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City boss rejects ‘campaign’ claims

first_img Chelsea boss Mourinho recently said some people were trying to influence referees’ decisions against his side via the media. Mourinho was this week fined £25,000 for his comments by the Football Association and Pellegrini, whose City side face Chelsea in a top-of-the-table clash on Saturday, does not believe such a campaign exists. The Chilean said: “I hope that in the Premier League they don’t have a campaign against anyone. I hope all is fair and the referee makes mistakes for all the teams exactly the same, that the FA make the fixtures in a fair way. “I think it is the best league in the world and I don’t think it has any strange things because (otherwise) you are not competing. “After that, if you won the title, it (would) not (be) an important title, because all is arranged.” Pellegrini was speaking at a press conference to preview City’s eagerly-anticipated trip to Stamford Bridge. The build-up to the game, which defending champions City go into trailing their title rivals by five points, has been dominated by controversy surrounding Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Costa will miss the game after being banned for three matches by the FA following a stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can in the Capital One Cup semi-final in midweek. Pellegrini believes the ban will give Costa, who is renowned for his on-field aggression, an opportunity to change his ways. The former Malaga boss said: “He is a great player, a very important player. “He has his character, it is not an easy character, but I hope for him that (with) this punishment – and I am not trying to take advantage for the game tomorrow – it will be a good thing for him to change in the future because he doesn’t need to do it in that way because he is a very good player, a top player.” Pellegrini’s remarks did not receive an immediate response from Mourinho because the Portuguese did not hold his regular press conference on the eve of the match. That gave Pellegrini an opportunity to land some verbal blows on Mourinho but, as is usually the case, he was not interested in stoking their rivalry. “I don’t talk about Mourinho,” said Pellegrini, who often expresses indifference when asked about Chelsea’s former Real Madrid boss. Further questions were asked but Pellegrini, who has beaten Mourinho just twice in 12 games in either England or Spain, offered little that could create headlines. Earlier this season Mourinho mispronounced Pellegrini’s name as ‘Pellegrino’, but there was little response when the matter was brought up. He said: “I’m not going to help you with those things because they are not important for me. I don’t want to carry on in that way.” Asked why he did not comment on Mourinho, Pellegrini said: “This profession is so difficult for a manager – we have different styles. The way I do it is the best way for me, but it’s not the only way to do it. “Maybe you think you can take advantage but for me I don’t think it’s the normal way or the fair way.” Asked about Mourinho’s occasional offer to shake hands with opposing managers before full-time, Pellegrini said: “I won’t talk about what Mourinho might do. I will shake hands with him before the game. And after? Yes, probably.” But Pellegrini did admit he was wrong to compare Chelsea to Stoke earlier in the season after their 1-1 draw with the Londoners at the Etihad Stadium in September. Pellegrini expressed frustration by saying Chelsea were like a “small team trying to defend” and were “exactly the same team we played against Stoke”. Stoke had actually won at Eastlands after employing effective defensive tactics but Pellegrini now feels he was wrong to say what he did. He said: “It was a mistake to compare with Stoke. The style of every club it depends on how the manager wants to do it. Chelsea can play in the way they want and we are going to continue playing in the style I think is the best for this team.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed Jose Mourinho’s claims there is “campaign” against Chelsea. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Gayle fires Rangpur Riders with another half-century

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh, (CMC) – West Indies superstar Chris Gayle notched his second half-century in as many days to fire Rangpur Riders to a narrow three-run victory over Kieron Pollard’s Dhaka Dynamites but Dwayne Smith’s fifty proved in vain as Rajshahi Kings lost again in the Bangladesh Premier League here Tuesday.The left-handed Gayle, who only arrived last weekend, pummeled 51 from 28 balls in a Man-of-the-Match performance as Riders, sent in by the league leaders, were dismissed for 142 with a ball to spare at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.Gayle dominated a 36-run opening stand with New Zealander Brendon McCullum (6) and a further 35 for the second wicket with Mohammad Mithun (22), to keep the innings going.The Jamaican had belted five fours and four sixes when he perished trying to find another boundary, holing out to deep mid-wicket off off-spinner Mosaddek Hossain in the eighth over.West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine finished wicket-less from four overs which cost 29 runs and then suffered a one-ball ‘duck’ when he fell to the second ball of the Dynamites reply, edging pacer Mashrafe Mortaza behind with two runs on the board.His opening partner and fellow West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago teammate, Evin Lewis, struck three sixes in 28 off 25 balls, adding 44 for the third wicket with Jahurul Islam (29).Dynamites then lost wickets at key stages but entered the final over requiring 10 runs for victory, with Pollard at the crease.The Windies all-rounder was kept scoreless from the first two deliveries before depositing the third ball from pacer Thisasa Perera over the ropes at long on, leaving Dynamites with just four runs to get from three balls.However, Pollard was kept scoreless off the fourth ball and yorked by the fifth, and last man Abu Hider was bowled by a full toss off the last ball, to give Riders a nervy win.In the preceding game, the former Barbados and West Indies opener Smith top-scored with a superb 62 off 36 balls as Kings rallied to a competitive 166 for eight off 20 overs, after being sent in by Khulna Titans.The right-hander struck seven fours four sixes and helped rescue the innings in a 76-run, fourth wicket stand with Mushfiqur Rahim after Kings found themselves in disarray at 21 for three in the third over.Mushfiqur lashed 55 off 33 deliveries down the order but captain Darren Sammy managed just three.In reply, West Indies players Chadwick Walton (4) and Carlos Brathwaite (12) both failed but captain Mahmudullah hit 56 and Ariful Haque, an unbeaten 43, to see their side home with four balls to spare.Chrislast_img read more

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Lakers win classic over Canastota, move to 2-0

first_img Tags: footballJ-Eskaneateles Sometime late in October or early in November, the Skaneateles football team might have to face Canastota with a lot at stake, perhaps even a Section III Class C championship.If so, the Lakers have a good idea what to expect – a major challenge, similar to the one the Raiders provided Friday night at Hyatt Stadium, Skaneateles needing every bit of its skill and grit to pull out a 40-34 victory.While the Lakers were winning big at defending sectional champion Holland Patent in its Sept. 6 opener, Canastota was doing the same, routing perennial power General Brown. So the game had high expectations – and exceeded them, in terms of excitement, big plays and plenty of momentum shifts.Just 2:31 into the game, the Lakers scored, a 10-play drive capped by James Musso’s touchdown pass to Nick Wamp.  Canastota countered with Drew Marshall dashing 74 yards to set up his own one-yard scoring plunge.The Raiders took a 14-7 lead in the last minute of the first quarter, Marshall scoring again after Ryan Fox intercepted Musso deep in Skaneateles territory. It stayed that way until a Lakers drive in the second period finished with Wamp taking a direct snap and going seven yards to the end zone. More blows were traded before halftime, Canastota striking with Nick Weber scoring from 33 yards out, Skaneateles moving to the Raiders’ seven where, with one second left in the half, Musso threw to Wamp, who made a leaping catch in the corner of the end zone.The 20-20 score at the break left everyone exhilarated and exhausted, but more drama was to follow.Weber’s second TD, on a 17-yard run in the third quarter, gave Canastota its third lead at 26-20, but a missed conversion meant that, when Wamp scored for the third time, the extra point inched the Lakers in front.Early in the final period, a three-yard TD pass from Musso to Wamp extended the Skaneateles margin to 34-26, but again the Raiders rallied, Devin Youker scoring on a 16-yard run with 8:16 left and Marshall running in for two points to secure the game’s fourth tie.Quickly, the Lakers drove to the Raiders’ 15, where Musso found Nesbitt in the end zone for his fifth TD pass of the night and 11th of the season with 5:54 to play.Attempting one more comeback, Canastota drove to midfield, where Marshall ran right and threw – right to Lakers linebacker Colin Cox for a clutch interception.The Lakers were able to run out the remaining three minutes on the clock and improve to 2-0, Wamp finishing the night with 13 rushes for 104 yards and catching nine passes for 85 yards. Musso completed 15 of 37 passes for 153 yards in windy conditions.On the other end of the spectrum in Class C West, Jordan-Elbridge sits at 0-2 in the wake of Friday night’s 20-8 defeat to Herkimer at John Howes Stadium.All of it went wrong for the Eagles late in the first quarter, when the Magicians recorded a defensive safety and then returned the ensuing free kick for a touchdown, grabbing an 8-0 edge.J-E’s defense was vastly improved from its season-opening defeat to Lowville, and that, combined with Alex Pond’s 61-yard TD pass to Erik Ryan and a two-point run from Trent Thomas, made the game close, 14-8, at halftime.However, Herkimer’s defense took over in the second half, thwarting all of the Eagles’ attempts to catch up, and Jordan Lanaux put the game away when he scored on a 37-yard run in the fourth quarter. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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Scotty G Fishing Tournament raises funds for Alpena cancer patients

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisRon Brady, co-founder of Susan’s Wish fund and organizer of the annual Scotty G Fishing Tournament hands the proceeds of tournament to Ann Diamond, director, MidMichigan Health Foundation to assist cancer patients in their journey. ALPENA, Mich. – Cancer patients at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena will once again benefit from the hard work and generosity of a group of individuals who hosted the 13th annual Scotty G Fishing Tournament. This year, more than 200 fishermen participated in this special event.Ron Brady recently presented Ann Diamond, development director, MidMichigan Health Foundation, with the proceeds from this year’s tournament. A check for $4,250 was given for the Susan’s Wish Fund. Susan’s Wish is a fund that was created by Brady, Penny Barton and Stephanie Dettloff in memory of Susan Yachcik who passed away in 2012 at age 42 from ovarian cancer. The fund assists with ancillary patient expenses at the Alpena Cancer Center, including hotel stays, gas cards, meal vouchers, and even prescription assistance.The fishing tournament was established in 2008 in memory of Brady’s cousin Jeffrey Scott Gierszewski, who passed away in January 2008 in a tragic snowmobile accident on Beaver Lake. Proceeds from the early tournaments raised funds to purchase an ice rescue boat and equipment for the Green Township Fire Department. After that, Brady thought directing proceeds to help assist other cancer patients at the Cancer Center would be a good way to keep his friend Susan’s memory alive.“I organize the tournament and, after 12 years, everyone just comes out and does their part,” said Brady, whose volunteer team is instrumental in securing sponsorships, weighing fish, selling tickets, and organizing a 50/50 raffle. “Susan’s mom, Penny Barton works at the event the entire day. We also have the support of True North Radio Network. We couldn’t do what we do without them and the entire team.”Diamond expressed the gratitude of the MidMichigan Health Foundation, “We sincerely thank Ron and his volunteers for their hard work and dedication to support the Susan’s Wish Fund. This money is so important in assisting with the many expenses related to cancer treatment, offering our patients much needed support in very trying times.”For more information about the fund, contact Diamond at (989) 356-7738 or ann.diamond@midmichigan.org. .AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Attorney General Nessel warns of Apple tech scam Next Nominee in question for the November electionlast_img read more

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Shohei Ohtani injury update: Angels ‘thinking’ AL ROY could return in May

first_img MLB hot stove: Manny Machado might not have gotten $250M White Sox offer, report says In games Ohtani was in the lineup in 2018, the Angels scored 4.71 runs per game. In outings when he was on the bench, they scored 3.98. The Angels went 52-52 when he was in the lineup and 28-30 in all others.Ohtani is not expected to pitch again until the 2020 season. He went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings pitched. Brad Ausmus, on Ohtani’s return: “I’m not going to put a date on it, but we’re thinking sometime in May.” #Angels— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) February 12, 2019Ohtani stole lots of headlines last season because his fastball can run up to 102 mph, but he more than held his own at the plate posting a .285/.361/.564 slash line with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs in 326 at-bats. Related News “I’m not going to put a date on it, but we’re thinking sometime in May,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Tuesday, via the Orange County Register. The Angels are staying optimistic about Shohei Ohtani’s return date.While the American League Rookie of the Year will not pitch in 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October, Los Angeles is hoping he could return to the batting lineup a couple of months into the season.last_img read more

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Is Woewiyu Out of Grand Bassa Senatorial Race?

first_imgThe arrest and subsequent detention of Thomas Jucontee Woewiyu by the U.S. Government is pointing to a hope dash as his political interest back home now seems to have a bleak future.Tom Woewiyu had announced that he would contest the upcoming mid-term October Senatorial election for Grand Bassa County against the wishes and aspirations of the incumbent, Gbehzongar Finely, who currently serves as the Senate Pro-Tempore of the 53rd National Legislature.Mr. Woewiyu, upon his return from the U.S. last year to Liberia, unveiled his political intention where he had wanted to contest for the senatorial seat for Grand Bassa County.The former Minister of Defense of one of Liberia’s notorious rebel factions, National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), appeared before a 3-federal judge panel with one judge leading the charge. Mr. Woewiyu was brought into the court, sandwiched by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, who arrested him.Upon his arrest last week, Thomas Jucontee Weoewiyu was identified as the former Liberian Minister of National Defense and a spokesman of the erstwhile rebel NPFL.If he is found guilty, he faces a US$4 million fine and a 110-year imprisonment sentence.In line with his arrest order, Tom has been described a ‘flight risk,’ meaning he would escape to Liberia if his bail is filed. He was subsequently denied bill.Based on this, the U.S. denied him (Woewiyu) bail.  He has already been charged with ‘perjury,’ lying on his citizenship application by failing to disclose his alleged affiliation with a “violent political group in Liberia,” during the height of the country’s civil crisis, which lasted over a decade. Woewiyu served as Defense Minister in Charles Taylor’s former rebel National Patriotic Reconstruction Assembly Government (NPRAG), which then controlled “greater Libria.” Upon his arrest, his immigration lawyer, Raymond Basso, said his client amended his citizenship application to include his participation in the Taylor regime.  But Linwood C. Wright, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Philadelphia, said Judge Judith Faith Angell denied bail, “because she believed Woewiyu might try to leave (runaway) from the U.S. should he be bailed.“There was a detention hearing and Woewiyu was ordered detained by a U.S. Magistrate.  The magistrate found that he (Woewiyu) was a ‘flight risk,’ and so she ordered him detained pending his trial,” Wright said.Raymond Basso, Woewiyu’s immigration lawyer, told VOA last week the case against his client was purely an immigration matter, and that it was a “misconception” (mistaken belief) to suggest that he was being charged with war crimes.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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BACK TO CLASS House to Conduct ‘Free Workshop’ for MICAT’S Brown, Jackson, Others

first_imgThe unsatisfactory handling of government’s public relations by the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) has left the plenary of the House of Representatives with no choice but to send the officials of the Ministry for Public Relations 101 training workshops.Minister Lewis Brown and Deputy for Public Affairs, Isaac Jackson and others are required by the House Plenary to attend some workshops to get what they described as “proper training in public relations and information dissemination in the public sector.”According to the plenary mandate, the Committee on Information, Broadcasting, Culture and Tourism, headed by Representative Richmond Anderson, a former Deputy Minister for Administration at MICAT   and Chairman of the Department of Mass Communications at the University of Liberia (UL), is being asked to conduct a week-long seminar in various public relations basic courses in order to “strengthen MICAT to better represent the government at all levels of their work.”Capitol Hill also wants MICAT officials to sit in these workshops and, in their words, “learn and understand the statutory functions of the Ministry as well as national information dissemination,” which lawmakers believe the current MICAT leadership has little or no knowledge of.The House further believes MICAT’s leadership has performed its mandate inadequately, pointing to the Ministry’s incompetency in its primarily role of defending and promulgating the government of Liberia’s  policies and programs and not a particular branch of government, as is being practiced at MICAT.The call for urgent intervention to rescue what it called the “fast-growing and appalling situation at MICAT,” stemmed from an overwhelming decision by members of the House to provide expertise and guidance to the MICAT officials.The decision to send the MICAT officials for training was prompted by a communication addressed to plenary by Montserrado County Representative Julius F. Berrian, in which he complained about the two officials for describing lawmakers as “counterfeit.”According to Rep. Berrian, the constant outbursts from Jackson against members of the Legislature could no longer be tolerated, and as such, actions must be taken to remedy the situation.Berrian noted that during a MICAT regular press briefing this week, Jackson referred to members of the House as “counterfeit lawmakers” which he (Berrian) described as counterproductive and a  gross disrespect and abuse to the first branch of government.”For his part, Representative Edwin M. Snowe revealed that Jackson was heard live on radio describing the House’s Press Director, Isaac Redd, as “a puppet.” Snowe took strong exception to that remark, noting, “If he does not respect our staff, it means that he does not have any regard for us as well.”   Snowe’s disclosure prompted lawmakers not only to hold workshops for the officials, but further to instruct its committee to demand a 9-month action plan from Brown and co-workers on the full operations of the Ministry.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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GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgOur Seniors recorded another win at the weekend with a 4-11 to 0-7 victory over Buncrana. Due to weather conditions this match was moved to Ballyshannon and our boys got off to a flyer. The quick use of the football and early supply of ball to forwards left Buncrana trailing and saw the boys hold a half time lead of 2-8 to 0-4. The second half started as the first half ended with a goal for the Naomh Brid coming from Paul McGrory and shortly after he added his 3rd of the game with an impressive finish. Buncrana were dead and buried at this stage but the boys drove on and added further points to stretch the lead even further. In the end it was a great team performance and with one league game left hopefully the boys can make the play-off.There is no match this weekend.Naomh Brid crested hoodies are now available to order. These are a perfect Christmas gift for those club enthusiasts who are at home and away. The hoodies cost €40 and anyone interested in ordering should contact Mickey Quinn. The club are hosting a Fashion Show on the 26th November in the Central Hotel. Tickets cost €10 and many of Donegal’s leading retailers will be providing the fashion on the night. There is a 10% discount in participating fashion retailers for anyone with a ticket for a limited period after the fashion show. Music and Prizes will also be provided on the night. This promises to be a fantastic night so be sure and get a ticket and don’t miss the handsome male models and glamorous female models on show.Anyone who wishes to have any information included in the club notes should contact Shane Walsh on shanew03@live.ie by 6pm on Monday evening.GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 1st, 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:GAA: NAOMH BRID GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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‘BLACK FRIDAY’ ACROSS DONEGAL SEES CHRISTMAS TRADING OFF TO A SOLID START

first_imgDonegal businesses are using a little bit of America to kick-start their Christmas campaigns.Black Friday has come to many parts of Donegal this weekend.Today is dubbed Black Friday in the US when shops offer a one or two day sale to start off the festive season shopping spree.And Donegal shops and stores are following their lead by offering major discounts to shoppers this weekend. Many shops including The Cope in Dungloe are now saying ‘thank you’ to their loyal customers as the countdown to Christmas gets well and truly underway.And the good news for the local economy is that all the signs are that we are in for a bumper festive season.The festive lights are turned on in Letterkenny this evening while it is Donegal Town’s turn tomorrow night.The strength of sterling against the euro has meant that most Donegal shoppers are staying at home instead of crossing the border to spend their cash. And stores such as McElhinneys in Ballybofey and Evolve in Letterkenny have noticed an even greater number of visitors from the North coming to Donegal to shop.CEO of Letterkenny Chamber Toni Forrestor said the vast majority of stores in Letterkenny are offering good rates on sterling while local shoppers are spending locally.“All the signs are good that we are going to have a very good Christmas in Letterkenny and hopefully across the county,” she said recently.   ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ ACROSS DONEGAL SEES CHRISTMAS TRADING OFF TO A SOLID START was last modified: November 28th, 2014 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:Black FridayCHristmasdonegalsaleslast_img read more

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South African scholars to study in China

first_img25 August 2015China beckons to 53 scholarship recipients, who have landed an opportunity to study in the eastern nation. They were excited about the chance, they said at a pre-departure orientation yesterday at Unisa (University of South Africa) in Pretoria.The Department of Higher Education and Training receives scholarships from various foreign governments that are targeted at South African youth to advance the skills development agenda.Time of possibilityKgaugelo Mpyana said he was looking forward to his degree in architecture at the Beijing University of Technology.“This is a great opportunity for me because China is the generation of great innovation,” he said. “I will get an opportunity to learn from the best at no cost at all.”Ofentse Tyawo was thrilled that her dreams to study in China were finally being realised. She will be studying an undergraduate in biological sciences at East China University.Both students will also do a year-long Mandarin course, as well as learn more about Chinese culture.Mutual respect“This is an opportunity of a lifetime; grab it with both hands,” advised Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana. “We are proud that you have been selected and that you have shown bravery because it’s not an easy decision to make to go study abroad.”He encouraged students to represent South Africa well in China. “Respect the cultural norms and values of China; make sure that you adjust to them.”Li Song, China’s deputy ambassador to South Africa, congratulated the scholarship recipients and thanked them for choosing to study in his country. “I believe that through their hard work, these young talents will come back and contribute to the rainbow nation after their successful completion of their studies in China,” Song said.“South Africa has the most overseas Chinese students in Africa,” he added. There were 1 100 South African students studying in China and more than 2 400 Chinese students studying in South Africa.More than 180 applications were received for the scholarships.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more