MANCHESTER, England (AP):It sums up the erratic nature of this season’s Premier League that a match between Chelsea and Manchester United has been relegated to a mere sideshow just as the title race is getting interesting.Instead, this weekend is all about whether Leicester can pull off their biggest shock yet and finally be recognised as genuine title contenders.Leicester, which battled relegation all of last season, take a three-point lead to Manchester City today in a match between the top-two sides in the league. A victory would guarantee Leicester at least a five-point lead with 13 matches remaining.Surely that would make the team favourites for the title, and set up one of the most unlikely storyline in English football history.”It’s not a coincidence we’re top of the table,” Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater said. “This is team spirit at its highest. We won’t stop believing.”We’re staying on the ground, but if we carry on the way we are, then why not have the belief (to win the league)? It would go down in history surely.”Even a draw would be fine for Leicester, which visit another title challenger in Arsenal the following weekend before a benign run of games.City, though, will want to send a message to Leicester’s upstarts and collect a fourth straight win in all competitions to take over in first place on goal difference.Seeking a third league title in five years, City have extra motivation for the run-in – giving departing coach Manuel Pellegrini a successful send-off after it was announced this week that Pep Guardiola would the club’s manager from next season.”Manchester (City) are built to win the title, to win the Champions League,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said Thursday as he continued to downplay his team’s chances of winning the league.Asked who will win the title, Ranieri chuckled and said with a smile: “The others.”City said Thursday that captain Vincent Kompany is back in training after a six-week lay-off with a calf injury.Chelsea – the defending champions – and Manchester United – a record 20-time champion – already are also-rans in the title race, although United will boost their ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League with a win at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. United are in fifth place, five points off the Champions League qualification spots and 10 points behind Leicester.Chelsea are 13th and can probably forget about making up ground to the European positions in the top five.Arsenal are winless in their last four league games and have dropped to fourth, behind Tottenham on goal difference, ahead of a visit to Bournemouth tomorrow.Also today, it’s: Liverpool vs. Sunderland; Aston Villa vs Norwich; Newcastle vs West Bromwich Albion; Swansea vs Crystal Palace; and Southampton vs West Ham.
By Devina SamarooThe message of peace and unity resonated throughout a gargantuan tented village at the opening of the 50th Jalsa Salana (annual convention) held at East Worldham in Hampshire, England on Friday.An auspicious flag raising ceremony lead by His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the world leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, marked the opening of the three-day event which is dedicated to promoting the message of Islam.Decked in their finest traditional attire, thousands flocked the venue to share in the grand experience and celebrate the growth of their community.His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, who delivered the key address at the opening ceremony, encouraged all individuals to live a life characterised by bounteousness and in accordance to the teachings of the Holy Quran.The head Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad then underscored the need to abstain from falsehoods and all other elements that contradict the message of Islam.Furthermore, he remarked that while the observance of the 50th convention is quite an achievement, the purpose of the event remains the same: to encourage mutual harmony and camaraderie among each other, despite differences.His Holiness will also be delivering addresses today and Sunday.Day two of the activities will also feature other speeches from key dignitaries from around the world, who will continue to spread theA section of the crowd at the opening of the 50th Jalsa Salanamessage of peace and speak out against extremism.Speaking with Guyana Times during the opening ceremony was the Deputy Head of the Jama’at in the United Kingdom, Akram Ahmedi, who expressed concerns about some of the challenges facing the religion globally.“One of the difficult aspect is that of terrorism. It’s not just against the general population of Europe but also what’s going on in the Middle East and elsewhere as well. This is a great challenge we have to overcome together as human beings. To do that, we promote peace conferences. His holiness, our spiritual leader gives almost on weekly basis, his speeches of how to bring peace on earth,” he stated, noting that the world is going through great turmoil.In this regard, his message to the world is to return to their creator and reach out to humanity: “We cannot have one without the other. To worship God is to help mankind as well; they go hand in hand and that is what the message will be for us and around the world,” he expressed.Meanwhile, the convention showcased many booths of crafts, literature, clothing, and food from many cultures worldwide.Also, on display were many of the humanitarian projects being spearheaded by charity entities and non-governmental organisation that are working in collaboration with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to reach out to the less fortunate.This unique event is the largest of its kind in all Western Europe, bringing together thousands of participants from all over the world every year to promote the message of peace and unity.This annual gathering of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was initiated by Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, founder of the community who claimed to be the Promised Messiah.The general sect of Islam considers the Ahmadiyya adherents (Ahmadis) apostates because they believe that there is another prophet who came after the final law bearing Prophet Muhammad.The Ahmadiyya community believes that Prophet Muhammad is indeed the final law bearing prophet but that another prophet came as a follower prophet, serving the same law of Prophet Muhammad in accordance to the fulfilment of the prophecy of Prophet Muhammad as Mahdi and Messiah.
Citizenship Minister, Winston Felix, on Saturday told residents of Kuru-Kururu on the Linden Highway that, among the things, a part of the upcoming oil revenues should be used on a programme which will help victims of domestic violence, as many victims especially women are often forced to live under abusive circumstances because they are unable to fend for themselves.Felix was at the time speaking at a seminar which was hosted after a domestic violence awareness walk that was organised by the community’s Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC).A section of residents who participated in the domestic violence awareness walk“If it’s (circumstances) really bad it means that these women are not working and they have three or four children to support. The question of how the removal of the breadwinner can be replaced so that the question of support does not get lost (and) that is one of the issues which I think over time we will have to overcome probably with oil and the revenue from oil we might be able to develop or put some money into social programs that will support women whose husbands have been either in prison or have been separated from the home and they have very little means of support,” he said. The Minister further told the gathering that such issues cannot be addressed by hiding them but rather a firm position must be taken on such matters in order for domestic violence to be defeated.He reminded that the Government, back in 2016, had established a national task force to tackle such issues which has begun work in the hinterland areas. While nothing tangible has materialised from that task force, the Help and Shelter and the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha has established a shelter for children and women who are victims of abuse.Only last year, Acting Chief Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus said there was a grave need for the availability of more safe houses to protect domestic violence victims and survivors.Meanwhile, the awareness walk was triggered by the recent spike in fatalities caused by domestic violence in the small village.As scores of persons walked through the streets chanting “when you heat up don’t beat up” among other chants, a number of persons joined the lines of people to effect a change in their community, some joining from their homes and even businesses.Councillor in the community, Raphael Bagot explained, “The incidents of horrific activities in our community beginning with the murder of a legal clerk and the most recent is the discovery of a dead body in [a] bus shed at the front of this community have contributed to us putting this event together. Included in those acts was what was believed to be a murder/suicide and we later found out that it was a double homicide.We also had the incidence of a person attempting to murder his lover who survived and then that person committed suicide”.One of the organisers, William Ramlall, who was tearful during his presentation shared his story, explaining that he was once a victim of domestic violence and was always passionate about a change in his community.Residents of the village benefitted from educational talks from various organisations.According to statistics from a study conducted by Red Thread which was released last year, 81 per cent of domestic violence cases were reported by women as against 17 per cent being reported by men.
PALMDALE – Los Angeles and Palmdale officials say the first step in getting the L.A./Palmdale Regional Airport ready for the June 7 start of flights to San Francisco is to let people know the airport even exists. To support the targeted launch of United Airlines’ Palmdale service, Los Angeles World Airports is planning a $537,000 marketing blitz. The campaign will be intense and unlike any ever undertaken for the airport and is being supported by the city of Palmdale and Los Angeles County. “One of the big things is making people aware that it’s going to start,” said Kim Ellis, assistant airport manager. “The marketing effort is the first thing people will see.” The campaign will target an audience between Ridgecrest and the Santa Clarita Valley and between Gorman and the west edges of San Bernardino County. LAWA is planning to reach out to potential travelers through a mix of traditional advertising – TV, radio, newspaper – and newer and nontraditional advertising, such as Web sites and ads on parking space stripes. The marketing will include what LAWA and its public relations consultants refer to as “guerrilla media.” That includes the parking stripe advertisements, ads on mini airline peanut bags that will be given away at events or sent through direct mailings, and gas pump tops. LAWA is also planning to partner with the Lancaster JetHawks, a minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. LAWA will be running ads during game broadcasts and is sponsoring the team’s opening home game April 5 and its post-game fireworks display. LAWA representatives also plan to be at Lancaster’s annual California Poppy Festival in April to hand out information and answer questions. The event draws about 60,000 people each year. The city of Palmdale will be assisting with its own advertising to support the airport, including mentions of the airline service on the city’s Channel 27 cable station, the city’s Web site and in city newsletters, said city spokeswoman Barbara LaFatta. Marketing efforts will tout the airport’s ease of access and free parking, said Danny Roberts, who heads up Palmdale’s economic development efforts. “It will be convenient,” he said. “Once people start seeing that, not only will United increase flights and go to other destinations, the JetBlues and Southwests of the world will be taking a look at us.” Passengers using the airport will be able to park within a few feet of the terminal. With the service using regional jets with 50 seats, baggage check-in and security screening should also go much faster than navigating the crowds at Los Angeles International Airport, Palmdale officials say. “If you have an 8 a.m. flight out of LAX, you better be rolling out of here by 4 a.m.,” Roberts said. “At Palmdale, you can come in 30 minutes before.” The effort that landed United and is supporting the start of operations is being called the region’s best to date to finally establish airline service in Palmdale after years of false starts. It includes an incentive package valued at $4.6 million, with approximately $2 million in funding to underwrite losses incurred by United’s service. “We want to make sure we get it right this time,” Roberts said. United’s service is guaranteed for a minimum of 18 months. The incentive program runs for three years. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said it will ultimately be up to the community whether United continues beyond three years. “We have an opportunity to support the service – support it to a level that hopefully will get a competitor to want to come into the airport,” Ledford said. “It’s a case of use it or lose it. We want to use it.” Although there haven’t been operations at the Palmdale terminal since Scenic Airlines pulled out over a year ago, the facility is better prepared now. LAWA is planning some improvements, including upgrading the terminal’s lighting, and is doing primarily cosmetic touch-ups, Ellis said. And the Transportation Security Administration will be upgrading the terminal’s security equipment. “The level of service here will be the same as any commercial airport, except you won’t have the hassle of driving,” Ellis said. Plans call for United to have a morning departure, a midmorning departure and arrival, and an evening arrival. Depending on how United wants to position its aircraft, there is a possibility of a third flight, Ellis said. Fares have not yet been disclosed. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000The Gor Mahia team that started their CAF Confederations Cup tie against Rayon Sport at the Kasarani Stadium on August 18, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 29 – Gor Mahia’s dream of making it into the CAF Confederations Cup quarter final for the first time in their history came crushing down on Wednesday evening after losing 2-1 away to Algeria’s USM Alger.Coming into the final round of matches sitting top of the standings, Gor needed at least a point to progress to the next round but found themselves chasing the game with goals in either half from Prince Ibara Amir Sayoud saw USM get victory. Jacques Tuyisenge scored late on for K’Ogalo but it never bore the confidence for a valuable equalizer.Rayon Sport beat Tanzania’s Yanga in the other group match played concurrently in Kigali, Rwanda with the result seeing USM finish top of the group with 11 points, Rayon second with nine while Gor finish third in the group with eight points.The Kenyan champions will rue their loss against Rayon on August 18 in Nairobi in a match that they only needed a point from to confirm their place in the group stages with a game to spare.A point against USM would have seen Gor go through ahead of Rayon on goal difference.-Squad changesGor head coach Dylan Kerr handed keeper Peter Odhimabo a start ahead of Boniface Oluoch after his impressive displays against Sofapaka and AFC Leopards in the Kenyan Premier League.He set out a solid group behind him with Philemon Otieno partnered in midfield with Ernest Wendo as Joash Onyango went out left of defense and Charles Momanyi partnered Harun Shakava in the middle.The home side knowing they needed a win to assure themselves of a slot in the quarters started brighter and in the ninth minute, they had the opportunity to go up ahead when they were given a penalty after Harun Shakava handled inside the box.However, keeper Odhiambo repaid the faith shown in him by the coach saving from Mohammed Meftah with his feet, the USM midfielder’s shot straight through the middle blocked.This was the third penalty Odhiambo was facing in as many games. He saved in the Sofapaka match while in the AFC tie, Whyvonne Isuza’s strike went wide.USM continued to pile in the pressure and two minutes after missing a penalty, they attacked again and Joash Onyango had to throw in an important boot to pluck the ball away from Ibara’s head as he lurked behind to head home off an Abderrahmone Meziane cross.-Zonal markingYaya Faouzi should have broken the lead in the 32nd minute when he was senbt through with acres of space on the right but he couldn’t wrap his foot well around the ball, his shot going wide.But three minutes later, Gor found themselves a goal down when Ibara’s looping header unmarked from the right found the defense and keeper Odhiambo flat footed from a corner.Gor were punished when no one picked up Ibara, as the Kenyan champions resorted to zonal marking which found the attacker isolated and headed in with ease.Odhiambo was called into action in the 38th minute to parry away a stinging header from Faouzi off an Ibara cross from the left, the lanky striker having done well to skip past Momanyi.Gor tried to pick up in attack in the final five minutes of the half and Jack Tuyisenge had a chance in the 41st minute but his left foot shot inside the box went straight to keeper Mohammed Zemmamouche’s arms.At the stroke of half time, a beautiful build up play from Gor saw Tuyisenge cut back a cross for Francis Kahata inside the box but his shot was blocked for a corner.–Second halfUSM kept the pressure in the second half and on the hour mark they had a chance when Meftah’s freekick came against the wall and Abderaouf Benguit’s shot from the lose ball was blocked for a corner by Wendo.In the 62nd minute, the home side had another chance from a set piece again and it was that man Meftah again, but his shot flew inches over the bar.Gor made attacking changes, Samuel Onyango coming on for Karim Nizigiyimana as Gor went three at the back with an urgency of getting an equalizer and probable winner.They kept the push and came very close after 78minutes when Harun Shakava’s freekick from range was well saved by the keeper who also bounced back to keep away the rebound from Tuyisenge.Immediately, the home side rattled that Gor were in it to score went 2-0 up, two substitutes combining with Moktar Benmoussa squaring back a pass for Sayoud to slam home unmarked at the edge of the six yard box.–Tuyisenge goalOn the turn after the restart, Gor, halved the deficit when Tuyisenge nodded the ball home from a Francis Kahata corner and despite the keeper managing to put a palm on it, it had already crossed the line.Despite some late effort to salvage something off the match, Gor were unlucky with Rayon holding on at home for the slim 1-0 win over Yanga that sailed them through.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)
Temperatures near 100 will persist today in the San Fernando Valley as a ridge of high pressure keeps cool ocean air offshore, forecasters say. Saturday temperatures hit 100 degrees at Whiteman Airport in Pacoima, 97 degrees in Van Nuys and 96 degrees in Burbank, just off Burbank’s June 3 record of 99 degrees set in 1957. “We set some records,” National Weather Service spokesman Bill Hoffer said. In Camarillo, Saturday’s heat hit a record 87 degrees, breaking the city’s old June 3 record of 84 set in 1949. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Oxnard’s 85 broke the old June 3 record of 84 set in 1949, and Long Beach’s 93 tied a temperature set in 1990, Hoffer said. Patchy fog could cool the coast somewhat today, but otherwise the furnace-like conditions will continue, the Weather Service said. Monday will be a little cooler, but many locations in the mountains and deserts will again have hot temperatures. Valley high temperatures are expected to dip into the upper 80s beginning Tuesday as cool air resumes flowing in from the coast. “We’re going to get into a cooling trend as this upper ridge of high pressure starts drifting to the east of us,” Hoffer said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
MORE than 1,100 members of staff in the HSE West area which includes Donegal call in SICK every day, astonishing new figures show.The total represents 5% of the 22,000 staff who work from here to Limerick.And it costs the HSE €5M a month – almost enough to wipe out the deficit of Letterkenny General Hospital for an entire year. The figures were released at the HSE West monthly forum.The HSE is responding to the alarming figures by introducing an ‘absenteeism management’ system.SCANDAL OF ‘SICK NOTE’ CULTURE IN HSE – 1,100 OFF EVERY DAY! was last modified: September 29th, 2011 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:1100 SICK EVERY DAYHSE WEST
Bronson Grubbs had three hits and a RBI and the Humboldt Crabs defeated the visiting Bay Area Blues 9-4 Saturday night at the Arcata Ballpark. Saturday’s win was the third in a row for the Crabs (36-10), who can complete a three-game series sweep of the Blues with a win today. The game is slated for a 12:30 p.m. start time, and will be the 2018 season finale for the Crabs. The Blues drew first blood on Saturday after Hunter Schilperos hit a ground ball which gave fellow Blues player Anthony …
More proof of the A’s remarkable transformation from baseball’s worst defensive team to one of its elite came Thursday when all four Oakland infielders were named American League Gold Glove award finalists.Joining no-brainer finalists Matt Chapman at third base and Matt Olson at first base are second baseman Jed Lowrie and shortstop Marcus Semien.Only two A’s players in the last 28 years have been recognized as Gold Glove winners, but there’s every reason to believe at least Chapman, and …
History is written by the winners — and not always fact-checked.For instance:In March 2012, the Warriors traded guard Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for center Andrew Bogut. The narrative arising from that transaction goes a little something like this: It was a brilliant gambit, the first of several ingenious moves that catapulted the Warriors to a series of NBA titles.The Warriors finished 20 games under .500 in 2011-12. But the following season, with Bogut at center and Stephen Curry …