Man City’s potential under Guardiola is ‘amazing’

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola is off and running and his English trophy collection could go on to compare with his hauls at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, the club’s midfielder Kevin de Bruyne said after they won the League Cup on Sunday.The Spaniard’s first season at the City helm was a false start as he ended up without any silverware for the first time in a managerial career which included 11 major trophies with Barcelona and seven at Bayern.Sunday’s 3-0 crushing victory at Wembley over a dismal Arsenal side will almost certainly be followed by the Premier League title in coming weeks, while City are also virtually assured of a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.City’s display against Arsenal proved that their shock FA Cup defeat by third-tier Wigan Athletic on Monday was a blip.“We have had a good season already, and now we need to keep going,” Belgian De Bruyne said.“We have this one in the bag and now we have to maintain the same focus in the Premier League and the Champions League.“The potential for this club is amazing, and the way we play is probably one of the best in the world.”PERFECT RESPONSERight back Kyle Walker, whose 50 million pounds ($69.88 million) signing from Tottenham Hotspur in the close season showed City’s financial muscle, claimed his first silverware having featured on the losing side in a final for Tottenham.“We didn’t have the best of seasons last year, so it was important for us to get this trophy under our belts,” he said.City did not even have to be at their best on Sunday.Sergio Aguero’s goal, his fifth in five consecutive games against Arsenal, divided the sides at the end of a scrappy first half, before City stepped on the gas and pulled away with skipper Vincent Kompany and David Silva both on target.It was the perfect response to the FA Cup fifth round defeat by Wigan which ended talk of quardruples.“It was so important to win this one, because we played 10 v 11 for 45 minutes (against Wigan) so it wasn’t easy,” Guardiola said. “Now we concentrate on the Premier League. We will try to win the rest of our games, and the Champions League, too.”City can restore a 16-point lead at the top of the domestic standings if they beat Arsenal at The Emirates next week.“Now we have to focus on the next game away at Arsenal on Thursday and to think about the Premier League,” Aguero said.last_img read more

Cheshire Home’s library opens after 20 years

first_imgCheshire Home has reopened the doors to its library after almost 20 years.Peace Corps volunteer Elizabeth Rudd has been volunteering with Cheshire Home in Mahaica, East Coast Demerara; a home for people with disabilities.A resident of the Cheshire Home enjoying his time in the newly opened libraryWhen the committee expressed interest in re-opening the library, Rudd thought that it would be a great community resource, but also an excellent project for the residents to be a part of.The library was transformed over a four-month period as Rudd and five residents of the home cleaned, organised, repaired, and colour-coordinated the books.During the soft opening ceremony, Cheshire Home welcomed people from the village and neighbouring communities to join in the opening of the library.Rudd, alongside fellow volunteer Allee Schlitz, gave out fun gifts such as stickers and erasers to a group of excited students before reading popular children’s books such as Dora the Explorer and Frozen.Afterwards, students were able to explore the library, check out books and take free books home from the give-away shelf.“My favourite part of the event was when the students applauded the Cheshire Home residents’ hard work. The residents are so proud of themselves, but it’s the entire community that benefits when we promote the inclusion of people with disabilities,” Rudd said in an invited comment to Guyana Times.Schlitz, in a comment, recalled a moment with a young gentleman who was looking for a book on “Home Economics”. “He wants to be a chef when he gets older. It was great to see the students excited about books and I’m glad the library is here to spark interest in reading and support kids like this who have big dreams,” she stated.Three residents of the home are currently being trained as Librarian Assistants – learning job skills and gaining confidence in themselves in the process. They will be able to assist community members in locating books as well as keep the library organised.In addition, all three residents have excellent artistic capabilities and will continue to assist with the decoration of the library and the making of posters for future events.The library will be open the first two Saturdays of every month from 09:00h to 12:00h. There are books for all ages with special sections including autobiographies, self-help, and arts and crafts.If you are interested in becoming a volunteer librarian, please call Cheshire Home for details on telephone number 259-3454 or contact Rudd on 670-8480.last_img read more

‘Fake’ table frustrates Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, April 6 – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho turned his ire on Premier Leaque officials by slamming a “fake” table after his side returned to the summit with a 3-0 win at home to Stoke on Saturday.Victory, secured by goals from Mohamed Salah, Frank Lampard and Willian, saw Chelsea leapfrog Liverpool, who play West Ham on Sunday, into first place by a point. It also left the London club two points in front of Manchester City but, significantly, Manuel Pellegrini’s third-placed side will have two games in hand over both Chelsea and Liverpool come the end of this weekend.And that doesn’t sit well with Mourinho, who believes it is wrong that the clubs vying for the title won’t have played the same number of games until the final week of the season.“The situation is the same. The table is again fake,” Mourinho said. “The table is again with lots of matches in hand.“You look to the top part of the table and, some teams, they have more matches than others.“In the top of the league we cannot say we need ‘X’ points to be champions.“This, in the best league in the world, I don’t think is the best image we are giving and it’s not the best situation,” the Portuguese added.“To play matches in hand in the last week of the season, I don’t think is adapted to this top football country.”Nevertheless Mourinho was happy with a win that set Chelsea up for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.– ‘Confidence and self-esteem’ –Chelsea face a tough task to remain among Europe’s elite after a 3-1 first-leg loss in France, a reverse that followed a shock 1-0 defeat by Crystal Palace.But Mourinho was pleased by the way the Blues bounced back against Stoke.“It took us 10 or 15 minutes to recover a little bit of confidence and self-esteem after two defeats,” he said. “After that, the team played well.“It is important because it is three points for the Premier League but it is also important because it is one thing to start the match on Tuesday after another defeat and another to start after a victory.”Mourinho placed each of the goals Chelsea conceded in Paris in the ‘avoidable’ category but the Stoke shut-out was their eighth in a row at Stamford Bridge.“If we concede one goal against Paris or keep a clean sheet we have a chance for success,” he added.“If we concede two goals and have to score five then we can’t do the job. It is important to defend well against Paris.”Mourinho had also harsh words to say about his forwards after the first leg, claiming he didn’t have any “true strikers” — a direct reference to the lack of scoring prowess of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba, neither of whom started against PSG.Torres was recalled for the Stoke game but made little impact. Nevertheless, Mourinho was careful only to offer words of encouragement to the Spain striker this time round.“As always, he gave everything he could,” he said. “He worked hard for the team. It was a pity he didn’t score a goal because strikers need goals.”Stoke are not in any immediate danger of relegation as they already have 40 points, but manager Mark Hughes, a former Chelsea striker, admitted he had expected more from his side.“I was disappointed in what we produced,” he said. “In recent weeks we have been a lot better than that.“For whatever reason, we didn’t have enough players playing at their maximum. We weren’t able to ask enough questions of a good Chelsea team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Chelsea cruise to victory, as Man United and Liverpool also win

first_img Oscar in action for Chelsea Chelsea have opened up a five point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 5-0 victory over Swansea.Braces for both Diego Costa and Oscar helped the Blues to victory at the Liberty Stadium, as the Swans struggled to overcome the departure of Manchester City-bound Wilfried Bony.Jose Mourinho’s side were 4-0 up by the 36th minute, and never looked back, with Andre Schurrle wrapping up the win deep into the second half.Manuel Pellegrini’s City might have signed the Ivorian but the south west London side have not given up hope of a first Premier League title in five seasons.Radamel Falcao returned to the Manchester United starting XI, as the Red Devils ran out 2-0 victors at Queens Park Rangers.The Colombian, who was dropped for the Premier League defeat to Southampton last Sunday, was bright throughout and saw R’s goalkeeper Robert Green save a number of chances.The former England goalkeeper was beaten though, after the half-time break, when Marouane Fellaini smashed (does he do anything else?) home his own set-up volley. Youngster James Wilson wrapped up the victory in injury time.Fabio Borni and Rickie Lambert helped Liverpool continue their good form at Aston Villa. The Reds’ 2-0 victory at Villa Park brought up their sixth win in eight matches.Jermain Defoe’s return to White Hart Lane ended in defeat as Tottenham beat Sunderland 2-1. The striker, who signed from FC Toronto earlier this week, won a free-kick in the first-half, which was converted by Black Cats team-mate Seb Larsson.Spurs had earlier taken the lead, somewhat fortuitously, through Jan Vertoghen’s deflected shot. The winner came from Christian Eriksen, just two minutes from time, and will help Mauricio Pochettino put last weekend’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace to the back of his mind.Crystal Palace came from two goals down to beat Burnley 3-2 at Turf Moor. Ben Mee and Danny Ings had given the home side a 2-0 lead, but strikes from Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon got the south east London side level.And, with just three minutes left on the clock, Gayle smashed home to hand Alan Pardew a second league win in as many games.While, at the King Power Stadium, Bojan Krkic scored his fourth goal of the season as Stoke ran out 1-0 winners at Leicester City.Premier League results:Aston Villa 0-2 LiverpoolBurnley 2-3 Crystal PalaceLeicester 0-1 StokeQueens Park Rangers 0-2 Manchester UnitedSwansea 0-5 ChelseaTottenham 2-1 Sunderland 1last_img read more

Home foreclosures reach record numbers

first_imgWASHINGTON – A record number of homeowners got an unpleasant notice in their mailboxes this spring that their mortgages were being foreclosed. The grim prospect is that thousands more of those notices will crop up in mailboxes in coming months as the steepest slump in housing in 16 years contributes to a widening mortgage crisis. More than 2 million families are facing the prospect of seeing their adjustable mortgage payments rise sharply over the next two years, possibly to levels that many will be unable to pay. The largest number of foreclosures and delinquencies have occurred in subprime mortgages, loans extended to people with weak credit histories. But quarterly data released Thursday by the Mortgage Bankers Association indicated the problem is now spreading to other types of mortgages. The MBA report showed the number of homeowners who got foreclosure notices in the April-June quarter hit an all-time high of 0.65 percent, up from 0.58 percent in the first three months of the year. It marked the third consecutive quarter that a new record has been set. The rising defaults in subprime mortgages have roiled global financial markets in recent weeks, sending stock prices on a roller-coaster ride as investors wonder which big bank or hedge fund will be the next to report huge losses from subprime mortgages that were bundled into securities and resold to investors. Both President George W. Bush and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tried to calm fears late last week. Bernanke pledged the central bank would “act as needed” to limit any adverse economic effects from the market turmoil. Bush announced changes in the Federal Home Administration insured-loan program to help combat the expected wave of foreclosures and also answer attacks from Democrats that his administration has been slow to respond to a growing crisis in mortgage foreclosures. Democrats accused Bush of not going far enough and vowed to push more aggressive legislation through Congress, not only to help homeowners facing foreclosure but also to attack predatory lending practices that they contend led to the crisis. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, said the new mortgage delinquency numbers should serve as a wake-up call to Congress and the administration that urgent help is needed. Schumer is seeking $300 million in federal support for nonprofit mortgage counseling groups that he said were “the best defense against the coming storm of foreclosures throughout the country.” Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., said he would soon introduce legislation to crack down on predatory lending practices. Dodd said the 290,000 additional families who faced the prospect of losing their homes in the spring, according to the MBA data, were “just the leading edge of a tidal wave of foreclosures” likely to occur before the end of 2008. Private economists warned that the worst slump in housing in 16 years and the turbulence in financial markets from a resulting serious credit squeeze could push the economy into a recession as more borrowers fall into default, dumping even more homes onto an already glutted market. “You have a lethal combination of higher mortgage payments, lower house prices, a weaker job market and more cautious lenders,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Zandi put the possibility of a recession at 40 percent, almost four times the possibility he had estimated in July, before the current credit crisis hit.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

£73m-rated Blues star: I will ‘100%’ stay at Chelsea

first_img Thibaut Courtois in action for Chelsea Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois says he is “100 per cent” certain to stay with the club despite the absence of Champions League football next season.The 23-year-old Belgium international has been linked with a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain, while Real Madrid are reportedly lining up a £73 million move.But he told Le Parisien: “I have never had any contact with PSG.“I have played a lot against PSG recently – twice last season, again this season in a friendly and twice more in the Champions League this year. They are a good club who win their league easily.“Me, I like playing in England. Paris is a very good club but I am happy at Chelsea.”PSG, indeed, have won their domestic title for the fourth straight campaign.Chelsea’s defence of their Barclays Premier League title was in stark contrast – they lie ninth with two matches to go and have missed out on the Champions League.But, asked for the percentage chance of him staying at Stamford Bridge, Courtois said: “I have a contract for three years, so I will say 100 per cent.“Rumours affect any club where things are going badly. People think the top players want to leave because they are not in the Champions League.“Everyone knows it is our fault we will not play in that competition next year. It has happened to Manchester United and to Dortmund, to not play in the Champions League, and it is heartbreaking.“This year, we have not defended our title well like we needed to. We must regather our forces to return stronger and get back to the Champions League.” 1last_img read more

Naby Keita: The latest on Liverpool’s £70m-rated target after training incident

first_imgThe full Naby Keita training ground incident…🎥SPORT1, Facebook— Empire of the Kop (@empireofthekop) July 24, 2017Keita, 22, is highly rated after his performances for RB Leipzig last term, who shocked Germany in their first campaign in the top flight. The central midfielder scored eight and assisted eight more in 32 appearances after moving to the club from Red Bull Salzburg.Keita staying put could mean Emre Can gets a new deal on Merseyside, to ward off reported interest from Juventus, with just one year left on his current contract. Liverpool are prepared to put off their pursuit of Naby Keita for 12 months, according to reports.The Times’ Paul Joyce claims the Reds are increasingly resigned to missing out on the RB Leipzig midfielder, whose contract has a £48million release clause that can be triggered in 2018.That figure would be significantly less than the £57m and £66m bids rejected by the Bundesliga runners-up this summer.The Guinean reportedly wants to complete a switch to Anfield, which would put Jurgen Klopp’s side in the driving seat going into the transfer window at the end of 2017/18.But Keita will not have done himself any favours if he stays put, after Leipzig training had to be cancelled by boss Ralph Hassenhutl following Keita’s brutal challenge on team-mate Diego Demme (see below). 1center_img Naby Keita: The midfielder reportedly wants to complete a switch to Anfield last_img read more

Audit pans Reading First for conflict of interest, willful mismanagement

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“They are trying to crash our party and we need to beat the (expletive deleted) out of them in front of all the other would-be party crashers who are standing on the front lawn waiting to see how we welcome these dirtbags,” the program director wrote, the report says. That official, Chris Doherty, is resigning in the coming days, department spokeswoman Katherine McLane said Friday. Asked if his quitting was in response to the report, she said only that Doherty is returning to the private sector after five years at the agency. Doherty declined to comment. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings pledged to swiftly adopt all the audit’s recommendations. She also pledged a review of every Reading First grant her agency has approved. “When something undermines the credibility of this department, or the standing of any program, I’m going to spring into action,” Spellings told The Associated Press. Reading First aims to help young children read through scientifically proven programs, and the department considers it a jewel of No Child Left Behind, Bush’s education law. Just this week, a separate review found the effort is helping schools raise achievement. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A scorching internal review of the Bush administration’s billion-dollar-a-year reading program says the Education Department ignored the law and ethical standards to steer money how it wanted. The government audit is unsparing in its view that the Reading First program has been beset by conflicts of interest and willful mismanagement. It suggests the department broke the law by trying to dictate which curriculum schools must use. It also depicts a program in which review panels were stacked with people who shared the director’s views, and in which only favored publishers of reading curricula could get money. In one e-mail, the director told a staff member to come down hard on a company he didn’t support, according to the report released Friday by the department’s inspector general. last_img read more

Lampard on talkSPORT: Mourinho’s texts, Silva’s excellence, plus more

first_imgFrank Lampard sat down with talkSPORT’s Laura Woods to talk about everything from his relationship with Jose Mourinho to Prince George’s favourite team.In an eye-opening interview, Lampard spoke candidly about his start to life as Chelsea manager and everything that comes with the job.Not only have the Blues started the season relatively well, they’ve done so with a team comprised largely of inexperienced youngsters, another thing Lampard was keen to delve into.Read the best bits below or listen to the full interview above! talkSPORT 5 5 Getty Images – Getty Sky Sports 5 Mourinho was heavily critical of Chelsea after their defeat to Man United Lampard spent the 2014/15 season with Silva at Man City 5 Lampard on Prince William not granting Chelsea a royal pardon over their transfer ban:“Maybe he would have turned me down – he probably thought I might try and buy John McGinn or something!“We had that conversation [about Villa]. I couldn’t understand why [the royals don’t support Chelsea].“I asked why he supported Villa and he said it was because of a game he watched when he was younger and he felt that was the right thing to do. Then he’s obviously passed that down. I made a small attempt to get him [George] on the Chelsea side.“He did say George came home from school to say all his friends support Chelsea, but he’s going to hold firm and be a Villa fan.“He was great value. I’ve got great respect for him.” 5center_img Lampard spoke to talkSPORT’s Laura Woods in a wide ranging interview HRH Prince William and Frank Lampard surprised England football fans at a pub in London yesterday evening to help promote #HeadsUp, a campaign aimed at building awareness of mental health.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 12, 2019Lampard on being a personal mentor to his players“It was certainly seen as a weakness in the old-school mentality of footballers.“That comment of, ‘you’re earning so much money, how can you have any issues?’, is so dated now. I’d like to think not many people can still hang on that one.“We all have it in life; moments when you go to work, don’t say anything, put a smile on, but inside you can be completely different.“Part of my job now is to try and see those moments, even though they are not always that visible, and to be there as a support.“But that is not my job and I couldn’t do [only] that; I’m not Superman to go round all 25 players and be that person.“But the rhetoric that comes out now and the support systems we have in this club, with England, and with everybody working in a much better way around it, hopefully gives more support to players and people, or anyone in life – as this is not just in football, this is a social issue we have to deal with. But I think we are getting better.” Lampard congratulates Tammy Abraham after the striker’s hat-trick at Wolves Lampard on texts from Mourinho and his dad being his worst critic:“With Jose we would have texts from time to time.“We had some at the start of the season around the Manchester United game where he had a little go!“It’s all good. I’ve sat in the punditry chair for a year so I understand the need to say things so I’m certainly not going to bang on too much. In terms of him, yeah we have a relationship.“Harry Redknapp is Uncle Harry so it would sound wrong if I didn’t speak to him, but he was great for me in getting me the role at Derby. He was close to Mel Morris [the chairman].“He followed us brilliantly last year. He would text me and call me to talk about Derby and is doing the same at Chelsea so I have to shout Harry even though he is family.“What he did for me in terms of getting me on the ladder managerially is huge and I will always be thankful for that. Lampard spoke to talkSPORT’s Laura Woods in a wide ranging interview Lampard on what he has taken from past managers:“You take things from managers you worked under but if you try and become tough and a make a gesture that looks like I’m a tough man or a tough manager, I think that is very transparent to players. I just very quickly wanted to get down to work. I think I am a manager and a person that tries to get close, that tries to have relationships off the pitch as well as on the pitch and feel that players can talk to me and feel like I can say what I need to say to the players.“We had a meeting early on in Dublin about how I saw it, what I expect standard wise, training wise, work ethic wise, the basics that come before all the tactics and stuff and hopefully the players see what I want them. They have not disappointed me at all. We have got a lot of work to do but we are going in the same direction and it is my job to keep it moving forward. Lampard on his start at Chelsea and what success would be:“I feel like we are moving in the right direction but I always get nervous saying that because it is a catalyst for overconfidence.“The last month was good – we had some good results. The international break always worries you slightly because you think, will we forget the good things we were doing that made us get good results and we can’t forget the fact we can do much more and we need to believe in ourselves that we can do much more.“There’s a lot of work to be done. I don’t know what success looks like at the moment. It’s competitive at the top of the league and I don’t think the league has given itself any real form yet other than Liverpool who are deservedly right up there and City, but the rest of us are trying to bridge that gap.“If we can keep improving, I do believe we can start to bridge that gap. Hopefully this season and then we can look beyond that and see where we can go. We know we are young and hopefully that means we are going to get better.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network. “I had really good relationships with my managers. Guus Hiddink has actually sent me some great messages.“Harry comes with things and they are messages or chat but my dad, as through my playing days, he is my biggest critic.“You would score a hat-trick and he would have a go at you for the one you missed and maybe he’s pretty similar, probably slowed down a little bit.“But sometimes my dad I feel is a bit of the old school and we clash sometimes but I don’t mind listening to it as it’s important to have your ears opened even if it’s my dad who is saying ‘why didn’t you go 4-4-2 and stick it long for the last 10 minutes?’“You go, ‘we are trying to play here dad!’”Lampard on his favourite player not at Chelsea:“I suppose I am linked to it so it makes me happy to say it, but David Silva.“I know this is his final season playing for Manchester City so this is as good a time to talk about him.“The year I had there [at Man City], to train with him every day, to see his humility as a player and his quality and everything he brings, was something special.“I am delighted that he has had the success and all the recognition because he is incredible.” GETTY talkSPORT last_img read more

Early Voting Numbers So Far

first_imgEarly voting in North Carolina has seen large turn out. 3,102,725 voters have cast early votes in the state. 45.2% of registered voters have already cast ballots ahead of Tuesdays race.  41.7% of early voters are Democrats while 31.9% are registered Republicans. As of Monday, 12,615 early votes have been cast in Jackson County.540 WRGC The River will have up to minute election coverage Tuesday night on air and online. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to follow local election coverage.last_img