Montpellier humbled by Racing

first_imgPhoto by Getty Images. Caption: Racing 92 fly-half Pat Lambie Montpellier had won their last three games, but were put to the sword by the hosts, who ran in three tries and saw 11 points come from the boot of fly-half Pat Lambie to give their home stadium in Colombes a fine send-off before they move to the newly built U Arena.Racing, who are set to lose Dan Carter at the end of the season after he announced this week that he is to leave for Japan’s Kobelco Steelers, went ahead courtesy of the first of three Lambie penalties 23 minutes in.And seven minutes later Albert Vulivuli crossed for the game’s opening try.Another Lambie three-pointer made it 13-0 at the break and Brice Dulin extended the lead further when he went over out wide.Juan Imhoff added the finishing touches with a 70-metre solo effort from an interception as Racing recorded a bonus-point success that marked their fourth successive win.Bravo à nos Ciel et Blanc pour cette belle victoire ! Au programme : Tour d’honneur + selfie avec les supporters ! #R92MHR— Racing 92 (@racing92) November 26, 2017Lyon could have gone top had they taken advantage of Montpellier’s slip-up, but they too stumbled at home against Toulouse.Lionel Beauxis’ penalty put Lyon ahead after 13 minutes but a Toulouse penalty try and a Zack Holmes converted try put the visitors into a 14-3 lead.A late hit from Dorian Aldegheri saw him sent to the sin bin and Beauxis took advantage with two penalties to narrow the gap, only for a late Thomas Ramos penalty to put the game beyond doubt.Lyon remain four points behind Montpellier in third, level on points with Racing, while Toulouse are a point further back.last_img read more

Klopp era starts at Liverpool

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):With his charm, quips, tactical insights and beaming smile, Juergen Klopp made quite an impression when he was presented as Liverpool’s new manager last week.Comparisons were made with Jose Mourinho’s arrival in English football a decade ago. Liverpool fans spoke of Klopp as a saviour.However, it will be results on the field he’ll be judged on and the Klopp era at Liverpool gets off to a potentially tough start tomorrow with a trip to Tottenham, who thrashed then-leader Manchester City 4-1 in their last home game in the Premier League.The international break has at least given Klopp some extra time to adjust to his new surroundings. He was pictured on a night out in Liverpool city centre on Friday, a few hours after his first round of interviews, and took his first training session on Tuesday with nine players who weren’t involved on national-team duty, including Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and James Milner.The serious business begins this weekend.How long will it take for Klopp to deliver the “full-throttle football” he is promising? Can he make Liverpool more solid at the back? What will his attack look like, with Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, Coutinho and Adam Lallana all competing for places?Danny Ings won’t be in the attacking mix, not for most of this season anyway. British media reported yesterday that the striker will be missing for six months after sustaining a cruciate knee ligament injury. Liverpool have not officially confirmed the injury.Games will come thick and fast for Klopp over the next three weeks, on average one every three or four days across three competitions the league, the Europa League and the English League Cup. That will likely stretch his squad and give him a chance to see who is worth keeping ahead of the January transfer window, when he may reshape the team.Liverpool are in 10th place after eight games, but only three points off the top four. Spurs are a point and two places ahead.CITY INJURIESThe international break did no favours for league leader Manchester City, with Sergio Aguero and David Silva – two of the team’s star players – both getting injured on duty for their countries and set to miss tomorrow’s game against Bournemouth.Aguero was in tears as he was being carried off on stretcher playing for Argentina last week and his hamstring injury appears serious. He said he is hopeful of being back for Argentina for their November 13 game against Brazil, but that “the injury must be let to recover a bit so there is no relapse.”It gives an opportunity for fellow striker Wilfried Bony, who has struggled to make an impression at City since his January move from Swansea – scoring just two goals in 19 games.Silva injured an ankle playing for Spain against Luxembourg.City holds a two-point lead over Arsenal and Manchester United.HOT SANCHEZArsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is arguably the form player in the Premier League, having scored nine goals in his last five games for club and country – including two in the stunning 3-0 win over Manchester United in the last round of the Premier League.last_img read more

After topsy-turvy elims, PBA quarterfinals match ups are set

first_imgCarpio 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 The other quarterfinals pairings are No. 3 TNT against defending champion San Miguel and No. 4 Meralco versus Barangay Ginebra in a pair of best-of-three duels starting Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“It’s not going to be easy for us,” said SMB center June Mar Fajardo on matching up with TNT and its hefty import Joshua Smith. “We all have to help each other.”The Hotshots beat the Beermen on Saturday night but still slipped to No. 7 after failing to win by at least 14 points.Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero, though, remained upbeat of his team’s chances despite being in a tough situation in needing to beat Alaska, which just got back Diamon Simpson as its import and has one of the league’s premier big men in Vic Manuel.“Against Alaska obviously, we’re the underdogs. We just have to prepare hard. I think it will be a very hard game for us. We will try to give our best effort and play our best game,” Victolero said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew On Saturday, victories by TNT and Magnolia overset the quarterfinals match-ups.Rain or Shine, one of the biggest revelations this conference, emerged as the No. 1 team after finishing the eliminations with a 9-2 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The reward for the Elasto Painters, however, is a date with the eighth-seeded GlobalPort Batang Pier and their explosive point guard Stanley Pringle, who had a 50-point outing this conference.Fortunately for Rain or Shine and No. 2 Alaska, which faces No. 7 Magnolia, both will have a twice-to-beat advantage. A topsy-turvy elimination round in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup has paved the way for a potentially thrilling quarterfinals, which fires off on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Maybe next time LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

“Labour laws must be complied with” – Ally

first_imgThe Social Protection Ministry has reinforced its policy on ensuring that businesses and organisations in Guyana operate in accordance with the stipulated laws which govern the nation.Additionally, it was emphasised that specifically private businesses “must comply with the laws,” which the Ministry will ensure happens.This pronouncement was made by Social Protection Minister Amna Ally on Monday during an interview with State Media.Minister Ally is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying that her office has been working to initiate the legal requirements for various agencies regarding the dos and don’ts of employment of staff. According to Minister Ally, just recently a complaint was made to her office about a particular security agency underpaying its workers.“The situation was investigated and we have found it to be true. We are going to take action because we cannot allow workers out there to suffer … We are going to take the agency to court,” Minister Ally emphasised, adding that there is a possibility that the company’s licence will be revoked.According to Minister Ally, the Labour Department has also encountered situations where managers are deducting monies from employees’ salaries for their National Insurance Scheme (NIS) contributions, but no records of such are being reflected at NIS.She said presently, over 50 employers were taken to court for acting against the law.“We assure that these practices will not go unnoticed and it is not being harsh to managers. We are seeking to ensure that in all respects they comply with the requirements”.Further, Minister Ally reminded radio listeners of several initiatives undertaken by the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA). She explained that the Agency focuses primarily on children’s welfare and in some cases caters for their parents. The Minister highlighted that currently, Regions 3, 4, 6 and 10 are benefitting from training exercises, while works are in place for the remaining regions to commence similar training sessions.Minister Ally said representatives are in all 10 administrative regions and each location is working to achieve the same goal.last_img read more

East Berbice residents demand potable water

first_img…block roadway, prevent Minister, Police from passingA team of high level officials, led by Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams, was intercepted by protesting residents on the East Bank of Berbice, demanding access to potable water.The team, which included Managing Director of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) Dr Richard Van West Charles, was on its way to re-commission a water system in Mara, EBB, on Thursday.However, from Hiburry and Light Town, residents used barrels and water tanks to block the roadway. The residents, which included uniformed children, held up placards and demanded a solution from the relevant authorities.The Police Force was called in to address the situation, but the protesters were resolute in their stance and wanted assurances from the officials.In doing so, Minister Hastings-Williams committed to the residents that she would ensure they received potable water as soon as practicable. She pointed out to the crowd that they are not alone their in plight since many other communities across the country are facing the same situation.On this note, she asserted that the administration is working on ensuring that that all Guyanese have access to potable in their homes.Meanwhile, the GWI head also gave assurances to the protestors that he will do everything he can so that they can get potable water in those villages. He explained that the water company is currently looking at the Well at Sisters Village, EBB, as well as other Wells that are down. He added, however, this would require them to transport the necessary equipment to carry out these rehabilitative works, which takes time.Moreover, Van West-Charles told the angry residents that in the meantime, GWI will continue to take in water into the area via trucks.The residents, however, complained to the officials that the truck would usually provide one barrel of water to each household once per month.Nevertheless, the GWI boss assured that a solution will be in place by the first quarter of next year, further disclosing that he will engage the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) to decide on the location of a new Well for the area.last_img read more

L.A. out of Darfur

first_imgTHE Los Angeles City Council has a history of passing meaningless resolutions about issues it has no control over, such as the war in Iraq. But last week’s decision to take a stand against genocide in Darfur, Sudan, is an exception to the trend. In this case, city government actually does have some jurisdiction – as well as an obligation – to act. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the council have announced that the city’s pension fund will divest the approximately $27 million currently invested in companies that do business with or in Sudan. While the city’s divestiture will likely make little difference by itself, it’s significant in a collective sense. As more and more companies and countries break ties with the war-torn country, that will surely influence how the war plays out. Financial divestiture does work: just look at how it helped end apartheid in South Africa. This time L.A.’s meddling in international affairs actually serves a purpose, and a worthy one at that. 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

Ban on Mexican trucks lifted

first_imgU.S. and Mexican leaders announced a test Friday to allow Mexican trucks full access to the state and the rest of the nation, raising concerns among Southern California, state and national officials about smog, traffic and safety. The one-year program allows an unlimited number of trucks from 100 Mexican companies to carry cargo beyond the current 25-mile border zone. Estimates vary widely on how much pollution would be generated by a sharp increase in the number of polluting diesel engines on the freeways. But one study predicted Mexican trucks could add 50 tons per day of smog-forming emissions – more than pollution generated by the region’s 350 biggest industrial sources combined. “This could have a major impact in terms of traffic, air quality and the border. We’re going to have to take a close look at it,” said Scott Gerber, spokesman for California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Feinstein is on the Senate Appropriations Committee panel and plans to launch an inquiry into the program next month. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who heads the committee, questioned the Bush administration’s claim that it has fulfilled a raft of safety requirements Congress mandated several years ago before cross-border trucking could go forward. “International trade is a critical engine of our nation’s economy, but safety must not be the victim when it comes to expanding trade with our partners,” she said. As part of the agreement, U.S. inspectors will be allowed to examine the trucks as well as check licenses, insurance and driving records of the Mexican drivers before they cross into the United States. Trucks are expected to enter the U.S. within a matter of weeks. “This program will make trade with Mexico easier and keep our roads safe at the same time,” Transportation Secretary Mary Peters said during an announcement in El Paso, Texas, on the border of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Boyce Clayton, spokesman for the American Trucking Association, also hailed the decision, saying “opening the border will improve the transportation industry.” Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico and the U.S. were supposed to have allowed full access for each other’s trucks by 2000. Concerns over driver and equipment safety as well as air pollution had limited them to a zone within 20 miles of the border. But after opponents in 2004 lost a Supreme Court battle to block the border opening, the administration has moved forward. The pilot program, if successful, could pave the way for full access of all Mexican trucks. For California, the air quality implications are serious, said Sam Atwood, spokesman for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Because Mexico does not have low-sulfur diesel fuel, he said trucks coming from south of the border will produce higher emissions. (202) 662-8731160Want 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

AC Milan to reward Gattuso with new contract

first_img“When we open our eggs this Easter, we’re going to find Gennaro Gattuso’s renewal inside,” the club’s sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli told journalists.“I’ve been telling you for some time, although perhaps you only know him as a player, that Rino (Gattuso) is already an important coach and in the future will be one of the best in the world, so it’s only right that Milan keep hold of him.“We are working to start a new era with Gattuso, because we believe he is the right coach for a Milan that must be a protagonist over the next few years.”Gattuso — an AC Milan player from 1999-2012 — has guided the northern Italian side on a 10-game unbeaten streak in Serie A, including eight wins, ahead of Saturday’s game against champions Juventus in Turin.Italian media reports suggest he could sign the new deal prior to the city derby against Inter Milan on April 4.“We all want it (contract), Rino like all of us, we just need to find the right time to do what we have to do,” added Mirabelli.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gattuso took over at AC Milan on a caretaker basis last November and has rekindled the club’s season © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Mar 29 – AC Milan have confirmed that coach Gennaro Gattuso will be rewarded with a new contract this Easter.Gattuso, the club’s former youth team coach, took over the seven-time European champions from Vincenzo Montella on a caretaker basis last November and has rekindled the club’s season as they sit within the Europa League spots and with hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.last_img read more

Done deal! Watford sign £8m French star from Rennes

first_imgWatford have announced the signing of Abdoulaye Doucoure.The 23-year-old midfielder moves to Vicarage Road from Ligue 1 side Rennes.The Hornets wrote on Twitter: “We’re delighted here at #watfordfc to announce the signing of Abdoulaye Doucoure from Ligue 1 club Rennes. Welcome!”Doucoure has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal, but has been immediately loaned to Granada in Spain for the rest of the season.The France Under-21 international will link up with Watford in the summer.Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury said on the club’s official website: “The opportunity to sign Abdoulaye Doucoure now was one we wanted to act upon, given our long-standing interest in the player.“He is very much part of Watford’s future plans, and in the time between now and pre-season he’ll be experiencing high-level competitive football in Spain.” Abdoulaye Doucoure 1last_img

School remembers sensei

first_imgMONROVIA – Jeremy Tien Adams tricked what should have been his fate many times in his life, defying the odds against him. He should have died in a plane crash at 16 months old. He shouldn’t have lived past the age of 5. He shouldn’t have been able to live a fully functional life without kidneys. Adams suffered an array of health problems that had him in and out of hospitals for most of his life. At the age of two and a half, he was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease and nephrotic syndrome, meaning his kidneys had failed him. Doctors told Vicki Adams that her son would probably not live past the age of 5. At age 6, he received a kidney transplant, which his body quickly rejected. In all, three kidneys, including the transplanted one, were removed. Doctors used on Jeremy Adams at the age of 7 what was then a rare adult procedure: Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis. The procedure has since become the preferred method for children who need dialysis. He lived the rest of his life with no kidneys, despite one more attempted transplant, which ultimately failed. At 21, Adams discovered his passion, karate. He found a teacher and friend in Master Tom Hould, co-owner with his wife Jody of Red Dragon Karate in Monrovia. “He was really outgoing, bubbly,” Tom Hould said. “He didn’t want any special attention.” And Hould didn’t plan on giving him any. “They treated him like I did – you’ve got to be as normal as you can – you’ve lived through all this, you don’t need to be treated like a baby,” Vicki Adams said. “Every place else wanted to put him in a handicap class. Tom said, `This is what I expect of you,’ and let him be an adult.” At no more than five feet tall and about 96 pounds, Adams didn’t have brute strength on his side. What he did have was determination, a quality Hould said was much more important than size. “Something he had was an overabundance of tenacity,” Hould said, laughing. Adams eventually became a teacher with a full-time position at the studio and a third-degree black belt. And despite having 60 to 70 surgeries in his life, Vicki Adams said, her son would rebound quickly. “\ he had a heart attack, got out from that and was marching at the Monrovia Day Parade the next weekend,” she said. The memory those close to Adams take with them is his bright smile. “His cheerfulness was inspiring,” said Karen Amagrande, whose daughter, Jenny, 17, was a student of Adams at Red Dragon Karate. “He always had a really good sense of humor.” (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But he did. Adams died peacefully in this sleep March 20, his heart finally failing him after 32 years of hard work. “The doctors said his heart was just tired,” said his adoptive mother, Vicki Adams of Monrovia. “His heart was that of a 90-year-old. He had renal failure for 32 years and a weakened heart because of that.” Adams was born Oct. 10, 1973, in Saigon, Vietnam. At three days old, he was abandoned. He was adopted at 16 months by Vicki Adams and her ex-husband, Leonard, who were awaiting the arrival of their new son just before Saigon fell during the Vietnam War in 1975. Jeremy Adams was pulled off a plane headed for the United States at the last minute due to incorrect paperwork. That same plane was shot down, and all of its passengers were killed. For 18 hours, Adams’ new parents thought their infant son had perished. last_img