Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expressed confidence that he will still be at Old Trafford next season despite his team crawling to an underwhelming fifth-place finish in the Premier League.United beat Bournemouth 3-1 in their final fixture on Tuesday — a game held over from Sunday due to a bomb scare — but it was not enough to take them into the Champions League places as they finished below fourth-place Manchester City on goal difference.United must now beat Crystal Palace in Saturday’s FA Cup final to salvage something from their season and there were ripples of dissent towards Van Gaal in the form of boos as he began a post-match address to a thin home crowd.But despite persistent speculation linking Jose Mourinho with his job, when asked if he would still be in place on the first day of next season, Van Gaal, who took over at United in 2014, replied: “Yes. Because I have signed a three-year contract.”Fears that supporters would stay away following Sunday’s postponement, which followed the discovery of a fake bomb left by accident in a toilet cubicle during a training exercise, were realised.While United did not officially announce the attendance, the stadium appeared around two-thirds full.Van Gaal, however, used his post-game speech to praise United’s fans for their “unconditional” support and claimed afterwards that the stadium was only not full because overseas supporters had been unable to make the trip.Referring to his speech, he said: “I have said that also with very much conscience. In spite of the fact we have not always played very well, they have supported the players on the pitch always.“However things have gone on the pitch, they never let us down and they always have come, 75,000, always. Not today, but why do you think?“We have a lot of fans out of Asia. They are coming, 24 hours flying, and back. They couldn’t see the match and that’s why.”Van Gaal conceded that United’s fifth-place finish represented a “step back”, but said that Leicester City’s title triumph proved that anyone could win the title next season.
It was this week three years ago that the Funny River Fire started as a small grass fire off Woodcutter Road in Funny River. At the same time, a larger fire was reported near Tyonek on the west side of Cook Inlet. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Just minutes after Central Emergency Services crews extinguished two grass fires, another fire in Kenai was reported, this time next to a home on Lilac Lane. The Tyonek/Beluga fire was eventually brought under control as winds whipped the Funny River Fire into a nearly 200,000 acre blaze which had mostly burned out by June. No homes were reported damaged in that fire, though some outbuildings were burned. The call came in at 5:50pm for a small fire next to 1210 Lilac #4, which apparently affected the home. KFD reported, “The fire was out upon arrival 4 min after crews had been dispatched. The fire had appeared to start in a container where discarded briquets from bbq had been placed. It extended to the siding of the structure however was extinguished by the occupant with a working fire extinguisher! No extension into the structure was found after overhaul.”
According to Vance, with no family to raise questions and restrivtive HIPA guidelines, the community is left with ‘more questions than answers as to the true cause of his death’. The death of VanBuren was announced in a press release issued by South Peninsula Hospital. Donald VanBuren died at South Peninsula Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. According to Vance, questions have been raised about the ‘authenticity of this patient being counted as a COVID-19 death, when individuals knew of his long battle with cancer which caused kidney failure’.Vance submitted the letter on May 8 to Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. During a press briefing on Monday KSRM News asked Dr. Zink about the inquiry submitted by Vance. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representative Sarah Vance, from Homer, submitted a letter to Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer late last week questioning the validity of a death out of Anchor Point that was listed as COVID-19 related. According to the release from SPH, the Anchor Point resident who passed away had pre-existing underlying health conditions and tested positive for COVID-19 upon admittance to South Peninsula Hospital. The patient was originally transported to the hospital by Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Services. Emergency personnel responded wearing the recommended personal protective equipment and adhered to protocols, ensuring proper decontamination of equipment and apparatus. Dr. Zink: “We want to make sure we are completely transparent in what we are doing. We want to use the same processes with COVID that we are using for everything else, and make sure that we are really trusting the clinicians judgement, and asking them to put on the death certificate what they feel is relevant to that case. So, right now if we have a case that is positive and a person that has passed away our process is to go to the clinician and asked specifically if they think this was related. If they say yes, then we report it out to you.”
It was a no-contest in the vote for president at yesterday’s annual general meeting of Table Tennis Jamaica at the University of Technology. Godfrey Lothian retained the top post with a 72-6 victory over Karen Lyn. The Sunday Gleaner understands that 100 persons registered to vote, but only 81 delegates voted. Three of the ballots were spoiled. After the elections, Lothian said that he would moving full speed ahead in the development of the sport across the island. “There is no time to waste. We have to hit the ground running because this is what we were elected to do. So we have to answer the call,” Lothian said. “Immediately, what we want to do is ensure that we retrofit Sabina Park’s second floor so that we can have somewhere definite to play. We also want to put a table tennis table in every cricket club across the country. We also want to have age group table tennis from Under-8 to Under-21.” New constitution He continued: “We are also going to start community table tennis. The new constitution gives us leverage to form confederations. So five confederations will be formed across the country to ensure that we develop the parish associations, and we want to take the senior team to Guyana in late March-April. Some members/clubs had written to the president on February 4 requesting that the AGM be postponed as they opposed changes to the constitution. Lothian, however, welcomed opposing voices as he says it speaks to the democracy of the association. “It was a hard-fought battle involving people with diverse views, but it is not a problem because it shows our democracy, and the best the team will win at the end of the day,” Lothian said. – A.M.
THE ENGLISH Premier League (EPL) has been asked by human-rights activists and one of its major broadcast partners to consider blocking Saudi Arabia’s attempt to buy Newcastle United.Amnesty International wrote to league Chief Executive Richard Masters to say the takeover could be exploited by Saudi Arabia to cover up “deeply immoral” breaches of international law, citing human-rights violations and the role of the crown prince leading the sovereign wealth fund.Qatar-based broadcaster beIN Sports said the kingdom should be held to account for a Saudi-backed pirate network stealing live broadcasts of games. Yousef Al-Obaidly, the beIN Media Group chief executive officer, warned of the “danger of allowing the acquisition … given the country’s past and continuing illegal actions and their direct impact upon the commercial interests of the Premier League”.The intervention of a broadcast partner who has helped the league become the world’s richest football competition comes amid growing financial pressures on clubs caused by the coronavirus pandemic. There have been no games played in six weeks. Masters has said the crisis could cost the league more than £1 billion (J$172 billion) with broadcasting contracts in danger of not being fulfilled.While the league grapples with an unprecedented shutdown, it is having to examine whether to grant Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) clearance to buy Newcastle from retail entrepreneur Mike Ashley. The PIF is planning to be the 80 per cent majority partner in a £300-million (J$51.5-billion) takeover alongside wealthy Britian-based Reuben brothers and financier Amanda Staveley.PIF is overseen by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who Amnesty says has been involved in a “sweeping crackdown on human rights”. The Premier League does not have specific human-rights standards set out in regulations used to assess the suitability of new owners.”So long as these questions remain unaddressed, the Premier League is putting itself at risk of becoming a patsy of those who want to use the glamour and prestige of Premier League football to cover up actions that are deeply immoral, in breach of international law and at odds with the values of the Premier League and the global footballing community,” Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen wrote Monday to Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters. Amnesty raised concerns with Masters about the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as questions linger over the crown prince’s culpability.
WEEK 6 SCHEDULETHURSDAY’S GAMEParkway vs. Captain Shreve,Lee Hedges Stadium, 7FRIDAY’S GAMESAirline at Evangel, 7Haughton at Franklin Parish, 7Minden at Benton, 7North DeSoto at Bossier, 7Jonesboro-Hodge at Plain Dealing, 7COLUMNExcept for the Parkway Panthers, Bossier Parish football teams didn’t have much to celebrate last week.Parkway was the only winner in Week 5, defeating parish and District 1-5A rival Airline 23-21 at Bobby Marlow Field at Preston Crownover Stadium.But even in a loss, there can be something worth celebrating. Benton’s remarkable comeback against undefeated preseason District 1-4A favorite Northwood is an example.Yes, the Tigers lost 28-27 on a Thursday night at Jerry Burton Memorial Stadium. But halfway through the fourth quarter, Benton trailed 28-7.If the game had one of those ESPN graphics calculating the chance of winning, the Tigers’ percentage would have probably been at less than one percent at that point.But there’s a reason coaches constantly tell their players to never quit.Incredibly, Benton scored three touchdowns in 2:30 to get within one with 1:05 left in the game. Coach Reynolds Moore elected to go for two, which I believe was the right call. Moore’s defense had been on the field a long time against a very talented Northwood team loaded with playmakers.Benton had a well-conceived pass play called, but the Falcons quickly put pressure on sophomore quarterback Clint Lasiter, who had to get rid of the ball to avoid a sack. The pass sailed high out of the end zone.Even if Benton had taken the lead, a victory was far from guaranteed considering the time remaining and Northwood’s ability to score quickly from anywhere on the field.I do think, though, the fired-up Tigers would’ve risen to the challenge.While obviously disappointed with the loss, Moore was rightly proud of his team’s effort. After listening to his emotional postgame speech, the Tigers headed to the buses with their heads held high.“I’m extremely proud of our guys,” he said. “I just told them there’s a lot of fight in them. 28-7, very little time left, they could’ve quit, could’ve folded up, said, look, that’s a great football team, we’re behind and there’s no chance, but our guys fought like crazy and I mean just didn’t quit. That’s why I wanted to go for two there. They fought back in. I told them we didn’t come to play for a tie. We came to win.”The Haughton Bucs also had some positives to take from their first loss of the season last week. The Bucs fell to three-time defending 1-5A champion Evangel Christian 49-19 at home. Yes, the final score was lopsided. But midway through the third quarter, Haughton trailed 21-19 and lined up for a field-goal attempt to take the lead. Unfortunately for the Bucs, it was no good and Evangel rolled from there.Like Parkway in Week 4, Haughton had no answer for Evangel running back Tamauge Sloan, who ran for 290 yards and four touchdowns. His shortest TD run was 23 yards. His longest was 90.Haughton sophomore quarterback Peyton Stovall continued to be impressive, completing 24 of 36 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 93 yards rushing.After the Eagles took a 21-7 lead in the second quarter Stovall hit Keyshawn Davis for a TD and then ran for another to keep the Bucs very much in the game.In the other two games last week involving parish teams, the Bossier Bearkats fell to Huntington 28-8 in a District 1-4A matchup at Independence Stadium and the Plain Dealing Lions lost to Class 3A Green Oaks 41-0 at Northwood.Hard as it is to believe, the regular season has reached the halfway point.Thursday night, Parkway (3-1, 1-1) travels across the river for a 1-5A game against Captain Shreve (4-1, 0-1). The Gators are coming off their first loss of the season to Byrd, 27-25. The Jackets blocked a field goal on the game’s final play.In District 1-5A Friday, Airline (1-4, 1-1) visits Evangel Christian (2-3, 2-0). Haughton (4-1) plays its final non-district game at Franklin Parish (3-2).In District 1-4A, Benton (2-3, 1-1) hosts Minden (2-3, 2-0) and Bossier (1-4, 0-2) hosts North DeSoto (4-1, 1-1). In District 1-1A, Plain Dealing (2-3, 1-1) hosts Jonesboro-Hodge (2-3, 1-1).As expected, last week’s Parkway-Airline game was a battle between evenly-matched teams.It was also a game mostly dominated by defense. Parkway did manage some big plays in the passing game and had some success on the ground mainly in the second half.The Panthers rallied from an early 14-3 deficit and then held off a late rally by the Vikings.Airline had its moments. The Vikings got a touchdown pass from Brad Fream in the first quarter. In the second, Airline sacked sophomore quarterback Gabriel Larry in the end zone for a safety. Brandon Marshall returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown and the 14-3 lead.Jordan Gladney replaced Fream in the fourth quarter and led an 80-yard touchdown drive to get the Vikings within two.The Viking sacked Larry several times, but he kept his poise, tossing one TD pass in each half.Both teams hurt themselves with penalties, but Airline’s mistakes were especially costly. Perhaps the biggest one gave Parkway a first down on its final touchdown drive. Otherwise, the Panthers would have been facing a fourth down around midfield.Three of Airline’s four losses have been by a combined 10 points. In the other, a 36-19 loss to Ruston, the Vikings led after three quarters.All that doesn’t mean that much to coach Bo Meeks. He knows his team will be fighting for its playoff life in the second half of the regular season.“It is what it is,” he said. “We’ve got to do a better job of focusing on the little things, staying focused for 48 minutes. Again, we’re at Week 6 now, can’t continue to make the mistakes we’re making at one, two and three. We’ve got to get better, all of us.”Airline will be a heavy underdog against Evangel. Slowing down Sloan and the Eagles is a major challenge for any team.But I won’t be surprised if Airline, like Haughton, stays close early. The Vikings obviously can’t make the kind of mistakes they made against Parkway. If they don’t, who knows what might happen down the stretch. But it will take their best effort this season to have a chance.Parkway has won 11 straight games against Captain Shreve, including two first-round playoff victories. But this may be the best Shreve team in years and the Panthers will be challenged.It could go down to the wire.Bossier running backs Michael Green and Daniel Moore both had big games against Huntington. But the Bearkats couldn’t overcome penalties and turnovers.They also failed to capitalize on a couple of fumble recoveries.Bossier will be a big underdog against North DeSoto.Plain Dealing will also be an underdog against Jonesboro-Hodge. The Tigers gave perennial 1A power all it could handle in a 35-26 loss in Week 4.Russell Hedges is Sports Editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune. 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RUGBY LEAGUE By Paul Maima The Hiri West Rugby league super 9s competition is in dire need of financial and logistical assistance as it winds down to its final week of competition. Seven villages surrounding the multi-million Kina LNG plant site, have been participating in this popular competition, that caters for both men and women since last month. The participating villages are Porebada, Kouderika, Roku, Boera, Papa, Lealea, Kido and Gorohu. Hiri West Rugby league coordinator and association treasurer Busina Pune said: “The competition was initiated in 2005, but over the years due to financial constraints the competition was derailed along the way. “This year we started it again after interest was shown again and we are impressed with the level of support shown by the communities who are currently participating. “The Hiri West Rugby league has a history of producing top players at the representative level during the heydays of the DCA Bulldogs from Porebada village that played in the Port Moresby Rugby league competition. “We want to rekindle that vision again by promoting our young talents at the rural level. “And we have ensured that will happen as we have already affiliated with the PNG Rugby Football League to be part of their sanctioned programs and competitions. “Currently we are in dire need of sponsorship in terms of logistic and financial assistance from our governing bodies at the District level and business communities to help assist in managing our competition.” Currently the Porebada village teams are dominating both competitions. In the men’s competition, Porebada Blacks 1 are leading with nine points, Porebda Balas and Porebada Sharks on eight points each, Porebada Redscar Laumas on seven, followed by Koita Cowboys 1 and 2 and Porebada Gwadu Tigers all on 6 points. In the women’s division, the Koita Sisters are leading with eight points followed by Turikiss Rabbitohs, Porebada Raiders and Kido Lagavas on second place with five points each, then Redscar Laumas, Bote Titans and Veasi Mixmates all on four points each. There is one more match to be played this weekend before the play-offs.
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– backs himself to performFOURTEEN West Indies-A team players will showcase their talents when they participate in a Tri-Nation series with India and hosts England Lions, as Cricket West Indies (CWI) continues to place great emphasis on the A-team programme.The tour, according to CWI, aims at giving players international experience and to ensure that “players have the best possible preparation along the pathway to becoming an elite athlete.Guyanese Keemo Paul and Chandrapaul Hemraj are a part of the squad, which departed the Caribbean last week. For Hemraj, the 24-year-old accepts that touring England and the conditions there are always problematic for batsmen. However, he told Chronicle Sport that he is definitely up for the challenge.“It’s definitely would be challenging, I will try to adapt as quickly as possible, believe in myself, back my talent and ability to perform,” he said. Hemraj was also one of four debutants called to the Windies-A team earlier in the year, where the Caribbean side comprehensively beat the England Lions. Unfortunately for Hemraj he was ruled out following a hamstring injury after the first game of the three-match series in Antigua.That was a major setback for the left-hander, who has been enjoying a productive time with the bat prior to his maiden West Indies-A call-up.He was Guyana Jaguars leading run-scorer in the Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-day tournament. His contribution was vital to Jaguars winning the title for the fourth year in succession.Hemraj, who had left the game in 2014 after playing first-class cricket, on the back of his West Indies Under-19 performances, returned to score 623 runs from 10 regional games this season.Among those 623 runs were five 50s, the batsman getting out for 90 on one occasion.Hemraj also had good returns in the Super50 Festival that followed, scoring 227 runs from nine games, with two fifties, the highest of which was 80.Following those performances, Hemraj was one of those successful drafts for this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Hemraj has gone to the St Lucia Stars, the franchise dishing out US$5 000 for his services.Meanwhile, the one-day series in England includes a double round robin with a final and will run from June 17 to July 2. Before that there will be two warm-up matches.The 14-man squad reads: Jason Mohammed – captain, Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Rahkeem Cornwall, Dominic Drakes, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Chemar Holder, Andre McCarthy, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Raymon Reifer, Devon Thomas, Oshane Thomas and Jomel Warrican
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