Hughes unhappy with Loftus Road pitch

first_imgQPR manager Mark Hughes expressed concern about the state of the Loftus Road pitch following his side’s game against Everton.The surface has looked increasingly poor in recent weeks and caused both teams problems during Saturday’s 1-1 draw.Hughes said: “The pitch isn’t ideal – it’s not great. We are taking more care because it has deteriorated. Hopefully the Spring will improve it before the end of the season.”AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Rohr Excited about Eagles’ Prospects

first_imgThe Franco-German coach used the Tanzania match to prepare his team for an October 3 World Cup qualifier in Zambia before they welcome Algeria the following month.“I’m happy I won my first match,” began Rohr. “We have a good chance of qualifying for the World Cup. A team that failed to qualify for the AFCON needs confidence and the confidence is coming back gradually.“We played well and any team who created 12, 14 chances in a match, that tells you it’s a good team. We were wasteful but we will work on our finishing.”He further said he looks forward to having Alex Iwobi and Oghenekaro Etebo, who both missed yesterday’s match on account of injury. “We need to look at the player in Arsenal (Iwobi)and the player who scored four goals in match at the Olympics (Etebo),” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has said his confidence that the Super Eagles will qualify for the 2018 World Cup has been boosted by his team’s 1-0 win over Tanzania.The Eagles needed a late goal by Kelechi Iheanacho to go past Tanzania but Rohr said he saw enough in his winning start that Nigeria could qualify for a sixth World Cup at the expense of Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia.last_img read more

A lot on line for volleyball this weekend

first_imgWith only six matches remaining, the Wisconsin volleyball team’s (15-10, 4-10) postseason hopes are still very alive. The Badgers rebounded from a rough start in conference play to give themselves a chance to make the NCAA Tournament. This weekend they travel to ninth-ranked Penn State (21-4, 11-3) and Ohio State (19-8, 7-7) in two tough matches that will show if this team is worthy of a postseason bid.“Each of the weekends possess big challenges, there’s no doubt,” head coach Pete Waite said. “Penn State’s near the top of the conference right now, and they’re very good, as always. We want to continue improving the way we have in the gym and in practices and take that to the weekend matches.”Friday night, Wisconsin will face a Penn State squad that hasn’t lost since Oct. 9. The Badgers hold an unimpressive 1-7 record against ranked teams this season, so they’ll have to prove themselves against Penn State. They’ve gone 3-3 in their last six matches, though, and they’re coming off an impressive victory over a ranked Northwestern team.“I think our passing and our blocking have improved a lot, which is helping our defense and offense,” Waite said. “Going into these matches, you play to win. That’s all you can do, and you give it your best shot.”Wisconsin has played some very tough opponents lately. The match against Penn State will mark its fifth ranked opponent in six games. After Friday night, it only faces one ranked team in its final five matches. It’s by no means a favorable schedule, but it features fewer top tier teams.“Winning out would be great just to guarantee ourselves into the tournament,” sophomore Alexis Mitchell said. “We definitely know that there’s some beatable teams, and [it’s about] just taking care of those games so that we can make it into the tournament.”The last time the Badgers played Penn State and Ohio State was at the Field House in late September. Mitchell was plagued by injury at the time, so she’s looking forward to facing these teams again.“For me personally, when I played against Ohio State and Penn State, I sprained my ankle like three days before, so I wasn’t at 100 percent,” Mitchell said. “It gives me a lot more confidence going in, knowing that I’m healthy.”Having Mitchell healthy this time around will be huge for the Badgers. She’s been one of the team’s top performers this season, as she leads the Badgers with a .316 hitting percentage on the year. She’s improved on her offense too, but she’s specifically focused on her blocking lately. “[I’ve] been working on becoming a better blocker and more disciplined, so I can be more of a presence as a blocker in the front row,” Mitchell said.In preparation for this weekend, the team used a creative approach in practice, with the players wearing jerseys with the opposing team’s numbers to prepare themselves for certain players on Penn State and Ohio State. Wisconsin hopes its efforts in practice and improvements in recent matches will help its success continue. It obviously won’t overlook a tremendous Penn State team, but it knows what’s at stake and the importance of these matches down the stretch.“Our goal to get into the tournament basically has to be [for us] to have a record that’s over .500, and to do that, the committee will consider us,” Waite said. “We’re definitely in the top 50 right now in the RPI. If we get those wins, I know we can accomplish it, so I know the team’s going to fight hard for it.”last_img read more

Semple to host double header this weekend

first_imgThat’s followed at 3.30 by the game between North champions Kildangan and the beaten South finalists Killenaule.Tickets are €15 for adults and €10 for OAP’s and students.County Secretary Tim Floyd says the semi-final pairings should prove popular.And Tipp FM will have full live coverage of Sunday’s double header in association with Ciaran O’Flynn Jewellers, Thurles Shopping Centre. Hurling fans from all four Tipperary divisions will be descending on Thurles this Sunday.Semple Stadium is playing host to a double header of county semi-finals.First up it’s West Tipp champions Clonoulty Rossmore against defending County Champions Thurles Sarsfields at 1.45.last_img read more

Suspended prison sentence for Mason City man accused of defrauding state

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A Mason City man who pleaded guilty to defrauding the state of Iowa out of benefits has been given probation and a suspended sentence.39-year-old Brian Sachen was charged last June with first-degree theft in Floyd County after authorities say he received over $10,000 in government benefits for his son after he was removed from Sachen’s custody by the Iowa Department of Human Services. Sachen is accused of failing to properly notify state officials that he no longer had custody of his son.Sachen pleaded guilty back in January. District Judge Colleen Weiland last week sentenced him to a ten year suspended prison sentence with credit for time served and placed him on five years probation. Sachen was also fined $1000, which also was suspended.last_img read more

Mother shot and killed while teaching son how to drive

first_imgOfficials in Wisconsin say a mother was shot and killed by another driver while she was teaching her teenage son how to drive.The incident was reported, last Friday in the afternoon.Authorities say Tracey Smith was the passenger in the vehicle teaching her son how to drive as they made their way to a Milwaukee clothing store.During the drive, the teen prepared to turn left from the left lane when a man in a gold van cut in front of their car from the wrong lane and caused the teen to collide with the driver’s side of the van.Smith then reportedly got out of the car to check the damage and began yelling at the driver, according to her son.The driver of the van the yelled “B****, I’ll kill you,”  before pulling out a gun and shooting Smith.The suspect then made a U-turn and fled the scene. Witnesses then helped Smith into her vehicle and her son drove her to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.The Milwaukee police was able to track down the suspect after find his license plate on video. The teen then identified the suspect,  Matthew Lee Wilks.Wilks has since been taken into custody and charged with first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a firearm by a felon.last_img read more

Pacquiao conqueror Horn wins top Aussie award

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kings open title defense vs vengeance-seeking Bolts Pacquiao pulled out of a planned rematch in Australia later his year, with Horn close to finalizing another opponent to defend his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title.Englishman Gary Corcoran is shaping up as the most likely challenger, with the fight expected to be in Brisbane in December, local reports have said. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jeff Horn. PHOTO FROM SPORTS AUSTRALIA HALL OF FAME INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTSYDNEY—Boxer Jeff Horn’s stunning upset of Filipino great Manny Pacquiao has earned him one of Australia’s top sporting honors as the most inspirational athlete of the year.The unheralded 29-year-old stunned the boxing world with a unanimous 12-round decision over Pacquiao in Brisbane on July 2 in a hotly contested result that rattled the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “I can remember growing up being inspired by previous winners such as Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe.“To know I am potentially inspiring the future generation of athletes like these guys have done for me is an incredible feeling.”Horn said he still sometimes found it hard to believe he took down one of the world’s greatest ever fighters, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions.READ: Jeff Horn’s vision comes to fruition with win over Pacquiao“Many days I have thought to myself, did that really happen? It’s been very hectic since the win but recognition and awards like this certainly help,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winIn recognition, he walked away with ‘The Don’ award at the annual Sport Australia Hall Of Fame dinner in Melbourne on Thursday evening.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNamed after cricketer Donald Bradman, prior winners of the prize include swimmer Ian Thorpe, runner Cathy Freeman, cyclist Cadel Evans, hurdler Sally Pearson, golfer Jason Day and last year’s recipient jockey Michelle Payne.“It is massive,” Horn said, calling it a career highlight. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Liberia: The Doers’ Imperative!

first_imgCritical time for doers to effectively transform the Republic of LiberiaBy Rufus S. Berry II, MBALiberia’s transformational development requires a complete paradigm shift. That shift impels us to look beyond the traditional places where we get our leaders. A movement away from an over reliance on academic qualification is vitally necessary.  Although academic qualification is somewhat necessary, given what it portends, it is indeed not enough. Liberia needs leaders with doers’ imperative mindset.What do I mean by doers imperative?I’m talking about people with credibility and integrity. People with the passion and desire to roll up their sleeves and increase productivity for the Liberian people. A doer is someone who’s honest and trustworthy, someone who respects the rights of others and follows the rules and laws. Someone who is compassionate, respects the property of others and takes full responsibility for his actions.Liberia truly needs doers. A doer knows what he wants and is willing to make short-term sacrifices to honestly achieve the desired end result. Doers are patriots. As the former US President Obama said, “a true patriot is someone who’s armed with a brilliant mind, a big heart, and an insatiable desire to give back to his country, someone who devotes his life to empowering people and making government work better for all of its citizens. A patriot works tirelessly to give citizens a louder voice in the society and pushes for more transparency in government, to ensure opportunity for all.” Liberia needs doers who wouldn’t make excuses when they don’t achieve their goals – but instead look at the issue square in the eye and accept it as a challenge and an opportunity to improve.The quote, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”, is spot on with the doers’ mentality. Doers believe in an idea or vision that is bigger than the person they see when they look in the mirror. Doers are people who elevate their God given talents to be the best in the world and effectively use their honestly earned resources to give back to the poor and less fortunate people. Doers despise the status quo and have a true intolerance for the idea of accepting things as they are. To be told they cannot make a difference or make change is the equivalent of slapping them in the face. Doers love their craft and are committed to improving themselves and the world.Doers believe in having automation and systems to work effectively and would be extremely wrathful to know that people travel from Lofa, Nimba, Maryland, Sinoe counties to Monrovia just to register their vehicles. Doers value smart work over hard work. Oh yes, doers believe that to succeed, one must be willing to fail. You must be willing to risk everything to achieve your dreams and achieve the life you see for yourself and the world. Doers never give up, because failure is another stepping stone to success.After over 170 years of independence, I’m in total agreement with President George M. Weah that the time has come to effectively transform our nation. We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. Like doers, we need to transform our nation in making critical and informed decisions, balancing the budgets, control spending, eliminate waste, improve infrastructure, create jobs, develop the agriculture and agribusiness and change the people’s mindset about work ethic and the importance of hard work.In his presentation at the Ministry of Information, Hon Samuel D. Tweah Jr., Minister of Finance and Development Planning indicated that the transformation of the Republic of Liberia requires strong leadership with a doer mindset. To paraphrase the minister: It was time to eliminate the endless cycle of consultations and become result-oriented like doers and invest in education and the agriculture and agribusiness as the catalyst for ending poverty. The opportunity is undeniable for Liberia, but with opportunity comes responsibility and the need to invest heavily in both social and economic infrastructure. In terms of social infrastructure, Liberia needs to direct significant resources towards health and education. Growth and development will only occur in conjunction with a healthy and skilled population.With a transformational mindset, Liberia could be on the brink of major rejuvenation and how this is handled will shape the future of millions of hopeful Liberians. The doers’ imperative is urgently needed to effectively transform the nation to economic self-sufficiency. With our new President and his passion and pro-poor, pro-Liberia mindset, today is the most critical time for doers to effectively transform our beloved nation and people. Doers cannot overstate the importance of agriculture to Liberia’s determination to feed itself, maintain and boost its growth rates, create more jobs, significantly reduce poverty, and grow enough cheap, nutritious food to feed its citizens and export its surplus crops while safeguarding the nation’s environment.Regardless of our political, ethnic or religious affiliations, our paths are all interconnected. It’s time we get past our differences and focus on our unity, and come together with a doer mindset, in order to effectively transform our beloved nation and people.About the Author:Rufus S. Berry II, Financial Expert and Anti-Corruption Advocate. He can be reached at: rufus_berry@yahoo.com, rsozberry@gmail.com and via phone: +231-886-362332 or +231-770-301071Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New GRA office for Mabaruma soon

first_imgThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is working towards establishing an office in Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini).According to the Department of Public Information, a high-level team visited the interior location on Tuesday, for an initial assessment of locations to establish an all-inclusive tax office in the area.The reconnaissance was conducted after the team led by Commissioner General of the GRA, Godfrey Statia met Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashby, the Mayor, the REO and other officials and business persons to determine the specific demands of residents in the area among other deliverables.The office, when complete and fully operational, will be the first of its kind in Mabaruma where residents, including those from neighbouring communities, will be able to access tax-related services with ease and convenience. It will create an environment conducive to voluntary compliance and provide employment opportunities that will develop the skills required for service in the area.Given the prerequisite facilities that must be in place, it is anticipated that the office will come to fruition by July 2018, and priority given to linking the new office with the GRAs’ database at Headquarters in Georgetown.During the course of the January 23 visit, the team which also included officers from the GRA’s Law Enforcement and Investigation Division (LEID), Customs Excise and Trade Operations, Integrated Regional Tax Office (IRTO) and Public Relations also toured the outpost at Morawhanna which was established in 2017. Emanating from this tour, Statia instructed that immediate steps be taken to improve the living and working conditions of the officers at the said outpost.In 2017, the Parika office was refurbished and a customs office was established at Charity, Region Two to supplement the GRA’s presence in Anna Regina, New Amsterdam, Corriverton, Bartica, Lethem, and Linden. These offices are expected to offer a level of service parallel to that of the head office.The GRA team is expected to visit Eteringbang in February 2018 to carry out a similar assessment for this location.last_img read more

Sterling strikes twice to hand Man City advantage

first_imgSterling had already missed a glorious chance before opening the scoring on 15 minutes as City rarely looked troubled despite having failed to beat Palace on their two previous meetings.Another cool Sterling finish looked to have ended the game as a contest 27 minutes from time.However, Pep Guardiola’s men had to see out a nervous finale to ramp up the pressure on Liverpool when Luka Milivojevic’s free-kick gave Palace hope of a dramatic comeback.Instead, City broke to seal the three points on the counter-attack when the outstanding Kevin de Bruyne teed up Gabriel Jesus to make it 3-1.The trip to south London kicked off a massive week for City with Tottenham to visit the Etihad twice in the next six days for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final and a vital Premier League clash with implications for both the title and top four race.City must overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit against Spurs to progress to the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday. Yet, Guardiola’s starting line-up seemed stronger than the one he named in defeat to Mauricio Pochettino’s men in midweek.Captain Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, De Bruyne and Leroy Sane returned among four changes and City quickly settled into total control of the game.Sterling should have opened the scoring on 11 minutes when after a patient build-up, David Silva got to the by-line and picked out the England international who somehow sliced wide with an open goal at his mercy from close range.After a similar sitter at Burnley last season, Guardiola quickly hooked Sterling in his frustration.However, Sterling showed his maturity and why he is a contender for player of the year awards by redeeming himself in emphatic fashion just four minutes later.A rare Palace foray forward left them exposed at the back and De Bruyne’s sensational through ball allowed Sterling to break clear before side-footing the ball high beyond Vicente Guaita.Palace inflicted City’s only home league defeat of the season with a shock 3-2 victory in December thanks in part to a wonder strike from Andros Townsend.But the hosts were camped in their own half and unable to spring a counter-attack for the pace of Townsend or Wilfried Zaha as City enjoyed over 75 percent possession in the first 45 minutes.Guaita made a smart stop at his near post to prevent Sane killing the game as a contest after a slick solo run and the Spanish goalkeeper also played his part in a goalmouth scramble that Palace somehow escaped unharmed from in first-half stoppage time.A similar pattern continued after the break and City finally struck the killer blow just after the hour mark when Sane’s driven cross was turned home at the back post by Sterling.City still had to survive a nervy finale after Milivojevic’s free-kick from the edge of the box reduced the deficit to 2-1 nine minutes from time.But they withstood an aerial bombardment and made the game safe when substitute Jesus took his time before beating Guaita at his near post.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling scored twice as Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 3-1 on Sunday© AFP Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 14 – Manchester City eased back to the top of the Premier League as Raheem Sterling struck twice to beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Sunday.The English champions move a point ahead of Liverpool, who host Chelsea at Anfield later on Sunday, with five games remaining for both sides.last_img read more