Kane rescues Spurs at Newport, West Brom dump Liverpool out of the cup

first_imgHarry Kane has scored far better goals among the 30 he has netted this season – but none of them had the critical feel of the tap-in at little Newport County on Saturday that may yet transform Tottenham Hotspur’s season.For not only did Kane’s 82nd-minute gimme spare Spurs from potential FA Cup humiliation in their fourth-round tie at the League Two club, the resulting 1-1 draw also salvaged their best chance of winning silverware in a crucial campaign.Mauricio Pochettino’s stylish side continue to be much admired but the lack of Spurs silverware – their last trophy was the 2008 League Cup – as they prepare to move into their gleaming new London home next season is increasingly glaring.Being on the wrong end of a Cup sensation may only have cranked up the pressure on the Argentine, which is why he was once again indebted to his alpha striker for converting Son Heung-min’s brilliant flick with embarrassment looming.Pochettino’s strong-looking selection had suffered such a dismal, lethargic off-day against a side 72 places below them on the league ladder that the manager was forced to admit he was “a little bit relieved…well, a lot” by Kane’s late saver.He sounded most alarmed about why his side had performed so poorly, even if the Rodney Parade experience – battling to avoid defeat in a tight stadium on a pitch shared by two rugby teams – really did look like a culture shock to some.“The team didn’t really show they want to go next stage of the FA Cup. That is what has disappointed us,” Pochettino said after Padraig Amond’s first-half header had given Newport the scent of a genuine sensation against the eight-times Cup winners.“The theory is to win trophies, and it’s easy to talk about that. But I think we missed a massive opportunity to show we really want to win a trophy.“I’ve heard in my years here that the FA Cup between a Premier League team and a League Two team is magic. But if I’m honest, I didn’t see much difference.”For Pochettino recognised this had really been Newport’s day. Their reward for such a striking effort? The chance for the 10,000 who crammed into Rodney Parade to now move on to the grandeur of Wembley’s 90,000-seater arena for the replay.“Wembley is something else for the club to look forward to. We were nearly there, we could taste it but we switched off for a minute,” said Newport’s proud but frustrated manager, Mike Flynn. “I’m gutted because we conceded so late.” English football’s embrace of VAR technology prompted the most contentious response yet after coming under fire from West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew following his side’s FA Cup victory at Liverpool on Saturday.The new video assistant referee system came of age in a dramatic fourth-round tie at Anfield, with the on-field review system used for the first time in England and the replay evidence widely perceived to have provided correct decisions.Yet despite his side’s 3-2 victory to make them the first visiting team to win at Liverpool this season, Pardew was left dismayed by more than just how VAR made two key rulings against his side.He was not the only observer to be unimpressed by the “strange” atmosphere created in the stadium as the crowd, without a big screen to see for themselves, were left in the dark about the replays viewers could watch over and over on TV.Pardew also suggested the length of the reviews resulted in one Albion player suffering an injury as they hung around in the cold waiting for a ruling.Referee Craig Pawson chalked off an Albion goal for offside, awarded Liverpool a penalty and checked VAR before awarding the Baggies’ crucial third, a Joel Matip own goal, as the video referrals dominated theatrically in the first half.Craig Dawson had seemingly headed Albion 3-1 ahead from a corner but VAR showed clearly that team mate Gareth Barry was interfering in play in an offside position.Amid a four-minute stoppage, Pawson used his pitchside monitor – the first time the on-field review has occurred in the English game – to change his mind and award a penalty to Liverpool after a foul by Jake Livermore on Mohamed Salah.The fact that Roberto Firmino missed the resulting kick and that Albion went on to win thanks to Jay Rodriguez’s early double and the Matip own goal did not appease Pardew.“From the sideline, it was strange. It wasn’t what I’d like to see going forward,” Pardew told BT Sport.“We were struggling at the end because we ran out of bodies and the VAR system was a problem because I think we got a player with a hamstring injury because they were standing around for too long.“It was just weird. We waited so long to wait for the decisions, the stadium went flat and every goal was a bit of a mockery because we were waiting for the decision.”On the goal ruled out for offside, he added: “I found it hard to believe from a corner. Is it (VAR) going to start taking away goals?”Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was less bothered about VAR and more concerned with how familiar defensive deficiencies had cost his team their best chance of domestic silverware this season.“Big mistakes let them back in the game,” he said, noting how Firmino’s fifth-minute goal was quickly wiped out by Rodriguez’s double.“It’s obvious what we did wrong in these situations. The second goal was just, wow, really bad defending from the whole group.”last_img read more

Father of 7 dies in EBD accident

first_imgA 50-year-old man died in the wee hours of Monday morning on the Land of Canaan Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), after his car was involved in a collision with an oncoming vehicle.Dead is Ferose Khan of Yarrowkabra, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, who was the driver of one of the motorcars involved in the accident.According to reports, the accident occurred at around 04:25h when Khan was returning from the Diamond Diagnostic Hospital, EBD.This newspaper was told that motorcar HC 8204, which was being driven by a 33-year-old Forshaw Street, Queenstown, Georgetown resident, was proceeding North along the western carriageway of the road when it collided with Khan who was driving motorcar PGG 8696 and proceeding in the opposite direction.This newspaper was told that Khan allegedly made a sudden U-turn into the path of the other vehicle, which caused the collision.A relative of the dead man disclosed that family members received a call informing them that there was an accident involving Khan on the Land of Canaan Public Road and they rushed to the scene.Upon their arrival, Khan was still pinned in his vehicle.The relative disclosed that the only injury he noticed on the now dead man’s body when he was pulled from the wreckage was that his nose was “burst open” and he was bleeding profusely.He was subsequently rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival at the facility.The driver of the other vehicle escaped without injury and a breathalyser test administered showed no trace of alcohol in his system.He is however in Police custody assisting with investigations.last_img read more

Illegal campfire now blamed for destruction of 254 homes

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A campfire caused the wildfire that burned more than 200 homes just south of Lake Tahoe, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday. The fire was built illegally, but there was no evidence it was deliberately constructed to spark the wildfire that has charred 3,100 acres, said Donna Deaton, an investigator for the U.S. Forest Service, at a town hall meeting Friday night. Deaton said there are no suspects, and that the campfire was built about a quarter-mile south of Seneca Pond, a popular recreation area south of Lake Tahoe. People who lost their homes and belongings in the first devastating wildfire of the season were allowed to briefly return to their burned-out neighborhoods Friday as fire officials announced they had turned the corner in taming the blaze. With evacuation orders lifted in many parts of town, residents of the area where 254 houses were destroyed soon after the fire broke out were given an hour to sift through the wreckage under the eyes of a police escort. Keith Cooney, who works for a local title company, saw his rented home of three years engulfed in flames on a local news broadcast Sunday and came back to find only a bent metal garage door standing. He spotted a concrete swan given to him by a former neighbor in New Orleans, but not the fireproof box with his important papers. “I gotta dig through this. This is going to be unbelievable,” Cooney said as the wind whispered through the blackened, charred leaves of several young aspen trees in the remains of his front yard. The smoke-free skies that greeted Lake Tahoe on Friday morning confirmed the word from fire officials that the threat to thousands more homes and the region’s tourist trade was subsiding after five days. After a second straight day of mild winds allowed firefighters to surround the blaze, U.S. Forest Service commanders said they planned to reduce their force by one-fourth. The blaze was 70 percent contained as of Friday, while the amount of land burned held steady at 3,100 acres, or 4.7 square miles, U.S. Forest Service incident commander Rich Hawkins said. “Firefighters came in this morning and felt even more comfortable about the approaching containment of this fire,” Hawkins said. “I’m feeling pretty good about it.” Hawkins said authorities had pinpointed what started the blaze and would announce the precise cause later Friday. He said he believed it was accidental. Officials cautioned that it still was too early to declare victory, with forecasters saying winds could pick up again Friday and hotspots still smoldering in some areas. “Don’t be complacent. There are still hazards out there,” Kit Bailey, a U.S. Forest Service chief, told hundreds of firefighters Friday morning. “It’s going to be a long, brutal summer.” Fire crews also reported progress a 12,400-acre blaze north of Los Angeles that has destroyed 12 homes. For the first time since it began Monday, firefighters on Friday actively attacked flames instead of merely trying to corral them. The fire, located in steep canyons south of the San Joaquin Valley, was 65 percent contained. “We’re going right after it and it looks like we’re getting a handle on it,” said Virgil Mink with the U.S. Forest Service. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the scene on Friday and thanked fire crews for their efforts, warning that the rest of the fire season could be rough. “This is just the beginning,” Schwarzenegger said. “This is the first time that California has seen fires that early in the year.” In the Lake Tahoe Basin, The decision to let homeowners back into the burned-out streets about seven miles from the lake where all the destroyed homes are located was welcome news to residents who had waited all week to see the devastation for themselves. A few people were so determined to sift through the ashes that they defied the evacuation orders and returned repeatedly on bicycles earlier Thursday. They were arrested for trespassing, said El Dorado Sheriff’s Deputy Phil Chovanec. Evelyn Taylor and her husband, Carl, of Aptos, returned to the remains of their vacation home Friday accompanied by an insurance adjuster. The couple owned the house for 20 years. Nothing was left but a cinderblock wall. “When my husband and I drove down the street, we both just lost it. But we will rebuild,” Evelyn Taylor said. “We’re thankful it wasn’t our primary home.” Nearby, oommates Stephanie Bant, 25, and Heather Gann, 23, stood by a half-burnt home that showed the fire’s capricious nature. Milk and beer were still in the refrigerator, which stood in a pitchblack kitchen. The back door and windows were gone, and led to the charred remains of a deck. Bant’s bed lay in a melted and burned mass of bedding and blackened coils, while Gann’s piano stood untouched in the other bedroom. The two renters didn’t seem too fazed, and were happy their snowboards had survived. Access to the mountains and lake is why they live in Lake Tahoe, they said. “We’re better off than a lot of people,” Bant said.last_img read more

Cundy claims Mesut Ozil was ‘never cut out for the Premier League’ after Arsenal snub

first_imgJason Cundy has claimed Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is ‘not cut out for Premier League football’ after his Gunners exile continued on Thursday.The playmaker was again snubbed by manager Unai Emery for the Gunners’ Europa League clash against Portuguese side Vitoria, which Nicolas Pepe came off the bench to save with two fine free-kicks in a 3-2 win.It’s the fifth game in a row Ozil was not even named in the match-day squad, with the player wishing his team-mates good luck, alongside club legend Roberto Pires, from the sidelines. Trained with this AFC legend this morning 💪🏼❤⚽ Always a pleasure to see you my Bro @piresrobert7 __ Best of luck for the match now from both of us ▶ @Arsenal 🙏🏼 #UEL #YaGunnersYa #M1Ö pic.twitter.com/EHASSIA3ac— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 24, 2019Some fans have been calling for Emery to give Ozil a chance to prove himself, having said in a widely-publicised interview he is still committed to the Gunners and is ready to play.There were even cries of support for Ozil from the stands last night, in an apparent message to Emery.But it seems there is little chance of the playmaker adding to his two appearances so far this season any time soon, with Emery refusing to answer questions about their apparent feud after the game.And asked about Ozil’s situation on The Sports Bar, Cundy made a very strong claim, and one that is not exactly backed up by the stats.“Mesut Ozil is not built and designed for Premier League football, it’s as simple as that,” said the former Chelsea defender.“We’ve seen how well he can do for his national side and I saw him play for Real Madrid and I thought, ‘what a player’.“You do get that. Some players aren’t cut out for Premier League football and he is one of those. “You need so many different assets to be a Premier League footballer. In other leagues the pace is slower, physically they’re not as demanding.“Technically you could argue that other European leagues are better technically. I think LaLiga is a better technical league than the Premier League.“But Ozil doesn’t have the minerals to survive in the Premier League, for me.”That is despite Ozil breaking a Premier League assist record since he joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013.Ozil became the fastest player to record 50 Premier League assists in 2018 after 143 games for Arsenal, beating Eric Cantona’s long-standing record.Although, that achievement has since been eclipsed by Kevin De Bruyne who got his 50th league assist earlier this year in his 123rd appearance for Manchester City.In fact, up until Emery’s arrival as manager, Ozil had been one of the top goal-creators in the top flight, with 32 goals and 52 assists in 167 Premier League appearances. getty 2 Getty Images – Getty center_img Of course, his influence at Arsenal has declined in recent years and his decline began before Emery’s arrival in north London.Ozil has publicly stated he has no problem with his manager, who he respects, but Cundy is convinced the same is not true for Emery and believes Arsenal will do all they can to offload the midfielder in January.“It’s becoming more and more obvious that Unai Emery is not having him,” he added.“Once a manager has made up his mind about a player, there’s no point.“As soon as January comes around they will be looking to get him out on loan wherever they can.“There’s no point at just throwing him in, he might as well give some of the younger players an opportunity as he has done. They’re the future.“If Ozil is not the future and the manager doesn’t believe in him, Arsenal have to move forward without him.”Watch a clip of Jason Cundy on The Sports Bar above 2 Ozil has made just two appearances for Arsenal this season Ozil’s match-winning displays for Arsenal have become a thing of the past last_img read more

New Merchandise for Ariel’s 30th

first_imgShare This!The 30th Anniversary of The Little Mermaid animated film is coming up this fall. Disney is celebrating with the release of lots of Ariel-focused merchandise for children and adults. Many items hit the stores already, and we’re expecting more in the coming months.$129 Collector’s Doll These displays are in the Animation Courtyard areas of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Mouse Gear in Epcot, but you can expect to find these and similar items throughout the parks.Are you a fan of The Little Mermaid? Would you make any of this merchandise part of your world? Let us know in the comments.last_img

Three Major Changes for This Year’s Food and Wine Festival

first_img2. Chocolate Exhibit in the Land–with CutbacksThe Ghirardelli Chocolate exhibit still exists, and free samples are still being handed out, but it has a new location — it is now housed in The Land pavilion in the old Circle of Life theater (soon to be home to the movie Awesome Planet). Unfortunately, the amazing chocolate sculptures do not appear to have made the move with them — the exhibit this year is just a bare-bones story of how chocolate is made. It’s main purpose here is really just to be a store. Share This!With the expected construction coming to Epcot, quite. a few changes have been made this year at Food and Wine. Yes, there’s still an amazing assortment of foods and wines, but some expected features have changed. Here’s three changes to look for1. No Festival CenterWith the old Wonders of Life building under a transformation to become the Play Pavilion, the ability to use that as the Festival Center has gone. Unlike for other festivals where the Festival Center was moved to the Odyssey Pavilion, that also has been turned into a construction zone for an upcoming exhibit about the new transformation coming to Epcot. This means if you’re looking to buy merchandise or wine that you typically would get from the Festival Center, it has now moved to smaller locations throughout World Showcase, with the main festival merchandise area centered around Port of Entry. Exhibits and demonstrations during the festival have moved to World Showplace. 3.  New Indoor Cider BarOver at the Canada Pavilion, the currently under renovation Canada film has been replaced by an indoor “booth”. The Cider Bar offers a couple snacks, ciders, and wines, but most importantly, air conditioning. This is a great place to beat the heat or dodge some weather.What do you think of the changes for this year? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Bell Ornaments Put Some Jingle on Your Tree

first_imgShare This!There is no shortage of adorable Disney ornaments ready to add some sparkle to your holiday tree, but this series of bell ornaments will also add a lovely jingle. They come in sets of two, priced at $19.99 for the pair. We found these at It’s a Wonderful Shop, the Christmas store near Mama Melrose at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but they will be available throughout the parks.The selections include Chip & Dale, Buzz & Woody, Nemo & Dory, Summer Olaf & Winter Olaf, and two versions of Mickey & Minnie.Which pair would you choose?last_img

Drinking The Kool-Aid on Liquid Planner’s New Project Portals

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Related Posts steven walling Liquid Planner, the online project manager we first profiled last year while it was in beta, has just released a new feature called Project Portals. Similar to the project edition recently released by PBworks, these Portals allows for secure access to selected projects for clients and stakeholders. In addition to viewing progress on an undertaking, portal members can comment and collaborate on a project.What Project Portals brings to Liquid Planner is the ability for more centralized organization and for others to get a view in to a group’s work. They aren’t set up by default, and the process to add them is a tad complex to do on a whim. But even so, giving clients a window in to the project completion estimates that Liquid Planner automatically generates might just be worth it. The core functionality of Liquid Planner, offered on a hosted subscription basis, is real-time collaborative task management and project scheduling. Work can easily be viewed, scheduled, and updated through an interface broadly divided in to a folder-based view and a timeline visualization. With a decent user experience and a breadth of features comparable to Basecamp, you might consider it a respectable alternative for project managers. last_img read more

An Indian Diplomat Pays a Pice for Judicial Grandstanding

first_imgIndia had handled American diplomats with a generosity of spirit that it felt the bilateral relationship deserved. Now, with the same spirit shown to be lacking from the other side, the friendship has suffered. Related Itemslast_img

‘He thinks he’s Ronaldo!’ – Neville slams Arnautovic

first_imgMarko Arnautović ‘He thinks he’s Ronaldo!’ – Neville slams Arnautovic after dismal showing for West Ham Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 16:29 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Worst PL Team of the Week Marko Arnautovic Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion West Ham United Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League As the Hammers slipped to a 3-0 defeat against the newly-promoted side, the Austria international came in the line of fire due to his lack of effort Gary Neville has criticised Marko Arnautovic’s limp showing as West Ham suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat at home to Brighton on Friday.Slaven Bilic’s men have had a rough start to the season, but the former Manchester United defender does not believe the Austria international is doing enough to help his team-mates.The 28-year-old was criticised for not working hard enough, with Neville suggesting only a player like Cristiano Ronaldo should be allowed to get away with not doing sufficient defensive work. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Palace 6/4 to beat West Ham“I have only ever played with one player that had an excuse not to track back and that was Cristiano Ronaldo,” Neville told Sky Sports. “He scored 40 goals in a season.“Arnautovic is Ronaldo in his own mind. That’s the problem, he thinks he is better than he is.”Fellow pundit Jamie Carragher was equally scathing of the former Stoke player.“I was very critical of Arnautovic during the game, he was a huge money signing,” he said.”It can be difficult to settle and show your true form at a new club, but that performance was not one you think was desperate to show everyone what he can do.“He’s walking about during the game, it was beyond belief, certainly in the first half. It was so poor, and it heaps so much pressure on the manager.”With West Ham now 17th in the standings, Carragher fears for the future of Bilic in the dugout.“That’s the kind of performance that gets the manager sacked,” he added.last_img read more