Taylor leads Windies Women to another win

first_imgVIJAYAWADA India, (CMC):West Indies Women remained true to form when they clinched their three-match Twenty20 International series against India with an uncomplicated 31-run victory in the second game here yesterday.Defending 137 for five at the Mulapadu Cricket Stadium, the Caribbean side knocked over the hosts for 106 off 18.1 overs, to win their second game in three days and make up for the pain of their 3-0 whitewash in the preceding one-day series.Sent in, West Indies Women were again propelled by captain Stafanie Taylor who top-scored with 47, while veteran Deandra Dottin stroked 35 and teenaged opener Hayley Matthews, 27.Seamer Shikha Pandey was the best bowler with two for 29.Matthews gave the innings impetus in a brisk 28-ball knock, which included five fours, but she and Britney Cooper (5) fell in the space of nine deliveries to leave the visitors on 41 for two in the eighth over.Taylor then expertly anchored two key partnership to ensure West Indies built a competitive total. First, she put on 48 for the third wicket with Dottin, who dominated with a 21-ball cameo, which included five boundaries.Secondly, she added a further 48 for the fourth wicket with former captain Merissa Aguilleira, whose 21 came from 17 balls and included two fours.All told, Taylor faced 46 deliveries and counted four fours.India Women then found themselves in early trouble when they lost Smriti Mandhana cheaply for four off the fourth ball of the innings with the score on five, and several attempts to revive the innings failed.BEST STANDSCaptain Harmanpreet Kaur top-scored with a brisk 43 off 37 balls with a four and three sixes, while Deepti Sharma chipped in with 24 from 21 balls, but the hosts struggled to put partnerships together.Deepti Sharma added 24 for the second wicket with Meghna Singh (17) and another 22 for the fourth with Kaur for the best stands of the innings.When Deepti Sharma was caught and bowled by off-spinner Anisa Mohammed in the 11th over, India Women were struggling on 59 for four, and Mohammed and Dottin combined to trigger a collapse which saw the last six wickets go down for 47 runs.Mohammed finished with three for 23 and seamer Dottin picked up three for 24 – including Kaur who was last out.The final game of the series starts tonight at 11:30p.m.SCOREBOARDWEST INDIES WOMENH Matthews c Kaur b Pandey 27*S Taylor c Goswami b Bisht 47B Cooper c Meghna Singh b Sharma 5D Dottin c Patil b Pandey 35+M Aguilleira run out 21Kycia Knight not out 0Extras (lb2) 2TOTAL (5 wkts, 20 overs) 137Did not bat: S Quintyne, A Mohammed, S Selman, C Nation, S Connell.Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-41, 3-89, 4-137, 5-137.Bowling: Goswami 4-0-27-0, Patil 3-0-17-0, Bisht 4-0-26-1, Pandey 4-0-29-2, Sharma 4-0-27-1, Bose 1-0-9-0.INDIA WOMENS Mandhana c Cooper b Selman 4Meghna Singh lbw b Matthews 17D Sharma c & b Mohammed 24V Krishnamurthy b Matthews 5*H Kaur c Quintyne b Dottin 43S Pandey c Quintyne b Mohammed 5A Patil lbw b Mohammed 0J Goswami c Connell b Dottin 3E Bisht c Cooper b Dottin 0+N Parween c Mohammed b Quintyne 1Preeti Bose not out 2Extras (w2) 2TOTAL (all out; 18.1 overs) 106Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-29, 3-37, 4-59, 5-73, 6-74, 7-80, 8-80, 9-87, 10-106.Bowling: Selman 3-0-22-1 (w1), Dottin 3.1-0-24-3 (w1), Matthews 4-0-15-2, Mohammed 4-0-23-3, Quintyne 4-0-22-1.Result: West Indies Women won by 31 runs.last_img read more

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NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 13

first_imgWith the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Finally, we get some sense of clarity two weeks away from the end of the eliminations.Lyceum and San Beda have already punched their tickets to the playoffs and JRU seems to be following suit after moving a win away from nabbing the third spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThree more teams are duking it out for the last Final Four spot, making every game for Letran, San Sebastian, and Arellano do-or-die duels.Individually, players are also doing last-ditch efforts on not just helping their respective teams progress, but also put themselves in the conversation for the end of season awards. 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For the second straight week, and fourth time overall, the energetic Lyceum forward tops this week’s rankings.Though the Pirates are facing what could be their toughest stretch yet, Perez is still keeping his numbers up as he leads his team’s bid to sweep the elimination round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(2) Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers16.5 points (4/10 3PT), 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assistsLast Week: N/AChurning out consistent numbers in JRU’s Final Four drive, Jed Mendoza takes the cake in the team’s 2-0 week.The playmaker’s poise, coupled with his stupendous sniping from downtown was really a big shot in the arm for the Heavy Bombers as they move a win away from clinching a seat in the Final Four.Mendoza has shown that he can be the perfect compliment to Tey Teodoro all season long, but his biggest test will be in its next two games as JRU seeks to formalize its entry to the postseason.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(3) Andoy Estrella – G, Mapua Cardinals22 points (2-4 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal But as for this past three game days, here are the week’s best performers.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 stealsLast Week: 1CJ Perez continues to prove that he is one of the best, if not the best collegiate player in the country today.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(5) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs16 points, 11 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/AKent Salado just brought Arellano out of the depths of elimination, doing it all in the team’s 95-65 beatdown of College of St. Benilde.Fighting for survival, the speedy playmaker’s double-double night against the Blazers kept the Chiefs’ flailing hopes alive as they seek to make a late rally to the Final Four.But the job won’t be easy, as Arellano will have no other choice but to win its next games, starting on Tuesday against San Sebastian.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(6) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags15 points, 13 rebounds, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAnother solid showing went down the drain for Michael Calisaan as San Sebastian suffered another loss to drop to 7-8. 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How to help the Taal evacuees Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Last Week: N/AHope may be lost, but that won’t stop Andoy Estrella from giving Mapua its first winning streak of the season.The senior guard was clutch once again as he lifted the Cardinals to a gutsy 76-71 win over Perpetual on Thursday.Mapua may already be out of the running for the Final Four, but that doesn’t mean that Estrella couldn’t get the graceful exit he’s pining for.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(4) AC Soberano – G, San Beda Red Lions13 points (7-12 3PT), 2.5 reboundsLast Week: N/AAnother sharp-shooter enters this week’s list as AC Soberano unfurled a pair of standout outings in a 2-0 week for San Beda.Already considered as one of the deadliest snipers in the amateurs, the stocky guard showed how lethal he could be as he fired 5-of-7 threes to pour in 17 points in the Red Lions’ 88-51 rout of EAC.That’s exactly the performance coach Boyet Fernandez was looking for as San Beda gears towards its final elimination game against league-leader Lyceum. 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Bong to Get Mini Hydro Soon

first_imgThe country representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Mr. Bafotigui Sako, has disclosed that his institution is planning the construction and installation of a 1megawatt ‘run of the river’ mini hydro-power station in Suakoko District, Bong County.The mini hydro-power station is expected to be constructed on the Mein River, and is expected to provide electricity to approximately 30% of households in Suakoko Town and 15% in the rural area of Suakoko District.He stressed that the goal of the project is to remove the institutional, technical, policy and economic barriers to the promotion of mini-hydro power for productive application in Liberia.The UNIDO country representative said that Liberia is reported to be one of the African countries with the highest amount of renewable water resources amenible to mini- and small-hydro power, which has the potential to play a significant role in the development of the national economy if effectively exploited.“Small hydro-power stations play a major roll in the development of the national economy and address the energy needs of rural communities in Liberia,” he indicated.According to him, when completed, this project will build on national priorities, taking into account recommendations made in the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), as well as in the power sector master plan. According to that plan, the GoL will ‘begin to develop new hydropower generation capacity and assess other energy sources’ eight.The PRS’ goal for the energy sector is to “provide reliable, sustainable and affordable energy services to all Liberians in an environmentally sound manner.”   Mr. Sako further estimated that the project would bring electricity from the hydro station to various institutions, including government buildings, small and medium enterprises, and commercial buildings.The UNIDO boss made the disclosure on Monday December 9, 2013 at the opening of a ten-day training workshop held at the Mamba Point Hotel in Monrovia.The workshop focuses on Hydro Power Project Development in Liberia, and is held under the theme: “Small Hydro-power project Development in Liberia.”The workshop brings together 40 civil servants from line ministries and agencies, private universities and the Engineering Society of Liberia.It is being co-financed by United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with Winrock International/Liberia Energy Sector Support Program (LESSP), which is serving as the implementing partner.Mr. Sako explained that the Suakoko mini-hydro power is the pilot project of the entire program, which is expected to lay the foundation for a market environment for mini hydro-based renewable energy in Liberia.He noted that similar projects have been successfully implemented by UNIDO in other African countries like Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya. Developing countries around the world such as Sri Lanka and Indonesia have also benefited from this activity.Currently, he is serving as representative to three West African countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.Earlier, the National Project Coordinator, A. Brahima Sackie urged the participants’ to make use of the knowledge and get prepared of the greater challenges is ahead of them. For her part, the Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and focal person of the mini hydro-power installation in the country, Madam Anyaa Vohiri, underscored that the EPA is committed to its partners in providing such services as relate to its mandate.As an institution, “We need technical people who will be able to undertake initiatives like this,” said Madam Vohiri.Also speaking at the workshop, Madam Jewel Howard Taylor, senior Senator for Bong County, welcomed the gesture and described it as timely for the people of her district.According to her, thirty percent of the county’s urban and peri-urban population needs to have access to reliable modern energy services, which will enable them to meet their basic needs and services.The senior Senator of Bong County also urged participants to make use of the training and thanked UNIDO and its partners for the opportunity.The Executive Director of Rural and Renewable Energy Agency (RREA), Augustus V. Goanue, also lauded the organizers for the program.Mr. Goanue told participants that there role is to facility and support Liberia’s economic.The RREA boss also stated that his institution is also responsible for supplying modern energy to rural Liberia.The training is being facilitated by a group of professors from India University. They include Dr. Arun Kumar, Team Leader; Dr. Praven Saxena and Dr.Girish Chandra Singh Gaur.Others are Dr. Rahul Dev Garg and Dr. Rajeshwer Prasad Saini, who will train the participants in basic hydropower installation techniques such as Topographical Survey, Hydrologocal survey, Geological survey and amongst others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Resolving the Issue of Dual Citizenship in Liberia

first_imgFor the last decade, I have practiced primarily United States Immigration and Nationality Law.  I have read and analyzed the 1973 Aliens and Nationality Law of Liberia as well as the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.  As part of my immigration law practice, I have counseled and advised a number of clients of different nationalities and ethnicities on the issue of dual citizenship and maintaining the citizenship of their respective countries.  I have followed closely with great interest the dual citizenship debate in Liberia.   It is reported that Liberian Senate hopefuls Robert A. Sirleaf and George M. Weah are citizens of the United States.  Critics argue that the Liberian Constitution and statutory laws do not allow for dual nationality and if Mr. Sirleaf or Mr. Weah American citizens, they cannot hold public offices in Liberia. Supporters of dual citizenship argue that due to the Liberian civil crisis, many Liberians were forced to acquire foreign nationalities in order to survive and take care of their families in Liberia and overseas.  Supporters argue that it is against Liberia’s national interest to deny natural born Liberians the chance to participate in the reconstruction of the Liberian society solely on the fact that they acquire foreign citizenships.  The purpose of this article is to briefly discuss in what scenario does the Constitution allows for dual citizenship and laws affecting the automatic loss of Liberian citizenship. I will briefly discuss whether a United States citizen stands to lose her American citizenship if she serves in a foreign government.What does Liberian law say about the automatic loss of citizenship?Sections 22.1 and 22.2 of the 1973 Alien and Nationality Law of Liberia lists several acts that results in the automatic loss of Liberian citizenship by a Liberian national. A person loses his Liberian citizenship automatically when she (1) obtains naturalization in a foreign state, (2) takes an oath or declares allegiance to a foreign stat, (3) enters the armed forces of foreign state unless the President authorizes it, (4) votes in a political election in a foreign state or (5) formally renounces her Liberian nationality before a diplomatic or consular officer of Liberia in a foreign state.  The Government of Liberia is under no obligation to institute any proceedings to nullify and cancel a person’s citizenship in regards to the aforementioned acts.In 1984, four years after the military coup d’etat and the suspension of the 1847 Constitution, a new Constitution was adopted. This new constitution became effective in January of 1986 after President Samuel Doe took office.   The 1986 Constitution at Article 27(a) stated any that person who was a Liberian citizen when the constitution came into force continued to be a Liberian citizen.  Most importantly, the Constitution provided that no Liberian shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person, property, privilege or any other right without due process of the law. Due process means that before any person is deprived of a right or before that right is taken away, the Government must provide the citizen with notice that informs the person of the decision or activity that will affect his rights, must give her the opportunity to contest or complain and the provide her the opportunity to appeal the decision if she is not satisfied with the grievance procedure.It is here that the 1973 Aliens and Nationality Law and the 1986 Constitution clash.  The Aliens and Nationality law provides no due process for those Liberians who are adjudged to have lost their Liberian citizenship when they acquired foreign citizenships.  This is contrary to the provisions of the new constitution regarding due process.  Article 95 of the 1986 Constitution states that “Notwithstanding this abrogation, however, any enactment or rule of law in existence immediately before the coming into force of this Constitution, whether derived from the abrogated Constitution or from any other source shall, in so far as it is not inconsistent with any provision of this Constitution, continue in force as if enacted, issued or made under the authority of this Constitution.” (emphasis added).  Therefore, where the 1973 Aliens and Nationality law is inconsistent with the constitutional provision of due process, then is no longer valid or enforceable.  However, any determination of whether or not a law is constitutional is made by the Supreme Court of Liberian.  Therefore, unfortunately for supporters of blanket dual citizenship, until the law is struck down by the Supreme Court or until the Liberian legislature repeals or amends it, the President has to enforce the law.  I am of the opinion that the 1973 Aliens and Nationality law is unconstitutional and should be struck down by the Supreme Court.In what context does dual nationality exist in Liberia?Contrary to many reports, dual citizenship exists in Liberia within a limited context. The Constitution provides no requirement for the renunciation of Liberian citizenship where both parents at the time of a person’s birth are or were Liberian citizens and that person acquired another citizenship as a result of birth in that country. So, in the context of individuals born in the United States to Liberian parents, the Liberian Constitution does not require them to renounce their American citizenship acquired by birth.  Article 28 of the Constitution only mandates that if a person acquires another citizenship by virtue of the other parent’s citizenship, then they are required to renounce the other citizenship at the age of 21 in order to keep the Liberian citizenship.What happens to Liberians who acquired foreign citizenship when the Liberian Constitution was suspended?Liberians who acquired foreign citizenship during the years the Constitution was suspended (1990-1997 & 2003 to January 6, 2006) can argue that the laws affecting citizenship did not and do not apply to them.  In 2011, in the case of MPC et. al, v. NEC et al, the Supreme Court of Liberia addressed the issue of whether the drafters of the Liberian Constitution intended to exclude otherwise qualified Liberians, who through no fault of their own, were forced to leave Liberia because of war and conflict only to become refugees in other countries or who left Liberia prior to the civil war but were forced to remain outside the country because of the conflict, from seeking the Presidency. Speaking for the Court, Chief Justice Johnnie L. Lewis opined that none of the drafters of Liberian Constitution, especially as it related to Article 52(c) residency requirement for a presidential candidate, could have known, let alone considered the intervening cause of the devastating armed civil conflict and its implication on the lives of Liberian citizens.  The Court found that it would have been illogical to insist that the writers or drafters of the Constitution contemplated or intended that Liberians, faced with the devastating civil war, would remain in Liberia, because, at some point in the future they may want to run for the office of President or Vice-President.The Court also noted that between 1990 and 1997 and from 2003 to January 6, 2006, the Liberian constitution was suspended. The suspensions occurred because the running of an orderly government system became a practical impossibility as a result of the various civil wars and crises.  Liberian citizens should not be barred from contesting the 2011 presidential elections on account of the suspended Article 52(c), a non-governing law during the periods of war as well as constitutional suspension without offending the principle of ex post facto articulated under Article 21 of the Liberian Constitution.This same legal rationale can also be applied to Liberians who acquired another nationality or citizenship as a result of the unforeseen civil crisis and during the periods of suspension of the Liberian Constitution and Liberian laws.  After all, how can the provisions of the 1973 Aliens and Nationality Law and the 1986 Constitution be applied to them when the laws of Liberia were suspended.  The same arguments raised before the Supreme Court and were found convincing can be used to argue that the the1973 Aliens and Nationality Law, a non-governing laws during the periods of war as well as the constitutional suspension without offending the principle of ex post facto articulated under Article 21 of the Liberian Constitution.Does the United States allow dual citizenship and can a natural born or naturalized United States citizen serve in the government of Liberia, without loosing her United States citizenship?The United States has generally looked with disfavor upon United States citizens maintaining dual nationality.  Several United States Supreme Court decisions have raised the age old concerns of that dual nationality or citizenship brings.  However, the United States Supreme Court has also recognized that dual nationality is “a status long recognized in the law” and the “mere fact that he asserts the rights one citizenship does not without more mean that he renounces the other”. Thus, a United States citizen (natural born or naturalized) is not precluded from dual nationality that is obtained:Through naturalization in the United States when the foreign state does not divest its citizens of their citizenship upon naturalization in a foreign country;Through birth in the United States to nationals of a foreign country that follows principles of jus sanguinis (citizenship by blood); orThrough naturalization of a United States citizen in a foreign state that does not require the United States citizen to renounce United States citizenship or the United States citizen was found not to be expatriated.Now, assuming that Mr. Sirleaf or Mr. Weah are United States citizens and one of them is elected as Senator, do they lose or forfeit their United States citizenship? No.  The United States Immigration and Nationality law provides that a United States citizen, whether by birth or naturalization, shall not lose his United States citizenship if she serves in a foreign government and acquires the nationality of the foreign state or takes an oath or form of allegiance to the foreign states, if she did not intend to relinquish United States citizenship.ConclusionIn order to obtain closure on this matter, Liberians affected by the application of the 1973 Aliens and Nationality Law, or Liberians challenging the failure of the National Elections Commission to enforce the 1973 Aliens and Nationality Law, should pursue this matter to the Supreme Court of Liberia.  However, regardless of how this current dual citizen debate plays out in Court or in the public square, Liberians must find a more permanent resolution on this issue.  We can begin by looking at how other nations, such as Israel, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa, dealt with the issue of dual citizenship.  For example, the nation of Israel recognizes dual citizenship but requires dual nationals to first revoke their foreign citizenship under the laws of that country before serving as Ambassadors, Knesset members or in other sensitive posts. The Republic of Ghana recognizes dual citizenship and like Israel restricts dual nationals from being appointed to specific offices until she first renounces her foreign citizenship.  A South African who by formal and voluntary act acquires a foreign citizenship, automatically loses her South African citizenship unless they apply for, and receive permission to retain their South African citizenship before acquiring the citizenship of another country.  However, in the case of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Nigerians holding dual citizenship are not barred from contesting elective posts in Nigeria provided that the person holding the dual nationality acquired their Nigerian nationality by birth.  These are just a few of many examples that we as Liberians can study, and analyze as we begin to chart our own course. * Citizen of the Republic of Liberia. Admitted as an Attorney and Counselor-at-Law in the United States Supreme Court; the Court of Appeals of the State of Maryland; the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Circuits; and the United States Federal District Court for the District of Maryland.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Flyers defeat Steelheads 5-3

first_imgTERRACE, B.C – Needing a win to keep their hopes of a first place finish in this year’s Coy Cup alive, the Fort St. John Flyers got the job done tonight against Smithers. A big second period was the key as the Flyers skated their way to a 5-3 victory.The Steelheads held the lead after the opening period of play but a three spot put up by Fort St. John in the second gave them a two goal lead heading to the third period. The Steelheads closed the gap to one with just over 14 minutes to play in the game, but despite a late flurry they’d get no closer. An empty net goal by Fort St. John would close out the game.Scoring for the Flyers were Adam Horst, Jeff Shipton (2), Ryan Carter, and Joey Massingham.- Advertisement -The round robin will come to a close for the Flyers tomorrow as they take on the Whitehorse Huskies at 4 p.m. Because of Tuesday’s draw against Terrace it is still very much up in the air where Fort St. John will finish as anywhere from first through third remains a possibility.last_img read more

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Three Chetwynd residents killed in collision near Dawson Creek

first_imgRCMP say a northbound passenger vehicle lost control and collided with a south bound pickup truck. The damage to both vehicles was catastrophic and all occupants in the passenger vehicle were killed upon impact. Three occupants from the Pickup were transported to Dawson Creek hospital and released. Highway 97S was closed for about six hours while the RCMP conducted the investigation. The accident has since been cleaned up and the highway is open again. Dawson Creek RCMP have released the names of the three Chetwynd residents killed Saturday morning in a two vehicle collision on Highway 97S about 30 KM south of Dawson Creek. Deceased are:Terry Norris, 50 years old of Chetwynd- Advertisement -Candice Norris, 25 years old of ChetwyndDarryl Marshall, 29 years old of ChetwyndThe three deceased were traveling to Dawson Creek to attend a funeral.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Eriksen sparks Tottenham as United crash

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea could do nothing about the strike after his defence let him down. Photo/DAILY MAILLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 31 – Christian Eriksen fired the fastest Premier League goal of the season as the Tottenham midfielder’s strike after 11 seconds inspired a 2-0 win over Manchester United on Wednesday.In the Premier League era, Eriksen’s express finish is tied for second quickest with a Mark Viduka effort for Leeds against Charlton in 2001. Only Ledley King’s 10-second goal for Tottenham against Bradford in 2000 and Alan Shearer’s after the same time for Newcastle against Manchester City in 2003 are ahead of Eriksen and Viduka.Mauricio Pochettino’s side made the most of their explosive start and an own goal from United defender Phil Jones wrapped up the points before half-time.After taking just three points in five games this season against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and United, this was a much-needed statement that Tottenham can still compete with the big guns despite an inconsistent campaign.Fifth placed Tottenham are now just two points behind fourth placed Chelsea in the fight to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top four finish.The north Londoners, unbeaten in their last seven league games, head to Anfield for a crucial clash with third placed Liverpool on Sunday.Second placed United’s first defeat in nine league matches leaves them trailing 15 points behind leaders Manchester City.Adding to Jose Mourinho’s misery, Alexis Sanchez was utterly anonymous in his first league appearance for United following his blockbuster move from Arsenal.It was also the first time United midfielder Paul Pogba had finished on the losing team in 37 Premier League appearances, dating back to October 2016.Tottenham paraded new signing Lucas Moura at half-time, but the former Paris Saint Germain winger’s new team-mates quickly showed they already have plenty of attacking power.With a Premier League record crowd of 81,978 still getting settled in their seats, Eriksen gave Tottenham the perfect start at Wembley.Harry Kane overwhelmed Jones to flick a header into Dele Alli and he clipped a deft pass to Eriksen, who punished United’s slack marking by firing home from close-range for his eighth club goal of the season.– Complete control –Jones was struggling to deal with the movement of Tottenham’s forwards and Kane evaded him for a shot that forced United goalkeeper David De Gea into action.A bad night for the United defender got even worse in the 28th minute.When Kieran Trippier whipped over a low cross from the right, Jones should have cleared easily but instead he responded with a panicked attempt that diverted the ball past the stunned De Gea at his near post.United were short of energy and composure and it didn’t help that they were getting a subdued performance from Sanchez.The Chile forward was jeered mercilessly by Tottenham fans for his time with their arch rivals Arsenal and hardly looked worthy of his billing as the Premier League’s highest-paid player.Pochettino has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but when his team play like this they are a match for Europe’s superpowers.Tottenham were in complete control and should have had a penalty before half-time when Antonio Valencia hacked down Alli, only for referee Andre Marriner to ignore their appeals.So poor in the first half, United finally found some rhythm after the interval, but they were denied a penalty when Son Heung-Min blocked a Sanchez header with his arm, while Lukaku saw his drive turned over by Hugo Lloris.That was the extent of the United comeback bid and Son almost rubbed salt into their wounds with a stinging drive that De Gea pushed over.With Tottenham fans serenading their team’s passing with chants of ‘ole, ole’, United’s ignominious evening was completed when Mourinho took off Marouane Fellaini just seven minutes after sending him on as a substitute, although it was unclear if the Belgian was injured. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Three things we learned from the Premier League

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was on form in the win over Norwich © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 11 – The Premier League returned with a bang as title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool enjoyed goal sprees, while VAR controversies hogged the headlines.Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the opening weekend of the English top-fight season: Man City, Liverpool maintain determinationManchester City’s Raheem Sterling scored a treble at West Ham © AFP / Ian KINGTONLiverpool were first to throw down a marker in the title race as the European champions crushed Norwich 4-1 in the first game of the season.Jurgen Klopp’s side, chasing a first English title since 1990, scored four times in the first half at Anfield to show their determination to end City’s reign as champions.But City responded with an even more emphatic victory as West Ham were swept aside 5-0 at the London Stadium.Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick for City after Gabriel Jesus opened the scoring and, showing the embarrassment of riches at Pep Guardiola’s disposal, Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score a late penalty.City finished just one point ahead of Liverpool last season and anyone splitting up their dominance at the top this term will have to produce a campaign for the ages.Even Tottenham striker Harry Kane, whose side beat Aston Villa thanks to two late goals from the England captain, conceded the Champions League runners-up have a lot of improving to do if they want to catch City and Liverpool.“Liverpool set the standard, then City so we know it’s going to be a tough, long season. We have got off to a winning start and there are still lots of things to work on,” Kane said.VAR remains controversialVAR was in constant use during Manchester City’s win at West Ham © AFP / Ian KINGTONAfter causing controversy in the Champions League and other major tournaments, VAR has been introduced to the Premier League this season and the early reviews weren’t acclaimed by all.The Video Assistant Referee system, previously used in England in the FA and League Cups, is supposed to eradicate any doubt that the right decision was taken over goals, penalties and other key moments.But in City’s 5-0 win at West Ham and Wolves’ 0-0 draw at Leicester, managers and players raised doubts about VAR’s ability to make the correct call.Wolves captain Conor Coady was furious after Leander Dendoncker’s second-half strike was ruled out when his initial header struck team-mate Willy Boly on the arm.“It is a goal. People will say they have VAR and it has hit his hand, but he is not looking at the ball,” Coady said.“We are going to have to play with our hands chopped off in future.”City boss Pep Guardiola just wants justice to be served after City’s Gabriel Jesus had a goal ruled out for a marginal offside against Raheem Sterling.“Only what I wish is that VAR doesn’t make mistakes please. When it’s offside it’s offside, when it’s a penalty it’s a penalty,” Guardiola said.New season, new Man UtdManchester United striker Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring their third goal against Chelsea © AFP / Oli SCARFFManchester United badly needed a fast start to the new campaign to dispell a run of six games without a win to end last season and the pessimism over the arrival of just three new signings in the transfer window.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men duly delivered with a 4-0 victory over Chelsea with all three debutants, Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, making an instant impact.Maguire, who cost a world record £80 million to sign from Leicester, added leadership and a physical presence to a defence that conceded 54 Premier League goals last season alongside the energetic Wan-Bissaka.And James came off the bench to round off the scoring after a double from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial’s predatory finish had put United firmly in command.The final two goals were also created by Paul Pogba, who spent most of the summer being linked with a move to Real Madrid after publicly declaring his wish for a “new challenge”.While the scoreline flattered the Red Devils as Chelsea had more possession, more shots and more shots on target, there is once again plenty of reason for optimism at Old Trafford.0Shares0000(Visited 41 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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INSENSITIVE TO CLOSE LOCAL POST OFFICE WEEKS AFTER POSTMASTER’S DEATH – TD

first_imgCharlie McConalogue TDDeputy Charlie McConalogue has labelled An Post’s move to close Greencastle Post Office just weeks after the former postmaster’s death as “insensitive”.The family of former Postmaster Cyril Gormley received a letter from An Post notifying them the post office could be closed down, just five weeks after his death in August. The post office has been in the Gormley family for almost 100 years.Deputy McConalogue said that this was an insensitive move and questions must be answered as to how this decision was made. Every effort must be made to save the post office from closure, he said.“Closing this post office, which is an integral part of life in the area, would be a major blow to the community at a time when they can least afford it. It would amount to yet another attack on rural services in a county that has seen more than its fair share of cuts recently,” says McConalogue.An Post will meet with a delegation from the community to hear their views. Interested parties are invited to submit their views on the matter no later than 27th September 2013.Letters can be addressed to Peter Gillespie, Retail Operations Manager, An Post, Wine Street, Co. Sligo. Alternatively, emails can be sent to peter.gillespie@anpost.ie.   INSENSITIVE TO CLOSE LOCAL POST OFFICE WEEKS AFTER POSTMASTER’S DEATH – TD was last modified: September 17th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Charlie McConalogueGreencastlepost officelast_img read more

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‘The PL isn’t ready for him’ – Liverpool fans adore ‘most exciting signing in years’

first_imgNaby Keita the glaring positive from tonight. Drags two or three markers at a time with his runs forward, is perfectly suited to Klopp’s high press and offers a less-coveted threat in-behind and as a late runner into the box. He’s going to boss it in the Prem.— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) July 22, 2018 2 Liverpool fans are starting to get excited as the start of the Premier League season draws ever closer.The Anfield club had a fine campaign last time out and they’ve made some seriously impressive signings to try and build on that, as the Reds hunt for their first ever Premier League title. gameday cracker Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade predicted Of all the unreal signings we have made this summer, no one excites me more than Naby Keita. What a player 🔥🔥🔥🔥— Jamie Witten (@jamiewitten14) July 22, 2018 smart causal Liverpool fans have been impressed by Keita’s performances in pre-season Liverpool may have been defeated 3-1 in Charlotte, North Carolina, but that didn’t stop the Anfield faithful – and one club legend – going mad about Keita on social media.You can see some of the best reaction below… Keita is going to be unreal for Liverpool. Most exciting signing in many years.— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) July 22, 2018 REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars RANKED I was so impressed with how quickly Ox learned Klopp’s pressing structure from the midfield, but Keita seems damn near fluent after four halves of preseason football. My lord, what a player…— Alex Mansfield (@el_mansfield) July 22, 2018 you forgot. 3) Naby Keita is a golden god.— Brandon Ellis (@raptorsonlgpass) July 23, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Keita was Liverpool’s best performer against Borussia Dortmund possible standings silverware shining Alisson, the Brazil goalkeeper, became Liverpool’s fourth signing of the summer when his arrival from Roma was confirmed last week, following Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to Anfield.Alisson has fans excited, but of the other signings, Keita is the one who seems to be earning all the adoration throughout pre-season. The Premier League isn’t ready for Naby Keïta.— Joseph Musker (@JosephMusker) July 22, 2018 Sure sounds like Keita is well on his way to sincerely earning that #8 shirt. I for one am excited. I miss Stevie, but there was always going to be a time for the torch to be passed. #LFC— Kaiser Von Der KOP (@KVDK97) July 22, 2018 How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Waiting a year for Naby Keita to become a Liverpool player couldn’t be more worth it. The man’s the human embodiment of magic— Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) July 22, 2018 The Guinea midfielder, who joined Liverpool in July after the Reds agreed to buy him from RB Leipzig this time last year, has caught the eye in the Merseyside club’s friendly fixtures.He seems to be going from strength to strength before the proper season has even kicked off, and his performance against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday evening was his best yet. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won I sincerely thank God for keita— Flower Boy💐 (@kayceeflowz) July 23, 2018 Keita is everything man united fans thought Pogba was going to be!— Naby Fekir (@NKe8ta) July 22, 2018 huge blow Naby Keita is a boss. Can’t wait to see him in the league this season 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻— Mark (@Snudgerino) July 22, 2018 Keita is some player! Just doesn’t stop! Love him already! Will be massively important this season— John Arne Riise (@JARiiseOfficial) July 22, 2018 Keita PFA player of the year 2018/19— Jamie (@Jmejns95) July 22, 2018 REVEALED Latest Liverpool news Naby keita and sturridge are genuinely giving me gerrard/Torres flashbacks. I know it’s pre season so won’t get ahead of myself but I just want this combo to work— Léon (@leonm694) July 22, 2018last_img read more

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