Shaban Lubega; My Premier League top six for 2018/19

first_img Tags: premier leaguetop The 2018/19 Premier League season promises to be yet another thrilling marathon like every upcoming campaign of the most loved and watched league in the world.City come into the season as defending champions but no team has successfully defended their crown since Manchester United did so in 2009. Many think that Liverpool pose the biggest threat towards Pep’s side but United, Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal will be fancying their chances too.Unlike in the past, the transfer window shuts before the first game of the season and i make my submission with just over 24 hours to its close.Champions – Manchester City.Yes like i mentioned earlier, no side has won back to back Premier League titles since United won three in a row between 07 and 09 but i am tipping City to go one better than all the previous nine winners.There has not been too much transfer activity going on at the Etihad this summer and apart from record signing, Riyad Mahrez, City has not made any other major acquisition but how does one improve such a squad that made history last season? Clear not even the best manager could tinker with it.At the close of last season, i thought Pep needed another Centre half but with captain Vincent Kompany looking in good shape and John Stones having a descent World cup, buying another defender would only destabilize the set up that still has last season’s best defender in Nicholas Otamendi and a certain Aymeric Larporte who is yet to find his feet in the English game. The purchase of Algerian star, Mahrez only adds options to arguably the best attack in the league as they still have the core that win them the title last season.City may not win it by 100 points like they did last season but to me, the serial winner in Pep will have enough in his armory to ensure his side doesn’t get complement and win a second league crown on the trot.2- Liverpool. It would be absurd to think Liverpool has not improved both their first team and squad this off season. Jurgen Klopp will be feeling the pressure that comes with spending big but it is worth the risk if he is to win his maiden silver ware at Merseyside.The acquisition of Brazilian goalkeeper Alison Remses Becker looks set to end their shot-stopping issues that have existed for almost an eternity and solves the puzzle at the back. When you go back to Van Dirk’s arrival in January, the team looked a whole lot organised at the back but still let in cheap goals that i think, had they not slipped in, Liverpool would have finished in the top two.They now have a keeper capable of winning 7-10 points for them and adding the tally that will be achieved by the devastating trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and last season’s top scorer- Muhammad Salah at the other end, they will be a force to reckon with.Lets not forget that they have also brought in Brazilian enforcer, Fabinho and Naby Keita to improve their midfield that looked out of sorts at times last season. The two may not be big names but their abilities clearly fit into Klopp’s style of play and will clearly add value to the team.For Xhaden Shaqiri, he is more of an option in attack but imagine him coming on against a mid-table side with Liverpool drawing. He will clearly add an extra dimension upfront with his direct running and bang, may be the Reds will win half of the games they drew away to such teams last season, points that will help them challenge City this upcoming season but end up finishing second.3- Chelsea. The Blues have had a frustrating summer as more of their stars are linked with moves away from the Bridge than them purchasing others. Mauricio Sarri replaced Antonio Conte after last season’s disappointing 5th place finish and joining him as the major signing is Brazilian-Italian, Jorginho. What Jorginho brings to the team is the deep-laying play-maker that has eluded Chelsea for a while and with Fabregas aging, the lito Italian brings much needed energy and creativity in front of Ngolo Kante that the team lucked for the entirety of last season.Sarri will without a doubt impose his style at Chelsea and looking their preseason, the players will adapt to it sooner rather than later.Thibaut Courtois may be headed for Real Madrid but once a deal for 23 year old Athletic Bilbao keeper is completed by Chelsea, they will have gotten a keeper who is capable of playing in Sarri’s style. He may not be in the caliber of Courtois as yet but i see him becoming one of the very best in future.With all that said and Hazard staying at the Bridge, their biggest concern will be center half and who bangs in the goals at the other end. Yes the goals will go in as i believe Alvaro Morata will come good this season and like Napoli did under Sarri for years, Chelsea will be ok with scoring three and conceding two.The sole reason i think they will finish third is that the others below them will have more issues to deal with as Chelsea grip onto third place.4- Manchester United. Whether Paul Pogba joins Barcelona or not, United will have the same old problem-Jose Mourinho.With all that have in their ranks, it is difficult to assess why they have under achieved especially last season. Mourinho has brought in one major signing in Fred but i am still yet to be convinced on how he improves the first team. He is certain to get playing time as Nemanja Matic does not start the season because of injury and how United fans will be praying that he hits the ground running and by time that Serbian giant returns, the two be paired in front of world cup winner Paul Pogba, that’s if the later doesn’t force a move out of Old Trafford on transfer deadline.The simple reason that makes me think United will only finish fourth is that they have not addressed their weak areas from last season and the fact that Mourinho has already started popping up with excuses. The team looked hapless at the back last season with David Da Gea saving them in almost every match and just hours to the close of the window, only Diogo Dalot has been added. Will he start? I don’t think so, leaving United with the same starting back-line as last season and with the players in it, i see the same old problems from last season.The other area that they lacked in, was upfront. Romelu Lukaku is good but he can’t get any better than he did last season and to me, he is not a striker to get United over the white-wash.The only way United overcome the Lukaku issue is if Marcus Rashford and January signing Alexis Sanchez step up and we all know the later can but with the way Jose wants him to play, it will take more than his tenacity to achieve that.United to complete the top four.5- Arsenal. Yes Arsenal has improved especially with the purcahse of goalkeepr Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephen Liechestiner and Lucas Torreira but the billion dollar questions is, are they the players that take them back to the top four? To me it’s a simple ‘no’.The four are an improvement to the team but when you compare it with the other squads, one struggles to fit two or three players in City, Liverpool, Chelsea or United’s team. Yes Wenger left but the Arsenal hierarchy has not done much in terms of transfer funding to suggest that the team will be miles ahead of the Frenchman’s.I see them struggling at both the back and midfield departments despite of the fact that i think they will score more goals at the other end than last season as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, two proven goal scorers have the entire season ahead of them and with Mesut Ozil having only Arsenal to think about after retiring from the National team, he will clearly be an improved provider for the pair.The best Arsenal can do is finish fifth.6. Tottenham Hostspurs. Mauricio Pochettino has failed to improve a squad that proved lacking last season and i think it will be their down fall.For spells last season, they looked to be ordinary especially whenever either Harry Kane or Christian Ericksen was out of the team. That is a sign of a team that does not have a solid foundation. Like i stressed at the start of last season, Tottenham need an option to Kane which i doubt they will get in the last hours of the window.They looked magnificent in the middle last season but with Moussa Dembele’s exploits at the Russia World cup coupled by Victor Wanyama’s injury issues, i don’t think they will be as good as last season. Dele Ali is also now starting to prove he is English after all-one or two good seasons at the beginning and then losing it.It is painful for Spurs to finish behind Arsenal but i think they will do exactly that this time round unless they make two or three deadline day signings which is highly unlikely.Spurs to finish bottom of the top six.Comments last_img read more

Batshuayi scores twice for Chelsea’s development side in Checkatrade Trophy win

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesMichy Batshuayi scored twice as Chelsea’s development side won 4-0 at MK Dons to reach the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy.Batshuayi, Charly Musonda and Kenedy all featured, taking the chance to improve their match fitness following their respective injuries.Musonda also found the net, as did striker Callum Hudson-Odoi.Batshuayi opened the scoring with a cool finish after being put through by Kyle Scott and then doubled the visitors’ lead by tapping in Kenedy’s cross.Chelsea were three up by half-time courtesy of keeper Wieger Sietsma allowing Hudson-Odoi’s long-range shot to slip through his legs.Musonda added the fourth after combining with Batshuayi just before the hour mark.Goalkeeper Eduardo played too, while Kylian Hazard – the 22-year-old brother of Blues star Eden – came on as a second-half substitute.Under tournament rules, Premier League clubs can field up to five players over the age of 21.Chelsea: Eduardo, James, Ampadu, Clarke-Salter, Chalobah (K Hazard 70), Sterling, Scott, Kenedy, Musonda, Batshuayi, Hudson-Odoi (Sammut 70).See also:Stats suggest Hazard is in the best form of his careerIllness rules Drinkwater out of West Ham gameConte refuses to discuss Luiz’s futureConte surprised West Ham have struggledMusonda signs new long-term Chelsea contract Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

XKCD’s Time Saga Comes To The End

first_imgFans of Randall Munroe’s XKCD strip had a bit of a shock this afternoon, when the long-running, auto-updating comic “Time” apparently came to its conclusion.The comic, which started on March 25, initially showed a girl and a boy (Megan and Cueball) sitting on a beach, with the alt text—that is, the yellow-boxed text that appears when you mouse over the comic—of “Wait for it.” Soon it became apparent that the comic was updating automatically—initially every half-hour, then after 120 hours, every hour.At first, the animation showed the two figures building an elaborate sand castle. Then it turned into much more.According to the Explain XKCD wiki:The unfolding story that it tells is set in the far future, at a time when the Straits of Gibraltar have long been blocked, and the Mediterranean has largely dried up, leaving only a much smaller, hypersaline sea behind. Megan and Cueball, living on the shores of this sea, notice one day while building a huge sand castle that its level is starting to rise, and set off on a journey of exploration to try and find out why. Eventually they discover that the Straits of Gibraltar have once again been breached, and the Mediterranean Basin is being flooded. They run back to their home, assemble their village, and board a makeshift raft. Megan has now established that the sea has risen too far, and that they will have to remain on the raft for the duration of the flood.The tale ramped up in recent days, particularly as Megan and Cueball ran home to warn others about the flood. (The alt text helpfully changed to “RUN.”) Once they reached the village and got everyone on the raft, the alt text changed again to “….” That led some on the forum thread, which has grown to over 50,000 posts, to anticipate another change. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#XKCD 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App That change came today, which also marked the occasion of that 50,000th post. The raft struck shore, and the villagers disembarked and strode off into the woods. Whereupon the words “The End” appeared both in the image and the alt text. The words later disappeared from the image.Some speculated this was all a case of nerd-sniping. Maybe that’s the case. But Munroe clearly paid enormous attention to detail—as did his community, which was able to deduce by the night sky in the comic that the story was taking place in April of the year 13291. So it seems fairer to consider “Time” a story well told, well, in time.One day, perhaps, the story of Time will be taken up again. In the meantime, see the entire animated story for yourself.Munroe image courtesy of Wikimedia. Comic images courtesy of XKCD 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts brian proffitt 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

9 days ago​Gilmour reveals Lampard advice before Chelsea debut

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Gilmour reveals Lampard advice before Chelsea debutby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBilly Gilmour has spoken about the advice that he received from Frank Lampard before making his Chelsea debut.The 18-year-old got his chance to shine with the senior side against Sheffield United in August. He came off the bench in the 2-2 draw.Gilmour has now revealed the words he exchanged with boss Lampard before the match.”The night before, the gaffer kept asking if my family were coming down and saying make sure they come,” the Scotland U21 international told reporters.”We were 2-0 up and I’m thinking ‘this could be good’, but it was 2-1 when I came on. “That shows you how much trust he has in the younger players to put you on in such a tight game.”It finished 2-2, which wasn’t the result I hoped for, but it made my dream come true of playing in the Premier League.” last_img read more

Work Begins on Rome Gully

first_imgRepair work has started on sections of the Rome Gully, which is adjacent to communities along the Lyndhurst Road/Rousseau Road corridor, in Kingston, in an effort to ensure the safety of residents and motorists in the area. The work, which commenced on October 31, include: cleaning of the gully; repacking, and extensive repair of existing damage. The gully suffered significant erosion prior to, and consequent on the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24, which unleashed torrential rains which caused heavy flooding in the channel. Speaking to journalists on November 1, following a tour of the area, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Richard Azan, informed that the work forms part of emergency repairs in order to maintain the structure. “There is a house that is in danger right now and we are trying to make sure that we save that house (along with several others). Additionally, the invert under the bridge is also damaged,” he said. The State Minister added that the repairs are expected to yield significant benefits for both communities and adjoining areas. Regarding the cost of the work, Mr. Azan said he was unable to give a specific figure, as the initial estimate had to be revised in light of additional damage that was sustained during the Hurricane’s passage. In the meantime, the State Minister noted that ongoing maintenance of the gullies across the island is critical in ensuring that the structures are safe. “It is something that we have to put (forward), as part of overall plan to maintain the gullies, not only the big ones but the small drains as well,” he added. For his part, Corporate Communications Manager, National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, said the work is critical “as the bridge which spans the gully along Rousseau Road is in danger of collapsing, as the inverts under the bridge have been significantly eroded.”last_img read more

Cdn US scientists consider novel plan to save endangered orca on deaths

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. – American and Canadian scientists are considering a Hail Mary effort to save an endangered orca that may have only days to live.The female killer whale known as J50 appears emaciated, lethargic and has lost about 20 per cent of her body weight, said Michael Milstein, spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States.J50 is one of just 75 remaining southern resident killer whales that travel the coastal waters from British Columbia to California.“She’s a female about four years old and obviously very valuable to the population as a reproductive female, so we’re looking at all the possibilities for whether we could make a difference in her survival,” Milstein said. “The challenge is that the biologists are saying they haven’t seen a whale deteriorated to this point pull out of that before.”Officials with both NOAA and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada are considering options, including feeding the underweight killer whale chinook salmon with medication in it — a strategy the U.S. department believes hasn’t been used before.At this stage, they are weighing whether intervening could be worse than doing nothing and are considering ways to feed the whale without encouraging a dependency on humans, Milstein said.At the same time, the scientists are keenly aware that they’re racing against the clock.“They feel the situation is dire, that she probably has potentially a matter of days. Nobody knows for sure, (and) if we were going to attempt something that we would need to do it pretty soon,” Milstein said.The first step is observing the whale to pinpoint her ailments with drone footage and by collecting fecal and breath samples from her blow hole, he said.J50 has a syndrome called “peanut head,” where her head appears too small for her body. Biologists believe the syndrome occurs when orcas don’t get enough food and don’t develop properly. A white spot has also been observed near her blow hole, which could indicate an infection, he said.Scientists were out on the water Thursday looking for J50’s pod, but the whales were last seen heading toward open water, he said.Linda Rhodes, a research microbiologists at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, said researchers held a petri dish over J50’s blowhole to collect a sample of the spume on July 21.While the emergency sample showed evidence of bacteria and fungus, it wasn’t enough to determine an infection because it could have come from the surrounding environment, she said. They’re hoping to collect some fresh samples when they find the pod again.As a young female with reproductive potential, J50 could play a vital role in the survival of the species.“That’s where the births would come from to help recover the population in the longer term,” Milstein said.The same pod includes a whale known as J35 that has been seen as recently as Wednesday pushing the body of her deceased newborn calf through the water. The calf died shortly after birth on July 24.The southern residents are facing threats from many angles, including chemical pollutants that accumulate in their blubber and noisy ship traffic that interferes with their communication. Chief among the concerns is the lack of availability of their primary food source, chinook salmon.The Canadian government limited the chinook salmon fishery recently in an effort to help the recovery of the southern residents. It also imposed a minimum distance of 200 metres for vessels to stay away from killer whales in Canadian waters and is conducting research on the impact of pollution.While Milstein was not aware of any other attempt to feed a struggling killer whale medicated salmon, he said the closest example was the rescue of an orphaned killer whale in 2002.The northern resident killer whale known as Springer, or A73, made headlines around the world when she was reunited with her pod off the coast of British Columbia.Springer was two years old when she was found in Puget Sound near Seattle, ailing and separated from her pod. She was the first orca to be rescued, rehabilitated and successfully released back into the wild.last_img read more

Nawazuddin Siddiqui to star in Glen Barretto’s ‘Dusty to meet Rusty’

first_imgMumbai: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui will star in filmmaker Glen Barretto’s road trip film, “Dusty to meet Rusty”. The film choices the journey of a girl who takes a road trip from Mumbai to Dharamshala in search of her childhood sweetheart but finds love on her way. “Dusty to meet Rusty” will mark his third collaboration with producer Rajesh Bhatia and Kiran Bhatia’s Woodpecker Movies after his upcoming films “Motichoor Chaknachoor” and “Bole Chudiyan”. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “When Nawaz heard the narration, he loved the script instantly. Its an honour to work with talent like him who brings great value to the script with his nuances and outstanding performances,” Kiran said in a statement. The preparation for the film has begun and another hero as a parallel male lead and a female actor are on the verge of being finalised. The shooting is scheduled to start in August this year with a start to finish schedule.last_img read more

N Korea test-fires new tactical guided weapon

first_imgSeoul: North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The test, which didn’t appear to be of a banned mid- or long-range ballistic missile that could scuttle negotiations, allows North Korea to show its people it is pushing ahead with weapons development while also reassuring domestic military officials worried that diplomacy with Washington signals weakness. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSeparately, the North Korean Foreign Ministry accused Pompeo of playing down the significance of comments by leader Kim Jong Un, who said last week that Washington has until the end of the year to offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement to salvage the high-stakes nuclear diplomacy. Both the demand for Pompeo’s removal from the talks and the weapon test point to North Korea’s displeasure with the deadlocked negotiations. In a statement issued under the name of Kwon Jong Gun, director general of the American Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry, North Korea accused Pompeo of “talking nonsense” and misrepresenting Kim’s comments. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsDuring a speech at Texas A&M on Monday, Pompeo said Kim promised to denuclearize during his first summit with President Donald Trump and that U.S. officials were working with the North Koreans to “chart a path forward so we can get there.” “He (Kim) said he wanted it done by the end of the year,” Pompeo said. “I’d love to see that done sooner.” The North Korean statement said Pompeo was “misrepresenting the meaning of our requirement” for the negotiations to be finalized by the year’s end, and referred to his “talented skill of fabricating stories.” It said Pompeo’s continued participation in the negotiations would ensure that the talks become “entangled” and called for a different counterpart who is “more careful and mature in communicating with us.” In a speech at his rubber-stamp parliament last week, Kim said he is open to a third summit with Trump, but only if the United States changes its stance on sanctions enforcement and pressure by the end of the year. Kim observed the unspecified weapon being fired Wednesday by the Academy of Defense Science, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said. Kim was reported to have said “the development of the weapon system serves as an event of very weighty significance in increasing the combat power of the People’s Army.” The Associated Press could not independently verify North Korea’s claim, and it wasn’t immediately clear what had been tested. A major ballistic missile test would jeopardize the diplomatic talks meant to provide the North with concessions in return for disarmament. A South Korean analyst said that details in the North’s media report indicate it could have been a new type of cruise missile. Another possible clue: one of the lower level officials mentioned in the North’s report on the test Pak Jong Chon is known as an artillery official. Some in Seoul worry that the North will turn back to actions seen as provocative by outsiders as a way to force Washington to drop its hard-line negotiating stance and grant the North’s demand for a removal of crushing international sanctions. A string of increasingly powerful weapons tests in 2017 and Trump’s response of “fire and fury” had many fearing war before the North shifted to diplomacy.last_img read more

New UK rules over rape victims’ digital data spark criticism

first_imgLondon: Police are asking rape and sexual assault victims for access to their digital devices under new guidelines published on Monday that prompted criticism from women’s rights campaigners in Britain. Officers now present victims with consent forms to view messages, photographs, emails and social media accounts, with police warning that prosecutions may not go ahead without the permissions. The change follows a disclosure scandal in the legal system which saw a series of rape and sexual assault cases collapse in recent years after crucial evidence emerged at the last minute. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAssistant commissioner Nick Ephgrave, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said the new “informed consent” forms would be used “proportionately and consistently”. He added police were working with victim groups and others to ensure the approach had “the necessary balance”. “We would never want victims to feel that they can’t report crimes because of ‘intrusion’ in their data,” Ephgrave said in a statement. But women’s advocates as well as privacy campaigners have hit out at the consent forms as overly intrusive and argue they could deter people from reporting crimes. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”We seem to be going back to the bad old days when victims of rape are being treated as suspects,” said Harriet Wistrich, director of the Centre for Women’s Justice. The organisation said it was preparing a legal challenge to the policy alongside privacy advocates Big Brother Watch, which has dubbed the measures “digital strip searches”. Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said Monday that the issue was “complex” and police would conduct impact assessments on the forms. “While disclosure is an important component of the criminal justice system… the police have acknowledged that the use of personal data in criminal investigations is a source of anxiety,” he said. “We want victims to have the confidence to come forward.” The forms are part of a wholesale review of disclosure processes within the legal system in England and Wales.last_img read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State loses third straight against No 1 Long Beach

Sophomore Kyle Skinner gets ready to serve the ball against George Mason at the game on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.After losing two straight matches without winning a set, having to face the No. 1 team in the country on their home court is not the best way to end a losing streak. The struggling Buckeyes (4-8) were able to keep sets close early, but couldn’t gain enough momentum to get back in the match as No.1 Long Beach State (12-0) cruised to a victory in three sets, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21. The Buckeyes took their first lead of the match in the third set after an attack error by Long Beach State gave them a 4-3 lead. Back-to-back aces by junior libero Chase Moothart bookended a three-point run that brought the Buckeyes over the 20-point threshold for the first time in the match. But a kill by senior outside hitter TJ DeFalco and an Ohio State service error closed out the third set, 25-21, handing the Buckeyes their third-consecutive straight-set loss. Ohio State was unable to establish a rhythm on offense in large part due to errors. The Buckeyes committed 33 errors on the night, 19 service and 14 attack, while the Beach had only 24, 16 service and 8 attack. Though the Buckeyes tallied 30 kills on the night, the 14 errors on 61 attacks limited them to a .250 hitting percentage. Freshman libero Parker Mikesch had 26 assists and two digs as he continues his campaign as the Buckeyes full-time setter while senior Sanil Thomas is injured. Freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan provided 10 kills for Ohio State, helping to fill in as a point finisher for the Buckeyes in the midst of sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes’ absence due to injury. Ryan got off to a hot start in the first set with two kills, helping the Buckeyes keep pace with the Beach. But a kill by senior opposite hitter Kyle Ensing and an attack error by Ryan gave Long Beach State a 4-2 lead, which they would stretch to as many as seven points en route to a 25-19 first set victory. Ensing and DeFalco combined for 21 kills, five digs, and an ace, leading the team to a .475 hitting percentage. Both teams had their share of success from the service stripe, as the Buckeyes totalled three and the Beach came up with five. After a close start to the second set, Long Beach used four Buckeye errors and an ace by redshirt senior middle blocker Nick Amado for five straight-points, taking a 16-9 lead. Though Ryan contributed five kills and sophomore libero Luke Meidel added an ace, Long Beach State used kills by Ensing and senior setter Josh Tuaniga to close out the set, 25-18. Ohio State returns to conference play against Lindenwood at 8 p.m. on Friday in Saint Charles, Missouri. read more