By Brian HomewoodFormer European champions Ajax Amsterdam and Celtic, who both suffered the indignity of being knocked of the Champions League qualifiers by underdogs this season, will meet in the Europa League after being drawn together in the group stage on Friday.Four-time European champions Ajax, beaten by Rapid Vienna in the premier competition, and Celtic, who were ousted by Malmo, were placed in Group A alongside Turkey’s Fenerbahce and Norwegian side Molde.Anderlecht will meet Tottenham Hotspur in a repeat of the 1984 final after they were drawn in Group J alongside Monaco and Qarabag.The English Premier League side won the UEFA Cup 31 years ago on penalties after both legs against Anderlecht ended 1-1.Napoli were draw with Club Bruges, Legia Warsaw and Midtjylland in Group D while Borussia Dortmund must face PAOK, Krasnodar and Qabala in Group C.Liverpool were drawn against Swiss side Sion, who they beat 6-3 at Anfield in 1996, Girondins Bordeaux and Rubin Kazan in Group B.Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, last season’s runners-up, will face Lazio, St Etienne and Rosenborg in Group G.Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa faces a quick return to FC Basel, the team he led to the Swiss league title last season, after their were paired in Group I, which also features Lech Poznan and Belenenses.Basel’s St Jakob Park stadium will host the final. GROUP AAjax Amsterdam (Netherlands)Celtic (Scotland)Fenerbahce (Turkey)Molde (Norway)GROUP BRubin Kazan (Russia)Liverpool (England)Bordeaux (France)Sion (Switzerland)GROUP CBorussia Dortmund (Germany)PAOK Salonika (Greece)Krasnodar (Russia)Qabala (Azerbaijan)GROUP DNapoli (Italy)Club Bruges (Belgium)Legia Warsaw (Poland)Midtjylland (Denmark)GROUP EVillarreal (Spain)Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic)Rapid Vienna (Austria)Dinamo Minsk (Belarus)GROUP FOlympique Marseille (France)Braga (Portugal)Liberec (Czech Republic)Groningen (Netherlands)GROUP GDnipro Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine)Lazio (Italy)St Etienne (France)Rosenborg (Norway)GROUP HSporting Lisbon (Portugal)Besiktas (Turkey)Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia)Skenderbeu (Albania)GROUP IBasel (Switzerland)Fiorentina (Italy)Lech Poznan (Poland)Belenenses (Portugal)GROUP JTottenham Hotspur (England)Anderlecht (Belgium)Monaco (France)Qarabag (Azerbaijan)GROUP KSchalke 04 (Germany)APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus)Sparta Prague (Czech Republic)Asteras (Greece)Group LAthletic Bilbao (Spain)AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands)Augsburg (Germany)Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
AEL and AEK have all but booked their progess to the second qualifying round of the Europa League following their big wins against St Joseph’s and Lincoln Red Imps in last week’s games, rendering the return legs a formality.AEL will play for the first time this season in front of their loud and partizan home crowd and they will be looking to better their first leg perfomance when they eased to a 4-0 win.How many AEL fans will turn up for the game against St Joseph’s though remains to be seen especially as kick-off is scheduled for 5pm when it will still be extremely hot outside, with many people also at work.AEK’s 5-0 first leg thrashing of Lincoln Red Imps will give the chance to their coach Imanol Idiakez to experiment with new players and formations in the return leg in Faro, which has a late 11pm kick-off.If as expected both teams progress, they should fancy their chances of advancing further.AEL will play against the part-timers from Luxembourg, Progres Niederkorn, who surprisingly knocked out Glasgow Rangers on Tuesday while AEK will probably play against Irish team Cork City who hold a two-goal advantage over Levadia from the first leg in Estonia.
LONDON (AP): The International Tennis Federation (ITF) is defending the chair umpire who gave Serena Williams three code violations during the US Open final, saying his “decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules.” Williams was cited by Carlos Ramos three times on Saturday during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka: for getting coaching signals; for breaking her racket, which cost her a point; and for calling Ramos a thief, which cost her a game. On Sunday, the tournament referee docked Williams US$10,000 (J$1.3 million) for “verbal abuse” of the chair umpire, US$4,000 (J$550,000) for being warned for coaching, and US$3,000 (J$412,000) for breaking her racket. The ITF said in a statement yesterday that Ramos’ citations were “reaffirmed by the US Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offences” The governing body of tennis added that “Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.”
Guyana along with other South American countries are major transit ports for Cubans refuges seeking access to the United States via the use of land as opposed to the more excruciating water route they traditionally use. This is according to NBC Nightly News in its April 30 broadcast where an investigative piece highlighted that there is a new migrant crisis unfolding in America where thousands of undocumented Cubans are now stranded on a gruelling journey they hope would end in the US.“It comes as some in Congress say a long standing immigration policy that gives Cubans favourable treatment needs to change.”The news outlet revealed that “for decades Cuban refugees had made the treacherous trek by sea, now many are risking it by land, they fly to South American countries like Guyana, then trudge through Central America into Mexico, but in November Nicaragua shut its border, now Costa Rica has done the same forcing a new bottleneck in Panama.”In Panama near the border of Costa Rico, Cubans are enduring the journey so that they can get a better life, “they are among the nearly 3000 undocumented Cuban migrants trapped in Panama struggling to reach the US” says the news agency.Gabe Gutierrez, reporting on the issue in Panama, said the camp he was in has over 1400 migrants alone with more arriving every day.One of the Cuban migrants who travelled through Ecuador with his seven-year-old daughter said the only hope that they (Cubans) have is to get to the US. The man says he does not see himself as an “economic refugee but a political one”.“Many of the migrants say the urgency is due in part to the US and Cuba’s diplomatic ties. Rumours are swirling, the so called wet foot, dry foot policy which allows Cuban immigrants preferential treatment once they reach US soil could soon change but for now the Cubans are risking the journey despite roadblocks” says the news source.Cubans refugees seeking to migrate to the United States have gone through excruciating lengths to rid themselves of the economic and political hardships facing them in their home country.
Dear Editor,Appearing in the letter columns of the September 7th 2018 edition of the State newspaper was a letter purportedly written by one Ms Elizabeth Williams.The letter comprised of the same contents and tone of paid Government propagandists over the last few days on social media platforms; to wit, that I had said to teachers “if you don’t like your salary, quit.”In what was clearly an organised but colossally failed attempt to distract the nation from the poor and disgraceful governance that caused a nationwide teachers’ strike, Government bloggers and Ms Williams resurrected an article dated 31st May 2012 — which was published in a section of the media, but whose publication was admittedly an error, and which said article had been withdrawn.Like those bloggers, all Ms Williams’s accusations and assertions are based on that said article.It has already been widely circulated on those same social media platforms that the article which was being used as gospel was withdrawn and an apology was issued to me for its contents. I copy here in its entirety the subsequent article dated the 1st day of June 2012, apologising to me. I do this for the benefit of your readers.“On Thursday, March 31, 2012, this publication carried a story with a headline “IF YOU DON’T LIKE THE SALARY, QUIT – MANICKCHAND”.The story gave the distinct impression that teachers at a consultation in Berbice said en masse that they did not want the automatic promotion policy to continue as they were not being paid for the remedial classes, and that the Minister of Education had said to teachers that if they do not want to do the remedial classes for students as a result of the automatic promotion policy then they should quit the profession.We are satisfied that the story inadvertently misrepresented the views of both the teachers as well as the Minister of Education.It is true that a teacher raised the issue of payment for the remediation classes, citing the needs of families of teachers. The Minister received that as one of the reasons the programme was not as successful as it was envisioned to be and duly recorded the reason.It is also true that, during the course of the day, the Minister did indeed have an inspirational talk with teachers, which had absolutely nothing to do with automatic promotion and/or remediation classes, where she praised teachers for being much more than teachers every day, discussed with teachers their almost sacred duty to mould minds, and emphasised that what teachers do today will determine what Guyana looks like tomorrow.It was during this session that the Minister indicated that the ministry had no space for the handful of teachers who are comfortable with turning up to school late every day, putting their heads on a desk, not teaching, and (at) the end of the day saying that salary was not enough while still receiving that salary.We apologise to the Minister and to the teachers for any confusion, hurt and/or strained relations that our story would have unintentionally caused.”In other words, Editor, I simply did not say what the letter writer alleges I said.I would be happy to sit down with Ms Williams, if she exists, and answer any and all questions she may have about what was done under and by the PPP/C Government for teachers and the educations system as a whole; what our plans were; what we think are remaining gaps, and how we plan to fix those. I would be happy to hear from her too, about what she proposes.In the meanwhile, I doubt that teachers and the GTU and/or parents and children have forgotten and/or will be distracted from the fact that our teachers were forced to strike and march the streets and dams and mountains of the nation and sing and chant and protest the Govt to force the said Govt to treat with them respectfully and fairly. I doubt they have forgotten that it is the Minister of Labour of this Govt that said teachers are selfish and uncaring. Or that the President, after he appointed a Task Force close to three years after the last multi-year agreement expired, to address the issue of teachers’ salary and conditions of work, ignored the recommendations of the Task Force, just as he reneged on all his party’s campaign promises to teachers and students alike.I doubt that they have forgotten the hypocrisy of the Prime Minister, asking them sheepishly to be patient while he draws down every month an enormous, underserved salary with vulgarly extravagant benefits. Or that the Minister of Education queried arrogantly the necessity of some of the benefits the teachers were asking, as she herself climbs on their backs to pay for her own education.Sincerely,Priya Manickchand,M.P.Former Minister ofEducation
0Shares0000Roma’s midfielder from Bosnia-Herzegovina Miralem Pjanic kicks and scores a penalty during the UEFA Champions League football match AS Roma vs Bayer Leverkusen on November 4, 2015 at the Olympic stadium in Rome (AFP Photo/Filippo Monteforte)ROME, November 5 – Roma coach Rudi Garcia has lamented his side’s difficulty in finishing off opponents as he contemplates a tough trip to face champions Barcelona that could decide the Italians’ Champions League fate.Winless after three opening Group E games, Roma needed a late penalty as they beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 to revive their hopes of reaching the last 16 for the first time since 2010. Roma dominated the first half but their fans were put through the ringer before Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic scored a tense 81st minute spot-kick to secure all three points for the hosts.Roma’s first win in the group moved them up to second place on five points, five behind leaders Barcelona, one ahead of Leverkusen and two ahead of BATE Borisov.However Garcia said his side’s failure to kill off Leverkusen in the first half could have proved costly. Their next game is away to Barcelona in three weeks.“We should have gone in for the half-time break at least three or four goals ahead,” said the Frenchman.“By the 50th minute we realised how costly those errors were. There was a five-minute blackout at the start of the second half in which we lost all the intensity and concentration we’d had in the first.“It will serve as a lesson for us but thankfully we come through unscathed.”With Roma needing a win to have any realistic chance of reaching the knockout phase, Mohamed Salah’s second-minute strike settled early nerves at the Stadio Olimpico after he ran on to Edin Dzeko’s through-ball to bundle past visiting ‘keeper Bernd Leno.Roma doubled their lead before the half-hour when Dzeko hit only his second goal for the Giallorossi and his first in the Champions League since November 2013.Afterwards, the Bosnian — whose only previous goal for Roma came in a 2-1 win over Serie A champions Juventus on August 30 — admitted it was time to reverse his own sorry trend.“I’m a striker and people expect you to score goals. That’s my job. I definitely have to do better in the future,” he said.– Defensive lapses –Roma were cruising and should have added third and fourth goals when Egyptian winger Salah was twice set free down the right flank, only to fumble his final touches when both Dzeko and Gervinho were in scoring positions.Two weeks after the sides’ dramatic 4-4 draw at the BayArena, Roma were stunned in five second-half minutes when Admir Mehmedi and Javier Hernandez capitalised on spectacular defensive lapses to pull Roger Schmidt’s visitors level six minutes after the restart.Roma were shaky for the remainder of the second half but were handed a lifeline when Leverkusen captain Omer Toprak saw red late on for pushing Salah into the net as he was about to pull the trigger at the far post.Russian referee Sergei Karasev pointed to the spot and Pjanic stepped up to beat Leno for a 3-2 lead nine minutes from the final whistle.Pjanic said: “We should have wrapped this match in the opening half. We had so many opportunities on the counter-attack that we didn’t capitalise on.”Coach Garcia was relieved but Roma risk losing second place to Leverkusen if the Germans win against BATE Borisov in three weeks’ time and Roma fail to beat Barcelona.“Next we’re going to Barcelona and it will be a really difficult game. If you look at the table, perhaps a draw or a defeat won’t change much,” he said.“But since everyone already sees us losing that game, we’ll do everything we can to reverse the predictions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP will be hosting its annual Jail ‘n’ Bail in the Energetic City on Wednesday.Three members of the Fort St. John RCMP – Rebecca Bojczuk, Joelle Jensen, and Spencer Owen – will be riding over 700 kilometres from Prince George to Prince Rupert in this year’s Cops for Cancer – Tour de North later this month.To help the three officers raise money, the RCMP hosting the Jail & Bail from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., along with a burger barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.- Advertisement -Members of the public will be able to nominate their friends, family members and coworkers to be “arrested” by an RCMP member. The “Person of Interest” can either give their “bail” money to the member or be escorted to the “jail” located in the Canadian Tire parking lot. Once in Jail, the detainee will have to raise their bail money before they can be released. All bail money will be donated to the Cops for Cancer donation drive.Constable Chad Neustaeter said that since May, the three officers have ridden over 2,300 kilometres to train for this year’s tour. Last year’s Jail ‘n’ Bail in Fort St. John raised $21,355.“This is the 17th year for Cops for Cancer Tour de North,” said Cpl. Owen. “In 2017, with support from our communities we raised $353,000. This year our goal is to raise $400K!! We are having an impact against pediatric cancer! 80% of our funds raised go to pediatric cancer research and 20% to Camp Goodtimes. Over 3.2 million dollars has been raised, and over 530,000 kms ridden by Tour de North Riders in the past 16 years.”Advertisement The Jail ‘n’ Bail is taking place tomorrow at the Canadian Tire parking lot on 93rd Ave.
RESEDA – Police today released a composite sketch of a motorist police say intentionally ran over a 20-year-old Van Nuys man. The man hit, Peter Martinez, 20, of Van Nuys, later died from his injuries. The motorist was driving a 1995-1996 black four-door Honda Civic with tinted rear windows before 3 p.m. Thursday at White Oak Avenue near Wyandotte Street when he failed to stop for two pedestrians who were crossing the street, police said. Martinez, 20, and his brother, Alex Martinez, 18, were entering the center median when the suspect came close to hitting Peter Martinez. As the suspect drove by, the brothers yelled at the driver and the younger Martinez threw a towel at the car in frustration. The driver then made a U-turn, sped toward Peter Martinez and hit him, before driving off. Peter Martinez was taken to a local hospital where he died Saturday. The car would have major damage to the front end and possibly the windshield. It has a partial license plate number of “4W—–.” The motorist is described as a male Hispanic or Middle Eastern, 30-40 years, with short, well-groomed black hair. Officials have also announced a $50,000 reward for information leading to the killer. The reward will be given out once a suspect is tried and convicted. Anyone with information is asked to call West Valley homicide detectives at (818) 374-7730. After hours contact the toll-free 24-hour anonymous tip line at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855). For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Celtic manager Neil Lennon told fans they had been given “a glimpse of the future” after he handed a debut to teenager Karamoko Dembele in the 2-1 win over Hearts.The 16-year-old was brought on at half-time in the dress rehearsal for the cup final and joined in the title celebrations after the final whistle.Lennon was delighted with Dembele’s contribution and said the young talent had shown why he is so highly rated.“He was great to watch,” the Celtic boss said. “He is the type of player that you want at Celtic. “He gets the crowd off their feet with their football intelligence.“Everyone talks about the skill, but his football intelligence was very good.“I was delighted for him, Obviously we need to keep a lid on it, but it’s great that the fans have seen the glimpse of the future.“It was a great time, end of the season, 45 minutes. “The kid is 16, we know how talented he is and we just want to develop him in the right way.“He has been training with the first team and he has had a very good season with the development team and I had no hesitation giving him 45 minutes“There was always a plan to give him some game time, but with Burkey going off we thought we should throw him in there and let him play.”