AEL and Apollon ready for vital Limassol derby

first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouTHE Limassol derby between leaders AEL and third-placed Apollon stands out in this week’s fixture list that starts with the local derby on Saturday and ends on Monday evening with Nea Salamina’s game against Ermis Aradippou.This will be AEL’s third consecutive game against opposition in the top quarter of the table and a win against their local rivals at the Tsirion Stadium will put them in a commanding position as they will be heading towards the play-off games with a potential four-point lead.However they will be denied the services of their defensive stalwart Edwin Ouon due to suspension and this may prove costly against a team that possesses perhaps the most lethal striker in the league, top scorer Gaston Sangoy of Argentina.Apollon, buoyed by their mid-week cup win over Omonia, know that if they lose, their title hopes will all but disappear as they will trail AEL by nine points. Apollon will also be without one of their key players as midfielder Rashid Hamtani is suspended for this crucial game.Second placed APOEL entertain Doxa Katokopias in a game which the Nicosia team is expected to win. The champions will be at full strength with left back Pipinis returning to action after injury. Doxa, having secured last Wednesday a place in the last four of the Cup for the first time in their history, and sitting comfortably in mid-table, may opt to rest some players.Anorthosis, a team that failed to live up to the pundits’ early expectations as title favourites, will go to the GSZ Stadium to face AEK Larnaca. The Famagusta team, booed off the field in their last game after another abject performance, will hope that AEK will be more concerned with their upcoming Cup quarter-final second leg tie against Ermis rather than their clash.Aris Limassol, hovering just above the automatic relegation zone, will not have an easy task against Omonia. Having been knocked out of the Cup in midweek, the Nicosia giants need a win to stay within range of the positions that can lead to European qualification.Ethnikos Achnas, unbeaten in the last three games, are expected to extend their run when they face AEK Kouklion while Enosis Neon Paralimni know that only three points will do against already relegated Alki if they are to have a chance of climbing out of the relegation zone.On Monday evening Nea Salamina will face Ermis Aradippou with the visiting team eager to maintain their push for a top-three finish.last_img read more

Man U slip further behind after loss

first_imgLONDON (AP): After a third loss in seven English Premier League games so far, Jose Mourinho was quick to apportion blame for Manchester United’s collapse at West Ham. While the moans about refereeing decisions were predictable after the 3-1 loss on Saturday, holding the media partly responsible was a fresher excuse to pour scorn on another ineffective display by Anthony Martial. Leaving out forward Alexis Sanchez and starting Martial was portrayed by Mourinho as bowing to public demands. It’s a decision Mourinho suggested he regretted. “Something that you are asking for a long, long, long, long time (is) to play Martial,” Mourinho told reporters. “I left Alexis out and I think that Martial is not a player very, very, very focused on his defensive duties and to play him as a second striker and trying just to cover the area of (Declan) Rice would be much easier for him.” United were ragged from the start at Olympic Stadium, conceding after five minutes when Felipe Anderson flicked in Pablo Zabaleta’s cross. The damage worsened just before halftime when Andriy Yarmolenko’s shot took a heavy deflection off Victor Lindelof to head in the opposite direction past goalkeeper David De Gea. United did pull one back in the 71st when substitute Marcus Rashford turned in Luke Shaw’s corner with his back to goal. But United’s defence was cut through with ease when Mark Noble passed to Marko Arnautovic, who struck past De Gea. Less than two months into the campaign, United’s hopes of a first Premier League title since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 are already fading. With 10 points from seven games, Mourinho has matched the club’s previous worst Premier League start under Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes. Defending champions Manchester City and Liverpool are already nine points in front of 10th-placed United. ARSENAL LATE SHOW Chelsea and Liverpool remain unbeaten, along with City, after drawing 1-1 at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard’s second goal against Liverpool inside 70 hours put the hosts in front in the 25th minute. The winger raced on to Mateo Kovacic’s throughball unchecked before netting past Alisson, who was briefly the world’s most expensive goalkeeper until Chelsea paid 80 million euros (US$93 million) for Kepa in August. After beating Liverpool in the League Cup on Wednesday, Chelsea were preparing to inflict the team’s first loss of the season until Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to score against his former club. The striker’s swerving shot beat Kepa in the 89th minute after three minutes on the pitch. STURRIDGE TO RESCUE Immediately after scoring Manchester City’s second goal in a 2-0 victory over Brighton, Sergio Aguero was substituted in the 66th minute. “Sergio is struggling a little bit with some problems in his feet,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. “He is not 100 per cent. He made an effort but he hasn’t recovered.” Still, the striker also managed to create the opener. Aguero played in Leroy Sane who crossed for Raheem Sterling to slide in and apply the finish in the first half. AGUERO CONCERN Arsenal left it late to seal a seventh successive victory in all competitions. A 2-0 victory over Watford was secured by Craig Cathcart’s 81st-minute own goal and Mesut Ozil’s strike. “We need to continue to improve with the control, with the possession, with the positioning,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. Other results: Everton 2 Fulham 0; Huddersfield 0 Tottenham 2; Newcastle 0 Leicester 2; Wolves 2 Southampton 0.last_img read more

Going backwards in order to go forward

first_imgDear Editor,There is hardly a day which goes by in which newspapers do not report an incident of domestic violence (DV) or a matter pertaining to domestic violence. It has been decades since domestic violence has been classified as a type of gender-based violence (GBV).Guyana has signed and ratified a host of international conventions which criminalise, bind and uphold states (current, former or to be) to prevent, protect against, and prosecute crimes of gender-based violence, including domestic violence. Guyana has made gains in this regard, so it was alarming to read of a perpetrator of a crime of domestic violence being told by the court that he has an anger management problem, and should get help for this.I was not present in court, and am relying on print media reports. If these are incorrect, then my sincere apologies are proffered to the Judiciary.The popular belief that DV occurs due to uncontrollable anger is incorrect, because it does not recognise or factor in the gendered nature of intimate partner domestic violence. Physical, sexual, psychological or financial domestic violence, or a combination of some or all, is but the means to exert power and control over the other. Many femicides occur when the abused woman leaves her abusive partner or husband and/or starts/engages in another intimate partner relationship. It is the abuser’s perception of the loss of power and control of that partner — the right of ownership and entitlement to that abused person’s life and body — that leads to murder. ‘If I can’t have you, no one else can’.I hope that continuous training of the Judiciary and Magistracy on gender-based violence, including TIP crimes, is happening, and that the Guyana Prison Service’s anger management training includes sessions on the dynamics of DV, so as to address root causes.Partnerships for Peace, a best practice Caribbean/UN Women programme for DV offenders, utilises 12-17 training modules for achieving attitudinal and behavioural change. There is no quick-fix.Additionally, the discrepancy in sentencing for the crime of femicide (killing of female intimate) seems inconsistent. While most people would agree that domestic violence is everybody’s business and everyone should play their part in its prevention, reduction and elimination, agencies such as the Police have a significant role in investigation and prosecution of domestic violence crimes. Over the past years, an average of about 2 women have died every year at the hands of their partners or husbands, and hundreds of women and some men have been subjected to domestic violence on a daily or regular basis.No one in Guyana believes that domestic violence is on the decrease, most of us agree that it is on the increase. In this context, the comments of the Police Commissioner at the 6 weeks’ training course on Station Management — advising Police against taking persons into custody for ‘behaving bad’ or abusing alcohol — needs to be clarified.Domestic violence is often described as ‘behaving bad’; this can range from threats of violence, physical assault, destruction of property, sexual assault, being put out of the house etc, to murder. On top of this, alcohol and drug abuse go hand in hand with domestic violence and increase the severity of the abuse, sometimes fatally. For the Police not to investigate such reports is disturbingly alarming.The Guyana Police Force’s Domestic Violence Policy states that all reports of domestic violence must be recorded and investigated. The Domestic Violence Act gives the Police wide powers to enter any home where they believe a DVA Protection Order is being breached, or any home or premises where they believe domestic abuse is taking place or has taken place. Police, under the DVA, also have the power to arrest persons without warrants, and are mandated to ensure victims receive medical attention for injuries and are moved to a place safe from harm.In spite of laws, policies, training, projects, marches, billboards, a month dedicated by the UN to the elimination of violence against women, gender bureaus, dedicated Police units and national task force, not being convened, domestic violence continues unabated in Guyana. What is depressing is that when addressing DV & GBV, instead of building on gains, policies, knowledge, programmes, training and expert available Guyanese human resources, we seem to be in a continuous cycle of reinventing the wheel, going backwards in order to go forward.Yours truly,Danuta Radziklast_img read more

Learning to fly

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAnd grow it must. This service in Palmdale is an important step in the necessary future of regionalizing air traffic in the greater Los Angeles region. It was a long time coming, and the region can’t afford to have it fail. LAX, with its safety and crowding challenges, can’t take on all the new air traffic in future years. LAWA and United, and even the small group of Palmdale flyers, must do everything they can to help the public learn to fly regionally. Region can’t afford to let Palmdale Airport founder. The Palmdale Airport might only serve a tiny fraction of the air travelers who use Los Angeles International Airport. But, in general, they find a much better experience – free and easy parking, shorter lines and overall less hassle. So why are so few people taking advantage of it? The new, twice-daily United Airlines flights from Palmdale to the Bay Area are on average only one-third full after six months of service. Los Angeles World Airport and United officials don’t seem to find those numbers alarming; it’s a learning period and they expect the numbers to grow with time. 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

Angelides debate scheduled for Oct. 7

first_img(916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has agreed to a gubernatorial debate Oct. 7 with challenger Phil Angelides, officials said Friday. So far, it’s the only debate announced, but Angelides is pushing for 10 debates, additional events and a different format. The debate will be organized by the California Broadcasters Association and coincides with the third anniversary of the recall election in which Schwarzenegger was first elected. The location has not been determined, but the format would be the candidates at a table in a talk-show setting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAngelides, the state treasurer, is pressing for a more formal debate, standing behind podiums. “The governor looks forward to highlighting the clear choice in this election by having an open discussion with California voters on issues that are important to our state,” said Steve Merksamer, who is negotiating debate terms for the Schwarzenegger campaign. Angelides’ campaign manager Cathy Calfo said the debates should follow a more traditional format that allows for more give-and-take between the candidates. “Californians have an important choice to make Nov. 7, and they deserve the opportunity to see the two candidates for governor debate the issues more than once,” Calfo said. last_img read more

Arsene Wenger confirms big Arsenal injury blow ahead of Watford clash

first_imgArsene Wenger has revealed Shkodran Mustafi is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines.The defender suffered a hamstring injury while playing for Germany against Azerbaijan in a World Cup qualifying clash on Sunday.Germany boss Joachim Low admitted after the match it “did not look good” for Mustafi and said initial concerns were he had suffered a ligament tear in his right hamstring.And, having returned to London to be checked over by Arsenal medics, the 25-year-old has now been ruled out until at least next month.“We’ve lost Mustafi for about four to six weeks,” said Gunners manager Wenger.“I don’t think he will be available before the next international break.”Arsenal could also be missing Laurent Koscielny against Watford on Saturday.The France international has not played for the Gunners since they beat West Brom last month due an Achilles tendon problem and will have a late fitness test.“Koscielny has a definite final test tomorrow,” said Wenger.“At the moment, he’s not available. He trained on his own and the first signs are positive, so we decided to give him a test tomorrow.” 1last_img read more

Veteran rock publicist Ronnie Lippin, 59

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In 1989 she joined The Lippin Group, the marketing and public relations firm founded by her husband. There, she represented acts ranging from Mark Knopfler to Clapton to Prince. She also served as a co-manager to Wilson. “Ronnie Lippin was one of the most loving, thoughtful, sensitive and caring people I’ve ever met,” Wilson said in a statement. “Long before she became my publicist and co-manager, we connected in a way that I knew I wanted her to be part of my career forever. … God only knows why she’s been taken all too soon.” At the time of her death, she was president of The Lippin Group. Lippin is survived by her husband and a daughter, Alexandra. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ronnie Lippin, a veteran publicist and manager who worked with rock icons such as Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson and Prince, died Monday. Lippin died of a rare form of breast cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a statement from The Lippin Group. She was 59 years old. Though she got her start working as a publicist for film and stage productions, Lippin, a New York native, migrated to music publicity when she moved to Los Angeles with her husband, Dick Lippin. She started out as a chief publicist for MCA Records and later worked with Elton John’s Rocket Records and became the top publicist for RSO Records, home of the Bee Gees and the best-selling “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever” soundtracks. last_img read more

Chelsea and Man United points stat shows life is better after Mourinho

first_img 3 United fans would’ve scarcely believed Champions League qualification was possible towards the end of Mourinho’s tenure, with 11 points separating them from fourth place.However, their drastic improvement since parting with the Portuguese manager is not uncommon.In the 2015/16 season, Chelsea averaged 0.94 points per game before the mid-December sacking of Mourinho, and 1.59 afterwards. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice ADVICE And Pogba’s brother, Mathias, admits the World Cup winner did consider leaving the club due to Mourinho.“Did Paul think about leaving because of Mourinho? Of course. It comes to mind,” he is quoted saying.“But today he is where he is. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Solskjaer is unbeaten during his interim reign Mourinho was sacked by United in December Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Similarly, United could only manage 1.53 points per game under the ‘Special One’ this season, while Solskjaer has averaged 2.75 points per game since his dismissal in mid-December.One of United’s most resurgent stars, Paul Pogba, reportedly fell out with Mourinho in the build up to the manager’s sacking.He was benched for Mourinho’s final game in charge, but since Solskjaer’s arrival, the French midfielder has scored six goals and registered five assists in just eight Premier League matches. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED center_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF “He was under contract so he had to grit his teeth and keep working.”He added: “As Solskjaer had Paul with the reserve team, he knows exactly what to say and how to say it to Paul.“And when you give my little brother that responsibility, you will only see the best of him.” huge blow 3 3 MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Paul Pogba has been outstanding since Mourinho’s departure Manchester United’s narrow 1-0 victory at Leicester on Sunday means they now have 22 points from a possible 24 since the sacking of Jose Mourinho.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has overseen a dramatic upturn in fortune since his appointment as interim boss, with the Red Devils now just two points off the top four. RANKED REVEALED last_img read more

Colts’ Wayne Tears ACL – Out for Season

first_img“We hate to lose anybody, but, you know, this one — this one really stinks,” Pagano said. “You don‘t just replace guys like 87 (Wayne).”Pagano says Wayne told him he will be back with the team after recovering from his injury. It‘s not known if the team will promote from within to fill Wayne‘s absence, or make a trade for a wide receiver. The NFL trading deadline is October 29th. Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne tore his ACL during the win over the Broncos Sunday night.  The team announced that Wayne will miss the rest of the season.Head Coach Chuck Pagano was sullen in relaying the news at his Monday afternoon press conference.last_img read more

American travel experts check out sunny Donegal

first_imgA group of American travel professionals has been visiting Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way with Goway Travel, a leading tour operator. They were here as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.The visiting group undertook an action-packed fact-finding visit, which included Glenveagh National Park and a stop for lunch in the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny.Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “Tourism Ireland was delighted to invite Goway Travel and its top travel agency representatives to visit Donegal and Ireland. “We believe it is extremely important for travel decision-makers such as these to experience for themselves the high standard of our tourism offering and the many things to see and do here, so they are better equipped to advise their clients on future travel plans.“We have seen superb growth in North American visitor numbers so far again this year, with the most recent CSO figures for February to April 2017 showing growth of almost +26% – an extra 73,100 North American visitors compared with the same three-month period last year.“Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive programme of promotions to keep the momentum going and build on that growth.”Tourism Ireland has prioritised North America for 2017, as a market which offers a strong return on investment, in terms of holiday visitors and expenditure. A number of factors are working in our favour, including more airline seats than ever before, from 20 gateway cities across North America to the island of Ireland, with numerous new flights and expanded services in the pipeline for this year.American travel experts check out sunny Donegal was last modified: May 26th, 2017 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:donegal tourismglenveagh national parkTourism Irelandlast_img read more