Tigers end poor run

first_img The Toffees appeared very much in control at half-time of the Barclays Premier League contest, going in a goal up thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s 34th-minute strike from a Kevin Mirallas cut-back. But Hull battled back after the break and were level in the 59th minute when Aluko, only just introduced to the action, got past Sylvain Distin and put a nice finish past Tim Howard at his near post. Tigers captain Michael Dawson was booked for upending Mirallas, who could only send the resulting free-kick into the arms of McGregor from a decent-looking position, before Jelavic completely miscued a header inside the opposite box. Despite being increasingly on top, Everton were still yet to really show a cutting edge, but when Mirallas lashed the ball across the box in the 33rd minute, a flick from Osman brought a diving save out of McGregor. And moments later, the deadlock was broken as Belgium internationals Mirallas and Lukaku combined for a goal once again, as they had done twice last week when they each scored against Wolfsburg in the Europa League. Luakaku nodded the ball on for Mirallas, who surged down the right, got the better of Dawson and provided the delivery from which his compatriot rifled home. It was a seventh goal of the season for Lukaku – Everton’s £28million club record summer signing – and his third in his last four games. The hosts’ efforts towards a second goal before the interval saw Muhamed Besic curl a shot wide and skipper Phil Jagielka miss with a header from a corner. Hull’s Mohamed Diame had a shot blocked shortly after the restart – but Everton were soon threatening again, this time Lukaku teeing up Mirallas, who tried a cheeky chip that just cleared the bar. Diame came off for Aluko, while Leighton Baines had to disappear down the tunnel briefly for treatment on what looked like a bloodied nose. Besic then looped a shot to McGregor, before Lukaku skewed off-target. Hull were level when Aluko – six minutes after his introduction – danced past Distin and beat Howard for his first goal since September 2013. Soon after, Everton fans had their hearts in their mouths as Jelavic directed a header narrowly wide. Martinez reacted by taking off Mirallas for Steven Pienaar and then Besic for Aiden McGeady – but Everton struggled to show any incisiveness as Hull dug in. Dawson blocking a shot from Lukaku in the box was the closest they came to retaking the lead, with the hosts continuing to be frustrated thereafter and eventually departing the field to boos from some Toffees supporters, who have now seen their team win only three of their last 10 home league matches. The Tigers’ ex-Everton frontman Nikica Jelavic headed just wide moments later, and the visitors then hung on doggedly for a draw that takes them out of the relegation zone, which they had slipped into on Tuesday night. Steve Bruce’s men are only up a place from 18th to 17th and are clear of the drop zone on goal difference alone, but they will surely take a considerable boost from getting this point on the board after losing their previous four games. Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez’s Everton, having failed to really spark, stay 11th, with the gap between them and fourth place now cut by one to seven points. Martinez’s only change from the 2-1 loss at Tottenham on Sunday – which had ended an eight-game unbeaten streak for the Merseysiders – saw Leon Osman replace Samuel Eto’o. Bruce made four adjustments, who dropped Hatem Ben Arfa from the squad completely after substituting him in the first half of Saturday’s 3-0 reverse at Manchester United. Stephen Quinn came in for Ben Arfa, with the other incoming personnel being Liam Rosenior, David Meyler and Tom Huddlestone. Following a subdued start to the game on a chilly night, Lukaku fashioned the first real attempt on goal just prior to the quarter-hour mark, turning and cracking a low effort from outside the box which Allan McGregor gathered. As Everton looked to create further opportunities, Lukaku received Gareth Barry’s pass in the area and prodded goalwards, seeing his shot hit Rosenior and referee Robert Madley dismiss his claims it had been a handball. Hull’s run of defeats came to an end as an equaliser from substitute Sone Aluko secured them a 1-1 draw at Everton. Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida man accused of exposing himself to woman at condo

first_imgThe victim told police that the suspect’s penis and buttock were completely exposed. When the man looked up at the victim he told her,  “This is what you do to me” and proceeded to walk over to a lounge chair and laid down on the chair. The suspect allegedly stated, “This is where you sit.” The suspect then allegedly lifted his legs and played with his penis and masturbated.The victim stated she screamed and called 911. She also told police she felt as though he was stalking her because he sat in the pool chair she regularly uses. The victim told police the suspect took a morning swim in the pool regularly.Police identified the suspect as 39-year-old Jousua Echezarreta, and he was arrested and charged with exposing sexual organs, loitering or prowling, resisting officer without violence, and stalking simple without threats. A Florida man is accused of exposing himself to a woman who was on her porch drinking her coffee.The Naples Police Department received a call from a woman who said a man was playing with his genitals at an area condo.The police report stated the victim lived on the second floor of the condominium, and her back porch overlooks the pool and the pool deck. The victim told police that she walked out to the porch and sat down to drink her coffee, when she saw a Hispanic male with no pants or underwear standing by the pool.last_img read more

Cameroon beat Ghana 2-0 to reach African Nations Cup final

first_img(REUTERS) – Cameroon reached the African Nations Cup final as a second-half goal from defender Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and a stoppage-time effort from Christian Bassogog secured a 2-0 win over Ghana in their last-four clash yesterday.Giant centre back Ngadeu-Ngadjui sneaked around the back of the Ghana defence from a free kick and took advantage of a mix-up to blast the ball home from close range in the 72nd minute.Bassogog caught Ghana on the counterattack as Cameroon added a second with virtually the last kick of the game to claim a place in Sunday’s final against Egypt in Libreville.Cameroon, who were beset by selection problems before the start of the tournament, profited from poor finishing by their more fancied opponents, who were making a sixth successive semi-final appearance, but are still without success since 1982.Ngadeu-Ngadjui, almost unknown in his own country less than a year ago, fired home from an acute angle after Ghana centre back John Boye got into a muddle with keeper Razak Brimah that allowed the ball to run through to the unmarked Cameroonian.The goal broke the deadlock in a lively affair and set up a grandstand finish as Ghana tried furiously to find an equaliser, forcing several corners as they desperately sought a way back.But as Ghana pressed forward they were always susceptible to the counterattack and Danish-based Bassogog steamed away three minutes into added time to wrap up Cameroon’s triumph.BRIGHT STARTCameroon started brightly and created good early chances, notably when defender Adolphe Teikeu forced full back Harrison Afful to clear off the line from an eighth minute corner.Robert Ndip Tambe hit a powerful effort from close range straight at the fortunate Brimah four minutes later to set the tone for a game littered with opportunities.Ghana had to wait until five minutes before halftime to get their first proper chance as Teikeu’s defensive slip allowed Jordan Ayew, who moved from Aston Villa to Swansea City at the start of the week, to strike just wide from an acute angle.The second half saw Ghana dominate the game as Andre Ayew cut his eye in a collision with goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa and Mubarak Wakaso forced a diving save with his swirling free kick.Thomas Partey and Jordan Ayew then went wide with shots before Ghana threw experienced captain Asamoah Gyan, injured last week, into the fray for a furious final quarter-hour.But Cameroon, who won the last of their four Nations Cup titles 15 years ago, managed to hold on for a place in their first final since Egypt beat them in Accra in 2008.Ghana will meet Burkina Faso in tomorrow’s third place playoff in Port Gentil.last_img read more

Mother of Man City boss Pep Guardiola dies after contracting coronavirus

first_imgWe are deeply saddened to learn the passing of Pep Guardiola’s mother Dolors Sala Carrió.Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this most difficult time. https://t.co/z4Y92JeW7z— Galatasaray EN (@Galatasaray) April 6, 2020 The mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has died after contracting coronavirus.The club announced 82-year-old Dolors Sala Carrió’s death on Monday in a tweet, adding that she had passed on in Manresa, Barcelona.The Manchester City family are devastated to report the death today of Pep’s mother Dolors Sala Carrió in Manresa, Barcelona after contracting Corona Virus. She was 82-years-old .— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 6, 2020“Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends,” City added in their tweet.Pep Guardiola with his mother DolorsThe death will come as a huge blow to Pep, who recently donated an amount of 1 million Euros to aid in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Spain.The amount from Guardiola was to assist a campaign being promoted by the Medical College of Barcelona and the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation after the former Barcelona manager worked with his lawyers on a funding plan.Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 6, 2020Medical and personal protective equipment would be procured for frontline health staff, a big boost for the efforts given a shortage of PPE equipment in various facilities across Europe.Guardiola was also part of the club’s ‘Cityzens At Home’ initiative, urging fans in a video to stay at home and to follow the advice of scientists, doctors and nurses.Spain is one of the hardest-hit countries from the pandemic, with over 135,000 confirmed cases and well over 13,000 deaths.There has been an increase in the fatality count by 637 from Sunday.Catalonia, where Dolors died is one of the epicentres of the disease in Spain with over 26,000 confirmed cases with 2,637 deaths.The response from the world of football following the announcement of Dolors’ death has been massive with various clubs tweeting their condolences.Everyone at the club sends their deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with Pep and his family at this time. 💙#BHAFC 🔵⚪️— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) April 6, 2020 Everyone at Spurs sends their deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with Pep and his family at this time 💙— Tottenham Hotspur (at 🏡) (@SpursOfficial) April 6, 2020center_img Everyone at Manchester United is saddened to hear this terrible news. We send our heartfelt condolences to Pep and his family. #ACityUnited https://t.co/vN3impeJy4— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 6, 2020last_img read more

Women’s League lauds YEA’s decision to enroll female players unto program

first_imgThe Chairperson of the Ghana women’s league, Hillary Boateng has lauded the Youth Employment Agency’s decision to enroll 500 players from the women’s league unto its Youth in Sports Program.The program which is an initiative of the Government of Ghana through the YEA, will provide the players with a monthly stipend of GHC500.00 for six months beginning this month.And Boateng says this couldn’t have come at a better time.“I think to say this is exciting news is an understatement; this couldn’t have come at a much better time, this is amazing for the clubs because apart from the clubs associated with security like Immigration, Police ladies and Prison ladies who we know go on to give the players work or employment, and subsequently pay them as well,” Boateng made these comments in an interview with Citi Sports.“Most of the clubs feed on the little that they are probably given by their bank rollers and are not put on a structured pay cycle, so I think this will definitely go a long way to support the clubs and the players in particular every month, at least now they will look forward to salaries being paid them even though it’s for six months,” Boateng concluded.The National Women’s League had concluded the first round and was set to resume the second round when football activities were suspended in the country on March 15.last_img read more

Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo: There isn’t one guy who can stop me

first_img NBA wrap: Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks to win over Pacers Giannis Antetokounmpo doesn’t think there’s any single player in the NBA who can stop him.The Bucks forward was asked after Milwaukee’s 106-97 victory over Indiana on Wednesday about matching up against Pacers forward Thad Young. A reporter indicated Young has a reputation around Indiana “as a guy who could slow” Antetokounmpo. But the Bucks star wasn’t buying it.  “It’s going to be a whole team effort. They’ve got to load, they’ve got to double-team me. When I get to the paint, three guys swarm at me. That’s the only way. They’ve got to all work together to stop me from making plays — not getting points, from making plays. But he’s a great defensive guy.” Related News After the game, Giannis was asked this question:”Did you enjoy your matchup with Thad Young? Around here in Indiana there were some games where he had some good games against you, got a reputation as a guy who could slow you down.”His response: pic.twitter.com/edAYGdTf6O— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) February 14, 2019Young and the Pacers couldn’t stop Antetokounmpo from notching a triple-double Wednesday. Antetokounmpo had 33 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists while shooting 12 of 22 from the field. On the other side of the court, Indianapolis’ highest scorer was Bojan Bogdanovic, who had 20 points with six rebounds and three assists. The Bucks improved to 43-14 to remain atop of Eastern Conference heading to the All-Star break, while the Pacers fell to 38-20 and are sitting third in the East. “Oh, come on, man. Thaddeus Young, he’s a great guy, first of all,” Antetokounmpo said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Amazing player, amazing teammate, plays hard. At the end of the day, I’m not trying to sound arrogant and cocky because that’s not who I am, but I don’t think there’s one guy that can stop me.last_img read more

NFL free agency news: Bears sign Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to 1-year deal

first_imgHa Ha Clinton-Dix is heading back to the NFC North, but this time to Chicago.The Bears announced Thursday they have signed the safety to a one-year contract. According to NFL Media, the deal is worth $3.5 million..@haha_cd6 is a Chicago Bear.📰: https://t.co/3JD6tKD52d pic.twitter.com/oEA5o9kl7S— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 14, 2019Clinton-Dix will fill the void left by fellow safety Adrian Amos, who recently signed with the Packers. Clinton-Dix, 26 was selected by the Packers with the No. 21 overall pick of the 2014 draft and remained in Green Bay until he was traded to the Redskins in October in exchange for a fourth-round pick.He has appeared in 84 career games with 74 starts, totaling 456 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 14 interceptions and 28 passes defended.last_img read more

Folau claims record third John Eales Medal

first_imgFolau has topped the medal count, which is voted on by players on a 3-2-1 basis after each Test from Spring Tour to the final Bledisloe, for the third time in just five seasons in rugby, finishing with 260 votes, ahead of Kurtley Beale (166), Bernard Foley (146), Michael Hooper (142) and Sean McMahon (129)The fullback, who is set to go on sabbatical after this weekend’s Barbarians clash, was one of just four players to have won it twice before this season – alongwith George Smith, Nathan Sharpe and current skipper Michael Hooper.Folau comes off contract at the end of 2018 and has now won a Super Rugby title, played in a World Cup and won three top individual gongs, but he still feels there’s more to give.”Winning a Bledisloe – that’s something that stands out, that loss that we had to the All Blacks in the World Cup was disappointing,” he said.”So those things it’d be nice to tick those boxes but in terms of personal goals and that, I’m happy with how things have gone.”I’m never satisfied, it’s always about the team and how we can improve and move forward and get better.”Folau trailed flanker David Pocock at the end of the Spring Tour, before a sensational June Series, that included three consecutive doubles for the 28-year-old, put him in front.Beale’s sensational season since returning from England had him right in the reckoning, with the inside back finishing second despite missing half the Test year.”I didn’t expect it,””(Michael Hooper) is always a standout for me, he does all the hard work and I think a lot of people don’t realise the work that he puts in week in, week out.”I guess I’m a little bit lucky in the sense that KB (Beale) didn’t participate in the Spring Tour last year.”For me it’s been special to receive this award and be recognised by the guys that you go out with and play alongside, that’s something that I’m very humbled by and you can’t really describe it with words.”Hooper took the fan’s choice Wallaby of the Year, going back-to-back with that gong, while 2017 debutant Ned Hanigan was crowned the Rookie of the Year, ahead of Wallaroos’ Millie Boyle, Aussie Sevens’ Lachie Anderson and fellow Test debutant Izack Rodda.Chloe Dalton and James Stannard were named the Shawn Mackay Award winners after standout seasons in transition years for both sides.Liam Wright, a surprise call-up into the Wallabies squad this week, was named the U20s player of the year, beating out Wallabies debutant Jordan Uelese for that prize.Rebels backrower Amanaki Mafi topped the Super Rugby Player of the Year voting, in an award dominated by forwards, besting nominees Adam Coleman and Allan Alaalatoa. Joe Powell’s try that lit up the Brumbies clash against the Hurricanes was handed try of the year.AWARD WINNERSJohn Eales Medal standingsIsrael Folau  – 260Kurtley Beale – 166Bernard Foley- 146Michael Hooper – 142Sean McMahon – 129Tevita Kuridrani  – 111David Pocock – 107Reece Hodge – 91Dane Haylett-Petty – 86Jack Dempsey – 76Shawn Mackay Women’s Sevens Player of the YearChloe Daltonlast_img read more

Sport: PNG to face Afghanistan in World Twenty20 playoff

first_imgAfghanistan get another life after losing to Hong Kong by five wickets overnight.Hong Kong scored 16 runs off the last five balls to surpass the Afghan total of 161 for 7.The Netherlands have also advanced to next year’s global event, beating Namibia by four wickets.PNG will be hoping to go one step better after missing out at the final hurdle two years ago.last_img

A ‘Balgobin’ at GPL means a company without vision

first_imgDear Editor,Permit me to express my concern, as an ex-employee, over the issue of abuse of power relative to discriminatory and corruption practices in GPL Inc. There has been outright and open corruption by a certain network of individuals within the GPL staff structure who have been placed to manage the affairs and develop the company’s economic contributions to the country.I have seen privileges given to some individuals in GPL Inc to manage the affairs of this company being misused and abused, creating dynasties of malfeasants. Some have enriched themselves and their cronies and in turn, neglected the very employees who are the pillars to satisfying the daily operations of the company.Many of these employees are now saddled with fear of victimisation and discrimination should they resist the tyrannical behaviours of many of the Executive Directors and some Senior and Junior Managers of this company called GPL Inc. In my opinion, it’s frustrating to experience these repeated behaviours and nothing being done to alleviate the biases and abuse of authority of some Senior Management officials of GPL Inc (surprisingly much of these behaviours are perpetuated from the Human Resources Divisional Heads, enabled by Senior Managers in the very structure).Employees with the right aptitude, initiative, drive, commitment, dedication, honesty, integrity, loyalty and those who are deserving of jobs are not recognised or selected due to displayed nepotism and coupled with unethical labour practices. Up to recent times, we see competent employees with years of experience and qualifications being left out of interviews, just to fuel senior officers’ quest for power, nepotism and cronyism.GPL Inc is ever so often under intense scrutiny and is perceived by the general public as always ready to entertain corrupt practices. Over the years, many of the management and non-management employees have lost sight and focus on their primary jobs and have resorted to unethical and counter-productive performance behaviours in ways unheard of and unprecedented; which has led to inefficiencies in the company.It is time to analyse all that is happening in GPL Inc as we hold the key to our rise in glory or our fall in utter despair.There must be a renewed and objective approach by the Board of Directors and to some extension, the Minister with responsibility for the electricity sector, to rapidly come up with solutions to the overwhelming problems plaguing this company’s inept leadership, incompetence, poor decision-making/accountability, lack of vision, counter-productive and unethical work practices as these solutions are vital in the development of GPL Inc and the country.Furthermore, I am sure that there are employees within the company and some stakeholders who wish to see GPL Inc flourish and not diminish with corrupt, unethical behaviours, incompetence, poor leadership and decision-making/accountability. All this will put GPL Inc in good standing.For this to happen, we must first put, without a doubt, in our minds, the right persons, processes, and systems in place to run the company and not run it down the drain. The Board of Directors should seek to ensure that the right individuals with the right mindset who are willing and able to get the job done exactly how it should be done are employed and placed within the right areas of the company’s management structure.It’s time for eyes to be wide open and stop being fooled, we must analyse the strategic direction and obligations of GPL Inc and see if the principles of maximising the company’s performance are moving in upward mobility or downward mobility or if they are moving opposite of each other. The ideal outcome is that the company is lifted.In conclusion, there must be a stop to the many company officials who choose to mismanage and haemorrhage the resources of the company and at the same time victimise and discriminate against employees who are not willing to participate in the mediocre and repulsive performance behaviours.I recommend the restructuring of the staff hierarchy to carefully place the right individuals with the right mindset and qualifications to maximise GPL’s performance in the right direction that is beneficial to the greater population rather than focusing on personal gains. A true focus on true development of GPL Inc is necessary right now and not the lackadaisical work being done by so many individuals within the company. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and should the Board of Directors fail to plan then consequently, there will be a plan to fail.Sincerely yours,An ex-employeelast_img read more