LONDON, England (AP): Harry Kane scored a hat trick as Tottenham thrashed Stoke 4-0 yesterday to deliver a record-equalling eighth straight Premier League victory at home. Kane reached 100 career goals at club level with his opener as he delivered a spectacular treble within 37 minutes, before setting up Dele Alli to give Spurs a 4-0 half-time lead. Tottenham’s eighth successive win at White Hart Lane equals the club record set in 2009. It was the perfect way for Mauricio Pochettino’s side to get their Premier League campaign back on track after its turbulent February, which saw defeat to domestic rivals Liverpool followed by a surprise Europa League exit at the hands of Belgian side Genk. Kane’s landmark strike came in the 14th as he took advantage of Ryan Shawcross’ failure to clear, sending the ball across goal with power and precision from the right side of the box. Despite the final score, Hugo Lloris produced one of the game’s most crucial moments in the 23rd to preserve his side’s lead. The French goalkeeper repelled Peter Crouch’s effort at point-blank range after the former Spurs striker met Erik Pieters’ cross. Warning heeded, Tottenham did not look back. Jan Vertonghen struck the crossbar with a rising right-footed effort before Kane came within inches of adding his second with a powerful strike from outside the box. The England forward scored the pick of his goals in the 32nd as he met Christian Eriksen’s corner with a wonderfully controlled left-foot volley. There was some fortune involved when Kane completed his hat trick five minutes later from a set piece. His low strike took a significant deflection off the Stoke wall, wrong-footing goalkeeper Lee Grant and creeping into the bottom corner. The prolific Kane, who has now scored 13 goals in his last 11 games for Tottenham, then showed the other side of his game as he set up Alli in first-half stoppage time. Having received the ball just inside the Stoke half, Kane flicked the ball over Bruno Martins Indi and surged into the penalty area before centring for Alli, who made no mistake finishing high into the net. Stoke did manage to regain some pride after the break, as Mark Hughes’ side prevented Tottenham from adding to its first-half haul. Grant saved well from Eric Dier and the still goal-hungry Kane. The victory saw Tottenham regain second place, 10 points behind leader Chelsea with 12 games left. Stoke is 10th, having scored just three goals in its last five league games. 13 GOALS IN LAST 11
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson A fan waves a rainbow flag while watching the first round match on Margaret Court Arena between United States’ Sloane Stephens and China’s Zhang Shuai at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Marriage equality proponents draped themselves in rainbow flags at Margaret Court Arena on the first day of the Australian Open to protest Australian tennis great Margaret Court’s controversial views on gay marriage and the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — Marriage equality proponents draped themselves in rainbow flags at Margaret Court Arena on the first day of the Australian Open to protest tennis great Margaret Court’s controversial views on gay marriage and the broader lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Several, however, stopped short of saying Court’s name should be removed from the venue — a move advocated by Billie Jean King before the tournament began.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Marlene Jorgensen, sitting with a group of friends decked head to toe in rainbow-colored attire, said Court was entitled to her opinion.“I don’t think you should ever take away from what Margaret Court’s achievements were,” said Jorgensen, who was festooned with a rainbow boa and knee-high, rainbow-striped socks. “We’re just saying we have a different opinion and it’s not the same as hers. But that’s what Australians are about. … It’s not about your race, your religion or your sexual orientation. We’re here to play tennis.”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 folkIn recent days, many top players have similarly declined to take a stand on the name of the stadium.After criticizing Court’s comments last year and questioning whether players might request not to play at Margaret Court Arena during this year’s tournament, Australia’s Samantha Stosur on Monday said she had no issue with playing her first-round match there. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “I think that happened, what, six months ago now. Everyone said what they said,” said former U.S. Open champion Stosur, who had a match point before losing to Monica Puig. “But, you know, I’ll play on the court. It’s a nice court to play on.”U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, who also played at Margaret Court Arena on Monday, bristled when asked in a pre-tournament news conference whether she’d refuse to play on the court.“You guys, don’t ask me these questions. It’s up to the tournament. It’s not up to me,” she said, before adding, “I respect all of my fellow players, colleagues, their lifestyles. I don’t think there should be hate toward anyone.”Added Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza: “I will play whatever they put me, which court. … If I play on Margaret Court, the last thing I’m going to think is this.”Court, who holds the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles with 24 across the amateur and Open eras, had been an outspoken opponent to Australia’s national referendum on gay marriage, which passed by a wide margin late last year.ADVERTISEMENT 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Ruthless Nadal powers to 1st round win at Australian Open Now a Christian pastor, the 75-year-old Court blamed the devil for young people questioning their sexuality and wrote a public letter urging Australians to vote against gay marriage “for the sake of Australia, our children, and our children’s children.”Both King and Martina Navratilova criticized Court’s statements and recommended that Tennis Australia officials rename the No. 2 arena at Melbourne Park.“Sporting venues named for athletes, or any place, really, named for whoever, are so named for one reason. That reason is their whole body of work,” Navratilova wrote in a letter to The Sydney Morning Herald last year. “In other words, it is not just for what this person did on the field, on the court, in politics, arts or science, for instance, but also for who they are as human beings.”At a news conference at Melbourne Park last Friday, King said if she was still competing, she wouldn’t play on the court.“I was fine until lately when she said so many derogatory things about my community,” said King, who, like Navratilova, is gay. “I personally don’t think she should have (her name on the stadium) anymore.”But among spectators waving rainbow flags in the arena on Monday, opinions were mixed whether the court should be renamed.Lisa Fox, a tennis fan from Melbourne, said she brought her giant rainbow flag and rainbow-colored hat in response to “the blatant bigotry in this country around marriage equality and Margaret Court’s very vocal bigotry.”But she doesn’t support renaming the arena.“I think she’s a great tennis player and she won more majors than Rod Laver,” Fox said, referring to the Australian men’s tennis champion whose name appears on Melbourne Park’s center court. “So I don’t necessarily (think the name should change), but I think what she says is abhorrent.”
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Pirates trimmed the gap to just 10 in the dying seconds with the outcome already settled.“We feel sorry for CJ and Lyceum, but for sure they will come back stronger,” said Fernandez.“They (Lyceum) lost their No. 1 scorer. Lyceum with or without CJ is still capable of beating our team and we only achieved winning Game 1. This is just buffer for us going into Game 2. I have so much respect for Lyceum that’s why I hope it’s a wake-up call for the team we cannot really relax.”Mike Nzeusseu finished with 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino chipped in 13 points each for the Pirates, who also lost to San Beda in the finals last year.But Pirates coach Topex Robinson remained defiant in defeat, pointing to their second-half performance as an encouraging sign as they await Perez’s return on Monday’s Game 2.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “There’s still a lot of fight left in us,” said Robinson. “We’re excited to have CJ back in Game 2.”Bolick also issued nine of San Beda’s 19 assists as the Lions had 11 players on the scoreboard. The mercurial guard vowed they’ll be ready for the Pirates’ fightback.“We love to compete,” said Bolick. “So they’ll just have to bring it on. We will not back down until we win that championship.”Set to be awarded as MVP of the juniors division on Monday, Joel Cagulangan powered La Salle Green Hills to a 74-69 triumph over Mapua in Game 1 of their best-of-three finals series.Meanwhile, Nigerian center Prince Eze of Perpetual emerged as the league’s runaway MVP.It will mark the first time in four years that a player from Perpetual Help won the MVP after Scottie Thompson pulled off the feat in 2014.Joining Eze in the mythical five are Donald Tankoua of San Beda, Bolick, Mocon and Bong Quinto of Letran.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college A series that was expected to go down the wire until one of the protagonists’ best player was frozen by a suspension could turn out to be a quick coronation for San Beda.Unrelenting even after a strong start, the defending champion Red Lions pounced on the absence of CJ Perez to overwhelm the Lyceum Pirates, 73-60, on Tuesday and move on the cusp of the NCAA Season 94 seniors’ crown at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Graduating stars Javee Mocon and Robert Bolick spearheaded the Lions’ charge, but the absence of Perez due to suspension was clearly felt by Pirates, who looked out of sync in the first two quarters.Perez, last season’s Most Valuable Player, was suspended in Game 1 for not seeking the league’s permission in writing when he applied for the PBA Draft last week. The decision was handed down by the league only late Tuesday, leaving the Pirates in a bind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Even without CJ, we only beat them just by 13 points,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. “But I credit the players for showing up today.”The Lions held the Pirates to just 22 points on 35 percent shooting in the first half, before extending their lead to 27 points in the second half. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Moving on, sneaking back LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal
When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf tapped CSA boss George Werner to head the Ministry of Education, it came as a surprise to many and perhaps the question on their minds was, “Is he the right one for the job?” The question stems from the fact that many of the “old and experienced hands” could not deliver on the task given them.The Liberian education system is emerging from a prolonged and brutally destructive period of civil unrest. Liberia is significantly behind most other countries in the African region in nearly all education statistics.After 14 years of civil war, which resulted in the destruction of much of the country’s trained workforce, the country is still in the process of rebuilding its educational system, according to the USAID.To compound it all, in 2013, 25,000 persons who sat the University of Liberia exams failed miserably that it caught the attention of the world. President Sirleaf finally had to admit that the system is a “mess and requires a complete overhaul.”That Liberian students could not pass a university entrance without garnering headlines around the world for all the wrong reasons meant our education system has indeed faltered and is no longer in its pre-war years when it was second to none.And even after the cessation of hostilities twelve years after and the appointments of seasoned educators, that sector continues to take a nosedive.And so many are wondering about the background of the newly appointed minister and what has he to offer to our already broken system. Education, it seems, has been the lifeblood of this young man nearly all his life.George Werner holds a BA in Education from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome and a Master of Arts in social work (concentration in social policy) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice while earning a cumulative GPA of 3.80. To sum it up, he studied didactics, (which is the science of teaching) as a one year non degree course at the University of South Africa, Pretoria. And he has taught across the world from Liberia, South Africa and the United States of America.Prior to his appointment, he currently serves a Director general of the Civil Service Agency, one of the many government agencies that was dogged by the issues of ghost names, salaries etc. He spearheaded the Civil Service reform in an effort to regularize the civil service, optimize the size of government and professionalized the workforce for improved service delivery.Lest we forget that he currently oversees the inter-ministerial scholarship from bilateral partners and under his watch, scholarships are given on merit, unlike the yesteryears when the doling out of scholarships was mired in the patronage system.As mentioned supra, President Sirleaf has already claimed that our education system is a mess. And now that herculean task of dry cleaning that mess rests squarely on the shoulders of George Werner and his team of lieutenants.First, he has to use his magic wand to clear the names of ghost teachers on the payroll, teachers receiving their salaries on time so it doesn’t obstruct teachings and teachers who are yearning for employment but are yet contracted.Then there’s the issue of competency of the teachers. Having an undergraduate degree doesn’t necessarily mean you are qualified to teach. Teaching, like any profession, has ethics that govern the teachers.Due to the fact the many of our teachers eschew teacher training, the line of demarcation between a teacher and a student, howbeit thin, is hardly ever seen. Hence, there are always reports of intimacy between teachers and students. Few years ago, a teacher of Cathedral Catholic School was remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison for having an intimate relationship with an underage female student. This is one area the incoming minister will have to apply fifty shades of gray.In order for a student to compete with students from around the globe, he/she must be taught from a rather strong curriculum. Truth be told, Liberia’s education curriculum is antiquated. When the trial exams of West African Senior School Certificate Examination were administered, it was only Elvis Juasemai, a student of the Soltiamon Christian School System, emerged by the skin of a flea with flying colors. Another issue constantly overlooked but can certainly be given the limelight when Werner takes office is the absence of extracurricular activities in our schools. Extracurricular activities are those that fall outside the realm of school or university education. Most times students go into university without knowing what to do. That’s because they never found their niche in high school, thanks to the lack of extracurricular activities in these schools.In a commentary titled, “Neglecting Extra-curricular Activities Could Perpetuate Poor WAEC Results,” Liberian journalist Momolu Dorley laments: “Extra-curricular activities is a crucial component to education in any successful country because it allows the student to learn about theatre, about passion, imagination and self-discovery. I am of the conviction that one of the joys of education is letting folks discover the pleasure of learning for them.”As a former teacher, Werner understands fully the significance of extracurricular activities and its contribution to the growth and development of students cannot be over emphasized.Werner has an ambitious plan to get the education sector better than what it was during the prewar years. To have a smooth sailing, he needs the support of all and sundry. Currently, government spends 12% of its annual budget on education, a paltry sum when one compares it to Ghana which currently spends 33% of its annual budget on education.Yes, the expectations are high and to whom much is given, much is also expected but we must be reminded by the words of the French playwright artist Jean Baptiste Poquelin, also known by his stage name as Moliere: “trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruits.”About the author: Gboko John Stewart, a product of Monrovia College, is a freelance journalist and radio talk show host. He has been accepted to study at Quest University Canada. He runs an online petition on change.org and has gathered over 1000 signatures calling on the Canadian government to lift its visa ban on Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone so that he and others can travel there for studies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Executive Director of the EPA, Dr Vincent Adams, has announced that the agency would this month be opening a sub-office in the mining town of Linden, in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).He made this announcement during the ‘Government comes to you’ outreach that was held last Tuesday in the region.Adams said the office is the first step in reaching out to the agency’s clientele while ensuring there is greater efficiency in the services provided.“It’s the intent of the Government to ensure that the right things are in place…to get all the opportunities available in Georgetown to citizens across the board,” he explained.It is a known fact that citizens who want to access the EPA’s services would have to travel to its Sophia, Greater Georgetown office. Adams has described the opening of the new Linden office as “a major step forward in reaching customers”.Opening of the new EPA office comes on the heels of the opening of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission’s (GL&SC’s) New Amsterdam sub-office which was commissioned in March, and the soon-to-be-opened passport offices in several regions, the (DPI) has reported.
Wyatt Gale opened the scoring just 47 seconds into the game, and the Trackers would take a 2-1 as the teams broke for the first intermission. The team would add another two goals in the second as the score was 4-2 after 40 minutes, and the team controlled things the rest of the game on the way to a 6-3 win.Scoring in order for the Trackers were Wyatt Gale, Wes Shipton, Alex Hanson, Wes Shipton, Matthew Apsassin, and Layne Hunter. Assists went to Wes Shipton with three, Ricky Bateman had two, Wyatt Gale also had two, Ryan Friesen, Layne Hunter, and Kelsey Young.Logan Edwards was in goal for the game. Fort Saskatchewan fired 31 shots on him, and he turned aside 28.- Advertisement -The Trackers return to the ice today for their third game in as many days when they take on the Beaumont Braves. The team next returns to Fort St. John November 16 against the SISEC Selects.
When the play was performed again in 2005, an effort was made to bring in a wall replica, but none was available. That gave birth to the idea of the Antelope Valley having its own wall, said David Alan Smith, the playhouse’s marketing director. “A moving wall is a place of education, reflection and healing,” Smith said. “We are going to build this monument.” The portable wall will be 6 feet tall and 266 feet wide, roughly half the scale of the actual memorial in Washington. The planned wall will need to be lightweight and easy to store. It will be built in such a way to simulate the granite carvings of the real wall, allowing visitors to make rubbings the way visitors do at the memorial in Washington, said Tony Moore, project manager. It could take as much as a year to build. PALMDALE – Hoping to bring the power and impact of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial closer to home, a committee is trying to raise funds for a portable, scale replica of “The Wall.” Composed of employees of the Palmdale Playhouse, veterans and civic leaders, the committee is seeking funds to build a portable memorial that can be taken to various community events. The wall will cost about $1 for each of the more than 58,000 names on the memorial. “We have an obligation to develop awareness and support for our veterans,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, a member of the committee. “This will be a great monument to all veterans.” The effort has ties to performances of “A Piece of My Heart,” a play about women in the Vietnam War that was performed in 1999 at the playhouse, the same year a wall replica came to McAdam Park. “We want it done right, we want it done accurately,” Moore said. “It’ll take what it takes to get it done right.” Other members of the committee include Gail Knight, the widow of the late state Sen. W.J. “Pete” Knight; George Palermo of PointMan International, a Vietnam veterans organization; Mike Adams, vice chairman of the Lancaster Veterans Home Committee; Dea McAllister, cultural arts/theater manager of the playhouse; and Johnny Zamrzla, owner of Western Pacific Roofing. About $10,000 has been raised so far. Contributions have included $1,600 from Palmdale Moose Lodge 507, about $400 from a charity walk by Almondale Middle School students, and $400 from a group of history students at Lancaster High School who work on events honoring veterans. If the fundraising efforts fall short, the proceeds will go to the Lancaster Veterans Home or be returned to the donor. Committee members said they are confident they will be able to raise the money and honor the veterans. “The symbolism of this wall is huge in their eyes,” Ledford said. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CHAFFEY BASEBALL Mike Surina was 3-for-4 and drove in two runs and scored four runs to lead the Panthers (6-4) to an 11-4 victory over visiting San Diego Mesa (6-5). Jimmy Ormiston was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Brett King was 3-for-4 with two runs to lead Chaffey, which plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grossmont. Chaffey had 17 hits and the Panthers’ seven extra-base hits all came from different players. SBVC BASEBALL Jonathan Garcia had three hits, a walk, and four runs scored as the host Wolverines rallied to defeat Pasadena City, 17-13, in a nonconference game at Fiscalini Field. Meyer also had a team-high eight rebounds. Valarie Katayama chipped in with nine points, six rebounds and a steal for Redlands, which shot 40 percent (22-for-55). La Verne (16-6, 9-2), which shot just 34 percent (18-for-53) got 14 points and seven rebounds from Trenecca Jones and 10 points and five rebounds from Charleen Guerrero. Marissa Raya grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds with eight points and four assists. The University of Redlands women’s basketball team got 10 points each from Kristin Meyer and Meghan Yetman in a 51-48 upset of SCIAC frontrunner La Verne on Thursday. It was the seventh straight win for the Bulldogs (14-7, 7-4) who have rebounded from an 0-4 start in the conference. Teddy Martinez earned the win in relief despite allowing three runs in 2
0Shares0000Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to fire Juventus into the quarter-finals © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar 21 – Cristiano Ronaldo was fined 20,000 euros (Sh2.3mn) by UEFA on Thursday for mimicking Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone’s crotch-grabbing celebration in Juventus’ Champions League last-16 win last week.The 34-year-old scored a second-leg hat-trick as the Italian champions overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to progress to the quarter-finals. He replicated Simeone’s gesture after the first game by grasping his genitals and thrusting out his groin following his tie-winning penalty.Argentinian Simeone was also fined 20,000 euros by UEFA for his celebration, with European football’s governing body following suit in Ronaldo’s case.“He will have seen how I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano and, like me, was trying to show his character,” Simeone said after the match.Ronaldo, who returns to Portugal international duty after a nine-month absence later on Thursday, has scored 24 goals for Juventus since signing from Real Madrid for 100 million euros last year.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
Daniel Sturridge 1 Perfect gift for Christmas from the boys getting a win. On a sidenote I’m back training and good to go!! #Lfc #redordead— Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) December 26, 2015 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has declared himself “good to go” after recovering from his latest hamstring injury.The injury-prone England star has made just six league appearances this season and last featured for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at the start of December.He came on as a 62nd-minute substitute at St James’ Park, but suffered a fresh knock which kept him out of games against FC Sion in the Europa League, plus Premier League clashes with West Brom, Watford and Leicester on Boxing Day.Sturridge watched from the stands as his teammates battled to a 1-0 victory over league leaders Leicester which ended a run of four games without a win.And following the crucial three points, the forward revealed on Twitter that he will soon be available for selection again. The news comes as a timely boost for Klopp, who vented his frustration after his strike force was again reduced by an injury to Belgian forward Divock Origi.The Reds coach was forced to substitute Origi after he picked up a hamstring problem, with international team-mate Christian Benteke taking his place and going on to score the winner goal against the Foxes.“Origi did really well. I hope it is not too serious, we will see,” said Klopp, following the game. “Hamstring is the s**t word of the year for me.“It is always hamstring, hamstring, hamstring – that is the intensity of the game and fixtures.”