Vardy scores, sees red but Leicester hold on

first_img Vardy got Leicester off to a perfect start by contributing his 22nd goal of the season in the 18th minute. A counterattack launched by goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel’s long throw saw Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante carry the ball forward before setting up Vardy to strike across the face of goal into the net. But Vardy received the first of two bookings 10 minutes later for a late sliding challenge on Cheikhou Kouyate. The second came 11 minutes into the second half for being adjudged to have dived after being held back by Angelo Ogbonna and then tangling with the defender. Vardy was furious at being dismissed and he will now miss next Sunday’s game against Swansea through suspension. Leicester clung on, preserving their lead for almost 30 minutes before conceding twice late on. Andy Carroll netted from the spot in the 84th after Leicester captain Wes Morgan shoved Winston Reid over and Aaron Creswell put West Ham in front two minutes later. But four minutes into stoppage time, Carroll shoved Jeffrey Schlupp off the ball and this time Leicester were awarded a penalty by referee Jon Moss and Ulloa claimed a valuable leveler. Ranieri’s team LEICESTER, England (AP): Leicester are drawing on the fighting spirit it required to survive in the Premier League a year ago to win the title for the first time. Down to 10 men after being shaken by the dismissal of top scorer Jamie Vardy in the 56th minute, the leaders conceded twice to trail West Ham 2-1. On a day of drama and divisive refereeing at the King Power Stadium, there was one final twist in the fifth minute of stoppage time when Leicester’s substitute striker Leonardo Ulloa displayed coolness from the penalty spot to equalise. Despite dropping points with the 2-2 draw, Leicester extended their lead to eight points over Tottenham, which are at Stoke tonight. “We play every match with blood, heart and soul,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “I said thank you to my players, my fans. We must believe every time. It’s very important psychologically.” perfect start As it stands, Ranieri’s team only requires eight points from its final four matches to be sure of completing one of the most astonishing title wins in the history of English football. What’s more surprising is that the title race isn’t more open, given the collapse of defending champion Chelsea and Manchester rivals City and United struggling for consistency throughout the season. The platform to end a 12-year title drought has also been squandered by Arsenal, which have dropped to fourth this weekend after being held 1-1 by Crystal Palace yesterday. Yannick Bolasie’s late goal canceled out Alexis Sanchez’s first-half opener for Arsenal. Liverpool hasn’t challenged for the title since 2014 and the focus in this season of transition, that has seen Juergen Klopp replace Brendan Rodgers as manager, is now on winning the Europa League. Liverpool, which are eighth in the Premier League, followed up their midweek quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund by beating Bournemouth 2-1. Daniel Sturridge scored after setting up Roberto Firmino’s opener as Liverpool moved to within two points of sixth-place West Ham with a game in hand to boost their bid for Europa League qualification. Liverpool could still land a spot in the Champions League by winning the Europa League. Leicester have already secured their place in European football’s elite competition for the first time and there’s already a party atmosphere at the King Power as the team edges closer to Premier League glory.last_img read more

ECOWAS Kicks-off 46th Ordinary Session in Abuja

first_imgHeads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have opened the 46th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS with focus on the political and security situation and the Ebola virus in the sub region.According to a Foreign Ministry dispatch, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, host of the occasion, outlined both success and challenges the regional body has encountered as it prepares to observe its 40th anniversary come 2015.  At the opening ceremony held this morning at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, the Nigerian Leader spoke of the improved economic growth in West Africa which he noted is one of the fastest growing economies on the continent.He, however, lamented the over 7,000 deaths in West Africa resulting from Ebola, which he identified as one of the many very serious challenges facing the sub region: “In the last six months, I have witnessed the negative impact of the Ebola virus disease in the region.”Liberia’s Foreign Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, is representing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who could not attend because of the frontline role she is playing in the crucial fight against Ebola in meeting the ‘zero-cases before Christmas’ target.Making an appeal for more support towards the Ebola fight, the Nigerian leader called on member states as well as development partners and the international community at large to contribute generously to the ECOWAS Regional Solidarity Fund to fight the Ebola virus disease.President Jonathan also named the rising trend of terrorism in West Africa as a worrisome issue that threatens the peace and insecurity of the sub-region as a result of the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, which he stressed, has direct consequences.Also speaking was the current Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority, Ghanaian President John Mahama, who asked for “all hands on deck to contain the scourge of the Ebola virus”.  He said the socio-economic setbacks created by the Ebola epidemic in the three most-affected countries also have sub regional consequences.”We acknowledge that Ebola is a threat to our regional integration process and to our regional peace, security and economic development”, Chairman Mahama said.He cautioned that despite progress in Liberia and Guinea against the virus, details from Sierra Leone warrant a cause for serious concern.”Let me caution that Ebola is still a very serious challenge and we cannot entertain any complacency or relent in our efforts until the last infected person is cured of the disease and the disease is wiped out from the affected countries. I wish therefore to urge all of us to keep our hands firmly on deck, spare no effort, and [remain] vigilant until we eradicate Ebola from our sub region”, he statedEarlier, the Chairman stressed peace and security in West Africa, particularly in Burkina Faso and in Guinea Bissau as he urged his colleagues to reflect and take stock of all the work ECOWAS has managed to do in this past year and also to take practical steps to consolidate peace and security in the sub region, strengthen democracy and good governance and to address topical issues affecting the more than 350 million people of the sub region.He said notable progress has been made in addressing political and security challenges, citing the holding of successful presidential election in Guinea Bissau. The Ghanaian leader then added that 2015 will be key for the sub region as Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Ivory Coast hold elections in the coming year.Other speakers at the opening event included Mohammed Ibn Chambers, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representation for West Africa and the head of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Désiré Ouédraogo who all re-echoed previous speakers during the opening session.The summit will be climaxed with a communiqué at the conclusion of deliberations of the day-long event.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NEC Regrets Inaccessibility of Sinoe VR Centers

first_imgBy David S. MenjorAs the nationwide exhibition of the 2017 voters roll began yesterday, the National Elections Commission (NEC) has expressed regret over the inaccessibility of several centers in Sinoe County Electoral Districts #1 & 2.At a brief press conference in Monrovia yesterday, NEC chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said the centers are unreachable for now due to the flooding of the roads as a result of heavy rainfall in those districts.“For the sake of transparency, we will continue to keep the public informed of every unfolding event, regardless of the location, where each case is identified,” Korkoya noted. He added that even though the deadline for the exhibition is on Saturday, June 17, residents in the affected areas who have registered to vote will have extended time to allow them to verify all of their voter registration (VR) information before the start of the campaign period.The voter roll exhibition is intended for all registered voters to verify the accuracy of their information, including names, ages, places of birth, among others, as given to NEC registrars at the time of the VR process that ended on March 14. It also provides adult community dwellers who have registered to vote the opportunity to identify the names of people who are not residents of said community and are non-Liberian citizens who might have succeeded in registering to vote.“Due to the flood, it was dangerous for any of our staff to make any attempt into those centers,” he pointed out. “District #1 has 20 VR centers; and of the 20 centers, six were affected. Electoral District #2 has 25 VR centers, but we were able to access only two of them.”He listed Kabada, Tubmanville Clinic, Palatroken Palava Hut, Plasiken Palava Hut, Wessay Town Palava Hut and Saywon Town VR centers as those affected in District #1, while Old Government Camp-Neeteah and Sunshine Town Hall were the two centers in Sinoe Electoral District #2 that have so far been reached.“We expect new updates from our Sinoe staff before the close of business today (yesterday),” he said.Meanwhile, yesterday’s press conference coincided with the training of staffers from the registered political parties as well as some civil society groupings on how their election hopefuls should be listed on the ballot papers. The training also afforded them the opportunity to listen and make inquiries about issues of concern, including challenges faced in Sinoe County regarding the exhibition of the voter roll.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more