Arsenal to speak with players over ‘hippy crack’ allegations

first_imgArsenal say they will “remind players of their responsibilities” after a video emerged which appears to show a number of Gunners stars inhaling nitrous oxide.Stars including Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi feature in the footage, which appears to come from nightclub CCTV footage and was published by The Sun.In a statement Arsenal said: “The players will be spoken to about this and reminded of their responsibilities as representatives of the club.”Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas or ‘hippy crack’, is freely available, but it is technically illegal to sell it for recreational purposes.In the video, which reportedly comes from a London venue shortly before the start of the current season, other Gunners players including Henrik Mkhitaryan can be seen rejecting the offer to use the gas.The footage is the latest in a series of incidents of top players being linked with nitrous oxide, with Raheem Sterling being warned by Liverpool after footage emerged of him using the substance in 2015.In the same year, Jack Grealish was warned by the then Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood after pictures emerged of him appearing to inhale the gas, and Saido Berahino was reprimanded by West Brom for a similar incident in 2014.When an image was posted of Kyle Walker in 2013, he apologised on Twitter, writing: “I won’t be doing this again and hope that no one else is influenced into putting their health at risk by my actions.”Arsenal began the season with two defeats but have been in excellent form under new manager Unai Emery since.The Gunners are unbeaten in 20 matches in all competitions and take on Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday.last_img read more

Are we returning to kick down door banditry?

first_imgDear Editor,Since the change of Government – from the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition – in May last year, there has been a sharp increase in all kinds of crime; particularly robberies, most of it ethnically directed. On a daily basis, since May 2015, there have been media reports of multiple incidents of some of the most heinous crimes (robberies) imaginable in addition to racially directed violence.Many people have had their homes or businesses invaded during which they were violently attacked (some fatally) and robbed; scores of business people were murdered. Business persons and ordinary folks have also been routinely robbed as they go about their journeys in the streets shopping and or banking, or on their travels to and from work. Very little is being done to reduce, much less to end, these racially inspired crimes.There is no direct evidence linking the coalition APNU/AFC Government to these notorious criminal acts. But the nature of the types of dastardly crimes committed today bring back memories of what took place under the People’s National Congress (PNC) ethnic dictatorship against Indians during the late 1970s and through the 1980s in what came to be known as “the era of kick down door banditry”.The PNC dictatorship was implicated in and even accused of, being the chief sponsor of those brutal crimes committed against Indians. Indians felt the dictator Forbes Burnham and one of his lieutenants (who went on to serve as Prime Minister) and other racists introduced the “kick down the door” policy as a means to seize wealth of non-supporters and put fear in Indians, forcing them to migrate”. There was virulent anti-Indianism from the PNC leadership. At a public meeting, Burnham asked PNC supporters: “Comrades, who mined the gold?” The rhetorical response from his supporters was “We do comrade leader”. And Burnham asked: “Who has the gold now, comrades? Who wears the gold and who have the gold in their homes”? He implored: “Take back your gold from them (meaning Indians)”. Kick down door crimes were encouraged and became widespread in Indian communities.There was the charge that the kick down the door policy was used to instil fear in Indians, Chinese and whites to force their migration so as to strengthen the PNC’s numerical support. African nationalist Eusi Kwayana as well as other Africans nationalists said the PNC Government did nothing to stop criminals from attacking and robbing Indians in the streets and invading their homes or businesses. Dr Cheddi Jagan and other prominent politicians also accused the PNC Government of being behind the violent kick down door robberies and other atrocities committed on non supporters of the dictatorship.There were countless reports in the Caribbean Contact newspaper and other regional media on the racist nature of the violent robberies linking the PNC to them. Many of these crimes were committed by members of the House of Israel para military group that was organised by Rabbi Washington (black American fugitive David Hill) and funded by the PNC dictatorship. People claimed that some criminals in jails were furloughed and instructed to commit crimes against Indians. The criminals were given arms to commit crimes after which they returned to prison which served as an alibi; they received special privileges in jail and part of the loot.Roopnarine who campaigned for the AFC in last year’s elections said that several victims of kick down door robberies identified the perpetrators of the crimes in complaints at Police stations, but no one was arrested and no action taken against the bandits. In several cases, the victims identified criminal elements among the Police and soldiers as the perpetrators of kick down door banditry. Instead of the accused being arrested, the victims were arrested. The Police often harassed, intimidated and beat those (victims and their families) who filed complaints against them. This discouraged complaints against kick down door banditry.But the Indian businessmen decided to take action; they came together as a group in late 1980s and decided to approach the Government for relief. A delegation of Indian businessmen met the dictator Desmond Hoyte and appealed to him to put an end to the kick down door policy which was being encouraged and funded by one of his colleagues and nemesis. Hoyte issued a directive to the Police and Army to put an end to kick door policy. Several of the violent bandits were arrested and hanged, which triggered a power struggle between Hoyte and his nemesis, who opposed to Hoyte’s softening attitude towards Indians. Hoyte ended the kick down door banditry sidelining his nemesis who continued his own anti-Indian policy.Hoyte lost power in 1992, but his party is back in power. And kick down door banditry seems to have returned after a break of 25 years. The APNU/AFC coalition has not taken significant measures to reduce these types of crimes. Is it because it will drive fear among Indians forcing them to migrate and secure elections for the PNC?Will David Granger act like Hoyte and take measures to end the kick down banditry? Many Indian businesses funded the APNU/AFC with over a billion dollars in the 2015 election campaign. Some of them are now victims of kick down door banditry similar to how they funded Burnham in the 1970s and 1980s. They should form a delegation and meet Granger and demand he put an end to kick down door banditry.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

EnCana Events Centre victim’s name released

first_imgAfter an incident involving spilled beer, the three suspects, also Fort St. John residents aged 18 to 20, assaulted the pair. The assault continued into the bathroom until a civilian broke it up. Foster was found unconscious and later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. The three assailants were arrested later at a drinking establishment and have since been released. As charges are pending, their names cannot be released, along with the cause of death. Dawson Creek RCMP are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP Detachment at 250-784-3700 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Clippers embarrass SuperSonics, 98-76

first_imgReserve Mike Wilks’ 31-footer as the third quarter ended drew the largest cheers, but only cut the Clippers’ lead to 33. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cassell and the rest of the Clippers combined to make a season-high 11 3-pointers, exploiting Seattle’s zone defense. Cassell sparked the Clippers with 13 points in the first quarter, making all three of his 3-point attempts in the quarter. When the Sonics went to a smaller, speedier lineup in the second half to try and rally, the Clippers turned to Brand, who made 8 of 9 shots in the third quarter, scoring 16 points in just 10 minutes. For most of the quarter, Brand was matched up against skinny, 6-foot-7 rookie Mickael Gelabale. Brand easily won that battle. “They went really, really small and we just tried to take advantage,” Brand said. “They were quicker, they were pressing but we felt we had a matchup on the inside.” Ray Allen led Seattle with 15 points, but the Sonics suffered through three quarters of poor shooting. Seattle shot 32.9 percent, but outscored the Clippers 20-9 in the fourth quarter and made the final more respectable. SEATTLE – With Sam Cassell knocking down 3-pointers and Elton Brand controlling the inside, the Clippers had a very easy, relaxed Sunday night. Cassell scored 21 points in just 19 minutes, and Brand added 22 as the Clippers routed the Seattle SuperSonics 98-76. center_img Cassell was so good – hitting all five of his 3-point attempts – that the 37-year-old veteran rested the entire second and fourth quarters. The Clippers led by as many as 37, winning for the fifth time in their last six and impressively bouncing back from Saturday night’s 14-point home loss to Minnesota. “I just made some shots tonight. Shots I wanted to take yesterday I didn’t take them, but I took them tonight and made them,” Cassell said. “We had to come out aggressive.” last_img read more

Situma confident Tusker can retain KPL title

first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC players (L-R) Mike Khamati, Allan Wanga, Clifford Alwanga and Collins Shivachi during a past match in Nakuru. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 8 – Tusker FC skipper James Situma is confident of leading the brewers to another Kenyan Premier League title with the reigning champions regaining their footing after a horrendous start to the season.The brewers have won three matches in a row and their 1-0 victory over Kakamega Homeboyz on Saturday took them to fifth on the log with 15 points, six shy of leaders Posta Rangers. “The team is putting effort to get results and I am happy we are getting something. I believe the more we continue getting wins, the more we will get the momentum to move on and I am confident we can defend the title especially if we continue with teamwork,” Situma said.The brewers who won a first ever double last season were victims of their own success at the start of the 2017 season, crushing out of the CAF Champions League at the hands of lowly Mauritian opponents AS Port Louis.They went on to lose their opening two matches of the season, coming hot on the heels of losing the KPL Super Cup to rivals Gor Mahia.“It was lack of focus and concentration and the players didn’t know what they wanted. We are a big team and sometimes you can’t play for the coach or the company but have to play for your pride,” the skipper told Capital Sport.Tusker FC forward Allan Wanga tries to find a way past the Kakamega Homeboyz duo of Eston Esiye and Hedmond Mauda during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Complex on May 6 2017. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We were concerned with the manner in which we started the season. We sat down as a team and talked; we are the defending champions and we had to respond. We said if we had to win then we had to play as a team,” Situma further added.His sentiments were echoed by head coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe who added there was an element of complacency in the team when he joined in at the beginning of the year.“We woke up and started playing like defending champions. They (players) changed their attitude and started playing well because I knew they could. They are good players,” Nsimbe added.The two now hope the team can maintain the same tempo as they inch closer and closer to the leaders Posta Rangers who remain the only unbeaten side in the league this far.– Rangers keep unbeaten run –Rangers picked their sixth 1-0 win of the season after beating Sofapaka at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, putting to an end Batoto ba Mungu’s seven-match unbeaten run.Head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo has heaped praise on his ‘efficient’ team and hopes they can keep up their winning run.Posta Rangers head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo gestures in a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya“I think we have picked up quite well and maintaining a consistent performance throughout has not been easy. I have to give it up to the players because they have been resilient and hopefully, we can keep up this performance,” Omollo said on his side’s run.Meanwhile, Ulinzi Stars returned to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Thika United at the Thika Stadium on Sunday, Stephen Waruru surging to the top of the goalscorers’ chart with a brace that increased his season tally to six.The pint-sized assassin never played in the opening four matches of the season, but has proved to be an asset since being called in for his first match of the season, the 1-1 draw against Tusker where he scored Ulinzi’s goal.The win at Thika took them to 15 points on the log and Nyangweso has called on his charges to ensure the run does not fade off as they aim for a first league crown since 2011.– New boys continue to shine –Kariobangi Sharks players celebrate one of their two goals against Sony Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 5, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyAt the same time, the Premier League’s new boys continued to shine with Zoo Kericho and Kariobangi Sharks picking identical 2-0 wins in their weekend matches.After claiming their first top flight win with a shocking 2-1 result away to Ulinzi Stars, Zoo kept their form on the road intact, going in to the Moi Stadium in Kisumu and spanking hosts Western Stima 2-0.Head coach Sammy Okoth believes his side has been building up confidence and experience with each match and they will soon be a force to reckon with.Kariobangi Sharks also continued with their impressive form picking their fourth win of the season, one that took them to 10th place with 13 points, only two shy of third placed.The club has shown tremendous improvement over the past few matches and head coach William Muluya, just like his Zoo counterpart has attributed this to growing confidence.– KPL weekend results – Friday: Mathare United 0 Bandari 1, Kariobangi Sharks 2 Sony Sugar 0 (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos), Nzoia Sugar 1 Nakumatt 1 (Sudi Stadium, Bungoma).Saturday: Posta Rangers 1 Sofapaka 0 (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru), Tusker FC 1 Kakamega Homeboyz 0 (Ruaraka Complex).Sunday: AFC Leopards 0 Gor Mahia 3 (Nyayo Stadium), Thika United 2 Ulinzi Stars 3 (Thika Stadium), Western Stima 0 Zoo Kericho 2 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Chemelil Sugar 0 Muhoroni Youth 0 (Chemelil Complex).0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sturridge watch: Striker stars in brief cameo on return

first_imgLiverpool fans were given a monumental boost by not just a return to first team action for Daniel Sturridge, but also his return to goalscoring ways in a 2-0 win against West Ham at Anfield. The England striker replaced Lazar Markovic after 67 minutes and duly scored within 13 minutes on the pitch, finding the net with a right-footed strike which ensured the Reds’ victory.It was a welcome sight for the Anfield faithful, as well as manager Brendan Rodgers, with this his first game for five months after injuring himself on international duty.Check out our breakdown of the forward’s injury comeback below…ShootingHis goal was classic Sturridge. Finding space on the right and collecting Phillipe Coutinho’s through ball, he confidently slammed home at Adrian’s near post to show Liverpool what they have been missing nearly all season so far. Aside from the goal, the striker had two half chances which he snatched at a bit but all was forgiven after the 80th minute strike.PositioningSturridge is exactly what the Reds have missed during his long absence; a striker willing to play off the last man and make runs across the opposition back line. His goal epitomised this, with Coutinho finding him in space as Sturridge remained on side before finishing emphatically. Having a recognised central striker could be crucial in Liverpool’s pursuit of a top four spot, as well as a first trophy for manager Rodgers.Team workHis hold up play was excellent in his brief spell, bringing Sterling and Coutinho into the game and winning free kicks in key areas. He acted as a focal point for the creative talent behind him which is exciting for the rest of the season, as Coutinho thrives off that kind of link up play.VerdictBrilliant. 153 days away and you would never have known. A super finish to cap a fine cameo and it might just be time for Liverpool fans to believe they have an end product to their promising build up play. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge celebrates against West Ham 1last_img read more

Waddle: Foreign ‘mercenaries’ are only in England for the money

first_img Dimitri Payet has told West Ham he no longer wants to play for the club 1 Chris Waddle has taken aim at foreign ‘mercenaries’ who come to England solely for the money.The former Tottenham and England attacker slammed the behaviour of West Ham rebel Dimitri Payet – who has gone on strike in a bid to force through a move to Marseille.And Waddles believes that many players, like Payet, come to the Premier League solely for the cash – and would play elsewhere if the money was better.Waddle told The Sun: “Foreign players come to England only for the money. I don’t believe they even like English football.“If every top league in Europe offered the same wages, 99 per cent of them would not choose England.“Be they from France, Spain, Italy or Brazil, they have no loyalty to England. They’re only here for their bank balance.“It’s not like a local kid who comes through the ranks and knows everything about his club and truly loves it like Mark Noble at West Ham or Harry Kane at Tottenham.”last_img read more

Diego Costa saga set to end as Chelsea ‘accept €60million offer for striker’

first_img Diego Costa is leaving Chelsea after two Premier League title wins 1 Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal to sign Diego Costa, according to reports in Spain.The striker has been angling for a return to the Spanish club after being told – allegedly via text message – that he was no longer part of Antonio Conte’s plans at Chelsea.Costa has refused to return to Chelsea this season after accusing the Blues of treating him like a ‘criminal’ and has been demanding they sell him to Atletico.Now he looks to have got his wish with Atletico understood to have had an offer worth around €60million [£53million] accepted by the Premier League champions.Diego Simeone’s side are currently banned from signing players after breaching FIFA rules regarding international transfers of players aged under 16.But the ban ends in January and Costa will officially make the move back to Atletico when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year, subject to a successful medical.The 28-year-old is expected to begin training with the LaLiga team immeditely despite the deal not becoming official until 2018.It will bring an end to a hugely successful Chelsea career for Costa, which saw him plunder 52 goals across three seasons and win two Premier League titles.last_img read more

Shaqiri to start? Liverpool predicted XI to face Wolves

first_imgSo that could see Shaqiri deployed in a deeper role, making competition for places in the midfield three even tougher.Klopp will wish he had the same level of depth in defence. The Reds are currently down to the bare bones with Joe Gomez (leg) and Joel Matip (collarbone) out until the New Year, while the Wolves game comes too soon for Trent Alexander-Arnold (foot). Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF 4 And James Milner, who can fill in at right-back, is a doubt with a hamstring injury.So, who will start at Molineux? Here is’s predicted line-up… 4 REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Has Xherdan Shaqiri done enough to start? 4 Jurgen Klopp has a selection headache in midfield Liverpool: Alisson; Clyne, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Shaqiri; Salah, Firmino, Mane Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY RANKED ADVICE no dice The competition for places in Liverpool’s midfield is growing increasingly tough ahead of the Friday night trip to Wolves.The Reds are looking to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points when they meet Nuno Espirito Santo’s in-form Wanderers. REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Latest Football News Jurgen Klopp is spoilt for choice in the middle of the park with Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Naby Keita, Georginio Wilnaldum and Fabinho all competing for places.Meanwhile, Xherdan Shaqiri will hope he’s done enough to earn a start after coming off the bench to score twice and down Manchester United on Sunday.There is very little wiggle room in Liverpool’s forward line with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah almost guaranteed to start when fit. 4 Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a foot injury against Napoli huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

Picture Special: Grand master Josie Murray honoured at special reception

first_imgDonegal man Josie Murray was honoured by the Glenties Municipal District of Donegal County Council at a special reception in Dungloe Public Services Centre yesterday, Tuesday May 9th.This special reception, hosted by Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey,  was held in recognition of Josie’s outstanding achievements in Martial Arts and the contribution he has made to Martial Arts in Donegal, in Ireland and at an international level.Josie is a grand master in Martial Arts from Keadue, Burtonport, who has represented Donegal and Ireland at the highest level in his sport and has won 9 World Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals and 1 Bronze medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 2001 to 2016. Josie Murray with his family at the special reception for Josie Murray in recognition of his achievement and contribution to Martial Arts in Donegal, Ireland and Internationally from left Dylan Murray, Stacey Lee Murray, Mrs. Murray, Michael Murray, Cahntel Louise Murray, Josie Murray, Cahrlene Murray, Dean Murray, Therese Murray, Margaret Murray, Majella Boyle Murray, Pauline Murray and Michael Boyle. Photo Clive WassonThese, and his many achievements were celebrated at the event yesterday, where he was joined by friends, colleagues and family, including his Mother Mrs. Murray, son Dean and wife Therese.Mrs Murray, Josie Murray, Cllr Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council , Anne Therese Campbell and Patrick Campbell at the special reception in recognition of Josie Murray achievement and contribution to Martial Arts in Donegal, Ireland and Internationally. Photo Clive WassonJosie Murray with Packie Molly from Dungloe Boxing Club and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Terence Slowey at the special reception in recognition of his achievement and contribution to Martial Arts in Donegal, Ireland and Internationally. Photo Clive WassonLieam O’Donnell and Jessie Purtell with Josie Murray at the special reception in recognition of his achievement and contribution to Martial Arts in Donegal, Ireland and Internationally. Photo Clive WassonJosie Murray at the special reception in recognition of his achievement and contribution to Martial Arts in Donegal, Ireland and Internationally with fron t from left Eamonn Brown, Donegal County Council, Therese Murray, Cllr Seamus O´Domhnaill, Dean Murray Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher, Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, Mrs Murray, Cllr John Seamais O Fearraigh and Cllr. Enda Bonner. Photo Clive WassonJosie Murray speaking at the special reception in recognition of his achievement and contribution to Martial Arts in Donegal, Ireland and Internationally. Photo Clive WassonTerence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council speaking at the special reception in recognition of Josie Murray achievements and contribution to Martial Arts in Donegal, Ireland and Internationally. Photo Clive WassonJosie started his Jiu-Jitsu training in Burtonport with Josie Kyles in Atemi Jiu-Jitsu. He then went to England and trained with the British Jiu-Jitsu Governing Body and quickly received his First Dan Black Belt under Richard Morris 10th Dan.Josie founded the Donegal Jiu-Jitsu Federation and Donegal Cobra Kai Kickboxing Club.The first Irish Cup was held 20 years ago and Josie has won it 5 times. Therese and Dean Murray at the special reception in recognition of Josie Murray achievement and contribution to Martial Arts in Donegal, Ireland and Internationally. Photo Clive WassonJosie Murray at the special reception in recognition of his achievement and contribution to Martial Arts in Donegal, Ireland and Internationally. Photo Clive WassonJosie Murray with his Mother Mrs. Murray, son Dean and wife Therese at the special reception for Josie Murray in recognition of his achievement and contribution to Martial Arts in Donegal, Ireland and Internationally. Photo Clive WassonJosie runs his own club in Letterkenny and Derry and also teaches children with autism and other disabilities and raises funds for many charities. Many students and teachers from all around the world come to train with Josie every year. Josie travels all over Ireland, Europe and America to give seminars and teaches his own style of Jiu-Jitsu called Empty Force Jiu-Jitsu.Josie is known all over the world for his dedication to his Art and has appeared on the front cover of 7 Martial Arts magazines and was Top Teacher within the United Nations of Jiu-Jitsu for 16 years. He has won the Donegal Sport Star Awards 3 times and was the first Donegal man to be inducted into the 14th Annual USA International Black Belt Hall of Fame.Josie also starred in a movie in L.A. California “Kill Factor” with Director Leo Fong, student and personal friend of Bruce Lee.Picture Special: Grand master Josie Murray honoured at special reception was last modified: May 10th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilJosie Murraymartial artsspecial receptionlast_img read more