NewsRegional Grenada environment minister dismissed by: – January 21, 2012 Share Tweet Share 21 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Joseph GilbertST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, whose National Democratic Congress won 11 of 15 seats in the last general election, has fired a second minister in fewer than four years in office.Informed sources said Joseph Gilbert, MP for St Patrick West, was told of his dismissal in a telephone call from the prime minister on Thursday morning. Gilbert, who was appointed Minister for the Environment, Foreign Trade and Export Development last October, was awaiting confirmation of his dismissal in an official letter from Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean.In 2010, Thomas dismissed his former Environment Minister Michael Church, MP for St John. Church subsequently resigned from cabinet after being offered a junior minister’s position by the prime minister.The wheels were put in motion for Gilbert’s dismissal when Thomas, who is also MP for St Patrick East, summoned an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning.A report out of St George’s quoted “an informed source close to the Office of the Prime Minister” as saying that Thomas told his cabinet colleagues that he had advised the governor general to revoke the appointment of Gilbert as a minister of government.But a Wednesday evening written statement issued by the prime minister’s press secretary, Richard Simon, seemed to dismiss the idea that Thomas had actually fired Gilbert earlier in the day.The statement said the Grenadian leader had “certain troubling information before him pertaining to what appears to be a serious breach of cabinet principles” involving Gilbert.“The prime minister anticipates that he would come to a decision on this matter very shortly, whereupon he will duly inform his cabinet and the general public,” the statement said.Thomas, in a brief nationally televised address on Thursday evening, confirmed the sacking of Gilbert. The prime ministers said he had “irrefutable, documented evidence” of misconduct on Gilbert’s part.He revealed that in August 2011, while serving as Minister of Works, Public Utilities and Physical Development, Gilbert wrote a letter giving certain assurances to a foreign company that was interested in establishing a casino in Grenada.Thomas said Gilbert did not seek cabinet’s approval in writing the letter, and accused the former minister of “irresponsible” behaviour.The Grenadian leader promised to continue combating wrongdoing, adding that what was at stake was not the survival of his government but the preservation of “core values” relating to good governance.However, the letter written by Gilbert and his firing are now being hotly debated by Grenadians, including legal experts. One veteran St George’s attorney, who read the so-called letter, said he was “bemused” at the fuss that was being made. “The letter has no binding effect, no legal consequences, on the government,” he said. “In my view, it is simply trying to keep the developer interested in Grenada and not bolting from the country at a time when jobs are so badly needed.”When contacted, Gilbert declined to comment on the specifics of the issue, only saying that “I did no wrong; I breached nothing; I committed the government to nothing. I did my utmost as a minister, first in the Ministry of Works, and then in the Ministry of Environment. A priority for me is meeting the needs of the Grenadian people, and they have told me that one of their most urgent needs is jobs.”Casino gambling, and possibly issuing a gaming licence, has been an ongoing debate in cabinet, and the matter is said to be still under review. Although Thomas has repeatedly stated his opposition to casino, cabinet has never taken a position on the matter.On call-in radio talkshows and among internet bloggers, people have been commenting on the latest developments. Many have expressed surprise at the prime minister’s response to Gilbert, comparing Thomas’ inaction to the move last year by Ministry of Finance officials who – without the knowledge and approval of cabinet – engaged representatives of Sewang One World in trying to get investment and development projects for Grenada.As part of the Sewang discussions, the prime minister signed a memorandum of understanding that Finance Minister Nazim Burke later admitted should not have been signed by the Grenadian leader. Caribbean News Now
The match was tense throughout and featured a Bundesliga season-high 10 yellow cards, with players from both teams needing to be pulled away from each other by Dortmund coach Lucien Favre at full-time.“It was a difficult game. Gladbach are efficient and our first half wasn’t great,” said Favre. “But after it was 1-1, we played well – and that was good, very good.”Dortmund took the lead inside 10 minutes when ex-Gladbach midfielder Hazard took a pass from Erling Braut Haaland and shrugged off three defenders to curl a floating shot into the top left-hand corner of the net.Gladbach equalised in the 50th minute when Lars Stindl tapped in a shot from Alassane Plea to score his fifth goal from his past four games.The turning point for Dortmund came in the 66th minute when Jadon Sancho -– who started on the bench ahead of Dortmund’s crucial trip to Paris Saint-German in midweek -– was introduced.Sancho’s assist, his 15th of the season, put Achraf Hakimi in acres of space on the right wing, with the Real Madrid loanee beating Yann Sommer through his legs.The win saw Dortmund leapfrog Leipzig into second place, trailing leaders Bayern Munich by a point.After the match, Hazard praised Haaland’s efforts in letting other Dortmund players get on the scoresheet.“I think he needs to give more assists, because he scores too much. I gave him one last time and now he’s given me one – we’re 1-1 – but next time it’s my turn to give him an assist again,” said Hazard.Dortmund captain Mats Hummels said the recent additions of Haaland and Emre Can had helped them find the right balance.“Right now we’ve got the perfect mix between artists and workers – or folks that can do both,” said Hummels.– Leipzig draw blank –RB Leipzig dropped points for the second weekend running after labouring to a 0-0 draw at Wolfsburg.Timo Werner was limited to 30 minutes off the bench for RB Leipzig due to injury An inspired performance by Thorgan Hazard against his former club helped Borussia Dortmund claim a crucial three points in the title race with a 2-1 win away at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.Advertisement Leipzig missed the goal threat of Timo Werner, who started the game on the bench after overcoming a muscular problem during the week.Despite being subbed on in the 60th minute, Werner –- who has 21 goals in the Bundesliga this season -– failed to make an impact in a dour encounter with few chances for either side, marking just the third time this season that Leipzig have failed to get on the scoresheet.Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann said the performance did not bode well ahead of Tottenham’s visit to Germany on Tuesday.“A draw was the right result as we weren’t good enough to win. We were laboured and slow in our build-up,” he said.“We didn’t create any space. We need to become dangerous again in front of goal before the Tottenham game.”At the BayArena, Bayer Leverkusen dominated Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 to jump up to fourth in the table.German football’s golden boy Kai Havertz opened the scoring in the fourth minute with his sixth of the season, tapping in a cross from Moussa Diaby. Karim Bellarabi scored the home side’s second just 10 minutes later when chipping in from close range.Leverkusen’s teenage Brazilian forward Paulinho added two more in a five-minute period midway through the second half.Schalke and Hoffenheim fought out a 1-1 draw at the Veltins Arena. American midfielder Weston McKennie scored just his second goal from 67 Bundesliga appearances when his left-footed drive put his side 1-0 up in the 20th minute. Read Also: Messi named La Liga Player of the Month for FebruaryHoffenheim levelled in the 69th minute through Christoph Baumgartner.Elsewhere, relegation-threatened Werder Bremen held on for a 2-2 draw away at Hertha Berlin after blowing a two-goal lead.Freiburg kept their hopes for European football alive with a dominant 3-1 home win over Union Berlin.On Sunday, Bayern have a chance to restore their four-point lead at the top of the table when they welcome Bavarian neighbours Augsburg to the Allianz Arena.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone12 Actors Who Can Only Play Bad Guys5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind Loading…
Edith M. Reed of Sunman was born on February 26, 1948 in Batesville, the daughter of Edward John and Helen Marie Bowman Reed. She worked at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville and later, Woodland Hills Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg. Edith loved attending church festivals and playing bingo. On May 24, 2016, at the age of 68, she passed away at the Waters of Batesville. Those surviving who will cherish Edith’s memory include her sisters, Karen Reed, Sharon Campbell and Rosemary Reed, all of Sunman, and Janice (Jack) Kosidlo of Cambria, PA; brother, Richard Reed of Weisburg, and several nieces, nephews and great nieces. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Edward John Reed, Jr., and sister-in-law, Della Reed. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Funeral services will begin at 12 p.m. and burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery-New Alsace Campus. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to assist with expenses. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home and its staff are honored to care for the family of Edith M. Reed.
The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest.___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The governing body for cycling says its world championships will remain as scheduled the final week of September, drawing the ire of some pro teams hoping the calendar would be adjusted to accommodate marquee races that have been postponed. Associated Press April 1, 2020 The Latest: Cycling world championships still on for Sept. The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus.The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month.___Soccer fans from two clubs in Belarus say they will stop going to games because of the coronavirus.A leading fan group at Neman Grodno says its members will stop attending games and they have urged supporters for other teams to do the same.The fans have called on the national soccer federation to “draw on some courage and stop the Belarusian championship, as the rest of the world has done.” ___The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup.The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K.The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland. Third-division club Uerdingen hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans.Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.”It’s the only time that Uerdingen will sell tickets for the Grotenburg Stadium this season. Its home arena is being rebuilt so the club has been playing home matches at the ground of nearby Fortuna Düsseldorf.Uerdingen was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s with a best finish of third place in the Bundesliga and a run to the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. More recently it has dropped as low as the sixth division.The club hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak. Officials from the UCI confirmed that its weeklong championships will begin Sept. 20 in Switzerland. It begins with the men’s and women’s time trial, and a midweek mixed team relay would keep riders busy ahead of the road championships the following weekend. That means the entire week is out of the picture for rescheduling other events.Almost the entire spring classics season has been scrapped. That includes races such as Strade Bianche, the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The first of the Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia, has been postponed while the Tour de France hopes to remain in July.___A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game. Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Fans of Shakhter Soligorsk have also said they will stop going to games “until the epidemiological situation allows us to return to the stands.” But they stopped short of calling for the season to be suspended.Belarus is the only nation in Europe still hosting professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.International players’ union FIFPro says players in Belarus have reached out with concerns about playing during the coronavirus pandemic.___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak. The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts.All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___
WEST Indies fast-bowling great Andy Roberts has hailed star batsman Chris Gayle as one of the game’s ‘great players’ but is convinced the time is right to walk away.The 39-year-old Gayle had initially revealed plans to retire from international cricket following the ICC World Cup but seemed to have a change of heart just ahead of the tournament. The batsman instead targetted the regional team’s home series against India as possibly his final matches for the West Indies.The batsman did not, however, have an outstanding World Cup, scoring a total of 242 runs in nine matches as the team limped to a ninth-place finish. Roberts, however, does not believe the player’s form merits immediate selection to the squad for the series.“I watched Chris in the One Day series in the Caribbean (against England), I watched Chris in the World Cup and I am yet to see Chris Gayle play a cover drive on the ground in any of the innings he has played, off the front foot.“He takes his time early and I don’t know the reason because I’ve seen in the early stage he gets a lot of balls to hit, but he’s just playing himself in and then after that he just tries to hit everything out of the ground and I don’t think youngsters can learn from that,” Roberts told the Antigua Observer.“Chris has been one of our great players and I make no bones in saying that, but the time has come that we have to let the greatness speak for itself instead of trying to go on to achieve what he didn’t do, because most West Indians were hoping that he would do.”
Tears mixed with smiles, sadness blended in with gladness – those were the mixed emotions everyone associated with the Fayetteville-Manlius girls soccer program felt on Sunday afternoon at the end of an historic season.True, the Hornets had lost, 1-0, to Monroe-Woodbury in the state Class AA championship game at SUNY-Cortland, and there was plenty of disappointment in not capturing the last and most important prize.But there was also plenty of good feelings, too. Never before had an F-M girls soccer team made it this far, and the mere fact that it did was something to celebrate, now and in the future. Once in Cortland, F-M’s character revealed itself again in a tense, competitive state semifinal Saturday against Long Island powerhouse Massapequa, where it took the best shot of the Chiefs and answered well, claiming a 2-1 victory.Having won six previous state championships, Massapequa had far more good history at this level, but F-M didn’t blink, getting on the board less than six minutes into the game thanks to an impressive goal by eighth-grader Morgan Goodman, who took a pass from Lauren Clark and drilled a left-footed shot into the net.The Chiefs tied it 1-1 in the 16th minute on Gianna Savella’s goal, and would possess the ball for long stretches, testing F-M’s defense. Laura Bonomo, Haley Ingram, Alora MIller, Ryann Dauksza and the rest of the back line held up well, and Ingram even made a save in goal early in the second half when Sydney Mahr briefly let the game.With the issue still in doubt in the 59th minute, F-M pulled off a decisive play with some great footwork from Hannah Knych, who took the ball off the end line and crossed to the middle, where Clark, whose four goals had carried the Hornets past Bethlehem, put home the go-ahead goal.To hang on from there, F-M needed a big save from Mahr with 10:20 left and more strong defense, and now found itself in new territory for the championship game, a place that Monroe-Woodbury knew well, having won it all in 2018.The Crusaders, off its own 2-1 state semifinal win over Clarence, were technically sound and, throughout the first half of the state final, had the majority of the possession. M-W nearly scored late in the first half, but had a chance off a corner kick careen off the crossbar.Despite a counterattacking approach, F-M still earned a fair share of corner kicks and free kicks, yet could not do much with them against the Crusaders, Anna Hartzheim having a free kick in the waning seconds of the first half go right to goalie Angela Fini.Ultimately, the game turned on a sequence of events that began in the 51st minute when Goodman found herself wide-open with a point-blank chance to put F-M in front, only to have Fini save it.Seconds later, Goodman left the game with an injury on a play F-M thought was a foul that merited a penalty kick. Nothing was called, and on the other end a turnover gave M-W the ball, Katherine Mullins passing it to the middle, where Josephine Sorce pushed a shot past Mahr.In the remaining 25-plus minutes, F-M had plenty of runs, yet kept getting turned back, and as time wound down it played the same possession game it had earlier, locking up back-to-back state titles.Having finished its best season in program history 19-2, F-M will perhaps rue the missed chances in the final game, but not forget just how much was accomplished.“Looking at the whole picture, it was a phenomenal season,” said Ostrander. “These girls made history.”Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story “I couldn’t ask for a better group of young women,” said head coach Brent Ostrander. “They’re so competitive and so dedicated to this program, and right to the end we gave it our all.”Indeed, without that heart and spirit, there was no way the Hornets could have made it anywhere near this point. It had shown itself through a tough regular-season slate where F-M went 15-1, and continued to grow through a run to a second consecutive Section III title.And that resolve had allowed the Hornets to rally from an overtime deficit to edge Bethlehem in the AA regional final, avenging a 2018 defeat to the Eagles in this same round and bringing F-M to the state final four. Tags: F-Mgirls soccer
Facebook Twitter Google+ Lauren DeCarlo might never have been in the position to score Syracuse’s biggest goal of the season if not for the momentary injury of one of her teammates.With less than 10 minutes to go in the second half in a scoreless tie between SU and Providence, defender Casey Ramirez collided with a Providence player. Following the collision, Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon asked Ramirez if she was OK to continue, but the senior was too shaken up.As a result, Wheddon turned to backup defender DeCarlo — a walk-on — to go in for Ramirez.‘Usually, you don’t make changes at the back unless you have to,’ Wheddon said.‘Was it planned to put Lauren in at that time? No. But I’m glad I did.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDeCarlo went from the bench to the pitch in the 84th minute and took advantage of the late-game opportunity, netting SU’s lone goal of the game with less than five minutes to play to give the Orange a 1-0 win over the Friars (3-3-4, 1-1 Big East). With the win, Syracuse (2-3-3, 1-1 Big East) evened up its record in Big East play in front of 307 at the SU Soccer Stadium after falling to Connecticut 1-0 on Thursday.DeCarlo was used sparingly in the game but said she noticed Syracuse didn’t have a lot of back-post runs on Sunday. When she entered the game with time ticking down, the defender decided to push up the field.As the sophomore was racing down the sideline, Brittany Kinmond sent a crossing pass into the Providence box in the 86th minute. SU’s Brielle Heitman couldn’t head it in, but her header deflected right to DeCarlo.From there, DeCarlo wound up and shot into the left side of the net, freezing Friars’ goalkeeper Caitlin Walker and scoring her first career goal.‘It was actually magical,’ said Heitman, who was credited with the assist on the play. ‘I kind of held my breath there for a second. I saw the ball coming across, and Lauren was wide open with the perfect opportunity to score on the side net. It was like in slow motion.’The scene went from slow motion to an absolute frenzy with DeCarlo’s teammates rushing to her in celebration. The goal finally finished what the Orange tried to accomplish all game.Throughout the game Saturday, Syracuse was in control and possessed the ball at a much higher rate than Providence. The Orange sent the ball into the box at will and took 10 shots compared to just two for PU. The Friars failed to get a shot off in the second half.Wheddon said his team simply played better than Providence in almost every aspect of the game.‘Anytime you can put in a performance like this, I think it’s a great tribute to the players,’ Wheddon said. ‘We didn’t take our foot off the gas pedal at all. I thought every one of our players contributed, and I would say without being too big headed that I thought we dominated the performance. I thought we were the much better team.’Although SU was clearly the better team against the Friars, who were on their heels for the full 90 minutes, it still dealt with a problem it’s had all season long: cashing in on its offensive chances.The game-winning goal was only SU’s fifth goal of the season in eight matches.Wheddon said he saw opportunities for the Orange to net two or three goals earlier in the game that would have made Syracuse’s task of dismantling Providence easier.Instead, the contest came down to the final five minutes and the right foot of DeCarlo, who was the third Orange scorer this season to net her first career goal. For Wheddon that sends a message to the rest of his squad — anyone’s capable of contributing to SU’s success.‘It’s a message to every player,’ Wheddon said. ‘If you’re doing the right thing, if you’re working as hard as she is and stuff like that, you can get on the field, and you deserve to be on the field, and you’ll get your opportunities. It’s all about making the most of your opportunities.’email@example.com Published on September 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments
Facebook Twitter Google+ After a full month, No. 4 Syracuse’s game against Canisius (11-6, 8-0 Metro Atlantic), which had been suspended since April 3, finally resumed Tuesday at Canisius. The Orange (17-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) won, 13-11. Kelly Cross scored two of SU’s three goals on the day to pull away from the Golden Griffins.The game had been tied at 10 with 6:05 remaining before snow on the field required officials to call the game. Just before the game was postponed due to weather, the Golden Griffins scored three straight goals to tie up the Orange.SU had originally rescheduled its game against Canisius April 5 to April 3 because SU had more competition dates than the NCAA allows, head coach Gary Gait said. That meant Syracuse hosted Duke at noon, won 14-12 and then boarded a bus to Buffalo to take on Canisius just a few hours later.After play resumed Tuesday, Cross took advantage of a free position opportunity and scored the first goal of the day to give the Orange a 11-10 lead. Canisius answered with a goal to tie the game back up at 11 with 2:57 remaining.But Kayla Treanor won the ensuing draw and threw a quick pass ahead to Halle Majorana, who netted a goal six seconds later. Cross netted the game’s final goal with 1:54 remaining to give SU a two-goal cushion and, eventually, the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite not scoring Tuesday, SU sophomore attack Riley Donahue had two goals and two assists before the stoppage in play.In April, Canisius jumped out to a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the first half. The two teams seemed evenly matched and traded goals until the Orange outscored the Griffins in the last 17:53 of the half to grab a 7-5 lead going into halftime.Syracuse scored a few quick goals to begin the second half and looked poised to finish the game strong, but SU collapsed in the final 6:57 before the game was called. In a short 1:25, Canisius exploded for three quick goals to tie the game at 10-10. Finally on Tuesday, SU recovered from its near-collapse to grab the win. Published on May 3, 2016 at 5:42 pm Contact Liam: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments
Elsewhere, UEFA has charged Dynamo Kiev with alleged racist behaviour from a section of their fans in Tuesday’s goalless draw with Chelsea in the Champions League.European football’s governing body has also started disciplinary proceedings into claims of crowd disruption. At five past eight Celtic face leaders Molde in Norway and ahead of that game they’ve announced the signing of former West Ham forward Carlton Cole until next summer.Liverpool welcome Rubin Kazan.Jurgen Klopp takes charge of the Reds for the first time at Anfield but the German has been trying to manage expectations.
Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced that the AFCON will now take place in June/July, starting from the 2019 tournament in Cameroon. The calendar change was enacted by CAF last week after an executive symposium in Rabat, Morocco.The Confederation also announced that the AFCON will now be expanded to 24 teams. Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has expressed his delight over the date change of the African Cup of Nations AFCON.Speaking exclusively to ESPN after Manchester United lost 1-0 to Barcelona in a pre-season friendly, Mourinho called the date change “fantastic”.When reporters explained the new change to Mourinho, he said: “If that’s the change then it’s fantastic for us.”“Obviously because it’s hard in the middle of the season to lose players like we do, and with so many African players playing in the best competitions in Europe it’s not good for the clubs, it’s not good for the competitions and it’s not good for the players.” RelatedMourinho Rules Out Fellaini Exit, Confirms Matic DealJuly 30, 2017In “England”£198m For Neymar Is Not “Expensive” – MourinhoAugust 3, 2017In “Europe”Rooney’s Departure Was Emotional – MourinhoJuly 26, 2017In “England”