GPL announces 8.5% salary increase for workers

first_img…as blackouts increased in 2019The Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) on Tuesday announced an 8.5% increase in wages and salaries for its workers retroactive from January 2019.GPL Divisional Director-Human Resources Bal Persaud and Chief Labour Officer-Department of Labour Charles Ogle (GPL photo)A Memorandum of Agreement for revised wages and salaries for junior and senior employees of GPL was signed between GPL and National Association of Agricultural, Commercial & Industrial Employees (NAACIE) at NAACIE’s Head Office in Kingston, Georgetown.In a statement, the company said the percentage was agreed to following negotiations with NAACIE, which commenced in early December.The signing, GPL said, was witnessed by the Chief Labour Officer, Charles Ogle; Department of Labour; Ministry of Social Protection and other GPL-NAACIE representatives; Dawchan Nagasar, the General Secretary of NAACIE.Nagasar expressed his appreciation for the manner in which negotiations were conducted in 2019. He further commended the Union’s commitment to advancing improved relations with GPL.GPL Divisional Director-Human Resources Bal Persaud noted that GPL remains committed to maintaining cordial negotiations with NAACIE to further improve working conditions and benefits for employees through collective bargaining.In the last year, there has been a significant increase in power failure and load shedding as a result of the shutdown of interconnecting systems and maintenance.In fact, although the Government had promised that blackouts would be a thing of the past, from all indications, it was clear that Guyanese will have to wait much longer to see this promise becoming reality.Over the past few months, the complaints coming from various sections of the population, including private citizens and business about constant power outages, have increased dramatically.last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: IRELAND STAR Shay Given has announced he is retiring from international football after a record-breaking career.In a statement tonight Shay said: “It was an honour and privilege to play and on occasion captain the team. I shall remain a huge fan of the team as I have been all my life and I wish them every success for the future.“I wish to thank all the players,managers,staff & most importantly the most wonderful fans in the world.” The Lifford man went on: “Finally I would like to thank my wife Jane,my 2 amazing kids and my entire family for their unwavering support over the 16 years & 125 caps.”“After a lot of thought and consideration, I have made the most difficult decision to retire from international football. It’s been a great.”Shay made his announcement in the past hour.It follows discussions with his family, the staff at Aston Villa and close friends. Given made his debut for Ireland as a 19-year-old against Russia in 1996 and was firmly established as the country’s number one when Ireland played in the 2012 World Cup.The 36-year-old will continue to play for Aston Villa in the English Premier League.A Football Association of Ireland statement added that Given had indicated that he would be prepared to “make himself available” in any emergencies in the future.The FAI statement added the Trapattoni had spoken “at length” with Given on Monday afternoon before the retirement was confirmed.Trapattoni praised Given for his “outstanding contributions to Ireland during his 16-year international career”. “I understand the difficult decision that Shay had to make and appreciate all of his efforts during his international career,” said the Republic manager.“He is a strong player with a great character and his love of playing for his country always shone through.“It has been a pleasure to work with him during my time with the team. I wish him the very best in his future.”SHAY: I’M RETIRING FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL was last modified: August 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:SHAY: I’M RETIRING FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALLlast_img read more

Football Manager 2019: 15 teams to manage in the game

first_img 8 5. Sunderland (League One)We hate to be Captain Obvious but given the Black Cats’ slump into the third tier they’re ripe to rebuild on FM19. The team already has some talents on it, plus really good infrastructure, which should help you grow quickly as you rise through the divisions.6. Parma (Serie A)We all get pangs of nostalgia and if you have a Golazzo feeling in your gut then Parma are the club for you. No longer can they call on the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Juan Sebastian Veron, or Hernan Crespo but can you turn them into a top club on the European stage following promotion back to Serie A. 3. Sporting Lisbon (Primeira Liga)A troubling summer saw several top stars, including Gelson Martins and Rui Patricio leave, so you have some rebuilding to do. You’ve got Europa League football to help you out and give you extra trophy-winning potential, while a decent academy has talents in it ready for you to groom. Beating rivals Porto and Benfica to the title must be the main aim though.4. Rangers (Scottish Premiership)Celtic and Brendan Rodgers need to be knocked off their perch. For too long now the Bhoys have been allowed to reign in Scotland and this is your chance to end the tyranny. Steven Gerrard has been doing okay this season but can you, with some help from Alfredo Morelos, win the title? Talented youngster Ross McCrorie could also be of use. New season, new Football Manager and boy are we ready to fire up our laptop, close the curtains, and tweak our tactics.You can’t beat booting up a new save and beginning a career, whether at an elite level or with a small club in a tiny league as you look to build your reputation. Morelos reportedly attracted the interest of Ligue 1 giants Lyon LATEST Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur are keen on De Ligt SORRY 8 8 8 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Dukla Prague don’t even exist anymore, having gone under in the 1990s, but the legacy of this Czech club lives on through their famous 1960 kit worn by the likes of Josef Masopust. Around this time Dukla Prague reached the European Cup semi-final, losing to Celtic and their legend was later captured forever in a song by rock band Half Man Half Biscuit. Jann-Fiete Arp 13. Guangzhou R&F (Chinese Super League)With FM19 having the licence for the CSL this year you can have a more in depth adventure there and we recommend this lot. You’ll be following in the footsteps of Sven-Goran Eriksson and can call on the prolific Eran Zahavi to bang in the goals. But can you win them their first title?14. Shamrock Rovers (League of Ireland)A jaunt to Ireland is always fun on Football Manager so why not try to out Rovers? They haven’t won a title since 2011 but have potential and, for the time being, wonderkid goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu. When he leaves you’ll get a huge cash windfall and from there you can build a top team. Ex-Leeds United star Stephen McPhail will be your director of football. tense 1. Real Madrid (LaLiga)Hardly original, we know, but can you cope against Barcelona when you’ve just sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus? You do have a plethora of talent with the likes of Isco, Gareth Bale, and Marco Asensio. Can you get them scoring and winning?2. Hamburg (2. Bundesliga)The German league is newly licensed in this year’s game, so there will be plenty of fun to be had. If you’re looking to awaken a sleeping giant then plumping for Die Dino isn’t a bad shout. They have a 67,000-seat stadium, a wonderkid in Jann-Fiete Arp, and the potential to be one of the best in Europe if you can fix their shortcomings. latest gameday cracker Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? revealed RANKED whoops BEST OF Shamrock Rovers’ fans sing their hearts out at White Hart Lane 8 8 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Football Manager 2019 is set to thrill fans from November 2. scrap 11. Orlando City (Major League Soccer)Your next campaign with the MLS side will be the franchise’s four and they have still never qualified for the play-offs. Even when they could call upon Kaka they failed to trouble the top dogs stateside and now they have one of the worst defensive records ever seen in the American league. You might see some familiar names in Dom Dwyer, Scott Sutter, Lamine Sane, and Jonathan Spector but you’ve got a big job on your hands. Brazilian star, PC could help your reboot, too.12. Santos (Brazilian First Division)Without a title win since 2004, they can definitely be termed a sleeping giant, especially given their ties to Pele and Neymar. Gabigol, on loan from Inter Milan, and top talent Rodrygo will be handy, along with former Fulham star Bryan Ruiz and on loan Dynamo Kyiv star Derlis Gonzalez. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 9. Lyon (Ligue 1)Just like the challenge of managing Rangers, you’ll need to topple a legendary side if you pick Lyon in France. Paris Saint-Germain’s outrageous frontline is sweeping all aside at the moment but you could put a stop to that with a young a fearless squad. The likes of Memphis Depay, Nabil Fekir, Tanguy Ndombele, Houssem Aouar, and Moussa Dembele will wet your whistle before wonderkids like Amine Gouiri fully draw you in to a long-term save.10. Dukla Prague (Czech Liga)Remember you wanted their away kit that one Christmas? Well, now they need you to guide them back to their former glory. Currently in the Czech top flight, they’re not technically the same team as before, but the colours have been adopted. Managing this will be a test of your tactics and bargain hunting. Parma won their second UEFA Cup in 1999, four years after first winning the trophy 7. Fulham (Premier League)If you’re planning to start in the English top flight then Craven Cottage might just be the place for you. Forget the money and contacts at Wolves, or a trip to Wales with Cardiff, the west Londoners could be the perfect job. A talented goalkeeping crop and an English wonderkid in Ryan Sessegnon supplement good players like Jean Michael Seri, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Tom Cairney, and Andre Schurrle.8. Ajax (Eredivise)If you’re in it for the long-term, you’re likely to have to watch your top talents cherry picked and then rebuild in Amsterdam. This challenge is all about getting the right deals and putting time and effort into scouting. Make the most of Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek, and Hakim Ziyech while you can. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos It’s tough to pick your first team though, with many intriguing challenges around the world to sink your teeth into.So who should you pick to play as on Football Manager 2019? Here are 15 of our favourite clubs so far ahead of its 2 November release date. 8 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Most Popular Football News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Gabriel Barbosa in action for Santos. 8 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 15. Dagenham & Redbridge (National League)To finish up, a top challenge is always one in the English non-league. Forget Salford City or Leyton Orient, though, get yourself over to Essex. They have been a landing spot for ex-Chelsea starlet Alex Davey, former Tottenham youngster Alexander McQueen, and ex-QPR winger Angelo Balanta. Sure, they’re struggling in real life but can you return them to the Football League?last_img read more

Could that have been it at Oracle? Dubs Nation grapples with daunting 3-1 deficit

first_imgClick here if you have trouble viewing the gallery in your mobile device.OAKLAND — Oracle Arena has been so loud with cheers for the Golden State Warriors — even with two losses last week that put the team in a harrowing 3-1 hole — that their fans, hoping for another NBA championship, were reluctant to consider a troubling question: Could this really be it?Could Friday’s 105-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors have been the very last Warriors game played at Oracle Arena? After 47 years in …last_img read more

Radebe: academia must embrace the ideals of the NDP

first_img1 October 2015The principles of the National Development Plan (NDP), which South African society must strive to fulfil by 2030, were unpacked yesterday by Minister Jeff Radebe, the minister in the Presidency responsible for government planning, monitoring and evaluation.Radebe, also the chairperson of the National Planning Commission, was speaking at a public lecture held at the University of South Africa (Unisa), in Pretoria on 30 September.The NDP, the minister said, identified the critical challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality that needed to be addressed. It also outlined the actions and measures that needed to be taken in order to achieve the vision.It outlined the physical, human and institutional capabilities necessary to ensure socio-economic transformation, Radebe added, saying it highlighted the importance of clarifying roles and responsibilities of different actors in government and society, to ensure effective implementation.“In this sense, the NDP is not the plan of government or the ruling party, but a plan for South Africa that is inclusive of all sections of society in which the state has a specific role relative to the roles of others,” he explained.Reiterating the minister’s remarks after his presentation, human rights lawyer Tseliso Thipanyane, who is the chief executive officer of the Safer South Africa Foundation, said the minister’s message about the NDP not being a government plan but a national plan that needed all sectors of society to participate in implementation, was an important one. It was a message that academics and their institutions, such as Unisa, had an important role to play in making the plan a success.“Academics,” Thipanyane said, “play a major role in producing future leaders of this country. Therefore, as they educate our young people they should bear in mind what the vision of this country is, and this lecture gave them a content of what they should be teaching.”South Africa could no longer have many young people with university qualifications which are not being used to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.During his lecture, Radebe expanded on the NDP’s encouragement of good governance, as part of the non-physical infrastructure that needed to be developed to support socio-economic change. He explained that “the decisions about how to spend public resources, what to prioritise in the face of competing demands, the sequence in which to implement priorities, is a function of governance”.The decision about how much weight to give to international developments that affected our development, as well as the type of relations to have with other nations were functions of good governance. Communicating these decisions to citizens was also a function of government, which must be done in good faith for the good of the South African people, Radebe concluded.Source: SANews.govlast_img read more

From environmental disaster to Ohio’s first conservation district

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest President Roosevelt toured the Great Plains with some leaders telling him to just abandon the region and let it go, it wasn’t worth the effort. Roosevelt said he could see in the people’s eyes that they intended to stay and survive. Hugh Hammond Bennett and other visionaries scheduled Congressional Hearings in 1935 on the creation of the “U.S. Soil Conservation Service” (SCS).Later as the enabling legislation was approved by Congress, Ohio finally passed legislation to authorize the formation of conservation districts on May 16, 1941. Under the legislation, local communities were asked to create locally led conservation districts. As “Conservation Districts” were created by local citizens, SCS would have the authority to provide technical assistance through that “District” to the landowners, with the District Supervisors overseeing the state and federal programs on behalf of those local land users.Highland County submitted its petition to the newly formed Ohio Soil Conservation Committee on March 25 1942. There were 72 residents who attended that hearing supporting the formation of a District in Highland County. That Petition being accepted, Highland County held the first required public referendum on April 18, 1942. The enabling legislation required 75 voters to pass a petition. Highland County registered 696 total voters and it passed by a 70% affirmative vote, making Highland County the first conservation district in Ohio on April 18, 1942. There were several counties planning to create districts that year, Champaign and Clark counties held their referendums a week after Highland and by the end of the year those three were joined by Butler, Coshocton, Morrow, Noble, Guernsey, Monroe, and Tuscarawas counties, for a total of 10 counties forming Districts in 1942.Later in June of 1942, the first Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor election was held in Highland County with Herbert Williams as chairman. Finally, the first Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Soil Conservation Service was signed and the work began. By the end of the 1940s, 80 of Ohio’s 88 counties had held their referendums and created soil conservation districts, the last of the 88 forming Districts was Lucas County in 1963.On a state level, the supervisors of Highland, Clark, and Butler counties met in September of 1943 to form an Association to represent the interests of all the supervisors in the state. They met, adopted by-laws and formed “The Ohio Federation of District Supervisors,” now known as “The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.” That private organization formed for the purpose of representing all district supervisors and guiding the formation and evolution of soil and water districts in Ohio.The conservation problem here in Ohio and the Corn Belt was not the wind erosion that had so dramatically defined the problems of the “Dust Bowl” across America’s Great Plains. Rather, the equally as damaging issue in the Midwest was water erosion creating gullies so big they could hide a truck or a tractor. Recognizing the problems and the practices that led to the problems took strength, resolve, and most-importantly local knowledge and leadership. The solutions and the processes to adopt and install those solutions were painful to accept and took courage by all involved. As the farmers and conservationist took on these challenges, they literally transformed agriculture across this country, making it a model for the entire world to follow. The genius of the movement was incorporating the locally-led component, which the SWCD continues to bring to the table in 2017.In the 1930s and 1940s, farmers were asked:1. To plow on the contour, to build terraces that slowed down the water runoff,2. To plant over 18,000 miles of windbreaks to help stop the wind,3. To leave crop residue on the surface, and4. To turn the most fragile areas back to their natural state of native prairie grass. Locally, farmers were building erosion control structures and healing the gullies created from poor rotations and bad water management. The country had made a pact with the American farmer: “We will help pay for the application of conservation practices if you will install them, maintain them, and become better stewards of the land.” Everyone should be proud of the fact that all of these programs remain voluntary today.The decade of the 1950s saw significant progress in the conservation movement in Ohio as county commissioners were authorized to appropriate funds to assist “Districts” which would be matched by the state. The 1954 Public Law 83-566, Watershed Protection and Flood Control Act authorized small watershed projects through SCS. In Ohio, the first two pilot projects were the Upper Hocking in Fairfield County and Rocky Fork in Highland County.The ‘50s also saw a growth in district education programs with sponsorship of 4-H camps andThis restored tractor and plow was used by Duane Mootz of Highland County to win contour match at 1957 World Plowing Match in Adams County. Photo provided by Highland SWCD. This restored tractor and plow was used by Duane Mootz of Highland County to win contour match at 1957 World Plowing Match in Adams County. Photo provided by Highland SWCD.the distribution of soil stewardship materials through area churches. In 1957, Conservation offices and staff in and around Highland County co-sponsored the World Conservation Exposition and Plowing Matches held in Adams County. This was the first such exposition held in the United States and represents the largest such expo ever held in southern Ohio.Conservation agencies worked for decades to complete soil surveys and publish them on a county-by-county basis. Highland County was surveyed from 1963 through 1968, and the document was printed in 1977. These surveys represent perhaps the most intensive study of the land and the soils that has ever been undertaken. Soil surveys provided the basis for all land disturbing activities and fertilization for crop production. Citizens can access all the findings of the soil survey, and use its findings to guide their land-use decisions.Highland County has always been a high priority for intensive land treatment practices and operations. Not so much that its farmers are that much more committed, but rather because geography and geology requires more vigilance. Highland County sits right on the terminal of the great glaciers of North America. Land from Leesburg northward being dominated by row-crop agriculture, having been leveled by the glaciers. South of Hillsboro is unglaciated steep wooded areas with fewer crops and more livestock. That border is an important region for conservation.No-till and minimum tillage became the most dominant method of controlling cropland erosion in the decade of the 1970s. No-till was not an easy step for agriculture to adopt, but as chemicals and equipment refinements have continued, farmers have been able to increase yields and reduce input costs, to the benefit of the land in reduced soil erosion. In 1986 Highland county was awarded the State Conservation Farmer, the top no-till corn yield and the top no-till soybean yield in the state. These were significant accomplishment from a southern Ohio county.Perhaps the single greatest advancement in private lands conservation was the passing of the 1985 Food Security Act (Farm Bill) as it was dominated by conservation provisions and led to many tools still in use today. The Food Security Act designated acre-by-acre which land would be considered highly erodible (HEL) land. The Act created the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and increased the public commitment to help agriculture protect lands for future generations. Highland County was one of the leaders in the State with more than 25,000 acres of highly erodible land set aside in grasslands or trees through CRP.Statewide, SWCDs are constantly striving to help land users make good decisions with the land they are trusted to use. From education programs, to providing direct technical assistance to land users for conservation practices, the offices continue to help apply practices that prevent cropland erosion, manage our pasture and woodlands, enhance wildlife cover, and improve water quality. Yes, the Soil and Water Conservation District is as relevant today as it was when created 75 years ago.An event was held in April to commemorate Highland Soil and Water Conservation District’s 75th anniversary with a presentation by former Director of the Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Larry Vance.last_img read more

Watanabe outclasses foes on her way to SEA Games gold

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Shugen came out of the repechage division to edge Ace Ang of Singapore, 3-0, for third place in -66kg.His brother Keisei overpowered Uen Xaisengseum Nouvene of Laos via ippon for -73kg bronze.Watanabe, ranked 23rd in the world in her division, was the most dreaded fighter in the tournament.“But I can’t be very sure so I trained very hard,” said Watanabe, who is a sports science major at Wasida University in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “It wasn’t easy,” said Watanabe through her mom Irene who was interpreting from Japanese to Filipino. “There was pressure on my part to win. But she did her best for her country.”This early, Watanabe is being groomed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingWatanabe was one of the four Fil-Japanese counted upon to win golds in the competition held at KLCC Hall 5.But twins Shugen and Keisei Nakano could only produce bronze in their respective divisions. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Kiyomi Watanabe of the Philippines clinches the gold medal in the women’s -63kg event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games judo competition Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Kiyomi Watanabe proved that she’s a cut above the rest after she left a path of destruction on her way to the judo gold in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Saturday.The 20-year-old Watanabe won all her bouts via ippon — the equivalent of knockout in boxing — taking down Orapin Senatham in just 36 seconds for her third straight SEA Games gold in -63-kilograms division.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim With Fajardo playing sparingly, Santos delivers for ‘complete’ SMB team View commentslast_img read more

OSU-Baylor Prop Bets

first_imgNov 24 2012 Arlington TX USA Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles talks with quarterback Nick Florence 11 on the field against the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the game at Cowboys Stadium. Baylor beat Texas Tech 52 45 in overtime. Mandatory Credit Tim Heitman US PRESSWIREPhoto Attribution: US PresswireI’ve missed the past couple games with the prop bets, but I couldn’t deprive you of them for the matchup with Baylor.  I’m probably more towards the “hatred” end of the spectrum than others as far as Baylor sports are concerned, but I plan to use my blog contributor opportunities to lure you my way as time goes on.1)  Oklahoma State -5 at BaylorWe’d all feel more comfortable about this game if it was in Stillwater, but is anyone expecting a raucous crowd in Waco?  I can’t figure it out but OSU has owned Baylor while the Bears have managed to upset or compete with ranked teams over the last few years.2)  Total Points Over/Under:  87 (!)@Covers tweeted they went back to 1985 and could not find a game with a higher over/under total than this game.  The second biggest they found was 83…same matchup last year in Stillwater (teams combined for 83).3)  Which will be greater:  OSU total yards or amount of money (in thousands) $cott Drew has slid underneath the table to Perry Jones, Quincy Miller, Pierre Jackson, Isaiah Austin and these three guys?Yeah, shots fired.  I’m not holding back today.  Before you quickly pull the trigger on the Bears here, keep in mind they are 119th (out of 120) in total defense 4)  Joseph Randle rushing yards over/under:  120These two teams’ stats are incredibly similar, except for rush defense. The Bears come in ranked 88th nationally giving up 188.36 rush yards per game.  The Pokes are giving up only 124.36 yards per game on the ground, good for 22nd in the nation. On the offensive side, OSU is averaging about 215 rushing yards per game, so if they hit that, it’s fair to think Randle will have more than half of it against the Bears.5)  Who does worse given the amount of talent he brings in:  Mack Brown or Scott DrewCompletely unrelated to the game but I love taking shots at Scott Drew.6)  Which is more likely:  Art Briles coaching in the SEC next season or Joseph Randle leaving early for the NFL draft? has Joseph Randle as the 4th best RB prospect for the 2013 NFL draft, and 68th overall, and projects him as a 2nd round pick.  Should guys leave early to be 2nd round picks?  As far as Briles, maybe he stays in Waco with the new stadium coming, but Baylor still won’t be in the same category as Arkansas, Auburn or Tennessee.  ( Prospect Rankings)By the way, the next OSU player in their overall rankings is Quinn Sharp at 211th (listed as the highest rated punter).7)  Who will have more receiving yards: Terrance Williams or Josh Stewart?Williams leads the nation in receiving yards at 1693 while Stewart is 31st at 1007.  It’s obvious who you should pick since both passing defenses are ranked in the bottom 8 nationally, but there’s always a time and a place for a homer pick.8)  Will Gilbert or Brown come up with an interception?It would be difficult to find a more disappointing statistic than the total number of interceptions between our starting cornerbacks.  What happened to our preseason projected first round draft pick and the “Bulldog” on the other side?9)  Which would bother you more:  OU winning the Big 12 in basketball or Baylor winning the Big 12 in football?I don’t think a conference title is enough to bring out the obnoxious OU fans. Only a small percentage of their fan base will even know they are in the conference hunt in mid-February, and those are the fans I can have intelligent conversations with.  Baylor winning the Big 12 in football…shoot me.Make your picks here and we’ll see you on Twitter tomorrow morning!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Report: Republic of Ireland 2 USA 1

first_imgRepublic of Ireland 2 United States 1: Judge hammers home late winner in Dublin Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 05:10 6/3/18 Republic of Ireland - cropped Getty Images Substitute Alan Judge scored a late winner as the Republic of Ireland recovered from a goal down at the Aviva Stadium. Alan Judge fired in a dramatic late winner to clinch the Republic of Ireland a 2-1 win over the United States in John O’Shea’s final international appearance.Substitute Judge swept home just over a minute after stepping off the bench to seal the come-from-behind victory after Graham Burke’s maiden international goal had levelled matters.Shamrock Rovers striker Burke’s 57th-minute strike cancelled out Bobby Wood’s first-half opener and set the stage for Judge to secure a fitting farewell for O’Shea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The 37-year-old had exited in the 35th minute after winning his 118th cap – and it looked as though it would end in disappointment when Wood prodded home on the stroke of half-time.But, in their first game at Aviva Stadium since the heartbreak of the World Cup qualifying implosion against Denmark, the two second-half strikes went some way to erasing the memories of their play-off disappointment on home soil.They also served to end a youthful USA’s four-game unbeaten run, though the visitors struggled to create too many opportunities in the absence of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic.After two years out of action following a broken leg, this is what it means! Well done, Alan Judge! #COYBIG— FAIreland (@FAIreland) June 2, 2018O’Shea almost marked his swansong with a rare goal when he glanced a header wide of the far post from a Jeff Hendrick corner early in proceedings.Untroubled on that occasion, Bill Hamid was forced into his first real piece of work in the 20th minute as he batted away a swerving James McClean effort, before a Tyler Adams strike at the other end was deflected over by team-mate Rubio Rubin.Colin Doyle, at fault for France’s second in a 2-0 defeat in Paris on Monday, comfortably held a low Jorge Villafana drive just beyond the half-hour and that provided O’Shea’s cue for an early exit, the former Manchester United man briefly soaking up the applause before making way for debutant Darragh Lenihan.Seamus Coleman spurned a chance to break the deadlock when he screwed wide following a Hamid fumble and the full-back was immediately made to pay for the miss, Wood prodding home Matt Miazga’s looping header as a free-kick proved Ireland’s undoing on the stroke of half-time.The lead would only last 12 minutes after the restart with Burke scrambling home at close range after Lenihan nodded down a cross at the far post.Graham Burke celebrates his first goal for Ireland ! #GreatestLeagueInTheWorld #COYBIG— FAIreland (@FAIreland) June 2, 2018The equalising goal proved the catalyst for a more open period of play; Jon Walters first curled agonisingly wide of the upright from inside the area before Timothy Weah, a scorer in USA’s 3-0 win over Bolivia on Monday, blazed over when afforded both time and space in the 65th minute.It appeared the game would end all-square until Judge’s last-gasp intervention, the Brentford midfielder wasting no time in making an impact on proceedings when firing in off the underside of the bar after the ball broke kindly following McClean’s determined dribble into the box.Judge’s maiden goal for his country gave O’Shea the final verdict he must have hoped for, while also ending a four-game winless run for Ireland dating back to their 1-0 triumph over Wales last October. read morelast_img read more

‘Mourinho and Guardiola are very similar’

first_imgManchester United ‘Mourinho and Guardiola are very similar’ – Contrasting styles but same obsession, says Gudjohnsen Chris Burton 05:28 6/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho Getty Manchester United Manchester City Guardiola José Mourinho Premier League A man who played under both coaches during spells at Chelsea and Barcelona considers the Manchester United and City managers to have plenty in common Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola may be drawing contrasting responses to their respective styles in Manchester with United and City but the pair are actually “very similar”, says Eidur Gudjohnsen.Roles for two arch-rivals were reversed in 2017-18, with those at Old Trafford forced to watch on as major silverware made its way to the Etihad Stadium.A year earlier, Mourinho’s debut campaign earned him three trophies while Guardiola was left empty-handed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now City are now Premier League and Carabao Cup double winners, with the Blues being lauded for their free-flowing football while United are condemned for adopting a supposed defensive mindset.Mourinho and Guardiola are the faces of the clubs placing so much trust in them, and a man who played under both in his playing days believes they have more in common than may meet the eye.Former Chelsea and Barcelona star Gudjohnsen told The Independent: “I always say the same: they’re very similar in their eye for detail, in their obsession in how the game should be played.“I think Guardiola puts more emphasis on possession of the ball and how can we dominate the opposition in possession and overload spaces where the ball is being played. “Mourinho is a little more direct, and this is from my experience. Both [are] at a standard which is very similar, it’s just who do you like more.“The biggest difference is the characters. Mourinho has got a bigger personality, a bigger character than Guardiola. Guardiola might be more of the silent type, thinking, an introvert.”Gudjohnsen does not envy either of his former bosses as they continue to chase down honours in an era which demands immediate success.Both have been able to deliver for expectant fan bases, but the challenges start all over again in 2018-19 as Mourinho and Guardiola look to assert dominance not only in Manchester but throughout England and across Europe.“If you look at the demands of football today, everything has to happen straight away,” added the iconic former Iceland international who tasted title success in England and Spain, as well as Champions League glory with Barca.“We want teams to play well, we want success, we want everything. We want almost perfection.“And we want new players to come in and set the world on fire, entertain us and just be the complete package as soon as they walk through the door.”last_img read more