Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce issues rallying call ahead of festive fixtures

first_img While Jose Mourinho’s departure has dominated the build-up to the game Allardyce’s chief concern is rescuing his side from the relegation zone after two consecutive defeats stopped the Black Cats’ revival in its tracks. And Allardyce believes the way his players respond to the mighty challenge of playing six games in 24 days over Christmas and the New Year will go a long way of shaping their destiny for the rest of their campaign. Press Association Sam Allardyce has ordered his Sunderland players to stand up and be counted during the frantic festive period as he looks to increase to the turmoil facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. center_img Allardyce said: “We’re in a position where we’ve got a few players who have not experienced Christmas before – the hurly-burly and the constant pressure that you come under for a short period of time, when everyone else is relaxing and you’re full-on twenty-four-seven. “You’ve got to look into the players’ eyes and see whether the lads can handle it or not, particularly the lads who have only played in the Premier League for one season. Changing the side will be a necessity based on the physical and mental fatigue the players are going to go through. “They have put themselves back under enormous pressure by not picking up at least a point against Watford. We were looking pretty comfortable a few weeks ago and in the space of two games both Newcastle and Bournemouth have made it very difficult. “We’ve slipped back into the bottom two and we have put enormous pressure on ourselves over the Christmas period to try and get out of there.” Clearly the feeling on Wearside is that last Saturday’s home capitulation to Watford could cost the Black Cats dear, particularly because Manchester City and Liverpool are the next opponents after the managerless west Londoners. But while Mourinho’s sudden exit will change the psychology ahead of Saturday’s game, Allardyce believes his side can take great heart from the way other so-called unfancied sides have fared against the big clubs this season. Allardyce, who described Chelsea’s demise this season as “staggering”, added: “The encouraging thing is that Bournemouth have just beaten Manchester United and Chelsea and Newcastle have just beaten Liverpool and Tottenham, so on that basis if you play our very best on the day you can get a result in the Premier League.” Allardyce is still without Lee Cattermole and Sebastian Larsson for the trip to Stamford Bridge while defender Sebastian Coates might also be missing after sitting out training on Thursday due to illness. last_img read more

West Palm Beach man accused of killing family dog in backyard

first_imgPolice say a man killed a family dog in a West Palm Beach backyard.According to the arrest report, 21-year-old Scott Mills confessed to stabbing Max, his family’s 70-pound German Shepard/Poodle mix and also using a shovel as a weapon.The arrest report states Scott answered the door and was detained without incident. Police then searched the backyard and found the animal’s body dug up.Dave Aronberg, State Attorney for Palm Beach County said the problem with animal cruelty in the area is in part because the laws are so weak.“If you commit animal cruelty it’s unlikely you’ll get even any prison time at all. That’s one reason I have made this issue a priority,” he said.Aronberg says these types of cases are difficult to charge criminally if there’s no witnesses or video.“It’s rare if anyone gets prison time, they may get jail time,” he said.The arrest report says Mills claimed he did not believe animals are real, they are robots. West Palm Beach Police say he was taken to the county jail.last_img read more

Cricket News Mohammad Hafeez World Cup hopes in doubt after fracturing thumb in Pakistan Super League

first_imgSalman Butt will replace Mohammad Hafeez in the Pakistan Super League.Butt was banned for the spot-fixing scandal in 2010.Lahore Qalandars will be captained by AB de Villiers. Butt served a five-year ban from September 2010 to September 2015 after being found guilty of spot-fixing by the International Cricket Council on the tour of England in 2010. His teammates, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir were also given similar bans by the ICC which expired in 2015. Butt, who has not been considered for national selection since his ban expired despite doing well in domestic cricket in all formats, was a member of the national squad that won the World T20 in 2009 in England.Hafeez had experienced resurgence in his playing career, managing 149 runs at an average of 49.66 in the five-match ODI series in South Africa which Pakistan lost 2-3. In the two Twenty20 International series against Australia and New Zealand, Hafeez averaged 40 and a whopping 132 respectively as Pakistan dominated.Butt returned to domestic cricket in 2016 and managed to average 107 in the National One-Day Cup while in the National T20 Cup, he averaged 70. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mohammad Hafeez’s participation in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is under doubt after he sustained a fractured thumb in the Pakistan Super League game between Lahore Qalandars and Karachi Kings. Hafeez sustained the injury in the 13th over of the Karachi innings when Colin Ingram smashed a flighted delivery back at the bowler and he was visibly in pain. Hafeez was the captain of the Lahore Qalandars, a franchise who has finished at the bottom of the table in the last three editions of the tournament. Hafeez has now been advised to undergo surgery either in Dubai or London and he has been released by his franchise. “Hafeez’s participation in the One-day series against Australia in UAE and even the World Cup is now in doubt as early indications are that he will require six to eight weeks to recover from his injury,” a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board said.The franchise will now be captained by AB de Villiers and he started off in style as the Lahore Qalandars won the match by 22 runs against Karachi Kings. Haris Rauf picked up 4/23 in four overs and he was well-backed up by Rahat Ali’s 3/19. Hafeez’s replacement is an interesting one as his place in the side will be taken by Salman Butt, who was handed a ban following his involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal against England in Lord’s. highlightslast_img read more

State of Public Emergency extended in western Jamaica

first_imgThe Jamaican senate have given the nod for the State of Public Emergency in effect in the western parish of St. James to continue for another three months, until November 1.Last week, Members of the Senate unanimously approved the extension under the Emergency Powers (Continuance) (No. 3) Resolution, 2018. The previous week,  the Lower House voted in favor of the extension.The State of Public Emergency was first declared in St. James on January 18 by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and has been extended twice since then.Building on the foundationMinister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr., who moved the Resolution, said the State of Public Emergency is not intended to continue forever, but the extension is needed “to build on the foundation that has been created so that crime becomes more manageable and normal policing can be utilized.”More time needed “We need to construct a safe and stable environment for our citizens, but we won’t get there overnight. We need more time so that the law enforcement and security personnel can effectively dismantle these criminal elements,” he said.Noting that the State of Public Emergency has contributed to a reduction in crime, he informed that during the period January 1 to July 21, there were 55 murders in St. James, which reflects a 67.3 per cent decrease when compared to the corresponding period in 2017.Significant crime reduction“What this means is that there have been 113 less murders in St. James. Moreover, the average daily murders have fallen from 4.65 to 3.44 per cent,” he said, pointing to a 56.6 per cent reduction in shootings for the same period.Additionally, the parish has seen a 32.4 per cent reduction in robberies and a 38.1 per cent reduction in reported rapes between January 1 and July 15.Up to June 30, a total of 2,729 persons were detained of which 175 were charged for various crimes, including 20 persons charged as gang leaders or members.Additionally, 46 firearms were recovered and many of these were directly linked to gang leaders and members. On July 13, a significant person of interest was intercepted and arrested at a checkpoint in St. James.Noting that the enhanced security measures are working, Senator Charles Jr. said the citizens of St. James, the security forces, tourism stakeholders and business people “are calling for more time.”“They have (said) that they feel safer and their well-being is more protected. The residents in St. James have been steadily increasing in confidence, and are more trusting of the security forces and this trust and confidence has directly translated to more and more information being given on the whereabouts of criminals and their weapons,” he pointed out.last_img read more

DOT responds to demand for blackout plate with immediate sales of generic version

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Department of Transportation is going to start offering generic versions of the new blackout license plate next week at your county treasurer’s office to help meet the demand.DOT spokesman, Daniel Yeh says the plate orders have been brisk and they’ve had 9.000 sold since they began offering them July 1st. “The blackout plate is already number four on our list of specialty plates in Iowa. The University of Iowa plate has more than 31,000 circulating right now. Iowa State University is next with almost 20,000 — and then natural resources goldfinch plate is up near 17,000,” according to Yeh.He says the demand for the blackout plates has gone beyond what they expected.  “It’s a little surprising I guess for me,” Yeh says, “we knew that a lot of people were interested in the blackout plate, because many of them had bought the Dordt University plate that has the similar color scheme, but has some additional letter. I guess we were a little surprised I guess maybe that we had this many in the first two months.”The wait time for personalized blackout plates has been four to six weeks, and they hope that offering a standard version of the blackout plate will ease some of that demand. “Starting on the day after Labor Day, any customer in Iowa should be able to go to the local county treasurer’s office and be able to purchase a non-personalized blackout plate right at the counter,” Yeah says.The non-personalized plate has the same black background with white letters — but you have to take whatever numbers and letters are in the pipeline. “It really just depends what coming off the machine that day from Iowa Prison Industries. Right now we’re in the letter I,” Yeh says, “So, all of the newer plates that you are seeing out there are going to start with three letters — starting with the letter I — and then they’ll have three numbers. We’re already sort of late in the letter I’s. I think that I was seeing that we might be somewhere around the I-R or I-S series.”Yeh says 95 percent of cars and trucks carry the standard issue non-personalized plate — but it is possible you could see one of the blackout plates anywhere you are driving in the state. “We’ve really seen these statewide. Every one of the 99 counties has distributed at least a few blackout plates. So, we think this is something that people around the state are interested in,” Yeh says. The standard blackout plates are considered a specialty plate and that means you will pay $35 fee to get one and then pay an additional ten dollars each year if you keep the blackout plate.If you don’t mind the wait to get a personalized blackout plate — you can order one and there will be $60 initial fee. Renewing the personalized plate costs $15 every year.last_img read more

Olympia Brew Fest Toasts Local Brewing Heritage

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Port of OlympiaOlympia Brew Fest returns to Port Plaza on Saturday, Aug. 4, for an afternoon of beer sampling, delicious food and live music at Port Plaza located on Olympia’s beautiful downtown waterfront. Net proceeds benefit the non-profit Thurston County Chamber Foundation Small Business Incubator Program.Guests can choose among 60 different beers from 30-plus hand-picked breweries as they celebrate our community’s long history of beer-making. Admission includes a commemorative mug along with six 5.5 ounce tastes. Additional taste cards may be purchased.Brew Fest runs from 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and just $5 for designated drivers. All guests must be 21, including designated drivers. Free parking is available in marked lots at the corner of Market Street and Marine Drive.Now in its seventh year, Olympia Brew Fest is considered one of the premiere brew fest events in the Pacific Northwest. Up to 3,000 guests are expected.The Port is proud to support Olympia Brew Fest as all net proceeds benefit small business development and growth in Thurston County.For location information and advance-ticket purchase, visit: read more

FIFA sanctions a Ugandan footballer for life

first_imgThe Ugandan player George Mandela has been kicked out of soccer from for life for the FIFA for their participation in match-fixing of The first division of Kenya.Kenyan players Moses Chikati, Festus Okiring and Festo Omukoto too they received four-year sanctions without being able to get involved in no football related activity, as FIFA ruled in its resolution. All these punishments come after an open investigation by You suspect several matches in the Kenyan league. The four soccer players sanctioned belonged to Kakamega Homeboyz and its sanctions have an effect righ now.last_img read more

Simeone: “We have to convey that we are alive”

first_img-Koke returns after several games without playing …-It’s coming back, we’ll see if it’s your turn to start from the beginning, but to talk about Koke is to talk about the players that started from the first day I arrived here. He was close to going to Malaga and shared our entire process. Technically he is a different soccer player, he sees more than the others and with him in the field we have more options to create game situations that lead us to the goal.-With Liverpool just around the corner, what challenge does LaLiga put in?-We have all endings, we have a challenge and an important responsibility. We are going to compete with teams that are very good. We don’t go from game to game, we always believed in that. I expect a full stadium understanding the situation of the team and the team understanding the situation of the championship. This is the most important. -It invites the team to go upstairs to play when any player plays. Marcos Llorente has vitality, strength, his acceleration in the transfer of the ball is one of his virtues and the team can progress meters in the field. We need your energy and all the kids that are going to play.-How are the injured?-This week Diego Costa has joined the trainings, they saw him approaching us, he is looking forward to it and the doctors will mark the discharge when appropriate. It is an enthusiasm to have him close, it is important for the group and when we return we will have a player who has always given us a lot.-Real Madrid and Barcelona are out of the Cup. What do you think?-I’m respectful to all teams. We focus on improving, leaving the dynamic that is not good and hopefully people can be, as it has always done and we can transmit to the championship that we are alive.– Does it influence Granada to have Cup semifinals?-Winning is always positive to feed the ego, the pride, the dynamics of competing .. They are worthy of the moment they live, they had a fall, but they have recovered points in LaLiga, they make good football and otherwise they would not reach an end of Copa del Rey. Of course-You have to change the pair of strikers again ….-The coaches are in the situation that we have to find solutions. This year, last year, every year I’ve been at Atlético. We will find the solutions based on searching. – He said the other day that Marcos Llorente gives them energy …last_img read more

Westbrook’s 3-pointer at buzzer lifts Thunder past Kings

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Westbrook, who notched his 18th triple-double of the season, made three free throws sandwiched around a bucket in the paint by Steven Adams to put Oklahoma City up 107-105.Justin Jackson’s 6-foot jumper off an offensive rebound tied the game. After a timeout, the Thunder got the ball in front of Sacramento’s bench and Carmelo Anthony found Westbrook atop the 3-point line for the winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWestbrook lifted the Thunder from what would have been a devastating loss after a fast start in their first game since the All-Star break. They set a season high with 44 points in the first quarter and made 12 3-pointers but still had to rally in the final minutes to win.Anthony matched his season high of seven 3-pointers and Paul George had three from beyond the arc, ending his five-game streak with five or more 3s. It was the second-longest streak in NBA history behind George McCloud’s six-game streak in 1996. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Thunder: After scoring 44 points in the first quarter, the Thunder totaled just 41 over the next two periods.UP NEXTThunder: At Golden State on Saturday.Kings: Host the Lakers on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Ricky Vargas beats Peping Cojuangco for POC presidency Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The Thunder shot nearly 70 percent in the first quarter and made seven 3s, including three straight by Anthony. George had two of them and added a three-point play and two free throws to put Oklahoma City up 44-21.It was the complete opposite for Billy Donovan’s club after that.Sacramento went on a pair of big runs early in the second quarter and got within 64-60 before Anthony’s fifth 3 of the first half briefly halted the onslaught and put Oklahoma City up by seven at halftime.The Thunder led 85-74 midway through the third before the Kings made another surge. Vince Carter, the 41-year-old former dunk champion, had a three-point play and 3-pointer and Sacramento scored the final 16 points of the period to go up 90-85.TIP-INSKings: Frank Mason scored six points in his first game since Dec. 31. Mason had been sidelined with a partially torn right facscia. . De’Aaron Fox (conjunctiveitis) and Kosta Koufos (ill) were held out.ADVERTISEMENT Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook reacts after hitting a 3-point shot at the buzzer against the Sacramento Kings in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The Thunder won 110-107. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Russell Westbrook made a 3-pointer as time expired, lifting the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 110-107 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.The Thunder blew a 23-point lead and trailed 105-102 with 4 ½ minutes remaining before closing the game on an 8-2 run.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Remembering Charles Dunbar Sherman on His 100th Anniversary

first_img– Advertisement – Charles Dunbar Sherman, President W.V.S. Tubman’s First Economic Advisor, Secretary of the Treasury from 1958-1968, First Black and Youngest President of the World Alliance of YMCAs, Rubber and Oil Palm Planter and Real Estate EntrepreneurCharles Dunbar Sherman was one of Liberia’s most outstanding sons.  He was born in September 1919 in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, and graduated with honors in 1937 from the College of West Africa (CWA).CWA was for nearly two centuries Liberia’s leading secondary institution, the school that trained most Liberian leaders, intellectuals and civil servants in the 19th and 20th centuries.Charles Sherman’s classmates at CWA were Abayomi Thomas, Alston Nah, Arthur B. S. Walker, Charles L. Cooper, Felix Lawrence, Gabriel E. Knuckles, Jr., Gertrude C. Ware, Henry Q. Taylor, James Cole, James Nebo, Jerome Pederson, Moses Harris, Nathaniel H. S. Baker, Olivia E. Karnga, Ora M. Dennis Mamalu, Richard J.B. Gordon Duncan, Roland H. Cooper, Stataria Gibson-DeShield and Stephen B. Dunbar.Upon Charles Sherman’s graduation from CWA in 1937, the school immediately hired him to teach the upper class boys and girls — sophomore through 12th Grade classes.A son of Senator Reginald Sherman and Madam Fasia Kromah, both of Grand Cape Mount County, Charles in the early 1940s was awarded a scholarship to study at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  There he  graduated magna cum laude in Economics, then later matriculated to the Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania, one of America’s top ten universities, where he took the Master’s degree with honors in Economics, before returning home in the early 1950s to serve his country.Being Liberia’s first trained economist, Charles Sherman was appointed by President Tubman in the  early 1950s to 1958, when he was named by President Tubman as Secretary of the Treasury, Republic of Liberia.It was in his position as Economic Advisor that the eloquent Mr. Sherman became Liberia’s leading orator and the country’s most sought after commencement speaker.As a young professional, he also took a keen interest in the Liberia YMCA, which was then under the leadership of David N. Howell, an experienced and highly committed YMCA executive seconded to Liberia in 1948 by the American YMCA, to help develop the Liberian Y. Charlie B began setting a good example for other young Liberian professionals and soon hundreds of young men, and some young women, too, joined the Y and became very active members of the organization.By 1954, Dave Howell, Charles D. Sherman and others succeeded in erecting a landmark building, on Broad Street, Crown Hill, which became the national headquarters of the Liberian YMCA.In 1955 David N. Howell took Charlie B and a few others to the fifth Assembly of the World YMCA Alliance in Paris, France, where Charles Dunbar Sherman of Liberia was elected the first black president of the World Alliance of YMCAs.  At 37 years old, he also became the youngest president in World Alliance history.As Treasury Secretary, Mr. Sherman was instrumental in organizing the finances for several landmark state buildings in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital city.  These included the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel, West Africa’s first five-star hotel; the Treasury Department, later Ministry of Finance; the Monrovia City Hotel;   Executive Mansion, seat and home of the President of Liberia; the Temple of Justice, headquarters of the Liberian Judiciary; and the Monrovia City Hall.  These were the first modern complexes that housed several government institutions.Following his resignation as Treasury Secretary  in 1968, Mr. Sherman retired to private life and devoted his time to his rubber plantation  between Bong Mines Road, Lower Bong, County and Todee, in Montserrado County, and an oil palm plantation at Wongakor in Grand Cape Mount County.  On these two plantations hundreds of people were employed.  He also established an elementary school near his farm at Bong Mines Road, named after his mother, Madam Fasia Kromah.In the 1970s Mr. Sherman was elected Senator of Grand Cape Mount County.  Following the April 1980 military coup d’état, all senior officials, including Senator Sherman, were arrested and imprisoned.  He remained in prison from April 14 until November 1980, when he was subsequently released but fell ill as a result of severe maltreatment in prison.This was followed by a stroke, which he suffered in July 1981 and that led to his demise in 1986 at the age of 68.His funeral was held at Trinity Cathedral, which he attended most of his adult life, and interment took place at the St. John’s Episcopal Churchyard in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Charles Dunbar Shermanlast_img read more