Rio Olympics: Daniel Smith overcomes addiction to join swimming team

first_imgSmith was a talented junior swimmer and won a string of Australian Junior Championships, but in his late teens ice pushed his life off the rails and he was soon living on the street.”It was difficult, but I guess the pain that I suffered, the pain that I dealt with has actually put me in a position now to give back to others,” he said.”That’s what my life’s all about now. I’m all about giving hope to the next generation and giving hope to other people who are addicted to drugs.”Smith said his five-year drug and alcohol addiction not only affected his swimming career, but his family relationships as well.”I destroyed my family and they’re still healing now from the whole situation,” he said.”You can understand what it’d be like watching your son literally destroy his life.”His mother Julie Smith said it was a difficult period for their family.”We felt for him because we knew it wasn’t him,” she said.”We just didn’t know what to do.”We saw psychologists and psychiatrists, everything, and nobody could give us an answer on how to help him.”Smith said it was his love of the pool and his faith that helped him get his life back on track.Earlier this year he finished fourth in the 200 metres freestyle at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide to secure his spot in the relay team in Rio.Smith’s long-term coach Dennis Cottrell said it was an incredible achievement.last_img read more

Boyz were certain of goal – Mattocks

first_imgNational striker Darren Mattocks, who has scored in his last four internationals, including both legs of the Boyz’s two-way World Cup qualifier against Nicaragua which ended with the second-leg in Managua on Tuesday night, said when they saw five minutes remaining on the clock their hopes of a comeback had dried up.”When I saw 86 minutes, that’s when doubts started to creep into the back of our heads. We knew we were going to get the goal. Even if it was the 93rd minute, we knew could get a goal. But we didn’t play as if there was any doubt, and that’s why we got the goal,” he admitted.The in-form forward noted that all his recent goals for Jamaica have been scored in very important, high-profile games and he wants to continue building his reputation as a big-game player and matchwinner for Jamaica in the qualifiers.Mattocks also had goals in the Gold Cup semi-final and final.In Tuesday’s game against Nicaragua, the Reggae Boyz, having lost the opening leg 3-2 in Kingston, needed to beat the hosts by two clear goals. Mattock found the opener after 24 minutes.”We approached the game in a strong manner. We knew the task and that we had to win by two clear goals, but we were pretty confident even though we had players missing; we knew we had a talented bunch,” he told The Gleaner.Getting the goals”We were pretty confident, although we were cautious. But once we got the early goal, we could settle and go for the second one. We got the second goal late, but the most important thing is that we got that goal,” he insisted.The former Bridgeport High and Waterhouse player is pleased with his rich international form.”As a striker, your main job is to score, and each game I go out I try to put the ball in the net, especially in big games. These (last four internationals) were four very huge games and I pride myself on turning up for big games, and for the last four games I have done that and helped the team advance through the knockout phase of the World Cup qualifiers and that’s something I want to continue doing,” he stressed.”From day one, I tell myself that whichever team I play for, whether I am a rookie or not, I always want to be that person who steps up when it matters most. It’s not going to happen all the time, but I want to be that person, so I put pressure on myself,” he continued.”The goal in Kingston was just as important; it helped us get back into the tie. We would have been out of the tie if I hadn’t scored that first goal, but last (Tuesday) night’s goal was just important because it helped us relax and focus on just getting the second goal,” Mattocks reasoned.”Where there is a will there is a way … the most important thing is that we got the goal and got through,” he added.last_img read more

CJIA threatens to ban CAL flights over breach of duty free pact

first_img– airlines given 21 days to restore agreementCaribbean Airlines (CAL) has been given an ultimatum of 21 days to restore an agreement it had entered with the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) regarding passengers who purchase at the Duty Free Shop in Guyana or have its flights to the airport discontinued.This decision was made by management of CJIA on Thursday after the Trinidad-based airline failed to honour an agreement made at a previous meeting, which stated that airline passengers would be allowed to travel to their final destinations with their purchases from the Timehri Airport’s Duty Free Shop.However, passengers began complaining that the airline prohibited them from travelling with their duty free items. Due to this, the management of CJIA was forced to put an ultimatum before CAL.In a letter to Caribbean Airlines, CJIA said: “Accordingly, take notice unless CAL remedies its aforesaid default and comply with the said notice of June 15, 2015 within 21 Days of this notice to remedy default, CJIAC will be at liberty to proceed to cancel the air carrier agreement under article 9.3 thereof.”The letter highlighted that passengers, under CAL and CJIA security supervision, would be allowed to have their duty free items secured in their checked luggage. It was noted that before an agreement was made, numerous discussions were made involving local law enforcements, duty-free concessionaries and Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) Caribbean Airline personnel and representatives.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson explained that the conflict stemmed from passengers being unable to exercise their duty-free concessions.“The issue stems from duty free concessions. There has been a long-standing issue with Guyanese whereas when we travel to Trinidad, we deplane and go through the security checks in Trinidad. What is being implemented now is that when you go through, you’re asked to take out your baggage, and when you take out your baggage it will include the duty free concessionaries from Guyana. Currently, the regulations are that you cannot carry anything over ten fluid ounces,” he related.He explained that it became an issue of national interest after travellers complained that when they pass through security in Port of Spain, they are unable to carry their purchases from Guyana; particularly alcoholic beverages even though it is in compliance with the regulations. As such, these passengers lose their products at security after it is rejected during screening.He went on to point out that even though similar issues arise at other airports, those airports usually make accommodations for these passengers.Minister Patterson added that on several occasions, the CJIA approached the airline company with several suggestions in attempt to resolve the conflict; however, these suggestions were ignored and the issue was left unresolved.“What is being suggested is that Guyana, CJIA and Caribbean Airlines reach some form of accommodation that if you bought products in Guyana legally, verifiably and it comes in a sealed package, the airport would collect it from you and turn it as you deplane at your final destination,” he explained..This proposal, the minister revealed, was put to Caribbean Airlines and they attempted to implement it and in the end they refused to proceed.“We do believe that Guyanese travellers have rights as well and we believe that what applies in any other airport and any other airline should apply to us. We do believe that we can have a resolution; unfortunately none has been reached so far,” the minister stated.Minister Patterson pointed out that the decision to present CAL with an ultimatum was made after months of deliberations by CJIA’s Board, as none of the proposals made by the airport were finding favour with CAL.He further expressed hopes that CAL will seek to resolve the issue within the stipulated timeframe so as to avoid further conflicts.In 2013, Guyana granted the Trinidad-based airline “flag carrier status”.last_img read more

‘Expedite US$400,000 for Community

first_imgThe president and CEO of the Grand Bassa Community College, Dr. Levi B. Zangai, said the College is in dire need of county subsidy in the amount of US$400,000. This amount, according to Dr. Zangai, county caucus has agreed to make it available so as to make the college run smoothly. He stated that in the absence of said funding, the college faces serious facility collapse. He disclosed that in 2010, US$2.2 million was made available from the County Social Development Fund, which the iron ore giant, ArcelorMittal, provided to the county to help construct modern facilities at the college. Professor Zangai told the Daily Observer over the weekend that when the US$400,000 is made available, it will help speed up the transfer of all departments to their modern campus by next semester, hopefully in January. He said that he and others have gone through the process in making sure that funds be made available through county sitting, but to no avail. Professor Zangai: “For the smooth operation of our modern campus, we need pipe-borne water, furniture, constant electricity and other equipment to be installed in the entire building; vehicles for both professors and student operation.” At present, there are four departments using the facilities of the GBCC modern campus, including Nursing, Agriculture, Computer Science and the Technical vocational component. Dr. Zangai stressed that, if these departments don’t function as they should because of the lack of funding, it is seriously going to hamper the learning process of the students.During a tour of the campus, it was observed that the only truck which transports students to and from to the main campus has broken down, and needs repair.The GBCC was established in 2008 through an Act of the Legislature and approved by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The creation of the college actually derived from the advocacy of the county youths, who strongly held the feet on their political leaders, demanding the establishment of the college The initial amount US$400,000 was made available by the county from the Arcelor Mittal Social Development Fund to finance the establishment of GBCC.Since it became operational, it has graduated over 100 men and women, who are now employed with companies, hospitals, clinics, banks and other NGOs, operating in the county.The aim of the college is to make sure that a strong and a vibrant foundation is built in the county and that students leaving the walls will perform efficiently where ever they are employed.The GBCC students are not only from Grand Bassa County but all parts of 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

Witness recalls Den Amstel woman’s final moments

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairThe murder trial of Agricola native Jermaine Savory, who is accused of shooting to death Melissa Payne during the course of a robbery on November 5, 2008, continued before Justice James Bovell-Drakes at the High Court in Georgetown.In the company of at least one other person, Savory allegedly murdered Payne after the woman and her reputed husband, John Fraser, had stopped at Agricola on their way to Georgetown in an effort to correct a mechanical fault that occurred on the GHH 5399 Toyota Canter truck in which they were travelling.On trial: Jermaine SavoryThe 12-member jury, which was recently empanelled to make a judgment on the case, heard the testimony of Agricola resident Lorraine Isaacs, who was one of the first witnesses on the scene after Payne was shot. On Tuesday, she recalled that on the morning of the robbery and shooting that she was assisting her mother in packing some mangoes when she observed a traffic jam on the Agricola Public Road, which was caused by a broken down canter.Some time after, she heard two loud explosions which sounded like gunshots just moments apart. Isaacs said she saw a woman fall to the ground and she crossed over the road and saw her in a sitting position bracing and she was bleeding. She later highlighted that she knew the accused, Savory, since he was a young boy growing up in the village in addition to knowing Otto Bagot, a man with whom she had shared a relationship. Bagot was implicated as an accomplice in the murder.The next witness, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Elston Baird, who had been attached to the Ruimveldt Police Station in 2008, recalled when Savory was interviewed. In his testimony, ASP Baird recalled that Savory admitted to being involved in the robbery, but denied pulling the trigger.‘“Inspector, is me and Otto do de robbery and is he who shoot de woman’,” Savory allegedly told the Police Officer while in custody.This comes as a departure from the account of Payne’s reputed husband, John Fraser, who positively identified Savory as the assailant during his emotional testimony before the jury on Monday.Reports back then were that while Fraser was attending to the vehicle around 08:30h that morning, armed bandits approached them. Fraser had managed to escape, but Payne, from Den Amstel, West Bank Demerara, was eventually shot after refusing to hand over her bag, which reportedly contained some $100,000 cash and other valuables. After she tried to escape with her handbag, the bandits had swiftly pursued her and opened fire; they made off with the bag and her gold chain. Payne subsequently died while being transported to hospital.Some nine years after the murder was committed, Savory is represented in court by Attorney Maxwell McKay, and Prosecutors Mandell Moore and Orinthia Schmidt are presenting the State’s case. Police Inspector Eon Jackson, a ballistics expert, also took the stand on Tuesday in a trial in which some nine witnesses are expected to testify.last_img read more

Man City plot Mbappe bid, Mourinho fears axe, Liverpool leading race for Ramsey

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND Pep Guardiola believes Mbappe can help fire Man City to the Champions League title 3 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden will be kept waiting before being offered a new five-year contract. Etihad bosses are willing to draw up new terms believed to be worth £25,000 per week, but want to keep the 18-year-old’s feet firmly on the ground and are in no rush to sign off on the deal. (Daily Star)Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 23, is reportedly being eyed up by three Premier League clubs. Scouts from Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool were present last Sunday to see him score in his side’s 4-1 victory over Genoa. The Serb has previously been linked with Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)West Ham defender/midfielder Declan Rice has impressed England with his recent displays and Gareth Southgate will be given a glowing appraisal of the 19-year-old this week. It is claimed the Football Association has been given significant encouragement that Rice wants to switch allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to England. (Daily Mail)It is claimed Newcastle Unitedowner Mike Ashley will take the entire squad and manager Rafael Benitez out for a meal in an attempt to rebuild relationships. (Daily Mail) RANKED LATEST Alexis Sanchez’s future at Manchester United is also said to be in serious doubt, with reports the 29-year-old forward was stunned to have been left out of the squad for this weekend’s disastrous defeat at West Ham. It is also suggested the Chilean forward regrets his move to Old Trafford in January. (Daily Mirror)Paul Pogba was asked for comment following Saturday’s 3-1 loss at the London Stadium, but replied to the press: “You want me dead?” (The Times)Manchester United , AC Milan and PSG all tried to sign Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer before the 33-year-old superstar joined Juventus from Real Madrid. (Marca)Liverpool will lead the chase for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in January, according to reports. Jurgen Klopp attempted to sign the 27-year-old during the summer and return for the Welshman when the transfer window reopens, after he ended talks over a new contract with the Gunners. (Daily Mirror) Transfer gossip on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ center_img Could Arsenal be making the same old mistakes with Aaron Ramsey? REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Manchester City plotting a world-record £200million move for Kylian Mbappe in January, according to reports. Pep Guardiola believes the 19-year-old World Cup winner can take City to Champions League glory. However, the Paris Saint-Germain star has also been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona. (The Sun)Jose Mourinho’s future at Manchester United continues to be the topic of speculation following the team’s poor start to the season…It is claimed the under-fire coach is resigned to his fate and is convinced United officials have sounded out former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane to replace him. (The Sun)Meanwhile, it is also suggested that Mourinho’s precarious position has left 12 players unsure of their futures, with the likes of David De Gea, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw all in the final year of their deals. (Daily Mirror) 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Here’s the top transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s newspapers and online… targets LIVING THE DREAM targets moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL singer Kedar Friis Lawrence is through to the live stages of The Voice of Ireland.The 18-year-old student revealed on RTE tonight that he has put his Leaving Cert back a year to concentrate on his music career.And after the winning his battle tonight with Caoin Fitzpatrick singing Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, he has a chance to take his career further.  DDTV: DONEGAL SINGER KEDAR WINS ‘THE VOICE’ BATTLE was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Kedar Friis LawrenceRTEthe voicelast_img read more

LYIT students have their heads in the clouds!

first_imgA group of Donegal students have their heads in the clouds after graduating from LYIT with a unique qualification.Four Donegal students, Finn Valley’s Damien Dolan (Ballybofey) Shane Flynn (Castlefinn) and Willie Doherty (Ballybofey) and Falcarragh’s Sean McClean graduated from the college with an Honors Degree in Cloud and Green IT.The course is the first in Ireland along with Cork with this new technology. Co. Galway woman Aine Higgins, from Tuam, also in the picture, also graduated.The students are pictured with their lecturers Dr Michael McCann, Dr Eoghan Furey and Dr James Connolly.Now imagine the new heights their careers are going to take!LYIT students have their heads in the clouds! was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spurs out to examine United’s progress as Liverpool hope to return to winning ways

first_imgWest Ham vs ArsenalLondon Stadium, LondonSaturday, 12-01-2019 @3:30pmReferee: Jonathan MossAfter failing to win in two, Arsenal dispatched Fulham 4-1 in their last League fixture to get back in the hunt for top four. However, their resilience and progress will further be put on the scale when they travel away to West Ham in the Saturday Lunch time kick-off. West Ham seemed to be improving but are currently on a two game winless run that was compounded by a 2-2 draw with Brighton last time out.Former Arsenal star, Samir Nasri is set for his first Premier League appearance since August 2016, after making his West Ham debut in the FA Cup win against Birmingham. Marko Arnautovic’s participation is in doubt amid claims he wants to move to China, while Fabian Balbuena is out for eight weeks following knee surgery.Mesut Ozil, Laurent Kosciely and Hector Bellerin are among the six Arsenal players available after injuries. Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal are also fit and in contention. Fellow defender Konstantinos Mavropanos has overcome a groin problem.West Ham have won just one of their last 21 Premier League matches against Arsenal (D4, L16). That sole victory came in August 2015. The Gunners are unbeaten in 11 away matches at West Ham in all competitions since November 2006 (W8, D3). Unai Emery’s first victory as Arsenal head coach came in this season’s reverse fixture. The Hammers have lost 29 Premier League matches against Arsenal, more than against any other side.Brighton vs LiverpoolAmerican Express Community Stadium, East SussexSaturday, 12-01-2019 @6pmReferee: Kevin FriendHaving gone two games without a win, all eyes will be on Liverpool, to see how they respond. In their last league fixture, they lost 2-1 to Man City, a result that saw Liverpool’s lead atop the standings cut to 4 points. Against Brighton, a chance to retain their 7 point caution presents its self although Jurgen Klopp and his charges will have to take nothing for granted as the Seagulls have lost only two home games all season so far.Brighton are again without defender Bernardo, who suffered a hamstring injury against West Ham on 2 January. Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Jose Izquierdo and Mat Ryan also remain unavailable.Virgil van Dijk will return for Liverpool after missing Monday’s FA Cup defeat at Wolves, but the Reds remain short of centre-back options. Dejan Lovren is out with a hamstring injury and Joe Gomez is still unavailable, so Fabinho could again play in central defence. Joel Matip has returned to training following a fractured collarbone and will be monitored, as will midfielder Jordan Henderson, who has been nursing a calf problem. A host of key players rested against Wolves will be recalled to the starting line-up.Brighton have lost their last six matches against Liverpool in all competitions. The Reds have won all three Premier League meetings, scoring 10 times and conceding just once. Liverpool have never lost away at Brighton in the top flight, winning twice and drawing three times. Those five games have produced a total of 25 goals – 16 for the Merseysiders and nine for the Seagulls.Burnely vs FulhamTurf Moor, BurnelySaturday, 12-01-2019 @6pmReferee: Martin ArtkinsonBurnley are hopeful that at least one of Matt Lowton or Phil Bardsley will be fit after both full-backs missed out last weekend because of minor injuries. Johann Berg Gudmundsson is doubtful, while Aaron Lennon remains sidelined and Robbie Brady is suspended.Fulham defender Alfie Mawson is ruled out because of a knee injury. Manager Claudio Ranieri will revert to his first-choice starting line-up after making six changes for last weekend’s FA Cup defeat by League Two Oldham.Burnley are unbeaten in their last 29 home matches against Fulham in all competitions (W24, D5). Fulham’s last win at Turf Moor was 2-0 in the top flight in April 1951.Cardiff City vs Huddersfield TownCardiff City Stadium, Cardiff CitySaturday, 12-01-2019 @6pmReferee: Lee MasonCardiff’s Danny Ward is set to miss out after suffering a blow to the head last weekend, while Kenneth Zohore is not ready to return from a thigh problem. Forward Rhys Healey is in contention after returning from a loan spell at MK Dons, but winger Kadeem Harris is struggling with a shoulder injury.Christopher Schindler returns for Huddersfield after suspension. Jason Puncheon, on loan from Crystal Palace, is set to make his league debut for the Terriers. The game comes too soon for Tommy Smith, while Aaron Mooy, Danny Williams and Abdelhamid Sabiri also remain out.Cardiff City are unbeaten in their last 10 matches against Huddersfield Town in all competitions, winning seven. The Terriers have lost their previous six games away to the Bluebirds in league and cup, Huddersfield’s last win against the Welsh side was a 1-0 victory in the third tier on 25 January 2003. Their manager for that game was Mick Wadswoth, who had been sacked days earlier only for the club to reinstate him after realising they could not afford his pay-off. The Terriers have had a player sent off in each of their last two matches against Cardiff: goalkeeper Danny Ward in May 2017 and Jonathan Hogg in August 2018.Crystal Palace vs WatfordSelhurst Park, LondonSaturday, 12-01-2019 @6pmReferee: Paul TierneyCrystal Palace forward Christian Benteke could be involved for the first time since 1 September after recovering from a serious knee injury. Pape Souare faces a two-month absence with a dislocated shoulder.Watford pair Andre Gray and Christian Kabasele have returned to full training after injuries. Gray has missed seven games because of a leg injury, while Kabasele has been absent since he collided with a post in the Boxing Day defeat by Chelsea. Sebastian Prödl, who has a knee injury, is the only player unavailable to head coach Javi Gracia.Crystal Palace have won this fixture at Selhurst Park for the past two seasons and could equal their longest Premier League home winning streak against a single opponent, having beaten Stoke three times in a row. Watford could win both league meetings in a season for the first time since 2001-02 in the second tier.Leicester City vs SouthamptonKing Power Stadium, LeicesterSaturday, 12-01-2019 @6pmReferee: Michael OliverWinger Harvey Barnes could be involved for Leicester after being recalled from a successful loan spell at West Brom. Jonny Evans faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a broken toe.Southampton are without three strikers: Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi have hamstring injuries, while Charlie Austin begins a two-match ban. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg continues his four-match suspension, Ryan Bertrand is out with a back problem and Maya Yoshida is away on international duty.Leicester have won two of the past three Premier League meetings, and also beat Southampton on penalties in the League Cup in November. Saints have failed to win any of their last five league visits to Leicester (D2, L3). The last three meetings in all competitions at the King Power Stadium have ended 0-0.Chelsea vs Newcastle UnitedStamford Bridge, LondonSaturday, 12-01-2019 @8:30pmReferee: Chris KavanaghChelsea have been blowing hot and cold lately and were left disappointed when they drew 0-0 at home to Southampton last time out. At the start of the day, Mauricio Sarri’s side sit 10 points adrift of top spot and with the games coming thick and fast, they will know there is no room for error.Alvaro Morata is an injury doubt for Chelsea, having missed Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final against Tottenham because of a minor hamstring problem. Ruben Loftus-Cheek remains out with a back injury, while Cesc Fabregas will not be considered ahead of his likely move to Monaco.Newcastle’s on-loan winger Kenedy is ineligible to face his parent club. Jonjo Shelvey, Paul Dummett and Karl Darlow are all injured but Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark are fit.Chelsea have won the last six times they have hosted Newcastle in all competitions. They have lost only one of their 23 home Premier League games against Newcastle (W16, D6) – a 2-0 defeat in May 2012. The Blues won 2-1 in the reverse fixture earlier this season.Everton vs BournemouthGoodison Park, LiverpoolSunday, 13-01-2019 @5:15pmReferee: Anthony TaylorEverton have no new injury concerns, with Ademola Lookman in contention for just a second Premier League start of the season after scoring in the FA Cup win over Lincoln City. Left-back Lucas Digne is expected to return after being rested last weekend, along with Andre Gomes and Richarlison.Bournemouth have a host of injury concerns, with Callum Wilson, Joshua King and Ryan Fraser all doubts. Dominic Solanke has been ruled out until February with a hamstring injury.Everton have won all three of their home Premier League matches against Bournemouth. Bournemouth have lost all five of their competitive away fixtures at Everton.Tottenham Hotspurs vs Man UnitedWembley Stadium, LondonSunday, 13-01-2019 @7:30pmReferee: Mike DeanMan United have been flying since the appointment of Ole Gunner Solskjaer, winning all of their last four League games. However, none has come against a top 10 side. The visit to Wembley will put their progress under scrutiny as the challange that lies ahead of them is in-form of one of their rivals. For Spurs, they sit only six points behind leaders Liverpool and if they are to win a first major title under Mauricio Pochettino, they need a huge statement in form of defeating United on Sunday.Tottenham will welcome back a raft of first-team regulars, having made eight changes for the FA Cup win at Tranmere. Eric Dier is still out following appendix surgery and Lucas Moura is an injury doubt, but Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen are back in training.Paul Pogba is set to be available for Manchester United after he missed the FA Cup third round with a leg problem. Eric Bailly remains suspended, while Chris Smalling could miss a seventh straight game because of a foot injury. Marcos Rojo has returned to Argentina to continue his rehabilitation.Spurs could win three consecutive top-flight meetings with Manchester United for the first time since 1960. United have lost their last three Premier League matches at Spurs, having been defeated just three times in the previous 23 games (W12, D8). The two sides have scored 40 goals between them in their last six matches in all competitions.Man City vs WolvesEtihad Stasdium, Manchester Monday, 14-01-2019 @11pmReferee: Craig PowsonSergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany could be back in contention for Manchester City. The pair missed the cup games against Rotherham and Burton, striker Aguero through illness and captain Kompany with a muscular problem, but are close to fitness, although Guardiola was unsure about their availability on Friday. Midfielder Fernandinho is expected to return after being rested for both cup matches but left-back Benjamin Mendy (knee) and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are still out.Wolves have no fresh injury concerns. Rui Patricio, Matt Doherty and Romain Saiss are expected to return after being rested for Monday’s win over Liverpool. Diogo Jota may lose his place to Ivan Cavaleiro after a below-par return against the Reds following almost a month out with a hamstring problem.Manchester City have won five of their last six home top-flight meetings with Wolves (D1), since a 2-3 defeat in December 1979. Wolves have picked up one win in their last 10 matches with Man City in all competitions (D3 L6), a 2-1 win at Molineux in the Premier League in October 2010. Manchester City are unbeaten in their last 34 home Premier League games against newly promoted sides (W30 D4) since a 0-2 defeat to Reading in February 2007 under Stuart Pearce. Manchester City haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last six Premier League home games, their longest run without one at the Etihad since a run of eight ending in December 2015. Manchester City have scored at least twice in each of their last 12 Premier League home games. Only four teams have ever had a longer such run, most recently Man City themselves between September 2017 and February 2018 (13). Wolves have lost seven of their last eight top-flight games played on Monday (W1), including all three such games in the Premier League. Wolves have won nine points from their seven games against ‘big six’ sides this season (W2 D3 L2), more than any other side outside of those six clubs. Wolves are one of only two clubs in Pep Guardiola’s managerial career he has faced more than once but never beaten (P2 W0 D2 L0), along with Celtic.BET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments Tags: premier leaguetoplast_img read more

Shock as drug crimes across Donegal jump by 50% since last year

first_imgDrug crime across Donegal has rocketed in the past year, the latest Garda figures have shown.In 2018 there were a total of 216 drug crimes in Donegal including possession as well as sale and supply.However, for the first nine months of this year that number has jumped by more than 50% with a total of 339 drug crimes. When broken down the figures show the number of offences for the possession of drugs have risen from 186 last year to 289 so far this year.Meanwhile, the number of offences for the sale and supply of drugs has risen from 30 last year to 50 so far this year.The figures evoked a strong reaction from members of the Joint Policing Committee who discussed the issue at their monthly meeting at County House in Lifford yesterday.Reacting to the rise in the number of offences, councillor Barry Sweeney said the report made for worrying reading saying drugs continued to be a massive problem. “Where do we start?” he asked simply.Councillor Michael McClafferty suggested the deployment of a drugs dog into the county as an addition to the drugs squad.However, Chief Superintendent McGinn the drugs unit in the county had been cut despite the ongoing huge issue of drugs.Councillor Michael McBride was more concerned that the wrong message was being put ut through the courts.He said as far as he could see those who were caught simply got off with a slap on the wrist when they appeared in court. “The penalties are a joke. They get a fine and two more deals and they’re back in business. It is an absolute disgrace how lenient the courts are,” he said.Shock as drug crimes across Donegal jump by 50% since last year was last modified: December 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldrugsreportriselast_img read more