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

Defoe scores on England return

first_imgLONDON, England (AP):Jermain Defoe was struggling to contain his emotions even before scoring on his return from England exile in a 2-0 World Cup-qualifying win over Lithuania.Although Joe Hart wore the captain’s armband, Defoe was allowed to lead England out onto the Wembley Stadium field yesterday with a terminally ill five-year-old mascot.The Sunderland striker has formed a bond with cancer-stricken Bradley Lowery in the northeast and he wanted to give his “best mate” the chance to see him score for England. It hadn’t happened for four years, but 34-year-old Defoe delivered 21 minutes into his 56th appearance. Raheem Sterling glided through the defence and provided a sweet cross for Defoe to net his 20th international goal.”I had to keep my emotions in the beginning with little Brad with me,” Defoe said after his first England appearance since November 2013. “It was special just to be back, and playing with the lads is a great feeling.”Injuries to strikers Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge, allied with his strong scoring form for Sunderland, gave the 34-year-old Defoe a route back into the international fold. During his time away from the England set-up, Defoe has left the Premier League for FC Toronto in Canada and returned with bottom-placed Sunderland, but he hasn’t lost his scoring instinct.”I’d put my house on him scoring at some stage,” said manager Gareth Southgate, who was playing for England when Defoe made his debut in 2003. “He’s had a really positive impact on everyone … he was thrilled to be back involved in the squad.”Injuries to younger strikers seem to be the best chance of Defoe making the squad for Russia, assuming the Group F leaders complete the job in the second half of qualifying.last_img read more

NBA: Sidelined Chris Bosh wants to ‘keep options open as a player’

first_imgCarpio 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 LATEST STORIES “To be honest, I’m looking at today’s game and I put myself in that position and how I would benefit from the faster basketball, more threes, catch-and-go opportunities, attacking the paint with more space, that’s what kind of gets me juiced up and riled up when I watch today’s game,” he shared.“I would really want to teach someone how to function without having to have plays called for you.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Chris Bosh: ‘My health is great. I’m feeling good’ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? After being officially waived by the Heat last July, Bosh bared what’s next for him.“Probably not coaching. It’s always very interesting. I’m always going to be around the game of basketball,” the Georgia Tech product said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I plan to keep my options open as a player moving forward, but that’s not coaching. Maybe front office work, working with teams and spreading the game, maybe teaching the game to young people, that’s something that’s a very big passion.”With the game shifting to a more free-flowing offense with emphasis on outside shooting, the sweet-stroking big man also can’t help but think how he’ll fare in today’s NBA. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In this Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas.  AP Photo/LM OteroChris Bosh’s stellar career as a basketball star may have been cut short due to severe blood clots, but he recently made it clear that he’s not done with the sport.An 11-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion, the 33-year-old lanky forward expressed his thoughts about his future during an interview on NBA TV’s coverage of the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers game on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Antetokounmpo scores 32 to help Bucks breeze past Kings Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

Education Politics Versus Education Policy: The Die is Cast to Cross the Rubicon…and Retreat

first_imgSimply Thinking ThoughtsIn my thinking thoughts I considered the currentinteractionsbetweenEducation Minister Werner and the Legislature, the overnight metamorphosis of Minister Werner’s widely contested reform constructs from a so-called proposal to a Government of Liberia GOL mandate, the subsequent intervention of the GOL through its tough talking Information Minister Lewis Brown, and the consequential letters from President Sirleaf to the House of Representatives.Considering the trend of events which has escalated to summoning the President, it appears like a duel between education politics and education policy that can be compared to Julius Caesar’s decision to “Cross the River Rubicon” in defiance of Roman Law has ensued; whether it will be a “win-win,” “lose-lose’ or “win-lose,” only time will tell.Meaning of the Die is Cast toCross the RubiconIn simple terms, “Casting the die to cross the Rubicon” means to take a decision to do something forbidden or to step beyond some bounds set, and be prepared to face the consequences, like Julius Caesar in 59 BC. For example if your father told you not to attend your school’s gala day after you have fully prepared as the band leader or else you get thrown out of his house, and you thought about the consequences, and decided to go anyhow, the die is cast, you have crossed the Rubicon.You see, Julius Caesar, born with unbridled political ambition and unsurpassed oratory skills, manipulated his way to the position of consul of Rome in 59 BC.,and later became governor.According to the story, General Caesar’s popularity with the people soared, presenting a threat to the power of the Senate. Accordingly, the Senate called upon Caesar to resign his command and disband his army or risk being declared an “Enemy of the State”. The decision Caesar had to make was to either acquiesce to the Senate’s command or move southward to confront the Senate and plunge the Roman Republic into a bloody civil war. Now, an ancient Roman law forbade any general from moving southward which meant crossing the Roman Legionary Rubicon River and entering Italy proper with a standing army. To do so was treason. When Caesar arrived at the river with his men, he hesitated to cross for that would bring war.Anyhow, Caesar snatched a trumpet from one of his followers and ran to the Rubicon soundingthepiercing “Advance!” blast and crossed to the other side. Caesar cried out, ‘Let us go where the omens of the Gods and the crimes of our enemies summon us! THE DIE IS NOW CAST! We will defy the Senate and cross the Rubicon River, come what may!Education Politics The apparent stand-off between the GOL and the House of Representatives over whether the closure of schools is proposal or mandate by GOL can be metaphorically relatedto the “Crossing the Rubicon” story as it has taken on a more political posture instead of a debate over a policy to ensure quality pedagogy and stratified andragogy.Initially when Education Minister Werner was summoned, it was with much humility that he denied ever speaking of “study class” although he admitted halting the WAEC and averred that his actions were “proposals” awaiting approval.It was to those ends that the House of Representatives ordered him, and he apparently agreed, to retract the WAEC letter, and conduct a media conference to retract his statements, whether made or not.Amazingly, no sooner had Werner agreed to comply than Information Minister Lewis Brown hit the air waves to declare the so-called proposal as“mandate” from GOL, hence, baffling the whole nation on whether this act was a form of defiance or a result of close door “head hanging”Consequently, the whole situation has become politicized to the point that President Sirleaf, Information Minister Brown, and Education Minister Werner have been summoned to appear before the House of Representatives.This is now going to be purely politics over education instead of education policy. Education Policy Unfortunately, Education Policy though not totally divorced of politics, is procedural, based on professional savvy,sharp administrative acumen, and spurred by quality pedagogy instead of “points scoring” as is appearing to be the case in the current melee between “the Honourables” and “The Honorables”From my perspectives as a seasoned education policy professional,Minister Werner made painstaking attemptsto explain to the honorable House that his actions were in line with regular policy promulgation procedure. Before a policy is approved and implementedit must first go into the forum. It is the consultation with stake holders including, parents, students, and donors; it is like a vision that needs to be shared, understood and approved before being rolled out. In the forum, the policy is articulatedfor support, refinement, or augmentation if possible.From the forum, the policy then goes to the arena, in this case theHouse of Representatives where it is debated contested and approved, and sent to the President for signing and implementation; the process which has led to the current budget hearings at the Legislature is a clear example of how policies are promulgated.Traditional Authority to SummonSummoning of presidential appointees by the Legislature is commonplace tradition and not new to the cabinet. Before Minister Brown’s fearless declaration, there may have been moments of hesitation among cabinet members before they determined that the House lacked authority to summon Minister Werner.Unfortunately, otherpresidential appointees overtime have been summoned;Ministers Gewnigale, Etmonia Tarpeh, and Amara Konneh were summoned several times; Werner as CSA boss was summoned and the list goes on.The point at which the Executive Branch resolved that the House dos not possess summoning power anymore, and the move to re-name proposal as mandate, and refusal to retract the “proposal” to the disappointment of the Representatives was where it crossed the Rubicon and waged war on a group always perched for such interactions. Prudent RetreatIn the “Die isCast” story, Julius Caesar did not retreat, but fought on tooth and nail until he vanquished his foes and took the helmof authority of the Roman Empire.While Hon. Lewis Brown’s declaration was an act of crossing the Rubicon, President Sirleaf’s ameliorating “win-win” letter to the House is the prudent retreat.Inmy view, when thePresident wrote that consultations were ongoing to ensure all stakeholders are on par with the decision, this was a retreat. In her letter, she prudently assured the Honorable House that the policy proposal was after all, not a mandate as Lewis Brown had fearlessly declared, and as a matter of fact it has been returned to the forum to be debated before bringing it back to the arena, the House of Representatives, as should have been the case. I wonder if George Werner and Lewis Brown ever anticipate such a prudent “win-win” retreat letter before they chose to cross theRubicon. Hon. Lewis Brown and Werner should never forget that in warfare, each time a commander orders a retreat from engagement, there is casualty; foot soldiers are left behind enemy lines, enemy and friendly bullets hit the backs of retreating soldiers, and stampede over one another to get to safety are common casualties.To these ends, as the nation remains “all ears” to hear the President’s response to the House’s summon, we only pray the education pursuits of Liberian children not be further threatened.BenedictionThe book of Thessalonians clearly advises, “In everything give thanks for this is the will of Godin Christ Jesus concerning you” We may never know that the situation which we are considering bad luck could be one God has designed to vindicate and protect our country you from evil, favoritism, and vices of this world.Now to Him who is able to present us faultless before the throne of the only wise God; to him be glory, majesty and dominion in Jesus name. Amen.About the authorThe Rivercess Man, Moses Blonkanjay Jackson is a triple Ivy League product, and a Jesuit protégé; Mr. Jackson is a Yale University Mathematics Curriculum Fellow, and a University of Pennsylvania Physics Curriculum Fellow. Mr. Jackson holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Master of Education with Secondary Mathematics concentration from Saint Joseph’s University. Mr. Jackson is a candidate for the Doctor of Education degree.Blonkanjay Jackson (The Mwalimu-Koh) was recently removed from the position of Assistant Minister for Teacher Education, having diligently served the Government of Liberia for two years. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Fired-up TKR battle out-of-sorts Tridents

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League 2018…Fresh off their win over the Guyana Amazon Warriors, defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) will be seeking another win when they take on the last placed Barbados Tridents in Match 28 at the Queen’s Park Oval.Shai HopeFriday night’s match should be interesting as TKR will be sizing up the under-pressure of Stars who are in last place, having suffered a recent series of losses; setting up a typical top-of-the-table versus bottom-of-the-table clash. TKR shook up the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Wednesday’s game with Colin Munro denting the bowling surging to 90.While TKR’s line-up has been firing throughout the tournament, Chris Lynn has been out of touch and with his replacement Colin Ingram a similar player to Munro, the champs could fancy their star-studded batting order and hope for a change at the top of the order.A strong showing from USA pacer Ali Khan who starred with 3 wickets in the last game along with some collective work from skipper Dwayne Bravo, Australian leggy Fawad Ahmad and others who have been making a difference. Should the Tridents look for some luck, they will need their batters to fire on the right cylinders with their batsmen like Hashim Amla, Shai Hope, Dwayne Smith and others picking up the slack.Steve Smith who was ruled out with an injury was also a huge loss for the Tridents, making their playing combination going forward a bit more mysterious. However, the quality of bowlers the Tridents possess such as their Pakistani pair of Mohammed Irfan and Wahab Riaz will be a handful while Jason Holder will have triple the responsibility playing as an all-rounder and skipper.Colin MunroTKR could look again to Brendon McCullum for another MVP knock after the ex-New Zealand Captain smashed 66 in a low-scoring game versus the Tridents earlier in the tournament, to help TKR win by 4 wickets.With both Bravo brothers in immaculate hitting form, along with the pair of Kiwis, Ramdin’s seniority and a clicking bowling attack; the champs will fancy the chances of adding to their 12 points and remain in number one spot. The Tridents meanwhile, will be keen on upsetting TKR’s current flow; when the two franchises collide from 20:00h at the Queen’s Park Oval. (Clifton Ross)last_img read more

IMC formed for Young Warriors Cricket Club of Berbice

first_imgIn a move to arrest the rapid decline of the Young Warriors Cricket Club of Berbice, an Interim Management Committee (IMC) has been formed — last weekend — to bring the club back to its former glory.Former BCB President Anil Beharry sits front and centre in a photo op with the newly instated Interim Management Committee of the Young Warriors Cricket ClubBased in Cumberland, East Canje, the Club has only recently produced its first Test player in Shimron Hetmyer, and current players and concerned members of the community have called on its former players, senior administrators and former Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) President, Anil Beharry, to help this process.In an invited comment, Beharry said it was bleeding his heart to see how, after over two decades of progress, the club had declined so rapidly within a short period of time. He said he had been closely following the work of the club, and was so disappointed that the club could not even put together a first division team in most cases, thereby missing out on a few junior tournaments run by the Board.Beharry added that many of the players were also fed-up at the decline of the infrastructure, and were pleading for assistance for the club, which he was acceding to.He said now is the time for the club to strive further, after producing a star like Hetmyer, only the second cricketer from the Canje area, after Leonard Baichan, to play international cricket for the West Indies.Beharry promised he would do what it takes to firstly regain the confidence of the club’s supporters, and then produce better resources.The committee of concerned members includes Suresh Sripal, Roshan Sattaur, Vishal Mohabir, Suno, Seon Hetmyer, Suresh Dhanai and Linden Austin.Amir Khan will be the designated Secretary; Kwasi Maltay coach; Gladstone Hetmyer and Satanand Mohabir will share the work of the post of Manager. Austin will head the venue preparation, with Sripal in charge of the finance. Repairs and preparation of the venue have already begun.There are also plans for renovation and repainting of the buildings, purchasing of covers for the pitch, and procurement of a tractor to cut the outfield.The club is asking for assistance in any form to fulfill its plans. The members also promised the return of Mash Cup for 2019. Contact can be made with Beharry on 592-623-6875 or email, or any other club member, if one wishes to support the cause.last_img read more

Truck catches fire at Valiant Oilfield Hauling yard

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John fire department extinguished a truck that caught fire at the Valiant Oilfield Hauling yard this afternoon, just after 2:30 p.m.Deputy Fire Chief Darrell Blades says the fire took about half an hour to take out, and no one was harmed by the blaze.He says it was possibly an electrical fire, but an investigation is still ongoing to determine the cause.- Advertisement –last_img

Hull ARE interested in QPR target Defoe, claims Bruce

first_img Jermain Defoe during his time with Tottenham 1 Hull City manager Steve Bruce admits the club are interested in signing Jermain Defoe in the January transfer window.The FC Toronto star, who has also attracted the attentions of QPR, is believed to be available at the right price.And Tigers chief Bruce claims the ex-England striker is on his radar.“There’s always speculation… you ask any club in the bottom of the division, all of us would say yes,” he said of Defoe.“Whether we can do it financially is another problem.“If he becomes available, which I believe he is, then we’d love to do something. I think it might be too expensive but it’s not a bad bit of speculation.”last_img read more

Bears to Panthers: `We’re not the Giants’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaThe answer was an emphatic no. The Bears won eight consecutive after that, 10 of their last 12, and captured the NFC North. Along the way, they dominated the Panthers 13-3 at Soldier Field and sacked Jake Delhomme eight times. Now, they meet again. The Bears are in the playoffs for the first time in four years and are looking for their first playoff victory since beating Minnesota in the first round after the 1994 season. After going 13-3 and earning a bye in 2001, they lost by 14 to Philadelphia. The Panthers became the first road team since 1980 to score a playoff shutout when they beat the New York Giants 23-0 in the opening round last week. The defense forced five turnovers and the offense ran over a Giants team hurt by injuries to its linebacking corps. DeShaun Foster rushed for 151 yards after picking up 165 against Atlanta the previous week. After a first-round playoff bye, after a season proving the doubters wrong, the Bears host the Carolina Panthers today. The winner advances to the NFC championship game at Seattle. It all seemed unlikely, especially after a loss to Cleveland that dropped Chicago to 1-3 and left linebacker Lance Briggs wondering: “Are we that bad?” None of this seemed to awe Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, who cut off a question about the Panthers’ running game this week by saying, “We’re not the Giants.” Nor are they the Falcons, for that matter. The Bears owned the NFL’s top-ranked defense for seven weeks before ending the regular season with a 34-10 loss at Minnesota that dropped that unit to second behind Tampa Bay. They allowed a league-low 12.6 points per game. And the last time the Bears met Carolina, they branded themselves an NFC contender with a victory that was as lopsided as a 10-point decision can be. Although Steve Smith finished with 169 yards receiving, Carolina’s running game was nonexistent. The Panthers managed 55 yards rushing. But they have a different look now, more speed and finesse with Foster carrying the ball and Stephen Davis on injured reserve. Foster, who started the last four regular-season games and the playoff opener, had three mediocre outings before breaking out against Atlanta. “They run a lot of tosses with him to use his speed,” Bears defensive end Alex Brown said. “That actually helps their different blocking schemes; it’s not all power. They can run some finesse-type plays. The guy runs hard, he breaks tackles. He did last game against the Giants.” The last time Delhomme faced the Bears, he spent much of the game running from pressure. When he wasn’t on the ground, he was slinging sidearm passes and throwing off his back foot. Nathan Vasher’s two first-quarter interceptions set up a touchdown and field goal, and the Bears never looked back. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LAKE FOREST, Ill. – All along, the Chicago Bears claimed they would reach this point. They said they would make the playoffs, stuck together through a tough start and proved their training camp predictions were more than just hollow chatter. And here they are. last_img read more


first_imgGAA: There’s no doubting that the clash of St Eunan’s and Naomh Conaill is the big game down for decision this weekend in the Donegal SFC.An intense rivalry has developed between the two clubs over the years and Sunday’s meeting between the two sides promises to be a cracker. St Eunan’s defeated Naomh Conaill in the Donegal SFC final in 2012 in what was a thrilling final, while Naomh Conaill’s first ever Donegal SFC title came at the expense of the Letterkenny men in 2005.Naomh Conaill and St Eunan’s both enjoyed comfortable wins over Dungloe and Ardara respectively in their respective championship encounters in May.Many GAA commentators feels the meeting of the two will decide who ultimately tops Group 2.St Eunan’s are still without the services of All-Ireland winner Rory Kavanagh who is still in the USA. However, he is expected to return in the next couple of weeks and Maxi Curran will be hoping his side will have already advanced to the last eight of the Donegal SFC by the time he returns.Outside of Rory Kavanagh Maxi Curran’s side should be at full strength.Naomh Conaill suffered a surprise defeat to Dungloe last week but were without the services of former Donegal players Darragh Gallagher, Marty Boyle and Eoin Waide.All three are expected to line-out in O’Donnell Park on Sunday for the meeting of two sides who are hotly tipped by many to be there at the business end of the championship.St Eunan’s have played a lot of league games recently and may be slightly sharper than their opponents.It should be a very, very close game with a lot of quality on show but St Eunan’s should shade it. Verdict: St Eunan’sDONEGAL SFC GROUP 2: ST EUNAN’S V NAOMH CONAILL PREVIEW was last modified: August 20th, 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:Donegal SFCGAASportlast_img read more