BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgCRYSTAL PALACEVS WEST HAMCrystal Palace have 15 points, their best points haul after eight games in the top-flight since the 1990-91 campaign, when they had 16. West Ham, though, are one of only four teams yet to lose away from home in this season’s Barclays Premier League. Palace are still without Kwesi Appiah. West Ham miss winger Enner Valencia and midfielder Alex Song.SOUTHAMPTONVS LEICESTERThe most common result between these teams at Southampton in the Premier League is 2-2. Four of the nine games there have ended in draws, and three were 2-2. Saints won four of the others while Leicester’s only victory at Southampton was 2-1, in April 2000. They miss Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos. Leicester may recall Riyad Mahrez to midfield.TOTTENHAM VS LIVERPOOLJurgen Klopp begins life as Liverpool manager following the shock sacking of Brendan Rodgers. But his new team is 10th with three wins, their fewest after eight games for three years. Spurs are without the banned Eric Dier after five cautions while recent arrival Heung-Min Son is absent with a foot problem.WEST BROM VS SUNDERLANDA new era begins at The Hawthorns where Sam Allardyce takes charge of Sunderland for the first time, just two days before his 61st birthday. Allardyce has replaced Dick Advocaat after the Dutchman resigned following the 2-2 draw with West Ham last time out. Sunderland last won in the Premier League at The Hawthorns, in January 2006.NEWCASTLE VS NORWICH CITYNewcastle have just three draws; it is their worse haul from their first eight games for 117 years. And they are now without goalkeeper Tim Krul. Norwich have never won at St James’ Park in the Premier League. In six visits, they have lost five and drawn one. The Canaries are missing Lewis Grabban and Gary Hooper while Youssuf Mulumbu is also absent.SWANSEA CITYVS STOKE CITYStoke have won their last two, against Bournemouth and Aston Villa, and are bidding to win three in a row for the first time since March. Swansea’s home record against Stoke is good; in four Premier League clashes in Wales between the teams the home side is unbeaten, winning three and drawing one. And Stoke’s last win at Swansea was back in March 1993.last_img read more

Walters ready for Lomachenko

first_img “Some afternoons, I did up to 10 rounds in addition to my bag work and speed work and a lot of rounds with the pads. I am feeling real good” he added. The upper limit for the super featherweight division is 130 pounds, and he said that his weight is on target, which is promising news for his fans considering that he lost his World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight super title on the scale in June last year because he was not able to make the 126-pound limit. His fight against Miguel Marriaga on June 11 went on as a non title fight for him, and he won by unanimous decision. Since then he has had a draw against Jason Sosa in New York on December 19 last year and that was his last fight. It will, therefore, be nearly a year since he last fought, but he does not think that this will be a problem. His record is now 26-0-1. Lomachenko, who is a unique champion, has had only seven professional fights, and a 6-1 record. He is regarded as a boxing phenomenon. As an amateur, he had 397 fights and lost only one, and won gold medals in the Olympics twice. He has also had six, semi professional fights in the AIBA World Series of Boxing contest, all victories. He won the WBO featherweight title in only his fourth fight, and stepped up to win the super featherweight title on June 11 by knocking out the champion Roman Martinez in five rounds. He will be a handful for Walters. With just a couple days remaining before he challenges World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko for his title at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Jamaica’s Nicholas ‘Axeman’ Walters says he is ready to get going. “I am fit and ready, and very anxious to get into the ring on November 26 with Vasyl, so that I can beat him and take away his title,” said Walters from his training base in Panama. Oozing confidence, the ‘Axeman’, who earned his nickname because of the way he has cut down opponents, (21 of 26), told The Gleaner that he has been training very hard for the past two months, under the guidance of his lead trainer, Celso Chavez, and his assistant trainer, father Job. “I am actually reducing my training schedule now, so as to peak at the right time” added Walters who has been sparring with boxers from Panama, Venezuela and Guatemala. ON TARGETlast_img read more

Jones regains UFC belt with brutal KO of Cormier, wants Lesnar next

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 03: Jon Jones (C) yells out after defeating Daniel Comier in a light heavyweight title fight at the MGM GrandGarden Arena on January 3, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones retained his title by unanimous decision. Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFPANAHEIM, Calif. — Jon Jones reclaimed his UFC light heavyweight title Saturday night, stopping Daniel Cormier in the third round with a vicious head kick and a finish on the ground at UFC 214.Jones (23-1) completed his rocky journey back to the top after a yearlong suspension with his 14th consecutive victory. He fended off a stiff challenge from Cormier (19-2), who held the belt for most of the past two years while Jones dealt with self-inflicted setbacks outside the cage.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite After 2 1/2 rounds of even, high-level striking, Jones landed a head kick that caught Cormier leaning in. The champion staggered backward and then around the cage with Jones in pursuit, and Jones finished the fight on the ground with a series of merciless strikes.Right after Jones stopped Daniel Cormier in the third round at UFC 214 on Saturday, he reignited his growing rivalry with Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Brock Lesnar, if you want to know what it feels like to get your ass kicked by a guy who weighs 40 pounds less than you, meet me in the octagon,” Jones said on the pay-per-view broadcast. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Galanza hungry for wins after Adamson’s dismal PVL stintlast_img read more

Treatment of sugar workers unforgiveable and criminal

first_imgDear Editor,It is awful to see, on a daily basis, the vicious assault on sugar workers. This assault started almost immediately after the May 2015 elections.APNU/AFC promised “change”, and among the changes they promised was that greater security and respect would be extended to sugar workers, including an annual 20 percent increase in wages and benefits.Some sugar workers, though skeptical, placed their destiny in Moses Nagamootoo, Ramjattan, and others in Region Six and Five, and provided some of the critical votes that APNU/AFC needed to take over Government. They exercised their democratic right and opted for “change”. They have been betrayed; and, today, sugar workers are the poster child for betrayal.The thing is that as the assault continues unabated since May 2015, their champions, like Nagamootoo and Ramjattan, are AWOL, missing in action.The latest assault on sugar workers is the now frequent late payment of their wages. Last week, sugar workers were paid four days late, without an apology and without an explanation. The vast majority of these workers live from paycheck to paycheck. Any delay in receiving their paychecks poses unconscionable difficulties for their families. The media continue to expose this egregious violation of the labour laws of Guyana. Every time wage payments have been delayed, senior officials of GuySuCo have confirmed the late payments, but only off-the-record and unofficially. GuySuCo refuses formally to communicate with workers, or with anyone.GAWU has confirmed that late payment of wages to sugar workers has become a norm these days. Late payment of wages to the sugar workers is not just unacceptable, it is illegal.The President, who recently declared that paying severance to sugar workers whose jobs were ripped from them is hemorrhaging the treasury, is silent about late payment of wages to workers. The prime minister, who bombastically deemed himself the champion of sugar workers, is silent; even though he went to his home village of Whim to launch the AFC’s LGE campaign. The Agriculture Minister is, as usual, not just silent, but nowhere to be found. He continues to behave as if he has no role to play.The Finance Minister may still be out of the country, having found it necessary to be carnivalling in Brooklyn earlier this month. The Social Protection Minister and her junior minister responsible for labour appear not to know or not to care.Khemraj Ramjattan simply does not want to talk to sugar workers anymore, and MPs such as Charandass no longer find sugar workers relevant.More than 7,000 sugar workers have lost their jobs, and most of them have either received none or only part of their severance.It is more than nine months since that severance was due for many, and some have been owed now for almost two years. Severance is due to an employee at the time his job is taken away because of closure or down-sizing. This is Guyana’s law, and it is also international law.There is no room for prevarication on this matter. The only word from the President is that the severance is a drain on the national treasury; no word on whether GuySuCo, a Government public entity, will pay soon, and whether the workers will be paid with interest.Those who are lucky to still be working are now subjected to late and deferred payments for wages earned. They have worked without a pay increase for three years (2015, 2016 and 2017), and it is unlikely that there will be an increase in 2018, making it an unprecedented four straight years.Their annual production incentives have essentially been dumped. In 2015 it was reduced, and none has since been negotiated. Land which was promised to them is being taken up by the Government, or being offered for sale to private investors and friends and families of the Government.Guyana made the list of shameful countries because of how we treat prisoners. Guyana deserves being on the list because of how we treat sugar workers.The silence of this Government is shameful, a disgrace, and makes them complicit in another illegal assault on sugar workers. GAWU has spoken up.Will FITUG and the GTUC speak up? Will the Guyana Human Rights advocates stand up and speak out? Who is willing to stand up and speak out against this injustice?Sincerely,Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

Brown has Heralds ready

first_imgLA HABRA – Whittier Christian High School forward Whitley Brown’s first two field-goal attempts in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division V-AA girls basketball championship game against Village Christian were short – as in failing to reach the rim. The chant from the opposing Crusaders faithful started immediately: “Air ball, air ball, air ball.” It continued for much of the first half, each time she touched the ball and even when she wasn’t about to shoot it. Midway through the second half, as Brown stood at the free-throw line about to make two of her fourth-quarter free throws in a remarkable turn-around performance, another chant arose from the Whittier Christian followers: “MVP, MVP, MVP.” It was acknowledgment of Brown’s second-half effort, which helped spur the Heralds from a 14-10 halftime lead to a 40-28 victory, the school’s first championship in the sport. It will also provide inspiration for Brown tonight when she leads the Heralds into their state playoff opener at La Jolla Country Day School. Brown finished Saturday’s game with 14 points, 12 of them in the second half and eight of those in the fourth quarter, when the Heralds outscored the Crusaders, 16-9, to put the game away. center_img Following the celebration, Brown acknowledged that she heard both of the chants, and her reaction was pretty much the same. She didn’t take it personally when the Crusader crowd chided her 1-for-10 shooting in the first half. “I was aware of it, but it wasn’t going to affect me one way or another,” she said with a smile. “I was just going to do whatever I always do.” And when her fellow students lauded her in the second half, her smile widened a bit as she said, “It made me feel special.” The one feeling she experienced in both instances was that they “just made me work harder.” Heralds coach Bill Crammer said he wasn’t worried as Brown struggled to find a groove Saturday. “She is probably the most focused player I’ve had,” Crammer said. “She knows how to bear down, concentrate. As the team goes along, she finds her rhythm and continues to play better. “Sometimes she overdoes it, tries to take on too much responsibility herself. She struggles when she overthinks the game. When she lets it come to her and she stays relaxed, she’s our best player.” Brown was born in La Habra and was raised in Diamond Bar. She says she began playing basketball in the second grade, primarily because her “whole family is basketball-oriented.” She is the epitome of the team player, something it is safe to assume came from her father, Bob Brown, who is the school’s principal and coached the boys basketball program to the Division II-AA championship in 1989. “I see my role is helping the team do well, to provide vocal leadership,” Whitley says. She leads the Heralds in scoring (12.1 ppg), rebounding (9.5 rpg) and assists (81). She is second in 3-point baskets (18) and steals (63) and third in blocked shots (17). More important, there seems to be an over-riding feeling that her teammates have confidence that in hard times, they can count on her. And they can. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 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

Neymar ‘has a future’ at Paris Saint-Germain – father

first_imgWith the superstar striker out for weeks while he recuperates from foot surgery, reports have emerged in the European media that Neymar is disenchanted with PSG and wants to return to his old club Barcelona — or even make a shock move to arch rivals Real Madrid.Without the injured Neymar, PSG went crashing out of the Champions League to Real Madrid in the last 16 this month.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, his sports director Antero Henrique and club spokesman Jean-Martial Ribes visited the 26-year-old at his luxury house near Brazil’s coast on Monday and his charity institute on Tuesday.Their trip had been planned far in advance of the current uproar, Ribes told AFP. However the meeting, which Neymar Sr recorded with photos on his Instagram feed, couldn’t help having something of the look of a crisis summit.Emerging in front of reporters at the institute, both sides seemed keen to quash the speculation.Neymar “is happy, highly motivated and excited to come back as soon as possible,” Al-Khelaifi said.However, journalists were told that they could not ask about the Real Madrid rumors.– Question of timing –Neymar fractured a bone in his right foot on February 25 and faces a lengthy lay-up following surgery in early March.Brazilian team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar has said that Neymar — transferred to PSG from Barcelona after the French club paid his 222 million-euro ($264 million) buyout clause last August — will need at least two and a half months, maybe three, to return to action.PSG still hopes to get him back before the end of its season.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi travelled to Brazil to visit Neymar as the world’s most expensive player recovers from foot surgery © AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA“Everybody is doing his best to come back as soon as possible, without any risk for sure,” Al-Khelaifi said.“But the doctors are going to say. I’m not in a position to say exactly when he will come back. The doctors are following and it depends on recovery, but I think he’s in good shape,” the club president said.Brazil’s national team are hoping he will be back to full fitness in time to help lead them at the World Cup starting in Russia on June 14. Experts say that while Neymar will be short of match practice, he could benefit by arriving at the tournament fresher than his rivals.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar on his way to have surgery in Brazil earlier this month – he is currently recovering from a foot operation © AFP/File / NELSON ALMEIDAPRAIA Grande, Brazil, Mar 13 – Neymar’s father and the head of Paris Saint-Germain both poured cold water Tuesday over rumors that the world’s most expensive footballer wants to quit the French club after returning from injury.“Neymar already has a future at PSG, Neymar already has a present at PSG,” Neymar Santos Sr told journalists at his son’s charity center, the Neymar Junior Institute, in Praia Grande, Sao Paulo state.last_img read more

Videos: Barcelona thrashed 4-0 by Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup first leg

first_img Athletic Bilbao players celebrate 1 If you were told the the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup had ended 4-0 with a wonder goal scored and a hat-trick scored, you’d presume Lionel Messi had been up to his old tricks.Instead though it was their opponents Athletic Bilbao who stole the show as they stunned La Liga winners Barcelona at San Mames.First it was Mikel San Jose who hit home a wonder goal early on and then Aritz Aduriz scored a treble to down the shocked Catalan giants.Barcelona will get the chance for a riposte next week in the second leg and it will take a Messi miracle for them to earn their fifth trophy of the year.You can see all the goals from the game below…last_img

Students pitch in to aid Darfur

first_img“You are the future of this world,” he told the fifth-graders. “We as grown-ups have failed miserably.” Field’s students have been the front-runners in the program’s three-year history, raising the most funds. This year, they are hoping to continue that tradition. “The more we bring in, the more people we can help,” said 10-year-old Brianna Reyes. “I’m hoping my class can raise as much as last year.” In the past three years, the program has raised more than $2,500, which has been sent to overseas charities. Nehdar considers that an impressive feat, since it all came from spare change. And the program is not just about giving to charity but also about learning to be a force for change in society, he said. “You can make a difference with your pennies and you can make a difference with your attitude toward other people,” Human Relations Commissioner David Leming told the students. And from the looks of a well-stacked penny jar in the classroom, the students are taking the project seriously. “This brings it home to them,” said Manuel Reynosa, a fifth-grade teacher. Nehdar and Leming also reminded students how fortunate they are for the amenities they have, and told stories of poverty in other countries. After the presentation, Nehdar received hugs from a few students. “It’s good to help others,” said fifth-grader Maima Spearman, 10. “I hope our pennies can save a lot of lives.” robert.hong@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He has lectured students around the city about tolerance and charity and is presently working with students to raise money for Darfur. Students participating in the program are asked to think twice before spending frivolously and instead save their spare change in a collection bucket in their classrooms. All the donations are then combined and sent to Darfur at the end of the year. Nine classes in several different schools are participating this year. On Friday, Nehdar spoke to Field’s students, hoping to raise their interest in the project. PASADENA – Local students are doing their part to help out humanity and improve their health by taking money they would normally spend on junk food and sending it to Darfur, Sudan. The program, “Power of a Penny,” is being held in several Pasadena classrooms. It was created three years ago by former Pasadena human relations commissioner Nat Nehdar. “This can empower them to be a part of humanity,” Nehdar said, looking through a door window at a class of fifth-graders at Field Elementary School on Friday. An avid social activist, Nehdar has made it his life’s mission to combat youth violence and get students involved in charitable efforts. last_img read more

Sinead raises €5.5 thousand in memory of her dad for Irish Cancer Society

first_imgSinead Martin organised a bucket collection in Donegal Town today in her quest to raise €4,900 for the Irish Cancer Society in memory of her father, Paddy O’Donnell.Not only did Sinead hit her goal; she smashed it! Following today’s collection, Sinead has raised €5,569!Sinead had already raised €3,900, but the collection in Donegal Town pulled in a massive €1,669.55! A bit of rain didn’t dampen any spirits!She said; “€4,900 was my target because dad passed away aged 49, so I figured that €100 for every year is an achievable yet significant amount.”Sinead’s little helpers!“This is something I have wanted to do for a while now. Dad, Paddy or Pat lost his battle to cancer on the 7th February 2012 aged 49. It was a day I will never forget and the date will be en-grained in my memory forever. The day I lost my Dad to cancer my world as I once knew it changed forever not only did I lose my Dad but also a best friend.”“He was a great man, so giving to everyone without expecting anything in return. He was easy to chat to and have the craic with and had many friends from all walks of life because of it. It was a complete shock to everyone when he was diagnosed at the end of 2011, but we were hopeful that with some chemotherapy radiotherapy he would be back to his old self in no time.”“Unfortunately it was the opposite and in a matter of weeks his health deteriorated and lost his battle to cancer on the 7th February in Galway University Hospital surrounded by family and friends.” “Grief… No one can prepare you for it or what it entails and everyone deals with it differently, I found myself on a long bumpy road trying to make sense of it all. After a few months I could tell that if I kept going the way I was it was going to ruin me, I was bitter with the world and kept focusing on what my Dad was robbed off and what we wouldn’t get to experience with him.”“I came to a cross roads… keep this negative attitude and be bitter or try to turn it around and take a positive from it. after a lot of soul searching I decided to take the road to being positive and to remember all the good and what we got to experience, that we were luckier than others and remember “it can always be worse”.”“I always ran and took comfort and solace in this in the following months after his death, it was during one of these runs I decided that I wanted to do something to give back in his memory. I have ran three marathons before but this one will hold the most importance and personal value to me, I have set myself the goal of breaking my personal best time and to raise €4,900 euros an achievable but considerable amount.”Sinead has been training hard for the upcoming marathon!Sinead will also be running Dublin City Marathon at the end of October in memory of her dad.If you would like to help Sinead out you can donate here. Sinead raises €5.5 thousand in memory of her dad for Irish Cancer Society was last modified: September 17th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Donegal Towndublin city marathonfundraisingIrish Cancer Societypaddy o donnellsinead martinlast_img read more

Accidents happen

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Hysterical comments, such as the “busway is unsafe at any speed,” from longtime opponent Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, on Thursday, are an irresponsible reaction to an accident caused by a careless driver who authorities say crashed a red light while possibly talking on a cell phone. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa did the right thing by sending in city traffic cops at 12 of the intersections along the route to help. That’s the correct, measured, temporary sort of response appropriate in this case. It is possible that the safety measures on the busway will need to be modified. It’s probably more likely that this is a case of motorists not paying attention to the signs and signals or simply being confused about where to stop. Remember, the busway has been under construction for many months during which time motorists could safely ignore red lights. There were bound to be some initial problems. What would be unfortunate is if this one incident scared people off the bus before it has a chance to prove its value. We’ve come too far and invested too much in the Orange Line to see it fail so soon based on unfounded fear. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When vehicles collide, which they do in Los Angeles with great regularity, the first reaction is fear. Fear, in particular, of getting back into the vehicle and colliding again. So it’s not surprising that the first major crash of the Orange Line on Wednesday prompted fear and trepidation. It’s fair for everyone to question whether this is the result of a fatal design flaw or just getting-to-know-you confusion. Indeed, politicians and public officials reacted immediately, calling for buses to slow down at intersections while the safety of the busway crossings is examined. That’s healthy introspection. But let’s not go crazy here and give credence to the naysayers who think the busway should be shut down. last_img read more