Chelsea, Conte standing out as normality returns to EPL

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): In one sense, normality has returned to the English Premier League after the craziness of Leicester’s improbable surge to the title last season. The top six on Christmas Day were the teams most pundits predicted would be challenging for the title: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United. There’s nothing normal about Chelsea’s current form, however. After 11 straight wins, Chelsea lead the league by six points from Liverpool, heading into the hectic period of festive fixtures that is unique to British football. Only once — Arsenal in 2001-02, with 13 straight wins — has a top-tier club had a longer winning streak in one season since World War II. In the first year of the “super-coach” era in the Premier League, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is standing head and shoulders above the rest, although they needed a September switch to his favoured 3-4-3 formation to get the team to click. With a stingy defence (two goals conceded in the last 11 games), a dynamic midfield marshalled by N’Golo Kante and a forward line led by the league’s top scorer, Diego Costa, there are no apparent weaknesses in Conte’s line-up. On current evidence, it’s hard to see how the team from southwest London can be stopped. One thing is for sure, there’ll be no miracle sequel for Leicester in the Premier League. Languishing in 15th place in the 20-team standings, the reigning champions are closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League qualification spots. It’s back to the heavyweights challenging for the title. And Chelsea is the big favourite. One factor is particularly helping Chelsea and Liverpool in their quests for the title: No European competition. Such was the extraordinary nature of last season that neither team qualified for the Champions League or even the Europa League. That failure is now allowing them to focus purely on the domestic games, give their players more rest, and have a full week of preparation for Premier League games. Chelsea haven’t dropped a point since a 3-0 loss at Arsenal on Sept. 24, during which Antonio Conte changed formation to a 3-4-3 and hasn’t looked back. Like Chelsea, Liverpool have two losses so far. Man City are in third place, a point behind Liverpool, as coach Pep Guardiola gets to grips with the physical and non-stop demands of English football, including no rest at Christmas. Arsenal are a further two points back on 34 points in fourth, Tottenham have 33 and Jose Mourinho’s Man United have 30. For United, some 13 points behind Chelsea, the target has already switched from winning the league to securing Champions League qualification with a top-four finish. Chelsea have three tough away games left — at Spurs, Liverpool and United — and is proving adept at eking out 1-0 wins. Four of their last six games have finished with that scoreline, including the last three.last_img read more

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Highlighting International Artist on Their Way Up

first_imgLIB LIFE is back at the top of things. 2015 fetched in a flood of exciting new music from young and unfamiliar Liberian voices. With more chances and promises, 2016 will prove to be a make or break year for these artists as they ‘hustle’ from greatness to admired superstardom.One promising up and coming star artist is Neoh William Kparsuah, famously known as Ne-oh William, who released four strong projects in 2015. We expect him to surpass himself this New Year since he’s one of the most fertile and promising reggae artists of his class. So far he’s the best in his city with his immaculate voice control, and a large fan base to go with it.Following his 2015 banger “Famous,” featuring Hip-Co group Soul Fresh, which is one of the standout projects to hit Liberia last year, we’re certain he’ll hit bigger.Ne-oh doesn’t have a large body of work under his belt, but with the 10 plus tracks that have been streaming so far, “Pap God,” featuring Hip-Co rap star Mr. Smith, and “So Addicted” are booming in local clubs around Liberia and the world.“Throughout the past three years, I’ve been doing local shows and club performances. That is where I got recognized and created my own fan base,” he added.“I’m really inspired by reggae and dancehall music. Been in the industry for 10 years and became popular as a pop reggae artist because of my own sef unique sound and style of music. The real reason I do music and becoming an artist is not only the passion that I have for music but also to better my country Liberia. I want Liberian music to get recognition and international listeners,” he said.Ne-oh has been around the music scene since then. And what makes him vastly popular in the ever rising market, is the fact that Ne-oh is not afraid to get his hands dirty.“After dropping my mix tapes, I started selling CDs from city to city out of the trunk of my car. That’s where I was able to make some money, which helped me further my career,” he shared via email.In the United States of America since 2006, the artist has not only successfully come out with a unique sound, he is also a safe haven for other Liberian artists. Ne-oh has helped artist like David Mel, Shadow, JD Donzo and few others with gigs and accommodation. “I learned that when a lot of our artist went to America a couple of years ago for the LMA, they were staying at his house,” shared DJ Baby Boy.Ne-oh has a great opportunity to capitalize on what could be Liberia’s next international reggae pop star. He certainly has lots of ears ready to listen to a capable lyricist with a peculiar, underrated flow, which he typically unleashes over reggae and R&B beats. This is one brother that barks like a man with a story to tell; y’all should listen to him.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Talking her way to Turkey

first_imgIn the speech competition, competitors were given a topic just minutes before they were to talk. Biery’s first topic was, “Who is a star to you?” “They give you a topic right there and give you a few minutes to compose yourself,” Biery said. “It’s about thinking on your feet.” For her “stars,” Biery chose former City Manager Bob Toone; her father, Jim, who is the public works director for the city of Buena Park; and Jenny Ketchepaw, the 2006 president of the Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees chapter. “Watching Laura truly excel at the Jaycees National Convention was a privilege and an honor,” Ketchepaw said. “I have watched her grow into an exceptional young woman. I was truly inspired by her speech. Her continued dedication to her work, her family, and her Jaycees chapter is amazing.” Her second speech involved applying a quotation from the Chinese philosopher Confucius: “If I hear, I forget; if I see, I remember; if I do, I understand.” Biery applied the quote to her experiences with the Jaycees, saying she had heard about the organization and had seen members at different events. “It wasn’t until I finally joined the Jaycees that I understood the impact they have, not only on the individual, but in the community.” In the debate competition, Biery was part of a team that included Todd Hampton and Dawn Abasta. The topics included whether smoking should be banned in public places – a debate the city of Palmdale has gone through in recent months. “It was wonderful,” Biery said of the topic. “I had seen all the research the city had done and heard the individuals from the public who came up to testify.” In winning the competitions, Biery will have half of her expenses paid for the Junior Chamber International World Congress in Antalya, Turkey. The event will be held Nov.5 to11. Biery said the event won’t interfere with preparation for Palmdale’s float for the 2008 Tournament of Roses. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although Biery works on other issues, including transportation, she is perhaps best known to Palmdale residents for the Rose Parade. Volunteers who worked on the city’s floats the past two years know Biery as the energetic woman in the blue jeans and sweat shirt who greeted them and kept them pumped up during the day, sometimes leading cheers with a megaphone. “I tapped into all of my experiences in talking to large groups,” Biery said of the Jaycees competition. “Instead of a megaphone, it was a microphone. Instead of blue jeans, I was in a business suit.” As the winner of the speech competition, Biery got to address the 650-member audience, making her a bit nervous. Biery said she took a few deep breaths and got a glass of water to help compose herself. “I thought, I’ve done this before and I can do this again,” Biery said. “And I wanted to prove they picked the right person.” Biery was one of 16 Jaycees representing California at the competition. Biery is a member of the Santa Clarita Valley chapter, which also includes Antelope Valley members. The Jaycees is an organization for professionals ages 21 to 40 that provides social, networking and professional development opportunities. The organization also conducts community outreach and philanthropic projects. PALMDALE Laura Biery, known to Palmdale residents for organizing the city’s awarding-winning Tournament of Roses floats the past two years, has scored a couple of personal awards for public speaking. Biery, an administrative analyst for the city who lives in Canyon Country, won two first-place awards in the speech and debate competitions at the National Convention of the Jaycees in St. Louis, Mo., held March13 to17. Biery will go on to compete in the Junior Chamber International World Congress this November in Turkey. Biery said her experience in organizing the city’s Rose Parade floats helped her in the competition. That experience included talking to large groups of volunteers, float builders and members of the Tournament of Roses Association, and speaking publicly at City Council meetings about the projects. last_img read more

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PYJAMAS ARE THE DRESS CODE FOR CHRISTMAS LIBRARY PARTY!

first_imgNot many people go to their local library in their pyjamas.But Christmas celebrations at Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair will take place this year in the form of a storytelling pyjama party for children.Children will be treated to a reading of the popular story The Miracle of Christmas, told by well-known musician and lead vocalist with Altan, Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, followed by lots of Christmas songs. Chilldren will also be treated with a Christmas goodie bag. If you want to bring your children along to our storytelling pyjama party call into Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair to book their place and collect their ticket.This is a free event and places are limited, so booking is essential. So come along and bring your Christmas cheer and help us celebrate this beautiful story. On the night of the party children need to bring their ticket and are invited to wear their pyjamas so they can enjoy the reading as the fairy lights of the Christmas tree sparkle in the background.The night will kick off at 6.00pm on Wednesday, the 19th of December next.Don’t forget to wear your pyjamas!!!!!   PYJAMAS ARE THE DRESS CODE FOR CHRISTMAS LIBRARY PARTY! was last modified: December 6th, 2012 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Gaoth Dobhair Librarypyjamas nightlast_img read more

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Bond to join Redknapp at Birmingham? Cotterill turns down No.2 job

first_imgSteve Cotterill has turned down the offer to continue as assistant to manager Harry Redknapp at Championship club BirminghamCotterill, 52, and Paul Groves were drafted in as first-team assistants by Redknapp, who was appointed temporary boss following the resignation of Gianfranco Zola last month.Redknapp won two of his three games in charge to guide Blues to safety and signed a one-year deal on Friday to become permanent boss, but Cotterill has opted to leave St Andrew’s.“It was a very difficult decision,” Cotterill told the club’s official website. “I have given it a lot of thought.“But I have decided to turn down the club’s offer of being assistant manager.“The club made me a good offer and my decision was solely based on being a number two, whereas really I have been a manager for a long time in my own right.“Harry Redknapp asked me to come in and help for three weeks and I believe that’s what I firmly did.”Cotterill’s managerial career has spanned 22 years and his former clubs include Cheltenham, Burnley, Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest, while he steered Bristol City to promotion to the Championship in 2015.Cotterill added: “If I’m not working at the start of next season I have been invited to come to any Birmingham game to watch, which is a very nice gesture.“I’d like to wish a great football club all the very best for the future.”Redknapp could bring in Kevin Bond, his former assistant at QPR, Portsmouth and Tottenham, as Cotterill’s replacement.Asked if Bond will join him at St Andrew’s during an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, Redknapp said: “I’m not sure yet. Steve came in and did a great job with Paul Groves, he was fantastic, so we will see what happens.” Steve Cotterill and Harry Redknapp 1last_img read more

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GAA: SECONDARY SCHOOLS GAA SENIOR ‘A’ FIXTURES

first_imgC.L.C.G. na nGairm Scoileanna2012/2013  CompetitionsSenior ‘A’ Coordinator: Noel Ward 087 825 1408N.B.   U-18 on 01.07.2012 No  U-14 may play – Winners and Losers must text results. K.O. competition with Home and Away games and Play Off if necessary.Home and Away Quarter Finals also.Preliminary Round:1. PCC Falcarragh                            v        Magh Ene College2. Abbey VS                                     v        Rosses CS3. Glenties                              v        St CatherinesFirst game play by:  21st September with return game by 28th September.Play Off by 5h October (if required)Quarter Finals: 1.       Glenties/St Catherines             v        St. Columba’s, Stranorlar2.       Loreto Milford                       v        Deele College3.       Falcarragh/Magh Ene                v        Coláiste na Carraige4.       Abbey VS/Rosses CS                v        Carndonagh First Game by: 12th October and Return by 19th October where possible.All Quarter Finals (Including Play-offs) must be completed by 26th October.Semi Finals: Neutral VenueQF 3  v  QF 2                and             QF 1 v QF 4Play by: 16th NovemberFinal to be played before 30th November GAA: SECONDARY SCHOOLS GAA SENIOR ‘A’ FIXTURES was last modified: September 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:GAA: SECONDARY SCHOOLS GAA SENIOR ‘A’ FIXTURESlast_img read more

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DOCTORS BAN INFANTS FROM DRINKING TAP WATER IN GAOTH DOBHAIR OVER HEALTH FEARS

first_imgDRINKING water is so bad in Gaoth Dobhair that doctors are recommending that parents no longer give it to young children and infants, local people say.Dr Tony Delap the GP who practices in Derrybeg will address a public meeting tonight about the issue.“The chemicals which are at high levels are Manganese, Iron and Aluminium,” said local political activist Aodán ó Gallchóir. An information night will be held in the Crannóg at 7:30pm to discuss the state and future of the Gaoth Dobhair water system.“Gaoth Dobhair’s water system is said to be one of the most complex in the country due to the deteriorating pipes and the high levels of manganese, aluminium..etc.. There has been 13 pipe bursts in Gweedore since the beginning of the year.“Politicians and other public representatives have been informed of the night and are encouraged to participate in the debate. A representative from Donegal County Council has proposed that a delegation should be formed to contact and meet Uisce Éireann to alleviate the ever growing issue.”Fr. Brian Ó Fearraigh will chair the night and Dr. Tony Delap will speak of the consequences of the chemical levels present in the water. One of the meeting’s organisers is Hughie Mc Bride – Fianna Fáil’s Glenties Electoral Area convention candidate. DOCTORS BAN INFANTS FROM DRINKING TAP WATER IN GAOTH DOBHAIR OVER HEALTH FEARS was last modified: February 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:aodhan o gallaochoirchemicals warningdoctorsGaoth Dobhairhealth warninglast_img read more

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Warriors’ Draymond Green: “My defender is going to have to pay”

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – For a player who admittedly has become indecisive, Draymond Green suddenly took control.The Warriors’ forward is only two days removed from the team’s Christmas Day loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. In that game, Green posted four points while shooting 2 of 7 from the field and 0 of 3 on 3-pointers. His point total was matched by his turnovers (four) and …last_img read more

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