FDA Approves COVID-19 Antibody Test that Offers Near-Perfect Accuracy

first_imgThe Food and Drug Administration gave emergency approval to a COVID-19 antibody test that provides near-perfect accuracy, the agency announced Sunday.Swiss drugmaker Roche says the new test, which determines whether someone had a past infection, has proven to be 100 percent accurate at detecting antibodies in the blood and 99.8 percent accurate at ruling out their presence.The test requires intravenous blood draws, which typically have higher accuracy than finger-prick tests.“If you take blood from a finger prick, you will never be able to achieve the same level of specificity that you will achieve … when you take blood from the vein,” says Thomas Schinecker, Roche’s head of diagnostics. “You have to have very, very high specificity. Even 0.1% or 0.2% makes a difference.” Schinecker explains that the tests are an important step in determining whether someone may have immunity. Still, he acknowledges that more research needs to be done in order to determine whether antibodies actually protect people from being reinfected.“Since this virus is not well known, one can hypothesize, but the proof will take longer,” Schinecker adds. “Testing these people … is key to seeing whether or not people really have developed immunity.”last_img read more

Steelers offense clicks in 38-17 win over Titans

first_imgThe offense put together its best game of the season, maybe its best game in two years, as the Steelers soundly defeated the Tennessee Titans 38-17. Now they face the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend. The Steelers dominated from the very first drive to the finish. They marched down the field to make it 7-0 and increased that to 21-3 at halftime. But unlike the past, instead of faltering in the second half they actually played better. The defense came into the game with one main purpose, to shut down the run. Chris Johnson is one of the five best backs in the game, and the Steelers knew that if they shut him down they beat the Titans. Plus they looked old and slow against the run in the two losses, so they were determined to stop the run, even with their two best linemen, Aaron Smith and Casey Hampton, out. And they did just that as the young players stepped up big time. After a 21 yard opening run by Johnson, they held him to just 30 yards for the rest of the game, while keeping Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in check.Ben Roethlisberger tied a team record with five touchdown passes—including two to Hines Ward —and the Steelers rolled past the Titans.Other than a slight limp when he ran, Roethlisberger appeared to have no issues with his sprained left foot, also hitting Mike Wallace, Heath Miller and David Johnson for scores as the Steelers (3-2) ended Tennessee’s three-game winning streak.The five touchdown passes tied a single-game team record Roethlisberger already shares with Mark Malone and Terry Bradshaw.Tennessee’s Johnson ran for a score but finished with only 51 rushing yards on 14 carries as the Titans hot start came to a screeching halt against Pittsburgh’s rejuvenated defense.Roethlisberger was 24 of 34 for 228 yards, with Wallace and Ward being his primary targets. Wallace had 6 catches for 62 yards and Ward had his best game with 7 catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Antonio Brown also was impressive returning kicks, putting the Steelers in good field position on just about every possession. He also had two catches for 23 yards.The coaches and players had made it very clear that they would not be able to stop the run until they were able to establish the run. Well they established the run against one of the better run defenses in the league. The running game was the most impressive it has been all season, even with Rashard Mendenhall on the sidelines with an injury. Isaac Redman was extremely impressive as he pounded through the Titans lines for 49 yards on 15, carries and Jonathan Dwyer, who had not dressed the first four games, had 107 on just 11 carries coming off the bench backing up Redman. This was done with a makeshift offensive line because of all the injuries. Max Starks, who had been cut, was brought back to fill in, however, he didn’t just fill in, he started and ended up playing the entire game.Coach Mike Tomlin voiced his views on the game after the game: “It was a good bounce-back week for us, coming off of a loss. It was an appropriate response. I thought we played together today. We played hard in all three phases. We made the necessary plays. We weren’t perfect by any stretch but under the circumstances, you have to like what you saw. From an injury standpoint, we had a number of in-game injuries, which were insignificant. I think the guys are going to be able to come back. I don’t think this will inhibit them from participating this week. That group is James Farrior with a shoulder injury, Heath Miller with a shoulder injury, Maurkice Pouncey with a right knee injury, he’s fine, Hines Ward has a chest injury, but he’s fine; and Isaac Redman had leg cramps. There was only one worth mentioning, and we will look at moving forward and that’s Marcus Gilbert. We will keep an eye on him and see where he is. Again, the guys played up to the standard. That’s what we expect. It’s a good win for us. Hopefully it will provide momentum for us as we move forward. It was a good football team we played today in the Tennessee Titans. It was good to come back and be victorious against a team such as that.”The Jaguars have lost four in a row and eight of nine dating back to last season, putting Coach Jack Del Rio’s future further in doubt.The win kept the Steelers in a tie for second in the AFC North with the Bengals at 3-2 behind the Baltimore Ravens 3-1 who along with the Cleveland Browns 1-4, had a bye week. ALL SMILES—Hines Ward looks on with approval as the Steelers take care of business. (Courier Photo/ John Pablo Duran) last_img read more

Atlético enters eSports

first_imgAtlético de Madrid enters the world of eSports with Atlético Movistar Riders. It is formed from the club union with the eSports team. Sponsored by Koke, he appeared this morning at the Wanda Metropolitano. “We are doubly excited. It is the fourth year of Movistar Riders. This collaboration is developed with the FIFA environment and is the communion of many areas with the brand. The eSports world surprises with the values ​​that sports fans themselves have. It is a younger audience, a type of entertainment that comes to stay, ”said Telefónica’s communication director, Cristina Burzako. “This world is much bigger than we think. In Spain alone there are more than three million fans and gaming, twenty“ Fernando Piquer, CEO of Movistar Riders, also had words of thanks. “For us, being associated with a team with the athletic makes us proud of the work we have done in the last three years as a club. It is the confirmation that we have a large presence in the territory and honor to accompany the Atleti in this world” “The competition is very beautiful, organized by the League. Our players have always been with real chances of winning. We will try to play the best possible role and win this competition and reach the general public more, which increasingly follows the great talents as Andoni is. ”Andoni challenged KokeA team formed with a player who is going to play in this competition: allusions, Andoni. “He already thinks like rojiblanco,” said the speaker of the club. The shirt he will wear is the black one this season, with them shields of Movistar and Atlético. “It’s an honor for me,” he said.. “I hope to win. With that intention I go. Wearing this shield carries that responsibility. ” It was the moment when Koke also climbed the stage of the Wanda Metropolitano auditorium. It was the photo of the sponsorship. “I wish you the best. That shield is a responsibility and we change the game by game by game by game. ” A presentation that ended with a game between them. Andoni immediately got ahead. “The truth is that my feet are better than my hands,” the captain joked. “We are well represented, really.” In the eSports. Atlético Movistar Riders. And that the captain said very, very seriously.last_img read more

Smikle taking it slow – Thrower to exercise patience while rebuilding career

first_img SHOT PUT AFTER missing out on quality competition for the past two seasons, Traves Smikle, who competed for Jamaica at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, had to watch from the sidelines after failing a doping test. However, his suspension was provisionally lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last February. Since his comeback, the 23-year-old former Calabar High School throwing sensation has been taking it slowly. Last Saturday, he played second fiddle to his teammate at Calabar High and now UWI, Fedrick Dacres, in the men’s Open discus, where he threw 57.47 metres. “Today (Saturday) my performance didn’t go as planned as coming off a good training session I expected better. But I sustained an injury to my left hand, which was kind of sprained, but my coach told me to go out there and try to compete, and I will just have to go back and get treatment for the injury,” said Smikle, who has a personal best of 67.12m in the discus back in 2012. He also competes in the shot put, where he has a personal best 18.58m, done in 2011. “Overall, I am being patient and this is track and field, and with my event, it is not something you have to rush as you just have to be persistent and the breakthrough will come, so I am being patient and dealing with the problems I have,” he said. Smikle stated that he also enjoys the rivalry between him and his teammates. “It is good as we make each other better, and right now, we are finding ways to get further throws, and the rivalry is good, and we just hope for more progress and positive vibes,” he said. “Coming into this season I am more motivated and focused, and during the period, I had my issues. I was not doing enough training as I was sorting out personal things. But with regard to my athleticism I am getting it back, so I need to get back my fitness and certain things I normally had, and it is going to take some time, but I am being patient,” he said. Smikle believes overseas competition at the highest level will be key for improvements. “At this point in our career, we have to get more competition to get to a higher level as it is all about competing against the best, and in order to improve, you have to compete against the best in the world. As my coach always says, you have to be in the ‘fire’, and Fedrick is leaving soon to go to compete in Europe, and that is also my aim as I thrive off competition,” he said.last_img read more

Irving stays busy with knee to mend, movie to promote

first_imgBicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Indiana Pacers parting with guard Lance Stephenson FILE – In this June 12, 2018 file photo Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving takes questions from reporters during a news conference in Boston. Irving doesn’t have to worry about free agency until next summer, though he’s got plenty to keep him busy for now. There’s a movie to promote and a knee to mend. He hopes he’s good on screen, but wants to be better than ever on the court. “Now becomes the real climb to Mount Everest, back to the top,” Irving said Monday, June 25, 2018. “So I’m just taking my time.” (AP Photo/Steven Senne)NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving doesn’t have to worry about free agency until next summer, though he’s got plenty to keep him busy for now.There’s a movie to promote and a knee to mend. He hopes he’s good on screen, but wants to be better than ever on the court.ADVERTISEMENT And he’s excited for “Uncle Drew,” in which Irving rounds up his old teammates to play in a tournament at New York’s Rucker Park. Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber and Nate Robinson star as his old running mates. They were on set with him when they started getting alerts that Irving had been traded.“Once it happened, the dancing just got a little better,” Irving said.Irving needed three hours of makeup daily to look like a senior citizen before the 14 hours a day of filming. He believes his love of basketball shows up through his role of wise old sage who hangs around the courts — though Irving himself hasn’t played on outdoor playgrounds in years.His game is indoors now, and he plans on being back there this summer before dealing with his own free agency next summer.“Not just the same way but also a lot better,” Irving said. “That’s where the focus has to be. If you leave any room for doubt or uncertainly, I mean you might as well get out of the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES That was on Father’s Day in 2016, the night Irving nailed the 3-pointer that helped the Cavaliers beat the Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals for the franchise’s first championship.“The history, it’s already captured, man,” Irving said. “I was on one of the best teams in NBA history in my opinion, just accomplishing something that was that much bigger than ourselves. A feat that was, we’re one of no other teams. We’re like 1 of 1, in history. So for me, I think the biggest thing was giving that jersey to my dad, and if that’s where the No. 2 legacy ends, then cool.”Though Irving asked to be traded — a request LeBron James hoped the Cavs wouldn’t honor — he looks back fondly on his time in what’s now Sexton’s number.“I gave a lot of commitment and sacrifice to being there from Day 1, so to have that six-year span of doing some unbelievable things, I’m definitely happy about it,” he said. “I never shy away from that in terms of Cleveland giving me the opportunity to a 19-year-old kid of wearing No. 2. Now, it’s just a transition in the league.“There’s no hard feelings from my end. But now he has to start from kind of the chopping block just like everyone else did, so I’m excited for him.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “Now becomes the real climb to Mount Everest, back to the top,” Irving said Monday. “So I’m just taking my time.”The Boston Celtics All-Star is hoping he can start playing again in a couple weeks. But he’s staying patient in his rehab from late-season surgery because of an infection in his knee, figuring the extra time can only help after he played deep into June the previous two years with the Cleveland Cavaliers.FEATURED 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 crownHe was traded to the Celtics last summer while filming “Uncle Drew.” The movie, in which he plays an old playground basketball legend who started as a character in Pepsi commercials, premieres in New York on Tuesday and opens nationwide Friday.The Cavaliers gave Irving’s former jersey number to Collin Sexton, drafted last week with the No. 8 pick that Cleveland acquired from Boston in the trade. But Irving wasn’t upset, saying he already gave away the only Cavs’ No. 2 that matters to him — the one he wore while hitting the biggest shot in the franchise’s history.last_img read more

Drug mule jailed, fined $16.3M

first_imgConvicted drug mule Sarfraz Jalaladeenless than a day after Sarfraz Jalaladeen, 30, of Riverview, Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport with almost 12 pounds of cocaine in milk powder packets, he was sentenced to serve four years in prison and fined $16.3 million.Jalaladeen made his court appearance on Friday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate,Ann Mc Lennon, where he pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.Reports are that Jalaladeen, who is a welder, and was travelling for the first time to the United States via a Caribbean Airlines flight, was intercepted by members of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) on Thursday evening when they became suspicious after noticing several packets of what appeared to be powdered milk in the man’s suitcases.A closer examination revealed that the milk packets were resealed and a further check was undertaken. It was then that the ranks realised that the contents of the packets were cocaine. He was arrested and taken to CANU headquarters where the illegal substance was weighed and proved to be just over 6kg.Jalaladeen provided a statement to CANU agents and was charged. He also provided additional information to the ranks as they continue their investigations.He reportedly told CANU ranks that he was promised US$7000 to traffic the illegal substance to New York but did not say if he is was paid an advance. Head of CANU, James Singh when contacted told Guyana Times that the drug enforcement unit will continue to hunt cocaine mules as the Anti-Narcotics Unit continued to crack down on the trafficking of narcotics.Singh noted that they have beefed up their operations at the two main ports of entry and it has been yielding results.last_img read more

Parliamentary Committee ordered out of bond during GPHC tour

first_img… concerns rise over proper storage, shortage of drugsIt was commotion and high drama when the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Social Services, Dr Vindhya Persaud defied efforts by management of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) to restrict her delegation from accessing the drug bond during an organised tour of theDr Zulfikar Bux addressing members of the parliamentary Sectoral Committee on social services during its tour of the GPHCfacility on Wednesday.At the beginning of the announced tour, Committee members were informed that the tour will be confined to four departments – Accident and Emergency, Surgical Outpatient, Cardiac ICU and the Paediatric Unit.But as the visit winded down, Dr Persaud felt it was necessary to visit the bond in light of its importance to the operations of the Hospital.Tension immediately rose however when the Chairperson of the GPHC Board, Kesaundra Alves and other hospital staff attempted to prevent the parliamentarians from visiting the area.Alves insisted that the bond was not included in the tour as no preparations were made by the staff to facilitate the visit.Nonetheless, Dr Persaud led other Committee Members including Alister Charlie,Committee Members: Junior Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister, Valerie Garrido-Lowe and Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings during the tour of the GPHCDr Vishwa Mahadeo, as well as media personnel into the bond despite the resistance.Other Committee members who were present for the tour – Junior Public Health Minister, Dr Karen Cummings and Junior Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs Valerie Garrido-Lowe did not proceed to the bond.As Dr Persaud engaged with the staff, GPHC’s Chief Executive Officer, Allan Johnson made an entrance and ordered her and everyone else out of the bond.Johnson insisted that “the Minister” does not approve of the unannounced tour of the bond.Drug storageSpeaking to Guyana Times after the incident, Dr Persaud said the Committee expected a full tour of the facility to observe how things are managed daily and that there was no need to prepare staff. “What the Chair of the Board said to me that “we weren’t told that you wanted to go there” and so they didn’t prepare. But it doesn’t need to be prepared. We are here to see things as they are and that is why I went in despite of their protestation,” she explained.She noted that most of the departments they visited were in excellent condition and believes the tour was carefully orchestrated to prevent the Committee members from uncovering faults.Given the strenuous efforts exhausted to prevent the Committee members from accessing the bond, Dr Persaud said it appears that the GPHC has something to hide. Based on her brief, observations from within the bond, Dr Persaud said she also noticed that some of the drugs were not properly stored.Unsatisfied with the visit, the Chairperson of the parliamentary Committee said she will ensure that another tour is organised.Drug shortagesFurthermore, during a visit to the pharmacy, Senior Pharmacist, Jenelle Welch disclosed that there were a number of drug shortages affecting the operations of the Hospital, owing to patient overload and the untimely supply of the pharmaceuticals. In terms of injections, she said the pharmacy is out of immunoglobulin, midazolam, fortum, and insulin.Regarding tablets, she said the pharmacy does not have aspirin, metoprolol (which is critical for the treatment of cardiac patients, chest pains and hypertension), and atorvastatin for cholesterol patients.Pharmacy Manager (acting) Yvonne Bullen explained that the department usually makes requests for orders when the stock runs to a level of three months. Despite this system, the pharmacy is still affected by drug shortages.Director of Finance, Ronald Charles also explained that the timespan needs to be expanded to nine months.He noted too that another reason for the drug shortages is the inability of staff to determine an item is low in stock in a timely fashion.In this regard, he said efforts are being made to switch to an electronic process of quantification.OvercrowdingMeanwhile, some of the main issues plaguing the GPHC are the overcrowding of patients owing to the influx of referrals and the shortage of staff including both doctors and nurses.Head of the Accident and Emergency Department, Dr Zulfikar Bux explained that the Georgetown Public Hospital receives a significant number of referrals from different areas for various reasons and this impacts the majorly the services provided.“The unfortunate things with this emergency unit, this is the most critical department in the entire country in terms of patient care; the unfortunate thing is that this department service the entire city and also the entire country,” he stated.Dr Bux added, “we have a system in place, in terms of overcrowding… a plan that works very well, but it is still affected in terms of efficiency of care and effectiveness…. we cannot reject referrals, we have to take referrals. So there are times when there are four five hospitals calling sending patients, we don’t have beds but we still have to find ways to take care of them.”Compounding the situation is the issue of a staff shortage, Dr Bux lamented.He explained that a relatively stable ‘patients to nurse’ ratio would be five patients to one nurse for a low-income country but in Guyana’s case, it is about 10 patients to one nurse.There is also a shortage of doctors.“We would usually have a minimum of 16 doctors on a shift… but in terms of the doctors we would usually have a shift system… In the midnight, we have three doctors working… We would have 150 to 200 patients seen in here, 200-300 patients come here but we triage patients to the outpatient department but if you look at the doctor to patient ratio, each doctor would see about 10 patients, so if you looking at staffing for 24/7, you are looking at 30 doctors to staff the emergency,” Dr Bux explained.A senior management official told this newspaper that the problem lies with the peripheral hospitals, like those in Suddie and New Amsterdam, not functioning fully.He underscored the need for those health institutions to be upgraded and modernised to function fully in order to reduce the number of referrals so that GPHC would not be overburdened.last_img read more


first_imgSUPERPUB SATURDAYS: All roads lead to Sister Sara’s again this weekend with  management again offering a FREE €50 bar tab for those who like and share this post on Sister Sara’s Facebook page. That man resident DJ Marty Curran will have all your CHART, CLUB CLASSICS AND PARTY ANTHEMS to get you in partying spirit.Sister Sara’s is the idea venue to get you in the party vide this weekend, there’s always a great atmosphere in the bar and that is reflected in the huge crowds that descend on the bar every single weekend. This weekend promises to be more of the same and hopefully the weather stays good.Sister Sara’s is also the North West’s famed HEN night venue. 🙂ALL ROADS LEAD TO SUPERPUB SATURDAYS AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: April 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’sSUPERPUB SATURDAYSlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL YOUTH LEAGUE –ROVERS SEAL TOP SPOTBonagee United 1 Letterkenny Rovers 3 Letterkenny Rovers secured top spot in the Northern Section of the Donegal Youth League with this comfortable 3-1 victory away to neighbours Bonagee United yesterday.Three first half goals were enough to give Rovers the three points to advance to the league decider against Southern Section winners Cappry Rovers in February for the much coveted Dick Duffy Memorial Cup.Rovers have been the form team in their section notching up seven wins and one draw from their eight games and following Fanad United’s 2-1 victory over Rosses Academy earlier in the day, Anthony Gorman’s young guns required a point from this derby to see the job complete.The crucial victory came seven days earlier courtesy of a 1-0 win over closest rivals Fanad United. On this occasion, two penalties from Kieran McPhearson and Dale Gorman followed by another McPhearson strike ensured there was no final day slip-up.Rovers went on the offensive in the opening exchanges and were rewarded with a goal on seven minutes after Bonagee goalkeeper David Tyrell upended McPhearson inside the penalty area and referee David Wogan had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.The striker duly hammered home from 12 yards to put his side in the driving seat.It was 2-0 on the quarter hour mark again from the penalty spot. Gorman was the pivotal figure this time as he was fouled following his burst into the penalty box and he made no mistake from the spot.Rovers added a third before half-time with McPhearson pouncing on a poor clearance from eight yards out to rifle into the top corner of the net.The second half was a largely stale encounter and the home side grabbed a consolation goal on 83 minutes when Jason Doherty slotted home from close range. Next week will see the opening round of fixtures in the Colin Breslin Cup. Holders Fanad make the trip to Erne Wanderers, Letterkenny Rovers will be fancied at home to Illistrin, Bonagee go to Drumbar and Cappry Rovers host Rosses Academy.Referee – David WoganResultsSaturday, 28th January Donegal Youth LeagueFanad United 2 Rosses Academy 1Bonagee United 1 Letterkenny Rovers 3FixturesSaturday, 4th FebruaryColin Breslin Cup Quarter-FinalsDrumbar v Bonagee United (Seamus McGory)Erne Wanderers v Fanad United (Liam Farren)Letterkenny Rovers v Illistrin (Kevin Logue)Cappry Rovers v Rosses Academy (David Wogan)Saturday, 11th FebruaryUlster Cup Prelim RoundErne Wanderers v DrumbarUlster Cup Quarter-FinalsRosses Academy v Bonagee UnitedFanad United v Buncrana HeartsLetterkenny Rovers v Cappry RoversAll games kick-off 2pm. Extra-time and penalties if required.Games reversible if home pitch unplayable.SOCCER: DONEGAL YOUTH LEAGUE – ROVERS SEAL TOP SPOT was last modified: January 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:BONAGEE UNITEDLetterkenny Roverslast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Rovers clubman Eric White, appeared on RTE’s Soccer Republic show last night to discuss the controversial sacking of Roddy Collins. The popular Letterkenny man has his finger on the pulse when it comes to all the major soccer issues in the North West, and it was White who broke the news on Sunday that Collins had been sacked.White, who works for BBC Radio Foyle, told Soccer Republic presenter Peter Collins that an amicable meeting took place between Collins and the Derry City board, and that the meeting was reported to have lasted for around twenty minutes. White also said Peter Hutton and Marty McCann had taken first-team training yesterday morning, but said former Harps manager Paul Hegarty and Institute manager Paul Kee have been linked with the job.White added that Peter Hutton will take temporary charge of the side for this weekend, and he may stay on as a caretaker manager until the end of the season.Collins was dismissed from his position as manager on Sunday following a string of poor results at the Brandywell.Collins won just two out of 12 league matches, which led Derry City supporters to turn against the flamboyant Dubliner. His short tenure as manager was not without incident, with public fall-outs with star striker Rory Patterson and defender Shane McEleney well documented.However, a dispute between him and assistant manager Peter Hutton was said to be final straw for the Derry City board, who moved swiftly to part company with Collins.LETTERKENNY ROVERS ERIC WHITE APPEARS ON SOCCER REPUBLIC was last modified: May 13th, 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:BBCEric WhitenewsSoccer RepublicSportlast_img read more