Battle at both ends hotting up in Cyprus

first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouTHE regular football season is drawing to a close with just three rounds remaining, with the battle at both ends of the table hotting up.With this in mind, the Cyprus Football Association decided that all games from now on will played on the same day and during the daytime.All matches were suspended last weekend as referees staged a protest after the car of their association president, Leondios Trattos, was damaged in a bomb explosion last Friday. Nobody was injured but the incident was the latest in a string of attacks against match officialsThe games have been rescheduled for Sunday.A few weeks ago nobody gave Enosis Neon Paralimni a chance of beating the drop but since their new coach Nikos Andronikou took over, the Paralimni side has closed the gap to the teams above and is now just three points away from the automatic relegation zone.They should fancy their chances against Doxa Katokopias who may have to field their third choice keeper as first choice Meteo is suspended and second choice Morphis limped off the field at the end of their recent defeat to APOEL.Both teams above Enosis have tough games, with AEK Kouklion taking on APOEL in Paphos and Aris of Limassol travelling to Larnaca to face Ermis Aradippou.Champions APOEL are just a point off the top, and given their recent form and results they should be able to overcome a gifted but largely inexperienced AEK side.Ermis, thumped by Nea Salamina nearly two weeks ago, need the win against third from bottom Aris who held Omonia to a draw last time out. A win will maintain Ermis’ dream of a first European qualification, something that few would have envisaged at the beginning of the season.Omonia take on Ethnikos Achnas with both teams desperate for the points – Omonia to keep alive their slender hopes for the league and Ethnikos to steer well clear of the relegation zone.Anorthosis need one point from their final two games to secure a place in the top six, but given their recent poor form anything is possible against a much-improved Nea Salamina.League leaders AEL face an easy task against relegated Alki and should have no problems in securing the three points.Apollon entertain AEK Larnaca at the Tsirion Stadium in a game that the team from Limassol has to win to maintain their challenge for the title. Three points separate Apollon from the top and they cannot afford to drop further behind at this late stage of the championship race.Sunday, March 9th 2014: Doxa Katokopias v Enosis Neon Paralimniou (15.30), Omonia v Ethnikos Achnas (16.00), AEK Kouklion v APOEL (16.00), Ermis Aradippou v Aris Limassol (16.00), Anorthosis v Nea Salamina (17.00), Alki v AEL (19.00), Apollon v AEK Larnaca (19.00)last_img read more

Blocked Arteries

first_imgGuyana is slowly but surely being strangulated with the traffic build-up on its roads. Roads are routinely referred to as “arteries” for the good reason that traffic is the lifeblood of any nation, transporting not only people from “point A” to “point B”, but the intermediate and finished goods that sustain and drive the economy.But from what we are witnessing in the country today, particularly within Georgetown, including its environs and approaches, the country is about to have a massive embolism – which is what happens to arteries when they get blocked up. It can result in death.Today the traffic jams into Georgetown in the morning and afternoons extend for miles on the East Coast and East and West Bank Demerara. Commuters routinely add two hours to their schedules in each direction if they are to realistically hope of making appointments or working hours. The toll on the nation’s productivity has not been measured as yet but from the experience of those countries that perform such quantifications, it has to be considerable.While it is easy to criticise the planners and the authorities for allowing the housing development that feeds the traffic, to “grow like Topsy”, once our economy took off in the sustained way it has, it would have been very difficult, if not impossible, to control.It had been proposed that we should not encourage more development in Georgetown but to spread it across the country. Maybe the proposed Parking Meters might accomplish this.The reality is that even though we may boast about our vaunted “83,000 square miles” as larger than the rest of Carcom combined, our actual inhabited space is even more cramped than the tiniest of those islands. It is but a mere 200 miles from Charity to Crabwood Creek and with few villages extending inland for more than a mile, it means our 780,000 populace are squeezed in a space of just 200 square miles.Our settlement pattern has been compared to a string dipped in honey laid parallel to our Atlantic Coast and which attracts intermittent clumps of ants along its path. The string is our one and only major roadway and the clumps are our villages and settlements, the largest of which is Georgetown. And that roadway would not be called a “highway” by the kindest interpretation of the term, even though we insist on its usage.The logic of that geographical and topological reality means that no matter where we build roads – unless to Lethem – they are going to be congested and precipitate vehicular embolism. Major interventions that include some bypass operations are demanded.Several proposals to deal with the clogged arteries have been mooted, some launched and a few have actually been completed. We have the proposed bypass road from East Coast to the airport funded by an Indian loan and the ongoing widening of the East Coast and East Bank roadways.There are also the proposals for a new Demerara Harbour Bridge. There have been several proposals in the letters pages which are to be encouraged, but we believe unless the situation is approached in a holistic and comprehensive manner, we will be fixing some particular embolic manifestations only to have more serious ones erupting somewhere else.Take for instance the East Bank Roadway. No matter how wide we make it, because it bisects one of the most densely populated areas in Guyana, as presently designed, there will be the constant need for traffic to stop as pedestrians try to scurry over to the other side.Studies have shown that such seemingly innocuous pauses cause cascading slowdowns of traffic through the length of the roadway, eventual precipitating much longer delays. The bypass is mandatory.Other changes would be to have permanent, police on motorcycles patrolling the approaches to the Demerara Bridge, and issuing tickets to those vehicles that insist in “boring in”. But let us eschew the present piecemeal approach. It merely hardens the arteries.last_img read more

Government announces Education Reform Department

first_imgBY SHEMUEL FANFAIRAs Government seeks to address the issues that affect access to education across the country, the Education Ministry has announced a new department that will focus on reforming the sector. It is against the backdrop of this year’s theme for education month; ‘Promoting wellness in communities through quality education’ that Education Minister Nicolette Henry acknowledged the need for initiatives to be implemented to improve the sector. Speaking at the launch of Education Month, she highlighted that reforms to the education sector are high on Government’s agenda.“It is for that reason that the Department of Education Systems, Innovation andEducation Minister Nicolette HenryReform will be established in the Ministry of Education,” she stressed.Without going into much detail about the impending department, Minister Henry indicated that it will be established before the end of 2017. Among the reforms to be pursued include adding Indigenous languages to the school curriculum which is currently undergoing a review, Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson had related earlier this week.The Ministry is also seeking to carry through with plans to enhance programmes and policies for Special Education Needs (SEN) which will cater to students with special learning needs, including those living with disabilities. Minister Henry stated on Monday that this year’s Education Month will include activities that focus on special needs areas.Back in July, it was announced that construction would commence for a new special education needs school in Schoonord, West Bank Demerara. This school will cater to the needs of students who have special educational needs due to severe learning difficulties, physical disabilities or behavioural problems. Regional Education Officer (REDO) Penelope McIntosh told this publication that the facility at Schoonord is slated to cater for 25 to 30 students. She had further explained that the staff compliment would be based on the number of students that will be placed in the special needs institution when it is established.Over the past several years, SEN departments have been established at various schools, including Wales Primary and at St Rose’s High. However there is much debate on whether students with some learning difficulties should be allowed to be integrated in standard classrooms.last_img read more

Kings looking toward ’07-08

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Few could blame Dean Lombardi if he opened a “Rent-A-King” booth outside Staples Center. The Kings are all but mathematically eliminated from the playoff race, so why not look to the future? Lombardi, the Kings’ general manager, isn’t in fire-sale mode, but the team is looking to make trades. Of the Kings’ two goals, one was deflected in off the body of a Chicago player and the other was literally shot into the Chicago net by a Blackhawk trying to work the puck out of the corner. The second miracle – credited to Jamie Lundmark – tied the game 2-2 at the 7:09 mark of the third period but Chicago’s Lasse Kukkonen ended the game 57 seconds into overtime. “I saw him right when he got the puck on his stick and he beat me,” Kings goalie Sean Burke said. “By the time I reacted, it was already in.” The Kings’ 10th loss in their last 11 games dropped them four points behind Chicago. With the Feb. 27 trade deadline approaching, Lombardi will have a chance to accomplish his dual goals of making the NHL team competitive while strengthening the reserve list of organization prospects. Chicago 3, Kings 2, OTSaturday: at Florida, 4:30 p.m. KTLK/1150 Lombardi got things going on Monday when he traded Craig Conroy to Calgary for Lundmark and two draft picks. Lombardi is set upon rebuilding the Kings through strong drafts. “This is not the situation you want to be in, but you have to try to use it to your advantage,” Lombardi said. “It’s not fun to be a seller but you have to pick up as many young assets as you can.” It’s widely assumed that the Kings are roughly two years away from being a fearsome team, and Lombardi has said he will entertain offers for players whose contracts expire after this season. That’s a long list, and one that features some interesting names, including Derek Armstrong, Mathieu Garon, Aaron Miller and Brent Sopel, all of whom will be unrestricted free agents this summer. Sean Avery and Michael Cammalleri will be restricted free agents, and how Lombardi handles those two players could say a lot about his view of the team. Avery has been a divisive player in the past but has calmed down this season and Cammalleri, at age 24, is second on the Kings with 20 goals. There will certainly be a market for both players, but will Lombardi want to keep them around? And more immediately, will the trade talk make the Kings disintegrate even further? “That’s just professional sports,” Crawford said. “Even the guys who are new to professional sports, they realize that (getting traded) is a part of the game.” Based on their start Thursday, the Kings looked as though they might be in for a big night. Alexander Frolov put the puck in off a Chicago defender just 1:16 into the first period, Martin Havlat answered less than a minute later and Jeff Hamilton scored a second-period goal for a 2-1 Chicago lead. Frolov gave Burke an early lead when he held the puck behind the net and attempted a centering pass. The puck deflected off a skate, then off the body of James Wisniewski and past Nikolai Khabibulin. The lead lasted all of 43 seconds before Havlat scored. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I don’t think there’s going to be a lot of changes, but there might be a couple,” coach Marc Crawford said. “A lot of (trade talk) is just people trying to promote their TV shows or whatever.” If so, the Kings figure to get plenty of air time this month. In a matchup of the two worst teams in the Western Conference, the Kings put forth a decent effort Thursday night but it still wasn’t good enough, as they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime before 16,958 at Staples Center. last_img read more

Sissoko hopeful of Real Madrid move

first_img0Shares0000France’s Moussa Sissoko in action during the Euro 2016 final against Portugal on July 10, 2016 © AFP / Francisco LeongLondon, United Kingdom, Aug 11 – Newcastle United’s France international midfielder Moussa Sissoko hopes to complete a move to Real Madrid before the end of the transfer window, he said on Thursday.“I hope Real will come for me. I’m still waiting,” Sissoko told the BBC World Service radio station. “If Real Madrid are interested in you, then of course you will be happy, but right now I am still a Newcastle player.”Sissoko, 26, caught the eye with some impressive performances for hosts France during Euro 2016, notably in their extra-time defeat by Portugal in the final.Newcastle were relegated to the Championship last season and Sissoko has made it clear that he does not want to play in England’s second tier.Newcastle have not accepted any offers for the former Toulouse player, whose contract still has three years left to run.His stance has angered the club’s fans, but Sissoko said: “They need to understand, I spent three and a half years here.“I gave everything for this club and I want to play some big games. For that I need to go somewhere else.“I want to play in the Premier League, I want to play for a big club who can get into the Champions League. That’s why I said I want to leave this year.“I’ve spent a lot of time here and now it’s time to look forward. The fans need to understand my situation. I hope they will and that everything will be OK.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Wenger takes blame for League Cup exit – ‘I played too many experienced players’

first_imgArsene Wenger shouldered the blame for Arsenal’s embarrassing League Cup exit at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday, saying he brought too many senior players to the clash.The Gunners were blown away by the Championship side, who were worthy victors as goals from Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson sealed a brilliant 3-0 home win on Tuesday night.Having never won the competition, Wenger’s 19-year wait for a League Cup trophy goes on, but their defeat came at an even bigger cost.Already injury-hampered Arsenal lost England internationals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott to injuries in the first 20 minutes, with the pair set for scans on muscle injuries in the next 48 hours.The duo were a part of an experienced side at Hillsborough, with Petr Cech, Per Mertesacker, Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud all named in the starting XI and the boss was left to rue his selection.“I have to manage the workload of the players and at the end of the day I still think I maybe brought too many experienced players here,” he said.“We lost two players and after that I had Gabriel [Paulista] and [Nacho] Monreal on the bench but I couldn’t bring them on because I couldn’t afford to lose any more players.“I am concerned, we have a big game on Saturday [against Swansea], we have Bayern in the Champions League coming up, already now we are short.“To lose two players tonight is damaging for us, two offensive players. Ideally we would have loved to win, but with the squad we have got now, we cannot keep in all the competitions.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger 1last_img read more

Chelsea reveal why N’Golo Kante isn’t in the matchday squad against Brighton

first_imgFrank Lampard has revealed why N’Golo Kante was missing from the Chelsea squad for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Brighton.The French midfielder surprisingly wasn’t even named on the bench for the 3pm Stamford Bridge encounter, which is LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE on talkSPORT 2. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Getty Images – Getty appointed Frank Lampard reports that @nglkante felt a niggle in his hamstring yesterday, and @KurtZouma fell ill this morning, so both miss out. #CHEBHA— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 28, 2019It’s another injury blow for Kante, who has already missed four games this season with an ankle injury.He only make his return in last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool, playing 90 minutes and scoring a fine consolation goal, but is already back on the sidelines with another problem.The club have not yet stated how bad his injury is, although the fact they have branded it merely a ‘niggle’ suggests it is not serious.Without the World Cup winner, Jorginho starts at the base of Chelsea’s midfield, with Ross Barkley and Mason Mount, confirmed fit enough to play after doubts over his fitness, operating in more attacking roles. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more And manager Lampard has confirmed Kante was ruled out of the match with a last-minute hamstring injury, while Kurt Zouma is also out with sickness. statement on target Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship latest LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINEScenter_img Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ N’Golo Kante is missing again for Chelsea as they take on Brighton at home stalemate Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas rookie error targets Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 1 Lampard will be hoping to guide his team back to winning ways after back-to-back defeats at home last week, losing to Valencia in the Champions League and Liverpool in the Premier League.However, a 7-1 victory over Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday would’ve done much to lift the mood, especially with the return of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James from injury.Brighton, meanwhile, have not won a league match since their victory over Watford on the opening day of the season.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you three live Premier League commentaries across our network.You can hear live and exclusive commentary of Chelsea vs Brighton on talkSPORT 2 this Saturday at 3pm.last_img read more

Kroenke made rare visit to Arsenal changing room after Xhaka incident

first_img Josh Kroenke’s dad, Stan, owns Arsenal The Arsenal captain was jeered by the Emirates faithful when he walking off in the 61st minute, and responded by cupping his ears and telling fans to ‘f***off’.Kroenke, the son of Arsenal owner Stan, appeared to side with Gunners supporters, insisting what Xhaka had done was wrong.Emery said: “We are responsible, the club and I.“We know our responsibility is to help everybody, and also when we are making some mistakes to recognise it.“Sunday for example, after the match, Josh Kroenke was also in the dressing room speaking with me.“We were speaking for 10 minutes about the situation but all the time helping each other. Xhaka hit back at Arsenal fans for booing him 2 getty 2 Chelsea vs Man United (Wednesday, 8.05pm) – talkSPORTLiverpool vs Arsenal (Wednesday, 7.30pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley v Bristol City (Friday, 7.45pm) – talkSPORT 2 “He’s supporting me, he’s supporting the players, we were talking about the circumstance with Granit Xhaka, saying that he was wrong and we need to manage that with him.“And also I was speaking with [head of football relations] Raul [Sanllehi], with [technical director] Edu, and also speaking with Xhaka.”Emery confirmed Xhaka will not be included in the matchday squad to face Liverpool in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday, in a game which is LIVE on talkSPORT 2.The Spaniard admitted it was always his plan to rest Xhaka, but his availability for the Premier League clash with Wolves on Saturday remains up in the air. It’s a bumper week of action in the Carabao Cup and EFL DAZN Arsenal have reportedly offered the midfielder counselling sessions in an attempt to help him cope with the abuse he has received in recent weeks.“At the moment, I am not speaking and I don’t want to speak about that,” Emery replied when asked if Xhaka could lose the captaincy.“Now he is upset, devastated and sad. It is not only yesterday and today. He is feeling the supporters don’t like him.“His commitment with the club is a great commitment every time. He wants to help.“His behaviour was perfect in training, with the group and with the club. He knows he was wrong.“He was wrong and he feels it inside very deeply. But that is normal as a human.” Josh Kroenke made a rare visit to the Arsenal dressing room following the club’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.Manager Unai Emery explained they discussed a number of things, including Granit Xhaka’s reaction to fans as he was substituted. Live on talkSPORTlast_img read more

Stratford girls basketball loses Marawood South finale at Assumption

first_imgFrueh leads Tigers with 11 points, four assistsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWISCONSIN RAPIDS — The Stratford girls basketball team finished its Marawood Conference South Division season with a hard-fought 47-37 loss at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Tuesday night.The Tigers trailed by four at halftime and managed only 16 points in the second half as they were 2 of 8 at the free throw line.Macie Frueh topped Stratford with 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Andie Zuelke added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (15-6, 6-6 Marawood South).Gena Grundhoffer led Assumption with 18 points and nine rebounds. The victory gives the Royals (16-4, 10-2 Marawood South) a share of the Marawood South title along with Auburndale and Marathon.Both teams will compete in Marawood North-South crossovers later this week. Matchups are to be announced.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 47, Tigers 37Stratford 21 16 – 37Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 25 22 – 47STRATFORD (37): Savannah Schillinger 3-9 0-2 8, Taya Nett 0-0 1-2 1, Sammy Griesbach 1-4 3-4 5, Brooke Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Macie Frueh 4-13 0-0 11, Olivia Burrows 0-0 0-0 0, Kaylee Hollatz 1-4 0-0 2, Makayla Krall 0-0 0-0 0, Andie Zuelke 5-7 0-2 10. FG: 14-37. FT: 4-10. 3-pointers: 5-13 (Frueh 3-7, Schillinger 2-6). Rebounds: 19 (Zuelke 7). Assists: 12 (Frueh 4, Schillinger 4). Fouls: 15. Fouled out: Frueh. Record: 15-6, 6-6 Marawood South.ASSUMPTION (47): Macyn Krings 1-4 0-1 2, Gracie Wenders 0-0 1-2 1, Autumn Linzmeier 3-4 0-0 6, Macie Zurfluh 5-16 4-6 14, Carsyn Bushman 0-0 0-0 0, Gena Grundhoffer 5-16 5-5 18, Rose Crowns 0-0 0-0 0, Jaclynn Frisch 0-4 0-0 0, Olivia Skibba 3-5 0-3 6. FG: 18-49. FT: 10-17. 3-pointers: 1-6 (Grundhoffer 1-4, Zurfluh 0-1, Krings 0-1). Rebounds: 32 (Zurfluh 9, Grundhoffer 9). Assists: 10 (Zurfluh 5). Fouls: 12. Fouled out: none. Record: 16-4, 10-2 Marawood South.last_img read more

Building a World-Class Workforce Skilled Up for Tomorrow

first_imgView SHRM’s new commercial featuring CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., in conversation with IBM’s Ginni Rometty at Today’s companies have a people shortage, exacerbated by a skills shortage. This is probably the most critical problem facing employers today, and we know it’s not going to get better.The U.S workforce is shrinking due to decades of dropping birth rates and Baby Boomers entering retirement. To staff up, we can hire from untapped talent pools and poach talent from our competitors, but that will never be sufficient to fill the highly skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.It’s critical, therefore, that those we currently employ, as well as those coming up through the U.S. education system, are prepared for the transforming demands of work in a climate that is dividing businesses even more starkly into winners and losers.Gone are the days when business competitors were in the same region, or even nation. Now the contest is global. American workers’ skills need to be on par with emerging powerhouse economies across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and they need to stay there.It’s time for HR to lead the conversation about skilling up the American workforce. The tools are out there to build world-class workplaces that proactively keep employees at the top of their game—if only employers will use them.A new survey conducted by SHRM, as part of its role in the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, found that just two-thirds of American employers offer educational assistance to some or all of their employees, and only about one-third of employees take advantage of it.At the same time, there is a wellspring of partnership opportunities that match educational institutions with employers, but only 42 percent of companies take this opportunity. And only 29 percent of employers work with local or federal government agencies to get skills-based training grants to skill up workers.In SHRM’s latest television commercial, which launched yesterday, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty urged American companies—and HR professionals in particular—to be agents of change. To adjust overly prescriptive hiring requirements. To be willing to accept people without four-year degrees. To pursue public-private partnerships with schools and offer apprenticeship programs.As an employer, “The biggest thing we have to do is drive a culture of skills,” Rometty said.I couldn’t agree more. Let start those conversations today.last_img read more