Ross wants Beermen considered as one of best teams ever

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Kings beat Hawks amid protests outside Golden1 Center LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio 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 “I’ve been asked if what we have is destiny or dynasty. I answered that it’s tradition. I hope we make it as our tradition to always win the all-Filipino,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria, who is 5-0 in the finals.Ross and the rest of the Beermen are so accustomed to winning that they’ve developed an insatiable hunger for greatness. More than winning and making history, it’s creating a legacy.“Of course we wanna win championships, but we wanna be remembered and known, 20, 30, 40 years from now,” the 33-year-old Ross said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “I mean we know that there’s a lot of work to do, and winning a championship is never easy. We have a really tough opponent,” said Ross. “They’re in the Finals for a reason, and they’re playing really good basketball. But we’re really playing for something.”“We’re trying to be in the conversation of [being] one of the best PBA teams ever. We never talk about it, as far as we want to be the best PBA team ever to play, but I think if we’re blessed enough to win this championship, and keep winning going forward, I think we can put ourself in the conversation. That’s what we really want.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkExtending their dominance in the Philippine Cup and following it up with a Grand Slam would definitely make the Beermen a great argument as far as ranking among the all-time great teams is concerned.San Miguel has the pieces to keep winning. MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A two-time Finals MVP, Ross is a major part of San Miguel’s championship reign that began in the 2015 Philippine Cup, but he’s just one fifth of the Beermen’s fearsome five that have allowed the team to win five championships in nine conferences.Apart from the do-it-all Ross, the Beermen also have the best player in the country in reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, a dead-shot in Marcio Lassiter, a clutch performer in Alex Cabagnot and a defensive ace and floor spacer in Arwind Santos.Add the fact that they flaunt a deep bench as well with the likes of Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, Brian Heruela and Gabby Espinas, who are capable of contributing in a number of ways on both ends of the floor.There’s also the impending arrival of Fil-German bruiser Christian Standhardinger, whom San Miguel Beer took as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft. He will make his much-awaited debut next conference.The Beermen are tipped to pull off a Philippine Cup ‘four-peat,’ not that the Hotshots, who are loaded from top to bottom, aren’t worthy challengers, but Ross and Co. are just that good. ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMaking history is not the only motivation for San Miguel Beer heading into the 2018 Philippine Cup Finals against Magnolia starting Friday night.The Beermen are aiming to become the only team in PBA history to win a fourth straight all-Filipino title, a feat that guard Chris Ross believes would build a legitimate case for his team as one of the best squads ever.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Loss puts a damper on Cansino’s stellar Tigers debut

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cansino, however, doesn’t see his stellar outing as something to celebrate for with UST losing to National University, 75-70.“It’s a bit painful because we lost,” Cansino said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Tigers showed grit after rallying from 17 points down but only to fall short in the endgame.Cansino said he still has a lot to work on especially on the defensive end. Dave Ildefonso stars as NU holds off UST Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college UST’s CJ Cansino guards NU’s Dave Ildefonso. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonUniversity of Santo Tomas still has reasons to feel good about despite dropping its first game in the UAAP Season 81 on Saturday night.One of those is the performance of its first-year forward CJ Cansino, who led the Growling Tigers with 20 points and 10 rebounds in his debut.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “There were a number of times were I let my defender get past me. I have to improve further.”He was matched up with a fellow rookie in Dave Ildefonso, who had 19 points to lead the Bulldogs and someone who brings out the best in him.“I see it as a challenge. He’s a Gilas player, he’s smart and he’s really good.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio 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 MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

Linden women complain of alleged “Police brutality”

first_imgA number of Linden mothers are presently seeking justice for their sons who they allege have fallen victims to Police brutality.The women have also alleged that their sons who are either behind bars or served time already are all wrongfully accused of crimes they know nothing about.Mothers Karen Crawford  (left) and Deborah GrahamSpeaking with the media on Friday, the women, including Karen Crawford, Eva Stephen, Deborah McAlmont, Kayla Mcbean, Deborah Graham and Alison Stephens all related experiences they allegedly encountered with the Police as it relates to their sons’ alleged involvement in crimes.The issues ranged from Police not finding case jackets during trial to the callous manner they claim they were treated when they make enquiries about their incarcerated offsprings.According to Crawford, the Police in Linden have incarcerated two of her sons over alleged cultivation of marijuana.The woman is adamant that her son was cultivating a “food” farm and that marijuana plants obtained by Police are from another farm. She also claimed that her other son was victimised, slapped with five robbery under arm charges, taken to Camp Street prison and beaten, while also maintaining that he is innocent.Stephen also claimed her son Devon Scott who is presently behind bars for robbery under arms was targeted by Police. While Devon remains behind bars, she said her other son who was also incarcerated for the same offence had the case against him dismissed. She also denies her sons’ involvement.Meanwhile, McAlmont who worked as a Special Constable said she believes she was recently fired over an alleged incident involving herself, Police and her two sons at their home.She claims that Police in plainclothes attacked her sons and beat them, while also making unannounced visits to her home and abusing the rest of her family.She alleged being cuffed in her back by E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Calvin Brutus and her son Dexter was slapped with six charges. However, Brutus when contacted said the alleged incident is presently being investigated. McAlmont said her service was terminated on March 26 as a result.Graham also related that her son has been wrongfully accused of cultivating marijuana and claims he was beaten by Police who she also alleged fired gunshots over his head and submerged his head in water. The incident is alleged to have occurred at Old England.Similar sentiments were echoed by Stephens whose son Ken Stephens was also charged in relation to the incident. He remains on remand but the woman is adamant there was no marijuana being planted in the area the men were found. Her son was placed on $400,000 bail.“I don’t even have $400,000”, she lamented.ProbesSpeaking with this newspaper afterwards, Commander Brutus noted that a few of the alleged incidents are being investigated by the Office of the President and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Only recently, family of some incarcerated young men in the community staged a protest over alleged Police brutality and excess.The Commander has however denied the claims, which were also brought against Inspector Singh and Corporal Kendall of the Mackenzie Police Station, noting that in many cases, the men were charged based on advice or the amount of evidence brought against them.Meanwhile, in an invited comment, Prime Ministerial Representative Vladimir Glasgow said the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) fully condemns any such behaviour portrayed by Police, noting that it creates hostile tension between them and civilians.“I had several complaints coming to my office about police brutality and the way Police conduct themselves in the Region… It’s not good for crime solving… the OPM fully condemns any such behaviour pattern by Police and we will look into the matter to make sure that some sort of change can be made to the way in which the Officers conduct their business in the Region”, he stated.last_img read more

Gov’t Resists Convicted Mercenary Appeal

first_imgThe Government of Liberia on Monday, June 16 filed a 13-count response to the defense motion seeking a new trial for 13 persons convicted of mercenarism by Jurors of Criminal Court ‘D.’Jurors on June 10 brought down a guilty verdict against the defendants for their involvement in mercenary activities in neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire, where several persons including seven UN peacekeepers were allegedly ambushed and killed.However, the defendants’ lawyers pleaded with the Court to reject the jurors’ verdict and declare a new trial in the matter.Interestingly, Judge Emery Paye will now be compelled to reschedule his final judgment that was scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, and rule on the defense motion, a common request when convictions are appealed.Instead, the Criminal Court Judge has scheduled hearing of the request for a new trial on Tuesday, June 17.The prosecution’s response among others, said the jurors took into consideration  testimonies including those of the rebuttal witnesses, specifically Roland Garwo, who testified that he crossed the defendants in his canoe following their attacked in La Côte d’Ivoire.They further said that some of the witnesses, like Thomas Glaider, Pascal Kollie and Baryee Gaye corroborated each other and hence, the jurors having tried the fact could not hesitate but to arrive at a guilty verdict.They argued that Gaye  pointed to the fact that the defendants had based in Garlo’s Town and others including the Thai forest and controlled areas in that sisterly nation.They went further to say that one of their witnesses, Inspector Savior Howard visited the crime scene, as opposed to the defense lawyers claim that none of the investigators, whose findings led to the indictment of the defendants visited the crime scene in both Liberia and La Côte d’Ivoire.They also argued that Witness Gaye, when he testified named weapons like M-60, RPG and AK-47, as  guns used by the defendants to fight in La Côte d’Ivoire.Prosecution prayed the court not to disturb the unanimous verdict of the jurors, whom they claimed,  listened  attentively and  took note of the testimonies of all their witnesses including Prince Barclay  as well as the defendants  mere denial.They maintained that the defense request constitutes total disrespect for the integrity of the jurors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Sirleaf Makes Additional Appointments in Government

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has made additional appointments in Government affecting the Ministries of State for Presidential Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Industry, Labor and Internal Affairs.Other government parastatals include the National Commission on Higher Education, Liberia Refining Company, Central Bank of Liberia and the University of Liberia.According to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate, where applicable. Those appointed include:Ministry of State for Presidential AffairsMr. Jordan Solunteh,  Director General of the CabinetNational Commission on Higher EducationDr. Momo Rogers, Deputy Director GeneralMinistry of Foreign AffairsMr. Elias Shoniyin, Deputy Minister of the Foreign AffairsMr. Thomas Kaydor, Deputy Minister for International CooperationMinistry of Commerce & IndustryMr. Franz Sawyer, Deputy Minister for AdministrationMr. Andrew G. Paygar, Flangiah, Sr. Deputy Minister for Small Business AdministrationMr. Pewee Reed, Assistant Minister for Bureau of Small Business AdministrationMinistry of LaborMs. Moriah Kou Yeakula , Assistant Minister for AdministrationMr. Emmett M. Crayton ,  Assistant Minister for Trade UnionMs. Marion N. Wreh  , Assistant Minister for StandardsLiberia Petroleum Refining CompanyMr. Edwin Sarvice, Deputy Managing Director for Operations (replacing Mr. Aaron Wheagar who  is being retired after having served the Company for more than 20 years)Central Bank of LiberiaMr. Milton Weeks, Member, Board of Governors (replacing Mr. David Vinton)Ms. Melisa Emeh, Member, Board of Governors (replacing Ms. Mildred Reeves)Ministry of Internal AffairsMr. Allen Kromah, Assistant Minister for Research, Development & PlanningThe President has established a Tourism Exploratory Committee which will assist in the formation of a Tourism Agency which will evolve into an autonomous agency after separation from the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.Tourism Exploratory CommitteeDr. Dawn Barnes, ChairMs. Barku Tubman, MemberMr. Jacqueline Capehart ,  MemberAdditionally, the President, based upon recommendation from the Chief Justice, also constituted an independent committee of experts from the civil society to start the process of nominating a member of the Independent National Human Rights Commission:Mr. James Yarsiah, ChairmanMs. Roseline Toweh, Co-chairpersonMr. Roosevelt Woods , SecretaryMs. T. Thompson Adebayor , MemberMr. Varney Jersey, MemberMs. Finda Salay,  MemberAttorney Jura A. Lynch , Member  Please note that all assistant ministers’ posts at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will continue with full compensation until the end of the fiscal year when the new changes at the Ministry will be implemented.Mr. Rameses Kumbuyah nomination for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration has been withdrawn as he has been asked to retain his current position as Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Education.  Dr. Nancy Freeman has been nominated for the post of Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Finally, Mr. Norris Tweah has been appointed Vice President for University Relations at the University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dr Jeffrey criticises GECOM’s handling of PPP’s LGE complaints

first_img…Disappearing acts of election officials has sordid history – ramkarranThe manner in which the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has dealt with the complaints made by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) as regards the fraudulent backers’ lists for the Local Government Elections (LGE) has been heavily criticised.Political analyst, Dr Henry Jeffrey said that the approach taken by GECOM was not the best, as he believes the issue could have been dealt with more skilfully. Nevertheless, he said all parties should await a decision, as the matter was now before the courts.“I would have expected that GECOM to take a more hands-on approach or attitude and try to, once things are found out, deal with them in a legal and sensible way,” Jeffrey said, explaining that GECOM has a mandate to deliver and should stick byColumnist, Attorney-at-Law Ralph Ramkarranit.The former Government Minister also suggested that the concerns raised by the PPP were valid and spoke to a culture that was ingrained in society. He said it was not unexpected of the PPP to bring this matter to the attention of GECOM and the courts.He believes that there would continue to be more electoral matters ahead of LGE and beyond, heading into 2020 when the General Election was constitutionally due. Dr Jeffrey said this would test the credibility and autonomy of GECOM to deliver free and fair elections.“It is definitely ingrained in our culture, but it wasn’t unexpected … I don’t think they (GECOM) were hands-on enough on that matter and I am not at all certain that this issue could be resolved amicably without the intervention of the courts,” he added.The PPP through one of its constituency candidates in Berbice had filed legal proceedings against GECOM and an individual to have the names fraudulently affixed to the backers’ lists for LGE in the Ancient County (Berbice) removed.Shafraz Beekham was named applicant, with the Chief Elections Officer (CEO)Political analyst, Dr Henry JeffreyKeith Lowenfield and Orlando Christopher Persaud as the respondents. The document outlines that the challenge is seeking to have the names of 49 other electors appearing on the list of backers in support of the Alliance For Change (AFC) constituency candidates removed.It noted that the submission was made to Persaud on September 21, 2018, in Whim Bloomfield, Berbice Local Authority Area (LAA), for the LGE 2018. The PPP is challenging on the grounds that the said decision is unlawful, illegal, and unreasonable and is in violation of the Local Authorities (Elections) Act.The document also cites Persaud’s alleged refusal to withdraw the applicant’s name and the names of 49 other electors. It said unless the names were withdrawn, the election in the LAA would be tainted with “illegality and fraud”. It also noted that Persaud’s refusal happened before the deadline on September 26, 2018.DisappearanceGECOM CEO Lowenfield, who mysteriously disappeared on the day of the deadline and could not be reached by any of the PPP-appointed GECOM Commissioners that day was still being questioned.Although the CEO claimed that his lawyer was his alibi for him being unavailable for hours prior to the deadline for nominators’ names to be removed from disputed lists, former House Speaker and columnist Ralph Ramkarran also questioned his disappearance.He wrote in his weekly column, Conversation Tree, “Did it have to be on this particular day that Mr Lowenfield had to attend his lawyer’s chambers to sign an affidavit, a process that takes no more than an hour, counting the travelling time from GECOM’s High Street Office to the Attorney General’s Chambers in Carmichael Street, a ten-minute drive away?”Ramkarran said disappearing acts of election officials or being out of touch at critical moments of the elections process have a particularly sordid history. “For the future, it is hoped that at important junctures the Chief Elections Officer will be available at all times, day and night, to his senior staff, Election Commissioners and the Chairman.”He argued that Returning Officers (ROs) should be similarly available to selected officials of contesting parties and be helpful rather than obstructive. Their duty, he reminded, is to solve problems, not to create them, and to exercise flexibility and discretion in removing obstacles to the smooth flow of the elections process, without violating any law.Further, the former Speaker also zeroed in on GECOM Chairman, Retired Justice James Patterson, who recently spoke about politicians retreating into ethno-political camps.“The Chairman cannot be oblivious of the electoral history of Guyana and who the immediate victims of that history have been. The Chairman also cannot be oblivious of the fact that as soon as the (People’s National Congress Reform) PNCR returned as the dominant component in the Government, painful controversies began surrounding his own appointment as Chairman,” he added.Ramkarran was also quick to point out that Patterson should, therefore, not be surprised that a “large dose of poison” has been poured over the electoral system, which has resulted in increased suspicion over the conduct of elections and the ethnic composition of the elections staff. He said complaining about ethnic imbalance in the critical area of elections management did not constitute retreating into ‘ethno-political camps’.last_img read more

Demerara criminal backlog reduces by 7% during October session

first_img…as DPP disposes of 195 cases for 2018The need for more judges and expediency in the judicial system was reflected in the recent figures released by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers which saw the overall number of criminal cases in Demerara county being reduced by seven per cent at the October criminal session.During last week, the DPP’s office disclosed that 228 cases were listed for attention in Demerara, but of this number, only 16 matters were disposed of – seven per cent of the overall figure.Justice Sandil Kissoon gave the gaol delivery earlier in December which ended the Demerara October 2018 Criminal Assizes. He, along with Justice Jo Ann Barlow,The Supreme Court of Guyana where Demerara High Court cases are heardand later on, Justice James Bovell-Drakes presided over the last session.A release from the DPP’s chambers revealed that of the 16 cases that were disposed of, three were nolle prosequi by the DPP after the complainants opted against pursing trial. Of the 13 matters that were actually presented at the High Court, six were for sexual offences while seven were murder cases.There were six guilty verdicts by jury, three guilty pleas, two formal verdicts of not guilty, one hung jury and one mistrial. State Counsels Abigail Gibbs, Tiffini Lyken and Seeta Bishundial prosecuted the six sexual offences matters before Justice Barlow – matters ranging from Rape of A Child under 16 years to Sexual Activity with A Child Family Member.“In the three cases for the offence of Rape of A Child under 16 years, one accused was sentenced to life imprisonment after the court found the evidence was overwhelming. Another accused was sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment while the one other case ended in a hung jury,” the release highlighted.In two separate matters for the offence of Sexual Activity with A Child Family Member, the accused persons were each found guilty by a majority jury verdicts; one accused was sentenced to life imprisonment while the other was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment. The accused in the one case for the offence of Rape was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment after the jury returned a majority verdict of guilty.Notably, sex crimes dominate the Demerara list of cases and a specialised unit called the Sexual Offences Court has been established to deal with such matters. Thus far, only female Judges have been rotated to hear these cases. They were Justices Simone Morris-Ramlall, Jo-Ann Barlow and Priya Sewnarine-Beharry.Next Tuesday, a new criminal session will open in Demerara. Some of the older matters have reappeared in the system owing to retrials ordered by the Appeal Court of Guyana. That Court reduced 17 sentences in 2018 and ordered seven fresh trials.There are 260 cases listed to be heard during the January session which will see Justices Navindra Singh, Bovell-Drakes, and Barlow presiding.During 2018, there was a total of 195 cases disposed of and 129 of these cases received attention in the court. Notably, 66 matters were nolle prosequi by the DPP. Of these 129 cases, 90 were presented from the Demerara Assizes, 27 from the Berbice Assizes and 12 from the Essequibo Assizes.There were 54 cases for murder, 15 cases for the offence of rape, 15 cases for Sexual Activity with A Child Family Member, 13 for Attempt to Commit Murder, 23 cases of Rape of A Child under 16 years, 5 for the offence of Manslaughter and one case each for the offences of Carnal Knowledge of A Girl under 15 years, Causing Death by Dangerous Driving and Wounding with Intent.In February 2018, acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, had revealed that some 5000 cases were listed before the courts, but this estimated number included “old rules” cases, divorce proceedings, civil cases, and full court matters.last_img read more

Liverpool team to play West Brom: Is this predicted line up the XI you would pick?

first_img Will Gerrard make his 500th League appearance against West Brom? Liverpool will be hoping to bounce back after their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Aston Villa when they play West Brom on Saturday at the Hawthorns.Liverpool lost 2-1 against Villa on Sunday at Wembley and which means that they will go through another trophyless season under Brendan Rodgers.However, the Reds are still in with an outside chance of a Champions League spot and a win against West Brom is vital to that remaining ambition.One stat that will should them some confidence is the 86 goals they have scored at the Hawthorns over the years, winning 26 of their 65 visits – four more than their hosts.But they face a team who have just had a morale-boosting victory over an in-form Crystal Palace and Kopites will recall that they lost 3-0 at this ground in Rodgers’ first Premier League game in charge three years ago. Furthermore, manager Tony Pulis has never lost a Premier League home game against Liverpool.The Reds also have a few injuries to key members of their squad in the lead up to this game, making the mission ever harder.Lucas Leiva is missing through a thigh strain, while Mamadou Sakho and Adam Lallana will also miss the trip.The match is also expected to come too soon for Daniel Sturridge, but Steven Gerrard, who will make his 500th Premier League appearance if picked to play, is once again fit to start.But who will Rodgers start to play this must win game? talkSPORT take a look GoalkeeperSimon Mignolet will continue in goal for Liverpool as he continues to attempt to win over all his critics.    His command of the area has vastly improved since he was dropped earlier in the season but question marks are still raised as to whether he really is the goalkeeper to take Liverpool forward in the future.DefenceWith Sakho stuck on the physio table, Lovren will join Martin Skrtel and Emre Can in defence.The trio struggled against a hard-working Aston Villa at the weekend and will need to be wary of a West Brom attack that may well feature the pace of Saido Berahino.Lovren himself hasn’t settled since his £20m move from Southampton in the summer, but will now have the chance to improve his claim to be a regular starter in a red shirt.MidfieldIf Steven Gerrard does play he will become only the 12th player in history to make 500 Premier League appearances, with only Ryan Giggs and Jamie Carragher managing the feat for just one club.With Lucas injured for this game and Raheem Sterling having to play as the lone striker, it seems likely that Gerrard will achieve this landmark.Alongside him will be Jordan Henderson, who signed a new five-year deal with the club this week and will more than likely be the future club captain for the years to come.What was perhaps worrying last weekend was Aston Villa’s ability to dominate the midfield, something that Henderson, Joe Allen and Gerrard will have to put right against a similarly strong West Brom.Jordon Ibe will be available for selection again after he was cup tied for Wembley and expect him to play the right wing-back role. Alberto Moreno, perhaps one of Liverpool’s better signings this season, will start on the left.AttackPhilippe Coutinho scored Liverpool’s only goal against Aston Villa and the Reds will be hoping the 22-year-old can be the difference against a Tony Pulis side that will be very hard to break down.The front man is likely to be Raheem Sterling, with Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert out of favour under Rodgers.It will be interesting to see if either of them stay during the summer transfer window, especially with the young Belgian striker Divock Origi coming into the squad next season. 1last_img read more

Man United debutant Cameron Borthwick-Jackson praised by Van Gaal – ‘I had no fears about putting him in the team’

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has lifted the lid on why he decided to hand teenager Cameron Borthwick-Jackson his Premier League debut on Saturday.The 18-year-old defender came on in the closing stages of United’s 2-0 win over West Brom to become the eighth academy graduate to feature for the first team during Van Gaal’s reign.Van Gaal insists Borthwick-Jackson deserved his chance and revealed he had been tracking his progress in recent months.“I have seen him once or twice and I have been impressed by him,” Van Gaal told MUTV.“I talked with [Under-21s coach] Warren Joyce and asked what he had for me.“I’m always talking with him or [Under-18s coach] Paul McGuinness, and he [Joyce] said at the moment the left full-back is in good shape.“I put Cameron in the line-up without any fear, and I have to say he did very well.” Man United youngster Cameron Borthwick-Jackson 1last_img read more

City workers do `charity work’ on public’s dime

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAll these “volunteers” did private business on public time with their bosses’ approval. But because the city doesn’t actually have any standards for monitoring such practices, we can’t know for sure how many taxpayer hours were lost. For that matter, we can’t even know for sure that the city workers actually showed up for their “volunteer” duty and didn’t just use the opportunity to cash in on a free holiday. And because the city has no protocols for deciding which charities should benefit from the taxpayers’ largesse this way, there’s no way to ensure that favoritism didn’t play a role. Are all charities eligible for free assistance, or just those with high-profile events led by ex-presidents? Yes, one can argue – as various city officials already have – that these workers contributed to a worthy cause, and that’s all that should matter. But there are a lot of worthy causes that taxpayers might wish to support, and not least among them is the legitimate business of the city of Los Angeles. City leaders swear this “volunteer” work won’t affect the city’s bottom line – no essential duties were affected. But such statements only confirm what we’ve long suspected: There are far too many people in city government doing too little work as it is. Few private-sector businesses could afford to lose 14 employees from one office for a day or more and not be seriously affected. Perhaps the city employees who are so unburdened by their jobs that they can feel free to “volunteer” their paid time elsewhere should “volunteer” to remove themselves from the public payroll. Then they really would be doing the public a service, without costing the public a dime.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! `TIS the season for volunteering. Each November, as Thanksgiving stirs our hearts to gratitude, many of us turn to service to others, offering time, treasure and talent for those who are less fortunate. Throughout Los Angeles, and especially here in the San Fernando Valley, we know a thing or two about volunteering. But it’s nothing like the sort of “volunteering” that’s been taking place out of City Hall. No, the sort of volunteering we’re familiar with entails giving up one’s time or money for the joy of lending a hand to those who need one. But City Hall’s style of “volunteering” is altogether different. It involves the highest-paid municipal workers in the nation leaving city work undone and putting in time (allegedly) at a charitable site, while drawing their taxpayer salaries for their efforts. In late October, when former President Jimmy Carter came to Los Angeles to promote a Habitat for Humanity Project in South L.A., some 31 employees of the city’s Housing Department ditched work – but were still paid – to lend a hand. So did 14 members of City Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s staff. last_img