first_imgCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COURTOIS,IVANOVIC, ZOUMA, TERRY, AZPLICUETA,FABREGAS, MATIC,WILLIAN, OSCAR, PEDRO,COSTAROONEY,MARTIAL, MATA, LINGARD,FELLAINI, CARRICK,BORTHWICK-JACKSON, BLIND, SMALLING, DARMIAN,DE GEAMANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1)Two teams who have underperformed this season meet at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea have already lost four games in the Barclays Premier League; they were last beaten in five at home back in the 1995-96 season.But their record at home against Manchester United is good; they have been beaten just once in their last 13 meetings at Chelsea. And overall, the Blues have won 10 and drawn eight of their 23 clashes at Stamford Bridge.Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four home league games against United, but they have drawn their last three, against Everton (3-3), West Bromwich Albion (2-2) and Watford (2-2).On Tuesday, United beat Stoke City 3-0 when Wayne Rooney scored his 99th Premier League goal at Old Trafford. The victory keeps United in fifth place, five points behind struggling Arsenal.And a day later, Chelsea were held to a 0-0 draw at Watford, maintaining interim coach Guus Hiddink’s unbeaten record since replacing Jose Mourinho, extended now to eight games.Chelsea, who are now in 13th place – their highest position since the opening day of the season – left Eden Hazard on the bench at Watford and he could feature while Alexandre Pato, signed on loan from Corinthians in Brazil, could also feature.Radamel Falcao is still missing for Chelsea while Loic Remy undergoes a test.Phil Jones and Bastian Schweinsteiger were absent against Stoke and undergo tests ahead of the trip to London but United are still without Rojo Marcos, Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young.last_img read more

Underdog candidate fights for boxing’s Olympic future

first_imgThe candidate in Saturday’s presidential vote at AIBA Serik Konakbayev speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. The IOC has hinted it could refuse to recognize AIBA if the other candidate, incumbent interim president Gafur Rakhimov, wins, as he is on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list for alleged ties to organized crime and international heroin trafficking, although he denies wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — With boxing’s Olympic future on the line, Serik Konakbayev will fight to save his sport.The one-time Olympic silver medalist from Kazakhstan is the underdog candidate in Saturday’s presidential vote at AIBA, the amateur boxing federation locked in conflict with the International Olympic Committee, which hasn’t decided whether boxing will be on the 2020 Olympic program.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The IOC hinted it could refuse to recognize AIBA if incumbent interim president Gafur Rakhimov, the other candidate, wins. Rakhimov is on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list for alleged ties to organized crime and international heroin trafficking but has denied wrongdoing.“If he wins, the IOC will take a tough decision which won’t make us happy,” Konakbayev told the Associated Press, referring to Rakhimov. “We could lose participation as an Olympic sport in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. That’s the scariest thing and we should all think about that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissKonakbayev, 59, held back from personal criticism of Rakhimov, saying he was merely relaying the IOC’s concerns.“Mr. Rakhimov has been in AIBA for a long time, he loves boxing and Mr. Rakhimov wants to make boxing better,” he said, but added: “I think that the doubts which the IOC has expressed are not groundless, so as an organization, we need to take it all seriously and be ready to avoid these consequences.” 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Konakbayev said he was there with IOC president Thomas Bach and “saw his concern and disappointment. I don’t think that makes our sport look good.”AIBA’s signature reform for 2016 — letting pro fighters into the Olympic ring with amateurs — was a failed experiment, Konakbayev said.“As an Olympian myself, who represented the Soviet Union on the world stage, I think it may be too early. Amateur and professional boxing are two different cultures,” he said. “You can host some exhibition fights, but the Olympics in Rio showed that professional boxing isn’t ready to be part of the Olympics.”None of the three pros who fought in Rio were big names, and none won a medal.Konakbayev is cautious about his chances of winning Saturday’s vote against Rakhimov, who has a higher profile as interim president. Indeed, Konakbayev only made the ballot after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that his nominations were in fact valid despite an earlier attempt by AIBA to exclude him.Preparing for a last round of lobbying, Konakbayev is drawing on his boxing career for motivation.“Each candidate, when he goes to the vote, is always focused on victory,” he said. “As a former boxer, I’m focused only on winning.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tokyo or bust Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The IOC has suggested it could keep boxing on the 2020 program but remove a role for AIBA, though it’s not clear how that might work. AIBA’s financial woes could deepen if it loses its cut of Olympic TV money. The IOC did not let Rakhimov, who is based in Dubai, attend the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires last month.Konakbayev, a former politician in his native Kazakhstan and amateur boxing’s top official in Asia, said the sport is “sliding backwards” and losing viewers to mixed martial arts.Since Konakbayev fought in the 1980 Olympics, in which he finished second in the light welterweight division, “we’ve lost the spice and popularity of boxing,” he said. Mixed martial arts promotions are luring viewers and talented young fighters with their superior showmanship, he argued, while boxing struggles with financial problems, infighting and “wrong decisions by judges.”Olympic boxing has long been dogged by controversial judging, and at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, AIBA sent home referees and judges who it said had fallen short.The crowd in Rio booed Russia’s Evgeny Tishchenko after he won a gold medal by a unanimous decision over Kazakhstan’s Vasily Levit despite Levit appearing the more aggressive fighter. Irish bantamweight Michael Conlan also profanely objected to a quarterfinal loss to Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin and accused AIBA and Russia of corruption.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Corruption Scandal Hits LIMU

first_img– President accused of Mismanagement and misappropriation of Gov’t Subsidy A special investigation into an alleged corruption scandal at the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU) has revealed that the US$20, 000 given to the union last year as subsidy from the government was poorly mismanaged and misappropriated.The investigation, led by Rev. G. Hamilton Karsor, accused the president of the union of administrative irregularities and procedural errors in the handling of the union’s funds, and the misappropriation of US$200, which she has been asked to restitute.The report, a copy of which is in the possession of LIB Life, also noted that there were discrepancies in the distribution of funds to stakeholders, and that the president, Martha Akorsah, and her receptionist, on several occasions, played the roles of vice president for administration (VPA), Henry Johnson, and treasurer, Doris Acquoi.The committee’s report further explained that during the year under review, there were unofficial receipts, or no vouchers, for some expenditure, like the payments made to Gideon and E. Owusu Dahnsaw.The report added that out of the US$20,000, only US$321.98 now remains in the union’s account, excluding the US$200 that union president Akorsah must restitute.However, the report falls short of revealing whether or not the US$19, 478 spent was actually used for the intended purpose, like building the capacity of local filmmakers through a series of training/workshops; working with government to create a better market system for the film industry; curbing piracy; and branding the image of the union.Quoting article XVI of the union’s 2006 Constitution in the report, Rev. Karsor said “for offenses of financial embezzlement or misappropriation, the guilty officer shall restitute the amount in question, and also serve a three-month suspension.”He said that the committee recommended that the president should restitute the money she misappropriated in the soonest possible time, and should also be served a warning letter against such administrative malpractices.“Our investigation furthered observer that the texting of a corruption scandal within the union to the public was dangerous and unconstitutional. Against this backdrop, the VPA, Henry Johnson, violated article XII of the Constitution on decision-making procedures, which states that ‘all decisions within the union shall be made on a two-thirds majority basis of the National Executive Committee,’” he said.Rev. Karsor explained that the VPA’s decision to disseminate damaging information about the union’s leadership without exhausting all efforts to get the involvement of the union’s Board and the NEC is “a clear gross misconduct; therefore, the committee is recommending that he be suspended for one month instead of an impeachment.”Stating the reason for recommending a month’s suspension for the VPA, Rev Karsor added that elected union officers may be impeached for reasons such as conflict of interest, bribery, inept performance and acts of gross misconduct not consistent with objectives of the union.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Highway 97 closed in both directions in Dawson Creek

first_imgUPDATE:  As of 7 p.m. the Highway is now open in both directions.DAWSON CREEK B.C. – According to DriveBC, Highway 97 is closed in both directions 38.5 km south of Junction with Highway 2, in Dawson Creek.Detour in effect via Braden Rd to 212 Rd to 265 Rd. The cause of the closure is a motor vehicle accident. – Advertisement -Updates will be provided as they become available.last_img

Chatsworth High time capsule lost in time

first_img And while the former schoolmates speculated about the location of the capsule filled with icons of their early lives, John Deary, 18, a member of the Class of 2006, had another possible explanation: “Maybe it wasn’t as good of a secret as they thought,” he said. “Maybe someone else came and dug it up.” (818) 713-3663160Want 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. 2 The time capsule is purported to be a three-foot length of plastic pipe, possibly holding sheet music and a red-white and blue tassel with a minuteman commemorating the nation’s bicentennial a big deal in 1976. It could also contain two of the era’s biggest fads a mood ring and a Pet Rock. None of the alumni who came to watch the time capsule being unearthed was actually there when it was originally buried just days before their graduation. And dispite their disappointment, they said they aren’t giving up yet. “We’ll do some more research and get to the bottom of this,” said Renee Serkin-Leshner, 47, of Calabasas, who is co-chairing Chatsworth High’s 30th class reunion. Chatsworth Principal Jeff Davis vowed to get the blueprints of the school, and Serkin hopes more clues will emerge June 24, when 200 former classmates gather for their reunion. Even though the time capsule remained elusive, for the classmates who turned out it was a chance to catch up with each other and reminisce about the days when the campus wasn’t fenced in, security was a single guy with a walkie-talkie and “the wildest thing we did in school was streaking,” said Teri Tilton, 47, of Calabasas, known as Teri Kollar back then. CHATSWORTH – Three decades ago, a few members of Chatsworth High School’s Class of 1976 secretly buried a time capsule on campus. Apparently, a little too secretly. Campus gardener Jerome Thomas spent an hour in the hot sun Tuesday digging six holes near a plaque adjacent to the school flagpole the rumored location of the time capsule and came up with nothing but dirt. “I’ve never seen a time capsule dug up, and I’ve never seen what they look like after they’re dug up. That’s why I was digging so vigorously,” Thomas said. “But to no avail.”last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Set For Final Road Trip Of The Season

first_img Drake Game Notes The Drake University men’s basketball team plays its final road game of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when it makes its annual trip to Springfield, Mo., to face Missouri State. Tipoff at JQH Arena is set for 7 p.m. with the contest broadcast via The Valley On ESPN3.Earlier this season, the Bears used a second-half rally to defeat the Bulldogs, 79-70, in Des Moines. MSU’s Dequon Miller scored 23 points to help MSU erase a 10-point halftime deficit. Drake’s Reed Timmer scored 21 points in the loss with Dominik Olejniczak adding a career-high 14 points and Karl Madison contributing eight assists, one shy of a career high.Heading into this meeting with the Bears, Timmer needs 15 points to reach the 500-point mark this season and become the 19th Bulldog to reach that milestone. He is currently averaging 17.3 points per game, the third-highest average in the MVC. Olejniczak, a freshman center, has seen his offensive production surge as he is 37-of-45 from the field in the last 11 games. He has scored eight or more points in four of the last five games with two double-figure scoring games in that span.After a pair of subpar shooting games, Drake has shot 46.2 percent from the three-point arc in the last two games. The Bulldogs currently rank 23rd nationally in three-point shooting at 39.1 percent with Timmer and Graham Woodward both ranking in the top six in three-point percentage in the Valley.Drake makes the trip to JQH Arena with a 6-22 overall record and a 1-15 mark in the MVC. MSU is 11-17 overall and 7-9 in the league. The Bears have dropped two straight games and are led by junior college transfer Dequon Miller’s 12.8 points per game.Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs return home to close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon against Loyola. Tipoff against the Ramblers is set for 1 p.m. at the Knapp Center.Print Friendly Version Live Audio Story Linkscenter_img Live Stats The Valley On ESPN3 last_img read more

Chelsea’s four flops were transformed into the awesome foursome

first_imgThe elderly took a clobbering in the recent Budget, but the Chelsea pensioners could be laughing all the way to the bank.A few weeks ago, the old guard of Terry, Lampard, Cole and Drogba were written off as Andre Villas-Boas’ Blues lurched from one crisis to another.But the four flops were transformed into the awesome foursome on Wednesday night as Chelsea somehow saw off the might of Barcelona at the Bridge to leave themselves two games away from Champions League glory.“If anyone else says to me that being involved in a relegation scrap is more exciting than drifting along in mid-table, I might finally lose it.”Just to rub salt in the wounds, Barca were denied the chance to visit Trafalgar Square after the game, when Health & Safety officials ruled they could not risk putting the Catalans amongst the pigeons.On the pitch, Drogba did the damage with the only goal of the game as Fleet Street’s finest dusted off their ‘Drog Bite’/’Slick As A Drog’/’Life In The Old Drog Yet’ headlines.And there were probably several hundred Chelsea fans in need of a hair of the Drog come Thursday lunchtime.Their 34-year-old striker infuriated the Barca players with his theatrics, hitting the floor more times than a drunk on an ice rink to give his grateful team-mates a breather as the reigning champions threatened to engulf them.Ashley Young has been hogging the headlines for all the wrong reasons this past fortnight and it was as if Drogba was putting the young pretender in his place with his take on the Crocodile Dundee knife gag – “That’s not a dive – this is a dive.”While their frontman was doing his double rollover, Chelsea left the field feeling like they’d won the Lottery.How Barcelona failed to get anything out of the game is a mystery that would have sent Sherlock Holmes’ pipe into meltdown.Messi and co had 79% possession, 24 shots and twice hit the woodwork, while Petr Cech was the irresistible force defying the immoveable object.It was a performance made all the more remarkable by the fact that three days earlier, Chelsea’s 30-somethings had put themselves through the wringer in a controversial FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.The scoreline showed the Blues triumphed 5-1 , but all the talk was of the ghost goal awarded against Tottenham with the game finely poised at 1-0.Mata’s goal aside, Chelsea were well worth their win.TV replays clearly showed Juan Mata’s shot was hacked off the line by Ledley King but referee Martin Atkinson – weeks after not giving QPR’s goal that did cross the line – had other ideas.Even Superman would have had trouble peering through the sea of bodies to the goal-line and if Atkinson ever offers to fill in my Spot the Ball coupon I’ll politely decline.Spurs boss Harry Redknapp later revealed: “He’s watched it now and says he feels worse than I do. I said ‘I don’t think so’.”Tottenham girl Adele was in the crowd at Wembley and while she will have been upset at what she witnessed, at least she’ll have plenty of heart-wrenching material for her new album.Next up for Spurs is a trip to Loftus Road, with the mood of QPR fans swinging more wildly than a Carlos Tevez goal celebration.We beat Liverpool – we’re staying up! We lose to Sunderland – we’re going down. We beat Arsenal – we’re staying up! We lose to Man United – we’re going down. We beat Swansea – we’re definitely staying up! We lose to West Brom – we’re definitely going down.It’s like a death row inmate being led to the electric chair, before earning a last-minute reprieve, then losing his appeal, being led back to the chair, winning a reprieve…Eventually you get to the stage where you scream: “Just flick the @!&*@!* switch!”To make matters worse, Wigan – Wigan! – keep winning. The team who a few weeks ago couldn’t score at an over-60s night are suddenly turning over Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal for fun.I’ve got nothing against Wigan – in fact if I was a neutral I’d be rooting for them to survive.But why, like a husband who arrives home from work with flowers from the garage on his anniversary, do they always leave it so late?At least Wolves have had the decency to be crap all season.And if anyone else says to me that being involved in a relegation scrap is more exciting than drifting along in mid-table, I might finally lose it.I haven’t studied tables this much since I was doing primary school maths and I’ve lost count how many times I’ve done the BBC Predictor thing before it finally tells me QPR are staying up.Beat Spurs, after Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan fail to take maximum points and the great escape is back on. Lose and our fate rests on lucky heather and rabbits’ feet.So can we do it? My heart says yes. My head hurts.Follow Chris on Twitterlast_img read more

Video: Football Friday at the FIC

first_imgStaff members at the Financial Intelligence Centre in Centurion, south of Tshwane/Pretoria, show their Football Fridays spirit ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Lesego Madumo catches up with the action.Click arrow to play video.last_img

‘EC ready for J&K delimitation’

first_imgThe Election Commission of India (ECI) is ready for delimitation of constituencies of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, when the government is ready, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said on Friday. The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, which was passed by Parliament in August, split the State into the Union Territories of J&K (with legislature) and Ladakh (without legislature). Asked about the status of the delimitation, which has been mentioned in the Act, Mr. Arora said the Law Ministry had sought legal advice from the ECI, which hired former officials Shangara Ram and R.K. Srivastava well versed in the process.last_img read more

South Asian Games: Mary Kom, Sarita Devi strike gold as India sweep boxing medals

first_imgMC Mary Kom and Pooja Rani knocked out their respective opponents while L. Sarita Devi survived a scare as India grabbed all the three gold medals on offer in women’s boxing for an overall clean-sweep of top honours in the 12th South Asian Games on Tuesday.On a comeback trail after recovering from a shoulder injury, London Olympics bronze-medallist Mary Kom (51kg) packed a powerful punch against her Sri Lankan rival Anusha Kodituwakku Dilrukshi to be adjudged winner via Technical Knockout (TKO) in a bout lasting less than 90 seconds. (Here’s why Mary Kom feels Indian boxing is in ruins) With Mary landing some powerful blows, Anusha lost her balance and injured her right knee. This forced her to take a medical break before attempting a comeback.However, a booming jab from the five-time world champion sent her almost out of the ring before the referee intervened.The injury to Anusha will take about two-three months to heal.”Anusha has sustained medical collateral ligament tear which would take about two three months to recover,” the Sri Lankan team doctor said.When asked about her opponent, Mary Kom said, “I’m so happy when anyone challenges me, I don’t comment before the bout. But deep inside, I was very positive.””After children, the comeback is not easy. I still do training to motivate myself. I’m thankful to my entire team,” she said.Sarita Devi, returning to the ring after her one-year ban following the infamous Asian Games meltdown, faced a stiff challenge from another Sri Lankan opponent in M. Vidushika Prabadhi.advertisementThe Incheon bronze-medallist overwhelmed the Lankan in the first two rounds but her opponent came back strongly in the third round with some powerful blows leading to Sarita falling twice before the Indian won by a narrow 39-36 margin to be adjudged winner 3-0.last_img read more