West Ham owners to get extra security at home games

first_imgWest Ham United’s owners will be given additional protection at the London Stadium with a larger police presence and barriers to prevent a repeat of the crowd disturbances that marred Saturday’s 3-0 home Premier League defeat by Burnley, British newspapers reported on Monday.Pitch invasions and ugly scenes in the stands, including fans taunting West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan in the directors’ box, led the club to launch a probe and call an emergency meeting with the Stadium stakeholders.West Ham supporters are unhappy about the club’s move from the Upton Park stadium which was their home from 1904-2016.Former West Ham midfielder Trevor Brooking, who was also in the directors’ box, said Sullivan was struck in the face by a coin and that fans who contributed to the toxic atmosphere should stay away from the team’s home games.West Ham have asked for police to be stationed inside the ground for the five remaining home games this season. The club will also ban the fans who ran on to the pitch.Police in riot gear had to quell trouble inside the London stadium and disturbances were reported outside the ground as West Ham beat Chelsea 2-1 to reach the League Cup quarter-finals in 2016.West Ham are 16th in the league, three points adrift of the relegation zone. They next host Southampton on March 31.last_img read more

UNDP Boss Lauds Bomi for Ebola Progress Response

first_imgThe Country Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has lauded the people of Bomi County for the level of progress made in combating the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).  Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen said he was pleased that the county level support provided by the UNDP to Bomi and other counties has immensely helped in the EVD response in the country.   “We are here to monitor the progress that we are making with the support that the UNDP has been providing to Bomi County at the local level in response to the EVD,” Dr. Kamaluddeen said in Tubmanburg, Bomi County recently during a fact finding visit.  He said the UN specialized Agency — UNDP — has provided support, based on the request from the county leadership. “We are happy that UNDP support has helped in creating the necessary awareness that is being traced to the progress that Bomi has made.”He further stated that the progress seen in the county was as a result of the collective work of the community, the government through the local authorities and development partners, both local and international.The UNDP-Liberia boss indicated that UNDP would remain supportive of the government’s national Ebola response and other programs.“We were here supporting the national response and we’ll still be here. Already, we are working with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the government as a whole to support the new momentum that has been given to the decentralization process,” he disclosed.UNDP has supported the county leadership in the areas of training for county health teams and logistics to boost contact tracing, social mobilization and sensitization in remote and inaccessible districts and communities in the county.During the field mission, the UNDP Country Director and team visited Bomi Hospital and the Ebola Treatment Unit in Tubmanburg.According to Dr. Nisar Ulkhak, the Medical Director at the ETU, when Dr. Kamaluddeen and other visited, there was no EVD patient and the last suspected patient had left the ETU two days earlier after being tested negative.Dr. Ulkhak said since the facility was opened, a total of 63 cases were admitted at the unit. He said at the peak of the Ebola epidemic, the ETU had over 100 patients, 20 of whom were confirmed positive, 9 survived and eleven died.  “We are happy with what we have seen and what we’ve been told by the Superintendent. I was happy visiting the ETU to know that there are no patients there at the moment and the last case they had was not an EVD confirmed case,” Dr. Kamaluddeen said.The 50-bed ETU was jointly built by engineers of the US Marine and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL). It served the entire western region of Liberia, including Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties.The Unit commenced operations on November 28, 2014 under the management of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).  Before the center opened, there were about 200 suspected and/or confirmed Ebola cases in Bomi. Many of them reportedly died while awaiting treatment.By the time the center was opened, the country was down to fewer than 100 cases per week, from a peak of more than 300. By December, the number had dropped to fewer than 30 cases per week.Bomi was one of the most affected counties during the peak of the epidemic recording high infections. Today, it symbolizes the declined trends in the EVD transmission.Meanwhile, the UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark is expected to officially visit the three countries most affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone from 11-18 February. The visit is to affirm the UN’s continued commitment to addressing the ongoing crisis, and support for the recovery process.During her visit in Liberia which runs from 13-16 February  the UNDP Administrator will hold discussions with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the UN Family, the Ebola Incident Management System and the donor community.Ms. Clark is expected to participate in a signing ceremony of a Social Safety Net Cash Transfer Program between UNDP and the Government of Liberia through the Ministries of Gender, Children and Social Protection and Internal Affairs, scheduled to take place in Bomi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Flaming car discovered at Kin Park

first_imgUpon arriving at the scene, the local fire authorities discovered a flaming automobile, which they assume began when a tire caught fire and exploded, causing the loud noise heard by neighbours.There were no individuals at or around the scene, which is leading investigators to believe it may be the cause of foul play.Authorities are also investigating whether the automobile was stolen or not and no injuries have been reported as result of the incident.- Advertisement -An investigation is currently ongoing regarding the cause of the fire and no suspects have yet been identified.If anyone has any information regarding this incident, contact the local RCMP watch desk at 250-787-8100.last_img read more

Aduriz-inspired Athletic thrash Barca

first_imgBut those exertions clearly took their toll as an under-strength side was dominated from the off by the Basques who exacted revenge for defeat in the Copa del Rey final back in May.San Jose fired in a volley from just inside the Barca half to break the deadlock before Aduriz struck three times in 15 second-half minutes to give Ernesto Valverde’s side a huge advantage heading into Monday’s second-leg.“To score four against Barcelona is almost impossible. We are very satisfied with our work but the second leg is still to come and it is going to be very tough,” Aduriz told Spanish TV station Telecinco.“We cannot think that Barca in their stadium can’t score four goals. They are the best and capable of doing anything.”Barca’s defensive deficiencies had been laid bare in blowing a 4-1 lead against Sevilla that forced them into an energy-sapping extra 30 minutes in the Georgian capital.However, with Gerard Pique among four first-team regulars rested the Catalans were even more of a shambles at the back and this time couldn’t be rescued by an off-colour Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.It is the first time in 14 years that the Catalans have conceded four times in two consecutive games.“It is going to be difficult, but we have won many matches by many goals and we will try until the last minute,” said a defiant Javier Mascherano.“It is a one-off situation. They had four or five chances and scored four. Obviously that is not normal, especially given how we finished last season, but don’t count us out yet.“Now we have to correct what we did wrong, but above all prepare for the return leg.”San Jose began an unforgettable night for the hosts in fitting fashion as he pounced on Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s headed clearance to fire the ball beyond the German ‘keeper from just beyond the halfway line.Barca slowly began to get back into the game, but they didn’t seriously threaten until first-half stoppage time when Pedro Rodriguez was clipped on the edge of the area.Messi scored twice from free-kicks against Sevilla in midweek and couldn’t have struck this one much better as Gorka Iraizoz flew to his right to claw the ball away from the top corner with an outstretched hand.The visitors twice came close to an equaliser at the start of the second period as Pedro fired off the underside of the bar before Iraizoz made another brilliant save to deny Messi from Suarez’s clever cut-back.However, the game turned back in Athletic’s favour when Sabin Merino beat Dani Alves for pace and his cross was powerfully headed home by Aduriz.More poor defending from Luis Enrique’s men was punished nine minutes later as the ball ricocheted around the area before Aduriz smashed home on the turn.And the veteran striker was given the chance to complete his hat-trick when Alves was adjudged to have pulled down Borja Etxeita from a corner and Aduriz confidently sent Ter Stegen the wrong way from the spot.Messi and Suarez tried to lift the visitors in the final quarter, but even they couldn’t find a way past a resolute Athletic defence.Barca now have a huge mountain to climb at the Camp Nou on Monday if they are to maintain their push to emulate Pep Guardiola’s Barca side which won six trophies in a calendar year six years ago.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Athletic Bilbao’s forward Aritz Aduriz (L) is congratulated by teammates after scoring their team’s fourth goal during the Spanish Supercup first-leg football match Athletic Club Bilbao vs FC Barcelona in Bilbao on August 14, 2015. PHOTO/AFPMADRID, August 15- European champions Barcelona were stunned by an Aritz Aduriz hat-trick and brilliant opener from Mikel San Jose as Athletic Bilbao took a 4-0 lead into the second-leg of the Spanish Super Cup.Barca had picked up their fourth trophy of the year in Tbilisi on Tuesday with a 5-4 win over Sevilla in extra time in the UEFA Super Cup.last_img read more

World Cup 2014: The Andy Gray view

first_imgFormer Scotland striker Andy Gray joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show to review all of the action from Brazil.Germany ran out eventual winners of the tournament, after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final, thanks to a Mario Gotze winner in extra-time.The hosts were downed again, this time by Holland, in the third/fourth place play-off in Brasilia on Saturday night, and reports suggest Luiz Felipe Scolari’s position as Brazil coach has come to and end.last_img

Blow for Arsenal! Bayer Leverkusen complete signing of Gunners target

first_img Tin Jedvaj in action for Bayer Leverkusen 1 Bayer Leverkusen have completed the signing of Arsenal target Tin Jedvaj.The promising Croatian defender has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for some time now and the Gunners manager tried to sign him while he was still at Dinamo Zagreb.However Roma won the race to sign him in 2013 – but he made just two appearances during his first season with the Serie A side.He joined Leverkusen on a two-season loan deal in the summer and there have been rumours that Wenger was ready to reignite his interest in Jedvaj with his future in Italy unclear.However the Croatian, still just 19, has now made his loan move to Bayer Leverkusen permanent and signed a five-and-a-half-year deal after the two clubs agreed a fee of around £5.75m.last_img read more

NASA is moonstruck

first_img“It looks, at least in some respects, like you’re exposing sort of the black heart of Hyperion,” Cruikshank said. Detecting such material on distant worlds like Hyperion is “our first step in trying to understand the degree to which the life-starting materials are distributed in our solar system,” Cruikshank said. Some scientists speculate that such organic material was carried to Earth by meteors or comets, where, exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, it formed the first building-blocks of life. Hyperion is now part of a growing list of cold, icy places where the organic dust has been seen, Cruikshank said, including comets, Kuiper Belt objects, and Saturn’s moons Phoebe and Iapetus. Cassini will fly low above the surface of Iapetus in September, a tantalizing opportunity for the scientists to study the organic, soot-like material in greater detail. “We can try to figure out what the dark stuff is and maybe ultimately where it comes from,” Hendrix said. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE – Of all of Saturn’s 58 known moons, Hyperion is one of the oddest. Shaped like a potato, it’s as riddled with holes as a sponge. It tumbles along its orbit instead of rotating smoothly like every other known moon. And, according to newly released findings from Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Cassini mission, it is unusually light and has pockets of rich organic dust similar to what could have sparked life on Earth. “Hyperion was a very unique object, there’s nothing else in the solar system that’s quite like it,” said Amanda Hendrix, a JPL planetary scientist. In two studies of the moon, published Thursday in the journal Nature, researchers found it to be largely made of porous water ice, along with an unusual form of frozen carbon dioxide and unknown quantities of the dark organic dust. “Hyperion is just a big, frozen, icy sponge,” said Dale Cruikshank, a planetary scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Ames Laboratory at Moffett Field, near Oakland. Its spongy interior could explain the deeply pockmarked exterior, Hendrix said. The scientists postulate that meteorites hitting the surface could punch right through instead of smashing debris into the air and creating a stereotypical, bowl-like crater. The intriguing organic dust collects at the bottom of Hyperion’s steep-walled pits, though the researchers are not sure why. last_img read more

It is our best route back into CL, says Liverpool boss

first_img1 Jurgen Klopp Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side are genuine contenders in Europe and admits it may be their best route back into the Champions League.The Reds are nine points adrift of qualification domestically and, while they are still eight matches away from even reaching the Europa League final, the prospect of using this route to rejoin the continent’s elite is one the German is considering.“A few teams in the world can think about winning the Europa League and I think we are one of these teams,” he said on his return to his homeland to face Augsburg.“We don’t have to say ‘We have no chance’ but if you look at the teams in the competition now it is like a little Champions League.“Sometimes you can look at winning a cup as the shortest way to get somewhere but for sure the Europa League is not the shortest way to get to the Champions League, it is a really hard race.“The chance to qualify for the Champions League makes it more interesting, ask Sevilla (Europa League winners four times in the last 10 years) who would have qualified many times with this rule.“We are in the last 32. We can see the line but I cannot say now, ‘This is our only chance of being in the Champions League’. It’s a chance.“How many points in the league are we away from the Champions League? I think it is nine. So, yeah, at this moment I would say we have a better chance this way at the moment.“Maybe the top four clubs will have a crisis but we have to solve our own problems.“We have to be at the highest motivation for the game without thinking about the last moment and knowing the possibility.”After a hectic period in January, Klopp has the luxury of being able to just focus on the Europa League for the next week as his side are not involved in the FA Cup at the weekend and injury problems are starting to ease.That increases the likelihood of him naming a strong side to face Augsburg, who are struggling in the Bundesliga.“We haven’t been able to pick a consistent team so far for different reasons,” Klopp added.“If you have a pre-season and no injuries then you can play a lot of times with a similar if not the same team – the biggest teams in the world are doing this.“I don’t want to compare ourselves with Barcelona but three of these players (Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar) play all of the time.“Listen, we played Sunday and we play Thursday, that’s a good gap, enough time to recover no problem. It’s nothing.“We then play Thursday-Thursday, so no problems again. We then have a final (Capital One Cup on the Sunday).“Before a final you don’t have to think about anything because you don’t need to be recovered. You could play the final on Friday!”last_img read more


first_imgCol Hadfield at Harry’s todayThe Canadian astronaut who tweeted ‘as Gaeilge’ from space has touched down in Donegal.As part of a nationwide holiday, Col. Chris Hadfield has arrived in Inishowen and visit a Buncrana school to learn a ‘cúpla focal’ from the local pupils today.He has already had lunch at the famous Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend. Chris will also attend a traditional music session and see the spectacular Inishowen Peninsula, the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way.Indeed many eyebrows were raised when Buncrana Town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin officially invited the astronaut to Donegal but it now appears that the idea certainly was ‘out of this world.’The astronaut tweeted a photo of Donegal from the International Space Station last March:“Donegal, one of the many famous places I’ve only seen from space.”  COLONEL HADFIELD TOUCHES DOWN IN DONEGAL – AND HAS LUNCH AT HARRY’S! was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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:HadfieldInishowenlast_img read more

Liverpool v Chelsea: Reds starting XI shocks fans

first_img Firmino and Mane played 90 minutes in their 3-3 draw at Sevilla Fifth-placed Liverpool take on third-placed Chelsea in Saturday’s late kick-off and YOU CAN LISTEN TO COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN LIVE ONLINE. Both teams go into the game in good form in the league with the hosts having won their last three in the league, while the Blues have won their last four Premier League games. But there has already been drama before the game has even begun after it emerged star players Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane started on the bench.  And fans have had their say on the line-up in their droves. Scroll down to see some of the best tweets below. 1last_img read more