Liverpool burn Chelsea

first_imgLONDON (AP): Liverpool ended Chelsea’s unbeaten start in the English Premier League with a rousing 2-1 win yesterday. Keen to establish a high level of consistency, Liverpool backed up a 4-1 win over titleholders Leicester by outclassing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where the visitors posted consecutive wins for only the second time in 40 years. Liverpool, more energetic and inventive, was 2-0 up in about half an hour and controlled proceedings for an hour. Not until a leaping Diego Costa volleyed in a pass from Nemanja Matic to put Chelsea on the scoreboard did the match begin to feel competitive. But not for long, as Liverpool weathered Chelsea briefly coming out of their slumber, and returned to smothering the Blues. Only Manchester City and Everton remain unbeaten in the league. Chelsea dropped to third and Liverpool rose to provisional fourth to start the fifth round. Having already beaten last season’s league champions and runners-up, Liverpool’s third win in five games makes the second-round loss to promoted Burnley even more confounding. On Juergen Klopp’s watch, Liverpool have been strong against Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, and the Manchester clubs, remaining unbeaten in six away games against them, and losing only once in 11 matches.last_img read more

Powell eyeing Test cricket

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC : Big-hitting all-rounder Rovman Powell is hoping to avoid being pigeon-holed as a limited overs specialist, and make a successful transition to the game’s longest form.So far, the 23-year-old has managed only to showcase his skills in the game’s shortestformat, where he has proved a revelation but believes he possesses the skills to also play Tests.”I’m a lover of cricket and certainly always wanted to play Test cricket for West Indies growing up,” the Jamaican said.”So far, I’ve been selected in the limited overs formats, so I hope to use it as a stepping stone to eventually playing Tests and, of course, help the team achieve the World Cup qualification objective.”Powell is part of the 13-man squad selected to face touring England in three One-Day Internationals starting here today.He is one of the rookies in the squad, having made his international debut in the Tri-Nation Series in Zimbabwe last November, but was also part of the squad for the precedinglimited overs series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) .useful experiencePowell said though he did not break into the team in the UAE, the experience of being in the senior ranks had been useful one.”As a young player, experiencing what it’s like to be around the senior West Indies team was an eye-opener,” he explained.”We have a lot of talented youngsters, and if we can grow together, I believe we all have great futures ahead of us for the West Indies team.”Powell, a powerful lower order right-hander and a steady seamer, has played only four ODIs and is one of several young players in the squad along with the likes of Shai Hope, Jason Mohammed, Evin Lewis and Alzarri Joseph, all of whom have had limited tastes of internationalcompetition.But even without the presence of senior cricketers around, Powell believes he can still flourish and continue developing.last_img read more

Cray not concerned with tight schedule ahead

first_img2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Fil-American Zion Nelson Corrales will take up the cudgels for the Philippines in the women’s century dash as last SEAG champ Kayla Richardson decided to skip the event to focus on the 200m and hurdles.Aries Toledo will also take the spotlight when he competes in men’s decathlon, while Rosie Vilarito and Evalyn Palabrica see action in women’s javelin throw.The country won five golds two years ago and is eyeing seven this time, with one already chalked up by marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal.ADVERTISEMENT (From L) USA’s Kerron Clement, Philippines’ Eric Cray and Kenya’s Boniface Mucheru Tumuti compete in the Men’s 400m Hurdles Semifinal during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTEKUALA LUMPUR — Eric Cray, the face of Philippine athletics, will need even stronger legs for Tuesday’s “killer schedule.”The Philippine-born, Texas USA-based Cray will vie in the heats of 100-meter dash at 3:30 p.m. and 400m hurdles at 4:30 p.m. He won both events two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her If successful, the 400m hurdles and century dash finals will be at 8:20 p.m. and 9:40 p.m., respectively.But the 28-year-old Cray doesn’t mind the tight schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’He said he will “just go out there and run” as the SEA Games’ centrepiece sport goes full blast at 85,000-seater Bukit Jalil National Stadium.Joining Cray in the century dash heats is three-time US NCAA sprints champ Anfernee Lopena. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Gilas nearly pays price for playing ‘bad game’ vs Thais 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

Bellinger, Dodgers top Astros to tie World Series 2-2

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger reacts after hitting an RBI double during the ninth inning of Game 4 of baseball’s World Series against the Houston Astros Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — Cody Bellinger pulled into second base with his first World Series hit and said: “It’s a miracle!”With the Dodgers three innings from falling into a deep deficit, the rookie slugger sparked a late comeback that stopped the Houston Astros’ surge.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Houston had put a runner on in 14 consecutive innings before the 26-year-old lefty retired the side in order in the first.Morton was nearly as stingy, allowing three hits in 6 1/3 innings.Chris Taylor singled leading off the first but was thrown out on a delayed steal attempt that ended the inning, the first runner caught stealing by Houston catcher Brian McCann since June 18. That was part of a streak of 15 straight outs by Morton before he hit Barnes on the right forearm with a pitch leading off the sixth.Enrique Hernandez’s single put runners at the corners and Taylor hit a two-hopper to third that Bregman scooped on an in-between hop and threw home in plenty of time for McCann to tag Barnes, who tried to stop about 10 feet from the plate and fell. Bregman also threw out the Yankees’ Greg Bird at the plate in the fifth inning of Game 7 in the AL Championship Series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Hitless in 13 at-bats, Bellinger doubled and scored the tying run in the seventh inning, then doubled home the go-ahead run off struggling closer Ken Giles in a five-run ninth that lifted Los Angeles to a 6-2 win Saturday night and tied the Series at two games apiece.“Relief, for sure,” Bellinger said. “I think everyone knows I was struggling.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGeorge Springer put the Astros ahead with a two-out homer in the sixth, the first hit off Los Angeles starter Alex Wood. The crowd at Minute Maid Park, where the Astros had been 7-0 this postseason, was revved up in anticipation of the Astros having a chance to win the first title in their 56-season history on Sunday.Instead, the Series will go back to Los Angeles no matter what. Clayton Kershaw starts Game 5 for the Dodgers on Sunday night and Dallas Keuchel for the Astros in a rematch of the opener, when Kershaw pitched Los Angeles to a 3-1 win. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Bellinger, a 22-year-old bopper who set a National League rookie record with 39 home runs this season, struck out four times in Game 3 and once more in the fifth inning — his eighth whiff of the Series.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed faith Friday night in Bellinger and again Saturday afternoon.“He’s got that calmness about him,” Roberts said. “And when things speed up, he has a way of sort of resetting and not letting it spiral.”Bellinger doubled over left fielder Marwin Gonzalez, chasing starter Charlie Morton, and came home on Logan Forsythe’s two-out single off Will Harris.Giles entered to start the ninth and got into immediate trouble, allowing a leadoff single to Corey Seager and a walk to Justin Turner. Bellinger took a low slider, then lined a fastball at the letters to left-center. He raised a hand rounding first and clapped his hands half a dozen times in excitement after sliding into second.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Joe Musgrove relieved and allowed Austin Barnes’ sacrifice fly and Joc Pederson’s three-run homer, his second home run of the Series.“You like that! You like that!” Pederson yelled to teammates, a la Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, as he came back to dugout.Wood, Brandon Morrow, winner Tony Watson and Kenley Jansen combined on a two-hitter. Jansen allowed Alex Bregman’s two-out homer in the ninth, the 14th home run of the Series.Giles, the loser, was charged with three runs. He has an 11.75 postseason ERA, allowing runs in six of seven appearances.“When you’re a back-end reliever,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said, “unless you’re extraordinarily dominant, you’re only talked about when you suffer, when you struggle. So for him, he can handle it mentally. He can handle it physically.”Springer put the Astros ahead when he drove a curveball, Wood’s 84th and final pitch, over the left-field scoreboard and into the Crawford Boxes. Wood dropped to a knee on the mound and watched the ball land in the seats and rebound onto the field.Houston was nine outs from winning for the 18th time in 20 home games since returning to Minute Maid Park after Hurricane Harvey, and from becoming the first major league team to start a postseason 8-0 at home.But the Dodgers tied the score in the seventh. Bellinger pointed skyward when reaching second standing up on his opposite-field hit. He clapped both hands above his head, said “It’s a miracle!” and pointed for the ball to be saved.Los Angeles had been 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position before Forsythe’s hit.Making only his second appearance since Sept. 26, Wood accomplished a feat that eluded Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Orel Hershiser and other Dodgers pitching greats. In the team’s 109th World Series game, Wood became the first Dodgers pitcher to hold an opponent hitless through five innings. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Pelicans too much for LeBron’s Cavalierslast_img read more

A Tribute to the Late Theo Bettie

first_imgThe great American poet, J. G. Holland, in his immortal poem, “God Give Us Men,” appeals to the Creator to give the country men who possess:“Strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands;Men whom the lust of office does not kill;Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy . . .For while the rabble, with their thumb worn creeds,Their large professions and their little deeds,Mingle in selfish strife, Lo! Freedom weeps,Wrong rules the land and waiting justice sleeps.”Heaven knows we need more Theo Betties in Liberia, men—and women—who truly love their country and people and will do everything in their supreme interest to make Liberia a country owned and run by Liberians!May God send us more men and women like Theo Bettie!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Speaking against the cancer of corruption

first_imgDear Editor,During the last General Election campaign, we have heard about the many varied facets of corruption allegedly perpetrated by the previous Government and there was even a corruption debate on the National Communications Network (NCN) which the A Partnership for National Unity refused to participate. They probably felt that the debate itself is ‘corrupted’ and that they need to sit on the moral high ground or were afraid of questions of corruption under the People’s National Congress era in Government.It must be recalled that one of the pledges made to the people of Guyana was to wipe out corruption as it relates to procurement. An Alliance For Change leader had said on a Berbice TV channel that ’kickback’ accounts for more than 20 per cent of the contract cost and at the time it seemed a well-educated guess. His party vowed to eradicate this type of corruption. Unfortunately, the Public Procurement Commission can now be regarded as impotent against the tsunami of procurement corruption and the Public Infrastructure Ministry and the Government itself seem to have given a free rein to the corruptors.As a Regional Councillor, it is my duty to speak against the cancer of corruption which is engulfing and spreading in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) at an alarming rate with no solutions in sight. I had written extensively about the allegedly corrupt bulldozer deal but despite assurances from the Regional Executive Officer (REO) that the decrepit piece of machine will be sent packing, it is still to this day ensconced next to the entrance of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Office at Vrymens Erven at New Amsterdam. The REO had said the supplier had signed a bond to the value of $15 million and should the supplier fail to replace the bulldozer then that bond will be forfeited. At the last RDC meeting when I raised the matter, the ‘bond’ seemed a distant memory. Unfortunately, the REO was not present at that meeting.Another area of corruption is substandard and poorly executed works. Recently, an emergency contract was given for excavation works at the mouth of the #43 Channel. The fishing boats at #43 were stranded due to the fact that the canal and the mouth of the channel is heavily silted making it impassable for a large number of boats to go fishing and for those which have already gone out to sea to return with their catches. This situation has been festering for over one month now. Those boats which are out have to use the Eversham channel to offload their catches and reload. Several complaints were made by these fishermen and after a long period and much financial losses to the fishermen, the NDIA invited quotations for the excavation of the mouth of the channel.An experienced contractor who has the capacity to do the job was selectively sidelined even though he was asked to submit a quotation. The fishermen explained to me that they were told that the emergency work was given to a contractor who lacked the capacity to do the job since he does not have the dredging equipment to do it effectively. They claimed it was quite humorous when the contractor showed up with 12 men and two shovels sitting idly, looking at the blockade and contemplating their next move.Moreover, they pointed out that the excavation of the creek to the channel was done by the same contractor who dug both sides and leave the middle which resulted in rapid resilting. Since May 2017, this was done two times at the cost of $8 million each. It was also done once in 2016 for $8 million as well. This canal seems to be a milking cow for the said contractor. The fishermen said if this contractor cannot excavate a canal properly, they cannot fathom how he is going to excavate the embankment at the mouth of the channel. This is another area of corruption where certain contractors who refused to give ‘kickbacks’ are rejected. The best bribers are given the contracts, not the best man to do the job.What is also eating away the quality of work done is the deliberate under-bidding for contracts. Some contractors, through inside information, know exactly how low they should bid. In doing, so they effectively erode their profit margins and when this is compounded with the inevitable ‘kickback’, the result is substandard work which again will be subjected to bribery to ensure it passes certification. The Public Infrastructure Ministry is turning a blind eye to this since cronies and families are allegedly involved.Political commitment is a necessary condition to eradicate corruption in awarding contracts, certifying works completed and rejecting substandard works. There is a clear misuse of public office and Region Six is losing tens of millions each year due to this form of corruption. We simply cannot get value for money.In conclusion, contracts must be awarded to only those contractors who can be certified that they have met anti-corruption commitments and this means establishing a system to identify these corrupt contractors and at the same time award contracts to those contractors who have the capacity and are incorruptible. On the other hand, those found guilty of corruption should be dealt – feeling the full brunt of the law and debarred for life.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more

CelebrateLAB Hosts West Africa’s Largest Laboratory Professional Conference

first_imgCelebrateLAB, the largest gathering of laboratory professionals in the ECOWAS region, will host its fifth gathering April 23-24 at the Monrovia City Hall in Sinkor, Monrovia.The two-day event will bring together laboratory scientists from public and private sectors, officials from the World Health Organization, Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Liberia (NPHIL).Laboratory experts and other health officials will share knowledge and experience on best practices that make sense for West Africa. The core audience is the laboratory scientist who makes a difference by treating every patient sample with care. CelebrateLAB Ambassadors from Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Liberia have pledged to improve regional laboratory diagnostics. Dr Dougbeh Chris Nyan, one of the conference ambassadors, an industry innovator and Chief Executive and Scientific Officer of Shufflex Biomed (USA and Liberia), said, “we have the ingenuity to take Africa’s scientific destiny into our own hands for the benefit of humanity.” The 2014 Ebola Virus outbreak in West Africa exposed the vulnerabilities of regional health systems and highlighted the urgent need for collaboration and experience-sharing as populations move across borders.This year’s theme, “Bio-risk Management in West Africa,’’ touches all aspects of laboratory medicine. CelebrateLAB 2019 emphasizes strengthening collaborations across West African borders and promoting public-private partnerships. Candace Eastman, CEO of Africabio Enterprises, said “CelebrateLAB is all about striving for better health outcomes.”GIZ, the German development organization is one of the event’s sponsors. GIZ works with the Liberian Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Institute of Liberia to strengthen laboratory and biomedical capacity through training, mentorship, and the establishment of a regional biomedical engineering workshop and microbiology lab.  During the event, GIZ will facilitate a workshop that will focus on product life cycle management, preventive  maintenance, share lessons learned, and emerging best practices for strengthening the workforce and supporting quality improvements in public laboratories and biomedical workshops.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan , CEO, Shufflex Biomed: “we have the ingenuity to take Africa’s scientific destiny into our own hands for the benefit of humanity.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Coffee, cake and generosity on the menu in Clonmany Day Centre fundraiser

first_imgStaff at Mullins of Ballyliffin were delighted to present a cheque for €1,149.25 to the Clonmany Day Centre after a successful coffee morning last month.Tea, coffee and treats were on offer on Friday the 14th of October as the shop staff all rallied to the cause and put on a spread for guests. Visitors were hugely supportive with their donations and the Mullins staff were proud to deliver the proceeds to the local Day Centre and were very thankful to all who took part. Coffee, cake and generosity on the menu in Clonmany Day Centre fundraiser was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:charityclonmanycoffee morningmullins of ballyliffinNoteslast_img read more

JIM MCGUINNESS – “WHAT WE DID TO DUBLIN LAST YEAR CLEARLY WON’T WORK THIS TIME AROUND”

first_imgJim McGuinness has delivered a fascinating and in-depth analysis into the changes Dublin have made to their defensive system – and it doesn’t make for good reading from a Donegal perspective.Last August, Donegal delivered one of their greatest ever performances and defeated the so-called invincible Dublin side in a match that stunned the GAA.McGuinness masterminded that famous victory, but has said the system they adopted last year won’t work against Dublin this time around time. In his column with The Irish Times, McGuinness disclosed the changes Dublin have made to their tactical approach and believes Jim Gavin’s side could be unbelievably difficult to stop this year.McGuinness wrote, “For Dublin, Cian O’Sullivan was the sweeper dropping back to cover space in front of the Kildare full forward line.“Nothing radical in that. But it was the Dublin defensive system that fascinated me. They had spoken a lot about core values and man to man defence and the principles of Dublin football.“But there has been a definite paradigm shift which I feel will make them very hard to beat. So Dublin went man to man with O’Sullivan sweeping – and occasionally Jack McCaffrey.“But the interesting thing was that when Kildare attacked them, they left their men and stepped off them and drifted from that into protecting the D, like an arc which is a zonal system.“If the ball was pushed out to the wing, they sometimes stepped up again and went man to man.“The other thing they were doing defensively is they were passing players on. If someone ran across the D and, say, the ball was on the left wing, they would pass that player on and keep the pressure on the ball in a zone format.McGuinness also said they appeared to have strengthened their structures going forward which will give headaches to full-back lines all across the country. “So that philosophical shift they have made – and the defensive adjustment they have made – are massive changes.“The other thing is – bad news for all full backs – they appear to have become even better inside. They had three men inside – rotating between Dean Rock, Bernard Brogan and Kevin McManamon.“Normally two full forwards would play inside the large square and the other on the D in a conventional triangle.“But they were stretched 50 metres apart and the other near the ‘45’. That creates a horrible problem for the sweeper. “So where does he position himself? He cannot cover that ground. Even with a double sweeper, the space is incredible.“Then what impressed me was the aggression and length of the runs made by the inside men.“Forty metre sprints to win the ball and winning the ball at full speed: the Dubs were doing this again and again. That ability to win the ball at full speed is very difficult to coach – and to defend against.McGuinness also said the scary thing was he felt Dublin were only in third gear which makes apprehensive for Donegal and other counties plotting the downfall of Dublin.“I am not saying Dublin are invincible. But I am honestly not sure right now how they can be beaten with what they can bring to the table.“What we did last year clearly won’t work this time around.“They have taken zero away from their strategy but have devised a new system. They looked more like a team on Sunday too.“You could see the communication and the passing on and that they were working in concert. You can argue there was a gulf in standard on Sunday.“But what could Kildare have done differently? How do you take that athleticism on? How do you stop Cluxton’s precision?“How do you break them down? The list of questions they pose for all teams is very, very long now.“Dublin cast a very long shadow before the championship started but, at times on Sunday, it looked more like an eclipse.JIM MCGUINNESS – “WHAT WE DID TO DUBLIN LAST YEAR CLEARLY WON’T WORK THIS TIME AROUND” was last modified: June 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:columndonegaldublinGAAIrish TimesJim McGuinnesslast_img read more

Check your tickets: €500,000 ticket bought at Ramelton shop

first_imgChampagne is being popped at Whoriskey’s EuroSpar in Ramelton as they celebrate selling the winning Euromillions Plus ticket. The National Lottery have this morning confirmed that they sold the €500,000 ticket.The winner of the €500,000 does not have to split the cash, scooping the full jackpot. The lucky numbers were 16, 17, 43, 47, 49.Have you checked your ticket yet?Check your tickets: €500,000 ticket bought at Ramelton shop was last modified: July 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:lottoRameltonwhoriskeys eurosparlast_img read more