Williams, Federer back in the thick of things

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP):For all their Grand Slam successes, Venus Williams and Roger Federer still find themselves surprised to be in the semi-finals at the Australian Open.Injuries, illness and advancing age can do that to the best of athletes, even 17-time major champion Federer and seven-time Grand Slam singles winner Williams, who has overcome an energy-sapping illness and is playing some of her best tennis since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011.”I have a lot to give, I have a lot to give to the game. I feel like I have a lot of great tennis in me,” Williams said when asked why she didn’t retire when diagnosed with the illness that also causes joint pain.”So anytime you feel that way, you continue. It’s just the excitement of having the opportunity to compete at my best level.”The 36-year-old Williams beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Tuesday, becoming the oldest player to reach the semi-finals at Melbourne Park in the Open era. She’ll next play Coco Vandeweghe, an American who beat French Open champion Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-0 in Tuesday’s other quarter-final match.It was a long time coming for Williams, who reached her 21st Grand Slam semi-final, but her first at the Australian Open in 14 years.The 35-year-old Federer, meanwhile, is back from a six-month injury layoff due to left knee surgery. On Tuesday, he had a 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 win over Mischa Zverev, the player who eliminated top-seeded Andy Murray from the tournament two nights earlier.Federer’s semi-final opponent will be Stan Wawrinka, who had his major breakthrough in Australia in 2014. Wawrinka beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-3.Federer won the first five games in 12 minutes, setting up a straightforward win to reach his 41st Grand Slam semi-final and his 13th at Melbourne Park.Only he didn’t expect to be anywhere near the semifinals.”Winning back-to-back matches in best-of-five sets against quality, great players, that’s been for me the big question mark, if I could do that so early in my comeback,” Federer said. “I felt I was always going to be dangerous on any given day in a match situation. But obviously as the tournament would progress, maybe I would fade away with energy.”I think now that I’m in the semis, feeling as good as I am, playing as good as I am, that’s a huge surprise to me.”last_img read more

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Late Ott goal rescues point for Azkals

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59PNP – Anti-Kidnapping Group rescue kidnapped Chinese, Vietnamese women02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES FILE PHOTO – Mike Ott. Photo by tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Ott struck in the 89th minute as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen early Wednesday to stay on top of Group F of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai first division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With four regular starters out due to injuries, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was forced to improvise with his lineup.JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane was a surprise starter at central defense in his Azkals debut, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Manny Ott’s absence meant Pika Minegishi was deployed up front with Phil Younghusband placed in an advanced role at midfield.The Azkals came out with more energy and vigor in the opening exchanges but the Yemenis’ speed on attack always posed a threat.Mike Ott forced a corner in the second minute with a deflected effort off a pass from Phil Younghusband.But other than that early opportunity, the Azkals were left wanting in the final third.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Tawfik Ali put Yemen in front with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.With a second straight draw against the Yemenis, the Azkals improved to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Tajiks are ahead of Yemen on goal difference after beating Nepal, 3-0, in Dushanbe for their second straight winWhile the result didn’t clinch the Azkals an Asian Cup berth, it could ultimately prove crucial as the Filipinos next face Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.A victory in the Nepalese capital will seal qualification for the Azkals with a game to spare as Yemen will still play Tajikistan in Dushanbe. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson As proven in last month’s 2-2 draw in Bacolod, the Yemenis were always quick to punish the Azkals for their mistakes.And it was an error from Dennis Villanueva that nearly handed the Yemenis the lead four minutes before the break.Villanueva sent his pass out of defense straight at Ala Al-Sasi who took a first time shot from 25 yards only to be denied by the crossbar. The follow up from Al-Matari was weak with Neil Etheridge quick to collect.The Azkals opened the second half with another half chance, but the ball from Ott to Younghusband inside the area was a tad too heavy.The woodwork rescued the Azkals for the second time in the 56th minute when Nabil Hazaea found space in the area and had Etheridge beaten. Two minutes later, Kane had to clear Ali’s header off a corner kick off the line.Yemen finally got its reward just three minutes after the hour mark when Ali poked the ball home after the ball ricocheted off Mulders inside the area.Needing a response, the Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Younghusband who took a touch for Mulders.Mike Ott did a fine job staying onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals summoned their never-say-die spirit to inch closer to a first Asian Cup appearance in 2019. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Folayang, Nguyen set friendship aside for ONE lightweight title bout View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

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How dare Minister Ally undermine that flag-raising event

first_imgDear Editor,The inner compass of all people usually directs the soul towards justice.  But what I have observed is that inner compass has been ossified in the men and women who dominate the decision-making process in the Granger Government. I can only arrive at such a conclusion after observing the vindictive nature of the actions of Amna Ally on this flag-raising ceremony at Corriverton. How more anti-democratic and anti-patriotic can these people become?In the national pledge, we all pledge to honour always the flag of Guyana. The greatest honour we can do to that flag is to raise it and raise it proudly from Point Playa to Crabwood Creek on every occasion that presents itself.  So how dare Amna Ally!  How dare her!For her education, Article 7 of the Guyana Constitution clearly states that “it is the duty of every citizen of Guyana to “respect the Guyana flag”. So how dare the General Secretary of the People’s National Congress (PNC) abuse her powers as a Minister of the State to disrespect the flag raising process.  The Mayor of Corriverton should have rejected this abuse of power and raise the flag come what may. The Police have no power to present a citizen from raising our Golden Arrowhead which is a right enshrined in our Constitution. So how dare them!It is a shame that the PNC and Amna Ally are so intolerant that they cannot bear the thought that this nation has to be shared. Not only the PNC has rights to this nation and its national symbols. These people have lost their moral compass and that moral right to lead this nation because they have become mentally corrupt in less than three short years.  But these political novices must understand that managing the affairs of the State require greater tolerance in order to navigate the chasms of being in Government that they will encounter along the way.This foolish path of not heeding that this is a land that is made up of more non-PNC supporters than there are PNC supporters in 2018, will cause them sink in the cesspit of political history, just like they sunk in 2006 when Corbin barely scraped one-third of the voters.  Wake up PNC boys and girls, Guyana is all “awee” own. Rule justly or even your own supporters will reject you soon.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

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Media urged to report suicide cases sensitively

first_imgWith suicide statistics showing Guyana as the country with the highest suicide rate, the Guyana Press Association (GPA) along with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and other pertinent ministries, met on Friday with the media to discuss how they can be sensitive in reporting cases of suicide.This falls under government’s efforts to significantly remove the label attached to Guyana, and it is believed that one of the major steps is urging the media to readjust the way they give detailed reports of suicides.President David Granger; Tourism and Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes; Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr Karen Cummings and PAHO/WHO Country Representative, Dr William Adu-Krow at the head table on FridayDuring the workshop, the media were involved in comprehensive sessions with a number of medical experts on how they can be more sensitive in their reporting, which researches show have an evident link to reduction in the cases.Speaking at the workshop, President of GPA Neil Marks cited that the media fraternity has been lambasted for being sensationalist and callous in how they report suicide.However, he added, this is so because the media operatives lack requisite training on how suicides should be reported it does not stimulate copycatting.“The fact that sometimes we do a terrible job is because we are untrained and we just don’t know how to do it. Hence the reason we are at the workshop is to be able to understand how we cover suicides.” Mark highlighted.Marks further stated that there will always be reporting of suicides within the media, but the most that can be done is to ensure operatives are educated in the area of how they present this information in the public domain.Meanwhile, Minister of Tourism and Public Telecommunications Cathy Hughes spoke of the vast effect that insensitive reporting by the media has on the tourism industry and the country as a whole.She emphasised specifically on images of gruesome crimes and suicide victims that have made its way to the front pages of newspapers in the country.Noting this, Hughes added that Guyana is marketed to the world in a negative light: “I’d like you to consider the image or the impression you have the power to create that impact directly on how this vast world with billions of people view this country and its people.” Hughes stated.Considering the effect on the tourism sector, the minister urged the media to join with government to promote Guyana as an attraction to the world by removing negative images from front pages of newspapers.“I want to remind you that we are working hard to make Guyana attractive so we can sell our country as a choice destination for the world’s tourists. I ask you to please keep the pictures of smashed up cars, dead bodies lying on roadways or the minute by minute recount of suicide victims’ last days alive, off the front pages.”Minister within the Ministry of Public Health also shared similar comments as Hughes, pointing out that statistics show Guyana as having a suicide rate of 42.2 per every hundred thousand citizens.She reiterated the urgency of the media recognising the need for considerate reporting of suicide cases.The workshop entailed a number of discussions with the media to shed light of their impact on the increase of suicide as the government aims to combat the societal ill.last_img read more

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Alternative Basic Education Youth Project Celebrated

first_imgMore than 300 youth participants, officials of the Ministry of Education (MoE) and guests yesterday gathered in Monrovia for ceremonies that marked nearly six years of achievements of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Advancing Youth Project (AYP).The project is implemented by the Education Development Center (EDC) in Liberia.Since 2011, the program has provided quality Alternative Basic Education (ABE), social and leadership development and livelihoods for thousands of Liberian youth and young adults.A release said that during the AYP close-out ceremonies expected to end today, EDC will highlight program achievements and the success stories of youths between the ages of 13 and 35 years – many of whom were out of school with low or no reading and math skills before entering the program.The release said graduates will share their personal stories of determination and perseverance and a ‘Learners Market’ will feature demonstrations of their new livelihood skills.The closing ceremonies will include remarks by the Minister of Education, George K. Werner, USAID Mission Director, Dr. Anthony Chan, EDC President and CEO, David Offensend, and EDC’s Chief of Party, Denise Clarke-Reeves.Advancing Youth is credited for a number of achievements including finalizing three levels of the ABE curricula to include science, social studies, literacy, numeracy, life skills, work readiness, and agro-enterprise skills; and developing Program Quality Standards for ABE.The program also enrolled more than 22,902 learners, of whom 70 percent are women, in 153 communities; delivering basic skills trainings.Learners become proficient in soap-making, food preservation, and basket weaving— to improve livelihoods.  The project involves procuring and distributing more than 340,000 textbooks, learner workbooks, facilitator manuals and supplementary reading materials; and establishing youth clubs with elected officers, of whom 74 percent are women.“It is heartening that this project has been able to contribute positively to expanding educational opportunities for Liberia’s out of school youth,” said Clarke-Reeves.“Moreover, we are proud of the partnerships with the MoE, local NGOs, training institutions, and communities themselves in making this possible,” she added.The release said the ongoing Advancing Youth-ABE activities will continue in several communities, and commended the MoE for its support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Gov’t Must Speedily Investigate Tartweh-Drapoh Forest Crisis’

first_imgSome victims of the Tartweh-Drapoh Community Forest dispute -LFMW says, wants violence instigators brought to bookThe Liberia National Police (LNP) and local authority in Sinoe County reportedly launched investigation into the contentious Tartweh-Drapoh community forest since a bloody episode that erupted in the community, but outcome of the probes remain elusive, a pro-forest advocacy and monitoring group has said.There were reports of bloody fracas in early May this year in Playsikan, the heart of the Community Forest that is situated in Kpayan Statutory District, in which there were exchanges of gun fire (single barrel guns) that led to bodily injuries and burning of houses from opposing towns and villages over the governance of the community forest.According to the Liberia Forest Media Watch, the government, especially the FDA has been dragging its feet since that grave forest incident. “We are calling the LNP and other stakeholders to speedily proceed with this investigation so we can know the people who plunge the community in that ugly situation,” the group said at a press conference in Monrovia on Thursday.The LFMW is a conglomeration of independent and investigative journalists covering natural resource sector with emphasis on forest related issues, ranging from commercial forestry, community developments and conservation.LFMW Coordinator, Moses Quollin noted that such action on the part of the government, to a greater extent, is undermining local and international efforts in sustainable forest governance and the fight against deforestation.The community and local authorities are divided between two logging companies, Atlantic Resources Limited (ARL) and Universal Forest Cooperation (UFC), a Korean logging company, both of which are seeking logging rights to the forest. It is being alleged that UFC is fueling the conflict due to the company’s ‘late’ involvement and application to harvest the Community Forest.Mr. Quollin said, “LFMW is concerned about the unabated conflict in the Tartweh Drapoh community forest since the beginning of this year that involves strategic local authorities with vested interests.”LFMW Coordinator, Moses QuolinHe said independent investigation done by LFMW consistently featured the names of county and district authorities as well as traditional leaders.“The issues in Tartweh Drapoh is purely influenced by selfish quests, mostly coming from politicians in and out of the government,” he said.Although the FDA halted all activities in the community pending investigation, the group Coordinator is frustrated that the government is yet to take concrete action to bring to book perpetrators of the shooting incident despite several inquiries from the disturbance.“Sadly, too, the FDA or the Ministry of Justice is yet to make public her findings from the investigation, if there was ever an investigation done as promised,” he noted.“All we have been hearing is barrage of allegations and counter allegations of bribery, incitement and violation of forest laws by former and current officials of the county,” he said.The reported involvement in the management of community forest, Mr. Quolin noted, is undermining the 2009 Community Rights Law (CRL), which gives communities the right to control, protect, manage and develop their forest resources without hindrances. The essence of community forestry is meant to promote decentralization and unite ordinary residents in fostering the developmental drives of their respective communities; a local ownership of forests.However, in the midst of unprecedented conflicts, and failure by government to penalize perpetrators of the shooting incident, there are efforts underway to remove the leadership of the Community Forestry Management Body (CFMB), sources have hinted the Daily Observer.But Quolin noted that the hastily removing the leadership of CFMB in the midst of impunity suggests something sinister, especially with the involvement of key decision makers of the county.“In our mind, removing the CFMB leadership who are in the middle of the controversies is an attempt to evade justice and give power to friendly allies for the protection,” he said.Also in the midst of these conflicts, there are reports that “heavy hands” are pushing for the signing of controversial third-party agreement (social agreement) with certain company. This is counterproductive to the growth and development of our country in terms of the sustainable management of our forestry sector for the benefit of all Liberians.As a pro-forest media advocacy group, the LFMW is calling for a complete halt to ongoing negotiations… be it new contracts for Tartweh-Drapoh forest, until all relevant means are exhausted and all parties are satisfied.The group also called on all appointed or elected government officials involved in the case to desist “as we call on government to commit to a conclusion of full investigation into the cause of the crisis,” he added.“Gone are the days of PUP—Private Use Permit, a system where, according to Global Witness’s ‘Power to the People’ report, rapacious logging companies took advantage of a complacent FDA to rob poor citizens and the country of millions of dollars. Liberia’s 42% of the Upper Guinea forests must benefit all Liberians, not a selfish few–pocketed by self-proclaimed investors, illegally hustling on the forests,” he concluded.Meanwhile, LFMW’s goal is to ensure the protection, preservation and judicious use of Liberia’s forest and its attendant resources for the benefits of present and future generation. The group was established early this year following intensive trainings in Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) conducted by Volunteers to Support International Developments in Africa (VOSIEDA), under the European Union Non-State Actors (EU-NSA) project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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More needs to be done to tackle corruption in Guyana – British High Commissioner

first_imgIn recent years, Guyana has seen a steady improvement in the Transparency International (TI) Corruptions Perception Index, but there is still much more that needs to be done to address the issues around perceptions of corruption and the ease of doing business.British High Commissioner to Guyana Gregory QuinnThis is according to British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, who during the 129th Annual General Meeting of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) on Monday, elaborated that while some progress is being made, Guyana is still behind many other countries in tackling corruption.“In 2012 the score was 28 out of 100. In 2018 it was 37 out of 100, sadly this was a 1-point drop on 2017, but TI noted that Guyana was one of the significant improvers overall. That puts Guyana in joint 93rd position (out of 180 countries measured) with the Gambia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mongolia and Panama… Only the Dominican Republic and Haiti in the Caribbean region are lower than Guyana,” the High Commissioner said.He stated that the average score for all countries was 43 and that anything below 50 indicates a failure to tackle corruption.More than two-thirds of the countries measured scored below 50.He explained that the Corruptions Perceptions Index evokes strong feelings among the business community and that while many find fault with the methodology and the results, the TI Index is globally accepted and looked at by investors who want to do business in a country.“So the Government, in cooperation with the Private Sector, must work together to continue to address this issue and to tackle corruption, wherever it is found, head on.This also feeds into the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business scores, whilst there were some improvements, Guyana dropped from 126 to 134 in the latest report published in October 2018.  That was extremely unfortunate and indicates that there is still much work to be done. Guyana is below the regional average,” the British High Commissioner posited.In addition, he explained that legislation in Guyana is an important topic that needs to be addressed where it is lacking. He went on to say that in the political climate that Guyana is now facing, it must be reiterated that the Constitution is the supreme law of Guyana.“It is not, however, my role to interpret that Constitution but what I will say is that the clock is ticking following the no-confidence vote in December.  A legal process is ongoing, I recognise that, but that clock has not been stayed. I, therefore, urge, indeed implore, the political leadership of this country to get together and agree [on] a constitutional way forward.”According to High Commissioner Quinn, it is imperative that this happens and that all political parties have a responsibility to act “honestly and truthfully” and to act for the betterment of every citizen.“If no way forward is found I fear there will be a further and more harmful impact on business and investment in Guyana.  None of us in this room want that…Politicians need to put the people first,” he added. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

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Body count in Myanmar crackdown hard to obtain

first_img“We do believe the death toll is higher than acknowledged by the government,” Shari Villarosa, the top U.S. diplomat in Myanmar, told The Associated Press Monday. “We are doing our best to get more precise, more detailed information, not only in terms of deaths but also arrests.” Villarosa said her staff had visited up to 15 monasteries around Yangon and every single one was empty. She put the number of arrested demonstrators – monks and civilians – in the thousands. “I know the monks are not in their monasteries,” she said. “Where are they? How many are dead? How many are arrested?” She said the true death toll may never be known in a Buddhist country where bodies are cremated. “We’re not going to find graves like they did in Yugoslavia … We have seen few dead bodies. The bodies are removed promptly. We don’t know where they are being taken,” Villarosa said. Dissident groups have been collecting accounts from witnesses and the families of victims, and investigating reports of dead bodies turning up at hospitals and cemeteries in and around Yangon. The U.S. Campaign For Burma, a Washington-based pro-democracy group, says more than 100 people were killed in downtown Yangon after truckloads of government troops fired automatic weapons last Thursday at thousands of demonstrators. It also claims that 100 students and parents were killed the same day at a high school in Tamwe, in northeastern Yangon, after troops shot at them as school let out. The Democratic Voice of Burma, a Norway-based dissident news organization, has received reports of soldiers burning protesters alive at the Yae Way cemetery crematorium on the outskirts of Yangon. The group also shot video Sunday of a dead monk, badly beaten and floating face down in a Yangon river. The Democratic Voice of Burma has put the death toll at 138, based on a list compiled by the 88 Student Generation, a pro-democracy group operating in Myanmar. The Democratic Voice of Burma also estimates that about 6,000 demonstrators – including at least 1,400 monks from seven now-empty monasteries – are being held at makeshift detention centers set up at universities, old factories and a race track in Yangon. There are already an estimated 1,100 political prisoners languishing in Myanmar’s jails. The military junta did not respond to AP requests for comment Monday. It is impossible to independently verify the death toll because Myanmar is virtually off-limits to journalists. Lars Bromley of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington said his agency has ordered up satellite images of four Myanmar cities, including Yangon, since the crackdown. He said satellite imagery – along with clear skies and exact locations from witnesses – could help locate massacre sites, and also give some sense of the military presence around cities and monasteries.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BANGKOK, Thailand – One hundred shot dead outside a Myanmar school. Activists burned alive at government crematoriums. A Buddhist monk floating face down in a river. After last week’s brutal crackdown by the military, horror stories are filling Myanmar blogs and dissident sites. But the tight security of the repressive regime makes it impossible to verify just how many people are dead, detained or missing. “There are huge difficulties. It’s a closed police state,” said David Mathieson, a consultant with Human Rights Watch in Thailand. “Many of the witnesses have been arrested and are being held in areas we don’t have access to. Other eyewitness are too afraid.” Authorities have acknowledged that government troops shot dead nine demonstrators and a Japanese cameraman in Yangon. But witness accounts range from several dozen deaths to as many as 200. last_img read more

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Forget Francis Coquelin! Arsenal MUST sign Chelsea-like star this summer

first_imgNiall Quinn says Arsenal must sign a world class defensive midfielder in the mould of Nemanja Matic if they are to have any chance of winning the Premier League next season.Francis Coquelin has been a revelation for the Gunners in the position policing the back four since returning from a loan spell at Championship side Charlton in December.But Quinn feels he is not at the level of his Chelsea rival Matic, and believes Arsene Wenger must make it his priority this summer to sign a top-class midfield enforcer if his side are to close the gap on the champions.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Arsenal striker said: “People have different opinions and talk about Arsenal getting a top class centre-half, getting meaner in front of goal. Personally, I can’t get away from what Chelsea are doing and what Arsenal need to do to close the gap when Chelsea have a player like Matic, who is sweeping up all the dangers that comes through midfield.“It is that one type of player Arsenal need. Arsene needs to sacrifice that free-flowing football he wants to play in midfield to have one player in there who can break up things in a way his players currently can’t do.“Coquelin came back on loan from Charlton at Christmas and looks to have been the best at that over the last few months, but I think there is room for a world class player in there who can really crank it up. If Matic played in the Arsenal side, how much better would they be?”last_img read more

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LAPD announces plan to map city’s Muslims is DOA

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre But the plan immediately came under attack as an attempt to racially profile Muslim residents and potentially set them up for special attention by police. Bratton said new efforts to work with the Muslim community will be undertaken in the future to establish a relationship. “I admit that I do not know a great deal about the American Muslim community,” Bratton said. “Not much of law enforcement does. This is a community where there is not a lot of criminality, and we do not come in contact with it.” But, he said, one of the things he learned is the importance placed by Muslims on being an American. “One of the things said to me during this session is that they chose to be an American, it was not a matter of chance of birth,” Bratton said. “What they said they appreciate about being American is the freedom from fear. “A lot of these people came from countries where the police were the terrorists. We don’t do that here. We do not want to spread fear. We want to deal with criminals.” Several Muslim leaders praised Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for responding to their concerns and changing the policy. “We are not criminals and we do not tolerate them,” said Maher Hatout of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. “If we saw someone breaking the law, if it was the chief himself, we would call the police at the drop of a pin.” Sadegh Namazikah of the Iranian-American Muslim Network also offered his thanks. “This is a good day to be an American, this is good day to be an Angeleno,” Namazikah said. Deputy Chief Mike Downing, who heads the LAPD’s Counter Terrorism Division that developed the program, said it was an effort to extend community policing. “My whole career is based on reaching out and community policing,” Downing said. “This is not what the community wanted, so we are dropping it.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Reversing itself after generating national controversy, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday that it is officially abandoning a program to map the city’s Muslim community. “In police parlance, it is DOA – dead on arrival,” Police Chief William Bratton said at a late-afternoon news conference at Parker Center after a more than two-hour closed-door meeting with religious and civil rights officials. “We police this city with the consent and cooperation of the community. We did not have that here, and we will not go forward with this program.” Police officials have maintained for the past week that the program – first outlined to Congress and disclosed last week – was an attempt to increase understanding between law enforcement and the 500,000 members of the Muslim community in Los Angeles. last_img read more

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