Match-winner Morris looking to reignite career

first_imgSubstitute Ricardo Morris was the difference between title aspirants and former champions Harbour View when both teams met in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) Monday night highlight game at the Harbour View Mini-Stadium. The win improved Portmore United’s tally to 40 points, two more than Arnett Gardens and sole leadership on the league. Morris, gifted enough to be invited to the Reggae Boyz squad as a 17-year-old – but has found himself out of the Portmore starting team – rose from the bench in the 60th minute to add the quality that was sadly lacking but for the flashes shown by the now lighter-hued Paul Wilson. After a number of moves, which failed to get the desired result, it came off for Morris in the 72nd minute as he collected a lovely pass, and dribbling at pace, he cut open the defence, rounded the goalkeeper, and steered home from a narrowing angle to light up the previously dull Harbour View atmosphere. ELATED PLAYER “I feel very happy knowing that I am the one who went on and gave my team the winnings,” the elated player said after the game. While not happy with the amount of time he has spent on the bench so far this season, Morris said that he was happy for the opportunity. “No, no no! The bench is not where I should be, but I am happy that I am in the squad because I had to go home to keep my daughter’s birthday party on Saturday, and I am very happy that I got even a minute this evening. This goal is dedicated to my daughter for sure. She turned four on Saturday,” said the man who starred for St James High School in the daCosta Cup competition alongside Allan Ottey and Fabian McCarthy. Morris opened the season with a double strike in a win over Montego Bay United and scored his third goal of the season a few games after that in a win over Waterhouse but had to wait until the 20th game of the season to get his fourth. “This is my fourth goal of the season. I scored two in the opening game and one against Waterhouse, which was about the fourth or fifth match of the season, but I have not played consistently since then. “I see myself trying to leave the country again to go overseas – anywhere. My desire is to play professionally abroad. I am always putting in the work, but no offers have come as yet, but I am confident it will come,” added the 23-year-old, who had a brief stint with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2014. “I am so happy that we are leading the league now. We just have to keep working hard to stay up there. What you will see from now on is me commanding a place in the starting 11,” he promised.last_img read more

Liberian Business Student Addresses Masters Grads at Linnaeus University

first_imgZubah K. Yennego Jr addresses the Master’s graduating class at Linnaeus University – Urges DiversityBy F. Momolu DorleyLiberian student Zubah K. Yennego on Thursaday delivered a glowing speech on behalf of the 2017 Master’s graduating class of Linnaeus University. In an era of ultranationalism and populism, Mr. Yennego urged fellow graduates to embrace diversity.“As we graduate today, our challenge now is to use our education in any position of trust to help change society for the better. I cannot help but emphasize that selflessness is essential to solving the many challenges the world faces. Additionally, let us use our experiences from Linnaeus University to continue to embrace diversity. The more we embrace diversity, the more we equip ourselves to create love for mankind,” he admonished.Yennego acknowledges his surprise at being picked for the commencement address on behalf of his peers. “I did not expect to be the student speaker, at least not now. In my country – Liberia, they will say ‘the blessing came soon.’ So, I guess my blessing came too soon,” noted the lad from the Sinkor-Airfied community.He observed that Sweden has made important advancements and always tops other countries in gender equity, innovation, sustainability, business, tackling corruption and undertaking many other developments. “Some of us, who are international students and future policymakers, should draw the positive developmental lessons from Sweden and help in the advancement of our various nations and societies,” he uged.He levelled praises and appreciation on parents, friends and the faculty and staff at Linnaeus University for the great work they continue to do to transform the world ‘into a symphony of peace, development and boundless progress.’“Fellow graduates, as we end another chapter in our lives, let us be reminded that through our various efforts, we have a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Let us enter the real world with that zest and optimism that we can conquer the challenges ahead,” Yennego said.He concluded his speech by echoing President Ellen Johnson: “I will leave you with a quote from my president, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She said, ‘The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.’”Zubah graduated with a Master’s degree in Business Process and Supply Chain Management and is due in Liberia early July to contribute his quota to his homeland.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

Govt moving to tax manufacturing exports

first_img– Jagdeo says move ‘misguided’, will harm economyBy Samuel SukhnandanLocal Guyanese exporters are next in line to be taxed by the current Government, as serious consideration is being given to have the zero rating of exports for Value Added Tax (VAT) purposes removed.This was revealed by Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo, who said Thursday that this new development was brought to his attention recently.Jagdeo said exporters were shocked to learn of the coalition Government’s plans to implement this new taxation initiative. He said it is a misguided approach to collect more taxes.Opposition LeaderBharrat Jagdeo“Almost every country in the world where VAT is in place, they have a zero rating of the exports. So, it allows the producers to claim back their input VAT on their imports, so they can be internationally competitive. In our case, this will change,” Jagdeo told a media conference.He said this decision could destroy the entire local export sector, where goods are going to become internationally uncompetitive, factories will have to close, and more people could lose their jobs.GMSA President ShyamThe PPP General Secretary said this matter has been engaging the attention of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA), where there are “serious worries in those quarters.”Jagdeo said he hopes the organisation will take some urgent action to represent people in this regard, and to call on the minister to reverse this decision forthwith. He said, “It will harm our economy and damage all our exports the way it is now being treated.”GMSA President Shyam Nokta previously blasted the Government’s tax measures and lack of an economic plan, saying Government’s policies were harming, rather than helping, the manufacturing sector.Finance Minister Winston JordanNokta had, during last year, raised concerns about issues affecting manufacturers, including an unstable electricity supply; access to finance on reasonable terms; high freight costs, and market access.He said while Government has made commitment to create an enabling environment, its removal of items from VAT exemption and implementation of other negative tax measures and policies belie these utterances.Shifting his attention to the meagre 2.1 percent economic growth recorded for 2017, the Opposition Leader described this figure as anaemic. According to him, it gives a clear picture of how incompetent the current Government is at managing the financial and economic affairs of the country.Jagdeo said the economic growth figure is low by all standards, and is no way lending to the growth and development that is required in the country. He also reminded that the Government had to revise the growth projection three times, and it calls into question its presentations to Parliament regarding the economy.“So now that it is low, all of the ratios they spoke to us about in the last budget in November would have to be recalibrated. And so the size of our fiscal deficit would climb, our balance of payment in relation to GDP will climb et cetera,” he explained.Jagdeo, a trained economist, says it is not as simple as revising a number downwards, especially when that number is used as the denominator to calculate a range of macroeconomic issues and variables.“Rather than the Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) seriously addressing the issues to say what policy-wise can I do to stimulate the economy, he then makes excuses.”There is no positive indication that Guyana has so far managed to manoeuvre its way out of the economic slow lane in which it has been stuck for the past three years due to the minimal GDP growth.Finance Minister Winston Jordan made this admission during a press conference last week. Revealing that the 2017 end-of-year economic report has been completed, he linked the dismal figures to sectors, including sugar.Initially, Government had projected that Guyana’s economy would have grown by a 3.8 per cent growth rate for 2017. This projection was reduced to 3.1 per cent, and then again to 2.9 per cent.last_img read more

NASL sues US soccer over division status switch

first_imgUnder USSF regulations, a league’s division status is determined according to different criteria, including the number of teams in a league, the stadium capacity of each team and minimum financial resources of team owners.The USSF had relaxed the rules for the NASL over the years and gave the league provisional Division 2 status earlier this year even after four teams dropped out at the end of the 2016 season.However when the NASL failed to meet certain conditions in time for the 2018 season, including a requirement to boost the league to 12 teams, the USSF revoked the Division 2 status of the league, which currently has eight teams.The NASL’s lawsuit alleges that the USSF has deliberately manipulated its own criteria in order to favour Major League Soccer (MLS), which is the commercial business partner of the federation.“The USSF left the NASL no choice except to file this lawsuit,” said Rocco Commisso, the chairman of the NASL’s Board of Governors and owner of the New York Cosmos, the league’s best known team.“The NASL has taken this step to protect not just the league, but also the game, fans, and everyone with a stake in the future success of professional soccer leagues based in this country.”The lawsuit alleges that the USSF has selectively applied and waived divisional criteria to prevent competition from the NASL against MLS and the United Soccer League (USL), the other league with Division 2 status in the United States.The NASL is now seeking an injunction against the decision to revoke the league’s Division 2 status.NASL officials fear that if the league is left as a Division 3 status league, it will be harder to attract professional teams to the competition.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Ochieng celebrates with his team mates after his club New York Cosmos which plays in the NASL won the Championship in the 2016 seasonNEW YORK, United States, Sep 20 – The North American Soccer League filed a federal anti-trust lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation on Tuesday, accusing the body of unfairly revoking the league’s Division 2 status.The NASL, which was reborn as a professional league in 2010, lodged its lawsuit in Brooklyn just weeks after the league was stripped of Division 2 status by the USSF.last_img read more

Germany boss scores PR own-goal over Ozil saga at World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Oliver Bierhoff, Germany’s team director, regrets the fact that Mesut Ozil was allowed to boycott the media during the holders woeful performances at the World Cup finals after his controversial meeting with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. © AFP/File / Daniel ROLANDBERLIN, Germany, Jul 6 – Germany team boss Oliver Bierhoff implied Mesut Ozil should have been dropped from the World Cup squad over a pre-tournament scandal — then back-tracked in an embarrassing twist on Friday.Ozil, 29, is one of a group of senior players slammed for their woeful performances at the World Cup as Germany finished bottom of their group in Russia. The Arsenal midfielder refused to comment about a controversial meeting on the eve of the finals with Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan which sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany.Bierhoff admits it was a mistake to allow Ozil to maintain his silence as the controversy cast a shadow over the German camp.“We have never compelled players in the German national team to do something, but always tried to convince them when it comes to certain things,” Bierhoff, Germany’s team director, told Friday’s edition of Die Welt newspaper.“We did not succeed with Mesut. And in that respect one would have had to consider whether to refrain from playing him.”However, in a television interview later Friday, Bierhoff backtracked.“First of all, I’m sorry, I was wrong,” he told ZDF.“We will not put any players in the stocks like that.”Bierhoff admitted that he and three German football association (DFB) officials had approved the quotes to Die Welt.The embarrassing public relations own-goal is the latest example of the clumsy handling of the Erdogan scandal by the DFB.Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, who both have Turkish roots, were booed by German fans in pre-World cup friendlies after posing for pictures with Erdogan.Manchester City midfielder Gundogan presented him with a signed club shirt on which he had written “to my president”.Gundogan denied the meeting was politically motivated, but Ozil refused to comment.He was the only member of the 23-man squad allowed to miss a media day at Germany’s pre-World Cup camp.Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil could have made his last international appearance after a series of woeful displays during the holders’ disastrous World Cup campaign. © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBierhoff says the issue should have been handled better.“They fact that Mesut and Ilkay took the pictures did not bother the team so much, but the debate went on and, in retrospect, I would have tried to deal with this issue more decisively,” Bierhoff admitted in the Welt interview.Ozil was slammed on social media for woeful World Cup displays in the shock group stage defeats to Mexico and South Korea having been dropped for the last-gasp win over Sweden.There is no doubt Ozil, who has made 92 appearances for Germany, could be one of a number of 2014 World Cup winners who have played their last international.On Tuesday, Loew confirmed that he will remain as Germany’s head coach and Bierhoff also ruled out resigning on Friday.However, as effectively the number two in the Germany setup, he anticipates “profound changes” after the dismal campaign in Russia for which he said the entire squad should take “collective responsibility”.Bierhoff says Germany’s management know they “gambled away credit” and have “registered” that fans feel alienated from the team. He said the team management take that feeling of alienation “very seriously”.Bierhoff says Loew will “sort out and reorganise everything. He will question everything, including our style of play. And then the question will arise as to which players we need.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Zlatan says Man Utd spell made him feel ‘like Benjamin Button’

first_imgIbrahimovic made a major impact at Old Trafford, scoring twice to help Jose Mourinho’s side win the 2017 League Cup final against Southampton before suffering a serious knee injury during the Europa League quarter-final with Anderlecht.The veteran frontman recovered and signed a contract extension but eventually left United to join Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy in March 2018.In an interview with BBC 5 Live, the much-travelled Ibrahimovic recalled the advice he had received when he was contemplating life in the Premier League.“When I went to England I was talking to different players that I knew well and trusted that would give me an honest opinion. From all of them everyone said ‘do not do it’ — they said it would not be good for my career because you put your whole career on one season,” he said.“If you do not do a good season, people will say the rest of the things you did before were useless because you didn’t make it in England but that triggered me and that’s the challenge I wanted.”Ibrahimovic, who also played for Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona and both Milan giants, added: “I went against everyone and said that’s what I wanted to do. They thought I was too old… and I made the Premier League look old.“It took me three months to convince everyone who I was. That was the challenge and I never turn down a challenge.”Ibrahimovic, who said he had an “amazing” connection with United midfielder Paul Pogba at Old Trafford, said he had felt “unbreakable… like Superman” before suffering his serious knee injury.“The first year at United we had a fantastic year,” he added. “They made me feel like Benjamin Button. I was getting younger and younger, then unfortunately I got my injury.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic said playing for Manchester United made him feel young again © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 22 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed he was told by “everyone” not to risk his reputation by playing in England but how a successful spell at Manchester United made him feel young again — “like Benjamin Button”.The 37-year-old Swedish forward made a high-profile switch to Old Trafford in July 2016 after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, initially on a one-season contract.last_img read more

Eli undone by playoff pressure

first_imgThroughout the game, Burress and Shockey bared their frustration, Shockey by stomping on the field after running free down the middle of the defense to no avail and Burress by whipping a hat to the ground near the Giants bench. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Though Eli’s poor performance didn’t happen on a Super Bowl doorstep, his first playoff experience didn’t look much different from Peyton’s run-ins with the New England Patriots. And like his brother the past 12 months, Eli will spend a year knowing he played his worst game when it mattered most. “You prepare and hope that you go out there in a playoff game, in a big game and a big situation, and play well and put your team in a situation to win,” Eli Manning said. “I didn’t do that today. … I made too many mistakes for us to win.” EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – If Eli Manning never understood his brother’s playoff angst before Sunday, he had quite the initiation. He learned how confounding good, experienced, well-coached defenses can be in the playoffs. He knows how hot the lights feel when asked to describe his part in a lopsided season-ending loss. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonManning – who completed 10 of 18 for 113 yards with three interceptions and a lost fumble in the Giants 23-0 loss to Carolina – looked jittery in the pocket and was forced into several bad decisions. The most costly of them came midway through the third quarter when, while backpedaling under pressure, he threw a pass across his body to Amani Toomer. It was intercepted by Panthers cornerback Ken Lucas, whose return set up a 12-yard touchdown run by Steve Smith that made the score 17-0. “That was just a bad decision to throw it,” Manning said. “I couldn’t see the whole field well enough to see what was over there.” On his second interception, Manning said he never saw safety Marlon McCree, who juggled and then corralled a pass thrown over Jeremy Shockey’s outstretched right hand. McCree later intercepted another pass intended for Plaxico Burress. Manning’s troubles coincided with a season-worst 41 yards rushing and an overwhelming disadvantage in time of possession, which favored Carolina, 42:45 to 17:15. “That is what we wanted them to do,” Lucas said. “We wanted to put pressure on Eli and make him make some throws.” last_img read more


first_imgAoibhe and Mia get stuck into the sand art.A Carrigart family certainly aren’t letting the ‘sands of time’ get under their feet.Instead the McGettigan family have spent hours making two amazing sand art designs over the weekend.Carpenter and maintenance company owners John James McGettigan, wife Anna and daughters Laura, 20, Aoibhe, 5, and Mia, 3, left passers-by stunned with their designs. JJ and the family go to work on Trá mor and Trá beag in Downings.The first is a floral design and the second is the cardinal points of a compass and it’s laid out on the beach pointing to true north!JJ said the family had great fun making the designs.Aoibhe (5) and Mia (3), and wife Anna helped JJ colour in the designs with the aid of a garden rake. JJ laughed “My daughters are already scribbling away designing the next one. We had great fun and there wasn’t an iPad or iPhone in sight.”The McGettigan family’s compass design.SEE DONEGAL FAMILY’S STUNNING SAND ART DESIGNS…… was last modified: February 29th, 2016 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:donegalDowningssand artlast_img read more


first_imgKev and KearaFOOTBALL legend Kevin Keegan is the latest star to spend his holidays in Donegal.The former Liverpool and Newcastle player is in Inishowen on a break.And he is pictured here after popping in for a coffee at Northern Bites coffee shop in Malin Head. Keegan was happy to pose for a pic with Keara Collins in the cafe yesterday.The Anfield great is due to play a round of golf at Ballyliffin later today. FOOTBALL LEGEND KEVIN KEEGAN ON HOLIDAYS IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 30th, 2016 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:Kevin Keegan Donegal holidaylast_img read more


first_imgA young Letterkenny man went on a driving rampage forcing toddlers, students and Gardai to dive for cover to escape being run over.Martin McClelland, 24, drove for more than 20 kilometres after stealing a car in Doochary reaching speeds of up to 130kph as he tried to shake off Gardai.McClelland was spotted by Gardai who pursued him in horrific weather conditions across Fintown and into Glenties on June 8th last. Milford District Court was told that McClelland of 36 Manor View, Letterkenny passed dozens of motorists on continuous white lines putting many other drivers in danger.Many other drivers coming in the opposite direction were forced to swerve to avoid him and he swerved across both sides of the road with his hazard lights on.McClelland drove into the busy town of Glenties at 125kph as dozens of students were travelling to schools for the first day of their Leaving Cert ExaminationsHe then travelled on at the Glen Road at 8.25am at speeds of up to 90kph past a crèche where parents were leaving toddlers off to playschool.Gardai, who had set up a checkpoint in a bid to stop the manic motorist, also had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit after McClelland continued at break-neck speeds.A couple of minutes later he lost control of the car and ended up in a ditch. He escaped on foot but was captured by pursuing Gardai.When brought to the local Garda station in Glenties, it was discovered that McClelland was not under the influence of either drink or drugs.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said he was convinced that his client was suffering from an undiagnosed disorder.“This is an appalling case and it is difficult to comprehend what went on in his mind and why this stupidity occurred.“There so easily could have been a loss of life here and he knows that now. I think he is labouring under an addiction of some sort but he has never been diagnosed.“I would ask the judge to give him a chance so that his behaviour can be looked into,” he said.However Judge Paul Kelly said that while he appreciated Mr Gallagher’s concerns, McClelland’s behaviour was inexcusable.He said “This is one of the most appalling cases I have come across on my short time on the bench – a catalogue of appalling driving and is somewhat incredulous that nobody was injured.“He was driving in appalling conditions at 130kph and that cannot be condoned. I have to protect the public.“It was by sheer luck that nobody injured following what were numerous incidents of evasive action – driving past two schools, pedestrians and failing to stop at a Garda checkpoint. He put a large number of vehicles and people in serious danger.”He sentenced McClelland to six months imprisonment for dangerous driving, fined him €350 for failing to stop for Gardai and took a number of other charges into consideration.EndsLETTERKENNY MAN WHO WENT ON DRIVING RAMPAGE GETS SIX MONTHS IN PRISON was last modified: June 15th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more