Atalanta moving up

first_imgNAPLES, Italy (AP):The bar has been raised at Atalanta.Not only is the provincial squad dreaming of a place in Europe, but it has the Champions League within its sights after winning at Napoli 2-0 yesterday to move to within three points of the third-placed side in Serie A.Defender Mattia Caldara again stole the show with a goal in each half. Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie was sent off moments before Caldara’s second, following two bookings in quick succession.It ended Napoli’s run of 14 league matches without defeat.Inter Milan can move back level with Atalanta with a win over second-place Roma today. Victory would make the race for a place in Europe’s elite club competition wide open.Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini admitted last week that a win against Napoli would change his side’s objectives, and that new aim will be tested in its next two matches against Fiorentina and Inter.Atalanta’s achievement is even more impressive given that they rely mainly on young, homegrown talent.Caldara, who was signed by Juventus last month but loaned back to Atalanta until 2018, is only 22, while Andrea Petagna, Andrea Conti, and Alberto Grassi are the same age or younger. They all came through the youth ranks together at the Bergamo-based club.last_img read more

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U-17s look to Panama – Coach Edwards wanted more warm-up matches

first_imgNational Under-17 coach Andrew Edwards is bemoaning the fact that his players have been unable to measure their recent progress against international opposition before the team departs for the CONCACAF final round in Panama on Friday. Since securing their place in the confederation championship, the young Reggae Boyz have faced the United States, Canada and Cuba friendlies earlier this year. With no international warm-up games on the cards going into the tournament, Edward turned to the nation’s top-flight teams in order to play high-quality opposition. “Right now, things are about 85-90 per cent. We are sharper. Physically, we are in a better place. Technically, we have improved, and tactically, we have improved a lot, but we need consistency on the tactical side,” he told The Gleaner. “But we would have really loved an opportunity to test all that against international opposition,” Edwards added. He said the boys have responded well in the local matches they have played. In matches against Premier League teams, they drew 2-2 with Harbour View, beat Boys’ Town 2-1, and UWI 2-0, but went down 2-1 to Waterhouse. “Against senior opposition, we were competitive and got positive results in all the games bar one. The games also told us how they have matured, so despite the fact that we would rather have played against better organised teams or international games against our peers, the opportunity to play is always good, and we have benefited in no small measure. “They competed strongly and our tactics surprised Boys’ Town, Harbour View and UWI. Those games, we played well. The Waterhouse game was a poor game by our expectations and standard.” he stated. Meanwhile, for the period leading up to the championship Edwards said they hope to keep all the players fit and healthy. “We have to manage our injuries, make sure we get to Panama with 20 healthy bodies and healthy minds,” he said. GOOD RESULTSlast_img read more

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Avery Bradley agrees to 2-year deal with Clippers

first_imgPast champs Sharapova, Kvitova beaten at Wimbledon first round Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town 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 awardcenter_img MOST READ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Yahoo Sports, which first reported the agreement, said the contract will be worth $25 million.Bradley played in 46 games last season between the Detroit Pistons and the Clippers. He was traded to the Clippers in January as part of the Blake Griffin deal, then made only six appearances with Los Angeles before being shut down with a hernia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFor his career, Bradley has averaged 12.3 points in 459 NBA games. Avery Bradley #11 of the LA Clippers defends against Spencer Dinwiddie #8 of the Brooklyn Nets in the first quarter during their game at Barclays Center on February 12, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPAvery Bradley is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers.Bradley has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the Clippers after free agents can begin making deals official on Friday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because neither side was commenting publicly until the league’s offseason moratorium ends.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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18 ‘Escaped Detainees’ Arrested in Voinjama

first_imgReports obtained from legal and security personnel regarding Wednesday’s jail break in Voinjama, Lofa County, have confirmed the arrest of 18 of 40 “escaped prisoners.”In a briefing with reporters in Voinjama City, Lofa County Attorney Luther B. Sumo explained that officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Emergency Response Unit (ERU) personnel from Gbarnga, Bong County, have launched a manhunt for the escaped prisoners.Attorney Sumo said that as a result of the cooperation of local residents in the villages, several of the escaped detainees from the Voinjama Correction Palace would all be arrested soon.The ERU security personnel have been deployed in Voinjama City in order to beef up the strength of the police for the Christmas and New Year season.On December 18, Voinjama’s central corrections facility was hit by a massive jail break. A majority of the escaped prisoners were convicted rapists, murderers, and pretrial detainees.The Lofa County Attorney explained that the Prison’s Superintendent and staff have complained about the lack of equipment to protect the crowded jail compound in Voinjama.Other constraints, according to Att’y Sumo include lack of vehicles, communications equipment, and safe drinking water.“Constant delays on the part of the local court system have led to overcrowdedness at the Voinjama Correction Palace, resulting in the current jail break,” Attorney Sumo also asserted. “We are making steady progress in cracking down on the escaped prisoners wherever their hideouts may be in order to ensure the protection and safety of the citizens and residents of Voinjama and other towns,” Attorney Sumo assured.Attorney Sumo sounded an urgent appeal to the Liberian Government, specifically the Ministry of Justice’s Correction Unit, for logistical support that would ensure the protection and safety of the detainees.Attorney Sumo also added that under the Liberian law, pretrial detainees should not be kept in jail indefinitely as the Liberian Government would be accused of human rights violations.When contacted yesterday, Lofa County Superintendent George Dunor also underscored the need for improvement of the Voinjama Correction Palace in Lofa County.Supt. Dunor stated that since the Wednesday Voinjama Correction Palace jail break and subsequent arrest of some of the detainees, Lofa County has remained calm and peaceful. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Tension flares over MP going live on FB in National Assembly

first_img…after Parliament’s live feed disconnected during Opposition presentation…“total discrimination” – TeixeiraAs the 2019 Budget debate started in the National Assembly just after 10:00h on Monday, tension erupted as members of the House argued over whether or not the parliamentary live stream began when the first speaker, Irfaan Ali, was making his presentation amid concerns the Opposition’s views were not being fully represented.High drama unfolded when Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland informed Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Priya Manickchand that recording from where members sit was not permitted.She, however, maintained her stance that Government’s media agency, the Department of Public Information (DPI) was not providing fair coverage of theSpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton ScotlandBudget, particularly as it relates to the views and opinions of the Opposition. Manickchand defended a live stream of Ali’s speech with her mobile phone. Ali is the chief spokesperson on economic and finance matters for the parliamentary Opposition, and is the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the House.“The Department of Public Information, which is funded by the people of the country, is not carrying the views of the Opposition members… [it] amounts to not carrying the views of the people of this country,” she noted.Following the Speaker’s upbraiding for the use of recording devices, which he said was against the rules and practices of the House, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira pointed out that the parliamentary live stream was interrupted when Ali was giving his speech, but was up and working when Business Minister Dominic Gaskin was ready to make his presentation. When Gaskin first attempted to speak, he said all debates were available for review on Parliament’s website, but the Speaker instructed that he focus on the matters concerning the Budget debate.“There has been no live streaming of the opening speech by the Opposition leadPPP/C MP Priya Manickchandby Irfaan Ali, it is only now when a minister is speaking that the live streaming has started. This is the point about discrimination we are talking about in this place – total discrimination,” Teixeira expressed with great vociferousness.The Speaker, however, advised the Opposition that the live stream started from the beginning. After the brief display of tension, Gaskin was allowed to make his presentation, but in a social media post Manickchand pondered why Government would not want the public to hear the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s point person on finance.“What is the wrong I did? If you look at the video you will see that it was when Mr Ali was speaking of corruption and mismanagement in the Education Ministry, that Nicolette Henry and Simona Broomes complained … one would have thought these two young women would be of the generation and mindset that would want to have the people’s business made as available to the people as possible… Free speech includes not only speaking but communicating those views and ideas to whosoever wishes to listen,” Manickchand posited.last_img read more

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Victims mourned

first_img• Photo Gallery: Memorials around the country • Photo Gallery: Virginia Tech Memorial CeremonyBLACKSBURG, Va. – President Bush paused at a makeshift memorial Tuesday across the street from the scene of the Virginia Tech shootings, then left behind a few words in sympathy. The president scrawled “God Bless” and signed his name to a giant “VT” propped up on the trunk of a tree. The first lady, who laid a bouquet of roses at the memorial, wrote “With love, Laura Bush.” Bush spent a moment of silence at the memorial after speaking at a memorial service on the campus where students, professors and administrators are anguishing over the nation’s deadliest shooting spree. “It’s impossible to make sense of such violence and suffering,” Bush said a day after the rampage in which 33 people, including the suspected gunman, died. “Those whose lives were taken did nothing to deserve their fate,” the president said. “They were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now they’re gone – and they leave behind grieving families, and grieving classmates and a grieving nation.” Before flying to the university in southwestern Virginia, Bush ordered flags flown at half-staff and issued a written proclamation in honor of those killed and wounded. Speaking to a solemn crowd at a basketball arena, packed with students and others, many wearing orange short-sleeve Virginia Tech T-shirts, the president quoted a recent graduate blogging about the killings to encourage those who grieve to reach out for help. “To all of you who are OK, I’m happy for that,” Bush said, quoting the Internet posting. “For those of you who are in pain or who have lost someone close to you, I’m sure you can call on any one of us and have help anytime you need it.” The memorial service was subdued but ended with a spontaneous school chant of “Let’s go, Hokies!” the university mascot. The president met with a wounded student and 50 relatives of the victims, hugging them and telling them to take comfort from one another. Bush urged those angered by the killings not to be overcome by evil. “People who have never met you are praying for you,” Bush said. “They’re praying for your friends who have fallen and who are injured. There’s a power in these prayers, a real power. In times like this, we can find comfort in the grace and guidance of a loving God.” On a day of raw emotion, Bush spoke to students who he said had just lived through the worst day of their lives. “On this terrible day of mourning, it’s hard to imagine a time will come when life at Virginia Tech will return to normal, but such a day will come,” Bush said. “And when it does, you will always remember the friends and teachers who were lost yesterday.” The tragedy fueled debate over gun control. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino deflected any questions about Bush’s view of needed changes to gun control policy, saying the time for that discussion is not now. “We understand that there’s going to be and there has been an ongoing national discussion, conversation and debate about gun control policy. Of course we are going to be participants in that conversation,” she said. “Today, however, is a day that is time to focus on the families, the school, the community.” 160Want 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

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Giroud is key for Arsenal, says Quinn, as ex-Gunner expresses fears over injury

first_imgNiall Quinn says Olivier Giroud will be a huge loss for Arsenal if his ankle injury proves as serious as first feared.Giroud is undergoing scans to determine whether he has fractured a bone in his left foot, which would leave him out for around three months.With Yaya Sanogo the only other recognised striker at the club, Quinn claims Arsene Wenger can ill afford to lose the Frenchman.“Giroud is a very, very important player,” said the former Gunners hitman, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Away from home especially, I love the way he battles for them. He has done so now since he came to the club.“He doesn’t always get the rewards at the end of it, other players sometimes come in for the goals, but he is key.”And Quinn has warned Wenger he may find it difficult to bring in another top class forward before the transfer window closes, should Giroud be a long-term absentee.He continued: “[Alexis] Sanchez is flexible and can play up there but there is a big need for somebody to make a presence in Giroud’s absence and where are they going to get him now at this stage?“They will have people on their minds even though they didn’t know Giroud would get injured, but it will be important that they click something into gear in the next few days.”last_img read more

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Van Gaal blow! Man United target to undergo knee surgery

first_imgManchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Kevin Strootman, after Roma announced the midfielder is to undergo knee surgery on Friday.The Holland international has only recently returned to action after a nine month spell on the sidelines with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.United boss Louis van Gaal has been linked with the 24-year-old since his Old Trafford appointment in May, but Roma revealed they would only be willing to listen to a “stupid” offer for the player.A statement from Roma read: “Yesterday Kevin Strootman underwent further diagnostic procedures with professors Van Dijk and Kerkhoffs, who previously operated on him.“The examination revealed a mass of fibrous tissue [known as Cyclops Syndrome], which it is advised should be removed.“The player is due to undergo arthroscopic surgery in Amsterdam tomorrow, during which the ligament will also be assessed.”But Strootman is optimistic of a speedy recovery, posting on his official Twitter account: “It is nothing serious and I will be back on the pitch as soon as possible.” Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman 1last_img read more

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Governor unveils 2006-07 budget

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “This budget continues California on the path toward fiscal responsibility and economic recovery,” Schwarzenegger said during a midday news conference. Details of the budget plan were emerging, but the big winners appear to be public schools and health and human services agencies. Weeks ago, Schwarzenegger proposed a $4.3 billion boost in funding for kindergarten through 12th grade education and community colleges. Education groups said they will seek even more money once the budget gets submitted to lawmakers, yet the increase has succeeded in partly defusing some of Schwarzenegger’s most vocal critics. Education groups attacked Schwarzenegger last year after he floated proposals about merit pay and teacher tenure, and failed to repay billions of dollars educators said he owed to public schools. Education spending accounts for about half the state’s annual budget. Schwarzenegger also pledged to halt student fee increases in the California State University and University of California systems. Students have faced five fee increases in a row under a deal the universities reached with Schwarzenegger. But Democrats and student groups said the increases amounted to a tax increase on the middle class and lower-income residents. The governor also has tempered fears that he would neglect spending on social services as he sought to placate education groups with a huge spending boost. On Monday, he proposed spending $72 million to enroll more children in the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs. The additional money is expected to provide medical services to about 300,000 uninsured children and is part of a $1.2 billion funding increase in health and human services programs. By proposing increases in school and health funding, Schwarzenegger seeks to avoid an extended budget confrontation with the Democrats who control both houses of the state Legislature. Such a skirmish could complicate his re-election campaign and distract him from pushing the $222.6 billion public works spending plan he announced last week. As part of that plan, he wants voters to approve about $25 billion in bonds this year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s tax revenues are surging ahead of expectations, giving an election-year jolt to the state budget and providing more money for public schools, health services and higher education. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday proposed a $125.6 billion spending plan that does not raise taxes, a 7 percent boost over last year. It also marks the first time in several years that the state projects enough tax revenue to cover spending without significant borrowing, a reversal from budget deficits that reached into the billions before Schwarzenegger took office. The 2006-2007 budget proposal from the governor includes $97.9 billion in general fund spending and $25 billion in spending from special funds, which is money such as a gas tax that is dedicated to specific programs such as highway repairs. The rest of the spending, $2.7 billion, is to repay bonds.last_img read more

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