Chelsea in relegation battle – Hiddink

first_imgLONDON (AP):Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has mentioned a word never heard at Chelsea in the Premier League era: relegation.Asked yesterday if Chelsea are in a relegation battle, Hiddink said: “It’s (a) reality.”Chelsea, which fired Jose Mourinho last month, are six points above the relegation zone in 14th place, ahead of matches against Everton and Arsenal.Hiddink says when he replaced Mourinho “we were one point off the line, relegation line, and now we have (a) little bit more” breathing space.Chelsea were relegated in 1988 but instantly returned to the topflight. A team has never been relegated straight after winning the Premier League.Meanwhile, both Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion were charged by the English Football Association yesterday with failing to control their players in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw.last_img read more

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BREAKDOWN IN RELATIONSHIP WITH McGUINNESS MAY HAVE LED McHUGH TO QUIT CLAIMS CASSIDY

first_imgFORMER ALL-STAR Kevin Cassidy has claimed that Mark McHugh may have quit the Donegal GAA squad because of a breakdown in relations with manager Jim McGuinness.Kevin CassidyKilcar player McHugh stepped away from the county team along with Gary McFadden, Antoin McFadden and Thomas McKinley.Donegal selector Damian Diver suggested later that McHugh made the decision as he was no longer enjoying his football. But Cassidy said that such claims are only adding fuel to the fire.“It has been said that [McHugh] is not enjoying his football and has no hunger or desire to play the game. I said earlier that if you are going to air your laundry in public then at least tell the truth,” Cassidy wrote in his Gaelic Life column.“By saying that he has lost his appetite you are only adding fuel to the fire and the rumour mill will go into overdrive,” he added.“Some of the stories flying about Donegal this week are not fair on the player or the team management and are becoming a major distraction for all involved. I feel the departure of Rory Gallagher has had a lingering effect on the squad. “Rory would have been popular within the squad and himself and Mark [McHugh] would have been especially close. And if relations between Jim McGuinness and Mark have drifted then this could well be a likely cause.”McGuinness announced last September that his trusted assistant Gallagher would not be returning this season as he looked to make changes to the coaching set-up.Gaoth Dobhair manager Cassidy said that if the pair have fallen out McGuinness should be doing all in his power to settle their differences as McHugh is too important to the Donegal style of play.He also said he didn’t believe that Donegal have the players to either replace the 2012 All-Star, or to develop a new style of play without him.“Whatever has happened Donegal cannot afford to lose players like McHugh he is too important to the way Donegal play… The game plan nearly hinged on how he played so to take him out of the equation leaves a massive gap to fill. I don’t think Donegal have the players to fill that gap, nor do I think that they have the players to develop a new system,” he wrote. “I feel that Jim should be doing all he can to persuade Mark to stay. If there are issues then be the bigger man for the good of the team and try sorting them out,” he added.The fallout from the four squad members’ departures is nothing new to Donegal, according to Cassidy, as a county that has always struggled to keep their internal affairs from the general public.BREAKDOWN IN RELATIONSHIP WITH McGUINNESS MAY HAVE LED McHUGH TO QUIT CLAIMS CASSIDY was last modified: May 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalJim McGuinnessKevin CassidyMark McHughlast_img read more

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Conroy will finally face old Flames

first_img It helps that the Kings (6-2) are coming off two consecutive road wins in which Conroy broke out of an early slump with two goals and five assists. “I’m excited,” Conroy said. “It’s a chance to play your former team, it’s at home and it’s a big game for us because we’d love to go to 7-2. It’s going to be fun to play against those guys.” It’s been a long wait for Craig Conroy, but the Kings’ center will finally take the ice against his former team tonight when Calgary visits Staples Center. Conroy played three seasons with the Flames, helping them reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003-2004 before signing with the Kings as a free agent later that summer. The NHL lockout delayed his reunion with his former mates more than a year, but now that the day is finally here he’s definitely looking forward to it. The Flames hardly resemble the team Conroy played with, returning just 10 players from the club that lost to Tampa Bay in seven games in the finals. That may account for their slow start this year, winning just four of their first eight games before playing at Dallas Saturday. “It’s definitely a different team but the expectations are always high in Calgary,” Conroy said. “We just want to play our game, hopefully get off to a quick start and put them in a position to have to play catch up.” Conroy was surprised to hear there’s been talk in Calgary that the Flames miss their former center, although he doesn’t hold a grudge that the team didn’t bring him back. According to Conroy, it was simply a decision by coach/general manager Darryl Sutter to being in his type of players. “You have to go with guys who you feel comfortable with and I guess that’s what he decided to do,” Conroy said. Cowan returns: Jeff Cowan practiced for the first time Saturday since suffering the groin injury that’s kept the forward out of six games, although it’s uncertain if he’ll play tonight against the Flames. center_img “It’s been a nagging injury and it’s taken it’s time healing but the last couple of days have been good on the ice and it felt great to get out there today with the guys,” Cowan said. Cowan will leave the decision whether he suits up or not to the coaches. Another practice might be helpful just to get back into the swing of things,” Cowan said. “But if it’s not Sunday definitely Tuesday.” Avery uncertain: Sean Avery returned to the ice after suffering an ankle sprain in Wednesday’s win over Colorado. Avery missed Thursday’s win over Dallas and a decision on his status will be made today. “He looked much improved,” Kings coach Andy Murray said. Vincent Bonsignore, (818) 713-3612 vincent.bonsignore@dailynews.com 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

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Mentorship Programme for Youth Exiting State Care

first_imgStory Highlights Noting that a few mentors have already been chosen for the programme, Mr. Green appealed to corporate Jamaica for support by organising their staff into mentorship groupings to assist the children. The Education, Youth and Information Ministry will introduce a mentorship programme later this year to guide youth exiting State care. Education Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said these youth will be peered with mentors, who will receive ideas from them and, in turn, provide them with feedback. The Education, Youth and Information Ministry will introduce a mentorship programme later this year to guide youth exiting State care.Education Minister of State, Hon. Floyd Green, said these youth will be peered with mentors, who will receive ideas from them and, in turn, provide them with feedback.Mr. Green was speaking at the third staging of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) National Exiting Care Expo, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on April 26.Noting that a few mentors have already been chosen for the programme, Mr. Green appealed to corporate Jamaica for support by organising their staff into mentorship groupings to assist the children.“Additionally, I believe (this) is a great opportunity to work with our universities (and) other tertiary centres to use their tertiary students to help us develop a mentorship corps to work with our children who are transitioning,” he said.The State Minister assured the 600-odd students in family integration and residential childcare facilities that their progress will be tracked.“Even though a number of you are leaving State care, we do not want you to believe that you have left the family. Despite the difficulties and experiences, we stand here as a family to support you and to provide guidance and to work with you to ensure that you are successful in life,” he said.Mr. Green charged the students to set goals and “write down the steps you will take to achieve your dream, as writing down your dreams works”.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CPFSA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, said that her agency believes in the holistic development of the children in its care.She said the purpose of the Expo was to ensure that the children “have a solid foundation as they transition into independent living”.“We (also) want you to be confident about your preparation for independent living. We know that some of you are facing this reality with anxiety and great expectations, and we want to ensure that where there is doubt, we erase that, and where there are fears and anxiety, we will prepare you for taking the next step,” she said.Held under the theme ‘Inspire. Succeed. Win’, the National Exiting Care Expo targets those between ages 17 and 18 for independent living.During the course of the one-day event, the youngsters were exposed to a variety of services from several organisations, as well as information on career planning, self-development, financial management, health and lifestyle and living arrangements, as they transition from State care to adulthood.last_img read more

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Hurricane Aircraft Reconnaissance Tour CHAT Providenciales

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 12, 2017 – Providenciales -Aircraft reconnaissance plays an extremely important role in monitoring the track and intensity of tropical cyclones.  Every hurricane season, the US Air Force and NOAA Reconnaissance Hurricane aircraft provides valuable meteorological data not available from any other source.The USAF 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve, has been flying into tropical storms and hurricanes since 1944.  It is the only operational unit in the world flying weather reconnaissance on a routine basis.  The Hurricane Hunters provide surveillance of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Pacific Ocean.On 27th April, 2017, NOAA’s National Weather Service, in partnership, with the United States Air Force, Hurricane Hunters, will be visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands as part of the 2017 Caribbean Awareness Tour (CHAT).   The delegation will be led by Dr. Richard Knabb, Director of NOAA’s, National Hurricane Center.CHAT is an annual tour which aims to raise hurricane awareness across Latin America and the Caribbean, and to maintain and expand partnerships among the NHC, U.S. Northern Command, Air Force and neighbors in the region. The tour by the aircraft to the islands and countries in the region is an excellent opportunity for the relevant authorities involved in storm/warning/disaster management and the public-at-large to see the aircraft, meet and speak to the US Air Force crew and the civilian hurricane specialists involved. This will be the first time the aircraft will be visiting the TCI.During the visit, a brief Media event has been schedule by the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies. Following, Government officials and students from the Public and Private schools on Providenciales, will be given a tour of the Aircraft Reconnaissance. The tour will allow persons to see first-hand the extremely important role in monitoring the track and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes.Public hurricane awareness in the region is essential for adequate hurricane preparedness and response. Ushering the commencement of DDME’s Hurricane Preparedness Month starting 1st May, 2017, CHAT will play an instrumental role in peaking public’s interest and increasing awareness in the Turks and Caicos as it relates to the hurricane threat.   It also serves to strengthen national and international partnerships for storm warning and emergency response.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more

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