Liverpool face devilish start to new season

first_imgBy Toby DavisLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could find himself under pressure sooner than expected with a host of new signings to bed in and a devilish run of fixtures to kick off the new Premier League campaign.There were rumblings of discontent among supporters after the club finished last season in abject fashion with an embarrassing 6-1 defeat at Stoke City to end a dismal streak that dropped them out of Champions League contention.Rodgers came under heavy fire from a disgruntled fanbase, who questioned his credentials following a third trophyless season at the helm, but he lived to fight another day after an end-of-season review by the club’s American owners.Doubts about his position, however, could resurface if Liverpool endure the sort of miserable start to the season they had last year.There has already been significant change on and off the pitch at Anfield.None more so than the departure of long-serving captain Steven Gerrard, who left the Premier League for a swansong at American side LA Galaxy.Yet he was not the only high-profile exit as Liverpool’s standout performer from last season, Raheem Sterling, engineered an acrimonious departure to Manchester City.In terms of new arrivals, however, there is evidence to suggest Rodgers has been trusted to bring in his preferred choices this time rather than having his will bent to that of the club’s much-discussed transfer committee.Christian Benteke, a bullish and highly mobile targetman, has been poached from Aston Villa to add some brawn to a Liverpool squad that at times looked lightweight by comparison to their rivals last year.Brazil forward Roberto Firmino was recruited for a substantial fee from Hoffenheim and comes with lots of promise, while James Milner adds mobility and experience to the midfield and Nathaniel Clyne fills a vacancy at right back.There has also been substantial change amongst Rodgers’ coaching ranks with former right-hand man Colin Pascoe dismissed as assistant manager along with first-team coach Mike Marsh.Sean O’Driscoll, who enjoyed mixed fortunes in managerial stints at Bournemouth, Doncaster Rovers, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, has come in as Rodgers’ new assistant with former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister taking up a coaching role.The new arrivals will have to bed in quickly as the fixture computer has not been kind, even if it has shown a comedic bent by sending Liverpool back to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke in their opener on August 9.Then it all gets rather unpleasant as Liverpool face all of last season’s top five away before the end of November.Should they be struggling in the Autumn, there may be one more significant change on the horizon.last_img read more

Windies gain automatic qualification for T20 World Cup

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC): Reigning champions West Indies have qualified automatically for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia. The Caribbean side booked their spot by virtue of their current seventh place in the ICC T20 rankings at year end, with the top eight teams, including hosts Australia, all securing their places at the showpiece. Minnows Afghanistan, coached by Trinidadian and former West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, also qualified directly by virtue of their eighth place in the rankings. Former champions and three-time finalists Sri Lanka, ranked ninth, and Bangladesh, 10th, will have to go through the group stage of the tournament with six other qualifiers in order to make the Super 12s. Six teams from the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier later this year will join Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the group stage, with four qualifying to the Super 12 stage. West Indies won the T20 World Cup for the second time back in 2016 when they beat England in a dramatic final in Kolkata. Since then, their form has been erratic, however. In 2017, they won six of 11 matches and last year managed a mere two wins in 13 outings while losing to Pakistan and India in 3-0 clean sweeps. For the Windies, the news of their direct qualification will be welcomed, especially after the disappointment of missing out on a direct route to the ICC 50-overs World Cup in England next May. They were forced to go through a 10-team qualifier in Zimbabwe last March in order to book their place at an event they have won twice. Top-ranked Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are the other automatic qualifiers for next year’s T20 World Cup from October 18 to November 15.last_img read more

Be a part of Pegasus Masquerade Ball on Old Year’s Night

first_imgPegasus is doing it once again as those who want to usher in the New Year with their loved ones can chose from a number of events that are already planned.The Pegasus is making sure the hotel caters for every class of the popular by adding a little touch of splendor and sophistication. You can either break the New Year at the poolside, in the Aura Bar and Lounge, or at Eldorado Restaurant.Firstly, patrons can chose to be on the rooftop of Pegasus – a vantage point to witness the fireworks. There will be a full bar and music will be selected by Rocky Carew. The price for this experience will be $5000 per person.Secondly, persons can be a part of the candlelight dinner, comprising a complementary glass of champagne. The package cost $25,000 per person. And finally, one of the main attractions is the Masquerade Ball at the Pegasus poolside. There will be live entertainment by the Caribbean Hotshots Band and popular deejays that will set the tone for a fantastic evening.Tickets for any of the above events can be picked up at the front desk of the Pegasus Hotel,Kingston, Georgetown.last_img read more

Govt to provide low-income homes for squatters

first_imgThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) is currently engaging financial agencies, including the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), to secure funding for low-cost housing in order to assist persons squatting on Government reserves. Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Valerie Adams-Patterson, has said the intention is to improve conditions under which the people live. Specific emphasis, she said, will be placed on Sophia and East and West Ruimveldt in Georgetown.“It makes no sense (for) you (to) remove a squatter and give them a piece of land. They are going to move the very shack they’re (now) living (in) to that location … You are just transferring a shantytown from one area to the next, and that is not what this Government wants for our people… So my belief is that we must be able to have some low-cost houses built – whether what form we use, self-help or others – we build the house and then we relocate that squatter,” Minister Patterson was quoted as saying in a Government Information Agency (GINA) report. It is the view of the CH&PA that the people’s standard of living must be raised, and people must be provided with all the necessary amenities, in keeping with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, Minister Adams-Patterson explained.From data collected, the CH&PA is looking at the relocation of close to 12,000 persons. These include people from East and West Ruimveldt, Sophia, and Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara. However, this figure accounts for only those persons who have been squatting for a certain number of years, not those who continue to build on squatting areas or those who rebuild on areas previous cleared of squatters.Minister Adams-Patterson made it clear that those persons who are not on the CH&PA inventory will be served notice to dismantle and remove.  “Since we’ve been saying that we will be relocating those persons, there has been a mad rush for squatting, and overnight some shacks are being erected. (But if) you are not on the inventory, you will be served contravention notice (which instructs you) to dismantle; and if you don’t (dismantle), we will dismantle you,” the Minister has warned. Industry, East Coast Demerara, is one of the areas identified to have those houses built, because it is in close proximity to Sophia and East and West Ruimveldt, Minister Adams-Patterson explained.She said it is the intention of the CH&PA to have this project included in its 2018 budget in December, so that works can begin early next year. Whilst the CH&PA has been working to relocate persons living in zero-tolerance areas, (on government reserves) the authority has also been working to regularise a number of areas, including Angoy’s Avenue (Cow Dam) which is the largest squatter settlement in Region Six, and has approximately 1,010 lots.last_img read more

Changes loom for victorious England

first_imgMike Brown was the hero with a try in each half. But supersub Billy Vunipola, who scored the fourth try to snare a key bonus point, typified the change after several replacements were made.“We always select one game at a time and the the bench really put their hands up and that’s what you want them to do,” said Lancaster.“With the quality of the team coming up against next week we need to be at our best and it’s a big challenge against Wales.”It was only deep in the final quarter that the Twickenham crowd of more than 80,000 saw England really pull away from the Pacific islanders.For large parts of the match, England were dominated up front, but the arrival of Vunipola, his brother Mako, Owen Farrell and hard-charging rugby league convert Sam Burgess helped revitalise Lancaster’s men.– Seek improvement –The substitutes certainly did their chances of facing Wales at Twickenham next Saturday no harm after providing some much needed impetus against a physically imposing Fiji side.“The key messages are to play in the right areas of the field, trust the game will come to us and be more direct. We were too lateral in the first half and the players realised that,” said Lancaster.“Billy, Mako and Sam came on and did well for us, provided quicker ball and that proved the difference in the end.“We need to improve, that’s no doubt, but had we been offered four tries and the bonus point I would absolutely have taken that at the start of the game.”And he insisted Pacific Nations Cup champions Fiji, who knocked Wales out of the 2007 World Cup in France, would be handful for all the other sides in Pool A.“I think Fiji will cause every team problems. They play Australia next and then have an eight-day break before Wales.”Lancaster added lock Geoff Parling, who was replaced by Joe Launchbury, had come off with a “mild stinger” but said he expected the second row to be fit to face Wales.Fiji coach John McKee suggested England should have been unhappy with their performance and would need to improve to see off Wales and two-time champions Australia.“We are a bit disappointed in the dressing room — we came here with high ambitions and felt we had England under pressure at times but critical turnovers and penalties allowed England to come back into the game and stopped us building any momentum.”The New Zealander added: “I think England could possibly be a bit disappointed in their performance at times. They started off quite dangerous in the maul but didn’t go on with that and maybe didn’t take their opportunities in attack.“This pool was not decided tonight that’s for sure.“England are probably looking at their games and thinking they are going to have to sharpen up for games against Wales and Australia.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England’s Joe Launchbury (R) reacts as England’s back row Billy Vunipola (hidden) scores a try during a Pool A match in the 2015 Rugby World Cup against Fiji at Twickenham on September 18, 2015 . PHOTO/AFPTWICKENHAM, September 19- Two try hero Mike Brown may be certain of his place in England’s next World Cup match, but England coach Stuart Lancaster could make changes for the clash with Wales.Lancaster said several replacements had made a strong case to start the next Pool A match after impressing in the 35-11 win over Fiji to start the tournament.last_img read more

Slaying suspect appears in court

first_imgAfter first nodding her head, Williams, clad in a lemon-yellow jailhouse pullover, blue pants and white tennis shoes, quietly replied, “I do. I do.” Williams allegedly stabbed her husband Neal, 27, and suffocated their two children, Ian, 3 and Devon, 7, inside their apartment in the 18900 block of Camino Bello on Aug. 7. Prosecutors and defense attorneys refused to discuss the case after court Friday. The motive for the killings has not been revealed. Williams’ court attire indicates she is at “some level of psychological risk,” said Lt. Tim Murphy, watch commander at the Los Angeles County Inmate Reception Center. Prior to the hearing there was a brief exchange between prosecutor Pak Kouch and public defender Haydeh Takasugi. A manila envelope marked “discovery” changed hands in the courtroom. The envelope appeared to contain a transcript of interviews and other evidence. WEST COVINA – A woman accused of stabbing her husband to death with a sword and suffocating their two sons with a pillow in Rowland Heights chose Friday to put off entering a plea until next month. Man-ling Williams, 27, briefly appeared Friday morning before Judge Abraham Khan in Citrus Superior Court to ask for a delay. Arraignment is now scheduled for Sept. 26. If convicted, Williams could face the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. “The effect of continuing arraignment delays the rights you have,” Khan told Williams. “Do you understand?” During the five-minute appearance, Takasugi and fellow attorney Tom Althaus tried to shield Williams from television cameras filming from the jury box. At her initial hearing in the case, Williams’ first defense attorney, Kenneth Wenzl, said Williams allegedly detailed her involvement in the killings of her husband and sons. Sheriff’s officials confirmed there was a confession. Besides the three counts of murder, Williams faces special circumstance allegations of lying in wait prior to the slaying of the children, and three counts of multiple murder. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 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

JonBenet Ramsey slaying suspect possibly linked to convicted killer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles “Our reasoning was that if there was evidence of them having this relationship, then it might shed some light on things — it wasn’t a far reach,” he said. “But I don’t think we’ve found anything so far suggesting there was a nexus between Davis, Karr and JonBenet Ramsey. Obviously Richard Allen Davis was in prison at that time.” Calls to Davis’ lawyers Friday were not immediately returned. Karr told authorities he drugged and sexually assaulted JonBenet, the child beauty queen who was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s Colorado home on Dec. 26, 1996. Karr said he killed the 6-year-old girl accidentally. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — Prison guards searched the death row cell of Polly Klaas’ killer after learning he may have corresponded with the suspect in the decade-old slaying of JonBenet Ramsey, authorities said Friday. San Quentin State Prison guards searched Richard Allen Davis’ cell Thursday, but not would immediately say what they found. A news conference was planned later in the day. Davis, 52, was sentenced to death for the 1993 kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas. Lt. Eric Messick said officials decided to search Davis’ cell after learning that the suspect in the Ramsey murder case, John Mark Karr, 41, had told detectives in 2001 that he had a letter from Davis and was researching a book on him.last_img read more

Barkley ‘wage demands are pricing him out of Tottenham switch’

first_img Barkley is ‘100 per cent’ leaving Everton this summer 1 Ross Barkley may have priced himself out of a move to Tottenham after making demands which would break Spurs’ tight wage structure.Only captain Hugo Loris and star striker Harry Kane are on £100,000-a-week, which less than the offer rejected by Barkley from the Toffees.The north Londoners remain keen on Barkley, but must find common ground on wages or the move will be dead in the water, according to the Daily Mail.There are also issues with the transfer fee too, as Everton want £35million for a player who is entering the last year of his contract.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has urged caution against the massive transfer fees being paid by certain clubs and isn’t willing to be drawn into what he sees as a damaging culture engulfing the Premier League.Everton boss says Barkley is ‘100 per cent’ leaving this summer, but Pochettino believes he can revitalise Barkley’s England career.His last appearance was in the friendly against Australia in May 2016 and has since been an unused substitute seven times.last_img read more

The last time Tottenham played Arsenal at Wembley this happened – video

first_imgStream Tottenham v Arsenal at 12:30 (GMT) on Saturday 10 FebruaryWhen the north London rivals meet at Wembley, it will be the first meeting between the two at the national stadium since a 1993 FA Cup semi-final.Back then at the old Wembley, Arsenal won 1-0 thanks to a Tony Adams goal and was no doubt sweet revenge for Spurs putting an end to their league and cup double hopes in 1991 when Paul Gascoigne and co. did this. In 1993, though, Arsenal went on to win the FA Cup when they beat Sheffield Wednesday in a replay. See more Tottenham and Arsenal match facts here.Tottenham line-up:Erik Thorstvedt, Dean Austin, Steve Sedgley, Neil Ruddock, Gary Mabbutt, Justin Edinburgh, Paul Allen, Darren Anderton, Nayim, Vinny Samways, Teddy SheringhamArsenal line-up:David Seaman, Lee Dixon, Tony Adams, Andy Linighan, Nigel Winterburn, David Hillier, Paul Merson, Ray Parlour, Ian Selley, Kevin Campbell, Ian Wrightlast_img read more

Sellerburg Teen Arrested For Threats Against Silver Creek Middle School

first_imgOne teenager is in jail after making threats on a fake Instagram account against Silver Creek Middle School.His arrest comes within 12 hours of the original social media postings. Police say the teen admitted he was behind the threat and did it as a joke.“I’m coming for you Silver Creek, I can’t wait, I’m tired of your ****,” Sellersburg Police Chief Russ Whelan said of the threat. “It had some pictures of guns and bullets and things of that nature.”The 14-year-old is being held at the juvenile detention center in Clark County.“He said he thought it’d be funny and it was a joke,” said Whelan. “I’m sure that he doesn’t think it’s funny now. We don’t believe this is connected to other incidents.”The teen is charged with intimidation and identity theft and deception, for using another student’s name on the post.Whelan said the suspect used a picture and name of a classmate at Silver Creek Middle School to throw everyone off.“He actually created a dummy account,” noted Whelan. “He just happened to have …they were friends at one time…so he happened to have photos of the other boy. He decided to create it and thought others will get their kicks out of it.”Officers worked quickly to track down the actual 14-year-old boy who made the post. “He came clean and said, you know, I did it,” said Whelan.“Investigators are still doing a few more interviews,” Whelan said. “We want to make sure there are no others involved. We had a little bit of luck and lot of lot of good investigative work from my guys. We get a threat last night at 8p and get an arrest about 12 hours later. Makes me feel good from our side.”It has been a frightening week, with some JCPS as well as Jeffersonville schools and Salem Community Schools all on heightened alert after threatening clown posts which turned out to be a hoax.Now that a teen is in jail, police hope it sends a clear message. “You’re gonna go to jail. We’re going to catch you, you’re gonna go to jail, and there’s going to be some severe and harsh punishment to go with this,” said Whelan.Police do not believe he is linked to any of the other social media threats.last_img read more