ROME, Italy (AP):Six goals in six French league matches were not enough to convince Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura to restore Mario Balotelli to the national team.The often-divisive striker also needs to convince Ventura that he has cleaned up his act – both on and off the pitch.”It’s not due to technical reasons that Balotelli isn’t on the national team,” Ventura said yesterday. “He has great skills. Nobody is debating his technical abilities. Rather, it’s a thousand other factors.”Since transferring on a free transfer from Liverpool to Nice on deadline day, Balotelli has helped the unheralded club to first place in France and has seven goals in eight matches in all competitions.”He’s been back in form for two months now, but you can’t think that in two months somebody has changed who they are,” Ventura added.After scoring only one league goal in each of the past two seasons with Liverpool and AC Milan, respectively, Balotelli never played for Italy under coach Antonio Conte.His last appearance for Italy came when the Azzurri were eliminated in the first round of the 2014 World Cup – where he was considered a distraction by several team-mates.At 26 years old, Balotelli potentially has many more years as a top player.Ventura said he will have a discussion with Balotelli “to see if he has the desire to be a leader within the team”.”There are another two and a half months to evaluate,” the coach added, looking ahead to a possible return in 2017.Meanwhile, forward Graziano Pelle also remains excluded after refusing to shake Ventura’s hand following a substitution during a 1-1 draw with Spain last month.”I thought it would be useful for him to have a pauseto reflect,” Ventura said of Pelle, who transferred from Southampton to Chinese club Shandong Luneng in July.LEFT OUTAs for Sebastian Giovinco, Ventura said the high-scoring forward for MLS club Toronto FC has been left out because he “plays in a league that doesn’t count for much”.Italy is training for a World Cup qualifier at Liechtenstein on Saturday and a friendly with Germany three days later in Milan.Ventura plans to rely on the forward tandem of Andrea Belotti and Ciro Immobile – both of whom played under him at Torino.Immobile has scored nine goals in 12 matches for Lazio this season, while Belotti has eight in 10 for Torino.”They’re two players I don’t need to get to know. I know them perfectly well since I coached them,” Ventura said. “They have a chance to take over the national team.”Midfielder Claudio Marchisio was also sent home yesterday with an injured left leg, two days after being called back to the national team after six months out with a torn cruciate ligament, which forced him to miss the European Championship.Atalanta midfielder Roberto Gagliardini and Genoa defender Armando Izzo were called up after Marchisio left.Defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli are also out injured, with Juventus announcing yesterday that Barzagli will miss two months with a dislocated left shoulder.Italy is level on points with Group G leader Spain, one point ahead of Albania and Israel, while Macedonia and Liechtenstein are last with zero points.
Government is searching for an appropriate burial site in Monrovia for Ebola victims, Mr. James Dorbor Jallah the head for Logistics of the Incidence Management System at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW), has disclosed.Speaking recently during the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism regular Ebola press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Mr. Jallah said a special burial process is being designed to provide families the opportunity to attend the funerals of their loved ones under a protocol which would keep them safe from the deadly Ebola virus.Mr. Jallah explained that many family members of Ebola victims are still not happy with the cremation of their loved ones.“The Incidence Management System of the MOH&SW with support from local and international partners, are in the concluding stage of identifying a place suitable for the burial of Ebola victims. This (cremation) is not a culture of Liberia and (not to the) happiness of anyone, but we will overcome the situation soon,” Jallah assured.The Assistant Health Minister for Statistics and Head of Contact Tracing of the Incidence Management System, Chea Sanford Wesseh, also told reporters that the issue of cremation leads to fear causing some of those infected with the virus to evade tracking by relocating themselves.According to Mr. Wesseh, “They are troubled by cremation and are leaving for other counties were they will receive a burial. This is because cremation is taking place only in Montserrado,” he explained, adding that eluding cremation was also contributing to the spread of the virus to other places, especially the rural areas across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I was elated to see the full-page advertisement on March 14, 2018, showcasing GuySuCo’s new Board of Directors. The Cabinet did well in the selection of this new Board. From the information on the Directors shown in the advertisement, one can gather that this new Board is filled with years of experience in the sugar industry, as well as experience managing companies and finances.Moreover, I was heartened to see that the new Chairman of the Board is Colvin Heath-London. As an avid reader, I have seen Heath-London’s name pop up many times over the years, and it is always something positive about the work that he has done on the international scene, or at home in Guyana. To paraphrase the full-page advertisement, the new Chairman is a man with a wealth of experience in consultancy/advisory positions and is no novice in the world of sugar, and business turnarounds. He has worked on multibillion-dollar projects in the Region, and across the world, and was instrumental in putting together the US$150 million CJIA expansion project.I also gathered from the advertisement that the Board is well balanced in age. This should enable a balance of fresh ideas with the knowledge from decades of experience. In addition to this, I also took note that three former Directors of the Board are on this new Board. These veterans, in retrospection, should be able to show the new blood where things have gone bad and where the Board was able to have success in the past. As with every important thing that we do in life, striking a balance is vital to being successful.As a proud citizen of Guyana, I implore all of my fellow Guyanese, especially those in powerful and influential positions, to give this new Board a chance. Our sugar industry is important to our economy and livelihood of thousands of Guyanese, and anything other than working together would be counterproductive to reviving the sugar industry. With the balance, experience and knowledge of the new Board, we should be optimistic about the future of the sugar industry.Sincerely,Tony Morgan
Dismissed sugar workers…not $1 million each, as reported by State mediaDismissed sugar workers will receive severance payments in accordance with the labour laws, State Minister Joseph Harmon has said. That means it would be based on the wages and salaries they had been receiving, as well as the years of service they have given to the corporation.Minister Harmon has dismissed reports carried in the state media — particularly the state newspaper Guyana Chronicle — that the displaced sugar workers who are entitled to severance pay are likely to receive about $1 million each.“It’s not a one-size-fits-all; there’s a global sum which we’ve been given, and severance is a calculation which you make based on what the worker was enjoying as salaries or wages. So it’s not like, ‘Everybody, come collect a million dollars!’ and you move on… (For) every individual, there is a calculation that’s made based on his or her circumstances. So no $1 million package is going to be handed out to every single person; it is based on your salary at the time you were severed,” Harmon told reporters at this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday.Breaching of labour lawsOn Wednesday last, President David Granger announced that some $2 billion have been earmarked to pay dismissed sugar workers 50 per cent of their severance by the end of this month, while the remaining monies will be paid off in the second half of the year.However, Government has come in for much criticism over the move, with stakeholders — including the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) — saying this move is a flagrant breach of the labour laws.According to the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act, redundant workers are to be paid severance upon termination of their employment. The law states, “On termination of his employment, an employee who has completed one year or more years of continuous employment with an employer shall be entitled to be paid by such employer a severance or redundancy allowance…”However, Harmon noted that while funds were budgeted for severance payments, additional monies had to be added to that amount.“There was a sum of over $500 million in the sum allocated to GuySuCo (Guyana Sugar Corporation) for 2018. What we were not sure about is what was going to be the final figure. So, in December and in January, the exact figure started to emerge, and that is why we had to make addition amounts available,” he said.The minister further pointed out that in order to meet the promised payment of severance, the various ministries will now have to go back to the Finance Ministry to determine where and what programmes can be cut to allow for this expenditure to be met from the state’s resources.Nevertheless, the State Minister posited that in spite of criticisms it faces, Government will continue to make decisions in the interest of Guyanese.Small loansPresident Granger had disclosed that an additional $100 million would be set aside to provide small loans to the dismissed workers for entrepreneurial activities. According to the State Minister, Government will continue to work with stakeholders to ensure that such facilities and arrangements are in place to allow for an easier transition for the retrenched sugar workers.The Government’s spokesperson also took the opportunity to lash out at the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition for its constant criticisms and lack of action in partaking in consultations.He went on to outline that the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) has indicated that there is significant enthusiasm by both local and foreign companies for the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets.“There is a serious expression of interest by a local company… So we have a situation where some people deem it as a crisis, but we see it as an opportunity to put things right, fix it and move on,” the Minister posited.The company to which Harmon is referring is the local beverage giant Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), which has submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) for the potential purchase of one of the sugar estates.The company, producers of the international award-winning El Dorado Rum, has raised concerns over Government’s plans to downsize the sugar sector, since it heavily depends on molasses for its production.DDL’s molasses requirement for 2018 is pegged at 70,000 tons, while the three estates currently earmarked to remain in operation would produce only 52,000 tons of molasses.Public Relations Representative of DDL, Alex Graham, had previously told the Guyana Times that once the supply of molasses was threatened, it was in the company’s interest to explore options with the intention of finding a solution.
Lindo Creek CoI– lacks faith Govt will go after crime wave political mastermindsOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is of the view that the conduct of the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) is reminiscent of a commission hell bent on achieving a particular outcome – one which points the finger to the armed forces.During a press conference on Tuesday, Jagdeo expressed concern over what he said was the slant the CoI was taking. Jagdeo pointed to the manner in which witnesses are being cross-examined: as though the testimony must fit a particular narrative.He noted that this happens “if they give anything contrary to that narrative, which is that the Army massacred people at Lindo Creek; that is what this Government is trying to prove that our Army massacred people, which is patently false. And I’m sure our soldiers are taking note of this, what they’re trying to do.”According to Jagdeo, facts are being revealed about a caution statement from aSpecial Superintendent of Police, Trevor Reid reading Dwayne Williams’ statementgang member. He noted that this statement pointed out something he and the Party already knew, as to the culprit being the Rondell “Fine Man” Rawlins gang.“We’ve called on this President to do a CoI that has a comprehensive Terms of Reference that starts off with the escape of these prisoners, what role the political players played in helping them to settle in a community that they took over and terrorised. But particularly (find out) the role of political players and the subsequent massacres and how they got weapons,” Jagdeo said.“We saw some of the GDF weapons that surfaced, that they were using. But they also had weapons from the past, that the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry showed that were given by the PNC, over 100 weapons that resurfaced in the crime wave in 2002. I would like him to look at all of that.”Some time between June 12, 2008, and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry, and Nigel Torres were shot dead, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings, which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002. The CoI was established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of eight miners and to report its findings and recommendations to President David Granger.At the time, a high-profile Joint Services team was deployed to the Lindo Creek area to hunt the members of the “Fine Man” gang. Last month, five members of the Joint Services team were privately interviewed by retired Justice Donald Trotman, the CoI Chairman.Lieutenants Lloyd Souvineer, Sheldon Howell, and Omar Khan and retired Army Officer Fitzroy Warde were among the men who appeared before Justice Trotman for the interview, which determined whether they would have to reappear to provide public testimony.The men had been sought by the CoI and were subsequently made available by the Guyana Defence Force after they received a letter and public notices were published in the daily newspapers.Only on Tuesday, the Commission heard that a then 15-year-old member of the notorious “Fine Man” gang told Police investigators that the gang was responsible for murdering the eight men at their mining camp.Dwayne Williams, who is now 25 years old and currently on remand for several murders, in July 2008 told investigators that they (the gang) had escaped the Police in the Ituni area where Otis “Mud Up” Fifee was killed.
“We are happy to get to this leg of the tournament and wish all the boys and girls well as they prepare to contest for Rift region supremacy. Already, we have seen promising talent with one of the players, Oscar Kenga being called for national duty in the Kenya under-20 team,” Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa said.-Girls semis-In the girls semifinals Tar Tar from west Pokot will take on LYSA from Naivasha while Bomet’s Chesoen will face Iten United from Keiyo. The Boys semifinals will see Kapenguria heroes from West Pokot play Kapsoit from Kericho while Nakuru all-stars will square it off Mwiruti from Uasin Gishu.The winning teams from Sunday’s final will take part in the grand finale set for March 2018. The competition aims at scouting for youth talent, developing grassroots football, and ultimately propelling gifted players to the national team.“We are very proud of this partnership with FKF that is helping uncover talented football players from all over the country. We know there are many more players out there especially at the grassroots level who only need a platform to showcase their skills and Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom is providing that platform,” Sylvia Mulinge, Director -Consumer Business said.At the grand finale, the winning teams will walk away with Sh1m each and an opportunity to go for an international training and mentorship camp in London in April 2018.Safaricom has invested Sh100 m towards the program which includes Sh10m worth of prizes as well as funds for renovation of select community pitches through a legacy programme.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chris Amimo,Tournament Director CHAPA Dimba by Safaricom (left) holds the microphone for Jerry Santo,Secretary General Kenya Footballers Welfare Association to read the Team Name Iten United in the ladies category.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – Eight teams are set to battle it out in the Rift Regional finals of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom youth tournament to be held this weekend in Narok County.The boys and girls teams qualified to the regionals finals after a total of 759 games were played in North, Central, South, Eastern and North Western Rift. Over 1,500 teams participated in the Rift Region games which began with the group stages on September 9.
John Scales has praised Mario Balotelli for his work ethic since he returned to the Premier League.Given the former Manchester City star’s penchant for embroiling himself in controversy during his previous spell in England, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was accused of taking a massive gamble in bringing in Balotelli in a £16million deal in the summer.But Scales claims the 24-year-old, who scored his first goal for the Reds in the midweek Champions League win over Ludogorets, has matured and is already proving the critics wrong.“He has got all the ability in the world and the most encouraging thing is he seems to have matured to a degree that he knows what he needs to do out on the pitch,” said the former Liverpool defender, speaking on The Sports Bar.“He can still be as mad as a hatter off the pitch, but it is what you do on the pitch. His teammates want to see him put in the effort and I’ve seen since he came to Liverpool he has put a shift in, every game and every minute he has been out there.“He wants to work hard for the team and for himself and that is encouraging. At times he can be a real threat. He is always going to pop up [with a goal] like he did against Ludogorets, and I think this Liverpool team is going to create chances for him. It is a shrewd signing.”Tune into talkSPORT on Saturday evening for live and exclusive national radio coverage of West Ham v Liverpool, kick-off 17.30pm
“I am honoured to participate in this global event. As the most popular sport in the world, football is uniquely placed to bring people together and to be a force for good,” said Figo, who is currently a UEFA football advisor.“As players, it is great that we can give something back to society and help create a better world.”The coaches and captains will select their teams in the coming months. Former international referee Pierluigi Collina will officiate the contest.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Two star-studded teams, managed by Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti and France coach Didier Deschamps, seen together in 2010, will take to the field at the Stade de Geneve in a charity match in partnership with the UN © AFP/File / IAN KINGTONPARIS, France, Dec 12 – UEFA and the United Nations will team up to stage a charity match in Geneva on April 21 next year, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.Two star-studded teams, managed by Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti and France coach Didier Deschamps and captained by Luis Figo and Ronaldinho, will take to the field at the Stade de Geneve in a match whose proceeds UEFA says will help “finance international humanitarian and development projects”.
Wilder (40-0-1, 39 knockouts) retained his WBC belt after a thrilling 12-round battle ended in a split decision draw.Many thought Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) did enough to win despite being knocked down twice.On Monday, Fury voiced fears that Wilder would seek to duck a rematch.But Wilder promptly rejected that claim, saying a rematch with Fury was his priority over a unification bout with Anthony Joshua, holder of the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman is all for it.“I wish to once again congratulate Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for their great battle inside the ring and for the exemplary sportsmanship after the bout,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tyson Fury taunts Deontay Wilder as they fight to a draw in their December 1 WBC heavyweight world title clash © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Harry HowLOS ANGELES, United States, Dec 8 – The World Boxing Council gave the go-ahead Friday for a “direct rematch” between their heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, who battled to a draw in Los Angeles last Saturday.“Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to see a rematch,” the WBC said in a statement on Friday, adding that it had conducted voting through the board of governors “which resulted in unanimous agreement” to sanction the rematch.
James Milner Liverpool fans expressed their concern after drawing in the Europa League. Jurgen Klopp’s men were held 0-0 by Augsburg, which means the return leg is vital if the Reds are to advance to the last 16. That Anfield clash takes place next Thursday, days before their League Cup final clash with Man City at Wembley on Sunday, February 28. Klopp has already spoken about the busy schedule so far in 2016 and these two important games will not help his cause. See below! 1