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Rooney in a fix as Arsenal gun for Man United

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first_imgDropped by first Mourinho and then interim England manager Gareth Southgate, Rooney managed to force his way back into the starting XI for both club and country.His last United display, in their 3-1 win at Swansea City prior to the international break, was one of his best in recent memory as he created a pair of goals for Zlatan Ibrahimovic.But an injury sustained in England’s 3-0 win over Scotland forced him out of Tuesday’s 2-2 draw with Spain and he now looks likely to find himself back in the increasingly familiar setting of the bench.Rooney has made a habit of tormenting Arsenal over the years, scoring 14 goals against them—a figure bettered only by his tally against Aston Villa (15).As a swaggering 16-year-old with Everton, he scored his first ever Premier League goal against Arsenal in 2002 and they were also the victims for his first United league goal and 100th league goal overall.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I know people are looking at it and saying we’re drifting and we’re not right at the top, but we still feel there’s more to come and we’ve got a great chance of being up there.”Mourinho’s preparations have not been helped by selection issues that could deprive him of four frontline defenders.Centre-backs Chris Smalling (foot) and Eric Bailly (knee) are definitely out, while there are doubts over full-backs Antonio Valencia (broken arm) and Luke Shaw (leg).Arsenal will be without flying right-back Hector Bellerin (ankle) and his Spanish compatriot Santi Cazorla (Achilles).Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, faces a fitness test on his hamstring and is not due to return from international duty with Chile until Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Manchester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney reacts during the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2016. AFPDamaged and derided, Wayne Rooney embodies Manchester United’s delicate current predicament as they prepare for Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday.Rooney has been splashed across Britain’s newspapers this week after photographs emerged of him looking the worse for wear during a post-wedding party at the England team hotel last weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports The incident has prompted an apology from the player himself, news of an investigation by the Football Association and the unlikely backing of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.Fortunately for Rooney, manager Jose Mourinho’s anger over the matter is said to have been directed at the FA, for allowing the striker to go off the rails, rather than him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentBut the 31-year-old is nonetheless expected to start on the bench against Arsenal, having been forced to withdraw from international duty with a minor knee injury.Rooney found himself in the spotlight even before his late-night antics at the luxury Grove Hotel in Watford, north of England, last weekend. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: 'Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient'01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07'HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!'03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND But with Rooney sidelined and Ibrahimovic suspended, the teenage terror gunning for the Gunners this time around is expected to be Marcus Rashford.The 19-year-old striker scored twice on his Premier League debut to inspire United to a 3-2 win over Arsenal in February and the London club’s manager Arsene Wenger has not forgotten.‘Rashford killed us’“The man who killed us last year was Marcus Rashford,” said Wenger, whose side have not lost away in the league since that game.“He took us completely by surprise.”Although Arsenal won 2-1 at United in the FA Cup in March 2015, they have not won a league game there since September 2006, while Wenger has never overcome Mourinho in the league in 11 attempts.But although the historical omens would appear to favour United, the form and the momentum belong to Arsenal.Whereas United have won just two of their last eight league games, Arsenal have won seven of its last nine, drawing the other two.Wenger’s men will provisionally go top if they prevail, which would leave United—sixth in the table ahead of the weekend’s fixtures—a yawning nine points off the pace.But midfielder Michael Carrick said this week: “We still feel we’re well in touch. 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Democracy is a messy affair – Sometimes conscience can make it right

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first_imgDoes a Member of Parliament have a right of conscience or must he exercise blind loyalty to a party or a political leader? Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and his A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) colleagues insisted that loyalty to the party and party leader is a democratic expectation. One of their MPs, Charrandas Persaud, believed that his right of conscience is supreme and on December 21, 2018, in the Parliament of Guyana, he exercised that right.The No-Confidence Motion introduced by the Leader of the Opposition was thrashed as a waste of time by Prime Minister Nagamootoo and by the leadership of APNU/AFC. As it turns out, the Parliament approved the No-Confidence Motion by a vote of 33 to 32. One Government MP, Charrandas Persaud, representing Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) as a Member of the APNU/AFC coalition Government, agreed with the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition that the Government has not met its obligations and that the Parliament, speaking for the people, has lost confidence in the Government. As a consequence, elections are now due within 90 days, according to the Constitution. Thirty-three MPs decided that the people must have a chance now, rather than wait until August 2020, to put into place a new Government.While the Government and some of its supporters may find this inconvenient, it is democracy at work. Democracy is not always smooth; it can be a messy affair. Winston Churchill once said: “No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time”. Charrandas Persaud demonstrated the messiness of the democratic process. He was expected to adhere to party loyalty, he preferred his conscience.Immediately after Persaud announced his vote, he was pounced upon, deemed by his colleagues, many of whom are his close friends, a Judas, and a traitor. The Government paper enshrined this designation for eternity as it had a full front page with Persaud’s picture and the caption “JUDAS”. He was threatened and in the process had to leave the country in fear for his life. The Public Security Minister and the Government now seek praise for granting Persaud safe passage. At no point did they consider that this was not a favour done on behalf of Persaud, but that this was a constitutional obligation on the Government to ensure safety for all citizens. He may have voted to end the Government’s tenure and for new elections, but he was exercising his right and he not only deserves safe passage, he has a right to safe passage. As hurtful as his action maybe to those in Government, he was exercising his democratic rights and his Government had the obligation to ensure his safety.Persaud conceded that he voted for the motion of No-Confidence because his conscience would not permit him to continue excusing the corruption and abuses of the Government he helped installed and kept in power the last three-and-a-half years. His conscience told him that the Government had failed the people, particularly the people who live next to and near him, many of whom are his friends and family. He saw these people every day, he saw their agony, he saw them plunged into poverty by the uncaring and insensitive Government for whom Persaud had to vote for every time he attended Parliament. He admitted that for three-and-a-half years he voted according to instructions from his party leaders, even though many times it was against his conscience.Prime Minister Nagamootoo insisted, however, that Persaud did not have the right to conscience. Nagamootoo demanded party loyalty. In his perspective of parliamentary democracy, party loyalty was supreme. Persaud countered that his right to conscience was supreme in the democracy that we live in or then it would not be a democracy, but an autocracy. In Persaud’s perspective, conscience cannot be subsumed by cultish bigotry and loyalty to a party or party leader.What played out in Parliament on December 21, 2018, was the arrogance of democracy, demanding full subservience, versus the gentle pull of conscience. While it is important in a parliamentary democracy to maintain discipline among MPs, these MPs are also accountable to people. The people’s dissatisfaction, their perils and their agony must be able to move an MP’s conscience beyond cultish subservience to a leader. The thousands of sugar workers who lost their jobs, the thousands suffering because of high tax burdens and because of corruption and abuses of their Government moved Persaud’s conscience. It proved that conscience is a powerful tool to stop those excesses that make democracy imperfect.last_img
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African Envoys in Nigeria Celebrate 53rd Africa Day

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first_img* Utilize strength as the largest regional grouping in the world.* Commit to the universal ratification and domestication of the Maputo Protocol for women’s rights and empowerment of women by the end of this year.* Insist on real partnership with the United Nations and a radical reform of the UN Security Council to give (African nations) greater representation and stronger voice in the organ.The African Ambassadors Group in the Federal Republic of Nigeria concluded the observance of the 53rd Africa Day Celebrations with an elaborate program held at the Sheraton Hilton Hotel in Abuja on May 25.The evening’s colorful program was characterized by brief speeches, cultural and musical performances, poetry, a buffet dinner of cuisine of various African dishes and the Second Annual Africa Day Raffle Draw.Other members of the Diplomatic Corps from non-African missions, representatives from the Federal Government and various regional and multilateral organizations graced the well-attended event.During the program, the Acting Dean of the African Ambassadors Group, the Ambassador of Cameroon, Salaheddine Abbas Ibrahim, spoke of the importance of Africa Day.Ambassador Ibrahim, in summary, explained the formation in 1963 of the Organization of Africa Union (OAU) and its evolution in 2002 into what is now the African Union (AU).Earlier in the day, a public lecture was held in the auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Ibrahim Gambari, former Foreign Minister of Nigeria, delivered the lecture centered on the AU’s 2016 theme “African Year of Human Rights with a Special Focus on the Rights of Women.”He urged all African Union member states to commit to the universal ratification and domestication of the Maputo Protocol by the end of this year, if women must form an integral part of all development efforts on the continent. “The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in collaboration with African Union, its Commission and its human rights mechanisms should support this endeavor,” he urged. Ambassador Gambari spoke of Africa’s need to utilize its strength as the largest regional grouping in the world.“If you don’t have ambition for yourself, no one else would,” he told the African heads of mission.Concluding, he added: “First, women rights and empowerment of women should be regarded as inseparable from broader human rights for all peoples. Second, states, civil society and youths and the general population in Africa need to be sensitized on human rights issues for a better understanding of international human rights mechanisms. “Third, increased awareness, promotion and protection of the rights of women should be regarded as non-negotiable. Fourth, there is a need to change the old narrative about Africa in order to catch up with the reality of new and huge opportunities in Africa for investments and partnership for mutual benefits to the Africans and the rest of the world. “Fifth, as Africans build on the progress made in resolving their political and security crises, and promote socioeconomic challenges facing them, they should also strengthen their continental organization and insist on real partnership with the United Nations and a radical reform of the UN Security Council to give them greater representation and stronger voice in the organ that has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.”Ambassador Gambari then responded to questions from some of the attending African heads of mission at the event including the High Commissioner of Ghana, William Azumah Awinador-Kanyirige and the Ambassador of Senegal, Baboucar Sambe, among others.The High Commissioner of Namibia to Nigeria, Dr. Peingeonjabi T. Shipoh, on behalf of the group, thanked Ambassador Gambari for his lecture.The Liberian ambassador to Nigeria, Professor Al-Hassan Conteh, served as the Master of Ceremonies for both afternoon and evening events.In a related development, the African Ambassadors Group over the weekend paid a humanitarian visit to the New Kuchingoro Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDP) Camp in Galadimawa, near Games Village in Abuja. The African heads of mission identified with the almost 1,500 IDP’s with the donation of an assortment of food items and medicines valued at millions of naira.The commemoration of Africa Day focuses on the objective of the AU, which is to promote “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.” On May 25 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the 32 African states that had achieved independence at that time agreed to establish the OAU. A further 21 members joined gradually, reaching a total of 53 by the time of the AU’s creation in 2002. On 9 July 2011, South Sudan became the 54th AU member. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img
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Rockets’ Harden apologizes to China over GM’s Hong Kong tweet

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first_imgFrancis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna China’s CCTV suspends Houston Rockets broadcasts View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images ‘People evacuated on their own’ Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees “We apologize. We love China,” Harden said, standing alongside fellow Rockets guard Russell Westbrook at a press event in Tokyo.“We love playing there. Both of us, we go there once or twice a year. They show us most support so we appreciate them… We appreciate the support they give us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Rockets have been fiercely criticiezd in China after general manager Daryl Morey on Friday posted a tweet featuring the message “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.” The tweet was later deleted.READ: China’s CCTV suspends Houston Rockets broadcasts MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Houston Rockets guard James Harden (R) shoots the ball during a training session by the NBA basketball team in Tokyo on October 7, 2019. – The Rockets are in Tokyo to play two exhibition matches this week. (Photo by Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP)Houston Rockets star James Harden on Monday apologized to China over a controversial tweet by the team’s general manager backing Hong Kong protests that has caused a massive backlash.READ: Rockets GM says Hong Kong tweet not meant to offendADVERTISEMENTlast_img
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Concern about GECOM Chair and fairness of next election

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first_imgDear Editor,In travelling around Guyana last week for a NACTA poll and socialising at various public functions as well as in open markets, concerns were raised by voters about the lack of appointment of a chairperson for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and whether the next general election will be free and fair.A large majority (63 per cent) of respondents are upset with President David Granger for not choosing someone for chair from the two lists of nominees provided by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo. They said the President needs to urgently appoint someone from the lists provided by the Opposition Leader as mandated in the Jimmy Carter formula. Most respondents said they were certain the President would have chosen someone from the second list, as five of the six nominees meet the criteria established by the Head of State. Voters want the President to appoint someone who will not condone electoral fraud as committed between 1966 and 1992; the last time the People’s National Congress governed the nation.Large majorities of respondents of the poll say they are fearful the election will not be above board, and that the appointment of a (neutral) chair is critical for holding a free and fair election. Almost every supporter of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the Alliance For Change feels the next election will be rigged and they want measures put in place to prevent rigging. Respondents say there should be observers at every polling station to prevent skulduggery, like stuffing of ballot boxes and the impersonation of voters.It is generally felt that if the election is free and fair, and Bharrat Jagdeo is the PPP candidate, he will win the presidency and a parliamentary majority should he decide to run. Jagdeo is the most popular and likeable political figure in the country.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img
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Mayor taps Nahai to head troubled DWP

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In announcing Nahai’s nomination, Villaraigosa said Nahai has special qualifications. “He possesses something rare that makes him uniquely qualified: He has the vision of an outsider and the knowledge of an insider,” Villaraigosa said during a press conference outside DWP headquarters. If approved by his former board and the City Council, as expected, Nahai would leave his real estate law firm and take on the nearly $350,000-a-year job heading the utility beginning Dec. 1. Nahai would take the helm as the DWP tries to convert 20 percent of its electrical supply from coal to more green sources, such as solar and wind power, by 2010. The utility also has suffered major problems with power reliability and is attempting to upgrade its aging electrical and water infrastructure. Nahai has argued that the utility must raise rates to pay for the needed upgrades. The City Council will begin considering a plan today to increase electricity rates by 9 percent over the next three years and water rates 6 percent over two years. On Monday, Nahai pledged unprecedented transparency on how the rate increases would be spent, including the formation of an oversight committee to track the money raised and how it’s used. “The people of Los Angeles deserve, and are entitled to, accountability,” Nahai said. “They have a right to know that the reliability dollars we’re seeking in the rate increase are going to be spent wisely.” That was good news to members of the Neighborhood Council Oversight Committee, which has pushed the utility to disclose its spending and justify the rate increases. “What I would like to see is an openness of communication between (the general manager’s) office and us,” said Soledad Garcia, who heads the oversight committee. “Hopefully it will be more open and that we won’t feel like we’re being stonewalled or that we’re in an obstacle course to get information.” Still, her committee has opposed the proposed rate increases because the DWP subsidizes political pet projects, transfers millions of dollars to the city’s general fund every year and pays wages that are often higher than workers in other departments or in the private sector. As for DWP salaries, Nahai said he believes the wages are fair and comparable to other utility workers. “We have a shortage of linemen and we’ve got a shortage of staff,” he said. “We have a looming retirement crisis where we are going to have to be offering incentives for people to stay. It isn’t as if we’re really in a position to tell people that we want them to cut their salaries.” Council President Eric Garcetti said Nahai will have a difficult job convincing ratepayers to trust DWP management after two consecutive summers when soaring temperatures triggered massive blackouts. “Right now there isn’t a culture of accountability within the department,” Garcetti said, recalling how utility managers promised at the beginning of the summer that the utility would not repeat the outages of the previous summer. “David has unquestionably been in the thick of running the utility for the last few years. Now the question is whether David can come in and turn around the culture that promises it will deliver but continues to degrade,” he said. Councilwoman Jan Perry, who heads the council’s energy and environment committee, said she intends to conduct a rigorous review of Nahai.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s pick to lead the Department of Water and Power pledged Monday to promote openness and transparency in the massive utility’s $3.9 billion budget and proposed rate increases. The naming of attorney and environmentalist H. David Nahai for the job came just three days after longtime chief Ron Deaton announced his retirement. Nahai, who served two years in a voluntary post on the Board of Water and Power Commissioners, vowed to push for reform at the nation’s largest public utility. “Irrespective of how engaged and how effective a commissioner is, he or she is, at the end of the day, still pushing from the outside,” Nahai said. “This nomination will give me the opportunity to lead from the inside.” last_img
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Media giant to sell?

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first_img Univision’s radio network, which it beefed up in 2003 with the acquisition of Hispanic Broadcasting Corp., has also become a ratings success. Releases by recording artists signed to Univision’s record label account for the bulk of sales in the U.S.-Latin music market. That success will be hard to top and increasingly harder to maintain, particularly if advertising revenue continues to decline amid growing competition from alternative media. Univision also could lose its prominence in radio as more stations change formats in recognition of the growing number of bilingual Hispanics across the country, analysts said. Competitors such as Clear Channel are experimenting with formats such as “Hurban” radio – heavy on reggaeton, hip-hop and other music genres appealing to younger, acculturated Hispanics. “Recent revenue growth for their TV segment has been pretty anemic for their standards,” Ramek said. “It seems to have snuck up on them late in 2004.” TV revenue for the third quarter of 2005 grew 4.6 percent, a respectable number for other companies, but lower than Univision’s usual rate. TV revenue rose 15.6 percent in the same period in 2004. Univision is poised to benefit from airing next year’s World Cup. It has already received commitments of $180 million from advertisers. A spending shift toward online advertising hit the U.S. television and radio industries last year. Hispanic TV, radio and print media raked in only 3.3 percent more advertising dollars in the first nine months of 2005 over 2004, the latest figures available from TNS Media Intelligence, a market information company. But prospects for future growth are clouded by a lingering concern some major advertisers have with the buying power of the Spanish-language audience. David Bank, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, said he expects the gap between the size of the U.S. Hispanic population and the proportion of advertising dollars spent in Spanish-language media will narrow over time. Still, an alliance with or buyout by another media giant could help Univision lure more large advertisers. Analysts have said likely suitors could include News Corp., Time Warner Inc. and CBS Corp. News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch said he would take a look but has no specific intentions. Univision said it would consider other options to raise capital, including selling more shares, selling parts of the company or even an acquisition. Another likely bidder is Grupo Televisa, the Mexican company that provides much of Univision’s programming. The two companies are engaged in a legal dispute over the use of Televisa’s content, and U.S. law prevents foreign ownership of U.S.-based media companies. Other analysts say Univision’s decision to weigh its options is simply a result of wanting to sell while the value is high. “They’re ticking on all four cylinders right now and in a sense it doesn’t get much smoother than how it’s running,” Bank said. “They got the World Cup, they’ve got all this ratings momentum, so if you’re Perenchio and you’re thinking about selling in the next couple of years, this seems like an opportune time.” 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Univision faces a high-class problem in 2007 – too much growth and too little debt – a quality problem that would only get sweeter in 2008,” said Leland Westerfield, an analyst with Harris Nesbitt in New York. “Thus, the major question is what would Univision do if they didn’t sell themselves? What could they acquire to grow?” he asked. The answer will come from Univision’s reclusive Chairman and CEO A. Jerrold Perenchio, who could be ready to cash in on his investment. Since buying the company from Hallmark in 1992, the 75-year-old mogul has seen Univision become a ratings juggernaut across all media as the size of the U.S. Hispanic audience has grown. According to the most recent U.S. Census figures, Hispanics make up one-seventh of the U.S. population and accounted for half the population growth in 2004. It’s estimated that Univision’s three television networks account for more than three-fourths of all Hispanic viewers in the nation. Its prime-time programming often beats English-language networks in some markets, and it consistently beats its largest Spanish-language rival, Miami-based Telemundo, which was acquired by General Electric Co.’s NBC unit in 2001 for $2 billion. Conquering the U.S. Spanish-language television, radio and recorded music market has left Univision Communications Inc. with a quandary: Where to look for growth? The answer will likely drive a decision by the Los Angeles-based media conglomerate, which this week announced it is exploring a possible sale of all or parts of the company or future acquisitions, analysts said. “They already have 80 percent market share; where are they going to go from here but down?” said Philip Remek, a senior equity analyst with Guzman & Company in Miami. The company did not spell out the reasons behind its move in its announcement this week. Several Wall Street analysts said a sale is the most likely outcome. Univision shares closed Friday at $34.70, up 11 percent for the week. last_img
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Arsenal players ‘owe themselves a performance’ against Liverpool says Wenger

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first_imgArsene Wenger believes his Arsenal players owe themselves a good performance in a big game as they prepare to face Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.The Gunners have once again struggled against their main rivals this season and are now in a fight to maintain their record of always finishing in the Premier League’s top four in all of Wenger’s full seasons at the helm.The 67-year-old insists he is still undecided over whether to end his 20-year reign as boss at the end of the current season, with supporter unrest growing in recent weeks.Arsenal were surprisingly beaten at home by Watford before slipping to a 3-1 loss at Chelsea and a 5-1 thrashing in their Champions League tie away to Bayern Munich.That saw them slip off the pace in the title race and leaves them staring at a seventh successive round of 16 exit in Europe.Having started the season well, recovering from a home reverse to Liverpool to go 19 games undefeated in all competitions, back-to-back 2-1 losses at Everton and Manchester City halted their title charge – and now Wenger wants a reaction on another big away-day.“They owe themselves a performance,” he said.“They are quality players and I think on the day (at Bayern) it all went against us because we were 1-1 at half time and in the second half everything went against us.“We lost Laurent Koscielny quickly and then quickly conceded without having adjusted, we lost three goals – (in minutes) 53, 56 and 63. After that it was mentally very difficult.“We responded at Sutton (a 2-0 FA Cup win), that was quite a tricky game and we want to respond again tomorrow. We have an opportunity against Bayern after that to show we can cause them problems.”While turning the tide against the Bundesliga giants looks an insurmountable task, Wenger will be keen to address a wretched run against the current top six in the Premier League.He has guided Arsenal to just three wins in their last 23 away games at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United and believes victory at Anfield can help alleviate any psychological barrier that has developed as a result of that run.“It is even more important because we have not done well recently in these kind of games,” he said.“For us, this kind of game like Liverpool is of course an opportunity that we want to take. We have to go and take it and not wait for the result.“The result comes with an attacking attitude and that for me is the most important. That we go to just start on a positive attitude – for the rest of the season, of course it will have vital consequences.” 1 Arsene Wenger wants his players to deliver against Liverpool last_img
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Seamus Coleman plays 300th game for Everton

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first_imgSEAMUS Coleman made his 300th Everton appearance this afternoon.Coleman returned to the Everton side for the one-all draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.A rib injury had kept the Killybegs man out of action for the last three weeks, but he was back to skipper the Toffees today. Under caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson, Everton led at half-time as Victor Lindelof’s own goal put them in front. Leighton Baines’ cross caused panic and the ball careered off Lindelof and in.United, though, were rescued by sub Mason Greenwood, who riffled in a 77th minute equaliser. Seamus Coleman plays 300th game for Everton was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Duncan FergusonevertonKillybegsManchester Unitedseamus colemanlast_img
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Football Talk: Neil not keen on Scotland, Utd Griezmann move

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first_imgWhen a team is facing a must-win game and a manager is under pressure, you might expect vultures to be circling.Not so for Scotland, where Gordon Strachan might be feeling the heat but Alex Neil has already ruled himself out of any possible appointment. The former Hamilton and Norwich boss would surely be on any list of potential candidates to take the hot seat but he says that job isn’t for him just yet. He says he is too young for the job but Dave Bowman has shown that you’re only as young, or old, as you feel.Seventeen years after a lengthy ban for picking up four red cards in one match, Bowman was on the bench for Dundee United’s development team. Elsewhere, Alex Rae is the latest name in the frame for the Rangers coaching job, Stuart Armstrong is ready to carry the hopes of a nation on Sunday and Manchester United are said to have all but completed the signing of Antoine Griezmann for a cool £86m.Oh, and if you’ve forgotten it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, Barry Ferguson has you covered. STVlast_img
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