Title hopefuls in Cyprus face tough challenge

first_imgTwo games that may go a long way this weekend in deciding who will claim the title for the 2015-16 season. On Saturday leaders APOEL are at home to their arch rivals Omonia while the two teams just off the top, AEK and Anorthosis, clash the following day in Larnaca.Despite leading the race APOEL go into this game with one very worrying trend. So far, in their five games against the so-called ‘big teams’ they have yet to record a win, losing three and drawing the other two.APOEL’s Georgian coach Getsbaia is expected to make just one (enforced) change to the side that defeated Ethnikos last week with Mario Sergio coming in for the injured Marios Antoniades. Cypriot striker Pieros Sotiriou is set to retain his place at the top of the attack at the expense of star signing Cavengahi.Omonia has its own shortfallings to overcome as they have not defeated their local rivals in ten attempts. The last time they did was back in April of 2013 when APOEL’s Efraim, then of Omonia, scored twice in a 3-0 win.With Nuno Asis back from suspension and Sheridan and Kirm back to full fitness Omonia’s coach Vladan Milojevic is faced with a pleasant selection headache. Asis is expected to take his place in the starting eleven while Skembri and Badibanga should keep their places up front.AEK entertain Anorthosis at the Antonis Papadopoulos the following day with both teams vying for the three points.AEK is fully aware that their recent drubbing of Anorthosis in the cup will count for nothing especially as they will be without the suspended Catala, Tetey and Marciniak while their talisman, Tomas, will face a late fitness test with the odds not being in his favour.Following a run of poor results, Anorthosis’ coach Andre Paous wants to get his team back on track and a win against AEK will see them move into (at least) second place.No major injury concerns for the Famagusta team with their top scorer Ndlovou expected to retain his place in attack and Holgersson and Laifis returning at the heart of the defence following their one match ban.At the other end of the table things are even more complicated.Six points separates six teams, from eighth to thirteenth, with the team occupying the thirteenth place at the end of the regular season relegated along with Ayia Napa.Paphos FC, currently occupying the second relegation slot, is  expected to take all three points against Ayia Napa while Enosis, level on points with the Paphos team, has a tougher tie against sixth placed Nea Salamina.AEL, four points off the automatic relegation slot are at home to mid-placed Doxa while Aris are at home to Ethnikos Achnas.The final game of the round will take place on Monday between Ermis Aradippou and Apollon.Saturday: APOEL vs Omonia (15.00), Enosis vs Nea Salamina (17.00), AEL vs Doxa (19.00)Sunday: AEK vs Anorthosis (15.00), Paphos FC vs Ayia Napa (16.00), Aris vs Ethnikos (18.00)Monday: Ermis Aradippou vs Apollon (19.00)last_img read more

Isapea crush Lahanis 24-4

first_imgIsapea took a 10-4 lead over the Lahanis at half-time in today’s week five match of the Digital Cup competition.The visitors struck as early as the 6th minute when Isapea captain Jack Manda crashed over to score.Four minutes later it was second rower John Kai who put the lead out to 10-0.It was a very physical encounter as both sides were equally desperate for points.The Lahanis snuck in a try right at half-time when captain John Gand barged over to slam the ball down.Isapea halfback Japheth Olik was influential in the win, scoring twice in the 50th and 59th minute of the second half.Manda put the icing on the cake five minutes before full time, scoring to set up a comprehensive win, 24-4.last_img

Rank to be laid to rest today

first_imgDrowned TSU officerThe funeral of the 22-year-old Constable attached to the Guyana Police Force’s Tactical Services Unit (TSU) who drowned in the Potaro River, will take place today.Dead: Special Constable Akeem HylesAccording to Police Public Relations Officer Ivelaw Whittaker, the body of Special Constable 14536 Akeem Hyles will be at his mother’s residence at Lot 41 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam, Berbice, for viewing from 11:00h to 13:00h.The family will then move to the Faith Revival Tabernacle Church at Asylum Street, New Amsterdam, for the funeral service from 13:30h and internment at the Stanleytown Cemetery.Constable Hyles lost his life while on duty in the Potaro River on April 8. He was travelling in a boat in the Potaro River, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) when the vessel capsized in the Amatuk Falls area.Reports revealed that Hyles was in the boat with other Police ranks, members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and representatives of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) heading to conduct raids on illegal mining camps in the area during which the boat came into contact with the rough terrain and subsequently capsized.The 22-year-old officer had departed the Ogle Airport that said morning along with the other members of the Joint Services, who were dispatched to assist the GGMC officials in dealing with illegal mining that was being carried out in the Kaieteur National Park area.last_img read more

Xabi Alonso denies tax fraud claims

first_img“It is absolutely clear that he has always complied with all of his tax obligations,” said a statement published on Alonso’s official Twitter account.“Clearly, the player will utilise all the means he thinks right to demonstrate his tax obligations have been scrupulously complied with in a transparent manner and always adhering to the law in force.”El Mundo added that the public prosecution service has up to six months to investigate the claim before deciding whether to carry the case forward.Alonso, who joined Bayern from Real Madrid last year, was a hero of Spain’s World Cup triumph in 2010 and European Championship victories in 2008 and 2012.However, he is just the latest high-profile footballer to be scrutinised by the tax authorities over the declaration of money made through image rights.Four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi appeared before a judge in 2013 after he and his father were accused of defrauding the public purse of 4.16 million euros ($4.7 million, £3 million) after his image rights were ceded to companies in Belize and Uruguay.Spanish daily El Pais reported last week that Messi’s Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano is also under investigation for 1.5 million euros of undeclared income via his image rights since joining the Catalan giants.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso is alleged to have failed to declare revenue from his image rights by ceding those rights to companies outside of Spain in tax havens or states with lower tax rates between 2010 and 2012MADRID, September 22 –  Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has categorically denied any wrongdoing after a report from Spanish daily El Mundo claimed he is being investigated for defrauding the Spanish tax authorities.Alonso is alleged to have failed to declare revenue from his image rights by ceding those rights to companies outside of Spain in tax havens or states with lower tax rates between 2010 and 2012.last_img read more

‘I was London’s best snooker player!’ – Bellerin on his early Arsenal struggles

first_img“A Very Spanish Revolution”, hosted by Guillem Balague, is an exclusive round the tapas table interview with Gaizka Mendieta, Mikel Arteta and Hector Bellerin reflecting on their time in England and you can hear it on talkSPORT this Saturday between 5-7pm.Arsenal star Hector Bellerin has lifted the lid on his struggle to adapt to life in England, revealing how an Enfield snooker club helped him get through his early stay in London.The Spanish full-back opted to leave his hometown club Barcelona as a 16-year-old in 2011 to move to the capital.He has gone on to be a big success for the Gunners, emerging as a key part of Arsene Wenger’s side and being voted the Premier League’s best right-back this season by his fellow top-flight stars.But Bellerin reveals it wasn’t easy for him when he first joined the club – as he had little to do aside from hone his snooker skills with fellow former Barca youngster Jon Toral.The 21-year-old, now a full Spain international, said: “The thing that shocks you the most is going out at 5 o’clock and it’s already dark and there is no one on the streets and there is nothing to do.“The family Jon (Toral) and I were staying with had a son who was 20 years old and he took us one day to play snooker in Enfield in north London, which I think was the only place open after 5 o’clock!“We used to play every afternoon and I think at some point I must have been the best Spanish snooker player in London!“For six months, that’s what we did until we were able to drive and have the confidence to do stuff with other team-mates. It was tough, it’s really, really shocking, but we made the most of it.”last_img read more

Man found in car dies at hospital

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A man found slumped over the steering wheel of a car in Newhall on Tuesday died at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital early today, officials said. Deputies responding to a call of a person in a vehicle at 16th Street and Newhall Avenue found a 36-year-old man injured and unresponsive at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday. The unidentified man was taken to the hospital where he died at approximately 1 a.m. today. Preliminary information indicates the man may have been the victim of an assault, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Homicide investigators are asking anyone with information to call (323) 890-5500. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252last_img read more

Culture of corruption

first_imgThat’s a fine statement, but City Hall still operates pretty much the same as an insider’s game in which the public is excluded. And what investigators have learned about the actions of former Mayor James Hahn and his key deputies Tim McOsker and Troy Edwards – all of them called before the grand jury to testify during the Wong investigation – remains as obscure as ever. In the end, it won’t matter much to the people of L.A. if Wong is convicted or beats the rap. What will matter is destroying the culture of City Hall corruption and creating strong democratic institutions that balance the power of the insiders with the power of the people. Cooley owes the public full disclosure of what his investigation has learned about the mechanisms of corruption and recommendations on how to clean up City Hall. Anything less would make a mockery of the millions spent on this investigation and the hopes of the public for genuine reform.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GUILTY or innocent, Leland Wong, the former city commissioner indicted for public corruption in the City Hall “pay-to-play” scandal, is a symbol of all that’s wrong with Los Angeles’ politics. As a commissioner under three mayors, power broker Wong learned how to manipulate the political system for his and the system’s advantage. He was the ultimate insider, raising funds for politicians, bestowing favors, representing special interests and pressing mayoral goals on boards overseeing the harbor, airports and Department of Water and Power – the juice commissions that handle billions of dollars in contracts and generate fortunes in political contributions. Now Wong is facing 20 charges that he accepted bribes to influence policy at City Hall; lied about it; embezzled money from his employer, Kaiser-Permanente; and filed false tax returns. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.And though Wong is only one of a few people to be caught in the pay-to-play investigation, he’s no aberration. P.R. executives Doug Dowie and John Stodder, who were convicted on federal charges of overbilling the DWP and other clients, had the misfortune to get caught doing what comes naturally to those running the game at City Hall. The Wong indictment is important for District Attorney Steve Cooley’s public integrity division. But it’s disheartening that a three-year investigation jointly conducted by county and federal officials has only penetrated the periphery of City Hall’s corrupt culture. Investigators have failed to get to the heart of a system that’s perpetuated failed policies for decades while benefiting politicians, lobbyists, developers, contractors and unions. The city’s elected leaders talk a lot about cleaning up politics, but their only prescriptions so far have been phony proposals – like the November ballot measure that would weaken rules for lobbyists while keeping council members in office for four more years. Cooley hints that there might still be more indictments, that he’s not done “rooting out corrupt public officials and exposing corruption within public institutions.” last_img read more

Ross County 4-2 Linlithgow Ross: Staggies avoid cup shock in thriller

first_imgThe home side got themselves in front again just before the hour mark when Brian Graham headed home and Alex Schalk doubled the lead with a close range finish.But plucky Rose pulled one back when Ruari MacLennan netted with a fine finish to set up a grandstand finish – only for another Graham goal to settle things with 12 minutes left.The junior side forced the first corner in the third minute but Ryan Baptie’s corner was cleared by Jackson Irvine.County went straight up the park and won their first corner on the left. From Ian McShane’s flag-kick Irvine’s header struck the base of the near post but when the ball was cleared to Quinn he rifled a low shot into the far corner of the net. Ross County reached the last eight of the Scottish Cup after a highly competitive fifth round tie against Linlithgow Rose at Global Energy Stadium.The junior outfit did themselves proud with a spirited display that ensured the tie was in doubt until the closing stages.County got off the best possible start when Paul Quinn scored in the fourth minute.But Rose were well in the tie and they drew level in the final minute of the first half when the ball came off County defender Jamie Reckord following a goalmouth melee. It was just the start County were looking for but Rose showed they were still in the tie with an effort from Conor Kelly which flew over and Tommy Coyle shot which was smothered by home goalkeeper Gary Woods.The junior side were seeing a lot of the ball but County came close to a second goal in the 27th minute when Jonathan Franks got behind the Rose defence and his cross was headed down by Graham but Rose keeper Alistair Adams turned the ball behind for a corner.Another decent cross from Franks reached Raffaele De Vita, whose acrobatic overhead kick flew narrowly over.But on the stroke of half time the visitors silenced the home crowd with a shock equaliser.MacLennan had a shot blocked then Blair Batchelor followed up with an effort which was blocked in front of goal by Scott Boyd – but his clearance ricocheted off Reckord on his way into the net.County made two changes at the start of the second half with Michael Gardyne and Richard Foster replacing Franks and Reckord.Rose who made the better start to the second half without creating anything clear-cut but the home side restored their lead in the 58th minute when Graham powered home a header from a McShane corner.When Alex Schalk added a third goal six minutes later at the back post following good work from Irvine it looked all over as a contest.But the junior outfit were not done and MacLennan was left unmarked to convert a Kelly pass with 14 minutes remaining.However, Graham scored a decisive fourth goal for the League Cup finalists two minutes later when he rifled home a Gardyne cutback.last_img read more

Halloween Housewares Add Some Spice To Your Decor

first_imgOther items include mugs, candle holders, ornaments, a countdown calendar, decorative banners, trick or treat bags, an apron, and more. Share This!There’s plenty of new home decor with this season’s Halloween merchandise offerings in the Disney parks.Our favorite item is this headless horseman, listed at $27.99. It took some careful observation, conversations with three cast members, and a visit to shopDisney.com to figure out that it’s a combination mug and votive candle holder. We’re not 100% sure that beverages and open flames should be combined, so we’ll be using the pumpkin part to hold our cookies during tea time. We found most of these items at either the Confectionary or the Emporium on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom and some items at the store in Dinoland at the Animal Kingdom, but they will be available in many locations throughout the Halloween season.Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img read more

Auburndale girls basketball wins conference opener at Newman Catholic

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU – The Auburndale girls basketball team opened its Marawood Conference South Division schedule with a huge road win as it took down Wausau Newman Catholic 51-43 on Friday night at Newman High School.Taylor Gotz scored 19 points and Paiton Richardson added 15 for Auburndale, which improves to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the Marawood South. Newman is now 1-1 and 0-1 in the conference.The Apaches outscored Newman by four points in each half to pull out the victory.Auburndale hosts Edgar in a nonconference game Monday night at 7:30 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com)Apaches 51, Cardinals 43Auburndale 25 26 – 51Wausau Newman Catholic 21 22 – 43AUBURNDALE (51): McKenzie Raab 2, Ashley Peplinski 3, Allison Linzmeier 2, Slyviann Momont 10, Paiton Richardson 15, Taylor Gotz 19. Record: 3-0, 1-0 Marawood Conference South Division.WAUSAU NEWMAN CATHOLIC (43): Lauren Fech 12, Signe Fronek 9, Makayla Slaby 4, Taylor Jankowski 8, Abbey Fox 5, Karina McGucken 2, Brogan Kimball 2, Mariah Whalen 1. Record: 1-1, 0-1 Marawood South.last_img read more