I was born during the dark clouds of the second World War, and to those who were born after that, I make no apologies for it, even if, to a few, I am considered old fashion for my views, and especially so, on cricket. And my view on cricket is simply this: for whatever reason, cricket today is a game for all kinds of people, for three kinds of people, including those who love it for its skill between bat and ball, for its excitement, drama, and surprises, and those who prefer it for its artificial atmosphere and finishes, and especially after a quick 20-over affair. And I respect and admire all three versions of the game, but I love the original one, the one that fully tests ones skills in the many aspects of the game, including technique with bat and ball, the intricacies of the game, and the many variables as it meanders through the unknown and on to the end for one to five days. I love cricket for what it really is: a game of skill, of excitement and drama, of surprises and disappointments, and, as Mark Nicholas, the former captain of Hampshire, has said, one of the rearguard action. Now a journalist, Nicholas, writing on cricinfo.com recently, wrote that people have apparently turned off Test cricket because of its length, its total dependency on technique, the possibility of enduring maiden overs after and maiden overs day after day as batsmen fight for survival, and the ever-present possibility of the dreaded draw. To Nicholas, however, and for me also, the draw is not a dreaded draw, at least not all the time. The draw, which can be really be boring at times, can also be an attraction, and an exciting, nail-biting one. And it can be, as it has been on many, many occasions, as exciting as many thrilling victories, when the draw comes after victory seemed almost a certainty or almost a foregone conclusion for one team, and when one team appears dead and buried. At such times, it is almost like a miracle to come away alive and ready to fight another day. How can I forget, as a young man, the Test match at Lord’s in 1963, when the West Indies went all out for victory on the last day, with fast bowler Wes Hall bowling non-stop all day, and when Hall started bowling the last over of the day, Colin Cowdrey, with his left-arm in plaster, came out to bat left-handed as the last man for England with six runs to get and one wicket in hand? How can I forget either, Garry Sobers and David Holford, with the West Indies on 95 for five in their second innings and just eight runs ahead of England at Lord’s in 1966, putting on 274 to save the game? And how can I forget, as a man, that wonderful performance of V. V. S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid in Kolkatain 2001, when, after being dismissed for 171 and following on 274 runs behind, they stroked 281 and 180 in a partnership of 340 to pull an amazing victory? How can I forget that day at Trent Bridgein in 1966 when, with the West Indies in trouble and fighting to save the game, Derek Underwood and company, on a rainy Saturday, bowled maiden after maiden overs before Rohan Kanhai and Basil Butcher gave the Monday crowd a batting display to remember, or just recently, in Ranchi in India, when Australians Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh, with the Indians getting ready to celebrate with champagne, batted for 64 overs on the last day and scored 123 runs on a “turner” to rob India of what seemed a certain victory? And how can I forget that day in Chittagong when, at tea time on the final day, England were 1000 without loss and, to everyone’s shock, to some dismay, to others jubilation, went on to lose to Bangladesh as all 10 second-innings wickets fell for 64 runs in 21.3 overs, These were not normal deeds, neither were they regular deeds, but there have been many more instances of two batsmen, a batsman and an all-rounder, a batsman and a tail-ender, or two tail-enders have gone beyond the norm by defying the odds and by frustrating the opposition when all seems lost. Cricket is a game of many parts, of skill, charm, and elegance, of strength and speed, concentration and staying power, and, of course, of the excitement of flying sixes and acrobatic fielding. MEMORABLE INSTANCES Nicholas mentioned a few memorable instances when the dead got up and walked, when, at Old Trafford in 2005, Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee, and Glen McGrath batted Australia to safety before a full house, when Australia had England on the ropes in Cardiff in 2009 and Monty Panesar and James Anderson fought the good fight to save the game, and when, at Adelaide in 2012, newcomer Faf du Plesis joined A. B. deVilliers and batted all day as South Africa denied Australia what seemed an easy victory. The victory at Old Trafford was so exciting that according to Nicholas, England’s captain Michael Vaughan was heard saying to his players as Australia celebrated the draw, “See, even the mighty Australians are celebrating a draw with us.” My memories suggest to me that the draw is an important part of cricket, and that many of the game’s most memorable and historic moments involves great and surprising escapes. How can I forget, as a teenager, when Denis Atkinson and Clairemont Depeiza of the West Indies batted for over a day and scored 348 for the seventh wicket against Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller, Richie Benaud and company of Australia to save a Test match in 1955? 1963 TEST MATCH AT LORD’S
One of Liberia’s best referees, Isaac T.Z. Montgomery, has emerged at the top of the physical training in the Physical Fitness Test amongst 33 referees drawn from all over Africa in the CAF Young Talent Referees Course in Cairo, Egypt.According to Liberia Football Referees Association (LIFRA), Montgomery, in about six seconds, completed 40m, six times; as well as covered 12 lapses of 150m in less than 30 seconds.Both uniformity tests are aimed to measure a referee’s fast run and high intensity.The CAF Young Talent Referees training which runs from Monday, the 2nd to Monday, the 9th of June is in an effort to nurture and develop the continent’s young talented referees and assistant referees.Sixteen center referees and seventeen assistant referees under the age of 30 from 25 African countries are participating in the course that is expected to end today.LIFRA says Montgomerry, 28, expressed his thanks and appreciation to the LFA for the recognition and the organization for the recognition.He said putting Liberia on the map of referees is one thing, but remaining on the list on FIFA referees is another challenge and hoped to become one of the best FIFA referees in Africa.Apart of being a CAF/FIFA badge referees, Montgomery is an Accounting Instructor at the University of Liberia and Senior Accountant at Engineer and Planer.The Cairo’s Young Talent Referees Course is Liberia’s third entrant. Jerry Yekeh and Francis Sannoh attended the first training, while the 2nd was attended only by Jerry Yekeh.Meanwhile, during the 8-day training, the referees were subjected to various areas of tests including medical, physical fitness, practical and theoretical sessions, assessment of challenges and offside match analysis among others.Participants includes: Issac Montgomery (Liberia), Aniette Ferdinand Odoh (Nigeria) , Allaister Barra (Seychelles), Baba Leno (Guinea), Sheriff Njie (Gambia), Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi), Jean Jacques Ngambo (DR Congo) and Abdoul Karim Twagiramukiza (Rwanda).Others are Stanley Hachiwa (Zambia), Germain Koole Akintoye (Benin), Alhadji Allaou Mahamat (Chad), Abou Coulibaly (Ivory Coast), Eyang Joaquin Esono (Equatorial Guinea), Dennis Nguluwe (Malawi), Daouda Kebe (Senegal) and Nkounkou Mvoutou Messie Jessie (Congo).The assistant referees are Francis Sannoh (Liberia), Azeez Orowole (Nigeria), Abdi Hamza Hadi (Somalia), Eldrick Adelaide (Seychelles), Sauru Phatsoane (Lesotho), Matheus Kanyanga (Namibia), Atango Samuel (Ethiopia), Cheruiyot Gilbert (Kenya), Abdoulaye Sylla (Guinea) and Jospin Malonga (Central Africa).The others include Chiwoyu Sinyangwe (Zambia), Alain Zimulinda (Rwanda), Pascal Ndimunzigo (Burundi), Nabina Blaise Sebutu (DR Congo), Gbemassian Narcisse Kouton (Benin), Saiani Ncube (Zimbabwe) and Moyo Moutsassi (Congo).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Election Coordinating Committee (ECC), a coalition of seven civil society organizations set up to observe elections, said it has observed with grave concern a breach of certain provisions of the National Code of Conduct for all public officials and employees of the government during the just-ended ruling Unity Party (UP) National Convention. The breach has prompted the ECC to call for the establishment of measures to enforce, oversee, monitor and evaluate adherence to the Code of Conduct.In a statement released yesterday during a press conference in Monrovia, ECC Chairperson Oscar Bloh said during the party’s recently held convention in Gbarnga, Bong County, the UP violated Section 5.1 of the National Code of Conduct, which focuses on political participation.According to Mr. Bloh, the participation and election of several appointed government officials to key leadership positions in the UP is a direct form of engaging in political activities, in breach of Section 5.1 (a) of the Code of Conduct.Section 5.1 of the Code of Conduct states: “All officials appointed by the President shall not engage in political activities, canvass or contest for elected offices; use government facilities, equipment or resources in support of partisan or political activities.”Mr. Bloh added that the holding of the convention at the Gbarnga Administrative Building and the use of government vehicles, which encompass equipment and resources, also contravene Section 5.1 (b) of the Code of Conduct.He identified vehicle inscriptions such as General Services Agency (GSA), the Ministry of Finance Development and Planning (MFDP) -04-16, LB 1665 and GSA-MFDP-05-5 to be among government owned vehicles that were used at the convention.The UP convention was held in Gbarnga, Bong County, from July 7 to 9 in the city’s administration building where several government officials, who are also members of the Unity Party, were elected to various positions in the party, including Information Minister Len Eugene Nagbe as the UP’s new Secretary-General.But Mr. Nagbe has challenged anyone or group of institutions, who took exception to the party’s voting into offices its stalwarts, who are government officials, to seek redress through the court. Mr. Bloh maintained, however, that the participation and election of several appointed government officials to key leadership positions in the UP is a direct form of engaging in political activities, in breach of Section 5.1 (a) of the Code of Conduct.Apart from the contraventions of the Code of Conduct as catalogued by the ECC, Mr. Bloh observed that those elected to serve in key leadership positions within the party are overwhelmingly male, which indicates that the convention was not gender sensitive in keeping with the AmendedElection Laws of 1986 Section 4.5 1(b), which states that, “A political party of coalition in its submission to the Commission of its list of candidates for an election shall endeavor to ensure that the governing body and its list of candidates has no less than 30 percent of its members from each gender.”Going forward, and in keeping with Section 12.1 of the Code of Conduct, the ECC has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to establish the office of the Ombudsman responsible for the enforcement, oversight, monitoring and evaluation of adherence to the Code of Conduct.In the meantime, the ECC has called on all political parties to adhere to the provisions contained in the Code of Code regulating the conduct of political parties.The ECC is an election watchdog founded in 2011. It is a body of civil society groups supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the National Democratic Institute (NDI). The ECC’s motto is: “Promoting Credible Elections to Increase Public Confidence in Democracy.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Watanga FC are the new leaders of the Orange-sponsored Liberia Football Association (LFA) first division national league following match day three on Wednesday.Head coach Matthew Julutweh guided Watanga to a hat-trick of victories with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Keitrace FC at the Doris Williams sports pitch in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. Elijah Clark scored his second goal of the campaign in the 20th minute.In Kakata, Margibi County, NPA Anchors and Jubilee FC entertained fans to a six-goal thriller in a 3-3 draw in game one. Max Sammie scored the fastest goal this season as NPA took the lead in the first minute.Francis Dortu leveled in the 18th minute before Samuel Boe converted a 34th minute penalty to put Jubilee in the lead. Dad Kollie also leveled for NPA in the 65th minute and Emmanuel Flomo restored their advantage three minutes later.But Zackie Bamie shared the spoils by converting Jubilee’s second penalty with eight minutes to go. Small Town made it two wins in a row with a 3-1 victory over Nimba FC in game two.Seah Harris scored in the third minute for the Logan Town-based club and Trokon Yancy doubled their lead four minutes after the break.Abubakar Kamara secured all three points in the 52nd minute before Dauda Kamara reduced the score in the 73rd minute. Defending champions Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) forced Nimba United to a 1-1 draw at the Blue Field on Lynch Street.It was a tight game in which both teams were cautious of each other until Varney Dukuly broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute.But Daniel Woto, who joined the champions from LISCR FC, spared their blushes in the 75th minute. And United coach Christopher Wreh was pleased with the outcome.“It is a good result. BYC fought hard to equalize but we came here actually to draw or to win. And I am so proud of my team. They did extremely well.“We got to keep fighting until the end of the season,” said former Liberia international Wreh, who won the Premier League and FA Cup double with Arsenal in 1998.BYC coach Robert Lartey admitted United were a difficult side to break long before their lead.“I appreciate the way my boys played but Nimba United were tactical. They came with a good game plan and they executed it very well. Be it as it may, you know it is football.“Sometimes these things happen. Last night we saw Real Madrid leaving the Champions League on home soil. So it is football. What they did here we can go to the North Star and do the same to them,” said Lartey.At the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS), sensational LPRC Oilers continued their unbeaten run with a 1-0 victory over LISCR FC in game one. LISCR have lost two of three games but Gambian coach Tapha Manneh said the team was unlucky to score.“We played very well, especially in the first 45 minutes. We had a couple of chances we couldn’t capitalize on. We are bad luck today but I am really impressed about the performance,” said Manneh.Oilers coach Cooper Sannah, who fielded six former LISCR players in his squad, said his plans were well executed.“Normally in the game of soccer, there is an easy win but our strategy and approach made it easy for us. So what we are thinking about is how we can target our performance game by game but the win today was vital for us as a team,” said Sannah, who also coached BYC and LISCR.Monrovia Club Breweries condemned FC Fassell to a hat-trick of defeats with a 4-0 victory in game two.Captain Matis Mulbah scored a brace in the 59th and 87th minutes in between a three-minute opener for Thomas Barr and a Tonny Weah’s 82nd minute placement.The win was much to the delight of deputy coach Gerald Julius, who believes the title race is too early to predict.“You have to come back stronger when the team goes down to two defeats. So today’s victory signifies a good beginning for the team, especially for the young players we have. So it was a good win and we like that,” said Julius.Watanga are top with nine points while BYC, LPRC Oilers and Nimba United are leveled with seven points. Small Town are fifth with six points while NPA are sixth with four points. Breweries and LISCR are leveled with three points in the seventh and eighth places. Jubilee are a place above the relegation zone but Nimba FC, Keitrace and Fassell are in the red.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Masked bandits in the wee hours of Wednesday morning attacked and robbed a 71-year-old pensioner while she was asleep in her Rosa Drive, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown home.The incident occurred sometime between 02:30h to 04:00h. The victim has since been identified as Joy Proctor who occupies the upper flat of her two-storey wooden and concrete home.According to reports, the two suspects gained entry into the woman’s home by removing several louvre window panes from the back of the house. Proctor recalled that she was asleep when she was awakened by the feeling of being choked. She recalled seeing two masked men, one of whom had his hands wrapped around her neck. He then began to threaten her, demanding that she hand over her money and jewellery.Two bandits then proceeded to ransack the house in search of valuables. After about 15 minutes in Proctor’s home, the bandits made good their escape with the woman’s silver-grey Dualis motorcar, bearing registration number PWW 2862, in an unknown direction.They also escaped with a Sony flat screen television, one laptop, three tablets, two Samsung cellphones, a quantity of gold jewellery valued t $500,000 and $22,000 in cash. In all, the elderly woman estimated that over $6 million in items were stolen.The Police were summoned and detectives have processed the scene. However, no arrest has been made thus far.
Unconstitutional insertion appeal…say reduction of contracts linked to political uncertaintyOne day after the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) filed its No-confidence Motion appeal at the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court (CCJ), the Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Wednesday called for the court to expedite the matter in an effort to put to rest the political uncertainty facing the country.The PSC said on Wednesday it had discussions with local and international businesses which expressed reservations in investing as the uncertainty continues. It claimed that there has been a reduction in Government and Private Sector contracts linked to the uncertainty.“The Commission calls on the Caribbean Court of Justice to provide a prompt resolution to this matter so that both local and international organisations and businesses would again see Guyana as a country with boundless opportunities,” the private sector said.The PSC is of the strong view that the expeditious resolution of this political situation will bring great relief to the business community. The Commission said it continues to be a strong advocate for enabling a business environment for national growth and development.On the other hand, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) also made similar calls on Wednesday, reiterating that the level of economic activity has had an effect of political uncertainty. However, the Chamber said it remains a vigilant observer of the situation.“The Chamber is of the fervent hope that the matter of contention in the political arena, which is now before the Caribbean Court of Justice, will be expeditiously resolved,” statement from the GCCI said, adding that this resolution will bring an end to the degree of political uncertainty and ensure that a favourable business environment prevails.Further, the Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce said whilst on the surface the ruling of the Court of Appeal seems to have calmed the nation somewhat, it said this matter should be most urgently brought to a closure so that our country can move forward.“In this regard we are calling on the Caribbean Court of Justice to urgently schedule hearings to speedily bring this issue to finality,” a statement from that Chamber added. It was also noted that the decision of the Court be respected despite concerns.But the Chamber said the same way the Government is welcoming this ruling, it is urging that they also respect the ruling that dual citizens should not be sitting in Parliament and do something about it in the next sitting. “It should not be business as usual in this regard.”Opposition Leader and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo through his Attorneys on Tuesday filed a notice of application for special leave to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), in relation to the decision of the Guyana Court of Appeal on the no-confidence cases.The application is seeking an order to grant Jagdeo special leave to appeal the majority judgement of the Court of Appeal of Guyana delivered on March 22, 2019, by acting Chancellor Yonette Cummings-Edwards, Justice Rishi Persaud, and Justice Dawn Gregory.Further, the Attorneys are seeking an order to treat the hearing of the application as urgent and a further order for an expedited hearing of the application. Also, it is seeking an order directing that the hearing of the application for special leave to appeal be treated as the hearing of the appeal against the majority judgement, and that certain orders be made in the appeal.This includes an order setting aside or reversing the majority judgement of the Court of Appeal of Guyana and resorting to the decision of the acting Chief Justice Roxane George made on January 31, 2019; a declaration that the resolution of the National Assembly is valid; and a declaration that the No-confidence Motion moved by Jagdeo was validly passed.Jagdeo, through his attorneys, is also seeking a declaration that puts to rest that 33 votes/members constitute a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly within the meaning of Article 106 (6) of the Guyana Constitution. The application is also seeking costs.The application was filed by Douglas Mendes, Devesh Maharaj, Anil Nandlall, Kandace Bharath, and CV Satram. The named respondents in this matter are Attorney General Basil Williams; Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland; and Minister of State Joseph Harmon, a representative of A Partnership for National Unity.A case management conference will be conducted by the CCJ on Friday in respect of this matter.
…says use of synthetic drugs prevalentGuyana has made significant improvements in the fight against narco-trafficking and narco-trade related crimes.This is according to Deputy Head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Lesley Ramlall, who on Monday said that for 2019, efforts by the agency as well as the other counter-narcotics agencies in Guyana have been successful in stemming the flow of narcotics.Speaking at a training session for CANU officers, Ramlall said that, “not only have we seen a reduction in the flow of narcotics but also a great reduction in the amount of persons attempting to smuggle narcotics through our airports especially during the July-August period. The decreasing number of Guyanese being arrested at the more popular airports overseas, the arrest of a well-known trafficker and two of his associates in the last quarter of 2018 through extensive collaboration with regional and international partners, and the 2019 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report commending Guyana for the efforts, are clear indications that our efforts are beginning to pay dividends.”Synthetic drugsHowever, he pointed out that the use of synthetic drugs has become a prevalent issue, and that plans must be put in place to address this problem which not only affects Guyana but many other countries, regionally and internationally.“We must be cautious of this since over the last eight years the amount of cocaine flowing through the Caribbean region has more than quadrupled increasing from thirty-five metric tons in 2010 to 184 metric tons in 2018….the use of synthetic drugs is now a new but rapidly expanding phenomena within our region and so it leaves us to ponder what should our approach to such a trend be….we also saw an increase in the use of synthetic drugs particularly ecstasy in our beautiful country.”He explained that in light of the prevalence of synthetic drugs over the past year in Guyana, there is greater need for inter-agency collaboration to ensure that the younger generation does not suffer the ill effects of these illegal substances.CANU, he added, will continue working to reduce the flow of narcotics through the seizure, prosecution of traffickers and the forfeiture of their assets. “We will also endeavour to work closer with all stakeholders especially agencies such as the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to aid in money laundering investigations. We strive to improve the capacity and capabilities of the Unit especially in the areas of information gathering and significantly work towards improving our level of cooperation through intelligence sharing and operational tasking with our local, regional and international counterparts.”CANU’s Deputy Head further stated that the Unit’s commitment will be fortified by demonstrating an aggressive and robust posture towards narco-traffickers and their associates.He reiterated that CANU will continue to “take the fight in order to dismantle the activities of narco-trafficking and its related crimes” and focus heavily on eventually ending the profits out of the crime of narco-trafficking.“However, it is also imperative that we be reminded that we are living in a global village; a global village where borders no longer exist, a global village where crimes are no longer confined to one country or where law enforcement activities are confined to one country. As such it is necessary that we continue to work even closer to ensure that the transnational activities of narco-trafficking and its related crimes are defeated through our efforts and the support of our Government,” he added.
Minister Joe McHugh has promised Donegal schoolchildren will benefit from a €210M investment in digital technology for schools announce today.The Minister of State said the new five year Digital Strategy for Schools contains many progressive measures to upgrade technology in the Irish classroom.The €210 million strategy amounts to the largest ever investment in digital technology in schools, and will benefit schools throughout Donegal, and the entire country. “There will be dedicated multi-annual funding to schools to invest in technology, which this new strategy will ensure for the first time. This will build on the ongoing roll-out of high-speed broadband to every second-level school by investing in high-speed wifi networks in schools, which is crucial for the future of our young people.“The curriculum will involve Digital skills being integrated into assessment based education, and the strategy will also develop opportunities for students to take an in-depth ICT course at Leaving Cert, as well as improving digital skills within other subjects also.“This will really help to prepare young people for the future workforce with its increasing reliance on technology, which will be of great benefit to our students here in Donegal, and throughout Ireland.”DONEGAL CHILDREN WILL BENEFIT FROM €210M DIGITAL PACKAGE – McHUGH was last modified: October 7th, 2015 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:digitalfundingMinister Joe McHugh
A 5km walk/run is being hosted this Sunday in Downings in aid of Micky Buchanan.Participants are encouraged to wear their favourite jerseys to the event (and considering the forecast, a raincoat may also be advisable!)Micky was diagnosed with a brain tumour called Glioblastoma a little over a year ago in April 2016. Throughout the past year, Micky has gone through intense surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Half of the tumour was removed.A spokesperson for the event says that his treatment is ongoing, with many journeys to and from Dublin along with extended overnight stays.“Micky can’t work, drive or socialise, and has also been affected financially. His life has been turned upside down.“Hopefully Micky and his partner Maggie can lead a normal life again one day.” Registration begins at 1pm, with the event kicking off at 2pm at the Beach Hotel where participants will follow a 5k route past Downings School and Coast Guard cottages to finish at the hotel.Refreshments will be provided along with a raffle afterwards.The entry fee is just €10 for an adult and €5 for a child.For more, see their Facebook page.Don your favourite jersey for Micky’s Mile this Sunday was last modified: July 22nd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:5kDowningsmicky’s mile
He failed to get his man, but is now ready to make a fresh move for the former England Under-21 international, who is valued at around £500,000.With second-place Rangers pushing Celtic in the SPL and on the verge of reaching the last 32 in the Europa League, Gerrard is keen to add competition to his squad heading into the second half of the season.Despite being included in Wolves’ official Premier League squad list following their promotion from the Championship, Iorfa is yet to feature in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first-team this term.He has not played for Wolves since May 2017 and spent last season on loan at Ipswich Town.Another defender linked with a move to Ibrox is Gerrard’s former England team-mate Ashley Cole, who was released after two years at MLS side LA Galaxy. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Latest Scottish Premiership News Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is poised to reignite his interest in Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Dominic Iorfa in January.Gerrard had been keen to take the full-back to Ibrox in the summer after taking the reigns. 2 Ashley Cole celebrates with Steven Gerrard for England in 2006 2 Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes Gerrard should consider Cole as an option.“I’m sure there’ll be lots of clubs interested. Stevie G is a great shout at Rangers,” Parlour said speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate. scrap “I don’t know who their left-back is at the moment but he would be great for the dressing room area.“He’s had a fantastic career and I think that he can do a job definitely for another season.“I’m not too sure about the Premier League, I’m not sure someone would take a chance on him in the Premier League, certainly the Championship.” Dominic Iorfa is wanted by Rangers