Kone gets contract extension after scoring hat-trick in English Premier League

first_img Lack of understanding “I am obviously concerned about the lack of understanding in certain periods of the game, with the team, particularly when we got back to 2-2,” Allardyce said. “There was nothing wrong with what we had been doing up to then, apart from we gave a very soft first goal away, which could easily have been avoided. The second goal was a cracker from Kone.” The day’s other game couldn’t match the Goodison Park encounter for goals. Steven Davis and Graziano Pelle scored in the first half as Southampton beat promoted Bournemouth 2-0 in a rare meeting of the south-coast rivals. “We worked hard; they were trying to frustrate us,” Pelle told British broadcaster Sky Sports. “We have to maybe improve some parts when we are two or three up, but we were good in the defensive part.” Southampton coped for the last 10 minutes with 10 men after Victor Wanyama was sent off after being shown a second yellow card. LIVERPOOL, England (AP): Arouna Kone got the match ball and a contract extension. The 31-year-old striker’s hat-trick yesterday powered Everton to their biggest English Premier League win in eight years, routing Sunderland 6-2. “Today was the most complete 90 minutes he has had, and it was a phenomenal 90 minutes because it triggers an extension to his contract,” Everton coach Roberto Martinez said. Kone’s first treble in English football was just reward for the player’s perseverance after a serious knee injury affected the first two years of the Ivorian’s career at Everton, having followed Martinez from Wigan in 2013. “It has been as difficult as you can get,” Martinez said. “It was a career-threatening injury. His attitude, his focus never changed, and he never chose to blame anyone and anything.” Sunderland had pulled level at 2-2 by the 50th minute – through Jermain Defoe’s volley and Steven Fletcher’s header – but Sebastian Coates’ own goal then set Everton back on the path to ending a three-game winless run in the League. Romelu Lukaku netted Everton’s fourth before Kone completed his treble, with two goals adding to his first-half strike. The opener for eighth-place Everton was provided in the 19th minute by Gerard Deulofeu, who went on to provide two assists in a game where the influence of the livewire winger proved decisive. It was Everton’s most emphatic win since routing Sunderland 7-1 in November 2007. The current Sunderland side remains in the relegation zone, having lost two of Sam Allardyce’s three matches in charge.last_img read more

Isolated in Gulf, Qatar campaigns to protect 2022 World Cup

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson AP source: 3 UCLA players stay in China; team returns to US 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 An association with the trailblazing Sheffield FC, which plays eight divisions below the Premier League, might seem tenuous. But Al Thawadi studied law at the University of Sheffield and this week he returned after 16 years to finally collect his graduation certificate during a brief presentation.Sheffield FC sought Qatar’s assistance because it was fighting for its future and being overlooked in a country that hosts the world’s richest soccer league. It started in 2009 while Al Thawadi was canvassing for FIFA votes in South Africa, and led in 2015 to 100,000 pounds (then $153,000) being invested by Al Thawadi to help the women’s team. Now Al Thawadi is trying to spur investment from across the English game to allow Sheffield FC to leave its base on the outskirts of the city and build a 6,000-seat venue and museum at its spiritual home at Olive Grove.“Too often the money takes the lead with Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar,” Sheffield FC chairman Richard Tims said, discussing wealth in the modern game that saw the Brazil forward bought by the Qatar-owned French club for a world record 222 million euros in August. “This project is the other end of the game.”Clubs are being asked to donate a sum corresponding with their foundation year, and it started with Premier League champion Chelsea agreeing to hand over 1,905 British pounds at a low-key event inside the rundown sports hall at Olive Grove.Tims flattered his guests, proclaiming: “The new pioneers of football are Qatar.” Al Thawadi then sought to assure the small group of dignitaries that the backing for Sheffield FC is a sign of Qatar’s commitment to the wider game. It is not, Al Thawadi maintained in a later interview, about latching on to Sheffield FC to add a shiny veneer to Qatar’s battered image.“Sheffield FC represents the start of football,” he said, “but more importantly represents playing football for the love of the game.”Qatar, though, appears locked into a perpetual struggle, requiring charm offensives like the trip to England to protect its status as 2022 hosts.“If it means we have to continue every day validating our right to host this World Cup,” Al Thawadi said, “so be it.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments The greatest threat to Qatar’s hosting status initially came from corruption investigators, who were troubled by some of the bid conduct but ultimately found there was no improper activity that swayed the vote.Censure came from labor watchdogs who believed a form of modern slavery formed the backbone of World Cup construction, and Qatar was compelled to safeguard rights and conditions for migrant workers. While progress has been made in a region unaccustomed to providing such protections, Qatar still faces demands to be more transparent about the cause of worker deaths and to eradicate exploitative practices like the “kafala” sponsorship system which binds workers to their employer.“The World Cup is a catalyst and an engine for accelerated reforms,” Al Thawadi said.Now more powerful forces are at play threatening the World Cup: Four Arab countries have severed diplomatic ties and placed Qatar under a blockade since June in a move claimed to stop the natural-gas-rich country from supporting terrorism — charges denied by Al Thawadi.“For whoever may want to bring this World Cup into a political debate, that is an action that they are doing unilaterally,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But Olive Grove, where the first rules of the modern game were conceived by Sheffield FC’s founders, was the latest stop this week for Qatar World Cup leader Hassan Al Thawadi on a mission to convince the global football community that his country remains a worthy host of the FIFA showpiece.Seven years after the controversial vote and five years until kickoff, doubts linger about Qatar’s suitability and right to host the Middle East’s first World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I believe we will always be in campaign mode,” Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of Qatar’s World Cup organizing committee, said at the self-styled “Home of Football” in an interview with The Associated Press. “Most host nations or host cities suffered from criticism.”Perhaps, but none on the scale faced by Qatar, which was unprepared for the sharp scrutiny that followed victory in the secret ballot that took the game’s biggest showcase to the smallest country yet. However sure Al Thawadi is, the World Cup will be played as scheduled from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 2022 — contentiously chosen by FIFA to avoid the fierce summer heat in the usual June-July slot — and he is clearly troubled by attempts to undermine the tournament.A day after speaking to The AP in Sheffield, Al Thawadi ducked out of the royal box at Wembley Stadium in London just before watching England play Germany to launch a broadside against what he perceives as efforts by Qatar’s regional rivals to bring down the World Cup.Dubai’s security chief has already said the only way to end “Qatar’s crisis” was to give up the event, though he later said he was referring to the financial impact of hosting. An Emirati minister followed up by tweeting that Qatar’s hosting of the tournament should “include a repudiation of policies supporting extremism & terrorism.”Lobbying firms backed by the nations opposing Doha have increasingly targeted the World Cup, while Twitter has been promoting anonymous paid posts attacking Qatar’s fitness as a tournament host, citing corruption allegations and worker abuses.“We refuse to have this World Cup used as political pawn or a political tool because we believe in separating politics from sports … and using sports as a means of resolving conflict,” Al Thawadi said in the Wembley library. “I hope that the blockading nations see reason to be able to participate and join for the sake of the region benefiting out of this World Cup.”The crisis has exposed the scale of risks associated with taking the World Cup to a region in flux. Stadium costs are rising after Qatar was forced to find alternative routes to import building materials, and security concerns linger.“You can’t always prepare for a specific incident, but you can always prepare with contingency plans and be ready with a very resourceful and very quick and effective reactionary mindset as well,” Al Thawadi said. “As soon as the blockade occurred, we were able to put Plan B and Plan C quickly in place and address some of the concerns and challenges that the blockade caused.”Originally pitched to FIFA voters as a World Cup to benefit the Middle East, the idealism appears to have been sunk. The vision could potentially be revived by sharing games with neighbors, a proposition floated externally during the bid and still perceived as an objective in the region.“Qatar has always been open to dialogue,” Al Thawadi said. “It’s always been open and it’s always supported our brother nations, to the extent that if (sharing the World Cup) was the ultimate goal, all that would have required was a simple conversation.”For now, England is where Al Thawadi has come to speak to shore up support for his World Cup project. MOST READ Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Supreme Committee for Delivery Legacy, poses for a photo following an interview with The Associated Press in Sheffield, England on Thursday Nov. 9 2017. Following comments earlier this year attributed to German soccer federation president Reinhard Grindel, Al Thawadi said Thursday that “Qatar does not support terrorism. Qatar is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism.” APSHEFFIELD, England — The birthplace of modern soccer is now an unassuming site: A couple of pitches with no stands for supporters, and a ramshackle indoor facility where damp rises on the walls and paint peels from the goalposts.When Sheffield FC formed in this northern English steel city 160 years ago, the wealth awash in the modern game was unimaginable to the founders of the world’s first soccer club. The symbol of how vastly soccer has changed is thousands of miles away in the Gulf, where stadiums are springing up in the Qatari desert and tens of billions of dollars are invested in infrastructure to ensure a tiny nation can host the 32-team World Cup in 2022.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Is Cocopa Nightmare Over?

first_imgAs the management of Cocopa Plantation completes the final payoff of aggrieved workers under the management of the Nimba Rubber Incorporated (NRI), which is almost at the point of closing, many are wondering whether the nightmare at the plantation is finally over.On Thursday, December 1, the Managing Director of Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and also Chief Executive Officer of NRI, Harrison Karnwea, told reporters in Ganta that the payoff process at the plantation was almost over.He said that upon the completion of the payoff, the company will begin the process of recruiting so as to immediately begin work at the deserted plantation.“We are completing the payoff exercise and immediately after the exercise we will start with the process of recruiting a minimum size of workforce to begin work,” he said.Mr. Karnwea in a happy mood said the company will take care of all the damages at the plantation, upon resumption of work. “When I first took in charge of the plantation in the ‘90s, nothing was there to refer to as an office or place to dwell and we were able to restore everything that was looted from the concession.”While the Cocopa Plantation is being revived, there are no facilities in operation; neither schools nor medical facilities, are open at present. Nearly all the facilities at the plantation were looted or vandalized by angry workers, which rendered the concession area a ghost town.But, Mr. Karnwea assured the public that everything will be restored as soon as the recruitment exercise is over, and said school will resume by next academic year.The Cocopa nightmare began in March this year, when the workers refused to work and started blocking roads in demand of salaries and other benefits.The trouble continued until October when the Government of Liberia deployed armed police at the plantation to calm down the situation, after all the facilities had been looted or vandalized by either the aggrieved workers or unidntified persons. The Cocopa Plantation had about 1200 employees, 400 of which were tappers, while the majority worked in other departments which the management could not maintain, especially as rubber prices fell.Mr. Karnwea said the money to pay off the employees was provided by the present management, the NRI and added that the company will be recruiting about 430 persons, including staff and tappers and skilled workers, until things can improve.However, another problem: those that were retired are yet to be settled according to their pension. But Mr. Karnwea said it will be taken care of by the government; for now, they are concentrating on workers. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Wenger wants to keep Wilshere company!’ – fans react to transfer rumour

first_img Daniel Sturridge 1 Reports emerged on Friday that Daniel Sturridge is ready to quit Liverpool in the summer after becoming increasingly agitated at question marks around his desire to play.The Englishman has played only five Premier League games this season, with the last time he made an appearance being at the beginning of December.Manager Jurgen Klopp is regularly questioned about Sturridge’s fitness at press conferences and has played down talk of an exit amidst Arsenal interest.However, this has caused much hilarity and ridicule on social media given the Gunners’ own poor injury record.See below for the best reaction on social media!last_img

Senior Calendar

first_img Oil painting class, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Room A3. TUESDAY T’ai chi ch’uan class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. in the dining room. Bridge will be played, 9 a.m. in Room A1. Mixed media, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room A2. Country-western line dancing will be taught, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $3. Emotional support, 10-11 a.m. in the Modular. Grief support, 11 a.m.-noon in the Modular. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Creative-writing class, open to all ages, 1-2:30 p.m. in Room A3. Cost: $4 per class. Santa Clarita Senior Hams will meet, 1-2 p.m. in Room A2. Tap dancing will be taught, 2-3 p.m. in the dining room. Watercolor class, 6:30-9:30 p.m. in Room A3. Duplicate bridge will be played, 6:45-10 p.m. in the dining room. Call Kathy at (661) 253-1105 or Rand at (661) 295-4644. WEDNESDAY Aerobics class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the dining room. Oil painting class, 9 a.m.-noon in Room A1. Archeology & anthropology, 9:30-11:15 a.m. in Room A3. Chair exercise class, 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the dining room. Arthritis exercise group will meet, 10:20-10:50 a.m. in the dining room. Blood pressure checks, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Room A3. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Calligraphy class, 1-2:30 p.m. in Room A3. Line dance, 6:30-8 p.m. THURSDAY T’ai chi ch’uan class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. in the dining room. Bridge will be played, 9 a.m. in Room A1. Mixed media, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Room A2. Computer training, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room A1. Country-western line dancing will be taught, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $3. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Ballroom dancing will be taught, 7-8 p.m. in the dining room. FRIDAY Aerobics class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the dining room. Caregiver support, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Modular. Chair exercise class, 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the dining room. Food bingo will be played, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Room A1. Computer training for the visually impaired, noon-2 p.m. in Room A3. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Live, Love and Laugh will meet, 1-2 p.m. in the Modular. SATURDAY T’ai chi ch’uan class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the dining room. Bingo will be played, 3:30-9:30 p.m. in the dining room. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Chair exercise class, 9:45-10:15 a.m. in the dining room. Senior citizen lunches will be served, 11:30 a.m. in the dining room. Cost: $2. Computer training for the visually impaired will be offered, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room A3. Canasta will be played, 1-4 p.m. in Room A2. Country-western line dancing will be taught, 2-3 p.m. in the dining room. Cost: $3. The following events will take place this week at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. For information, call (661) 259-9444. MONDAY Aerobics class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the dining room. Bridge will be played, 9 a.m. in Room A1. Group crafts, 9 a.m.-noon in Room A2. Computer training, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Room A1. last_img read more

Baby Shiloh, mom doing well

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Jolie and Pitt were linked romantically shortly after appearing together in the 2005 movie “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” Pitt and actress Jennifer Aniston divorced last fall. – Associated Press It looks like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt got what every parent wants – a healthy baby. While Namibian officials declined Sunday to give any details on the birth Saturday of Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, a doctor at the hospital said there were no complications and the mother and daughter were doing well. “She is a healthy baby,” the doctor said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information. Police ringed the hospital with tight security Sunday, refusing to admit journalists and photographers into the building. last_img read more

Lack of research leads to pill machine fiasco

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But problems with two of the machines prevented them from being deployed, and the third machine was never delivered. A report projecting potential savings that justified the lease was seriously flawed, the report says. The lack of a dedicated staffer to oversee the machines has also caused unnecessary delays, the grand jury report found. The new system is overseen by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office and County Health Services departments. “No one is minding the store,” the report says. WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – The cost of operating robotic prescription pill dispensers for Contra Costa County jail inmates was not thoroughly investigated before the county plunked down $1 million on the automated system, a grand jury report found. The computerized dispensers, designed to replace nurses who sorted medications by hand, were expected to save the county hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Instead, they have run up $60,000 in unanticipated overtime costs for technology staffers who have been unable to get the system working, according to the May 25 report. The county paid $1 million for a five-year lease for three dispensers. A sheriff’s spokesman said the report wrongfully discredits the department. “We have absolutely and scrupulously done whatever we can do to make this work,” said Undersheriff Obie Anderson. The county should aim to have the dispensers operating by Sept. 30, and the county administrator should be required to investigate the costs and savings of all other expensive projects, the report 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

Manchester United transfer news: Ajax approach midfielder over move

first_imgAjax are the latest club to express an interest in Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.The Belgian looks set to walk away from Old Trafford this summer after refusing to sign a new contract.The 30-year-old will be a free agent come July 1 and he will seemingly have plenty of clubs to choose from.Arsenal are interested in Fellaini, while he also has an offer on the table from AC Milan too.And now, according to Calciomercato, the midfielder has been presented with a shock approach from Ajax.The Dutch club have made a bold move for Fellaini in the hope he will take a wage cut to join them at the promise of regular football. Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini 1last_img

DDTV: VIDEO SLIDESHOW ON THE RETURN OF THE SEALS TO LOUGH SWILLY

first_imgTHREE seals were returned to the wild in Lough Swilly this weekend.You can read our report in our News Section. You can watch this slideshow of pictures and video of the event courtesy of Paul Deeney.Click to play above.DDTV: VIDEO SLIDESHOW ON THE RETURN OF THE SEALS TO LOUGH SWILLY was last modified: December 4th, 2011 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:Rathmullansealslast_img

DDTV: WATCH JASON QUIGLEY’S STUNNING KNOCKOUT

first_imgDDTV: Simply click play on the video above to watch Jason Quigley’s stunning second-round KO of Joshua Synder. Quigley landed the decisive blow just forty four seconds into the second-round at Fantasy Springs Arena in Indio, California. Quigley was also making his debut on primetime on the sports broadcasting giant FOX.The American fight fraternity will have been impressed by Quigley’s explosive performance.Quigley’s latest win means he has now won all SIX of his professional fights within the distance.Skip to 6.30 in the video to see Quigley’s KO.  DDTV: WATCH JASON QUIGLEY’S STUNNING KNOCKOUT was last modified: May 1st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:boxingDDTVJason QuigleyKOnewslast_img read more