Mourinho believes in Mkhitaryan

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): JosÈ Mourinho does not doubt that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be a success at Manchester United. It just might take some time. Mkhitaryan, a $33.5 million signing from Borussia Dortmund in July, has not played for United since being substituted at half-time in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City in the Premier League on September 10. He sustained a minor injury on international duty with Armenia in early October but hasn’t even been in United’s 18-man squad for recent games. That’s some fall in status for a playmaker who had 23 goals and 32 assists for Dortmund last season, was the German league’s player of the year, and was widely touted as one of the shrewdest Premier League signings of the off-season. Mourinho said yesterday that Mkhitaryan is not injure, and was just struggling to adjust to the English game. “Some players find it very easy, whereas others need more time. They need time to feel the intensity, the aggression, the game without the ball, and the competitiveness,” Mourinho said. “The realities are often different, particularly in terms of the competitiveness. It doesn’t matter who you are against, you have to play at the highest level otherwise you will not be able to do it. Micki needs time to become the top player he knows he can be.” That is nothing new to Mourinho. He said the same happened with Willian at Chelsea and Angel Di Maria at Real Madrid, in Mourinho’s two previous coaching jobs. “It happens with defenders, but it is often easier for them to adapt than attackers,” Mourinho said. “In Micki’s case, the process was interrupted by injury, which does not help … . Being out for a month meant he has had to go through the process of getting match-fit, then once he has that, he needs the competitive level to do it. We believe him, and, sooner or later, there will be no problem.” Before that first start for United in the derby, Mkhitaryan appeared three times as a second-half substitute.last_img read more

GTT introduces Daily Social and Shared 4G Data Plans

first_imgGTT will today launch two additional 4G data plans to suit the varied needs of its customers.The plans are the Daily Social Plan which provides unlimited access to Facebook and WhatsApp for just 0 for a period of 24 hours, and a shared data plan which allows up to five persons to share one data plan of three Gigabytes of data for only 99 monthly.“We continue to lead the market with our competitive new offers which comes just a month after we introduced “Free Basic Mobile Data Services” and free Facebook and WhatsApp with every data plan,” GTT Chief Commercial Officer Gert Post stated.GTT’s new Daily Social Plan allows customers to use the most popular social network apps at the most affordable prices. It can be activated or disabled by dialling *100#. The shared data plan is an excellent option that can be easily used among friends and family.GTT says its data plans provide great ways to stay in contact with loved ones via WhatsApp and/or Facebook. Customers can continue to dial *100# to activate any data plan.last_img read more

Aishalton receives key boost to health sector

first_imgOver the weekend, the Amerindian village of Aishalton, in the deep South of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), received much needed assistance when Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton handed over two All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s), a motorcycle and a quantity of medical supplies.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton (sitting on ATV) presents the vehicle to community members during a simple handing overOne ATV was presented to Wallace Rodrigues, the Malaria Control Programme Officer, and the other was given to Jude Paul, the Community Health Worker, while Ermalinda Joseph, the Environmental Health Assistant, received a motorcycle. The vehicles are intended to assist the representatives in effectively carrying out their duties.Dr Norton made good on his promise to the three healthcare professionals, of addressing the challenges they face while traversing the terrain of the South Rupununi Savannahs.During a village meeting on Friday, residents were pleased when they were informed of the developments.Dr Norton told villagers that Government is committed to improving the lives of all Guyanese, regardless of their geographical location.Among the concerns raised was the long standing issue where patients who are transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital and subsequently discharged, are left in the care of the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, which is then tasked with ensuring their safe return home.The main concern for residents is the length of time patients have to remain at the Indigenous Residence in Georgetown before they can rejoin their families in the Rupununi.Vice President and Indigenous Peoples Affairs’ Minister, Sydney Allicock, who was also present, assured residents that both Ministries will work together to ensure patients return home in a reasonable time, after being discharged from the nation’s primary healthcare facility.Last Saturday, a pregnant woman, who was flown to Georgetown, was returned to her region safely after the Ministers were informed that the patient was discharged days earlier and was awaiting her return flight home.Arrangements were immediately made to have the mother (name provided) and her baby return home, and according to reports, they are both doing fine.Residents also raised the concern of the deplorable condition of their main thoroughfare, which causes some amount of discomfort to patients who have to traverse the area.Minister Allicock told residents that the Public Infrastructure Ministry and the Communities Ministry are working together to address the situation.The Communities Ministry is currently constructing a bridge over the Churikad Woa Creek located approximately 10 minutes from the village, which when completed, will bring immediate relief to residents.The road passes through the river and when it rains, the water level rises above normal and villagers and others traversing the area are forced to wait on either side of the shore until the water recedes before continuing their journey. The new bridge will relieve the villagers of this problem.The Churikad Creek Bridge is expected to be completed by next week, while two other bridges have already been completed in the area.last_img read more

Unions await consideration of new proposals

first_imgThe planned protests by the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and the University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) which was expected to begin last Friday, has been put on hold, as the two bodies are awaiting word on some new proposals they have put forward.Guyana Times understands that the UG has agreed to give consideration to some of the proposals put forward by the unions which also expressed dissatisfaction with the course the administration has taken.Last Thursday, academic and non-academic staff had threatened to begin a series of industrial actions, if the administration did not concede to their demands.They said that if the new administration did not adhere to their calls for increases in salaries, the situation could become harsh.They had also demanded that the planned 10 per cent increase for senior officials of the institution be abandoned.The two unions said faculty and staff at the university will be launching a protest calling for increased salaries and benefits as talks between the unions and the administration had hit a roadblock.The two unions are demanding, among other things, that academic and nonacademic staff receive 23 per cent and 25 per cent increases in their salaries respectively, retroactive to January 2016 along with all benefits submitted to the university’s administration on April 20, 2016. This they required to be paid in their May 2016 salaries.The unions said the administration has not been keeping the promises it made on April 18, 2016, to stop the across-the-board increases for the statutory officers. Among the key demands is for the Council to rescind its decision to pay statutory officers – two deputy vice chancellors, the registrar and the bursar – a 10 per cent increase in salaries retroactive to January 2015, until it can offer adequate justification for such actions.They said it is the very administration which claimed it had no monies to pay benefits including 10 bursaries for their children who performed with distinction at national exams, yet the administration found over $8 million to increase the salaries of statutory officers who had just joined the university, a mere eight months ago and all others within the last two years: “Some of whose take home pay amounts to approximately one million dollars per month.”If the University of Guyana’s administration and Council go ahead and pay the 10 per cent increase to the statutory officers, the unions say they will “reassert their previous demand of a 60 per cent increase in salaries retroactive to January 2016 and all submitted demands contained in our Memorandum of Demands dated February 16, 2015.”last_img read more

Nimba County Cultural Extravaganza Ends in Ganta

first_img– Advertisement – Mz Menneh performing at the show On Saturday, April 15, 2017 residents from across Nimba County witnessed one of the greatest cultural extravaganzas in the commercial city of Ganta.US-based Liberian artist Mz Menneh stormed the Peace Empire Theater with her latest hit “Ya goe Nimba Yaa seay,” translated to mean, “When it comes from Nimba, it can’t spoil,” and Nimba’s own legendary Prof. Jones Dopoe.The thrilling show also featured Nimba County’s top cultural troupe, Lesticc, Co – Z, among others.Other Liberian artists like PCK& L’Frankie of “Tell Your Ma Say Ah Here” fame, Nyan Dogba of Nimba Jazz, local masked dancers, including long devil and other cultural performers, were among some of the exciting performers of the night who kept the audience on their feet the whole night.However, the first ever cultural extravaganza to be held in Nimba County in a while was not adequately patronized, to the chagrin of the organizer, the Destiny Enterprise. Many blamed the poor turnout on poor advertising or awareness, and the high admission fee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden man slapped with wounding charge

first_imgA 32-year-old man, who allegedly wounded another during an argument over missing belongings, was granted bail at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.Dillon LesterDillon Lester, of Lot 279 Half Mile, Linden Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), denied the charge when it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.It is alleged that on June 5, 2019 at Granny Backdam, Region Seven (Cuyuni- Mazaruni), he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Michael Miller.The prosecution’s case stated that the Virtual Complainant (VC) went into the backdam to look for workmen. According to the Prosecutor’s case, on June 4, 2019, the VC left his haversack and went to work; however, upon returning, he discovered that items were missing. He then proceeded to inquire about the missing items from others, and based on the information he received, he went to confront the defendant.It was during that confrontation, which ensued a heated argument, that the defendant allegedly pulled out a knife and dealt the VC several stabs resulting in injuries.The man was rushed to the Linden Hospital where he received treatment. The matter was then reported and the defendant was arrested. Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield did not object to bail; however, he asked that special conditions be applied if the defendant is released. He was released on $70,000 bail. The case will continue on June 16 at the Linden Magistrates’ Courts.last_img read more

AFC, K. Sharks play to draw at Kasarani

first_imgHowever, despite their improvement, they could not find the back of the net while Sharks will only have themselves to blame after failing to hit AFC when they were down in the opening half.The below par AFC Leopards were lucky to have gone to the half time break still level and had their Ugandan keeper Benjamin Ochan to thank after he bailed them out twice in succession at the stroke of half time.AFC leopards keeper Benjamin Ochan serves the ball upfield during their Kenyan Premier League match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the 44th minute, Ochan stuck out a foot to keep out a low strike from Patrick Otieno who had run behind the slow Ingwe defense off a counter to face the keeper one on one.From the resultant corner, Sharks took one off the training ground, Duke Abuya starting short to skipper Eric Juma who picked out an unmarked Patillah Omotto. However, the midfielder’s curling effort from the edge of the area was punched out by Ochan.AFC were hugely average in the game and barely posted any danger to Sharks who should have used more of their advantage to create scoring opportunities.Perhaps the only danger Ingwe created was in the 16th minute when Paul Were swung in a cross from the left but Samwel Olwande did well to cut it out with the burly Ismaila Diarra lurking behind him.Otieno then forced Ochan into a point blank save in the 25th minute when he ran behind Collins Shivachi inside the box, but could not lift the ball over the keeper who raced sprawling off his line.AFC Leopards defender Soter Kayumba closes down on Kariobangi Sharks striker Eric Kapaito during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the 37th minute Eric Kapaito missed the target by a whisker when he dived in to head a cross from Duke Abuya, but the effort bounced inches wide.In the second half, AFC coach Cassa Mbungo made changes, Diarra and John Wanda who had a horrible first half being hauled out for Odhiambo and Ochieng.The two brought an immediate impact and Leopards had a chance six minutes after the restart when Odhiambo’s cross from the right landed on Makwatta who took on a half volley to force Brian Bwire into a wonderful save.Ochieng landed on the rebound, but could not keep his header down, lifting the ball over the bar.Kariobangi Sharks defender Geoffrey Shiveka clears the ball under pressure from AFC Leopards forward Hansel Ochieng during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThree minutes later, Bwire pulled off another brilliant save to deny Ochieng who fired home a shot from the edge of the six yard box after Were cut back a cross from the left after one of his brilliant runs.Sharks were forced to play on the back foot with AFC raiding their half searching for goals. Makwatta had another chance in the 75th minute when he struck a belter from distance but Bwire once again made a good save.Four minutes later, the former Ulinzi Stars and City Stars man thought he had broken the deadlock when he connected well to an Odhiambo cross, but the referee’s flag was up for offside.Makwatta had turned well off an Ochieng pass but the assistant had the flag up, signalling that Odhiambo had interferred with the ball from an offside position.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks forward Eric Kapaito battles for the ball with AFC Leopards Ismaila Diarra during their Kenyan Premier League match at Kasarani. PHOTO/Raymond MkhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14 – AFC Leopards and Kariobangi Sharks played to a 0-0 draw in an entertaining Kenyan Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday afternoon.After a horrendous first half performance, AFC came back a rejuvenated side in the second period and the changes to bring on Austin Odhiambo and Hansel Ochieng proved to be the difference in terms of performance for Ingwe.last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Courthouse.COURTS: A man who caused criminal damage and was accused of assaulting his partner tried to fight Gardaí and called them f***ing rats.Martin McCarthy, 27, with an address at 91, The Woods, Ballymacool appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday morning. The defendant appeared in court in relation to an incident at 42, Ballymacool Woods which occurred in the early hours of January 1st, 2016.The court heard evidence from his partner Mrs Tracey Connors who retracted her accusation of assault against her husband.Mr McCarthy also caused criminal damage at the property of Mrs Connors on the night in question.Under cross examination from Inspector Goretti Sheridan, Mrs Connors told the court she wanted to drop all charges against her husband.Mrs Connors said, “I want to drop all charges against my husband, the damage he caused has been repaired.”Inspector Sheridan asked Mrs Connors was she under any pressure to withdraw her statement?Mrs Connors replied, “I’m not under any pressure, nobody has put me under any pressure, I just want to put it behind me, and move on.”The seriousness of what had happened was stressed by Inspector Sheridan and she again asked Mrs Connors was she happy to wash her hands off the incident.Mrs Connors replied, “Yeah, I’m under no pressure, I just want to drop all charges.”Garda Joseph English attended the scene on the night and question, and Inspector Goretti Sheridan read out his statement of events.“On the night of January 1st, at around 5am – I was sent to a disturbance at Ballymacool.“When I arrived at the address, I encountered an intoxicated Mr McCarthy, I noticed there was blood on his clothing.“He attempted to engage in a fight with us and he called us f***ing rats.“He was extremely aggressive and agitated and we subsequently arrested him.”Solicitor for the defendant Michael Shiel said his client had a problem with alcohol and apologies profusely for his behaviour.Mr Shiel told the court, “He’s instructed me to apologise for his actions and he deeply, deeply regrets his terrible behaviour.“He has a problem with alcohol, and is actively seeking help for his addiction issues.“He’s making a genuine effort to address these problems, and hasn’t drank alcohol since this incident.“He’s a married man, and has two kids, but is currently unemployed.“As I’ve already stressed he is very sorry for his actions, and has paid for the damage he caused to the window on his wife’s car.“I’d ask the court to be lenient and allow him to continue his rehabilitation programme.”Judge Paul Kelly addressed the court, “I think it’s important he continues to seek help for his drinking issues, and I think that’s in the best interests of all parties.“I’ll adjourn the matter until July 4th, and I request a probation report to be ordered on the defendant.”MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED WIFE TRIED TO FIGHT GARDAÍ AND CALLED THEM F***ING RATS was last modified: April 8th, 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) Tags:assaultcourtsGardaiMartin McCarthynewsratsTracey Connorslast_img read more

Manchester United back-up man dismisses Serie A links, insists he wants to stay

first_img1 Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero has rubbished reports he will be playing in Italy next season.The 30-year-old has been forced to be David De Gea’s backup at Old Trafford and his opportunities have only come in cup competitions.The Argentina international has helped Manchester United reach the Europa League final with his performances, but there had been reports he was still ready to leave in search of more action.Clubs in Serie A have been watching Romero, including Napoli and Inter Milan, but he is not expecting to leave Old Trafford.“No, I doubt I’ll be in Italy next year,” Romero told Sky Sport Italia.“I am very happy in Manchester, they make me feel important and I hope to stay for a long time.” Sergio Romero in action for Manchester United last_img read more

Letterkenny man with ‘substantial track record’ avoids prison

first_imgA Letterkenny man who has a ‘substantial track record’ of road traffic offences has avoided a prison sentence.Paul Sweeney, of 4 Cathedral Court in Letterkenny, was stopped by Gardaí on November 16, 2016, driving a car which was not insured. 38-year-old Sweeney was before Letterkenny District Court.Judge Paul Kelly noted Sweeney’s ‘substantial track record of road traffic offences’ and said he was ‘very close’ to dealing with the matter by imposing a custodial sentence.Sweeney was sentenced to 80 hours of community service in lieu of three months imprisonment.Sweeney was disqualified from driving for two years.Letterkenny man with ‘substantial track record’ avoids prison was last modified: September 8th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtPaul Sweeneylast_img read more