SWANSEA CITY VS MAN UNITED

first_imgSWANSEA (4-2-3-1)FABIANSKI, NAUGHTON, FERNANDEZ, WILLIAMS, TAYLOR,CORK, SHELVEY, AYEW, SIGURDSSON, MONTERO, GOMISMAN UNITED (4-2-3-1)ROONEY, MATA, JANUZAJ, MEMPHIS,SCHWEINSTEIGER, SCHNEIDERLIN,SHAW, BLIND, SMALLING, DARMIAN,ROMEROManchester United have started a Barclays Premier League season with three successive clean sheets for only the third time, winning two, drawing one, scoring just two goals and conceding none.And Sergio Romero, who has replaced David de Gea ahead of a potential move away from Old Trafford, is the first goalkeeper since David Ospina to keep a clean sheet in each of his first three Premier League games.Yet, at the other end, Wayne Rooney is looking to score for the first time in the Premier League since April. Since then Rooney has failed to score in nine league games and a total of 774 minutes – 12 hours and 54 minutes.In six previous meetings with Swansea, Rooney has scored just once – on the opening day of last season.However, he should be confident after netting a hat-trick against Club Brugge on Wednesday in the second leg of the Champions League play-off. United won 4-0 and 7-1 on aggregate.Last season Swansea did the league double over United, winning 2-1 both at Old Trafford and the Liberty Stadium.last_img read more

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World records matter

first_imgIn 20 of the 28 times when the International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF) has presented its male Athlete of the Year Award, it has been won by a man who has set a world record in the season under consideration. That may satisfy Jamaican curiosity as to why Usain Bolt did not receive the IAAF award this year. It, instead, went to Ashton Eaton, the American decathlete.At the 15th World Champion-ships, the tall Jamaican won a highly anticipated double-sprint clash against Justin Gatlin. Bolt squeezed past to take the 100 metres by 0.01 seconds and later cruised to victory in the 200, winning in 19.55 seconds, the fastest time in three years.At the same championship, Eaton raised his own decathlon world record to win the gold medal over Canada’s Pan-American Games winner, Damian Warner. The new mark, 9045 points, included a 45 seconds flat dash through 400 metres. It was only the third time the 9,000-point threshold had been attained.EDGE OVER BOLTWith both men having injury-affected seasons, the world record seems to have given Eaton the edge over Bolt and the other man under final consideration forthe award, triple jump world champion Christian Taylor of the United States. The latter mastered triple jump’s elusive 18 metres barrier, gained the upper hand over his main rival, Pedro Pablo Pichardo of Cuba, and won the World Championship with a mammoth jump of 18.21m. That’s just eight centimetres off the 20 year-old world record owned by Jonathan Edwards of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.Injuries restricted Bolt to a three-meet season in the 100m and just four in the 200m. For the same reason, Eaton managed just to start just one decathlon. That was his record performance at the World Championships.By comparison, Taylor triple-jumped seven times, cleared 18 metres in three different meets, and scared the Edwards world record. He and Eaton dabbled elsewhere, producing long jumps measured at 8.18m and 8.03m, respectively, and with the decathlete also running the flat 400m in 45.54 before the Worlds.Eaton is now in illustrious company. Carl Lewis, Roger Kingdom, Steve Backley, Kevin Young, Colin Jackson, Noureddine Morceli, Edwards, Wilson Kipketer, Haile Gebreselassie, Michael Johnson, Kenenisa Bekele, Asafa Powell, Bolt, David Rudisha, and Renaud Lavillenie have all won the award in seasons they punctuated with world records. In fact, this was the case for every winner of the award from its first year in 1988 to 1999.In 2012, Eaton set two world records in 2012, but saw the award go to Bolt, whose brilliant Olympic season included a sizzling 9.63/19.32 double win in London.last_img read more

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Mr Granger’s promises and pledges!

first_imgDear Editor,President David Granger, addressing the coalition’s rally at Hopetown, West Coast Berbice, on January 8, in his address said: “…we will keep sugar going in this region, that is a promise, that is a pledge…”. This is not the first time Mr Granger is making such remarks and certainly, it will not be the last time. Undoubtedly, he may most likely repeat it several times more before the elections campaign is over.But as the GAWU has been pointing out, far too often we must say that all those nice words are just that, loose words with absolutely no meaning.The Granger Government has, so far, not approved the release of any support to ensure that sugar continues to keep going. While Mr Granger, at the rally, spoke about Blairmont Estate’s continued operation, urgent investments are required to keep the estate going. But those investments are being held up by the President and his colleagues.What is more dismaying, as we have said before, is that it is not a case where the monies are unavailable. The reality is billions are available and accruing interest while the coalition just sits idly by while NICIL-SPU holds the GuySuCo and the sugar industry hostage.We recall that Mr Granger said since June 2019 that the sugar company would have had the funds. It is now January 2020 and Mr Granger’s commitment remains unfulfilled.So much for Mr Granger’s promises and pledges it seems!Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

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K of C Bantam AA Flyers finish second

first_imgThe Knights of Columbus AA Bantam Flyers take second place in the finals. -submittedAlthough the Flyers ended last night’s game with a 2-2 tie, they needed to win by three points in order to take first place. The first game on Tuesday ended 4-2 in favor of the Dawson Creek Canucks and total points determined the ultimate winner.The first game on Tuesday had a vigorous start with Logan Daneluk scoring at 10:29 in the first period. He was assisted by Wyatt Anderson and Jordan Harder. Dawson Creek replied with three unanswered goals before Dallas Trim halted the blitz with a goal at 9:23 in the second period, assisted by Anderson and Kyle Leonard. Dawson Creek scored another point in the third period ending the game at 4-2, a sizeable margin given the close rivalry of the two teams. – Advertisement -The second game opened with Tyler Cresswell scoring the first point for the Knights of Columbus. Dallas Trim assisted. Shane Rutherford scored at 6:19 in the first period, making the score 2-0 for Fort St. John and erasing the Canucks’ two point advantage. Daneluk assisted on the goal. Dawson Creek scored at 6:04 in the first and the battle continued back and forth throughout the second period with no scoring. Even though the Flyers outshot the Canucks 36/22 they couldn’t capitalize on it or take advantage of the powerplay. The Canucks scored one in the third ending the contest 2-2 and giving the opposition the win by total points.Congratulations to the Knights of Columbus Bantam AA Flyers on a terrific season.last_img read more

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Sounds familiar

first_imgSOMETHING is going very wrong on Hope Street. Somehow, officials at the L.A. Department of Water and Power survived the Fleishman-Hillard overbilling scandal a few years ago, when they should have been fired and prosecuted just like the public-relations firm’s executives. Three Fleishman-Hillard execs were convicted of bilking the DWP for more than $3 million in services never performed. The DWP officials who approved the contracts and worked with the firm got a full pass. Now a new, very similar contract irregularity emerging at the utility has a striking resemblance to the Fleishman-Hillard affair. And it could very well expose the whole truth – that the powerful city department is not the unwitting victim of sinister forces, but a willing co-conspirator in fleecing the public. So did CH2M Hill’s former main man in L.A., Jack Baylis. CH2M Hill is also a big political contributor. Employees and the firm have collectively donated more than $22,000 to L.A. politicians in the last six years. DWP officials can’t simply blame the contractors again this time. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. The audit found, among many discrepancies, that the city was paying labor rates 10 percent higher than the firm’s proposed rate and lacked cost analyses. But two previous DWP audits somehow failed to uncover any of these problems. This is more than a case of city workers being careless with public money. This smacks of collusion and wanton misappropriation of public funds. And this time the District Attorney’s Office needs to look beyond the contractors into the department itself.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In this new case, an independent auditor found that CH2M Hill, a Denver-based engineering firm with a large, politically connected Los Angeles office, appears to have overbilled DWP for $3.3 million as part of an eight-year, $96 million contract for dust control services in the Owens Valley. The parallels to the Fleishman-Hillard case are clear enough for anyone to see. Both are contracts with large firms that do regular business with the city, operated by political players who have friends and lots of VIP access to City Hall. Both are firms that gave generously to the campaigns of the city’s top politicians. Doug Dowie, the former top L.A. Fleishman-Hillard executive who is now waiting for his jail term to begin, was tight with former Mayor James Hahn and did pro bono work for him. Dowie accompanied Hahn on his Asia trip in 2002. last_img read more

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Wilder retains WBC title with brutal first round KO

first_img0Shares0000Deontay Wilder, who has one of the most destructive right hands in heavyweight history, floored Dominic Breazeale with 43 seconds left in the opening round © GETTY/AFP / AL BELLONEW YORK, United States, May 19 – Undefeated Deontay Wilder brutally knocked out Dominic Breazeale in the first round of their grudge match Saturday night to retain his World Boxing Council heavyweight world title.Wilder, who has one of the most destructive right hands in heavyweight history, floored the challenger with a one-punch knockout with 43 seconds left in the opening round at Barclays Center arena. The vaunted knockout artist Wilder swarmed Breazeale from the opening bell, hurting him with a straight right hand then finishing him off later in the round with the devastating right to the chin that was set up by a left jab.“When I hit him with the right hand the first time his body language changed,” said Wilder. “When you been in there with so many different guys you learn to recognize body language. I knew he was slowing down and opening up.”Breazeale barely landed a punch in the fight and his defence was non-existent as he walked right into the knockout blow. He lay motionless on his back, then got up at the count of 10 as the referee grabbed him and waved it off.Wilder was very focused, showing off his superior handspeed, conditioning and punching power in another one-sided victory.Wilder, 33, improved to 41-0-1 with 40 KOs in making the ninth defence of his title against heavy underdog Breazeale.Breazeale, who had lost just one previous fight to Anthony Joshua, dropped to 20-2 with 18 KOs.There was bad blood between the two heading into the fight with the buildup marked by a series of macabre threats from Wilder, who had spoken of his willingness to cause a fatality in the ring.Deontay Wilder celebrates after his first round knockout of Dominic Breazeale in his WBC heavyweight world title defence © GETTY/AFP / AL BELLOThreats of violence are a stock-in-trade part of promoting fights, but Wilder’s gruesome pre-fight comments were condemned by many in the sport as going too far.Wilder’s comments have appalled many in boxing, while WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has vowed to hold a hearing into the remarks.Wilder backed off on his comments immediately after the knockout in the ring, making light of the death threats.– ‘A lot of hatred’ –“Everything just came out of me. There was a big buildup to this fight,” he said. “There was a lot of animosity, a lot of chaos, a lot of hatred against each other. This is what makes boxing so great.Gary Russell Jr. punches Kiko Martinez on the way to victory in their WBC featherweight world title fight © GETTY/AFP / AL BELLO“When you get into a fight and settle your differences as men, that is what this sport is all about. We can handle this with our hands and at end of the day we can say we lived to see another day.”Wilder, who won the bronze medal for the US at the 2008 Olympic Games, moved up the all-time heavyweight defence list and joined four iconic champions who also made nine straight defences: Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis. The all-time record for any division is 25 by Joe Louis.On the undercard, featherweight world champ Gary Russell Jr. dominated former junior featherweight world titlist Kiko Martinez with a fifth-round knockout victory.Russell was heavily favoured defend his 126-pound belt for the fourth time.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Stoke star man hands club major boost

first_img Bojan celebrates scoring for Stoke City Bojan Krkic has signed a new four-and-a-half year contract with Stoke.The Spanish forward has been a big hit at the Britannia Stadium since joining the club from Barcelona in 2014.There were doubts over whether he would adapt to the demands of the Premier League on his arrival, but he quickly put those to bed with some impressive performances in the first half of last season.A knee injury saw him miss the last four months of the campaign but he has been in good form since returning to action in August.“Bojan has made no secret of the fact that he now regards Stoke as his home in a football sense,” said the Potters’ chief executive Tony Scholes.“When he joined us he made it clear that he wanted a period of stability in his career. It’s obvious that he has found what he was looking for with us and we’re understandably thrilled he has signed a long-term contract.” Bojan added: “I am very happy and motivated. Stoke City gave me the opportunity to play in the most competitive league in the world, the Premier League, and I have only words of gratitude for their trust and for the way they have treated me since the first day I arrived to England. “Mark Hughes convinced me to come to Stoke, he has helped me and showed his trust in me from the beginning, he followed closely the recovery process from my injury and there is no doubt I have signed an extension of my contract thanks to him.” 1last_img read more

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Podcast: Danny Kelly’s Trans Europe Express – Sunday, May 1

first_imgWelcome to episode seven of our brand new European football show.Each week, Danny Kelly will be alongside a leading football journalist to take a closer look at events in Spain, France, Germany et al. This week, Danny was joined in the studio by European football expert Andy Brassell to look over the La Liga title race, Bayern and Dortmund’s ‘love affair’ and find out just what has happened to Finnish champions SJK.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img read more

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Pros say they weren’t wrong – just early

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stock-market strategists, analysts and traders are busy trying to anticipate the market’s moves in 2006 and figure out where the big money will be made. But before assessing their latest predictions, it’s worth remembering that even the smartest minds on Wall Street can get it wrong. It often is helpful to understand why. A year ago, for example, Tobias Levkovich, Citigroup’s top stock-market strategist weighed in with his prediction: “The shift to large-cap [stocks] did not pay off in 2004…We think it will in 2005.” Mr. Levkovich argued that the largest companies had stronger balance sheets than small companies and also that their shares traded at lower prices relative to company earnings. Close, but no cigar. So far this year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, one measure of large-stock performance, has risen just 0.9%. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, another barometer of the biggest stocks, is up 4.6%. The Russell 2000 index, which tracks small stocks, has gained a bit more: 4.8%. Giants May Shed Flab What went wrong for largestock boosters? Small stocks generally do better while the economy is ramping up. And the economy’s momentum continued in 2005, despite predictions that things would cool down as the Federal Reserve raised interest rates. As a result, earnings and revenue growth have been better for smaller companies than for larger ones. At the same time, the dollar was strong all year, reducing investors’ appetite for the shares of big U.S. companies that get a significant portion of their earnings in foreign currencies. But Mr. Levkovich again is saying that large stocks will rule in 2006. And this time, many more investors are on board, including some large hedge funds that have shifted into large stocks in the last month or so, helping these stocks lead the market higher recently. “Admittedly, large-cap-oriented investment strategies have not worked thus far,” Mr. Levkovich acknowledges. But giant stocks haven’t been this cheap relative to small stocks in 20 years in relation to expected earnings of both categories, according to Citigroup. Larger companies also have built up a hefty amount of cash and are beginning to take steps to give it back to investors through share buybacks and dividends, all of which could help these big stocks rise in the next year. “With strong free cash flow and clean balance sheets, these companies seem poised to provide higher payouts,” Mr. Levkovich says. Here’s another prediction that went awry in 2005 but may come true in 2006: weakness in the U.S. dollar. The U.S. dollar scored a 7% rise this year versus a basket of foreign currencies, according to Merrill Lynch. One reason the dollar did so well: the Fed kept boosting interest rates, even as foreign central banks sat on their hands. That encouraged global investors to shift into dollar-based investments. And uncertainty in Europe, including youth riots in France, didn’t help the euro. At the same time, a change in U.S. tax law allowed U.S. companies to bring home over $200 billion of locked-up profits from overseas at a lower tax rate, which they converted to dollars. Meanwhile, many oil-producing nations used their bursting coffers to buy dollar-denominated investments. Dollar Could Still Weaken But the Fed may be close to its last interest-rate increase, according to economists, while foreign central banks might move their rates higher, helping those currencies rise against the dollar. The dollar’s rise was “arguably one of the big surprises of 2005,” says David Rosenberg, a Merrill Lynch economist. But “the greenback’s longer-term bear market will likely resume in 2006.” A falling dollar would help U.S. companies that export goods, by allowing those companies to pocket more-valuable foreign currencies and by making their products more competitive against those of foreign rivals. Foreign stocks and international- stock mutual funds also would be aided by a falling dollar, as U.S. investors get more dollars when they translate their overseas gains back into our currency. Continued growth in emerging markets also would benefit some non-U.S. companies, such as ICICI Bank (IBN in U.S. trading), the second- largest lender in India. Earnings at the Indian bank are expected to double next year, but the stock trades at a reasonable 17 times next year’s expected earnings and has a 2.5% dividend yield. Some analysts like Renaissance- Re Holdings (RNR), a big global reinsurance and insurance provider whose shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange. Shares have fallen about 13% in the past year and there’s been turnover in the executive ranks. But analysts have raised earnings and sales estimates in recent weeks and the stock trades at a skimpy six times next year’s expected earnings. An end to the Fed’s interestrate boosts could kick-start a stockmarket rally in the U.S. One likely beneficiary: Franklin Resources (BEN), parent of mutual-fund manager Franklin Templeton Investments. Analysts expect the company, which has been expanding its assets, to see earnings rise 20% next year. But its shares are trading at just 18 times next year’s expected earnings, below some competitors. Further, 40% of Franklin’s assets are in foreign-stock mutual funds, so weakness in the dollar would make them attractive. Housing Ebbs, Tech Revives Here’s another long-running prediction that seems to finally be coming true: a falloff in the housing market. Experts predicted it a year ago, and for much of 2005, housing prices kept rising. But lately the housing market has slowed, which in turn is likely to keep a lid on consumer spending in 2006, and weigh on the economy. That could affect many consumer stocks, especially those that depend on discretionary spending, as well as many real estate investment trusts, or REITs. One last prediction for the new year: a rise in capital spending by corporations in areas including technology and new plants. Technology stocks would clearly benefit. “The combination of strong growth from enterprise spending coupled with attractive valuation points toward the information-technology sector delivering the best returns in 2006,” says David Kostin, a Goldman Sachs analyst. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Solectron (SLR) and Tellabs (TLAB) are tech and telecom stocks with more cash than debt on their balance sheets and good prospects for the next year, according to analysts.last_img read more

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Author compiles best of A.V.

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Stone said she was surprised by some of the facts she unearthed during her research. She found out the rows of wind turbines topping brushy mountain ridges west of Mojave form the largest wind-energy area in the world. The twisted rock strata visible to motorists driving the Antelope Valley Freeway near Lake Palmdale are the work of the San Andreas Fault. The Navy’s China Lake testing center contains the largest petroglyph concentration in the Americas. “Every time we turned around it seemed like we’d find another gem,” Stone said. A former newspaper reporter who has written five other books, Stone worked at papers from Hawaii to the East Coast as she accompanied her husband in his Navy career and raised a family. Growing up in Los Angeles, her only contact with the Antelope Valley was when her parents brought her to St. Andrew’s Abbey’s Fall Festival, which she found astonishingly hot. But she moved to Lancaster when her husband went to work at Edwards Air Force Base. LANCASTER – Author Bonnie Domrose Stone found the world’s largest wind-energy area, the only drive-through earthquake fault and the world’s oddest “tree” – the Joshua – in researching a guidebook to the Antelope Valley. “San Andreas Ain’t No Fault of Mine” – which she thinks is the first-ever guidebook entirely about the Antelope Valley – lists festivals, sights and day trips, plus tidbits like milestone Edwards Air Force Base test flights and famous former residents like John Wayne and Judy Garland, who lived in Lancaster as children. “I had a blast writing it,” Stone, a Lancaster resident, said. The 200-page-plus book contains directions, maps, phone numbers and details on things to do and see around the valley, as well as information on local history. This book started out as an Antelope Valley history. But Stone decided there were enough local history books. Then she thought of places to take her grandchildren, and turned the book into a guide for the valley’s thousands of newcomers. After she had the research done, she and her husband spent last summer driving through the valley checking directions and mileage. The title came to her in the middle of one night. It’s humorous but also a reminder of the San Andreas earthquake fault’s presence along the valley’s southern rim, she said. “I’m afraid a lot of newcomers don’t know how close we live,” Stone said. “San Andreas Ain’t No Fault of Mine” can be purchased at locations including the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, 44801 Sierra Highway; Antelope Valley Winery, 42041 20th St. W., Lancaster;Reagan’s Hallmark, 2050 W. Ave. J, Lancaster; Burn’s Pharmacy, 866 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, and the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum at Edwards. List price is $14.95. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com 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

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