STETHS blank Black River in ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: St  Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) forward, Jovoney Brown, netted his seventh goal in as many matches and Demar James fired home a brace as the defending champions slammed Black River High 3-0 in yesterday’s Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-FLOW daCosta Cup football match at Black River High. Brown was on target from the penalty spot in the ninth minute, while James scored in the 21st and 34th minutes of a game thoroughly dominated by the champions, who hardly needed to break a sweat in handing Black River their sixth loss. The win takes STETHS up to 15 points from seven matches, with Lacovia High and Munro College battling for the next automatic qualifying spot. Black River will now be playing for pride. The only bright spark for Black River was the Rene Higuita-styled outfield play by their goalkeeper, Davian Gayle, who looked more comfortable with the ball at his feet than standing between the sticks. Gayle has now conceded 13 goals in all against STETHS alone this season and as a team, the Kirk Williams-coached Black River has seen 34 goals hit the back of their net, while they have scored a mere four times so far.last_img read more

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NLEX trades Al-Hussaini for Blackwater’s Marcelo

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In a post on Twitter, the Road Warriors said they are looking to acquire the services of big man Dave Marcelo from Blackwater in exchange for center Rabeh Al-Hussaini.“A trade proposal has been submitted to the @pbaconnect for approval involving Rabeh Al-Hussaini for @BWEliteForce‘s Dave Marcelo,” the team announced on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMarcelo is a two-way player who can protect the paint and score from inside all the way to the perimeter as well.Guiao said the 29-year-old Marcelo, a four-time NCAA champion as a vital part of the San Beda dynasty, has the potential to be one of NLEX’s “next generation” big men. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Rabeh’s potential is great, but ours might not be the right system to maximize that potential. So this is a win-win situation. He can be better utilized in their team, while Dave Marcelo can be part of our future mainstays.”Al-Hussaini only played a game for the Road Warriors this conference while Marcelo played five games for the Elite, averaging 2.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 block in 8.2 minutes per outing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Just two days after expressing his desire to make roster changes, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao made his move.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Rosario plays like an import when KaTropa needed one View commentslast_img read more

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Setting the record straight

first_imgDear Editor,During the period of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, it was subjected to vile and consistent attacks about corruption. Most of the allegations were downright lies; some were half-truths (these are often worse than lies) and almost always they were distorted.The PPP/C has answered these accusations over and over again. Yet the charges of misconduct and corruption persist to this day. It is clear that the PPP/C haters have seen that this is potent and even now after more than three years of the Party being out of office, the wicked lies are continuing.An editorial in sections of the media on Monday, August 6, 2018, is a good example of how the news continues to be twisted. They are indulging in this type of journalism to protect the really corrupt People’s National Congress (PNC)-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) regime, while at the same time trying to hold on to some credibility.In the editorial, the PNC-led APNU regime’s obviously corrupt dealings were mentioned very mildly. The Leader of the Opposition was even quoted on a few of the corrupt deals. Clearly, this was a fig leaf to pretend to be fair and balancedHowever, it was once more placing blame on the PPP/C and slandering its Administration.About sole sourcing of medicine, it stated that “….it was practised frequently by the PPP Government”. That is the first lie. The second lie is put in the following way: “…. While in Opposition, the APNU/AFC criticised the PPP… for the sole sourcing of drug contracts to the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation…whose owner is a friend of former President Bharrat Jagdeo….” It is just slander to repeat the lie that NEW GPC got contracts on a sole-sourcing basis.For the reader to understand this, it is necessary to go into a bit of a background.On assuming office, the PPP/C sought the assistance of the international community to design a system of procurement of medicines. The whole idea was to prevent shortages of pharmaceuticals and minimise the need for emergency purchases.The system that the PPP/C Administration developed was done with the technical assistance of the World Health Organisation (WHO). It was best described as pre-qualification tendering.That model was developed by the WHO and the World Bank based on international best practices and applied here to our specific circumstances.The guidelines which the PPP/C Administration followed in allocating contracts and procuring drugs were: 1) the financial capacity to deliver on the contracts; 2) acceptable storage to ensure that there were enough supplies in the country and stored at the correct temperature; 3) meet the Guyana Food and Drug Department regulations; 4) the entity was legally authorised to operate as a business; 5) there was a points system that all bidders must meet.Moreover, to ensure quality, all medicines had to be procured from WHO prequalified manufacturers. Therefore, suppliers had to list the companies they were procuring drugs from.Those companies/suppliers that met those criteria were then pre-qualified. When procuring, the Ministry sent orders to those companies inviting them to bid.It is clear that the PPP/C did not sole source. It was all based on sound principles.By extension, NEW GPC was also not given any contract on a sole-source basis. The NEW GPC supplied medicines to the health sector based on the pre-qualification model that the WHO recommended for global use in the national supply chain system. The NEW GPC, like all others, had to bid in an open tender to become pre-qualified.In the case of an emergency, it was usually for one or two drugs and the amount was limited. This means that not a lot of money was spent on emergency purchases. It was never tens of millions of dollars.Even in this case, the companies that were pre-qualified were asked to bid. The time, of course, was shorter.Those are the facts.For a section of the media to perpetuate this disinformation about the PPP sole-sourcing could only be for political reasons.I say this because the system set up by the PPP/C Administration was tested in our courts.The International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA), owned by Mr Lloyd Singh, a known financier of the APNU/AFC, took a case to court, claiming discrimination in awarding of contracts.The company had among the best legal representation, Mr Rex McKay’s Chambers. The Judge was Chief Justice (ag) Ian Chang.The PPP/C Government’s case was argued by the then Attorney General Anil Nandlall.The finding and ruling of the Judge was that the charges were baseless. The system was of international standard and no discrimination took place.Yet, a section of the media, including Kaieteur News, persists in the fallacy. Why?Having succeeded in painting a false picture of the PPP/C Administration when in office, they now continue to do the same to protect their corrupt friends high in government. This suggests that some of them may also be benefitting from this massive APNU/AFC corruption.If not, they must be very frightened of this PNC-led regime and try to soften any criticism of them.Without doubt, the PPP/C would welcome a debate on corruption. If the regime feels that it is clean, then it, or its agents in the media, should take up the challengeIn the meantime, the Government’s and PNC-sympathetic media should stop, in the words of US President Donald Trump, spreading fake news. It is an abuse of free speech.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

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Trotman lashes back at GGDMA

first_img– says collaboration needed to strengthen mining industryMinister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman has lashed back at executives of the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), who recently called for more concessions to be granted it members.The organisation had also requested last Friday that government lay out a blueprint that it would use to move the mining sector forward.However on Saturday Minister Trotman in a strongly worded statement said he was still seeking to understand the motive behind the calls of the GGDMA executives, noting that the recent attack, having taken the ministry by surprise, suggests that the GGDMA prefers to see itself as a pressure group rather than as a committed partner, working alongside the Ministry of Natural Resources to regulate an industry that was previously governed in a very unregulated and biased manner.The minister said his ministry has been having cordial engagements with the organisation, the most recent on May 10, 2016, when the Ministers of the Ministry, the Chairman and Commissioner of the GGMC and others, sat with the executive of the GGDMA and held discussions on issues affecting miners and the ways to tackle them together.“No statements about a crisis or absence of a policy were uttered at that meeting and beg the question whether the meeting was a sham. Interestingly, the GGDMA has also declined to share a comprehensive review of the sector, sponsored by the IDB, on its behalf, even though conceding that the findings would benefit the Government’s efforts at reform and be useful in refining its policies”, the statement from the minister said.The GGDMA executives, at a meeting Friday said there seems to be an unclear policy for the mining sector along with increased production costs. They were also clamouring for an audience with President David Granger.All these had occurred even after Minister Trotman announced that there had been an increase in gold production.“You go to a meeting with one person and they tell you this is what they are going to do… you go to another meeting and they tell you something else. It is very confusing,” President of the organisation Trevor Adams had said.Trotman in his statement said government firmly believes that it was only through collaboration that, “we can truly tap and exploit the mineral wealth in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.”He said recent statistics about high gold declarations contradict the GGDMA’s utterances about the industry being in a crisis and devoid of any policy to give it direction.“The statistics don’t lie, and instead, confirm that an industry that is better regulated and incentive driven will produce results. The ‘free for all’ days that some want to drag us back to are over. The Ministry of Natural Resources remains ready, willing and able to seriously, fairly, and meaningfully engage the GGDMA and all other stakeholders, and is expecting that they are prepared to do the same”, the minister said.The GGDMA along with the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) had signed agreements with Finance Minister Winston Jordan, exempting eligible miners from custom duties on fuel and equipment. However, at the meeting Friday, the organisation’s president said that after six months, things took a different turn, and miners began losing out on the agreement.“It was only for six months but the fuel was a total disaster in terms of dealing with the other ministries or agencies, that is GEA and GGMC… I don’t think we had an issue with GRA for the first instance; they were prompt in their response back to us, he said.He said however, that the problem seemed to have resonated with the GGMC, which took a considerable amount of time to come up with approval for documents.last_img read more

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Several Land Cases on Hold

first_imgConflicts related to land are common in Liberia, but the development of land remains a serious challengeWith the prevalence of land cases across Liberia, the Daily Observer has reliably learnt that several land cases are lingering at the Circuit Court in Monrovia, with some spending nearly a decade on the docket.Stanley N. Toe, executive director, LLA: “The empowerment of LLA will greatly help Liberia in addressing land conflicts and land grabs”According to Stanley N. Toe, executive director of the Liberia Land Authority (LLA), over the years, land issues have been the cause of serious conflicts in Liberia, resulting in the loss of lives and the destruction of properties.According to a document in possession of the Daily Observer, out of 49 cases that were assigned in 2017, only one reached the final ruling stage of the court proceeding, which resulted in the defendant re-possessing his land and the rest were rescheduled.In the March 2017 term of court, particularly at the Circuit Court in Monrovia, some of the land cases that faced several issues that stalled, included plaintiff George E. Henries versus Augustine Brown, which is currently on deposition, and plaintiff Harrison W. Yaidoo versus defendant Emmanuel Dixon, which is on objection, awaiting a survey report.The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) said about 30 percent of court cases at the Civil Law Court in Montserrado are land related, with actions ranging from ejection to summary proceedings to recover real property.Gerald Dan Yeakula, Program Manager of CENTAL who presented his organization land findings recently in MonroviaAccording to CENTAL’s findings, fake deeds are common, and that parties claiming ownership of land often proffer deeds not probated and registered with the Deeds Registry.The organization has also said that certified copies of deeds, lawfully issued upon showing that the original was damaged or lost, have mostly turned out to be fraudulent because such copies can be easily forged as compared to originals.CENTAL among many things recommended that land cases revealing forgery should be prosecuted by the government in order to deter such conduct.Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia completed the passage of the Criminal Conveyance Law (CCL) in 2014 and the establishment of the LLA and according to Atty. Julius Addy, since the passage of the Criminal Conveyance Law, only two persons were found guilty by the Circuit Court.“Today, we no longer have many people easily selling one land to two or three persons as we used to experience prior to the passage of the Criminal Conveyance Law in 2014. Surveyors and landowners continue to regard the law,” Atty. Addy told the Daily Observer recently in Monrovia.“Today, we no longer have landowners, lawyers, and surveyors who engage in selling lands going free. We now see people finding common ground in such situations,” another lawyer indicated.However, a question as to why Circuit Court judges sign deeds without ascertaining claims on validity which leads to multiple sales of land is yet to be answered.LLA Coordinator Paul Alex Tolbert, who is responsible for handling land disputes, said Liberia has made great progress, but added that the empowerment of the LLA would also assist in resolving many of the issues regarding land conflicts and land grabs in Liberia.LLA coordinator Paul Alex Tolbert: “I want to encourage the public to always have LLA part of their land discussion, especially buying and selling of land.”According to him, Liberia is one foot ahead of its recent past in terms of mechanisms to solve land issues, especially with the establishment of the LLA which, he said, continues to be very helpful in all aspects.“We now have a one-stop shop when it comes to land matters across Liberia. Today, the LLA is responsible for surveying lands, which was first under the Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy. Deeds registration, which was first under the Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA), now falls under the LLA,” he said.Tolbert indicated that the LLA now has dispute resolution centers that are making great impacts across Liberia, adding, “We can now grade 40 percent in terms of abilities to resolve land disputes, although we still have a lot to do as a country.”According to the coordinator, Montserrado County continues to report the highest cases of land conflicts and grabs, followed by Margibi, Nimba, Maryland, Lofa, and Grand Bassa.He said while other counties are also experiencing land conflicts, “it continues to be at a low-level percentage,” stating that he hopes Liberia can continue to make progress.According to Tolbert, the dispute section in the township of Brewerville is now the face of the LLA, because land crisis, including fraud, are investigated by the section.“Today, we have 16 cases, which indicate that the issue of land grabs is on the increase. In 2016, there were a total of 200 plus cases for Montserrado County alone. We continue to work with the probate court, the CNDRA, and lawyers to ensure that land issues in our country are resolved,” he said.He continued: “There are a lot of cases, and if someone conveyed a land in 2010, the person cannot be penalized for it under the Criminal Conveyance Law, which was passed in 2014. There are many cases that should be prosecuted under this Law, but it’s not happening.”Working with the court, he said, “We learned that there are a number of cases on the docket, which has led to the court transferring cases to the Liberia Land Authority for faster action. I think the courts have a huge task, order than land cases. There are hundreds of other cases that are also in court.”Despite these challenges, Tolbert said the LLA is pressing on to ensure that land conflicts and grabs are a thing of the past.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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6 new beneficiaries announced for 2018

first_imgDDL Foundation“The DDL Foundation makes our dreams possible”, were the words of gratitude uttered by Nicholas Mohabir of Hyde Park, Mahaicony River, and a student of the Bishops’ High School.Nicholas was at the time delivering a thank you message to the members of the DDL Foundation on behalf of his colleagues who are beneficiaries of the 2018 awards.This year’s awardees are Somira Dainty of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice); Natalia Squires of Georgetown, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); and Deevina Chan of Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), who gained places Queen’s College.Anasie Fredericks of Tapakuma Lake, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam); Garnett Bristol of Kuru Kururu, East Bank Demerara, and Nicholas Mohabir of Hyde Park, Mahaicony River, Region Four, who gained places at the Bishops’ High School.These six First Form students were selected after having met the criteria byChairman of the Demerara Distillers Limited, Komal Samaroo and members of the Foundation along with the beneficiariesexcelling at the National Grade Six Examinations (NGSA) and will join more than 20 other students who are currently benefiting from full scholarships under the DDL Foundation.The DDL Foundation is now in its ninth year and, since 2015 when the first awardees graduated high school, the Foundation now accepts new awardees and recognises graduates each year. The scholarship covers the main costs associated with attending school. This includes books, uniforms, transportation, and meals where necessary. All students who have excelled in the NGSA, and who have demonstrated their need for assistance because of their financial or social constraints, can apply to the Foundation.The Foundation was launched in December 2010 with the goal of advancing the education of students who have excelled in the NGSA and have demonstrated a need for assistance.At a simple ceremony held last Thursday in the Boardroom of Demerara Bank, Chairman of the DDL Foundation, Harryram Parmesar welcomed the recipients and congratulated them on their successes in the NGSA.He challenged that to take full advantage of the opportunities, they are being afforded and advised that they remain focused on their goals. He warned them that it is easy to get distracted now and they “must be very careful to avoid the distractions that are all around.”The Chairman of Demerara Distillers Limited, Komal Samaroo, in his remarks to the recipients noted that the awardees “arrived where they have as a result of past effort.” He added that “the company recognises your talent and effort and we like to help those demonstrate that they are willing to help themselves but need additional help.” Samaroo closed by saying “It was therefore a joy to able to support their hard work and determined efforts.”The Foundation comprises mainly volunteers from the DDL staff body and includes a mentorship programme where each child is linked to a mentor who will monitor the performance of the child and provide the necessary moral and other support during the period of their relationship with the Foundation.While the initial funding was set up by the company, income also comes from employee fundraising activities and donations from employees who donate amounts from their salaries monthly.Mohabir pledged that he and his “fellow awardees intend to continue to work very hard to remain on top by the time they get to the end of high school.”last_img read more

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Burbank smoking ban extended to outdoor sites

first_imgIt also would restrict smoking at the entrances of businesses, apartments and condominiums, at the Chandler Bikeway, while waiting in lines outdoors, on public transit and at stations, at public events and shows, in pedestrian areas of outdoor malls and in elevators. “I think it’s a great start and, honestly, I think the city has come up with a pretty comprehensive ordinance that addresses our concerns,” said Eric Michael Cap, one of its proponents. “I’m very happy with it.” But the panel softened the blow by making it easier for some businesses and residences to set up designated smoking areas. While the original proposal required smoke-free zones of up to 20 feet from the restricted areas, smokers patronizing downtown businesses can light up just 5 feet from the entrance. The change would allow most area cafes or restaurants with outdoor patios to retain their smoking areas, said Joe McDougall, a city attorney reviewing the ordinance. The 5-foot rule also applies to restaurants with outdoor dining and at apartment and condo entrances. Joe Georges, whose family operates a cafe and restaurant downtown that offers hookahs – water pipes used to smoke fruit-flavored tobacco – said the changes will allow him to stay in business. BURBANK – As Mike Karch puffed away on an American Spirit outside a downtown cafe Wednesday, he was still fuming about the City Council’s passage of new, outdoor smoking restrictions. “I told my friends I was going to smoke my last cigarette,” said Karch, 34, of Burbank, who has been smoking since he was 17. “It doesn’t make sense to me. It will affect a lot of businesses.” But the tough new ordinance, intended to limit secondhand smoke, won’t entirely stamp out smoking throughout the city, according to city leaders and officials. The council voted 3-2 early Wednesday to introduce the Secondhand Smoke Control Ordinance, which would curb smoking in all city parks and facilities including sidewalks, alleys and plazas downtown. “It will still affect me, but it’s better than them banning the whole thing,” he said. “I’m still not happy with it, but they did take consideration of some of the business owners.” Mayor Todd Campbell, who was in favor of the ordinance, said it was a matter of choice. “This is a huge win for public health and a huge win for our community,” he said after the hearing. “If you want a smoke-free Burbank, you’ll be able to experience it. If you want to smoke, you can do it in a designated area.” Campbell and council members Jef Vander Borght and Marsha Ramos voted in favor of the ordinance, while Councilmen David Golonski and David Gordon dissented. The ordinance will return for a second reading Tuesday before it is enacted. Golonski said he supports curbing secondhand smoke, but feels the ordinance is too much, too soon. “They made pretty significant changes, based on what we heard last night,” he said after the hearing. “I’m not sure if there are other situations the council is perhaps unaware of. … It may be better to tread lightly and do it in steps.” Burbank’s ordinance comes barely more than a year after the city of Calabasas enacted one of the nation’s toughest municipal smoking bans, which extends to all public places, apartment common areas, restaurants and bars, with few exceptions. “(Smoking is) dangerous,” said Melanie Wong, 42, who works at a downtown dance studio. “It just gets in your face. (The ordinance) may encourage people to stop smoking.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Exclusive – FA chief on referees and why English football will not adopt ‘rugby style’ video technology

first_imgDarren Bailey, the Football Association Director of Football Governance and Regulation, joined Kick Off on Monday night to discuss the fallout from another Premier League weekend of controversial referee decisions.Both Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and West Ham boss Sam Allardyce were critical of officials following a host of high-profile calls, with former referees’ chief Keith Hackett telling talkSPORT Martin Atkinson’s performance in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Burnley was arguably one of the worst in top flight history.Britain’s FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce responded by saying he had changed his mind over video technology, and that the implementation of video referees would be a great benefit to the game.But Bailey disagrees, claiming “football doesn’t want to make the same mistake” as rugby, which he believes has sacrificed its spectatorship for more accurate refereeing.He told Kick Off: “We will constantly review and evaluate [the system], and television and radio programs keep us on our toes and make sure we will do that.“But I just think that sometimes we maybe underestimate what we have, which is a spontaneous game, played at high pace with great athletes, and we do not want to lose that.“I am absolutely rock solid on the fact that technology has a place in the game, but I experienced in a previous profession a world of rugby that was spontaneous, swift and was re-set very quickly, but that is now bedevilled by delays.“Most rugby fans are now asking to go back to the old days, and football doesn’t want to make that mistake.”last_img read more

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Moving Sala homage as emotional Nantes crumble

first_imgTickets for the game were sold at a symbolic nine euros in memory of the player’s shirt number, which they have also withdrawn from use.As the Nimes players came out onto the pitch they headed to the main Nantes stand and placed flowers before a large written tribute readin ‘Emi forever’.Nantes players wore a black strip on Sunday © AFP / LOIC VENANCEAround 37,000 fans were on hand to see a giant portrait of Sala displayed in the centre-circle ahead of the game, and a minute’s silence was observed before spilling into rousing applause.Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who excelled when he himself was the club’s No.9, said he felt a special attachment to Sala, who he described as a “lovely lad”.“He has left an eternal mark on this club, on top of it all (the death) it was such a shock, him disappearing and the hope gradually dwindling,” he said.The Bosnian, who coached Lille and PSG previously, and more recently Algeria and Japan, said the club could not hide behind Sala’s disappearance.“It’s a nightmare of course,” he said after his team’s 4-2 defeat after being 2-0 up.“But no side of mine has ever given up a lead like that and conceded four goals at home. Never. From now on I want an outright battle for survival.”“The players are obviously shaken, and this is a very heavy thing to deal with,” added the 66-year-old.Fans appeared still focussed on Sala himself.“He was a warrior on the pitch and a nice guy off it,” said Nantes fan Nathalie as she laid yellow flowers at a makeshift shrine of scarves, photos and bouquets outside the stadium.“He was a straightforward guy who displayed the kind of personal qualities we would like to see more of in football,” said another fan, 21-year-old Aubin Dubuche.Nantes sold Sala to Premier League club Cardiff during the transfer window but on his way to a new life the player and his pilot crashed into the channel near the British island of Guernsey on January 21.Supporters pay a tribute to Sala at a shrine outside Nantes’ stadium © AFP / LOIC VENANCENantes players had promised to ‘win for Sala’ and goals from Kalifa Coulibaly and Abdul Majeed Waris gave them a 2-0 half-time lead over Nimes, but emotions had worn the home side’s nerves thin and they collapsed to a 4-2 defeat.Nimes are now 10th while Nantes are 15th just five points clear of the drop zone.Elsewhere, Radamel Falcao was on target as the 2017 champions Monaco drew 2-2, throwing away the lead twice at Montpellier, to climb to third from bottom.Later games pitch rock-bottom Guingamp against second from top Lille, Rennes host Saint Etienne and third placed Lyon travel to Nice in the late game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A portrait of Emiliano Sala prior to Nantes’ game with Nimes on Sunday © AFP / LOIC VENANCENantes, France, Feb 10 – Emiliano Sala’s former club Nantes gave a final rousing send off to the Argentine striker, whose body was recovered from a crashed plane this week, with a series of moving gestures in their Ligue 1 game with Nimes on Sunday.Known as the Canaries because of their yellow strip Nantes played in a one-off full black outfit with Sala’s name on the back of each shirt.last_img read more

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Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final over safety fears

first_imgThe Premier League club have decided against Mkhitaryan travelling with the rest of Emery’s squad for the game on May 29.“It’s bad news, but we cannot do anything for this issue,” said Emery.“I spoke this morning with Mkhitaryan. It’s a very personal decision. He wants to play and to help us, but they spoke, both family and him, and decided to not go… I cannot push him to come with us.”Arsenal said all options had been explored to guarantee the midfielder’s safety.“We are very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our UEFA Europa League final against Chelsea,” an Arsenal statement announced on Tuesday.“We have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki to be part of the squad but after discussing this with Micki and his family we have collectively agreed he will not be in our travelling party.”Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry spokeswoman, Leyla Abdullayeva, told AFP that “in spite of the difficult relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Mkhitaryan can play in the Europa League final in Baku”.“Armenian sports figures have already taken part in numerous major sporting events that Azerbaijan has welcomed previously. One shouldn’t mix up sport and politics,” she said.– Tough decision –But Mkhitaryan had earlier tweeted: “Having considered all the current options, we had to take the tough decision for me not to travel with the squad to the UEL Final against Chelsea.“It’s the kind of game that doesn’t come along very often for us players and I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it. I will be cheering my teammates on! Let’s bring it home.”UEFA, European football’s governing body, insisted they had done all they could to ensure Mkhitaryan’s safety in Baku.“Working alongside Arsenal FC, UEFA sought and received assurances regarding the player’s safety in Azerbaijan from the highest authorities in the country,” a UEFA statement read.“As a result of these guarantees, a comprehensive security plan was developed and given to the club.“While the club acknowledges the efforts that UEFA and the Azeri government have gone to in this matter, we respect the personal decision not to travel with the player.”Mkhitaryan had featured in 11 games during the Europa League campaign and his absence will be a big blow as Arsenal look for the victory they need to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Arsenal have also expressed their displeasure at the selection of Baku as host city for the game given the logistical problems and huge cost faced by fans for a near 5,000 mile round trip from London.“We have written to UEFA expressing our deep concerns about this situation,” the Arsenal statement added.“We’re also very sad that a player will miss out on a major European final in circumstances such as this, as it is something that comes along very rarely in a footballer’s career.“Micki has been a key player in our run to the final so this is a big loss for us from a team perspective.”Armenia captain Mkhitaryan skipped the Gunners’ Europa League fixture against Qarabag in October because of tensions caused by a dispute over the Nagorny Karabakh region.Azerbaijan and Armenia have feuded over Nagorny Karabakh since Armenian separatists seized the territory in a war that claimed about 30,000 lives in the early 1990s.A ceasefire was agreed in 1994 but the two countries remain locked in a bitter dispute with frequent exchanges of fire, and tensions are such that Mkhitaryan also did not travel to Azerbaijan with former club Borussia Dortmund for a Europa League match against Galaba FK in 2015.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the Europa League final over safety fears © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, May 21 – Arsenal manager Unai Emery said Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s decision to miss the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku was a “personal” one amid fears over his safety.Mkhitaryan’s well-being was a concern for Arsenal due to the tense political dispute between Armenia and final hosts Azerbaijan.last_img read more

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