Brazilian is MBU’s new Red Stripe Premier League coach

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU:Brazilian Leonardo Neiva will assume duties as head coach of at Montego Bay United (MBU) Football Club.However, his association with the club will be short and hopefully successful, said club owner Orville Powell.Neiva, who was in attendance at the club’s Wespow Park home game in the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday against the University of the West Indies (UWI FC), will take charge in the team’s match this Sunday.His appointment marks the fifth foreign coach and the second Brazilian to hold down the top coaching position at MBU, which recently parted ways with American Timothy Hankinson.”He is here for the remainder of the season, but the goal is the same, and that is to win us back the Premier League title,” Powell said.”This was never meant to be permanent, as from the beginning, it was understood that he would be in charge of the team until the season ends,” Powell added.EXPERIENCE AN ASSETPowell told The Gleaner that he was in negotiations with another candidate on a permanent basis, but feels that Neiva’s extensive coaching experience will be an asset.Neiva has coached in his native Brazil after calling it quits on his playing career to concentrate on coaching. He has also coached in Bahrain, Zimbabwe and Asia.”Irrespective of who is our coach, we have one aim, and that is to become champions and to dominate the sport, so I believe Neiva will do a good job given the time he has to work here with us,” Powell stated.MBU are currently second in the League standings on 25 points, trailing leaders Portmore United (27 points) after 13 matches.last_img read more

Martinez backs Henry ‘to be great coach’ at Monaco

first_imgAs Henry stood on the touchline during Friday’s Belgium v Switzerland Nations League game in Brussels, the website of L’Equipe said the 1998 World Cup winner “has agreed” to a three-year deal with Monaco.Henry will “leave Belgium on Saturday to travel to Monaco, where his three-year contract will be officialised”.The report added: “He will be unveiled to the media on Monday.”After Belgium beat the Swiss 2-1, Martinez said he was unaware of the reports that Henry was about to leave his role as assistant coach with the national team.“Thierry Henry’s leaving? You must be better informed than me. I can’t confirm this news but we all know he will leave us one day,” said Martinez.“Whether it’s Saturday, a week or six months away, we are prepared for it. Thierry has brought all his experience and when he leaves, he will have all our support.“Thierry has the potential to become a great coach, which he will certainly quickly become.”Meanwhile, Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku struck twice as Belgium maintained their strong start to the Nations League with a battling win over Switzerland.When Lukaku found the net with an angled drive on 58 minutes, it looked like Martinez’s men would be giving Thierry Henry a winning send-off in his final match.The World Cup semi-finalists took their eye off the ball on 76 minutes, and the King Baudoin Stadium was stunned when Mario Gavranovic poked the ball past Thibaut Courtois from close range in after the Real Madrid ‘keeper had been drawn by Nico Elvedi heading Xherdan Shaqiri’s floated cross back into play.But in a busy final period that saw the hosts turn the throttle Lukaku had his second six minutes from time.Belgium’s second win of the fledgling tournament keeps them flying high in League A Group 2 following an opening 3-0 win in Iceland.Fresh from their own 6-0 win over Iceland, Switzerland gave Belgium a run for their money in a fairly balanced opening half in which the hosts mainly flattered to deceive.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thierry Henry speaks with Belgium coach Roberto Martinez © AFP/File / Andy BUCHANANBRUSSELS, Belgium, Oct 13 – Belgium boss Roberto Martinez on Friday backed his right-hand man Thierry Henry to become “a great coach” when the French World Cup winner takes over at Monaco.Former Arsenal star Henry became the odds-on favourite to succeed Leonardo Jardim who was sacked in midweek following a string of poor results that left Monaco languishing in 18th in French Ligue 1.last_img read more

Midfielder shows why Man United want him by scoring this stunning free-kick

first_imgIt is little wonder that Miralem Pjanic is constantly linked with big money moves, after stunning performances like these. The Bosnian playmaker was in scintillating form once again, as AS Roma beat Inter Milan 4-2 on Sunday, to ensure they remain within touching distance of table-topping Juventus.Pjanic got on the scoresheet twice, but it was hit second strike that was arguably the pick of the bunch, as he bent in a sensational free-kick in added time.last_img

Sweden beat Mexico but both power into last 16

first_imgSecond-half goals from defenders Ludwig Augustinsson and Andreas Granqvist, from the penalty spot, plus a comical own goal were reward for a physical display from Sweden, who only made it to Russia by beating Italy in the play-offs.They and Mexico, who were ragged throughout, will next play whichever two teams emerge out of Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia in Group E, which concludes later on Wednesday.Mexico came into the game at the Yekaterinburg Arena in the driving seat in a group where all four teams, including South Korea, could qualify, but they appeared the more nervous.It took them less than 30 seconds to make their mark on Sweden, Jesus Gallardo earning a yellow card for clattering into Ola Toivonen almost straight from kick-off.Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa handled outside the box and then flapped at the resulting free-kick. On 12 minutes Marcus Berg clipped wide from close range with a bicycle kick.On the quarter-hour mark, Mexico, who had the overwhelming support inside the stadium, should have taken the lead when Carlos Vela found himself in space on the edge of the box.His bending left-footer shaved the post, catapulting a few sombreros off the heads of Mexico fans as they expectantly sprang to their feet.They were up again on 30 minutes when referee Nestor Pitana of Argentina took a look at a video replay when the ball hit Mexico striker Javier Hernandez on the arm in the box.After lingering at the pitch-side monitor, then going back for a second glance, Pitana ruled it no penalty — the Mexicans celebrated as if they had scored a goal.The Swedish players and coach Janne Andersson were furious, and understandably — Hernandez appeared to move his arm towards the ball.Sweden, with their greater physicality, were on top, but Mexico were dangerous on the break.At the interval, with the game also goalless in Kazan, Mexico and Germany were going through.Sweden badly needed a goal and five minutes after half-time they deservedly got it, defender Augustinsson popping up from left-back to volley in.There was more drama on the hour, as Hector Moreno brought down Berg in the box and skipper Granqvist held his nerve in front of the massed ranks of Mexicans to bury his penalty.Plastic beer cups rained down, before Mexico defender Edson Alvarez compounded a miserable evening with a 74th-minute own goal when he miskicked past Ochoa.That left Mexico in a perilous position, as a late German winner would have sent the Central Americans crashing out, but two injury-time South Korean goals in Kazan ensured Juan Carlos Osorio’s men edged through as runners-up.Mexico will need to pick themselves up quickly if they are to go beyond the last 16 for the first time since 1986 and end a run of six consecutive second-round defeats.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist scored his second penalty of the tournament to help his side into the last 16. PHOTO/AFP / HECTOR RETAMALYEKATERINBURG, Russia, Jun 27- Sweden surged into the last 16 of the World Cup with a deserved 3-0 victory on Wednesday over a poor Mexico side, who still qualified ahead of Germany after the holders’ loss to South Korea.The Swedes went through to the knockout rounds as the unlikely winners of Group F, taking the beaten Mexicans with them.last_img read more


first_imgA leading Donegal insolvency expert has accused the banks of “duping” customers over the pursuit of mortgage debt shortfalls in cases where debtors have been forced to sell their family homes or buy-to-let properties.Ireland’s major lenders have stated that they are pursuing shortfalls on mortgage debt following the sale of homes by debtors or banks. By law the banks have six years in which to issue debt recovery proceedings.However, in a large number of cases “no efforts have been made to recover monies owed”, says Ryan Stewart, director at insolvency practice, Stewart Brown Limited. Mr Stewart says the inactivity by the banks in pursuing such debt has the effect of “lulling customers into a false sense of security” and influencing their decisions against declaring bankruptcy or engaging in the new insolvency process.He accused the banks of “stalling” until the customers manage to get their finances in order.“It seems the banks are being very clever in that they are not initially pursuing shortfalls on mortgage debt from customers. This is a common theme in a number of the cases that I have come across and is questionable behaviour to say the least,” he says.Mr Stewart adds: “Customers must remember that banks are permitted by law to recover such debt for up to six years. While I am in no way encouraging banks to pursue customers – the write-off of debt is necessary to boost the economy and debt forgiveness is a step in the right direction – banks are not clearly showing their intentions to distressed borrowers. These are customers who have sacrificed their properties whether through repossession, voluntary surrender or – in the case of investment property – by the appointment of receivers.“Many debtors feel that the surrender of the property was enough to have the bank conclude their business with them despite an outstanding shortfall existing. Silence from the banks regarding shortfalls from already disposed of properties and their failure to initiate proceedings early on would suggest that they are stalling. The banks’ inaction is giving the impression that they are writing off the debt shortfalls by simply not pursuing the debts further.”“This kind of tactic appears to be designed to dupe customers into believing they need not entertain the difficult decision of declaring bankruptcy in order to get on with their lives. The banks stating that they engage reasonably with customers on a ‘case-by-case’ basis means they can examine the situation today but re-engage in the future if a person’s circumstances improve. Should those with debts hanging over them manage to get back on their feet in the next few years they could very well find themselves facing legal action over something they thought was behind them.”“Those who take the difficult decision to declare bankruptcy now will not have that threat hanging over them, as they will be debt free and discharged after only 12 months. People who take advantage of the fresh start that bankruptcy affords them are assured that their creditors can take no further action to recover the shortfalls that remain.Lawyer Garry Clarke from explains that although bankruptcy is a “last resort” an increasing number of people with mortgage debt shortfalls are now considering it.“With the knowledge that their debts haven’t been cleared even after the sale of their homes, more and more people are looking at the bankruptcy option. “The debt on mortgage shortfalls does not become statute barred for a period of six years whereas the new bankruptcy regime allows people to start afresh within just 12 months.“Faced with those options, many see bankruptcy as the only definitive solution to get their lives back on track. People want the security of not suddenly finding themselves back in financial turmoil several years down the line,” adds the bankruptcy expert.BANKS ‘STALLING’ OVER MORTGAGE DEBT SHORTFALLS – DONEGAL INSOLVENCY EXPERT was last modified: April 22nd, 2016 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:donegalinsolvencyRyan Stewartlast_img read more

Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller appointed player-manager of Livingston

first_imgWelcome to Livi Kenny— Livingston FC (@LiviFCOfficial) June 30, 2018Miller left Rangers in the wake of a suspension following an alleged bust-up with sacked manager Graeme Murty.He and club captain Lee Wallace were fined and suspended by the club, though with the support of PFA Scotland, both launched appeals against the decision. Kenny Miller has been appointed the new player-manager of Scottish Premiership side Livingston FC. Miller’s first competitive game in charge will be in the League Cup group stages against Airdrieonions on July 14.Livingston will then face Hamilton Academical, Annan Athletic and Berwick Rangers next month before opening their Premiership season away at champions Celtic on 4 August.Miller is set to face former club Rangers in the league on September 29, with a trip to Ibrox on November 24. Miller scored 103 goals in 261 appearances for Rangers The former Rangers striker and vice-captain has signed a two-year deal and will unbelievably face Celtic in his first league game in charge.Reports on Miller’s move into management emerged on Friday, and the 38-year-old took training at his new club on Saturday morning before Livingston formerly announced his appointment at a press conference in the afternoon.Miller made over 250 appearances over the spells at Rangers, but controversially left the club at the end of last season when his contract expired.The forward – who also made 46 appearances for Celtic, winning the 2006/07 league and cup double – succeeds David Hopkins in the hotseat, who stepped down after leading Livi to back-to-back promotions. Kenny Miller will face former clubs Rangers and Celtic as a manager for the first time this season 2 2 Kenny Miller confirmed as new Livingston Manager.— Forth 1 (@forthone) June 30, 2018last_img read more


first_imgA Ballybofey man who damaged a road sign before smashing two large windows costing more than €1,000 has been given until September to pay the cost of the damage.Clive Heapes of 17 Glenview Park appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday.The court heard how Gardai noticed a ‘No Right Turn’ sign had been pulled out of the ground and two large windows at McBride’s Fireplaces had been smashed on August 15th, 2011. Gardai carried out enquiries and called to the home of Heapes who was bleeding heavily from his right arm.Heapes claimed he had fallen on glass at his home.Gardai checked local CCTV footage and saw Heapes carrying out both attacks along with another man.The accused man’s solicitor said her client had been drinking heavily but had been supported by his family.He has been working in Germany in the construction industry and plans to return there in March.She asked to adjourn the case until September to allow for both McBride’s Fireplaces and Donegal County Council to be paid for the damage and said her client would not come before the courts again.Judge Paul Kelly agreed and adjourned the case until September.BALLYBOFEY MAN WRECKED STREET SIGN AND WINDOWS was last modified: January 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:BallybofeyClive HeapesMcBride Fireplacessmashed windowslast_img read more

“A county title would mean as much to me as an All-Ireland” – McBrearty

first_imgPatrick McBrearty has admitted that landing a Donegal SFC title would mean as much to him as winning an All-Ireland.McBrearty helped Donegal win the All-Ireland title in 2012, which bridged a 20-year gap.Now he’s tasked with the job of firing Kilcar to their first Donegal SFC title in 23 years. Kilcar have been knocking on the door for the last number of years, but have lost a number of semi-finals.However, under the tutelage of Martin McHugh, then men from Towney are back in a county final, and McBrearty says it would mean just as much to him to win a county title as an All-Ireland.McBrearty said, “It would be up there with the All-Ireland in 2012 definitely,” he says. “Kilcar has 900 people or whatever living in it and football is the only thing there, so there’s a great buzz around. It would definitely be up there but as I said there’s nothing won as of yet but hopefully.“I think 23 years is too long for Kilcar to not even be in a final, never mind win one. For a lot of our players it’s about winning the first one and then see what happens after that. “But Glenswilly have been there and done that, I think it’s their fifth or sixth final now since 2007 so they are not going to be easy. They have a lot of experience players like Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher and Gary McFadden so it’s a big test for us.” “A county title would mean as much to me as an All-Ireland” – McBrearty was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)last_img read more

Police arrest Kasasiro boys in pre-season friendly

first_imgComments The players greet one another before the start of the friendly match. Shaban Lubega.FOOTBALL–Police FC have sent warning signals to the rest of Azam Premier League contingent after a comfortable 3-0 victory over champions KCCA at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.In a friendly game played with a couple of weeks to the start of the new season Police took the initiative early in the first half when Juma Balinya finished brilliantly moments after his teammate Ben Ochen had missed a penalty.Ochen made amends for his earlier penalty wobble when he made it 2-0 after a wonderful turn of pace to ensure the cops went into half time in the driving seat.Balinya completed his brace mid way through the second half, lashing onto Albert Mugisha’s through ball to pile more misery on season’s double champions.“We are at the beginning of the journey but I was so impressed by the new players that have just joined us,” said a delighted Abdallah Mubiru, the Police FC coach.The cops have overhauled last season’s squad that spent the better part of the league flirting with relegation.“We still have a game against URA to come this week and the camp in Jinja before we start the new season, so we will use the limited time left to iron out the little left to be ironed,” Mubiru added.Meanwhile, KCCA FC return to action against Mbarara City FC in another pre-season build up game on Wednesday at Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara at 4pm.TEAMS THAT STARTEDKCCA FCJamal Maliyamungu(GK), Allan Oriek, Onenchan Filbert, Kiiza Mustafa, Kavuma Habib, Denis Rukundo, Abraham Wamani, Isaac kirabira, Abdallah Mohamed, Noel Nasasira, Mukasa Lincoln.POLICE FCMutebi Denis(GK), Wira Paul, Kimera Taymour, Galiwango Arafat, Ibrahim Kibumba, Makeera Shakur, Kayongo Sam, Ben Ochen, Rahumat Ssenfuka, Juma Balinya, Hood Kaweesa.last_img read more

Inferences from Old Protein

first_imgThe dinosaur leg bone with the soft tissue was back in the news.  Back in 2005 (03/24/2005), a femur from a T. rex broke open during transport and was found to contain pliable tissue and blood vessels with apparent red blood cells.  This was a “phenomenon, once thought impossible” for such tissues to have survived for 68 million years.  In 2007, the team of Mary Schweitzer announced the presence of collagen in the dinosaur and in a mastodon bone (04/12/2007).  A short update on the story was printed in Science.1  This paper said nothing about the sensation of finding soft tissue in old fossils.  The focus was almost entirely on evolution.    The team from North Carolina State, Harvard and other institutions sequenced the collagen from both the dinosaur and the mastodon.  Finding evolution was their goal: “It was clearly the purpose of the research: “We performed phylogenetic analyses to infer the evolutionary relationships” of the dinosaur and mammal.  “Despite missing sequence data,” they said, “the mastodon groups with elephant and the T. rex groups with birds, consistent with predictions based on genetic and morphological data for mastodon and on morphological data for T. rex..”  They concluded that “molecular data from long-extinct organisms may have the potential for resolving relationships at critical areas in the vertebrate evolutionary tree that have, so far, been phylogenetically intractable.”    The original paper only admitted to consistent data, therefore, and also admitted that many evolutionary relationships among vertebrates have been intractable.  But the statement that “The results extend our knowledge of trait evolution within nonavian dinosaurs into the macromolecular level of biological organization” was all the news media needed to promote Darwin.  Live Science trumpeted, “Gunk in T. Rex Fossil Confirms Dino-Bird Lineage.”  Ditto for Science Daily.  For a contrasting view, see what David Tyler wrote on Access Research Network.1.  Organ, Schweitzer, Zheng, Fremark, Cantley and Asara, “Molecular Phylogenetics of Mastodon and Tyrannosaurus rex,” Science, 25 April 2008: Vol. 320. no. 5875, p. 499, DOI: 10.1126/science.1154284.We read the fine print, not the bold headlines.  If you don’t mind a wading expedition through muddy jargon, you will no doubt notice how much fudging and guesswork goes into these kinds of analyses:Bayesian, likelihood, parsimony, and distance methods were used to generate evolutionary trees.  In the Bayesian analysis, the posterior distribution of trees reconstructed all extant groups in generally agreed-upon relationships (the posterior probability of clades ranged from 0.80 to 1.00), with the exception of green anole (A. carolinensis), which is inferred here to lie at the base of amniotes instead of grouping as the sister taxon to alligator and birds (archosaurs) (Fig. 1).  LC/MS/MS from tryptic digests produces fragmentary protein sequence data; however, we found unequivocal support (posterior probability of 1.00) uniting mastodon with elephant as members of Elephantinae, which together group with tenrec (E. telfairi) as members of the mammalian group Afrotheria.  Maximum likelihood produces the same groupings, although with less support (approximate likelihood ratio test; aLRT = 0.855 for Elephantinae and 0.872 for Afrotheria).  Maximum parsimony analysis also groups mastodon, elephant, and tenrec together (fig. S1, B to D).  For the T. rex sample, we used five peptide sequences from collagen {alpha}1(I) and one from collagen {alpha}2(I) for a total of 89 amino acids (Fig. 1).  The T. rex clusters within the Archosauria (posterior probability of 0.92), more closely related to birds (chicken and ostrich, 0.9) than alligator, although a lack of informative sites in the ostrich and T. rex leaves Dinosauria unresolved.  The likelihood tree is identical to the Bayesian tree, except for higher support at these locations in the tree (aLRT = 0.969 for Archosauria and 0.907 for Dinosauria).  Branch lengths (expected rates of change per site) indicate a relatively stable and uniform rate of evolution, lacking evidence for a deviation from a molecular clock.  Maximum parsimony analysis also groups the T. rex with the chicken and ostrich, although bootstrap support is low (fig. S1, B to D).  Neighbor joining groups the T. rex with the birds, but miscalculates the branching order and misplaces alligator, mastodon, and several extant organisms (fig. S1, B to D).If a group of scientists sets out to find Darwin in the trees, with funding from the NIH, NSF and two private foundations, is it any wonder they find him?  Doubtless the funding might dry up if they came back saying, “Sorry, all we found was intelligent design.”  It may be worthwhile to recall that phylogenetic algorithms are subject to many problems.  Bayesian analysis, for instance, is a garbage-in, garbage-out method that is not without serious epistemological issues (02/05/2004 bullet 4, 10/01/2005).  Using D for Darwin and G for Garbage, we propose three new acronyms in addition to the famous GIGO (garbage in, garbage out):DIDO: Evolutionary reasoning, from assumption to conclusion.GIDO: The belief that Darwin’s mind arose from chaos.DIGO: How creationists view evolutionary inference.It is clear that the team gravitated to the methods that supported their preconceived notions about evolutionary ancestry.  Even the three most concordant results, however, left important relationships unresolved, and placed dinosaurs closer to chickens than to other reptiles (alligators, anole lizards, and perhaps other dinosaurs).  How well does that “confirm” evolution?  Readers may wish to review earlier entries about problems with tree-building algorithms (03/19/2007, 11/26/2002, 06/13/2003, 11/14/2005, 01/26/2008, and 07/25/2002).    Aside from the fact that even strict creationists would expect to find many similarities in proteins used for similar functions, this paper strained at the gnat of similarity between 89 amino acids in one protein, using it to make sweeping generalizations about evolution, while swallowing the camel of the problem of soft tissue preservation.  When a person tries to hide a camel by swallowing it, however, it is hard for alert bystanders not to notice. 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