OUR headline act this weekend is obviously Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City.But this feels like a pivotal 48 hours for so many other clubs too.1 Guardiola and Klopp’s teams are a class apart from the rest of the leagueCredit: ReutersThe first 12 games of a season are always a good reference point for where you are as a team.Start well and it covers any dips over the winter period. Begin poorly and you’re always playing catch-up.The international break around now gives you time to reflect.Almost a third of the season will have been played and some harsh realities are impossible to ignore.TOP TOP TWOCity and Liverpool are setting unparalleled levels of consistency.Calling the rest ‘the chasing pack’ implies they’re closing in.Really they should be called the following pack, such is the gulf — and they’re drifting further behind.The Premier League is clearly a two-horse race already.But this could be a definitive weekend in the fight for Champions League qualification.PULLING AWAYSince England’s top flight was awarded four places in the 2001-02 season, the gap between fourth and fifth has never been more than three points after 11 games.Current form suggests it could be nine points after this round of fixtures should Chelsea beat Palace at home and Leicester City win at home to Arsenal.Spurs and Manchester United are languishing even further behind.They’ve got what are supposedly home bankers against Sheffield United and Brighton respectively.But the Blades are sixth and the Seagulls are eighth in the table and neither can be dismissed.Sheffield United are undefeated in five away games with the joint-best defensive record and Brighton have won three of their last four.If Spurs and United fail to win, they could be 13 points off top four!MANAGERS ON THE BRINKThat stark possibility is why both Mauricio Pochettino and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are vulnerable to intense scrutiny no matter how many times the long-term project is referenced.Spurs have gone backwards but Poch’s CV and body of work protects him in a way Solskjaer’s doesn’t.If both became available tomorrow, Pochettino would have all the top clubs interested whereas Solskjaer — respectfully — would only likely have Molde for a third time.They’re not alone in underperforming either. Unai Emery at Arsenal is really under pressure and Marco Silva always seems only one game from the sack at Everton.Manuel Pellegrini, a league winner, is now a target of West Ham’s boo boys after just two points in 15.All fall into the ‘must do better’ category. Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are, of course, excelling but also special mention for a few others.THE OVERACHIEVERSLeicester’s Brendan Rodgers has enhanced his reputation and galvanised the club.His Foxes look on course for a Champions League return.Frank Lampard’s first home game in charge felt like a pilgrimage.The early-season difficulties still lurk but he’s created something special at Chelsea.‘He’s one of our own’ — the fans can say that about their gaffer and also half their team now.The Stamford Bridge faithful are revelling in such a unique period.Chris Wilder has similar cult-like status at Sheffield United.His playing career there doesn’t match Lampard’s — whose does? — but as a Blade himself he has reconnected the whole club.Honourable mentions also to Graham Potter at Brighton who’s building on from the stability Chris Hughton had given the club, and also Roy Hodgson and EddieHowe, whose teams are in the top ten.But obviously, we’re all looking to tomorrow when the elite meet at Anfield. City’s record in front of the Kop is poor but Pep’s team is exceptional — as is Klopp’s.Liverpool can extend their lead to nine points and provide the type of cushion their heavy schedule may need. This is the first game of 14 in 54 days.It’s not beyond them to maintain their supreme form, such is their confidence and refusal to drop points — 30 goals in the last 15 minutes of games is incredible.City have been down this path so often and have a difficult schedule themselves to navigate.MOST POPULAR IN SPORTTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubThere will be goals. City have key defenders missing while Liverpool look far more vulnerable than last season, despite what their joint-best defensive record says.Either way it will be fascinating as both bosses will change tactics throughout the match.The league is always called a marathon but these two teams make it feel like a sprint. If you hesitate or blink, it could all be over.
Moments after committing a daring robbery at Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara on Wednesday, one of the suspected bandits was intercepted by D Division (West Demerara) Police ranks in a minibus.According to information received, about 19:00h on Wednesday, 39-year-old Alam Hussain was in the process of closing his supermarket when he was attacked by three men, one of whom was armed with a gun.The three men held the businessman at gunpoint and relieved him of 00 and a laptop computer before making good their escape. Reports are immediately after the robbery, Police were alerted and based on information received, ranks arrested one of the perpetrators who had boarded a minibus in the area.Speaking with Guyana Times, Hussain related that while the men were not masked, it would be difficult for him to identify them as Wednesday was the first time he saw them. He added that the men wore hats that partially blocked their faces.“They had on hats, all three of them, but the two the Police have to catch had their hats on in a way you can barely see their faces. They catch a minibus and come here and I guess that is how they leave by catching minibus. My supermarket has a security camera and when the Police come they took the footage and run it and were able to make out the man they have arrested, but the other two covered their heads with the hats so their faces aren’t too clear,” the businessman stated.Nevertheless, Hussain praised the Police ranks for their quick response to the robbery and for nabbing one of the perpetrators.“The Police came within five minutes and traced them. They were really quick and managed to catch one of them so I thank them. Someone in the village here at CI also called me today to tell me how they find my laptop on the road at the other side of our scheme, so they bringing it back for me,” Hussain also noted.The suspect remains in custody, assisting with the investigation.
Just a reminder there will be a benefit dance tonight for a woman that contracted the H1N1 flu virus last month.Sarah Thom is a single mom and residential care attendant, at the North Peace Care Centre. She is currently in the University Hospital in Edmonton, recovering from what was a life threatening battle with the swine flu. Her recovery is expected to take some time.Because of her loss of income, Thom’s friends are setting up a dance at the Fort St. John Curling Club tonight. The dance begins at 7 p.m. and there will be live music from local artists, who are donating their time.- Advertisement -Admission will also be by donation, and there will be a silent auction. For more information, contact Tina Marsh, or Michelle Deni…at 250-793-7329…or at 250-271-0973.
…GECOM Chair assures polls before end of year – Joe HamiltonFollowing a meeting with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has assured that the upcoming General and Regional Elections will be held long before the end of the year.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo accompanied by his party members after meeting with the full Elections Commission on TuesdayHis comment comes after it was revealed last week that the Commission is considering a proposal for elections to be held in March 2020, which would be one year after constitutionally mandated elections ought to have been held given the December 2018 passage of the No-Confidence Motion against the coalition Government.However, Jagdeo told reporters following his meeting with the Commission on Tuesday that the timeline, “…is clearly out the window now. We don’t even need to debate that. This March [timeline] is totally out the window. We’re looking for elections before the end of the year”.Jagdeo told reporters that during the engagement, he reminded GECOM of its responsibility to hold elections, citing that President David Granger has been using its preparedness “as an excuse” to delay the hosting of early polls.Furthermore, the Opposition Leader said he went through the various processes that the Commission is considering including the merging of data collected during the now-scrapped House-to-House Registration exercise with the existing National Register of Registrants (NRR) database. He noted that it was pointed out to the Commission that there is a much simpler way of adding new registrants to the NRR.“So we said they should make a decision to start the process by extracting a PLE (Preliminary List of Electors) from the NRR and go to Claims and Objections. We believe the elections can be held long before the end of the year and so we made a case for that,” Jagdeo contended.According to the Opposition Leader, there were some encouraging signs and statements made during the meeting and they are now awaiting the deliberations by the Elections Commission.“The Chairman said some encouraging words at the end of the meeting… encouraging words because it has an outside limit to this whole ordeal that we’re going through,” Jagdeo related without going into more details.At Tuesday’s meeting, which the Opposition Leader had requested, he was accompanied by former Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and Members of Parliament (MP) Anil Nandlall, Juan Edghill, Zulfikar Mustapha and Joseph Hamilton.However, Hamilton revealing that the GECOM Chair, Justice (ret’d) Claudette Singh, assured polls before 2020.“Importantly, at the end of the summing up everything that transpired, the Chair indicated that she has taken everything into consideration presented by the Leader of the Opposition and his team and indicated further that she, as Chair, and the Commission [are] working together towards a timeline, having elections long before the end of the year,” he stated.Against, this backdrop the Opposition parliamentarian posited that he was surprised when GECOM issued a statement shortly after the meeting, defending a 55-day gap between Nominations Day and Elections Day.In the missive, the Elections Commission said the lengthy gap is justifiable, adding that it was done to facilitate certain activities such overseas ballot printing and then the subsequent distribution of ballot papers to foreign officers posted overseas.“The law is clear that Nominations Day should be no later than 32 days before elections day. Therefore, any time before that amount of days, even if it’s 55 days, is acceptable and in conformity with the laws of Guyana,” the missive from GECOM’s Public Relations Office stated.However, Opposition-nominated Commissioner, Sase Gunraj contended that GECOM’s Operations Sub-Committee, which he co-chairs with Government-nominated Commissioner Charles Corbin, agreed that all statutory timelines, catered for by the law, would not be breached.“…the content of that press release is inaccurate and is misrepresenting the discussions of the Commission,” he asserted.Gunraj went on to say that “every single other activity between the holding of Nominations Day and Elections Day, we decided as late as Friday last, we will make efforts to have that time reduced in an effort to hold elections in a timely manner. This press release today suggests that everything else is set in stone and the only thing that will be adjusted are those statutory timelines. I want to reject the contents of that press release. The only thing that we agreed to in the Commission was to maintain the statutory timelines.”In fact, the GECOM Commissioner posited that in keeping with maintaining those timelines, they had even agreed to engage the suppliers to reduce the times usually taken to supply, for example printed materials, so as to fast track the holding of polls.Meanwhile, in a statement later on Tuesday, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition said that the Elections Secretariat seems to be operating separately from the Commission, adding that this recent incident just highlights the lengths which it will go to justify delaying the upcoming elections.“The PPP is of the view that the ‘rogue’ GECOM Secretariat cannot be allowed to undermine the process that would allow for constitutional compliance and adherence to the rulings and orders of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)… The ‘runaway’ Secretariat continues to invent reasons for lengthy timelines (for which it has been called out by the local media corps) that were included in its notorious election activities plan that envisages elections being held until March 2020 – a full year past the constitutionally mandated deadline,” the missive from the party outlined.According to the Opposition, it appears as though elements at the Secretariat were not pleased with the outcome of the meeting during which “positive signals” were sent on the timeline for elections.However, even as the Opposition is confident of polls before the end of this year, Government-nominated Commissioner at GECOM, Vincent Alexander, told reporters after the Commission’s meeting late Tuesday afternoon that he would not be supporting any reviews to the Secretariat’s March 2020 timeline.“In the Secretariat’s timeline, there is no wriggle room… I’m not supporting the review, I’ll participate in the discussions because I rationalised why I’m not supporting it,” Alexander asserted.
0Shares0000Rodrigo (L) and Kevin Gameiro got the goals as Valencia upset Barcelona in Seville © AFP / JOSE JORDANSEVILLE, Spain, May 25 – Barcelona wanted a trophy to ease their Champions League heartache but instead fell to another shock defeat as Valencia pulled off a thrilling 2-1 victory on Saturday to win the Copa del Rey.Chasing a record fifth consecutive triumph, Barca were undone by a relentless and gutsy Valencia side, who hung on after Lionel Messi pulled a goal back to set up a dramatic finish in Seville. By then, Valencia were already two up, Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo scoring twice in 13 frantic first-half minutes, after the latter spurned a golden early chance that could have spared them a nerve-shredding last 17 minutes.Messi drove the comeback effort and Goncalo Guedes twice should have wrapped it up for Valencia, missing a one-on-one and then an open goal before the final whistle sparked pandemonium.Valencia’s coach Marcelino, who might have been sacked when his team were four points off relegation in January, raced around the pitch in a frenzy. Barcelona’s players sank to their knees.“We always had faith,” said Marcelino. “Beating Barcelona to win the cup is very special. We deserved to win.”Messi admitted on Friday his team had still not recovered from the “hard blow” suffered against Liverpool and certainly they seemed too easily disheartened here, finding their fight only once it was too late.Messi also threw his support behind Barcelona’s coach Ernesto Valverde but it remains to be seen whether the backing of the board remains after two dreadful defeats have now spoiled such a brilliant La Liga success.“I’m fine,” Valverde said. “When a coach loses you want to go again, to fight to overcome the next challenge. I know losing for this club is hard.”“I do not think it’s the coach’s fault,” said president Josep Maria Bartomeu. “I think he has done a great job,” added Gerard Pique. “But it does not depend on us.”They came here as favourites, but only just, their 1,457 consecutive days as Copa del Rey champions under threat, from their own sense of deflation, key players out injured and Valencia’s recent surge.If Barca’s season all but ended three weeks ago, Valencia’s arguably found life a few days later, as they moved into the top four for the first time and then held on to qualify for the Champions League.– ‘History made’ –Winning their first trophy since 2008, in the club’s centenary year, completes a remarkable comeback campaign that, after 15 games, had them languishing in 15th.“We have made history,” said captain Dani Parejo. Gameiro added: “In the difficult moments we stayed close. I don’t have the words to describe it.”Some saw a metaphor in Barcelona’s pre-match tifo, spelling out ‘All Together’ splitting down the middle, while there were key absentees from their starting line-up too, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele all injured.Valencia should have been ahead within five minutes, Clement Lenglet’s error sending Rodrigo clear but his finish was brilliantly scooped off the line by the recovering Gerard Pique.Barca, with Sergio Busquets in the centre of a back three, settled but lacked zip and in the 23rd minute they were behind. Jose Gaya scuttled in behind Nelson Semedo and his pull-back wrong-footed everyone except Gameiro, who fired in.Semedo had been beaten down the left and soon after Jordi Alba was outrun down the right, by Carlos Soler, whose cross needed only to be nodded down and in by Rodrigo for number two.Barcelona stirred before the break. Ivan Rakitic volleyed and then headed wide, before Messi registered their first shot on target in the 43rd minute.Malcom and Arturo Vidal came on for Semedo and Arthur during the interval, as Barca turned the screw. Messi might have turned the match but after wriggling through his sumptuous flick towards the far corner brushed the post.A dejected Lionel Messi could provide his team with nothing more than a consolation goal © AFP / JOSE JORDANPique fired wide as Valencia dropped deeper. Finally, Messi broke through, the post this time his friend after Lenglet’s header struck the woodwork and landed kindly at his feet.There were 17 minutes to survive and with six left, Messi headed over. The Valencia fans roared and then again when Messi was dispossessed by a sliding challenge.Messi drove from the edge of the area but it was blocked and Guedes twice should have wrapped it up, first missing a one-on-one and then an open goal when Jasper Cillessen had gone up for a corner. He was perhaps as relieved as anyone when the whistle blew.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
The move saw Muthomi, who has been at the helm of the Secretary General/ CEO position since Mwendwa was elected, step aside on Sunday afternoon, to pave way for investigations that will be conducted by the FKF Disciplinary Committee.In the meantime, the Federation boss appointed its Communications Manager Barry Otieno as the interim CEO pending the determination of the case.“The FKF emergency committee met yesterday and resolved to have Chief Communications Officer Barry Otieno act as CEO of the federation while Robert (Muthomi) is away because Federation functions must continue to run,” Mwendwa, who arrived from Cairo, Egypt attending the just concluded 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, stated while addressing the press at the Federation’s headquarters office.FKF President Nick Mwendwa appoints Barry Otieno acting CEO. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMuthomi found himself in the wrong side of the law early this week after a letter he had signed emerged in the public requesting the Egyptian Embassy to grant Avire a VISA to visit their country as a fan this coming days after the player represented Harambee Stars in the African Cup of Nations.Part of the letter sent to newsrooms on Sunday by Muthomi said: “In view of the on-going debate and conversations in regards to the allegations made by SofaPaka FC on my purported involvement in the transfer of player John Avire, I have this morning requested the FKF President to allow me to step aside for investigations to commence.”Sofapaka President has condemned the Federation for the incidence that has seen Avire yet to report Sofapaka’s pre-season camp.The development comes as the elections of Football Kenya Federation looms around the corner, something that has tainted the legacy of Mwendwa who is seeking re-election.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FKF President Nick Mwendwa with his deputy Dorris Petra during the presser. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, July 22 – The fate of beleaguered immediate former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) CEO, Robert Muthomi will be known after 45 days, federation Chief Nick Mwendwa announced on Monday.Mwendwa was speaking when reacting to the pressing matter that surrounded Muthomi who is accused of allegedly having a hand in aiding Sofapaka forward John Avire secure a club in Egypt without the player’s parent Club Sofapaka consent.
ANIMALS:Maggie, a 65-pound canine, injured a Westminster mail carrier Tuesday. By City News Service A pit bull named Maggie will be euthanized at the expiration of a 10-day quarantine mandated by an attack on a mail carrier that left him with serious facial injuries, police said Wednesday. Moody, who insisted that the earlier attack was an accident, said she did not know why Maggie, who was apparently loose in her front yard, went after Carroll. A mail carrier in Torrance was seriously injured when a pit bull attacked him last month.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 6-foot-3-inch, 260-pound carrier, David Carroll, was knocked down Tuesday by the 65-pound dog while delivering mail to a neighbor of the dog’s owner, Sheri Moody, in Westminster. Maggie, being held at the Humane Society facility in Huntington Beach, will be the second dog owned by Moody to be euthanized following an attack. Another dog, Brutus, a pit bull-Australian shepherd mix, injured a 23- year-old visitor to Moody’s home earlier this year. Moody went to court to save the dog but a judge ruled that it had aggressively attacked Brittany Rhodes, forcing her to undergo lip reconstruction surgery, and that it was a potential threat to the public. Westminster police Lt. Derek Marsh said the department intends to take direct action in connection with this attack. “Pursuant to the law, the dog will be held under a mandatory 10-day quarantine,” Marsh said. “Following that, the dog will be euthanized.”
DDTV: Brian McCormick Cup Winners Rathmullan Celtic partied into the night after a 2-1 win over Glenea United in Killygordon on Sunday. All the highlights and some of the celebrations are featured in this video from Paul Deeney.Video highlights of the celebrations in the Beachcomber Bar last night will be shown later in the week!!! DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS AS RATHMULLAN CELTIC WIN THE BRIAN McCORMICK CUP FINAL was last modified: May 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS AS RATHMULLAN CELTIC WIN THE BRIAN McCORMICK CUP FINAL
A Donegal woman has landed a dream berth aboard Titanic discoverer Dr Robert Ballard’s exploration vessel Nautilus for the trip of a lifetime.The NautilusSusan Heaney will join the Nautilus team on the Montserrat leg of the vessel’s Caribbean Sea expedition from October 21st to 29th.Susan, from Fahan, is Titanic Belfast’s Ocean Exploration Centre manager and has been chosen as an Educator at Sea. She will be the first Irish woman to board the famous vessel for a role she describes as an “opportunity of a lifetime”.Susan will stand watch alongside scientists and engineers, as well as participate in live interactions with shore-based audiences via Exploration Now, a 24-hour interactive online portal, bringing expeditions from the field to both experts and future explorers ashore, via telepresence technology.Dr Robert Ballard with Titanic Belfast OEC Manager Susan HeaneySusan and the team will collect samples using their state-of-the-art ROV (remotely operated vehicle), investigate several unexplored underwater volcanoes and even use their equipment to explore two villages which were completely swept into the sea by a volcanic eruption in 1997.Learning of her selection following an intensive qualification process undertaken earlier this year, Susan said: “I am so excited to be joining Nautilus because, by broadcasting the expeditions live in Titanic Belfast’s OEC and online, it’s the perfect opportunity to fill our guests with the enthusiasm for ocean exploration which everyone involved in this project has.” Titanic Belfast CEO Tim Husbands said: “It is a great achievement for Susan, and for Titanic Belfast, that she has been chosen to be an Educator at Sea on the exploration vessel Nautilus. Her experience on the ship will give us a great insight into the important research work Dr. Robert Ballard continues to conduct in our oceans, as well as benefitting our overall education offering at Titanic Belfast.”Susan graduated in 2004 from Letterkenny Institute of Technology with a BSc (Hons) in analytical science followed by a post-graduate diploma in research practices, and she is currently working towards completing a PhD in marine biotechnology. DONEGAL WOMAN LANDS DREAM BERTH ABOARD TITANIC DISCOVERER’S EXPLORATION VESSEL was last modified: October 15th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:LYITNautilusSusan HeaneyTitan
Eany Celtic U12’s celebrate winning the Donegal Schoolboys League South Division U12 League title at the Lakeside Centre in Ballyshannon.Eany Celtic battled both Erne Wanderers and the elements to clinch the South Division Under 12 title in the Lakeside Centre, Ballyshannon. Knowing that a win was required they duely obliged marching away with a commanding 4-0 victory.From the off Eany Celtic looked determined and were rewarded with two goals inside the opening ten minutes of the game. Firstly Nathan Maxwell pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the area to fire high over Erne Wanderers keeper Joshua Myles’ head.Caoimhe Walsh added the second goal minutes later when she recieved the ball on the right hand side of the box before drilling a low shot past the keeper. Eany could have had a third on 24 minutes when Dermot McGuckin raced away from the Erne defence only for Mark McGlynn to catch up and make a timely intervention.Erne Wanderers best chance of the first half fell to Jakub Napierski who curled an effort narrowly wide.As the sun came out in the second half Eany Celtic upped their game again as Erne Wanderers offered little resistance and Rhyss Boyle was unlucky to be denied by an outstretched leg of Joshua Myles. The Erne Wanderers keeper was called upon again midway through the half when he stayed tall to deny Josh Maxwell. However Joshua Myles could do little about the third goal as Thomas White recieved the ball 20 yards out, he arrowed a strike in off the upright to the delight of the Eany Celtic following.A fourth and final goal was added 3 minutes from time when Dermot McGuckin popped up in the box before effortlessly sliding the ball underneath the onrushing keeper. EANY CELTIC CLINCH SOUTH DIVISION UNDER 12 TITLE was last modified: March 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Eany CelticErne Wanderers