3PREMIER LEAGUE captains have created a Players Together fund to give £4million to the NHS.The 20 skippers — led by Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Manchester United’s Harry Maguire — rubber-stamped the groundbreaking plan after four days of talks.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates3 Prem stars will donate £4m to the NHS in the fight against coronavirus after talks between club captainsCredit: Getty Images – GettyLast night stars released a statement, pledging “to make a real difference in distributing funds quickly to where it is needed most in this Covid-19 crisis”.The players have vowed to hand over cash to NHS staff, volunteers and coronavirus patients.And the move was hailed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who had called for players to “take a pay cut and play their part” in the national fight against the killer disease.Hancock tweeted: “Warmly welcome this big-hearted decision. You are playing your part.”The Players Together voluntary initiative — separate to any pay cut conversations with their clubs or the Prem — was also hailed by former England stars Gary Lineker and Rio Ferdinand.Lineker tweeted: “Footballers are doing their bit as I was confident they would. Proud of our players.”Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealWhile Ferdinand added: “The players have made a great call with the frontline of the NHS.”Three Lions aces Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling were among the stars to post the statement on their social media accounts at 9pm last night along with #PlayersTogether.They said: “After extensive conversations between a huge number of players from all Premier League clubs, we have created our own collective player initiative, #PlayersTogether, and have partnered with NHS Charities Together to assist them in generating and distributing funds quickly and efficiently.“Premier League players have held numerous talks together with the vision of creating a contribution fund to distribute money to where it’s needed most in this crisis; helping those fighting for us on the NHS frontline as well as other key areas.3 Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire helped broker the dealCredit: Getty Images – Getty“The contributions will support NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by Covid-19, both now and in the longer term.“#PlayersTogether is about players collaborating to create a voluntary initiative, separate to any other club and league conversations, that can help get much-needed funds to those that need it. To try and make a real difference.“Our prayers go out to everybody affected by this crisis. By sticking together, we will get through this. Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.”West Ham skipper Mark Noble and Watford’s Troy Deeney will help administer the scheme.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’The amounts given will remain anonymous as some players will be putting in more than others due to pay differences.Many players — such as Newcastle’s on-loan Spurs defender Danny Rose — have made donations to hospitals.And several foreign players have given money to the health services back home.Premier League ‘to release statement ending season’ due to coronavirus uncertainty, claims Serie A chief Marino
NEWCASTLEVS ARSENALArsenal have four points from their opening three games, their worst start since 2011. But they have gone nine Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle without loss, winning their last seven home and away. Newcastle could start with Florian Thauvin, their latest signing from Marseille who scored on his full debut for Newcastle in the 4-1 Capital One Cup win over Northampton.ASTON VILLA VS SUNDERLANDSunderland have failed to score in their last four games against Villa while managing just one in seven previous encounters. Three of the last four games between these teams at Villa Park have ended in goalless draws while seven of Sunderland’s 14 visits there have also been draws, with Villa winning five and Sunderland just two, most recently in January 2011.BOURNEMOUTH VS LEICESTER CITYLeicester have won 29 Premier League points since April 1, more than any other side. And Riyad Mahrez has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances, including four in his three games of this campaign. Leicester have beaten Bournemouth in their last four league clashes, and last lost against the south-coast club in March 1989.STOKE VS WEST BROMStoke have started poorly with just two points from a possible nine, their worst Premier League start for five years; in 2010 they lost their opening three games and went on to finish just seven points clear of the relegation zone. Albion’s one point is their worst start since 2013.TOTTENHAMVS EVERTONTottenham have two points, their worst start for three years. But Everton last won at White Hart Lane in November 2008, one of three victories there in 22 visits. Everton defender John Stones put in a transfer request in midweek, while Chelsea have had three unsuccessful bids for the defender, and so he may not feature.SOUTHAMPTON VS NORWICH CITYSouthampton’s two points is their worst start since 2012 when they lost their first four games in the Barclays Premier League and sees them in the bottom three – their lowest place in the top flight since December 2012. Indeed, Saints have won just once in their last nine league games, losing five and drawing three.
West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, who has been sidelined by injury, is eyeing the impending WICB NAGICO Super50 Tournament as the perfect launch pad to solidify his comeback when he turns out for the Jamaica Scorpions.The left-arm seamer, who has been making steady strides in the limited-overs arena in recent years, recently recovered from a knee injury that he sustained during a West Indies training camp last summer.Since then, the 26-year-old has gone on to represent Jamaica Scorpions in two matches in the WICB First-Class Championship, which is currently on a midseason break.”For me, it (Super50) is a comeback tournament, and I want to make a big statement,” he explained.”I am coming off a knee injury and have been steadily getting in the groove since, and this tournament, I want to finish high on the bowling list.”Cottrell, who has been particularly good in Twenty20 matches and has been a leading figure in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, is set to spearhead Jamaica’s bowling attack in the absence of fellow West Indian Jerome Taylor, who is currently in Australia.Taylor, like batsman Jermaine Blackwood, is earmarked to join the Jamaica team after their first three group-stage matches. The team is scheduled to play six matches, and Cottrell wants to make a big impact.”With me likely to lead the bowling attack, I intend to be aggressive up top and take wickets,” he said.”I want to make batsmen as uncomfortable as much as possible, with regard to my pace and control. If I am able to do that, I know it will be better for me to take wickets, which should put the team in better positions to win matches.”Cottrell has represented the West Indies in two one-day internationals, six Twenty20 internationals, and two Tests.The Scorpions’ other specialist fast bowler in the 14-man ssquad is the up-and-coming Marquino Mindley.GORDON ADDEDReserve pacer Nicholson Gordon, in the meantime, has been added to the squad as cover until Taylor joins the team.Champions of the regional one-day showpiece event five years ago, Jamaica Scorpions are slated to face stiff competition in the group stage of the Super50 tournament.Pitted in Group A, they will battle co-hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force and Barbados Pride for one of the two available semi-final spots. Guest team ICC Americas is the group’s other contestant.The other two-semi-finalists will come from Group Two, which includes Guyana, co-hosts Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners and Windward Island Volcanoes.Jamaica will bow into action tomorrow against Trinidad at Queen’s Park Oval in a day/night encounter. Match time is 12:30 p.m. Jamaica time.
MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Lewis Hamilton’s woes at the Australian Grand Prix continued yesterday when he finished second behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the Formula One season-opener at Albert Park.The 32-year-old Brit started on pole but failed to keep pace with the four-time former World champion, who proved his pace in pre-season testing was evidence Ferrari had the edge on Mercedes since the new cars were introduced for the 2017 season.Hamilton finished almost 10 seconds behind Vettel, with new Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, third.”A big congratulations to Ferrari and to Sebastian, they did an amazing job this weekend,” Hamilton told media afterward.”It’s been a great weekend for us and the team, but just in the race, I struggled with the tyres at the end. I had to pit a lot earlier than these guys because I just ran out of grip.GREAT RACE”Pitted and I got stuck behind one of the Red Bulls, and sometimes that’s just the way it goes. But overall, a great race and good points for the team.”There was similar disappointment for Hamilton last year after he also started on pole but was forced to finish second to now retired teammate Nico Rosberg.Vettel stalked Hamilton in the early stages before grabbing the lead when the three-time World champion was forced into an early pit stop.Things were further complicated for Hamilton when he found himself held up behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on the restart and Vettel pulled away to open up a considerable lead and score his first win since Singapore in September 2015.
Who is Tibelrosa Summoh Tarponweh? We do not remember ever doing a story on this caring and patriotic parent. But last Thursday our Health Correspondent, Alaskai Johnson, caught him doing a great deed: providing 78 armchairs to students of the John Payne Mitchell Elementary and Junior High School in Marshall, Margibi County. Johnson dutifully covered the event and put Mr. Tarponweh suddenly in the news.Alaskai’s photos were graphic enough. He showed students sitting on cement blocks, with their second grade teacher looking on with concern, and the new armchairs provided by donor Tarponweh. There are at least three things that make this story important. The first is the students who, eager to learn, are prepared to make any sacrifice, including sitting on the floor, to attend school. The second is the ineptitude (incompetence, ineffectiveness) of the Ministry of Education, in allowing students, in this day and age, to sit on the classroom floor or on broken concrete blocks. The Ministry has forgotten what President Sirleaf did a few years back when she paid a surprise visit to the William Gabriel Kpoleh School in Bardnersville and found students sitting on the floor: in anger, she suspended Education Minister Joseph Korto and all his deputies! The third important thing about Alaskai’s story is the neighborhood in which the school exists. Right across the street from it are the imposing mansions of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler—a man who hails from an equally impoverished rural Liberian town—Arthington in Montserrado County.Why do we have to mention the Speaker? First, because Alaskai did in his story. The inquisitive reporter that he is, he could not help but look across the street and see the Speaker’s imposing mansions, in stark contrast to this deprived and impoverished school training pupils who are just beginning their educational journey into the future, when one of them would one day be a national leader like Speaker Tyler. But let us quickly digress, for one particular reason: to remind these students—indeed all Liberian students—that we do not want them to grow up dreaming of political leadership only. They must remember that there is a whole lot one can do for his or her country without becoming president, speaker, senator, representative or chief justice. Many of us have been given, and are being given, an education to HELP MOVE LIBERIA FORWARD IN EVERY DIRECTION—in agriculture, architecture, business and finance, cartography (mapping), defense (immigration, police, soldier, etc), education (teaching, research and writing) engineering, geology and mining, health sciences and medicine, history (world, national, local, personal and professional, etc.), journalism, law, languages, political and other social sciences and pure science and technology.Speaker Tyler may not have known where this school is or what its needs are. Nor may he have known after whom the school was named—John Payne Mitchell—former Education Secretary and the first Liberian to attain the Doctorate degree (PhD).We surely hope the students of this school will come to know who Dr. Mitchell was, so that some of them, too, may aspire to attain and indeed achieve this coveted academic credential, the PhD.No, the Speaker may not have known where this school is, for too many of our top officials and privileged people feel very comfortable in their air-conditioned, stained glass- windowed vehicles speeding past the poor, deprived and underprivileged on the dusty, muddy or water-logged streets and in slum neighborhoods.But that is why—remember? —Jesus walked most places He went—to experience for Himself as the incarnate One (in the flesh—God made man), the multitude of problems besetting suffering humanity—and not only to experience, but to DO something about them! Remember, too, that Christ took pains to teach the people about GOOD NEIGHBORLINESS, telling them that their neighbor is “everyone, without exception.”We pray that Speaker Tyler will become a good neighbor to his poor, deprived and underprivileged community—and not him only, but all others who are building mansions in that beautiful Marshall strip, or anywhere else in Liberia.For that same Bible teaches, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The management of Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) yesterday, October 25, clarified the Wednesday, October 24, 2018, volume 20, No. 34701 front page lead story of The Heritage newspaper entitled, “For ‘receiving’ over US$1M from US Embassy, others, without supply: Lawmakers Probe LEC.”In the publication, according to an LEC release, the newspaper “erroneously stated that among many issues, the entity is being investigated for reportedly receiving over US$1 million from the U.S. Embassy near Monrovia, without supplying electricity to the facility.”In its clarification, LEC said, “Let’s provide the historical context of the U.S. Feeder Lines Connectivity Project beginning on September 28, 2017, when the LEC Management, under then Interim managing director, Ernest Hughes, signed a US$460,000 contract with the U.S. Embassy, with the objective to provide 22kV lines from two of our substations feeding into the New U.S. Embassy Compound.”“Unfortunately,” according to LEC, “the project did not commence while Mr. Hughes was head of the corporation until July 2, 2018, when ESBI finally commenced the planning and subsequent execution of the project.”“Thus far, a couple of meetings with both the LEC and U.S. Embassy Project teams have occurred; the project plan was developed, distributed and discussed with the client before work commenced on September 17, 2018.”“Further, we provide progress reports of works to the embassy per our contract with the US Government; we have erected poles along the route to run the overhead lines—as defined in the project plan,” the release said.The project, LEC said, also complies with all government’s regulations, including the Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Cost and Disbursement of Funds“The contract with the LEC and the U.S. Embassy is a firm fixed price contract with a face value of approximately US$460,495.10. On January 8, 2018, the U.S. Embassy disbursed US$185,000 to the LEC, and thus a balance of $275,495.10, which is to be paid upon completion or milestones—as stipulated in the contract.“As agreed with the U.S. Embassy in our October 18, 2018 meeting, the project will be completed by the 3rd week of February, 2019, and when completed, the Embassy will become the corporation’s largest customer, which is in furtherance of our strategic goal to diversify our customer revenue based.Meanwhile, LEC said it has met all government requirements—EPA and MoPW permit; poles are erected and overhead line commences on October 23, 2018; monthly meeting with the U.S. Embassy’s project team; connection to U.S. Embassy Feeder Line 2 – 3rd week December, 2018, and connection of Feeder Line 1—3rd week January, 2019 (30-day testing in February, 2019).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In Escondido, a suburb about 30 miles north of San Diego where Latinos make up 42 percent of the residents, the City Council adopted an ordinance last October that required landlords to evict illegal immigrants within 10 days or face suspension of their business licenses. The council retreated two months later after a federal judge questioned whether the measure inflicted “irreparable harm” on tenants and landlords. Calderon’s bill would bar ordinances that required landlords to collect information or take any other action regarding a tenant or prospective tenant’s citizenship or immigration status. Republicans described the bill as legally ambiguous and said it could make it difficult for landlords to obtain legitimate information to ensure tenants can pay the rent. “The way it is drafted it opens up a whole opportunity for litigation,” said Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange. The issue has played out across the country, more recently in the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch. Civil rights groups there are contesting a voter-approved ordinance that bans landlords from renting apartments to illegal immigrants. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cities and counties could no longer enact ordinances barring landlords from renting to illegal immigrants under a bill approved this week by the state Assembly. The legislation comes more than six months after the city of Escondido sought to involve landlords in immigration enforcement, a job the bill’s supporters said should be reserved to federal authorities. The Assembly passed the bill, 42-23, Thursday. It now goes to the Senate for consideration. “We shouldn’t be asking landlords to be de-facto immigration officers,” the author, Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, said during the debate.
0Shares0000Liverpool forward Sadio Mane celebrates a goal during the Champions League semi-final against RomaLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, May 24- English Premier League side Liverpool FC have renewed their shirt sponsorship package with Standard Chartered Bank for a further four years, a partnership that will go through to the 2022/23 season.The Bank first signed up as the Club’s main sponsor in July 2010, and the agreement was extended in 2013 and again in 2015. Financial terms of the agreement remain confidential. Liverpool FC has a large number of fans across Standard Chartered’s core markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East and the sponsorship provides the Bank with an opportunity to accelerate visibility of its brand, improving recognition across key markets around the world.Additionally, over the last eight years Standard Chartered and Liverpool FC have used their partnership to support a number of the Bank’s sustainability and community investment programmes.Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring Liverpool’s equaliser on the nightThe annual ‘Perfect Match’ game – where LFC players swap the Standard Chartered logo on their shirts for the Seeing is Believing logo – has raised more than Sh48mn to tackle avoidable blindness.Billy Hogan, Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer, Liverpool Football Club said: “As a Club we’re very proud to have Standard Chartered renew their relationship for another four years. Our connection runs deep, it means more than just sponsorship, from the outset it has been about working together with the Club and our communities and supporters around the world.“Importantly, it also means we are able to support our ambitions on the pitch and compete with the best in the world. We have enjoyed many highlights of this relationship so far and I look forward to many more.”Bill Winters, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered, said: “Liverpool FC is one of the world’s best-known football clubs and we are proud to be associated with them. It is a fantastic club that shares many of our values and is hugely popular across our global footprint.”“Our partnership has provided valuable support to the charitable initiatives close to our hearts and has helped us to further engage with our clients and staff as well as with LFC fans. We are excited to be able to continue this partnership, and look forward to building on our successful relationship.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
StarChase is installing units for free as part of the trial, but Sawyer would not say how many cars will be outfitted initially. StarChase officials would not say how much the units cost. The units will be thoroughly tested on training courses before being used in the field, LAPD Sgt. Dan Gomez said. “We look at the potential of the system as being extremely advantageous,” he said. “We look at all of the technological advances in the department and the community, and we look at this as a natural extension of that.” The GPS device is one of three technological advances Bratton announced for the department Thursday. The others are a newer, smaller Taser gun and a new crime analysis center. Now, LAPD officers use the Taser M-26, a large, bulky gun designed to send an electric shock to disable suspects without causing permanent or life-threatening injuries. The newer Taser model, the X-26, is significantly smaller, allowing officers to wear it on their belts at all times. “The larger models tend to be left in the car unless an officer thinks he’s going to need it,” said Capt. Greg Myer of the LAPD’s training division. “Agencies that use the smaller Taser have had dramatic reductions in injuries to suspects and officers and in the number of officer-involved shootings.” Fifty officers in four divisions will begin field-testing the X-26s this month, Myer said. The real-time crime analysis center, which began operating below City Hall East in early January, allows for greater communication and analysis between divisions and makes it easier for detectives to tap into federal resources and databases, Bratton said. “The way the department is set up, we have 19 divisions, and it’s almost like we have 19 autonomous police departments,” said Capt. Blake Chow, commanding officer of the crime analysis center. “They didn’t have the ability to look beyond their area in real time.” Now, analysts in the center monitor crime throughout the city, looking for trends and connections and mining information from federal databases to help local detectives. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Then other officers can track the car from headquarters. Once the car stops, officers can close in on the location and track down the suspect. “When they’re out of the car, it’s a lot easier and a lot safer to get them,” Bratton said. The units, made by Virginia-based StarChase, can fire two GPS tracking devices, in case the first one misses or does not stick to the car. Like a gadget many motorists use to unlock cars, the trigger to fire the tracking device can be carried on a key chain. If a suspect pulls away at a traffic stop, an officer can immediately attach the GPS unit. “High-speed police chases are one of the most dangerous activities police officers get involved in,” said P. Sean Sawyer, president and chief executive officer of StarChase. “The StarChase system is designed to mitigate the risk.” The LAPD will be StarChase’s first beta-tester, so officials don’t know just how well the device will work. All tests so far have been performed on stationary vehicles, Sawyer said, so it’s unclear if the GPS device will stick to a moving car. Sawyer doesn’t know if it could be easily removed if the driver intentionally sideswipes another car. The Los Angeles Police Department will become the first law enforcement agency in the country to outfit cruisers with a device that can propel a Global Positioning System unit onto a fleeing car, allowing officers to track the vehicle without a dangerous pursuit, officials announced Thursday. As part of a pilot program, the department will install the devices in the grill of some squad cars in the fall, Chief William Bratton said. “In the car-chase capital of the world, this device is a very appropriate device,” Bratton said. “It reduces the need for officers to have an active pursuit.” The concept is simple. Instead of engaging in a high-speed chase, dangerous for both the police and the public, an officer can fire a GPS tracking device onto a car.
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