Manager Louis van Gaal said he wanted to “kiss” Memphis Depay after the Dutch midfielder scored two and set up the third in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Club Bruges in the first leg of their Champions League playoff at Old Trafford on Tuesday.Memphis, who was deployed in his favoured starting position on the left rather than as a traditional No. 10, showed the kind of form that led United to pay PSV Eindhoven a reported 25 million pounds ($39 million) for the 21-year-old in May.“When you score a goal then you are the hero,” Van Gaal told reporters.“I want to kiss him tonight, because when you score two goals and give an assist also, then normally in the world you are the hero,” the manager added.United left back Luke Shaw, who along with Memphis was one of the best players on the pitch, also praised his team mate’s performance and first goals for the club.“Of course I am really happy for him today,” the England international said.“Now he’s off the mark, hopefully it can bring him many more goals.“I think our relationship is starting to build up. We have played a couple of games together and I am starting to understand how he wants to play,” he added“It is great to be playing with him, he can beat a man and he likes the attacking support from me as well — which is something I like to do,” the 20-year-old said.Shaw also hailed the importance of Memphis’s late assist for Marouane Fellaini, which ensured that United take a two-goal cushion into the crucial second leg.“We knew that we needed one more goal to make us feel more comfortable when it comes to the next game,” Shaw said.“The Fellaini goal was massive for us, we are glad we got that and now we can look forward to next week,” he added.Fellaini acknowledged that his late header was important, but insisted that United still had work to do when they visit the Belgian club in the return leg on Aug. 26.“I think it was important to score a third goal and we did, so that’s fantastic,” the 27-year-old Belgium international said.“It’s a win but now we have to be careful in Bruges. Normally it would be not easy, but we have the quality to win there as well,” he added.
Nana Akufo-Addo – the president of Ghana – made the decision Thursday after footage emerged from a documentary allegedly uncovering fraud and corruption under the leadership of GFA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi.In the documentary ‘When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm’, Nyantakyi was pictured accepting a cash gift from an undercover reporter who was pretending to be a businessman.The Ghanaian government is set to announce, “provisional measures to govern football activities in the country until a new body is duly formed”.”The Government is shocked and outraged at the contents of the recently-aired video documentary, which captures the investigation conducted into football administration by the journalist, Anasa Aremeyaw, titled ‘Number 12’: When Misconducted and Greed become the Norm,” a statement – signed by Ghana’s information minister Mustapha Amid – read.”The documentary exposes the gross malfunctioning of the Ghana Football Association [GFA], characterised by the widespread fraud, corruption and bribery. As a result of the pervasive nature of the rot within GFA, government has decided as follows:”The conduct of all officials of the GFA, together with that of the suspended Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority [NSA], Robert Sarfo Mensah, shown in the documentary to be involved in questionable, potentially criminal acts, is forthwith, referred to the Police for further investigation and appropriate action. The Police are to take all such relevant measures as are necessary to ensure that the contents of the documentary are rapidly and thoroughly investigated.”Having regard to the widespread nature of the apparent rot involving top GFA officials, top NSA officials, match commissioners, football administrators and referees, government has decided to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved. Government will shortly, thereafter, announce provisional measures to govern football activities in the country, until a new body is duly formed; and”Government will communicate these decisions to the Confederation of African Football and the Federation of International Football Association, and engage with them on these developments to chart a way forward for Ghana football.”PRESS RELEASE: Ghana Football Association Statement on documentary by tiger eye on alleged acts of corruption https://t.co/O0AFvJHWl6 pic.twitter.com/rEHGFM3jIZ— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) June 7, 2018Earlier on Thursday, the Ghana FA released a statement on the alleged acts of corruption, asking for a copy of the footage having not been consulted first.In a statement signed by general secretary Isaac Addo, the FA said: “The GFA was not provided with an opportunity to watch the premiering of the documentary as it was neither provided with an advanced copy of the said documentary nor furnished with tickets by Tiger Eye PI to watch the airing.”Though the GFA did not commission Tiger Eye PI to undertake this exercise and have not been provided with the opportunity of watching the documentary, we view the allegations circulating in the media very seriously and would wish to take immediate steps to address them.”To this end we believe it’s only fair and proper that Tiger Eye furnishes us with the said documentary and hereby request Tiger Eye as a matter of urgency to furnish us with all the recorded material on this documentary to enable us forward it to the appropriate quarters for further investigations.”…The GFA wishes to place on record that, there will be no attempt of a cover-up or shield any of our members caught in alleged acts of corruption. The GFA wishes to assure all that as an institution it does not condone any manner of corrupt practices.”We wish to put on record that eight months ago, we got evidence of some external influences seeking to manipulate matches in our various competitions. As soon as it became clear to us that we were facing the possibility of some external influences seeking to destroy the sanctity of the game in Ghana, we wrote to FIFA seeking assistance to help combat this menace.”The action we took was in furtherance of the GFA’s desire to fight against match manipulation and maintain the integrity of our game and federation. We received a full FIFA response few days later, with an action plan on how we can fight the menace of match manipulation through a roadmap for the implementation of the national integrity initiative. We are still working with FIFA Integrity Department to find the appropriate dates for the action to help educate our members on the dangers of this menace.”The GFA will subsequently be undertaking a holistic review and continue with our reforms geared towards the enhancement of its operations in dealing with alleged acts of corruption in the game. We urge the football fraternity to remain calm and provide us with all the support we need as we bid to restore confidence and trust in our beautiful game.”
…comeuppance for City Officials?The PPP’s still being blamed for the PNC-run City Council turning Georgetown into the fourth circle of hell for a quarter of a century. Yes, Hamilton Green’s “Good and Green Party” might’ve won the municipal vote in 1994, but that’s only because he billed himself as “the real PNC”. And he was, because the moment the PNC was returned to power in 2015, PNC leader David Granger’s first act was to confer the Order of Roraima on Green and to increase his pension by 1000 per cent!!What’s the point of “local government” if the “local government” can’t run its own affairs?? Are the municipalities presently under the control of PPP slates expected to pilfer their treasuries; live high off the hog and beyond their means – while doling out tax exemptions – and then blame the PNC Government for strangling them?? But it wasn’t only a case of poor administration by the Georgetown PNC Mayors and City Councillors that did the city in. As we found out in audits, first by Keith Burrowes and then by Ramon Gaskin, it was the pervasive skulduggery that was conducted by high PNC officials who ran the city’s affairs.But nothing was done about it because the good burghers of Georgetown regularly returned them to office out of loyalty to the PNC. While much ink has been spilled about ethnic voting at the Central Governmental level, absolutely nothing has been said about the most flagrant instance of this insidious behaviour at a municipal level – where one-quarter of the voting population resided!! But finally, after the thefts, cronyism and venality of the Town Clerk, Royston King became too much for even the PNC Government, they had to appoint a CoI to check him out.We don’t have to repeat what Justice Kennard said about him, do we? As recommended, the Local Government Commission just sacked his sorry a55!! But what about his recommendations for audits of the entire city accounts and the actions of the PNC Gang of Four – especially two of them – Executive Member of the PNC and ex-Mayor Chase-Green and ex-PNC General Secretary Oscar Clarke?? What about using SARA to recover all the city resources they pilfered?But more importantly, with heightened awareness of the mismanagement of Georgetown by the PNC brought about by the refreshingly frank language of Kennard’s CoI, why no acknowledgement that, saddled with a PNC Mayor and City Council, the PPP had absolutely nothing to do with the city’s miserable condition.The sacking of King is only a start. The entire lot must be prosecuted!!…robotic representation!If there’s one thing the no-confidence resolution has done is to reveal the true nature of the PNC in all its anti-democratic squalor!! Imagine they’re arguing in the Courts that there’s “no such thing as a “conscience vote”” once the MP is “extracted from a list”!! Well…well…well! Now let’s not keep this at a theoretical level, let’s look at the instance that threw the PNC Government out!Charrandas Persaud wasn’t just extracted from any old list – he was extracted from the list for the geographical representation for Region 6!! Does the PNC remember why Regional MP seats were increased in the post-1992 era following their defeat? To create a hybrid system of PR and “first past the post”, that’s what! And the purpose of the latter was for specific MPs to represent their regions and thereby deepen democracy in our political system. And what Charrandas did when he voted against the PNC Government was to explicitly declare that his Reg 6 constituency was being shafted!!And he could stomach it no more. Long live democracy!!…a bully backs down – againFirst, he swore he’d force Mexico to pay for the wall to keep out migrants. After backing down, he blackmailed Congress to fund the wall by not paying a MILLION Federal workers.Congress refused…and Trump just folded!! The PPP should take heed. If you stand up to bullies, they’ll stand down!!
A team comprising experts from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is due in Guyana next month to assess the Value Added Tax (VAT) and recommendations made by the Tax Reform Committee.This is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who during an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA) said, “notwithstanding what the Tax Reform Committee said, and notwithstanding the clamour for the reduction in VAT, I have asked the IMF and they have agreed and the team is to come in August to do an assessment of the Value Added Tax.”Minister Jordan said after they would have completed their assessment “we will take a look, and we will make a determination what reduction is feasible and when this reduction can take place.”The Tax Reform Committee, headed by Dr Maurice Odle, was set up late last year and mandated to examine the country’s taxation system and make recommendations for fixing it. Among the recommendations of the Tax Reform Committee were an income tax threshold of 0,000 with progressive rates of taxation from 20 per cent to 35 per cent, reintroduction of estate duties and levies on tobacco and alcohol. Further, the Minister said the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been approached for its input on the recommended tax reforms.“What I have caused GRA to do is to go through the report with a fine tooth comb, split it up into the various sections and come up with recommendations of the feasibility of some of what have been recommended so that we could have a discussion in Cabinet and make a determination, whether or not they get into the 2017 budget. The Tax Reform Committee did recommendations that span two years… not just 2017.”Among the recommendations of the Tax Reform Committee were a reduction of VAT from 16 per cent to 14 per cent, the introduction of an intermediate rate of seven per cent, a reduction of the number of items on the VAT exempt list and a widening of the tax net by reducing the minimum taxable amount from million to million, Minister Jordan said.Meanwhile President David Granger on an edition of the programme “the Public’s Interest” had said it was perhaps hasty on the part of the then Opposition (APNU+AFC) to promise a reduction on the VAT rate during their first year in office when they had inadequate information on what they would find when they assumed office.
1 Tony Pulis and Jose Mourinho West Brom boss Tony Pulis believes it would be disrespectful to Jose Mourinho to credit Guus Hiddink with Chelsea’s revival. The Baggies to go Stamford Bridge on Wednesday with the champions unbeaten since Mourinho was sacked last month.Hiddink has taken charge for four matches but the Blues are three points behind Albion in the Barclays Premier League. The Dutchman replaced Mourinho as interim boss until the end of the season and has won two and draw two of his games, with Chelsea 14th in the table. But Pulis rounded on any of Mourinho’s critics who would suggest Hiddink is the sole reason for Chelsea’s return to form. He said: “The fact is Mourinho won the league last season by a country mile. There might have been other reasons that things didn’t go so well this year but to put Jose down is completely and utterly out of order.“What you said was disrespectful to Mourinho and also the players that won the league last year because they played some great football last year, some fantastic football.“We’re in for a tough game It’s Chelsea they’ve some wonderful players and we’ll have to be on it and at our best.“That’s the same with every top four or five club. If you go away and play against them you have to have at least ten of your players playing to their maximum to get a result.”
3 “We’re more concerned about Bradford at home on Saturday, that’s our priority.“All the supporters, we’re all realistic here. The gulf between the two clubs is absolutely massive.”Clough also admitted he would have received no sympathy from his great, late father, Brian, following his side’s first-leg mauling.Asked what Clough Snr would have told him after the game if he were still here today, Nigel replied: “First of all he would have said, ‘how can you concede nine?!’ 3 Pep Guardiola’s men were utterly ruthless as they thumped Burton 9-0 in the first leg a fortnight ago.Clough knows his side have no chance over overturning such a deficit when they welcome the reigning Premier League champions to the Pirelli Stadium on Wednesday.But he has told the team and supporters to revel in the game, admitting they may never reach a major cup semi-final again.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, the Brewers boss said: “The game is over, so we’re going to enjoy it.“I don’t think we’ll ever get to another League Cup semi-final again, so we’re going to enjoy it.“Manchester City are coming to town, one of the best teams in the world, and we’ve just to enjoy it for what it is. I just want the players to go out an enjoy it. Nigel Clough is well aware ‘the game is over’ as League One Burton Albion prepare to host Manchester City in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.Instead of planning for a miraculous giant-killing, the manager has told his players to just enjoy 90 minutes against one of the best teams in the world. “Although I would have reminded him that when he was at Brighton, Bristol Rovers beat them 8-2 in the cup – so I’d possibly remind him of that!“Even the best have their off days and concede a few too many at times.” Nigel Clough knows the semi-final tie is over after City’s huge first-leg win 3 Nigel Clough and his legendary father, Brian Man City pulled no punches against their League One opponents
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