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Follow The Trace: Winning supersedes all, writes Oral Tracey

first_imgThere is a very simple personal philosophy that guides my perspective on all sports: ‘winning supersedes all’. After all, sports in general and especially professional and international sports is a results business. The basic principle of all sporting activity is built on teams and individuals competing against each other with the singular objective of winning. There have been lots of reasons to be critical of West Indies cricket in recent years. The administrators and the players have deservedly felt the wrath of despondent Caribbean cricket fans, but things have taken a dramatic twist in a matter of a few weeks. The West Indies have become Under-19 world champions, World T20 men’s champions, World T20 women’s champions. In remaining consistent, we have to now give credit to the same administration and, by and large, the same players, for bringing glory to the region. It would be downright hypocritical to blame the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the players when things go wrong and refuse to heap praises on the same board and the same players when things go right. The fact of the matter is that West Indies cricket has not enjoyed this kind of widespread and consistent success for the past two decades. The interest, enthusiasm, and passion ignited by the recent success of our now three world champion teams have provided a sobering reminder of what West Indies cricket means to the people of the region. This dramatic and sudden change of mood and attitude is down to one thing only success on the on field of play. The feel-good emotions spreading across the region has little to do with likeness for the WICB president, Mr Dave Cameron, or the deficiencies in the governance structure of our cricket. Winning these three titles is what it’s all about. It is much more important that West Indies cricket regain its relevance and its respect, than having a likable and affable board president. If Mr Cameron’s seemingly obnoxious and arrogant style of leadership serves as motivation to the players in helping them focus and perform and win like they have done, maybe we should consider making Mr Cameron president for life. The board president has been the target harsh criticism from many quarters ever since the ill-fated tour of India back in 2013. The US$40 million-plus debt owed to the BCCI as a result of that fiasco is as much about the West Indies players walking off the tour as it was about Mr Cameron’s handling of the incident. In all fairness to Mr Cameron’s, his critics, including some of the very senior players in the team, must now also recognise that it is the same person who is presiding over the affairs of the region’s cricket while we are having all of this international success. Let us not conveniently ignore the fact that the West Indies are on top of the world in the most rapidly growing format of the game. Our weakness in Test cricket is as a result of the natural evolution of the game, which is rendering the longer versions of the game redundant. Neither Mr Cameron nor the International Cricket Council (ICC) can reverse this process of evolution. Indeed, the administration deserves credit for not being left behind, but instead, embracing the new craze as the region continues to churn out the most talented individual players in this format of the game, while boasting the world champions for both men and women, another index of T20 cricket saving our cricket rather than it destroying our cricket. But for the rapid emergence of this format, West Indies cricket would by now be further condemned to the doldrums of irrelevance. I suggest we put on hold this grand ‘get rid of Dave Cameron campaign’, assuming we are all about performance and winning and getting West Indies cricket back on top, which is exactly where it is right now. Again, the West Indies are winners, and after all, WINNING SUPERSEDES ALL.last_img read more


Standhardinger showing his worth in PBA Finals

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Heated endgame gets San Miguel stars Santos, Ross ejected DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was in the finals that he finally showed how he can operate as San Miguel’s stretch four while he shared the frontcourt with Fajardo.In the finals, Standhardinger is averaging 23 points and 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 62 percent from the field after two games. He had 26 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a losing effort in Game 1 on Friday.“I had five assists today and that’s what I’m trying to bring to the court because we have so many great scorers like Alex [Cabagnot], June Mar, [Renaldo] Balkman,” said Standhardinger. “If I can contribute by sharing the ball, I think we’ll be fine.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristian Standhardinger had everything that a PBA rookie needed to build up a hype package.He had the size, the accomplishments, and the narrative even before he played his first game with San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ And Standhardinger was all smiles after putting up 20 points, seven rebounds, and five assists to help the Beermen clobber Barangay Ginebra 134-109 in Game 2 of the finals and even the series at 1-1.“If you guys watch me there, if I play five minutes, 12 minutes, or 30 minutes, I don’t care as long as we win it’s going to be great and obviously, I’m just trying to help the team as much as I can.”Standhardinger, however, wasn’t much of an impact player during the eliminations.He averaged 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in five games during his injury-riddled conference.Standhardinger, although producing solid numbers for a backup center behind four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, was still finding his niche within the San Miguel dynamic and oftentimes struggled to find his place in the court.ADVERTISEMENT The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger was already an accomplished player after winning the MVP in ProA, Germany’s second-tier professional basketball league behind Basketball Bundesliga, and becoming a gold medalist as a member of the Philippine team in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games before San Miguel got him in the PBA Draft.Standhardinger played his first game with the Beermen in the Commissioner’s Cup after finishing his contract with Hong Kong Eastern first in the Asean Basketball League.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’And with San Miguel in the running for yet another title in the PBA’s middle conference, the 29-year-old big man said he’s just happy he can contribute for San Miguel to win.“I’m just happy that I’m on the court, I’m just happy that I can contribute but mostly I’m happy when we win,” said Standhardinger Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. 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 Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more


WCD sea defence works to commence in 4 weeks

first_imgWithin weeks, four projects are expected to commence on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) to strengthen sections of the seawall which were ruptured earlier this year.Chief River and Sea Defence Officer, Kevin Samad, informed Guyana Times of the inclusion of a fifth project in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica). Along with the four initial projects, works will also be completed at Chapman’s Grove on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) as part of the fifth project.Meanwhile as of this week, the contracts will be signed for the manual aspect to commence in approximately one week’s time.“Last week, we had the award of contracts so next week, we’re going to formally sign the contracts, so I would say within four weeks, we’re going to expect commencement and contractors to start preparatory works and with the materials and so. By four weeks, we should expect mobilisation of contractors at these sites,” Samad said.It was reported that three of the projects will include works at Leonora, Den Amstel and Uitvlugt and the fourth will entail restoration activities at the sluices.Recently, Samad was able to give a breakdown of the areas which are said to be Windsor Forest, La Jalousie, Blankenburg, Den Amstel and Stewartville.“This is the area at Leonora, Uitvlugt, Den Amstel that was severely affected during the spring tide that weekend when we had the overtopping. The fourth area is at Chapman’s Grove which is in Region Four on the East Coast of Demerara. There is a fifth project that deals with a series of villages. We’re doing some work around the sluices to fortify the transition with the defence sluices at Windsor Forest, La Jalousie, Blankenburg, Den Amstel and Stewartville.”With respect to other works that were done in 2018, the Chief River and Sea Defence Officer explained that the seawalls in Berbice and Essequibo were also rectified with five other projects that are currently processing at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).“We had projects that were awarded after the Budget 2018. We had signed a number of contracts and works are progressing on most of the sites and some have been completed. Works have been completed at Aurora and Westbury in Essequibo, Berbice, Crabwood Creek, Bushlot and at the Ruimzeigt area by the crematorium. Another five areas are awaiting the Tender Board which haven’t been awarded as yet.”Persons residing on the WCD are eagerly awaiting the works to strengthen the seawall structure as they fear another overtopping in the future. As of now, they are at risk of losing millions of dollars if this occurs.last_img read more


Samples taken from Chinese restaurant amid complaints of insects in food

first_imgThe Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) has begun investigating claims of insects being present in food sold to customers of a Chinese restaurant located in Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD).An investigative officer in the Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) district recently told Guyana Times that the Public Health Officers in that area were handling the matter.He noted that already the restaurant has been inspected, and samples were taken and sent for analysis.The restaurant was exposed by an angry customer who vented his frustration on social media following several discoveries of what appeared to be cockroach legs in his food.The customer explained to Guyana Times in an exclusive interview that he purchased food once and took it home to his wife, who was sharing the meal among family members when they discovered the legs that resembled those of a cockroach.Following this incident, he detailed that his friend made a purchase only recently at the said restaurant and he found something similar in his food.The angry man also told this publication that he visited the restaurant several times previously and he observed that the chefs were operating in what appeared to be floodwaters, as the kitchen is lower than the rest of the building.The man had called for a thorough investigation into the restaurant’s activities.A few days ago, the GA-FDD presented the findings from a survey conducted on food businesses which found that most of them were breaching sanitary regulations, ranging from employees not properly washing their hands to the improper storage and preparation of meals.The survey was conducted from September 2018 to March 2019 among 55 randomly selected food service establishments in Regions Four and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The inspection checklist assessed six areas: food storage, cold storage, food preparation, sanitation, garbage disposal, and employee hygiene.In regard to food preparation, only 18 per cent of the businesses effectively protected food from contamination while a mere 11 per cent had safe meat thawing practices.Food handlers in only 13 per cent of establishments used gloves. As it relates to sanitation, only four per cent of establishments’ workers were observed applying the correct principles of cleaning and sanitising.Of the 99 food samples submitted, 37 per cent was unsatisfactory, and of the 102 hands of workers that were swabbed after washing, 47 per cent was unsatisfactory.Furthermore, 46 per cent of the 48 food service containers (food boxes) sampled was unsatisfactory.In light of the findings, the GA-FDD will be embarking on an initiative to ensure food establishments comply with sanitary regulations.last_img read more


Video of confession disappears

first_imgVashti Mahase showing her injuriesFarmer’s brutal chopping of wifeBy Davina RamdassMonths after 22-year-old Vashti Mahase was brutally chopped by her ex-lover, who attempted to kill her when she tried to end the relationship, the man has been released on bail as evidence was reportedly destroyed.In an interview with this publication earlier this week, the young lady’s mother, Zorina Mahase, of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara, explained that her daughter’s assailant was released on $250,000 bail in May.According to her, the man had confessed to brutally chopping her daughter to the face, back, hand and head with intent to kill her, however, that recording was destroyed when the camera used by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was destroyed when thieves reportedly broke into the station.Commander of C Division (East Coast Demerara), Calvin Chapman when contacted told Guyana Times that he was unaware of the tape being destroyed. He would only say that the matter is before the court and is expected to be heard again on July 23, 2019.The 39-year-old farmer of Mahaica was released from the Lusignan Prison, East Coast Demerara, after finally being arrested on March 18, 2019. He had gone into hiding after attacking the younger Mahase on February 24, when she approached him in the presence of a rural constable to serve a restraining order. Following his arrest, he was slapped with an attempted murder charge and appeared at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court in the latter part of March.An argument reportedly ensued between the two on the day in question and when Mahase turned away to leave, the farmer chased her with his cutlass before firing several chops about her body.As the attack was launched on the woman, the rural constable ran away, leaving the young woman at mercy of her attacker. Residents in the area managed to intervene and she was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital.According to the mother, her daughter was told that it was compulsory for her to be present when the restraining order was served since she needed to identify him.SafetyBefore the attacker was arrested, the family was reportedly constantly threatened by the man who had even told the family “it wasn’t over”. Now that the situation is being handled in a more holistic manner, with support even being offered to the family from Red Thread, the abused woman’s mother spoke of how they feel somewhat safer but are still praying that all goes well for the family.Prior to now, the woman had complained that they felt threatened because ever since her child came home from the hospital, the man has been trying to call her at ungodly hours.She still expressed fear in an almost trembling voice, noting that she is still worried about her young daughter, whose life has been affected tremendously.RecoveringThe 22-year-old mother of two was mercilessly chopped which left her with broken bones and several chop indentations on her head and other parts of her body. Although she wants to work and take care of her little ones, aged two and three years old, the woman is unable to operate as she pleases.Her mother told of how she tries to bathe her babies although her arm was badly damaged. She noted that Vashti had also done surgery to have steel removed from her hand recently which was broken during the horrific scene.Guyana Times was told that she underwent surgery to repair the sliced bones in her hands too. Her mother had expressed fear that she might not be able to move her right thumb again, as it was nearly chopped off.Her children, who are very young, would often question why she cannot hold them as she used to and play with them as often anymore. The young woman has been undergoing therapy to restore movement in her arm.last_img read more


Dutch give Koeman first win by cruising past Portugal

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool record signing Virgil van Dijk drilled in the third goal as the Netherlands gave Ronald Koeman his first win as coach © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIGENEVA, Switzerland, Mar 26 – Ronald Koeman claimed his first win in charge of the Netherlands national team as the Dutch cruised to a comfortable 3-0 friendly victory over an uninspired Portugal in Geneva on Monday.The three-time World Cup runners-up have failed to qualify for this year’s finals in Russia, but Koeman’s second game at the helm saw goals from Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk seal an impressive win. It was a disappointing evening for European champions Portugal ahead of the World Cup, as talisman Cristiano Ronaldo cut an isolated figure just three days after his late brace had seen off Egypt 2-1.“They had four chances and scored three times, they deserved their victory,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.“Two years ago, before the Euros, we lost at home against Bulgaria. I don’t think we have lost confidence, I still believe in these players for the future.”The Netherlands, who lost 1-0 to England in Amsterdam on Friday, opened the scoring in the 11th minute as Depay grabbed the first goal of the Koeman era by turning home from inside the box.That strike came against the run of play as Portugal had dominated the early stages against an unusual 5-3-2 formation deployed by the Dutch.“We decided to play with a system totally different from the one that the team has been using for a number of years,” said former Everton boss Koeman.“The difference between tonight and last Friday is that we were more comfortable and scored quickly. The team had confidence.“It felt good with the new system and results like tonight make things easier.”Ronaldo was left incensed after his appeals for a penalty were waved away, despite replays appearing to show him kick the ground when attempting to shoot.– Kluivert debut –But the Netherlands doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark as Ryan Babel headed in Matthijs de Ligt’s driven cross from close range.The goal continued the Besiktas winger’s return to form, having only been recalled to the Dutch squad last year after a six-year absence.Things went from bad to worse for Portugal on the stroke of half-time, as De Ligt nodded down for Liverpool centre-back Van Dijk to volley into the far corner to score his first international goal.Portugal continued to monopolise possession early in the second period, but struggled to break down their stubborn opponents.Any hopes of a comeback were ended when Joao Cancelo was shown a second yellow card and sent off for a foul on Tonny Vilhena.That was the cue for several fans to invade the pitch attempting to take a photo with Real Madrid star Ronaldo, who was duly substituted with 22 minutes to play after failing to score for the first time in 10 matches for club and country.Ajax teenager Justin Kluivert, the son of former Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert, made his international debut after replacing Depay in the closing stages.After a low-key affair that was a far cry from the two teams’ infamous ‘Battle of Nuremberg’ at the 2006 World Cup, the Dutch claimed a win they will hope can spur them on to better things having missed out on back-to-back major tournaments.Portuguese fans will be expecting better when their side take on Spain in their World Cup opener on June 15 in Sochi, before further Group B games against Morocco and Iran.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Sevilla join Tottenham in fight to sign ‘Little Ibrahimovic’ Wissam Ben Yedder

first_img ‘Little Ibrahimovic’ Wissam Ben Yedder has scored 17 goals for Toulouse this season Sevilla have joined Tottenham in the race for Toulouse star Wissam Ben Yedder.The 25-year-old was heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane during the January transfer window but negotiations broke down.Spurs have not given up hope of signing the Frenchman this summer and have set aside £8million to secure the deal.However, according to Estadio Deportivo, Sevilla have now joined the fight for Ben Yedder’s signature.The Spanish side have been scouting the striker since January and believe he has what it takes to be a big hit in La Liga.Tottenham have been alerted to Sevilla’s interest and are expected to open talks with Toulouse in the coming weeks. 1last_img read more


Two deaths on Route 58 over holiday

first_imgMOJAVE – Two people were killed and eight others were injured in three separate traffic crashes that occurred on state Route 58 over the New Year’s holiday weekend. In a crash in which wind and rain may have been a factor, George Rosenau, 75, of Circle Pines, Minn., was fatally injured when a transit bus crashed into his car and another vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. Both cars had been stopped in traffic because of an earlier accident when the bus hit. The collision occurred about 10:50 a.m. east of Cameron Road when Kern Regional Transit bus driver Elizabeth San Miguel, 39, of Bakersfield came over the top of a hill and saw traffic stopped ahead of her. San Miguel steered to the left and struck the center divider barrier. The bus then veered to the right into a 2003 Dodge Caravan driven by Rosenau and a 2004 Lexus driven by Phillip Menser, 62, of Palmdale. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The bus then crashed through a fence and came to rest in the open desert. There were no passengers on the bus, officials said. Rosenau suffered major injuries and was taken by helicopter to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he later died. San Miguel and Menser suffered minor injuries and also were taken to the hospital. Rosenau’s wife, Joyce, was transported to Kern Medical Center, where she was reported Tuesday to be in serious condition, and a second passenger in the Rosenau car, 13-year-old Ryan Brottlund, was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital. Shelly Menser, 54, a passenger, also was taken to the hospital. The crash closed the eastbound lanes of Route 58 for about one hour. Elias Hasheem, 29, of Tracy was killed New Year’s Eve when the car he was riding in veered off the road and crashed into an embankment, the CHP said. The crash occurred about 7 a.m. Sunday near Sand Canyon Road, according to the CHP. The driver, Omid Fakari, 25, of San Ramon, and a second passenger, Abdullah Fagiri, 24, of Union City, suffered major injuries and were taken to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, where both remained hospitalized Tuesday, officials said. Fakari was driving a 2004 BMW 325i eastbound on Route 58 at a high speed when the car drifted into the dirt center divider near the Sand Canyon overcrossing, left the roadway and became airborne. The car crashed into an embankment, spun 180 degrees and came rest at the bottom of the embankment. Later that same day about 8:35 p.m., wrong-way driver David Muller, 21, of Tehachapi suffered major injuries when his 1991 Toyota Celica struck a big-rig truck head-on. Muller was driving west in the eastbound lanes of Route 58, east of Cameron Road, when his car ran into the truck’s axle with a trailer, the CHP said. Muller was taken by helicopter to Kern Medical Center, where he was reported Tuesday to be in good condition. The big-rig driver, David Mejia, 24, of Vernon, Texas, was not injured. The lane in which the crash occurred was closed for about two hours. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


15 exciting Premier League debutants to watch out for this weekend

first_img 15 15 15 15 15 15 3. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton) – Pep Guardiola is an open admirer of Hojbjerg, comparing the Denmark international to Sergio Busquets. The Saints and the Premier League could prove to be the perfect platform for a player with such a reputation to develop. Southampton have done an excellent job of nurturing midfield talent, with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Sadio Mane benefiting immensely from their time at St Mary’s. 15 15 6. Sofiane Feghouli (West Ham United) – Snapped up for free by the Hammers, Feghouli could prove to be an excellent addition to Bilic’s squad. With Andre Ayew also moving to the club, though, the Algerian will have his work cut out at cementing a regular spot in the starting line up so he’ll want a quick start in the Premier League. 15. Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City) – Mendy has an almighty job of stepping into N’Golo Kante’s shoes next season. He will either be the weak link in the Foxes side or exactly what was required. It’s impossible to yet tell which way his influence could go. There’s a lot of pressure on the 24-year-old, but Claudio Ranieri has full confidence in his ability. 15 15 15 15 15 8. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) – Mkhitaryan was outstanding for Borussia Dortmund last season, but as Angel Di Maria showed, success prior to arrival means little. It’s a tougher league for the 27-year-old, one that will take some getting used to. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, though, will be relishing the prospect of linking up with the man who registered a Bundesliga highest of 14 assists last term. 14. Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) – Leeds fans were disappointed at Cook’s departure to Bournemouth, but few can blame the midfielder for feeling it was time to move on from Elland Road. With a bit of everything to offer in the centre of the park, he will certainly liven up the Cherries side. Many believe he could become a regular for the senior England team, if he can fulfil his potential. 7. Nolito (Manchester City) – Nolito is one of many signings Guardiola has completed this summer, and is expected to be thrown straight into action. The forward scored 12 and assisted seven last season. Raheem Sterling will be concerned by the Spaniard’s arrival, with his place far from guaranteed. 2. Eric Bailly (Manchester United) – Manchester United supporters were left impressed by Bailly’s performance in the Red Devils’ Community Shield victory over Leicester City. The signs are promising, with the Ivorian a no-nonsense defender. He’s the lowest profile of Jose Mourinho’s summer signings, but could turn out to be his most important. 15 4. Ahmed Musa (Leicester City) – After his brace against Barcelona in pre-season, expectations over Musa’s influence on the Foxes are high. The 23-year-old scored 13 and assisted five for CSKA Moscow last season and will be out to repeat such figures. Having kept hold of Jamie Vardy and it seeming as though Riyad Mahrez will stay put, Claudio Ranieri has a fine attack at his disposal. Some of Europe’s finest players return to the Premier League stage this weekend.Glamour names such as Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez will be back in action, hoping to fire their club to glory.It’s not only familiar faces that supporters will be met with, though.The summer transfer window has seen a whole host of exciting names move to England’s top flight, and those players are preparing for their debuts.So we’ve taken a look at 15 players set to make their first appearance in the Premier League who you should keep an eye on over the next few days.Check out who features by viewing the slideshow above. 12. Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) – With Bafetimbi Gomis moving to Olympique Marseille, Francesco Guidolin needed a replacement. Llorente was the first to be brought in. The Spaniard has openly stated his desire to get back in the national squad after sealing his move to the Swans, suggesting he’s desperate to impress at the Liberty Stadium. Some may believe he’s past it, but he could be a surprise package in the Premier League. 10. Isaac Success (Watford) – Success reportedly rejected a whole host of top clubs before sealing a club record £12.5m move to the Hornets. He’s been handed the no.10 shirt, suggesting he’ll be one of the first names on Walter Mazzarri’s team sheet. The 20-year-old is far from the finished article, and it’ll be exciting to see him develop at Vicarage Road. 11. Joel Matip (Liverpool) – Jurgen Klopp has a plethora of options at centre back for the new season, with Matip, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, Ragnar Klavan and Tiago Ilori all vying for a place. Matic, out of those available, looks the strongest option. He did, however, look unfit in Liverpool’s final pre-season game, in which the defender had just returned from injury. Should he feature, he could be rusty against Liverpool. 13. Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) – Xhaka may not be the most exciting of midfielders, but he offers an edge that has been missing from the Gunners. He should complement Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil in the centre of the park, with the Switzerland international set to dictate play from deep. He could be an excellent signing by Arsene Wenger. 5. Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) – While Harry Kane firmly remains Spurs’ first choice striker, acquiring competition for the England international was crucial over the summer. Mauricio Pochettino did just that, signing Janssen in an £18.5m deal from AZ Alkmaar. He finished top scorer of the Dutch Eredivisie last season with 27 scored. If he can continue his form at White Hart Lane, Tottenham could again prove a nuisance at the top of the table. 1. Rob Holding (Arsenal) – click the arrow above, right, to see 15 exciting players set to make their Premier League debut this weekend – An injury crisis will force Arsene Wenger into selecting a makeshift centre back partnership. Holding, a £2m signing from Bolton Wanderers, is expected to start alongside Calum Chambers in the heart of the Gunners’ defence. It’ll be a tough test for the 20-year-old in a difficult fixture against Liverpool. 15 9. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) – Despite costing £30m, very little has been said over Batshuayi. It still seems as though Diego Costa will remain first choice up top, so it’ll be interesting to see how the Belgium international is used by Antonio Conte. Such little expectation may work in his favour; he could be a surprise to Premier League supporters. last_img read more



first_imgMore students are choosing to go to LYIT.The number of college students who have chosen to stay in Donegal to continue their education has increased dramatically.Offers from CAO 2013 show that more secondary students are choosing Letterkenny Institute of Technology than ever before.Students opting for courses at the college are up by a significant 11%, with first preferences up by 15% while offers for Level 8 Honours Degrees has increased by a substantial 42%. Students discussing their options at LYITThe courses which are proving to be the most popular include Animation, Law, Sports, Childcare, Health & Social Studies and Applied Agriculture.The LYIT completely refreshed its curriculum in the last 18 months and has added a wide range of new programmes. All are in growing industry sectors and many have been developed with industry. In 2013 it has added Law and Destination Tourism with marketing.LYIT now has 48 CAO listed courses, 21 of which have a work placement element. Students can choose from 21 different add-on Level 8 programmes, 11 Postgrad Diploma and Masters programmes enabling them to take their education as far as they want to go.According to Billy Bennett Registrar LYIT said the number of students choosing LYIT has been steadily increasing year on year. “However, this is a substantial rise, which shows that the courses recently added are in areas, which people wish to study. These courses are in expanding sectors with high employment prospects.“We believe this has encouraged students to look at all courses which are on offer at the college as well. LYIT has a lot to offer – excellent facilities, a reputation for accessible teaching and a strong reputation with industry.“We’re confident by the end of the CAO offers our first year intake will be well above 1000,” he said.Letterkenny IT now offers over 100 courses running across its Schools of Science, Business, Tourism and Engineering, many up to Masters level. The college also has a diverse and interesting range of courses as part of its Life Long Learning programme.To find out more visit LYIT GETS HUGE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE AS RECORD NUMBER OF STUDENTS ENROLL was last modified: August 22nd, 2013 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:CAO offersdonegalLYITstudentslast_img read more