Arsenal, Liverpool through to League Cup quarter-finals

first_img Late scare LONDON (AP): Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both scored twice as the experienced players secured passage for their youthful teams into the quarter-finals of the League Cup yesterday. Sturridge, who has failed to score in seven Premier League matches this season, has only found joy in front of goal in England’s second-tier knockout competition when top-flight typically deploy weaker teams. Sturridge’s double eliminated Tottenham with a 2-1 victory at Anfield, his first Liverpool goals since also netting twice in the League Cup in August. After firing into the roof of the net from Marko Grujic’s cross in the ninth minute, the England striker tucked the ball under Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the second half. Vincent Janssen pulled one back from the penalty spot but Tottenham couldn’t force extra time against its Premier League title rival.It was a smoother night for Arsenal against Reading, despite only beating the second-tier League Championship club 2-0. Oxlade-Chamberlain poked the ball through defender Tyler Blackett’s legs into the corner of the net to put Arsenal ahead in the 33rd minute. A deflected shot from the England international doubled Arsenal’s lead in the 78th. Premier League side Hull survived a late scare against Bristol City of the League Championship to win 2-1. Harry Maguire and Michael Dawson scored either side of half-time but City forward Lee Tomlin grabbed a goal in the third of seven minutes of stoppage time. The biggest win of the night saw second-tier leaders Newcastle, relegated from the Premier League last season, rout 10-man Preston 6-0. Leeds-Norwich went to extra-time after a 1-1 draw. The fourth round will be completed today with three all-Premier League matches, headlined by Manchester United hosting Manchester City in the season’s second Manchester derby clash between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola. There’s also a London derby between West Ham and Chelsea, while Southampton take on Sunderland.last_img read more

Election Now?

first_imgDear Mr. Editor:I would like to have some input into the discussion regarding holding elections in the midst of the EBOLA epidemic.EBOLA is a very serious threat to our society and deserves to be prioritized rather than following strict rules not designed to cater to such an emergency. Let us deal with the emergency and later such matters can be carried out as normal. It is a matter of constitutionality versus a health emergency and the whole world is watching the matter with utmost interest.As a health professional, I very much would advise for us to tackle an existential threat, before we redirect our attention towards the functioning of government. Politics should not overshadow our health.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

I am not confused about my identity

first_imgDear Editor,There has been a minor exchange over the major issue of identity in the Stabroek News between Ms Ryhann Shah and Mr John Mair. Mr Mair, as some Guyanese often do, sought to silence ethnic identity. Ms Shah was moved to correctly assert her Indian identity as a legitimate part of her Guyanese identity. Then Mr GHK Lall got into it (I am first and foremost Guyanese: Stabroek News October 22, 2019). Mr Lall dragged me into the matter although I was happy to stay out of it. According to him, “The similarly singular Dr David Hinds was identically proud to articulate his steadfast identification as an Afro-Guyanese a little while back”.So, here we go. On the matter of my identity, I am quite capable of speaking for myself; I don’t want Mr Lall speaking for me. I am not confused about my identity – never was. As I have said on many occasions my identity is plural – Buxtonion, African Guyanese, Guyanese, Caribbean and Black. I love each aspect of that plural identity equally and wear and live them with utmost pride. Affirming one at any given time does not cancel out the others.Indeed, when I am in Guyana, nobody asks if I am Guyanese – I am Buxtonion. When I travel to the wider Caribbean, it is my Guyanese identity that rises to the fore. And when I land in New York, by God my Caribbeaness is what identifies me. Just as when I suffer these days with the boys and girls in maroon on that cricket field, it is my Caribbean identity that suffers most. Finally, when I land in Arizona where I work, all the other aspects of my identity give way to my Blackness.If I stress my African Guyanese identity from time to time in Guyana. It is because, in our ethnic mess, some people try to demean ethno-racial identities or silence them. And I will have none of that obscenity. When you try to demean my ethno-racial identity, you are affirming and reaffirming a historical assault on that aspect of my humanity that was once savagely brutalised to its very core – the scars of which are still fresh on the soul of the Black person. You are prolonging the myth that Black people are inferior.So long as Blackness is under assault, I shall answer it in the most forthright manner possible – it is my duty to those who died to make me free, to those who still live in bondage and the unborn who must face the whip when they arrive. As Bob Marley, the prophet of Black freedom sang, “Every time I hear the crack of the whip/ My blood runs cold/ I remember the slave ship/ How they brutalise our very soul.”When persons seek to use “Guyanese” to silence or erase African Guyanese, I will be in your face as an African Guyanese. I am letting nobody get away with masking my black face with their hypocritical “Guyanese” in order to wipe away the violence against Black humanity. African Guyanese blood watered this land called Guyana long before it was known by that name. And, if I am the only African Guyanese standing, I am not going to let Guyana and the world forget that.I consider myself a multi-racialist Guyanese in the tradition of Walter Rodney. Rodney made a distinction between the authentic multiracialism that arises out of respect for one’s own race in conjunction with respect for other races, and, on the other hand, the multiracialism that seeks to deny racial diversity and embraces a linear identity or what he called the “myth” of multiracialism. Let Rodney speak for himself and many of us— “…the Black intellectual has to move beyond his own discipline to challenge the social myth which exists in the society as a whole.” In other words, this myth of the multiracial society. This is the sort of thing which we have a duty to perform to the Black people from whom we come” (Grounding with my Brothers, page 63).Rodney is saying that simplistic multiracialism is not the one he embraces. And I am respectfully saying to Mr Mair and Mr Lall and others of that sway, that simplistic Guyanesesness may work for you. But don’t impose it on me – it’s not my thing. I am 100 per cent African Guyanese and 100 per cent Guyanese. To those who say they are first and foremost Guyanese or Guyanese only, I say I am also Guyanese.Sincerely,David Hindslast_img read more

Guyana-Russian Federation to strengthen bilateral ties

first_imgGuyana on Wednesday welcomed Russian investment in the economy as it looks forward to concluding a bilateral investment treaty between the two States.Speaking at the accreditation of Alexander Kurmaz as the new Russian Federation Ambassador, President David Granger said “Guyana and Russia have enjoyedHis Excellency Alexander Kurmaz presenting his letters of credence to President David Granger in the presence of Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who is currently performing the functions of Foreign Affairs Ministercordial relations and engaged in continuing collaboration in the fields of culture, education, economics, investment, politics, security and science.”Additionally, Guyana has benefited from Russian support for debt relief and disaster relief.“The Treaty on Basic Relations between the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Government of the Russian Federation and the agreement between the Republic of Guyana and the Russian Federation for the waiver of visa requirements has enhanced our bilateral relations,” the Head of State added.Meanwhile, Ambassador Kurmaz, in his remarks, said Guyana and Russia share similar positions on most international issues. “These similarities [are] yet another source that may contribute to the deepening of Russian-Guyanese interaction on matters relating to the global agenda…  During my tenure, I am willing to deploy every effort in order to have progressive development and fruitful bonds between the Russian Federation and the Cooperate Republic of Guyana,” he said.Guyana and the Russian Federation established formal diplomatic ties on December 17, 1970.last_img read more

Celebrity chef Rachel stirs it up to help little Caolan Melaugh

first_imgA cookery demonstration by chef Rachel Allen will be just one of the many highlights at a fantastic Ladies Christmas Night out in Jackson’s Hotel on December 7th with all proceeds going to Donegal Hospice and the Caolan Melaugh Fund.The evening of festive fun is being hosted by Ballybofey-based firm Patton Frozen Foods and The Igloo and organiser Louise Patton says the exciting line-up for the event means it is already promising to be one the most exciting nights of the Christmas calendar.“The evening begins at 7pm with a Christmas market that can be browsed with a glass of mulled wine, prosecco and canapés in hand. We have a wide range of festive stalls taking part with everything from baking to botox,” said Louise. She added that the show itself starts at 8pm with highlight of the night a demonstration from Rachel Allen on how to get things done in the kitchen for Christmas.But the cookery demonstration is just part of the overall festivities, with fashion also high on the agenda.“We will have some festive fashion from The Gray Rooms, Pure Boutique, Verve Donegal and for the ladies with blooming bumps this season, Chiq Maternity will be showcasing their beautiful maternity range. So whether you decide to get dressed to the nines or air out your Christmas jumper this event promises to be one of the best this Christmas,” Louise added.Tickets for the event cost just €25 and local organiser Louise has stressed that proceeds will go to very worthy local charities, Donegal Hospice and the Caolan Melaugh Fund. “This evening just wouldn’t happen without the help of so many people who have given their time and effort to make it such a big success. We are particularly thankful to Tommy and Bridget Gallen Jacksons Hotel, Paddy McMenamin our compere for the night, DJ Paddy Friel, Siobhan Kelly of The Gray Rooms, Rosie Boyle of Pure Boutique, Mary Meehan from Verve, Gillian Hamilton and Amanda McClintock of Chiq Maternity, Gabrielle McMonagle of Gabrielle’s Diary, Secrets of S Mum mammy blogger Maria Rushe and Liam Porter of Liam Porter Media.”Louise added that tickets are on sale at The Igloo, Ballybofey, Jackson’s Hotel, The Gray Rooms, Pure Boutique, and at Verve in Donegal Town.“We’re not quite sure what Rachel’s going to cook up on the night, but the tickets are already selling like hot cakes for what is certain to be a fantastic ladies night out. We really would advise not leaving it too late to get yours,” Louise concluded.Celebrity chef Rachel stirs it up to help little Caolan Melaugh was last modified: November 28th, 2016 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Caolan Melaugh FundJackson’s HotelRACHEL ALLENlast_img read more

‘John Stones can’t defend. I doubt he’ll play for Man City next year’ – Henchoz

first_imgManchester City centre-back John Stones ‘CAN’T DEFEND’ and is unlikely to play regularly for Pep Guardiola’s side next season, Stephane Henchoz has told talkSPORT.Stones joined City from Everton for £47.5m last summer, but has experienced a hit-and-miss first year at the Etihad Stadium.The 22-year-old has been a regular fixture in Guardiola’s starting XI, making 40 appearances in all competitions, but the England international has failed to really impress in City’s back-line, which has leaked goals throughout the season.Former Liverpool defender Henchoz joined Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to discuss the slipping standards of defending in the Premier LeagueHe said there are too many mistakes being made due to the modern focus of playing it out from the back over actually winning challenges – offering Stones as a prime example.Henchoz told talkSPORT: “The problem with defending in the Premier League these days is we’ve shifted the balance.“When you spoke about centre-backs before, they needed to win the tackles. They needed to win the challenge in the air or on the floor, and if they clear it out into the stand, that’s OK. No problem, it’s their job.“But now we speak about playing from the back, playing along the floor, getting the ball from the keeper and playing it out to midfield.“I think it’s gone too far. The players now, yes they can play from the back, but the problem is they can’t defend.“If you need an example, for me, it’s John Stones.“Everybody says he’s a great prospect and Man City spent £40million on him last year from Everton, but I’m sorry – he’s very comfortable on the ball, but he can’t defend.“One-on-one, he can’t defend. That’s why he hasn’t done so well at Manchester City and I’m not sure he’s going to play next year.“So that’s why in the Premier League you’ve seen so many soft goals being scored – there are big mistakes being made because there are defenders who can’t really defend.”last_img read more

SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP: UNITED SEE OFF ROVERS

first_imgOne game was played in the Ulster Senior League last night- A local derby between Fanad United and Swilly Rovers played in Tri-A-Loch saw the Rameton men managed by Jason Gibson come out on top by 3 goals to 0.Goalscorers for Gibson’s charges were Terence Shield(2) and Laurence Toland.Also last night there were two games played in Group A of the USL Cup. Bonagee United drew 1-1 with Cockhill Celtic at Dry Arch Park. Cockhill took the lead through Aidan McLaughlin on 27 minutes  but United equalised shortly after thanks to Darren Ashmore.The other game played in Derry saw Drumkeen United come out on top by 3 goals to 1 against Derry City Reserves.It’s all to play for to see who joins Group B teams Fanad United and Letterkenny Rovers in the semi final.Kildrum Tigers host Bonagee United and Derry City travel to play Cockhill Celtic in the remaining games in Group A. RESULTSDONEGAL NEWS LEAGUE CUP- GROUP ABonagee United 1-1  Cockhill CelticDerry City Res  1-3  Drumkeen United 4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE Fanad United  0-3  Swilly RoversFIXTURESSATURDAY JUNE 9TH DPD COURIERS USL DIVISION ONE Letterkenny Rovers  V  Drumkeen United Kildrum Tigers  v    Bonagee UnitedWEDNESDAY JUNE  13TH  4 LANTERNS ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUEDerry City Res  v  Bonagee UnitedBuncranna Hearts  v  Drumkeen UnitedKildrum Tigers  v  Cockhill CelticSOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP: UNITED SEE OFF ROVERS was last modified: June 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:SOCCER: ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE ROUND-UP: UNITED SEE OFF ROVERSlast_img read more

Graham keen to snub other clubs and join Sunderland – report

first_imgSwansea striker Danny Graham wants talks with boss Michael Laudrup to force a move to Sunderland, according to The Sun.QPR have been linked with the 27-year-old because manager Harry Redknapp recently appeared to suggest he was interested.Reading have expressed an interest and Norwich are also reported to be keen.But it is claimed the Gateshead-born former Middlesbrough player would like to return to the North-East.The Daily Mail speculate that Lucas Piazon joining Malaga on loan could be a tactical move by Chelsea in their apparent quest to sign Isco from the Spanish club.Playmaker Isco, 20, is said to be a target for Real Madrid but has also been linked with the Blues, who have agreed to let Malaga have teenage forward Piazon for the rest of the season.The Sun suggest Chelsea or Fulham could sign Nordsjaelland defender Jores Okore if they pay £4m.And the Daily Mirror report that Reading are the only club to have made an official offer for Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas, who was reported to be on his way to Chelsea.“At the moment there is no agreement with any club,” a source is quoted as saying.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Middlesbrough v QPR: Five R’s changes

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesQPR have made five changes for the game at the Riverside Stadium, where recent signing David Wheeler makes his full debut.With skipper Nedum Onuoha having joined Rangers’ list of injury defenders, Darnell Furlong comes into the starting line-up and Massimo Luongo has been named captain.There are also starting places for Ryan Manning, Matt Smith and Kazenga LuaLua.Josh Scowen and Conor Washington are both out injured. Middlesbrough are without the injured Martin Braithwaite and Rudy Gestede as well as the suspended Adama Traore.Middlesbrough: Randolph, Christie, Fry, Gibson, Fabio, Clayton, Leadbitter, Downing, Johnson, Baker, Assombalonga.Subs: Konstantopoulos, Friend, Shotton, Forshaw, Howson, Fletcher, BamfordQPR: Smithies, Furlong, Baptiste, Robinson, Wheeler, Luongo, Manning, Freeman, Bidwell, LuaLua, Smith.Subs: Lumley, Mackie, Borysiuk, Osayi-Samuel, Wszolek, Ngbakoto.See also:QPR captain Onuoha ruled out of Boro gameNo QPR return for former skipper Hilllast_img read more

Quest for the best steer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest An ideal beef steer is one you can profitably produce again and again, to earn premiums on a value-based grid. That’s the premise Paul Dykstra used in presenting “How to build the perfect steer” at the Angus Means Business National Convention and Trade Show.Dykstra has worked with feedlots as Beef Cattle Specialist for the Certified Angus Beefbrand for the past 13 years, managed the USDA Meat Animal Research Center’s feedlot before that, and has a current interest in a commercial cowherd in western Nebraska.People may differ on ideal production strategies for that ideal steer, Dykstra said. Some insist that focus on the feedlot can only come from terminal breeding programs, while others insist the steer must come from a system that also produces replacement heifers.“We’ll cross back and forth over that line as we look less at how, and more at what we need for a mainstream target like the Certified Angus Beef brand,” he said.The feedlot pen rider knows what the industry does not need. Dykstra told the conference crowd, “You do not want him to become familiar with your cattle.”And although “diversity is alive and well” at commercial feedlots, greater uniformity among pen mates must be an overall goal. Nobody produces just one perfect steer at a time, but rather a group of contemporaries, he said.Dykstra referred to data from Professional Cattle Consultants showing average feed conversion for all steers in 2015 at 6.2 pounds of feed to produce a pound of beef.“I’m more familiar with ranch-direct or calf-fed steers, where we should target a feed conversion ratio of 5.6 [and 6.4 on the yearlings]. Moving up from 6.2 to 5.6 means $56 less feed cost over the finishing period,” he said. “By comparison, average daily gain (ADG) is less important and only moves about $10 or $15 going from average to ideal.” That’s despite lofty targets such as 5 pounds per day for yearlings and 3.8 pounds for calf-feds, compared to the 3.2-pound average.Why would ideal ADG not pay more? Because any impact comes from timing, along with accrued yardage and interest, he explained. Of course, timing can make a lot of difference when a seasonal market high is involved. Overall, “a window of optimization is appropriate for daily gain.”Accessing rewards for producing the perfect steer means selling on a packer grid, Dykstra said, explaining the basics of premiums, discounts and plant averages, showing an example.“We ended a long-term trend of nearly flat quality grade makeup in 2007 to where quality grades have really taken off, coinciding with a move to camera grading and feeding to heavier weights,” he said.Some may see a downside to the U.S. fed cattle average grade moving from 60% Choice to 70% in the last eight years: grids reward above-average quality, and that bar has moved up.“Granted, there may be $7 per head less premium there, but that’s no deal breaker,” Dykstra said. “It’s almost negligible. We should bank the $20 for making Choice and move right on to grab the $54 on most of the cattle in that ideal pen earning the CAB premium, and even $140 for those making Prime.“Depending on your production system, Prime may not be the most realistic target as it is less than 5% of the mix currently. But if you want to aim for Prime, you have the right breed. And for the ideal steer, Prime cannot be denied.”A perfect pen of steers, featuring 100% Choice, 60% CAB and 20% CAB Prime, would earn $68.62 per head in quality premiums in the example grid, but that’s not the complete picture.Yield grade (YG) is a grid component that addresses the importance of muscling, with relatively small premiums paid for the numerically leaner 1s and 2s and 3s at par value, and significant discounts for 4s and 5s, Dykstra explained.YG 1 is not the target however, and the ideal pen would turn out just 3% at the leanest level, with 44% YG2 and 45% YG3 while allowing 8% YG 4s, to earn $15.95 per head average premiums ($21.80 per head if all YG4s were kept on the YG 3 side of the line).  Remember, these premiums are on top of the larger quality grid total.Aiming for Prime without adequate genetic potential or coordinated management often leads to YG discounts, typically because the ribeye is too small. A 900-pound carcass requires a 14.2-inch ribeye for a near-ideal YG 2.5.Dressing percent also relates to ribeye and muscling, often with more impact on the grid price than YG variations. While the industry average is 63.5%, Dykstra said a full percentage-point increase to 64.5% is a target that would add $33 per carcass.Summing up requirements and targets, he concluded the ideal steer carcass is a 900-pound Prime CAB, YG 2.9 with that 64.5% dress, after live feed-to-gain conversion at 5.6 and gaining 3.8 pounds per day as a calf-fed.last_img read more