Scotland to continue playing at Hampden Park beyond 2020

first_imgScotland rejected a potential move to Murrayfield Stadium and will continue playing their fixtures at Hampden Park after 2020 following an agreement to buy the stadium, the country’s Football Association announced on Tuesday.The Scottish FA, whose existing contract was due to run out in 2020, had the option of remaining at their spiritual home in Glasgow or lease the Murrayfield facility from Scottish Rugby.The association said they will purchase the 52,000-capacity stadium from League Two side Queen’s Park FC for five million pounds, with Scottish businessman Willie Haughey pledging to pay half the amount.“Today’s announcement has been the conclusion of a four-year process to review our national stadium beyond 2020,” Scottish FA President Alan McRae said.“It was a hugely difficult decision and I would like to place on record our thanks to Scottish Rugby for their professionalism throughout the process.“This decision is about what was best for Scottish football and our members. It’s about the future of football in Scotland.”The seven-member Scottish FA board, which delayed a decision on the venue late in August, eventually chose Hampden which has hosted the national team’s matches since 1906 as well as major cup finals involving Scottish clubs.last_img read more

WPA joining PNC is not racial unity

first_imgDear Editor,Reference is made to Tacuma Ogunseye’s retort (Guyana Times, January 17) titled “everything boils down to racism”. I am glad to read that Ogunseye says he “did not crawl back to the PNC”. He is right as many feel it is more like “he ran back to be with the party of his kith and kin”.It was Ogunseye and David Hinds who penned that they were not pleased with the direction of the PNC-led Government, but that they will not be critical of it. In fact, Hinds penned that it was out of concern that such critiques could provide an opening for the return of Indian PPP that he refused to blast the Coalition. And Ogunseye and Hinds said “The country not going back PPP” (meaning Indians).The record would show that the PNC-led Coalition violated countless laws and fired Indians, as well as Amerindians at will and neither Hinds nor Ogunseye was critical of the President or the PNC for transgressions against Indians and others. In fact, Hinds supported and praised President Granger for terminating the Jagan Centre lease and sending thugs to break-up the Jagan sign and putting a lock on the gate, even while the Centre’s staff were inside the building. Hinds was unconcerned about due process and the fact that the Chief Justice had issued a stay order against the revocation of the lease, long before the thugs descended on the building.Ogunseye’s silence on the Jagan Centre matter has been deafening. This is not surprising as he has always been anti-Jagan. He opposed Jagan as the Presidential consensus candidate in 1992. The record would show that Ogunseye has not been critical of the PNC for closing down sugar estates and for breaking promises (during the election campaign) not to close any sugar estate and to guarantee the rice farmers a market for their rice at $9000 a bag. Today, most farmers are bankrupt as they barely get one tenth of the price promised to them.Ogunseye writes that his and David Hinds’ return to the PNC was an informed decision made by the WPA. It is their democratic right to be PNCites, as it is my right not to be a PPP-ite or a PNC-ite.Ogunseye also argues that Walter Rodney too would have joined the PNC against the PPP if he were alive. I think not. Rodney was a principled non-racial political figure who would not have teamed up with a racist party unless he was in the driver seat to reform the party. And he would have made sure there was no racial victimisation of Indians and other ethnic groups.Ogunseye queries why I have not reprimanded Africans who join the PPP. They did not join the PPP to practice racism; and in the PPP, they advocated for their people interests, unlike Indians who refused to articulate Indian interests. Ogunseye and Hinds have not advocated for good governance or spoke out against endemic corruption over the last 18 months. Ogunseye and Hinds had a reputation among people as “non-racial”, but they have shown a different cut since they joined the PNC – silent against acts of racism.Ogunseye pens that Rodney was for “a united working class/working people”. So the WPA joining the PNC brings about unity! Since when can there be unity with the exclusion of over 50 per cent of the population and most ethnic groups? Since when excluding sugar workers and farmers from the working people brings about a united working class? What kind of logic or conclusion is that?Ogunseye also writes that Rodney “was opposed to ethnic domination”. But that is what we have been experiencing since May 2015. Isn’t the governance of the PNC-led Coalition ethnic domination of one group over the other five groups?Ogunseye says that those advocating Rodneyism and critical of him and Hinds are opportunists. No, he has it wrong. Those who betrayed Rodney like Hinds and Ogunseye are the opportunists.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Woman charged for defrauding city bank

first_img… added another “zero” to cheque in battle for child support before courtsA mother of one is accused of forging a cheque for child support under the pretense that it was issued by the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts late last year. She presented same to Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited, and received a quantity of cash in return. Arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Faith McGusty on Thursday morning, Joanna Beckles pleaded not guilty to three counts of forgery, the first of which detailed that on December 21, 2017, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, she uttered to city bank teller Shenika Smith a cheque dated December 19, 2017 and valued at $60,000, knowing same to be false.In addition, on the day in question, she obtained a sum of $60,000 cash from the teller on or upon a forged instrument purporting to show that same was issued by the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Moreover, the accused, between December 19 and December 21, 2017, with intent to defraud, forged one cheque in favour of herself, purporting to show that the said cheque was written for $60,000 instead of $6,000.The mother of one was granted $50,000 bail and instructed to return to court on August 7.last_img read more

Hamilton wins at home, Rosberg quits

first_img0Shares0000SILVERSTONE, July 6- Lewis Hamilton delighted a 120,000 crowd of enthusiastic home fans when he revived his world championship bid on Sunday with an emphatic victory in a dramatic incident-filled British Grand Prix.The 29-year-old Briton took full advantage of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg’s first non-finish of the season, due to gearbox problems, to reduce the German’s lead in the title race to just four points. Driving with great elan and speed, the 2008 champion Hamilton came home 30 seconds clear of second-placed Finn Valtteri Bottas of Williams, who started from 14th on the grid.It was Hamilton’s second home win at the British Grand Prix, his fifth of the season and the 27th of his career drawing him level with fellow-Briton three-time champion Jackie Stewart in the record books.“You can’t touch this Lewis — home Grand Prix,” said Hamilton’s race engineer on the team radio. “England! What a great feeling guys I couldn’t be happier, I’m sorry about yesterday, but a fantastic job today, as ever!” responded Hamilton.Later, from the podium, he added: “This just proves you should never give up! I have got so many mixed feelings and you never want to see a team-mate go out.”Australian Daniel Ricciardo, of Red Bull, finished third ahead of 2009 champion Briton Jenson Button, of McLaren, defending four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel in the second Red Bull and two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.Alonso’s team-mate Finn Kimi Raikkonen was involved in a spectacular high-speed opening lap accident that halted the race for an hour, for repairs to the barriers. He lost control, spun, hit the barriers and collided with Brazilian Felipe Massa’s Williams.Both escaped serious injury, but Raikkonen, whose car was massively damaged, limped away and required later x-rays on his right ankle. Massa was forced out with a damaged car.Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen finished seventh for McLaren ahead of German Nico Hulkenberg of Force India, Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso and 10th-placed Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne in the second Toro Rosso.The race began in mild and breezy English summer conditions with an air track temperature of 17 degrees and track temperature of 34, almost perfect for the contest which exploded into dramatic life on the opening lap.Rosberg had made a near-perfect getaway from his fourth pole of the season while Hamilton, from sixth, swifly rose to fourth before the race was red-flagged to a halt when Raikkonen lost control of his Ferrari, spun across the track and crashed heavily into the barriers on the Wellington Straight.Massa took rapid action but could not avoid a collision that tore off the rear left wheel of his Williams car while Raikkonen’s Ferrari was almost destroyed. The Finn, however, managed to climb out of the cockpit and limp away.When the race re-started, Rosberg streaked. Hamilton, from fourth, charged after him, passing the McLarens of Magnussen and Button on successive laps to take second.By lap 10, the field was settling down, but with the spectacle of Bottas rising to sixth from 14th and Alonso to seventh from 16th before the Spaniard was handed a five-second penalty for re-starting the race from the wrong position behind the Safety Car.Rosberg pitted from the lead after 18 laps, for a stop of 2.7 seconds, and Hamilton took over the lead, extending it to more than 15 seconds within three laps as he stayed out on his original tyres.Rosberg reported a gearbox problem following his stop, but it did not affect his speed as he rejoined second and chased after Hamilton, who finally pitted after 24 laps, a slow one in 4.1 seconds. He rejoined second behind Rosberg, but ahead of Bottas and Button.Rosberg’s problems worsened and by lap 29 he was struggling to survive as his gearbox began seizing up, Hamilton grabbing his chance to sweep into the lead. “There’s a problem with the upshift,” said the German. “Consider slowing me down just to get me to the finish line.”Within seconds, it was all over. Rosberg coasted to a halt at Becketts and switched off, leaving Hamilton with the prospect of a clear run to the flag and a chance to cut a lump out of his team-mate’s 29-point pre-race advantage in the title race.“Just look after the car as best as you can,” Hamilton’s race engineer told him, as he enjoyed a 24-second advantage over Bottas, who dropped to third behind Vettel when he pitted on lap 32.A Vettel stop then gave Bottas second again and, in turn, gave Hamilton a lead of more than 40 seconds on the Finn. Having rejoined, Vettel found himself in a furious scrap with Alonso, who defended fifth place with vigour. “I could have crashed into him,” complained Vettel after one rebuffed attack.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronaldo a doubt for Bilbao match

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, October 4-Cristiano Ronaldo remains a doubt for Real Madrid’s La Liga game against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday evening at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.Ronaldo, 29, suffered some tough treatment from his markers during Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League win at Ludogorets, receiving medical attention late in the game after being kicked in the back of his lower right leg by the Bulgarian side’s Madagascar international Anicet Abel. Blancos coach Carlo Ancelotti played down the incident after the game, telling his postmatch news conference that “it was a painful knock, but nothing serious.”Ronaldo scored against Ludogorets to take his Champions League tally to 69 goals, two behind Raul’s record.However, Ronaldo himself told reporters in the stadium’s mixed zone that he did not appreciate being kicked from behind in such a painful area.This immediately led to fears that Madrid could be without their top scorer — who has 10 goals in his first five La Liga appearances of the season — for Sunday’s game against Athletic.However, fears were eased when the Portugal captain was named in his country’s squad for their upcoming friendly against France and Euro 2016 qualifier against Denmark.A Madrid club statement released on Friday revealed that Ronaldo had yet to return to full training with his teammates, while also saying that Gareth Bale and Fabio Coentrao had not taken part in Friday’s morning session.Bale could also miss the weekend clash with Athletic Bilbao.“Real Madrid continued their preparations for the match against Athletic, which they play this Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu,” the statement said.“Ancelotti placed an emphasis on working with the ball in a training session that saw Cristiano Ronaldo do running alone on the pitch at Ciudad Real Madrid. Bale and Coentrao did work indoors at Madrid’s training facilities, while Jese and [Sami] Khedira continue with their recovery processes.”Ronaldo’s last appearance against Los Leones saw him red-carded for raising a hand during a confrontation with Athletic’s Carlos Gurpegi and Ander Iturraspe, and being given a three-match ban in total after making a gesture to the officials as he left the field.-ESPN FC0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – All the home nations to reach Euro 2016?

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says Scotland look a good bet to qualify for the 2016 European Championship after they continued their good form with a 2-2 draw in Poland.And Clare claims there is a realistic prospect of ALL the home nations reaching next summer’s finals, with Wales, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and England, as well as Scotland, enjoying solid starts to their qualifying campaigns.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

11 of the best current players to NEVER win the Champions League

first_img 11 11 8. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – Timing is an art the Polish striker has perfected over his career but unfortunately it was all out when he swapped Borussia Dortmund for Bavaria. He was a runner-up in the competition back in 2013 when Bayern lifted the trophy under Jupp Heynckes. 11 10. David Silva (Manchester City) – Consistently one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League, the Spaniard glides around English pitches feeding team-mate Sergio Aguero with ammunition for goals. He’s a two-time European champion with his national team and a World champion too. He’s missed out on Ol’ Big Ears though. 5. Daniele De Rossi (Roma) – It might be hard to believe but not only has the warrior-like midfielder not won the Champions League with his club, he’s not even won Serie A! If he feels bad about things he can always get his World Cup winners medal out, mind you… 11 11 Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a glittering career in European football but there is something that continues to elude him: Champions League glory.The striker has won 12 league titles during his career (or 10 if you don’t count Juventus’ ‘revoked’ wins), but has yet to lift the famous European Cup, so far.He is running out of time at the age of 34, but PSG have a great chance this year and are favourites to reach the quarter-finals after a 2-1 first leg victory over Chelsea.Ibrahimovic is in good company though with several top stars still yet to lift Ol’ Big Ears, despite brushes with glory across the years.Click the right arrow above to see which top stars are yet to have won the Champions League… 4. Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) – At the heart of the Juventus defence for a decade, the bruising Italian defender missed last year’s final due to injury and subsequently only earned a runner-up medal. He’s got another crack at the whip this year but Juve must defeat Bayern Munich just to reach the quarter-finals. 11 11. Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund) – The German centre back is a World Cup winner but has yet to lift the Champions League trophy as Dortmund lost out to Bayern Munich at Wembley back in 2013. After a dismal season last year he’s not got the chance to win it this year but should be back, one way or another, next time. 11 7. Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain) – The Brazil centre back is an excellent leader and a fine defender. Strikers may not escape his grasp but Champions League glory has dodged him so far during his career. 11 9. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – The German assist king left Real Madrid the summer before their famous ‘Decima’ win back in 2014 and now sees his Arsenal side facing Barcelona in the last-16 this time out. It’s unlikely they will be progressing this time but stranger things have happened. 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – The Swedish superstar has won 12 league titles in four different countries across Europe but the one prize that still eludes him is a Champions League winners medal. Is this the year? 11 2. Francesco Totti (Roma) – One of the greatest Italians of all-time, Totti is a World Cup winner and a European Championship winner. He’s also got a Serie A title under his belt, although just the one, and plenty of individual medals too. Unfortunately he’s never even made it to a Champions League final. 6. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – One of the finest finishers in world football, the Argentine hasn’t even come close to winning the Champions League. They’re still in this year’s competition though and face Dynamo Kiev in the last-16. Could they win it before Pep Guardiola arrives next year? 11 11 1. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) – Legendary Italy goalkeeper Buffon has plenty of other winners medals in his cabinet including the World Cup, but the one piece of silverware he has not won is ‘Ol’ Big Ears’. Is there still time for the 38-year-old?last_img read more

Powerful quake hits Caribbean

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck at 2 p.m. EST and was centered 26 miles southeast of Roseau, capital of Dominica, where the shaking lasted for about 20 seconds. The temblor was felt hundreds of miles away in Puerto Rico to the west, and Venezuela and Suriname to the south. In the neighboring island of Martinique, a government official said police and firefighters were responding to hundreds of calls for help. He said some people sustained minor injuries, but no major casualties have been reported. The official declined to give his name in accordance with government policy. The earthquake collapsed the roofs of a bank and a store in the capital of Martinique, Fort-de-France. Ambulances were called in. “My house shook so hard, I thought it was going to fall,” said a caller to Radio Martinique who identified herself only as Fannie. “The door, the windows, everything shook.” The quake struck at a depth of 90 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site. “I wouldn’t expect major damage because the quake has some depth,” said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said the quake was too deep to generate a destructive tsunami. In Trinidad, the shaking sent workers streaming out of office towers into the streets of the capital, Port-of-Spain. Thousands more ran outside in St. Maarten. Flights at Princess Juliana International Airport were briefly suspended. In Guyana, lawmakers evacuated the South American country’s parliament building. The earthquake did not disrupt production at Trinidad’s state-owned oil refinery, Petrotrin, which produces 160,000 barrels of refined gasoline, diesel and oil daily for domestic use and export to countries, including the United States. “We have not had any reports about breakdowns from our exploration and production fields,” spokesman Arnold Corneal said. “We are still doing checks.” In St. Lucia, Julian Dubois, deputy director of the national emergency management organization, said the quake caused some panic and broke water lines but did not appear to cause severe damage. In the capital, Castries, people spoke of buildings swaying but not toppling. A glass door of one company was shattered. St. Lucia resident Annie Ellis said the quake was the strongest she has experienced. “In all my years, I have never felt any earthquake so powerful,” said the 100-year-old Ellis. “And it lasted such a long time.” In Antigua, islanders said the shaking lasted about 30 seconds. “I haven’t felt one like that in a while,” said Jessie Kentish, a resident of the capital, St. John’s. “It was a long time.” The temblor triggered a series of false quake alarms in California.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASUALTIES: Minor injuries, no tsunami, caused by 7.4 temblor. By Ellsworth Carter The Associated Press ROSEAU, Dominica – A powerful earthquake rocked the eastern Caribbean on Thursday, sending office workers and shoppers on several islands fleeing into the streets. Minor injuries were reported on the island of Martinique. last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Barkley stars in Everton win, Palace seal comeback draw

first_img Ross Barkley celebrates against Burnley 1 talkSPORT bring you all the results from an action-packed afternoon of Premier League football…Everton 3-1 BurnleyRoss Barkley sent a big message to his critics with a goal and a man-of-the-match display as Everton beat Burnley 3-1 to boost their European football hopes.The hosts were the dominant side throughout but had to wait until the 49th minute to open the scoring, as unlikely goal machine Phil Jagielka broke the deadlock with his third goal in as many games.Sam Vokes then pulled Burnley level from the penalty spot just four minutes later after a reckless challenge from goalkeeper Joel Robles, but Barkley – who was Everton’s best player by far – found the net on 71 minutes to put the Toffees back in front. Well, he claimed the goal anyway, as it was officially recorded as a Ben Mee OG after an unfortunate ricochet.Everton needed another to make the three points certain, and it came from a familiar source as Romelu Lukaku scored from close-range for the ninth successive home game, and his 25th goal of the season.The win sees Everton climb to fifth place, level on points with Manchester United.Crystal Palace 2-2 LeicesterCrystal Palace continued their run of results and further distanced themselves from the bottom-three after coming from behind to draw 2-2 with Leicester City.The Foxes looked set for three points when Robert Huth put them in front after just six minutes, with Jamie Vardy making it 2-0 with a superb goal after the break, curling the ball into the top corner after being set free by a lofted Riyad Mahrez pass.But Sam Allardyce’s men rallied and pulled one back just two minutes later, Yohan Cabaye sparking the comeback with a neat finish before Christian Benteke completed it with a towering header with 20 minutes remaining.It was a crucial result for the Eagles, as they were one of only two teams in the bottom seven to earn any points. They now sit seven points above the relegation zone.Sunderland 2-2 West HamSunderland ended a run of seven games without scoring to earn a late point against West Ham, who ended a injury-delayed game with ten men.A tight and frantic game saw Andre Ayew score the opener from West Ham with just five minutes on the clock, but the lead didn’t last for long as Tunisian forward Wahbi Khazri pulled the Black Cats level with a wonderful curling finish on 26 minutes.James Collins then put West Ham back in front early in the second-half, heading in from Robert Snodgrass’ corner, and Sunderland were dealt a further blow when defender Billy Jones was forced off after taking a heavy bump to the head.The injury led to a ten minute delay, and the introduction of Fabio Borini, and the Italian made almost an instant impact with the equaliser – firing the ball past Darren Randolph from the edge of the box to seal a late point.There was more late drama as West Ham defender Sam Byram was sent off for a second bookable offence, but there was little time left for Sunderland to take advantage of the extra man.Stoke City 3-1 Hull CityXherdan Shaqiri scored a wonderful long-range goal as Stoke City breezed past Hull at the bet365 Stadium.Stoke took the lead with another early strike as Marko Arnautovic found the net within six minutes.Saido Berahino then had what would have been his first Stoke goal chalked off for offside, and it seemed Hull had found a way back into the game against the run of play when Harry Maguire pulled them level shortly after the break.But Stoke made their superiority count, with Peter Crouch restoring the Potters’ lead with a trademark headed goal and Shaqiri sealing all three points with a stunning 30-yard drive late on.Watford 1-0 SwanseaWatford ensured their safety from Premier League relegation with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Swansea, who continued their torrid winless run.Etienne Capoue scored the crucial goal, the former Tottenham man finding the net at the second attempt after his initial shot was saved.Swansea are now without a win in six league games, and sit two points from safety in 18th place. The Hornets move up to tenth.last_img read more

Chinese businessman Jisheng Gao buys controlling stake in Southampton

first_img Southampton have a new joint-owner 1 Southampton have announced a partnership with Jisheng Gao and his family.The Chinese businessman has been in negotiations with the south-coast club for some time and will now be part of the set-up at the Premier League outfit moving forward.Saints owner Katharina Liebherr confirmed the deal had been completed in a statement released to Southampton supporters on Monday afternoon.It is understood that Gao has purchased an 80 per cent stake in the club but chairman Ralph Krueger, and other members of staff in place at St Mary’s, will continue to operate in their current capacity.“I am pleased to confirm that talks to bring in a new partner to our club have been concluded,” said Liebherr.“Following extensive and fruitful work, we are entering into a partnership with the Gao family and I am excited about what we will achieve together.“Today is the start of a new and exciting chapter for our club. Mr Jisheng Gao and his daughter, Mrs Nelly Gao, with whom I have built a close relationship, share our values and ambitions.“As a team, we will strive to build upon the strong foundation that is in place towards sustainable long-term success“Mr Gao, Nelly and I have full trust in Ralph Krueger and his management team. We wholeheartedly support their plans to follow the Southampton Way in the years ahead,” she added.“But for now it is business as usual at Southampton Football Club and we must allow everyone at the club to focus on the first few weeks of the new season.“I would like to thank the passionate supporters of the club for their ongoing loyalty and faith, and I look forward to seeing you soon at St Mary’s. We March On.”Gao, whose company Lander Sports Development had been in talks with Liebherr during last season, now wants to move the club further forward.“I am honoured and humbled to become a partner of Southampton Football Club alongside Katharina Liebherr, who, together with her father, has been such a great steward of the club, its growth and success,” he said.“Together, we have the passion and motivation to build on Southampton’s excellent progress in recent years as we look forward to an exciting next chapter for the club.”Southampton, with new manager Mauricio Pellegrino at the helm, started the season with a 0-0 draw at home to Swansea on Saturday.last_img read more