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Minamino heading to Anfield as Liverpool start their January shopping

first_imgNew Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino admitted he has realised a dream to join the club but said he wants the fairy tale to continue by winning the Premier League and Champions League.The 24-year-old Japan international, who impressed in two Champions League matches for Red Bull Salzburg against Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, was announced as a Liverpool player on Thursday and is understood to have signed a four-and-a-half-year deal, taking him through to the summer of 2024.He arrives for a bargain £7.25million after the Reds activated his release fee last week.Minamino will officially become a Liverpool player on January 1 and will go straight into Klopp’s squad, meaning he could be involved in the FA Cup third round tie at home to Everton on January 5.“It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player and I’m so excited that the moment has come true,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.“To play in the Premier League was one of my targets. I think this is the top-class league in the world.“I was thinking if my career as a footballer progressed smoothly, someday I would be able to play in the Premier League.“But I never thought I would be able to play in this team and I’m really happy about it. I’m looking forward to it.“My target is to win the Premier League and the Champions League and to make good contributions to the team.”On his experience against Liverpool this season, Minamino added: “From those games I learned this team has such a high level of technique and intensity.“Their football is of such a high level and I did feel that they were the champions of the Champions League.“Feeling that, it makes me feel even happier that I can play in this team. I’m really happy to be part of that team.”While Minamino stood out in the two matches against Liverpool, his progress has been tracked over the last six years by the club’s recruitment team, headed by director of football Michael Edwards who established a close relationship with Salzburg.They became aware of his release clause and acted quickly when interest was expressed by Manchester United, Borussia Monchengladbach and AC Milan.The deal is viewed by Liverpool as outstandingly good value as they believe the player’s true market worth is three times what they are paying for him.“This is fabulous news – a wonderful signing. We are really, really happy about this,” Klopp said.“Our supporters have had the chance to see him close up recently so I don’t need to sing too loudly about his qualities as they are already known.“Takumi is a very quick, very clever player, he finds space between the lines.“He is brave with the ball but also brave without the ball – a proper team player. He makes the best of himself for the benefit of others.“His Champions League experience is a big bonus and coming from the club and organisation he does, we know he’ll be well coached, used to an elite environment and had all the right experiences.“It is fantastic work by our football operations team in how they’ve handled this transfer. Michael Edwards and the team deserve a lot of credit.”last_img read more

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Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez score late in 4-4 draw for Barcelona at Villarreal

first_imgDiego Godin and Antoine Griezmann finally put Atletico past a pesky Girona.Godin’s headed goal in the 76th was initially ruled offside by the referee, but a video review overruled that decision.Griezmann added a second goal deep in stoppage time with Girona throwing everyone forward in search of an equalizer. The goal ended his seven-match scoring drought.Also, fourth-place Getafe drew 1-1 at Espanyol.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The draw narrowed Barcelona’s lead of the Spanish league to eight points ahead of Atletico Madrid, which beat Girona 2-0 also on Tuesday and visits Camp Nou this weekend.“Luis is a player who is always in the right place at the right time, and he appeared at the last second to pull out a match that was not going our way,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “And Messi, he is a specialist (at free kicks.)”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMessi was on the bench for the first hour but Barcelona still took a quick 2-0 lead.However, relegation-threatened Villarreal roared back with 19-year-old Samuel Chukwueze leading the way and produced four unanswered goals to come agonizingly close to pulling off the upset. Barcelona’s comeback then came after Alvaro Gonzalez was sent off for a second booking in the 86th. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 But Barcelona ended up missing center back Gerard Pique — who was rested to avoid any risk of picking up a fifth yellow card that would suspend him for the Atletico visit — more than Messi.Chukwueze and Toko Ekambi used their speed to torment center backs Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet throughout the game.Chukwueze pulled one back in the 23rd and his long pass led to Ekambi leveling in the 50th.Messi came on in the 61st, but a minute later Vicente Iborra put the hosts ahead after Umtiti had left the back line.Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made several excellent saves, but none was better than when he got his fingers on Chukwueze’s powerful strike and pushed it onto the bar.Ter Stegen could do nothing to stop substitute Carlos Bacca from scoring the hosts’ fourth with 10 minutes left when Santi Cazorla spotted him running clear behind a struggling Umtiti.Gonzalez left Villarreal a man down when he got his second yellow card for a senseless foul on Suarez. That cost Villarreal dearly when the team was without a defender in the final moments and failed to stop the double blow dealt by Messi and Suarez, keeping Barcelona unbeaten in 18 straight league games.Villarreal, which had conceded a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 at Celta Vigo last round, was left two points clear of the drop zone.“I don’t think we are going down,” said Villarreal coach Javier Calleja. “We are going to stay in the top flight playing like we did against Barcelona.”ATLETICO WINS MOST READ ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far “This was a crazy game,” Valverde said. “There were stretches when it looked like we would win easily, then there was a stretch when it looked like they would. Then we managed to turn it around.”Messi’s goal was his league-leading 32nd of the season and his sixth from a free kick. He has now scored from free kicks in three consecutive matches after converting set pieces against Real Betis and Espanyol.SHOOTOUT AT THE CERAMICAValverde gave Messi some rest before Saturday’s match against Atletico and next week’s trip to Manchester United for the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinals.And at first it seemed Barcelona would stroll to another win at the Estadio de la Ceramica, as the little-used Malcom set up Philippe Coutinho for his first league goal since October. Malcom then headed in a pass from Arturo Vidal to double the lead before Coutinho went close to getting another goal when he hit the post.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Barcelona forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Villarreal and FC Barcelona at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Tuesday, April 2, 2019.(AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)BARCELONA, Spain— Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez came to Barcelona’s rescue Tuesday, scoring late goals to salvage a 4-4 draw at 10-man Villarreal in a thrilling seesaw match that saw both teams give up a two-goal lead.Messi rifled in a free kick off the upright to make it 4-3 in the 90th minute, and Suarez then shot through the legs of a defender to snatch a point with the last kick of the match.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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47 Motorcyclists Charged with Multiple Crimes

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has sent 47 persons to court on multiple criminal offenses following the September 30 violent demonstration that nearly buckled Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County, in two days of turmoil.Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh told residents of Ganta on Tuesday that those charged with multiple criminal offenses including murder, burglary, arson, and robberies who were forwarded to court will be judged without prejudice.He said three of the accused have already admitted to the killing of the motorcyclist, whose death sparked the violence. They will be tried on murder charges.He told Ganta residents that the government will do all it can to speed up the trial of those indicted to ensure that justice prevails.“Prosecution around the world takes time and government is making sure to put in all the necessary provisions to fast track this case so that all the sides can be sure of justice,’’ Minister Sannoh declared.Minister Sannoh said the defendants are detained and they will subsequently be forwarded to the Saniquellie Magisterial Court for prosecution.Prior to making the pronouncements, Cllr. Sannoh paid a visit to the home of the relatives of the murdered motorcyclist where he reemphasized government’s commitment to ensure that justice prevails in their case. He paid a similar visit to the ransacked residence of businessman Prince Howard, who nearly lost all his properties when the demonstrators set two of his houses on fire and looted his Hotel Alvino.The pronouncement by Minister Sannoh brought relief to some of the affected families, like the Yeawoyen household, saddened by the death of their son, a motorcyclist.The family said their son Josephus Yeawonyen was butchered after being picked-up from his home by ‘friends’ on that fateful September 29 only to discover his lifeless body the next day.In an earlier interaction with the Sannoh-led government delegation, parents of the deceased cyclist called for fair and speedy justice for their son.“The justice I want is simple, and that is, those who murdered my son should also be killed. I thought my son would be the one arranging my burial, but now he was killed in a painful manner before I die. I want the government to kill those who also horribly killed my son so that I can be satisfied, too,” Korwu Voker, the deceased mother demanded through an interpreter.The violent demonstration in Ganta on September 30 led to the death of two other persons and left several properties destroyed, among them the police station and the local offices of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency.Justice Minister Sannoh also assured Ganta residents of an increase in the number of police officers in Nimba County. He said the government is ready to increase and support the police with logistics and all other requirements that will help them implement their duties without hindrance.“Many of the residents have expressed concern about the level of security in Ganta. We want to assure them that calm, peace and tranquility will be maintained. We will deploy additional police in Ganta and Nimba as a whole, and we want the citizens to feel secure because we have enough police officers in the various communities across the county,” he said.While announcing the increase in police presence in the county, Minister Sannoh also announced the lifting of the moratorium on motorcyclists in Ganta, but cautioned that they should remain law abiding or else they will have themselves to blame if there should be a repeat of any violence.For his part, Nimba County Superintendent Mr. Fong Zuagele, hailed the government for listening to the cries of the bereaved family members as well those whose properties were destroyed, and for lifting the suspension on commercial motorcycling.The Sannoh delegation included the Coordinator of Joint Security of Liberia, Farfini Kamara, Information Minister Lewis Brown, Deputy Police Chief for Administration, William Mulbah, and Deputy Immigration Commissioner for Operations, Robert Budy, among others.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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Woman’s Body Found in Wood Camp Community

first_imgThe body of an unidentified woman was on Saturday, April 30, found lying at the back of the Assembly of God Mission (AGM) High School in the Wood Camp community of Paynesville, outside Monrovia.The body, with a deep gash inflicted on the forehead, was discovered on Saturday lying on her stomach along the road, community residents said.Residents, who could not identify the body, contacted authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP), who later arrived at the scene and wrapped the body in plastic “to avoid tampering.” The body remained unidentified by community residents up to the arrival of the LNP’s forensic team.Residents, however, believe that the woman was killed in another community by unknown individuals and later dumped in Wood Camp.“This woman was killed in a different place, because no one in the community can recognize her face,” one of the residents said. After examining the body, LNP forensics disclosed to the district coordinator, who was representing the community chairman that the woman’s body parts were not tampered with.According to district coordinator Johnny Bookai, only bruises were discovered on parts of the woman’s body, which indicated that she fought with her assailant (s) before she was overpowered, and killed.“From what I saw, I cannot tell you the cause of death until the forensic team comes out with their report. There were no parts of the body extracted, but only bruises and the deep cut in the head,” Mr. Bookai observed.Bookai has meanwhile called on residents of the Wood Camp Community and Montserrado Electoral District #3 to remain vigilant in the wake of an increase in crimes in the community.It may be recalled that armed robbers last Monday attacked several homes in the Wood Camp community where the LNP said it arrested five suspects in connection with the robberies.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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Enbridge pipeline ruptures, sparks fire near Prince George

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – About 100 members of a First Nation community in northern British Columbia were evacuated from their homes Tuesday evening after a gas pipeline ruptured, sparking a massive blaze.The rupture happened on a natural gas transmission pipeline owned and operated by Enbridge about 13.5 kilometres from Prince George on Tuesday evening, Enbridge spokesman Michael Barnes said in an emailed statement.It ignited at the site, which is in a rural area. There are no reports of injuries, he said.- Advertisement -“Enbridge emergency crews have responded, have isolated and are currently depressurizing two natural gas transmission lines in the vicinity to contain the incident,” he said. “The incident area has been cordoned off to maintain public safety.”The evacuees largely belonged to the nearby Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and were asked to leave their homes as a precaution, he said.“Enbridge is working with area communities to ensure public safety,” he said.Advertisement British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment said it had been notified of the incident Shelley, B.C., and involved an 900 PSI pipeline.Prince George resident Dhruv Desai said he was driving up a hill toward the nearby University of Northern British Columbia when he noticed several cars had pulled off the road taking photos of something.He pulled over as well and snapped his own shots of a massive blaze.“I was able to see it very clearly from the hill,” he said. “It was huge even from this distance.”Advertisement Meanwhile, National Energy Board spokesman Tom Neufeld said the fire was along Enbridge’s Westcoast main line, which falls under the board’s jurisdiction.The Westcoast Transmission System transports natural gas produced in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin to consumers in B.C. and, through interconnecting pipelines, other Canadian provinces and the United States.“NEB inspectors have been deployed to this area. They’re going to monitor and oversee the company’s response to the incident, and they’re going to determine the impact and extend of the fire and release,” Neufeld said.The NEB has also activated its emergency operations centre in Calgary, he said.It will work closely with the Transportation Safety Board, which is responsible for investigating the incident, Neufeld said.Advertisementlast_img read more

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City gets to the roots of drainage problem

first_imgThe neighbor where the pine tree is located did not want the tree chopped down, Moore said. “The city also does not like to take down trees when it doesn’t have to,” he added. West Coast Arborists studied the root situation and advised the city that the problem could be fixed without cutting down the tree. The pruning will redirect the roots while allowing the tree to still grow. Perez said that although the stagnant water did not affect her property directly, it created blight in the neighborhood, possible health hazards, and lowered property values. Moore said city work crews had monitored the water overflow in front of Cullin’s home and had routinely used a vacuum to clean up the mess. Cullin said he appreciated the efforts by the city, but was eager for permanent solution. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The drainage problem was caused when roots of a pine tree to the south of Cullin’s property lifted the curb, gutter and parts of the pavement at the front of his driveway. Workers will repair the street surface, curb, gutter and prune the tree’s roots at a cost of approximately $8,000, Moore said. The work should completed by the end of this week, he added. EC Construction is making the repairs to the street, gutter and curb, while West Coast Arborists is pruning the roots. “The contractor will construct a cross gutter that will take water across the street to the catch basins along the eastern portion of the street,” Moore explained. He said that the county, which built the street, should have designed it so that water would drain to the catch basins. PICO RIVERA – Workers Monday began fixing a drainage problem in front of a resident’s driveway, which city officials said will rid the area of a pool of stagnant water that has been there for the past two years. Resident Richard Cullin had asked the city repeatedly to fix the problem. Last month, Cullin and his neighbor, Dolores Perez, presented a letter to the City Council asking for their help. “The council directed staff to expedite the matter,” said Michael Moore, public works director. As a result, work began Monday, rather than in July, when a planned improvement project for the 7000 block of Pico Vista Road is scheduled to begin, he added. last_img read more

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Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United target’s feud with Mancini could lead to Inter Milan exit

first_imgArsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United target Mauro Icardi will leave Inter Milan next summer – if Roberto Mancini is still the manager.The pair have reportedly had a falling out after the former Manchester City boss elected to leave the striker, and captain, on the bench for last weekend’s Milan derby.It led to rumours that Icardi could be sold on transfer deadline day, with a £19m price tag slapped on his head.No move ultimately took place but, according to Tuttosport, the relationship between Icardi and Mancini is now at breaking point.The 22-year-old forward, who was top scorer in Serie A last year, is said to have told the club’s owners that either he or Mancini must leave in the summer.The news is likely to spark major interest from the Premier League, where Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have been all been tracking the Argentina star. Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi 1last_img read more

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Ten new jobs with opening of Letterkenny electrical store

first_imgMore than 10 new jobs are expected to be created with the opening of a new electrical store in Letterkenny tomorrow.The store, Callaghan’s Euronics, already has one store in Burt and is run and operated by a well-known local family.Owner Dermot Callaghan said one of the reasons why they opened the new store at Letterkenny Retail Park was because customers from the town were constantly asking them about opening a store there. He said he hopes to grow the number of employees coming up to the Christmas season.Ten new jobs with opening of Letterkenny electrical store was last modified: September 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BURTCallaghan’s Euronicsletterkennylast_img read more

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Republicans clash on whether Senate bill grants amnesty

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Senate opened debate on an election-year immigration bill Wednesday, and leading Republicans swiftly clashed over whether the legislation would amount to amnesty for millions of illegal residents in the United States. The legislation “goes too far in granting illegal immigrants with what most Americans will see as amnesty,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, the first to speak on the bill. “I disagree with this approach … because granting amnesty now will only encourage further and further disrespect for the law.” Moments later, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, bluntly rebutted his fellow Republican. “I want to disagree with him head on. It is not amnesty,” he said. Specter said illegal residents would have to be current on their taxes, undergo background checks and clear other obstacles before gaining a place on a “citizenship track.” The disagreement underscored not only the divisions within the Senate, but the extent to which the fate of 11 million illegal immigrants has come to dominate the issue. “There are people doing jobs Americans will not do,” Bush told reporters Wednesday. “Many people who have come into our country are helping our economy grow. That’s just a fact of life.” Specter shepherded legislation through the Judiciary Committee on Monday on a vote of 12-6. The outcome was unusual in the Republican-controlled Senate since there were more GOP committee members against the measure than voting in favor. The Pennsylvania Republican said at the time he would continue to seek agreement on changes, and he repeated his remarks on the Senate floor. “If there is a better way to bring these 11 million people forward so that we can identify them, we are open to any suggestions which anyone may have,” he said. Frist and Specter were not the only lawmakers to address the issue of amnesty, an emotionally charged label that political candidates all hope to avoid. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, sided with the panel’s chairman. “Opponents of a fair, comprehensive approach are quick to claim that anything but the most punitive provisions are amnesty. They are wrong,” he said. But Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, was quick to counter. “The truth is this bill is amnesty,” he said, adding that if others insist on saying otherwise, “we’ll keep talking about it every day this week.” The legislation that cleared committee would double the Border Patrol and allow for a virtual wall of unmanned vehicles, cameras and sensors to monitor the U.S.-Mexico border. It also calls for detention facilities for an additional 10,000 immigrants who may face deportation. The committee voted down proposed criminal penalties on immigrants found to be in the country illegally. The bill would establish a temporary program for up to 1.5 million farm workers who are in the country illegally, giving them an opportunity to achieve legal status. Separately, it creates a new guest worker program for would-be immigrants, allowing them to enter the country under a three-year visa, renewable for another three years, then apply for legal permanent residence without leaving the United States. The program would initially be open to 400,000 individuals a year, a figure to be adjusted annually based on the labor market.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAdding a fresh layer of political complexity, Hispanics make up a fast-growing segment of the electorate and have demonstrated by the hundreds of thousands in recent days in opposition to punitive legislation. In general, the bill under consideration in the Senate is designed to strengthen enforcement of U.S. borders, regulate the flow into the country of so-called guest workers and determine the legal future of the illegal population scattered across all 50 states. The House has passed legislation limited to border enforcement. Republican leaders have signaled in recent days they are receptive to an expanded measure, and immigration has taken on added importance for the GOP in the run-up to midterm elections. “We are not going to discount anything right now,” House Speaker Dennis Hastert said several hours before the Senate debate opened. “Our first priority is to protect the borders. We also know there is a need in some sectors of this economy for a guest worker program,” added the Illinois Republican. President Bush has urged Congress to approve legislation that strengthens border security and contains enforcement at the workplace and a temporary guest worker program. last_img read more

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Huddersfield Town v Manchester City live stream and team news

first_img Huddersfield players celebrate during their fourth round win over Rochdale 1 Manchester City face a tough FA Cup fifth round meeting with high-flying Huddersfield Town and you can listen to live commentary from 3pm on talkSPORT.CLICK HERE TO LIVE STREAM COMMENTARY OF THE FA CUP FIFTH ROUND CLASH BETWEEN HUDDERSFIELD AND MAN CITYDavid Wagner, the Huddersfield coach, has admitted that it is ‘unrealistic’ to suggest his Championship team could seal victory over the Premier League’s top four contenders, but has insisted his troops will be playing with total freedom.And while Pep Guardiola is out to book his side’s place in the quarter finals of the competition for the first time in three years, he will have one eye on their Champions League contest with Monaco on Tuesday night.So could we be in for yet another huge FA Cup shock or will this be a straightforward win for City?Tune into talkSPORT to follow all the action!Here are the confirmed teams:Huddersfield: Coleman, Whitehead, Hudson, Billing, Holmes-Dennis, Cranie, Payne, Van La Parra, Lolley, Quaner, StankovicMan City: Bravo, Zabaleta (c), Stones, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernando, Delph, Fernandinho, Nolito, Aguero, Navaslast_img read more