LONDON (AP):Less than 24 hours before the global football spotlight falls on Leicester in their bid to win the top tier for the first time, Newcastle came out best in the scrapping at the other end of the English Premier League yesterday.The Magpies moved out of the drop zone for the first time since February after midfielder Andros Townsend’s superb free kick gave Newcastle a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.”The victory means a lot. It gives us momentum, confidence and a connection with the fans,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez.Sunderland again had to rely on its top scorer Jermain Defoe, with the striker grabbing a last-minute equaliser from the penalty spot in a 1-1 draw against Stoke, who took the lead through striker Marko Arnautovic.”Where would we be without Jermain Defoe?” said Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce before answering his own question. “Relegated probably.”Despite drawing, Sunderland dropped into the relegation zone, one point behind 17th-place Newcastle and one point ahead of 19th-place Norwich, who lost 1-0 at Arsenal after Danny Welbeck’s goal in the 59th.”The last thing you can do down in the dogfight is feel sorry for yourselves,” said Norwich manager Alex Neil. “We didn’t get what we deserved.”Both Sunderland and Norwich have three games left while Newcastle have two.At the top, leaders Leicester can win the title by beating Manchester United today.
Irfaan Ali, the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), has committed to strongly disciplining his Ministers, even having them fired, if they are found to be disrespectful to the people.PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan Ali being welcomed by residents of MoraikobaiDuring a recent outreach to Moraikobai Village in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Ali reflected on the incident where Minister with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott, insinuated that the Indigenous peoples are greedy.“As your President, if one of my Ministers make a statement like that they will have to hand in their resignation because no Minister, no Government has the right to disrespect people, disrespect their communities and disrespect their wishes,” Ali posited.Minister Scott had staunchly refused to apologise for making the remark, even under fire from various officials including executives of the National Toshaos Council (NTC).The Minister had called the Indigenous peoples “avaricious” during a 2017 sitting of the National Assembly.“For that statement alone, this Government should be removed and for not apologising, they should be given no vote from this community in protest,” Ali expressed to rounds of applause from the community, which comprises of mainly Amerindian folks. Meanwhile, Ali called on the people to hold his Government accountable and ensure they deliver on the promises they are currently making.“You can hold my feet and your next Government feet to the fire. And, if we do not deliver, based on this contract we are establishing with you, then you will get to make a choice five years from March 2020 and you will let us know how you feel,” he explained, noting that “you are trusting us by voting for us to deliver on those promises and if we don’t deliver on those promises we will be breaching that trust you give to us.”In this regard, Ali contended that the PPP/C has a track-record of always keeping its promises to the people. And he noted that in situations where they were unable to deliver, reasonable explanations were provided.He contrasted this with the promises made by the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government.“Over the last five years, remember the promises? ‘More scholarships for the children’, has scholarships increased for the children?” Ali questioned.“More resources to be spent on the communities, has the presidential grant been doubled? Better healthcare, has your healthcare been improved? Better access to education and transportation, has it been improved?”“A higher standard of living, more jobs and greater opportunities. Have you seen any of this in your community? Then they have betrayed you,” Ali said, explaining that the words in a manifesto are an honour.“And you have to upkeep and uphold that honour,” he stated.Ali had stated that 50,000 jobs will be created for Guyanese should his party return to office. He reminded of the coalition Government’s promise to stimulate job creation, especially for youths, but instead, they have caused the country to face 37,000 job losses in various economy-driven sectors.He went on to reveal that under the APNU/AFC, Guyana has slipped four positions in the employment rate for the 25-54 age group and seven positions for the age group 54 to 64 on the Global Human Capital Index. With regards to youths, he disclosed that the country declined nine positions in unemployment for the 15-24 age group.As such, Ali had stated that unlike the coalition Administration, his party will not falter in its efforts to ensure that what is being promised to the populace is achieved.Guyana is slated to hold elections on March 2, 2020, and Ali is urging people who did not vote for the party during the last elections, to seriously consider them now at the upcoming polls.“Reflect on the past five years… Be true to your conscience and ask yourself: ‘Did my life improve? Did the prospects for my family improve? Did the prospect for the community improve?’…and if your conscience tells you ‘no’, then you have to vote the right way,” Ali expressed.
1 Simon Grayson was a big hit at Elland Road during his time as manager Simon Grayson’s return to Elland Road turned sour as Preston keeper Jordan Pickford was sent off after half an hour and Leeds banked a 1-0 win for their third victory in four games.Pickford’s early departure meant an unexpected debut for Preston’s fourth-choice keeper Matt Hudson who was beaten by a headed own goal from Alan Browne just after the break.Grayson received a warm welcome from Leeds supporters who remembered his achievement in guiding the club out of Sky Bet League One during his spell in charge.Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri, outstanding throughout, made three top quality saves in the opening 10 minutes as Grayson’s men went all-out attack.First the Italian keeper pushed Paul Gallagher’s curling free-kick round the near post. Then Joe Garner played Will Keane through the middle and Silvestri was quick to leave his line and deny the England Under-21 forward a scoring chance.A minute later Silvestri was in action again, diving full length to his left to turn Garner’s 25-yard shot behind for a corner.After their hesitant start, Leeds forced a series of corners which were well defended but they should have opened the scoring in the 23rd minute.Liam Bridcutt was allowed to make a long run down the middle and Chris Wood timed his run perfectly to receive his pass. However, the totally unmarked striker shot straight at Pickford.With 30 minutes gone Preston suffered a controversial blow when Pickford was shown the red card. A long ball out of defence found Wood, and Pickford collided with him just outside the box.The keeper endured a long lecture from referee Gavin Ward before being sent to the dressing room amid strong protests from his team-mates.Hudson left the bench and former Liverpool midfielder John Welsh was sacrificed as Preston faced the rest of the match with 10 men.When the free-kick was eventually taken, Giuseppe Bellusci lifted it just over the bar.Hudson’s first task was to gather a corner in the congested goalmouth and the youngster, who has been selected in England’s elite goalkeeping camp, proved equal to the task.However, the second half was less than 30 seconds old when Leeds winger Stuart Dallas crossed from the left and Preston midfielder Browne headed into his own net, giving Hudson no chance.Browne was substituted in the 55th minute, enabling Neil Kilkenny to make an appearance against his old club.Silvestri made two fine saves from Kilkenny and Marnick Vermijl’s angled header as Steve Evans’ side won.