Premier League Stoke City support forward Saido Berahino’s claim that his eight-week drugs ban was a result of a spiked drink, manager Mark Hughes said.Berahino served the ban earlier this season for failing a drugs test while at former club West Bromwich Albion. The former England under-21 striker told the BBC this week that his ban was the result of someone spiking his drink at a nightclub.“That’s always been Saido’s stance and we’ve got no reason not to believe him. From the first time we spoke to Saido that’s always been his stance and he’s never wavered,” Hughes told reporters on Friday.“In this day and age you can believe that it can happen… He’s playing football again, doing well.”Berahino joined Stoke in January for a reported 12 million pounds having not played for Albion since September 2016.Stoke, ninth in the table, face 15th-placed Leicester City on Saturday and Hughes is wary of a rejuvenated side that have won all three of their league games since sacking manager Claudio Ranieri last month.“They’ve gone back to what they were doing last season and they’ve got a bit of a new manager boost,” Hughes added, referring to Leicester’s surprise Premier League triumph.“It’s always difficult against Leicester because they’re a fully committed side and you have to make sure their key players can’t influence the game. It’s never going to be an easy fixture but I still feel we can go there with good intentions.”Hughes hoped Xherdan Shaqiri, who last featured in January, could return shortly as the club look to sort out the winger’s persistent calf problems.“At the moment when he steps things up he gets set-backs. We don’t anticipate it will be too long,” Hughes said.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The two sides assured neither will give an inch in the best-of-seven series.“That will never be a problem. They each have contracts of their own and bonus,” said Magnolia team governor Rene Pardo during the 2019 Philippine Cup press conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsREAD: Tim Cone wishes Magnolia luck vs powerhouse San Miguel: ‘If anyone can, you can’But more than the grand financial incentive to capturing the championship, it’s winning over everything. LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption ‘Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel PLAY LIST 01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu “Nung nag-start ako maglaro ng basketball, ice tubig lang nakikipagpatayan ako. Ngayon pa kaya na mas malaki. Pero nag-usap nga kami ni Paul, hindi yung bonus eh. Yung pride pinaglalaban,” said Magnolia forward Marc Pingris, referring to his teammate Paul Lee.(When I started playing basketball, I go all out just to get free ice water after every game what more now that we’re playing for something much bigger. But Paul and I talked and it’s not about the bonus. It’s pride.)Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netREAD: Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA finals“Walang bigayan to. Siyempre gusto namin manalo. Nandito kami para manalo at makakuha ng championship. Hindi naman habang buhay maglalaro ng basketball. Chance namin manalo ng championship and hindi na babalik yung moment na ‘to eh. Iba na naman next year,” said San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo.(No team is giving the other anything. We want to win and we’re here to win the championship. We’re not going to play basketball forever and we have a chance now to win a championship. This moment isn’t going to happen again, it’s going to be different next year.)ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View comments Both teams expect a highly-physical series.“Regarding sa bigayan, magbibigayan sila pagdating ng laro, nagbibigayan ng siko, nagtitirahan,” SMB head coach Leo Austria said with a chuckle.(The only giving that’s going to happen in the finals is the players trading elbows during the games.)Game 1 of a best-of-seven tips off Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Araneta Coliseum with the Beermen eyeing a historic fifth straight Philippine Cup crown.The Hotshots, on the other hand, want payback after losing to the Beermen in last year’s finals in five games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippines sets new gold medal record in Arafura Games Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief MANILA, Philippines—Players, coaches and officials of sister teams San Miguel Beer and Magnolia dismissed any notion that they will just give way to one another in their PBA Philippine Cup Finals rematch.ADVERTISEMENT
Residents of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are calling for equal education opportunities to be granted to children living in the region.This issue was recently raised when the Commissioners of the Commission of Inquiry into the education sector met with education stakeholders in the region, particularly residents within the Regional Democratic Council of Linden and Kwakwani.The stakeholders raised their concerns about the present state of education and its delivery within the region, while making calls for the Education Ministry to ensure that children have access to equal education opportunities.The opportunities they mentioned included access to sport facilities and equipment, technology, adequate and hygienic school facilities, and transportation, which are all challenges in the region.They highlighted the need for welfare officers; an additional boat to assist children from riverine communities in getting to school in a timely manner; and the need for a bus to transport children who live in Moblissa, a village about seven miles in from the Soesdyke Highway, to attend school in Linden.One of the issues raised was the fact that children living in Moblissa continue to drop out of school, owing to the distance they are required to travel to get there.One parent noted that the lack of Internet access in the community also presents a challenge when completing assignments. Residents of Obama Drive, Amelia’s Ward in Linden have also expressed similar concerns. It was noted too that teachers continue to “short change” children in the classroom as they frequently complete the syllabus at their private lessons, which inevitably puts a significant number of students at a disadvantage.Additionally, regional authorities and community leaders are urging the Government to ensure that all schools are placed on the same level in terms of the types and quality of subject areas and the level of resources put into sustaining those subject areas, including the sciences.A call was also made for guidance and counselling officers to be placed in primary schools.In its effort to review, revise, upgrade and extend the Education Sector Strategic Plan, the Education Ministry has launched an inquiry into the education system. The inquiry is intended to provide “evidential bases” for the revision, upgrading and extension of the plan, the Ministry announced on Tuesday.
Fort St. John’s crime rate is higher than the provincial average, but Egan says that is typical for a bigger city center in the north. The ratio of officer to population is lower than average, and the case load per member is higher than average. Annual Performance Plan Consultations will begin this April, and it’s likely the bike patrol will be back on this summer. Criminal code offences are slightly down from last year. Notably, robberies are down 56 per cent, which Inspector Pat Egan believes is a result of the RCMP’s Crime Reduction Strategy. The Crime Reduction Unit’s work is also being championed as responsible for the significant drop in residential break and enters, from over 160 reports to under 120. However, break and enters into businesses have gone up, from almost 60 reports to just under 80, thanks to a string of incidents near the end of 2011. Egan says the parties responsible have been apprehended and are now making their way through the courts. Thefts from vehicles have reduced 83 per cent from last year, which Egan says has a lot to do with police targetting people who have violated their bail conditions, as well a repeat offenders. Theft numbers are down, with shoplifting down another 30 per cent this year, while reports of vandalism are up, from just over 400 to around 450.- Advertisement – Looking at the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, arrests from possession of both cocaine and marijuana are up, which Egan says comes from an emphasis being placed on general duty officers to get engaged in enforcement. “We’re starting to see some benefits to that, with those increased numbers,” he added, noting that marijauna numbers went up from around eighty to almost 120. While cannabis trafficking is down somewhat, cocaine trafficking is up, as Egan explains the drug section has had some challenges this year, with a key player transferring out of the already small unit. The section has been restaffed and Egan says, “I think we’re already starting to see a turnaround, and we expect to see those numbers improve in the coming year.”Advertisement Before the introduction of Immediate Roadside Prohibition in the province this year, impaired drivers were charged under the Criminal Code. However, as that legislation is currently on hold, Egan explains the numbers for impaired drivers are “all over the map”. People given warnings, under the Motor Vehicle Act, are down 47 per cent, whereas the number of impaired drivers taken through criminal court is up 13 per cent, from over 200 to about 250. Fatalities from motor vehicle collisions are up 50 per cent, but the numbers are small. Only three fatalities in 2011 brought that number up. Egan also added that the number of alcohol related crashes are down in our area, so the fatalities and the slightly higher number of injuries are due to bad driving, which he says, “speaks to the need to ensure that we focus on that issue in out annual performance plan.” Fort St. John RCMP had their strategy meeting with City Council approximately two weeks ago, where it was agreed that traffic is a priority in the community in 2012. Liquor disturbances, including public intoxication, disturbances and noise complaints are down. RCMP dealt with over 700 instances each of public intoxication and disturbance in 2011, down from between 900 and 1,000 each in 2010. False alarms were up 17 per cent last year, and Egan says he is working with city staff to be more effective when dealing with false alarms, and believes those numbers will turn around.Advertisement
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating 38-year-old Betsy Peecheemow. She was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on December 4, 2018.There is a concern for Peecheemow’s well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.Peecheemow is described as:First NationsBrown hairBrown eyes5’8” / 169 lbsLast seen wearing a black sweater, blue jeans, black jacket, and blue runners.- Advertisement -If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com
Jose Mourinho insists Henrikh Mkhitaryan just needs time to adapt to the Premier League, and will come good for Manchester United.The playmaker has yet to make an impact at Old Trafford since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in the summer in a £26.3million deal.Mkhitaryan has not played since being substituted at half-time against Manchester City last month, despite returning to full fitness after a thigh injury.There has been speculation in recent weeks that he could be set for a swift exit, amid reported doubts over his ability to cope with the rigours of English football.However, Mourinho is adamant that the Armenian will become a key player for the club once he has fully settled in.He said: “Mkhitaryan is not injured, he is training with the team 100 per cent. Some players, their profile they are really adapted to come and to play.“Some other players need more time – time to feel it, to feel the intensity and the aggression, the game without the ball, the competitiveness.“Many times players come from different countries. The realities are different in the style of football is different and the realities are different, for sure, in terms of competitiveness.“There is no other country where it doesn’t matter the team you play against, you have to play at the highest level because if you don’t you have no chance.“Does Mkhi needs time to become the top player we know he can be? Yes, I think he needs.”It is, Mourinho insists, just case of Mkhitaryan getting used to the English game rather than anything deeper, pointing to well-known examples at his previous clubs.“I think it works, for sure,” he said of the Armenian. “I don’t like to speak about players from other clubs but I don’t think they will be upset with me.“Willian, when he arrived at Chelsea, had problems to play. He went through a process and then after a few months he became a top player, then, the next season when the team was champions, was absolutely phenomenal and still is.“When Angel di Maria arrived at Real Madrid coming from Portugal, he also had to learn a lot about his game adapted to a new reality.“Sometimes it happens. It happens sometimes with defenders but I think for defenders it’s easier to adapt.“For the attacking players, sometimes they arrive and go straight to success. But some other times it takes a little more time.“In Mkhi’s case, the process was interrupted by an injury that kept him out for about a month.“When you are in this process of evolution, to be out for a month and then come fit but not fit to play, you have to go through a process of getting match fitness. Then when you have that, you need competitive level to do it.“Of course we believe in him and of course we know that sooner or later (there will be) no problem.”Whether Mkhitaryan is called upon against Burnley remains to be seen as United look to build on the important 1-0 midweek cup win against City.It felt like a crucial victory following last weekend’s 4-0 humiliation at Chelsea, with the arrival of Sean Dyche’s side offering the chance to get the Premier League campaign back on track.“After the defeat, we had to play Man City two days after and because of that defeat, the match became more than just a normal cup match,” Mourinho said.“It was more because it was City but it was much more because two days before we had such a bad defeat.“Sometimes people react to bad defeats in a negative way and you go into a bad run of results.“But in this case, the boys managed to find that extra effort and extra competitive mentality to play that game because it means more than just a game.“It was very important for the players to win it and to give back to the fans.” 1 Henrikh Mkhitaryan during Manchester United training
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesDetectives have been following more than 100 solid leads provided by citizens but have not arrested a suspect, Scott said. The Palmdale City Council last week authorized a $10,000 reward, suggested by Councilman Steve Hofbauer. Los Angeles County supervisors also authorized a $10,000 reward. At the mall, Hofbauer and other community members passed out Sheriff’s Department fliers bearing an artist’s sketch of the rapist. The girl was in a Cinemark Movies 10 hallway about 1:30 p.m. Aug. 29 when a man accosted her, forcing her into an empty theater and verbally threatening her, deputies said. The rapist assaulted the girl behind the movie screen, then fled out a back door and left her in the theater. The artist’s sketch depicts a middle-age African-American man with short black hair and a graying mustache. Detectives described the assailant as 35 to 45 years old, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing about 180 pounds. They said he wore a white T-shirt with an unknown logo and dark blue warm-up pants with white stripes down the legs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Detectives investigating the Aug. 29 rape of a 10-year-old girl who was dragged by a middle-aged man into an empty theater at the Antelope Valley Mall want to talk to every person who was inside the mall in the hours before and after the crime was committed. Detectives asked anyone who was in the mall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 29 to call them. “They may not know that they saw something. That’s up to our investigators to get that information out,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Scott said. People who were in the mall at that time are asked to call the Special Victims Bureau tip line at (866) 247-5877 and leave information on how detectives can contact them.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON — The presidential pardon of Richard Nixon’s Watergate misdeeds defined Gerald Ford’s singular presidency. That’s not exactly what Ford had hoped. He saw Nixon’s pardon as the first step toward being elected to the presidency on the merits of his own work. And there was no way Ford could focus on the nation’s business as long as Nixon’s legal fate remained unresolved. A criminal trial could take years, and Nixon would not wait out that time quietly, Ford wrote in his autobiography. Yes, he hoped that pardoning Nixon would soothe the wounds of anger and distrust inflicted on the nation by Watergate. He felt, too, that Nixon and his family had suffered enough. But in pardoning Nixon Sept. 8, 1974, Ford was tending to his own future, too. ”I had to get the monkey off my back,” Ford wrote in his 1979 memoir, ”A Time to Heal.” In fact, pardoning Nixon did nothing to seal Ford’s place in history as, he hoped, a popularly elected president. Instead, the pardon had the effect of denying Ford his goal and delivering his opponent, Democrat Jimmy Carter, the White House in the 1976 election. Even as he pondered the question that summer of 1974, Ford saw the downside no matter what he did. If he sided with the 56 percent of Americans who wanted Nixon denied a pardon and tried in court, the legal drama would overshadow Ford’s administration and possibly his election campaign. Nixon, after all, had not been indicted but stood accused of serious crimes that would take time _ perhaps years _ to sort out. A grand jury had voted 19-0 to name him an unindicted co-conspirator in the coverup of White House involvement in the 1972 break-in at Democratic headquarters in the Watergate office building. On the other hand, granting a pardon could touch off an uproar that would sink Ford’ s election hopes. ”I’m aware of that,” Ford recalled snapping at a cautious aide. ”It could easily cost me the next election if I run again. But damn it, I don’t need the polls to tell me whether I’m right or wrong.” Ford sought wisdom from the nation’s founders, who had foreseen the possibility of a president faced with just such a choice. ”Oftentimes a pardon can be issued to maintain public order and confidence,” Alexander Hamilton counseled from the pages of The Federalist. The Supreme Court, too, offered direction in the form of a 1915 case in which the justices ruled that a pardon ”carries an imputation of guilt, acceptance and a confession of it.” ”So I had the legal authority to move ahead,” Ford wrote. But arriving at the decision to grant the pardon was only the first step in Ford’s painful political and personal struggle to shake himself _ and the nation _ free of Watergate. Nixon, of all people, held up the process when he balked at Ford’s request for a public statement of contrition. ”President Nixon is not issuing any statement whatsoever regarding Watergate, whether Jerry Ford pardons him or not,” declared Nixon’s spokesman, Ron Zeigler, Ford wrote. The defiant style and the condescending use of Ford’s name tempted Ford’s aides to get up and leave a meeting with Nixon’s representatives. Instead, Zeigler drafted three versions of the statement, the first ”disastrous,” Ford wrote. The final draft, while worded more strongly, bore no acknowledgment of guilt. ”That the way I tried to deal with Watergate was the wrong way is a burden I shall bear for every day of the life that is left to me,” Nixon wrote. Before taking the statement back to Washington, Ford’s aides asked to see Nixon. Shuttered in his San Clemente, Calif., offices, Nixon was gaunt, shrunken and unresponsive. His handshake was weak, Ford’s aides reported. ”His attention span was short,” Ford wrote. ”What few remarks he made were left incomplete, in mid sentence.” ”I was taking one hell of a risk, and he didn’t seem to be responsive at all,” Ford wrote. Still, he accepted the statement and made his way to the Oval Office. Ford turned to face the cameras, and the nation. ”My conscience tells me it is my duty not merely to proclaim domestic tranquility but to use every means that I have to ensure it,” he explained. And with that, Ford read from the text of the pardon. ”Finally, it was done,” Ford wrote in his book. ”It was an unbelievable lifting of a burden from my shoulders. I felt very certain that I had made the right decision, and I was confident that I could now proceed without being harassed by Nixon or his problems any more.” ___ Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum: http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov
Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Trippier’s poor 2018/19 season was summed up when he scored a comical own goal in a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea in February.But the 29-year-old is hoping to rediscover his form in Madrid. He has started all three of Atletico’s opening games as Diego Simeone’s side lead the LaLiga table and has been included in Gareth Southgate’s recent England squad. Trippier added: “The whole of last season I had no excuses. “My [bad] performances started after Christmas because I thought I had an okay first half of the season if I’m honest, but then it was just like a car crash. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week “It just went ‘bang’, things weren’t going my way, I wasn’t playing well.“Cholo [Simeone] is one of the best managers in the world, especially on the defensive side, which I need to improve on. “Last season, it was there for everybody to see. Now there is no better person to work under.” Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta LATEST 1 LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Trippier starred for England at the 2018 World Cup, scoring a stunning free-kick in a semi-final loss to Croatia, but his form severely dipped in his final season at White Hart Lane. He said: “Tottenham probably got rid of me at the wrong time because I just needed that four-week rest for recovery, because I was struggling with injuries, to come back fresh and ready.“So, maybe I could have stayed, but I’ve got no regrets. I’m at Atletico now and I’m just looking to the future.”Why Trippier has already settled perfectly in Madrid on target Kieran Trippier believes Tottenham may have been too quick to sell him to Atletico Madrid.The full-back ended his four-year spell with Spurs to join the LaLiga club in a £20million deal during the summer. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January targets Salford vs Aston Villa (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Germany vs Netherlands (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon (Saturday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Coventry City vs Blackpool (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Bulgaria (Saturday, 5pm) – talkSPORT latest BIG PRESENTS UP TOP OFF Kieran Trippier has been a regular starter for Atletico Madrid this season stalemate Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ rookie error Getty statement Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVE on talkSPORT Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas
Christophe Berra says Hearts are determined to become the “dominant team in Edinburgh”.Hibs have reigned supreme over their city rivals in recent times and are unbeaten in the last eight derby clashes.But with Hearts in good form, captain Berra has his sights set on ending that run at Tynecastle on Wednesday.He said: “We all know the facts are that Hibs have had the upper hand in the derbies in recent seasons, when back in the day it used to be Hearts who were on top. “The challenge for us as a squad is to turn that around.“These things do go like swings and roundabouts but we’re making small steps as a team and the next thing we want to check off is becoming the dominant team in Edinburgh.”Hearts have gathered momentum since returning to Tynecastle and are unbeaten in front of their new main stand.Their last clash at home saw Craig Levein’s men cause the upset of the campaign so far as they became the first Scottish side in 70 attempts to stop Celtic with a crushing 4-0 win. Now Berra believes the Gorgie factor can help Hearts add Hibs to their list of recent victims.“We’ve played six games at Tynecastle now and we’re six games unbeaten,” said the Scotland defender. “The first three we drew but we should have won the first couple against Partick and Ross County.“I’d say the draw with Hamilton was a fair result but since then we’ve won three straight.“So it’s good being back home. Tynecastle has a tight pitch and when things are going well it’s a great place to play.“We’re making small steps but hopefully they’re small steps in the right direction.”