Hazard thrills in Chelsea’s Arsenal hammering

first_imgLONDON (AP):Fusing strength, aggression and pace, Eden Hazard received the ball inside Chelsea’s own half and just kept on running, fending off every frail barrier of Arsenal’s resistance.Laurent Koscielny was the first opponent brushed aside and Francis Coquelin was left spinning, trying forlornly to put in a tackle before slipping to the turf.Hazard just continued to zip forward. Koscielny had darted back in defence, but was as ineffective in immobilising Hazard a second time. The fleet-footed winger wove his way past the Arsenal captain and then outmuscled Shkodran Mustafi before slotting a low shot past goalkeeper Petr Cech.”To dribble like I did,” Hazard said, “I try to do this every game, but it’s not like this every game.”It was a mesmerising solo goal that thrilled Chelsea fans, coming between Marcos Alonso’s header and Cesc F‡bregas’ lob into an empty net in a 3-1 victory for the Premier League leaders over Arsenal. Owner Roman Abramovich was in awe, high-fiving those around him in the executive seating. Manager Antonio Conte flung himself into the crowd behind the dugout, swarmed by fans.A goal of such exceptional quality embodied Chelsea’s transformation since a 3-0 loss in the reverse fixture in September. That defeat saw an eight-point chasm open up between Chelsea, then in eighth place, and front-runner Manchester City. Now, Conte is well placed to end his first season as Chelsea manager by lifting the Premier League trophy, with his team 12 points in front of north London clubs Tottenham and Arsenal.”It’s important to keep our antenna very high,” Conte said, “because in my career as a footballer, I won a lot, but I lost a lot.”WENGER LOSING A LOTIt is Arsene Wenger losing a lot at the moment, with his Arsenal side beaten in four of their last nine league games.”We lost many balls in positions where you cannot afford to lose it when you play against a team good on counterattack,” Wenger said.Coming four days after a home loss to Watford, this was another unsettling day for a bedraggled Arsenal and Wenger, who was forced to watch from the stands as he continued his four-match touchline ban for pushing a fourth official.last_img read more

GVL CADET Program Inspires Young Liberian

first_imgA young Liberian working as a cadet with Golden Veroleum says that the cadet program is an inspirational one that will improve talented Liberians in their respective areas of discipline.Theophilus A.T. Kambo, Jr. in an interview noted that having attended the cadet program, he has developed more ideas relating to his Electrical Engineer profession which gives him the confidence that he can now contribute to the development of Liberia through his profession.Mr. Kambo told the Daily Observer that the GVL cadet program has given him more zeal and inspiration to seek excellence in his profession.The benefit of this training, he said is also important to the development of my beloved country Liberia, adding that as an engineer, he is inspired to contribute his skills to rebuilding the country.“The training program has increased my technical horizon (capacity) and excites me to learn more in the profession of Electrical Engineering which is my passion. It has also exposed me to the world of Palm Oil Mill Construction, project management and project supervision which has added value to my skills,” he said.Recounting his experience, Kambo said, “I applied for the program (Electrical Engineer and opportunity of career advancement) in September, 2012. Having met the recruitment criteria (GVL’s policies covering recruitment), I received a communication to sit an aptitude test along with other Liberian Electrical Engineers on March 12, 2013. I was selected (based on my performance in the aptitude test) during the vetting process by Golden Veroleum Liberia. “Thank God I made it,” he declared.The GVL cadet explained further that he considers success as added values because the training program added another value to his previous credentials. The training in itself is professional success, said Kambo.He said the GVL cadet program has increased the number of skilled Liberian youths, 7 persons, who are willing to contribute their quotas to the development of Liberia through Golden Veroleum.When asked what milestone or significant tasks he was able to achieve, Mr. Kambo said “I learned new things almost every day. The most significant to date, he said, was learning Supervision of Electrical Installations in the Construction of Palm Oil Mill.”Explaining about his training recently in Indonesia, Kambo said: “there have not been many difficulties except for the language barrier and the difference in food which I was able to cope with.How were the challenges overcome? GVL cadet noted that “one good quality of humans is adaptation. I quickly adapted to the systems of living in the country so that I could facilitate my learning process.”What lessons were learned during the period of professional studies?Kambo responded: “Thus far, the training has introduced me to the overall technique in Supervising the Construction of Palm Oil Mill. Additionally, I have also increased my knowledge in the Principle of Operations of Diesel Generators and Steam Turbo Alternators and other Machines, Overhead Power Lines and Underground cable transmission, Electrical Power transmission media (Electrical Cables), among others.“Partnering with GVL has brought to reality what I always dreamed of – to have an opportunity to further my studies.  I have wished to earn a Master’s degree in Electric Power Systems. Now that I have international training in my field of Electrical Engineering, I pray that during my course of services to GVL, I will have another opportunity to achieve my dream,” Kambo said.“I am a good dreamer of becoming an Industrial Electric Power Engineer with emphasis in the strategies and designs of Modern Power Systems in Liberia. I hold the responsibility to contribute these acquired skills to my company, GVL and my country in constructing Palm Oil Mills in the south eastern part of Liberia.As to how he intends to transform GVL, Kambo said,  “Golden Veroleum Liberia being a company of good attributes is fortunate to have me as an employee. I promise to serve as an asset to GVL in the implementation of its goals and objectives,” he said.Describing how he plans to transfer the knowledge acquired to other GVL staff or colleagues with whom he works, Kambo responded: “With the experience of a classroom teacher and good interpersonal relationship, I intend to share willingly my new skills I have acquired to other GVL’s staff through tutorials, open discussions and mentoring.Asked to describe his opportunity in one word he responded: Achievement.He called on his fellow cadets to always be positive and strive for professional success. “Make use of every little opportunity you have at hand. Always prepare yourself, because a prepared person is always fortunate to have an opportunity. With an enormous career dream, you can achieve anything in life.”Asked what makes him think he is different from others who have benefited from the cadet program, Kambo’s response was this: “I have the following skills: The ability to work with different nationals,  good interpersonal relationship, ability to learn Electrical Computer Aided Design (E-CAD) applications easily, work well in Computer Networked environment and with advance electronic gadgets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mikel’s father kidnapped before Nigeria’s defeat by Argentina

first_imgMikel, who went on to play the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 defeat, refused to tell anyone at the Nigerian Football Federation in fear his father’s life was at risk, and partly because he did not want to be a distraction before the game“I played while my father was in the hands of bandits,” Mikel told The Guardian. “I had to suppress the trauma. I took a call four hours before kick-off to tell me what had happened.“I was emotionally distraught and I had to make the decision about whether I was mentally ready to play. I was confused. I did not know what to do but, in the end, I knew that I could not let 180m Nigerians down.“I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first. I could not even inform the coaches or NFF staff and only a very tight circle of my friends knew.“I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody. I also did not want to discuss it with the coach [Gernot Rohr] because I did not want my issue to become a distraction to him or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game. As much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not.”Mikel’s father, Pa Michael Obi, had previously been abducted back in 2011 when he was held captive for 10 days.On this occasion, he was kidnapped in south-east Nigeria as he travelled to a funeral. The police in Nigeria were able to secure his release but Mikel said his father was tortured during a week-long ordeal.“Thankfully, my father was safely released on Monday afternoon,” he added. “I thank the police authorities for their rescue efforts and the support I’ve received from friends and family members.“Unfortunately, my dad is now in hospital receiving emergency treatment as a result of the torture he received during his capture.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Captain John Obi Mikel captained Nigeria at the 2018 Russia FIFA World CupLONDON, United Kingdom July 4 – John Obi Mikel has revealed that he learned his father had been kidnapped just hours before he played in Nigeria’s loss to Argentina which saw his country knocked out of the World Cup last week.The Nigeria captain was informed of the news by a family member while he travelled on the team bus to the stadium in St. Petersburg. Mikel was told that he must call the kidnappers and when he did so, he was ordered to pay a ransom.last_img read more

Modric v Ronaldo rematch as Ballon d’Or nominees unveiled

first_img0Shares0000Luka Modric has already beaten Cristiano Ronaldo to the FIFA best player award © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLPARIS, France, Oct 8 – FIFA best player of the year Luka Modric remains on track for a second major award after he was named Monday among 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or alongside the likes of ex-Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.Modric, a World Cup runner-up with Croatia, beat Juventus’ Ronaldo and Salah to win the FIFA prize last month after Messi was surprisingly left off the final three-man list. Ronaldo, currently facing allegations of rape dating back to 2009 that he strenuously denies, has already won the Ballon d’Or five times and is the current holder of the award. Messi has also won the award on five occasions.FIFA split from the Ballon d’Or in 2016 to launch its own set of awards. The winner of the prestigious Ballon d’Or organised by France Football magazine will be announced on December 3.Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale and Manchester City’s Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne also featured among a list of familiar names.Cristiano Ronaldo has won the award five times © AFP/File / Miguel MEDINABale, who scored two goals in Real’s triumph in the final of the Champions League against Liverpool including a spectacular overhead kick, is joined by club teammates Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane, Isco, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos.De Bruyne was nominated for helping City win the Premier League and Belgium reach the World Cup semi-finals.Antoine Griezmann, a World Cup winner with France and Europa League champion at Atletico Madrid, is nominated alongside international teammates, Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and PSG’s Kylian Mbappe.Eden Hazard gives Chelsea another player in the running after starring alongside De Bruyne at the World Cup, with England’s Golden Boot winner Harry Kane also included.Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero and PSG’s Neymar are nominated as are two other prolific South American strikers: Uruguayans Edinson Cavani of PSG and Luis Suarez of Barcelona.Liverpool’s Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino and Uruguay’s rugged defender Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid also got the nod.Four goalkeepers are also among the 30 — Thibaut Courtois of Belgium and Real Madrid, Liverpool and Brazil stopper Alisson Becker, Tottenham’s France World Cup winner Hugo Lloris and Atletico’s Jan Oblak.Also making the cut are Juve’s Mario Mandzukic and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, while Barcelona are also represented by Croat defender Ivan Rakitic.– Lyon dominate women’s list –For the first time, a Ballon d’Or for women players will be awarded this year, with Champions League winners Lyon accounting for seven of the 15 nominees.France internationals Amandine Henry, Amel Majri and Wendie Renard are joined on the list by Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsan, England’s Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg of Norway and Japan defender Saki Kumagai.Brazil’s Marta, crowned best women’s player for a record sixth time at last month’s FIFA awards, is also in contention after her role in winning the Copa America.Other nominees are Pernille Harder, Lindsey Horan, Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, Lieke Martens, Megan Rapinoe and Christine Sinclair.In another first, the best under-21 player will receive the Kopa Trophy. Kylian Mbappe, the Paris Saint-Germain striker who burst onto the global scene with his performances as France won the World Cup, is the favourite.The Ballon d’Or, which was first won by Englishman Stanley Matthews in 1956, is decided by a ballot of journalists from around the world.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man City, Liverpool kick start new season with Community Shield

first_img0Shares0000Man City, Liverpool kick start new season with Community ShieldNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 2 – English Premier League champions Manchester City and UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool will curtain raise the new 2019/20 season when the two giants clash in the Community Shield on Sunday at the Wembley Stadium.The Community Shield sees the renewal of the rivalry between Liverpool and Man City – certainly the top two teams in England, and perhaps all of Europe. While City dominated domestically by winning a treble of Premier League, League Cup and FA Cup, the Reds picked up the biggest prize of all by claiming the UEFA Champions League.“True to our promise to enrich the lives of our customers we felt it important to kick off this new football season with a wider broadcast of the anticipated clash and make it inclusive for all our valued customers” says Eric Odipo, Managing Director, MultiChoice Kenya.In terms of off-season business, City have been the busier of the pair. Manager Pep Guardiola has brought in Angelino from PSV Eindhoven and midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid – the latter could be a key acquisition and a longer-term successor to Fernandinho in the middle of the park.Liverpool have been very quiet on the transfer marker, with their only incoming player at the time of writing being teenage defender Sepp van den Berg (who is a star for the future rather than one who will feature strongly in the next couple of years). Meanwhile, they have released the likes of Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge.In head-to-head terms, City and Liverpool have met in 165 previous matches. The Reds have claimed 79 wins compared to 44 for the Citizens, while 42 games have been drawn. This will be the first meeting of the clubs in the Community Shield.Yet it is the tactical battle between Jurgen Klopp and Guardiola which will be really fascinating for SuperSport viewers, with the German looking to enhance and refine his high-pressing style, while the Spaniard will once again bank on flexibility, fluidity and a crisp passing game to keep the team in light blue on top.Last season City took four points off ‘Pool in the teams’ two league meetings: a 0-0 draw in October 2018 at Anfield, followed by a 2-1 win for the hosts at the Etihad Stadium in January 2019, featuring goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Is this the best own goal ever? Gale force winds cause havoc in non-league game

first_imgIs this THE best own goal ever?Storms are often a disruptive force to the England non-league schedule, with countless games called off and postponed due to rain and strong winds.But rarely does a gale play so much havoc that it gets on the scoresheet…And that’s exactly what happened in this all-Essex clash as Thurrock took on Romford, when a defender and goalkeeper were left red-faced after an attempted clearance went horribly wrong.Check out the bizarre footage in the clip below!last_img

CSUN honors its top grads

first_imgCSUN President Jolene Koester also urged the graduates to find ways to give back to their community, particularly in their personal, civic and professional lives. Louise Scharf, a finance and business major with a 3.97 grade-point average, was honored with the Wolfson Scholar Award, CSUN’s highest prize for a graduating senior. Scharf will begin working on a doctorate in molecular biology at the University of Chicago this fall. Outstanding Graduate awards were given to Christopher Zaddach and Christine Rose. Zaddach, who was awarded the Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for an Outstanding Graduate Student, maintained a 3.93 GPA while pursuing a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Rose, who was awarded the Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award for graduate students, maintained a 4.0 GPA while earning her master’s degree in theater. lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The Honors Convocation begins a week of nine graduation ceremonies for the 9,196 graduating students of the 33,000 student university. About 4,000 people, including legions of proud parents loaded down with floral leis, bouquets of roses and various styles of cameras – attended the early evening event at the University Club, within the campus’ orange grove. Reed encouraged those honored to get involved in finding solutions to the state’s problems, and to encourage others to achieve as well. At the end of his speech, he also offered five light-hearted pieces of advice. “Continue to read good books,” he said. “Always check the bag before you leave the drive-through window. Don’t pay your Visa with your MasterCard. Don’t pierce anything you can’t hide in a job interview.” And quoting Sir Winston Churchill’s famous exhortation: “Never, never, never give up.” NORTHRIDGE – More than 1,300 honors graduates were urged Tuesday to grasp leadership roles to help California move forward during a convocation ceremony at California State University, Northridge, that celebrates scholastic and personal achievements. “You are all leaders and California needs leadership,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, who gave the commencement address during the university’s Honors Convocation. Reed noted that only 29 percent of California’s adults have a bachelor’s degree. “That puts you among the elite,” he said. “There are not a lot of people in society who are as fortunate or as determined as you to make it this far.” last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: SHOULD YOU TRUST YOUR SCALES?

first_imgBY EMMET RUSGE: If there is one thing that I have learned from training hundreds of people over the last few years, it is this:The scale is a great tool for measuring clients, but it is not the only tool when measuring for body composition.  It shouldn’t be taken at face value. No movement on the scale does not mean that there have not been changes.Usually my articles can apply to both men and women, but today, I’m speaking mostly to the ladies. I have the weight and measurements of every client and every member of my “Better Bodies” classes over the last few years and one thing stands out from the weigh ins.The scale weight of the clients didn’t always match the inches lost by them.That is not to say that they didn’t lose any weight on the scale, but it didn’t always match into the amount of inches lost from their waists, hips or thighs, but for most clients, especially the female ones, the scale will always be the ultimate factor to whether their plan was successful or not.I have had clients lose 10cm from their waist and drop a dress size over a 6 week period, but because the scale weight ‘only’ dropped 2kg, they deemed this as a failure. When asked if their clothes fitted better and if they were happy with the changes in their bodies, the answer is always ‘yes’, but this is nearly always followed with a ‘but’ and this ‘but’ is usually in reference to the scale weight.One can’t really blame them.Females especially, have been hardwired to think that the scales are the be-all and end-all of weight loss, and anything except rapid drops in scale weight is seen as a complete failure.This couldn’t be further from the truth.You have to first understand the variations in weight: There are a few things that go into the “weight variance,” namely the following three things.Glycogen stores.This amount depends on your current consumption of carbohydrates. For every gram of carbohydrate that your body stores via glycogen, it also stores 3 grams of water. If you are carbohydrate-depleted, you will be at the lower end of your variance. Conversely, if you consume a ton of carbohydrates, you will be at the upper end of your variance.Water retention/depletion from sodium.If you suddenly consume more sodium than you are used to, you will likely retain water. Conversely, if you suddenly consume much less sodium, you will release water. Your body adjusts to the new levels accordingly via the hormone aldosterone, so don’t think that you can keep this value low just by cutting sodium out from your diet.Cycle bloat.Women will retain water during their cycle. For this reason, it’s best for women to only compare weight from month-to-month. Example;So let’s say that you are doing well on a diet plan, you have been sticking to it for a few weeks and then you end up out at the weekend and have a ‘bad night’ nutritionally and go on a binge.You get up the next morning, and feeling guilty, you step on the scales.Bam! Your weight is up and you look visibly ‘fatter’ in the mirror.Congratulations, you have just messed up the last few weeks of your diet.You may give up now and just go back to your old habits and get fat again.Woah, woah, woah….. hold on there Missy.Let’s look at what we said about glycogen and sodium up above.Firstly; you were on a low carb diet and eating pretty ‘clean’, so we are going to assume that your glycogens and sodium levels are slightly low.Your binge was all the foods that you haven’t been eating over the last few weeks, possibly a take away.What you are more than likely experiencing, along with the guilt, is what happens when people go on a bingeTypically, they will retain a lot more glycogen afterwards and see a massive increase in the scale.This is only water weight.Remember that for every gram of glycogen (carbs) that you ate, your body also stored 3 grams of water.Too often, I’ll see people defeated because they “gained all of the weight back.”When the reality is, it is fluid retention and if they get back on track, this will dissipate over a few days and the ‘weight’ they have put on will be gone.The scale is a tool that can be used for measuring weight loss.  Just remember that there are many different ways to measure body composition.  Scale weight is only one of these and shouldn’t be exclusively used as the be all and end all of your goals.#TrainSmartIf you have any question on this article or for getting a tailored program based on your starting point, please contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: SHOULD YOU TRUST YOUR SCALES? was last modified: April 20th, 2015 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:emmet rushefitness columnmeasuremeasurementscalesweightlast_img read more

The ultimate playlist to get you in the mood for England’s semi-final

first_img England fans are having the time of their lives this summer 1 England are into the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup. Yes, the semi-finals of a WORLD CUP.It really doesn’t seem right, but it is, and we just can’t wait for Wednesday night’s clash against Croatia.center_img To get you in the mood, Shoot Music have created the ultimate England World Cup playlist, featuring 100 songs.It includes all the classics as well as some not-so-classic tunes (looking at you, Ant and Dec) and some new releases.If you don’t know all the words to Three Lions, World In Motion and Vindaloo, now is the time to learn them.COME ON ENGLAND!talkSPORT will be in Moscow on Wednesday bringing you top guests, all the build-up to Croatia v England and LIVE commentary of the World Cup semi-finallast_img read more

HOLY COW – FANCY WINNING €200 JUST FOR DRESSING UP?

first_imgHoly Cow – Donegal Creameries have come up with a super fancy-dress competition for Hallow’een and there are prizes galore.Daisi is the well-known mascot for Donegal’s biggest milk supplier and she is the theme for the fancy dress competition.All you have to do is to dress up as Daisi and you can be a milk carton, a sports theme or whatever you decide. The best entry gets a cool €200 and there are also Daisi goody bags for three lucky runners-up.You can send your pictures of your fantastic costumes to info@daisi.ie or upload them to Daisi’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/DC.Daisi.Don’t forget to include your name, address and telephone number and entries must be in by Monday, November 7th.So what are you waiting for ………get mooooooooooving! EndsHOLY COW – FANCY WINNING €200 JUST FOR DRESSING UP? was last modified: October 26th, 2011 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:Donegal CreameriesHalloweenlast_img read more