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Liverpool look for points as rivals eye FA Cup glory

first_imgLiverpool have a chance to consolidate their position in the Champions League qualification spots when they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday (6.30pm), while three of the top four are in FA Cup semi-final action.Looking to benefit from any slip-up by Jurgen Klopp’s side are fifth-placed Manchester United – unbeaten in 22 Premier League games – who will be hoping to make up further ground when they face Burnley at Turf Moor (Sunday 4.15pm).A hard-earned 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion last Sunday lifted Liverpool to third place with five games left for the Reds.Klopp’s side are unbeaten in seven games and defender Dejan Lovren says they need to maintain that level of consistency during the run-in.“We have a big thing to achieve – the Champions League. Everyone wants that but if you want to be a top team, you need to continue to play well in every game,” said the Croatia international.Palace, however, have been revitalised under boss Sam Allardyce and have found some consistency of their own, picking up 13 points from their last six games to surge away from the relegation zone.Yet their hopes of continuing that good run could be dented by the absence of in-form France centre back Mamadou Sakho, who is not eligible to play as he is on loan at the London club from Liverpool.United’s win over Chelsea on Sunday has restored belief around Old Trafford that Jose Mourinho’s team can make a push for the top four themselves.Burnley, however, will not be a pushover and although they are 14th in the table, they have the sixth best home league record and drew at Old Trafford earlier in the season.Three of the Burnley team – keeper Tom Heaton, defender Michael Keane and winger Robbie Brady – were products of United’s youth system and will be looking to prove a point to the club who let them go.In the relegation battle, Hull City, immediately above the drop zone, will hope to extend their two-point advantage over Swansea City when they host mid-table Watford (Saturday 5pm).Hull have won five of their last six matches at home but central defender Harry Maguire says they cannot start thinking about the mathematics of survival.“You see strange results every week and you know you can’t rely on other teams picking up or dropping points, it has to be about what we do,” he said.Swansea have a realistic hope of points themselves against a Stoke side that are winless in their last five games on the road.Middlesbrough, four points behind Swansea after their home loss to Arsenal on Monday, travel to the south coast to take on Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth (Saturday 5pm).last_img read more

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Impositions

first_imgLast Friday, a main thoroughfare, which also serves as the key business district in New Amsterdam, Berbice, was shut down to accommodate President David Granger’s presence at the opening of the Town Week there.The event was actually held on the said main thoroughfare and, from the pictures and reports, it seemed that all streets leading to it were barricaded to prevent vehicular traffic. The lockdown reportedly lasted some six hours.The inconvenience that was imposed upon commuters and businesses is unimaginable and cannot be overstated. With business already slow in the town, it may have come to a halt on a day— like Friday when there is an inkling of expectation for commerce.In addition, vehicular traffic would have been forcibly diverted, thereby causing commuters to be grossly inconvenienced and creating unnecessary congestion in other areas. Pedestrians may have been scrutinised as part of the reported verification process regarding attendance.The opening of the Town Week is nothing new and many have, in the past, taken place on the street in question. However, what is new is the extension of the area barricaded, the overwhelming presence of Police and patrols by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).While those impositions, by the Executive, are cause for concern, the latter speaks to a most worrying development; soldiers on the street at a time when there is no state of emergency and no announcement of a Joint Services operations, despite the spiralling crime.The presence of the soldiers evokes painful and frightening memories of the militarised and oppressive state which was birthed under the People’s National Congress’ (PNC) government between 1964 and 1992.That party, which is now headed by Mr Granger, is, in reality, the Government, despite being couched in a coalition. Under its totalitarian rule, freedom was curtailed, fear was instilled, those who opposed were harassed, brutalised and incarcerated in many instances, and rigging of elections a hallmark.During the process of the latter, ballot boxes were forcibly removed from some places of poll and reportedly taken to a central location to facilitate a count favourable to the then PNC regime. Those boxes were reportedly removed by the members of the GDF upon instructions from PNC’s operatives.Related photographs showed persons dressed in fatigues and reported to be soldiers, removing and taking the boxes away from the places of poll. The results of elections held within that period, especially that of 1985, would show numbers far removed from the reality of the will of the Guyanese people. Reportedly, the Police Force was also involved in the process of suppressing freedom by detaining and imprisoning many of who stood up for their rights.The point is clear from the New Amsterdam incident, if it wasn’t after the protest outside Pegasus on September 19, this year; routine life is disrupted to accommodate the presence of the Leader of the PNC at functions and when he is at home at State House.The Police and the Army are made to carry out those instructions. It is seemingly done with utter disregard for the normal routines of ordinary Guyanese. In many instances, there is no forewarning. Parts of Main Street in Georgetown seem to be automatically closed off whenever Mr Granger is present a State House.New Amsterdam was not the only placed that was locked down last Friday. The Eugene Correia International Airport, Ogle, was also shut for a period of time to facilitate Mr Granger’s visit to New Amsterdam. Planes were forced to circle more than once before being cleared to land.While the President is entitled to a level of security and some privileges, one would expect that it is not a direct and deliberate imposition upon the Guyanese people. After all, he is the Head of State— a position that is expected to take into consideration the concerns of all citizens.What would have happened if there was an emergency, in the air, medevac or otherwise, with the aircraft being unable to land timely? What would have happened if an aircraft was low on fuel?Medical and security response teams generally look for the shortest route to render assistance. What happens when those routes are made much longer by the streets being blocked off seemingly at will?This is where it gets extremely worrying, for it can be seen as dictatorial and reminiscent of the past PNC’s authoritarian rule. This dominance seems to be reflected even in sections of the State media. Stories relating to the President and the APNU arm of the APNU/AFC coalition are glaringly highlighted in green— the colour of the party. Green fonts and borders for photographs are now normal within parts of the State’s information apparatus, funded by taxpayers.Many Guyanese have already concluded that a dictatorship is now in place once again. The APNU/AFC coalition refusal to respect the Constitution following the December 21, 2018 No-Confidence Motion (NCM), more than likely would have driven that conclusion.If there was any semblance of doubt following the NCM, the wanton disregard for Guyanese, as demonstrated through the ongoing locking down of streets and towns, and the presence of the army, as seen in New Amsterdam, may have removed all.last_img read more

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China’s Xuzhou City seeks friendly relations with Linden

first_imgFollowing a recent visit to China by Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland, leaders of the Xuzhou City Government have expressed an interest in creating a friendly exchange city relationship with the bauxite mining town.Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland interacting with officials from ChinaA correspondence to the Linden Mayor and Town Council  (LM&TC) indicated that Xuzhou’s Vice Mayor, Bi Yurui; and Yao Cong, Head of the American and Asian section of Xuzhou Foreign Affairs Office, met with the Linden Mayor at a welcome banquet and were impressed with his presentation on the bauxite mining town.As such, the leaders have expressed deep interest in establishing friendly relations and have since dispatched a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to the LM&TC. They are presently awaiting response with suitable amendments from the municipality. The MoU has since been perused by Councillors within the LM&TC. Vice Director of Xuzhou Foreign Affairs, Sun Weimin, has reportedly indicated that  arrangements will be put in place to have an official signing ceremony in Guyana or in China, provided that the LM&TC responds with the amendments to the draft MoU.According to Holland, the establishment of such friendly relations may see Linden benefiting in various areas, such as with annual training exchanges between municipal Councillors and youths, capacity building for staff and assistance with developmental projects within the town. He noted that the document which was received via email was left with the Council for amendment and ratification. However, the Mayor who is presently on vacation was unable to say if any action has been taken so far.The LM&TC has embarked on a twinning initiative since last year which the Mayor noted is aimed at building friendly relations with cities around the world, as a means of building its capacity and receiving  much needed assistance as well as to attract much needed foreign investors to the town. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

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Mortgage industry suffers more layoffs

first_imgTwo weeks after closing its BNC Mortgage LLC subsidiary, Lehman Brothers said it is winding down some of its U.S. and U.K. home lending businesses. The Wall Street brokerage is laying off 850 workers, closing its Korean mortgage business, and folding its businesses in the U.S., Japan and Europe into a single unit called Lehman Mortgage Capital. Scaling down the business will cost Lehman Brothers $20million after taxes, the company said. National City, based in Cleveland, said laying off 1,300 workers and scaling back its mortgage business will cost about $200 million before taxes. The bank is cutting back on issuing home loans it cannot sell to government-backed agencies such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Demand by institutional investors for mortgage debt not guaranteed by a government-sponsored enterprise has rapidly dried up in the past six weeks. National City also will suspend issuing home equity loans through brokers. The home equity unit and mortgage unit will be combined into one subsidiary. By Dan Seymour THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and National City Corp. said Thursday more than 2,000 workers will be laid off as the financial institutions scale back their struggling mortgage businesses. The moves represent just the latest wave of layoffs in the mortgage industry, suffering from decaying credit quality, slipping home prices, and a drainage of demand among investors and banks for home loans. Because there is so little demand among investors for home loans, National City said it may have to keep some of its mortgage debt instead of selling it. When a bank elects to keep a loan, it must record its market value on its books. National City said it likely will record a $30 million accounting charge to reflect the lower value of loans it now holds. Punk Ziegel analyst Richard X. Bove wrote in a client note that National City’s loan write-offs are just the first example of “kitchen sink” quarters, predicting many banks will write off a slew of different kinds of loans to push them off the books. “National City is the first,” he said. “There will by many others.” Shares of National City fell 66 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $26.67 Thursday. The shares have lost more than a quarter of their value this year. Lehman Brothers’ stock fell 52cents to $53.83 Thursday. The stock has lost nearly a third of its value this year. Lehman Brothers and National City join many of the country’s biggest mortgage lenders in laying off workers to shrink operations.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man United to miss out on former Liverpool defender?

first_img Gabriel Paletta 1 Former Liverpool defender Gabriel Paletta, who is a target for Manchester United, is set to join Atalanta, according to reports in Italy.The 29-year-old, who made just three Premier League appearances during 18 difficult months at Anfield between 2006 and 2007, joined AC Milan from Parma in February.He made 14 Serie A appearances during the second half of last season but it has now been reported he could be on the move already this summer.United, who were keen on signing him before he joined Milan, have once again been linked with the 29-year-old Argentinian.But Gazzetta dello Sport have revealed that it is Atalanta who are set to win the race to sign him this time around and could conclude a deal this week.last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgA $2.25 donation is suggested for lunch, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. Those interested must call (562) 947-8787 to register for lunch. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. 3 gang members face theft charges PICO RIVERA – Three men are facing charges of robbing a man in his motel room and then stealing his car. Sgt. Eric Giambalvo of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said several gang members beat and robbed the man at about 2 a.m. Saturday at Days Inn, 6540 Rosemead Blvd. The men then stole the man’s car, Giambalvo said. PICO RIVERA – Two local boys will be honored at tonight’s City Council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 9001 Mines Ave. Fire officials called Osmar Cortez, 12, and Randy Morales, 13, heroes for their actions following two separate fires in Pico Rivera recently. Cortez ran back into his family’s burning home Dec. 4 and rescued his 1-year-old nephew. Morales, 13, raced on his bike to a fire station to notify firefighters about a blaze at Pico Rivera Plating on Nov. 21, helping to limit the size and destructiveness of the fire, officials said. Schoolchildren to sing for seniors LA MIRADA – Gardenhill Elementary School’s kindergarten students will sing for seniors at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The victim was taken to a hospital, but was not seriously injured, he said. Deputies arrested three men but officials would not release their names. Giambalvo said all three are gang members. Free lecture given on health care LA MIRADA – A representative from Haven Health will discuss advanced health care directives at a free lecture at 10 a.m. Thursday at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. Learn how to set up a directive to protect yourself and your loved ones. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. Volunteers needed for cancer relay WHITTIER – Volunteers are needed for the 2007 Whittier Relay next year at Whittier College. The 24-hour event raises money for the American Cancer Society. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of this event, including planning, team recruitment and sign-ups, event set-up and take-down and working at the event. For more information, call Sue Dean, (562) 907-9431, or e-mail sldean@charter.net. Hazardous waste collection planned SANTA FE SPRINGS – Safely dispose of electronic and household hazardous waste at a free collection event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Rio Hondo College Fire Training Academy, 11400 Greenstone Ave. For more information, call (888) 253-2552. Adult school plans computer classes WHITTIER – Registration for evening computer classes offered through Whittier Adult School, 9401 S. Painter Ave., will begin Jan. 10. Classes include computer basics, introduction to computers and beginning and advanced use of Microsoft Word and Excel. There is a $10 cash fee. Schedules of all evening classes can be picked up at Whittier Adult School. For more information, call (562) 698-8121, Ext. 1300. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Hearts loss is worst of my Rangers reign, says Warburton

first_imgWarburton added: “To give away four minutes into the second half is just ludicrous. We win together and we lose together but that was way below the levels of Rangers Football Club. “I didn’t see it coming. Nobody did, the players or staff. We all have bad days at the office, like last time we were here, but we thought we had learned from the first visit not to give the crowd anything. “But we gave away schoolboys errors at the start of each half. We have to be better than that. “To give away those type of goals was unacceptable.”Sections of the travelling support expressed their displeasure at the decision to replace Hyndman with Josh Windass on the hour mark.Warburton explained his call, saying: “He is 20 years old, hasn’t played many 90 minutes and on Saturday he played an outstanding 90 minutes. He is a young, precocious talent and Saturday took a lot out of him. “The pitch out there is so heavy. We’ve got a responsibility to his parent club. We have got to look after their asset.” “We weren’t good enough second half. On Saturday against Motherwell, I thought it was as good as we’ve played in 18 months.“Tonight, second half was as bad as we’ve played in 18 months if not the worst.”Emerson Hyndman had drawn Rangers level after Krystian Nowak’s opening goal.However the visitors didn’t get going after the break as Ian Cathro’s team took control of the match to stun Rangers with a flurry of goals. Mark Warburton admitted Rangers’ display in their 4-1 humbling at the hands of Hearts was the worst of his Ibrox reign.Jamie Walker scored twice as the capital club outplayed their opponents with a thrilling second-half performance at Tynecastle.After the game, Warburton admitted his team had fallen way below expectations in Gorgie.He said: “We’ve just lost 4-1. We’re Rangers Football Club, we don’t lose 4-1. We did tonight and I feel frustrated, absolutely.last_img read more

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Anderson expects nerves as darts returns to Glasgow

first_imgTwo-time darts world champion Gary Anderson is hoping a return to Scotland can get his Premier League campaign back on track.“The Flying Scotsman” is without a win in the tournament since the second round of action in Cardiff, drawing matches with Peter Wright, Daryl Gurney and Raymond van Barneveld and losing to Michael Van Gerwen.Anderson takes on fourth-placed Simon Whitlock at the Hydro in Glasgow on Thursday in round seven knowing victory is required to ensure he steers clear of an elimination scrap on Judgement Night.The former world number one from Musselburgh says he relishes competing on home soil, but only once he gets over the nerves that accompany his return. Anderson believes the tournament is wide open but admits the “phenomenal” Dutch star is favourite to lift the title.He added: “You’ve got players like Michael Van Gerwen, he’s number one for a reason.“The boy is phenomenal but he is beatable.“Phil has retired but it’s still hard, the standard of player keeps going up.“Anyone could lift the Premier League but Michael is the favourite.” Anderson told STV Sport: “It’s always good coming back, we get three tournaments a year in Scotland. “The nerves are worse when you come home because you want to play well, you want to win.“It’s that wee bit of added pressure on your shoulders.”Phil Taylor’s retirement has ushered in a new era at the top of darts, with Van Gerwen currently the man to beat. last_img read more

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Flight Fest offers glimpse into past

first_imgWhether they were at Chatham-Kent Flight Fest or not, many people likely heard a massive drone overhead at some point on Saturday.Those who were on site at the municipal airport in Charing Cross stood in awe on the tarmac, gazing at the Douglas C-47 Skytrain, a 1945 aircraft that flew in from the Yankee Air Museum in Michigan.The transport plane was nicknamed Hairless Joe and used by the U.S. Air Force following the Second World War.Adam Hart of Wallaceburg called it “absolutely phenomenal” that the public could get such an up close and personal look at the past.“This is amazing … I’m a huge World War II history buff,” he said, adding that people might not realize the sheer scale of these aircraft from a picture.Some big birds on hand at Chatham-Kent Flight Fest today. #ckont pic.twitter.com/xVFhgx775x— Trevor Terfloth (@DailyNewsTT) June 1, 2019The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) YCK Chapter put on the free event, following a three-year hiatus, after taking over from the 295 Kinsmen Air Cadets.Hart, who was with his wife and 14-year-old son, called it a great opportunity to teach about history, as well as those who served.“For young people nowadays, they don’t get to see stuff like this,” he said.Visitors could also pay US$110 to fly aboard the C-47, but many more simply had a peek inside or took selfies in front of the massive aircraft.Other attractions included a BAC 167 Strikemaster, a North American T-28 Trojan, a Beechcraft 18, the Canadian Harvard Aerobatic Team, a replica Supermarine Spitfire MK24, an Aero L-29 Delfin, a Robinson R44, a WACO and a BO 105 Helicopter.About 25 aircraft in total were on hand.Despite the storm passing through in the afternoon, Aaron McPhail, communications director for COPA YCK, was pleased with the turnout that was expected to be in the thousands.He said it was the largest aviation event in Chatham-Kent history.“Airports are places that a lot of people don’t have access to,” he said. “They can see the wide variety of aircraft, from vintage aircraft to modern aircraft.“They can strike up a conversation with the pilots and get to understand a little bit about aviation. In some cases, people might want to become pilots themselves.”The donations collected will go toward COPA YCK’s other initiatives, such as the COPA for Kids event it hosted last summer.McPhail is looking forward to future Flight Fests and credited area businesses for their support.“This (event) is something we certainly something we want to build on,” he said. “We would like to see in the future possibly pattern flights here during the show and of course potentially grow into a larger, full airshow with aerobatic routines.”tterfloth@postmedia.comTwitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

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