Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is already looking forward to the start of next season and says that playing Newcastle United in their Premier League opener will give the players a little bit of extra motivation.After their trip to St James’ Park on Aug. 12, Tottenham will host champions Chelsea for their first home game at Wembley, which is being used while White Hart Lane undergoes redevelopment, a week later.“We’re starting to prepare the season and we cannot wait to start again,” Pochettino told the club’s website. (www.tottenhamhotspur.com)“This is a moment for our players to enjoy their holidays and try to recharge the batteries but for us, we’re thinking about starting the season in the best condition.“I’m always positive about the fixtures … and we start in Newcastle, that will be exciting because it’s our first game and then our first game at Wembley is against Chelsea, I’m sure the fans will be excited for that as well.”Tottenham’s game against Newcastle gives them the opportunity to avenge their humiliating 5-1 defeat in the final game of the 2015-16 campaign.“Newcastle is another motivation for us. The way that we finished the season before (last) is not too much important now but we’ll have that in our mind to motivate us and we’ll try to win.“Next season will be exciting and to start at St James’ Park will be very motivating for us.”Forward Son Heung-min, who scored 21 goals for the club last season, could miss the first few games of the season after undergoing surgery for a broken arm on Friday.The South Korean fractured his arm in his nation’s 3-2 World Cup qualifier defeat by Qatar on Tuesday and his full recovery could take up to 12 weeks, keeping him out until September, according to a report by Yonhap news agency.
The huge increase in football transfer fees is both dangerous for the game and risks alienating fans, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness said on Wednesday.The world transfer record was shattered this month when Brazil’s Neymar moved from Barcelona to Paris St Germain in a deal worth 222 million euros, more than double the previous highest price paid for a player.The staggering spending did not stop there, however, and Ousmane Dembele then joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund last week, with the Frenchman’s move costing up to 150 million euros, including bonuses, the second highest deal in football history.Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe has also been linked in the media with a move to PSG in a deal reported to be worth 180 million euros.“In my opinion there is no player in the world worth 100 million euros,” Hoeness told SportBild magazine.“I do not want to buy a player for 100 million euros even if I had the money. That would be too much of a waste of money,” said Hoeness, who reclaimed the Bayern presidency last year after serving a prison term for tax evasion.The Bavarians, five-time European champions, are among the richest soccer clubs in the world with an annual turnover of more than half a billion euros and a fixed deposit account bulging with almost 200 million euros.“We have reached a point where we have to be damned careful. Because there is a point where maybe the fan has had enough,” he added.“In all honesty, it is time to go back to proportionality. For a long time there was fear of agents, of players etc. Now we have to say ‘enough is enough’.”Bayern broke their own club transfer record this summer when they signed 23-year-old Frenchman Corentin Tolisso for 41.5 million euros.The club’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has also criticised inflated transfer fees, saying he would prefer a stadium to signing Neymar for the amount PSG paid for him.German national team manager Oliver Bierhoff said big transfers were always part of the game and will continue to be, adding the Neymar transfer triggered Dembele’s move to Spain and brought 150 million euros in revenues for a German club.“High sums of money will always be part of this, spectacular transfers will always be there,” Bierhoff told reporters.“This attack on commerce is a bit too simple. It has to be more differentiated. (Bayern Munich’s) Allianz Arena was created through commerce and has been sold out since the start.“I don’t know if it is bad. It needs a more differentiated view.”
Gareth Southgate believes England’s frontline is as exciting as any other in the world.World Cup Golden Boot winner Harry Kane grabbed a hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Bulgaria to move him past Stan Mortensen and Sir Geoff Hurst in the Three Lions’ all-time scoring ranks.The England skipper not only has 25 goals from 40 international appearances but is complemented by the likes of Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford, with teenagers Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi knocking on Southgate’s door.“I think that they’re as exciting as anything, really,” Southgate said of his attacking unit.“I remember going to Spain and thinking ‘well, a really tough game, but actually you look at our front three and their front three on the night and I felt that we were strong’.“And I’ve got to say, we’ve got Sancho and Hudson-Odoi who are going to push, and really push, so I think that it is exciting.“You need to have players on the field to affect the games, but you need to have players that can come in and have an impact and I think we’re in a healthy position.”Asked if the players are beginning to recognise they have the potential to be the best, Southgate said: “It’s an interesting comment. I think they have great humility.“I think they possibly don’t, because they sometimes don’t view themselves as others do.“We’ve also got to remember that as a coaching team. Very often you work with the team and it’s easy to find what they can’t do well.“I think whenever we’re judging games, all of us look at what hasn’t gone well and sometimes we can overlook the brilliant things that they do, that maybe other countries don’t have.”Southgate’s front three on Saturday worked well together thanks to their “balance of speed, intelligent movement”, unselfishness and work-rate.Having an out-and-out goalscorer at the top is another big help, with 26-year-old Kane already well on the way to breaking Wayne Rooney’s all-time England scoring record of 53.“I think it will just be about fitness and avoiding lengthy injuries – things that are out of your control – but I would think everything else is there to really challenge it,” Southgate said.“The reality of that is that there’s a reason that only Bobby (Charlton) and Gary (Lineker) and Wayne have got there, because it’s such a hard challenge to stay fit, the number-one choice, focused, motivated for the long period that you need to be able to get the games and to get those goals.“But if anybody has that strength of mentality, for sure it’s Harry.”While the attack is becoming an increasingly exciting component, a midfield balance has yet to be achieved.Southgate believes the change to a midfield three is helping to solve the issue of injecting creativity on top of a defensive platform, although there is no clear Luka Modric or Frenkie De Jong type of player.There is, though, talent coming through. Mason Mount is looking to push on after his debut on Saturday, while James Maddison is hoping to win his first cap in Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Kosovo.“There’s Phil Foden as well underneath that,” Southgate said.“There are different profiles of players that come through our academies, and some that have been playing number 10 earlier in their careers, or wingers – Ox (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain), (Ross) Barkley – that are giving us different opportunities.“We’ve got Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) as well who is out injured, so there are lots of options.“We never have them all fit at the same time, so it’s quite an interesting… I mean I watched the Dutch, they never seem to change their bloody team. I don’t get it. They never have an injury. I don’t know how that happens.“But, yes, we’ve got strength in depth and real competition, so I think we’re fascinated to see who’s going to progress and who’s going to nail those places down.”
Today’s games – 3 p.m.: Reno vs Portmore United – Prison Oval – 7 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Harbour View – Edward Seaga Complex – 3 p.m.: Dunbeholden vs Humble Lion – Royal Lakes (St Catherine) – 7 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Montego Bay United – Anthony Spaulding Complex – 3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Waterhouse – UWI Mona Bowl At the end of today’s start of the second round of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), Harbour View and, specifically, coach Ricardo Gardner, will be hoping that they are in better standing. Currently, the former champions and one of the standard-bearers in the 12-team league, sit in 11th position, a point below Montego Bay United and Reno FC – the teams within striking distance. A point against Tivoli Gardens should see them climb out of the relegation zone if the games of their nearest rivals play true to form. Portmore United are expected to get the better of Reno away while home comforts should see Arnett Gardens stop Montego Bay United. “We are upbeat. We have one more training session this evening and will finalise our preparations. “We are coming off three very good results, and I think it could be better, but there are a lot of positives to take from them,” Gardner said ahead of today’s game against the tough Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Stadium. Among the positives would have been the return to fitness and action of Peter Lee Vassell and Deshane Beckford, who have added punch to their attack. The all-round play of the team has also seen improvement, according to Gardner. “I think we are beginning to understand our functions and how they serve the team, and this is important to the end product,” Gardener said. This improvement he expects to continue even against today’s tough opponents. – 8:35 p.m.: Mount Pleasant vs Cavalier – Drax Hall Sports Complex (St Ann) DIFFICULT PLACE Tomorrow’s game “Tivoli Gardens is always a difficult place to go to, especially based on what they have and how they are playing, but we are confident in ourselves,” said Gardner, who is sweating about the fitness of midfielder Kemar Bennett and defender Christopher Harvey. As far as Tivoli Gardens are concerned, they, too, have their issues to sort out as fifth place is not where they think they belong, and coach Omar Edwards has made his dissatisfaction clear to the players to give more. “We want to start maximising on home advantage,” Edwards declared. “We want to start the second round on a positive note. Since this season, we have not done as well as we are supposed to. In order to win the league, we have to be consistent, concentrate for 90 minutes, and have to ensure that we maintain a solid defensive unit. “Harbour View are a decent unit, even though they are not doing so well right now, and we have taken that into consideration as well,” added the man who has rejuvenated the Tivoli Gardens unit. Edwards has also challenged his players to give the supporters something to cheer about. “We are asking the players not just to turn up, but turn up with their ‘A’ game, and give the spectators something to smile about and something that will see them going home satisfied,” stated Edwards. Like Harbour View, Tivoli Gardens could be without key players as captain Barrington Price will miss the game due to an accumulation of cards, and the veteran Jermaine Johnson is nursing an injury. At Royal Lakes, Dunbeholden will be hoping to have a better day against Humble Lion than they did last week when they lost in added time to leaders Portmore United. Another loss could see them lose more ground to the rest of the pack.
Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ The Spartans will face Final Four newbie Texas Tech and its oxygen-sucking defense.Virginia, the only No. 1 seed left in the bracket, is in Minneapolis to make a new kind of history after its momentous first-round fail against No. 16 seed UMBC a year ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Cavaliers and their impenetrable pack-line defense will try to stop the volume-shooting Auburn Tigers, who have poured in 3-pointers during this NCAA Tournament like they’re playing pop-a-shot.Here’s a few things to know in what should be a highly-entertaining Final Four on Saturday: Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy 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 award THOSE DEFENSES: Tony Bennett has turned Virginia into one of the nation’s best defenses by utilizing his father’s pack-line approach. The Cavaliers pack the paint to force teams to the perimeter, a scheme that ranks them annually among Division I’s leaders for points allowed per game and shooting percentage defense.Texas Tech has the nation’s most efficient defense this season, according to KenPom, and attacks opposing offenses instead of waiting to react.Auburn’s pressure defense triggers its offense, live-ball turnovers setting up 3-pointers in transition.Michigan State plays bruising, Big Ten-style defense, punishing teams inside and swarming them on the perimeter.KEY PLAYERS: Michigan State’s Cassius Winston is an AP All-American who can shoot, dish and is one of the toughest players in the game. Nick Ward is a load down low, even with a sore left hand.Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech is a nightmare matchup for opposing defenses, a potential NBA lottery pick, who can score in a multitude of ways. Matt Mooney does a little of everything for the Red Raiders — and does it well.Auburn’s Bryce Brown may be the most unstoppable player in the Final Four and teams with Jared Harper for one of the best backcourts anywhere.Virginia has a trio of leaders in De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy who have given the Cavaliers an offense to match that stifling D.MISSING PLAYERS: Two teams are missing key players.Michigan State lost Joshua Langford, a co-captain and its second-leading scorer, to an ankle injury in December, but still managed to play its way into the Final Four. NEW TERRITORY: Michigan State will know what to expect with a national title and all those Final Four appearances under its belt.This will be a new experience for the other three teams.Virginia is in its first Final Four since 1984 under Terry Holland.Texas Tech is in its first Final Four in 93 years of basketball after reaching the Elite Eight a year ago, its second season under Chris Beard.Coach Bruce Pearl is also making his first Final Four appearance with Auburn, in its first Final Four since the program began in 1905.ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? UST bounces back, handily beats UE Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Auburn lost star forward Chuma Okeke to a torn left ACL in a Sweet 16 victory against North Carolina, but the Tigers still managed to beat Kentucky in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four. P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Auburn’s Horace Spencer warms up during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)MINNEAPOLIS — Following an epic Elite Eight and a week of buildup, the Final Four is finally here.Michigan State is the regular, making its eighth appearance in the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament under Tom Izzo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Robert Bolick, Batang Pier far from done Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing View comments 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 LATEST STORIES Ukrainian prime minister resigns after recordings published Jones said for them to move forward and close the eliminations on a strong note, he and his teammates will have to play better than what they’re currently in.“It’s on me to make sure everybody’s staying involved in the offense,” said Jones. “Whether that’s hitting guys for corner threes or finding a big in transition that’s running hard and reward them for that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m just making sure I’m doing my thing and get everybody involved.”The KaTropa had the kind of game Jones wanted as three of their players finished in double-digit scoring. MOST READ Roger Pogoy, often the recipient of Jones’ passes, tallied 19 points, on 6-of-14 shooting, with seven rebounds while Jayson Castro finished with 15 points, six boards, and five assists.Don Trollano also got going on offense with 13 points while also grabbing eight rebounds.The Katropa’s win gave them a league-best 8-1 record, half-a-game above No. 2 NorthPort but their job is not done yet.“We’re just taking it one game at a time, not really trying to look too far down the schedule and just worrying about the task at hand and the team we play next,” said Jones.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—Terrence Jones was nothing short of magnificent when TNT took the luster out of Rain or Shine, 102-81, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jones tallied an impressive triple-double of 33 points, 21 rebounds, and 13 assists with four steals and two blocks to boot and the versatile forward is confident it’s not just him who can sustain his brilliant play.ADVERTISEMENT 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article questioning the purpose of having an IT department when none of your entity’s business processes are automated. I referred to an IT department that doesn’t administer any automated processes or mission-critical applications as a “large Internet Café.” Sometime last week, I met with a friend, who is also a government official. He asked about process automation and pointed out that he would like to start with the personnel department which falls under his purview. And just as I expected, he wasted no time in telling me that their budget is tight hence, he was not looking for a costly solution but “something reasonable and of quality.” Before suggesting a solution to him, I lectured him on open source software and the value it adds to an organization. I then tried to dispel the myth that is being propagated about open source software and made him to understand that if the United States Government, the British Government, the French Government, the German Government, the South African Government and even the Ghanaian Government can use open source software, then I see no reason why we (Liberia) should continue spending money on prohibitive proprietary software. After that lecture, I suggested we implement a globally-used open source human resource management software known as OrangeHRM. He embraced the idea and said he’d need to find the money for the hardware (server, backup, etc).OrangeHRM is free and open source human resource management software with rich features and easy to use interface. It has users worldwide enjoying a free, stable and highly usable Human Resource Management solution. The system is backed by professional support and services as well as a fast growing, receptive and knowledgeable worldwide open source community. OrangeHRM is the world’s most popular Open Source Human Resource Management Software (HRMS) with over 1,000,000 users globally.OrangeHRM offers a complete suite of human capital management human resource management tools. This includes employee information management, employee absence management, employee holiday management or employee leave management, recruitment management, employee performance evaluation and many other HR management tools.OrangeHRM offers a flexible and easy to use Human Resource Information System (HRIS) solution for small and medium sized companies free of charge. By providing modules for personnel information management, employee self service, leave, time & attendance, benefits and recruitment, companies are able to manage the crucial organization asset – people. The combination of these modules into one application assures the perfect platform for re-engineering and aligning your HR processes along with the organizational goals.The software is developed by OrangeHRM Inc. It is a software company based in Secaucus, New Jersey. OrangeHRM is available both as an open source and an advanced hosted application (SaaS). It is released under the GNU General Public License. OrangeHRM is being used by more than 1 million users and the company has partners in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,Each day that passes only serves to confirm that the Alliance For Change (AFC) is ‘dead meat’ and no amount of empty rhetoric will bring it back to life. The message is quite clear: the A Partnership for National Unity no longer needs the AFC since it has very little to offer, if anything at all.Those supporters, who came from the People’s National Congress (PNC) and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) have returned to their respective homes. Undoubtedly, the 2020 General Elections is a race between the PPP and the PNC. The smaller parties have been decimated and obliterated. However, the young people of this country will be the deciding factor and since they are not in any way influenced by ‘party loyalty’ I am sure they will vote based on how they view what is taking place currently and then make an educated comparison of what had taken place during the tenure of the previous governments.I am confident that the poor and inept handling of many issues such as the oil PSA, the quicksilver nature of addressing the GuySuCo dilemma, the ever expanding web of corruption as it relates to procurement, the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman and the economic decline affecting the country. Corruption is more blatant than it ever was, and the Government lacks the political will to effect any meaningful change.It must be noted that from May 2015, the AFC has become increasingly tone deaf to all the issues mentioned above and its Ministers within the coalition Government are only intent on securing their ’good life’. I do feel that Moses Nagamootoo should use this opportunity to leave on medical grounds after securing his pension since his ‘spin’ bowling is no longer necessary. He has become so uncharacteristically silent on so many issues afflicting this nation.In addition, the Public Security Minister seems to be making more statements on agriculture related issues whenever he visits Berbice rather than finding solutions for the escalating crime problems. Corruption has been growing within the Police Force and his Ministry. It has been alleged that there is a ‘yard sale’ of gun licences in Black Bush Polder.Then Minister Trotman has made tremendous ‘blunders’ with the EXXON deal which reeks of corruption with this nation losing whatever windfall would have accrued from the discovery of oil. His gimmicks and excuses have become unbearable to the average Guyanese. Guyanese will have to continue to live as third-class citizens because of his ‘blunders’. Moreover, the Public Infrastructure Minister seems to be having a rough time determining who is not corrupt within his Ministry. Cronyism and corruption are devouring his Ministry.Yours sincerely,Muhammad Mustapha
The Sun’s Neil Custis claims Manchester United will turn to Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris should David De Gea complete a long-expected switch to Real Madrid.The Spaniard has been targeted as the man to replace Bernabeu legend Iker Casillas at the La Liga side, with the two clubs said to be haggling over a final transfer fee.“Hugo Lloris is Manchester United’s top target [to replace David De Gea],” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “The problem for Manchester United is they will lose possibly their best goalkeeper ever in David De Gea.“He had the potential to play for Manchester United for the next ten years and beat Alex Stepney’s appearance record. He could have even outdone the legendary Peter Schmeichel possibly. He is that good.“De Gea doesn’t want to ask for a transfer, but that is the next step. He’s genuinely emotionally torn over the whole situation.“He loves living in Manchester, despite the weather. He loves the club. The emotional outpouring towards him from the fans at the end of last season touched him. It’s torn him a bit. He does want the move, but it’s getting it done.”
1 John Terry during Chelsea training John Terry is fully fit and in contention to feature for Chelsea against Manchester United on Sunday.The Blues’ veteran skipper has not played since suffering an ankle injury in the 2-2 draw with Swansea on September 11.Terry returned to training last week and was an unused substitute in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Leicester, but there were suggestions he had suffered a setback on the eve of the United clash.However, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insists the 35-year-old is feeling good and will be part of his squad for the reunion with Jose Mourinho.Conte said: “John is in good shape. He trained with the team. He’s good.“He solved his problem with his ankle and he trained very well this week. He’s available for the game.”Chelsea will be without Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic against United, with both struggling with minor muscular injuries.Willian and Oscar, who missed the Leicester match on compassionate leave following family bereavements, are back in training but Conte has yet to decide whether to include the duo.