Hammers boss seeks January boost

first_img Press Association Injuries to key first-team players have seriously hampered the Hammers so far this campaign, with the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat to Arsenal leaving them in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. Co-chairman David Sullivan has publicly promised funds for additions next month, and Hammers boss Allardyce would like nothing more than to sign another Djorkaeff. Sam Allardyce hopes to find another Youri Djorkaeff to help West Ham stave off the threat of relegation.center_img The World Cup-winning forward’s career was winding down when he joined up with Allardyce at Bolton in 2002, yet his class proved just the tonic as the Trotters avoided the drop. “I can’t tell you exactly when Andy Carroll will be back,” the 59-year-old said when asked about injuries. “I am not medically qualified enough to say. “Winston Reid, Stewart Downing, Ricardo Vaz Te, James Collins and Ravel Morrison have all got to get fit as quickly as we possibly can. “If we have got two additions in January, my concern is to make sure they can hit the ground running. “I need them to jump into the team and deliver what we know he has delivered elsewhere from day one. That is a massive, massive task in this window, but we have to try and achieve it. “It would help if they had Premier League experience, but you have to take the CV of a player if they are from abroad, if he is a top, top player in the countries he has played, like a Djorkaeff. “He kept me up at Bolton many, many years ago when I was in this position. He came in January, scored the goals we needed, kept us in the division with two or three games to go. “A player with an impact like that would be important not just for the team and the results, but everybody at the club.” last_img read more

Alim Shah Stores dropped from uniform voucher programme

first_img…“victimisation” by Govt for column, claims Ryhaan ShahThe management of Alim Shah Stores, Regent Street and Corentyne, notes that their stores have been dropped from Government’s School Uniform Voucher programme for the first time since the programme began under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government.From the list issued by the Education Ministry in its full page advertisement it appears that Alim Shah is the only business that has been singled out for omission this year. The management feels that this is a direct result of Alim Shah’s daughter, Ryhaan Shah, a columnist of Guyana Times, being critical of the Granger Administration.According to Ryhaan Shah, “as an Indian rights activist” she was also very critical of the PPP/C Government but her father’s business was never singled out for victimisation under that government. She feels Guyana is moving once again into dangerous territory where “criticism of the Government is being stifled and any critics will be aware that they will pay a heavy price.”Since the Alim Shah stores provide competitively priced school uniforms, the management feels that while government’s decision to drop the stores might affect business, the shops will continue to do back-to-school business. “It will also affect the local manufacturers who employ people to sew the uniforms for us, but we’ll all manage,” Alim Shah said.Alim Shah has been in business since 1947 and noted that the business survived the worst of the Burnham era: “Being dropped is a setback but we’ll continue to do business. Our good prices and product will continue to attract customers. I’m very disappointed with the Granger Government’s decision but I’ve lived through it all and this will not break us.”Ryhaan Shah says she is very troubled that government has taken this decision to “victimise her father and her father’s business. He’s 90 years old and has never hurt anyone. This is plain cowardice. Why not come after me?” she said.last_img read more