TOTTENHAM (4-2-3-1)LLORIS, WALKER, ALDERWIRELED, VERTONGHEN, ROSE,DIER, DEMBELE, SON, MASON, ERIKSEN, KANECHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COSTA, PEDRO, HAZARD, WILLIAN,MATIC, FABREGAS,KENEDY, TERRY, ZOUMA, IVANOVIC,BEGOVICTottenham have gone 12 games in the Barclays Premier League without defeat after beating West Ham United 4-1 last Sunday. That equalled the club’s record in the competition, set between December 2012 and March 2013, when they won eight and drew four. So if they draw or win against London neighbours Chelsea they will set a new club record.They will fancy Harry Kane to find the net; Spurs’ England striker scored twice in the win over West Ham to take his tally for the season to nine including eight in five Spurs matches – ahead of yesterday’s Europa League clash with Qarabaq, in Azerbaijan.More pointedly ahead of the visit of neighbours Chelsea, Kane has now scored 12 goals in 14 London derby games while in the calendar year of 2015, he has 24 Premier League goals, more than any other player in English football.Chelsea beat Norwich 1-0 last Saturday after three straight Premier League defeats. The reigning champions are still 15th, just five points clear of the relegation zone but 14 points behind leaders Leicester. But on Tuesday they enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win in Israel against Maccabi Tel Aviv.Back to the Premier League and in this game last season Spurs won 5-3, inspired by Kane, who scored twice. That was only Spurs’ fourth win in 23 home games against Chelsea in the Premier League.
Residents of Number 10 Village, Branch Road, De Hoop, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, have renewed their calls for the area are to be connected to the national grid to access electricity.During visits to the area on Wednesday, residents told Guyana Times that they were grateful for the potable water and roads which they received some time ago, but receiving electricity was a must.They said they were promised power more than 24 years ago.Purwantie HarriprashadNumber 10 residents say they have been promised light for decadesOne woman told this publication that they too wanted to enjoy luxuries like citizens in other parts of the country.“Abbe got to get washing machine, abbe hand get pain,” the woman lamented.Another housewife explained that she has been living in Number 10 Village for 19 years and the solar panel which she used to generate electricity cannot supply power to heavy-duty equipment such as a washing machine.“I would like to have some current because de children got to study to go to school de next morning and I have a lot of clothes to wash and I would like to have a washing machine,” another woman pointed out.“You nah get fo sleep properly in the night, de children clothes so plenty, you got to wash with yo hand,” observed Purwantie Harriprashad, another resident.
…arson suspectedA fire suspected to be an act of arson has completely destroyed Lumber Master Guyana Inc – a sawmill at Yarrowkabra, Soesdyke-Linden Highway. The fire reportedly started at about 01:30h on Tuesday.A section of the ravaged sawmillReports are the blaze was first noticed in the factory and quickly ravaged the living quarters of the General Manager, Khemraj Mangroo, along with several vehicles and equipment.Speaking with this publication on Tuesday, the still shaken manager explained that he was awakened by the loud sound of exploding bottles. He said that as he peeped through his bedroom window, he saw huge flames emanating from the factory.Mangroo explained that in order to run to safety, he removed a few louvre panes from one of the windows and ran into the bushes. He said that he immediately informed his employer of the fire, and he, in turn, contacted the Guyana Fire Service (GFS). Mangroo stated that within minutes, the entire sawmill and living quarters were engulfed in flames.By the time the fire tenders arrived at the scene, there was nothing left to be saved, this newspaper was told.“Apparently the fire tenders were sent to the Police Outpost at Yarrowkabra to look for a small fire and not to the correct location of the sawmill…It was from all indication a miscommunication but if they had come to this location initially at least they could have saved something,” Mangroo said.General Manager, Khemraj Mangroo pointing in the direction where the fire was initially spottedThe General Manager posited that apart from the vehicles being destroyed, a tractor was also set on fire. The tractor, he noted was parked some 80 feet away from the factory.“The fire officials are convinced that it is an arson… after looking at the evidence, there is no trail of a fire from the factory to the tractor… it clearly shows that someone had set the factory on fire then went over to the tractor and put that on fire as well,” he added.A truck, tractor, pick-up truck, loader, edger and two LT-70 sawmills were some of the equipment that was destroyed as a result of the fire. Mangroo estimated the losses to be in the millions. Additionally, he noted that several million dollars in dressed lumber were also destroyed by the fire.The business, he explained, was established in 2015 and has since been exporting dressed materials. The establishment has about seven persons on its payroll. Mangroo, however, confirmed that the business was insured.Meanwhile, the fire officials and Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the inferno.
BEIJING – China will soon create one of the world’s largest investment funds, with ramifications for global stock, bond and commodities markets and for how the U.S. finances its trade deficits. Finance Minister Jin Renqing said Friday the aim is to make more profitable use of its $1 trillion in foreign currency reserves that have piled up as it posted huge trade surpluses year after year. Most of those funds are now parked in safe, but relatively low-yielding U.S. Treasury securities and other dollar-denominated assets. “We can achieve more profit from the investments,” Jin said at a news conference. “We are now preparing the organization of this new corporation.” Jin said Beijing may follow the lead of Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, which manages nearly $90 billion in government pension funds and other assets. It owns stakes in Singapore Airlines and Singapore Telecom, as well as in banks, real estate, shipping, energy and other industries in India, China, South Korea and elsewhere. Analysts have speculated for some time that China would create an investment company, and officials have said repeatedly they want to make better use of the country’s reserves. Economists have suggested Beijing might allocate as much as $200 billion to $400 billion to the new company, which in a single move could create one of the world’s richest investment funds. “They want to be more aggressive than what they do with current reserves,” said economist Mingchun Sun at Lehman Brothers in Hong Kong. “They could invest in higher-yield products – stocks, corporate bonds, maybe even commodities,” Sun said. “Basically, the returns would be higher because the risk is higher.” A shift in China’s investment strategy could change its purchases of Treasuries, affecting a market that Washington relies on to help finance multibillion-dollar budget deficits, and perhaps eventually push up U.S. interest rates. But Lehman Brothers’ Sun played down that risk. He said that with its reserves growing by as much as $20 billion a month, Beijing could afford to keep buying U.S. government bonds while also channeling billions into new investments. Even so, news of the Chinese announcement – along with an upbeat jobs report, which reduced expectations the Federal Reserve will need to cut U.S. interest rates – came on the same day of a big drop in the price of the benchmark 10-year Treasury note Friday. That pushed up its yield to 4.58 percent from 4.51 percent late Thursday. The Commerce Department also reported Friday that the U.S. trade deficit with China soared 12 percent to $21.3 billion, even as the overall gap between what America sells abroad and what it imports slimmed slightly in January to $59.1 billion from a December deficit of $61.5 billion. Jin gave no details of how the Cabinet-level company might invest the reserves, nor did he say what portion of the reserves might be channeled through the company or when it would start to operate. Spokespeople for Jin’s ministry and the central bank and foreign currency regulator declined to give any other details. U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, in an interview this week on the U.S. television network ABC, rejected suggestions that changes in Chinese bond purchases could affect the United States. Paulson said Beijing’s entire holdings represent the equivalent of less than a single day’s trading in Treasuries on global bond markets. Chinese economists and media reports have suggested China might adopt more unusual investment approaches, ranging from stockpiling oil and other raw materials to spending more on social programs to encourage Chinese consumers to spend more and reduce dependence on exports. The growth in China’s reserves is driven by the rapid growth of its exports, which brings in dollars, euros and other foreign currency, and by the billions of investment dollars being poured into the country. The surge in money flooding in from abroad forces the central bank to drain billions of dollars from the economy every month by selling bonds to reduce inflationary pressures. The precise composition of China’s foreign currency reserves is a secret. But economists believe that as much as 75 percent is believed to be in U.S. dollar-denominated instruments, mostly Treasuries, with the rest in euros and a small amount in yen. Stephen Green, chief economist at Standard Chartered Bank in Shanghai, calculated that last year the central bank made a $29 billion profit on its Treasury holdings after paying interest on its own bonds and other expenses. But even that represents a return of less than 3 percent on the $1 trillion in holdings. By contrast, Singapore’s Temasek says it has averaged an 18 percent annual return since it was created in 1974.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been offered a new contract by the club.The 34-year-old’s current deal at Anfield expires at the end of the season and there has been intense speculation over his future.He was dropped to the bench by Rodgers for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Stoke, amid reports of a fallout between the pair, which Gerrard quickly denied.But Rodgers has now moved to assure Gerrard, who joined the club’s academy as an eight-year-old, he sees a future for him at Liverpool and has revealed the club have opened talks with the ex-England skipper about extending his stay on Merseyside.Rodgers has also promised to give the long-serving midfielder as much time as he needs to decide whether to put pen-to-paper or seek a final challenge elsewhere.“The latest is he has been offered a contract here and at this moment in time that is where it is at,” said the Reds boss.“In what he has done in his 16 years here (in the first team) he is a man who deserves the utmost respect and time to consider that.“It is a big move not just in his life but in terms of committing where his next contract is going to be.“There are probably many things Steven would have to think about in a decision like this but it certainly won’t be money.“I have spoken to him often enough and at length and that won’t be the case.“Between now and the end of the season he deserves that opportunity to have a think of where it is at but one thing is clear, I love working with Steven Gerrard.“He is arguably the best player who has ever played in the Premier League, I have enjoyed every minute of working with him here and I hope that continues.“But I need to give him the opportunity to take as long as it takes in order for him to decide what he wants to do next.“I saw some things yesterday which were unfortunate about a rift between he and I but if there were two words I would use to describe our relationship it would be ‘honesty’ and ‘respect’.” Steven Gerrard 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe extreme gluttony that starts on Thanksgiving, takes a brief break, then gears up in earnest with the arrival of Aunt Myra’s famous fudge. Approaching 90, the frontier woman still sends her annual dispatch of chocolate chewies, each individually wrapped in precise squares of wax paper. Our official entry point to weeks of overconsumption, the candy survives this household for less 24 hours. It’s over The stubborn and romanticized tradition of making cutout sugar cookies “with the kids.” About 15 minutes into this gala affair, Erin and Matt routinely leave Dad holding the dough – and yelling at them to reappear and join the festivities. Fortunately, they do enjoy the creativity of the frosting process – particularly Matt, who gleefully manufactures one-eyed, drooling gingerbread men and enhances his snowmen with – let’s just say they become snowwomen. It’s over My husband and kids have a long-standing holiday joke. Come Dec. 26, they stammer at the sight of every lit house: “But, but, but, Christmas is over!” Here we are again, in the midst of the 12 days of Christmas – which feel more like an inflatable Santa with the air sucked out of it than anything to do with holidays. Indeed, Christmas is as over as our desiccated fir now limping into 2008 so that we can, er, show it off at the New Year’s Eve poker party. No one light a match! It’s over The cookies. Lovingly displayed on a side table. Low enough for the dogs to reach. Which, at least for their health, was better than the time they gnawed through the children’s stockings and chomped every Hershey’s Kiss, foil and all. It’s over The excuse for sipping a rum-laced eggnog or vodka and cranberry juice cocktail most every night by the fire, fire optional. Try “helping” your seventh-grader comprehend the difference between adjective and adverb prepositional phrases after a shot of booze. It’s over The sensible- turned-extravagant shopping missions that go something like this: OK, we have a digital camera for Matt and an iHome for Erin. Erin’s a little behind – let’s add a webcam. Now Matt’s behind – go ahead and get him that Slice. It’s over The complex gift-choosing for 14 (yep!) nieces and nephews, until my brainstorm: “Hey! Give ’em all the same thing!” It’s over The Forever 21 encounters. Don’t I wish. Now it’s back to the mall with piles of junk. And this year, Erin even guided me through the crammed store pointing out items she’d like from Santa. “Guess I have to try them on before I know for sure,” she sheepishly apologized Christmas morning. Just for the holidays, the teen magnet changed its already Grinchish return policy (store credit only, if they feel like it) from a deadline of 21 Days After Purchase to Dec. 31 Or Tough Toenails – so forget waiting out the rush. This mega-chain is definitely confident its captive audience – parents held captive by their daughters – will keep coming back for more. It’s over The huge family Christmas Day dinner filled with fun, love, hilarity and, whether Mike’s family or mine, a dose of dysfunction. It’s over 2007. On to a fresh start with new hopes, ideas and aspirations. On to looking – really looking – for a path to peace and compassion. On to the promise of the blank page before us. Susan Christian Goulding’s column appears Saturdays. She is an award-winning writer and freelance journalist. She can be contacted by e-mail email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue has slammed the Government’s decision not to provide extra protection to frontline emergency workers including Gardai.A Fianna Fáil Bill in the Dáil that proposed a minimum 5 year jail term for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of an on duty garda, nurse, ambulance worker or fireman.But this was voted down by Fine Gael and the Labour parties. Deputy McConalogue has pointed to the cases of tragic Donegal Gardai Robbie McCallion and Gary McLoughlin who were killed in the line of duty here.“I strongly believe that anyone who assaults an emergency worker in the line of duty needs to feel the full rigour of the law,” said Deputy McConalogue.“Unfortunately those working in our emergency services in Donegal have had to endure the deaths of two gardaí here in recent times. Garda Robbie McCallion and Garda Gary McLoughlin were two fine young men who were killed in the course of their duties serving the people of Donegal.“We have seen how judges’ hands are tied when it comes to tough sentences for those convicted of such crimes. We saw in the trial following the death of Garda Robbie McCallion who was killed in the line of duty in Letterkenny that the fact he was a serving member of the gardaí and was on duty at the time made no difference during his court case,” he said. He added this was not the fault of the judge but because our laws do not allow for specific sentences for attacks on gardaí and other emergency workers.“There is clearly a gap in the law when a garda is killed or harmed in the line of duty. The legislative process does not give him any recognition for the fact that he was a serving member of An Garda Síochána.“I believe that those who put themselves at risk to save lives and to keep our communities safe must be given extra protection by the law.“I am calling on the Government to adopt a greater sense of urgency in relation to this matter. We need to send out a strong message that we value our emergency workers and that we are willing to protect those who protect us,” he said.McCONALOGUE SLAMS GOVERNMENT’S REFUSAL TO GIVE MORE PROTECTION TO EMERGENCY WORKERS was last modified: October 10th, 2012 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:Charlie McConalogueemergency workersGardaiGary McLoughlinRobbie McCallion
2 What do Argentina need to do to qualify from Group D and stay in the World Cup?Nothing less than a win will do for Lionel Messi and Co against Nigeria.Argentina find themselves in a pickle and – even with a win – they might be on the plane home.If they do secure those precious three points, only Iceland can deny them a place in the knockout stages.The smallest country at this summer’s World Cup face Croatia and will qualify ahead of Argentina if they win by a scoreline greater than the South Americans. Argentina have only crashed out at the World Cup group stage once since 1962.After two horror performances against Iceland and Croatia, Jorge Sampaoli’s strugglers face Nigeria with their dreams of a third title hanging by a thread. Argentina will be looking at Lionel Messi to bail them out When did Argentina last go out in the group stages?Remember that Beckham penalty in 2002?That was the last time Argentina were condemned to an early exit, crashing out of Group F with just one win from three games.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 2
FINN HARPS have drawn Wexford Youths in the second round of the FAI Cup.Holders Derry City will begin their defence of the trophy against non-league Blarney United.There will be two all-Premier Division encounters, with St Patrick’s Athletic welcoming UCD to Richmond Park and Drogheda United travelling to Dalymount Park to face Bohemians. Shamrock Rovers, the most successful club in the competition’s history with 24 title, face a trip to Salthill Devon.The fixtures will take place on the weekend ending Sunday 2 June.FAI Ford Cup second round draw:Tolka Rovers v College Corinthians St Patrick’s Athletic v UCDBray Wanderers v Mervue UnitedBohemians v Drogheda UnitedBluebell United v Athlone TownGlenville v Limerick Finn Harps v Wexford YouthsWaterford United v Sligo RoversSalthill Devon v Shamrock RoversSt Patrick’s CY v Cobh Ramblers Shelbourne v BandonCork City v Kilbarrack UnitedBlarney United v Derry CityLongford Town v Pike RoversPhoenix v DundalkAvondale United v Sheriff YCHARPS DRAWN AT HOME TO WEXFORD YOUTHS IN FAI CUP was last modified: April 30th, 2013 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:HARPS DRAWN AT HOME TO WEXFORD YOUTHS IN FAI CUP
A BUSINESS student rowed with Gardai after being spat on by a man, a court has heard.Natalie McGranaghan, from Leitir Ard in Letterkenny, appeared at the town’s District Court accused of using threatening and abusive behaviour.Inspector Michael Harrison said 25-year-old McGranaghan was arrested at 2.55am on December 4. Gardai intervened in the town when they saw a woman attempting to assault someone.She refused to give her name to Gardai, refused to move on and was arrested.After spending some time in the cells she eventually gave her details to officers.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client admitted using threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to comply with the direction of Gardai.“This incident only arose because the male she was attempting to assault had spit at her,” said Mr Gallagher.“My client has anger issues which are exacerbated through drink. She is a first year student in business and deeply regrets the incident.”Judge Paul Kelly ordered her to make a €100 donation to Donegal Youth Services by February 17th.STUDENT HAS ‘ANGER ISSUES EXACERBATED BY DRINK’ was last modified: December 20th, 2013 by John2Share 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:abusive behaviourLetterkenny CourtNatalie McGranaghan