Living the dream – Morgan revels in impressive Premier League rise

first_img“It has always been a dream of mine to play in the Premier League and I have done.” Jamaican international Wes Morgan has not only realised his dream, he is also flourishing, making up for lost time even, as he leads unlikely title contenders Leicester City on a dream campaign.In many ways, Morgan’s rise has mirrored that of his club. It would fit perfectly well in a fairy tale book – Leicester battling with the big boys this season after last year’s near relegation and Morgan struggling in the lower leagues before making his top-flight debut at 30.”I thought the opportunity to play in the Premier League had passed me by. Everyone wants to play at the highest level, and it took a lot longer than I anticipated and wanted, but I got there eventually. I am enjoying it a lot!” Morgan said.He is today considered one of the most reliable defenders in the English Premier League, but it didn’t always look to be heading in that direction for the towering defender.Morgan was an awkward teenager, overweight with knees that rubbed together – hardly the model look for a footballer.He arrived at Nottingham Forest in 2002 after being cut from Notts County and spending a couple years at Dunkirk in the lower leagues.His arrival at Forest on trial was hardly an ‘arrival’ in truth, with then academy director John Pemberton admitting to hiding the out-of-shape-looking Morgan from the head coach for several months.The defender would eventually whip himself into shape and worked his way into a first team position at the club.”Getting released wasn’t nice. It was hard to take, but I remained positive and I got a trial at Forest, and that was an opportunity to get back into it, and that’s where it all started,” Morgan reminisced to bbc.com.He would end up moving to Leicester after a decade at Forest, where he had developed a reputation has a hard-nosed, studs-to-ankle type of defender. Exactly what the Foxes’ coaching staff was looking for.KEY FACTOREighteen months after making his Premier League debut, Morgan’s strength at the back has been a key factor in Leicester’s table-topping season.The defender is averaging 2.7 interceptions; 1.1 tackles; 5.3 clearances and 1.1 blocks per game to rank among the best in the league.But his focus is on the team and what they can achieve this season.”To be in the position we are in is an achievement in itself. Anything that happens now is definitely a bonus. People tipped us to be relegated at the start of the season, and we are competing at the top of the league,” said Morgan.”We are just delighted with how things have gone so far.”We have a real confidence and belief and know that on our day we can be as good, if not better, than anyone out there in this league,” he added.The Jamaican international has not forgotten his roots either and spends his weekdays coaching youngsters, perhaps with his mind on his own struggles at that stage.last_img read more

Fire Burns House, Displaces Family in 72nd Community

first_imgMr. Sumo and his son at the front of their burnt house.The morning hours of Wednesday, December 12, saw a family near a car parking lot in 72nd Army Camp Field watch their two bedroom house being consumed by fire as no one appeared to help put the fire out. Everything in the house is said to have been burned.Mr. James K.G. Sumo and his spouse Esther Taylor were away when the fire gutted the house, which is believed to have been locked at all ends.Sumo told the Daily Observer he received a phone call at about 9:40 a.m., informing him about the house being gutted by fire while he was at work in Firestone, Margibi County.“After the first call in a little over two minutes, I received another call not only confirming that fire had truly gutted my house, but that it had, in totality, engulfed the entire building; there had been no hope to retrieve anything,” he said.Sumo, who works with the new development (nursery department) of Firestone as a contractor, said upon receiving the information about the fire disaster at his home, he immediately assumed that there must have been an electrical shock, since his house is connected to power supplied by the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).House demolished by fire in 72nd, allegedly due to electrical fault“I cannot say exactly the real cause of the fire incident, but I think the breaker (current regulator) must have been left on by anyone in the house,” he assumed.Sumo said he is heart-broken by the incident, but he is grateful to God that no one died or sustained wounds amid the fire disaster.Even though Sumo could not tell exactly what the total cost of his loss was, he said a lot of materials, including a refrigerator, television, clothes, money (both U.S. and Liberian dollars) were in the house when it got burned.“Not even a pin was taken out of that house. The total cost of the damage, excluding the house, could be put at US$4,500,” he said.He appealed to well meaning Liberians to lend him a hand of support as he has moved his family to the home of his elder sister where they sleep in the sitting room.For Sumo’s wife, Esther Taylor, she was in Red Light attending to her business when she received a phone call informing her that her house was on fire.“I am a market woman. I have lost L$292,000 and US$500 to the fire. I brought the money home just a day ago so I could exchange it for U.S. dollars to send for my goods from the Ivory Coast,” Madam Taylor said.She said she sells pepper and ground nuts (peanuts) in Red Light.The victims are meanwhile calling on philanthropists, particularly their district lawmaker Representative Thomas P. Fallah, to help them resettle their lives.The couple said anyone wishing to assist them can call 0886749125 or 0776179706.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mayor moves to have city businesses closed by 16:30h

first_img… going by obsolete law – Labour Dept… accused of being anti-businessBY DEVINA SAMAROOIn an announcement that sent shockwaves through the city, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green declared that city businesses have been operating beyond hours prescribed by the law and the practice must be immediately stopped.However, the Shops Consolidation (Amendment) Act 2009 states otherwise.Chase Green told a public meeting on Friday that businesses are forbidden from opening on public holidays, on Sundays and beyond 16:30h (4:30pm) daily; warning that efforts will be made to ensure law and order is restored.The announcement startled many business operators in Georgetown, some of whom contended that any such move will only further cripple the economy.One business owner argued that the policy is anti-business and does not cater for working-class persons who usually do their shopping after working hours.During an interview with Guyana Times on Monday, the Mayor maintained her position, emphasising that the law is clear.“They (businesses) open at 07:30h and at seven in the night (19:00h), they are still opened while the law says it’s from 7:00am to 4:30pm (16:30h), and Saturdays are supposed to be half day and there are supposed to be no openings on Sundays; but they are in violation and nobody is saying anything about it,” she argued.Chase Green said the concerns were brought to her attention by concerned citizens and therefore she decided to take action to put an end to the violation.The Mayor said she will be writing to the Labour Department about the violation and that it will be up to those in charge to take the necessary actions to correct the breach.The Shops Consolidation Act (Amendment) 2009“What you have existing right now is that majority of businesses open after 12 on Saturdays until four or five in the afternoons or until seven in the night. And on Sundays they are also open and on public holidays; and they are in violation… So it is left for them (Labour Ministry) to take that information and do what is necessary,” she stressed.Chase Green posited, “It is the Ministry’s responsibility, not mine. I am responsible for the market and I make sure that the market is opened and closed on time.”However, the Chief Labour Officer (CLO) Charles Ogle said the Mayor is erroneous in her claims.He pointed to the Shops Consolidation (Amendment) Act 2009 which extends the operating hours for regular shops from 07:30h to 22:00h; restaurants and cook shops for 24 hours per day; and parlour, barber and hairdresser establishments from 06:00h to midnight every day.Ogle presumed that the Mayor is referring to the old Act, which indeed stipulated an early closure time for businesses.Moreover, he posited that it is the responsibility of the Police Commissioner and not the Labour Department to ensure that the businesses are operating in accordance with the law. He posited that the Mayor may have blundered once again in this regard.The Shops Act stipulates that “it shall be the duty of the Commissioner of Police to enforce or cause to be enforced the provisions of this Act relating to the hours of opening and closing of shops and prohibited sales.”last_img read more

‘Please come home’ – Leeds fans want ex-player back after man of the match display

first_imgRemind me again why we let @oli_mcburnie go 😭 please come home 😂 #lufc— Ross (@rossylufc) August 21, 2018 McBurnie an absolute brute. A youthful Duncan Ferguson. #lufc #SWALEE— Steve Adams (@steveads1970) August 21, 2018 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 You can see why we were linked with that McBurnie lad for so long, he’s absolutely made for this league. #lufc— Tommy (@tommy_lufc) August 21, 2018 gameday cracker silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update CONFIDENT BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Watch astonishing moment heavyweight out on his feet turns tables and floors prospect Furthermore, the 22-year-old had another reason to impress against Leeds.The forward started his career in the Elland Road club’s famous academy, having been born in Leeds, but he was released at Under-14s level. Bielsa got us that point with the subs and taking action early. MOT.Sign McBurnie— Matt Greenwood (@MattistutaG) August 21, 2018 @oli_mcburnie was outstanding tonight. Not even angry that he scored two goals against us tonight. He deserved it. Leeds fan & hope to see him in a Leeds shirt one day. Swansea looked good. They will be up there at the end of the season #lufc #scfc— Kirsty Stanley (@stanners_1982) August 21, 2018 2 SHOCK Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade McBurnie joined Bradford after being released by Leeds in 2010 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Obviously McBurnie gets two after being linked with him… Always happens #lufc— Regan (@ReganHinds) August 21, 2018 Daniel Dubois sends stern warning when asked about future fight vs Anthony Joshua Leeds’ unblemished start to the season came to an end on Tuesday evening, with Swansea holding the Whites to a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.Marcelo Bielsa’s side remain undefeated, and moved top of the Championship table with the point they picked up in Wales, but the draw prevented Leeds making it four league wins from four. smart causal Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez grabbed the goals for Leeds, each cancelling out an Oli McBurnie strike that had twice given Swansea the lead.McBurnie was named man of the match for his two-goal showing, having spent the entire game bullying Leeds’ centre-back partnership of Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi. Admittedly, he will likely never have an easier match in his career, with both centre-backs actually full-backs, but McBurnie did much to show he has what it takes to cut it at Championship level. I’d quite happily take Celina and McBurnie off Swansea! #lufc— Keith Tracy (@KeithT3103) August 21, 2018 I remember watching Leeds vs Barnsley last year with all eyes on McBurnie, and not seeing the hype at all. Looked slow, languid, playing within himself. Different animal tonight. All-round player was monstrous and took both goals so well.Looks a Premier League talent. #lufc— ETHAN (@EthanFromOnline) August 22, 2018 MONEY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The Whites were actually interested in bring McBurnie back to the club earlier this year, with former manager Paul Heckingbottom a fan of his, but the youngster penned a new contract with the Swans to end talk of a transfer.However, after his man of the match showing against Leeds, fans of the club are calling for their former player to ‘come home’ and help guide the Elland Road giants back to the Premier League.You can see some of the best reaction below… revealed latest McBurnie netted twice in Swansea’s draw with Leeds impact Most read in Championship Wish #lufc had gone after McBurnie to compliment Roofe and Bamford— Nick Howe (@NickHow07209652) August 21, 2018 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Tbh the way McBurnie played tonight I think he would have been perfect for our style actually and personally would have taken him over Bamford, not that I’m slagging Bamford off I just think over the season he would prove to be better— Mr Positive (@Russlufc) August 21, 2018last_img read more

Leading Donegal environmentalist slams Government on Heritage Bill

first_imgA leading Donegal environmentalist has slammed the Government for their backing of the Heritage Bill saying their support for the legislation is a dark day for the environment and bio-diversity locally.Aengus Kennedy, of Nature North West, called out Government Chief Whip on the issue saying his support for the legislation is a dark day for the environment and bio-diversity in Donegal.The new Bill will allow for the burning of heather and gorse in March and hedge cutting in August under a pilot project for the whole country. Mr. Kennedy said that as Government Chief Whip, Deputy Joe McHugh has been totally powerless when it came to protecting nature and endangered species of wildlife by backing the new Heritage Bill.He told the Tirconail Tribune “It is one of the worst measures ever for wildlife and the endangered species of this country and is in total contradiction to Minister McHugh’s actions in supporting the Green Schools Initiative in Donegal.“I expected much more by way of his support on this issue and we are bitterly disappointed with his vote in the Dail to support measure that will prove to be counter-productive and a disaster for all aspects of nature. Does he not realise that his vote has been very damaging for the entire bee population in Ireland?” queried Mr. Kennedy.A roadside hedgerow near St. JohnstonHe said that Joe McHugh’s support and vote for the Bill is totally contradictory to his actions in going into schools educating and informing pupils about wildlife protection and awareness, raising flags for bio-diversity, the protection of natural habitats and a better environment for all. Mr. Kennedy was commenting on the adoption of the Bill during his nature talk and bat walk during the Lennon Festival Ramelton at the weekend.The environmental protection groups claim that the new measures will critically endanger birds that are just starting to breed and will also impact bees that depend on gorse as a food source. But questions remain unanswered about the scientific basis to justify the need for this legislation and how other species dependent on hedgerows throughout the year can survive the new regulations.Environmentalists claim that over-management of hedgerows is one of the biggest problems facing species that live in this habitat type. The practice of annual cutting using a mechanical flail creates a uniform and species-poor hedgerow that is of little value to wildlife. Mechanical flailing also makes the option of leaving selected saplings to become hedgerow trees much more difficult.Environmental Pillar Spokesperson and author of Whittled Away – Ireland’s Vanishing Nature, Pádraic Fogarty, said: “While the provisions of the Bill for roadside hedge cutting in August still require clarification, as it stands landowners will be allowed to self-define road safety issues as they deem fit.“This will result in severe consequences for late-nesting birds, such as the endangered yellowhammer, and pollinators who depend on hedgerows for food.The passage of the destructive Heritage Bill through the Dail marks a dark day for Irish biodiversity,” Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has said. The Government’s Bill was voted through last week with the support of Fianna Fail despite widespread opposition from all other parties, environmentalists, conservation groups and farmers working together with biodiversity.Leading Donegal environmentalist slams Government on Heritage Bill was last modified: July 12th, 2018 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

Boss ‘deflated’ after Chelsea draw

first_imgChelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo spoke of his disappointment following his side’s 2-2 draw with Juventus in a pulsating Champions League tussle at Stamford Bridge.Oscar’s double – which included a magnificent 25-yard strike – put the European champions in control.But the Italians hit back and, despite only managing two shots on target, were good value for their point.Di Matteo told Sky Sports: “It was a very good football game and both teams could have won it. We had chances to get a third goal and probably close the game but it was probably a deserved draw.“We were in a great position to win the game and only got a draw but we knew we were playing a quality side.“We made a couple of mistakes on their goals but they had good movement and quality finishing as well.“We feel a bit deflated because we were ahead but it will be a tough group and we move on to the next game now.”Oscar’s performance on his first start for the club was a definite plus for Di Matteo.The Blues boss said: “It was a terrific debut for him. We were waiting for the right game to put him into the team and it was wonderful to watch him.“He played a very big role for us and the second goal was fantastic.”See also:Juventus hit back after Oscar’s doubleChelsea to assess Oscar ankle injuryChelsea v Juve player ratingsDi Matteo expects quick Sturridge returnFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Nellie, a bridge between Warriors, Celtics dynasties, marveling at this Dubs run

first_imgThe famed Warriors coach let out a hearty laugh. Just like nearly ever Warriors fan, Don Nelson has watched his beloved team with keen interest lately. And even if he has become familiar with the Warriors’ seemingly annual tradition with competing for an NBA championship, Nelson often has to pinch himself.After all, Nelson gave an honest answer on if he ever saw this coming during his second stint coaching the Warriors (2006-2010 when he played an influential role in the Warriors selecting …last_img read more

Cache ‘o Mat (GC1A11C) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 24, 2013

first_imgCache ‘o Mat – the geocache vending machine Geocaches come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Cache ‘o Mat (GC1A11C) on the other hand, a one of a kind geocache vending machine, has set a new standard for unique geocaches.It’s easy to spot, easy to get stickers and easy to see why this is a favorite geocache. Sometimes, however, it’s not as simple to log the difficulty 3.5, terrain 1 geocache as it appears. In order to do so, geocachers will need to use their geo-sense.While the geocache sits in plain sight, it is not highly muggle-sensitive. With some creativity from the geocache owner and help from the German geocaching musical act Dosenfischer, geocachers can enjoy a one of a kind geocaching anthem (in German) at the vending machine. Now, how often do you get that kind of entertainment when you find a geocache?Jeremy signed the logbookThanks to JoFrie, this clever and creative geocache has been part of the Niedersachsen, Germany community since March, 2008. Over 1,800 geocachers have claimed their smiley and awarded it 849 Favorite Points. Among those who logged the geocache is Geocaching CEO and Co-Founder, Jeremy Irish.The extensive and elaborate logs describe a lot of fun and entertaining experiences – exactly what this geocache is all about!Cache ‘o Mat LogbookOne geocacher writes, “Natürlich habe auch ich schon oft von diesem Schmuckstück gehört. Zu finden ist die Lokation ja nicht unbedingt schwer. Aber das sieht man auch schon auf den ersten Blick ins Listing. Das Auffinden der eigentlichen Dose war dann schon schwieriger, hat aber Spaß gemacht. Einfach mal alles ausprobiert, überall gedrückt und gezogen, bis nach einiger Zeit tatsächlich etwas ruckte. Klasse gemacht, wirklich. Vielen Dank für diesen tollen Cache!”This translates to, “Of course, I have often heard of this gem. Finding the location isn’t exactly difficult. But, you can see that at the first glance of the listing. Finding the actual box was then more difficult, but it has been fun. Just tried everything – pushed everywhere and pulled everything. After some time, something snapped. Well done, really. Thanks for this great cache!”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@groundspeak.com.There’s something for everyone at this vending machine!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedDon’t look down! — Vertical Limit I: Die Brücke (GCZVW2) — Geocache of the WeekMarch 5, 2014In “Community”We’ve Got Urban Geocaching on Lock — QuadLockLog (GC330KJ) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 7, 2013In “Community”Sometimes Geocaching Makes You Go… — Nuts (GC41D4C) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 10, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

PD-SPORTS NAIDU(MES12)

first_imgAm physically fit because I play ball badminton regularly: VP Puducherry, Jul 6 (PTI) Highlighting the importanceof fitness, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today said hekeeps himself fit by playing ball badminton everyday. Launching projects to promote sports and games inPuducherry, Naidu said: “I am 68 years old now. I am brisk andkeep myself fit because I play ball badminton everydayregularly.”He said next time when he visited Puducherry he wouldplay the game along with Puducherry Health and Sports MinisterMalladi Krishna Rao in the multi-purpose indoor sports complexfor which he laid the foundation today.He said sports and games would give the youthnecessary will power and team spirit and produce goodleadership and wanted governments to create necessaryinfrastructure for promoting it. Naidu also highlighted the relevance of yoga which hadbecome globally popular now following the initiative taken byPrime Minister Narendra Modi, adding, he could see a number ofyoga centres in countries he visited recently. PTI COR BNMVV MVV MVVlast_img read more

McKennie and Adams start vs full-strength France

first_imgFrance v United States France vs USA team news: McKennie and Adams start for USMNT Ben Valentine 02:13 6/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Weston McKennie USMNT 2 05282018 Bill Streitcher France v United States United States Friendlies France The teenage duo will face a tough test as they have been handed the start against one of the World Cup favorites Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams will pair together in the midfield as a youthful U.S. national team closes out its summer friendlies against France in Lyon.The teenage duo will begin in a midfield trio with Wil Trapp of the Columbus Crew captaining the side and sitting deepest of the three.Dave Sarachan will play three center backs in the contest, with Matt Miazga, Cameron Carter-Vickers getting the start alongside Tim Parker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Parker receives his first ever senior start, as does Levante right-back Shaq Moore, who comes in for DeAndre Yedlin. Everton’s Antonee Robinson, who started against Bolivia, returns to the XI for a much sterner test against France as he lines up on the left.Up top, Bobby Wood, who scored the lone USMNT goal against the Republic of Ireland, will pair with Julian Green. It is Green’s first start for the national team since October 2016.Teenagers Tim Weah and Josh Sargent start the game on the bench.The USMNT will play in front of Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen who makes his second start for the senior team, coming in after Bill Hamid went the distance against Ireland.Meanwhile, France have gone with a full-strength side against the USMNT as Hugo Lloris, Samuel Umtiti, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann all start for Les Blues.The Stars and Stripes take Lyon. Meet our starting XI for #FRAvUSA.Lineup notes » https://t.co/vi41TGF6zR pic.twitter.com/HOGwsSBthj— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) June 9, 2018USA XI: Steffen; Moore, Carter-Vickers, Miazga, Parker, Robinson; Trapp, Adams, McKennie; Green, WoodFrance XI: Lloris; Sidibe, Varane, Umtiti, Mendy; Pogba, Kante, Matuidi; Mbappe, Griezmann, Giroudlast_img read more