Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217

first_imgThe referee stops the fight, after which Rose Namajunas celebrates a win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — Rose Namajunas took the 115-pound championship away from undefeated Joanna Jedrejczyk with a dominant performance at UFC 217.Namajunas connected with a left in the first round and pounced once Jedrejczyk (14-1) hit the canvas on Saturday night. Namajunas pounded away at the fallen champ as the Madison Square Garden crowd went absolutely wild for a fighter that had been soundly booed during her entrance.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Wilder knocks out Stiverne in 1st roundcenter_img LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Namajunas (17-3) ended Jedrejczyk’s bid at matching Ronda Rousey’s women’s record with six straight title defenses.Namajunas choked back tears as UFC President Dana White slapped the strawweight championship belt over her shoulder. She was drowned out by the roars as she spoke about what the championship meant to her inside the octagon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Just confidence, conditioning, composure, content that I’m the champion,” she said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Frustrated Golovkin struggling to book Canelo replacement

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 17, 2017 file photo shows Gennady Golovkin, left, connects with a left to Canelo Alvarez during a middleweight title fight in Las Vegas. Golovkin is growing frustrated with boxing’s sanctioning bodies while he struggles to find a replacement opponent for Canelo Alvarez on May 5. The unbeaten middleweight champion’s rematch with Alvarez in Las Vegas fell through after the Mexican star failed a doping test in February and finally withdrew from the bout last week.(AP Photo/John Locher, File)LOS ANGELES — Gennady Golovkin is growing frustrated with boxing’s sanctioning bodies while he struggles to find a replacement opponent for Canelo Alvarez on May 5.Golovkin and his promoter and trainer appeared in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to announce they still haven’t found a suitable replacement, and time is running out.ADVERTISEMENT “At some point, we’re going to run out of time,” Loeffler said. “Right now, it’s three weeks from Saturday. The arenas are all still working with us. The networks are working with us. … Unfortunately, when you have fights like this that fall out, not everything is under our control. We’re under the gun now just to save May 5.”Loeffler said he has worked extensively to reach a deal with a new opponent while still keeping happy all three sanctioning bodies behind Golovkin’s middleweight belts — a nearly impossible chore in the fractious world of prizefighting.Although Loeffler repeatedly declined to go into extensive details about the obstacles in place, Golovkin is determined to avoid being stripped of any titles by the sanctioning bodies.Unlike Floyd Mayweather and other champions who view title belts as relatively unimportant, Golovkin prizes his reign as a decorated champion after he fought in Europe for years without attention or title belts. After concluding his lucrative business with Alvarez, Golovkin’s ultimate dream is to fight Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO middleweight title, the only one he doesn’t hold among the four major sanctioning bodies.With that mandate from his champion, Loeffler is having trouble reconciling the desires of the IBF, WBA and WBC in finding a replacement for Alvarez. The IBF is particularly strident in its opposition to any opponent except mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Woods files entry to play US Open for 1st time since 2015 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina While Golovkin would be willing to fight the little-known Ukrainian contender, Loeffler believes the matchup would be much less lucrative than other potential matchups.“If we had enough time, we could promote that bout,” Loeffler said. “It would be much more difficult in a short period of time like we have right now.”Irish contender Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, Jermell Charlo and former U.S. Olympian Vanes Martirosyan all have been discussed for the bout. Martirosyan seems to be the most likely candidate, with the boxers probably fighting in the famed outdoor ring in Carson, California, but Loeffler hasn’t closed the deal.“I’m a little disappointed because there’s no opponent,” said Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez. “We’re on schedule for our May 5 fight. … I think the fans are clamoring just to see him fight somebody. Hopefully none of the people and the organizations trying to get in the way are going to be able to.”While Golovkin wants to keep busy, he also has his eyes on the future. If Canelo’s potential suspension is only a six-month ban after his meeting with the Nevada Athletic Commission on April 18, Golovkin and Alvarez probably could meet in September near Mexico’s Independence Day, another traditionally big weekend for boxing.“This is one of the longest layoffs of his career,” Loeffler said of Golovkin. “We think it’s patently unfair that he doesn’t fight just because Canelo is suspended.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I’m hungry,” said Golovkin, who turned 36 years old last Sunday. “Just give me a fight.”The unbeaten middleweight champion’s rematch with Alvarez in Las Vegas fell through after the Mexican star failed a doping test in February and finally withdrew from the bout last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGolovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) is still in training for a fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend, but he doesn’t appear to be much closer to finding a suitable opponent for what would be his 20th defense of his 160-pound titles.Promoter Tom Loeffler believes he must finalize a deal by “the middle of next week” to stage a bout on a traditionally huge date for boxing. 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Senator Varney Sherman Rejects ‘Christian State’

first_imgGrand Cape Mount Senator H. Varney Sherman has described Liberia as a country that has been, since its beginning, “very tolerant about individuals’ religious beliefs.  There is, therefore, no need to ignite any fire in the country by placing in the Constitution that Liberia is a Christian state,” he declared emphatically. “One thing we ought not to do is to ignite any fire in our country; one thing we ought not to do is to give a certain group of people in our country the suspicion that we are little by little creating a situation where one day we will discriminate against them; we shouldn’t do that.”Cllr. Sherman made the statement yesterday at his Capitol Building offices when he hosted Daily Observer’s Legislative reporters and Senior Staff for an exclusive interview.“I don’t know how we are thinking about that (a Christian State) in 2015, honestly; to gain what? This is one country in my mind that is very tolerant about what your beliefs are, and we need to keep it that way.”Senator Sherman, who is Christian and a practicing Episcopalian who hails from a predominantly Muslim county, wondered whether Christian state advocates believe that if it were placed in the Constitution that Liberia is a Christian state the Pope would take half of the resources of the Vatican and contribute them to Liberia; “or the United States government will say now that Liberia is a Christian state, this is what we will do for them that we haven’t done before?”The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, who spoke on the Christian state issue for the first time, said if the question did not come up during the interview with this newspaper, he would not have commented on it until it was brought before the Senate.   “Nothing,” he cautioned, “goes to referendum unless there is a law passed in this chamber. “We don’t need that—a Christian state!”Speaking about the Constitution that declared Liberia an independent state in 1847, Senator Sherman clarified that the circumstances of 1847 or before then are significantly different from now. He referenced a part of the present Constitution which provides that there should be no state religion; that the government shall not support any religion in preference to another religion.He further reflected that the 1847 Constitution did not say Liberia was a Christian state, but rather stated that “we have been endowed by certain inalienable rights, blessed by God Almighty.”Senator Sherman, who is  chairman of the ruling Unity Party, further reflected that even the framers of Liberian  Constitution of 1847 crafted it as similar to that of the United States Constitution, which guarantees freedom of thought, conscience and of religion.  It did not say that Liberia was a Christian state. “Professor Samuel Greenleaf of Harvard University who drafted the 1847 Constitution,” recalled Counselor Sherman, “did not talk about that; why are we thinking about something like that in 2015, especially given our most recent past?”Liberia, he emphasized, must never think about going back to its most recent past when certain tribes were linked with certain warring factions and religions.The Grand Cape Mount lawmaker said Liberians need to remember the past, and reflect on those things that were responsible for the more than fourteen years of conflict. He declared that it was time to do away with the negatives of the past and put on a progressive posture. “So I won’t support anything that says Liberia is a Christian state; I won’t support it if it says Liberia should be an Islamic state.”Senator Sherman recalled how during his campaigning in his Muslim-dominated Grand Cape Mount County, some people expressed fear that electing him would give the county two Christian Senators, after Senator Edward Boakai Dagoseh.Today, Senator Sherman noted, the county has five Legislators—four are Christians and one is Muslim, even though the county is predominantly Muslim.Some people tried to play on the sympathy and emotions of Cape Mountainians, failing to accept the reality that there is no Cape Mountainian who does not have a Christian or Muslim relative.”He recalled that long ago, those who went to Christian mission schools in the county were fortunate to have received Christian education, hence automatically became Christians, and that many of those who did not get Christian education remained Muslims.But the two groups, Christians and Muslims, have brothers and sisters, uncles, aunts and cousins who belong to one of the religions or the other.  Yet they live in perfect harmony and have done so all of the time. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Economic circumstances “no reason” for drug trafficking – CANU

first_imgIn the last few weeks, several women have been either remanded or jailed for drug smuggling.When grilled by Police investigators after the busts, many of the self-confessed mules have blamed their economic circumstances as being responsible for their choices. However, Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Deputy Head Lesley Ramlall has opined that financial difficulty was no excuse for breaking the laws on trafficking narcotics.CANU Deputy Head Lesley RamlallKaren Stuffle, Alicia Coppin, Shellon Barrow, Christine Griffith and Ruth Caniff are among the women implicated in drug smuggling in September alone. On the sidelines of this year’s annual CANU staff training, Ramlall indicated that the drug-fighting agency was working on awareness programmes especially to enlighten current and potential traffickers that earnings from the illegal practice could be forfeited.“We want to start sensitising the general public about the dangers of not only being involved in narcotics, but the losing of assets. We have to make not only women but the general population aware,” he stressed last week.“As it relates to women, a lot of them are in single-parent families and a lot of them are using that as a reason for being involved in the narco trade. In fact, most of the women we’ve arrested that is the reason given – that ‘I’m a single-parent person, there are challenges for me getting an income, so I just decided to take a chance’. But is this a reason for you to be involved in narco trade? Certainly not,” the CANU Deputy Head added.During last week’s staff training, inter-agency collaboration was emphasised as being integral to tackling the multibillion-dollar illegal industry. In fact, it is expected that CANU will forge advanced cooperation with the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) to curb money laundering practices linked to the drug trade.Guyana Times understands that based on CANU’s targets, operatives attached to SOCU will join in key operations where evidence of laundered money is involved. After CANU seizes narcotics, SOCU and, at times, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) will gather evidence as they intensify anti-money laundering efforts.CANU officials contend that it has been challenging to garner successful prosecution of the very large narcotics dealers owing to well-established networks. Guyana Times was, however, told that tax evasion investigations could be a key force in dismantling the narcotics empire which was “growing every day”.On September 13, 48-year-old Guyanese hairdresser Karen Stuffle was sentenced to four years in prison and fined $2.3 million for attempting to smuggle cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA). When CANU ranks searched the woman on September 9, they unearthed 100 cocaine pellets totalling 1.42 kilograms which was stashed in her vagina and stomach. She had said that she was paid airfare and some US$400 to traffic the narcotic.Another woman, Alicia Coppin was subjected to a search by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) upon her arrival at the JFK International Airport in New York. According to reports, Coppin was seen acting suspiciously and when DEA Agents questioned her, she admitted to inserting the illegal drug into her vaginal cavity. In similar fashion to Stuffle, several cocaine pellets were also stashed in Coppin’s stomach.Also in September, Shellon Barrow and her friend, Christine Griffith, were remanded to prison following another cocaine bust at the CJIA. The duo was charged for trafficking 1.638 kilograms of cocaine and aiding the trafficking of narcotics respectively. Both women, however, denied their involvement though Barrow’s suitcase contained the illicit drug. Police outlined that Griffith delivered that said suitcase.They return to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on October 8, 2018. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

CCAC to develop list of qualified contractors for building purposes

first_imgIn light of a host of complaints received by the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC), the body is now seeking to develop a list of qualified contractors who will be recommended for building contracts.Consumer Affairs Officer Feyona Austin-PaulThis was revealed by Consumer Affairs Officer Feyona Austin-Paul during a consultation hosted at Cara Lodge, Quamina Street, Georgetown on Wednesday.According to the Commission, the value of complaints between 2016 and 2018 increased from $67,000 to $6.5 million, although all were not about building errors.It is against this backdrop that the Commission is seeking to reduce this high number with the introduction of a Homebuilders Roadmap, which will, among other things, provide a list of qualified contractors for home builders.Austin-Paul explained, “Our hope is to have a list of competent contractors that we can make available to the public so through our consultations we are hoping to achieve that goal.”She was keen to note, however, that contractors both big and small, will be included on the list, as long as they meet the basic requirements and are qualified.In response to questions about what qualifications would be necessary for contractors to be included on the list, Guyana Times was told that consultations on this were currently being rolled out to accurately determine same by relevant agencies.In explaining the importance of the session, the Consumer Affairs Officer said, “We expect to create a detailed outline of the steps, processes and methods of building or renovating a home to ensure that consumers are aware of the correct legal procedures of the construction process … to ensure that consumers are able to identify qualified contractors and to create a detailed hard copy and a virtual Homeowners Roadmap for consumers which will be placed on the Commission’s website.”CCAC Director Dawn Cush shared, “The Homebuilders Roadmap is intended to provide consumers with the relevant knowledge when they decide to invest in building a home.”She added that while consumers have rights, they too must do their homework when given an estimate by contractors so as to ensure they were getting their money’s worth, especially since building a home was a huge investment.Cush also highlighted that if a person was unsatisfied with the work done by a contractor, it was their right to file a complaint against the builder which would ultimately result in an investigation.CCAC Chairman Ronald Burch-Smith pointed out that a good start for the Roadmap would be for consumers to know their rights as it related to warranty and keeping receipts.last_img read more

Ministers campaigning on State resources in Region 9

first_img…beg for votes during outreachThe A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition is campaigning heavily on State resources; a blatant abuse of taxpayers’ money and a possible violation of the law.What was labelled as ‘Government business’ turned out to be a massive elections campaign, when a large ministerial convoy ventured to Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) at the weekend.Nineteen Ministers spent three days visiting various communities, making grand promises in exchange for votes.At the community of Tiger Pond, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix made it clear that he was there simply to garner votes.“You understand why it is important for us to come and convince you that you should vote for this coalition,” Minister Felix remarked.He added: “If I wanted to go to church, I’d go to church in Georgetown. I wouldn’t come here for Sunday school. While I wouldn’t mind worshipping with you, but I come here to ask for your vote, let’s understand that clearly. Vote coalition!”Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan recalled that only 39 residents voted for the APNU/AFC coalition at the last General and Regional Election in 2015. He urged that, this time around, more residents vote for the coalition.“To the approximately 96 persons who did not support us on that occasion but rather cast their votes for the then Government, I’d like to ask you… to do the same this time, which is to give their support to the Government because this time around, we are the Government,” Minister Bulkan said.The coalition Government has been accused by many, including Opposition members and independent political commentators, of using taxpayers’ money to fund its elections campaign.Minister of State Joseph Harmon recently denied that these outreaches are part of the coalition’s elections campaign strategy. He insisted that it was strictly Government business.But the outreach in Region Nine, which was branded ‘Government business’, shows that APNU/AFC is campaigning on State resources.Both APNU and AFC, when they were in Opposition, strongly criticised the use of State resources for campaigning – a practice they are openly engaging in today.The coalition has also been accused of forcing State agencies, such as the Guyana Revenue Authority, to attend party sponsored events.Only recently, outspoken Attorney Christopher Ram blasted the Government for misusing public money and reiterated the need for modern campaign financing laws which will prevent this kind of abuse from happening.However, he noted that there are existing laws which can be enforced to penalise defaulters.In Chapter 1:03 Part XIII of the Representation of the Peoples Act titled “Election Expenses”, a limit is placed on personal campaign expenses to GY$25,000 per candidate and a maximum sum of GY$50,000 multiplied by a maximum number of 53 from a total number of 65 candidates for each contesting political party. The Guyana exchange rate in 1990 was GY$45:US$1. It is presently GY$200: US$1.And according to Section 120 (1) of the amended Act, following elections, political parties’ election agents have 35 days in which to submit financial returns to the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Elections Commission, disclosing on behalf of candidates and their parties, all payments made by the party’s election agent, amounts of personal expenses paid by each candidate, all disputed and unpaid claims, all monies, securities, and those received for the conduct of the elections, the names of donors and contributors, among others.However, since the enactment of these regulations (Act 24 of 1990) they have neither been observed by contesting political parties nor enforced by the CEO.Campaign financingThe Carter Center had recommended the implementation of campaign financing laws and even prior to that, the AFC was pushing for the implementation of the laws; however, after years in Government, the party and its coalition partner are yet to make a step in that direction.In its final report on the 2011 General Election, the Carter Center said the need to create legislation to cater for campaign financing was important and even reiterated that in its 2015 report.Additionally, the report stated that Guyana’s legal framework for elections was silent in the area of registration and operation of political parties.The passage of the no-confidence vote in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018, triggered the holding of General and Regional Elections constitutionally due within 90 days, cutting short the coalition’s five-year term in office.last_img read more

Itaballi-Puruni road in a deplorable state

first_img…residents calling for Govt’s interventionThe Itaballi to Puruni road in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) is yet again in a deteriorated state and residents and miners who traverse the road which serves as the only entrance and exit to various sections of the region are calling on the authorities to intervene now as the road has become impassible.The deteriorated state of the Itaballi to Puruni road which miners are forced to endure in seeking their livelihoodMiners are being forced to suspend their operations at various intervals owing to the deteriorated roads in the area. The miners made calls on the Government to correct the problem so they can earn a livelihood without hindrance.This road, which is the gateway to Guyana’s mining sector, sees thousands of persons traversing on a daily basis to get into various backdams to mine.Several of those miners reached out to Guyana Times on Monday to highlight the plight they are facing in seeking their daily bread.A gold miner, Trevor Alphonso, who was left stranded on the road right through Friday night after his pick-up became stuck on the trail told Guyana Times that he was on his way out of the backdam as he received news that his son had fallen ill. He said that he was aware of the state of the road but was willing to make the effort to get home to his son at any cost.“When I spoke to my wife Friday morning and she told me my son wasn’t well I got worried and like any father, I started to make my way out. My pick-up got stuck and I left stranded for hours before a truck pass and assisted me. We all need to work. We know the condition of the road but we can’t just stay at home waiting for the Government to fix it. We would all die out because the Government don’t care about the people. Once their pocket full that all they interested in,” he said.Alphonso added that several times, he and other miners brought this issue to the attention of the regional authorities, who always say that they have been informing Central Government as it is their responsibility to repair the road.“Every time we bring it up and complain, the only thing they say is that it’s up to Central Government. They claiming they keep reporting to Infrastructure but nobody has ever responded or even visited. But they are boasting about outreach and outreach and fooling up the people, this Government care nothing about the people. We all know that”, Alphonso stated.Another miner, Jerrick Amos, who also spoke to this publication explained how the condition of the road is affecting his ability to work and provide for his family. He noted that the road has been in this atrocious state since February and no visit was ever done nor was any effort made to carry out any works on the road. He described the situation as hazardous and very frustrating. “I can’t work as I use to, I am lucky if I get a good trip in there in a week. When the gold slow I take in fuel to sell and the struggle that it is to reach in there and the damages to your vehicle it’s like you’re working at a loss but we all need to live, we need to earn to take care of our responsibility. The Government isn’t helping the situation at all. They making life harder than it is already. I would like them to see this story and see the pictures and I hope it touch them and they decide to pool some resources here,” Amos said.Other miners and business operators who were forced to halt their operations pointed out that the road has been neglected for more than a year and deteriorated to this state over the past few months. They also called on the Ministry of Public Infrastructure to make an urgent intervention and arrange the much-needed repairs for the road soon.last_img read more

Photos from the Paddle to the Premier

first_img– Advertisement – Over 50 people from the Peace Region travelled to Victoria to protest the Site C project on Sunday September 19th.  The following photos have been provided by the Wilderness Committee.For more on the protest, click here last_img

Three reasons why Arsenal are back on track

first_imgAFP Sport takes a closer look at the reasons for Arsenal’s revival under new manager Unai Emery:Emery makes his markUnai Emery arrived at the Emirates Stadium to find a club in turmoil after the painful end of Wenger’s 22-year stay, but the Spaniard has quickly won over his players with his relentless work ethic.Arsenal have won nine games in succession under new manager Unai Emery © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKEmery was pushed out at Paris Saint-Germain after failing to win the Champions League but he knows the recipe for success after lifting the French title and landing the Europa League with Sevilla.Emery relies on intense training sessions and video footage that can improve his players and find weaknesses in opponents.That attention to detail has allowed Arsenal to adapt to Emery’s desire for a high-tempo pressing game and a commitment to passing out from the back.Emery has also shown he is not afraid to take on the team’s under-achieving stars. Earlier this season he reportedly made it clear to German playmaker Mesut Ozil that he needs to work harder if he is to keep his place.The breakdown of Aaron Ramsey’s contract talks is another thorny issue that Emery has so far navigated successfully, as the Wales midfielder showed his class with a committed display and superb goal at Fulham.Star strikers shineFinding a way to balance the talents of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has restored much-needed menace to Arsenal’s forward line.Under Wenger, Arsenal were often guilty of over-elaboration as their attacks would peter out due to an apparent desire to score the perfect goal every time.Aubameyang quickly emerged as a force following his January move from Borussia Dortmund, but the Gabon striker’s arrival pushed Lacazette into a bit-part role.Emery has solved that problem by playing Lacazette as his central striker in recent weeks and using Aubameyang in a wider role.The revitalised Lacazette is a far more dominant and demonstrative figure in his second season, with his brace at Fulham taking his goal tally to five this term.Aubameyang already has six goals after coming off the bench to score twice against Fulham, while Alex Iwobi has also emerged as a more influential figure on the flanks.Luck of the drawAlthough Arsenal are enjoying a fine run, it has not escaped the notice of their more eagle-eyed fans that the success has come against a collection of teams unlikely to be parading silverware at the end of the season.Arsenal’s nine victories have been amassed at the expense of West Ham, Cardiff, Newcastle, Everton, Watford and Fulham in the Premier League, while Brentford were beaten in the League Cup, along with wins over Vorskla Poltava and Qarabag in the Europa League.Some of the performances in those matches were far from convincing but Emery’s men still deserve credit for a ruthless streak that deserted them against the lesser lights under Wenger.Defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea at the start of the season suggest Arsenal’s clashes with Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United in November and December will prove better evidence of whether the revival is sustainable.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal forwards Alexandre Lacazette (left) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrate their team’s fourth goal against Fulham © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 8 – Arsenal have matched their best winning run in 11 years after thrashing Fulham 5-1 to make it nine successive victories in all competitions.It is an unexpectedly strong start to the season for the Gunners after their dismal form in the final campaign of Arsene Wenger’s reign, equalling their nine straight wins in 2015.last_img read more

‘He can become the best we’ve ever seen in this country!’ – Joey Barton on Ross Barkley

first_imgFormer England midfielder Joey Barton believes Everton youngster Ross Barkley could develop into ‘the best we’ve ever had in this country.’Barkley’s reputation has risen since a breakthrough 2013/2014 season and has started this campaign well with two goals in his first three games.The 21-year-old was criticised for an inconsistent season last term where his progress arguably plateaued, but Barton, a boyhood Everton fan, feels the midfielder has the potential to get to the very top.“I think he could go on to become the best we’ve ever had in this country,” Barton told Drivetime.“I think he’s a phenomenal player having played against him as well. I think he’s got everything – he just needs a little bit of time to settle.Barkley has assumed a multitude of positions already in his fledgling career, but Barton feels his best role may be as a number 10.When asked where he thinks Barkley can excel, the 32-year-old said: “Probably as a number 10. I think he’s that good he can play anywhere though.“He can use his left foot, right foot and he’s six foot two. If handled with care he could be the best player to ever come from these isles.” 1 Ross Barkley last_img read more