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Lady Lancers prove to be champions once again

first_img By warren rappleyeaStaff Writer SJV ends Immaculata By warren rappleyea Staff Writer FARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney’s Courtney Calderon shoots over an Immaculata defender during the Lancers’ Parochial A championship game win on Saturday in Elizabeth. ELIZABETH — So much for a down year. The St. John Vianney High School girls’ basketball team upended Immaculata on Saturday to win the NJSIAA Parochial A title, earning its 10th trip to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) as the fourth seed. All of this after the Holmdel Lancers cruised through the regular season as somewhat of an afterthought locally (at least by their own standards), as both Marlboro and Red Bank Catholic dominated the headlines as the Shore’s top teams. But when the Lancers upset RBC in the Parochial South A finals last week, they immediately earned the respect they’ve been looking for all season. And now they’re on a roll, and back in the TOC. FARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney’s Shannon Coyle is fouled by an Immaculata defender during the Lancers’ Parochial A championship game win. The Lancers were scheduled to open the TOC last night against Group I champion Butler, the fifth seed, at the Dunn Sports Center in Elizabeth. St. John Vianney has won the TOC five times. Coach Bob Ward’s team earned the TOC berth by edging Immaculata, 54-46, in a furious finish that saw his team seize control with 3:30 to go. Immaculata, which saw its 25-game winning streak halted, was clinging to a four-point, 43-39, lead with just under four minutes remaining. Propelled by a huge three-pointer by senior Shannon Coyle, the Lancers then scored 15 of the next 18 points. Coyle scored nine points in the final stanza and the senior was a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. Overall, the Lancers canned 22 of 29 free throw attempts and were 14-17 in the fourth quarter. Sophomore guard Shantel Brown scored a game-high 21 points, including three, three-pointers and canned 10 of 12 shots from the charity stripe. Following the game, she put into words what everyone on the Lancer squad had to be feeling. “Nobody thought we would even get to this game,” said the sophomore standout. “We proved everybody wrong.” Freshman forward Courtney Calderon turned in another exceptional effort, scoring 10 points and pulling down 13 boards, and gave yet another indication that she will be one of the Shore’s top players over the next three seasons. But it was the strong team defensive effort in the second half that propelled the Lancers to the win. They go the stops when they needed them, and were clutch from the foul line down the stretch. It was the same formula for success that we’re used to seeing from the Lancers. The victory upped the Lancers’ record to 20-5 and set up the meeting with Butler (23-3), which downed Wildwood 43-37 on Sunday in the Group I championship game behind a 19-point effort by Jessica Smith. The winner will meet Group III champion, and top-seeded, Shabazz in the semifinals on Friday at 8 p.m. at the Dunn Center. Marlboro, the second-seeded Group IV champ, will meet the winner of last night’s Sacred Heart-Northern Burlington game on Friday at 6 p.m., also at the Dunn Center. Sacred Heart is representing Parochial B, while Northern Burlington won the Group II crown.last_img read more

Nou Camp deserted as Barcelona play in front of empty seats amid Catalonia vote

first_imgBarcelona was adamant its league game against Las Palmas should not go ahead amid protests against the Spanish Government’s attempt to halt Catalonia’s independence vote.La Liga disagreed. In the Spanish capital, hated rivals Real Madrid handed out cards with Spanish flag colours to its supporters as Los Blancos fans sang songs in support of their nation.So Barcelona did the next best thing. They closed the doors to their 99,354-seat stadium, and played their La Liga match in front of masses of empty seats.The club said playing in an empty stadium was a way to show its discontent with the incidents in Catalonia.”We tried to suspend the game all day long but it wasn’t possible,” Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said.”We could lose points if we didn’t play, so we decided to play behind closed doors as a way to show the entire world that we were not pleased with what happened [in Catalonia].”Key points:FC Barcelona wanted La Liga match against Las Palmas postponed amid Spanish Government’s attempts to halt independence voteClub was denied request, instead closed its doors and played in front of empty seats in Europe’s biggest stadiumHated rival Real Madrid hands out Spanish flags to its fans in show of national unityBarcelona beat Las Palmas 3-0, with a brace to Lionel Messi following Sergio Busquets’ opener.By day’s end, Catalonia’s health services said 844 people had been treated in hospitals for injuries, including two in serious condition, asSpanish authorities tried to stop the independence vote that the central government said was unconstitutional. Thirty-three police were also injured.Barcelona had openly backed the referendum and criticized the Spanish government for trying to impede the vote.Centre-back Gerard Pique, one of the most outspoken players defending the referendum, called Sunday’s incidents “shameful”.”Today was my worst experience as a professional,” said Pique, who could not hold back tears as he talked about the incidents in Catalonia.”It was a tough day. I am and I feel Catalan, and I’ve never felt prouder of the people of Catalonia.”Las Palmas added a Spanish flag to the shirts that the players wore against Barcelona to show its support for a unified Spain.”It was very strange,” Busquets said. “This game was marked by all that happened today [in Catalonia].”Why are Real Madrid and Barcelona worlds apart?In the capital, hated rivals Real Madrid appeared a symbolic polar opposite to Barcelona as its fans displayed Spanish flag colours before the team’s match against Espanyol, another Catalan club.There were very few Espanyol fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, but they displayed at least one flag with the red and yellow colours of Catalonia.The ‘El Clasico’ rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona transcends sport. Barcelona’s burgeoning reputation as a symbol of Catalan identity in the 1930s opposed the capital’s biggest club, and an FC Barcelona club president was arrested and executed by Francisco Franco’s troops.During Franco’s reign, regional languages and identities in Spain were frowned upon. It was in this period that Barcelona forged its motto ‘Mes que un club’ (‘More than a club’). The words are emblazoned on the Nou Camp’s seats, which were very visible during the match against Las Palmas.Many Barcelona fans regarded Real Madrid as an establishment club, and over the years the rivalry has been further fuelled by spats over players and transfers, including a heated dispute over the registration of superstar Alfredo Di Stefano, and Portuguese forward Luis Figo’s move from Barca to Real.Game didn’t need to be behind closed doors, police sayBartomeu said police had guaranteed the safety of fans and everyone else involved in the La Liga match at the Camp Nou, and the club could have allowed them in if it wanted.”FC Barcelona condemns the events which have taken place in many parts of Catalonia today in order to prevent its citizens exercising their democratic right to free expression,” the club said in a statement.”Given the exceptional nature of events, the Board of Directors have decided that the FC Barcelona first team game against Las Palmas will be played behind closed doors following the Professional Football League’s refusal to postpone the game.”Barcelona made the closed-doors announcement with less than 30 minutes to kick off, with thousands of supporters already waiting outside the stadium.”We were aware of what happened here today, we don’t live in an igloo,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “It was very difficult, a strange situation for everyone.”The Spanish league said it was in contact with local authorities and there was no reason to postpone the game because of safety reasons.Barcelona’s Camp Nou, Europe’s largest stadium, is often used as a rallying point for Catalan nationalists.Spanish media said Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi resigned after the club decided to play the game under these conditions.Las Palmas said the match had become more than a sporting event, especially because of the recent statements by Barcelona expressing its support for the referendum.The Canary Islands club said the club did not want to limit itself to being a “quiet witness at an historic crossroads”. It said that by wearing the flag it was showing its unequivocal support for a “united Spain”.Las Palmas said that even though it is based far from the mainland, it “never felt the slightest temptation to become another country”.”We are doing this to show the world that we are hurt by what is happening,” the club said in its statement.The Catalan football federation cancelled all local games organised by the federation, most of them involving youth squads and lower divisions.The Spanish league said late on Sunday that the second-division game between Gimnastic and Barcelona’s “B” team was suspended because of lack of security at Gimnastic’s stadium in Catalonia.AP/ABClast_img read more

Dortmund’s Bartra doing ‘much better’ after wrist surgery

first_imgBorussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra said he is “doing much better” after suffering a wrist and arm injury when the team bus was attacked with explosives on Tuesday shortly before the start of the Champions League clash with AS Monaco.Bartra, who joined Dortmund for 8 million euros from Barcelona at the start of the season, was operated on for a broken wrist and shrapnel in his arm.“Hello everybody! As you can see I am doing much better,” the 26-year-old Spanish international wrote on Instagram.The accompanying photo showed Bartra bandaged up most of his right arm and around his left wrist. He was giving the thumbs-up sign.“Thank you everybody for all your support and your messages! All my strength to my team mates, supporters and fans and to @bvb09 for tonight’s match!”The match is rescheduled for later on Wednesday at Dortmund’s Signa Iduna Park.last_img read more

NCAA Season 93: All women’s volleyball games to be televised

first_imgSeason 93 host San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ Fr. Glynn Ortega and Fr. Nemesio Tolentin receive the NCAA flag from San Beda’s Ato Badolato and Jose Mari Lacson during the NCAA turnover ceremony. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netBanking on last year’s success, NCAA gears up for a bigger season with San Sebastian College-Recoletos as host in Season 93.And for all the innovations on hand, there will still be some constants.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out NCAA Management Committee chairman Rev. Fr. Glynn Ortega, OAR also shared that this year will be the start of the buildup for the league’s centennial season on 2024.“The board has decided to start this year in setting the mood for the celebration of the NCAA’s 100 years,” he said. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentscenter_img For one, the gamedays for the seniors’ basketball tournament will remain on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with double-headers and triple-headers peppered through the week.Arturo “Bai” Cristobal will also return to his role as the commissioner, replacing Andy Jao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLike with the seniors’ basketball, all of the elimination games for the women’s volleyball matches will also be televised for the first time through media partner ABS-CBN Sports + Action.“This season will be more exciting for we will reignite the passion of the NCAA,” said incoming NCAA president Rev. Fr. Nemesio Tolentin, OAR. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Hardwork continues to bear fruits for Team Lakay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

Celtics ban fan for two years over verbal insults toward DeMarcus Cousins

first_imgMOST READ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Lionel Messi upset with criticism from Argentina fans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Celtics indicated the fan involved was under 18 and violated team policy regarding fan conduct.“On January 26, we were alerted by DeMarcus Cousins that a fan had used racially offensive language towards him,” the Celtics said in a statement. “Immediately upon receiving the complaint, the fan, who was a minor, was ejected.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“The following day, per our policy regarding any reported fan behavior complaint, the team initiated an exhaustive investigation of the incident that included reviewing video from multiple angles and identifying and interviewing numerous fans, security personnel, and police in the immediate vicinity.“In the course of this investigation, we were able to conclude that the fan had been verbally abusive toward the Golden State bench, but none of the interviewed parties were able to verify the use of racially offensive language, and video evidence proved inconclusive. 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 Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0), Aron Baynes, and Terry Rozier (12) confront Golden State Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Cousins and Tatum received double technical fouls on the play. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)The Boston Celtics have banned a supporter from all games for two years for offensive comments directed to Golden State center DeMarcus Cousins, the NBA team said Friday.The visiting Warriors defeated Boston 115-111 on January 26 with Cousins contributing 15 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes for the reigning NBA champions.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US View comments “Based on our investigation, the fan was issued a two-year ban from all Celtics games, and is also subject to lifetime probation pursuant to our policy. The punishment for any corroborated discriminatory language used towards any player, employee, or fan at a Celtics home game is a lifetime ban.”The Celtics shared notice of their investigation and final discipline plans with the Warriors, adding, “We express the deepest regrets that this incident happened to DeMarcus, as such behavior violates everything the Boston Celtics have always stood for.”The Utah Jazz banned a fan for life earlier this month after video emerged of a verbal exchange between the man and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Kansas apologizes for risque Snoop Dogg show at hoops event

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down That’s included big-name rappers in recent years, such as Tech N9ne, Lil Yaghty and 2 Chainz.None of them brought the cache of Snoop, though. The 47-year-old rapper and well-known sports fan was expected to take the minds of players, fans and recruits off the specter of the NCAA investigation and turn attention fully to a season in which the Jayhawks are expected to be title contenders.The school even promoted his appearance with a social media video of Hall of Fame coach Bill Self wearing a gaudy chain and Adidas shirt — the focus of the NCAA inquiry has been on the apparel company’s dealings with recruits, including whether officials paid them to steer them to its schools.Wearing a No. 20 jersey with “Snoop” on the back, the artist performed for about 35 minutes to a full house that included the men’s and women’s basketball teams. But he wound up singing unedited versions of several hits, such as “Gin and Juice” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” as pole dancers performed and fake $100 bills featuring the rapper’s face were shot over players and recruits.Self said he wasn’t feeling well and spent most of the performance in the locker room. He later told The Kansas City Star he expected a “radio edited” version of the songs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Djokovic beats Millman in straight sets to win Japan Open LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 photo, rapper Snoop Dogg performs during Late Night in the Phog, Kansas’ annual NCAA college basketball kickoff, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. (Nick Krug/The Lawrence Journal-World via AP)LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Kansas apologized for its risque Late Night at the Phog event in which rapper Snoop Dogg performed, stripper poles were wheeled onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor and fake money was shot over the heads of prospective recruits.Athletic director Jeff Long said Friday night “we expected a clean version of the show.”ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t guess you have visuals on radio. I learned that tonight,” Self told The Star. “That’s not the direction anybody at our school would want that to go at all, regardless of any entertainment that it provided many, it was still not the right way to provide the entertainment.”Especially given the controversy already surrounding the tradition-rich program.The school received a notice from the NCAA late last month alleging three severe violations tied to recruiting and a responsibility charge leveled against Self. Also cited is a lack of institutional control within the program.The document does not detail what Kansas is accused of doing. The program is among the most prominent in an NCAA inquiry into a pay-for-play scheme that began with an FBI investigation into the apparel company Adidas.A former employee for the company later testified that he made payments to the family of one Kansas recruit and the guardian of a current player, and text messages presented in court revealed a close relationship between Self and the Adidas employee.The school has said it will appeal and “strongly disagrees” with the assertion it lacks institutional control.Kansas will be allowed to present its case at a hearing. The NCAA will then rule, often within several months, and the school has the right to appeal.North Carolina State also has received a notice of allegations. Arizona, Auburn, Creighton, Louisville, LSU and Southern California are among those under the NCAA microscope. Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’center_img The Jayhawks instead got an R-rated performance for their annual basketball kickoff and another big headache as they deal with a high-level NCAA infractions case tied to recruiting.“We made it clear to the entertainers’ managers that we expected a clean version of the show and took additional steps to communicate to our fans, including moving the artist to the final act of the evening, to ensure that no basketball activities would be missed if anyone did not want to stay for his show,” Long said in a statement. “I take full responsibility for not thoroughly vetting all the details of the performance and offer my personal apology to those who were offended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We strive to create a family atmosphere at Kansas and fell short of that this evening.”Kansas has been putting on Late Night for 35 years, but what began as a scrimmage to celebrate the start of basketball practices has turned into a night of skits, music and entertainment. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown View commentslast_img read more

Inflammatory statements on GECOM stalemate must be rejected

first_imgDear Editor,The Indian Action Committee (IAC) rejects any attempt to instigate a racially charged atmosphere regarding the current stalemate over the selection of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).We urge groups and persons to refrain from engaging in race hate and polarising campaigns to support their respective positions. This will not help the cause of national unity, nor will it allow an environment for meaningful dialogue.Our ethnic relations situation is too fragile for any extreme, irresponsible and reckless behaviour and statements.  We call on civil society, political leaders, the media and the international community to reject and rebuff any effort at instigation and making inflammatory statements.This type of behaviour once again necessitates the urgent establishment of the Ethnic Relations Commission.The IAC urges responsible statements and conduct, and absolute respect for the Constitution and due process in our land.Yours sincerely,Indian ActionCommitteelast_img read more

Mourinho, Guardiola launch PL title pursuit

first_imgThe former El Clasico rivals have each sanctioned outlays of around 150 million pounds ($194.9 million, 174.1 million euros) on new players, with United notably luring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford and City capturing John Stones.City start the campaign as British bookmakers’ favourites, but despite United’s fifth-place finish in May, Mourinho declared on Friday: “We feel that we are candidates to win the title.Manchester United has notably lured French star Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford © AFP/File / Paul Ellis“We know that not one or two or three more than that have the same ambitions. We cannot speak differently. We want to fight for the title.“If at the end of the season we are not champions because someone is better than us then great, that’s football.“But at Manchester United Football Club, you cannot say differently, we have to fight for the title.”Mourinho led FA Cup winners United to a 2-1 win over Leicester in last weekend’s Community Shield and will take charge of his first league game at Bournemouth on Sunday.Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could get their first tastes of English league football at the Vitality Stadium.England centre-back John Stones is in line to make his Manchester City debut following his 47.5 million pounds switch from Everton © AFP/File / Paul EllisBut Pogba, who returned to United from Juventus for a world-record fee of 89 million pounds, must observe a suspension carried over from last season’s Coppa Italia.Guardiola will begin life in English football with a home game against Sunderland, for whom David Moyes will be starting out in the dug-out after succeeding new England manager Sam Allardyce.Guardiola has warned that it will take time for City to start playing like his Barcelona and Bayern Munich teams, but he says there will be no excuse for anything less than maximum effort.“Tomorrow (Saturday), to create something we need time. To create something with ideas to attack, we need time,” he told reporters.“But to play with soul, with something inside, we don’t need time.”– Leicester look ahead –England centre-back Stones is in line to make his City debut following his 47.5 million pounds switch from Everton, but fellow new recruits Leroy Sane (hamstring) and Ilkay Gundogan (knee) are injured.Paul Pogba became the world’s most expensive footballer when he was signed to Manchester United in a reported £89 million (105 million-euro, $116 million) deal © AFP/File / Oli ScarfThree months and six days after their glittering coronation as champions, Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester open the new season with a trip to promoted Hull City on Saturday.The novelty of their 5,000-1 triumph is still to wear off, but Leicester are already looking to the future.Midfield lynchpin N’Golo Kante and transfer mastermind Steve Walsh have both left, but the club have signed several new recruits and Ranieri is determined to ensure they do not fall off the map.“We’re building and slowly getting better. It’s important to forget last season and build our squad,” said the Italian, who has signed a new four-year contract.“Last season we made something unbelievable. But now the big teams will come back, I am sure.”Leicester City’s Italian coach Claudio Ranieri watches his players during a training session in Carson, California in July 2016 © AFP/File / Ringo ChiuTottenham Hotspur, who fell away to finish third after threatening to pip Leicester to the title, begin their campaign at Everton, where Ronald Koeman has succeeded Roberto Martinez as manager.The Spurs team that starts the new season will be very similar to the one that finished the last one, with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm and the first-choice XI largely unchanged.The first heavyweight clash of the season arrives on Sunday, when Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who crushed Barcelona 4-0 in a recent friendly, visit Arsene Wenger’s injury-depleted Arsenal.Former Italy manager Antonio Conte begins his Chelsea repair job at home to West Ham United on Monday.All three promoted teams are in action on Saturday, with Championship winners Burnley hosting Swansea City and Middlesbrough entertaining Stoke City.There will be two new managers on show at St Mary’s, where Claude Puel begins his Southampton tenure against Walter Mazzarri’s Watford.Meanwhile, beaten FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace take on West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park.FixturesSaturday (5PM unless otherwise stated):Burnley v Swansea City, Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion, Everton v Tottenham Hotspur, Hull City v Leicester City (2:30PM), Manchester City v Sunderland (9:30PM), Middlesbrough v Stoke City, Southampton v WatfordSunday:Bournemouth v Manchester United (3:30PM), Arsenal v Liverpool (6PM)Monday (10PM):Chelsea v West Ham United0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho (L) and Manchester City’s head coach Pep Guardiola (R) will take centre-stage in this season’s Premier League © AFP/File / Jon Super, Wang ZhaoMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 13 – Boasting perhaps the most compelling cast of characters in its 24-year history, the Premier League resumes this weekend with the duel between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho taking centre-stage.England’s elite have spent big in the hope of usurping champions Leicester City and nowhere will the battle be more intense than between Manchester City manager Guardiola and his Manchester United counterpart Mourinho.last_img read more

Totti to retire at end of season – Roma

first_img0Shares0000Roma’s forward from Italy Francesco Totti controls the ball during the Italian Serie A football match Roma vs Lazio at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on April 30, 2017. Lazio won 1-3. © AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEROME, Italy, May 3 – Roma club icon Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season when the 40-year-old’s contract expires, new sports director Monchi said on Wednesday.“I want him here right by my side. He is Roma. He can teach me what Roma is,” said Monchi at his unveiling in the role, adding the captain will remain at the club in a management position. “There is an agreement in place. This is his last season but then he continues in management.”“I want Totti to explain to me what Roma is, to make me understand what he knows,” added the Spaniard Monchi, who won credit for his sports director role at Sevilla, who won the Europa League in 2014, 2015 and 2016.The striker Totti has played all his professional career at Roma and is a hugely popular figure, making his debut in 1993.Roma coach Luciano Spalletti had a series of run-ins with the Roma number 10 last season.Despite that and his advancing years Totti answered with a string of key goals and eventually got another 12-month contract last summer, although Roma said then it would be his final season.Asked how he felt after his last derby, the weekend defeat to Lazio, Totti said: “Others see this is as my last derby, but I don’t.”Monchi also said he wants to keep Spalletti at Roma, who are second in Serie A.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Temporary foreign worker at Site C employed in specialised position

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Though the number of workers at the Site C dam project broke 2,000 for the first in January, only 2,123 of the 2,124 workers were from Canada.BC Hydro confirmed that one of the mage project’s workers was hired through the Temporary Foreign Worker program subject to the Labour Market Impact Assessment process. BC Hydro spokesperson Dave Conway said that the worker is the first to be hired under the TFW program that is working on the project. Conway explained that Peace River Hydro Partners began the Labour Market Impact Assessment after the company was unable to recruit from within Canada for the position.Conway says that the worker in question is overseeing the construction of a roller-compacted concrete buttress, which uses a different technique that normal concrete. According to Conway, the worker has previously overseen the construction of a 90 metre RCC dam in Australia, and has also studied the construction techniques with a number of dams overseas. “This individual has a very specific skillset, and very extensive experience on this, and the role is critical,” said Conway. “It’s a critical job.”- Advertisement -Josh Towsley with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115 says that many of his union’s members have worked with roller-compacted concrete before, and that he refutes BC Hydro’s claim that the skillset needed is all that specialised. Towsley added that he feels that the Temporary Foreign Worker program should require employers, if they are not able to directly hire to fill a vacancy, should have to seek out subcontractors before applying to hire foreigners.last_img read more