Advocaat to step down as Netherlands coach

first_imgDick Advocaat is stepping down as Netherlands coach after his team’s two friendly internationals this month, he said on Wednesday.The 70-year-old took over from Danny Blind in mid-year but, in his third spell in charge, proved unable to turn around Dutch fortunes as they failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup.“These are my last two games, after this I’m stopping,” he said on Wednesday after arriving in Aberdeen for Thursday’s match against Scotland.The Netherlands, World Cup runners-up in South Africa in 2010 and third in Brazil in 2014, also play Romania in Bucharest on Tuesday.Advocaat was guarded about his future.“I haven’t said what I’m going to do therefore clubs do not know that I’m available or not. Let’s get these two games out of the way and then we’ll see what comes into my path. I’m doing the same as Louis van Gaal and never saying ‘never’,” he told Dutch broadcaster NOS.last_img read more

Make Pan Africanism a Reality

first_imgThe President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate has cautioned the International Conference on Pan-Africanism and Negritude not to continue to dwell in the philosophical scheme and concept of Pan Africanism, but must go beyond the scope of the everyday challenges and how to solve the many questions confronting the organization and its peoples.Pro Tempore Armah Zolu Jallah made the assertion when he was selected to deliver the opening remarks at the historic international conference held early this month at the Howard University in Washington DC, the United States.Declared Mr. Jallah, “We must rise majestically to new heights of solving the many questions that confront us as a people and work substantially to make Pan Africanism a realty and not a mere concept discussed in our many intellectual assemblies.”Delving into the background of the organization, Pro Temp Jallah described Pan-Africanism as a movement with a rich and long history spanning more than 200 years. “Africans on the African continent and those in the Diaspora have wrestled with asserting a common African identity and with the inescapable fact that all Africans, whether on the continent or in the Diaspora, share an interconnected past, present and future.”“One of the earliest of Pan-African Congresses,” Senator Jallah recalled, “was the Chicago Conference on Africa, held on August 14, 1893. That conference addressed such questions as: “The African in America”; “Liberia as a Factor in the Progress of the Negro Race”; and, “What do American Negroes Owe to their Kinsmen beyond the Sea…” The Gbarpolu County lawmaker recognized Trinidadian Barrister Henry Sylvester Williams, whom he said, thinking about a political movement organized around a series of conferences that would draw representatives of the African Race from all parts of the World, in 1897 established the African Association. The aim of the association was to encourage a feeling of unity and facilitate friendly intercourse among Africans, and “promote and protect the interests of all subjects claiming African descent, wholly or in part in the British Colonies and other places, especially in Africa,” said Mr. Jallah.Pro Temp Jallah specifically recalled contributions of several luminaries to the evolution of pan-Africanism, among them: the Jamaican Pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey, the African American scholar W. E. B. Dubois and Tanzanian President Julius Mwalimu Nyerere. “What remains true is that the questions and verities that challenged these Pan-African luminaries and pioneers still haunt us today.”Drilling deep beneath what he termed as the vast universe that is Pan-Africanism and to focus on the specifics of existing political, economic and cultural realities as they impact the Pan-African experience, Jallah admonished the movement not to stand in awe of the Pan-African forests and forget the trees.As the conference discussed Africa, the lawmaker Jallah reminded the participants that Sub-Saharan Africa is lagging behind every other region in the world on almost any conceivable socioeconomic, sociopolitical metric.“In the last 25 years, Africa South of the Sahara was only able to lift 28 percent of its poor out of extreme poverty, which is defined as living on less than US$1.25 a day in purchasing power parity terms. In Asia that number is close to 70 percent. In Latin America, that number is 66 percent. This I argue is a fundamental challenge of Pan-Africanism. This is a tree that this conference should reflect upon.”“Why,” he wondered, “is it that challenges of poor governance appear to disproportionately affect sub-Saharan Africa, and that even here in the United States and Europe, persons of African descent continue to live in poverty amid American and European affluence?”“Scores for the Program of International School Assessment (PISA), which measures math and reading skills of students in different countries, show that sub-Saharan Africa ranks at the very bottom among all regions. Here in the United States, about 45 percent of black students in American public high schools drops out before graduation, while figure of whites is 22 percent. The academic underachievement of Africans in our current technological globalized universe is a fundamental pan-Africanist challenge,” Jallah declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Unforgivable’ if Argentina don’t rule Copa

first_img“It would be unforgivable if this generation of players did not end up winning a title,” Martino told reporters ahead of Saturday’s Group B game against Paraguay.As well as Messi, the embarrassment of riches  includes Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, Juventus’s Carlos Tevez, Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria of Manchester United.Factor in the defensive prowess of players such as Pablo Zabaleta, Javier Mascherano and Nicolas Otamendi and it is easy to see why the Argentines head into Saturday’s Group B game against Paraguay as tournament favourites.However the phenomenal strength in depth of the Argentina squad cannot mask the fact that the South American powerhouses have gone 22 long years without winning a major title.Martino acknowledged the trophy drought on Friday as he spoke to reporters at Argentina’s La Serena training camp.Martino however believes Argentina are perfectly placed to end the jinx, stating that his squad was in a bouyant mood as they prepared to face Paraguay.“We’re in a good place, and we’re ready to have a good campaign. We have no complaints at all,” Martino said, referring to the atmosphere in the camp.Martino also assured fans that captain Messi was also bristling with confidence on the eve of Argentina’s opener.“He’s in excellent form,” Martino said, citing Messi’s role in Barcelona’s treble-winning season in Spain.Argentina went agonizingly close to winning last year’s World Cup, losing 1-0 in the final against Germany after extra-time to finish runners-up.Their last major tournament win came in the 1993 Copa America.Group B also includes defending champions Uruguay, who play Argentina next Tuesday, and Caribbean minnows Jamaica.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi celebrates scoring against North Korea at last year’s World Cup in Brazil. He will lead Argentina to 2015 Copa America.LA SERENA, July 13- Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said it will be “unforgivable” if the country’s current golden generation fail to win a major tournament as they prepared to launch their Copa America campaign.The Argentinians boast a star-studded squad led by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi which includes some of the most potent attackers in world football. But they have not won a major title since the Copa America in 1993.last_img read more

College to hold Saturday sign-up

first_imgLANCASTER – Antelope Valley College will hold Super Saturday, a one-day registration event, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28 on campus, 3041 W. Ave. K. Prospective students will be able to apply for admission to the college and register for fall classes, among other things. “We started this three years ago as a way to provide people another option for getting into college classes,” college spokesman Steve Standerfer said. “By making our services available on a Saturday, it’s a convenient way for people to register or get the assistance they need before the fall semester.” The college’s fall semester begins Aug.20, with classes in Lancaster and Palmdale. On Super Saturday, people also can develop an education plan, obtain student identification cards, apply for financial aid, pay fees and complete free English and math assessments. On July 28, the assessment will be offered at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. only. Space is limited. People are encouraged to complete an assessment prior to the event, if possible. Assessment office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call the Information and Welcome Center at (661) 722-6331 or visit AVC online at www.avc.edu. 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

Former Chelsea chief: Depay will be big hit for Liverpool or Man United

first_img Memphis Depay 1 Memphis Depay will take the Premier League by storm whether he joins Manchester United or Liverpool, according to former Chelsea and PSV sporting director Frank Arnesen.The 21-year-old attacker is at the centre of a bidding war between the two Premier League giants after a stunning campaign in Holland.And, should the Netherlands international seal a switch to England, Arnesen is in no doubt he will prove a huge hit.“I’ve seen him many times this season and he is going from strength to strength, even though he’s only 21 years old,” he told Perform.“It’s difficult to stop him. It will, of course, take time because it’s totally different than in Eredivisie. The level is so much higher here, playing much more games, so he needs to be protected.“Don’t expect too much in the beginning but he’s definitely a big talent and he’ll be good in the Premier League.“I don’t know where he wants to go. I’ve seen a lot of players coming into the Premier League from Holland who didn’t achieve because the level is so high in the Premier League but Depay can do very well.”last_img read more

Charges filed in man’s death

first_imgWHITTIER – Prosecutors filed murder charges Tuesday against a 44-year-old man accused of beating his father to death last week. After being formally charged, William Miller Jr. appeared in Whittier Court for an arraignment, but that was rescheduled for Sept. 19. Detectives claim Miller Jr. flew into a rage Thursday afternoon and attacked his father, William Miller Sr., punching the 64-year-old into unconsciousness. The father later died at a hospital. The two lived together in the 8600 block of Strub Avenue, where Miller Jr. cared for his ailing father, said Whittier police Detective Jay Tatman. The unemployed Miller Jr. was hanging out with a friend in the garage of the Strub Avenue home shortly before the attack occurred at about 1:40 p.m., said Tatman. “This is kind of a different case,” Tatman said. “A lot of our cases involve gangs and domestic violence. This family lost a father and a son at the same time.” Miller Sr.’s slaying was the fourth this year in Whittier and the second in which a family member is the accused killer. On July 5, Joseph Gaytan, 70, was stabbed to death in his home in the 14000 block of Sunset Drive. The suspect is Gaytan’s 21-year-old grandson, Rick Palma. Palma allegedly attacked his grandfather and uncle in the home where they lived together. Investigators said the attack was unprovoked. Family members said Palma suffered from a mental illness. Investigators believe two other homicides this year might have involved gangs and tagging crews. David Garcia, 19, of Pico Rivera died from a gunshot to the head at 12:53 a.m. May 20. He was gunned down in a parking lot outside Bailey’s Liquor, 11415 Whittier Blvd. Garcia was on life-support at Beverly Hospital in Montebello for several days before he died, said Detective Jim Uhl. No arrests have been made in that case. Police also have no suspects in custody in the city’s first killing of the year. Francisco Enciso, 20, of Whittier was shot to death on his front porch in the 6200 block of Gretna Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. Feb.15. Uhl said investigators believe Enciso’s killing might have been gang related. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“The son walked into the house and his dad said something derogatory to him,” said Tatman. “Then they fought.” Detectives Tuesday said they did not know what Miller Sr. said to his son to spark the fight. But Tatman said Miller Jr. admitted to investigators that he beat his father, punching him several times in the head and chest. Then he called police. “The defendant was pretty much casual on the 9-1-1 tape,” said Tatman. “He just reported that he’d been in a fight with his father.” When officers arrived, they found Miller Sr. lying on the floor in a semi-conscious state. He died about three hours later at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Investigators said Miller Sr. had used an oxygen machine to breathe and a cane to walk. last_img read more

Jose Mourinho complains about penalty decision after Manchester derby defeat

first_img The Red Devils boss felt his side should have had a spot-kick 1 Jose Mourinho complained about a penalty decision and bemoaned his side’s luck after Manchester United were beaten in Sunday’s derby by rivals Manchester City.Goals at set-pieces from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi, either side of a Marcus Rashford equaliser, proved enough for City to triumph 2-1 at Old Trafford and extend their Premier League lead to 11 points.United boss Mourinho felt his side should have had a penalty in the latter stages following a challenge by Otamendi on Ander Herrera but instead the United player was booked for diving. City goalkeeper Ederson also made a fine double save in the closing moments from Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata.Mourinho said: “You can speak about anything you want, you can bring any football theory, you can bring stats, ball possession, everything – but, like last season, it is a huge penalty in a crucial moment of the game.“But I also feel sorry for (referee) Michael Oliver because I think he had a good game, assistants the same. I think they came with the intention to make the perfect work, which they almost did.“When you see Manchester City play you expect them to score great goals, not to score two ‘disgraceful’ goals. They are the last goals you expect to concede against a quality team like Manchester City, two very bad goals – one corner, one free-kick with rebounds, incredibly lucky or unlucky depending on your perspective.“Yes, they had much more of the ball, yes they had that apparent control of the ball, but the biggest save is the double save by their goalkeeper and the biggest decision of the game is the unlucky decision of Michael.”Mourinho admitted City’s lead in the title race was now at a “significant distance”.last_img read more

Poisoning of Iraqi policemen kills 11; attack by militants suspected

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sunni insurgents who have targeted police and military forces with bombings and shootings have not been known to use poisoning as a weapon. But the suddenness and severity of the sickness raised speculation that the incident could be a new attack. The division is mainly made up of Shiites. Between 600 and 700 policemen were affected to varying degrees, and 11 who had the heaviest amount of the food had died, al-Atwan told The Associated Press. Some of the soldiers collapsed as soon as they stood up from them meal, others fell “one after the other” as they headed out to the yard in the base to line up in formation, al-Atwan said. BAGHDAD, Iraq – Hundreds of Iraqi policemen fell sick from poisoning Sunday at a base in southern Iraq after the evening meal breaking their daily Ramadan fast, and officials said they were investigating whether the poisoning was intentional. An official with the Environment Ministry said 11 policemen had died. However, the governor of Wasit province – where the poisoning took place – denied any deaths, though he said some of the victims were in critical condition. There was no immediate explanation for the contradictory reports. Some of the policemen began bleeding from the ears and nose after the meal, said Jassim al-Atwan, an inspector for the Environment Ministry, who was serving as a liaison in the investigation between the Health Ministry and the base, located in the town of Numaniyah. “Hundreds of soldiers were poisoned after taking food and water in the iftar,” Wasit Gov. Hamad al-Latif told the Associated Press, referring to the meal that breaks the sunrise-to-sunset fast during the Islamic holy month. “Investigations are under way to determine the cause.” Samples of the food and water were being tested “to determine the substance in them” and will be sent to Baghdad for further test. last_img read more

‘Spurs in deep trouble… they cannot afford to be in Europa League’ – Durham

first_img no dice gameday cracker tense 4 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT deals “Ok, here’s the thing. They’ve lost nine games, nine Premier League games this season. Only three times in ten years has a side lost ten games and made the top four.“Nobody has made the top four losing more than ten games in that time and they’ve [Spurs] still got to go to Manchester City and Liverpool!“I know they’re in there for the moment, I know they’ve been there for most of the season, but I can’t see them doing it!“They lost at Burnley and Southampton and that’s why they’ve gone from potentially the title race to potentially being outside of the top four and it’s a massive concern.” LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS 4 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED shining Pochettino was then put in Durham’s firing line, with the Drivetime host questioning recent comments the Argentine has been making.Durham said: “What’s an even bigger concern is Pochettino’s comments afterwards. I think he’s so veiled and unclear in what he’s saying.“He’s clearly not happy but is it with the board, his players, with his own situation? Why doesn’t he just come out and clearly say to the fans ‘this is exactly what I’m unhappy with…be clear Pochettino!’” REVEALED “It was such a Spursy announcement! It’s unbelievable.“And actually I think the excitement about the new stadium is waning massively because the form on the pitch is so terrible.“Spurs in that new stadium cannot afford Europa League football, they cannot afford to be in the Europa League, they have to be in the Champions League.“It’s a massive concern but this is where Spurs fans were saying ‘the squad’s fine, the XI is fine, everything is going to be alright because Poch [Mauricio Pochettino] is in charge’, this is where your lack of signings over the last two windows is coming home to roost!” huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars center_img 4 Spurs slumped to defeat at St Mary’s on Saturday Durham also blasted Spurs’ lack of summer signings Durham believes Spurs could slip out of the top four 4 talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham has issued a grave warning to Tottenham fans ahead of their final eight games in the Premier League this season.Mauricio Pochettino’s men suffered another setback at the weekend, losing 2-1 at Southampton despite dominating the strugglers during the first half of the match.It leaves Spurs 13 points off Premier League leaders Manchester City and has seen them get sucked into the battle for the Champions League spots instead, as they are only three points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury There was some good news for Spurs last week, after the club revealed they want their first game at their new stadium to be held on April 3 against Crystal Palace.However, the moving in date is subject to Brighton winning their FA Cup match on March 17 so it’s still not clear when it will happen.And Durham labelled the news as ‘such a Spursy announcement’ before referring to how the club’s lack of signings in recent times has led to their recent downturn in form.He added: “They issued a statement about the new stadium on Friday but we didn’t know the opposition for their first game and we didn’t know the date. getty Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Durham is not impressed with Spurs’ new stadium announcement Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Durham was touting Spurs as potential title winners before their trip to Burnley on February 23. However, the Clarets won that game and Spurs have failed to win in the league in their three games since.And on Monday’s edition of Drivetime, Durham said how Spurs’ hopes of finishing in the top four should be treated as a ‘massive concern’.Durham said: “Spurs for me are in deep trouble in terms of making the top four. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City last_img read more