Arsenal go top, Chelsea lose again

first_imgLONDON (AP): Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho faces more trouble from the English Football Association after being sent to the stands as the champions’ poor Premier League form worsened yesterday with a 2-1 loss at West Ham. On a day when London rivals Arsenal went provisionally top of the standings, Mourinho was red-carded at half-time after Cesc Fabregas had a goal disallowed for offside moments before Chelsea teammate Nemanja Matic was sent off for a second bookable offence. The Chelsea manager watched the second half from the stands before leaving his spot eight minutes from the end. His assistant first-team coach, Silvino Louro, was also dismissed when Matic was red-carded. Mourinho will almost certainly face repercussions from the Football Association as the incident follows a suspended sentence from earlier this month. Mauro Z·rate gave West Ham the lead before Fabregas thought he had equalised. Gary Cahill then levelled for Chelsea 10 minutes into the second half, before Andy Carroll headed the winning goal in the 79th. In Saturday’s late match, Arsenal beat Everton 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium to go top of the Premier League ahead of today’s games. Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny scored in the 36th and 38th minutes for Arsenal, before Ross Barkley’s deflected strike before half-time gave Everton hope of a comeback. But Arsenal held on against Roberto Martinez’s side, which had Gareth Barry sent off in stoppage time. “I was bit edgy because I thought the last 20 minutes could be difficult and we could not score the third goal,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Wenger’s side leads the table with 22 points, ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday. City, on 21 points, face United, with 19 points, at Old Trafford. Chelsea, meanwhile, are 15th on 11 points from 10 matches and bookmakers have made Mourinho the second favourite to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked. The current favourite is Aston Villa’s Tim Sherwood. Villa lost their sixth league game in a row in a 2-1 defeat at home to Swansea as the pressure intensified on Sherwood. Elsewhere, Jamie Vardy took his scoring form to nine goals in seven games as Leicester beat Crystal Palace 1-0. Norwich lost 1-0 at home to West Brom and Watford won 2-0 at Stoke.last_img read more

Rosario plays like an import when KaTropa needed one

first_imgRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Nadal overcomes crowd and Fognini to reach Rome semifinals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Turns out, TNT, even minus a reinforcement, was good enough after crushing Blackwater, 120-101.“It’s nice that the locals were really up to the challenge. Boss Ricky Vargas gave us a good motivation at the start of the game. He told the players that even if they have a 6-10 import and we don’t have a 6-10 import, all of you are imports,” TNT coach Nash Racela said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownREAD: PBA: No import, no problem as TNT clobbers Blackwater Troy Rosario played like one, finishing with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds with three assists and one steal to boot in 31 minutes of action while veteran guard Ryan Reyes had a vintage performance with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the three-point area. “Well, we all need to step up because we don’t have an import and like what our bosses told us, all of us are capable to be the import this game,” Rosario told reporters in Filipino. “We did our job tonight. We got the win and that’s the most important thing.”The KaTropa earned a share of the top spot at 4-1 heading into the All-Star break despite Tyler being a disappointment.But the real test has yet to come for TNT and Rosario is already bracing for it.“The win is a big confidence boost for us because we did it without an import but the big and strong teams like San Miguel and Magnolia are coming and we have yet to face them.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT sent Jeremy Tyler packing just days before its game against Blackwater on Friday night.And with replacement import Josh Smith failing to make it on time, the KaTropa had to make do with an all-Filipino lineup versus Jarrid Famous and the Elite.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc View commentslast_img read more

Ebola Affects The Economy In Bong:

first_imgLiberia is now facing its toughest test to date with the outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever. The Ebola virus disease, extremely fatal and presently without a cure, is spreading fast throughout the country like a forest fire.The human killer disease has overloaded the country’s already brittle health system. Liberia, with a poor political system, coupled with bad investments, has worsened the  country’s brain drain, making it incapable of managing the current health crisis.As a result of the country’s frail health system, the government recently cried for international help and  declared a state of emergency,  indicating to the world that it has lost control in its brawl against the disease.There is handful of qualified doctors and nurses remaining  at the front line to confront the monster killer while others are paranoic, for fear of contracting the virus as many of their colleagues, who have lost their lives in the process of attempting to save lives.Statistics have established that the Ebola virus disease will definitely leave scars across the country and on the country’s economy which is expected to shrivel by 9% as a direct consequence of the epidemic.  The American government recently offered a twinkle of hope announcing the arrival of three thousand American soldiers and the construction of a US$ 22M first class health facility for doctors and nurses who may contract the virus while fighting to save lives.While the government of Liberia and its international partners are struggling to contain the biggest worldwide epidemic, the prices of imported and locally produced commodities have skyrocketed in recent times in Bong County and in the country, due to the presence of the hemorrhagic fever.The price of a 25kg bag of rice previously sold for L$ 1,200.00 is at this moment being sold in Bong County for L$1,700.00, while the prices of cassava and local vegetables continued to climb by the day, thereby subjecting the already impoverished Bong County residents to extreme hardship.Weekly markets in the county have closed as another strategy put in place by the county authority in order to help to contain the further spread of the Ebola virus disease.Many marketers who spoke with this newspaper said the immediate closure of the weekly markets in the county has introduced untold suffering to them and has forced some of them (marketers) to auction their goods at very low prices in order to put food on their table.“Until the virus is brought under control, there will be a repeated slowdown in all sectors of this country’s economy, something from which we might not ever recover,” declared Mr. John O. Sumo a student of economics at the Cuttington University.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) statistics established that Liberia’s economy had been growing by around 10% since 2005 and will reduce by 9%–to 1% by the time Liberia is post-Ebola.The World Bank also estimates that Liberia, the worst case of the outbreak will cost US$ 228M or 11.7% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).The World Bank maintained that inflation has spiked in the country, fueled by uncertainty and capital flight, while exchange rates continue to be volatile.The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization statistics say agriculture contributes 39% of Liberia’s GDP and that the economy is in trouble, as the rice harvest takes place between October and November. The mining industry also contributes around 14% of Liberia’s economy, with international companies, such as Accerlor Mittal and  Hummingbird operating at below capacity in the country.The Ebola outbreak has reduced labor force participation, closed places of employment and disrupted transportation across the country.  This has also increased the economic  hardship of the poverty stricken population.Liberia with a donor driven economy, imports annually US$220M rice that is being consumed by the inhabitants.  More than 1,578 people are said to have died from the Ebola virus in Liberia alone and the government has closed the country’s major border crossings and introduced curfew in an attempt to contain the outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LTA: ‘Voice FM Failed to Obtain Permit’

first_imgThe Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) has temporarily shut Voice FM 102.7 Radio Station for its “failure to obtain operating permit over the last couple of years.”Speaking at a special press briefing held yesterday at the Information Ministry on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, acting LTA chairperson Henry W. Benson told journalists, “Voice FM has been operating as a commercial station without a permit for couple of years now. We tried to unsuccessfully to guide them through the right process of securing legitimate status through meetings of which they attended some and most were not,” Commissioner Benson said. “People continue to take the airwaves without any regard; LTA sees that as a clear violation, for which the LTA was established by law to regulate and will continue to do so. We have effectively shut down a radio station, beginning with Voice FM 102.7 and more to come, because we have to show that there is law and order in Liberia,” he declared.Commissioner Benson said 102.7 frequency was legitimately secured in 2012 by Liberia Web Radio, a non-commercial station which fulfilled all the requirements to operate in Liberia. Woods Nyanton, Co-host of the Costa Show on Voice FM, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that the LTA was in an error to disclose that the organization is operating without permit.He said the Ministry of Information has set up a difficult process just to ensure that we don’t get a permit and the LTA needed to clearly tell the people of Liberia that, despite efforts made and readiness demonstrated by Voice FM to pay the require tax to government, the Ministry ofInformation has decided not give permit to Voice FM.“We are in partnership with the Liberia Web Radio, the official owner of the frequency of 102.7 and there are legal documents to prove that. We have been behind the government to regularize our status but MICAT has set up a difficult process because we are critical of the government and the people of Liberia can attest to that,” Mr. Nyanton said.According to Benson, LTA has noticed over the years that people have come with no regard for the LTA and the Ministry of Information who are responsible to give clearances for establishing radio stations.“We at the LTA do not have the authority to close or shut down stations,” Benson said. “We made our case to the Justice Ministry, who scrutinized our processes and saw merit in our case to clear the airwaves of stations operating without proper assigned frequencies. This is a national security measure. This is also a measure to make available scarce frequency to applicants who follow the right procedure,” Commissioner Benson said. He explained that after going through couple of years of regularizing the country’s airwaves, most especially radio stations and television stations, the LTA has asked the Ministry of Justice through the court to shut down some radio stations and television stations.“It doesn’t mean well for anyone to come from anywhere and open a radio station and say anything he or she wants to say without any authorization from the regulating body of the government,” he said.“All we ask is, make sure that your station is regularized, because you are responsible for what you say, despite by law and by the objective of journalism,” Benson said, adding that, “We have come here to inform you that LTA is the institution established by this government to manage and effectively look after in terms of superintending the airwaves we enjoy. Every communication in this country, including radio stations, television stations and every thing that have to do with communication be regulated by LTA.” In addition to the closure, the Civil Law Court summoned Voice FM for declaratory judgment to appear later this month.The writ of summons said “You are hereby commanded to appear before the Civil Law Court to answer to the petition of the above-named in petition of declaratory judgment. To notify the respondent that upon their failure to do so, judgment will be rendered by default against them.”According to him, after few hours, one of the sheriffs and other men wearing plain clothes entered the Voice FM facility and took away some materials belonging to the station, using a white pickup.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woman was not being treated for accident injuries – carrier

first_imgFly Jamaica crash-landingOne day after the death of one of the passengers aboard the Fly Jamaica flight which crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the carrier has issued a response offering their condolences and further stating that woman was not recorded as receiving treatment for any injuries as a result of the accident.The 85-year-old woman, Rookhia Kalloo, was among 118 adults, two infants and eight crew members on flight OJ256, destined for Toronto Canada. The plane took off from CJIA at about 02:10h on November 9, 2018, but encountered hydraulicThe crash-landed Fly Jamaica aircraft being examined by investigatorsproblems and returned to Timehri where it crash-landed.It was reported that Kalloo received injuries to her back and head and was taken to a private medical facility. After treatment for a few days, she succumbed on Friday.“Whilst Mrs Kalloo is not recorded as having been treated in hospital for any injuries as a result of the accident, we are investigating the position further and lending all possible assistance and support to Mrs Kalloo’s relatives as they come to terms with their loss,” the airlines said.Full assessmentInvestigators are expected to make a full assessment as to what transpired as the Fly Data Recorder (Black Box) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (Pink Box) have been sent to the United States to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB is an independent US Government agency that overlooks investigations into air transportation accidents.Last Saturday, an investigator from the NTSB arrived in Guyana and worked with the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and other officials at the crash site on Monday and Tuesday as the investigation was carried out.The Guyana Fire Service was the first responder to the crash site but at least 14 of the fire fighters were implicated in removing several items, belonging to the crew and passengers. They were believed to have taken the items as they had exclusive access to the plane.One of the firemen had reportedly returned some of the stolen items while some were found at the Timehri Fire Service. The airline had opened their call centres around the clock and was contacting passengers with flight reservations through November 14, 2018. Arrangements were organised with another carrier, Caribbean Airlines, to have the passengers transported to their destinations.last_img read more

Cool, wet weather helping combat forest fires in the region

first_imgIn the last week, the Prince George Fire Centre has responded to 16 new fires, one of which was human caused. All of the new fires are small and no buildings have been in harms way.There has been fire activity throughout most of the fire centre, however most of the incidents have been in the Fort Nelson zone.Currently, there are four active fires in the Prince George Fire Centre, and there are no burning restrictions in place for the Centre.- Advertisement -To report an unattended campfire or wildfire, you’re asked to call 1-800-663-5555last_img read more

Szczesny insists Arsenal must emulate Chelsea

first_imgWojciech Szczesny admits Arsenal have to emulate Chelsea and be more clinical in front of goal.The Gunners went down 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as Arsene Wenger continued his luckless run against Jose Mourinho, having failed to beat the Portuguese boss in 12 attempts.A first-half penalty from Eden Hazard and individual effort from Diego Costa helped Chelsea restore a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League. And Szczesny believes Wenger’s men need to find more form in front of goal.“Chelsea are very sound defensively and you know how hard it is to score at Stamford Bridge,” the shot-stopper said.“Chelsea defended very well and took their chances, so fair play to them. It was a more positive game for us then the 6-0 defeat at this ground in March.“Sometimes you just have to take your hat off to the brilliance of the opposition. I think they’ve come up with two great moments today. One was the run from Hazard to win the penalty and a great second goal.” 1 Wojciech Szczesny last_img read more

Messi and Ronaldo wouldn’t do what rugby players do: Jones

first_img0Shares0000England’s head coach Eddie Jones has praised his All Blacks counterpart Steve Hansen ahead of Saturday’s blockbuster World Cup semi-final © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATTOKYO, Japan, Oct 22 – England coach Eddie Jones contrasted what he said was rugby’s down to earth attitude with that of football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as he lauded All Blacks boss Steve Hansen ahead of Saturday’s blockbuster World Cup semi-final.Jones and Hansen are two of the most successful coaches in the modern game, with the New Zealander looking to guide the All Blacks to a third straight World Cup title at Japan 2019 and fourth in total. But if he is to do that his side must first beat a resurgent England in Yokohama this weekend.The coach of his native Australia when they lost the 2003 World Cup final to England and the mastermind behind Japan’s shock victory over South Africa in England four years ago, Jones is no stranger to pre-match “mind games”.Rugby World Cup final stage fixtures © AFP / Laurence SAUBADUBut there has been little in the way of verbal fireworks from former Brumbies boss Jones at this tournament, with the England coach delivering a glowing assessment of Hansen’s record.“To start with, Steve’s a good bloke,” said Jones. “That’s number one. Secondly, he’s got a great record.“Super Rugby with the Crusaders when we first started coaching against each other, followed by Wales, followed by New Zealand. You don’t get a better record than that.Jones said it was rugby’s culture of “respectful relationships” that set it apart from other codes.“You just have to see this tournament to know what it’s done because the things that have happened don’t happen in other sports.“You’ve got the Canadian and Namibian blokes cleaning up the ground (after their pool match in Kamaishi was cancelled because of Typhoon Hagibis).“Could you imagine Ronaldo or Messi doing that if Barcelona or Real Madrid gets a wash?”Hansen was equally complimentary about Jones’s work in transforming an England side who suffered an embarrassing first-round exit on home soil at the 2015 World Cup into genuine title contenders four years later.“Eddie’s done a fantastic job with England — they’ve got a harder edge about them now,” Hansen said.“Eddie’s been part of a winning World Cup team with South Africa (2007), he’s had the disappointment of losing to England when he was coaching Australia (2003) but to get to the final is being successful anyway.”– ‘Loves the game’ –Hansen, in a reference to the stroke Jones suffered six years ago when in charge of Japan, added: “I respect his passion for the game — he loves the game.“He’s got a work ethic second to none. He put himself in hospital, he’d worked that hard. He just loves the game and anyone who loves the game gets my support.”Hansen was equally complimentary about Jones’s work in transforming an England side who suffered an embarrassing first-round exit on home soil at the 2015 World Cup © AFP / Odd ANDERSENHansen said the verbal sparring that went on between opposing coaches should not be taken too seriously“It’s a game of footy, it’s not life or death. It’s like when you play against your brother or sister. It’s important, but it’s not life threatening.“It’s definitely closer than you guys (the media) perceive. You see some of the banter which is really only to help promote the game as being ‘cor, these guys don’t like each other’, which couldn’t be further from the truth,” he added.“Rugby’s a special game and those of us who have been around for long enough understand that the game is bigger than everybody else.”0Shares0000(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Wolves complete loan signing of Newcastle defender

first_img Mike Williamson Newcastle defender Mike Williamson has joined Wolves on a month’s loan.The 31-year-old has struggled for first-team football under new boss Steve McClaren, making just two appearances this season.Now he has allowed to link up with Championship side Wolves, who are in need of defensive cover after losing Kortney Hause to injury for six weeks.The centre-back has not played since September but could go straight into Kenny Jackett’s side for the clash with Birmingham on Saturday. 1last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Liverpool and City win big, United held by Palace

first_img Romelu Lukaku’s return didn’t help Man United 6 Gylfi Sigurdsson got Everton’s winner Jamie Vardy snatched a point for Leicester 6 6 6 Aleksandar Mitrovic found scoring form again Watford 0-3 LiverpoolThe deadlock was not broken until the 67th minute, when Mohamed Salah took his tally to 24 goals in his last 30 top-flight games with a fortuitous strike beyond Hornets goalkeeper Ben Foster.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s stunning 25-yard free-kick gave Foster no chance nine minutes later but Watford were given a lifeline when Jordan Henderson was given his marching orders after a cynical foul on Etienne Capoue resulted in a second yellow card.The Reds finished strongly, though, with Roberto Firmino completing a comprehensive win by nodding in on the rebound after Sadio Mane had been denied by Foster. Everton 1-0 CardiffEverton moved into the top six after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s strike ushered the Toffees to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Cardiff at Goodison Park.The Iceland playmaker tapped in just before the hour mark after Neil Etheridge had saved from Theo Walcott.center_img Manchester United 0-0 Crystal PalacePaul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku were restored to Manchester United’s starting line-up but Jose Mourinho’s men drew a blank against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.Both sides had their chances but the match finished goalless as United slipped 14 points behind rivals Manchester City. Raheem Sterling and David Silva were among the goals Here’s what happened in the 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League on Saturday, November 24…West Ham 0-4 Manchester CityCity needed just 11 minutes to open the scoring as Raheem Sterling’s cross from the right deflected into the path of David Silva, who was able to steer beyond West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.Sterling went from provider to goalscorer in the 19th minute, applying the simplest of touches into an empty net after Leroy Sane had driven a low cross into the six-yard area.The pair then combined to devastating effect a quarter of an hour later, Sterling cushioning a pass to Sane, who turned past Hammers defender Fabian Balbuena before slotting past Fabianski. It was not until the final seconds of the match that Sane scored again, tucking home from substitute Gabriel Jesus’ cross. Brighton 1-1 LeicesterJamie Vardy’s 79th-minute penalty rescued a 1-1 draw for 10-man Leicester at Brighton.Glenn Murray headed Brighton in front on his 100th Premier League appearance before James Maddison collected two bookings in the space of two minutes just before the half hour.But Vardy slotted home from the spot after Beram Kayal had upended Kelechi Iheanacho in the area. 6 Fulham 3-2 SouthamptonClaudio Ranieri started his reign as Fulham manager with a 3-2 victory over Southampton.Aleksandar Mitrovic cancelled out Stuart Armstrong’s 18th-minute opener just after the half hour before Andre Schurrle put the Cottagers ahead on the stroke of half-time.Armstrong levelled for Saints on the resumption but Mitrovic’s second in the 63rd minute proved decisive, leaving Southampton without a Premier League win since September 1. 6 Mo Salah opened the scoring last_img read more