ASTON VILLA VSNORWICH CITYAston Villa have won only one of their past 23 Barclays Premier League games and will be aware that no team with 13 points – Villa’s total – or fewer from 24 games (based on three points for a win) have avoided relegation. However, Norwich last won at Villa Park in the inaugural season of the Premier League, in November 1992. Since that 3-2 victory, Norwich have drawn three and lost three at Villa.LIVERPOOL VSSUNDERLANDLiverpool are unbeaten in their last seven league games against Sunderland, who have gone 284 minutes since scoring against the Reds. The Black Cats have lost five and drawn two since they last won against Liverpool, at the Stadium of Light, in March 2012. Sunderland, are still without Younes Kaboul but Sebastian Larsson undergoes a test after a month out.NEWCASTLE VSWEST BROMNewcastle have lost just once at home to Albion, in December 2011. Overall, the Magpies have won six and drawn two of their nine home Premier League games against the Baggies. Albion have lost only one of their last six league games but three of those were draws. Their goal in the 1-1 draw with Swansea on Tuesday night was their first in three league games.SOUTHAMPTONVS WEST HAMSouthampton held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, their four successive clean sheet, their best sequence since November 2014. Saints have now gone 388 minutes without conceding. West Ham have lost only one of their last 11 Premier League games, a run extended by the 2-0 midweek win over Aston Villa. However, six of those games were draws.STOKE CITY VSEVERTONStoke City are going through a difficult time. In the space of a week they have gone out of the Capital One Cup – at the semi-final stage – and the FA Cup and, on Tuesday they lost 3-0 at Manchester United, their third game without a win and third without a goal. Everton have a poor Premier League record at Stoke; they last won there in September 2008, while drawing four and losing two of their other six games at the Britannia Stadium.SWANSEA CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACESwansea are unbeaten in their last three games in the Barclays Premier League, winning seven points from a possible nine. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, lost 2-1 at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday, the club’s fifth defeat in a row and seventh game in the league without a win. It is Palace’s worst sequence of defeats since they lost seven in a row between September and November 2013.
The Manchester police recorded its first incident today after a man clad in green stabbed another in the cheek, after a feud developed in Huntley in the constituency of North East Manchester. According to police, the feud allegedly developed after the two met in a minor vehicular accident. The police do not believe it was politically motivated. With no charges yet laid against the accused, the police are awaiting a report from the victim, who had to seek medical attention at the hospital, to ascertain the true cause of the incident.
The lifeless body of a 63-year-old pensioner was on Thursday morning discovered hanging in a mandir atDead: Jamoona SomaiAlness, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).The dead man has been identified as Jamoona Somai of Alness Village.An autopsy conducted on the body by Dr Marcalas Martinez gave the cause of death as a result of traumatic rupture of the hyoid bone resulting in strangulation.Reports are that Somai left his home situated two houses away from the mandir in the wee hours of the morning. According to the dead man’s wife, Drophati Bharrat, when she got out of bed and went downstairs, she discovered that a piece of rope which ties a hammock was missing.She said she immediately told her 18-year-old granddaughter to go to the mandir to see what was going on. “Every morning he would go to the mandir and sweep out and then lock the gate and come back home; is years he doing that.”When the granddaughter looked through a window of the building, the discovery was made and an alert was raised. According to Bharrat, her husband suffered two heart attacks and a stroke in the past two years and ever since, he has been experiencing severe pains.The former cane harvester leaves to mourn a wife, four children and a granddaughter who grew up with him.According to his wife, Somia was a willing person who always helped his family.
A team of professional foreign investors has expressed interest in establishing an oil refinery in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), with the intention of providing technical skills training to the community’s workforce and education sector.Prospects for the initiative were discussed on Wednesday when the team met with regional stakeholders at the office of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in Linden.The team was led by US-based Ghanian entrepreneur Quincy Sintim-Aboagye who owns an oil company and Alfred Fafali Adagbedu who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seaweld Engineering Limited in Ghana.Apart from the refinery, the team also plans to establish a hotel and to develop economic avenues for local farming. According to Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Regional Chairman Renis Morian, who chaired the meeting, the teamMembers of the team posing with Regional Councillorswhich also consists of US-based Guyanese has already had an engagement with Government.Morian recently met with the Guyanese side of the team in Houston, Texas during which they expressed interest in the investment.The Regional Chairman said after conducting a background check of the company, he was “blown away” with what he discovered. He said given that the community has solely depended on the bauxite industry which is no longer booming, he is optimistic about this venture.“Bauxite is down. We’re looking for a consummate agency that could employ. Here is one who’s willing to bring their own funding , their own oil refinery… they would have established the kind of repertoire in terms of training that our Government about three or four weeks ago travelled to Ghana seeking training for our local people here… I spoke with the President who’s very upbeat about it… We’re prepared to fight to see this rig in Region 10 for the people here…,” he noted. During the meeting, stakeholders unanimously agreed that they would like to see the refinery in Linden.Morian further added that though there is some resistance, he is now building support on the ground for the project. The potential investors noted that once given the nod, the operation can be up and running within 18 months.“We’re hoping that we can get a letter of intent from somebody in high office that we can move forward… I’m happy that today to have met with the people’s representative from all of the major agencies in Region 10 as we met with a serious investor who has the money and the machinery to do oil refining in Region 10… They’re ready to go… while they were encouraged to go other places they were persuaded to come here… What we’re looking forward to now is support from our Government to have this oil refinery in Region 10,” Morian said.During the meeting, Adagbedu said the team has done a lot of training with countries which have found oil. He said it’s important that when a country finds oil that its people fully participate in an effort to ensure maximum benefits. He noted that people who do simple vegetable farming also stand to benefit.Meanwhile, Aboagye said once the initiative comes to fruition Linden stands to achieve maximum benefits. “All the benefits will come to Linden. If the oil refinery comes… We plan to roll some money into a hotel so that when the high experts come here they can spend some of the money here… We can also get into farming to create the low-end jobs,” he noted.Additionally, Regional Councillor Gordon Callender made recommendations for the establishment of a school in Linden to train young people in oil and gas as urged the team to discuss this with Government.The two sides also discussed the possibility of implementing training at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI). The investors have posited that there will be opportunities for job creation and training in areas such as welding.Other benefits they highlighted are cheaper gas and electricity prices with additional interests in crude oil, bauxite expansion, the establishment of an industrial complex in Guyana.
A Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) watermelon vendor was on Friday evening robbed at gunpoint at her Port Mourant, Corentyne home.76 year-old Drupatee HaraulReports are that the incident occurred around 19:30h. This newspaper was told that three bandits, armed with a handgun, cutlass and a crowbar, attacked 76-year-old Drupatee Haraul and demanded cash and jewellery.The pensioner said she was seated in a hammock under her house when the three men pounced on her.Recalling the ordeal, the pensioner said the men approached and instructed her not to scream.“So I asked them what they want and one of them tell me that dem is bandit. The one with the long thing lash me in the head,” Haraul said, explaining that blood began to run down or face.It was then, she said, that the one of the intruders snatched the cellular phone from her hand and demanded that she handed over cash and jewellery.“I tell them I don’t have any money,” the watermelon vendor said.Meanwhile, the woman said that she started to scream and one of the bandits ran to the upper flat of the building.The 36-year-old granddaughter was confronted by the bandit as she was making her way down the stairs, having heard her grandmother’s screams.Neighbours responded to the woman’s screams, which led to the bandits fleeing, taking three cellular phones with them.Both Haraul and her granddaughter were treated at the Port Mourant Hospital.
He had only nine points and six rebounds, and it’s no coincidence the Tarbabes lost 76-66. In all honesty, Compton’s season could have been over at that point. But when the state pairings were announced last Sunday, the Tarbabes got a new lease on life when the team was seeded second in Division II. “I think Edgar takes a lot of pressure off Demar,” Compton coach Tony Thomas said. “He scores a lot of points and people can’t always double Demar but against Mater Dei, he didn’t play to his potential. “He wasn’t nervous. He looked a little anxious but since that game, he’s back to normal. He has a lot of talent. Just about every team in the Pac-10 has already offered him a scholarship.” After a decent but unspectacular sophomore year, Garibay has come into his own this season. The lanky center is averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds a game, and on defense he’s made life miserable for opposing teams trying to drive the lane. He’s averaging 2.3 blocks a game and he’s altered many more shots, leading to rebounds and fast break points. However, none of that mattered when he struggled against the Monarchs, with a trip to the CIF-SS I-AA finals on the line. “I don’t know what happened that night,” Garibay said. “It was just one of those nights and I was a little nervous that we weren’t going to make the state tournament. “If that happened, I would have been upset because up until the Mater Dei game, this had been a great season. Now, we have a chance to make it even greater.” The Tarbabes played in their first state playoff game in 10 years on Tuesday and Garibay looked more like his old self, scoring 17 points to go along with nine rebounds. “I actually wasn’t too happy with that night either,” Garibay said. “Every game, I feel like I should get 24 points and 16 rebounds. When I don’t, I don’t think I’m doing a good job of taking the pressure off Demar. “Luckily for us, he’s a great player and he always steps up but I’m ready for Redondo and I think you’re going to see my numbers go up.” Garibay could be in line for a big game against the Seahawks. Redondo doesn’t have a player taller than 6’6″, and after losing to Los Alamitos in the CIF-SS I-A final, the Seahawks barely squeaked past Fresno Edison in the first round, 59-58. One of their tallest players, 6’5″ senior forward Shane Morgan, did score 27 points. But he’s more of an outside threat, who also connected on five 3-pointers. “I don’t know too much about them but at this point of the season, we’re going to go out and do what we do,” Garibay said. “You can’t be nervous just because we’re playing in the state tournament. You just have to go out and play.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s hard to go unnoticed when you’re 6’10” and 235 pounds, but that’s what happened to Compton High junior center Edgar Garibay on Feb. 27 against Mater Dei. In the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA semifinals, Garibay, who was having a breakout season up to that point, suddenly disappeared. Now, as the state tournament rolls along, Garibay figures it’s about time to stand up and be heard from again. After beating San Diego Serra 93-62 on Tuesday behind a strong game from Garibay, Compton (26-6) will host Redondo (27-5) at 7 p.m. tonight in the Southern California Regional Semifinals. A win tonight would likely set up a rematch between the Tarbabes and the Monarchs next Saturday at Pauley Pavilion in the Regional Finals. “We would love another shot at them,” Garibay said. “But we can’t look past Redondo because if we lose now, then this time for sure, all season will be over and nobody wants to go home yet. Our goal is Sacramento.” Junior forward Demar Derozan is hands down Compton’s most talented player, averaging 22 points a game, but he needs help in order for the Tarbabes to achieve their goals of winning a state title. Garibay provides that help.
There’s one key phrase that keeps getting repeated every time Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about his purported 20-year, $222 billion statewide construction program, his solar incentive and his proposed budget for next year: “No new taxes.” But it ain’t necessarily so. For it all depends on what is a tax. If a tax is something you have to pay in order to keep living as you do, then these plans are replete with tax increases and continuations of last year’s tax increases. The same goes if a tax represents money one must pay unexpectedly to the government. Schwarzenegger, for example, plans no increase in university, college or community college fees next fall, but also plans no reductions. This will “make life easier” for students and their families, he said. But Schwarzenegger and the Legislature increased those fees by an average of about 10 percent last year, causing hardships among University of California and California State University students and spurring tens of thousands of dropouts from community colleges. Keeping fees at last year’s levels won’t be much relief to most California families, whose typical income increase from last year is in the 2 percent to 3 percent range. This idea never came close to making it through the Legislature, in part because Democrats wanted to attach a requirement that all the work be done by union labor, while Republicans wouldn’t tolerate any such thing. So Schwarzenegger went to his compliant appointees on the state Public Utilities Commission, who quickly approved the plan by a 3-1 vote. Not a tax? Try not paying and see what happens. Schwarzenegger is sometimes accused of balancing his budget on the backs of the poor, the poorest of whom will see cost-of-living increases for supplemental security income (which goes to seniors, the blind and disabled) delayed for two years. The solar incentive plan provides more reason for the poor to complain. Not many welfare recipients will be interested in laying out $20,000 for solar panels and then getting $7,000 back, for a net expense of $13,000, to be amortized over many years of lowered electric bills. Most solar buyers, as usual, will be middle-class or wealthy homeowners, plus some businesses. This may, as Schwarzenegger asserts, save everyone money in the long run by reducing the amount of power that utilities and the state must buy. It will also let those who install solar equipment sell any extra power produced by their arrays back to the utilities. Put it all together and this year’s Schwarzenegger proposals don’t look much different from last year’s, also presented with a “no new taxes” claim. Back then, teachers also lost their tax credit, students paid more or were forced to leave school and COLAs for the poor were minimized. Which shows that Schwarzenegger’s no-new-tax claims usually mean only that the classes of people and businesses he favors won’t pay more, but many others will, even if what they pay is called something other than a tax. Thomas D. Elias is a writer living in Southern California. Write to him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Then there are schoolteachers, almost all of whom spend hundreds of their own dollars yearly on school supplies for children in their classes, everything from glue to pencils, chalk and construction paper. They do this on an average salary of $38,845 for elementary and high school teachers. In the late 1990s, legislators and then-Gov. Gray Davis voted them a tax credit of $250 to $1,500 per year, both as reimbursement for the supplies and as an incentive to stay in the schools. For the second straight year, Schwarzenegger proposes to suspend this credit, meaning teachers will pay hundreds of dollars more than most had reason to expect. Then there’s the governor’s solar incentive plan, designed to put solar panels on more than 1 million roofs statewide. This will be underwritten largely by customers of the state’s four big utility companies. Apartment dwellers and homeowners without any interest in solar power will soon see an additional line on monthly gas and electric bills, with average residential PG&E customers paying an additional $17 a year and those in Southern California between $14 and $18 per year more. The idea is to give the state’s solar industry a boost, and it should. Homeowners and businesses buying the typical $20,000 array of solar panels can expect to benefit by about $7,000 from Schwarzenegger’s plan.
A man tried to set his neighbours’ home on fire and tried to attack them with a chainsaw after they called him names.Letterkenny Court.Luke Kelly, of Ballykeeran, Kilmacrennan, appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday. He was charged with assault causing harm, and also causing criminal damage to the Lafferty family home on July 23rd, 2014.Garda Siobhan Campbell told the court that they received a 999 call to the Lafferty home after an incident involving Kelly, 26.It was alleged that Kelly punched Matthew Lafferty in the jaw knocking him over before pouring petrol over the Lafferty home and then chasing members of the family with a chainsaw and also a pitchfork.Garda Campbell said Kelly claimed it was Matthew Lafferty who had the chainsaw and he fire started when sparks form the chainsaw came into contact with some petrol.Kelly did admit breaking some windows in the house.Shane Lafferty also claimed that he had received some burns to his arm as a result of the altercation.The court heard that the Lafferty family had since moved out of the area and that Kelly had not ben in trouble since.Barrister Peter Nolan said his client was a 26 year old father of one and said the incident was a wake-up call for Kelly who was terrified of going to jail.The court heard he had previous convictions for various offenses including assault, criminal damage and using threatening and abusive behaviour.However, Mr Nolan pleaded for a chance for his client saying he thought he had had his last brush with the law.Judge John O’Hagan said the entire incident read like something out of a massacre novel.“You have to ask yourself if it is real or not,” he added.He sentenced Kelly to a total of 21 months but substituted the term with 200 hours community service in lieu of the jail sentence.“I hope he takes advantage of this fresh start,” said the judge.MAN CHASED FAMILY WITH CHAINSAW AND SET THEIR HOUSE ON FIRE OVER NAME-CALLING was last modified: December 17th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:attackchainsawcourtdonegalfireLuke Kelly
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has described the speculation over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future as “very strange” – and insists there are no plans to sell the superstar forward.Reigning Ballon d’Or and Best FIFA Men’s Player award winner Ronaldo has been linked with a return to Manchester United having been “outraged” by what he feels is unfair treatment by Spanish tax authorities, making him determined to leave the country.The 32-year-old only signed a new deal with Real in November and is under contract until 2021, though his unhappiness has caused an issue for Perez as he begins his new term as the head of the European and Spanish champions.When speaking publicly on Monday, having run unopposed to return as president for the next four years, Perez did not reference Ronaldo when discussing the current state of Los Blancos.But in a later interview with radio station Onda Cero he revealed he had plans to talk to the Portuguese once the Confederations Cup is finished.In quotes carried on Marca’s website, Perez said: “I have not spoken to him. I’ve heard about the Cristiano situation from what newspapers have written.“I know Cristiano, he’s a good guy as a professional and as a person.“I want to talk with him. I have a good relationship with him after working together for eight years. I will talk with him when the Confederations Cup has finished.“I’m not contemplating that Cristiano will leave. Right now he is a Madrid player. Something very odd will have to happen for him to go. And I’m not contemplating that, especially without speaking with him.”Ronaldo is understood to feel he has been singled out for disproportionate treatment after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of 14.7million euros (£12.8m).“I must defend him at all costs, both as a player and as a person,” said Perez. “What I will say is that everyone must fulfil their tax obligations. I have no doubt that Cristiano will be able to defend himself.“What they have told me is that he has the same financial arrangements as he had in England, where he had no problems.”Free-spending Paris St Germain have also been linked with a move for Ronaldo but it is United who look to be at the front of the queue for a player Bayern Munich have denied interest in, with Jose Mourinho’s men reported to be preparing a record bid to bring the forward back to Old Trafford.Perez, though, insists Real have yet to receive any offers for Ronaldo – or for his fellow forwards Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez, who have both been heavily linked with moves away from the Bernabeu this summer.“I’ve not spoken with Nasser (Al-Khelaifi, PSG president) or with anybody, we’ve not received offers for him (Ronaldo), Morata or James.“And neither have we made any offers for anybody.” 1 Florentino Perez has branded reports Ronaldo wants out of Real Madrid as ‘strange’
SHAY Given won’t be Aston Villa’s automatic No1 goalkeeper next season, new boss Paul Lambert has warned.The former Celtic legend has resigned Brad Guzan who was initially released at the end of last season after spending four years at Villa Park.However, it appears the 27-year-old will agree to a new deal with the Midlands club, to compete with Given for the goalkeeper spot, with Lambert hinting that it would ultimately hinge on who performed best in pre-season.“It’s near. I know [Guzan] has always had that stigma of being the No.2 behind some really good goalkeepers,” Lambert said. “But when you come back at the start of the season nobody knows what’s going to happen and it depends on whoever does well.”Lifford man Shay made 34 appearances last season – American Guzan did make several good appearances for the Midlands club when Shay was injured. LAMBERT: SHAY WILL FACE BATTLE TO RETAIN NO1 SPOT AT VILLA was last modified: July 10th, 2012 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:LAMBERT: SHAY WILL FACE BATTLE TO RETAIN NO1 SPOT AT VILLA
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