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No Hazard, no problem as Chelsea hit Burnley for four

By on August 13, 2020

first_imgBurnley, United Kingdom | AFP |Chelsea proved their Premier League title credentials even without the injured Eden Hazard as goals from Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley, Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek sealed a comfortable 4-0 victory at struggling Burnley to climb into second, two points behind leaders Liverpool.Hazard, who was ruled out by a back problem sustained in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United last weekend, has been Chelsea’s main source of goals in an unbeaten start to the season under Maurizio Sarri.However, the visitors were stronger than their relegation-threatened hosts in every department and perhaps the only disappointment for Sarri was that they failed to underline their dominance with further goals.After a sombre start with a minute’s silence to mark a helicopter crash that is feared to have taken the life of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha on Saturday, Chelsea soon got to grips with the business at hand.There should have been more to show for their first-half efforts than just Morata’s 22nd-minute opener, expertly guided past an exposed Joe Hart after the Spaniard was put through by a lovely slide-rule pass from midfielder Barkley in a move instigated by the ever-impressive N’Golo Kante.After conceding five goals against his former club Manchester City last time out, Hart excelled with a fine early save from Morata’s deft glancing header, while also denying the Chelsea forward from close range.When Sarri’s side eventually found a way past the former England goalkeeper, the woodwork came to their rescue as a low curled effort from Willian struck the upright.Burnley, who are struggling to mount a campaign capable of mirroring last season’s impressive seventh-place finish, threatened only sporadically, and a second successive defeat left Sean Dyche’s side an uncomfortably slender three points above the relegation zone.The hosts were largely forced onto the back foot in their attempts to keep at bay a Chelsea side for who again there was no starting place in the Premier League for Loftus-Cheek. Scorer of midweek Europa League hat-trick, Loftus-Cheek was introduced after just half an hour due to an injury to Pedro Rodriguez.Morata wasted a good chance to double Chelsea’s advantage after the restart when heading over at the near post from Willian’s cross, but the visitors didn’t have long to wait before Barkley put the game to bed by surging forward from Kante’s pass to find the bottom corner past Hart from 20 yards.That soon became three when Willian was rewarded for his efforts by cutting in from the left to find the bottom corner.France international Olivier Giroud remains without a goal this season as he blazed a good late chance narrowly wide.But Loftus-Cheek showed him the route to goal with a composed finish deep into injury time. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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COVID-19 Update: Federal Funding, Free Local Testing

By on August 4, 2020

first_imgThe Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a press conference to announce the kick off of the county’s COVID-19 testing program, in coordination with the Grunin Foundation, to offer free testing in densely populated municipalities. Photo courtesy Monmouth County Freeholders Murphy said that under McConnell’s plan, there would be “zero flexibility” for states to receive any additional funding amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the first round of federal funding under the CARES Act’s coronavirus relief fund, the state received $2.4 billion. “We cannot fully support our districts in their plans for the upcoming school year without help from Washington,” said the governor. “We are staring directly at a $1 billion cut in aid to our public schools and we’ll have to further cut operating aid to our struggling colleges and universities which, by the way, have already cut by nearly $200 million,” he said.  NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy began his Wednesday afternoon press conference with strong criticism of U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell’s proposed stimulus bill, calling it “a slap in the face of every governor across the country.” By Allison Perrine Additionally, Murphy reviewed updates to the list of states on the travel advisory; anyone returning or visiting from a state on the list should self-isolate for 14 days. It now includes 31 states, up from 22 states last week. Newly added are Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Virginia and Washington. As of Wednesday, July 22, the total cumulative number of positive COVID-19 cases statewide reached 177,645 with 13,787 total lab-confirmed deaths and 1,920 suspected related deaths. The daily positivity rate reached 2.48 percent as of July 18. “What New Jersey has gotten back is a drop in the bucket compared to our needs,” he said. “Because of the pandemic, we are undergoing a historic fiscal crisis, the likes of which has only happened twice in our state’s 244-year history,” during the Civil War and the Great Depression. Through this partnership, free COVID-19 testing is available in Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg, Neptune, Long Branch and Red Bank. Anyone interested can simply walk up to the site and get tested; no appointment is needed. Tests will be offered six days a week and will rotate from town to town, Murphy said. More information is available at visitmonmouth.com. “Whether it’s in Monmouth County or your county, we have the testing capacity. The turnaround time to get your results is the challenge,” he said. “That’s a national challenge. But the capacity in this state is as good as any capacity in any state in America.” “We continue to ask everyone who has been in one of these 31 impacted states to practice self-responsibility and good citizenship, and comply with our travel advisory,” said Murphy. He encouraged everyone to get tested if they feel symptomatic or think they may have been exposed to the virus, especially with free testing now available thanks to Monmouth County government and the Grunin Foundation. At the same time, the state cannot ignore its current needs to meet “sharply increased costs” for things like emergency response, public transit, small business aid and school funding, which Murphy said is “especially critical.” In May, the governor’s office predicted having a $9.9 billion budget deficit by June 2021. Similarly, the nonpartisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that states nationwide “are staring down a combined hole of $555 billion” by fiscal year 2022, said Murphy. He said New Jersey has already dipped into its “rainy day fund” to get through the next two months and has directed all state departments to plan for 15 percent budget cuts this fall. According to Murphy, the advisory applies to anyone traveling from a state with a positive test rate over 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a seven-day average. The article originally appeared in the July 23 – 29, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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CALIFORNIA-BRED ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR PRESSES PACE EN ROUTE TO VICTORY IN $60,000 ‘YOU CAN’T MAKE IT UP’ ALLOWANCE PURSE; SMITH, EURTON TEAM FOR 1 ¾ LENGTH WIN ON GRASS

By on August 2, 2020

first_imgPICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $49,133 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD EXCEED $300,000ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2015)–Longshot Ashleyluvssugar pressed the pace from his outside post position and went on to an authoritative 1 ¾ length win in Thursday’s $60,000 “You Can’t Make It Up” allowance purse at Santa Anita, as he covered 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.10 under Mike Smith.Trained by Peter Eurton, the 4-year-old California-bred gelding by Game Plan pressed French-bred Sofast into and around the far turn, took a narrow advantage at the top of the lane and widened late on even money favorite Talco.Off at 8-1 in a field of eight older horses, Ashleyluvssugar paid $19.20, $5.80 and $4.00.“This was my first time on him on the turf, and he might be better on this than on synthetic,” said Smith. “I think it may be time to see if he can win a stake.”Owned by his breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Ashleyluvssugar won for the first time in three tries on turf and improved his overall mark to 9-4-0-2. With the winner’s share of $46,800, he increased his earnings to $215,504.“This is the first time he’s had a chance to really show himself on turf,” said Eurton. “He needs something tight (surface-wise). He’s not a big horse. He uses all of his energy trying to get through dirt and he couldn’t do it last time out (when sixth, beaten 11 ¾ lengths on a wet fast surface Jan. 11).”French-bred Talco, who exited a close fifth place run in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) on Dec. 26, was next to last around the Club House turn, pulled his way into contention turning for home while five-wide, but flattened out to finish second, a nose in front of Jules Journey.Off at even money, he paid $2.60 and $2.40.Jules Journey, ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, was mid-pack after the first half mile and just missed the place. Off at 10-1, he paid $4.20 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover of $49,133 into Friday and it’s expected Friday’s total pool will exceed $300,000. First post time for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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Warriors Report: 3 takeaways from Day 7 of training camp

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up Day 7 of training camp Wednesday afternoon.Here are three takeaways from the session.Draymond Green misses practiceA sore left knee kept Green out for the second straight day, said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Green will not play in Friday’s preseason matchup against the Kings. On Monday, Green complained of soreness following a team scrimmage and the pain persisted throughout the week. However, an MRI revealed no damage. While Green will not play in …last_img read more

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No more Mr. Tough Guy? Raiders’ Derek Carr responds on Twitter

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first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — Derek Carr is under siege, and not just when he drops back to pass.With the Raiders having already traded away former cornerstone players Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, there is speculation that the Raiders’ franchise quarterback could be next.Add to that a column in the subscription site “The Athletic” describing “a fractured relationship with his teammates,” which included a “loss of confidence in their on-field …last_img read more

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Pak cricket fans enter India to watch Mohali semi-final

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgPakistan fans cheer at Wagah-Attari border.Cricket lovers from Pakistan who were lucky enough to get tickets to the ICC World Cup semi-final match in Mohali on Wednesday started arriving in India through the Wagah-Attari border on Monday. Headlines Today was present at the border as the cricket crazy people from the neighbouring country entered India. Most of the fans said while they understood the tension involving the match, they hoped it would be played in a spirit of friendship. Pakistani cricket fan Mohammed Abbas said, “I hope both teams put up a good show. I believe that this is the actual World Cup final between India and Pakistan. Both teams are balanced. I am also excited that three Asian teams are in the semi-finals.” The excitement was palpable as the cricket fans looked forward to an epic contest. They however said that they were also ready to accept the result with true sportsmanship. Pakistani fan Sheena said, “Everyone is very excited. I think we should maintain our cordial relations. Victory or defeat is at the will of the God but I obviously want my country to win.” Among the Pakistani cricket lovers there were even fans of Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. They were expecting a high adrenaline match, especially after the mind game started by Pak skipper Shahid Afridi. They were also well aware of the political importance of the match as it is going to be the first India-Pakistan match being played on Indian soil after 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai. “I hope it will be a good and friendly match. More importantly, the people of both the countries should enjoy it. Victory or defeat is not much of an issue. Everybody is very excited and Wednesday is a public holiday in Pakistan,” said Romana Tanwir.advertisementlast_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd hero Scholes: Sell Pogba – he’s not a big loss!

By on October 28, 2019

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero Scholes: Sell Pogba – he’s not a big loss!by Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Scholes says Manchester United will not miss Paul Pogba. The World Cup winner wants to leave the club from Real Madrid.Red Devils legend Scholes thinks the club could deal with losing the talented midfielder.”I think it’s quite clear he wants to move on,” said Scholes, a 13-time Premier League winner.”He wanted to go to Real Madrid, for whatever reason it didn’t happen.”I wouldn’t be surprised if the same offer had been made like with Cristiano when he was at United.”If they’ve asked him to stay for a year we’ll see what happens, but I don’t think he’ll be a big loss to United.”I don’t think his form has been great anyway, over the two or three years he’s been there. I’m sure there are more players who can do just as good a job.” last_img read more

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BC Hydro looking for volunteers to help manage 20 million agriculture fund

By on October 13, 2019

first_imgThe regional decision-making board will be responsible for disbursement of the fund. Members are expected to be selected in the spring.For more information on the fund and how to apply for one of the four member-at-large positions, please visit www.sitecproject.com/AgFund. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is looking for area agriculture producers to sit on a board that will manage the Site C Agricultural Mitigation and Compensation Plan.The $20 million fund will support agricultural production and agrifoods initiatives in the B.C. Peace.Implementation of the fund will begin this year, starting with the formation of a 10-member funding board comprised of six appointees of regional agricultural associations or the Peace River Regional District, three members-at-large who are agricultural producers living in the Peace Region and one member who is a Peace River Valley agricultural producer.last_img read more

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Jet defaults for 3rd time this time to debenture holders

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgMumbai: Jet Airways Monday defaulted on payment to its debenture-holders—the third default since January—even as airline chairman Naresh Goyal assured the employee of a resolution in the immediate possible time, but said more time is needed to clinch bailout. Goyal, in a letter to the 16,000 staff, which comes ahead of the domestic pilots body National Aviator’s Guild annual meeting here, said talks with the airline’s strategic partner Etihad Airways and SBI-led lenders are going on. Though Goyal sought more time to clinch the deal, he did not offer a time-line for the same. The UAE flag carrier owns 24 percent in Jet and its board is considering a draft agreement as part of a debt- recast plan being mooted by the airline’s lenders led by SBI. Earlier, Jet informed the exchanges that “the payment of interest due on March 19 to the debenture-holders will be delayed owing to temporary liquidity constraints.” This is the third time the airline is defaulting in this year as earlier it failed to meet its payment obligations towards the domestic banks’ loans (in January) as well as on part-repayment of its external commercial borrowings due to liquidity crunch earlier this month. The airline, which has a debt of over Rs 8,200 crore, did not specify what is the quantum of interest due Tuesday nor quantum of the debt on this particular account. On February 14, its board had approved a bank-led- resolution plan, whereby the SBI-consortium of lenders will become the largest shareholders in the airline and Goyal would exit the management as the chairman and board member. If the resolution plans goes through, banks would convert a part of their debt into 11.4 crore shares for a consideration of Re 1 as per the RBI norms. Last week, SBI sounded hopeful of reaching an early solution by this week. In his letter to the employees, Goyal said, “the situation, though complex, has my personal attention towards an early resolution…the complexity of the process though has led to some delays and will require further time to conclude.” “Once again I assure you that I am personally committed to have the resolution process completed as soon as possible and restore the much-needed stability to our operations at the earliest,” he said. Since a larger number of planes from its over 100- fleet are grounded leading to drastically curtailed operations, the airline is struggling to prevent a nose-dive somehow. Of this as many as 41 aircraft are grounded for non- payment of lease rentals to lessors. Following this, the airline has indefinitely suspended its operations from Abu Dhabi, one of its two global gateways the other being one in Amsterdam. Jet Airways has been struggling to mop up cash to carry out operations. While discussions with the lessors continue, Goyal said as a responsible airline, Jet has “consciously” and “proactively” decided to curtail its schedule according to the number of aircraft it is currently operating. “This will ensure the sanctity of our schedule, while keeping the regulatory authorities briefed,” said Goyal, who set up the airline after converting his airline ticketing business a quarter of a century ago. For the past few weeks, its passengers have been venting their ire on social media as its flight cancellations have increased gradually due to rising number of planes getting grounded. On the non-payment of salaries to pilots along with senior management and engineers, Goyal said he is fully committed to ensure that their dues are cleared on priority once all parties sign on the resolution plan. The pilots with other senior staff are to get their full salaries of January and February besides 87.5 percent of the December pay. “We are holding our annual meeting Tuesday. During the meeting, besides discussing our general issues, we will also be deliberating on the present scenario (non-payment of salaries),” a source said earlier in the day. Having failed to get any assurance from the management on payment of overdue salaries, the pilots body last week wrote to Union labor minister Santosh Gangwar, seeking his intervention in recovering their dues along with the accumulated interest. The acute liquidity crunch has forced it to ground aircraft, shut down stations and delay salary payments to its pilots and engineers along with other senior staff. It has grounded four more planes, taking the number of aircraft that are non-operational due to non-payment of lease rentals to 41. “… an additional four aircraft have been grounded due to non-payment of amounts outstanding to lessors under their respective lease agreements,” the airline said in a filing to the stock exchanges. According to the company, as mentioned earlier, it is actively engaged with all its aircraft lessors and are regularly providing them with updates on the efforts taken to improve the liquidity. “Aircraft lessors have been supportive of the company’s efforts in this regard,” it said, adding that all efforts are being made to minimise disruption to its network.last_img read more

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Cops question man held with fake notes worth Rs 25 lakh

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first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police nabbed a Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) racketeer on Thursday night near Sealdah railway station. He was carrying FICN worth Rs 2.5 lakh.According to sources, on Thursday afternoon sleuths got a tip-off that a person from Malda has reached Kolkata to deal in FICN. Working on the information members of anti-FICN team of the STF came to know that the suspect will come to Sealdah railway station area for the deal. Immediately, sleuths went to the area and started keeping strong vigil in and around the Sealdah railway station. Meanwhile, one of the official of the STF team got a call from his sources stating the location of the suspect. After being informed, the team rushed to the spot near Sealdah station and surrounded the suspect identified as Sahabul Shaikh of Kaliachak in Malda. During search sleuths found several Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000 denomination. Though it looked like original, sleuths had some doubts. Shaikh along with the notes was taken to the STF facility in Lalbazar. There sleuths checked the notes thoroughly and made sure that those are the fake ones. Shaikh was arrested immediately. After counting the money it was found that he was carrying 125 fake notes of Rs 2,000 denominations. Sleuths are interrogating him to nab the receiver of the fake notes.last_img read more

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