Germany forced to make key changes for France clash

first_imgGERMANY coach Joachim Low has been forced to make changes to his team for Thursday’s semi-final against hosts France at Euro 2016 because of injuries and a suspension, including replacing key goal-scorer Mario Gomez.Gomez, whose two goals helped the world champions to the last four, has been forced out of the rest of the tournament with a pulled hamstring. Holding midfielder Sami Khedira will also miss the clash because of a groin injury.Central defender Mats Hummels completes the trio of absentees, sitting out the game due to suspension following a second booking in the Germans’ quarter-final victory over Italy on penalties.Chasing a fourth European title, Germany could also be without Bastian Schweinsteiger. Low has ruled out using his captain unless he has recovered fully from a knee ligament injury.The German boss has to decide what to do with his forward line and whether to use Mario Gotze, Lukas Podolski, Thomas Muller or Leroy Sane. Gotze and Muller have both been struggling with their form.In defence Low is unlikely to deploy a three-man central defence as he did against Italy.“Against France I still have to think about it. Italy are a team with automated plays. They are world class in playing them but they are predictable,” Low told reporters.“France are different. They constantly change positions, they are much more unexpected and difficult to predict.”Low is likely to use Emre Can as Khedira’s replacement with Benedikt Howedes slipping into the central defence for Hummels.The French are feeling confident following their 5-2 demolition of Iceland and the euphoria in the country is growing. But, in order to reach a home final in Paris on July 10, Didier Deschamp’s team must plug their porous defence.Leading 4-0 at half-time against Iceland, France dropped their guard, conceding two goals. Centre back Samuel Umtiti, playing his first international, was not totally commanding and Adil Rami, who was suspended, could return for the German game.Rami, however, has shown signs of nerves on several occasions, as has left back Patrice Evra, leaving France’s defence looking vulnerable, notably from set pieces.“We’re looking better but Germany remains Germany,” said Deschamps, whose side lost to the eventual winners in the 2014 World Cup quarter-finals as well as suffering painful semi-final defeats to the Germans at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.“They are the best team in Europe and in the world and the only ones totally controlling the situation, with technical quality everywhere, from the goalkeeper to the forwards,” said the coach.“We’ll fight for our chances, knowing what we are up against.”France won 2-0 the last time they played Germany on November 13 last year, but few that night cared about football.The friendly international at the Stade de France will not be remembered for the goals scored by Olivier Giroud and Andre-Pierre Gignac.As the French and German players contesting the game in Marseille on Thursday know very well, events off the pitch dominated the night.Islamic State claimed responsibility for coordinated attacks which killed 130 people across Paris, including 90 at the Bataclan concert hall.“We feel safe here at the moment and are not thinking about it,” said Germany centre-back Jerome Boateng, who has not brought his family to Paris on security concerns. “We are only focusing on the sporting angle. The rest is not relevant.”last_img read more

Chelsea surrender top spot after draw with Atletico

first_imgChelsea surrendered the top spot in the Champions League Group C when they drew 1-1 at home against Spain’s Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.Chelsea, who had already secured their place in the knockout phase, finished second in the group behind Italy’s AS Roma, while Atletico, finalists in 2014 and 2016, will drop into the Europa League after finishing third.Atletico took the lead in the 56th minute when Saul Niguez headed in at the far post after flick on by former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres following a corner.The goal was tough on Chelsea who had created a string of chances while Atletico barely troubled the hosts in the first 45 minutes.Chelsea’s pressure paid off in the 75th minute when Atletico defender Stefan Savic turned an Eden Hazard cross into his own net, setting up a climactic end to the game as both sides pushed for a winning goal.Spain striker Alvaro Morata fired at Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak when he looked sure to score and Brazil winger Willian wasted an even better chance when he blazed an effort high and wide in the 82nd minute.Substitute Michy Batshuayi went close in added time when his angled shot flew just wide of Oblak’s post.Other scores in Tuesday night’s games were:Man United 2CSKA Moscow 1Benfica 0Basel 2Celtic 0Anderlecht 1Bayern Munich 3PSG 1Roma 1Qarabag 0Barcelona 2Sporting Lisbon 0Olympiacos 0Juventus 2last_img read more

Bespoke…

first_img…DPI’s BSThe old American comedian WC Fields was known for his pithy witticisms delivered with unerring timing in a perpetually inebriated voice. One of your Eyewitness’s favourites was, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.” It’s clear that the PM’s personal flack — whom he swore is like a “son” to him, and promptly appointed him the nation’s “DPI” — has taken Fields’s advice to heart. And no… “DPI” doesn’t stand for “Dopey Prime Instigator”, even though that’s what the fella does full time…but “Director of Public Information”.The flack tried to rebut a letter sent to the press by some anonymous members of his staff, detailing some serious hanky-panky going on at the Department. Your Eyewitness’s first reaction was, “Since the DPI is an AFC appointee, what’s new?” Their sole purpose in getting the PNC into office was to fill their pockets (or their various orifices) with loot from the public treasury, isn’t it? Like that Duncan fella over at the Chronic!!Anyhow, back to the charges alleged against the DPI – which he summarised as “The role of the Editor-in-Chief; the hosting of staff training and morale building events and DPI publications.” But, right off the bat, he was already bullshitting. The staffers didn’t complain about the EiC’s ROLE, but that she was the wife of the AFC’s Regional 4 Chairman, and she did absolutely zilch in the Department save berating members of the staff!! The flack ignored this nepotism and featherbedding charge completely, and pleaded that the lady was just one member of the Editorial Team!! And this means she has no work to do?? Pure unadulterated bullshit!!The second charge had to do with holding “retreats” in fancy resorts purportedly to “discuss the DPI’s operations”, when these discussions could’ve been held right at the DPI. And how did the slimy DPI respond? Mo’ BS!! He claimed the staffers wanted another locale from which they would’ve gotten a kickback!! If he has evidence of this, shouldn’t he have taken some action? And since the staff did say he’d received “kickbacks”, maybe his guilty conscience is speaking??But it was his response to the third charge — about excessive printing of publications for the regions — that takes the cake for bullshit. (You would know bullshit is dropped in “cakes”!!) He refused to talk about EXCESSIVE publications, and pleaded there wasn’t too many “BESPOKE” publications!! Now, the word “bespoke” for the longest while referred to custom clothes for the elite and British Royalty by Saville Row etc.Your Eyewitness knows the term’s been extended to cover customised shoes and such like. But for the bilge that the DPI churns out?That’s bespoke bullshit!!…MOUAfter a tsunami of protests, the President promised to reveal the contents of the MoU he’s going to be signing with PM Keith Rowley of TT this Wednesday. In the meantime, Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge had been stoutly insisting that there was nothing untoward in the contents of the MoU!Methinks he protested too much!! Wasn’t this the same response Trotman and he had given the Guyanese people after he signed the contract and bonus (such as it was!!) with Exxon??If the MoU was so innocuous, why was Rowley’s trip postponed from last Wednesday? Well, the Exxon contract couldn’t very well be changed, could it?? So, after stonewalling for months, the Guyanese people finally got to see how they were sold out down the road by this PNC Government — one whose president assured that Exxon wouldn’t take advantage of us!!Call him jaded, but your Eyewitness believes that if the contents would actually be revealed, the agreement’s gonna be adjusted for sure!!After all, Trinidad would never take candy from a baby, would they?…B & I loans?After a MOU with China on their B&I Initiative – which Greenidge assures us is innocuous! – their Foreign Minister will be dropping in.Will the PNC ask whether we can repay when the bespoke infrastructural loans are dangled?last_img read more

Banks DIH celebrates mothers in Berbice

first_imgBanks DIH Limited in collaboration with ‘B’ Division of the Guyana Police Force treated mothers in Berbice (Region-Six) to a pre-Mother’s Day Appreciation ceremony, hosted at the Banks DIH branch on Main Street, New Amsterdam.The Guyana Police Force (GPF) military band under the baton of the force’s first female director of music, Superintendent Charmaine Stuart, entertained guests with musical renditions, while gifts and hampers were presented to all mothers attending the event.One of the mothers recieving a hamper from Commander of ‘B’ Division, Ian AmsterdamAddressing the gathering was Commander of ‘B’ Division, Ian Amsterdam, who indicated that the aim of the programme was to express appreciation to mothers in the community while promoting the band’s visits to divisions around the country.“The military band has embarked on visits to police divisions around the country to organized concerts and we are happy that they are visiting us today,” the Commander stated.Banks DIH Limited Berbice Branch Executive, Reginald Matthews, added that the ceremony was organized to demonstrate gratitude to mothers ahead of Mother’s Day which is set to be celebrated on Sunday. Matthews thanked the Guyana Police Force for partnering with their business enterprise in the successful execution of the ceremony, which was well attended despite the inclement weather.last_img read more

Lukaku double nails Wanyama’s Saints

first_imgVictory, Everton’s first at St Mary’s since 2002, provisionally elevated Roberto Martinez’s team to second place in the fledgling standings, two points below Manchester United, who won 1-0 at Aston Villa on Friday.An impressive seventh last season in manager Ronald Koeman’s first campaign, Southampton are without a win after two matches, having drawn 2-2 at Newcastle United in their opening fixture.West Ham United will look to build on last weekend’s surprising 2-0 win at Arsenal when they host Leicester City later on Saturday, while Swansea City, who drew 2-2 at champions Chelsea, entertain Newcastle.Manchester City host Chelsea in an early clash of title contenders on Sunday, when the visitors will hope to move on from the furore sparked by manager Jose Mourinho’s demotion of medics Eva Carneiro and Jon Fearn.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku of Everton scores his team’s first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary’s Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Southampton, United Kingdom. PHOTO/Yahoo!LONDON, August 15- Romelu Lukaku scored two first-half goals and Ross Barkley added another as Everton claimed their first victory of the Premier League season by winning 3-0 at Southampton on Saturday.Belgium striker Lukaku headed home Arouna Kone’s 22nd-minute cross and swept in from Barkley’s astute pass on the stroke of half-time before the England midfielder neatly curled in a third goal six minutes from time.last_img read more

Dawson Creek house fire leaves a family with out their home

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A gofundme account has been set up to help homeowner James Lockhart and Terry Woodcox as their home burnt down the evening of November 11th, 2018.Residents of the Dawson Creek community for 40 years lost everything the night of the fire and they are planning on rebuilding their home again.The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and there was no house insurance. Lockhart expressed his gratitude to the Arras Fire Department and a thank you to everyone for their community spirit and support.- Advertisement -“Aside from the loss of irreplaceable memories and keepsakes, we are quite fortunate. We will be rebuilding in the spring and anyone with trades would be welcomed to help if they can or donations of building materials and/or tools would be great,” says LockartA link to the gofundme account can be found HERElast_img read more

Man United fans on the shock Liverpool transfer link

first_img1 Man United fans must have thought things couldn’t get any worse after a humiliating 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons.Unfortunately they then picked up the Daily Star this morning to read they’re apparently interested in signing Joe Allen from Liverpool for an eye-watering £20million.The shock rumour that their once great side may now be paying over the odds for a midfielder who doesn’t even start regularly for bitter rivals Liverpool hit them hard and many took to Twitter to declare their despondency.You can see some of the reaction here and keep up with the latest transfer rumours here. ‘If Man United sign Allen for £20m it will be an all-time low’, say fans on Twitter last_img

Inishowen League: Full round-up as Carn earn draw against Glengad United

first_imgJackie Crossan Premier Division took place on Sunday as Carn held out for an impressive draw against Glengad United. Full round-up: Illies Celtic              2Moville Celtic         1Illies took an early lead after David Doherty’s fine defensive header was  collected by Michael Coyle who split the home defence for Gavin Doherty to race clear and hammer low past Seamus Houghton. Moville tried to respond but Conor Doherty shot weakly at Johnathan Noone when well placed. On 33 minuts Coyle laid the ball off to Paul Doherty on the edge of the area but Houghton was equal to the effort.On the stroke of half time Moville’s Jack McConalogue then had a snapshot saved by  Noone. Illies had the first chance of the second period but Coyle fired into the side netting when well placed. Moville responded and equalised after a superb cross to the back post by McConalogue was met by a brilliant header from Doherty to the roof of the net after a defender had slipped. Moville substitute Michael McNaught then went close after a scramble in the area but his effort came back off the post. Illies rallied and when Gavin Doherty was upended in the area Paul Doherty despatched the kick low to the corner despite Houghton getting a hand to the ball.Doherty spurned another good chance after Gavin Doherty  had pulled the ball back into his path but he fired straight at Houghton. Moville forced four successive corners in injury time but could not salvage a point.Greencastle FC                  1Buncrana Hearts               0The home side started this game well with the pace of Conor Gillen on the right causing the visitors all sorts of problems. After one such run the first chance came to the home side when Gillen crossed for Ronan Doherty  but his point blank effort was well saved by  Eoghan O Doherty.The home side then took the lead midway through the half when Gerry Gill despatched a superb free kick to the top corner. Buncrana came more into the game in the ten minutes before the break but failed to create any clear chances of note. Upon resumption of the match, Greencastle continued to press Buncrana. On the 70th minute Stephen Grant made a great run down the right-hand side of the pitch and crossed in for Nigel McMonagle to chest the ball into the back of the net only for it to be judged hand ball. On the 75th minute, Buncrana were awarded a free kick just inside the Greencastle half. The ball was floated in from the free kick and Gerard McLaughlin rose above everyone to fire in a header but was safely gathered by Dylan Doherty in the Greencastle nets. The remaining 15 minutes Greencastle continued to press for the second goal but could not penetrate the  Buncrana defence.Aileach  FC                                      3Cockhill Celtic Youths                  0Cockhill began this game on the front foot and forced a couple of early corners which the home defence dealt with comfortably. Aileach’s first chance of note came after 15 minutes when Darren McMonagle’s right wing cross almost found Dermot Doherty but Liam McGonagle pounced on the loose ball to avert the danger. Cockhill were playing well without creating anything clear cut and somewhat against the run of play the home side took the lead when Ethan Canning played a one two with Dermot Doherty and finished low past McGonagle from eight  yards.Aileach were a different proposition in the second half and grabbed control of the game. After spurning a few decent chances Aileach finally got a second midway through the half, it arrived courtesy of an overlapping run by Darren Gallagher whose cross found Dean Curran and the big midfielder controlled before firing past McGonagle from close range. A third  followed almost immediately when Denim McLaughlin played in Darren McMonagle and the wing back advanced before driving the ball home from 10 yards to secure the pointsCarn FC                               0 Glengad United                 0Carn created  the first chance on 5 minutes when Brandon Browne broke on the right wing and laid it off for Cade Cooke who shot l wide from 10 yards. Glengad replied on 16 minutes after  Finn McClure made a long pass along the right wing to Conor barrow who crossed for Terence Doherty who fired wide from 10 yards.Carn replied midway through the half when Will Quinn passed from the centre of midfield and found Brandon Browne on the right-wing who  beat a defender and crossed for Lorcan Bradley who shot over the bar from 12 yards.Glengad got another chance on 38 minutes after Seamus Doherty sent  Cathal McDaid one on one with Daniel Houghton but he shot high to the left and wide from 10 yards.  Glengad came back strongly in the second half when Matthew Byrne found  Terence Doherty who laid it off to Declan McLaughlin but his effort  was parried onto to the post by Daniel Houghton in the Carn goal. The home side ‘s  Brandon Browne nearly broke the deadlock on 63 minutes when he got on the end of Cade Cooke’s cross from the right  and unmarked in the 18 yard box  he failed to hit the target.Glengad created another chance on 74 minutes when Matthew Byrne found  Conor Barrow on the right wing who crossed for Terence Doherty who shot low to the left but was again well saved by Houghton. Glengad applied real pressure during this period and nearly got the winner on 87 minute when Terence Doherty found substitute Christy McLaughlin who rounded the defender and laid it off for Seamus Doherty who shot low to the left and wide from 6 yards.Inishowen League: Full round-up as Carn earn draw against Glengad United was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Many are still stuck in Denver

first_imgDENVER (AP) — Denver’s airport was operating at close to capacity Saturday after being snowed in for two days, but for many travelers jammed in its terminals, it was not expected to be enough to rescue their hopes of joining their families for Christmas. Thousands of travelers whose flights were canceled by a blizzard that backed up air traffic nationwide were stuck on standby, trying to grab a rare empty seat on planes that were mostly booked. “I just want to go home. I just want to see my family,” said Jennifer Long of Denver, who was hoping to catch an afternoon flight to New Orleans, the city she left after Hurricane Katrina. The busiest carrier at Denver International, United Airlines, planned to operate a full schedule of 900 departures and arrivals Saturday for the first time since the storm blew in Wednesday, burying the city in 2 feet of snow, spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said. Flights were running “close to on schedule,” she said. The airport, the nation’s fifth-busiest, had five runways open Saturday and expected to have all six runways cleared by today, Sunday, but there was no telling when the backlog of passengers would be cleared out. “You combine what would have been a busy holiday as it was, and you throw in a few thousand more stranded passengers, it’s obviously busy,” airport spokesman Steve Snyder said. The jam in Denver backed up flights around the country heading into one of the busiest travel times of the year, and low visibility in Atlanta and wind in Philadelphia on Friday added to delays. About 9 million Americans planned to take to the air during the nine-day Christmas-to-New Year’s period, the AAA estimates. By Saturday, New York businessman Todd Pavlo and his 16-year-old son had spent two nights on airport benches at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. They waited and hoped through seven standby flights to Salt Lake City, where they were going to see family. “At this rate, I’m going to be here well into January,” said Pavlo, 47, who ended up booking two one-way tickets to Salt Lake — for $700 each — on a flight leaving Sunday. “Now everybody is starting to get irate. … We’re all sitting together. We’re actually living together following gate to gate all day long.” Overseas, fog had grounded flights for most of the week at London’s Heathrow Airport, stalling tens of thousands of people who had planned on taking flights at Europe’s busiest airport. The fog finally started to lift Saturday, and British Airways pledged to operate 95 percent of its scheduled flights. In South America, flight cancellations and hours-long delays caused by overbooking and equipment problems had haunted Christmas travelers across Brazil since Tuesday. Even the Brazilian air force was called in to help move passengers with its fleet of eight passenger jets. At Denver, more than 3,000 incoming flights alone were canceled or diverted during the 45-hour shutdown that began Wednesday. An estimated 4,700 travelers camped out at the airport that night, and close to 2,000 spent Thursday night on the hard floors and a few cots, hoping to get a place at the front of long lines at ticket counters. Snyder said he did not know how many were there overnight Friday night but said it was fewer than the night before. On Saturday, travelers waited in long lines that snaked around the terminal or sat on cots, working on laptops or playing computer games. Passengers with long-standing reservations filled most of the outbound flights. Airline officials told unhappy travelers at the airport that they cannot simply bring in extra planes to clear the backlog, and that it could be Christmas — or later — before they can catch a plane. Jerry Escobedo, a contract worker at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, said he waited on hold for 90 minutes to talk to a Frontier Airlines agent to learn that the Seattle flight he was booked on for Christmas Eve was the earliest he was going to get. “It’s been an interesting experience, I guess you could say. You just have to make the best of it,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur confirm Dele Alli is out until March with hamstring strain

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 1 As well as talisman Kane, Heung-min Son is away with South Korea at the AFC Asian Cup.Son played as South Korea beat Bahrain after extra-time on Tuesday to extend his stay at the tournament by at least another week.Lucas Moura is nearing a return from a knee injury and Pochettino might feel he has no choice but to throw him back into action at Stamford Bridge on Thursday as Spurs try to hold onto their 1-0 first-leg lead in the Carabao Cup semi-final. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Dele Alli is not expected to return until March due to a hamstring strain, Tottenham Hotspur gave confirmed.The England international limped off against Fulham on Sunday and was in visible agony as he left the pitch. Latest Premier League News REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury center_img no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Incredibly, Dele has suffered the same injury twice already this season and missed the Champions League clash with Barcelona at Wembley.Spurs said on Twitter: “Following scans and clinical assessment, we can confirm that @dele_official has suffered a hamstring strain, sustained during Sunday’s match.“Dele will now undergo a period of rehabilitation with our medical staff, with the expectation of returning to training in early March.”He joins his England team-mate Harry Kane in the treatment room and is set to miss the club’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg with Chelsea, and the potential final, the Champions League last-16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund and a host of important Premier League games. shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REVEALED tense Alli felt the injury straight away at Craven Cottage last_img read more