Costa sees red as Everton blank Chelsea

first_imgLONDON (AP):Diego Costa plunged Chelsea into fresh controversy in their nightmare season yesterday by seeing red as Everton ended the London team’s last hope of a title in the FA Cup.Chelsea had just been humiliated by former striker Romelu Lukaku, scoring twice in five minutes, including a breathtaking solo goal, when Costa was sent off in the 84th minute of Everton’s 2-0 win in the quarter-finals.The fiery striker thrust his head at Gareth Barry, then sunk his teeth towards the Everton midfielder’s neck in a biting motion, earning a second yellow card. There was no immediate reaction from Barry to suggest he had been bitten, but Costa was dismissed for the first time in two seasons at Chelsea.eliminatedEverton also ended with 10 men after Barry himself was shown a second yellow card three minutes later for catching Cesc Fabregas.The FA Cup exit followed Chelsea being eliminated from the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.Any hopes of defending the Premier League trophy were extinguished long ago, with Chelsea currently 10th and highly likely to miss out on European football next season.Manchester City doesn’t look like they will be succeeding Chelsea as Premier League champions after being held 0-0 at Norwich to stay fourth, nine points behind surprise leaders Leicester.The late dismissals at Goodison Park overshadowed Lukaku’s superb goals, which left Chelsea to rue, offloading the Belgium striker in 2014, having spent most of his career on loan away from Stamford Bridge.Lukaku’s first goal came in the 77th minute after Ross Barkley slipped the ball through to him on the leftwing. Lukaku slalomed past two players before cutting inside past defenders Cesar Azpilicueta and Branislav Ivanovic and striking low past compatriot Thibaut Courtois.The Belgium goalkeeper was beaten again in the 82nd, when Lukaku put the ball through his legs.So, unlike in 2009, Guus Hiddink will not be ending this interim spell as Chelsea manager by lifting the FA Cup.last_img read more

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JFF, Boyz ready to count their blessings

first_imgThe Reggae Boyz will not be short on blessings when they line up for their next match in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying semi-final play-offs against Costa Rica at the National Stadium on Friday, March 25. They will be needing every bit of it. Costa Rica lead the four nations in Group B challenging for two spots to the Final Round play-offs. After two rounds, the Central Americans have maximum six points and with Jamaica lying joint second with Panama on three points, plus due to play in Costa Rica four days later, getting a good result will be key. As the match will be held on Good Friday, Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Captain Horace Burrell said they will be moving to appease their Christian adorers with a church service ahead of the football match, which is slated to kick off at 7 p.m. “Being a religious day, Good Friday, and with Jamaica being a Christian society, the JFF recognises the significance,” said Burrell. His organisation had moved for a postponement as a mark of respect to people who, by way of tradition, observe Good Friday as a deeply religious day. But FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, denied the request. “The day is of religious significance and we’re trying to ensure that we do something special to show our recognition for this special day,” admitted Burrell. “The JFF, having been unsuccessful in having the date changed, decided that the next best thing to do is to arrange to have a period of reverence and celebration and so we have a committee in place and we will be giving some details shortly. “Basically we’re looking at having a praise-and-worship period to start at around five o’clock. We would dedicate a period to religious sermon, and so the Christians too will be asked to contribute by buying a ticket to come in there,” he divulged. Continuing, he said: “We’ll be having some religious leaders to lead us in service. We’ll encourage the church groups at a high level to be a part of it and ask the Christians to come and be a part of it.” This sort of service would be somewhat different from what has occurred in the past, especially in the era when the men’s national senior team was coached by Rene Simoes, who hails from the largely Catholic and football-mad country, Brazil. Simoes guided the country to its first and only senior men’s World Cup Finals appearance in 1998 in France and throughout the campaign, he was also famous for wearing his jersey with the words ‘Jesus Saves’ written on it. “In the past, Reverend All Miller has always preached,” reminded Burrell of the pre-game happenings. In reference to the upcoming event, he noted: “You’ve to show respect to the Christian society and to God. Come in, enjoy the service and enjoy the football game.”last_img read more

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#KicksStalker: Dwyane Wade signs ‘lifetime’ deal with Li-Ning

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Wade appeared at the event with the company’s CEO and namesake Li Ning, who is still revered in China for his gymnastics success.“This was something I needed to do from the standpoint of building something,” Wade told The Associated Press in a phone interview from China. “That’s what I set out to do. This word we all talk about, legacy, I tried to set out to build a legacy for myself and my family. And after six years of that, it’s cool to be here today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Financial details of the contract were not revealed, though it’s believed the total value to Wade could reach tens of millions of dollars.Wade’s relationship with Li-Ning began in 2012, after he previously was an endorser for Converse and Jordan Brand. In addition to the continued production of basketball and lifestyle apparel, the new deal calls for Wade to take “a greater role” in youth developmental camps and basketball clinics in China and other parts of the world over the coming years. FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade talks with the media after NBA basketball practice at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Dwyane Wade has a new contract — with his shoe company. Wade and the Chinese apparel company Li-Ning announced that the three-time NBA champion has signed a lifetime contract with the brand, which he has represented since 2012. The finalizing of that deal coincided with Wade and the company revealing his latest shoe, the “Way of Wade 7,” at an event in Beijing on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP, File)MIAMI — Dwyane Wade has a new contract — with his shoe company.Wade and the Chinese apparel company Li-Ning announced that the three-time NBA champion has signed a lifetime contract with the brand, which he has represented since 2012. The finalizing of that deal coincided with Wade and the company revealing his latest shoe, the “Way of Wade 7,” at an event in Beijing on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Both sides see the benefits of it,” Wade said. “We see the opportunity to do something special.”The question remains whether Wade will be wearing his newest sneakers on an NBA court again. He finished last season with the Miami Heat and there have been talks between him and the team about a return, but no decision has been made.“When I get back from China, I’ll focus on that,” Wade said. “Right now, I’m focused on the game after basketball. Whatever happens in basketball, it happens. I’ve done everything that I can to this point to put myself that I’m in this position I am today, where I can do something that hasn’t been done globally yet. The basketball will take care of itself. I’ll sit down and figure that out once I get back from this tour at some point.”ADVERTISEMENT Domination In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more

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Quaqua School of Journalism Gets Alumni Association

first_imgThe Peter Quaqua School of Journalism (PQSJ) has announced the establishment of its alumni association.The PQSJ Alumni Association (PQSJAA) is coordinated by an interim administration with George Williams as president, Alexandra Amnon, vice president, Maresa Fahnbulleh, secretary general, Danlette Washington, chaplain and Franklin Wright, adviser.The interim leadership was set up by a majority of the members of the first graduating class at a meeting held last Saturday at MediaAid Foundation’s offices in Congo Town.A release quoted interim president Williams as urging members of the first graduating class to strive to uphold the high standard of training they acquired from the school.Mr. Williams also promised to justify the confidence reposed in him by leading the association to its election scheduled later this year.Meanwhile, the interim leadership has been charged to arrange with MediaAid Foundation to host a meeting as requested by Peter Quaqua, president of the West African Journalists Association-WAJA.According to the release, the meeting between Mr. Quaqua and the PQSJ Alumni Association will focus on idea sharing on the future of the journalism school and products of the institution.The Peter Quaqua School of Journalism is owned and operated by MediaAid Foundation, a local media ‘Think Tank’ envisioned by Liberian journalist Titus Tokpah, and co-founded by L-Net Radio Station Manager Lewis Togba.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Archie

first_imgThe Man who devotes his Life to Helping West Point YouthExtraordinarily, there are some people who live under certain conditions in life that leave them distressed but people like Archie, do not stop helping others who are faced with the same situations that they were once faced with.Archie for an example is one of the people who have never given up, not even during the Ebola time when he was seen doing so much to eradicate the deadly disease from his community.Still today, he continues to help those who were deeply affected by the deadly disease that killed over 2,000 people in one year leaving hundreds of orphans behind.Archie Collinious Gbessaym is the founder of ME and My People Charity in WestPoint. Recently, he began running a computer literacy training program for kids 7-17 years of age, a curriculum that Archie says,” is the first of its kind in the slums.”According to Archie, his program is highly focused on fixing whatever situation the WestPoint children are in, around the way things are done in Liberia.“ The world right now is being driven by technology and we intend to bridge the gap to provide the skills along with the academics for those who are in school and for those who aren’t. We want to provide the means of securing their future to learn what they are learning here today,” he added.Archie maintains that his charity’s aim is to ‘grow a young breed of professionals’ who are considered as Liberia’s future leaders.“We are creating the means so that they can be able to do whatever it takes to support the community and country in any technical way,”Archie himself was raised as a child under extreme hardship and says he understands the essence and condition of the children whose parents don’t have. This has led Archie to construct something that has inspired so many children and build their confidence.“ First I did not know about the computer, but since being here, I know about it and can even show you what I know. I am happy to be here,” said Edwin Nagbe, a student.“I am very much thankful to Archie for bringing this program here because some of our families don’t have the hand and in some communities kids are wishing to have it but they don’t. I also pray that people out there will help us with more computers so we can have more time to learn skills for those of us who don’t have. Now I have access and even know how to save my work,” says Sarafina Koffi, another student.Meanwhile, the computer training offers a variety of lessons including “citizenship learning”.“They learn about their basic rights and their obligation to the state,” Archie explained.They also learn about the Liberian culture.“ This is associated with the third component of our charity, teaching them how to create our traditional stuff. We also reflect to them the importance of our culture and tradition as a nation,” he added.Then there is leisure time.“We have music added to help the kids relax from the toughness of their academic work, acquiring the technical skills and home related challenges. This is their joking time,” Archie added.Meanwhile, the school is run by a staff of seven, including three instructors with IT skills, an instructor for the citizenship classes and the culture class is run by a female tutor.“ The seven of us are moving along so we can handle the children. In the current cycle we have 40 students who are assigned to five computers.”According to Archie, his computers were donated by Cecelia Dorbor, “who looked at WestPoint as a whole, believed in us as a person and gave us six computers sets,” Archie added.For now, The 40 students are broken down to two sections, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday the other is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and we have been able to move on, and yes, its fruitful.Archie wants his dreams of helping his community to come true and says creating something that will build their capacity is his main focus.“ I decided that I have to do something that will benefit their future and the best option was to provide knowledge. The computer classes create more knowledge and since the kids have no means of survival we created this school to beef up what they have and to secure their future. It’s my passion to save and contribute continuously to the growth of this country, especially the children,” he added.The challenge that Archie is faced with is the fact that he does not have enough supplies and computers to handle the demands that come with running the school everyday.“We have no extra means of support, so providing these services is a real challenge but we know there are ways to overcome. We need assistance in so many ways. We need to expand, acquire more computers, keep our current running and the rest of our appliances maintained. We need a bigger space. We need printers, laptops enough for our 41 plus students. For now we can only help 5 at a time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Locals Commend SRC Management

first_imgBeneficiaries of the company’s goodwill gesture posed with some of the staffers.Locals who received this year’s (July 26) Independence Day gift packages have commended the management of the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC), the Margibi County LINA correspondent has reported.“We want to tell the SRC management thanks so much for identifying with us at all times, especially during festive seasons,” said David Cooper and Massa Sackie, who were among many other locals that received the Independence Day Gift packages the SRC’s management distributed.“When the management continues with the community people like this, we will not have any reason to sit by, and see criminal-minded individuals steal the company’s assets, but to provide protection for those properties so that the company can further provide employment opportunities for us,” the beneficiaries assured the management.Nyanka Town Chief recalled how SRC’s first general manager Bosser Van, built a house in the town in 1957 when he came to establish the company and that house is still there today.Many of the locals that benefited from the company’s July 26 gifts were happy that they promised to protect the company’s assets at all times. SRC’s Community Liaison Officer, Oldman Kollie also assured the locals of the company’s commitment to uplift the lives of the residents.Some of the beneficiaries celebrate as they praise the Salala Rubber Company managementKollie said the long-held negative notion that SRC management was not doing anything for the people living within its concession area was far from the truth. He said the company has demonstrated its commitment to the community over the years by identifying with them during all festive seasons.He said despite all of the hardships the company is faced with, it remains committed to honoring its promises under the Corporate Social Responsibility to complementing government’s pro-poor agenda to improve the livelihood of the locals.The Human Resource Manager Jallah G. Mensah assured the residents of the management’s willingness to prioritize the employment of citizens within the locality as the activities of the company improves in the coming years. He added that the empowerment of the locals is very paramount to SRC.“The SRC will ensure that the locals’ lives are improved as soon as things get much better. Over 120 bags of rice were distributed to over 70 family heads within the SRC’s concession area,” Mensah said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Exxon will submit Local Content Plan by year-end

first_imgOil sector– in accordance with 6-month Govt deadlineBy Jarryl BryanInternational oil giant ExxonMobil has indicated its intention to toe the proverbial line and submit its Local Content Plan by December of this year, in accordance with a Government-stipulated deadline.This document will chronicle all the company plans to do for the individual development of the people of Guyana.According to the Senior Director of Exxon’s Public and Government Affairs, Kimberly Brasington, the company will be adhering to the deadline and submit its plan exactly six months after being granted its production licence.Senior Director of Exxon’s Public and Government Affairs, Kimberly BrasingtonNatural Resources Minister, Raphael TrotmanAuthorities have reviewed the technical and environmental aspects of the Liza Project Development Plan submitted by Exxon affiliate Esso Exploration and Production (Guyana) Ltd in December 2016. Following those reviews, Government had granted the oil giant a formal production licence in June.“So that’s December (when we are scheduled to submit our plan). We are required to submit our Local Content Plan to the Government six months from the (date of) approval of the production licence,” Brasington explained, adding that the Local Content Plan will focus on development.Local ContentThe Local Content Plan and what it will do for Guyana has been a burning question since it was announced that oil was found in the Stabroek Block. Expectations were initially tempered by statements to the effect that few job opportunities would be created by commercial exploitation of this oil find, but the company has since said it will help with Local Content delivery.When ExxonMobil was granted a production licence in June of this year, Minister Trotman had given the company a six-month deadline in which to submit its Local Content Plan to the Government.ExxonMobil’s newly appointed Guyana Country Manager, Rod Henson, had recently announced that the company would be relocating its onshore operations, which were used for support services, from neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago to Guyana.He had told participants at a meeting it was not the case that ExxonMobil would be looking to build a facility for its support services, but would rather put out tenders, and anyone interested in providing the shore-based services could present a proposal.Trotman had, in 2016, announced that Cabinet had given its ‘no objection’ to the establishment of the onshore industrial site on Crab Island, in the mouth of the Berbice River. He had said it would be forged through the joint efforts of the ministries of Natural Resources, Public Infrastructure and Business.Construction was announced for early this year, and the investments from the private sector and Government’s infrastructural work and support were to be equivalent to US$500 million; but the Crab Island facility is yet to materialise.According to information released in March by the Government’s Department of Public Information (DPI), the construction of an onshore oil-and-gas facility seeks to cater to the expansion of exploration and subsequent production of oil in Guyana.That report had said Government would be investing US$500 million to construct the onshore facility during the course of this year, and that the facility would serve as a logistics and supply base to the offshore production, creating crucial areas of opportunity for Local Content.What is happening now is that an onshore facility to service Exxon is being constructed by Guyana Shore Base Incorporated (GYSBI) at Houston, EBD. GYSBI is acting in partnership with Muneshwer’s Limited, Pacific Rim Constructors, Total Tech Oil Field Services, and LED Offshore.Guyana’s policyFor its part, Guyana has formulated its own draft Local Content Policy, which was seen by this publication.According to the policy, legislation is likely to be enacted to set out how Guyanese will benefit.The document also sets out that the policy will be enforced by a regulatory institution that is well-funded and resourced. The regulator, in turn, would be overseen by a multi-stakeholder group representing local bodies that are involved in the sector.The regulatory agency would also have to report to Parliament, as is customary for most regulators who report to the Public Accounts Committee, or are overseen by the Auditor General and the Social Services Committee.And if contracts are awarded by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), the regulator would also be tasked with ensuring international operators manage their work according to the Local Content strategy. This, it says, will apply from the developmental stage of the project to its operational stage.The agency’s duties would include monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on the licensing and registration process for all suppliers. It will also be in charge of creating databases for suppliers, local professionals and technicians, as well as projects. 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Fort St. John still a seller’s market for real estate

first_imgFort St. John and Fort Nelson, with an average price of $319,000, are the only northern B.C. communities with an average price over $300,000, topping the 13 community members of the B.C. Northern Real Estate Board, with Prince George in third at almost $262,000. In FortSt. John, 626 properties have changed hands so far this year, worth $219.9 million, compared to 671 worth $214.3 million in 2012. 66 properties were sold in Fort Nelson in that time, worth $17.8 million, down from 74 properties worth $22.5million last year. There are currently 413 properties available in FortSt. John and 101 in Fort Nelson, as of the end of September.In its third quarter release the board says northern regions like Fort St. John is considered a seller’s market, compared to the more southern cities of 100 Mile House and Williams Lake which are in a buyer’s market. Overall sales are up 41 per cent from a year ago, with 3806 properties worth $935 million sold versus 3749 properties worth $865 million at this time last year.- Advertisement -It’s expected forecasts for strong economic growth in 2014 should improve market conditions.last_img read more

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Liverpool fan fighting for his life after assault by Roma fans

first_img0Shares0000Mounted police escort a coach carrying the Liverpool team to the Champions League first leg semi-final against Roma at Anfield stadium © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – A Liverpool fan was fighting for his life on Wednesday after suffering a serious head injury in a “vile” assault by Roma fans before the club’s Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with the Italian club.The man is being treated for his injuries at a neurological centre, where his condition is described as critical, Merseyside Police said. Two men — aged 25 and 26 — have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after attacking the 53-year-old man, who had reportedly travelled from Ireland for the match.“We believe the victim was in Liverpool with his brother for the Liverpool v Roma semi-final and was assaulted during an altercation between Roma and Liverpool fans near to the Albert pub at about 7:35 pm (1835 GMT),” said detective inspector Paul Speight.“Witnesses report that the victim was hit with a belt and then fell to the ground.“Paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Walton neurological centre, where he is being treated for a head injury.“His condition is currently described as critical and his next of kin have been informed.”Liverpool, who won the match 5-2, said they were “shocked and appalled” by the incident.“Our thoughts, in the first instance, are with the victim and his family at this very traumatic time. We will be offering them our full support,” the club added in a statement.Serie A side Roma said there was no room in football for the “vile behaviour”.“AS Roma condemns in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent behaviour of a small minority of traveling fans who brought shame on the club and the vast majority of Roma’s well-behaved supporters at Anfield after getting involved in clashes with Liverpool supporters before last night’s fixture,” the club said.European football’s governing body UEFA said it was “deeply shocked by the vile attack”, adding it was waiting to receive full reports before deciding on potential disciplinary charges.The alleged assailants were among a total of nine men, aged between 20 and 43, who were arrested for various offences before and after the match.The offences included affray, assault, possession of offensive weapons, possession of a controlled drug, criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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