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Veteran Phillips signs Palace deal

first_img The former England international is in the twilight of his career but he will spend at least one more season at the top after joining the Eagles. Phillips spent a successful loan period from Blackpool last term, netting the winner in the Championship play-off final against Watford to end Palace’s eight-year top-flight absence. Kevin Phillips has penned a one-year contract with Premier League new boys Crystal Palace, just five days before he turns 40. Press Associationcenter_img Now that move has been made permanent, with the veteran free agent moving to Selhurst Park on a year-long deal. “I am absolutely delighted, I loved my time here at the end of last season and was always hoping to have another chance to play in the top flight,” Phillips told the club’s official website, www.cpfc.co.uk. “It’s unbelievable for me but I am really looking forward to it and hoping I can play a great part in the season ahead. “Everyone I spoke to said to keep going as long as the fitness and hunger is there and that is certainly the case with me.” Phillips last played in the top tier with Birmingham in the 2010/11 season. He will become just the third outfield player to have played in the Premier League at 40, following Teddy Sheringham and Gordon Strachan. The club are awaiting final written confirmation of the paperwork from the Football Association and Premier League. last_img read more

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Djokovic through to next round of Australian Open

first_imgThe Serb was a straight sets winner over Quentin Halys of France. Roger Federer was also a straight sets victor this morning, while Jo-Wilfied Tsonga and Nick Kyrgios also found progress to round 3. Womens sixth seed Petra Kvitova is out, beaten in straights by Aussie Daria Gavrilova.  No such worries for Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova or Agnieszka Radwanska who are all through to the third round. Meanwhile, Venus Williams has been fined just over 3-thousand euro for skipping her post-match press duties at the Australian Open tennis.She avoided discussing her first round defeat to Britain’s Johanna Konta.It’s Williams’ second fine in a year, after getting a similar punishment at the 2015 French Open.last_img read more

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Quadri Promotes Nigerian Culture in New ITTF Promo

first_imgAruna Quadri In the description of Quadri, ITTF said: “Quadri Aruna’s thumping power strokes and terrific topspin are what he is known for, but there’s a lot more than first meets the eye to the reigning African Champion.”According to ITTF, ‘Inside My Mind’ gives an exclusive access quite literally into the minds of some of the world’s biggest table tennis stars ahead of the 2019 World Championships.ITTF stated that the promo is a must-watch for anyone interested in sport or anyone who appreciates the power of video and cinematic film.“’Inside My Mind’ is the biggest ever ITTF production and it serves as the perfect way to prepare mentally for the greatest ever table tennis event: the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Championships, to be held from April 21 to 28 in Budapest, Hungary,” the world body stated.The world body added: “For behind each action: each swing of the arm, each flick of the wrist, each shift of balance from one foot to another: there is a myriad of decisions made. Decisions which separate the best from the rest.Spell-binding imagery and audio of the highest production quality will leave you captivated, as the players take you away on an unchartered journey deep into their game plans, all while speaking in their native tongue (supported by English subtitles).Already, world and Olympic champion in women, China’s Ding Ning started the first episode of a seven-part series and it run until the Liebherr 2019 ITTF World Table Tennis Championships in April.Other top stars expected to be featured in the promo are Bernadette Szocs (Romania), Ma Long (China), Hugo Calderano (Brazil), Manika Batra (India) and Timo Boll (Germany).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Apart from making the country proud on table, Aruna Quadri has become Nigerian culture promoter in the new promo released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) for the 2019 World Championship holding in Budapest, Hungary.Considered as the best import from Africa, Aruna Quadri spoke in Yoruba language in the promo on the quality of his forehand which makes him a threat to opponents on table.Being one of the top eight players selected across the world for the new promo released yesterday by the world body, Quadri , a quarterfinalist at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is touted as one of the star players fans are yearning to watch in Hungary come April.last_img read more

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Last of three special editions of Touchline heavy on EPL New Year Day’s fixtures

first_imgJose Mourinho’s Chelsea lead the log three points with Champions Manchester City  chasing  the pack.Manchester United are gradually getting back into their old selves, with Arsenal and Liverpool also hitting the right notes at this point.Recent  managerial casualties has set  up  the tone  for what should be a frenetic next five months beginning with games on new year’s day.Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United  go away to Tottenham, Southampton and Stoke city respectively while Man City and Liverpool welcome Sunderland and Leicester City.Hear what pundits, Ishmael Martey and  Joy FM’s Francis Abban, had to say about this weekend’s crunch games on George Addo ‘s fast-paced video podcast TOUCHLINE .Touchline  features two pundits who are forced to deliver succinct and assertive opinions within a thoroughly limited time frame yet providing viewers a quick sense of what to expect during the weekend’s eagerly anticipated crunch games.  “Touchline with George Addo Jnr” is strictly online , Uploaded  on Friday Nights and could be accessed on Myjoyonline, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and soon to be introduced online platforms.Watch preview to EPL new year day’s fixtures in the video below.last_img read more

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Inslee Extends ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ through May 4

first_imgFacebook122Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGovenor Jay Inslee announced a month-long extension of his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” emergency order Thursday evening. The order, which banned all gatherings and temporarily shuttered non-essential businesses, will continue through May 4.“Epidemiological modeling from the University of Washington predicts we will have at least 1,400 deaths this year,” Inslee said. “We are yet to see the full toll of this virus in our state and the modeling we’ve seen could be much worse if we don’t continue what we’re doing to slow the spread.”Public gatherings remain banned and non-essential businesses may reopen May 5. If gatherings are held in violation of the order, individuals are encouraged to notify their local police department. Do not call 911.The state Department of Commerce is providing guidance and assistance to businesses on whether they can be considered essential and other resources they may access to help during this time. Residents or workers concerned about non-essential businesses remaining open may file complaints at this link.“We have taken dozens of steps under my emergency powers to help people in this time – including moratoriums on evictions, mortgage forbearance, utility ratepayer assistance, unemployment extensions, flexibility on tax payments and cash assistance to families,” Inslee said. “We will do more.”Part of that effort is the sacrifice of business owners who had to shut down and of their workers who struggle to pay bills, Inslee said, and it is important for us to work toward coming out of this statewide shutdown. For example, the administration is engaging in productive conversations with industries to devise a safe way for them to get back to work when we can lift that part of the order.More information on resources available to Washingtonians impacted financially by the COVID-19 outbreak can be found by clicking here and by visiting coronavirus.wa.gov.In addition to the extension of “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” the governor signed a directive to the Department of Enterprise Services and the Emergency Management Division to secure personal protective equipment as expeditiously as possible.Also Thursday, Inslee announced a delay in the implementation of new state building codes from July 1 to Nov. 1 to provide adequate time for training and outreach that was interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. These codes relate to construction and occupancy of residential and commercial structures throughout the state. Read that proclamation here.last_img read more

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Thaiday hits back at contract talk

first_imgPhoto by: Shane Myers. Copyright: NRL Photos.Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday. Reports emerged this week that Broncos coach Wayne Bennett would not be renewing Thaiday’s contract at the end of next year, but Thaiday insisted his current contract was always going to be his last after re-signing with the club in 2015. Thaiday will be 33 years old at the end of the 2018 NRL season and it will mark 16 years in the top grade and possibly over 300 NRL matches. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and Thaiday recognized it might be time to move on from the game when his contract expires. “It’s a bit of a funny one. It’s been talked about that I’m not going to be offered a contract. I haven’t even asked for one,” Thaiday said.  “I don’t know why it’s even a story in the first place. I might just get the paper and use it to start a fire because it’s getting a bit cold out in Samford.”I’ve got things in place going forward, I know what I’m doing. It’s no surprise to me at all. But I’m sure it’s a surprise to a lot of fans out there. “I’ve had a fantastic run and it just means I’ve got this year and next year to work really hard and hopefully we can do something as a team here at the Broncos.”Interestingly, the 33-year-old said he is unsure if he will definitely retire at the end of 2018, saying it is a decision he will take plenty of time to make. “It’s hard asking a footballer that question [about retiring] because at the end of the day, none of us want to stop playing the game that we love,” he said.”It’s a very, very tough decision that has to be made. But it’s not a decision I’m making now or making lightly, either. “My full focus and full attention is with the Broncos this year and putting ourselves in a fantastic position where we can do something coming to the end of the year.”It may be hard for Broncos fans to imagine Thaiday in another team’s jersey, but like Petero Civoniceva before him, it remains an option. Civoniceva played his last year for the club in 2007, moved on by Bennett to the Penrith Panthers after 215 games for Brisbane. Civoniceva was turning 32 when told his services would no longer be required, but instead of retiring he proved he had more to give, playing 74 games for Penrith before returning to the Broncos in 2012. Thaiday is yet to decide whether he will follow in Civoniceva’s footsteps and said his family would have a huge influence on this decision. “I don’t know. There’s 15 other clubs out there as well. Who knows what will happen,” he said.”I have to sit back and assess and see how the body’s feeling. It’s more of a discussion now that I’ll have with my family and we’ll make a decision going forward. “I’ve got two young girls now that I have to look after and provide for the rest of my life. “Whether the body can deal with a bit more banging around is something that I’ll assess come this time next year.”last_img read more

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CHELSEA VS CRYSTAL PALACE,

first_imgCHELSEA (4-2-3-1)COURTOIS, IVANOVIC, ZOUMA, CAHILL, AZPILICUETA,FABREGAS, MATIC,PEDRO, WILLIAN, HAZARD, COSTAPALACE (4-1-3-2)MURRAY, ZAHA,SAKO, PUNCHEON, CABAYE, McARTHUR,SOURE, DELANEY, DANN, WARD,McCARTHYChelsea finally got their first win of the season, winning 3-2 at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, but the victory came at a cost with John Terry red-carded for the fifth time in his career.The three points takes the Blues to 10th in the Barclays Premier League and their four points is eight points fewer than at this stage last season and their lowest return after three games sine 2000 – when they went on to finish in sixth place.By contrast, south London rivals Crystal Palace are in fifth place after winning two of their first three – and five points more than they had after the first three a year ago. It is, indeed, the Eagles’ best start to a Premier League campaign since 1997.Palace are causing problems from dead-ball situations; since the arrival of Alan Pardew as manager Palace have scored 16 set-piece goals, more than any other Premier League side during that period.And the Eagles, who did not score a single own goal in the Premier League last season, have already scored two this campaign.Palace’s record at Stamford Bridge is poor. In six Premier League visits they have lost five, drawn one (in March 1995), scored just five goals and conceded 16.last_img read more

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GECOM must strengthen laws to stop electoral fraud

first_imgDear Editor,Electoral fraud is the illegal interference with the process of an election. It can occur at any stage of the electoral cycle, sometimes even in the pre-electoral stages, where some Governments interfere with the planning process of the elections.In a narrow election, a small amount of fraud may be enough to change the election results. Even if the outcome is not affected, the revelation of fraud can have a damaging effect if not punished, as it can reduce voters’ confidence in democracy.At a recent press conference, the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party, Bharrat Jagdeo, emphasised the importance of strengthening electoral laws to prevent electoral fraud from political parties and GECOM. The deterrence of such practices can be achieved through consistent and effective prosecution. Elections can help despots shore up their grip on power.Holding flawed polls can enable embattled Governments to secure access to valuable economic resources, like foreign aid, oil deals etc. While the APNU/AFC Coalition Government appear to be in their death throes, they would use the ballot box to re-establish their political dominance. That is when the facade of democracy is going to be turned into a tool of oppression to satisfy this Government.As Guyanese, we cannot allow the Government and GECOM to undermine the ideals of democracy and turn elections into empty rituals wherein the Government always win, as was evident before 1992, the PNC era of rigged elections in Guyana.As the electorate, we must insist that the APNU/AFC Government, the Opposition, and GECOM move immediately to ensure that electoral laws are being strengthened and implemented, so that persons in the electoral cycles must be held accountable for any electoral fraud in Guyana.The fiasco of Lowenfield’s disappearance recently, the Returning Officers’ disappearance, fake statements of poll etc, must never recur.Sincerely,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

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Ellen Weeps

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf broke down in tears yesterday at the funeral of Dr. Edward McClain Jr., who served as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Chief of Staff. He was also a long-time personal friend and confidant of the President. Dr. McClain died on Saturday, July 23, at the Wilgers Life Hospital in Lynwood, Pretoria, South Africa, following a period of illness.Fighting back tears, President Sirleaf described Dr. McClain as a dedicated, humble, selfless, efficient and loyal public servant to his country and people.She said her relationship with Dr. McClain was extraordinary because they worked together for more than 18 years in the interest of the Liberian people, with Dr. McClain instrumental to her rise to the presidency.“We worked together until the 1977 election separated us, and we later met in Abidjan. He devoted his time to work along with me in serving the people of Liberia and he showed a great sense of dedication as a servant when we returned to Liberia in 2003, which resulted to my success in 2006 when I took over as President of this nation,” she said, still in tears. President Sirleaf said their relationship grew effectively and further when Dr. McClain kept his promise and commitment by putting his country first. She lauded Dr. McClain for his contribution because he was one minister of government for whom no task or job was too big or small. Dr. McClain ignored his major health problems, she said, when he should have placed more focus on himself and did everything to work for his country and people.“We can never have someone like you Bobbin,” President Sirleaf said, sobbing, “We can never match what you represented as a true friend… surpassed by your loyalty, selflessness, dedication, and as a humble public servant.“I deeply regret your unexpected departure, which came too soon, and left to go and rest. Bobby I wish you a peaceful journey, and may your soul rest in peace.”Giving the funeral discourse under the Theme: ‘My Duty While in the Valley’ from Job 1:6-22, Rev. Charles Diggs said that Dr. McClain lived an exemplary life that impacted society, friends and family.“I urge those in higher positions to follow the example of Dr. McClain and serve your country to the end,” Rev. Diggs said. “McClain’s life was a clear picture of a humble servant, because at times he had problems with his boss, President Sirleaf, but it was never seen in the press, but was handled properly because of his diligent service to his country.” Rev. Diggs urged the family to take solace in the Lord, not to lose hope, but continue to represent the life that Dr. McClain lived, for his name to live on.The bereaved family expressed appreciation to the government of Liberia, as well as the President of Ivory Coast, who sent a representative to convey last respect to the fallen minister. The funeral brought together several government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, former officials of government and well-wishers, who paid glowing tributes to Dr. McClain’s memory at the Providence Baptist Church on Ashmun Street in Monrovia.The late Minister of State, Dr. Edward B. McClain, was interred at the Jake Melton Family Plot, in Caldwell. The Pierre matriarch was a Watts, who are close cousins of the Meltons. Dr. McClain was married into the Pierre family, most of whom are buried there.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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Independent Power could benefit the Peace

first_imgAccording to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study, to be released today in Vancouver, the independent power sector could inject more than 26 billion dollars, into the provincial economy by 2020.A Vancouver Sun story, by Scott Simpson, says the report commissioned by the Independent Power Producers Association of B.C., claims private sector electricity development could contribute 9 billion dollars to economic growth, over the next 11 years.It also says, governmnt revenues generated through the construction phase of potential IPP projects are estimated, at more than 1.5 billion dollars…and total employment impacts, at that level of development would reach 87 thousand person-years.- Advertisement -Geographically speaking, the report says the Central Interior would realize the greatest benefit from biomass projects. The Lower Mainland-South Coast is potentially the prime beneficiary, from run-of-river development. And, the Peace Region would realize the greatest benefits from development of wind energy.last_img read more