Hunt scores twice to spark Leafs past Braves; Hawks, Bruins break even in feisty contest

first_imgSawyer Hunt scored twice to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 6-2 trashing of the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night in the Lilac City.Hunt, who came to Nelson in an off-season move from the Kimberley Dynamiters, scored twice in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie.The win allowed Nelson to gain a split during a two-game road swing to open the 2016-17 KIJHL season.Nelson lost 3-1 Friday in Fruitvale to defending Murdoch Division champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.David Lenzin, 16-year-old Ryan Piva, Dale Howell and Sam Weber also scored for Nelson, which outshot the Braves 41-36.Hunt, Lenzin and Zach Morey all finished the game with two points.Jason Sandhu registered the win in goal for the Leafs. Nelson plays its home opener Friday when the Braves pay a return visit to the NDCC Arena.Game time is 7 p.m.Tight defence on display in Boundary CityThe two teams combined for 86 shots but could only muster two goals as Grand Forks and Beaver Valley played to a 1-1 tie Saturday in KIJHL action in the Boundary City.Jaxen Gemmell scored the tying marker five minutes into the third to pull the Hawks into the draw.Chad Grambo had scored in the first period to give the Border Bruins the early lead.Anthony Galliart was a busy man in the Bruins net as Beaver Valley fired 48 shots at the Grand Forks net.The contest, the home opener for the Bruins, was a feisty affair between the two division rivals as there were no less than 127 minutes in penalties handed out by referee Ross Macdonnell.Beaver Valley now leads the Murdoch Division with three points.Castlegar is winless in two starts after dropping a pair of Kootenay Conference games in Golden (5-2) and Kimberley (4-3).last_img read more

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Tottenham booed off as Dier own goal earns Blades deserved point

first_imgTOTTENHAM were booed off again by their own fans as Eric Dier’s own goal preserved United’s unbeaten away record.And Blades will feel justice was done after harshly being denied a leveller earlier by the VAR.5 Boss Mauricio Pochettino shows his despair as Spurs slumped to a mediocre drawCredit: AFP or licensors5 George Baldock takes the plaudits for his key role in the Sheffield United equaliser at SpursCredit: Reuters5 Sheffield United snatch their deserved leveller as a cross from George Baldock goes in off Eric DierCredit: AFP or licensorsBut it was another bad day at the office for Spurs as Son Heung-min fired them ahead against the run of play in the 58th minute.United defender Stevens’ attempted pass to team-mate John Egan in their own box let in the South Korean, who slotted the ball under keeper Dean Henderson.It was Son’s third goal in two games since his challenge led to Andre Gomes suffering a broken and dislocated ankle at Everton on Sunday.The Spurs man was left so devastated by the incident he refused to celebrate either of his two goals in the 4-0 Champions League win at Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneBut he celebrated here and with a clenched fist in front of the jubilant home fans.United thought they had equalised two minutes later when David McGoldrick turned in Stevens’ cross.But it VAR Jon Moss chalked it when on review he spotted John Lundstram’s toenail was offside.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticJustice was done, though, with 12 minutes to go when George Baldock’s cross was glanced into his own net by Dier.Baldock was credited with the goal, even though TV replays showed the Spurs man got the final touch.It was no more than the Blades deserved as they more than matched their hosts.5 Son Heung-Min fires Tottenham in front against the run of playCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 Son Heung-Min celerbates what he must have thought would be a goal to settle Spurs down – only for the Blades to earn a pointCredit: AFP or licensorsPep Guardiola praises Liverpool and Jurgen KloppLundstram flicked wide from six yards and then hit a post with a cracking shot in the first half.Spurs did not get their first shot on target until the 53rd minute.Mauricio Pochettino’s men have now failed to win their last five Premier League matches while United have only lost once away in 2019 – and that was at Swansea back in January.Everton star Andre Gomes thanks fans for their unconditional support in social media message after horror injury against Spurslast_img read more

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Last thing under pressure Lamps needs now is ‘Judas’ Mourinho’s Chelsea return

first_imgTHERE was a time not so long ago when the sound of a helicopter hovering over Cobham would have them running for cover quicker than the Vietcong in Apocalypse Now.In the days when Roman Abramovich was still a hands-on owner, his flying visits to Chelsea’s training ground usually meant bad news for the manager.3 Frank Lampard’s side are in a torrid run of form and look toothless up frontCredit: AFP or licensorsBut Roman has put his chopper away since being kicked out of the UK a couple of years ago.That’s probably blessed relief for Frank Lampard, given his team’s current struggles.Six months into the job and Lampard is already starting to feel the heat.Given his inside knowledge garnered during 13 years as the finest player in the club’s history, he knows better than anyone when the mood is turning.Only mayflies and lemmings have shorter lifespans than Chelsea managers, who seem to inevitably fall foul of the most Machiavellian dressing room in football.So Lampard probably won’t be surprised by the recent rumblings of discontent surrounding his treatment of certain disaffected players.And he certainly won’t be under any illusions about his long-term prospects if he does not get to grips with the malcontents.So the very last thing he needs right now is a visit from Jose Mourinho with a chip on both shoulders and a massive point to prove.3CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for all the latest on the BluesMourinho will be all hugs and false bonhomie ahead of Tottenham’s visit to Stamford Bridge Saturday lunchtime.But the second the match kicks off, ‘Judas’ Jose will do absolutely everything in his power to get one over the club who once idolised him — but now can’t stand the sight of him.Tottenham were a huge ten points and ten places behind Chelsea when Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November. But victory tomorrow will take them into the top four at Chelsea’s expense — and bring a whole new world of pressure down on Lampard’s shoulders.Having already lost at home to Valencia, Liverpool, Manchester United (twice), West Ham, Bournemouth and Southampton, Chelsea’s prospects are not exactly looking bright.3 Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are also struggling for goals but the boss will be determined to get one over ChelseaCredit: ReutersThey have taken two points from their last four games and in the next month also face Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Liverpool in the FA Cup and Manchester City in the league.It’s a good job Lampard is taking such a level-headed approach to the task of keeping Chelsea at the forefront of the European game.He arrived in the job with one hand tied behind his back by a Uefa transfer embargo, which prevented him from signing any new players last summer.And even when the ban was lifted last month, the club still failed to bring in any of the recruits Lampard wanted to steady the ship.He has been forced to rely on the academy graduates, who are understandably starting to struggle.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes But none of that will cut much ice with a cold-hearted owner who never lets emotion get in the way of business.It has been almost two years since Abramovich took up Israeli citizenship after having his UK visa revoked — and he hasn’t been seen at Stamford Bridge since.Yet he still remains in daily contact with chief henchwoman Marina Granovskaia and will be fully briefed on his team’s shortcomings.Lampard’s special role in the club’s history and unbreakable affinity with the supporters will keep him safe for now.But failure to qualify for the Champions League could yet be a game-changer — and at the moment Chelsea are in danger of being swallowed up by the chasing pack.Manchester City’s European ban should have eased their path towards a top-five finish.Yet it has simply encouraged more than half the Premier League to redouble their efforts in the belief that they suddenly have a chance of nicking qualification.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticLampard will be aware that of all 13 of Abramovich’s Chelsea managers, only Andre Villas-Boas had a lower win rate than his current 49 per cent.Mourinho was twice sacked at the Blues despite winning seven major trophies, Carlo Ancelotti was dumped a year after winning the Double, while lifting the Champions League and FA Cup didn’t buy Roberto Di Matteo more than eight months in the job.Defeat by Spurs tomorrow won’t be the end of Lampard — but it will make his life distinctly more uncomfortable.Fuming Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says Man United skipper Maguire should have seen red for kicking out at Batshuayilast_img read more

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PBA: Rain or Shine clinches tie for playoff bonus

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Only Phoenix Pulse has a better record, 8-2, which will change Saturday when the Fuel Masters slug it out with San Miguel Beer in Panabo.A win by the Fuel Masters will give them No. 1 seeding, while a loss would drop them into a tie with the Painters as both teams will then await the results of the final playdates to know what their final playoff rankings would be.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMeralco slid to 3-6 and is in grave danger of missing the bus to the next round.center_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ Russia’s doping ban from Paralympics ends, with conditions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine hit three free throws inside the final 7.4 seconds on Friday night to nip Meralco, 88-85, and clinch at least a tie for the second twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. Gabe Norwood hit the first of those freebies to snap the game’s last tie at 85, before Beau Belga went 2-for-4 in the next two Rain or Shine possessions as the Elasto Painters closed out their elimination round stint with an 8-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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LNOC to Determine Basketball Leadership

first_imgThe outgoing leadership of the Liberia Basketball Association and its aggrieved stakeholders last Friday failed to reach a compromise and as a result failed to host its congress and the elections that were scheduled last Saturday.Congress was expected to iron out differences that could have led to the elections of its leaders for the next four years.“The way forward depends on the Liberia National Olympic Committee,” said a stakeholder.The postponement marked the fourth deferment – the first date was January 28; later to February 6 and 7; February 17 and 18 and then February 20 and 21.Reports indicate that there was too much tension at the compound of Liberia Baptist Seminary that two men engaged in a fist fight.“The case was reported to the ELWA Police Depot,” eye-witnesses said.The management of the Baptist Seminary was constrained to bring to an end the congress and its doors due to the lack of civility that characterized the congress.Meanwhile, in a way forward Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and the President of Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) Philipbert Brown, are expected to hold another meeting with the leadership of the LBA and the aggrieved stakeholders on Tuesday, February 24.The meeting is also expected to be attended by Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe.Friday’s CongressCongress failed to begin on Friday at as planned owing to a shocking acceptance of outgoing LBA boss, Rufus Anderson to go into negotiations with the Aggrieved Stakeholders who were not prepared to sit with him.Mr. Anderson might have accepted the negotiation to deny suggestions in the sporting community that he was the problem to basketball’s progress.He is aware of last Thursday’s protest at the Sports Commission against his administration.In the failed arrangement, the LBA boss consented to the include Mr. Jake Kabakollie as vice president, along with others to form part of the new Executive Committee.But the Aggrieved Stakeholders rejected the proposal, arguing for the entire change of leadership.Thursday’s ProtestOver 15 basketball players protested in front of the Sports Commission on Broad Street calling for the resignation of Rufus Anderson for administrative and financial malpractices.The players held placards, denouncing outgoing president Rufus Anderson, who is seeking re-election.The protesters also sealed up the two doors of the Sports Commission but at the end of the day of Thursday, the Ministry of Youth & Sports had sought a compromise and one of the doors was open on the arrival of the Deputy Police Director for Operations, Abraham Kromah.Tuesday’s MeetingOn Tuesday, the 17 of February, election was postponed for the third time over the failure of Rufus Anderson’s leadership to distribute congressional documents, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports before congress which was to start the previous day.A meeting was held in the offices of Deputy Sports Minister Henry Yonton and 7-Count Resolution, of which a copy is in our possession, was agreed upon.According to the resolution, the LBF must present the current bank statement and receipts of the Association to determine the legitimacy of 14 3rd division clubs being contested on Thursday, February 18, at 11:00am to the offices’ of the Deputy Sports Minister.The Resolution states: That all qualified teams receive package on February 18, at the Ministry of Youth and Sports’ facilities; That registration for election is open from Tuesday, February 17 to Thursday, February 19, and that registration fees for the election be paid to the election commission of the LBF constituted to oversee the election.It further stated: “That all clubs obligated to the Association must pay said money to the Secretary General of the Association or the Treasurer before the close of business on Thursday, February 19, and that the second day of the congress must be subsidized by the aggrieved party and said amount should be channeled through the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Thursday, February 19.”Mr. Ali Sylla of D-Rocks and Calvin Diggs of Flames signed on behalf of the aggrieved stakeholders as proof of commitment; while secretary general D. Allen Goodridge and president Rufus Anderson affixed their signatures on behalf of the LBF leadership and the Deputy Minister for Sports approved the Resolution.Revenge SpreeSources said the aggrieved stakeholders did not provide funds needed, as to the agreement while LBA deliberately refused to distribute congressional documents on February 2, which would mark 15 days to the election.But other sources said the aggrieved stakeholders also refused to register to participate in the elections, if the alleged 10 bogus basketball clubs were not removed from the list.With the current situation, the LNOC and the Ministry of Youth & Sports will have the mantle to determine the leadership arrangement for the Liberia Basketball Association.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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first_imgLA MIRADA – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., will serve up fish dinners to raise funds for local veterans, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. An $8 per plate donation is suggested. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Community open house slated WHITTIER- Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program, 12519 Washington Blvd., will host its annual community open house from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. View students’ work, meet faculty and tour the facilities. For more information, call (562)698-9571. Groundbreaking to be held at site SANTA FE SPRINGS – Groundbreaking for the Rose Hills Foundation Family Center will take place at 12:30 p.m. May 3 at 11015 Bloomfield Ave. The community services facility will be built on the grounds of the Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol & Drug Abuse. To RSVP, or for more information, call Connie Reynosa, (562) 906-2686. School offers anger management series MONTEBELLO – A six-week series on anger management offered by the Adult Education Department of the Montebello Unified School District will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning May 2, at Farmer Jones School, 120 Wilcox Ave. “Anger – A Challenge to Adulthood” will teach attendees how to handle feelings of anger, anxiety and stress that can sabotage the ability to deal with everyday life. A $3 fee is required. The public is invited to attend. To register, or for more information, call Sally Mancillas, (323) 724-9190. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Whittier police will be on the watch Friday for drunken drivers. The department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 3p.m. Friday through 3 a.m. Saturday in the area of Whittier Boulevard and Mills Avenue, officials said. While the focus will be on drunken drivers, Officer Diana Salazar said police will also be checking to ensure drivers are wearing seat belts and have valid licenses. The program is funding with part of a $26,000 grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Salazar said. The funding will pay for four sobriety checkpoints in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs to be conducted before September, she added. For more information, call (562) 945-8250. Council votes on architectural firm WHITTIER – City Council members Tuesday voted 4-0 to award a $318,675 contract to WMM Associates Architects and Planners to provide master planning and other architectural services for the new police station. The company had previously been hired by the city to provide architectural services for a new station. The council also awarded a $58,390 contract to California Professional Engineering to provide new street lights for the west side of Whittier Avenue from Philadelphia Street to the Vic Lopez Auditorium. Veterans to host dinner fundraiser last_img read more

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West Ham duo battling to start against West Brom, says Bilic

first_imgAlex Song could make his first start of the season for West Ham against West Brom.The former Barcelona star made his return from an ankle injury with a brief substitute appearance in last weekend’s defeat to Tottenham.Now Slaven Bilic is weighing up whether to stick Song into his starting XI for the Sunday’s visit of the Baggies to replace the suspended Mark Noble.Bilic also has Pedro Obiang available with the Spaniard taking part in full training this week having been sidelined since October due to a thigh issue.“He [Song] is back, he had a long break,” said Bilic.“Now we have two players who are coming back, that is Alex and Pedro Obiang. It is a different situation with the two of them.“Pedro didn’t play for the last four weeks but he’s played enough games and he’s back in training. He looks good.“Alex is back in training and he played 10 minutes against Spurs. He looks good too. His situation is a bit different as his break was much longer than Obiang’s. He didn’t play for half the year.“So we are going to decide before the game. One of them will play as we are without our captain Mark Noble.” 1 Alex Song last_img read more

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Rebuilding Liverpool – Jamie Carragher on the challenge facing Jurgen Klopp

first_img4 “They have had results against the big sides – and that wasn’t something that we always saw under Brendan Rodgers,” says Carragher.“His record against some of the big teams wasn’t great. So although the team is nearer mid-table than the top of the table, under Klopp that does seem to have turned around.“We talk about his pressing game and winning the ball back – but you have a lot less opportunity to do that against sides who give you more possession.“Against the likes of Manchester City or Arsenal, you expect them to have the majority of the possession. That can play into Liverpool’s hands.”Carragher is unequivocal that the right man is in place for the challenge of revitalising Liverpool. “He’s been a breath of fresh air. He’s brilliant. Not just for Liverpool, but for the Premier League as well, actually.“I know we’re all excited because Pep Guardiola is coming in [at Manchester City], but Klopp is a massive character. That is exactly what a club like Liverpool needs.”The architectThe former Reds defender’s optimism isn’t based on blind faith. Klopp has shown a blueprint of what he can do at Liverpool during his time with Borussia Dortmund.As German football writer Elmar Neveling points out in his biography of Klopp: “The sporting architect of the [Dortmund] success story was Jurgen Klopp. Within three years, he had transformed an average, mid-table team into national champions.”The message is clear: Klopp can win major titles without necessarily having the league’s greatest resources.His Dortmund team not only beat Bayern Munich five times in succession as they won back-toback Bundesliga titles, they also bested Real Madrid 4-1 on their way to the 2013 Champions League final.Yet Klopp is a manager who craves time on the training pitch to drill his players into a team playing the “full-throttle football” he craves.The 31 games that he’s been in charge of Liverpool since arriving in October have rushed by in a blur.Not having time to work with his players because there’s always been another match around the corner has been a clear frustration.The six days off after Liverpool’s Europa League draw with Augsburg last Thursday will have been most welcome.Yet even Klopp can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. The current Liverpool squad has some skilled players, but in Carragher’s view it requires backbone.“I’d go right through the spine of the team, to be honest,” he says on where reinforcements are most needed.“If it were me, I’d be looking at the positions of goalkeeper, centre-back and central midfield.“The centre-forward one is difficult, because if you can get Daniel Sturridge fit you don’t need it as much.”What’s clear is that Klopp didn’t decide to join Liverpool because of the quality of the players he would be linking up with. Other factors were at play.He fitted in superbly at Dortmund because, even more than most football clubs, it was part of a community and a representation of the fans who support it. The bond was palpable.No surprise that Klopp was drawn to Liverpool, then. And no surprise at his shock in November when, after Liverpool went 2-1 down to Crystal Palace, some fans began to exit Anfield.“The goal was on 82 minutes – 12 minutes to go – and I saw many people leaving the stadium,” he said post-match. “I turned around and I watched – my team and I felt pretty alone in that moment.”From the bouncing, bawling ‘yellow wall’ at the Westfalenstadion to fans leaving at one goal down with 10 minutes left to play. Little wonder at Klopp’s alarm. 4 This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukIf a week is a long time in football, two seasons must feel like an eternity.Liverpool fans can attest to this.Two years ago this month, their team battered Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield.Another 10 straight Premier League wins followed against foes including Manchester United (3-0), Tottenham (4-0) and Manchester City (3-2).That breathtaking title tilt came unstuck in a 2-0 loss to Chelsea – but the real story has been the struggle since.Brendan Rodgers, on such a high at the time, was fired less than 18 months after that season ended.While Liverpool’s removal of Rodgers looks the right decision, it’s easy to have sympathy for him.The blistering run of form in the second half of 2013/14 had precious little to do with Liverpool’s defence.It was all about the midfield and attacking six: Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and – principally – Luis Suarez.In the fifth game of this season, Rodgers’ Liverpool faced Manchester United and he could select precisely none of those players.Suarez and Sterling had been sold. Gerrard had left the club. Sturridge was – and seems to remain – chronically injured. Henderson was also bothered by fitness issues. Coutinho was suspended.What team could possibly cope with such a dramatic change?Before you suspect that this is being written by Mr B Rodgers of Northern Ireland (managerial CV attached), fear not. Rodgers clearly had to go. Results, performances, recruitment (which he was at least partly responsible for) all show that.Why is all this relevant to Liverpool now? Because Jurgen Klopp’s arrival alone can’t change the fact he faces the same problem Rodgers did: Liverpool, post-Suarez, post-Gerrard – and for the first time in many fans’ memories – do not have a truly world-class player in their squad. 77 and 10,000+Yet we had a reminder this month of why Liverpool remains a special club.On February 6, more than 10,000 Liverpool fans cleared out of Anfield 77 minutes into their side’s match against Sunderland in protest over increased ticket fees.Many of those were supporters in the Kop, whose season ticket price would have been unchanged for next season. Yet they walked out in solidarity with their fellow fans in the main stand.Carragher was among those who left, pointing out that while £2m (the amount raised by the price increase) meant relatively little to the club with the ninth-highest revenue in world football, it was a huge amount to Liverpool supporters.The immediate apology, backtrack and freezing of ticket revenue for two seasons by the owners heartened Carragher.“It was fantastic that the club saw sense, because supporters are a big part of the success of the club,” he says.“I just think the owners got it wrong – and Liverpool supporters reacted – but you don’t want to see that happening all the time.“A stand has been made, but let’s hope the club have put it to rest.“You never want to be at war with your owners or the club, because we all want the same things, which is to see Liverpool be successful.”With a new stand set to boost Anfield’s capacity to 55,000, one of the brightest managers in world football in charge and a shot at silverware this weekend, there are bright signs for the future.And while it’s easy for rival football fans to sneer and point out that the Liverpool owners’ backtracking represents fans celebrating still paying a lot of money to watch live football, this is disingenuous.The scale as well as the success of the protest showed off one of Liverpool’s great assets: a clued-up, passionate fanbase who understand that Liverpool is more than just a football club and are fervently motivated given the right cause.Klopp voiced dismay when he saw fans leaving early at Anfield.This month, the exact same thing happening might just have reminded him exactly why he wanted to take on this job in the first place.center_img 4 4 Quality deficiency“The quality of player at Liverpool isn’t what they had before,” confirms Jamie Carragher when Sport asks him what Klopp’s greatest challenge is.“I think Sturridge is really the one top-class player – maybe Coutinho. What Klopp has inherited isn’t comparable to what Liverpool have had in the past.“Also, look at the competition you’ve got now. Liverpool have always been one of the top teams – but you’ve got Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham now coming up as well. Those teams aren’t waiting for Liverpool.“They’re looking to push ahead. Spurs will have a new stadium, Chelsea are doing the same, Arsenal obviously have their new stadium. They’re all making changes off the pitch that should benefit them on the pitch.“There’s so many teams who have the same ideas and aspirations as Liverpool that it’s certainly not easy for Klopp to just buy a few players and get Liverpool back to the top. It’s going to be really tough.”Despite winning over football folk with his charm and no-bullshit interviews (note to Brendan), Klopp hasn’t found results easy.A popular stat going into Sunday’s League Cup final at Wembley – where his team face Manchester City – is that Klopp has won 13 of his 31 Liverpool games, the same win record Roy Hodgson had at the club.Hodgson was fired before he could play game 32.But those stats don’t tell us everything. Klopp has lost fewer games than Hodgson did, and there have been good performances against Liverpool’s fellow big boys: a 4-1 win over Manchester City, 3-1 against Chelsea (albeit during the Blues’ meltdown), plus respective 3-3 and 0-0 draws with Arsenal and Tottenham.last_img read more

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BOSSES MAY BE BREAKING LAW BY SNOOPING ON FACEBOOK – DONEGAL EXPERT

first_imgJames Arnold Head of EVBI in LetterkennyIrish company bosses may be breaching the Data Protection Act by checking out applicant’s social media pages, a Co Donegal expert has warned.Employment Vetting Bureau of Ireland boss James Arnold says there is a major difference between personal and professional browsing of people on-line.The practise of employers checking out the Facebook and Twitter accounts of potential employees to see their likes and pastimes is widespread. But Letterkenny-based Arnold warned that employers secretly scanning social media pages and forming negative opinions about new job applicants may be breaching the Data Protection Acts.James who is M.D. of EVBI says ‘The problem is quite serious because of two issues – consent and relevance. For what is publicly viewable to an employer in Social Media may not in fact be be useable by an employer to make judgement without the knowledge and consent of the applicant. And what an employer may view may not at all be true.“To form an opinion based on what is seen could be detrimental to a job applicant. An employer’s judgement on a very innocent but inappropriate comment or photo for example, or on what the applicant likes or dislikes can cause an employer to judge the applicant and an applicant’s social life being the conduit for such decision. They may lose out quite unfairly.’He explained that the practise is widespread and in his opinion, sneaky. The applicant is unaware of what is being researched and any opinion being formed if bad, may not be relevant to the employment on offer.Such intrusions can be detrimental to an applicant are conducted without the specific written consent of the applicant, he said.It is estimated that up to 70 % of employers around the world are scanning social media pages without an applicant’s permission to assist their pre-employment screening methods.But unlike many other countries, Ireland’s Data Protection laws have been tightened up since 2014 and those practising what applicants call ‘Snoopy Bosses’ in Ireland may find themselves in serious hot water in the future.Mr Arnold added ‘The need for background verifications is essential for any employer but they have to be done the right way and the background checks must be relevant to the specific employment. “Media/Social Media screening was hardly heard of until 2001 and has been growing exponentially by the massive rise in the use of social media by private users of such media. Besides, the problem is not just about new job applicants but about existing employees earmarked for promotion.“It is perhaps time for employers engaging in such activities to ask themselves if what they are doing is truly ethical. Does it embrace the core values of their organisation?“The Irish Data Protection Commissioner is very tough on compliance and is observing very closely what is going on around employment issues.’EVBI is the Employment Vetting Bureau of Ireland based in Co. Donegal. It conducts independent pre-employment checks and security clearance services for new job applicants on behalf of employers all over Ireland.James who is M.D. of EVBI says ‘The problem is quite serious because of two issues – consent and relevance. For what is publicly viewable to an employer in Social Media may not in fact be be useable by an employer to make judgement without the knowledge and consent of the applicant. And what an employer may view may not at all be true.“To form an opinion based on what is seen could be detrimental to a job applicant. An employer’s judgement on a very innocent but inappropriate comment or photo for example, or on what the applicant likes or dislikes can cause an employer to judge the applicant and an applicant’s social life being the conduit for such decision. They may lose out quite unfairly.’He explained that the practise is widespread and in his opinion, sneaky.The applicant is unaware of what is being researched and any opinion being formed if bad, may not be relevant to the employment on offer.Such intrusions can be detrimental to an applicant are conducted without the specific written consent of the applicant, he said.It is estimated that up to 70 % of employers around the world are scanning social media pages without an applicant’s permission to assist their pre-employment screening methods.But unlike many other countries, Ireland’s Data Protection laws have been tightened up since 2014 and those practising what applicants call ‘Snoopy Bosses’ in Ireland may find themselves in serious hot water in the future.Mr Arnold added ‘The need for background verifications is essential for any employer but they have to be done the right way and the background checks must be relevant to the specific employment.“Media/Social Media screening was hardly heard of until 2001 and has been growing exponentially by the massive rise in the use of social media by private users of such media. Besides, the problem is not just about new job applicants but about existing employees earmarked for promotion.“It is perhaps time for employers engaging in such activities to ask themselves if what they are doing is truly ethical. Does it embrace the core values of their organisation?“The Irish Data Protection Commissioner is very tough on compliance and is observing very closely what is going on around employment issues.’EVBI is just one of a number of organisations which helps employers to fully comply with the Acts.EVBI offers an independent pre-employment screening service for new job applicants -a system whereby a job applicant’s approval and written consent is sought and given.’ said James Arnold.EVBI is a registered Data Processor with the Data Protection Commissioner in Ireland.BOSSES MAY BE BREAKING LAW BY SNOOPING ON FACEBOOK – DONEGAL EXPERT was last modified: July 27th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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Whale makes a splash in London’s River Thames

first_img “It also seems to be in distress; it has made two seemingly deliberate attempts to beach itself,” Sadler said. Witnesses reported seeing injuries to the mammal, claiming its snout was bloodied. Photos also appeared to show damage to one of the whale’s eyes and a number of cuts to its torso, though Sadler said these are not uncommon. Several onlookers jumped into the river’s 48-degree water – after the mammal emerged, splashing to coax it away from shore. The whale – which is about 17 feet long – is normally seen in the deep northern Atlantic, traveling in pods. They can reach 26 feet long – the size of a red double-decker London bus. When sick, old or injured, whales often get disoriented and swim off from their pod, said Mark Simmonds, science director at Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, although witnesses reported seeing a second whale in a different section of the river Friday. Scientists have said fluctuating ocean temperatures, predators, lack of food and even sonar from ships can send whales into waters that are dangerous for the mammals. “It’s going to be very confused. It’s already stranded twice. The poor creature doesn’t know where to go,” said Tony Martin, a senior scientist with the British Antarctic Survey. The whale drew hundreds of people and scores of television crews to the river’s banks and captivated Londoners, who called radio and television stations asking whether they could help. London’s Natural History Museum said it was the first time a northern bottlenose has been sighted in the Thames since it began records in 1913. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – It’s a whale of a tale – a bottlenose whale swimming up the River Thames past Big Ben and Parliament on Friday as rows of worried Londoners looked on. The northern bottlenose whale was spotted in central London in the afternoon – the first sighting in the river since whale-watching records began in 1913 – as it flailed around the murky waters of the Thames, stirring up patches of what looked like blood as sea gulls hovered above and rescue boats stood on the ready. Witness Tom Howard-Vyne said he saw the mammal swim under Westminster Bridge, near Big Ben. “I saw it blow. It was a spout of water which sparkled in the air,” said Howard-Vyne. “It was an amazing sight.” Other witnesses reported seeing a second whale in another part of the river Friday, and marine experts spotted two disoriented whales off northeastern Scotland last week, suggesting something was causing bottlenose whales to become confused. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It is a race against time to save the animal,” said Alison Shaw, marine and freshwater conservation program manager at the Zoological Society of London. A small armada of rescue boats made frantic searches for the whale, which disappeared from view around sunset after diving under the surface of the water. Crews barricaded a section of river in an attempt to force the animal to change course, and reports Friday evening said the mammal might be heading for safety. Britain’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the whale was last seen at Chelsea Bridge – further downriver from earlier sightings, meaning the animal could be moving back out to sea. “A whale in the shallow water of the River Thames is like a human lost in the heat of the Sahara desert,” said Laila Sadler, scientific officer at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She estimated it could survive only for 24 to 48 hours in a river that has an average depth between 26 feet and 20 feet. last_img read more

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