A Barça without a physical background

first_imgThe Barca crash in the second half reminded that of the last 20 minutes in the Super Cup against Atlético and calls into question the status of the players and the work plan of the technicians.The physical fall of Barça in the Bernabéu was capital. Only from that crash can you understand the last half hour of the champion, who fell to weight and did not have a single response to the outburst of passion and heart of Madrid. With a view to what is left of the season, It was worrying to see key players like Semedo, Jordi Alba, Vidal, Busquets or Messi, missing in the second part and surpassed on a physical level for the intensity of Madrid. Semedo played a second spooky part, Alba suffered with Valverde, Vidal began to be a machine to lose balls, Busquets could not multiply as in the first half and to Messi lacked a lot of spark. So much that, in the most significant play of the game, Marcelo won the decisive duel in a symbolic image.The scenario of the second part, which reminded of the last 20 minutes in Arabia against Atlético de Madrid in the semifinal of the Super Cup, feeds the legend installed long ago in the Barça locker room. A team that does not train much and that is not to hold games with a lot of rhythm. That it is prepared more in terms of self-management than of direction from the bench. And that has its consequences. It was to put Madrid’s heart into it, put it one more point of intensity, and drop Barça. The pace of the team is also pasty. Veterans over 30, Piqué Alba, Busquets or Messi, determine the rhythm of a team that sometimes leaves horrific images when De Jong arrives at the opposite area seconds before the rest and has to stand up and start again at the pace that veterans ask for. There are many doubts that Barça can physically reach the decisive part of the season. At the moment, he is already below in LaLiga and the toughest Champions League matches await him. It is a tremendously lacking equipment and that it numbs the one who wants to put it on, like De Jong or Braithwaite himself, that after leaving revolutionized and staying hand in hand with Courtois in his first minute in the field, he did nothing more.Shorter than football in other seasons, fitness is the other major concern of Barça with a view to the last leg of the League. Injured Suárez and Dembélé, just out of an injury Jordi Alba, physically lazy Busquets and Messi, the worst news for Setién is that he has only 14 players of the first team and he must know how to handle them so as not to run out of options in any competition ahead of time. But in the club there is concern that if homework was not done in their day, putting workloads now makes no sense. Barça will have to face the end of the season with the physical base that has been worked during the course. And it doesn’t seem like trusting.last_img read more

EPA Empowers Inspectors

first_imgSome of Inspectors take hold of their new bikes.…with 20 motorbikes, rain gears to enhance operationAuthorities at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Liberia on Friday, September 7, provided 20 motorbikes, tools and rain gears to environmental inspectors across the country.The provision of the motorcycles, tools and rain gears, according to EPA’s assistant manager for logistics, D. Carlton Wonsiah, are intended to enhance the operation of environmental inspectors across the country.Mr. Wonsiah said that inspectors in Montserrado County received four of the 20 bikes, while the rest of the counties were given two each.He said that EPA’s inspectors are currently based in 10 of the country’s 15 counties, but they also cover other counties were inspectors are not stationed.Prior to taking ownership of their motorbikes for use at the various assignments, Wonsiah said the motorbikes were properly checked, to ensure that they do not develop mechanical fault.EPA’s assistant manager for Administration Thompson S. K. Danfelee said that the bikes were provided by United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and asked each of the inspectors to take proper care of them.He mandated environmental inspectors to provide monthly reports on the operation of the bikes assigned to them.Danfelee said EPA will take a monthly report on the status of the motorbikes as a prerequisite for the inspectors to maintain the bikes as their own.Head of Environmental Inspectors Edward Wingbah called on inspectors to use the motorbikes for the intended purpose, pleading with them to regularly change some of the vital parts, including the engine oil.Wingbah cautioned the inspectors against reckless operation of the bikes, and said the lifespan of each of the bike would increase if they are adequately taken care of.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Archaic” expired drug disposal system needs modernising – Minister Lawrence

first_imgIn response to revelations that the West Demerara Regional Hospital has, for a number of months, been waiting to have its expired drugs disposed of, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence has said the system employed in the disposal of drugs is archaic and plagued by staffing issues. She, however, added that the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is working to have those issues addressed.When questioned at the March 26 Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting as to why more than $5.4 million in expired drugs dating back to 2016 have not beenPublic Health Minister Volda Lawrence speaking to reporters on Fridaydisposed of, Regional Health Officer for Region Three, Dr Ravendra Dudhnath, informed that Public Health personnel are still awaiting the intervention of the Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GAFDD).Minister Lawrence, who also sits on the PAC, told reporters on Friday that she would have made contact with the GAFDD to make officers available to ensure the drugs are disposed of. Asked why it would have taken so long to have the drugs disposed, the minister informed that the system is plagued by staffing issues.“I know that last year we did have an exercise at several facilities removing drugs. I know that with regards to the present request for removal, I did speak with the Food and Drug Department to make sure that they make staff available to visit with the institution, as they (the institution) had indicated that they did request. So, at this point, I cannot say whether that has been done, or has not been done,” Lawrence said.She noted that the issue of expired drugs has been in existence for a number of years, and added that the system to dispose of those drugs needs modernising.“We do not have a system which allows for the ready distribution. Most of the systems that we have are very archaic. The officers do not have the responsibility to dispose on their own, so they depend on other entities, whether it is the Auditor General; the Food and Drug, who will come and say how you dispose of these particular items that you have. So it cuts across (departments), and they all have their challenges,” she explained.Additionally, Lawrence said MoPH personnel are taking steps to have issues addressed, but it would take some time before the changes become visible.“It’s a work in progress. We have to change the ways in which our regulations are written. We have to ensure that we have more people at the various entities, so that they can be dispatched more readily at the various institutions to assist (the institutions) with disposal,” she added.According to the Auditor General’s Report of 2016, some 213 items of expired drugs with an approximate value of $5.4 million were noted at West Demerara Regional Hospital and seven health centres within Region Three. It was also revealed that the drugs are still being stored at the bond, which is also used to store current medical supplies. However, Dudhnath told the PAC there is no chance the expired drugs could be dispensed to patients, since they are stored separately in the bond. The PAC also heard that the region had officially requested the removal and destruction of the expired drugs since August 2017.last_img read more

10 shot during prison riot

first_img– fire ignited in retaliation to gunshotsAt least 10 inmates of the Lusignan Prison on the East Coast of Demerara were on Monday evening shot and injured after they protested the poor conditions at the facility.A prisoner covered in blood after receiving gunshot woundsPhotos seen by this newspaper showed several men covered in blood after allegedly being shot by wardens stationed in the towers around the perimeter of the prison.A source told Guyana Times that the inmates were protesting the food given them on Monday afternoon. They reportedly threw the food and other utensils at the wardens, who retaliated by opening fire on them.The prisoners, however, were in the holding area while they were being shot at. Things escalated after the inmates realised the wardens were using live bullets.In addition to the gunshots, the prison wardens used tear gas, thus causing a greater ruckus at the penitentiary.Guyana Times was told there are no water supplies in the prison, and that the toilet facilities are unacceptable.The fire that was set by inmates in protestHowever, it is believed that several inmates were attempting to dig up the tarmac, pelting wardens and lighting sporadic fires. As a result, fire fighters were deployed to the scene, and the inmates set alight old clothing to get the attention of the authorities.Moments after the riot had started, acting Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, and Commissioner of Police, Leslie James, arrived on scene with the intention of getting the situation under control, but the situation escalated further with inmates setting mattresses on fire.The blaze was eventually contained by fire fighters, who had to use the surrounding towers to carry out their duties. Guyana Times understands that several prisoners were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital to seek medical attention.This riot came mere hours after three prisoners escaped from the facility by scaling a fence while the security officials were asleep.last_img read more

Toshao beheaded by son-in-law

first_imgThe community of Kurtaka in the Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) was sent into a state of shock on New Year Day, when the village’s Toshao was beheaded by his son-in-law after he intervened in a domestic dispute.Dead is Toshao Solomon Lewis, who resided in the said community.Reports are the incident occurred at about 04:00h on January 1. Guyana Times was told that Toshao Lewis and his son attempted to stop his 27-year-old son-in-law from beating his daughter.Annoyed at the two men’s intervention, the suspect armed himself with a cutlassDead: Toshao Solomon Lewisand dealt several chops to his father-in-law, severing his head in the process.He then turned his attention to his brother-in-law, dealing him several chops also which reportedly severed one of the man’s hands. Following the incident, the suspect fled the scene in a boat.The team of law enforcement officers who were dispatched to the area to probe the murder arrested the suspect on Wednesday.The body of the dead Toshao and his injured son were also transported to Bartica as investigations continue.When contacted, former President of the National Toshaos Council, Joel Fredericks related that security has been a concern of many village leaders within communities of the riverine and hinterland regions. In some scenarios, they are vulnerable to attacks because their dwellings are isolated from the community.As a former chief, he mentioned, “For the Indigenous people in the hinterland, there is a security problem. The thing is with the way some of the villages are situated, the Toshao is not in the central part of the area. Some of them live outside or far away so it’s difficult.”Another concern raised was the location of Police stations and medical facilities which affects the response to such incidents.“The health facility sometimes is not where the majority of the population is.Joint Services ranks escoreting the suspect on WednesdaySometimes they have to go up the river or down the river. Especially in the riverine area, that is an issue for most of the villages because people live along the river.”With condolences pouring in, another former executive member of the NTC, Eyon Boyal posted on his social media page that Indigenous leaders over the years have asked for handcuffs, guns and Police outposts for protection against their “high-risk” jobs.“As a former Toshao, I have listened to my fellow Indigenous leaders at successive National Toshaos Conferences request guns, handcuffs and even Police outposts or Police patrols… Toshaos, indeed need protection of all sorts since you are the father of the village, all villagers turn to your help,” his Facebook post read.last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal Mountain Rescue Team is bracing itself for one of its busiest summers on records.The team responded to four call-outs over the weekend.And with the good weather beginning to kick-in, the volunteers from the service are on stand-by for one of their busiest periods. Last year the team responded to 74 call-outs – the greatest number since the DMR was set-up in 1982.Over the weekend the team had to assist a climber who became stuck on Muckish as well as the rescue of a person in the Slieve League area.And with the recession, it now appears that people are hill-walking across Donegal and other counties more than ever before.Seamus Bradley, chairman of Mountain Rescue Ireland, said “Our hills are busier than they’ve ever been, and that’s particularly apparent mid-week. “A lot of le who are out of work r are working flexible hours have discovered hill-walking is a low cost activity. A few years ago there would barely be anyone on the hills midweek, but that has all changed since we went into recession.”And despite the increase in numbers using Donegal’s hills and mountains, the DMR still receives no funding apart from a €7,000 donation from the coastguard.Last year it cost the team more than €42,000 to keep the unit going with equipment, training, insurance and vehicles and the majority of that was raised through donations.EndsDONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE ATTEND FOUR CALL-OUTS AS THEY PREPARE FOR BUSY SEASON was last modified: April 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:call-outsDonegal Mountain Rescuelast_img read more

USC is nearing history

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But never has USC ascended to the staggering heights it has reached under Pete Carroll, whose accomplishments in a mere five seasons are unprecedented in the school’s annals and whose team is halfway toward achieving a feat three consecutive AP national titles never done before in college football. The good old days of USC football are now and future sporting historians will look back on this Pete Carroll epoch with reverence, as will those who regularly follow the Trojans’ annual autumn gridiron odyssey. But with the astounding USC success the 28-game winning streak, the 24 weeks in a row atop the AP poll, the 36 wins during the past three seasons, the 18 consecutive Pac-10 wins, the domination of Notre Dame and UCLA, etc. the expectation level among boosters and motivation among opponents has increased dramatically. Because the Trojans had to struggle mightily at South Bend in front of 80,00 crazed witnesses and didn’t secure their 34-31 win over Notre Dame until the final three seconds, Pete Carroll felt compelled during his media luncheon the other day at Heritage Hall on the USC campus to keep emphasizing how improvement was needed in so many areas on his team. Listening to Carroll reflect on the Trojans’ shortcomings especially in the play of their special teams and you’d have never known his 6-0 club still was the No. 1 ranked squad in the nation and had emerged victorious last Saturday against an aroused opponent in alien surroundings. “You’ve created Frankenstein’s Monster,” I said to Carroll at the conclusion of his press conference. The USC coach shrugged. “All this just goes with the territory,” he said. “We’re trying to do everything here better than anyone has ever done it before, from dealing with the media to winning football games. “The toughest thing I’ve found about it is time. There just isn’t enough time to do all the things you’d like to do in a day.” Pete Carroll concedes the relentless pressure of coaching a team under microscopic media scrutiny and under constant siege from rivals has taken its toll. “I don’t sleep as much as I used to,” he says. “But I’m getting older, and maybe I don’t need as much sleep.” There are defining games in the career of a storied coach, and one always thinks of Vince Lombardi allowing his quarterback, Bart Starr, to go for it on fourth down in the final seconds against the Dallas Cowboys in the 1967 NFC championship game. The Packers were trailing by three at the time, and Lombardi took a risk not attempting a score-tying field goal, but Bart Starr sneaked across the goal line to score the decisive touchdown in the Packers’ epic 21-17 win on the Lambeau Field tundra in Green Bay. Well, Pete Carroll faced the same decision against Notre Dame, and also eschewed a tying field goal attempt to allow his quarterback, Matt Leinart, to go for it against the Fighting Irish. “We were at the three-inch line, and I didn’t want us to go into overtime against a Notre Dame team that had moved the ball so well on its last drive,” says Carroll. “I never gave it any other thought than to go for it.” But what if Leinart, who initially was stymied behind the line of scrimmage, had failed? The Trojans’ hopes of winning another national championship would have vanished, along with the immense money and publicity that go with such an accomplishment. Pete Carroll’s legacy would have been somewhat tarnished, and he inevitably would have come under withering criticism for taking such a daring gamble. “Wouldn’t have bothered me a bit,” says Carroll. “I did what I thought was right for our team. I thought we should try to win it right there. A lot of things can happen in overtime and a lot of the things are bad.” But not a lot of things are going badly these frenzied weeks at USC. The Trojans have been seriously challenged on three occasions this season they trailed Oregon, Arizona State and the Fighting Irish at halftime but each time they kept their composure and came back in difficult circumstances on the road to avoid defeat. “We work hard with the players at practices for them to do the kind of things they’ve done when games are on the line,” says Carroll. “It’s been a difficult year. But I’m not complaining. Everyone now points for us, and is set to play a terrific game. You can be sure Washington will be ready for us this weekend. “But we’ve also been ready. I can’t say enough about my players’ efforts. They’ve played hard in every game. But they just have to start playing better. We have to improve if we’re going to get where we want to go.” And where Pete Carroll wants his Trojans to go is a place never before reached in college football, and his team has been finding out the reasons others in the past have failed in such a quest. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Until Pete Carroll came upon the scene to orchestrate the Great Revival, those loyalists who followed USC football lived in the sacred glories of the Trojans’ past. They spoke proudly of those long ago days when a mythic figure named Howard Jones created the Thundering Herd persona and turned the Trojans into a national commodity. center_img They spoke wistfully of those glad days of John McKay when Mike Garrett and O.J. Simpson were winning Heisman Trophies and Anthony Davis was tormenting Notre Dame and the Trojans were taking down national titles on a regular basis. They spoke yearningly of those successful days of John Robinson when running backs like Rickey Bell and Marcus Allen and Charles White produced big numbers and a lot of memorable victories and many championships. last_img read more


first_imgAre you aged between 15-20 years? Have you left school early? Do you have little or no qualifications? If so, you may be interested in joining your nearest Youthreach programme? What is Youthreach?Youthreach is the Department of Education and Skills official education, training and work experience programme for early school leavers. In Co Donegal the programme is managed by Donegal ETB. There are six centres across the county in Ballyshannon, Buncrana, Glengad, Gortahork, Lifford and Letterkenny (which celebrates its 25th anniversary this October!).What Does Youthreach Offer?Youthreach offers young people a wide range of learning and training opportunities.A range of national QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland – formerly FETAC) qualifications are provided including Levels 1 or 2 General Learning, Level 3 General Learning or Employability Skills and Level 4 General Learning. Subjects, varying from centre to centre, include art and craft, catering, computers, childcare, hairdressing, health and fitness, literacy, numeracy, office skills, outdoor pursuits, personal development, woodcraft and many more. Work experience is also an important part of the Youthreach programme. Other qualifications include basic food hygiene, ECDL, First Aid and Gaisce Awards.Centres also provide an extensive health promotion programme covering areas such as positive mental health, sexual health, alcohol and drugs, road safety, citizenship and money management.Fun is also an important part of Youthreach and regular trips and events such as an annual county-wide table quiz, masterchef, pool, bowling and football competitions also take place throughout the year.Once you’ve completed a Youthreach programme you can progress to employment or other further education opportunities – our career Advocates will help you on your way.You’ll receive a weekly training and meal allowance (16-20 year olds) and a travelling allowance if appropriate. Youthreach enrolment takes place all year round so you don’t have to wait until September – call your nearest centre now!You can also check out each centre on Facebook or our Twitter account @DonegalYR or website www.donegaletb.ie/youthreachBallyshannon (Antoinette) – 071 98 51286; Buncrana/Glengad (Jayne) – 074 93 62466; Gortahork (Pat) – 074 91 35218; Letterkenny (Gillian) – 074 91 22585; Lifford (Aidan) – 074 91 42114YOUTHREACH OFFERS COURSES TO HELP TAKE YOUR CAREER FORWARD was last modified: April 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsYOUTHREACHlast_img read more


first_imgThe late Enda McLaughlinA CO Donegal man whose brother died in horrific circumstances in Germany last year was the victim of torture by his mother, a court has heard.Daniel ‘Skippy’ McLaughlin, from Glentogher, Carndonagh, was before Letterkenny Circuit Court charged with assault causing harm. His brother Enda died after being struck by a car in north west Germany. He had earlier stabbed three people.But like his brother Enda, Patrick had an “horrific” childhood, said social worker Janice Arthurs in evidence to Judge Francis Comerford.Garda Declan Lambe told the court how he was called to reports of a disturbance at Miller’s Way in Carndonagh on September 30, 2011.McLaughlin’s friend Andrew Drury had earlier mad a 999 call.Garda Lambe entered the house and found Drury sitting on the stairs, directing him to the kitchen.He said Daniel McLaughlin was in an agitated state and covered in blood and demanding to know if there was a search warrant.The garda said he entered the kitchen and saw a large bread knife covered in blood. He looked down and saw Brian McLaughlin Logue lying on the floor covered in blood.The stab victim was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries but after several weeks went on to make a full recovery.When interviewed, Daniel said he didn’t remember what had happened.“I must have flipped, I went clean mental,” he told gardai.He remembered a fight on the street outside but not the stabbing.“Why that happened I don’t know; I went bananas, I went nuts,” he said.The garda said the two men had since settled their differences and Daniel McLaughlin was now a changed man who had not been in trouble with gardai since then.Ms Arthurs told the court that the McLaughlin children had been subjected to “physical abuse and torture by their mother when they were young”.Their father Patrick, who was away working in Dublin most of the time, had not been aware of the situation at home, said the social worker.Elizabeth McLaughlin, who died in a house fire in 2010, would pick on another sibling Jonathan.“She once used evostick glue to stop bleeding from a wound,” said Ms Arthurs.“She deliberately didn’t feed him; she starved him. And she punished Daniel when he tried to feed his brother.”Ms Arthurs said Daniel is very remorseful for stabbing his friend.“He has tried to turn things around. He has stopped drink and drugs and is receiving treatment at a mental health unit. All the children have struggled with adult life because of what went on in their childhood,” she said.Defence barrister Peter Nolan said the case was ‘tragic’ but that Daniel had not been in trouble since, and was working with all those who would help him.He was also undergoing radical new treatment to tackle his addictions.After listening to the case Judge Francis Comerford said it had been a horrible assault. However he wanted to monitor Daniel McLaughlin further and agreed to delay passing sentence until January 2016.He ordered McLaughlin to continue undergoing new methods of treatment and to stay away from alcohol and drugs.MAN WHO STABBED PAL AFTER ‘GOING BANANAS’ WAS VICTIM OF TORTURE BY HIS MOTHER was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarndonaghDaniel McLaughlinEnda McLaughlinstabbinglast_img read more


first_imgCouncillor Patrick McGowanCllr Patrick McGowan has welcomed the new infill street lights erected this week at Stranamuck in Castlefin – 11 years after the project began!Cllr McGowan had instigated a walkway from Castlefin town to Robert Emmets GAA grounds back in 2004 but the street lighting was incomplete due to a short fall in the grant at that time.However Donegal County Council has finally made up the funding shortfall now which has at last paid for the remaining lights to be erected. Said Cllr McGowan: “I wish to thank everyone who helped especially Senator Brian O Domhaill and Donegal Co Council Engineer Adrian McCool.“These light will make the pathway much safer and encourage more people to get out walking and running.“I am also delighted with the progress with works to widen the approach to Castlefin bridge this protect was started late in 2011 but was faced with design and new Dept regulations issues but never the less we kept at it.“It has to be pointed out that no Direct Government / Dept grants have been allocated at any stage, all funding so far has been sliced off the local roads programmes in The Stranorlar Municipal area. “Government must surely be ashamed that they have not made even a small grant available at this stage on this Regionally important cross border road.“The next stages will need further funding and I am calling on local people to make it a election issue when they are being canvassed.“In the meantime I will continue to push for matching funding locally via the Council.” CASTLEFIN STREET LIGHTING COMPLETED – 11 YEARS LATER! was last modified: October 21st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefincompletedstreet lightslast_img read more