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first_imgLONDON (AP): Dele Alli underlined his growing reputation by single-handedly ending Chelsea’s 13-match winning run yesterday, scoring two headed goals to give Tottenham a 2-0 victory over the Premier League leaders. The defence has been the bedrock of Chelsea’s three-month hot streak, but Alli was gifted space to score carbon-copy goals in each half at White Hart Lane after meeting crosses from Christian Eriksen. By taking his tally to seven goals in four games, the 20-year-old Alli inflicted Chelsea’s first loss since their last trip to north London at Arsenal in September and prevented the Blues from earning a league-record 14th successive win in a single season. “This league is very tough,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. “Now it’s important to restart. After 13 wins in a row, it’s difficult to accept defeat.” Chelsea still lead Liverpool by five points, but Tottenham are now only seven points behind in third, after a fifth successive victory. “It’s a big statement for us, but we are happy to stay under the radar,” said Alli, whose team’s hopes of a first title since 1961 were ended by Chelsea last season. Conte established the winning run that sent Chelsea to the summit after switching to a three-man defence to stem the tide of goals in a 3-0 first-half collapse at Arsenal. But the defence is now leaking goals, conceding four in the last two matches after only letting in two in the previous 12 fixtures. Tottenham matched Chelsea’s formation and restricted Conte’s side to few chances, while proving more cohesive and solid at the back to frustrate the visitors’ forward line. “I didn’t get on the ball as much as I would have liked to,” Alli said. The midfielder didn’t need to. Alli was described on the eve of the game by manager Mauricio Pochettino as the “most important player to emerge in English football in recent years”. Signed from third-tier club MK Dons two years ago for £5 million, Alli lived up to his manager’s exalted praise with his mastery of the attacking spaces. While Chelsea were looking more likely to score on the counterattack in the first half, Tottenham used a break to devastating effect on the stroke of half-time with Alli making the breakthrough. Kyle Walker teed up Eriksen and as the cross was floated into the penalty area, Alli was left unmarked between Victor Moses and Cesar Azpilicueta to coolly nod past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. It was an assertive start to the second half by Chelsea, but Tottenham preserved their lead. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris blocked a low shot from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard’s low header was off target and Moses’ penalty appeals were dismissed when he was clipped by Mousa Dembele. Spurs then punished Chelsea’s porous defending again in the 54th minute with a replica of the opener.last_img read more

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first_imgFor progress in basketball in the 2014 season, and thereafter the Liberia Basketball Association must ensure consistency in its disciplinary measures against offenders.That was said by the president of female champions, K-Delta Basketball team, Bonar Kekula.In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday in Monrovia, Kekula said previous situations in which players and officials who were being disciplined received unnecessary pardons, which demonstrated bad precedents.“You cannot pardon a player or an official who deliberately violates disciplinary rules and does not show any remorse for the action,” President Kekula said.He said to maintain respect for the sport; LBA will have to make its rules and regulations effective without favor.“It will make it possible for other players and officials to respect the game they play and it will be better for the LBA,” President Kekula noted.On his team’s development, he revealed that K-Delta will continue with its educational support, along with insurance benefit to its players.“I want to use this public medium to express appreciation to our lone sponsor, the Atlantic Life General Insurance Company for its invaluable contribution towards our success,” he said.He also commended Mr. Jonathan Mayson, a family member of Pythons and a long time support of basketball, for his contribution to the team.“Mr. Mayson has been a wonderful provider to our team and we want to thank him sincerely from the bottom of our heart,” Kekula said.He, meanwhile, appealed to the Liberia Basketball Association to engage the business community, and follow the example of the Liberia Football Association and secure sponsorship for the LBA.“The sponsorship can be in kind, like jerseys and boots,” Kekula suggested.He said 2014 is a building process for K-Delta, and appealed to all players, including the technical staff to remain focus, in developing a basketball family.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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first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Monday attended the launch of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) app and placed on record her support to the Education Ministry and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Guyana team who have used technology to create a new and innovative way to further strengthen and enhance the learning process. The launch was held at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD), Battery Road, Kingston.Colin Sawh giving and overview of the App and a demonstration of its user friendly interface for students and teachersThe First Lady said the Education Ministry has now opened doors for children to access education, through STEM and urged parents and guardians to take full advantage of what the Ministry has to offer.“Our children in Guyana have proven that they have the capacity to learn something new, and it doesn’t matter what school you go to or which part of the country you live in… The Ministry is opening up these apps to you which will help you in your Grade Six exams and hopefully, inspire you to get into robotics and Mathematics…,” Granger said.The Education Ministry and the STEM Guyana team have collaborated to make education exciting for NGSA students. She noted that over time, technology has evolved and likewise, learning must evolve as well.The First Lady also noted that the app is a great tool that can bring children together, as it allows for the sharing of educational information. Granger added that the app has now provided students in the hinterland with the equal opportunity to learn, grow and to develop in STEM, like children on the coast and elsewhere.“I am excited because I think [this] app is going to [give] that little boost that children need to be inspired and any child can do it, once they have a phone and once they have teachers who are interested,” First Lady said.Meanwhile, Education Minister Nicolette Henry said the app was designed with every Grade Six student in mind and they should take full advantage to improve in their academic performances.Co-founder of STEM Guyana, Karen Abrams, noted that in order for children to thrive in learning, education must be reimagined.“We therefore thought that it was important to work with the Ministry of Education to make available, a technology tool which will allow access to test questions, it will allow for explanation to those questions and it will allow answers. A tool that will also allow parents to monitor how long their children study and what they study,” Abrams said.The current app now provides students with past papers of the four core subjects: Mathematics, English, Social Studies and Science, which they are tested in at the NGSA Exams. The app also provides an interface, whereby students’ studies can be monitored by their parents and teachers. The app is available for download on Google Play Store.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Management of the Mahaica Mahaicony-Arbary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA-ADA) has warned operators of tractors and trailers to steer clear from the secondary canal embankments as this may pose danger.MMA-ADA General Manager Aubrey CharlesThe Authority in a notice published in the daily newspaper on Monday explained that it has evidence of farmers frequently traversing this area. The agency explained, “These embankments were not designed or intended for these purposes, since the traffic can significantly reduce the freeboard and result in overtopping when the canal is at full supply level”.As such, the MMA-ADA asked that farmers desist from this practice immediately. Furthermore, it warned that persons found contravening this notice will be dealt with “accordingly”.Just a few days ago, General Manager of the MMA-ADA, Aubrey Charles, on the sidelines of a signing ceremony between the Authority and the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU), complained that scores of farmers within Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), who utilise drainage and irrigation services, fail to pay required charges for same, as agreed.In fact, he signalled the Authority’s intention to take legal action against such farmers.Charles noted that farmers presently owe an excess of $1 billion for irrigation and drainage services.The MMA-ADA official further explained that a number of farmers have recently begun expressing worries over the rapidly deteriorating state of main roadways into rice lands. But according to him, the roads cannot be fixed without monies being spent. Nevertheless, Charles made mention of the Authority’s efforts to rehabilitate the roadways, given that the farmers account for over 45 per cent of the country’s overall rice production.“A group of farmers came and they met with me, and they were pointing out the deterioration of the road network. I had to inform them that the maintenance of all the drainage and irrigation as well as the roads, it cost about fourteen million dollars per month and the farmers are not paying, they’re way behind the fourteen million which it costs to operate and maintain the system….So, on one hand, the MMA is trying its best so as to make the roads accessible and on the other hand, we appeal to farmers to pay their charge,” he explained.On this note, the General Manager underscored that the MMA-ADA will take legal action against the farmers to have them pay in full the outstanding monies owed to the entity. This, however, is the Authority’s last choice but will be resorted to if the monetary figures keep increasing.last_img read more

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first_imgOne day after turning 60, Krzyzewski saw his Blue Devils (19-7, 6-6) outplay a surging BC team for most of the game. The loss snapped the Eagles’ four-game winning streak. Sean Marshall led the Eagles with 23 points and Tyrese Rice had 22. No. 1 Florida 76, No. 25 Alabama 67: Taurean Green scored 20 points in the second half and the host Gators (24-2, 11-0 Southeastern Conference) overcame an 18-point deficit to beat the Tide (18-7, 5-6) and extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games. No. 2 Ohio St. 64, Penn St. 62: Greg Oden had 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the visiting Buckeyes (23-3, 11-1 Big Ten) hold off the Lion for their 10th straight win. The Buckeyes led 40-19 at the half and led by as many as 24 in the second half before Penn State stormed back. No. 3 Wisconsin 75, Minnesota 62: Alando Tucker helped the visiting Badgers (25-2, 11-1) overcome a flat first half, scoring 29 points. No. 8 Memphis 69, Tulsa 52: Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 20 points and tied his career-high with four steals as the visiting Tigers (22-3, 12-0) clinched a bye in the Conference USA tournament. No. 9 Kansas 75, Colorado 46: The Jayhawks (22-4, 9-2 Big 12) won behind 14 points by Russell Robinson, 11 from Darrell Arthur and 10 from Sasha Kahn. No. 11 Nevada 68, San Jose St. 60: Nick Fazekas had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his 16th double-double of the season to lead the host Wolf Pack (23-2, 11-1 Western Athletic Conference) to their 16th win in their past 17 games. DePaul 72, No. 12 Marquette 67: Sammy Mejia scored 18 points and Draelon Burns hit a pair of free throws with 26 seconds left as the Blue Demons held on against the visiting Golden Eagles (21-6, 8-4 Big East). No. 17 Air Force 69, Utah 43: Nick Welch tied a career high with 20 points and Dan Nwaelele added 19 as the host Falcons (22-4, 9-3 Mountain West Conference extended their home winning streak to 29 straight. WOMEN Iowa State 61, No. 13 Texas A&M 54: Nicky Wieben scored 20 points and Toccara Ross added 12 points and 13 rebounds, leading the host Cyclones to a victory over the Aggies (19-4, 9-3 Big 12). No. 15 Baylor 75, Oklahoma State 66: Bernice Mosby scored 21 points and Angela Tisdale added 15 to lead the host Lady Bears (22-4, 9-3). No. 18 Bowling Green 91, Akron 46: Megan Thorburn scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers, to help the host Falcons (23-2, 12-0) remain undefeated in the Mid-American Conference. Texas Tech 70, No. 19 Nebraska 69: Patrice Edwards hit two free throws with 24 seconds left then blocked a potential game-winning shot to push visiting Lady Raiders over the Huskers (21-5, 9-3). No. 23 Rutgers 68, Syracuse 40: Kia Vaughn had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the visiting Scarlet Knights (16-7, 9-3 Big East). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Josh McRoberts scored 18points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help visiting Duke avoid its first five-game losing streak ever in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 27-year tenure, beating No. 21 Boston College 78-70 on Wednesday night. “I was confident,” McRoberts said. “It wasn’t like `we’ve lost four straight so we’re going to lose this one.”‘ center_img Playing their first game after dropping out of the Top 25 for the first time in nearly 11 years, Duke pressured BC’s guards from the start and used an efficient halfcourt offense that led to a number of layups and dunks in beating the Atlantic Coast Conference-leading Eagles (18-7, 9-3). “It’s a big win for us. It’s a huge win,” said a smiling Krzyzewski. “We’re young. We’re getting better. We just have to keep fighting.” last_img

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first_imgBERKELEY – The cost of going to college in California could be about to go up, with the two public university systems set to consider hikes of up to 10 percent. Leaders of the University of California and the California State University are scheduled to vote today on raising fees for the fifth time in six years, actions that come as both systems face heavy criticism for their spending priorities. “Students are outraged and frustrated that, without any consideration, the UC regents are talking about raising our fees another year,” Bill Shiebler, president of the UC Student Association and a senior studying sociology at UC Santa Barbara, said Tuesday. At UC, regents are looking at raising undergraduate fees by 7 percent, which with other miscellaneous fees could take the annual total to about $7,300. Some professional school fees could rise by 10 percent. “College is turning into a mechanism for debt instead of a mechanism for opportunity,” said Shiebler. The votes come against a backdrop of strife. CSU faculty members this month are voting on whether to strike over unsuccessful contract negotiations. And both systems have been lambasted by lawmakers, faculty and students over the way they reward top executives. Criticism of CSU has focused on revelations, first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, that as much as $4 million was paid over 10 years to departing executives. CSU officials said most of the executives who were given what is known as “transition pay” were working on special projects, but two were paid after taking jobs out of state. Administrators have since tightened up the program, although it was back in the spotlight this week with CSU trustees scheduled to get a report on a $100,000 retirement settlement reached with a departing campus president. UC, meanwhile, has been the focus of a number of critical audits after news, also reported by the Chronicle, that millions were quietly paid to executives in stipends, bonuses and other perks above their publicly reported salaries. Fallout from that continues a year later, with regents scheduled to vote this week on what types of disciplinary action should be taken against administrators found to have skirted pay policies. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CSU is considering a 10 percent fee hike that would take undergraduates’ annual bill, including campus fees, to about $3,400. The increases are part of a long-term budget pact among CSU, UC and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that calls for yearly fee increases along with increased state funding. Last year, fee increases were avoided when the governor put extra money in the budget. Schwarzenegger has not proposed doing that this year, although that could change and there is also the possibility that legislators could add funds to the budget. CSU and UC officials say the increased revenue is necessary to maintain quality and note that even with the increases, costs are lower than at peer institutions. But students and others say the cost of living in California is higher in than many other states, meaning college students have to take on heavy debt and work loads. last_img read more

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first_imgIn Fort St. John, it is 10: 00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. next Tuesday at the Seniors Hall on 100 Street.Elsewhere in the North Peace, the first clinic of the new season in Hudson’s Hope will be on the 17th of November from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the community’s Health Centre.Elsewhere across the region, the November opening clinics are set for the 3rd in Dawson Creek, the 4th in Fort Nelson, the 10th in Chetwynd, and the 12th in Tumbler Ridge.- Advertisement –last_img

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first_imgThe ‘Donegal Youth Orchestra’ has been going from strength to strength. With members from all over Donegal, music is what brings these young people together. Reporter Kate Haley catch up with the Youth Orchestra’s leader, violinist Joanne Cuffe, for her take on this youth establishment.How many members are in the Youth Orchestra? There are about 50 members in total, not too big but not too small!Do you enjoy the whole experience?Very much so, playing as part of an orchestra is great craic and a great musical experience. What made you want to join?I heard about the orchestra through a friend. I immediately like the sound of it because I had very few opportunities to perform in public on violin before this.How much do you have to practice?The orchestra rehearse every two weeks on a Friday evening and more regularly coming up to concerts. We all get practice parts to take home and go over any tricky parts in the music as well but its not too bad!What’s the farthest anyone has to travel to get to practices?Our members are from all over Donegal. We have members from Bundoran, Glenties, Buncrana, even Longford! Some people have to travel for over an hour to get to rehearsals and that takes real dedication!What’s been your favourite moment playing with the orchestra? I have a lot of fond memories of the orchestra! My favourite moments were playing in the National Concert Hall in Dublin and playing with the famous Donegal group Altan.Do you find everyone works well as a group?Definatly, every member has a part to play, however big or small to make a piece come to life. The music really brings everyone together and everyone works well as a team!   Are you considering a future in music? Yes I am considering studying music in college and hopefully being in an orchestra will open new doors for me and I will get to experience the opportunities it brings with it.What’s the best thing about the Orchestra?You gain so much musical knowledge and make loads of new friends who all share the same interest in music.What’s the worst thing about the Orchestra?Having to move all the big percussion instruments around for each rehearsal, it takes a lot of muscle!Tell us something we didn’t know about the Orchestra?Strangely enough, there are actually four sets of twins in the Orchestra!Are you in any other music groups?Yes, I’m in quite a few. I’m in the Donegal Chamber Orchestra, EGO (Errigal Groove Orchestra), Amici Choir and a band!What made you want to be leader of the Orchestra?I had been in the orchestra and other groups for a good few years and I thought that now I could help the younger members with my experience. I thought I would learn a lot of skills socially and musically. Most of all I thought I would really enjoy it, so I auditioned and got the role as leader!Do you play any other instruments aside from violin?Yes, I play the piano, viola and I love to sing.What would you say to anyone considering joining the Orchestra?I would say, definitely come and give it a go. It is very different experience than playing solo and you get a great buzz from being part of it! The orchestra can produce a really rich sound from the combination of all the instruments, it’s amazing being a part of it.FEATURE: INTERVIEW WITH THE LEADER OF THE DONEGAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA was last modified: June 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FEATURE: INTERVIEW WITH THE LEADER OF THE DONEGAL YOUTH ORCHESTRAlast_img read more

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first_imgTwo creditors meetings involving the Lafferty Enterprises in Creeslough have rejected plans by the Examiner to save the family business.People have held a meeting to support Mr LaffertyThe Tirconail Tribune reports this morning how the rejection has dealt a severe blow to businessman Danny Lafferty and his family.They will appear in the High Court on Friday to hear if the business has a future at all. The meeting, which was held yesterday, heard claims from various creditors who are owed as little as €600 to one creditor who is owed more than €220,000.However Mr. Seamus Farren of Farren Roarty, Chartered Accountants had presented proposals to save the Lafferty companies to creditors meetings at the Silver Tassie Hotel amid much speculation that a yes vote would go a long way towards securing the High Court’s support to prevent the business being liquidated.The plan would see unsecured creditors write off 95% of their debts while the preferential creditors would take a cut of 90%.Secured creditors at the Lafferty Supermarket and the Corncutter’s Rest are owed €669,254. One contingent creditor is owed €452,089. The preferential creditors include the Revenue Commissioners and Donegal County Council and redundancy payment for two workers. The liability in this category is €111,466.Read the full story on a Donegal village’s battle to survive in today’s Tirconail Tribune.  BLOW AS CREDITORS REJECT BID TO SAVE CREESLOUGH BUSINESSES was last modified: May 30th, 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:CreesloughDanny LaffertyExaminerlast_img read more

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first_imgSANTA CLARA — Add linebacker Kwon Alexander to the 49ers’ risky infatuation with players coming off anterior cruciate ligament surgery.Alexander, formerly of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, reportedly secured a free agency bonanza Monday and will join Jimmy Garoppolo and Jerick McKinnon in ACL comebacks this season on the 49ers.The 49ers guaranteed $24 million to Alexander in a four-year, $54 million deal, ESPN reported. The 49ers did not confirm the deal, which can’t be formalized until 1 p.m. …last_img read more