“But we gotta make sure we won’t have a ‘championship hangover’ going to the next series,” said Cone. “It’s easy to have one.”On point as always, Cone said the Gin Kings are moving forward and preparing against whichever team wins in the extended TNT KaTropa-Rain or Shine quarterfinal duel in the PBA Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Looking ahead we’re gonna have TNT, which handled us with ease last time we played them, and Rain or Shine, which is just playing incredible basketball at the moment,” said Cone late Wednesday after their 104-84 win.That victory denied the Beermen a chance of winning the Grand Slam as the Gin Kings, the conference defending champions, advanced to the semifinals starting Sunday in Biñan, Laguna. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yes, admitted Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone, there was in fact “a championship feel” to beating fallen Grand Slam-aspirant San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Fajardo’s chances for BPC plum slim but still a solid pick for MVP MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene
RK’s Security Chairman Roshan Khan handed over a cheque to the Dr Balwant Singh’s Hospital (BSH) on Tuesday to reimburse millions in cash that was stolen from the company by bandits in October of 2015, underRK’s Security Chairman Roshan Khan handing over the cheque to a representative of Dr Balwant Singh’s Hospital in the presence of two security officialsthe watch of his security firm.The money was in transit to the bank when it was stolen. It was reported in October that a RK guard, along with his armed colleagues, had uplifted the cash from the Hospital and was en route to the bank when three bandits pounced.Reports stated that three armed bandits rode up on motorcycles alongside the RK’s Security vehicle and opened fire on the guards while demanding the cash. The guards were relieved of an undisclosed sum of cash but not their weapons.During the altercation, one of the security guards, Garvin Thomas was shot multiple times and was subsequently in critical condition at the Balwant Singh’s Hospital. He has since fully recovered from the wounds inflicted.RK’s Chairman Khan told Guyana Times, in an interview, that he was grateful to the insurance company which covered his firm, that kept their agreement and provided the cheque, despite the lengthy time it took to complete its investigation. In the same breath, Khan also expressed appreciation to Balwant Singh’s Hospital for its patience, understanding and professionalism while awaiting its money.Derek Sukhram, on behalf of the Hospital, thanked Khan. “I appreciate the professionalism of RK’s Security by fulfilling their commitment; we are very happy to partner with the security team to help save the young man’s life.”Khan noted that the young security guard, Garvin Thomas, who was shot four times, was doing well today. Three of the four bullets were removed; however, one still remains in the young man’s body. That bullet is said to be no threat to Thomas’s life. The attack by the bandits has caused Thomas to change his profession.
Journalist Daniel Ankrah, a Talk-Show Host at Sate Broadcaster LBS, also obtained a BA in Mass-Com yesterday 2017 Liberia College (UL) Commencement Convocation1 of 6 Any student who is involved in any activity that disrupts normal university activities shall be expelled, the University of Liberia has warned. Pictured: UL President Ophelia Inez Weeks. Dr. Thomas Jaye: “Our young people… have been turned into slaves in another African country,”-UL commencement speaker says World Bank, IMF “are barriers to development in Africa” The Director of Policy Support and Consultancy Services at the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Center in Accra, Ghana says the euphoria, anxieties, and enthusiasm that greeted the struggles for independence on the Africa continent over sixty years ago, have yielded no fruits and those dreams and aspirations that greeted that period continue to remain elusive.Dr. Thomas Jaye, who delivered the keynote message at Liberia College’s Commencement Convocation, the first of seven college-based commencements forming part of the 98th Commencement Convocation of the University of Liberia, provided a detailed analysis of the origin of the current socio-economic and security crises which has plagued the African continent. Making his point, he referred to cases such as the ongoing migrant slavery situation in Libya; the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and other sporadic terroristic attacks across the continent.Over the years, Dr. Jaye, a Liberian intellectual, said though there are very few stable countries on the continent, “the rest have been caught in the barbed-wire of political turbulence, intra-state conflicts, electoral crisis, governance and leadership failure, economic stagnation, social decline and insecurity.”In summing up not just his but many other Africans’ frustrations, Dr. Jaye noted that the continent is even worse off now than before independence. He told the graduates, “When we look back, we see that the socio-economic conditions of our people are worse off than at independence.”The bulk of Dr. Jaye’s message was essentially a deep historical and self-reflection of how bad governance, corruption, greed, elitism, and external interferences have undermined Africa’s transition from colonialism to democratic governance and development.Dr. Jaye, who said he was born right on the eve of African independence, a time many thought was promising, lamented that it is sad that even in the 21st Century, the African continent is still grappling with the story of slavery.“Our young people, who are doing everything possible to cross the sea to migrate to a ‘greener pasture’ in Europe, have been turned into slaves in another African country,” he said. “Some are sold at $200 per person; others went through terrible ordeals including organ theft and being burned alive, and many have died while trying to cross the sea. This is a shame.”Dr. Jaye blamed bad governance and leadership failure in Sub-Saharan Africa as some of the reason why African young and able-bodied men and women were risking their lives to cross into Europe.Are World Bank, IMF Helping Africa?The response to this question, to many, especially from the African continent, would be a resounding yes—this is because, as some feel, these Bretton Woods institutions give that public impression that they are all out to eradicate poverty and illiteracy as well as improve governance and through that, help improve the living standards of mankind, especially the vulnerable people, many of whom are on the African continent.However, the Commencement Speaker sees things quite differently. He said another source of the on-going socio-economic crisis on the African continent and elsewhere has its roots in the policies of the World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF).“These two Bretton Woods institutions that were set up to promote development turned out to be barriers to development in Africa,” he said. The World Bank and the IMF, he said, imposed strains of anti-development policies on African countries under the euphemism known as ‘structural adjustment programs.’ (SAP).Dr. Jaye said he provided the brief overview of the world in order for the graduates to appreciate the enormity of the challenges confronting the world. “Fortunately, as graduates of LUX IN TENEBRIS and its oldest college, the Liberia College, you should be fully prepared as you walk out this graduation hall with your heads up high with faith in a brighter future,” he said.He told the graduates that adequate academic preparation leads to a hopeful and better future, adding, “Education is Insurance for you and your future.”The 2017 Commencement Convocation, in the words of UL President Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, who is presiding over her first graduation exercises, is unique for several reasons, including the fact that the University of Liberia was graduating its largest class. Commencement Speaker, Dr. Thomas Jaye and UL President, Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks Some of the graduates including Mr. Gibson P. Shilue of the Sociology Department Some graduates from the Department of Mass Communications Mr. Joaquin Sendolo of the Department of Mass Communications “Today is a unique day, unique for a variety of reasons,” Dr. Weeks emphasized. “It’s unique for me; it’s unique to you and it’s unique to the University of Liberia in that this is the largest overall class that will be graduating from the University of Liberia overall, in that, there are over 3,400 students that will be graduating.”She said the 98th Commencement was unique for her because it is her first as president of the University of Liberia. Dr. Weeks was inducted into office on September 13, 2017, as the second female president of the University of Liberia.This commencement sees the largest number of graduates, 606 in total. The first graduate in 1866 from Liberia College was one person. And for 50 years the largest number of people that graduated from Liberia College was 11. The first female that graduated from Liberia College graduated in 1905 when it had the largest class over that 50 year period. This year, out of 606 graduates 401 are females. “And so for me, that is fantastic!” Dr. Weeks said.Speaking to the graduates, Dr. Weeks said the University of Liberia is the flagship university in Liberia. If you go anywhere in the world the largest number of people who have graduated from university in Liberia will be from the University of Liberia.“And when we go elsewhere for advanced studies, we always excel. And so I want you to continue to keep in your mind, as you go your various ways that you’ve come from a great university; wear that banner with pride. Wear it proudly,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Linden fatal beating– murder suspect still on runThe post mortem conducted on the body of 55-year-old Leroy Barron, who was beaten to death in Linden on Friday last, has given the cause of his death as brain haemorrhage due to blunt trauma to the head. After Leroy Barron’s body had been positively identified by his brother Kevin Barron on Monday, the autopsy was conducted by Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) mortuary.Police in Linden continue to hunt for the prime suspect, Travis Hazel, also called “Fifty,” of Lot 23 Silvercity, Wismar, Linden.‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Anthony Vanderhyden on Monday expressed confidence that the suspect would be apprehended. He noted that the Police have been following several leads at their disposal.“We’re working on something. Definitely, he will be picked up!” the Commander said. He added that the Police have also been reliably informed that the suspect is expected to surrender to the Police “as soon as possible”.According to Police information, the incident occurred at approximately 11:00h on Friday at Co-op Crescent, Mackenzie.Preliminary investigations revealed that the incident had been preceded by an argument between the late Leroy Barron and the suspect, both of whom had been known for doing odd jobs around the Mackenzie Market.During the argument, the suspect armed himself with a piece of wood and dealt Barron several blows to his body and head. The injured man collapsed unconscious, and was taken to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC), where he was pronounced dead on arrival.?It has also been reported that the deceased had accused the suspect of being involved in the sale of cocaine, which subsequently led to the confrontation.A neighbour has since described the deceased as having been a “disrespectful individual” who had abused drugs. Barron, a father of 3, had lived overseas for some time before returning to Guyana.
Parking meter burden… adjusted fee will not ease burden on citizens – JagdeoThe controversial Parking Meter Project has been partially suspended until next week when a new fee structure will be announced. This is according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who announced on Friday that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) agreed to suspend the punitive aspect of the project to pave the way for wider consultations with all stakeholders on the Parking Meter Project. “The City Council has taken certain steps; one of the first steps they have taken was to basically suspend the punitive aspects of the paid parking project… they indicated that it is going to be suspended and they will engage with stakeholders to see how best the programme can be adjusted,” he explained.According to Harmon, this decision was arrived at following the engagement with members of Central Government, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green, and Town Clerk Royston King, on Wednesday evening at State House.He said the City Council is now charged with the mandate to have consultations with the public and then arrive at a solution satisfying to all parties involved.“What we want is an outcome that is acceptable to both sides,” the Minister of State stated.Minister Harmon explained that it is not in the interest of Central Government to intervene in the business of the City Council, but it became necessary in this situation because of the strategic importance of Georgetown.Fee adjustmentKit Nascimento, the Smart City Solutions (SCS) Public Relations Officer, explained to Guyana Times that the current fee structure will be adjusted, following an emergency meeting with President David Granger, which came on the heels of immense public outcry and two mass protests outside City Hall.“The company and the M&CC have agreed that there would be a new rate structure that will be put forward in respect of the metered parking project,” he stated.Nascimento said the announcement of the new structure will be made sometime next week and until then, there will be a suspension of the project.“…until such time as the new rate structure is announced, there will be a moratorium in respect of immobilisation enforcement activities,” he explained.This means the clamping of vehicles and charging of fines will not be enforced until the announcement is made.The adjustments would also include changes in the fines for the various violations.Nascimento also disclosed that in addition to changes in the fee structure, there will be changes in the overall project.Presently, motorists are required to pay $50 plus Value Added Tax (VAT) at 14 per cent for every 15 minutes. However, many consumers have complained that the company is charging VAT at 16 per cent.Additionally, the prepaid cards were structured in such a way that monies are wasted with every purchase.A parking meter card for the maximum parking time of two hours costs $580, but the value of the card is only $500. Parking for two hours at the rate of $15 plus VAT for every 15 minutes, it will amount to $464. Therefore, the balance will be $36, which cannot be used to pay for the minimum parking time, nor can it be transferred. The $36 will be wasted and the same pattern persists with any of the cards purchased.Additionally, if an individual fails to pay for parking in a metered zone, his/her vehicle will be clamped and they will have up to two hours to pay a release fine of $8000 plus VAT. If the individual attempts to remove the clamp, a fine of $100,000 will be charged, or the person could spend up to three months in prison.After two hours of being immobilised, the vehicle would be towed and this would attract a fee of $12,000.But if the individual’s vehicle is damaged in that process, the parking meter company’s staff would not be liable, nor will the individual be compensated.ScrappingMeanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in a statement on Friday insisted that a reduction of the rates will be merely palliative and does not address the transparency issues, nor does it ease the burden on citizens who are already overwhelmed with excessive increases in almost “200 new taxes, fees and VATable items” in less than two years of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Jagdeo also noted that the “duplicitous positions and complicit role” of Granger’s Government on this matter.“They started out by disowning the project, claiming local government autonomy, but Minister Bulkan has signed By-laws into effect. The Government sought to mislead and deceive Guyanese by claiming Cabinet and the Attorney General had not approved the By-laws. If that is true, then the President should sanction Minister Bulkan. However, there is grave suspicion about this being a concoction to obfuscate the matter. Nevertheless, it is important to note that the Parking Meter Project could not have been implemented without the signing of those By-laws,” he stated.The Opposition Leader said another “duplicitous action” is when President Granger convened a meeting to persuade the M&CC to reduce the parking meter rates, having claimed earlier he was not interfering in local government matters.“From all indications, the Granger Government supported this project from its inception and throughout, while the APNU/AFC-dominated Georgetown Mayor and City Council was emboldened by the support,” Jagdeo stated.In light of the foregoing, the Opposition Leader said he remains supportive of the civil society protest, and that nothing short of scrapping the Parking Meter Project will suffice.
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3 Lazio are said to want £130m for the midfielder Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer RANKED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? moving on three-way race 3 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Real Madrid could sell Mateo Kovacic to Manchester United to fund a deal for Milinkovic-Savic Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST TRANSFER NEWS IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti With their rivals hesitating over the eye-watering asking price, Chelsea will look to sneak in with a ‘monster offer’ for the player according to Italian outlet Il Tempo.Star man Eden Hazard has demanded the club show ambition in the transfer market this summer to keep him from forcing through a move to Real Madrid.And a £115m bid for Milinkovic-Savic, which would be a record outlay for a Premier League club, could well satisfy that request.Chelsea’s failure to qualify for the Champions League last season could hurt them in any bidding war with other interested suitors, forcing them to try and lock up the Serbian quickly. If they do lose out, new boss Maurizio Sarri is likely to turn his attention to Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic.Manchester United had been linked with the player throughout this summer’s window but a row has erupted between boss Jose Mourinho and CEO Ed Woodward over the club’s transfer budget.Having splashed £70m already on Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant, Woodward is said to be cautious about spending almost double that again on one player.Real Madrid are also in the running and could flog £44m Croatian Mateo Kovacic to United to fund the deal, which would likely end the Red Devils’ interest in Milinkovic-Savic in the process. targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade TOP WORK Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Milinkovic-Savic scored 12 Serie A goals last season, more than any other midfielder Chelsea will bid £115million for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as they look to steal a march on Manchester United and Real Madrid for the Lazio midfielder.The Serbian, 23, is said to be valued at £130m by his club but the Blues are confident their offer would be too good to turn down. 3
Tags: Italian Serie Atop Atalanta vs ParmaStadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, Bergamo Saturday, 27-10-2018 @04:00pmAtalanta got back on track in spectacular fashion against Chievo, but Parma are a very different prospect with Gervinho returning. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side had been without a win in nine games between Serie A and the Europa League, but ended that negative streak with a 5-1 demolition of Chievo at the Stadio Bentegodi.This Saturday they hope to put on another show when they host Parma at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, or at the very least prove they have turned a corner and not just taken advantage of rock bottom Chievo on Gian Piero Ventura’s debut. Parma are a very different prospect and will be eager to themselves back on track after a 2-0 home defeat to Lazio. That and the 3-0 loss to Napoli were the only blips in an otherwise very impressive run of form, winning four of the last six. That includes away successes at Inter and Genoa.Gervinho missed the Lazio game due to injury and should return for at least a spot on the bench, but Alberto Grassi, Federico Dimarco, Jacopo Dezi, Gianni Munari and Francisco Sierralta are still sidelined.Atalanta are missing Andrea Masiello and Marco Tumminello again, but Duvan Zapata should get the nod rather than Musa Barrow in partnering Papu Gomez.Parma have won 60 per cent of their games with Gervinho on the pitch this season, but only 25 per cent of those in his absence.Empoli vs JuventusStadio Carlo Castellani, Empoli Saturday, 27-10-2018 @07:00pmJuventus dropped points for the first time this season against Genoa and now visit a tactically-astute Empoli desperate for a result. Aurelio Andreazzoli’s Azzurri are without a win since the opening day and despite playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw away at Frosinone last week, Empoli have taken just two points from the last 18 available. The Tuscan outfit have found results hard to come by since returning to Italy’s top flight. Playing a modern brand of football, Andreazzoli’s team make for enjoyable viewing. However, often positive performances have not translated into points.Finding the net has been a problem, as last weekend’s three-goal return was the first time Empoli have scored more than once in seven games. Maintaining that threat while keeping Cristiano Ronaldo and co out will be the ultimate challenge.Empoli have no fresh injury concerns and will likely continue to deploy the 4-3-1-2 they have used for the majority of the season.A disappointing home draw against Genoa last week put an end to Juve’s 100 per cent record. That draw was quickly erased from the memory with a confident display at Old Trafford that saw the Bianconeri collect a memorable Champions League win over Manchester United.Coach Max Allegri is known for his squad rotation and will likely make changes to his starting XI from midweek, but is still without Sami Khedira, Emre Can and Mario Mandzukic.Federico Bernardeschi and Douglas Costa will be in contention to start, as boss Allegri could tinker with his system. Fit again Mattia De Sciglio is looking for his first start of the season, while Leonardo Spinazzola is back from long-term injury and should get his first call-up to the match day squad.Juve have scored more goals in the opening half-hour than any other side this season (seven), but Empoli have the worst defensive record in the first 15 minutes (conceding four)Torino vs FiorentinaStadio Olimpico Grande Torino, TorinoSaturday, 27-10-2018 @09:30pmTorino will be looking to make it three wins from four, but it won’t be easy against Europa League-chasing Fiorentina.Despite struggling to find a balance between attack and defence so far this season, Torino have been quietly impressive going into Week 10 of this Serie A season, winning three of their last four games and sitting in a stable 10th position. Any side with the quality of Andrea Belotti, Salvatore Sirigu and Alex Berenguer should be hoping for bigger and better things, but the general turnaround from Walter Mazzarri has fans hoping that there’s more to come.Fiorentina, on the other hand started strongly, but have lost to Lazio and drawn with Cagliari in recent weeks. The former is forgivable, predictable even, but being held by a side with seven goals in nine rounds should serve as a stern warning that complacency will never be unpunished in Serie A.Stefano Pioli’s side have begun to rely heavily on former Torino man Marco Benassi, with the Italian international midfielder being their top scorer and general midfield anchor. Although it may be amusing and impressive to see the two paired, it is not a sustainable trend and more must be demanded of Giovanni Simeone and Federico Chiesa.With the Granata deploying a three at the back system and Pioli favouring the 4-3-3, it will be interesting to see how both sides approach the game. With a three on three in attack and defence, man-marking will likely be the order of the day for Mazzarri, but such a tactic can be risky, especially with the pace of Simeone and Chiesa.With 11 goals shipped in nine rounds, something is already not right with the Toro defence, which will likely be more apparent than ever against the league’s third top scorers.Defensive pair Lyanco and Cristian Ansaldi will be unavailable for the home side, but with both being long term absentees, it is unlikely to affect them much in play. Fiorentina will only be without summer signing Christian Norgaard.This fixture is one of the most consistently high-scoring in Serie A, with 38 goals shared in their last 12 meetings, this includes a stalemate in December 2014. With more than three goals per game on average, expect a few more on Saturday.Sassoulo vs BolognaMAPEI Stadium – Città del Tricolore, Reggio nell’EmiliaSunday, 28-10-2018 @02:30pmThis is a tense Emilia-Romagna Derby, as Sassuolo’s early promise has evaporated and Bologna are looking for an upset.The Neroverdi are winless in their last three Serie A games, losing to both Milan and Napoli before Monday night’s goalless draw away to Sampdoria. After a great start to their league campaign that saw them sitting in second place for a while, they have now slipped down to eighth in the table. That 4-1 loss to Milan was their first home defeat of the season after previous victories over Inter, Genoa and Empoli.Coach Roberto De Zerbi has been instrumental in getting his side back to playing the energetic and attractive football they were famous for a couple of seasons ago and he will be looking for them to pick up full points in this game to keep in touching distance of the European Qualification places.He will have to do without the services of Federico Peluso and Alfred Duncan, who are out through injury, while Kevin Prince Boateng and reserve ‘keeper Giacomo Satalino are slight doubts and will face late fitness tests. It should be a chance for Federico Di Francesco to face his former club.The Rossoblu, on the other hand, are languishing down at the bottom of the table sitting in 17th position on seven points, just two points above Empoli, who are in the last relegation place. Their last outing was a 2-2 draw at home to Torino in which they mounted a stunning comeback after finding themselves two goals down after 54 minutes. While all seven of those points have come at home this, season their away form is truly a problem, having now gone 14 matches without a win on their travels in Serie A.Their new boss Pippo Inzaghi hasn’t quite figured out what his best side is yet, giving starts to 22 of his players so far in a desperate attempt to stumble upon a winning formula. He will need to decide on a settled 11 soon, as time will be running out for him to right the ship and get his team moving up the table.Impressive young full-back Federico Mattiello and Czech forward Ladislav Krejci are on the treatment table and will miss out on the next few games.Expect this game to wide open as both teams go in search of the much-needed three points.Bologna are unbeaten in their last five meetings both home and away with Sassuolo.Cagliari vs ChievoSardegna Arena (Cagliari) Sunday, 28-10-2018 @05:00pmWinless Chievo travel to Cagliari this weekend, looking to get themselves into positive points and climb off the bottom of the league table.These sides are each in the bottom three for goals scored this season, both managing just seven in their opening nine league games so far. However, Cagliari are 11 points better off than their opponents this weekend and earned an impressive point away from home at Fiorentina last weekend.As for Chievo, they are now on -1 points after their three-point deduction for false accounting was implemented at the start of the season and have picked up just two points from a possible 27. They have conceded a remarkable 24 goals so far, almost 10 more than any other team, aside from Frosinone, in the division.Cagliari have been defensively solid thus far and have actually only lost three of their opening nine league games. They have drawn four of those matches and are currently unbeaten at home, winning one and drawing three of their four games at the Sardegna Arena. Having said all of that, it looks difficult for the away side here to pick up anything. They cannot keep the goals out at one end, whilst struggling to cause teams problems going forward. Cagliari have always been a strong side at home and given they have drawn three of their four home games this season, conceding just three in those four, they are proving hard to beat.Of the last 25 matches between these two, only five games have seen both teams getting on the score sheet.Genoa vs UdineseStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova Sunday, 21-10-2018 @05:00pmGenoa on Ivan Juric’s return as Coach became the first side to take points off Juventus and now they host stuttering Udinese.The Rossoblu have Europe’s top goal scorer playing up front, along with a whole host of revitalised players, such as Domenico Criscito and Sandro. Worryingly, there’s been no consistent 90-minute displays from Genoa this season. Their wins have been bumpy and close shaves, whilst the losses have been more than deserved.That is why Davide Ballardini was fired and Juric brought back for his third stint under President Enrico Preziosi. The immediate impact was a 1-1 draw at leaders Juventus, but how will they fare at Marassi?Julio Velazquez’s Udinese would love to be in their opponent’s positon. They currently reside in 17th place, a mere two points above the drop zone. Whilst individual players such as Rodrigo de Paul and Samir are having great and good seasons respectively, the lack of talent in this Udinese side becomes more and more glaring by the match.Neither team is particularly comfortable on the ball, with Genoa averaging 47.9% possession per game and Udinese 45.5%. However, by virtue of being the home team, you can expect Genoa to control most of the play with almost every pass in Udinese’s half directed to Krzysztof Piatek.It’s also worth noting that Genoa’s home form has been great this season. With three wins from four games, they’re the seventh best home team in the league, with most above them having played five games. Udinese seemingly have no preference for home or away, gaining four points in each split of fixtures.In terms of team news, the home side have a few notable players missing. Argentine Nicolas Spolli and young forward Andrea Favilli are injured, while former Milan striker Gianluca Lapadula is yet to make an appearance this season.The visitors possess a relatively clean bill of health, with Darwin Machis the only notable absence. Young defender Nicholas Opoku is a doubt to make the bench, as is Dutch defender Bram Nuytinck.Genoa haven’t beaten Udinese since a 2-1 result here in February 2016, followed by a draw and three consecutive defeats, home and away. The Grifone have failed to score in their last three meetings with the Friulani.SPAL vs FrosinoneStadio Paolo Mazza, FerraraSunday, 28-10-2018 @05:00pmSPAL’s surprise victory over Roma last Saturday has put them in a great position to get their season back on track against a struggling Frosinone side.Goals from Andrea Petagna and Kevin Bonifazi propelled SPAL past the Giallorossi for their first win in over a month. Despite going a man down late in the match, Leonardo Semplici’s men were able to hold on to their 2-0 lead at the Stadio Olimpico for all three points. Playing host to Frosinone this Sunday, the Spallini have a great opportunity to earn a spot in the top half of the table.One of the biggest problems facing SPAL, however, is their lack of a consistent goalscorer. The aforementioned Petagna has established himself as his side’s main source of goals, but his lack of consistency hurts his side more than it helps. His goal against Roma will surely do a lot for the 23-year-old’s confidence and it puts him on the right track.Frosinone, on the other hand, failed to hold on to their 3-2 lead against Empoli and ended up drawing 3-3 at home. However, Longo’s switch to a 3-5-2 for the match earned his side their first point in almost two months, a step in the right direction.The Canarini are yet to win a game this season and are 19th in the league. The recent draw brings hope to fans of the Lazio outfit that their team can soon earn three points for the first time in the 2018-19 league campaign.With Frosinone in turmoil and SPAL with the wind in their sails, count on the Biancazzurri to come away with the win this Sunday.In the 2016-17 Serie B season, Frosinone won 2-1 at home and 2-0 away, but those remain their only previous meetings.Milan vs SampdoriaStadio Giuseppe Meazza, MilanSunday, 28-10-2018 @08:00pmMilan host Sampdoria on Sunday as they look to bounce back from a horror week, but the Blucerchiati are targeting European places.The Rossoneri were beaten in last weekend’s Derby della Madonnina after Mauro Icardi capitalised on a Gigi Donnarumma mistake for a 1-0 win. They also endured a 2-1 home defeat to Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday, as pressure mounts on Gennaro Gattuso.Despite this, they sit 12th in the standings, just two points from sixth place with a game in hand against Genoa. However, they are currently six points behind fourth-placed Lazio, as their faithful are demanding another Champions League berth to come out of this season.Milan have only lost twice so far this season in Serie A and before last weekend were unbeaten since the opening round. They are in need of a strong performance at San Siro on Sunday against a high-achieving and defensively sound Sampdoria team who have only conceded four goals all season.Ivan Strinic and Andrea Conti are absent for the home side, as Gattuso has a near-full squad to choose from for this clash.Meanwhile, Sampdoria are flying high this season. The Blucerchiati have also only lost twice with 1-0 defeats to Udinese and Inter being their sole lowlights. Roma loanee Gregoire Defrel has been a revelation for Samp, as he has netted five times already for his new club.They have proved that the sale of Lucas Torreira to Arsenal hasn’t had an effect on their midfield, as the trio of Dennis Praet, Albin Ekdal and Edgar Barreto have shown they can match it with the league’s best. As earlier mentioned, they boast the league’s best defensive record with just four goals conceded so far, so this creates for a very intriguing game between one of the league’s most potent attacks and the best defence.Four out of the last six meetings at San Siro between these sides have ended 1-0, with each team winning twice.Napoli vs RomaStadio San Paulo, NapoliSunday, 21-10-2018 @10:30pmCarlo Ancelotti’s high-flying Napoli continue their Scudetto challenge on Sunday against afrustratingly inconsistent Roma side in a game of huge importance for both teams.Despite Angel Di Maria’s late equaliser for Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday endingNapoli’s three games winning streak in all competitions, the Partenopei will be full of confidence ahead of their clash against Roma on Sunday.The fact that the Partenopei can regret a 2-2 draw against the French champions in Paris speaks for itself, as the visitor’s performance during the majority of the night was more than impressive.Unfortunately for Napoli, Lorenzo Insigne is a slight doubt and might only be fit for the bench against the Giallorossi, as the Italian felt pain in his chest due to a knock in the ribs and was subbed off against PSG.Therefore Arkadiusz Milik is expected to take Insigne’s place next to Dries Mertens in Napoli’s attack, which would give Roma’s shaky defence plenty to think of.Only Di Francesco’s former side Sassuolo have conceded more goals than the Giallorossi in the top 10 and despite two consecutive victories in the Champions League against Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow, Roma continue to struggle domestically.Last week’s embarrassing performance at the Stadio Olimpico against SPAL put Eusebio Di Francesco’s position at the club in danger, but the 3-0 victory against CSKA on Tuesday gives Di Francesco some much needed breathing room.The win against the Russian side shows just how good this Roma side could be and increases the frustration around the team’s domestic struggles, as the Giallorossi currently look like a team with two faces.The 49-year-old knows that his team needs to start earning points in Serie A, if he wants to keep his job at the helm of the club, so Roma need to send a signal against Napoli.As usual, Edin Dzeko will be the visitor’s main attacking weapon, as the Bosnian’s brace was instrumental for the 4-2 win at the San Paolo last season. However, Dzeko’s goalscoring record mirrors Roma’s performances this term, as despite banging five Champions League goals in just three appearances, he has netted just twice in Serie A since the start of the campaign.Considering how inconsistent Roma have been in recent weeks, it is very hard to say what can be expected from the game. If the Giallorossi turn up, the clash could become a really close affair and could go either way. However, Napoli are the more consistent team at the moment and Ancelotti’s presence on the bench gives them a pinch of unpredictability and tactical advantage over Roma, which might prove to be decisive.Faouzi Ghoulam and Alex Meret have returned to training, returned to training, which is a huge boost for Napoli, but Simone Verdi remains a doubt. However, both Ghoulam and Meret are still unavailable and will join Napoli’s long list of absentees, which includes Amin Younes, Vlad Chiriches, Simone Luperto and Adam Ounas.On the other hand Javier Pastore is a doubt for Roma, while Patrik Schick, Diego Perotti and Rick Karsdorp are injured and will miss the trip to Naples.There has been an average of 2.9 goals scored per game in their last 34 meetings between Napoli and Roma. The only goalless game during this stretch was in 2015 at the San Paolo.Lazio vs Inter MilanStadio Olimpico, Roma Monday, 22-10-2018 @10:30pmWeek 10 concludes with a real treat for Serie A fans, as Lazio will welcome Inter to the Stadio Olimpico in a rematch of last season’s dramatic showdown.Last campaign, the two sides locked horns in a tense battle for fourth place. Whoever won that game would end up with a coveted spot in the Champions League, and the loser would have to settle for Europa League football for the next term.As we all know, Inter were the winners on that day, a five-goal thriller that saw plenty of fireworks on the pitch and a last-gasp Matias Vecino winner, whilst Lazio had to contend themselves with competing in Europe’s second tier competition for another campaign. Flash-forward five months later, and these two sides are set to do battle once again.Both teams come into this game in solid form domestically, with Inter having won their last five Serie A games, whilst Lazio have picked up 12 points out of a possible recent 15. However, whilst the Biancocelesti enjoyed a successful foray into European competition by beating Marseille 3-1 on the road, the same cannot be said for Inter, whose perfect run in the Champions League came to an abrupt end at the hands of a Barcelona side sans Lionel Messi in their ranks.Just one point separates the two teams heading into Monday evening’s clash, with Inter occupying third spot on 19 points and Lazio sitting in fourth place. With Napoli facing Roma on Sunday in a potentially tricky fixture, this match could present a great chance for the Nerazzurri to even move into second if everything goes their way. Likewise, the Aquile could leapfrog Inter and close the gap on top two Napoli and Juventus should they pick up a crucial win in what is set to be a crunch clash in the Eternal City on Monday evening.Lazio have lost three of their last four home meetings with Inter in Serie A. Their last home victory against the Nerazzurri was in May 2016 (2-0).Comments
(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)MONTREAL — Whatever Sharks coach Pete DeBoer and general manager Doug Wilson said in closed-door meetings that lasted more than a half-hour Sunday morning must have resonated with the team.The Sharks (13-10-5) ended their five-game trip with a win in Montreal on Sunday, snapping a four-game losing streak and ending a string of six straight road losses. The win came on the heels of a blowout loss in Ottawa that …
2 October 2003The City of Johannesburg marked Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on 2 October by unveiling a bronze statue of him in Gandhi Square in the city centre.Earlier this year sculptor Tinka Christopher won the tender to produce the 2.5 metre statue, which she said took her three months of almost non-stop work to complete.“I worked 10 hours each day, seven days a week, to complete the work in time,” she said.The tall statue depicts Gandhi as a young lawyer in his gown, over a suit, with a book under his arm, looking determinedly forward, with the breeze blowing his cloak to one side. He looks into the centre of the square, and on top of a 5m tall plinth, makes for an imposing figure in the space. The plinth has wooden benches positioned around its base, making it people-friendly.Gandhi practised as an attorney at the Johannesburg Law Courts, which were the city’s first law courts, in what was known as Government Square (now renamed Gandhi Square). The courts were in use until 1911 when the Pritchard Street Supreme Court building was built. They were eventually demolished in 1948 and made way for the city’s main bus terminus, which is still functional.Gandhi arrived in South Africa in 1893, and at first practised law in Johannesburg in the early 1900s. But in time he became more active in resistance politics. He was tried at the Law Courts, convicted and sentenced for pass law offences, among them the call to Indians and Chinese to burn their pass books.He left the country for India in 1914, after having shaped and established his policy of “Satyagraha” or passive resistance.Christopher’s other works around the city include a two-children sculpture in Bank City, a fish eagle at corporate offices in Midrand, and a stallion at Toyota’s offices in Sandton.The winning entry was adjudicated by the advisory committee of the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Proposals were received from three other sculptors: Naomi Jacobson, Ben Omar and Maureen Quin.To prevent the theft of the bronze sculpture, an alarm has been fitted inside the statue, and any vibrations will be immediately picked up, and set off a signal to a security company.The statue went up on Monday and was officially unveiled by Mayor Amos Masondo on Thursday. “It fits the space well,” said Christopher with a satisfied smile when the bubble wrap was removed.Eric Itzkin, the deputy director of Immovable Heritage, said he was pleased with how the statue worked out. “I am happy with the final choice.” The City donated half of the cost of the work, and the rest came from private donations.Meanwhile, Tolstoy Farm, 35 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg, on which Gandhi spent some time living a communal kibbutz existence with a small community of 50 adults and 30 children, is to be recreated as a community centre and museum.Source: City of Johannesburg website