Nelson Leafs close to finding new coach

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs has narrowed the field to selecting a successor to former skipper Frank Maida.According to a person close to the selection process, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League squad has boiled the long list of applicants down to four candidates. It is believed that all four candidates are all from outside the Nelson area.The final decision is now in the hands of the Leafs’ executive.Maida decided to tender his resignation following the 2013-14 season.Nelson hosted the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup; won by Murdoch Division rival Beaver Valley. The Nitehawks went on to win the Keystone Cup, emblematic of Western Canada Junior Hockey supremacy.Nelson finished fourth at the Cyclone Taylor Cup and was the only team to take points from eventual champion Beaver Valley — playing to a 2-2 tie against the Nitehawks during the round robin in one of the best played games in brief history of the NDCC Arena.Unfortunately, Maida, finishing with an overall record of 109-53-3-11, was unable to coach Nelson past the second round of the Murdoch Division playoffs, losing once to Castlegar and twice to Beaver Valley — the eventual KIJHL champs the past three seasons.Leaf president Russell Stocks also resigned his position but will stay on as past president to allow the Heritage City franchise to make a smooth transition this upcoming season at the executive level.last_img read more

Mourinho defends United approach, hails spirit after derby draw

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho defended his team’s approach in Thursday’s 0-0 derby draw with Manchester City, hailing their spirit as they held on with 10 men.United had only 31 per cent possession and created few chances as they battled for a share of the spoils that left them a point behind fourth-placed City in the Premier League.But Mourinho, who also questioned Sergio Aguero’s reaction in the incident which saw United midfielder Marouane Fellaini sent off in the 84th minute, was in no mood for apology.“They had more ball, they had more chances but I have to defend the players and the spirit of my players and say they were amazing the way they fight,” he said, after his team extended their unbeaten run to 24 games.United could have grabbed the lead just before halftime when midfielder Ander Herrera missed a glorious chance, heading wide from close range when left unmarked, and Mourinho felt they would have deserved the advantage.“In the first half we controlled easily the game, we controlled easily the defensive side of the game and we were always dangerous on the counter-attack and we had two good chances to score,” he said.“Marcus Rashford gave their defenders lots of problems, they stopped him sometimes with lots of fouls, so for me the spirit was amazing and the first half was really good.“In the second half, I think they were stronger than us. Despite the fact that we were very strong defensively, we didn’t create enough problems in attack and we allowed them to be more offensive and play more in our half,” he added.But the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager said he was hampered in his ability to positively influence the outcome of the match by having few options from the bench due to injuries.“In the crucial period of the game I had no players to change in midfield, I had no midfielders on the bench, then we lose Marouane and for 15 minutes we play with ten and fight for the point, which the boys did brilliantly,” he said.Guardiola said he had no problem with United’s tactics.“In my career I have come across many different styles. I am going to be respectful of my opponents’ style. We did absolutely everything to win and tonight it wasn’t enough.“We tried to have the ball and attack like we have tried to do all season. Today it was much harder against a team who hadn’t lost in 23 games – it was not easy but we tried. It’s one point and the fight keeps going.”Mourinho could not resist a jibe at Argentine striker Aguero over the dismissal of Fellaini for a relatively light headbutt.“I saw Aguero in the tunnel, no broken nose, no broken head, his face as nice as always. If he doesn’t go to the floor, it’s not a red card,” said the Portuguese.last_img read more

Bunny Grant is dead

first_imgBoxer George ‘Bunny’ Grant, a former Commonwealth lightweight champion, has died. Grant died at his home yesterday after suffering a second stroke last week, his son Junior Grant told The Gleaner. Grant was one of Jamaica’s best boxers in the 1960s and 70s. He won the Jamaican lightweight title, the Central American light welterweight title, the Latin American junior welterweight title and the Commonwealth lightweight title. He competed for the World Boxing Association world welterweight title against Eddie Perkins and also the World Boxing Council light welterweight title. He fought 72 times with 52 wins, 14 of which came in knockouts. “He was ill for some time. He had a stroke a few months ago and then he had a stroke again last week and he died today (yesterday),” Junior Grant said. “He also lost his sight in the last couple of months too.” Junior Grant said he wants his father to be remembered as a person who loved boxing and gave his all to the sport. “He really loved the sport. I remember last year we took him to a gym and he was so excited to teach the young boxers,” Grant said. “I hope they continue to grow the sport locally because he would have loved that.” Stephen Jones, president of the Jamaica Boxing Board, said Bunny Grant did a lot for boxing in Jamaica. ”Bunny Grant not only set the tone for boxing locally, but having competed at the highest level for a WBA world title fight, he set a bar that Jamaican boxers past, present and future have and will continue to aspire to. His passing definitely comes as a blow and our condolences go out to his family,” he said. Minister of Sports, Olivia Grange, said yesterday that Jamaica had lost a ‘great champion’. “We will forever remember his victory over Dave Charnley, the Commonwealth lightweight champion, at the National Stadium on August 4, 1962 – just two days before Jamaica’s Independence Day. The happy impact of that victory on the entire country is a feeling I can never forget,” she said. “Bunny’s passion and humility endeared him to all. We all followed and celebrated with him throughout his 19-year career. Each of his victories was a victory for the Jamaican people,” she added. – Born September 29, 1940 (age 78) – Won Commonwealth light weight title in August 1962 – Held the title until March 1967 – Record: 72 fights, 52 wins 14 KOslast_img read more

Worst prison systems in Caribbean

first_imgDear Editor,I deliberately kept away from this debate on “Ministerial Responsibility” after the second or maybe the third prison unrest in Guyana under Khemraj Ramjattan because I felt there was no need for debating this issue when the nation was in the middle of a security operation.But now that all the prisoners have been removed from the “cow pasture” at Lusignan, I wish to join the debate, because horrible history was made under Ramjattan over the last few weeks.  Guyana is now classified as having one of the worst prison systems in the Caribbean, with one of the worst break-out records.The 2016 prison unrest in which 17 prisoners died should have been the trigger to cause any portfolio head to more effectively project manage the system until the risk levels were de-escalated.  Under Ramjattan, the opposite happened over the last 12 months.  Under Ramjattan, the conditions for a breakout in the prison system actually got worse, because of a lack of proper investments and executive lethargy at the policy conception and implementation level. For that reason alone, if Ramjattan has any dignity and honour left, he should offer his resignation to the President forthwith.  Ramjattan has brought great shame to all his predecessors, especially Balram Singh Rai, one of Guyana’s foremost intellectuals and the most celebrated Home Affairs Minister.Under Ramjattan, the cabinet found the resources to divert billions towards building a billion-dollar Durban Park (project), to fund ministerial travels, to increase their personal salaries by 50%, and to provide ministers with executive vehicles. But even after all that comfort, these people continue to fail the nation on many fronts, especially the security front; whereas they had presented themselves as the security barons of Guyana on the 2015 campaign trail. The evidence clearly reveals they are security baboons when it comes to managing the security sector, as they continue to mismanage the systems to protect the people of Guyana.For that reason alone, Khemraj Ramjattan should go, because his poor leadership failed resoundingly to put systems in place to serve and protect the people.On April 20, 1653, when Oliver Cromwell made a speech upon the dissolution of the Long Parliament, he said these words: “Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you (who) were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, JUST GO!”I am truly disappointed in Ramjattan.  He can so better serve the society by going back to his law practice, where he is fantastic, rather than clinging on to a siren and a portfolio at which he is an utter failure.   I am convinced that he is no longer fit to conduct the affairs of the nation as the Minister of Public Security.  As Cromwell said, “You have sat too long here for any good.  Depart, I say, and let us be done with you!”Regards,Sase Singhlast_img read more

Caricom seems to support unconstitutionality of Guyana’s Govt

first_imgDear Editor,On the side of the Caricom Youth conference currently being held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, the Secretary General was asked to comment on the no-confidence situation in Guyana. Instead of addressing the real matter of the legal passage of the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018, and the subsequent reaffirmation of the Speaker to that ruling and motion, the SG instead choose to hide behind the court case, taking the safe way like the Government. He indicated that the democratic process of the court is at work. Mr SG, what about the democratic and constitutional process of the no-confidence motion being passed by a majority decision of Guyana’s Parliament. Why not give credence to this rather than taking the tail end of the court which for all intents and purposes is a delaying tactic to stall the legal and constitutional process of lawful elections in 90 days.This approach is exactly why Caricom, for all wants and purposes has deemed a failure in many ways and list a few:1.      The Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) has been a talk-shop for over three decades and is nowhere close to fruition. Similar is the single currency.2.      Free movement of people and skills is still a big hoax.3.      West Indies cricket in crisis and yet, no action by Caricom.4.      Travel in the region even by regional carriers is so expensive, it’s cheaper to go north than some Caricom countries.5.      The CCJ is also a failure – only three or four member states have signed on to CCJ. The SG’s own home country has refused to sign on to the CCJ.Caricom is run by a few elites who are privileged to get a job there and contributes very little to any sensible deliverable. It’s a big social organisation with very little impact on economic issues and solving the region’s problem. If Guyana is to do a tally on the number of monies that go towards supporting the secretariat and the duty-free concessions given to staff, that will be more than enough to give Public Servants a handsome increase.So again, Caricom needs to take an impartial role in Guyana’s political situation and call it for what it is. Don’t skirt behind the issue and say it’s democracy at work.Sincerely,Pauline Wonglast_img read more

Chelsea boss confesses: ‘I was bored. Arsenal were smashing everyone’

first_img 3 The ‘best thing’ Hayes ever did also resulted in what she now admits was her toughest time as a coach, when she was fired by Chicago in 2010. “I had eight owners I had to regularly answer to,” she explains. “But all it did was confuse me, and I lost my way. On reflection, it was the biggest learning curve of my whole career.“I looked at myself: I didn’t put together the right team. It’s not all about talented players – it’s about having the right characters. When I put a team together again, I made sure I got the blend right. I can’t call that experience a failure though. How can I talk about something that’s had a profound impact on my life as a failure? All it did was teach me to communicate better when you’re managing the expectations of very wealthy people.”Blue beginningsIt was a lesson Hayes put into practice immediately at Chelsea: “I was clear from the start. I told them: ‘I don’t feel the talent is here. I’m going to play young players and I’m going to prioritise long-term development.’”Chelsea endured a run of 10 defeats in 12 league games in 2013, but Hayes stood firm. “I just made it clear to my staff that I was strong enough to live with it and that I was happy to lose in the short term for the long term gain. People just look at the wins and losses that year, but we saw major successes. Our aim was to get things right off the pitch, and that was the first year we started to embed that culture. You can’t get it right on the pitch until you get it right off the pitch.”Hayes created what she calls a ‘no-excuse culture’, whereby players are not given any opportunity to pass the buck if they don’t perform because they are part of a professional environment.“Professional doesn’t mean money,” she adds. “It means habits, it means standards – the standard of winning, of training everyday and seeing yourself as a serious club. I remember coming to take over with five games left in the season, and I couldn’t even find a water bottle. It was an amateur team and an amateur set-up. There was no full-time staff and no full-time players. Now we have 20 players and several full-time staff.”The team now travels to matches in similar style to the men. They have their own training pitch at Cobham and get meals provided at training every day – all integral factors in creating the ‘culture’ Hayes talks about. With Chelsea motivated by the painful memory of last season’s denouement, and with Hayes setting the standards, the players know there is no excuse not to deliver this year. This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukEmma Hayes is a manager who does not pull her punches. “I like that,” shouts the Chelsea manager as she watches one of her players executing a drill that involves receiving a pass, before turning and moving the ball deftly between two mannequins. “Shit shot, though,” she adds as the same player sends the ball flying well wide of the goal.With Chelsea’s 2015 FA WSL season starting against Notts County on Sunday, Hayes is applying the final touches to a squad that came painfully close to winning their first WSL title last year. The Blues went into the final day of the season two points clear of Birmingham in second, and three points ahead of Liverpool in third. But, 90 minutes later, it was the Reds who lifted the trophy after beating Bristol Academy 3-0. Chelsea, meanwhile, lost 2-1 to Manchester City.“To come so close, to have it in your hands and then lose, is hard,” says Hayes with a sharp intake of breath. “But, for whatever reasons, we weren’t ready. It wasn’t meant to be.”Hayes reels off the things that went against Chelsea that day, including “a poor refereeing decision in the Liverpool versus Bristol game” and Chelsea goalkeeper Marie Hourihan breaking her collarbone just minutes into their match. The Blues had no back-up keeper on the bench. 3 3 “I don’t take anything away from anyone else,” Hayes continues. “But I think most people will look at last year and say: ‘Chelsea lost that.’ That’s life. We have to learn from it and get tougher. We’ve made improvements to the squad to make sure we have a bit more resilience to push one step further this year.”Taking ownershipIn the WSL’s first three seasons, Chelsea finished sixth twice – in 2011 and 2012 – and seventh in 2013. Hayes joined the club in 2012. Given that record, was she surprised to come so close last season? “I’m surprised we didn’t win it,” she says. Okay, so did she expect to get to that point so quickly?“Yes,” she nods. “The first year [2013] was really just about trying to understand the landscape and everything that went with it. Last year was the first year with a squad of players that I had put together, and now I think it’s fair to say this is very much my team.”Hayes is only 38, but the former Arsenal Ladies player has been coaching for more than a decade. She started in her mid-20s, after an ankle injury ended her playing career.“I broke my ankle when I was 17 and effectively lost my cartilage,” she explains. “As much as I wanted to keep playing, it was too painful. I couldn’t absorb shock. I can’t even play casually now. But I’m doing what I should be doing.”Hayes took her UEFA B coaching licence in the UK, but her options here were limited. “There were no jobs,” she says. “So I took £1,000 and a backpack and moved to America.” That was 2001, shortly after the world’s first professional football league for women had launched amid a rush of excitement fuelled by the USA’s victory at the 1999 Women’s World Cup.“That was my big motivator,” says Hayes of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA). “My boss at the time took me to the WUSA final and I said: ‘This is what I’m going to do one day; I’m going to manage one of these teams.’ It triggered everything for me.”Hayes started out at semi-professional club Long Island Lady Riders and spent five years in the States before returning to Arsenal in 2006. Working as assistant coach to Arsenal boss Vic Akers, Hayes learnt valuable lessons from her time in north London.“Vic set professional standards, even in quite an amateur setting,” she says. Hayes returned to Arsenal with the aim of helping them win the one trophy they were missing – the UEFA Women’s Cup (now the Women’s Champions League). The Gunners achieved that in her first season (2006-07), and Hayes stayed for just one more year before returning to the USA to take over as head coach of Chicago Red Stars.“I needed a challenge,” she explains. “I was bored here. Arsenal were smashing everyone… I didn’t want a cushty job. I wanted to get better as a coach and I made the right decision. Chicago was the best thing I ever did, because without that experience I wouldn’t be successful here.” Chelsea boss Emma Hayes last_img read more

Lee Clark: If Newcastle stay up, Benitez will get them fighting for SILVERWARE

first_imgLee Clark claims Newcastle can go on to enjoy great success under Rafa Benitez IF they remain in the Premier League this season.The Spaniard, appointed Steve McClaren’s successor in March, has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave if the club fail to win their fight for survival.But Magpies fan and former player Clark hopes it will not come to that, telling talkSPORT Benitez can achieve something special at St James’ Park.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Clark said: “If he stays, history tells you that he will produce a team that will be up at the right end of the table and challenging for silverware.“He can attract players. It is difficult at times for the north east clubs because of where we are situated and competing with clubs in Manchester or Liverpool to get the top players.“But if we have got someone like Rafa Benitez and he is going to speak to players and their agents, that is going to help the club no end to try and attract the top-end players rather than the middle to bottom tier type of players that come into the Premier League.”Benitez has a tough challenge on his hands to rescue Newcastle’s Premier League status.They are currently sitting 18th in the table, a point adrift of 17th-placed Norwich and 16th-placed Sunderland, having played a game more than their rivals.But with home games against Crystal Palace and Tottenham, and a trip to Aston Villa sandwiched in between, Clark believes their run-in provides them with a real chance of escaping relegation.He added: “The optimism is growing in the city. We have got a top-drawer manager and we have done something in the last two games against Man City and Liverpool we haven’t done most of the season  – that is come back from being behind from a goal or two and showing a fighting spirit.“And the way it has worked out, in the last three games have the teams got anything to play for? Palace may have one eye on the FA Cup final. Aston Villa, it is well documented what is going on at Villa Park, and Tottenham’s season could be over in terms of the title for them.“Lady luck might be looking on us as a club and coupled with having Rafa Benitez at the helm, it is a lot more positive than it was three or four weeks ago that is for sure.”last_img read more

RARE SIGHT AS PEOPLE QUEUE FOR SALE IN DONEGAL!

first_imgThis was the scene at McElhinney’s Department Store in Ballybofey this morning.No, they weren’t giving away free clothes but there were plenty of bargains to be had in the store’s summer sale. People queued from early morning for the store to open its doors.And those who were at the top of the queue wasted no time in hitting the various departments to snap up the bargains. RARE SIGHT AS PEOPLE QUEUE FOR SALE IN DONEGAL! was last modified: June 6th, 2012 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)last_img read more

GOSSIP: Van Dijk to force through Liverpool switch, Chelsea preparing Aguero bid

first_imgtalkSPORT.com bring you all the latest headlines and top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is considering handing in a transfer request in an effort to force through a move to Liverpool. (The Sun)Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also keen on signing the Dutch centre-back this summer. (Daily Express)Wenger has given up on a world record move for 18-year-old Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe and is instead solely focused on signing 21-year-old winger Thomas Lemar. (Daily Telegraph)Lemar has reportedly demanded Monaco sell him to Arsenal. (The Sun) The Gunners are also ready to join the hunt for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata – if Alexis Sanchez quits the club. (The Sun)Chelsea are preparing a bid for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero – with Pep Guardiola having already sanctioned the Argentine striker’s Manchester City exit. (Daily Star)Borussia Dortmund have warned Chelsea and AC Milan that they will only consider offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for “a few more days” as they begin their pre-season preparations. (Daily Mail)Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants Toni Kroos as part of any deal that takes David de Gea to Real Madrid. (The Sun)Mourinho also wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic return to the club, with the Swedish star also reportedly keen on making an Old Trafford comeback. (Daily Star)Tottenham are set to return with an improved offer for Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, whose Goodison Park contract expires next summer. (The Independent)Manchester City are ready to join Chelsea in the race to sign Real Madrid’s Brazilian full-back Danilo. (Daily Star)Loic Remy, 30, appears set to leave Chelsea this summer, with both Southampton and Everton keen on the forward. (Metro)West Ham will make a third bid for Stoke City winger Marko Arnautovic. The Hammers have already failed with two offers for the 28-year-old Austrian. (Sky Sports) ?Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Harry Kane’s future will be decided by trophies, Tottenham hero Teddy Sheringham tells talkSPORTManchester United FC news: Mourinho says Ronaldo transfer has always been ‘mission impossible’Chelsea FC transfer news: ‘Sergio Aguero is not welcome at my club!’ – Fans have mixed views over links to forwardPhil Neville hails Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton and says there are ‘there are massive things to come’ from striker – LISTENArsenal FC news: ‘It’s better if Olivier Giroud stays,’ insists Gunners legend Robert PiresManchester United FC news: ‘Romelu Lukaku must change his game to play for a top club,’ Teddy Sheringham tells talkSPORTGilberto Silva tells Jack Wilshere: It’s down to you whether you have an Arsenal future – LISTENLiverpool FC transfer news: Naby Keita latest, defender update plus more rumoursTransfer news: The players who could still be sold for huge fees, including Mbappe, Belotti and MendyManchester United pre-season result: Rashford scores twice in 5-2 win against LA GalaxyKyle Walker transfer: How have Manchester City’s other big-money signings under Sheikh Mansour fared?last_img read more