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Leicester host Palace with top-four ambitions soaring

first_imgJurgen Klopp is earning weekly plaudits for Liverpool’s stunning start to the Premier League season but two of the club’s former managers, Brendan Rodgers and Roy Hodgson, are busy polishing their reputations.Under Rodgers, Leicester City are looking serious contenders for a top-four spot after taking 20 points from their first 10 games, culminating in a 9-0 victory away to Southampton last week — matching the Premier League record winning margin.Third-placed Leicester go to Hodgson’s sixth-placed Crystal Palace on Sunday in a clash between two clubs appearing capable of taking advantage of cracks in the established order.Leaders Liverpool will be odds-on to continue their title charge away to Aston Villa on Saturday while champions Manchester City, six points adrift, face troubled Southampton at home having beaten them in the League Cup on Tuesday.Fourth-placed Chelsea seek a fifth successive Premier League win as they take on bottom club Watford while on Sunday, two teams expected to be challenging for the top four but way off the pace, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, meet at Goodison Park.If any more proof were required that Leicester City should be taken seriously this season it was provided in spades last Friday when they tore sorry Southampton to shreds.They are a point better off at the same stage compared to their miraculous title-winning season of 2015-16 and playing a more sophisticated brand of football.Leicester have scored more goals than Liverpool and share the best defensive record in the Premier League.Jamie Vardy, as he did in 2015-16, is terrorising defences and leads the scoring charts with nine, one more than City’s Sergio Aguero and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham.Only three teams have completed more passes than Leicester — Liverpool, City and Chelsea — while Ricardo Pereira and Wilfred Ndidi top the tackling charts.In terms of attacking depth too, Leicester appear ready for the long haul with the likes of Demarai Gray and Kelechi Iheanacho given rare starts in the midweek League Cup win over Burton Albion which put the Foxes into the quarter-finals.“There’s a lot of belief at the moment. The confidence is really high,” assistant manager Chris Davies said on Tuesday.Palace are also impressing and came back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Arsenal last weekend.Hodgson, as is his wont, is keeping things low-key though.“I think you have to be very careful about getting too excited when you find yourselves a bit higher in the table, or too depressed when you find yourselves a bit lower down,” Hodgson said last week.“Until such time when it’s really going to count, and that’s going to take us into the spring of next year.”Things are not looking so rosy for Everton and Tottenham.Everton have lost five of their last six Premier League games leaving manager Marco Silva under scrutiny while Tottenham, without an away league win since January, are 11th and defeat at Goodison would see them slip below Everton.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is facing his first real crisis since taking over in 2014, but he is not the only north London manager under pressure.Arsenal appear relatively well-placed in fifth spot but there is an air of discontent hanging over the Emirates with fans divided over manager Unai Emery’s methods.Having lost a stupendous League Cup tie at Liverpool on Wednesday, they face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.Manchester United will hope to continue their upturn in form as they go to Bournemouth on Saturdaylast_img read more

Prisoners seated with civilians on Essequibo ferry during escort

first_img…passengers uncomfortable with decisionSome passengers traveling with the Essequibo ferry service feel threatened by the decision of the Guyana Prison Service and GuyanaA prisoner (in grey vest) chatting with a civilian on the ferryPrisoners making conversation with passengersPolice Force to have prisoners sit with civilians when being transported to and from court in Region Two. On Friday last prisoners were placed in seats with civilians. Passengers related that the prisoners entered the boat with cuffs on their feet and were placed to sit next to civilians. This caused much concern among some passengers, who told this publication they saw this move as a “security risk”.During interviews with this newspaper, some passengers suggested that a section on the ferry be reserved for the prisoners when they are being transported to and from court for trials. They have even suggested that Prison Service provide special vehicles –police or river taxis – to transport prisoners, or even have that area barred off.Divisional Commander for Region Two and Essequibo Islands, Kevin Adonis when contracted said there is no “lock-up cell” in the boat to keep prisoners, as such they have to be placed with civilians. He however sought to assure that prisoners are usually escorted by armed policemen, and that civilians should be wise not to sit next to prisoners.When contacted a supervisor of Transport and Harbours Department explained that prisoners could be placed upstairs of the ferry, away from civilians.Asked whether this proposal was ever done by the Guyana Prison Service, the supervisor said “no.”Passengers have since suggested that prisoners should be placed away from passengers for security reasons and the matter should be dealt with in a responsible manner.last_img read more

End the corruption

first_imgAttorney General Basil Williams greeted the Appellate Court’s decision to overturn the High Court’s ruling that the PPP’s NCM was valid with a 33-seat majority by declaring it was “business as usual”. One can only presume that the corruption, rising “serious” crime rate, graft, political witch-hunting, discrimination (jobs only for friends and PNC members), racially skewed appointments to state positions (16 out of 17 Permanent Secretaries of one ethnic group – African Guyanese), extravaganzas, no-job creation etc. that characterised the status quo ante will continue.But corruption, crime and lack of job opportunities are highest on the minds of the populace right now – just as it was during the PNC’s first stint at the helm of the state back in the 1970s. It does not appear that the PNC has learnt anything from that experience. It is demonstrably incapable of running a free enterprise because its insistence on government by fiat is fundamentally opposed to the creative and unfettered environment necessary to stimulate business success and job creation.One of the major reasons for the change of government in 2015 was that the PNC-led Opposition made charges of “corruption” against the PPP administration an article of faith in the minds of many. As such, they inevitably established a de facto standard for evaluating their performance on corruption once in Government.But, very early on, there were signals that rather than resolving the problem, the coalition Government was going to simply redefine and deepen it. There was the acknowledgement by the AFC, for example, that a huge campaign contributor, who had been awarded Government approval for a wind farm, had financed their headquarters. The party leader, Minister Trotman, candidly proposed that businessmen make “investments” in political parties for which they expect “returns”.The revelation that $768 million was expended by private business contributors for the Government to build Jubilee Stadium at D’Urban Park raised questions as to who actually made these “investments”, and which government contracts were awarded as “returns”. Those questions have never been answered.There was the $2 billion invested by the Government to save face to complete the project.There followed the “bottom-house” Pharma warehouse that eventually cost taxpayers over $500 million; subverting the procurement mechanism with the $632 million pharma purchase from Ansa at double previous prices; hiding the measly US$18 million Exxon bonus: issuing fuel-import licences to cronies who engage in massive fuel smuggling; sole-sourcing and later discarding of a $143 million bid for the DHB design; the collusion with the Chinese contractor on the CJIA, to deliver a substandard airport below the original specifications yet costing billions more. And all of this in a mere four years; imagine what their record would be if they are allowed to control the Consolidated Fund when oil begins flowing. No wonder they are fighting so desperately to gain time to complete their electoral fiddling arrangements.The British statesman Lord Acton had posited, “All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” But in Guyana, it would appear that we have turned the aphorism on its head: Corruption is power, and absolute corruption is absolute power. We had seen this ironic but ultimately tragic inversion during the first period of PNC rule in Guyana after elections began to be routinely rigged after 1968. The lesson, we would posit, is that once the rot of corruption is given an excuse, it inevitably spreads throughout the body politic until the entire political, social and economic edifice crumbles, as it did by 1989.What is most insidious when corruption becomes endemic is that while the corrupter from outside the Government and the “corruptee” from within both satisfy their immediate desire for quick material gains, the corrupters who are members of society now accept the status quo, and corruption quickly becomes institutionalised. Everyone soon seeks to have someone whom he/she can bribe – from the Policeman on the roads to the Minister in his office – and boasts about having “lines”. Guyana will then become a failed state even though the oil will flow.Guyanese must ensure history does not repeat itself.last_img read more

Ferrari will rule again, says Domenicali

first_imgDomenicali said: “Ferrari is a team that is condemned to win — in our history, we will never be allowed to smile if we take second place.“I may sound crazy, but I am convinced we are building the basis now of an unbeatable structure.“(Fernando) Alonso believes in it and he has signed to 2016. He is in the middle of his career, and a winner like him wouldn’t throw it down the drain if he was not more than convinced about this project.”He added: “This year is going to be our last disappointing season.”In a powerful torrent of optimism for the future, the normally softly-spoken and cautious Domenicali swept aside all negative feelings surrounding Ferrari as they attempt to stop Red Bull’s triumphant bandwagon this weekend.The champion team and their champion driver Sebastian Vettel look poised to retain their titles with unchallenged ease before the end of the 19-race season in Brazil in November.However, Domenicali warned them that not only will they face a battle royal next year, but that Ferrari will be stronger and better-organised for the next five years or more.He said: “(Jean) Todt won a lot, but he had time to build a winning team with extraordinary balance. I aim to do the same and I am optimistic about the future.“We will have an unbeatable structure — with no lone men at the helm, not like Red Bull, with (Adrian) Newey, but for us a team. We believe in this.”Ferrari, thanks to Spaniard Alonso at the British Grand Prix, have won just once this year and are all but out of contention for the titles. Alonso is more than 100 points behind Vettel with seven races remaining.But, Domenicali said, the team will not abandon this season and re-focus on 2012.“That’s a mistake we’ve already made in the past and we must not repeat it,” he told La Repubblica.“Some of the current developments can be an important basis for next year.“The crucial point is to learn how to make full use of the tyres in every condition. From here to November, we can experiment with different set-ups and go forward with the work.“We need to keep an aggressive approach, even though the championship is gone. The areas that can make a difference must be identified, if possible, even before our rivals.“While Alonso has scored 41 points more than last year in the first 12 races, it’s not his fault if Vettel has killed the championship.“We have made our mistakes, but he’s been phenomenal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MONZA, Italy, September 8 – Team boss Stefano Domenicali has claimed that Ferrari are creating a world-beating team, led by Fernando Alonso, that will enjoy an invincible era at the top of Formula One.On the eve of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix on home soil, Domenicali made clear that he believes the new Ferrari structure — to which the team are now applying the finishing touches — will smash all opposition, leaving rivals Red Bull, McLaren and Mercedes among the also-rans.last_img read more

Zico set for dramatic Gor return

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 8 – Former Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars head coach, Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno, is set for a dramatic return to K’Ogalo as an assistant to Scotsman Bobby Williamson, club officials have stated.Zico, currently at the helm of Sony Sugar, a team otherwise known as ‘Gor B’, left K’Ogalo in acrimony in 2011 having led them to second in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) the previous season behind Ulinzi Stars. He is revered at the club as a no-nonsense defender who lifted the domestic league crown as captain in 1995, before the outfit reclaimed it last season after 18 years of hurt.According to club Secretary General, George Bwana, K’Ogalo are in the process of bolstering the technical bench and prefer getting back their former tactician to share the designation with another former Gor legend player, John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla.“A big team like Gor needs an elaborate, professional and experienced technical bench ahead of the new season that kicks-off in mid February.“We are aware the 2014 KPL season will be tough, since we are set to participate in many competitions including the CAF Champions League. If you look at teams in the English Premier league, most of them have more that two assistant coaches, and that’s what we want to embrace at Gor,” Bwana told Capital Sport on Wednesday.He was however, categorical that Williamson, is going nowhere and urged the Green Army to treat the swirling reports as speculation.“We are working on a longer contract with Williamson. He is our head coach since we have a deal with him. That information from a Tanzanian Website is not true, they just want to intimidate Gor and see how we will react.”The former Uganda Cranes tactician who guided K’Ogalo to the league title last season has been linked with Tanzanian giants Young Africans SC, after the Vodacom Premier League champions sacked the entire technical bench including Dutch born head coach Ernie Brandt. Gor who are on a retreat in Oloitoktok at a high altitude training camp and will be involved in four major competitions next season namely, GOtv Shield, KPL Top 8, KPL and Champions League besides featuring in the DSTV Super Cup and probably Kenya Power Charity Cup.Zico was sacked from Gor and his place taken by Cameroonian national Anaba Awono after an eight game winless run, the last straw coming after a 2-1 defeat to relegated Congo United at Nyayo National Stadium in September 2011.The coach was also in charge of national team Harambee Stars at the time and the two responsibilities were blamed for the slump in his team’s fortunes. He was soon replaced by Francis Kimanzi at the beginning of October when the current Football Kenya Federation office led by Sam Nyamweya was elected into office on October 28.Efforts to reach him on phone to comment on the matter proved futile by time of going to press.Meanwhile, Thika United have began their pre-season training ahead of the new season.“We are looking forward to a positive season in 2014 and our expectations are high as usual with mental and physical discipline as our principal guide to our objectives this year.“Every player knows where we went wrong last season and I believe we are going to rectify our mistakes,” the Juja based club head coach John Kamau, stated.Newly signed players Timothy Ludda, Michael Wanyika and forward Moses Arita participated in their first session at the clubs backyard, Thika Municipal Stadium. The Brookside-sponsored team were the losing finalists in the Top 8 and finished seventh in last season in the league.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Guardiola heads home seeking break from blues

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola (C) controls the ball during a team training session at Manchester City Football Academy Campus in Manchester, on September 27, 2016 © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinBARCELONA, Spain, Oct 18 – For one of the most decorated coaches of all-time, boasting a 75 percent career win percentage and 21 trophies, Pep Guardiola’s record of two wins from his last 11 away Champions League matches is an uncharacteristic stain.Manchester City’s long court of the Catalan was not just to dominate at home, but secure City’s place amongst the European elite by winning the Champions League. Despite reaching the last four for the first time in their history last season, Guardiola insists they are far from the finished article.“If you ask me if we are ready to compete in Europe, then we are not ready,” he said last month despite a stunning 10-game winning run to start his tenure.That streak, though, was snapped on their first trip in the Champions League proper in a pulsating 3-3 draw at Celtic three weeks ago.For one of the most decorated coaches of all-time, Pep Guardiola’s record of two wins from his last 11 away Champions League matches is an uncharacteristic stain © AFP/File / Andy BuchananGuardiola summarised the madcap ‘Battle of Britain’ in a famously raucous Glasgow atmosphere as a “good test” of where City are away from home in Europe.Yet, as he returns to the club that made him as a player and a coach in Barcelona on Wednesday, Guardiola and City will get a far better look into how far they have to go to be Champions League contenders.“The last decade, the last 15 years they dominate football the way they play,” said Guardiola after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Everton. “Barcelona is special (in) the way they play because it is a machine.”Much of that dominance and style of play is thanks to Guardiola.His 2008-2012 vintage side that won 14 trophies and even more hearts for its mix of intense pressing and penetrating passing is widely regarded as the best Barca team of all-time.However, the political machinations and media demands, not to mention two years of baiting by then Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho took its toll.“Four years as coach of Barcelona is an eternity,” he said when announcing his resignation in April 2012.“I am empty and I need to replenish myself.”– Moved on –Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola (R) instructs players during their English Premier League match against Everton, at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, on October 15, 2016 © AFP/File / Scott HeppellHe did so firstly via a sabbatical in New York and then three largely successful years at Bayern Munich that lacked a crowning glory – winning the Champions League.That he fell that step short with Bayern is due to three visits to Spain in the semi-finals for the past three seasons. Each time he left defeated without even managing to score a goal.Under his old teammate Luis Enrique, Barcelona have moved on too. A Lionel Messi-inspired 3-0 win over Guardiola’s Bayern in 2015 allowed Enrique to equal his friend’s remarkable achievement of delivering the treble in his first season in charge.The style has been tweaked too. Whereas the midfield axis of Xavi and Andres Iniesta used to provide Messi as the focal point of the Barca attack, the Spanish champions can now call upon three of the deadliest strikers in the world.Luis Suarez and Neymar complement Messi’s skill set and give Barca a counter-attacking dimension not so prevalent in the Guardiola era.“They are three amazing players in front,” added Guardiola.“They are amazing on the counter-attack and they have a good build-up, so they are a good team.”Guardiola will be warmly welcomed by the vast majority in the stands and his old charges on the pitch, if not in the presidential box where old political divides remain.That has much to do with the reason why Guardiola has only been back to the Camp Nou one other time than Bayern’s visit in the past four years.Sitting next to his father as a fan rather than an invited guest, Guardiola howled in astonishment at a virtuoso Messi display as Barca beat City 1-0 in March 2015.Only a series of outstanding saves from Joe Hart prevented more severe punishment for the City that night.Having unceremoniously expeditated England’s number one for another former Barca man in Claudio Bravo, the first cracks in the Guardiola reign may begin to form if Barca prove a gulf still exists between the two on Wednesday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Manchester United need a ‘special’ striker alongside Wayne Rooney, says former Red Devils star

first_imgRaimond van der Gouw believes Manchester United are missing a ‘special’ striker.Louis van Gaal has put his faith in Wayne Rooney to lead the attack this season having allowed Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao to leave Old Trafford.Rooney has struggled to make an impact in the main striking role in United’s opening two games of the season and van der Gouw feels his old club may need to enter the transfer market to land a top-class forward.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former goalkeeper said: “You need a good striker but you also need something special, something extra and maybe they need one [of those type of players].“I thought they had very good strikers but most of them are gone. I think they need an extra striker.”Van der Gouw also believes a new goalkeeper may NOT be needed if David de Gea departs for Real Madrid.With the Spaniard sidelined by Van Gaal amid the ongoing speculation over his future, Sergio Romero has been between the sticks and the Argentine has impressed Van der Gouw.“I know him from Holland and he gave me a good impression,” the Dutchman said.“He has played two games and has got two clean sheets. He is playing very well at the moment. “last_img read more

Transfer report: Barcelona willing to sell £20m-rated Arsenal and Chelsea target

first_img Arda Turan in actin for Turkey at Euro 2016 Barcelona are willing to sell £20million-rated Arda Turan this summer, amid interest from both Arsenal and Chelsea.The Turkish midfielder only arrived at the Nou Camp last summer but had to wait until January to make his first-team debut due to Barca’s transfer ban.He has since made just 18 LaLiga appearances, half of which came from the bench, and has already been linked with a move away.But it had been suggested that Barca were ready to persevere with the former Atletico Madrid man despite the interest from England.However, Spanish newspaper Sport has now reported that Turan is edging ever closer to a departure, although talks between the player and Barca have been planned.Chelsea and Arsenal are not the only clubs interested in signing the 29-year-old, with Galatasaray and Fenerbahce both hopeful of taking him home to Turkey. 1last_img read more

CYCLING CLUB HOLDING FREE FAMILY FUN DAY

first_imgDonegal Bay Cycling Club is holding a Family Fun Day this Sunday, June 16.The event starts in the Diamond in Donegal Town at 3pm where a range of activities and entertainment, including face painting, slow bicycle races, bike maintenance and cycling skills demonstrations, will be provided.A 10km (6mile) cycle starting at the Diamond will take place at 4pm. The cycle, which will be at a slow and controlled pace, will go along Quay Street, past the Abbey Vocational School and along as far as the Tullyearl roundabout. From there the cycle will continue along the hard shoulder of the by-pass as far as the Donegal Road (Lidl) roundabout and from there, past the hospital and along Main Street, back to the Diamond.At the same time as the 10km cycle is taking place a cycle will take place along a 2km route for younger cyclists.The shorter cycle will leave the Diamond by Tírchonaill Street passing by the post office, turn left at the credit union, turn left onto the Loch Eske Road (near Donegal Town Hardware) and then turn left onto the R925 (on the town side of Mc Intyres filling station) before returning to the Diamond via Bridge Street.Light refreshments and further entertainment will be available for participants on the Diamond after the cycle. There will also be lots of free draws for cycling related prizes on the day as well as prizes for the winner of the slow bicycle event. Entry is FREE and everyone is welcome. The cycle routes are very flat and the pace will be slow. Marshals will be present at junctions along the route. All participants must wear a helmet and ensure that their bicycle is roadworthy. Under 13’s must be accompanied by an adult on the cycle. CYCLING CLUB HOLDING FREE FAMILY FUN DAY was last modified: June 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CYCLING CLUB HOLDING FREE FAMILY FUN DAYlast_img read more

Homeowner’s flagpole creates flap

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Beautiful sight, if you aren’t a member of the Architectural Committee of the Renaissance at Porter Ranch Homeowners Association. In a letter dated Aug. 2, Owens’ request to keep the flagpole was turned down by the committee, and she was ordered to “remove the flagpole from your yard at once.” You know those flagpoles. Let one in and there goes the neighborhood. To her credit, Owens said no, her flagpole was staying. She has requested a formal hearing with the committee, scheduled for the beginning of September. “I usually try and not rock the boat with most issues, but this time my family and I had to make a stand,” she said Monday. Drive down Via Cellini in Porter Ranch and the first thing that catches your eye is how the homes, their colors and landscaping, blend together in one homogenous montage right out of “Stepford Wives.” Then you get to Becky Owens’ place. And there it is on her front lawn – a shot of individuality and self-expression that brings a smile to your face. A 15-foot-high flagpole with a 4-by-5-foot American flag blowing in the wind. “What’s this world coming to when you can’t fly the American flag in your own front yard? Our country was founded on certain basic principles, and we cannot allow those principles to be changed just because it offends someone or because it’s not politically correct.” Owens’ 30-year-old son, Jeff BisCamp, put the flagpole up this year on his mom’s first Fourth of July in her new home. Originally, he was planning to install a flag bracket and pole on the front of her house, but the 1-inch wood trim on the home wasn’t wide enough. BisCamp and Owens said they went through the homeowner association rules and regulations and found nothing barring the installation of flagpoles. “We had no idea it would be considered an architectural issue,” Owens said. But that’s exactly what it is, said Sabrina Hart, a representative of Ross Morgan & Company in Sherman Oaks, the property management firm representing the gated-community homeowner association. In a statement issued by the homeowner association’s board, Hart said the board had the right “to ensure that all additions of exterior changes adhere to the overall aesthetic of the community. “The homeowner in question installed a large flagpole without approval from the Architectural Committee. The issue here is not the American flag, but with the flag pole itself.” But the issue doesn’t seem to bother the neighbors. You can see her flagpole clearly from the living room windows of neighbors Jonas Lee and Ravi Chapra, who live across the street. “I think it’s great,” Chapra said Monday. “People should be more patriotic and not afraid to show it. It doesn’t bother me at all.” A few houses down, Lee’s own large American flag from July Fourth is still draped across the outside foyer of his home, although he’s thinking about taking it down soon. “It is different flying the American flag from a pole, but it doesn’t bother me one bit,” Lee said. “It’s certainly not an eyesore or obstruction, so why does the committee care?” Another neighbor, Enrico Garcia, wrote on a neighbor impact statement required before the committee makes a decision that “the flag pole is OK with me. Very patriotic!” So, what’s the big deal? Let Owens keep her flagpole and add something unique to Via Cellini. “People taking a walk by my house in the early evening always stop and comment on it,” Owens said. “Not one person has told me it’s wrong to be flying the American flag from a flagpole in my front yard.” I’ll let you know how her appeal before the Renaissance Architectural Committee goes. Meanwhile, if you want to weigh in on the issue pro or con, e-mail her at rebeccaannowens@msn.com. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want 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