Szczesny faces £20,000 fine for smoking

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, January 7 – Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is facing a reported £20,000 fine for smoking in the showers after the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day. The 24-year-old Poland goalkeeper is alleged to have left his manager Arsène Wenger furious when he lit up following the defeat at St Mary’s in which Szczesny endured a torrid match, at fault for both of Southampton’s goals.Former Arsenal midfielder John Jensen has subsequently alleged that Szczesny has suffered a major falling-out with Wenger and would not feature for the London club again this season – a claim denied by Arsenal.Szczesny was absent for the FA Cup third round victory over Hull, in which David Ospina started, and while that might have always been Wenger’s intention, it remains to be seen whether Szczesny will feature in the Premier League against Stoke on Sunday.Wenger has encountered similar problems with members of his squad before and has previously publicly reprimanded Jack Wilshere for smoking, saying: “I disagree completely with that behaviour. When you are a football player you are an example and you don’t do what damages your health.”Following that talking to in October 2013, Wilshere was again photographed smoking while on holiday in Las Vegas last summer but on that occasion Wenger’s response was more measured.He said: “I am not deeply concerned by it but I just want to know what happened.”-material compiled from the guardian-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Palace dump Wanyama’s Saints out of FA

first_img0Shares0000SOUTHAMPTON, January 24 – Marouane Chamakh scored two goals on his return to action as Crystal Palace twice came from behind to knock Premier League rivals Southampton out of the FA Cup with a 3-2 fourth-round win at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. Victory saw Palace make it four wins in a row in all competitions since manager Alan Pardew, who played in the Eagles side that lost the 1990 FA Cup final, arrived from Newcastle to take charge of the south London club.All five goals came in a see-saw first half, with four in 21 minutes leaving the match all square at 2-2 before Morocco striker Chamakh, back from six weeks out with a hamstring injury, grabbed his second of the game to make it 3-2 to visitors Palace.Graziano Pelle put the Saints, FA Cup winners in 1976 and losing finalists in 2003, ahead in the ninth minute only for Chamakh to equalise two minutes later.Scott Dann’s 16th-minute own-goal restored Southampton’s lead but Palace were soon level again courtesy of recent loan signing Yaya Sanogo’s first goal for the club and before the break Chamakh put the Eagles in front.South coast side Southampton, third in the English top flight, kicked off 19 points in front of a Palace side rejuvenated under former Saints boss Pardew.Southampton who beat Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park when the teams last met on December 26, took the lead with their first attack.Palace failed to clear a corner and Italy striker Pelle seized on the loose ball to make it 1-0.However, the Eagles were quickly back on level terms when, after a swift counter-attack, Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster failed to hold Sanogo’s shot and former Arsenal striker Chamakh followed up to score.But Ronald Koeman’s Southampton restored their lead in the 16th minute with Palace central defender Dann, who scored twice in the third-round win over non-league Dover, turning Ryan Bertrand’s cross into his own net.The game’s fourth goal arrived in the 21st minute when Wilfried Zaha played in French striker Sanogo, on loan from Arsenal, who scored his first Palace goal courtesy of a deflected shot.Relative calm ensued before, in the 39th minute, Chamakh gave Palace the lead for the first time in the match when he chested down a diagonal ball, rounded Forster and eased the ball into the net.Following such a breathless first half, the second period failed to produce a goal and Palace advanced into the last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Alaska Highway closed between Fort St. John and Dawson Creek

first_imgAt this point, Drive BC says there’s no estimated time for the highway to reopen. This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once more information becomes available. — YRB North Peace Ltd (@YRBNorthPeace) February 13, 2018According to Drive BC, the debris has the highway closed in both directions near the Farmington Store, roughly 25 kilometres north of Dawson Creek.CLOSED – #BCHwy97 25 KM north of junction with #BCHwy2 in #DawsonsCreek due to debris on road. No estimated time of opening. More details here:— DriveBC NE (@DriveBC_NE) February 13, 2018Advertisement UPDATE #3 as of 9:15 a.m. – The highway is open to single lane alternating traffic.UPDATE #2: DriveBC estimates that the Alaska Highway will be reopened in both directions at 9:00 a.m.UPDATE: According to motorists travelling the Alaska Highway this morning, last night’s wind storm caused snow drifts several feet high to cover the highway surface in some spots. A detour around the incident is available via the 245 Road near the Kiskatinaw River Bridge and the Parkland Road.- Advertisement –A map of the detour route around the crash near the Farmington Store.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Alaska Highway is closed between Fort St. John and Dawson Creek because of debris on the highway.Heavy winds and warm weather has caused large amounts of drifting in the area. Take caution when driving through drifts as they may be harder than you think. Give your self extra time on your morning commute. #YXJAdvertisementlast_img read more

Greuel wants new traffic calculations

first_img“We have a suspicion that the number of trips generated in this city may be higher than the national average,” Goldberg said. “We may be doing an inadequate amount of mitigation.” In San Diego, where Goldberg served as planning director before coming to L.A., the city assumes a new shopping center will generate 70-100 vehicle trips per 1,000 square feet. The national averages L.A. uses predict about 43 vehicle trips per 1,000 square feet. DOT General Manager Gloria Jeff said her staff could create a model capable of estimating the traffic impacts from projects in places as diverse as Westwood and Studio City. But that could cost several million dollars to model, and Jeff couldn’t promise L.A. projections would be that different anyway. “We don’t know if by having L.A.-unique numbers that these will be any more accurate or significant than the numbers we’ve been using,” she said. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Traffic improvements are not cheap. It’s really about money and how to make sure we have the resources to mitigate problems.” Traffic is one of the major reasons Angelenos oppose new development. Any new project adds cars to already clogged streets, and residents have argued that many developers get away with only modest transportation improvements. “Clearly what they do isn’t working. That’s why we’re sitting in traffic. The process is flawed,” said Ellen Vukovich of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, who has clashed with the DOT over traffic projections from proposed projects. “You have no way of knowing how the developer, how the city or how the traffic experts do these counts.” Planning General Manager Gail Goldberg hopes new, more accurate traffic projections will help give the planning process more credibility and address concerns that development is overburdening neighborhoods. Suspicious that new residential and commercial projects in Los Angeles are creating more traffic than developers and city staffers had predicted, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel wants the city to set new traffic calculations that will generate more money to help fix congestion. Now, the Department of Transportation uses national averages to estimate traffic from proposed projects. Then, developers must make improvements themselves, adding traffic signals and turn lanes, or cut a check to cover the cost of mitigation, including public transit or freeway ramps. But in car-crazy L.A., new supermarkets, big-box stores and high-rise condo projects could create more vehicle trips than similar projects in Miami or Phoenix, Greuel said. “We must acknowledge that increased density increases congestion,” said Greuel, who is introducing a motion today asking the DOT to study whether L.A. needs its own formulas for estimating traffic from new projects. last_img read more

Roy Hodgson lauds duo after England’s 3-2 victory in Slovenia

first_img1 England manager Roy Hodgson lauded captain Wayne Rooney and midfielder Jack Wilshere after the duo combined to secure a 3-2 victory over Slovenia in Ljubljana.Wilshere grabbed his first two England goals – both sumptuous strikes – before Rooney grabbed a late winner to maintain the Three Lions’ 100 per cent Euro 2016 qualifying record in Group E.Rooney had spurned several gilt-edged opportunities as he closes on Sir Bobby Charlton’s international goalscoring record, but Hodgson insists his captain still illustrated has vital importance to the side.“Wayne Rooney’s performance says a lot of things about him as a man,” said the England manager.“Just before he took that chance [the winning goal] he took a nasty blow from an elbow, which could have decked many a player and led to him losing his discipline. It didn’t and he got up.“He had one or two chances that had gone begging, but when the ball fell to him he still stuck it away with aplomb.“We can rely on that man. I’d have liked him to get a hat-trick today so all the talk of the record would be finished, but he has plenty of time.”Wilshere’s emphatic second goal of the game capped a fine team move involving Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, but Hodgson refused to admit if the strike was the best of his three years in charge.The 67-year added: “It’s always the last one which excites me the most. I’d have to have all the goals put before me [to make a decision].“I remember Andy Carroll’s bullet header [in Euro 2012], but I’m very happy with Jack, the goals he’s scored and his performance. His whole performance was quality.“In the second half, he was controlling that midfield. It was a performance we’ve seen from him for a while now.”WATCH WILSHERE AND ROONEY DOWN SLOVENIA HERE Wayne Rooney and Jack Wilshere last_img read more

Watch howler from MK Dons goalkeeper to gift Liverpool goal in Carabao Cup

first_img Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Sky Sports MK Dons goalkeeper Stuart Moore will quickly want to forget the costly error he made to allow James Milner to score for Liverpool at Stadium MK.The League One side had caused a few problems for the Champions League holders in the first half of their Carabao Cup third round clash on Wednesday. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas A moment to forget for MK Dons ‘keeper Stuart Moore! 🙈James Milner puts Liverpool ahead with his first League Cup goal since 2⃣0⃣1⃣0⃣!Watch MK Dons v Liverpool live on Sky Sports Football now or follow:— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 25, 2019It was veteran Milner who would put the Reds ahead five minutes before half-time, though, thanks to the mistake from Moore.His shot from the edge of the area was straight at the goalkeeper who looked set to easily gather the ball.But the ball slipped right through his hands, hit his chest, and went into the corner as he scrambled to try and prevent it going in. stalemate statement It was a moment to forget for the 25-year-old goalkeeper but manager Paul Tisdale would have been pleased with their efforts against the Premier League club.MK Dons kept it tight against a youthful Liverpool side with Jurgen Klopp handing out debuts and game time to their fringe players. appointed BIG PRESENTS UP TOP center_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS rookie error targets Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Stuart Moore tries to stop the ball from going in the net Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Their best chance came when Conor McGrandles fired over the bar from close range when he looked certain to score.Liverpool also had opportunities with 16-year-old debutant Harvey Elliott hitting the crossbar from six yards out infront of an open goal. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more on target latest 1last_img read more

DOT Truck Flips in Greene County

first_imgPolice say there was about 2 inches of snow on the roadway when the accident happened.Laughlin was trapped inside the truck from the seatbelt, but had was not injured.The truck did dump its load of salt when it flipped.Assisting at the scene were personnel from the Greene County Ambulance Services and Center Township Fire Department. An Indiana Department of Transportation snow plow truck overturned on State Road 45 early this morning.According to a Greene County Police report, 58-year-old Rickey Laughlin, of Odon, was traveling north on State Road 45 plowing the roadway when the INDOT owned 2003 Ford Sterling truck overturned near the intersection of Dotson Road about 12:19 a.m., this morning.last_img read more

‘I’ll call you’ – Nelson Mandela

first_img2 June 2004Nelson Mandela may have retired as president of South Africa more than five years ago, but the world’s most famous octogenarian has maintained a work rate that few men half his age could have kept up with, campaigning globally for peace, children and the fight against HIV/Aids in particular.Now, finally, Mandela has officially retired from public life – or retired from retirement, as he told invited guests and journalists at his Johannesburg home on Tuesday.His parting gift – a R1-billion endowment to South Africa, to be raised over the next five years by the three charitable organisations that bear his name: the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Rhodes Foundation.Mandela, who turns 86 on 18 July, said the rest would give him the chance to spend time with family and friends, to read more and to reflect on life.Quiet reflection“One of the things that made me long to be back in prison was that I had so little opportunity for reading, thinking and quiet reflection after my release”, Mandela said. “And of course, there are those memoirs about the presidential years that now really need my urgent attention.“I am turning 86 in a few weeks’ time, and that’s a longer life than most people are granted,” Mandela said. “I have had blessings of being in very good health, at least according to my doctors.“I am confident that nobody present here today will accuse me of selfishness if I ask to spend time, while I am still in good health, with my family, my friends – and also with myself.”Madiba said that while he did not intend to hide away totally from the public, he wanted to be in a position “of calling you to ask whether I would be welcome, rather than being called upon to do things and participate in events.“My appeal therefore is: Don’t call me, I will call you,” he said.That did not mean “our generous business community” should feel disappointed, Mandela joked. “I shall not totally forget you. When I notice a worthy cause that needs your support, I shall certainly call you.”EndowmentJohn Samuel, chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, told The Star that the three Mandela legacy organisations aimed to raise the R1-billion endowment – to be used to uplift the lives of South Africans – over the next five years.The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund has already raised an endowment of R250-million, Samuel said. The Nelson Mandela Foundation had set itself the target of raising R500- million, while the Nelson Mandela Rhodes Foundation was also targeting R250-million.“The leadership of what we call the three Mandela legacy organisations are present here today as proof and assurance that our work will continue,” Mandela said, “perhaps in an even more focused way now that the attention shifts from the individual to the organisations.”Mandela said he was satisfied that the three “independent but interlinked legacy organisations . are in full alignment with one another, each charged to giving expression to a specific aspect of human development.“I hope that you all will be as excited as I am about what will be achieved by these three highly functional and well-organised bodies working in our name. I hope you will also get a clear picture of how much care and thought have gone into aligning these structures and preparing them for playing a major role in South Africa and Africa for many years to come.”Mandela said he would spend his retirement at his homes in Mozambique, his birthplace Qunu in the Eastern Cape, Johannesburg and Limpopo – where, according to his personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, he will soon be going to continue work on his book.“We trust that people will understand our considerations and will grant us the opportunity for a much quieter life,” Mandela said.“Thank for being kind to an old man – allowing him to take a rest, even if many of you may feel that after loafing somewhere on an island and other places for 27 years, the rest is not really deserved.”Update, June 2013: The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory is now responsible for carrying out the core work of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The centre focuses on three areas – the life of Nelson Mandela, dialogue for social justice, and Nelson Mandela International Day. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Mandela Rhodes Foundation are still sister organisations. Other institutions that have a stake in Mandela’s legacy include the 46664 Campaign, the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, the Nelson Mandela Museum and the Robben Island Museum.WebsitesNelson Mandela Centre of MemoryNelson Mandela Children’s FundMandela Rhodes Foundation46664 CampaignNelson Mandela Children’s HospitalNelson Mandela MuseumRobben Island MuseumSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

US-Irish housing firm invests in SA

first_img22 January 2007International Housing Solutions, a joint venture between MuniMae of the US and Irish property group Howard Eurocape, has opened its head office for Africa in Rosebank, Johannesburg and plans to invest in affordable housing development across South Africa.With extensive experience in financing affordable housing around the world, International Housing Solutions (IHS) “aims to bring foreign capital and expertise to South Africa to boost the supply of urgently needed quality, yet affordable, housing for low- and moderate-income households,” the company said in a statement this month.Elize Stroebel, who will head up IHS’s operations in SA, said IHS had conducted extensive research into the South African market.“Figures from the SA Banking Association show a growing demand for housing which local financial institutions and developers are unable to meet, causing the current housing deficit to grow by about 180 000 units each year,” Stroebel said in the statement.“Although the government has subsidised the construction of some 2.2-million homes in SA since 1994, a further 2.4-million homes are needed, an October 2006 report from the National Treasury revealed.“Short-term finance has proved to be a major stumbling block in the construction of more of these houses. Initially, IHS aims to help finance homes for households earning between R3 500 and R8 200 per month.”Soula Proxenos, IHS managing director Africa and UK, said IHS would draw on capital from different sources worldwide to help make home ownership and formal rental more affordable in SA.“We believe in public-private partnerships, and our experience in the US and other markets is that government and the private sector can be much more effective in partnership than alone. We also believe in partnering with local and international financial institutions.“We are in the process of establishing many of these relationships in South Africa,” Proxenos said. “IHS will fund the development of both rental and for-sale affordable housing communities by organising international debt and equity financing.According to Proxenos, IHS’s two parent companies bring with them “a wealth of experience in affordable housing finance and regeneration development … Howard Eurocape has property holdings under management and development worth over €2-billion in Ireland, the UK, Europe and South Africa, including the well known Mandela Rhodes Place in downtown Cape Town.”MuniMae, she said, was one of the largest sponsors of affordable housing investments in the US, with a portfolio of more than US$18-billion of assets under reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more