Mourinho fears United succumbing to pressure after third straight loss

first_imgLONDON (AP):The footballing divide in Manchester is becoming clearer a month into the season.On the blue side, Pep Guardiola is thriving at the start of his Manchester City career with five wins out of five in the Premier League.On the red side, Jose Mourinho is discovering the toils David Moyes and Louis van Gaal endured trying to live up to Alex Ferguson’s high achievements during his 26-year reign.After opening the campaign with three successive wins, the record 20-time English champions have now lost three games in around a week.A 3-1 loss at Watford yesterday – ending a 30-year unbeaten run against the club based north of London – followed a losing start to the Europa League on Thursday at Feyenoord in the Netherlands. The miserable sequence started last Saturday by losing the first Manchester derby of the season to Guardiola’s City.”I feel that some individuals probably feel the pressure and responsibility too much,” Mourinho said at Vicarage Road.”We started the season very well with (winning) the Community Shield and three victories in a row in the Premier League, the best start that a new manager has had at Manchester United I think.”But was I thinking that my team was ready, perfect, unbeatable? Not at all. I was completely aware that we were not perfect, with lots of players who are not end products and can make their own mistakes.”Although 18-year-old Marcus Rashford marked his first start of the season for Mourinho by cancelling out Etienne Capoue’s opener, Watford surged back in front in the 83rd minute at Vicarage Road. Substitute Camilo Zuniga scored within a minute of coming off the bench and Troy Deeney netted a penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time.It’s only five games into the Premier League season but United are already six points behind the leaders – Guardiola’s City.”We have to improve, no doubt, individually and collectively,” Mourinho said. “And that’s my job.”If not, United could be missing out on the top-four again and face another season out of the Champions League. But there’s a long way to go in the season.Here is a look at yesterday’s other games:TOTTENHAM 1, SUNDERLAND 0Moyes is trying to revive a reputation tarnished by his time at United at a club renowned for its struggle to stay in the Premier League. Five games into the season and Sunderland only have one point after this fourth loss.It was a mixed day for Tottenham. Harry Kane scored in consecutive league games for the first time since March by tapping into Sunderland’s goal in the second half. But the league’s top scorer in the last campaign was stretchered off toward the end of the fixture at White Hart Lane with an ankle injury.Kane left the stadium on crutches and Tottenham is waiting to discover the extent of the injury after scans today.CRYSTAL PALACE 4, STOKE 1Like Sunderland, Stoke have only a solitary point after being condemned to a fourth straight league loss on a trip to south London.Stoke collapsed inside 11 minutes at Selhurst Park, with goals from James Tomkins and Scott Dann seizing control of the game. Another goal burst came in the second half when James McArthur and Andros Townsend netted inside four minutes, while Marko Arnautovic got Stoke’s only goal, in stoppage time.SOUTHAMPTON 1, SWANSEA 0Claude Puel’s wait for a win as Southampton manager is over, thanks to Charlie Austin’s goal. The substitute striker also got the south-coast club’s Europa League campaign off to a bright start on Thursday by netting twice against Sparta Prague.Southampton have five points from five Premier League games, while Swansea are a point behind.last_img read more

Sotomayor wins SVL 2-y-o finale

first_imgTHE grey SOTOMAYOR floored the odds on the previously unbeaten filly SHE’S A MANEATER to win the 105th running of the Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile – the final leg of the Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series for native bred two-year-olds, at Caymanas Park yesterday.Installed as 3-1 second favourite after finishing second to SHE’S A MANEATER in race two of the series, the Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres on November 26, SOTOMAYOR, with Linton Steadman riding for trainer Anthony “Baba” Nunes, ran on strongly in mid-stretch to catch and beat 1-5 favourite SHE’S A MANEATER under leading jockey Omar Walker by a length in a field of 11.This prevented the Wayne DaCosta-trained SHE’S A MANEATER from becoming only the second two-year-old to sweep the three-race series, a feat accomplished by the unbeaten PRINCESS POPSTAR in 2013.SOTOMAYOR was held off the early pace in fifth as the DaCosta-trained MR. UNIVERSE (31-1) led comfortably from MONEY MAGNET (7-1) and SHE’S A MANEATER chasing as a team passing the half mile.MR. UNIVERSE, with Orlando Foster aboard, turned for home two lengths clear of SHE’S A MANEATER on the outside and MONEY MAGNET on the inside, but by then SOTOMAYOR had moved within striking distance on the outside.DECISIVE WINUnder a torrid right hand stick from Steadman, SOTOMAYOR caught up with the new leader SHE’S A MANEATER midway the last furlong, gaining the ascendancy in the closing stages for a decisive win.MONEY MAGNET under top apprentice Bebeto Harvey finished another five lengths away third, with MR UNIVERSE in fourth.Nunes was perhaps the happiest man at Caymanas Park, with SOTOMAYOR having defied the odds by turning the tables on his old rival.”I am elated, but I knew that Sotomayor was improving at a rapid rate and having worked impressively and the cheek pieces fitted for this race, felt he had a good chance of winning now stepping up to a mile.”The plan was to have him earlier in the pace and he was never far off entering the straight. I knew then that his turn of foot would prove decisive late in the race and looking ahead, is one for the classics in 2017,” said Nunes, who despite failing to beat DaCosta for the trainers’ title, enjoyed a marvellous season.This included previous big race wins in the derby (ORPHEUS), St. Leger, Lotto Classic and Superstakes with BIGDADDYKOOL.SOTOMAYOR is a grey colt by Traditional out of Runaway Julie, co-owned by David Miller and the Trinidadian Stephan Narinesingh and bred by HAM Stables Limited. This was his second win from five starts.Claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas highlighted the Boxing Day card with three winners, including the free-running SMART BIDDER at 25-1 for trainer Albert Chong in the closing race for $180,000 claimers.Back to form jockey Prince “Daggerman’ Holder rode two winners,while Walker, who is set to be crowned champion jockey, won the third race aboard 1-5 favourite CHO CHOO BLUE for trainer Peter McMaster following a tremendous stretch duel with highly-fancied GARY GLITTER.last_img read more

Brewerville Gets Magisterial Court

first_imgCeremony marking the official dedication of the Brewerville Magisterial Court was yesterday held in the city of Brewerville, Montserrado County.According to a Judicial release, the program was attended by officials of UNMIL, the Judiciary, local officials of Montserrado County and ordinary citizens of Brewerville.Turning over the newly constructed building to the Liberian Government, the principal rule of law officer in the office of the Deputy Secretary General Special Representative to Liberia, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, expressed delight at relationship between UNMIL and the Liberia Government especially the Judiciary. Madam Uhel said, UNMIL will continue to support the Liberian Judicial reform process.She urged the staff of the Brewerville Magisterial Court to take charge and proper care of the building and provide proper accountability for the rule of law in Brewerville.Receiving the keys to the building on behalf of the Chief Justice, Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr., the Court Administrator of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Cllr. Elizabeth Nelson, expressed Chief Justice Korkpor’s inability for not being at the program, which she attributed to the current work load in the high court.Cllr. Nelson said, the Judiciary is pleased with UNMIL continued assistance and informed the gathering that now that the Magistrate and his staff have a more comfortable, convenient, and hospitable working environment, they will be accountable to ensure that justice is impartial at all times.She promised UNMIL that the building will be properly maintained and asked the people of Brewerville to assist in the process.Speaking on behalf the people of Brewerville, the City Major commended UNMIL for its continuous support to Liberia even in the midst of Ebola. He also thanked Chief Justice Korkpor and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia for bringing relief to his people.Making remarks at the program, the Stipendiary Magistrate of the Brewerville Magisterial Court, Magistrate James Cooper, expressed joy at his new office and promised to, along with his staff, do his best in ensuring justice for all in Brewerville and its surrounding.The total cost of the project according to UNMIL, is US$30,042.20 and was constructed under its rule of law project, implemented by a Liberian construction Company, Fahnbulleh and Fahnbulleh General Construction Company.The goal and objectives of the project is to provide suitable environment to enhance the rule of law in Brewerville and surrounding communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Women Seek Media Help for Increased Representation in Government

first_imgLiberian women following the leadership influence of Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and others are seeking assistance from the media promote the passage of the “Affirmative Action for Equitable Participation and Representation Act of 2016.”At a forum held recently with media institutions, Senator Taylor said women have been marginalized in government and are considered men’s property. She is therefore calling on the media to help change that perception.She said if the 21 constituencies called for by the Act is implemented, the call for 30% women’s representation in parliament across Africa will be addressed.The Act, among other things, seeks to allot 21 special legislative constituencies in the country to be contested for by women, youth and the disabled.The women are contending in their plea that if the call for the twenty-one constituencies to be created is accepted, it should be enforced in the forthcoming 2017 presidential and legislative elections.Fifteen of the special legislative constituencies, the Act notes, should be exclusively allotted to women, with one constituency in each county.It further states that three of the constituencies shall be for youths, with a female representation, and three for people living with disabilities. The Act also suggests that one of the constituencies for the physically challenged group should be set aside for a female.Those hoping to occupy the requested seats are subject to eligibility criteria set by the Constitution and Election Laws of Liberia. The Act also said upon its passage, the National Elections Commission (NEC) will formulate the requisite procedures and guidelines to ensure a free, fair and transparent process governing the elections.In Section 4 of the proposed Act, the election of representatives for the 15 Special Legislative Constituencies exclusively allotted to women shall be held during the same time of the presidential and legislative elections, while the election of representatives for the three special legislative constituencies for the youth shall be held 30 days after the legislative elections.In pursuit of equality in representation as being requested exclusively for females, there remains an answer as to what happens if all seats allotted to youths and persons with disabilities are won by women.It does not also clarify what happens if the imposed female candidate is not the choice of the electorate.The allotment of these seats to be contested at different times also has the propensity to inflate government’s expenses, and the NEC to conduct the elections.The Act, moreover, does not state whether or not the allotment of seats to different categories of players will fall within the Joint Resolution that established 73 electoral districts in 2010.The allotment of constituencies to the categories of people as called for by the Act may also contradict the Liberian Constitution. Chapter VIII Article 77 of the 1986 Constitution states: “Since the essence of democracy is free competition of ideas expressed by political parties and political groups as well as individuals, parties may freely be established to advocate the political opinions of the people.”Meanwhile, the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act appears to be a subset of the Gender Equity Bill that has suffered passage in the Legislature.That bill also seeks to allot 30% representation in government for Liberian women. It is also not clear why the Legislature has taken so long to pass or throw out the bill; however, the intent when considered thoughtfully has some constitutional implications.Article 8 of the Constitution states: “The Republic shall direct its policy towards ensuring for all citizens, without discrimination, opportunities for employment and livelihood under just and humane conditions, and towards promoting safety, health and welfare facilities in employment.” While Article 8 may be used to qualify the implications of Chapter VIII Article 77 of the 1986 Constitution, the allocation of seats to these groups – women, youth and the disabled – is discriminatory in its essence and a violation of Article 18, which states: “All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of sex, creed, religion, ethnic background, place of origin or political affiliation, and all shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BWI, MVTC Top NHA Housing Design Competition

first_imgNHA, Partners Present cash award to BWI and MVTC The National Housing Authority (NHA) with support from its international partners, Habitat for Humanity International (HfHI) and Cities Alliance (CA) last Wednesday, November 1, presented cash awards of L$100,000 to the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) and L$50,000 to the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC).The two schools emerged as winner and runner-up (respectively) of the Innovative Housing Design Competition held on September 27, at the official launch of the Slum Upgrading Unit of the NHA. In addition to the cash prizes, BWI also received L$40,000 while MVTC received L$30,000 to cover preparation cost for their participation.During the presentation, Mr. Es-Samir Bropleh, Coordinator of the newly established Slum Upgrading Unit of the National Housing Authority, thanked the students for bringing pride to their respective institutions and encouraged them to always take their lessons seriously.Mr. Bropleh used the occasion to inform the public that the Slum Up-grading Unit of the NHA was established as a specialized unit to work with slum dwellers and other partners in addressing the housing needs of slum dwellers, especially around Monrovia.According to him, the Innovative Housing Design Competition was organized to demonstrate to the Government of Liberia, public sector, financial institutions as well as the slum dwellers about the business opportunities that exist in investing in affordable housing for slum dwellers.Mr. Bropleh said 70% of Monrovia’s population lives in slums under devastating housing conditions and it was now time for practical actions to be taken to address the problem. He, therefore, thanked Habitat for Humanity International and Cities Alliance for the level of support aimed at improving the housing needs of slum dwellers.Habitat for Humanity International’s Chief of Party, Mr. Mathew Ndote Peter, emphasized that his organization is part of the Liberia Country Program which is a five year Monrovia City renewal initiative aimed at addressing the overwhelming slum conditions of the city of Monrovia.According to him, the program is being funded by Comic Relief through Cities Alliance and is currently implementing eight projects through several local and international partners.Habitat for Humanity International’s role under the program is to facilitate the implementation of practical solutions to shelter challenges identified during recent assessments which led to the development of a comprehensive slum upgrading and affordable housing framework.Habitat for Humanity International is, therefore, working along with the National Housing Authority through its Slum Upgrading Unit as well as financial service providers, private sector firms, development partners and communities for the implementation of its projects under the Monrovia City Program.Mr. Ndote expressed his organization’s appreciation for the good partnership and leadership demonstrated by NHA in prioritizing low-income households through the establishment of a Slum Upgrading Unit.He also cited the Innovative Housing Design Competition as the first step in bringing together housing value chain actors and commended NHA, the administrations and students of the two Vocational Training Institutions for their participation.In response, Mr. Harry Tarnue, Principal of BWI and Mr. Wilfred S.K. Payne, Director of MVTC, thanked both the NHA and Habitat for Humanity International for creating the platform for their students to showcase their skills. The two administrators further expressed their gratitude for the cash prizes and pleaded with NHA and Habitat for Humanity International for partnership and collaboration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

50 sugar workers injured after lorry topples

first_imgMore than 50 sugar workers were on Wednesday morning injured when the lorry – GRR 2574 – in which they were passengers turned over on the Zee Zight Public Road, West Coast Berbice.The incident occurred at about 05:05h while the men were on their way to work. At the time of the accident, there were 55 persons at the back of the lorry and the supervisor and driver in front. The crew, that forms the 6B2 gang, was on its way to bath Settlement to harvest cane.A woman at Lot 5 Zee Zight Public Road, whose concrete fence was destroyed as a result of the impact from the lorry, said she heard a loud sound and was of the opinion that something had happed on the road.“So I run outside and I did not expect to see the truck in my yard and so much of workers, some of them lying down and they taking out some of them; I couldn’t look at it,” she said.Reports are that the driver was attempting to stop the lorry when he lost control and ran off the road.An eyewitness to the accident, Khemraj Hunt, had a good opportunity to see what transpired. He had missed his lorry and when GRR 2574 was passing, he yelled out for the driver to stop and take him along. He explained that as the driver attempted to stop, he experienced brake failure and as a result, all the wheels locked.He said the driver also attempted to avoid hitting a parked truck laden with paddy on the road shoulder.“After the brakes lock off, he tried to save the truck because anytime he did hit the truck is dead all two of them in the front seat would have dead. But by the road was wet, the truck just keep on sliding and when it reach on the concrete then it turn over. I throw down the food bag and I run to assist… they start jumping out from the side of the truck,” he related.The injured men were rushed to the Fort Wellington Hospital by lorries, private cars, vans, the hospital’s ambulance and the Blairmont Estate ambulance.Most of them were treated and sent away. However, two were admitted because of the extent of their injuries.Those admitted are Fazeem Latiff and Rashad Alli, both of Cotton Tree.Meanwhile, after the lorry came to a halt, there was confusion.One of the workers onboard the lorry when it turned over, Kadar Nauth, noted that he was sitting on the side of the lorry that landed on the ground, hence he was at the bottom.So I had to relax and let them boys come out first. “But good kick and so catch me,” he revealed.Several other workers also gave accounts of being trapped momentarily on the tray of the lorry.The driver of the lorry who is from the same village, was also treated and sent away after being pinned in the driver’s seat when the lorry crashed.This is the second time the lorry turned over with workers inside.In 2016, the said lorry turned over while transporting some workers from one field to another at Blairmont. No one was seriously injured.last_img read more

Montoya spins teammate to win in Mexico

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Juan Pablo Montoya spun teammate Scott Pruett to take the lead with eight laps left, then held off Denny Hamlin to win the Busch Series race on Sunday for his first NASCAR victory. Montoya, the Colombian star who jumped from Formula One to NASCAR late last season, recovered from a bad pit stop to aggressively move from 19th to first, taking the lead when he sent Pruett’s car spinning on the 72nd lap of the Telcel-Motorola 200. “Of all the people to take out – your teammate,” Pruett said. “That was just lowdown, nasty, dirty driving.” Hamlin, right behind the two Chip Ganassi Racing drivers at the time, said it was a tough call. “I wouldn’t call it dirty driving, but it was a bit aggressive,” Hamlin said. “Juan had the fastest car and he would have taken the lead sooner or later. He was overzealous.” Hamlin, the winner last year, pressured Montoya in the closing laps, but couldn’t pass on the 2.518-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course’s s-curves. Boris Said finished third in the race that ended with a green-white-checker finish after a late caution. Carl Edwards was fourth, and Pruett finished fifth. “I’m really glad we won, but really upset that we took out a teammate,” said Brad Parrott, Montoya’s crew chief. Montoya, who had the dominant car for the entire race, started in third but took the lead from Pruett on the third lap. Montoya made a green-flag stop on the 45th lap, but a fuel malfunction forced him to return to the pits about 10 laps later. After a caution, he started 19th and quickly moved his way back to the front of the field. “The reason I came to NASCAR is for the racing, and we showed today it is a great place for racing,” Montoya said. His victory was celebrated with deafening cheers from the 72,000-strong Mexican crowd. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “I’m very sorry about what happened with Scott,” Montoya said. “I thought he saw me and when he came across I had no room to go.” Montoya said he would personally apologize to Pruett. last_img read more

Press Release – Federal Government approves Site C Environmental Certificate

first_imgThe next steps for this project are for the proponent to determine whether it will proceed. If the determination is to proceed, the proponent will be required to seek out a variety of federal regulatory approvals from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (Fisheries Act) and Transport Canada (Navigation Protection Act) and a variety of provincial regulatory approvals. These regulatory approvals will be required throughout various stages in the project. The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today issued the following statement outlining the Governor in Council’s determination that the environmental effects of the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project are justified in the circumstances.“The Site C project, which has been proposed by BC Hydro and Power Authority, underwent a thorough independent federal-provincial review by an independent panel. This process included extensive, meaningful and respectful consultations with the public and Aboriginal groups. The environmental assessment process provided the scientific and technical expertise and the effective engagement of the public and Aboriginal groups to enable an informed decision by both governments.”“The proposed Site C project is an important one for British Columbia and for Canada as it will support jobs and economic growth while providing clean, renewable energy over the next 100 years. The Site C Clean Energy Project will translate into about 10,000 direct person-years of employment from now until 2024 and when indirect and induced jobs are added in, that figure climbs to 29,000 person-years of employment.”- Advertisement -“This decision will benefit future generations. Over the life of the project, Site C is expected to help mitigate the growth in greenhouse gas emissions in Canada by preventing the discharge of between 34 to 76 megatonnes of CO2 equivalent.”“In the Decision Statement that I released today, there are over 80 legally binding conditions that must be fulfilled by the proponent, BC Hydro, throughout the life of the project in compliance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. Failure to meet these conditions is a violation of federal law.”“Our Government is committed to making environmental assessment decisions based on the best available scientific evidence, and balancing economic and environmental considerations.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Executive director of Resource Works coming to Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Executive Director of Resource Works will be stopping in Fort St. John next week to speak to the citizens of Fort St. John in various places.On Monday, May 2, Stewart Muir will be speaking at the 2016 Mayor’s Caucus, here in Fort St. John.The next day, he will be starting the day as a speaker at the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce’s next breakfast meeting, at the Northern Grand Hotel.- Advertisement -At 2 p.m., he will be speaking to high school students at North Peace Secondary School.Finally, at 6 p.m., he will be at Northern Lights College, in Room 154.According to the Chamber of Commerce, Resource Works ‘communicates with British Columbians about the importance of the province’s resource sectors to their personal well-being,’ and ‘it demonstrates how responsible development of British Columbia’s resources creates jobs and incomes through the province, both directly and indirectly.’Advertisementlast_img read more

Tony Pulis: West Brom fans have forgiven ‘naughty’ star after Tottenham debacle

first_img Saido Berahino Tony Pulis believes West Brom’s fans have forgiven ‘naughty child’ Saido Berahino for wanting to leave.The boss insisted any rift between the striker and supporters has been healed following his return to the side.Berahino threatened to never play for the club again following two rejected deadline-day bids from Tottenham, while he also had a transfer request blocked in the summer.He scored the winner on his return to the starting line-up for the first time since asking to leave in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Aston Villa.The 22-year-old was rested in Wednesday’s 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat at Norwich but is expected to start at The Hawthorns against Everton on Monday and Pulis insisted he has been welcomed back.“They’ve been very good and very supportive and the great thing for me is the Saido situation,” he said.“I think Saido was concerned there might be a little turning of the tide but they were absolutely wonderful when he came on against Southampton and last Saturday against Villa.“They truly are in love with their football club and they want their football club to do well and Saido is a big part of that now.“They have embraced him and brought him back into the fold – that naughty child!“It’s good because it takes the pressure off him. It’s the biggest thing for the lads to take the pressure off.“The reaction of the supporters and players shows there’s good unity in the group. What we need to do now is for him to concentrate on playing football which is what he’s good at.”Pulis made 10 changes for the defeat at Carrow Road as he rested Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Salomon Rondon after admitting they needed a break ahead of Everton’s visit. “Those players have had the opportunity to have an extra day off. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning we’ll really prepare,” he added. 1last_img read more