Man United look to get back on track against Leicester

first_imgAfter successive Premier League defeats, Manchester United will hope to re-energise their faltering campaign and make up ground on the early pacesetters with victory at home to champions Leicester City on Saturday.After losing to leaders Manchester City and Watford, either side of a Champions League defeat to Feyenoord, United already trail Pep Guardiola’s vibrant City by six points and sit in seventh place.Manager Jose Mourinho has spoken about his new charges reacting badly to “negativity”, which some observers felt he increased with public criticism of defender Luke Shaw after the 3-1 defeat by Watford last weekend.A 3-1 win over Northampton Town in the League Cup on Wednesday prevented a fourth straight defeat, but it was not an entirely convincing United performance against the third-tier outfit.There will particular interest in Mourinho’s team selection at home to Leicester and whether England and United captain Wayne Rooney, who has been in poor form, keeps his place.City, having won their first five league games under Guardiola to top the table, visit Swansea City for the second time in four days, after Guardiola’s side won 2-1 in a League Cup tie on Wednesday.Striker Sergio Aguero will be available after completing a three-match suspension, although City scored six goals without him in the two league matches he missed against United and Bournemouth.Everton and Tottenham Hotspur, the two other unbeaten sides lying second and third respectively, both face long trips on Saturday.Everton go to the south coast to face Bournemouth, who are in the bottom four but held them 3-3 in one of the most dramatic games of last season, with four goals in the last 10 minutes.Tottenham, missing injured England striker Harry Kane, travel to the north-east to face promoted Middlesbrough, who had started well before losing their last two games.Arsene Wenger, named as Arsenal manager 20 years ago this week, will hope to celebrate with victory in the London derby at home to Chelsea.Antonio Conte’s side slipped up at home to Liverpool last Friday to drop to fifth place before impressing the manager by recovering from 2-0 down to win a League Cup tie 4-2 at Leicester.Liverpool’s victory at Stamford Bridge took them up to sixth and they will be fancied for a third successive league victory at home to Hull City.The only two clubs without a win both have home games with mid-table opposition: Sunderland against Crystal Palace and Stoke City against West Bromwich Albion.last_img read more

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Digicel Cup finals tickets to go on sale tomorrow

first_imgCompetition Manager for the PNG NRLC, Stanley Hondina said a tent will be set up at the Sir John Guise Stadium gate opposite Vision City where tickets can be purchased.Ticket prices: Club Lounge- K150, Grandstand- K50, Outer stand- K20.“Tickets will go on sale starting tomorrow, Saturday and on Sunday as well, “said Hondina.“Everybody in Port Moresby is urged to come and watch the final four teams battle it out for the coveted Digicel Cup.”This Sunday’s finals of the Digicel Cup will be played at the PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby.At 1pm will be the major semi-final between the Agmark Rabaul Gurias and Lae Snax Tigers.Following this at 3pm, the PRK Mendi Muruks will clash with the Kroton Hela Wigmen in the elimination final.last_img

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Guyanese fashion icon to host “Conversation and Clothing” this weekend at Queenstown

first_imgBeginning today, prominent designer and Guyanese fashion diva, Sonia Noel will host a four-day event titled “Conversation and Clothing” at Crown Street, Queenstown, Georgetown between 15:00h and 17:00h. The event culminates on Monday with a grand fashion extravaganza.At the event, participants will be engaged in discussions on how they can enhance their personal wardrobe and more importantly, how to manage themselves when it comes to fashion. At the event also, participants will be served refreshments and will have a chance to sample Six Degree, a new wine bottled by Banks DIH Limited. It is the official beverage of the event.Noel continues to motivate women through fashion, thus creating a new fashion trend in Guyana for the masses. Seven months into the year, the fashion icon is the recipient of three other awards for her commitment and dedication to the fashion industry, not only in Guyana, but also in the Caribbean and further afield. These awards include the Dolphin Award of Excellence presented by the the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club; The Female Social Entrepreneur Award 2016 by Global Innovation Press (GIP) in association with the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Livelihoods (CoESL) and she was recently honoured at a gala event to mark Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.In addition, Noel recently attended a conference in the US for women entrepreneurs and inventors which provided networking opportunities with women such as singer Dionne Warwick; actress Jasmine Guy, Kim Lavine (mommy millionaire) and talk show host, Maggie Lenton.She was also afforded the privilege of being a special guest of the prestigious Network Journal 40 UNDER 40 Awards in Manhattan, New York.Rosalind McLymont, Executive Editor of The Network Journal in her opening remarks praised the Guyanese fashion designer for the fantastic work she is doing in Guyana and the Caribbean. However, “Conversation and Clothing” will be taken to Atlanta on July 22, July 27 in New York, July 30 in Texas and August 14 in New Jersey.Admission to “Conversation and Clothing” is absolutely free. Those interested in being a part of the event are asked to visit Sonia Noel Design facebook page and reserve your seats. Limited seating accommodations are available.last_img read more

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Political manoeuvrings and the CCJ

first_imgDear Editor,It seems to me that no other country will join the Appellate Division of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) before the retirement of the second President, Sir Denis Byron in July next year. The first President, Michael de la Bastide and three other Judges have retired since the court was established in 2005, and we were only fortunate to see four countries on board.I am very disappointed at the attitude of the Governments of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and a few of the Eastern Caribbean states who are still to join. Only Belize and Dominica took steps to join Guyana and Barbados by abolishing appeals to the Privy Council, thus making the CCJ the final court.St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada failed to get the mandate from their electorates because the referenda to pave the way failed, but I am of the view that the referenda were not successful because they were loaded with other aspects, like removing the Queen as head and giving more powers to the politicians. The Jamaicans are reluctant, claiming that the CCJ was in favour of the death penalty, Trinidad and Tobago has numerous excuses and is flip-flopping. Antigua and Barbuda is awaiting the outcome of a referendum which has been postponed in order to sensitive the electorates of the move. This seems like a lame excuse.Meanwhile, the CCJ has made tremendous strides since its 12 years existence. It has top class video conference equipment which can be used by attorneys in various jurisdictions. There is no need for lawyers to travel to Port of Spain to argue their cases; they can do so from Georgetown, Belize City, Bridgetown or Roseau. The court has dealt with several controversial cases and made a landmark decision in the Shanique Myrie case when it awarded substantial damages against the Barbados Government for denying a Jamaican woman entry in Bridgetown. The Judges found that the Immigration officers breached the Treaty of Chaguaramas by denying a Caribbean Community (Caricom) citizen entry.I should emphasise that the CCJ is not fearful to rule against governments and has done so in numerous occasions against Belize and also the Cooperative Republic. A very important issue will soon come up for hearing. The “term limit” case in which the court will decide whether former President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo can again serve as President having completed his two consecutive terms as Head of State. The matter will come up for case management on February 6, 2018.Although only four countries have abolished appeals to the Privy Council, the CCJ hears a large number of cases in its original jurisdiction. In fact, the Myrie’s case originated from Jamaica which is not a member of the appellate jurisdiction. I am baffled why so many jurisdictions have not yet severed ties with the Privy Council. Unfortunately, it seems as if the whole process gets so caught up in political manoeuvrings that most countries are still tied to the apron strings of the London-based Privy Council.Sincerely,Oscar Ramjeetlast_img read more

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PVL: Air Force, PacificTown-Army score big wins

first_imgThe Lady Troopers were on their way to an easy win after taking the first two sets until the Water Defenders put up a fight, tying the third set at 20-20.But Honey Royse Tubino spark a scoring binge for PacificTown-Army to preserve the victory and hand BaliPure its sixth loss in eight games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Earlier, Air Force used its vast experience to melt Choco Mucho, 26-24, 14-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-17.“We needed this win to build up our confidence,’ said Air Force coach Jasper Jimenez. “This is a big win against a strong team. I think we are starting to believe in ourselves.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Abegail Nuval came off the bench to score nine points, including two aces that capped the match as the Jet Spikers logged in their second victory, tying the Flying Titans at 2-5.Dell Palomata led Air Force with 18 points including four kill-blocks that stymied Choco Mucho at the net.Angel Antipuesto and Jozza Cabalsa contributed 16 and 11 points, respectively for Air Force which had to race from 19-12 in the fourth to extend the match.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—PacificTown-Army and Air Force struck down their respective rivals Wednesday to bolster their campaigns in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Center.PacificTown-Army scored its second win a row after blasting BaliPure, 25-17, 25-16, 27-25, solidifying its place in the middle of the standings with a 4-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Jerrick Ahanmisi regains touch, shoots Adamson past UEcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City View comments Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ashlast_img read more

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Press Pass – Sunday, September 28

first_imgRay Stubbs is joined by Daily Mirror football correspondent John Cross and Inside World Football’s Matt Scott to discuss all the latest sporting action.The lads share their thoughts on the weekend’s Premier League fixtures as well as the finale of the 2014 Ryder Cup, with Europe sealing a landslide victory at Gleneagles.last_img

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Dole recalls bag lettuce for E. coli

first_imgThe romaine, green leaf and butter lettuce hearts that went into the blend were grown in California, Colorado and Ohio, then processed at Dole’s plant in Springfield, Ohio, on Sept. 6, he said. Eighty-eight cases were distributed in Canada and 755 cases in the United States, he said. The company’s move came a day after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency warned consumers not to eat Hearts Delight. “Our overriding concern is for consumer safety,” Eric Schwartz, president of the Dole Fresh Vegetable division, said in a statement. He said the company was working with U.S. and Canadian health agencies, as well as those in various states. The Food and Drug Administration was talking with Westlake Village-based Dole about the situation, agency spokesman Michael Herndon said. SAN FRANCISCO – A division of Dole Food Co. issued an international recall of bagged salad Monday after a sample taken from a store in Canada tested positive for E. coli, the company said. There have been no reports of illness, company officials said. The voluntary recall affects all packages of Dole’s Hearts Delight salad mix sold in the United States and Canada with a “best if used by” date of Sept. 19, 2007, and a production code of “A24924A” or “A24924B,” Dole said. The product was sold in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces in Canada and in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and neighboring U.S. states starting the weekend before last, Dole spokesman Marty Ordman said. The Canadian agency said it would be looking to find out at what point the salad blend, which is imported into Canada, became contaminated and to see whether any other products are affected, spokesman Garfield Balsom said. Last year, an E. coli outbreak traced to bagged baby spinach was blamed for the deaths of three people and for sickening hundreds more across the United States. State and federal authorities ultimately identified a Central California cattle ranch next to spinach fields belonging to one of Dole’s suppliers as being the source of the bacteria.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

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Funny Video: Man United and Liverpool stars analyse Sunday League screamer

first_imgYou know what it’s like…You’ve scored a screamer for your Sunday League team, but there was no-one there to see it.Well, now you could have your big moment analysed by Sky experts Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp, just like Tommo of Dynamo Kebab!To find out how, go to www.budweiser.co.uk/dreamgoallast_img

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‘We are always looking’ – Saints boss wants to add to squad in January

first_imgSouthampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino admits he will look to strengthen his side in January, should the right options become available.The Saints have won just once in their last five Premier League matches and host struggling Everton on Sunday.And having found the back of the net just nine times so far this season, Pellegrino admits a new striker will certainly be top of his January shopping list.When asked if he will look to bring in a striker during the mid-season window, Pellegrino replied: “Always we are looking for a player we think can improve the squad.“It’s not easy because every club in the Premier League is doing the same.“We are open to see the market to check in what situation we can improve.” 1 Pellegrino believes his squad needs improving last_img

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Tolls seen as way to generate funds

first_imgWith freeways at capacity and public funding nearly exhausted, lawmakers and transit officials have revived discussions of privately funded toll roads as a way to ease Southern California’s unrelenting congestion. One of the most popular options is the HOT lane – or high-occupancy toll lane – which would open existing car-pool lanes to solo drivers willing to pay for convenience and speed while generating revenue for highway improvements. “This region needs to engage in this discussion,” said Doug Failing, the regional director for Caltrans. “A HOT lane is sometimes the best thing to do, (but) it’s not the only thing. If it’s a private partnership, you are not putting as much funds but you are receiving a public benefit.” Earlier this year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill authored by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez that opens the door for the creation of four toll roads and four HOT lanes statewide, two of each in Southern California. Assembly Bill 1467 allows the California Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and other agencies to partner with private companies to operate toll roads and share the profits. But reluctant to create a system that catered to wealthier motorists, policy makers stopped short of opening the door for unlimited toll roads statewide. “There is this negative connotation about toll roads, that these are the `Lexus lanes,”‘ said Nu ez, D-Los Angeles. “We want to demystify that and we want to give Californians the opportunity to test the water with a couple of these projects. “What we will never do is replace our public roads with tolls.” Under the legislation, state agencies could lease car-pool lanes – like the one planned along the San Diego (405) Freeway – to private companies that would charge solo motorists a fee for the promise of a faster commute. Those HOT lanes would still allow carpoolers free access to the lane. The bill would also allow toll roads to be constructed solely for the purpose of alleviating congestion along some of the most clogged highways such as the Long Beach Freeway, where tens of thousands of big rigs routinely create traffic bottlenecks. Experts say the bill is proof that policy makers are running out of places to build new roads and find ways to ease traffic. In the San Fernando Valley, transit officials backed down from plans to widen the Ventura Freeway after facing fierce opposition from neighbors. And while discussions are only in their initial states, opposition already is forming. “They are elitist and not fair to working-class residents,” said Ray Sotero, spokeswoman for Assemblywoman Jennifer Oropeza, D-Carson, who formerly chaired the Assembly Transportation Committee. “It would be a troubling direction to have private toll roads. It sends the wrong message for public officials to be supporting those kind of endeavors.” For most of the half-century since President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the interstate system in 1956, Congress kept the 47,000 miles of roads toll-free. But the tide is shifting as revenue from the federal gas tax no longer covers freeway construction and maintenance costs, forcing governments to look for other options. The latest study by the Texas Transportation Institute finds that congestion nationwide causes 3.7 billion hours of delay a year. Car-crazed Los Angeles suffers the country’s worst congestion, with commuters spending an average of 93 hours a year in traffic. Last year, a Republican-controlled Congress eased restrictions on creating privately funded toll roads. Now, at least 24 states operate some sort of toll road and several more are considering it. Earlier this year, for example, a private company paid $552 million to take over a debt-riddled toll road in Virginia. And in Texas, a private company will invest $1.3 billion to build part of a freeway-rail project in exchange for the right to collect tolls for up to 50 years. “America just crossed the 300 million population mark, and we will hit 400 million within 30 years. With that growth, we have to do something,” said Art Guzzetti, director of policy and advocacy of the American Public Transportation Association. “We are going to have to do things different and in a new way and this is part of a new way of thinking.” In dense urban areas like Los Angeles, the most appealing option is using existing car-pool lanes as the basis for toll lanes. Orange County boasts the country’s first privately financed toll lane. It unfurls for 10 miles – cars whizzing by frustrated commuters sitting in gridlock. Commuters pay up to $8.50 for use of the lane during rush hour. But the price can mean getting to a child’s soccer game on time or arriving with enough time to set up for a crucial board meeting. “It gives motorists and the commuting public an option, that’s the way we like to look at it,” said Kirk Avila, acting manager of the 91 Express Lane. On average, commuters save an extra 30 to 45 minutes from what can be a grueling drive through some of the region’s most congested stretch of road, according to the Orange County Transportation Authority. “A lot of people told us to open up the lanes. If you open it up, then you will only provide short-term relief. If you keep it the way it is, you will have an avenue for individuals to reach their destination saving time and use that money to make improvements for the general purpose lane,” Avila said. The $135 million, four-lane road operates on a system traffic experts describe as “congestion tolling.” As traffic increases, so does the price. A transponder tracks pre-registered motorists and sends them a bill. While the transit agency – which recently acquired the road – is still repaying the debt, it’s estimated that by 2012 the toll lanes will generate $25 million annually to be used toward other transportation projects. For transit agencies – who with every pothole sink deeper into the red – those numbers can look enticing. “There’s still a lot of skepticism and trepidation in the Legislature. They are afraid Californians don’t like to pay the cost. But if you look at it, the alternatives are far worse,” said Robert Poole, director of transportation studies at the Reason Foundation, a Libertarian think-tank. “With a 30 percent population increase coming over the next 25 years statewide, the roads are going to just grind to a halt. It’s like putting 10 pounds of potatoes in five-pound sack.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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