Hailed as fighter for social justice, democratic reforms

first_imgLate Bishop Randolph GeorgeFormer Anglican Bishop Randolph George is hailed as a true champion of democracy and a fighter for socialFormer Anglican Bishop Randolph Georgejustice as local politicians, social activists, his family and the Anglican community continue to mourn his passing.Bishop George passed away peacefully about 01:45h on Monday, at his Republic Park, East Bank Demerara home.President David Granger in a statement described Bishop George as a distinguished son of our soil, who he remembered as a towering figure in the life of the Anglican Church, having served the episcopate for 28 years.Bishop George, who was bestowed with the Cacique Crown of Honour in 1994, was described by the President as a “sagacious, soft-spoken and amicable leader of the Diocese.”“Randolph George will be recorded as a person of quiet and unassuming dignity, whose respect and stature amongst the faithful never diminished, even after his retirement. He will be remembered, also, for his steadfast commitment to social justice, his advocacy of democratic reforms and for his service to the Integrity Commission of Guyana, the President’s office said.Meanwhile, the Opposition, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in a statement said Guyana has lost a true son, a spiritual leader and a patriot.“Bishop George’s contribution to Guyana goes beyond that of just a spiritual leader. As a spiritual leader, he was dedicated to his flock and sought to promote both their spiritual and physical well-being. His work among the indigenous peoples and persons living in the hinterlands of Guyana are well known. As a patriot, he was a fearless supporter of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. He assumed leadership of the church during a difficult period in Guyana’s history but his outspoken honesty and integrity assisted in ensuring that Guyana returned to the path of democracy,” the PPP said in a statement.Meanwhile, the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) also extended condolences on the passing of Bishop George.The GHRA said that although he spent almost the last two decades of his long life in relative privacy, his leadership of civic resistance to oppression in Guyana from the late 1970s to the early 1990s was pivotal and historic.“As one of the first trio of Co-Presidents of the GHRA, Bishop George’s astuteness and wisdom lent dignity and a sense of purpose in challenging the widespread repression of the late ‘70s and ‘80s. His courageous and unflappable spirit was re-assuring to human rights and political activists in times of tension. Bishop George’s willingness to be the voice of the voiceless was unwavering in an era of rationed newsprint, seized publications, disabled gestofax machines, raided printing enterprises and non-existent private radio or television,” the GHRA stated.It said that three notable contributions made by Bishop George to defend human rights violations were rooted in freedom of expression, the independence of the courts and countering abuses generated by the paramountcy of the ruling party defend trade union demonstrations and denounce Police actions against them during the severe economic austerity of the late 1980s and the pursuit of a more civilised and dignified, public life was the leadership he provided in the struggle for free and fair elections.“His role in the Guyanese Action for Reform and Democracy (GUARD) consolidated his stature as a trusted national figure whose influence reached well beyond the religious and civil community, without the slightest inclination on his part to seek leadership or the limelight. His influence as a unifying figure across the ethnic divide derived from inclination and instinct for what was right and decent and a genuine interest in everyone he came into contact with. Moreover, as a result of constant trekking across the interior visiting Anglican communities over the years, the number of Amerindians he knew by name was extra-ordinary,” the GHRA statedIt continued that it was predictable after the restoration of democratic space in 1992, for a man for whom social justice was a dimension of his larger religious calling, rather than a political inclination, that Bishop George would have no difficulty slipping away from a prominent role in public life.Bishop George also served as the first Chair of the Integrity Commission.last_img read more

Hamilton wins in Russia to foil Ferrari renaissance

first_img0Shares0000Hamilton back on top in Russia © AFP / Dimitar DILKOFFSOCHI, Russian Federation, Sep 29 – A euphoric Lewis Hamilton extended his world championship lead to 73 points on Sunday when he rode his luck to claim a strategic victory for Mercedes in a roller-coaster Russian Grand Prix.The defending five-time champion came home 3.829 seconds ahead of team-mate and nearest championship rival Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes took advantage of Ferrari’s reliability and tactical problems by delivering a Silver Arrows one-two. Having grabbed the lead from pole man Charles Leclerc on the opening lap, Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders to let him pass before he suffered a mechanical failure and stopped on lap 28.The resultant Safety Car period gifted Mercedes, who started on medium tyres while their rivals all used softs, a chance to extend their Sochi supremacy to six consecutive wins.Leclerc came home a frustrated and disgruntled third, claiming he expected Vettel to repay him for his slip-stream in a race punctuated by two Safety Car interventions and one use of the Virtual Safety Car.Hamilton’s win was his first since the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 4, his ninth in 16 outings this year and the 82nd of his career, lifting him 73 points clear at the top of the drivers’ title race. He scored an additional point for fastest lap.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished fourth, having started ninth, ahead of team-mate Alex Albon, who had started from the pit lane.Carlos Sainz was sixth for McLaren ahead of Sergio Perez of Racing Point, Kevin Magnussen of Haas, Lando Norris in the second McLaren and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg.“That’s exactly what we needed,” exclaimed a delighted Hamilton on the team radio following a flawless strategic performance by Mercedes.“It was an incredible job by all the team – not giving up. Keeping up with Ferrari was a hard task, but we kept pushing.”– Clean start –Leclerc remained poised, despite his disappointment.“At least we are consistent,” he said.Mercedes celebrate sparkling podium in Russia © AFP / Dimitar DILKOFF“It’s a shame for the team not to have both of us up here… I will always trust the team, but our tactic was for me to give the slipstream, which I did – and then, well I need to speak to the team about that.”Leclerc had made a clean start, but behind him Vettel enjoyed a superb launch from third to pass Hamilton by the first corner and, after slip-streaming the Monegasque, taking the lead.Before the order settled, Ricciardo collided with Grosjean at Turn Four sending the Haas driver spinning into the barriers. A Safety Car was deployed and Grosjean retired.“We are looking into the swap further into the race,” Ferrari told Leclerc, running second, suggesting they had agreed to repay him for punching through the air for his team-mate.This was confirmed when Leclerc was told ‘Sebastian will let you by next lap’ – an order not welcomed by Vettel as he stayed in front by 1.4 seconds with Hamilton adrift in third.Vettel said Leclerc, beaten in Singapore by a strategy decision in Vettel’s favour, needed to close up.“I respected everything,” answered Leclerc. “We will speak later, but now it is difficult to close the gap. Obviously.”A revitalised Vettel was 3.6 seconds clear by lap 16 as Leclerc held off Hamilton until the team freed him to attack before he pitted for mediums on lap 23, Hamilton taking second.The Ferrari re-joined fourth behind Bottas. Within two laps, Vettel said ‘my rears are falling now’, but Ferrari left him out until lap 27 when, with a three-seconds stop, he was half a second slower than Leclerc and re-joined behind him in fourth.Vettel’s race ended seconds later when a power failure saw him stop at Turn 15. A Virtual Safety Car (VSC) was deployed and, immediately, Hamilton pitted for softs followed by Bottas.Leclerc took second before Williams’ George Russell crashed, prompting a full Safety Car intervention.A luckless Vettel vented his frustration on the team radio as he climbed from his car.Hamilton’s elevation to leader gave him a record as leader of 143 Grands Prix, one more than Michael Schumacher.Ferrari then called in Leclerc for a set of scrubbed softs. He re-joined third behind Bottas as the field compressed for a 21-lap sprint to the flag. On the re-start, Hamilton pulled two seconds clear, leaving Bottas to resist Leclerc’s superior straight-line speed with a battling display.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Three rugby players among suspects arrested over Okombe murder

first_img0Shares0000Reports indicate that he was stabbed once on the chest and was declared dead on arrival at Valley Hospital in Nakuru where he was rushed by fellow rugby player Calvins Otieno/COURTESYNAKURU, Kenya, Nov 7 – Three rugby players are among four suspects arrested by police over the murder of Kenya 15s flanker Mike Okombe who was stabbed to death on Saturday evening in Nakuru.The four; Maryanne Mumbi who was Okombe’s girlfriend, rugby players Calvins Otieno, Eric Mochache and Vincent Omondi were presented before Nakuru Chief Magistrates Josephat Kalo on Tuesday. The prosecution took them to court to seek direction on detaining them pending completion of investigation.The court ordered the four held in custody at the Menengai Police Station until Monday next week when they will be charged.Okombe died on Saturday last week after he was allegedly stabbed on the left side of the chest by his girlfriend.The two lovers who have a child together were at a birthday party at Otieno’s house in Olive Inn area of Kiamunyi estate of Nakuru when the incident occurred.Okombe was rushed to Valley Hospital by Otieno, Mochache and Otieno’s wife where he was announced dead on arrival.The incident occurred at around 7pm last Saturday.The back-row, who was initially playing for Nakuru RFC, had moved to Kabras Sugar Rugby Club by the time of his death.However, his transfer had not been finalised and he was to use part of his stay in Nakuru doing the final touches on the deal.His body is at Valley Hospital Mortuary pending post-mortem.-By Wanjiru Macharia-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Boos at the Brige as Sturridge rescues Blues

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, February 18 – Daniel Sturridge’s 62nd minute header spared Chelsea from a humiliating FA Cup exit at the hands of Championship side Birmingham but Saturday’s unconvincing 1-1 draw will do little to ease the pressure on Andre Villas-Boas.The home side recovered after falling behind to David Murphy’s first half goal to earn a fifth round replay. But the chorus of boos as the players left the Stamford Bridge pitch confirmed this had been another sub-standard display from Villas-Boas’s side.Birmingham fully deserved the opportunity to take this tie back to St Andrew’s where they will justifiably believe they have a good opportunity of reaching the quarter-finals.For Villas-Boas, though, there was no resolution to the problems that have dogged Chelsea’s season.The Chelsea manager was anxious for his side to produce a positive performance after another troubled week at Stamford Bridge during which he admitted he did not have the full support of all of his squad.But there was little to cheer the young Portuguese manager during a dismal first half display that hit rock bottom when Murphy put the visitors ahead in the 20th minute.The Championship side had started the game confidently, matching Chelsea in midfield and quickly stifling any early home attacks.At the same time Chelsea’s defence once again looked shaky and there was a sign of what was to come when Jordan Mutch swung in a left wing corner.The cross was met with an unconvincing header by Chelsea centre back David Luiz who was relieved to see his attempted near post clearance bounce off the back of Murphy and to safety.But there was no such reprieve for Villas-Boas’s side in the 20th minute when a corner flew across a crowded six-yard box before Murphy lashed home from close range.It was an ugly goal to concede, but in keeping with too much of Chelsea’s campaign.The damage inflicted, however, appeared to be limited when the home team was handed the chance to level a minute later after Wade Elliott tripped Ramires and referee Martin Atkinson pointed immediately to the penalty spot.Juan Mata lined up to take the spot-kick in the absence of Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard but sent a tame left foot effort too close to keeper Colin Doyle who turned the ball onto the post and wide.The miss summed up Chelsea’s troubles and while Sturridge came close with a dipping volley towards the end of the first half, they rarely looked likely to equalise.Fernando Torres had been particularly ineffective and Villas-Boas responded by replacing the Spain forward with Drogba at half time.The manager had planned to ease the Ivorian back into action following Drogba’s return from the African Cup of Nations but with Chelsea’s season on the point of taking another dive, decided he couldn’t afford to wait.Drogba’s arrival did little to swing the balance of the game, though, and Birmingham could have doubled their lead had Nathan Redmond taken more care with a 56th minute shot.Then six minutes later Chelsea finally created the opening that allowed them to level and provided relief for Villas-Boas.Branislav Ivanovic was his side’s best outlet on the right and the full back got forward to deliver a cross towards Sturridge who directed an excellent header beyond Doyle and inside the far post.The equaliser eased the pressure but Chelsea were unable to develop the momentum that would have allowed them to go on and win the tie.Raul Meireles came close when his deflected shot flew narrowly over but Birmingham maintained a threat at the other end and Jordan Mutch’s free kick forced a hurried save out of Petr Cech.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Airtel Rising Stars season 2 set to kick-off

first_imgSpeaking during Tuesday’s, Airtel Brand and Corporate Communications Director Dick Omondi said that the top selected players from 17 African countries will later be hosted in a soccer school camp in Nairobi. “We are excited to sponsor the second edition this year which will have a bigger and better opportunity for our youth to showcase their flair“Talents from across Africa will converge here to give them a chance to interact and share their experiences,” added Omondi before he handed the Sh9.5m sponsorship to KSSSA.KSSSA Secretary General David Ngugi said that the talent search will improve the prospects of the talents in their search for better livelihoods.“When the likes of Harambee Stars striker Dennis Oliech were discovered many didn’t foresee the possibility of them turning out to be international stars “If this can be sustained many players will have the chance to make it big in the global scene besides inspiring the rest to follow in their footsteps,” Ngugi stressed.Enos Oyaya, the acting Education Secretary in the Ministry of Education castigated the recent developments at the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) that saw the suspension of the vice chairman Sammy Sholei on Monday after open disagreements over the body’s constitution.“The events at that federation doesn’t help the progress of sports that we are all trying hard to accomplish“It’s sad that the players’ that we nurture in the young age don’t have a platform that can see them grow once they have left school,’ he lamented.Last year Kenya was represented by four students in the inaugural soccer clinic held in Tanzania where they received training under the tutelage of the Manchester United’s soccer schools coaching staff.Naim Ashraf from Nairobi’s Milimani High School, Naomi Njeri from Matuu Memorial, Emily Auma from Jera Secondary and Ali Rama from Tononoka got the opportunity to attend the camp.Ashraf who was present at the event said that the experience was one he will cherish and was delighted that the program was giving an opportunity to others hopefuls this year.“It was a dream come true as I came face to face with the Man United Legends who impacted a lot of knowledge in me as I seek to achieve their level of expertise,’’ said Ashraf.At the same time, two local journalists, Sammy Kitula (Nation) and Oscar Pilipili (The Standard) will travel to Old Trafford to watch 19-time English champions, Manchester United play in the Premier League in reward for their commitment to the Rising Stars challenge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, July 3- The second edition of the Airtel Rising Stars talent search program is set to kick off from Thursday during the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) Term 2 ball games.The search will commence at the provincial finals that run to July 22 and carry on during the national finals set for August at the Shimo la Tewa High School in Mombasa.last_img read more

Family brightens up Saugus hillside

first_img “One lady wrote us the nicest note,” Jim said. “She lives down by the school and sees the reflection in her kitchen window.” Public service is nothing new to Domian. He served for 20 years on the boards of YMCA chapters in La Caada Flintridge and Sunland before moving to Santa Clarita in 1998 and catered many nonprofit events, adding his touch to the decor or menu. He started out in the meat business and started dabbling in catering when someone asked him if he could cook for an event. A retail party supply business soon followed where Jim could come in and run the whole show. “I like a challenge,” he said, showing off a book filled with photographs and thank-you letters. “Now I’m active with my grandchildren.” The walls of a billiard room near the backyard are filled with photographs of their family engaged in a variety of activities. “We love the water and they do every sport imaginable; flag football, gymnastics, cheerleading, band, you name it. We’re always there.” Despite open-heart surgery six months ago, Domian shows no signs of slowing down. The couple is planning a trip to China and frequently visits oceanside resorts so Shirley can add to her shell collection, which currently takes up most of the patio. “I can look up here and remember when we visited a place,” she said, gesturing to a starfish dangling overhead in a net. “And I always bring along an empty suitcase so I can bring things home.” For Jim, traveling light is his motto. “I pack three shorts and three shirts.” And while Shirley brings home coral and conches, Jim’s gregarious nature helps him collect new friends along the way. He might have retired from the catering business, but he’s hoping to be the life of the party for a long, long time. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com SAUGUS – Jim Domian has a lot of love in his heart – and a lot of electrical conduit, too. For the last eight years, drivers who pass through the intersection of Bouquet Canyon and Seco Canyon roads after dark have been treated to seasonal displays – two hearts pierced by an arrow, a Christmas tree, a shamrock and a huge American flag, all done in lights. “I started with the tree,” Domian said. “I wanted to make something I could share with the neighbors and it just took off from there. “That first tree got smashed because I didn’t make it strong enough. I used regular aluminum conduit and the winds twisted it like a pretzel.” After retrieving his mangled display from the hillside below, he got weightier 1-inch pipe that gave his creations more support. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 While he supervises the design and creation, his crew includes wife Shirley, their children and grandchildren, who get together to assemble support pipes and light cables that go up on the back fence of their Pamplico Drive home, which overlooks the Santa Clarita Valley. “Thank goodness for cable ties,” Shirley Domian said, demonstrating how the grandkids, who range in age from 8 to 17, tie the lights to the frame. “And what would we do without duct tape?” A large double heart, which lit up for Valentine’s Day, will soon be replaced by a 15-feet-by-30-feet American flag that will go up in May and “fly” through September. “We’re going to do a pumpkin for Halloween this year,” Shirley said. “We’ve already got the lights.” Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. The Domians have received letters and notes from appreciative neighbors who look forward to the hillside show. center_img 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

Is this how Brendan Rodgers will line Celtic up for the Old Firm derby?

first_img 18. Tomas Rogic (attacking midfield) 2. Kolo Toure (centre back) – click the arrow above, right, to see the full line up in squad number order 11 11 28. Erik Sviatchenko (centre back) 11 11 8. Scott Brown (centre midfield) 11 23. Mikael Lustig (right back) It’s the Old Firm derby this weekend, kick off 12pm at Celtic Park.Celtic and Rangers will go head to head in the Scottish Premiership for the first time since the latter’s fall from grace four years ago, giving manager Brendan Rodgers his first taste of derby action at his new club.Rodgers is just four months into his tenure, but having taken over a title-winning side, the pressure is on.FACT! FIVE REASONS CELTIC ARE BETTER THAN RANGERSThe former Liverpool boss has suggested he is confident over his strongest starting line up, so will he avoid making any changes for the clash tomorrow afternoon?Check out talkSPORT’s predicted Celtic line up by viewing the slideshow above. 11 11 6. Nir Bitton (centre midfield) 9. Leigh Griffiths (striker) 63. Kieran Tierney (left back) 24. Dorus de Vries (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 49. James Forrest (right attack) 11 11. Scott Sinclair (left attack) last_img read more

Group sets out to make sure park stays put

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“If it came down to it, I would chain myself to the sign,” said supporter Holly Patterson, 21. “It’s a landmark and brings a lot of money into the Santa Clarita Valley.” “I know they’re talking about closing the park and selling off the land for more homes and traffic,” she said. “But they need to realize they’re taking away jobs and places for kids to go. What would they rather kids do, go to Magic Mountain or out to cause trouble?” Trouble is one of the reasons cited by management for the park’s decline in family attendance, reasoning that parents do not want to bring their children to a place where rival groups might choose to take out their differences with fists or weapons. Kelly Patterson, 23, disputed that theory. “Teens like fast roller coasters and it fits into everyone’s budget,” she said. “They know it draws a younger demographic. If they can build a $12 million ride, they can buy more security.” Beris, 26, the only former employee in the group, felt that installing metal detectors helped control any violence. In the past, he worked as a supervisor at Hurricane Harbor, gave new employees orientation and training and, while attending high school, worked as a ride operator. “I wanted to have a place where people could talk about the issue and add their memories, whether they were employees or guests,” he said. The Web site, filled with photos of coasters through the years and of mascots like Bleep, Bloop, King Troll and The Wizard. It offers clothing items with the Web site address as well as a suggestion that investors with a soft spot for the park pool their money and buy it. Beris says he modeled the site after a similar one put up to save another Six Flags park, Six Flags Astroworld in Texas. That movement failed, and the park closed Oct. 30, 2005, after 35 years in operation. Asked if he was ready to accept the same fate – Magic Mountain is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year – Beris said he would keep the site going until there was a definitive end. “We will keep up the effort to save the park,” he said. “We’re hoping whoever purchases it will keep it as a theme park. Astroworld closed because a lot of people didn’t know what was going on until it was too late.” Beris, who sells real estate for a living, understands the value of the property beneath the thrill rides, but is willing to stand firm. “We have plenty of houses and traffic,” he said. “Closing the park would take away 3,600 jobs and a terrific place to go. It’s just too much to lose.” carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – The latest white-knuckler that Charles Beris is riding is his computer keyboard, where he’s hastily established a new Web site dedicated to his favorite amusement park, Six Flags Magic Mountain. The threat of the park’s closure has sent him into a stomach-churning drop, inspiring him to launch www.savemagicmountain.com. There, visitors can leave memories, rally support for the park’s rescue, buy T-shirts with photos of coasters or bygone park mascots, or pool their resources to buy the park and keep it operating. On Saturday, he gathered a handful of friends to create signs that could be used in future protests. “We just need to spread the word that this might happen,” Beris said. last_img read more

Bowyer ‘bewildered’ as Duchatelet announces he’s set to leave Charlton

first_img Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? GETTY IN DEMAND Lee Bowyer’s future at Charlton Athletic has been thrown into fresh doubt after the club’s unpopular owner Roland Duchatelet revealed in a bizarre statement that the Addicks boss is yet to agree a new contract.The former Leeds and Newcastle midfielder has done a superb job at the south London club, leading the Addicks to the Championship via the play-offs in his first full season in charge despite operating with a limited budget. 4 4 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS talkSPORT had been told earlier on Monday that Bowyer was confident of a resolution to his contract talks and remains willing to enter further negotiations with Duchatelet.The futures of assistant manager Johnnie Jackson and head of recruitment Steve Gallen also remain up in the air.The pair are both poised to sign new deals at the Valley, but have been waiting on Bowyer to agree new terms first. REAL DEAL “This reflects the strong desire we have to continue to have Lee as our manager. But Lee wanted much more.“The owner understands Lee’s point of view, because many Championship clubs pay huge amounts (some pay millions of £ per year) to their manager.“It is fair that Lee feels he should be paid like many other Championship managers.“That the average Championship club makes a loss of around £15million per year is not something players should care about. The owners are crazy.“This is why we could not come to an agreement. Another element may have influenced as well. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Club employees so angry about the way Duchâtelet is running Charlton that they are refusing to tweet the news that Lee Bowyer has been sacked. #cafc— Jimmy Stone (@JimmyStone_) June 17, 2019“However, this concern did not stop the current owner proposing a contract extension of one year to Lee Bowyer, even though the club may be sold in a few weeks.“Under those circumstances a multi-year extension would not be good business practice.“In addition, since the club is still losing money, which is one of the reasons why the club has not been sold yet, the focus on reducing costs means that we are extremely limited on payroll increases.“Lee has been offered a one-year extension to his contract at a level which is approximately three times what he had since his last increase when he became permanent manager in September.“It is six times what he earned when he started as assistant manager in 2017 and 50% more than what any Charlton manager previously had (excluding the Premier League years). punished Bowyer is hugely popular figure at The Valley and fans will be fuming at his impending exit GETTY LATEST Charlton fans have campaigned for many years for their controversial owner to leave the club “Unlike previous contract discussions, Lee wanted an agent to handle it. We reluctantly accepted.“However, involving a player agent in a manager’s contract discussion is not healthy.“If the agent helps make the manager more money, it may result in the manager to have a more positive attitude towards players proposed by the same agent, a conflict of interest.“Obviously, Lee is above such things, but it is nevertheless not a healthy situation. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet is hugely unpopular with supporters “The club hasn’t started to look for any other manager in the meantime and does not intend to appoint a permanent manager, since the club is going to be sold.“A caretaker manager will be announced in due course and in the meantime the other staff members will continue to prepare the upcoming season for which a lot of good work has been performed already.“If Lee does change his mind before his contract expires and chooses to continue his good work at Charlton, he is still welcome to stay.“However our ability to sell the club is the most important thing right now.” Bowyer led Charlton to victory over Sunderland in the play-off final at Wembley last month center_img Getty whoops Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland deals JIBE latest boost Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ However, with the club up for sale, Duchatelet has to date declined to offer Bowyer any longer than a 12-month extension or pay him a salary in line with other Championship bosses.In a extraordinary and rambling statement on the Charlton website, which club staff refused to put on social media, the Belgian businessman said the Addicks were ‘extremely limited on payroll increases’ and outlined why he was not willing to meet the demands of their popular boss.talkSPORT understands Bowyer has been left ‘bewildered’ by the announcement from Duchatelet, with the 42-year-old eager to stay at The Valley and believing an agreement would be reached.The statement read: “Charlton Athletic have been unable to reach an agreement with manager Lee Bowyer regarding the extension of his contract.“The fact the club is for sale has not helped with finding an agreement. The current owner needs to take into account that a new owner may want to appoint his own manager. 4 REVEALED The saga has left Charlton fans even more desperate to see the back of Duchatelet and has left players fuming, with star striker Lyle Taylor seemingly as baffled as anyone by the situation.Duchatelet has not been to a game since 2014 – the year he bought Charlton – and has admitted he has little interest in the club.Supporters, who Duchatelet has regularly criticised, have been protesting for him to leave for the past few years but the Belgian’s demands have scuppered any prospect of a sale. Not sure why everyone is asking me… Even Twitter wants to know what’s happening?!?! 🤷🏽‍♂️☕️🐸 pic.twitter.com/NpWiJdbrdn— Lyle Taylor (@lyletaylor90) June 17, 2019 GETTY The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 4 Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa last_img read more

Del.icio.us Finally Gets Some Respect from Yahoo

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yahoo bought popular social bookmarking service Delicous three and a half years ago and it’s just now making moves to allow outsiders more access to the incredible data that’s stored there. The company announced this morning that the Yahoo BOSS (Build Your Own Search Service) platform can now pull in Delicious bookmarking history and top tags for any URL that’s been bookmarked two or more times. Make no mistake about it, the vast majority of people on the web still have no idea that they can save their bookmarks outside their browsers. Yahoo has done a terrible job leveraging and growing this incredible database of user-categorized links of interest. Now the company is giving developers an opportunity to do so. Why is this important? Read on for some examples of what’s now possible thanks to BOSS/Delicious integration.Two calls for Delicious data are now supported inside BOSS: the number of times a URL has been bookmarked and the top tags that users have applied to categorize that URL. Delicious has its own API, but it’s not as helpful as this integration with BOSS is. BOSS is a technology that allows any website to use the Yahoo index and search processing power to build a topic-specific search engine on their own site. What could BOSS plus Delicious look like?Some query types we can imagine being made possible by this integration are:* I do a news search for a topic like the Textron buy-out or golfer Ross Fisher (two hot search terms today) and BOSS + Delicious shows me which URLs in my list of search results have been tagged “analysis” the most, or “biography.”* Search an index of food blogs for recipes and tell me which of them have been bookmarked the most and have been tagged “Mediterranean” and “vegetarian.” The words Mediterranean and vegetarian may not appear anywhere in the text of the recipe, but human readers can recognize the recipe as fitting into both those categories and tag it as such when bookmarking it.* Look up the links that my blog commenters post along with their comments and show me the top tags that other people have used to categorize those links. Perhaps, more marketers than engineers commented on my last blog post. I’d like to know that. Perhaps, I’ve had an influx of teachers, preachers or veterinarians commenting on my blog lately. Who wouldn’t want to see that kind of data?These are just a few examples of the kinds of data that we can imagine BOSS + Delicious offering up. We’re sure readers can noodle just a bit on permutations of URL, times bookmarked, and top tags in order to come up with all kinds of other scenarios. Any time you’ve got millions of people saying “this link is important to me and these are the words I’d use to describe it” then that’s really valuable information to be able to access programmatically.Now imagine what could happen if Yahoo helped more people discover social bookmarking and opened up even more access to that data. It’s absolutely tragic that this hasn’t happened yet, but perhaps a little BOSS action is the beginning. If knowledge and information are value, then Yahoo has taken a small pipe connected to a potentially huge reservoir of black gold and let it just run down the drain, unused for the last three years. Yahoo adopted a baby with the potential to grow into an incredible adult and then forgot to feed and care for it for three years. It’s quite upsetting. It would be great if Delicious saw continued development in directions that supported this data-centric approach of leveraging crowdsourced attention signals. We’re not sure how much hope for that is warranted though, given that so little progress has been made in that direction so far.Disclosures: The author is a member of a Yahoo! Product Advisory Council and has multiple consulting clients in or around the social bookmarking sector. Tags:#Mashups#NYT#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more