By Steve TongueWith less than a week to go until the British transfer window closes for four months, several Premier League clubs are steeling themselves to resist raids on their talented youngsters from bigger rivals.West Bromwich Albion’s desire to hold onto striker Saido Berahino was underlined on Monday when they rejected a formal transfer request from the England Under-21 international.But Albion, Everton and Southampton fear new bids for players they have insisted they want to keep.All three have criticised the way the window will still be open four matches into the new Premier League season, which started a week earlier than usual because of next year’s European Championship finals.Southampton manager Ronald Koeman described the September 1 deadline as “crazy” and said it should be on August 1, before any matches are played.He is concerned about speculation linking his Senegalese winger Sadio Mane to Manchester United and Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama to Tottenham. After Southampton’s 0-0 draw at Watford on Sunday he insisted “nobody is for sale”.One of the problems has been that playing three or four games while the window is still open enables rich clubs to identify weaknesses in their squad, sometimes caused by additional injuries or suspensions.Tottenham fall into that category and manager Mauricio Pochettino, who was in charge at Southampton before leaving last year, is reported likely to be reunited with Wanyama.The first three games have also exposed his team’s over-dependence on striker Harry Kane and Pochettino confirmed last week he wanted another forward.Without naming West Bromwich’s Berahino, who is widely believed to be the main target, the Spurs manager said at the weekend that “maybe in the next few days we can strengthen the team a little bit more”.Tottenham’s chairman Daniel Levy has a reputation for leaving deals until the last minute and the selling club has little or no time to find a replacement.Albion have already paid a club record fee for a new striker of their own in Salomon Rondon from Zenit St Petersburg.The continuing rumours about Berahino, however, have annoyed manager Tony Pulis, who left him out of Sunday’s home defeat by Chelsea.A statement from Albion on Monday confirmed that the Burundi-born striker was now pressing for a move.“West Bromwich Albion have received a written transfer request from Saido Berahino,” it read.“The request has been rejected and the club’s position remains unchanged from that outlined in the statement from chairman Jeremy Peace of August 18.”Peace had said, “We have no interest in selling Saido, which is what I have told Daniel Levy.“I know we are living in an age where no club can say ‘never’ about the possibility of selling a player.“However the prospect of selling Saido is simply not on our agenda.”Everton have been aware for some time of Chelsea’s interest in young England defender John Stones, which is likely to have increased after the champions conceded seven goals in their first three games and now have captain and centre-half John Terry suspended following his sending-off at West Brom.Everton’s captain Phil Jagielka, who plays alongside the 21-year-old Stones, said in interviews before Sunday’s defeat by Manchester City that the present system led to uncertainty and “unsettles people”.“I cannot get my head round why it works the way it does,” he added.Everton manager Roberto Martinez reiterated after the match how keen the club were to keep Stones. But like Pulis, Koeman and others, he faces an uncomfortable wait until next Tuesday.
A tour of the Korman Stadium site, under construction with the support of the Chinese Government, was also conducted. Last week’s meetings follow on from President Lakhan’s last visit to Port Vila in May where the PGC General Assembly was conducted. At that time, the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai, publicly at the General Assembly and privately to President Lakhan, reaffirmed the Vanuatu Government’s commitment to hosting the 2017 Pacific Mini Games.Since May, it is evident that good progress has been made. The Parliament passed a supplementary budget in June, which provides for the operational expenses of VAN2017 through the end of this year. Work at the Korman Stadium site continues to show progress and the PGC has been assured that the venue will be completed by October 2017 – two months prior to the Games. VAN2017, through Chairman Mark Stafford and VASANOC, recently hired a very experienced CEO, Clint Flood, to replace the late Joe Carlo. Mr Flood has extensive experience in previous Pacific Games, including the outstandingly successful Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games, where he served as Executive Manager for Games Operations. As a result of his recent appointment, detailed planning for the Games has accelerated.Significant challenges, however, remain. Despite the appropriation of the VAN2017 budget by Parliament in June, funds have not been transferred to VAN2017 on a regular and timely basis, which is placing at grave risk the ability of VAN2017 to successfully organise the Games.The Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games Authority, chaired by the Minister for Youth Development and Sport, Norris Jack Kalmet, unanimously agreed to present proposals to the Council Of Ministers, to fast-track the processing of funds so that this problem can be rectified urgently and in accordance with the Host Contract obligations entered in to by the Vanuatu Government, PGC and VASANOC in September 2011 and in accordance the variation agreement signed on 2 December 2015 which sets the overall budget for the Games. The Host Contract mandates that VAN2017 must be able to operate as an independent and autonomous entity, financially underwritten and supported by the Vanuatu Government.President Vidhya Lakhan said, “I wish to personally thank the Minister for Youth Development and Sport, Norris Jack Kalmet, and Mark Stafford for convening the inaugural meetings of the Vanuatu 2017 Pacific Mini Games Authority and the VAN2017 Games Organising Committee. I urge the Minister to capitalise on the success of these meetings and ensure, through the Council of Ministers, that the appropriated budget for VAN2017 is made available with absolute urgency otherwise the ability for Vanuatu to successfully organise the 2017 Pacific Mini Games will continue to be placed at significant risk”…. Photo by van2017.com Korman Stadium
Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Westbrook had 42 points and 10 rebounds while Abrines hit five 3s and finished with a career-best 18 points as the Thunder beat the Pelicans 121-110 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).“We did a great job of just playing together,” Westbrook said. “It was great, man, to come in (during the fourth quarter) with everything under control. (We) did a great job of managing the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliAbrines scored nine points during a pivotal 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter. The surge gave the Thunder a 100-87 lead with 9:18 left, and New Orleans never got within eight points after that.The 23-year-old shooting guard from Spain, who’d previously reached 10 points only once this season, said he could tell he was shooting well and gaining confidence. EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dunks ahead of New Orleans Pelicans forward Terrence Jones (9). APNEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook’s left-handed, inside-out dribble wrong-footed Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, creating an open lane for a driving layup. That was one of many scoring highlights for the Oklahoma City star, who sometimes looked like he could have outscored New Orleans by himself.He didn’t have to, though, thanks to a reserve unit led by rookie Alex Abrines that extended leads while Westbrook was resting on the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Wall, Beal team up as Wizards turn back Bulls “You get those feelings when you knock down a couple 3s and you’re hot,” Abrines said. “You just receive the ball and you let it fly. You know it’s going in.”Enes Kanter, who hit a hook shot during that spurt, finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds.“We just couldn’t get them stopped at all,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said of the Thunder, who scored 56 points inside and outrebounded New Orleans, 49-34. “Their inside play I thought hurt us.”Anthony Davis had 34 points and 15 rebounds for New Orleans. Holiday added 23 points and 10 assists, and Terrence Jones scored 21 points for the Pelicans, who’ve lost nine of 12.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Senators to proceed with review of VFA View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
PLDT and Cignal seek to join Petron in the semifinals when they collide with separate foes Tuesday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.Armed with a twice-to-beat privileges, the Power Hitters aim to book a return to the semis when they clash with dangerous Generika-Ayala at 4 p.m., while the HD Spikers face United VC in the 6 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Read Next Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ View comments Why the snub on PH Open golf? Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Petron, which swept the classifications to emerge as top seed in the quarterfinals, made short work of Sta. Lucia to become the first team in the best-of-three semifinal series.The Blaze Spikers’ main rival, F2 Logistics, however, was dragged into a KO match after suffering a five-set loss to Foton in the other quarterfinal battle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThat makes this explosive double-header interesting after both Generika-Ayala and United VC expressed confidence that they can forge a rubber match. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This was Haney’s first defence of the 135-pound title which was given to him after it was vacated by top-ranked Vasiliy Lomachenko who was then awarded new title of WBC “franchise champion”.Haney won every round on the judges’ scorecards but Santiago made him work for the victory. All three judges scored it 120-107 for Haney, who was the heavy favourite going into the bout but couldn’t give the American boxing crowd the knockout they were craving.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Haney said after the fight that he thought he dislocated his right shoulder in the fight but couldn’t remember in which round.“It was bad the whole fight,” he said of the shoulder. “I am not sure what round but he was on the ropes and I threw a right hand. “He was very crafty. I went in there and got the win. We received this opponent on a week notice.”Santiago was knocked down by a right uppercut late in the fifth round but got up at the count of eight and survived the final 13 seconds of the round.Haney was unable to carry that momentum over into the sixth round as Santiago recovered and kept most of the rounds close by using his reach advantage to keep Haney at a distance.Santiago, who was making his US debut, suffered his first defeat and is now 12-1, with four knockouts.Santiago is from the Dominican Republic but fights out of Puerto Rico. He was coming off a technical knockout of Diego Contreras in June.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Trump soaks in Deep South cheers at college football matchup Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor 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 shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ‘People evacuated on their own’ FILE – Devin Haney, right, follows through on a right to Russia’s Zaur Abdullaev during the fourth round of the WBC interim lightweight boxing match Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in New York. Haney won in four rounds. (Frank Franklin II/AP)Unbeaten Devin Haney successfully defended his WBC lightweight title for the first time with a unanimous decision over Alfredo Santiago on Saturday night.American Haney, who turns 21 on November 17, knocked Santiago down in the fifth round of a surprisingly close fight at Staples Center Arena in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Despite struggling against an unknown late replacement, Haney hopes he did enough to strengthen his case for a shot at unified lightweight champ Lomachenko.Haney and Santiago had to fight on the undercard of a main event novelty fight between a pair of YouTube entertainers, American Logan Paul and Olajide William Olatunji, also known as KSI.England’s KSI won the battle to see who is the king of social media with a split decision six-round victory over Paul.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ View comments
Rose Hall Town Primary has once again topped the Rose Hall Town Anniversary and Development Organisation’s (RHTADO) annual spelling bee competition.Champions three years running, Rose Hall PrimaryThe event, now in its 12th year, was held last Wednesday organised for Primary schools in the area as part of the town’s anniversary celebrations.The town is currently celebrating its 46th anniversary.Rose Hall Town Primary with a total of 69 points, were ahead of Port Mourant Primary (65 points), Tain Primary (64) and Cropper Primary (52).This is the third straight year that Rose Hall has won the competition.Meanwhile, Port Mourant and Tain received trophies donated by Godfrey Persaud Button Shop for their efforts which placed them second and third, respectively.The spelling bee champion, Kayla Stewart, of Rose Hall, attained 26 points while runner-up Crystal Persaud, of the same school, earned 23 points. Both Stewart and Persaud received bicycles donated by the Office of the President and gifts from Poonai’s Pharmacy and Touch of Class Boutique.The competition was held at Rose Hall Town Primary School and was organised by RHTADO for the past 12-years. The organisation extended special thanks to Lucky Dollar, Home Lime Furnishing, Digicel, Frasers Hall and Auto Rental, Touch of Class Boutique, Poonai’s Pharmacy, Godfrey Persaud Button Shop and Wynette’s Beauty Salon, D Balram Shane and Son, Digital Edge and the Office of the President.
Tony Cascarino believes Chelsea have all the ingredients to emulate the Arsenal team of 2003-4 and go the entire Premier League season unbeaten.The Blues have made a stunning start to the campaign, after strengthening their squad in the summer by signing the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas and bringing back Thibaut Courtois from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid.They are sitting four points clear at the top of the league having yet to taste defeat in ten games, and Cascarino claims there are few, if any, teams capable of beating Jose Mourinho’s men in their remaining 28 fixtures.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Blues ace said: “It’s very hard to find things Chelsea that don’t do well, whether that is defending [or attacking]. The goalkeeper has stepped in for Petr Cech and he has done superb. He looks so comfortable.“In the forward area, we know what Costa can do already, Didier Drogba has come in and taken his opportunity and we know Loic Remy will get goals.“We are as solid as hell in midfield with the boy [Nemanja] Matic and Fabregas, who we know what he does from his Arsenal days. It is very hard to find any weaknesses in their team.“If you go back to last season, they lost at Palace and they won there this year, they lost to Everton and have won there this season, and they have already gone to [Manchester] City and United away [and not lost]. At home, Jose’s record speaks for itself, so I can’t see who is going to beat them.“Southampton away could prove to be a tricky game because they are a good side. That’s a maybe, but I can’t see too many fixtures where I feel Chelsea would come back second best.“You could end up trying to juggle around with Champions League football and get a few injuries, so they might not quite get over the line, but I can’t see too many teams getting the better of them.”
Gary Cahill has arguably been below par in recent weeks 1 A month ago it seemed as though the Premier League title race was over, as an indomitable Chelsea boasted a seemingly unassailable lead at the top of the table. As we reach the busy festive period though, the Blues find themselves under pressure from a resurgent Manchester City, with the two currently tied on points. Chelsea fan Felicia Pennant shares her thoughts on the Blues’ current situation and what should happen next.What a difference two weeks make. Gary Cahill’s high profile mistakes killed any talk of a Chelsea ‘Invincibles’ season, much to Gooners’ relief, and he was under the spotlight again following his theatrics against Hull.We were six-points clear going into the Newcastle game but the usually reliable defender’s failed clearance set a previously unthinkable league defeat in motion.First, he missed Sammy Ameobi’s low cross just after the interval and Papiss Cisse was on hand to slot in the first of his now customary goals against us.Although less at fault for the Senegalese striker’s second in the 2-1 loss, Cahill gave the Magpies hope, and it was that which ended our 23 game unbeaten run.If Manchester City capitalising on the dropped points to cut our lead to three points wasn’t bad enough, Cahill had the audacity to dive against Hull in the 2-0 home win last weekend.He may have escaped a second yellow card, while manager Jose Mourinho claimed he didn’t see the incident and Hull boss Steve Bruce angrily likened the fall to Swan Lake.Willian and Diego Costa were both booked for diving in the game, but Cahill’s laughable attempt in the box was the most despicable.No 6ft 4in defender should ever go down like that and it took the gloss off his impressive reputation and an improved defensive performance – it was our first clean sheet in three games.Cahill was probably left out of the team which beat Derby 3-1 in the Capital One Cup quarter-final in midweek to let the furore die down, but the team conceded again.Kurt Zouma, who partnered John Terry well before his injury, is a long-term alternative and Mourinho should be applauded for trying to bring academy players through.But why has Cahill allowed these errors to creep into his game, especially as captain Terry continues to excel and defy his years alongside him?The lack of competition for that central defensive position could be a factor.Although Branislav Ivanovic can slot into the position, he clearly prefers to bomb forward on the wing, while youngsters Zouma and Nathan Ake are still inexperienced – hardly the level needed to keep players like Cahill on their toes.Maybe another reason is the midfield magic that Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic conjure week in week out has allowed complacency to fester in the defensive ranks?Either way, Mourinho needs to find a solution and a foray into the January transfer market might make the difference.Although he’s already ruled that out – Mourinho told talkSPORT that there are no plans for winter arrivals – with tougher tests to come, such as Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, and a unique quadruple still very much a possibility, the ‘special one’ might want to reconsider while he has a chance.Chelsea fans, are you concerned by your defensive displays? Is this an area Jose Mourinho needs to address? Comment below…
“There was no physical contact at all. There was just firing; it was an assassination,” Johnson said. Johnson said surveillance tape from the Wachovia bank’s security camera and another northeast Philadelphia business showed the robber getting out of his car and putting on gloves before killing William Widmaier, 65, and Joseph Alullo, 54. Widmaier, a Philadelphia police officer from 1966 to 1989, and Alullo, who served on the police force from 1973 to 2000, were assigned to the same district, where they became friends, Johnson said. Widmaier was shot once in the chest, and Alullo was shot three times in the chest and abdomen, police said. The third guard was grazed by shattered glass as the robber tried to shoot through the armored car, said Loomis spokesman Mark Clark. The injured guard was treated for lacerations and released from a hospital, a spokeswoman said. Authorities said he was 69 but did not release his name. A short time after the shootings, police recovered an empty duffel bag behind the Turf Club, an off-track betting parlor directly behind the bank, Johnson said. Police say the bag belonged to the armored car. Johnson said he did not know how much money the shooter got away with. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Randy Pennell THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – Motorists were buzzing by on their morning commute when a man in a yellow baseball cap got out of his car, ready to kill. He donned gloves and walked more than 700 feet to where a pair of armored car guards – both former police officers – were removing deposits from a bank ATM, police said. He didn’t say a word. “He never gave (the guards) any time to surrender the money,” police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson said hours after Thursday’s shooting. “He never spoke to either (of them), he just came out initially and just assassinated them, that fast.” The robber approached the car from behind shortly after 8 a.m., shot one guard in the chest, then went around the vehicle and shot the second guard as he tried to unholster his gun, police said. The gunman fired at the cab of the Loomis armored car before fleeing in a black Acura TL sedan, police said. A third guard, the driver, was wounded. All the guards had guns. None fired a shot.
The ad also says Schwarzenegger cut education funding. Education spending has increased every year under the governor, although he did pay schools less than they were owed under the provisions of Proposition 98 last fiscal year. This year, Schwarzenegger struck a deal with education groups to pay them back over seven years. The Angelides campaign will spend $1 million to air the ad in major television markets statewide over the next seven or eight days, campaign manager Cathy Calfo said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides likened Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to President George W. Bush in an attack ad released Wednesday that says, “Just like George Bush, Schwarzenegger’s saddled us with billions in debt.” The commercial, which features a Terminator look-alike in a black leather jacket riding his motorcycle backward, is a response to a Schwarzenegger ad that said Angelides would take the state backward with tax increases if he is elected governor in November. Democrats are seeking to undermine the governor by connecting him to the president, who is deeply unpopular in California and could drag down Republicans across the country in November. “It’s an almost eerie parallel between the way President Bush has managed the nation’s fiscal affairs and the way Gov. Schwarzenegger has done it in California,” said Bill Carrick, Angelides’ media consultant. “I think it was an easy connection to make and obviously something that resonates with a lot of Californians.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But Schwarzenegger’s fiscal policies are not entirely parallel to Bush’s. While it is true that Schwarzenegger has borrowed to cover operating deficits, much of that was done to cover the debt he inherited from his Democratic predecessor, Gov. Gray Davis. Schwarzenegger’s borrowing also was done with the help of Democrats. Nearly the entire Democratic establishment rallied behind Schwarzenegger’s campaign to pass $15 billion in deficit financing bonds in 2004, which voters embraced by an overwhelming margin. Matt David, a spokesman for Schwarzenegger’s campaign, said Angelides’ ad was a feint to avoid scrutiny of his own plans to raise taxes by $10 billion, a figure Angelides disputes. “If I were in charge of defending Phil Angelides’ $10 billion in new taxes, I would do everything I could to change the subject, too,” David said.