Pardew: We’ve a lot to worry about

first_img Owner Mike Ashley will deliver his verdict when the pair meet at the end of the season for their usual debrief, but Pardew’s critics in the stands are growing in both number and volume, and anything but a victory this weekend would simply add fuel to the fire. The manager admitted: “It’s a massive game for us. “If Cardiff fans think, ‘Newcastle are in the top 10 – what have they got to worry about?’ – well, we have got a lot to worry about after the recent run. “It’s as big a game for us as it is for them.” Pardew has been in charge at St James’ Park since December 2010, fulfilling his initial mission to keep the newly-promoted club in the Premier League following Chris Hughton’s untimely departure and then guiding them to a fifth-placed finish and Europe just 12 months later. The reward for him and his staff was a series of bumper eight-year contracts, although the club’s fortunes have dipped somewhat since. Last year’s unseemly scramble for safety did little to placate supporters dismayed at a summer transfer window during which only one senior player was signed. A January spending spree which addressed that failing was not built upon at the end of the campaign, when the club did not make a single permanent acquisition despite the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football. However, that disquiet was a distant memory as the Magpies banked 33 points by Boxing Day last year and looked poised for an assault on the top four, at least until Ashley decided to accept Paris St Germain’s offer for key midfielder Yohan Cabaye, and then not to re-invest any of the proceeds in a replacement. As the club’s only readily available figurehead, Pardew has had to bear the brunt of the criticism which has followed, although any sympathy was diluted by his head-butt on Hull midfielder David Meyler. Ashley chose not to sack him for that misdemeanour and there is no suggestion that he is ready to wield the axe now despite the club’s current on-field plight. However, even a win over Cardiff this weekend could prove insufficient to stem the tide of popular revolt, with fans groups having mooted a planned walk-out during the game. Meanwhile, Newcastle will head for New Zealand as part of their preparations for the new season when they, West Ham, Wellington Phoenix and Sydney FC take part in the Football United Tour tournament in July. The 52-year-old will send his side into Saturday’s Barclays Premier League battle against relegation-threatened Cardiff on Tyneside under intense pressure from outside the club, if not necessarily from inside. Fans once again called for his head during and after Monday night’s tame 3-0 surrender at Arsenal, their sixth successive league defeat. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits he is a worried man as he approaches a key game in his reign at St James’ Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

Dragon Stout Community Cup Futsal ready to excite

first_img… Tournament starts December 17AFTER a false start, the 16-team Dragon Stout Community Cup Futsal competition is set to kick off next week at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue. The tournament was initially scheduled to be held last November, but never got going.At the re-launch yesterday morning at the match venue, it was disclosed that preliminary games will be played on December 17 and 19, followed by the semi-finals and final on December 28.ANSA McAl Trading, the distributor of the ‘100% Jamaican Stout’, is collaborating with the National Sports Commission to pull off the event, which is primarily for Georgetown-based teams.Director of Sport Christopher Jones, speaking on behalf of the Sports Commission, pointed out that the aim of the tournament is to galvanise communities through quality entertainment in a safe space.“The National Gymnasium is known as the house of futsal tournaments and we’ve seen some great plays by teams over the past two or three years. The National Sports Commission would want to continue seeing the development of futsal and seeing the development of community futsal teams, hence we’ve made the National Gymnasium available to corporate Guyana.“This provides an opportunity where young, talented footballers in the field of futsal have an opportunity to compete in a safe space,” Jones indicated.Dragon Stout Brand Coordinator, Jamal Baird, said the company is eagerly looking forward to competitive play from the teams and good turnout for the games. He revealed that the entrance fee of $500 per person is inclusive of a Dragon Stout upon entry.The top four teams of the knockout competition will receive cash incentives, with the champions carting off $300 000.The participating teams are North East La Penitence, Albouystown, Leopold Street, Broad Street, Sophia, LA Ballers, Bent Street, Gold is Money, Back Circle, Sparta Boss, Alexander Village, Future Stars, Tiger Bay, Melanie-B, ANSA McAL All-Stars and Showstoppers.last_img read more

NBA: Curry Becomes Fifth Warrior to Join the 15,000 Club with…

first_imgGolden State led by as many as 25 points in the second quarter in quickly turning the game into a rout. That allowed coach Steve Kerr to rest many of his regulars as the Warriors began a busy stretch with eight games before the end of the year, including Christmas night at home against LeBron James and the Lakers.Marc Gasol had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies, who lost their third straight and fifth in six. This marked Memphis’ final visit to Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. Omri Casspi added a season-high 20 points against his former team.Jonas Jerebko made Golden State’s only two 3s in the opening quarter and finished 16 points off the bench.The Warriors were 17 of 18 from the free-throw line in the first half to 8 for 10 by Memphis, which trailed 61-38 at the break.Curry’s 3-pointer at the 7:37 mark of the second quarter gave him the 10 points he needed to reach the 15,000 club.Kerr knows the number is hardly important to his star point guard, saying: ‘He’ll probably be at 16,000 before too long, and won’t be aware of that either. He’s obviously a brilliant player and sets a great tone every night and every day at practice. For the Warriors, he just changed everything from where the team had been over the previously couple of decades. Guys like Steph don’t come around very often. He was the foundational piece to what we were seeing right now, the first piece. I think he was a major force in creating what we have today.’Chamberlain leads the way with 17,783, followed by Barry (16,447), Arizin (16,266) and Mullin (16,235).‘It’s a lot of points and the thing to me what’s most impressive is how he creates them. They’re not just wide-open, catch-and-shoot 3s, his creativity with the ball in his hands,’ Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ‘The shot-making from all three levels, the left hand, the floaters, the three off the bounce, the walk across that half court line and shoot a three. He has a variety of ways he puts the ball in the basket. You can probably count on one hand how many guys that we’ve seen with the shot-making creatively and the ability that he has.’Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Stephen Curry had 20 points and seven rebounds while adding another accomplishment to his long list, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Memphis Grizzlies 110-93 on Monday night.Curry became just the fifth player in Warriors history to score 15,000 points during the regular season – joining the company of Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Paul Arizin and Chris Mullin.Kevin Durant scored 23 points to go with five assists and passed Larry Bird (21,791) for 33rd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Klay Thompson contributed 16 points with five rebounds.last_img read more

MBB : Not quite there: Orange winning despite lack of scoring in most recent matchups

first_imgJim Boeheim wasn’t the least bit pleased with Syracuse’s offensive performance in its last two games.The Orange is undefeated, but following a grind-it-out, 62-56 win over Marshall on Tuesday, the SU head coach picked apart his team’s offense as if he had a team in turmoil.‘Offensively, we probably had 10 fast-break opportunities that we didn’t convert, that you have to convert those,’ Boeheim said. ‘We just made some bad decisions, bad pass, bad decision, you’ve got to convert those. We just didn’t and it’s disappointing.’The Orange’s (9-0) inability to finish fast-break opportunities and a cold shooting streak from 3-point range are two of the biggest reasons for Boeheim’s displeasure with his team’s offense this week. But despite shooting 21 percent (6-of-28) from beyond the arc, SU pulled out four- and six-point wins against No. 12 Florida and Marshall. With two of its tougher nonconference opponents out of the way, No. 3 Syracuse now looks to correct its scoring deficiencies to remain undefeated against a weaker George Washington (4-4) team.SU and the Colonials play Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGeorge Washington fell 81-54 to then-No. 24 California in its only other matchup with a ranked team this season, so there’s hope that the Orange could steady the offense and please Boeheim.‘The last two games we played two pretty good teams. We have not played well,’ Boeheim said. ‘We have not played well on offense, by any stretch of the imagination, by any interpretation of good offense at all.’By forcing 19 turnovers, including 12 steals on SU’s part, the Orange had opportunities to blow away Marshall. But as Boeheim alluded to, Syracuse’s moves in the open court erred on the side of reckless.Upon grasping a loose ball late in the last minute of the first half, SU forward Kris Joseph pushed the ball in transition. He drove to the hoop but then attempted to pass back to a trailing Scoop Jardine.Marshall guard Damier Pitts was within range of Jardine and knocked the ball away out of bounds. Possession was given to the Orange, but Syracuse failed to score after having a fast-break opportunity.‘Just make simple plays,’ said forward C.J. Fair, who shot 0-of-4 on Tuesday. ‘Sometimes we go for the home run and come up short. So we just got to make the simple play and find our rhythm and hit shots we normally hit.’After scoring 90-plus points in three straight games, Syracuse’s offense regressed in the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York City. In back-to-back games, the Orange got off to a slow start and failed to score 70.Against Stanford in the NIT Season Tip-Off title game, the Orange pushed the ball up court in transition off a missed free throw in the second half. Down 43-41, Jardine threw an alley-oop attempt to James Southerland which would have tied the game.The toss was mishandled, and the Cardinal took over. Still, SU came away with a win.‘It’s only a matter of time when we start clicking,’ SU guard Dion Waiters said. ‘So as long as we’re doing everything that we’re supposed to do on defense, our offense is going to come. Because I don’t think we can get any worse than we’re playing offensively now.’Relying on defense to win early games will serve as a lesson down the road, and Fair said playing a couple of games in which Syracuse isn’t ahead by dozens will prepare the Orange for the tough Big East slate.The poor execution returned in the second half against the Thundering Herd, too. Leading 39-26 and pushing on a fast break off a rebound, Jardine had Waiters to his right and Joseph coming on his left. The point guard dished to Waiters, who drove into the lane and then tried to fire a hard bounce pass back across the paint. But the pass never got through, and despite having numbers on the break, the ball went the other way as SU center Baye Keita committed a foul.Marshall and Florida were of a different caliber than most of the teams SU faced early in the season. And though George Washington may be a lesser opponent on Saturday, the Orange’s game after that — a trip to North Carolina State — could again test Syracuse if it’s faulty offensively.‘You think coming into these two games if you play this way, you could lose one or both,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think we’ve got to feel fortunate that we’ve won both, but we’ve got to also try to get better on the offensive end.’mcooperj@syr.edu Comments Published on December 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

XLMedia confirms departure of Yehuda Dahan as CFO

first_img XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 Related Articles London AIM-listed industry affiliate marketing publisher XLMedia Plc has confirmed that Yehuda Dahan has informed corporate governance of his decision to step down as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with immediate effect.Updating stakeholders, XLMedia governance has moved to install Liat Hellman, the current financial lead of subsidiary portal Webpals, as his interim replacement.Led by Chairman Chris Bell, the XLMedia board has begun its executive search for Dahan’s permanent replacement, in which the company will provide shareholder updates in due course.Confirming the executive departure, Bell commented: “We’d like to extend our thanks to Yehuda for his long‐standing contribution to the Group. We wish him every success for his future endeavours.”The appointment of XLMedia’s new CFO will likely be a first key directive for inbound Chief Executive Stuart Sims, who was announced this summer as the leadership replacement of company founder Ory Weihs, who is set to depart the London AIM enterprise this October.Weihs, who founded the company in 2003, will remain on the XLMedia board as a Non-executive Director supporting Stuart Sims through the corporate transition. Submit Share StumbleUpon XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Tiger Woods Elected to World Golf Hall of Fame

first_imgGolf legend and Palm Beach County resident Tiger Woods is about to receive the sport’s biggest honor.A selection committee elected him Wednesday to the World Golf Hall of Fame.Woods will be part of the 2021 class that will be inducted next year at the home of the PGA Tour. The eligibility criteria was recently changed, lowering the minimum induction age to 45.Global icon. Game changer. Hall of Fame Inductee.It’s official. @TigerWoods will become a World Golf Hall of Fame Member in 2021. #GolfHOF2021 pic.twitter.com/btHA8QOXDp— Golf Hall of Fame (@GolfHallofFame) March 11, 2020 During his career, Woods has earned a record 82 PGA Tour victories.Additionally, his 15 victories in the majors are second only to fellow local resident Jack Nicklaus.last_img

Chelsea star reveals mother reduced to tears after severe racial abuse

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisement 8vNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5ov2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4mygvzd( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3v3rWould you ever consider trying this?😱3tCan your students do this? 🌚d72e3Roller skating! Powered by Firework Racism is a massive issue in football, and several dark skinned players of the game have been sufferers. Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been one of the most recent victims of racial abuse, and the forward has recently said that it caused his mother to weep.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesBack in August, the Blues forward was targeted by racist fans on social media after he missed the penalty kick against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup final in Istanbul.Soon following the match, the 21 year old was swarmed with xenophobic attacks on Twitter, and it went to such extent that the club gaffer, Frank Lampard himself went into disgust, and the Stamford Bridge hierarchy took strong action against the perpetrators.Advertisement In a recent interview the Chelsea youth graduate revealed that the attacks caused his mother to burst into tears.“I remember speaking to my mum, she was emotional, she was in tears. You know, she’s just thinking: ‘Why him? Why him?’ It’s obviously not nice to hear, especially seeing your son getting abused.” Tammy spoke to CNN International.Advertisement “For me, I am a strong character, it doesn’t affect me as much, but it could affect people who don’t have my personality.” the youngster added.Soon after the vile incident, Manchester United forwards and fellow countrymen Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard were two of the several people that came forward to support Abraham.Chelsea are taking on Wolves this Saturday at the Molineux Stadium. Advertisementlast_img read more

Bale: “Confinement is quite strict in Spain”

first_imgAjax: “I think when we played against them we didn’t think they were as good as they later showed. They were very organized and they were able to play at a high level. They knew perfectly well what they had to do, what role each one had … In the first leg, we won hopefully if I’m honest with you but on the return they put on a great show and wowed the world. They had a fantastic team and had some bad luck that left them out of the final. We tried to get over it and forget it. “ Tottenham in the Champions 18/19: “Normally, we would have made it to the end or to the semifinals. It seemed strange to me not to get there. Everyone likes to see the Champions League final. With Tottenham playing it, I really wanted to see it. The final. During the playoffs they had great games, like in the semifinals. For us Tottenham fans, the final was a bit disappointing but you have to look more generally. They did very well until they got there and gave their best “Home training: “They sent us two-week routines to do in the gym. Running, weights, prevention exercises to make sure you’re still at the best level. We’re in touch through Zoom. We try to be in the best shape possible if we have to go back. not to be at a bad level and to be able to return with strength to play the remainder of the season. “Confinement: “I think we have been in Spain for six weeks. It is quite a strict confinement. We cannot go out for a walk or do sports. It is quite strict but what is best for everyone is being done. We all understand that they are necessary sacrifices and that they are trying to do things the best they can. “How it feels: “I feel like we all feel, but we have to get the positives. Normally, we travel every other day to play outside or spend the night away from home before home games. Now, I am at home with my children, my wife and my family and I don’t have to go to work every morning. I like spending time with them. “Play again: “We all want to play again, but the most important thing is to do it safely. We don’t want to go back too soon. Everything has to be done safely”Soccer: “Everyone misses him and wants to play or go see a game but there will be more seasons, Champions, leagues, cups … The important thing right now is to be well. There will be much more football in the future and we hope not to have again this problem. “ Gareth Bale took advantage of the confinement in Madrid to grant an interview to the British channel BT Sports. The Welshman discussed several current issues: confinement due to the coronavirus, his work plan or the possible return of football, but also from the past, such as his most special title with Real Madrid, the Champions of last season, etc.His favorite Champions: “The Tenth. It was my first time. The feeling of lifting that trophy is unique. Also because of how we won it. Everything was new and special. It is not easy to keep one. The twelfth we won in Cardiff was also special. Not everyone can win at home. Also the Thirteenth in Kiev, for the goal I scored, the one for victory. But if I have to choose, it would be La Décima. “last_img read more

Lusignan prison escapee recaptured at Tuschen

first_imgSudesh Dyal, 23, one of the three inmates who escaped from the Lusignan Prison on October 15, 2018, was Sunday morning recaptured while hiding out in a house at Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).According to reports, the Police acted on information received and went to the house about 03:00h when the escapee was nabbed.  He was taken to the Leonora Police Station and was later transported to Georgetown to face charges.The man, formerly of Wales, West Bank Demerara (WBD), along with 29-year-old Dextroy Pollard and murder accused Travis Evan, escaped from the Prison’s holding bay.Evan was the first to be recaptured by ranks of the Joint Services in Linden, Region 10 while Pollard was recaptured by residents of Wales and handed over to the Police.Pollard had just been sentenced to spend the next two years in prison on a charge of break and enter and larceny. Dyal was on remand for the said offence.The men, according to Prison Director Gladwin Samuels, had escaped as a result of a lack of vigilance by the officers on duty.The holding bay from which the men escaped is reportedly surrounded by four towers from where ranks had a bird’s eye view.Additionally, the barbed wire fence had to be cut in order for the escape to be successful. At the time of the escape, both prison and police officers were on duty at the holding bay facility.Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) footage showed that the men took approximately four minutes to successfully escape. As such, Samuels slammed the officers, some of whom were reportedly asleep.A number of search parties were deployed in several areas in Regions Three and Four, where it was suspected the men might have gone.The Prison was used as a holding facility with several holding areas after the July 2017 fire at the Camp Street Prison. During that fire, several high-profile prisoners had escaped. The others were dispatched to correctional institutions across the country, including Lusignan.However, 13 prisoners had escaped from the facility by digging a hole under the perimeter fence. The hole was about five feet in diameter and another five feet deep.Those who had escaped were murder accused Clive Forde, Pascal Smith, Kerry Cromwell, Odel Roberts, Kendell Skeet, Rayon Jones, Jason Howard, Shawn Harris, Paul Goriah and Jamal Forde, along with Teshawn McKenzie, Cobena Stephens, Winston Long and Jamal Joseph.All the others were recaptured with two being killed by the Police during an exchange of gunfire. However, Goriah and Stephens remain at large.Goriah’s last known address was given as Grove Squatting Area, East Bank Demerara (EBD) while Lot 82 Gopie Street, Middle Walk, Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was given as Stephens’ last known address.last_img read more

CDC boosts disaster response

first_imgWith continued efforts to boost disaster response management across the country, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) on Monday handed over a quantity of gear to the Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs) of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice).Leading the distribution was the Director General of the CDC, Major Kester Craig, who emphasised on the work that was done over the past year, which included training of several persons from both regions in the area of Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA).Taking that into consideration, it is expected that the provision of the gear andCDC Director General, Major Kester Craig with the Region Four officials during the handing-over of gear and toolstools will prepare the individuals who were taught.“The whole aim is to have them respond to any incident and gather information, which helps the Commission to make informed decisions. So today, we want to hand over the tools and equipment that are necessary to carry out these functions. Once this equipment has been handed over, we expect that if anything happens, your team can go out and do the damage assessments,” Craig underscored.The Director General explained that the Commission remained committed to building Guyana’s disaster risk management capabilities through stakeholder engagements. Plans for 2019 include working to complete the Regional Risk Assessment Report and Regional Multi-Hazard Preparedness and Response Plan for Region Four.“This is in an effort to build resilience at the regional level so as to reduce disaster risk through enhanced preparedness and response capabilities. The completion of the plan will give the Region the independence to manage its own disaster planning and resilience, and will help to guide how every unit, every agency that falls within the Region would be able to respond to any disaster or emergency,” he said.Regional Vice Chairman Earle Lambert pointed out that the country is below sea-level, and preparedness was important in response to disasters.last_img read more