A Promise Kept—Ellen’s Relocation of West Pointers

first_imgShe is not quite there yet, and that may take a while to relocate West Point’s nearly 100,000 people. But President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has begun the process, first by identifying exactly where their new habitat will be. That is a big step forward.Only last week Wednesday, May 11, 2016 the Daily Observer published an Editorial reflecting on the West Point people’s urgent plea to the President to relocate them. In that Editorial, we urged the President to make good her pledge to relocate West Pointers on the Bomi Highway, and also to teach them a new kind of fishing—in fishponds, where they can even grow lobsters. We are sure it was a mere coincidence, for on that very morning, Wednesday, May 11, the President visited West Point and broke the great news: Yes, these people, who had only recently lamented to the President that they felt imprisoned and begged her to relocate them because the Atlantic Ocean was every day destroying their homes, would at last be relocated!The site on which they are to be relocated, she told them, is the spot once occupied by the Voice of America (VOA), in Brewerville, Montserrado County, about 30 miles west of Monrovia, the capital. We need to find out the size of the area, what facilities are there, and what plans the government conceives to make the area better than what they had in West Point. The National Housing Authority (NHA), according to the President, is building units to house the people. It seems to us that the NHA should not confine itself to building bungalows—two to three bedroom structures constructed individually for each family on its own land space. These would consume a lot of the land, and the area might not be large enough to accommodate bungalows for the 70,000 or more families that inhabit West Point. The NHA should rather seriously consider building high rise buildings, several stories high, similar to what is called “the projects” in the United States. In that way, one building could accommodate 30 to 40 families or more, and space would be far better utilized. And each apartment should be self-contained, with bedrooms, bathrooms and toilets for parents and children, as well as kitchen and a kitchen porch, just in case there is need for the coal pot. Hopefully by the time these are built, there would be plentiful electricity and Liberians would not need much charcoal.The NHA should immediately start planning the area BEFORE the first building is erected. There should be spaces for schools, clinics, a hospital, a large marketplace and shopping areas as well as recreational areas—well designed football pitches, basketball, volleyball, tennis courts, swimming pools and a track and field arena. There should also be open spaces for parks, playgrounds and green spaces where people can sit, lie and relax. Please, please, let no one ask “What Kru man knows about tennis?” Our children need to be exposed to all these games, so that they may become proficient in them to be able to participate in local, national and one day international tournaments. It is about time, is it not, that our youth should be trained to participate seriously in international sports?As mentioned in last Wednesday’s Editorial, the people should be taught a new way to fish, through the creation of fishponds, where they can cultivate various varieties of fish for sale in the Brewerville, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Cape Mount marketplaces, and even in Monrovia, depending on the level of productivity. And these ponds, if well managed and the “new” fishermen and women well trained, could do well financially selling their fish and lobsters. We plead with, beg NHA NOT to undertake the same old same old and build an ordinary, typically Liberian living area, where there is no uniformity and no order. Let us elevate our West Pointers to a new standard of living!Of course there would be the need for a city hall, such as Daily Observer Publisher Kenneth Y. Best promised to help them do when he turned 75 three years ago. NHA could make space for that, too, and other developments.There would be other thoughts that our readers, having read this Editorial, could come up with to make the new West Point a clean and beautiful habitat. We cannot, must not forget sanitation—cleanliness of the township and an efficient garbage disposal system.The next question would be what to do about the West Point being vacated. The government should engage modern architects, town planners, environmental and hydrological engineers to present ideas and plans for this.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Private Sector calls on caretaker President to set election date

first_img…says delay will further harm Guyana’s credibility…calls out Caricom, OAS for silenceAs pressure continues to mount on caretaker President David Granger to set a date for General and Regional Elections as is constitutionally mandated, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) of Guyana on Monday joined the call, saying that this should be done immediately.PSC Chairman, Captain Gerry GouveiaThe PSC in a statement urged caretaker President David Granger to immediately name a date for General and Regional Elections, given that the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has specified a timeline.The PSC indicated that they waited until GECOM Chair, retired Justice Claudette Singh could have announced the election body’s readiness for the polls, saying that now that she has done so, Granger is called upon to announce a date without further prevarication or delay.Last Thursday Justice Singh informed President Granger via a letter that “given all the objective factors, in addition to the deliberations of the Commission and my most recent consultations with our Secretariat, I have concluded and take this opportunity to officially inform you, that the Guyana Elections Commission will be able to deliver credible elections by the end of February 2020”.Dire consequencesPresident David GrangerIn light of this, the Private Sector body voiced deep concerns that the Commission’s decision was infringing their constitutional mandate to facilitate elections within three months after the Caribbean Court of Justice’s ruling on June 18.“The Private Sector Commission wishes, however, to express its deep concern that GECOM’s decision is in contravention of the constitutional obligation of GECOM to have been ready to conduct elections no later than three months after the ruling of the CCJ on June 18, 2019, resulting in the APNU/AFC coalition remaining in office by relying upon the Disciplined Services to exercise its authority.”This, the PSC noted, could have dire consequences on the country’s credibility, having shown indications that there is no commitment to the laws or respect towards the Constitution.According to the PSC, it cannot emphasise strongly enough that any further delay on the part of the President to name an election date will significantly exacerbate the already considerable harm that has been done to Guyana’s credibility as a country no longer committed to the rule of law and constitutional probity.Adding to that, condemnation from international bodies have added to the conundrum. This disapproval from foreign counterparts was deemed as a “serious consequence” for Guyana. So far, Guyana’s major supporting partners: the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and now the Commonwealth Secretary General have cited a breach in the constitutional provisions.Meanwhile, on the local ground, the Bar Association, the religious community, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce (GCCI) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) have expressed deep concern for the unconstitutional status of the Government.The PSC positioned, “The PSC wishes to remind that the statement from the international community has, in fact, emphasised that Guyana’s economic development and the ability of those countries to support our development needs, is now dangerously compromised. The PSC must point out that the consequence of doing business under a Government shorn of its constitutional authority becomes virtually impossible due to the premiums placed on international equity and borrowings and the demands for compliance with procedures of international financial institutions.”The statement went on to remind of the number of months since the No-Confidence Motion was successfully passed in the National Assembly last year. Recognition was placed on the superfluous delays which resulted in the present situation.“The Private Sector believes it to be unfortunate that since the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed some nine months ago that the country has been subjected to a series of unwarranted delays from honouring the constitutional requirement to have held elections within three months of the motion being passed in the National Assembly,” it said.It called out other international and regional bodies for being completely silent during Guyana’s constitutional crisis. The Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Organisation of American States (OAS) were listed for failing to address or take action against the current political and democratic situation.The PSC also expressed its grave disappointment and dissatisfaction over the inaction and deafening silence of the Heads of Government and the Secretary General of Caricom for failing to recognise the serious challenge in Guyana to the principles of democratic governance embraced by all of the Governments of the Caribbean Community and to have not, by now, taken appropriate action. “The PSC is equally concerned over the silence of the OAS and its inaction to comply with Article 20 of its own Charter.”last_img read more

Germany celebrations ‘scornful’, says angry Sweden coach

first_img0Shares0000Sweden coach Janne Andersson speaks to the press in Yekaterinburg © AFP / HECTOR RETAMALYEKATERINBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 26 – Sweden coach Janne Andersson ramped up his verbal attack on Germany on Tuesday, calling the behaviour of some of their staff in celebrating their last-gasp winner “scornful”.Andersson admitted that his men, who face a do-or-die clash with Mexico on Wednesday, had suffered “turbulent” times following the dramatic 2-1 defeat to the world champions. The coach was riled by what he felt were excessive celebrations by the German bench after Toni Kroos hit a spectacular 95th-minute winner on Saturday to rescue the team’s hopes in Russia.Germany have taken action over the incident, suspending two of their staff for provoking the Swedish bench.Media coordinator Uli Voigt and Georg Behlau, head of the backroom staff, will not attend Germany’s crunch match against South Korea on Wednesday.Adding to the sour atmosphere, Swedish substitute Jimmy Durmaz was subjected to death threats and racial abuse online by Swedish fans blaming the winger for conceding the free-kick that led to the winner.Andersson, still clearly furious about what he previously described as Germany “rubbing it in our faces”, said: “If I had not responded I would have been dead inside. It had nothing to do with football.”“Unsportsmanlike behaviour is not OK,” the 55-year-old added.Defender Andreas Granqvist criticised the Germans’ conduct but said they apologised afterwards.Sweden aim to take their festering anger and use it to their advantage on the pitch against Mexico, said the centre-back.Mexico top Group F and look most likely to qualify for the last 16, with Germany and Sweden battling for second spot.Germany, who have looked out of sorts, play South Korea at the same time, in a nerve-wracking finale.“When we heard, the group was annoyed, it is unacceptable,” the 33-year-old Granqvist said of the vitriol aimed at Durmaz, born in Sweden to Assyrian parents who emigrated from Turkey.“But Jimmy is very strong as a person. We have let it go but will come out of it as a group much stronger.”That view was echoed by Andersson, who insisted the agonising Germany defeat was behind them.“We showed that we can play against the reigning champions all the way except the final seconds — that made us stronger.“We come tomorrow at a top level. We have all to gain and win and mentally we are very, very strong. We believe in what we do.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Stones warning! Chelsea move may harm Euro 2016 chances, talkSPORT told

first_imgPeter Taylor has warned John Stones he needs to be playing every week to be a part of England’s Euro 2016 squad.The Everton defender has been the subject of a £20million bid from Chelsea, which was rejected by the Toffees, but the west London club are expected to return with a £26m offer in the coming days.Stones already has four England caps to his name but, with another successful season under his belt, is expected to push hard for a place in Roy Hodgson’s first-team at the tournament in France next summer.And Taylor, who handed the former Barnsley defender a place in his Under-20 World Cup squad in 2013, has warned the 21-year-old the grass is not always greener.“The only thing that would worry me about John’s move to Chelsea is him not playing every week,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “John will play for Everton every week.“He’s a great age and a very good player. He needs be playing all the time to get into the England team though.“John is a footballing centre-half. He can run the ball out and play.“He’s got to play first team football this year.”last_img read more

Duquesne gunman gets 18-40 years

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Holmes was sentenced to 18 to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted homicide and aggravated assault charges. Lee was sentenced to seven to 14 years after pleading guilty to the same charges Tuesday. ETC.: A Jamaican laboratory worker who analyzed toxicology tests on Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer said in an inquest that one sample revealed low levels of a pesticide in his system, but another showed no sign of the potentially lethal chemical. The testimony from Marcia Dunbar, an analyst at the National Laboratory, cast doubt on claims by a government pathologist, Dr. Ere Sheshiah, who said the 58-year-old World Cup cricket coach was poisoned with the pesticide cypermethrin and strangled. Woolmer was found unconscious in his Kingston hotel room March 18, a day after his powerhouse team was ousted from the tournament by a humiliating loss to Ireland. Four days later, Sheshiah ruled he had been strangled, setting off a globe-spanning homicide investigation. But police called off their probe in June after foreign pathologists concluded the coach had died from natural causes, most likely heart disease.During the inquest this week, Sheshiah stood by his earlier findings indicating foul play. Other doctors have testified that he misinterpreted his own findings and said his medical techniques did not meet international standards. … Missouri basketball senior forward Darryl Butterfield was charged with peace disturbance, a misdemeanor, little more than a week after he was arrested following an incident in which he allegedly hit his girlfriend. Butterfield is scheduled for arraignment Oct.30. He faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail. Butterfield, a reserve, remains indefinitely suspended from the team. … The state Board of Higher Education settled a lawsuit with the NCAA over the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux nickname, giving the school three years to get tribal approval to keep it. David Beckham is expected to make his final appearance of the year for the Galaxy in Carson against a team with quite a different set of stars. Beckham is scheduled to play for the Galaxy against “Hollywood United FC” in a fundraiser Nov. 4 at Home Depot Center. Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to benefit those affected by the wildfires. From news services The gunman who wounded five Duquesne basketball players after a school dance last year pleaded guilty Friday and will spend up to 40 years in prison. William B. Holmes III, 19, of Pittsburgh, shot players Sam Ashaolu, Shawn James, Kojo Mensah, Aaron Jackson and Stuard Baldonado on campus on Sept.17, 2006. Holmes and some male friends had gone to the dance with two women. One woman flirted with some basketball players, leading to an argument after which Holmes and another man, Derek Scott Lee, 19, of Pittsburgh, opened fire. The Hollywood lineup is expected to include actors Anthony LaPaglia, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Costas Mandylor; musicians Steve Jones and Vivian Campbell; and former World Cup players Frank Leboeuf, Richard Gough, Joe-Max Moore and Eric Wynalda. Former Galaxy standouts Alexi Lalas and Mauricio Cienfuegos also are set to play. General admission will be $20. Diasuke Takahashi of Japan danced his way to victory in the short program at Skate America in Reading, Pa., the first event of the Grand Prix series. U.S. champion Evan Lysacek finished a distant second, heading into today’s free skate. Four-time U.S. champs Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto won the ice dance compulsories. Canada’s Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison took the pairs short program. Nikolay Davydenko, already at the center of a betting investigation, was fined $2,000 for lack of effort a loss at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. The ATP said the fourth-ranked Russian was fined for lack of “best effort” in his 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 loss Thursday to Marin Cilic. The top-seeded Davydenko won the first set in 27 minutes, but drew a rebuke from chair umpire Jean-Philippe Dercq in the third set. Davydenko double- faulted four times in the second set and six times in the third. Second-seeded Andy Murray, Mikhail Youzhny, Fernando Verdasco and Cilic reached the semifinals. ETC.: Roger Federer cruised into the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors in Basel, his home tournament, by beating Nicolas Kiefer, 6-3, 6-2. In the semifinals, Federer will play 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic, who had 38 aces to edge fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (13). Jarkko Nieminen and Marcos Baghdatis will be in the other semifinal. … Patty Schnyder routed top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze, 6-1, 6-0, to reach the semifinals of the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Schnyder next plays third-seeded Marion Bartoli. Nicole Vaidisova and second-seeded Daniela Hantuchova are in the other semifinal. Soccer Figure skating Tennis Diana Taurasi scored 25 points to lead the U.S. select team into the gold-medal game of the FIBA World tournament with a 97-79 win at UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia. The U.S. team will face CSKA Moscow, which the Americans beat, 81-72, in a preliminary-round game Wednesday. Senior Takais Brown, Georgia’s leading scorer last season was dismissed from the team for violating team policies. … Washington State’s Fabian Boeke has been banned from playing this season by the NCAA because he played on a professional team in Germany, the team said. … Brian Winters is out as head coach of the Indiana Fever after leading the team to Eastern Conference finals for the second time in three years. The Fever declined their option on Winters’ contract. Light welterweight Javier Molina and bantamweight Gary Russell both advanced in the World Boxing Championships in Chicago, moving within one victory of qualifying for the Beijing Olympics. Just one U.S. boxer had been eliminated from the competition by Friday afternoon. Basketball ETC.: Miscellany Deaths Former NBA player Eddie Griffin had more than three times the legal alcohol limit in his system when he crashed his sport utility vehicle into a moving train and died this summer, according to an autopsy report.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

Spartans de-claw Tigers for win

first_img “This was definitely a team effort,” he said. “We wouldn’t have been able to pull the win off if we hadn’t let everyone play.” Early in the first quarter, Spartans senior quarterback T.J. Trumbo left the game with back spasms after falling to the ground, and was replaced by Brian Schmidt. Wheeler anticipates he’ll be ready by next week. “The guys were hanging in there with one of the best teams in the Rio Hondo League,” Smith said. “We just made a couple of bad mistakes.” The Tigers scored on Michael Flynnon’s 18-yard pass to Jesse Fischer, and on Josuha Parrish’s 1-yard run. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Spartans put points up on the board first with running back Lavelle Peterson jumping into the end zone on a 3-yard carry for the touchdown. Peterson ended the night with 121 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. David Hopkins (74 yards) added points for the Spartans with one touchdown and two field goals. “I wouldn’t say this was my best game,” Hopkins said. “But I stepped up because we had a lot of injuries.” Unfortunately for the Tigers, they were already down players and had no one to turn to. Ccoach Edward Smith hopes his team can turn things around by next week. center_img SOUTH PASADENA — If La Canada High School hadn’t found the right backup players to step up against South Pasadena, the Spartans might not have taken the 25-14 road game and its first league win. Spartans coach Rich Wheeler told his players that even though they were winning the game at half time, it was still close. last_img read more

PLEA TO PUBLIC AS CORNCRAKE BEGINS TO ARRIVE BACK IN DONEGAL

first_imgFifty years ago, the rasping call of the Corncrake was an ever-present part of rural summer nights throughout much of Donegal and the rest of Ireland.The iconic corncrakeHowever, the population has dramatically declined since the 1960’s, and today these birds only remain in isolated coastal pockets and islands of Donegal, Connemara and West Mayo.Corncrakes over-winter in Africa and come back to breed in Donegal from early May onwards. Once the males arrive and select a suitable patch of habitat, they start to call in order to attract females. Once he has mated, he will move on to another site and attract another mate. Females remain in proximity to the mating site, and build a nest in vegetation tall enough to provide cover. They lay 8-12 eggs, and about two weeks after the first brood has hatched they mate again. Hatching typically peaks first in early June, then in late July. Chicks don’t learn to fly until they are five weeks old, and as a result females and their young can be present in meadows from early May until late August.Corncrakes have always had a close relationship with humans and, throughout much of its world range, the Corncrake breeds predominantly in habitats created and managed by farmers.A number of factors have led to the decline in the Corncrake population. The most significant has been a change in farming practices. Harvesting silage rather than hay means that mowing takes place when young flightless chicks are still present in the fields.Mowing has also become faster and is carried out from the outer edge towards the centre of the field, which creates an island of grass ever-decreasing in size as mowing progresses. This very often proves fatal to female corncrakes and their chicks, who need unbroken tall grass cover to run to safety. Predation by mink, foxes, feral cats and crows is another significant cause of mortality. Ireland and the rest of Western Europe’s breeding corncrake population overwinters in Sub-Saharan Africa, where no significant kills by trappers and hunters have been reported. A large Eastern European and Russian corncrake population overwinters in Northern Africa, where thousands of birds, representing a small fraction of the population, are killed every year. No significant threats to corncrakes have been found in wintering grounds.As a response to declining corncrake numbers, the Corncrake Conservation Project was created over twenty years ago. It is now run by the National Parks and Wildlife Services, and the project staff carries out an annual breeding census. This involves locating calling male corncrakes as they arrive and seeking landowner collaboration to protect them in their chosen breeding habitat. Landowners are offered a range of agri-environmental schemes including the Corncrake Grant Scheme which offers compensation for mowing meadows late and in a slow controlled manner, encouraging the survival of corncrake chicks,In Donegal, numbers have fluctuated over the years, yet remained relatively stable. Last year was the first year which saw a marked increase in corncrake numbers. Nationwide, a 44% increase was observed relative to 2012, with 189 breeding pairs recorded, 128 of which were in Donegal. These are the highest numbers recorded since the project began.However, numbers continue to decrease on the mainland, with offshore islands providing increasingly important habitat for the species. More than likely, this is due to low-intensity farming and fewer predators in insular locations.So what can we do to ensure the continuing survival of the corncrake in Ireland? Farmers have helped. Over the years, farmers throughout Donegal have collaborated with fieldworkers to ensure the corncrakes survival on their land. By delaying mowing as well as by mowing in a corncrake friendly manner, from the centre of the field outwards, they have helped to increase the rate of chick survival, as well as provide adequate cover for nesting females throughout the entirety of their breeding cycle. It is important to note that in most cases, protective measures are only carried out with the landowners consent, and in exchange for compensation.Pet owners can also help. Cats and dogs are a confirmed threat to corncrakes. Putting a bell on your cat’s collar will help prevent it from catching wild birds by providing an audible warning of your cat’s approach. Neutering is also encouraged; this has been suggested to reduce the urge to hunt in cats, as well as reducing the number of feral cats.Dogs should never be allowed to wander freely. As well as posing a threat to corncrakes and other ground nesting birds, wandering dogs are a risk to livestock. Even if they do not attack them, they can cause serious stress, especially to sheep at around lambing time.You can help. On the mainland, corncrakes breed along Donegal’s coastline from Malin Head to Killibegs, and sometimes may only call for a few days before mating. Once mating occurs, it is near impossible to locate nesting females and their chicks, as they do not call. In these circumstances it is difficult to record all calling birds without the public’s help. If you hear a corncrake calling, please contact the fieldworker for Donegal; Marie Duffy – 087 6563 527. PLEA TO PUBLIC AS CORNCRAKE BEGINS TO ARRIVE BACK IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 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:Corncrakedonegalnesting seasonplealast_img read more

Woman urges first aid training after tending to Letterkenny assault victim

first_imgA woman who came to the aid of a young man who was viciously attacked in Letterkenny yesterday morning has appealed to people to get first aid training.Treasa McKeown luckily came across the man who had been assaulted at the Port Roundabout.  The man is in serious condition at Letterkenny University Hospital, but fortunately his injuries are not life-threatening. The vicious attack occurred at approximately 3am close to the Port Roundabout.Treasa revealed how she was on her way home and was seeking a taxi when she came across the incident.She said; “I was walking down to get a cab and it happened just before I reached there. I don’t know if it was fortunately or unfortunately that I was the first person to reach him that had some kind of first aid training, but I know, for my place I shouted (the amount of onlookers were massive) but nobody actually doing anything!”“That 2% always do. Well, I knew I belonged to that group anyway! I had to shout them all away, and do the recovery position with the man, that’s all I knew what to do from my training in 2006. ” “Thank God two nurses came on the scene after. This boy was losing a lot of blood from his head.”Treasa added that she hoped others could avail of first aid training and put it to good use during future emergency situations.“Moral of the story is, everyone should get some kind of first aid training because you never know when you will need to put it to use. Ten years later for me, but I still remembered.”Meanwhile Gardai are still carrying out their investigations into the assault and are appealing to anybody who witnessed the attack to contact Letterkenny Garda station.Woman urges first aid training after tending to Letterkenny assault victim was last modified: November 7th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

Round-up: Conte hails fans, Chelsea loan deals, QPR star wants contract, R’s defender out, Bees stadium talks

first_imgChelsea’s season – and Antonio Conte’s reign as boss – is off to a dramatic, winning start.Diego Costa’s 89th-minute strike gave the Blues a 2-1 victory over West Ham at Stamford Bridge.Afterwards, Conte thanked Chelsea fans for their “fantastic” welcome and praised his players for their performance.West Ham manager Slaven Bilic admitted that “energetic and compact” Chelsea deserved their win. Conte enjoyed a winning start as Chelsea bossThe victory came after Thibaut Courtois declared that he wants to stay at Chelsea despite this summer’s speculation over the goalkeeper’s future.Two more Blues youngsters have been loaned out, with Izzy Brown joining Rotherham and goalkeeper Jamal Blackman heading to Wycombe.Lucas Piazon, whose future appears to lie away from Stamford Bridge, also expects to make another loan move from Chelsea shortly.QPR playmaker Tjaronn Chery has told West London Sport he would like to sign a new deal.The Dutchman was responding to news we revealed last week – that Rangers are planning to approach him about extending his contract.Chery says he would be willing to sign a new dealJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side are top of the table following their win at Cardiff. Click here to see how we rated each of his players in Sunday’s  game.On a somewhat less positive note for Rangers, defender Joel Lynch is expected to be out for two weeks with an abdominal injury.Meanwhile, rugby union club London Irish are in discussions about sharing Brentford’s planned new stadium at Lionel Road.And in cricket, Middlesex extended their lead at the top of the County Championship with an emphatic innings and 80-run victory against Durham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

QPR and Fulham fans on Twitter react to Smith deal

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR and Fulham fans on Twitter have been reacting to news that the two clubs have agreed a fee for Whites forward Matt Smith.The 27-year-old has scored nine goals in 53 appearances for Fulham since joining from Leeds United in 2014, and now looks bound for Loftus Road.Some R’s supporters are unconvinced by his goal return and how he would fit in with fellow strikers Conor Washington and Idrissa Sylla.@WestLondonSport I understand Ollie looking for a foil for Washington but not so sure Smith is the answer tbh, hope I’m wrong #qpr— RangersBoy_8 (@Simon_Corley) January 30, 2017Quite underwhelming bidding £1m for Matt Smith. Not really the experienced striker we need to challenge. #QPR— Dale H (@DaleH_21) January 30, 2017Everything I have read about Matt Smith at Fulham is negative and if he can’t get ahead of a desperate want-away, overrated Martin… #QPR— Tom Bermingham (@TQPRBermingham) January 30, 2017Bit bemused by interest in Smith. Conveniently avail? Wash/Smith/Sylla combos wudnt scream goalfest. Where’s the proven scorer we need #QPR— Hoopingham (@mooresteve44) January 30, 2017However, others were more positive about the proposed move.Matt Smith would be a good signing. Can’t argue with £500,000 with the potential transfer fee reaching £1m based on incentives either #QPR— Simon Prue (@SimonPrue93) January 30, 2017Mind you, that Matt Smith signing could be a masterstroke. Just need a big lad up top an he is that #QPR— David (@Swanny1882) January 30, 2017If and when Matt smith comes in can he at least get his shirt on before being judged??#qpr— A j turkish (@ajmelhuish) January 30, 2017Blimey people give Matt Smith a chance. Ok he is extremely tall but its all having DIFFERENT options. #QPR— Darren Truswell (@DarrenTruswell) January 30, 2017The reaction from Fulham fans was also mixed – some feeling they had pulled one over their local rivals, others keen to know whether Smith’s proposed sale means a striker is arriving at Craven Cottage.Fulham accept £1m bid for Matt Smith from QPR who have definitely lost their minds. Surely means #FFC has two strikers lined up?— Sönke Gorgos (@kingscrossed) January 30, 2017So we’re selling matt smith to qpr for a mil? Hoping Fulham pull something out the bag today or tomorrow or we’re screwed for a striker#FFC— Holly (@_HollyBliss) January 30, 2017Could look at Matt Smith leaving another way! Slav is bang on confident that new strikers are coming!! #FFC #FulhamFC— FulhamFCSteve (@scubasteve1414) January 30, 2017Can’t believe anyone would buy Smith, make its even better that it,s QPR #ffc— Will Collins (@WillCollinsFFC) January 30, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more