President David Granger represented Guyana at the 2nd US-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit, hosted by Vice President Joe Biden in Washington on May 3-4.The first Summit last year emphasised the need for energy security through the substitution of renewables for petroleum products for energy development.Even with current low oil prices, electricity prices in Guyana – as in the rest of the Caribbean – average over US>President David Granger represented Guyana at the 2nd US-Caribbean-Central American Energy Summit, hosted by Vice President Joe Biden in Washington on May 3-4.The first Summit last year emphasised the need for energy security through the substitution of renewables for petroleum products for energy development.Even with current low oil prices, electricity prices in Guyana – as in the rest of the Caribbean – average over US$0.25 per kWh, about three to four times more than what is paid in the US or other developed countries. This high cost of energy for manufacturing and other uses has acted as a fetter on Guyana and the region’s efforts to produce more value-added products competitively.Following the previous Summit, several Caricom countries embarked on projects to reduce energy costs and petroleum dependency. Jamaica moved ahead in renewables with a 36 MW wind farm that received US$63 million in funding from the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and other donors. Exploratory drilling and preparatory work has been initiated in Dominica, Grenada, Monserrat, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines to harness geo-thermal energy to generate electricity.In Guyana, however, efforts have lagged even though this country launched a Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) in 2009, which had the generation of clean, renewable energy at its core.The Amaila Falls Hydro-Electric Power (AFHEP) project was a flagship vehicle for renewable energy generation designed to replace the present generating capacity of 165 MW through petroleum products. Unfortunately, even though funding had been secured with US$80M committed by Norway from its GRIF contribution and the remaining funding had been secured though the China Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the developer Site Global, the government which was then in opposition, derailed the project through its obdurate resistance.President Granger returned from Washington an evidently disappointed man since the US committed only US$10M grant to seed the efforts of the entire Latin America and the Caribbean to move into renewables. His comment, “That’s not serious money. Guyana will put in a bid… but that is not enough seed money for the magnitude of project that we are envisioning” must be evaluated against the recent moves by the US to encourage the region away from the Venezuelan-initiated PetroCaribe energy facility.Back in June 2014 US Vice President Joseph Biden had launched with great fanfare, the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CSEI) at a meeting with Caribbean leaders in the Dominical Republic. Biden emphasised US commitment to Caribbean energy security. Six months later, in January 2015 this was followed up with the US-Caribbean Energy Security Summit (CESS) in Washington DC.CESS was supposed to lay the groundwork to enable countries to build the fiscal and legal frameworks necessary for the Caribbean’s wider adoption of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. But as one Think Tank pointed out after the meeting, the US needed “to help the region address the three elephants barely mentioned in that ever-so-diplomatic room on January 26: the continuing erosion of the Venezuelan economy and its credit support for so many of the regions’ key energy consumers; the serious barriers to entry of private capital to power generation in so many Caribbean economies; and the need to formulate a serious response to the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) request for more rapid access to volumes of US LNG and CNG.”When in April of 2015 US President Barack Obama met leaders of the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica, he committed to providing “early-stage funding” for clean energy projects in the Caribbean. And also to establish a Task Force to examine the future of clean energy development in the Caribbean and Central America. And now just US$10M.President Granger is correct. We cannot depend on aid for our energy security. AFHEP must be returned to the front burner.<.25 per kWh, about three to four times more than what is paid in the US or other developed countries. This high cost of energy for manufacturing and other uses has acted as a fetter on Guyana and the region’s efforts to produce more value-added products competitively.Following the previous Summit, several Caricom countries embarked on projects to reduce energy costs and petroleum dependency. Jamaica moved ahead in renewables with a 36 MW wind farm that received US million in funding from the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation and other donors. Exploratory drilling and preparatory work has been initiated in Dominica, Grenada, Monserrat, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Vincent and the Grenadines to harness geo-thermal energy to generate electricity.In Guyana, however, efforts have lagged even though this country launched a Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) in 2009, which had the generation of clean, renewable energy at its core.The Amaila Falls Hydro-Electric Power (AFHEP) project was a flagship vehicle for renewable energy generation designed to replace the present generating capacity of 165 MW through petroleum products. Unfortunately, even though funding had been secured with USM committed by Norway from its GRIF contribution and the remaining funding had been secured though the China Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the developer Site Global, the government which was then in opposition, derailed the project through its obdurate resistance.President Granger returned from Washington an evidently disappointed man since the US committed only USM grant to seed the efforts of the entire Latin America and the Caribbean to move into renewables. His comment, “That’s not serious money. Guyana will put in a bid… but that is not enough seed money for the magnitude of project that we are envisioning” must be evaluated against the recent moves by the US to encourage the region away from the Venezuelan-initiated PetroCaribe energy facility.Back in June 2014 US Vice President Joseph Biden had launched with great fanfare, the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CSEI) at a meeting with Caribbean leaders in the Dominical Republic. Biden emphasised US commitment to Caribbean energy security. Six months later, in January 2015 this was followed up with the US-Caribbean Energy Security Summit (CESS) in Washington DC.CESS was supposed to lay the groundwork to enable countries to build the fiscal and legal frameworks necessary for the Caribbean’s wider adoption of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. But as one Think Tank pointed out after the meeting, the US needed “to help the region address the three elephants barely mentioned in that ever-so-diplomatic room on January 26: the continuing erosion of the Venezuelan economy and its credit support for so many of the regions’ key energy consumers; the serious barriers to entry of private capital to power generation in so many Caribbean economies; and the need to formulate a serious response to the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) request for more rapid access to volumes of US LNG and CNG.”When in April of 2015 US President Barack Obama met leaders of the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica, he committed to providing “early-stage funding” for clean energy projects in the Caribbean. And also to establish a Task Force to examine the future of clean energy development in the Caribbean and Central America. And now just USM.President Granger is correct. We cannot depend on aid for our energy security. AFHEP must be returned to the front burner.
A truck driver will spend the next three years in jail after he was found guilty of causing death by dangerousClyde bARKERdriving.Clyde Barker was sentenced when he appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge stated that the 32-year-old man on April 10, at Friendship, East Bank Demerara, drove motor lorry GJJ 278 in a manner dangerous to the public, causing the death of 12-year-old Ezekiel Murray.In handing down her ruling, Magistrate McGusty stated that the evidence presented to the court proved that the defendant’s account of what happened on the day in question was false.She added also that taking into consideration the fact that speeding was a major factor contributing to the accident, the injuries sustained by the deceased and the age of the deceased, the defendant was found guilty as charged. In his final words to the court, the defendant asked the court or leniency.However, the Magistrate said that a life was lost and handed down the sentence.On the day in question, at about 18:00h, the victim was walking along Friendship Public Road when the defendant’s truck slammed into him.According to information received, the lad was in the corner of the road when the driver of the canter took a sharp turn too quickly and hit the child. He was tossed into the air by the force of the impact and landed on the roadway where he reportedly died instantly.From reports received, Murray might have suffered a broken neck and other injuries. He was picked up and rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
When Barca defender Gerard Pique put the ball into his own net with 10 minutes remaining, Athletic looked all set to hand the European champions their first league defeat of the season.In a frantic finish to the match, however, Messi made the most of a defensive mistake to pounce on a loose ball and score his 14th in the league and first away from the Nou Camp this season.Earlier, Real Madrid had a much easier task when Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick was the centre piece of a 7-1 hammering of helpless Osasuna, who have already been beaten 8-0 by Barcelona in mid-September.It means Real, on 28, lead Barcelona (25) by three points with Valencia (24) in third a point further adrift.The rain had fallen all day in Bilbao but the conditions did not affect the quality of football as both sides looked for the win from start to finish.Despite dropping points, Barca coach Pep Guardiola was quick to hail Athletic’s efforts.“We’ve never played against such an energetic team, it was an extremely demanding and exciting match, a fantastic show put on by the 22 players,” he said.“When two teams want to win so much, football can be beautiful and the spectator is the winner.”Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes had already been called into action by the time Herrera opened the scoring on 20 minutes with a curling left-footed shot after great work from Markel Susaeta down the left.The advantage lasted only four minutes, Fabregas getting on the end of a left-wing cross from Eric Abidal to equalise with a looping header.Barca looked the more likely winners with Messi and Andres Iniesta going close before Bilbao got their second.It came with ten minutes remaining from an unfortunate mix-up in the Barcelona defence at a Bilbao corner. When Abidal tried to clear the ball it rebounded off Fernando Llorente before then hitting Pique and the back of the net.A similar lack of clarity in the Bilbao defence gave Messi a chance to even the game and the Argentine was well placed to drill the ball low into the corner of the net to salvage a point for the Catalans.Real’s drubbing of Osasuna made it ten straight wins for Jose Mourinho’s side, with Gonzalo Higuain, Pepe and two from substitute Karim Benzema adding to Ronaldo’s hat-trick.Osasuna had levelled through Ibrahima Balde early in the match but had Eneko Satrustegui sent off for a second yellow card in the 54th minute with the score already at 5-1.For Mourinho, meanwhile, their winning run is fully deserved.“We have deserved these 10 victories. We have not got them through luck, we have had to suffer for them like we did in Anoeta (Real Sociedad’s stadium), but we’ve played either good or very good in all of them,” he said.Despite Ronaldo’s hat-trick, his league tally of 13 means he trails top scorer Messi by a goal.In the late game on Sunday Diego Castro converted an 82nd penalty to give Getafe a3-2 victory over Atletico Madrid which lifted them from the bottom of the table to 14th.An eventful derby match saw Getafe play with ten men for 73 minutes after an early red card for Alberto Lopo, but Atletico were always chasing a game they never looked capable of controlling.Rayo Vallecano beat Real Sociedad 4-0, the losers playing for 79 minutes with 10 men after Inigo Martinez received a red card. Sociedad are now seven games without a win and replace Getafe at the bottom.Zaragoza and Sporting Gijon also shared four goals in a bottom of the table clash, while two other games ended in scoreless draws on Sunday. Neither Racing Santander and Granada or Espanyol and Villarreal could find a goal between them.On Saturday, Valencia beat city rivals Levante 2-0 away from home to leap-frog their neighbours into third place. A Javi Venta own-goal and a Tino Costa free-kick were enough for Valencia to edge a typically bruising derby match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, November 7 – Lionel Messi saved Barcelona’s blushes with an injury-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw away at Athletic Bilbao Sunday as Real Madrid stretched their lead at the top of the Spanish league with a 7-1 drubbing of Osasuna.In the rain-hit Basque country Ander Herrera opened the scoring for Athletic only for Cesc Fabregas to pull Barca level on 24 minutes.
0Shares0000LONDON, January 26 – With Chelsea reeling from FA Cup humiliation, Liverpool will visit Stamford Bridge for their League Cup semi-final second leg on Tuesday with increased confidence of reaching the final. Liverpool were unfortunate not to emerge victorious from last week’s first leg at Anfield, drawing 1-1, and they will scent blood after Chelsea were bundled out of the FA Cup by third-tier Bradford City on Saturday.Liverpool’s own FA Cup tie did not go quite according to plan, a 0-0 draw with Championship side Bolton Wanderers leaving them with an unwanted replay, but they were at least spared the embarrassment that befell Chelsea.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho branded the result a “disgrace” and declared himself “ashamed” after seeing the Premier League leaders throw away a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 to a team 51 places below them in the English league pyramid.Elimination by Liverpool on Tuesday would see his side’s potential trophy haul cut in half in the space of four days, leaving the west London club with only the league and Champions League as objectives.“The most important competition now is the Capital One Cup because it is the next game,” said Mourinho.“We lost at home against a lower division team and in an ideal word it will affect us in a positive, not a negative way, like we have to win the next match and let’s go for it. But I don’t know.”Liverpool’s preparations have been further aided by the news that former Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge could make his return in the game after close to five months on the sidelines with thigh and calf injuries.“He’s had the final rehab with the medical and sports science guys and will join with the group,” said manager Brendan Rodgers.“Now it’s just about getting that condition and football fitness and game fitness. We’ll see how he is for Tuesday. If he isn’t ready for Tuesday, he’ll be back against West Ham next weekend.”Chelsea approached the tie as favourites, but Liverpool’s first-leg display suggested that they have overcome their early-season difficulties.– Gerrard wants Wembley send-off –After Eden Hazard’s penalty was cancelled out by a fine solo goal from Raheem Sterling, Liverpool came closest to securing victory, with Steven Gerrard notably hitting the post.Liverpool have now gone 10 games without defeat in all competitions and Rodgers voiced confidence after the first leg that his side would finish the job at Stamford Bridge.Hazard’s goal gives Chelsea a slight advantage, but away goals will only be taken into consideration if the game finishes level at the end of extra time.The teams’ reunion has been given an extra dash of intrigue by reports that Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson and Chelsea striker Diego Costa clashed in the tunnel after last week’s game.Both teams will recall key players after making changes for the weekend’s FA Cup matches.Thibaut Courtois, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry, Nemanja Matic, Cesc Fabregas, Willian, Hazard and Costa were all left out of Chelsea’s starting XI for the shock loss to Bradford.Liverpool, meanwhile, are expected to recall captain Gerrard after he sat out the draw with Bolton.Tuesday’s match holds special significance for Gerrard, who is desperate to end his Liverpool career with a trophy in his hands before departing for the Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season.As well as remaining alive in the FA Cup, Liverpool are due to tackle Besiktas in the Europa League next month, but the League Cup currently represents Gerrard’s best hope of signing off with some silverware.For Liverpool to reach the final, where either Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United await, Rodgers may need to claim victory over his former mentor Mourinho for the first time.The Northern Irishman worked under the Portuguese during Mourinho’s first stint at Chelsea and has failed to get the better of him in their four encounters to date, losing three times and drawing once.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho said he was sanguine about United’s recent results and took succour from the fact they would drop points when they play each other © AFP / Glyn KirkMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 25 – Manchester United’s players must behave like men in the wake of their humiliating 4-0 Premier League hammering by Chelsea, manager Jose Mourinho said on Monday.The Portuguese coach who sat helplessly as he endured his worst defeat in the Premier League against the club who sacked him last term wants an immediate reaction against city rivals Manchester City in Wednesday’s League Cup clash. “We are really, really sad, but again this is not for kids, this is for men and…we have to be men and work for the next one,” the 53-year-old told the club’s TV station MUTV.Mourinho, whose side have won just once in their past six Premier League games, said he was sanguine about United’s recent results and took succour from the fact they would drop points when they play each other.They trail the trio of table-toppers Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool by six points.However, their haul of 14 points after nine matches is United’s second worst in their Premier League history the team in 2014/15 garnering just 13.“I would prefer to play (next) in the Premier League,” said Mourinho.“It’s a bad feeling in the Premier League. With the combination of results the gap to the top is six points.“We have had a very difficult period of matches.“We lost points this week and, even in the match when we played phenomenal against Stoke, we lost points then. Now we need to win matches.“I am not saying they are easy ones, but we have Burnley, we have Swansea, West Ham, Sunderland, Middlesbrough — matches that we need to win and the top four, the top five, they have to play between themselves like we did this week against Chelsea and Liverpool.“They are going to lose points too, so we are in the run, but there is no way to hide because I think our faces speak by themselves.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
2 The Frenchman has previously said if he is to end his two-decade association with Arsenal he intends to manage elsewhere, with PSG the logical move given their wealth and the stuttering form under current coach Unai Emery.But Wenger insists media claims he has already been approached by the Parisians are wide of the mark.Once again using a now-popular phrase from United States president Donald Trump, Wenger told BeIN Sports: “It is a false rumour, that is what you call ‘fake news’. I formally deny it, it is not true.”Despite their hapless league form and an English-record Champions League aggregate defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich – who won 10-2 against Arsenal over the two legs of their round of 16 tie – several reports claim Wenger is set to sign the two-year deal currently on the table.Either way, Wenger said the announcement would be made “very soon”, with a tough league meeting with Manchester City to come after the international break and an FA Cup semi-final against the same opponents also on the horizon.Wenger has received support from Arsenal striker and compatriot Olivier Giroud, who claims everyone at the club wants to see him stay.He told Canal Plus: “We want Arsene Wenger to renew his contract, to continue his adventure, because we support him.“We hope we can win the cup and that Arsenal qualify for the Champions League.”Finishing in the top four, as Wenger has done in all 20 of his full seasons at the helm, is seen as the requirement by the Arsenal board but their resolve has never been tested as the result has always been delivered.Now, with Chelsea 19 points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table and Wenger’s side languishing in sixth, even the manager himself admits the club are in a tough battle to maintain that record.Meanwhile, PSG’s dominance of French football in recent seasons has been challenged this year as, with Emery in charge, the club sit three points behind leaders Monaco in Ligue 1 and were on the receiving end of Champions League history as Barcelona beat them 6-1 to overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit.RELATED: ‘I wouldn’t trust Arsene Wenger with £10 to buy me a good sandwich, let alone a world-class player’ – Piers Morgan Arsene Wenger has denied he has been offered a contract by Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.The 67-year-old has kept the footballing world guessing if he will sign a new contract with Arsenal but declared after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at West Brom that he has made up his mind.That loss at the Hawthorns was the Gunners’ fourth in their last five Premier League games and they now sit sixth in the table.Wenger has increasingly split the Arsenal fanbase with two protests organised before recent matches and two planes flown over the West Brom game carrying conflicting messages – one of support and one against any new deal being signed. 2 Arsene Wenger
14 14 14 SUB – Marouane Fellaini – N/A – Brought on in the final 10 minutes and added little to the encounter. 14 Nemanja Matic – 5 – The Serbian international looked sluggish despite not playing since New Years Day. Allowed Stephen Ireland to escape his attentions regularly and was lucky to see his mistakes go unpunished. Phil Jones – 7 – Produced a fantastic block to deny Choupo-Moting a certain Stoke equaliser when the Potters were piling on the pressure. Looked the more solid of Uniteds centre backs. Paul Pogba – 9 – The club-record signing made his side tick with his fluid movement and bursts from midfield. Set up Uniteds first and second goals of the night and continues to impress for the Red Devils. Juan Mata – 6 – Likely to be dreading the potential arrival of Alexis Sanchez. Unusually sloppy in the final-third and should have got his name on the scoresheet when teed up by Lingard. 14 14 David de Gea – 7 – Endured an early scare when he misjudged an aerial battle with Peter Crouch to leave the goal gaping. The Spaniard recovered as expected to make a particularly fine save to deny Shaqiri low to his left. 14 14 Manchester United moved within 12 points of league leaders Manchester City after convincingly beating Stoke at Old Trafford.Goals from Antonio Valencia, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku ensured the Red Devils capitalised on their title rivals’ loss to Liverpool yesterday to give fresh hope to those watching at The Theatre of Dreams.Jose Mourinho’s side strengthened their grip on second place and will hope Pep Guardiola’s side are set for a slump which could lead them back into the title race.But how did the Red Devils perform at Old Trafford?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Manchester United ratings…. Anthony Martial – 9 – Saw an early penalty claim turned down before doubling Uniteds lead with a sumptuous curling effort. Teed up Lukaku for Uniteds third goal of the night and looks sure to be retained in this transfer window. Jesse Lingard – 7 – Transformed from wasteful to productive in an impressive second half performance. It was his relentless pressing which led to Uniteds third goal of the night and appears to be a nailed on starter thanks to his superb form. 14 SUB – Scott McTominay – N/A – Replaced Mata with two minutes left of normal time. 14 14 Chris Smalling – 6 – Nearly caught out for his loose marking when Stephen Ireland found himself free in the box. Appeared to lose his focus regularly and was unsure of his positioning at times. Romelu Lukaku – 8 – Scored his first league goal in five games to end his barren run in front of goal in what was an all-round positive performance. Led the line selflessly and showed great strength to shield the ball before turning to score. 14 SUB – Marcus Rashford – 6 – Looked bright in his cameo and was denied a goal off the bench with a clever flick from Valencias cross thanks to Jack Butlands quick reactions. Luke Shaw – 6 – Left isolated by Martial at times on the left flank as Xherdan Shaqiri roamed freely. Will have been happy to start his fifth game in a row but Jose Mourinho was close at hand to give him advice on the touchline. 14 14 Antonio Valencia – 8 – Scored his third goal of the season with a rare left-foot strike. Showed his tenacity by winning the ball high up the pitch and marked his return to first team action with another all-action performance.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The governor said the measures would help trade between California and Mexico by easing the movement of goods across the state. San Diego officials want to use some of the transportation money to create a third major border crossing with Mexico. Schwarzenegger said he also was glad to hear that Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to become the first female House leader in history, wants to find ways to cooperate with Republicans. An aide to the governor said Schwarzenegger called Pelosi, D-San Francisco, after Tuesday’s elections, but they have not yet spoken. The California governor is on a two-day trade mission to Mexico to promote the state’s green technology and agricultural exports. Schwarzenegger met with President Vicente Fox on Thursday and planned to meet with President-elect Felipe Calderon today before leaving for the northern industrial city of Monterrey. At Fox’s presidential residence, Los Pinos, Schwarzenegger told a news conference that a planned U.S. border wall is “an incomplete way” of solving illegal immigration and voiced support for a guest worker program, which U.S. President George W. Bush also supports. Schwarzenegger said he was traveling with California farmers who were unable to harvest their crops because of a lack of workers. Farmers across the United States have complained about labor shortages ever since Washington beefed up the number of U.S. Border Patrol agents along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year. MEXICO CITY – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday said “Washington was stuck” and that this week’s elections that resulted in a Democratic takeover of Congress would shake things up for the better. Speaking two days after being re-elected, Schwarzenegger suggested that Washington follow his example in California, where he has worked with Democrats to achieve bipartisan agreements. “I think this is good that we have new blood coming to Washington, that we have new people with new ideas coming to Washington,” he said, adding “because Washington was stuck.” Schwarzenegger said that by working together Republicans and Democrats in California were able to place $37.3 billion in public works bond measures on the November ballot. Voters approved all the bonds, which will improve transportation, schools, levees and housing. He said a temporary worker program would benefit both farmers in need of labor and immigrants in need of jobs. Later Thursday, followers of U.S. economist and former fringe presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche briefly interrupted Schwarzenegger’s speech at a meeting in Mexico City with the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico. One protester was wearing a terminator mask and a polka-dotted dress. As the group was quickly escorted out of the room by security guards, the audience gave Schwarzenegger a standing ovation.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Maxwell wants to act swiftly and dismiss McLeish, as he does not believe he is the right person to lead Scotland to their first major tournament in 22 years.McLeish, who turned 60 in January, appeared physically exhausted on the touchline in both matches – and there was reportedly one ‘deeply troubling episode’ against San Marino that convinced Maxwell he is being adversely affected by the stress of the job. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice LIVE on talkSPORT Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ BEST OF gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars ADVICE 1 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED REPLY Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Scotland were humiliated last Thursday when they were thrashed 3-0 by Kazakhstan in what has been described as one of the worst results in the national team’s history.They then put in an underwhelming performance against the world’s lowest ranked national team, San Marino, but scraped a 2-0 win over the European minnows. shining Despite successfully guiding Scotland to a play-off spot for the Euros through the Nations League, former Birmingham and Aston Villa boss McLeish was already in a precarious position as he has struggled to win over the confidence of the players as well as the Tartan Army since succeeding Gordon Strachan 13 months ago.Toxic Scotland ‘not a great place to be’ for players or manager, says former Celtic star John Collins3,000 Scottish fans booed his team off the pitch after the narrow victory over San Marino, and, although they managed to claim the three points, Scotland already sit in a perilous position in Group I.Maxwell has yet to call a meeting with other directors of the FA board, but it is understood they are well aware of his concerns and could rubber stamp the dismissal as early as next week.McLeish has been in charge for 12 games since being reappointed Scotland manager and has a win rate of less than 50 per cent. West Brom vs Birmingham (Friday, 7:45pm) – 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 McLeish will reportedly be sacked as Scotland manager Alex McLeish will be sacked as Scotland manager in the next 24 hours, according to reports.The Daily Record have stated Scottish Football Association chief executive Ian Maxwell will meet with McLeish and relieve him of his duties following nightmarish displays against Kazakhstan and San Marino.
ISTA Executive Director, Ed.D., CAE, will resign after six successful years leading the Indiana State Teachers Association’s operations effective May 15. She has accepted a new opportunity to serve as the Alabama Education Association’s (AEA) executive director.“On behalf of the ISTA Board of Directors, I want to thank Dr. Pike for her service, commitment to our members and for her strong leadership over the past several years,” said ISTA President Teresa Meredith. “We wish her the very best in her new role at AEA.”Under Dr. Pike’s leadership ISTA has markedly improved its financial standing, moved from membership losses to gains, strengthened its administrative policies, weathered extreme legislative threats, and is now poised for complete recovery and continued growth.“It has been a privilege to lead the operations at ISTA during a period of change and progress,” said Dr. Pike. “I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished during my time and I’m excited to return to my home state of Alabama to work alongside AEA’s officers, board of directors and staff to bring its members a strong, viable association that strengthens public education for Alabamian students across the state.”