‘Proud’ Moyes thanks Ferguson for Man Utd opportunity

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinSACKED Manchester United manager David Moyes thanked his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson on Wednesday for having given him the opportunity to lead the Premier League club.In a statement issued through the League Manager’s Association (LMA), the Scot spoke of his pride at being chosen last July and acknowledged fans had a right to feel frustrated by results since then.He spoke warmly of the United staff but, perhaps pointedly, not the players.“I remain proud to have led the team to the quarter-finals of this year’s Champions League and I remain grateful to Sir Alex Ferguson for believing in my ability and giving me the chance to manage Manchester United,” he said.Ferguson stepped down last year, when United won the title, after 26 years in charge.Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after only 10 months with United currently seventh in the league and out of the running for a Champions League slot next season.Newspapers reported on Wednesday that Ferguson, who last year urged fans to get behind the new man, had supported the decision to sack Moyes and would play a role in the appointment of the next manager.Moyes said he was and would always be “incredibly proud” to have been appointed manager of United.“Taking charge after such a long period of continuous stability and success at the club was inevitably going to be a significant challenge, but it was one which I relished and never had a second thought about taking on,” he said.“The scale of the manager’s job at United is immense, but I have never stepped away from hard work and the same applies to my coaching staff. I thank them for their dedication and loyalty throughout the last season.”United have an urgent need to revamp their ageing squad and are expected to ship out several high-profile players once the season is over.Moyes said he had already been working on that when the owning Glazer family decided to call time, the manager informed of his dismissal on Tuesday after details had been widely leaked to the media.“We were fully focused and committed to the process of the fundamental rebuilding that is required for the senior squad,” he said in his statement.“This had to be achieved whilst delivering positive results (in the Premier League and Champions League).“However, during this period of transition, performances and results have not been what Manchester United and its fans are used to or expect, and I both understand and share their frustration.”Moyes said he had seen in his short reign just how special it was to work at Old Trafford and the training ground.“I would like to thank the United staff for making me feel so welcome and part of the United family from my first day. And of course thank you to those fans who have supported me throughout the season. I wish you and the club all the best for the future,” he said.“I have always believed that a manager never stops learning during his career and I know I will take invaluable experience from my time as United’s manager.”LMA chief executive Richard Bevan said United had handled the dismissal in an “unprofessional manner”.“The LMA is very disappointed with the nature of David’s departure from Manchester United and to read extensive reports in the press, confirming David’s sacking, before David himself had been spoken to officially by the club,” he said.last_img read more

Easter kite flying

first_imgSatiricus was grinning from ear to ear. He was Guyanese and being told, “Go fly a kite!’ wasn’t a term of dismissal, like with the Americans. That set Satiricus wondering about that lot and their quaint sayings. He could understand “go chase yourself”, “go climb a tree”, “go jump in the lake”, “go sit on a tack” or “go soak your head” as telling someone to quit bothering them, but “go fly a kite”?“Hey,” thought Satiricus, “That is fun!!” He’d arrived at the Back Street Bar by now and hadn’t realised he’d spoken out aloud, until Bungi asked:“Yuh damn rite a fun when abee a drink beer!”“Oh…I was actually thinking about kite flying,” he explained to his friends as he picked up his waiting beer.“Kite flyin’?” asked Cappo with a laugh. “De only kite you can mek a dem kankawa wan!!”“Well, maybe,” admitted Satiricus. “But nowadays I can just buy one of those Chinese plastic ones!!”“Now, Sato!” protested Hari. “That’s no fun! What is Easter if you don’t make kites for the children?”“Yes, Sato,” said Bungi. “You cyaan mek dem Chinee kite dance like Bull Cow and cut people kite wid dem tail!”“I’na jus’ fuh fly de kite,” said Cappo earnestly. “Ha’f de fun a fuh mek de kite!”“You can say that again,” exclaimed Hari feelingly.“Rememba how you and yuh Daady use fuh guh fuh pick gamma cherry fuh paste de kite pay-pa pan de frame?” Bungi asked Satiricus.“I remember,” said Satiricus. “But things change, fellas. You don’t tear up old bed sheets to make the tail!”“Me na know ‘bout da!” protested Cappo. “Me son a guh Callege now. But ya still come fuh me mek ‘e kite loop. Abee a keep close.”“So what are you trying to tell us Sato,” enquired Hari. “Your wife won’t be cooking up the aloo ball and pine tart when we go tomorrow to the sea wall?”“Well, not EVERYTHING has to change!” grinned Satiricus.last_img read more

Tender Board corruption in Region 6

first_imgDear Editor,Kindly publish this letter which seeks to highlight some of the problems affecting the development of Region 6 (East Berbice-Corentyne) and all of which can be sourced to the Tender Board. The Procurement Act 2003 is intended ‘to promote fairness and transparency in the procurement process’, but the Region 6 Tender Board has failed to give effect to the legal provisions provided therein. The Tender Board has also failed to provide fair and equitable treatment to all suppliers and contractors.Firstly, despite the fact that the Procurement Act specifies that certain standardized features and requirements relating to the characteristics of the good to be procured, many dietary and other items are tendered without due diligence to this requirement (Section 13). This has resulted in a potpourri of substandard goods being procured. The Act also makes it clear that contractors who have supplied substandard goods in the past should be disqualified but unfortunately this has never seen the light of day in Region 6.Secondly, all the members of the Regional Tender Board are political appointees or politicians who grossly lack the perquisite qualifications as expressly stated by the Procurement Act 2003 Section 16 (2). This subsection states that such persons appointed shall be of ‘unquestioned integrity who have shown capacity in business, the professions, law, audit, finance and administration’. If this Section was taken seriously then the Region would have had persons who are suitably qualified to foster the economic and social development of this region.Thirdly, the members of the Evaluation Committee should possess the same qualifications outlined above. But the appointees to this important Committee are all teachers with the technical /professional expertise as outlined in Section 16(2). It must be emphasised that these members must have more competence other than the capability of looking at figures and doing calculations! They must be able to understand the technical aspect as well. The purpose of this Committee is to evaluate the tenders which the Regional Tender Board has received from contractors and suppliers and has submitted to that Committee. This Evaluation Committee will also use the criteria outlined in the tender documents and determine the lowest evaluated tender. It will then make a recommendation to the Regional Tender Board. What is interesting is that should the Regional Tender Board be in disagreement with the Evaluation Committee’s recommendation, the Evaluation Committee must observe the recommendation of the Regional Tender Board with regards to who is the lowest evaluated bidder. Hence the Regional Tender will always influence the outcome of the final decision (Procurement Act Section 39). This is going back to the politicians.Fourthly, despite the fact that Section 39(6)(a) makes it pellucid that ‘all evaluation criteria for the procurement of goods, works and services in addition to price, will be qualified in monetary terms and the tender will be awarded to the lowest evaluated bid’, There are circumstances where this subsection has been blatantly violated, attesting to cronyism and corruption.For instance, in the case of the repairs to Whim Branch Road, the Engineer’s estimate was, $4,058,104, but the contractor with the lowest bid of $3,507,720 was not awarded that contract. It was given to another contractor who bid $3,968,364. Another instance is the case of the repairs to Black Bush Public Road to Johanna Three Bridge. The Engineer estimated this work for $6,043,749 and the lowest bid was for $5,446,492, but again the award of the contract was given to the same contractor as before who bid at $5,829,661 and was not the lowest bidder. These contracts were awarded on July 7, 2016. In both cases the contractor given the contract was the same and the contractor sidelined was the same. Is this a case of co-incidence? This is a clear violation of the Procurement Act!In addition to the above, the Procurement Act provides that contractors who were not successful should be notified by the Regional Tender Board as to the reasons why their bids were not successful. This was never done and this constitutes a clear violation of the Procurement Act. This question was raised at the RDC meeting on July 4 but no reason(s) was given by the Chairman of the Tender Board or any of the members who were present.Fifthly, there is also evidence to support incidents of conflict of interest. This is the type of cronyism and corruption which will destroy progress in the Region. This person, who has never done a contract in his life and submitted false recommendations with regards to work experience, should be disqualified according to the Act. It is no surprise that substandard is the order of the day in Region 6, since anyone with a hammer can be a contractor!Lastly, there is an urgent need for a forensic audit of the Tender Board in Region 6 to dig into these corrupt practices of the Tender Board. The records of the proceedings, the awards of contracts and the background, experience and qualifications of these contractors should come under microscopic scrutiny. For too long the Regional Tender Board has been allowed to escape with its corruption.These corrupt practices are rapidly eating away at the economic development of this Region! The Government is expending hundreds of millions only to be thrown away by corrupt politicians in the Region. The Tender Board needs to be sanitised!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRegional Councillor,Region 6last_img read more

Bagwell’s number is retired

first_imgFrom news services The Houston Astros retired Jeff Bagwell’s No. 5 jersey before their game with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. “This is an amazing day,” said Bagwell, who played his entire 15-year career with Houston. “To have your number retired, I really can’t believe it.” Bagwell, a first baseman who entered the big leagues in 1991, finished with 449 home runs and a .297 average. Craig Biggio, Nolan Ryan, Mike Scott, Jimmy Wynn, Brad Ausmus, Larry Dierker and Jose Cruz joined the ceremony, in which Bagwell was presented with three of his jerseys in large frames and a golfing vacation to Scotland. Bagwell’s wife, two daughters and parents were introduced to the crowd along with the team’s top executives. Owner Drayton McLane told him: “Thanks for being a champion.” Bagwell is the eighth former Astro to have his number retired. The others are Ryan, Scott, Wynn, Dierker, Cruz, Don Wilson and Jim Umbricht. Hey, nobody’s perfect The Syracuse Chiefs couldn’t catch a break. They couldn’t catch much of anything, actually. The Toronto Blue Jays’ triple-A affiliate made 10 errors, matching the most in the International League in 43 years. No surprise, Syracuse lost to Ottawa, 12-10, in 10 innings. “We’re embarrassed. Our players are embarrassed. There’s nothing you can say after a game like this,” Syracuse manager Doug Davis said. First baseman Chad Mottola made four errors, two on throws. He’s played 51 games in the majors with Toronto, Cincinnati, Florida and Baltimore – and never had an error. Around the leagues Padres: Tim Stauffer was recalled from triple-A Portland to start against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Padres optioned Clay Hensley to Portland to make room on the roster. Rangers: Shortstop Michael Young wasn’t in the starting lineup against the Seattle Mariners because of muscle soreness in his back that has bothered the four-time All-Star for more than a week. Young will get an extended break since the Rangers have a day off at home today after the series finale against AL wild-card leader Seattle. Rockies: Catcher Chris Iannetta was recalled from triple-A Colorado Springs late Saturday night and catcher Geronimo Gil was placed on waivers. Iannetta was sent to triple-A on Aug. 6 and played 16 games for the Sky Sox, hitting .296 with a home run and seven RBIs. Tigers: The club placed rookie pitcher Jair Jurrjens on the 15-day disabled list only hours after he left a start against the New York Yankees because of soreness in his right shoulder. The club recalled right-hander Zach Miner from triple-A Toledo. He was sent down Friday to make room for lefty Andrew Miller, who returned from the disabled list. Twins: The team recalled catcher Chris Heintz from triple-A Rochester to provide another backup for the injured Joe Mauer. Mauer injured his left hamstring Saturday night while running the bases in the eighth inning of the Twins’ 8-1 win over Baltimore. Yankees: Derek Jeter had a sore right knee was not in the starting lineup against the Tigers. “He’s just beat up right now,” Manager Joe Torre said. “I talked to him (Saturday) and said it was best for him to have a day off.” Jeter injured the knee during New York’s previous series against the Angels. Torre said he didn’t believe it was serious, but added he wasn’t sure if Jeter would miss more than Sunday’s game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Towing companies sued for ‘predatory’ practice

first_imgA class-action lawsuit has been filed against several Southern California tow companies, who are being accused of “predatory” practices that include towing legally parked cars and charging excessive fees. The lawsuit was filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Los Angles resident Alejandro Stephens. Stephen’s car was allegedly towed in 2004 from a restaurant lot where it was legally parked, according to a prepared statement Tuesday by law firm Bisnar Chase. According to the statement Stephens’ car was towed without the authorization of the restaurant owner or operator. The suit claims that towing firms are regularly towing cars without reason, overcharging motorists in order to make bigger commissions. “Mr. Stephens is not an isolated case; this happens every day,” attorney James Lloyd said. “Someone has to step up and take these guys on for the protection of us all.” The suit names Non Stop towing of Los Angeles, which allegedly towed Stephens’ vehicle, and eight other companies. A message left early Tuesday seeking comment from Non Stop was not immediately returned. Bisnar Chase said its lawyers do not yet know how many class action plaintiffs would be represented in the lawsuit. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘New striker in January please, Wenger!’ – Fans not impressed with Giroud

first_img1 Olivier Giroud missed two goals against Tottenham Arsenal fought back to earn themselves a point against a dominant Tottenham side in the north London derby.Spurs led for much of the game, but were unable to find a second goal after Harry Kane’s opener.Gunners’ forward Olivier Giroud missed two great chances to head his side level, with one hitting the bar and the other going wide despite finding himself unmarked in the six-yard box.Here, Arsenal fans express their views on the France striker on Twitter.Let us know what you think about Giroud’s suitability to lead the line by commenting below or tweeting us @talkSPORT.last_img read more

Uncommon generosity

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CRISIS can bring out the worst and the best in human nature. And in last week’s firestorms, it was the best that many fire victims experienced. All over Southern California, people helped people. Touched by the stories of loss, strangers reached out in many ways. They gave food and supplies to people evacuated from the fast-moving blazes. Neighbors helped neighbors put out flames and save homes. Strangers were moved to acts of uncommon generosity. Even people who had lost everything found themselves lending a hand to other victims. While nothing can reverse the loss, it’s clear that even the inferno can’t burn away our humanity.last_img read more

Keven Chavez: Aches, pains earn a groan and a defeat

first_imgNot again! No. 11-ranked UCLA led by 13 points over No. 13-ranked Washington at the time, well on its way to a 20th consecutive home victory over the Huskies. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaBut near one basket slumped Alfred Aboya, one half of the Bruins’ impressive freshman Cameroon Connection. The Bruins held a commanding lead, but Aboya was holding his right knee. UCLA already has been shredded by injury this season and as Aboya – a key part of the Bruins’ rotation – limped off the floor, most of the team’s energy left with him. A 15-point first-half lead turned into a 69-65 defeat to Washington, perhaps the most painful moment in what has already been a pain in the neck. And nose. And leg, knees, ankles and groin. “In competitive athletics you have to be able to deal with a difficult set of circumstances,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said after his team slipped to 14-3 overall and 3-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference. “There’s adversity every season and we’ve obviously had more than our fair share of it, but we have to fight through it.” UCLA’s injury report entering Saturday’s game was already eight players deep. Center Lorenzo Mata, just one game after having his nose broken, suffered a fracture near his right knee on Thursday against Washington State and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Senior Cedric Bozeman has a cartilage tear in his right shoulder and will miss three to four weeks. Sophomore forward Josh Shipp is lost for the season after gamely trying to battle through pain after off-season right hip surgery. Jordan Farmar and Ryan Wright both started despite suffering recent ankle sprains. Pasadena native Ryan Hollins returned to the court after missing six games with a strained groin. And fellow senior center Michael Fey even saw his first action since spraining an ankle more than a month ago. Aboya didn’t return to the game after spraining his knee, which already had undergone surgical procedures twice over the past year. Whereas UCLA had a grand total of five scholarship players not on the injury report, Washington was able to use its full rotation effectively. The Huskies had their ninth different player on the court within seven minutes of the game and it was obvious which team was fresher down the stretch. The Huskies scored 15 of the game’s final 20 points, while Farmar and Afflalo, UCLA’s top scorers, failed to carry the team to victory. It was something they had done often during the first half of this season. “We get the bulk of shots on this team and if we don’t knock down shots we won’t win too much,” said Afflalo, who scored 16 points. It was still better than Farmar’s 1-for-7 shooting and season-low three points. Afflalo and Farmar, who is still gimpy on his sprained ankle and even further off his mark with a cut on his hand, also combined for 10 turnovers. “We had a chance to really make a statement, and get in the top 10,” Afflalo said, “but now we take a step back.” But a patchwork lineup is still a patchwork lineup. It remains a very promising season for UCLA, which has the talent to match up with just about every team in the nation. But everyone at Pauley, from the top row of the stands to the Bruins’ bench, knew all the aches, pains, bumps and bruises were bound to take their toll. And in a disappointing, winnable game, they finally did. keven.chavez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LOS ANGELES – There were just over seven minutes left in the first half on Saturday when a loud groan from most of the UCLA faithful echoed through Pauley Pavilion. The sound contained no distinct English words or even syllables, but the message was clear and obvious. last_img read more

West Ham considering ex-Watford boss Mazzarri as Bilic replacement – REPORTS

first_imgWest Ham are the latest club to express an interest in former Watford boss Walter Mazzarri.The 56-year-old was sacked by the Hornets at the end of last season after finishing 17th in the Premier League.The Italian is currently on the hunt for a new job and he has already been touted as a replacement for Ronald Koeman at Everton.The Dutchman has made a slow start to the season and it has been reported the Toffees could replace him with Mazzarri.But, according to Sky Sport Italia, Everton may need to act fast as West Ham are also tracking the former Watford manager.The Hammers have made a poor start to the season under Slaven Bilic and now they are reportedly considering Mazzarri as a replacement. 1last_img read more

Officials name motorist who died after hitting tree

first_imgWHITTIER Coroner s officials Monday identified a 19-year-old man who died five days after his car slammed into a tree on Beverly Boulevard during what police believe was a street race Oct. 13. Officials said the driver was Alejandro Romo, 19, of Los Angeles. He was driving east on Beverly at about 1 p.m. Oct. 13 when his Honda lost control while speeding around a sharp curve near Hoover Avenue. Witnesses told police it looked like the Hondo was traveling much faster than the speed limit of 25 mph when the car left the road and hit the tree on the driver’s side. Romo was transported in critical condition to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. On Oct. 18, Romo died of his injuries. An autopsy is pending, said coroner s Lt. Cheryl MacWillie. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more