne Youth Farmers Co-op Society, have made this investment in the backlands, but they cannot get water when it is most needed.The area they occupy, which was under rich cultivation from the 1960s up to the early 1970s, was occupied by the co-op ten years ago, but cultivation commenced in 2011.Ministers Jaipaul Sharma and Noel Holder speaking with some of the rice farmersVice Chairman of the Corentyne Youth Farmers Co-op Society, Ahmad Rajab, during this visit from the ministries, revealed that it cost each member about $5 million to develop the area.“That is millions out of people’s own pockets (with) no help from the Government. We are only getting one crop (of rice) per year, so we are asking for some help to dig out a canal. It is a lot of money we invested, and when we lose a crop it is very hard; so we are asking (for) help, and (assistance to) dig a canal so that we can get better drainage,” Rajan explained.Rajab told the media that the farmers’ goal is to be able to cultivate two crops per year. “We only get the spring crop, they call that the big crop. The May/June crop, we always miss it because it is, like, too much rainfall.”He noted that all that is needed for the co-op to be able to plant two crops is drainage. “Our co-op is fully functional, and every piece of land is noticeably under cultivation. Lack of proper drainage is the main element stopping us from achieving two crops per year.”Following a tour of the cultivated area, the NDIA CEO, Fredrick Flatts, said drainage works will commence shortly. Flatts, who had previously visited the cultivation, said the work of digging a canal from the co-op lands to the outflow channel is likely to commence in June.“In 2016, myself and another engineer visited the area to see how best we can assist farmers with drainage. A proposal was submitted, and I am happy to say that we are now in the procurement stage. Once things remain on schedule, works are expected to commence within the next two months,” Flatts assured.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder noted that climate change is affecting Guyana, and a number of drainage pumps are being installed across the Guyana coast. He explained that this is being done to maintain production, and not to increase production.Minister Holder also spoke of efforts being made by the Agriculture Ministry to make more lands available to farmers with the aim of expanding production and productivity. Nevertheless, he commended the co-op on the initiative.Expansion of rice cultivation comes in light of new markets secured by the Guyana Rice Development Board over the last year.Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma said he was pleased to see a co-op functioning so effectively. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Guyana lacks clear small business developmental policy – SBDF head

first_imgManaging Director of the Small Business Development Finance Trust (SBDFT), Manjula Brijmohan has said in order for small businesses to truly develop and reach their true potentials, the Government needs to construct and implement a policy to steer small business owners.Brijmohan made the comment during an interview with Guyana Times where she discussed the development of small businesses. Currently, the SBDFT has over 600 micro and small business owners as clients and are providing both technical and financial support to them.She explained that there is no doubt that small and micro enterprises are the backbone of any economy, but added that the backbone needs to be supported.“Majority of the developing economies and developed economies including USA and India, the bulk of the employment comes from the smaller scale sector. But difference is there the enabling environment is more. Here in Guyana we don’t have the protection policies to enable the environment for small and micro businesses even though we are in [Caribbean Community] Caricom where other Caricom countries have the serious protective policies,” she noted.She further explained that larger businesses have always been there but they were in specialised fields but now every business is branching into the traditional small business fields, hence making the competition tougher. In addition, there are foreign entities coming to Guyana and establishing empires of medium-scale businesses, making the competition even more difficult.“Many of the small vendors are finding it difficult to compete… that is a serious problem… when they buy wholesale from the Chinese and then the Chinese sells at a cheaper price on the road and these are the things that I think the Government and the bigger Private Sector need to work on,” Brijmohan opined.Hammering the need for a small business development policy, Brijmohan said both Guyana and Trinidad produce honey but Guyana cannot export to Trinidad since it is on their blacklist, ultimately protecting their producers. Additionally, she explained that even if honey is transiting through Trinidad to another destination, the authorities there do not allow it and it had to return and be rerouted.“These are things the Government and Caricom Secretariat should take forward to ensure Guyanese get their fair share in trade. There is no policy to help the business. It doesn’t need a lot of money but what it needs is a clear vision and thinking of what and where we want to be and that is lacking,” she explained.Brijmohan added that in addition to the lack of a proper policy direction, consistency, sustainability and support are also missing; explaining that leadership is not only about making speeches, but rather is about putting the dollar where one’s mouth is. The SBDFT head said small businesses are often disadvantaged because of the lack of market and technological knowledge coupled with little or no finances.“These are some of the reasons why businesses are not able to sustain. We do not have a very clear-cut strategy and policy for the future of this sector. We have no target planning and that affects both the producers and sustainable suppliers. It has always been our efforts to try to network with Government, local and overseas institutions and everybody but the bottom line is the one institution cannot do everything and we do need substantial support from the Public Sector and Private Sector…,” Brijmohan noted.She also urged businesses to position themselves to take advantage of the impending oil economy by positioning themselves to be able to provide the goods and services required. (Lakhram Bhagirat)last_img read more

Time to Kick it to the Curb next weekend

first_imgNEAT regularly gets phone calls from people that have items they would like to get rid of, but they don’t have the vehicle to take it to a thrift shop.  This event solves that problem.  Tammy Hrab, NEAT’s Communications Coordinator, said, “This is a reuse project that everyone can do.  Either you can reuse, or you can provide for someone else to reuse.”NEAT encourages reuse of all kinds and this is an easy way to get involved.  It will all start Saturday morning when residents are encouraged to place items they no longer need on the curb outside their home marked with a “Free” sign.  That is when the treasure hunt begins.  Others are welcome to take these free items home with them.  Whether you are cleaning out your garage, or you are looking for the ultimate Pinterest project, this is the perfect weekend for everyone.   If it is windy over the weekend, it is possible that the free signs could blow off of the items.  If in doubt, please confirm with the resident.  It could be a great way to meet your neighbours.  – Advertisement -If you enjoy social media, NEAT says that you can tweet about treasures that you see around town.  Kick it to the Curb uses the hashtag #kittc.  You can also search that hashtag to see if anyone has posted items.  It is also a good idea to use the hashtag of your community.  People have posted on Facebook and even tweeted pictures.  If your item hasn’t been picked up by Sunday evening, please take it in from the curb.last_img read more

RCMP needs public help in locating missing Fort St. John resident

first_imgMacDonald has not made contact with his family, friends or employer since Saturday, which is out of character. Fred, 51 years old, has been missing since Saturday afternoon. He is 6 feet tall, 200 pounds , with short black hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing shorts, a t-shirt and flip-flops.  Police believe he may have gone to Alberta. MacDonald has medical concerns, however, it is not believed he needs immediate treatment or medication.center_img The RCMP is asking anyone who may have seen Fred or his vehicle to contact them as soon as possible at 250 787 8100.- Advertisement – MacDonald is likely driving a 2003 green Mercedes CLKN, 2 door car, with a B.C. licence plate 934 JHH.last_img