CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COURTOIS, IVANOVIC, CAHILL, TERRY, AZPILICUETA, MATIC, FABREGAS, WILLIAN, OSCAR, HAZARD, COSTASWANSEA (4-2-3-1)AYEW, MONTERO, SIGURDSSON, DYER, SHELVEY, CORK, TAYLOR, FERNANDEZ, WILLIAMS, RANGEL, FABIANSKIChelsea begin the defence of their Barclays Premier League title and are bidding to retain it for the first time in their 110-year history, after four championship successes in the last 10 years.The Blues should be confident; in 23 opening-day fixtures in the Premier League they have lost just three, the most recent in August 1998, at Coventry. Since then, Chelsea have played 16 first-day fixtures, winning 14 and drawing two.And they last lost the first game of the season at Stamford Bridge in August 1993, when they were beaten 2-1 by Blackburn Rovers.More reasons for JosÈ Mourinho’s men to be confident are last season’s games against Swansea City; Chelsea won 4-2 at home against the Welshmen and 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium.Furthermore, in 13 visits to Stamford Bridge Swansea have won just once – in 1925. Since that victory 90 years ago, the Swans have drawn three and lost nine.Indeed, in the Premier League, Swansea have lost all four visits while conceding 11 goals and scoring just three. Overall they have lost on their last five visits, conceding 17.Chelsea have doubts over striker Diego Costa, who missed the 1-0 Community Shield defeat by Arsenal last weekend with a hamstring problem.Mourinho started with Loic Remy against the Gunners and could be tempted to give a first start to Radamel Falcao, signed on loan from AS Monaco – to replace the departed Didier Drogba – after a similar spell at Manchester United last season.Swansea, who lost their last two Premier League games of last season, will be tempted to give a league debut to Andre Ayew, signed in the summer from Marseille.
LIVERPOOL VS LEICESTER CITYLIVERPOOL (4-3-3)MIGNOLET, CLYNE, SKRTEL, SAKHO, MORENO, HENDERSON, LUCAS, CAN, LALLANA, FIRMINO, COUTINHOLEICESTER (4-4-2)VARDY, OKAZAKI, MAHREZ, KING, KANTE, ALBRIGHTON, DE LAET, FUCHS, MORGAN, SIMPSON, SCHMEICHELLeicester City’s remarkable success story continues amid growing belief that they could actually win the Barclays Premier League title. The 3-2 win at Everton last Saturday extended their unbeaten league run to 10 games, winning eight.The victory at Goodison Park took Leicester five points clear at the top of the Premier League. Though Arsenal reduced that lead to two points following their 2-1 win over Manchester City at the Emirates on Monday, Leicester still go into the Christmas period top of the tree.And past history suggests a happy new year lies ahead for the Foxes; of the past 23 Premier League champions, 11 were top at Christmas, while all but one – Aston Villa in 1999 – finished the season in the top four, suggesting Champions League football beckons for the King Power Stadium.Liverpool, beaten 2-0 by Watford at Vicarage Road last Sunday, have gone three league games without a win, losing two. Leicester have failed to win in their last four league visits to Anfield, drawing last season and losing the previous three. Previously, Leicester had won three in a row at Liverpool.At Goodison, Riyad Mahrez netted two penalties and now has seven goals in nine Premier League appearances in the month of December, including 2015.Liverpool are still missing Joseph Gomez, Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge and give tests to Dejan Lovren, James Milner and Simon Mignloet, who all missed the defeat at Watford. Leicester welcome back Robert Huth after suspension and test Danny Drinkwater and Jamie Vardy.
Although the High Court has ordered that a date be set to host by-elections in the tied local authority areas, this is yet to be done.The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira has since expressed concerns.During a press conference on Thursday, Teixeira said it was worrying that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government continued to disregard the rule of law.She explained that a week has passed since the High Court ordered that a date be set for the elections, but nothing has been done by either the town clerk or overseers in question, or by GECOM or Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan in this regard.Furthermore, she chided GECOM for abdicating its constitutional responsibilities to ensure each local authority area has its leadership installed.“GECOM must be reminded that the elections process of the March 18 Local Government Elections is at this point incomplete until the by-elections of the tied local authority areas are concluded,” she stated, noting that GECOM has a constitutional right to ensure these elections are held.The PPP/C had moved to the courts to stop Communities Minister Bulkan from illegally appointing a Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Mabaruma in Region One (Barima-Waini) as well as the Chairpersons and Vice Chairpersons in five other local authority areas in which the PPP/C and the APNU/AFC had the same number of seats after the LGE.Bulkan had appointed Kervin Crawford as Chairman and Gail Thomas as Vice Chairman of the Gibraltar-Fyrish Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC); Audrey Thomas as Chairman of the Industry-Plaisance NDC; Peter Livingstone as Chairman and Royan Junior Thomas as Vice Chairman of the Malgre Tout-Meer Zorgen NDC; Carol Nurse as Chairman and Wilbert Vhypius as Vice Chairman of the Woodlands-Bel Air NDC; Gershon Clarke as Chairman of the Woodlands-Farm NDC and Rupert Henry Smith as Mayor and Astrille Gamell as Deputy Mayor of the municipality of Mabaruma.However, the Court quashed these appointments and ruled in favour of the PPP/C on the grounds that that they were contrary to and in violation of Municipal and District Councils Act Chapter 28:01 and the Local Government Act Chapter 28:02. Justice Diana Insanally said that the decision “is in excess of and without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, based upon irrelevant and improper considerations, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultravires, null, void and of no legal effect”.
Minister of State Joseph Harmon met with a delegation from the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), an international organisation of which Guyana is a founding member, that focuses on assisting countries to adopt new green models in their development and investment planning, formulate ‘green’ growth policies, build capacities for implementation of ‘green’ growth policies and mobilise finance for ‘green’ growth investments.Since 2017, through a collaborative effort, GGGI has been assisting Guyana in the Scaling up of Renewable Energy Project and has been hosting workshops for the public and Private Sector to garner widespread involvement. Through the collaboration, the GGGI through its engineer/ consultant, David Fernandez has been assisting in the preparation of an Urban Sector Solar Energy Programme.This programme is being designed to cater to both the commercial and industrialMinister of State Joseph Harmon met with the delegation from the Global Green Growth Institutecompanies and will see the installation of solar photovoltaic panels on identified companies. Funding for the execution of this project is also being sought through international financial institutions.During the meeting on Friday, the two sides discussed the Urban Sector Solar Energy Programme, the Scaling Renewable Energy Programme, possible financing options and accessing Global Climate Funds (GCF) and the possible establishment of an office for the GGGI in Guyana.Minister Harmon in his remarks to the group said in building capacity for the implementation of green growth policies, local content is most impactful when buttressed by a prepared and educated population. He noted that Guyanese must be equipped to take control of the development in their homeland. “In my view, local content can never progress unless you have the people being prepared to take their positive roles in society…So, while [we] will legislate for local content, if we do not prepare our people to benefit from that legislation, then it is basically… a piece of paper that gives the companies obligations, but do not really create a real benefit for the people themselves… I believe that capacity building for our population is key through all of this –to the extent which we’re able to get assistance in preparing our population, educating them, training them, and bringing them up to a certain level [where] they can, in fact, take over [the] management… of some of these projects… [This] is critical to us in our own development,” he said.Minister Harmon also said that Guyanese are eager to see more tangible benefits of ‘green’ living and it is therefore important that moves are made in a positive direction as soon as possible.The meeting was also attended by Director of the Department of Environment, Ndibi Schwiers; Liaison Officer Sandra Britton; Project Manager of the Office of Climate Change, Gavin Bovell; Senior Energy Engineer, Investment and Policy Solutions Division, GGGI, Muharrem Askin; Investment Officer, Green Investment Services, Charlotte Chow; and Director and Head of Programmes, Large Emerging Economies, Green Growth Planning and Implementation, Dr Chanho Park.
GECOM saga– but cannot remember when; admits to being friends with HoyteHe has been appointed to one of the most crucial constitutional posts in Guyana; but when asked exactly when he served as a Chief Justice (CJ) of Grenada, new Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman James Patterson cannot remember when.Retired Justice James PattersonPatterson’s service as a Chief Justice of Grenada was listed on his Curriculum Vitae (CV) for the GECOM position. It has been hotly debated after background checks initially turned up no records he was ever the CJ.“I’ve been appointed acting Chief Justice. They had me acting for a number of years. I don’t remember (when). People refer to me, to this day, as Chief Justice…,” Patterson stated.“I don’t remember the precise years. It’s got to be anything around 30 years ago. I went there in 1983 and came back in 1991,” Patterson, who was sworn in last month, said. “That much I remember,” he added.Responding to the criticism and debate about his partiality to the People’s National Congress, he admitted to being friends with late former President Desmond Hoyte and to having studied with him. Patterson, however, said he does not and has never belonged to a political party.He also shied away from questions regarding the constitutionality of Granger’s decision to appoint him. According to Patterson, the President has Attorney General Basil Williams to advise him.Patterson was sworn in as GECOM Chairman in a surreptitious, late night ceremony on October 19, 2017, by President David Granger. This is despite not being on any of the nomination lists submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Since Granger reached outside the 18 nominees provided, in an unprecedented move to handpick Patterson, a number of individuals and organisations spanning a wide cross-section of society have also soundly criticised and condemned the President’s unilateral decision.
Bolt, the 100m and 200m world record holder and eight-time Olympic champion, insists he is serious about his football dream despite scepticism that at, 31, his advanced age will count against him.“It’s a personal goal, I don’t care what people really think about it,” Bolt told reporters on the sidelines of the Formula One Grand Prix in Austin on Sunday.“I am not going to lie to myself, if I feel I can’t do it, I am going to say ‘Forget this’. I am not going to embarrass myself.“It’s a dream, it’s another chapter of my life that I really want to do. If you have a dream or something you really want to do, you want try to see where it could go.”Bolt has had a longstanding invitation to train with Dortmund, an arrangement facilitated by his long-time sponsors Puma.– Open invitation –However the Jamaican has not taken advantage of the Bundesliga side’s offer yet because of a niggling hamstring problem.“My hamstring is just keeping back right now, in two weeks I can train again and get back to some shape, then I can really explore that situation,” Bolt said.“They said the invitation is always open, so it is all about me getting over my injury and into shape. Then I can explore it and do the trials and see what level I am at.“For me it’s just to try to see if I really can be one of the best, anything I am doing, I’ll try to do it at my best.”Bolt however admits that he is not optimistic about being granted a similar opportunity with the club he supports, Premier League giants Manchester United.“It would be difficult to convince (Jose) Mourinho, but we never know, it’s something I said to Alex Ferguson the other day when I was there,” he joked.Bolt meanwhile said he hoped to find a role with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after exploring options for his football career.“I am waiting to see if my football career is going anywhere, but I definitely want to work with IAAF, in ways to promote the sport, to keep the sport at the level which I left,” he said. “I want to use my name to promote our sport, like an ambassador role.”Football aspirations aside, Bolt said he is enjoying being freed of his gruelling training regime.“I am not missing training, not one bit — that’s one thing I know I wouldn’t miss,” Bolt laughed.“I miss working with coach (Glen) Mills, I try to talk him as much as possible, to talk to him, to have some laughs,” he said.“I know when the competition starts, and I start to see everybody, the track meets, definitely I’ll miss that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sprinting legend Usain Bolt in the Paddock before the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 22, 2017 in Austin, Texas © Getty/AFP/File / CLIVE MASONAUSTIN, United States, Oct 22 – Retired sprint king Usain Bolt has vowed to pursue his dream of playing professional football but admits he will not “embarrass” himself if his goal is out of reach.The Jamaican track and field superstar, who retired from athletics after August’s World Championships, has long spoken of trying his hand at soccer and has been invited to train with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
1 It’s safe to say Gareth Bale didn’t have the best night, as holders Real Madrid crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Juventus.The Old Lady earned a 1-1 draw on the night at the Bernabeu, booking their place in Berlin’s final against Barcelona after a 3-2 aggregate victory.Bale, the world’s most expensive player, cut a man devoid of confidence throughout as uncertainty surrounding his future increased.The Welshman squandered several clear-cut openings to send the game into extra time, failing to grasp even one of his many opportunities to the obvious displeasure of the Madrid faithful.As usual, Twitter was quick to jump on the winger’s back, and below are some of the best reactions… Gareth Bale
The Shandon Hotel.The reopening of a well-known Donegal landmark hotel has taken a step closer after a drinks license was sought for the premises.The Shandon Hotel and Spa in Portnablagh was sold recently for approximately €800,000 at auction in Dublin.The hotel was once valued at €6 million at the height of the property boom. Solicitor Brendan Twomey applied for a drinks license for the hotel this morning.Mr Twomey said his client, a Mr McCarthy, had been called to England on urgent business.He added that the sale had only been completed last week.Judge Paul Kelly said he would need to hear evidence from the new owner in court and adjourned the matter until May 20th. Receivers were called into the Shandon in 2012, and the hotel was subsequently closed which resulted in multiple job losses.The Shandon had recently invested €1.5 million in a state-of-the-art Spa facility prior to its closure that was regarded as one of the best in Ireland.The news that the hotel has now been bought will be a welcome boost to the hotel industry in Donegal.The Shandon hotel overlooks the beautiful Marblehill beach in Portnablagh and is a just stone throw from the buzzing seaside village of Dunfanaghy.The hotel will now be expected to re-open in the next number of weeks, and it is hoped will give another boost to the tourism industry in the locality. FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL TAKES A STEP CLOSER TO REOPENING was last modified: April 15th, 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:donegalDRINKS LICENSEPortnablaghshandon hotelsold
Ballybofey rugby star Larissa Muldoon has been given her chance to shine for Ireland after being given the green light to start against Kazakhstan in the final pool game at Women’s Rugby World Cup.Larissa in actionMuldoon is one of two Donegal women on the team.Fahan’s Nora Stapleton lined out a fly half for the wins over New Zealand and the USA and is on the bench for the latest game. An Irish victory today will secure them a semi final spot. BALLYBOFEY WOMAN LARISSA TO START LATEST GAME FOR IRISH RUGBY STARS was last modified: August 9th, 2014 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:donegalLarissa MuldoonNora stapeltonRUGBYWORLD CUP
Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? According to Mundo Deportivo, Manchester United are tracking Agoume, along with LaLiga giants Barcelona and Internazionale of Milan.The report states Inter hold the most interest in Agoume right now, who is ‘noted for his technique and physical strength, [and with] skills reminiscent of Paul Pogba‘, United’s current midfield superstar.You can watch footage of Agoume, in action for Sochaux against Paris Saint-Germain, below: Manchester United are tracking France starlet Lucien Agoume, according to reports.Agoume is a 16-year-old midfielder who currently represents Sochaux, though he has not made a senior appearance for the Ligue 2 side. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Agoume has been capped at Under-16 level by France Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED who plays? RANKED smart causal England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday cracker silverware How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings Latest Manchester United news deals REVEALED 1 Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Born in Yaounde, Cameroon Agoume has opted to play for France, with caps won at Under-16 level.And the teenager’s progress at such a young age has caught the eye of scouts throughout Europe. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade crackers Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade