Giroud and Mount sensational as Chelsea sweep past awful Tottenham

first_imgCHELSEA took a huge step towards Champions League qualification with a sensational win over rivals Tottenham.The Blues were excellent as goals by Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso gave them all three points at Stamford Bridge.4 Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount were sensational as Chelsea beat SpursCredit: GettyAn Antonio Rudiger own goal late on made it a nervy finish, but Frank Lampard’s side held on to go four points clear in the top four race.There were a number of standout performances for Chelsea, and SunSport gives you the lowdown after the 2-1 win.Willy Caballero – 7Made two fantastic saves in the first-half, getting down well early to Lucas Moura’s fierce shot.He also did well to tip over Sanchez’s looping header. Dealt with corners and anything near him.Distribution was solid as well. Kepa is going to have a real tough fight on his hands to get back in the side.Cesar Azpilicueta – 7Another steady performance from the captain. Kept it simple and defended well throughout.He’s always a seven or eight of ten man and is such a key member of that Blues defence.Made a few brilliant blocks to keep Spurs at bay. He was class.Antonio Rudiger – 6Was very unlucky for the own goal at the end after a decent display.Didn’t have much to do because of Spurs lack of a striker, but was strong.He’s another top performer and rarely has a bad game. Kept Moura out.4 Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for Chelsea.Credit: EPAAndreas Christensen – 6Despite having to wear a mask following a broken nose, he was very good.Read the play and swept up the loose balls. Didn’t have much to do apart from that.Chelsea will need him to keep this form up to continue their Champions League charge.Reece James – 7The Blues academy product is going to be a part of this team for another decade.He’s young, athletic and was up and down the right-hand side all day.Not only did he play well going forward, but was a lot better in defence.Marcos Alonso – 8One of the best players on the pitch. Excellent going forward and at the back.Scored a brilliant goal with a smashing finish to win the game for Chelsea in the second-half.Could have had a hat-trick after hitting the bar with a free-kick and narrowly missing with a volley.4 Marcos Alonso put Chelsea 2-0 up just after half-time with a fine strike from 20 yardsCredit: Rex FeaturesMateo Kovacic – 7The Croatian was very tidy in midfield. He picked up the ball and kept it moving.Worked very hard and is having a solid few weeks after a great performance against Manchester United on Monday.There was a lot of question marks over him, but he’s proving the doubters wrong game-by-game.Jorginho – 6Keeps the midfield ticking over and moving from front to back.He was clever as well. Making niggling, little fouls, which frustrated Spurs.A class act and a key part of this Chelsea team and their pursuit of Europe.Ross Barkley – 7Deserved the plaudits after a brilliant performance after being recalled to the starting eleven.He almost scored with an incredible swirling effort late-on and worked and pressed.Gareth Southgate will be delighted and he’s sure to be in the England squad on that form.4 Antonio Rudiger netted an own goal late on, but Spurs couldn’t nick a drawCredit: ReutersMason Mount – 9Absolutely sensational, his high press was behind everything Chelsea did well going forward.He ran himself into the ground, never giving the Spurs defenders a moments rest.Was also classy with the ball, passed well and was the man of the match. Excellent.Olivier Giroud – 8Started only his third Premier League game of the season and justified his selection.Scored with a powerful effort in the first-half, and kept the Spurs defence busy all game.Had a couple of other chances but ran his heart out.MOST READ IN CHELSEALive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaCOURT ORDERKante ‘ordered to appear in court’ in £3.4m legal battle with former agentBRIDGE OF SIGHSChelsea stars ‘bored’ and Hazard suffered under Sarri, says ex-No2 ZolaGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipSAMU’LL DOChelsea turn attention to Villarreal’s Chukwueze as United edge closer to SanchoJESUS HEISTChelsea talks with Jesus Corona confirmed as agent reveals ace open to transferGossipLIAN HEARTWillian wanted by PSG on a free with Arsenal in hunt ahead of deal running outPicturedBUL OVEREx-Chelsea man Bulka wrecks £200k Lamborghini in horror crash in Poland lockdownSUBSWILLIAN – 6ABRAHAM 6last_img read more

Team Milne Bay names train on soccer squad

first_imgThe squad comprises of 20 male and 18 females who will be currently train on before playing their final elimination matches to trim the team.Selection of the players was made by the provincial games committee during the provincial games held in April.A game committee Daisy Gewa Halaba said, it was very difficult to select players as everyone is talented.“To select out the best is not an easy job, people can criticize but those involved in selecting always have a hard time. Through careful observation following the Soccer code, PNG Games have always tried to make it up to the top 10 as selections were done on merit,” she stated.The committee also aimed at fairly selecting players from each district that participated in soccer which now currently makes up the train on squad for both male and female.Train On Squad TM Soccer Men and Women;MEN1.Andy Oibi,2.Authur Laibobo,3.Bernard Brian,4.Brian Miratobi, 5.Charles Newouri,6.Clifton Sewao,7.Darol Banaba,8.E.T Benny,9.Elvis Saia,10.Goyotumwana M’Kwesipu,11.Kelemesi Seko,12.Ladaga Kiyoya,13.Michael Miratobi,14.Niata Hacca,15.Nixon Beba,16.Raymond Parairoa,17.Rex Togedi,18.Ricky Tom ,19.Ronald Samson-,20.Steven Steven –WOMENFelicity Joel. -Alotau,2. Chanela Miringtoro – Alotau,3. Helen Mark -Alotau,4. Aileen Rarata -Alotau,5. Jacklyn Manumanua -Alotau,6. Melisa Joel -Alotau,7.Marjorie Tupolam -Alotau,8. Sahquine Gabisini – Alotau,9. Rahab Hacca. – Kiriwina,10.Anna Inesimo – Kiriwina,11.Miriam Keneth – Goodenough,12. Rahab Wibiewa- Goodenough,13. Jacinta Padi – Goodenough,14. Martina Ligasai – Goodenough,15. Rachael Elijah – Misima,17. Kewe. Authur – Misima,18. Florence Akisa Samano – Misima, 19.Winsome. Jonathan – Alotau, 20.Miriam Eric – Alotaulast_img read more

Francis matches fastest Jamaican 4x400m relay leg ever

first_img COMBINED TIME Though his effort left Jamaica just short of a medal in Sunday’s World Championship 4×400-metre final, Javon Francis produced a sterling anchor-leg effort. As he did to rescue a silver medal in the same event two years ago, the 21-year-old national champion charged into the lead. In the 2013 World Championships, his anchor was timed at 44 seconds flat. On Sunday, he was even faster at 43.5 seconds. That matched the fastest hand-timed relay split ever, a 43.5 by renowned baton genius Davian Clarke, to finish a national record run of two minutes, 56.75 seconds in the 1997 World Championships. When more precise electronic times are considered, Clarke retains the lead by 0.01, 43.51 to 43.52 for Francis. In 1997, Michael McDonald, Greg Haughton, Danny McFarlane, and Clarke got the silver medal, as did Rusheen McDonald, Edino Steele, Omar Johnson, and Francis in 2013. Unfortunately, despite the anchor leg heroics, Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, McDonald, and Francis just missed a medal on Sunday. They combined for a time of two minutes, 58.51 seconds, the same as Great Britain, but with the photo-finish camera revealing the edge for the British anchorman, Martyn Rooney. This was Francis’ first relay sub-44 clocking. He joins Clarke, Haughton and Seymour Newman as Jamaicans to produce such times on the 4×400-metre relay. Newman was the first, with 43.8 in the 1976 Olympics. Clarke matched that in the heats of the 1995 World Championships. In that race, McDonald, Clarke, Dennis, Blake and McFarlane became the first Jamaican team to break three minutes in 4x400m relay history. The Clarke sub-44 portfolio also includes a 43.81 that took Jamaica to the bronze in the 2005 Worlds and a 43.88 to seal the silver medal at the 1999 Worlds. Haughton’s sub-44 was an urgent 43.88 to connect Jamaica to second place in the 2001 World Championships. The fastest 4x400m leg on record is the 42.9-second anchor by outstanding American Michael Johnson at the 1993 World Championship. That closed a world record run of two minutes, 54.29 seconds.last_img read more

Govt to vigorously oppose similar settlements – Finance Minister

first_imgDDL tax settlementIn light of concerns in relation to the controversial tax write-off granted by Government to beverage giant Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Finance Minister Winston Jordan declared that any attempts to seek a similar settlement would be strongly contested by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had contended that the whopping $3.8 billion Consumption Tax write-off from the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) opened the door for other companies to seek refunds on taxes paid on the same basis as was used in the DDL case.Finance Minister Winston JordanHowever, Jordan insisted that Government would not let such a situation occur.“Any attempts by other business persons to make claims and so on will also be vigorously opposed based on principles that underline the settlement with DDL,” he stated during a news conference on Monday.Jordan explained that Government could not stop other companies from wanting to make similar claims however, as with the Rudisa case where other corporations are piggybacking on the outcome of that settlement, but there would have to be reasonable grounds.The Finance Minister asserted that the GRA engaged in tax settlements all the time and the DDL matter was nothing new.“The judgement is sound, based on what is told to me,” he stated, noting that there really was not an issue with the matter.The Opposition Leader had contended that the DDL settlement, as well as the possibility of other companies seeking refunds, would cost the State billions in revenue dollars – billions that could have been used in areas that the coalition Government told the nation it could not afford to fund.He explained that the potential cost of this single settlement and its possible consequences amounted to more money than the State received in loans and grants in a single year.Jagdeo had also demanded that Government release critical information in relation to this tax deal, including whether or not an assessment of DDL’s liabilities in respect of Excise Tax for the period 2006 to 2016 was done and what was the sum of that liability; who negotiated the settlement; if the settlement was approved by Cabinet or the Board of the GRA; on what principles was the sum $1.5 billion arrived at; and whether other deals were concluded or are currently being negotiated.last_img read more

‘Regional Credit Unions Need Support Now More than Ever’

first_imgChief of Party of the World Council of Credit Union (WOCCU), Patrick Muriuki, has reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to support Liberians through a model credit union program in the country.Mr. Muriuki, who is also the project director of Microlead, a Credit Union Revitalization Program in Liberia, said though WOCCU is there to help the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA), stakeholders, including development partners, it also needs to maintain the revitalization process and represent the credit union movement in international forums.“To stakeholders, regional credit unions, too, need your support now more than ever to continue to offer financial services to farmer cooperatives, savings clubs and village savings and loan associations in communities that have no access to formal banking services,” he said at the close of an annual assembly held in Ganta, Nimba County, on May 25.He told the assembly that all credit unions in the country must support the Board and management of LCUNA through due payments and participate in training activities offered by LCUNA so that their apex body can continue to advocate for them.“As you are aware, WOCCU began operations in Liberia in May 2013 and was mandated to renovate and equip the LCUNA building, construct and equip 4 regional credit unions, connect 40,000 new members to financial services and mobilize US$3.5 million in savings and loans,” Mr. Muriuki recalled.The WOCCU boss also said LCUNA, Regional Credit Unions (RCU) and other associations have received training on credit administration best practices, governance, and strategic planning in Liberia, Ghana, Rwanda and Sweden.Besides these constructive networks for LCUNA and RCU, the Microlead Program is constantly working on product development and diversification for loans (5 loan products) and deposits (6 deposit products). Insurance and salary payment services have commenced being offered at Region one (Bomi) and Region two (Grand Bassa) RCUs, and will be extended across the remaining RCUs as demand increases, he indicated. The RCUs are also mobile money agents and have been providing mobile money services to their communities since May 2014 (with an average of 2,577 transactions to date per RCU).The Microlead Program, according to him, has come to an end. “We are spending the next couple of weeks to link the regional credit unions and their members to other development partners in the country that have newer innovative programs in their regions,” he said. “I would like to encourage all credit union leaders that have more than 300 members to apply for a license from CBL. “When your credit union is licensed by the Central Bank, many institutions and development partners will begin to have confidence in your credit union,” he said.Mr. Muriuki thanked the Liberian government for creating an enabling environment for the operation of community-owned financial institutions that contribute to the development of the country’s economy.Meanwhile, WOCCU, with MasterCard Foundation funding through UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), has partnered with the LCUNA to rebuild the credit union sector of Liberia. WOCCU also promotes sustainable development of credit unions and other financial cooperatives around the world to empower people through access to high quality and affordable financial services.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Season Opener Weekend At Northern Lights Raceway

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Lights Raceway will be opening their 2016 season this weekend with an event that is open to public participation this Friday night.The drag strip, which is located next to the North Peace Airport, will be hosting a street-legal drag race night on Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. The event costs $20.00, and is open to anyone with a vehicle that can pass a tech inspection, and has a driver’s license and an approved crash helmet.On Saturday, the track will host the first two days of action in the racetrack’s 2016 season of drag racing. The races start at 10:00 A.M. on both Saturday and Sunday, with the pits open during lunch.- Advertisement -For more information, head to http://northernlightsraceway.ca/, or the Northern Lights Raceway Facebook page.last_img read more

Shed fire in Matthew’s Park last night

first_imgA fire about 5:30 last evening in Fort St. John caused extensive damage, to the contents and interior of a detached garage at a residence, in the 91 hundred block, of 77th street. Fire Chief Fred Burrows says the shed housed seven sleds and a quad but, because the building was properly finished it held the fire and, the structure was saved.He says one resident of the home, who tried to fight the fire was taken to hospital by ambulance, suffering from smoke inhalation.The chief estimates the damage in excess of 100 thousand dollars but as yet, he says there’s no clear indication on the cause of fire.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Sunday last day to vote in Kraft Hockeyville 2011

first_imgCommunities that reach the top five, will each get $25,000. Two Northeastern B.C. Communities have made the top ten for Kraft Hockeyville 2011.Fort Nelson and MacKenzie are asking your vote in Kraft Hockeyville 2011.  Sunday March 13, is the last day to vote for any of the communities listed below.  – Advertisement -Antigonish, N.S.Conception Bay South, N.L.Chateauguay, Que.Saint-Raymond, Que.Navan, Ont.Wolfe Island, Ont.Bentley, Alta.Brandon, Man.Fort Nelson, B.C.Mackenzie, B.C.You can cast your vote online at the Kraft Hockeyville website or toll-free over the phone at 1-866-533-8066.You can vote until Sunday March 13 at 8:59 p.m. our time.The winning community will get $100,000 for arena upgrades and an NHL pre-season game and a special Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of the event.Advertisementlast_img read more

Measure R provisions have had only minor impact on fundraising

first_imgVoter approval of Measure R – sold to the public last November as a way to control the influence of lobbyists on local officials – is having little practical impact even for those with only token opposition in the March 6 primary. Take City Councilman Herb Wesson, who held a pair of fundraisers last week that added $80,000 to his campaign fund – even though he is being opposed by only two write-in candidates who failed to qualify for the ballot. One of those fundraisers had a host committee of some two dozen lobbyists and attorneys who do frequent business before the City Council. Wesson, who has ambitions to move up to the Board of Supervisors, said he needs the money to elevate his profile in his district. “This is a rare opportunity for me to run a positive campaign and let people know what I’ve done,” said Wesson, who came to the City Council after six years in the state Assembly. One lobbyist who attended the $500-per-person event at the City Club on Bunker Hill said the provisions of Measure R are merely a nuisance. “I can’t write a check,” said the lobbyist, who asked not to be identified. “But my wife can, my kids can. In fact, everyone I know can write a check except my dog.” Barack Obamamania hits Los Angeles this week as the U.S. senator from Illinois comes west for a campaign and fundraising tour for his presidential bid. A rally is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Sports Complex, 5001 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles. It’s free and marks the start of what could be a series of high-profile events by presidential candidates, who mostly come to California for fundraisers. It could get even more crowded if the state Assembly follows the state Senate’s lead and approves plans to move up the presidential primary to next February. In Los Angeles, a local group has formed to boost Obama’s candidacy. www.bo2k8.com. The business community learned firsthand last week about the ups and downs of playing hardball politics with the Los Angeles City Council. It was pleased when it saw the council ramrod through some $95 million in tax breaks for the $2.05 billion Grand Avenue project, hoping it will serve as a further catalyst to a growing downtown. But it also suffered what it sees as a major setback with the council’s adoption of a living-wage ordinance for hotels adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport – complete with no guarantees it will be quarantined to that area. “Do I feel sandbagged? Let me just say that I saw a copy of this one night and it was on the council agenda for the next day,” said Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “I thought we had an agreement to try to work something out.” Toebben said he and other business leaders do not even plan to voice a protest when the issue comes up for final approval this week. Instead, business leaders are just planning to go to court to challenge the measure and the council’s action. What particularly gripes business leaders is that they invested $800,000 to qualify a referendum on the matter only to see it disappear when the council rescinded the original measure, then come back a week later with the latest proposal. When he was newly elected, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa promised greater visibility in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. That apparently also now includes greater visibility for the Los Angeles City Council in those cities. Villaraigosa is taking council President Eric Garcetti and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel with him to Sacramento on Tuesday to lobby for more transportation funds. Of course, as a result, the City Council won’t be able to meet to do city business because it won’t have enough members for a quorum. rick.orlov@dailynews.com. (213) 978-0390 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

Fire Department response to incident at Humpty’s Family Restaurant after closing

first_imgFire Chief Fred Burrows says upon arrival, firefighters faced a fair amount of smoke, but the fire itself was minor in regards to flames and was extinguished relatively quickly.  Burrows estimates the cost damages inside the building and cleaning is approximately $2,000.There are no reported injuries or damage to surrounding structures. – Advertisement -The fire is not regarded as suspicious, although it’s still under investigation.last_img