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first_imgThe Hazlet U8 travel soccer teams are having tryouts this summer. Both are competitive in Mid-N.J. league. Tryouts are open for children born after July 31, 1993. Parents can contact: girls — (732) 275-0557; boys — (732) 203-2067. Both teams are coached and trained by fathers who are experienced, nationally licensed coaches. Players do not need to be from Hazlet. Chris Kapsales (1B/P) of Holmdel High School has received a scholarship and has signed to play Division I baseball next year at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck. He will be majoring in pre-medicine/biology, and has been accepted into the honors program. He will also participate in the Global Scholar program where he will study abroad each winter. Kapsales suffered a broken arm during a preseason scrimmage, so he has yet to see action this year. He is on his way to a full recovery, and will be playing this summer in the Jersey Shore League, the Garden State League, and also American Legion. He hopes to contribute immediately as a freshman to FDU’s baseball program. The Middletown Comets U14 girls’ travel soccer team will be holding tryouts June 6 from 8-10 p.m. at Lincroft Acres Park The Comets are professionally trained, and play a MOSA travel schedule and select tournaments. Players must be born between Aug. 1, 1988 and July 31, 1989. For more information, contact the coach, Anthony Bonfiglio at (732) 615-9430 or middletowncomets@ The Husky Soccer Association will be conducting its sixth annual summer soccer camp from Aug. 5-9. Sessions available are half-day, full-day, goal-keepers and team training camps. The camp is designed for children ages 6-17. A Tiny Touches Camp for ages 3-5 is also available. The instructors are Scottish F.A. licensed and are former players or coaches from Essential Soccer. The camp will be located at Matawan Regional High School, Aberdeen. For more information, call Art Perri at (732) 566-0154 or e-mail Middletown Babe Ruth Baseball/Softball League will be accepting registrations for its 2002 fall seasons for ages from 7-16. Registrations will be taken from 9 a.m.-noon at the Middletown Babe Ruth Clubhouse (McMahon Park) every Saturday from June 1-Aug. 10. Registration is limited to first 400 players. Teams are welcome. For more information, contact Al Auerbach at (732) 495-6608. The Jersey Shore Baseball Academy, in conjunction with Middletown Babe Ruth, will hold its annual summer baseball/softball camp at McMahon Park in Middletown. The camps will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and the cost is $100 per child. The staff is made up of former professional players, high school coaches and college players and coaches. For more information, call (732) 291-7701. The River Plaza Youth Club Pop Warner Football will be sponsoring the Steve Antonucci Football Camp, for children ages 6-14, from July 8-11 at Middletown South High School. Registrations are due by June 30. Call (732) 842-0007 for registration information. The River Plaza-Lincroft Chargers will hold open registration for Pop Warner and cheerleading of June 7 from 7-9 p.m., and June 8 from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Charger Field Clubhouse on Nutswamp Road, Middletown. Football registration is open to children ages 5-14 as of Aug. 1. Cheerleading spots are available for children ages 5-14 as of Aug. 1. Original birth certificates and a copy, plus a wallet-sized photo are required. Call (732) 842-0007 for more information. The Aberdeen-Matawan Soccer League will be holding open tryouts for all interested players on June 8. Boys and girls teams ages U9-U16. For tryout times and locations, please contact the hotline at (732) 583-5213, or visit the Web site The St. Mary’s Athletic Association will be holding registration for it fall soccer program at Nutswamp Soccer fields in Middletown on June 1-8 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The program is open to all children ages 4-14. The cost is $50 for one child, and $90 for two or more from the same family. Any questions, call (732) 671-7179. Battle of Monmouth Jersey Kickers girls U15 (fall) soccer team will have tryouts on May 30 and June 6 at 6 p.m. in Freehold. The team is looking to add several experienced, dedicated players. There is no residency requirement. For more information, call Jeff at (732) 972-3075, e-mail carlsonj@ or visit Web site read more

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first_imgPHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above, Middletown North’s Brittany Armenti performs a wolf jump during her balance beam routine in a tri-meet with Middletown South and host Monmouth Regional in Tinton Falls on Friday. Below, the Lions’ Ashley Maxon performs on the balance beam.last_img

first_imgSeveral local softball, baseball teams on the bubble this week BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer The Middletown High School South softball team needs to win one of its next three games to qualify for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III playoffs, and two of its next four contests to gain entry into the Shore Conference Tournament. The Eagles were 9-8 heading into Monday’s game at Hunterdon Central. Coach Tom Erbig’s girls are slated to visit Toms River East today and will be at Wall on Friday. Saturday the Eagles return home to play host to St. John Vianney. Teams must be at .500 or above at the end of play on Friday to qualify for CJ Group III. The deadline for the Shore tourney is Saturday. “Every one of these games will have an impact so right now we just have to find a way to get it done,” Erbig said. “The issue for us is scoring. We’re just not getting enough offensive production. It’s tough to win that way.” The coach has been generally satisfied with his team’s defense – the Eagles own a .943 fielding average as a team – but it seems as though the errors they do make are costly. “Our defense is really playing all right, but not quite well enough for the amount of runs we score,” the coach said. “They’re always under pressure because they don’t want to make any mistakes. A few more runs would help our defense, too.” For the most part, Middletown South’s offense has centered around center fielder Kristen Moledo, pitcher Erin Unterstein and freshman shortstop Ashley Sogliuzzo. Moledo leads the team with 23 hits and a .460 average. Her 16 RBIs are also tops on the team, and she has scored 10 runs. Unterstein is batting .388 and has scored 13 runs, while Sogliuzzo has 15 hits, seven RBIs and a team-leading 16 runs scored. Erbig noted that sophomore third baseman Jessica Fuentes has raised her average to .243 after a slow start, and freshman right fielder Liza Kuhn is at .276 after working her way into the starting lineup. Both players are getting the ball in play and, Erbig noted, they’re making “good outs.” Outfielder Laura Boudreau and first baseman Maura McKechnie have produced a few timely hits as well. While overall the defense has been solid, the coach noted that second baseman Sara Rodriguez is having a particularly strong spring with the glove. On the mound, Unterstein is 6-5 with a 2.57 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 60 innings of work. Junior Melissa Martin is -3-2 with a 0.95 ERA to go with 48 strikeouts in 44 innings. In recent games, Erbig has used both pitchers for three innings apiece, a practice he may continue to employ. “It’s the time of year where you have to do whatever it takes to win games,” he said. “We lost a couple of games we should have won and that would have made things easier for us now, but we can only look ahead.” Playing in pressure games late in the season should help the Eagles, if they qualify for the tourneys. “These games are like tournament games because we need wins,” Erbig said. “We do have some margin for error, but not much.” Diamond notes … With the cutoff dates for the postseason tournaments looming this weekend, several local softball and baseball teams are in need of some wins this week to secure their berths. In softball, St. John Vianney (17-2), Mater Dei (11-3) and Keyport (9-6) are locks for both tournaments, while Middletown North (7-8) and Matawan (9-7) are on the bubble. The Lions are in the most desperate position, with just two games scheduled for this week – yesterday at Wall Township and tomorrow at Holmdel – and appear to need wins in both games to make the postseason. The Huskies have four games on the slate this week – Monday at Keansburg, today at Shore Regional, tomorrow against Monmouth Regional and Friday at Asbury Park – and need just one win to qualify for both upcoming tournaments. On the baseball diamond, CBA (16-1), St. John Vianney (12-7), Raritan (9-7 with just one game on the slate this week) and mater Dei (9-6) are postseason bound, while a trio of teams are on the bubble. Middletown North, at 9-9 entering the week, needed to win one of its games this week (yesterday against Wall or tomorrow at Holmdel) to qualify, while Keyport (7-9) needed wins in both of its games (Monday at Neptune and tomorrow at Barnegat) to get to .500 in time. Like the school’s softball team, the Matawan (7-8) baseball squad has a busy week – Monday at Keansburg, today at Shore, tomorrow against Monmouth and Friday against Asbury Park – and needs to win three-out-of-four to qualify for both tournaments.last_img read more

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer With a move to the Shore Conference’s Class C Central Division, the Matawan High School boys tennis team is looking to break the .500 mark this spring. A year ago, the Huskies toiled in the tough B North division, and although there were plenty of bright spots Matawan won just five times, but coach Paul Pacifico believes his team is on the rise. “We have a lot of young, talented players and I think they’re going to do well,” he said. “This team is capable of winning and I really expect our guys to improve with each match. We have a lot of depth this season so our guys will be pushing each other and that always helps.” The Huskies boast an experienced set of singles players. Junior Dan Michelin, who compiled a .500 mark a year ago, will move to the first spot after holding down the third position last spring. A baseline player with a strong serve, Michelin’s consistent plays wears down opponents. Another junior, Nick Barrett, who struggled through injuries as a sophomore, is at second singles. Barrett plays a solid all-around game and owns a good drop shot, Pacifico noted. Tom Incorvaia is at third singles. The junior posted four singles victories a year ago and his arsenal includes a strong serve, a consistent backhand and a dangerous drop shot. Incorvaia and Michelin serve as Matawan’s co-captains. Sophomore Paul Levy and freshman Stephen Loughlin are at first doubles. Levy likes to come to the net and his style meshes well with Loughlin, who can keep the ball in play from just about anywhere on the court. Levy played second doubles last season where he combined with Austin Chang to win six times. Chang, meanwhile, will be paired with senior Chris Whitney at second doubles. Whitney’s speed will augment Chang’s baseline play, Pacifico said. The coach also noted that senior Tom Nucom, who has not played competitive tennis for two years, is rounding into form and will likely see action in both doubles and singles. Jordan Freundlich, a junior, is likely to see some time at doubles as well. In addition, two promising freshmen, Rob Bozzett and Matt Zolarski, made the team, and Pacifico said he will work them into the lineup at times as the season progresses. Although the Huskies opened the campaign with a loss against Wall, there’s still plenty of optimism as Matawan prepares for its home opener on Wednesday against Raritan. “We’re very excited about this team and our goal is to have a winning season,” Pacifico explained. “We’re still a young team and we want to break .500 to have something we can build on. These kids are going to win their share of matches.” Following the Raritan match, Matawan travels to Neptune tomorrow before returning home on Friday to meet Rumson-Fair Haven, which is expected to be one of the top teams in the division. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

first_imgBy Larry FineSerena Williams and friend Caroline Wozniacki arranged a get-together in the U.S. Open women’s final, winning their Friday semi-finals in contrasting fashion on a stifling hot, humid day at Flushing Meadows.Top-seeded world number one Williams overpowered Russian left-hander Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 6-3, unleashing her daunting firepower against the 17th-seeded Russian.Wozniacki advanced when China’s Peng Shuai broke down in scary distress due to heat illness and retired in the second set, while trailing 7-6(1) 4-3.The results delivered on a pre-tournament wish made by the buddies, who each entered the event longing for a victory to ease personal frustrations.“She’s a good friend of mine,” said former world number one Wozniacki, whose gaping hole in her resume remains the lack of a grand slam title.“We were saying when the tournament started, ‘We’re in separate sides of the drawing, so hopefully we can meet in the finals. It would be great if that were to happen.’”Williams said she had the same thought when the draw was made.“She obviously wants to win and go for her first grand slam, and I want to win and try to make a little history,” said Williams, who wants to end a disappointing grand slam season on a happy note by claiming her 18th slam singles to tie Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova for fourth on the all-time list.SCARY MOMENTSThe opening semi-final produced some scary moments as China’s Peng fell victim to the severe conditions during an energy-draining, groundstroke battle with Wozniacki.The match was still very much in doubt with Wozniacki serving at 4-3 and facing break point when the unseeded Peng suddenly grabbed her thighs and stumbled to the back wall of the centee court with what appeared to be severe cramping.In obvious distress, the 28-year-old doubles specialist was eventually helped off the court to be evaluated by doctors.A valiant Peng, playing her first career grand slam singles semi-final, refused to quit and returned in 11 minutes after a medical examination.Six points later, Peng curled up in agony on the baseline, and officials called the match and Peng was lifted into a wheelchair and taken from the court to a standing ovation after the abbreviated two hour four minute battle.“The doctor, she said to me, ‘You are not able really go out to fight, compete, because look is not really well,’” Peng said about the medical evaluation when she met reporters after two hours of treatment.“I said, ‘No, no, no, I don’t want to give up. I want to try one more time,’” added Peng. “And then I come back.’”In the mixed doubles final, top seeds Sania Mirza of India and Brazilian Bruno Soares won the title 6-1 2-6 11-9, sealing the match tiebreak on their sixth championship point against American Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico.SPEEDY ADVANCEWilliams, the two-times defending champion, came on the center court next and seemed determined to spend as little time as possible in the heat and succeeded, trouncing Makarova in 60 minutes.The American blasted 24 winners, including five aces. Makarova hit six.“I’m just really excited to be in the final. In the beginning of the week I definitely wasn’t sure I would make it this long. So I’m just elated,” said Williams, who failed to reach the quarters in any of the year’s previous three slams.Makarova, playing in her first slam singles semi-final, praised the victor. “Serena, she’s a great, unbelievable player. Today she was so aggressive.”Friendship will be set aside in Sunday’s final between the players who earlier this year spent a beach holiday together in Miami with some serious chips on the line.“I’m in the finals, which is obviously great,” said Wozniacki, who lost the 2009 final to Kim Clijsters. “It’s been five years for me since my last one here, so I’m extremely happy to be back.“I would love to win it and have a grand slam under my belt. It would definitely have the media stop talking about my lack of a grand slam, so that would be nice.“The friendship, while we are on court, is put aside. We are both competitors,” added the Dane. After the match, one of us is going to congratulate the other and we’re going to be friends again.”Williams was in agreement.“Regardless, I’m going to be happy with the outcome,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgA mouth-watering clash of styles between holders Spain and familiar foes Italy on Monday for a place in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals is a tough one to call after mixed performances from both sides in the group stage.Spain, who cruised to a 4-0 victory over Italy in the Euro 2012 final in Kiev, started their title defence in promising fashion before a 2-1 defeat by Croatia meant they must now take on their old rivals in the last 16.“I saw that 2012 final on TV,” Spain midfielder Koke said. “I really enjoyed the way Spain played that game. But against such big teams there are no favourites.”Italy, relying on a bunch of veterans with no real top name in their squad apart from goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, had been written off by many and left for the tournament in an atmosphere of doom and gloom.The Azzurri surprised observers with an opening 2-0 win over fancied Belgium and went on to beat Sweden 1-0 before looking their age in a 1-0 defeat by Ireland.“We need to have the same enthusiasm to face a team like Spain that we had when we approached Belgium, who also seemed stronger than us,” Italy coach Antonio Conte said.Giorgi Chiellini, the leader of an Italian defence widely regarded as the best in the competition, echoed a general feeling by saying he would have preferred the two sides to meet later in the tournament.“Spain have been our bogey team since 2008 which is when their winning cycle began,” Chiellini said, referring to a defeat on penalties in the quarter-finals of the European championship that year, which the Spaniards went on to win.DANGEROUS MORATASpain, whose dominance of the game looked to be coming to an end when they made a shock group-stage exit from the 2014 World Cup, are still the masters of possession, relying on their trademark, tiki-taka style based on short passing and movement.Their defence, however, can show signs of nerves under pressure and they lack ruthlessness up front, even if they do have a dangerous marksman in Alvaro Morata, who has scored three goals to top the scorers’ table alongside Gareth Bale of Wales.Italy, by contrast, follow the recipe they have used over the years, shutting shop at the back and patiently waiting for their chances with plenty of discipline. They do lack firepower up front but have a record of doing just enough to win.While Conte has kept tinkering with his squad in the group stage, Spanish counterpart Vicente Del Bosque has faced criticism for using the largely the same lineup in all three games.“I accept it (the criticism) because it goes with my position,” Del Bosque told AS newspaper. “Had I made changes and we lost, people would have said ‘why change something that works?’ But there was nothing to alter.”Spain, chasing an unprecedented third successive European Championship title and looking forward to facing Germany or Slovakia in the next round, have the upper hand in recent history, having not lost a competitive match against Italy since the 1994 World Cup.“If we were to play the match on paper, there would be no contest but luckily there’s the pitch,” said Conte.last_img read more

first_imgJuventus striker Gonzalo Higuain scored a goal in each half to give the Italian side a 2-0 win at Monaco in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.Right-back Dani Alves raced into the box and back-heeled for Argentina striker Higuain to sweep home a clinical finish just before the half-hour mark.The same two players combined again for the visitors’ second goal on 59 minutes, Higuain tapping in from close range from an astute cross by the veteran Brazilian defender.Monaco, featuring a bunch of gifted young players and who have scored plenty of goals this season, had their chances but kept bumping into the tightest defence in Europe’s top club competition with just two goals conceded in this campaign.Real Madrid crushed city rivals Atletico 3-0 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick in the first leg of the other semi-final at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgThe course which was the first ever tailored course was held last week at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor centre (TAIC), Port Moresby.The course began in the morning with Simon Morris and his staff dedicating the first part of the session for a theoretical approach to get the participants to understand strapping.Coordinator, Simon Morris said the course was specifically for sports team trainers. He said 46 participants registered.He explained participants were taught how to strap an ankle, knee and then shoulder.He added there were an equal number of male and female participants and that players and trainers from the SP Hunters also took part in the course.“At the end of the course, participants were taken through a competency based testing which will go under review and will be awarded their certificates this week. “It was a huge success and the number was more than expected.“The participants were very enthusiastic and the positive feedback received from the participants was very good.“Many of the participants we met did a lot of strapping before but all those methods were incorrect and what we did for them will surely improve their capability,” said Morris.last_img read more

first_imgMEMOS is a training for the Executive Masters in Sport Organizations Management.The Mission of MEMOS (Executive Masters in Sport Organizations Management) is to help professionals working in national or international sports bodies develop the knowledge and skills required to better manage their organizations.Supported through a scholarship from the International Olympic Committee through Olympic Solidarity and the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee, Lelai is the fourth person in Papua New Guinea to undertake the MEMOS programme after Auvita Rapilla, Andrew Lepani and Alex Davani.Lelai successfully completed her first module in Switzerland last month. The program runs for 12 months and is done in four modules.The second module will be done in Botswana followed by the third in Netherlands before finishing the last one back in Lausanne.When speaking to Lelai, she said it was a great experience to be working with other professionals and sharing valuable ideas and knowledge to help each other.“I relished the opportunity to engage constructively with participants from other countries, I realized that we had different ways of dealing with the same problems.“It was also wonderful to see a new country and learn about the people and their culture there,” she said.Lelai’s paper on Good Governance will be presented in Lausanne during the final module of the program.last_img read more

first_imgThe City Pharmacy PNG Lewas had already made history by coming this far and reaching the semifinals of the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifiers (WWT20Q). But defeat to Ireland at that stage set up a 3rd/4th place playoff against Scotland.After winning the toss, Scotland captain Kathryn Bryce chose to field and chase a total. And the decision paid off as opener Kopi John, the star in the match against Netherlands, was trapped LBW to Scholes in the very first over.In fact, wickets fell regularly at one end for the Lewas as Sibona Jimmy battled alone against the Scots. Brenda Tau, Pauke Siaka and Tanya Ruma, all falling for single digits – the lack of partnerships a consistent theme in the Lewas’ defeats in the tournament.But Jimmy played a knock full of grit and determination at the other end, confidently stroking the ball around the park. Unfortunately though, with the wickets falling, the scoring rate was effected.PNG brought up their 50 in the 12th over, with a fine boundary by Jimmy, but Ruma fell in the same over, caught brilliantly by keeper Sarah Bryce.Jimmy’s bullish innings came to an end in the next over as she played a slower ball by Maqsood on to her stumps. Veru Kila Frank and Kaia Arua were the last recognised batswomen left in the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas line up and the pair tried to post a competitive total, with Frank impressing in particular.Back to back boundaries off the bowling of McGill in the 17th over brought the score to 89/5 and it looked like a big push for the finish line was about. But only 12 runs came from the last 3 overs – only 3 from the last as well as the wicket of captain Kaia Arua – who was run out attempting a 3rd run with the team crossing the hundred run mark at the death.PNG finished at 101/6 in their allotted overs and a strong bowling performance was needed to restrict the Scottish batting attack.Sisters Bryce though did not once look in trouble as they comfortably built and managed their innings to perfection. While the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas bowled brilliantly in the powerplay, restricting Scotland to 22 in 6 overs, the lack of wickets spelt trouble and as the sisters started looking at the ball better, they started to accelerate the scoring.The 50 came up in the 11th over and the boundaries started to flow after that. Captain Kaia Arua wrung in the changes in the bowling line up but nothing seemed to work as boundary after boundary brought up the hundred for Scotland and a 10 wicket victory, in only the next 6 overs.Despite defeat though, the City Pharmacy PNG Lewas return to PNG with immense experience and the hope to still qualify for a world cup down the line. For captain Kaia Arua and Ravini Oa though, the tour continues as they join the ICC Global Development Squad in England for a 5 match series starting later this month.Match Summary City Pharmacy PNG Lewas 101/6 (20 Overs) V Frank 28*(28b, 4x4s), S Jimmy 25(35b, 2x4s), K Arua 12(18b), H Rainey 4-0-22-2, K Bryce 4-0-13-1, R Scholes 4-0-16-1lost toScotland 102/0 (17 Overs) K Bryce 51*, S Bryce 41*(47b, 3x4s), M Tom 4-0-17-0, R Oa 4-0-19-0by 10 wickets with 18 balls remaininglast_img read more

first_imgThe main objective of the PNGRFL sanctioned rugby league match was to restore peace and normalcy in the town of Mendi in preparation for the 2020 PNG Games in November.Vipers edged out Muruks 11-10 in extra time while in the curtain-raiser, the Mendi rugby league select side beat Motu Koitabu Lagatois 18-12 on Sunday evening in a hard fought match.Speaking after the game, NCD Governor Powes Parkop said Mendi and Southern Highlands is ready to host the 2020 PNG Games.He said the Mendis are a peaceful people, urging Papua New Guineans to refrain from negatively labelling them.Governor Parkop further declared himself as the ambassador and voice for Mendi.(NCD Governor Powes Parkop being introduced to members of the NCDC Port Moresby Vipers)last_img read more

first_imgArsene Wenger ended months of speculation about his future on Wednesday by signing a new two-year deal with Arsenal that will keep the Frenchman at the Emirates Stadium until 2019.“I love this club and I am looking forward to the future with optimism and excitement,” the 67-year-old said in a statement issued by the Premier League club to confirm the extension.Wenger’s contract had been due to expire at the end of the 2016/17 season and he had faced regular questions about his intentions, with supporters divided on whether he should stay or stand down.“We are looking at what we do well and how we can be stronger everywhere. This is a strong group of players, and with some additions we can be even more successful,” said the Frenchman.“We’re committed to mounting a sustained league challenge and that will be our focus this summer and next season.”Arsenal came fifth in the Premier League this season, the first time they have finished outside the top four and failed to qualify for Champions League play since Wenger took over at the club in 1996.However, Wenger was given a boost by Saturday’s 2-1 win over champions Chelsea in the FA Cup final and was given the backing of the club’s board at a meeting on Tuesday.“Our ambition is to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe. It’s what the fans, players, staff, manager and board expect and we won’t rest until that is achieved,” said majority owner Stan Kroenke.“Arsene is the best person to help us make that happen. He has a fantastic track record and has our full backing.”Wenger has been Arsenal manager for 21 years, winning three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cup trophies.But it is 13 years since his last league triumph, the 2003/04 season when Arsenal went without a single loss, and some fans have called this season for him to be replaced.Wenger’s first task now will be to decide on the future of two of his key players, Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, who have both been linked with moves away from the club and have just one year left on their deals.He will also be expected to sign new recruits to ensure his side are back among the contenders next season.Arsenal said the Frenchman and chief executive Ivan Gazidis had conducted a full review of the club’s on and off field activities “to identify areas for improvement to build a sustained title challenge.”Gazidis said there was no complacency.“Our goal is to compete for and win trophies here and in Europe. Everything we do is designed to make that happen, and we will be working hard on and off the pitch this summer to improve and make a strong challenge next season,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgEverton manager Ronald Koeman said poor refereeing was to blame for the brawls during his team’s 2-1 loss to Olympique Lyon in the Europa League on Thursday.Several players from both teams clashed in the 64th minute when Everton captain Ashley Williams appeared to shove Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes into the advertising hoardings after the latter had collected the ball from a corner.An Everton supporter also appeared to push Lopes’ head as the scuffle escalated near the Gwladys Street End stand and the Merseyside club are likely to face disciplinary action by UEFA after the incident.“I think the irritation grows in the game for our players and in my opinion that was the problem by the referee,” Koeman said after the match.“The referee was Dutch but he didn’t do anything against the theatre of some of the Lyon players. (Lyon captain Nabil) Fekir in the first half dived 10 times.“I understand with my players, that comes out of frustration. I don’t know what happened but I can understand it.”Defender Williams, who scored Everton’s equaliser in the 69th minute, and Lyon striker Bertrand Traore, who scored the winner, received yellow cards.The loss increases scrutiny of Koeman, whose side sit bottom of their group with no wins in three Europa League games and on a two-game winless streak in the Premier League, where they are 16th in the standings.Everton host top four contenders Arsenal in the league on Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgHarry Kane scored his 100th Premier League goal from the penalty spot in stoppage time to snatch a point for Tottenham Hotspur in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.Mohamed Salah capitalised on a mistake from Eric Dier to put Liverpool in front in the third minute, taking his tally to 20 league goals for the season.Substitute Victor Wanyama thundered home an equaliser 10 minutes from time before Kane missed from the penalty spot in the 87th minute.In the most dramatic of finales, Salah thought he had won it in the 91st minute, only for Spurs to win another penalty which Kane converted to leave his team fifth in the table, two points behind third-placed Liverpool.“It is difficult to get every decision right,” Sours manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “When they are right and show character I needed to congratulate them.”Defender Virgil van Dijk, returning to the Liverpool starting lineup, did a fine job of keeping an unchanged Spurs quiet for the majority of the first half.Liverpool’s task was made easier by their early opener. Dier, in attempting to make an interception, diverted the ball into the path of Salah, putting the Egypt international clean through to break the deadlock.Tottenham’s only shot on target in the first 45 minutes came via the boot of Mousa Dembele, but his half-volley was easily saved by Loris Karius.Spurs improved after the break and almost equalised through Son Heung-min in the 58th minute, but Karius stood tall to make the block.The visitors equalised out of the blue when Wanyama thundered the ball into the net from distance before the drama unfolded.Kane’s tame penalty was easily saved by Karius after the England striker had been felled in the box before Salah danced his way past two Spurs defenders and fired into the net to score what looked likely to be the winner.However, the linesman spotted a foul by Van Dijk on substitute Erik Lamela in the box, giving Kane the chance to make amends.“The softest touch in the whole game decides the game,” Klopp said. “It is not a penalty.”Kane duly converted from the spot with virtually the last kick off the game to silence Anfield.last_img read more

first_imgSecond seed Alexander Zverev saved a match point on his way to a five-set win over Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 6-2 3-6 4-6 7-6(3) 7-5 in the third round of the French Open on Friday, securing his first trip to the last 16 at Roland Garros.The German Wunderkid, 21, looked to be on the brink of another disappointing early exit from a Grand Slam, with 26th seed Dzumhur serving for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set. But Zverev held his nerve to force a tiebreak, which he won comfortably.Matching Zverev for power and stamina and showing a fine touch, with multiple winning drop shots, Dzumhur took the match to his bigger opponent, pushing the German to his second five-set encounter in a row.In their only previous meeting, last year in Shenzen, Dzumhur won in straight sets and he showed confidence throughout on Friday, until the closing stages.Zverev’s win, which secures his spot in the fourth round in Paris, was his first against a top 50 player in a Grand Slam.last_img read more

first_imgBrazil scored three superbly-taken goals, including a stunning Neymar effort, to beat feisty Austria 3-0 in sweltering conditions on Sunday and put the finishing touches to their impressive World Cup preparation.Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho scored the other goals for the five-time champions who showed great patience in the first half as they worked to break Austria down before turning on the style after the interval.Neymar started a game for the first time since injuring his metatarsal in February although he played in the second half of last week’s win 2-0 over Croatia when he celebrated his return with a goal.His goal was sublime as he left one defender on the ground before scoring between goalkeeper Heinz Lindner’s legs.It was also the first time the quartet of Neymar, Jesus, Coutinho and Willian had started a game together.Austria, unbeaten in their last eight games and winners over Germany one week ago, proved uncomfortable opponents and had nothing to lose in front of a capacity 48,500 crowd, having failed to qualify for the World Cup.Neymar, substituted in the 83rd minute, was on the receiving end of some rough challenges and needed treatment after a tackle from behind from Aleksandar Dragovic who was booked.“The concentration and competitiveness of the team was laudable,” Brazil coach Tite told reporters. “Today was another example that, mentally, we are maturing. It was a difficult match, with heavy physical contact and we did really well.”He would not confirm, however, that the same side would start Brazil’s opening World Cup game against Switzerland on June 17.With the temperature hot enough for water breaks, tempers frayed as Casemiro replied with a rough tackle of his own.Marko Arnautovic gave Brazil a couple of early frights before the South Americans went ahead in the 36th minute, Jesus scoring with a delightful dinked effort from a difficult angle for his 10th goal in 17 internationals.Neymar’s goal in the 63rd minute was even better as he collected the ball on the left of the area, performed a drag-back which left Aleksandar Dragovic on the floor before sending his shot between Lindner’s legs.That pulled him level with Romario’s total of 55 international goals, making him Brazil’s third joint top-scorer after Pele and Ronaldo.Six minutes later, substitute Roberto Firmino set Coutinho clear down the left and he curled his shot wide of Lindner in for the third.Brazil, who have won all four games this year without conceding a goal, also face Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.They will head to Russia in confident mood, having lost only one out of 21 games — a friendly against Argentina — in Tite’s two years in charge.last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool took over at the top of the Premier League table despite being held to a 0-0 draw against Manchester United in a scrappy match on Sunday.Juergen Klopp’s side have now drawn three of their last four Premier League games and have 66 points from 27 games while second placed Manchester City, who play Chelsea in the League Cup final later on Sunday, have 65 points from the same number of games.Klopp looked frustrated and irritated throughout the game as his team struggled to find the attacking verve, which has been the basis of their success this season, against a United side that was forced to make all three changes in the first-half.The Liverpool manager suggested his team had been affected by the stop-start nature of the first half.“We didn’t do well to be honest. We take that. It is a point gained because we have one more than before but it doesn’t feel like that,” he said.“These games are always opened up by one situation. The boys didn’t feel okay. I could see it in their faces. It was strange. I was thinking ‘what is gong on here today’. They lost momentum and rhythm and couldn’t really get it back.”Liverpool’s supporters struck a different tone, however, as they left the home of their old rivals chanting a reminder of their league position as they focus on the chance to win their first top flight title since 1990.INJURY WOESThe point means that Liverpool, who have 11 games remaining, will be disappointed not to have taken advantage of an injury-ravaged United, who slip to fifth after Arsenal’s win over Southampton.Having lost holding midfielder Nemanja Matic to injury before the game, Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera went off in the 20th minute and a limping Juan Mata was replaced by Jesse Lingard five minutes later.But Lingard did not even last until the break as he suffered what appeared to be a recurrence of his hamstring strain and limped off to be replaced by Alexis Sanchez.Lingard had the best chance of the half when he was found in the box by Romelu Lukaku with a perfectly threaded pass but Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker was quickly out to foil the England attacker’s attempt to round him.“Everything that could have gone wrong in the first half went wrong. We had four injuries – we had to keep Marcus Rashford on – it seemed like it was going to be a tough afternoon,” said United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Amid those three United injuries, Liverpool also lost their Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino to an ankle injury with Daniel Sturridge pressed into action.After such a messy first half, neither side were able to truly get into their stride in a disappointing game.Liverpool defender Joel Matip turned the ball into his own net but the assistant referee had already signalled that Chris Smalling was off-side before his low cross fell into Matip’s path.Without Firmino and with Mohamed Salah having a quiet game, Liverpool’s only real opportunity came from a corner but Georginio Wijnaldum headed wide.“A clean sheet is pleasing because it’s not an easy place to come,” said Liverpool’s James Milner.“We didn’t get many chances as we would have liked and we’re disappointed not to win the game.“Hopefully it’s a good point come the end of the season. I just don’t think we were good enough with our movements or final ball,” he said.ARSENAL 2 SOUTHAMPTON 0LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Arsenal cruised to victory over a disjointed Southampton thanks to two first-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at the Emirates on Sunday, taking them back into the top four in the Premier League.Arsenal took the lead in the sixth minute in bizarre circumstances, Lacazette neatly back-heeling in a pass from Mkhitaryan while the rest of the team were still appealing for a penalty after Lucas Torreira took a tumble in the box.The home side doubled their advantage minutes later when Southampton keeper Angus Gunn, making only his second Premier League appearance, cleared the ball straight into the path of Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi.The Nigerian midfielder bolted forward and passed across the goal to the unmarked Mkhitaryan, who thumped his shot low into the corner.Lacazette should arguably have had a hat-trick within the first half, but he was unable to take advantage of any of the numerous opportunities that came his way.Southampton, by contrast, looked a shadow of the team that won the reverse fixture at St Mary’s in December, registering only three shots in the half to the Gunners’ 11.They brought on Charlie Austin in the second half to see if he could maintain his record of scoring against Arsenal every time he has met them in the league, but the Saints were unable to break back into the game.The result moves Unai Emery’s side up into fourth place in the standings on 53 pointslast_img read more

first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi has been banned from international duty for three months and fined $50,000 after levelling accusations of “corruption” at South American football chiefs during the Copa America.Messi was sent off against in the Copa America third-place playoff and afterwards alleged that the tournament had been fixed in favour of hosts Brazil, who beat Argentina in a controversial semi-final on their way to the title.The Argentina captain called the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) “corrupt” and did not attend the ceremony to pick up his medal. He was handed a one-match ban and a $1,500 fine for his sending off last month.CONMEBOL had said that the Barcelona forward’s comments were “unacceptable”.“The player is suspended to play official and friendly matches with his national team in that period of time,” the organisation said in a statement on Friday.The ban means Messi will miss Argentina’s upcoming friendlies against Chile and Mexico in the United States in September and another against Germany in Dortmund on Oct. 9.He can appeal against the latest sanctions within seven days.last_img read more

first_imgA late goal by substitute Michy Batshuayi propelled Chelsea to a 1-0 win at Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday for a second Champions League victory in Group H after a fast and furious tussle at the Johan Cruijff Arena.Manager Frank Lampard’s late replacements paid dividends as Batshuayi was set up by fellow substitute Christian Pulisic for the 86th minute winner as Chelsea finished strongly.Chelsea and Ajax now both have six points at the halfway point of the six-game group campaign.Pulisic brought added energy to the Chelsea attacks and Batshuayi finished sharply after earlier missing a seemingly easy chance just minutes after coming on as the manager’s changes turned the tide in favour of the Premier League outfit.The two youthful line-ups produced a high tempo encounter but there were few clear cut chances in a match where the defenders generally got the better of the strikers.Ajax had the ball in the Chelsea net after 35 minutes but VAR ruled Quincy Promes’ effort was offside.Promes was found to be marginally off as he slid home a deflected shot from Hakim Ziyech.To add to the home side’s frustrations, midfielder Edson Alvarez shaved the outside of the post with a glancing header from a corner just before the hour mark.But for the last 20 minutes it was the London club who always looked to potentially break the deadlock.Batshuayi skied the ball over the Ajax goal from close range in the 73rd minute after Pulisic’s initial effort was blocked.The American international saw another effort miss the target before he set up the winner.His cross from the right caught the Ajax defenders moving out of position and allowed Batshuayi to slam the ball home.The two clubs meet again on Nov. 5 at Stamford Bridge in their next group outing.In the night’s other early kick-off, RB Leipzig came from a goal down to beat visitors Zenit St Petersburg 2-1 on Wednesday and take back control of Champions League Group G.The hosts, who had lost to Olympique Lyonnais in the previous matchday, almost scored after one minute when Konrad Laimer’s shot was tipped on to the crossbar by the Zenit keeper.But it was the visitors who struck first and against the run of play when Yaroslav Rakitskyy chested down a lose ball and released from 25 metres to beat Leipzig’s goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi in the 25th minute.The hosts, who came from a four-game winless run in all competitions, shot out of the blocks after the break and within 15 minutes had turned the match around.Laimer made amends for his earlier miss scoring from a Marcel Sabitzer assist in the 49th. Sabitzer then turned scorer, rifling in an unstoppable shot into the top corner for what could well be the goal of the matchday in the 59th minute.The Russians came close to an equaliser but substitute Yordan Osorio sent his shot over the bar from ten metres out.Matheus Cunha was even more wasteful for Leipzig when he twice had only keeper Mikhail Kerzhakov to beat and both times missed the target.Leipzig are now top of Group G on six points from three matches, two ahead of Zenit and Lyon, who face Benfica later on Wednesday.last_img read more

first_imgPep Guardiola poured cold water on the idea of Manchester City signing Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in the close season on Friday, saying he would prefer the Argentine forward to finish his career at the Spanish club.Messi has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou at the end of the season after he caused a stir by criticising the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal over who was responsible for the sacking of Ernesto Valverde last month.British and Spanish media reported that Messi has a clause in his contract that allows him to walk away for free in the close season even though his contract runs till 2021, sparking speculation of his departure from the club after 16 seasons.“He’s a player for Barcelona, he will stay there, that is my wish,” Guardiola, who managed Messi from 2008-2012, told reporters ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against West Ham United.“I’m not going to talk about players for another club. I think he’s going to finish his career there, it’s my wish.”Guardiola also said that City forward Raheem Sterling is a doubt for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Real Madrid later this month due to a hamstring injury.Sterling was slated to miss Sunday’s match due to the injury but Guardiola now fears he may be out for longer and miss the trip to the Spanish capital for the match on Feb. 26.“It is a problem,” Guardiola said. “I don’t know if he will be fit for the Madrid game.”City winger Leroy Sane is still on the road to recovery as he stepped up his comeback from a serious knee injury that required surgery last year, but Guardiola said it would be “weeks” before he was ready to return to action.“When you have an injury like this, six months, you can’t train one week and be there,” Guardiola added. “You need the rhythm, to be in the right frame of mind. Knee injuries always take time.”With second-placed City 22 points behind Liverpool, Guardiola conceded he did not expect his side to be so far behind the runaway league leaders.“We cannot deny the gap is big,” he said. “We didn’t expect to be 22 points behind but it’s the reality. We have to accept it and learn from it.”last_img read more

first_imgEngland, Tottenham and Chelsea great Jimmy Greaves continues to be treated and monitored in hospital after being taken ill on Tuesday.Spurs announced on Tuesday night that their record goalscorer, who turned 80 in February, was receiving treatment in hospital.Greaves suffered a severe stroke in May 2015, which left him wheelchair-bound and the north London club have confirmed that he has not suffered another stroke.Tottenham also confirmed that the former striker has not contracted the coronavirus, echoing the information published on his Facebook page, run by his friend and agent Terry Baker, on Wednesday.The statement from Spurs read: “Jimmy’s family has asked us to pass on their thanks for all the well wishes and positive messages they have received since our record goalscorer was admitted to hospital on Tuesday.“They have confirmed to us that Jimmy has not tested positive for COVID-19 nor suffered another stroke, however he does remain in hospital where he continues to be monitored and treated.“We remain in regular contact and shall provide further updates as and when Jimmy’s family wish us to issue any on their behalf.“Our thoughts continue to be with Jimmy and his family.”last_img read more

first_imgPhiladephia Sixers forward Brand retires after 17 seasons MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Owner Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Sparks holds the Championship Trophy for his team after a win in Game Five of the 2016 WNBA Finals against the Minnesota Lynx on October 11, 2016 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Sparks defeated the Lynx 77-76 to win the WNBA Championship. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFPCandace Parker scored 28 points and Nneka Ogwumke drained the game-winning basket with 3.1 seconds remaining Thursday as the Los Angeles Sparks downed the Minnesota Lynx 77-76 to win the Women’s NBA title.The victory in Minneapolis gave the Sparks a 3-2 triumph in the best-of-five championship series and their first WNBA crown since 2002.ADVERTISEMENT We are young EDITORS’ PICK Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise The see-saw battle was on a knife-edge through the final minute.The Sparks led by as many as seven points late in the fourth, but Minnesota rallied to knot the score at 73-73 with 55.9 seconds to play.The Lynx took a one-point lead with 23.4 seconds remaining, but Parker scored at the other end to make it a 75-74 game. Moore drained a 16-foot shot with 15 seconds left to put the Lynx ahead again, but Ogwumike responded with the decider.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughtercenter_img Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH They denied the Lynx a fourth championship in six years.Ogwumike, who earned Most Valuable Player honors this season, scored from short range to put the Sparks back in front in the back-and-forth battle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentA desperation shot by Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen fell short at the buzzer.Ogwumike finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Parker added 12 rebounds as she won her first WNBA championship. She outdueled Lynx star Maya Moore, who had 23 points to lead the Minnesota attack. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgGinebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH “Mas okay pa rin yung healthy kami lahat. Pero sa team naman namin, meron talagang nagse-step up every game. Lahat naman, may license to shoot. Pag naglalaro naman kami, lahat 110-percent binibigay namin,” he said.(It’s still better if we’re all healthy. In this team, there’s always someone who steps up ever game. We all have license to shoot. When we’re playing, we always give our 110-percent.)Garcia didn’t deny that there are still things the team needs to fix like their tendency to relax, the same way it did against Phoenix where the opposition still staged a late run before Jericho Cruz caught fire and put the game away for good.“We still have problems when we have a lead and we tend to relax, we stop attacking. Hopefully, against San Miguel in our next game, we can come out stronger and be consistent in every quarter,” he said.The Elasto Painters face the league-leading San Miguel Beermen on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Senators to proceed with review of VFA Rain or Shine dedicates season to late ‘No. 1 fan’ ‘Mommy Yu’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinecenter_img Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND And Garcia didn’t fail to recognize stellar performances from his wards.“Credit goes to the players because the other players stepped up like Ronnie Matias and Don Trollano,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngTrollano sparked the Elasto Painters’ early run, firing seven of his nine points in the first quarter to set the tone for the squad, while Matias uncorked all of his eight markers in the third period to push their lead to 21, 66-45.Though lauded for the quality minutes they provided, the two acknowledged their roles in the team and said that their performances were just a product of the team’s system. MOST READ Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town PH among economies most vulnerable to virus “Wala si Gabe ngayon kaya siguro kailangan kong punan yung mga ginagawa niya. Aggressive ako sa pagkuha ng offensive rebounds, pag open, tira lang. Yun lang naman ang laging sinasabi ni coach sa akin, na aggressive lang at mag-focus sa game,” said Trollano.(Gabe is out so I had to fill what he’s doing for our team. I’m aggressive in getting those offensive rebounds and if I’m open, I’ll shoot it. That’s the reminder coach gave me, to be aggressive and focus on my game.)Matias, meanwhile, shared that he really wanted to contribute on the offensive end to show that he’s more than just a gritty defender.“Sa practice pa lang, sinabi na ni coach Caloy na kailangan yung mga hindi nagagamit ng todo, kailangang mag-step up. Ayun, maganda naman ang pinakita namin. Ako, gusto kong magpakita talaga  (In practice, coach told us that the players who are seldom-used must step up. We did play well. Me personally, I really wanted to perform),” he said.The bench may have stepped up but Trollano said that nothing compares to having a team at full strength.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESWith Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan missing Rain or Shine’s tussle with Phoenix due to injuries, coach Caloy Garcia dug deep from his bag of tricks.Luckily for Garcia, his reserves delivered with the Elasto Painters drawing 56 points from their bench in their 97-82 rout, showing once again that they have the depth to compete among the league’s bests.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Climate Change, Climate Change And Extreme Weather, Drought, Environment, Extreme Weather, Fires, Flooding, Global Warming, Heatwave, Impact Of Climate Change, Oceans, Oceans And Climate Change, Research, Weather, wildfires center_img According to the seventh annual special report by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) probing the causal links between rising global temperatures and extreme weather events, issued last month, climate change made the Northern Great Plains drought of 2017 some 1.5 times more likely and greatly enhanced its intensity by driving long-term reductions in soil moisture.For the second year in a row, scientists were able to identify specific extreme weather events that cannot be explained without factoring in Earth’s warming global climate.A team of 120 scientists from 10 different countries used historical observations and model simulations to produce the 17 peer-reviewed analyses collected in the BAMS special report examining extraordinary weather events from around the globe that were made more likely or exacerbated by anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change. Throughout the spring and summer of 2017, a “flash drought” developed quickly in the Northern Great Plains region of the United States, which encompasses the states of Montana and North and South Dakota. The U.S. Drought Monitor recorded little to no drought conditions in the region on May 2 of that year, but, by August 1, abnormally high temperatures and little rainfall had caused a widespread and extreme drought.The drought led to an unusually intense wildfire season — at one point, Montana suffered from 21 large wildfires that covered 438,000 acres. It also caused losses for cattle ranchers and farmers that were so severe some counties were declared disaster areas. All told, some $2.5 billion in damages were caused by this single extreme weather event — one of 16 “billion dollar disasters” to occur in the U.S. in 2017.According to the seventh annual special report by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) probing the causal links between rising global temperatures and extreme weather events, issued last month, climate change made the Northern Great Plains drought of 2017 some 1.5 times more likely and greatly enhanced its intensity by driving long-term reductions in soil moisture.For the second year in a row, scientists were able to identify specific extreme weather events that cannot be explained without factoring in Earth’s warming global climate. A team of 120 scientists from 10 different countries used historical observations and model simulations to produce the 17 peer-reviewed analyses collected in the BAMS special report examining extraordinary weather events from around the globe that were made more likely or exacerbated by anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change.One of the research papers in the report found that abnormally warm sea surface temperatures off the coast of Africa could not have occurred in Earth’s pre-Industrial climate, and that those warmer waters doubled the likelihood of a 2017 drought in East Africa that caused food shortages for more than 6 million people in Somalia.Other papers determined that climate change made the pre-monsoon rainfall that caused flooding in northeast Bangladesh 100 percent more likely and the extreme rainfall that led to flooding in southeastern China in June 2017 200 percent more likely. Heatwaves as hot or hotter than the one in the Euro-Mediterranean region in 2017 are three times more likely now than they were in 1950, another paper concludes, while forecasting a 10 percent chance of such a heatwave recurring in any given year.The BAMS report also includes analyses of ocean heat events such as the intense heatwaves in the Tasman Sea in 2017 and 2018 that were found to be “virtually impossible” without manmade global warming.“These attribution studies are telling us that a warming Earth is continuing to send us new and more extreme weather events every year,” Jeff Rosenfeld, the editor in chief of BAMS, said in a statement. “The message of this science is that our civilization is increasingly out of sync with our changing climate.”Martin Hoerling, a NOAA research meteorologist who also served as a special editor for BAMS, said that the events studied in the special report may have occurred across six continents and two oceans over the course of a full calendar year, but that they are all connected just the same.“These studies confirm predictions of the 1990 First IPCC report, which foresaw that radical departures from 20th century weather and climate would be happening now,” Hoerling said in a statement. “Scientific evidence supports increasing confidence that human activity is driving a variety of extreme events now. These are having large economic impacts across the United States and around the world.”The Rice Ridge Fire in Montana was started by a lightning strike on July 24, 2017 and became a megafire on September 3. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.CITATION• American Meteorological Society. (2018). Explaining Extreme Events in 2017 from a Climate Perspective. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 99 (12).last_img read more

first_imgPH bikers to race with Chris Froome’s Team Sky in Aussie bikathon Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims After GlobalPort held an 18-point lead, 90-72, with 7:47 remaining, Jeff Chan willed Rain or Shine back to cut the deficit to 11, 90-79.But Romeo wanted no part of the E-Painters’ comeback bid as he pushed the lead back to 23, 111-88.Chan topped Rain or Shine with 26 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while Jay Washington had 11 markers and five boards.The Elasto Painters dropped to eighth place with a 5-5 record.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite GLOBALPORT 117 – Romeo 44, Pringle 28, Quinahan 11, Semerad 9, Pessumal 6, Canaleta 6, Maierhofer 4, Pennisi 3, Andrada 2, Cortez 2, Paredes 2, Mamaril 0, Urbiztondo 0.RAIN OR SHINE 99 – Chan 26, Washington 11, Yap 9, Cruz 9, Ponferrada 8, Norwood 7, Belga 7, Tiu 7, Tolomia 5, Maiquez 4, Ahanmisi 3, Matias 3.Quarters: 16-22, 50-50, 75-65, 117-99.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Romeo shot 8-of-15 from threes and collected six rebounds and six assists, while backcourt partner Stanley Pringle wound up with 28 markers, six boards, and five assists.“It was a Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle story, but I guess you have to give credit to our defense,” said GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren, as GlobalPort limited Rain or Shine to just 39-percent shooting from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Batang Pier as the sixth team to punch a playoff ticket as they wrapped up the elimination round with a 6-5 card.“We needed this game and we proved something, that we have this character that we just won’t give up,” said Pumaren. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo exploded for a career-high 44 points to carry GlobalPort over Rain or Shine, 117-99, and clinch a seat in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals Sunday at Cuneta Astrodome.The Batang Pier’s super scorer caught fire with a 20-point second quarter. He finished what he started, pouring 19 more points in the payoff period to seal the deal.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgPanelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos “We had a Manila event that was cancelled and we had some venue issues in Seoul. We expect to be back in Seoul early next year. There’s been some challenges but we think our Asian talent is at a higher level than it’s ever been.”Despite the lack of UFC events, Asian fighters have continued to emerge as a force, led by the likes of Chinese welterweight Li Jingliang, a UFC winner last month, and South Korean featherweight Chan Sung-Jung, who won a UFC bout three weeks ago.“We’re aware of the need for an Asian champion as we’ve never had one,” said Carr. “That’s really the last piece of the puzzle for us.”The Singapore-based ONE Championship has been a main force behind the mixed martial arts boom in Asia, with 18 events confirmed for 2017.The organisation’s founder Chatri Sityodtong said he was not worried about UFC muscling in on his organisation’s turf.“The market is way big enough out here for all of us,” he said. “I think it’s great to see Asian heroes on the world stage. Asians are the best in the world at martial arts.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Conor McGregor of Ireland celebrates his KO victory over Eddie Alvarez of the United States in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. Michael Reaves/Getty Images /AFPThe world’s biggest mixed martial arts organisation, the Las Vegas-based UFC, Thursday announced its long-awaited return to Asia with a Singapore show and an “ambition” to debut in mainland China.Ultimate Fighting Championship, which has shot to sporting prominence by making global stars of fighters such as Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey, said it would host three events in Asia and two in Australia and New Zealand, though only confirming the Singapore date on June 17.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Chinese Basketball Association elects Yao Ming as president LATEST STORIES View comments Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing While UFC has previously hosted two events in the southern Chinese semi-autonomous city of Macau, UFC Head of International and Content Joe Carr said its sights were now firmly fixed on the lucrative Chinese mainland.“We’re definitely working on our first event in mainland China,” he said at a press conference in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We’ve had a couple of events in Macau but it’s completely different going to a Beijing or a Shanghai. I have nothing to announce but it’s definitely a priority and a focus for the organisation. We were successful in Macau and that’s fine but our ambitions are mainland China.”Carr added that UFC was on the verge of signing China’s “biggest MMA star”, without naming the fighter. The Singapore card will look to cash in on the continued rise of mixed martial arts across the Asia-Pacific region and will be the first staged in Asia by the UFC since Seoul, South Korea, almost 18 months ago.The UFC had planned to hold an event in Manila in October but was forced to cancel when headliner BJ Penn injured his ribs during his pre-fight camp.– One Championship unconcerned –Carr said UFC would stage another show in Tokyo later this year, while another in Asia, probably in Seoul, and Australia and New Zealand events, were also planned.“I will admit that we’ve been a little inconsistent in our event calendar,” said Carr.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgJustin Melton’s Dame 3 All Whites.THE SHOE: Dame 3 White/GumWHO ROCKED IT: Star Hotshots guard Justin MeltonTHE TAKE: First and foremost, it’s the comfort. I also think it’ s pretty stylish. They’re crisp and fresh. All white with the gum bottoms, they’re my favorite shoes right now. It’s cool that me and Jio (Jalalon) match every game. Maybe that should be a thing for now.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Canaleta, Cruz give good account of themselves in Elite debut Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media View comments ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend RC Calimag. PBA IMAGESBatang Gilas Pilipinas did what it had to do and claimed the 2017 Seaba Under-16 Championship with an 83-62 victory over Malaysia Thursday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sweeping the regional youth competition to claim its fourth straight title, the Philippines had to buck a gallant stand from the Malaysian counterparts before breaking away in the third quarter behind Kai Sotto and Raven Cortez.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MALAYSIA 62 – Teoh YK 19, Tang 8, Wong 8, Yap 8, Tan EW 7, Khor 5, S. Chandaran 4, Tan CW 3, Lee 0, Chin 0.Quarters: 22-15, 43-36, 65-52, 83-62.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Treble-chasing Juve beat Lazio to Italian Cup Engaged in a tough battle from the get-go, Batang Gilas used a 24-6 run abridging the final two periods to turn a close 53-46 lead to a commanding 77-52 edge with 5:41 to play.Teoh Yi Kang paced Malaysia with 19 points, three rebounds, and three assists.Though settling for a silver medal, the Malaysians still earned a spot in the 2017 Fiba Asia U-16 Championship with the top two Southeast Asian teams booking seats to the continental tilt.Natthanon Chayapiwat vs Jeremy Teo. PBA IMAGESIn the first game, Natthanon Chayapiwat commandeered Thailand’s huge start as it claimed third place with a 75-58 beatdown of Singapore.The 16-year-old center unfurled 10 of his 18 points in the first quarter as the Thais went on a 31-1 opening frame and sealed the deal from the get-go. Chayapiwat also grabbed 18 rebounds, two assists, and two steals in the win.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workingcenter_img China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ Arnagorn Homthuanlom also joined in the party with 15 markers, three assists, and two boards, while Hiran Boateng got 11 points, five rebounds, five dimes, and three steals.Thailand finished the tournament with a 2-2 slate, while keeping Singapore winless in four games.Dorian Chin carried Singapore with 12 points and six rebounds, while David Chuabio had 11 on a 3-of-7 shooting from threes. IDLThe Scores:Bronze Medal Game:THAILAND 75 – Chayapiwat 18, Homthuanlom 15, Boateng 11, Preechahan 10, Wadman 8, Rattanawiwatpong 5, Srangthao 3, Kinnaret 2, Preechatiwong 2, Buakaw 1, Kamwised 0, Iabsap 0,SINGAPORE 58 – Chin 12, Chuabio 11, Teo ZM 10, Teo TZ 10, Adam 5, Amado 4, Li 2, Tan 2, Lim 2, Tor 0, Lacsado 0, Soh 0.Quarters: 31-1, 40-18, 57-29, 75-58.Gold Medal Game: PHILIPPINES 83 – Fortea 15, Calimag 15, Sotto 15, Lina 13, Cortez 13, Guadaña 6, Padrigao 5, Pascual 1, Go 0, Lazaro 0 LATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite “(Malaysia) used their speed and outside shooting. That’s why in the second half, we reminded our players to lessen their three-point shots and use our advantage which is our height,” said coach Mike Oliver.The towering Sotto had 10 of his 15 points in the third quarter, to go with 12 rebounds, and four blocks, RC Calimag got 15 markers and five boards, and Terrence Fortea had 15 points and three rebounds in the conquest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundCortez also added 13 markers and four boards, while Bismarck Lina chipped in 13 markers, 10 boards, and five assists.Though he didn’t score as much, Forthsky Padrigao also made his imprint with his five points, 11 rebounds, six dimes, and two steals View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith Ginebra’s title retention bid on his mind, Justin Brownlee headlines the five returning imports who will see action in the upcoming 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup this June 19.Brownlee, whose buzzer beating triple in last season’s Game 6 lifted the Gin Kings to end the franchise’ eight-year title drought, is back in the fray for the crowd darlings in their title defense.ADVERTISEMENT Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy With Marqus Blakely unavailable this conference, Star signed up big man Cinmeon Bowers.TNT is also trotting out hefty big man Michael Craig to help the team’s campaign this conference, while NLEX picked up stocky forward Aaron Fuller.GlobalPort went on a different route as it enlisted athletic forward Jabril Trawick, while Rain or Shine will bring in JD Weatherspoon.Blackwater got lengthy forward Trevis Simpson, while Chane Behanan completed the roster of imports as he will see action for Kia.The conference opens on July 19, Wednesday, at Smart Araneta Coliseum, with Kia facing NLEX in the curtain-raiser before Alaska takes on NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Seeking redemption, Allen Durham will also return for Meralco this season as he hopes to put last year’s runner-up finish behind.San Miguel will entrust its Grand Slam aspirations to Wendell McKines, who previously saw action for Alaska and Rain or Shine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Phoenix will have high-scoring Eugene Phelps for good after his one-game stint last Commissioner’s Cup, while Alaska is bringing back Buck Henton for the season-ending conference.The seven other teams, meanwhile, are set to parade new faces in the Governors’ Cup. LATEST STORIES Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt View comments Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Perez stars as Lyceum charges past JRU End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

first_imgLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Senegal forward Sadio Mane agreed a new long-term contract with Liverpool yesterday. The length of the deal was undisclosed by the English Premier League club, but media reports suggested it would run until 2023. Mane joins fellow strikers Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in signing new contracts in the last six months. “I am very happy to extend my time at Liverpool,” Mane said. “It is a great day for me and now I am looking forward to helping the club achieve our dreams and, especially, to win trophies. I have made the best decision in my career.” Liverpool, second in the standings, visit Watford tomorrow. “I can’t think of a single club anywhere in Europe that wouldn’t want a player like Sadio,” manager Juergen Klopp said. “He is such an important member of our team and squad. He radiates joy and I think this is reflected in his performances and impact on the pitch.” Mane joined from Southampton on a five-year contract in 2016. He has scored 40 goals in 89 appearances for Liverpool.last_img read more

first_imgAfter 16 years in office, Jamaica Chess Federation president Ian Wilkinson will demit office next June. However, Wilkinson believes that his successor will do a good job. Speaking earlier this month, he said that there are several persons who have been groomed for leadership. He also noted that had things been different, Minister of Finance Dr Nigel Clarke might have been in the running for the job. Asked on December 6 whether he sees potential leaders in the sport, he said, “We have some other persons who have been groomed over a number of years, and I’m confident that my successor will do well because I will remain on the council for a little while – two to four years, I don’t know – to help with the transition.” He did recount that he had recruited Dr Clarke to chess and entertained hopes of the current finance minister leading the federation someday. “We have three vice-presidents for the respective counties – Cornwall, Middlesex, Surrey – and he was vice-president for Surrey,” he recalled. “He made a tremendous difference to our chess administration. [He is] obviously a man who brings a lot of talent and attributes in various forums and various spheres of activity,” Wilkinson said. “So, it was a bit of disappointment when he had to resign from the council earlier this year,” noted the outgoing president. At present, Wilkinson is supported by Mark Holness, Peter Myers and Robert Wheeler, the vice-presidents for Cornwall, Middlesex, and Surrey, respectively, and the other members of the federation’s governing council. The sport’s new leader will be elected in June 2019 when the federation stages its annual general meeting. That’s when Wilkinson will step down. In near wonderment at his long sojourn in the chair, he recalled, “I signed on initially in 2003 to do two years because the presidential elections are held every two years, and after two years, I said, ‘A lot of groundwork has been laid, let me do two more, and I said, ‘Guys, I’m outta here in 2007’.” Wilkinson, who has resigned four times in the past, explained why he stayed in 2007. “I looked around, and the persons we had wanted to take over, but they said they weren’t ready, so the succession planning had to continue,” he said. He continued, “I’m not a president-for-life type of person.” The election is not the only notable date in the upcoming chess calendar. “2019 is a special year, not necessarily for that fact that I’ll be demitting office, but we celebrate our 50th year of existence as a federation,” he said. “We’re planning a special set of activities between February and March. In fact, we’re planning to get the world leaders to come down and celebrate with us.” Recruitedlast_img read more

Values for life

first_img“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”–C. S. LewisI’ve been in school for 17 of the 21 years of my life, and would like to believe I have a fair idea of what different types of teachers could be like. Some go about their jobs like they truly love what they’re doing, others seem to go through the day like teaching is an obligation; and then there are those who clearly see it as an imposition.But no matter what their personal teaching attitudes or stances are, we inevitably learn a lot from our teachers, even in the breach. Teachers teach more than just Science and Math and all the other “subjects” on the curriculum; they teach ethics as well. In addition to, say, the weekly one hour of “Pastoral Care”, they do this generally through the most powerful medium – not through words, but by their actions.  Their behaviour impacts their students strongly. And, of course, since it’s always best to lead by example, we’re most likely to do as our teachers do, rather than as they say.So, if the Education Ministry says it wants to produce “more rounded students”, then it would have to start producing more rounded teachers. Quite a bit of my personal values and sense of ethics, as to what might be the way to act in the public sphere, are a product of the influence of my school teachers. Of course, the major chunk of core values were directly instilled into me by my parents, who still remain my most influential “teachers” in the real meaning of the term. But at some level, we’ve all been influenced by our teachers in the formal public educational institutions.My current value system, therefore, is a melange of what I’ve been taught at home and whatever modifications my experiences have forced me to make — with me spending such huge chunks of my time every day in school.And I’ve realised how damaging it could’ve been if I had teachers whose values and ethical standards were not that solid – especially in the early formative years. What if I had teachers who threw things and screamed at their students, calling them names or belittling them? If a student doesn’t have a strong personal value system or positive role models, that student could easily accept that sort of behaviour as being okay, or acceptable. And that student might carry over that type of behaviour into adulthood, in their professional and personal life. The horror! The horror!Our teachers, as a consequence, have great power in forming the “Guyanese nation” we all aspire to, as articulated in our national motto. More emphasis should probably be placed, when training teachers, on their role in moulding the values of their students. Implicit values like work ethics are undermined when young students see their teachers “hold back” materials which are taught only in their “lessons”.Explicit values like the importance of confidentiality and the importance of privacy could be emphasized by the teachers, so that when the students leave the school system, they’ll be able to function like adults that are capable of respecting the autonomy of persons they interact with.Other values, like the importance of accountability and punctuality, should all be established as being important from a young age. Teachers that violate these tenets in their classes do damage beyond the details of the “subject” not being covered.Our teachers, then, hold great sway over how we might turn out at the end of our tenure at school; they could be the difference between whether we become successful professionals or whether we go about our jobs in a very slipshod manner. We need a solid foundation in professionalism, and our teachers can give us that, hopefully by their actions, and not just their words.last_img read more

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratSomeone once said that we must never underestimate the pain of a person because everyone is fighting some form of internal battle. It may be the biggest mistake to judge someone just because they seem like they have their life together and they are happy, since some people are well skilled in hiding their emotions.For Juniour Anthony Blair, he knows what it is to suppress his emotions. He knows what it is to be at your breaking point after all has failed. He even knows what it is to attempt to take your own life after you feel that your world is falling apart. But, perhaps most importantly, he knows how to pick himself up and use his talents for a better purpose.Blair has always had the knack for helping people out and making sure that they are comfortable; though he never saw it, he was destined for the field of social work. At a young age, Blair attempted suicide because he felt ashamed and lost.While a Fifth Form student at the Skeldon High School, Blair had big plans for his life. His paternal grandmother was in the process of sponsoring his father so that the family could move to the United States to live. Armed with the prospects of migrating before CSEC, Blair made no preparations for the exams, but life had other plans for him. In the blink of an eye, his grandmother passed away causing his life plans to come to a halt.“So I didn’t get to write CSEC because I was guaranteed that I would have left before the exam period. About a year and a half later, I became depressed after my grandmother had passed away during the course of the sponsorship and me not taking the opportunity to sit my CSEC. I became so depressed that I started to isolate myself from my former classmates because of feeling disappointed and somewhat shamed. I once tried to commit suicide because of how I felt at that time,” Blair said.However, he got the help he needed and started to pick his life back up. He went on to the Critchlow Labour College and the Business Academy in Corriverton, Berbice to pursue his CSEC qualifications. After gaining his CSEC passes, Blair continued the quest for further knowledge, which took him to the University of Guyana, Berbice Campus, where he is a final-year Social Work Degree student. He has also since acquired a Diploma in Public Management from UG.“Social work helps me to be a rounded person in the sense that it provides me with privileged opportunities that help shape my personality and test my capabilities as a person. As such, it does not offer many monetary rewards, but it creates a lifetime of memories. I am privileged to be given the opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life and mine as well,” he explained.Backtracking to his childhood, the 31-year-old said at the age of 12 he joined the Skeldon Estate Community Centre Cricket Club as an Under-15 player. He went on to play for Berbice at the Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 levels with the likes of Veerasammy Permaul, Richard Ramdeen, Gajanand Singh, Maxwell Georgeson, Steven Latcha, and Brandon Best.Many thought that he would pursue a career in cricket, but to their surprise, he found his calling and it was social work. Through his many struggles and the constant teasing about his choice of profession, he has persevered.“The field of social work is most times perceived to be less important to many other persons who are not directly involved and those who for some reason are naïve about the importance of the role of social work and its relative functions. I remember when I first started UGBC I was mocked by other males for choosing social work, because to them it was a soft course or in their words ‘the weakest course the University offers and only females should do the course because it’s not a masculine field’.“I paid them no mind, because I know for a fact that social work can be applied to any job field given the two common components, which are a human resource and the organisational system which deals with policies and practice. These two components are key to effective service delivery hence the need for social work. I can say confidently that social work is one of the toughest courses being offered at UG because it makes or breaks any individual regardless of gender, ethnicity, age or status and I am proud to be a social worker.”Blair is in the field of social work to gain knowledge and secure the future of the youths. He notes that now with his training and knowledge, he is better equipped to serve the needs of his community and further afield.“The field of social work is a real soul-searching experience and it provides opportunities to make a real impact in the life of others as well as in your own life. Let’s break the gender barrier attached to the field of social work. We welcome more males on board.”last_img read more

Whither the “Good Life”?

first_imgThe PNC-led APNU/AFC coalition Government is now well past the halfway point of its term of office, in which it promised to deliver “the good life” to the citizens of Guyana. Sadly, by its own measure, that promise has receded even further under this regime, which is characterised more than anything else by the disjoint between its rhetoric and its actions.The rhetoric for achieving the “good life” was captured in its “joint manifesto”, in which the goals were stated right up front. It began with the need for “healing and reconciliation”, and stated quite clearly this meant: “to acknowledge, embrace and celebrate our ethnic diversity”. It was an acceptance that the plural nature of our society, characterised by ethnic blocks, had led to challenges and ruptures that needed to be “healed and reconciled”. However, the Government’s PNC-dominated APNU block’s immediate miniaturising of its AFC partner — which had given it a tenuous claim to bridging the ethnic divide — dimmed hopes of that “healing and reconciliation”. The hard line against a rapprochement with the PPP effectively destroyed those hopes.The second goal was “good governance”. This did not so much focus on how the PNC-led APNU/AFC coalition would actually utilise the institutions of government, as increasing the space for citizens’ participation in governance. In other words, it did not equate “good governance” with “good government”. But even by its sophistry, it has failed. To slip into a 21st century law on “cybercrime” the 13th century criminal common law of sedition,  which forbids any criticism of the Government that might precipitate “disaffection” towards it, certainly does not deliver the promised “increase in the civil liberties of our people”. The less said about “eliminating corruption and Government waste” the better.But it is the failure on its goal of “industrialisation and jobs” that the PNC-led APNU/AFC coalition has failed to deliver the good life. While most citizens might not — like the Marxists — scoff at “bourgeois rights” like “civil liberties”, they would overwhelmingly agree that for them, at a minimum, the good life is achieved through their own efforts, by having jobs. “Industrialisation” of our economy, which was founded to produce primary products during the colonial period, has been the mantra of every government since independence.The first PNC government, between 1964 and 1992, rejected the then dominant “industrialisation by invitation” model, seized control of the economy, and attempted to squeeze profits from the agricultural sector through levies and export controls, to achieve that goal via “import substitution”; but ended up destroying the primary-productive sector without any industrialisation. Its present incarnation is yet to even suggest an “industrialisation” policy, and has emphasised taxing businesses without offering them incentives for industrialising the economy. In the meantime, the primary producing areas have been squeezed through political vindictiveness trumping economic rationality: throwing 7700 sugar workers into the streets, and conceding the loss of the lucrative Venezuelan rice markets.In its articulation of the third goal of “Fair taxes”, the fundamental muddle of the PNC-led APNU/AFC coalition’s thinking is revealed, and it guarantees that any hoped-for ‘good life” is sure to recede farther with every passing day. The APNU/AFC promised the “fair taxes” would allow the pay checks of ordinary citizens to “go further” and allow “businesses to grow”. One would assume that this implied the Government would cut taxes significantly, but this was never done. Income taxes remain the same, while the 2% reduction of VAT is insignificant.Under the goal of “fair taxes”, the PNC-led APNU/AFC coalition also guaranteed a “safe and secure society” – which is certainly what citizens envisage as part of the “good life”.  Did they mean they would spend the “fair taxes” to increase security? But why confine taxes to security? Is not all Government spending funded by the taxes on citizens and businesses? Even the loans borrowed by governments have to be eventually paid from taxes.But even security has not been bolstered. Whither the “good life”?last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,How could the administration at the Georgetown Municipality on one hand perpetually cry out that their revenue base is too narrow to allow them to provide municipal basic services; that they are too broke to undertake essential capital works needed; and there is need to tax the citizens more if the City is to advance; whilst at the same time just glibly squandering a quarter of a billion dollars on the extravagant, unnecessary and quite frankly ridiculous Merriman Mall project.Wouldn’t that 0 million have been better spent rehabilitating the ruinous structure located at Avenue of the Republic & Regent Street we still call City Hall, in which the Town Clerk sits and presides in like an Emperor of the past?Wouldn’t that 0 million have been better spent creating a modern Abattoir and meat processing facility in our capital to contribute to the nation’s economic development. And to replace the old dirty, decrepit slaughter house in Water Street where animals are bludgeoned to death rather than humanely killed.Wouldn’t that 0 million have been better spent patching the pot-holed roads and putting in street lights in our darkened and unsafe roads?Wouldn’t that 0 million have been better spent eradicating the mosquito infestation to help stop the spread of the Zika Virus? And the list can go on and on and on.How could the Town Clerk be allowed to embark on building Presidential Parks, clearly a political gimmick, dog kennels to house the weekend wholesale vendors on the mall, house barbers and cosmetologists a most flagrant public health transgression, install a petting zoo, amongst other nonsensical projects without the Council’s knowledge or permission?The President needs to read the riot act to the ‘Infamous Four’ just back from the Latin American Parking Meter tour, and other wayward members of Council, whenever he visits City Hall.Our capital is in a sad and sorry state! Kudos to the Councillorship would not accept the bullyism that is ongoing at City Hall.Kind regards,Debra Gibsonlast_img read more

first_imgChief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Arafura Games: Philippines hauls gold medals in swimming FEU Lady Tamaraws. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University stunned La Salle with a come-from-behind 25-22, 13-25, 15-25, 27-25, 15-8, win Sunday night to send three-time defending champion in a playoff for the last twice-to-beat edge in the Final Four of the UAAP women’s volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.With nothing much at stake for them, the Lady Tamaraws hacked out the victory — their 9th in 14 games — and a morale-boosting win that they hope to carry over into the semifinals against top team Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Heather Guino-o exploded for 24 points, while Jerrili Malabanan helped up with 15 markers for the Lady Tamaraws.La Salle finished the eliminations at 10-4, tying University of Santo Tomas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe two squads clash for the No. 2 spot on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments MOST READ The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guardlast_img read more

There’s a new King in town

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Rain or Shine, meanwhile, looks to improve its 3-3 standing as it goes up against an NLEX squad that has pretty much moved on from its fate in the midseason conference.Caloy Garcia is drawing hope from his backcourt crew to tow them to another win following a valiant stand in overtime against the ever-unpredictable Columbian, also in Batangas.“The only way we can get better is if our point guards start stepping up to the plate and calling the right plays,” he said.NLEX coach Yeng Guiao has rightfully disconnected from the tournament, but that doesn’t mean his remaining matches will be meaningless.“I guess from here on, it’s just trying to improve for the next conference,” Guiao told the press after falling to a 1-7 slate and bowing out of the playoff race.ADVERTISEMENT The Pringle-Brownlee pairing, meanwhile, wasn’t the only thing Cone was excited about.“We just hope that we’re just going to continue to improve and get better as we explore all the possibilities with Stanley and Justin,” he said. “And that lineup [with] LA (Tenorio) and Scottie (Thompson)? There’s a lot of things we can do, big and small.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Building back the POC rubble Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Navy ship detects US sub off Palawan “There’s so much more to explore in his game,” Cone said of Pringle, who Ginebra acquired in a trade with NorthPort. “That third quarter revolved around Stanley and Justin (Brownlee) playing off each other.”“When you have two guys like that, it’s like a Steph Curry and a Kevin Durant—I mean, who do you guard?” the Grand Slam coach offered. “That’s what we envision.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tAt 4-3, the crowd darlings get to put their latest 1-2 punch to the test when they take on hard-fighting Phoenix Pulse on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, with the Fuel Masters coming off a gritty 97-87 victory over NorthPort on Wednesday night that also fanned their playoff hopes.“He can make the game easier for everybody—not just me or any individual,” Brownlee said of Pringle, the reigning scoring champion whom the Batang Pier let go to acquire additional manpower. ‘DOJ charges Albayalde, 12 ‘ninja cops’ with graft DOJ dismisses CIDG drug complaint vs Albayaldecenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Alex Gonzaga gets engaged Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Pagasa Friday weather forecast: Cloudy skies with a chance of rain Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists DHS seeks Pentagon funds for 270 miles of border wall PBA IMAGESCoach Tim Cone and his charges are on a two-game winning streak, and judging from the way Barangay Ginebra played the last time, it’s quite scary for the opposition to hear how the multititled mentor has appraised his Gin Kings after their last win.“I told my players before the game that we’re going to be a lot better two weeks from now than we [were] tonight,” he said after a 100-85 win over NLEX in Batangas on Sunday, where Stanley Pringle made his debut as a Gin King and provided Cone a glimpse of another dimension that he could exploit.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgAmid widespread growth of social inequalities on the African continent giving majority status to the poor, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other international partners, including the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are calling on African leaders to develop and adopt specific policies to address the issue of inequality.At a recently held International Conference on the Emergence of Africa in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, the AfDB and partners noted that though Africa is experiencing economic growth, many still cannot feel the impact, calling on African governments to address inequality by adopting policies that will be implemented through definite political will.President Macky Sall of Senegal, during the conference conceded that resources were not being equally distributed for everyone to feel the impact.Based on this, President Sall said, “We have to find a way of ensuring that everyone, including the poor, have access to resources.”In like manner, Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) stressed that reaching the expected level requires the need for African governments to adopt specific policies that will improve human development standards.A release from the AfDB noted that the three-day conference served as a platform for governments, private sector and partners to exchange ideas and learn lessons of how to improve policies and strategies that will help African nations become emerging markets.Co-organized by the government of Cote d’Ivoire and UNDP in collaboration with AfDB, the conference brought together participants, including heads of state of Africa, BRICS (a group of emerging economies including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), diplomats, private sector, and civil society, among others.The conference among other issues, addressed Africa’s energy problem and enhancing private sector participation.China, an Asian country once in desperate poverty but now triumphing as a developed country, shared its story of transformed economies that came as a result of market reforms adopted since 1978.Its Gross Domestic Product averages 10 percent per year, lifting most of the citizens out of poverty.Without referencing poverty and inequality as factors that sometimes enhance political upheaval and war, Steve Kavizzi-Mugerwa, AfDB’s Acting Chief Economist and Vice-President emphasized the importance of ensuring peace and stability.He noted, “Let us stop civil wars, and let us stop deaths of our mothers and sisters; for development is impossible without peace.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Liberian nation took one giant step Thursday, August 6, into its economic and development drive by the commissioning of the Liberia Internet Exchange Point (LIXP).An Internet exchange point (IX or IXP) is a physical infrastructure through which Internet service providers (ISPs) and content delivery networks (CDNs) exchange Internet traffic between autonomous systems or networks.In essence, the LIXP will ensure that internet traffic intended for local use is kept local and will also help to reduce the cost of communication and increase speed and other benefits to diverse users.Performing the commissioning of the LIXP Thursday, Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai stated that it is an investment in one of the very critical IT infrastructures that helps to keep local internet traffic local and also improve network performance.According to VP Boakai, a few years ago, the concept of IXP was largely restricted to Western countries and the industrialized world. “It’s my understanding that Alexandria in Egypt, Johannesburg in South Africa and Nairobi in Kenya were among the few other places that had IXPs in Africa.”The Liberian VP further stated that the assumption behind the establishment of IXP is to contribute to commerce and trade and to also contribute to raising the living standard of people across the continent.“Therefore, as policymakers, we believe that establishing IXP in Liberia will enable service providers to take advantage of the enormous opportunity IXP provides in creating demand for the local internet users in Liberia,” the VP said.The VP disclosed that Liberia is among the first 10 African countries that have taken practical steps in establishing its IXP with support from the African Union; adding: “We feel obliged to establish this facility in Liberia because we have a duty to our citizens and other residents. That duty is to provide all diverse and potential users a state of the art technology that can enhance their businesses, professional and individual aspirations.”Acknowledging the internet as being central to communication in the 21st century, Ambassador Boakai stated, “It therefore becomes our obligation to prioritize the development of core infrastructure that will enhance its access at a more affordable rate.”Speaking earlier, Posts and Telecommunications Minister and Postmaster General, Dr. Frederick B. Norkeh, stated that because of the IXP technology, internet providers in Liberia will no longer pay transit cost for traffic generated from Liberia to carriers in Europe or in the United States.“It will also support content creation such as NGOs, academic institutions, corporate entities, government institutions and individual users will have access to domain they most need to provide more information about their service and work.”The Posts Master General, who praised the African Union (AU) for funding the LIXP, disclosed: “As for today, exchanging email and other internet services that even use ‘dot LR’ domain intended for local consumption is routed through ‪Europe‬, America or in other countries before terminating to the user in Liberia.”For his part the AU Representative at the occasion, Mr. Moctar Yedaly, told the audience that the AU was present because they are committed to Liberia. He added: “We are here because we believe that that ICT can change the destiny and future of Africa.”Mr. Yedaly disclosed that in 2010, the AU got to know that poor nations in Africa had spent more than 610 million United States Dollars to third parties, including nations in Europe and the US, just on transit fees. He commended the Liberian Government for the initiative.Also speaking, Mr. Daniel Brewer, representative of the LIXP Association, said the Internet is a ‘network of networks’, currently comprising some 45,000 discrete networks. Mr. Brewer further stated that every microsecond, end-users are accessing; exchanging and receiving emails from distant lands or few miles away, transiting video on demand, enabling social media and voice.“Behind all of these successful exchanges is a` network arch, a collection of commercial peering and transit agreements, put in place and signed by operators and service providers to bring this all together. In like manner, the way in which an IXP is managed can impact an entire region’s Internet economy.For her part, Madam Angelique Weeks, Chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) thanked everyone, including all the services providers — Libtelco, Lonestar, Cellcom and Novafone — for working to together to reach this point.She said discussions leading up yesterday’s commissioning ceremony had started in October, 2013.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

first_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian The WNBA conducted its own investigation and consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence. Among other factors, the league said it took into account the nature and seriousness of the allegations, including the involvement of a gun. The WNBA also will require Williams to participate in counseling.“As an organization, we abhor violence of any kind and specifically take domestic violence allegations very seriously,” the Sparks said in a statement. “We will provide whatever resources we are allowed to help Riquna learn and grow from this unfortunate situation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe union said they would file a grievance on Williams’ behalf.“We are disappointed with the league’s actions. There is an ongoing criminal proceeding and in fairness to the player, the league could have and should have awaited its completion before taking any action,” said Terri Jackson, executive director of the union. Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ FILE – Riquna Williams #2 of the Los Angeles Sparks brings the ball up the court against the Las Vegas Aces during their game at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 26, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images /AFPNEW YORK — Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams was suspended without pay by the WNBA on Tuesday for 10 games — nearly a third of the season — for a domestic violence incident.Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving a threat to another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ben Simmons backflips, withdraws from Australia’s Word Cup squad LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station “Riquna has not had a fair opportunity to fully defend herself. We are immediately filing a grievance and will seek the arbitrator’s review.”The suspension, which surpassed the seven games given to Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson in 2015 for their domestic violence arrests, will begin with Thursday’s game against the Dallas Wings.It’s not the longest in league history: The WNBA dismissed Rhonda Mapp, who also played for Los Angeles, in 2003 for violating its drug policy. Mapp never returned after being suspended by the league for two years.According to an arrest report, Williams forced her way inside a Florida home and repeatedly struck Alkeria Davis in the head and pulled her hair on Dec. 6. Two men told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies they spent 10 minutes trying to break up the fight. When they finally separated the women, the 28-year-old Williams grabbed a gun from her car, placed it on the trunk and pointed it at one man, saying “you’ll get all 18” before speeding off, authorities said.Davis said she and Williams had been together on and off for five years and had broken up a month earlier. She told authorities she thought Williams was jealous but had never been violent in the past.ADVERTISEMENT Benefits of township living Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Williams was booked on burglary and aggravated assault charges.The Sparks signed her on May 15. The seventh-year player has started six games this season and is averaging 11.5 points. She had 23 points in Los Angeles’ last game, an overtime win over Atlanta on Sunday.Assuming she doesn’t appeal, Williams would return for the Sparks’ final eight games, starting against the Indiana Fever on Aug. 22.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgLOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer View comments “There is no better feeling, from a racing driver’s point of view, when you have a race (where) you face a really strong competitor and a great driver like Max, obviously at their best,” Hamilton said. “It is awesome to see the respect level between us. Really respectful driving and I hope to continue that.”Hamilton’s processional win at the French GP in June prompted acerbic criticism of the lack of excitement in F1 because of the ultra-dominant Mercedes. But since then, F1 fans have been treated to wonderful races in Austria and Germany, a decent race in Montreal, and two exciting contests at the British GP and in Hungary.The dramatic spike in the interest level has much to do with Verstappen, who won in Spielberg and Hockenheim and was denied a podium shot at Silverstone following a collision.“Everyone was so negative talking about the sport and now all of a sudden we’ve had this big step up from the Red Bulls,” Hamilton said. “Now we’ve got a really good battle on our hands and it looks like it’s here to stay.”Ferrari’s state of flux — no wins in 12 this season and 0-15 stretching back to last year’s U.S. GP — has opened the way for Verstappen.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Valtteri Bottas, who is Hamilton’s under-pressure teammate at Mercedes , led the championship early on but has drifted back and has not won any of the past eight races. Now, Verstappen is poised to overtake Bottas and move second behind Hamilton overall when F1 resumes with the first of nine remaining races at the Belgian GP on Sept. 1.Hamilton speaks in glowing terms about Verstappen, a fearless and mentally strong driver who does not crack under pressure. In fact, the 21-year-old Red Bull driver thrives on it, much like Hamilton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsVerstappen drove brilliantly from pole position in Sunday’s Hungarian GP, fighting hard until Hamilton overtook him late on following a relentless chase to clinch his 81st F1 win. It was another enthralling scrap, following Hamilton’s brilliant defense under intense pressure from Verstappen at the Monaco GP in May.While Hamilton speaks respectfully of Vettel, a four-time F1 champion with 52 wins, he speaks seemingly with admiration of Verstappen. MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Verstappen’s surge in form offered Rosberg another chance to take a swipe.On his YouTube channel blog after Verstappen’s superb pole in Hungary on Saturday , Rosberg said that Verstappen — with his “bullet-speed reactions in his mind (and) absolute peak human body reaction times” — is now the No. 1 driver in F1.Despite evidence pointing to Hamilton’s ongoing dominance, Rosberg insisted the British driver’s powers are waning.“The best age for racing drivers is 30, 31, 32 and that’s because your ability as you’re getting older slightly decreases,” Rosberg said.Hamilton was unimpressed.“Whether he is right or wrong, I don’t really care. All you have to do is look at the tally of my results and they speak for themselves,” Hamilton said. “Naturally there will be people who have not had the success that I have, and might want to talk it down.”“I’m still fit,” he added. “Hopefully you can see I’ve not lost any speed.”So far this season, every driver in F1 would agree. OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon LATEST STORIES Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchaliancenter_img Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain kisses the trophy as he celebrates on the podium after winning the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)BUDAPEST, Hungary — As Lewis Hamilton moves ever closer to Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record of 91 Grand Prix wins, a younger and equally ambitious driver is emerging as his main rival.Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is showing the kind of daring and panache now seemingly beyond the reach of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who is enduring a third straight season of frustration.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Benefits of township living Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Grizzlies make Niele Ivey NBA’s 9th female assistant coach Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Vettel blew championship leads in the past two seasons, and has not won in 20 races since his victory at the Belgian GP last August.Verstappen is touted as a future multiple champion and genuinely looks capable of challenging Hamilton. He is already ahead on two counts: as the youngest driver to win an F1 race (at 18) and the fourth-youngest to take pole compared with sixth for Hamilton (who was 22).But the 34-year-old Hamilton is still working his way through the record books and his win in Hungary — the eighth this season — extended his championship lead to 62 points as he chases a sixth F1 title to move one behind Schumacher’s F1 record.“I don’t have plans on stopping anytime soon,” he said.Hamilton’s relatively advanced age was a topic raised by his former teammate Nico Rosberg — who beat Hamilton in a thriller when clinching his only F1 title with Mercedes in 2016. The German driver showed great ability to overcome Hamilton in an acrimonious season which went down to the last race in Abu Dhabi.Then, in a flash, he retired from F1 after tense seasons alongside Hamilton — when their bickering tore apart a friendship dating back to their karting days as teens.Rosberg, who won 23 F1 races with Mercedes, has taken to social networks to comment on Hamilton.He questioned the severity of Hamilton’s illness at the recent German GP. He tweeted on July 28: “I think the man flu was just part of The Lewis Hamilton Show. He likes to make it look more difficult than it is.”Hamilton, who said he needed several days of heavy sleeping following that race, scoffed at Rosberg’s claim.“Believe me it wasn’t man flu, like some have said,” he said. “It was really something that wiped me out.”last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The league also suspended its games last August 2 and August 6 because of heavy rains.The chess eligibility meeting on Friday was also postponed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAll tickets for the affected game days will be honored on the rescheduled date.Meanwhile, rivals San Beda and Letran face off for the first time in Season 95 Saturday at 2pm at Cuneta Astrodome,  while Mapua and Arellano meet in the battle of cellar-dwellers at 4pm. Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Argentina women’s team loses chance at medal after wearing wrong jerseys MANILA, Philippines—For the third time in a span of a week, the NCAA canceled another game day following the suspension of classes on Friday due to monsoon rains in Metro Manila.The men’s and juniors’ basketball matches between San Sebastian and Emilio Aguinaldo College and St. Benilde and Jose Rizal U originally scheduled at San Juan Arena will now be played at a later date.ADVERTISEMENT Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon MOST READ Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘We will force a Game 7’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The KaTropa, he said, are “on a mission to gain everyone’s respect.”They will have to work double time, literally, to achieve that as they try to fend off elimination when they clash against the San Miguel Beermen in Game 6 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTNT will try to overhaul San Miguel’s 3-2 series edge and it may have just found the fuel to run on in the game that tips off at 7 p.m. as it seeks the first of back-to-back victories it needs to claim the crown.Dickel and the KaTropa have rallied around their import, Terrence Jones, who has been the target of a racist taunt from San Miguel’s Arwind Santos. ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted View comments Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists And the Beermen may even get hit more by the fallout of Santos’ antics as they are expected to face an inspired KaTropa squad that will go out with every intention of making Santos pay.And Dickel is confident they will succeed.“We will force a Game 7,” he declared.While the Santos controversy will dump a load of drama on Game 6, Dickel is keeping an even keel as he and head coach Bong Ravena try to navigate the team to a do-or-die Game 7.“I’m positive that we will play a great game tomorrow. We are up for the challenge. And we will do our part in the game and compete with honor,” he said.“In Game 6, someone has to be up 3-2. And it’s them,” Dickel added.The Beermen, meanwhile, will try to build on the gains of their Game 6 victory as they look to annex the second jewel of a Triple Crown season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchaliancenter_img TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon San Beda, St. Benilde try to keep unbeaten slates LATEST STORIES OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon After watching his team blow a huge fourth quarter cushion and rushing to the defense of his import, who was the target of a racist taunt, TNT active consultant Mark Dickel hardly sounded like a man deflated.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I am so disappointed for your country that Arwind Santos can blatantly make racist comments and actions and think it’s OK,” Dickel told the Inquirer on Thursday afternoon, referring to Santos’ monkey gesture to Jones at halftime of Game 5.“I just don’t get it. The Beermen are playing good basketball … the game is beautiful and he is ruining it,” he added.The PBA dropped the hammer on the Beermen’s veteran forward, hitting him hard in the pocket (see story on Page A17) and coaxing a public apology from the previously unrepentant cager.Before the apology, Santos defended his actions saying Jones’ reaction would define his actions (If Jones was offended, Santos said in Filipino, he might really be a monkey). He dug in even harder when he said his actions meant nothing, considering he used to call former teammate Dorian Peña, who like Jones has African-American roots, “a gorilla.”“He is a huge reflection of their organization. They are condoning this stuff,” Dickel said. “San Miguel has to be answerable in today’s world climate for his actions. This is not OK at all.”ADVERTISEMENT With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King?last_img read more

2 UNMIL Soldiers Under Probe

first_imgTwo soldiers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, (UNMIL) are under probe for allegations that they were involved in the beating of a teenage boy in Bong County, according to a statement issued by UNMIL.The incident is said to have taken place on December 4 in Bong County, according to a statement issued late Thursday by UNMIL and also published on its website.“The alleged serious misconduct involved the beating of a teenage boy,” said the statement by Waldemar Very, UNMIL’s officer-in-charge and Deputy SRSG for Political and Rule of Law, who also added that the accusations came to light on Tuesday. The statement further said, “The mission takes such allegations extremely seriously and (has) dispatched a preliminary fact-finding team, led by the force Provost Marshall – the highest ranking member of the military police. “The team is tasked with preserving evidence in the event a full investigation is warranted.”The UNMIL statement described the boy’s condition as “moderately serious” but gave no details on the incident and said UNMIL had arranged “on humanitarian grounds” to have the boy moved to JFK Hospital in Monrovia.“While the facts in this case are being established, our thoughts are with the boy, whose condition remains moderately serious, and his family,” he added.He called for “all parties to remain calm and cooperate with those establishing the facts” in Bong.A 15,000-man strong UNMIL force was set up in 2003 to help Liberia transition to peace after devastating back-to-back civil wars spanning 14 years.It has been gradually handing its duties back to the government and will have just 1,240 troops and 600 police on the ground when Liberia assumes full responsibility for its own security in June 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe first challenge we at the Daily Observer put to Attorney General-Designate, Cllr. Frederick Cherue, in our May 9th Editorial is a challenge that also went to Chief Justice Francis Korkpor. We urged both to look deeply into the Liberian Constitution and find out what it has to say about the Code of Conduct, passed by the Legislature in 2014 demanding that all government employees planning to seek elective office in the impending 2017 elections should “resign” their government positions two years before the elections. The question we posed to Liberia’s two highest legal authorities was: Is it constitutionally feasible to bar by statute a Liberian-born citizen who is of age and has no criminal record the opportunity to seek elective office? The second technical question which legal experts might raise in this connection is: Who determines when one decides to seek elective office—the individual himself, or others who “think” he is intending to run?Grand Cape Mount Senator Varney Sherman last week posed to Cllr. Cherue the second challenge as Attorney General: To review seriously certain laws of the Republic and have them repealed, otherwise they may cause constitutional problems in October 2017.Senator Sherman said the Elections Laws of Liberia give to the National Elections Commission (NEC) the power be the judge of election returns.But, Senator Sherman recalled, “Very recently the Supreme Court of Liberia has taken over that power.”The Senator then put to Cllr. Cherue this hypothetical question: “Assuming that there is a contestation (dispute) in the 2017 elections and the losing candidate takes an appeal to the Supreme Court, NEC is advised not to do anything until the Supreme Court decides.”Senator Sherman predicted a chaotic situation in 2017 if each of the so far 23 registered political parties put up a presidential candidate, and a legislative candidate for each of the 73 electoral districts. If each of the contestants challenged the results, he wondered: “What time would the Supreme Court have, based on its history of deciding cases, to decide all of the cases and even determine the first two highest, when there is a runoff election before the inauguration?”He hinted that there could be grave security problems following the 2017 elections, if these laws are not revisited.Counselor Sherman spoke from personal experience. When he won the Grand Cape Mount elections in 2014 by a landslide, his opponent, Dr. Foday Kromah, ran to the Supreme Court challenging the election returns. The Court, under the leadership of the Justice in Chambers, His Honor, Cllr. Justice Phillip A. Z. Banks, immediately put a stay order on NEC’s confirmation of Senator Sherman as winner of the election. This lasted for several weeks, denying the newly-elected Senator the opportunity to contest the election for Senate Pro-Tempore. Eventually Dr. Kromah withdrew the case and that was the end of it. The Attorney General and Justice Minister, working in concert with the Legislature and the Supreme Court, would do well to take these challenges seriously. If he, as the government’s chief legal advisor, can join the Supreme Court in playing the role of balancers of the peace, by successfully resolving these issues in keeping with the Constitution, they would have done this country a great service. What we would like to bring to his attention if, perchance, he does not already know—and we seriously doubt that—is that the people are watching to see how these issues—these laws—will play out in the election season.Everything should be done to retain the peace, especially during the election season, which is usually volatile (unpredictable, explosive, dangerous). Ultimately, the people want to see justice executed all around, and that is the foundation of our peace and security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Butler makes his Miami debut but Herro steals show as Heat top Hawks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grizzlies: Memphis finished 22 of 23 from the line but was 7 of 34 on 3-pointers. … Grayson Allen came off the bench to score 13 points. … Dillon Brooks’ four-point play early in the first quarter was the third of his career. That ties him with Shane Battier and Troy Daniels for second in franchise history behind Mike Conley’s seven.Lakers: Avery Bradley had 12 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 11, with all but one coming in the fourth quarter. … Los Angeles finished 33 of 39 on free throws.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night to start a three-game homestand.Lakers: Begin a three-game road trip against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Davis played only 31 minutes. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first player to have a 40-20 game in 31 minutes or less since 1954-55. Prior to Davis, the quickest 40-20 game was 33 minutes by Baylor in 1961.Davis is also the fourth player in league history and first since Michael Jordan in 1987 to make 26 or more free throws.“This solidifies why we went out and got him. He was big time for us,” said LeBron James, who scored 23 points for the Lakers. Los Angeles is off to its first 3-1 start since winning its first eight in 2010.Davis was questionable two hours before the game due to a right shoulder injury suffered in Sunday’s win over Charlotte. He did some dribbling and shooting on the court before being cleared.Davis had 16 points and nine rebounds in the first quarter but went back to the locker room at the start of the second to get the shoulder checked and re-taped. Coach Frank Vogel thought he might have to go the rest of the game without Davis until he saw him come back to the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, and forward Anthony Davis, right, react after the Memphis Grizzlies called a timeout during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis is four games into his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he’s already in good company.Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George Mikan, Shaquille O’Neal — and now AD.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study “He gutted it out playing in some pain and was dominant. They didn’t have an answer and he was terrific,” Vogel said.Los Angeles trailed for most of the first half but took a 49-47 lead into the locker room at halftime when Davis grabbed a rebound, drove down the court and tipped in his own miss at the buzzer.The Grizzlies (1-3) led 65-59 with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter when the Lakers went on a 27-2 run to close out the quarter. Davis scored 16 points during the rally, with all but two coming at the line. The final 10 Lakers’ points in the quarter came via Davis’ free throws.“Everyone was playing well,” Davis said. “I was just trying to be aggressive. It was a close game until the third quarter. I knew some of their players were in foul trouble and tried to get them out of the game. ”Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins agreed with Davis’ sentiment, saying “I thought he was super aggressive, and you are rewarded when you are aggressive.”Davis said his shoulder was still sore after the game, but he thinks it will improve since the Lakers have a couple days off.Memphis raced to a 15-2 lead before Los Angeles started to work its way back. Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 16 points, and Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and 11 boards.Morant, who was the second pick in the June draft, had only three points in the first half before finding his groove in the second.“Coming into an environment like this we have to play all four quarters,” Morant said. “It was wow moment coming in (facing James and Davis) but I was still trying to go out and play my game.”TIP-INS MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown ‘Gago’ Davis had the fourth 40-point, 20-rebound game of his seven-year career and set a franchise record with 26 made free throws as the Lakers rallied in the second half for a convincing 120-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.He joined those Laker greats as LA players to get 40 points and 20 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“It’s an honor to be on that list with those legends but more important is we got the win,” said Davis, who was 26 of 27 from the line. “It was a grind in the first half and my teammates trusted me. I just tried to be a monster on the glass.”It is Davis’ first 40-20 game since 2016. He’s the first Laker to do it since O’Neal in 2003. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLooking for unique and personalised gifts for your loved ones this Christmas?Be sure to check out Niche Guyana and Concept 3D.Established by 25-year-old Czerda Frank, these businesses incorporate modern technology and a touch of traditional charm.Niche GuyanaNiche Guyana is a small business that focuses on bringing high-quality, handcrafted wooden and leather goods to everyday consumers.“Our products are aesthetically pleasing and designed with the relationship between form and function in mind,” Czerda told Sunday  Times Magazine.With Niche Guyana, you are bound to find a unique gift item from cutting board and photo frames to poster boards, coaster sets, and custom plaques.Niche Guyana also offers leather goods like wallets, pouches, keyrings and notebooks.Moreover, you can get these gifts laser engraved with a special message for your loved ones.“They are customised specifically to each customer and can be engraved with any personal message that the giver might wish to convey.“There’s no better way to show your appreciation for someone than by presenting them with something made just for them,” Czerda expressed.Concept 3DConcept 3D offers 3D modelling and printing services. With these services, customers can get phone cases, fashion pieces, custom jewellery, toys, figurines, office accessories, home décor and household items, basically, almost anything from your wildest imagination.According to Czerda, Concept 3D was created with the aim of pioneering 3D printing and other modern methods of digital fabrication in Guyana.“Our products are great Christmas gifts because they epitomise customisation and personal fabrication. With our technology, you can create endless possibilities. 3D printing makes it possible to create just about anything that you can imagine, including the perfect Christmas gift,” he expressed.About Czerda FrankCzerda Frank has a background in engineering and an inclination for entrepreneurship.As an engineer, he was exposed to 3D modelling while studying abroad, and upon his return to Guyana, he pitched the idea to potential business partners.After noticing the gap in the market locally, he decided to research the technology and its feasibility before eventually starting Concept 3D in mid-2017.The establishment of Niche Guyana came afterwards. Apart from being an engineer, Czerda is also excellent when it comes to woodworking.“I’ve always liked modern, unique, well-made craft items and had a hard time finding those in Guyana. I picked up woodworking and leather craft as hobbies to be able to make some of those items for myself, friends and family, and it eventually grew into the business that it is now,” Czerda explained.last_img read more

Taking immunisation seriously

first_imgWorld Immunisation Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from diseases that are preventable once they are properly vaccinated. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), this year’s theme: “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”, encourages people at every level – from donors to the general public – to go further in their efforts to increase immunization coverage for the greater good.Immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. In essence, immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening, infectious diseases. It is also one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions, and prevents between 2 and 3 million deaths annually from diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.The goal of World Immunisation Week 2018 is to urge greater action on immunization around the world, with a particular focus on spotlighting the role that everyone can play in this effort, from donors to individuals.During Vaccination Week, there are a number of activities usually planned in more than 180 countries across the world, including vaccination campaigns, training workshops, round-table discussions, public information campaigns etc to raise awareness about the importance of being immunized.Like many other countries, for us in Guyana, this special week provides an opportunity to remind families and communities in general how effective vaccines can be, and to encourage people to take action to ensure that more children, and increasingly people in other age groups, are immunized against deadly and debilitating diseases.According to WHO, there are more than 19 million unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children in the world, putting them at serious risk of contracting these potentially fatal diseases. Of these children, 1 out of 10 never receive any vaccinations, and most likely has never been seen by the health system.The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) – endorsed by 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly in May 2012 – aims to prevent millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases by 2020 through universal access to immunization. Despite improvements in individual countries and a strong global rate of new vaccine introduction, all of the GVAP targets for disease elimination—including measles, rubella, and maternal and neonatal tetanus—are behind schedule, according to the WHO.In order for everyone everywhere to survive and thrive, countries must make more concerted efforts to reach GVAP goals by 2020. Additionally, those countries that have achieved or made progress towards achieving the goals must work to sustain those efforts over time – so that no person goes without life-saving vaccines.To achieve the kind of progress that is needed, the WHO has urged that governments invest more in immunization efforts, advocates must make vaccines a priority, and people must get themselves and their families vaccinated.Countries are also being urged to reach more children missed by the routine delivery systems, especially those living in countries, districts or areas where less than 80 per cent of them are receiving vaccines, or those living in countries affected by conflicts or emergencies.When a child or adult who is unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated visits a health facility for any reason, their vaccination record should be checked by healthcare workers, and they should be given all vaccines they are missing.That said, Guyana’s immunisation programme has been largely successful, and has resulted in the eradication of illnesses such as polio, yellow fever, and measles among others diseases. We urge all stakeholders to utilize World Vaccination Week, which is dedicated to immunization, to spread the message of the need to be vaccinated; especially in Guyana’s remote areas, where health officials still seem to be facing some challenges.Guyana will continue to make steady progress if every stakeholder — including donors, health professionals, community leaders, school administrators and others — treats the issue of immunization more seriously.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,I live in Meadow Bank and work in Georgetown. I travel everyday using the short drop cars that operate from the East Bank Demerara car park. I realised that some of these car drivers has raised the fare from to and 0 to go Meadow Bank. I am asking the relevant authorities to look into this raise.Sincerely,Mohan Persaudlast_img

first_imgDear Editor,The posting on social media of the racial statement “Coolie people need to take their retarded ass back to the gutter they call India and leave Guyana to the Afro Guyanese, they are worthless garbage”, purportedly made by one Nigel Austin is an asinine and backward comment. These backward comments are the workings of a depraved group of persons who gain relevance in certain quarters. Allegedly made by one Nigel Austin, and I doubt, that comment bears the signature statement of a certain racial clique who believes that they own Guyana. These extremists see Guyana as a stomping ground of “theirs” to do as they please. These comments come as nothing new; they only surface whenever a certain political party is in the ascendancy here. These non-productive, empty people would make these comments when they see their State-sponsored existence is reduced.If this “Austin guy” feels so strongly about Indians and believes that Indians should go back to India, then in the same token, why not Blacks go back to Africa? We are not the indigenous peoples of this country; we all came here under the same circumstances?I am looking forward to condemnatory statements from all the Afro-based groupings in Guyana. I call on them to distance themselves from such backward comments. But when you think about a place called Guyana, this might be wishful thinking. But I am, however, tolerant and very trusting that I can be proven wrong.So, in closing we are all here; we must all live here, right here, in peaceful co-existence.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,With reports appearing in some sections of the media that another showdown is looming between the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown and the two largest garbage collection agencies which are contracted to provide refuse collection services to corporate, residential and industrial customers, certainly not a citizen of Georgetown should be surprised.Absolutely no one should be startled that payments to the two companies by the Council could be slipping into arrears again. Without an audit done of Council’s financial records in over two decades, with the profusion of financial scams over the years, and with the profuse and improvident spending that the Council is so well known for, how could one expect anything other than insolvency, defalcation, and total bankruptcy at the Council?It will not be much longer before the Central Government will be asked to jump in and bail City Council out again, especially since the Local Government Elections are scheduled in a matter of weeks. Mendicancy, impecuniousness and indigence are the order of the day at the Georgetown City Council.Further, the city’s two largest waste collection service providers working for the Georgetown Municipality should not be the least surprised at the plan being hatched to jettison them from the garbage collection arrangements involving the capital’s nursery, primary and secondary schools in favour of another ‘well-connected contractor. This is just another bare-faced, crude, and open attempt at massive corruption, malfeasance and nepotism at the Council.Sincerely,Sambu Jacobuslast_img read more

Corrupt Police Officers

first_imgDear Editor,Several times each day, police officers, who could only be deemed corrupt, have been patrolling the De Hoop branch road (which is an ungazetted road), preying on unlicensed drivers or unlicensed motor, vehicles looking for a bribe.While I will not condone the breaking of the law, we need to look at the whole picture:1. Many of the farmers who operate tractors and other heavy equipment in this area are illiterate, thus they are unable to pass the theoretical driving test. However, they are professionals when it comes to actually operating the machines.2. These machines may only cross the road on their way to the back lands, and do not use the road daily, hence, many are unlicensed.As a result of the above, corrupt police officers mainly from the Mahaica and Mahaicony Police Stations see these areas as a gold mine for bribery. Many days I thought that the President saw it fit to visit our area when I heard the wailing sirens, but as it got closer I realised that it was just the police chasing a hapless farmer. In fact, it is not uncommon to see the police vehicle going after a farmer operating his machinery on his private property. So desperate are these officers for bribe money.Only yesterday a young lady, who is unlicensed, was driving a vehicle on her private property to attend a mandir. She was stopped by the police who demanded $20,000 in bribe or they would take her to the Mahaica Police Station. She refused to give them any money, so she was instructed to drive to the police station. She also refused to do so since she was on her private property and not on the public road. She locked her vehicle and walked away. In a desperate attempt to take the vehicle to the police station, the police broke the lock on the vehicle.For being an unlicensed driver or driving a vehicle with expired documents, the police sometimes demand as much as $50,000. These officers would often patrol this ungazetted branch road even in the nights hoping to catch a farmer driving home who may have taken a drink after a hard day’s work.After collecting a bribe, these very police officers, in their police uniform, would visit a rum shop and imbibe until they are drunk, then drive in that drunken state back to the police station. In fact, about a year ago after one of their drinking sessions one, of the officers crashed a police pick-up into a house along the De Hoop main road.It may also be important to note that this unfortunate situation has taken a racial undertone since it is one particular ethnic group that is being targeted by police from another ethnic group. Thus, this is potentially an explosive situation especially since the residents are totally fed up and are at a breaking point.In view of the above, I am hereby calling on the Commissioner of Police and the Commander of C Division to address this situation immediately.Yours sincerely,Janaknauth Panchulast_img read more


first_img Print Friendly Version The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to the McGill Redmen on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 22) at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. # 6 TORONTO Dominik Nowak L 7-6,6-3 Thomas MCGILL MENS                                                     TORONTO 3  MCGILL 4 # 7 TORONTO Daniel Hill W 6-2,6-3 David # 2 TORONTO Alec Luchak/ Victor Miglo L 8-5 Philipe/Max DOUBLES TORONTO HOW IT HAPPENED: Singles wins were recorded by Toronto’s No. 1 and 2 players, Brett Stinson and Andrew Bourne-Kaponeridis. They also teamed for the No. 1 doubles victory. Daniel Hill recorded the other singles win at the No. 7 spot. # 3 TORONTO Christian Krustev/ Dominik Nowak L 8-5 David/Chaska UP NEXT: The Blues tennis team will be hosting University of Montreal tomorrow (Sept. 23) at noon at the UTSC tennis courts.center_img # 5 TORONTO William Tsai L 6-1,6-4 Max # 2 TORONTO Andrew Bourne-kaponeridis    W 6-1,6-1 Mathieu # 1 TORONTO Brett Stinson/ Andrew Bourne-kaponeridis    W 8-4 Bijan/Mathieu For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Story Links SINGLES # 4 TORONTO Alec Luchak L 6-3,7-5 Guillaume # 1 TORONTO Brett Stinson W 3-6,7-6,10-2 Philipe # 3 TORONTO Victor Miglo L 4-6,7-5,10-7 Bijanlast_img read more

first_imgAs the Preliminary Inquiry into the murder of Rubis Gas Station Accountant Jason Cort continues, Magistrate Judy Latchman on Tuesday accepted statements given by one of the accused, as evidence provided by the Prosecution.Stancey Rodney, 27, a mason, of Lot 24 Guyhoc Park; Linton Eastman, 30, a miner; and Clifton Gibson, 30, of Perry Street, Tucville, Georgetown, are all charged with the murder of Jason Cort.The defence team argued that the statements given by Gibson should not be accepted as it was signed by the accused forcefully.However, Latchman in making her decision stated that the statements were given freely and voluntarily. The charge alleged that on June 17, 2015, at Meadowbrook Garden, Georgetown, they murdered Cort during the course of a robbery.On the day in question at around 22:30h, Cort was shot to the chest when gunmen invaded his home and shot him before making off with his licensed firearm, mobile phone and Nintendo game.He had just returned home from an outing with his girlfriend. She was also at home at the time of the incident but was unhurt.One person from the community had indicated that after hearing the loud explosion and looking outside, they observed persons scaling the fence of Cort’s home and making good their escape up the road.Cort was rushed to the Dr Balwant Singh Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Following the shooting, the three men were arrested and charged with the offence. The Preliminary Inquiry is schedule to continue on July 11.last_img read more

first_imgThe establishment of the five-member Public Procurement Commission (PPC), which is currently marred by delays before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), will see the phasing out of Cabinet’s role in giving its ‘no-objection’ to the procurement process.Junior Finance Minister, Jaipaul SharmaThis is according to Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma, who noted that before this could come into effect the Public Procurement Commission would have to be in place.However, he pointed out that in the absence of such a Commission, then in accordance with the laws, Government would now have to increase the ceiling on contracts’ value that Cabinet is required to give its no-objection on.As it is presently, the Procurement Act provides for Cabinet to review contacts exceeding the value of $15 million. However, the Junior Finance Minister hinted that this amount could increase to $40 million to $50 million.According to the law, Cabinet and the Public Procurement Commission, upon its establishment, shall review annually, the Cabinet’s threshold for review of procurement, with the objective of increasing that threshold over time so as to promote the goal of progressively phasing out Cabinet’s involvement and decentralising the procurement process.“In the interim, if the Public Procurement Commission is not established, Cabinet should have been increasing (the ceiling) every year… The law stipulates that Cabinet’s role should be phased out and by Government increasing the limit, is an indication that we are going to phase out,” he stated.Sharma noted that when contracts were before Cabinet for its ‘no-objection’, Ministers were very vocal and objective about their positions and this often resulted in the process being stymied.“If a Minister objects to (a contract), the project will have to go back to the tender board and be re-evaluated and then returned back (to Cabinet) and that in itself is holding it up. So the Public Procurement Commission is needed,” he stated.Minister Sharma was at the time speaking with reporters after the opening ceremony of a one-day sensitisation workshop on public procurement hosted by CARIFORUM and the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) on Tuesday.During his remarks to the gathering, the Junior Finance Minister outlined that the delayed establishment of the Public Procurement Commission was not preventing Government from taking appropriate steps to ensure that there was a transparent and accountable procurement process.He noted that among the measures put in place by Government, in the interim, was increasing the limit on contracts processed at various levels, starting from the ministerial boards to the regional tender boards and then the National Tender Board.“Increasing limits assist the various boards to process larger amounts in terms of contracts so that they don’t have to send it to the National Board for considerations. So, at their level, they can facilitate that process,” he stated.Additionally, Sharma noted that Cabinet also looked at the proposal of increasing the number of evaluators available to Government. Currently, evaluators are made up of public servants such as Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Department.The Minister explained that “by increasing the number of evaluators, you make it possible for persons to meet on a regular basis so that they can evaluate and report to the various boards on that evaluation and the award will be made. So it’s an effort to speed up the process so contracts will be awarded …more speedily…”The Junior Finance Minister went on to say another step taken by Government to ensure transparency and accountability was the implementation of the ‘Bid Protest Committee’, which allows contractors who were not satisfied with the evaluation to make an objection to the process.He pointed out that already one company has made an objection to the Committee. That company is Cevon’s Waste Management Inc which filed objections to the award of the $221 million contract to Puran Brothers Inc for the management of the Haags-Bosch Landfill site at Eccles, East Bank Demerara.last_img read more

first_imgA 37-year-old excavator operator of Crabwood Creek, Corentyne, Berbice, was on Friday granted M bail when he appeared at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court on a manslaughter charge.Vijay Arjunandan pleaded not guilty to the charge, which said that on August 1, 2016, at the Number 63 Beach, he caused the death of Veeren Mootoosammy, 9, of Lot 1 Mibicuri South, Black Bush Polder, while riding his jet ski.Magistrate Charlyn Artiga also ordered that the accused lodge his passport and report to the Number 51 Police Station every Friday as a condition of his bail.Dead: Daniel MootoosammyIt had been reported that the little boy lost his life after an alleged accident at the Number 63 Beach, as families went there to celebrate Emancipation.Mootoosammy, a grade four student of Yakasary Primary, had gone with two of his brothers and an uncle for the outing to the beach when tragedy struck.last_img read more

first_img… AFC leaders against appointmentBy: Indrawattie NatramHaimraj Hamandeo, former Senior Welfare Officer and physiologist, has been appointed by the Public Service Commission as the new Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) for Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) but even as he assumed duties, members of the coalition government have prevented him from taking up his position.Hamandeo has replaced Sunil Singh who was transferred from Region Two to another region. Hamandeo has a BSc in psychology and a Master of Arts degree.In February, the Public Service Commission had written to Region Two Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson for the filling of the vacancy. In that letter it stated that approval was given via the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Presidency Department of theAFC Councillor NaithramSenior School Welfare Officer Haimraj HamandeoPublic Service for the creation of the vacancy. It was advised for the position to be advertised.After the vacancy was advertised, Hamandeo, 28, had applied, was interviewed and was the most qualified applicant, hence he was chosen for the position. Hamandeo has assumed duty, but to date there is no office or orientation given to him since there was an objection to his appointment by Alliance For Change (AFC) members in Region Two.At the recent statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) on August 9, 2016, Region Two Chairman Daveanand Ramdatt informed the house that the Region has a new officer but he has not been oriented by REO Hopkinson. According to Ramdatt, Hamandeo was appointed because of his qualifications and according to his assumption letter he is on one year probationary period. That letter was signed by Personnel from the Public Service Commission.However coalition Councillor and AFC Chairman Naithram and Secretary for AFC, Karan Chand, spoke out about the appointment. In their letters addressed to Ministers of Government, they stated that the new DREO Haimraj Hamandeo is 28 years of age and does not have the requisite experience for the position. They further explained that the job specifications stipulate that the DREO must have, “at least 15 years of experience in the Public Sector, at least five years of which must be at a senior management level.” They stated that there is no way a 28-year-old could have fulfilled these requirements.However, several RDC councillors spoke out about the AFC leaders trying to block the DREO from entering his office. People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillors Showkat Ali and Arnold Adams said Hamandeo was appointed through the right procedures by a Commission that is highly recognised in the Government. They also noted that the Public Service Commission is an independent body and makes decisions for itself.In responding, REO Hopkinson said that he was on leave when the appointment was made. He said that when he returned he was told about the new DREO and said however, the Ministries of the Presidency and Communities are unaware of such an appointment. Hopkinson said he works according to instructions from relevant authorities and ministers, and he has not yet received such orders.last_img read more

first_img…says more than enough to pay public servants a liveable wageThe Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) has taken umbrage over recent statements emanating from representatives of the local Private Sector, saying that the more than $40 billion it is handed each year in tax waivers and other concessioGPSU President, Patrick Yardns can be used to pay public servants a liveable wage.The public servants’ bargaining body was at the time speaking specifically to Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President Vishnu Doerga’s recent statement regarding Government’s ability to afford to make a higher pay increase to public servants.The Union has since questioned whether the more than $40 billion in concessions given to the Private Sector annually has in any way motivated Doerga’s seemingly ill-advised statement.GPSU, in a strongly worded missive in response to Doerga’s affordability argument, said that members of the Public Sector were currently being held prisoners “of meagre wages and salaries”, and they continued “to be victims of a mundane and miserable existence”.The bargaining body, which recently rejected the 1 to 10 per cent final salary increase proposal made by Government, said Doerga, “in all of his argument as with those of Ministers (Winston) Jordan and (Dominic) Gaskin, no consideration is given to the issue of a living wage, not a level of earnings that support the kind of lavish lifestyle enjoyed by many members of the business class, but earnings that afford a decent living, which properly defined, can be taken to mean enough to afford themselves and their families a reasonable and comfortable level of existence.”Taking aim at the concessions afforded to the Private Sector annually, the GPSU said, “If there is some validity in the affordability argument to which both Mr Doerga and the mentioned Ministers cling, the question that they must answer (if they dare) has to do with whether the concept of affordability does not apply in equal measure to the vulnerability of an undermotivated Public Service that continues to keep going by sheer force of will.”The GPSU said Doerga must also relate affordability to the more than $40 billion in duty-free concessions and remission of taxes which the Government gives to the Private Sector each year.This, the Union contends, incidentally, “is more than what is required to pay Government employees in and out of uniform, ie, Army, Police, teachers, public servants wages and salaries, etc.”The GPSU used the occasion to also point out that there was, as well, the issue of Private Sector operatives who do not pay their correct taxes as was mentioned by the Finance Minister.It has since recommended to Doerga and “those of his private colleagues who share his view a course of action that supports a better paid, better incentivised Public Service… This is in the interest of the Public Sector, the Private Sector and the country as a whole.”Despite the repeated objections which have since led to a call for conciliation, Government will this month begin to make the 1 to 10 per cent pay increases.This will mean that public servants will, on their October pay cheques, be receiving their increases for the month, in addition to the amount accumulated retroactive to January 2016.Minister Jordan made the disclosure recently as he engaged the media corps, and insisted that it was all Government could sustainably afford at the time.At the time of the announcement of the final offer, Government had sought to emphasise that the proposal for wages and salary increases for public servants had taken into consideration the current socio-economic environment and the difficulty in agreeing to increases that would entail having to raise additional revenue and the unsustainability of any further addition to its offer with regard to the current and future budgets.last_img read more

first_imgChairman of the Education Committee within the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Chairman of the Education Committee, Denise BelgraveBerbice) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Denise Belgrave, has asserted that in order for the region’s teachers to perform effectively at the level of management and administration, there has to be some form of training or guidance.She made the assertion while addressing Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the education system, Ed Caesar and Councillors at a recent consultation held in the region. Belgrave said she has recognised that teachers who act in the roles of administrators, more so at the nursery level, have serious issues with managing schools and blamed the lack of knowledge on their part. She said she is uncertain when issues of vacancies would be addressed in the region, so it appears as though the teachers who are presently acting in these positions would be acting for some time. The Education Committee Chairman then suggested that the teachers should in the meantime be guided from the level of the Department of Education.“I think that these teachers need some amount of guidance – seminars, workshops should be done to give them some leverage… because there is a difference between classroom teachers and being a manager, an administrator. I’ve seen a lot, because we have a lot of issues and conflicts,” Belgrave said.She added that there are a lot of retired educators in the region that would be happy to assist, stressing that they should be given an opportunity. Belgrave, who was also scheduled to retire, said she was willing to continue to assist the region in whatever way possible. “We have a passion for education, use us back so we can work,” she said.last_img read more

first_img… accused of beheading uncleThe former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank who on Sunday morning allegedly decapitated his uncle over a land dispute, was on Wednesday arraigned at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.Dwayne Tappin, called “Waynie”, appeared before Magistrate Ashley George and had the indictable charge of murder read to him.The charge alleged that on August 6, 2017, at Lot 125 South Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, he murdered his 51-year-old uncle, Randolph Seenauth.The 27-year-old was remanded. The case will continue on September 28.Guyana Times had previously reported that Seenauth’s head was found separate from his body in his bloodied home early Sunday morning by Police ranks that were called to the area at the behest of neighbours.Neighbours were reportedly awakened by a loud commotion coming from the property and the Police were called to investigate.This publication understands that after hacking his uncle to death, Tappin fled the scene but later surrendered to the Police and confessed.Meanwhile, the dead man’s sister, Indra Seenauth, revealed that the murder stemmed from a land dispute in the family coupled with another incident.It was reported that Tappin accompanied by two male friends allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl. The matter was reported and the 27-year-old man had since threatened to kill Seenauth, whom he believed reported the matter to the Police.However, Indra Seenauth denied that the dead man reported the matter as she disclosed that he is epileptic and as such cannot read and write.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, January 1 – Players from Premier League leaders Arsenal sent stricken Formula One great Michael Schumacher a get well message after their 2-0 home win over Cardiff City on Wednesday.Following the match at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal’s German forward Lukas Podolski posted a picture on Facebook of him and several of his team-mates holding an under-shirt bearing the message ‘GET WELL SOON SCHUMI’. In a written message, Podolski said: “Tough game, important win and we are on top position again. But our thoughts are with you, Michael. All the best wishes from AFC team to you. Poldi.”Seven-time world champion Schumacher began the new year in an induced coma in a hospital in the French city of Grenoble after hitting his head on a rock while skiing in the Alps.The German sustained severe brain injuries in the incident, but his condition was described on Wednesday as “stable”.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H on track during practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9, 2017 in Montreal © Getty/AFP / CLIVE MASONMONTREAL, Canada, Jun 9 – Kimi Raikkonen topped the times ahead of Lewis Hamilton as Ferrari edged in front in a close scrap with champions Mercedes in Friday afternoon’s second free practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.The Finn, who finished a disappointed and controversial second in Ferrari’s one-two triumph at last month’s Monaco Grand Prix, clocked a best lap in one minute and 12,935 seconds to outpace the Briton, who was fastest in the morning’s opening session, by 0.215 seconds. Championship leader and four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel was third fastest in the second Ferrari ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas, who was fourth in the second Mercedes.The top four were separated by only 0.375 seconds at the end of a closely-contested session that ended with Vettel complaining that three-time champion Hamilton was slowing him down as he followed him.“He keeps making mistakes and backing off,” said Vettel on the Ferrari team radio, a charge that could not be leveled at 2007 champion Raikkonen who was in scorching form.Dutchman Max Verstappen was fifth for Red Bull, before he pulled up in the closing stages with gearbox problems, ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa of Williams and two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who posted an excellent late lap for McLaren Honda to go seventh.Frenchman Esteban Ocon and his Force India team-mate Mexican Sergio Perez were eighth and 10th either side of Russian Daniil Kvyat in his Toro Rosso.The session was packed with incidents with many cars struggling and spinning – including Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Haas, who spun three times, Vettel and Verstappen, as they sought the limits of their performance.It began with Spaniard Carlos Sainz going out first in his Toro Rosso to try and make up for lost time after losing the entire morning session with an engine failure.Vettel was soon fastest before Ricciardo reported “loss of power” as his Red Bull team were hit by the first of their problems on a difficult day.Hamilton displaced Vettel after 21 minutes before Raikkonen delivered his lap in 1:12.935 seconds to take over on top.The session was then halted by a red flag with 18 minutes remaining when Verstappen, in the second Red Bull, suffered a gearbox problem and pulled up between Turns 7 and 8, a position regarded as dangerous.The session re-started with 13 minutes remaining and almost the entire field, bar the two broken Red Bulls, on track. Perez, almost immediately, spun at Turn Two.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgWoods has endured mixed results since returning to the tour this season, finishing tied for 23rd at Torrey Pines in January before missing the cut at Riviera in Los Angeles last month.He followed that up with a 12th-place finish at the Honda Classic and is playing the Valspar at Tampa, Florida this week in an attempt to hone his game before the Masters.Woods missed all of 2016 and most of 2017 because of debilitating back trouble that culiminated in spinal fusion surgery last April.He said the 47-year-old Mickelson’s victory at the WGC Championship in Mexico on Sunday encouraged him to believe he could still add to his collection of 106 professional wins.“What Phil’s doing is showing that we can still do it later on in our careers,” Woods told reporters on Wednesday.“Davis won at 51, Phil at 47,” he said, referring to Davis Love III. “There are a few guys who can do it late in their career.”Woods, who has missed the last two Masters, is also not ruling out a member of the old guard prevailing at Augusta next month.“The favorites are the guys who’ve always done well there,” Woods said, insisting that himself and former champions such as Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Bubba Watson and Mickelson were all capable of challenging.“I’m not going to put it out of the realm if Freddie feels good, he’s still in he mix. Bernhard is still in the mix. Phil is in the mix. Myself, Bubba. There’s a few who know how to play the golf course and it fits us,” Woods said.“There’s definitely going to be some young guys who’ve been playing well up there. But Augusta is one of those courses that favors the vets. It’s a hard test.”– ‘Here I am’ –At this stage of the season, however, Woods is simply happy to be back on the circuit.“I’m just ecstatic to have a chance to play again and to have a chance to win golf tournaments and compete,” he said.“There was a while there where I didn’t know if I was ever going to be out there again in the capacity of a professional player. But here I am, and it’s a lot of fun.”Woods said he hopes to use Valspar to fine-tune his game while building up his endurance.“Keep progressing, keep making small changes, small tweaks,” he said. “Hopefully I can continue to do that this week.“I’ve only played 10 rounds. I know some people are saying that I’ve been a little erratic, or a little inconsistent. But it’s 10 rounds. It’s not that many.“I looked up some of my stats last night as I wanted to see where I’m ranked — I’m not even on the rankings, because I haven’t played enough rounds.“That’s basically how my comeback has been so far.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tiger Woods plays a shot during the final round of the Honda Classic in Florida in February, 2018, where he finished 12th as part of a comeback bid ahead of the Masters in April © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Logan BowlesMIAMI, United States, Mar 8 – Tiger Woods is drawing inspiration from fellow veteran Phil Mickelson’s win in Mexico last weekend as he plots the latest stage of his comeback this week ahead of next month’s Masters.The 42-year-old former world number one will tee off in the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship on Thursday hoping to get more rounds under his belt heading into Augusta in three weeks’ time.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000England’s Jack Singh Brar follows his tee during the opening day of the Magical Kenya Open on March 14, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 14 – England’s Jack Singh Brar and South Africa’s Louis De Jager returned a score of 7-under par to share the lead after round one of the 2019 Magical Kenya Open, played at the Karen Country Club on Thursday.Singh started off his round in steady fashion, not dropping a shot in the opening five holes, before turning on the style with an eagle on the par-5 sixth, following it up with a hat trick of birdies on the par-4 seventh, eighth and ninth for a first nine score of 30, 5-under par. He kept his form going after turning with further birdies on the par-5 11th and 12th, while holding par on the rest of the holes to return a blemish free card of 7-under par, 64 for the round.Speaking after his round, Singh mentioned how the Karen Course was different from the ones he is used to and how he managed to hit the right shots at the right time.“Through the round I got up and down when I needed to and then I was five under through my last four – a great way to finish the round. It was my first time at this course, it is very different to a lot of the courses that we play, it’s quite quirky, and that is something which has suited me in the past, and I like it here.”On his part Louis had a slow start, dropping two shots at the par-3 second, but recovering with birdies on the par-4 third and par-3 fourth holes. He wrapped up the front nine in great form, picking up a further four shots in the last three holes to return a score of 30, 5-under par at the half way point.South Africa’s Louis De Jager follows his tee during the opening day of the Magical Kenya Open on March 14, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe went on to pick up further shots at the par-5 12th and par-4 13th, before faltering with a bogey on the par-3 14th, a further birdie at the 18th saw him return a score of 34, 2-under par for a total score of 7-under par 64 on the day.Speaking on his round, De Jager mentioned how great it was to be back in Africa and how glad he was that he was playing well.“It is always nice to be back in Africa, and when we came here on Tuesday, I felt right at home on my home continent and it felt very similar with the altitude to Pretoria which is home for me. I have been hitting it really well over the past two weeks and I did that again today, but just managed to hole a few putts too.”“It was a lot windier today than I am used to here, so to come away with the score that I did was really satisfying.” He added.The two finished one shot ahead of India’s Bhullar Gaganjeet (-6) and the pair of Spain’s Adri Arnaus and Nothern Ireland’s Michael Hoey who finished on 5-under par. On what was a low scoring and windy round one at the Karen Country Club.Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn finished the round tied for 24th, on a score of 1-under par, alongside the 2016 Kenya Open winner Sebastian Soderberg.Thika Golf Club’s Simon Ngige led the Kenyan players after the round, returning a score of 3-under par, 68 to place him 13th on the leader board, one stroke ahead of Mumias based hard hitter Dismas Indiza.Round two action is set to tee off at 7:20 AM, with the field of 144 golfers looking to make the CUT to play in the third and fourth rounds.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000KCB’s Stanley Abaka attempts to move away from Kabras players during their Kenya Cup match at the Impala Sports Club on February 24, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, May 11 – Defending champions KCB and Kabras Sugar will for the third season in a row clash in the Kenya Cup Final on May 18 in Kakamega after both sides won their respective semi-final clashes on Saturday evening.Holders KCB whitewashed Kenya Harlequins 46-13 at their Lion’s Den backyard in Nairobi while Kabras Sugar hit Mwamba RFC 23-11 in the second semi-final hosted at the Kakamega Showground. KCB and Kabras Sugar have met in the last two finals with KCB winning both; 29-24 in 2018 and 36-8 in 2017- with both matches being hosted by KCB.At the KCB Sports Club in Ruaraka, Kenya Sevens international Andrew Amonde and Isaac Njoroge picked up a brace of tries each while Griffin Musila and Peter Karia went over the chalk once with Jacob Ojee booting six points.Peter Misango and Eden Agero scored Quins’ two tries with Eric Shikukuu splitting the posts with a three pointer as the Ngong road side couldn’t match the bankers for a third time this season.Quins head coach Charles Cardovillis described KCB as “a quality side. Like I said last week if make the mistakes we made we ar going to suffer. The scoreboard tells it off.”“We were wasteful with the ball. Knock-ons, forward passes but again it’s back to the drawing board. It has been a tough side,” he said during the post-match interview.KCB’s Isaac Njoroge evades a tackle from Kenya Harlequins’ Dominic Osino during their Kenya Cup tie at the KCB Sports Club on May 11, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“Just the way they celebrate the victory we must also feel the pain and it’s back to the drawing board. Some hard decisions have to be made. Who are the players to retain and who will let go.”His counterpart Curtis Olago picked a few areas to work on before heading to the forest.“Of course we won but there are a few things to work on. Like off the ball we lacked of concentration we are going to sort going to Kabras.”In Kakamega, Kabras Sugar ran in two converted tries and three penalties against Mwamba’s one try and two penalties.Meanwhile, Kisumu RFC and Western Bulls have won promotion back to the Kenya Cup after each won their Championship play-off.Bulls beat USIU 22-16 while Kisumu beat Catholic Monks 14-11 courtesy of a sudden death penalty. The game was tied at 11-11 in regulation time but heading to sudden death, Lenny Obiero struck in the three points to give the hosts the ticket to the bog boys’ table.–Info courtesy Raga House0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Mwamba RFC’s Tony Owuor with team-mates during their past Kenya Cup match against Homeboyz. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – Mwamba RFC and Impala Saracens highlight this weekend’s Kenya Cup fixtures as the matches enter the fourth round in different venues across the country.Mwamba, who come to this match from beating Kisumu last weekend, welcome back Chris Asira and Michael Agevi in the clash that see them travel away to a wounded Impala. In the other fixtures, Nakuru hosts Kenya Harlequin, Oilers take on champions KCB, Homeboyz faces Western Bulls, Nondescripts entertains Kabras Sugar while Kisumu will be away to Blakblad.There have been several significant picks from the opening three rounds of the 2019/20 Kenya Cup, for instance, Kabras racking up an 89-0 score line over Kisumu on match day one in Kakamega.We could also talk about Kisumu’s response on match day two where they stunned Kenya Cup aristocrats Nondescripts with a 19-17 result on match day two.There is also Western Bulls dramatic second half recovery which saw them overcome a 0-19 half time deficit to stun Kenya Harlequin 21-19 at the RFUEA Ground.Menengai Oilers.  Their fortunes were no better on match day two as Menengai Cream Homeboyz came visiting and left with the 15-10 result. KCB then subjected them to a 50-13 defeat last weekend In Ruaraka, a result that condemned them to twelfth position.Quins who won the last three of their eight titles during the heady three-peat period between 2010 and 2012 have fared no better. They began their campaign with a 26-13 defeat away to Menengai Cream Homeboyz. They nearly overturned a 29-3 deficit at home to champions KCB on match day two but were unlucky to be on the wrong end of the 32-20 full time score on match day two.Leading 19-0 at the break against Western Bulls last weekend, a dramatic second half collapse allowed their visitors to score three converted second half tries, claiming the memorable 21-19 result that left Quins second last, also winless like Nakuru but with a superior points difference.With these shared statistics, there is certainly all to play for when both sides step on to the Nakuru Athletic Club turf at 4.00pm on Saturday.Oilers host KCB in NakuruMichael Wanjala of KCB dives to score a try against NAKURU RFC in a game for the Enterprise Cup held at the den in the weekend.Over on the other side of Nakuru town, fourth placed Menengai Oilers host second placed KCB at the Moi Showground.The Oilers, playing their second season in the Kenya Cup, are experiencing better fortunes than their cross town rivals Nakuru whom they defeated 31-5 on match day one.They then pulled off a hard fought 27-21 win away to Western Bulls on match day two before succumbing to a 25-20 defeat last weekend at Menengai Cream Homeboyz.They are winless in their two previous outings against KCB, falling 27-5 and 29-20 last season in fixtures where they played their hearts out.They certainly have the potential to pull off an upset against the reigning Kenya Cup champions and will grab that opportunity should it present themselves.KCB are second on the log, having accumulated 15 points off bonus point wins against Western Bulls (48-11), Quins (32-20) and Nakuru (50-13).The bankers looked particularly shaky in the second half of their match day two encounter against Quins but bounced back in emphatic fashion last weekend at home to Nakuru.They head to Nakuru well aware of the threat from the Oilers, making Saturday’s fixture an attractive one for fans and pundits alike.Will the Sarries bounce back?Impala’s Elkeans Musonye (RIGHT) tackles Kabras Sugar’s Asuman Mugerwa. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThat will be the question on the minds of Resolution Impala Saracens supporters when they take on Stanbic Mwamba at Impala Club. Last weekend’s 27-3 defeat away to Kabras saw them lose their unbeaten record and slip from second to fifth on the log.Prior to that defeat, they had registered two bonus point wins, 26-14 away to Nondies and 57-9 at home to Blak Blad.They come up against a sixth placed Mwamba who returned to winning ways with a 65-22 win over Kisumu in what was an entertaining match three fixture.Previous matches between these two sides have been rich in entertainment value and Saturday’s encounter should be no different.Jamhuri Park double headerImpala RFC’s Davis Makori breaks from Nondescript defence. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAThe second double header of the season once again takes place at the Jamhuri Park. Third placed Menengai Cream Homeboyz will be keen to keep their unbeaten record against Kenya Cup returnees Western Bulls in the early kick off.Homeboyz are three out of three, grinding out wins against Quins (26-13), Nakuru (15-10) and Oilers (25-20). The deejays will be awake to the fact that Bulls can spring a surprise as evidenced by last weekend’s victorious second half rally against Quins.Nondescripts will take on Kabras Sugar in the 4.00pm kickoff at the same venue. The Rangers finally got off the mark with last weekend’s 38-23 win at Blak Blad, a result that hauled them to seventh place on the log.Kabras Sugar have so far exhibited imperious form that sees them sit on top of the table with 15 points from three bonus point victories. They’ve averaged 53 points a game and will be out to maintain this trend when they take on their hosts.Expect fast paced action at Kenyatta UniversityThe teams currently placed ninth and tenth respectively will take on each other at the Kenyatta University.Kisumu, making a return to the Kenya Cup after a five-year hiatus will be looking for their second win of the campaign when they play hosts Blak Blad who are winless three games into the season.Both sides are plucky, full of running and uninhibited in their rugby, making Saturday’s fixture a must watch.0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img“We have only 48 hours to prepare for this game and it is a pity that Wanyama and Origi cannot join this camp. It would have been interesting to have them in camp but it gives an opportunity to other players to show what they can do.“We hope to have a good result in Tanzania and we did not want to force the two to come even if it was a FIFA friendly as the rules say since we want to cultivate a good working relationship with the clubs in future especially when we need them for crucial games,” Michel said after conducting the final training session with the team on Monday evening before their departure to Tanzania.Michel has called up Ulinzi Stars FC custodian, Jacktone Odhiambo to take the place of Origi but with the returning Patrick Osiako and Jerry Santos who missed the 2-1 friendly loss to South Africa last month are available for selection for the Tanzania tie.At the same time, the Frenchman reiterated the regional CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup competition that start on November 24 in Uganda did not remain his priority.“For now, we are thinking in Tanzania and as for CECAFA, what is more important for this country? Performing well at the Africa Home Nation Championships (CHAN) or CECAFA?“After the Tanzania game, we will speak with the federation to see what to do about CECAFA and CHAN. What I want from the players is to show the same spirit we showed against South Africa and improving on the mistakes that made us lose the game.”The Mwanza match will be the tenth meeting with Kenya winning 2-1 the last time they met in 2009 as Michel seeks to improve his team’s FIFA ranking of 130.“There is nothing that can be done about our ranking in the world other than ensuring we play in as many games that count and do well. A lot of work needs to be done to take the ranking higher.“That is why we need the same behaviour and attitude we saw against South Africa,” he added.The team is set to depart on Tuesday for their match.SQUADGoalkeepers: Jacktone Odhiambo (Ulinzi Stars), Fredrick Onyango (Gor Mahia)Defenders: Simiyu Wafula (AFC Leopards), Eugene Asike( Sofapaka), Geoffrey Kokoyo (Ulinzi Stars), James Mulinge (Ulinzi Stars), Brian Mandela (Santos), Christopher Wekesa (Gor Mahia, James Situma (Sofapaka )Midfielders: Jerry Santos (Coastal Union, Peter Opiyo (Tusker), Charles Okwemba (AFC Leopards), Patrick Osiako (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Francis Kahata (Thika United), Andrew Tololwa (Mathare United), Osborne Monday (Sofapaka) Forwards: Dennis Oliech (Auxerre), Wesley Kemboi (Western Stima), Moses Arita (Thika United), Ayub Timbe (RC Genk), Patrick Oboya (MFK Ruzomberok)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 11- Manchester United target and Celtics FC midfield sensation, Victor Wanyama as well as Norway based keeper, Arnold Origi will not feature in Kenya’s friendly with Tanzania in Mwanza on Wednesday, head coach Henri Michel confirmed Monday.Wanyama, who scored against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, last week is out due to an undisclosed illness while Origi who turns out for Ull/Kisa has been given leave by Harambee Stars management after playing too many games for his club.last_img read more

first_imgBut coach Paulo Bento was just relieved to see his captain and talisman back after an injury layoff that had sparked fears that Ronaldo might not be fit for Brazil.Ronaldo was substituted on 65 minutes, but it appeared to have been a planned change and there was no indication that he was suffering any ill effects from his injury problems.He was replaced by Real teammate Pepe, a key defender and another whose World Cup preparations have been badly hindered by injury.“Ronaldo played a good match, especially when considering that he has not played competitively for two weeks,” said Bento.“Players like him are important for any team, and that is the case with ourselves too. It’s good to have him back.”Portugal, who were flying to Brazil immediately after the match, start their World Cup assault against Germany on June 16 in Group G — the so-called “Group of Death” — which also includes the USA and Ghana.Raul Meireles also returned to the side after injury, giving Bento a full squad to choose from for the first time in the build-up to Brazil.“The players are all fit and we have no concerns,” said Bento. “That’s very positive.”It took Ronaldo just 51 seconds to show what he can do, picking the ball up and powering towards goal, but his shot from outside the box was comfortable for Irish keeper David Forde.With their next attack, on three minutes, Portugal took the lead, as Silvestre Varela crossed from the right and striker Hugo Almeida rose unmarked to crash home a header.Ronaldo’s next contribution, on 10 minutes, was to slip awkwardly as he tried to turn, drawing gasps from the 46,000 crowd at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.But the 29-year-old, cheered every time he touched the ball, picked himself up off the turf — no doubt to the relief of Bento and 10.5 million Portuguese.Ronaldo was inches away from grabbing a second on 19 minutes, but his direct free kick from 20 yards pinged off the inside of Forde’s post.A minute later it was 2-0, as a Fabio Coentrao cross was deflected off the Irish boot of Richard Keough, the ball looping over Forde and beyond his outstretched glove.On 37 minutes Ronaldo was heavily involved as the Portuguese went 3-0 up. His close-range header was saved by Forde but Almeida was quickest to the rebound to net his second of the match.– Great to have Ronaldo back –An experimental Irish side showed greater appetite for the fight in the second half and scored the best goal of the night, as a quick free kick caught Portugal napping, setting James McClean free in the box.He still had plenty to do, but did it brilliantly, slaloming towards goal before unleashing a shot that gave keeper Rui Patricio no chance.Portugal put gloss on the scoreline in the closing stages as Nani, a substitute, set up Vieirinha to thrash home and then teed up Coentrao for number five.Nani, who impressed in his cameo, said it was “great” to have Ronaldo back.“I think he showed he’s good, he’s well, and I think he showed he will be 100 percent,” said the Manchester United winger.“We are in a tough group but when you are in the World Cup you know you have to challenge the best teams. We are ready for that and we are confident.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000EAST RUTHERFORD, June 11- Cristiano Ronaldo had a hand in a goal and hit a post on his return as Portugal concluded their World Cup preparations with a 5-1 romp over the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.The Real Madrid striker, who missed his country’s previous two warm-up games because of thigh and knee injuries, was not at his brilliant best for long periods of a one-sided friendly in the United States.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Brazil’s forward Neymar is seen after receiving a yellow card during the 2015 Copa America football championship match, in Santiago, Chile, on June 17. PHOTO/APSANTIAGO, June 22 – Brazil said Monday it will not appeal against a four-match ban on captain Neymar which will rule him out of the rest of the Copa America tournament.The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said the Barcelona superstar would leave the team base in Santiago on Monday. “During a meeting on Sunday night between Neymar and the technical management it was decided that the CBF would respect CONMEBOL’s decision,” said a CBF statement.Neymar was sent off at the end of Brazil’s Copa game against Colombia last Wednesday when he appeared to headbutt an opposing player.The South American confederation, CONMEBOL, banned him for four matches on Friday. Brazil had indicated it wanted to appeal and protested at Neymar’s treatement by referees during the tournament.“The coaching staff and the player hope that the same rigour with which CONMEBOL punished Neymar will be applied in all competitions organised by the entity,” the statement added.“The coaching staff of the Brazilian squad regret the loss of another important player for this tournament.”The Brazilian squad said “Neymar is leaving the delegation which is based at the Sheraton hotel in Santiago on Monday.”Brazil ensured they went into the quarter finals as top team from Group C by beating Venezuela 2-1 on Sunday. They will now face Group B runners-up Paraguay on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThe Chetwynd RCMP, RCMP Dog Services, Search and Rescue along with RCMP Air Services and the Provincial Emergency Program are all involved in the search for Koening in the Del Rio area, north east of Chetwynd.Daniel Koening is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and was last seen on July 10, 2012. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a brown/orange plaid jacket and was wearing a grey/black ball hat.Daniel KOENIG is described as; 6 feet tall 180 lbs blue eyes Grey hair- Advertisement -If you have any information about his whereabouts, call the RCMP immediately.last_img read more

first_imgFreshman guard Ty Lawson led six Tar Heels in double figures with a career-high 18 points. Arizona fell to 14-6. Wildcats leading scorer Marcus Williams sprained his right ankle midway through the first half. He returned for about five minutes in the second half but finished with only four points. “I just told the guys, ‘This is a nightmare. Forget it,”‘ Olson said. “We’re not even going to look at the tapes.” No. 1 Florida 91, at Auburn 66: Taurean Green, Lee Humphrey and Al Horford scored 17 points apiece to help the Gators (19-2, 6-0 SEC) beat the Tigers (13-9, 3-4) and win their 12th consecutive game. At No. 5 Ohio State 66, Michigan State 64: Greg Oden scored 19 points to help the Buckeyes (18-3, 6-1 Big Ten) beat the Spartans (17-5, 4-3). Wright and backup swingman Marcus Ginyard missed the game with stomach illnesses. But the Tar Heels (19-2) missed neither as they romped to their fourth consecutive victory. “I think it is a big statement about how deep our team is, that we have guys on the bench who can start and we can still win a game like this,” said forward Deon Thompson, who replaced Wright and scored 14 points. North Carolina stepped away from the Atlantic Coast Conference for a day and stepped all over Arizona. Playing without Brandan Wright, their second-leading scorer and rebounder, the No. 4 Tar Heels routed the 17th-ranked Wildcats 92-64 Saturday, handing Lute Olson his worst home loss in 24 seasons as Arizona’s coach. center_img At No. 6 Texas A&M 70, Oklahoma 61: Antanas Kavaliauskas scored 20 points as the Aggies (17-3, 5-1 Big 12) beat thye visiting Sooners (11-8, 3-4). No. 7 Oregon 77, at No. 20 Washington State 74, OT: Aaron Brooks returned from a suspension to score 31 points and help the Ducks (19-2, 7-2 Pac-10) beat the Cougars (17-4, 6-3) in overtime. Brooks was benched for disciplinary reasons when the Ducks were upset by Washington on Thursday. Derrick Low led WSU with 37 points. At No. 8 Kansas 97, Colorado 74: Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers scored 21 points apiece and the Jayhawks (18-3, 5-1 Big 12) rolled past the Buffaloes (5-12, 1-6). At No. 9 Pittsburgh 72, St. John’s 46: Aaron Gray had 13 points and 10 rebounds to help the Panthers (19-3, 7-1 Big East) beat the Red Storm (12-9, 3-5). At No. 11 Memphis 67, Southern Mississippi 64: Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 15 points and the Tigers (17-3, 7-0 Conference USA) beat the Golden Eagles (13-6, 3-3). Arkansas 63, at No. 12 Alabama 57: Patrick Beverley scored 19 points and Steven Hill had 16 rebounds to help the Razorbacks (14-7, 3-4 SEC) beat the Crimson Tide (15-5, 2-4). At No. 13 Oklahoma State 62, Iowa State 50: Terrell Harris had 21 points to help the Cowboys (18-3, 4-2 Big 12) beat the Cyclones (11-9, 2-4). No. 14 Butler 68, at Detroit 58: A.J. Graves had 15 points to help the Bulldogs (19-2, 7-1 Horizon League) beat the Titans (7-13, 4-5). At BYU 61, No. 16 Air Force 52: Keena Young scored 17 points to help the Cougars (15-6, 5-2 Mountain West) beat the Falcons (19-3, 6-2). At No. 18 Nevada 79, Utah State 62: Nick Fazekas had 24 points and 18 rebounds to help the Wolf Pack (19-2, 7-1 WAC) beat the Aggies (15-5, 4-3). At No. 22 Notre Dame 66, Villanova 63: Colin Falls scored 23 points, including four in the final 65 seconds, to lead the Fighting Irish (17-4, 5-3 Big East) over the Wildcats (14-6, 3-4). At No. 23 Indiana 76, Michigan 61: Roderick Wilmont and D.J. White scored 15 points apiece to help the Hoosiers (15-5, 5-2 Big Ten) beat the Wolverines (16-6, 4-3). 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

first_imgWASHINGTON – They stayed on the court the entire first half, neither player willing to head to the bench unless the other made the first move. They traded crossover drives, 360-degree dunks and 3-pointers that dropped out of orbit and into the basket. For the first 24 minutes of Saturday night’s game, the Kobe Bryant and Gilbert Arenas show was the best that basketball had to offer. Bryant finished with 39 points on 14-of-26 shooting with six assists and six rebounds. The rest of the Lakers followed his lead, shooting 51.9 percent and scoring 34 more points Saturday than in their loss at Indiana only 24 hours earlier. “The basket just felt really, really huge and I felt I was in a good rhythm,” Bryant said, “but I realized what we’re trying to do as a basketball club, so I had to step back a little bit and try and bring us along.” There was no need for Bryant to take a bow at center court or toss his jersey into the stands as the final horn sounded. The Lakers had secured an important road victory while Arenas made just 3 of 12 shots in the second half. “I was here all last night shooting, getting ready for the game,” Arenas said. “I have to stop doing that serious thing before a game. I have to be my goofy self. Tonight I was too serious and that is why I struggled early.” By contrast, Bryant maintained all along that he wasn’t excited about a rematch against Arenas, who scorched the Lakers for a franchise-record 60 points in a Dec. 17 game at Staples Center. Arenas scored an NBA-record 16 of those points in overtime matched up against Bryant, who questioned after that game whether the Wizards’ All-Star guard had a “conscience” in the shots he takes. “I’m an old dog, man,” said Bryant, who is in his 11th season. “I’ve been around, done that. I’ve had many individual battles. But the challenge that I look forward to the most is continuing to move in the right direction towards winning the championship. “That’s the ultimate test. Not whether or not I can outduel somebody on an individual basis. The challenge is winning a title and I’m focused and we’re all focused towards doing everything necessary to get there.” The Lakers, who improved to 2-2 on this eight-game trip, are now 12-0 when they shoot 50 percent or better. Washington shot just 36.3 percent, with Caron Butler making just 5 of 18 shots, scoring 15 points against his former team. The Lakers took an 83-73 lead with 1:13 left in the third quarter, taking advantage of the long rebounds that Arenas’ wild jumpers tend to produce. Lakers coach Phil Jackson finally decided to sit Bryant after playing him the first 34:47 of the game. Parker missed a 3-pointer, fouled Antonio Daniels to give up a three-point play and earned a seat on the bench as a result. But Sasha Vujacic drilled a 3-pointer to send the Lakers into the fourth quarter leading 86-76. With the memories of Friday’s collapse in Indiana still fresh, Jackson didn’t hesitate in putting Odom and a group of four reserves on the floor. This time, the Lakers held together instead of coming apart. Odom connected on three 3-pointers in the quarter, holding his follow through high in the air, and went on to finish with 19 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. “It does feel good, especially when (the 3-pointers) work as daggers,” Odom said. “Whenever I shoot from deep and exaggerate my follow through, they all feel good. I’ve got a bad habit or snapping back and not following through.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The difference, though, came down to the old dog in Bryant who indeed has learned some new tricks. While Arenas grew consumed by the showdown and made just 9 of 29 shots (3 of 15 3-pointers) on the way to 37 points, Bryant kept the Lakers pointed in the direction of a 118-102 victory over a Wizards team with the Eastern Conference’s best record. last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Luis Suárez is happy to be overshadowed by Barcelona teammate Lionel MessiPARIS, February 22 – Champions League holders Barcelona arrive at the Emirates on Tuesday to tackle an Arsenal side seeking to rediscover the ruthless streak which deserted them in a tame weekend goalless FA Cup tie.The clash headlines a week of European action that sees Bayern Munich at Juventus, PSV Eindhoven hosting Atletico Madrid and Manchester City at Dynamo Kiev. Barca and Arsenal are no strangers in this arena, the pair having fought out the 2006 final, with the Catalans prevailing over Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ 2-1 in Paris.Lionel Messi then scored four times when Barca dished out a 4-1 drubbing to the Gunners in a 2010 quarter-final.And the Argentine superstar inspired a Barca second leg fightback after Arsenal edged the last 16, first leg home tie 2-1 in 2011.To prevent a similar scenario this time around, Gunners coach Arsene Wenger has told his team to bare its teeth on Tuesday after Saturday’s 0-0 stalemate against second-tier Hull.The Frenchman knows a similarly toothless display against free-scoring Luis Suarez and Neymar will leave his men on the back foot for next month’s last 16, return leg at the Camp Nou.“We need to be more efficient in the final third because today (on Saturday) we have more than 70 percent possession and we will not get that on Tuesday night (against Barcelona),” Wenger said.“We started favourites (against Hull), we won’t be on Tuesday night so on Tuesday night we need great solidarity because we need to defend well, we know that, and make the maximum of our possession, what we didn’t do today.”Mesut Ozil, one of nine changes against Hull, will return to face Barcelona after recovering from a cold.Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker endorsed his manager’s assessment.“Overall, we missed a bit of something and we have to come back quickly in three days time,” said the German world champion.Barca turn up seemingly firing on all cylinders and eight points clear in La Liga after Suarez and Neymar teamed up in the weekend’s 2-1 win at Las Palmas.Barca boss Luis Enrique rested only Gerard Pique, whilst Sergio Busquets was also suspended from the side that is expected to start in north London.– Mueller warning –Bayern head to Turin to face last season’s runners-up Juve with the German giants having Thomas Mueller to thank for digging them out of trouble in a 3-1 home comeback win over Darmstadt over the weekend.Mueller warned that Bayern cannot expect to enjoy the same 81 percent possession in Turin which allowed them to pepper in 36 shots on Darmstadt’s goal.“(Saturday’s) match had nothing to do with Juventus, we’re just happy to have won and taken three more points,” said Mueller.“We have to be tighter in Turin, we can’t allow them so many chances.”Juve are on a 16-match unbeaten home run in European competition, their last defeat coming in 2013 to Bayern in the Germans’ title-winning season.Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is expected to return from a three-week injury lay-off to come up against his old side.Defender Patrice Evra said the Croatian will have even more reason to score.“All the players are important but when someone has already played for the other team, he usually has different motivation to the rest of us, and he won’t hide that fact.“He will want to hit Bayern where it hurts. He’ll be even more hungry than the rest of us.”Bayern coach Pep Guardiola moves to the Premier League next season and his future employers Man City travel to Kiev on the back of Sunday’s 5-1 drubbing by Chelsea in the FA Cup.Coach Manuel Pellegrini courted controversy by fielding five full debutants in his bid to save firepower for Ukraine.Wednesday’s second game sees two-time runners up Atletico at 1988 champions and Dutch leaders PSV.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgDespite the first half lacking any shot on target, it was a great display of tactical and technical prowess between the two sides, Dutch football fighting its way against the rather flamboyant and flowery Brazilian Samba style.Gor were mostly using the right channel in their attack with coach Jose ‘Ze Maria’ Marcelo eager to use the pace of Innocent Wafula and crossing ability of Karim Nizigiyimana.The duo played one-two short passes on the flank in the sixth minute but Wafula’s eventual cross was few inches higher than Jacques Tuyisenge’s height with the Rwandese forward rising in futility to connect the cross.Three minutes later, Wafula powered on the right again before putting in a low cross but George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo arrived in the box few seconds late.Mathare had sat back to absorb the fast pressure applied by Gor and the biggest weapon they used to ensure their keeper remained untested was their fast pressing whenever Gor were in possession.Francis Kimanzi’s side had their first attempt in the 17th minute when Eric Johannah weaved his way from the left to get himself in a good shooting range, but couldn’t get the right technique to test Boniface Oluoch with the ball flying acres wide.Walusimbi caused problems for Mathare in the 21st minute, striking in a powerful freekick from the left finding Wafula isolated at the far post, but the latter’s first touch was too heavy allowing Robinson Kamura to hack it away to safety.Mathare slowly grew into the game, passing the ball well from the back but failed to get anything at the final third despite Gor skipper Musa Mohammed showing some few nervy instances with weak defending.The defending champions came close to winding the half a goal up but Wafula’s freekick from 30 yards out flew a few over.Mathare United midfielder Edward Seda goes down from Gor Mahia’s Khalid Aucho challenge. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWith both sides going into the break goalless, the second half was always set to be an explosive affair.Kimanzi threw in the first dice, taking off Crispin Oduor for Alphonce Ndonye as he sought a more attacking minded display.Gor kept their attacking mantra and they did not wait long to get ahead.Ugandan Walusimbi struck a beauty of a curler in the 68th minute after being accorded time and space by the Mathare backline to leave keeper Peter Odhiambo only watching helplessly as the ball found its way into the top right corner.Mathare had no option but to put up an attacking front and Kimanzi made another change bringing in his top scorer Obadiah Ndege for midfielder Edward Seda.He then threw caution into the wind, pulling off right back Noah Abich for striker Harrison Mwenda but the change did more harm than good.Seven minutes to go, the impressive Erick Ouma burst through the right side of Mathare’s defense before putting in an enticing cross which Tuyisenge headed home powerfully to all but secure the three points for Gor.Despite pulling their weight together in attack, Mathare could not find a way past Gor custodian Boniface Oluoch.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United’s-Daniel Mwaura against Gor Mahia’s Eric Ouma.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya May 22- Godfrey Walusimbi  and Jacques Tuyisenge struck apiece in the second half as SportPesa Premier league defending champions Gor Mahia registered their fifth successive win with a 2-0 win over Mathare United at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday.The result now sees the 15-time record champions dispose Mathare at second spot, with the two tied on 26 points but K’Ogalo have a better goal difference.last_img read more

first_imgFerguson, who was at the Stade de France to see Ronaldo lift the Henri Delaunay Trophy, is adamant that the forward’s dedication to the sport is a part of the reason for his success.The 74-year-old legendary manager enjoyed a six-year relationship with Ronaldo at Manchester United and insists the Portuguese forward’s rewards are justified for his effort over the years.‘He has an incredible desire for football, Cristiano is looking forward to each workout. He always wants to be better, to win. He especially loves these big games,’ Ferguson told BILD.‘During my time at Manchester United, Cristiano was the player who developed the most. Through much hard work.‘He constantly worked on his shooting technique, with the right, left, his heading ability, his bounce.‘His performance improvement is incredible. And what is remarkable, today’s football is so athletic, so fast.‘Usually top players can only play for about five or six years at the highest level, then it’s over. Cristiano has been doing this for over 10 years. That makes him so exceptional.‘Every generation has its special footballer, Cristiano is currently.’0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo has been hailed as the ‘special footballer’ of his generation by Sir Alex Ferguson. PHOTO/BPI.LONDON, United Kingdom, July 14 – Cristiano Ronaldo’s desire for football separates him from the rest as the best current player in the world, believes Sir Alex Ferguson.After leading Real Madrid to a second Champions League title in three years, Ronaldo captained Portugal to their maiden European Championship crown against Euro 2016 hosts France on June 10.last_img read more

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The South Peace Economic Development Commission has initiated the launch of a local business directory in Dawson Creek.“The program allows resource projects to easily find and engage with local businesses through an online platform. This is an essential tool for local contracting programs in the South Peace region.”It’s free for a South Peace business to certify or join the directory since the online tool is sponsored by Community Futures Peace Liard. The South Peace Local Business online certification process is administered by the City of Dawson Creek.To be eligible for the South Peace Local Business certificate companies must meet the following requirements:The company must have a physical presence in the Peace River South Electoral DistrictThe company must provide local employment to at least one resident living in Peace River SouthThe company must have a valid Peace River South (Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Pouce Coupe) business licenseRural based companies are eligible to be included in the database by inputing their physical “911 address” to verify they are located in the rural south peace area- Advertisement -Local South Peace businesses can become certified in three easy steps:Create an online account at company information for profile page (company name, contact information, description and services provided) by following the online registration wizardComplete South Peace Local Business certificate questionnaire and submitYou can search for local businesses by visiting read more

first_img“Directionally, we are supportive of the government’s overall objective and the reason is we are a supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion,” he said.“(But) if there’s curtailment all the way to the point of discontinuing that flow of product, that disruption, that utilization taken away from the refineries would have a pretty negative affect on the refineries. That’s one of the downsides we’ve been making sure the government knows about and to fully assess before they take any further steps.”B.C. Premier John Horgan has been fighting the expansion, even though the federal government approved the $7.4-billion project in November 2016. CALGARY, A.B. — A spokesman for refiners in Western Canada says any move by the Alberta government to shut off the flow of refined fuel to British Columbia might increase prices for consumers there but it would also negatively affect Alberta’s four refineries.Brian Ahearn, regional vice-president for the Canadian Fuels Association, says about 25 per cent of the gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other products produced at the Edmonton-area refineries goes to B.C.He says the loss of that market would have “downsides,” forcing refiners to find alternative markets, accept lower prices or, in a “worse-worse case scenario,” run their operations at less than optimum capacity.- Advertisement -Alberta introduced Bill 12 Monday, legislation that allows the energy minister to tell truckers, pipeline companies and rail operators how much of what products can be shipped when and where.As an example, the province says it could restrict shipments on the Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to the Vancouver area to diluted bitumen, thus halting the refined products it carries.Ahearn says the pipeline carries about 45,000 to 50,000 barrels per day of refined products. The rest of the 80,000 to 100,000 barrels per day is sent by train or truck from Alberta to B.C.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John division of Yellow Vests Canada have announced that they will be holding another rally this Saturday, December 22.Last Saturday, December 15, many gathered in front of M.P. Bob Zimmer’s office to protest about, as the group claims, that the current federal government has failed the mass majority of Canadians in regards to the handling of immigration and job security.The group says they will continue to protest every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in front of the M.P.’s office located on 100 Street.- Advertisement -This is part of a movement that is growing across Canada with rallies held in Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Chilliwack, Langley, Vancouver and several other locations.The next rally in Fort St. John takes place this Saturday, December 22, at 11:00 a.m. at  M.P. Bob Zimmer’s office.last_img read more

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – City officials on Tuesday said they will continue working with the health department, law enforcement and firefighters to reduce risks to the community posed by overcrowding in residential neighborhoods. Saying state laws make it hard to crack down on landlords who allow several families to cram into a single apartment, Santa Clarita council members said they are seeking other ways to control the problem. They called a task force meeting Tuesday to address the issue, inviting the Sheriff’s Department and health officials. State and county laws determine how many people can live under one roof. But enforcing the limits is nearly impossible because people can leave before a check of the premises, said sheriff’s and health department officials. The greatest concentration of blight and overcrowding occurs in older parts of Newhall and Canyon Country, officials said. Santa Clarita code enforcers in 2006 handled 1,726 complaints; roughly one-third resulted from poor maintenance and about 8 percent involved illegal garage conversions. Increased code enforcement citywide has halved the number of illegal garage conversions. Councilman Frank Ferry asked if residents could pass a referendum creating a version of a homeowners association citywide. City Attorney Joe Montes said no such measure could be passed retroactively, and if the city wants to adopt more restrictive occupancy standards, they must be enacted through state legislation. Kellar, a former Los Angeles police officer, said deputies should inform city and county agencies when they spot violations stemming from overcrowding. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m not aware of any time we’ve been able to go in and make a … solid case against anyone,” said Richard Wagner, an official with the Los Angeles County Health Department. Unable to take landlords on directly, the various agencies have turned to stiffer code enforcement for excessive trash, cars parked on lawns, illegal garage conversions and room additions. Violators are cited for breaking laws that govern health, safety and zoning. Even Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar, who initiated the task force and railed against the practice of families crowding into small residences “living like animals,” said the city is making significant progress through code enforcement efforts. The city holds property owners responsible for violations. They hope mounting fines will convince lax landlords to throw out tenants who seek boarders to help them pay the rent. last_img read more

first_imgtalkSPORT has teamed up with the chaps at throughout the World Cup to bring you some brilliant impressions of the game’s biggest names.This week Jose Mourinho has an interview interrupted by an unwanted phone call, as furious PSG manager Laurent Blanc demands his David Luiz money back.You can check out all the other impression videos on our youtube channel here and don’t forget to check out for more fan created content.last_img

first_img Radamel Falcao in action for Monaco Manchester City are leading the race to sign Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.The Colombia international has now returned from a six-month injury lay-off, which saw him miss this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.Real Madrid are also said to be very keen on Falcao, who scored 70 goals in 91 games during his two years with their rivals Atletico.However, according to reports in Italy, City are the favourites to sign the 28-year-old as they look to replace the injured Alvaro Negredo.It has also been touted that Falcao’s arrival could see the end of Stevan Jovetic’s stay in Manchester.Juventus are said to be interested in the former Fiorentina man, who made just 11 Premier League appearances last season. 1last_img read more

first_imgWolves enjoyed a perfect start to life in the Championship following their League One triumph last term, beating a ten-man Norwich City 1-0 at the Molineux.It was deserved victory for the hosts, who ran the poor Canaries – relegated from the Premier League last season – ragged throughout the match.Midfielder Dave Edwards was an outstanding performer for Wanderers, and he capped off an impressive display with the winning goal in the 64th minute, sending a header past John Ruddy.Another man to thrill the home support was Dutch winger Rajiv van La Parra, who provided the assist for Edward’s goal.The summer signing’s skills proved too much for the Norwich left-back Martin Olsson, who was sent off on the hour after collecting two yellow cards for fouls on the 23-year-old.There may also be further punishment for Swedish international Olsson, as he appeared to push referee Simon Hooper after being given his marching orders. 1 Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards celebrates his winning goal last_img read more

first_img1 As Oscar signed copies of his new book, ‘Oscar’s Brazil’, team-mate Branislav Ivanovic queued up with fellow Chelsea fans to meet the author.The 23-year-old was at the club’s megastore to greet supporters when he spotted the defender in line, who pulled out his phone and took a picture.The book is out now and yes, we understand Tim Vickery does make an appearance…Chelsea play Man United at Old Trafford on Sunday, with both players in the squad – check out the possible line-up here. Branislav Ivanovic and Oscar last_img read more

first_imgBirmingham fans have not had much to cheer in recent seasons but new boss Gary Rowett believes his players are starting to transform the mood around St Andrew’s.Rowett, who replaced Lee Clarke last month, is unbeaten in his first two matches at the helm, with Saturday’s goalless draw at Wolves followed by an impressive defeat of Watford at home on Tuesday night.“The fans have had a tough time. From being in one of the cup finals to ending up in this position, it has an effect and wears people down, but they are a really passionate bunch and they sense something to feel positive about,” he said, speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show.“They went with us last night and the players helped that. I said to the players that they have to give the fans something to get behind, whether that is a tackle, a run, you try to lift the crowd. The players tried to do that and the crowd were fantastic.”“It’s been a really, really positive start for us,” he continued.  “We saw little elements of a bit more belief about the players, about the way we want to play and our philosophy, at Molineux on Saturday. They showed really good resilience and a clear defensive structure, which worked quite well.“You then hope in home games we can attack a bit more, play with a little bit more freedom in the final third, and create chances. Against a very good side in Watford, I think we had something like 18 shots on gozal and could have had more than two goals.“To go from a team that have only won once at home in 24 games to winning our first game at home was a really, really positive start.”last_img read more

first_img1 Gabriel Paulista Arsenal have completed the signing of Brazilian central defender Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal.The Gunners have not disclosed the fee they have paid for the 24-year-old but it is understood to be in the region of £11million.Joel Campbell has joined the La Liga side on loan for the remainder of the season as part of the deal, with the club announcing the Costa Rican had penned a new long-term deal with the Gunners before leaving for Spain.Paulista joined Villarreal in the summer of 2013 from Brazilian side Vitoria and made 45 appearances for the Yellow Submarine.The Gunners had agreed a deal to sign the player last weekend but were waiting on Home Office approval for a work permit. That was granted on Wednesday, though the club confirmed the transfer is still subject to the completion of further registration and regulatory processes.Gabriel is confident he can develop his game with the Gunners.The Brazilian said in an interview with Arsenal Media: “It’s another dream in my career that has come true.“I have only just arrived, but I am already feeling really good here in London. I am at a top club so that gives me more strength to be able to work and carry on, to be able to conquer much more in my career.“I am coming to a very big club and I know that I will play with great players. While respecting everyone, I want to play for my place in the team. I know that is not going to be easy, I must show my potential, I have to show that I can be in the group, that the manager can count on me.“The same goes to all my team-mates. I will carry on the same way I have been since the beginning of my career. I have always respected everyone to get to where I am in my career, and I want even more.”last_img read more

first_imgQueens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp has ruled out signing Dani Osvaldo and Yann M’Vila.The Rs have been linked with moves for the duo, who are reportedly open to a switch to the Premier League.However, Redknapp has now rubbished speculation of any such deals, arguing that QPR cannot compete with other offers.On Southampton hitman Osvaldo, currently on loan at Inter Milan, Redknapp said: “There’s nothing new. It’s not about the baggage, he’s a good player,.“We couldn’t afford him. He’s expensive, on big wages, and he has offers in Italy.”And on M’Vila, who was once a target for Arsenal and Tottenham, he added: “No [we aren’t in for him]. He belongs to Rubin Kazan.” Dani Osvaldo 1last_img read more

first_imgManchester City became only the ninth side to break through the 1000-point barrier in the Premier League – undoubtedly an impressive achievement – and while many would pin them as perhaps the best team in the country, where do they sit in the all-time list of English football?talkSPORT has decided to find out, by looking at the top flight points totals of every team in the land.Click the arrow to see the top ten.Source:*All information correct on 18/02/15 5. Aston Villa – 4679 total points collected in the top flight* – Click the arrow to see who is fourth – One of the original founders of English league football, it should come as little surprise to see Aston Villa in this list. While their top flight status has come under increasing threat in recent years, in 126 years of league football Villa have spent just 12 seasons outside of the top tier – an excellent record. 2. Arsenal – 5297 total points collected in the top flight* – Click the arrow to see who is number one – Since entering the top flight in 1904, Arsenal have only spent two years outside of Division One (1913/14 and 1914/15). Since then, the Gunners have been a mainstay winning 13 league titles – the last of which came in 2004. Their longevity and success is reflected in a mightily impressive 1140 top flight victories (278 of which have come during the Premier League era). 10 10 10 10 1. Liverpool – 5357 total points collected in the top flight* – That means in at number one and officially English football’s highest point takers is Liverpool. By no means impervious to relegation – the Redmen spent much of the 1950s in Division Two – they dominated the English football landscape throughout the 1970s and ‘80s and their continued presence mean that they will unlikely be caught at the top of this particular table for years to come. 6. Chelsea – 3995 total points collected in the top flight* – Click the arrow to see who is fifth – Derided by many opposition fans as ‘having no history’, Chelsea certainly have top flight pedigree, and despite the odd season in what was Division Two, the Blues have been a regular fixture in the top tier. Four league titles – with the latest coming in 2009/10 – and 828 top flight victories (276 in the Premier League), is a very impressive record. 4. Manchester United – 5095 total points collected in the top flight* – Click the arrow to see who is third – Given their dominance of English football throughout the 1990s and first decade of the 2000s, it’s almost unfathomable to think of Manchester United as a team that once frequently yo-yoed between divisions. Since 1946, they have been in the top flight every season – barring one – winning 18 leagues in that time to take their total to 20 titles. 9. Newcastle United – 3790 total points collected in the top flight* – Click the arrow to see who is eighth – It’s a pretty big jump to ninth-place, where Sunderland’s North-East neighbours Newcastle sit. The Magpies boast impressive longevity as a top-flight team, despite periods of relegation. They have won four top flight titles, the last of which came at the end of the 1926/27 season. 10 7. Tottenham Hotspur – 3953 total points collected in the top flight* – Click the arrow to see who is sixth – It wasn’t until the 1950s that Spurs became a firm fixture of the top flight and since then they have only spent one season (1977/78) outside of the elite of English football. Despite all that time, they have only won two league titles, with their best finish in the Premier League era being fourth. 10 10 3. Everton – 5162 total points collected in the top flight* – Click the arrow to see who is second – Another of the original founders of league football in England, Everton have only spent four seasons outside of the top flight. While their status among the elite came under serious threat during the early 2000s, the Toffees continue their impressive run at the highest level. 10. Sunderland – 3428 total points collected in the top flight* – Click the arrow to see the ninth team with the most points in English top flight history! – We kick off with the Mackems who have won 856 top flight matches over the course of their history. A mainstay in the top flight until the end of the 1958 campaign, Sunderland have largely been yo-yoing up and down the English football pyramid, but since regaining Premier League status in 2007, they have remained in the top flight. 10 8. Manchester City – 3895 total points collected in the top flight* – Click the arrow to see who is seventh – They may now be one of Europe’s bigger sides, but it’s been far from plain sailing for Man City, who have endured despairing times in recent times. Despite testing times, the reigning Premier League champions remain of the top flight’s most frequent sides. Indeed, reaching the landmark of 1000 Premier League points is a pretty impressive and an achievement that only eight other sides boast. 10 10last_img read more

first_img Call for a sick-in. Disrupt the work flow by following job descriptions to the letter of the law. Baggers could meticulously sort goods before packing items and stockers could spend so much time aligning canned goods that the shelves would be half empty. Cancel the contract, but not strike. This worked for Dallas and Houston grocery unions, which got a contract after canceling the deal, according to a union Web site The chains can: Make workers nervous by hiring new, nonunion workers. Boosting the ranks is important because unemployment is so low the chains will have a hard time finding replacement workers at a moment’s notice. If the grocery union’s vote to authorize a strike against the chain markets has you running out to stock your pantry, breathe easy. The strike vote passed overwhelmingly Sunday, according to a United Food and Commercial Workers spokesman, but a strike against Vons, Ralphs and Albertson’s is not imminent. Neither is a worker lockout. Both sides have many ways to up the ante without locking out workers or striking. The unions can: Stockpile goods so the flow of deliveries is not affected by a job action. Cancel the contract but not lock out workers. Both sides can: Break off talks. Agree to binding arbitration. Each side would present its case and a mutually agreed upon arbiter would judge the merits of each argument. This isn’t too likely because neither side wants to relinquish control of talks. Consumers should prepare to see these tactics in action, said Ken Jacobs, a labor expert at University of California at Berkeley. “Both sides are jockeying for power in the negotiations,” Jacobs said. These options put pressure on the other side without the consequences of a strike or lockout. The chains don’t want to risk losing customers to alternative grocers like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s as they did three years ago. During the 41/2 -month strike in 2003 and 2004, one of the longest in the nation’s history, the chains lost an estimated $2 billion. Many union workers are still recovering financially from the last strike and they will lose retroactive benefits negotiated in the new contract if they boycott or strike. No talks are scheduled for this week, but both sides have said they are willing to resume bargaining. “We fully expect negotiations to continue at the table within the next week or so,” said Brad Chase, a spokesman for the chains. The chains and union have been locked in contentious negotiations since before the three-year contract expired March 5. The contract covers almost 70,000 grocery clerks. The union already voted to authorize a strike vote against Albertson’s. The markets voted in April to lock out employees if workers at one of the chains strikes, and the union has walked away from talks three times. (818) 713-3735 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

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Toys “R” Us has recalled 27,000 crayon and paint sets made in China because the packaging of the wooden box contains lead, as does some of the watercolor paint within, company and government officials said Thursday. No injuries have been reported from the use of the Imaginarium Wooden Coloring Cases, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The case includes crayons, pastels, colored pencils, fiber pens, paintbrush, pencil, water colors, palette, white paint, ruler and pencil sharpener in a light tan wooden carrying case. The case measures about 14 inches high by 19 inches wide. Toys “R” Us sold the case nationwide from October 2006 through this month for about $20. Consumers are asked to take the products away from children and return them to the nearest “Toys “R” Us store for store credit, the CPSC said. The recall follows Mattel Inc.’s July recall of 19 million Chinese-made toys, including dolls, cars and action figures. Some of the items were contaminated with lead paint. Others had small magnets that children might swallow.last_img read more

Betty Lee Campbell

first_imgI remember the house shaking, and our cats hiding under the bed. I recall feeling grateful that our family and neighbors were unharmed and our property was not damaged. Uptown, a large sign outside the Quaker City Bank lost its letter “R” during the quake and now read “Quake City Bank.” A photograph of this sign was published in local newspapers and for a while Whittier was known as “Quake City.” We came through it all in pretty good shape. 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

Board OKs DWP rate hike

first_img“Basically the rate increase they’re talking about are equal to the salary increases going to the DWP workers. DWP says they have low rates, but the reason isn’t efficiency; it’s tax-exempt bonds, and coal.” DWP officials have continued to defend the need for the hikes and said high demand and staffing shortages have left the DWP unable to keep up with replacing faulty and aging transformers, old poles and worn cable in a system mostly 40 years to 70 years old. In June, the DWP board adopted a $4 billion budget that includes a five-year, $1 billion upgrade program for the utility, along with the rate increase. “If these issues aren’t addressed, reliability will go down,” said acting DWP General Manager Robert Rozanski. Rozanski also defended the utility’s outreach to communities. “Neighborhood councils have had unprecedented access,” Rozanski said. “We have a good relationship with (them).” If the City Council approves the hikes, the new electric rates would start in January with a 2.9 percent increase, or about $1.75 per month to the average customer. In July, another 2.9 percent increase would take effect, and a final 2.9 percent hike would be posted on bills in July 2009, bringing the total increase to $5.25 a month on average. Officials estimate that by the end of the hikes, the average customer would see an approximate increase of $24.50 in their bimonthly electric bills. The commission also approved a power-rate restructuring plan for residential and commercial customers, which also takes into account higher summer temperatures in the San Fernando Valley. The new water-rate increases would start next July with a 3.1 percent boost expected to add about $1 to the average water-user’s bimonthly bill. Another 3.1 percent boost would take effect in July 2009. Officials said the hikes would bring the average water-user’s bill to about $35 per month. Money from the hikes is expected to generate about $100 million to cover the cost of replacing aging pipelines, repairing environmental damage in the Owens Valley – the source of most of the city’s water – and covering open reservoirs to meet water-quality requirements. The DWP increased water rates last year by 2.75 percent, raising the average bill by $24 a year. Rates went up again by 2.75 percent this past July. The power-rate increases are expected to generate about $315 million for upgrades in power-transmission lines, transformers and overall electrical reliability. This would be the first increase to base power rates since 1992. (818) 713-3731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials unanimously approved water and electric rate hikes Tuesday, despite criticism that the massive utility has for years mismanaged its money. Under the plan, electric rates would increase 9 percent over three years and water rates would increase 6 percent over two years. But the plan comes amid increased scrutiny of the DWP in the wake of a Daily News review of salary data that show that the average DWP worker makes $76,949 a year – or nearly 20 percent more than the average civilian city worker. DWP salaries also are much higher than private-sector workers’ even as the utility has come under fire for recent power problems – including a summer outage that left 60,000 Angelenos sweltering in record heat. Still, DWP Commission President David Nahai said the wage disparities are historical and that the rate hikes remain necessary to fix an aging electrical system. “It’s clear from last summer and this summer’s heat storms, and rain and wind (related outages) that we have a problem today,” Nahai said. “While we have to move on many fronts … we have to move forward today on this.” Nahai said the DWP’s rates would remain lower than those of other utilities even with the hikes. But on Tuesday, the rate hike drew an outcry from the neighborhood councils’ oversight panel, which opposed the move amid questions over the high pay of DWP workers and what some charged was a limited time available to review the potential impact of a rate hike. “There’s such a huge premium being paid to DWP workers versus the rest of the city,” said Jack Humphreville, a member of the neighborhood councils’ DWP oversight committee. last_img read more

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Bournemouth28/12/2015    15:00    Crystal Palace v Swansea City28/12/2015    15:00    Everton v Stoke City28/12/2015    15:00    Leicester City v Manchester City28/12/2015    15:00    Manchester United v Chelsea28/12/2015    15:00    Norwich City v Aston Villa28/12/2015    15:00    Sunderland v Liverpool28/12/2015    15:00    Watford v Tottenham Hotspur28/12/2015    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United28/12/2015    15:00    West Ham United v Southampton02/01/2016    15:00    Arsenal v Newcastle United02/01/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace v Chelsea02/01/2016    15:00    Everton v Tottenham Hotspur02/01/2016    15:00    Leicester City v A.F.C. 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Bournemouth23/01/2016    15:00    Watford v Newcastle United23/01/2016    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Aston Villa23/01/2016    15:00    West Ham United v Manchester City02/02/2016    19:45    Arsenal v Southampton02/02/2016    20:00    Crystal Palace v A.F.C. Bournemouth02/02/2016    19:45    Leicester City v Liverpool02/02/2016    20:00    Manchester United v Stoke City02/02/2016    19:45    Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur02/02/2016    19:45    Sunderland v Manchester City02/02/2016    19:45    Watford v Chelsea02/02/2016    20:00    West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City02/02/2016    19:45    West Ham United v Aston Villa03/02/2016    19:45    Everton v Newcastle United06/02/2016    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth v Arsenal06/02/2016    15:00    Aston Villa v Norwich City06/02/2016    15:00    Chelsea v Manchester United06/02/2016    15:00    Liverpool v Sunderland06/02/2016    15:00    Manchester City v Leicester City06/02/2016    15:00    Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion06/02/2016    15:00    Southampton v West Ham United06/02/2016    15:00    Stoke City v Everton06/02/2016    15:00    Swansea City v Crystal Palace06/02/2016    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Watford13/02/2016    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth v Stoke City13/02/2016    15:00    Arsenal v Leicester City13/02/2016    15:00    Aston Villa v Liverpool13/02/2016    15:00    Chelsea v Newcastle United13/02/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace v Watford13/02/2016    15:00    Everton v West Bromwich Albion13/02/2016    15:00    Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur13/02/2016    15:00    Norwich City v West Ham United13/02/2016    15:00    Sunderland v Manchester United13/02/2016    15:00    Swansea City v Southampton27/02/2016    15:00    Leicester City v Norwich City27/02/2016    15:00    Liverpool v Everton27/02/2016    15:00    Manchester United v Arsenal27/02/2016    15:00    Newcastle United v Manchester City27/02/2016    15:00    Southampton v Chelsea27/02/2016    15:00    Stoke City v Aston Villa27/02/2016    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City27/02/2016    15:00    Watford v A.F.C. Bournemouth27/02/2016    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace27/02/2016    15:00    West Ham United v Sunderland01/03/2016    19:45    A.F.C. Bournemouth v Southampton01/03/2016    19:45    Arsenal v Swansea City01/03/2016    19:45    Aston Villa v Everton01/03/2016    19:45    Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion01/03/2016    20:00    Liverpool v Manchester City01/03/2016    20:00    Manchester United v Watford01/03/2016    19:45    Norwich City v Chelsea01/03/2016    19:45    Sunderland v Crystal Palace01/03/2016    19:45    West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur02/03/2016    19:45    Stoke City v Newcastle United05/03/2016    15:00    Chelsea v Stoke City05/03/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace v Liverpool05/03/2016    15:00    Everton v West Ham United05/03/2016    15:00    Manchester City v Aston Villa05/03/2016    15:00    Newcastle United v A.F.C. Bournemouth05/03/2016    15:00    Southampton v Sunderland05/03/2016    15:00    Swansea City v Norwich City05/03/2016    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal05/03/2016    15:00    Watford v Leicester City05/03/2016    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United12/03/2016    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth v Swansea City12/03/2016    15:00    Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion12/03/2016    15:00    Aston Villa v Tottenham Hotspur12/03/2016    15:00    Leicester City v Newcastle United12/03/2016    15:00    Liverpool v Chelsea12/03/2016    15:00    Manchester United v Crystal Palace12/03/2016    15:00    Norwich City v Manchester City12/03/2016    15:00    Stoke City v Southampton12/03/2016    15:00    Sunderland v Everton12/03/2016    15:00    West Ham United v Watford19/03/2016    15:00    Chelsea v West Ham United19/03/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace v Leicester City19/03/2016    15:00    Everton v Arsenal19/03/2016    15:00    Manchester City v Manchester United19/03/2016    15:00    Newcastle United v Sunderland19/03/2016    15:00    Southampton v Liverpool19/03/2016    15:00    Swansea City v Aston Villa19/03/2016    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v A.F.C. Bournemouth19/03/2016    15:00    Watford v Stoke City19/03/2016    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City02/04/2016    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth v Manchester City02/04/2016    15:00    Arsenal v Watford02/04/2016    15:00    Aston Villa v Chelsea02/04/2016    15:00    Leicester City v Southampton02/04/2016    15:00    Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur02/04/2016    15:00    Manchester United v Everton02/04/2016    15:00    Norwich City v Newcastle United02/04/2016    15:00    Stoke City v Swansea City02/04/2016    15:00    Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion02/04/2016    15:00    West Ham United v Crystal Palace09/04/2016    15:00    Aston Villa v A.F.C. Bournemouth09/04/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace v Norwich City09/04/2016    15:00    Liverpool v Stoke City09/04/2016    15:00    Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion09/04/2016    15:00    Southampton v Newcastle United09/04/2016    15:00    Sunderland v Leicester City09/04/2016    15:00    Swansea City v Chelsea09/04/2016    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United09/04/2016    15:00    Watford v Everton09/04/2016    15:00    West Ham United v Arsenal16/04/2016    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth v Liverpool16/04/2016    15:00    Arsenal v Crystal Palace16/04/2016    15:00    Chelsea v Manchester City16/04/2016    15:00    Everton v Southampton16/04/2016    15:00    Leicester City v West Ham United16/04/2016    15:00    Manchester United v Aston Villa16/04/2016    15:00    Newcastle United v Swansea City16/04/2016    15:00    Norwich City v Sunderland16/04/2016    15:00    Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur16/04/2016    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Watford23/04/2016    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth v Chelsea23/04/2016    15:00    Aston Villa v Southampton23/04/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace v Everton23/04/2016    15:00    Leicester City v Swansea City23/04/2016    15:00    Liverpool v Newcastle United23/04/2016    15:00    Manchester City v Stoke City23/04/2016    15:00    Norwich City v Watford23/04/2016    15:00    Sunderland v Arsenal23/04/2016    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion23/04/2016    15:00    West Ham United v Manchester United30/04/2016    15:00    Arsenal v Norwich City30/04/2016    15:00    Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur30/04/2016    15:00    Everton v A.F.C. Bournemouth30/04/2016    15:00    Manchester United v Leicester City30/04/2016    15:00    Newcastle United v Crystal Palace30/04/2016    15:00    Southampton v Manchester City30/04/2016    15:00    Stoke City v Sunderland30/04/2016    15:00    Swansea City v Liverpool30/04/2016    15:00    Watford v Aston Villa30/04/2016    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United07/05/2016    15:00    A.F.C. Bournemouth v West Bromwich Albion07/05/2016    15:00    Aston Villa v Newcastle United07/05/2016    15:00    Crystal Palace v Stoke City07/05/2016    15:00    Leicester City v Everton07/05/2016    15:00    Liverpool v Watford07/05/2016    15:00    Manchester City v Arsenal07/05/2016    15:00    Norwich City v Manchester United07/05/2016    15:00    Sunderland v Chelsea07/05/2016    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton07/05/2016    15:00    West Ham United v Swansea City15/05/2016    15:00    Arsenal v Aston Villa15/05/2016    15:00    Chelsea v Leicester City15/05/2016    15:00    Everton v Norwich City15/05/2016    15:00    Manchester United v A.F.C. Bournemouth15/05/2016    15:00    Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur15/05/2016    15:00    Southampton v Crystal Palace15/05/2016    15:00    Stoke City v West Ham United15/05/2016    15:00    Swansea City v Manchester City15/05/2016    15:00    Watford v Sunderland15/05/2016    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Liverpoollast_img read more

first_imgTony Evans, The Times’ Football Editor, believes Liverpool will sell Raheem Sterling if Manchester City up their offer to around £45million.The Reds are expected to turn down City’s latest bid for the England international, which is understood be in the region of £40million, including odd-ons.But Evans claims a deal is ‘inevitable’ and insists Liverpool will allow Sterling to join their Premier League rivals if they come back with an improved third bid.“The sooner it gets done, the better. It is within everyone’s interests that this deal gets sorted out and everyone moves on,” he said, speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs.“I think it is inevitable this move will happen and I think if they [Manchester City] get to £40m plus £5m [in add-ons] it will get done.”last_img read more

first_imgThe arrival of Brazilian international Roberto Firmino for an eye-catching £29 million from Hoffenheim has been met with positivity from the majority of Liverpool fans. It is hoped he will be the man to kick-start Liverpool’s attempt to reclaim a top four place, after the Reds relinquished Champions League football with little fight last season. But the arrival of Firmino looks likely to have another impact, on the future of want-away attacker Raheem Sterling.‘FIRMINO INVOLVED IN MORE GOALS THAN STERLING’ – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NEW LIVERPOOL SIGNINGAssuming that Firmino won’t be operating centrally, due to the form of Liverpool’s Player of the Season, Philippe Coutinho, it is likely the incoming Brazilian will either be situated out wide or operate in the modern ‘false 9’ position – a role Rodgers favours, having deployed Sterling in it intermittently last season.With all this in mind, and with Manchester City prepared to offer Sterling the move he desires, it is looking increasingly likely that the 20-year-old will be departing Anfield this summer. The crucial question to be considered by Liverpool fans is, Sterling or Firmino – who is better?Based on what he has already achieved at Anfield and the evident potential he possesses, Sterling would appear to have the edge.So, could the signing of Firmino and the sale of Sterling actually represent a backwards step, or at least a sideways move for Liverpool?Or would offloading an unhappy player and signing a player with the ability of Firmino be a great move by Brendan Rodgers?We want to know your opinion – let us know your thoughts on the Firmino v Sterling debate… Roberto Firmino v Raheem Sterling 1last_img read more

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is on the verge of signing for Marseille.The injury-plagued Frenchman was close to joining West Brom after passing an initial medical at the Hawthorns but talks with Tony Pulis’ side broke down at the last minute.The Baggies thought they had done enough to convince the 29-year-old to remain in the Premier League after he was released by the Gunners earlier this summer.But now, according to L’Equipe, Diaby completed a medical at Marseille on Monday and will sign a two-year deal with the Ligue 1 club on Tuesday. 1 Abou Diaby last_img read more

first_img Tim Krul Newcastle were dealt a massive blow on Wednesday when news filtered through that Tim Krul would miss the remainder of the Premier League season.The Dutch goalkeeper picked up the knee injury while on international duty, despite Steve McClaren being told by Krul only hours before that he would be on the bench for the game.Now McClaren has revealed his dismay at the news by saying Krul is worth between “18-20 points” to Newcastle this season.And, with the Toon having only picked up three points in the league so far, fans are not too confident for the games ahead with the former England manager’s latest comments.See the best reactions on social media below … [View the story “‘Newcastle could end up with minus points!’ – Fans react to Steve McClaren’s view that Tim Krul is worth 20 points” on Storify]center_img 1last_img read more

first_img A dejected Harry Kane after the final whistle 1 Mauricio Pochettino laid into his players and admitted Tottenham are now under pressure in their Europa League group having lost to Anderlecht in Brussels.Christian Eriksen had put Spurs ahead as the visitors started the game well, with Clinton Njie replacing Harry Kane as the focal point of their attack.But, after a host of missed chances, Spurs were made to pay as Guillaume Gillet levelled before the break and Stefano Okaka swept home in the second half to seal a 2-1 win for the Belgian outfit.The result leaves Group J wide open with two points separating leaders Monaco and bottom side Qarabag – with both Tottenham and Anderlecht now on four points.Pochettino, who threw on Kane with the scores level despite revealing he had suffered a knock in Saturday’s draw at Liverpool, did not hold back in his assessment of the performance.“We started the game very well,” he said.“After 10 minutes we scored, we created two or three chances more and when you concede the chance to the opponent to get back into the game the way we did the dynamic changes. We lost our focus and after 10 minutes changed the game completely.“This was our problem and we need to learn. We are young but if you are the best team on the pitch after 10 minutes and you believe you can win the game you need to win the game. We lost our focus.”Pochettino, normally mild mannered, expressed his dissatisfaction with his players’ inability to put them in a prime position to qualify for the knock-out stages.“I am angry, frustrated, disappointed. I don’t know which word to describe me.“We need to be focused for 90 min, 95 min. Football is like this. We are under pressure now. We have to win but I am happy about that. We need to feel the pressure. Because if not, after 10 minutes it seemed like it was an easy game and we have lost.”last_img read more

first_img Philippe Coutinho Alan Pardew has warned his Crystal Palace team that Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is one of the finest players they will come up against in the Premier League. The Brazilian playmaker has been consistently influential since his arrival at Anfield in January 2013 but since the departures of Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling – and Daniel Sturridge’s struggles for fitness – he has become even more important.He inspired an impressive comeback with two goals at Chelsea last weekend when Liverpool came from behind to win 3-1, and after being rested during Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League win at Rubin Kazan he is expected to return to their starting XI against Palace.“Coutinho is probably, at the moment, their best player, in terms of the level he’s at,” Pardew said.“And I don’t think anyone in the Premier League would disagree that he’s been in the top five players offensively this year, so he’s somebody we need to take care of.“Whenever you go to Liverpool they’ve got world-class players, and you’re going to have to look after them and make sure that you defend very, very well.“Kevin Keegan, John Toshack, Kenny Dalglish, they’ve always had these players.“[But] it’s not as simplistic as (stopping Coutinho to stop Liverpool); the two full-backs are problems for the opposition with Liverpool because they push high, and they’ve got great pace in the team. I don’t think it’s a single threat.” 1last_img read more

first_imgChelsea have made an approach for their former favourite Didier Drogba, according to reports in Canada.The Ivorian is considered one of the greatest players in the club’s history following two spells at Stamford Bridge.He left Stamford Bridge in the summer to sign for Montreal Impact and was a big hit in his debut MLS season, scoring 12 goals in 12 games.But the Blues are now keen to tempt him back to the club, with interim boss Guus Hiddink keen for the 37-year-old to be his assistant.Montreal Impact took to Twitter to deny the persistent speculation over Drogba when they wrote: “The rumour about Didier Drogba is unfounded. There has been no contact with Impact or with the player about it.”But, according to Canadian news outlet RDS, Chelsea have in fact been in touch with their former star, although the nature of the offer or the role was not specified. Didier Drogba with Guus Hiddink and Roman Abramovich 1last_img read more

first_img Benik Afobe began his football career with Arsenal 1 Bournemouth have agreed a deal to sign Benik Afobe from Wolves.Manager Eddie Howe confirmed the news after his side secured their place in the FA Cup fourth round with a win against Birmingham. While it is not yet completed, he hopes to have the 22-year-old by Tuesday when the club play West Ham in the Premier League.Afobe began life in the Arsenal academy and after numerous loan spells with the likes of Huddersfield, Bolton and MK Dons, he joined Wolves permanently in January 2015.And there were some Gooners who never wanted him to leave the club in the first place, as you can see in the tweets below…last_img read more

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