first_imgArsenal chief Edu is delighted with new contracts signed by Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTraditional Wedding Outfits In Different CountriesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesKendall Jenner’s Photos Have Never Looked This Good!2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime “So the process with him was brilliant. This process is the one we are working really hard on in the club to get it even more with the players. So that’s very important for everybody and to send a message to everybody about the way we are working. “Martinelli is a young player, a different process but a very nice case as well. We bought Martinelli when he was 17, he didn’t come from the academy, but we planned with him to start with our under-23s and then, because he’s such a talented player in the pre-season he proved how he could be in the first team, as with Bukayo. read also:Saka to battle, Pepe, Xhaka For Arsenal Player Of The Month “Be on the bench, training with the first team to be in the squad, then he proved as well to be an important player as well so it’s two different cases but we are really, really happy to have the possibility to renew and to be with them for a much longer period.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Both youngsters penned new deals this week. Edu told the club’s website: “It’s two young players, but different cases. Bukayo came through the academy and I think we did the right process with him – 100 per cent right. So he started with the first team just training, then he came into training even more, then started to be on the bench, then started to play 15 minutes, 20 minutes of games, then he became a very important player for the squad.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Neil Warnock says he is happy to accept the fans’ criticism after the Eagles’ 3-1 defeat at home to Southampton in the Barclays Premier League. Goals from Sadio Mane, Ryan Bertrand and Toby Alderweireld secured victory for the visitors before Scott Dann headed in a late Palace consolation. Warnock’s decision at 3-0 to replace Yannick Bolasie with defender Martin Kelly was greeted with jeers and there were also boos from the home support at the final whistle. Press Association “You can’t concede goals like that – defending well and breaking has been our strength this season but the goals are all very poor,” Warnock said. “Individually (who’s to blame) it’s not for me to say on record. “I’ve told people in the dressing room what I feel about the goals, we’ve got to eliminate the mistakes. “With all respect to them, it wasn’t Southampton’s fantastic play, it was the defensive side of our game that needs re-tuning.” Warnock continued: “If I was a player today I’d blame the manager, it’s always easy to do that. “The players know what I feel. We need everyone to be on top of their game. The goals are so poor.” Warnock believes the club need to strengthen the squad in January and when asked if Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis was a target, he revealed the club have made bids for three forwards. “We’ve made offers for three strikers as I speak. We know we’re not going to get them all,” Warnock said. “The chairman is dealing with it, he knows more than me about how close we are.” The victory was Southampton’s second on the spin in the league and means Ronald Koeman’s side climb back into the top four. It also continues Saints’ resurgence after a difficult period saw the team lose five consecutive matches. “We had some weeks where we didn’t have all the players available and that is sometimes difficult because we don’t have the quality in numbers,” Koeman said. “We had (Dusan) Tadic, (Victor) Wanyama and (Shane) Long on the bench and it means we can change it. “It is important we show the spirit and belief we showed – we need everybody.” Koeman added: “We need all our players, you can’t play with 11 players two games in 48 hours. You have to make some changes. “We have those kind of players now that I can change the team. We kept the quality and the spirit, and it was a very solid win.” While Koeman enjoyed the adulation of the travelling Southampton supporters during the second half, Warnock finds himself under pressure at Palace only four months after taking charge. The Eagles are struggling to replicate last season’s form which saw the team finish 11th under Tony Pulis but Warnock believes fortune has not yet been on his side. “I thought they had a lot of luck last year – I don’t see us having much luck this year,” Warnock added. “But you have to take your hat off to that, you have to take the luck when it comes in the Premier League. I’m sure we’re due a bit of it.” “When you lose a game you’re responsible, I’ve no complaints about that,” Warnock said. “Bolasie’s wife is having a baby and he was tired before the game today. “What with us playing at QPR in not much more than 24 hours, I thought we would just save his legs a bit. “You know when you take Bolasie off when you’re losing 3-0 you’re going to get stick, but you just have to think about QPR really. “I have no complaints, at 3-0 down, you’d be very surprised not to get a bit of stick. “I thought they (the players) were very good today in the circumstances, they were almost as shell-shocked as some of the fans.” Palace have struggled for goals in recent weeks but it was the team’s sloppy defending that was most costly against a clinical Southampton attack. Warnock’s team have slipped into the bottom three and are now without a win in six league matches. last_img read more

first_imgBudget 2018 debate…2018 should be called “the year of retrenchment”Amidst constant heckling from the Government side, Opposition parliamentarian, Dr Frank Anthony during his 2018 Budget Debate speech on Tuesday, described the 2018 Budget as one that is lackluster and has nothing tangible to offer Guyanese.Opposition parliamentarian,Dr Frank Anthony during his presentationThe former Culture, Youth and Sport Minister said Budget 2018 is an offensive one, telling the Parliament the budget is a representation of the tiredness of the Government.“This lackluster budget offends everyone. In just 2.5 years, four budgets latter, the (Finance) Minister seems tired and the Government seems tired. They badly need a rest and perhaps the people should put them to rest,” he said.SugarIn his emotionally charged presentation, Anthony said while the Government speaks about expanding the agriculture sector, their actions tell a different story.He alluded to the thousands of sugar workers who are now on the breadline following the decision to close a number of estates. Anthony said the workers feel betrayed by the Government after they were promised Government’s support to revive the ailing industry.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder during his presentation“The Government has adopted a narrow-minded, approach to sugar. That is to unilaterally shut major parts of the industry down. In the name of saving a few miserly dollars, thousands of workers will be sacrificed to save the industry, these innocent sugar workers and their families will become collateral damage in a spate of vindictive politics. Instead of helping by lending a hand to the industry, they prefer to the people and the industry while they are down,” Anthony added.He said he shudders when thinking about what 2018 holds, telling the Government they are following the old tradition of the People’s National Congress, and as such, should rename 2018 as “the year of retrenchment.” He questioned the Government’s plan for the thousands of workers who would be placed on the breadline following the closure of the estates.Meanwhile, during his presentation, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder said the framework governing the sugar industry needs to be re-tuned. He added that since the coalition Government took office, they have supported the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) with $32 billion and another $6.3 billion allocated for 2018.“However, capital investment of $12 billion will be required over the next three years 2018-2020 to ensure that the sugar production targets are met. Mr Speaker, despite the magnitude of subsidies, there has been no positive impact on the financial state of GuySuCo. The economy simply cannot afford this,” Holder said.At oddsGuySuCo has commenced the implementation of the plans for the sugar industry as set out in the White Paper. The plan calls for three estates –Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt – to continue canes and sugar operations. While Skeldon will be divested, Rose Hall and Enmore are to be divested or diversified and Wales is scheduled for diversification. In this regard, a Special Purpose Unit has been set up to handle the divestment/diversification of these estates.While the Government indicated that they would put the scheduled closure of the Rose Hall Estate on hold, GuySuCo have already issued over 400-dismissal letters to workers, giving them the required one-month notice.However, Minister of State Joseph Harmon told the media that Cabinet was surprised by GuySuCo’s move, adding that the Corporation should have dealt with the issue a bit differently.Harmon’s statement however did not find agreement with Minister Holder, who indicated that he is all supportive of the move to dismiss the workers adding that Cabinet was not surprised.Health sectorTurning his attention to the health sector, Dr Anthony related that they have been receiving a number of reports that indicate Government is spending a lot of money on procuring second hand equipment for the various hospitals. He noted that the equipment is standardized, hence providing unreadable results in some cases.He made special reference to the two Computer Tomography (CT) machines, received as donations and earmarked for Bartica and New Amsterdam Hospitals. He explained that the machines are yet to be unpacked, two years later and to be utilised, adding that the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) budgeted for the procurement of a CT scanner.While alluding to the infamous emergency drug sole-sourcing at the GPHC, he noted that the Public Health Ministry is one of the leading ministries that consistently disregards the public procurement and tendering process.The parliamentarian said there are a number of projects which the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration mismanaged and yet to be completed years after their stipulated completion date.He explained that in 2015, there were several projects at the Port Kaituma Hospital Complex as a part of the improvement plant and those projects were supposed to be completed within six months, but to date, they are still languishing.Those projects include the construction of a generator building and procurement of a generator, construction of an infections in-patient facility, a mortuary, a Nurses Hostel and a doctor’s quarter. All those projects totaled to over $217B and were scheduled to be completed before the end of 2016 but are yet to be completed. Additionally, the contractors are being paid for the incomplete work.He explained that there are a plethora of issues affecting the local health sector with Government turning a blind eye.Dr Anthony told the Parliament that at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), X-rays stop working after 21:00h, anaesthetic machines are not working, leaking roofs have the drug bond in disarray and the operation theatres are none functional. While he was listing the issues plaguing the hospital, Anthony was supported by his Opposition colleagues all shouting, “Government don’t care!”Just recently, Government announced that the Diamond Diagnostic Centre would be converted into a regional hospital, while the WDRH would be fully operational on a 24-hour basis.last_img read more