CHELSEA VS TOTTENHAM

first_imgCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)BEGOVIC, AZPILICUETA, MIAZGA, IVANOVIC, RAHMAN, MIKEL,FABREGAS, PEDRO, LOFTUS-CHEEK, OSCAR, PATOKANE, ERIKSEN, ALLI, LAMELA, DEMBELE, DIER, ROSE,VERTONGHEN,ALDERWEIRELD WALKERLLORISSPURS (4-2-3-1)Tottenham Hotspur could arrive at Chelsea having lost the Barclays Premier League title to rivals Leicester City. If the Foxes win at Manchester United on Sunday, they will have won the Barclays Premier League for the first time and ended the dwindling prospect of Tottenham.Defeat for Leicester will give Spurs hope, but, having been held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion last Monday, they know that defeat at Chelsea – even if Leicester have lost a day earlier – will end their title aspirations.Spurs are unbeaten in five league games and will now target second spot and finishing above local neighbours and rivals Arsenal.Tottenham have scored 31 away goals; only Arsenal (32) have netted more goals on the road this season.Chelsea, meanwhile, have lost two of their last three league games and sit in ninth place. They last finished outside the top six in the 1995-96 season (when they were 11th).Spurs’ hopes of winning are slim; they last won there 26 years ago, in February 1990. Subsequently, Chelsea have won 17 and drawn eight games at home to Spurs in 25 meetings.Tottenham and Chelsea drew 0-0 at White Hart Lane in November but the Blues won 3-0 in this fixture last season.Chelsea are again without banned keeper Thibaut Courtois, along with striker Loic Remy and defender Kurt Zouma. And they must test two other centre-backs John Terry and Gary Cahill.Spurs, meanwhile, have doubts over Eric Dier while Nabil Bentaleb is still absent.last_img read more

Week of woe looms large for Arsenal

first_imgLONDON (AP):Out of the Champions League. Out of the FA Cup. Out of the Premier League title race?A miserable week for Arsenal would be capped on Saturday if the team fails to beat Everton.The Premier League trophy, which the Gunners haven’t won since 2004, will become increasingly unobtainable if their three-game winless league run continues.At the start of the year, Arsenal were two points in front of Leicester in first place and in contention for three trophies.Three months later, Arsenal trail Leicester by 11 points and are sitting third. Arsenal’s FA Cup defence was surprisingly ended by Watford on Sunday, before Barcelona beat the Gunners in the Champions League.As so often, barring a collapse by Leicester, Arsenal’s season could come down to securing a top-four place and Champions League qualification. That’s not enough for some Arsenal fans, who expect more from their wealthy team.But as Everton manager Roberto Martinez prepares to host counterpart Arsene Wenger, he is amazed that a vocal section of Arsenal fans is calling for the Frenchman to leave after 20 years in charge.RUTHLESS GAME”It seems it doesn’t matter what you’ve done in a football club, how you’ve built it or if you’ve been the best manager in the last 20 years in European football, the modern game is ruthless,” Martinez said yesterday. “On the back of a defeat, you are going to get criticised. Everyone has gotan opinion, everyone knows better than you and that’s disappointing.”Martinez was playing for Wigan when Wenger took charge of Arsenal in 1996 and two years later led them to the first of three Premier League titles.”The management that he brought into the British game has changed British football,” said Martinez, who has also coached Swansea and Wigan. “What he has achieved at Arsenal is a model that many, many football people have been inspired by. The short-term situation of one or two results sometimes overshadows the incredible work over the years.DON’T PUSH ASIDE”The style that Arsene Wenger represents shouldn’t just be put aside. It’s just a reflection of the modern times when we are easily led to criticise a manager who has done incredible things in the game.”Arsenal will be hoping Tottenham slip up at home to Bournemouth, given that their London rivals are six points ahead and have played a game more.Leicester, who are five points ahead of Tottenham, face a Crystal Palace team which has dropped from sixth in December to 15th by winning only one in 16 games.last_img read more

Joint-effort between Guyana/Brazil for 100% Yellow fever coverage

first_imgIn an effort to attain 100 percent yellow fever vaccination coverage in Guyana for 2018, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Shamdeo Persaud proposed a joint effort between the government and Brazil, similar to the initiative between Guyana and Suriname.This was disclosed by Dr Persaud, on Friday, during a visit by Brazil’s Minister of Health Dr Ricardo Jose Managaines Barros and his team, to Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo PersaudAccording to Dr Persaud, Guyana was able to achieve 98 per cent vaccination coverage for 2017, one of the highest reports for yellow fever. He emphasised the need to strengthen the relationship between the countries in order to ensure that the quality and standards are maintained.“… An important issue for us, is the movement of people regardless if it is Venezuela, Guyana or some other (part) of our border sharing countries. I think these concerns are great for health because people do not only move with their money, they move with their illnesses, their infection, animals and even their food so we have to look at that”, the CMO explained.According to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) website, the yellow fever vaccine, once administered, is valid for life. However, these vaccines will be mandatory only for travellers moving between Guyana and neighbouring Brazil, and for children that are less than one year old. However, it was advised the general public should also be immunised.It was highlighted that both countries have directed their efforts in strengthening and promoting immunization. The PAHO/WHO had published a list of countries, including Guyana, which requires visitors to show proof of immunisation before entry is granted.Additionally, Dr Persaud addressed the issue of building Guyana’s capacity to provide serum for snake venom. He mentioned the difficulties faced when treating patients suffering from snake bites by common predators such as the Bushmaster, Rattlesnake and Libra. The serum for these three is produced in Brazil. The CMO said the government would like to see more development on the sharing of information regarding the manufacture of serum.last_img read more

MAN’S EYEBROWS BURNED AFTER RESTAURANT’S ESB METER TAMPERED WITH

first_imgThe owner of an Indian restaurant has been ordered to pay the ESB almost €4,000 when a worker had his eyebrows burned after a meter was tampered with.A man was injured after the ESB meter was tampered with.Bettina Adams, of the Spice of India restaurant in Milford, was charged with failing to stop the interference of a meter. Letterkenny District Court heard how an electrical contractor received injuries after investigating a meter at the premises.His eyebrows were burned after he encountered a flash while working at the meter on April 19th, 2013.The ESB investigated the issue and found the meter had been tampered with and it was made safe.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was not responsible for tampering with the meter but knew it had been interfered with.He said the accused was only rented the premises and said it was not “a hive of activity.”The court was told that the contractor had been lucky he had not been more seriously hurt.Judge Paul Kelly said “This graphically illustrates the dangers of such operations.”Mr Gallagher said Ms Adams had agreed to pay the ESB the €4,000 they were owed at €100 per month.Judge Kelly also fined the woman €350 for failing to stop an interference with a meter.MAN’S EYEBROWS BURNED AFTER RESTAURANT’S ESB METER TAMPERED WITH was last modified: January 8th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalESBmeterMilfordSpice of Indiatamperedlast_img read more

Bloemfontein: flower of the Free State

first_imgBloemfontein is the capital of the Free State. A pretty, medium-sized city, it lives up to its name which means “spring of flowers”. There are thousands of rose bushes lining the streets, which create a wonderful spectacle most of the year, but especially in spring.In the middle of the city is a small nature reserve called Naval Hill, where you can go for walks and see small game. Also nearby is the orchid house – another tribute to that lovely name.Bloemfontein was the capital of the independent Boer republic of the Orange Free State until the Union of South Africa was declared in 1910, when it was made the judicial capital of South Africa. It is still the site of the Supreme Court of Appeal.There are a number of museums dedicated to subjects ranging from natural history to warfare. Probably the most poignant memorial is the Women’s Monument, erected to commemorate the tens of thousands of women and children who died in British concentration camps during the South African war (Anglo-Boer War).Bloemfontein is very conveniently situated as a stopover point if you’re driving between Cape Town and Johannesburg, and it is the closest major city to the Kingdom of Lesotho.Source: South African Tourismlast_img read more

Patience in planting this spring may pay off later

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Planting season around Ohio didn’t really start to ramp up until the first part of May, causing farmers in the Buckeye State to lag behind much of the rest of the Corn Belt. Bill Mullen, Director of Agronomic Services with Seed Consultants says that the later time frame for this year’s planting may be ideal for a successful 2015.last_img

TOUCH FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA WELCOMES NEW STAFF

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) have pleasure in welcoming two new staff members to the organisation. Wayne Grant has been appointed as the new National High Performance Coordinator, and Tara Steel is a new Member Services Officer working out of the National office in Canberra.Wayne has been invloved in the sport of Touch for twenty years and has vast experience as a player, coach, referee, selector and administrator.He is the Australian Mixed 30 Years 2007 World Cup Coach and 2006 Queensland Women’s Open Assistant Coach.Previously he has been an Australian Mixed 30 Years representative, and had a long involvement in the game at National Touch League level as a coach in the Women’s Open, Mixed Open, and Women’s 20 Years divisions for Brisbane Cobras.Wayne, who will be based in the TFA Queensland Branch office, is excited by the new role and the opportunity to engender a more professional approach to the High Performance Program across all aspects of targetted concentration.” We are moving towards a more professional approach to the game of Touch Football and we will be endeavouring to ensure the sport continues to thrive at  the Elite level in all areas of the game.” Wayne said.The other new Touch Football Australia staff member is Canberra based Member Services Officer Tara Steel, who will work in the Technical Coordination area for the National body.Tara Steel is a Sports media graduate from Canberra University, with a minor in Sport Management Law. Tara’s previous employment has included volunteer event management for Touch Football Australia, Netball, and Hockey. She has also worked as a casual sports journalist with the Canberra Times and done statistics work with the Sydney Swans. Tara has a keen interest in most sports and is looking forward to her new role for Touch Football Australia.Both Wayne and Tara commenced work this week for Touch Football Australia and their knowledge, expertise, and experience in their respective fields is sure to be of great value to the sport.last_img read more

Mens Hockey Ohio States Freddy Gerard began career as a gamer off

The Ohio State men’s hockey team celebrates a goal from Freddy Gerard in a game against Michigan on Nov. 24. Credit: Ric Kruszynski | Ohio State AthleticsThe idea of playing video games as a career is a dream for many teenagers. It is a thought that will always be there but most of the time will never become a reality.Not many could do it, but Freddy Gerard achieved this dream at the age of 16.Gerard, a junior forward on Ohio State’s men’s hockey team, played “Call of Duty” just like many other kids — except he quickly turned this time-killer into a skill.“I wanted to see how good I was. So then I started doing little online tournaments,” Gerard said. “I started meeting better players I was playing against and playing with, and after a while I ended up finding a pretty good team, a set of guys to play with, and we ended up being pretty good.”Gerard joined OpTic Gaming, one of the biggest names in video games, at 16 years old under the name “Folsom.”“Folsom’s actually my middle name,” Gerard said. “I wasn’t sure if it would be cool at first.”Gerard made YouTube videos for two years under OpTic, which became very popular. It became so well-known, in fact, that some of his current Ohio State teammates watched him without even realizing.“I actually saw one of his YouTube videos, but I didn’t realize it was him until I played with him on Xbox,” Ohio State sophomore forward Tanner Laczynski said. “I think that was pretty cool that a pretty well-known guy in the video game world was on my team.”Gerard’s YouTube videos with OpTic continued to grow a following while he balanced school and practiced for a junior hockey team. He said he went to school at 8 a.m., then had practice after school for most of the afternoon until he resumed gaming at night.Hockey and gaming became integral parts of Gerard’s life. That only grew when he moved from YouTube to competitive gaming and began traveling across the country.“I didn’t quite expect the jump of how good these kids actually were, because I thought I was pretty good. I’m the best kid in every public lobby I play in by miles,” Gerard said. “I found out real quick how much I need to improve so it was an adjustment for sure, but after sticking with it, I knew I had something.”From an outside perspective, hockey and competitive gaming might seem like two talents on opposite sides of the spectrum, but Gerard said there are more similarities than one would think.“I don’t think people understand how team-oriented it is to play competitive video games like that. There’s four guys on your team, you and three other guys, and you are communicating nonstop,” Gerard said. “On the pressure side of things, yeah, absolutely. I remember my first time playing in front of a huge crowd like that. It’s nerve-wracking. You’re not sitting in your room anymore. There’s a spotlight on you, so that took an adjustment.”While the gaming was taking off, Gerard found himself traveling for hockey, as well. He first moved to Boston to play on the Junior Bandits. Then in 2014, he moved to play for the Madison Capitols in Middleton, Wisconsin, where Ohio State eventually discovered and recruited him.In Boston, however, Sally Gerard, Freddy’s mom, said hockey and professional gaming became too much to handle all at once, and it left Freddy with a decision to make.“I think that was hard for him to do both, at that point,” Sally said. “This was kind of like the cross in the road.”Hockey was his passion his entire life, Freddy said, and gaming was slowly becoming a second priority. Especially with his hopes of going to college, Freddy knew it wasn’t entirely his decision to quit gaming back in 2013.Freddy said he was cut by his gaming team a month before a major event, and this was the eventual breaking point for him.“I was like, ‘All right well hey, hockey it is, let’s do it,’” he said.While she was supportive of Freddy’s passion for gaming, Sally said she had no complaints about her son’s ultimate decision.Ohio State junior Freddy Gerard competed both in the rink as a forward on the men’s hockey team and in the spotlight of the competitive gaming community. Credit: Courtesy of Freddy Gerard“We were happy about him choosing hockey, I have to say. I think he is too, at this point. I don’t think it was, probably, an easy decision for him at one time,” she said. “I think he saw that it would be a big market, that gaming was going to be a big deal, and he was kind of ahead of it.”Moving to hockey full-time is a choice Freddy said he doesn’t regret, but he will always look back fondly at his time at the top of the gaming world.“It was definitely a different experience than most kids I would say, because for a while you’re kind of like a little celebrity,” Freddy said. “I went out to an event in Anaheim and I was signing autographs for half an hour, me and like three of my other teammates, so it was cool…I’m a 16-, 17-year-old kid and I’m signing autographs.”Freddy eventually found his way to Ohio State when he said it approached him after the 11th or 12th game of the season in Dubuque, Iowa, a game Freddy remembers because of how exciting it was for him. Though the Rocky River, Ohio, native took some time to think about it, Freddy said it was a no-brainer to accept the Buckeyes’ offer.“I had finally been told that my dream was going to come true and let alone at Ohio State,” he said. “It’s my state school. It’s a couple hours away from home. It’s an awesome place to be.”In his junior campaign for the sixth-ranked Buckeyes, Freddy has 10 goals and 17 points, more points than his first two seasons combined. Plus, Ohio State should have a NCAA tournament bid on the horizon.It’s been a long road for Freddy, who has seen the ups and downs of two unique fields that both took one major component: hard work.“I worked all my life to play hockey. That was my first love, and I did it every single day for as long as I could,” Freddy said. “I worked my ass off for that year-and-a-half, two years in my last couple years of Juniors to make that happen, and I did it and I made it here, and I’m just trying to love every second of that.”Freddy still plays video games from time-to-time, not with professionals, but with his teammates on the ice.Freddy doesn’t have any plans to return to competitive gaming, at least not while at Ohio State. He might have loved competitive gaming at a time, but Freddy said there are just some things hockey has that gaming does not.“There’s just no feeling like playing hockey,” Freddy said. “That was my first love. I fell in love with it right away. I loved the feeling you get when you score a goal or even just when you’re out there playing, you forget about everything. There’s not a care in the world.” read more

Pioli reveals why he dropped Giovanni Simeone

first_imgHead coach of Fiorentina football club Stefano Pioli has revealed why he refused to feature Giovanni Simeone for Fiorentina’s trip to Torino.Stating that he “was not satisfied with his recent performances,” Fiorentina’s coach surprisingly started with Kevin Mirallas and Valentin Eysseric and left Simeone on the bench.“We brought home a good result, considering we didn’t play well, and that is nothing to be sniffed at,” said Pioli in his Press conference via Football Italia.“In the second half we actually played better and had the best scoring opportunities. We struggled with their pressing and didn’t move enough off the ball.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We can and must work on many situations, but the psychological approach from my players was excellent and a real sign of progress. We suffered for the result and that is important.“I wish we converted more of our chances and have to improve the final ball too. It was tough against a physically strong opponent, but we never let go.”“I was not satisfied with his recent performances and there were other players who had impressed me more during the week.”last_img read more

This Day In History Straw Market fire in Nassau

first_img Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Courdney Gardiner, nassau, straw market Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThis day in history in 2001 September 4 a fire on bay street swallowed up the historic world famous straw market in Nassau… a fire said to be set after a lover’s quarrel; peanut vendor Courdney Gardiner was arrested and sentenced to two years for the mammoth blaze which sent vendors screaming from the building… today there is a new 38,000 sq ft site for the 500 straw vendors on Bay Street in Nassau. That original straw market was established in the 1940s after the sponging industry plummeted. Another Murder in Nassau GB Port Authority given new milestones, with extension of concessionslast_img read more