San Miguel PH boosts ABL semifinal bid

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback But the Filipinos hold the edge in the tiebreaker over the Thais and could still end up with an outright Final Four berth if defending champion Eastern of Hong Kong beats China’s Chong Son Kung Fu in their last elimination round match. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism San Miguel Alab Pilipinas found an unlikely hero in seldom-used guard Pao Javelona as they made quick work of Indonesian squad CLS Knights, 101-63, on Sunday night  to boost their bid for an outright semifinal berth in the 2018 Asean Basketball League (ABL) at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Gym in Laguna.Javelona delivered a rare double double with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Alab, which finished the elimination round with a 14-6 slate, the same record as Thailand’s Mono Vampire.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Magnolia threatens to spoil San Miguel party View commentslast_img read more

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West Africa: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Presidents Call for Post-Ebola Recovery Plan

first_imgGUEST COLUMN: By Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Alpha Conde of Guinea and Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone appeal for international support in five key areas for a common economic recovery initiative – a ‘Marshall Plan’ – for the Mano River region of West Africa after the devastating Ebola outbreaks of the past year. The Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is the worst since the disease was first diagnosed in central Africa in 1976.The socio-economic impact of the outbreak in the region has been devastating and has reversed the impressive progress of our three nations, each of which was emerging from decades of conflict.To date, the region has recorded a total of 24,872 cases and 10,311 deaths, nearly ten times the number of total deaths from every other Ebola outbreak combined, hitting our nations at a time when we had each embarked on large-scale reforms and were leaving behind a tragic past.The unchecked spread of the disease exposed the weaknesses in our national health and security systems, our regional structures and coordination capacity, as well as the response abilities of global public health institutions. We were all ill-prepared to deal with the ferocity of this disease.Today, we are closer to winning the global war against Ebola as a result of an improved, adapted and coordinated local and international response. Though the fight to contain and eradicate the disease is not over throughout the region, its spread has slowed, and planning for our recovery has begun.We, the heads of State of the three affected countries along with Cote d’Ivoire met in Conakry, Guinea on February 15 under the Mano River Union, to adopt a common strategy to end the Ebola epidemic in the sub-region, and to address our post-Ebola socio-economic recovery needs.This meeting was followed by a high-level engagement in Brussels on March 3 and a meeting of our technical committees in Freetown, Sierra Leone on March 16. We will further consolidate our coordinated efforts when we come together to Washington, DC for the Spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank this week.Our commitment: zero new infectionsAs individual nations, we are committed to getting to zero new infections. We are now sharing information, technical expertise, innovative community-based health systems, and intensifying public education strategies. We are committed to restoring health services and building back stronger, affordable and safe health care systems for our citizens. We are finding ways to ensure that our children are safely back in schools with WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programs and practices that can be shared in their homes.Sustaining our recovery will require revitalizing our economies. We have a commitment to create the conditions for safe and stable livelihoods, employment, and a rejuvenated private sector, which must again be the driver of our development.Regional commitmentAs a region, we are committed to strengthening our coordination and improving information-sharing on a real-time basis. We saw how the spread of the Ebola virus was aided by our shared histories and cultures, as the disease jumped across borders and moved from relatives in remote rural areas to urban centers. We were forced to close our borders and cut people off from care and their loved ones. We will never again allow these shared histories and connections to be a weakness.We are committed now to making sure that our infrastructures, health policies, and economic opportunities follow our people across the borders and create the linkages that encourage collaboration, community-based support systems and economic corridors for development and livelihoods.Appeal to international partnersWe are now asking our international partners for your support for a common economic recovery plan with emphasis on practical solutions for economic growth, job-creation, and mechanisms to finance the reconstruction of our destroyed health, education and social protection systems. There are five key elements to the support that we need in our recovery efforts.The first is building resilient public health systems with an emphasis on infection prevention and control and training community health workers, expanding coverage in rural areas, and establishing regional centers of excellence for infectious diseases. This would also include nationwide water and sanitation programs and properly equipped institutions dedicated to infectious disease control in each of the countries.Second, we need a comprehensive focus on infrastructure to connect our countries by road, power and telecommunications. We are asking the African Development Bank to take the lead in creating an infrastructure fund, as an extension of the existing Mano River Initiative launched in 2013 to promote regional integration in the four countries, largely through transportation and electricity infrastructure. We must recognize that programs that were originally planned a decade ago must now be executed with urgency.Third, we need support for private sector-led recovery and assistance to mitigate the rising costs of doing business in the region.This would include ensuring access to credit for the local private sector, technical support for policy reforms and financing and risk guarantees for foreign investors. Importantly, we need the resumption of normal air travel routes into and out of our countries as a key transport channel for business in the region.Fourth, while the private sector will create the opportunities to improve livelihoods and reduce poverty longer term through employment, in the immediate term vulnerable groups most affected by the Ebola crisis need our dedicated support. We lack comprehensive social safety nets and need technical and financial support to provide targeted cash transfers and other support to survivors, orphans and families worst affected by the economic downturn in our countries as a matter of urgency.Finally, we are asking for a total cancellation of our foreign debt, as per the recommendation of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union. This would allow us to recover the necessary budget flexibility to co-finance the rebuilding of our health systems with international support.We urge our international partners to engage in our recovery plans in the same spirit of urgency and collaboration that has helped us fight Ebola. With your help, we can build health systems, infrastructure, and regional integration structures that will be stronger than before the epidemic hit.We bear a collective responsibility for the thousands of lives lost and tens of thousands more affected. We have a collective obligation to build back national, regional, and international systems that protect the lives and future of our people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Businessman’s car damaged after accident at stelling

first_imgBusinessman Guru Jagnarine and his wife Umadai Deonarine of New Amsterdam, Berbice, were on their way to Essequibo Coast on a business trip when they encountered problems at the Supenaam Ferry Stelling, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).According to Jagnarine, while disembarking the ferry at Supenaam in their motor car – bearing registration plates PWW 2434 – on Wednesday morning (March 21, 2018), there was a heavy downpour and he was forced to drive in the corner of the Stelling due to passengers exiting the ferry at the same time.Jagnarine stated that he was unaware his car was damaged until he was informed by a passenger. When he exited the vehicle, he saw that his car was damaged by a pair of Bollards which was placed dangerously on the Stelling.He was told by staff of the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) at the Supenaam Stelling that the T&HD was not responsible for the damaged done to his vehicle. The couple has taken their vehicle to a body workshop in Affiance, Essequibo Coast to repair the damage.last_img read more

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VAT on education, healthcare will not develop Guyana – GCCI

first_img– says consumers at the mercy of increasesWith the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) on services in the public utilities, education and health sectors, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) believes this will be detrimental to citizens and development in Guyana.During a recent interview with Guyana Times, GCCI President Vishnu Doerga had welcomed the overall reduction in VAT from 16 per cent to 14 per cent. However, he decried the addition of VAT on basic services.GCCI President Vishnu Doerga“The overall reduction in the rates is welcome. However, the imposition of VAT on very basic services like education and healthcare, we do not believe are in the best interests of the development of Guyana,” the businessman said.Asked about Business Minister Dominic Gaskin’s recent pronouncements that VAT would not drive away investors, Doerga noted that it was true that companies had the option to pass off the expenses to consumers.“So while investors have a way of making sure that they can reclaim VAT, consumers do not. So it’s not the investors who will be hurt in the first instance, it’s the consumers of this country,” Doerga observed.He noted that consumers “will then consume less, meaning that the private sector (will earn less), and that further affects the revenue (due to) less taxes being paid by the private sector, which is the longer term effect.”Director of the privately owned School of the Nations, Dr Brian O’Toole, is also one of the latest in a line of critics of the VAT on education fees. He recently expressed that this was not a move the Government should want to make in 2017, as the imposition of extra charges on school leavers and other disadvantaged youths might bring their valiant efforts to get an education to a halt.Management of School of the Nations and its sixth form students have since launched a petition against the tax on their education, with the aim of showing just how unpopular the tax measures are.Government had reduced VAT from 16 per cent to 14 per cent. It had also increased the VAT threshold from $10 million to $15 million. This means that it is not mandatory for certain businesses with an annual income lower than $15 million to register for VAT.In an unprecedented move, however, the 14 per cent VAT was applied to those whose electricity consumption exceeded $10,000 per month. The extra charges were also slapped on those whose water consumption exceeded $1500 per month.Except for the ones relating to exports and manufacturing, all items which were previously zero-rated were removed.When he made his presentation last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had projected a rise in VAT collection of 1.7 per cent, amounting to $36 billion.The main Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), however, has long denounced the Government’s method of taxing its way to wealth generation. Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament, Irfaan Ali, has maintained that the expanded areas of taxation will increase the burden on Guyanese and local businesses.Ali had observed that in relation to pharmaceutical and medical supplies, the cost of accessing private medical services will increase dramatically. But that’s not all.He had expressed that private medical staff, such as nurses, medics, laboratory technicians and others may face the risk of losing their jobs, since patients will now be forced to seek medical service from public hospitals, due to prohibitive costs.All announced changes to VAT took effect from February 1, 2017.last_img read more

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Denny Morrison to guest coach at Elks Summer Camp

first_imgFor more information and how to register, visit fsjspeedskating.com. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club will have an Olympian teaching at their summer camp this month.Four-time Olympic medalist Denny Morrison with join the Elks staff as a guest coach for the camp.The camp aims to teach kids aged six and up the basics as well as advanced techniques in speed skating. Featured at the camp will be time trials as well as races.- Advertisement -Today is the final day of early bird registration which means if residents pay today they will only have to pay $220 for the full day camp and $110 for the half day. Full price for the full day camp is $260 while the half day is $140.Parents must be present during the camp if their children do not know how to tie their own skates and skaters must bring their own lunch. A barbecue will be held at the end of the camp to celebrate the skater’s completion.The camp runs from August 20th to the 24th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

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DWP blackmail

first_imgTHE Department of Water and Power has a long-standing practice of misusing the public’s money to benefit its employees, contractors and good friends – and then extracting more money from ratepayers to cover what was squandered. There is only one word for this practice: blackmail. That’s exactly what happened this week. A Daily News review of reconstructing the city’s aging water pipes found that costs doubled when the department quit using outside contractors in favor of unionized in-house crews. This was not a difficult choice to make, unless you factor in political power at City Hall. The result was that instead of dismantling the two DWP crews doing this work, a third one will be added. If there’s any work left undone, private firms will be hired. Don’t count on it. If you wonder how the DWP can afford this kind of wasteful spending, look in the mirror. The public pays. Last fall, after approving salary increases potentially twice those other city employees are getting, the City Council endorsed a DWP proposal for a 5.5 percent water-rate increase over two years. Those come on top of other recent rate increases and more are sure to come in the years ahead. This water torture of the people of L.A. is just one more example of how the city government operates primarily for itself, its employees and their special interests, and not for the people. We wouldn’t pay blackmail to criminals, and we shouldn’t pay blackmail to people who are supposed to be our public servants.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Not only did the DWP workers cost twice as much as private-company workers, but they took twice as long to do the same work. Despite this revelation, the DWP Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to expand the number of in-house crews. The deal was called a compromise, but really it was nothing but surrender to extortionists. The DWP employee union wields so much political power that all but a few dozen of the utility’s executives are forced to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers. The IBEW’s clout is so great that DWP workers earn as much as 30 percent more for the same work as their well-paid counterparts in other city agencies. Unlike previous DWP commissioners, this board is actually working hard to penetrate the wall of secrecy, dishonesty and incompetence and fix what’s broken. But even good intentions weren’t enough in this case. It was obvious to the board that water-pipe reconstruction was a job that should be outsourced. Just one comparison makes that clear: A $6.2 million proposal to install a 42-inch pipeline beneath Burbank Boulevard and White Oak Avenue in 250 days by a private company was ignored in favor of DWP crews, at the urging of the union. The job took 439 days to complete and cost $13.8 million. last_img read more

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Water rationing, rate hikes on tap for SoCal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“If we are going to be effectively short on imported water 70 percent of the time, we’re going to have to make that up through conservation and changing our lifestyle here in Southern California,” said Jeff Kightlinger, the MWD’s general manager. MWD imports water from the Colorado River and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, but the river is in the eighth year of a drought that has significantly reduced that supply. And a recent court ruling has significantly reduced how much water can be exported from the Delta – where the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers merge – to prevent the extinction of a tiny fish that keeps getting sucked into massive water pumps. In the wake of the ruling, MWD will have to cut its supply of water from Northern California by 25percent. “That really turns our world of reliability on its head,” Kightlinger said. “People will feel this.” Amid a growing water crisis across the state, officials warned Monday that they will cut water to Southern California farmers 30 percent by early next year and are drafting plans that could force residential water rationing for the first time in more than a decade. The moves come as a combination of drought, rising demand, fragile ecosystems and endangered fish has dramatically reduced the region’s water supply. Officials with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – the agency that sells water to cities in the region – said the factors could push wholesale rates up as much as 10 percent within two years. And they predicted the trends could mean the region will lack water to meet all of Southern California’s demands about 70 percent of the time. MWD officials also are talking about water rationing for the first time since 1991 even as the agency has spent $6 million this year encouraging people to conserve water. “We’re dealing with 28 percent of normal (rainfall) and it would be very tough to handle another year without some serious shortage allocation (or rationing),” said MWD Board of Directors Chairman Timothy Brick. Brick said this year the agency for the first time also is withdrawing a significant supply from its stored water in reservoirs and groundwater, pulling out 500,000 acre feet of water – enough for 1million families. Still, MWD officials said they might need to raise wholesale water rates 5 percent to 10 percent in 2009 to pay for water purchases, transfers and other programs to acquire more water for Southern California. Customer rates are set by individual water providers and would likely vary depending on how much water the providers get from MWD. Water customers in Pasadena will “most likely” be affected by the MWD’s plan, said Shan Kwan, water division director for Pasadena Water and Power. The city purchases about 60 percent of its water from the MWD, Kwan said. “We don’t know to what extent yet because we are still looking into it, so we can’t provide any numbers right now,” said Kwan. “But we probably will have to take some conservation measures, and that could include a rationing plan.” Such conservation measures could include general rate hikes, as well as financial penalties for customers who do not reach conservation goals, said Kwan. But he added that the hikes may not be as steep as MWD’s 10 percent estimate. “Ten percent (from MWD) does not necessarily mean a 10 percent hike directly to our customers,” he said. Calls to officials with the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District were not returned Monday. The district wholesales imported water to cities and agencies in the central and eastern San Gabriel Valley. The MWD rate hikes will also be passed on to the 24 cities served by the Central Basin Municipal Water District, said district General Manager Art Aguilar. Those cities include Whittier, Montebello, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Monterey Park and La Mirada. “I can’t envision any circumstance where it won’t be passed on,” Aguilar said. But the impact on the actual cost of water for customers in those cities will vary based on how much imported water they use, Aguilar added. And many area cities have their own local groundwater sources. “The Central Basin in general is blessed with a good amount of groundwater and relatively good natural replenishment,” said Aguilar. “Even though it is going to hurt, it won’t be as bad as it will be in other areas where they take a lot of imported water.” The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is MWD’s largest customer, but the utility is in a less dire situation at the moment because L.A. has groundwater in the San Fernando Valley and it imports water from the Owens Valley in the eastern Sierras. “The alarm bells haven’t gone off. We want to wait until February or March to see the drought (status) and the snowpack,” DWP Commissioner Nick Patsaouras said. However, if the dry conditions continue and supply from the Delta remains limited, the DWP will consider rationing and structuring water rates higher for people who do not limit their consumption, he said. Meanwhile, to help shore up the state’s dwindling water supply, state officials are planning to place another water bond on the ballot next year – even after voters approved $9.5 billion in bonds for water projects last year. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a $9.1 billion bond, while Sen. Don Perata, D-Oakland, has authored a $6.8 billion proposal. One of the main differences, and a source of significant political controversy in Sacramento, is that the governor’s bond would fund dams and reservoirs in Northern California. The Senate Natural Resources and Water committee passed the Perata bond and sent it to an expected full floor vote today. But it rejected Schwarzenegger’s proposal. Assembly Republican Leader Mike Villines, R-Fresno, said he was “extremely disappointed” with the committee’s actions and vowed that the Perata plan would not get the two-thirds vote it needs to be placed on the ballot. “Last week, Assembly Republicans made it clear that we would not support any measure that is not a comprehensive plan that benefits all regions of the state,” Villines said in a written statement. “Our position has not changed and for that reason, we will be rejecting this irresponsible plan.” Aaron McLear, a spokesman for the governor, said Schwarzenegger will continue to negotiate with Perata in an effort to get some of the governor’s ideas included in the bill. Perata said he is prepared to support a signature-gathering effort to get it on the ballot if he can’t get it through the Legislature. That would likely mean the measure would not be put before voters until November 2008, rather than February. “What we have done is crafted, I think, the broadest possible bond that deals with immediate priorities,” Perata said. “It will ensure safe, clean drinking water, promote conservation while protecting our environment, the lakes, the rivers, the streams. And keep pace with the statewide water demands.” Perata said if nothing is done to expand the state’s water supply, drastic steps might have to be taken, including a moratorium on new building permits in fast-growing areas like the Inland Empire. Perata’s proposal gained wide support from a variety of local water agencies and environmental groups during the hearing. The only critics were those who said they prefer the governor’s proposal because of the dams. Environmental groups have concerns about the potential damage to ecosystems caused by new dams, while some lawmakers have also said the state should not pay a higher share for projects that previously have been funded primarily at the local level. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 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

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PATRICIA HAS 500 GOOD REASONS TO STAY WARM THIS WINTER!

first_imgPatricia takes delivery of her free oil from Donegal Oil Company.Lady luck has shone on Patricia McCauley if the weather outside is anything to go by! The Letetrkenny woman has just scooped €500 worth of home-heating oil from Donegal Oil Company.With the launch of their new online FREE Quotation and Order online website Donegal Oil Company ran a competition through Facebook and this lucky lady won! If you like their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/DonegalOilCompany you will see details of another competition that will give you €10 off your oil order when you order online.Donegal Oil Company is a family business founded in 1954. They are trusted by thousands of customers in Donegal to deliver Topaz quality guaranteed fuel at competitive prices and with excellent service.With strategically located depots at Letterkenny, Killybegs and Falcarragh they deliver almost everywhere in County Donegal.They have an excellent fleet of modern delivery vehicles, including a mini tanker and they all have weights and measures tested and approved delivery metres, ADR Certificates and highly trained and experienced Drivers with ADR certificates and driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence). At Donegal Oil they aim to keep your home and business warm by providing a top of the range oil service. They are dedicated to bringing you the best quality products and services at competitive rates.They accept all major credit card and debit cards and guarantee rapid response to all requests.They deliver Kerosene, DERV, gas oil and petrol to many different sectors including domestic, commercial, marine, agricultural and retail. Their prices remain the best in the market, meaning we continue to be leaders in the field for delivery of top line fuels & lubricants.Call them on Freephone 1800 740740 or order your heating oil online at www.donegaloil.iePATRICIA HAS 500 GOOD REASONS TO STAY WARM THIS WINTER! was last modified: December 8th, 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:competitionDonegal Oil CompanyletterkennyPatricia McCauleylast_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN WINS NEW ELECTRIC RENAULT AT HIGHLAND MOTORS

first_imgA Co Donegal man has won a brand new Renault Fluence ZE electric car in a green-themed ‘selfie’ competition.Noel Doherty from Letterkenny is a keen gardener and has been involved with the Grow It Yourself movement for five years.The Renault promotion is part of a fundraising campaign for the GROW headquarters in Waterford, a new home of GIY where people can learn about the GIY lifestyle by growing, cooking and eating home-grown food and it will also include a grow school, cookery school, café, farm shop and food gardens. The aim is to help over 500,000 people to live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle in the coming five years.Pictured are Lawrence Harrigan (Dealer Principal, Highland Renault), Shona Dubois (GIY Magazine), Conor Dixon (Renault), and Noel Doherty.DONEGAL MAN WINS NEW ELECTRIC RENAULT AT HIGHLAND MOTORS was last modified: December 16th, 2015 by John2Share 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:competitionHighland MotorsrenaultSelfielast_img read more

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Ex-England star says Southgate should not change the system against Sweden

first_img 2 Carragher in action for England at the 2010 World Cup Gareth Southgate has used a 3-5-2 system in Russia which has seen Kyle Walker, John Stones and Harry Maguire form an effective partnership at the back – with Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young given more licence to go forward as wing-backs.However, ex-England manager Sam Allardyce told talkSPORT that he feels they should ditch the current system to bring in another attacking for the Sweden game.But Carragher, who represented England at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, said he disagreed with this, claiming changing things up could upset the balance of the team.When asked by talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham and Matt Holland if he agreed with this potential tactical switch on Drivetime, Carragher said: “No, I do not agree with that at all. Changing the systems has been a weakness at tournaments in the past. This was England’s first penalty shootout win at a World Cup 2 Former England international Jamie Carragher says he believes the Three Lions should not change their formation ahead of their World Cup quarter-final against Sweden on Saturday.They face the Scandinavian side after edging past Colombia in a dramatic last 16 tie which saw England go through via a penalty shootout. “We have got three attacking players behind Kane so putting Rashford in there may be too similar. It won’t really change the creativity and may upset the balance.”Adrian Durham on why Southgate must stick with three centre backs against SwedenHowever, Carragher suggested he could tinker with the team if there are any problems with the players’ fitness.Ashley Young could be replaced by Danny Rose after the Manchester United man picked up a knock during the victory over Colombia.Meanwhile, Dele Alli has appeared to lack the same zip on the pitch after sustaining an injury during the Three Lions victory over Tunisia. Carragher added: “Dele Alli was really good in the first half against Tunisia but then he’s missed some games with injury. I don’t know if he’s 100% fit. Maybe Southgate could tinker with the midfield and put in Loftus-Cheek but there should not be too many changes against Sweden.Join talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals – Saturday, July 7: KICK-OFF 3PM BSTlast_img read more

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