20 Sep

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho coy over whether he’s received reassurances on future

first_img Asked whether he had been given assurances over his position, Mourinho, who in August signed a four-year contract extension until June 2019, said: “I don’t have to tell you.” Abramovich has previously axed managers when Chelsea’s place in the Premier League’s top four and qualification for the Champions League the following season had been in doubt. Asked if he can guarantee Chelsea a place in Europe’s elite competition next term, Mourinho said: “I cannot promise.” He then pointed to the failure of Manchester United and Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League in recent seasons. Mourinho added: “Chelsea is a big club. It’s the club that I choose to come (to). It’s a club I live in a very specific way every day. “Liverpool is a big club, Man United is a super big club. Last season Liverpool win nothing and didn’t qualify for the Champions League. “Two years ago Man United didn’t qualify for the Champions League – not even Europa League – and won nothing. “They are still a monster club, but that’s football.” Mourinho declined to comment on two disciplinary matters hanging over him. The 52-year-old Portuguese had until Thursday at 6pm to respond to a misconduct charge relating to his half-time dismissal by referee Jonathan Moss at West Ham. Mourinho expects his appeal against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about referee Robert Madley following the October 3 loss to Southampton to be heard on Friday. “I think so,” he said. “Not optimistic, not pessimistic – just wait.” Mourinho has consistently stated since his return in June 2013 that finishing in the top four had to be the priority in a competitive league. But in referring to the examples of United and Liverpool, Mourinho neglected to say that both sides changed their managers. David Moyes was replaced by Louis van Gaal at United and Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool by Jurgen Klopp, who will be in the visiting dugout at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Asked about the changes in Liverpool since Klopp succeeded Rodgers earlier this month, Mourinho said: “I think everything is the same. Changed some details, obviously, in their tactical approach to matches. “But this is the nature of the game, especially when you are thinking and speaking about two top managers. “When you change a top manager for an ordinary one… when you change a top one to another top one, the level is high, they know what to do, it’s just a little bit of difference to the way both think about football.” Mourinho was asked about Klopp’s challenging campaign at Borussia Dortmund – when the German side started poorly in the Bundesliga last term before qualifying for Europe – and whether there were parallels with Chelsea this season. He declined to discuss it. Chelsea also refused to comment on former first-team doctor Eva Carneiro’s lawyers serving notice on the club that she intends to seek a claim for constructive dismissal. A Chelsea spokesman said: “We’re not aware that we’ve received any paperwork. “It’s an internal staffing matter, so we won’t comment.” The incident which sparked the Carneiro controversy happened in the opening-day draw with Swansea, when Chelsea began their title defence. Chelsea sealed the trophy prior to the most recent Liverpool clash, at Stamford Bridge in May, when the Reds afforded their hosts a guard of honour. The Blues had in January beaten the Reds in a feisty Capital One Cup encounter, when Diego Costa was adjudged to have trodden deliberately on Emre Can and received a retrospective three-match ban. Mourinho was unhappy with the media for highlighting the incident – something which still rankles. He said: “You are saying the game was fantastic, but after the game was not so fantastic. Hopefully we don’t have more of the same.” Costa (ribs) and Pedro (undisclosed) will undergo late fitness tests to determine if the pair will play on Saturday, while midfielder Nemanja Matic is available after a one-match suspension for his dismissal at West Ham. Mourinho was subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of Abramovich’s 12-year ownership on October 5, and Chelsea have won just one of four matches since ahead of Saturday’s clash with Liverpool. Chelsea, the defending Barclays Premier League champions, enter this weekend’s fixtures 15th in the table after losing half of their 10 games, including last Saturday at West Ham, while their Capital One Cup defence ended at Stoke on Tuesday. Jose Mourinho refused to comment on whether he has received reassurances from Chelsea’s board and owner Roman Abramovich over his future as manager. Press Associationlast_img read more

20 Sep

Human remains found in home where children had been removed during abuse investigation

first_imgOfficials in Phoenix, Arizona are reporting that they have discovered human skeletal remains inside of a home where three children had previously been removed by the Department of Child Safety.The discovery was made Tuesday after the Phoenix Police Department was called to the home due to the report of a fire.Officials say they were first made aware of the conditions inside the home on Monday after an 11-year-old girl called authorities to report that she had been left inside the home alone. When authorities arrived to the home, they found the child had in fact been left alone and also found evidence that the child may have been abused.The child was then taken into DCS custody.The department returned to the home a day later after learning that there were two additional children ages 4 and 9 who also lived in the home. They too were taken into DCS custody.Several hours later, a neighbor contacted police to report that their neighbor’s house was on fire.Authorities were able to put out the fire inside the home and while doing so, discovered human remains.Officials then arrested 50-year-old Maribel Loera and 56-year-old Rafael Loera.Both are facing child abuse charges while Rafael Loera faces additional charges of concealing human body parts, endangerment, and arson.Authorities have yet to identify the remains nor have they indicated if they belong to an adult or a child.last_img read more

20 Jan

Samuels’ ton fails to save Windies

first_img Aggressive innings PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP): Sri Lanka overcame an unbeaten 110 by Marlon Samuels to beat the West Indies by 19 runs in the rain-interrupted third one-day international (ODI), and sweep the series 3-0 yesterday. Asked to bat first, the West Indies made 206-9 in a rain-shortened innings of 36 overs. Samuels faced 95 deliveries, hit a six and 15 boundaries. Sri Lanka were set 190 to win on the Duckworth-Lewis method and when rain ended the game, it reached 180-5 in 32.3 overs, 19 runs ahead of the par score. Kusal Perera top-scored for Sri Lanka with 50, his second half-century of the series, while captain Angelo Mathews was 27 not out. Captain Jason Holder returned the best bowling figures of 2-44 for the West Indies. Tillakaratne Dilshan was first to be dismissed in the Sri Lanka innings when he was caught by Jonathan Carter in the covers off Carlos Brathwaite. Dilshan was dropped by the same fielder in the previous delivery. Lahiru Thirimanne added 21 before being caught by Samuels off Holder. Perera faced 47 deliveries in his aggressive innings, that included two sixes and two boundaries. Dinesh Chandimal and Milinda Siriwardana scored 23 and 1, respectively. Earlier, Samuels walked in with West Indies at 16-3. He quickly lost another partner, but steadied the innings with his ninth ODI century. Samuels shared 55 runs for the eighth wicket off 31 deliveries with Brathwaite (18) after the match was reduced to 36 overs due to two rain interruptions. Lasith Malinga struck with the fourth ball of the innings when he had Johnson Charles (4) caught by Dilshan. Suranga Lakmal trapped fellow opener Andre Fletcher (6) leg before wicket. Malinga and Dilshan again combined in the dismissal of Jermaine Blackwood, while Lakmal bowled Darren Bravo (4), leaving the West Indies in trouble at 18-4 before Samuels came to the rescue. Fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera took 2-39. Lakmal, Malinga and Ajantha Mendis also took two wickets each. Samuels was named Man of the Match, and Perera received the Man of the Series award.last_img read more

18 Jan

200 Community Educators Join Massive Ebola Campaign

first_imgIn support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country, 200 community educators from Bong have pledged to support efforts to drive Ebola out of Liberia by running high impact awareness campaigns in various communities across Liberia.The launch is part of the Ebola Community Action Platform (ECAP), founded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and developed by Mercy Corps Liberia, which is helping NGOs to engage  3,000 communities by training trusted local communicators with key information on Ebola virus.The launch was run by a  local ECAP partner, Equip Liberia, along with its partners from seven  counties, Bong, Grand Bassa, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado Nimba and Lofa Counties.  Present at the launch were community health educators, county health officials, village chiefs, representatives of Mercy Corps Liberia and many Bong County residents.ECAP head, Mr. Kimen, called on the group to  “fight Ebola and stop fighting each other through stigmatization, rejection and discrimination. Ebola is our common enemy—no  matter who you are and where you come from,” he added.Also speaking at the event, Richelieu O. Burphy, spokesperson for Mercy Corps Liberia, said that Mercy Corps was proud to be supporting the government’s Ebola must go campaign through the ECAP program.“Effective community engagement remains crucial if we are to eradicate Ebola, maintain the vigilance needed to halt its spread, and prevent such deadly epidemics from occurring in the future,” he said.Over 500 people have so far been trained under the ECAP project, which aims to reach two million citizens with critical information on Ebola. It will also evolve to help communities recover from the devastating social and psychological impacts of the virus.“As a lead agency in the ECAP program, equip Liberia is committed to building the capacity of grassroots and national organizations to improve community health and effectively address crosscutting community development challenges,” said Kimen.Campaigns are delivered in local languages through radio and art to ensure the widest possible reach of anti-Ebola messages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more