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UAW’s workers strike GM

first_imgThe UAW has seen its membership at GM shrink by more than 80 percent since the 1970 strike, when 400,000 workers were off the job for 67 days. In recent years, the UAW has been more cooperative with Detroit automakers, working side-by-side with auto executives to fashion early retirement incentives to shrink the work force and better match Detroit’s diminished stature within the industry. It also agreed to concessions on health care at GM and Ford Motor. But on Monday, UAW officials dispelled any doubts among its membership that it could still stand up to management. “A strike gives the union an opportunity to say we’re not completely acquiescent,” said David L. Gregory, a professor of labor law at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. “I think a lot of people are happy the strike happened, because they believe the company is walking over them,” said Eldon Renaud, president of UAW Local 2164 in Bowling Green, Ky., where workers make the Chevrolet Corvette and Cadillac XLR sports cars. The strike occurred despite GM and the UAW agreeing to discuss a health care trust – called a voluntary employee benefit association, or VEBA – that would have assumed GM’s $55 billion liability for medical benefits. GM considered the formation of a VEBA its major demand. Investors and GM managers have pushed for a VEBA as a way to move the liability of generous health care benefits for current and retired GM workers, as well as their families, off the books of the automaker once and for all, even if it required a huge upfront payment. GM has long said that such costs, representing hundreds of dollars for every car it builds, put it at a disadvantage with foreign competitors. Gettelfinger, in fact, stressed that the strike was over other issues besides the VEBA, with job security topping the list. Tom Wickham, a GM spokesman, said, “The bargaining involves complex, difficult issues that affect the job security of our U.S. work force and the long-term viability of the company.” He added that company officials would “continue focusing our efforts on reaching an agreement as soon as possible.” Negotiators from each side were back at the bargaining table by early afternoon on Monday. But industry analysts said that, given how far apart the two sides appear to be, the strike could last for weeks. Jonathan Steinmetz, an analyst with Morgan Stanley, said the company could endure a strike lasting several weeks, but not more. After that, GM would begin to burn cash, and investors, who have encouraged GM to take a firm stand with the UAW, might eventually grow impatient in the face of a months-long strike.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The United Automobile Workers union wielded its most potent weapon against General Motors on Monday, sending 73,000 workers to picket lines in its first national strike at GM since 1970. Union officials said they were left no choice but to strike because General Motors was unwilling to accept the union’s demand that it protect workers’ jobs and benefits. “We’ve done a lot of things to help that company,” said Ron Gettelfinger, the union’s president, in a news conference shortly after the 11 a.m. strike deadline. “But look, there comes a point in time where you have to draw a line in the sand.” For General Motors, its unyielding stance reflects its decision to accept the short-term pain of a strike at 80 sites in 30 states to achieve its goals: a lower cost structure and more flexible work force to better compete against surging Japanese automakers such as Toyota and Honda. “This really is a defining moment,” said James P. Womack, an expert on manufacturing and co-author of “The Machine That Changed The World,” which studied the plants of Japanese automakers in the United States. “GM has backed away from defining moments for generations. And now somebody there has finally said, `We have to do this because it’s a new era.”‘ The length of the walkout may depend on two questions: How long can the UAW afford to stay out? And how long can GM endure a strike? While neither side can endure an indefinite strike, both have decided they have more to gain by standing tough. GM is better positioned to handle a strike than in earlier contract talks, though not for reasons that have to do with strength. With its operations shrinking in the United States, the majority of its sales and profits are now coming from abroad. It is selling more vehicles built in Canada, Mexico, and Europe, the source of new models for its Saturn division. And it is expanding production rapidly overseas, especially in China, which is fast becoming one of the world’s major car markets. The company’s problems at home, which resulted in losses of more than $12 billion in the last two years, have forced it to close all or part of a dozen factories, cut tens of thousands of jobs and offer deals to workers to quit or retire. A smaller GM means there are far fewer workers involved in this strike, so a halt in production inflicts less pain on the company. last_img

Shop manager who fell out with owner torched pub in arson attack

first_imgA shop-manager who had a disagreement with the owner later went and torched the adjoining pub.Shane McGinley of Crievesmith, Letterkenny, set fire to the Snug 39 pub after getting into the premises through a side window on January 2nd last year. Gardai had received a report concerning the premises at Oldtown, Letterkenny, and CCTV footage identified the defendant as the culprit.Garda Michelle Kelly told Letterkenny Circuit Court she had gone to investigate and found the premises filled with smoke “and a lot of damage done”.A cash register had been removed along with optics and bottles.McGinley, aged 35, formerly of Killylastin Heights, was plainly seen on the CCTV footage.Local businessman, John Larkin, knew the defendant who had managed the shop attached to the pub.There had been a disagreement between them and the relationship did not come to an amicable end, Garda witness told the court.The Garda added “He had drink taken and thought he would do some damage to the property.”McGinley admitted the arson attack after being arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.He had two previous convictions relating to minor road traffic offenses.Following the incident at the pub, he had sought a place in the White Oaks rehabilitation centre.The court was told that the injured party had chosen not to make a victim impact statement.Barrister for the accused, Ivan Toner said when Gardai called to his client’s home, he had led them to the property immediately. “When Gardai arrived at the door, he showed them where the items were before being asked.”On the night of the fire, McGinley admitted he had taken drink and sleeping tablets. He had not come to the attention of Gardai since.Barrister Ivan Toner said his client had a troubled life and in 2002 had suffered “very serious injuries” after being knocked over by a drunk driver.It had triggered a “depressive state” and on four subsequent occasions, he had attempted to take his own life.Describing the incident as a “moment of madness”, the barrister pointed to a very favourable probation and welfare report and suggested a number of conditions be attached to whatever sentence was imposed.“He knows it was completely wrong and irrational and should not have happened”, said Mr Toner who told the court it had been an “isolated incident”.Judge John Aylmer said arson was “always a very serious offense” but said the defendant clearly had a very troubled background.Referring to the defendant’s depression and a history of mental illness, Judge Aylmer offered to give him the fullest possible credit for the mitigating features involved and described it as an unusual case.He sentenced the defendant to three and a half years imprisonment, suspended for a period of two years on condition that he enter into a bond of 100 euro to keep the peace and be of good behaviour and remain under the supervision of the Probation Services.He also ordered McGinley to stay away from alcohol and unprescribed intoxicants and to attend all appointments with the probation board and to engage in one to one programmes with the services.Shop manager who fell out with owner torched pub in arson attack was last modified: July 16th, 2018 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:arsonattackletterkennyOldtownpublast_img read more

Last few tickets remaining for No Barriers Charity Ball

first_imgThe countdown is on to one of the biggest social events of the year in Letterkenny – the inaugural No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball.The black-tie event takes place in Castle Grove Country House on Saturday the 8th of June. It promises to be a sparkling summer celebration in aid of a much-valued local service.Tickets are being snapped up quickly and there are limited numbers remaining, so make sure to get yours to avoid disappointment. Tel: 0749111010 to book tickets. The special evening will include food, drinks and fantastic entertainment in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Grove.A charity auction promises to thrill and there will be special guests to keep everyone entertained throughout the night. Afterwards, local band Raw will be rocking the dancefloor into the early hours. The event will also be an opportunity to see the work of the No Barriers Foundation, which provides specialist rehabilitation services in the north west.The No Barriers Exoskeleton will be demonstrated on the night. This state-of-the-art robotic technology was purchased in 2018 to enable local people diagnosed with spinal injury, stroke, MS, and brain injury, amongst others, to stand up and walk.No Barriers Physiotherapist David Hone demonstrates the Exoskeleton with No Barriers Chairman Johnny Loughrey at the launch of the No Barriers Charity Ball at Castle Grove Country House on 8th June 2019All proceeds raised from the No Barriers Ball will fund the future of the foundation, which operates the only Exoskeleton suit in Ireland that is available for public use and is fully staffed five days a week. The No Barriers foundation also plan to invest in exercise equipment to create an inclusive gym environment where wheelchair users and those with varying levels of mobility can train side by side with others within their community.If you would like to support the positive steps taken by No Barriers, why not come along to the charity ball and enjoy a fun night out for a great cause. Castle Grove is wheelchair accessible and everyone is very welcome on the night.Remaining tickets are available from JT Physiotherapy, Ramelton Rd, Letterkenny. Tel: 0749111010Visit or visit the Facebook page for more details: Last few tickets remaining for No Barriers Charity Ball was last modified: May 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:black tie ballcastle grove country house hotelcharity ballletterkenny eventsno barriers foundationlast_img read more

NIA begins enquiry against Kashmiri separatists

first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) against Kashmiri separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, for allegedly receiving funds from Lashkar-e-Taiba’s chief Hafiz Saeed to create unrest in the Valley.A similar PE registered last year by the NIA against Mr. Geelani, to probe his links to two bank accounts through which money was allegedly routed to create unrest in the Kashmir Valley, drew a blank. The NIA is yet to find any evidence against him in the said case. An NIA official said investigation into last year’s PE was continuing.Others named in the fresh PE are Naeem Khan, who was seen on television during a sting operation by India Today TV ‘confessing’ to have received money from Pakistan-based terror groups; Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’; and Gazi Javed Baba of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, an NIA spokesperson said.The separatists were allegedly receiving funds from Hafiz Saeed to carry out subversive activities, including pelting stones at security forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments, the NIA spokesperson said. The NIA has also taken cognisance of the news item related to the recording of conversations between a TV reporter and leaders of separatist groups operating in the Kashmir Valley in this regard, he said. “We had information from multiple sources regarding the involvement of Pakistan in funding the unrest in the Valley. The sting operation also suggests so. A team visited Srinagar on Friday and began a probe. We will question all those named in the PE including Geelani,” said the official.last_img read more

Five AAP leaders join BJD in Odisha

first_imgThe Odisha unit of the Aam Aadmi Party suffered a major setback when five of its prominent leaders joined the ruling Biju Janata Dal here on Wednesday.The leaders — AAP’s State general secretary Nandlal Singh, spokesperson Bharadwaj Mishra, State’s youth wing president Subrat Chhatoi, State students’ wing president Jyoti Prakash Mohanty and party’s Balangir district coordinator Ajay Das — joined the BJD in the presence of Chief Minister and party president Naveen Patnaik at his residence. They came in a procession along with a large number of their supporters. Welcoming them into the party, Mr. Patnaik said that their presence will strengthen the BJD. He urged them to work for the party and to help it provide better governance to the people.The leaders appreciated the achievements of the Odisha government and assured the BJD leadership that thousands of their supporters will work for the ruling party to ensure that Mr. Patnaik wins the elections in 2019.last_img read more

Indian cricket team selection faces charges of favouritism and parochialism

first_imgEven as the Indian cricket team unpacked its bags in London, the buzz of speculation back home grew louder and louder. For once, the prospects of S.M. Gavaskar and his “boys’ on the unpredictable green pitches of England took a back seat to charges of favouritism and parochialism that filled,Even as the Indian cricket team unpacked its bags in London, the buzz of speculation back home grew louder and louder. For once, the prospects of S.M. Gavaskar and his “boys’ on the unpredictable green pitches of England took a back seat to charges of favouritism and parochialism that filled the air. Six of the 16 are from Bombay, and this raised hackles all over the north. In a politely disapproving letter to S.K. Wankhede, the grand old president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), 11 of the 27 affiliated units requested a general body meeting to discuss the selection of the team.The five-member national selection committee is headed by former Test cricketer Polly Umrigar of Bombay. Gavaskar is reputed to have considerable influence on the committee. The team announced included new players Ghulam Parkar and Suru Nayak of Bombay, and others thought they had been unjustly preferred to Mohinder Amarnath of Delhi – whose dogged innings in the Ranji Trophy final brought Delhi victory over Karnataka – and Rakesh Shukla, also of Delhi and a steady all-rounder who has time and again proved himself in the Ranji meat-grinder. What is more, there is no back-up to wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani, although both Parkar and Yashpal Sharma can keep wickets.Accusations: The fireworks began immediately after the list was announced. I.S. Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association, said that the Indian cricket team looked more like a Bombay Ranji Trophy team. The representatives of three BCCI units – Railways, Punjab and Delhi – alleged that the non-inclusion of a second wicket-keeper was a “ploy” to deny Ved Raj of the Railways a chance and bring in Bombay’s Zulfikar Parkar “through the back door” during the tour. As for the supposed emphasis on youth, they asked pointed questions about Maninder Singh and Gursharan Singh, two young players of the north who have made their mark this season.The Delhi unit was particularly peeved because only one national selector, Vijay Mehra, watched the Ranji Trophy final, where Delhi overtook a massive Karnataka total, anchored by Amarnath who fell just short of a double century. Gavaskar also watched this match. The Ranji semi-finals, too, were treated casually by the selectors. In fact, the 16 for England must have been chosen even before the last, crucial stages of the domestic season were through.The BCCI’s acts of omission and commission set the scene for accusations about “godfathers” in the selection committee and team vice-captain G.R., Viswanath was driven to appeal for an end to the controversy, in case it demoralised the players. There is a real fear that the BCCI may be split down the middle if Wankhede does not call the general body meeting and the disgruntled units go ahead with their own.Balanced Team: Controversy apart, the Indian team is no better or worse than its predecessor. Most of the players select themselves. Nayak is relatively unknown and the only left-handed batsman in the party. He is a seamer who can also bowl left-arm spinners. If he gets into the Test team it will have to be at the cost of Randhir Singh, because India cannot afford to field six bowlers – always assuming that both left-arm spinners Dilip Doshi and Ravi Shastri will play: Doshi because he is familiar with English conditions, and Shastri because he can bat in a tight corner. Off-spinner Shivlal Yadav does not fit in the present scheme of things – play as tight as possible with the over-rate as niggardly as possible. The happiest inclusion is that of Ashok Malhotra of Haryana, a hard-hitting batsman who came off well against Keith Fletcher’s side a few months ago.However balanced the Indian team is, England in England is a slippery proposition. Cold and damp weather, tricky pitches, and the depressing precedent of having been rubbed out on the last tour in 1974 will all combine against the Indians. The only silver lining is that England will be without Geoff Boycott and Graham Gooch, who have been banned from English cricket after their “rebel” tour of South Africa. This is, however, counterpointed by the fact that with Fletcher’s unimpressive showing as captain in India, the English selectors might turn again to Mike Brearley and his magic touch. In that case, it is going to be a long, hard summer for the Indians.advertisementlast_img read more

NADA provisionally suspends javelin thrower for doping

first_imgThe National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) has provisionally suspended Javelin thrower Rohit Yadav, after he tested positive for banned substance ‘stanozolol’.This comes after a top Indian athlete was also handed a provisional suspension after testing positive for banned performance enhancing substance meldonium.Union Sports minister Vijay Goel has said doping will be made a criminal offence as it will send a strong message across.”Doping will be made a criminal offence. We want to stop it by making a strong law so that people are scared to be involved in doping,” Goel told ANI.Meldonium was tested positive in tennis player Maria Sharapova and was subsequently banned for 15 months.Earlier in April, Arjuna Awardee footballer Subrata Paul was tested positive for a banned substance.Subrata failed a dope test conducted by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) in Mumbai when the Indian men’s football team was going to Cambodia for a friendly match in February.The goalkeeper will now go for the confirmatory ‘B’ sample test.Paul, who made his debut in 2007, has made a total of 60 appearances for the national team so far.Paul, nicknamed the ‘ Spiderman’, has also won Nehru Cups (2007, 2009) and the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Challenge Cup in 2008.last_img read more

We’ve found the base, now is the time to grow: Shreyas Iyer after DC exit IPL 2019

first_imgDelhi Capitals’ breakthrough IPL 2019 season came to an end when Chennai Super Kings beat them by 6 wickets in the 2nd Qualifier on May 10. After raising hopes of reaching their maiden IPL final, DC batsmen couldn’t fire at once to give their team a fighting total as CSK finsihed the chase of 148 with an over to spare. At the post-match presentation ceremony, Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer rued the early loss of wickets but still revelled in the fact that the side has ‘had a great season’.”We had a disappointing start, losing two wickets in the Powerplay, and it was hard to recover from that. They have amazing spinners. But we’ve had a great season,” said Iyer.Asked to elaborate on their mistakes in the Qualifier, Iyer blamed the batsmen for lacking in ‘initiative’ and ‘partnership buidling’.”None of the batsmen took the initiative to take the team through and there wasn’t a partnership buidling. Disappointing for us but a good learning,” added Iyer.Though DC surprised many by reaching the playoffs, Shreyas admitted to not having found a track that suits their team, back home at the Ferozshah Kotla in Delhi. Capitals had managed to win only 4 home games out of 7.”It’s something to think about (the Delhi pitch), we didn’t win too many home games, but we can’t complain about pitches. We’ve been practising a lot on slow wickets. As professionals we can’t give (excuses),” explained Iyer.Iyer, who was promoted to captain the side in the middle of IPL 2018 following a series of losses under ex-captain Gautam Gambhir, has managed to turn the side’s fortunes around. When Iyer was asked how the capataincy experience has been for him at the IPL, he said that despite the difficulties of the job, he is still ‘happy to be the captain’.advertisement”I think we’ve learned a lot, looking at seniors like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma leading their teams. It’s a proud moment for me, standing with them at the toss. They talk to me, share their experiences, and that’s great for me. I’ve heard Rohit and many of them talk about how difficult it is to be captain, and yeah, it’s not an easy job to do, but I’m happy to be the captain. Really proud of the boys. Loving the way we’ve gelled as a family. The coaches and support staff have been amazing. A lot more to come next season. We’ve found the base, now is the time to grow,” concluded Iyer.While DC’s campaign in IPL 2019 has come to an end, tonight’s winners CSK will face familiar foes Mumbai Indians in the IPL final on May 12.Also Read | IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings crush Delhi Capitals, storm into 8th IPL finalAlso Read | IPL 2019: Suresh Raina tying Rishabh Pant’s shoelaces is Spirit of Cricketlast_img read more

Selangor’s fundamental flaws exposed by Kedah

first_imgMalaysia Cup Selangor’s fundamental flaws laid bare in defeat to Kedah Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 07:35 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ugo Ukah, Namathevan Arunasalam, Selangor, Sandro da Silva, Kedah, Malaysia Super League, 15072017 Kedah FA Facebook Malaysia Cup Selangor Selangor v Kedah Selangor have produced several outstanding results this season, but their defeat to Kedah proves that their core weaknesses can no longer be masked. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter The Red Giants have been defying the pessimistic initial expectations of many observers this season, producing several good results in the Super League and the Malaysia Cup to currently be fifth in the standings, and in the cup quarter-finals. But on Friday, playing at home in the first leg of their quarter-final tie against Kedah, their core weaknesses were simply exposed by the visitors; even without taking into account the Ken Ilso Larsen brace they conceded within fifteen minutes of the kickoff. The match, which ended in a 3-2 defeat for the hosts, proved that the 33-time Malaysia Cup champions are simply a plucky side which have managed to punch above their weight at the opportune times throughout the season. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Selangor are average when no one is outstanding Head coach Maniam Pachaiappan’s charges have produced several memorable wins this season; for example their two wins against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), and a 1-0 league win against Perak away from home playing with 10 men. But these results happened because at least one of their players performed exceptionally well. In their Malaysia Cup group stage win over JDT in July, veteran forward Amri Yahyah carried the team and scored a brace to make sure that his side would win the match 3-2. In the following month, they would record a 2-1 win over the Southern Tigers, this time in the league, thanks to the numerous saves made by goalkeeper Norazlan Razali. Norazlan too put out a man-of-the-match performance in the win against Perak, which ensured that Forkey Doe’s beautiful chipped goal would stay the only goal of the match. But against Kedah on Friday, no one seemed to be able to play well, and with no one to carry the team, Selangor looked quite average. Goalkeeper Khairulazhan Khalid let in two goals before he even touched the ball, defender Adam Nor Azlin did relatively little to contribute in defence, while winger Kannan Kalaiselvan was unable to assist the attack with much impact. Only Amri looked close to shining in the match, but after two of his on-target attempts were denied by Kedah goalkeeper Ifwat Akmal Che Kassim just before halftime, for the remainder of the match he sat deeper and let the other forwards lead the attack. It is not enough for a team to have one or two good players, the team itself needs to be able to play well as a unit, and on Friday, as well as in various matches this season, Selangor as a unit have failed to turn up. Over-dependence on Ukah It is to no one’s surprise that centre-back Ugo Ukah is a fan favourite. The Nigerian-Italian defender is a decent centre-back, has a strong physique that neutralises aerial threats in the penalty area, has a commanding presence when organising the defence, but what is most impressive about him is his covering of space. He is not the fastest player, but his stride and positioning ensure that he is able to defend a wider area than most defenders in the league are able to. Fairuz Abdul Aziz, Ugo Ukah, Selangor, 15072017Photo from Kedah FA FacebookBut this ability of his has somehow allowed the Red Giants’ other defenders to coast. They by comparison have not been pulling their weight, and when there simply is too much to do such as in the match against Kedah, the defence will prove porous. It’s simply bewildering that captain Razman Roslan has not matched Ukah’s influence on the pitch, if not his abilities. More disappointingly, Razman too committed several individual mistakes against Kedah. And on Ukah’s left, Adam Nor Azlin has been showing one glaring weakness in his defensive duties. While playing for Malaysia U22 in the recent SEA Games, he emerged as one of the Young Tigers’ outstanding performers as a defender, specifically as an ad hoc last man who denied many of their opponents’ chances with perfectly-timed last ditch tackles. But those tackles were hiding a serious flaw in his defensive duties; Adam’s marking is quite poor for a defender. His success rate at stopping attackers is not as good as a defender’s should be, and playing against more experienced players in senior competitions, especially against clubs with players who are very good technically such as Kedah, have only served to amplify this particular weakness of his. Doe has not combined well with Rufino Liberian forward Forkey Doe and mid-season signing Rufino Segovia are currently among the Red Giants’ top-scorers in all competitions, but it is quite unfortunate that the duo have not been able to combine well to produce a greater sum of their combined individual abilities. Doe is more of a ball-holding forward while the Spaniard is a traditional poacher, but against Kedah and throughout the competition very few of Rufino’s goals came from Doe’s deliveries. Francis Forkey Doe, Selangor, Malaysia Cup, 04072017Photo by Fadzlie AhmadDoe managed to get a lot of possession against Kedah, but he chose to keep the ball for too long, and by the time he did pass it, Kedah defenders would have been back in position to anticipate his delivery. And his job too was made harder by the fact that everytime he had the ball near the Kedah penalty box, at least one Kedah player would position himself between Doe and Rufino, blocking the channel. He needs to trust his teammates more and be quicker with his deliveries, or all that possession will be for naught. Central midfield remains Selangor’s weakest area Having gone two goal in front after just 15 minutes, Kedah pounced on the hosts’ main weakness; their midfield area, by simply keeping the ball in the middle of the park away from either touchlines, moving it from one player to another. And for a few minutes, there was nothing that Selangor central midfielders Saiful Ridzuwan Selamat and Veenod Subramaniam could do except chase the ball around like headless chickens, and for a few minutes, the match looked like it would end up a laughably one-sided affair, with a huge margin. Kedah midfielder Liridon Krasniqi was simply bullying the hosts. But it was not because Saiful and Veenod was having an off-day. The only problems are that Saiful has never been an outstanding midfielder, while in Veenod’s case he is more of a utility man than a midfielder altogether. All season long Maniam’s team have been lauded for their effective wingplay which has produced most of their goals, but against Kedah we finally realised why it was effective. Their build up play from the sides have to be good in order to make up for their inability to attack through the middle route, which is their biggest weakness, although probably not the most obvious (although the fact that they are among the few Super League clubs who do not employ a foreign central midfielder provides a clue). And teams with a strong midfield could exploit this weakness successfully, at least in terms of keeping the ball out of Selangor’s possession. And in Friday’s match, Kedah thankfully let up the bullying in the midfield area, which eventually let Maniam’s men mount a fight back and score two goals, to set up a second leg encounter in Alor Star next weekend with all still to play for. This is by no means to say that Maniam’s men are a bad side. The fact that they have punched above their weight in spite of all these core weaknesses means only one thing; the Red Giants can be an genuine title challenger next season if the flaws are corrected.last_img read more

South Carolina’s Projected Bowl Game, Per Experts

first_imgGeneral view of Williams-Brice Stadium.COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 02: A general view of the kickoff between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The final boxscore might indicate that Clemson dominated South Carolina, but the Gamecocks showed resiliency in a hostile environment on Saturday. Now, they’ll wait for their chance to make some noise in their upcoming bowl game.South Carolina owns just a 6-5 record, but every loss came to a ranked opponent. Clearly, Will Muschamp is building the program back to where it wants to be.With bowl projections for this season already available on several sites, let’s look at what experts are saying for the Gamecocks.Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has South Carolina in the Liberty Bowl against TCU.College Football News has the Gamecocks in the Belk Bowl against the NC State Wolfpack.Eric Single of Sports Illustrated released his projection, and he also has South Carolina in the Belk Bowl, but against Duke.South Carolina has shown it can compete with some of the best programs in the country over the course of this season. The official bowl game matchups are almost here, and the Gamecocks will have an opportunity to take another step in the right direction.last_img read more