Wenger in demand as he prepares for life after Arsenal

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Wenger didn’t reveal who or where, and says he will not consider any role until after the season ends.Wenger’s last game in charge of Arsenal after 22 seasons is at Huddersfield on Sunday.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 crownWenger says “for sure I will be active. My brain demands work and is active. I have huge experience in management.”Arsenal plays at Leicester on Wednesday in the next-to-last game of the season. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Filoil: Letran scrapes past pesky Lyceum LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMCcenter_img 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 Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger applauds before his lap of honor at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, May 6, 2018. The match is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s last home game in charge after announcing in April he will stand down as Arsenal coach at the end of the season after nearly 22 years at the helm. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — Arsene Wenger is a man in demand as he prepares for life after Arsenal.Asked if he has received any job offers since announcing he would leave Arsenal at the end of the season, the 68-year-old Frenchman says “yes, more than I expected.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View commentslast_img read more

Profile in Poverty: The Case of River Cess County

first_imgIs River Cess County, the nation’s most neglected county and therefore its least developed?  The county is one of the richest counties in Liberia in natural resources yet one of the poorest in terms of government programs and priorities. First, the county abounds in timber reserves, fish resources, gold and diamond, and now off-shore oil exploration; blocks 9 and 10 are off its coast.  Second, the people are begging their leaders for bowls of rice and dumboy, but to no avail. The land of “many rivers” is naturally rich but still a wasteland.  Why? Well, draw your own conclusions.The county has four principal rivers (Cestos, Timbo, Po, and Sahnkuen) along with many small rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Cestos City, River Cess County’s capital, a peninsula, has one unpaved road going into the city; the same unpaved road leading out of the city. This is the classic design of most cities in our beloved country. Where is the imagination? Where is the vision? Where is the political will? In this profile, I shall sketch a historical background of the county, address key issues confronting us, and make some suggestions about moving us boldly into the future.  In 1887, President Hilary Richard Wright Johnson named River Cess (sometimes spelled Rivercess) as a district within Grand Bassa County. The Bassa name for this river is Nei-buen (meaning water rats) due to the many rats found along the river. Next, the Charles D. B. King administration statutorily created it into a district in 1921.   Then, in 1955, the statutory district assumed the status of territory under the administration of President William V. S. Tubman. Finally, President Samuel K. Doe, in a historic decision, made the territory the 12th county of Liberia on April 18, 1985. From 1887 till today, what tangible achievement can this county showcase?The Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf administration in consultation with the people developed the County Development Agenda (CDA) focusing on roads, education, and health for the citizens, but a minuscule portion of the agenda has been carried out. In short, it is about the improvements in social sectors and infrastructure —like schools, health care, water, housing and roads. Moreover, we are very grateful to the UN, the EU, and USAID for providing the financial and technical support to the entire process. Perhaps, this whole exercise was just for international consumption and not for the people.  Promises were made but not kept.  “The promises which count, we must remember, are those which are implemented, which are kept. It is only promises which are kept, which matter,” remarked Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in September 2014. Simply put, back up words with deeds.  So, will “the merchants of promises” keep their promises to the people? Where do we go from here with the County Development Agenda?  Priorities common to all eight districts in River Cess—Zarflahn, Fehn, Morwein, Sangbalor, Bear Wor, Central River Cess, Dodain, and Jo-River are roads, health facilities and educational facilities as reported in the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). Of course, it is presumptuous of me to add agriculture to the list of priorities by the people, but we River Cessans must grow crops like pepper, bitter-ball, collar green, cassava, and others instead of relying on others to produce them for us. Our soil is rich to undertake this venture. We can do it! We can do better!The County Development Agenda states, “…actions must be visible to the public to ensure they are taken in the interest of all citizens and not simply for the sake of any personal or group advancement. This mismanagement of the past in which a small elite gained economic advantage over the majority, was a key factor in the conflict.” Heaven forbid if mismanagement should still be present after our fratricidal conflict!What does the Great Book say about our present condition? It states that nothing tangible can be accomplished without a vision or goal; therefore, we need to elect servant leaders who do not take bribes and pervert justice. They should rally us toward a better future in agriculture, roads, education, and health care, for we are living in the 21st Century and not the 19th Century. Specifically, we shall discuss briefly the four priorities and their benefits that will surely improve this heritage of ours. The programs are as follows: Agriculture— This sector is extremely important in the overall development process because we must eat to survive.  Ninety percent of households cultivate rice, and seventy percent grow cassava plus other crops that include maize, yam, okra, sugarcane, cocoa, coffee, and the like. This sector has a lot of potential but is performing below expectation due to the lack of investment and transportation infrastructure. Train young people in this sector so that they can grow enterprises and create enabling environments on an individual and collective basis. Roads—they are impassable during the rainy season that goes from May to October. The rainy season wreaks havoc on the people, for they can be delayed for days along the Sinoe-River Cess highway. If this lack of decent roads in the county is not an indictment of the government approach to rural development, then I do not know what is. Education—Again and again, groups of students from Nei-gba and other nearby villages begin their nerve-racking one mile trip to school in make-shift canoes across the Cestos River in town. Schools are in poor condition; Cestos High School is currently in a dilapidated state.  It lacks access to adequate instructional resources.  “Keep hope alive” by providing quality education.Health Care— This sector is broken; it is under-staffed and under-resourced. In the clinics there is a lack of basic medical supplies.  We should improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and other physical and mental impairments in our people.O Cestos, my Cestos, a land of untapped potential continues to cry out for help. For how long will we continue to bury our heads in the sand while others take advantage of us? Mining and fisheries remain under develop, but foreigners enjoy free rein, decimating our resources from right under our noses. This is a bitter pill to swallow. Chinese and other nationals are engaged in illicit gold and diamond mining activities in the county, the FrontPage Africa newspaper reported in March 2014. This can only happen in Liberia! Who is in charge? Are we going to stop this thievish act? Maybe, a few people are accepting bribes to make them shut their eyes. Third, can we say large pelagic fish, and small pelagic fish, shrimps, and lobsters?  Why don’t we have a program in place for domestic, regional, and international trade in these resources?  Trust the people; allow them to use their intellectual and creativity capabilities to sort out our myriad of problems. Let us fight to remain in charge of our own fate.We are living under a State of Emergency because of the Ebola outbreak; communities are being quarantined; roads are closed; food prices are on the rise, curfew is in effect, but our milieu appears to be business as usual for some, and others bear the brunt of these vexing issues. Local county authorities and the legislative caucus are pointing accusatory fingers concerning the spending of US $1, 118, 853.01 (one million, one hundred eighteen thousand, eight hundred fifty-three dollars and one cent) from the Social and County Development Funds, covering the period July 1 to June 30, 2013. The General Auditing Commission is in the dark about this spending spree. How was the money spent?  When was it spent?  For how long will the quadruple threats of corruption, unemployment, poverty, and inequality persist? Selfishness, petit ego, and self-deception sweep across the county like an irresistible flood. It is necessary that our leaders be good financial stewards, bearing in mind the good of the entire county. Stop using the Development Funds as “personal accounts.” Stop accepting bribes to make you shut your eyes. Stop hiding behind the mask of apathy and indifference.  Pay attention to the following: Put God first; people second and programs third.  Finally, take off the mask, and deliver on the promises.Description: https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTkG4FPemJ_nCzav3n0XXxl6lYqYVAgnHJ8fgjFTpVotdgnloGF4wThe poets say these things better than we do. Let me conclude with the last stanza of We Wear the Mask! by the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.            We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries            To thee from tortured souls arise.            We sing, but oh the clay is vile                  Beneath our feet, and long the mile,            But let the world dream otherwise,            We wear the mask!Arthur G. Tarr, this author, has co-written Bonjour L’Afrique—An Invitation to French (IA Books, 2014) a French textbook for Liberian schools. He is Chair of the Language department of William V. S. Tubman University, Harper City, Maryland County. The Author, a bilingual educator, holds degrees from Liberia, France, and the United States. For more BIO info, visit google.com/+ArthurGTarr/01030910 and listenupliberia.blogspot.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MoCI Launches LIB Business Hub

first_img(From left) Minister Tarpeh along with Acting Information Minister, Daniel C. Gayedyu and Mrs. Mai Urey at the Launch of LIB Business Hub, held at the Commerce Ministry Authorities at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) with support from Swedish National Board of Trade (NBT) and the World Bank Group (WBG) has launched the LIB Business Hub/service sector website, which will provide an e-government solution to the business community and the general public.At the launch of the program on Friday, held at the ministry, Minister Wilson Tarpeh said the LIB Business Hub will help to provide information on the rules, regulations and procedure applicable to develop a business in the Liberian services sector.The LIB Business hub, which is mainly managed by the ministry, aims to make it easier for people to do business in the country.According to Minister Tarpeh, the LIB Business Hub/service sector website will serve as a gateway for business institutions and the general public to access essential information about the day-to-day activities of the ministry as it relates to Liberian commerce and information sectors as well as other ministries and agencies.The website will provide an e-governance solution that will increase transparency, which is essential for businesses, because it will offer one-stop shop that is intended to make it easier for anyone who wants to do business in Liberia; provide the central information one will need for starting, growing and closing down a business, including information on business registration, licensing and paying taxes, and provide concrete information about government institutions to the general public.It will be updated on a periodic basis by a committee that will be represented by sector ministries and agencies to increase transparency as it is very important for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to grow since they do not have the time or resources to spend on searching for information.Mai Urey, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of Wulki Farms and the U-foundation, expressed gratitude about the ministry’s new program, which she said will be the face of the country.“We can now say that the Commerce Ministry is trying to make things easier for the business people and those wanting to do business in the country,” Mrs. Urey said.She lauded the Swedish Government and the World Bank (WB) for supporting such programs for business people and those intending to do business in Liberia.“I know that investors will use such information to come to Liberia. I therefore call on investors to make maximum use of the platform the ministry provided, because it intends to stop someone from robbing them,” Mrs. Urey said.The launch of the LIB Business Hub was attended by Acting Information Minister Daniel C. Gayedyu, representatives from the business community and other ministries and agencies.Gayedyu lauded the ministry for the exercise, describing it as one of the “best programs for Liberian businesses and investors, especially those outside the country and their counterparts in the leeward counties.”“This is a breakthrough for doing business in our country, because it will also prevent businesses and investors from being exploited. It is also convenient and allows our people to sit in their various offices and register their businesses online,” Minister Gayedyu said.Minister Tarpeh and other officials at Friday’s launch in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New strategies needed to revamp court system – CCJ President

first_img– rges judiciary to adopt reforms in line with int’l best practicesRecommendations are being made for Guyana’s Judiciary to follow the lead of other jurisdictions, including the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) which has crafted new strategies in line with international best practice.Making these recommendations was CCJ President Sir Dennis Byron, who was at the time addressing the Guyana Bar Association. According to Byron, several complaints are usually levelled against the performances of judiciaries, the most common of which are the inordinate delays for trials to start, low performance and efficiency, high costs of court operations, and the public’s lack of confidence in the system.“Discussions on judicial independence usually concentrate on the tensions between the executive and the judiciary; but let us recall the definition of judicial independence as the guarantor of the right of the citizen to a fair and timely trial,” he cautioned.“If the trial process fails to provide this, should the judges and the legal profession look at their influence on judicial independence? I want to introduce some ideas that have influenced our operations at the CCJ,” Sir Byron continued.He said that an efficient court system is a process of continuous improvement. The legal luminaire noted that the best courts are those that are continuously assessing where they are and developing plans to deal with systemic weaknesses. He noted that such courts also have to implement those plans, evaluate their effects, and then start over.“In this regard, the International Framework for Court Excellence is a quality management system designed to help courts to improve their performance. The Framework is particularly useful to judicial policymakers and practitioners, and it prescribes a set of focused, clear and actionable core court performance measures,” Sir Byron explained.“The Framework makes it clear that a court’s pathway to excellence will also be enhanced by open communication regarding its strategies, policies and procedures with court users and the public in general. (It) stresses the imperative for courts to be open and transparent about their performance, strategies, and processes, to ensure public respect and confidence in the judicial system and to publish details of what actions they are taking to address problems within the court system. This goes hand in hand with strategic planning,” he related.He noted that one of the advantages of strategic planning is that important stakeholders, including the Bar, can use the opportunity to contribute to developing strategies which would guide judicial performance.“At the CCJ, we also embraced this concept, and now we are at the end of the first plan, from 2012 to 2017,” Sir Byron revealed. “We are currently in the process of developing the new plan for 2018 – 2023. I recommend a similar process for the courts here.”In Guyana, some have argued that there is a need for the judiciary to be more proactive in carrying out its duties. These calls have gained more urgency in the wake of a fire earlier this year that gutted most of the Camp Street prison. It was only last year that another fire had claimed the lives of 17 inmates.According to the report of a Commission of Inquiry into the 2016 fire, the combination of being overcrowded, uncomfortable, and an unhygienic confinement creates ideal conditions for epidemics and for gangs to prosper and propagate discontent.Moreover, the CoI found that reducing numbers in prison to manageable levels is the single most important priority for establishing safe, humane and purposeful prisons.It was further noted that repeat offenders have increased by over 100 per cent, “indicating not only a waste of taxpayers’ dollars, but also the need for a more comprehensive and structured partnership within the wider justice system.”But despite these recommendations, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, himself confirmed that at the time of the 2017 fire, over 1000 prisoners were being housed at the prison – a place of incarceration originally built to house half that number.In addition, it was only after the 2017 fire that the judiciary took concerted steps to grant pre-trial liberty to remand inmates whose bail had previously been curtailed for various reasons.From an infrastructure perspective, some steps have been taken to address some of the most prevalent complaints against the judiciary. Those include the construction of a night court and a court dealing specifically with sexual violence cases.last_img read more

900 more sugar workers to be dismissed

first_img…Govt claims workers were told beforehand about decisionGovernment has come out to defend reports that it now plans to send home 900-plus sugar workers who were retained to work within the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), stating that that figure forms part of the estimated 4763 terminated Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) workers.According to the Agriculture Ministry, those 900 workers are catered for in the original figure released by Government. These workers were retained by the Corporation to man certain key facilities and structures and to provide security, through attachments to the NDIA.Agriculture Minister Noel HolderAgriculture Minister Noel Holder has been quoted in various sections of the media as saying that some 4000-plus workers would be sent home. Holder at no point stated that the retained workers, who were placed to work with the NDIA would form part of the total figure.The Minister came in for much criticism, since for some, he created an impression that the workers would have been retained on a long-term basis and not temporarily. To defend this position, the Agriculture Ministry said that the workers were aware that at the end of the extended period, they too would be sent home and paid their severance. These are workers of the Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara Estates that have been closed.“The Sugar Corporation had explained to the workers earmarked for retention that their severance package would have been estimated, and at the end of their period of retention, a final calculation made of what is owed to them,” the Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.According to the Ministry, the first list of workers to be paid severance was numbered approximately 3700 which together with the 900 that will be sent home equal 4763 severed workers – and not an additional 900. The Ministry also provided a breakdown of workers dismissed per estate in the issued statement.On Monday, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) was the first to state that the retained sugar workers attached to the NDIA would be sent home. GAWU claims being informed of this decision by GuySuCo, and that the workers identified for retrenchment would be notified shortly.The Union said that these workers were mainly retained as the sugar company was seeking to provide certain services to the NDIA. Unfortunately, an arrangement in that respect has fallen through, and the workers are now facing redundancy. This comes mere weeks after hundreds of workers were dismissed and the Government approved provisions to offset partial severance payments to displaced workers.GAWU on Monday said further expansion of unemployment in the sugar belt was without doubt making a “really bad situation even worse”. Given the absence of any plans to deal with the fallout from the closure of several estates and the fiasco that has surrounded the workers’ severance payment, this pending retrenchment has been described as “heart-rending”.Despite Government’s move to close several sugar estates, many civil society bodies and other interest groups have been urging it to rethink the closure of estates and to implement plans that would address the welfare of workers, or at least put measures in place to cushion the effects of the closures.In November, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench thousands of workers. GAWU says the downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs, and the potential threat of poverty for 50,000 to 100,000 people.The Special Purpose Unit (SPU), which forms part of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), has been mandated to conduct evaluations, surveys and inventory assessments before any steps are taken to actually sell the estates. The SPU has since solicited the assistance of an international financial company to undertake these assessments as part of the plans to downsize the industry.last_img read more

20 small businesses to get help to be GNBS compliant

first_img…as GCCI inks agreement with GNBSAs the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) continues in its quest to upgrade small businesses, some 20 establishments will benefit from upgrades which will allow for them to be more competitive.This is according to GCCI President Deodat Indar, who on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) to enable those businesses to become standardised and compliant.It was explained that the first batch of 20 small, medium and micro businesses will go through an inspection phase and selected thereafter.Indar explained, “The outcome of the project is to develop those 20 companies in the areas of standardisation, certification, as well as to enable them to have proper GMPs, or good manufacturing practices, and also assisting them with properGNBS Executive Director Candelle Walcott signs the agreement with GCCI President Deodat Indarpackaging and labelling of their goods.”He added that this MoU was one aspect of the GCCI’s move to have small businesses compliant, as within the next few weeks, another agreement will be inked this time around with the Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department to ensure their products are safe.These new initiatives for small businesses are being made possible through the partnership of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).GNBS Executive Director Candelle Walcott noted that the Bureau was happy to have collaborated with the Private Sector agency and its membership to sign the agreement, which was symbolic of a new relationship.According to her, “We will be providing technical assistance and guidance to 20 agro-processors across Guyana to implement good manufacturing practices as well as other requirements so that these companies can become certified and also become export ready.”She added that with these new standards, the businesses would be able to improve their competitiveness and business operations, enabling them to provide better and safe products for consumption.last_img read more

NHL: Kings fighting for pride

first_img“We didn’t play with the necessary urgency that the situation asked for,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We turned the puck over too many times and it cost us. It’s mental, that’s all it is. Our mental preparation has got to be better.” The Kings played without rookie sensation Anze Kopitar, who suffered an undisclosed upper-body strain in practice this week and is considered questionable for Satuday’s game against Nashville. With the loss of Kopitar, their third-leading scorer with 56 points in 63 games, the Kings seemed to be at a disadvantage, especially against a Ducks team coming off an impressive victory over San Jose. “The playoffs are out of reach so it’s more about pride,” Brown said before the game. “The worst thing we can do is just roll over and die. We’ve got some big games left against teams like the Ducks and Nashville and we can make a statement that we’re going to be better in the future.” Notes: The Ducks’ Brad May, acquired from Colorado on Tuesday, left the game in the first period with an undisclosed lower-body injury and didn’t return. … The Kings activated Raitis Ivanans and defenseman Richard Petiot from the injured list. rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Ducks, who won their past two games despite blowing a two-goal lead in each, couldn’t pull it out this time. Niedermayer’s interference penalty led to Cammalleri’s 4-on-3 overtime goal. Niedermayer also took an interference penalty on Sunday against Colorado that led to a tying goal, but Niedermayer responded with the winning goal. There would be no redemption on Thursday. “Everybody has the physical ability here,” Niedermayer said. “It’s our mental focus. Tonight we had it off and on. We didn’t play a consistent game all night.” The team captain echoed his coach, who was disappointed with the Ducks’ effort in a game in which they outshot the Kings 30-21. Kings goalie Sean Burke held up well, and Ilya Bryzgalov took the loss, as the Ducks chose to save No. 1 goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere for tonight’s showdown against San Jose. “We have a lot of respect for (the Ducks),” Cammalleri said. “We have to play well against them or we’re not going to look good. We have a lot of pride and fans who want to see us develop.” Cammalleri’s goal, 3:17 into overtime with Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer in the penalty box, capped a rally. The Kings rallied from a two-goal deficit, just as they did Saturday against Colorado. center_img The Ducks are in second place in the Western Conference and the Kings are in last place. The gap between the Kings and the Ducks is 31 points, but that’s not discernable when the teams meet on the ice. The crosstown rivals have played seven times this season, and every game has been decided by one goal. The Ducks have prevailed four times to the Kings’ three, but the Kings pulled one out Thursday when Michael Cammalleri’s overtime goal gave them a 4-3 victory in front of 17,620 at Staples Center. last_img read more

Dismal Southampton crash out of Europa League before group stages

first_img1 Ronald Koeman Southampton crashed out of the Europa League before the competition reached the group stages after a desperately disappointing 1-0 second leg – and 2-1 aggregate – defeat to FC Midtjylland in their play-off tie.Saints, looking to return to Europe for the first time in over a decade, began brightly but will ultimately rue a series of spurned early opportunities.Morten Rasmussen struck the game’s only goal after 26 minutes to clinch victory for the Danish side, and Ronald Koeman’s charges failed to muster a clear-cut chance to equalise in an insipid second half.The result means Tottenham and Liverpool are the Premier League’s only representatives in Europe’s secondary club competition after Saints’ and West Ham’s failures in qualifying.Evenly poised at 1-1 from the first leg at St Mary’s, early signs suggested Southampton were in the mood to progress – particularly after captain Jose Fonte had a header cleared off the line.James Ward-Prowse then had an effort blocked by the dogged Midtjylland defenders, before Steve Davis shot straight at the home keeper when well placed.The hosts then struck the ultimate sucker punch halfway through the first half as Rasmussen turned Maya Yoshida and fired past Maarten Stekelenburg.The second half was a non-entity in terms of chances, but the visitors will feel aggrieved after Rasmussen appeared to handle Ward-Prowse’s free kick in the penalty area.last_img read more

Norwich manager Alex Neil rejects suggestions club are close to signing France U21 striker

first_img Sebastien Haller 1 Manager Alex Neil rejected suggestions Norwich were closing in on a deal for Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller, but confirmed advanced negotiations over the transfer of teenage defender Ben Godrey from York.The agent of highly-rated 21-year-old French striker Haller said there had been a visit to the club’s Norfolk training base earlier this week, with reports of an £6.5million fee having been agreed.However, there are other interested parties across Europe, while Neil also has other targets on his radar, including Steven Naismith from Everton.“You said his name, I am not saying his name,” Neil replied when asked directly about interest in Haller at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Bournemouth.“But yes, obviously we are trying to reinvest the money (from the sale of Lewis Grabban) and have a whole host of targets we are trying to attract to the club.“We have already done a bit of business, (Ivo) Pinto has come in, Matt Jarvis (on a permanent deal after a loan spell) as well, and Ben Godfrey is another we are trying to get across the line.”Everton boss Roberto Martinez has suggested it is now up to Naismith where he will move, with Swansea also reported to be an option.Norwich tried to sign the Scotland international in the summer.Neil said: “There was contact made through the clubs, but there is nothing to report at the moment.”The deal for Godfrey is expected to be in the region of £1million, and Neil confirmed the teenager was very much “a project” for the future.“We have made an approach and it is an advanced stages at the moment, hopefully we can get that across the line soon,” said Neil.“He is only 17, 18, but he has played first-team football for York and that in itself suggests his development is progressing really quickly.“He is a man already. His dad has history in rugby league so he is built like a man. He is a good athlete and we are hoping in the future he can blossom, introduce him into the development squad and gradually work him into the first team.”last_img read more

GAA NORTHERN BOARD NOTES

first_imgDonegal Northern Board GAA Results Sunday 13th March   Downings Bay Hotel U16 League Div 1Buncrana         7.11     2.06     Sean McCumhaillsDownings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 1Gweedore       1.06     2.07     Letterkenny GaelsSt Michaels     1.03     3.03     St Eunans BGlenswilly       1.04     4.06     Downings Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 2N Colmcille     0.09     0.01     Red HughsGlenfin            0.02     5.18     CarndonaghDownings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 1  P          W        L         D         PtsBuncrana                     2          2          0          0          4St Eunans A                1          1          0          0          2 Termon                        1          1          0          0          2Burt                             1          0          1          0          0Cloughaneely              1          0          1          0          0Urris                            0          0          0          0          0 Sean McCumhaills      2          0          2          0          0Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 1 P          W        L         D         PtsDownings                    2          2          0          0          4L/Kenny Gaels            2          2          0          0          4Gaoth Dobhair                        2          1          1          0          2St Eunans B                2          1          1          0          2Fanad Gaels                0          0          0          0          0Glenswilly                   1          0          1          0          0Milford                        1          0          1          0          0St Michaels                 1          0          1          0          0Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 2  P          W        L         D         PtsCarndonagh                2          2          0          0          4Naomh Colmcille        2          2          0          0          4Red Hughs                  2          1          1          0          2Convoy                       1          1          0          0          2Malin                           1          0          1          0          0N Padraig Lifford       1          0          1          0          0Robert Emmets           1          0          1          0          0Glenfin                        2          0          2          0          0 Fixtures Sunday20th March 12.00 Downings Bay Hotel U16 League Div 1Division OneBurt                             v          Buncrama                    Sean McLaughlinCloughaneely              v          Termon                        Sean LanganUrris                            v          St Eunans                    Sean Venn   Downings Bay HotelDivision Two Section OneDownings                    v          Gaoth Dobhair                        Paul McGovernSt Eunans B                v          Milford                        Kevin DohertyL/Kenny Gaels            v          Glenswilly                   Michael MulhernFanad Gaels                v          St Michaels                 James McGinleyDownings Bay HotelDivision Two Section TwoCarndonagh                v          Robert Emmets           John FrielRed Hughs                  v          Malin                           Gareth DevenneyN Padraig Lifford       v          Glenfin                        Kieran McSheaConvoy                       v          N Colmcille                 Tony GallagerMatch Report Downings Bay Hotel U16 League Div 1Buncrana       7.11     2.06     McCumhaillsThe home side continued their good start to the season following this convincing win over Sean McCumhaills in almost Siberian conditions at The Scarvey on Sunday morning.  Playing against the wind, James Quigley opened the scoring for Buncrana with a goal after just two minutes and a second goal followed soon afterwards when Ciaran Hirrel netted after good fielding by John Campbell.McCumhaills gradually brought themselves back into the game and hit 1.06 before the break, but two goals from Darrach O Conner, who had a great season with Colaisti Inis Eoghain ensured that Buncrana led by 5.05 to 1.06 at half time.In the second half the home side dominated for long periods, with the elusive O’Connor bringing his personal goal tally to four by adding another brace and the impressive John Campbell also helped himself to a goal, while John Doherty added a late point with the final result never in doubt, despite Conor Glackin adding a second goal for the Ballybofey side.Best For Buncrana Were Darach O’Connor, John Campbell and Joseph McGrory. While best For McCumhaills were Conor Glackin and Aaron Kelly.Notes:Under 12The U12 Go Games will commence on Monday 2nd May and will continue on successive Monday nights with a throw in time of 6.00 pm until 27th June with finals day on Monday 4th July.Vocational Schools FootballCongratulations to Rosses Community School who will fly the flag for Donegal after reaching their first Vocational Schools U18 Markey Cup Final in almost 30 years when they defeated Carrick VS by 3.09 to 0.09 last week in the semi final played in Castlederg.  They will now play the winners of the second semi final between St Ciarans Ballygawley and Holy Trinity Cookstown, who are due to meet on Tuesday of this week. Minor FootballDonegal Minor footballers travel to Brewster Park in Enniskillen on Saturday for their first game in Section B of the Ulster Minor Football League, while the Minor Hurlers travel to Healy Park in Omagh to play Tyrone.  Our county U21’s begin the defence of their Ulster title when they take on Antrim at McCumhaill Park on Wednesday night 16th March, with a throw in time of 8.00 pm.Locally the minor league will commence on Friday 1st April, with a throw in time of 7.00 pm. Clubs are reminded that in the event of both teams having seventeen or more players togged out games must be played fifteen a side. The opening fixtures are as follows:Friday 1st April 7.00 pmDivision OneCloughaneely              v          Ghaoth DobhairConvoy                       v          St EunansMalin                           v          MilfordMcCumhaills FreeDivision Two Section OneCarndonagh                v          Naomh ColmcilleN Padraig Lifford       v          GlenfinBuncrana                     v          Red HughsR Emmets FreeDivision Two Section TwoSt Eunans B                v          DowningsLetterkenny Gaels       v          TermonSt Michaels                 v          Fanad GaelsGlenswilly FreeRegistrationsClubs are reminded that all players must be registered before they play.  Registrations for 2011 to be lodged with the Northern Board Registrar Emma McAteer and this is really important as the GAA Insurance System has a no tolerance policy this year due to an increase in claims over the past number of years.Trophies:All trophy winners are asked to return trophies to the Board Treasurer Brid Gallaher at the next monthly meeting which will be held in the clubrooms of St Eunans GAA Club on Monday 28th March commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.Coaching Session Wednesday 30th MarchThere will be a coaching course under the heading “Games To Develop Football U.10 & U.12” on Wednesday 30th March in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny. All underage coaches in this particular age group are asked to attend.GAA NORTHERN BOARD NOTES was last modified: March 13th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more