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first_imgThe top of the table clash between leaders Anorthosis and second-placed AEK stands out in Round 6 of the Cyprus football championship. Elsewhere, Omonia have a seemingly easy game at home to Olympiakos while Cyprus’ European representatives, Apoel and Apollon, face tricky matches against Alki and Nea Salamina respectively.Anorthosis began the season with a disappointing draw against Nea Salamina, but have recorded four consecutive wins without conceding since then, creating a four-point cushion at the top.Their Israeli coach, Rony Levy, has managed to gel the team together and even though they do not score a lot of goals they are a very difficult side to break down. Experienced Croatian left back Daniel Pranjic is the only notable absentee for Levy with Ivan Bandalofski switching to the left and Abdullahi Shehu slotting into the right-back position. Despite failing to score in the opening five games, Anorthosis’ lone striker Demba Kamara is expected to retain his place.AEK coach Imanol Idiakez has come under a lot of stick following his side’s consecutive losses against Omonia and Nea Salamina and it has even been mooted that only a win can guarantee his future at the club.Ivan Triscovski is back in contention for a starting berth after overcoming a niggling injury while Truyols, Malokou and Englezou are ruled out through injury.Nea Salamina, who recorded their first win last week, are up against Apollon who deservedly held Everton to a draw at Goodison Parkon Thursday in the Europa League.Nea Salamina will be without five players for the clash, including their summer star signing and former Apollon player Gaston Sangoy.Also missing for coach Liasos Louca are two Apollon loanees, Reynolds and Karo as well as Jong-In Park and Anderson Korreia.Apollon coach Sofronis Avgousti will need to tell his players to forget about their European exploits and adjust accordingly. There are no new injury concerns for the Cypriot coach while Fotis Pamboulis is back in full training and is hoping for a first team recall following his lengthy injury.Omonia entertain Oympiakos at the GSP stadium in a game the home side is expected to win.Even though they will be without captain Demetris Christophi through injury, Omonia should have enough firepower up front to overcome the well-drilled and combative Olympiakos.Last year’s top scorer Matt Derbyshire is already leading the table with four and is ably assisted this year by Portuguese striker Rafa Lopes.Apoel travel to Larnaca to face first division newcomers Alki who have impressed with their performances so far this season.Apoel have stuttered in the league managing just one win in three games and their coach Giorgos Donis knows that his side cannot afford to drop any more points so early in the season.Alki are not a team that like to drop deep and defend in numbers and will be out to record their second win. In Semedo and Fabricio they have two very lethal strikers, while at the back they have been reinforced with goalkeeper Urko Pardo who will be playing for the first time against his old club who he served so admirably for six years.In other games, third-placed AEL play against bottom side Ethnikos Achnas while Pafos FC entertain Ermis Aradippou.The final weekend game is between Doxa Katokopias and Aris.Saturday: Pafos FC vs Ermis (6.00), Omonia vs Olympiakos (7.00), AEK vs Anorthosis (8.00)Sunday: Apollon vs Nea Salamina (6.00), Ethnikos vs AEL (6.00), Doxa vs Aris (7.00), Alki vs Apoel (8.00)last_img read more


first_imgIn a shocking story that unveiled in Berbice, this publication reported that redundant workers of the Skeldon Sugar Estate are being charged a fee of $500 to pass through a cultivation dam to catch fish. The fee was being imposed by the Special Purpose Unit, which was set up to oversee the privatisation of the sugar estates. The fired workers, who are now facing major difficulties as they look for new employment, have no other choice than to pay the fee as they seek to earn a daily meal, and in some instances, a daily income. This shattering story is just a microcosm of the harsh and cruel reality hundreds of sugar workers are now forced to endure following the closure of some estates over the past two years. That reality may not have fully resonated or understood by others and maybe by those who made the decision to shut the estates.Before and after that decision, workers and their families pleaded for it not to be implemented or reversed over fear of the devastating impact it would have on their lives and on thousands more who are indirectly affected.This newspaper reported another heart-rending story in the later part of 2018, when a 25-year-old of four was quoted as saying, “Sometimes my children wake up in the night hungry and all I can do is cry. Right now, I need a lot of help. I am punishing a lot, because it isn’t easy to raise four children without a job”. She and her 35-year-old husband were former workers at the Skeldon sugar estate which has been closed.No mother or father can bear the cries of hunger from their children. Those cries are daggers to the heart which worsen when there is no means to offer them a morsel.That mother who has to hear the cries for food by her children will be broken and traumatised; rendered helpless and stripped of dignity. It’s similar for others like her and for the fathers who become emasculated in such circumstances. That reality has telling effects on the mental state of those affected. Enduring that daily exacerbates that very troubling mindset and the seeming hopeless situation.The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) was right when it said that such a fee brings additional burden on the already displaced workers and is tantamount to “rubbing salt on a deep wound” of the dismissed sugar workers.Locally many had spoken about the economic broadside the closure of estates would have on the workers and the surrounding communities of which many have been economically ravished. Fears have since been realised as exemplified by the story of the cold-heartedness of the SPU to charge a fee to these dismissed works and the story of the mother. Even more striking is that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder has washed his hands clean on the matter and has since said that it is unethical for him to comment or intervene in the matter.The impact has not spared the social fabric of those communities as poverty, crime and depression rise. Many have decried the decision to close the estates without an impact assessment been conducted. It could have provided a similar voice to the ones Senator Flake heard in that elevator and which may have been the proverbial straw that precipitated the responsible position he took.The SPU’s action to charge the fee also exposes those here who boast of their concern for the welfare of sugar workers and who now have influence and who have closed the door to block the cries from reaching their ears; hence it is still painfully heard in the media.last_img read more


first_imgWest Brom have confirmed the signing of Greece international Georgios Samaras on a two-year deal.The striker has joined the Baggies on a free transfer but will not play in Saturday’s Premier League trip to Southampton.He was available after leaving Celtic in the summer following six years in GlasgowWest Brom head coach Alan Irvine said: “We’ve signed a player with vast experience and I’m delighted to welcome Sami to the club.“He has played a lot of football at the highest levels – Champions League, European Championships and World Cups – and the feedback we’ve got on him, from people like Neil Lennon, states he thrives on the big occasion.“He will certainly play in plenty of those in the Barclays Premier League. Georgios has played in big games for a Celtic team that have often had a lot of the ball and have had to work hard to break the opposition down.“But he has also shown another side to his game in other matches when they haven’t seen as much of the ball.” 1 Georgios Samaras last_img read more


first_img West Ham defender Masuaku sees red for spitting at Nick Powell 1 West Ham boss David Moyes has branded Arthur Masuaku’s actions in the FA Cup defeat to Wigan as ‘despicable’.The Hammers succumbed to a 2-0 loss at the DW Stadium, but were forced to play almost 40 minutes with ten men after Masuaku was given his marching orders.The left back spat at midfielder Nick Powell after an altercation, and Moyes has vowed to punish the 24-year-old.“It was despicable,” he said. “He will deserve everything he gets and he will get something he deserves from us.”“It’s unacceptable.”Wigan outplayed the Premier League side, with a double from Will Grigg enough to send the Latics through to the fifth round of the competition.However, the spitting incident overshadowed what was a huge upset and a fantastic Wigan performance.The West Ham boss was upset with how his player had reacted and gave assurances there would be repurcussions“I’ve not seen it from him. We’ve given him a game, played him all the time, tried to give him a chance, he wasn’t really in the team.“We like him, he’s a really good boy around the club. I’ve enjoyed him so I’d have to say it is out of character.“If you do that, then you’re going to get the punishment in any walk of life.“I just asked him, did he spit and he said, ‘Yes’.”last_img read more


first_img“He got to meet a lot of important people in those days,” his son, George Strong Jr., said. “He was a newspaperman in the ’50s and ’60s when there was no television, or very little.” Strong earned three academic degrees by the time he was 22: two from the University of British Columbia and one from Northwestern University. He added a fourth, a law degree, from the University of Toledo, in 1940, at which time he passed the Ohio bar exam and became licensed as an attorney. He taught accounting and business classes at Northwestern, UC Berkeley and University of Toledo. Strong entered the newspaper business in 1945 when Toledo Blade Publisher Paul Block Jr. contacted him. He became treasurer and business manager. In 1952, he became general manager of Brush-Moore Newspapers, a chain of seven Ohio and Maryland newspapers, ultimately becoming president, publisher and director. He led Brush-Moore for the next 15 years, adding five newspapers to the group, including the Oxnard Press Courier, the San Gabriel Valley Daily Tribune and the Eureka Times Standard. He was president and director of San Gabriel Valley Daily Tribune Inc., his son said. LA CA?ADA FLINTRIDGE – G. Gordon Strong, retired newspaper executive and publisher who once worked as president of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, died Monday in La Ca ada Flintridge. He was 92. Over his 35-year career in the newspaper business, Strong was publisher, president or board chairman of newspapers or newspaper chains, including: Thomson Newspapers Inc., Brush Moore Newspapers Inc., The San Gabriel Valley Daily Tribune, The Oakland Tribune, The Oxnard Press Courier, The Canton Repository, The Eureka Times Standard and The Salisbury Times. He was also a board member of the American Newspaper Publishers Association. “He was probably more a financial person,” George Strong said. “But he fell more and more in love with the editorial side.” In 1967, he negotiated the sale of Brush-Moore to Thomson Newspapers. He remained with Thomson as board chairman for 10 years until he retired in 1977. Two days into retirement, Combined Communications asked him to return to work as publisher of the Oakland Tribune, where he remained after Gannett Newspapers acquired Combined, until 1980, when he retired again. Strong was a founding director of the Mutual Insurance Co. of Bermuda, an insurance company for newspaper publishers, covering economic losses during labor disputes, and he maintained a residence in Bermuda for 15 years. His wife of 65 years, the former Jean McDougall, preceded him in death in 2001. He is survived by his son, George G. Strong Jr. of La Ca ada Flintridge; daughter, Jeanne Strong Cassayre of Napa; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services were private. 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


first_img“Whether \ moves forward from his committee will depend on whether he’s committed to election reform,” Feng said. “We’re hoping Sen. Calderon is open to fair and responsive redistricting which we see coming in the form of an independent commission.” Calderon couldn’t be reached because he is off during the holiday vacation. Common Cause has proposed the creation of an independent commission to handle reapportionment. As of now, the state Legislature draws the districts every 10 years. MONEY REPORT: The state Fair Political Practices Commission has some good news for politicians, beginning Jan. 1. Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. State Sen. Ron Calderon could be in the hot spot next year – at least regarding reapportionment reform. Calderon, D-Montebello, has been appointed as chairman of the Elections, Reapportionment, and Constitutional Amendments Committee. Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause, said Calderon will play a key role in determining the success in any reform of the redistricting process. The per person contribution limit for legislative candidates increases from $3,300 to $3,600 per election. And for those in the giving mood, the gift limit for state and local public officials increases from $360 to $390. COURT REPORT: Phil Mautino, supervising judge for the Los Angeles County Juvenile Court, will speak at the 7:30 a.m. Friday meeting of the Southeast chapter of the Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs. The event will be held at Geezer’s Restaurant, 12120 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs. Cost is $25 per person. For reservations, write LACLC, 6055 E. Washington Blvd. suite 228, Commerce, 90040, or call Peter Bylsma, (323) 215-4500 or e-mail bylsma@lagop.org. WHITTIER REPORT: Jeff Collier, director of community development for Whittier, will speak at the 11 a.m. Friday lunch meeting of the Whittier Republican Women, Federated. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. Business meeting begins at 11 a.m. For reservations, call Maybe Hendricks, (562) 696-3345. Cost is $17. STAFF CHANGES: Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, has announced some changes to his staff. Jane Warner, executive secretary to former Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia, will take over the same position for Huff. Huff’s legislative aide, Faith Conley will become his legislative director, succeeding Dane Wadle. Kris Goldstein, a former intern for Huff, will fill the legislative aide position. Huff’s Sacramento and district offices also are accepting applications for internships. Those interested should submit resumes and cover letters, to the district, 23355 Golden Springs Road, Diamond Bar, CA, 91765, or Sacramento office, Room 5164, Sacramento, CA, 94249. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955.160Want 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


first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder boost deals REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January latest Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea TROPHY The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa LATEST center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Sean Longstaff is a target of Manchester United 1 That deadline has been and gone and it looks like it may be unlikely to happen this summer.Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol claimed that talks had happened between the two clubs but Newcastle are not interested in a deal. punished Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James have already joined the Red Devils from Crystal Palace and Swansea respectively.Solskjaer is thought to have wanted to get a deal done for Longstaff before they started their pre-season tour in Australia, Singapore and China. JIBE There were high-level talks last weekend between Manchester United and Newcastle United about Sean Longstaff. Newcastle won’t confirm there were talks but we understand Newcastle categorically not interested in selling Longstaff & and see him as a big part of their future plans— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 10, 2019He wrote on Twitter: “There were high-level talks last weekend between Manchester United and Newcastle United about Sean Longstaff.“Newcastle won’t confirm there were talks but we understand Newcastle categorically not interested in selling Longstaff & see him as a big part of their future plans.”United are currently in Perth on the first leg of their pre-season tour where they will play matches against Perth Glory and Leeds United. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions getty images – getty Newcastle United have reportedly told Manchester United they have no interest in selling Sean Longstaff this summer.United are believed to have made the midfielder one of their top targets this summer as they look to overhaul their squad under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.last_img read more


first_img“Of course it is a very special thing to have happened,” he said.“Today is a trophy for everyone at the club. You see the support, three-quarters of the stadium supporting the team, the backroom staff and the players, so it is for the club.“Of course, I get associated with that but for me it is thinking about Wednesday (a league game against Motherwell).”The Celtic boss shared his thoughts on the controversial moment in the match when Celtic were awarded a penalty for Cedric Kipre’s foul on Scott Sinclair, which also saw the Motherwell defender sent off. ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson was adamant that referee Craig Thompson made the wrong call but Rodgers disagreed.He said: “It is a penalty. It is a great ball and Scott makes the run and is getting there and obviously the defender cannot get there so he pulls him. So it is a penalty. “I am not sure what the rules are, whether it is a sending-off, I am sure Stephen will feel it is a bit harsh. “But I definitely thought it was a penalty as he impeded Scotty in the box and Moussa scores it. “It was a great victory for us.” Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said that his side’s fourth consecutive domestic trophy success was “a phenomenal achievement” and was a test of their character after a bruising defeat in midweek.Paris Saint-Germain inflicted a 7-1 defeat on Rodgers side on Wednesday but Celtic were back to their unbeatable domestic form in the League Cup final, lifting the silverware after a 2-0 win over Motherwell.Rodgers said that the mental strength to bounce back was evident against a tough opponent.“It was a brilliant victory for us today and I think we had to tick a few character boxes after the midweek,” Rodgers said. “Yet again, the players produced. “It was always going to be difficult for us with how Motherwell have started the season and the confidence they have in terms of how they play. “We were going to have to be patient today and then wait for our moments. Once we got the first goal we settled into a rhythm.“It’s our fourth trophy in twelve months and that’s a phenomenal achievement. They had the hunger and desire to keep playing and belief. To keep a clean sheet was also important for us today.”Rodgers becomes the first manager since Jock Stein to win four trophies in a row but he said that the success was down to the collective and that everyone associated with the club had played their part in a trophy-laden run. last_img read more


first_img“I don’t think it’s necessary.”Hearts and Hibernian were charged over a confrontation between the players in the Tynecastle fixture of October last year, but it was dismissed after a hearing at Hampden.Levein will not be telling his players to hold back this weekend.He said: “It’s very difficult to get as close as you can to the edge, so you’re competing at a really high level but not overstepping the mark.“[Edinburgh derbies] are so tight and there’s not usually many chances in the match.“It becomes about who is capable of taking the chance that comes their way.“That’s really what happened down at Easter Road – Olly Lee scored a wonderful goal to win the game.“There wasn’t a lot in it at all and I don’t think there will be much in it on Saturday either.” The Hearts manager said: “My view on how these things are viewed by the compliance officer is that people in Scotland like to see competitive football.“This derby match will be competitive and God forbid there comes a day when we ever take that out of this fixture.“We have to be very careful that we don’t sanitise the football in Scotland so much that it becomes what the supporters don’t want to see.“In Scottish football people want to see competitive edge in the games and I think the compliance officer is in a hurry sometimes to dilute that. The Scottish FA compliance officer is in danger of diluting Scottish football by being too strict on clubs and players, according to Hearts manager Craig Levein.Clare Whyte, the SFA compliance officer, this week issued notices of complaint to Hearts, Aberdeen, Rangers and Celtic for confrontations between players on the pitch.Rangers boss Steven Gerrard was censured for misconduct during the Old Firm derby, and Scott Brown also faces a disciplinary hearing following the tie at Celtic Park.Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Edinburgh derby, Levein said he feared the competitive edge that he believes fans want to see on the pitch was in danger of being run out of the game.last_img read more


first_imgMinister for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee has announced a new scheme which will see “preventative” mental health services being rolled out in secondary schools across the country.Minister McEntee says that the new scheme will involve Junior Cert students having to complete 300 hours of this particular wellbeing class.Minister McEntee stressed that the budget of €853 million for mental health services is one of the largest budgets for mental health than ever before. Speaking to The Irish Sun, Minister McEntee says; “What we need to start focusing on in particular is the whole area of prevention. Up until now our focus has rightly been on services and we need to continue to improve our services both in an acute setting and within the community.”“But I think we (must) actually start tackling what the problem is and looking at a preventative measure — how we can actually keep young people well instead of treating them when things go wrong.”“Junior Cert young people will have to do 300 hours of this particular class. We have divided it into three age groups — so from 0-12, 13-18 and 19-25.“Obviously the zero to 12 will be looking at the primary school level and what it is we can do to help them maintain their own well-being but also so they can identify if they’re experiencing a problem. For younger people I think it is a big thing that they’re not realising they have a problem. If they feel stressed, anxious or sad or upset we need to try and normalise talking about that. “I think maybe because I’ve been through something with Dad people think I can better relate but with suicide everyone is different. I think because I’m younger I can better relate anyway.”Minister McEntee lost her father to suicide in December 2012 when he was aged 56.She added; “It’s important young people know that while celebs like Kim Kardashian are great and all, they have personal trainers and stylists looking after them — and our young people need to be happy with who they are as people.”“Preventative” mental health classes to be rolled out in secondary schools was last modified: December 31st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more