McCall hails superb Saracens

first_img He said: “It was reckless but there was no intent and I think the TMO got it correct. It was frustrating as their player was clearly on the wrong side of the ruck.” Following White’s departure, Saracens added a third try on the stroke of half-time through Schalk Brits to open up a 18-6 lead at the break. The Aviva Premiership leaders then ran away with it in the second period, outscoring their opponents 46-0. Lam said of his side’s showing: “We know they are a top Premiership side but we were very disappointing as we missed tackles and dropped passes.” Those sentiments were echoed by Connacht full-back Gavin Duffy, who said: “I thought these days were behind us but today we were pulled round and bullied. The scoreboard doesn’t lie and it was a really poor day for us.” Saracens now face a difficult away trip in the quarter-finals but McCall was still optimistic. “We are not a top two or three European side but we are a top eight team. We can step up and learn from defeats at Clermont and Toulouse and can win away,” said McCall, who also allayed any fears about Owen Farrell. The England fly-half lasted only eight minutes as a second-half replacement for Charlie Hodgson before leaving the field but McCall said: “He had a nasty cut to the side of the head but he will be okay.” McCall said: “There were some outstanding individual performances, Alex has been very good over the past two months but today he was unbelievable as he looks much quicker. “Strettle is playing as well as ever and Ashton’s finish for his first try was something special.” McCall was also pleased with his side’s overall performance at Allianz Park, which he said “has been coming for some time”. It might have been an even more convincing victory for the hosts had Connacht prop Nathan White been sent off in the first half, as McCall believes should have happened. With Saracens only leading 13-6 just before half-time, White was sent to the sin-bin for stamping on Brad Barritt. White appeared to make contact with Barritt’s face and McCall was in no doubt that the front-rower should have been dismissed. “I’m glad they remained with 15 players but it was a red card as it was exactly the same as last night (Ian Evans being dismissed for the Ospreys in Dublin). Fortunately Brad wasn’t injured but that shouldn’t be a determining factor,” said McCall. Connacht coach Pat Lam disagreed with McCall’s assessment of the incident, though. Sarries ran in 11 tries in the victory with David Strettle notching a hat-trick and Chris Ashton adding another two as McCall’s men qualified as one of the best two runners-up having finished behind Toulouse in Group Three. It was an impressive all-round showing from Saracens but Goode was the star of the piece with a display that McCall acknowledged was something else. Press Association Saracens head coach Mark McCall heaped glowing praise on his side after seeing them thrash Connacht 64-6 to seal their spot in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals, while describing full-back Alex Goode’s performance as “unbelievable”.last_img read more

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho not content with just finishing above Arsenal

first_imgLONDON: Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho stated he isn’t content with just finishing over Arsenal in the Premier League table and reiterated his desire to help the club secure a place in next season’s Europa League. Spurs got the better of Arsenal in the London Derby 2-1 on Sunday and courtesy of that win, they now have two points more than Mikel Arteta’s troops and are placed at eighth spot compared to Gunners’ ninth. Mourinho said that finishing above Arsenal will hand bragging rights only to the fans. Historically, Arsenal have finished above Spurs more times in the league but in the last three years, the latter have turned out be the London club who have been on top at the end of the season. “That is a fan’s view. I have to be more ambitious than that,” Mourinho said during a news conference as per Goal.com. “I know I could look at in a selfish point of view and say since I arrived, if the championship started in that moment, even with all the problems we had I think we would now be fourth or fifth in the table. “I don’t want to be selfish, I don’t want to look at it just as a fan that is happy to finish above Arsenal,” he added. Mourinho also urged his players to continue the form and secure a place in next year’s Europa League. The last time Mourinho was part of a team in the Europa League, he took Manchester United to the title and thus helped them gain a position in the Champions League. “I would love to play Europa League. It is not a competition I am in love with, it is not a competition I would like very much to play, but when you cannot play Champions League you play Europa League,” Mourinho said. IANS Also Watch: High Court Rejects BPF Plea Against Governor’s Ruled In BTADlast_img read more

Sangster International Airport named Caribbean’s Leading Airport

first_imgSangster International Airport (SIA), Jamaica’s leading gateway to the world, was named the Caribbean’s Leading Airport for the tenth year in a row at the World Travel Awards (WTA) hosted at Sandals Montego Bay on Saturday, September 22nd.Operated by MBJ Airports Limited, SIA emerged as the winner from a pool of 13 Caribbean competitors nominated for the prestigious award. The accolade was first bestowed on SIA in 2005. It won again in 2009 and has won the title again every year since.“We are deeply honored to be named the Caribbean’s Leading Airport for the tenth consecutive year. This prestigious award validates our tireless efforts to deliver world-class service and showcase Jamaica’s rich culture at Sangster International Airport,” commented MBJ CEO Rafael Echevarne.EPT “We are grateful that our continuous work to improve the physical infrastructure of the airport and provide passengers with outstanding service has been recognized by the global travel industry and users of SIA, who have voted us number one in the region year after year for the past decade. Our entire staff, our partners and every citizen of Jamaica can be proud of this tremendous achievement,” Echevarne added.MBJ has led a number of initiatives over the past three years to improve the passenger experience within the arrivals and departures terminals while upgrading the taxiways and aprons on the airside.Several transformational projects are now underway to bring further upgrades to the airport, including a redesign of the ticketing hall and an expansion of the commercial concourse.last_img read more

Body of Linden suicide victim recovered

first_img– Regional Chairman calls for disaster preparedness managementThe body of a Linden woman who plunged to her death off the Mackenzie- Wismar Bridge in the RegionRegion 10 Chairman Renis Morian(Upper Demerara- Berbice) community on Tuesday morning was recovered on Thursday morning.E Division (Linden- Kwakwani) Commander Calvin Brutus confirmed on Thursday that the partly decomposed body of the victim, identified as 24-year-old Tabitha Small of Central Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden washed ashore at the Demerara River and was discovered around 06:00h in the vicinity of the Wismar Municipal Market.A Police source in Linden confirmed that the woman was diagnosed with tuberculosis approximately two years ago and was on Monday admitted to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) around 15:10h after experiencing a series of fainting spells. This newspaper understands that she was discharged from the Hospital at approximately 08:30h on Tuesday and went straight to the Bridge.Meanwhile, Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian has made calls for systems of disaster preparedness management to be put in place in the community, so as to deal with such issues which may arise in the Region.He noted that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and Police in the Region were unprepared to deal with such a tragedy since they were not properly equipped to assist in retrieving the body. Morian said he would be requesting funding to have the Region get on board with disaster preparedness management, emphasising that it was an important component, at which the Council needed to take a serious look.last_img read more