first_imgThe defender is yet to experience a local rivalry in a City shirt on the pitch, having watched from the bench as an unused substitute in the goalless Severnside derby at Cardiff City Stadium back in October, and from the stands for two feisty M4 derbies against Swindon Town last season.Little says the hostile atmosphere must start from the fans and filter down on to the pitch.“As soon as anyone labels it a derby, you know anything can happen,” he told Bristol City Player HD.“It wouldn’t come from the players, because I’ve got friends at Cardiff off the pitch, but as soon as you play against them in that cauldron it’s the fans that get you going, and that’s what makes it a derby.“I had to watch both of the games against Swindon and would’ve loved to have been involved in those, but this is the level up and 100 per cent I want to be involved. I’m really excited.”Little has started four games since regular right-back Luke Ayling broke down with a knee injury in training six weeks ago.City have picked up ten points from those four matches, with 18-year-old Zak Vyner starting the other two in Ayling’s absence, but the former Yeovil Town man is now fit again to return to the starting line-up if selected.“Me and Luke joke about it all the time,” Little added. “We both play the same position but we’re two different types of players, so I’m relishing the chance to compete with him.“He’s good at some things and I’m better at other things, but he’s a good person to have a battle with – especially as I get on with him so well, so we can banter about it all the time.“I think if you check the stats I tend to be a good luck charm – if I start, we tend to get a result, so hopefully that will continue.“I’ve said a thousand times that I’ve waited all season to have a good run of games.“It’s been so frustrating for me, but to come back into the team at the time that we start picking up results is a great feeling, and I’m really enjoying myself.”City supporters are reminded the Cardiff match is now sold out, but tickets remain available for the following home game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, March 19th. Call 0117 963 0600 or buy online.last_img read more

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first_imgClément Lenglet, 23 ans, profite quant à lui de l’absence de Presnel Kimpembe. Léo Dubois, 24 ans, fête sa première convocation, aux dépens de Djibril Sidibé, en méforme. “C’est un privilège pour moi, j’ai à tous les secteurs des candidats sérieux pour l’équipe de France”, a commenté Didier Deschamps.Le déplacement en Turquie, le 8 juin à Konya, est important pour les Bleus, qui pourront s’emparer seuls de la tête de leur poule de qualification.LQ/AFP Partager La liste des 24 joueursGardiens : Alphonse Areola (Paris SG), Benjamin Lecomte (Montpellier), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/ANG), Mike Maignan (Lille)Défenseurs : Lucas Digne (Everton/ENG), Léo Dubois (Lyon), Clément Lenglet (Barcelone/ESP), Ferland Mendy (Lyon), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart/ALL), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelone/ESP), Raphaël Varane (Real Madrid/ESP), Kurt Zouma (Everton/ENG)Milieux : N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea/ENG), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus/ITA), Tanguy Ndombele (Lyon), Paul Pogba (Manchester United/ENG), Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham/ENG)Attaquants : Wissam Ben Yedder (Séville/ESP), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich/GER), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea/ENG), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid/ESP), Thomas Lemar (Atlético Madrid/ESP), Kylian Mbappé (Paris SG), Florian Thauvin (Marseille). center_img Le défenseur de Barcelone Clément Lenglet, le latéral droit de Lyon Léo Dubois et le gardien de Lille Mike Maignan ont été appelés pour la première fois en Bleu par Didier Deschamps mardi en vue du match amical contre la Bolivie (2 juin) et des éliminatoires de l’Euro-2020 en Turquie et en Andorre (8 et 11 juin).Le gardien de Marseille Steve Mandanda ne figure pas sur cette liste, contrairement à l’attaquant de Séville Wissam Ben Yedder qui fête son retour en équipe de France. Fait rare, Deschamps a convoqué dans sa liste quatre gardiens (Areola, Lloris, Lecomte et Maignan), et non trois, en raison de la finale de Ligue des champions que va disputer son capitaine et portier de Tottenham Hugo Lloris, le 1er juin contre Liverpool.L’absence de Mandanda est d’autant plus notable et pourrait signifier qu’une page se tourne pour le Marseillais… “C’est un choix du moment, Steve a une saison compliquée en club un petit peu aussi, un rendement qui est en-dessous de ce qu’il est capable de faire. Là j’ai pris la décision de ne pas le prendre, je ne vais pas m’engager sur le futur”, a toutefois nuancé Didier Deschamps devant la presse.last_img read more

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first_imgDear Editor,Public figures, especially politicians, are always in the public eye. The manner in which they conduct themselves is used as a tool to measure the level of respect and concern they have for the citizenry. Therefore, they are always expected to conduct themselves with decorum and a high level of professionalism, both locally and internationally.It was therefore with a high level of dismay and shock that I viewed the video clip of Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan publicly denigrating a media operative during the course of the past week.The minister’s public (and seemingly uncaring) display of arrogance in its most powerful form is reflective of his attitude towards the nation as a whole.His angry outburst that he could “use expletives if he wants” and his uncouth chastisement of Mr Dennis Chabrol are indicative of the low level of respect he has for the media, and indeed the nation as a whole. He seemed not to care that cameras were focused on him, recording every word spoken and every gesture made.This incident is a great embarrassment to the Granger Administration, moreso since it involves one of its most senior Government functionaries – a Vice President and Public Security Minister at that.This is just one in a continuous string of events in which Government officials have displayed their pride, arrogance and absolute power over the citizenry. It is an alarming trend, and no apologies have been made to the victims, despite many calls by NGOs and other public interest figures for such.Government officials seem to think that Guyana belongs to them personally; the people are to be treated as they see fit and the country’s vast resources are at the disposal of their personal interests. Self-indulgence and the propensity to wantonly spend sums of money on meaningless projects with no long term gains have become the norm. The right of citizens to be consulted on matters pertaining to their welfare has been tossed by the wayside, and arrogance, greed and corruption have become institutions in our beloved land.The citizenry voted for the good life – a promise fervently made by the current administration during its election campaign — one that was embellished with many fanciful illusions of grandeur for all.The ‘road to the good life’ seems to be still under construction three years later.I, like many Guyanese, do not believe it will ever see the light of day.SincerelyVanita Mahadeolast_img read more

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