Top four race intensifies in EPL

first_img At this stage last season, Leicester were leading the English top flight and were on their way to the most remarkable title triumph in Premier League history. After 13 losses in 24 games of its title defence, Claudio Ranieri’s side is one point above the relegation zone and in danger of becoming the first defending champion to be relegated since Man City in the 1937-38 season. Team P W D L F A GD Pts Chelsea 24 19 2 3 51 17 34 59 Tottenham 24 14 8 2 46 16 30 50 Manchester City 24 15 4 5 49 29 20 49 Arsenal 24 14 5 5 52 28 24 47 Liverpool 24 13 7 4 52 30 22 46 Manchester United 24 12 9 3 36 21 15 45 Everton 24 11 7 6 40 27 13 40 West Brom 24 10 6 8 32 29 3 36 West Ham 24 9 4 11 32 41 -9 31 Watford 24 8 6 10 29 40 -11 30 Stoke City 24 7 8 9 29 36 -7 29 Burnley 24 9 2 13 26 35 -9 29 Southampton 24 7 6 11 24 31 -7 27 Bournemouth 24 7 5 12 35 47 -12 26 Middlesbrough 24 4 9 11 19 27 -8 21 Leicester City 24 5 6 13 24 41 -17 21 Swansea City 24 6 3 15 29 54 -25 21 Hull City 24 5 5 14 22 47 -25 20 Crystal Palace 24 5 4 15 32 45 -13 19 Sunderland 24 5 4 15 24 42 -18 19 REMARKABLE TRIUMPH MANCHESTER, England (AP): The race for Champions League qualification from the Premier League intensified after contrasting wins for Manchester City and Manchester United yesterday. Gabriel Jesus started again ahead of Sergio Aguero and scored an injury-time winner – his second goal of the match – in City’s 2-1 home victory over Swansea. United had it much easier against Leicester, beating the struggling champion 3-0, thanks to goals by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata in an eight-minute period either side of half-time. Five points separate second-placed Tottenham and sixth-placed United, which extended their unbeaten run in the league to 15 games and are now just two points off the top four. City moved above Arsenal and Liverpool into third place.last_img read more

Legal clerk found murdered in Kuru-Kururu home

first_imgThe lifeless body of 46-year-old legal clerk Gregory Frank, also called “Wayne”, was on Thursday, at about 04:30h, found lying face down in a pool of blood in the sitting room of his home at Lot 686 Kuru-Kururu, Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Based on reports received, the discovery was made by Frank’s father, who occupies another house in the same yard. The man reportedly saw the back door of his son’s house wide open, and after his several calls had gone unanswered, he went inside his son’s home to check on him.Confronted with the sight of his son’s motionless body and the home ransacked, the elder Frank immediately raised an alarm. Upon checking further, he realised that several valuable items belonging to his son had gone missing.Checks also revealed that the dead man’s forehead was swollen, which suggestsDead: Gregory Frankthat he might have been struck to the head by his attackers.The Police were summoned to the scene, and the body was removed to the Lyken’s Funeral Home to await a post mortem. The police have since dusted the scene for possible finger prints.The sandy terrain made it difficult for Police to trace the foot prints around the house, since, after the discovery, persons from the village had run to the house.When Guyana Times contacted a brother of the late Gregory Frank, he explained that Gregory had lived alone and did not have any children.The grieving brother related that he had last seen his brother on Tuesday last. He added that as far as he was aware, his now dead brother did not have any enemies, and he said he was convinced that Gregory might have been killed in the commissioning of a robbery.Although the evidence points to robbery, the Police are looking at several angles, as, in the past, there have been instances when the motive of the murder was completely different.According to detectives, several persons in the area were questioned for any information that may lead to a breakthrough, but everyone questioned maintained that they had neither heard any unusual sounds nor seen any unusual movements.Police investigations are nevertheless continuing .last_img read more

Town Clerk rented UG bus park to “specific” drivers – City Hall CoI…

first_img… City being micromanaged by Min Bulkan – former Deputy MayorAs the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) unfolds into the operations at the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor Sherod Duncan took the stand, declaring that the Town Clerk is incapable of performing his duties which has led to much interference from the Communities Minister.Town Clerk Royston KingDuncan stood before Justice Cecil Kennard as he made his testaments under oath, sharing some light into the activities which have been occurring at the Council under the leadership of Mayor Patricia Chase Green and the Town Clerk, Royston King.He indicated that Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan has taken the liberty to interfere into the works at City Hall and in some cases, King was notified via letters that his decisions were not approved by Central Government. According to Duncan, it seems as though Bulkan “has taken up residence” at City Hall to look at all activities under a microscope.“The city is being micromanaged by the Minister of Communities when you should have a competent Town Clerk who understands what he is doing and the Minister is writing to the Town Clerk reprimanding him. It boggles my mind,” he further added.On one occasion, King was engaged by the Minister in relation to the dismissal of two officers who were attached to the City Constabulary. One of the officers had provided evidence of wrongdoing against another officer. However, King dismissed both of them even after the committee was asked to address the incident. He was later addressed by Bulkan for the way this matter was dealt with.According to Duncan, he is under the impression the Mayor has relinquished all of her superiority into the hands of the Town Clerk and as such, he has been misusing his authorities and power. Duncan indicated that on many occasions, the Councillors were not briefed on the allocation of monies for contracts that were been awarded. An instance is the $125 million contract that was allocated towards the restoration of the Le Repentir Cemetery which was finalised after a unilateral decision.When asked by Justice Cecil Kennard as to what would have been the outcome of the No-Confidence Motion that was filed against the Town Clerk if it was approved, Duncan explained that early interventions would have been taken by the Local Government Commission (LGC).“One of the consequences of the motion would’ve been the registering or displeasure in the conduct of the Town Clerk and then following that subsequently, [actions on behalf of] the Local Government Commission.”The motion was filed earlier this year but was disallowed by the Mayor after seeking legal advice from Attorney Maxwell Edwards, who is the spouse of Councillor Noelle Chow-Chee.Rented bus parksCecelia Richards represented the University of Guyana’s branch of the United Minibus Union (UMU), to highlight a decision that was taken by the Town Clerk to collect monies from nine specific drivers of the Route 44 (Industry) route. She testified that King was collecting a monthly rental of $3000 from each of the drivers to occupy a stretch of the roadway that spans from the Avenue of the Republic to Hinck Street. Consequently, some 45 drivers are left to fend for themselves as the area remains occupied by the said drivers.Prior to that, city Police Officers would arrive at the park every day to collect $200 from each of the drivers. When confronted, officials at City Hall denied implementing such a regulation. Efforts were made to reach the Town Clerk, but the affected drivers were prohibited from meeting with him.“It was hard for us to provide for our families. We just stay there all day at the back of the line,” said Richards.The inquiry is expected to conclude on October 31, where the necessary recommendations will be submitted after all evidence is presented before the Commission. Justice Kennard sought to point out that letters in the media will not be taken in account as testimonies. Hence, persons would have to take the stand under oath to submit their evidence.Since September 21, 2018, the Town Clerk was instructed to proceed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.last_img read more

Mayor Ackerman reflects on 2014 and what’s ahead in 2015

first_imgThe Mayor says we are facing tremendous growth, “In order to make sure its a permanent, sustainable and vital community that’s built, we will have to continue work with our neighbours, other levels of government, our neighbouring first nations communities and our industries.  We need to keep in focus the community that our residents told us they want to see built.”With that in mind, Mayor and Council are looking at the development process in the City.  Council has already approved a development audit that will look at how the City deals with development permits and the process those permits takes to get approved.Some of the Mayor’s highlights from 2014 include watching Westjet gain speed, the accelerated growth that we’ve seen in the community and the announcement that Site C will move forward.  She goes on to say that Site C will have the biggest effect on our community in 2015, but proposed LNG projects on the West Coast could have an even greater impact.  “If LNG moves forward, even at the pace, that it’s expected to by the Conference Board of Canada, Site C will just be a blip on the map in a 50 year time frame.”- Advertisement -Last year the Cities boundaries were expanded to include 11 more parcels of land.  That change will help with the expected growth.  Before that approval, the Mayor says Fort St. John covered the second smallest geographically area in Northeast B.C. of any other City, District or Town, even though we have the highest population.Mayor Ackerman says we’ve seen a lot of new people move to our community.  “It’s remarkable to see how they are engaging with the community.  Really finding Fort St. John does have a lot for families here and we need to continue on that path creating an attractive community.”last_img read more

Poll: Who are Liverpool’s biggest rivals?

first_img1 Liverpool clash with Manchester United on Saturday, in a game you can hear live on talkSPORT.The match pits two rivals against each other as they both look to kick-start their seasons in a game that excites neutrals fans as well as supporters involved.But who do Liverpool fans view as their biggest rivals in this modern age?Let us know by voting in our poll below… Liverpool and Chelsea players fight last_img

Lopsided justice

first_imgDowie and Stodder likely will spend time in a federal prison while another Dowie lieutenant, Steve Sugarman, who pleaded guilty in hopes of leniency, likely will get off with only his reputation besmirched. But the justice from this verdict feels hollow. While the outcome of this trial may be a warning for those doing business with government, it only reaffirms the suspicion that elected officials are above the law. Until the day that public officials are held accountable for their role in pilfering public money for their own use, it will continue to be open season on public funds. And that’s a crime.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsNo doubt Dowie’s cozy relationship with former Mayor James Hahn and his staff, for whom he provided endless amounts of free P.R. and political advice – even as he was overbilling on the $3 million-a-year DWP contract – played a part. But where are the charges against Hahn or his aides for letting this happen, perhaps for orchestrating it? The overbilling was only brought to light after City Controller Laura Chick – a crusader against waste in City Hall and no friend of the Hahn administration – started questioning the DWP’s contracts, particularly its deal with Fleishman-Hillard. A civil suit against the P.R. firm resulted in a nearly $6 million settlement, but neither that nor this week’s verdict will change the culture of corruption at City Hall until someone inside is held responsible. In theory, at least, the widespread investigation of “pay to play” in the Hahn administration is still open. But it now seems highly unlikely anything will ever come of it. WHAT’S most notable about Tuesday’s conviction of two public relations executives on charges of bilking the city of Los Angeles out of hundreds of thousands of dollars is that some of the real crooks in this swindle got away, scot-free. That’s not to say that Doug Dowie or John Stodder wasn’t guilty. There was damning evidence revealed during the five-week federal trial leading to the conviction of Dowie, the former head of the Los Angeles office of Fleishman-Hillard, an international public relations firm, and his lieutenant, Stodder. But they weren’t the creators of the game. They were simply the fall guys for City Hall’s long-standing practices of ripping off the public, most often using its bottomless money pit, the Department of Water and Power. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal GAA midfielder may be used to being the star of the show.But it was his stunning bride Kathryn Russell who stole all the limelight when the well-known couple got married yesterday.The couple, who are both teachers, tied the knot and were joined by hundreds of family and friends for a magnificent reception at the Mount Errigal Hotel. St.Eunan’s man Rory was joined by many of his clubmates from the Letterkenny club including Brendan Devenney and John Haran.He was also joined by many of his county team-mates including Michael Murphy, Karl Lacey, Neil Gallagher and Colm McFadden.Rory is a son of Charlie and Agnes Kavanagh, Oaklands, Gortlee, Letterkenny, Kathryn is the daughter of John and Kay Russell, Manorcunningham.“Rory looked very handsome but Kathryn was just the most stunning bride. “It was a terrific day and it really capped off a great year for Rory,” said one guest.DONEGAL STAR RORY FINALLY MEETS HIS MATCH was last modified: December 18th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:KATHRYN RUSSELLRory Kavanaghweddinglast_img read more


first_imgThe Relay for Life Donegal 2014 committee are delighted to announce that they will host an inaugural Cancer Survivorship Conference on the 5th April 2014 in The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Relay for Life Donegal is more than just a fundraising event. In addition to providing the Irish Cancer Society with the finance to fund numerous vital cancer services, the committee also aim to offer vital information and support networks.The committee feel that this is necessary due to the fact that 1000 people each year in Donegal hear the words ‘YOU HAVE CANCER’.Cancer survivors are central to every Relay for Life Donegal decision being made and every Relay for Life Donegal event being held, as cancer survivors are Relay for Life Donegal’s VIP’s.This conference has been organised to highlight Relay for Life Donegal’s commitment to all cancer patients and their families. The conference title is “LIVING BEYOND CANCER – SUPPORTING CANCER SURVIVORS AND THEIR CAREGIVERS”The theme of the event is “FOR YOU, BECAUSE OF YOU, THANKS TO YOU”This conference is FOR YOU if you have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis.The conference is BECAUSE OF YOU, because of the 1000 people diagnosed with cancer each year in Donegal.BECAUSE OF YOU we need to keep you updated and informed.BECAUSE OF YOU we need to create awareness of how we can help ourselves. BECAUSE OF YOU we are determined to find a cure for cancer.It is THANKS TO YOU, that we, the Relay for Life Donegal committee can host this conference for your benefit.It is THANKS TO YOU that we are committed to supporting all who are impacted by cancer in Donegal.It is THANKS TO YOU for supporting Relay for Life Donegal which now affords us the opportunity to bring all this expertise together to support you back in return. Attendance at the conference is limited and free (including lunch) to all those who attend.As attendance is limited and no registration will take place on the day of the conference, it is essential to register in advance to avoid disappointment.In order to register your interest in attending and secure a place at Donegal’s first Cancer Survivorship Conference on the 5th April 2014 email us at, or alternatively telephone one of the following, Ena at 087 9966096, Mags at 087 6865828, Laura at 086 3517202 or Robert on 087 2716344.RELAY FOR LIFE DONEGAL LAUNCH INAUGURAL CANCER SURVIVORSHIP CONFERENCE was last modified: February 20th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FeatureshealthnewsRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Area homeless shelter to return to county yard

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – A maintenance yard in the heart of Santa Clarita will be used for the second year as a temporary homeless shelter after residents of Castaic rejected plans to use the parking area of the Peter J. Pitchess jail complex for the winter facility, county officials said Wednesday. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works flood control equipment yard at 21190 Centre Pointe Parkway has been selected once again to host the 40-bed emergency shelter, said Paul Novak, planning deputy for 5th District county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “It’s the county’s own land,” Novak said. “It’s within the jurisdiction limits of the city of Santa Clarita. The intent of the shelter is to serve all the homeless of the valley. The supervisor is pushing all parties to get the shelter open on the Dec. 1 target date.” Andy Pattantyus of the Santa Clarita Community Development Corp., the nonprofit group operating the shelter, said it will take aggressive planning to make the opening date. The shelter opened there last year on Christmas Eve – a last-minute bailout by Antonovich after the Santa Clarita City Council turned the shelter out of the Via Princessa Metrolink Station. When it closed March 15, the shelter served 77 people, of which 19 obtained permanent housing. “I don’t believe it adversely impacted any residents,” Novak said. “It was very successful last year.” But the maintenance yard won’t be a permanent site. Under the county proposal, it would partner with the city to rotate the shelter among four to six sites each year between the two jurisdictions. The deal would place it at a yet-undetermined city site in December 2006. “Supervisor Antonovich appreciates the cooperation of the city of Santa Clarita and looks forward to working with them in the future in identifying appropriate locations,” Novak said. With four weeks left before the shelter’s scheduled opening, Pattantyus must now hurry to prepare the facility – from obtaining the two double-wide trailers that will house the homeless to securing required permits. “I’m looking at at least two weeks where they have to do all the building modifications – having enough windows and having enough walls and doors, and having things for hard-wired fire alarms, lighted exit signs,” he said. “We still have to get the inspectors out. We still have to get the (Americans With Disability Act) compliances. We really don’t cut corners when we do these projects. We have to do it right.” Then there’s staffing – he’s looking for staffers and volunteers, including meals and transportation coordinators. “When you call up folks to say, ‘Can you help out,’ the first question is, ‘Where are you going to be open?”‘ Pattantyus said. “We’ve had dozens of conversations like that in recent weeks. Once we have the location, we have to make those calls again and get firm commitments from people.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It looks like the pieces are coming together,” he said. “It’s pushing it. I wouldn’t say it’s impossible. It’s definitely aggressive.” The announcement came less than a week after Antonovich scrubbed plans to locate the shelter from Dec. 1 to March 15 at the Pitchess Detention Center’s visitors parking lot – within a mile of an eight-lane freeway and away from the nearest housing tract. The proposal faced vocal opposition from Castaic residents worried that the facility would increase crime in nearby neighborhoods, despite assurances from sheriff’s officials that there were no direct links between the two at past shelter locations. The final decision came after an Oct. 19 meeting at which a Castaic Town Council majority voted to oppose the shelter opening at the jail or anywhere in the unincorporated community of 22,000 people northwest of Santa Clarita. The maintenance yard backs into a hill and is surrounded by the Centre Pointe Business Park, a maze of recently built industrial warehouses in the city’s core. last_img read more

Football Heads to No. 9 South Dakota State on Saturday

first_imgStory Links The Drake University football team opens the its road portion of its schedule with a trip to Brookings, S.D. to take on ninth-ranked South Dakota State.Saturday’s contest will be the 10th all-time meeting between Drake and SDSU and the first since 1983. The Bulldogs hold a 7-2 all-time series record.This is the fifth-straight season Drake has played a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Last season the Bulldogs lost at South Dakota and fell to Western Illinois in 2014, Northern Iowa in 2013 and Indiana State in 2012. Drake’s last win over a current member of the MVFC came on Aug. 30 2007 when it defeated Illinois State. That victory was also the program’s last win over a ranked opponent.The Bulldogs have a one-two punch in the backfield with senior running back Conley Wilkins and sophomore Drew Lauer. In his first collegiate game, Lauer rushed for 79 yards on nine carries. Wilkins found the end zone twice and rushed for 62 yards in the season opener against Quincy. Fifth-year senior Eric Saubert has continued where he left off from last season as one of the top tight ends in the nation. Last year, he caught 55 passes to lead the nation’s tight ends and ranked in the top-three among tight ends with 506 yards and nine touchdowns. Saubert led the team in their season opener with seven catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.South Dakota State are ranked ninth in this week’s poll and are coming off a 59-41 setback at No. 12 TCU. The Jackrabbits were led by Taryn Christion and Jake Wieneke. Christion threw for a career-high 333 yard on 19-of 30 passing, while Wieneke collected eight receptions for 196 yards. The Jacks were picked third in the MVFC Preseason Poll, finishing behind Northern Iowa and defending national champions North Dakota State.The Bulldogs return to Drake Stadium on Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. when they host McKendree.Print Friendly Version Game Notes Live Video center_img Live Audio Live Stats last_img read more