Liverpool avoid CL embarrassment

first_img Group G RB Leipzig 0-2 Lyon Zenit 3-0 Benfica LIVERPOOL, England (AP): Liverpool recovered from throwing away a three-goal lead against Salzburg as Mohamed Salah’s 69th-minute strike earned the titleholders a wild 4-3 win in the UEFA Champions League yesterday. Trailing 3-0 after 36 minutes following goals by Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Salah, Salzburg stunned the English Premier League leaders by scoring three unanswered goals themselves in 21 minutes either side of halftime at Anfield. The 60th-minute equaliser was tapped in by Erling Braut Haaland for his fourth goal of the competition already. Salah regained the lead for Liverpool by running onto Roberto Firmino’s flicked header and cushioning a left-foot shot into the net, and the Reds held firm to collect their first points in group play after opening up with a 2-0 loss at Napoli. Salzburg signalled they might be one of the most entertaining sides in this season’s Champions League by thrashing Genk 6-2 in the first round of games, with Haaland scoring a hat trick to bolster his reputation as one of the most exciting young strikers in Europe. And the Austrian team played its part in what proved to be a shootout at Anfield as Liverpool forged ahead by playing some breathtaking football before showing defensive brittleness that has crept into its game this season. Mane, who scored 42 goals in two seasons for Salzburg from 2012-14, opened the scoring by jinking in from the left, playing a one-two with Firmino, and slotting his finish past the goalkeeper in the ninth minute. The second goal was a flowing team move that was finished off by Liverpool’s two flying full backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold crossing from the right and left back Robertson turning the ball home from close range in the 25th. When Salah scored off a rebound in the 36th after Firmino’s header was parried out, Liverpool looked like running up a big score. Yet Salzburg crucially got back in the game before halftime when Hwang Hee-chan achieved the rarely seen feat of turning Virgil van Dijk, leaving the Liverpool defender sprawling on the turf, and fired his shot into the corner. Because of a scoreboard malfunction inside Anfield, the screens showed: LIVERPOOL 3, SALZBURG 3. Before long, that was the score. Takumi Minamino met a left-wing cross with a volley into the ground and past goalkeeper Adrian in the 56th minute, and the Japanese forward set up the equaliser for Haaland with a low cross into the area that the substitute couldn’t miss. Salzburg’s American coach, Jesse Marsch, sprinted down the touchline to join in the celebrations with his players in front of the team’s fans. Salah ensured they were short-lived. Yesterday’s UEFA Champions League results: Group E Genk 0-0 Napoli Liverpool 4-3 Salzburg Group F Slavia Prague 0-2 Borussia Dortmund Barcelona 2-1 Inter Group H Lille 1-2 Chelsea Valencia 0-3 Ajaxlast_img read more

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Fury, Joshua agree to two-fight deal

first_imgLONDON (AP):An all-British world heavyweight title showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in 2021 is a step closer.Fury said yesterday that an agreement has been reached with Joshua’s camp on a two-fight deal between the current holders of the heavyweight belts.“The biggest fight in British boxing history has just been agreed,” Fury said in a video message posted on Twitter. “Two-fight deal.”Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, earlier yesterday told British broadcaster Sky Sports that the camps had agreed to two fights.“We’re in a good place,” Hearn said. “It’s fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.”Specific dates and venues have not been finalised and contracts have not been signed, but Hearn said the sides have agreed on the financial terms.“The first fight could happen next summer,” Hearn said, although he acknowledged that “there is still a lot to overcome.”First, Fury plans to fight Deontay Wilder for a third time. Fury’s promoter, Bob Arum, told The Associated Press on Monday that Fury “owes” Wilder a third fight after claiming the WBC belt off the American with a seventh-round stoppage in February.On Wednesday, Fury described a third Wilder fight as a “hurdle.”“I’ve just got to smash Deontay Wilder’s face right in, in the next fight, and then we go into the Joshua fight next year,” Fury said. Arum, the CEO of Top Rank, said they’re shooting for November or December. Only then would Fury turn his attention to Joshua, who is the WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder, Arum said.Fury also has a mandatory title defence against Dillian Whyte. Joshua is also set to fight this year, against mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev.last_img read more

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Dak Prescott not thinking about future in the NFL

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:2546e3332bf6298b519251e6 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-378566-3916244802001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Dak Prescott hasn’t thought about his future in the NFL, he told reporters Saturday after Mississippi State’s 31-17 loss to Ole Miss.A reporter asked the Mississippi State quarterback when he’d begin thinking about his future. This exchange followed:Prescott: “As in?”Reporter: “NFL.”Prescott: “No, I mean, no.”The junior was eligible to enter the draft after last season. Earlier in the year Prescott told Sports Illustrated that he’d likely leave for the NFL if he was projected as a pick in the first three rounds.NFL teams undecided on Dak Prescott’s draft stockAt the time (Oct. 15), Senior Draft Analyst for NFLDraftScout and CBS Dane Brugler slated Prescott as a borderline top-60 pick. Since then Prescott’s play on the field has declined. Prescott has thrown six of his 10 interceptions since the story came out. Mississippi State also suffered both of its losses since that time. The junior is still a finalist for the Davey O’Brien and the Maxwell Awards. The O’Brien is given to the nation’s top quarterback, while the Maxwell is awarded to the nation’s most outstanding player. A Mississippi State quarterback hasn’t been drafted since John Bond in 1986. He was taken by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the supplemental draft. MSU has only had four quarterbacks taken in the NFL’s regular draft. Charles Furlow was the first in 1962. The Rams selected him in the 18th round. The 49ers picked Joe Reed in the 11th round in 1971. Rocky Felker was taken by the Bengals in the 10th round of the 1975 draft. Dave Marler was the last MSU quarterback taken in a non-expansion or supplemental draft. The Bills selected him in the 10th round in 1979 Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

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Irish Pony Dressage athletes announced for 2020 FEI European Championships

first_img 27 August 2020, 19:03 Top seven finish for GAIN Irish U16 Dressage team at European Championships 20 March 2015, 12:48 Irish dressage pony team qualifies for 2015 European Championships Home  »  General  »  Irish Pony Dressage athletes announced for 2020 FEI European Championships Horse Sport Ireland today (Monday) announced the GAIN Irish U16 (Pony) Dressage team that will compete at this year’s FEI European Championships which will take place at Budapest Region – Pilisjászfalu in Hungary from August 26th to 30th 2020.The GAIN Irish U16 (Pony) Dressage team in alphabetical order is:Rachel Carr with Calelvador May BlossomCillian Curran with Blokland’s Hoeve’s AmorMartha Jobling Purser with Validos StarlightOscar O’Connor with Top Hero 2Non travelling Reserve:Shauna Fitzgibbon with Damocles LLSpeaking after the announcement, Anne Marie Dunphy, Horse Sport Ireland Youth Dressage Team Manager said:“This year preparing and selecting a team for the European Championships posed many challenges but it was undoubtedly the most competitive and intense selection process we have ever had. With seven strong combinations in contention we had an extremely tough decision and I would like to congratulate the athletes, parents and support teams for their commitment and exemplary team spirit.”The Irish team’s participation at the Championships in Hungary is subject to the current Covid-19 travel restrictions remaining unchanged. At present, Hungary is included on the Green List of countries where the Department of Foreign Affairs have stated Irish people can travel to by taking ‘normal precautions.’  The Green List is reviewed by Government on a fortnightly basis based on advice from officials including public health experts. Horse Sport Ireland will continue to closely monitor and follow all Government travel advice up to the date of the Championships.Joe Reynolds, Chairman of Horse Sport Ireland and the Dressage High Performance committee said;“I was delighted to be involved in the selection process to see at first hand the determination and ability of the pony riders. The long listed combinations were closely matched and they coped well with the pressure that a competitive process brings. They can all be proud. HSI have invested in the development of Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing through the High Performance programs at all levels and our participation in these championships is a key part of the development pathway.In this unusual year we wish all our athletes well.”   Related news stories 26 August 2020, 13:30 Ireland’s Pony Dressage team in European action this weekcenter_img Tags: Anne Marie Dunphy, Dressage Ireland, FEI European Championships, GAIN Equine Nutrition, Horse Sport Ireland, Joe Reynolds 13 April 2015, 12:02 Dressage pony squad continue to impress 27 July 2020, 18:57 Irish Pony Dressage athletes announced for 2020 FEI European Championships last_img read more

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Chelsea 2-0 Middlesbrough

first_imgSalomon Kalou scored twice as a below-par Chelsea beat Middlesbrough and moved up to second in the table.Kalou volleyed in his first on the hour after David Wheater had failed to clear a Frank Lampard corner.His second came from the same source, with Lampard’s corner finding the Ivorian unmarked in the box to head in.Middlesbrough offered little at the opposite end and they have now gone 11 games without a win and remain in the bottom three.Boro manager Gareth Southgate had admitted before the game that plotting Middlesbrough’s escape from relegation trouble had cost him plenty of sleep.It is unlikely that this result will enable him to sleep any sounder tonight but he can take some solace from how well his side held an expensively-assembled Chelsea side at arm’s length. Luis Felipe Scolari’s night may be equally restless as he ponders how to get his side firing on all cylinders.In a round of fixtures in which Manchester United ominously rediscovered their ruthless touch, Chelsea were largely toothless.Middlesbrough started with only new signing Marlon King up front and stuck firmly to the well-drilled tactic of maintaining 10 men behind the ball, allowing Chelsea possession in unthreatening areas, but closing them down quickly at the first sign of danger.It made for a disjointed opening with the rare glimpses of Chelsea pace and penetration finding its match in Middlesbrough endeavour and tackling, both fair and foul.The closest either side came to threatening in the entire half was a 14th minute Michael Ballack free-kick that Boro keeper Ross Turnbull could only parry off his right arm and fortunately away from the prowling home attack. Didier Drogba replaced Florent Malouda at half-time and was presented with an opening almost immediately, the ball ricocheting into his path and giving him a relatively clear run on goal.His shot, which was closer to the corner flag than goal, spoke volumes on the high-profile issue of his continued absence from the starting line-up.Chelsea should have scored in the 54th minute when a Lampard corner was firstly headed on by Ballack and then by Alex to Kalou who inexplicably put his own header over from inside the 6 yard box.Minutes later they did when Lampard again delivered a corner that centre-back Wheater could only weakly head to Kalou 12 yards out and this time the Ivorian was far more clinical with a powerful volleyed finish.The goal dictated a necessary alteration of Middlesbrough’s tactical approach which Southgate signalled by bringing on both Tuncay Sanli and Afonso Alves with King and Mohamed Shawky making way but the changes made little difference. With ten minutes to go Chelsea wrapped up the points when Lampard’s corner found Kalou completely unmarked in the middle of the penalty area and the striker was able to pick his spot with a powerful header.It was not a vintage display from Chelsea but it keeps their title dream very much alive.Chelsea assistant coach Ray Wilkins:“It is a massive game on Sunday (against Liverpool). Over the past couple of years, we’ve had some fantastic games with them.“I’m sure this will be the same. I’ve got no comment to make on whether Liverpool are cracking up. They won’t be. “They’ve got top class footballers. We just worry about ourselves. We go there with a very positive attitude, as we do every match.”Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate:“We realised we had to keep things tight. You can’t open up against a team like Chelsea.“You expect a moment of real class, to be carved open a few times, but that didn’t really happen. Our discipline was really good.“We’re not where we’d like to be. We’ve had a tough run. But I don’t think anyone in the country expected us to get anything tonight. “We should have had a bonus point. But we know what we have to do. We have stability. We have players who can get us out of the situation we’re in. We have to tighten up on the things that went wrong tonight.”Chelsea: Cech, Bosingwa, Alex, Terry, Ashley Cole, Mikel, Kalou (Deco 82), Ballack, Lampard, Malouda (Drogba 46), Anelka (Stoch 88).Subs Not Used: Hilario, Ivanovic, Ferreira, Mancienne.Goals: Kalou 58, 81.Middlesbrough: Turnbull, McMahon, Wheater, Riggott, Pogatetz, Adam Johnson, O’Neil, Shawky (Sanli 64), Bates, Downing, King (Alves 64). Subs Not Used: Jones, Taylor, Emnes, Huth, Arca.Booked: Shawky, Riggott.Att: 40,280Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).Source: BBClast_img read more

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Nigerian footballer to be flogged in Sudan for drinking

first_imgThe Nigerian star Stephen Worgu, who plays in Sudan, has been convicted of drinking alcohol, and has been sentenced to be flogged.Worgu plays for the Sudanese giants Al Merreikh, who are based in Omdurman in Northern Sudan.Alcohol is illegal in the Muslim North, though not in the semi-autonomous and largely non-Muslim South.The punishment on the diminutive attacking player has not yet been carried out, as his lawyer has appealed.If the appeal is turned down, Worgu will receive 40 lashes and have to pay a fine of 250 Sudanese pounds, about US$100.50 pounds was for drinking alcohol, and 200 pounds for driving while drunk. The offence apparently took place in August of this year.Worgu was bought by Al Merreikh for US$2.6 million from Enyimba in Nigeria, in one of the biggest transfers in African history.He had been the top scorer in the 2008 African Champions League, with 13 goals.However Worgu’s form on the pitch since his move has been something of a disappointment.He was often left on the bench in key African Champions League game this season. Earlier this year Worgu admitted to the BBC he was struggling to adapt to life in Sudan.“I am finding it hard to adapt. It’s a different culture, different religion different language, everything,” he said.“They have this Sharia law, and it’s really affecting me also, because you don’t feel free to do the things you need to do.”Despite Worgu’s struggles, he still hopes to get a move to Europe.A source close to Al Merreikh told the BBC he believed several foreign clubs were following Worgu closely. It is not yet clear if this conviction could delay or even stop a potential move out of Africa for the Nigerian.Source: BBClast_img read more

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World champion teenager Mbappe is game’s new global star

first_imgTeenager Kylian Mbappe confirmed his status as the new star of international football with a superb goal and impressive display in France’s 4-2 World Cup final triumph over Croatia on Sunday.At the end of a World Cup in which Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi headed home after the first knockout round and Brazilian Neymar failed to deliver, the game perhaps needed a new talent to excite the global public.The 19-year-old from Bondy, on the gritty north-east outskirts of Paris, has provided it with his terrifying pace, superb touch and clinical finishing in ample evidence.With his goal, Mbappe became the first teenager since the great Brazilian Pele in 1958 to score in a World Cup final.Mbappe, who netted four goals in Russia, was also voted the young player of the tournament, recognition of his excellent performances, particularly in the knockout stages.Former Germany World Cup player and coach Juergen Klinsmann, working as a BBC pundit at the tournament, believes the Paris St Germain forward can become one of the greats of the game.“There is so much to come down the road. He is shaking up the market. With Ronaldo moving (to Juventus) and (Paris St Germain’s) Neymar being linked with other clubs, where is it finishing with this kid?”The striker, who joined PSG from Monaco in a multi-million dollar deal among the biggest the game has seen, showed his finishing ability on the biggest stage of all with a low drive in the 65th minute for his team’s fourth goal.He ended the game dancing around the field in delight with his team mates as he celebrated becoming a world champion“I’m very happy. The road was long but it was worth it. We are proud to make the French happy. We had this role to help them forget all their problems. We play for that kind of thing,” said the forward.“I do not just want to be in football but rather to be world champion. I want to do even better, but world champion is already good. We’re going to celebrate, we’ve been working all season and now it’s time to celebrate this summer.”last_img read more

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Selfishness cannot be tolerated

first_imgDear Editor,I am happy that Attorney General Basil Williams is moving to root out the institutions that “reek of selfishness” in Guyana and has set his sights on Red House which houses the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre, and which he says should be a museum for all of Guyana’s presidents.I expect that he will be swooping down on the African Museum and shutting it down forthwith since it is exclusive to only the African race. The property in Bel Air that houses the museum was bought with state funds in 1985 from well-known Pan Africanist, Hubert Nicholson, and the African Museum with an African art collection and artefacts officially opened to the public in 1994.Its personnel, programmes and acquisitions are all state funded and I am sure Williams recognises how selfish it is that this museum is not inclusive of the other five race groups of Guyana.In fact, Williams would also want to shut down the Walter Roth Museum which houses artefacts and records of the country’s First Nations and move to establish a Guyanese Museum where every race and ethnic group will be represented under one roof.Selfishness cannot be tolerated here, never mind that the world over leading politicians, artists, writers and other personalities have museums, libraries, and monuments that are exclusive to them, recognise their singular contributions and provide research facilities into their life and work.Red House has always been associated with President Cheddi Jagan ever since he resided there as the first ever Premier of British Guiana when the country attained self-government. That is a notable historical point in itself and that the property should now house a Research Centre on this outstanding Guyanese far from being selfish is most warranted and absolutely proper.Other leaders should also be afforded such facilities and one for President Burnham could be established at Castellani House which was his official residence during his Prime Ministership and Presidency.I notice that some people are asking, quite rightly, that Martin Carter’s home on Lamaha Street be preserved as a national heritage site to honour our Poet Laureate. Martin Carter would have had a good guffaw over the Granger Government’s view that it would reek of selfishness for his home to be a memorial and research centre for only him and his poetry and that it should be shared with other late Guyanese poets.The poet is not around to write a couple of succinct lines to sum up the preposterousness of the idea but these, from “Bastille Day – Georgetown”, written in 1970s at the height of the PNC dictatorship will suffice:“I have at last startedto understand the originof our vileness, and beingunable to deny it, I suggestits nativity.In the shame of knowledgeof our vileness, we shall fight.”Yours truly,Shanie Jagessarlast_img read more

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Jokic hits late jumper, Nuggets stun Sixers with big rally

first_img400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Instead, the Denver Nuggets big man sent the fans home with a game they won’t soon forget.Jokic hit a 20-foot jumper on a broken play with 1.2 seconds remaining, helping the Nuggets rally from a 21-point, fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Philadelphia 76ers 100-97 on Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4It’s the largest fourth-quarter comeback in their history, the team said.Jokic scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, none bigger than his jumper from the left side of the court that he saw go in from the floor. Before his shot, Jokic was trying to get the ball to Paul Millsap, who couldn’t get off an attempt. He passed it back to Jokic. 76ers: G/F Shake Milton remained out with a left knee bone bruise/sprain. … Simmons will be evaluated again before Sunday’s game against Charlotte. … G Trey Burke picked up a technical in the second quarter. … The Philly bench combined for 37 points, while the Nuggets’ reserves had 12.Nuggets: Millsap played with 11 stitches above his right eye after a collision on a fast-break last game. Wearing a headband, he finished with 15 points.SENSE OF HUMORMalone got to know Embiid through the “Basketball Without Borders” program a few years back. Malone was a coach of the African squad.“I won’t get into the stories,” Malone cracked. “Joel has a great personality. He has a great sense of humor. I did enjoy my time being around him in a short period of time during that camp.”UP NEXT76ers: Host Charlotte on Sunday.Nuggets: In Minnesota on Sunday. On the next possession, Jokic drew an offensive foul on Joel Embiid by fronting him near the basket. It was the sixth foul on a frustrated Embiid.“I’m kind of heavy. He needs to push a lot just to push me out,” Jokic cracked. “I felt he pushed me too strong.”Embiid saw things different after watching the replay.“If you want to call that foul, especially at that time of the game, it’s kind of (expletive), especially because he was hooking me before that foul actually happened,” Embiid said.A similar feeling for Sixers coach Brett Brown.ADVERTISEMENT Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption LATEST STORIES Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee “I’ve just seen the foul that was called on Joel and I have no words,” Brown said. “When you see that particular play, I have no words. We give them credit. We weren’t able to find a way to win on the road.”Denver hung in there with defense until the offense picked up. Will Barton hit two free throws to seal the win.“Says a lot about this team, the heart,” Paul Millsap said. “We want to have the heart of a champion. That’s what champions do, they continue to fight. We were able to get some stops.”Jamal Murray, bloody nose and all, had 22 points for the Nuggets, who’ve won three straight games since coach Michael Malone called out his team for their energy level.No questioning their energy in this one. Philly hit the first shot of the final quarter to go up 21 and then it was all Denver. The Nuggets didn’t take their first lead of the fourth until Jokic’s jumper. His 16 points in the final period outscored the Sixers’ 13 total points.The matchup in the middle between two of the top centers in the NBA proved highly entertaining. For once, Jokic got the better of Embiid in the stat that mattered most — wins. Jokic is 1-3 against Embiid when they both play, according to Basketball-Reference. Jokic was first team All-NBA last season, and Embiid second team.A breakdown of the numbers: Jokic had 11 rebounds and six assists. Embiid finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and two assists.Tobias Harris and Raul Neto each had 13 points for the Sixers, who finished 1-3 on their four-game Western swing. They were without Ben Simmons after he sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder Wednesday in Utah. Neto started in his place.The 7-foot Jokic lost his cool late in the first quarter after not getting a call when he was grabbed while going up for a shot. Jokic held out his hands in exasperation toward official Scott Wall, who ignored him at first and then issued a technical.TIP-INScenter_img Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, left, is congratulated by guard Will Barton III after hitting the winning basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER— Nikola Jokic lofted the winning shot and then pleaded for it to fall as he tumbled to the floor.“I was hoping,” he said. “I mean, you’re happy that you didn’t miss, because then everybody will be mad at you. The whole arena is going to be disappointed.”ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Nurmagomedov says McGregor needs 10 fights for rematch No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘People evacuated on their own’ View comments 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bustlast_img read more

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Are parking meters a higher priority than municipal markets?

first_imgDear Editor,Something does not seem to make sense about the Georgetown City Constabulary. For years we have heard them cry out that they are extremely short of staff, and that they are constrained in carrying out their duties as a result of this, and that they are unable to attract new recruits, etc.However, just like that, all of a sudden, they are quite comfortably able to reassign 50 Constables armed to the teeth, far more than one-third of their staff strength if we are to be guided by the numbers they put out, to be the enforcers of this parking meter project.Maybe these are the “house slaves” Ifa Cush is talking about, trying to control the motorists who they see as the field slaves.Do they consider this Parking Meter Project to be of higher priority than the municipal markets where shoppers and vendors conduct business each day? Do they consider it a higher priority than their municipal locations where large sums of monies are collected? Do they consider it a higher priority than the enforcement of the City’s By-laws? Or do they consider it a higher priority than stopping persons from being mugged on the streets?I believe the City Constabulary needs to create a list of its priorities and then number them, as I doubt whether there has been a surge in recruitment leading to full staff strength. They are there to protect and to serve, not to be henchmen to contractors and enforcers of special interests.People are molested and robbed in and around our markets on a daily basis and there is hardly ever a Constable in sight, yet when the many booting exercises are being done, they are right there menacing and even arresting motorists as though they are criminals.So will they use this as an excuse to once again re-engage without bidding, the private guard service that is affiliated to a serving Councillor from their Municipality?Sincerely,Anu Biharilast_img read more

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