APOEL frustrated in Champions League opener

first_imgAPOEL were unable to break the deadlock in the first leg of their Champions League second round qualifier, drawing 0-0 away to The New Saints on Tuesday night.The Cypriot side looked rusty at the start of what was their first official game of the campaign, and it was the Welsh side who had the first good chance of the match, as an unmarked Scott Quigley headed high and wide on 13 minutes.However, APOEL eventually clicked into gear and grew livelier as the game wore on. De Vincenti drilled a shot wide on 23 minutes before Vinicius volleyed over from close range moments later.In the second half, APOEL dominated possession and had their opponents penned in their own half but Thomas Christiansen’s men failed to muster any clear-cut opportunities to win the game.Efrem and Morais went close with long-range efforts, while Vander proved a constant threat cutting on the wing, but lack of match-sharpness was evident on the Nicosia club’s part.The return leg will take place next Tuesday at the GSP Stadium, where the Cypriot champions will have to put in a much better display if they are to reach the next round.last_img read more

Over 400 Homes Get Electricity in Maryland

first_imgOver 400 homes in Maryland County have been connected to electricity provided by the West Africa Power Pool, a power program that is supplying four of Liberia’s counties bordering La Cote d’Ivoire.The other counties are Nimba, Grand Gedeh and River Gee.The head of the volunteers of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, Cooper Dahn, working alongside the Ghanaian electricity contracting firm Energy Ventures, told the Daily Observer recently that over 400 homes have been connected, with more connections still pending.He said other communities outside Harper and Pleebo, including Fish Town, Grand Cavalla and Rock Town will soon be connected.Mr. Dahn said they are still waiting for LEC to begin collecting electricity bills, because they were only helping to enhance the process so that the contractor could have easy access to homes.There were allegations that consumers were being asked to pay for meters, wires and light poles, before being connected, but the local LEC authority has denied the report explaining that since the project does not cover every part of those cities, those in need of electricity could provide their poles and wires for connection.“If any adjacent home wants to be connected and can provide their own wires or poles they can be connected,” a worker said.Meanwhile residents of Pleebo and Harper are enjoying 24 hours electricity in their homes and business places, but they are yet to know when the LEC will begin to collect electricity bills.The electricity connection, which enters the county through the border town of Porolo is helping to boost economic activities in Harper and Pleebo.A volunteer worker said feasibility studies are ongoing to connect River Gee County with power lines.“We are thinking about taking lines from Maryland to River Gee, because it will be shorter than getting the line from Zwedru,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

One’s own detriment

first_imgThe recent unprecedented events in Guyana following the shock vote of former Government Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud, siding with the Opposition in toppling the coalition Government via a no-confidence motion, has once again brought the minor coalition partner – the Alliance For Change (AFC) – under the spotlight, more particularly its ability to deliver what the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) wants in the context of a shared political arrangement.When the AFC was formed some years ago, there was much hope and goodwill enveloping it. Many people regarded it as a breath of fresh air in Guyanese politics and thought it would have ended up being a very powerful and influential third force that would hold the balance between the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the People’s National Congress (PNC).Party leaders had committed that once the party gains political power, they would work hard to excise corruption, improve transparency and institute greater accountability, all premised on the pillar of strong institutions.Accordingly, when the AFC was launched, unlike other parties which had to do hard and time-consuming work in establishing themselves, the AFC immediately had a ready-made constituency. And unlike other parties which contested elections for the first time, the party won a respectable number of seats in the 2011 General and Regional Elections.Then came the 2015 elections and despite the PNC’s pressure on them to join the coalition of political parties which it was establishing to contest with the PPP, the AFC, unlike the Working People’s Alliance and other political parties, held out and was able to negotiate on equal terms with the PNC, securing the Cummingsburg Accord which gave them a respectable power-sharing agreement whereby they would secure a number of Ministerial appointments and political sway in the Cabinet.Sadly, after the 2015 Elections, when it seemed that the AFC was about to become a determining force in Guyanese politics, the AFC’s feet of clay was suddenly exposed to the world: The PNC reneged on the Cummingsburg Accord and took away much of what had been bargained for. The AFC did nothing, not even made a credible protest, and indeed, one or two of their leaders actually agreed with the PNC’s action. Some supporters of the party quietly fell away at this unprincipled lack of courage on the part of their leaders.Another major cause for concern which resulted in the party losing support was the party’s deafening silence in the many cases of blatant corruption since the coalition Government took office. Over the past three years or so, there have been several scandals and poor policy decisions made by the coalition – the infamous drugs bond scandal, the D’Urban Park project, the awarding of scholarships, the contract for the Demerara Harbour Bridge feasibility study, the embroglio surrounding the appointment of the new Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman, Minister Volda Lawrence’s controversial remarks about giving jobs to “PNC people only” and the wanton closure of sugar estates which resulted in thousands of persons being placed on the breadline etc. The leadership of the AFC remained silent and appeared to be complicit in most of these cases.In justifying his ‘conscience vote’, Persaud raised some of these very issues which caused him to support the no-confidence motion. As a party which claims that it is serious about practicing good governance, the AFC should have committed to addressing the issues raised by the former MP as against castigating him and labelling his action as an “attack” on the party’s leadership.Many are of the view that based on its actions, and in some cases inaction, the AFC is doing the opposite of what was promised when the party was first formed. The 2018 Local Government Elections was the first real test of the strength of the party and the results of those elections proved to be very disappointing indeed as it is now clear that the party has lost significant support in some areas it once contested.In the words of one of its Executive Members, the party is now “dead meat” and has left an unpalatable taste in the proverbial mouths of Guyanese who entrusted them with their votes. Considering the recent turn of events, the party’s leadership may want to consider going back to the drawing board and re-think where it is at the moment and where it wants to be in the coming years. To begin with, it must not shut out dissenting views; it must listen to its membership and take their concerns seriously since not doing so may be to its own detriment as was evident in last Friday’s no-confidence vote.last_img read more

Lambert reveals Aston Villa have option to sign on-loan midfielder on permanent deal

first_img Tom Cleverley in action for Aston Villa 1 Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has revealed the club have the option to sign Tom Cleverley on a permanent deal in January.The Manchester United midfielder is currently on a season-long loan at Villa, after finding himself surplus to requirements under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.Cleverley has made five appearances since moving to Villa Park and Lambert has been impressed by the 25-year-old, admitting he could make a permanent move for him during the next transfer window.“We have an option on Tom. We have not gone into great detail but he has played well. He was the one lad who was busy on Saturday, he has so much to offer,” said Lambert.“He’s a good guy, a good pro and he does everything at a high tempo even when he trains.“Whatever happens in January will happen, the option is there but we still have a couple of months to go.”last_img read more

With a little help from Lawndale

first_img“I always knew there was a need for this,” said Farah, who was formerly in the trucking business. “This is close to the freeway. This is the whole entrance to the South Bay.” With the city’s help, the former auto body and tire shop at 16503 Hawthorne Blvd. received a completely new facade, including European-style columns. Several other projects in the city have received similar help through the Commercial Rehabilitation Program, said Miguel Ramirez, a contractor who runs the program. Millennium Hair Studio, Lawndale Plaza, Maria’s Mexican Food and other businesses have gotten new trees, signs and facades with the help of this program. Community Development Director Otis Ginoza said the city welcomes any business that wants to improve its look. “We have a lot of rundown properties on Hawthorne Boulevard,” Ginoza said. “We’ve found that if you give them assistance and help them to rehabilitate the building, it brings improvement to the street. And it may embarrass other businesses into improving.” When Cyrus the Great opens in early October, it will have an outdoor cafe and flower shop, a deli with halal meats, organic produce, kabobs made with filet mignon, and a Middle Eastern bakery. Farah said he needed little motivation to open the store with his partner, Hassan Mahdavi – even though he had no background in this business. “There are so many Middle Easterners and Persians in this area,” he said. “I was driving by one day a year ago and saw this location. I pulled over and called.” Has he had trouble making the transition to a new business, designing the store, and stocking the market? “No,” he said. “I guess we’ve got guts.” sandy.mazza@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUSINESS: A market coming to Hawthorne Boulevard has a snazzy look thanks to city funds. By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER South Bay residents no longer have to travel to West Los Angeles to smoke flavored tobacco from a glass hookah pipe and buy barbary bread, koobedeh and shiraz. A Persian and Middle Eastern market – with the gumption to be called Cyrus the Great – will open next month in Lawndale. City officials said they welcomed the market with about $135,000 in loans and grants from its Commercial Rehabilitation Program to make it look nice. The grocery store is named after two men named Cyrus. One was the first king of Persia. The other happens to be the market’s proprietor. Cyrus Farah, hopes the store will draw people from across the South Bay, even though other nearby businesses are distinctly local: a copy shop, a home-loan business, a small jewelry store, an insurance company. Outside of Los Angeles’ Little Tehran neighborhood, there aren’t many places for Iranians to get homestyle food, he said. last_img read more

Aston Villa set to land winger once wanted by Man United

first_img Adem Ljajic 1 Aston Villa have made contact with Roma over a deal for Adem Ljajic.The Serie A side are looking to cash in on the Serbian and sporting director Walter Sabatini has been in England recently to try and generate interest.And, according to Sky Italia, Villa have now entered negotiations with Sabatini and could land the winger the end of the week.Ljajic was close to joining Manchester United in 2009 when he was at Partizan Belgrade but the Red Devils pulled out of the move and the 23-year-old left for Fiorentina a year later.He then signed for Roma in 2013 for £8m but it now looks like he will be on the move again and Villa are frontrunners in the race to seal his signature.last_img

FÁS SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NORTH WEST REGIONAL COLLEGE

first_imgTHE TRAINING and employment agency FÁS has signed a new contract with the North West Regional College to deliver expert training, it was announced today. The course which the College is delivering follows a successful relationship between the two organisations, which has seen almost 80 people gain employment in computing and IT, most notably in the areas of software development and testing.The training which is being delivered in the FÁS Training Centre, Letterkenny is providing specialist training in Client Server Applications, specifically Java and Cobol Programming. Lecturer Kevin McLaughlin has a proven track record in this particular field, and has helped 70% of previous participants gain employment.FÁS offer this 30 week course to those who have found themselves unemployed, and are looking for a practical course that may lead to a new career.Applicants have to pass a rigorous vetting process to gain access to the course which tests their aptitude and motivation to do the course, however they are not required to have a background in IT before beginning the programme.Delivered Full-Time in Letterkenny, the programme also includes a 4 week work placement at the Pramerica Software Development and Contact Centre in Letterkenny. The content of the course has been developed to match the company’s client needs, and so this practical experience often proves invaluable for the participants, who are also given the opportunity of attending an interview with Pramerica at the conclusion of their course. While there is no guarantee that there will be vacancies at the end of the programme, students will hold the required qualifications, skills and personal experience of the industry environment, to be considered for future roles that may arise in Pramerica, or similar companies in the region.Lecturer Kevin acknowledges that the work placement is a vital element of the course.  “Participants most often find that during the four week work experience in Pramerica, all the theory and practice falls into place.  They also get that much-needed foot in the door, and since our first course in 2005 many have proven themselves during the placement and secured employment as a result.”As well as gaining the technical programming and software testing skills, the College ensures that participants also gain soft-skills that will benefit the learners as they seek employment.  From CV preparation to interview skills, there is a focus on assisting the participants to build their confidence and develop their employability skills.On successful completion of the training course Learners receive a ‘City & Guilds Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Software Development’ which involves completing a range of practical assessments in Cobol and Java programming, SQL, while also being assessed in creating, designing and testing software components and requirements analysis and systems design.North West Regional College Principal and Chief Executive Seamus Murphy praised the skills and commitment of the staff involved in securing the contract.  “We are delighted to once again be working with FÁS, especially in delivering this industry-tailored computing programme.  We consider this as further recognition of the expertise and skill of the lecturing staff within the College, especially in the priority skill area of ICT and I commend them for their hard work .“ endsFÁS SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NORTH WEST REGIONAL COLLEGE was last modified: January 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

The best moments from Man City’s Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup parade

first_img GETTY Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move The Citizens’ 6-0 thrashing of Watford at Wembley on Saturday ended their brilliant campaign in sensational style.So, unsurprisingly, City took to the streets of Manchester to parade their trophies to their adoring fans, as well as the Community Shield which they won last August.Below you can see the best pictures and videos from an evening that will live long in the memory of all City supporters. 13 Fabian Delph, Kyle Walker, John Stones and Sterling share a joke Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 13 GETTY Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva make final preparations to the Premier League and FA Cup Manchester City says goodbye to one of its greatest ever players 13 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Man City’s Kitman Brandon Ashton is enjoying the parade!🔷 💨 #MCFC pic.twitter.com/y7QWr4zmep— Betting Directory (@BettingDirector) May 20, 2019 Departing captain Vincent Kompany holds the Premier League trophy aloft 13 13 tense GETTY gameday cracker The Community Shield was included for good measure 13 getty Painting Manchester blue 🏆 Unbelievable support today! #Champions pic.twitter.com/XBM7XTPbEk— Phil Foden (@PhilFoden) May 20, 2019 no dice REPLY ADVICE Manchester band Blossoms got the crowd warmed up at the main stage before the players arrived huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won GETTY 13 13 GETTY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Sergio Aguero drinks out of the Carabao Cup while Raheem Sterling holds the Premier League trophy shining The ‘Fourmidables’ are greeted by their adoring fans We get our first glimpse of the Manchester City team Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The 2018/19 season has been a memorable one for Manchester City which has seen them break a number of records.One that really sticks out is the fact they’ve won the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, making City the first English club to win the domestic treble. The City fans wait for their heroes vincet kompany mic drop, im actually crying right now pic.twitter.com/Awwil3884m— J. (@AgueroIogy) May 20, 2019 GETTY 13 DO NOT try this at home! City completed their domestic treble with an FA Cup triumph over Watford at the weekend 13 Another season well done for Pep Guardiola Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 13 REVEALED GETTY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 13 GETTY 13last_img read more

Hibernian duo happy at club but will consider futures

first_img“At the end of every season I assess it, ” McGinn said. “Most players do. [I speak with] my agent, my family and the people that I trust the most.“That’s just a standard conversation but I’m still under contract with Hibs for the next two seasons and unless someone tells me otherwise I’ll be a Hibs player.“That’s up to everyone else to decide and I just need to get my head down, keep training and keep playing the way I am doing.”Top scorer Cummings has been linked with clubs in England already and admits he wants to go as far as he can. Although he signed a contract extension last year, Cummings says he may be weighing up a move in the near future.“If I could I would be at Hibs my whole life but it’s not like that,” he said. “I do want to challenge myself at a higher level and my job at Hibs is done a wee bit with what I wanted to do.“It’s one of those ones where I need to wait and see and there’s a lot of things I need to take on board and wait and see until next year.“At this time I’m not really sure. Obviously I’ve signed a new deal at Hibs so it looks like I’ll be at Hibs for the next few years but you never know. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the summer so I just wait and see.” John McGinn and Jason Cummings say will make a decision on their Hibernian futures at the end of the season but both players insist they are happy at Easter Road.Head coach Neil Lennon admits he faces a challenge to hold on to his best players, with growing interest in his biggest stars.McGinn and Cummings were both named on the shortlist for the PFA Championship Player of the Year award after helping their side win the title and promotion.Neither could say for certain that they will play for the club in the top flight.last_img read more

Final call to take part in Donegal’s Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

first_imgSpecial Olympics Ireland is calling on Co. Donegal to get “Freezin’ for a Reason” in one of Ireland’s most unique fundraising events this spring. Donegal’s Polar Plunge will take place on Saturday 4th March at 11am at Rathmullan Strand, Rathmullan, and invites families, sports clubs, businesses and individuals to bravely plunge into icy cold waters to raise funds to send athletes to Austria for the Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 later in March.While the Polar Plunge is a worldwide Special Olympics event, it was initiated in Ireland by the Law Enforcement Torch Run and is now a nationwide annual fundraising event with the support of Community Policing Units from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and officers affiliated with the LETR. Commenting on the Polar Plunge, Paul McGee, a LETR affiliated officer stated: “We were thrilled to get a date back in the diary for this event. It’s important that people in Donegal get their chance to contribute to such a great cause.“I’ll be heading to the Special Olympics World Winter Games with the LETR in Austria next Month and I want to be able to say that Donegal played its part in helping support Team Ireland’s 26 athletes at the games in one of the biggest undertaking in their lives.”€50,000 was raised last December from similar plunges in Galway, Cork, Wexford, Dublin and Louth, and Special Olympics Ireland are hoping that the event in March will be just as popular with potential plungers. While the event has traditionally taken place in December since its inception in 2008, rescheduling to March has brought with it a unique challenge.Commenting on this, Special Olympics Ulster Regional Director Shaun Cassidy said: “When we were looking at new dates for the Polar Plunge we discovered something remarkable about the waters of Lough Swilly. The air around us might be milder in March, but sea temperatures rise and fall at a different rate so the water will actually be almost two degrees colder than they were in December at around 9.1°C. What that means is that anyone who gets involved in Rathmullan can say they took on the Polar Plunge in the most extreme conditions you’ll find in Ireland.” Those who think they are brave enough to take the Polar Plunge can register at www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge. Registration costs just €15 with plungers asked to raise an additional €35. The full €50 goes directly to supporting athletes with intellectual disabilities in sport and competitions. Plungers who raise more than €50 will also receive a complimentary Polar Plunge t-shirt.Final call to take part in Donegal’s Polar Plunge for Special Olympics was last modified: February 21st, 2017 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:Polar PlungeRathmullanSpecial Olympicslast_img read more