Barclays Premier League ReviewsJohn LeyCRYSTAL PALACE 1 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3GOALS:- PALACE: VERTONGHEN OG 30th. TOTTENHAM: KANE 63rd; ALLI 84th; CHADLI 90th.Dele Alli scored a wonder goal to put Tottenham into fourth place in the Barclays Premier League. Jan Vertonghen turned Wilfried Zaha’s cross into his own net to put Palace ahead, but Harry Kane levelled. Then Alli flicked the ball over his head before volleying Spurs into the lead, while Nacer Chadli netted a late third.LEICESTER CITY 3 STOKE CITY 0GOALS:- LEICESTER: DRONKWATER 42nd; VARDY 66th; ULLOA 87th.Leicester moved three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday with an impressive win over Stoke. Danny Drinkwater gave Leicester the lead before Jamie Vardy ended his goal drought of 10 hours and 17 minutes and Leonardo Ulloa completed their 13th win of the season.MANCHESTER UNITED 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1GOAL:- SOUTHAMPTON: AUSTIN 87th.Southampton substitute Charlie Austin scored the winner to punish lacklustre Manchester United at Old Trafford. Austin, signed last weekend from Queens Park Rangers, rose to head home an 87th minute free-kick. At the end, United manager Louis van Gaal and his players were booed off.NORWICH CITY 4 LIVERPOOL 5GOALS:- NORWICH: MBOKAI 29th; NAISMITH 41st; HOOLAHAN PEN 54th; BASSONG 90th. LIVERPOOL: FIRMINO 18th, 63rd; HENDERSON 55th; MILNER 75th; LALLANA 90th.Liverpool come back from 3-1 down to steal a dramatic last-minute winner from Adam Lallana. Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead, but Dieumerci’s Mbokani levelled before debutant Steven Naismith put the home side in front. Wes Hoolahan added a penalty, before Jordan Henderson and Firmino struck. James Milner put the away side ahead and though Sebastien Bassong netted in added time, Lallana delivered a twist.SUNDERLAND 1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1GOALS:- SUNDERLAND VAN AANHOLT 45th. BOURNEMOUTH: AFOBE 13th.Patrick van Aanholt scored for the second game in a row as Sunderland came from behind to draw against relegation rivals Bournemouth. The visitors dominated the opening half-hour and took the lead through Benik Afobe’s diving header. But Sunderland hit back through Van Aanholt, who collected Fabio Borini’s through ball and shot past Artur Boruc.WATFORD 2 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1GOALS:- WATFORD: IGHALO 46th; CATHCART 58th. NEWCASTLE: LASCELLES 71st.Odion Ighalo rediscovered his scoring touch as Watford won their first league game in six. The Nigerian striker went into the game without a goal since 28 December, but finally claimed his 14th of the season when he beat the offside trap to slot in Troy Deeney’s through ball. He then set up Craig Cathcart, who drove in the second from six yards. Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles headed home in the 71st minute to set up a tense finish.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 0 ASTON VILLA 0Aston Villa avoided defeat for a third successive Barclays Premier League match as they held neighbours West Bromwich Albion in an uninspiring stalemate. Villa could have been awarded a first-half penalty when Jordan Ayew appeared to be fouled by Albion defender Jonas Olsson. Albion failed to register a single shot on target, although Craig Dawson headed over and Stephane Sessegnon slashed wide after the break.WEST HAM UNITED 2 MANCHESTER CITY 2GOALS:- WEST HAM: VALENCIA 1st, 56th. CITY: AGUERO PEN 9th, 81st.Manchester City lost ground on Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester City as Sergio Aguero scored twice to rescue a draw at West Ham. Enner Valencia struck from inside the area after 53 seconds for the Hammers, but Aguero equalised with a penalty after he had been fouled. The hosts regained the lead when Valencia capitalised on hesitant defending by Nicolas Otamendi to stab in. However, Aguero struck from 10 yards late on to earn his side a point.
Dear Editor,Finance Minister Winston Jordan during his press conference on Friday, April 13, 2018, announced that the economy expanded by only 2.1 per cent, the lowest growth rate in recent times. Incidentally, it was Black Friday; was it coincidence?The Minister, among other things, charged that sugar production of 137,307 tonnes in 2017 was responsible for the poor economic showing. The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) will not rehash the reasons for the poor production which we shared publicly on more than one occasion. Though the Minister seeks to use sugar as one of his punching bags in seeking to explain what is clearly a worrying situation, at the same time, the admission by Minister Jordan serves to demonstrate the importance of the sugar industry to the wider economy.As GAWU has been saying consistently, the sugar industry cannot be seen solely and only from the financial/profitability argument the Government, like a horse with blinders, is focused on. Important as that is, the GAWU strongly believes, and must reiterate, that sugar has to be seen from its wider economic impact in terms of direct and indirect employment, taxes whether be income or consumption, foreign exchange receipts, among other things.The four closed estates aggregately paid its workers $11.9 billion in 2014, using data available from the Sugar Commission of Inquiry report. To illustrate the significance of what the economy has really lost, we contrasted what obtains in the Private Sector. Using most recently available data concerning employment costs at Banks DIH Limited, Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), and Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited – four publicly listed companies in Guyana and among the country’s largest enterprises – we learnt they spent aggregately G$9.6 billion.Also, it is estimated that the now jobless workers of Skeldon, Rose Hall, East Demerara and Wales, conservatively, utilised about 85 per cent of their earnings on the purchase of goods and services. In other words, directly shopkeepers, market vendors, fisherfolk, transportation providers, etc have lost $10.15 billion. Indirectly, using the income multiplier formula, a further $70 billion has been removed from the economy. This is a massive and substantial hit and one which many, especially in rural Guyana, may not be able to recover from.With now four closed estates, some resuming operations in a minimalistic way at this time; it would be interesting to know what the 2018 figures would reveal. Clearly, from all appearances, the wiser economic decision was to keep the industry going while working to make it profitable and viable as the Special Purpose Unity is now seeking to do at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. What is clear, as Minister Jordan is reported in the April 14, 2018 in sections of the media to have said sugar is too big to fail.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral Secretary
Nimba County Senior Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ) has strongly defended the reported war records of Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties. The Nimba Senator denied that the two counties brought troubles to Liberia.According to Senator Johnson, residents of the two counties are not the ones obstructing efforts aimed at bringing lasting peace and genuine reconciliation to the country.Senator Johnson made the statement Monday, May 19, at the launch of a Peace and Reconciliation Meeting held in Monrovia under the auspices of Liberia’s Peace Ambassador George Oppong Weah. The Monday’s gathering brought together several high profile individuals including members of the diplomatic community.Senator Johnson—who headed one of the country’s warring factions during years of civil crisis, said the problem to lasting peace in the country has to do with bringing onboard individuals, who financed the war, instead of gathering only those they perceived as the ‘fighting men and women.’“To achieve the peace objectives, I have advised the stakeholders to this meeting, to invite those who brought into the country all kinds of weapons and divided them among the fighters.”Sen. Johnson believes that peace and reconciliation among Liberians should not be tied only to the peoples of Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties, “but those who purchased the big, big guns and gave them to prosecute the war.”He then suggested that those driving the peace initiative should be people of character that facilitated the decade-long conflict, “but not the government and partners, who are creating the impression that Nimbaians and Grand Gedeans are still on the battlefield.”“At the moment, there are more sons and daughters of Nimba County residing in all parts of Grand Gedeh making babies, and vice-versa,” Johnson asserted to round of applause and laughter.The Nimba lawmaker maintained that those who facilitated the war to avail themselves, should ask for God’s forgiveness, which he believes would be the only recipe for lasting peace in the country.He then called on those living with the belief that it was Nimba and Grand Gedeh that brought the war to desist shifting the blame, “because those playing the blame-game were the major facilitators to the civil crisis the plagued the country.”The former leader of the disbanded rebel group, Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL) did not only call for the coming on board the peace process of the ‘war facilitators’ but proposed to those peace actors to convene a National Peace Conference that would bring all peace-loving Liberians and their international partners to ask for divine intervention into the process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A man is presently being questioned by Police in relation to the murder of 23-year-old Elton Leonard, who was stabbed to death in the wee hours of Friday at Karasabai Village, South Pakaraimas, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).F Division (Interior Locations) Commander Kevin Adonis said on Sunday the person being questioned by Police was not a suspect but a witness to the murder. The witness has identified three persons for whom the Police are currently hunting.“There is no main suspect per se; as it is at this point, we cannot say definitively who stabbed the young man. But the three men we are looking for them; we are told they are still somewhere in that area. They have gone into hiding somewhere in the North Pakaraima area, but we are close to capturing them,” he stated.According to the Commander, the three suspects were friends of the now deceased man and on Friday last, while they were consuming alcohol, an argument ensued.“They went sporting: drinking at a shop in the area that they are all from. This was about minutes to 1:00 am (01:00h) on Friday morning when the young man was stabbed. But prior to that we are told that all of them were together drinking with each other since they are friends,” the Commander said.Leonard had left his home about 19:00h on Thursday under the influence of alcohol.Initial reports were that some five hours later, he was engaged in a heated row with the trio which escalated and resulted in Leonard being stabbed to the left side of his chest.He reportedly collapsed and died almost immediately. The three men are said to have made good their escape as the injured man lay on the ground in a pool of blood.
The Flyers scored six goals in the first frame with the first coming only one minute into the game when Elias Thompson scored his first of four on the day from an Emerson Loewen feed. Jarod Lang netted one a minute later from Alexander Breunig and George Seguin-Morin to make it 2-0. Thompson scored his second only four mintues into the period. Ricky Bateman ripped his first of two from Austin Baxter and then Loewen netted one on a great pass from Nolan Lagace to make it 5-0. Alex Hartman rounded out the scoring in the first frame with his first of three. After giving up leads going into the second and third frames in the last couple of weekends the Flyers made no mistakes when they netted two more by Brysan Eklund and Joshua Robinson. The Flyers played a strong third period and scored 7 more unanswered goals. Thompson and Hartman both scored a pair, Bateman, Lang, and Lagace each scored a single with James Bowie picking up a pair of assists. Seth Hanna earned the shutout in net.- Advertisement – The Flyers are off to Grande Prairie on Saturday and High Prairie on Sunday to complete their All Peace league games. They now sit at 5 wins and 2 losses.
1 Theo Walcott has hailed the impact Petr Cech has had on table-topping Arsenal.The 33-year-old has been in fine form for the Gunners since his arrival from Chelsea in the summer.He has conceded just 13 goals in 16 games and equalled the record for Premier League clean sheets by keeping out Aston Villa in Sunday’s 2-0 win.Cech has helped Arsenal move to the top of the table, and Walcott admits his influence has been huge.“From when we signed him, we all knew how good he was [after] what he achieved at Chelsea,” Walcott told Arsenal Player.“On a personal level, for him it’s great. He’s changed us completely in that back four. He’s a talker, he believes in us all.“That’s why he wanted to join us and having that presence behind you is always nice to have. He’s very commanding, he’s a leader in the dressing room as well, he always likes to talk.” Petr Cech
Victor Tovar ducked bullets as a gangster and charged into blazing buildings as a fireman, but nothing prepared him for this monumental task – addressing a sleepy bunch of troubled children. As a teen, Tovar beat people up and capered around with the Elmwood Street gang in Burbank. He turned his back on his family and regularly spent time in the back of police cars. A lengthy stint in a probation camp turned him around. More than 10 years has passed since he last felt the fear of the streets, but he still paced nervously as the kids at the alternative school in North Hollywood filed into the auditorium. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre As they settled in, he steadied his voice and began to speak. When he was 15, he told them, he was just like them. “I found myself getting jumped,” he said. “I found myself getting into fights. I found myself riding in a car on the way to a drive-by. And pretty soon, I found myself getting jumped in.” Now, he’s 28, a homeowner, married and a father of two. For the past two years, he’s worked as a Los Angeles city firefighter. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Juvenile Justice, which once locked him up, recently gave him its annual Outstanding Achievement Award. And the Los Angeles County Probation Department hopes to use him as a pilot in a mentoring program. The road to success, however, was not terribly easy. He dropped out of Burroughs High School. Bullets killed a couple of his friends and paralyzed two more. Plenty more ended up in prison or hyped on heroin. “I was jacked up,” he said. “I had tattoos on my neck and my arms. I was smoking weed every day. My family disowned me. Society disowned me. I felt like I was on my own.” While in the care of the county, he met his arch nemesis, Probation Officer Paul Vinetz. The loquacious, bespectacled Vinetz tried to get Tovar to go to school, to quit banging, to come back to his family. Nothing worked. Every other week, it seemed, Tovar was back before a judge. Fed up, Vinetz got his charge put in a probation camp for six months for the final half-year of his youth. If Tovar reoffended when he got out, he’d face incarceration as an adult. As he lay in bed at the rural camp, Tovar reflected. His mother cried and prayed for him constantly. His fellow gangsters were still living at home, working bad jobs and scraping for dollars. Tovar served his sentence and returned to Burbank, but not to the same life. “I felt like I’d put in enough work for the gang, so I stopped hanging around with them,” he said. “I got in some fights, even with my close friends, but eventually, they saw I was trying to do something different.” He moved to a different part of Burbank and got a job at a Glendale frame shop. He stopped associating with the guys who’d gotten him into trouble. Vinetz didn’t see him again for four years. “I’d completely forgotten about him,” Vinetz said. “I didn’t know what had happened to him and I wasn’t concerned, frankly.” Then Tovar showed up at his probation office. He’d grown a few inches, gained 40 pounds and put on a suit. He apologized for all the trouble he’d put Vinetz through and asked for a letter of recommendation. He’d finished his high school diploma in adult school and wanted to get into a Fire Explorer program. Vinetz wrote the letter with one condition: Screw up and I’ll track you down. Tovar spent the next four years volunteering with the Glendale and Montebello fire departments and living up to his end of Vinetz’s bargain. In 2005, he joined the LAFD and went all over the city before landing at Station 88 in Sherman Oaks last year. He hopes to become certified as an engineer and is undergoing urban search-and-rescue training. “He’s been quite an asset for us,” said Capt. Tom Haus, Tovar’s supervisor. “He’s a hard-charging individual… Whatever issues he had as kid, he’s got a great idea of right and wrong now.” Today, Vinetz and Tovar are friends. The slightly built probation director with the busily patterned tie and the rangy firefighter make an odd pair, but Vinetz says the kid he used to drag to school has become “a hero in our community.” “Victor needed to find some hope in his life,” he said. “He didn’t find that through me. Victor found that through himself.” The two finished their address to the group of students, who sat mostly quietly, save one who approached Tovar after the others had gone. He wanted to be a firefighter, he said. He wanted to follow Tovar. “But I don’t think I can,” he said. “Because of my record.” “Hey, man, I had a dirty record. I’ll show it to you sometime – it’s this long,” Tovar said, stretching his long arms to their full span. “But I made it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Caught! Ferry’s lorry dumping illegally at DerryreelTHE owner of Donegal’s largest waste disposal company is facing an investigation by environment chiefs after dropping a legal challenge – and could face sanctions including the loss of his license.Jim Ferry, who is 56, could lose his business if environment agency bosses find he is unfit to carry on his Ferry’s Refuse Company based outside Manorcunningham. Ferry had lodged an appeal in the Circuit Court against a conviction handed down last October when he was found guilty of illegal dumping, but lawyers have now withdrawn the appeal.He was originally convicted and fined €12,000 at Falcarragh District Court sitting in Letterkenny after a lengthy legal battle.Judge Paul Kelly also ordered Ferry to pay Donegal County Council a total of €30,750 in costs.The Environmental Protection Agency says it is now reviewing Ferry’s license.A spokeswoman for the EPA said: “Regarding an existing licensee, the agency could form the view that a licensee is no longer a fit and proper person and proceedings can be commenced to revoke a licence.”Applications to renew a licence could also be affected by a conviction.“In assessing an application for a waste licence under the Waste Management Act 1996, as amended, the Agency is obliged to ensure that the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold a waste licence,” the spokeswoman said.“As part of the assessment of fit and proper person, the Agency will seek information on any relevant convictions under the relevant legislation. The nature and gravity of the conviction would be taken into account by the Agency in reaching its decision on whether to grant or refuse a licence.”Ferry, of Rossbracken, Manorcunningham, but originally from Falcarragh, contested 12 charges but was found guilty after a three day trial.The illegal dumping took place at Doire Uí Fríll, Falcarragh, on June 10, 2010 on land right in front of his own mother’s house (pictured).Earlier this week Ferry withdrew his application to appeal the conviction when it came up before the Circuit Court in Donegal.He must now pay out the fine and the costs totalling €42,750.But he could also lose his entire business.The illegal dumpINVESTIGATION LAUNCHED INTO DONEGAL’S LARGEST REFUSE COLLECTOR AFTER COURT CASE was last modified: March 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Costscourtdonegalferry’s refuseillegal dumping
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesMiddlesbrough boss Tony Pulis insisted Adama Traore has the potential to play at the top level after the winger scored his first goal for the club in their 3-0 win at QPR.Daniel Ayala’s header and George Friend’s brilliant strike put Boro in control by half-time and Traore sealed their win with five minutes remaining.“He can be frustrating at times, but I’m telling you if he works it out then he could be anything,” Pulis said.“You look at the top clubs in the Premier League and they’ve all got that electric pace and no-one’s as quick as this boy is.Embed from Getty Images“He’s starting to work it out a bit now and hopefully the penny drops. All we’re asking him to do is what he’s good at, which is to run forward with the ball and run forward without the ball.“When he does that, as you saw today, he’s unplayable.”Middlesbrough’s resounding win was their third consecutive away victory and they were comfortable once Ayala’s nodded them in front in the 24th minute.“In the first 15 minutes we looked a little bit out of sorts and QPR started really brightly,” said Pulis.“As soon as we got a goal we then went on and deservedly won the game.“For the players to put in that kind of performance and show that bit of character, I’m really pleased.“We played some good stuff at times, created opportunities, and when we had to roll our sleeves up and battle we restricted them to not many opportunities.”
6 August 2014As African leaders prepare for a roundtable engagement with US President Barack Obama in Washington on Wednesday, South African President Jacob Zuma has called on leaders from both continents to seize the opportunity and consolidate their relationship.Obama will be convening the first ever US-Africa Leaders’ Forum at the White House as he seeks to affirm his legacy of having put Africa high on his agenda as the leader of the world’s biggest economy.The summit takes place at a time when both Obama and European leaders are increasingly recognising Africa as a new growth hub, with the six-fastest growing economies being African.‘This is America’s attempt to catch up’At least one analyst who spoke to SAnews believes that Obama’s decision to hold the summit with African leaders did not come as a surprise.“We’ve seen regions like Europe and countries like China really making a big effort to get close to Africa, because the continent is growing so fast and is becoming more important, and I think this is America’s attempt to try to catch up,” South African Institute of International Affairs policy analyst Christopher Wood said on Tuesday.Wood said America could no longer ignore the fact that Africa, with a 5.4% growth rate predicted for 2014, was outpacing global growth. US goods and services exports to Africa reached a record high of $50.2-billion in 2013, up 40% since 2009. These exports supported 250 000 US jobs.Wood said the US was also looking up to South Africa as a leader and gateway to the continent, and he believes it is for this reason that South Africa will remain part of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) programme.“President Zuma, as a leader in the continent, has a very important role. [He] relayed Africa’s growth story to the United States, so I don’t believe in this talk that they will take South Africa out of Agoa. It’s more [likely] just a way to get certain concessions from South Africa.”Agoa is a legislation that provides duty-free market access to the United States for qualifying sub-Saharan African countries by extending preferences on more than 4 600 products. Its current term will end in 2015 and the US Senate is expected to vote on its renewal.South Africa has been leading the call for the programme to be extended for another 15 years, citing its trade benefits for both the US and Africa.Genuine, mutually beneficial partnerships: ZumaAt a US-Africa Business Forum hosted on Tuesday, President Zuma said the summit came at an “opportune” time for Africa, as the continent was in a better shape than ever.Zuma had earlier met with Senate members as well as US Deputy President Joe Biden.“The summit gives us an opportunity as leaders to look at our relations, as leaders and the business community. I also think it came at the right time when Africa is in fact organising itself better than before, in terms of how it conducts its affairs.”Zuma was speaking during a panel discussion that took place alongside the US-Africa Business Forum hosted. Other panellists included the presidents of Tanzania, Senegal, Rwanda and Tunisia.“[The summit] comes at an opportune moment, when Agoa – which has been critical in our relationship – is left with one year before it expires, and we are saying we have an opportunity to deal with that issue … to put our views to the United States, to say we would want the continuation of Agoa,” Zuma said.“We now have the experience to better discuss what we need to do about Agoa, so as to better and consolidate our relationships … I’m sure when we end this interaction, we will be in a better place to deal with our relations.”He said it was important that leaders went to Wednesday’s summit with the common goal of forming genuine partnerships to benefit both Africa and US economies.Powering AfricaObama is the first US president to invite more than 40 African leaders to Washington for a meeting. A range of things can be expected from the summit, according to Wood.“There are other things that are perhaps less important for South Africa but are important for the continent. One of those initiatives is called Power Africa, which seeks to help increase electricity connection in the continent.“Even though they will benefit from it in terms of investments, America wants to be seen to be making a difference through this powering of Africa.”South Africa has been tipped as a possible host of the headquarters of Power Africa.In its 2014 annual report, the company said as of June this year, it had helped produced more than 2 800 MW of new generation capacity, 25% of its ambitious target of adding more than 10 000 MW of cleaner energy generation in sub-Saharan Africa.On Tuesday, Obama announced a renewed commitment to this initiative, and pledged $300-million in assistance per year to expand the reach of Power Africa across the continent in pursuit of a new 30 000 MW of additional capacity to Africa, and increasing electricity access by at least 60-million household and business connections.He also announced $6-billion in new private sector commitments, bringing the total private sector commitments under Power Africa to date to more than $20-billion.This includes additional commitments under Beyond the Grid, a new sub-initiative announced at the June 2014 US-Africa Energy Ministerial. The initiative seeks to foster private investment in off-grid and small-scale energy solutions, which will expand access to remote areas across sub-Saharan Africa.Source: SAnews.gov.za