Jesus playing with fear after returning from knee injury

first_imgManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says he is playing with the fear of injuring himself after making a comeback from a second major spell on the sidelines at the club.The 20-year-old Brazil international started and scored in City’s Champions League defeat by Basel on Wednesday. It was his fourth game back after missing two months with a knee ligament injury he suffered against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Eve.He also broke a metatarsal in his right foot last February and says that the prospect of another injury is always on his mind.“When you are in the game, without wanting it, you end up thinking about the previous game where you got injured… you have a bit of fear,” Jesus, who appeared as a substitute in his three previous games, told British media.“But, as you are playing more and more, you are going to get that fear away and play your football.“There’s some movements when I still have some worries about getting injured again. I know anything can happen, but I’m sure that the more you play, the quicker that fear is going to go away.”Basel fought back to secure a 2-1 win in the second leg against City, but the Premier League club eased into the Champions League quarter-finals 5-2 on aggregate.Jesus is focused on playing his part as City look to wrap up the Premier League title and continue to make progress in Europe.He will likely have to wait for his chance in City’s starting lineup, however, after falling behind Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who has hit form in his absence.“Aguero is my team mate and I’ll always cheer for him to score and help the club,” Jesus said. “When the opportunity comes for me, I’ll do my best.”City, who need four victories from their remaining nine league matches to guarantee lifting the title, visit Stoke City on Monday.last_img read more

“Designing is in my blood” – Kishan Rameshwar

first_imgOne of the young minds behind the most impressive graphic designs on motor vehicles is no other than 17-year-old Kishan Kumar Rameshwar of Ruimzeight, West Coast Demerara (WCD). This talented young man is the second of three children born to Dharamdeo and Lorraine Rameshwar. He was born at the Georgetown Public Hospital and grew up with his two siblings at Ruimzeight, WCD.In an interview with Guyana Times Entertainment, he described his childhood as “amazing”. He was born and raised in an extended Hindu family. His father, a rice farmer, and his mother, a homemaker, made sure he and his siblings attended school regularly without any complaints. He enjoyed attending school and loved interacting with friends.He attended the Winsor Forest Primary School where he wrote the National Grade Six Assessment and secured a place at Zeeburg Seconday School – an educational institution he dreamt of attending.After school, he worked as a graphic designer at Epiq Arts Signs and Supplies but he is presently at KD Designs. The talented 17-year-old got his interest piqued in graphic designing back in 2011 while at home, when he played around with CorelDRAW X4. At that time, he had limited computer knowledge.However, as time went by, he became determined to learn the trade and began learning various techniques one step at a time. He then started to create logos, flyers and banners and it was from this point that he became the creator of some of the most impressive designs.In June 2012, he created a Facebook page – KD Designs – where he posted his designs and gradually moved from several versions of CorelDRAW to Adobe Photoshop CS3.In 2014, his interest was drawn to the vehicle graphics/wrapping industry. At first, he was amazed at the graphics done on vehicles particularly cars and minibuses and it was this that inspired him to get involved. Ever since, designing has been in his blood.His started with small projects – designing vehicle visors and stickers but quickly elevated himself to vehicle graphics within a short space of time.Rameshwar sees himself becoming a successful, professional graphic designer in Guyana with an established company of his own. He also envisions having state-of-the-art machinery and skilled staff. He intends also to create jobs for young minds willing to learn the trade.As a young man with lots in store in the future, he advises his peers to never give up on their dreams, saying “Do what you love and love what you do”. He also encouraged them to stay positive, determined and “go after your goals”.On a lighter note, he described himself as a humble young man who enjoys interacting with people and spending time with his loved ones. He spends most of his spare time by practising his designing skills.He does not give up easily and goes after his dreams no matter the stumbling blocks he encounters. “I live up to one thing… What’s for me is for me”.last_img read more

Horgan adopting non-combative stance in response to Notley’s ban on B.C. wines

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — Premier John Horgan held a press conference in Victoria today to reaffirm his support for the province’s wine industry after Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said her province would stop importing B.C. wines yesterday, saying he wouldn’t be getting distracted by the standoff as his government prepares its Throne Speech next week.While addressing the media today, Horgan stated that his government’s actions last week in announcing that it intended to consult with B.C. residents about the impacts of a large oil spill is not intended to be combative. He also said that his government stands by the B.C. wine industry, and that members of his government are in contact with industry members on the course of action going forward.When asked, the Premier said that while he does disagree with his Alberta counterpart over the policy, the two have been friends in the past and have been in regular contact since the dispute erupted last week. Horgan also expressed his aspiration for the dispute to be peacefully resolved in the near future, adding that he held off addressing the media until today saying “I don’t believe it’s in anyone’s interest to have duelling Premiers.”- Advertisement -Horgan said he doesn’t plan on getting distracted by events taking place in other jurisdictions, saying that his priority is looking after his own province.last_img read more

Tottenham tie starlet to new long-term contract

first_img1 Tottenham youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers has signed a new contract with the club.The 17-year-old has been tipped for a big future and was a regular for USA at Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year.The defender is expected to make the breakthrough into the Spurs first-team and he has been rewarded for his progress with a new contract.Carter-Vickers is now tied to Tottenham until 2018 and will continue to be part of the club’s under-21 side. Cameron Carter-Vickers last_img

Juventus join hunt for Stoke and Roma target Axel Witsel

first_imgJuventus have joined Roma and Stoke in the race for Belgium star Axel Witsel.The midfielder is on his way out of Zenit St Petersburg this summer after informing the Russian club he wants a new challenge.Both Roma and Stoke are very keen on the 27-year-old and they are putting together proposals.However, according to Tuttosport, Juventus have now joined the hunt to land Witsel this summer.Zenit are reluctant to part with the Belgian and want over £20million for his signature.As a result, Juve are planning to offer Roberto Pereyra as a makeweight in any deal in an attempt to reduce Witsel’s cash value. 1 Axel Witsel want to leave Russia this summer in search of a new challenge last_img

Company, city fight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Santa Clarita officials are working with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and others to close a gap in two sections of the Angeles National Forest near Agua Dulce, to link a greenbelt and wildlife corridor around the city. Brotzman said 1,000 city-owned acres could become part of the linkage, with one catch. Cemex owns mining rights in 464 of those acres, and plans a 56.1-million-ton sand and gravel mining operation there over 20 years. The city’s plans to annex 1,885 acres is on hold pending the approval of a connecting annexation. Brotzman said Cemex is the only opponent of the annexation. The company filed a lawsuit in December challenging an environmental review in the city’s annexation proposal. SANTA CLARITA – City officials are scrutinizing mining operations in Soledad Canyon to see if something besides mining might be more beneficial for the property owners and the community. The city’s top community development official said he has had discussions with property owners, but declined to be more specific about what the preferred uses would be. “(We’re) actively involved in reviewing the properties located along the Santa Clara River – the Ben Curtis property and the Vulcan property – all the properties along the river where the gorge begins,” said Paul Brotzman, the city’s director of community development. The mines are in Los Angeles County officials’ jurisdiction and inside the Angeles National Forest, outside city limits. It could be known in a month whether the city will successfully annex the “land bridge,” the 600-plus-home Stonecrest neighborhood leading to its property over the mine, or if Stonecrest residents will vote on annexation. Brotzman said the greenbelt would become the logical end of the city, deflecting rumors city officials hope to annex land well north, up to Palmdale. The city has waged a multimillion-dollar assault on Cemex’s planned mine, but it is only one of a handful of mines proposed or operating in the canyon. City officials contend the Cemex operation would be 20 times more intensive than prior operations on the site. “We view it as a domino effect,” said Gail Ortiz, a spokeswoman for the city. “There are a lot of people watching to see what happens with the Cemex mine; what happens will have a lot of bearing on future projects in the area. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon introduced a bill in Congress May 25 designed to cancel Cemex’s lease and limiting any future mining at the site to historic levels of 300,000 tons a year. City officials acknowledge that gaining jurisdiction over the city-owned land above the mine will not give them control over mining operations, but they continue to pursue annexation. Brotzman said the city has not fought against mining at historic levels. Other mines in the area are owned by Triangle Rock Productions, a subsidiary of the giant Vulcan Materials Company; the Soledad Quarry LLC; C.A. Rasmussen Inc. and Ben Curtis. The Santa Clara River bisects deposits of hard rock, and sand and small stone. Cemex sits on the side with the sand; Triangle, Rasmussen and Curtis draw river sand from the riverbed, which is constantly replenished. Triangle, a few miles south of the Cemex property, has been mining in Angeles Forest land for 40 years. The company averages about 800,000 tons of material a year from its hard-rock quarry, said Steven Bear, resource officer for the Angeles National Forest. Its contract extends five more years. Soledad Quarry, down the road from the proposed Cemex site, has proposed mining 3 million tons of a claylike mineral over 20 years on Angeles Forest land. The city has opposed its plan, saying it is six times more than acceptable historic levels. By contrast, Cemex proposes mining 2 million tons a year for 10 years, increasing to 4 million to 5 million tons a year over the next decade. Curtis, who operated a smaller mine at the Cemex site for two decades, said in May he was considering annexing two miles of the riverbed property that borders the city limit. About a year ago, the city took a stand on the Soledad Mine, linking it with Cemex’s proposal, though the two are not connected by ownership, “because of the cumulative effect of mining in the area,” said Michael Murphy, the city’s intergovernment relations officer, earlier. Cemex has said it hopes to begin operating in the canyon in 2008. Henry Fritzsche, Soledad Quarry’s general manager, said he hopes to start operating in September, but U.S. Forest Service approval could take a year from when his application is finalized. Ortiz said the city is battling the operations because “we do not want to become the valley of the mines.” (661) 257-5255160Want 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

Soldiers charged with murder, rape

first_imgIn statements given to military investigators, Spielman was described as a “look-out” while the others entered the home. His attorneys said they were shocked that he faces a death penalty. “Even according to the government’s evidence that they’re putting forth, Jesse isn’t even a principal in murder and rape,” said Craig Carlson, Spielman’s attorney. Several of the soldiers have military defense attorneys, who are prohibited from discussing their cases outside of a courtroom.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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsSheldon also said that he and prosecutors have signed a plea agreement, but wouldn’t discuss details. Any agreement would still have to be approved by the court. “One of the things that the government factors is cooperation of co-accused. And I would certainly think that is a factor in who faces the death penalty in this and who doesn’t,” Sheldon said. Green, who has pleaded not guilty to one count of rape and four counts of murder, will be tried in federal court in Kentucky. Military prosecutors have said the five – all from the division’s 502nd Infantry Regiment – planned the attack from a checkpoint near the family’s home, changed their clothing to hide their identities and set the girl’s body on fire to destroy evidence. Their unit suffered months of bombings and shootings that felled dozens of comrades. Defense attorneys have argued that soldiers of every rank were emotionally ragged and strained. EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Eight soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were ordered Wednesday to be court-martialed on murder charges stemming from their service in Iraq, and two could get the death penalty for allegedly raping a 14-year-old and killing her and her family. The Fort Campbell soldiers facing the death penalty are Sgt. Paul E. Cortez and Pfc. Jesse V. Spielman. Both are accused of raping Abeer Qassim al-Janabi in her family’s home in Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, then killing the girl, her parents and younger sister. Spc. James P. Barker and Pfc. Bryan L. Howard are also accused in the rape and murders but will not face the death penalty, the military said in a statement. Barker’s attorney, David Sheldon in Washington, D.C., said that Barker has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their case against others, including former Army Pvt. Steven Green, who was discharged for a personality disorder and arrested in North Carolina. last_img read more

Rosamond parks plan calls for baby steps

first_imgAmong the first planned actions once the plan is adopted is to raise the requirements for parkland from developers from the rate of 2.5 acres per 1,000 population to 5 acres. “We think that’s achievable by the end of the year,” Seal said. Neighborhood parks are probably the first amenity residents can expect to see come from the plan. Neighborhood parks are the type of amenity that would make new developments more attractive to prospective homebuyers, Seal said. The consultants also noted a strong desire by residents for amenities including a swimming pool and a performing arts center. Each of those projects is listed at $2 million. The Rosamond Community Services District is responsible for water and sewer services in the community. In 1998, Rosamond voters approved granting the district parks and recreation powers, but rejected a tax measure to fund the service. In 2004, voters rejected a proposed tax of $45 per parcel to fund park construction and upkeep. The tax would have funded the development of three new parks, as well as improvements to United Street Park. In the wake of the 2004 defeat, district officials decided to pursue a master plan to help establish an impact fee that would be assessed on new development to help pay for recreational facilities. The district also started a community-outreach effort to shape the plan. Copies of a survey were mailed out to district residents. The survey and input to the district’s parks advisory committee showed a strong desire for a swimming pool and a performing arts center. It might be possible to get those facilities if the district partnered with the Southern Kern Unified School District to defray costs. Other proposals in the plan include an amphitheater of 500 to 1,000 seats, costing $1 million; a four-field softball complex, $750,000; a recreation center with a gym, $4.9 million; a field hockey court, $450,000; and a tennis complex with four courts, $300,000. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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 MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“We need to develop a realistic short-term plan,” Seal said. “We need to start small.” Rosamond is parks poor, according to the National Recreation and Park Association’s recommended standard of at least 5 acres for every 1,000 population. With that standard, Rosamond should have about 78 acres of parkland instead of its current 25 acres. And because the community is expected to grow from about 15,600 people to 40,000 in the next 10 years, the need for parks and recreation facilities is extreme, Rosamond leaders said. “I’m tickled to death this is moving along,” said Dennis Shoffner, president of the Rosamond Municipal Advisory Council, an advisory panel to Kern County officials. “We desperately need this.” In the plan prepared for the district, consultant Foothill Associates recommended adding an 80-acre regional park and more than 105 acres in neighborhood parks over the next decade. Developing the parks, it is estimated, would cost more than $48 million. ROSAMOND – Taking baby steps and getting the public involved will be key to getting recreational amenities for parks-poor Rosamond, community officials said. The Rosamond Community Services District is working on a master plan for developing parks and recreation amenities for the unincorporated community. A draft of the master plan calls for adding $128 million in amenities over 10 years, including a swimming pool, a regional park, more than a dozen neighborhood parks, and a performing arts center. The district is seeking public involvement in creating the master plan. A copy of the draft is available on the district’s Web site,, and at least one more public hearing is planned before the master plan is adopted. After it is adopted, the district will likely focus on the more feasible aspects of the plan, said Claud Seal, the district’s interim general manager. last_img read more

Bush policy in Iraq not working, commission says, urging more intense diplomatic efforts leading to troop withdrawals

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush’s policy in Iraq ”is not working,” a high-level commission said Wednesday in a blunt, bleak assessment that urged an urgent diplomatic attempt to stabilize the country and allow withdrawal of most combat troops by early 2008. After nearly four years of war and the deaths of more than 2,900 U.S. troops, the situation is ”grave and deteriorating” and America’s ability ”to influence events within Iraq is diminishing,” the commission warned. It recommended the U.S. reduce ”political, military or economic support” for Iraq if the government in Baghdad cannot make substantial progress toward providing for its own security. The report said Bush should put aside misgivings and engage Syria, Iran and the leaders of insurgent forces in negotiations on Iraq’s future, to begin by year’s end. It urged him to revive efforts at a broader Middle East peace. Barring a significant change, it warned of a ”slide toward chaos.” In a slap at the Pentagon, the commission said there is ”significant underreporting” of the actual level of violence in the country. It also faulted the U.S. intelligence effort, saying the government ”still does not understand very well either the insurgency in Iraq or the role of the militias.” On the highly emotional issue of troop withdrawals, the commission warned against either a precipitous pullback or an open-ended commitment to a large deployment. ”Military priorities must change,” the report said, toward a goal of training, equipping and advising Iraqi forces. ”We should seek to complete the training and equipping mission by the end of the first quarter of 2008.” The commission recommended the number of U.S. troops embedded to train Iraqis should increase dramatically, from 3,000-4,000 currently to 10,000-20,000. Commission member William Perry, defense secretary in the Clinton administration, said those could be drawn from combat brigades already in Iraq. The report intensifies pressure on Bush to change direction, but he is under no obligation to follow its recommendations. Still to come are options being developed in separate studies by the Pentagon, the State Department and the National Security Council. The White House says he will make decisions within weeks. ”If the president is serious about the need for change in Iraq, he will find Democrats ready to work with him in a bipartisan fashion to find a way to end the war as quickly as possible,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat who is in line to become speaker when the new Congress convenes in January. ”The president has the ball in his court now … and we’re going to be watching very closely,” said Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who will take over as Senate majority leader in January. Bush received the report in an early morning meeting at the White House with commission members. He pledged to treat each proposal seriously and act in a ”timely fashion.” He was flanked by the panel’s co-chairmen, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and former Rep. Lee Hamilton in a remarkable scene _ a president praising the work of a group that had just concluded his policy had led to chaos and risked worse. ”Many Americans are understandably dissatisfied,” Hamilton said later at a news conference that marked the formal release of the results of the commission’s eight-month labors. ”There is no magic bullet,” said Baker. The report painted a grim picture of Iraq nearly four years after U.S. forces toppled Saddam Hussein. It urged Bush to embrace steps he has thus far rejected, including involving Syria and Iran in negotiations over Iraq’s future. It warned that if the situation continues to deteriorate, there is a risk of a ”slide toward chaos (that) could trigger the collapse of Iraq’s government and a humanitarian catastrophe.” ”Neighboring countries could intervene. … The global standing of the United States could be diminished. Americans could become more polarized,” commissioners said. Baker, Hamilton and the other members of the commission traveled to the Capitol from the White House to present their findings to senior lawmakers. The report makes 79 separate recommendations on Iraq policy. The recommendations came at a pivotal time, with Bush under domestic pressure to change course and with the new, Democratic-controlled Congress certain to cast a skeptical look at administration policy. Additionally, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the architect of the administration’s war policy, has resigned. His replacement, Robert Gates, is on track for Senate confirmation this week after a remarkable assessment of his own _ that the United States is not winning the war. Bush has rejected establishing timetables for withdrawing the 140,000 U.S. troops and has said he isn’t looking for ”some kind of graceful exit out of Iraq.” There was no letup Wednesday in the killing in Iraq, where a mortar attack killed at least eight people and wounded dozens in a secondhand goods market. Police said the shelling was followed closely by a suicide bombing in the Sadr City Shiite district of the capital. It was the type of violence that has led many to declare that Iraq is in the throes of a civil war _ an assessment that Bush has refused to accept. By whatever name, Baker, Hamilton and the other eight members of the commission said the status quo was unacceptable. ”Violence is increasing in scope and lethality. It is fed by a Sunni Arab insurgency, Shiite militias, death squads, al-Qaida and widespread criminality. Sectarian conflict is the principal challenge to stability,” the report said. The commission’s recommendation to have U.S. forces embedded with Iraqi units reflects an approach the military already has been emphasizing in recent months. But administration officials say Iraqis are not yet ready to go it alone against the insurgency. U.S. allies in the region, including the powerful Sunni leadership in Saudi Arabia, say the Arab-Israeli conflict underlies other Mideast problems and that rancor from the impasse makes other issues harder to solve. The commission recommended that a ”diplomatic offensive” begin by Dec. 31 aimed at building an international consensus for stability in Iraq, and that it include every country in the region. The United States accuses Syria and Iran of bankrolling terrorism and stirring up trouble in the region. The United States has had no diplomatic ties to Iran for nearly three decades, and pulled its ambassador from Syria last year. Still, the commission said, ”Given the ability of Iran and Syria to influence events within Iraq and their interest in avoiding chaos in Iraq, the United States should try to engage them constructively.” Ahead of the report’s release, the White House said it would consider talking to Iran and Syria if the commission recommended it. ___ On the Net: View the Iraq Study Group report.last_img read more

Harry Kane claims incredible Tottenham first as records continue to tumble

first_imgIt may have a touch of controversy around it but Harry Kane’s goal for Tottenham Hotspur in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg win against Chelsea has seen him create a club first.The penalty, awarded thanks to VAR, is the England captain’s 20th of the season across all competition and this now makes him the only Spurs player ever to have netted that amount or more in five consecutive campaigns. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane celebrates his goal against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup MONEY BEST OF REVEALED Harry Kane’s goal record at Tottenham ADVICE Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won It’s an astonishing feat by Kane – still only 25 – and it’s made even more impressive given the records of legendary club goalscorers Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Smith, and Martin Chivers.Greaves can be considered unfortunate he didn’t achieve the accomplishment as he spent three months out of the 1965/66 after being diagnosed with hepatitis.He still managed 16 goals in 31 games but it is the only campaign from 1961/62 to 1968/69 in which he didn’t reach 20 in a truly magnificent career.Kane is now firmly amongst the legends at Tottenham, despite his age, and it’s likely we’ll see many more firsts created and records broken. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow RANKED REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY shining 2011/12 – Six appearance, one goal2012/13 – One appearance, no goals2013/14 – 19 appearances, four goals2014/15 – 51 appearances, 31 goals2015/16 – 50 appearances, 28 goals2016/17 – 38 appearances, 35 goals2017/18 – 48 appearances, 41 goals2018/19 – 30 appearances, 20 goalsTotal – 242 appearances, 160 goals Latest Football Stories The goal also put him out on his own as the club’s fourth highest goalscorer of all-time.It was his 160th in all competitions, easing him past 1961 Double-winner Cliff Jones, and on Twitter the left winger gave Kane his blessing. Well done @HKane in moving up the all time @SpursOfficial goalscorers to no 4.I played with the 3 best goalscorers in our clubs history and I believe he can pass them all to be no 1. Hope he scores again to put this tie in the bag. #coys #TOTCHE— Cliff Jones (@Cliff_Jones11) January 8, 2019last_img read more