Chelsea forget domestic woes to thrash Maccabi Tel Aviv

first_imgBy Mike CollettChelsea forgot their Premier League woes and got their Champions League campaign off to a flying start with a 4-0 thrashing of Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv in their opening Group G match at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.Despite Eden Hazard blazing an early penalty high over the bar, Chelsea scored twice in the first half with Willian finding the net with a 30-metre free kick after 15 minutes and Oscar scoring from their second penalty with the last kick of the opening 45 minutes.Diego Costa, who replaced Willian after the Brazilian was injured after 20 minutes, brilliantly volleyed in Chelsea’s third after 58 minutes with Cesc Fabregas finishing off a breakaway for the fourth after 78.Maccabi, back in the competition proper for the first time in 10 years, went close through skipper Eran Zahavi and Nosakhare Igiebor, but Chelsea, 17th in the Premier League with one win from five matches, were never seriously troubled.Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho made six changes to the side beaten 3-1 at Everton on Saturday with captain John Terry among those on the bench, although Fabregas, who has lacked his usual creative inspiration, retained his place and had a hand in the third as well as scoring for the first time since April.The lack of confidence and poor form that has blighted Chelsea’s start to the campaign was apparent when Hazard blazed his penalty over the bar.German referee Felix Zwayer showed leniency to Maccabi’s Serbian keeper Predrag Rajkovic though, only giving him a yellow card for bringing down Willian – and the goalie did not have to move as Hazard fired high and wide.Willian avenged that foul in the 15th minute when his 30-metre free kick bounced once and flew past the slow-moving Rajkovic to give Chelsea a deserved lead.Chelsea dominated but had to wait until the last kick of stoppage time before doubling the lead when Oscar scored from the spot after former Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim scythed down substitute Diego Costa.Costa volleyed Chelsea’s third on the turn just before the hour mark and Fabregas tapped in a fourth as Chelsea won their opening home Champions League match of the season under Mourinho for the first time, at the fourth attemptlast_img read more

Underestimating trauma in Guyana

first_imgOver time, numerous cases of domestic violence have been reported in the Guyanese media. Many persons were brutally killed, in some instances. Unfortunately, it continues despite awareness efforts and the much touted training of law enforcement officers, who are expected to be the first step of recourse in regard to the lodging of complaints.There is more than a subtle irony in the continuance of this societal scourge, in spite of the relentless efforts and the plethora of available mechanisms to inform and educate. The problem is much larger than what appears in the news, including the social media outlets, as many cases go unreported. This therefore gives much credence to the appearance of an underestimated reality.Many reasons have been made known that can deter an abused victim from seeking the intervention of the law. Among them, in no specific order of impact, are aspects of culture, shame, dependency and its redounding lack of empowerment for some, and the lack of confidence in law enforcement itself, precipitated by the reported trivialising of the issue in some instances.One may posit that education is a primary concern. On the other hand, one can argue that education has been more profound in recent times. Pertinent would be to ask the question if the other factors subvert the heeding of educational messaging. While the answer may be assumed, it would make for interesting and informative research.As that is contemplated, the magnitude of the impact on children cannot be underestimated. Many have cruelly been made witnesses to the horrific assaults on their mothers and, to a lesser extent, their fathers. Those ghastly images, especially for some who watched as life was snuffed out, are not only lasting, but profoundly traumatising.When young minds are so broadsided, the impact, if not managed, lingers for life. Not that the images are erasable, but with meaningful and sustained interventions, the trauma can potentially be mitigated, thereby aiding in better shaping of lives. The entire spectrum of what therefore constitutes counselling then becomes vital. This naturally raises the question of the availability of adequate intervening mechanisms.While it is always heartening to hear that surviving victims and witnesses to such horrific incidents would be counselled, it would be very informative, for the benefit of all, to know the extent of what is available and offered. Realistically, expectations cannot be for what obtains in the developed nations; however, there must be something tangible in keeping with available resources, with upgrades foremost in planning.This is not, in any way, suggesting that there isn’t an effective mechanism. However, counselling can be an extensive process for some, depending on the circumstances. Given the plethora of incidents that unfortunately continue, and which would make added demands on the system, the question of adequacy of trained staff, needed facilities, and support systems becomes more pertinent.Not too long ago, the country had the unenviable tag of having the highest rate of suicide per capita. Prior to that categorising, some aspects had made news internationally, prompting a local organisation to call for suicide to be made a national priority, given its impact on society and the trauma it imposes on surviving relatives.It was stated that the declaration would not only bring additional focus, but would have positioned the issue to be afforded the necessary resources for its mitigation.It was not going to be a panacea to stop suicide; but, effectively structured, it increases the potential across the country, with the assistance of stakeholders, to maximise effectiveness of information gathering for targeted intervention. It would also increase confidence in the support system to help break social inhibitors where necessary, and to better edify.It is no different for domestic violence. While there is a disadvantage in being unable to accurately quote figures, based on extensive research if available on the amount of people lost, injured and disfigured, and those scarred for life as a result of domestic violence, it must be extremely high in proportion to our population. Clearly, the highest number would be those who are left traumatised.This, therefore, must be seen as a serious cause for concern, and a compelling reason for consideration to be declared a national priority. This is an apolitical issue, and is not confined to any one group, thereby making it less difficult to garner national support. In such small societies, the impact permeates throughout and away from just the families.Children reading and learning about incidents through television and social media are in many ways impacted too, especially if one of their own is affected. In the context herein, the pervasiveness and impact of trauma cannot, and must not, be underestimated. That of road accidents must also be taken into account, for too much is at stake for people and the nation.last_img read more

Andy Murray, Bianca Andreescu win at China Open

first_imgMurray will face either top-seeded Dominic Thiem or Chinese wild-card entry Zhang Zhizhen on Friday.The No. 6-ranked Andreescu beat Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 7-6 (5) in a second-round match. It was a rematch of a U.S. Open quarterfinal, which Andreescu won en route to her first career Grand Slam title last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Andreescu, a 19-year-old Canadian, will face Jennifer Brady in the next round. Brady earlier beat fellow American Madison Keys 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:50Trending Articles01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Novak Djokovic beats Soeda to reach quarterfinals at Japan Open Andy Murray of Britain hits a return shot against his compatriot Cameron Norrie during their second round of the men’s singles match in the China Open tennis tournament at the Diamond Court in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BEIJING — Andy Murray won consecutive singles matches for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in January while U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu won her 15th in a row at the China Open on Wednesday.The 32-year-old Murray beat British countryman Cameron Norrie 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 6-1 to make the singles quarterfinals at a tournament for the first time in 12 months.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees View commentslast_img read more

Man attempts suicide, blames judicial system

first_imgRicky Munilall, 42, also called ‘Lenard’ has attempted suicide twice and is seeking help against what he says is an unfair judicial system.According to Munilall, who has been declared medically unfit to work, the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) has refused to pay him a pension plus the court has ordered that he pay ,000 monthly to support two of his four children who live with their working mother.Ricky MunilallThe man claims he has been pushed by the system to harm himself and is pleading for help. After a magistrate ordered that he pay $2500 weekly for each of two children, he has attempted to end his life.“I got confused because I don’t have any source of income coming from anywhere; I don’t have anyone helping me, so I just got home and I picked up a bottle of Gramoxone. I was taken to the hospital and I was in there for seven days…” the distraught man related.The substance was stored at home and is used to spray his garden, Munilall explained.The former cane harvester was medically discharged from the Rose Hall Estate after 27 years’ service.In December 2013 he was attacked by drunk men and got head injuries, resulting in him being placed on 27 weeks sick leave, following which he was dismissed from the estate.His wife walked out, leaving him with five children ages 17, 15, 13, 12 and 9. Following this, Munilall  took her to court and filed for full custody of the children, which was granted with the mother having visitation rights four days weekly.In November 2014 she removed the two younger children and took the man to court for custody and financial support. She was granted full custody of three children; however the youngest refused to go with her.Munilall has to take care of two of the children including his disabled son, and daughter who attend President’s College. In addition to that, he has to financially support – $2500 weekly – the two who are with their mother.When Munilall was discharged from the Estate, he received a huge sum of money, but the majority went to the court.Last month, he tried to get the court to reduce the sum to $1500 weekly. That application was denied.“Mr Alex Moore told me that he is willing, providing that my mother or my father or my brother or my sister or a relative, pay the remaining $2000. If not he is not reducing anything and he said that my application is denied.”Munilall said he has since tried unsuccessfully to get a part-time job.He showed this publication documents from the National Psychiatric Hospital which suggest that he is receiving treatment for depression leading to suicidal ideas related to head trauma.Munilall says he cannot afford $5000 weekly even though he has now rented his home and is living with his parents along with two of his children.Meanwhile, the man says even the National Insurance Scheme has let him down. After making contributions over the years to the scheme, there is nothing he is getting from it.According to him, when he was on leave he did not receive one dollar from NIS. He was also denied the grant to purchase needed spectacles.He disclosed that NIS told him he had to work the day before the application was made. “How could I have worked the day before the application was made and I was declared medically unfit to work?” Munilall wanted to know.The troubled man is now of the view that he will be going to jail since he cannot afford what the court has ordered.last_img read more

Rashford rejected Liverpool offer as a youngster

first_img0Shares0000Marcus Rashford scored another excellent goal as Manchester United beat West Ham on Wednesday night.UNITED KINGDOM, April 15 – Marcus Rashford spurned Liverpool to join Manchester United when he was seven years old, Sportsmail can reveal.The 18-year-old continued his astounding debut season by firing United on their way to an FA Cup quarter-final victory against West Ham – the last ever FA Cup fixture at Upton Park – on Wednesday night. The strike, beautifully stroked into the top right corner, was his sixth goal in 11 appearances since Louis van Gaal handed the player his first Manchester United senior appearance in February in their Europa League win against Midtjylland.He scored twice then, followed it up with a double against Arsenal three days later and also netted the winner against Manchester City in the derby last month.But sources at his first junior club Fletcher Moss Rangers have indicated that he could well have been breaking through at fierce rivals Liverpool as they tried to lure him to Anfield before he joined United.Everton, while David Moyes was in charge, were also interested in the youngster, but he is a Manchester United supporter and opted to joined his boyhood club and follow other Fletcher Moss alumni  which includes Wes Brown and Danny Welbeck, amongst several others to Old Trafford.-Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

More thundershowers forecast for Northeast B.C. on Thursday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Wednesday night’s thunderstorm saw over 100 lightning strikes recorded in the Fort St. John area as the storm moved over the city, and the forecast is calling for a chance of more thunder and lightning today.Environment Canada meteorologist Lisa Erven said that convective activity started in the Peace Region during the late afternoon and early evening Wednesday, before the thunderstorm rolled over Fort St. John at around 11:00 p.m. She said that the storm lasted around two hours, and saw over 100 lightning strikes come down in the city’s vicinity.- Advertisement –A graphic showing lightning in the Peace region between 6:00 p.m. and midnight Wednesday evening. Each diamond shape is an individual lightning strike. The colours refer to how old the strike is with red being the most recent hour (11pm-midnight) and green being the oldest (6-7pm). Photo by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).Despite the length of the storm, the North Peace Airport weather station did not record any significant rainfall, though downpours were observed within the city limits.A map showing lightning strikes in Northeast B.C. at 8:20 on Thursday morning. Photo by Environment CanadaErven said that on Thursday morning, a weak frontal system is continuing to move out of the area in a northeasterly direction, bringing a continued risk of thunderstorms across the region. More thunderstorms could be possible this afternoon near Fort Nelson, though the forecast is calling for a mix of sun and clouds further south this afternoon.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man United target says he will STAY at Atletico as long as Diego Simeone does

first_img1 Manchester United target Saul Niguez will not leave Atletico Madrid unless Diego Simeone does.The midfielder, 21, has become a key part of the Spanish side’s team in recent seasons after joining the club as a 13-year-old.Manchester United were linked with the Spain international during the summer as a result of his impressive displays, but Atletico refused to listen to any offers.And now the La Liga side have received a further boost after Saul promised he won’t leave unless his manger Simeone quits too.“As long as Simeone is here, no, I won’t leave,” Saul told Club del Deportista.“When a coach has faith in you as much as he has and gives you that confidence, it’s vital.” Saul Niguez in action for Atletico Madrid last_img read more

Anglican leader tries to resolve gay dispute

first_imgNEW YORK – The spiritual leader of world Anglicanism has asked six Episcopal bishops to meet in New York next month to try to resolve differences over homosexuality tearing at their church. The gathering is part of a broad effort by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to preserve the global Anglican fellowship despite a hardening conservative-liberal divide over whether the Bible bars gay relationships. The Episcopal Church represents Anglicanism in the United States. The Anglican Communion Office in London announced the summit in a brief news release Friday, but did not give specifics about the date and location. The six invited bishops reflect the spectrum of belief across the American church, including conservatives who disagree about whether their dioceses should break from the national denomination. Virginia Bishop Peter Lee, who is among the six U.S. invitees, said the participants “have agreed not to talk at length with the press” about the gathering. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“The archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging American bishops to try to work on these questions,” Lee said in a phone interview. “We’re trying to hold together people who have differing views and to respect those differing views.” Williams is not expected to attend, though Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the 77 million-member Anglican Communion, will participate, along with outgoing Episcopal Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold and Presiding Bishop-elect Katharine Jefferts Schori, who takes office in November. The other participants are Bishop Jack Iker of Fort Worth, Texas; Southwest Florida Bishop John Lipscomb; and Pittsburgh Bishop Robert Duncan, head of the Anglican Communion Network, an association of 10 conservative Episcopal dioceses and more than 900 parishes considering splitting from the national church.last_img read more

Dalai Lama will address women’s event

first_imgSACRAMENTO – In company with Martha Stewart and the Duchess of York, the Dalai Lama has agreed to speak to Maria Shriver’s conference on women next month in Long Beach. Shriver, who prides herself on her eclectic interests, has tried for two years to get the Tibetan spiritual leader to address the conference, a two-decade-long tradition of California governors that Shriver has transformed into a glamorous affair. After receiving the Dalai Lama’s assent this year, Shriver said she visited him earlier this month in Dharamsala, India, where he presides over the Tibetan government in exile. They discussed his talk over tea. The Dalai Lama was curious to find out what sort of questions he might be asked by the women at the conference, which will be held Sept. 26 at the Long Beach Convention Center. “He was very like, “Oh, OK. Well, you’re always seeking something,”‘ Shriver said. The Dalai Lama notwithstanding, most of Shriver’s conference will focus on more worldly concerns. In addition to Stewart and Sarah Ferguson, the 2006 California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women will feature journalists Tim Russert, Maureen Dowd and Anna Quindlen; personal finance adviser Suze Orman; and supermodel-actresses Tyra Banks and Elle Macpherson.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesShriver was intrigued by the Dalai Lama’s less-is-more approach to life and his message that people these days might be too busy for their own good. She said the Dalai Lama was keen on speaking to a crowd of women. “What he was saying was that women really are the vessels of compassion for the world, and it is hard to be in touch with your heart and be in dialogue with yourself when you’re on a cell phone, a BlackBerry, a computer,” she said. As an antidote to such stressors, the Dalai Lama will lead the 11,000-plus crowd in a brief meditation exercise. He also will take questions from the audience. A product of Catholic schools, Shriver says she has been interested in religion for years. She minored in theology at Georgetown University, consumes books on religion – “probably more than anybody wants to know” – and attends Mass once a week. Her spiritual pursuits do not seem to have rubbed off on her husband, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who also is Catholic, although he indulged her decision to travel to India. last_img read more

Every Premier League manager ranked by honours won

first_img 20 20 20 19. David Wagner (Huddersfield Town) – 1 x Championship Play-Offs 10= Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) – 1 x Championship 7. Ronald Koeman (Everton) – 3 x Dutch League, 1 x Dutch Cup, 1 x Spanish Cup 20 20 20 20. Paul Clement (Swansea City) – click right to count down to number one – Guided Swansea to safety in 2016-17 6. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – 2 x German League, 1 x German Cup 20 2. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – 2 x Champions League, 3 x Spanish League, 3 x German League, 2 x Spanish Cup, 2 x German Cup 20 14= Mauricio Pellegrino (Southampton) – 1 x Spanish Cup runner up 20 1. Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) – 2 x Champions League, 2 x Europa League, 2 x Portuguese League, 3 x Premier League, 2 x Italian League, 1 x Spanish Liga, 1 x Portuguese Cup, 1 x FA Cup, 3 x EFL Cup, 1 x Italian Cup, 1 x Spanish Cup 20 5. Antonio Conte (Chelsea) – 3 x Italian League, 1 x Premier League 20 20 20 19. Mark Hughes (Southampton) – 1 x sixth place in the Premier League 9. Marco Silva (Watford) – 1 x Greek League, 1 x Portuguese Cup 20 3. Rafael Benitez (Newcastle United) – 1 x Champions League, 2 x Europa League, 2 x Spanish League, 1 x FA Cup, 1 x Italian Cup 20 10= Chris Hughton (Brighton) – 1 x Championship 8. Frank De Boer (Crystal Palace) – 4 x Dutch League 17. Slaven Bilic (West Ham) – 1 x third place in the Turkish League 18. Mark Hughes (Southampton) – 1 x sixth place in the Premier League 4. Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) – 3 x Premier League, 1 x French League, 7 x FA Cup, 1 French Cup, 1 x Japanese Cup 20 20 Since the arrival of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, and Antonio Conte, the Premier League has had more successful managers than ever before.But according to Joey Barton, Klopp is overhyped, overrated and does not deserved to be labelled as a ‘super coach’.Barton, who appears every Monday night on talkSPORT’s Monday night Kick Off show, said of the popular Klopp: “He is not trophy-laden like Mourinho or Guardiola, so we have to be sceptical of him.”The German has guided Liverpool into the Champions League play-offs, and took them to the Europa League and League Cup finals, though lost both.Last season, Conte won the Premier League with Blues, adding to his haul of three Serie A titles, which is pretty impressive, while Arsene Wenger won his seventh FA Cup, and Jose Mourinho claimed his third League Cup and second Europa League.So how does Klopp compare? And which Premier League bosses have we ranked as the top dogs when it comes to honours won?Click the right arrow above to find out.Tune in to hear what Joey Barton has to say about the opening weekend of the Premier League, on talkSPORT, Monday from 7pm to 10pm – click here to listen 20 10= Sean Dyche (Burnley) – 1 x Championship 20 14= Tony Pulis (Stoke City) – 1 x FA Cup runner up 20 13. Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham Hotspur) – 1 x Premier League runner up last_img read more