Stokes optimistic about Mayhew’s chances

first_imgThe name Daniel Mayhew will forever be in the Jamaican history books after the Charlemont High school student became the first Jamaican to qualify for the Winter Youth Olympics to be held February 12-21 in Lillehammer, Norway.Mayhew, who competed at tournaments in Switzerland, Austria and Norway and is currently ranked 22nd in the world, became one of 16 competitors to earn their right to face the starter in the Monobob event at the quadrennial showpiece.Jamaica Bobsleigh Association president, Chris Stokes, is quietly optimistic of the youngster’s chances at the games, and believes he has the right attitude and attributes to go on and do well at the senior level.”He will do well, although I don’t want to commit myself to a placing. But that is not what we are looking for. We want him to go out and show he is a competitor and look at his poise under the pressure of Olympic competition and see how he performs under those circumstances, but I am confident that he will compete hard and do well.”He represents the country well. He is very articulate and speaks clearly about what he wants to achieve. He is a real asset to Jamaica … ” he told The Gleaner.DID WELL IN TRAININGMayhew was selected on very high recommendation from a current senior team member, and after speaking to him and seeing his work ethic and how he carries himself the association was also convinced and so sent him off to training, where he did very well.However, the bobsleigh president said they never imagined that the 17-year-old would be this successful.”You never know (how things will turn out) but having chosen such a small group and having sent him alone has worked out well in this particular circumstance. If we can get more athletes into the Monobob at 15, 16 years old instead of 23, 24 then we will have more time to develop and look for the exceptional talent.”We have gotten positive feedback from the international coaches. Some have gone as far as saying he is the best young driver they have seen coming out of Jamaica for some time,” Stokes said, while noting that the Jamaica Olympic Association will pick up his training and competition expenses from here on.last_img read more

Froome debacle makes cycling ‘a laughing stock’ – Bardet

first_imgBritain’s Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, speeds downhill during the ninth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181.5 kilometers (112.8 miles) with start in Nantua and finish in Chambery, France, Sunday, July 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Leading French rider Romain Bardet has called cycling “a laughing stock” for failing to announce any sanctions against Chris Froome since his adverse doping test during last year’s Vuelta a Espana was revealed.In an interview with French sports daily L’Equipe, Bardet, who has finished on the podium in the Tour de France in each of the last two years, also said he doubts the British rider will be cleared.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bemoaning a “lack of transparency” in the sport, AG2R La Mondiale rider Bardet called for an “independent inquiry”.In the meantime, he added: “I don’t see how Froome can carry on riding as though nothing has happened.”“As Sky are not doing anything, there is nothing to prevent the rider from taking the decision to pull out while waiting for the authorities to decide.”Asked about Bardet’s comments, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said he understood his compatriot’s concerns.“I can only repeat that I want an answer as quickly as possible,” Prudhomme said in Brussels during an event to unveil the start of the 2019 Tour in the Belgian capital.“I am convinced that the UCI and it’s president David Lappartient will do everything to ensure that is the case.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, as the medication can be taken legally, Froome was not suspended by cycling’s governing body the UCI but merely asked to explain the elevated reading.Bardet admitted his frustration that no decision has yet been taken on whether to suspend Froome or strip him of his Vuelta victory. In the meantime, he can ride as normal.“Froome gave the test in September and, as if by chance, we find out about it in December,” Bardet, 27, said in the interview.The new season is swinging into gear this week in Australia at the Tour Down Under, and Bardet added: “The season is starting without any decision having been taken. This is ridiculous, we are a laughing stock.“I am astounded that, without this being leaked to the press, it might have been years before we found out about this test.”ADVERTISEMENT Graham left out of AMA roster; coach says top pick still needs to ‘submit papers’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I would like to believe in Chris Froome’s good faith, but when you go over the limit, the rules provide for sanctions. We can no longer be permissive about this,” Bardet said.Bardet finished second on the Tour in 2016 and then third last year, both times behind Froome, who has won the race in four of the last five years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFroome and his Team Sky revealed in December that the 32-year-old had tested for elevated levels of the asthma medication salbutamol during the Vuelta, which he won for the first time, in September.Although salbutamol is permitted in certain doses, Froome gave a urine reading of twice the allowed limit. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more

Vice President Foh’s Inspiring and Meaningful Commencement Address at Cuttington

first_imgThe Vice President of Sierra Leone, Victor B. Foh, last Saturday urged Cuttington University graduates to be realistic, creative, innovative and self reliant. This, he declared, is the real meaning of “purposeful education.”The Sierra Leonean leader said he was highly impressed with the higher education Cuttington university offers, describing it as ‘visionary’. He cited in particular two of Cuttington’s programs which he described as “particularly impressive.” These are the peace and conflict program and the service learning program.The peace and conflict program, headed by Dr. Joseph Gwannu, a leading Liberian historian, teaches peace-building skills and prepares students for participation in peace-building initiating in Liberia and elsewhere.The Service Learning program emphasizes service to community in which one lives. For example, this program teaches the students that if a bridge in the community in which they live is broken, they should join hands and fix it. This indeed happened recently on the Cuttington campus when the bridge connecting the campus to Goll Farm got broken. Cuttington students rallied to fix the bridge and it was quickly rehabilitated. Cuttington has a long history of service to community. The graduating class of 1960 undertook such a community project. The classmates included Ayele Ajavon, (now Dr. Ayele Ajavon Cox), Mara Henderson (now Mrs. Amacree), Alfred Telewoda, Bennie D. Warner (later Methodist Bishop and Vice President of Liberia), Yede Baker (now Dr. Yede Baker Dennis), Clarice Halt (later Mitchell) and Esther Roberts (later Esther Varfley). And what did the class of 1960 do? They adopted as a class project humanitarian service the leper colony in Suacoco. They paid weekly visits to the colony, carrying food, medicines and clothes for the inmates.Turning to this year’s Cuttington graduates, Vice President Foh exhorted them first to be realistic, remembering that no government in the world, the Liberian government being no exception, can employ everybody. He therefore challenged the graduates to be “creative, innovative and self reliant.”What did the Sierra Leonean leader mean? He meant that Cuttingtonians, like all other graduates, should think about and endeavor to start their own businesses, rather than join the ever long lines of job seekers.A few years ago a Cuttington alumnus (class of 1963) in a major address to the Cuttington Alumni Association, called for the introduction, of an Entrepreneurial Development Program at Cuttington with the deliberate attempt to encourage and empower graduates and school leavers to start their own businesses.Kenneth Y. Best, founder, Publisher and Managing Director of the Daily Observer Newspaper, even urged the Alumni Association itself to go into business in order to raise funds to help their alma mater. He suggested a Tourism effort at the waterfall in Kpatawee, just next to Cuttington. Mr. Best and his wife Mae Gene, during their exile in Banjul also founded the Gambia’s first professional and first daily newspaper, also named The Observer.It is hoped that Cuttington’s service Learning Program – and more especially the University’s Business School – will develop entrepreneurial programs that will empower its graduates with the vision and skills to go out and start their own businesses.We pray that all universities in Liberia, and even the nation’s elementary and high schools will begin introducing entrepreneurial programs. This, we believe will go a long way in creating within our students and youth the habit of business and self reliance.Vice President Foh also urged the Cuttington graduates to remember that though governments throughout the world are the largest employers, no government can employ everyone. The graduates must be realistic and know this fact. They should strive always for independence and self reliance and work towards being their own bosses.We consider this advice as sound and critical one, because we all know our problem in Liberia: Liberians are hardly in any meaningful business. Our economy and business sector are dominated by foreigners. The situation is so bad that many of those firms do not even hire Liberians in any meaningful way – only as store boys and handlers of merchandise from the warehouses. The top administrators, book keepers, accountants and other key functionaries are foreign. This Newspaper has over the years complained about this terrible state of affairs, and blamed it squarely on our government itself. We have constantly appealed to the Ministry of Justice and Immigration; The Ministry of Commerce and Industry, which issues Business Licenses; and the Ministry of Labor, which issues the work permits. But the more we write and plead, the more things remain the same or get worse.This particular administration has been in power for over a decade and nothing has changed. What legacy of native empowerment do the leaders expect to enjoy when they shall have left the scene?It seems to us that all leaders the world over should not think and act just for today, but for tomorrow.That indeed was the thrust of Vice President Foh’s message to the Cuttington graduates he was helping, advising them to plan for the future – a future of independence and self reliance – a future in which they will be empowered to run their own lives, their own businesses, yea their own economy, the Liberian economy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Policeman caught stealing cellphone charged

first_img…future in GPF in Top Cop’s handsA 23-year-old Police Officer and his colleague have found themselves in hot water after they were caught on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras stealing a cellphone from a business in Charity on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Supenaam-Pomeroon).Reports are on September 18, the two Constables, both of whom were fully dressed in their Guyana Police Force (GPF) uniform, went to the Double D Mall situated at Charity Public Road, where they entered a food shop.While there, Constable John Small of Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara, picked up a Samsung S7 Edge smartphone valued $119,000.00, which was left on a table and they promptly exited.The matter was reported and a review of the CCTV footage in the building revealed the dishonest cop in the act.Based on legal advice obtained, charges were recommended against Constable Small alone. He was slapped with a simple larceny charge and appeared before Magistrate Ester Sam at the Charity Magistrate’s Court on Monday.However, the case was dismissed after the Virtual Complainant Angelena Byrne of Anna Regina, offered no evidence against the Constable, who is still on probation.According to Public Relations Officer of the Police Force, Jairam Ramlakhan, both Constables have since been transferred pending a decision by Police Commissioner Leslie James with respect to their retention in the Force.last_img read more

AFC Berbice factions’ rigging for control ends in chaos

first_imgChaos erupted on Saturday evening in New Amsterdam when the General Secretary of the Alliance for Change (AFC) Marlon Williams met with executive members of the Regional Management Committee (RMC).AFC Region Six New Regional Management Committee (RMC) Executives Linden Jones, Donna Mathoo, Gobin Harbhajan, Kumar Bridgelall, Camilie Cox, George Stanley, Raynard Ward, Mavis Nagamootoo and Terrence MooreWilliams reportedly held the meeting to inform members of plans to hold new RMC elections. Two elections were held – one on February 17 and the other on March 17. Both elections ended with reports of skulduggery taking place.However, the announcement to hold new elections by Williams did not go down well with some members and as such, the meeting turned into a turmoil.Executive Member of the party, Devin Sookraj and the AFC’s GS had to scramble to safety following the disorderly behaviour of the newly-elected RMC Chairman Linden Jones who reportedly armed himself with a piece of wood and advanced towards them.After the charade, National Executive Member representing the diaspora, Derrick Basdeo along with Sookraj, filed a complaint against Jones at the Central Police Station at New Amsterdam.Following the March 17 elections at which Jones was elected as Chairman, several members were dissatisfied and filed complaints to the party’s senior executive claiming that the elections were rigged.BackgroundThe first election was held on February 17 at Khemraj Ramjattan’s residence at Number 47 Village, Corentyne. At that election, Subash Orelall was appointed as Chairman and Devin Sookraj as the Vice-Chairman.The Returning Officer for that proceeding was Derrick Basdeo. Basdeo, who is reportedly a “buddy” of Ramjattan reportedly told members that he was sent by the National Executive to facilitate the election.Most of those elected were reportedly close to Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan. In fact, most of those who were invited to be a part of the election were from Ramjattan’s faction of the party. Members of Prime Minister Mosses Nagamootoo and Raphael Trotman’s factions were reportedly excluded.Guyana Times was also informed that many of the regional executives who previously held senior posts were not invited to the elections.Apart from Sookraj and Orelall, five executive members from Central Corentyne were appointed.It was felt by some members, that the elections were held so that persons close to Ramjattan could be appointed. This would mean that they will be eligible to vote at the national level giving Ramjattan a better chance of becoming the party’s Chairman and the prime ministerial candidate for the coalition.The National Congress, at which the Chairman will be selected, is slated for next month.Meanwhile, following the February 17 elections, the party’s General Secretary met with members in Berbice to deem that election null and void. Williams told members that Basdeo was never mandated to hold the elections.New elections were held on March 17 at the St Francis Community Developers building at Port Mourant.The Returning Officer was Audwin Rutherford who is also a Member of Parliament and the national observer was Joel Edmond who is a member of the National Executive.Those elected were Linden Jones as Chairman; Donna Mattoo as Secretary; Gobin Harbhajan as Treasurer along with three Vice Chairpersons – Camilie Cox, Michael McBean and Kumar Bridgelall. There were also seven committee members.Nevertheless, that election was marred with the walking out of some members considered to be from the Ramjattan faction. Executive Member Abel Seetaram later used social media, claiming that the process was flawed.Party officials refused to comment saying that it was an “in house” party business and not for the public.last_img read more

Carl Greenidge concedes to CCJ’s September 2019 elections date deadline

first_imgForeign Secretary Carl GreenidgeWhile Government has continued to argue that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) never said when elections should be held, at least one top functionary has publicly conceded that the courts did intend elections to be held by September 18, 2019.Former Foreign Affairs Minister and Vice President and now Foreign Secretary, Carl Greenidge, made these comments during a recent appearance on the Globespan 24×7 live show in New York.It was pointed out by his co-panellist, Member of Parliament for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Dr Frank Anthony, that the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) had set a date by which elections should be held.“Within 90 days is not a date. It is an outside date… I don’t know you could say we didn’t want to have elections. What you are faced with is an outside date in which the court is saying you must have elections by such and such a date…,” Greenidge said in reply.“… And I certainly agree that the Court has made a decision, but what I’m saying to you is that the Court has said elections must be held by September 18, which does not justify you starting a war today on the grounds that elections should have been held in December,” he added.New GECOM ChairGreenidge also noted during the discourse that the processes and the appointment of new Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairperson Retired Justice Claudette Singh must be given a chance to function.“One of the things recommended (by the CCJ) was a new Chair. That has been done. It has not been easy. This is a new Chairperson. Not part of any old system. Therefore, I would urge that we pay attention to that, so the process can be as smooth and expeditious as possible”.Article 106 (6) of the Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.Meanwhile, Article 106 (7) states: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.A No-Confidence Motion was passed against the Government on December 21 of last year. However, elections were not held and there was no resignation. Instead, Government went to court unsuccessfully arguing that the No-Confidence Motion was not validly passed.The case reached the CCJ, where the regional Court ruled against the Government, but stopped short of issuing an order fixing an election date. Instead, CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders had said that when the No-Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated.According to Justice Saunders when he read the ruling, there was no need for the Court to gloss over the provisions of Articles 106 (6 and 7), but it is in fact the responsibility of the constitutional actors to be faithful to the rule of law and operate within parameters of the Constitution.“Upon the passage of a vote of no confidence, the Article requires the resignation of the Cabinet including the President. The Article goes on to state, among other things, that notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and that an election shall be held within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine,” Saunders had said.Further, the CCJ President had noted that with GECOM also responsible for the conduct of those elections, it therefore meant that the elections body “too must abide by the provisions of the Constitution”.He went on to point out that elections should have been held on March 21, 2019, following the December passage of the Opposition-sponsored motion, but that the process was on “pause” pending the legal proceedings.That process, Saunders had clearly said, was no longer on pause following the Court’s June 18, 2019 ruling, which upheld the validity of the No-Confidence Motion and, thus, triggered the need for fresh elections. In keeping with the constitutional three-month provision, this means General and Regional Elections should be held on or before September 18, 2019.last_img read more

From the bite of Suarez to Keane’s walk-out: World Cup bad boys

first_imgBattiston lost two teeth, cracked three ribs and was left unconscious after Schumacher’s hip smashed into his face in the semi-final of the 1982 tournament in Spain.The German, who to this day insists he was going for the ball and is still an unpopular name in France, escaped a booking and showed no remorse as West Germany won the match 5-4 on penalties, as it had finished 3-3 after extra-time.Khalid Boulahrouz (Netherlands)A record four red and 16 yellow cards were shown during ‘the Battle of Nuremberg’ when Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the Round of 16 at the 2006 World Cup.Boulahrouz was booked for a studs up tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo, which forced the Portugal superstar off, and was sent off for a second yellow in the second half.Amidst the carnage, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, plus Portugal’s Deco and Costinha all received double yellow cards while Luis Figo was booked for head butting Marc van Bommel.Nigel De Jong (Netherlands)De Jong’s flying kick landed on Xabi Alonso’s chest in the 2010 World Cup final, dubbed the ‘Battle of Johannesburg’, earned the Dutchman a yellow card and warning from English ref Howard Webb in another bad-tempered display by the ‘Oranje’.The kung-fu kick set the tone for a brutal final as the Dutch earned nine yellow cards, including a pair shown to John Heitinga, who was sent off in extra time.The Spanish, themselves no angels with five yellow cards, took the trophy when Andres Iniesta slammed home the extra-time winner.Zinedine Zidane (France), Marco Materazzi (Italy)The key moment of the 2006 World Cup final came in extra time when Zidane’s sudden head butt floored Materazzi.Zidane was apparently retaliating for a verbal provocation. But reports differ as to what Materazzi actually said that triggered the attack and saw the French legend sent off on 110 minutes in his last international appearance.Italy won the final 5-3 on penalties after the match finished 1-1 as Zidane’s seventh-minute penalty was cancelled out by Materazzi’s first-half header.David Beckham (England)Beckham was sent off for a petulant kick aimed at Argentina captain Diego Simeone, who had just clattered England’s midfield ace, early in the second-half of the quarter-final defeat in the 1998 finals.It finished 2-2 after extra time before England lost 4-3 on penalties, but for Beckham the ordeal was just beginning.The Manchester United star bore the brunt of a national outcry on his return to England and “God Forgives Even David Beckham” appeared on a poster outside a church in Nottingham, appealing for clemency on his behalf.Slaven Bilic (Croatia)Hosts France were 2-1 up against Croatia in the semi-final of the 1998 tournament, when Bilic theatrically went down clutching his head after a scuffle with Laurent Blanc in the area.The Frenchman was sent off, for the first time in his career, but the replays showed Blanc had barely touched Bilic.‘Les Bleus’ held on with 10 men to win, but despite clear evidence, FIFA refused to lift Blanc’s suspension for the World Cup final in Paris which France won 3-0 against Brazil.Roy Keane (Republic of Ireland)Issues with the equipment and pitch at Ireland’s pre-World Cup training camp in Saipan saw the tough-tackling Manchester United boil over with rage as Keane stormed out on the Irish before the 2002 finals even started.A foul-mouthed tirade at the Republic’s manager Mick McCarthy was his parting shot as Keane-less Ireland went onto to lose to Spain in the last 16.Diego Maradona (Argentina)The midfield maestro made World Cup folklore with his ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the last eight of the 1986 finals, then moments later beat five defenders on a mazy run for his second as Argentina went onto win the title.However, Maradona finished his World Cup career in disgrace after failing a drugs test in the 1994 finals held in the USA.His primal scream into the television cameras, eyes bulging, after scoring against Greece was repeatedly shown after it was discovered he had taken a stimulant.Luis Suarez (Uruguay)Sent off for a deliberate handball in Uruguay’s quarter-final win over Ghana in South Africa 2010, Suarez was banned for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder four years later in Brazil.With the Italians protesting to the referee for not penalising Suarez, Uruguay won a corner and scored to eliminate Italy with a 1-0 victory in the group stages.Suarez did not escape punishment, however, and FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee handed him a nine-match ban, two days after the match, ruling him out for the rest of the tournament and the 2-0 defeat to Colombia in the Round of 16.Jurgen Klinsmann (West Germany)Klinsmann had earned his reputation for diving, but his most outrageous tumble came in the final of Italy 1990 when he threw himself over Pedro Monzon’s tackle and convulsed on the floor, earning the Argentinian a straight red card on 65 minutes.Replays showed it was a blatant dive and playing against 10 men, the Germans won the final in Rome when Andreas Brehme converted a penalty five minutes from time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000From Luis Suarez’s teeth to Roy Keane storming out on the Republic of Ireland and Toni Schumacher pole-axing Patrick Battiston in ’82, AFP Sport selects a team of 11 bad boys in World Cup history:PARIS, France, June 8 – From Luis Suarez’s teeth to Roy Keane storming out on the Republic of Ireland and Toni Schumacher pole-axing Patrick Battiston in ’82, AFP Sport selects a team of 11 bad boys in World Cup history:Toni Schumacher (West Germany)last_img read more

Liverpool, Real fans in for Kiev hotel price shock

first_imgThe Ukrainian capital is the focus of fan fury after its hotels began charging 100 times their standard rates for the big match on May 26.And some supporters lucky enough to book their beds before they turned into luxury items were aghast to discover their reservations annulled.The Liverpool FC supporters club even posted a “rough” guide on Facebook that included overnight stays in the Polish city of Wroclaw.The trek back out of Kiev was set for 3:00 am.The European football governing body UEFA issued a diplomatic statement to AFP agreeing it might be wisest to just pop in and out of town on match day.“It is expected that the preferred option for the majority of travelling fans will be charter flights arriving and leaving on the same day,” UEFA said.The rates some of the city’s more modest places are charging sometimes look like a misprint.A hotel called Harmony on Andriyivskiy Descent offers a room with a double bed and a miniature TV set balanced on a windowsill for 3,534 euros.Another two euros gets you a breakfast.A person at reception asked AFP to write a formal letter to management when asked why the price had been revised up for that one day from the usual 29 euros.Fans who thought they were being clever by booking long in advance also had trouble getting answers after discovering they had no places to stay.“Booked my hotel for Kiev months ago,” a Liverpudlian named Stephen wrote on Twitter.“Now @bookingcom decided that they are gonna cancel it for me free of charge so I can re-book it for 15 grand!”A spokesperson for said all of the site’s prices were set by the hotels and that it was ready to defend the interests of clients who had their reservations tossed out.– Virus attack –The Spanish sport daily Marca published accounts of similar horror stories befalling Real fans.One received a message from his hotel asking him to cancel his reservation “because we will not have electricity and water for the dates indicated”.Another place said “a virus attack” was responsible for a cheap room being offered when in fact there were none.Kiev city authorities have responded by assigning the problem to the state anti-monopoly committee.The committee said on Tuesday that it had started “to monitor prices on the hotel services market”.It has not been heard from since.All of which prompted kind Ukrainian souls to start a Facebook page offering free couches to desperate lovers of the beautiful game.It had nearly five thousands members by Saturday and a big writeup in the Liverpool Echo newspaper.Page creator Victor Kylymar told the paper that he was not really into football but felt an “obligation” to help people out.“This is a common event for all of Europe and to use this to make money is not the best idea,” Kylymar said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kiev will become a much more expensive place for visitors as hotels ramp up prices for Champions League final fans © AFP/File / Sergei SUPINSKYKIEV, Ukraine, May 12 – Fancy shelling out Sh421, ($4,200) for a night in a budget hotel?Liverpool and Real Madrid fans who do not may end up sleeping rough for the night when they come to Kiev for the Champions League final.last_img read more

Salah in diving storm as Liverpool beat Palace

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was involved in controversy at Crystal Palace © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 21 – Mohamed Salah was engulfed in a diving storm as the Liverpool star won the controversial penalty that inspired their 2-0 win over 10-man Crystal Palace on Monday.Salah was accused of diving by Palace when he tumbled in the penalty area late in the first half at Selhurst Park. Referee Michael Oliver awarded a spot-kick for Mamadou Sakho’s challenge on the Egypt winger and James Milner converted the penalty.Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, working for Sky Sports, claimed it was a dive, saying: “A lot of people won’t like it. If it’s against you, you’ll think it’s soft.“It is a theatrical fall which we’ve seen a lot of players do.”Adding insult to injury for Palace, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off in the second half for bringing down Salah as he raced clear.Taking advantage of their numerical superiority, Jurgen Klopp’s side made sure of extending their 100 percent start to the Premier League season thanks to Sadio Mane’s goal in stoppage-time.Palace boss Roy Hodgson was furious with the penalty, saying: “My frustration is I don’t think that’s a penalty. It’s cause for anger and disappointment.“I’ve been in football a long time. If that’s a penalty the game has changed beyond all recognition.“Sakho is a defender and he has to try and defend.“There is no way he is looking to foul the player. Liverpool didn’t deserve to be leading.”Klopp side-stepped the diving row, claiming he hadn’t seen the incident clearly.“I didn’t ask Mo about that. I didn’t see it. It looked like it was (a penalty), but I have no idea,” he said.After Manchester City’s swaggering demolition of Huddersfield on Sunday, it was important for Liverpool to keep pace with the champions, even at this early stage of the season.This was a statement win for Klopp’s team, installed as City’s most likely challengers, and they move into second place after building on last weekend’s rout of West Ham.But Klopp refused to talk up Liverpool’s title chances.“I am not interested in sending statements to Manchester City or anyone else. I want to win football games,” he said.“I couldn’t care less really. We are not in a race with other Premier League teams each weekend.”Right from the start, Salah was in the thick of the action when he surged onto Naby Keita’s long pass, but the Egyptian’s chip sailed high over the bar.Andros Townsend came within inches of giving Palace the lead against the run of play when he cut in from the right flank and unleashed a superb 25-yard strike that cannoned off the crossbar.– ‘Cheat’ chants –Klopp’s men finally made the breakthrough just seconds before half-time.Roberto Firmino’s pass found Salah just inside the Palace area and when Sakho caught him with an out-stretched leg, the Egyptian’s slightly delayed tumble didn’t dissuade Oliver from giving the penalty.Salah has previous for diving and incensed Palace fans were quick to aim “cheat” chants at him, but there appeared just enough contact to warrant the spot-kick.Milner, ignoring the sound and fury, nervelessly sent Wayne Hennessey the wrong way with his spot-kick.After Wilfried Zaha’s run earned a second-half free-kick in a dangerous position, Palace captain Luka Milivojevic whipped the set-piece goalwards, only for Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker to make a superb save low to his left.Salah didn’t tire despite his prodigious work-rate and it was his blistering break that induced the lunge from Wan-Bissaka which triggered his red card.The young full-back, who had been left alone as the last line of defence, hardly made contact with Salah, but again Oliver ruled in Liverpool’s favour.As Palace threw men forward in the final moments, Senegal winger Mane put the result beyond doubt when he sprinted clear, rounded Hennessey and slotted home.“In these moments the fuel is really low and maybe the players need a bit of help from an angry manager — ‘run or I will kill you’ — and they did that,” Klopp smiled.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgCeltic salvaged a point via a late penalty in a drama-filled clash with Hamilton at New Douglas Park.Accies took the lead through Simon Mensing with Martin Canning seemingly in an offside position.Referee Willie Collum dismissed Celtic’s James Forrest and Hamilton’s Jim McAllister after the break. Mensing also saw red for a foul in the box, Anthony Stokes converting from the spot before having a goal disallowed deep into injury time.The Parkhead side now sit five points clear of arch-rivals Rangers, but the Ibrox side have three games in hand.Celtic had the bulk of possession in the early part of the game, but found it hard to break down the Accies rearguard with the home side pressing Celtic players whenever they were on the ball.IT had all BEEN happening off the pitch at Celtic – with the club drawn away to Rangers in the Scottish Cup…and Neil Lennon handed a six-match touchline ban by the Scottish Football Association for an excessive misconduct charge.The ban begins on 18 January, meaning the Hoops boss will be absent from the dugout for the Cup game on February 5 of 6. Celtic will appeal the decision – being seen in some quarters as further evidence of an anti-Celtic bias in the SFA.“We are very surprised and extremely disappointed,” said Celtic in a statement on the club website.“We believe the punishment is excessive and unprecedented for a first offence.”Lennon was given the ban for being sent to the stand by referee Craig Thomson during Celtic’s 2-0 defeat by Hearts in November.That dismissal – following an altercation with fourth official Steven McLean – incurred an automatic two-match ban, which Lennon was appealing at Hampden on Tuesday. Celtic’s statement added: “We have maintained for some time that a range of the SFA’s processes and structures needed to be reviewed and updated.“This view was supported recently by Henry McLeish in his review of the SFA.“Tuesday’s events only underline and reinforce our opinion.“Without question Celtic will be supporting its manager Neil Lennon in his appeal. “As well as challenging the severity of the punishment imposed, our appeal will also focus on issues of procedural fairness and the manner in which such hearings are conducted.”The first match of the ban will be the Scottish Premier League visit of Aberdeen on 22 January.It will take in two more games against the Dons, meetings with Hearts and Dundee United, and the Scottish Cup fifth-round trip to Ibrox.If the appeal fails – and the SFA are unlikely to climb down – Lennon’s first game back on the sidelines will be Old Firm league clash with Rangers at Celtic Park on 20 February.THE HOOPS REPORT: CELTS HELD BY HAMILTON IN CONTROVERSIAL GAME was last modified: January 12th, 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