Mouthing off

first_img“The secret is to spit out the cake after tasting, but it can be a little messy at times”professional masticator Ali Rodham, the envy of schoolchildren and Marks & Spencer’s cake taster, allows The Mirror into her world”You’ve got to be pretty grouchy not to find this funny. Now we just have to find out what to do with all of the cakes”forget Wikileaks and student protests, sending politicians cakes is the latest form of political activism, as Søren Søndergaard, spokesperson for the Danish People’s Party, works out what do with the 3,000 cakes sent to the party’s HQ; this was part of a Facebook protest at comments made accusing immigrants of hoarding cakes that are made available in hospital waiting roomslast_img read more

List of coaches sacked as GFA dissolves technical teams of national sides

first_imgThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) dissolved the technical teams of all national sides in the country on Thursday, 2nd January 2020.The decision meant the head coaches and assistants of the various senior and junior men’s and women’s national teams have left their role with immediate effect.Despite not ascribing any reason to the decision, the GFA said in a brief statement that it “extends its appreciation to all coaches and members of the respective national teams for their contributions” and wishes them “all the best in their endeavours.”A number of high profile coaches have, hence, lost their positions including, most notably, Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah.Despite taking charge of the Black Stars two opening games in their AFCON 2021 qualifying campaign in November, Appiah’s continued stay as head coach of the men’s senior national team had become the subject of much debate.His contract expired in December 2019, but speculation was rife that he had been offered a new contract by the GFA.This earned the ire of some sections of the public who felt that given Ghana’s dismal showing at the AFCON 2019 tournament in Egypt, perhaps a change in management was needed.The recent decision by the GFA will intensify the debate even further, as talk will turn to who will replace the various coaches.But who exactly has been affected by the GFA’s call?Take a look at a list of the most noteworthy names belowKwesi Appiah – Black Stars head coach (and technical team)Appiah was in his second stint in charge of the Black Stars. The first major tournament of this second spell ended in disappointment as the Black Stars went out on penalties in the Round of 16 to Tunisia.Ibrahim Tanko – Black Meteors head coach (and technical team)Tanko’s Black Meteors side endured a mixed AFCON as they scraped out of the group stages. However, with a place at next year’s Olympics at stake, the Meteors fell to the Ivory Coast and South Africa on penalties. This led to Sammy Osei Kuffuor describing the side as the worst team Ghana has ever taken to a tournament.Mercy Tagoe – Black Queens head coach (and technical team)Mercy Tagoe led the Black Queens at the 2018 AFCON held in Ghana but the side failed to progress from the group after just one win from their three group games. They were also dumped out of the Olympics qualifiers by Kenya.Maxwell Konadu – Local Black Stars coachKonadu was appointed head coach of the Black Stars ‘B’ side after leaving his previous post as Assistant coach of the Black Stars. He was also recently named the coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko.Also heading out…Yaw Preko – Black Satellites coachEvans Adotey – Black Maidens coachYusif Basigi – Black Princesses coachSamuel Boadu – U-15 coachlast_img read more

Derecho crosses state leaving damage in its wake

first_imgA major storm left a lot of the state without power today (Monday). National Weather Service meteorlogist Jeff Zogg, says it was a phenomenon known as a derecho.“And that is a line of severe storms that produces widespread damaging winds as we saw across much of central Iowa. Also, derechos tend to move very fast — speeds in excess of 60 miles-an-hour or so when they move through — so, they are fast-moving storms that produce widespread severe damage,” Zogg says. This storm got going before the noon hour and made its way across the state.“It originated in west-central and northwest Iowa. Then moved across central Iowa into eastern Iowa and then into northern Illinois,” according to Zogg. Winds were reported as high as 100 miles-an-hour and they knocked down trees, blew over vehicles, and left thousands without power.He says there was a lot of tree damage, roof damage and that sort of thing. Zogg says there were some reports of hail and lots of rain with this storm.“Generally amounts of a half inch to an inch went it moved through, so it fell pretty fast, pretty intense wind-drive rain as it moved through,” Zogg says. He says derecho doesn’t happen that often — but they leave an impression.“This part of the country we ususally get about one a year. They are not that commone — but when they do occur — they usually produce widespread, damaging winds,” Zogg says. At one point more than 250-thousand people were without power across the state. The Iowa D-O-T warned that many roads, highways and interstates are impassable. Interstate 35 is closed in both directions from Ames to Alleman. Interstate 680 is closed from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids. The D-O-T says the roads are littered with overturned and damaged vehicles as well as other debris. Electronic sign boards that normally alert motorists to problems are also out in many of those areas.last_img read more

Solskjaer has Molde owners’ support to land full-time Utd job

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has enjoyed a successful start to this stint as interim manager © AFP/File / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 2 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Molde’s owners hope he does not come back to Norway, because they want him to be successful in becoming Manchester United’s permanent manager.Solskjaer is on loan to United for the remainder of the Premier League season, having been appointed caretaker on December 19, as replacement for the sacked Jose Mourinho. United are going through the process of seeking a permanent replacement for Mourinho, although an announcement is not expected until after the English domestic season ends in May.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is known to be a contender, while former France midfielder Zinedine Zidane, most recently Real Madrid’s manager, and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone are also among those who are being considered.Solskjaer, who played for United between 1996 and 2007, has made no secret of his desire to manage the club beyond the end of this season.He says he has the full support in that ambition of Norwegian businessmen Kjell Inge Rokke and Bjorn Rune Gjelsten, Molde’s joint owners.Solskjaer said: “When I rang the owner and said that United had called and that he always knew that this had been my dream, he said ‘Go over, enjoy yourself and please don’t come back’.“Both owners wished me all the best because they knew this is something I dreamed about. To get the backing from them was fantastic. If I go back to Molde, I will do my best for them but it depends when I go back.“It’s been fantastic so far. Hopefully I will get to see my family soon, because that has been the only downside to the job.”Solskjaer’s family have remained in Norway while he has been staying in Manchester and concentrating on reviving United’s fortunes.– Winning run –He won his first eight games in charge, something no previous United manager had achieved, before that run was ended with a 2-2 Premier League draw at home to Burnley on Tuesday.Despite his short-term appointment, Solskjaer said the club are consulting him about players they are planning to sign at the end of the season.United made no signings during the January transfer window, deciding to wait to reinforce the squad.“I have got to know the players, what potential they have, how far away they are from reaching that potential, and who we can build a team on, so of course I put my views into the club,” said the interim boss.Solskjaer said he would be happy to continue advising United on potential signings even if the club appointed another manager for next season, believing his in-depth knowledge of the club’s culture puts him in a good position to judge which players would fit in at Old Trafford.“It comes down to playing style, how we want to look in one or two years’ time, what kind of players we want and what kind of personalities we look for,” he said.“It’s about finding players with the right Manchester United identity and DNA.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more