West Brom slows down Leicester

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Leicester’s unlikely Premier League title challenge faltered with a 2-2 home draw with West Bromwich Albion yesterday, offering Tottenham the chance to go top in another twist to the most unpredictable race for the championship in years.Sunderland grabbed a 90th-minute equaliser to draw 2-2 with Crystal Palace and provisionally climb out of the bottom three and Bournemouth beat south coast rivals Southampton 2-0 to further ease their relegation concerns.Moving three points clear of the world’s richest league was nothing to celebrate for Leicester’s despondent players, who wasted a slew of late chances to put a provisional five-point gap over Spurs.”Just sometimes you can do everything, but the ball doesn’t want to go in,” said Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, who has turned a team that narrowly avoided relegation last season into a title contender.Tottenham are away to West Ham today, while the title hopes of fellow contenders Arsenal and Manchester City third and fourth, respectively were also boosted by Leicester dropping points.CHELSEA EIGHTHResurgent Chelsea moved into eighth place and within sight of the European places by beating Norwich 2-1, extending their unbeaten league run since Jose Mourinho was fired before Christmas to 12 games. Young Brazilian left back Kenedy scored after 39 seconds the quickest goal of the season so far to set Chelsea on their way to victory.At the bottom, Aston Villa’s fans staged a mass walkout after the last-place team sunk nearer relegation with a 3-1 home loss to Everton. Villa Park had already started to empty when thousands of fans departed in the 74th minute when Villa were 3-0 down to mark the year the club was founded, 1874.”The situation is difficult, but we have to fight until the end,” said Villa manager Remi Garde, whose team is eight points from safety with 10 games left.The fourth official for the Bournemouth-Southampton match, Kevin Friend, was taken to hospital after collapsing and hitting his head on a dugout near the end of the first half.last_img read more

Scorpions in trouble as Jaguars apply pressure

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC):Jamaica Scorpions found themselves against the ropes here yesterday after half-centuries from Vishaul Singh and Leon Johnson led a dominant Guyana Jaguars effort, on the penultimate day of their opening-round game in the Regional Four-Day Championship.Set 329 for victory at the Guyana National Stadium, Scorpions were tottering on nine for two at the close, still requiring an improbable 320 on Monday’s final day to win the contest.They were virtually batted out of the game by Vishaul, who stroked a top score of 71, and captain Johnson, who made 69, as Jaguars, resuming their second innings on 26 without loss, declared on 238 for four.Shimron Hetmyer struck a breezy 47 and opening partner Rajendra Chandrika, 34.Part-time off-spinner Jermaine Blackwood was the best bowler on a difficult day for Scorpions with two for 12.With a lead of 90 on first innings, Hetmyer and Chandrika extended their side’s advantage by pushing their opening partnership to 73 before being separated.Hetymer, the successful West Indies Under-19 captain, faced 72 deliveries and counted seven fours while Test batsman Chandrika struck four fours in an 81-ball innings.Both perished before lunch to leave Jaguars on 109 for two at the break with Johnson on 17 and Vishaul on 11, and the pair dominated the second session to put Scorpions on the back foot.Both left-handers, Johnson faced 172 balls and hit six fours while Vishaul’s knock required 149 balls and included seven fours, as they added 133 for the third wicket.Blackwood accounted for both in the end as they searched for quick runs with the declaration approaching.Any hopes Scorpions had of making an assault on the target were dented when first innings top-scorer John Campbell was bowled by pacer Keon Joseph for one in the second over.And in the day’s penultimate over, Devon Thomas was lbw to left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul for three, to leave Scorpions with a battle to avoid defeat on the final day.ScoreboardJAGUARS 1st Innings 298SCORPIONS 1st Innings 208JAGUARS 2nd Innings(overnight 26 without loss)R Chandrika run out 3 4S Hetmyer c Miller b Jacobs 47*L Johnson c Dawes b Blackwood 69V Singh c Miller b Blackwood 71Extras (lb6, nb2) 8TOTAL (4 wkts decl., 81 overs) 238Fall of wickets: 1-73, 2-89, 3-222, 4-231.Bowling: Mindley 14-1-54-0, Dawes 12-0-35-0, Green 14-2-46-0, Miller 15.3-5-28-0, Jacobs 17-2-43-1, Campbell 6-0-14-0, Blackwood 3-0-12-2.SCORPIONS 2nd Innings (target: 329)J Campbell b Joseph 1T Griffith not out 4D Thomas lbw b Permaul 3J Dawes not out 0TOTAL (2 wkts, 9 overs) 9Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-8.Bowling: Hooper 6-1-6-0, Joseph 2-1-1-1, Permaul 2-1-2-1.Position: Scorpions require a further 320 runs for victory with eight wickets intact.last_img read more

White helps No. 7 UNC beat No. 17 UCLA in Vegas

first_imgNorth Carolina’s Cameron Johnson (13) drives the ball around UCLA’s Prince Ali (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)LAS VEGAS — North Carolina trailed for most of its game against UCLA, but with a potentially disastrous trip to Las Vegas looming, the seventh-ranked Tar Heels kept being aggressive offensively — and it paid off.Coby White had 19 points and eight assists, Luke Maye added 16 points and eight rebounds and North Carolina beat No. 17 UCLA 94-78 in the consolation game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Kenny Williams scored 15 points as five Tar Heels reached double figures and North Carolina (6-1) settled for a split in its Las Vegas trip after losing to Texas on Thursday.“We were effective defensively with our intensity,” said North Carolina coach Roy Williams, whose Tar Heel teams had lost three straight in Las Vegas. “We didn’t have as many turnovers today. We didn’t guard the 3-point line that we wanted to. It was a big game in that we have three teams in the top five or six in our next five games. We played better today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCameron Johnson and Nassir Little each had 14 points for the Tar Heels, who play at No. 9 Michigan next Wednesday.Kris Wilkes led UCLA (4-2) with 22 points as he converted 7 of 10 from the field. Jaylen Hands added 14 points and nine assists, while Cody Riley had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Bruins, who lost both Las Vegas games. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Leaky was huge for us,” Williams said. “Leaky made some big shots. He still needs more time on the court.”UCLA started quick, hitting its first six shots and never trailing in the first half. The Bruins’ largest advantage was 11 with 7:33 left in the half. UCLA finished the half shooting 52 percent from the field and led 46-41 at intermission.“After getting smacked last night, I thought we responded really well,” Alford said. “But when Carolina tightened things up, we didn’t handle that well. We now have four games at home, and we got to learn to get better.”The Bruins host Hawaii next Wednesday.North Carolina now leads the all-time series 9-3 in a game between teams that have combined for 18 national championships.This is the teams’ third meeting in five years. North Carolina defeated UCLA in 2015 at Brooklyn, 89-76, and 2014 in the Bahamas, 75-65.Cameron Johnson went over the 1,000-point mark in the Tar Heels’ loss to Texas on Thursday. He is the 77th Tar Heel to reach the mark. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ 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 award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Thanks to 53 percent shooting in the second half, North Carolina took the lead for good, 63-62, on a dunk by Little with 11:58 left in the game.UCLA freshman center Moses Brown fouled out with 7:40 left. He finished with seven points and four rebounds.“He’s got to learn,” said UCLA coach Steve Alford, whose team lost to Michigan State late Thursday. “He’s got to learn and look at this tape. We need him out there for 22 minutes, not eight minutes.”Despite both teams playing two games within 20 hours, both shot well from the field, especially from 3-point range. North Carolina was 30 of 60, including 11 of 23 from 3-point range, while the Bruins were 10 of 22 from 3-point range.White got into trouble committing his fourth foul with 7:10 left, but Leaky Black, who had five points, filled in nicely.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Horford out with sore left knee, Morris starts in his place Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Carpenter charged for reputed wife’s murder

first_imgCarpenter Tyrone James of Oronoque, Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima/Waini) was on Friday arraigned before a Georgetown Magistrate on a charge alleging that at about 20:52h on July 15th, at the Port Kaituma Waterfront, he hit his reputed wife Evadee Baptiste to her head, causing her to collapse and die.Tyrone JamesThe 36-year-old James had reportedly gone in search of Baptiste on that fateful night, and had allegedly found her imbibing with friends at the Waterfront. When she began dancing with another man, it reportedly enraged him, and he allegedly dealt Baptiste a blow to her head with his hand, causing her to fall to the ground unconscious.Leaving Baptiste lying on the floor unconscious, James visited the Port Kaituma Police Station and reported what had transpired. Accompanied by a group of Policemen, James was taken back to the scene of the incident, where Baptiste was found still lying on the floor. She was picked up and rushed to the Port Kaituma Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.An autopsy conducted on her body gave the cause of her death as brain haemorrhage due to blunt trauma.James has been remanded to prison, and the case will continue on July 23.last_img read more

Guyana’s debt spikes by 4.4% in one year

first_imgPublic Debt report– debt to foreigners account for 74.3% of total debtGuyana’s total public debt has been increasing over the last three years; going from $317.7 billion in 2015 to $344.9 billion in 2017. Of this amount, almost 75 per cent is owed to foreigners.This is according to the Public Debt Annual Report of 2017, recently released by the Finance Ministry and made available to Parliament. According to the report, in one-year Guyana saw a 4.4 per cent spike in its debt. At the end of 2016, the total public debt was $330.6 billion. This included $240 billion in external debt and $90.5 billion in domestic debt. As of 2017, external debt was $256.1 billion, while domestic debt dropped to $88.8 billion.While Government has tried to implement debt relief measures, there have been challenges. Government has been trying to negotiate the settlement of its debt with the South-eastern European country of Serbia, through its State entity Yugoimport-SDPR. According to the report, Guyana owes Serbia US$1.3 million, including US$745,359 as penalty interest and US$587,719 as the principal arrears. This loan was contracted since 1976.“However, Yugoimport-SDPR and Guyana were unable to reach a mutually acceptable position on the debt settlement,” the Finance Ministry explained in the report. “We intend to make every effort to continue pursuing a debt settlement agreement with Yugoimport-SDPR.”“Currently, Guyana does not service its debt to Yugoimport-SDPR and any other Non-Paris club creditors that are in arrears, owing to the requirement imposed by the Paris club as a condition for debt relief.”Other non-Paris club members Government continues to engage include Libya, Kuwait, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates. This, according to the report, is being done under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative.Guyana had signed a debt relief agreement under the HIPC initiative back in 2005 under the then People’s Progressive Party Administration, with the Organisation Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Fund for International Development.Indebtedness vs servicingEven though Guyana’s indebtedness to external creditors has increased, so has debt servicing (repayments). According to the Bank of Guyana Quarterly Report and Statistical Bulletin released earlier this year, repayment of external debt grew by some US$24.3 million to US$85.3 million.This is a rate of 59.1 per cent, when compared to the corresponding period of 2017. This was not the case for domestic debt.“Domestic debt service payments fell by 14.6 per cent to $726 million resulting mainly from a 23.2 per cent reduction in interest payments for Treasury bills. Interest payments for the 182- and 364-day bills fell by 38.7 per cent and 17.6 per cent to GY$36 million and GY$358 million respectively,” the report stated.“This position resulted mainly from competitive bidding primarily amongst the commercial banks compounded with lower interest yields during the review period,” the report outlines, a telling indicator.The report had pegged the total hike in public debt at US$19 million. It divided this debt into external and domestic. External debt increased by 1.5 per cent hike from a December position of US$1.241 billion. The report therefore pegged external debt at US$1.265 billion for the quarter.“The rise in the stock of external debt was on account of higher disbursements by multilateral creditors, specifically, IADB and CDB for financing of social and economic infrastructural projects,” the report states.Domestic debt, on the other hand, increased to $89.5 million, from a December position of $88.8 million. Domestic debt, the report notes, increased because of a hike in treasury bills by 1.3 per cent.“(This) resulted mainly from a 1.5 per cent growth in the stock of the 364-day treasury bills during the first quarter,” the report had added.last_img read more

Another medal for Denny

first_imgAdd yet another medal for Denny Morrison. Morrison won silver in the 1,000m on Sunday in Germany in a time of 1 minute and 8.79 seconds, .38 seconds behind Olympic champion Shani Davis. On Saturday, Morrison won gold in the 1,500 metres with a track record time of one minute and 45.32 seconds. Last weekend Denny won two consecutive races in Russia in the 1,000 metre event. – Advertisement –last_img

School districts seeking added state funding

first_imgLocally, there are 16 schools in Whittier, Norwalk and Montebello eligible for the grants out of about 1,400 eligible schools statewide because they ranked in the bottom 20 percent of the 2005 Academic Performance Index. But the sheer amount of money that would be given to the chosen schools – $500 per K-3 student, $900 per student in grades 4-8 and $1,000 per student in grades 9-12 – was enough to pique the interest of local educators. “We are definitely going for it,” said Christine Sullivan, president of the East Whittier City School District. The only school eligible for the grant in this district is Evergreen Elementary. “We are on the upswing at that school with a new principal, and we’re doing great things there,” Sullivan added. “But we’re definitely interested in this money – any type of grant we can get, we’ll find a use for it.” Carmella Franco, superintendent of the Whittier City School District, said Jackson Elementary also would be submitting an application after a special committee considered the provisions of the grant. Specifically, Franco said the concern was whether the school would have enough room to reduce class sizes in the upper grades. “But we should be able to accommodate that piece of the grant,” Franco said. “Everyone’s very interested, and if it’s all done equitably and fairly, we have a chance.” All eight eligible schools in the Montebello Unified School District will apply as well, officials said. Los Nietos School District board President Oscar Payan said the possibility of Aeolian Elementary applying for the grant hasn’t come up for approval yet, but the panel would likely meet with the superintendent to “see how we’re going to go about doing this and getting it.” “If it’s right, it sounds like something to pursue and get everyone’s input on,” he added. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Officials from at least 10 local school districts say they are planning to vie for a seven-year grant under the state’s new Quality Investment Education Act, a nearly $3billion pot of money doled out to about 500 eligible low-performing schools this year. “Some of our lowest-performing schools need to make dramatic changes in order to change the culture that is holding them back,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. He held a news conference Monday in Sacramento with California Teachers Association President Barbara Kerr to announce the opening of the application period for the QEIA grants, which ends March 30. The grants would allow schools to reduce class sizes in the upper elementary school grades, hire new staff and counselors, and provide more teacher and administrative training in order to close the achievement gap, O’Connell said. last_img read more

Six accused in $1 million health care fraud ring

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Between Jan. 1, 2003 and Dec. 31, 2004, the group is accused of driving patients from Orange County to a clinic in Los Angeles to take bogus medical tests and equipment in exchange for cases of Ensure, court records show. The group then allegedly billed both the state Medi-Cal and federal Medicare programs for those services, paying themselves and their associates with that money, then laundering the funds, covering up the paper trail, court records show. In July, a husband and wife from Glendale and two female accomplices were arrested in connection with a similar scheme. That group was accused of running an adult day health care center out of a church community room, having uncredentialed social workers do checks of senior citizens’ and the handicap people’s homes, and falsely billing Medi-Cal for services. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. Six people, including two doctors, are accused of orchestrating an elaborate $1 million state and federal health care fraud scheme by bribing patients to take unnecessary tests, wheelchairs and hospital beds in exchange for the nutritional supplement Ensure, state officials said this morning. Four suspects were arrested yesterday morning in simultaneous raids conducted by state agents and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies. They are brothers Richard Melkonyan and Akop Melkonian; Lilit Baghdasaryan; and Dr. Rito Castanon-Hill. Dr. Neil Hollander is expected to surrender next week, said Gareth Lacy, a spokeman for the California Department of Justice. A fourth suspect, David James Garrison, remains at large. Charges include money laundering, filing false claims, and grand theft.last_img read more

Recall ballots being made

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – A judge has modified a temporary restraining order against the Feb. 7 recall election by allowing the city clerk to continue preparing materials until a court hearing determines its fate.The action by U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner could allow the city to meet the Feb. 7 date if it gets a green light to carry out the special election.A hearing in Klausner’s courtroom Jan. 17 will determine if the recall petitions successfully brought against Mayor Jay Imperial and Councilman Gary Taylor are valid under the federal Voting Rights Act.Klausner on Jan. 4 granted a temporary restraining order stopping the recall, but amended the decision to allow the city clerk to make preparations.The city clerk is allowed to continue printing sample ballots, voter information pamphlets and the official ballot and make them available to voters upon request.The city clerk also is allowed to prepare confirmation letters, notices and election materials for officers who will work the polls.Imperial is suing the city clerk and the City Council to stop the recall on the grounds that petitions to put the recall on a ballot were circulated only in English.Imperial alleges that the petitions should have been multilingual to satisfy the Voting Rights Act and to conform to a Nov. 23 decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled a recall petition circulated in Santa Ana should have been multilingual.Sam Yue, a spokesman for Imperial’s campaign, said the mayor will continue to raise funds and votes for the Feb. 7 election.“There are no changes to our preparations,” Yue said. “We are going to assume the worst and continue our campaign.”Councilman John Tran said Klausner’s modifications are a small victory for recall proponents.“The modification of the TRO severely dampens Mr. Imperials’ frantic struggle to maintain his council seat,” Tran said. “This is one step closer to closing the chapter on Mr. Imperial’s tenure.” jason.kosareff@sgvn.com(626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717last_img read more

Fulham star called into England senior squad for first time

first_img tense SORRY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Most read Football News Marcus Bettinelli has been called into the England squad.The uncapped Fulham goalkeeper has been drafted into the Three Lions camp at St George’s Park by Gareth Southgate to boost his options ahead of the games against Spain and Switzerland. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Bettinelli joins Alex McCarthy, Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford in Southgate’s squad.The 26-year-old only broke into the Fulham side midway through last season and went on to make 27 appearances, playing a key role as the Cottagers won promotion to the Premier League.His future at at the club was plunged into doubt this summer following the arrivals of two new goalkeepers, Fabri and Sergio Rico, and he did not even make the Fulham squad for their first two games of this term.However, Bettinelli was recalled to the starting XI against Burnley, making his Premier League bow in a 4-2 victory for his side, and also started the next game against Brighton (a 2-2 draw).Bettinelli has played for England at Under-21 level but it is the first time he has linked up with the senior squad. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? gameday cracker REVEALED BEST OF Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT latest center_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update England begin their UEFA Nations League campaign against Spain at Wembley this Saturday, before facing Switzerland three days later in Leicester in a friendly.Southgate will be without Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana.Manchester City forward Sterling has a back problem and has returned to his club, while Liverpool midfielder Lallana has withdrawn due to a groin injury. Marcus Bettinelli in action for Fulham last season revealed predicted silverware Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 1 whoops last_img read more