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Messi surrenders to Lampard’s new Chelsea gem

first_imgFrank Lampard He arrived on the Stamford Bridge bench last summer with the possibility of signing reinforcements banned due to the punishment imposed by UEFA. This is why the former player blue was forced to make use of the quarry and trust the new batch of Chelsea footballers. Specifically, in three of them: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount. And it is precisely the latter who has landed in a better way in the elite.The very young 21-year-old midfielder packed just six to trade Portsmouth for London and enter the quarry blue. He served in the lower categories until the summer of 2017, at which time he was transferred to the Dutch Vitesse. His stay in the tulip country would last only one season, since in 2018 he returned to British lands leaving again on loan to Derby County, militant in the Championship, the English second division. In the summer of 2019, Lampard believed that it would be useful for his new project. I was right. Mason Mount has not only earned a fixed position based on numbers (six goals and four assists), but, until the break, it has curdled an enormous season. Despite his youth, he has managed to sit Barkley on the bench and become a regular at the Stamford Bridge team. It is no coincidence that more than one has fallen in love with their high level, including Leo Messi, the Barcelona star.The Argentine star assured, in an interview collected by Football London and Daily Mail, that the one from Portsmouth “It has the potential to be one of the best.” This is also contemplated by Gareth Southgate, England’s national coach, whose idea was that Mount would be part of the 23 selected to play in the Euro Cup. However, due to the postponement of the tournament until next year due to the coronavirus, everything has been left in the air. But Chelsea’s young promise will continue to fight to not lower the level, continue to be decisive for Lampard and earn a place in the English team next year.last_img read more

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Atlético de Madrid has another rival for Milik: Schalke

first_imgThe last one, in Germany. Schalke 04. This was revealed in the last hours by the Italian press, that the Germans, even, would have made Naples an offer of 25 million, quantity above that offered by Milan. The figure, however, is still far below what De Laurentiis, president of Naples, asks for Milik. 40 million. A sharp amount, since the footballer ends his contract in 2021 and this is the last summer in which he can receive money for his sale.His club has tried to renew him, but so far they have not reached a common point, since the footballer asks for a salary of five million euros a year. His arrival at Atlético would be linked to a sale of a footballer: Thomas Lemar. The Frenchman, the most expensive signing in the Atletico history (70 million) until the arrival of João Félix (127), has neither succeeded nor convinced and it seems that it will be the letter from which Simeone will come off in the next market to ease the drowning staff salary and be able to make room for what you so long for. The goals. The fight for Milik is open. Atlético needs goals and directs its eyes to Naples. There Arkadius Milik plays, striker of 26, and one of the names that the rojiblanco club manages to reinforce his forward. The rojiblancos’ transfer policy is like this: the sports management manages and studies three names and finally it is Simeone who decides one. Lacazette, Timo Werner and Milik can make up that list. Although the rojiblancos for the Polish do not stop emerging competitors.last_img read more

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first_imgARSENAL (4-2-3-1)CECHBELLERIN, GABRIEL, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,FLAMINI, RAMSEY,CAMPBELL, OZIL,WALCOTT,GIROUDNEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1)MITROVIC,COLBACK , WIJNALDUM, PEREZ,ANITA, SISSOKO,DUMMETT, COLOCCINI, MBEMBE, JANMAAT,ELLIOTOn Monday night Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-0 to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League. And with Leicester drawing 0-0 a day later, Arsene Wenger’s men stay top, albeit on goal difference.The Gunners are unbeaten at the Emirates Stadium since the opening day of the season, when they lost to West Ham. Since then, Arsenal have won six and drawn two at home.Mesut Ozil made one goal and scored another against Bournemouth – his 16th assist of the season,The game also saw Gunners goalkeeper Petr Cech keep the 170th clean sheet of his Premier League career, a new record in the competition and achieved in just 352 games. Previous record holder David James kept 169 clean sheets in 572 games.Now Arsenal face a Newcastle United side with only five away goals this season, the fewest in the Premier League.When these teams met at St James’ Park earlier this season Newcastle had Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off after just 16 minutes and lost 1-0 thanks to a Fabricio Coloccini own goal.That was Arsenal’s eighth straight win against Newcastle in the Premier League and extended their unbeaten run against them to 10 games. The Magpies last beat Arsenal in November 2010, at the Emirates. Since then they have lost four in a row while conceding 16 goals.Arsenal test Per Mertesacker and Mathieu Flamini but are still without a host of key players including Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. Newcastle test Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse and Rob Elliot.last_img read more

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Court Delayed over Merit of US$1.2M Bond

first_imgSeveral spectators, who spent the past two days watching the debate over the merit of a US$1.2 million bond filed on behalf of suspended NPA officials Matilda Parker and Christina Kparbar Paelay at Criminal Court ‘C’, left the courtroom yesterday embittered about proceedings, which led to the postponement of the case.The bond was filed by the Family Dollar Universal Insurance, a company the prosecution claimed lacked the legal capacity to file said bond for the defendants.They also asked the court to deny it, re-arrest the defendants, and incarcerate them until the proper bond was served.Parker and Paelay were accused by government of stealing US$837,950, while serving in their respective posts at the corporation. They claimed to have secured a bond to prevent them from being incarcerated until their case could commence.Unfortunately, at yesterday’s proceedings, Judge Peter Gbeneweleh told the court that he could not continue with the bond hearing, “because of time constraints caused by the failure of the lawyers to appear on time.”The case was expected to resume by 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon. But surprisingly to people who gathered at the court for the hearing, when Judge Gbeneweleh called the matter for hearing, the defense team was nowhere around in the courtroom, which compelled the judge to postpone the case with another one.Interestingly, by the time he had concluded with the case, which he had earlier called first, he could not hear the bond matter because the court was pressed with time.Therefore the Judge publicly ruled that time had been far spent, and therefore, the matter was suspended to today at 2 p.m.His decision was also supported by the defense team and prosecutors, who had implored legal technicality that continue to delay hearing into the bond issue, which could not allow them to conclude with the examination of the insurance company’s first witness for the three consecutive days.However, Judge Gbeneweleh’s decision shocked friends and family, who filled much of the courtroom Wednesday afternoon.A female who wants to remain unanimous, was shocked while leaving the courtroom. She said the prosecution was joking with the case, and so, she was disappointed.“I just cannot believe it,” she said, “It is a joke what they are doing in this country when cases of corrupt natures are brought to court,” she opined.Another person, a male counterpart, who was regular at the trial was also heard as saying, “I cannot believe what we continue to see in this case, for a bond hearing to stay such a long time, they must be joking here with this case.”“It is just too bad that we are paying too much money to transport ourselves for the hearing and we are not able to get any result,” he noted, “What is happening and why are we delaying with this simple bond hearing?”Defendant Parker along with Paelay were accused of designing a criminal scheme whereby they awarded two sole-source contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) to co-defendant Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise on behalf of the NPA from 2011 to 2012.The alleged contracts were for co-defendant Flomo to remove wreckage from the port of Greenville, Sinoe County, and the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and Greenville at the agreed priced of US$500,000 and US$300,000 respectively.The accused further made fraudulent payment of funds from the NPA’s accounts to defendant Flomo for expertise, which amounted to US$837,950.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Over 800 Get Free Eye Glasses from ELCL, HCI

first_imgMadam Kurtz administers a test at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Mission in PaynesvilleBy Edwin M. Fayia IIIMore than 800 Liberians over the weekend were grateful recipients of free new reading glasses from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia (ELCL) and Hope and Child Care International, a United States non-profit organization in Paynesville.In an interview with the Daily Observer Saturday, Pastor Patrick Fayia Nanning of ELCL and Madam Linda Kurtz of HCI said the initiative was intended to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to fellow believers and others.Pastor Nanning disclosed that the USA team conducted a three-day extensive training for their Liberian counterparts.He also noted that following the announcement of the free eye testing and distribution of reading glasses, two persons came all the way from Lofa and Nimba counties to benefit.Pastor Nanning explained that owing to the introduction of computer technology in Liberia, many Liberians’ eyes are being affected by the bright light from computer screens.Asked if a survey was conducted to determine if Liberians need reading glasses, Pastor Nanning said personal interactions and daily discussions with Liberians made the need for the glasses apparent.“We initially requested for 150 reading glasses, but by the grace of God, we now have in stock 2,200 reading glasses and hope to do the eye testing and issuing of glasses to affected persons,” Pastor Nanning added.He underscored the need for Liberians and others that have eye problems to take advantage of the free testing and eye glasses at the ELCL Clinic in Paynesville.He disclosed that there are plans to take the service to some rural parts of the country. But Pastor Nanning was quick to note that rural initiatives are normally associated with funding and logistical challenges.Besides, Pastor Nanning disclosed that the ELCL is running a well-organized orphanage in Liberia and the mission has embarked on the construction of an orphanage which will include an elementary school.He added that plans are being worked out for the second phase of the free testing and issuing of reading glasses to affected Liberians and others in the country.For her part, Madam Kurtz pointed out that the free testing and reading glasses will provide better vision for the beneficiaries.On why Liberia was chosen for the eye program, Madam Kurtz said her love for the people directed her to come and assist them.In a related development, Madam Kurtz noted that at the moment, HCI is hosting 30 orphans, including two that were recently rescued from Foya District in Lofa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sessions to educate landlords, tenants in northern B.C.

first_imgTopics that are going to be covered include how the law applies to landlords and tenants, rental agreements and leases, repairs and maintenance, rent increases, as well as eviction and ending a tenancy.“From April 20 through May 14, the Residential Tenancy Branch will offer educational sessions in northern B.C. that will focus on the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants,” writes the Ministry of Natural Gas Development and Responsible for Housing.The session will run in Fort St. John on Monday April 27, 2015 inside the North Peace Leisure Pool’s meeting room – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can also catch a session the following day at the Pomeroy Sport Centre – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.- Advertisement -They’ll also be hosting a session in Dawson Creek on Tuesday April 28, 2015 at the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Finally those in Chetwynd can catch a session at the local library on Wednesday April 29, 2015 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.Email with ‘northern BC workshop’ in the subject line to register. You can also call or text 604 880 1816.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ethics training ordered

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – The U.S. military ordered coalition troops in Iraq on Thursday to undergo special training in ethics and “the values that separate us from our enemies” in the wake of allegations that Marines killed two dozen unarmed civilians in Haditha. “This is a phenomenon that has become common among many of the multinational forces,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malikial-Maliki. “No respect for citizens, smashing civilian cars and killing on a suspicion or a hunch. It’s unacceptable.” Al-Maliki’s remarks appeared to lend credibility to complaints by Iraqis of what they see as U.S. troops’ cultural insensitivity and disregard for Iraqi lives. To many Iraqis, the soldiers are occupiers seeking to control the country’s oil wealth. The Americans, on the other hand, are under intense pressure, isolated from Iraqis by cultural and language barriers and battling insurgents who easily blend into the civilian population. Some of the troops are in Iraq on their third combat tour since the U.S. invasion three years ago. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The training, including slides, will cover all coalition soldiers in Iraq and last 30 days. Of the 150,000-strong multinational contingent in Iraq, 130,000 are Americans. “As military professionals, it is important that we take time to reflect on the values that separate us from our enemies,” Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the No. 2 U.S. general in Iraq, said in a statement. “The challenge for us is to make sure the actions of a few do not tarnish the good work of the many.” Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, spokesman for the Multinational Force-Iraq, told a Baghdad news briefing that the training was designed to reinforce what troops learned before coming to Iraq. It will focus on “values and looking at the legal, moral and ethical standards that every one of us in uniform here, as guests of the Iraqi government, need to adhere to,” he said. 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

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‘Chelsea will lose Hazard and Willian unless they prove they can win titles’

first_img“By the end of your career you want to win as many trophies as you can and you do whatever it takes to get there.“Of course you love the club you’re at, but you also have to understand that as a professional football player you are judged by the number of trophies you have in your cabinet.“When you’re at a top team and you can deliver that, you don’t have to consider other teams, but when the likes of Madrid and Barcelona come they guarantee you play at that level, so it’s almost impossible not to consider it, especially when you are going through a difficult time with the team you’re at now.”Listen back to Mario Melchiot on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! 2 Meanwhile, Barcelona are said to have tabled three bids for Brazilian ace Willian, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois looks likely to Real Madrid too.Asked if Chelsea can somehow convince their in-demand trio to stay this summer, Melchiot told talkSPORT: “That’s the problem – those guys want to play in the Champions League.“They want to play in a team that has enough quality to complete to win the Champions League and Premier League titles.“Clubs like Madrid or Barcelona, they don’t have that problem.“And as a player, if you’re at a club like Chelsea and you’re playing at the top of the league, you don’t have to worry about it either.“But when you’re not, that’s when you have to consider it [joining another club]. Hazard has won the Premier League title and FA Cup in his last two seasons at Chelsea – but is it enough to convince him to stay? Hazard has made over 200 appearances for Chelsea since 2012 – but could he leave this summer? 2 Chelsea have been warned they MUST show they can compete for top honours this season to keep the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian at Stamford Bridge.The Blues could lose both players to Spain this summer, with Hazard linked with replacing Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid and Willian wanted by Barcelona.And former defender Mario Melchiot admits he understands why their star players’ heads have been turned after a tumultuous campaign.With less than three weeks until the start of the season, Chelsea’s preparations have been rather chaotic.Antonio Conte was replaced by new boss Maurizio Sarri weeks into their pre-season preparations, while there is uncertainly hanging over a number of their key players.Hazard hinted following the World Cup that he could leave the Blues, admitting it was “time to discover something different” after six years with the club.With the Blues only able to offer Europa League football this term, the Belgian – in his prime at 27 – is perhaps thinking he can’t afford to spend a season outside of Europe’s top competition.last_img read more

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first_imgA flight from Dublin to Donegal had to be turned back this morning when the plane was unable to land at Carrickfin Airport.The BE6792 from Dublin was unable to land due to low cloud at the airport.It has since been diverted back to Dublin. The plane was due to land at 10.20am but was forced to circle the airport for more than half an hour trying to land.The landing was eventually abandoned and the flight sent back to Dublin.Alternative arrangements are being made for passengers.  PLANE FORCED TO ABANDON LANDING AT DONEGAL AIRPORT was last modified: June 27th, 2013 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:Carrickfin Airportlandinglast_img read more

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first_imgUP to 30 local haulage drivers could lose their jobs after the company they work for moved to the North.Bradley transport, based in Buncrana, has pulled the plug on its operations here because of rising taxes.Peter Bradley from the family-owned business in Buncrana told Jobs Minister Richard Bruton that they’d been left with no choice because of the massive costs and taxes on the haulage industry on this side of the Border. “The move is saving €150,000 alone in road taxes,” said Mr Bradley.“I have 40 drivers. Thirty of them are from here in Donegal and ten are from Derry.“But I’m now being told the staff from Donegal cannot continue to work for us in the North.”Mr Bruton expressed shock at the claim which was made during his visit to Letterkenny. He told Mr Bradley – whose sister Michelle is an outgoing Buncrana town councillor –  that freedom of movement of workers under European rules would prevent the UK authorities from making that ruling.Bur Mr Bradley said that’s what he had been told, casting a doubt over the future of his 30 Donegal-based employees.The shock news emerged at the minister took questions from local business people at a conference at the Station House Hotel yesterday.A number of new jobs initiatives were shared with the crowd, including a large range of tax breaks for companies, some of which have never been claimed by businesses here.There were a number of complaints about high rates, high taxes and the re-introduction of the higher rate of PRSI in January. Vincent McNamee, owner of the Wonder Years creche at Rossbracken in Letterkenny, said this had put a huge strain on his business, costing tens of thousands of euro.FEARS FOR 30 DONEGAL JOBS AS LOCAL TRANSPORT COMPANY MOVES TO THE NORTH was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Bradley Transportbuncranalast_img read more