Duo not interested in United role

first_img The Italian, well known to English fans after a successful stint with Chelsea, has been linked to the role. He is a popular figure in the Spanish capital, though, and could, over the coming weeks, add the Champions League and Primera Division titles to the Copa del Rey he has already won. Speaking at Los Blancos’ media conference ahead of their clash with Osasuna he said: “I’m happy here at Real Madrid. I am lucky to be working at the best club in the world and my place is here. “I respect Man United a lot. I was disappointed for David Moyes, but my place at the moment is here.” Ancelotti, 54, is a renowned coach around the world, having won the Champions League and domestic honours with AC Milan, while also winning titles with Chelsea and Paris St Germain. Press Association Sport understands it is highly unlikely United will announce Moyes’ successor this weekend. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is expected to continue discussions with his fellow board members over the next few days as they attempt to come to a consensus on who they want to take charge. United have been discussing potential transfer deals with several players over the last few weeks, but those targets are unlikely to sign until they learn the identity of the new manager. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has categorically ruled out the prospect of a move to Manchester United while his successor at Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, has distanced himself from a return to England. “Of course not,” Mourinho said. “I don’t know how can somebody think about it. “I left Real Madrid to come specifically to Chelsea, I signed a four-year contract with Chelsea. “I told Chelsea that they never have to worry about me because I don’t want to leave. I stay here until the club wants me to stay. “(No) job would move me from Chelsea.” Mourinho expressed regret at Moyes’ departure earlier this week and has since spoken to the former Everton boss. “I spoke with David privately and I don’t have to share with you,” Mourinho added. Meanwhile, Real boss Ancelotti is similarly adamant he will not be leaving Spain to replace Moyes. Mourinho has often been linked with Old Trafford throughout his hugely successful career and was touted as a possible successor to Sir Alex Ferguson as the years wound down on the Scot’s career. Now there is a vacancy at United for the second time in 11 months, but Mourinho, who returned to Chelsea last summer after a near six-year absence, is adamant he is not a contender to succeed David Moyes. Press Associationlast_img read more

Women’s water polo dominates weekend tournament

first_imgTwelve Trojans scored in the first game of the doubleheader as USC, which holds a record of 8-0, beat Concordia uncontested 21-0. It was a well-rounded attack: Freshman 2-meter Mireia Guiral led the team with 4 points, while freshmen utility Bayley Weber, 2-meter Tilly Kearns, freshman driver Alejandra Aznar, sophomore driver Sabrina Garabet and junior utility Maud Megens all finished the game with multiple goals. “As a goalie, it’s really important to run the defense as best as I can because I can see things as they go on from a better angle [than the other players] can, so I make myself talk and be vocal the whole time so that I’m occupied,” Longan said. Thirteen Trojans scored in the victory, led by Anzar with 4 points. Sophomore driver Verica Bakoc, Hauschild, Megens, Guiral, freshman driver Grace Tehaney and sophomore driver Kari Jensen also scored multiple times. Junior driver Elise Stein, Weber, Mammolito, McIntosh, Rozolis-Hill and Kearns notched points as well. Junior driver Denise Mammolito, sophomore driver Paige Hauschild, junior driver Kelsey McIntosh, freshman 2-meter Julia Rozolis-Hill, freshman utility Claire Haas and freshman driver Sophia Lucas all contributed points as well. The Trojans continued their strong momentum on both offense and defense in the second game of the day, securing a 23-0 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. “There were a few passes that we made that weren’t great, and at times we forced things, but for the most part, I think that we made the right decisions and executed,” she said. USC’s 21-0 rout over Concordia Saturday marked senior goalie Amanda Longan’s fourth career shutout. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan) Although the Trojans dominated in both games, Longan said that they can always find ways to improve their performance. “I think something for us that we did better that we hadn’t in previous games is we communicated more, which is big especially for the younger players to use their voices,” Longan said. “That way, when [Coach Vavic] would call something, we were all on the same page, so everything functioned like a system should.” The No. 1 USC women’s water polo team maintained its undefeated streak at the CBU Mini Invitational in Riverside on Saturday with two shutout victories against Concordia University and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Mammolito said the team could bring more attention to its decision-making during games. “I think adjusting to switch ups so when we call something, and then the other team counters that with something a little trickier [could be improved],” she said. “Making that adjustment faster is something we could do better.” USC was successful at implementing the defenses they have been working on in practice and also pushing the counter attack and finishing high opportunity shots, according to Mammolito. Junior goalie Holly Parker manned the net with five saves, securing her first career shutout. Longan said communication was also key in the two victories on Saturday. Senior goalie Amanda Longan anchored the Trojan defense with nine saves. The game marked Longan’s fourth career shutout. The Trojans stay in home waters this week in an exhibition game to take on the Chinese national team, which some members of the USC women’s team have trained with in the past. The game will be played on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.last_img read more

GFA to financially support New Edubiase in Confederations Cup

first_imgPremier league side New Edubiase have received financial boost ahead of their maiden appearance at the CAF Confederations cup this Sunday following the Ghana Football Association’s promise to support the club.The Bekwai based club had earlier considered pulling out of the competition after struggling to raise the needed funds for their campaign.JOY Sports can confirm that New Edubiase will need about 65,000 dollars to host Congolese side Diables Noirs in the first leg.According to the spokesperson of the GFA, Ibrahim Saanie Daara the Executive Committee of the Association has agreed to help Edubiase financially.“New Edubiase met the GFA on Tuesday to find out if the FA could help them because they were struggling to put together their team due to financial difficulties,” he told JOY Sports.“The Emergency Committee has agreed to help the team to enable them participate in the competition but the volume of help rest on the committee who will meet on Friday”. Diables Noirs will arrive in Accra on Wednesday afternoon to play New Edubiase United in the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round qualifier on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.last_img read more

National Assembly adopts nominees for constitutional bodies

first_imgPolice, Public Service CommissionsThe National Assembly on Monday evening adopted the nominees of the Police and Public Service Commissions, paving the way for President David Granger to appoint the nominated Commissioners.Retired Assistant Police Commissioner, Paul Slowe is one of the nominees to the Police Service CommissionChairman of the Standing Committee on Appointments and Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton, moved the motion for the adoption of the eleventh report of the Committee. That report was presented in the House in April.The report recommended retired Assistant Commissioners of Police, Paul Slowe, Clinton Conway, Vesta Adams and Claire Jarvis as nominees for the Police Service Commission.The nominations came from the Association of Former Members of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Police Association.The life of the last Police Service Commission came to an end in September of 2017 and there have since been calls for its reconstitution. In fact, concerns were further raised after there were no promotions of senior officers last year.New members of the Police Service Commission have already been selected. It was in January of 2018, that Police Commissioner (acting) David Ramnarine had called for the body to be put in operation as soon as possible.Before the life of the last Police Service Commission ended back in September of 2017, President David Granger had ordered in July of that year, to put a hold on the promotion of senior ranks.Trade unionist Mortimer Livan has been nominated for the Public Service CommissionPublic Service CommissionMeanwhile, the House also adopted the Committees nominees for the Public Service Commission (PSC). Vincent Bowman and Mortimer Livan were put forward in the eighth report of the Committee which was published in March.The life of the Public Service Commission had expired in August 2017. Last year, the President had ordered a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Commission which found serious breaches in the operations of the previous Commission.Previously, the non-appointment of the Commission had been blamed for instances of delays in the public service system. For instance, this was one reason cited when Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Denis Jaikarran, appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) at the National Assembly.The Audit Office of Guyana had found inordinate numbers of contracted employees in the system. Providing an update on the situation, the PAC was informed that they managed to regularise 102 contracted persons in 2016. The regional authorities claimed that confirmation of the remaining 182 contracted employees is dependent on the PSC.“Before the Commission went out of commission, we were able to propose persons who were on contracted employment, be placed on the permanent establishment,” Jaikarran had said, adding that the remaining employees were employed last year.According to the report, “Amounts totalling $2.592 billion were expended on Employment Cost for 2016. According to the National Estimates, the regional administration had a staffing structure of 2165; however, the actual staff of the regional administration exceeded the authorised strength by sixty-four.”In response, the head of budget agency had indicated that the regional administration has already taken steps to move its employees over to the permanent establishment and this process is expected to be completed by the end of October 2017.It was recommended that the regional administration continue the process of moving staff over to the permanent establishment in order to minimise the number of staff employed on a contractual basis in keeping with circularised instructions.Last month, Granger had revealed that he planned to meet Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in a short while, where appointments of persons to both of these Commissions would be included in the agenda. This is in keeping with the Constitution of Guyana. Since then, there has been no word on a date for the meeting and Granger is presently overseas. (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

Coalition unable to conclude talks with lenders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s three-party coalition government faces its toughest challenge since coming to power in June after leaders were unable to agree Tuesday on some of the structural reforms demanded by the troika, a development which has complicated the process of Athens receiving its next bailout tranche. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left chief Fotis Kouvelis met Tuesday with the aim of tying up the loose ends in Greek negotiations with the troika. While the 13.5 billion euros of austerity measures have been virtually agreed, differences remained over some of the structural reforms. Following the meeting, it quickly became apparent that these gaps had not been bridged. Kouvelis said that his party would not vote for the labor reforms being demanded by the troika, which include a cap being set on compensation for sacked workers. “If the unacceptable demands of the troika are met, they will increase sackings, unemployment and the recession,” said Kouvelis, adding that he felt the troika was aiming to “flatten” any working rights that remain. After Kouvelis, Venizelos also expressed reluctance to back the measures. As Samaras wants to pass all the fiscal measures as one bill and all the structural reforms as another, the only way PASOK or Democratic Left could display their opposition to changes in labor legislation would be to reject the whole package. “It is unjustified and provocative that the issue of labor reforms should be brought up now,” stated Venizelos, who said the changes would not contribute toward Greece meetings its fiscal targets. Two-and-half hours after the meeting, Samaras emerged to give a short statement in which he essentially called on his coalition partners to rethink their stance. “I am well aware of what is at stake for the country today,” he said. “We have already changed a lot of the troika’s initial suggestions, including those relating to the labor market. Negotiations are continuing. “I do not even want to think about what could happen if I do not keep a steady hand on the wheel. I am looking ahead, asking for the broadest possible unity. Those of us who dare will save Greece.” Another issue that cropped up during the talks was objections from PASOK to an apparent proposal by the German Finance Ministry for the creation of an escrow account into which Greece’s loan tranches and tax revenues would be deposited and for which there would be some level of outside control. There is also a suggestion that the Germans would like there to be an automatic mechanism to limit public spending if the deficit is not within agreed targets. “We are not a protectorate,” said Venizelos. “Our partners and the troika have to understand that.” Earlier in the day, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had referred to “mechanisms” and “automatic stabilizers” without being specific. “It will be politically difficult for Greece to accept,” he admitted. Source Kathimerinilast_img read more