Liberia’s Self-Assessment Study Begins

first_imgThe African Peer Review (APRM) Liberia Country Program, a specialized unit within the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), and four technical research institutes have signed agreements aimed at conducting Liberia’s self-assessment study in the context of the four pillars of its framework, a press release said yesterday.The four research institutes include Center for Democratic Governance; Agency for Economic Development and Empowerment (AEDE);Liberia Media Center (LMC) and Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD).The country self-assessment study (CSA) is a key milestone under stage one of the five APRM implementation stages. It involves the internal self-assessment of governance policies, standards and practices and the preparation of a draft report and National Program of Action (NPoA) that will be validated by a panel of eminent persons from the APR Continental Secretariat in Midrand, South Africa.Under the agreement signed recently, the four Technical Research Institutes (TRI’s), all Liberian firms, will conduct the Country’s Self-Assessment Study (CSA) around APRM’s four thematic areas as follows: political and democratic governance, also known as Center for Democratic Governance; economic governance and management (Agency for Economic Development and Empowerment); corporate governance (Liberia Media Center); and socioeconomic development (Institute for Research and Democratic Development).The Country Self-Assessment (CSA) Study, which is expected to last for three months, is in furtherance of Liberia’s commitment to undertake the APRM Country Review in June 2017.The four Technical Research Institutes (TRIs) were contracted for their professionalism and technical competence following a competitive bidding process.Meanwhile, APRM Liberia Country Program has officially launched its national sensitization campaign in Monrovia with follow-up programs expected in the fifteen counties. The objective of the campaign is to increase national awareness and sensitization of the citizens on the APRM in preparation for the country’s Self-assessment process and subsequent review. A Specialised Agency of the African Union (AU), the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), was initiated in 2002 and established in 2003 by the African Union in the framework of the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Liberia acceded to the APRM framework in 2011.APRM is a tool for sharing experiences, reinforcing best practices, identifying deficiencies, and assessing capacity-building needs to foster policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration.Member countries use the APRM to self–monitor all aspects of their governance and socio-economic development. African Union (AU) stakeholders participate in the self-assessment of all branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial – as well as the private sector, civil society and the media. The APRM Review Process gives member states a space for national dialogue on governance and socio-economic indicators and an opportunity to build consensus on the way forward.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dr Hinds cannot speak on Guyana’s multi-racial society

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to Hinds sight column by Dr David Hinds titled “Many Peoples, One Nation, One Destiny: Identity, The state media and our cricket identity”. Firstly let me say that Dr David Hinds of the Working Peoples Alliance (WPA) seems not qualified to speak nor write on our Guyanese oneness in our plural society and our Guyanese identity.Dr Hinds says in his column: “The instinct of oneness has always been there, but the instinct that flows from our diversity is there also. We have not done a good job at marrying the two; in many regards, we have set the two against each other. For me, this has been one of our great independence failures”!Dr Hinds is absolutely correct because he is part of the problem and not the solution when he tried to publicly accuse James Singh (an Indo-Guyanese) of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) of being bribed as a result of his silence on BaiShanLin with the intention of the Government removing him from office.This is clearly a case of promoting ethnic division in Guyana by Dr Hinds and I do appeal to the Granger Administration to ignore such hostile publications in sections of the media and focus on the task of nation-building.Further, Dr Hinds knows nothing about Guyana’s Forestry sector and the information he gets from his fellow party members in the sector is riddled with inaccuracies and misinformation. As a so-called intellectual, it is my view therefore that Dr Hinds lacks the qualifications to promote and speak on Guyanese and identity in Guyana’s multiracial society.Yours sincerely,Peter Persaudlast_img read more

Major clean-up for Region 8

first_imgThe Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) through the Natural Resources Ministry is investing million towards major clean-up works in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).Environmental Officer, GGMC, Quincy Thom (right) presenting Regional Executive Officer, Region Eight, Gavin Gunga with garbage binsSenior Environmental Officer of the GGMC, Quincy Thom told the Department of Public Information (DPI) the works will commence in Mahdia before moving on to other communities. The Commission through the Ministry over the past few days has been working along with the region to upgrade the Mahdia dumpsite.He explained that the aim is to close the entrance of the site and remove all the garbage to the back until the new landfill is opened. “The site was temporary; it should be closed off. The region through Ministry of Communities and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has identified a site, but this site is still being used because until that process is completed, the residents need somewhere to dump their garbage,” Thom explained.The site is marked with a temporary caution tape to restrict persons from indiscriminately disposing of garbage. Efforts are in place to have someone monitor the area to ensure there is proper waste disposal. With Mahdia in line for township status, it is most likely the community will see further expansion; hence the garbage situation needs to be under control, Thom said.In addition to addressing the dumpsite situation, the GGMC has also donated 120 garbage bins with covers to further boost refuse disposal in the region. Other communities targeted in the region include Mikobi, Princeville and Campbell town.“We’re hoping to enlighten residents about the Litter Act. We want persons to know they must abide by the laws and dispose of their waste in a proper manner. This ‘Clean Up My Country’ project is ongoing by the Ministry. The first one was held in Kamarang, then we went to Baramita now to close off the year, we’re at Mahdia,” the senior environmental officer underlined.The clearing and organising of the dumpsite is being undertaken by a group of companies which collaborated to form the Potaro Contracting Services. Manager, Oswald Clarke, of Clarkes Contracting Services, highlighted that before works began, the garbage was overflowing from the site onto the road.last_img read more

Wenger buzzing after Hammers demolition job

first_imgBut the Gunners temporarily silenced their critics with an emphatic victory at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday which ended a troubling run of three games without a win and lifted them within four points of fourth placed Tottenham.“We got a good response, I watched the Chelsea game again and felt in the second half we were good and we continued that here,” Wenger said.“In the first half we controlled it but West Ham were dangerous on set pieces and we got punished. In the second we played with great pace, had tremendous movement and created a lot of chances.“I never felt the players didn’t know how important these matches were. I was just worried they were a bit inhibited in the big games.“They have fantastic mentality and ability. That is what we want to show until the end of the season.”Although Arsenal recovered from a 10-point deficit to finish in the top four last season, Wenger had conceded the team’s position was beginning to concern him.And when Jack Collison fired West Ham into a shock lead in the 18th minute, it appeared the north Londoners were set to hit a new low.But, at the moment of maximum stress, Arsenal, so often accused of lacking character, finally showed some guts to equalise four minutes later through Lukas Podolski’s fine strike.Olivier Giroud put Arsenal ahead with a close-range finish from a corner in the 47th minute and that was the first of four goals in 10 minutes as the Hammers were blown away.Santi Cazorla got the third with a sublime flick and Theo Walcott added the fourth before Giroud sealed the victory with a clinical strike, leaving Wenger to salute his players’ attitude.“At 1-0 down if you concede the second goal it can go the other way. The Premier League is like that. You are in trouble as soon as you are not at your best,” he said.“I thought it was an interesting test at that moment. It was vital to equalise before half-time.“When Lukas Podolski is in that form then he is very important. He can finish and give assists, he is a team player.”Wenger also revealed Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen is likely to miss Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Brighton with an ankle injury, but he doesn’t expect the Arsenal captain to be sidelined for long.“Vermaelen was kicked and he twisted his ankle. He is a doubt for Saturday, but it is nothing major,” Wenger added.For West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, the defeat became secondary to his concern over the health of young defender Daniel Potts, who was taken to hospital after being knocked unconscious following a clash of heads with Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna in the second half.“Danny has gone straight to hospital with a concussion. He couldn’t give the correct answers to the questions the doctor asked.“It was a clash of heads. I think that knocked him unconscious and then he hit the floor a a dead weight so it was a double blow.“You are concerned about the time it took to get him treated, but they have to make sure they get him on the stretcher the right way to protect the spine.“We think he will be ok. Hopefully there is no more damage to the neck or the spine.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, January 24 – Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal’s 5-1 demolition of West Ham proves they are mentally strong enough to cope with the pressure of battling to finish in the Premier League’s top four.After error-strewn performances in successive defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal’s season appeared to be in danger of imploding and Wenger reportedly held crisis talks with his players earlier this week.last_img read more

Inter trash Sagna rumours

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, March 25- Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio has rubbished rumours that the club are closing in on a deal for Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna.Rumours have been rife that the Italian giants are poised to make a move for Sagna, whose contract with the Gunners expires at the end of the season. Ausilio has dismissed the rumours, asserting that any travelling he has done recently has had nothing to do with Sagna nor Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.“There’s no connection with my trips and the same is for Dzeko,” said Ausilio.“There is the opportunity to travel when we don’t have matches during the week. It’s an opportunity to develop contacts by being around other people in the industry,” he added.Inter have already secured the signature of Manchester United centre-back Nemanja Vidic, who has agreed to join the Italian outfit when his current contract expires at the end of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Catholic bishops conference weighs downsizing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ WASHINGTON – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has proposed reducing its budget and cutting jobs, while merging several committees to streamline its work. The bishops are considering eliminating 28 jobs and leaving unfilled 35 already vacant positions from the conference’s 225-member staff. Employees who remain would contribute more toward their health insurance. The restructuring would also reduce by half the 68 committees, subcommittees and task forces that carry out the conference’s work. The changes would reduce the conference’s financial dependency on the nation’s dioceses, which provide about 10 percent of the conference’s budget. The nation’s bishops are scheduled to vote on the proposal at their assembly in November in Baltimore. At previous national meetings, several bishops had asked for relief from annual conference payments for their financially struggling dioceses. Some bishops also demanded greater efficiency in conference projects. The proposed priorities for the conference include an initiative supporting marriage, attracting candidates to the priesthood and religious life, faith and sacraments, and human life and dignity. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

How Tottenham could have been European champions with help of VAR

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REPLY Then in injury time City thought they scored the goal they needed to progress to the last four when Raheem Sterling struck from close range.However, replays showed Sergio Aguero was marginally offside and the goal was chalked off. meaning Tottenham were through to their first European Cup semi-final in 57 years.But had video assistant referees existed in 1962 Spurs might have been the first English side to win the prestigious competition.Legendary Tottenham manager Bill Nicholson was convinced officials got it wrong in their semi-final first leg at Benfica where the prolific Eusebio was the star. City thought they’d won but VAR intervened Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ shining BEST OF Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “The ref seemed willing to accept that Greaves had scored a good goal, but the linesman raised his flag,” Nicholson wrote.Greaves thought as much, too. “I thought it was a good one. I ran between two Benfica players before shooting.“This is twice I have been ‘done’ in the European Cup.”Tottenham eventually won 2-1 in the second leg, falling just short of reaching the final. Benfica, who had beaten Barcelona in the 1961 final, retained the trophy by beating Real Madrid 5-3.Nicholson added: “I believe that, but for some marginal refereeing decisions that went against us, we would have qualified to play Real in the final — and would have gone on to win.” tense LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS gameday cracker REVEALED REVEALED huge blow no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions In their thrilling Champions League quarter-final win against Manchester City, Tottenham were hugely thankful for VAR.First Fernando Llorente’s crucial third goal, which turned out to be the one to send Spurs through, was allowed to stand after referee Cuneyt Cakir checked footage and ruled the striker had not handled the ball prior to it going in. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE Spurs fell behind on the night after only five minutes through teenage winger Antonio Simoes.A moment later, the 500 travelling Spurs fans thought Greaves had equalised.Jose Augusto fired Benfica 2-0 up on 19 minutes. 4 “We had two ‘goals’ disallowed,” he wrote in his autobiography. “The first when Jimmy Greaves beat a full-back and put the ball into the net only to be given offside and the second when Greaves pulled the ball back for Bobby Smith to ‘score’.“Greaves was certain that he was ahead of Smith when he passed, which meant that it was impossible for him to be offside.” 4 Spurs captain Danny Blanchflower shaking hands with Benfica captain Jose Aguas before the second leg of the European Cup semi final at White Hart 4 4 Nicholson won the League and FA Cup in 1962 and, despite missing out on the European Cup, still saw Spurs become the first British side to win a European trophy when they won the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963 Danny Blanchflower helped reduce the deficit when Smith thumped in his cross in the second half, but Augusto’s 64th-minute header gave Benfica a 3-1 lead.Spurs thought they had reduced the arrears in the dying moments but, despite two Benfica defenders on the GOAL LINE, Smith was ruled offside.To make matters worse, Greaves had another goal disallowed for offside in the second leg in front of 60,000 fans at White Hart Lane.The linesman struggled to keep up with the speed of the striker and was well behind the play with his flag raised.VAR, though, would have shown Greaves was well onside. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Tottenham’s current side face Ajax over two legs for a place in the Champions League final Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won last_img read more

Manchester United FIFA 20 ratings predicted

first_img Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship statement Ashley Young in action for Manchester United rookie error Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 9 Getty Images Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 9 Daniel James celebrates his goal against Cardiff Getty Images – Getty 10. Marcus RashfordFIFA 19 rating – 82Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 8312. Chris Smalling (on loan at Roma)FIFA 19 rating – 81Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 8013. Lee GrantFIFA 19 rating – 74Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 7314. Jesse LingardFIFA 19 rating – 82Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 82 Scott McTominay has looked good for Manchester United this season stalemate AFP or licensors Getty Images 9 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff update Anthony Martial celebrates opening the scoring for Manchester United against Wolves latest BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 28. Angel GomesFIFA 19 rating – 66Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 6829. Aaron Wan-BissakaFIFA 19 rating – 76Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80 9 3. Eric BaillyFIFA 19 rating – 82Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 804. Phil JonesFIFA 19 rating – 80Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 785. Harry MaguireFIFA 19 rating – 82Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 84 15. Andreas PereiraFIFA 19 rating – 78Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 8016. Marcos RojoFIFA 19 rating – 80Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 7917. FredFIFA 19 rating – 82Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 8118. Ashley YoungFIFA 19 rating – 80Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 80 Lindelof will be key for the Red Devils this season 17 global playgrounds and countless ways to express your style. This is #VOLTA FOOTBALL https://t.co/VmboOJAic0 #FIFA20 🔥 pic.twitter.com/V8ssMy4lgz— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) August 8, 2019Ahead of the launch, as is customary, many people are desperate to know just what the new ratings will be this season.A countdown is soon to tell us the Top 100 stars on FIFA 20 but how will Manchester United player fare after a tumultuous 2018/19 season at Old Trafford.Here at talkSPORT.com we took a look at FIFA 19 and have decided on our predicted ratings for this season’s game and you can see them below.center_img 6. Paul PogbaFIFA 19 rating – 88Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 887. Alexis Sánchez (on loan at Inter Milan)FIFA 19 rating – 87Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 848. Juan MataFIFA 19 rating – 83Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 819. Anthony MartialFIFA 19 rating – 84Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 85 targets 9 Teenage sensation Mason Greenwood could be called upon by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Getty Images – Getty deals What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Getty Images – Getty 9 Jesse Lingard has come under fire for his form Maguire has had a decent start to his United career 20. Diogo DalotFIFA 19 rating – 72Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 7621. Daniel JamesFIFA 19 rating – 59Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 72 appointed 1. David de GeaFIFA 19 rating – 91Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 892. Victor LindelöfFIFA 19 rating – 79Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 82 on target 22. Sergio RomeroFIFA 19 rating – 80Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 7923. Luke ShawFIFA 19 rating – 78Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 8124. Timothy Fosu-MensahFIFA 19 rating – 74Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 7426. Mason GreenwoodFIFA 19 rating – 66Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 70 Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty 9 FIFA 20 is almost upon upon us and gamers across the globe are itching to get their hands on a copy.With a release date of September 27, 2019, you can be sure it won’t be long before we’re kissing goodbye to our families and friends for a few months. 9 9 Getty Images – Getty 31. Nemanja MatićFIFA 19 rating – 86Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 8437. James GarnerFIFA 19 rating – 63Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 6838. Axel TuanzebeFIFA 19 rating – 73Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 7639. Scott McTominayFIFA 19 rating – 71Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 78 Wan-Bissaka is likely to be an England international very soon Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son 40. Joel Castro Pereira (on loan at Hearts)FIFA 19 rating – 71Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 7444. Tahith ChongFIFA 19 rating – 65Predicted FIFA 20 rating – 70Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action.We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.last_img read more

Hibs’ Scottish Cup hero aims to make mark in league

first_img“This will be the first time that I have played in the top league so coming back up to Hibs in the Championship, I knew they were a massive club and it was the right move for me a the time.”Gray added: “It was a case of getting up as quickly as possible.“A feel-good factor has been developing over a couple of years and winning the promotion has been a good thing, the season tickets are at a record high and I think we are just waiting for the season to start.“We know it is a step-up in leagues but we know we have a squad more than capable of challenging at the top end of the table rather than at the bottom, that’s for sure.” “It kick-started my career again and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to come back up and obviously it is fairy tale stuff with what happened in the cup final.“I think I speak on behalf of everyone at the club when I say that it was a special day that we will never forget.”He continued: “But it is back to the matter in hand, we had to make sure we got back into the top league and we managed to do that.“Now we are in this position we want to make the most of it. It has been a long hard three seasons in the Championship. Hibs’ Scottish Cup hero David Gray is looking to make his mark in the Premiership with the Easter Road club.The captain headed an injury time winner in the 2016 final against Rangers as Hibs claimed their first Scottish Cup since 1902.Now, the 29-year-old full back, set for his first season of top-flight football since joining from Burton Albion in 2014, has turned his focus to ensuring Neil Lennon’s side do more than just survive this season.The Edinburgh-born defender said: “The three seasons I have been back in Scotland playing for Hibs has been the best decision of my career, definitely.last_img read more

In full: Craig Levein rails against SPFL and Neil Doncaster

first_imgCraig Levein has branded the SPFL’s decision to play the League Cup semi-finals on the same day at Hampden as “crazy” and says the organisers haven’t done their job properly.The Hearts boss believes the SPFL could have reached the worst decision they could have come to and are disregarding the best interests of supporters.In a lengthy media conference before the match at St Johnstone , he gave his thoughts on the decision and made his feeling clearly known. Here’s what Levein had to say about the plan that sees his side play Celtic at Hampden on October 28 at 7.45pm, hours after Aberdeen and Rangers have met on the same pitch: “It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever experienced in football. “How you can come to this decision based around what should be one of the… there are four semi-finals in the season in the two big cup competitions so it’s a huge thing for Scottish football. So how they’ve come to this decision is beyond belief.“It’s just madness, honestly. There’s so many things that could go wrong.“The first thing is that we’ve not been to a semi-final for five years. We want to go and play at Hampden and we want our supporters to be there in numbers. That is my priority. “I want 50% of the tickets. I want to go to Hampden and feel like we’ve got a huge Hearts presence there. There’s one thing for certain: we’re not getting that on a Sunday night at 7.45pm. We’re not getting that.“I’ve got players talking to me about how disappointed their families are that they can’t come and watch their dad playing in a semi-final. That’ll go for our supporters and for Aberdeen’s because of the travel arrangements that affect us most with the very nature of when the game is.“I just don’t understand how they can come to that decision and think it’s all right. That’s the thing with me, it just doesn’t compute.“You need supporters to come to the game to make it what it is. And we’re actually discouraging them from coming to the game. It’s absolute madness.“See if it goes ahead at 7.45pm on a Sunday night, I want us to get 50% of the tickets. If we get 25,000 tickets and we only sell 15,000 this club will take no responsibility for that. That will fall fair and square back at the feet of Neil Doncaster and the SPFL because they made the decision to put a game on that does not suit supporters.“That’s not true. We’ve told them it doesn’t suit us and Aberdeen have told them it doesn’t suit them. How does that suit Aberdeen? And I know that the Old Firm have support from all over the country and I know it won’t suit some of their supporters either. The vast majority will come from the Glasgow area so it’s easier for them.“I believe that there isn’t a train from Aberdeen that gets in before 15 minutes after kick-off. How is that the best option to suit the four teams?“Here’s an option for you: Our biggest advantage against Celtic in this semi-final is Celtic playing on the Thursday evening in Europe. In my opinion I would give that up to have 25,000 Hearts supporters at Hampden to help us.“We play Celtic the following week [in the league] so why don’t we just cancel that game, reschedule it further down the line and play that day.“What’s wrong with that? Is that not a better solution?“See when somebody says that the best option is X then I assume that they’ve looked at other options. If you’re saying that’s the best option then you must have looked at the rest.“For me, why don’t you just change the game against Celtic to be the cup tie. Is that not a better option?[The SPFL say there is a contractual obligation]“Only if the Old Firm are involved, eh?“And who wrote that? Who signed that contract?“See if you looked ahead and you envisaged that Celtic might not be in the Champions League and there’s a chance they might be in the Europa League that would be a huge red flag immediately.“So why would you sign a contract that said that? It just doesn’t make sense.“I’m getting annoyed. I just don’t understand how this is the best option, and we’ve not really talked about some of the other things that could go wrong, like 100,000 supporters of four different clubs in Glasgow and it could be at the same time.“And if something goes wrong, why would you tempt fate with so many things that could happen that would tarnish the name of Scottish football. This just defies any sort of logic.“If it pours with rain then we have a situation that there’s no way they could fix the pitch. There’s no way, it just won’t happen.“Of course it’s not. I really don’t understand what the logic is behind this decision.“I’m annoyed for the supporters and I’m annoyed for my players. I want half the stadium full of Hearts supporters when we play Celtic. I want the best chance of that happening.“I’ve already said I’m happy to give up a competitive advantage of Celtic having played on the Thursday and us having no midweek match, to move to the following week when we would have both played midweek and we both play at the weekend. So that we have our supporters there in numbers.[Would you give up part of the midwinter break to play that league game?]“The scheduling of this game, surely we could find one date between now and April? That’s all it needs to be.[Could you see Hearts fans making a point of principle and not buying tickets?]“I don’t want that to happen either. It’s turned what should be a magnificent experience for everybody into a situation where people don’t want to go. It’s farcical.“Let me go back to this: If they are saying this is the best solution then they’ve not done their jobs properly.“In fact, it could possibly be the worst decision.”last_img read more