NAIROBI, Kenya (AP):Some of Kenya’s newly crowned track and field world champions returned home yesterday and were ferried to a celebratory breakfast in a convoy of limousines bearing the logo ‘Hotbed of Champions’.Javelin gold medallist Julius Yego, 400-metre hurdles champion Nicholas Bett and steeplechase winner Ezekiel Kemboi were among those met at an airport in Nairobi by Deputy President William Ruto, who danced with them on a red carpet.They will also meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta tomorrow, Ruto said.Kenya surprisingly topped the medal table at the Worlds in Beijing ahead of Jamaica and the United States after winning seven golds and 16 medals overall.Middle-distance champions David Rudisha and Asbel Kiprop didn’t return home, instead travelling to Europe for the continuation of the Diamond League series.But while the East African nation celebrates, Kenya’s track federation head has announced that investigations are underway into the failed doping tests of two team members, who were sent home early from the championships.Joyce Zakary, a 400-metre runner, and hurdler Koki Manunga tested positive for banned substances in Beijing, further denting Kenya’s reputation, with the country already the subject of allegations of widespread doping and ineffective controls.On Monday, Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat said investigations were underway in Kenya after Zakary and Manunga were provisionally suspended by the IAAF for failing the targeted doping tests performed at their hotel just before the competition.”In spite of being accused of using drugs, Kenya is still on top of the world,” Kiplagat said. “These two girls have given their story, and I don’t want to comment on that because they have recorded their statements. Investigations are on.”The federation had asked Kenya’s new national anti-doping agency to take charge of the investigations, Kiplagat said, even though the body was only set up at the beginning of the year and isn’t officially operating yet.”(The) IAAF is on top of things. We have asked ADAK to be on top of things, too, because indications are that we may have leads, and this time, if they lead us somewhere, there will be severe punishment,” he said.Kenyan athletes were tested three times around the World Championships, Kiplagat said, before, during and after. He said all the other Kenyan athletes were “clear”.Team manager Joseph Kinyua didn’t comment in detail on the two doping cases when he returned with the athletes. “Yes, there were doping claims, but that’s a story for another day,” he said. “We sorted that thing out and sent the girls back home, so it did not affect our performance.”The 29-year-old Zakary broke Kenya’s national record in the 400 meters in Beijing, but didn’t run in the semi-finals as news of the failed tests broke. The two women had accepted provisional suspensions, the IAAF said, but the world body has not identified the substances or said if the athletes have requested their backup “B” samples to be tested.Having previously denied they had problems with doping, authorities in Kenya were shaken into action when leading marathon runner Rita Jeptoo tested positive late last year for the blood booster, EPO, a substance undercover media investigations have claimed is easily available in Kenya.
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LONDON (AP): Tottenham kept up their pursuit of Premier League leaders Leicester by rallying to a 2-1 victory over Swansea, thanks to two goals in eight minutes yesterday. Left back Danny Rose was the surprise match-winner for Spurs, scoring in the 77th minute after Swansea failed to clear a corner properly. Tottenham had 34 attempts on goal, prompting their manager Mauricio Pochettino to tell Spurs TV: “What more you need to do for (to) score? … This is the way that we want to play and you know sometimes football is not mathematical.” Nacer Chadli cancelled out Swansea’s opener by Alberto Paloschi in the 19th minute as the visitors paid for their defensive approach in the second half at White Hart Lane. Pochettino praised Spurs fans for lifting the team after Swansea went ahead. “This was very important for us,” Pochettino said. “‘Thank you’, our supporters. They were brilliant. And ‘thank you’, the players, because the performance and the effort was unbelievable after that Europa League game (Thursday) against Fiorentina.”
Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ PERPETUAL 66 — Eze 16, Peralta 16, Charcos 14, Aurin 11, Coronel 9, Mangalino 0, Pido 0, Precillas 0, Tamayo 0, Tiburcio 0, Villanueva 0.Quarters: 21-20, 35-33, 55-47, 78-66.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trailing 41-40 early in the third quarter, the Skippers staged a 13-2 blast to establish a 53-43 lead before staving off the Altas in the final canto.Prince Eze poured 16 points, 16 rebounds, and five blocks for Perpetual, which bowed out of the playoff race with its 3-7 card.Rey Anthony Peralta added 16 markers and two boards, while Edgar Charcos had 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds in the defeat.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 78 — Banal 15, Pasaol 15, Robles 10, Tolentino 10, Ayonayon 5, Toth 5, Babilonia 4, Eboña 4, Iñigo 3, Terso 3, Lopez 2, Tratter 2.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Billy Robles continued to be a spark off the bench for Marinerong Pilipino, pouring 10 points and five rebounds, while Vince Tolentino got 10 markers, three boards, and three assists.Skippers coach Koy Banal, though, doesn’t want to put too much thought on the playoff positioning just yet, but rather, turning his attention on the team’s progress game-by-game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We’re not looking at who’s at one or two. If we get that outright semifinals berth, we’ll be thankful. But if not, we’ll still have the twice-to-beat (in the quarterfinals),” he said, as the win put Marinerong Pilipino at 8-2 and assured that it won’t be dropping in the standings lower than the four-seed.“For me, it’s still the same. We just want to keep on rolling and do whatever it takes to win the games.” In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino stayed in the running for an outright semifinals berth after downing Perpetual, 78-66, Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Alvin Pasaol led the Skippers with 15 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Gab Banal unloaded 15 markers, five boards, and four dimes.ADVERTISEMENT PBA lifts lifetime ban on Balkman LATEST STORIES View comments
FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) watches in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Minneapolis. Butler isn’t the first NBA star to ask for a trade, nor will he be the last. But it’s far from guaranteed that even if he succeeds in forcing Minnesota into making a move he’ll wind up in a place he wants. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King, File)Jimmy Butler has his wish: He’s out of Minnesota.And just like that, Philadelphia has a new Big Three — one that could make serious noise in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT “I can’t speak much about it. I’m sorry,” he said before the Sixers played Memphis.Sixers guard T.J. McConnell said he learned of the deal through social media.“I didn’t think it was true until more reports started coming out,” McConnell said. “It’s kind of that feeling in your stomach of just like, I mean, you can’t really explain it. I was in disbelief.”Philadelphia’s “Process” led it to the second round of the playoffs last season behind two of the game’s youngest, brightest stars in big man Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. Butler, an elite wing player and outstanding defender, will join them in a quest to rule the Eastern Conference now that LeBron James is out West with the Los Angeles Lakers following eight straight trips to the NBA Finals with Miami and Cleveland.“I think they were a contender before,” James said, giving his reaction to the deal Saturday. “So it only enhances what they’re able to do. I mean, they’ve got Ben and Joel and now you’re adding Jimmy. I think that’s a very, very good team.”ADVERTISEMENT A person with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that Butler is being traded to the 76ers in a package that will send Dario Saric and Robert Covington to the Timberwolves. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been announced by either team and was still pending NBA approval, which is not expected until Monday.Justin Patton will also be sent to Philadelphia, and Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick are also going to Minnesota, the person said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Athletic first reported the agreement.Because the trade was not official, Sixers coach Brett Brown had little comment. The first order of business will be making the trade official, so Butler can debut for Philly either Monday at Miami or Wednesday at Orlando. The next step for Philadelphia will be coming to an agreement on an extension for Butler, a pending free agent who made clear to Minnesota that he would not be re-signing there in 2019.Translated: The Wolves had to trade him, or they would lose him for nothing.The drama has been constant from Butler’s first practice with the Wolves this season, and the team’s start while waiting for this inevitable move has been lousy. Minnesota finished a 0-5 road trip with a loss in Sacramento on Friday night and is 4-9 overall — winless in eight games on the road.Butler played in 10 of those games, averaging 21.3 points. It was a peculiar arrangement; the Timberwolves were still running things through him often, even while the worst-kept secret in the NBA was that he wanted a change of address. Plenty of teams were mentioned along the way — Houston, the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami among them — as top candidates.“I think him getting a fresh start on a team like ours will be beneficial to both sides,” McConnell said.Butler, 29, has been an All-Star in each of the last four seasons. There are also concerns, though they clearly didn’t put off Philadelphia. Butler has missed at least 15 games in four of the last five seasons, including a career-high 23 games last year while dealing with a knee injury.Philadelphia, who had just nine available players against the Grizzlies in part because of the pending move, will become Butler’s third team, after Chicago and Minnesota. He’s a career 16.5 point-per-game scorer, though that is skewed by his first two seasons, which were meager on the scoring front. He’s on pace this season to average at least 20 points for the fifth consecutive year.“Welcome to the best sports city in America,” quarterback Carson Wentz of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles tweeted to Butler.Saric is in his third season and averaging 11.1 points, shooting only 36 percent. Covington had been a starter for Philadelphia for the bulk of the last four-plus seasons and is averaging 11.3 points per game this year.Philadelphia and Minnesota don’t meet until Jan. 15. Butler’s return trip to Minnesota this season would be March 30, when he’s sure to be showered with boos from a Target Center crowd that jeered him at the beginning of the home opener before quickly letting up. Butler had 33 points on 10-for-12 shooting from the floor in 36 minutes that night against Cleveland, a reminder amid the drama why coach Tom Thibodeau was so eager to acquire him the year before. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Thibodeau swung a draft-night deal with Chicago that sent Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and a first-round pick that became Lauri Markkanen to the Bulls for Butler and a later first-rounder Minnesota used on Patton. In the wake of that move, long-frustrated Wolves fans figured they were finally on their way to contending in the Western Conference for the first time since the Kevin Garnett era ended.Paired with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, the first overall picks in the 2015 and 2014 drafts, respectively, Butler immediately provided the experience, tenacity and defense the Wolves were missing, in addition to his scoring touch. He loved playing for Thibodeau, his coach for his first five seasons with the Bulls, and they helped Minnesota get to the playoffs last spring for the first time in 14 years.But the roster never truly meshed. And now, a new start awaits them all.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Rejected LP vice standard bearer Karnwea and former LP chairman Israel Akinsanya outside the Temple of Justice yesterday. The chamber of the Supreme Court was yesterday a scene of disbelief and laughter when four of the five justices pointed out several procedural errors made by the National Elections Commission (NEC) when they rejected Liberty Party (LP) vice standard bearer Harrison Karnwea on the authority of Code of Conduct (CoC).“The procedure for only the chairman to sign the rejection letter does not establish that the other commissioners ascribed to that decision,” Chief Justice Francis Korkpor emphasized. “Where is the documentary evidence that the six other commissioners agreed with the chairman’s action?” Justice Korkpor asked the NEC legal team.Immediately after recognizing NEC’s procedural errors, a member of the legal team, Cllr. Frank Musah Dean, was heard pleading, “We are going to make the necessary correction after this hearing.”NEC’s lead lawyer Cllr. Frank Musah Dean“What NEC has been doing is that the decision of the Board of Commissioners does not necessarily have to be signed by the other six commissioners, it is only the chairman’s signature that normally appears on the majority decision,” Cllr. Dean explained. “The chairman’s signature is always the final; it has been NEC tradition.”The justices’ discovery came about during arguments on Karnwea’s complaint against the NEC, claiming that the electoral body erroneously misconstrued Section 5.2 of the Code of Conduct (CoC), and subsequently prevented him from running for the position of vice president of the Republic of Liberia, an elected public office.The justices yesterday reserved opinion (ruling) on the matter, and did not say when they will deliver it, though there are about 75 days to the election.It all started when a member of the NEC legal team, Cllr. Musah Dean, was asked whether Karnwea’s rejection met the approval of all seven members of the Board of Commissioners, to which Dean replied in the affirmative.Again, asked why only NEC chairman Jerome Korkoya’s signature appeared on the letter of rejection sent to Karnwea instead of the seven commissioners, Dean, in his justification, made reference to Section 2.10 of the New Election Laws, captioned: ‘Duties of Chairman and Co-chairman,’ which provides that, “The Chairman of the Commission shall have the following special duties and functions: a) Be the official head and spokesman of the Commission; (b) Presides over all meetings and hearings of elections contests; (c) For the purpose of expediting the hearings and determination of all election offenses; and other business of the Commission shall apportion the Republic into five (5) administrative areas and assign a commissioner to an area who shall, in consultation with the Commissioner…direct and supervise all election activities in his area of assignment including the hearing and determination of election offenses arising there from which determination, having been previously approved by the Commission shall be final; (d) Controls, supervises and directs the administrative operation of the office of the Commission and in consultation with the Commissioners, takes such corrective administrative measures for the smooth and effective operation of the Commission.”Also, section 1.3.17 of the Code of Conduct (CoC) provides that the “Ombudsman means someone or a group of persons appointed or authorized by the President of the Republic of Liberia and confirmed by the Senate to enforce, oversee, monitor and evaluate adherence to the Code of Conduct. Such individual or group of persons shall receive and investigate complaints against Public Officials, Employees of Government and National Institutions.”Although section 2.10 makes no reference to the chairman being the only person to sign a rejection communication as in the case of Karnwea and other rejected aspirants, including Abu Kamara, who is a current assistant minister at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Cllr. Dean argued that “the chairman’s signature is the final decision.”Also, when Karnwea’s lawyer, Cllr. Powo Hilton, was asked whether he filed a complaint about his letter of rejection to the other Board of Commissioners, Hilton replied in the negative.“It is clear we should have filed a complaint to the Board of Commissioners, but that did not happen, because we saw the signature of the NEC chairman on the communication, this was why we did not appeal to the Board of Commissioners,“ Hilton said. “And we decided to come to the Supreme Court to act on our behalf.”The Election Laws requires those rejected to announce an appeal of the Elections Commission’s decision within 48 hours; thereafter, if they are not satisfied, then within 72 hours, before they can file with the Supreme Court their appropriate and necessary papers and documents to perfect the appeal.That process was also abandoned by Karnwea, and his lawyers subsequently ran to the Supreme Court without announcing an appeal of Korkoya’s rejection letter.Before the procedural errors contention, Cllr. Dean defended the NEC’s rejection of Karnwea, claiming that Karnwea had the intent and desire to engage in political activities long before his resignation from the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), where he served as managing director.“Karnwea’s resignation from the ruling Unity Party and his joining the LP, all is an egregious violation of the CoC,” the NEC contended. “The fact that his political leader and standard bearer, who was and remains aware of his (Karnwea’s) egregious violation and (ineligibility) to contest, would choose him to be his running mate, suggests a disregard for the rule of law.”The NEC claimed that Karnwea engaged in political activities while serving as managing director of the FDA.“The inference is that Karnwea used government facilities, equipment and or resources in support of partisan or political activities, prior to his resignation publicly from the Unity Party (UP) and joining the LP,” the NEC contended. “This has given Karnwea obvious undue advantage over other candidates, which he intends to employ for a personal electoral lead.”The NEC also alleged that on February 14, 2017, while serving as managing director of FDA, at an elaborate press conference, Karnwea announced his resignation from the ruling UP and joined the LP.In counter argument, Cllr. Hilton said Karnwea did not harbor any political intention when he resigned his post as FDA managing director.“Karnwea’s communication for resignation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf informed her that after he had served for over four years, he was resigning from her government to go back to his farm to live his private life,” Hilton told the justices.“There was no political intention or desire as NEC had claimed. It was after his resignation that Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, standard bearer of the LP, asked him to serve as his running mate, which he immediately accepted.“Karnwea did not harbor any future political ambition before resigning from the UP and his post at FDA.”Immediately after the hearing, when Karnwea spoke with judicial reporters, he asked all partisans of the LP to remain kind, because he has confidence in the justice system.“I trust the justice system and we should respect and see the outcome of their decision,” Karnwea pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As coalition Councillors continue to stay away from Regional Democratic Council (RDC) meetings in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Regional Chairman David Armogan has made a strong call for them to resign.The RDC has 25 seats; 19 to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and 11 to the coalition. At Thursday’s meeting, only five coalition Councillors were present and only three made contributions to the success of the meeting.Under the Local Government Act, Councillors should lose their seats if they are absent for three consecutive meetings without a valid excuse. One of the coalition Councillors is currently on sick leave.According to Armogan, many of those who frequently stay away from meetings fail to realise that they have to serve the people who elected them to office.He then called on Janet Samuels and Khausal Goberdhan to resign, sighting their frequent absenteeism. Armogan noted that they need to resign and give others a chance to serve as regional Councillors.Back in August, both the PPP and the Alliance For Change had called on coalition Councillors to attend meetings, noting that more than 70 per cent of them have been absent from RDC meetings.Regional Chairman David Armogan and several PPP Councillors said they were disappointed at the attitude of some of the coalition Councillors towards the regional parliament.Coalition Councillor Gobin Harbhajan has also lashed out at his colleagues and called for them to do the honourable thing and tender their resignation.Harbhajan reminded the RDC that Councillors should automatically lose their seats after being absent for three consecutive meetings with a valid excuse. He says there are others who should be given a chance to serve.He told the RDC that he was disappointed with the actions of his colleagues. Despite this trend, the RDC has not used its right to revoke the seats of any Councillor.
The Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Justice Claudette Singh has indicted to President David Granger that the entity will be ready for elections by the end of February 2020.This is according to GECOM Commissioner Sase Gunraj.President Granger will now have to announce a date for elections and dissolve parliament.Elections were constitutionally due since March 21, 2019 – following the passage of the no-confidence motion against the government on December 21, 2018.GECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette Singh
0Shares0000Real Madrid’s head coach Zinedine Zidane talks to Cristiano Ronaldo during a Spanish La Liga match in Valencia, on January 27, 2018 © AFP/File / JOSE JORDANMADRID, Spain, Feb 2 – Zinedine Zidane, whose Real Madrid side go to Levante this weekend, will soon find out if he was right to refuse to add to his squad in the January transfer window.There were no new arrivals at the Santiago Bernabeu, with a move for the Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga the most notable transfer that didn’t happen in La Liga. Kepa signed a new long-term contract in Bilbao after Zidane insisted that he did “not need a goalkeeper”. Instead he will stick with Keylor Navas, who faces his former club on Saturday.Madrid appeared to be in a full-blown crisis after they were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes, but they have won their last two games in La Liga, scoring 11 goals in the process.A 7-1 defeat of Deportivo was followed by a 4-1 win at Valencia last weekend, when Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as Real moved to within two points of third-placed Valencia with a game in hand.“A crisis for Madrid is losing one game but nobody doubts their quality. All the small teams want to go through the crises that they have,” said the Levante coach Juan Ramon Lopez Muniz, whose team drew 1-1 at the Bernabeu in September.Ronaldo, who has scored four goals in two league games, has been struggling with a calf knock. However, he is expected to play as Madrid begin a month that will be shaped by their Champions League last 16, first leg against Paris Saint-Germain on February 14.– Catalan derby –Barcelona, who are 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top, put their unbeaten league record on the line as they visit Espanyol on Sunday.It will be the third Catalan derby in under three weeks, after Barca won 2-1 on aggregate in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.However, Sunday’s game falls awkwardly for Barcelona, in between the two legs of their Cup semi-final against Valencia. Atletico host Valencia on Sunday night.Among the busier clubs in the January window were Sevilla, future Champions League opponents of Manchester United.They have brought two players back to Spain on loan from England — midfielder Roque Mesa from Swansea City and Everton striker Sandro Ramirez.“Sevilla have been interested in me for a year and a half. They knew how much I wanted to be here,” said Mesa, who endured a difficult last six months at Swansea.“In the end our paths were destined to come together. This is a big club,” he added as Sevilla face Eibar after drawing 1-1 at Leganes in their Copa del Rey semi-final, first leg.Player to watch: Inigo MartinezThe 26-year-old Spain international says he is “proud” to become the most expensive signing in Athletic Bilbao’s history, after they paid his 32 million-euro (£28 million, $40 million) buyout clause to sign the centre-back from Basque rivals Real Sociedad.Athletic swooped for Martinez after seeing Aymeric Laporte move to Manchester City for a reported £57 million, and he could make his debut for his new club in Girona on Sunday.Meanwhile, Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has hit out at the player, suggesting he should have waited for an offer from “a team that can win the Champions League, or at least get to the semi-finals.” And fans in San Sebastian will be allowed to exchange Real shirts with Martinez’s name on it for another one.Fixtures FridayReal Sociedad v Deportivo (11pm)SaturdayEibar v Sevilla (3pm), Betis v Villarreal (6:15pm), Alaves v Celta Vigo (8:30pm), Levante v Real Madrid (10:45pm)SundayGetafe v Leganes (2pm), Espanyol v Barcelona (6:15pm), Girona v Athletic Bilbao (8:30pm), Atletico Madrid v Valencia (10:45pm)MondayLas Palmas v Malaga (11pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Gary Cahill is back in favour with England and Chelsea © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 28 – Gary Cahill admits he is relieved to be back in favour with England and Chelsea after a “frustrating” campaign.Cahill found himself dropped by both England manager Gareth Southgate and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte at various times this term. But the former Bolton defender worked his way back into Conte’s plans in time to captain Chelsea to their FA Cup final victory over Manchester United earlier this month.That success came just days after Southgate, impressed by Cahill’s resurgence, had named the centre-back in England’s 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia.That was a big turnaround for Cahill after he was left out for England’s friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.“I felt like my World Cup chances had taken a knock, missing out on that squad, especially that last squad just before you meet up was kind of a big squad to miss out on,” Southgate said on Monday.“I realised I really had to dig deep to try to perform from there until the end of the season to get myself back in the frame.“Of course, last time I was disappointed, there was a lot going on in that time and I missed the squad. But I always had the belief that I could make the squad.”Cahill’s focus in recent weeks had been on helping Chelsea to a strong end to the season, confident that it would improve his England prospects.“First and foremost, I needed to get my place at Chelsea. We had a huge end to the season with the cup final,” he said.“If I’m totally honest that was all that was in my head, and I knew that if I performed well I’d be in with a shout, just like the rest of the boys who were competing for 23 places.”– Difficult season –Cahill, the most experienced member of England’s squad with 58 caps, added: “It’s very difficult and frustrating when you don’t play regularly. I’ve been lucky to do that for the majority of my career.“If you’re not out there on the pitch, you can’t influence anything, and I know I’m capable of influencing it when I’m playing.”Once the World Cup is over, Cahill will return to Stamford Bridge hoping to make amends for a dismal Premier League season that saw the Blues finish fifth and miss out on a place in the Champions League.There is constant speculation that Conte will be replaced before next term amid talk that he has fallen out with Chelsea stars due to his intense personality.Cahill didn’t express his desire for Conte to remain, but he insisted he had enjoyed working with the Italian.“It’s been a strange season, obviously there’s been a lot of speculation for however many months now,” he said.“The season has finished on a high for us, we won a major trophy so that was a great end for everybody: for the fans, for the players and for the staff. What will be this summer, will be.“He’s been good for me, I’ve taken things from him, like I have the rest of the managers. I’ve enjoyed the success we’ve had together. He’s been great.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
LETTERKENNY is to get a second post office, Donegal Daily can reveal.An Post will advertise later this month inviting expressions of interest from anyone who wishes to run the the post office which must be based in the Glencar area.It follows a long campaign for a second post office in a bid to release pressure on staff at the Main Street Post Office. “This is great news for the town and great news that the new post office will be based in Glencar,” said Cllr Ciaran Brogan (pictured) who had upped the pressure on An Post last year over the issue.“An Post has now confirmed that expressions of interest will be invited in the next couple of weeks.“A new post office should be up and running in Glencar in July,” he said.Cllr Brogan also dismissed suggestions that this would have an adverse affect on the Main Street. “Staff at the current post office will be relieved because they were under-resourced to deal with the sheer volume of customers,” he said.“And it will be welcomed throughout Letterkenny by customers who know what the queues could be like there.”The councillor thanked An Post for “listening to the careful arguments put forward for a second post office and Glencar is the perfect location.”It’s thought the businesses who could tender for the new post office include Gormley’s Centra and any of the current businesses operating from the small retail park a few hundred metres away.Senator Jimmy Harte has also welcomed the move. “ I am delighted to hear that An Post is finally doing the logical thing and locate a PO in the Glencar area of Letterkenny.“For too long the public in Letterkenny have be forced to queue in the open to get into the Post Office on the main St , in fairness to the staff there they were not supported by the senior Management in Dublin and were under pressure on most days.“I had a petition of almost 1,000 members of the public in 2011 who called for another PO in the Town. The area of Glencar is as big as many towns in the county and it was ridiculous to make people stand in the rain waiting on accessing the services of An Post.“I do recall getting criticism from certain quarters on my proposal but I now see that a solution will be soon on the cards. “I’m sure that there will be addition jobs created also but the main story here is that the public are being put first for a change and the residents of Glencar and the wider area will have an enhanced service in their area in addition to the shops that are operating there,” he said.AND NOW SOME GOOD NEWS: LETTERKENNY TO GET SECOND POST OFFICE was last modified: March 5th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:AND NOW SOME GOOD NEWS: LETTERKENNY TO GET SECOND POST OFFICECllr Ciaran Broganglencarletterkenny