Moyes named West Ham manager following Bilic exit

first_imgWest Ham United have appointed David Moyes as their manager following the sacking of Slaven Bilic, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.Croatian Bilic was sacked on Monday following a meeting with club officials as West Ham dropped into the relegation zone after a 4-1 home defeat by Liverpool left them with two wins in 11 league games.“It’s a big job we have in hand now but I’m sure with everybody together we can get the right results between now and the end of the season,” Moyes said in a video posted on West Ham’s Twitter account.Joint Chairman David Sullivan said the club would benefit from Moyes’ experience in the Premier League.“We need somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it, and we believe David is the right man to turn things around and get the best out of the players at the club,” Sullivan said in a statement.“He is highly regarded and respected within the game, and will bring fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm.”Moyes coached Sunderland last season but stepped down following the club’s relegation to the Championship.The former Everton manager’s stock has fallen considerably in recent years, following an unsuccessful spell at Spanish side Real Sociedad and an ill-fated stint as Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United in 2013-14.last_img read more

A single market and economy

first_imgAt the opening of the 44th Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in Georgetown, Guyana, a few days ago, Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque said that while the regional grouping has significantly advanced the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME), “we must do better”.In stressing the need for more work to be done to fill the existing gaps, the SG sought to reinforce the point that the Region’s Private Sector and – more importantly – citizens themselves are demanding better results from Governments and policymakers.It was indeed quite refreshing to see the Region’s top diplomat himself giving a frank and honest opinion on how he feels about where the CSME is at the moment. While he has noted the many achievements of the CSME thus far, he was being very practical in his assessment of the areas in which the grouping has not delivered as expected.The CSME, conceived in 1989 and given various priority areas for focused attention over its existence, is intended to better position member states to grow by accessing and using their combined, rather than individual, resources. Its successful legal and institutional measures and mechanisms include transforming regional arrangements into domestic law.Even though much is yet to be achieved, the successes of the CSME thus far cannot be underestimated. For instance, agreements were made to establish and operationalise various community institutions needed for the effective operation of the CSME. These include the Barbados-based Caricom Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality, the Caricom Competition Commission headquartered in Suriname, the Caricom Development Fund in Barbados, and the Trinidad and Tobago-based Implementation Agency for Crime and Security.The Secretariat has also reported that work has advanced in shaping regional policies and strategies in the productive sectors to achieve increased production, competitiveness, and exports of goods and services. It said that in agriculture, the focus has been on addressing the constraints to reducing the Region’s high food import bill, increasing exports, and achieving food and nutrition security. In the services sector, the Secretariat highlighted that strategic plans are being developed for professional, cultural, entertainment and sports, health and wellness, educational, financial, construction, tourism, and ICT services.Additionally, under CSME provisions, Caricom nationals have a right to enter a member state and be given a stay of six months. Member states have also moved towards the use of common embarkation/disembarkation forms and the introduction of Caricom/non-Caricom lines at immigration points at ports of entry. It should be noted though, that while some member states have by and large adhered to these general policies, some have had major difficulties in implementing them. For instance, from time to time, citizens have complained bitterly that they were unfairly targeted at various ports of entry.As alluded to earlier, in spite of the progress, the challenges are many and require serious commitment and political will from leaders to surmount them. Heads of Government, in July 2016, had requested a comprehensive review of the CSME. The review was done and was considered at the Inter-sessional Meeting of the Heads in Georgetown last February. At that meeting, the Heads had noted the significant programmes in various areas, but they were quick to point out the many concerns they had in relation to the non-compliance with some of their decisions.In fact, leaders had lamented the fact that some of the CARICOM organs and bodies had failed to meet to consider critical aspects of the CSME, leaving many of the issues hanging. They had said that items remain much too long on the agenda of the Councils.In spite of the criticisms from regional stakeholders, we believe that there was still a high level of optimism for the regional integration movement, and a high level of interest in the goal of a CSME. It is expected that the Heads of Government will consider again the progress and challenges of the CSME at their next Regular Meeting, which will be held from July 4 to 6, in St George’s, Grenada. Leaders must make every effort to ensure that the idea of the regional integration movement is kept alive and that it is responding appropriately and in a timely fashion to the challenges that arise from time to time.last_img read more

Water crisis at Hand-en-Veldt an unfair situation

first_imgDear Editor,We are witnessing a mere trajectory of how our beloved utility company operates. We, the residents of Hand-en-Veldt, Mahaica, have been without potable water supply for over a decade. Despite several pleas to the previous Administration (Government and Management of the GWI), nothing was ever done.With the change in Government in 2015, we thought things would have been different. Several pleas were made since 2015 to date, however, it was not until recently that we met with the divisional administration and received support from them. The division undertook the works assiduously, and completed all of the tasks relevant to have the supply done. It’s been almost 4 months now, and still we are yet to receive the service.We visited the division several times during the last week, and tried to meet with the divisional manager, only to be told that this person was not in office. We proceeded to inquire from other managers in the division, but they are “tight-lipped” about the situation and are not providing us with answers. We were advised to write to headquarters regarding the same issue.However, this is amazing. Is it really true that the central headquarters are not aware of our woes? Multiple letters were sent over the years to address this issue, until we practically became frustrated. However, what must be recognised are the politics addressed, and how the situation was treated.It is incredible that after one (1) day of heavy protesting and barricading, the residents of Mara reportedly received the service within 24 hours; and here we are pleading for over a decade and our voices are placed in the wilderness.We have several residents here, and many more who want to join in building their homes, but have not done so due to not having access to potable water. We are forced to pay $700 for 250 gallons of water to wash, cook, clean and drink. A typical household comprises 4 to 10 persons of differing ages and characteristics. Many of us are peasant farmers with little children who have to go to school, and even pensioners, and we have to be using water from the canal for personal and hygienic needs. Should this still be happening in the year 2017? I don’t think this is fair. And aren’t we Guyanese, just as the residents of Mara?In my view, I do not think President David Granger or Minister Bulkan is aware of this matter; because otherwise, I am sure, we would have already received the service. We are therefore pleading with the relevant authorities to remedy our situation.Residents of Hand-en-Veldt, Mahaicalast_img read more

Luncheon cheers up lonely wives

first_imgPALMDALE – Aimee Snell never stops missing her husband who left for Iraq just two weeks after the couple’s December wedding. Valentine’s Day was especially tough. “You just take it one day at a time,” Snell said Tuesday. “Some days are good; some days are bad. Today’s hard – it’s Valentine’s Day – just having him gone. He wasn’t home for Christmas. He missed my birthday.” The 21-year-old woman from Tehachapi was among military wives and family members treated to a Valentine’s Day luncheon in Palmdale by developer Gregg Anderson. The military wives each wore a corsage with red carnations and received gifts of two $30 international telephone calling cards. “He left right before Christmas. It would’ve been our first Christmas together. It’s been rough. But we are making it through. You just gotta live one day at a time,” said Haller, a self-employed mobile notary public. Valerie Barros, 46, of Edwards Air Force Base said her husband, Michael, left for Iraq in November. He is a military police officer. “He missed all the holidays. He’s missing our wedding anniversary in April,” Barros said. “I try to keep busy and just work and do whatever you can and hang in there. You have your moments. We get through it.” Barros was appreciative of the luncheon. “This is really nice. It’s nice to be out and be around other women instead of being in the house,” Barros said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “I really appreciate having the opportunity to meet other people. It’s nice to meet other people going through the same thing I am,” Snell said. “I really appreciate the generosity of people for recognizing what we are going through.” The event was held at the Cascades Restaurant at the Rancho Vista Golf Course, and guests included Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford and Councilman Steve Knight. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, phoned in from Washington, D.C., to thank the families. “We just thought with the separation on Valentine’s Day it might be kind of a little spark so they’d know people appreciate the sacrifice they’re making,” said Anderson, developer of the Rancho Vista community. “They won’t be with their spouse but they’ll be with them in spirit.” Snell attended the event with 20-year-old Mercedes Haller of Quartz Hill. Snell’s husband, Ronald, and Haller’s husband, Joseph, are best friends. The couples were married in December before both husbands left for Iraq to do security work. Haller said she talks with her husband at least three times a week, either on the telephone or online, where they can see each other’s images on computers. last_img read more

Man United news: Jose Mourinho wants Paul Pogba to ignore price tag to find form

first_img Paul Pogba in action against Feyenoord Jose Mourinho wants Paul Pogba to forget his world-record price tag and show Manchester United his true quality.A summer of discussion bore fruit five weeks ago when the open secret of the 23-year-old’s Old Trafford return from Juventus was made official.United paid an eye-watering £89million to bring back a player who left them four years earlier in search of first-team football, with further bonus payments due if certain targets are met.It is a remarkable, record-breaking fee that sees Pogba stand alone as the world’s most expensive player ever – a price tag that appeared to weigh heavily in United’s disappointing back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Feyenoord.Mourinho had expected the Frenchman’s tail-off after his bright start to life at United, and now wants him to block out the background noise that comes with his status.“The world record player is always a question that will be open until somebody breaks the record,” Mourinho said.“I think there are clubs that paid 20, 30, 40 (million pounds), which is a bigger deal than what Man United paid for Paul because you make a relation between what you pay and the club revenue.“You realise that other clubs paying 20, 30, 40 is a much bigger thing than what Man United did, and I just want Paul to forget that and to play his football.“Euro final, no pre-season, holidays, come back – it’s normal that in the first week he had the very good impact in the first game.“It’s normal that after the first game he has a little decrease, but I am full of trust with him because I know the player he is.“I know that he is a very good guy with a lot of ambition, so the form will come naturally and will come with the team. The team improves, Paul improves. No problem.”Pogba’s form tallies with United’s own drop-off after their winning start to life under Mourinho came to a shuddering halt.They head to Watford on Sunday looking to avoid a third straight defeat, which could see them fall behind six points behind Pep Guardiola’s City after just five matches.“You are right, it is early days,” Mourinho said. “I prefer to be four in front than four behind, that’s obvious, but as you are saying it’s very early days.”Asked, though, if Watford was the biggest match of his short reign given the events of this week, Mourinho said: “Watford? I think Man United has to show every game, every game, every competition.“The club is too big, the supporters are too passionate for the professionals not to feel that every game is a very important game, so I don’t think they should need a defeat or in this case two defeats to try to give everything they have to give.“It should belong to them and that is what I expect from them – it is that on Sunday we will try to win the match, normal.” 1last_img read more

The Weekend Starts Here PODCAST – April 1/2, 2017

first_imgKevin Hatchard and friends dissect another massive week in the world of football.Guests include Chris Iwelumo, Mark Webster and rugby expert Nick Heath – plus the regular Pub Quiz feature.last_img

‘We could have signed Perisic for £45million’ – Manchester United fans melt down

first_imgSomehow the French midfielder managed to lob Inter goalkeeper Daniele Padelli from 40 yards with an overcooked back-pass. It was not, however, enough to save Chelsea from back-to-back defeats.talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online… [View the story “‘We could have signed him for £45million’ ” on Storify] Ivan Perisic demonstrated what he can do against Premier League opposition by firing Inter Milan to a 2-1 friendly victory over Chelsea in Singapore.The Croatian winger has been linked with Manchester United this summer although Inter boss Luciano Spalletti said in the build-up to this pre-season clash he would “strongly oppose” any sale.Nerazzurri players scored all three goals at the National Stadium, with former Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic converting a penalty in first-half stoppage time to give the Italians the lead.Perisic, who notched 11 times in Serie A last season, made it 2-0 with a stunning angled drive shortly after the restart and substitute Geoffrey Kondogbia ensured the tie was memorable by providing a comical own goal. The Croatian winger is a target for Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho 1last_img read more

Zinedine Zidane wants Chelsea job and outlines demands to replace Sarri

first_img REPLY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The pressure will be further ramped up should Chelsea lose to Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round this evening, and you can listen to full commentary of the match LIVE on talkSPORT.Zidane is ready to step in should Sarri be sacked, according to The Sun, and he has made his terms clear to Chelsea. REVEALED RANKED MONEY REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS shining Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Zinedine Zidane has outlined his demands having made it clear he is ready to become Chelsea’s next manager, according to reports.Zidane, the former Real Madrid boss, wants to replace Maurizio Sarri in the Stamford Bridge dugout with the Italian under real pressure following a run of poor results. ADVICE center_img huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Zidane has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ BEST OF 1 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars The 46-year-old has three demands, including a £200million transfer budget to improve Chelsea’s squad, a new contract for Eden Hazard to keep the forward at Stamford Bridge, and to have a major say in recruitment – something Chelsea’s managers are rarely afforded.Zidane, who won three successive European Cups while in charge of Real Madrid, also wants any money made from player sales to be added to the £200million budget he’s demanding.How Chelsea could line-up if Zinedine Zidane replaces Maurizio SarriDespite making clear his wish to become Chelsea manager, Zidane is not expecting to be given the job as he respects Sarri remaining in the position.It is believed the Italian’s future at Stamford Bridge rests heavily on qualification for next season’s Champions League, with the Blues having to either finish in the Premier League’s top four or win the Europa League to book a place in Europe’s premier cup competition for 2019/20.last_img read more

Hearts coach won’t give up on chase for second ahead of Celtic trip

first_img“It’s always difficult to lose but sometimes you learn more about the team and individuals in a defeat like that.“The manner of it was poor, we lost two poor goals to start with and we couldn’t get back into the game. St Johnstone are an experienced team and they killed it but we should still have got a foothold in the game and we didn’t quite do it.”Hearts drew 0-0 on their last visit to Celtic Park before a late wonder goal from Osman Sow earned a 2-2 draw in their last meeting in December.Neilson is relishing Saturday’s game with Ronny Deila’s team involved in a tussle with Aberdeen for the league crown. Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson says his team won’t give up on the race for second spot in the Scottish Premiership as they prepare to take on league leaders Celtic.The capital club are nine points behind Aberdeen but have a game in hand on the Dons heading into Saturday’s lunchtime clash in Glasgow’s East End.Neilson’s team hold a 13-point advantage in third spot over St Johnstone and the Tynecastle coach is aiming high before the end of the campaign.He told STV: “As long as we aim for second position then I’m pretty sure that third will take care of itself. He added: “It’s a great game to be involved in as a player, coach or a fan going to the game. “Celtic v Hearts are always big games. We got a good result there last time with a draw and we could possibly have nicked it at the end. “The players are optimistic now that they have progressed enough to get three points.”After keeping four clean sheets in their last five league games, Hearts are looking to bounce back from their 3-0 defeat to St Johnstone last time out and Neilson believes there will be more shock scorelines before the end of the season.He said: “The league is very tight. “You have a slight gap between first and third and the group behind that but that group are all fighting for points and competing well. “When you play against them it can be very difficult and Celtic, Aberdeen and Hearts will all drop points before the end of the season.”last_img read more

SA goes for software freedom

first_img22 August 2005South Africa is committed to using open-source software in government departments, with officials and software specialists meeting this week to thrash out a formal plan for its adoption.Open source software (OSS) is computer code developed by a global community of volunteers and freely available for use, modification and distribution – unlike more widely known “closed source” proprietary software.The Open Source Task Force Conference, being held in Johannesburg on Monday and Tuesday, aims to develop a framework for OSS adoption. Task team conveners Go Open Source say the plans devised at the conference will be presented to President Thabo Mbeki later this year during his international advisory commission.According to Mark Shuttleworth, South African internet billionaire, afronaut and OSS champion, open source will allow South Africa to develop its own technology skills – instead of relying on expensive imports.“Companies and countries that embrace open source can improve their efficiency and competitiveness,” Shuttleworth told Business Day. “It drives skills creation, which is a fundamental challenge facing every country.”In developed countries, the private sector drives the use of OSS to replace more expensive and less flexible branded software, Shuttleworth said. But in less developed countries the government must lead by using open source to educate young people and deliver services more efficiently.Government use of OSSMany government departments already use open source to some degree for data processing and information management, according to Business Day.This includes the new anticorruption information management system for the Department of Public Services and Administration. In a rural healthcare project, clinics book appointments with specialists at regional hospitals using cellphone messaging.The South African government is the country’s biggest spender on information technology, reports Business Day. It spend millions every year on software for almost 400 000 PCs.The State Information Technology Agency’s policy is to use open source wherever it proves more cost-effective or more adaptable than proprietary packages. It introduced the policy in 2003 after receiving a R485-million bill from Microsoft for three-year licences for 100 000 operating systems, desktop suites and internet technologies.Officials attending the Go Open Source conference will be urged to draw up plans to turn talk into action.“I hope we will emerge with an action plan for each government department,” Shuttleworth told Business Day.The conference will also be attended by firms able to offer technical support. Hewlett-Packard project director for emerging markets Clive Smith says only free-to-adapt OSS will allow the creation of lower cost, local language and customised systems.Software Freedom DayMeanwhile, the worldwide Software Freedom Day is to be celebrated on 10 September 2005, with the Go Open Source campaign coordinating a number of events across South Africa.There will be “installfests”, where members of the public can bring their computers and get help installing and using Linux and open source software. Each event is to be hosted by local Linux User Groups, with Go Open Source providing additional support.“We have around 200 registered teams this year from all over the world,” says Henrik Nilsen Omma, president of the non-profit Software Freedom International, official organisers of the event.The biggest change from last year, says Omma, is the sponsorship of Canonical, who are shipping about 15 000 CDs to teams worldwide. The custom-made CD will include a Live Linux image and Windows open source software.“In 2004 the pioneering teams put in a great effort in burning all their own CDs, which was great, but this year we look forward to a more uniform and professional CD to give to the public.”“We are pleased to have a wide distribution of teams,” Omma says. “The interest from the African continent has also been impressive this year.”African countries taking part include Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe.EventsIn Johannesburg, LinuxChix Africa will celebrate Software Freedom Day at Wits University with presentations by guest speakers, an installfest and OSS handouts. There will also be quizzes and games, a poetry session, a dance performance, and even a play performed by students titled “Imagine a Future Without Linux”.In Pretoria, the Innovation Hub will offer guest speakers, an installfest and free CD handouts.In Potchefstroom, the Open Cafe will offer free internet access, Linux installs, OSS and a bring-and-braai. The cafe will also screen RevolutionOS, the award-winning documentary about the open source movement, and launch a new Creative Commons multimedia room.In Durban, Free Culture South Africa is hosting a public lecture and FOSS exhibition at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The lecture will be given by South Africa founder Craig Adams and the exhibition will include posters, flyers and software reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more