Selection dilemmas face Klopp and Pochettino for final

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has a midfield conundrum and his Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino must decide whether Harry Kane is ready for action as both bosses face selection dilemmas for Saturday’s Champions League final.The unusually long, almost three-week, break between the end of the Premier League season and the European final in Madrid has allowed injury worries to ease for both managers – but that only adds to the difficult decisions that will have to be made.For Klopp, who has seen Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino return to fitness in time for the clash at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, there is probably only one big call to make.The German is likely to stick with his trusted back-four from the title run-in with Joel Matip partnering Virgil van Dijk in the centre of defence.With Firmino expected to start – Klopp said this week that the striker “should be fine” – then Liverpool will be able to use their preferred attacking ‘trident’ with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah playing either side of the Brazilian.That would, however, mean no place in the starting lineup for Belgian forward Divock Origi, who scored twice in the 4-0 crushing of Barcelona in the semi-final, second leg.Brazilian Fabinho has made the deep, holding midfield role his own and Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who also claimed a brace against Barca, is likely to play just ahead of him.That leaves one more midfield slot with two English players competing for one place — James Milner and Jordan Henderson.Picking Milner would make a lot of sense from a tactical point of view as he is capable of temporarily tucking into the left-back role to cover Andy Robertson, when the Scotsman charges forward.Yet Henderson is Liverpool’s captain and has delivered some strong displays of his own this season and it would be a massive blow to him should Klopp leave him on the bench for the big game.FULLY-FIT KANEThe long wait for this game has benefited Spurs in particular with striker Kane recovering from his ankle injury and declaring himself fit and ready.A fully-fit Kane would surely start but Pochettino will have to decide whether his top scorer is ‘match fit’ after seven weeks on the sidelines.If Kane does start – in tandem with South Korean forward Son Heung-min, who has struck 20 goals this season – then that could well mean no starting place for Lucas Moura.That would be a cruel decision, however, after the Brazilian’s sensational hat-trick in the semi-final, second-leg win over Ajax Amsterdam which took Spurs to Madrid, but the Argentine coach has never flinched from such calls.Moura could then be held in reserve as an impact substitute, a role that would take full advantage of his devastating pace.Pochettino has utilised a number of different formations this season though and he could play a similar three-pronged attack to Liverpool with Son and Moura playing wide roles and Kane down the middle.That variation would require Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli to play deeper midfield roles than they normally prefer — although both have done so at different times this season.Presuming though that Pochettino opts for a four-man midfield then Moussa Sissoko is likely to the deepest with Harry Winks playing just ahead of him. A more cautious option would be to ask Victor Wanyama to partner Sissoko.Possible teams:Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-2-2): Hugo Lloris; Kieran Trippier, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose; Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko; Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen; Son Heung-min, Harry Kane.Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.last_img read more

Low water pressure, poor quality plagues Region 2 residents

first_imgResidents living in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), particularly housewives, are complaining bitterly about the obnoxious stench emanating from the tap water supplied by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) to communities within the region. According to those affected, the water supplied is of poor quality.Residents have complained about the poor quality and low pressure of water coming through their tapsThe residents describe this situation as “unfair” since they are required to pay for the service, despite the poor quality of water delivered. Those most affected hail from several areas in the region including Suddie, Golden Fleece and Supenaam. The consumers also explained that since the beginning of 2016, the water pressure has been very low and many times does not reach their taps. In addition, the stench from the water is unbearable.“The water smells really bad, you can’t really do anything in your home with it except wash your concrete etc, the service has really dropped compared to the previous years, something needs to be done,” a housewife related.Consumers are therefore calling on GWI officials to investigate the cause of the stench and the continued low pressure. As a result of the situation, many persons are forced to fetch water from nearby drainage trenches to complete their chores. Some have to depend on rain water to clean their homes for the holiday season; the situation has caused great inconvenience to many.Residents living in areas between Three Friends to Supenaam are demanding treated water in the near future. In an effort to garner feedback and to provide some insight into the situation, this publication attempted to contact GWI officials; however, calls went unanswered.last_img read more

U.S. conservation group buys Virgin Islands land

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Preservationists had feared that developers would build on the unprotected parcels, which are located in the middle of the park and had attracted a slew of development proposals over the years. The parcels will be the biggest addition to the 7,150-acre Virgin Islands National Park since its creation in 1956. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A large swath of coastal land has been secured by a U.S. conservation group, paving the way for the biggest expansion of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park since it was created more than 50 years ago. The $19 million deal to purchase 419 acres of tropical terrain, which features ruins of colonial plantations and is believed to contain pre-Colombian Indian village sites, was reached by The Trust for Public Land after years of negotiations with private owners, the group said Tuesday. The pristine property on St. John, known as Estate Maho Bay, will be transferred to the National Park Service when federal funds become available in two years to three years, said John Garrison, the San Francisco-based nonprofit’s project manager for the acquisition. “This untouched land, which many people assumed was part of the park, was very seriously threatened with development,” Garrison said in a phone interview from Florida. last_img read more

Giant Amgen growing

first_imgTHOUSAND OAKS – Biotechnology leader Amgen Inc., maxed out at its 130-acre headquarters, announced a billion-dollar worldwide expansion of its international research facilities on Tuesday. The biggest part of this international largess will go to Cork, Ireland, where a new 1,100-worker campus will develop, manufacture and fulfill orders for the world’s largest biotech company’s European operations. Amgen will also beef up facilities at its San Francisco, Seattle and Cambridge, Mass., locations. In the United Kingdom, the company will upgrade its center for research and development at Cambridge, England, and build a new one in Uxbridge, England. To bolster operations at its sites, Amgen plans to add 1,000 employees to its current worldwide work force of more than 14,000. “The objective here is straight growth,” said Fabrizio Bonanni, senior vice president of manufacturing. “In our industry, that means new products approaching the end of the pipeline that’ll help people with serious diseases. If they’re approved, it’ll make a world of difference for people who are very sick. This is confirmation that we believe in the pipeline and that these drugs will be a reality.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Amgen expects to break ground on the Ireland facility later this year and to have it open by 2009. Except for a few senior management positions, jobs will be filled with applicants prepared in the country’s strong educational system and current biotech industry. In addition to the Irish and English growth, the company announced Tuesday that it has relocated its European headquarters from Lucerne to Zug, Switzerland, and formed a subsidiary, Amgen International, to target additional markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America. “It’s also important strategically, in terms of how they’re viewed as a leading biotech company,” Shiv Kapoor, principal and senior research analyst for Montgomery & Co., LLC, in San Francisco. “Genentech has been doing a lot of upgrading on their manufacturing in the last few years, so they boast that they’ve got the largest capacity in the world. The question is: Will Amgen be left behind if it does not do this? It’s a very good strategic move to spend at least what your competitors are spending.” Amgen, which will issue its fourth-quarter and full-year reports on Thursday, saw its shares inch up 4 cents, or .05 percent, to close at $74.94 on Tuesday. Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 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

Lennon hits back at ‘disrespectful’ Levein statement

first_imgHibs boss Neil Lennon hit back at Craig Levein’s statement that Hearts’ Scottish Cup derby win would help restore the natural order in Edinburgh, branding his counterpart’s claims as “pretty poor” and “lacking humility”.Christophe Berra’s late header crept over the line to give Hearts victory and condemn Lennon to his first Edinburgh derby defeat.The result also saw Hearts end a run of nine matches against Hibs without victory and prompted manager Levein to claim his intention is to make his side the capital’s main force once again.Lennon was left angered by the statement, asking: “What does that mean? Restoring natural order… I don’t understand that. “So there’s a lack of humility in that statement, I wouldn’t make a statement like that.”Lennon decided against including Anthony Stokes in his match-day squad amid speculation the forward will leave the club following disciplinary breaches.The Hibs head coach felt the Irish striker’s omission had no impact on the end result, however.He said: “I don’t think his absence made any difference. It’s a club issue and it will be resolved in the next week or so.” “What is natural order… Hearts beating Hibs every time?“I think it’s pretty poor, it’s a pretty poor statement to make. It’s disrespectful to my club, my players and me.“We’ve got two more games to come, we’ll see if natural order is restored then. That’s not good. I don’t know what he means by that.“They haven’t won in nine, that’s my first defeat in five, we also should have won the game here, they got lucky.last_img read more

Robinson tight-lipped on Motherwell move for Gallagher

first_img“But I thought Alex Gorrin was the best player on the pitch. He controlled the game, and he had the patience and quality amidst difficult conditions.“I thought we were the team who tried to get the ball down and pass it but compliment to our wide players who doubled up well.“They changed their formation, which is a compliment to us because Kilmarnock are a good side who are hard to break down.” Stephen Robinson has refused to confirm rumours that Declan Gallagher has signed a pre-contract agreement with Motherwell.St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright revealed on Friday that the Livingston central defender’s agent informed him his player has agreed to a move to Fir Park but the Motherwell boss dismissed his fellow Northern Irishman’s comments.“I don’t discuss transfers so it’s not a one-off for me and I never have,” Robinson said.“I don’t speak about other team’s players or my transfer plans in public so I’m surprised that other managers have. We will just keep our business to ourselves.” Gallagher’s expected arrival could be as a direct replacement for Peter Hartley, who has been heavily linked with a summer move to Hibs, but it was another defender’s performance at Rugby Park that drew praise from Robinson.Tom Aldred is playing with a heavily bandaged head due to a gruesome injury sustained following a clash with Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard last weekend.That didn’t prevent him from producing a towering defensive performance as Motherwell kept out Kilmarnock in a goalless draw to maintain their good run with only one defeat in their last eight league games.Robinson added: “Tom was excellent. He is playing with 12 stitches in his head, which shows his commitment and he was terrific.last_img read more

Stratford baseball grabs walk-off win over first-place Marathon

first_imgCole Hoffman homers for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — The Stratford baseball team scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to hand first-place Marathon its first Marawood Conference South Division loss of the season on Monday with a 4-3 victory at home.Riley Anderson hit a three-run home run to put Marathon (11-3, 6-1 Marawood South) on top 3-1 in the top of the fourth.The Tigers responded with single runs in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings to win it as pitcher Lucas Heidmann kept Marathon scoreless after the homer.Heidmann finished with seven strikeouts and three walks.Cole Hoffman went 3-for-3 with a home run for Stratford (6-6, 5-4 Marawood South).Stratford plays at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of 4, Raiders 3Marathon 000 300 0 – 3 12 0Stratford 100 110 1 – 4 9 2WP: Lucas Heidmann. LP: Ryan Gassner.SO: Gassner 15; Heidmann 7. BB: Gassner 3; Heidmann 3.Top hitters: M, Noah Dirks 2×3; Carter Hanke 2×3; Hunter Schara 2×4, 2B; Riley Anderson 3×4, HR, 3 RBIs. S, Cole Hoffman 3×3, HR, RBI; Rylan Peterson 2×3, RBI; Nick Stoflet 2×3, 2 runs.Records: Marathon 11-3, 6-1 Marawood South; Stratford 6-6, 5-4 Marawood South.last_img read more

Iran Air eyes more western aircraft and a Sydney non-stop

first_imgCredit: Andreas Spaeth Iran Air still eyes western built aircraft and a Tehran Sydney non-stop service as US sanctions toughen.Coinciding with what US President Donald Trump calls the “toughest sanctions of all times” being imposed on Iran, it emerges that state airline Iran Air still nurtures hopes to receive more Western aircraft.READ Lion Air plane had the fault on four previous flightsA high-ranking source not wanting to be named tells that Iran Air expects to receive seven more ATR-72-600s from an order placed in 2016 for a total of 20 regional aircraft.So far the airline received 13 ATRs. More couldn’t be delivered before the deadline on August 7 when the embargo for aircraft exports came into effect.Credit: Andreas SpaethIran Air also had ordered 100 Airbus aircraft in December 2016, of which only two A330-200s and one A321 have been delivered. The current status of the Airbus order is not known and the source talked to wouldn’t elaborate.The European Union is currently looking for ways to enable European companies to fulfill existing contracts with Iran despite the US-led embargo.Iran Air also wanted a similar number of Boeing. The order was for 50 737 MAX 8s, 15 777-300ERs and, 15 777-9Xs. Also, Iran Aseman Airlines ordered 30 737 MAX 8 aircraft.The source also tells that the previously discussed flights from Tehran to Sydney are still on the agenda and are now supposed to be non-stop.At the IATA AGM in Sydney in June, it was still intended to start them in the current European winter schedule, which didn’t materialize.Andreas SpaethIran Air eyes the substantial Iranian expat population in Australia with this route. Currently the only aircraft in the fleet up to the task of flying the route would be the two A330s, however, it would be very close to their range limit and would incur weight penalties depending on weather and direction.The distance from Tehran to Sydney is about 12,900 km, while the typical range of the A330-200 carrying about 250 passengers is in the region of 13,400 km under the best of circumstances.last_img read more

Aston Martin reveals DB9 GT, the most powerful DB9 yet

first_imgAston Martin has revealed the specifications of its latest and most powerful DB9 till date which will be launched at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed.The newly tuned 6 litre V12 engine of the DB9 GT produces 540 HP, an additional 30 HP over the previous model. It also features Jaguar’s six-speed Touchtronic II transmission.Visual aspects of the car have also been upgraded with the front getting a new splitter and the rear getting a new diffuser. The alloys also get a make-over with the new DB9 sporting new 10-spoke wheels.The infotainment system in the car gets upgraded to the company’s new AMi II. This upgrade has been done on the 2016 Vantage and Rapide S models.The DB9 GT is now available for order and the car’s base price in US is $199,950.last_img read more

Draft policy proposes rewards to promote sports in Meghalaya

first_imgShillong, Mar 9 (PTI) In a bid to promote sports as a career option for youths in Meghalaya, a draft sports policy tabled by state Sports Minister Zenith Sangma in the assembly today sought rewarding Olympians with Rs five crore and their coaches Rs one crore.The 64-page draft policy prepared by IIM-Shillong also sought setting up of a state sports academy for priority disciplines and sports schools at the district level. “A lifetime achievement award carrying cash prize of Rs five crore along with citations will be given to a maximum of one sportsperson every year for exceptional repeated performance at the Olympics. “A lifetime achievement award with a cash prize of Rs one crore will be given to one coach in a year under whose coaching an athlete has produced exceptional performances at the Olympics,” it said. A cash prize of Rs 30 lakh is also proposed to be rewarded in a year to the coach under whom an athlete puts up exceptional performances at the ASIAD/Commonwealth/ world championship levels. The draft policy sought introducing sports cess as in the case of education in the budget to generate funds required for extending financial support to the sports persons and creation, maintenance and management of infrastructure.It also highlighted the possibility of extending application of schemes like MGNREGA and provisions in CSR under Companies Act 2013 to create sports infrastructure at schools, village and community levels.The policy also sought identifying archery, boxing, taekwondo, judo and football as priority disciplines considering their popularity and medal winning capabilities.advertisementOver and above this, the sports policy also sought funding of Rs 3.9 crore in 2017-18 financial year to at least 12 sports associations for the upkeep of infrastructure and procuring consumables. The amount would be reduced to Rs 1.9 crore in the next financial year.The draft policy will remain open for inputs till March 31 before it is finalized by the sports department, Sangma said. PTI JOP KK KK KKBlast_img read more