Arsenal go clear atop Premier League

first_img At Emirates Stadium, Laurent Koscielny scored the decisive goal for Arsenal, but goalkeeper Petr Cech was the one celebrated after the victory over Newcastle strengthened their position at the summit of the standings. Koscielny scored from close range in mid second half after Cech made two outstanding saves to deny Georginio Wijnaldum. “He is calm and never panics. We needed that,” manager Arsene Wenger said of Cech. Second-place Leicester failed to keep pace with Arsenal after being held to 0-0 at home by 10-man Bournemouth. Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty to frustrate Leicester, who are only a point above City after their comeback at Vicarage Road. Watford went ahead when Aleksandar Kolarov diverted Ben Watson’s corner into his own net in the second half. But City overturned the deficit with two late goals in as many minutes. Yaya Toure scored with superb control from Kolarov’s corner, then Sergio Aguero’s header followed swiftly after to secure City’s first away win since September. “We have to build on this. We hadn’t won in six on the road,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said. “It’s not championship-winning form, but we’re somehow still in it.” Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll scored to take their tally to two goals each in as many games as West Ham achieved a first-league double over Liverpool in 52 years. Klopp was not impressed by the performance of his side, which dropped to eighth. “Today is not a day to be disappointed. It is a day to be angry,” Klopp said. Meanwhile Norwich beat Southampton 1-0, West Bromwich Albion overcame Stoke 2-1, and Sunderland beat Aston Villa 3-1. LONDON (AP): Manchester United rediscovered what winning felt like as Arsenal edged Newcastle 1-0 to move two points clear atop the English Premier League yesterday. Manchester City came from a goal down to beat Watford 2-1 to stay a point behind Leicester, and West Ham rose to sixth in beating Liverpool 2-0, leaving the latter’s coach, Juergen Klopp, furious. At Old Trafford, there were only smiles for United’s first win since November 21, ending a win-less run of eight games, their longest in 26 years. Anthony Martial put United ahead after half-time, and set up Wayne Rooney to flick in the winner with his heel. The goal made Rooney second on the club’s all-time scoring list on 238 11 behind Bobby Charlton and second all-time in the Premier League on 188, behind Alan Shearer’s total of 260. “It was his left foot behind his right foot. You cannot imagine what a goal that is,” manager Louis van Gaal said of his captain’s strike. United stayed in fifth place, provisionally two points behind Tottenham, who will be at Everton today. Outstanding saveslast_img read more

Ryan Lochte’s future? Even he isn’t sure what’s next

first_imgView comments The suspension was handed down by anti-doping officials, who made clear that Lochte was not taking any banned substance. His mistake was getting an IV that exceeded the legal level of 100 milliliters — something he and his wife did together at a Gainesville, Florida, clinic on May 24 in an effort to bolster their immune systems after their infant son got sick.Lochte posted a photo of the scene on his Instagram account, and USADA opened an investigation after seeing that image.Lochte cooperated with the USADA probe, but apparently was shown no leniency. His penalty: A 14-month sanction, going back to the date of the photo. It will cost him the chance to swim at this week’s U.S. national championships, the Pan Pacific Championships later this year, and next year’s world championships.Hence, his concern about rust.“It’s something I’ll have to deal with,” Lochte said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series FILE – In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States’ Ryan Lochte prepares before a men’s 4×200-meter freestyle heat at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lochte has been suspended until July 2019 by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The 12-time Olympic medalist has been sanctioned for getting an intravenous infusion, a method that broke anti-doping rules. U.S. officials say Lochte was not using a banned substance. But under anti-doping rules, athletes typically cannot receive IVs unless related to a hospitalization or through an exemption. Lochte posted a photo of himself getting the IV in May and that image prompted the investigation. He was entered in four events at the national championships that start Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in California. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — Ryan Lochte doesn’t know when he’ll be in another race.And that worries him.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced He said he will continue his daily training regimen. It’s possible Lochte could race in some unsanctioned events during the suspension — he said he would review options. He hasn’t raced often since the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where he left in shame after his story about how he and three teammates were victims of an armed robbery unraveled and ultimately led to him being suspended for 10 months by U.S. officials.“As soon as you get to a certain point or level, in any kind of sport career, you’re always going to have an eye on you,” Lochte said. “I think I’ve learned it the hard way, definitely — especially since Rio. And now this.”And now, he’s on the deck again, over what he insists was an honest mistake. He simply didn’t know the rule about IVs. Under most circumstances, athletes cannot receive IVs unless related to a hospitalization or when allowed under the terms of a USADA-approved exemption, and Lochte fell into neither of those categories.So instead of heading to California to compete at nationals, Lochte was holding a news conference inside a hotel conference room in South Florida — vowing that this experience will only stoke his fire to be at those 2020 Tokyo Games.“I definitely made myself a better person after Rio,” Lochte said. “I was back in training. I was feeling good. I was swimming fast. My son being born, everything was happening, everything was perfect. And then this happened. And it’s devastating. But we’re a family, we’re going to stick together and we’re going to get through this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ What’s next for Lochte is a mystery, even to himself. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to suspend the 12-time Olympic swimming medalist because he broke a rule by getting an intravenous infusion of vitamins will keep him from competing in any major meet through July 2019.So essentially, the only opponent he’ll be facing other than training partners as he preps for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is rust.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Swimmer Ryan Lochte suspended until July 2019 for use of IV“I’m worried about that 100 percent,” Lochte said Monday, shortly after USADA announced his ban. “I know I’ll be able to swim in 2020, but in swimming, you have to compete. You have to race. It doesn’t matter how well you train. That doesn’t matter. It’s how you compete when you get on those starting blocks. And the less chance I have of getting on those blocks, the worse it’s going to be for me.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more

Gin Kings find their Jordan

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Ceres moves on from AFC defeat ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He’s (Brownlee) gonna have a huge target in his chest in the 6-5 conference,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone after the Kings closed out the San Miguel Beermen in six games to rule the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night.With the best import of the just-concluded tournament suiting up for Ginebra one more time, the season-ending Governors’ Cup featuring imports 6-foot-5 and below could again be a coronation of sorts for the Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“He’s the measuring stick of all the other imports at this point,” said Cone. “There’s a lot of very good imports coming in and every import will be out there to prove themselves against him.”They will certainly have a difficult time matching up with Brownlee, who showed what he’s capable of doing opposite an import such as the 6-foot-8 Renaldo Balkman of the Beermen in a championship series. Surrounded by complementary pieces who are just as efficient, Brownlee engineered the back-to-back titles of the Kings in the Governors’ Cup, both accomplished at the expense of the Meralco Bolts the past two seasons.Greg Slaughter, who went toe-to-toe with four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo in the championship, will form an imposing frontline with the 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar, 6-foot-7 Joe DeVance and Brownlee.PBA Press Corps Honda Philippines Finals MVP Scottie Thompson is expected to gain more confidence and will join the already formidable tandem of LA Tenorio and Sol Mercado at the backcourt.“Justin is going to be the Michael Jordan in the next conference,” said Cone. “I think, in many ways, Justin had an easier time in the big (import) conference to score and do his thing because nobody can really match up to him. In the 6-5 conference, there are a lot of them that can match up with him.”According to Cone, it’s now the job of the coaching staff to help Brownlee get those open shots as the Kings have to be creative in helping him out.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Barangay Ginebra added another Commissioner’s Cup trophy in its collection, the 11th league title of the Kings overall that netted Cone another milestone—21 championships with no sign of slowing down or retiring soon.“If I could do this until 85, I’ll do this until 85,” said Cone. “Never go old and I’m ready for more.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJustin Brownlee has shown he can thrive in a conference where imports are way taller than him.It surely won’t be stunning if Brownlee marshals Barangay Ginebra to another championship with a lesser degree of challenge.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Cartoon: December 23, 2014

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Showing Gratitude

first_imgIt is indeed welcome news to the outside world that the Ebola Virus Disease which devastated Liberia, bringing her to her knees, is now virtually wiped out of the country with the last confirmed patient’s death more than three weeks ago.As Liberians retrospect on last year, many are expressing thanks to local health authorities and caregivers, and especially the international community, including medical organizations and individuals, who came to Liberia’s defense to help defeat the deadly virus.Several institutions highly grateful for the level of support received from their international partners are health care facilities in Lofa County, specifically the Foya-Borma Hospital, which, during the heat of the crisis, benefited from a donation of a 40-foot container of Ebola specific logistics relief supplies and medical equipment from three US-based organizations.The Container Project was an initiative of the Friends of Foya-Borma Hospital (FOFBH) of Indiana, in collaboration with the Association of Citizens and Friends of Liberia (ACFLi) of Sacramento, California and the Liberian Association of Northern California (LANC). The relief supplies and medical equipment were valued at US$200,000.The Administrator of Foya-Borma Hospital, Mr. Francis Forndia, and the administrators of the other healthcare facilities in Lofa County thanked the funding organizations, FOFBH, ACFLi, LANC, and other contributors.In an interview with the Daily Observer’s Health Desk, Mr. Forndia said, “This donation could not have come at any better time. We were devastated and we needed help. Our county, being the epicenter of the crisis, was in desperate need of assistance. And we will remain forever grateful to our brothers and sisters, who saw the need to identify with us when we were confused and distressed.”The Foya-Borma Hospital Administrator also lauded MedShare, a leading US medical supply recovery organization, which has its headquarters in San Leandro, California; the United Parcel Services (UPS), which provided the transportation for the shipment of the container to Foya, and the Permanente Group of Central Valley, California, which provided funding for the project.“We really want to say a ‘Big Thank You’ to all these people. Their help was very instrumental in finally controlling and eradicating the virus from this county,” he said, adding that “additional funding was also provided by various members of the above organizations, friends as well as business organizations.”Mr. Forndia disclosed that the container project was the “dream come true” of Dr. Mary Zozulin, an Ob-GYN in Waterbury, Connecticut, who worked at the Foya-Borma Hospital. “This Lady was actually one of those who initiated the entire process,” Forndia added.Dr. Zozulin had gone to Foya because her daughter, Kristen, was assigned there as a Peace Corp Volunteer. Dr. Zozulin and her daughter were forced to leave Liberia as a result of the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic. This was after the virus had taken the lives of five healthcare workers at the hospital. They included three nurses, a nurse’s aide and a laboratory aid.Upon her return to the USA, Dr. Zozulin felt the need to help the people of Foya. She got in touch with FOFBH to help coordinate a medical supply shipment for the people of Lofa. With her help they filed an application with MedShare for medical supplies for the hospital.At the same time in Sacramento, California, ACFLi had established the “Kick Ebola out of Liberia,” campaign. Along with LANC, the two organizations initiated a fund drive to send Ebola-related medical supplies to the epicenter of the virus, which coincidentally happened to be Foya, Lofa County. When they approached MedShare, through Mr. Andrew Pines, the Executive Director, he informed them about an initiative by another organization, FOFBH, which had undergone a complete application process but was constrained by limited funding. Mr. Pines suggested that they could collaborate and provide the necessary funding in time so that they could all take advantage of an Emergency Ebola Shipment available only to Liberia. This was the beginning of the joint venture between FOFBH, ACFLi and LANC.Although the donation was intended directly for Foya-Borma Hospital, several other health care facilities in the county benefitted substantially. The other health care facilities that benefited from this generosity are Telewoyen Hospital in Voinjama, Kolahun Health Facility, the Currant Lutheran Hospital in Zorzor and the Yekpedu Clinic. Others are Limgbamba Clinic, Foya Tangia, Gbemah Clinic, Worsornga Clinic, Solormba Clinic, Shelloe Clinic and Mendekorma Clinic.“We alone could not use all those medical supplies, therefore, along with the other county authorities we decided to distribute some of the medical supplies to the other health centers in the county. These were highly appreciated because they too were in dire need,” Forndia stated.He lauded Lofa County Superintendent George Dunor and the County Health Officer (CHO), Dr. Josephus Bolongei, for their efforts in getting the container to Liberia and subsequently, to the intended destination of Lofa County.These gentlemen played a pivotal role in ensuring that the Container Project became a local and international success story. They provided the necessary guarantee to the donor agencies, that they would obtain all duty-free privileges and that the Container would be received and delivered to the Foya-Borma Hospital at no additional cost to the donor agency. They, along with the Foya-Borma Hospital Administrator, Forndia, worked assiduously in making sure that the container reached Foya in a timely and secure manner especially during the Ebola crisis.Forndia noted that the success of this project proves that Liberian organizations can indeed collaborate, and be reliable, successful and in the end make a difference when it comes to the welfare of the Liberian people.Some of those who worked very hard to make the project a success, according to Mr. Forndia, include Narwale Washington-Agborsangaya, President of ACFLi and Chairlady of Keep Ebola out of Liberia Campaign, Sam Koaloe, ACFLi Board Chairman, J. Mwah Polson,   Senior Advisor to the President; James King, Advisor to the President on Logistics; and, Dr. Goffa Beh, Advisor to the President on Medical Affairs.Others were Paul Boakai, the President of LANC, Zoe Butcher-Washington, Chairlady of the Board of Directors of LANC, the president, secretary and treasurer of FOFBH, Dr. Nathaniel Samba, James F. Salifu and Mr. Sahr A. A. Nyorkor respectively. Members of the Board of Directors for FOBH are William S. Kamanda, MD, Daniel Saah MD, Mr. Henry Hali, and Mr. Saah Kanda.“We are indeed grateful, and fully acknowledge the untiring efforts of all the people and organizations here named and unnamed that contributed directly and indirectly to the successful and total eradication of the national tragedy and crisis called EBOLA from our dear Homeland Liberia over the last one year,” said Forndia.Shelloe Clinic, one of the local clinics, which received some of the donated items, has a catchment of 6,574. The Officer in Charge, Mr. Jallah K. Baysah, said, “This is true love. We are very grateful to the donors that came through Foya-Borma Hospital. We receive in good faith and will use the donations for the health of our people. Freely we have received and freely we will give.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chronic illnesses, cognitive impairment continue to affect elderly

first_imgMany elderly persons in Guyana continue to face negativities stemming from social issues in society, topped with their health statuses. This is according to Coordinator of Elderly Health at the Public Health Ministry, Dr Melissa Dehaarte, who during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times, stated that in relation to treating the physical ailments, chronic illness continues to affect the elderly.She explained that most of the chronic illness that the elderly suffer from could be treated before they further develop but that usually, it is when that illness has evolved then elderly folks decide to seek treatment.“And a lot of chronic illnesses are not diagnosed because persons do not come in to our primary health care facilities and we want to encourage them to do that to get screened. Many chronic illnesses do not have symptoms early on and when it is in its advanced stage then you may symptoms of diabetes or hypertension”.According to Dr Dehaarte, cognitive impairments are also major issues that the elderly continues to battle with on a daily basis.“Such as senility or Alzheimer’s, where you would see persons acting violently or wandering away from home. Or forgetting where they are or who they are. We want persons to be screened for that. That can be screened for at any primary healthcare facility”.She added that outside of the physical and medical conditions that the elderly have to deal with, there are social ills that affect them— the most terrible of which is elderly abuse. This, she says, is more prevalent than one would think.“There are different forms of elderly abuse, we can encounter physical abuse, financial abuse and even verbal abuse. Most persons know about financial abuse when we speak of someone taking away someone’s pension or their land and so on. So basically, any form of abuse that does not recognise or uphold the human rights of an older person, we face that a lot in our society”.Earlier this year, a study conducted by ChildLink found that abuse against the elderly has been on the increase. ChildLink had presented the information at the University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus, Greater Georgetown, in March.Chairman of the advocacy group, Kosi John, who had shared an overview of the report said, “as in those of the low-income group and also among the under-aged and very young, abuse of elderly, women and children has been on the increase”.John went on to say that urgent attention must be focused on the plight of the vulnerable group, who are often incapable of defending themselves and breaking out of the abusive environment.The Chairman, at that time, said he believes that abusive trends are linked to the fact that young people grow up seeing that someone should be hit when they do something that is not pleasing.last_img read more

Man dies after reportedly driving car into Demerara River

first_imgThe lifeless body of a Berbice, Region Six resident was on Monday morning pulled from the Demerara River after he reportedly drove his motorcar off the Timehri Wharf, East Bank Demerara.Dead: Umdut JagnitDead is 39-year-old Umdut Jagnit of Lot 5 Betsy Ground, East Canje, Berbice.Based on reports received, at about 04:30h, a security guard residing at Timehri Docks, EBD, was informed that a car was seen in the Demerara River. In turn, he contacted the Timehri Police Station and the ranks responded promptly.From initial reports, it is believed that the man might have driven his Toyota Carina 192 bearing registration number PHH 5423 overboard. The vehicle was subsequently pulled from the river.The car being removed from the riverJagnit’s body was reportedly in the back seat of the motorcar with the seatbelt wrapped around his left foot. The body was, however, inspected but there were no marks of violence.The body was taken to Lyken’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem as Police continue their investigations.last_img read more

Neal Edwards of Cecil Lake wins $15,000 Rotary Mega Lottery early bird draw

first_imgMore than $200,000 in prizes is available to be won, including a first place choice of a 2013 Mustang Coupe, a 2012 Ford F150 Truck, or $40,000 Cash and a second place choice of a 2013 Camero Convertible, 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, or $25,000 Cash. Other prizes up for grabs are a Kawasaki Teryx 750, Polaris Razer 9000, $5,000 to Uniglobe Guardian Travel, and a Polaris 800 Snowmachine. Proceeds from the local Mega Lottery campaign helps provide funds to a variety of FortSt. John’s non-profit organizations. In the past more than $200,000 has gone to groups like Minor Hockey, Abbeyfield House, and Northern Dance.This year the draw will take place at 3:30 p.m. on February 1, 2014 at the Totem Mall. The first early bird draw on December 5, 2013 saw Travis Mallia win $10,000.- Advertisement -Tickets are available from the booth at the Totem Mall, and at the B.C. Liquor Store and Sobeys during select times, as well as from any Rotarian and any of the participating clubs.last_img read more

Iceland leaders to snub 2018 World Cup in Russia

first_img0Shares0000The 2018 World Cup will see Iceland compete for the first time at the highest level © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVREYKJAVIK, Iceland, Mar 26 – Iceland announced Monday it will stage a diplomatic boycott of the football World Cup in Russia over the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain.“Among the measures taken by Iceland is the temporary postponement of all high-level bilateral dialogue with the Russian authorities,” the foreign ministry said in a statement said. “Consequently, Icelandic leaders will not attend the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer,” it said.The Reykjavik government also exhorted Moscow to provide “clear answers” over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in southwestern England on March 4.“The Salisbury attack constitutes a grave violation of international law and threatens security and peace in Europe,” the statement said.Britain announced in mid-March that British royals and ministers would stay away from the FIFA tournament set for June 14-July 15.Iceland’s decision came as 16 European Union countries on Monday gave a large number of Russian envoys notice to leave their territory.The United States, Canada and Ukraine have also announced the expulsion of dozens more Russian diplomats.Iceland, a member of NATO but not of the EU, imposed sanctions against Russia along with the EU over the annexation of Crimea.This year’s World Cup will see Iceland compete for the first time at the highest level.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Van Gaal fears Man United ace facing ‘many weeks’ out after injury against Stoke

first_img1 Ashley Young limps out of Manchester United’s clash against Stoke Ashley Young is set for a spell on the sidelines after limping out of Manchester United’s draw against Stoke.The winger hobbled off in the second half of the New Year’s Day clash clutching his hamstring.Louis van Gaal is now waiting to discover the exact diagnosis but admitted after the game he expects Young to be out for “many weeks”.A lengthy absence for Young would come as a big blow to the Dutchman as he bids to bring Champions League football back to the club.The 29-year-old had been tipped to move on in the summer having struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford, but has been revitalised since Van Gaal’s arrival and has been one of United’s standout players in recent weeks.last_img

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