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  • Spurs flops worried boss Poch wants ‘out’ but Levy won’t sack him

    first_imgChristian Eriksen blasts rumours Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen slept with his girlfriend and sparked dressing-room bust-up with Harry Kane SOME of Tottenham’s star players think Mauricio Pochettino is looking for a way out of the crisis hit club, it has been claimed.Players have reportedly seen a change in the Argentine and think he has been “noticeably distant” since returning from the summer break.1 Mauricio Pochettino reportedly wants out of Tottenham according to his playersCredit: Getty – ContributorAfter Tuesday’s utter humiliation – the 7-2 home Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich – Poch held clear the air talks with his shocked players.But according to the Mail, the players think something is not right with the Real Madrid and Manchester United target, who revealed he would have left in the summer if Spurs had won the Champions League.Sources reportedly say there is no danger of Poch losing his job despite the club’s disastrous start to the season.And the £32million cost of sacking the ex-Southampton gaffer is the main reason.There is also reported unease at Poch’s treatment of certain players and question marks raised over some of his tactical decisions.The club is in utter turmoil as only yesterday wantaway star Christian Eriksen was forced to deny rumours his girlfriend slept with Jan Vertonghen.But both Eriksen and married Spurs pal Vertonghen, 32, took to Twitter to slam the vile, untrue gossip.The Danish star, quote-tweeted one of the fake reports, simply wrote the word, “bulls***”, complete with a sleeping emoji.There was also suggestion the rumoured ‘incident’ had sparked a dressing room bust up involving Harry Kane. MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himThe original tweet spreading the fake news read: “Christian Eriksen’s wife has reportedly been caught having an affair with his team-mate Jan Vertonghen.”That tweet also claimed the Spurs squad were involved in a bust-up – with Kane said to be involved – attaching pictures of Vertonghen sporting a black eye.Spurs have just one point from their two Champions League games and face an uphill battle to qualify with a goal difference of minus five.last_img read more

  • Reality Check: Is doping a problem in Paralympic sport?

    first_imgThe report for 2015 is due out in the next few weeks, so the most recent report we have is the 2014 one.In the year covered by that report, 1,013 tests were conducted for IPC sports (which include athletics, swimming, powerlifting and skiing) in which prohibited substances were found nine times.During the year, sanctions were taken against 11 athletes.If you break that down into the sports involved it is clear that most of the IPC’s anti-doping problems come from the sport of powerlifting, which was the source of seven of the positive tests and eight of the sanctions.The IPC announced in 2014 that it had suspended 13 powerlifters in the previous 14 months. The sport has been targeted with a “Raise the Bar – Say No! to Doping” campaign.Since then, the IPC has also adopted a new anti-doping code, which came into effect on 1 January 2015.Paralympic athletes have the same list of banned substances as Olympic athletes and, like them, anyone who requires additional medication for pain or treatment must apply for an exemption.”It’s a common misconception that a lot of Paralympians will be on prescription drugs. That’s not the case at all,” Nicole Sapstead, UK Anti-Doping chief executive,told the BBC ahead of London 2012.”Obviously there are athletes with spinal injuries and they need pain relief. But mostly it is the same as the Olympics – things like asthma and diabetes.”Only one athlete was given a doping sanction at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in 2014, but since then the McLaren Report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found that Russia’s sports ministry manipulated urine samples provided by its athletes between 2011 and 2015.The report identified 27 samples relating to eight Para-sports, five of which are summer sports, including some governed by the IPC.The IPC also found evidence that samples were swapped during the Sochi Winter Paralympics, adding that it planned to reanalyse every Russian sample given at the event.So now the Russian team has been banned from this year’s Paralympic Games in Rio, and the IPC is wondering if it has more of a doping problem than it previously thought.last_img read more

  • 49 Coaches for CAF License A Course

    first_imgThe Liberia Football Association is sponsoring one month CAF License A course that begins on Wednesday, May 27 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.According to CAF Education Officer, Francis Tamba, 49 License B coaches are expected to participate.“Participants must have a minimum qualification,” Tamba said, “which is they must have a record of work for the last two years as coaches.”He explained that any interested coach without the required minimum two years of active coaching would not be allowed to take part in the course.He said the seminar is being sponsored by the LFA and therefore the participants will not have to pay to take the course.The course, he said, will involve 15 days preparation and 30 days examination, which will include but not limited to sports sociology, exercise physiology, the laws of the game and power-point presentations.“There will also be written and oral presentations as well as theory and practical application of lessons learned during the one month period,” Tamba said.He told the Daily Observer yesterday that he would supervise the preparation, along with LFA Technical Director Henry Browne.“After the preparation the 30 days examination will be handled by someone selected by the Confederation of African Football,” Tamba added.He explained that it is a high level course that involves the accumulation of 380 hours of course’s work by the coaches.“A coach who participates in this course in the end must know football in its entirety,” Tamba said.Both coaches Tamba and Browne are senior CAF instructors, and are part of an elite group of professionals that CAF uses to conduct training and examinations of coaches in the various levels of their development throughout Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Golden Image Awards 2019 ‘Exlusively Honoring Women’

    first_img– Advertisement – By Robin Dopoe and Gloria TambaThe national secretariat of the Golden Image Award, Liberia’s most prestigious award has disclosed that this year’ will be bestowed on only women, a move which is unprecedented in the history of the award.According to Liberia’s cultural ambassador, Juli Endee, the brainchild of the award and members of the secretariat, their move is intended to knowledge the selfless contributions of Liberian women in the development and the social-economic and political advancement of the country.“Liberian women have done a lot for this country and it is time for them to be appreciated for their efforts, and to motivate them to do more for the country.“We are not just honoring women because we want to, but women who have made enormous contributions to the development of this country no matter their social status,” Amb. Endee said.  “Women who will be honored in the coming days have been chosen based on high standard vetting and research-based criteria, which are void of nepotism and prejudice.”Amb. Endee added that, although this year’s award ceremony, which will be at the Monrovia City Hall on July 18, 2019, is meant to exclusively honor women, they will also be acknowledging the enormous contributions and support of Liberia’s dynamic Feminist-in-Chief and principal He-for-She partner, President George Weah, as a forerunner for women’s empowerment in the country.The Liberian cultural ambassador also noted that year’s awards will be held under the theme, “Stop the Violence Against Women,” as international women share the stage with their Liberian counterparts.The award, which is the 9th edition, will also highlight adolescent girls in Nimba and Grand Bassa counties.The Golden Image Award serves as a unique platform for Liberia to recognize and appreciate those individuals, organizations and countries who, against all odds put in their time and resources to contribute to humanity, sustainable peace, development, and social justice for all, especially since the end of the 14-year devastating civil war in Liberia.Designed as an annual event, the GIA has become an integral part of Liberia’s Independence Day celebration and aspires to maintain this precedence every year, in the hope of supporting national leadership and innovation to sustain the peace and elicit the confidence of the international community to work with the Liberian Government and increase investment in the economy.The Golden Image Award initiative is housed by the Liberia Crusaders for Peace as the lead organizing institution, supported by a National Secretariat comprises professionals from diverse backgrounds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Liberia’s Culture Ambassador, Juli Endee last_img read more

  • Parts of Georgetown flooded again

    first_imgInclement weatherAlthough hundreds of millions have been expended to rectify drainage issues inThis motorcyclist skilfully makes his way through the floodwatersthe capital city, residents and others traversing some parts of Georgetown on Wednesday were once again met with flooded streets, as experts are predicting that the conditions will continue over the next three days.Guyana Times visited several areas within the city after a few hours of heavy rainfall on Wednesday morning, which affected the free movement of persons.A section of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown under water on WednesdayThough the afternoon sunshine saw much relief to the flooding in various wards, commuters and residents should take the necessary precautions as the Agriculture Ministry’s National Weather Watch Centre Hydro meteorological Service has reported that light to moderate rain showers are expected over the next three days.The Centre estimates expected rainfall inamounts of 5.0 mm to 35.0 mm.In June 2017, $120 million of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council’s $240A man sits with his goods at High Street, Georgetownmillion budget was poured into flood control in areas such as Alexander Village, Ruimveldt, Campbellville, some sections of Queenstown, West Ruimveldt and LaPenitence. At that time, Town Clerk Royston King said City Hall was contemplating using drones to get information on overtopping, traffic and security within Georgetown. He had also reported that squatting hinders access to many key drainage networks.last_img read more

  • MMA/ADA land increases horrendous – Jagdeo

    first_img…can push farmers into bankruptcyAs the fallout continues over the impending Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary-Agricultural Develop-ment Authority (MMA/ADA) increases for land rental and drainage and irrigation services, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has registered his concern over the threat to livelihoods that the changes may bring.In this light, he called on Government to rethink its decision on the increases, which in the main amounts to 600 per cent.A scene from last week’s protest in Region Five“I would urge the Government to reverse the horrendous increases that they have placed on the backs of the farmers and the cattle rearers in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice),” Jagdeo told media operatives at a press conference on Monday.The Opposition Leader further noted that this move would “decimate” the communities and their livelihoods. He suggested that residents and farmers across the political divide would be affected by the increases. “Agriculture is the lifeblood of that region, mainly rice and cattle rearing. There are communities that support PPP as well as communities that support APNU – this decision will harm all of those people. They are already operating marginally and this can push them into bankruptcy,” the Opposition Leader added.“If you have 200 acres of rice land, suddenly your yearly fee to MMA will go to $3 million. For cattle farmers who have to find close to $4000 from roughly $700 per acre. People need fairly large amounts of acreage to sustain animals,” Jagdeo stressed.Last week, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) farmers protested the increases, but Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who updated the media on Cabinet’s discussions claimed that increases were “not exorbitant”. In fact, he expressed that he was repeating Agriculture Minister Noel Holder’s long-held view that the most recent MMA-ADA fees could not continue to facilitate the financial operations at the Ministry’s sub-agency.Trotman had further added that the increases were necessary to fix broken and missing equipment in areas under MMA-ADA’s preview.Minister Trotman had also justified the cumulative increases based on the monthly price per acre. Among the changes are new drainage and irrigation charges for profit to Rosignol villages moving from $2500 per year to $8000 per year, representing a $5500 increase.Additionally, farmland that falls in the Mahaicony/Abary rice development category will see farmers now paying $7000, an increase of $1241 from last year’s fees. The cost per month of the former amounts to $666 per month while the latter accrued $583. MMA-ADA General Manager Aubrey Charles had told Guyana Times late last week that the cumulative increased fee, which amount to $15,000, would only be paid by farmers who benefit from all of the services offered by MMA.However, a group of irate Region Five rice farmers last Tuesday protested the move on the basis that they cannot afford to pay $15,000 per acre of rice land, noting that they were previously paying $3500 per acre. However, the Agriculture Ministry in response had described the protest actions as “unfortunate”. The Opposition later confirmed that it would be moving to lay a motion in Parliament to review these increases.Farmers have been receiving reduced earnings for their paddy following the end of the lucrative Petro-Caribe (rice-for-oil) deal with Venezuela in 2015. Since then, many rice farmers have reiterated calls for Government to implement various subsidies, including on fuel and heavy-duty equipment, to assist them in maintaining their livelihood.last_img read more

  • Mourinho set to sign new Manchester United contract

    first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho cMourinho is currently midway through the three-year deal he signed when he succeeded Louis van Gaal in May 2016.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 17 – Jose Mourinho is on the verge of signing a contract extension that will keep him at Manchester United until 2021.Mourinho is currently midway through the three-year deal he signed when he succeeded Louis van Gaal in May 2016. That contract expires in June 2019. It is believed talks between Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes and United’s hierarchy over a new contract began in October.Throughout that time Mourinho has made it clear he wants to stay at Old Trafford and he recently said his commitment to the club is “total”.He added that his intention was to “bring the club to where the club belongs” and described reports he could leave this summer as “garbage”.Significantly, Mourinho has been pleased with the commitment the club has shown to him by going after his transfer targets and getting them.At the moment, United are looking to break with their recent transfer window tradition and bring in a major signing in January in the shape of Alexis Sanchez.Sky Sports News understands the club are leading the chase to sign the Chile international after Manchester City withdrew from negotiations over costs.It is also understood that Sanchez’s move to Old Trafford hinges on Henrikh Mkhitaryan agreeing terms with Arsenal and moving in the opposite direction.Mourinho has already enjoyed success at United. He won the Europa League, the League Cup and the Community Shield in his first season, although they did finish sixth in the Premier League.United are second in the table this season, albeit 12 points behind leaders Manchester City following the 3-0 win over Stoke on Monday. They are also still in the Champions League and the FA Cup.United are yet to comment on Mourinho being set to sign a new deal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Fact-check: Did Mexicans celebrating WCup win cause an earthquake? Unfounded

    first_img0Shares0000A tweet suggested Mexicans celebrating their World Cup win against Germany triggered an “artificial earthquake,” but experts disagree © AFP/FileMEXICO CITY, Mexico, Jun 20 – After Mexico scored a goal to defeat defending champions Germany in their opening World Cup match on Sunday, a tweet suggesting that celebrating fans had triggered an “artificial earthquake” in Mexico City went viral.But according to experts, no such earthquake occurred. WHAT ARE WE ARE VERIFYING?“The earthquake detected in Mexico city was artificial in origin. Possibly caused by mass jumping during Mexico’s World Cup goal. At least two sensors in Mexico City detected it at 11:32,” said the tweet, by an institution calling itself SIMMSA — the Department of Seismology and Volcanology of the Institute for Geological and Atmospheric Research.The story of the “earthquake” caused by jubilant Mexican fans was picked up by media outlets around the world.WHAT DO WE KNOW?The public institution that monitors seismic activity in Mexico, the National Seismological Service (SSN), did not announce any earthquake in Mexico City on Sunday.Xyoli Ramirez Campos of the Geophysics Institute at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a member of the SSN, said that although movements by large groups of people can create vibrations that are picked up by seismographs, they would not resemble the spike caused by an earthquake.“For example, when (university football team) the Pumas play, and more than 60,000 people are jumping at the same time, it creates a detectable signal,” she told AFP.“But that is reflected as vibrations on the graph, not an earthquake.”A similar phenomenon occurs during FC Barcelona matches, said Spanish geologist Javier Carmona of the Complutense University in Madrid.“Every time Barca scores a goal, the Institute of Earth Sciences in Barcelona detects the same thing. But it’s not right to say that it’s generated an earthquake,” he said.“It’s not true that Mexico’s goal caused an earthquake. On a seismograph, it would appear as a signal with a different frequency from an earthquake.”Ramirez Campos said she was unaware of SIMMSA’s existence until its tweet went viral.“It’s not a site that’s known within the seismological community,” she said.WHAT CONCLUSION CAN BE DRAWN?The mass movements of large crowds of people can be detected by seismographs, but they do not trigger earthquakes. There is no evidence an earthquake took place in Mexico City on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Zimbabwe crush Mauritius in CHAN qualifier

    first_img0Shares0000Sunday Chidzambwa quit as Zimbabwe coach just before an African Nations Championship qualifier in Mauritius © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jul 29 – Never Tigere and Leeroy Mavunga scored two goals each as Zimbabwe walloped Mauritius 4-0 Monday in an African Nations Championship (CHAN) first leg qualifier.Both Zimbabweans netted in each half at the Stade Auguste Vollaire on the Indian Ocean island in a second round match delayed one day by bad weather. The result virtually assures Zimbabwe of a final qualifying round tie against South Africa or Lesotho with a place at the 2020 tournament in Cameroon up for grabs.It was the second four-goal away victory in 15 first legs between Friday and Monday after Mali thrashed Guinea-Bissau 4-0 in Bissau.Zimbabwe boast an outstanding away record in CHAN qualifying, winning seven and drawing two of 10 matches with the sole loss coming in Namibia two years ago.They triumphed in Mauritius despite having to change coaches just before leaving Harare with Rahman Gumbo taking charge when Sunday Chidzambwa resigned.The CHAN is confined to footballers playing in their country of birth, giving them international exposure that might otherwise be denied as Europe-based players dominate most Africa Cup of Nations squads.Democratic Republic of Congo (twice), Tunisia, Libya and Morocco have won previous editions of a competition launched 11 years ago.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Feeding on trophies! The top 10 most successful managers ever

    first_imgJose Mourinho says he feeds on trophies and he is aiming this season to add another two to his collection, following League Cup glory at Wembley.But where does the self-titled Special One stand in the managerial pantheon of football’s trophy-grabbing greats?Check out the video above to find out.And take a look at youtube.com/talksport for lots of entertaining sports videos, including new top 10s every Tuesday.last_img