Liverpool are in the middle of a gruelling schedule – it will be the team’s sixth game in 19 days – that is taking its toll on the squad. Manager Jurgen Klopp is without a senior centre back for the match, as Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure are all hurt, while attackers Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are also injured. The match comes three days after a League Cup semi-final match at Stoke, and five days before a Premier League game against first-place Arsenal. Klopp could even make 11 changes to the team. “It will be a team that hasn’t played too often together,” Klopp said. “If this is a chance for Exeter, then they have to take it.” This will all be music to the ears of Exeter’s players, whose team is 16th in the 24-team League Two – a gap of 76 places to Liverpool in the English ladder. The last time Exeter reached this stage was in 2005, when they took Manchester United to a replay after a goalless draw at Old Trafford. MANCHESTER, England (AP): It’s a match that has all the ingredients of a classic FA Cup upset. An injury-hit, inconsistent and potentially jaded Premier League heavyweight making a 500-mile round trip to a team in the lower reaches of the fourth tier with a small ground, poor field, and a recent history of shocking a top side. Exeter’s home game against Liverpool today is the pick of the games in the third round of the FA Cup, when the giants of the Premier League join the teams from the lower leagues and non-league in the world’s oldest club knockout competition. As always, the search is on for a huge shock on one of the most exciting weekends in the English calendar and it could come at the 8,500-capacity St James’ Park, which – located in the south-west corner of England – is one of the most remote grounds in the country. THREE-PEAT Arsenal are bidding to become the first team since Blackburn in 1884-86 to win the FA Cup in three straight years, and to extend its record-setting haul of FA Cup titles to 13. With his team having its best chance in years to win the Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must decide whether to rotate his squad. Wenger said Thursday that Alexis Sanchez is not yet ready to return from a hamstring injury, but midfielder Mikel Arteta is available. GRUELLING SCHEDULE
…as power struggle deepens at state media entityThe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the state-owned National Communications Network (NCN), Lennox Cornette, has reportedly tendered his resignation from the entity as a rift and internal power struggle for total control deepens.Cornette’s resignation has been accepted by the Board’s Chairman, Enrico Woolford, and will take effect on March 15, 2018. He is expected to proceed on accumulated leave sometime during January next year.This newspaper understands that the Board had continuously voiced concerns over Cornette’s leadership style and inability to implement decisions in a timely and effective manner. It had also related concerns over the management of key internal departments which were still bleeding the company’s finances.“There is also a lot of power rifts and fighting between Mr Woolford and Mr Cornette for control. They hardly agree. In the end the employees suffer, and the company was not achieving its objectives. The Prime Minister is aware of the concerns of the Board, and Cornette, too, has had his ear,” a senior manager at the company revealed yesterday.Cornette’s resignation also comes at a time when his contract is nearing an end.“He knows that it will not be renewed by any board which Mr Woolford heads, so he basically bit the bullet,” the manager related.Cornette’s suitability for the top post came in for questioning after he was selected ahead of several more suitably qualified individuals, including Woolford. He replaced Molly Hassan, who served as the entity’s last CEO under the former PPP Government. She, too, resigned, citing concerns about the manner in which she was being treated following the change of Government back in 2015.
“Mango Man” murder caseThe High Court in Georgetown was the scene of continued heavy security on Monday as the murder trial involving defendants Mark Royden Williams, called “Smallie”, along with Sherwin Nero, also known as “Catty”, continued.However, it was a voir dire (trial within a trial), which means that what transpired cannot be publicly disclosed as it may be prejudicial for the ears of the 12-member jury that was empanelled earlier this month when the Demerara Criminal Assizes got underway.The two men stand accused of the August 30, 2007 murder of businessman Kumar Singh, called “Mango Man”. Reports were that on the fateful night, four gunmen invaded Singh’s Cove and John, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home during which the businessman was shot dead. It was in July 2008 that the two suspects were initially charged for the capital offence.Williams has spent nearly 11 years behind bars awaiting trial and he is also a death-row inmate. The duo has denied being guilty of the businessman’s unlawful killing. Justice James Bovell-Drakes is presiding over the matter while State Attorneys Tamica Clarke and Tiffini Lyken are prosecuting the case.Defence counsels Nigel Hughes and Ashley Henry are representing Williams and Nero. Williams had escaped prison in July 2017 after being sentenced to death in February of that year for the 2008 Bartica Massacre.The case continues today at the High Court.
DHB design corruption probe…hours after new evidence submitted by TeixeiraAs the Alliance For Change (AFC) prepares for its two-day National Conference which commences today, Executive Member and Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson was cleared by the Guyana Police Force of any wrongdoing in regard to the award of a sole-sourced contract for a feasibility study into the construction of the new Demerara Harbour Bridge.Gail TeixeiraThe contract in question was awarded to Dutch company LievenseCSO, and a probe conducted by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) upon request from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had flagged Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the $148 million contract be sole-sourced instead of being processed through the Procurement Board, as the law says should be done.As a result of that finding, the Opposition last August asked the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) to investigate the PPC’s findings; and in a statement from the Force on Friday, SOCU said it had obtained legal advice on the matter: no corrupt act was found.“There was no misuse of funds. There is no evidence that a criminal offence has been committed, and there is no evidence of any collusion between Arie Mol/Lievense CSO and the personnel from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure,” the Police said in the brief statement.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonThe request for the probe into the corrupt deal was made by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Gail Teixeira. At the time, however, Teixeira had expressed concerns after she was informed by SOCU that, in addition to then Police Commissioner David Ramnarine and the Force’s legal advisor, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who is also the Chairman of the AFC, was also notified of her request for the probe.“I noticed they have informed the Minister of Public Security of the investigation. I do not know what the reason is for this… I find it unusual that the request was also sent to the Minister of Public Security. Usually, investigations of this nature are not forwarded to a Minister, it goes through an investigative process,” Teixeira, a former Home Affairs Minister, had stated during a press conference.One political observer believes the Police Force acted under instructions from the “There is compelling evidence to prove that the Harbour Bridge fiasco reeks of corruption and wrongdoing, but the writing is on the wall for Patterson. He is the most unpopular (figure) in the AFC, and this new instruction to clear him of wrongdoing is to bolster his chances of getting a few votes at the AFC congress (this weekend).“It is a crying shame that some in the hierarchy of the Guyana Police Force have now become political puppets of the corrupt APNU/AFC cabal. The Police may follow political instructions, but the Guyanese voters will not be fooled. We will use our ballot to reject this evil, vindictive, corrupt cabal,” the commentator posited.This move by the Police comes days after Teixeira had written the Procurement Commission, calling for another investigation into the Feasibility Study for the New Demerara River Crossing in light of new revelations that the cost has been racked up by $131 million more than what the PPC had investigated and found to be the cost in its August 2018 report.“New information has come to light that, I am of the firm opinion, requires further investigation by the PPC,” Teixeira noted in a letter, dated June 12, 2019, that was released to the media on Friday.In addition to two varying time periods emanating from the Public Infrastructure Ministry for the duration of the feasibility contract, Teixeira, who is also the opposition party’s Chief Whip, pointed out that new information reveals that the cost of the study had in fact been racked up to a whopping $293.4 million.“The cost of the Feasibility Study for the New Demerara River Crossing/Bridge was far in excess of the original figure given…US$709,091, or Gy$146.3 million, and far in excess of the figure approved by Cabinet…of $161,514,420 to be used from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (Asphalt Plant Accounts) to cover costs of the Feasibility Study for a New Bridge Across the Demerara River. In fact, the feasibility study cost the taxpayers $293,439,182, or approximately US$1.4 million. This is $131,924,762 more than what the PPC had investigated and found,” she outlined.According to Teixeira, further checks also found that there was no appropriation for the MPI in the 2016 Budget for a feasibility study for the new Demerara Harbour Bridge crossing, nor were any funds allocated to the DHBC for such purposes by way of a subvention or grant in that year.She added that MPI’s 2017 Budget also lacks an allocation for this study, and $150 million is assigned to the DHBC for maintenance of the Bridge.However, the Opposition Chief Whip noted that the Public Infrastructure Minister had stated, during the 2019 Budget debate, that another $100 million was being requested under his capital budget for consultancy services for the new Demerara River Bridge/Crossing, and he had refused to answer questions on this, which created more confusion and suspicion in regard to the issue.Against this backdrop, the Opposition Chief Whip calls on the Public Procurement Commission to look into these new revelations.“This information exposes a level of collusion, conspiracy and corruption that requires urgent investigation and intervention with a view to bringing criminal charges against the Minister of Public Infrastructure, Mr. David Patterson, and other persons connected to the award of the contract for the Feasibility Study and payments to LievenseCSO… The public expects unflinching diligence by the PPC in order to protect the Guyanese people’s interests and uphold the constitutional and legal provisions with regards transparency and accountability of the country’s assets and resources,” Teixeira noted in the correspondence.
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Crystal Palace have sent loan striker Kevin Doyle back to Wolves due to injury.Palace landed the 31-year-old on transfer deadline day in a loan deal that was due to run until January.But the south London club have had to send him back early and Doyle, who has made four appearances this season, could face surgery on what is thought to be a groin injury.Manager Neil Warnock said: “He has got a problem at the moment that does not look like clearing up.“He is back at Wolves and they are deciding whether they are going to operate on him.” 1
Packie pictured with Pio McCann and Brian Coll in 2010DONEGAL has lost one of its greatest broadcasters with the death tonight of Packie Bradley.The Buncrana man was on the airwaves for two decades before retiring in 2007.He was the most listened-to presenter on Highland Radio. Packie Keeney, who gave his namesake a start on the station, said tonight that has “deeply saddened” to hear of the death. SADNESS AT DEATH OF RADIO PRESENTER PACKIE BRADLEY was last modified: October 20th, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:deathpackie bradleypackie keeney
TODAY, a federal judge is set to decide whether the Los Angeles Police Department struggles under two more years of the consent decree after June 15. The expectation is that the judge will indeed do that, despite the serious strides the department has made since 2001. However, if the judge truly wants what’s best for the department and the people of Los Angeles, he will lift all but the few remaining provisions of the court order in recognition that the majority have been followed. The LAPD has in good faith followed the decree despite the difficult position it has placed its officers on the street and the costly strain on the budget. It is well on the path to reaching the other requirements, and soon. There’s no reason to keep the LAPD shackled for another two years. Since Chief William Bratton took over LAPD in 2002, he’s had great success reducing crime and restoring the reputation of the department in the city’s neighborhoods. Imagine what more he could accomplish if the LAPD were unbound by this overly restrictive, costly and onerous court order. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
latest Hazard himself had fuelled speculation he could move clubs and during the World Cup he said: “After six wonderful years at Chelsea it might be time to discover something different.“Certainly, after this World Cup, I can decide if I want to stay or go, but Chelsea will have the final decision. You know my preferred destination.”But now he seems set to remain at Stamford Bridge with a colossal £200million deal too complicated to finalise in just two weeks. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes ALTERED Most Popular Premier League News Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update gameday cracker revealed silverware Isco is being primed to play a prominent role for Real Madrid this season. 2 Chelsea winger Eden Hazard looks like remaining in west London this summer. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT NEW ERA Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Chelsea are set to keep superstar Eden Hazard with Real Madrid ready to end their interest in the player and place their faith in Isco, according to AS.The Spanish side were heavily linked with the Belgian winger this summer but the Blues put a £200million price tag on his head and are considering handing him the captain’s armband. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 2 smart causal And this appears to have finally deterred Los Blancos who are now going to allow Isco to assume more responsibility in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was sold to Juventus.Marco Asensio will be another big winner should Hazard stay at Chelsea with new Real boss Julen Lopetegui a huge fan, which should see him get more minutes at the Bernabeu this season. SORRY What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas
Fianna Fáil Local election candidate for Letterkenny, James Pat McDaid, says the Government must stop playing games over water charges and finally inform families in Donegal how much they will have to pay for their water next year.James Pat McDaidMr McDaid was speaking as claim and counter-claim by Fine Gael and Labour representatives last week has left many families angered about the lack of any clear information on just how much they will be expected to pay for Water Charges in January.“The behaviour of Fine Gael and Labour representatives last week was been nothing short of appalling. People are not stupid; they know full well the Government is delaying telling people just how much they will pay in water charges until after May’s local elections. “This is despite the Taoiseach stating on numerous occasions that the information was only weeks away. People I am meeting on the doorstep every day are frightening by the continuing stream of misinformation they are getting from Fine Gael and Labour.“Families have no idea what kind of ‘free allowance’ they will receive and if the elderly or those with illnesses will be entitled to extra allowances.”The Glenswily man asked how are people supposed to support the introduction of water charges when they were hoodwinked into paying the Local Property Tax.“The Government promised that 80% of money collected from the Local Property Tax would go back onto local communities; instead €500 million of the money collected was put towards Irish Water. Not one cent of that money has been put into fixing pipes and leaks but 40% of our water is lost through leaking pipes. “Why should families in Letterkenny pay water charges when a quarter of all domestic water is leaking into the ground? Why should families pay water charges when there will be no consideration given to ability to pay? Why should families pay water charges when millions of taxpayer’s money has been spent on consultants’ reports instead of going to local amenities and services.“The silence of the Government representatives in Limerick has been deafening. How can they stand by and watch the Irish people be forced into paying water charges when they made such a mess of the Local Property Tax money.“The Government has no credibility on this; it needs to put politics aside and start being up front with households in Letterkenny and tell us just how much we are expected to pay in water charges come January.” STOP PLAYING GAMES AND TELL FAMILIES HOW MUCH THEY’LL PAY IN WATER CHARGES – McDAID was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 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) Tags:donegalelectionJames Pat McDaidwater charges