Croatia reaches World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1

first_imgMOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cebuano KO artist looks to end fight early vs Mexican foe In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)MOSCOW — When the final whistle blew and they knew they were going to their first World Cup final, the Croatians ran to their exuberant fans, jumping in their iconic red-and-white checkered jerseys.Mario Mandzukic scored the winning goal in the 109th minute and Croatia shocked England 2-1 Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West But football will not be coming home, and there will be no title to match the 1966 triumph at Wembley Stadium. Harry Kane & Co. will deal with the same disappointment that felled Shearer and Platt, Gazza and Wazza, Beckham and Gerrard.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Croatia, the first team in 28 years to come from behind to win a World Cup semifinal match, will play France for the title on Sunday in its biggest sporting moment since becoming an independent nation in 1991.France, which won its only title at home in 1998, will have an extra day of rest after beating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday. Croatia will be coming off its third straight extra-time match.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’Croatia’s Ivan Strinic, right, challenges for the ball England’s Jesse Lingard, left, during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)Defender Sime Vrsaljko kept the score even by heading a shot off the goal line about 10 minutes before Mandzukic scored.Kevin Trippier curled in a free kick for England in the fifth minute. Ivan Perisic tied the score in the 68th minute. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more

To Support Medium, Small Investors in Liberia:

first_imgAs part of its effort to promote Liberia’s investment opportunities, the National Investment Commission (NIC), has entered into an agreement with Liberty Finance, a Liberian micro finance institution. The Agreement called for the provision of financial opportunities to medium and small investors across the country.In a chat with journalists recently at his Mamba Point office in Monrovia, NIC Chairman Michael S. Wotorson said his entity wants to place a great deal of focus on Liberian Institutions and businesses.The exercise, according to Wotorson, is to promote Liberian businesses but also not to discriminate against foreign businesses.He said, it was important to provide more opportunities for Liberian businesses and institutions to strengthen the country’s financial capacity.“If you invest in medium and small businesses to expand and stand stronger, you will change economic growth for the better, because you are providing opportunities for many people at a lower level.”“What I try to do at the NIC is to place a great deal of focus on our interactions with Liberian institutions and businesses, not that I want to discriminate against foreign businesses. I think it is extremely important that we provide more financial spaces for Liberian institutions,” he added.At NIC, Mr. Wotorson said, there is something his administration formulated called the ‘special investment incentives.’  “This package is a basic idea that when a business comes to us, and before we even look at the owner’s application, we require you to go out and enter into a relationship with a technical vocational Educational institution, like the Liberia Opportunities Industrialization Center (LOIC) or the Monrovia Vocation Training Center (MVTC), and establish an agreement with them.”Thereafter, he said, the NIC had requested foreign investors to hire certain number of graduates from these training centers and subsequently promote those graduates to leadership and managerial positions in a way that will be monitored and quantified.“So we actually tell you that within a certain period of time that we want to see [certain] number of people you took from LOIC placed in these kind of positions, and we don’t let you agree verbally but we allow you sign an agreement with LOIC or MVTC and bring that agreement to us,” he indicated.He said the NIC also wants foreign investors set up agreements with businesses that are majority (at least 51%) owned by Liberians, to procure as many of their needed items as possible. “Lastly, we will require you to sign an agreement with us that says everything we require you to do, you will agree to do it. Once we have done all of those things, we will now look at your application and evaluate it and determine whether  or not you are eligible and you receive a special investment incentive, the NIC Chairman said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Nightmare

first_imgHe awoke feeling nauseous, with his head pounding inside. In these days of the deadly Ebola outbreak, he knew the danger that surrounded on anyone who would vomit in public, and prayed silently that whatever were the cause of his headache and the feeling of vomiting was not due to the Ebola virus.   Fifteen minutes later, he was ready to journey to downtown Monrovia, as his usual routine indicated. He worried about causing panic, especially since he had had the urge to throw up. Earlier, he had rushed to the bathroom, locked the door, and forced himself to vomit, and because he had not eaten that morning, he could only throw out a little or nothing else could happen for him to worry about.  Reports of Ebola and the symptoms had been aired on every radio station, and newspapers had been doing a lot more. He wanted to tell someone about his discomfort, but who would not suggest the symptoms were not those of Ebola. What about going to any of the mushrooming quarantine places in Monrovia to tell them his situation? The best they could do would be to quarantine or isolate him while they treat the fever and then the vomiting. And maybe after some days, say nine or fourteen days, he would be issued with a certificate that he was Ebola free, as it was being done. He wondered if that was an honest declaration! Though the idea of being infected with the Ebola virus was a major fear, he had not done anything or not been involved with anyone who might have had the virus. And to always be on the safe side, he had washed his hands with chlorine water daily. With such an examination, he could not convince himself that he was infected, but just the ordinary experience of fever.  At the Duala Bus Station, he walked briskly to a Car Boy, and inquired about the destination. “How far you going?” “Waterside,” the Car Boy replied without interest, “but no space.” Joe looked around him and saw many more people gathering around, ostensibly waiting for the next available bus to town.  So far, things had been doing fine with him. He had not experienced any sign of vomiting or ‘throwing up’ and that was wonderful but there was an inner feeling of fear. He prayed he would not face any such embarrassment. He could not imagine what it would mean if he were to vomit among the crowd. He began to fantasize about what could happen:  He could see himself bent at the corner, vomiting and while he would expect someone with medical knowledge to come to his rescue, someone would shout Ebola and would point a finger at him. He could see people running helter-skelter for dear life since Ebola had become one of the stubborn killers in the country. Now, as people ran here and there, there would still be others watching him from a safe distance.  Somewhere, while his vomit increases, many in the crowd would pull out their mobile phones and call 4455, the main contact number of the Ebola Response Team, to come get him. With that done, he would realize that he would be on his way to somewhere beyond tomorrow. He was not aware about how many people had apparently vomited and removed to a quarantine area, but he would imagine people with white gowns and protective gears coming for him, after one more than six hours waiting for help. Normally, the Response Team would not come readily, that is as soon as the team is called. There are instances where Ebola Response Team had delayed its appearance, due to the fear that some ‘crazy’ people in the area would prevent their work, until it was after three days. With such fear, Joe knew after many calls, the team would eventually arrive on the third day, and the team would spray him from head to toe with chlorine water. He could see a large number of people watching the exercise like watching a movie.  Suddenly, Joe came out of his reverie when a blue bus came around and he saw people dashing to get a seat. As many of people rushed to the windows, others dashed to the main door, and he saw people rubbing their bodies against each other.  Someone behind him said, “See how they are on each other!” Joe turned with a rumble in his stomach, and managed to smile at the speaker with a nod. He was too much involved with his thoughts and in his own problems to be concerned about how others were rubbing themselves against each other in their desperate effort to secure a seat on a bus. Then a taxi also screeched to a stop and many people rushed towards it.  “Even taxis are not even better,” he murmured to himself. Then a voice that sounded like a woman’s replied to the first one, “What can we do?” Turning around, Joe saw her. She was about twenty six, with a light red blouse; hair weaved with an attachment and with attractive legs, smiling.  The man said, “If one can get Ebola by torching another, I can bet you that many of us would get the virus.” The woman kept her smile in place and swept her face behind with a blush.  She said, “I thank God that we don’t get simply by torching.” Joe did not feel too much concern to make a contribution and kept his eyes focus on his problems but he wondered about the difference between shaking hands and torching another. Joe was not feeling worse, but he was afraid that like it happened early in the morning when he was forced to dash into the bathroom to honor the pressure to throw up which nothing much happened. That was his trump card.  What had stabilized his condition was what he did last night. He had rushed to one of the many drug stores and told the attendant he wanted something to relief his fever. The attendant did not really had much to tell him and recommended ‘Sulfadoxine’ and ‘Pyrimethamine’ (Malafil), a three in one dose, along with Ibuprofen and Paracetamol tablets. Taken the tablets did not solve the problem immediately, as he struggled the entire night with fearful dreams. He woke up several times, sweating. Though by the morning, there was a level of stability but his headache lingered on.  He had been praying not to create any scene like he had fantasized earlier and so far everything seemed to have gone on well. But deep down his heart he had the fear that anything could happen. All he wanted to do was getting away from Point 4 Junction as quickly as he could but that was not possible since there were more commuters than cars and the bad road made it difficult for vehicles to get to their destinations quicker.  The next two hours went without any incident but Joe did not feel comfortable because he knew he was not completely well. He then remembered that he still had a couple of tablets in his breast pocket but he would have to reach in town, take in some food before taking them.  Two buses screeched to a stop, and he rushed to grab at the front door of one of the buses nearest to him, as the driver drove on. Many commuters jostled each other to enter the bus from the main door.  He made it.  He held a smaller bag with his computer inside in front of him, and remained calm, always praying that he would not throw up to create a scene. As the bus crawled towards downtown Monrovia, Joe kept himself focus. He knew many other Liberians would have to go through life with an experience such like his. He had been fortunate not to throw out or vomit, but he could not imagine any Liberian who had had the experience to vomit on a bus or in a taxi.    These were not normal times; he had long concluded. He knew it was not even the right time to die, if one could determine that. Why? Many, who had died in this period, were sent to a crematorium, somewhere in Boys Town with no one to cry for them. Joe felt a sense of revulsion about being cremated, or in a lay man’s terms, to be burned into ashes.  However, he was not concerned about it since he was still alive and kicking and convinced that he did not have the Ebola virus, just that he was suffering from fever and its attendant vomiting that he was determined to treat to the end.  It was a nightmare all right. “I don’t want any of the health workers to pronounce me of having the virus, simply because I am vomiting,” he said, when the bus arrived on Johnson Street parking, and he alighted.  Thirty minutes later, Joe felt more relief after he had taken a second dose of tablets. He knew that self medication was a dangerous exercise but with a community in which every symptom of headache or vomiting could be diagnosed as the deadly Ebola virus, he could not help but choose the course he took that brought him the much needed relief to wait and fight another day. 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Bong County High School Championship Reaches Finals

first_imgSt Martin’s set for the championship finalsDefending Bong County High School Football Champions N.V. Massaquoi will meet St. Martin’s High School in both football (FB) and kickball (KB) at the David Kuyon Sports Grounds in Gbarnga, Bong County, during the finals of the Bong County High School Championship on Saturday, June 9.The clash of the two high schools is the result of successive wins by both N.V. Massaquoi and St. Martin’s High School. Prior to the finals, N.V. Massaquoi defeated Tubman Gray 14–0 in kickball while St. Martin’s defeated Alexander A. Andrews 5–2 in the kickball semi-finals. In football semi-finals, Defending Bong County High School Football Champions N.V. Massaquoi defeated Bong Community 1–0 while St. Martin’s defeated Gboveh High School 5–4 in a penalty shootout after playing goalless during full ninety minutes.Emmanuel Potee of Gboveh High School maintains his position as the highest goal scorer of the tournament so far with 4 goals, followed by Solomon Sumo of N.V. Massaquoi with 3 goals, Benedict Rennie of Phebe Lutheran with 3 goals, and Varney Kamara of Gboveh High with 3 goals.The fixture for the Grand Finals is as follows:Saturday, June 9, 2018, N.V. MASSAQUOI vs ST. MARTIN’S 1:00 KBSaturday, June 9, 2018, N.V. MASSAQUOI vs ST. MARTIN’S 3:00 FBThe winners (FB and KB) from Bong County High School Championship will meet other champion high schools from Bassa, Nimba, and Margibi during Region 2 Championship sometime next month. Meanwhile, the Grand Bassa High School Championship commences on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the Doris Williams Sports Grounds in Buchanan, featuring eight high schools.Five Sports Regions:Region 1 – Lofa, Gbarpolu, Cape Mount, BomiRegion 2 – Bong, Nimba, Margibi, Grand BassaRegion 3 – MontserradoRegion 4 – River Cess, Sinoe, Grand KruRegion 5 – Grand Gedeh, River Gee, MarylandAll games are organized by National High School Sports, an organization that uses sports as a platform to motivate young people to enroll in high school. The organization harnesses sports and education in support of youth development, boosting school enrollment and helping to reduce youth illiteracy in Liberia.Prizes for the 2018 national high school football and kickball champions include a large trophy, medals, and cash and an international travel opportunity for the national football champions to play friendly international high school games in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone or Ivory Coast.The Most Valuable Player of the 2018 National High School Football and Kickball Championship will receive cash prizes and one-year scholarship while the Highest Goal Scorer will receive a cash prize.Provisional list of tournament sponsors: NASSCORP, Orange Liberia, CBL, LBDI, Doxxbet Liberia Inc., Carter Center, National Housing Authority, NAYMOTE, Universal Outreach Foundation, YOCEL, LTA, LRA, TOTAL Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Update – Power Outages all over the BC Peace Country

first_imgThis map shows who is effected by the power outage in Taylor. The power has also been knocked out in a number of areas in and around Dawson Creek.  At one point the power was out in over 110 homes, with some areas being told they might not get their power restored until 10am on Friday September 4th.  The majority of those outages were caused by lightning strikes.Many areas of the BC Peace are experience a large amount of lightning.  According to Environment Canada some areas are receiving any where from 2.5 – 9.9 lightning strikes per minute.If you have any photos of the storm you’d like to share, e-mail contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comThis map shows where the power is out in Fort St. JohnAdvertisement Photo:  Thank you to Jen Andrews for submitted this photo of a lightning strike just before the rain started Thursday nightA number of customers all over the BC Peace Country are without power because of a thunderstorm moving through the region.- Advertisement -The largest outage is effecting customers Northeast of Fort St. John.  The area is South of Bueckert AVE, North of Alaska HWY, East of Old Fort RD, West of Bison Road.  Approximately 1,800 customers are without power and Hydro expects power to be restored by 1am.  The power went out in this area around 11:30pm.At 11:40pm the power was knocked out in a small area of Fort St. John.  The area is North of 96 AVE, South of 97 AVE, East of 104 ST and West of 100 ST (see the below map).  The power is out to about 80 customers and should be restored by 5am September 4th.Just before 11pm Thursday night, 160 customers in Taylor lost power because of the lightning storm.  The outage is effecting customers North of Taylor RD, West of Alaska HWY and South of 102ND ST.  At this time BC Hydro says the power should be restored by 2am.  For updates on the outages visit read more

Del Rio League leaders to play

first_img2:15 p.m.Del Rio League baseball leaders El Rancho and Santa Fe clash head on in two games this week. El Rancho is 10-5 overall and 6-1 in league. Santa Fe is 8-5-1 and 5-2. Santa Fe hosts Wednesday game scheduled at Lake Center Athletic Park (LCAP). The Chiefs will play at El Rancho Friday. Both games begin at 3:15 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

An anguished quest

first_imgCooped up alone in his Chinese hotel room, Darren Russell sat terrified. He was tough. He had suffered through plenty in the previous months and never said a thing. But now he was broke, sick and thousands of miles from home. So he surrendered to fear and reached for the phone. At 10:02 p.m. April 13, 2005, he dialed the international code for his father’s cell phone, but Mike Russell didn’t pick up. Voice shaking and rough, Darren left a message pleading for help. “I’m scared,” he said. “I want to get out of here. I’ve never been so scared in my life.” A world away in Calabasas, Maxine and Mike Russell were panicking because they hadn’t heard from their 35-year-old son. They had been getting daily updates from him, and now everything was going to hell. After months of fighting with his boss about what he thought were substandard conditions at the Decai school in Guangzhou, China, Darren had quit his job and threatened to go to the police. He had been kicked out of his apartment and shuttled to a hotel an hour away from the airport. Thieves stripped him of his college ring and $400. His mom wired $1,500 for a plane ticket home, but he couldn’t access the money. He didn’t have his passport or his laptop. She frantically worked the phones, contacting the State Department and trying to get her son home. Even from afar, they stayed in close contact. “We were inseparable,” she said. “There was never a day I didn’t speak with him. I knew if he didn’t call that he was hurt very badly.” On April 16, a State Department representative called instead. “I’m sorry to inform you,” a woman told her, “your son is dead.” Maxine Russell screamed. A new twist Authorities told the grieving mother that her son had been hit by a truck, that the force of the collision had split his skull and killed him. But something didn’t feel right to her. Her son was terrified of traffic in China and rarely ventured into the chaotic lanes without following a local. She began to wonder. He had no other broken bones, no lacerations that would indicate a truck had slammed into his body. It took three weeks to get his body home. The Russells buried him in May 2005 in Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills, wondering all the while if he had been murdered. And the official word on his death kept changing. When Maxine requested English copies of his medical records, they arrived – in Chinese. When she had them translated, they turned out to be for a woman suffering from depression. Seeking answers and closure, Maxine Russell again contacted the State Department, along with the Chinese government, Congress, the Senate, the FBI and anyone else she thought could help. In the ensuing two years, she sent more than 1,000 packets describing the mysterious circumstances of Darren’s death. Most got no response. But she didn’t give up. She had a replica made of her son’s stolen college ring and a necklace with the Chinese character for White Rabbit – the nickname his students gave him – that she wears in remembrance. She started three Web sites,, and, to tell the story herself. She kept pressing Congress, but things moved slowly. No one seemed interested in investigating an old death officially ruled an accident. So in March, she had her son’s body exhumed and autopsied by Dr. David Posey, a La Ca ada-based pathologist. He found knuckle marks on Darren’s cheek and defensive wounds on his hand. “The injuries to your son have been analyzed, and there are no injuries to suggest Darren was struck by a truck or other type of motor vehicle,” Posey wrote in his report. “Based on all of the evidence reviewed and examined and the autopsy findings, the cause and manner of death are as follows: CAUSE OF DEATH: Blunt force trauma to head and brain. MANNER OF DEATH: Homicide.” Off to China Before he ended up cold and broken in a Guangzhou morgue, Darren had big plans. He grew up in Van Nuys and studied sociology at San Diego State University. He was good with kids, devoted to his family and worked hard. “He always had a feeling for the underdog,” his mom said. “He always cared about others.” As a child, he doted on his grandmother. When he saw children crying, he would crack them up with impressions of Donald Duck. Though shy at first, he was remembered as a loyal, giving friend. After college, he joined his dad in the family scrap metal business. But Darren wanted more. He tried acting. He considered going back to school for a master’s degree in social work, but he wanted to see the world. He picked China. So, for five months in 2004, he moved to Hebei Province and taught English. Everything went smoothly, and he decided to return a second time, receiving 23 job offers and signing with a school in Guangzhou called Decai. He left the day after Thanksgiving in high spirits and made his mom promise she would visit. But things went bad from the start. Not paradise Instead of the picturesque, two-story school shown on the Internet, he taught English classes seven days a week in a shabby, rented room. He had 1,200 students, grades 1 through 12. Everything seemed shady. Maxine Russell flew in to visit him in January 2005 and was shocked. The apartment the school had provided her son had no hot water. Grates kept the windows open at all times. When he woke up, frost dotted his blankets. His mom pushed him to ask for a better place, but he assured her everything would be fine. “I’m not here to live in a fancy apartment,” he laughed. “I’m here to teach.” And he was very good at that, recalled his mother, a 20-year teacher herself. He led the kids in songs, taught them how to dance. But the long hours and rigorous workload ground him down. He got sick, developing a terrible cough and bronchitis. He approached his supervisor, Luo Deyi, and asked to have his work week reduced to six days. He was denied. Again, his mother pleaded with him, telling him to quit and come home. He refused, saying he didn’t want to abandon the kids he had come to love. “The students are just innocent victims,” he told her. “I’m not going to let them down.” Ever since he had arrived, his mother said, Decai kept her son’s passport, preventing him from leaving. Each time he asked for its return, he got another excuse about why it was needed to get the proper work visa. Attempts to locate the school and Luo Deyi were unsuccessful. But in an interview last year with the Associated Press, Luo said Darren’s “teaching methods failed to meet the requirement of the school and fit the students.” She also claimed he had a drinking problem, which his mother denies. “It was very strange and irresponsible for them to blame us for their son’s death,” Luo told the AP. The breaking point By early April, Darren had enough. He was getting injections four times a week for his bronchitis, and he had nothing left to give. He confronted Luo, demanded his passport and threatened to report the school to authorities. When he quit, Luo ordered him out of his apartment immediately. He grabbed his belongings and made plans to fly to Hong Kong, renew his visa and find another job. When he tried to go to the airport, he was instead taken to the hotel where he would make that fateful call. It is unclear who took him there. For three days, he tried to arrange a way out, but nothing worked. He had no money. The hotel took his laptop as collateral. Police held onto his passport. The wire transfer from his parents wouldn’t go through. The Russells tried to get their son to the airport or the American Consulate, where they planned to fly in to rescue him. He called to plead for their help. Within hours, he was dead. The truth Now, Maxine Russell believes the autopsy results give her the ammunition she needs to force an investigation. “Before, it was the word of a grieving mother,” she said. “Now that I have the information, it’s a whole different case.” Her congressman, Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, agrees. He was one of the few who was receptive to her calls for an investigation, assigning a caseworker in 2005 and personally contacting State Department officials. With the added weight of the autopsy, Waxman now plans to bring the case before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, perhaps as a prelude to an investigation of human rights violations. “I believe Mrs. Russell deserves answers to her questions,” he said in a statement. “The preliminary report received by Mrs. Russell raises these questions anew, and I hope that the State Department and others will review this information carefully.” Neither the State Department press office nor the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles responded to interview requests. Waxman’s elevated interest encouraged Maxine Russell, who persistently has chased after answers for two years. She wants concrete information about her son’s death. A State Department warning about travel to China. For other prospective teachers to hear what happened to her son and to only work for accredited universities. Legal help to transform a campaign run from her living room into a large-scale effort. “But I will never sue. No amount of money will bring my son back,” she said. “I just want to get the truth out.” (818) 713-3738160Want 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

Chelsea line-up v Newcastle: Mourinho to make minor changes as Blues look to get back to winning ways

first_img 1 GoalkeeperConceding five for the first time this season in a tightly-contested London derby doesn’t automatically make you a bad goalkeeper, but it would certainly shake your confidence. Thibaut Courtois endured a miserable afternoon against Spurs but can learn from his mistakes and redeem himself immediately with a better performance against Newcastle. Mark Schwarzer’s departure to Leicester City probably means Petr Cech won’t be leaving this transfer window and the veteran reaffirmed his value with a clean sheet against Watford in the FA Cup last weekend.Defence Tottenham striker Harry Kane terrorised the Blues’ strongest defensive unit last time out, which doesn’t bode well for the greater tests to come. Even though captain John Terry bagged one of the consolation goals, lessons unlearned from the earlier defeat to Newcastle came back to haunt them at White Hart Lane. Gary Cahill is allowing strikers far too much room to attack Chelsea’s goal and the simulation storm of recent weeks involving the central defender and right-back Branislav Ivanovic suggest reinforcements are needed. Any points dropped or goals conceded could put defending champions City ahead so a vast improvement is needed. Cesar Azpilicueta is probably the only one of the back four to emerge with any credit with consistently positive displays.MidfieldCesc Fabregas probed, Willian worked hard and Eden Hazard mesmerised against a spirited Spurs side, but couldn’t inspire the Blues to victory. The usual tactics didn’t work as Nemanja Matic’s rare off day meant attacks weren’t as free flowing and Chelsea couldn’t really penetrate. Ramires’ probable return to the starting XI pleasingly provides a pacy, physical alternative.StrikerDiego Costa’s blistering early season form seems a distant memory as the striker has only netted twice in his last five Premier League games, taking his goal tally to 14. Chelsea lost their goal advantage over City during this time, so the Spaniard needs to rediscover his poacher’s instinct fast. Costa did break the deadlock against Spurs, but couldn’t score again as the Blues floundered. Didier Drogba is waiting in the wings and could be the answer against Newcastle, but it looks as though Costa will get the nod. Loic Remy, who got an FA Cup goal against Watford last weekend, is the next best option after Mohammed Salah’s inept New Year’s Day cameo.Chelsea fans, how do you think you’ll line-up this weekend? Comment below… It has been a difficult few weeks for Chelsea. A couple of poor results, capped by the 5-3 defeat to Tottenham has seen the Blues’ lead at the top of the Premier League disappear thanks also to a resurgent Man City.Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho’s crusade against the establishment resulted in the Portuguese being slapped with an FA charge and self-imposed vow of silence.The club may not be able to do much over Mourinho’s off-field predicament, but they certainly can do something about their slipping league form when they take on managerless Newcastle United at the weekend.The Magpies inflicted Chelsea’s first defeat of the season, but few would back them to repeat the feat at Stamford Bridge, following the recent upheaval on Tyneside.While Mourinho may not be sharing his thoughts ahead of the clash, he will be thankful that he has a fully-fit squad to choose from, for what will be an important fixture in the battle for league supremacy.Here’s how the Blues could line up: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 1last_img read more

Gor drown Bandari to open three-point lead

first_imgThe win sees Gor control the league table on 13 points, three ahead of Mathare United who face Thika United away on Sunday.Gor, who are unbeaten this season, could have taken the lead in the 25th minute when Francis Kahata floated the ball in the area, to see Kagere powerfully head but Bandari shot-stopper Farouk Shikhalo pushed the ball for a fruitless corner.Gor Mahia’s Wesley Onguso takes a cross. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYAThe goal came in the 44th minute after Bandari soaked in pressure, seeing defender Felly Mulumba deflect home Wesley Onguso’s cross for the own goal and hand the defending champions a 1-0 lead at the break.Gor were dominant the second half with their efforts paying dividends in the 62nd minute after Kagere fully maximized on Shikhalo’s blunder to score the second goal for Gor. Shikhalo had come out to clear the ball, but he missed to hand Kagere the golden opportunity to easily tap home past an empty net.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr giving out instructions to his players from the dugout. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYAAs it has been Gor head coach Dylan Kerr’s norm this season, he substituted Kahata for Boniface Omondi and Kagere who went out for Kevin ‘Ade’ Omondi.The changes increased the tempo of the match and in the 74th minute George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo made a good run on the left wing to set-up Onguso, who cut in and to smear a measured pass to Boniface Omondi, but Shikhalo was alert to save the danger.Bandari head coach Kennedy Odhiambo giving instructions to his players. Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYAGor now turn attention to continental football where they host Tunisian giants Esperance in the opening leg of the First round at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday next week.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia winger George ‘Blackberry Odhiambo’ beats Bandari’s Nicholas Meja. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Mighty Gor Mahia opened a three-point lead at the summit of the Kenyan Premier League after winning 2-0 over visiting Bandari in match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.K’Ogalo found the opener on the stroke of half time through Felly Mulumba’s own goals before talisman Meddie Kagere added the second in the 62nd minute.last_img read more


first_imgThe MS ArtaniaThere has been a delay in the arrival of the MS Artania into Killybegs tomorrow.Hundreds of people are due in the port to see the massive liver arrive.The cruiser, which has 1,200 passengers and 800 on board, was due to arrive in Donegal at 8am but will not now arrive until 11am. The ship will be leaving at 8pm as scheduled.Many of the passengers on board, most of whom are German and Swiss, will visit various sites across the North West including Glenveagh National Park, Glemcolmcille and Sligo.Tourism chiefs are hoping many of those who enjoy a day long break to Donegal may return on longer trips in the future.   SIGHTSEERS WARNED MASSIVE CRUISER WILL BE DELAYED COMING INTO KILLYBEGS was last modified: August 29th, 2014 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:cruiserdonegalKillybegsMS Artaniatouristslast_img read more