UAAP Season 80 Preview: Now contenders, Adamson Falcons embracing the pressure

first_imgLearning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Break new ground “Slowly, we’re picking up. What’s important for us is to stress and make sure that we can be mentally tough and prepared for this coming season in terms of how to handle pressure.” MOST READ “We need to improve on our finish last year, but we have a tough task ahead of us. As we all know, other teams have been rebuilding since last year. It’s a never ending process. Two years ago, they’ve stockpiled their players so we just have to assess everything once the season gets going,” he said.The Soaring Falcons will have a virtually intact line up with Cameroonian big man Papi Sarr upfront, together with the trio of Jerrick Ahanmisi, Robbie Manalang, and Sean Manganti.Pumaren, though, is expecting more from his bench unit as he wants Adamson to be unpredictable on both ends.“Hopefully, we can get some lift from our guys and the rest of the team because it’s so hard if you rely in only a couple of guys. You’ll be predictable,” he said.But more than the talent, Pumaren is putting emphasis on he mental side of things as he seeks to see a more mature Adamson crew this year.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coach: Franz PumarenLast Season: 8-6 (Final Four)Holdovers: Jerrick Ahanmisi, Robbie Manalang, Papi Sarr, Sean MangantiAdditions: Tyrus Hill, Koko PingoyKey Losses: Jaydee Tungcab, Harold NgADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend After bursting into the Final Four last year, Adamson is now regarded as one of the contenders for this season’s championship.Coach Franz Pumaren is well aware of that, and he believes that it’s time for the young Soaring Falcons embrace the challenge head-on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s important for us to start manning up, start accepting the pressure. The difference right now, probably, is that other teams will be preparing for us, unlike last season that they underestimated us because we’re consistent being at the bottom of the team standings,” he said.With focus on consistency in his program, Pumaren has also set higher expectations for his team—from just merely trying to make the Final four to achieving higher than fourth place. Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA: ‘Special’ Kyrie Irving to be a better playmaker with Celtics, GM Ainge says Winning start View commentslast_img read more

Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC) in 2014

first_imgIn 2014 the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) encountered its share of challenges and constraints due primarily to the deadly Ebola virus and some funding gaps.One major challenge faced by LWSC and the bane of most large and small entities throughout the nation is the cost of power supply needed to operate. In the case of LWSC, the management relies on one major power supply source, a 1700 kilowatt diesel generator that consumes enormous fuel oil to the detriment of the Corporation.Not only is the cost of fuel oil for a large scale operation like LWSC prohibitive, but the maintenance cost on its generator is equally considerable.The Corporation continued to encounter technical breakdowns during 2014 thus hindering the pumping of safe drinking water into Monrovia and its environs.The popular slogan ‘Big Water Today and Small Water Tomorrow’ is used by LWSC customers with an equal mix of approval and dissatisfaction as the system made some significant strides and stumbles in the provision of safe drinking in some critical parts of MonroviaLWSC undertook several water development projects in urban Monrovia and some rural parts of Liberia signifying that the Liberian Government has some degree of confidence in the current management of LWSC, well-placed sources in the Corporation told the Daily Observer. These sources say plans are underway to ensure that before end of the year 2015 an additional generating unit will be installed in order to enhance the provision of safe drinking water to Monrovia and its environs. LWSC executives told the Daily Observer that the funds for the procurement will be provided by the Liberian Government.Such confidence was manifested during the year under review when the Liberian Government provided funds to rehabilitate the 112 damaged kiosks (hand pumps) in various communities and 43 public latrines, reflecting a sixty percent increase in access to safe drinking water in deprived communities in Monrovia.The renovated latrines were turned over last year to the General Services Agency (GSA).Another success story of the LWSC was its improved billing and customer service which have provided a significant increase in cash flow, permitting the Corporation to utilize funds provided through government budget to be utilized for capital expenditure.Meanwhile the LWSC’s Board of Directors has also continued to monitor and provide substantive oversight of Liberia’s prime water agency.A heightened level of government confidence and financial reporting have led other stakeholders such as United States Agency for International Development (USAID), African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank to show support for the management of LWSC.With regard to outstation facilities, three city water projects are being funded by USAID under the Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP). A 12 hour regular water supply has been restored to Kakata City in Margibi County and improved access via a two-kilometer pipeline for services to Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount County is to be completed within the next two weeks.Technical officials of the LWSC also disclosed that the subsequent phase in the next 18 months is to cover the rest of Robertsport with Voinjama City and Sanniquellie City scheduled for 18 to 24 months hence.However, under the AfDB project for Zwedru, Kakata and Buchanan Cities, the sanitation works commenced but were suspended due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease in the country.Meanwhile Monrovia, which comprises a significant portion of the nation’s population, continues to experience an insufficient supply of safe drinking water.Under a 90-day program it is planned that by the end of March 2015, central Monrovia should have increased access to the same level of services now being experienced by the rural parts of Monrovia and its environs.The 90 day action plan which was previously underway but stalled due to funding constraints, will improve water access in the areas of Randall, Broad, Carey, Ashmun and Newport streets, Mamba Point as well as Clara Town.When the renovation works for the Water Treatment Plant at White Plains have been tendered in early 2015 and are completed within 12 months, the citizens and residents of Monrovia will enjoy a three hundred percent increase in potable water, according to LWSC management.Other ChallengesIn 2014 LWSC continued to be challenged with limited sewer services, inadequate equipment including de-slugging trucks on one hand and beleaguered on the other by citizens’ apathy, failure to report damages to distribution lines and water theft.In spite of these perennial setbacks, water supply to Monrovia increased from four million gallons per day to six million gallons and 12 hours pumping schedule during the year under review, according to top LWSC’s officialsThe officials also explained that, for the second year in a row, its customers have come to expect the delivery of water as a norm, rather than an exception.The Managing Director of LWSC, Mr. Charles B. Allen, during an interview with this newspaper, assured Liberians, foreign residents and customers that the greater Monrovia will in the near future be connected to the system’s water delivery services in homes and business entities.He disclosed that construction work has resumed on the 36 inch pipeline from the White Plains Plant in Careyburg to several parts of central Monrovia intended to enhance the smooth delivery of safe drinking water.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mixed Reactions to Ebola Experimental Vaccine

first_imgThere have been mixed reactions from Liberians who learned last week that nearly 30,000 people are expected to be enrolled in the first large-scale trials of the Ebola experimental vaccine.The vaccine uses a type of chimpanzee cold virus, and it is being carried out by the United States National Institutes of Health.The vaccines, developed by GlaxoSmithKline, is targeting one-third of the 30,000 people, while others will get a routine vaccine against another disease, such as measles.During the trial, investigators will look to see whether there are further cases of infection in the control group than among those who would be given the potential Ebola vaccine.Sir Andrew Witty, the CEO of GlaxoSmithKline expressed high hopes for the potential vaccine that arrived in the country last Friday. However, while many Liberians interviewed said they planned to enroll in the trial, others told the Daily Observer they were not convinced of the vaccine’s effectiveness.Participants who attended a one-day clinic at the Corporation Hall in New Kru Town were told that “no one is forced to take the vaccine.”  But many wondered that if the vaccine has been developed to fight the Ebola virus disease, then “it must be made for people living in the badly hit communities to take the vaccine to protect themselves against Ebola.” Others made references to, for example, the polio vaccine, that parents are encouraged to vaccinate their children against potential dangers in their children’s physical development.  What has compounded skeptics’ position is the late arrival of the vaccine at a time when there has been a reported rapid decline of Ebola cases in the country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Liberian health officials, and therefore, “to find out whether the vaccine can work effectively against the Ebola virus disease,” as it is the case now raises questions.  GSK’s vaccine is the first of several being developed to enter trials in Liberia and neighbors Guinea and Sierra Leone.      Participants last Friday were told that trials of healthy volunteers in Europe, the US and unaffected African nations have shown it is safe and produces a response from the immune system.  But what they could not confirm is the question of whether that response will protect vaccinated health workers and burial teams from infection or enable them to fight off the disease.  “Pregnant women and children cannot take the vaccine,” participants were told, “the rest of the people from 18 years and above are the targeted group.”  They were also told that any participant will receive thorough medical check-up to ensure that other diseases or infections are not lurking in a person’s system that may bring about other complications. There were many others who welcomed the trial. “I’ll take the vaccine,” said Mary Koffa, known popularly as Mary Broh, “if it is meant to protect me against the Ebola virus then so good.”Simeon Saydee, 42, whose young daughter is an Ebola survivor, said, “I will take the vaccine and encourage my family to take it.”Austin W. Doe of the United Methodist University, (UMU) said, “Whatever the case is, the vaccine is meant to protect me, and so I will take it.”Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chairman of global vaccines at GSK, described the arrival of the vaccine in Liberia as a major achievement, noting: “The initial phase one data we have seen are encouraging and give us confidence to progress to the next phases of clinical testing, which will involve the vaccination of thousands of volunteers, including frontline healthcare workers. If the candidate vaccine is able to protect these people, as we hope it will, it could significantly contribute to efforts to bring this epidemic under control and prevent future outbreaks.“It is important to remember that this vaccine is still in development and any potential future use in mass vaccination campaigns will depend on whether the WHO, regulators and other stakeholders are satisfied that the vaccine candidate provides protection against Ebola without causing significant side-effects and how quickly large quantities of vaccine can be made.”However, GSK did acknowledged that the declining number of cases in Liberia will make it harder to find out whether the vaccine works and this begs the obvious question as to whether the trials can result in any concrete, legitimate optimism.“Clearly it is good news that new cases of Ebola appear to be falling, and we hope this trend continues,” said a spokesperson. “Lower incidence of Ebola does increase the chance that the planned trials may take longer to complete; and if cases drop very low, they may not be able to answer the question about whether the investigational vaccines are able to offer protection from the disease. However, we are absolutely committed to going ahead as planned to see if we can gain the information we need to help with this outbreak or prevent future outbreaks.”Meanwhile, Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, which is funding a trial of the vaccine in UK and Mali and parallel studies of other vaccines in Geneva, Gabon, Kenya and Guinea, said: “This week we’ve heard encouraging news from West Africa, indicating that we may at last have reached a turning point in what has been the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Mali has been declared free from the disease and schools in Guinea reopened, restoring some sense of normality for those communities.”Still, a number of eminent Liberians hold reservations, expressing the hope that Liberians participating in the trial not just be informed that it is a trial vaccine, but will be given full disclosure of any potential side effects.”If a Bassa woman is taking the trial vaccine, the possible side effects should be explained to her in Bassa so that she is well aware of the risks. This has to be done according to our Liberian context,” said an eminent female Liberian lawyer who asked not to be named.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gunmen rob East Ruimveldt man

first_imgAn East Ruimveldt, Georgetown man was attacked by two gunmen and robbed of his two gold chains, cash and his cellphone.Reports are Ray Juandoo was walking along Phase 2, East Ruimveldt, at around 22:14h when the men pounced on him.This newspaper was told that the two armed men approached the 23-year-old from a westerly direction, exited a silver Toyota Premio motorcar and pointed a gun at him.As one of the gunmen held Juandoo at gunpoint, his accomplice relieved him of his two gold chains valued $220,000, and an iPhone 6+ valued $186,000. The men then calmly re-entered the motorcar and made good their escape.Juandoo raised an alarm and the Police were called to the scene. An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Exclusive – Danny Murphy ‘very positive’ about Liverpool’s chances this season

first_imgLiverpool hero Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT he is feeling “very positive” about the new Premier League season following the Reds’ busy summer transfer window.Brendan Rodgers has recruited wisely during the off season, strengthening all areas of his squad with seven additions including the £32.5million arrival of striker Christian Benteke, defender Nathaniel Clyne for £12.5m and England international James Milner in a free transfer.The Reds seem to have profited from the changes already, with Rodgers’ men unbeaten in their pre-season campaign, while Benteke – who is likely to start the new campaign as the club’s main striker – opened his Liverpool account with a fine goal on Sunday.And Kop favourite Murphy believes they are a more balanced team than the one which finished a disappointing sixth in the league last term.“I’m feeling positive about Liverpool’s season,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The signings last summer were a bit rushed after [Luis] Suarez’s exit and some of them obviously haven’t worked, but when you look at it now… their squad looks a lot healthier than it did.“I really like Benteke, I think he’s got some brilliant attributes to play that role and with the creativity behind him I think he’ll get a lot of chances and will score a lot of goals.“Milner was an astute signing as well, he’ll add some experience and legs to the midfield with the departure of Stevie G – though I’m not saying he is Stevie G, far from it.“Also, Clyne is a full-back who can defend and attack, he’ll get forward and provide some ammunition for Benteke.“The squad just looks far more balanced and I’m feeling very positive for Liverpool.”last_img read more

SURVEY FINDS DONEGAL COMPANIES FAILURE TO EMBRACE CLOUD TECHNOLOGY PROVING COSTLY

first_imgMark Kellet, CEO of Magnet.A survey conducted by Amarach on six-hundred Donegal SMEs has found that their collective failure to embrace cloud technology is putting them at a competitive disadvantage.Research by Amarach of 600 SMEs conducted on behalf of telecoms provider Magnet shows that just 14pc of small firms in Donegal and the Border counties say they have implemented a cloud solution of some kind for their business, compared to 45pc in Dublin.Over 90pc of SMEs in Donegal are still using and paying for a conventional phone system, which according to Amarach Research could be costing small business in Ireland over €266 million per year, much of which could be taken out of the sector’s cost base. By contrast, a quarter of Dublin SMEs have moved to VoIP (voice over internet telephony) or a cloud phone system.43pc of employees of small firms in the Capital have access to company data via their smartphone, while this falls to just 14pc in the case of firms in the Border counties, despite the fact that more staff there regularly work outside the office.Mark Kellet CEO of Magnet said, “Staff in companies outside Dublin tend to work from home more and spend more time in their cars, so they are missing an obvious opportunity to work smarter.“The very companies that need the technology aren’t availing of it. Kellett was addressing over 250 local business people as part of a Magnet roadshow across the country.Only 3pc of eligible SMEs have accessed the technology and business grants available, such as the Enterprise Ireland voucher and the Government’s Online Trading Voucher, according to the research.The latter subsidises 50pc of the cost of going online up to a maximum of €2,500 for firms of up to 10 people and €2m turnover.“Our research shows that 90pc of SMEs are unaware of or misunderstand the Online Trading Voucher Scheme as a support to engaging in e-commerce,” says Kellett.“We are encouraging more firms to take advantage of it and improve their competitiveness in the process. “Used with our own package offering for SMEs it can equate to six months of totally free telecoms.”Magnet’s Office-in-a-Box solution for SMEs provides unlimited broadband; hosting; web domain, phone calls and even a promotional video from €149.99 per month.In conjunction with the Online Trading Voucher through Local Enterprise Offices, eligible SMEs can reduce this cost to just €75.Magnet’s innovative cloud phone system is low bandwidth intensive, meaning it is suitable even for areas where basic wired or wireless connectivity is available and can be delivered over any broadband connection, not just Magnet’s. SURVEY FINDS DONEGAL COMPANIES FAILURE TO EMBRACE CLOUD TECHNOLOGY PROVING COSTLY was last modified: April 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessCloud TechnologyFeaturesMagnetnewslast_img read more

ATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC REPORT

first_imgTir Chonaill AC NotesKarl Griffin qualifies for European Junior/Under 20 – C/ships· Karl Griffin, last night, in his first race of the outdoor season, ran 1min50.71secs/800m in an International meet at the opening of the new Mary Peters Track. This is a second ‘B’ qualification time for the European Juniors and will find the Donegal Town man joining the Irish team in Reiti, Italy from 14th to 19th July. Karl, who holds the National Youth U18 National record -1.49.63 will race next Saturday in Manheim, Germany. All in Tir Chonaill AC and the local community are delighted with this achievement.Congrts and well done Karl  · Congrats also to the following club athletes on fine performances in last Friday nights superbly organised Aghayarn 5k – Donal Haughey, back in action again following a recent injury ran 21mins 13secs to win the M55 category, Jackie Harvey, 23mins 7secs 3rd W50 category,Vera Haughey,23mins 30secs and Denis Slevin,23mins 26secs · Congrats and well done to Noel Thomas on an outstanding performance in the 52 miles Mourne Way Ultra Marathon. The demanding race, held on the 8th June found Noel finishing 17th out of 67 finishers in a time of 10hours 46secs  · Best wishes to Paddy Donoghue who headed this morning for his annual summer sojourn in France. No doubt Paddy has left lots of work to be completed by his Ballyshannnon/Bundoran training group over the coming weeks · The clubs annual athletics summer camp for 5 to 14year olds-commencing next Monday morning – has had a most encouraging number of applications. Thursday is closing date/day and late applications should be left in Cara or All Sports Donegal Town.Enquiries to Jackie at 086 4052823 · A quick and speedy return to full health to club Treasurer Marie Rooney. The clubs ‘money woman’ was involved in a small accident last week and is making a good recovery. · Good luck to all club athletes competing in the Donegal Road Grand Prix series in Termon and Manorcunningham and in the Enniskillen 10k on Saturday. Also to our numerous Track and Field athletes competing in the Tailteann Games/Inter Pro on Saturday and in the National Juniors on Sunday in Tullamore.To Karl Griffin who competes in Manheim on Saturday –best ishes ATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC REPORT was last modified: June 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: EAMON HARVEY’S TIR CHONAILL AC REPORTlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: MALIN OPEN THEIR ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE CAMPAIGN WITH A DEFEAT TO ST EUNAN’S

first_imgMalin GAA News:ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE Malin seniors got their season underway on Saturday with defeat against St. Eunan’s of Letterkenny on a scoreline of Malin 0-12 St. Eunan’s 3-09.Malin team and scorers were Declan Lafferty, Michael McLaughlin, Damian Harkin, Gary Farren (0-01), Seamus Doherty (0-02), Adam Byrne, Kieran McColgan, Patrick Kelly, Dan McDaid (0-02), John C Doherty, Stephen McLaughlin, Terence Doherty, Danny McCarron(0-01), Matthew Byrne(0-03) and Brendan McLaughlin (0-03). Subs used Niall Mc Laughlin for Stephen McLaughlin (20 mins), Peter Doherty for Adam Byrne (45 mins), Connor Mc Colgan for Patrick Kelly (50 mins), Stephen Doherty for Matthew Byrne (50 mins)The remaining fixtures are Sunday 22 Feb Lavey v Malin, Sunday 1 March Malin v Eglish, Sunday 8 March Bryansford v Malin, Sunday 15 March Malin v Ballinderry. Please note that these are provissional fixtures and the matches may be played mostly on Saturdays and supporters are asked to check Facebook for the correct dates, throw in times and venues. CLUB MEETINGThere will be a club meeting this Thursday 12th of Febuary at 9.00pm in the club house.PITCH/SPORTSHALL BOOKINGAnybody that is planning to use the pitch or sports hall for training/matches must book the pitch by contacting Gerard McLaughlin 0868704255 or for the sports hall/clubhouse by contacting Susan Byrne on 0867832242.TRAINING SCHEDULETraining has commenced for our underage teams, new players are more than welcome. Managers are asked to tx Brendan with training times and it will be put up on the club’s Facebook page.U6 team training every Sunday from 10.00 – 11.15 U8 team training every Saturday from 3.00 – 4.15U10 team training every Sunday from 11.30 – 1.00U12 team training every Saturday from 4.30 – 6.00 and Tuesday from 5.45 – 7.00U14 team training every Saturday from 9.30 – 11.00 and Tuesday from 5.30 – 7.00 U16 team training every Monday from 4.30 – 6.30Senior and Reserve team training continues every Friday from 7.30 – 9.00UNDERAGE GIRLS TRAININGU6,U8 and U10 girls team training every Saturday from 11.00 – 12.30LOTTOThere was no winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €700. Sequence drawn was 6-3-7-1-2-5-4. €50 winner was Nuala Doherty, Malin Well, Malin Head. €20 sellers prize winner was St Patrick’s Hall (Bingo). Next weeks jackpot is €750.CLUB NOTES/NEWSAny items for the notes or social media updates for the week should be forwarded to Brendan on 086 3777015 or Linda on 086 3452769 or alternatively send an email to the club email address pro.malin.donegal@gaa.ie at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening.CLUB NEWSYou can now stay up to date with all the latest happenings within the club by checking our facebook page www.facebook.com/malingaa, by following us on twitter @malainnclg, or by sending a text to the club texting service 0868668531 to avail of club fixtures. If anyone has any club related information which they would like posted onto our facebook or twitter accounts, feel free to send a private message to the relevant accounts.GAA NEWS: MALIN OPEN THEIR ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE CAMPAIGN WITH A DEFEAT TO ST EUNAN’S was last modified: February 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAMalinNoticesSportlast_img read more

English football’s longest-serving boss Paul Tisdale leaves Exeter

first_img1 Paul Tisdale has left his role as Exeter City manager after 12 years at the helm.The 45-year-old had recently taken over from Arsene Wenger as English football’s longest-serving manager.But, following the club’s second successive defeat in the League Two play-off final, Tisdale has decided not to sign a new contract.Jim Bentley, who has been in charge of Morecambe since 2011, is now the longest-serving boss in the top four divisions.Exeter said they had been in talks over a “new significantly-improved contract” for Tisdale since the middle of last year, but he had not met the club’s deadline to sign it.Exeter chairman Julian Tagg told the club’s official website: “Regretfully, Paul has decided not to sign.“We wish him the best of luck for the future and would like to thank him for his commitment to our club over the last 12 years.“He has been a dedicated and successful manager, well respected both inside the club and equally so in football generally and ever popular with players staff and volunteers, having worked so extremely hard to bring Exeter City to where we are today.“Our offer of a new contract to Paul came with our express desire that he sign it in order to allow the club to plan and go forward with certainty. It is of course entirely Paul’s prerogative that he should choose to let the club’s deadline for a decision pass, but we are now at the point where we must move on and unexpectedly plan for a future without Paul as our manager.”Exeter lost the League Two play-off final to Coventry earlier this week – their second straight play-off final defeat – having finished fourth in the table.Tisdale was appointed in 2006 and took charge of 626 matches, winning 241, drawing 159 and losing 226.He won back-to-back promotions from the National League to League One in 2008 and 2009.Tagg added: “Under Paul’s leadership, we have consistently outperformed clubs with much larger budgets and we feel incredibly proud of everything we’ve achieved together, on and off the pitch.He added: “We’ll continue to watch Paul’s career with great interest. He has been Exeter’s most successful ever manager and he will always be welcome here and we wish him well.” Paul Tisdale was the Football League’s longest serving manager last_img read more

‘Raheem Sterling’s contribution to England is huge’ – Seaman hits back at critics

first_imgDavid Seaman has hit back at the criticism of Raheem Sterling and insists the forward makes a ‘massive contribution’ to the England team which goes further than scoring goals.Sterling has come under-fire for his wastefulness in front of goal at the World Cup, where England are through the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.He was again a target for frustrated fans after going another game without scoring in Saturday’s quarter-final win over Sweden – despite a number of big chances.But many former players and pundits have defended the Manchester City flyer, and now former England No.1 goalkeeper Seaman has also jumped to Sterling’s aid.He agrees the 23-year-old has not been ruthless enough but says his darting forward runs terrify defences and that he plays a key role in Gareth Southgate’s squad.Asked if criticism of the young forward is too harsh, Seaman told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “For me is it, yeah.“He’s not scored a goal yet and he’s getting a lot of chances, so people are just focusing on that.“But the dangers he poses are fantastic for the team. 3 But Seaman insists Sterling is one of England’s key players at the World Cup and has backed him to score 3 3center_img Sterling missed a one-on-one chance against Sweden “His overall contribution to England is massive – it’s far greater than goals.“He stretches the opponents’ defence, he defends down that channel as well and the threat of his pace is frightening – defenders hate that.“He’s always a threat. Defenders hate someone with pace, no matter if they can’t finish. They can always square it across the box for somebody to tap it in.”And while some have suggested Sterling should be dropped for England’s upcoming semi-final against Croatia, Seaman says there is no way he should lose this place.“The pressure is building on him but for me he stays in all day long”, added the former Arsenal and Man City goalkeeper.“I’m just praying for him to score a goal – that would be a cherry on top apart from getting to the final.”Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals: Wednesday July 11 – KICK OFF 7PM BST He was later thwarted by the keeper again after a brilliant ball over the top from Jordan Henderson last_img read more