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Govt seeks India’s position on Specialty Hospital

first_img… outcome will determine if it will be scrappedor continued – NortonSome two weeks after the Specialty Hospital Project was put on hold once again, the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government is yet to contact its Indian counterparts for furtherPublic Health Minister, Dr George Nortonclarification on the way forward.Earlier this month, Minister of State Joseph Harmon disclosed that the Government of India, which is funding the Project via a Line of Credit, had indicated that a decision was taken to cease doing business with India-based Fedders Lloyd Corporation Limited, after the company was blacklisted by the World Bank until 2020 over fraud and corruption practices.The donor country had also expressed preference for a fresh tendering process to be conducted to select a new Indian-base contractor to execute the project.However, at the time, the Guyana Government said that it wanted to make certain enquiries of the Indian Government before a definitive course of action is adopted on the Specialty Hospital Project.This task was given to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Public Health. However, according to Minister Harmon, steps to make these enquires on India’s position are yet to be taken.“We will await the interaction between our Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs in India so that we can get a clear and definitive position on the Indian Government’s position. Once we get that cleared, then we will take the next steps which we need to take,” Harmon told reporters at the post-Cabinet briefing on Thursday.On the other hand, in an interview with Guyana Times later Thursday, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton explained that the discussions with the Indian Government will determine whether they will go ahead with the project using a new contractor or have it scrapped entirely, given all the troubles the project has faced.“There is a chance it might come off the table because that Hospital Project is not doing well with how it started and what’s supposed to be… The next step will now be for us to have direct contact with the Indian Government and decide whether it will continue with the loan or not,” he told this newspaper.Last November, the coalition government came under fire following the announcement that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Fedders Lloyd to complete the controversial project that was left on hold after the Donald Ramotar Administration sacked and sued the first contractor, Surendra Engineering Inc, for failing to honour its obligations. Guyana is yet to recover close to $1 billion from that company.The APNU/AFC had justified the handpicking of Fedders Lloyd to complete the project, saying that the company was one of the original bidders in the 2012 tendering process. It noted too that in the interest of time, it approached Fedders Lloyd without any tendering process and the company accepted to complete and fully equip what is expected to be a state-of-the-art facility.However, this caused much uproar and controversy after it was revealed that the Indian company was never the second best bidder in the tendering process back in 2012, as claimed by the coalition Government.In fact, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Opposition had stated that the company was disqualified because of certain inconsistencies in its submission to the local Tender Board; a report which Government contented was a lie.But while in Opposition, the APNU/AFC had strongly opposed the US$18 million Specialty Hospital Project and upon its assumption to office last year, decided to scrap the project. It said that the remaining $13.8 million would be better served, if it is used to improve the country’s primary healthcare service by upgrading three hospitals across the country.However, the Indian Government had indicated that Guyana should go ahead with the construction of the Specialty Hospital and it will provide a separate loan for the primary healthcare project. To this end, Harmon disclosed on Thursday that this second loan will be made available soon. “We are advised that (the funding for the primary healthcare upgrading project) is awaiting the completion of certain governmental processes in India,” he stated.The three hospitals being considered for upgrade under the primary healthcare service are the Bartica Hospital, the West Demerara Regional Hospital and the Suddie Public Hospital.last_img read more

Govt admits shortage of skilled staff at Foreign Affairs Ministry

first_imgThe shortage of skilled professionals at the Foreign Affairs Ministry continues to pose major challenges in the operations both locally and in the international arena.This is according to the Foreign Secretary at that Ministry, Carl Greenidge.On Thursday while responding to questions from the media, he stated that the shortages occur in specific, critical areas, which are evident during Guyana’s participation at debates at the United Nations (UN), Forum of the Caribbean Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) and other international events.Foreign Affairs Ministry“This would be in strategic issues, political science, economics, international law, environmental sciences, and a variety of these technical areas…It is a range of skills and the point I have been making for a long time is that the intake of skills into the Ministry, as governed by the Public Service Commission and the Public Service Ministry, it is overwhelmingly of people…with degrees in international relations. That is one area, or skills needed by the Ministry, and for reasons that I don’t want to go into now we have been struggling to combat those skills.”He pointed out that another challenge in getting the desired staff is the language barrier or the lack of persons versed/skilled with a foreign language outside of English.The last batch of professionals hired by the Foreign Affairs Ministry consisted of 18 individuals, but only one person had a language capacity, he noted.According to Greenidge, the problem is evident that there is an acute shortage of ‘supporting administrative skills’ and this, in reality, has a direct effect on the diplomatic work of the Ministry.“Whether those skills are now in abundance, the answer is no. The economy, in general, is challenged by a shortage of skills and in this particular area you would find that it would take some years to flourish that especially if you lose people that have those skills already,” he added.In recent times, when Greenidge served as Foreign Affairs Minister, he had noted that the shortage of staff at that Ministry was a thorn in the side for the smooth and effective functioning of the Administration.“We’ve tried to recruit a range of skills, knowledgeable and experienced in the arena relevant to the issues of sovereignty. Analytical skills, diplomatic experience, language skills and the like …we’ve tried to recruit and to put in the units that deal with these areas, whether in GT or abroad,” he had said.But despite the recruitment of specifically skilled persons, he had stated that inevitably this process has to be a continuing exercise of recruitment.“In all the other aspects pertaining to security, we recruited skills looking at mapping, worked with technicians looking at the maritime space, the area above the land and sea for purposes of our protection,” he also had said while admitting that there is need for persons who are skilled in a multiplicity of areas.last_img read more

Pierce Farmwalk draws 5,000 people

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – Despite the distinct smell of animal life in the air and the lush pasture behind him, City Councilman Dennis Zine looked slightly out of place in his blue jeans. “You mean I look like a farmer?” he said. But, then, it was a day you wanted to look like a farmer – or at least understand what farming life was like. Sunday was the 15th annual Farmwalk at Pierce College, and Zine reminded visitors that the college’s cultivated fields were established long before the surrounding area was developed into upscale housing, business complexes and shopping malls. “There was a time,” Zine said, “when all this was farming land.” Some 5,000 people – at least half of them children – attended the Farmwalk, getting a chance to see sheep being sheared, to witness cows being milked, to sit atop of a John Deere tractor and to get up close and personal with the farm life and animals that make Pierce College unique. “This is the only campus around of its type,” said Pierce College President Robert Garber, who reveled at the turnout for the Farmwalk despite threatening skies that turned to intermittent rain early in the afternoon. “This is the last area of farmland this size around – 427 acres, 200 of it this farm.” The Farmwalk had an air of a country picnic about it – barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch, some 30 slats of tasty strawberries grown on the campus to sample, an equestrian drill team and Nashville-style music by Simply Marie and her Canyon Country Cowboys, who were appearing for their fourth year. There were also exhibits, including one from the California Women for Agriculture, whose display reminded participants that the state has ranked No. 1 in agriculture for the past 50 years. “I have a theory that if you don’t work with the soil, you don’t have common sense,” said group regional coordinator Mary Landau of Altadena. “That’s why farmers have common sense. “When you understand how to grow things, you can learn about life.” For his part, Zine said he was determined to keep the sample of farm life at Pierce safe from the financial temptations of development. “This is a wonderful country farm,” he said, “and we want to protect it from anyone who might want to turn it into an asphalt farm.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761 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

Full-Circle Revival

first_imgThe Rev. Elias Yinka Eniade is from a country that was Christianized in the 19th century in part by American and European missionaries. Two hundred years later, African clerics are now coming to the West to restore what they say are the true teachings of the Bible – to bring biblical orthodoxy back. “I’m starting to look at my own faith in a whole new way,” said Winfrey, a born-and-bred Episcopalian. He and others say they have slowly become disenchanted with the direction of Episcopal leaders, who are under intense pressure from their counterparts in the Anglican Communion to state unequivocally that homosexuality is incompatible with biblical teaching. Episcopal bishops met a few weeks ago in New Orleans, where they crafted a statement promising to “exercise restraint” by not consenting to any candidate for bishop “whose manner of lifestyle presents a challenge” to the church. It remains to be seen whether that statement was strong enough to appease conservatives around the world. The issue will be hashed out again when Anglican leaders who represent 164 countries and 80 million members around the world meet next year. In the meantime, roughly 60 congregations out of 7,000 in the United States have left the Episcopal Church and aligned directly with dioceses in Africa, where orthodoxy has been largely preserved since the arrival of 19th century missionaries. Four of the churches that departed were from the Episcopal Los Angeles Diocese, including All Saints in Long Beach. The ordination of V. Gene Robinson, an openly gay bishop from New Hampshire, fueled the highly publicized exodus. But disputes over biblical interpretation have been simmering for decades, and could eventually lead to a historic schism within the Communion. “Everybody is still welcome here at All Saints, but we won’t say something is true when it isn’t,” said the Rev. Bill Thompson, rector at All Saints, referring to the notion that homosexuality is condoned by God. The Rev. Eniade came to All Saints in 2005, and a few months ago formed a Torrance offshoot, Christ Our Savior. He hopes to find a permanent building by January; for now its members drive to Long Beach on Sundays and meet in Winfrey’s home on Wednesday nights. Eniade plans to eventually create a South Bay network of Anglican churches that would fold into a yet-to-be-formed Anglican diocese in Southern California. For now they answer to the Anglican Diocese of Uganda, and are governed by a bishop overseas. “I know God has a strategy for Torrance,” Eniade told the dozen or so followers who gathered on a recent Wednesday. “We are ready to minister according to God’s plan.” The style of worship in Nigeria and Uganda, and the role that faith plays in a person’s life, are vastly different than what Winfrey and the others are used to. American Episcopal churches are typically more ritualistic, similar to Catholics, and don’t usually “evangelize” or talk about their faith outside church walls. Eniade, meanwhile, has been pounding the pavement in Torrance, passing out fliers, talking to business and community leaders, and teaching adherents how to do the same. The “good news of the gospel,” he said, “wasn’t meant to be kept to yourself.” “We’re slowly learning,” Winfrey said. “Evangelism has not been one of our strong suits.” Despite the cultural differences, he added, “We all believe that the Bible is God’s word, and that what’s written in there for our knowledge, that’s what we should adhere to.” Liberal Episcopal churches also hold the Bible at the center of liturgy, but they tend to rely on modern interpretations for guidance on social issues such as homosexuality, scholars say. Several Episcopal churches have special ministries for gay and lesbian members, and perform blessing services for same-sex couples. Churches in San Pedro and elsewhere have also employed gay clergy throughout the years. The Anglican Communion is loosely structured – there is no pope who has the final say on theological disputes – which has muddied the question of who has authority to speak for the church or resolve these theological disputes. National leaders in the Episcopal Church, however, have officially asked their African counterparts to stop treading on their territory as more clerics from overseas arrive in the United States. “We deplore incursions into our jurisdictions by uninvited bishops and call for them to end,” said a statement by the U.S. House of Bishops after its Sept. 25-28 gathering. This issue will also be addressed at the next worldwide gathering, called the Lambeth Conference. By most accounts, the tension is less pronounced locally. However, the pastor of the Episcopal church in Torrance, the Rev. Virginia Benson of St. Andrew’s, had an odd first encounter with Eniade at a local farmers market about a month ago. The African priest was passing out brochures, announcing an informational meeting for the new Anglican church in Torrance. “I said, `That’s funny, I’m the pastor of the Anglican church in Torrance,”‘ she said. The meeting wasn’t acrimonious, both said. It did, however, point to what may be in store for the future – two separate branches of the church competing for parishioners. Only a few families, including the Winfreys, have left St. Andrew’s. The Rev. Benson said she isn’t concerned about losing significant numbers. All Saints lost about a dozen families out of about 400 when they voted to split in 2003, Thompson said. They gained at least as many members, he added, from liberal Episcopal churches in the Harbor and South Bay areas. The church and the Los Angeles diocese are still in litigation over who owns the church property, but the experience has been “freeing,” Thompson said. “We’re really free to preach and live the gospel. ? The (Episcopal) church, when I left, really bore no resemblance to the historical understanding of things.” Winfrey is aware that, in many ways, they are going back in time. “We’re now the recipients of that evangelism,” he said. “I hope the church begins to thrive here again like it does (in Africa).” melissa.evans@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER In the midst of a tense, worldwide dispute over Christian doctrine, religious history is coming full circle in the living room of Tom Winfrey’s Torrance home. A priest from Nigeria sits on a folding chair at the front of the room, leading an American congregation in prayer. His followers are former members of the Episcopal Church, the American arm of the centuries-old Anglican Communion, who left their childhood church because they say leaders have strayed too far from biblical scripture. The tipping point, defectors say, was the ordination of a gay bishop in 2003. last_img

DONE DEAL! Chelsea complete signing

first_img Pedro Chelsea have completed the signing of Spain international forward Pedro.The World Cup winner was given the green light to join Jose Mourinho’s side after the Blues agreed a £21.4million deal with Barcelona.He has now signed a long-term contract with the Premier League champions after undergoing a successful medical at the club’s training ground on Thursday afternoon.“I am very happy to be here,” he told Chelsea’s official website. “I am very excited to start my adventure at Chelsea and I am here to keep winning titles.“Thanks to the club and the supporters for giving me the opportunity to put the blue shirt on.”Pedro had been a top target for Manchester United, with their executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward holding talks with Barca chiefs earlier this week over a deal.But Chelsea made a late move for the 28-year-old and acted quickly to wrap up a deal ahead of their Premier League rivals.Pedro will have some familiar faces at Stamford Bridge in fellow Spain internationals Cesc Fabregas, Cesar Azpilicueta and Diego Costa. 1last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Coaching duo sign new deals with the Premier League champions

first_img1 Leicester City’s Steve Walsh (L) and Craig Shakespeare (R) Leicester head of recruitment Steve Walsh and assistant manager Craig Shakespeare have signed new contracts with the Barclays Premier League champions, the club have confirmed.The pair have been in talks about extending their stay at the King Power Stadium for several weeks and they have now put pen to paper on the deals, which are thought to run until the summer of 2018.Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri had said he was keen to see improved contracts for the two men, who have been instrumental in both Leicester’s return to the top flight and this season’s title success.Walsh and his scouting team have unearthed gems such as Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante while Shakespeare has played a pivotal role in maintaining the bond between the players and staff following last summer’s departure of former manager Nigel Pearson.Ranieri said: “When I arrived at Leicester, I could never have expected to find a group of staff so well equipped to take a club forward.“Craig and Steve have been very important to this and I am very pleased to have had their support in understanding the players and helping them to understand my philosophy.“They are great men doing fantastic jobs for Leicester City and I am very happy that they have committed further with the football club.”Shakespeare and Walsh have been on the coaching staff at Leicester since November 2011.last_img read more

Loud and proud

first_imgThis is the first of a four-part annual series on the best and worst of the Los Angeles sports media. Today, the sports-talk show hosts. There is, believe it or not, a method to Petros Papadakis’ madness. “I know people say I’m too loud, or exuberant, out of control, too much style over substance – that’s OK,” he admitted rather calmly the other day, a couple of hours after he had come down from his two-hour midday sports-talk shift at KMPC-AM 1540 “The Ticket” and was ready for another pint of Guinness at a local South Bay neighborhood bar. “But to me, the style is the substance. There are too many people who can tell you who won or lost a game. I’m far too passionate to let it end there. If I’m excited about something, I scream. I mean, when you’ve got a bad lisp like mine, it’s just easier to yell when I work myself into a frenzy. I get like a rat with his piece of cheese.” “The great thing is, Petros hasn’t even begun to tap into what he’s capable of as a radio superstar.” One second, he’s ranting about the latest Sinead O’Connor reggae CD. But then it will strike him to scream over an Internet video clip he discovered that goes on and on about “Peanut Butter Jelly Time!” But that’s just about when he needs to launch into another outrageous version of a live commercial spot for Felix Chevrolet. It’s the kind of stuff Jim Rome used to pull off when he was a budding local sports-talk host more than a decade ago before emerging into a national media force. Papadakis actually started his radio career as a complement to the TV work he had going at Fox Sports Net West as a USC football studio analyst. Mark Houska, then the news director for the cable channel’s nightly sports show, hired him for that spot, then helped him land a pre- and post-game role on the Trojans’ radio coverage on its 1540-AM flagship station in 2001. That expanded to him doing game sideline reporting for the team while he co-hosted an hour each weekday morning on 1540. Once given the noon-to-2 p.m. slot in January 2004, Papadakis’ TV opportunities also took off. He got a role on CBS’ “CSI: New York” as a sports-talk host. He accepted a high-profile job as a game analyst on FSN’s Pacific-10 Conference football package. He’s hosted shows for the Game Show Network and Spike TV, and is doing a pilot for FSN. He’s even carved out time to become the Sports Arena public address announcer at the USC basketball games. “He’s one of the smartest persons I’ve ever met in my life,” said Fred Roggin, whose banter with Papadakis just before his radio show comes on at 2 p.m. is often so bizarre and entertaining that it runs far past the allotted time. “On numerous occasions during our cross-talk segment, he’s told me that he’ll dance nude in his apartment holding a bottle of bourbon while watching me on Channel 4. It’s an image that’s disturbing, but also causes me to laugh. His perspective is unusual, to say the least.” A self-described obsessive-compulsive who keeps telling himself he’s got to stop smoking the Newports, drinking Jim Beam and eating a half-dozen cheeseburgers every day, Papadakis admits he’s more than driven to do this radio show day after day. It’s reached a point to where he feels lost without it and misses the interaction with producer Brian Vieira, engineer Cornelius “Corndog” Edwards and former producer Craig Larson. “For me, it’s become a true gang mentality, although we aren’t wearing vests like in ‘West Side Story,’ ” Papadakis said. “Those guys get me excited and riled up, they pull it out of me, otherwise I’d be in a corner drinking wine out of a bottle. “I had to take two weeks off last year for vacation, and I was depressed, I wouldn’t go outside, I just hated it. I realized that this show keeps me alive, keeps me in touch with people. And I love doing this show for us and for La Raza. “I really just approach it day by day, just as I did when I was a player. I’ll work as hard as I can to be legitimate. I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder. And I’ll try to take this thing as far as I can until someone stops me.” Tom Hoffarth is at (818) 713-3661 and thomas.hoffarth@dailynews.com. TOP 10 1. Petros Papadakis 1540-AM weekday afternoons He’d only been on the air for about a month when he debuted at No. 3 on this list in 2004. Last year, he moved up a notch. With one year left on his contract at “The Ticket,” who knows what’ll happen by 2007? Last year: 2 2. Steve Mason 710-AM weekday afternoon drive When the short-sighted Tennessee Titans make Vince Young their first-round pick, have him hold a clipboard for a couple of seasons behind Steve McNair, then throw him out for a couple of playoff-less 7-9 seasons before watching him try the CFL, will Mason still be around to cut a rug and get the last laugh? Last year: 1 3. Dave Smith 1540-AM weekday afternoon drive A definite candidate for the top-dog spot as well, which he’s had in past years. The Valley boy remains ahead of the curve when it comes to loading up for an argument, and his no-fear commentary and diligent research comes through each day. Last year: 3 4. Matt “Money” Smith 570-AM weekday afternoon drive The “other” bankable Smith in this town, enough for the station’s program director to finally nudge Lee Hamilton out of the drive-time slot. Someone with a poli-sci degree from Pepperdine should be doing bigger and better things, and he probably will be a few years down the road, even if it’s back at KROQ-FM 106.7. Add to that his work on the Lakers’ pre- and post-game shows, and he’s quickly earning the “franchise” tag. Last year: Not ranked. 5. John Ireland 710-AM weekday afternoon drive Classic moment of the year was when he was interviewing Mark Zupan, the quadriplegic rugby star of the hit documentary “Murderball.” One of the subplots to the movie involved Joe Soares, Zupan’s former teammate who alienated the U.S. team when went to coach Canada, but then wanted to return to the American squad. Ireland’s question: “So, Mark, your coach wasn’t really popular with the team, and there was some talk that if he came back as coach, you guys would walk …” Last year: 5 6. Fred Roggin 1540-AM weekday afternoons Having hit the five-year mark this month, the KNBC Channel 4 sports anchor suddenly has the longest-running sports-talk show in the market that hasn’t changed people or format in its time period. And who’d have guessed that the Friday night high school football show would take off like it did during the fall? Fred did. He came up with the idea. Props, too, to producer Jared Kiemeney. Last year: 7. 7. Lee Klein 570-AM, weekday late night His bitterness is genuine, which can work for or against him. His cult following and regular creepy callers do make for an under-the-covers listen. Last year: 6. 8. Steve Hartman 570-AM weekday afternoons We’ve finally figured out why this brilliant mind has been reduced to shilling for every sponsor who offers a free clump of hair, eye surgery or car insurance. Considering who he has to work with on a daily basis, it’s his only way to get through the shift. Last year: 10. 9. Nick Nickson 710-AM Kings postgame talk Considering that he just finished doing an entire broadcast of the game, then takes the time to explain things more to fans who call in afterward instead of heading back home to Santa Clarita, that’s a noteworthy performance. Last year: Not ranked. 10. A. Martinez 980-AM Dodgers postgame talk Never pulled punches while expressing his opinions about the team’s roller-coaster season. If only he can work on that Ross Porter “mmm-hmmmm” to appease Jeff from Tarzana every night. Last year: Honorable mention. Honorable mention: Rich Marotta, 570-AM weekend boxing show; Brooks Melchior and Matthew Barry, 710-AM weekday afternoon fill-ins; Gary Miller, 710-AM weekday afternoons; Wayne Cook, 570-AM weekday afternoons. BOTTOM FIVE 1. Joe Grande 570-AM weekday afternoons Aw, those were “Good Times,” right? Nope, that’s not how we’re going to remember it once this grand counter-programming experiment ends. First, there’s really only one “Big Joe” in this town – and someday, we hope he makes it back into the loop. Meanwhile, what this Grande lacks in size, he makes up in … we’re still trying to figure that out. If in fact he has some street cred for what he reportedly did at Power 106, it has hardly translated to this gig. Last year: Not ranked. 2. D’Marco Farr 710-AM, weekday afternoons How far out there is Farr? “He’s our crazy Uncle Fester,” station cohort John Ireland has said after another one of the ex-NFLer’s completely ridiculous statements. And you wonder why he couldn’t hold down a spot on the “Best Damn Sports Show Period”? This is what the station decided was better than McDonnell-Douglas. Last year: Not ranked. 3. Mychal Thompson 570-AM weekday afternoons We’ve waited long enough for the ex-Laker to make a viable contribution to the show, other than getting Kobe Bryant to come on once in a while. But even he has to realize that by adding Vic “The Brick” Jacobs to the “Loose Cannons” mix, it wasn’t a sign that everything was going great. Last year: Top 10 honorable mention. 4. Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton 570-AM weekends The rumor is that “The Franchise” has been “re-positioned” (the words of program director Don Martin), putting topics on the table less frequently than a tired old waitress at some greasy spoon. Sure, being sent away after 19 years in the drivers’ seat was risky, but we’ll always have that moment when he told a Raiders’ fan to put a gun in his mouth and pull the trigger. That one still blows us away. Last year:5, bottom five. 5. This space for rent We’ll hold this for Doug Krikorian because we darn well know he’s coming back someday and will need a place to stay. Until then, Terry Smith, the Angels’ post-game talk host on 710-AM, will have squatting rights. TOP FIVE SYNDICATED RADIO SHOWS HEARD IN LOS ANGELES 1. Jim Rome, 570-AM mid-mornings. 2. (tie) Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann, 570-AM mid-mornings. 4. Colin Cowherd, 710-AM mornings. 5. Tony Bruno, 1540-AM mornings. TOP FIVE RADIO SPORTS UPDATE ANCHORS 1. Bill Seward, 980-AM afternoons. 2. Bret Lewis, 980-AM mornings. 3. Jeff Biggs, 570-AM mornings. 4. Rod Van Hook, 710-AM afternoons. 5. Vic “The Brick” Jacobs, 570-AM afternoons. THE SERIES: Today: Sports-talk hosts Jan. 20: TV anchors / reporters Jan. 27: Game analysts Feb. 3: Play-by-play 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita With the same passion and head-of-steam he had as a short-yardage tailback on USC’s football team from 1997 to 2000, Papadakis has busted through the local sports-talk scene more like someone hopped on Red Bull in a china shop – wide-eyed, volume-challenged and, from what we’ve seen so far in just more than two years flying solo, willing to try just about anything. If the audience has learned anything by now about this 28-year-old self-proclaimed “afternoon typhoon” is that his daily ritual of weaving sports talk into pop culture, music, relationship advice, an old movie review, literary references or a scolding from his father is hardly an act. Otherwise, it all would have probably crashed and burned around him by now. The neurosis is real, the interviews are pure, the desire to distinguish himself as the host of the most original show of its kind in town often leaves the audience more exhausted than the host. But if the latest trend in Los Angeles’ sports talk is to put entertainment over news, Papadakis has turned the flashlight on himself and – with his sinister laugh – cut through all demographics, even if the station itself has yet to make any mark in the antiquated Arbitron ratings books. KMPC general manager Roger Nadel, who inherited Papadakis when he took charge at the station last year, calls him “one of those talents that comes along only very rarely. It’s not just his enthusiasm and unpredictability, his penchant for hyperbole, his first-hand experience as an athlete, or even his ability to put every guest he interviews at ease. It’s his ability to relate equally to a 20-year-old football player, that player’s coach, and a 30-year-old listener at the same time. last_img read more

Stats reveal how every Premier League gameweek 10 fixture should have ended

first_imgBurnley vs ChelseaReal score: 0-4xG score: 0.27-3.03Manchester United vs EvertonReal score: 2-1xG score: 2.52-1.85 5 The ‘expected goal’ value of every shot in a game is used to calculate the ‘expected goals’ of a match. Click here to find out more about the calculations used to work out xG.Should a team end with a higher xG than actual goals scored, it is probable they were wasteful in front of goal due to poor finishing or an in-form opposition goalkeeper. If the real goals scored is higher than the xG, the team may have been lucky to score so many in that match, or come up against a poor defence.So, how did every team perform compared to their xG in the 10th round of Premier League matches? Find out below thanks to shot-based expected goals statistics from Understat.com…Liverpool vs Cardiff CityReal score: 4-1xG score: 2.30-0.64 Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Had he netted, it would have seen Spurs grab a valuable draw but this result would not have been reflected in the statistics which, with a bit of rounding, suggest a 2-0 Man City win was the correct scoreline.But were the rest of the Premier League scorelines backed up by performances?‘Expected goals’ is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match, with every shot taken given an ‘expected goal’ value based on the difficulty of the attempt.Based on a number of factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders, the ‘expected goal’ value reveals the likelihood a specific shot will end in a goal; the higher the value, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot. revealed Most read in Premier League gameday cracker Pogba and Martial secured the win Erik Lamela, Harry Kane, and Dele Alli look devastated. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 5 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings huge blow changes Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? predicted Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Southampton vs NewcastleReal score: 0-0xG score: 1.19-0.30Leicester vs West HamReal score: 1-1xG score: 1.95-1.56Crystal Palace vs ArsenalReal score: 2-2xG score: 2.11-0.82 Fulham vs BournemouthReal score: 0-3xG score: 0.35-2.01Brighton vs WolvesReal score: 1-0xG score: 0.97-1.39Watford vs HuddersfieldReal score: 3-0xG score: 2.20-0.49 SORRY latest Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Gerard Deulofeu celebrates his goal for Watford Mane, Salah and Firmino all scored for Liverpool 5 5 TOP WORK Tottenham Hotspur star Erik Lamela could have earned his team a point against Manchester City on Monday night but saw his shot fly over the bar from 12 yards.Many felt it should have been a goal but actually had xG value of 0.36, so perhaps wasn’t quite so bad as many believed at the time. tense 5 whoops Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester CityReal score: 0-1xG score: 0.43-2.24last_img read more

SOUTH DONEGAL TO FEATURE ON AMERICAN TV SPECIAL

first_imgA special programme by DonegalTV is to be broadcast into 38 million homes across America this Sunday. The special screening in Harveys Point Hotel on MHz Worldview Today’s Ireland will feature a range of features across Donegal.The show will feature Donegal Town, Killybegs, Kilcar, Carrick, Slieve League Mountains, Slieve League Boat Trips, Glencolmcille, the Folk Village, Oideas Gael, the MacGill Summer School, local traditional music, Ardara, Narin and the Fintown Railway. The Programme will air into 38 million homes in America this Sunday at 2:30pm ET & MHZ DC1 at 6:30pm Visit www.todaysireland.tv for more info.The programme will then be available online at www.donegaltv.ie & all our DonegalTV & partners social media platforms on Monday morning SOUTH DONEGAL TO FEATURE ON AMERICAN TV SPECIAL was last modified: October 30th, 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:Americadonegal tvProgrammelast_img read more

Datebook

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Holiday show for fall class registration, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Mason Recreation Center, 10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth. The Ventura County Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Cowan Conference Center, 550 Airport Way, Camarillo. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. THURSDAY: Santa will arrive by helicopter, 9:45 a.m., Gault Street Elementary School, 17000 Gault St., Van Nuys. Foy Toy drive, 1-3 p.m., Prince Of Peace Episcopal Church-Upper Hall, 5700 Rudick Ave., Woodland Hills. Sun Valley Recreation Center will hold a winter festival, 5-8 p.m., 8133 Vineland Ave., Sun Valley. Sunland Recreation Center will put on a holiday show, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland. 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