Germany’s Low eager to experiment against England

first_imgGermany coach Joachim Low has said he will experiment with his team when they take on England in a friendly on Friday, as the world champions prepare for their title defence next year.Low, who led Germany to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, said he still wanted to see some players in the last two friendlies of the year at Wembley and against France on Tuesday before entering the final phase of preparations next year.“We want to play well and a result is an important issue,” Low told reporters on Thursday. “But I want to experiment a bit. We still have a few games to prepare until the World Cup.“It is a bit of a test phase still this year. With the tournament in mind I want to see not only those players who play regularly.”Loew has a lot of options with more than three dozen players in the running for his World Cup squad. One of those who will benefit on Friday is newcomer and RB Leipzig defender Marcel Halstenberg.“I am planning with him from the start. I took Marcel Halstenberg with us for that reason. He has been playing very well at Leipzig. He is good in the air, a strong physical player,” Low said.The Germans will be without some of their World Cup winners, with keeper Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boating out injured.Midfielder Toni Kroos, who missed training with a stomach virus on Wednesday, only took part in the team warm-up on Thursday and his participation is still in doubt.“Toni was ill and today he only warmed up because he is still a bit weak from the stomach virus,” Low said.“We will have to see how it develops. I will not risk anything. It could be that he is rested. If he does feel 100 percent he could get a break for a game because he plays constantly, every three days throughout the season.”Germany, winners of the Confederations Cup in July, are favourites to defend their World Cup title next year in Russia, having breezed through qualification with 10 wins from 10 matches to top their group.Low has also scheduled high-calibre friendly internationals against Spain and Brazil next year.last_img read more

Creating tragedy in cane

first_imgThe heart-wrenching images of wives of sugar workers in Berbice protesting the imminent closure of the Rose Hall factory without any alternative employment or source of employment provided to their soon-to-be unemployed spouses should be to the nation a wake-up call to be aware of the human tragedy that is being created by the Government in the sugar belt.After appointing a commission of inquiry (CoI) into the admittedly troubled sugar industry, the Government rejected its recommendations and — without warning — plunged into a massive closure of more than half of the estates, which collectively employ more than 22,000 workers and affect the livelihood of more than four times that number.The CoI had essentially made an eminently sensible suggestion: inject funds immediately into the industry to bring the estates into a state of readiness, and then privatise them in three years’ time, when an optimum price could be obtained.The Chairman of GuySuCo, Dr Clive Thomas, was a member of the CoI, yet he participated in the immediate closure of Wales Estate on the West Bank of Demerara within months of the Report being submitted to the Government. The fate of Wales and its 1700 workers illustrates what is in store for the more than 7000 workers in the other estates to be closed this year.The infrastructure of the Wales factory and its 14,000 acres of arable land were described by the Government as “run down”, even though this was not the position of the CoI. The Government announced it was closing the factory, and the hundreds of employees that manned it were immediately made “redundant” and given “severance pay”. By the end of 2016, this was also the fate of the field workers. However, the Government played a very cynical game when it specified that some six hundred cane-cutters would have to be “transferred” to Uitvlugt Estate, where there was a shortage of labourers.The Government in general, and the Labour Department in particular, could not have been oblivious to the fact that the labour agreement with the sugar union explicitly forbids workers being sent to work more than 10 miles from their homes. This was a right won after one hundred years of struggle by indentured workers; since, if the workers were to spend hours getting to and from the site of labour, their working day would extend long beyond their stipulated hours of labour. Not surprisingly, the cane-cutters of Wales rejected the order and demanded their severance payments. This the Government has denied them, and in effect has ironically taking those workers back to the days of indentureship, even though the cessation of that “bound labour” occurred exactly 100 years ago.Wales also had the largest percentage of cane farmers contributing to the cane intake of the factory — one-third — and the Government promised their canes would be transported to Uitvlugt. However, there was no direct road for tractors to use in pulling the laden punts; and even though this was promised, a year later, nothing has been done. In the meantime, the farmers’ canes have been left standing in the fields and losing their sucrose content. The Government does not even mention the status of this road anymore.The Government spoke glibly about “diversifying” the 14,000 acres at Wales by leasing land to the unemployed workers to cultivate “other” crops. In their recently released “White Paper” on the sugar industry, which was remarkable for its brevity and vagueness, the Government mandated: “crop types to be decided by GUYSUCO and the Ministry of Agriculture.” This is a most regressive step, since it unrealistically assumes that, without any coordination, cane workers with absolutely no farming experience will be able to successfully introduce new crops into the domestic and foreign markets.At this time, there has been no attempt by the Government to engage the unemployed workers in going forward with their “diversification” panacea. Concerned Guyanese have been forced to start delivering “care packages” and “hampers” of food to the Wales residents. The other estates to be closed should be forewarned.last_img read more

College to give free computer classes

first_imgNo writing experience is necessary. The program is designed for students who want to preserve their memories for family and friends. For information or to register, call (661) 362-3300. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – College of the Canyons will offer free computer classes for beginners Fridays and Saturdays starting June 8. The classes will be part of the Emeritus College program, designed for senior citizens but open to all. The beginning course, “Computers and You,” will meet Friday or Saturday mornings and utilize computers with large display screens. Intermediate classes, called “Computers & You II,” will meet on campus Friday afternoons and at a Newhall location Saturday afternoons. Topics will include e-mail and attachments, digital photography, avoiding viruses and online scams, Internet research, free games, downloading and blogging. A course on writing personal and family histories will meet at 3 p.m. Fridays in the Friendly Valley retirement community. last_img read more

Russia loses on missile shield

first_imgROME – President George W. Bush signaled Friday the United States will press ahead with a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe despite Russia’s heated objections. Poland’s president expressed support for installing interceptor rockets in his country. An upset stomach crimped Bush’s schedule on a busy day that took him from Germany to Poland and finally to Italy. The president stayed in bed and skipped morning sessions at the summit of world leaders in Heiligendamm, Germany, and he appeared subdued later after talks in Poland with President Lech Kaczynski. “Still not 100 percent but better all the time,” White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said of her boss. Today, Bush will meet for the first time with Pope Benedict XVI. Large anti-Bush demonstrations are planned in Rome, and Premier Romano Prodi had to ask his Cabinet members to refrain from taking part. The administration made clear it was not abandoning plans for a missile-defense program in Poland and the Czech Republic despite a surprise counterproposal Thursday by Russian President Vladimir Putin to instead use a Soviet-era radar tracking station in Azerbaijan. Putin had more suggestions on Friday for locations for missile interceptors: “They could be placed in the south, in U.S. NATO allies such as Turkey, or even Iraq,” Putin said. “They could also be placed on sea platforms.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in an Associated Press interview in New York, said Friday, “One does not choose sites for missile defense out of the blue. It’s geometry and geography as to how you intercept a missile.” “This is an idea that has not yet been vetted,” she said of Putin’s offer. “We have to see whether Azerbaijan makes any sense in the context of missile defense.” The U.S. system calls for a radar screen in the Czech Republic to watch for missile threats, and 10 interceptor rockets in Poland to shoot down any missiles. Both Bush and Kaczynski said the system would not threaten Russia. The Kremlin argues that the system would undermine its nuclear deterrent. “The system we have proposed is not directed at Russia,” Bush said after talks with Kaczynski at the presidential retreat at Jurata, a resort on the Baltic Sea. “Indeed, we would welcome Russian cooperation on missile defense.” Bush said a working group including the United States and Russia would “discuss different opportunities and different options, all aimed at providing protection for people from rogue regimes who might be in a position to either blackmail and/or attack those of us who live in free societies.” Kaczynski voiced strong support for putting the interceptors on Polish soil. “As far as the missile defense system is concerned, the two parties fully agree,” Kaczynski said. “The Russian federation can feel totally safe,” said Kaczynski. He said Moscow must recognize that the world has changed since the fall of the Soviet Union nearly two decades ago. Bush thanked the Polish president for sending troops to both Iraq and Afghanistan.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Wenger: Arsenal have experience to qualify for Champions League again

first_img1 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have the necessary experience to qualify for the Champions League once again.The Gunners find themselves down in sixth place in the Premier League, following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane, where a second-half salvo from Harry Kane secured Tottenham fans the bragging rights around north London.However, Arsenal could once again leapfrog their local rivals – who travel to Liverpool – and end up in third should they beat bottom club Leicester on Tuesday night, when leading scorer Alexis Sanchez is expected to be available again following a hamstring strain.Wenger believes the fight for a top-four finish will, as in previous campaigns, go down to the wire, when Arsenal have historically come good for the past 17 seasons.“Yes, of course, experience will play a big part in it,” the Frenchman said. “It will be tight for everybody and that is what it is about.“It is about the team with the most consistency – I have always said that – and I feel we have shown that we can deal with that kind of pressure in the past.“I am confident we can do it again. Every year (there is a danger of not finishing in the top four) and every year we were under threat until the last game, basically. (But) every year we have managed to do it.“We have a good opportunity to show that we have the strength to deal with that pressure and I am completely convinced we have the quality (to do it).”last_img read more

Liverpool transfer latest: Mexico star to snub Reds in favour of Napoli switch

first_img Hector Herrera is set to leave Porto this summer 1 Porto midfielder Hector Herrera is set to snub interest from Liverpool to join Napoli, according to reports in Italy.The Mexican international is being heavily linked with a move away from Porto this summer after a number of top European clubs scouted him last season.According to Sportitalia, Napoli have tabled a £14m bid for the 26-year-old and have sent officials out to the US, where Herrera is currently competing in the Copa America, to try and complete a deal.Liverpool also have scouts and representatives in the States at the moment and could still slap down a higher offer for Herrera, but Napoli are now the clear favourites to land him following positive talks with Porto.Herrera scored nine goals and laid on a further five assists for Porto last season as the club finished third in the Primeira Liga.last_img read more


first_imgDanny McDaid at the track naming ceremony today in LetterkennyIT RAINED and it rained and it rained – but nothing could dampen the incredible spirit at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny today as elite athletes gathered to honour the Donegal great Danny McDaid.The track at the centre was named in his honour today, unveiled at a fantastic ceremony which was a curtain-raiser for a superb day’s athletics organised in its usual brilliant way by Letterkenny Athletic Club.An attempt to break the 4-minute barrier for a mile at the track failed by just over a second….Joathan Kiplimo finished the race in 4.01.2. But nothing could take away from a superb event, which was well-attended despite the weather.Danny told Donegal Daily: “It was a superb day and I want to thank everyone who attended the event.“It was a top class field and it was an honour for me; but it was especially an honour for my family.”Kiplimo just missed outFionnuala Britton took on the men in a mixed 3k  Kiplimo put in a superb race Jerry Kiernan unveils the plaque in Danny’s honour today Ruairi Finnegan in action Looks like you Danny     HONOUR FOR A DONEGAL HERO – ELITE ATHLETES PAY HOMAGE TO OLYMPIAN DANNY was last modified: May 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:HONOUR FOR A DONEGAL HERO – ELITE ATHLETES PAY HOMAGE TO OLYMPIAN DANNYlast_img read more

‘No. 1 hunk’ Hicks on prowl for love

first_img“American Idol” Taylor Hicks is ranked as the No. 1 “hottest bachelor” by People magazine – and he’s looking for love. The 29-year-old silver-haired crooner tops People’s list in the magazine’s new issue, on newsstands Friday. But the “Idol” winner says he’d happily give up his bachelor days. “There’s been no time,” Hicks says of his dating life. “Now, I wouldn’t mind spending the rest of my life with the right woman.” Hicks also wants to find a woman he exchanged glances with on a recent airline flight. Of the blonde, he says, “We waved and did a double-take look. It seemed like something out of a movie.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 – Associated Press Clintons earned $8 million in year Former President Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton had income of more than $8 million last year, mainly from speaking fees Bill Clinton collected, according to disclosure forms released by the senator’s office on Wednesday. The Senate disclosure also shows that Hillary Clinton earned $872,891 from her book “Living History,” which was published in 2003 and has been released in paperback. That is down from last year, when she reported $2.3 million in royalties from her memoir. In 2001, Simon & Schuster paid her nearly $8 million to write the book. – The New York Times Einstein papers go for $42,000 A set of 94 scholarly articles by Albert Einstein sold for $42,000 at auction Wednesday, with the proceeds going to benefit the Working Families Party. The papers document many of Einstein’s discoveries about space and time. They were bought by David Waxman, owner of a Long Island book shop. “We’re especially moved that Albert Einstein’s work will support the Working Families Party’s effort to wrest control of Congress from the most anti-science crowd Washington has seen since before Einstein himself was born,” said Dan Cantor, executive director of the party. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool sell Duncan to Fiorentina for just £1.7m after agent’s claims

first_img 1 Bobby Duncan has completed his move to Fiorentina Getty Images – Getty Last week the Merseyside club were firm in their stance that the 18-year-old, scorer of 32 goals for the Under-18s in his first season since arriving from Manchester City, would not be leaving.That was in the light of what was considered a ‘derisory’ offer from the Italian outfit, essentially a loan deal with no obligation to buy and no penalty clauses should Duncan not play.It prompted the player’s agent Saif Rubie to post a lengthy statement on social media claiming Liverpool had reneged on a deal and the player’s mental health had been affected.Manager Jurgen Klopp launched a strong defence of their handling of Duncan, and all young players at the club, stressing how highly they rated him on Friday, but over the weekend Fiorentina returned with an improved offer and Liverpool’s position altered. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:09Loaded: 7.69%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Liverpool have sold academy forward Bobby Duncan to Fiorentina.It is understood the Italian club have paid €2million (£1.7million) up front, with a 20% sell-on clause included as part of the deal. Adrian Durham on Liverpool’s squadDespite the club publicly stating their intent to hold on to Duncan, sporting director Michael Edwards remained opened to the potential of a deal and, when a firm offer came in for the England youth international, who arrived for a £200,000 compensation fee last summer, he felt it was the right move for all parties.Duncan was previously at Manchester City and revealed his delight at joining the Reds, with cousin Steven Gerrard establishing himself as a legend at Anfield.last_img read more

Craig Levein: I’m used to derby success with Hearts

first_imgHearts manager Craig Levein said he is used to success as both player and manager in the Edinburgh derby as his side take on Hibs at Easter Road on Friday night. Levein’s side won the most recent derby 1-0 in the Scottish Cup but trail fourth-place Hibs by nine points in the league. After the last derby, the former Scotland manager irked Hibees boss Neil Lennon by saying the result restored the ‘natural order’ but as the sides prepare to meet again he explained his choice of words.He said: “It’s just a personal thing for me. “In my career as a player and also as a manager I’m used to Hearts winning these fixtures and for me if you look at the stats and the record books then it’s normal that Hearts hold the upper hand – so that’s what it means.“That’s why I said it was back to what I was used to. That’s what it means. “I think it was pretty straightforward.” The Jam Tarts last visit to Easter Road ended in a 1-0 defeat but Levein insists they are better equipped this time around. “We didn’t play particularly well [last time at Easter Road] the encouraging thing for me is we didn’t play particularly well at Easter Road and only lost 1-0,” he said. “I’d expect a better performance from us tomorrow night than we had that time. “Even though we have injury problems that we’ve mentioned and I feel we have a little bit to go with the balance of the squad, it’s a bit better than it was at that time.”Levein is in his second stint in the Hearts dugout, and having also played for the club is vastly experienced in the Edinburgh derby. “I love this fixture, it’s always a big game,” he added.” Yeah there’s only three points at stake, I get that but for me there’s more importance attached to this than a lot of matches that we play just because it’s the nature of the game and the rivalry between the two clubs and the supporters. “It’s a derby match you can’t say that one set of supporters don’t love their clubs anymore than supporters from another set. “So what the feelings are for the derby match between the old firm and the feelings are for Dundee teams and between the teams in Edinburgh, the feelings are the same. It’s just that there’s a bigger crowd for the old firm match.”Levein also confirmed that he is hopeful Christophe Berra and John Souttar will be fit to play though David Milinkovic will miss out after sustaining a knee injury in training.last_img read more