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Kokoya Millennium Village Project Failing, Citizens Disenchanted

first_imgThe much heralded Kokoya Millennium Village Project (KMVP), started in 2008 in Kokoya District , Bong County, to catapult the over 24,000 residents of that District from the abyss of poverty, is dismally failing and might likely be a dream deferred.The project itself smacks of complete failure with remedial actions now being put into place as a sort of exit strategy ahead of 2015, the target year for the Millennium Development Goals  (MDGS) to be changed to the Global Development Goals (GDGS).In 2007 the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) forwarded a proposal to the Norwegian government requesting funding for the KMVP. The budget for the implementation of the project amounted to about US$5.2 million though the original proposal put it at US$10.8 million.The Norwegian government decided to support the project following the personal intervention of Professor Jeffrey Sachs, the originator of the Millennium Village concept, who came to Liberia in 2007 and lectured government authorities and policy makers on the efficacy of the Millennium Village project in the eradication of poverty and the concept’s potential for empowering communities.Jeffrey Sachs, formerly of Harvard University, now a professor of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, United States of America, once served as Special Advisor to former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on the MDGs. Professor Sachs is credited with developing the plan and blueprint of Millennium Villages around the world in different agro-ecology zones that reflect the range of farming, water and disease challenges facing various continents.The Millennium Villages, it is reported, have so far reached nearly 400,000 people in 79 villages clustered  in 12 groups across 10 African countries, including Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Malawi,  with one village each whereas, Mali, Nigeria, Kenya and Liberia are supposed to have two each.But with the disenchantment of Kokoya citizens over the KMVP and River Gee County not even sure of ever getting a Millennium Village as originally proposed, one can fathom that the KMVP surely smacks of failure.UNDP, the focal point of the project in Liberia, relying heavily on Prof. Sachs’ theory of the Millennium Village and what it can do for a whole population, chose Kokoya Statutory District in consultation with the Liberian government as the first site for the pilot of the Millennium Village projects in Liberia.When the Kokoya Millennium Village Project was put in vogue in 2008, with the ambitious plan of transforming the lives of the over 24,000 residents of Kokoya Statutory District in Bong county, scores of citizens of Liberia thought Kokoya would have been the envy of other city dwellers.But five years down the line, since the launch of that project there are indications that almost all of the promises encapsulated in the four priority areas enshrined in the project blue print, were practically not achieved nor visible in the proposed project catchment areas, thus causing scores of citizens to be disenchanted with the whole Millennium Village project in Kokoya Statutory District.The Daily Observer team that toured project locations across Kokoya District uncovered that in some areas where projects were undertaken they were done haphazardly, much to the chagrin of citizens of the affected communities.Invariably however, proponents of the Millennium Village concept have adduced that the Kokoya Millennium Village project aims to integrate the interventions needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS).The UNDP website states that “this unique initiative demonstrates how a typical district of approximately 24,000 people can make significant progress in achieving the MDGs.” The website also asserts that the project aims at transforming subsistence livelihoods into small-scale commercial entrepreneurships and provides an example of how villages can achieve the MDGS by the 2015 target date.As we fast approach the unveiling of the MDG projects across the globe, Momolu Tolbert, UNDP MDG former Support Advisor and first Project Manager of the KMVP, admits that the project did not achieve the set of measurable goals and targets in the four priority areas of agriculture, health education and infrastructure.“I advised the UNDP Country Director then, Dominic Sam, and other partners that the project be outsourced to preferably the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) owing to the administrative bottlenecks and difficulties in getting things done at the UNDP but my advice was not considered. This could be some of the reasons why the project did not succeed,” Tolbert said.But Stephen Kolee, who served as Project Manager between 2008 and 2012, said the UNDP succeeded in implementing the project according to the approved project proposal. He lined up the reconstruction of Gbartah Elementary School, promotion of food security and income generation, by first distributing NERICA (New Rice for Africa) rice to local farmers, opening of a demonstration farm in Tarpeh Town, building of a clinic in Yolo Town and Rock Crusher Community, as well as the procurement of an ambulance, as goals achieved.But echoing the citizens’  frustrations at what they see as a mirage in what is reported on the UNDP website, Morris Laykpdoe, Acting City Mayor of Botota, said when the project started in 2005, they were informed that it was intended to improve and impact the lives of the citizens of Kokoya in a more positive way.As a start up, he said the UNDP, the main driver of the project, renovated a public building erected by Dr. William R. Tolbert, Jr. in 1979, and turned it into their headquarters.The Acting Mayor lamented that since the renovation and the seeming commencement of the project, nothing substantial, in terms of the actualization of the four pillars enshrined in the project blue print, has been seen in Kokoya District. Moreover, he lamented that the lives of the locals in communities where the projects are located have not improved, nor  have the people felt the impact of the entire project; even though the promo on the UNDP website states that following a needs assessment at the early stages, the project would provide a potential for practical solutions integrating best practices in agriculture, nutrition, health, energy, water and the environment to improve livelihood and the dignity of people.The four priority areas as enumerated in the story ‘Millennium Villages’, published in the UNMIL Focus Magazine, December-February 2007 edition, are: Agriculture, Health, Education and Infrastructure.These four priority areas were extracted from the original project proposal for the effectuation of the KMVP.In the area of agriculture, regarded  as the mainstay of the project, Acting Botota Mayor Laykpdoe expressed utmost disappointment in the manner in which the UNDP implementation team handled that pillar, stressing that nothing was done at all, except for  the supply of NERICA rice  to few farmers in 2009. He indicated that all the fertilizers and other farm implements brought for the project in 2008 remain in the KMVP warehouse up to date.Touching on the role the health component of the project objective, Laykpdoe said the Millennium Village team extended the clinic in Botota, built one clinic in Rock Crusher and another in Yolo Town,  but failed to provide the kinds of medical equipment needed for the running of such facilities.The Officer-in-Charge of the Botata Clinic, Parker Paye, corroborated Laykpdoe’s account by asserting that, the only ambulance in the whole district has been grounded for almost a year, and only a four-room house was constructed and is being described as a quarter, no medical equipment in the newly extended clinic building. The clinic does not have enough staff, among other problems.In the area of education, according to the project blue print, there would have been scrupulous renovation and refurbishment of U-LAH, Tugbahblee, Quoikapor and Kokoya public schools, complete with solar energy panels, modern state of the art internet facilities, plus enhanced telephone services, modern libraries and laboratories and teachers capacity built by 2015, the cut-off point of the Millennium   Development Goals.In critiquing the failure of the education pillar of the project, Laykpdoe divulged that as at now, all schools in the four towns enumerated above, virtually lack libraries and laboratories, and there are no internet facilities and cell phones  for teachers, as promised in the project document.Despite the fact that the building of roads, bridges, construction of administrative and other public buildings across the project catchment areas were outlined under the infrastructure component of the project, the Lord Mayor, reflecting the views of Kokoya citizens, some of whose views were sampled by the Daily Observer’s investigative team, said nothing was done in those areas. The Daily Observer investigative team had the rare opportunity of viewing all of the proposed project sites and the photographs that eventually emerged seem to corroborate the assertions of the Botota City Mayor.Though the KMVP developers said the project hopes to achieve increased food security and enhanced nutrition and incomes for community members, universal primary education, improved access to health facilities and services, increased community access to water and sanitation facilities and improved access to ICT and mobile phone coverage in Kokoyah, the reality on the ground suggests otherwise.In fact, the village savings and loan scheme established to help women in local communities in Kokoya District become self-reliant has not yielded the desired projection, according to Etta Nyean, Chairlady of the U-LAH Kodoe, a phrase from the Mano dialect, which means, ‘We are one.’She said they were 25 women in total, each given L$12,000 in 2013 as a start up under the scheme. This amount, she claimed, was meager and they asked that the KMVP team look at modalities aimed at augmenting the amount if they are truly to be empowered.One hundred pieces of cell phones and 50 tablets intended to be distributed to health workers and teachers and Kokoya administrative authorities since 2008 remain in the warehouse, according to a source from UNDP. The erection of two towers in Gbarkon and Rock Crushers is now benefiting only the service provider, Lonestar Cell MTN. How the negotiation was done to have Ericson directly negotiate with Lonestar without an input from UNDP, as we have been made to believe, remains unknown.Over all, Kokoya, remains without lights, no paved road, poor economic activities, school without libraries and laboratories, no internet connectivity, failed agriculture projects and a citizenry who had so much hope in the KMVP but have now begun to think otherwise.In its evaluation report following what appears to be the abysmal performance of the KMVP team, the Norwegian government observed that “the project was hurriedly launched and started without an inception plan and a solid results framework plan; the project did not put into place an effective results framework and monitoring evaluation system; a weak measurement system; weak management capacity; weak national and local ownership and poor understanding of the project’s nature,” among others.When the Daily Observer contacted Kamil Kamaluddeen, UNDP Country Director, for comment on the issue he referred us to Augusta McGill Pshorr, Communication Specialist, who sent us a copy each of the project proposal,  UNDP’s response to the KMVP evaluation made by the Norwegian Government and the KMVP  final report  for our perusal. Our request for an interview was not granted.In a letter dated November 2, 2012 addressed to Fred R. Rasmusen, Counselor at the Royal Norwegian Embassy near Accra, UNDP-Liberia did not deny failure in the implementation of the KMVP as reported by the Norwegian government evaluation team, but defended its record by shifting the blame on the Norwegian Government for gaps in funding which “made it difficult, if not impossible to implement any meaningful activities in the project area”.  UNDP Liberia also blamed the project failure on “the high turnover of government officials which created an absence of leadership and guidance from the government side.”Realizing that the Direct Implementation Modalities (DIM) put in vogue by the UNDP was not yielding the desired results in terms of the actualization of the project objectives; they (UNDP) in 2013 cleverly lured the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) to help implement an exit strategy that will now put the MIA in charge of rolling out the KMVP.Since that arrangement, MIA veered off the original KMVP plan under new National Implementation Modalities (NIM). By this model, Botota and Rock Crusher community in Kokoya District are supposed to be transformed into modern villages with most of the trappings of a Millennium Village, according to a source at the MIA. The emphasis will now be placed on infrastructure and the other areas will not be undertaken as reflected in the original project blue print.Under the NIM, the UNDP is managing a US$1.4 million fund being utilized by MIA. So far, MIA, working in collaboration with contractors, has built a “multi-purpose building, teachers’ quarter, medical staff quarters, an information center and a market hall.”The Daily Observer will look at these and other projects that should have been undertaken by the original UNDP-KMVP as per the priority areas outlined in the Jeffrey Sachs Millennium Village plan in our subsequent editions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GPL blames faulty circuit breaker for prolonged power outage

first_imgThe Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS), which is controlled by the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), experienced a shutdown on Thursday, affecting several areas across the coastal region.The company explained on Friday that the shutdown occurred at approximately 13:35h due to a fault in one of the circuit breakers at the Garden of Eden Power Plant. This caused a “lock out” of the busbar facilitating the transfer of power from four generators. According to the GPL, the “sudden” loss of 18 megawatts of generator capacity resulted in the shutdown and technicians were deployed and managed to restore power in the first area by 13:56h. According to the utility company, by 15:00h, the defective breaker was replaced and all communities were supplied with electricity.The utility company noted that prior to this shutdown, some sections of Georgetown, the East Coast and East Bank of Demerara, experienced periods of service interruptions “due to localised area faults caused by the inclement weather”.Over the years, the woes of citizens have been directed towards poor services being offered by the company, with numerous power outages for trivial incidents.Just a few months ago, a loan was granted from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to the tune of US$20 million, for upgrading the services to be provided by the Guyana Power Light (GPL).The loan was expected to facilitate the rehabilitation of 153km of GPL’s medium voltage and low voltage network and 6941 smart meters, including the associated transformers, service lines and distribution boxes along with the rehabilitation and extension of two 69/13.8KV substations at Kingston and Vreed-en-Hoop.last_img read more

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AFC candidate claims he was used as “scapegoat”

first_imgLGE 2018A Corentyne, Berbice pastor is accusing the Alliance For Change (AFC) of using him as a “scapegoat” and of now asking him to be silent, but he said that he could not be quiet, since the party has caused him to fool his entire congregation.Pastor Lieon Benjamin, in an interview with Guyana Times, said that he was the AFC’s candidate for Constituency Number One in the Good Hope-Number 51Pastor Lieon BenjaminNeighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC). According to him, after he obtained all the required signatures and documents, he noticed that his name was removed and replaced with the name of a close associate of one of the party’s executives.Benjamin said he made the discovery that he was not the AFC candidate for the constituency when the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) released the names of candidates contesting the November 12 Local Government Elections (LGE).According to Benjamin, he had given his documents to an AFC executive, who claimed that the party had approved and submitted the list.However, when GECOM published the names of candidates, it was changed.Pastor Benjamin said that he had got members of his congregation and villagers to support him and now they were accusing him of tricking them.Murriel Brusch, who signed in support of Benjamin, said that she supported the pastor as the candidate and not the person whose name suddenly appeared on the list as the AFC candidate for the constituency.When this publication contacted the person whose name appeared as the candidate for the constituency instead of Benjamin, she initially agreed to the interview, but after a short conversation with an AFC executive, she returned and said that she has nothing to say on the matter.Meanwhile, Benjamin told this newspaper that several top officials from the party have telephoned him asking that he not go to the media.“I can’t do that, because the people in the village who I went to believe that it is I who tricked them,” he said.According to Benjamin, he signed on the candidate’s form and received 22 backers.“I gave it to (name withheld) who took it to Georgetown and it was confirmed that everything was okay. When it came back, I don’t know what happened, but from then on we don’t know what transpired.”He said the persons who he had gone to in order to get their signatures were backing him and not necessarily the AFC.“Because I am the pastor in the area and they were looking for someone in the area who could have done certain things for them. We have some trenches in the area that have bush for years and the last person that was there did nothing, so they think that I was the fittest person to represent them,” he added.This is not the first time persons in Berbice, Region Six are accusing the AFC of tricking them.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had filed a legal challenge after it found what the Party alleged to be “fraudulent” names on the GECOM list.Legal proceedings began after 50 persons in the Whim-Bloomfield Local Authority Area, Berbice alleged that they were tricked into signing the AFC LGE list for their area.Shafraz Beekham, of Letter Kenny Village, Corentyne, and 49 other persons from the Bloomfield-Whim, Corentyne area, filed affidavits saying they were misled into believing that they were supporting a party of their choice when in reality, they actually were “misled” into signing AFC’s nominator lists. The PPP’s legal suit was filed on behalf of Beekham.Berbice High Court Judge, Justice Navindra Singh ruled that there was no evidence of fraud, trickery or threat, and noted that there was no basis to ask the Chief Elections Officer to strike out the names of the nominators from AFC’s Lists of Candidates. However, the PPP has since appealed the ruling. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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2018 Emperor’s Challenge sells out in six hours

first_imgTUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – After opening early this morning, registration for the 2018 Emperor’s Challenge completely sold out in just over six hours.Registration for the event was postponed by a week after excessive web traffic caused the Stride and Glide website to go offline last Wednesday.This year the Emperor’s Challenge is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and race director Jerrilyn Schembri say’s she’s excited for the event. She says this year’s race will feature be a banquet for runners and their families, while every registrants gets a commemorative table top book.- Advertisement -This year’s half-marathon also added 100 entries on top of the usual 1,000.The Emperor’s Challenge is taking place this year on Saturday, August 11th on Mt. Babcock near Tumbler Ridge at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

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The dealmaker

first_imgAnd when Schwarzenegger’s remark is linked to what his administration actually does, it’s as if the governor were really saying, “What’s best for my donors is best for all the people of California.” Latest example of a policy decision favoring one of the governor’s large donors: plastic pipe. Since 1982, the California Building Industry Association has pushed state authorities to allow use of chlorinated polyvinyl chloride pipes as an alternative to copper for water running into newly built homes. Until the other day, the state’s Building Standards Commission refused to go along, concerned by the possibility that potentially toxic chemicals might leach from plastic into drinking water. That resistance is over. The commission, now made up wholly of Schwarzenegger appointees, has just passed new rules allowing use of plastic pipes so long as they are flushed before installation to get rid of debris or loose chemicals. What was the impetus for this change? “During the governor’s first run for office, he supported plastic pipe,” noted Dennis Beddard, general counsel of the state Department of Housing and Community Development, which produced the environmental impact report needed before the rule could change. “The building industry has wanted this for 25 years. Back in 1982, there was no history. Now we have 25 years and our EIR concluded there is no good reason not to use plastic pipe, especially since the price of copper pipe has risen sharply.” ONE theme has run through California government from the moment Democrat Gray Davis was elected governor nine years ago right up to today. It is this: Donate big campaign dollars to the incumbent and you’ll get what you want. Davis, of course, never admitted to this while in office. Neither does the current governor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, who insists no one gets special consideration, no matter how much he may contribute. “I am always led by what is best for all the people of California,” he says, echoing the mantra of every politician who ever took a campaign dollar. But with all politicians, it’s wisest to watch what they do, not what they say. So the governor’s appointees came up with a report supporting his long-standing opinion. Surprised? Meanwhile, Rosario Marin, chair of the building code commission and a Schwarzenegger Cabinet member, insists the change was part of a sweeping update of codes that had not been changed for 10 years. Marin asserts, “We did this honorably.” But there’s more information to consider: Schwarzenegger has taken more than $15.9 million from builders and developers who will benefit from this change made by his appointees. To some, that makes this one smell a little wrong. But Marin says, “I wasn’t aware of any donations from the building industry,” then repeats her boss’s mantra about donations buying nothing. Besides the large campaign contributions, Marin says she also didn’t know her subordinate, Lynn L. Jacobs, the director of Housing and Community Development since last April, is an affordable-housing developer plucked from the executive committee of the Building Industry Association, which itself has given more than $215,000 to Schwarzenegger. By using plastic pipe, her once and future colleagues will save exponentially more than they’ve invested in the governor, unless they lower new home prices. Is anyone betting they’d willingly do that? The bureaucrats working for Schwarzenegger’s appointees insist the new rule was strictly routine. “We’re in a cycle of adapting plumbing codes,” said David Walls, executive director of the building standards commission. He noted that all of America besides California, New York City and Chicago has allowed plastic pipe for years. But consumer advocates note the initial draft environmental impact report for the code change did not even mention possible danger from leaching of toxics or cancer-causing chemicals. Said Carmen Balber of the Foundation for Consumer and Taxpayer Rights, “Arnold shouldn’t be cutting corners and exposing families to unknown risks just to please his biggest industry donor. Just because you don’t have a list of people made ill by this in other states doesn’t mean it’s safe.” Meanwhile, housing department director Jacobs is an example of how Schwarzenegger takes top appointees from industries that back him financially, then lets them make rules favoring their old companies and colleagues. The same sort of thing occurred when SBC Communications was allowed to buy up AT&T Corp. and adopt its better-known name. A Public Utilities Commission chaired by a one-time utility company chairman made that decision, benefiting companies that had given well over $400,000 to Schwarzenegger. Similarly, Jackie Pfannenstiel, former vice president for strategy and planning at Pacific Gas & Electric Co., heads the Energy Commission, which rules on many of her former employer’s projects. Schwarzenegger’s, then, is an administration replete with foxes guarding henhouses. When they make or drive decisions to please the industries from which they came, like the plastic pipe OK, it’s business as usual with hardly anyone even noticing. Thomas D. Elias is a writer living in Southern California. Write to him by e-mail at tdelias@aol.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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Fulham sign Chambers from Arsenal on season-long loan

first_img0Shares0000Calum Chambers made 24 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal last season © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 7 – Newly-promoted Premier League side Fulham have signed Arsenal defender Calum Chambers on a season-long loan, the west London club announced on Tuesday.The 23-year-old, who signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal last month, joins Fulham just four days before their Premier League season-opener against Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage. “I’m really excited. I watched a lot of Fulham last season, I really like the way they play football, there’s a good manager, it’s a great club, so I’m really excited for the season ahead,” said Chambers.Slavisa Jokanovic’s men were promoted with a 1-0 playoff victory over Aston Villa in May, after a late-season charge just failed to secure a top-two finish in the Championship.Chambers, who has won three caps for England and can play either at right-back, centre-back or in midfield, previously spent a spell on loan with Middlesbrough during the 2016-17 season.“Everyone can see that Fulham’s a club that likes to play football, play football from the back, through the lines,” he added. “That’s the style of football I like as well, so I think it fits me and suits the way I play.”Chambers had stated his ambition to fight for a first-team place at the Emirates Stadium under new Arsenal coach Unai Emery.But with Laurent Koscielny, new signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi and youngster Dinos Mavropanos all providing healthy competition, the former Southampton player has had to make the short trip to Fulham in search of regular playing time.He is likely to resume his former England Under-21 partnership with Alfie Mawson in the heart of defence, after the 24-year-old signed from Swansea last week.Serbia striker Aleksdandr Mitrovic, goalkeeper Fabri, German World Cup-winner Andre Schurrle and former Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri have all also joined Fulham in the close season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Norwich ace tells talkSPORT: Big squad could prove key in promotion race

first_imgGary O’Neil believes Norwich have the squad to maintain their charge towards the Premier League.The Canaries’ fortunes have been transformed since Alex Neil’s appointment as manager in January, with seven wins in their last eight games moving them to within a point of the automatic promotion places.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, midfielder O’Neil expressed his confidence that the club can go on to secure a top-two spot.“We have got a big squad, with some fantastic players, so the aim was always to get promoted [automatically],” he told Alan Brazil and co-host Danny Murphy.“The play-offs is always a second chance if you fall short of your initial target, but we are in a fantastic position now.“We have recovered from the bad run we had earlier in the season and we are right there in the mix.“Having a fantastic squad doesn’t guarantee you promotion but I think now certain teams are getting injuries and suspensions and stuff that maybe our big squad will help us out.”Norwich have taken 28 points out of a possible 36 since former Hamilton chief Neil was appointed in the Carrow Road hotseat, and O’Neil has hailed the impact he has had on the club.“He has been great,” said the former QPR ace.“He is very organised, he doesn’t leave any stone unturned. When you go on the pitch, you know exactly what is expected of you and there are no grey areas.“He has been used to winning. He has done fantastic up at Hamilton for the last few years or so. He has brought that down here and we have managed to kick on.”last_img read more

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It’s not just result that put a smile on Roberto Martinez’s face

first_img Roberto Martinez was pleased to see Phil Jagielka and Steven Pienaar back for Everton 1 Everton’s 2-0 FA Cup win against Dagenham and Redbridge was not the only thing to please manager Roberto Martinez.Goals from Arouna Kone – his first since 1 November – and a late Kevin Mirallas penalty secured a place in the fourth round, but it was the return from injury of captain Phil Jagielka after two months out and midfielder Steven Pienaar, who made his first appearance since April, which were probably more significant.The only downside was a head injury to centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori which required 10 stitches, putting his participation in Wednesday’s Premier League match at Manchester City in doubt.“There were many individuals that needed that game and the opportunity to show the intention of starting in the team,” said Martinez.“It was fantastic to see Phil Jagielka back and showing no signs of rustiness.“Steven Pienaar to me was the highlight of the afternoon; he has worked really hard to get fit and the warmth of the fans was a good moment.”The 33-year-old was given a rousing ovation as he left the field with 15 minutes remaining.“I expected him to play for an hour and he lasted longer,” Martinez added.“It was really positive to see Leandro Rodriguez, our young Uruguayan (making his debut having arrived in the summer), and today he will get a real inspiration in front of Goodison Park.”Steven Naismith’s absence was taken as a sign his departure was imminent, with Norwich leading the chase, but Martinez insisted that was not the case, although the decision not to play winger Aiden McGeady was to allow him to go out on loan.“Stevie picked up a bit of an ankle knock. He didn’t train in the last two sessions and he needed a couple of days,” Martinez explained.“We have three teams asking about a loan opportunity [for McGeady] and it was important not to get cup-tied and pick up an injury.”Dagenham, struggling near the foot of League Two, have more pressing issues than a cup run but manager John Still took heart from their display.“It was important we made sure we could stay in the match against the opposition we were facing and from that point of view I was absolutely delighted,” he said.“The two goals game from re-starts – a free-kick and a penalty – so we have done as well as we could have hoped to have done without winning the game.”last_img read more

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Greatest ever Premier League goalkeepers, according to minutes per goal conceded

first_imgIn the 25 years since the Premier League was first introduced in 1992, there have been some great goalkeepers.Petr Cech has kept 149 clean sheets in 402 games, more than anyone else, but which shot-stopper – with a minimum of 30 Premier League games played – has the best minutes per goal conceded ratio in the since the division’s inception?Ranked: The 25 greatest ever Premier League playersThe 25 strikers with the best minutes per goal ratio in Premier League historyHere, talkSPORT looks at the 25 best, beginning with Nigel Martyn, who conceded, on average, a goal every 80.8 minutes. 25 10. Raimond van der Gouw (Manchester United) – Conceded a goal every 94.6 minutes 25 24. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) – Has conceded a goal every 81.9 minutes 18. Mark Bosnich (Aston Villa, Manchester United, and Chelsea) – Conceded a goal every 89.7 minutes 25 25 25 25 3. David Seaman (Arsenal and Manchester City) – Conceded a goal every 105.7 minutes 25 5. Manuel Almunia (Arsenal) – Conceded a goal every 99 minutes 14= Fabien Barthez (Manchester United) – Conceded a goal every 91.8 minutes 25 14= David de Gea (Manchester United) – Has conceded a goal every 91.8 minutes 8. Jerzy Dudek (Liverpool) – Conceded a goal every 95.8 minutes 25 17. Sander Westerveld (Liverpool, Portsmouth, and Everton) – Conceded a goal every 89.8 minutes 21. Tim Howard (Manchester United and Everton) – Conceded a goal every 83.7 minutes 25. Nigel Martyn (Crystal Palace, Leeds United, and Everton) – Conceded a goal every 80.8 minutes – Click the right arrow to see which goalkeeper has the best record in Premier League history… 20. Fraser Forster (Southampton) – Has conceded a goal every 89.1 minutes 22. Pavel Srnicek (Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth, and West Ham) – Conceded a goal every 82.7 minutes 7. Peter Schmeichel (Manchester United, Man City, Aston Villa) – Conceded a goal every 96.2 minutes 14= Edwin van der Sar (Fulham and Manchester United) – Conceded a goal every 91.8 minutes 25 25 13. Tomasz Kuszczak (West Brom and Manchester United) – Has conceded a goal every 92.4 minutes 19. Joe Hart (Birmingham City, Manchester City) – Has conceded a goal every 89.3 minutes 25 25 25 23. Bobby Mimms (Blackburn Rovers) – Conceded a goal every 82.0 minutes 4. José Reina (Liverpool) – Conceded a goal every 103.8 minutes 11. Alexander Manninger (Arsenal) – Conceded a goal every 93.6 minutes 1. Petr Cech (Chelsea and Arsenal) – Has conceded a goal every 116.1 minutes 9. Ed de Goey (Chelsea) – Conceded a goal every 94.7 minutes 25 25 25 12. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) – Has conceded a goal every 92.8 minutes 25 25 25 25 25 25 6. Carlo Cudicini (Chelsea and Tottenham) – Conceded a goal every 97.8 minutes 2. Jens Lehmann (Arsenal) – Conceded a goal every 106 minutes 25 25last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: JAMES BROGAN WINS THE DUNFANAGHY OPEN

first_imgDunfanaghy Golf Club NotesThe weather improved as the week went on and there were great crowds on the course on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.The course is in fantastic condition and the scoring reflects this. Well done to Thomas Alcorn for arranging the Tidy Towns Classic on Friday. Congratulations to all the prize winners over the weekend. Well done to Sarah who arranged a great night of entertainment in the clubhouse on Saturday night with a large attendance there for the festivities. Hopefully this is the first of many such events in the clubhouse in the future.As you all are aware the bar is open in the clubhouse every day for July and August. The chef will be in the clubhouse from Wednesday to Sunday. There is a new menu in operation. Everybody who tasted the food at the weekend says it is excellent. Make sure to tell everyone about the great food on offer, which is very reasonably priced. A menu from the restaurant has been forwarded by email to each member and we would ask you to pass it on to your friends.We are approaching Lady President, Julia’s day, this coming Saturday. I have no doubt that everyone will be at the club on Saturday to support Julia on her big day. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to Julia this year.Results: Open Wednesday 25th of June 2014: Gents Open Stableford;1st James Brogan 40pts2nd Paddy Hegarty 39pts3rd Jack O Herlihy 38pts BOTCSS 37 Friday 27th June : Dunfanaghy Tidy Towns Charity Classic;1st K & D Patton, C & A Begley 94 BOT2nd N & B McGinley, T McGilloway, P Johnson 943rd M Lafferty, M Witherow, F Mullen, K. Ward 92 4th T Alcorn, B Kelly B Griffen, D Murray 91 BOTCSS N/ASaturday 28th June: Gents Open Singles Stableford1st Andy Murray 41 BOT2nd Shane Greer 41 BOTGross: Paul Wallace 323rd Lindsay Mc Corkell 41Cat: Tony Murray 399’s David Lynn 20 and Paul Smyth 21 BOTCompetitions this week:Wednesday 2nd July 2014: Open Single’s StablefordFriday 4th of July 2014: Mental Health classicSaturday 5th of July 2014: Lady President’s Day Prize for Ladies and MenSunday 6th of July 2014: Club Single StablefordThe Donegal Boys Junior Open takes place on July 18th and the Timesheet is now open on www.dunfanaghygolfclub.com, €10 per person,Any person who has matches to play in the challenge cup or the mixed foursomes please make arrangements to play your games as soon as possible. The matches are running smoothly so far.Juvenile notes;The largest group of boys this year so far took to the fairways last Saturday morning, in the cadet section Michael Dolan played his best golf yet to take the Cadet section from Eoin Bonner, Michael’s days in the cadet section are indeed numbered. In the main section Eoin Flanagan came home 1st from Kyle Mc Garvey with only a couple of shots separating the entire field.Now with everybody on holidays it is suggested that Juveniles members who want to play during the week could assemble at the clubhouse at 11 each day and they can then head out themselves as long as the course is clear. They should mix it up so as the same ones are not always playing together, Let’s hope the good weather continues and everybody has an enjoyable summer. We all wish Michael Mc Fadden a speedy recover from his football related injury.Upcoming competitions;The Donegal Boys Junior Open Competition on the 18th July, takes place in Dunfanaghy. Timesheet open on www.dunfanaghygolfclub.com, €10 per person,GOLF NEWS: JAMES BROGAN WINS THE DUNFANAGHY OPEN was last modified: July 1st, 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:DunfanaghygolfNoticesSportlast_img read more

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