The selection of Rovman Powell as stand-in captain for the Windies ODI team in Bangladesh makes me really proud of a young man, who has had to work very hard, while remaining humble. Now, Rovman may not change the team’s fortunes in Bangladesh, and it may be too soon to judge his competence as captain, but I am actually happy he is being given a chance to do something he is very good at, which is, to lead. Many persons have asked me if I really think he is ready. My simple answer is that, as an interim captain in this scenario – yes; on a permanent basis – not yet. The Old Harbour High alumni was brought to my attention in 2012, as a possible candidate for a student-athlete scholarship to the University of the West Indies, (UWI) Mona. I was reluctant because I thought coach Robert Samuels had already met his quota, particularly with more recognisable names such as Chrishna Graham, Jovaughn Buchanon and then West Indies Under-19 player, Donavan Nelson. We already had Paul Palmer Jr., Wavell Hinds and a few others, so Rovman nearly did not get that offer. However, coach Samuels promised that he was worth it. The rest is history. What I admire about Rovman is his humility and diligence. He regularly talks about his mother, and the family support, which has helped him along the way. He knew he was in a team with other established players, so he worked hard to be successful. He earned selection to the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) team based at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, and through the work of Floyd Reifer and the team, he improved further. FUTURE LEADER Many may question how can a ‘Rovman Powell’ be given a Windies captaincy role with a batting average of just 26.6, merely one century and two half-centuries from 31 matches. Such a player would struggle to make the world’s top four teams. In fact, Rovman sometimes gets out cheaply in a reckless manner, which would frustrate even the most loyal fan. However, I like this move by the selectors. It suggests they see the 25-year-old as a future leader. They may also want to signal to Rovman, who received a Windies white-ball retainer contract, that he has a secured job (with the lure of lucrative T20 contracts looming). Additionally, in the 15-man squad chosen for the Bangladesh ODI Series, only Shai Hope, Marlon Samuels, and Darren Bravo (40.14, 33.14, and 32.03 respectively) have better averages than Rovman (of players playing 31 or more matches). All three also have more matches under their belts. Carlos Braithwaite, at 30 years-old, continues to struggle with both bat and ball, causing questions about his selection in both ODIs and T20Is. A few years ago, the hope was that Darren Bravo would become one of the leaders of the Windies team. The 37-year-old Marlon Samuels is in the departure lounge and may quit any time after next year’s World Cup. So in this group, Rovman is ideal for the job. Maybe if other Windies players make themselves available to the regional team things may change, who knows. BOLD MOVE Similar to the Wavell Hinds-led selection panel that chose Paul Palmer Jr. to captain the Jamaica Scorpions franchise, I see this as another bold move, but one that can reap rewards, following patterns set by New Zealand and South Africa, with youngsters being chosen as captains. Rovman will need to work very hard though, as now the spotlight will not just be on his inability to play spin, but how he manages the team, as well as his conduct on and off the field. He will need to address some of those glaring weaknesses. He does have a good support team and I am sure his mother Joan Plummer and his management team, while beaming with pride, will continue working on him. This will be a tough ride, but I believe that he has the leadership capabilities to do the job, and with the support of the senior players, maybe we are about to witness a new Rovman Powell, who leads from the front with bat, ball and shot selection.
For many schoolchildren across Guyana, the closing bell does not necessarily mean that it is time to go home. For some, the after-school hours present the most dangerous time. One cannot deny that all manner of unsavoury things can occur when children and even teenagers are unsupervised. Mischief runs amok.Sometimes that mischief manifests itself in nuisance behaviour such as loitering around bus parks and businesses (particularly in the Stabroek Market area). Often this behaviour escalates into delinquent or criminal acts.A few months ago, the Education Ministry announced that as a result of a new initiative, Operation CARE (Collect, Advise, Respond and Educate), which has replaced other truancy campaigns, the truancy rate has decreased.This is indeed commendable; according to the news, the Schools’ Welfare Department has been conducting the campaigns once a week in all regions and the campaigns are guided by monthly reports on students’ attendance. While the initiative is focused primarily on Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and Georgetown, it has proven effective in keeping children in school and ensuring that they are aware of the importance of attending.Additionally, under the CARE programme, the Schools’ Welfare Department has also been conducting weekly checks of bus parks and market areas for students, who should be in school during the prescribed hours. But one has to wonder if there is a programme to deal with the growing problem of loitering after school hours.There have been public calls for the Education Ministry to address this growing problem. While it may be on the extreme side to urge the Police Force to become involved and to arrest those found lingering after hours, many times such extreme actions are needed. Again, Facebook has become quite the popular medium for circulating footage of fights between schoolchildren, after school hours. The evidence is there for the world to see. There is also the likelihood that many of these children and young people are engaged in drug use and if not, they are exposed to persons who are using drugs.A pass along Croal Street (in the vicinity of the Kitty Bus Park) will reveal just how serious and potentially dangerous the problem is. It is worth noting that this is an area frequented by Police Officers and yet, the area is filled with young persons, in their school uniforms, long after school is out. At this time, these young people should be either at home or gainfully occupied. The time has long since passed for the implementation of a strict, long-term anti-loitering campaign.If this does not prove effective in keeping the young people off the streets then perhaps after-school programmes will keep them in school longer. It matters not what will work, but rather something must be done to ensure that our future generations are safeguarded against themselves. As it seems, we are already losing the fight.The hours after school, between 3 pm and 6 pm, offer opportunities for juvenile crime, sexual activity, and other risky behaviours such as drug and alcohol use. Research and evaluation studies have shown that participation in after-school programmes have a positive impact on juvenile crime and help reduce pregnancies, teen sex, and boys’ marijuana use (Goldschmidt, Huang, & Chinen, 2007; Philliber, Kaye, & Herrling, 2001; Philliber, Kaye, Herrling, & West, 2002).While after-school programmes have the potential to impact a range of positive learning and development outcomes, there are certain requirements that need to be met in order to maximise this potential. For instance, access to and sustained participation in the programmes, quality programming and staffing and strong partnerships among the programme and other places where students are learning, such as their schools, their homes, and other community institutions have proven effective.Research and evaluation studies have shown how complex a task it is to provide high-quality, effective support for youths and their families, but they also provide powerful evidence that after-school programmes do work when key factors are addressed. For the sake of our future generations, all involved parties need to act now.
MOST READ Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Fleming, who made her debut with the senior national team at 15, currently plays for UCLA.Prince got her goal in the 79th minute, a rebound of Christine Sinclair’s header that hit the post.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLed by Tom Sermanni, former coach of Sweden and the United States, New Zealand was hurt in the first half when defender CJ Bott was injured and had to be subbed out.Canada will face the Netherlands in the team’s final group match On Thursday in Reims. Cameroon and New Zealand will meet the same day in Montpellier. Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Canada’s Nichelle Prince, right, celebrates with her teammates after scoring her side’s second goal during the Women’s World Cup Group E soccer match between Canada and New Zealand in Grenoble, France, Saturday, June 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)GRENOBLE, France — Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince each had second-half goals and Canada advanced to the knockout round at the Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over New Zealand on Saturday night.Fleming took a well-placed pass from Prince and scored in the 48th minute to break up a scoreless match. The Netherlands also made it through to the round of 16 with a 3-1 victory over Cameroon in the other Group E match earlier in the day.ADVERTISEMENT The Canadians had never advanced from the group stage playing outside of North America.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Babe Ruth road jersey sells at auction for $5.64 million LATEST STORIES Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption View comments
Lyon hotshot Alexandre Lacazette has asked to leave the club this summer – if Arsenal come calling.According to L’Equipe, the 25-year-old wants out of the club but has agreed to stay put for another season to avoid clashing with the fans once more.However, it has been claimed that Lacazette is aware of the interest from Arsenal, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, and wants to be allowed to leave should either club firm up their interest with a suitable bid.Lacazette scored 21 goals in 34 Ligue 1 outings last term, adding to the 27 in 33 he bagged the previous season, which has attracted the attention of Arsenal as well as West Ham.However Lyon are desperate to keep hold of the forward, who only signed a four-year extension this time last year.But now he hopes that his employers will reconsider their position only if Arsenal or PSG come forward this summer. 1 Arsenal target Lacazette netted 21 goals in 34 games for Lyon last season
4 4 Jose Mourinho is finished… that’s what most of us are thinking, isn’t it?The Portuguese coach signed a four-year contract with Manchester United in May of this year, and only five months into his tenure already it’s being questioned just how long he’ll last in the Old Trafford hot seat.Just as players have their peak on the pitch, so too managers have their high-water mark, and right now it seems as if Mourinho has reached his.Mourinho is getting found out. His tactics are as dated as those of his predecessor, Van Gaal. Managers such as Mauricio Pochettino, Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte are marching on, while Mourinho is standing still. Even Arsene Wenger, at times over the past season and a half, has proven he can adapt.Mourinho seems further out of his depth in Manchester than he was in Madrid, where he did manage to claim the Spanish title in his three seasons at the Bernabeu. 4 He has never been one to play to the gallery when it comes to playing style, focusing his efforts on building a team difficult to break down, creating a formidable spine.When his system doesn’t go to plan, however, seldom is there a plan B. It either works, or it doesn’t.And so far this season, it’s been mostly the latter.Take Antonio Conte at Chelsea. For the past two seasons the Blues had mixed results playing a 4-2-3-1 – winning a Premier League title in 2014/15 and a 10th place finish in 2015/16, the worst title defence in the league’s history – and Conte understood this had to be altered.In 10 games he’s gone from a 4-1-4-1 to a 3-4-3, in the wake of defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal. He’s strengthened where needed, in defence and in midfield. All of a sudden Chelsea have the swagger of title contenders.How did Mourinho react after defeat to Manchester City in September? With little in the way of tactical change to help solve problems, it appears. In fact, how has he reacted to any setback this season? Monotonous cries of injustice have certainly figured. The 53-year-old is currently being left behind by his rivals – Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, even Ronald Koeman at present – who have adapted to changes in the modern game.Even the fear factor is missing from his game.It might be an even longer season than the last for Manchester United.What do you think about Mourinho’s tenure at Man United so far? Do you think he will be successful in the long run at Old Trafford? Share your thoughts – leave a comment below. At Old Trafford a new manager has come in, but there is a feeling there has been – as Paul Scholes recently put it – no identity developed. Considering players of the calibre of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were signed, that’s not acceptable.The United board should be absolutely furious with what they’ve seen so far. Already they’re eight points behind Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool at the top of the table. That is going to be a tough gap to close. 4 It’s been a tough start to life at Old Trafford for the Portuguese coach
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“The Echo Maker” includes passages on neurology and clinical psychology in a story about a man who loses his memory in a car crash and the sister who agonizes over his failure to recognize her. Powers’ award also continues a long tradition of literary prizes for publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux, which in recent years has won numerous Pulitzers and National Book Awards with such works as Jonathan Franzen’s “The Corrections” and Marilynne Robinson’s “Gilead.” “I am deeply indebted to FSG for encouraging me to work in total freedom for the last 12 years, writing books that have not always been easy to market or classify,” Powers said in his acceptance speech. Anderson, the young people’s literature winner, also cited the indulgence of his publisher, Candlewick Press. He thanked Candlewick for taking on a long and unusual book by a “neurotic who rarely leaves his house or gets dressed.” Powers’ book refers often to the news of the time, setting his narrative against the shock of the terrorist attacks and the determined path to the Iraq war. Two fiction finalists were equally topical; Jess Walters’ “The Zero” and Ken Kalfus’ “A Disorder Peculiar to the Country” were both set directly after Sept. 11, 2001. The other nominees were Mark Z. Danielewski’s free verse, time traveling “Only Revolutions” and Dana Spiotta’s “Eat the Document,” a story of 1970s radicals hiding their past. NEW YORK – Richard Powers’ “The Echo Maker,” a scientific tale of memory and identity in the age of Sept. 11 and the Iraq war, won the National Book Award for fiction Wednesday night, honoring a widely respected author with a small but passionate readership. Timothy Egan’s Dust Bowl history, “The Worst Hard Time,” won for nonfiction; Nathaniel Mackey’s musical and mystical “Splay Anthem” took the poetry prize; and M.T. Anderson’s “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. I,” a multiformatted epic in 18th-century prose, was cited for young people’s literature. Winners each receive $10,000, runners-up $1,000. Powers, 49, has long worked in his love for science in such works as “Galatea 2.2” and “Operation Wandering Soul.” Memory, and the increasingly distant past, was a theme in the acceptance speech of Egan, who recalled interviewing Dust Bowl survivors, many in their 80s and 90s. “We are a storytelling nation. We need to inhabit a narrative as a nation,” said Egan. Other nonfiction nominees were Taylor Branch’s “At Canaan’s Edge,” the last of his celebrated civil-rights trilogy; Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s Iraq war report, “Imperial Life in the Emerald City”; Peter Hessler’s “Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present”; and Lawrence Wright’s best-selling Sept. 11 investigation, “The Looming Tower.” The National Book Foundation is a nonprofit organization that sponsors numerous readings and educational programs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 1 REVEALED However, he won just four of 20 matches in charge and was dismissed earlier this year, with Jardim returning to the dugout as Henry’s successor.Before taking the Monaco job, Henry was part of Belgium manager Roberto Martinez’s coaching staff, beginning as second assistant coach before being promoted to assistant when Graeme Jones joined West Brom. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Thierry Henry will reportedly rejoin Belgium’s coaching staff after his disastrous spell as Monaco manager.Henry, the former Arsenal striker, spent just three months in charge at the Stade Louis II, accepting his first ever head coach job to replace the sacked Leonardo Jardim. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Henry endured a disastrous spell at Monaco Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move West Brom vs Birmingham (Friday, 8:00pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Everton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTMiddlesbrough vs Norwich (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Portsmouth vs Sunderland (Sunday, 2:30pm) – talkSPORT 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED He helped the Red Devils finish third at last summer’s World Cup – their best ever finish – and the Mirror claim Henry will return to their backroom team despite his humiliation at Monaco.When hired by Monaco, Henry was tasked with guiding the former Ligue 1 champions away from the relegation places after a terrible start to the season. RANKED no dice huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF REPLY ADVICE LIVE on talkSPORT shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Jardim was sacked with the club 18th in the table, but Henry’s dreadful run meant he left with them one place lower.ASM have enjoyed a small upturn in their fortunes since Jardim returned to the dugout, with a series of positive results moving them eight points clear of the drop.
JIBE Neil Lennon featured in the Champions League as a player for Celtic 4 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Celtic face Bosnian side Sarajevo in the first round of their Champions League qualifying campaign on Tuesday evening.The Hoops failed to make it to the Champions League group stages last season after they were beaten by AEK Athens in the third qualifying round.And Celtic boss Neil Lennon is looking to avoid another shock result. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 4 Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions deals Getty Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January New job Bolingoli is expected to start in place of Arsenal target Kieran Tierney, who is recovering from a hernia operation.Jullien could partner Jozo Simunovic, who will be a target for home fans after switching allegiance from Bosnia to Croatia last year.Celtic are short on right-backs, which is likely to see youngster Anthony Ralston presented with a chance to stake a claim for a regular starting spot.Captain Scott Brown is set to anchor the midfield and could have Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor playing slightly further ahead of him. punished Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update TROPHY Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers targets Getty Lennon has a decision to make on who leads the line. Leigh Griffiths recently returning to action after taking a six-month leave to deal with his depression, and in his absence, Odsonne Edouard stepped up, scoring 23 goals last term.The former Bolton boss could turn to experience on both wings by playing Scott Sinclair and James Forrest.Scott Bain, who edged Craig Gordon out of the team during the second half last season, is expected to continue in goal. “But the hard work is getting there. We could have had an easier draw.“I think Sarajevo will be tough opponents over the two games but the guys know what the incentives are, they know what is at stake.”Lennon could leave Olivier Ntcham out of the starting XI after revealing the former Manchester City midfielder had angered the club with his recent comments.Ntcham, who is attracting interest from Ligue 1 clubs, insisted his development would stall if he stayed in Scotland.Summer signings Boli Bolingoli and Christopher Jullien could make their competitive debuts for Celtic. boost buildlineup.com Olivier Ntcham wants to leave Celtic latest Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea LATEST He said: “It [the Champions League] is very important. I have had experiences of it at Celtic before and for your development as a player and a manager and for the club, it means a lot.“It is one of our main priorities, there is no question of that.“We have eight games to negotiate, if we can, and that is almost a quarter of a (league) season. We know it is a difficult road to travel but we know the rewards are great at the end of it.“These are the most difficult games. Champions League, when you get to the group stages, is fantastic. 4 REVEALED Is this how Celtic could line up against Sarajevo? 4 Callum McGregor is likely to line up against Sarajevo Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Getty
Sheffield United take on Arsenal in a Monday night Premier League clash.The Blades have made a decent start to life back in the top-flight and go into this weekend in 13th following their draw at Watford last time out. Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United take on Arsenal on Monday night 2 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Unai Emery and Arsenal make the trip to Sheffield United tonight Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ ‘Are you ready for this?’ – Souness in rare praise of returning Paul Pogba deals update appointed latest LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Martin Keown says Liverpool are the biggest threat to Arsenal’s InvinciblesSheffield United vs Arsenal: Match statsSheffield United are unbeaten in their last four top-flight home games against Arsenal since a 0-2 loss in April 1991.Arsenal have played more Premier League games at Bramall Lane without victory than they have any other ground in the competition.Arsenal have won their last seven league games in Yorkshire – the longest winning run by an away side in the county in English top-flight history.Sheffield United have lost their last three league home games. They last lost four in a row at home in league competition in April 1965.Arsenal have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League matches on a Monday.Sheffield United have scored just one goal before half-time in the top-flight this season, fewer than any other side. All seven of their goals have also all been scored by different players.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 75 games for Arsenal in all competitions – a goal here would see him become the sixth fastest player to reach the 50 milestone for the Gunners. 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We want to give our supporters there a good 90 minutes, and also try to win the game.” Sheffield United vs Arsenal: Date and kick off timeThe Premier League clash will take place on Monday, October 21 with kick off at 8pm.These two teams last faced each other in 2008 when Arsenal won their league cup clash 6-0 following a hat-trick from Carlos Vela.Sheffield United vs Arsenal: TV channel and live streamThe match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League in the UK with their programme beginning at 7pm.Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £8.99. rookie error Arsenal, meanwhile, are third and beat Bournemouth before the international break.This will be their first league clash since 2006 when Sheffield United claimed a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane thanks to Christian Nade’s strike. 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He said: “I’m totally relaxed with that. At times you want everyone to sign, and sign long-term, but you have to be realistic about it. I’m not getting caught up in it too much.“I feel that we will get good work done over the next wee while and it’s good to know if people are going to re-sign then we can still plan. “We always look to try and work a window or two ahead of ourselves and plan for next season so those targets and identifying players for next season is ongoing.“We want consistency within the squad and I think we’ve had that over the last wee while and I think it has served us well.” “Hopefully we can get some sort of clarity and outcome in the month of January with some of the lads.”Asked if any uncertainty could affect the performances of players waiting to discover their future, McInnes added: “It’s not too unusual. I think it is unrealistic to think that we can secure everybody down on long-term deals.“We’ve tried and done that very well over the last few years. As the team gets more spotlight on them and the better the team does at times then individuals within that might want to exercise that right to look at their options.”Squad consistency has played a part in helping the Dons secure back-to-back runners-up finishes and McInnes says he is not worried about the current situation. Derek McInnes insists he is relaxed over his out-of-contract Aberdeen players after revealing the club will not continue any talks over new deals until January.Captain Ryan Jack and attacker Niall McGinn are among the 12 players whose deals come to an end this summer.All 12 will be able to talk to other clubs about pre-contract deals in the new year but McInnes says no discussions will start until the club have completed their run of festive fixtures.He said: “As I said last week we have this busy schedule and I just want to concentrate on the next few games but there will be discussions to be had and there are discussions we have had.