Smokies’ head coach to stay in Trail

first_img“We’re happy to have Bill carry on in his role as our head coach and general manager,” said Smoke Eaters president Tom Gawryletz. “We were one of the hardest-working teams in the BCHL this season and I’m excited about the core of players eligible to return under Bill’s guidance next year.”Per club policy, contract terms will not be disclosed. The Trail Smoke Eaters announced today that head coach and general manager Bill Birks has accepted a contract extension.Birks joined the Smoke Eaters as an assistant coach for the 2010-11 season and was named head coach and general manager in May of 2011.This past season, Birks led the Smoke Eaters to a 26-28-0-2 overall record, more than doubling the previous season’s win total. Trail’s goal differential also improved over 2011-12 by a figure of +86 and three Smoke Eaters (Scott Davidson, Brent Baltus and Garrett McMullen) earned NCAA Division I scholarships.last_img read more

Tottenham eye Roma’s £51m-rated midfielder Pellegrini as Eriksen replacement

first_img3It goes on to state that the Premier League club are “currently investigating how much it would cost to lure him away” from the Dutch giants.Ziyech is under contract at Ajax until 2022 and would therefore command a hefty fee.But his form has not just caught the eye of Spurs, with both Arsenal and Manchester United previously linked.3 Christian Eriksen is still to sign a new contract at Spurs and looks likely to go at the end of the season – if not beforeCredit: Reuters TOTTENHAM have reportedly earmarked Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini as Christian Eriksen’s replacement.The Dane is out of contract with Spurs at the end of the season and looks set to leave on a free.3 Lorenzo Pellegrini has been earmarked as the man to fill Christian Eriksen’s boots at SpursCredit: Getty Images – GettyBarcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with snapping up the 27-year-old.And according to Football Italia, £51million-rated Pellegrini is the man tasked with replacing Eriksen at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.But Spurs will have some negotiating to do – not only will Italian side Roma be desperate to cling on to him, but the player himself sees a future with the Giallorossi.The 23-year-old is only just back in training after recovering from a metatarsal injury.Eriksen has flitted in and out of the Spurs starting XI – and this has obviously been linked to his contract situation.ZIYECH AN OPTION TOOBut the player himself believes the two aren’t linked.Speaking to to Danish news-site BT, as reported by Sport Witness, Eriksen said: “I feel 100 per cent that Tottenham has complete confidence in me.”There is not that big a difference, except that I play a little less this year.”I don’t feel there is a connection between my contract situation and the fact that I haven’t played as many matches.”SunSport reported another option for boss Mauricio Pochettino is Ajax man Hakim Ziyech.According to 90min they already have a list of players to fill the void, with the 26-year-old Moroccan international “high on their wish list”.last_img read more

Atlético deflates in Ipurua and is eight points behind the lead

first_imgAtletico left the field without concentration, although his game improved after the breakSimeone’s show their impotence against a very tidy Eibar Atlético de Madrid dipped his knee in his visit to Ipurua (2-0) in a poor performance of the mattresses, unable to find a ray of light against Eibar, and overwhelmed by the lack of play in a duel, the first of the second round, which was marked by heavy rain.The rojiblancos are still hurt after their defeat in the final of the Spanish Super Cup and left ‘touched’ of Ipurua. Atleti improved his game in the second half, but it didn’t help to change his luck. The first part and the strength of the Eibar ended up condemning their intentions. There was no miracle, or Oblak stops preventing a new defeat, the third of this season in the League.Atlético had a bad start, without intensity and at the mercy of Mendilibar’s pupils. The direct game of the Blaugranas dwarfed the mattresses from the beginning, good proof of this was the shot of Pedro León at five minutes. Five later came 1-0 with a dose of suspense, after Esteban Burgos finished off in a doubtful position.The referee annulled the goal for offside, but the VAR changed its decision and allowed Burgos’s shot, with the sole and free mark, to rise to the scoreboard. The reply was positive, but it took time to arrive. Joao Felix was the first to try his luck and Correa followed in his footsteps with another somewhat loose shot. Ángel Correa regrets a missed occasion against Eibar. Image: EFEcenter_img Vitolo added his name to the list of occasions, but none ended up disturbing Dmitrovic’s goal. In fact, the reaction appeared in the final quarter-hour before an Eibar always well planted, with the solidity of his stadium and the hunger that his opponent had not shown.Everything changed in the second half, but neither did Atlético’s goal. Arias had a sensational volley at 51 minutes and Morata headed a center of Saul with 20 left until the end, but it was not the day. Not even Lodi could score with a cross shot in a more comfortable position, although later the action was canceled out of play.Simeone sends a message to the club Joao Felix also kept trying but his impotence and gestural language speak for him at this time of the season. His youth and lack of charisma generate more anxiety than good performance and Simeone ended up replacing him ten minutes from the end by the youth player Sergio Camello.This was not the only player of the subsidiary that played against Eibar. Simeone also gave minutes to Oscar Clemente, who debuted with the rojiblancos, sending a message to the box in the absence of troops. None of them had the opportunity to frighten even the reinforced cement of Eibar at the edge of their area.To make matters worse, the effort of the locals was rewarded in the 90th minute with a violent shot by Edu Expósito at the exit of a corner. Oblak did not reach the ball, which entered tightly to the post, and signed the triumph of the Basques, who catch air with respect to the relegation zone. On the other hand, the Atleti lets out another train and gives free way to Real Madrid and Barça so that they continue to open the gap in front of the table.DATA SHEETEIBAR: Dmitrovic; Tejero, Burgos, Bigas, Cote; Edu Expósito, Sergio Álvarez, Pedro León (Cristóforo, min. 74), Inui, Orellana (De Blasis, min.80); and Sergi Enrich (Charles, min. 87).ATHLETIC OF MADRID: Oblak; Arias, Felipe, Savic, Saúl; Thomas, Herrera (Lodi, min. 73), Correa, Vitolo (Clemente, min. 87); Joao Félix (Camel, min. 83) and Morata.–GOALS:1 – 0, min. 10, Burgos.2 – 0, min.90, Edu Expósito.–REFEREE: Gil Manzano (C. Extremeño). Yellow card Saul (min.59) and Savic (min.86) in Atlético and Burgos (min.62) in Eibar.–STADIUM: Ipurua. 6,429 spectators.last_img read more

Guyana passport drops in visa-free access rankings

first_img… Index shows country retained gains while others improved, declinedThe Guyana passport can still get Guyanese travellers to 88 countries without the need for a visa, but the progression of other countries has seen Guyana drop in the 2019 rankings of the Henley and Partners Passport Index.According to the 2019 statistics, Guyana is now ranked at number 58, a reduction of three spots from the 55th ranking it received from the Index in 2018. The highest-ranked Caribbean country on the Index is Barbados, which is ranked at 24Guyana has dropped three places in the world of visa-free travelwith 159 visa-free destinations.Barbados last year was ranked at 21. It also declined in terms of destinations. Barbados is followed by The Bahamas (26, 154); St Kitts and Nevis (27, 151); Trinidad and Tobago (30, 148); St Lucia (31, 145); St Vincent and the Grenadines (32, 144) and Grenada (33, 143).The Henley Passport Index has historical data spanning 14 years. The Index and its contents are based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA). It is updated using in-house research and open source online data.The Index includes 199 different passports and 227 different travel destinations, and is updated in real time throughout the year when visa policy changes come into effect.With Guyana’s oil and gas sector, there is much expectation that the local passport will increase in power and usability. Indeed, the Guyana Government has said that it wanted the country included in the list of countries that can travel to 26 countries in Europe, known as the Schengen area, without a passport.There have also been moves to give Guyanese business owners and frequent travellers the option to choose a 46-page machine-readable passport, at a cost of $10,000 as compared to the country’s current 32-page passport.During his Budget 2019 presentation in the National Assembly last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced the new passport. The Minister explained that the new passport would reduce both the cost and the time spent to renew the document once it has expired.The Department of Public Information (DPI) spoke to persons at the Central Immigration Passport Office about this new measure. Collin Chung, a Venezuelan by birth with Guyanese parentage, said as a frequent traveller, this new passport would be quite convenient for those persons who were too busy to undertake the renewal process and should be embraced.“I think the 46 pages passport would be beneficial, because we are entering industrialisation through our exploitation of petroleum in the country, so it would open a lot of doors and break down barriers to expand on tourism within the country.”In expressing her views, Gloria Giddings said that although she was simply visiting the country, she could appreciate how the new measure would benefit the regular air traveller.It was only last year that Guyana’s passport had increased in value according to the Henley and Partners Passport Index. The Index had shown that Guyanese can travel to 88 countries visa-free/visa-on-arrival, moving the country up four places on the Index’s rankings, to 55 in the world.According to the 2017 index, Guyana’s passport allowed Guyanese to travel to 81 countries without requiring a visa or with a visa granted on arrival.last_img read more

College football: Lucky details scarce

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska running back Marlon Lucky, a former North Hollywood High standout, was in fair condition Tuesday with an undisclosed problem, though his family said his hospitalization was not caused by alcohol or “illicit drugs.” The Daily News contacted Lucky’s uncle, Stanley Joseph, on Tuesday, but he declined to go into details. “Everything will be fine,” Joseph said. “But I can’t say anything more at this point.” Lucky’s health has been shrouded in mystery since he was taken Sunday night to BryanLGH Medical Center West. The Lincoln Journal Star reported that Lucky was unconscious when rescue workers arrived at the apartment he shares with teammate Jordan Picou. Lucky’s family issued a statement through the NU athletic department that did not address why emergency personnel were called to his off-campus apartment. “Marlon’s condition continues to improve. He has been removed from the intensive care unit, and his condition has been upgraded to fair,” the family said. “We would like to make it clear that Marlon’s medical emergency did not come about as a result of the use of alcohol or any illicit drugs.” Lucky, from North Hollywood, was slowed by a back injury and shared playing time with three other I-backs as a sophomore in 2006. He started six games and was the team’s second-leading rusher, with 728 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 32 passes for 383 yards. He averaged 19.1 yards on eight kickoff returns. Cornhuskers head coach Bill Callahan told the past few days have been tough on everyone associated with the Nebraska football program. “I have spent time with both Marlon and his family at the hospital over the past couple days,” Callahan said. “Marlon knows that he has the full support of our football team, coaches and entire athletic department.” last_img read more

Moses helps Nigeria thrash Cameroon 4-0

first_img0Shares0000Victor Moses was the star of the day in their 4-0 victory over rivals CameroonUYO, Nigeria, Sep 1 – Chelsea ace Victor Moses and Chinese-based Odion Ighalo starred as Nigeria trounced Cameroon 4-0 on Friday to take a big step towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.The Super Eagles moved up to nine points from three matches in Group B in Africa zone qualifying, while Cameroon remain on two points. Both teams clash again on Monday in Yaounde. Zambia and Algeria have a point each and meet on Saturday in Lusaka.After a rather tentative start by the home team, Ighalo marked his return with the opening goal after 29 minutes.He overpowered his marker after he received a clever assist from skipper Mikel John Obi before he fired past a diving goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.The Eagles doubled their lead in the 43rd minute, when Mikel turned scorer by poking a Victor Moses corner from the left beyond the Cameroon goalkeeper.In the 55th minute, Moses made it 3-0 when he initiated a quick counter and then released Moses Simon, who did well to pass back to his namesake, who fired the third goal.A fourth goal from a flying header by substitute Kelechi Iheanacho off an Onazi Ogenyi cross in the 76th minute crowned a very satisfying outing for the hosts.Both teams went into the attack from the first whistle with Cameroon threatening through Moumi Ngamaleu, but his effort from inside the box missed narrowly as Ikechukwu Ezenwa was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the early minutes of the game.The Indomitable Lions took the game to Nigeria rather than sit back in their defence.The Egyptian referee struck off a Nigerian goal by Ighalo for offside after 24 minutes, before Victor Moses header off a Moses Simon cross missed target four minutes later.However, the home fans celebrated the first goal of this bruising contest just before the half hour with Nigeria never looking back to seal an important win.Cameroon had their chances. In the 48th minute Ezenwa did well to save a low drive by Zambo Anguissa.Ezenwa then kept out a tricky shot from distance in the 64th minute before Nigeria again surged forward to create two more goals and complete the demolition of the Indomitable Lions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

HUGE Everton blow! Martinez fears Barkley could be out for up to FIVE months

first_imgEverton boss Roberto Martinez fears for the fitness of Toffees star Ross Barkley, after admitting the injured midfielder could be out for up to five months.The England international suffered a knee ligament injury during training on Friday, meaning he was absent for the Toffees’ 2-2 draw with Leicester City on the opening day of the Premier League season.It was initially thought Barkley would be facing between six to eight weeks on the sidelines, but Martinez admitted he may be without the dynamic midfielder for a larger chunk of the campaign.The Spaniard said: “He had a scan but it was a bit difficult to determine the extent. With the swelling we don’t really know how bad the injury is.“We know it’s a partial tear but that could be anything between seven weeks and I’ve seen injuries like that that take four or five months.“It’s frustrating because Ross was at a phenomenal level, he worked so well during pre-season and I knew it was going to be an impressive start for him.”“Ross Barkley is an outstanding footballer and we’re going to miss him, there’s no doubt about it. He was so sharp in pre-season, I thought he came back with a different approach.“He was very unfortunate to [sustain the injury] through an innocuous challenge in training and now he’s going to be out for a long, long time.“The squad should be big enough to be able to cope with losing a player and be able to perform well, but it’s a disappointing moment when Ross Barkley was going to have a really big start to the season.“Now it’s coping with the frustration and allowing him to come back when he’s fully fit and ready for whatever’s left in the season.”Record signing Romelu Lukaku, on the other hand, managed to play the entirety of Everton’s opening Premier League fixture, something Martinez sees as a major positive.“To see Romelu complete 90 minutes after arriving great from the World Cup was positive. I thought it was incredible for him to be able to push himself for the whole game.“It didn’t feel like he couldn’t go on, which is really important. Rom needs those games, he’s going to get sharpness and fitness through 90 minutes, so it’s a real positive.”The Toffees boss was disappointed by the late goal Everton conceded however, resulting in two points dropped against the Foxes.He added: “We feel disappointed because the hardest thing was to get in front and we did that twice.“We controlled the game well enough in the second half, you couldn’t see Leicester scoring. When you concede six minutes to go, when a lapse in concentration goes against you, it’s really disappointing.”last_img read more

Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – December 12

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Man Utd hand Phelan permanent deal

first_imgPhelan took up the role on a temporary basis when Solskjaer was appointed caretaker-manager on December 19.When Solskjaer signed a three-year contract as manager on March 28 after winning 14 out of his first 19 matches, Phelan did not immediately do the same as assistant manager. Reports at the time suggested he could become technical director and lead a change in direction to the club’s scouting and recruitment.However, the former Hull manager, who was under contract to Australian club Central Coast Mariners as sporting director when he initially joined Solskjaer at Old Trafford, has now agreed a deal.“I think he’s fantastic at his job. I’m very pleased that it’s finally been agreed,” said Solskjaer, whose side have suffered an alarming dip in form since his appointment was made permanent.“When Ed [Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman] rang me, Mick was my first port of call to assist me.”Phelan has a long history with United, having signed as a player in 1989, spending five years at Old Trafford, then returning to the coaching staff for a 12-year spell under Sir Alex Ferguson from 2001.Solskjaer, who played for United during that time, suggested that Phelan’s experience and in-depth knowledge of the club were invaluable.“I played here under him. He has the knowledge, the experience, the demeanour. Everyone in the club enjoys talking to him and discussing football with him.“If you walk around Carrington, the players really respect what he can do. He’s worked with the best and for me, as a young manager, it’s really useful that Mick has experience in a few more eras than I have.”A 1-1 draw at already-relegated Huddersfield last weekend ended United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season after a run of two wins from their last 11 games in all competitions.A summer of big changes is expected at Old Trafford and Solskjaer refused to confirm reports that the club are close to signing James from Swansea, having failed in an attempt to bring in England international Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.The Norwegian did acknowledge that the 21-year-old fitted the profile of players United want to sign, with the manager keen to bring in young talent that can serve the club for the long term.“I think I’ve been quite honest that challenging for the title next year would be a miraculous season, because we’re so far behind at the moment,” added Solskjaer. “So next season we’ve got to close that gap.“If we manage to get to February, March and be close, that’s fantastic. If not, this summer will be about signing players who can last for many years here.“I don’t think this club has ever been about bringing in ready-made players. Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t ready-made. Wayne Rooney wasn’t ready-made. Loads of players have come here and then developed into the top superstars that they’ve become. That’s always going to be the model here.”Solskjaer hinted that midfielder Ander Herrera will feature for the final time in a red shirt against Cardiff on Sunday before he is expected to complete a move to Paris Saint-Germain on a free contract.“Ander might play,” Solskjaer said. “I don’t know yet, because we haven’t picked the team. And he will probably announce later on where he’s going to continue his career.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mike Phelan (right) has been confirmed as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s (left) assistant manager on a three-year contract © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 10 – Manchester United confirmed Mike Phelan as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent assistant manager on a three-year deal on Friday, ending speculation he could become the club’s technical director.Meanwhile, reports linked the club to Wales winger Daniel James.last_img read more


first_imgThe only train in Donegal is the fun railway in FintownFine Gael TD for Donegal, Joe McHugh, has expressed his support for the West Ulster Rail Initiative, which was launched today in Letterkenny, saying he hopes private operators may one day provide services in Donegal.“The West Ulster Rail Initiative is a significant step forward in the campaign to re-establish rail connectivity in the northwest region. It makes sense for Donegal, Derry, Monaghan, Tyrone, Cavan and Fermanagh to come together to promote railway development in our region, both in the Republic of Ireland and in the North,” he said.“The disused pre-Independence rail lines that criss-cross this province provide the foundations for substantial cross-border rail infrastructure. It is significant that the Northern Ireland Executive has this year published ‘The Future Railway Investment Consultation Paper’, which projects extensions of the Northern Ireland Rail Network across the Border into the Republic of Ireland. “The 2014 European Parliament elections are an important opportunity for progressing rail development in the northwest. I encourage the people of the region to make rail connectivity an election issue for the 2014 European elections. Enormous credit is due to people like Canon David Crooks of Carrigans who aims high in consistently promoting the rail agenda in Donegal. All citizens of the north-west should similarly aim high in asking European Parliament candidates to commit to the West Ulster Rail Initiative, and to pledge to work in the European Parliament for political agreement and financial resourcing for cross-border rail development.“I encourage the West Ulster Rail Initiative to be ambitious in engaging with private rail companies from across Europe who may see an opportunity for investment in rail infrastructure in our region. Capital costs associated with rail development are obviously very substantial; a partnership approach between Government and private enterprise may be the best way forward.” McHUGH URGES SUPPORT FOR NEW DONEGAL RAILWAY INITIATIVE was last modified: August 29th, 2013 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:Donegal railwaysJoe McHughwest ulster rail initiativelast_img read more