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Ivanovic heads Chelsea into League Cup final

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first_imgChelsea reached the League Cup final after Branislav Ivanovic’s towering extra-time header secured a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a rip-roaring semi-final second leg at an electric Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.The Serbian defender powered a header past Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet four minutes into the extra period to secure a 2-1 aggregate win for the four-times winners days after their humiliating FA Cup exit to third-tier Bradford City.Both sides had good chances in normal time and were grateful to their keepers — Thibaut Courtois and Mignolet — for keeping the scores level in a blood-and-thunder encounter with plenty of controversy.Chelsea striker Diego Costa was typically in the thick of the action and twice appeared to stamp on Liverpool players, but should also have been awarded a penalty when he was felled by Slovak defender Martin Skrtel in the first half.Chelsea will face Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United, who play the second leg of their last-four clash on Wednesday with the London side leading 1-0, in the final at Wembley on March 1.“This is a new Liverpool team (from earlier in the season) and a very difficult opponent. So I’m even happier because we beat a very good team over two legs,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports.This was a very different Chelsea side to the one that was beaten 4-2 by Bradford in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with manager Jose Mourinho making nine changes.FULL THROTTLEThe first half was played at full throttle with both teams looking to seize the early initiative, but the visitors had the better chances with Chelsea keeper Courtois producing excellent saves to deny Alberto Moreno and Philippe Coutinho.While Chelsea struggled to create opportunities, they did have loud appeals for a penalty waved away when Costa, who was lucky to be on the pitch after stamping on Emre Can’s ankle earlier in the match, was felled by a clumsy tackle from Skrtel.Tempers began to flare after the break with Brazilian-born Spain striker Costa involved in another stamping incident, but as the match wore Chelsea began to craft the better openings.Eden Hazard beat four men and drove a shot just wide, and Mignolet superbly denied Costa twice with his feet, first from a deflected shot and then when the striker was through on goal.Ivanovic ensured Chelsea would not have to rely on the away goals rule, which would only have come into play after extra time, to progress while Liverpool’s best chance in extra time fell to Jordan Henderson, who headed wide.For Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, the difference between the teams was Chelsea keeper Courtois.“We were better in every aspect of our game but we just couldn’t get the big goals. Sometimes you have a barrier in your way and tonight and last week it was Courtois,” he said.last_img read more

Djokovic into Miami quarters with win over Thiem

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first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 in the fourth round of the Miami Open in Florida on Tuesday.Djokovic needed four match points before finally prevailing against the 22-year-old, whose thunderous forehands frequently had the Serb on the back foot.Thiem could not capitalise on his chances, however, and in the end Djokovic’s consistency proved the difference and he advanced after one hour and 50 minutes.“I stayed tough when it was most needed,” Djokovic told the ATP Tour website. “In the important moments I just tried to make him play, make him run.“He has very powerful strokes from the back of the court, so he either makes some really amazing shots, down the line mostly, and some great inside out forehands, or he makes a mistake.“It was a straight-set win, but far from easy.”Up next for Djokovic, who had nine double faults, his most in a three-set match since 2010, is a quarter-final against Tomas Berdych after the Czech beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4 3-6 7-5 in a contest that stretched nearly two hours and 30 minutes in blistering heat.Japan’s Kei Nishikori beat Roberto Bautista 6-2 6-4 to set up a meeting with France’s Gael Monfils, who got past Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(5) 6-3 6-3.Bulgarian Dimitrov had knocked out world number two Andy Murray in the previous round.Another quarter-final pits Canadian 12th seed Milos Raonic against Australian 24th seed Nick Kyrgios.Raonic, who lost the Indian Wells final to Djokovic nine days ago, demolished Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia 6-0 6-3 in less than an hour, while Kyrgios edged Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6(3) 6-3.Results from the Miami Men’s Singles Round 4 matches on Tuesday 6-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat 17-Roberto Bautista (Spain) 6-2 6-424-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) beat Andrey Kuznetsov (Russia) 7-6(3) 6-318-Gilles Simon (France) beat Lucas Pouille (France) 6-0 6-17-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat 10-Richard Gasquet (France) 6-4 3-6 7-515-David Goffin (Belgium) beat Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) 7-5 6-316-Gael Monfils (France) beat 26-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 6-7(5) 6-3 6-31-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat 14-Dominic Thiem (Austria) 6-3 6-412-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat Damir Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 6-0 6-3last_img read more

Names…

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first_img…and colourWhat’s in a name? The Bard opined that names didn’t matter, and that “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.And as for less pleasant words, there’s the old nursery rhyme “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names/words will never hurt me”, which may’ve been created in the schoolyards as a retort to schoolyard taunts, wherein “Girlie”, “Fatso” and “Retard” were only some of the milder imprecations hurled.And while the murmurings of sweet nothings by lovers might just be a pleasant diversion in the long run, those poor bullied kids weren’t in a position to realise what damage those hurtful words would inflict to their psyches as they become adults. So it would appear that when it comes to “naming” people, context plays a big role.And we come to the plea by one Nigel Hinds for some of our citizens not to call themselves (or be called) “Black”. They should instead use, “African Guyanese”. The point of the matter, from our above introduction, is: what’s the context in which Hinds is speaking? Wasn’t so long ago that one of the most educated members of that group of Guyanese, ER Cameron, wrote his two-part magnum opus, “The Evolution of the Negro” in then British Guiana.Lest one should think our Cameron was parochial, the late great Eric Williams, — PhD out of Oxford, who’d challenged his dons with his Marxist-influenced “Capitalism and Slavery” — did also publish “The Negro in the Caribbean”. Then there was Marcus Garvey’s worldwide “Universal Negro Improvement Association” (UNIA).But what was the context? Both were written before WWII ended. Up until that time, “Negro” was the preferred name of the descendants of the people who’d been brought as slaves to the Caribbean.In fact, up until that time, the greatest insult (words/names) that could be hurled at someone from that group in Guyana was “Black man”. In Guyana, we also had, in the 1920s, a vociferous organisation fighting for “the Negro”: The Negro Progress Convention. (NCP). Over in the US, however, the group fighting for their dignity was the NAACP – “National Association for the Advancement of Coloured Peoples”, founded in 1909.Later “coloured” became the insulting term, and “negro” supplanted it there. Our “League of Coloured People” was a British imitation.In 1968, Martin Luther King used “Negro” in his famous “I have a dream” speech. But by then “Black” was the term radical US “Coloured peoples” used, calling for “Black Power” in reacting to White domination. They also rejected the slave-association of “Negro”.Which is why Hinds’s quote from Rodney against the term “Black” is misplaced.Rodney helped introduce Black Power – and “Black” – to the Caribbean.…and hyphensBut in all fairness to Hinds, the term “Black” never really took off in Guyana. Your Eyewitness thinks it’s to do with the residual pejorative use of “Black man” in Guyana. It’s used mostly by folks with a US background, like David Hinds. (relation?) But even over there, things have changed…and brings us to Nigel Hinds’s “solution” to the problematic of nomenclature: that we should use “African Guyanese as the preferred term.Is he also reacting to what’s now the dominant US usage? Back in 1988, Jesse Jackson proposed changing “Black” — which referred to a phenotypical marker of the discredited notion of “race” — to “African American”. While this term used two geographical markers, it actually referred to the “cultures” of two lands. He was moving from “race” to “ethnicity”.But Hinds should know that, in the US, there’s a move away from “African American”. It ranges from Whoopi Goldberg insisting she’s “American” to Slate moving back to “Black”.From their lived experience, they don’t know what’s it to be “African”? Guyana?…and CricketCan we really call our present team a “West Indian” team, when so many of our best players can’t represent us because of the venality of the WICB?Bun dem!last_img read more

Studio 105 hosts second annual Cuts for Cans at

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Scissors were flying at Studio 105 on Saturday. The Studio hosted the 2nd Annual Cuts for Cans event with all proceeds going to the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society.In exchange for a non-perishable food donation, people received complimentary haircuts courtesy of seven stylists from Studio 105. The event ran from 10am-3pm on a first come, first serve basis. In 2017, the event resulted in seventy-eight haircuts in six hours, but by the three-hour mark, that number was already surpassed. – Advertisement -Phallon Stoutenburg, Outreach and Housing Co-ordinator of the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society was ecstatic about the fundraiser. “Thanks to the wonderful overwhelming support from the community between August to Christmas, the pantry at the outreach store is still doing ok. But we are still averaging 500 clients per month so all support is welcome.”The final count of the number of non-perishables donated will not be known until the end of the week, but it is clear that this year’s event surpassed the goals and expectations based on last years fundraiser. Advertisementlast_img read more

Senate OKs border funds

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first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly adopted a $50 million annual grant program Monday to help law enforcement agencies fight crime along U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada. The amendment by U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., passed 84-6, as part of a controversial immigration measure that Congress is debating. Bingaman said the funding – while a far cry from what police agencies along the borders need – is a start. “Law enforcement agencies very much need assistance in combating criminal border activity,” Bingaman said, noting that border agencies increasingly address activities specific to illegal immigration such as kidnapping and drug smuggling. “A variety of criminal activity occurs by virtue of the federal government’s inability to secure our national borders.” While the measure is aimed at small, rural agencies less than 100 miles from the border, it also would allow funding for law enforcement agencies certified by the Department of Homeland Security to be in a “high impact area” – which presumably would include Los Angeles. The money could be used to purchase equipment, hire personnel, upgrade technology and pay police overtime costs. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steven Whitmore said what L.A. really needs is more money to defray costs of incarcerating criminal illegal immigrants. “We’re talking $80 million to $90 million in un-reimbursed funding. That’s where L.A. County really needs the most help,” Whitmore said. He noted that the agency does not track the manpower or other costs associated with investigating or arresting suspected criminals who might later turn out to be illegal immigrants. Bingaman’s amendment also would allow agencies to use the money for “such other resources as are available to assist the agency.” A spokeswoman could not answer Monday whether that includes jail reimbursements. California expects to spend more than $600 million jailing illegal immigrants this year. Meanwhile, advocates of the federal reimbursement program annually fend off attempts from the Bush administration to gut it. Last year Congress allocated $405 million nationwide. California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein both voted for the grant program. “Our border communities need help. That’s why I support efforts to ensure that they receive federal funding to fight criminal activity along the border,” Feinstein said, vowing to also push for more jail reimbursement money. Also Monday, the Senate passed an amendment by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., codifying the oath of allegiance that would-be citizens take, and creating a national award recognizing the contributions of outstanding immigrant citizens. The Senate expects to vote Thursday on the overall bill, which would give America’s 11 million illegal immigrants a path to a green card and, ultimately, citizenship. If it passes – which is by no means assured – lawmakers then will have to sit down and negotiate a compromise with the House, which last year passed a tough enforcement bill that makes being undocumented in the U.S. a felony crime. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

REVEALED: Jose Mourinho wanted Paul Pogba at Chelsea

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first_img Paul Pogba in action for Manchester United Paul Pogba’s agent has revealed Jose Mourinho wanted to sign the midfielder during his time at Chelsea.The Frenchman linked up with Mourinho at Old Trafford this summer after Manchester United paid a world record fee of £89.3m to prise him away from Juventus.However Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has now revealed that things could have been different given the interest in his client.The Italian has confirmed that Real Madrid wanted to sign the 23-year-old this summer – but also that Chelsea were after the France international 12 months ago when Mourinho was in charge.“During the Euros, we never spoke about deals,” Raiola told Telefoot.“He was disappointed to lose the final of the Euros, he told us what he wanted afterwards, I made him aware of what was going on in Miami.“Mourinho already wanted him last summer but it was not the right moment. Zidane also wanted him, I think, like five or six other clubs.” 1last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Ibrahimovic and Mings charged by FA over elbow and stamp

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first_img1 Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings have both been charged with ‘alleged violent conduct’ following their clashes at Old Trafford.An incident-filled clash finished 1-1 on Saturday afternoon, with the Cherries seeing a man sent off and Ibrahimovic missing a potential match-winning penalty.But the game will be remembered the nasty clashes which littered the 90 minutes, with Ibrahimovic and Mings at the centre of controversy.Cherries man Mings appeared to stamp the United striker’s head just before half-time, moments before Ibrahimovic’s literally hit back with an elbow to the defender’s face.Neither of the incidents were seen by referee Kevin Friend, and both players went unpunished at the time.But retrospective action was expected, despite both men insisting there was no malicious intent.Ibrahimovic faces the possibility of a three-match ban, which would see him miss United’s FA Cup trip to Chelsea and Premier League games with Middlesbrough and West Brom.Mings, meanwhile, could face a tougher sanction, with the FA submitting a claim that a similar punishment for Mings is “clearly insufficient”.Both players protested their innocence following the game, with Mings saying he would “never” purposely stamp on anyone and Ibrahimovic claiming that Mings “jumped into my elbow”.Yet that was not the view of a panel of three former elite referees, who reviewed the video footage and unanimously determined that both incidents were considered sending-off offences.An FA statement read: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings have both been charged with alleged violent conduct following the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth game on Saturday (4 March 2017).“The players were involved in two separate incidents in or around the 44th minute which were not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video.“Furthermore, The FA has submitted a claim that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed by the Bournemouth defender is ‘clearly insufficient’.“Both players have until 6pm on Tuesday 7 March 2017 to reply to their charge.” ‘He jumped into my elbow’ – Ibrahimovic protested his innocence following Saturday’s draw last_img read more

MIssy Robertson speaking in Louisville Nov. 15-16

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first_imgThe Women of Faith event will be taking place November 15-16, 2013 at Southeast Christian Church.After ten years, Women of Faith “Believe God Can Do Anything” tour is returning to Louisville bringing the life-changing, live Christian eve…nt for today’s women.Award-winning musical artists MercyMe and Gateway Worship join authors and Bible teachers Liz Curtis Higgs, Charlotte Gambill, Lisa Harper, and Sheila Walsh to create an unforgettable, day-and-a-half experience for women from all walks of life.Missy Robertson, member of the famed Duck Dynasty family, will join Women of Faith for a weekend celebrating the organization’s return to Louisville after 10 years.Robertson will share a heart-to-heart talk with attendees about faith, family and ducks.Doors open Friday at 6 p.m., with the event from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Doors open Saturday at 7:30 a.m., with the event from 8:30 a.m. to 12p.m.See Morelast_img read more

Job Vacancy: Packaging company seek machine operators and shift supervisors

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first_imgA Donegal packaging company, RA Pacaistí – are seeking to recruit Shift Supervisors and Machine Operators to join their professional, dynamic and hardworking team.RA Pacaistí, based in the Gweedore Business Park, in Derrybeg, is the market leader in Food To Go packaging.Management at RA Pacaistí have a number of exciting positions now vacant within the business. The vacant jobs available are:> Machine Operators> Shift  SupervisorsJob Requirements:> Successful candidates must be trustworthy, diligent, reliable and experienced.> Be flexible with hours, and possess the ability to work as part of a team.> Experienced in multi-shift operation and production.Applicants must have previous experience in a similar role.If you’re interested in the position then please contact Kathleen.Kelly@rapire.com Job Vacancy: Packaging company seek machine operators and shift supervisors was last modified: April 10th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Job Vacancymachine operatorRA Pacaistíshift supervisorlast_img read more

Local Teacher Arrested Amid Allegations of Sex with Student

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first_imgCherokee County High school teacher Kayla Alayne Sprinkles, 26, was indicted on five counts of sexual activity with a 16 year old student after an investigation that began in late March, according to a news release from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.She taught social studies and coached softball and cross country at Andrews High School in the 2016-17 school year. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said that Sprinkles surrendered authorities at the Mecklenburg County Detention Center, where she was served with the indictments and released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. Sprinkles is expected to appear in Cherokee County Superior Court on July 2, 2018.last_img read more