Pochettino says Alli’s hamstring injury came at the worst moment

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Dele Alli’s hamstring injury has come at the “worst moment”.Alli has been ruled out until early March after sustaining the problem in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Fulham, the third time he has suffered a hamstring injury this season.The 22-year-old joins Harry Kane in the treatment room and the influential pair are going to miss a crucial part of Spurs’ campaign, starting with the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg with Chelsea on Thursday.They are also set to miss the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Crystal Palace, the Champions League last-16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund, the Carabao Cup final if they beat Chelsea and a host of important Premier League games, potentially including the north London derby.Pochettino said: “Now we need to be positive like with Harry Kane. Of course, we are going to miss him for a long period.“It’s one of the worst moments because we have ahead very busy fixtures.“You know very well that for us the squad is very important and of course it’s a very good opportunity for other players to step up.”Pochettino’s stretched squad, which is also missing Son Heung-min to international duty, has further highlighted the club’s lack of transfer activity in the last two windows.The Argentinian has reiterated that the club are open to making additions in the next week, but again warned of the difficulties.“Our idea is always I’m so open to improving the squad and adding players, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli fit or not fit,” Pochettino said. “It’s so important to have a clear message to everyone.“I was always open. I was open in the summer, I’m open now, but the different thing is the reality and it’s difficult for us to add players that can help us or improve our squad. We’re open.“It’s not that now because we suffer some injuries we’re going to change our strategy. It’s so clear.“Always we were so open to finding the right profile and the right players to arrive and improve us. But we’re working. We’ll see what happens until the end. But we were always open to improving the squad.“I think this transfer window is always the most difficult transfer window and you know very well because I’m seeing you every day, there are not too many transfers, with a lot of loans.“It’s difficult to find the right players for all the clubs. Of course we’re Tottenham and to find the right profile to help us I think is going to be difficult. But we’re trying, we’re trying to deliver something.”Despite a shortage of attacking options, Pochettino is insistent on not using out-of-favour striker Vincent Janssen.The Dutchman signed in the summer of 2016, but has been a flop at the club, not featuring since August 2017.He has been linked with a move away from the club this month, with Pochettino saying there is no way back for him in north London.“I think it’s so clear that now it’s one year and a half that he’s not in our plans,” he said. “He’s not in Tottenham’s plans. Not in just the manager’s plans but the club’s plan.“Eighteen months ago we took the decision for him to try to find a different place to play because for different reasons it didn’t work. That happens in football.“It’s not a personal problem, it’s about the professional side. For different reasons that professional relationship isn’t working and we need to find a solution. We are trying to find the resolution.“He got the injury months ago and we’re helping him, trying to find the right place for him to feel again like a player and play football.”Spurs have received some rare positive injury news ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge following the return of Moussa Sissoko (groin) and Lucas Moura (knee) to contention.Victor Wanyama is also back in training, but will not feature against Chelsea.last_img read more

President Sirleaf Consoles Germany

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has extended a condolence message to her German counterpart, Mr. Joachime Gauck, the government and people of the Federal Republic of Germany, following the death of Mr. Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor.Mr. Genscher (March 21, 1927–March 31, 2016) served as Minister of the Interior from 1969 to 1974, and as Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor from 1974 to 1992 (except for a two-week break in 1982), making him the longest – serving occupant of either post. In 1991 he was chairman of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). According to a Foreign Ministry release, President Sirleaf recalled the bond of friendship that subsisted between the late Mr. Genscher and Mr. C. Cecil Dennis, the late former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia, which strengthened the ties of friendship and reinforced the collaboration between both countries.“We also recall with appreciation the pivotal role and invaluable financial contribution from the Federal Government to Liberia toward the hosting of the 16th OAU Summit in Monrovia, in July 1979,” President Sireaf indicated.President Sirleaf said, “At the time of national mourning, please be assured of Liberia’s empathy with the people of the German Federation and wish that they will receive divine consolation.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Policing, standards

first_imgPolicemen and women, the world over, are well respected personnel and role models for young people who aspire to contribute positively to the overall development of their communities and its residents.They usually earn the admiration of citizens because of their unique display of honesty, integrity, patience, good temperament, politeness and commitment to maintaining law and order, especially in troubling times and turbulent circumstances. For some, these men and women in uniform stand like superheroes between victims and villains, and the oppressed and their oppressors.In short, policing is a noble profession and is therefore guided by codified laws and practices which dictate exactly how its members are expected to behave in almost every rational circumstance. It is also governed by high standards and ethics which serve to encourage and motivate its members to become standard bearers as far as morality and public decency are concerned.In the developed world, there is no changing of the goal-posts or standards whenever breaches that warrant sanctions and criminal prosecutions are concerned if a Policeman breaches the law or acts in a hostile manner towards people seeking the assistance of various law agencies.In the Caribbean, the culture is different. In some parts, there is a temptation on the part of the middle management of various policing units to conceal the excesses of Policemen and women who are accused and in some instances found guilty of breaching the standards, ethics and laws of the profession.As a direct result of their actions, if they go undetected by the top brass of these agencies, a new culture is passed down to their subordinates which embolden and encourage junior ranks to get involved in unscrupulous activities, which in the short and long-term damage the reputation of the entire profession.In Guyana, the situation referred to above obtains, but has become worst over the past few years. In fact, it is nightmarish. Some Policemen and women are openly engaged in crime and criminality within the divisions that they serve. Others are caught breaching the ethics of their profession accepting bribes, victimising citizens, applying their own version of the law and abusing their positions in order to create additional wealth and sources of income.The situation has reached such a level where the lines between right and wrong are now blurred and there is widespread collusion between ranks at all levels to engage in skulduggery for the right price. Additionally, some lawmen are even in the habit of verbally abusing members of the public, using expletives and other derogatory language in the presence of their seniors. For some reason, some Policemen are always angry, hostile, hoggish and indifferent to the pleas and cries of desperation from the public.Additionally, persons who are arrested and detained at holding centres or the lock-ups are kept in the most inhumane and insanitary conditions despite the tens of millions of dollars that have been released by the Government over the years to improve the conditions of these facilities. There are faeces; stagnant water accumulated from rainfall that makes its way through the porous roofs of these stations into the cell; an unbearable stench and rodents in the cell; no designated sleeping area or potable water available; and most times no access to calls to seek legal counsel.Policemen contribute to the dilemma by engaging in extra-judicial acts, such as beating and brutalising detainees in some instances to force confessions. There are also allegations of torture and sexual abuse at the hands of lawmen.The image of the Force continues to decline because of the indifference and non-action of those in authority. Enough attention is not being paid by the top brass of the Force in disciplining ranks who breach the standards and ethics of the profession. There is no reassessment of the entry requirements for the Force. There is no emphasis on engineering internal programmes to lift the morale of these lawmen to empower them to cope better in the field.The Public Security Ministry continues to function as a toothless poodle and as of recent is engaged in dealing with all sorts of matters foreign to its original remit. It needs to work with the Force to advance a modern customer service and public relations programme aimed at strengthening the performance of Police Officers and their interpersonal skills. Also, an advance policy that tackles corruption and collusion in the Force must be adumbrated.Modern crime-fighting tactics can only be successful when the public demonstrates higher levels of trust, confidence and respect for Policemen. The criminals are wining in some respect because the public demonstrates indifference in providing information that could infiltrate the criminal enterprise across the country.The public’s attitude will not change unless the Policemen and women carry themselves with higher levels of dignity, respect, integrity, honesty and decency. History will not be kind to the current Top Cop unless he distinguishes himself as the one lawman who managed to set the Force on a path to delivering a higher level of service to the Guyanese people. The clock is ticking.last_img read more

Vinayak is 2012 Motorsportsman of the year

first_imgShivam, however, lost his title defense for the National Rally Raid bike Championship which he finished 5th overall despite skipping the season closing round.On his way up, Shivam vanquished three other nominees who were rally driver Carl “Flash” Tundo, navigator Tim Jessop and five time Rally Raid reigning quad Champion Shazar Anwar.Jessop navigated Tundo to six rally wins and eventually the National Rally Championship series.Shivam was all smiles. “I’m on cloud nine,” quipped Shivam as he clinched the coveted trophy at the Haveli Restaurant in Nairobi.The Ladies Rose Bowl for the Most Meritorious Lady competitor went to Chantal Young who won the Classic Car Cup navigators championship and participated in the Rally Raid and Autocross series riding quads.THOSE WHO WERE FETED::::NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP1. MX50 Champion – Jesse Waithaka2. MX65 Champion – Rolf Kihara3. MX85 Champion- Samir Anwar4. MX125 Champion – Apollo Mbuki5. MX 2 Champion – Tutu Maina6. MX 1 Champion – Shivam Vinayak NATIONAL ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP7. 2012 Enduro Champion – Quad Category – Shazar Anwar8. 125 cc Enduro Champion – Shivam Vinayak9. National Overall Enduro Champion – Shivam VinayakNATIONAL AUTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP10. Autocross Champion – Kyle Lucas11. Autocross Champion – Under 24 years – Charles MugoKENYA NATIONAL RALLY RAID CHAMPIONSHIP12. Motor Car Driver- Nish Lakhani13. Motor Car Category Champion14. Navigator -Teeku Patel15. Motorcycle Champion – Sean Wilcock16. Quad Champion Shazar Anwar17. Buggy Champion – Tejas Hirani18. Buggy Navigator Champion- – Riyaz Ismail19. New Overall Champion – Sean WilcockKCB KENYA NATIONAL RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP20. 2WD Champion Navigator: James Mwangi2WD Champion Driver: Nadeem Khan21. 2012 KCB Classic Car Cup Rally Champion Navigator: Chantal Young22. Classic Car Cup Rally Champion Driver: Aslam Khan23. Group S Rally Champion Navigator – Ravi ChanaTHE 2012 MERIT AWARDS24.Neil Granger Brown – Most Improved Motorcycle competitor:Apollo Mbuki25.Most Improved Autocross Competitor: Eugene Maina26.John Ngunjiri Memorial – Most consistent crew: Patrick Kibara/Joel Mwachuya27.Tanveer Alam Memorial – Most Improved Rally Driver: Jassi Chatthe28.William Kimaru Memorial – Most 29. Improved Co-driver: Gugu Panesar29.Mike Vaughan Ryall Memorial – best rally organization: Nanyuki Rally Group – Nanyuki30.Johnny Hellier Memorial – Contribution to Motorsport: Nazir Yakub31.Kulwant Singh Chana Memorial – media contribution: Citizen TV32. Ladies Rose Bowl – Most meritorious Lady competitor: Chantel Young33.Motor Sport Personality of the Year 2012: Shivam Vinayak0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya January 12 – All-round bike prodigy Shivam “Ole” Vinayak is the 2012 Motor Personality of the year.The 21 year-old second year dentistry student at the University of Nairobi scooped the coveted award following brilliant displays in last year’s Motorsport season which culminated on December 9 with the FIM regional Motocross Challenge.During the season, he won the National Enduro overall title, the 125cc Enduro Championship, the FIM Central Africa Motocross Challenge and the National MX1 Championship for the fourth consecutive time with seven out of 8 wins in the season. last_img read more

Upbeat United plot City derailment

first_imgWayne Rooney scored both goals at West Ham — the first an astonishing lob from near the halfway line — and he says that the 3-0 win over Olympiakos has helped to lift the mood around the club.“I thought we played some really good stuff, moved the ball well and counter-attacked really well, so we’re really pleased with the win,” he said of the success at Upton Park.“The Olympiakos game gave us a big lift in confidence and belief as well in ourselves.“This was a good result for us going into the derby, so we’re looking forward to an exciting game and hopefully we’ll get a good result.”United are 11 points adrift of the Champions League qualifying places, but the consolation of a Europa League berth remains well within their reach.The prospect of a Champions League quarter-final against holders Bayern Munich, meanwhile, has added spice to a season that had appeared to be drifting into oblivion.Rooney’s form over the campaign’s closing weeks will be vital, with strike partner Robin van Persie having been ruled out for up to six weeks after spraining his knee against Olympiakos.The England striker’s performance against West Ham suggested he is ready to step in for Van Persie at the tip of the United attack, but he was keen to highlight the contribution of attacking midfielder Juan Mata.The Spaniard played alongside Shinji Kagawa in support of Rooney, who is hopeful that the configuration will bear further fruit in the weeks ahead.“I think it is the first time we’ve probably both played in a more advanced role, together with him up behind,” Rooney said of Mata.“It worked well. Obviously Juan is a very talented footballer, got a good footballing brain and when he gets in positions, you know as a forward you can make runs and he can see you.”– Chelsea in City’s sights –Manuel Pellegrini’s City remain the side most likely to depose Chelsea at the top of the table and the trip to Old Trafford is the first of their three games in hand on Jose Mourinho’s side.City’s 5-0 demolition of Fulham on Saturday left them six points behind the London club in third place, with Liverpool two points above them having played two games more.The League Cup winners therefore remain in control of their own destiny and goalkeeper Joe Hart says the players are not afraid to admit that the title is within their grasp.“The fans, players, and staff — everyone needs to pull each other through if we want to get over the line first,” he said.“I do think we have the squad to win the league. We can’t get too wrapped up in the away games we still have to play.“We still have the chance to do something really special and do something this club hasn’t done for 44 years by winning two trophies in one season.“So we need to press on and try and create a bit of history.”United hope that Rio Ferdinand will be fit to face City after a back problem forced him to miss the trip to his former club West Ham, obliging Michael Carrick to fill in as an auxiliary centre-back.City remain without leading scorer Sergio Aguero due to a hamstring complaint, but captain Vincent Kompany is back in contention after missing the Fulham game through suspension.City have won on their last two visits to Old Trafford and inflicted a demoralising 4-1 defeat upon United when the teams last met at the Etihad Stadium in September.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MANCHESTER, March 24- Encouraged by a tentative upturn in fortunes, Manchester United will be aiming to derail Manchester City’s Premier League title surge when the sides meet at Old Trafford in Tuesday’s derby.United gave their flatlining season an injection of life by beating Olympiakos last week to reach the Champions League quarter-finals and followed up by winning 2-0 at West Ham United in the league on Saturday.last_img read more

I was mentally ready to play- Yaya

first_img0Shares0000Toure was a surprise starter in Pep Guardiola’s line-up but scored twice as City beat Palace 2-1 away from home to stay in touch with the league leaders.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 20- Yaya Toure says he was ‘mentally’ ready to play when he made a successful return to the Manchester City side as they beat Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.Toure was a surprise starter in Pep Guardiola’s line-up but scored twice as City beat Palace 2-1 away from home to stay in touch with the league leaders. The 33-year-old Toure, who has won every domestic trophy with the Citizens, appeared to be frozen out at the Etihad after his agent, Dimitri Seluk, had a public spat with Guardiola after Toure was left out of City’s Champions League squad.The Manchester City manager made it clear that Toure would only play in his team if his agent apologised but Seluk refused.However, Toure took it upon himself to issue an apology but was still a shock pick for the game at Selhurst Park. The former Barcelona player also thanked his teammates, who clapped him back into the dressing-room after the final whistle.Toure said after the game: “I was prepared mentally and I knew that one day my manager would need me. I was delighted to play and I am very happy to be playing football.”“My team-mates are very important to me. They have always been brilliant with me, always supportive. I always want to be there to help them. I am professional, I always want to improve my game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Barcelona fans will love this video ahead of El Clasico

first_imgBarcelona fans will be glad to see this.Lionel Messi is back training with the team ahead of the Clasico on 21 November.The Barca no.10 has been out since 26 September with a knee injury and joined his team-mates in a rondo session – piggy in the middle to you and us.Midfielder Ivan Rakitic (out with a calf injury) and goalkeeper Marc Andre ter Stegen (missing as a result of dental surgery) also trained.last_img

Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – November 27

first_imgAndy Goldstein and Jason Cundy round up the highlights from the last week of Sports Bar shows.This week’s podcast includes an exclusive chat with Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin!last_img

USC’s Beast is no burden

first_imgDespite the apparent joy of celebrating a sack, it’s not likely anyone will catch a smile from behind the facemask. That’s the Beast, the one that pounds opposing centers and guards into submission over the course of a game. If you want a smile, you’ll get one. After the festivities are over and Sedrick Ellis reemerges, anyway. “They both have their times,” Ellis said of his split personality. “I don’t think it’s the place out there to be all nice and `Hey, guys’ and everything. I do enough of that hitting and yelling on the field out there so when I’m off the field, I can just relax and be a cool guy.” That’s the way he rolls. No one saunters around campus quite like Ellis, who always seems to have a content look on his face. “If I didn’t play football I’d want to take it easy,” Ellis said. “I’d be a photographer or something like that. Be out there snapping some pictures, go to some nice scenic places and take pictures. If I didn’t play football, I’d definitely be in a very relaxed atmosphere. “I like the scenery. Maybe go to Niagara Falls or something like that. Take some good nature pictures. When everything gets settled with this NFL thing and I have a little bit of cash in my pocket, maybe that would be one of my trips.” The fact that he’s not strolling somewhere with a camera is a relief to USC, which faced the prospect of making do this season without either Ellis or the Beast if the 6-foot-2, 305-pound nose tackle had chosen to take them to the NFL. He had heart-to-heart talks with his parents and with teammates like Jackson, who was also considering making the jump after his junior season. Ellis, who missed three games last season with torn cartilage in his knee, did his homework. Part of it came from the teaching of Coach Pete Carroll, who has tried for years to show players how their professional value could increase with another season of college football. And part of his schooling was simple observation of how some former Trojans had fared after leaving early. “It’s a track record and in my opinion it’s not even mixed success,” Ellis said. “There are very few guys who have left early and done very well for themselves. “There are a few, but for the most part it hurts you, so I looked at that and one thing I pride myself on is looking at people who came before me and learning from their mistakes. And I just thought it would be the best decision.” With the season Ellis is having now, that decision appears golden. In addition to the Trojans almost certainly adding another first-team All-American to their list, Ellis is now considered one of the top players at his position in the country. Despite the constant double-teams he faces, Ellis is the team leader in sacks (51/2) and tackles for loss (71/2) and has swatted away five passes. His bull-rush knockdown of Nebraska center Brett Byford remains a signature moment. Against UCLA last season, he drew a holding penalty in the end zone that turned into a safety, but sometimes he wonders why he hasn’t earned more respect from officials. He cited one play from a Pacific-10 Conference game this year when he was dragged down right in front of the referee. Ellis asked for a penalty. “The referee said, `We can’t call holding on every play,”‘ Ellis said after a game, incredulous. Good thing the Beast was tucked away for the evening. But on he goes, providing the fulcrum for a USC defense that ranks third in the nation in yardage allowed. It’s what Ellis envisioned when he chose to return. He understood there was a missing element to his development. “Education,” he said. “I don’t really think there was anything physically that I needed to prove. I just needed to be a smarter football player. Study habits, recognizing formations and things like that could be a lot better on my part.” “His understanding of the game just shot up,” Jackson said. “He’s always known what to do. He’s starting to get the ins and outs of a lot of things and that’s helped him out a lot. Learning the (offensive) protections, just becoming a complete defensive tackle.” And to think the Trojans thought they had lost a priceless commodity when nose tackle Mike Patterson graduated. Ellis has made the position a six-year rock of granite. It’s just that next year, the Trojans will have to replace a pair of nose tackles. That figures to be a beast of a challenge. phil.collin@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Mellow off the field, the Trojans’ nose tackle is an animal on defense. By Phil Collin STAFF WRITER The Beast is unleashed. The guns are drawn. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Even in the middle of the mayhem of the interior line, it’s not hard to find Sedrick Ellis. Amid the chaos in which he finds himself, it’s not long before No. 49 emerges from the havoc. Well, it’s more like a burst, and an unsuspecting quarterback is spilled. Ellis will pop and flash his strongman pose, with biceps billowing off his arms. In the vernacular, the biceps are guns. One of his mates on the USC defensive line, Lawrence Jackson, clarifies the description. “He’s a big son of a gun,” Jackson said. “He’s got some cannons.” last_img

Friends mourn John Cisneros

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsCisneros served with the department for 32 years before retiring in 1996. He died of cancer Sept. 6. Flags flying above Baldwin Park city buildings were lowered to half-staff following his death. – From staff reports • Photo Gallery: John Cisneros funeral DIAMOND BAR – Hundreds gathered at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs on Friday as funeral services were held for John O. Cisneros, a former captain with the Baldwin Park Police Department. He was 61. The longtime Covina resident was a graduate of Baldwin Park High School and attended Rio Hondo College. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more