Indonesia set one week out from 2018 Asian Games

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Indonesia suffered its deadliest terror attack in more than 10 years in May when suicide bombers killed 13 people in the nation’s second-biggest city Surabaya.Police say they have been rounding up terror suspects and petty criminals in a pre-Games crackdown.Haze headacheHaze from forest fires in Sumatra remains another potential headache for events in Palembang.But Indonesian meteorologists have been monitoring weather conditions closely and extinguishing hotspots.“We have been conducting weather modification efforts since May, including cloud seeding and water bombing,” Hary Tirto Djatmiko, spokesman for national meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency, told AFP.The Games’ preparation has not come without hiccups, however.Indonesians have made a mockery of the Jakarta government’s decision to cover a toxic river near the athletes’ village with black nylon mesh over fears it will be an eyesore at the showpiece event.Similarly, the city council was ridiculed for erecting Games’ banners with spelling mistakes.Some social media users have also questioned why city sanitation workers — and not artists — were chosen to paint Games’ murals in parts of the city. Palembang briefly made headlines last month when irate football fans ripped plastic seats from the stands after the home team lost and hurled them onto the pitch at a stadium scheduled to host the event.Still, excitement is building ahead of the Games.“The Asian Games atmosphere is quite obvious here in Palembang, we have murals everywhere and our LRT (light rail) is already running,” Palembang resident Nicky Anggraini told AFP.“I’m definitely going to watch the Games, I can’t wait,” she added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite worries about Jakarta’s notorious traffic congestion, authorities say the implementation of an odd-even license plate system is already bearing results.“Traveling speed has improved by almost 60 percent, while travel time has improved 43 percent from 15.56 minutes per km to 8.86 minute per km,” Jakarta’s transportation agency chief, Andri Yansyah, told AFP.Athletes and officials will travel on dedicated road lanes and schools will be closed to take the daily commute of millions of pupils out of the equation.When Indonesia last hosted a major sports event, the 2011 SEA Games, two people died in a stadium stampede at the football final in Jakarta.In a bid to safeguard the event, some 40,000 troops and police officers will be deployed in Jakarta and Palembang.ADVERTISEMENT Indonesia started with less time than most host countries after it agreed to hold the Games when Vietnam pulled out.However, officials say they are ready to take the Games in their stride.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“There are no problems for the preparation so far, even if we have problems we will solve them right there right then,” chief organizer Erick Thohir told journalists Thursday.Seventy percent of tickets have been sold for the opening ceremony in the capital Jakarta next Saturday, he added. 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In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Officials lit the 2018 Asian Games torch during the torch relay in Bandung, West Java province on August 11, 2018.Jakarta and Palembang will host some 11,000 athletes and 5,000 officials from 45 Asian countries for the Asian Games, which will be held from August 18 to September 2. / AFP PHOTO / TIMUR MATAHARIIndonesia has set aside worries about terrorism, street crime and Jakarta’s notorious traffic, saying it is ready to roll for the Asian Games in a week’s time.Jakarta and Palembang in Sumatra are set to host about 11,000 athletes and 5,000 officials from 45 Asian countries for the August 18 to September 2 Games, the world’s biggest multi-sport event behind the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentslast_img read more

Govt wants ordinary man to benefit from oil wealth – Jordan

first_imgGovernment has recommitted itself to ensuring that persons at the grassroots level are educated properly about the benefits that could be accrued from the emerging oil and gas sector.While acknowledging that mostly negative things have been said about this sector in Guyana, Finance Minister Winston Jordan has said Government wants the narrative to change.The minister said the administration will begin to exploit the conversation about theFinance Minister Winston Jordanbenefits of oil to the local Guyanese economy, so that ordinary Guyanese would have a better understanding.“…we have not heard in the press a conversation about how we can use this windfall for everybody. So I am happy to hear here at the grassroots level (that) people have areas (they want to see developed),” he said.Jordan said the aim would be to get Guyanese to accept that a huge bonanza is coming, and start the discussion with regard to how these resources could be used to lift Guyana out of the chaos. The minister is hoping that more discussions regarding these positive benefits could start this year. He said Government is looking to build a green economy from finances earned from this sector.In addition to that, Government would be looking to enhance the use of clean energy with the use of natural gas, which would benefit the entire country.Bridging the coast with the hinterland is an important task that Government wants to get done.“As you know, that was inherited at Independence, and it continues. Getting into the hinterland is a major stress, both by road and aircraft,” he complained bitterly.As part of its clean energy programme, Jordan said, Guyana would benefit greatly from natural gas. The plan is to set up an industrial park to utilize LPG gas, which may be distributed locally at a cheaper cost.The money gained from the oil sector would also be utilised in keys sectors, such as education and health. Improvements in information and communication technology could also be achieved.“And, most of all, we are looking to establish medium-to-large-scale industries. Finally, if we get the energy going, we could smelter our own bauxite, instead of selling raw materials all the time.”In agriculture, monies from the sector could be used to improve on valued added.Jordan said that, hopefully, with these additional resources, Guyana could also complete the four-lane road that links Guyana to Brazil, and build a deep water harbour to advance trade between the two countries.Many economists and financial analysts have said that Guyana’s pending oil production would yield significant revenue, which can create a large number of jobs in the manufacturing of value-added agricultural products and the development of its physical infrastructure.The Commonwealth Secretariat, among other major international partners, has been advising the Government — through the Natural Resources Ministry — on the legislative and institutional reforms required to regulate Guyana’s emerging oil and gas industry.The secretariat’s legal and economic experts have advised on draft legislation for the Sovereign Wealth Fund, a draft National Upstream Oil and Gas Policy, and a revision of Guyana’s Petroleum Exploration and Production Act and Regulations. However, the policy is still in its draft stage.Only recently, Government was caught misleading the public when a letter was leaked in the press showing that the Government had set up a private bank account to store US$18 million from ExxonMobil.The Government later came out confirming that the account was set up a year ago, although repeatedly knowledge of its existence had been denied. The US$18 million was a signing bonus received in 2016.ExxonMobil announced it made a fifth new oil discovery after drilling the Turbot-1 well offshore Guyana. Turbot is ExxonMobil’s latest discovery to date in the country, adding to previous finds.last_img read more

Jam eases a little for homebuyer

first_imgHousing affordability for first-time buyers improved slightly in Los Angeles County and across the state in the 2007 first quarter, although prices remained high despite tumbling sales, a trade association said Thursday. In the county, affordability slipped to 20 percent from 21 percent a year earlier, but improved from 19 percent in the 2006 fourth quarter, said the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. The association measures affordability by the percentage of households that can afford the median-price home in their area. The affordability number is based on an adjustable interest rate of 6.3 percent and a 10 percent down payment. And first-time buyers typically purchase a home equal to 85 percent of the prevailing median price. First-time buyers in the county needed to earn a minimum $101,090 annually to qualify for a home priced at $501,390, the median in the year’s first three months, the association said. The monthly payment, including taxes and insurance, would be $3,370. Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s vice president and chief economist, said potential buyers are still waiting for a big price slide but the odds of that happening are not good as long as the economy remains sound. That’s not the best news for someone waiting to buy that first house. “You’ve still got a situation where first-time buyers are in a jam,” Appleton-Young said. “And potential first-time buyers in Los Angeles County are up against a huge hurdle. The median here is about twice the nation’s.” Statewide, 25 percent of households could afford an entry-level home in the first quarter, down one percentage point from a year earlier and unchanged from last year’s fourth quarter. The qualifying income was $96,910, the median price $480,670 and the monthly payment $3,230. The high desert, which includes the Antelope Valley communities of Palmdale and Lancaster, remained the state’s most affordable market. Here affordability increased to 44 percent from 41 percent a year ago and in last year’s fourth quarter. A household in this market would have to earn $54,703 annually to qualify for a median-price home costing $271,430. The monthly payment would be $1,820. Affordability increased in six of 19 major markets tracked by the association. The report also showed that: In Ventura County, affordability increased one percentage point annually to 26 percent in the first quarter and remained unchanged from last year’s fourth quarter. The qualifying income level was $115,300, the median price $571,860 and the monthly payment $3,840. In the Inland Empire, affordability increased to 36 percent in the first quarter from 35 percent a year earlier and from 34 percent in the prior quarter. The minimum qualifying income was $69,310, the median price $343,770 and the monthly payment $2,310. Jonathan Weiss, senior investment associate at Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, said renting is now less expensive than owning. “The average monthly payment differential between owning and renting is about $3,000,” he said of the state average. Andrew LaPage, an analyst at La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems, said that affordability is increasing in areas that have seen an erosion in the median price. This is expected to spread to other areas as the market slump continues. “I’m certainly open to the possibility you may see increased affordability in lower cost neighborhoods in the next six to 12 months,” he said. (818) 713-3743160Want 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

Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, August 25

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Manchester United could eventually pay a staggering £72million for Angel Di Maria. The Real Madrid winger should complete his move to Old Trafford by Tuesday. (Daily Mirror)After finalising a deal for Di Maria, Louis van Gaal will then step up his efforts to sign Nigel de Jong from AC Milan, while the United boss is also chasing another Dutch star, Daley Blind. (Daily Mirror)Arsene Wenger has made a check on Wolfsburg’s Brazilian midfield star Luiz Gustavo. Wolfsburg are keen on Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski – and that could even raise the chance of a player-plus-cash deal. (Daily Mirror)Juventus will also hold talks with Arsenal over Lukas Podolski. The Serie A champions want the Germany international on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer, but Arsenal would favour selling him. (Daily Telegraph)Sami Khedira, reportedly a transfer target for Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, will not be leaving Real Madrid according to their manager, Carlo Ancelotti. (Guardian)Roberto Martinez has refused to rule out the possibility of Everton signing either Samuel Eto’o or Danny Welbeck in the final week of the transfer window, but admitted that finances will dictate whether or not he can add one of the two forwards to his squad. (The Times)Fernando Torres will not leave Chelsea unless they pay up his £8.5million-a-year contract in full. Italian side Roma are leading the race to sign the out-of-favour Chelsea striker. (The Sun)Hull boss Steve Bruce hopes to make it third time lucky with a £12million-plus bid for Blackburn hot shot Jordan Rhodes. (Daily Mirror)Harry Redknapp is closing in on a deal for Reading’s £6million-rated keeper Alex McCarthy. (Daily Mirror)Ronald Koeman is ready to revive his interest in Nathan Redmond. The Southampton boss has had a £3.5million bid for the Norwich winger rejected, but is set to make a fresh move. (The Sun)Sunderland have held talks with Lille winger Salomon Kalou. The negotiations are believed to have been positive, with Kalou understood to be keen on a move to the Stadium of Light this summer. (Daily Express)And here’s the latest headlines…Exclusive – Balotelli will make Liverpool title contenders, claims BrownDi Maria will be a ‘big plus’ for Man United, insists ex-Old Trafford coachExclusive – Bruce could tempt Welbeck to Hull, claims BrownExclusive – Move for Tottenham star is close, reveals Hull boss Bruce‘Raging’ Hull boss Bruce calls for video replays after controversial Stoke drawlast_img read more

Curry’s moon theory leaves NASA baffled

first_img0Shares0000Stephen Curry has questioned whether the moon landings were real © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Kevin C. CoxLOS ANGELES, United States, Dec 11 – Golden State Warriors ace Stephen Curry is no stranger to the occasional moon shot.But the NBA star’s suggestion that the lunar landings may have been an elaborate hoax has left NASA puzzled. Curry raised eyebrows on Monday when he became the latest basketball player to advance a conspiracy theory, echoing Kyrie Irving’s assertion in 2017 that the Earth was flat.Speaking on “The Winging It” podcast, Curry said he had doubts about whether NASA had actually put a man on the Moon in 1969.“We ever been to the moon?” Curry asked on the podcast, before several fellow guests replied: “Nope.”“They’re going to come get us,” Curry added after advancing the theory.“Sorry, I don’t want to start conspiracies,” he added.Curry’s remarks drew a bemused response from a NASA spokesman, who invited the two-time NBA MVP to a tour of the agency’s facilities.“We’d love for Mr Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets,” NASA spokesman Allard Beutel told The New York Times.“We have hundreds of pounds of moon rocks stored there, and the Apollo mission control. During his visit, he can see firsthand what we did 50 years ago, as well as what we’re doing now to go back to the moon in the coming years, but this time to stay.”Retired US astronaut Scott Kelly, a veteran of four space flights and former commander of the International Space Station, meanwhile weighed in on Twitter.“Steph, so much respect for you, but re the moon landing thing, let’s talk,” Kelly wrote. “DM me.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Monster gift guide

first_imgSTARRY STARRY BEDROOM As any local stargazer knows, it’s not easy finding a spot in L.A. to get a good view of the night sky – there are just too many lights. That’s not a problem with the new Star Theatre V3 from the Discovery Channel. Just flick off the lights in your home and you can project a 360-degree view of hundreds of stars and constellations onto your ceiling and walls. Star Theatre comes with a compass and date and time dial for celestial positioning accurate down to the hour. It requires five AAA batteries (not included) and sells for $24.95 at or (800) 889-9950. SWEET TOTE So you have someone on your shopping list with a nasty sweet tooth. That’s OK, no need for her to be ashamed. Hey, she can even display her candy love for all to see. The Candy Wrapper Collection from the VivaTerra company features purses made entirely from recycled candy wrappers. (And to think, you throw yours away.) The bags are slightly tapered with wide bottoms to accommodate large and small items. The multicolored clutch, measuring 10 by 5 inches, is priced at $49; the bag, at 14 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches, goes for $229. To order, go to or call (800) 233-6011. CLEAN UP If you are looking for a stocking stuffer for that cute little baby on your list or the baby’s mom, why not give something useful. DaBib ($12.99) is a new way of keeping baby clean and dry. The nontoxic, lead-free stylish bib minimizes stains, spills and leaks with a “scrunch collar,” a rib knit turtleneck that prevents food and dribble from getting underneath. A hidden pouch is there to catch crumbs and tidbits. Its super absorbent terry cloth has a waterproof backing. And it hooks in the front, so no more fishing behind the neck to get it on at mealtime. Available in a number of colors and designs at ISLAND HISTORY Local history enthusiasts will drool over these books, “Santa Catalina Island: Its Magic, History and People,” “Santa Catalina Island Goes to War” and “The Wrigley Family: A Legacy of Leadership in Santa Catalina Island.” All books available at AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAuthor William S. White is a third-generation Californian and Catalina native who divides his time between homes in Glendora and Avalon, where, during White’s childhood, his dad was mayor. “Santa Catalina Island” ($39.95, White Limited Editions) is filled with 200 pages of oral histories told to White that recount the island’s early peoples, development into a resort destination by the Wrigley family and status as a celebrity playground. It also features more than 400 photographs, including shots of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Winston Churchill, author Zane Grey, James Cagney, Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis and Mickey Rooney. The 116-page “Santa Island Goes to War” ($25, White Limited Editions) highlights how troops stationed on Catalina acted as the first line of defense against Japanese submarines and how the Merchant Marines set up a training center on the island. White grew up with the Wrigleys, affording him a unique look at their life, and “The Wrigley Family” ($37.75, White Limited Editions) gives a rare, behind-the-scenes look at three generations. CANDY CLUB Hershey’s has a sweet treat for those candy lovers on your shopping list. Sign them up for the new Fresh From the Factory Club, and Hershey promises they’ll receive big jars of candy within 96 hours of its being packaged in the factory. Now that’s fresh. There are seven clubs, ranging from three months for $60 to six months for $115, and various candy combinations – Reese’s peanut butter cups, NutRageous, PayDay, Twizzlers, Good & Plenty and Almond Joy. The jars hold various amounts, from 1 pound 7ounces of Reese’s to 5 pounds of Twizzlers. You also can include a personalized message in each shipment. Join the club at (800) 454-7737 – that’s 800-4-KISSES – or at LISTEN UP Portable digital music players shouldn’t be tied to one downloading service, and they shouldn’t cost more than $50. That leaves out a certain brand of players but leaves in two new offerings from SanDisk, the company that makes all those flash memory cards we have in our cameras. And when you’re talking about $39.99 for the 1 GB Sansa Clip and 512 MB Sansa Shaker, they make the perfect stocking stuffer for kids and grownups alike. The Sansa Clip is super small, includes an FM tuner and plays music and other audio content in the MP3, WAV, Audible and Windows Media formats. You can cram between 250 and 500 songs onto it and listen for up to 32 hours between charges. The Sansa Shaker may hold less music, but it stores your tunes on a removable SD card, meaning you can swap in another card with different selections whenever you want. And besides looking so cool, you can actually shake it when you want to go to the next song. So shake instead of shuffle, if you know what we mean. TUGGIN’ PUP Every kid wants a dog, but it’s not always practical. Give the next best thing with a Furreal Friends Tuggin’ Pup. The plush dog responds to petting with happy puppy noises and barks. Pull on the rope he holds and he resists and even growls. There are six different breeds available and each one comes with an adoption certificate. Suitable for ages 4 and older. Get your pick of the litter for $20 at toy stores, mass merchandisers and anywhere Hasbro products are sold. STRANGE BEANIE AND GLOVES Teens and tweens might just think you’re cool if you give them a bit of warm weirdness from Emily the Strange. The black Nee Chee beanie ($18) boasts an embroidered cat face with faux fur ears and an ear flap/chin tie with oversize white pompoms. Make it a set by adding a pair of Psycha-Emily gloves ($10) that sport purple stripes, a logo patch and black pompoms at the wrist. One size fits most. SWEET GIFT Still in a quandary? Or perhaps you would like to have a gift in reserve for last-minute party hostesses and surprise visitors. It’s easy to please with anything from Woodhouse Chocolate. Former Pasadena residents John and Tracy Wood Anderson and their family are constantly creating new confections to satisfy all palates. Select from traditional chocolate assortments ($22-$168), solid or nutty chocolate bars ($24), caramels with fleur de sle ($12) and English toffee ($12-$32), as well as hot chocolate ($16), mediants ($10) and sea turtles ($10). There are also specialty gifts based on the themes of the season. We suggest to buy extra because you might not be able to resist a nibble! (800) 966-3468, ATLAS OF CALIFORNIA Derek Hays has written previous atlases (“Historical Atlas of the United States,” “Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest,” “Historical Atlas of the Arctic”). His newest, just in time for holiday gift-giving, is “Historical Atlas of California” (University of California Press, $40. “Oh, yet another enormous coffee table book that no one will ever actually look at,” I said to myself. Wrong. This is actually an interesting book, starting with the possibilities of migrations from Asia and ending with compilation maps of earthquake faults as sent from space by satellites. The text is informative, and many of the maps are works of art. Early maps were drawn without much actual knowledge of California, so they are especially creative. This is a giant book, measuring 10″ x 13″ and weighing five pounds. JOY IN EACH BITE The holidays seem to be a time when we become sumptuous in our gift-giving. What could be more welcome than Chocolates By Imagination, whose motto is “A little joy in each bite.” Outer boxes are created of hand-poured chocolate, beautifully decorated, and then, the interior is filled with lovely, individual pieces. The one pound milk chocolate poinsettia box is $15.50. The 8 ounce snowman box of white chocolate is $10. And, what a conversation piece the set of holiday spoons will be at six for $8. 307 S. Vermont Ave., Suite I, Glendora. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, but appointments can be made for other times. (626) 852-0939, GRABER OLIVES Mmmm, those fleshy and flavorful Graber Olives are just perfect for anyone’s holiday table – or out of the can for a quick snack. These tree-ripened treats boast a golden color. They are grown and produced at the Graber Olive House in Ontario. The olives come in various sizes. Olives are offered by the can, in multipacks or in gift baskets coupled with such gourmet specialties as olive oil, dates, fish, dried fruits, nuts, sweets and wines. Gift sets start from about $20. Graber Olive House, 315 E. Fourth St., Ontario. (800) 996-5483, EXPRESS GAMES Time is tight, for kids as well as for adults. Hasbro may have found a way to get the family playing again with Express Games, fast-paced fun in the form of such time-honored favorites as Sorry, Scrabble and Monopoly. Not only compact and convenient, these games are played with condensed instructions in about 20 minutes. $14.99 for each game that two to four players (ages 6 to adult) can play. Available in most toy departments. BARBIE SITS ON A THRONE Many little girls dream of being a princess, and with Mattel’s Barbie My Size Throne, they will surely feel like a queen. Decorated in hearts, jewels and golden swirls, the throne has a musical seat that’s also a secret storage compartment. This pretty-in-pink pedestal comes with child-size accessories such as a tiara, glittery skirt, press-on nails and a micro-mini princess doll. Recommended for ages 3 and older. Batteries for the chair’s music not included. $59.99, available in most toy departments. RACING TICKET Ladies, start your gentleman’s engine. The California Speedway and NASCAR have teamed up to offer a unique ticket promotion featuring 2006 and 2007 Chase champion – and Southern California native – Jimmie Johnson. The package includes a race ticket in rows 11-23 for the Auto Club 500 on Feb. 4, admission to a question-and-answer session with the champ, a pre-race pit pass and a limited-edition Lucite stock car commemorating Johnson’s first NEXTEL Cup victory, which took place at California Speedway on April 28, 2002. In this, the season of giving – and giving back – $48 of the $148 ticket package price will be donated to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting children, families and communities in need. (866) 771-7223, PERFUME PENS At last, there’s a secure, simple and secret way to carry a favorite fragrance. Instead of stuffing bulky bottles in a purse or vest pocket, Jim Ransome, owner of Wood Pen Paradise, handcrafts perfume pens. He creates these pens from various woods and acrylics. To add a scent, just dip the tip of pen into the perfume. The center tip will absorb the perfume and keep it handy until application. Call him for special orders or visit his online store accessible from his Web site. Bids start at $19.95 or have a “buy it now” price at $29.95. (805) 260-0731, 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

Manchester City v Manchester United: Combined XI based on form and fitness

first_img 11 6. Right midfield: Michael Carrick (Manchester United) 11 11 11 11 11 It’s the Manchester derby this weekend. City host fierce rivals United in the Premier League on Sunday 20 March, kick off 4pm GMT.With the Citizens struggling to keep pace with the race for the title and the Red Devils falling behind in their pursuit of the top four, bragging rights aren’t all that’s at stake at the Etihad.And to increase the excitement ahead of the hotly-anticipated clash, talkSPORT has taken a look at the form and fitness of each respective senior squad – assembling a combined XI.Find who’s made the cut by viewing the slideshow above… 1. Goalkeeper: David De Gea (Manchester United) – click the arrow above to see who else features 11 5. Left back: Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) 11 3. Centre back: Chris Smalling (Manchester United) 11 7. Centre midfield: Fernandinho (Manchester City) 8. Left midfield: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) 4. Centre back: Daley Blind (Manchester United) 9. Attacking midfield: David Silva (Manchester City) 2. Right back: Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) 11 10. Striker: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 11 11. Striker: Anthony Martial (Manchester City)last_img read more

Jose Mourinho raves about ‘top-class’ Manchester United debutant

first_img Henrikh Mkhitaryan in action for Manchester United Jose Mourinho has praised Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly following their Manchester United debuts in the 2-0 pre-season win over Championship new-boys Wigan.The Armenian attacker, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract earlier this month, played the opening 45 minutes of the victory, and was one of the bright sparks in a fairly laid back performance from the Red Devils.He was not on the pitch when either goal was scored – Will Keane and Andreas Pereira netting in the second half – but his performance was well received by United fans, and his new manager at Old Trafford.VIDEO: Keane and Pereira score for Man United in pre-season! Watch the goals here“Mkhitaryan is a top-class player and currently at the best stage for a footballer – 27/28 years old,” Mourinho told MUTV following the game.“He is magnificent the way he thinks about football, he thinks very quickly and it’s so sweet how he touches the ball. He can play in different positions behind the striker. He doesn’t have the sharpness yet but his performance was very positive.”Fellow summer signing Bailly also made his first United appearance at the DW Stadium, playing 82 minutes at the heart of the defence alongside Daley Blind first and then Phil Jones.He was rarely troubled during his time on the field of play, but Mourinho was suitably impressed by his showing, and believed the fans were also happy with what they saw from the 22-year-old Ivorian international.The United boss continued: “With Eric, the way the fans showed how much they liked his performance when I changed him is enough.“Of course he is a very young boy coming from a very different environment, but you could see what he is at this moment. I will give him everything to try to make him better and better like I did with other central defenders I’ve had in my hands. He has showed the potential we saw when we decided to buy him.”SEE ALSO: ‘Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be the signing of the season!’ Manchester United fans react to new signing’s debut 1last_img read more

The huge number of Chelsea-owned players in the Championship at the weekend

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY REVEALED More than half of the games played in the Championship at the weekend featured one or more Chelsea-owned player.Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United had three of the Premier League side’s players on their benches, as The Times point out. Getty shining The Blues are renowned for sending a host of talented players out on loan each year and a small army of their rising stars have again headed out in search of first team experience this season.Chelsea are often criticised for this approach, but many of the youngsters are flourishing.Mount, 19, was even called up by Gareth Southgate to train with England’s senior squad for the recent games against Croatia and Spain.He has thrived under manager Frank Lampard and said the Chelsea legend is someone he would love to emulate.“It’s a long season so I’m going to learn so much off him. If I can achieve half of what he has I will be very happy,” he said. most popular Chelsea news REVEALED ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Chelsea players in the Championship this weekend RANKED Mason Mount is one of the many Chelsea-owned players playing in the Championship this season REPLY center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Sheffield Wednesday (Michael Hector) v MiddlesbroughIpswich Town (Trevoh Chalobah) v QPRWigan Athletic (Reece James) v West Bromwich AlbionHull City (Todd Kane) v Preston North EndDerby County (Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori) v Sheffield UnitedBrentford v Bristol City (Jay Dasilva)Aston Villa (Tammy Abraham) v Swansea CityBlackburn (Kasey Palmer – bench) v Leeds (Jamal Blackman, Lewis Baker – bench) Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

Top Donegal restaurants and chefs scoop Irish Restaurant Awards

first_imgIf you’re looking to enjoy the crème de la crème the next time you dine out, then the winners of the Ulster Irish Restaurant Awards will be a good place to start.Local restaurants, pubs, food heroes and chefs enjoyed great success at the regional finals last night in Monaghan, which was attended by over 450 restaurant owners and staff.The awards covered a wide range of venues and the winners from each of Ulster’s nine counties. Harvey’s Point on Lough Eske was a big winner on the night as the team picked up four titles. The Donegal winners were: Best Restaurant – The Lemon Tree Restaurant, LetterkennyBest Chef – Colin McKee of Harvey’s PointBest Restaurant Manager –  Orhan Erinc of Harvey’s PointBest Customer Service – Harvey’s PointBest Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Rathmullan HouseBest Gastro Pub –  The House Gastro Pub, Donegal TownBest Café – The Salty Fox, BundoranPub of the Year – The Rusty Mackerel, TeelinBest Wine Experience – Harvey’s PointBest Newcomer – Fisk Seafood Bar, DowningsBest World Cuisine – Chandpur Restaurant, Donegal TownBest “Free From” – Wholegreen Healthfood LetterkennyBest Kids Size Me – Mill Park Hotel, Donegal TownBest Local Food Hero – Mairead Anderson of Killybegs Seafood ShackBest Emerging Irish Cuisine – Foyle Hotel and Restaurant, MovilleBest Casual Dining – Olde Glen Bar, GlenThose who won at county level will progress to the All-Ireland event on the 13th May with the restaurants that have already won in Leinster, where they will all compete for the Regional and All-Ireland titles.Speaking at the Ulster Regional Finals in Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said: “Now in their 11th year, the Irish Restaurant Awards continue to showcase the incredible food that is on offer in the cafes, pubs and restaurants of Ireland, as well as recognising the teams behind these establishments and the hard work and dedication that they put in. With well over 80,000 nominations received from the public this year, the standard for the judging process was higher than ever.“Ireland may be a small country, but it boasts everything from fine dining to high quality gastropubs, from the comfort of traditional Irish food to exploring the world though exotic world cuisine, the Irish restaurant industry has much to offer. We have an appreciation for what we eat and where our food comes from, as well as the dedication of those working in the food industry”.   Top Donegal restaurants and chefs scoop Irish Restaurant Awards was last modified: March 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more