Wellington steps up for TG in Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgTivoli Gardens scored another massive victory to pull further away from the relegation zone, scoring a 1-0 win over Portmore United at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday.Rodico Wellington netted the game’s only goal from the penalty spot on 24 minutes to lift the West Kingston team to 32 points.Portmore ended the game with 10 players as Omar Daley was red-carded at the 41st minute.The goal was Wellington’s third of the season and the former Denham Town High School Manning Cup player, who is in his third Premier League season, says he is looking to fill the boots of Junior Flemmings, the club’s leading scorer this season, who left the island for an overseas contract recently.”I have taken over from Junior Flemmings because he has gone away on contract, so I told myself that I have to come out and do it for him. This is my third season and I feel I have found my footing (in league). My aim was 10 (goals) at the start of the season and right now I am at three, but I still think I can reach that amount,” he told The Gleaner.”Mr Bailey (coach Glendon) has given us more fitness and a mentality when we go into games to not lose. He has built my confidence a lot and that gives me the courage to go out and work hard and execute and we can make the top four. We just have to work hard and have the mindset to make the top four,” he said.FIRST-HALF PENALTYThe home team was better in the first half, and 24 minutes into the contest, Tivoli were awarded a penalty and Wellington fired past Shaven Sean Paul to give the hosts the lead.Portmore’s troubles were made worse four minutes before the break when captain Omar Daley received a second yellow card for insulting and verbally abusing the match referee.The defeat was the fourth in six games for Portmore, which is of some concern for assistant coach Jeffrey Hewitt, with the play-offs fast approaching.”This (defeat) will have a psychological impact. Our form is of some concern and we are trying to work on it. We thought the poor run was gone after four points from two games. But, today, we lost and we had to get the result and we didn’t get it,” he said.Tivoli’s assistant coach Damian Gordon said they are not out of the woods as yet.”We have to take it on a game-by-game situation. We have to look at the teams below us, so we have to keep on winning points,” he said.Yesterday’s ResultsTivoli 1 Portmore 0UWI FC 1 MoBay United 1Reno FC 1 Humble Lion 1Cavalier 0 Boys’ Town 0Today’s game9 p.m. Harbour View vs Rivoli United at Harbour View Mini Stadiumlast_img read more

The Premier League is going to be in your face: Sol Campbell warns Unai Emery

first_imgArsene Wenger stepped down as the Arsenal manager after spending more than 2 decades at the helm of the London club. He bowed out from the post that had become synonymous with his name after last season overseeing Arsenal finishing sixth — which was the club’s lowest position under Wenger — and 37 points behind champions Manchester City.Unai Emery delivered three Europa League titles while hi time at Sevilla and then won five domestic trophies in two seasons at Paris Saint-Germain. But that could not save Emery his job at the French capital as he coundn’t give continental success.Sol Campbell though has warned current Arsenal manager Unai Emery that he must adapt to the rapid pace of the Premier League quickly if he is to lead the team to success this season.The 46-yar-old Emery took over at Arsenal in May and is tasked with reinstating the club as one of the most dominant sides in the English top-flight following recent underwhelming seasons.READ – Arsenal striker Lacazette eager to move past last season’s strugglesCampbell, who made 210 appearances for Arsenal, believes the English league will be different to Emery’s previous experiences in the La Liga and Ligue 1.”The Premier League is going to be in your face, not relaxed like some of the leagues he has been in,” Campbell told Sky Sports.”He will have to adjust to the pressure, week in, week out. Some managers get shocked by it but he must get accustomed to it quickly.”READ – Arsenal beat Chelsea 6-5 on penalties in International Champions CupadvertisementThe former England international is also hopeful that Emery’s focus on defensive improvement will not strip Arsenal of their attacking threat.”Emery is the sort of manager who will look at certain players and positions. Defensively that was what was lacking,” Campbell added. “Hopefully that won’t take away from the attacking side of and he will find a balance.”Emery will lead Arsenal against champions Manchester City in his first league match in charge on Aug. 12.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Skripal suspects say were in UK as tourists, deny murder attempt

first_imgMoscow, Sep 14 (AFP) Two men accused by London of poisoning former Moscow spy Sergei Skripal denied involvement in the murder attempt in a bizarre Russian media interview Thursday that Britain dismissed as “an insult to the public’s intelligence”.Speaking with the head of the Kremlin-backed RT news network, the pair confirmed they were the men whose pictures British authorities released this month, but insisted they were visiting the English city of Salisbury as tourists.British security services had named the men as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, but said these were likely to be aliases.In a 25-minute interview, the men said these were their real names but insisted they did not work for Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, as Britain claims.RT said the men sounded distressed and were sweating as they spoke.Both appeared to be about 40 years old, and they wore almost identical dark blue jumpers. The men looked well-built and Boshirov wore what looked like a red Kabbalah bracelet.The TV station recorded the interview on Wednesday evening, just hours after President Vladimir Putin said Russia had identified the men sought by Britain and urged the pair to address the media.”They are civilians,” Putin said, adding there was nothing criminal about them.London believes Putin personally sanctioned the attack.The United States is planning a new set of “very severe” sanctions on Russia over its alleged use of the Novichok nerve agent in the March 4 poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia, assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh told a congressional hearing Thursday.advertisementShe said Russia had until November to allow on-site inspections of facilities linked to the potent poison, and to provide “verifiable” assurances that Novichok will not be used again.The Skripal assassination attempt has drawn comparisons with the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko with highly radioactive polonium in London in 2006.Moscow has refused to extradite the two men Britain suspects of killing Litvinenko. One of them, Andrei Lugovoi, went on to become a Russian lawmaker.Downing Street on Thursday called the RT interview “an insult to the public’s intelligence”.”More importantly they are deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack. Sadly, it’s what we’ve come to expect,” Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said.Skripal and his daughter survived, but a British couple, Dawn Sturgess and Charlie Rowley, came into contact with the same nerve agent in a town near Salisbury months later. Sturgess died.Petrov and Boshirov said they arrived in Britain on March 2 and travelled to Salisbury the next day to see the sights.They left after no more than an hour because of poor weather and heavy snow, but returned to the city the next day — March 4, the day of the attack.British authorities said the suspects travelled to Salisbury twice to prepare for the attack and then carry it out.”Friends have been telling us for a long time we should visit this beautiful city,” said the broad-shouldered Petrov.”We went there to see Stonehenge, Old Sarum, but we couldn’t do it because there was muddy slush everywhere,” he added, referring to famous local landmarks.Boshirov, sporting a goatee, denied the pair knew anything about Skripal or the location of his house.”We walked around and enjoyed this English Gothic architecture,” he said.British investigators say the poison was transported in a fake Nina Ricci perfume bottle and sprayed onto the handle of Skripal’s front door.”Is it not silly for decent lads to have women’s perfume?” Boshirov asked. “The customs are checking everything. We didn’t have it.” The pair said they had previously travelled to Europe for business and pleasure.The men complained their lives had become a “nightmare” and urged journalists to leave them alone.”We’re afraid of going out, we fear for ourselves, our lives and lives of our loved ones,” Boshirov said. “We are tired.” When RT editor Margarita Simonyan asked them why they travelled together, implying they might be a gay couple, the men said their private lives were off limits.”This is not an interrogation,” Boshirov said.Simonyan said the men had contacted her on her cellphone.Boshirov and Petrov said they called her because they needed protection and would like an apology from Britain.British Foreign Office Minister Alan Duncan said their account was “so unconvincing” it brought “Russia into ridicule”.”If these two suspects are prepared to answer questions on Russian television, let them come here and answer some more searching questions about what we know they did,” he told AFP.advertisementSocial networks ran amok, with many deriding what the duo said as a flimsy attempt to cover their tracks.”The Spy Who Went Home Because It Was Cold,” quipped Twitter user Ben Stanley.Others suggested that Moscow had essentially thrown its intelligence agents under the bus. (AFP) RCJlast_img read more

Oppo F11 Pro with rising camera launched for Rs 24,990, here’s what you need to know

first_imgAfter teasing for quite a while, Oppo has finally launched the F11 Pro in the Indian market. The smartphone’s highlight is the pop-up camera, or as Oppo calls it the rising camera. The F11 Pro comes in one variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage and will be going on sale from March 15 at a price of Rs 24,990. The F11 Pro will be available in two gradient colours: Thunder black and Aurora Green. Oppo also announced a regular F11 that is priced at Rs 19,990.The F11 Pro is Oppo’s second offering for 2019 after the Oppo K1, which introduced the in-screen fingerprint sensor. Oppo has been in fact playing it quite aggressive in the market for a long while offering compelling options at competitive prices. With the F11 Pro, the company is set to reaffirm its presence in the sub-Rs 30,000 segment.Oppo F11 Pro specificationsThe Oppo F11 Pro is the first mainstream model in Oppo’s lineup of smartphones to ditch the notch and offer a fullscreen display. Oppo achieves that by adopting a mechanical pop-up camera similar to the one found on the recently launched Vivo V15 Pro. As with the Vivo phones, the pop-up mechanism will only sport the front camera — no LED flash or fancy 3D face unlock system. On the other and, Oppo has managed to cram in a 6.5-inch IPS LCD Full HD+ display with no notch or any other forms of interruption.When it comes to the cameras, Oppo is paying a lot of attention to the hardware. The mechanical pop-up slider will hold a 16-megapixel camera with no LED flash or IR sensors.advertisementHowever, the front camera isn’t the only area where Oppo is paying attention. The F11 Pro will also come with a 48-megapixel rear camera with F1.7 lens and a secondary 5-megapixel depth camera. Oppo is claiming superior portrait mode photos with its extensive AI algorithms that are tuned to enhance low-light photography. The 48-megapixel camera is using a Sony IMX586 sensor.The F11 Pro is powered by a MediaTek Helio P70 chipset paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage. The regular Oppo F11 comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The F11 Pro comes with ColorOS 6.0, which is based on Android 9 Pie. The new version of ColorOS contains smarter AI algorithms for enhanced power efficiency and performance gains.Oppo is also offering a massive 4000mAh battery and is coupling it with their VOOC 3.0 fast charging system. Oppo claims that the VOOC 3.0 fast charging is almost 20 per cent faster than the first generation VOOC charging. The phone also sports a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor Sadly, the F11 Pro comes with a Micro USB port — no USB-C here.Oppo F11 Pro colours, price and availabilityThe Oppo F11 Pro will be available in two gradient colour variants — Thunder Black and Aurora Green. The Oppo F11 Pro is priced at Rs 24,990, while the regular F11 is priced at Rs 19,990. Both the phones will have their first sale on March 15 on Flipkart and via offline stores. The devices are up for pre-orders starting today.Disclaimer: The reporter’s travel and stay in Mumbai have been arranged by Oppo India.<br />last_img read more