Liverpool crush Man Utd, Rosicky thunderbolt wins it for Arsenal at Spurs

first_imgBy Martyn HermanTwo Steven Gerrard penalties helped Liverpool embarrass bitter rivals Manchester United 3-0 at a stunned Old Trafford on Sunday to leave them breathing down the necks of Premier League leaders Chelsea.Gerrard’s strikes either side of halftime put the visitors in control and Luis Suarez sealed only Liverpool’s second win at Old Trafford in nearly 10 years with a well-taken third.Skipper Gerrard could have completed a first ever hat-trick of spot kicks in the Premier League but struck the foot of the post after Nemanja Vidic was red-carded for tripping Daniel Sturridge shortly before Suarez completed the rout.With nine matches remaining to Chelsea’s eight, Liverpool’s run of five consecutive league wins has left them four points behind Jose Mourinho’s side who were beaten 1-0 at Aston Villa on Saturday having had two men sent off.Liverpool, seeking a first English title since 1990 after long being in the shadow of United, could have won by an even bigger margin as they underlined the incredible turnaround in fortunes for English’s football’s two great north west rivals.They ended last season 28 points behind champions United, who managed one shot on target on Sunday, but are now 14 clear of David Moyes’ side who now look almost certain to finish outside the Premier League’s top four for the first time.“I got a bit cocky with the third penalty,” Gerrard told Sky Sports. “I’ve come here many times and been played off the park and but to come here and dominate like we did, we’re even a bit upset we didn’t get more goals.GENUINE CONTENDERS“We’ve shown today we’re genuine contenders and we’ll fight to the end. I don’t think their defence has ever had a more difficult 90 minutes.”Moyes conceded his side were now struggling to qualify for next season’s Champions League, unless they overturn a 2-0 deficit against Olympiakos in Wednesday’s last 16 tie and go on to win the trophy.“It looks like we are a long way off it, we are well aware of that but we are going to keep fighting,” said the Scot.Gerrard’s first penalty after 33 minutes followed a deliberate handball by Rafael that could have earned the defender a second yellow card, while his second shortly after the break was for a clumsy Phil Jones challenge on Joe Allen.Both were dispatched with dead-eye accuracy to de Gea’s left, one high and one low.Wayne Rooney forced Simon Mignolet into a fine save before halftime as United briefly sparked into life but both he and Robin van Persie cut frustrated figures throughout.United’s day went from bad to worse when Vidic sent Sturridge sprawling in the area with a lunging tackle and though Gerrard could not beat David de Gea again Suarez’s neat finish after 84 minutes capped a dazzling Liverpool display.Vidic, who is joining Inter Milan at the end of the season, now has four red cards against Liverpool in his United career, more than any other player against one opponent in the history of the Premier League.Tomas Rosicky’s thunderous strike after 72 seconds was enough to secure a precious 1-0 derby victory for Arsenal over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday to rekindle their Premier League title hopes.Consecutive away league defeats had seen Arsenal lose ground at the top but they held off a spirited second-half revival by Spurs to move to join Liverpool on 62 points, four behind leaders Chelsea who were beaten at Aston Villa on Saturday.Tottenham were caught on the counter-attack with only a minute on the clock and when the ball dropped to Rosicky 25 metres out on the right he lashed the ball first time into the top corner of Hugo Lloris’s goal.The home side, whose season is fizzling out, raised their game after the break and Nacer Chadli and Emmanuel Adebayor both failed to convert decent chances.Tottenham’s third consecutive defeat in all competitions left them fifth in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City who have played three games less.last_img read more

Who will be crowned Miss Earth Guyana 2019?

first_imgOn Saturday evening, the National Cultural Centre will be a haven of pure elegance, sophistication, grace, poise, and beauty as eight delegates clash head-on for the title of Miss Earth Guyana 2019.Taking the stage on Saturday evening are the cream of the crop and without a doubt, whoever is crowned Miss Earth will be deserving of the coveted crown. Over the past months since the delegates were unveiled to the public, they have been making public appearances, attending events and more so, taking the opportunity to promote themselves to the world.While a few of the delegates are fresh on the block, some are seasoned campaigners who will definitely take experience on stage on Saturday evening. The judges have already been impressed by the delegates during the preliminary competitions, but it now comes down to one night when a new queen will be crowned to replace reigning Miss Earth Xamiera Kippins.The new queen will definitely have big shoes to fill since Kippins has represented Guyana well on the international stage in the national costume and talent competitions.On pageant night, the eight beauties – Phelicia Adams, Marcia Meusa, Kataina Phillips, Selena Guyadeen, Annessa VanSluytman, Cintiana Harry, Amelia Baksh, and Faydeha King – will be judged on their national costume, resort wear, evening gown and most importantly, their answer to the final question which will be asked of four of the eight delegates.The winners of the preliminary competitions such as talent, recycled fashion wear, beauty with a cause and intelligence will be announced. On Saturday evening, a panel of experienced judges will make the final decision on who gets to represent Guyana on the international stage.Meanwhile, apart from the beauties leaving the audience mesmerised, there will be singing, dances, tassa drumming, and more. Tickets for the grand coronation cost $3000 (auditorium front) and $2000 (auditorium rear) and can be uplifted at the National Cultural Centre, from the delegates or any of the organisers.last_img read more

Orange Completes Acquisition of Cellcom

first_imgOrange announced last Thursday that it has completed the acquisition of 100 percent of Cellcom, one of Liberia’s leading mobile operators, through its subsidiary Orange Côte d’Ivoire. Less than three months after signing the agreement with Cellcom Telecommunications Limited for the acquisition of its Liberian subsidiary, Orange has obtained all the official approbations necessary to complete the transaction. Cellcom Liberia has 1.4 million customers, a release said.Liberia will now become the 20th country in Africa and the Middle East to join the Orange group. With a population of 4.3 million people and relatively low mobile penetration rate (66 percent of the population), the country has a high-growth potential for Orange.According to the release, over the next few months, Liberian customers will benefit from the arrival of Orange, one of Africa’s leading players in the telecoms’ industry. Orange will provide its marketing expertise and world-class technical capability to further strengthen the operator’s established network and enhance customer service.This acquisition is part of the international development strategy of Orange, which aims to accelerate growth by entering new emerging markets with high potential. This will enable Orange to strengthen its positions in Africa, where almost one in ten people are already customers.Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and 157,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2015, including 98,000 employees in France.Present in 29 countries, including Liberia, the Group has a total customer base of 263 million customers worldwide at 30 September 2015, including 200 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multi-national companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. Orange subsidiary Sonatel has announced plans to open a joint network operations center in Dakar, Senegal, on 1 February 2016, from which to manage its networks in Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. The project will include Orange’s subsidiaries in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo; all core network and platform services for all Orange affiliates in sub-Saharan Africa. The facility will be opened on a build, operate, transfer basis by a third party and once built will be partly transferred to Orange Cote d’Ivoire. Huawei is providing the infrastructures for two sites in Dakar and Abidjan, with the headquarters to be in Dakar. Sonatel said the joint network operation centre is part of its AMEA Network Optimization transformation project. Sonatel said it was too soon to discuss who will be its outsourcer. Listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN), Orange first announced the African network monitoring plan in July.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BLUES LOOK FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT TITLE AT HOME THIS WEEKEND

first_img Print Friendly Version The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s water polo team hosts the 2018 NCWP championship, November 30 – December 2, at Varsity Pool. As the No. 1 seed, the Blues receive a bye into Saturday’s semifinal round, where they will face the winner of the Carleton/McMaster quarter-final at 1:45 p.m. The championship will conclude with the gold-medal game on Sunday at 12:45 p.m. 2018 NCWP Women’s Water Polo Championship ScheduleUniversity of Toronto55 Harbord Street Sara Sutherland has shone through her rookie season with the Blues. The native of Regina, Sask., has led U of T in scoring, netting 20 goals in six games versus Ontario teams. Fellow Western Canadian Rhianna Wood (Calgary) has provided solid secondary scoring with 11 goals in those same games. The Blues are backstopped by third-year netminder Rachael Jaffe of Irvine, Cali., who spent time with the Canadian senior national team and is the reigning NCWP most valuable goalie. Story Links Toronto has dominated the provincial scene, winning the last five championship titles. 2018 has been no different, as the Blues have gone a perfect 6-0 against Ontario competition, outscoring their opponents by a combined 61-10 in those games.  Friday, November 30Quarter-Final 1: Ottawa vs Guelph – 7:25 p.m.Quarter-Final 2: Carleton vs McMaster – 8:55 p.m.Saturday, December 1Semifinal 1: Queen’s vs Winner QF1 – 12:30 p.m.Semifinal 2: Toronto vs Winner QF2 – 1:45 p.m.Consolation: Loser QF1 vs Loser QF2 – 6:00 p.m.Sunday, December 2Bronze Medal Game – 11:30 a.m.Gold Medal Game – 12:45 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.last_img read more

Terry and Ferdinand meet at hearing

first_imgCentral defender Terry, who dramatically announced his retirement from international football on Sunday, effectively accused the FA of forcing his hand after the governing body pressed on with charges that he racially abused Ferdinand in October.Terry, who has always denied using a racist slur against his opponent, was found not guilty in a criminal case relating to the incident in a London court in July.Ferdinand was at Wembley all morning, leaving shortly before midday, while Terry — who will reportedly return on Tuesday — left near 3pm local time (1400GMT).The case could last most of the week.England manager Roy Hodgson said on Monday that he had “reluctantly” accepted John Terry’s decision to call time on his international career, as the centre-back contested a Football Association racism charge.Despite the controversy, Hodgson picked Terry in his squad for the European Championship in June and wanted to have the 31-year-old involved in England’s bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.“I’d like to thank John Terry for his commitment to the England team since I became manager,” said Hodgson. “I am of course disappointed to lose a player of John’s international experience and exceptional ability.“I have enjoyed a good relationship with John during my time as England manager and I reluctantly accept his decision. I can also confirm that he had the courtesy to call me prior to the announcement of his retirement from the England team.“I’d like to wish John well for the future with Chelsea.”In a separate statement, the FA thanked Terry for his England service.“Following his announcement that he is retiring from the England team, the FA would like to thank John Terry for all of his efforts with the national team over the past decade,” read a statement from the FA.“During his 78 appearances, John has always given his full commitment to the team.”Former England captain Terry, who is to continue playing for European champions Chelsea, on Sunday hit out at the FA for putting him in what he felt was an impossible position.“I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable,” he said in a statement.But FA general secretary Alex Horne told Sky Sports on Monday: “It’s a personal decision. I don’t see how we’ve made it untenable; they’re two very separate processes.“That’s a very different process from our England procedures.”Meanwhile, former Chelsea manager Avram Grant criticised the FA for taking the action against Terry.“Nobody thinks that John Terry is a racist so the FA need to leave it,” Grant told the BBC.“John likes to fight and he’s very passionate about the national team so I was surprised,” Grant added of Terry’s decision to quit England football.“But he’s not a child. He knows what he’s doing.”The criminal action had to prove Terry’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt but the judge ruled the prosecution had not proved their case to that standard.Terry had hoped his courtroom acquittal would be the end of the matter as he FA’s rule book states that the result of any previous legal action concerning the same matter will “presumed to be correct”.Terry admitted in court he used a racial slur against Ferdinand but said he was merely repeating what he believed Ferdinand had accused him of saying.The panel, who gave Liverpool striker Luis Suarez an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra last season, said just using racist language was enough to constitute a breach of FA rules.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, September 25 -John Terry and Anton Ferdinand met at Wembley as the Chelsea captain’s Football Association disciplinary hearing over allegations he racially abused the QPR defender started on Monday.Ferdinand gave evidence to the independent panel at the hearing, with Terry in attendance to hear the case against him.last_img read more

Clips of the week – Friday, November 7

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Root canal takes a bite out of those positive feelings

first_imgFirst thing Monday, I conferred with the endodontist. Get this. He tried to persuade me that my lopsided appearance had nothing to do with the root canal: “I think you must have hit your face on something.” Meanwhile, per the endodontist’s instructions, I had made an appointment with my regular dentist to crown the pathetic stump that was once a vibrant member of my mandible. (With everyone compartmentalized like Teamsters, the endodontist exclusively handles root canals.) But the dentist, located next-door as part of a DMO network/factory, didn’t have an opening for seven weeks. “That’s not soon enough. You need to get in next week,” said the endodontist. Otherwise, the facade of a tooth could crack. So I moseyed on over from the right hand to the left hand, who apparently weren’t speaking. “Sorry, we just don’t have any openings,” the dentist’s receptionist responded. No one acted concerned about the other doctor’s concern – only annoyed at my persistence. In this same cumbersome system, check-ups require two visits – one for your cleaning, the other for the dentist to take a gander. Every visit involves another co-payment, more gas, more missed work. I’m not complaining. At least we have dental coverage – for doctors housed in gleaming, high-tech offices, no less. Actually, I am complaining. By the time you read this, I’m hoping both my bruises have healed – the one on my face and the one on my ego. Susan Christian Goulding’s column appears Saturdays. She is an award-winning writer and freelance journalist. She can be contacted by e-mail at susangoulding@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Whatever myriad flaws sabotaged my career as a supermodel, I once found comfort in three assets: good abs, good epidermis, good teeth. No matter the vicissitudes of the rest of me, my tummy muscles remained tight – until giving way for two big babies. As my OB explained, “The spring is sprung.” Then smile lines, and more smile lines, and smile lines where I don’t even smile gradually defaced my peaches-and-cream complexion. I was left with a single claim to fame: orthodontia-straight, zealously scoured, shimmeringly robust choppers. Nary a filling marred my pearly off-whites. Dentists gazed upon them in awe. “There’s a lesson here,” I’d boast to my children. “You give a gift to yourself when you practice healthy dental hygiene. Think of all the pain, money and time I’ve saved myself just by flossing every night (unlike your father, who has a mouthful of metal to show for his lax commitment to the Waterpik).” A few weeks ago, X-rays taken at my routine checkup revealed a tiny pocket of darkness beneath a molar that – recently and infrequently – had started calling attention to itself with a mild jolt. “That’s an infected area,” the dentist said. “You need a root canal.” What? Why? “These things happen with age,” the dentist echoed a recurring theme. So one day last week, I passed the morning lounging in a recliner with mouth wide open, and not due to a hangover. The procedure was deflating but less than horrendous. All seemed fine until the weekend – because, as Murphy’s Law dictates, medical nuisances must occur during off-hours. I awoke Saturday to a swollen face and a black bruise running along my jawbone. last_img read more

Council names 4 to park panel

first_imga final appointment, they voted to instead bring the issue back Sept. 11. At that meeting, council members are expected to expand the commission to seven members and chose the final three appointees. Up for the seats are Rodger Clark, Jennifer Gonzalez, Wendy Meza and Michael Salas. “They’re going to be like a planning commission and oversee parks and recreation because the demands are so high for our facilities,” City Manager Carol Cowley said. “The commission can take some of that responsibility away from everything having to come to the council first.” While the council will always have final authority, the commission, which is a non-paid panel, will act as an advisory board, she said. LA PUENTE – The City Council has appointed four members to serve on the city’s first Parks and Recreation Commission, and is expected to select another three at its next meeting. The council first took steps in July to form the committee, which will oversee city-sponsored events, recreational programs and youth sports leagues. La Puente residents Allison Young, Anthony Monges, Vincent House and Evelyn Herrera all received at least three votes from council members at last week’s meeting confirming them for the commission, which was originally pegged to include five members. Because council members could not reach a consensus regarding Officials say the four selected last week all have unique qualities. Young is a financial consultant, Monges is a longtime resident, House is president of the La Puente Valley County Water District and Herrera works for Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, according to applications submitted to the city. “It’s going to be a kind of think tank,” Councilman John Solis said. “You have seven different people from different fields with different ways of thinking and different opinions. Hopefully they can be in tune with the community.” tania.chatila@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Poll: Will Everton sell John Stones?

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Liverpool 11/2 favourites for EFL Cup glory and MORE LATEST ODDS – Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Today look ahead to the EFL Cup third round, with Liverpool – who travel to Derby County on Tuesday –  current favourites for cup glory at 11/2.Manchester United, who are away to Northampton on Wednesday, are 13/2 second favourites for the title, with Chelsea 15/2 ahead of their tie against Leicester.Manchester City, who play Swansea, are 8/1, while Arsenal [v Nottingham Forest] are 9/1 and Tottenham [at home to Gillingham] are 10/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img