Granada sack Lucas Alcaraz and replace him with Tony Adams

first_img “In his place, the club puts all its confidence in Tony Adams, vice-president of DDMC, as first-team coach of Granada until the end of the season.” 10/04/2017 Former Arsenal defender Adams had been working at the club for the last few months and has previously managed Wycome, Portsmouth and Gabala in Azerbaijan.  “After evaluating the situation that the team was in and the feeling around the team after the last few results, Granada has decided to end the reign of Lucas Alcaraz and his backroom staff,” Granada revealed in a statement on Monday.  Upd. at 20:17 IN SPORT.ES Granada have dismissed Lucas Alcaraz as their manager and appointed Tony Adams in his place until the end of the season.  “Our aim is that our squad will contain mostly Spanish players next year, whatever level the team is playing in next season. “We inherited 106 players, of whom only 44 actually belong to Granada CF. Our aim is to return Granada CF to Granada so the people here can identify fully with their team and their players.center_img Adams, speaking to the club’s official website last week, had said: “Every day I’m working with the coaching staff at Granada CF, looking to the future. Alcaraz began his second spell at the club earlier this season after replacing Paco Jemez, but leaves them 19th in the table, seven points from safety.  “I’m here to put the Spanish structure in place, with players who will belong to Granada CF and who will fight for Granada. EFE CEST “We want to be a mid-table team in La Liga with players who belong to Granada CF, with a world class academy developing local and Spanish players, with world class training facilities.” Se cargan a Lucas Alcaraz y le sustituye Tony Adamslast_img read more

Vows stand the test of time

first_imgBy Rowan Forster A Pakenham couple celebrating 70 years of marriage have shared their secret to a lifelong partnership. Jim…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Horse Racing Ireland Publish Covid-19 Protocols For Upcoming Fixtures Behind Closed Doors

first_imgThe document details Covid-19 protocols for each industry group and the procedures which must be undertaken by all racecourses hosting race fixtures. A series of educational webinars will be announced next week to assist further understanding of the changes people will encounter when returning to work on the racecourse. Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) today published a protocol document for key personnel necessary to run race fixtures, which will resume behind closed doors in Ireland on June 8. These protocols have been developed by Horse Racing Ireland in consultation with the IHRB and are essential to safeguard everyone’s health and wellbeing, and to ensure that racing will resume in a safe and appropriate manner.Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said:“We have worked closely with the IHRB and the Senior Medical Officer Dr Jennifer Pugh in strengthening our protocols ahead of a return to racing.“The new system of health screening will include the registration of every attendee at every race meeting, from jockeys, trainers, IHRB staff, to racecourse staff, cleaning staff and so on. Everybody will be required to complete a baseline health screening questionnaire followed by a set of further screening questions every 24-hours before attendance at a race meeting.“We have further strengthened the screening process with the installation of a thermal camera system to check attendees’ temperatures. Nobody with an elevated reading will be allowed entry.“The infection control policy is such that all surfaces will be regularly disinfected both before racing and throughout the race day, all indoor areas will be well ventilated, and only those essential to that area are present.”In line with Government advice, persons over the age of 70 will not be permitted to attend in the initial stage of the return.Brian Kavanagh added:“It is incumbent on everybody in the industry to familiarise themselves with the new protocols, to partake in the upcoming webinars which will help bring these protocols to life and to ensure that the racecourse continues to be a safe place to work.”HRI PROTOCOLS DOCUMENT print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Monitoring traffic with CCTV cameras

first_imgLast Sunday, the Buxton Mash celebrations took to the streets within the environs, affording residents in the nearby villages a close-up view of the costume and float parade. As usual, the grand spectacle, through the kaleidoscope of colours and the vibrancy in the revelry, was conspicuous serving to bring people together as part of the country’s Republic anniversary observances.Celebrations aside, there was the unfortunate lengthy build-up of traffic on the East Coast of Demerara. Naturally there will be such delays given the lack of alternative routes for the diversion of traffic; however, what transpired confirms the urgent need for the Police and maybe the Public Infrastructure Ministry to relook arrangements with the intention of reducing the waiting time by the travelling public.What compounded the issue was the inability to have full access to the Railway Embankment due to a reported bridge rehabilitation. With prior knowledge of the repairs, that should have been factored in, given that only one thoroughfare was left available to accommodate both the usual Sunday traffic and the parade.While there will be some grouse, commuters will understand and accept some level of delay to facilitate the national celebrations. However, that delay was unnecessarily extended, ironically, after the end of the parade! At that time, with no floats to pass, many, including those who participated in the parade and onlookers, were partying on the said thoroughfare thereby bringing the flow of traffic to a halt for unacceptably long periods into the night.Commuters were forced to spend hours just to pass through one village. Shocking was the limited Police presence at that time and with a seeming disinterest in the traffic build-up. Many, while in the traffic, were of the opinion that the parade was still ongoing only to realise that their inconvenience was as a result of the after party. Clearly the Police could not have been oblivious to the situation down on the ground.It was the same last year and similarly, children, the elderly, the sick and possibly those on their way to the two international airports would have been tremendously inconvenienced. This brings to attention an incident a few weeks back when a huge oil-related machine fell off a trailer-truck at Mc Doom at Greater Georgetown. The traffic stalled for hours as three lanes were blocked.Again, while there will be a build-up and which is compounded by the large number of vehicles traversing the roadways, it’s difficult to accept the extended hours and the apparent lack of effective measure to bring much needed relief. One aspect that could have helped to reduce the lengthy delay was to swiftly allow North and southbound traffic to alternately share the fourth and available lane under the direction of traffic ranks.In addition, and as carbon-copy in every situation that leads to traffic jams, inconsiderate drivers quickly transform the four-lane road into an eight lane jockeying for any space to give them a believable advantage to get ahead. This inevitably blocks the lanes making it not only extremely difficult to manoeuvre, but adds precious time to the commute from the resulting bottleneck. Unfortunately, this regular occurrence seems to escape the Police as their presence in very often concentrated only at the source.Crucial in such circumstances is the need for motorcycle patrols to help prevent the bottlenecks and to safeguard a response if an emergency were to unfortunately arise from someone trapped in the congestion. Some drivers unashamedly bully others in these situations which in turn heighten anxieties for children and vulnerable others. These situation of risks cannot be ignored and must be part of the Police’s planning and response. Large number of ranks at the point of the incident, though needed depending on the severity, is not enough to reduce the congestion and waiting time.As the country continues to develop, more and more vehicles will be added underscoring the need for other alternative roads especially on the East Bank of Demerara. While that is awaiting to be realised, every day, additional vehicles enter the roadways. This makes it even more imperative for the Police to derive a more effective mechanism that can be sustained. Too much time is being lost from these daily build-ups and it takes a toll on commuters, including schoolchildren, many of whom are forced to adopt early departure routines.It becomes unfathomable that in these modern times Police ranks are consumed with manning traffic lights when a simple daily recalibration to suit the priority morning and afternoon traffic can be easily implemented given most, if not all, are computerised. With that, some of the ranks can better be used in mobile patrols to ensure errant drivers are not creating bottlenecks on the carriageways.This makes a compelling case for designated lanes especially for minibuses. It must be adhered to and offenders face the court. The Police, with its own constraints, can also better utilise the CCTV cameras at various points. That implies a need for more so that defaulters would know that the roads are monitored. The major setback for such well-intended suggestions, is the “blind-eye syndrome” by some ranks. That begs the question of who should be monitored.last_img read more

International federations fret over Tokyo Olympics budget cuts

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next11:41Typhoon Ursula makes landfall over Eastern Samar02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books “There are concerns over cuts in accommodation, transport and venue upgrades,” an ASOIF official told AFP.A series of questions were posed to Koji Murofushi, Japan’s former world and Olympic hammer champion who is Tokyo 2020 sports director.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Eight federations, including sailing, judo and tennis, and ASOIF have today asked some questions,” Murofushi told AFP.“They asked questions about accommodation, food at the venues, transportation and the look of the venues. The look is important for the broadcast.” Murofushi added: “Tokyo is reducing the budget as much as possible.“We have to find what the good solution is to optimize the budget.“It’s a good chance to open up discussions with the international federations.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Game 5s await for Nuggets-Blazers, Raptors-76ers Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games CEO, Toshiro Muto, speaks during a press conference after an executive board meeting of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo on March 28, 2018. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)Eight international sports federations expressed their concerns Tuesday at new budget cuts made by the organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The federations were gathered at a meeting of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) on the sidelines of SportAccord in Gold Coast.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Feasibility study for new Demerara River bridge completed

first_imgThe Feasibility Study and Design for the new Demerara River bridge has successfully been completed and a copy was on Wednesday afternoon presented to Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson.The 57-page final report was presented by the project team, which includes Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC) General Manager and Project Manager, Rawlston Adams; Chief Transport and Planning Officer, Patrick Thompson; and Team Leader of the consulting company, LievenseCSO, Arie Mol.Minister Annette Ferguson (third right) receives the completed Feasibility Study and Design for the new Demerara River bridge from Ariel Mol of LievenseCSO (second right). With them are members of the project team: DHBC General Manager and Project Manager, Rawlston Adams (third left); Chief Transport and Planning Officer at MPI, Patrick Thompson (second left); Senior Engineer (Transport and Planning), Ronald Roberts (left); and Transport Planning Officer (Economist) Ramona Duncan (right) During the document’s handing over, a rundown on its main conclusions were highlighted. From the feasibility study it was determined that the proposed location of Houston-Versailles was the most ideal. It was further noted that the bridge should be a low-level one with a movable part and three-lanes. This structure, it said, provided the most socio-economic benefits for Guyana and led to the lowest urban environmental impact. Furthermore, it was recommended that the promotion of alternative transportation routes should be encouraged to lend to the longevity of the new bridge.According to the Department of Public Information, the completion of the feasibility study leads the way for the next stage, the pre-qualification of contractors for the construction of the bridge. This process has already begun and will conclude on October 17.Meanwhile, both Adams of the DHBC and Thompson of the Public Infrastructure Ministry noted the preparations that were undertaken during the feasibility stage to ensure the successful completion of key components.Thompson noted that during the preparation of the feasibility study, all possible stakeholders, including those from the Private and Public Sectors and neighbourhood and Regional Democratic Councils, were consulted. In fact, Adams said the project team met with the Lands and Surveys Department on Wednesday for advice on surveying and the acquisition of land. The team also met with the Environmental Protection Agency on proceeding with the necessary environmental study.“All in all, we’re confident that once we work together and everyone puts their shoulder to the wheel, we can get this project moving along smoothly,” Adams said.Thompson added that challenges, such as land acquisition, will have to be faced but he stressed that the team is up to the challenge.Upon receipt of the report, Minister Ferguson thanked the team for its dedication to the project and extended special thanks to Mol for delivering the report.In response, Mol expressed his honour and gratitude for the support received from the Guyanese team and emphasised that his counterparts had enabled the entire team to work as one effective unit.last_img read more

LISTEN: ‘Maybe it’s time for Arsene Wenger to move on’, admits Arsenal legend

first_imgFrank McLintock wants Arsenal to show the same passion and spirit as Champions League heroes Barcelona, and admits the time has come for Arsene Wenger to be replaced by a younger manager.Barca staged one of the greatest comebacks in football history on Wednesday night, as they battled back from a 4-0 first leg defeat to beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-5 on aggregate in the last-16.The Spanish champions needed to score three goals in the final 30 minutes after Edinson Cavani’s away goal handed PSG a big advantage, and that’s just what they did – finding the net in the 88th minute and twice in stoppage time to seal a historic Nou Camp win and their progression.The nature of Barca’s victory was made even more striking as it came the day after the Gunners’ humiliating collapse against Bayern Munich.Arsenal were dumped out of Europe with back-to-back 5-1 defeats to the German giants, with many seeing the 10-2 aggregate loss as a signal for Wenger to end his 21-year reign as manager.And double-winning former captain McLintock agrees, saying the players are in need of refreshment from a younger boss – just as Antonio Conte has done at Chelsea this season.“I don’t want to see Arsene Wenger in trouble, everyone hating him and wanting him out – it’s so cruel because he’s been Arsenal through and through for the past 20 years,” the Gunners legend told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“But something is going on in that squad. There does seem to be some problems there because they just collapsed against Bayern Munich, they just gave way in the second half.“And then when you see Barcelona last night, they were in a very similar position to Arsenal but they fought back right to the last seconds of the game and scored magnificent goals“That’s the sort of spirit you want to see Arsenal having but at the moment, over the last month or so, we certainly haven’t had that.“If somebody was asking me, I wouldn’t mind him [Wenger] going and a younger person coming in and bringing vitality back to the club – like Conte has done at Chelsea and [Jurgen] Klopp has done at Liverpool.“I think there are still managers out there who are outstanding and, it’s not very nice to say it and I actually feel a bit guilty saying it myself, but maybe it’s time for him to move on.”last_img read more

Alberto Moreno: From Liverpool laughing stock to Spain senior squad

first_imgAlberto Moreno has been rewarded with a Spain call-up for his positive displays for Liverpool.The 25-year-old left-back struggled for game time at Anfield last season and has not featured for his national team since 2014.However, he is back in the Spain squad after nailing down a first-team role with Liverpool, for whom he has featured 14 times in all competitions this season.Upon naming his squad to face Costa Rica and Russia in upcoming friendlies, La Roja boss Julen Lopetegui said: “Alberto fits with what we want in the side.“He is playing like an undroppable starter at Liverpool.”Barcelona’s Jordi Alba is ahead of Moreno in the pecking order, but the Andalusian defender may get a chance to impress across the friendly fixtures in Malaga and then St Petersburg.In quotes from a press conference carried by Spain’s official Twitter account, Lopetegui added: “We have chosen the best squad we could for these matches, as we intend to win them.”There is at least one more Liverpool connection on the 25-man list as former Reds winger Luis Alberto is poised to make a first senior appearance for Spain following a run of good form with Lazio.“Luis Alberto has taken his time to reach a high level at Lazio and we believe this is the optimal time for him to join up with us,” said Lopetegui.Also named are Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, David Silva of Manchester City and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Lopetegui said former Blues forward Diego Costa – now back at Atletico Madrid – would not be considered for selection until he returns to action following his registration for Atleti in January. Alberto Moreno 1last_img read more

Fenerbahce still keen on January deal for out-of-favour Man United man – Reports

first_img1 Turkish Super League giants Fenerbahce are preparing to rekindle their interest in out-of-favour Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, who is a reported target for Tottenham.The 22-year-old left-back is reportedly growing concerned with his bit-part status in Jose Mourinho’s squad, leading to reports he is vying for a move elsewhere.As talkSPORT told you last month, Fenerbahce were considering an audacious double swoop for United duo Shaw and Marouane Fellaini.Interest has since cooled, but according to Fotomac, Fenerbahce are still very interested in prising Shaw away from Old Trafford in January.The former Southampton youngster is still yet to make a Premier League appearance this season and with a World Cup on the horizon, he knows he must secure regular first-team football to enhance his chances of going to Russia.With the future of Danny Rose still up in the air, Spurs have also been linked with the left-back but may now face competition from Turkey. Luke Shaw last_img read more

Publisher Regan fired after flak over O.J.’s book

first_img“The Judith I knew was nothing like the tabloid headlines,” he said. “Judith has always been a good friend and one of the few people who never lied to me. Having dealt with publishing and Hollywood, I can’t say that about everyone.” Regan has often complained that her more literary side has been overlooked, pointing out that she has published books by Wally Lamb, Douglas Coupland and Jess Walter. The Simpson project, announced the day before the National Book Award ceremony, quickly overshadowed Walter’s nomination.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’An industry force since the 1980s, when she produced best-sellers by Drew Barrymore and Kathie Lee Gifford for Simon & Schuster, Regan has been labeled a “foul-mouthed tyrant” and the “enfant terrible of American publishing.” She is also widely envied – if not admired – for her gift of attracting attention to her books and to herself. Since 1994, she has headed the ReganBooks imprint at News Corp.’s HarperCollins, an ideal fit for Murdoch’s tabloid tastes. Regan has published a long list of racy best-sellers, including Jose Canseco’s “Juiced” and Jenna Jameson’s “How to Make Love Like a Porn Star,” and is the rare publisher of interest to gossip columnists, notably for a rumored affair with former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik. She often clashed with her more temperate peers and is widely believed to have had tense relations with Friedman. Last year, Regan moved her offices to Los Angeles, further distancing herself from corporate officials in New York. Longtime ReganBooks author Jess Walter said he was “flabbergasted” by her firing. “I think Judith was misunderstood by people,” said Walter, a National Book Award finalist last month for his novel, “The Zero.” NEW YORK – O.J. Simpson’s would-be publisher, Judith Regan, was fired Friday, her sensational, scandalous tenure at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. ending with the tersest of announcements. “Judith Regan’s employment with HarperCollins has been terminated effective immediately,” HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman said in a statement. “The REGAN publishing program and staff will continue as part of the HarperCollins General Books Group.” Friedman offered no reason for the announcement, but it comes less than a month after Murdoch’s cancellation of Simpson’s hypothetical murder confession, “If I Did It,” a planned book and Fox television interview that was greeted with instant and near-universal disgust when announced. HarperCollins did not immediately return phone and e-mail messages seeking additional comment. A message left with Regan’s publicist was not immediately returned. last_img read more