first_imgEVERTON (4-1-3-2)HOWARD,COLEMAN, STONES, MORI, BAINES,BARRY,DEULOFEU, CLEVERLEY, BARKLEY,KONE, LUKAKUTOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)KANE,ERIKSEN, DEMBELE, LAMELA,DIER, ALLI,ROSE, VERTONGHEN, ALDERWEIRELD, WALKER,LLORISTottenham Hotspur arrive at Goodison Park in fourth place, just one point behind third-placed Manchester City. They have lost only two games this season, equal lowest in the Barclays Premier League with Leicester. They have also conceded only 15 goals, the fewest in the division.Everton, meanwhile, have dropped to 11th following two defeats in their last three games, including Monday’s dramatic 4-3 reverse against Stoke City. At Goodison Park, Everton have won just three, yet they have also scored 22 home goals, the most in the division.Spurs will hope that Erik Lamela maintains his good record; the Argentine has scored four goals in his past five games in all competitions for Tottenham. And team-mate Harry Kane scored 29 goals in 2015.Everton’s Romelu Lukaku is enjoying an equally rich vein of form; he has 18 goals in all competitions so far and has 11 in his last 10 games, scoring in nine.And while there are proven goalscorers involved, a draw is the favoured result given the history of this fixture. In 23 previous Goodison Park clashes, no fewer than 10 have been drawn (including five at 0-0).Tottenham have won on eight occasions including last season – when Kane got the winner.But when they met at White Hart Lane in August it finished 0-0, with Spurs extended their unbeaten run against Everton home and away to six games.Everton give tests to Tom Cleverley, James McCarthy and Phil Jagielka while Tottenham have a doubt over Moussa Dembele.last_img read more

Mogae: ‘Corruption Must Be Tackled If Africa Would Grow’

first_imgAs Africans continuously brainstorm on how their respective countries can economically grow to have better infrastructures and reduce the high level of inequality, former Botswana President Festus Mogae has underscored that the growth and development of Africa cannot take place in the midst of corruption.Raising the issue at the recently held African Development Bank’s 49th Annual Meeting in Kigali, Rwandat, he former Botswana President said, “It is difficult to discuss the problems militating against Africa’s development and its inability to lift the majority of its people out of poverty without mentioning corruption.”Former President Mogae said he sees corruption as a universal problem and cautioned that Africa should not shy away from borrowing concepts from abroad to deal with its problems.According to him, Africa should not unduly worry about the sources of solutions needed to deal with corruption, provided that what is copied is appropriate to a particular situation.He noted that the form of corruption people deal with may have been borrowed from western nations.Discussing “Transparency and Accountability” in one of the many panel discussions held during the Meeting, former President Mogae stressed, “Another way transparency could be brought to bear with the endemic corruption in the continent is for donor countries and agencies to conduct regular on-the-spot visits to project sites and to demand and obtain detail receipts on expense to ensure that it corresponds with the volume of work done to implement the project.”He added, “Apart from being transparent and accountable to its citizens, all the arms of the government must be accountable and responsible to each other.”The former President is of the view that parliamentary oversight and judicial examinations are the ways to minimizing the effect of corruption.Former President Mogae’s comment is endorsed by many to be the main problem facing the African continent.  Moreover, he has the credibility to comment on corruption because his country has the lowest corruption record in Africa. To this effect, in 2013, British Commonwealth countries selected Botswana to host the anti-corruption centre.Recently the African Development Bank (AfDB) held its annual Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda to discuss issues creating impediments to economic growth in Africa and to strategize about what can be done to bring integration and development to the continent.Under the theme, “In 50 Years: The Africa We Want,” African leaders, heads of banking institutions, members of the civil society and observers discussed infrastructure, the African economy, youth empowerment, the gender divide and education, amongst other topics as key to uplifting Africa; the issue about vices such as corruption and poor leadership, which many view as THE impediment to growth wa not given much attention.Nevertheless, former President Mogae, along with Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, vocally brought the issue to the attention of African leaders.President Ondimba, who succeeded his late father Omar Bongo in Gabon, said integration in Africa and Africans seeing one another as Africans was a matter of political will on the part of each African leader.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘God Does Not Ask Our Opinion’

first_img“When God is about to do something great, a miracle, he does not ask whether we are ready; He makes a move without asking for our intervention.”  These were the words of Rev. Sando E. Townsend, moderator of the Presbytery of Liberia, delivering the funeral discourse over remains of the late ruling elder Daniel Webster Urey V on Saturday.  He explained that something had happened that changed the status quo and there is a need to return to the former glory.The death of a loved one or family member, he said, is an obstruction in the status quo which is a difficult to accept, bringing about pain, distress and, most of all, separation.“For you and me to be able to appreciate the Almighty God, there has to be hard and troubling days, tough times and difficult situations. There has to be a little rain in our sunshine if we are to give God the glory. If there were no difficult days, we would not appreciate God,” he noted.“Had David not faced the giant Goliath,” said Rev. Townsend, “David would not have known the power and goodness of God.  Had Moses and the people of Israel not faced the Red Sea, they would not have appreciated all that God did to bring them out of slavery in Egypt into the Promised Land.”According to him, death or any other serious challenge in life is a compelling reality which we are forced to face because it is part of the circle of life. In the case of death, he explained, “when the breath leaves the body, the spirit returns to the supreme Being.”But the moderator, who is also pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Monrovia, reassured the bereaved family and Careysburg’s crowded First Presbyterian Church by quoting St. Paul: “All things work together for the good of them that love God.”Rev.Townsend described the late ruling elder D. Webster Urey, V as a man who loved his country, his church, his family and people in general.Many tributes were paid to the late Mr. Urey by individuals and institutions, including the mayor of the City of Careysburg, Madam Anna Phillips, the Ministry of National Security, Lonestar Cell MTN, the Presbyterian Todee Mission’s Ophelia Johnson and the Presbyterian Churches of Monrovia and Careysburg.Also paying tributes were the family, including, the Boyce Family of Bensonville, from which the mother D. Webster V and his siblings hailed; and children, represented by their eldest sister, Ms. Emma Sofia Urey.Emma, named after her grandmother, Mrs. Emma Boyce Urey, tearfully underscored her father’s contributions to the family both in Liberia and the United States.Their father, who was a graduate of Cuttington (now Cuttington University), said he insisted upon them all remaining in school to ensure themselves a sound education.  He also urged them throughout their lives to be respectful children both at home and outside.  “We will miss our father in every way,” she said.In is tribute, Mr. Benoni Urey, younger brother of D. Webster V, acknowledged a steadfast relationship with his brother over the years, from the time he (Ben) got to know himself.Benoni explained that his brother was everything to him, including brother, father, strength, political advisor.  Ben believes that his brother blesses him even now, wherever he is.“It is difficult to say goodbye to someone you love; it is difficult to say bye to someone you think would never die.”Ben recalled how when his brother D. Webster was imprisoned at the Post Stocade following the coup in 1980, he (Benoni) had to find a Chemistry teaching job at Zion Academy on Benson Street because he heard that many members of the People’sRedemption Council (PRC), who staged the coup, attended there.  It was through this way that he was able to befriend one of the PRC people and have his brother freed.In paying tribute, the First Presbyterian Church of Careysburg described ruling elder D. Webster, V as the bridge used to bring three groups of people, including the poor and the rich.The Daily Observer was informed that the Ureys came to Liberia in 1856 from Kentucky in the United States.  They were led by several women, including their leader, Ms. Phoebe Urey.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Air bridges temporarily suspended at CJIA

first_imgIn a notice to the public on Wednesday, the Public Infrastructure Ministry informed that the use of the Passengers Boarding Bridges at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been temporarily suspended. According to the information posted on the Ministry’s Facebook page, the suspension was scheduled to facilitate additional work, which is a part of the Airport Expansion Project.“The Ministry of Public Infrastructure wishes to advise that the use of Passenger Boarding Bridges at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has been temporarily suspended. This scheduled suspension is required to facilitate the execution of other works of the Airport Expansion Project,” the Ministry stated.Nevertheless, the Ministry assured that the works will be completed in a short timeframe as it expressed regret for the inconvenience caused to outgoing and incoming passengers.This is not the first time that air bridges at CJIA are not functioning.In May, despite the millions of dollars in improvements being made at CJIA, passengers on social media vented their frustration as they were forced to use the tarmac after one of the airport’s air bridges malfunctioned.Also recently, airlines landing at the facility were forced to divert to Trinidad after the lights on the airport’s runway were not functioning. A few days later, an American Airlines aircraft suffered a blowout from a raised runway light at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), leaving over 100 passengers stranded.The CJIA expansion project got underway in 2012 under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration when Guyana secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project— for which the Guyana Government was to contribute some US$12 million.However, when the coalition Government came into power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but after discussions between Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), it was later announced that the project would be continued but a number of downgrades were done to the design.The extension of works into 2019 comes in disparity to an earlier commitment by Government, whereby it pledged that the works associated with the expansion would have been completed by the last quarter of 2018.last_img read more

Affordable housing sore point in Warner Center apartments

first_imgOn Wednesday, the City Council reaffirmed support for a 707-unit project in Warner Center that combines regular and senior apartments in one complex at 6200 De Soto Ave. The project was approved before the 2005 rule, but can’t be constructed until movie camera-maker Panavision moves out. The developer of the project has voluntarily agreed to rent 10 percent of the project’s senior units as affordable in exchange for the city extending his deadline to build. But Simms sought to appeal the city’s decision on that development so his own project could be completed instead and exempted from the affordable housing requirement. “I’ve never seen a developer fight another developer like this,” said Councilman Dennis Zine, who represents the area. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Councilman Jose Huizar, who sits on the committee, said the city’s premise was shaky. “Let’s call a spade a spade. If we’re going to pursue affordable housing, let’s provide it and not call it transportation mitigation,” he said. But Simms said he still plans to fight the requirement at Friday’s City Council meeting. “We’re still talking about millions of dollars,” said Ben Reznik, an attorney representing Simms. “The entire set-aside is not legal. It’s all based on a theoretical fallacy that affordable housing reduces the traffic impact. There’s no study pointed to, no facts provided. It’s all speculation.” Developers in Warner Center are closely watching the case to see if the affordable housing requirement sticks. The City Council had enacted the temporary requirement for developers after 2005 in the wake of a residential housing boom that saw 3,000 units built in two years. Los Angeles city leaders are easing an affordable-housing requirement for a proposed Warner Center apartment complex, but the developer is still gearing up for a fight over the issue. City officials had sought to reduce traffic by requiring Ronald Simms to designate 25 percent of his 438-unit project on Eaton Avenue as affordable housing for local workers. Officials argued that workers could walk or take public transit to work, thereby reducing area traffic. But Simms threatened to sue, saying there’s no link between low-income apartments and traffic. On Tuesday, the Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee reduced the affordable housing requirement to 15 percent after city officials admitted they couldn’t show exactly how affordable housing would cut traffic. last_img read more

Ex-Real Madrid president tells talkSPORT Zinedine Zidane is set to replace Rafa Benitez

first_imgZinedine Zidane is in line to replace Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid boss, the club’s former president Ramon Calderon has told talkSPORT.Benitez has endured a difficult start to his Bernabeu reign after replacing Carlo Ancelotti in the summer.He has overseen a humiliating defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Barcelona and Real are currently five points adrift of the La Liga leaders.President Florentino Perez is reportedly weighing up whether to ditch the ex-Liverpool boss and Calderon says, should he do so, then Zidane will almost certainly be his successor.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “Benitez is having problems. “Ancelotti was doing well and the players were backing him. Now with results not as expected people are starting to get fed up [under Benitez] and the players seem not to be very happy.“Having Benitez from the beginning was a problem. We knew this could happen if the results weren’t right. If he leaves, the man who will come in will be Zidane.”One of the club’s greatest ever players, Zidane’s appointment would be popular with the Bernabeu faithful.But Calderon believes Spain boss Vicente del Bosque, who enjoyed great success in charge of Real from 1999 to 2003, should be Perez’s top target.“Del Bosque proved to be a fantastic coach. He was with us all his life as a player and a coach. He won two Champions Leagues, he won the World Cup and the European Championship with the national team, so he would be the perfect manager,” he insisted.“I know the president doesn’t like him but, for me, he would be the right one. He knows the club well, he knows how things work. He did perfect at the time he was with us. He would be the right manager, no doubt.“It is too early [for Zidane]. He has been coaching the second team in the second division – he lacks experience. But it seems that the president has decided to have him on the bench if Benitez leaves.”last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgLA HABRA HEIGHTS – An unidentified motorist, who suffered a seizure, drove his car Monday into the front of the city’s multipurpose room, which is located just north of City Hall, sheriff’s officials said. “Units responded just before 1 p.m. to a call that a driver traveling northbound on Hacienda collided into City Hall,” said Sgt. Glen Looney. The man was not seriously injured, but was taken to a nearby hospital, he said. “It’s a mess out here,” said Kelly Julian of the city manager’s office. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champShe said no one was inside the building, located at 1245 Hacienda Road, at the time of the crash. “I don’t know if it’s structurally sound,” Julian said of the building, which serves as the council chambers. The city’s building inspector and code enforcement officials were inspecting the building. She also said the man’s wife, who had been driving behind him, witnessed the accident. Foundation gives $100,000 grant WHITTIER – The B.C. McCabe Foundation has awarded the Intercommunity Child Guidance Center a $100,000 grant to help fund the agency’s planned Infant-Toddler Center that provides social and mental health programs for infants, up to age 3, and their families. “The first 36 months of an infant’s life are critical to establishing healthy parent-child bonds and building high levels of self-esteem that will impact the child for the rest of his or her life,” said Charlene Dimas-Peinado, executive director of the child guidance center, whose agency provides mental health and social services for children and their families. “Nationally, one in five children enters the foster care system before their first birthday,” Dimas-Peinado said. “Therefore, early intervention is key to helping parents provide a healthy, loving environment for their infants.” The infant-toddler center, a partnership with Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, provides an early intervention and prevention program for families with infants at-risk for abuse, neglect or foster care placement. The goal is to decrease the risk by providing services aimed at fulfilling the well-being of the entire family system. Latino group to hold open house WHITTIER – The Hispanic Outreach Taskforce will hold an open house at noon Wednesday at its office, 13215 Penn St., No. 329. For information, call (562)789-0550. Holiday fundraiser slated Thursday WHITTIER – The Rio Hondo branch of the California Veteran Network will hold its first Christmas scholarship fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Red Oak BBQ, 7051 Greenleaf Ave. For information, call John Salcedo, (213) 505-5702. Massage therapy screening scheduled NORWALK – The Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive, will hold a massage therapy screening at 10 a.m. Thursday. It will be hosted by Pioneer Medical Group. Screenings will be offered to individuals, age 50 and older, on a first-come, first served basis. For information, call (562)929-5580. Lions to hold Christmas party WHITTIER – The East Whittier Lions Club will hold its annual Christmas party from 7to 9 a.m. Friday at the Whittier Masonic Lodge, 7604 Greenleaf Ave. Admission is $12. It covers breakfast, a puppet show for children and a gift from Santa. For information call Sam Defeo, (714) 571-1899 or e-mail sam@aeries.com – From staff reports160Want 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

Vikings to return with veteran starters

first_imgThe season also ended Tuesday for Saugus (20-10) and Hart (17-12). Saugus loses graduating ace pitcher Sarah Hooper, who also was the team’s leading hitter, but several key starters will be back, including slugger Victoria Kemp (.333, five home runs, 22 RBIs) along with second-team all-league honorees Melisa Koutz and Alex Cueva. Hart will have almost everyone back, including freshmen standouts Destiny Rodino and Jessica Shults, both of whom earned first-team all-league honors. Rodino, a left-hander, was 11-7 with a 0.35 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 156 innings. Shults led the team with a .365 batting average, one home run and 17 RBIs. “We have a good future ahead at Hart, a good young team,” first-year coach Steve Calendo said. “Jessica and Destiny had very strong years. I like it a lot here. It was a lot of fun to work with the girls, and my assistant coaches said the same thing. I’ll be back for at least one more year.” Hart’s JV team was undefeated in league competition. Key shortstop Melissa Brown should make a major contribution as a sophomore next year, and JV coach Jocelyn Evans is moving up as Calendo’s assistant. “There’s good young talent coming in,” Calendo said. “Melissa is an excellent shortstop, and she has good speed.” Among Hart’s graduating seniors is infielder Danielle Duhart, who plans to play at Point Loma Nazarene next season. gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It wasn’t the happy ending many had expected, but there is some good news in the wake of top-seeded Valencia High’s heartbreaking 3-2 upset loss Tuesday at Bishop Amat in the second round of the Southern Section Div. I softball playoffs. Nearly every key starter, including star pitcher Jordan Taylor, is an underclassman, so the Vikings (27-5) should be stronger than ever next season. Taylor, a 6-foot-1 right-hander who committed to Michigan before the season, pitched all but one game. She finished 26-5 with 416 strikeouts (most in Foothill League history) and a 0.13 ERA in 215 innings. She needs six victories to break the school career record of 49, shared by Tori Rocco (2001-2003) and Christina Ross (2002-04). First baseman Roni La Val is the only senior. Everyone else should be back. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We did the best we could. There’s always next season,” said Jessica Spigner, a sophomore third baseman who tied the school single-season home run record with six. Also expected to return are second baseman Nicole Matson (.421, five home runs, 19 RBIs, 10 stolen bases), center fielder Torrie Anderson (.358, five home runs, 21 RBIs), catcher Amy Moore (.321) and right fielder Kristen Aidem (.296, 23 runs, 12 stolen bases). Still, it’s hard not to dwell on such an early playoff exit for a team that was ranked No. 37 in the nation by Cal-Hi Sports – especially when you consider veteran coach Donna Lee’s pending retirement. “The best team doesn’t always win. Sometimes it’s the team that adjusts the best,” Lee said. “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet. Things don’t always go your way but I’m proud of my girls. They had a great season.” Two-year assistant Cristal Brown, who played at The Master’s College, is expected to be named head coach, though the job will be officially opened per district policy. last_img read more

Man United blow with David de Gea far from signing new contract

first_img RANKED BEST OF REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade According to The Telegraph, the glovesman is reluctant to extend his stay at Old Trafford with United struggling on the pitch. It is believed he does not want to remain with the club for the peak years of his career if silverware is an unlikely proposition.Juventus are on the lookout for a new number one and have been linked with De Gea. United could be forced to sell the keeper next summer if he will not sign a contract, or they will lose him for free at the end of 2019/20.The Red Devils have reportedly targeted Mat Ryan, the Brighton goalkeeper, as a potential replacement for De Gea. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice shining MONEY REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card David de Gea is no closer to signing a new contract with Manchester United, according to reports.De Gea, the Spain goalkeeper, is out of contract at the end of the season, but he, along with eight other players, has a clause in his deal allowing United to extend it for a further year. Latest Football Newscenter_img Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow The Old Trafford club have been holding talks with De Gea’s representatives in an attempt to tie him down on fresh terms, but so far he has been unwilling to agree to a new deal.Last month talkSPORT told you that United have given the 28-year-old until the end of the year to put pen to paper, otherwise they will exercise their right to extend his deal until summer 2020.However, with just a month-and-a-half to go before his deadline expires, De Gea remains no closer to agreeing a contract with the club. REVEALED De Gea has not performed to his usual elite level this season ADVICE Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 1 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more


first_imgTHE group Co-operating for Cancer Care North West has moved today to distance itself from any perceived criticism of the Relay for Life event.It comes after some people questioned where money from the event would be spent.Hoever Noelle Duddy, spokesperson, CCC(NW) insisted today: “Last week it was reported in the media that ‘Cancer Groups’ in Donegal had ‘serious concerns’ that the monies raised, during May’s Relay for Life event, of almost 350,000 euro, would not be spent in Donegal. “Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest would like to publicly state that it was not one of those ‘Cancer Groups’, nor do we share these ‘Cancer Groups’ concerns.“CCC(NW) has never had or expressed any concern regarding monies raised by the very successful Relay for Life – Donegal fund raiser for the Irish Cancer Society, (ICS) nor on how this money is to be spent.“The Relay for Life – Donegal Committee was very clear in informing the community in Donegal that it was fund-raising for the ICS, a national cancer charity.  The phenomenal success of their event was testament to their very hard work and to the great generosity of Donegal people.  Well done.“CCC(NW) has always recognised the Irish Cancer Society’s contribution for many, many years to the support, education, care and welfare of not only cancer patients and their families in Donegal but throughout Ireland.  The Society, which receives no Government funding also funds cancer research which will help current and/or future cancer patients.” “CCC(NW) applauds the news that the ICS will be opening a Daffodil Centre in Letterkenny General Hospital in the autumn.  This Centre will be a most welcomed and needed resource for cancer patients and their families as they begin their journey through a cancer diagnosis and treatment and also as a resource in educating the general public on cancer awareness, prevention and early detection.  Further information on the work of the ICS can be found on its website, www.cancer.ie”“As members of the public have being contacting us on this issue over the last week, it has become clear that some people are confusing us with Donegal Action for Cancer Care, (DACC).  CCC(NW) would like to clarify that we have absolutely no connection with DACC/Betty Holmes.  We do not fund-raise nor do we provide services.  We are strictly a lobbying group, campaigning for the retention and development of cancer services in Donegal/NW and for the much needed provision of an equitable single tier health service.  Our most recent success has been to lobby for the approval of the cross border North West Radiotherapy Centre at Altnagelvin which will provide treatment for the majority of future Donegal cancer patients, thus removing the distress of having to travel to Galway or Dublin for radiotherapy.   It is envisaged that this Centre will be operational by 2016.  CCC(NW) continues to support further cross border co-operation in Healthcare.” CANCER MONEY ROW: GROUP SUPPORTS RELAY FOR LIFE was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more