Guardiola hits backs at Solskjaer’s ‘tactical’ fouling jibe

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Pep GuardiolaManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola has slammed suggestions from Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Manchester City are guilty of “tactical” fouling in an attempt to stop rivals from counter-attacking.Solskjaer, talking before the crucial Manchester derby between the sides at Old Trafford on Wednesday, made reference to City’s supposed habit of fouling high up the field to stop opponents hitting them on the break if Guardiola’s players are out of position.But City boss Guardiola did not take kindly to that analysis and appeared to accuse Solskjaer of trying to influence referee Andre Marriner, who will take charge of the derby.“That’s the reason why, of course,” said Guardiola when asked if he was concerned Solskjaer’s comments might be intended to influence the referee.“I know exactly what I said to my players from day one to the last day.“So when a player wants to attack, we have to be honest and, of course, there is contact, there are fouls.“But when it happens and you arrive late, that is why there are referees — to make yellow cards or red cards or whatever they decide, but never have I prepared a game (to do it).“I prepare the game to do our own game, that is what I want, knowing of course the opponent, but I never said I’m going to do that to punish them or cancel them, making fouls. Never.”Solskjaer is not the first United manager to make a similar claim about City in the Guardiola era — his predecessor Jose Mourinho having made an identical observation before a derby meeting last season.But the bare statistics tend not to support Solskjaer’s claims as figures show United have collected 64 yellow cards this season, compared with City’s 38, with four reds for United, in contrast to their rivals’ solitary dismissal.– ‘Ask him again’ –In terms of fouls, United have committed 201, considerably more than City’s 172, and Guardiola’s outraged reaction appeared to support such a reading of the situation.“I never prepare a game in 10 seasons as a manager thinking about these kind of things. Never,” he said. “The players can talk about it better than me about that — the players I had at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and here — one of the targets is about the counter attacks for the opponents making fouls, never have I said to one player to make fouls to avoid something.“Football sometimes you do that, because football, the actions is quick, fast.“But I’m concerned about many other things to beat them than these kind of things so I don’t know.“Maybe tomorrow in the press conference after the game you can ask him again about that.”Guardiola, however, is wary of the threat posed by United to City’s Premier League title ambitions.City are two points behind leaders Liverpool and the Manchester derby represents their vital game in hand.The Spaniard knows United’s under-performing stars could suddenly hit form as Solskjaer’s team battle to finish in the top four after a disappointing recent run.But the fact that Guardiola likened such a potential upset to Burnley’s achievement in drawing at Chelsea on Monday spoke of the extent to which United have ceased to be a viable challenger to City’s superiority.“Well the tension is there, it’s necessary to complete these kind of games,” he said.“I think everyone knows what we are playing for, we have to focus on the target and what we have to do.“For me, United remains an incredible team, of course, the last 20 or 25 years always there. The past three or four, that can happen in terms of a long history.“For one specific game, they would be dangerous. I know in the beginning how strong they’ll be in terms of intensity and we’ll have to handle it.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

FUFA clears Green Light stadium as Onduparaka`s FC home ground

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Green Light stadiumKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Federation of Uganda Football Association-FUFA has cleared Green Light stadium as the home ground of Onduparaka FC. This follows an inspection of the facility by the technical team from the federation.In August this year, FUFA declined to clear Green Light stadium as the home ground of Onduparaka FC, citing lack of toilets in the dressing rooms. As a result, Onduparaka FC played its first Uganda Premier league match this season against Police FC at Luzira grounds.However, the Federation has cleared the stadium to host premier league matches. In his September 03rd, 2019 letter, the Chief Executive Officer Uganda Premier league, Bernard Bainamani Bampire, says they have received green light to use the facility.He says the inspection shows that the facility passed the minimum requirements set by FUFA for any club to host the Uganda premier league fixtures. Mark Lulua, the Media Officer Onduparaka FC has welcomed the decision, saying it is good news for the club.According to Lulua, the club was bound to lose money in term of gate collection as well as local support because many of their fans find it costly to travel to Kampala to watch their games. Lulua explains that on average the club collects between Shillings 20 Million and 25 Million during each game at the Green Light stadium.*****URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Two teams to challenge in Welsh women’s championship

first_img Two England teams will challenge for the Nations Cup at this weekend’s Welsh women’s open championship at Aberdovey.Lily May Humphreys (pictured) and Sophie Lamb, who have both been selected for the GB&I Curtis Cup team, will be joined by Georgia Price in a team drawn from the England Golf women’s squad.Thalia Kirby, Martha Lewis and Hannah Screen make up the second team and are all members of the England Golf girls’ squad.The 54-hole championship starts tomorrow and continues until Sunday. The Nations Cup will be decided by the best two scores from three in each round.Humphreys will be looking to add this championship to the Scottish women’s open, which she won last month and holds alongside English, British, European and US titles. Lamb was the low amateur at the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open and a past winner of the British stroke play title. Price returns consistently high finishes.The three girls are all looking for a big win after coming very close last season. Lewis was runner-up in the 2017 English girls’ championship, Kirby was in a play-off in the English U16 girls’ championship and Screen was runner up in the women’s British stroke play and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.Team 1Lily-May Humphreys, 16, Stoke by Nayland, EssexSophie Lamb, 20, Clitheroe, LancashireGeorgia Price, 24, Bude & North CornwallTeam 2Thalia Kirby, 17, Stoke Park, BuckinghamshireMartha Lewis, 18, St George’s Hill, SurreyHannah Screen, 18, Berkhamsted, HertfordshireImage copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: Aberdovey, Nations Cup, Welsh, Women 3 May 2018 Two teams to challenge in Welsh women’s championship last_img read more

‘Disappointed’ Amit says Centeno deserves the gold

first_imgChezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — It was a heartbreaker for Rubilen Amit in the Southeast Asian Games women’s 9-ball final Sunday.“I asked God, if I lose, does it have to be this painful?,” said the 35-year-old in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueescenter_img PH wins bronze in sepak takraw men’s doubles “She deserves the gold medal. She came back from 2-5 and played steady,” said Amit. “But I can’t deny I was really disappointed. Give me the whole day to feel bad about it.”Amit said she’s preparing for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) The two-time World 10-ball champion had two options for the 6-ball on the far end of the table in the 13th and last rack.“I went for the high percentage, mathematically it’s the best choice,” said Amit who pocketed on the corner from right side of the table. She had all the intention of preparing for the 8-ball in back of the table.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I felt that I hit it well. And then I saw it (mother ball) fall on the side pocket,” said Amit, who yelled along with the people watching the match at KLCC Function Hall 4.But she didn’t want to take away the glory from her 18-year-old opponent. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dieslast_img read more

Ateneo rises

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Davao Occ win streak now at 6 The Lady Eagles were expected to cruise against the winless Lady Falcons.Instead the Lady Eagles encountered a team desperate to score its first win, dragging Ateneo to a five-set thriller that lasted for two hours and 45 minutes.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 Chriss“In the end it was all heart,” said Kat Tolentino who fired 28 points for Ateneo, including 20 attacks coming from all directions.It was Ateneo’s second game in as many days and under similar circumstances in its win over Iriga-Navy the day before, one where it had to be jolted by a surprisingly inspired opponent. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum On Saturday, Ateneo moved past Iriga-Navy, 25-19, 29-27, 25-14, while PetroGazz drubbed Adamson, 25-17, 25-20, 25-13, for its fourth win in seven games.Like Adamson, Iriga is winless in six starts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Ateneo-Motolite may have a problem with slow starts, but it certainly doesn’t have an issue finishing strong.Ateneo again proved its endgame strength after besting hard-fighting Adamson-Akari, 17-25, 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12, Sunday night to register its second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “It doesn’t matter if you’re physically better or more talented, but what’s important is that you play your hearts out and come together as a team,” Tolentino added.Adamson has lost all its six games in the conference, but its level of play belied that, coming around against the triple towers of Ateneo—Tolentino, Maddie Madayag and Bea de Leon—to give the Lady Eagles troubles all night long.Unheralded spiker Bern Flora unloaded 26 points for the Lady Falcons who zoomed to an 8-0 start in the fourth that not even the Lady Eagles’ highly efficient system and individual talent could surmount.“We just can’t give up, and I guess we pushed ourselves very hard and remained patient,” said Tolentino of Ateneo’s finishing kick that ensured its fourth win in five outings.“We trusted each other knowing that we can play together and win as a team,” added Tolentino, referring to the fifth set which saw them leading 8-3 only to witness Adamson clawing back to within 8-9.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

FIGO, PHM to bolster cervical cancer prevention

first_imgThe International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics has partnered with the Public Health Ministry toFrom left: Dr Kavita Singh Coordinator of Chronic Disease; Dr Karen Boyle Deputy Chief Medical Officer; Dr Carl Niamatali; Professor Chittaranjan Narahari Purandare; Public Minister Health Dr, George Norton; Sarah Daniels, senior Medex; and Dr Ertenisa Hamilton, Director (ag) of Maternal Child Health Programmestrengthen the cervical cancer prevention programme locally.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton on Thursday met with FIGO President Professor Chittaranjan Narahari Purandare to discuss details of the collaboration.FIGO is an organisation that brings together professional societies of obstetricians and gynaecologists on a global basis.For over 60 years, this organisation has been collaborating with the world’s top health and donor bodies in developing countries and strengthening capacity through education and specialised training on various women’s health issues.The FIGO actively collaborates with global, national and regional organisations to promote the wellbeing of women and to raise the standards of practice in obstetrics and gynaecology, such as oncology, perinatal health, and safe motherhood.During the meeting, Professor Purandare assured the Minister that he will avail his organisations’ resources to enhance Guyana’s public healthcare system.In return, Minister Norton expressed gratitude to Professor Purandare for his interest in wanting to collaborate with Guyana. He noted that he is looking forward to future collaborations with FIGO to advance the health of Guyanese women, particularly in reducing maternal mortality and cervical cancer.The Public Health Ministry has sought assistance in improving existing protocols to screen women for cervical cancer and family planning policies particularly anti-contraceptives such as IUDs and injectables.The Ministry and FIGO are also hoping to collaborate with the Pan American Health Organisation and the World Health Organisation in developing a National Plan to reduce cervical cancer in Guyana.The Ministry currently offers free Visual Inspection using Acetic Acid screening for cervical cancer and cryogenic treatment for persons who are detected with cancerous legions. The Ministry also has a Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination programme for all girls between the ages of 11 and13.last_img read more

Harmon urges Magistrates to take note

first_imgProposed changes to ganja lawThe Coalition Government is now urging Magistrates to take notice of the proposed changes to the ganja law when imposing sentences in such matters.Though the Bill is still in its preparatory stage, Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon on Thursday said that since Government’s decision on the matter is clear, that is that custodial sentences for persons found with 30 grams or below of marijuana cannot be incarcerated, all Magistrates in Guyana should take note.“But in the interim, since it is clear what Government’s position is on this matter, I believe that there is some High Court ruling which says that Magistrates can take notice of situations like this and to exercise that discretion even now before the law becomes put into place so that it affects everybody. So I believe that it is something which our judiciary can take notice of, we are not saying that they have to do it but they can take notice of it and so the guidelines which they used for sentencing that this can be taken into consideration and the fact that the law is moving” Harmon said.According to Harmon, since Guyana’s prisons are filled with people being penalized for petty possession offenses, the National Assembly is seeking to have the new Bill read as quickly as possible.“In the present system under the Anti-Narcotics and Psychotropic substances act, a magistrate does not have a discretion, once you are found guilty, they have to sentence you and so this is why many of our prisons are piled up with young men who could have been doing something a bit more beneficial to society but they are piled up in there because of this. So we are hoping to have this matter dealt with in the National Assembly as quickly as possible…” Harmon assured.The existing Narcotic Drugs Act of 1988, which criminalizes marijuana use, does not have discretion when dealing with matters above a certain level. It mandates a three-year jail sentence for persons caught with the substance.Over the past few months however, several groups including politicians have called for the removal of custodial sentencing for small amounts of marijuana.This had stemmed from the sentencing of a 27-year-old man to three years for having eight grams of cannabis in his possession.The AFC had called on all legislators to move with alacrity in upgrading the laws of Guyana to ensure that custodial sentences for small quantities of marijuana are removed from the books in their entirety.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had also rallied around this proposal but maintained that he is not in favour of the legalisation of marijuana for commercial purposes.Jagdeo is however now slamming contending that the move – at this point – is in breach of the Constitution and the Caribbean Chief Justice (CCJ) ruling.According to the CCJ, the government should be in caretaker mode, since it was defeated by a no-confidence motion last year.At his press conference held on Thursday, Jagdeo, insisted that an illegal cabinet cannot approve the removal of custodial sentences for small amounts of marijuana.“We made it clear at the beginning, we said that the PPP would allow a conscience vote on the matter, we put it in our 2015 manifesto…we have been urging them, they had a bill from 2015 in Parliament and we are now in 2019, and they didn’t find time to discuss any of it and to bring it forward but they find time to increase their salaries and perks by 50-100% but now we are approaching elections suddenly marijuana become decriminalized” Jagdeo pointed.The Opposition has already condemned this move, saying that it is illegal and an attempt to mislead the public.Furthermore, the Opposition noted that the Coalition had four years to address the issue of removing custodial sentences for possession of small quantities of marijuana but failed to do so.last_img read more

Update – Mile 95 Road Closed

first_imgUpdate – The Mile 95 Road should re-open at 5:30pm.  The RCMP would like to thank the motoring public for their patienceThe Fort St. John RCMP are currently en route to a two vehicle accident on the Mile 95 road.There are reports of an accident invovling a loaded tanker truck and a low bed truck at around kilometre 20 on the Mile 95 road.  The accident occurred on a bridge near that location and is currently blocking traffic.  At this time there are no reports of any injuries.- Advertisement -The RCMP will notify the public when the road is re-opened.last_img read more

Pine Pass could open in two weeks

first_imgIt was a week ago today that the Peace Region was hit with the start of a three day rain storm that dumped about 115 millimeters at the local airport and more than 160 in the Pine Pass.However, there’s no precipitation in today’s forecast, so it looks like the Fort St. John area will officially finish the month with 176.5 millimeters.Again we note that breaks the previous alltime one month record of 145.5 set in 1939.Meantime, we’re now told it could be several more weeks before crews can clear all the road damage.The Vancouver Sun quotes a Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesman as saying it could be two weeks before Highway 97 between Mackenzie Junction and Chetwynd is reopened.Meantime, he also says it could be a week or more for remedial work to be completed between Chetwynd and Hudson’s Hope. Contractors and Ministry repair crews are facing as many as 26 Highway 29 problem spots, nearly a dozen of them listed as major.To access southern B.C., the ministry is still advising BC Peace Region motorists to use Highway 40 south of Grande Prairie.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Moscow urges locals not to drive ahead of World Cup

first_imgFans from the 32 participating nations will almost all either be based in Moscow or fly in and out of the sprawling and chronically congested megalopolis to the other 11 host venues.Moscow officials had insisted for months that they had planned everything out to make sure the city functioned like clockwork once the games begin.They sounded less confident on Tuesday.The city’s transportation department said some of Moscow’s busiest roads will have to be closed off to general traffic to make way for dignitaries arriving for the opening ceremony.“Due to the high number of events and the arrival of important guests, additional road restrictions are possible — especially in the city centre,” the transportation department said.The city said traffic cops will also be stopping traffic to make room for various FIFA delegations and busses shuttling in fans from Moscow’s four airports.“We strongly urge city residents to use city transport and to leave their cars at home for the coming days,” said the transportation department.“This will make your trips easier to plan.”Russia has inherited the Soviet-era practise of shutting down roads travelled by senior officials or visiting foreign dignitaries.Parts of Moscow crawls to a halt during morning and evening rush hour when President Vladimir Putin is sped to and from work.The roads are usually closed from the point of Putin’s departure outside Moscow to that of his arrival at the Kremlin as an extra precaution.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Luzhniki is one of two World Cup stadiums in congested Moscow © AFP/File / Dmitry SEREBRYAKOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 12 – Moscow authorities are pleading with locals not to drive in the runup to Thursday’s World Cup opening match to avoid causing gridlock in the city.The Russian capital of 12 million people is creaking at the seams as it starts receiving hundreds of thousands visitors for the month-long football final.last_img read more