Report: AC Milan 0 Fiorentina 1

first_imgFederico Chiesa’s strike 17 minutes from time earned Fiorentina their first away win of the season as AC Milan’s recent struggles continued in a 1-0 loss at San Siro.The visitors barely threatened Gianluigi Donnarumma’s goal but Chiesa jinked past Davide Calabria and fired home his first goal since September to settle the contest.The Rossoneri have now won just one of their previous six contests in Serie A and have failed to score in any of their last three. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Milan also dropped out of the top four thanks to Lazio’s win earlier in the day, with Fiorentina now just two points behind them in seventh.72’ FEDERICO CHIESAAAAAAAAA #MilanFiorentina 0-1 #NoiSiamoFirenze #InsiemeSiamoPiùForti pic.twitter.com/KIW5L94tm8 — ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) December 22, 2018 Milan entered this contest on the back of two 0-0 draws in Serie A and failed to find a way through in the opening 45 minutes, despite creating plenty of opportunities.Hakan Calhanoglu spurned one of the best, firing wide in the 18th minute after a stroke of fortune saw the ball ricochet back into his path in the box following an attempted give and go with Suso.Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont brilliantly parried away a viciously struck effort from Ricardo Rodriguez while Calhanoglu was denied by Nikola Milenkovic’s clearance off the line on the stroke of half-time.It took until the 51st minute for Fiorentina to fashion their first decent opening as Kevin Mirallas hooked way over from inside the box.Lafont was kept busy at the other end, though, denying Suso at his near post and then preventing Gonzalo Higuain’s header from creeping past him.With just over 20 minutes to go Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso threw on Diego Laxalt and Patrick Cutrone in a bid to inject some life into his below-par outfit but it was Fiorentina that would claim the winner.Chiesa knocked the ball inside Calabria and his right-footed attempt crashed into the corner. Lafont then tipped Rodriguez’s header over as Milan fell to their fourth league loss of the season. What does it mean? Pressure building on Gattuso Five wins in six between September 30 and November 4 had eased the pressure on Gattuso but one win in the half a dozen since will not have pleased the Milan hierarchy. There are just two games remaining before the winter break and Gattuso will be under increasing scrutiny if Milan’s form does not pick up soon.Milan unable to find a way past Lafont Milan did have their chances but French teenager Lafont was equal to everything thrown at him. Rodriguez in particular must be wondering how on earth he did not score as Lafont parried away an attempt destined for goal in the first half before displaying terrific agility to tip over a late header from the Swiss too.Goal-shy Gonzalo fails to fire again It is now eight games without a goal for Higuain and it is no surprise Milan are toiling while the Argentinian experiences a barren spell. Of more concern to Gattuso will be how ineffective Higuain was. He had just one chance across the contest and looks like a man burdened by his current struggles.3 – AC Milan haven’t found the net in three consecutive Serie A games for the first time since November 2001. Lack. #MilanFiorentina— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) December 22, 2018Key Opta FactsMilan have failed to score in three Serie A games in a row for the first time since November 2001.Milan are the only team yet to score a single Serie A goal in the first half since November.Fiorentina have won a Serie A match against AC Milan at San Siro for the first time since November 2013 (0-2).Chiesa’s goal came with Fiorentina’s only shot on target fired in the match.Federico Chiesa has scored his first Serie A away goal since February 2018 (against Bologna).What’s next?Milan’s next assignment is a trip to Frosinone, who are under new management after replacing Moreno Longo with Marco Baroni this week. Fiorentina welcome Parma to Florence on Wednesday. read morelast_img read more

Madrid cruise to Club World Cup glory

first_imgLuka Modric’s wonderful goal helped seal Club World Cup history as Real Madrid beat Al Ain 4-1 to become the first team to win the tournament three years in a row.Santiago Solari’s first silverware since being appointed as Julen Lopetegui’s successor was set up by Modric’s first-half strike as Madrid comfortably triumphed in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, moving past rivals Barcelona with their fourth title in the competition.The Croatia midfielder, who added the Ballon d’Or crown to his World Cup Golden Ball this month, bent the opener into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards, with Marcos Llorente also drilling home from outside the box before a Sergio Ramos header extended Madrid’s lead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Al Ain had a goal from Caio Fernandes ruled out for offside when they only trailed by one and Zoran Mamic’s side – who replied through an excellent Tsukasa Shiotani header – can be proud of their efforts on home soil as massive underdogs against the European champions, despite Madrid adding a late fourth through Yahia Nader’s own goal.The perfect way to cap off #TheBest year for @lukamodric10? He has @realmadriden in front in the #ClubWC final  pic.twitter.com/VmlslWFoxG— #ClubWC  (@FIFAcom) December 22, 2018Madrid hit the post in the third minute when Llorente got clear in the left channel, his cutback deflected on to the woodwork by fortunate defender Ismail Ahmed.Al Ain should have taken the lead when Marcelo’s mistake let in Hussein El Shahat but captain Ramos made a miraculous goal-line clearance to deny the winger, then Madrid nudged in front.Neat build-up play from Karim Benzema set up Modric and the Ballon d’Or winner curled home a beauty from 25 yards, Caio then seeing a rapid reply ruled out for offside.Benzema missed a brilliant chance to extend Madrid’s lead before goalkeeper Khalid Eisa made outstanding saves to deny both Gareth Bale and Modric before the break.Madrid effectively clinched the trophy in the 60th minute when a cleared corner fell kindly to Llorente, his thumping half-volley giving Eisa no chance and opening his professional account in some style.Ramos powered home a Modric corner to make certain of Madrid’s victory, celebrating the goal with unused substitute Isco, although Al Ain scored a deserved consolation through Shiotani with four minutes left.Madrid had the final say, though, as a cross from substitute Vinicius Jr was turned into his own goal by Nader in the first minute of stoppage time. WHAT A GOAL!!!@marcosllorente pic.twitter.com/wsel09O91H— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) December 22, 2018What does it mean? Solari up and runningThis was not always completely convincing from Madrid, but they did not need to get out of second gear. Solari’s side left too many gaps at the back and more clinical opponents may have punished them, but the coach will be relieved to collect the first trophy of his reign.Modric the man of the moment There were few arguments about Modric ending Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s dominance of the Ballon d’Or and he ended 2018 on another high note. His opening goal was superbly struck and the midfielder also forced a scrambling save from Eisa with a stunning volley as well as crossing for Ramos’ goal.Madrid survive Benzema’s baffling missRonaldo’s sale to Juventus meant Benzema would have to hugely increase his meagre goalscoring returns from last season to address the deficit. But the former France striker has struggled to step up, with an atrocious miss from Lucas Vazquez’s cross particularly worrying. Benzema – who has six league goals this season – did set up Modric’s opener, yet he is ultimately in the Madrid team to score goals, not make them.Key Opta Facts- Madrid have won the Club World Cup four times (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018), surpassing Barcelona (2009, 2011 and 2015) to become the competition’s most successful team.- Solari is the first Argentinian manager to win the Club World Cup. The previous five Argentinians to manage in a Club World Cup final lost the game, all in charge of teams from South America.- Madrid captain Ramos is the third player to score in different Club World Cup finals, after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.What’s next?Madrid can enjoy a brief break before returning to LaLiga action at Villarreal on January 3. read morelast_img read more

‘Ronaldo only wanted to play for Juventus’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo “only wanted to play for Juventus”, claims his agent Jorge Mendes, with the decision taken to leave Real Madrid for Serie A in January.A big-money move for the Portuguese had been mooted for several years before a deal was finally done over the summer.Few clubs boasted the ambition and financial muscle to put an agreement in place, but Italian giants Juve formed part of an exclusive club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ronaldo has made no secret of his admiration for the Bianconeri since joining their books, with the Turin outfit one he always hoped would form part of his illustrious career.Mendes was able to make that dream a reality, with there only one destination considered once a five-time Ballon d’Or winner made it clear that he wanted out of the Santiago Bernabeu.“In January 2018, I and the few people who knew what was happening thought it would be very difficult to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Juve,” Mendes told Rai Sport.“However, I want to make it clear that the idea started with the player himself. Ronaldo told me he only wanted to play for Juventus.“That’s where it began and I was in talks with the Bianconeri directors for months, so we all know how those negotiations ended up.“Now Cristiano is happy with the club and his team-mates, he is satisfied with Serie A and truly happy at Juventus.”Ronaldo has contributed 12 goals to the Juve cause this season, across 21 appearances in all competitions.Those efforts have helped to establish a standing back at the top of Serie A, while also progressing through to the last 16 of the Champions League.“Many have asked me about Juve and the Champions League. It will take a bit of luck to win it too, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has certainly made Juventus stronger,” added Mendes.“I’d say all of Italian football has benefited from his presence.”Ronaldo will be back in action on Saturday against Roma, with Massimiliano Allegri having revealed that plans to rest the 33-year-old continue to be pushed back.last_img read more

Report: Huddersfield 1 So’ton 3

first_imgRalph Hasenhuttl’s resuscitation of Southampton gathered momentum as they climbed three points clear of the Premier League drop zone with a 3-1 win at Huddersfield Town.The Saints led from the 15th minute through Nathan Redmond and navigated a nervy spell in the second half to deservedly prevail in a match with clear relegation implications.Danny Ings, twice on target in last weekend’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal, converted his side’s second from the spot before half-time and it proved a decisive buffer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Philip Billing’s bamboozling of Alex McCarthy briefly offered the Terriers a lifeline in the 58th minute but, as is often the case, they failed to build on a positive period and were consigned to a fifth straight Premier League loss when teenager Michael Obafemi buried his first professional goal.The confidence Southampton gained from overcoming Arsenal was evident in Redmond’s emphatic finish for the opener, the winger punishing Terence Kongolo’s ungainly attempt at cutting out Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s pass.28 – Nathan Redmond has scored his first Premier League goal of the season with his 28th shot. Persistence. #HUDSOU pic.twitter.com/no0V8teC4V — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 22, 2018 Huddersfield were struggling to exert any kind of attacking threat and another defensive blunder cost them three minutes before the break.Mathias Jorgensen miscontrolled Ings’ wayward pass and compounded his error by tripping the Saints striker, who coolly sent Jonas Lossl the wrong way from the spot.McCarthy made an instinctive save from Jorgensen’s close-range header soon after the interval but the goalkeeper was far less impressive in allowing Billing’s swerving shot to beat him.That instigated a period of Huddersfield pressure that was relieved through a third mistake at the back.Christopher Schindler was all too easily robbed of possession, Redmond selflessly squared and substitute Obafemi was on hand to tuck away a landmark goal, leaving the hapless hosts four points from safety.That first #PL goal feeling #HUDSOU pic.twitter.com/J3yVYJGXLc— Premier League (@premierleague) December 22, 2018What does it mean? Terriers in serious troubleSouthampton scoring three times for the second straight match made Huddersfield’s attacking woes all the more regrettable.Still, that concern will fade to minor irritation for manager David Wagner in comparison to the headaches served up by his defence, who could have prevented each goal.Hojbjerg at the heart of Saints’ successSouthampton were blessed with several impressive performers and chief among them was Hojbjerg.Wearing the captain’s armband, the former Bayern Munich man was a real leader in midfield as he got through a power of defensive work while registering an assist for Redmond’s opener.Jorgensen sets poor standardA defender of Jorgensen’s experience should have known better than to have been sucked into the challenge that allowed Ings to double the margin in the first half.The mistake plunged Huddersfield into a hole they were unable to escape from, and losing more than half of his duels did little to help.Key Opta Facts- Southampton have registered back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since April 2017, when they were managed by Claude Puel.- Huddersfield have lost nine of their last 12 home Premier League games (W1 D2), netting just four goals in that time.- Hasenhuttl has won two of his three Premier League matches in charge of Southampton (L1) – only one fewer than Mark Hughes managed in 22 attempts as Saints boss.- Since the start of last season, Huddersfield have had more different players booked for diving than any other Premier League team (4 – Rajiv van La Parra, Alex Pritchard, Laurent Depoitre and Chris Lowe).What’s next? Huddersfield must contend with a daunting trip to Old Trafford on Boxing Day, while Southampton will eye a result at home to West Ham the following day. read morelast_img read more

WATCH: Sargent nets second Bundesliga goal

first_imgJosh Sargent’s Bundesliga career got off to a flying start in December, and the teenager does not look ready to slow down just yet.After scoring seven goals in 12 appearances for the Werder Bremen Under-23 side, Sargent got his first-team career off on the right foot when he scored in his senior debut with a tap-in against Fortuna Dusseldorf three weeks ago.Now in just his third appearance in the German top-flight, the 18-year-old striker has scored his second goal for Werder Bremen in a 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? After not getting off the bench midweek in a 1-1 draw against Hoffenheim, Sargent made the most of his opportunity in his club’s final game before the Bundesliga winter break.The United States international entered the match in the 66th minute with Werder down 2-0 to Leipzig, with the opportunity for his longest runout as a professional.The teenager wasn’t involved in his club’s opener, as Max Kruse managed to bring his side back into the match just a minute after Sargent’s entrance.However, Sargent got in on the action for Werder’s second goal.Sargent initially held the ball up near the midfield line and laid it off. The ensuing pass was delivered into the path of fellow substitute Yuya Osako, who got in behind the defense.Osako then pulled a pass back into the path of the onrushing Sargent, who hit a left-footed finish off the post and into the net to level things at 2-2 in 77th minute.THE AMERICAN HAS TIED IT! 🇺🇸💪Josh Sargent’s 2nd Bundesliga goal in 3 games brings Bremen level at Leipzig! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/V9xm2OZylR— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 22, 2018Unfortunately for Sargent and Werder, Bruma would re-establish the lead for the hosts off a cross from Marcel Halstenberg. That finish would be the winner, as RB Leipzig came away 3-2 victors.After his goal against Dusseldorf, Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt attempted to play down expectations for the teenager, telling reporters: “We all must be careful what we expect from him. If he makes five, six Bundesliga appearances until the summer, it is a good a year for him.”With two goals in three appearances and a half season to go, it looks as if Sargent has a good chance of reaching that mark as he continues to make a case for continued involvement in the Werder first team.last_img read more

Everton vs Spurs team news: Richarlison on the wing

first_imgEverton will host Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday evening in both sides’ final fixture before Christmas.The Blues currently languish in eighth place after falling to defeat twice in their last five league fixtures, while Spurs have bounced back from their devastating 4-2 loss to crosstown rivals Arsenal and have registered three consecutive victories in their last three games.Spurs can cement their spot in third place should they beat the Toffees, and a win will ensure that they remain above Chelsea in the table for Christmas. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Everton vs Tottenham Date Sunday, December 23 Time 4pm GMT / 11am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on NBCSN and livestreamed on NBC Sports Live. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN NBC Sports Live In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event and livestreamed on Sky GO Extra. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event Sky GO Extra Squads & Team News Position Everton players Goalkeepers Pickford, Stekelenburg Defenders Holgate, Baines, Keane, Zouma, Jagielka, Digne, Mina, Coleman, Browning, Kenny Midfielders Gomes, Sigurdsson, Walcott, McCarthy, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Davies Forwards Tosun, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, Lookman Potential Everton XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Gomes, Davies; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin Position Tottenham players Goalkeepers Lloris, Vorm, Gazzaniga Defenders Trippier, Rose, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Aurier, Davies Midfielders Son, Winks, Lamela, Nkoudou, Dier, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Moura Forwards Kane, Llorente Potential Tottenham XI: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies; Winks, Sissoko; Eriksen, Dele, Son; KaneBetting & Match Odds Everton are priced at odds of winning 2/1 according to  bet 365 , while a draw is available at 13/5. A win for the Lilywhites is priced at 5/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Harry Kane Tottenham 2018-19Young Brazil ace Richarlison is expected to make a huge impact for the home side after having scored four goals in his last four Premier League home games, though Spurs striker Kane will be eager to place more pressure on Mohamed Salah to remain in contention to win the Golden Boot.The England captain has scored a brace in each of his last three league appearances against the Merseysiders, and should he net again on Sunday, he could join the illustrious ranks of Michael Owen – against Newcastle – to have ever scored two or more goals in four successive league games against a particular team.Spurs are currently part of a three-horse race with Chelsea and Arsenal for a spot in the top four, with just five points separating all three sides, though an away win at Goodison Park could also put them as a potential title challenger alongside table-toppers Liverpool and Man City.The North London side are currently in a precarious position regarding their manager, Mauricio Pochettino, who has been the subject of keen interest by Manchester United as they search for a long-term managerial replacement to succeed Jose Mourinho.Pochettino appeared to commit his long-term future to the North Londoners amid the reported interest from the Red Devils, telling reporters earlier in the week:”We are going to have one of the best facilities in the world, the training ground with the new stadium,” he told Sky Sports.”On the football side, all that we are building here will be in the same level. When you add and mix it all together it is going to be the time to win titles and deliver what the people expect.”We still have not won a trophy, but I think we have won more than that, because after four-and-a-half-years’ work together, to have a contract for another four-and-a-half years is a massive achievement in the current climate. To create that is a massive achievement for us.”Everton, meanwhile, are on a miserable run of form against the “top six” sides of the Premier League, unable to register a victory in their last 22 league outings against them Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Report: Mariners 1 Jets 2

first_imgRonald Vargas’ 82nd-minute winner saw Newcastle Jets pile more misery on Central Coast Mariners with a 2-1 derby victory on Sunday.Struggling at the bottom of the table after collecting just two points from their previous eight A-League games of the season, the Mariners took a first-half lead through Matt Simon.But Jason Hoffman headed in a 66th-minute equaliser for the Jets, who handed the Mariners a seventh straight loss when Vargas struck. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Newcastle welcomed Roy O’Donovan back from a 10-match ban, but the forward struggled to have much of an impact on his return.Mariners midfielder Michael McGlinchey and Jets star Dimitri Petratos were denied from decent positions with free-kicks before Jair blazed over from inside the area for Newcastle in the first half.Central Coast opened the scoring nine minutes before half-time through Simon.Matt Millar did well down the right before clipping a cross to the back post, where Simon headed in.Advantage @CCMariners in the #F3Derby!Matt Simon nods home after Matt Millar’s bullocking run. #ALeague@FOXFOOTBALL #WhereHeroesAreMade pic.twitter.com/9NVha4zz3b— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) December 23, 2018The game started to develop a derby feel as the half wore on before Connor Pain squandered a great chance for the Mariners in a one-on-one after the break.That miss would prove costly as the Jets equalised in the 66th minute, Hoffman rising highest to head in a Jair corner.Hoffy draws us level! #F3Derby #MadeOfNewcastle @FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/mH7FM4JcMF— NEWCASTLE JETS FC  (@NewcastleJetsFC) December 23, 2018Newcastle had an 80th-minute effort ruled out for offside before Vargas delivered the winner, the attacker finishing clinically after a beautiful pass from Kaine Sheppard.last_img read more

Aston Villa vs Leeds: TV, stream & preview

first_imgLeeds can go back to the top of the Championship on Sunday if they overcome Aston Villa away from home.Marcelo Bielsa’s side have won all of their last five Championship outings but find themselves heading to Villa Park looking up at Norwich, who defeated Blackburn thanks to a late Teemu Pukki strike on Saturday.In Birmingham, they will find themselves up against a Villa side who are seven undefeated and with a habit of being involved in exciting, high-scoring games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Aston Villa vs Leeds Date Sunday, December 23 Time 1:30pm GMT / 8:30am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via ESPN+. US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+ In the UK, the game will be shown on Sky Sports Football and Main Event and can be streamed through the Sky Go app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Aston Villa players Goalkeepers Nyland, Moreira, Bunn Defenders Chester, Tuanzebe, Richards, Taylor, Elmohamady, Bree, Hatton Midfielders Jedinak, Whelan, Hourihane, McGinn, Lansbury, Bjarnason, Grealish Forwards Bolasie, El Ghazi, Adomah, Abraham, Kodjia, Hogan, Davis, Hepburn-Murphy Villa go into Sunday’s match without key midfielder Jack Grealish or fellow midfielder Birkir Bjarnason.Meanwhile, Dean Smith will have to monitor a number of players in the build up to kick off. Neil Taylor and James Bree are doubts in the defence, while midfielders Henri Lansbury, Mile Jedinak and Albert Adomah are all concerns.Goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic will join up with the squad in January after his signing from Gent was confirmed.Possible Aston Villa starting XI: Nyland; Elmohamady, Chester, Tuanzebe, Hutton; McGinn, Hourihane, Whelan, Bolasie, El Ghazi; Abraham Position Leeds players Goalkeepers Peacock-Farrell, Huffer Defenders Douglas, Ayling, Cooper, Jansson, Pearce, Phillips, Berardi, Shaughnessy, Halme Midfielders Forshaw, Dallas, Hernandez, Baker, Klich, Shackleton, Harrison, Brown Forwards Roofe, Alioski, Roberts, Saiz, Bamford, Clarke, Harrison Leeds’ squad is hit by a number of absentees, which could pose issues in the busy festive period.The defence is the area of the squad worst hit, with Liam Cooper and Gaetano Berardi ruled out along with Conor Shaughnessy. In the midfield, Stuart Dallas is sidelined while Samuel Saiz has agreed to join Getafe and will train with the Spanish club before the move is formalised. Izzy Brown is set to miss out for a month with a thigh problem.Luke Ayling will return to the team after a couple of months out with Marcelo Bielsa stating he will “probably be a starter”.Possible Leeds starting XI: Peacock-Farrell; Ayling, Jansson, Philips, Douglas; Baker, Klich, Forshaw, Alioski, Hernandez; RoofeBetting & Match Odds Aston Villa are 6/4 favourites to win the match at bet365 . Leeds can be backed at 15/8, while a draw is priced at 13/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more . Match Preview Kemar Roofe Leeds 2018After an absence of 15 years, Leeds United are finally making a strong move to return to the Premier League under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine has guided them to five successive Championship victories and the top of the table, but on Saturday they lost their status as they were not in action. Less than 24 hours after they were pushed off first place by Norwich, they have the opportunity to regain it, albeit against an Aston Villa side in good form.Injuries have hampered the plans of Bielsa and the Lilywhites in recent times, but they have not stopped the Elland Road side’s impressive momentum, which has made the manager something of a cult hero at the club.“I am thankful, it is important for me the feeling they give to the club, but they give me an importance that I think I don’t deserve,” he said ahead of this encounter. “Affection is the maximum aspiration for a human being. When you receive affection, it is something you are very thankful for.  In this case though, I don’t think I deserve the recognition I am getting.”New Aston Villa boss Dean Smith will enjoy similar recognition if he keeps the team on an upward course in the table, with his side consistently one of the most entertaining to watch in the league, with an astonishing 77 goals coming from their 22 matches to date.“I think it will be one hell of a good game because both teams play in the same manner,” he predicted. Victory would lift Villa to seventh in the standings and within touching distance of the playoff positions for the first time since a 4-1 loss to Sheffield United on September 1.last_img read more

Man City team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester City will be hoping to recall some key players to the starting line-up as they look to get back to winning ways at Leicester City on Boxing Day.Fernandinho and Kevin De Bruyne were not fit enough to start the 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace, and David Silva had returned to training but was not ready to feature in the squad.MAN CITY INJURIES David Silva and Vincent Kompany have progressed well from their recent lay-offs but were not ready for Saturday’s game. Neither are likely to start in Leicester but Silva, at least, could make the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Danilo was among the substitutes on Saturday and he could come into the line-up for Kyle Walker, who has struggled of late.Fernandinho was not fully fit on Saturday but could well feature on Boxing Day.Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Claudio Bravo (Achilles) are definitely out.David Silva Manchester CityMAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither side have any suspensions.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Danilo could come in at right-back for Walker, while John Stones could drop back into defence if Fernandinho is fit enough to return to the midfield.De Bruyne is likely to come back into the midfield, and he would be partnered by either Ilkay Gundogan or Bernardo Silva.Sergio Aguero is a candidate to replace Gabriel Jesus up front, while Riyad Mahrez may be selected to start at his former club. Man City possible XILEICESTER TEAM NEWS Under-fire Leicester boss Claude Puel, who eased some of the pressure on him with a shock win at Chelsea on Saturday, has no new injury worries for the game.Daniel Amartey and Matthew James are long-term absentees.OPTA MATCH FACTS Leicester are winless in their last four games in all competitions against Manchester City (D1 L3), with each of the three defeats coming in the Premier League. Manchester City are looking for their fourth consecutive win against Leicester in the Premier League – prior to this run, they had won just four of their first 11 games against the Foxes in the competition (D2 L5). Leicester have won just two of their last 15 games against Manchester City in all competitions (D5 L8), with both of those victories coming under Claudio Ranieri. Manchester City have lost just one of their seven away games against Leicester in the Premier League (W4 D2), with that defeat coming in December 2016 (4-2). Since they were promoted back to the top-flight in 2014-15, Leicester City have lost all four of their Premier League Boxing Day games. Manchester City have won eight of their last 10 Premier League Boxing Day games (D1 L1), winning the last four in a row. Their only defeat in that run came against Sunderland in 2012-13 (0-1).TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 15:00 GMT (10 ET) on Wednesday. The game will not be shown on TV in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Christian Hackenberg Has Disastrous Start To His First AAF Game

first_imgChristian Hackenberg winds up to throw.STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Christian Hackenberg #14 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass in the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Christian Hackenberg struggled with ball security during his time at Penn State and while he bounced around the NFL.The 23-year-old quarterback is hoping to revamp his career in the Alliance of American Football league, which debuted this weekend. The new league features eight different teams and a number of notable former college football stars.Hackenberg, who never took an NFL regular season snap, started behind center for the Memphis Express this afternoon.The start of the game did not go well.Hackenberg, who was a second round pick by the New York Jets in 2016, completed just 1 of his first 5 passes for 10 yards. He also threw an interception.IRON FOOTBALLChristian Hackenberg is picked off, and the @aafiron get great field position. pic.twitter.com/Lt3xfA96BO— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) February 10, 2019Hackenberg had said before the AAF draft that he was throwing the ball as well as he ever had.“I don’t think I’ve thrown the football this good ever,” Hackenberg told Penn Live back during the AAF draft. “Like, I wish I had this five years ago. But the good news is I’m 23, I’m sure I can do it and I did it. Now it’s just about going out and playing.”The game is on CBS Sports Network.last_img read more

Villagers attack two men police team comes under attack

first_imgPolice arrested seven persons as a mob tried to lynch two persons in Alipurduar district. The mob also vandalised a police vehicle as they tried to rescue the two victims. The incident happened on Tuesday night at Beniapara village under Rajgunj police station. According to police, villagers attacked the two men, who were seen loitering near the village. Suspecting them to be child-lifters, they beat up the two men. When policemen reached the spot and tried to rescue the two men, villagers attack the rescue team and ransacked a police jeep. Later, a huge contingent of a police force was deployed in the village to control the mob. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The two men have been admitted to North Bengal Medical College Hospital. One of the victims has been identified as Dharma Singh, a resident of Chattishgarh.”We are investigating the case. Seven persons have been arrested. Further probe is on to find what actually happened,” a senior police officer said. In recent months, Alipurduar district has witnessed a number of lynching incidents amid rumours of child-lifting. On July 28, a man in his mid 30s was beaten to death by a mob in Alipurduar district over suspicion that he was a child lifter. The policemen, who faced resistance from local residents, reportedly fired in the air. Police later arrested 17 persons in connection with the case. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway On July 22, one person succumbed to injuries after he was beaten up by a mob in Sukani Basti in Jalpaiguri over suspicion that he was a child lifter. The man was beaten up and then taken to a nearby railway track where he was attacked with heavy stones. On July 23, a deaf and mute girl was seriously injured after she was beaten up by a mob in Nagrakata in Jalpaiguri district over suspicion that she was a child lifter.(Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

Please pray for my mother Spences daughter

first_imgBy Annette FrancisAPTN National NewsWhen she’s able Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence walks to the edge of the Ottawa River.She stares up to Parliament Hill to think about her demands, trying to put her hunger aside.But she spends most of her time back at the teepee where a sacred fire burns as she enters the 11th day of her hunger strike Friday on Victoria Island just a few hundred metres from Parliament Hill.She has people coming and going trying to show their support for the chief.Or just to be in the same place as her.“I just feel moved by what Chief Theresa Spence is doing and she’s a big inspiration on me as of last year for what she’s doing for our people,” said Claudia Linklater.Inside, a woodstove keeps everyone warm, including her family. They’re here with her as the Idle No More movement turns into a national day of action Friday with protests planned across the country, including some international.Spence told APTN National News she spoke to her daughters about what could happen if Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn’t meet her demands.So her family, and Spence, hold to hope.“Please pray for my mother,” one of her daughters says.Spence wants a meeting between Harper, Governor General David Johnston and First Nation leaders to discuss treaties. She feels they’re being abused. She wants a meeting with everyone at the table to hammer out a solution.If she doesn’t get one, Spence is prepared to die.She is now calling on traditional women from across the land to join her in Ottawa.That includes another mother, Laureen Harper, the wife of Harper.last_img read more

Dorel take US125million Q1 impairment charge due to Toy R Us liquidation

first_imgMONTREAL – Dorel Industries Inc. saw its first-quarter profit fall compared with a year ago as it was hit by a US$12.5-million charge related to the liquidation of Toys “R” Us stores in the United States.In addition, the company says its profitability was hurt by a shift from its stores to online purchases in Chile, production challenges at a Chinese factory, high raw material prices, restructuring costs at its sports division and investments in technology in home furnishings.The Montreal-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, said Friday it earned US$4.7 million of 14 cents per diluted share in the period ended March 31, down from $8.8 million or 27 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.Excluding the impact of Toys “R” Us and other items, Dorel said its adjusted net income was $15.0 million or 46 cents per diluted share for the quarter compared with $22.7 million or 69 cents per diluted share for the first quarter of 2017.Revenues were $642.3 million compared with $646.7 million a year earlier.Toys “R” Us stocks toddler beds, car seats, strollers and nursery furniture from Dorel.Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. was the successful bidder for the 82 Toys “R” Us stores in Canada, which filed for creditor protection in September, a day after the U.S. division filed for bankruptcy.In January, Toys “R” Us announced it would also close 180 stores in the U.S. in the coming months.Companies in this story: (TSX:DII.B, TSX:FFH)last_img read more

Initiatives Attached to Child Diversion Law Will Help to Reduce Gangs –

Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is confident that the new initiatives to be rolled out by the Government from the passing of the Child Diversion Act, 2018, will help to reduce the number of gangs operating in Jamaica. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is confident that the new initiatives to be rolled out by the Government from the passing of the Child Diversion Act, 2018, will help to reduce the number of gangs operating in Jamaica.Speaking at the Ministry’s ‘Child Diversion Programme Stakeholders’ Sensitisation Session’, at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston on Friday (June 14), Mr. Chuck said unattached youth who are found guilty of engaging in illicit activities and are prone to be recruited by gang members, will be enrolled in various programmes and not just imprisoned and sent back into the society after serving sentences.“Once you do that [imprison them], you have really labelled them for life. When you go into the prisons, many are people who started crime from an early age and have not been diverted away from criminality and they end up being unable to function in modern society,” the Minister said.“What this Child Diversion Policy is intended to do is to capture our young children from an early age, to divert them away from illicit [and] lawless activities, and the intention is to neutralise the gangs in our society, because these are the children that the gangs capture. The dons use them for further illicit activities,” he added.In an effort to fully establish programmes associated with the Act, Minister Chuck said the Ministry is also setting up Parish Diversion Committees.“These Parish Diversion Committees will be responsible for assisting with the rolling out of the objectives of the new Child Diversion Act, 2018 in each parish. We are going to put a Child Diversion Officer in every parish, who will be at a Justice Centre, and there will be a Justice Centre in every parish. From that office, we are going to ensure that the policy is properly implemented, because this Child Diversion Policy will be a game changer in Jamaica,” the Minister said.He also noted that the Government has these objectives in place because it is determined to reach and assist vulnerable youth across the island.“The Government is very concerned about the use and abuse of our children. Our children are under siege in far too many communities. They’re victims, not only of their parents but of the community, and it’s time that we take charge and ensure that our children are properly protected,” the Minister said.Passage of the Child Diversion Act is to ensure that every child in conflict with the law is treated in a manner that recognises and upholds human dignity and worth, and that the child is diverted from engaging in deviant and delinquent behaviour.The Act specifies, among other things, the establishment of National and Parish offices and to mainstream child diversion into the justice system.The Stakeholder Sensitisation Session was geared towards presenting the provisions of the Act and plans for the implementation of the activities for the Act to Cabinet Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and key justice stakeholders. Story Highlights Speaking at the Ministry’s ‘Child Diversion Programme Stakeholders’ Sensitisation Session’, at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston on Friday (June 14), Mr. Chuck said unattached youth who are found guilty of engaging in illicit activities and are prone to be recruited by gang members, will be enrolled in various programmes and not just imprisoned and sent back into the society after serving sentences. “Once you do that [imprison them], you have really labelled them for life. When you go into the prisons, many are people who started crime from an early age and have not been diverted away from criminality and they end up being unable to function in modern society,” the Minister said. read more

Cabinet Approves Salary Increases for Parish Judges

Cabinet has approved salary increases for Parish Judges, similar to those approved for the wider public service.They will receive 16 per cent over the three-year period at the rate of five per cent, two per cent and nine per cent, respectively.Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, made the announcement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on June 18.Dr. Clarke informed that a Commission, chaired by Leighton McKnight, a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, to enquire into the emoluments of Judges of the Parish Courts and other specified positions was established in 2017.He said that in arriving at its final position with regard to salaries and other benefits for the Parish Judges, the Commission was mindful of, and attempted to balance the implications against a range of considerations.These considerations include continued fiscal and expenditure constraints; wage constraints applied to all categories of employees in the Public Service; preservation of judicial independence; and the relative hierarchy of the roles and compensation in the judiciary, based on the award provided to the Higher Judiciary.“The Commission also noted that notwithstanding the country’s economic challenges, a concerted effort should be made to adequately remunerate the Parish Judges, as the consequences of not doing this may be very costly, both economically and socially,” Dr. Clarke said.Meanwhile, the Minister reminded the House of the ongoing compensation review, which is aimed at a comprehensive restructuring of the compensation systems in the public sector.“Underpinned by a clear philosophy and ideology, the new framework will provide clarity, equity, predictability and simplicity in the administration of compensation across the public sector to include all salary and allowances,” Dr. Clarke explained. They will receive 16 per cent over the three-year period at the rate of five per cent, two per cent and nine per cent, respectively. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, made the announcement during the sitting of the House of Representatives on June 18. Cabinet has approved salary increases for Parish Judges, similar to those approved for the wider public service. Story Highlights read more

Border Security Top Priority – Minister Chang

“Jamaica remains a major transhipment point for the narcotics trade. When placed in this context, proper monitoring, multimodal surveillance and increased border security become fundamental issues that must be addressed in our overall crime-fighting architecture,” the Minister noted. Story Highlights Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government will be focusing on border security and control, to tackle the flow of illegal weapons into the island. He was delivering the main address at the Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency (PICA) Border Security Conference, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston on June 19. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government will be focusing on border security and control, to tackle the flow of illegal weapons into the island.“Jamaica remains a major transhipment point for the narcotics trade. When placed in this context, proper monitoring, multimodal surveillance and increased border security become fundamental issues that must be addressed in our overall crime-fighting architecture,” the Minister noted.He was delivering the main address at the Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency (PICA) Border Security Conference, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston on June 19.Dr. Chang said the Government is devoted to providing the necessary resources to protect Jamaica’s borders.“The recent purchase of a maritime patrol aircraft and Bell 429 helicopters for use by the JDF indicate our commitment to strengthening the aerial and maritime capabilities of our security forces. The newly established JDF Maritime Air and Cyber Command is tasked to utilise these tools to protect our borders,” he explained.The Minister also noted that along with the provision of well-needed equipment, the Government will continue to invest in the human resources within the Ministry.“I am committed to instilling values of service and enabling the development of specialised skills through proper training of our law-enforcement officers to assist them in improving the security of the borders,” he said.Dr. Chang expressed optimism that the focus on border security will have a positive impact on the Government’s crime-fighting efforts.“When the expertise and skill of law enforcement, in all its modes, and Forces/Agencies are combined with this extended capability on sea and air, I am confident that countries such as ours can intercept and dismantle the criminal gangs that seek to infiltrate our ports and borders,” he said. read more

Diaspora Policy Reflects Commitment to Jamaicans Abroad – Senator Johnson Smith

“We had multilevel layers of consultation [including focus groups] and even then, there were deeper discussions with the Diaspora Advisory Board members… . This is part of a truly inclusive process, which has taken us to this draft National Diaspora Policy,” she said. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the proposed implementation of a National Diaspora Policy reflects the commitment of the Government across administrations to the development and well-being of Jamaicans abroad. She said that the policy, which is now at the draft stage, has gone through various consultations and reviews, including valuable inputs from the Jamaican Diaspora. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the proposed implementation of a National Diaspora Policy reflects the commitment of the Government across administrations to the development and well-being of Jamaicans abroad.She said that the policy, which is now at the draft stage, has gone through various consultations and reviews, including valuable inputs from the Jamaican Diaspora.“We had multilevel layers of consultation [including focus groups] and even then, there were deeper discussions with the Diaspora Advisory Board members… . This is part of a truly inclusive process, which has taken us to this draft National Diaspora Policy,” she said.She was speaking at a plenary session for the Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on Wednesday (June 19).Mrs. Johnson Smith said the policy is intended to provide the foundational institutional framework for engagement with the diaspora.“While we speak about diaspora engagement, diaspora policy, diaspora investment, et cetera… and while administratively it has been done to an extent, there is no institutional framework within the Jamaican policy framework,” she said.The Foreign Affairs Minister said the intention is to now embed the policy “to make sure it is there in a formal sense, which will lead to its sustainability”.“We need to have an institutional framework, which will allow us to develop greater understanding of and response to diaspora challenges, and we need to have a sustainable way to build greater affinity with the younger generation,” she further pointed out.She noted, as well, that the policy will allow for a more cohesive approach to diaspora engagement.“We have to improve communication and coordination. So we need a mechanism that, while flexible, will give a single platform to allow all of the various branches to have something to connect to, and we need to enhance diaspora contribution to national development,” she said.During the session, Mrs. Johnson Smith gave a comprehensive presentation on the policy, seeking the endorsement of members of the diaspora before its presentation to Cabinet, then to Parliament.Eight major policy goals have been established for the National Diaspora Policy. These treat with diaspora engagement and facilitation of their partnership in national development, including through human capital inputs, promotion of the well-being of Jamaicans at home and abroad, and the engagement of young people.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will have primary responsibilities for policy implementation and monitoring.In fulfilling these duties, the Ministry will work in collaboration with the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the National Working Group on International Migration and Development, and the Diaspora Advisory Board or its successor body. Story Highlights read more

Senate Approves Trusts Act 2019

Story Highlights The legislation addresses the creation, validity, duration and enforceability of Trusts; identifies the property that may be held on Trust; and establishes the procedure for the appointment and removal of Trustees. The Senate on Friday (June 21), approved the Trusts Act, 2019, which seeks to create a modern statutory instrument as it relates to the most pertinent principles of Trust law.The legislation addresses the creation, validity, duration and enforceability of Trusts; identifies the property that may be held on Trust; and establishes the procedure for the appointment and removal of Trustees.Closing the debate on the Bill in the Senate, Leader of Government Business and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade,  Kamina Johnson Smith, said it will codify the common law in relation to Trusts, repeal the Trustees Act and amend sections 2, 7 and 21 of the Trustees, Attorneys and Executors (Accounts and General) Act, 1973.It also seeks to provide savings and transitional provisions for continuity, and preserve the validity and enforceability of Trusts.“The intention behind these Acts is to modernise our Trusts law and to ensure that we are able to pull together a suite of legislation in support of the international financial services sector, which will provide us with an effective opportunity for us to deliver higher level, higher value and higher skill jobs to our people and also to ensure that the framework for Trusts and the protection that is provided to beneficiaries, settlers and Trustees is more robust,” she said.Contributing to the debate last week, Opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, raised a concern with the definition of personal relationships in Clause 2 –  ‘Every form of relationship by blood, adoption, marriage or cohabitation, regardless of whether the law of any jurisdiction recognises the validity, legitimacy or existence of the relationship’.In response, Senator Johnson Smith said the Act in its current state does nothing to change the constitutional provision by which marriage is defined, it does not permit same sex marriage,  and it does not amend any other legislation which relates to that matter.She said Clause 5 (2) (a) and (b) are instructive, as Clause 5 (2) states quite clearly that a Trust is invalid and unenforceable in Jamaica to the extent that (a) it purports to do anything contrary to the laws of Jamaica; and (b) it confers or imposes any right or function, the exercise or discharge of which would be contrary to the laws of Jamaica.The Bill includes provisions that will strengthen the regulatory environment and accountability standards to which Trustees are to adhere; and further, it bolsters the protective measures for persons who are affected by the terms of a Trust or provides services related to the Trust, inclusive of Trustees.It further identifies the property that may be held in Trust and establishes the procedure for the appointment and removal of Trustees.The Bill also provides for the power to relieve Trustees from personal liability and indemnification of Trustees by beneficiaries, and for the settlement of actions against Trustees by alternative dispute resolution. The Bill includes provisions that will strengthen the regulatory environment and accountability standards to which Trustees are to adhere; and further, it bolsters the protective measures for persons who are affected by the terms of a Trust or provides services related to the Trust, inclusive of Trustees. Contributing to the debate last week, Opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, raised a concern with the definition of personal relationships in Clause 2 –  ‘Every form of relationship by blood, adoption, marriage or cohabitation, regardless of whether the law of any jurisdiction recognises the validity, legitimacy or existence of the relationship’. read more

PM Breaks Ground for Morant Bay Urban Centre

The 365,000 square feet property will house the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation; a town hall; conference centre; justice square, which will include a family court and parish court; tax office; Registrar General’s Department (RGD); and the Passport, Citizenship & Immigration Agency (PICA). The urban centre is being built on the grounds of the former Good Year Factory, which closed its doors in 1997. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on Wednesday (June 26), broke ground to start construction of the new Morant Bay Urban Centre in Springfield, St. Thomas. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, on Wednesday (June 26), broke ground to start construction of the new Morant Bay Urban Centre in Springfield, St. Thomas.The urban centre is being built on the grounds of the former Good Year Factory, which closed its doors in 1997.The 365,000 square feet property will house the St. Thomas Municipal Corporation; a town hall; conference centre; justice square, which will include a family court and parish court; tax office; Registrar General’s Department (RGD); and the Passport, Citizenship & Immigration Agency (PICA).Also included in the plan are spaces for financial institutions; food court; library; medical centre; wellness centre; day care; space for tertiary-level institutions; shopping facilities; purpose-built manufacturing and industrial space for small, medium and large enterprises; museum; recreational park; and a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) facility.The development, being implemented by the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), is expected to provide approximately 3,000 jobs for the people of St. Thomas.Prime Minister Holness said the project forms part of a major plan to redevelop towns in Jamaica.“As a Government, we decided that we are not just going to focus on the development of Kingston, but we are going to develop plans for all our major townships in Jamaica. We’re going to improve their infrastructure,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister noted that the project serves as an important signal to the people of St. Thomas and Jamaica in general that “the Government is serious about their development.”In his remarks at the groundbreaking, Mayor of Morant Bay, Councillor Michael Hue, called on the citizens of the parish to acquire the necessary qualifications to take advantage of the job opportunities that will become available.“This development has the potential to transform St. Thomas into the new economic zone. To do this, we must prepare ourselves to grasp the opportunities. Thousands of jobs are expected to be available through the BPO sector …and we must start to prepare ourselves.“We must get…proper training and provide certificates of competence that will make us first in line to grasp these opportunities,” Mayor Hue added. read more

Minister Grange Tables Sexual Harassment Bill

Story Highlights As stated in the Memorandum of Objects and Reasons, the legislation is necessary to address concerns about sexual harassment that is employment-related, occurring in institutions, or arising in the landlord and tenant relationship. The Sexual Harassment Bill was tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 9) by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange.As stated in the Memorandum of Objects and Reasons, the legislation is necessary to address concerns about sexual harassment that is employment-related, occurring in institutions, or arising in the landlord and tenant relationship.The Bill outlines the types of conduct that constitute sexual harassment and prohibits certain related conduct.It further makes provisions for the making of complaints by persons who are aggrieved by sexual harassment. These complaints are to be heard by the newly created Sexual Harassment Tribunal.The Bill is to be referred to a Joint Select Committee shortly. The Bill outlines the types of conduct that constitute sexual harassment and prohibits certain related conduct. The Sexual Harassment Bill was tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 9) by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange. read more