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Late goals lift Leicester, Chelsea

first_imgLONDON (AP):Premier League leaders Leicester and reigning champions Chelsea needed winning goals in the 89th minute yesterday to keep on track their respective campaigns for the English title and European football next season.Leonardo Ulloa came off the bench in the 78th minute to score the only goal of Leicester’s home game against a Norwich side that looked to have earned a vital point in their battle against relegation.Branislav Ivanovic headed Chelsea’s winner in a 2-1 comeback victory at Southampton, who had previously kept six consecutive clean sheets in the league.Elsewhere, West Ham moved up to provisional fifth place after a 1-0 win over Sunderland in the early kick-off, while Watford were held to 0-0 at home by Bournemouth, and Stoke beat bottom club Aston Villa 2-1. West Bromwich Albion edged Crystal Palace 3-2 in the late game.SENSATIONAL SEASONSceptics have been waiting since late last year for the bubble to burst in Leicester’s sensational season. Bottom of the standings at Christmas in 2014 and top of them at Christmas in 2015, the Midlands club was widely expected to drop points as the season wore on.Two weeks after a 2-1 loss to Arsenal that ended a run of three consecutive wins, Leicester’s title hopes looked set to take another knock at King Power Stadium.Leicester forwards Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have scored more league goals than the entire Norwich team put together, with 33 to 30. But they were kept in check as Norwich played Leicester at their own game, sitting deep, and then looking to hit the opposition on the break.The tactic worked, at least until Ulloa’s close-range strike put Claudio Ranieri’s side firmly back in the Premier League driving seat.”You cannot always play well. It’s not important to play well or not. It’s important to take points,” Ranieri said.Chelsea trailed to a goal by Shane Long at Southampton just before half-time, but Cesc Fabregas drew the champions level in the 75th and Ivanovic headed the late winner.Along with the points, Chelsea also extended their unbeaten league run since Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December to 11 games.”The Chelsea we want to see is one which reacts to setbacks,” Hiddink said.A single goal was enough for West Ham in the early game against relegation-threatened Sunderland. Winger Michail Antonio scored it by cutting in from the right touchline and muscling past three Sunderland defenders to curl the ball past keeper Vito Mannone. The performance lacked the home side’s recent sparkle, but was enough to win a scrappy game.”We were not flat, but we were not in the red zone,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said.”That makes this win even bigger for us. I will never be objective, as I am West Ham manager. But realistically, we deserved three points today.”last_img read more

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Chelsea too hot for Southampton

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England (AP):Chelsea’s prolific double act of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa scored in a 2-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League yesterday, earning the team a fourth straight win to keep in touch with their title rivals.Hazard put Chelsea ahead in the sixth minute when he cut in from the by-line and shot left-footed through Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster’s legs.Costa added a second by curling in a superb strike from 25 metres in the 55th, a rare long-range strike from a penalty-box predator.Hazard (five) and Costa (a league-leading eight) are scoring the goals that are fuelling Chelsea’s title challenge under new coach Antonio Conte.It’s now 12 points from a possible 12 – and four straight clean sheets – since Conte switched to a three-man defence, the Italian’s favoured defensive system that worked so well for him with Juventus in Italy.After 10 games, Chelsea are one point behind Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, which all scored four goals in victories on Saturday.Hazard was a menace to a Southampton team managed by Claude Puel, the coach who gave the winger his break in football. Puel handed a 16-year-old Hazard his professional debut at French club Lille in 2007 and so will have recognised the wonderful technique and close control that led to his third goal in as many games.SHOT BURIEDAfter running off midfielder Steven Davis, Hazard collected Victor Moses’ pass, cut inside and buried a low shot that was too hard for Forster to react to.Costa was denied by Forster’s feet in a one-on-one chance late in the first half, during which Southampton had more of the possession, but didn’t really threaten.The Spain striker got his now-customary goal, picking up a short pass from Hazard and darting inside before finding the corner.Southampton was picked off time and again on counter-attacks led by the roaming Hazard.Conte will be just as happy with Chelsea’s solid defensive showing without veterans John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic, who had to settle for spots on the bench.Chelsea are the only visiting team to win at St Mary’s Stadium this season, having also done so in February.last_img read more

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Barnes targets growth after Junior Series win

first_imgFollowing his win at the recently concluded five-game Jamaica Golf Association (JGA) Junior Series, overall Beginners Class champion Adrian Barnes is looking to grow in the sport and continue his winning ways.The eight-year-old Creative Kids Academy student triumphed with an overall score of 365 points to take top honours in his keenly contested category.Cillian Hall copped the runner-up spot with a score of 340 points, while Kemari Morris finished third with 325 points.The confident Barnes, who actually had to settle for second place on last Saturday’s final day of competition at the Caymanas Golf Club in St Catherine, was very happy with his success in the competition.”It gives a very good meaning to my life, and I am very happy with my win, as winning it brings a lot of pride to my family,” the youngster explained.Hall had some joy on Saturday winning match number five, after scoring 46 points to edge Barnes, who tallied 47 points, with Kemari Morris (48) taking third place.The young Barnes credited his father and grandfather, who both play the sport, as well as following it avidly as major sources of inspiration.”My dad played golf and I am just happy the hard work I put in can make them proud, so I am very excited and happy,” Barnes continued. “I feel very good, and I am going to continue playing and look to continue winning.”The young players were awarded 100 points for each match won in the series, 90 for second, while third place got 85. Participants earned 50 points for competing.last_img read more

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Islamic Organisation head begins Caribbean tour in Guyana

first_imgThe Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General, Iyad Madani on Monday commenced his first tour of the two OIC member states in the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Guyana and Suriname.Accompanying the OIC Chief is Agshin Mehdiyev, an Azerbaijan diplomat who is the OIC ambassador to the United Nations; the two will arrive in Paramaribo, Suriname on Wednesday.Islamic Cooperation Secretary General, Iyad MadaniMadani, in an invited comment, said that his visit to Guyana and Suriname was part of his routine tour of OIC member states. One of the goals of his visit is to assess Guyana’s and Suriname’s expectations of the OIC. Madani will share with the leaders of these countries, some of the products and support that the OIC can offer them. He also wants to “engage Guyana and Suriname” in stronger OIC ties.Madani will hold meetings with President Desi Bouterse of Suriname and President David Granger, along with Suriname’s Foreign Minister, Niermala Badrising. The OIC head will also meet with the civil society in both countries.Badrising said that Suriname was excited to welcome the OIC head, especially at a time when ties between Suriname and the OIC have significantly expanded. During the visit, various agreements between Suriname and the OIC in the fields of education, economics and trade will be signed. Agreements to commence Islamic banking in Suriname will also be finalised.Badrising said that the Islamic Development Bank (ISDB), an organ of the OIC, is supporting the economic stabilisation and recovery policies of Suriname with a soft loan of approximately US$1.8 billion. Of this money, her Government is planning to invest US$1.278 billion in five sectors – agriculture, healthcare, finance, transportation and infrastructure, and tourism.Last week in Paramaribo, Bouterse praised the OIC, saying that “Suriname has a golden opportunity” with the US$1.8 billion in financing that the ISDB has offered his country.While in New York to address the 71st United Nations General Assembly on behalf of Bouterse, Badrising held bilateral meetings with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, two OIC members, in her quest to bring foreign direct investment to Suriname. She also had informal talks with Madani during an OIC reception in New York. No officials from Guyana attended the reception.After a pledge by Granger in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he met Madani earlier this year to improve its ties with the OIC, his Government failed to attend the last Heads of Government summit, which was held in Turkey earlier this year.Guyana does not attend smaller meetings of the OIC due to the lack of funds budgeted by its Foreign Ministry, one Guyanese diplomat confirmed.Suriname and Guyana were fortunate to have joined the OIC in the 1990s. The OIC has closed its doors to new membership for decades now. Today, many countries are knocking at the door of the OIC with the objective of exploiting the economic benefits the group offers.The following countries are waiting to join the OIC: Brazil (since 2011), South Africa (since 2002), Sri Lanka (since 2008), the Philippines (since 2008), Serbia (Since 2008), Nepal (since 2008), Democratic Republic of Congo (since 2008), Republic of Central Africa (since 2002), Mauritius (since 2002) and Kenya (since 2011).Like Guyana and Suriname, Muslim minority states Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Togo, Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Uganda, are members of the OIC. (Caribbean News Now)last_img read more

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Cape Mt. Women Want 30 Houses Rebuilt, Damaged by Ezzat Eid’s Rock Crusher

first_imgCitizens of Grand Cape Mount County, especially women and youths from the towns of Madina, Mankoh and Soh, have begun an indefinite protest at Madina Rock Crusher (MRC) in demand of the rebuilding of over 30 houses, which they alleged broke down due to rock explosions.The aggrieved women Monday, July 7, lamented that about 37 families are homeless while more than 12 persons are seeking medical attention at the Gbenejii Hospital because of the collapse.  They have expressed fear of what might happen next.Madam Yatta Dosii, the county chairlady, told journalists that the demonstration stemmed from failed negotiation with the management of MRC, owned by the multi-millionaire Lebanese businessman Ezzat  Eid.“We can’t sit down and don’t do something why we don’t have anywhere to live…our lives are threatened; our houses are falling down because of the explosions,” Madam Dosii lamented. “We won’t allow foreigners to take our lands cheaply and destroy our homes and just walk away.”She added: “What are we women for? To look after our children for the future. MRC must rebuild our homes, and we want the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Ministry of Justice to intervene to save our environment, lands and children.”The Grand Cape Mount women’s protest marked the second such demonstration in less than five months.  Recently the inhabitants of Duazon in Montserrado County expressed their disapproval of the rock crusher’s blasts in their community on the Robertsfield Highway.The angry Cape Mountainians in February 2014 demonstrated against the explosions as a result of the safety of their children and themselves.The youths, under the banner, Concerned Youths, headed by Mohammed Dosii, have petitioned the management of MRC, cataloguing six points to be addressed to end the protest.The protest was read in front of a representative of the management of MRC, an Indian identified only as Arnu, Madina Commissioner Kasor Kadii, the Regional Chief Superintendent of Police, Daniel B. Gotojuwee along with some officers of the Grand Cape Mount Police Detachment and others.Chief amongst the points were the reconditioning and reconstruction of damaged houses, a review of the 20-year contract between the town and the MRC, and the improvement of workers’ conditions of service at MRC.According to Mr. Dosii, besides the human right abuses in the towns, the more than 65 workers of the company are also suffering.He said the aggrieved women and youths, after the settling of the saga between the MRC and the towns, would also be protesting against Sime Darby for their deliberate refusal of settling affecting communities in Madina, which are part of affected communities from their Palm Plantation.Some of the MRC’s workers, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, said there is no health facility, neither safe drinking water in the company’s yard and five employees are assigned in a tight-room, while a Lebanese lives in a three-bedroom  apartment.The workers stated that besides the drivers, the rest of the employees are receiving between L$5,500 to US$100 monthly, without food.A driver, one of the five workers interviewed, disclosed that about half of them fall sick monthly because of the tense working hours, 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.A tour of the facility by team of journalists exposed a germ-infested and unsafe environment — uncut grass, piles of dirt, polluted air and dirty water.Meanwhile, the Madina Commission Kasor Kadii and Regional Police Chief Gotojuwee hailed the citizens for their peaceful demonstration, but urged them to continue to remain peaceful;  and should remove the road block in front of the MRC—a suggestion the protestors refused to honor until they obtain the intervention of the Grand Cape Mount Legislative Caucus.Ezzat Eid, when contacted by the Daily Observer last night, admitted that he owned the rock crusher at Madina. He said he was aware of the damaged houses and had agreed with the people to pay US$800 for the repairs, an amount which they, the people, stipulated.  The amount was to be paid yesterday, Monday, but they had not come to Monrovia for it.  So tomorrow the money will be sent to them.Mr. Eid said he has good relations with the people at Madina, Mankoh and Soh, the general vicinities where the rock crusher is located.   He said the investment is worth US$8 million; and his company has a license from the EPA to do the blasting.He said he spends US$3,000 annually at the University of Liberia for tuition for their children; and has also built for them a general market near Madina.He has invited the Daily Observer to visit the site in order to assess the situation and show all of the documents connected with the agreement with the Cape Mount people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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TWELVE YEARS OLD

first_imgIt could be any girl who only turned twelveOnce upon a time it was you me and othersGrowing up to the age of understanding thingsMany girls have not seen the treasures we haveFlipping away the lunar to measure the daysTeeming as a chubby rosy cheeks piggy bankA privilege to be prized at……Twelve Years OldIn the mirage of the blistering sun she scrubsA mountain of pots left for her to clean and storeUnable to school for the chores and be a girl childSaddled with her siblings that she must nurse tooSnatched from her so early her rights to be aliveNo ponytails fly in the wind as she never dressesA silver platter of freedom cut…..Twelve Years OldNo fancy cars drive her parents home from workThey know no place to say they work at but hustleIn rags they make efforts to provide a morsel of chopWhat will be clothes for Yuletide they wonder notPieces of torn foam line their waterlogged roomsEyes of hunger stare at the door in anticipationA hard life for this gift a child…. Twelve Years OldShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Arteta fits the bill for Arsenal manager: Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta (holding trophy) has the qualities to manage the club says former Gunners handler Arsene Wenger © AFP/File / Leon NEALLONDON, United Kingdom, May 17 – Mikel Arteta has “all of the qualities” required to become Arsenal manager, their legendary former handler Arsene Wenger told Bein Sports.The 36-year-old Spaniard — who played 150 matches under Wenger at Arsenal — is imbued with the spirt of the Gunners, added Wenger, although the Frenchman was at pains to say he didn’t wish to influence the board’s decision. Arteta, presently an assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at champions Manchester City, is one of several names that have been linked to filling the huge vacuum left after Wenger stepped down following 22 years in charge.“He was a leader, has good passion for the game, knows the club and knows what is important at the club,” said Wenger.“Overall he has the qualities but I don’t want to influence that publicly.“I believe it is important they make their choice in an objective way and after that decision I will support him.”Other names that have been mentioned include Massimiliano Allegri — though he says he would have to be fired to leave Italian champions Juventus — former Chelsea and Real Madrid handler Carlo Ancelotti, who reportedly last month turned down the chance to coach Italy, and Arsenal icon Patrick Vieira.Arsenal — who finished without a trophy last season and failed to qualify for next term’s Champions League — are confident a new manager will be named before the World Cup begins on June 14.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Is Zapata on his way out of AFC Leopards?

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata during the club’s training session at the St Paul’s University on July 20, 2018. Photo/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 21- Just before they face arch rivals Gor Mahia FC in the highly anticipated Mashemeji Derby, AFC Leopards could be thinking of hiring a fourth coach in the span off less than a year with current boss Rodolfo Zapata hinting he might be thinking of his future already.The Argentine tactician who arrived at the den in June from Botswana’s Gaborone United has hinted that ‘AFC Leopards will be strong even without’ me even as he dodged questions on whether or not rumors of his supposed exit from the club are true. “I am focused on the game now; we will talk about that after this game. But, even without me Leopards has a bright future because chairman has a good taste to choose young players who are good for the future. We need to talk, we need to build the program for the future to have clear ideas,” the tactician said during his team’s penultimate training session before the derby.According to various sources within the club, Zapata feels frustrated of interference from outside forces and he feels he needs more control of the team.Zapata is said to have told the club’s management that he will be leaving his position after the derby. Nonetheless, the tactician has said he will not dwell much on that until after the game, instead choosing to focus on the task at hand, beating their arch rivals.AFC has met Gor twice already this season, losing 1-0 in the season opening Kenyan premier League Charity Cup while their second meeting was on May 1 during the Hull City play-off match which they lost on penalties after a 0-0 draw.The tactician expects a tough game against the unbeaten Gor who have a healthy 13 point difference against their bitter rivals who are placed fifth in the standings.AFC Leopards players during the club’s training session at the St Paul’s University on July 20, 2018. Photo/Timothy Olobulu“It is going to be a very difficult game. Derbies all over the world are very difficult. I respect Gor Mahia and coach Dylan Kerr. He has a very good number of excellent players in his team and has so many options. This is going to be a very tactical game,” the tactician noted.He believes the fact that Gor have come off a tight list of fixtures over the last two weeks will not be a problem, especially having watched them dismantle Yanga 4-0 in Wednesday in the CAF Confederations Cup.Tactically, Zapata believes that the game will be won or lost in the midfield, saying his side must dominate that area of the pitch if they are to have any chance ot bagging the three points and bragging rights.But even as he plans to win the game from the middle of the pack, Zapata will be without two key ingredients in that particular area, skipper Duncan Otieno missing as he has been suspended after picking five yellow cards while Brian Marita is out injured.The tactician will also miss the services of defender Robinson Kamura and new Nigerian import Alex Orotomal both who are also out injured.AFC Leopards strikers Eugene Mukangula and Ray Omondi during the club’s training session at the St Paul’s University on July 20, 2018. Photo/Timothy Olobulu“They are important players in the team and we will miss them but this should not be an excuse. We have a lot of great talented players and they are going to show they are equally good on the pitch,” the coach said.In the absence of Kamura in defense, Zapata will look on to youngster Michael Kibwage who gathered minutes of playing time early in the season but found himself out of favor since the Argentine’s arrival.In midfield, Otieno’s absence will be sealed by Edward Seda who will partner Marvin Nabwire and Whyvonne Isuza.“If you play good football you have chances to win and that’s what we will do. We will need to do a lot of pressing in the middle and ensure when we are without the ball we get it back within five seconds, I have excellent players in midfield so we are going to fight,” the tactician added.AFC have lost 10 of their last 20 meetings with Gor Mahia across all competitions, winning only five and drawing a similar number.The two sides are having different seasons in the KPL with Gor Mahia coming into the game on the backdrop of five wins on the trot in the league while AFC have won only two of their last five.“In derbies it doesn’t matter the position on the table or form. It is 90 minutes and we will fight on the field to win for our supporters,” the defiant coach said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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World Cup fever mounts as France turns on the TV

first_imgBarcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti grabbed the opening goal before Italy cut the deficit before the break through Leonardo Bonucci.French poster boy and playground favourite Antoine Griezmann, also reported to be joining Barcelona, added a second from the penalty spot before Dembele’s lob stole the show.TF1 will show 28 World Cup games from the World Cup which gets underway in two weeks across Russia.Before that Didier Deschamps’ France host the United States, who failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, next Saturday in Lyon in their final warm up game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Over 7.6 million people in tuned in to French television channel TF1 to see France thump Italy 3-1 in Nice © AFP / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Jun 2 – Over 7.6 million viewers tuned in to French television’s TF1 to see France thump Italy 3-1 in Nice in their second World Cup warm up game, according to figures released on Saturday.The Friday evening prime time slot featuring a sumptuous goal from Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele only just edged out Monday’s viewing figures of 6.9 million who tuned in to watch France beat Ireland 2-0 in a deluge.last_img read more

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Noel Gallagher on Arsenal and England star: ‘If you are smoking and drinking you’re not an athlete!’

first_imgNoel Gallagher has slammed Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’s off-field activities, claiming he will never be able to emulate the levels reached by current world-class midfielders if he carries on misbehaving.Wilshere has been caught smoking twice during his career – the latest incident occurring in February whilst out injured – and has been criticised by Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.The England star has long been tipped as the most natural successor to Paul Gascoigne, but Gallagher insists the 23-year-old’s indiscretions will damage his development.“You think of the great midfielders in the game now, like [David] Silva andthe  Barcelona players – they’re athletes. They don’t smoke and drink,” Gallagher told the Sports Bar.“This lad has been caught twice. That’s what sets him apart and what links him to Gazza.“That catches up with you in the end. If you are smoking and drinking you are not an athlete.”Wilshere bounced back from an injury-plagued season with Arsenal to score two stunning goals for England against Slovenia, and Gallagher has urged him to address his attitude to help fulfil his potential.“The great players in the league dedicate themselves to be the best, and smoking and drinking isn’t going to cut it,” he added.last_img read more

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