Angels nail key QF victory over Fighting Warays

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “That’s what I really like about my teammates, it’s like we’ve been playing together for a long time,” said Lymareva-Flink who got the lion’s share of the Chie Saet’s 24 excellent sets.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Ukrainian hitter pounded from all angles and threw off the usually decent defensive pattern of Tacloban, which is now in danger of getting eliminated after suffering its second defeat in the quarterfinals.“We are all set to win our remaining four games because we really want to enter the semifinals,” said Lymareva-Flink. “In the third set we got a tough time but I think these girls need to relax a little bit. Overall it was a good game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLymareva-Flink was referring to that sudden dip in Petro Gazz’s game midway through the third when it allowed Tacloban to come back from a 7-12 deficit to even take the driver’s seat at 15-14.But Angels middle blocker Cherry Nunag negated that by firing three straight points to right the ship. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetro Gazz routed Tacloban, 25-15, 25-17, 25-21, Wednesday night to reboot its semifinal bid in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.Olena Lymareva-Flink banged in 22 points, including six aces, as the Angels avenged their elimination round defeat to the Fighting Warays.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Chamchoi rides five birdies to 1-shot lead View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Matilda Parker Trial Uncertain Due to Death, Resignation of Key Witnesses

first_imgMatilda Parker is going back in the trial dock to exonerate herself.The possibility for the government to succeed in its legal battle against former National Port Authority (NPA) managing director, Matilda Parker remains uncertain due to the death and resignation of most of its key witnesses from the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), who had earlier testified, but the matter was adjourned after prosecution raise issued of juror tampering.Defendant Parker and her former Comptroller, Christiana Pealay, were indicted by state prosecutors based upon the conclusion of an investigation conducted by investigators of the LACC for economic sabotage, theft of property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation for allegedly awarding a contract worth over US$800,000 to dredge the Greenville Port in Sinoe County to a bogus company.They went on trial in early 2016, but the case was adjourned after prosecutors alleged that someone had tampered with some of the jurors in the trial after a letter was reported to have been intercepted by one of the court officers assigned with the jurors at the time of sequestration.There were three key investigators of the LACC who were used by the prosecution as prime witnesses when the case was first heard in 2016 and unfortunately one of them, Appleton Artis, has died.Artis’ family members by then attributed that to his dismissal and subsequent refusal by the commission to pay him the just salary thereby leaving him in total frustration that resulted in his death.Another witness, Blamo Koffa, then chief investigator of the LACC was forced to resign his post because of administrative reasons, but many employees of the commission blamed Koffa’s resignation on the alleged failure of the commission to commensurate his performance with that of his salary and bad administrative practices.Currently, the whereabouts of Aaron Davis remains a mystery for the prosecution.But, with the broadest implications as to what the prosecution’s case will be like going forward,  the Criminal Court “C’ yesterday opened the case in respect to the mandate of the Supreme Court that asked them to resume jurisdiction of the mater.The Supreme Court’s action resulted when they affirmed the judgment of Associate Justice Jamesetta Wolokolie and subsequently ordered the disbandment of the jury, which set the stage for a new trial on charges that Parker allegedly robbed the government of US$837,950 since 2017.During yesterday’s hearing, the indictment was for the second time in a roll read to the defendants and they again pleaded not guilty of which shifted the burden of proof on the prosecution to prove their guilt.shortly afterward, the prosecution made a submission where they pleaded for the matter to be heard by a jury panel, but that request was resisted by the defense lawyer Arthur Johnson who asked for a bench trial, meaning that Judge Boima Kontoe, should now serve as both jury and judge.The defense’s resistance later received the backing of Kontoe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lusignan Massacre victims remembered

first_imgThe eleven persons who were killed during the Lusignan massacre 11 years ago were on Saturday remembered as the Indian Action Committee coordinated the annual commemoration activity within the community.In the very street where the horrific night unfolded, loved ones along with members of the community, religious leaders and representatives of both the Government and the Opposition shared their sincerest solicitudeBehind a memorial arch which serves as a reminder, former Chairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission and People’s Progressive Party Member of Parliament, Juan Edghill explained that he is still aggrieved upon reminiscing on the lives that were lost.He recalled that Guyanese from all walks of life would have rendered their solidarity and support towards the families of the victims. He also advocated for citizens to preserve that “oneness” among their fellow people as was seen during that period.“I would like to remind all of Guyana that out of evil sometimes cometh good. The good of that coming together at that time must not be list but never again must our coming together be because of such a terrible act,” he posited.Sentiments were also shared by former Education Minister, Priya Manickchand who provided a detailed description of the community hours after the unfortunate event when she would have visited.She noted that while counselling was provided for relatives of the victims, some are yet to heal emotionally from their anguishes.“What happened in Lusignan shook this entire country…In the weeks that followed, there was also that looking after for each other as God’s children. It was not the families only of the persons who had lost loved ones, it was the entire community,” Manickchand expressed.Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan was also invited to present his remarks as he stated, “Let us teach and inspire our children to embrace and respect each other. Let us, as all the holy books admonishes, that we seek to promote reconciliation and healing of past wounds. To the bereaved families, we do understand that the pain of losing your loved ones in such a tragic manner will always be with you.”The Ethnic Relation Commission was represented by Commissioner Rajkumarie Singh who recognised the dawning of yet another anniversary which distances the incident from the present.However, her advice to the affected families was, “You would have come a far way and many would have given you the support to remain sane and calm. As we gather to pray and express love and kind thoughts, it would certainly help those souls wherever they are.”At the culmination of the solemn service, prayers and recitations echoed from the various holy books as religious leaders offered citations for the departed victims.The massacre unfolded in the wee hours of that January 26, 2008, morning when five children and six adults lost their lives as gunmen invaded their street and carried out the heartless attack in less than one hour. Arming themselves with weapons and high-profile guns, they murdered 48-year-old Clarence Thomas, 12-year-old Vanessa Thomas, 11-year-old Ron Thomas, 32-year-old Mohandan Goordat, 10-year-old Seegopaul Harilall, Seegobin Harilall, 52-year-old Dhanwajie Ramsingh, 56-year-old Seecharran Rooplall, 11-year-old Raywattie Ramsingh, 22-year-old Shazam Mohammed and 52-year-old Shaleem Baksh.Those who were injured included 19-year-old Howard Thomas, 48-year-old Nadir Mohamed, and five-year-old Roberto Thomas.Less than two weeks after the massacre, 10 of the victims’ bodies converged at the Lusignan tarmac where they were laid to rest the same day. Mohammed’s family had completed his rites prior due to religious commitments.Days after, another massacre was executed in Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) which saw the killing of several persons.The motive of the vicious attack is still unclear.last_img read more

Simi Valley Calendar

first_imgPower Walking, 8-9 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $30. Call (805) 584-4400. Muscle Sculpting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Studio Art Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Open Gym Basketball, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Jazzercise Aerobics, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Alternative Recreation Program: Yoga Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Houghton Park, 4333 Township Ave., Simi Valley. Parents can register and participate with their child. Monthly fee: $24. Call (805) 584-4400. New Hope for breast-cancer survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Free. Registration required. Call (805) 527-5360, Option 3. Aqua Fit, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Peggers Cribbage Club, 7 p.m., at Simi Country Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1550 Rory Lane, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-8164. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Boots and Slippers Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Fee: $5. Call (805) 583-3055 or e-mail sqdncrmn@pacbell.net. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Women’s Anger Management class, 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. TUESDAY Family planning clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. For an appointment, call (805) 578-3677. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Rotary of Simi Valley will meet at noon at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way. Call (805) 583-4825. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Bowling, 4-5:30 p.m. at Brunswick Valley Bowl, 5255 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Fee: $5 per week. Call (805) 584-4400. Tuesday Evening Hike, 6:30, meet at the Long Canyon parking lot at Long Canyon Road and Wood Ranch Parkway. Call (805) 529-5581. Story time, 7 p.m. at Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. Call (805) 526-1735. Simi Solos Toastmasters will meet, 7:30 p.m., Simi Valley YMCA, 3200 Cochran St. Call (805) 990-4950. Overeaters Anonymous, 8 p.m. at Church of Christ, 1554 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 581-4717 or (805) 529-8183. Open Gym Basketball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. WEDNESDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $40/month; 65 and older, $20/month. Call (805) 379-2378. Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley will meet at 7 a.m. at Paul’s Italian Villa, 2585 Cochran Street. Call (805) 583-2857. Chair Exercise, 12:30 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. CPR Update: Health Care Provider class, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Simi Valley Hospital, 2975 N. Sycamore Drive. Call (805) 955-6890. Tot Time story time, 11 a.m. at Borders Books and Music, 2910 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley. For ages 2-5. Call (805) 526-2800. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Emotional Intelligence Training for Parents, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. Action Parent and Teen Support Program, 6:30 p.m. at Apollo High School, 3150 School St., Simi Valley. Hotline: (800) 367-8336. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Emotions Anonymous, 7:30-9 p.m. at United Methodist Church, Wood Room, 2394 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. Free. Call (805) 526-6231. Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Woman’s Club, monthly meeting, 11 a.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005 Los Angeles Ave. Call (805) 583-8272. Men’s Anger Management class, 7 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. THURSDAY Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise will meet, 7 a.m. at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way, Simi Valley. Call (805) 520-4894. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Reproductive health care clinic, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. Call (805) 578-3677. Tap for Fitness, 2:30-4 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Scrabble group , will meet at 1 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Circuit Training, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Evening Hike, 6 p.m. at the Chumash Trailhead. Call the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District at (805) 584-4400. Open Gym Volleyball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2 or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Toastmasters, 7:30 p.m. at Clarion Commons, 5300 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Call (805) 522-9591. Co-custody parenting class, 6 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. FRIDAY Basic Training, 6-7 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Open Gym Basketball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Finding the Artist Within, a class for people 50 and over involving various forms of art, 9-11 a.m., Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. (805) 583-6363. Monthly fee $30. SATURDAY Jazzercise Aerobics, 8-9 a.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Open Gym Basketball, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Conejo Valley Republic Women Federated, noon at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley. The speaker is retired Brigadier General John Nicholson, secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission. Cost is $30. For reservations call Sylvia Musgrove (805) 495-6481 or Bev Donley at (805) 495-3409. Post-Polio Support Group, 1:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at United Methodist Church, 2394 Erringer Road, Simi Valley. Information (805) 485-9664. Calendar events are compiled each week. Items must reach the Daily News one week before the Sunday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be attached for contact purposes. Mail to Simi Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (805) 583-0880. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Evening hike, 4 p.m. at the Rocky Peak Trailhead at the end of Rocky Peak Road off Santa Susana Pass. Call (805) 584-4400. MONDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $40, or $20 for 65 and older. Call (805) 379-2378. last_img read more

Brighton pile misery on woeful Man United

first_imgRomelu Lukaku briefly brought United back into the game at 2-1. But there was little reaction after the break until Paul Pogba’s penalty deep into stoppage time as United fell three points behind defending champions Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham just two games into the new campaign.Mourinho warned of a “difficult” season when he wasn’t backed in the transfer market before the deadline for Premier League clubs closed before the opening weekend of the season.Strengthening the heart of his defence was Mourinho’s priority and it showed as Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly endured a torrid afternoon on England’s south coast.Difficult day: Jose Mourinho’s fears at not being backed in the transfer market were realised at Brighton © AFP / Glyn KIRKIn a tempestuous pre-season, Mourinho also clashed with Anthony Martial when the Frenchman failed to return to the club’s pre-season tour of the United States after the birth of his second child.But Martial was recalled to the starting line-up in the absence of the injured Alexis Sanchez and had the first chance when he dashed inside two Brighton defenders before seeing his shot blocked by Duffy.The story could have been very different for the visitors had Lukaku not wasted a huge chance to open the scoring when he pulled his shot wide of the near post 10 minutes in.– Classy finish –Instead, Brighton went in front when veteran striker Murray caught Lindelof ball watching to flick home Solly March’s cross with a classy finish.Two minutes later, the hosts led 2-0 as Duffy was given the space to control and fire past a helpless David de Gea after United failed to clear a corner.Despite suggesting he is unhappy at Old Trafford after scoring in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Leicester, Paul Pogba was again handed the captain’s armband by Mourinho.However, there was little sign of Pogba leading United out of the mire as he and summer signing Fred, who cost a reported £52.5 million struggled to control the game in midfield.Brighton’s failure to defend set-pieces cost them in a 2-0 defeat to Watford last weekend and threatened to undo their good work again when Lukaku was left unmarked just five yards out to nod home Luke Shaw’s deflected cross and give United a lifeline.That reprieve lasted just 10 minutes, however, before more rash defending by Bailly allowed Brighton to restore their two-goal lead.Dale Stephens beat Fred to a loose ball in midfield and released Gross before the German was brought down by a lunge inside the area by the Ivorian.De Gea got a touch to Gross’s penalty but couldn’t keep it out to compound a miserable first 45 minutes for United.Mourinho turned to two of England’s World Cup heroes in Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard at the break in search of inspiration.But the damage had already been done as Brighton sat comfortably on their lead until virtually the last kick of the match.Pogba reduced United’s deficit by blasting home from the spot after Duffy felled Marouane Fellaini, but it was too little, too late.Mourinho’s third seasons in charge during his second spell at Chelsea and at Real Madrid never recovered from a poor start.His time at Old Trafford threatens to go the same way, particularly with Tottenham next up a week on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Brighton beat Manchester United to pile the pressure on Jose Mourinho © AFP / Glyn KIRKBRIGHTON, United Kingdom, Aug 19 – Jose Mourinho’s fears over failing to sign a new centre-back were realised as a shambolic defensive display saw his Manchester United side lose 3-2 at Brighton on Sunday.For the first time in nearly two years, Mourinho’s men conceded more than twice with all three Brighton goals arriving before half-time through Glenn Murray, Shane Duffy and a Pascal Gross penalty.last_img read more

Hundreds attend candlelight vigil for Putnam

first_img“We thought what the community really needs is to pray together,” said Zamora, who has known Putnam for 25 years. Event organizers printed up 900 fliers and Alyssa Trujillo, 14; Maira Meza, 13; Isaac Guzman, 13; Alyssa Berg, 14; and Raymundo Mendez, 10, spent their Sunday evening putting the fliers in mailboxes and handing them to people who were home. “I would do anything for Betty, she’s always helping everyone,” Alyssa said. “Maybe she’ll get stronger with our prayers,” Zamora said. Putnam is still unconscious, but able to turn her head toward the voices of her doctors and family members, said Santa Fe Springs City Manager Fred Latham, who read a letter from the family. “There are rays of hope,” he said. Her head injuries include a skull fracture, bleeding and swelling of the brain. Putnam is in the critical care unit at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood where she was taken after she fell from a 6-foot ladder while trying to eradicate a wasp’s nest at a constituent’s home. Two women who answered the door Monday afternoon at the residence in the 8000 block of Westman Street where the accident occurred said Putnam was alone in the back yard when she fell. They declined further comment. “I have never seen such an outpouring of public support and concern,” Latham said of the hundreds of calls and e-mails the city has received regarding Putnam’s condition. The vigil, which was non-denominational, is the community speaking, he said. Pastors Ray Loo and Greg Gutierrez of Cavalry Chapel, the Rev. Pedro Lopez of St. Pius X Catholic Church and Pastor Terry Kisser of Florence Avenue Foursquare Church led the crowd in prayer. The family has asked no flowers or cards be sent to the Putnam home or to the hospital. Doctors have restricted visitors to immediate family only, Latham said, because Putnam is susceptible to infection. The Putnam children, four daughters and a son, are taking turns caring for their father, Marvin, 88, who has his own health issues, Latham said. The family is seeking volunteers to help care for their father while they spend time at the hospital, he added. Those who are interested can call City Hall at (562) 868-0511. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Support of councilwoman SANTA FE SPRINGS – About 400 people gathered Monday night at a candlelight prayer vigil for City Councilwoman Betty Putnam, who remains in critical condition with major head trauma she suffered after falling from a ladder last week. Those who have never met her and those who have known her for decades came together at Town Center Plaza to offer their prayers and well wishes for the 77-year-old former teacher’s recovery. Santa Fe Springs residents Alma Martinez and Hilda Zamora, a Little Lake School District board member, came up with the idea over the weekend. last_img read more

Liverpool need to take more risks, admits manager Brendan Rodgers

first_img Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers 1 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to see his side taking more risks in attack as they bid to remedy their goalscoring problem.The Reds have netted only three times in their opening five Premier League games this season.Liverpool fans will be hoping for a considerable boost to the tally on Sunday when Rodgers’ men host Norwich, against whom the Merseyside outfit have notched 21 goals over the course of their past five meetings.And Rodgers said ahead of the contest at Anfield: “It is about risk-taking.“I think, for some reason, that wee bit of risk has gone out of our game.“We need to ensure we take those risks in order to create in the game and bring that intensity to it.“The players have been working really hard at that over the last week or so and it only takes that one performance to spin the season around again.”last_img read more

Bournemouth, Newcastle, Stoke and Sunderland all chasing Ligue 2 star

first_imgBournemouth, Newcastle, Stoke and Sunderland are all battling for the signature of Anthony Koura.The striker’s contract with Ligue 2 side Nimes expires in the summer and he is reluctant to pen an extension.Clubs in England have been alerted to the 22-year-old’s availability and have been impressed by his tally of six goals in 15 games this season.According to L’Equipe, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Stoke and Sunderland have all enquired to Nimes regarding Koura’s situation.The French side are aware that the striker is unlikely to sign a new deal and are now open to selling him in January – rather than losing him for free in the summer.?Nimes have placed a price tag of £1.2m on Koura’s head and it is now up to clubs to meet it. 1 Anthony Koura last_img read more

Budget would cut state deeply

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “With few exceptions, state and local governments would not be able to absorb the proposed continuing reductions in federal aid without instituting program cuts or tax increases,” analysts wrote. Other cuts proposed in the 2007 budget would mean further local hits: The White House aims to cut $200 million from the Women Infants and Children program that provides food, nutrition education and access to health care to low-income pregnant women and infants. That could mean about a $30.4 million loss to California counties. The budget calls for “level funding” for many programs, including the childhood development program Head Start. Analysts with the National Priorities Project predict 2,080 California children will not be able to enroll. A number of education-related grants face cuts, and money for vocational education would be eliminated. California last year received $127.6 million for everything from classroom equipment upgrades to faculty training. The program, according to the budget, “has produced little or no evidence of improved outcomes.” While states like Alaska and West Virginia that receive large percentages of federal aid would suffer the greatest financial losses in the proposed budget, California would experience the 11th largest cuts in the nation, according to the center. Although the hard numbers call for $230.4 million in cuts for California, analysts estimated that over time, after adjusting for inflation, California could lose out on $917.1 million, or about $25.40 per person. The proposed cuts have provoked outrage from Democrats throughout the state. California Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Democrat, accused Bush of “turning his back on our seniors, our children, our veterans, our police and our firefighters.” And congresswoman Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, called the budget “fiscal recklessness that leaves our children and grandchildren with debt for many years to come.” Republicans, however, have applauded Bush’s budget for fiscal responsibility and vowed to make the president’s tax cuts permanent. “The 2001 and 2003 tax relief unleashed the economy, and by making tax relief permanent we will create more jobs and a better quality of life for all Americans,” said Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora. While acknowledging the need to face “tough decisions,” Dreier said he believes Congress will reduce the deficit “while funding priorities that will keep the country safe and prosperous.” Brian Riedl, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, predicted that despite the GOP’s rhetoric of fiscal conservatism, Republicans and Democrats alike will ignore many of Bush’s recommendations. Last year, he noted, Bush proposed eliminating 99 programs and cutting from 55 more to save $15.8 billion. Congress agreed to cut $6.4 billion but shifted it to other parts of the budget. It eradicated 24 programs, and reduced funding for 37 more. And in 2005, Congress slashed only five of the 65 programs Bush had targeted for elimination. “Unfortunately, Congress has an abysmal track record terminating wasteful spending and outdated programs,” Riedl said. By the time Congress gets done, he predicted, “it will be a status-quo budget where across-the-board spending increases are held down, but very little reforms or terminations take place.” Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 lisa.friedman@langnews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The $2.77 trillion budget President George W. Bush proposed for 2007 would slash $230.4 million from California’s coffers, with the state’s young and poor feeling the hardest pinch, studies by two liberal economic watchdog groups show. With 141 domestic programs slated for deep reductions or elimination – and nondefense discretionary spending headed for a $15 billion nose dive – economists predict that state and local governments nationwide will face a $6.7 billion loss for everything from vocational education to low-income housing. And Los Angeles could face a $17 million hit to the Community Development Block Grants that fund public services to low-income residents. “Although states are no longer in the depths of a fiscal crisis and revenues have again begun to grow, state and local services still have not returned to their pre-recession levels,” said a report by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. last_img read more

Spurs masterclass suggests Barca have found the man to fill Xavi’s role

first_img 2 21 anys, 1a titularitat en Champions, el mític Wembley….on molts jugadors s’haguéssin fet petits, ell s’ha fet gran! Recital d’Arthur!!!!@arthurhromelo #FCBlive pic.twitter.com/7TNe9iisJc— Àlex Delmàs (@alexdelmas10) October 3, 2018 2 Delmàs wasn’t the only one to notice. Barcelona paper Sport concluded that Arthur had “sent a message” to Valverde with his game. He had “graduated” as a Barcelona starter on Wednesday, their big rival in Catalonia, Mundo Deportivo judged. Even Rio Ferdinand joined in, making the comparisons with you-know-who, that will only grow stronger in the coming weeks.Valverde has a decision to make, but his dilemma is a positive one. The pressure to start Arthur in Barcelona’s next game will be significant, yet judging on the mastery of passing football the player showed in Europe this week, it is a luxury to have him available. Lacking control as of late, conceding cheap goals and unable to close out league games, Barcelona are looking for their first win in four matchdays at the Mestalla this Sunday. A ground where anything could happen. It looks like they have the man for the occasion. Arthur gets away from Eric Dier during Barcelona’s win over Tottenham Arthur joined Barcelona from Gremio for around 31 million euros In the long term those first steps are particularly huge, and on a stage as big as the Camp Nou, faltering in the early phases can break a player. Wembley, an equally sacred stage, did not appear to phase him. Instead, Arthur thrived, and that bodes well. He has had to be patient in awaiting the big opportunity: Ernesto Valverde decided not to use the midfielder in four out of seven matchdays in La Liga so far, and against Girona in his only league start he was sacrificed early in the second half with Barça down to ten men.A lack of match sharpness against Spurs would not have been a huge surprise therefore, and against a team that press the way Tottenham do, that can be costly. Valverde must have seen something in training to finally throw his weight behind the number eight, and it certainly paid off for the coach. As Catalan football analyst Àlex Delmàs summed up on Twitter, “his first start in the Champions League, on the legendary Wembley stage where many players would have looked small, he looked like a giant. An Arthur masterclass”. It’s one of football’s oldest and most tiresome clichés. How many times have we heard the “player x” could be the next “player y” line? Considering the latter always tends to be a footballing legend, and the former a youngster showing promise and trying to make their mark, it’s an unfair dichotomy that rarely if ever pays off.Arthur Melo – the 22-year-old Brazilian who produced a passing masterclass for Barcelona against Tottenham at Wembley in his first Champions League start this week – will not be the next Xavi. Despite the abundance of headlines telling you so. The Catalan legend is irreplaceable: if even Sergio Busquets can’t work the magic needed to become a direct clone of his old teammate, no one can. What the youngster’s showing against Spurs made patently clear however is that Arthur can be the man to finally fill the Xavi role that has been a gaping vacancy since the former number six departed the Camp Nou in 2015. Happy to receive the ball regardless of where he was on the pitch or, more importantly, how much pressure he was under, the new signing almost without fail treated it with care and delivered a pass that improved the situation for his teammates.That’s an attitude Xavi would be proud of. It’s exactly the kind of quality Xavi has himself pointed out when commenting on his hopes for the player. “He has Barça DNA,” the former Blaugrana captain said in the summer. “I have no doubt that he has the qualities to be a big player for Barcelona. He ticks all the boxes. Thereafter it depends on a lot of variables, his first games, his confidence…”last_img read more