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first_imgMAURICIO Pochettino talked a good fight.Far better than the one his players had put in at the Amex, that’s for certain.9 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure following another defeatDefiant and determined, the Argentine’s response to Spurs’ pitiful defeat at Brighton did not sound like that of a man contemplating the end.“It is normal that you feel not so good,” conceded Pochettino.“It is a bad moment but in this moment only you can be better. The most important thing now is to have two weeks to try to be clear, to find a solution.”I need to accept all criticism. After 5½ years, it’s the first time that it is a really difficult situation.“It is an experience we are going to use to be stronger and be wiser, to be a better group, as a person, as a staff. We can bounce back.”Can, yes. After all, everything is possible.Will? That is another question.9 Spurs have lost 17 games in 2019 – more than any other side in the top-flightCredit: ReutersAnd while Pochettino will be probably – and should – be given the time and chance to turn things around, it looks like a club in an irreversible tailspin, a situation that has an inevitable ending, one that he could ask Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho all about.Spurs’ display on the south coast was that of a side still shellshocked, suffering the footballing equivalent of PTSD.But in many ways, in too many ways, it was worse than the home Champions League humiliation by Bayern five days earlier.That had been something of a fluke.After all, Tottenham’s first 35 minutes were their best of the season and the balance of play was far more nuanced than the final scoreline suggested.Not on Saturday. Not at all.Yes, you cannot legislate for the sort of error that gifted Brighton their opener and also ruled skipper Hugo Lloris out of action for maybe two months.After that, though, there were NO excuses.Not for the players who made a series of basic errors, in and out of possession.Experienced players, too.9 The North London outfit were second best against Brighton at the Amex StadiumCredit: ReutersMany Spurs fans were grateful to see Eric Dier return to the starting Prem line-up for the first time this season, believing he would provide some necessary balance.But the Amex incarnation of Dier was a ghost of the player who was England’s World Cup shoot-out hero just 15 months ago.Dier was not alone in the catalogue of shame.Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen appear to have aged overnight, while Christian Eriksen barely managed a proper pass to a light blue shirt.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneIt is, surely, not a jump to point to their contract situations, the trio all now in the final year of their deals, and wonder quite how committed the trio remain.Yet this was a collective, rather than individual malaise.Graham Potter had his side up for it, no doubt. But that is the norm.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsMan for man, Spurs should be better than the Seagulls. Far better. Instead, they were far worse.Off the ball, no pressing, either from the front on midfield. Never tight enough. Second to everything.On it, a palpable lack of penetration or ambition, a situation that only altered, long after the time when it could have really changed anything, following the introduction from the bench of Lucas Moura.Pochettino looked like a broken man on the sidelines, a coach wondering why it was not happening any more, where the magic had gone.It is, in truth, something that can happen, even to the best of coaches.Klopp is working wonders at Liverpool, just as he did at Dortmund for six years.9 Harry Kane was guilty of a poor performance on the south coast against the SeagullsCredit: PA:Press Association99 Aaron Connolly struck twice for the hosts as Brighton deservedly won 3-0Credit: AFP or licensorsLATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerBut in 2014-15, having seen his side asset-stripped over a few seasons by Munich, it all stopped working.Dortmund were in the drop zone at Christmas and still in the bottom half at Easter, when he announced he would leave at the end of the campaign,The following year, it happened to Mourinho, within months of landing the title.Unlike Mourinho in 2015, Pochettino has not publicly gone after his players. So far he has accused none of them of treachery, called none of them “rats”.He will not, either.Yet the club’s failure to go through with the overhaul Pochettino actually identified as necessary TWO years ago, and wanted to take place this summer, is now coming back to bite the Argentine.Pochettino recognised that reaching the Champions League final had to be the end of the story for that version of his side.Coaches like Pochettino rely on their personal bond with the players. When that evaporates, the mystique disappears tooMartin LiptonThey had come close, very close. In the top four for four straight seasons, twice beaten finalists, two-time semi-final losers, too.More importantly, for so many Spurs fans, ending Arsenal’s fatuous “St Totteringham’s Day” nonsense for three staight years, given them a chance to laugh at their North London neighbours.Now, though, Spurs look stale, inhibited, chastened and utterly bereft of the confidence required to change things.Of the three players he brought in, Tanguy Ndombele has been hooked, early, in the past two games, Giovanni Lo Celso has played just 44 minutes and Ryan Sessgnon has not even kicked a ball – the latter two due to frustrating injuries.In turn, when he sold Kieran Trippier, Pochettino wanted to utilise Juan Foyth at right-back.The Argentine’s injury woes mean he has not left the bench yet, either.9 Lloris was hurt in the incident that gifted Brighton the leadCredit: PA:Press Association9 Maupay wheeled away having netted his third of the seasonCredit: Reuters9 But Lloris had to receive oxygen as he was stretchered offCredit: AFP or licensorsDele Alli is in no sort of form. Even Heung-min Son and Harry Kane, two of Poch’s most loyal spear-carriers, appeared resigned to defeat at Brighton.If Pochettino is to resurrect the season, it will require something radical, a gamble on players who may not be good enough. Maybe punting out the non-believers in January.Coaches like Pochettino rely on their personal bond with the players. When that evaporates, the mystique disappears too.Most Spurs fans want to give him the opportunity to rediscover what made him “magic, you know”.Probably because, in their hearts, they know he will turn up somewhere else pretty swiftly and be magic all over again.Yet this feels like end-game. Feels like the end of the book, not just the chapter.Watford at home in a fortnight. Followed by Red Star Belgrade three days later. Then or never? It seems that way.last_img read more

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first_imgBAYERN MUNICH want Mauricio Pochettino as boss – but accept the sacked Tottenham chief hopes to hold off until January for talks.That’s according to the Telegraph, who say the German giants are content to let Hansi Flick stay as caretaker manager up to the new year.2 Maurcioo Pochettino was quickly replaced after his Spurs axing by Jose Mourinho and has already been linked with other top clubsCredit: AFP or licensorsPochettino, 47, is in no rush as he can also monitor the situation at Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United.The Telegraph say Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic hopes to speak to Pochettino but is willing to let the ex-Southampton boss wait a month or two.SunSport revealed yesterday how Barca stepped into the battle with Bayern for former Espanyol chief Poch as Ernesto Valverde is under pressure.But Bayern’s vacancy is clearer as they put flick merely in temporary charge when Niko Kovacs was axed earlier this month.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneJust two years ago Pochettino insisted he would be unable to manage Barcelona as he is an Espanyol fan, despite being a long-term friend of Nou Camp president Josep Maria Bartomeu.And it is that sense of honour that has also led Poch to suggest he could not manage Spurs’ north London rivals Arsenal – even though pundits such as Martin Keown claiming he would be an ideal antidote to Unai Emery’s dour reign.Poch said in July 2017: “Before being a manager, being loyal is more important.2most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic”I am an Espanyol fan. It would be impossible for me to manage Arsenal.”Pochettino took spurs to the Champions League final in May and top-four Premier League finishes in three of the last four seasons.But he was sacked on Tuesday night after just three wins in Tottenham’s first 12 Prem games, Jose Mourinho replacing him inside 24 hours.Jose Mourinho meets Son and Tottenham players in first training session at the clublast_img read more

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first_imgSport discovers this Friday the shirt that Nike has designed for games considered ‘special’ for the 2020-2021 season. It has the colors azulgrana and senyera. For the first time, completely mix the yellow and the azulgrana. It will be the creative shirt of the last errand of Josep Maria Bartomeu and the one that everyone hopes is not the last shirt of Messi, who ends his contract in 2021 but who everyone hopes to renew. Barça, however, will have three official kits that it will use more than the official ones. The first, azulgrana, will also have yellow motifs. In a way, it is similar to that of the late twentieth century that had golden edges and also to that of the 2010-11 season that closed with the memorable Champions final at Wembley. The second kit will be black in the style of the one that Barça wore in the 2011-12 season and the third, pink, similar to the one with which it lifted the Club World Cup against Estudiantes de la Plata in 2009.last_img read more

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first_img BENCHED FOR THE GAME STOKE, England (AP): Louis van Gaal raised the prospect of quitting as Manchester United manager after Stoke condemned the club to a fourth straight loss for the first time in 54 years on Saturday. The 2-0 loss at the windy Britannia Stadium pushed United down to sixth place in the English Premier League, and van Gaal is sensing the pressure after barely 18 months in charge. “I can also quit by myself,” van Gaal said when asked if he had received assurances about his future from the club hierarchy. “That is something I speak to (vice chairman) Ed Woodward (about) by himself – not with you (reporters). “It is not always … the club has to fire or sack me. Sometimes I do it by myself. I am the one who wants to speak first with the board of Manchester United and with my members of staff and players – and not with you.” United was in disarray defensively in the first half when Memphis Depay’s horrendous defending allowed Bojan Krkic to score, and Marko Arnautovic powered in Stoke’s second goal from outside the penalty area. United captain Wayne Rooney watched it all from the sidelines after being dropped to the bench for the first time in a league match in almost two years. United came to life only in the second half after Rooney was brought on, but Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland thwarted any hopes of a comeback. “The circumstances were difficult – not only the circumstances, the wind, but also the pressure,” van Gaal said. “That is, in my opinion, the reason they don’t dare to play football (in the first half).” The losing streak started with Champions League elimination, and has also seen United drop out of the Premier League top four by losing to Bournemouth and Norwich. Win-less in seven matches, United have little time to recover their confidence, with a home match against Chelsea today. Asked if he would be in charge of the game, van Gaal said: “You will have to wait and see, but I think so.” “I try to do everything, but the pressure shall be, every match, higher and higher, and we have to solve that problem,” van Gaal, who has been in charge since July 2014, added. “It’s more difficult because I am now part of the four matches we have lost and people are looking at me.” A day after British astronaut, Tim Peake, displayed a Stoke flag on the International Space Station, the central England team was in a different orbit to United in the first half. Depay’s mind seemed to be on another planet when he sent a downward header back toward goalkeeper David de Gea in an attempt to clear Geoff Cameron’s deep ball. Depay, a winger in the right-back position, was unaware that Glen Johnson was primed to dart in and seize possession before crossing for Krkic, who took a touch then slotted the ball into the net in the 19th minute. “It was a bad goal to give away,” van Gaal said. If United’s players were fighting to save their manager’s job, they didn’t demonstrate it. Their response lacked any burning desire to end their slump. And the mission facing United became even tougher seven minutes later. Krkic’s free kick was blocked by the United wall, but the ball came back out to the edge of the penalty area and Arnautovic’s powerful strike beat De Gea. United was offering little in response, with Depay’s free kick parried by Butland, and Marouane Fellaini was offside as he tried to react. MISSED OPPORTUNITY United was spared further misery before the interval when Arnautovic ran onto Krkic’s through ball, but missed the target with his shot. As usual, on the United bench, there was little outgoing evidence of concern, with neither van Gaal nor assistant Ryan Giggs springing out of their seats to berate or inspire their team. Van Gaal’s about-turn came at half-time, when Rooney spent the break warming up before coming on to replace Depay. Rooney’s first significant contribution came after 20 minutes on the field, cutting the ball back for Fellaini six yards in front of goal, but rather than slamming the ball high into the net, Fellaini shot low and, lacking power, allowed Butland to make a diving save. In the closing minutes, Rooney, this time, set up Juan Mata, but, again, Butland made the vital save. And Butland also pushed Anthony Martial’s attempt round the post as Stoke completed a December double over Manchester clubs, having already beaten City. Stoke are three points behind United, which manager Mark Hughes used to play for. United are three points adrift of fourth-place Tottenham.last_img read more

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first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding They temporarily found a savior in Alex Mallari, who came through after NLEX fell precariously behind by nine points late in the game as well as Arnett Moultrie, who grabbed the opportunity to show his worth.Mallari knocked down an open three that punctuated the Road Warriors’ sizzling 13-0 windup and capped his heroics with a three-point play off a fastbreak with 9.7 seconds left.Moultrie took advantage of a relaxed Elite, scoring six straight points during the run.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer finally looked like the tournament toughies it was pegged to be, thanks to the guy who helped them earn that label in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The Beermen rode on a strong second half to overwhelm the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 106-94, with rookie Christian Standhardinger coming up with a strong performance at Smart Araneta Coliseum to get the job done Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “I’m just happy we finally got a win and now we can begin moving forward,” said Standhardinger, who finished with 18 points and seven rebounds while hitting seven out of 11 shots from the field.The powerhouse Beermen have had a puzzling start to the tournament where they had been tagged overwhelming favorites because of the arrival of Standhardinger but looked headed to yet another loss after a lackluster first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“At the break, we just said that we had to go hard and that’s what we did and we got our first victory,” Standahrdinger said. “Hopefully, there’s more to come.”Earlier, the NLEX Road Warriors activated their survival instincts to keep themselves running. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Bibat takes two-shot lead at Riviera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations The Road Warriors endured the absence of rookie guard Kiefer Ravena, banking on a late run to turn back Blackwater Elite, 93-89.“Our focus now is moving on without Kiefer. For the meantime, we’re trying to get something out from everybody,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, whose wards broke out of a slump to chalk up only their second victory in six games.Ravena was suspended by world basketball body Fiba for 18 months after testing positive for banned substances in a random drug test on Feb. 25 when Gilas Pilipinas defeated Japan during the Fiba World Asian qualifiers.Ravena’s suspension and the absence of Kevin Alas, who is recovering from a torn ACL and has been on the injury list since the conference started, has left the NLEX guard rotation shorthanded.“We’ll try to survive as long as we can. It’s really difficult without them. We’ll see how we can salvage the situation,” said Guiao.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgMOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Josh Castro of the Tigers and Jannah Romero of the Lady Paddlers took home the Rookie of the Year awards in their respective divisions.In juniors table tennis, University of the East won the boys’ title at the expense of UST, 3-1 and 3-0.UE also nailed a golden double as its girls team swept De La Salle-Zobel championship series.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown It was a record-setting feat for both sides as UST bagged its 13th title in the women’s division and 27th crown in the men’s.The Tigresses had a tougher road to the championship after placing second behind the Lady Paddlers, who earned an outright finals berth after a sweep of the eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCAPTION: UST won the UAAP Season 81 women’s table tennis championships.But UST defied all the odds with as Shaeena Ronquillo outlasting De La Salle’s Jhoana Go, 11-5, 6-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, in the deciding singles to clinch the series and end a 12-year title drought.UST’s Katrina Tempiatura and Paul Que won the women’s and men’s MVP awards, respectively. Usain Bolt offered contract with Malta football club Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum CAPTION: UST won the UAAP Season 81 men’s table tennis championships.University of Santo Tomas swept the women’s and men’s finals of the UAAP Season 81 table tennis tournament Monday at UP CHK Gym.The Tigresses dethroned five-peat seeking De Salle with a 3-2 clincher while the men’s team completed a perfect 16-0 after blanking National U, 3-0, in Game 2.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgPopular businessman Edward (Eddie) Boyer has been re-elected unopposed as Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) at that body’s twenty-fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Georgetown Marriott International Hotel on Thursday. A new executive has also been elected to serve for fiscal year 2017-2018.Shipping executive Desmond Sears was re-elected Vice-Chairman, while past Chairman, Major General (ret’d) Norman McLean, was elected Secretary, and finance expert Fitzroy McLeod was re-elected unopposed as Treasurer.In his address prior to the election, Boyer recalled the economic challenges theRe-elected Chairman of the Private Sector Commission, Eddie Boyer, flanked by other PSC executivescountry was experiencing when he took office for the first time in 2016. He said that while the growth in the economy was in the vicinity of 3%, growth in the economy slowed during the period 2016/2017, and businesses were feeling the burden.“A number of additional and increased taxation was placed on individuals, thus reducing disposable income…Remittances also slowed tremendously. While these were factors for a catastrophe waiting to happen, Government and business worked together to stem the tide of despair,” Boyer told the gathering.He said that while the PSC was satisfied with Budget 2016 — its efforts to restore investor confidence and support a vibrant economy, it was disappointed in a few areas, among them being the small increase in the personal tax threshold, which could have been increased significantly to provide relief to low income earners.“The 2017 Budget, presented in 2016 in an historic move, reduced VAT from 16% to 14% but introduced VAT on water and electricity, both essential services and both of which measures were decried by the PSC. The introduction of VAT on private education was also a blow to many parents and to those seeking to further their education, and the Commission maintains that the social impact of such policies should be carefully considered before their imposition,” the PSC chairman said.He said the Commission had engaged the Vice-President of the European Development Bank in discussions on the possibility of financing the local private sector, as access to finance remained a major challenge. He said the need for a Development Bank and the possibility of the EIB financing this was also discussed.Meanwhile, State Minister Joseph Harmon debunked all misconceptions that there was a feud between Government and the PSC. The minister had joined a cadre of other Government officials and members of the diplomatic corps to celebrate the PSC’s anniversary.Harmon said the perception of a feud between Government and the PSC must be erased, as Government stands committed to efforts and contribution of the umbrella body for businesses in Guyana.He said the sector has institutionalised regular meetings with the Ministers of Finance, Business and Natural Resources. However, what is needed of Government, Private Sector and other stakeholders, including the Opposition, is the creation of an enabling environment to attract investors.“I have already alluded to the strategic position of the Private Sector Commission to the nation’s development, and I wish to debunk here the perception, or suggestion, that the Government views the Private Sector Commission with hostility, and that there is a feud between the Government and the Private Sector,” Harmon said.He said his government had to confront the enormous problems it had inherited, such as the existence of an illusionary economy which, according to him, hindered development of Guyana’s productive sector and sidelined legitimate businesses.Towards the end of the formal programme, former chairmen of the PSC: Yesu Persaud, Beni Sankar, Manniram Prashad, Peter De Groot, retired Major General Norman Mc Lean and Ramesh Dookhoo were given awards for their exemplary service to the business organisation.last_img read more

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first_imgUPDATE #1:  The Alaska Highway is now open to single lane alternating traffic at Mile 130.  From pictures sent to Energeticcity.ca, one semi-truck caught fire at Mile 130 causing the highway to be closed for most of evening Thursday.  We will post more details as they become available.This photo was submitted via Facebook.This photo was submitted via Facebook.Original Story:- Advertisement -FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A vehicle collision involving hazardous materials has closed the Alaska Highway near Mile 130 temporarily, according to Fort St. John RCMP.Police estimate lanes in both directions will be closed for at least another two or more hours, and traffic flow updates will be forwarded once more information is available.Fort St John RCMP thanks the public for their patience and requests that drivers adhere to the containment perimeters as directed by members on scene due to public safety.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr gives instructions. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 2- Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr has offered a helping hand to Harambee Stars First Coach Stanley Okumbi to ensure that the performance of the national team improves and they qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations and 2022 World Cup in Qatar.Though coy that he is not interested in the national team job, Kerr said he would offer his help in terms of advice and past experiences to Okumbi if required, reiterating that he is happy at Gor Mahia. “The coach needs help and I am here if he needs me to help. If he wants me to come support him I will do that because I want him to succeed; everyone wants him to succeed.  Sometimes coaches need help, advice and support from other people outside the national team set up because everybody wants same thing; success,” Kerr who has time and again spoken of the improvement of Kenyan football said.On whether he is ready to dump Gor Mahia who he has just led to their 16th Kenyan Premier League title, Kerr was adamant he is not interested, saying he is happy at the club.“My job here is at Gor Mahia and I am happy. I like my players, my staff and my club chairman who has been amazing and backed 100 percent. He has let me do my job without interference which in Africa is very rare,” the British tactician said.Harambee Stars First Coach Stanley Okumbi.Stars started off their 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualification campaign on the wrong footing losing 2-1 away to Sierra Leone and will play their next match in March next year when Ghana’s Black Stars visit Nairobi.Between now and then, Kerr who is working in his second African country after coaching Simba in Tanzania says he is ready, if called upon to give advice based on his past experiences especially in the United Kingdom.“I think all the stakeholders should sit down in a round table before the start of the season and sort out everything about Kenyan football,”“We have three years to qualify for the World Cup, 18 months to AFCON… are we gonna kid ourselves and say we will qualify or are we gonna do something about it.”Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr conducts a training session at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam before the team faced Everton FC in a friendly match in July 2017“I am not trying to rectify Kenyan football because I have no right to do that but I wanna give my experience of football around the world to make Kenyan football better,” the coach further added.The tactician has been in the country since July when he landed in to help Gor Mahia back to the top and he has worked his magic, the club losing only one match under his watch.His next target now after helping Gor to the title will be helping them take their feet back up in continental football. Gor Mahia has not been to the group stages of an African Championship since 1993 and Kerr is confident his current squad can bring back the glory days.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Due to the time change last week, we have all lost an hour of sleep, how it affects us differs from person to person, but have no doubt, sleep is very important.
Sleep was actually the first topic in my talk at Enterprise Week; it is one of the most important factors when it comes to health, recovery after training and being focused in business.We have all been there…you are sitting on the sofa and your eyes are burning in your head. Every time you blink, you feel as though you are going to fall into a coma.
 
You get up, struggle into the bedroom and slide under the bed sheets. As you lay your head on the pillow you look forward to a great night’s sleep…….but it doesn’t come. 

Instead you restlessly toss and turn all night, spending endless hours staring at the ceiling, checking the clock, looking at the time on your phone and wondering why you bothered getting into the bed in the first place. 

Finally you fall asleep, only to have the alarm rudely awaken you 2 hours after you finally managed to drift off in the first place. Welcome to bedtime……..The recommended amount of sleep per night should be between 7-8 hours.The average for adults today is around 6 hours.No big deal, right? Wrong!Sleep is the ultimate recovery tool. It is how our bodies and minds repair and recover from daily stresses and it is also how our bodies recover from our exercise and training sessions. 

It is as important as a proper nutrition plan when it comes to your weight loss or muscle building goals.Everything that you do will be affected by a lack of sleep.Your food choices will be poorer. 
When you are tired, you will always be looking for ways to give yourself a kick start. 
High sugary foods, energy drinks and high levels of caffeinated drinks are usually the first thing that people will reach for to get them through the day. 
You will probably not have the time or energy prepare proper meals and may be tempted to go for the pre-packaged processed food choice, or the take away.Your Body will work against you.
In a sleep deprived state, our bodies wreak havoc with our hormones. Our stress hormone cortisol will be high and our hormones Leptin and Ghrelin can also be affected. 
If cortisol is high during sleep you can be in a heightened state of alertness, not what you want for going to sleep.
Ghrelin is a hunger stimulating hormone that tells us when to eat. 
Leptin is an appetite suppressant hormone that tells us when to stop eating. 
When we are in a sleep deprived state we have higher levels of Ghrelin and lower levels of Leptin, which means we will have a false hunger and this can contribute to the poor food choices mentioned above and we won’t know when to stop eating them.

This can all lead to excess weight gain. What can we do to help?Here are 10 strategies that can help you to wind down and relax and may help you to get a better night’s sleep.Set a bedtime and stick to it.Turn off all technology for 2 hours before bed. Read a book.Take a bathGet your room to the right temperature; not too cold, not too hot.Invest in a good mattress and some good pillows.Avoid caffeine.Eat carbs in your last meal before bed. (They won’t make you fat)Once your alarm is set, don’t look at your phone and turn your clock so you can’t see it.Drink some chamomile tea before bed.Sleep is underrated by a lot of people when it comes to their goals, but it could be the ace in the pack that helps you win or lose.#TrainSmartIf you have any question on this article or for getting a tailored program based on your starting point, please contact me through the link below.
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