Date: July 19, 2014 @ 7 p.m.Venue: Monrovia City Hall BallroomDesigner & Couturier Abraham Pelham is hosting a fundraiser for his project, “Shield The Children”, which provides rain gear for children. The event includes a cocktail and a fashion show displaying his ‘Ladies of the World’ collection with looks inspired by: Lolita, La Femme Fatale, La Dolce Vita, Mata Hari, Nefretiti, & Josephine Baker. Shield the Children will take place at the Monrovia City Hall Ballroom on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 7 p.m.Pelham is a Liberian-born designer based in Paris who has made a life overcoming the challenges of working from a wheelchair in the world’s fashion capital. His Shield The Children fundraiser will not only provide rain gear for children who cannot afford it; the initiative intends to inspire Liberian children to turn their challenges into incredible chances for self-discovery and success.For tickets and information, please call 0880629580.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In a spirit of respect and support, the Center’s observation mission identified several areas where steps can be taken to improve the conduct of future elections in Liberia, including promotion of the Political Rights of Participation of Women, Youth, Persons with Disabilities, LGBTI, and Ethnic and Religious MinoritiesOne of the five justices of the Supreme Court of Liberia, on Friday, November 28, issued a “stay order” on the holding of the Special Senatorial Elections, pending a hearing by the full bench into a lawsuit filed against the National Elections Commission (NEC) by some political parties. The stay order includes all campaign activities.The Associate Justice Presiding in Chamber, Cllr. Philip A. Z. Banks’ decision was the result of a petition to halt any other proceedings on the part of NEC, because the ongoing electioneering process is a threat to public health against the spread and transmission of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).The lawsuit against NEC was jointly filed by several institutions and individuals including the Concerned Group of Eminent Citizens, the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) and Leaders of Political Parties. Others were the Civil Society Organizations by and thru its Spokespersons Blamoh Nelson and J. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, John Ballon, Milton and Nathaniel Barnes.Justice Banks did not say how soon the full bench would hear the matter and make its final determination, but NEC now has four days from the date the stay order was issued, to present its case to the Supreme Court as to why the elections should continue as planned.The Supreme Court will then decide whether or not to endorse Associate Justice Banks’ ruling, which could cause the election date to be further postponed if Banks’ ruling stands.A key concern among many is what becomes of the expenses undertaken by candidates, political parties and the NEC.The Chamber Justice’s decision coincided with the launching of the campaign of Amb. George Manneh Weah, standard bearer and Montserrado County senatorial candidate for the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). The CDC campaign launch drew tens of thousands of people in a parade through Monrovia which literally brought the city to a standstill.According to the Justice in Chamber, the senatorial election which is scheduled for December 16, must be suspended pending hearing by the full bench of the Supreme Court, after listening to arguments.Justifying his action, Justice Banks said, he did it in accordance with the law, but clarified that the entire full bench would determine the next step, including whether the election process should be postponed in the midst of Ebola or if the NEC has put into place necessary preventive measure to stop the spread and transmission of the deadly virus.He was quick to point out that there is no Supreme Court justice can single-handedly determine the matter, adding, “Because it involves [a] constitutional issue, which required the full participation of the five justices of the High Court.”“The decision has to be made by the full bench to provide finality to this constitutional dispute and to ensure a lawful election,” Associate Justice Banks wrote in Friday’s decision.He also instructed the NEC to file all necessary legal documents supporting its legibility to hold the special senatorial elections within the period of four days.Election officials met Saturday to determine the next steps and asked attorneys for clarification on the Supreme Court order, including whether the entire special election which political parties and independent candidates have plunged themselves into making huge financial expenditure should be postponed or just campaign activities.In their complaint to the High Court, the lawyers based their argument on the proclamation made by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf regarding the protection of public health against the spread and transmission of the Ebola Virus Disease.“As the sole reason for suspending the voting rights of the Liberian people… the virus continues to threaten public health,” emphasizing that “the ongoing election activities represent a significant act of the complacency and a serious denial by Ministry of Justice (MOJ) that Ebola is invisible, that it is real that it has no cure… that it has killed and continues to kill thousands of Liberians; and could kill even more if such mass-based activities such as an election are allowed.”They further argued that the legal way to address the default of Article 83 (a) and to, at the same time, protect public health against the risk of spreading and transmitting the Ebola Virus Disease, (EVD), and the legitimacy of the tenure of the administration, is to revert to Article -1, “whereby a cross-representative forum of political parties and civil society organizations with legal and national character can be convened by the President, with the approval of the Legislature to set a suitable date for the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election,” concluding “while, at the same time protecting the Administration from losing its legitimacy over the issue of the Article 83(a). “Article -1 of the 1986 Constitution acknowledges and affirms that “All power is inherent in the People In order to ensure democratic government which responds to the wishes of the governed, the people shall have the right at such period, and in such manner as provided for under this Constitution to cause their public servants to leave office and to fill vacancies by regular elections and appointments.”It can be recalled that on October 1, 2014, the President wrote the legislature requesting approval to restrict, suspend and re-phrase the language of several provisions of the 1986 Constitution relating to the “…fundamental rights of Liberian citizens” as provided for under Articles 1, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, and 24Three days later, on October 4, 2014, the President issued a Proclamation stating that National Elections Commission (NEC) had “informed the government that it (NEC ) had been unable to undertake several of the processes that are prerequisites to conducting the pending 2014 Senatorial elections, including: the deployment of staff in the field to conduct civic/voter education; the recruitment and deployment of the required polling staff at polling centers; the importation of basic, essential and sensitive electoral material.”She added that, “due to the suspension of flights to Liberia, the requisite campaigning of senatorial candidates and the monitoring of the process and activities by the NEC to ensure that there are no violations of the Elections Law and that violations are adequately addressed… the government is convinced that the condition of elections in this period of the Ebola Virus crisis would not only be inimical to the nation and to its people, but would create greater problems for the stability of the nation and a lack of credibility in the result of such elections by the people and the international community under the current crisis situation.” Concluding the Proclamation, the President ordered and declared “the October 14, 2014 Senatorial Elections and all the voting rights associated therewith and connected thereto are hereby declared suspended.”Nine days after promulgation of the Proclamation, the Legislature, on October 13, 2014, passed a Joint Resolution #002/2014 approving the President’s order suspending the October 14, 2014 Senatorial election and, at the same time, directing the NEC to “immediately commence consultations and discussions with all recognized and accredited political parties, independent candidates, civil society organizations and other stakeholders, as well as national and international health authorities on a new date for the holding of the Senatorial election for 2014; not later than December 20, 2014, pending the approval of the Legislature.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The former President Pro-tempore of the Liberian Senate, Mr. Gbehzohngar M. Findley, has called on the Liberian Agriculture Company (LAC) to improve on its safety measures for employees and all others working on the plantation.Findley, a former Senator of Grand Bassa County where LAC is located, made the comments over the weekend when he visited with bereaved families of at least six persons who died as a result of the recent explosion at the LAC factory.Senator Findley used the visit to call on all other concessions to improve safety for workers in their concessions.The former Bassa lawmaker’s visit followed a recent industrial disaster where six persons have been confirmed dead so far and several wounded at LAC.He said he was “deeply troubled and saddened” when the news broke out about the chemical explosion in LAC and that people had died as a result.He stressed that setting up of an advanced safety mechanism for workers in concession areas will help to address some of the growing fears at job sites as well as prevent the recurrence of such accidents.The Grand Bassa stalwart maintained that the safety of employees in concession areas should not be treated lightly as it would project a better picture for an enabling working environment if the people are assured of care when performing their duties.The Pro-tempore emeritus expressed regret over the incident and acknowledged how painful it is when a family loses its bread-winner.Sen. Findley assured the citizens of Gorblee District that he remains a loyal servant to them and will not hesitate in responding to their needs. He told his fellow Bassonians that his doors remain open to them; adding that whosoever will need his assistance should call upon him without hesitation.Findley, who was senator for nine years, further stated that he was touched upon hearing the news of the tragedy but could not go there immediately following the disaster because he was out of the country.“You people have always been close to my heart. I am deeply sorry for the incident,” he added.He also told the people that he was interested in knowing the outcome of the investigation into the explosion. Mr. Findley appealed to the Ministries of Labor and Internal Affairs, the LAC management and the LAC Workers’ Union to work together to ensure that affected employees get indispensable attention ranging from medical to job injury benefits that are duly required.He stressed that by so doing it would tackle the increased fear and concern about the lack of interest in the wellbeing of the affected employees.At the same time, the former lawmaker presented a purse of L$60,000 (US$723) intended for the six bereaved families. He said the amount was intended to assist the bereaved families to purchase food items during their period of mourning.The bereaved Family members attending the brief ceremony held in Gorblee District expressed gratitude to their former senator. They considered the incident as very unfortunate stressing that they are hopeful that an investigation can be conducted soon in order to establish the root cause of the explosion.Mr. Abel Nyabol, District Superintendent of Gorblee District, on behalf of the people of Gorblee lauded the former Senate Pro-tempore for his concern.At least 17 persons on the night of January 19, became victims of an explosion which occurred at LAC in District #3, Grand Bassa County. The cause of the incident has not been fully established. However, unconfirmed reports say that a “huge boiler” over heated and exploded at around midnight while workers assigned at the processing plant were on their regular night shift.Meanwhile, Labor Minister Neto Z. Lighe, speaking at the Ministry of Information daily press briefing last Monday, said the cause of the accident is complex and would be difficult to establish unless the investigation is done professionally and technically.He assured citizens of Grand Bassa County that the government is committed to an impartial investigation into the incident.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Director of Youth Melissa Carmichael on Wednesday revealed that the Department of Youth will soon launch a strategic parenting programme geared at assisting parents to better handle young delinquents.Speaking at a sensitisation programme hosted by the Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), Carmichael made the disclosure when questioned by a Councillor regarding her department’s works for parents.“We have to cause some amount of paradigm shift in the families themselves so we have decided to have a strategic parenting programme for the communities that we will be interacting with,” the Director revealed.According to Carmichael, strong families lead to stronger communities and nations; and as such, programmes are expected to be rolled out to reach young people and target social ills.“We will work first through the [Parent Teacher Associations] PTAs and then we will work through the communities as well… we are already working in that regard, we will be rolling out with our programme to reach young people and social ills a programme for our parents… We believe that strong families leads to strong youths with leads to strong communities and in turn leads to strong and productive nations, so I can tell you that recommendations have been heard,” she stated.Further, following the revelation of over 400 children in Guyana being abused and the woes in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) of the high rate of alcoholism among youths there, Carmichael revealed that several discussions were had in that regard and recommendations were made for the launching of programmes to rectify those issues.“We are very much aware of these issues and I can tell you that only yesterday my staff and I met and while we are in schools and we are in communities, we believe that because there is an increase and because drugs seem to be very popular, we believe that a more strategic plan needs to be put in place, so I can tell you that we will be launching a programme that focuses specifically on a couple of issues affecting our young people,” she explained.Present at the sensitisation programme hosted for Councillors, Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine in his brief remarks applauded same and called for the initiative to continue.“We are grateful to have this kind of department, so on behalf of the Mayor and City Council, I want to express my sincere gratitude for this being on the agenda of the Department of Youth Sport and Culture” Narine said.The objective of the event was to provide stakeholders with information on the work of the Social Cohesion Department, to assist participations to better understand social cohesion as an approach to communities and national development and to enable participants to examine their own roles in promoting a harmonious Guyana.M&CC Councillors at the sensitisation programme on Wednesday
This week’s weather report from Kabul, Afghanistan indicates night-time temperatures hovering just above freezing and a condition most Canadians have likely never seen in weather forecasts … “smoke”. As you enjoy a warm fireplace or central heating, along with the unforgettable scent of roasting turkey, remember our soldiers spending Christmas week sleeping in tents and in sparse conditions, especially those in forward operating bases, or worse, on the move nowhere near a base.Two years ago when I had the very rewarding privilege of serving Christmas dinner to Canadian troops in Afghanistan, I saw those rugged conditions first-hand. I knew that those soldiers were missing even the most chaotic and routine Christmas moments with their loved ones and friends.Yet they never complained. In fact, their firm belief in their mission and keen desire to help the people of Afghanistan was the most awe-inspiring manifestation of Christmas spirit I have ever witnessed. Advertisement MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.The True Meaning of Christmas From Our Soldiers in a Foreign Land As Christmas Day 2008 approaches many of us are fortunate to look forward to the warmth, love and companionship of family and dear friends. – Advertisement -It’s also a busy time of year, especially for those with young families. The last minute shopping, the carols, the wrapping, the travelling for some, the baking and cooking, then the boisterous house as excited children and relatives gather together to share in this special celebration.Yet imagine if you couldn’t be here to experience it – any of it. Imagine what it would be like to be missing this because you were in the middle of a war-torn country braving the enemy and the elements at Christmas.This Christmas I ask that you please give a thought, and give thanks, for the Canadian soldiers who are currently serving our nation in Afghanistan.Advertisement Try as I might, I cannot hold a candle to the eloquent and moving words of gratitude that average Canadians have taken the time to convey to our troops in recent days. On a special Internet message board, hundreds of individuals and families have sent messages to Canadian troops overseas.One posting reads: “I think of you and hope your hearts have some Christmas joy in a strange land and different climate. You are a great gift to the future of all the Afghanistan children. Maybe they can sleep in heavenly peace. Know that your gift is acknowledged and more than any of us here could give to our children.”Another post reads: “Our prayers are with you always but especially during this Christmas season. We thank you for your protection of our way of life.”This is just a sampling of many touching messages you can find by linking to “Write to Our Troops” at www.forces.gc.ca
1 Liverpool target Isco is happy to stay at Real Madrid and fight for his place even if the club signs World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez.Madrid have already completed the signing of Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos and the arrival of Rodriguez would only add to the competition for places.Liverpool are said to be keen on Isco and could offer the 22-year-old midfield star regular first-team football.However, despite the interest of Liverpool, Marca are reporting that Isco is content to stay at Madrid and fight for his place.Madrid are also thought to be eager to keep hold of the attacking midfielder, who scored 11 goals last season after joining from Malaga for £24million. Isco celebrates scoring for Real Madrid
Good evening and welcome to the evening news. Tonight’s top story: Iran has restarted its nuclear testing programs. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad insists that his country will forge ahead with its nuclear program despite the threat of – We interrupt our newscast to bring you the following special report: Angelina Jolie is pregnant and expecting a child with Brad Pitt! No word yet on the exact due date. We now return to our regularly scheduled newscast. Doctors remain concerned about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s health after suffering a stroke that rendered him fighting for his life, casting a dark shadow over the Middle East peace process – This just in: She’s preggers! Angelina Jolie’s baby-bump is beginning to show, and according to unconfirmed reports, she is expected to deliver what many believe will be the most beautiful baby ever sometime during the next four to six months. Mazel tov to the happy couple! We now return to our newscast already in progress. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The confirmation vote for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito has centered around the ever-contentious issue of abortion – Breaking news report: There will no aborting of the biggest story of the year, as rumors continue to swirl about the exact due date of the Pitt/Jolie love spawn. Will the Sexiest Fetus Alive make an appearance in the spring or will summer be the season when fans will first feast their eyes on Baby Brangelina? We will continue to keep our viewers abreast of this growing story. We now return to our regular newscast already in progress. According to a recent study, a group of scientists believe the extinction of a widespread group of animals in Latin America has been linked to global warming, marking the first time such a connection has been established. Scientists urge those in charge to take heed and – We interrupt our newscast to bring you the following really really important news story: According to a statement issued by Jennifer Aniston’s publicist, Brad Pitt did not contact Ms. Aniston to inform her about Angelina Jolie’s pregnancy. We repeat: Aniston, Pitt’s former wife and star of the hit television show “Friends,” was not called about her ex-husband’s impending fatherhood with his current girlfriend. For more on this developing story, we take you to Joan and Melissa Rivers live from the Golden Globes. Hi, Joan! Any sightings of the happy couple? Joan Rivers: Oh puh-leeze! Can we tawk? Happy couples in Hollywood? They’re dropping like flies out here! How about you, Missy? Melissa Rivers: I’m talking to another couple of famous soon-to-be parents, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Any advice for Brad and Angie? Katie: It’s amazing. I am so happy – it’s a dream come true. It’s amazing. He’s amazing. You’re amazing. I’m amazing. Amazing? Tom: OK, sweetie! That’s enough for now. Let’s practice that silent thing we talked about in preparation for the big day. By the way, anyone interested in a slightly used home-sonogram machine should get in touch with me. Missy Rivers: Thank you, Tom and Katie! Well, uh, thank you, Joan and Melissa Rivers. We now return to our newscast already in progress. Feeling a little cramped for space? It’s not surprising, considering experts are predicting that sometime this month, a couple will conceive a baby who will be born in October, and hold the title of 300 millionth American. Breaking news: Make that 300 million and one if you’re counting Hollywood’s hottest baby! This just in – we interrupt our breaking news story to bring you the following breaking news story and take you live to the White House where President Bush is about to issue a statement about the Brangelina baby news. President Bush: Laura and me were just thrilled when we heard the news yesterday. Actually, if you want to get technical, I found out around the same time as Brad because I utilized my special presidential post-9-11 powers and had my “listening ears” on. I’m sure gonna miss seeing Angelina on “Friends,” but there’s always reruns. On behalf of all Americans, me and Laura would like to offer congratulations to the happy couple. And that’s all the time we have for the news this evening. Please tune in to the 11 o’clock Report when we will offer a revealing retrospective: Brad and Angie, The Early Years. Jill Rachel Jacobs is a writer based in New York. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Lionel Messi will be the man Argentina look to for inspiration in Russia CroatiaGoalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo).Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kiev), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg).Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter), Filip Bradaric (Rijeka).Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter), Nikola Kalinic (Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht).IcelandGoalkeepers: Hannes Thor Halldorsson (Randers FC), Runar Alex Runarsson (FC Nordsjælland), Frederik Schram (FC Roskilde).Defenders: Kari Arnason (Aberdeen), Ari Freyr Skulason (K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen), Birkir Mar Saevarsson (Hammarby), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (FC Rostov), Hordur Magnusson (Bristol City), Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson (Maccabi Haifa), Ragnar Sigurdsson (FC Rostov).Midfielders: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley), Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Malmo FF), Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Olafur Ingi Skulason (Kardemir Karabukspor), Rurik Gislason (FC Nurnberg), Samuel Fridjonsson (Valerenga), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).Forwards: Alfred Finnbogason (FC Augsburg), Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (FC Rostov), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Reading), Albert Gudmundsson (PSV Eindhoven).NigeriaGoalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United).Defenders: William Troost-Ekong, Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa).Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino, Italy).Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone). 9 Group GBelgiumGoalkeepers: Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg), Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool).Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Meunier (Paris St-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian).Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).Substitute: Laurent CimanEnglandGoalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester City), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United)Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) Saudi ArabiaGoalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal).Defenders: Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal).Midfielders: Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), Salman Al Faraj, Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad).Forwards: Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli).UruguayGoalkeepers: Martin Campana (Independiente), Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama)Defenders: Martin Caceres (Lazio), Sebastian Coates (Sporting CP), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), Gaston Silva (Independiente), Guillermo Varela (Penarol)Midfielders: Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Matias Vecino (Inter), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey)Forwards: Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Cristhian Stuani (Girona) Granit Xhaka is among Switzerland’s squad for the World Cup The World Cup is fast approaching and we can barely contain our excitement at talkSPORT as we prepare to bring you live coverage of EVERY single game in Russia!Brazil are the favourites to win the famous trophy but there are plenty of serious contenders, not least the reigning champions Germany and 2010 winners Spain. The final 23-man squad for the #WorldCup #DieMannschaft #ZSMMN pic.twitter.com/SOJa14wIOD— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 4, 2018South KoreaGoalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC).Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Yun Yong-sun (Seongnam FC), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors).Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United).Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur), Hwang Hee-chan (FC Red Bull Salzburg).MexicoGoalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul).Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (America), Jesus Gallardo (Monterrey), Miguel Layun (Sevilla).Midfielders: Rafael Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt).Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (America), Jesus Manuel Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven).Substitute: Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca). 9 Mo Salah will be Egypt’s great hope in Russia PanamaGoalkeepers: Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC).Defenders: Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders).Midfielders: Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Gabriel Gómez (Bucaramanga), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario de Lima), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent).Forwards: Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruna), Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Luis Tejada (Sports Boys), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato).TunisiaTunisia have named their final 23-man squad, which is as follows:Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia)Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt)Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France)Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France).talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Portugal’s charge Group CAustraliaGoalkeepers: Brad Jones (Feyenoord), Mat Ryan (Brighton), Danny Vukovic (Genk).Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Samsung Blue Wings), James Meredith (Millwall), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshopper Zurich).Midfielders: Jackson Irvine (Hull City), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum), Massimo Luongo (QPR), Mark Milligan (Al-Ahli), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield), Tom Rogic (Celtic), Tim Cahill (Millwall).Forwards: Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City), Tomi Juric (Luzern), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets), Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian). 9 SerbiaGoalkeepers: Vladimir Stojkovic (Partizan Belgrade), Predrag Rajkovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Marko Dmitrovic (Eibar).Defenders: Aleksandar Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dusko Tosic (Guangzhou R&F), Antonio Rukavina (Villarreal), Milos Veljkovic (Werder Bremen), Milan Rodic (Red Star Belgrade), Uros Spajic (Krasnodar), Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina).Midfielders: Nemanja Matic (Manchester United), Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace), Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio), Marko Grujic (Liverpool), Adem Ljajic (Torino), Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Filip Kostic (Hamburg SV), Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica), Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade).Strikers: Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United), Aleksandar Prijovic (PAOK Salonika), Luka Jovic (Benfica).SwitzerlandGoalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Roman Bürki (Borussia Dortmund), Yvon Mvogo (RB Leipzig).Defenders: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Johan Djourou (Antalyaspor), Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan), Fabian Schär (Deportivo La Coruna), François Moubandje (Toulouse), Michael Lang (Basel), Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Mönchengladbach).Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Udinese), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke), Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt), Blerim Džemaili (Bologna), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Steven Zuber (1899 Hoffenheim), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Denis Zakaria (Borussia Mönchengladbach).Strikers: Haris Seferović (Benfica), Josip Drmić (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Breel Embolo (Schalke 04), Mario Gavranović (Dinamo Zagreb). 🚨 OFICIAL | 46 millones de ilusiones en sus botas, en sus manos… ¡¡ESTOS SON #NUESTROS23!! 🔁 ¡RT PARA APOYARNOS! pic.twitter.com/XBx0e4uOcB— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) May 21, 2018MoroccoGoalkeepers: Mounir El Kajoui (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger).Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolves), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille).Midfielders: M’barek Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke 04).Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (Saint Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard de Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga).PortugalGoalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon)Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica)Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Mario (West Ham), Joao Moutinho (AS Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), William Carvalho (Sporting)Forwards: Andre Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas) Photo de groupe avant le décollage ! #FiersdetreBleus pic.twitter.com/82sjn1IATo— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 10, 2018PeruGoalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Jose Carvallo (UTC), Carlos Caceda (Municipal).Defenders: Luis Advincula (Lobos), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Nilson Loyola (Melgar), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Alberto Rodriguez (Junior Barranquilla), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo).Midfielders: Pedro Aquino (Lobos), Wilmer Cartagena (Veracruz), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City).Strikers: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscow), Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo).Group DArgentinaGoalkeepers: Willy Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres UANL)Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Federico Fazio (Roma), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino).Midfielders: Ever Banega (Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Angel Di Maria, Giovani Lo Celso (both Paris St-Germain), Enzo Perez (River Plate), Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica).Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala (both Juventus), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City). 9 Group BIranGoalkeepers: Alireza Beyranvand (Persepolis), Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan), Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo).Defenders: Majid Hosseini (Esteghlal), Ramin Rezaeian (Ostende), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Padideh), Morteza Pouraliganji (Alsaad), Pejman Montazeri (Esteghlal), Milad Mohammadi (Akhmat Grozny), Roozbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi (Olympiacos).Midfielders: Saeid Ezatollahi (Amkar Perm), Masoud Shojaei (AEK Athens), Mehdi Torabi (Saipa), Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal), Karim Ansarifard (Olympiacos).Forwards: Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar), Mahdi Taremi (Al Gharafa), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Heerenveen), Saman Ghoddos (Ostersunds), Ashkan Dejagah (Nottingham Forest), Vahid Amiri (Persepolis).SpainGoalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao).Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea).Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid).Forwards: Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid). Group ECosta RicaGoalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense), Leonel Moreira (C.S. Herediano)Defenders: Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Ian Smith (Santos de Guapiles FC), Ronald Matarrita (New York City), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johnny Acosta (Rionegro Aguilas)Midfielders: David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Yeltsin Tejeda (FC Lausanne-Sport), Celso Borges (Deportivo de La Coruna), Randall Azofeifa (CS Herediano), Rodney Wallace (New York City), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting), Daniel Colindres (Deportivo Saprissa), Christian Bolanos (Deportivo Saprissa)Forwards: Johan Venegas (Deportivo Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (Los Angeles FC)BrazilGoalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians).Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva, Marquinhos (both PSG), Miranda (Inter Milan), Pedro Geromel (Gremio).Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus).Forward: Neymar (PSG), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool). .@NGSuperEagles depart Austria for Russia in high spirits. #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong pic.twitter.com/quE16elbhG— The NFF (@thenff) June 11, 2018 Luis Suarez will lead the line for Uruguay at the World Cup 9 Aaron Mooy and Tim Cahill are among the familiar faces in Australis’s squad Expectations are low for England, despite some positive performances under Gareth Southgate, while hosts Russia enter the tournament as the lowest-ranked team following a six-match winless run.There will be 32 nations competing at the World Cup and all the 23-man squads have now been confirmed, with a total of 736 players taking part.We’ve listed them all below…Group ARussiaGoalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Club Brugge), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St Petersburg).Defenders: Vladimir Granat, Fedor Kudryashov (both Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes (both CSKA Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg).Midfielders: Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev (both CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov (both Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal).Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Aleksey Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar).EgyptGoalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly).Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf (all Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fateh), Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC).Midfielders: Tarek Hamed, (Zamalek), Shikabala (Zamalek), Abdallah Said (Al Ahli), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos Athens).Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool). 9 9 Group FSwedenGoalkeepers: Robin Olsen (Copenhagen), Karl-Johan Johnsson (Guingamp), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Swansea).Defenders: Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Victor Lindelof (Manchester United), Andreas Granqvist (Krasnador), Martin Olsson (Swansea), Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Filip Helander, Emil Krafth (both Bologna), Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).Midfielders: Sebastian Larsson (Hull), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Gustav Svensson (Seattle Sounders), Oscar Hiljemark (Genoa), Viktor Claesson (Krasnador), Marcus Rohden (Crotone), Jimmy Durmaz (Toulouse).Forwards: Marcus Berg (Al Ain), John Guidetti (Alaves), Ola Toivonen (Toulouse), Isaac Kiese Thelin (Waasland-Beveren).GermanyGoalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St-Germain)Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich)Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St-Germain), Leon Goretska (Schalke), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich)Strikers: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig). DenmarkGoalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Frederik Ronow (Brondby).Defenders: Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jens Stryger (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich).Midfielders: William Kvist (FC Copenhagen), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Lasse Schone (Ajax), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna).Forwards: Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Viktor Fischer (FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax).FranceGoalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille). Neymar and Robert Firmino are part of an incredible Brazil squad Javier Hernandez is a familiar face in Mexico’s World Cup squad Ready for Russia. #threelions pic.twitter.com/51MFZtSMji— England (@England) June 12, 2018 9 9
huge blow 2 Tammy Abraham is still waiting for his first goal in Villa colours ADVICE REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Latest Football News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won silverware But Villa hit back in first-half stoppage-time when Callum O’Dowda was penalised for a needless foul and Conor Hourihane’s driven free-kick from the left was nodded powerfully home by Bjarnason from the centre of the box.A draw was a fair result to a game which saw both teams exert periods of pressure, but home fans appeared happier at the final whistle.City created the first chance when Weimann’s header from close range went wide in the fifth minute, but Villa responded quickly and Jonathan Kodjia’s shot against his old club was blocked.Tammy Abraham, also playing against his former team, had the ball in City’s net after 10 minutes, but was penalised for fouling goalkeeper Niki Maenpaa.Then came Brownhill’s goal and Matty Taylor might have made it 2-0 a minute later when his left-footed volley was directed straight at Nyland, who had hesitated coming off his line.Hourihane fired wide from distance for Villa and in the 22nd minute Abraham’s shot from 20 yards forced a diving save from Maenpaa.Kodjia, who began on the right flank, was booked for a poor challenge to the delight of home fans, who had been baiting him from the start.Hourihane was keen to try his luck from long range, but his next low effort was straight at Maenpaa. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The home side’s high-pressing game had caused Villa problems, but the visitors also threatened and Bjarnason’s equaliser put the outcome in the balance.Villa fans and players appealed in vain for a penalty when a 51st-minute free-kick from the left caused a scramble in front of City’s goal.But the visitors were now on top and John McGinn’s volley brought a diving save from Maenpaa.Taylor picked up a booking for a scything tackle as the game became feisty. The striker was replaced by Famara Diedhiou after 69 minutes when boss Lee Johnson also introduced Jamie Paterson for O’Dowda.City had wrestled back a measure of control and Steve Bruce responded by sending on Yannick Bolasie for Kodjia with 15 minutes remaining.Still Johnson’s men pressed and Adam Webster headed over from a corner to the near post.But Villa almost won it in the 89th minute when Hourihane’s 25-yard drive flew just wide with Maenpaa motionless. Birkir Bjarnason’s first-half header saw Aston Villa earn a 1-1 Championship draw against Bristol City at Ashton Gate.The hosts took the lead on 16 minutes when Josh Brownhill’s low right-footed shot beat Orjan Nyland after former Villan Andreas Weimann’s mazy dribble was halted on the edge of the box. Lee Johnson will arguably be the happier of the two managers Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED 2 MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I feel lucky. We only got two tenths of an inch of rain last night and some areas got one to two inches, so I was pretty happy. We are wet. We still have a corn field and a bean field to plant. It gets close and then they talk about these big rains and you get scared about planting before that. I am going to give that corn a couple more days and then I’ll switch to beans.In the last two weeks we got another 50 acres of beans in and then we got 2.5 inches of rain really fast and it was like a lake out there. The beans made it out OK, though.Last night we drove from the middle of Putnam County to Findlay and everything was beautiful. If you go west of Ottawa it is ugly over by Continental. They are in bad shape over there. There are still a lot of acres not done the first time and a lot of acres going to get redone. They have been hit by a lot of rain over there.Yesterday afternoon I finished sidedressing corn. The corn is at V5 or V6 already and looks beautiful. The rains have been great for that, but from Mother’s Day on it has not been very conducive to planting. We haven’t done much since May 24 when we planted that last field of beans. It has been wet ever since. There are some guys trying to mud it in.The wheat is OK. I got about 80% of it sprayed with Prosaro. It has been humid and muggy so we’ll see how well it works. I think we have good conditions for head scab around here.I am pretty impressed with weed control in this area. Guys are figuring out how to get a handle on some of these problem marestail fields.