Montalbo mum on costly inbound play in DLSU loss to Ateneo

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees Montalbo kept mum on the costly play and all he could do is look forward to the Green Archers’ next games.“I have no comment on that [inbound pass],” said Montalbo Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We’re going to bounce back, we felt that we could’ve won that game. We’ll bounce back.”La Salle finished the first round with a 5-2 record, two games behind the 7-0 Blue Eagles, and Montalbo is already raring to lead the Green Archers against Far Eastern University on Wednesday.“Thank you Lord we’ll be playing immediately,” said Montalbo. “That way we won’t feel the sting of our loss today that much. We’ll bounce back and we’ll get the victory.”ADVERTISEMENT Matt Nieto, however, had other plans and denied Caracut the ball and tapped Montalbo’s pass away.That however wasn’t the last of Montalbo’s mistakes as he fouled Nieto with 3.9 seconds left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNieto went on to hit the game-winning free throws as Ateneo escaped with a 76-75 victory.READ: Matt Nieto ‘relaxed’ amid pressure-packed moment DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKib Montalbo had the ball in his hands with 7.8 seconds left in the game with La Salle holding a 75-74 lead.All he had to do was give it to Andrei Caracut and let the clock run out.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 13 MOST READ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Rio robber’s bloody mistake mugging a female MMA fighter

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Azkals’ realistic goal MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img Tolentino on Robredo’s drug war report: Who are you to judge? PLAY LIST 02:17Tolentino on Robredo’s drug war report: Who are you to judge?00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 A robber who tried to steal a cellphone from a young woman in Rio de Janeiro learned the hard way that mugging a mixed martial arts fighter who goes by the nickname “the Iron Lady” is not an excellent idea.Polyana Viana, an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight, brought the hapless perp down with two punches and a kick and held him in a “rear-naked choke” before making him sit and wait for the police, she told the sports website MMA Junkie.The attempted crime happened late Saturday as Viana, 27, was waiting for an Uber outside her apartment block. She said the man told her he had a gun but she surmised it probably wasn’t real and in any case “he won’t have time to draw it” before she went into action.After subduing the assailant she discovered the weapon was in fact a cardboard replica of a pistol.Viana posted images of the would-be robber, looking dejected and bruised, with blood on his sleeveless shirt and on a hand, as she kept his arm in a “kimura-like position” until the police arrived.“Since he took the punches very quickly, I think he was scared,” she told the site.She said that, after the suspect’s processing by police and treatment for his injuries, she went home and made dinner. Her hands hurt a bit the next day, but nothing serious and she was otherwise unharmed.Muggings are a constant risk in Rio and other cities in Brazil. The country’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, was elected on promises to crack down on crime.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

PAHO aims to eliminate neglected infectious diseases within 6 years

first_imgHealth leaders of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), on Thursday agreed on a new plan of action to eradicate eight neglected infectious diseases and to significantly cut the burden of five others within the next six years.This decision was made at the 55th Directing Council of PAHO in Washington, in which Public Health Minister George Norton is participating. Some of the diseases targeted for eradication include the Chagas disease, human rabies transmitted by dogs, leprosy, and river blindness.Earlier this year, the Public Health Ministry held a joint stakeholder meeting to review the existing National Action Plan for Neglected Infectious Diseases (NIDs) in Guyana. Junior Public Health Minister Dr Karen Cummings had noted that diseases were spreading much quicker than before, with the most recent being the rapid transmission of Chikungunya and Zika.She noted that while NIDs were thought to be restricted to developing countries, climate and inadequate health structures are now allowing the organisms and their vectors to thrive in developed countries which will lead to more frequent outbreaks.This, she acknowledged, is a “worrying development” and one which strongly indicates that it might be the time to reassess the old ideas about distribution of these diseases and rethink the way public health programmes are managed.The health leaders’ decision calls for actions to reduce the risk of reintroduction of these diseases in the post-elimination phase. Director of PAHO’s Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Department, Marcos Espinal, said the plan is an example of the renewed regional commitment to the wellbeing of the most vulnerable population, especially those living in vulnerable conditions in rural and marginalised areas.The diseases targeted for elimination by 2022 are: trachoma, Chagas disease, human rabies transmitted by dogs, leprosy, human taeniasis and cysticercosis tapeworm infections, lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis (river blindness), and schistosomiasis while the following are targeted for prevention, control, and a reduction in the burden of disease: cystic echinococcosis (hydatidosis), fascioliasis, human plague, leishmaniasis (cutaneous and visceral), and soil-transmitted helminth infections (intestinal worms).Neglected infectious diseases affect primarily populations living in extreme poverty and cause suffering, permanent disability, and death. In Latin America and the Caribbean, an estimated 46 million children live in areas at high risk of infection or reinfection with soil-transmitted helminths, while nearly 11 million people are at risk of blinding trachoma, and 70.2 million are at risk of Chagas disease.Head of PAHO’s Neglected, Tropical, and Vector Borne Diseases unit Luis Gerardo Castellanos, said: “The complex geographical distribution, forms of transmission, and social determinants of these diseases make their elimination more difficult”.Castellanos stated that in order to eliminate them the States would need integrated programmes to prevent and detect more than one of these infections, since the diseases often affect the same population groups.The new plan, which builds on previous efforts and successes, identifies the need to scale up early detection and diagnosis of cases, decentralise clinical management and guarantee skilled and sufficient human resources to ensure timely and affordable access to medicines and care for anyone who needs them.The plan also recommends simultaneously tackling several diseases affecting the same population groups, and reducing transmission risk by increasing access to safe water, basic sanitation, hygiene, and improved housing conditions.So far, Guyana has identified four strategic priority areas: government ownership, coordination and partnership through re-enforcement of ownership by the institution of Guyana; NIDs control and elimination activities and capacity building of health personnel at all levels. They will also plan and advocate and resource mobilisation and sustainability; integrate and link NIDs activities with other public health activities; surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of NIDs programmes.“The Ministry of Public Health is making a bold statement to the people of Guyana that we are willing to partner with likeminded individuals and organisations to frontally approach NIDs in Guyana,” the minister had stated.PAHO Vector Control Unit head Dr Jean Seme Fils Alexandre had stated that PAHO is currently drafting a regional Neglected Infectious Diseases plan for 2016-2022, and he believes that the PAHO plan can be used to guide Guyana’s National Action Plan for NIDs control.He stated that the NIDs and other poverty-infectious diseases rank together with diseases like HIV, Malaria, and TB as the most serious globally and in the Americas.In 2005, over 46 million children in Latin American and Caribbean countries are living in areas at risk of infection and reinfection, he said.last_img read more

Nimba District #3 Undertakes Sports Stadium Project

first_imgNimba County District #3, comprising Gbehlay-Geh and Toah River Districts, has embarked on the construction of a sport stadium that will accommodate about 15,000 people.District #3 Representative Samuel Woeleh told the Daily Observer that Karnplay City has over the years not had a good sport pitch, and predicated upon that, residents of the district conceded to build the stadium using funds for their legislative support project.The project, according Rep. Woeleh, will cost US$223,000 and should have been completed earlier, but delay in getting the needed materials caused the delay.He, however, said they are optimistic by the assurance of contractors that the project will be dedicated on July 26 of this year.According to him, majority of the people making up the population in the district are sports lovers, who are very supportive to the project.Furthermore, he said sports quickly bring reconciliation and unity among people, and having a stadium in the district will enhance these two social values.He indicated that palm thatches being used to fence the field during matches brought low intake because many people would make their way in very easily.But with the concrete fence containing stadium and VIP wings, he believes no one will pick chance to sneak on the field.Rep. Samuel Woeleh is one lawmaker in Nimba, who upon taking office after the 2011 election suffered stroke.As he gradually recovers, the lawmaker regrets that he could not meet up with his plan to develop his district which he believes he can still do if re-elected in 2017.He said he served as a City Mayor in Karnplay for about 20 years prior to his ascendancy to the Representative position. He said he knows the need of the people and if illness had not stalled his plan, he would have done more to impact them.The stadium’s concrete fence has been extensively built with only one of the four sides and the wings remained to be completed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“We Must Recognize Our Limitations”

first_imgDr. Menjay: “You cannot fight poverty with handouts because blessing come when you know that you’re living the limping society” -Dr. Menjay challenges CU graduating classDr. Olu Q. Menjay, President of Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, yesterday  challenged the over 300 members of the 57th graduating class of Cuttington University (CU) Graduate and Professional School, to recognize their own limitations since they were leaving the walls of the university with Masters degrees to their academic advantage.In a sermon under the theme, “Living with a Limp,” delivered on Sunday, June 24, at the Baccalaureate Service for the 2018 Graduating Class held at the Trinity Cathedral on Broad Street, Dr. Menjay said most people don’t want to admit to their limitations in society and, as a result, they are being deceived to live with a limping societal ills.For example, he said some societal ills being overlooked today include crimes of various types, bullying, racism, delinquency, discrimination, family disintegration, drug addiction, poverty and homelessness. “I think many people can agree that drug addiction, poverty and homelessness are perfect examples of societal ills in today’s Liberia,” he said.“To acknowledge our limitations,” according to Dr. Menjay, “would be a source of strength that will help us become better people, because everyone was born with a handicap.” He stressed the need for one to desire a better society where people would be inspired not to deceive or be deceived, “because the society we live in is limping in falsehood with people claiming to know it all.”The Baptist Preacher made reference to Jacob in the Bible, whose name was later changed to Israel and said his life was characterized by deceit and difficulty. He disclosed that Jacob wrestled with an unknown person for a whole night and developed a disfigured hip, which caused him to limp in pain.Dr. Menjay said like Jacob, there are many Liberians wrestling with difficulty and they are struggling with life anxieties daily. But, he noted, struggle is part of life and therefore, “there is no shame in struggling to arrive at better life solutions to improve one’s condition.”To the graduating class, he said. “there is no easy way to life for your struggle is not that you don’t know God or that God has turned his back on you,” he told the graduates amid a round of applause.Menjay noted that in an attempt to make things easy, some prospective graduates paid for grades, but individuals who paid money to obtain passing grades will be haunted in the future by their deceitful actions.Dr. Menjay said you one cannot fight poverty by offering charity through handouts, and therefore, he suggested that the fight against poverty must consider the engagement of issues of policies associated with justice.Asking the graduates not to forget that life is a disappointment, he informed the graduates that life is about wrestling and not resting because the country’s current leadership and those before it have striven to change conditions facing its citizens by developing lots of strategies to redeem the people from poverty.Menjay recollected that former President William R. Tolbert introduced the “mat to mattress policy, while former President Samuel K. Doe introduced the “Green Revolution…back to the Soil,” but former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, according to Menjay, introduced the “Poverty Reduction Strategic” (PRS), while President George Weah has conned the “Pro-poor strategy.”He said it is important to consider whether these strategies introduced by the succeeding administrations to solve Liberia’s problems were successful or whether the one introduced by President Weah is working, because from time immemorial, Liberians have lived a life that is yet to be improved.According to him, Liberians have lived with problems and challenges for time in memorial, and so “I am compelled to remind you that some people have found it difficult to make ends meet because life remains so difficult.”Dr. Menjay said these Liberians have leaped and continue to leap, noting that one cannot underestimate the difficulty Liberians are undergoing. “You cannot refuse the struggling realities of our existence, but if you do this, your education at Cuttington will be meaningless,” he told the graduates. “You did not enroll at Cuttington to avoid problems, neither will you graduate to look for an easy way out, rather you enrolled to easily solve problems,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana Goldfields CEO steps down

first_img…gold sales dip by 13%President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Toronto-based Guyana Goldfields Inc, Scott Caldwell has resigned effective at the close of business today.In a statement on Tuesday, the company said that Caldwell also stepped down as a Director of the company.ormer President and CEO Scott Caldwell“I want to thank the entire Guyana Goldfields team and the Board of Directors for their support as we developed the Aurora Gold Mine over the last few years. I look forward to supporting the company as a shareholder and remain confident in the long term future of the Aurora mine,” Caldwell said in the missive.He joined the company as a Director in 2012 and has been President and CEO since 2013. Caldwell was instrumental in building the company’s Aurora mine on time and on budget.He will be replaced by Allen Palmiere, who assumes leadership of the company as Interim Chief Executive Officer effective today also. Palmiere has over 35 years of operational and financial experience in the mining industry as well as extensive experience in senior executive and leadership roles.Of particular importance is his experience in mine production activities, having formerly held the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of HudBay Minerals Inc.“Our focus remains on optimising the mine plan for the Aurora Gold Mine (located in Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Region Seven, Guyana) maximising operational efficiencies, and continuing with the permitting and development of the underground mine at Aurora,” Marion added.Meanwhile, Palmiere, an Independent Director, said: “the company has faced some challenges over the last year, and I am confident that the future will demonstrate the value of this asset and it is my pleasure to help in some small way until we complete our search for a permanent CEO”.Interim CEO Allen PalmiereCaldwell’s resignation was announced back in April as part of the settlement of a bitter proxy battle for control of the Canadian company, which owns the Aurora Gold Mine. As part of the agreement, two new independent Directors were appointed to the Board, one of which was Palmiere; while two other long-serving independent Directors also stepped down.The fallout between the dissent shareholders, led by founder and ousted Chairman, Patrick Sheridan, and the company stemmed from poor performance. Back in March, Guyana Goldfields had announced that gold production from Aurora had declined by almost 1.7 million ounces, compared to the corresponding estimates from the previous year.Gold sales dipOn the issue on production, Guyana Goldfields Inc also announced its 2019 Second Quarter results on Tuesday. It was noted that gold production during that period was 37,300 ounces, bringing the total gold produced during the first half of the year to 74,000 ounces. This, the company said, is in line with the annual production guidance range of 145,000 to 160,000 ounces of gold.However, gold sales recorded was 38,300 ounces at a total cash cost (before royalty) of $746 per ounce, representing a 13 per cent reduction from the comparable quarter in 2018. Additionally, cost of sales, including royalty and depreciation, were $1186 per ounce and all-in sustaining costs (AISC) were $1323 per ounce.Moreover, it was reported that the mining company recorded a quarterly mill performance of 7800 tonnes per day (TPD) and a 10 per cent increase from the second quarter of 2018.Meanwhile, underground exploration decline construction was resumed and advanced 164 metres during the second quarter.Over 2 million person-hours accumulated without a lost-time injury, Guyana Goldfields reported.Furthermore, exploration drilling at the Mad Kiss hole MKD, located at Aurora, 187 drilled into the central mineralised zone returned an average of 6.11 grams per tonne gold over a core interval of 301.4 metres starting from 14.1 metres downhole, as reported back in May.With regards to the strike at Aurora earlier this month, during which some employees blocked the delivery of ore to the mill, the company noted that the work stoppage lasted three days, with employees agreeing to return to work on July 5, 2019. Stemming from that strike, however, the gold producer estimates that approximately 22,500 tonnes were not processed from operational days lost. But this, it noted, will not affect the third quarter production guidance.In addition, it was reported that the company on April 30 last, elected to retire the principal balance outstanding of its $35 million loan facility. Balance sheets stand at approximately $38.9 million at June 30, 2019, and no outstanding debt.According to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Suresh Kalathil, “For the second half of the year, further operational efficiency initiatives are in the pipeline, however, realising the full benefit of these initiatives will not be immediate.Our entire team is focused on operational optimisation efforts to further reduce costs and improve operating efficiencies. Additionally, gold production in the second half is expected to be back-end weighted with the fourth quarter accounting for approximately 60 per cent of the forecast ounces as the plan calls for approximately half of the mill feed to be sourced from stockpiles in the third quarter due to sequencing of the pit phases at Rory’s Knoll.”last_img read more

Young fire victim released from hospital

first_img“It could be six months or more until she is released from the intensive care unit,” Prado said. “We talk to her to let her hear some voices of the family. The doctors say it helps the recovery. Since the fire, Sergio Alcazar and his children – Matthew, Danielle, 9-year-old Jacqueline and 2-year-old Jonathan – have been living with his sister in West Covina. Establishing a routine of school, after-school activities and homework has helped the children cope with the situation. Prado said school officials at South Hills Academy have been very helpful throughout the ordeal. Relatives take turns taking and picking the children up from activities and caring for them on the weekends. Not seeing their mother since the fire has affected them. When Jonathan saw pictures of his mother on the computer, he kissed the computer screen and said “mommy, mommy,” Prado said. Family friends are collecting donations to assist the family. Laurie Minacori, a high school classmate of Nayeli, and three other friends have collected and given about $700 in gift cards, cash donations and merchandise to the family. Minacori said she will be bringing another $700 in donations to family soon. Donations can be made to the Alcazar Family Fire Relief Fund, account number 0530545977, and sent to the Bank of America, 150 S. California Ave., West Covina, CA 91790. caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – Nearly a month after a fire destroyed most of their home, the Alcazar family celebrated a small miracle Saturday. Danielle Alcazar, 5, who suffered second- and third-degree burns on her hands and feet, was released from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center over the weekend. The family’s joy is tempered by the fact that Nayeli Alcazar, 40, the mother of four children, including Danielle, remains in isolation at the medical center. Nayeli Alcazar suffered burns to 60 percent of her body and has undergone three skin graft operations, said Jesus Prado, Alcazar’s brother. The fire that ripped through the family’s home in the 300 block of North Broadmoor Avenue on March 7 was sparked by a burning candle left on the dining room table. Sergio Alcazar, Nayeli’s husband, was also injured. The family was alerted to the fire when 10-year-old Matthew awoke because he had trouble breathing. Seeing his sister struggle to recover is difficult, Prado said. The family hopes that the lively, outgoing woman will make a full recovery. Family members are keeping vigil at the hospital. Prado said his sister, who worked as an administrative assistant for the Los Angeles County Office of Public Works, has a “a long road ahead.” last_img read more

Kerr calls it quits as Gor Mahia head coach

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr waves to Kenyan fans who cheered on their team after their historic SportPesa Trophy friendly match at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, United Kingdom on November 6, 2018.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – Just like a well scripted romantic movie, Dylan Kerr’s love story with Gor Mahia has come to an end just the same way it started. The tactician’s first game in charge of K’Ogalo was a friendly match against Everton FC in Tanzania and his last, again, was a friendly match against the English Premier League side in Liverpool. After months of speculation, the club confirmed that the coach has indeed slipped in his resignation letter from the United Kingdom stepping down from his role citing another coaching opportunity that has knocked on his door.“With a very sad heart, l have decided to accept another coaching role for the 2018/19 season. I want to put on record that l thank you Mr. Chairman for giving me the chance to work with you and more importantly for Gor Mahia FC.” Kerr said in his resignation letter to Gor boss Ambrose Rachier.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr gives his tam some pep talk in the dressing room during their historic SportPesa Trophy friendly match at the Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, United Kingdom on November 6, 2018.He added; “To players, all l can say is a thank you for being amazing – everyone played their part with fun, enthusiasm, hard work and most of all belief in what l demanded for both on and off the field. I hope you continue having the vision l constantly told you and always remember no regrets,” continued the letter.The tactician had earlir intimated that he might leave the club saying he was frustrated he could not get some players he had wished for especially after the departure of Meddie Kagere.Sources close to the coach intimate that he had forwarded the name of a Senegalese and Kenyan forward to join the club, but Gor were not keen on it thus frustrating him.In mid-season, the tactician received concrete offers in South and North Africa, but turned them down. However, he seemingly will consider one of them now that he has decided to hang the green and white of K’Ogalo and look for another challenge.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr gives instructions in training at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground on November 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“As a club, we thank him for the level he has taken the club. We truly appreciate his work… he was understanding, respectful and a man of the people l must say. He did his work with passion and that helped the team to deliver good results,” chairman Rachier said of the coach’s departure.Kerr did not return to Nairobi after the Everton friendly and had planned to do so next Tuesday after attending to a doctor’s appointment today.The tactician leaves Kenya on a high having led them to back to back Kenyan Premier League titles as well as making history by reaching the CAF Confederations Cup group stages for the first time in the club’s history.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Emery finds it hard to put case for Gunners defence

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s defence remains their weak link, admitted manager Unai Emery after the 4-1 rout of struggling Fulham © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 1 – Arsenal manager Unai Emery was happy with his team’s attacking play after Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over Fulham but admitted their defending has plenty of room for improvement.The score suggests a straightforward win against a Fulham team who performed as poorly on the road as they usually do but it was exactly what Emery’s men needed to restore confidence after their 5-1 thrashing by Liverpool. But Emery knew the score did not tell the whole story.Ryan Sessegnon missed two good chances to give the visitors the lead in the first 20 minutes and had either gone in, Arsenal’s resolve would have been sorely tested.Instead, typically slack Fulham defending allowed the unmarked Granit Xhaka to score from Alex Iwobi’s measured cross after 25 minutes, and Arsenal were rarely troubled after that.“Our challenge now is to improve defensively,” Emery admitted. “Today was the first time we could play with Sokratis, (Skhodran) Mustafi and (Laurent) Koscielny.“We are very happy with the attacking players, scoring lots of goals like today.“But we need more balance defensively, we need to work, to prepare for the second half of the season and we need to do better tactically and we are going to.”His three-man defence, though, was disrupted by a hamstring injury that forced Mustafi off the field at half-time.Rather than replace him with Stephan Lichtsteiner, Emery changed formation and went to a back four, which suggests the search for balance is both tactical and one of personnel.Emery hinted signings are possible this month as the transfer window reopens.“It’s not easy to improve our team in the market but the club is working. Maybe we can sign one or two players,” said the 47-year-old Spaniard.The scale of Arsenal’s defensive difficulties is illustrated by their failure to keep a clean sheet since beating Huddersfield Town at the Emirates Stadium on December 8, but a second victory in six matches was welcome.“We needed to win today,” added Emery whose decision to take off goalscorer Alexandre Lacazette in the second-half sparked a chorus of boos.However, it was a moved which proved fruitful when his replacement Aaron Ramsey scored soon afterwards.“We are behind the first four teams in the table but we want to stay close and in the near future there can be opportunities to be in the top four,” said Emery.Swiss midfielder Xhaka set Arsenal on their way with his fourth goal of the season. Lacazette added the second after 55 minutes with their momentum temporarily halted as Aboubakar Kamara pulled one back after 69 minutes.However, Ramsey came off the bench to make it 3-1 eleven minutes from time and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a fourth.Fulham remain in 19th place but their Italian manager Claudio Ranieri saw reasons to be positive that a side, which enjoyed a £100 million investment in the summer, can stay up.“The first 30 minutes we played so well and created two great chances and their fans weren’t happy,” he said.“And at 2-1 we created two more chances. We had to stay more concentrated in every circumstance.“But the skill of the Arsenal players is amazing and you have to shut up and say: ‘Well done.’ Now we have to stay together. Every match is crucial for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Passport delay problem fixed – 16 million later

first_imgWASHINGTON – The State Department said Friday it has worked through a massive backlog in passport applications and that processing times are back to normal after months of major delays that disrupted summer travel plans for thousands of Americans. The department said the hiring of hundreds of new adjudicators, temporary transfers of employees to passport centers and the opening of a new facility to handle the deluge had brought the waiting period for a standard application back to six to eight weeks, and three weeks for expedited service. “We’re very pleased that we’ve been able to get back to the customer service standard that has long been our desire, and pleased that we’ve been able to do so in accordance with the commitments that we made to the American people and Congress,” deputy spokesman Tom Casey said. At one point during the summer, the processing time had stretched to more than three months for a standard application, infuriating many would-be overseas travelers and sparking a rash of harsh criticism from lawmakers. The surge was largely the result of new post-Sept. 11, 2001, immigration rules that took effect in January requiring U.S. citizens to have passports for air travel to Canada, Mexico. Casey said the State Department has issued more than 16 million passports since October 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more