Ozil volley gives Arsenal 1-0 win over Newcastle

first_imgA blistering first-half volley by Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a 1-0 home win over Newcastle United on Saturday and lifted them into the Premier League’s top four while it also piled more misery on the struggling Magpies.The result lifted Arsenal to fourth place on 33 points from 18 games, one ahead of surprise package Burnley and five behind third-placed Chelsea, with Newcastle, on 15 points, plunging into a relegation scrap.Germany midfielder Ozil unleashed an unstoppable shot past visiting goalkeeper Rob Elliot in the 23rd minute as Arsenal celebrated their 10th successive top-flight win over Newcastle, who have now taken one point from their last nine league games.Alexis Sanchez had a shot blocked by a visiting defender and following an aerial duel, the ball fell kindly to Ozil who showed a touch of class to crash his effort into the top corner.Arsenal’s first league win in four games pleased their manager Arsene Wenger, who singled out Ozil and talented 20-year old left back Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who produced another fine performance for the Gunners.“Overall we deserved to win – we had plenty of chances,” Wenger told the BBC.“Ozil’s goal was a gem, that was a great goal. Ainsley Maitland-Niles could have had a goal, he was sharp.“The strange thing in our last games is that our displays have been good but we didn’t win. That’s why it’s important to win today.”The dominant home side missed several chances in either half while the visitors came close against the run of play in the 56th minute, when Arsenal keeper Petr Cech parried a fierce low shot by Spanish striker Joselu.Maitland-Niles nearly scored in the first half after a darting solo run, with Sanchez and Jack Wilshere also coming close before Joselu had another dangerous shot deflected wide at the other end.“It was physically difficult today after three games in six days,” said Wenger.“In the last ten minutes we became edgy but overall, I feel we dominated.”last_img read more

“Ellen Must Prepare the Way for 2017”

first_imgThe New Water in the Desert Assembly (NWIDA) has recently ended its 17th church anniversary with a call by the church pastor, Kortu K. Brown to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and all Liberians to prepare the way for the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections to avoid any bumps, hitches, potholes in the process.Rev. Brown said, “Good leaders prepare the way for change,” insisting that an excellent leader’s mark is identified by the way transformation is processed through people and organizations.Using the theme: “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord” with Scripture Text: St. Mark 1:1-3, the cleric reminded all Liberians that they are a critical factor in preparing the way for 2017 in their thinking, feeling and decision-making. “Like people who brushed the bushes in the past for government officials to travel to their towns and villages, so must Liberians prepare the road to 2017 to avoid any glitches.”He reminded Liberians that even God when He wants to do something, prepares the way. When He wanted to usher in the New Testament from the Old Testament, He sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus.“2017 is an important democratic transition period in our country and God has sent us our ‘John the Baptist’ to prepare the way for a smooth democratic transition. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is our John the Baptist. She must ensure that the transition is smooth and successful because it has not happened in Liberia since 1944 when President Edwin J. Barclay turned over to President William V. S. Tubman, another elected President”, the preacher noted.“Just as God allowed Ellen in a generation to go a second-term, God is again preparing the country to transition from one elected president to another elected president in 73 years. Tubman didn’t turn over to Tolbert. Tolbert didn’t turn over to Samuel K. Doe and Doe didn’t turn over to Charles G. Taylor. Taylor turned over to Moses Z. Blah, but Blah was not elected as President. In fact, Blah didn’t turn over to Ellen abrogating a historical transition. He turned over to an interim head of state, Charles Gyude Bryant”, the Pentecostal cleric explained.Rev. Brown explained further that Ellen’s Presidency is historically blessed, “because God has allowed her to lead the country for two terms in a generation and has also given her the opportunity to transition the country from one elected leader to another elected leader in 73 years.”“This is a charge she cannot take for granted because it’s rare and historical in our country”, he averred, adding “the President must ensure that the country properly transitions through 2017. Ellen must remove any hitch in the way of 2017 to consolidate our democracy”.Rev. Brown, who is also first vice president of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), declared that each day our children in school recite that we will work for an undivided nation with freedom and fair-play for ALL. “This is the Liberian dream, the vision of the founding fathers. Liberty and freedom mean “unconstrained.” Is our country removing all constraints from before us so we can progress as a people?” he inquired.“Are we working for “one nation indivisible”? The “promise” which we call the pledge, we make to the Flag and the Republic each day is that we will work for an undivided nation. Are we working for an undivided nation when we organize ourselves on tribal lines? We may be Gio or Krahn, Lorma or Mandingo, Kru or Sarpos, but we are one nation, indivisible,” the preacher exclaimed, warning Liberians to eschew tribal divisions. Can Liberia sustain “one nation, indivisible” under the dual citizenship campaign?The clergyman reminded his congregation that there are three steps to preparations according to the Book of Revelation Chapter 2 verse 5. You must remember, repent and return, adding, if 2017 must be without interferences and interruptions even the political parties must put themselves in order to stop threading on divisive lines or there will be a “spiritual surgery” in Liberia for God to usher in the vital democratic transition of 2017, the preacher warned his audience.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police reform: Ethnic representativeness

first_imgAddressing participants at the opening of Police Force’s Annual Officers’ Conference under the theme, “Security Sector Reform Implementation – Enhancing Capacity Through Training, Infrastructure and Human Resource Management,” President David Granger emphasised his commitment to security sector reform. “Security sector reform is aimed at improving public trust and confidence, developing stronger organisations, boosting the Force’s intelligence, responsive and investigative capabilities and producing a more versatile Police Officer. Security sector reforms, therefore, must be accelerated to strengthen this vital institution in 2019.”Police Commissioner Leslie James in brief remarks reminded the audience that the reforms are based on the report compiled by British expert, Colonel Russell Combe in the resuscitated British funded US$4.7 million Security Sector Reform Programme. Even though the expert, whose contract expires in March, had publicly exhorted the Government not to have his report gather dust on some shelf, it has not been released in over a year when it was delivered, or even laid in Parliament. As such, one has to be concerned about whether a most import reform has been included in the plan, which, the Police Commissioner asserted: “We have engaged with our counterparts in the United Kingdom (UK) and to this end, three main pillars have already begun implementation; that is, training, human resources management and infrastructure.”In invoking the human resource element of the theme when the President said, “The Force’s membership of about 4600 is inadequate and needs to be augmented,” it would appear, he forgot to mention – or deliberately chose not to mention that vital component from a previous plan which he himself had a hand in crafting, and which was constitutionally mandated.This was back in 2003-04 when the Disciplined Forces Commission (DFC), on which he sat, held extensive hearings with a wide cross-section of the Guyanese populace. In discussing “Police reform”, he has referred many times to the DFC Report, which had been laid in Parliament in 2004 but only finally approved in 2010, since of the 164 recommendations, 71 concerned the GPF. But he has studiously avoided, as he did once again, the one that addressed the vexed issue of “ethnic imbalance” which had been brought up even before Guyana received independence from Britain. In 1965, the year he entered the Armed Forces as a 2nd Lieutenant, an ICJ Commission, (invited by the British as a condition for awarding Guyana Independence) suggested a programme of accelerated recruitment of Indians into the Police and Armed Force until their numbers were roughly in proportion to than in the population. Nothing came of that recommendation.During the hearings on constitutional changes in 1999 – precipitated by People’s National Congress (PNC) riots in the streets after 1997 – one of the unanimously adopted constitutional recommendations adopted in 2000 was for the President to establish a Commission to investigate and recommend resolving the ethnic imbalance in the Disciplined Forces. During the aforementioned “troubles” – as since labelled by Grange – intriguingly, it was the Opposition PNC under Robert Corbin that called upon the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government to establish the Disciplined Forces Commission.On the matter of ethnic representativeness, the DFC had declared: “The Commission…is of the view that the allaying of ethnic security fears which stem from the predominance of Afro-Guyanese presence in the GPF must be addressed… but to ensure, in so doing, that no similar insecurity fears are caused in the Afro-Guyanese community.” More specifically, it recommended: “It should be an aim (of the GPF) to achieve a Force representative of the ethnic diversity of the nation without employing a quota system.” To achieve this, ethnically-diverse recruitment teams should be employed as openly and extensively as possible. The report also suggested that a study be conducted on how to address the ethnic make-up imperative.While in Opposition, both the PNC – including the one led by David Granger – and the AFC trenchantly criticised the PPP for burying the DFC Report for seven years in Committee. Why is it they have now buried it and not “allaying ethnic fears”?last_img read more


first_imgStory Links  Print Friendly Version Box Score Sage Usher had a career night to push the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball team to a 90-80 victory over the Queen’s Gaels on Friday night (Feb. 9) in Kingston, Ont.Down 43-31 at the beginning of the third quarter, Usher caught fire. The fourth-year guard drained four three-pointers en route to 22 points in the second half to complete the season sweep of the Gaels. The geography major ended up going 10-for-17 on the night for a career-high 27 points, while adding seven rebounds and three assists in the win.Evan Shadkami, who dropped 18 points in Toronto’s last meeting with Queen’s, followed it up with 17 points off the bench. Reilly Reid and Christopher Barrett each chipped in with 13 of their own.Toronto outscored the Gaels by 21 points in the second half to improve their record to 10-10. They’re currently two games up on Nipissing for the final playoff spot in the OUA East division. On the other hand, Queen’s holds the fourth spot in the same division with an 11-9 record on the season.U of T kept pace with the Gaels from the opening tip. Seven different Blues recorded a basket for Toronto to keep the score within one (19-18) after the first quarter.Queen’s hopped out to a 14-4 run early in the second quarter and maintained that momentum into halftime, leading by 12.At the start of the third quarter it became the Usher show. He dropped 12 points in the frame, which was only three shy of the amount Queen’s tallied in the entire frame. Toronto only trailed 58-54 heading into the final quarter.The team continued to shoot lights out in the last 10 minutes. Usher, Ried and Shadkami each scored at least 10 points in the quarter to finish the comeback.The Blues are back on the road tomorrow night (Feb. 10), this time at York against the Lions. Toronto took down their inner city rival 73-56 in their last encounter. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m., at Tait McKenzie Centre. center_img For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. last_img read more


first_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats HOW IT HAPPENED: The Blues struck first with a couple goals late in the first period. Joey Manchurek batted his sixth of the season out of the air to open up the scoring, followed by Ross Krieger just a minute later, who found the loose puck and put it in the back of the net. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Next Game: York University 11/14/2019 | 11:00 a.m. The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey team defeated the RMC Paladins 6-3 on Saturday afternoon (Nov 9) in Kingston, Ont. Matchup Historycenter_img UP NEXT: The Blues come home to battle the York Lions on Thursday morning at 11:00am for their annual school day game at Varsity Arena.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version The second period started with the Paladins getting a chance on the powerplay. Alex MacDonald capitalized to get RMC on the board and cut the Blues lead in half. Manchurek and David Thomson followed up with a two-on-one opportunity, and Manchurek made no mistake, burying his second of the afternoon. Two minutes later, Curtis Harvey won a face-off back to Evan MacEachern, who fired a hard slap shot into the back of the Paladins net. Third-year Blues goalie Frederic Foulem made 24 saves and recorded his first win of the season. The Blues have now won seven straight games for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Three minutes into the third period, Ross Krieger found the back of the net for his second of the game and extended the Toronto lead to four. RMC tried to fight back as Macdonald and Cameron Lamport scored two quick goals to bring their deficit back down to two. Nathan Hudgin scored with just over five minutes remaining to finish off the Paladins.last_img read more

Celtic predicted XI to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League

first_imgCeltic have a huge task on their hands on the opening night of the new Champions League campaign.After making it to the group stage, the Scottish side must now do battle with French giants Paris Saint-Germain who have added two of the world’s top talents to their squad this summer.Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are likely to line up against the Bhoys at Parkhead, but who will face them?Leigh Griffths is reportedly fit after a calf injury kept him out of the match with  Hamilton, but Moussa Dembele is still out, along with Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko, who are on the way back from knee problems.So who will Brendan Rodgers pick? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Celtic XI to face PSG, in squad number order… 11 11 11 6. Nir Bitton (centre-back) 23. Mikael Lustig (right-back) 49. James Forrest (attacking midfield) 8. Scott Brown (central midfield) 7. Patrick Roberts (right-wing) 21. Olivier Ntcham (central midfield) 5. Jozo Šimunovi? (centre-back) 11 1. Craig Gordon (goalkeeper) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Celtic XI to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League… 11 11. Scott Sinclair (left-wing) 63. Kieran Tierney (left-back) 11 11 9. Leigh Griffiths (forward) 11 11 11 11last_img read more

Wales invited to bid for Euro 2020 matches as UEFA raise concerns over Belgium

first_img1 Cardiff could become one of the host cities for Euro 2020 as the Football Association of Wales has been invited to bid for matches again.The FAW lost out in the original bidding process in 2014 when UEFA chose 13 cities across Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the first European Championship.But concerns over Belgium’s 60,000-capacity Eurostadium project – the proposed new stadium, just north of the capital Brussels, has yet to be built – means that Cardiff is back in the running to stage matches.Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Wembley – which will host the final and semi-finals of Euro 2020 – and Swedish capital Stockholm are also being considered as UEFA start a process of selecting a possible replacement city.“Naturally the FAW are delighted to be given this opportunity,” FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford said in a statement.“We will work hard to once again produce a strong case for the games to be played in Cardiff and will use the experience of the Champions League to demonstrate what a success we will make of hosting these matches.“It would be fantastic for Welsh football to not only qualify for the Euro 2020 finals but also to stage some of the key matches.”Cardiff staged both the men’s and women’s UEFA Champions League finals this year.The men’s final was held at the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium, while the women’s final was staged at the Cardiff City Stadium.The Cardiff City Stadium also staged the 2014 UEFA Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Sevilla.A decision is expected in December as to whether the matches will be hosted in Brussels, following an update on the build project, or one of the new venues.The Belgian Football Association met last week with UEFA, local government officials and the construction company due to build the Eurostadium to discuss the project.“We still believe, but we are realistic that it’s depending on other parties,” Belgian FA secretary general Koen de Brabander told reporters on Tuesday.“We as a federation are not in the lead to take decisions.”Hampden Park in Glasgow and Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will both stage three group games and a last-16 match at Euro 2020.But the Welsh were left empty-handed three years ago when Cardiff’s bid was beaten by a single ranking point by the Scots.The quarter-finals and three group matches will be held in Munich, Baku, Roma and St Petersburg.The other host cities, which will hold three group games and a last-16 game, are Copenhagen, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Bilbao and Budapest.Brussels was also awarded three group matches and a last-16 game in 2014. Cardiff’s Principality Stadium could now host Euro 2020 matches last_img read more

Griffiths explains why Bayern will see a much better Celtic team on Tuesday

first_img2 The 27-year-old Scotland striker then turned his attention to Bayern, encouraged by the second-half display in Germany.“I think the game will be different here, especially with the crowd getting behind us. They will roar us on from start to finish,” he said.“You’ve seen the second half when we were much more disciplined to go and play, we created good chances to score goals.“If we can replicate the last half hour we played over there then we give ourselves a good shot.“It is going to be a difficult night for us but as you have seen previously, big teams have been turned over when they came here.”In a much-changed Celtic starting line-up Griffiths returned at the expense of fit-again Moussa Dembele, who showed he was back to form with a double in the commanding 3-0 win over title rivals Aberdeen last Wednesday night.The former Wolves and Hibernian player knows he is again in a fight with the French striker for the starting berth.“As a striker you want to score goals and play well,” he explained.“Moussa came back and is fit, he had to wait for his chance and he took it with aplomb.“So I was back in and scored a goal and we need to see what happens on Tuesday.“You know how good a player Moussa is. I am a striker, I want to be selfish and in the team but ultimately it is down to the manager and who he sees fit to start the game.“Whether it is me or Moussa we will give 100 per cent, it is all about the team, not individuals.” Leigh Griffiths believes Bayern Munich will see Celtic in a much better light at Celtic Park on Tuesday night.The Hoops were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by the German giants in their Champions League Group B encounter at the Allianz Arena earlier in the month.Griffiths scored in the home 1-1 Premiership draw against Kilmarnock on Saturday which equalled the club’s 62-game unbeaten domestic run which dated back to Willie Maley’s Celtic side of 1917. 2 Celtic were well beaten by Bayern Munich last_img read more

Mesut Ozil insists he will still be at Arsenal next season

first_img ADVICE shining He signed a new deal last season, which ties him to the Gunners until 2021 and makes him the highest paid player in their history, and the German has told Sky Sports he intends to stay put.“Yes absolutely,” he replied when asked if he will be at Arsenal next season.“I have two years left on my contract. I don’t know about after that but yes, absolutely. I’m 30 now and I’ve still got two years in front of me and what happens after that I don’t know myself.” talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY Swansea vs Derby (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Barcelona vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTEintracht Frankfurt vs Chelsea (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Crystal Palace (Saturday 5:30pm) – talkSPORT LIVE ON talkSPORT LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Getty REVEALED no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card One player who will not be a team-mate of Ozil next season is Aaron Ramsey.The midfielder has agreed to join Juventus on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer and has played his last game for Arsenal having been ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a hamstring injury. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars BEST OF REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Mesut Ozil insists he does not plan on leaving Arsenal in the summer despite speculation over his future.The 30-year-old has been dropped by Unai Emery several times this season and has come in for criticism from the club’s fanbase. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow Mesut Ozil still has two years left on his Arsenal contract Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “We’ll miss him,” added Ozil.“He’s a player with a lot of potential and ability. As a player we have to accept it but I wish him well for the future and I wish him all the best.”last_img read more

Steve Clarke continues good start with win over Hearts

first_imgSteve Clarke has continued his good start as Kilmarnock manager with a 2-1 victory over Hearts at Murrayfield.A late winner by substitute Adam Frizzell gave the Rugby Park side all three points after Isma Goncalves ruled out Kris Boyd’s 31st minute opener with an equaliser on 75 minutes.The game in Edinburgh was Killie’s fifth since they appointed Clarke as manager at the start of October.The former Chelsea and Liverpool man was in the stands to see a 2-0 victory over Partick Thistle on the day of his appointment. Since taking his place in the dugout they recorded two credible draws in Glasgow against Rangers and then against Celtic. In midweek he tasted his first, and so far only defeat in a 3-0 loss to Hibernian.Sunday’s victory over Craig Levein’s Hearts moves Kilmarnock ahead of Partick Thistle in the table into tenth and out of the relegation zone.The defeat means Hearts stay in sixth place ahead of St Johnstone on goal difference.last_img read more