English teams seek new inspiration as transfer window opens

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): The January transfer window opens for business today, and rarely has so much been at stake for teams in the lucrative English Premier League. Lagging behind in the race for Champions League qualification, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool could be the most active of the country’s major powers as they look for a strong finish to arguably the most unpredictable season in the Premier League’s 24-year history. Then there’s the scramble to avoid the costliest-ever relegation from England’s top division. Next season ushers in the start of the Premier League’s new three-year TV deal worth a record $8 billion, and no club will want to miss out on a share of that bounty. So, count on England being the place where most deals are done over the next month, as usual. Last January, English clubs were easily the biggest spenders, splashing out about US$213 million to shatter the record for the season as a whole at US$1.25 billion. Top teams operating strategic transfer plans rarely do major deals in this period. Likely targets can be ruled out of the Champions League and managers can be scared off by inflated prices. This season could be different. Chelsea are in 14th place, three points above the relegation zone, in the most woeful title defence that the Premier League has seen. A top new signing by caretaker coach Guus Hiddink could inspire a revival, and the striker department needs refreshing. “The window is wide open,” Hiddink said Wednesday. Just as it will be at Man United, where Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney are the only two strikers at a club struggling to score goals. A world-class striker could make all the difference for underpressure United manager Louis van Gaal, who is likely to add to the US$375 million he has already spent in his 18 months in charge. “Our problem is not dominating the games, it’s to score,” Van Gaal said yesterday, adding that 2015 had been a “good year” for United apart from the last month. It is Juergen Klopp’s first transfer window since becoming Liverpool manager. Will he return to his old hunting ground of Germany to bolster Liverpool’s squad? It will also be interesting to see whether Leicester, remarkably in second place after half of the Premier League campaign, splashes out to stay in the title contention. And if the team manages to keep hold of striker Jamie Vardy. On Wednesday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it would be a “busy” month for his club, with a midfielder needed to solve an injury crisis.last_img read more

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Williams wins at US Open to stay in No. 1 hunt; Konta out

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Canelo-GGG to MayMac fans: We’ve got a real show for you Williams entered the U.S. Open as one of eight women with a chance to rise atop the WTA rankings by tournament’s end.Not that it was foremost on her mind. Indeed, she said she was unaware of that possibility.“I just want to win, and if you get the win, you get the ranking,” said Williams, who was already at No. 1 in 2002.Before the American’s match was over, that number of ranking contenders was reduced to seven, because the No. 7-seeded Konta was bounced by 78th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.“I don’t take anything for granted,” said Konta, who was a semifinalist at Wimbledon just last month. “I think it would be quite obnoxious of me to come in here expecting I have a right to be in second week.”ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES Konta, who lost to Williams in the Wimbledon semifinals, figured to be Britain’s best chance for a deep run these two weeks, because the country’s top male player, Andy Murray, withdrew on Saturday with an injured hip.Instead, she was among a crop of seeded players on the way out the door at a tournament already missing several top names, including the biggest in women’s tennis: Williams’ older sister Serena, who is expecting a baby.“We always coach each other, pretty much,” Williams said.While the most anticipated matchup of Day 1 was scheduled for Monday night — five-time major champion Maria Sharapova’s first Grand Slam action since her doping suspension, against No. 2 seed Simona Halep — the afternoon was filled with quite a few seeded players joining Konta on the way out.For every victory by someone such as Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza or 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, there was a surprise or two.The men’s seeded losers included No. 21 David Ferrer, who was the runner-up at the 2013 French Open, No. 25 Karen Khachanov and No. 32 Robin Hasse. On the women’s side, there as No. 21 Ana Konjuh, No. 24 Kiki Bertens and No. 32 Lauren Davis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Venus Williams, of the United States, serves to Viktoria Kuzmova, of Slovakia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Venus Williams stayed in the crowded hunt for the No. 1 ranking — even though she had no idea that she has a shot at that spot.Johanna Konta, a Wimbledon semifinalist just last month, dropped out of that chase with a first-round exit as the U.S. Open got started Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ The No. 9-seeded Williams overcame a mid-match lapse to pick up a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium against Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, a 19-year-old qualifier who is ranked 135th.It was the first tour-level, main-draw match of Kuzmova’s career, and the 967th for Williams, who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001, in addition to her five Wimbledon championships. Williams is in her 19th U.S. Open; she reached the final in her 1997 debut, about eight months before Kuzmova was born.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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Set Aside 5 percent of Nat’l Health Budget for Mental Health

first_imgA visiting Nigerian mental health specialist has urged the Government of Liberia (GoL), through the Ministry of Health, to set aside at least five percent of its national health budget for mental health in the country.Professor Oye Gureje, Director of World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Mental and Sustenance Use Disorders, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, told the Daily Observer in a Daily Observer recent interview that although the five percent would not be enough, but that “it would be a good startup.”Liberia does not have any part of its national budget set aside to cater to mental health. The Professor of Psychiatry, who is in the country as a guest of Mental Health Leadership and Advocacy Program (mhLap), disclosed that among disabilities, mental disorders have the worst consequences, which not only affect sufferers, but families, community and society at large.“We need to keep advancing the awareness of mental health at all areas, including our various places of work and gatherings. People need to be aware that mental health challenges or conditions are not preserved for a particular group of people. Anyone is vulnerable and could develop any of them just like we contract malaria. These are illnesses like other common illnesses around us,” Prof. Gureje stressedHe, however, stated that many mental health conditions are treatable by applying some basic simple steps, which he said are being passed to mental health clinicians, who are being trained by various groups, including the Carter Center and WHO.As part of activities for his visit, Prof. Gureje, who is the Project Director of the mhLAP program in English-speaking West Africa, is expected to today present at least 500 copies of the Mental Health Gap Action Program, which was developed by the WHO.“This document,” according to the Professor, “is a clinical support tool that the WHO developed to be used by non-specialists. The idea is that in many countries, including Liberia, mental health specialists are not enough to meet the challenges of mental health burdens and so we need to empower those who are not specialists in order for them to receive basic trainings that allow them to be able to recognize and identify people with depression, psychosis, etc., and they can offer basic first line treatments.”He said the booklet was developed to suit Liberia’s mental health activities and intervention.According to the WHO estimates, as many as 1 in 5 Liberians suffer a mild to moderate mental disorder, yet the country has only one registered psychiatrist and, until recently, the vast majority of health workers had a limited understanding of mental illness. Mr. Ali Sylla, a seasoned mental health clinician and licensed professional counselor, who is now a Liberia diplomat to the State of Qatar, once told this newspaper that studies have shown that at least 40 percent of Liberia’s population has mental problems and the common one is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mr. Sylla attributed it to the long years of civil war that Liberians went through. Few months ago, when the leadership of the Liberia office of the mhLAP was inducted, the Executive Director, Mrs. Samantha Thomas, stressed the need to prioritize addressing the needs of people with mental disabilities. She used the occasion to call on the government to have a separate budget for mental health-related issues. She also called for the continuation of timely supply and availability of psychotropic drugs in all primary health care facilities around the country.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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Presidential Commission for chronic diseases launched

first_imgPresident David Granger has outlined a three-pronged approach that is aimed at reducing incidents of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).It involves countryside dissemination of public information on the dangers of alcohol and tobacco, and unhealthy diet and physical inactivity; promulgation of initiatives led by all sections of society, especially the media, stakeholders in the entertainment industry, and trade unions; and a comprehensive and multi-sectoral approach to implement prevention and control measures.The Head of State made this disclosure at the launch of the Presidential Commission on NCDs at the Umana Yana on Saturday.The President will chair the Commission and take the leading role to drive these approaches in an effort to reduce the prevalence of NCDs, particularly heart diseases and diabetes which plague the Guyanese society.The Head of State pointed out that as a result of lifestyle and cultural carelessness, more than half of the country’s adult population suffer from an NCD. In fact, almost seven out of every ten deaths of Guyanese aged between 23 and 60 years are caused by cancers, chronic lung diseases, diabetes, heart diseases and hypertension. Additionally, uncontrolled use of tobacco and alcohol and poor eating habits have serious economic implications, particularly in rural and hinterland communities.“The public must be better informed of the need for lifestyle changes and choices in order to reduce risk… NCDs are a serious threat to life, and (are) the leading cause of premature death. NCDs are a pressing problem, and unfortunately, the burden falls mainly on the poor… Reducing risk factors, therefore, will not only save lives, but will save money,” he is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.In 2007, the Caribbean Community (Caricom) convened a special Regional Summit on NCDs Caribbean, which resulted in regional leaders issuing a 15-point declaration known as the Declaration of Port-of-Spain. In fulfilment of that Declaration, Guyana developed the Guyana Strategic Plan for the Integrated Prevention and Control of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases and their Risk Factors 2013-2020.Subsequently, in 2014, the then Government established a National Commission for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases.Meanwhile, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence, in her remarks, informed that the report issued at the Caricom Heads of Government Summit in July revealed that Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago were ranked as first and second respectively in terms of the prevalence and deaths as a result of heart diseases and diabetes.She assured that the Public Health Ministry “will intensify the campaign against the perpetuation of high incidents of premature deaths from NCDs, in order to ensure a sustainable economic framework pillared by a healthy nation, and to fulfil objectives of the 2030 Agenda.”The minister also informed that the ministry, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), has already commenced work in regard to tackling NCDs with the passage of the Tobacco Control Bill.Moreover, with support from the Presidential Commission, the ministry plans to implement measures to abolish the marketing of tobacco to minors, and eliminate exposure to second-hand smoking in all public spaces. Other actions will be taken against other risk factors, especially those that affect children and youths.Similar sentiments were expressed by PAHO/WHO Country Representative, Dr William Adu-Krow, who said this is an opportune time for Guyanese to come together to deal with NCDs.last_img read more

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Arsenal ride their luck as Lacazette gem sinks Everton

first_imgBut Lacazette ensured that lethargic spell wouldn’t prove costly when he smashed a sublime opener in the second half.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled Arsenal’s lead moments later when the Gabon forward was allowed to slot home despite being clearly offside.That controversial effort shattered Everton’s resolve as Arsenal celebrated a flattering victory that lifted them to sixth place in the Premier League.The north Londoners have now won their last five games in all competitions, yet, not for the first time, this was a far from convincing display.A first clean sheet of the Emery era was a welcome sight for the Arsenal manager, but he will know there is still plenty of room for improvement in all areas.Everton, without a win in their last 25 visits to Arsenal, could consider themselves unlucky, but their first half profligacy proved decisive.Marco Silva’s team have lost their last two matches and have won only one of their six league games this season.After a laboured start from Arsenal, they finally pieced together an incisive raid when Hector Bellerin’s cross found Aubameyang at the far post.Aubameyang scuffed the ball back to Nacho Monreal and the Arsenal defender saw his strike pushed away by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.If that move show-cased the best of the attack-minded Bellerin, Everton’s next chance underlined the Spaniard’s defensive frailties.A long pass into Richarlison should have been easy for Bellerin to subdue, but he allowed the Brazilian forward to turn away from him far too easily, and it took a good save from Petr Cech to spare his team-mate’s blushes.Richarlison, back after serving a three-match ban, was a constant menace to the ponderous Arsenal defence and he went close again with a low curling effort from the edge of the area.There were plenty of empty seats around the Emirates and, with Arsenal struggling to find any rhythm, those who had shown up were growing restless by the time Lucas Digne’s free-kick was tipped over by Cech.– Majestic –Theo Walcott scored 56 times at the Emirates during his 12 years with Arsenal and the Everton winger, making his second return to his old club, almost added to that total just before half-time.Sprinting onto Gylfi Sigurdsson’s pass, Walcott had a clear sight of goal but shot straight at Cech in a familiar sight to Arsenal fans who endured the winger’s erratic displays for so long.Arsenal lost Greek defender Sokratis to injury, leaving the Gunners even more vulnerable to Richarlison, who immediately seized on Sigurdsson’s pass and unleashed a powerful drive that forced Cech to save.But, having escaped without punishment for their tepid first half, Arsenal seized the lead in the 56th minute.Lucas Torreira stole possession in midfield and quickly recycled the ball to Aaron Ramsey, whose pass found Lacazette in space on the left side of the area.Lacazette had been anonymous until that point but, taking a touch to size up his options, the French forward guided a majestic curling shot into the top corner for his second goal of the season.If that was tough on Everton, there was worse to come for Marco Silva’s side three minutes later as Arsenal scored a dubious second to seal the points.Mesut Ozil surged away down the right flank and when the Arsenal midfielder’s pass reached Ramsey, he flicked the ball to the offside Aubameyang.The linesman’s flag stayed down and Aubameyang did the rest, planting a cool finish past Pickford for his fourth goal of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexandre Lacazette’s superb strike put Arsenal on course for victory against Everton© AFP Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 23 – Alexandre Lacazette fired Arsenal to a fourth successive Premier League win as the French forward’s superb strike inspired a hard-fought 2-0 success against Everton on Sunday.Unai Emery’s side rode their luck in the first half at the Emirates Stadium as Everton wasted a host of chances to punish a sloppy opening from the Gunners.last_img read more

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Madness! Brazilian defender gets sent off and then does THIS…

first_imgIf you thought Steven Gerrard’s dismissal after 38-seconds in his final clash against Manchester United was bad, then wait until you see Fabricio’s moment of madness for Internacional.It wasn’t so much that the Brazilian defender was sent off in his side’s recent 1-0 victory over Ypiranga Erechim, but more his reaction to the red card, as he decided to flip his middle fingers to his disgruntled fans.If that wasn’t enough, he then tore his shirt off and continue to rile the crowd as his teammates tried in vain to diffuse the situation.last_img

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Eureka looks to take control of Big 5

first_imgThrough the incessant rain, which left them out of sight and out of mind for much of the season as their counterparts surged to the top of the standings, and through a still yet-to-be-explained firing, which saw them gain a new coach as quickly as they lost one, the Loggers keep rolling.Winners of eight straight, including Thursday’s 3-0 win over Arcata High, the Eureka High baseball team has shown no signs of being affected by the whirlwinds — both literal and figurative — which have …last_img

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Astrobiologists Search for Lefty Life in Chile

first_imgThe title isn’t meant to imply Chile is dead or devoid of left-handers.  Instead, it announces that astrobiologists are practicing life detection strategies in the high deserts of that South American country, according to Astrobiology Magazine.  Chile’s Atacama desert is one of the driest places on earth, with almost no signs of life.  NASA scientists have developed an instrument with a sure-fire way to separate the quick and the dead: “Life is left-handed,” announces the title, referring to the left-handed amino acids that make up earth life.  The scientists are convinced that finding one-handed polymers would clinch the evidence for life: “We feel that measuring homochirality – a prevalence of one type of handedness over another – would be absolute proof of life,” said Richard Mathies of UC Berkeley.It’s nice to hear naturalistic biologists admit that homochirality separates life from nonlife.  Now they need to explain how it got that way: see the problem explained in our online book, Ch. 3 and Ch. 4.  After a century since Pasteur discovered this property of the polymers in living things, it remains one of the major stumblingblocks for belief in chemical evolution.  Don’t let an astrobiologist get away with just assuming it happened somehow.  How, now, did we get a left-handed brown cow?(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Wine route celebrates 40 years

first_imgVineyards of the Blaauwklippen WineEstate near Stellenbosch.(Image: Stellenbosch Wine Routes) The picturesque town of Stellenbosch isa pioneer in South Africa’s wine industry.(Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Annareth BoltonCEO, Stellenbosch Wine Routes+27 21 886 8275 or +27 83 265 2405RELATED ARTICLES• SA, France toast to wine exchange • SA wine farms invest in biodiversity• Wine tourism network grows• SA wines lead ‘green’ label drive• Raise your glass to GugulethuEmily van RijswijckThe original Stellenbosch Wine Route, arguably one of the Western Cape province’s most popular tourist attractions, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.The City of Oaks, as Stellenbosch is also fondly referred to, is seen as the pioneer of wine tourism in South Africa. The city is not only home to the country’s oldest wine routes but is the educational and research centre of the traditional Cape winelands.Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest town, and is also known for its university.Visitors to this historic area have a choice of more than 200 wine and grape producers to choose from within the boundaries of the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin classification.Trail-blazersIt all started in 1971 when three intrepid winemakers – Spatz Sperling of Delheim, Neil Joubert of Spier and Frans Malan of Simonsig – realised the potential and necessity of such an endeavour.The original wine route was a network of just a few wineries at which tourists could taste the various products in a relaxing and almost homely atmosphere.Much has changed since then. With visitor numbers to the winelands increasing every year and numerous cellars joining the fold, the need for a comprehensive and joint approach to marketing the different routes became necessary.In 2002 the Stellenbosch American Express Wine Routes came into being to make the experience of wine tasting more user-friendly and accessible to tourists.Today, the Stellenbosch Wine Route is divided into five sub-routes consisting of a network of more than 148 wineries, each offering a unique experience for the wine-lover and tourist, according to the official website.Each sub-route has its own character and feel, with different types of wines, climate and geographic locations to choose from.The sub-routes – Greater Simonsberg, the Stellenbosch Berg, Helderberg, Stellenbosch Hills and Bottelary Hills – offer daily wine tasting, tours, and sales at most cellars. Many of these estates also have restaurant and picnic facilities.At celebrated estates like the majestic Spier, Simonsig and Vergelegen, visitors are taken back in time with wine tasting in traditional Cape Dutch buildings dating back three centuries.And estate names like Le Riche, L’Avenir, Beau Joubert and Clos Malverne remind visitors that South Africa has to thank the arrival of the French Huguenots, who brought their excellent winemaking skills to the country in the 1600s, for the rich wine making culture we experience today.Routes galore Wine tasting is not limited to the Stellenbosch area. Wine lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to their favourite beverage, with 22 very unique wine routes to choose from in South Africa.There is Route 62, the longest wine route in South Africa, which takes the traveller from the majestic peaks of the Western Cape to the heart of the Klein Karoo. Or just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, visitors can experience the hospitality and colloquial quirky Afrikaans so unique to the West Coast folk on the Darling wine route.Or choosing to venture onto the quaint Hermanus Route, which encompasses the three aptly named Hemel-and-Aarde (Afrikaans, meaning “heaven and earth”) regions, will treat the visitor not only to wine tasting of distinction in spectacular surroundings, but at certain times of the year to sightings of the Southern Right whale.Taste South Africa’s top spiritComplimenting the wine tours are the two excellent brandy routes, the R62 and Western Cape route, which have been on offer for the last 15 years.Although brandy is made from wine, distillation of the liquid follows its own science and the brandy tours offer a unique insight into the making of South Africa’s favourite spirit, says Ielanda Koen, manager for the South African Brandy Foundation.“Brandy forms an integral part of the South African wine industry, with more than 40-million litres produced annually. South Africa is currently the fifth largest brandy producing country in the world.”The Western Cape towns of Paarl, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Worcester, Wellington, Robertson, Barrydale, Calitzdorp, Ladismith and Oudtshoorn fall within the two brandy routes.Coming out topsIn the meantime, Stellenbosch wine producers continue to fill their trophy cupboards. At the recent Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show Awards the region walked off with 10 trophies and two gold medals.The Spier Private Cellar in Stellenbosch took the coveted Fairbairn Capital Trophy for the most successful producer at the same competition. It was also the second consecutive year that Spier was the country’s top achiever in the prestigious Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, an international competition considered to be the wine world championships.Stellenbosch American Express Wine Routes are one of the six most popular tourist attractions in South Africa and are also connected to the global Great Wine Capitals Network through the country’s representative, Cape Town.From 28 to 31 July 2011 Stellenbosch celebrates its 10th wine festival. Visit the event’s website for booking details and more information.last_img read more

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Curated Playlist: Indie Gold

first_imgWhen your film or video project needs an independent attitude, we’ve got you covered.The term “indie music” means a lot of things to a lot of people..and it means a lot of things to us too. Indie music toys with emotions. All of them.Good music should make you feel something and that’s exactly what we have tried to do with this curated playlist. Team any of these royalty free tracks with your project to add another dimension. From frenetic and energetic to happy-go-lucky to thoughtful and introspective, we’ve got what you’re looking for and everything in between. Put on your headphones or turn up those monitors and get ready to feel all the feelings.[This playlist is curated by Kate Cooper, Performing Rights Coordinator for PremiumBeat]last_img

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