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February 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNapoli’s Dries Mertens scores past Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart during a Serie A soccer match between Napoli and Torino at the Naples San Paolo stadium, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (Photo by CESARE ABBATE/ANSA via AP)MILAN — Who needs Gonzalo Higuain, the record goalscorer in Serie A, when you have Dries Mertens?Mertens’ emergence has eased the pain caused by Higuain’s departure in the off-season. Not content with bagging a hat trick last weekend, the diminutive forward netted four on Sunday to help Napoli to a 5-3 win over Torino.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Other matchesBologna ended its goalscoring drought by winning 3-0 at 10-man Pescara.Bologna hadn’t scored in its last three Serie A matches but Adam Masina headed it in front in the seventh minute.Pescara was down to 10 men for an hour after Valerio Verre was sent off for a dangerous tackle and Blerim Dzemaili doubled Bologna’s lead before Ladislav Krejci sealed the result from the penalty spot.Elsewhere, Chievo Verona beat Sampdoria 2-1 and Cyril Thereau scored twice as Udinese beat Crotone 2-0. –Daniella Matar/APSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bayern back on top of Bundesliga before Leipzig showdown Higuain transferred to Juventus for an Italian-record 90 million euros ($100 million) after breaking a 66-year-old Serie A record with 36 goals for Napoli last season.Arkadiusz Milik was signed to replace him and scored seven goals in eight matches, but tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing for Poland in October.As a result, Sarri has been relying on a three-man forward line with Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon flanking Mertens — and the trio is starting to gel.Napoli opened the scoring in the 13th minute. It had taken short corners many times this season but to little dividend. However, this time it worked as it was played for Callejon, who crossed for Mertens to fire in on the bounce.Mertens doubled his tally five minutes later, winning and converting a penalty after being pushed over by Antonio Barreca.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH MOST READ Mertens completed a hat trick in nine first-half minutes and then saved the best until last — a sublime chip into the far corner in the 80th minute.“Mertens is an extraordinary player, but the team makes it easier for him with the type of football they are playing,” Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said. “But we have to grow mentally. It should have been a match that was definitively over once we went 3-0 up and it wasn’t.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“We conceded goals with three stupid mistakes, carelessness that we absolutely can’t commit, but it was a very high level performance.”Napoli leapfrogged above AC Milan into third, a point behind second-place Roma. It can be joined on 34 points by Lazio if the capital team beats Fiorentina later. View comments Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes We are young EDITORS’ PICK Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators to proceed with review of VFA As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise The 29-year-old forward completed his second successive hat trick in the 22nd minute.Torino goalkeeper Joe Hart did brilliantly to keep out a powerful shot by Callejon, only for Mertens to fire in the loose ball at the second attempt after his initial effort was cleared off the line by Luca Rossettini.Andrea Belotti got Torino back into the game shortly before the hour. It was the Italy forward’s 12th league goal of the season and moved him level with Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi and Roma’s Edin Dzeko at the top of the scoring charts.Napoli restored its three-goal advantage in the 70th when Callejon rolled a low cross across face of goal and Vlad Chiriches tapped it in at the far post.Torino again reduced the deficit when Pepe Reina spilled Adem Ljajic’s free kick and Rossettini was on hand to prod it in. But Mertens scored his fourth four minutes later.Iago Falque converted a penalty in the 84th for Torino.Sassuolo 0, Inter Milan 1Inter Milan is finding its feet under new coach Stefano Pioli and claimed its fourth win in five matches — between Serie A and Europa League.Both goalkeepers were kept busy but Antonio Candreva scored the only goal of the match two minutes into the second half.Sassuolo ’keeper Andrea Consigli could only parry Joao Mario’s effort and it came out to Candreva, who fired it powerfully into the back of the net.Inter midfielder Felipe Melo was sent off in stoppage time for a second bookable offence. 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January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLiberians from all walks of life commemorate National Flag Day in different forms and manners. The state usually organizes a parade of students in front of the Centennial Memorial Pavilion with the Commander-in-Chief alongside an array of government officials and thousands of onlookers rise to the occasion to pay homage to statehood and sometimes sing patriotic songs. Some citizens place the Flag on vehicles and other transport facilities, while several raise it on homes and offices. Still many display it in the public domain, while employee of the Monrovia City Corporation and General Service Agency intermittently whitewash street corners and some public buildings even though the heavy down pour of rain is capable of taking away the whitewash. Scores of Liberians decorate their homes and businesses with red, white, and blue as well as wear national colors to depict patriotism and nationalism. During each Independence Anniversary, national sporting festivities and state-owned programs a good number ofLiberians charm to such ceremonies with picturesque scenery of the Flag and state attire to portray nationhood and national identity. As a matter of fact, every morning during school days, students across the country assemble to pledge allegiance to the flag. Besides, it is mandatory that all citizens and foreigners alike be attentive and at standstill in the course of hoisting and dropping the Flag.All the more so, from time immemorial the Government expends thousand of taxpayers’ dollars to festoon public facilities with national colors, undertake and dedicate variety of projects, and also deliver all sorts of thought-provoking, motivational and patriotic speeches in order to venerate the day. All too often, the most exciting, amazing and fascinating component is the parade of students and perhaps military and paramilitary personnel throughout the principal streets. In spite of all the glamorous outlook of homes, office, and public facilities with state-owned hues as well as grandiloquent and silver-tongue speeches resounding loyalty to the flag emanating from state actors and stakeholders, there remain more questions than answers in transitioning the Liberian Flag from a mere emblematic symbol to patriotic citizens. For too long, some prominent statesmen have argued to change the Flag to reflect indigenous emblems. Furthermore, Liberian historians continue to recount the inherent contradictions and falsehood about the historicity of the Flag. Consequently, lots of Liberians have since begun pondering on the essence of the Flag. Around street corners and university campuses, where people from the fountain of knowledge and young intelligentsias meet to flex intellectual muscles they ask each others: What difference will it make by changing the color and symbol on the Flag? Will it further divide or unite Liberians? What is the motive behind honoring a flag without a true spirit of patriotism? Why most Liberians are united only for a relatively short span of time and divided consistently on the basis of petty jealousy, recrimination, religion, tribe, social status, and location? How come the founding fathers hoisted another flag on the day of Independence? Where the warlords and architects of the 14 years of brutal and barbaric civil crisis ever conscious of the Flag being an icon of unity, national pride and freedom? With all these questions on mind and many more yet unanswered, a number of people are still wondering when Liberian will exhibit a true sense of patriotism and nationalism.Beyond the EmblemThe Flag is not just a mere emblem or cloth with colors that someone is required by law to respect and honor. It is not about how long the Flag will keep flying on vehicles and transport facilities. It is not the beautification of buildings and streets with red, white and blue or eloquent speeches. Instead, it is an obligation, dedication and conviction to serve the country selflessly, tirelessly, and fearlessly beyond personal aggrandizement. It is a mark of good citizenship and loyalty to country, founding documents and respect for fellow citizens and constituted authorities. No matter what colors or symbols, the Flag should and must create a sense of hope, cultivate unity in diversity and foster pride and values among citizens. So, the argument about changing the Flag really does not hold water, because it is not the color or symbol on the Flag that matters most, it is the mindset of Liberians towards their own country and its people.Liberians must begin to demonstrate a special affection for their country, nurture a sense of personal identification and learn to seek the well-being of the country and as well adopt the spirit of willingness to sacrifice for the common good of the country. The people across this great land and those in the Diaspora should now begin to envision a “New Liberia” that is greater than religion confessed, dialect spoken, county of origin, place of birth or family name. Liberians have got to understand that the country is bigger than the sum of their individual ambition or greed for power or wealth. The time for reform is upon this country and there should be absolutely no moment for “Native or Indigene” versus “Congo or Americo-Liberian”. In the same vein, recommendation from the Constitution Review Committee regarding dual citizenship and nationality status to people of only Negro descent as expressed in the 1986 Constitution should be carefully reexamined, before the proposed National Referendum. Patriotic Liberians who voluntarily joined the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Liberia National Police, the Bureau of Immigration & Naturalization, the National Fire Service, the Executive Protection Service, the National Service Agency alongside other security apparatus carrying the Flag of this Republic on their right arms should be treated with dignity and respect and given all due courtesy in a timely, and unique manner. The children and even those outside the family of the gallant men and women serving the security sector should and must appreciate that it is honorable to be a soldier, respectable to be a police officer, and admirable to serve the country. Therefore, the Government should provide appropriate accommodation, logistics and better incentive to commensurate with present-day realities. The hoaxes and empty promises have got to stop and the welfare of the valiant and astute state security personnel must be highly prioritized. Moreover, civil servants who keep the wheels of government turning deserve better living conditions and an environment conducive for working. The threats and humiliation emanating from presidential appointees and well-connected supervisors can no longer be tolerated and need to immediately end. The younger generation of Liberia should be taught to give back to their communities in whatever positive virtue. As a replacement for the US$3 as stipend to young people to clean street corners, the Government must change to introduce ‘Service Learning’ in the national curriculum at the secondary and tertiary levels. Then, the amount allotted for compensation could be utilized to reduce tuition, build public libraries, construct and upgrade laboratories, provide up-to-date textbooks and enhance research activities so as to ensure the publication of more contextualized Liberian textbooks.Patriotism should and must not be only through the usual flamboyant utterances and cosmetic fanfares. It should contain a great meaning with a deep sense of loyalty, peace, love and the eagerness to make Liberia the best nation on Earth. It is not an exaggeration or illusion; this is achievable if Liberians begin to start thinking clearly for the common good of all. Liberians must begin to harness or reap their God given and inalienable right to possess and enjoy their wealth instead of a few elites and higher-ups. The people have got to stop begging for handout, bailout or rescue package, rather they should wakeup, shakeup and standup to acquire what belong to them. This should not be done through the use of vehement force or antagonistic attack to gain political capital; however, it must emulate and assimilate a nonviolent approach of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and lately the Egyptians in Tahrir Square. Liberians must be willing to call their government to change the status quo of nepotism, sectionalism, favoritism, tribalism and partisan posture to being a government for all Liberians irrespective of creed, status, tribe, religion and background.Liberians have got to espouse a posture of strategic thinking and do away with politicizing everything, perpetually criticizing without any industrious venture, badmouthing campaign for little or nothing and singing everlasting praises to the power that be. While Liberians are quite busy with all sorts of trivial issues, the foreigners are making use of every single opportunity to enrich themselves at the detriment of the already penury Liberians. Though Liberia needs more “Socrates” and “Plato” to deliver all types grandiloquent speeches and masquerade the corridor of the majority as “activist” or “down trodden”, but the challenges before the country is voluminous and require sober, mature and dedicated people to drive the change through hard work, perseverance, integrity and honesty. Liberians must be willing to take up the task at hand and many more ahead, not through proliferation of intellectual forums or regular calling or texting on famous radio talk show or constant creation of civil society organizations, but with the formation of think-tank of young Liberians and older folks cluster in community strategizing to move Liberia forward. The think-tank would produce engineers to compete with the Chinese, entrepreneurs to surpass the Lebanese, Fulani, Nigerians and Ghanaians. Furthermore, doctors, nurses, economists, environmentalists and other professionals would be nurtured and equipped to perform any assigned duties in their areas of specialties. As the country struggles to transition from conflict to tranquility and from Ebola to recovery, every Liberian needs to rethink, restrategize and remake the broken fabrics of a country torn apart by war, poverty, disease, and human suffering. Liberians should begin to celebrate and appreciate their own country, culture, music, arts, and clothes. Nowadays, setting a day aside for flag adoration has become obsolete in many countries. Accordingly, the Government should alter Flag Day celebration to initiatives that foster patriotism and nationalism in every nook and cranny of this country. The Constitution must be taught in all institutions of learning as enshrined in the 1986 Constitution of this Republic. Likewise, civic education and community sensitization regarding the importance of being patriotic should be carried out. About the author: Mr. Stephen B. Lavalah is an advocate and the Founder & Executive Director of Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), a passionate, non-profit and voluntary grassroots accredited youth-led development organization. For more information about YES’ work in Liberia, please visit or Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img“It’s a shame that these results are coming so late in the season for me,” said Hamilton, after a near-flawless drive to victory ahead of Rosberg.“Possibly too late.“You can look back and say that maybe if Malaysia didn’t happen then I’d be in a different position right now…”Hamilton was left pointless in Malaysia on October 2 when a near-certain victory was taken from him by an engine failure. If he had won the race, he would be leading the championship.“I am fighting now for something that I don’t know if I will be able to make… It is an unusual scenario to be in, but I have got to push all the way to the end.“One way, it can be painful – and one way, it can be a great thing.“But all I know, from the beginning of my career in Formula One, is that right until the last minute it can change. So that is why I can’t give up.”Rosberg, who has a 19 points lead with two races remaining, knows he will be champion if he can win in Brazil on November 13.Hamilton, who drew level with four-time champion Frenchman Alain Prost in the record books with his 51st win, has never won at Interlagos.He knows this and knows, too, that even if can win there and also in Abu Dhabi on November 27, it may not be enough if Rosberg finishes second and third in those races.“It is cool for me to be in this situation, but I am not going to change my approach,” said Rosberg, who struggled to find his best form in Mexico.“There are still two races to go and anything can happen in this sport. I am comfortable working my own way, one race at a time, so I am staying that way as it feels the best.”Long after the post-race farce in Mexico, where Max Verstappen finished third on track for Red Bull, only for Sebastian Vettel to stand on the podium for Ferrari before Daniel Ricciardo was classified third in the final result, due to penalties, the stewards explained why Hamilton was not punished for running off and rejoining at the first corner.Telemetry taken from his Mercedes showed that Hamilton had backed off significantly after the incident and gained no “lasting advantage” according to the stewards.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team British driver Lewis Hamilton, celebrates winning Mexico Grand Prix on October 30, 2016 © AFP / Yuri CortezMexico City, Mexico, Oct 31 – Lewis Hamilton accepts that his victory in Sunday’s Mexico Grand Prix may have come too late for him to keep his champion’s crown.In the aftermath of a tumultuous race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the defending three-time champion acknowledged that his resurgence might not be enough to stop his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg cruising to a maiden drivers’ title.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img0Shares0000The Hall of Fame Award is the highest honour in golf and is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves over a period of time in their service to the sport.NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 10 – Former President and Patron of the Kenya Golf Union, Mwai Kibaki is among 12 individuals who have been inducted into the Kenya Open Hall of Fame for their significant contribution to the tournament and golf in the country.Also inducted are former Central Bank of Kenya Governor, Duncan Ndegwa, former KOGL Chairmen –Ngugi Kiuna, Sam Kamau and Richard Kemoli, current KOGL Chairman Peter Kanyago and long serving KOGL Finance Director Joe Wangai. Others feted included the former Kenya Open Tournament Directors – Inder Talwar and Peter Coombes, Veteran KenyanAmateur Golfer and the Kenya Open’s Most Successful Amateur Player – David Farrar, Former East African Breweries Ltd Chairman Jeremiah Kiereini and Veteran Golf Journalist, Larry Ngala.The Hall of Fame Award is the highest honour in golf and is given to individuals who have distinguished themselves over a period of time in their service to the sport.(Left to right) Kenya Open Golf Championship Hall of Fame awardees: Former Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman Richard Kemoli, Former Kenya Open Tournament Director Inder Talwar, Current Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman Peter Kanyago and Kenya Open Golf Limited Finance Director Joe Wangai pose with their trophies during the anniversary to celebrate 50 years of the Kenya Open Golf Championship at the Muthaiga Golf Club.Speaking at the event, Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman, Peter Kanyago, congratulated the inductees for the honour adding that their contribution to the Kenya Open had helped transform the tournament into the success that it is today.“Tonight, we will be awarding several individuals with the Kenya Open Golf Limited Hall of Fame Awards for their immense contribution to the Kenya Open throughout the years.On behalf of the Board of the Kenya Open Golf Limited, I take this opportunity to congratulate you all on the attainment of the honour,” Kanyago said.The Kenya Open Golf Championship is this year marking its 50th anniversary since inception in 1967 (and having not been held in 1976 and 2003).Over the years the tournament has hosted some of the biggest names in Golf. These include Severiano Ballesteros who won in 1978, 1986 winner Ian Woosnam and Vijay Singh who played in the 1989 edition. All went on to hold the title of World number 1 at different times in their careers.Kenya Open Golf Championship Tournament Director, Patrick Obath (left), presents a Kenya Open Golf Limited Hall of Fame Trophy to Peter Kanyago, Kenya Open Golf Limited Chairman, during the anniversary to celebrate 50 years of the Kenya Open Golf Championship at the Muthaiga Golf Club. Locally, the tournament has provided a great hunting ground for the amateurs while providing a perfect opportunity for professionals to hone their skills.Throughout the history of the tournament, a Kenyan has lifted the Silver Salver 26 times, with veteran golfer, David Farrar, winning the title seven times between 1968 and 1990.Other notable winners include John Mucheru, David Wandua and the Father, Son pair of Ben and Jacob Okello who won in 1983 and 1994, respectively.Kenya’s best chance of winning the overall title of the tournament came in 1998 when Jacob Okello lost to Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez in a sudden-death playoff.Speaking at the anniversary celebrations, Sports Principal Secretary, Kirimi Kaberia, congratulated the Kenya Open Gold Limited for the milestone adding that the Government will continue to work together with all stakeholders in the Kenyan golf scene in a bid to enhance the sport in the country.“The Government of Kenya remains committed to work in close collaboration with the Kenya Open Golf Limited and the Kenya Golf Union to ensure that Kenyan golf, and by extension the Kenya Open Golf Championship, reaches greater heights.Former Kenya Open Tournament Director Inder Talwar with his Hall of Fame trophy at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Kenya Open Golf Championship yesterday at the Muthaiga Golf Club. In this regard, we are working, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, to develop a golf curriculum that will be rolled out in public schools in the coming years,” he said.“This, we believe, will provide learners with an opportunity to acquaint themselves with the sport – which had hitherto been perceived as an elitist sport – at an early age. As a result, we believe that we will have nurtured great golf talent at an early age that will go on to win both the Kenya Open Golf Championship as well as other international tournaments,” he added.Earlier in the day, Thika’sNdigaKithae emerged the overall winner of the Kenya Open @50 golf tournament with a score of 39 points beating Muthaiga’sKairuBachia on countback. Former KGU Chairman ParshuHirani was third on 38 points beating former KLGU Chairlady Jane Waweru on countback.KTB’s Jonathan Mbiyu was Men Third with 38 points whilst former KGU Chairman Anthony Muhoro was Men Fourth with 36 points.David Farrar, the most prolific amateur winner in the 50-year of the Kenya Open finished with a commendable 35 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic lifts the ball over Sunderland’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to score the team’s second goal during the match at Old Trafford on December 26, 2016 © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 27 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is looking forward to working with Zlatan Ibrahimovic again next season after declaring the striker’s contract extension will be a formality.Ibrahimovic 35, arrived from Paris Saint-Germain in July on a one-year deal with an option for a further year, which Mourinho in November indicated United would look to take up. After Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored once and made two goals in United’s 3-1 Boxing Day win over Sunderland, Mourinho said the clause had not been activated yet, but would be.“It is activated in his brain and it is activated also in my decisions and in the owners’ and the board’s. So it is no problem,” said Mourinho.Ibrahimovic’s goal against Sunderland means that he has scored 50 times across all competitions for club and country during 2016, the year he retired from international football with Sweden.“I am not really surprised because he is a very intelligent guy and a very proud man,” Mourinho said.“He decided to come to Manchester United and to the Premier League, to a club with the level of expectation of Manchester United, in the most difficult league in the world for a striker.“When he decides to come here, it is because he knows he can do it.“When we contacted him and he said, yes, he will come, I was sure that he was not coming here to leave the Premier League without proving himself.“To leave the Premier League having failed at Manchester United? No way.“When such a guy decided to come, I was completely clear that he would be ready and he is ready for more next season. He will be here again.”Ibrahimovic set up Daley Blind to put United ahead in the 39th minute and then ran through to score from Paul Pogba’s pass before setting up Henrikh Mkhitaryan for a spectacular ‘scorpion kick’ volley.United secured a fourth successive Premier League win, and extended their unbeaten record in all competitions to 11 matches, in the absence of captain Wayne Rooney.The United captain was withdrawn from the squad after suffering a thigh muscle injury in training.– Relegation tussle –Mourinho said the England captain was a doubt for United’s home match against Middlesbrough on New Year’s Eve.Asked if Rooney would be fit, Mourinho said: “I don’t think so. I hope so. I would like him to be.“He is always a player I would like to be available. Let’s see. It is not a big deal, but in four days, I have my doubts.”Sunderland manager David Moyes suffered defeat on his first return to Old Trafford since United sacked him in April 2014.Moyes, whose team remain in the Premier League relegation zone, said he enjoyed his return, despite the publicity that surrounded him in the days before the fixture.“When you are in football, what comes around goes around,” said the Scot, whose team replied through Fabio Borini’s long-range effort.“I knew that some day I would come up against the Manchester United players or work with some of them.“I think that’s what happens when you’re in football. I enjoyed coming back. I have always enjoyed coming here. It’s a hard place to come, a hard place to get a result, and that showed today.”From chasing titles at Old Trafford, Moyes now finds himself locked in a relegation tussle with Sunderland, who lie two points from safety.“We are going to have to try to galvanise from within,” said the former Preston North End, Everton and Real Sociedad manager.“It is not a situation I am necessarily used to, but some of the players are used to it here.“I hope together we can find a way of being good enough and strong enough in the games that really matter.“Did this game matter? It definitely mattered. But there will be games maybe more so that will be important for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John residents will have to wait a little while longer to see a possible Guinness World Record broken at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.John Collins and Joe Ayoob will now attempt to break their world record for longest distance flight of a paper airplane on July 20th rather than the 13th.Collins explained that the company Orbitz is now sponsoring the event and decided that the 20th would be a more suitable date for the flight.- Advertisement -Collins decided to come to the Energetic City after local paper airplane enthusiast Parker Andrews told him he was going to break his record one day.Collins added that he had been trying to find a place to beat his record for over two years, but couldn’t find a building large enough to attempt it. Andrews then told Collins about the Pomeroy Sport Centre prompting the Paper Airplane Guy to call it the perfect fit.The time of the event will be set closer to the date. In order for Collins and Ayoob to break their record, they will need their plane to fly over 226 feet and 10 inches.Advertisementlast_img read more

December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgJuventus are ready to fight Chelsea for the signing of former Stoke City midfielder Steven N’Zonzi.The Frenchman has been in great form since he swapped Stoke City for the south of Spain last summer and is in high demand after a number of impressive displays.The likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Leicester City have been linked with the 27-year-old, and he will be allowed to leave if a club activates his £26.5million release-clause.Chelsea had been viewed as frontrunners for N’Zonzi and there was even talk in November that an offer was on the table.But, according to Tuttosport, the Blues will now have to fend off competition from Juventus if they want to land their man.The Italian champions are ready to pay N’Zonzi’s release-clause, while they can also offer him assurances about first-team football. 1 Is former Stoke star Steven N’Zonzi set to return to the Premier League? last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsSuperior Court Judge Emilie Elias rejected Metrolink’s request to throw the case out. The agency had argued that the Federal Railroad Administration oversees rail operations and since the push-pull system was authorized by the administration, Metrolink was in compliance with federal law and could not be sued. The victims’ attorneys call it a partial victory. “The MTA and Metrolink cannot derail these cases by hiding behind federal law,” said Clark Aristei, an attorney representing more than a dozen victims. The push-pull system came under increased scrutiny after the disastrous train crash Jan. 27, 2005. A train in the push mode plowed into a sport utility vehicle parked on the tracks by a suicidal man. The train then slammed into an oncoming train and a parked train. It was the worst accident in Metrolink’s history. But a federal study shortly after the crash found there is no greater risk of derailment in push mode than when cars are pulled by a locomotive. The families of 11 commuters killed in the 2005 Metrolink train crash – and more than 100 other people who were injured – can move forward with their lawsuit against Metrolink and the MTA, a Superior Court judge ruled on Thursday. In a suit filed in January, the victims and family members claimed Metrolink and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which owns the right-of-way, was negligent for operating a “push-pull” system. Under a push-pull system, the locomotive pushes lighter cars ahead of it traveling to one destination and then pulls them on its return. Critics say when the train is pushing, passengers in the front cars are endangered because they are not protected by the massive engine during collisions. “We stand behind our system of operation, and we believe in it,” said Denise Tyrell, a spokeswoman for Metrolink. Tyrell would not comment further on the judge’s ruling until the board could review it. MTA officials declined to comment on pending litigation. (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRetired Chatham music teacher Claude Eric Trachy will have to wait to see if his acquittal on sexual-related charges in connection to measuring the breasts of former teenage students while fitting them for shoulder rests for violins and violas will stand.An appeal of the acquittal by the Crown went before the Ontario Court of Appeal on Tuesday in Toronto. The court has reserved its decision, so the three justices presiding over the hearing will return at a later date with a decision on the appeal after hearing arguments from both sides.Trachy was found not guilty on April 23, 2018, of dozens of counts of sexual exploitation involving 25 former students dating as far back as the 1970s.Complainants testified during the trial that Trachy had touched their breasts, and had some remove their tops, while they were being measured for a shoulder rest for their instrument.Ontario Superior Court Justice Thomas Carey, who presided over the trial, ruled Trachy did not touch his students for a sexual purpose. The judge also believed Trachy’s evidence – that measurements were made to help students better play their instruments – to be credible.Prosecutors for the Crown are asking the court to either convict Trachy on some of the charges or order a new trial on all of them.The Crown is alleging the trial judge oversimplified the allegations to focus exclusively on whether Trachy acted with a sexual purpose.The defence is arguing the appeal has no legal basis and the Crown is simply seeking a “do-over” of the trial.last_img read more

December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThey’ve already started fixing potholes in Bartonville, Texas . . . Milford, Delaware . . . Athens, Georgia . . . and Burbank, California. And they’re taking nominations on their website for other towns to help at Domino’s Pizza just announced a new plan to drive around the country and fix POTHOLES. So it’s come to this:  Government on every level in this country is SO ineffective that FAST FOOD CHAINS are our best hope for infrastructure improvements.center_img They’re framing it as a way to, quote, “save pizza” by giving a smoother ride to delivery drivers and people driving home with carryout . . . but really, it’s just a smart marketing campaign that’s promoting their pizza while simultaneously doing some real good. But not every town will get the Domino’s paving crew, though . . . in some cases, they’ll just be sending the city some money.last_img read more