Tomorrow’s matches7:30 a.m: Chelsea vs Arsenal10 a.m: Crystal Palace vs Sunderland10 a.m: Everton vs Bournemouth10 a.m: Hull City vs Liverpool10 a.m: Southampton vs West Ham10 a.m: Watford vs Burnley10 a.m: West Brom vs Stoke City12:30 p.m: Tottenham vs Middlesbrough Sunday’s matches8:30 am: Man City vs Swansea11 a.m: Leicester vs Man United MANCHESTER, England (AP):If, as widely expected, Chelsea go on to lift the Premier League trophy, one game in its title-winning campaign will surely be remembered as the most significant for manager Antonio Conte.Forget the 4-0 rout of Manchester United in October when returning manager JosÈ Mourinho was humiliated. Or the 5-0 victory over Everton in November when everything went right and Eden Hazard briefly resembled Lionel Messi. Or even the come-from-behind win at Manchester City the following month that firmly installed the team as title favourites.The defining 90 minutes of Chelsea’s season will likely be a loss that led to some serious soul-searching and, critically, a change in formation.A 3-0 loss at Arsenal on September 24 bewildered Conte. He saw his team playing as individuals, with the wrong attitude, the wrong balance, and with no identity. The only good thing to come out of that ill-fated trip to Emirates Stadium was a second-half switch to a 3-4-3 formation, which finally put Conte’s imprint on his new side and was there to stay.Nine-point leadFrom a low ebb – eighth in the standings, to be precise – Chelsea have not looked back. Fifteen wins from 17 matches later, Chelsea host Arsenal for their return game tomorrow with a nine-point lead and with most observers saying the title has been wrapped up.”I think,” Conte said, “this could be a good chance for us to show that, now, we are a totally different team.”That’s already been proven. David Luiz looks like a different player with more freedom as a libero in a back three. Unheralded pair Marcos Alonso and Victor Moses have excelled as wingbacks, central midfielder N’Golo Kante is possibly the most influential player in the league, while forwards Hazard and Pedro Rodriguez have been outstanding without having so much defensive responsibility as part of a front three with top-scorer Diego Costa.The team is more streetwise and organised, as shown in the 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Tuesday when Chelsea absorbed lots of early pressure from the home side before growing into the game and being a late penalty miss from Costa away from winning.Then there’s Arsenal, which was at the height of its powers in the first half of that September game against Chelsea. But, as usual, Arsene Wenger’s team hasn’t lived up to expectations and a 2-1 home loss to Watford on Tuesday exposed its flaws and led to the coach questioning whether his players were “mentally ready” for the game.They will have to be at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, because a loss would almost certainly knock them out of title contention. Arsenal are in third place, tied on points with second-place Tottenham with 15 matches remaining.A midfield crisis has hit Arsenal just at the wrong time, with Granit Xhaka suspended, Mohamed Elneny at the African Cup of Nations with Egypt, Jack Wilshere out on loan, and Aaron Ramsey joining Santi Cazorla on the injured list.Back-ups Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appear to be Wenger’s only midfield options for the weekend.Beat Arsenal, and Chelsea would have made it through the toughest week of its run-in unscathed. Surely, there will be no stopping the Blues then.MANCHESTER CITY vs SWANSEAAll eyes will be on the line-up to see if Sergio Aguero will recover his place in City’s team after being dropped for new signing Gabriel Jesus for the 4-0 win at West Ham on Wednesday.Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane have formed a slick frontline in the team’s last two games, and Aguero – City’s top striker for the last five years – may have to get used to a place on the bench.ON THIS WEEKEND
A benign Wednesday afternoon on the East Coast of Demerara turned ominous at about 15:00hrs when two reportedly unmasked bandits, one toting a gun, stormed the E-Networks Store housed in the lower flat of the Mon Repos Mall and ordered everyone to lie on the ground, before searching them and confiscating their valuables and the day’s sales of the store. Guyana Times was told that five persons — three customers and two sales representatives — were robbed of cash, mobile phones and other valuables, including I-pads, in an ordeal that lasted for mere minutes before the bandits fled in a waiting motorcar. Fortunately, no one was injured during the ordeal.This newspaper was informed that Police are reviewing the CCTV footage of this Wednesday robbery, but no one has as yet been arrested.This is not the first robbery to have occurred at this Mall.In January 2016, four bandits invaded the Bank of Baroda branch located on the ground floor of this Mall, at about 12:50h on the day in question, and relieved the female security guard of her .32 service revolver before robbing the entity of more than $2 million cash. Several persons have, however, been charged for that crime.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In the most recent LNG setback, Christy Clark and the Liberals have been dealt another blow in efforts to get LNG moving in British Columbia.Earlier this year, in May, Fortis announced it signed an agreement to provide LNG gas from BC to the Hawaiian islands. In order to complete the deal, it would have required a major expansion at the Delta facility.But on Tuesday of this week, Hawaiian Electric announced that they were pulling out of the deal. The company decided to withdraw applications for LNG with Fortis Hawaii Energy Inc., which is a Fortis subsidiary and they also scrapped what was a plan to upgrade one of their plants to use natural gas.- Advertisement -Christy Clark and the Liberals were hopeful that this deal would be of great potential.In an article posted by The Province, they say that Hawaii had set a goal of supplying all of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Allegedly, one of the reasons the Hawaiian company rejected the deal was concern that the new company would not be able to meet clean-energy requirements.
Francesco Totti is retiring from football Where David Beckham jokes were popular in Britain at one point, Italians liked to have a laugh at Francesco Totti’s expense.They centred on the fact that he didn’t appear to be the most intelligent man when being interviewed, which was largely due to his strong Roman accent, but Totti worked it to his advantage.He decided to round up the best gags in 2003 and publish them in a book called ‘Tutte le Barzellette su Totti raccolte da me’ (All the Totti jokes collected by me). As an ambassador for Unicef he donated half of the profits from sales of the book to the charity, which amounted to €220,000.It was so popular that he pushed a second book out in 2005, which provided Unicef with another €151,000. Now, with news of his impending retirement, talkSPORT looks at a selection of those ‘Totti jokes’.TOTTI’S LIBRARYDid you hear the tragic news? Totti’s library burned down and both books were destroyed. Totti was really upset because he hadn’t finished colouring the second one.HOLIDAYSBartender: “What did you do on your vacation?”Totti: “I went water-skiing”Bartender: “Was it good?”Totti: “No! I couldn’t find a downhill lake.”TOTTI’S PUZZLETotti tries to finish a jigsaw puzzle. It takes him almost four months, then he turns the box over where it reads: ‘From 2 to 3 years’. He says: ‘Ah, so now I’m a genius.’MAGIC MIRRORA magic mirror was found and anyone who stands in front of it and tells a lie simply disappears. Gennaro Gattuso, Christian Vieri and Francesco Totti try it.Gattuso: “I think I am the most handsome man in Italy” – disappears.Vieri: “I think I am the best player in the universe” – disappears.Up steps Totti, who timidly murmurs: “I think…” – disappears.TOTTI’S BOOKTotti: “Look, I’ve found a very interesting book.Friend: “What’s it called?”Totti: “How to solve 50 per cent of your problems”Friend: “And did you buy it?”Totti: “Yes, I bought two”IT’S RAININGTotti’s girlfriend sees that he is getting wet on the terrace and calls out to him.Girlfriend: “Francesco, come inside, it’s raining.” Totti: “But it’s raining out here as well”NINE THINGS THAT HAPPENED BETWEEN TOTTI’S 1993 DEBUT AND HIS MOST RECENT GOAL IN 201714 FOOTBALLERS WHO GOT BETTER WITH AGE 1
2 Here’s a starting line-up unlikely to be well received.To come up with the Premier League team of the season – pictured below – the CIES Football Observatory have analysed players who have played 2,000 minutes of domestic football this season.“The rankings were elaborated according to the exclusive CIES Football Observatory’s approach to measure player performance on an objective and comparable basis,” a statement on the website says.What do you think? If you have a minute, then talkSPORT.com would like to know your team of the season in the comments below. 2 Dream team: Nicolas Otamendi and Dejan Lovren
Spanish private detectives claim they have handed British Police up to eight “very important leads” in the search for missing schoolgirl Madeleine McCann.Madeleine was nearly four when she went missing from her family’s holiday flat in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007. She had spent that Easter in Donegal with her many relatives here.Officers from Scotland Yard travelled to Spain yesterday to pick up around 30 boxes of documents, investigator Francisco Marco Fernandez told Spanish TV. Mr Fernandez, who was hired by parents Kate and Gerry for six months, told the Ana Rosa Programme he provided police “with all the documents and information we have collated worldwide about Madeleine’s disappearance”“I think there are six, seven or eight very important leads in there,” he added.Police in London refused to comment but family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “Kate and Gerry will simply not be commenting whilst the Metropolitan Police review of Madeleine’s case is under way.“They remain pleased that the Met team is continuing its work and that progress is being made.” It is the second time officers are understood to have visited the Spanish city.A team also spent three days with Spanish colleagues in Barcelona last month discussing the girl’s disappearance across the border in Portugal.The Metropolitan Police force has said there would be no limits in its re-examination of the search. THE SEARCH FOR MADELEINE McCANN: ‘EIGHT NEW LEADS’ – SPANISH TV REPORT was last modified: December 15th, 2011 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:investigationmadeleine mccannmissingportugalspain
BREAKING NEWS: Minister Fitzgerald has announced she plans to establish an independent judicial enquiry into matters surrounding the death of Sgt. Michael Galvin. Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice & Equality, wishes to expressher deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of the lateGarda Sgt. Michael Galvin.The Minister today met with the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC)and with the Association of Garda Sergeants & Inspectors (AGSI). The Minister has said that the meetings held today were highly constructive andbeneficial in that they addressed a range of sensitive matters, legalissues and other factors which required careful consideration in decidingon the most constructive and effective manner of dealing with concerns andpublic interest issues raised.The Minister has now decided to initiate an inquiry by an independentjudicial figure, in accordance with Section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act2005 into the conduct of the original GSOC investigation.Under section 109, the Chief Justice will be invited to nominate a HighCourt or Supreme Court judge to conduct the inquiry and to report back tothe Minister.The Minister welcomes the fact that the GSOC investigation into the deathof Sgt. Galvin has been discontinued. BREAKING NEWS: MINISTER FOR JUSTICE TO ESTABLISH INDEPENDENT ENQUIRY INTO TRAGIC DEATH OF SGT GALVIN was last modified: June 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:enquiryFrances FitzgeraldGardaHome-page NewsIndependentSGT Galvin
Harry Redknapp believes QPR would not be near the bottom of the table had they been able to sign Michael Dawson from Tottenham in the summer.Redknapp’s predecessor Mark Hughes was desperate to land the England international, but he rejected a move to Loftus Road despite an offer for him being accepted.And Rangers boss Redknapp, who managed Dawson at Spurs, is convinced the player would have made all the difference.Defensive errors have annoyed Redknapp.He said: “If they’d have got Michael Dawson – they were unlucky not to get him when he decided to stay at Tottenham – they wouldn’t have been in this situation.”Redknapp also believes that injuries to strikers Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora have determined QPR’s fate – and that of the sacked Hughes.“Mark had a problem with strikers – a big problem,” he said.“If Johnson and Zamora hadn’t got injured I don’t think I’d be here now. No-one saw QPR having only four points after 13 games.”Meanwhile, Redknapp is convinced Chris Samba will be back to his best against Wigan on Sunday.See also:QPR boss dismisses Remy swap deal 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
3 February 2011 South Africa and Spain are committed to facing mutual challenges together, International Relations Deputy Minister Marius Fransman said following talks with visiting Spanish Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Juan Antonio Yanez-Barnuevo, in Pretoria on Wednesday. Yanez-Barnuevo was in the country for the two-day South Africa-Spain Annual Consultations, which serve as the main forum for coordinating relations between the two countries. Fransman and Yanez-Barnuevo discussed political cooperation, development and the strengthening of trade and investment. The promotion of the African agenda and reform of international institutions also featured on their agenda. “Spain stands ready to cooperate,” Fransman told journalists afterwards, adding that the challenges faced by the two countries as a result of the global economic meltdown should not be insurmountable. The deputy minister also noted Spain’s support in capacity building, particularly in education and skills development. He said this would help to strengthen institutions within South Africa. Yanez-Barnuevo said the exchange between the two governments showed that South Africa and Spain had many things in common. “We are trying to build bridges between the two continents.” He added that the Spanish government had noted the role played by South Africa on the continent and in the world. “We also want to work together on [issues] of peace and security and development in Africa and the world,” he said. Spain also wanted to work with South Africa in the fight against climate change. South Africa will host the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban later this year. Source: BuaNews
3 February 2014African heads of state are committed to tackling the infrastructure bottlenecks blocking intra-Africa trade and investment, South African President Jacob Zuma told the Bloomberg “Africa: Economic Outlook and Opportunities” conference in Johannesburg on Monday.Zuma said this commitment was made at the African Union Summit that took place in Ethiopia at the weekend.The Bloomberg conference, founded by the 108th Mayor of the City of New York, met in Johannesburg to discuss the economic outlook of the African continent, with South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus also in attendance.Zuma said that while intra-African investment had been growing at more than 32% since 2007, a lack of access to trade-enabling infrastructure on the continent remained a fundamental challenge.“We discussed this matter at length again at the African Union summit in Ethiopia this past weekend. We recommitted ourselves as African heads of state to continue building cross-border infrastructure, to unlock growth and development in our continent.“In addition to a focus on trade-enabling infrastructure, we are intensifying our continental integration efforts through the negotiation of the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement,” Zuma said.“We have made considerable progress in the negotiations, which aim to integrate 26 countries of eastern and southern Africa. This involves a population of nearly 600-million people and a combined GDP of US$1-trillion.”South Africa’s National Development PlanOn the home front, Zuma said that South Africa begun work on implementing the National Development Plan (NDP), the country’s policy framework for eradicating poverty, reducing inequality and boosting employment by 2030.He said the plan outlined the country’s intentions of transforming the economy and creating jobs through promoting sectors in which the country has a competitive advantage. This includes the minerals sector, agro-processing, mining, manufacturing, construction, general infrastructure and the green economy.Zuma said the plan also committed the country to investing in a strong network of economic infrastructure designed to support the country’s medium and long-term economic and social objectives.“We are building roads, bridges, dams, schools, hospitals, universities, colleges and a lot of other infrastructure.“We believe we are making progress,” Zuma said, adding: “Very few nations have gone through the repression, subjugation and divisions that we went through and emerged to build a new society and a stable democracy in such a short space of time.”The NDP also envisions South Africa investing Africa. Since 2007, Zuma said, there had been a compound growth of 57% in South Africa-originated foreign direct investment (FDI) projects into the rest of Africa.“South Africa was the single largest FDI investor in the rest of Africa in 2012, with cumulative FDI jobs created standing at more than 45 000 to date.”Zuma said that Africa’s economy growth had tripled since 2000, and that growth was expected to continue, “giving rise to a new African paradigm: Africa as the new growth frontier.The South African government and private sector have a critical role to play in this continued growth,” he said. “There is a need to redefine and to strengthen our partnerships on the continent towards realising the vision of an integrated Africa, underpinned by greater levels of intra-Africa trade and even greater levels of intra-Africa investments.”Source: SAnews.gov.za