Bournemouth boss reflects on Howe far the Cherries have come

first_img “Football is very tough. Every game in this league is such a high standard, if you drop your performances you can get punished so we have to make sure we maintain it. “It was really important for us that we didn’t lose the momentum we had built and that one result (against Chelsea) wasn’t a result in isolation. “We wanted to back it up and back-to-back wins in this league, like any league, are so important. You see how tight it is down the bottom, that’s given us a huge lift at a key time.” Eddie Howe believes he achieved the impossible by leading Bournemouth to victory over Manchester United on Saturday night – six years to the day after they had been hammered by Morecambe. Press Association But, back on December 12, 2009 Howe was taking charge of Bournemouth at Christie Park as they were looking to gain promotion out of League Two. Instead they were humbled 5-0 by Sammy McIlroy’s Shrimps and Howe admits a result like that achieved against 20-time champions United was something he could not have dreamed of six seasons ago. “Someone reminded me of that earlier,” he said when asked about the contrasting fixtures coming exactly six years apart. “I didn’t know that, and all the emotions of that game came flooding back. That was a terrible game. It does show how far the club has come. “Not in your wildest dreams could you have ever imagined when I was standing there watching that Morecambe game that we would be beating Manchester United in the Premier League. It’s not possible. So it really does prove what can happen in football. It’s an unbelievable game.” Despite their humbling at Morecambe, Bournemouth still went on to gain promotion as they finished second behind Notts County. Now the ambition is survival and Howe feels consecutive wins against two of the most successful teams in the history of the Premier League can go a long way to making their current aims achievable. “Hopefully we can use these as markers against what we want to achieve in every game,” he added. The Cherries achieved a remarkable double as they saw off United 2-1 just a week after winning at the home of Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea. The back-to-back victories mean Howe’s side are now 14th in the table, above Jose Mourinho’s Blues, as they look to secure a second season in the top flight. last_img read more

Grinding Gears: Trojans’ sloppiness blemishes victory

first_imgEric He | Daily TrojanYou could sense the nervousness reverberating through the Coliseum.USC had a 28-6 lead early in the second half, but Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate had come alive. And then, on a designed run from 32 yards out, Tate took the handoff, slipped past the tackle attempt of senior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu and then ran effortlessly right through redshirt senior safety Chris Hawkins and redshirt junior cornerback Ajene Harris into the end zone.“Touchdown Tate,” yelled ESPN commentator Mark Jones on the television broadcast. “He detonates!”It would be an explosion that kept going and going throughout the second half. Tate, the up-and-coming teenage phenom who has slipped into the Heisman conversation with his exhilarating talent and absurd stat lines since taking over the starting role five games ago, was bottled up for just 19 rushing yards in the first half. But he went off for 142 yards on the ground in the second half, having his way with a USC defense that could only hold him off for so long. He ran around and through the Trojans, which also opened up passing lanes for wide open receivers in the rare cases he actually dropped back to throw. Before you knew it, the Wildcats had reeled off touchdowns on four consecutive drives and tied the game early in the fourth quarter on a 2-point conversion, and you thought it would be another humiliating loss for USC — this time in the form of blowing a 22-point second half lead at home to an Arizona team that many predicted before the season to finish last in the Pac-12. Alas, thanks to late-game heroics by redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold and junior running back Ronald Jones II and a timely interception by Tate that showed that he is, indeed, human, the Trojans pulled off the win, keeping their chances at a Pac-12 championship alive and avoiding humiliation. “There’s never a question mark about these kids and how resilient they are, how prideful they are and how much they want to compete,” head coach Clay Helton said.Sure, USC deserves credit for responding after Arizona tied the game at 35-35. It would’ve been easy to roll over and let the Khalil Tate Express keep chugging. “When we were up by a couple of scores, [quarterbacks coach] Tyson [Helton] and [offensive coordinator] Tee [Martin] were telling me on their headset, ‘Hey, be prepared. This game’s not over,’” Darnold said. “I knew that. We knew that.” Darnold and the offense delivered with two touchdowns, and Harris stepped up in the right place at the right time with a key interception. But, like most of their wins this season, it seems like the Trojans escaped Saturday night with a win behind their talent alone. Once again, they rode the arm of Darnold in the clutch — the sideline lob to Jones to set up the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter was one of the more spectacular throws he’s ever made — and the unmatchable downhill speed of Jones, who broke free for several electric long runs. Arizona may have come out with a much better game plan in the second half that USC had no answer for, but the Wildcats could not match the pure talent on the other side.This game, in a nutshell, is why the Trojans are projected to play in the Fiesta, Cotton or Alamo bowls instead of jostling for a spot in the College Football Playoff. They struggle to put away inferior opponents, commit too many costly penalties and fail to inspire confidence that they belong in the same ballpark as the likes of Georgia, Notre Dame or Alabama. On Saturday, USC blew two red zone scoring opportunities in the first quarter, the first when Darnold couldn’t sneak for a yard on 4th-and-1, and the second when he threw an inexcusable interception with the ball at the one-yard line, underthrowing redshirt senior wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. “It was one of the worst mistakes I’ve ever made on a football field,” Darnold said.Then, before halftime, USC had the ball in Arizona territory with a chance to go up by three scores, but two penalties stalled the drive, which ended in a punt. In all, the Trojans could’ve had three more touchdowns at halftime, points that would’ve gone a long way toward preventing the near-collapse that was the second half. Can you imagine if they had made those same mistakes against Alabama? And the penalties. They committed 14 penalties for 123 yards on Saturday, penalties that slowed the game to a near stop in the second half, allowing the Wildcats to seize on the momentum. The flags ranged from the undisciplined (hands to the face, holding) to the just plain unnecessary (excessive celebration, sideline warnings, unsportsmanlike conduct on Helton). It is Week 10, and somehow, the Trojans are still shooting themselves in the foot.An optimist might say that Trojans still control their own destiny — Helton’s favorite catch-phrase — and have a good chance at playing for the Pac-12 Championship. But it seems like, week-to-week, even after wins, USC is breathing a sigh of relief that it avoided an upset, avoided embarrassment for another week. It seems like, instead of winning games, the Trojans are playing not to lose. That’s what this campaign has come to — relief that Khalil Tate didn’t carve USC up enough to spoil its season — which is not exactly what we thought would be the main takeaway from Week 10 before the season began, back when the Trojans had deeper aspirations, like winning a national championship.Eric He is a junior studying  journalism. He is also the associate managing editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

County semi-final build up continues.

first_imgCoach Derry Peters admits that lady luck smiled on them in that game – he’s hoping that they can continue their form in Sundays semi final.Aherlow Gaels versus Loughmore – Castleiney will throw-in at 1:30 in Boherlahan this Sunday, while in Templetuohy Thomas MacDonaghs take on Cahir from 2.You can hear live updates on both games on Tipp FM. Aherlow Gaels are hoping that their recent County Senior Football quarter final win will stand to them this weekend.On Sunday they face Loughmore-Castleiney in the semi-final, the team who defeated them in last year’s final.Aherlow came through their quarter-final by a point against Moyle Rovers, thanks to a late goal.last_img

Racing action in Clonmel.

first_imgThe first on the seven race card goes to post at 1:35. The card from last Thursday, which was postponed due to a severe frost, has been saved and will take place today.The feature is the Grade 3 Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle which was won last year by subsequent Cheltenham festival scorer Don PoliHis owner, Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud, have three representatives this time around with Measureofmydreams, Wrath Of Titans and Roi Des Francs and retained rider Ruby Cooper has decided to partner the last-named of those which is a big tip in itself. That race is due off at 2.35.last_img

Clayton Kershaw does it all as LA Dodgers snap six-game losing streak

first_img“He’s as consistent a human being I’ve been around, on and off the field,” Ellis said.“He’s one of the few pitchers to win an MVP award,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “He stuck them on his back, drove in their only run, stuck them on his back and carried them. That’s what guys like him do.”Kershaw took a bid for a perfect game into the fifth inning, before Alexei Ramirez ended it when he dropped a two-out single a hair inside the foul line down right field. The crowd of 49,271 groaned. But a throw by Yasiel Puig beat Ramirez to second base, and he was out.Only once did the Padres put a runner in scoring position.That came in the seventh inning when Matt Kemp followed Wil Myers with another single, moving Myers over to third base with one out. But Kershaw struck out Melvin Upton Jr. on four pitches and got Derek Norris to pop up. Kershaw’s ERA sits at 1.96 through his first six starts. The complete game/shutout was his first since throwing a one-hitter last September at San Francisco to clinch the division.He began Sunday by breezing through the order, striking out the first four batters he faced on 15 pitches. For Kershaw, it was an effort to bounce back from his last outing, a loss on Tuesday to the Miami Marlins where he allowed five runs in the seventh inning. It was only the third time in his career that he had surrendered five or more runs in one inning.“He was ready to atone for that last start,” Roberts said. “From that day on, I wouldn’t want to be his opponent, because he had that look in his eyes, especially accentuated by our losing streak. He wasn’t going to be denied.”There was little room for error, as the offense again sputtered, tallying only three hits. Only five batters reached base.Over the seven games against the Marlins and Padres, the Dodgers put up just 12 runs, hit .167 and were 3 for 39 with runners in scoring position, an abrupt turn of events for an offense that scored 25 runs in the opening series in San Diego.Several of the top hitters were stuck in slumps, as well, during the seven-game stretch. Adrian Gonzalez was hitless in 20 at-bats. Yasiel Puig went 2 for 24.But no longer were they under .500. The Dodgers were at 13-13 and still in a first-place tie with the Giants atop the National League West.“We didn’t break out offensively,” Roberts said, “but the goal is to win baseball games, and we won a major-league game.” Throughout their six-game losing streak, the Dodgers looked for a handful of solutions.They held a closed-door meeting Friday. manager Dave Roberts hoped to hit the reset button.They sought some levity Saturday. One person wrote, “Winning baseball games is the ONLY thing that matters!” on a whiteboard near the clubhouse entrance, and ascribed it to Mahatma Gandhi. “I didn’t know he had a baseball quote,” Roberts grinned. “That’s great.”Then there was a Catholic priest, who stopped in to visit with players before batting practice Sunday. Clayton Kershaw was also taking the mound that afternoon. That probably worked best.The left-handed ace threw a three-hit, complete game, and the Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres, 1-0, their first win of the seven-game homestand, and avoided what would have equaled their longest losing streak at Dodger Stadium since 1993.“You’d be lying if you’re saying you don’t want to be the guy to end the streak,” Kershaw said.Kershaw’s bat was rather valuable, as well. He knocked in the lone run of the game in the bottom of the third inning when he singled up the middle to score catcher A.J. Ellis. He was tagged out after heading toward second base, though bringing in Ellis was enough.Over his nine scoreless innings, Kershaw struck out 14 batters and walked none. He threw 101 pitches, 75 of them for strikes.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ajax closes the transfer of former Babel sportsman

first_imgAjax seems to have everything closed to have Babel again. The Dutch, club squad since the age of twelve, arrives on loan until the end of the season from Galatasaray, for which he signed this summer. Although he is undisputed holder in Turkey, the club is going through a bad financial moment and Babel has agreed to leave reducing part of its record. In this way, both clubs win and Ajax gets a wardrobe for a team that has suffered a lot when the injuries of Promes, Neres and Labyad have coincided. Erik ten Hag’s team is on a stage in Qatar, taking advantage of the winter break of the Eredivisie, but Babel will join directly in Amsterdam. It will be his third stage at Ajax, after leaving Liverpool in 2007 and returning during the 2012-13 season. You can play against Getafe in Europa League.last_img read more

Hazard: “Zidane loves his players, the group is happy”

first_imgIs it an attraction? “After the 2018 World Cup I wanted to come to Madrid. Chelsea said no” Frankly, it does something. He has this power over me. It didn’t break my head in the whole Euro. He simply told me he was following me. “We will see you one day if you come to Madrid,” he said. It always stayed in my head.Humanly, what kind of coach is he?He does not talk too much. It is simple. Come talk to you before the game with a short sentence so you feel comfortable. The first two or three months were not as I wanted. He told me to stay calm. “Treat yourself,” he repeated. He is a normal guy. He doesn’t complain about anything. He goes straight to the point. He loves his players. Keep this emotional side. You feel that the group is happy that he is the coach. Even those who do not play. Is essential. This is where you see that he understands what the players feel because he was on this side.What does it give you?Our training is always with the ball. The pleasure of playing, especially. The movements, the parties … When you meet Italian coaches, like me (Conte, Sarri), you have much less pleasure. It is more framed, repetitive. You find pleasure in victory. I was three years with Italian trainers. Rediscovering this pleasure does me good.He signed for 100 million euros. Did you have an adrenaline rush during your presentation?I discovered another world. In Chelsea, one of the best clubs in the world, it was easier in the presentation. On the plane, when I came with my brothers, they asked me what I was going to do. “Be careful, if you fail, everyone will make fun of you!” Thorgan said. Even at Chelsea, they insisted: “We’re not going to watch your games, just your presentation!” When they asked me to speak …I had not prepared anything …Nothing at all. I thought to do something in Spanish. But since I don’t speak Spanish … It would have been seen. I wanted to be spontaneous. I said to myself: OK, in French. It is still a good memory.Despite his injury, he played half of the team’s matches …I did the whole preseason. Two or three days before the first game in Vigo I felt pain in my thigh. I often have pain before games. I thought it would happen. The next day, it was still. Zidane asks me if I want to get a scanner. The doctor insists. We do it and see a small injury. The coach did not want to take a risk at the start of the season. Once the wound was healed, I continued. But he had stopped three weeks. I had to find the rhythm. The first game against PSG was waiting for an easy match. And it went wrong. What does playing in Madrid represent?When you are little, you see this club as a dream. When you arrive, when you enter the buildings, there is security everywhere. The training center is already super large. The first time, I reached the other side by car. I drove two or three minutes to get to the players training center. I saw the fields. I never tried to count them. It was the players hotel. You tell yourself that if this club is so efficient, it is also thanks to these work tools. The best players, the weight of the story … You enter the locker room, you feel that the players are only there to win. You meet fans who tell you every day that you have to win the Champions League. It is a culture.Zidane was his model …We do not have the same style. Technically, it was above me. But what I like is that when you look at him, you have the impression that he always has fun, that makes others play. Soccer, for me, is nothing else. When I looked at Zidane, I never said to myself: he wants to dribble everyone, play just for him. I played for the team. I like those who have fun. I am not looking to shine. Of course, I am happy if I do, but this is not my goal.Did you seek to emulate Zidane gesturally?It was hard to copy it. But when you looked at their controls, their passes, it was elegant. Not only did he look at him. There was also Thierry Henry. My generation watched many YouTube videos. Then, I went to the garden to try to do the same thing as Zidane with my brothers, in a game. My attraction was to him, as an identification.It is a powerful, almost emotional relationship …I didn’t talk much with him. The first time was in the 2016 European Championship in France. He called me. He said: “It would be good if you came.” When Zidane calls you, it’s serious! He talked about his weight and said he had gained weight. It is true?It is true. I will not hide it. When I am on vacation, I am on vacation. He had taken five kilos in summer. I am one of those who catch quickly and lose fast if I pay attention. When he was 18, in Lille, he weighed 72 or 73 kilos. Then, when I gained muscle mass, I went to 75. On a bad day, 77. This summer I gained 80 kilos. I lost everything in ten days.How do you judge your start of the season?The only bad thing is the statistics. I scored once, gave an assistance and provoked a penalty (at the time of the interview). People just remember that. The first two months, what I proposed was not enough. I said to myself: I can do better. I really felt better after. I take the ball, bargain, accelerate and try to make others play well. I don’t do everything right, but I try. The first two months, I said to myself: you are new, be simple. And I tried to make too many passes. People expected me to dribble … Eden Hazard granted an interview to the magazine Sport / Foot Magazine in which he takes stock of his first months at Real Madrid. The Belgian player, who is still recovering from the microfissure in the ankle suffered after an entry from his countryman Meunier on November 26 against PSG, he said that Madrid is “a dream”, he acknowledged that he arrived with several kilos more and launched flowers to Zidane … Below we publish an excerpt from the interview.Was it his dream to play in Madrid?Yes, a dream. When I started playing in the home garden it was always the club I supported. Zidane was my idol. The stadium, when I saw it on television, was magical. The white shirt, impeccable, for me was exceptional. A myth. We often went on vacation, with family, to Spain. Never to Madrid. It is too far from Belgium by car. Everyone talked to me about Real when we were playing soccer on vacation. We were watching their matches.Did you get frustrated for not signing for Madrid?No, because throughout my career I have done very well where I have been. But it was logical to sign one day for this club. I could have signed there before.center_img “Madrid told Mariano:” You have to give Eden the 7 “. Why didn’t it happen?Already when I was in Lille this possibility existed. But I wanted to try in England. It was easier to go to England than to Spain. He was only 21 years old. It’s hard for a 21 year old to come here.But could he come to Madrid two years ago?Every year there was talk of my arrival in Madrid. I have never had contact, not even my surroundings, with the club. The contacts began two, three years ago, when I got injured with the national team. After the 2018 World Cup I wanted to come. Chelsea said no. It was necessary to spend a year with Sarri.But Zidane’s desire to recruit him could have been stronger, right?I do not know. Nor did he want to leave Chelsea badly. I have always been clean with all my clubs. As I did in Lille. My last year at Lille (2011-2012) I didn’t want to do it. My surroundings made me understand that it was necessary to stay a season. The same thing happened at Chelsea. In the summer of 2018 I received a call from Marina Granovskaia (general director of Chelsea). He told me: “Don’t go, Sarri comes to train you.” I tried to do my best. Zidane told me in 2016: “It would be good if you came.” When he calls you, he’s serious! “ It is often said that Madrid’s costumes are difficult. How are you?I am someone who is not looking for problems. I am open Perhaps the partners, given what I have done before in France or in England, also respect me. I do not arrive with 21 years with everything to prove. They know me.He wears number 7, which was owned by Cristiano Ronaldo …At first it was from Mariano. I didn’t want to go ask him. Is not my style. I knew that 10 was Modric. In Chelsea, I took the 17. Lucas Vázquez has it. I was free on 16 but I didn’t want to. In LaLiga, you can’t beat 25. I said: “Give me 50”. And the club told Mariano: “You have to give Eden the 7”.Who helped you the most?Of course, Courtois. There is also Greg Dupont, the physical trainer. Integration is easy because there are many who speak French (Varane, Mendy, Benzema …). The staff is Francophone. For me it is perfect.last_img read more

Woods creates buzz at Carnoustie with 66 at British Open

first_imgTiger Woods of the US celebrates a birdie on the 9th hole during the third round of the British Open Golf Championship in Carnoustie, Scotland, Saturday July 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — For 20 minutes on a warm Saturday afternoon at the British Open, Tiger Woods’ name was back atop a leaderboard at a major championship and Carnoustie was buzzing.Not much in golf compares with Woods on a charge. So when he rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 9, stiffed an approach inside two feet for birdie at No. 10, and nearly drove onto the green to set up a tap-in birdie at No. 11, there was a feeling something special was happening.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It’s been a few years since I’ve felt like this,” Woods said.The sun was peeking out of the clouds and Woods was walking up the first fairway when one spectator, a beer in his hand, shouted: “Go on Tiger, we got your back.”It certainly felt that way when the deep gallery surrounding the first green roared their approval at Woods holing a 10-foot putt for par, after he sent his approach left of the green.It was one of the few times Woods was out of position all afternoon in a round where he hit driver six times, compared with three times in the second round and once on Thursday.“You’re the man, Tiger, everyone knows it,” shouted another spectator flanking the fairway on the sixth hole. And Woods’ playing partner sensed an aura around the 14-time major champion.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Now perimeter-oriented, Taulava unleashes ‘Asi Splash’ in Macau Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Then three holes later, Woods two-putted for birdie at No. 14 and there he was, right at the top of the giant yellow leaderboards dotted all around Carnoustie, tied for the lead with five players at 6 under.“It would be … better on Sunday,” Woods said after his 5-under 66 to get back into the mix. “But I’m right there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’A bogey at the par-3 16th stalled the momentum, and Woods had to scramble for a par at the last after landing his drive on the bank of the Barry Burn and into the deep rough.His 66 wasn’t even the best of the day — Justin Rose shot 64, Jordan Spieth and Francesco Molinari 65s — but it likely was what fans were talking about when they left the course. It left Woods tied for sixth place on 5-under overall, four shots off the lead and in contention for his first major in 10 years. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Woods was “back at the top of his game,” said Shaun Morris, who got Woods to sign four new gloves after the round and planned to give them to his friends back home in South Africa.The last time Woods led or held a share of the lead at the end of a round at a major was in 2012, at the U.S. PGA Championship. On Saturday, it happened during a round, and only briefly.Ian Poulter, who missed the cut, tweeted a screen-grab of the leaderboard with Woods’ name on top, and wrote: “I can’t say I’ve ever been so excited for Tiger Woods before.. If he can pull this off, it would be ‘stuff dreams are made of.’”Woods will be in the third-to-last pairing, with Francesco Molinari.“It certainly is possible,” Woods said. “I’ve shown that I’ve been there, close enough, with a chance to win this year. Given what happened the last few years, I didn’t know if that would ever happen again, but here I am with a chance coming Sunday in a major championship. It’s going to be fun.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westlast_img read more

200Ebola Deaths Confirmed in Sub-region, No New Cases Reported in Liberia

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW) have disclosed a total number of 200 deaths from Ebola in the sub-region, with Guinea being the hardest hit in the region since the outbreak of the deadly virus in March 2014.While the Republic of Guinea is recording more deaths as new cases are reported everyday, neighboring Sierra Leone has began to report new cases of the virus, which has so far claimed a few lives in that country.Speaking at the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) on Thursday June 5, the Deputy Minister and Chief Medical Officer of the Republic, Dr. Bernice T. Dahn, said the Liberian Government and partners have stepped up efforts in response to the outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Guinea.According to Dahn, the move by the government is aimed at preventing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus into Liberia from neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone, and no new cases have been reported by health petitioners around the country so far.Dr. Dahn said some of the concrete steps taken by the Health Ministry include “contact tracing of persons suspected of coming in contact with people affected with the virus, surveillance, social mobilization, and the distribution and airing of messages on Ebola prevention in the local dialects.”Dr. Dahn further stated: “We have provided personal protective equipment and chlorine for all bordering counties with Sierra Leone to enable us fight the deadly virus.”She also disclosed that a team of medical petitioners from the Health Ministry is in Lofa County to strengthen the county heath team on issues of the virus in neighboring Guinea on the basic of prevention and other health services related.According to Dr. Dahn, the team held a cross-border meeting in Guéckédu, Guinea, Tuesday, June 3, aimed at strengthening collaboration, follow-ups, information sharing, and communication among the three Mano River Union Countries.“Some of the key issues of concern among member states that contribute to the increase in the Ebola cases include addressing traditional and cultural beliefs, burial ceremonies for deceased Ebola victims, and health workers taking infection control measures when attending to patients,” she added.The Chief Medical Officer said the situation in Guinea and Sierra Leone suggests that the Ebola outbreak is severe in the neighboring countries and there were need that Liberia puts in place a proper mechanism to control and prevent its spread.The Deputy Minister disclosed that “Sierra Leone reported 58 tested Ebola cases of which 18 were confirmed in the Kailahun District. The disease has claimed six lives in Sierra Leone and 114 deaths have been confirmed in Guinea. Out of 328 cumulative cases, Ebola has claimed the lives of 200 people in the sub-region.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jagdeo questions Govt’s decision to change design

first_imgDemerara River crossing– says approach ill-conceived, will be burdensomeThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is questioning Government’s sudden decision to scrap a previous proposal – largely centred on establishing a new three-lane, open format bridge as a replacement for the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) – in favour of a four-lane, fixed high-level bridge.General Secretary of the party, Bharrat Jagdeo told a media conference on Thursday that not only is the idea going against the feasibility study that was done for the new crossing, but the coalition Government’s approach to the initiative is ill-conceived and will only serve as a huge burden to Guyana.“This is ill-conceived and will leave us with a huge burden in the future,” he said, while explaining that he is not against the four-lane design, but the approach byOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoGovernment is a major cause for worry.He also reminded that the feasibility study deemed a four-lane initiative unfeasible. “If you’re going for a four-lane fixed bridge. We don’t have a problem, but the three-lane study said only the three-lane bridge was feasible. Their own study says the four-lane is not feasible,” he pointed out.The former Head of State who has long criticised the Government for its approach to this project, stated this flip-flop attitude could only lead to chaos and disaster for the entire project. He recalled that he had advised that Government should not leave it up to the contractors to determine the future of the project.Jagdeo also recalled raising concerns over the fact that there was no money in the budget, no funding for the bridge and no grants or financing available for the construction of the bridge.“I said all of those things need to be pre-determined… I pointed out the Berbice Bridge. That there were about 2000 pages of studies… a prospectus was developed… legislation passed to support public private partnership… and only then did the company solicit bids… they [Government] didn’t do any of these things. They just said we’re putting out the tender, the contractors will tell us what they want,” he explained.Finance Minister Winston Jordan who made the announcement explained that several persons would have submitted proposals for various types of bridges. This is even though the feasibility study recommended a three-lane bridge. However, submissions were made for a four-lane fixed bridge.No policy directionOpposition Member of Parliament Juan Edghill has urged Government to come clean on the matter. The former junior Finance Minister has said he was surprised that Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson did not notify Guyanese about the project, especially based on its magnitude.Edghill also pointed out that Patterson’s last statement on this project was that three companies would be selected from the companies who bid, and they would be asked to submit proposals, including for financing the bridge. The Minister had also given a particular timeline.The MP slammed Government, stating that this is indicative of the fact that the coalition Government has no policy direction in the public infrastructure sector and that they are prone to making ad hoc decisions. He was here referring to the Guyana Power and Light’s $3 billion tender for the installation of smart meters and transmission lines which Government annulled a few months ago.Last year, a feasibility study and design for the new Demerara River Bridge had reportedly cost some $146.3 million. It was presented to Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson.The 57-page final report was done by Dutch company LievenseCSO. The project team had included officials from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation and Transport and Harbours Department.It is understood that the feasibility study had determined the proposed location of Houston-Versailles as the most ideal. It is also understood that a low-level bridge with a movable part and three-lanes was recommended for construction.Another study had been completed back in 2013, when the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation had collaborated with the then Public Works Ministry to carry out a pre-feasibility analysis. That study had concluded that a ‘fixed, high-level’ bridge was the best option to pursue, rather than the retractable model, echoing the most recent recommendations made by Consultant Rameshwar.The “fixed, high-level” option would ensure that traffic would be able to flow even while boats passed underneath the structure. The bridge presently operates according to schedule in order to cater for marine traffic.There have traditionally been lengthy traffic lines during rush hour, as motorists hurry to catch the bridge before it closes. It was to solve these traffic woes and to cater for the advanced age of the Demerara Harbour Bridge structure that a new bridge has been contemplated.According to the 2013 report, consultations were carried out with various Private Sector agencies and non-governmental organisations representing cross sections of the production and manufacturing sectors in Guyana. Those consultations, the report detailed, were to obtain valuable data to complete the report, introduce stakeholders to the new Demerara River crossing concept, and garner feedback that could potentially influence the project.last_img read more