How Spurs could face Burnley with Winks in but Davies, Lamela & Lloris out

first_imgDele Alli slams ‘arrogant’ Spurs as Marcus Rashford ruins Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United return JOSE MOURINHO will fight the temptation to shake up his Tottenham line-up when selecting a side to face Burnley on Saturday.The midweek defeat to Manchester United exposed a number of weaknesses still present in this Spurs side despite the arrival of the new boss – from their attitude to flimsy midfield.2 How we see the home team lining up on SaturdayBut a number of key injuries may limit how far Mourinho goes to reinvigorate his XI.Ben Davies (ankle) won’t come in at left-back, most likely leaving Jan Vertonghen to fill in while Mourinho struggles to trust Danny Rose.Hugo Lloris (elbow) and Michel Vorm (calf) are also absent to give Paulo Gazzaniga a chance to recover from his error on Wednesday.And Lucas Moura should keep his place on the wing with Erik Lamela still unavailable due to a hamstring problem.One plus point for Mourinho is the fitness of Harry Winks, the midfielder set to shake off an ankle knock that ended his Wednesday night early.Partnering the England man alongside Moussa Sissoko could be unpopular after the Frenchman’s struggles at Old Trafford, opening the way for Tanguy Ndombele.Giovani Lo Celso and Eric Dier are also competing for a spot and the anchor man may earn a recall if Mourinho does fancy a change-up.2 A potential formation switch could allow Dier and Eriksen a chance to impresslatest in footballGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossIf the coach wants to get more out of the in-form Dele Alli, dropping the all-action midfielder into the engine room as part of a diamond could pay off with Christian Eriksen a candidate for the No10 role.Burnley head to North London off the back of two straight defeats but have reason for optimism given Spurs’ inconsistencies.The loss to Manchester United featured their eighth goal conceded in four games under Mourinho while they sit only two points clear of the Lancashire side.last_img read more

Ebola Crematorium Painful Reminder of Crisis for Liberians

first_imgBOYS TOWN–At the height of the Ebola epidemic, smoke from the cremation of bodies would darken the sky here by early morning. The incinerator rumbled like a mini-earthquake, shaking the ground and neighbors’ emotions.“Even the little ones, when they used to see the trucks pass with dead bodies on board, they would call our attention, saying: ‘The people are bringing bodies again; We can see their hands and heads hanging.’ Then we would lock our children indoors. It was very, very fearful,” says Doris Reeves, who runs a small shop across from the crematorium’s entrance.The frightening incinerator has been quiet for months now as Liberia has succeeded in stopping Ebola transmission nationwide. Yet for many, the horrors of the months when Ebola stalked the land are not forgotten and the building’s mere presence is a source of trauma.As Liberia marks the second anniversary Wednesday of its first confirmed Ebola cases, many neighbors say they want to see the crematorium torn down so they can try to forget that terrible time. Nearly 5,000 died in Liberia, more than half of them cremated here in Boys Town, 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the capital, Monrovia.“Community people want to break it down; but we have been talking to them to engage the government constructively,” community chairman Albert Reeves said. “But we cannot continue to control their emotions.”For now, no decision has been made on what to do with the building, which sits on an acre of sandy land. The site is currently empty, its single black gate shut with a padlock. Items of personal protective equipment — the masks and gloves responders used when handling bodies to try to avoid infection — are scattered about, dark reminders of the scenes that unfolded there.The crematorium had been built decades ago by Hindus from Liberia’s Indian community. But in August 2014 at the height of the Ebola epidemic here, the government banned traditional burials. That decision was made after it became clear that many of the cases stemmed from funerals where mourners had physical contact with the bodies of Ebola victims.The cremation mandate was highly unpopular, leading some to hide victims at home so that they could still hold traditional burials. Later authorities ruled that victims’ remains should be preserved when possible, requiring the crematorium’s 50-some workers to pack bones into barrels after the incinerator’s flames died down.The work was gruesome and extremely dangerous, bringing them into contact with highly contagious corpses day in and day out. Heavy rains would sometimes extinguish the fires, meaning the men would have to repack the bodies and start again, recalled William Tokpah, a cremation worker who is now unemployed.He and his former co-workers now accuse the government of abandoning them once the outbreak got under control and there were no more bodies to cremate.“I did that to help my country,” said Tokpah. “But since then, the government has not paid any attention to us.”Tolbert Nyenswah, the head of Liberia’s Ebola response, denied the government had turned its back on those who assisted with cremations. But he said there are limits to what the government can do beyond trying to provide psychological support.“We feel obligated to every Liberian. We went through a lot of tough time as a country,” Nyenswah said.Reeves, the chairman of a local development committee, has urged authorities to find a new use for the site.“This crematorium could be turned into a recreation center or a hospital or probably a memorial shrine to remove the mindset of our people,” Reeves said.Jiplah, one of the cremation workers, agreed, saying keeping the crematorium in its current condition forces him to relive too many painful memories.“As I speak to you,” he said, “there are bones in holes inside here still.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bartica Stelling rehabilitation moves into phase 2

first_imgThe rehabilitation of the Bartica Ferry Stelling has seen the completion of Phase One, and contractors mobilised their resources to enter the second phase just a couple of weeks ago.Bartica Mayor Gifford MarshallThis is according to the Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall, who told Guyana Times that this project will improve the aesthetics of the township since it has been witnessing a growing number of tourists on a daily basis.It is also the primary entrance into the town via vessels and should be constructed to facilitate a large inflow of ferries and travellers.“Works are progressing nicely on the transport and harbour stelling. Hopefully, we should have that facility by the end of 2019. The first phase is completed and just two weeks ago, the second phase would have started,” said the Mayor.He added, “On completion, it would be a major project for us in a sense that it is the main entry point for us when you come in by boat so it would definitely boost our tourism. It will also enhance the outlook of Bartica because we have a number of tourists that would visit,” he added.Last year, an announcement was made that works on the docking area was pegged at $601 million. Phase One would have entailed the removal of a section of the stelling structure and the construction of a waiting room.The agenda would have also mentioned a complete demolition of the southern section of the stelling, where it would be replaced with greenheart piles.This publication understands that offices and stalls will be constructed in the future to boost economic activities.“There will also be some mini stalls and also some other facilities to better provide a service to the people,” he stated.The second phase of the project primarily involves the extension of the northern side of the stelling to increase safety for vehicles traversing the structure through the construction of a draw bridge.Back in 2016, the Transport and Harbour Department (T&HD) of the Public Infrastructure Ministry had undertaken rehabilitative works on various stellings and wharves across the country. These works were estimated to be in excess of $311 million.During that time, there was a complete reconstruction of the northern high ramp, the replacement of defective beams and planks on the Bartica docking area. Repairs were also done to the timber roof valley and the supervisor’s office, as well as the northern fender system. Forty-six piles were driven during these rehab works.last_img read more

Man City have no time to brood on Wigan FA Cup shock

first_imgGuardiola’s team are also on course for the Champions League quarter-finals after thrashing Basel 4-0 away in the first leg of their last-16 tie last week.But, even with the league title apparently in the bag, back-to-back cup defeats would put a dampener on what has been an impressive season of dazzling football.Ten-man City went down 1-0 to League One Wigan in an ill-tempered FA Cup fifth round tie on Monday, courtesy of a late Will Grigg goal — a repeat of the scoreline in the 2013 FA Cup final.To make matters worse, Sergio Aguero became embroiled in an ugly post-match altercation with fans while visiting supporters were seen tearing up advertising hoardings and throwing them on to the pitch.“We’ve got to look at those (other three competitions) and look forward, but we’re disappointed,” said City defender John Stones.“We wanted to be in all four competitions right until the end. That’s been cut short now. We’ll take time to reflect on tonight and look forward to the final on the weekend.”Guardiola left Ederson, Kyle Walker, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling out of his starting line-up but otherwise named a strong side containing Aguero, David Silva and centre-backs Stones and Aymeric Laporte.– Delph challenge –Following a series of complaints over dangerous challenges on his players not being punished harshly enough, Guardiola saw his own player, Fabian Delph, shown a straight red card just before half-time.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss then exchanged heated words with Wigan manager Paul Cook as they went down the tunnel at half-time.But the Catalan admitted Delph and City only had themselves to blame for the defeat.“Is a red card, yeah,” said Guardiola.“For me it’s an unnecessary action and the referee decides what he decides, so I’m not here to judge, so can be a red card. We have to learn about that.“I just judge my team for the intentions, not the result and today the intentions were good. We tried 10 against 11.”City still dominated despite being a man light as Wigan enjoyed just 17 per cent possession and four shots compared to City’s 29.However, they had the shot that counted, when Grigg latched onto an error from Walker, who came on after Delph was sent off, before firing past Claudio Bravo 11 minutes from time.“We conceded one shot on target in 90 minutes and we lost, but football is like this,” added Guardiola.The City boss played down his spat with Cook.“Nothing happened in the tunnel, nothing happened with my colleague,” he said. “It was just please stay in your position, that’s all, and then finished.”Guardiola said he did not see the Aguero incident at the end of the game.“I was in the locker room, I didn’t see it,” he said. “It’s safer when the fans are not there, but sometimes it happens. The fans respect the players and the players the fans and go inside.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wigan Athletic striker Will Grigg pounced on a misjudgement by Kyle Walker and fired in the goal that knocked Manchester City out of the FA Cup © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Manchester City’s quest for a historic quadruple is over after a shock FA Cup defeat to Wigan but there is little time to lick their wounds with the League Cup final against Arsenal looming.Pep Guardiola’s City face Arsene Wenger’s Gunners in Sunday’s Wembley showpiece, trying to win the first trophy of the Guardiola era, with Premier League glory looking certain barring a unforeseen disaster.last_img read more

Cardiff sink relegation rivals Brighton to boost survival bid

first_img0Shares0000Cardiff’s Sean Morrison celebrates the decisive second goal at Brighton © AFP / Glyn KIRKBrighton, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – Cardiff kept alive their bid to secure Premier League survival with a crucial 2-0 win against fellow strugglers Brighton on Tuesday.Neil Warnock’s side would have been pushed to the brink of relegation with a defeat at the Amex Stadium. But goals either side of half-time from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison moved third-bottom Cardiff to within two points of fourth-bottom Brighton.Brighton have managed just two top-flight goals at home in 2019 and a fourth successive league loss keeps them in danger of being overhauled by Cardiff.The remaining hope for Brighton is they have five games to play compared to Cardiff’s four.Albion face Tottenham, Arsenal and champions Manchester City during a tough run-in.With Liverpool and Manchester United still to come this season, anything but a win would have been disastrous for Cardiff.“We had a few pundits say it would be our final game in the Premier League but we are alive and kicking,” Warnock said.“We deserved tonight. I can’t say anything better about the players. They have been great for me.“We came out of the traps and enjoyed it. We are far from finished yet.”Albion boss Chris Hughton added: “It’s still in our hands, but it is a difficult feeling because of the result. “My job is to lift spirits. This is a proper fight. We have to make sure we turn it round by staying together, digging deep and making ourselves hard to beat.”Solly March had rippled the side-netting inside two minutes for Brighton.Referee Andre Marriner waved away penalty appeals when Lewis Dunk was wrestled to the ground by Bruno Ecuele Manga following a Pascal Gross free-kick.But Warnock’s decision to recall Mendez-Laing was rewarded in the 22nd minute when he drove forward on the counter-attack, exchanged passes with Junior Hoilett and curled a superb strike into the top corner from 20 yards.After Brighton were booed off at half-time, Cardiff doubled their advantage five minutes after the restart.Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa delivered an inviting free-kick deep into the Albion area, where centre-back Morrison headed home for his first goal in almost a year.Brighton substitute Jose Izquierdo almost had an immediate impact when he laid the ball off for Glenn Murray to smash narrowly over the crossbar from 18 yards.Romania forward Florin Andone threatened to halve the deficit, only to be thwarted by a fine last-ditch block from the impressive Morrison.Murray then nodded March’s right-wing cross against the right post late on, leaving the Cardiff fans celebrating only their third away win of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Squandered opportunity

first_imgANOTHER legislative season has come to an end, and – once again – the state’s legislative leaders have failed to reform redistricting. And even though the Legislature will keep on running in a special session, Senate President Don Perata, D-Oakland, has made it clear that redistricting won’t be on the table. “I’m not going to take it up,” Perata told the San Francisco Chronicle. “There is urgency in water and health care. There is no urgency in redistricting.” Well, maybe for him there isn’t. For the rest of California, however, there is much urgency. We are tired of a do-nothing Legislature that’s unaccountable due to gerrymandered districts. Under the current law, the Legislature draws its own boundaries. Politicians choose “safe” districts for themselves, in which one party dominates the voter rolls. That way, the incumbent party can never lose, and politicians need only appeal to the extremists in their base – and not the majority of voters – to hold on to office. Still, you would think Perata might take redistricting more seriously, seeing that in February, voters will decide the fate of a ballot measure that would water down term limits, thus allowing him to hold on to his office. The argument against term limits, after all, is that voters – and not the law – should determine when a politician’s career comes to an end. But absent redistricting reform, term limits are the only way to get a lifer out of office in a timely manner. By scuttling redistricting, Sacramento sends the message that it cares only about its own – a message voters would do well to remember during February’s special election. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lyon demand £15m for striker after snubbing TWO Tottenham bids

first_imgLyon have knocked back a second bid from Tottenham for striking prodigy Clinton N’Jie.Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to bring the Cameroon international to White Hart Lane but the Ligue 1 side have rejected Spurs’ latest offer of £9m.It is claimed by L’Equipe that the French outfit are willing to cash in on the 21-year-old forward but only at the right price – with manager Hubert Fournier setting a valuation of £15m.Spurs are searching for striking reinforcements before the conclusion of the transfer window although they face competition from north London rivals Arsenal to sign N’Jie.The Lyon attacker is contracted to the Stade de Gerland club until 2019 and it is thought Spurs are poised to come in with a third and final offer before the weekend. 1 Clinton N’jie last_img read more

Datebook 4/10

first_img 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! TODAY Spring Break program for children 10-14, 12:30-5 p.m., Maple Park and Palmer Park, 820 E. Maple and 610 E. Palmer Aves., Glendale. call (818) 548-3785. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail read more

Senate debates migrant reform

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAnything less would mean “a wink and a nod one more time to those who would come here” unlawfully, said the Georgia Republican. The bill’s supporters said he had it backward. “We have to have a comprehensive approach if we’re going to gain control of the borders,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., echoing Bush’s remarks of the night before. Hours later, Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., made an unsuccessful effort to exclude foreigners and recent illegal immigrants from a new guest worker program that could provide jobs for millions over the next decade. “This bill is going to allow illegal workers to come in stamped as legal,” he said, but the vote was 69-28 to scuttle his amendment. Compromise averted a third showdown, when the bill’s critics and supporters agreed to deny illegal immigrants any chance at citizenship if they had been convicted of three misdemeanors or a felony. The maneuvering took place at the beginning of what Senate leaders predicted would be a lengthy debate over the most significant changes in immigration law in two decades, an election-year issue that has laid bare deep divisions inside both parties and sparked street demonstrations across the country. The Senate bill provides additional funds for border security, the guest worker program, an eventual opportunity at citizenship for most of the 12 million illegal immigrants in the country and a tougher program of enforcement to prevent the hiring of illegal workers. The Senate accepted two changes during the day, one by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., to limit the guest worker program to 200,000 individuals a year, the other by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to authorize the hiring of 1,000 additional Border Patrol agents as well as the purchase of new helicopters and boats. Senate passage appears likely by Memorial Day. Republicans and Democrats alike heralded Bush’s Monday night Oval Office prime time speech as a turning point, at least as far as the Senate was concerned. The president announced plans to deploy as many as 6,000 National Guard troops in states along the Mexican border, and made his first unambiguous endorsement of a plan to allow millions of immigrants an eventual chance at citizenship as part of a comprehensive approach to the issue. Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., Cuban-born and a supporter of the bill, said Bush had “solidified some votes” among Republicans. He predicted that the legislation’s supporters had the strength needed to defeat all killer amendments. “The president gets it,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., although he and other Democrats were quick to raise doubts about the commitment of numerous congressional Republicans to the approach Bush outlined. There was ample room for doubt, as Democrats fretted that any Senate-passed bill would be changed beyond all recognition in later negotiations with House Republicans who favor a border security-only approach. “Thinly veiled attempts to promote amnesty cannot be tolerated,’ said Rep. Tom Price of Georgia, voicing the sentiment that prevails among many House Republicans. “While America is a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws, and rewarding those who break our laws not only dishonors the hard work of those who came here legally but does nothing to fix our current situation.” But for now, the focus was on the Senate, where Republican and Democratic critics took to attacking the bill without success. Isakson went first, brushing aside claims that in seeking to assure the border was under control, he was asking for the impossible. “Listen, this country put a man on the moon in nine years. This country responded to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 within three weeks. This country can do anything it sets its mind to.” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, one of the most outspoken opponents of the bill, said Isakson’s proposal was designed to “put the horse in front of the cart, not the cart in front of the horse. Let’s do first things first.” Democrats led the counter-attack. The party’s leader, Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, called it a “killer amendment.” Salazar added, “In the past, for the last 20 years when we’ve tried to approach immigration issue by only looking at one issue at a time, we have failed.” He said a “comprehensive approach was needed.” Isakson’s proposal drew the opposition of 36 Democrats, 18 Republicans and one independent. There were 33 Republicans and seven Democrats in favor. The entire senior GOP leadership was among the supporters, including Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee and Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, who heads the GOP campaign committee. “The president needs to talk to his own leaders here if he wants comprehensive immigration reform,” jabbed Reid. “We’ve got a lot of tough votes coming up.” Frist, a potential White House challenger courting conservatives for 2008, seemed undeterred. “… Border security first, foremost. We’ve got to do it as part of a comprehensive plan,” he told reporters. At the same time, he signaled acceptance of a portion of the bill that displeases conservatives, the part that allows some illegal immigrants to gain citizenship without leaving the country. Eager to ward off any political danger, opponents of Isakson’s proposal countered with a proposal that said none of the law’s changes could take effect unless the president declared they were in the country’s national interest. It passed, 79-16. Dorgan’s attack on the guest worker program went down to a defeat led by Republicans. He said the guest worker program was the price supporters had paid to win the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Gridlock gave way to gains Tuesday for controversial immigration legislation, raising prospects of Senate passage by Memorial Day. Buoyed by President Bush, supporters of the bill showed their command in the Senate, brushing aside potentially crippling challenges to a measure that blends tougher border enforcement with a path to citizenship for millions in the United States illegally. “It was a good way to start,” said Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo. On a vote of 55-40 that crossed party lines, the Senate rejected an appeal from Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to require the border be secured before other immigration law changes could take place. last_img read more

What we learned Wednesday at Raiders HQ

first_imgALAMEDA — One of Jon Gruden’s favorite offseason hires lost his job last week, and the Raiders coach said Wednesday he fired head strength coach Tom Shaw because of a “personal matter.”That’s about all he divulged about the renowned strength coach Gruden hired away from Shaw Performance Center when he took the job as Raiders head coach in January.“Yeah, that’s a personal matter. I’ll just leave it at that,” Gruden said Wednesday. “Tom is a good friend and really good at what he does. It’s a …last_img read more