Aubameyang at the double as Arsenal open with a win

first_imgArsenal, Chelsea and Celtic got off to winning starts in their Europa League campaigns while Rangers grabbed an impressive draw at Villarreal.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as the Gunners beat Ukrainian side Vorskla 4-2 at Emirates Stadium.Alex Iwobi laid the opener on a plate for Aubameyang in the first half and Danny Welbeck headed the second just after half-time.Aubameyang then hit a fine longe-range effort and sub Mesut Ozil tapped home the fourth before goals from Volodymyr Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar made the scoreline more respectable for the visitors.A solitary goal from Willian gave Chelsea a 1-0 win over PAOK Salonika.The Brazilian winger tucked in a pass from Ross Barkley after seven minutes but despite dominating, the Blues could not find the net again.Celtic left it late to beat Rosenborg at Parkhead, Leigh Griffiths nodding the winner in the 87th minute.Steven Gerrard’s Rangers twice came from behind to draw 2-2 away at Villarreal.Carlos Bacca and Gerard Moreno twice had the hosts ahead but the Scottish side refused to buckle with Scott Arfield equalising first and then Kyle Lafferty scoring his maiden European goal.In Chelsea’s group Belarus side BATE beat Hungarians MOL Vidi 2-0, while Sporting Lisbon secured a 2-0 win over Qarabag of Azerbaijan in Arsenal’s group.The other game in Rangers’ group saw Rapid Vienna defeat Spartak Moscow 2-0, while in Celtic’s Red Bull Salzburg won the ‘Red Bull derby’ 3-2 at RB Leipzig.AC Milan only had a Gonzalo Higuain goal to show for their trip to Luxembourg, running out narrow 1-0 winners against F91 Dudelange. Group F rivals Olympiakos and Real Betis drew 0-0.Ever Banega and Wissam Ben Yedder scored two apiece as Sevilla racked up a thumping 5-1 win over Standard Liege.The Spaniards top Group J from Krasnodar after the Russian side downed Turkey’s Akhisarspor 1-0.An early Luis Alberto goal and a late Ciro Immobile penalty gave Lazio a 2-1 triumph over Cypriots Apollon Limassol while elsewhere in Group H Marseille were beaten 2-1 by Eintracht Frankfurt.Dynamo Kiev were held 2-2 by Kazakhstan side FC Astana while an injury-time goal from Hatem Ben Arfa gave Rennes a 2-1 victory at home to Czech outfit FK Jablonec.In Group A Bayer Leverkusen had to come from 2-0 down to beat Bulgarian side Ludogorets 3-2 and Zurich won 1-0 at AEK Larnaca of Cyprus.FC Copenhagen drew 1-1 with Zenit St Petersburg and Slavia Prague beat Bordeaux 1-0 in Group C.Dinamo Zagreb thumped Fenerbahce 4-1 in Group D with Spartak Trnava of Slovakia sinking Anderlecht 1-0.Group I saw Besiktas sink Norwegians Sarpsborg 08 3-1 and Genk beat Malmo 2-0.last_img read more

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‘Please help me’—Mattek-Sands suffers horror Wimbledon injury

first_imgNot easy being green: Dog births unique puppy Horn ready for rematch MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “I wish I could have done more. You wouldn’t wish that on your worst enemy.”Mattek-Sands’s husband Justin tried to console his wife before medics arrived, while Cirstea was distraught and in tears.After lying prone on the ground for around 20 minutes, Mattek-Sands was eventually stretchered away and taken to a west London hospital where she was said to have suffered “an acute knee injury”.Mattek-Sands’s doubles partner, Lucie Safarova, with whom she shares the world number one ranking as well as four Grand Slam titles, also arrived at the scene in tears.Cirstea, who had dropped the first set 4-6 but took the second 7-6 (7/4), was declared the winner of the second round match.ADVERTISEMENT Bethanie Mattek-Sands clings on her knee after hurting it during a Wimbledon match. SCREENGRAB FROM ESPN TWITTER VIDEOAmerica’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands suffered a horror knee injury at Wimbledon on Thursday which left her screaming and crying in pain in the middle of the court.The 32-year-old collapsed to the ground after damaging her right knee as she approached the net in the first game of the deciding set against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea on Court 17.ADVERTISEMENT She questioned why it took the medical services so long to reach a court which is just a stone’s throw away from the famed Centre Court.‘Everyone froze’“I was screaming at the umpire. I told them to bring a stretcher because everyone froze, nobody reacted,” said Cirstea who said only she, her physio and Justin Mattek-Sands initially raced to the player’s assistance.“She went into shock and it took so long for the medical team to arrive. It felt like forever.“What if it was a heart attack? You should look at the video and time how long it took. I was there 10 to 15 minutes and the stretcher had still not arrived.”Safarova had to go and play her second round match just minutes after witnessing her close friend’s turmoil.She lost 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3 to Shelby Rogers but said that was irrelevant.“It’s been a tough day, just terrible what’s happened. I am so sad for Bethanie,” said Safarova who had been hoping to partner Mattek-Sands to the Wimbledon doubles title and complete the non-calendar Grand Slam.“I have talked to Justin. She’s having more tests but we don’t know how long she will be in hospital.“I will see when I can visit her. I will be there when she needs me.” LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs LATEST STORIES To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks View comments LSU title parade draws massive crowds “Please help me, please, please,” screamed the 32-year-old in scenes so distressing that television cameras panned away from the stricken player.Cirstea said her friend’s knee was “out… and in a very weird position”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I freaked out. I have never seen such an injury before, the knee was really in a bad position. It was like something you see only in the movies,” said Cirstea.“I tried to comfort her but I panicked. I felt useless. All she kept saying was ‘Sorana, help me, help me.” The All England club defended its medical teams.“The first response to Court 17 was within one minute, by a qualified ambulance technician,” they said in a statement.“The player was kept on court while pain relief was given.“The player was then transferred directly to an ambulance and taken under emergency conditions to a hospital.”Messages of support poured in for Mattek-Sands, well known on the tour for her flamboyant fashion sense and friendly, easy-going nature.“I love you @BMATTEK  you are the biggest fighter I know and you will come back stronger than ever,” tweeted India’s Sania Mirza, her former doubles partner.Olympic champion Monica Puig tweeted: “Stay strong @BMATTEK … we love you so much.”Wimbledon courts are no stranger to injury controversies.In 2013, Victoria Azarenka fell heavily, hurting her ankle and blamed the state of the courts.Maria Sharapova said the surface on Court Two where she lost to Michelle Larcher de Brito was “dangerous” after she fell a number of times. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return On Thursday, Alison Riske and Kristina Mladenovic had wanted to stop playing on Court 18 with the defeated Frenchwoman claiming there was a hole on the baseline.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinoslast_img read more

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Exchanging…

first_img…offersTwo weeks ago, the APNU and the AFC announced that after a year of playing ducks and drakes on the status of the pre-nup they’d signed back on Valentine’s Day 2015, they were going to renegotiate it. The first thought your Eyewitness had was – if they did do so – would that be a new Cummingsburg Accord?? It’s like first replacing the handle of a knife and then after a while replacing the blade: is it the same knife??We were told then that the entire “renegotiation” would take four weeks…so it means there ain’t much time left. But then again, this is the APNU and AFC we’re dealing with; and a “ticking clock” is of no consequence to them!! Leading off for the APNU would be its GS Joseph Harmon, while sitting across from him will be AFC GS David Patterson, Executive members Dominic Gaskin and Dr Vincent Adams. Seems like the AFC intends to tag team the big APNU fella!!Question is, what exactly will be the terms of the new “Accord”? Will it even be an “accord” – meaning a “consensus”? Now since the old “accord” had nothing to do with the plans of the two groups for the development of – God forbid! – anything principled, like finding common ground on an ideology or a model of governance etc. So we can expect that once again, they’ll be haggling over divvying up the spoils of the victory they’ve been working like little beavers behind the scenes to fix.Now the AFC’s made no secret of the fact that they expect the PM slot MUST be given to their leader – who just happens to be Ramjattan. But we all know by now that the incumbent Nagamootoo, after discovering “how sweet it is!” has in oh so many ways made his availability known. And the fella negotiating for APNU has already pronounced that Nagamootoo is “royalty” and “the best PM ever!!”So it was no surprise that Ramjattan showed up at the Ministry of the Presidency himself and handed over the AFC’s proposals to the caretaker President!! He may be from Berbice, but he ain’t mad!! He’d seen how diligent Nagamootoo was brownnosing the Head Guy, and had rushed to also get his nose up where the sun don’t shine also!! He was even willing to burn all bridges with his landsmen over in the Ancient County; boasting that his party had played a critical role in shuttering those sugar plantations!!So what does your Eyewitness think gonna happen?? Nagamootoo and Ramjattan will be dropped some crumbs, and the PM’s post will go to an Indigenous woman.Hitting two demographics with one choice!! …glancesBut it’s really sad how low the AFC has allowed itself fall from the days when they were probably humming that Ole Blue Eyes’ staple: “Strangers in the night exchanging glances…wondering in the night. What were the chances we’d be sharing love”!!Love is always in the air around Valentine’s Day, isn’t it?? That’s probably why even though Ramjattan had feared they’d become “dead meat” if the tied the knot with the PNC, they took the plunge.Ramjattan got to be “VP”; Nagamootoo, PM; Trotman, “Oil Czar” and so on with 40% of the Cabinet – for just the promise of a 10% of the vote as dowry. But what a difference a few years make, doesn’t it?? Ramjattan found out he was given an office to just stare at the walls all day; Nagamootoo couldn’t chair the Cabinet meetings and wax eloquent and Trotman was given a good hiding behind the woodshed and banished to the Forest!!Looks like the “chances of sharing love” are slim to none, this time around!!…titlesPresident Granger’s finally accepted he’s heading a “caretaker” government. Which means just making sure the property of the people of Guyana is kept in the state as he found it.So why do some folks get their buckta into a knot when he’s dubbed a “caretaker President”??last_img read more

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Icahn to Time Warner: Let’s deal

first_img 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Assuming Icahn and Parsons are able to come to terms, the many properties of Time Warner – including Warner Brothers, HBO, CNN, America Online and Time Magazine – would stay together. That result would be a major victory for Parsons, who has stoically weathered personal attacks from Icahn, who has accused him of mismanaging the company in about every way imaginable. For Icahn, a settlement would give him something to show for his efforts, which many on Wall Street have considered a long shot from the start. Despite Icahn’s apparent failure to split the company in four pieces, some observers said his campaign had focused Times Warner’s board and its investors on the company’s structure in a way that could eventually bear fruit. Icahn let it be known Thursday that rather than field a slate of directors to replace Time Warner’s 14-member board at its annual meeting in May, he is now considering putting forward only five directors. He has until Sunday to file his slate. Carl C. Icahn, the financier, is backing away from his attempt to break Time Warner into pieces – looking instead to negotiate some smaller changes at the company in exchange for dropping his acrimonious campaign, according to people involved in the discussion. If Icahn and Time Warner Chairman Richard D. Parsons come to terms, Icahn would shelve the fight for control of Time Warner, with the backing of three investment funds and the investment banker Bruce Wasserstein of Lazard. Icahn and his backers control 3.3 percent of Time Warner’s shares. People close to Icahn and Parsons said the two men were speaking Thursday, and Icahn had contacted Parsons throughout the week with a list of proposals. last_img read more

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Man United vs Southampton live on talkSPORT: Full coverage of 3pm game here

first_img Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Manchester United will be looking to keep their stunning Premier League run going when they welcome Southampton to Old Trafford today.United have not lost in the top-flight since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho and beat Crystal Palace 3-1 on Wednesday night. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Man United vs Southampton: How to listenFull commentary from the Premier League showdown will be live on talkSPORT, with our coverage getting underway after the conclusion of Tottenham vs Arsenal.Adrian Durham will bring you all the build up with Ian Danter and Perry Groves on commentary duty and to tune in just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen LIVE on talkSPORT click here.Man United vs Southampton: Kick-off timeThe Premier League clash at Old Trafford is set to kick-off at 3pm on Saturday, March 2.The corresponding fixture finished 2-2 at St Mary’s in December after United came from two down to claim a point. Meanwhile, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints claimed a vital win over fellow relegation battlers Fulham in midweek but remain dangerously close to the drop.It’s a big game at both ends of the table and it will be live on talkSPORT. REVEALED 2 Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star gameday cracker Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? tense REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Man United and Marcus Rashford face Southampton this afternoon no dice deals whoops REAL DEAL Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton take on Man United today Man United vs Southampton: Team news and line-upsAnthony Martial could return for injury-hit United as Solskjaer prepares to start Marcus Rashford against Southampton.Martial will be assessed after a groin complaint and Rashford is fully fit after an ankle injury saw him start the midweek win at Crystal Palace on the bench.Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Matteo Darmian and Antonio Valencia are all set to miss out meaning youngsters James Garner and Mason Greenwood could be involved.Southampton will again be without Danny Ings and Mario Lemina.Ings has been sidelined by hamstring trouble, while Lemina is recovering from an abdominal problem and both are not yet able to train with the squad.The Saints have no fresh injury problems following their midweek win over Fulham but striker Michael Obafemi is set to miss the rest of the season.last_img read more

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Boil Water & Conservation Advisory Lifted

first_imgAlso, the advisory for all East Washington Rural Water customers to conserve water has been lifted as well. According to Nathan Risen, at the East Washington Rural Water Corporation, the boil water advisory for East Washington customers no longer have to boil water.Risen said the advisories were lifted effective immediately on Friday afternoon.last_img

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Feed of the Day

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Cool, I’m Feed of the Day at Feedster! btwregular readers may’ve noticed I’m posting more frequently now. Shorter, pithier posts.But I plan to continue the long-form entries too (like last nights). I’ll see howthis experiment goes… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Blogging#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus Related Posts last_img read more

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Coalition Reveals Opposition to Google’s ITA Purchase, Google Responds

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Last June, Google made a $700 million offer to acquire ITA Software, a flight information company. ITA’s reservation management system includes a number of major clients in the airline industry and a group of online travel sites have come out in opposition as FairSearch.org in hopes of convincing the Justice Department to block the deal.According to The Wall Street Journal, the oppositional group consists of Expedia Inc., Kayak.com, Sabre Holdings and Farelogix Inc. and they are concerned “that Google could limit access to ITA’s software, which is used by many of the flight-comparison sites operated by the members of the newly formed coalition.” The companies are behind travel sites Expedia, Hotwire, TripAdvisor, Travelocity, SideStep and Kayak.“Google has tremendous power in the search market, and it gives Google the ability to steer users in directions that are best for Google,” Expedia’s counsel, Thomas Barnett, told The Wall Street Journal. “All of that would ultimately end up harming consumers.”Google has issued a response, saying that “Our reason for making this acquisition is simple: ITA will help us provide better results for our users.”Included in the company’s rebuttal are promises that Google plans to honor ITA’s existing contracts with clients and that it “does not plan to sell airline tickets directly.” The site also refutes the idea that the deal will be bad for consumers by raising ticket prices or stifling innovation. In the end, the company defends the purchase of ITA saying that “We think we can make more significant innovations and bigger breakthroughs in online flight search for consumers by combining our engineering expertise with ITA’s than we would by just licensing ITA’s data service”.Google’s acquisition of ad network Ad Mob caused similar anti-trust concerns, but the deal was ultimately cleared by the Federal Trade Commission. The Justice department is currently conducting “an extended antitrust review of the deal”, according to The Wall Street Journal, but it has yet to come to a decision. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#Government#news#web Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Infographic: What Your Admin Should Know About Cloud Management

first_imgHow fast is the average virtual infrastructure growing? Would you believe that 80% of them are adding 10-50 VMs annually? And that 63% of those surveyed are handling cloud computing installations. IT management provider Solarwinds interviewed 120 of their customers and came up with this infographic. It also includes five tips for making better cloud choices. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting (click to enlarge) A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Tags:#cloud#cloud computing david strom 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Reportable Transaction Understatement Penalty Not Unconstitutional Excessive Fine (Thompson, TC)

first_imgA married couple was not entitled to disqualify the entire Tax Court based on their belief that they could not get a fair trial because the president can remove Tax Court judges for cause. Moreover, their argument that the reportable transaction understatement penalty is unconstitutional because it violates the Excessive Fines clause was also rejected.Comment. The couple’s income tax deficiencies arose from their participation in a distressed-asset debt transaction, which was described in Notice 2008-34, 2008-1 CB 645. Since the couple failed to disclose relevant facts relating to the transaction, the IRS imposed a 30-percent penalty under Code Sec. 6662A. The couple conceded that they were not entitled to the bad-debt deduction; however, they contested the penalties imposed under Code Sec. 6662A.The couple’s argument that the Tax Court Judges should recuse themselves from considering their case because Code Sec. 7443(f) is unconstitutional was rejected. Code Sec. 7443(f) authorizes the president to remove Tax Court judges for inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance in office, but for no other cause. While the taxpayers contended that this provision violates basic separation of powers principles, the Tax Court has held that the president’s authority to remove Tax Court judges for cause is constitutional and, therefore, the court need not recuse itself. (S. Battat, 148 TC – No. 2, Dec. 60,829, TAXDAY, 2017/02/03, J.2).Further, the taxpayer’s argument that Code Sec. 6662A violates the Excessive Fines Clause was also rejected. The Excessive Fines Clause limits the government’s power to extract payments, whether in cash or in kind, as punishment for some offense. However, additions to tax are not meant to punish but raise revenue because they deter noncompliance with the tax law. The couple’s argument that Code Sec. 6662A is not purely remedial because it is intended to deter taxpayers from entering into tax avoidance transactions was also rejected. Neither a high rate of taxation nor an obvious deterrent purpose automatically marks a tax penalty as a form of punishment.D.M. Thompson, 148 TC —, No. 3, Dec. 60,830Other References:Code Sec. 6662ACCH Reference – 2017FED ¶2900.43CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶39,655E.45Code Sec. 7441CCH Reference – 2017FED ¶42,054.39Tax Research ConsultantCCH Reference – TRC PENALTY: 3,252.05CCH Reference – TRC LITIG: 6,052last_img read more

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