Remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama on America’s Leadership in the Ebola Fight on…

first_imgTHE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Please, everybody, have a seat.  Thank you.  Thank you, everybody.  Well, thank you, Rear Admiral Giberson, not only for the introduction, but for your leadership and your service.Last summer, as Ebola spread in West Africa, overwhelming public health systems and threatening to cross more borders, I said that fighting this disease had to be more than a national security priority, but an example of American leadership.  After all, whenever and wherever a disaster or a disease strikes, the world looks to us to lead.  And because of extraordinary people like the ones standing behind me, and many who are in the audience, we have risen to the challenge.Now, remember, there was no small amount of skepticism about our chances.  People were understandably afraid, and, if we’re honest, some stoked those fears.  But we believed that if we made policy based not on fear, but on sound science and good judgment, America could lead an effective global response while keeping the American people safe, and we could turn the tide of the epidemic.We believed this because of people like Rear Admiral Giberson.  We believed this because of outstanding leaders like Dr. Raj Shah at USAID and Dr. Tom Frieden at the CDC.  (Applause.)  We believed it because of the men and women behind me and the many others here at home and who are still overseas who respond to challenges like this one not only with skill and professionalism, but with courage and with dedication.  And because of your extraordinary work, we have made enormous progress in just a few months.So the main reason we’re actually here today is for me to say thank you.  Thank you to the troops and public health workers who left their loved ones to head into the heart of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa — and many of them did so over the holidays.  Thank you to the health care professionals here at home who treated our returning heroes like Dr. Kent Brantly and Dr. Craig Spencer.  Thank you to Dr. Tony Fauci and Nancy Sullivan, and the incredible scientists at NIH, who worked long days and late nights to develop a vaccine.  All of you represent what is best about America and what’s possible when we lead.And we’re also here to mark a transition in our fight against this disease — not to declare mission accomplished, but to mark a transition.  Thanks to the hard work of our nearly 3,000 troops who deployed to West Africa, logistics have been set up, Ebola treatment units have been built, over 1,500 African health workers have been trained, and volunteers around the world gained the confidence to join the fight.  We were a force multiplier. It wasn’t just what we put in; it’s the fact that when we put it in, people looked around and said, all right, America has got our back, so we’ll come too.  And as a result, more than 1,500 of our troops have been able to return.Today, I’m announcing that by April 30th, all but 100 who will remain to help support the ongoing response, all but those hundred will also be able to come home — not because the job is done, but because they were so effective in setting up the infrastructure, that we are now equipped to deal with the job that needs to be done in West Africa, not only with a broader, international coalition, but also with folks who have been trained who are from the countries that were most at risk.So I want to be very clear here:  While our troops are coming home, America’s work is not done.  Our mission is not complete.  Today, we move into the next phase of the fight, winding down our military response while expanding our civilian response.  That starts here at home, where we’re more prepared to protect Americans from infectious disease, but still have more work to do.  For as long as Ebola simmers anywhere in the world, we will have some Ebola fighting heroes who are coming back home with the disease from time to time.  And that’s why we’re screening and monitoring all arrivals from affected countries.  We’ve equipped more hospitals with new protective gear and protocols.  We’ve developed partnerships with states and cities, thanks to public servants like Mayor Mike Rawlings and Judge Clay Jenkins of Dallas, Texas, who were on the front lines when the first case appeared here on our shores.A few months ago, only 13 states had the capability to even test for Ebola.  Today, we have more than 54 labs in 44 states.  Only three facilities in the country were qualified to treat an Ebola patient.  Today, we have 51 Ebola treatment centers.  We have successfully treated eight Ebola patients here in the United States.  And we are grateful to be joined by six of these brave survivors today, including Dr. Richard Sacra, who received world-class care at Nebraska Medical Center — and a plasma donation from Dr. Kent Brantly.  Then he returned to Liberia to treat non-Ebola patients who still need doctors.  That’s the kind of commitment and the kind of people we’re dealing with here.  (Applause.)Meanwhile, in West Africa, it’s true that we have led a massive global effort to combat this epidemic.  We mobilized other countries to join us in making concrete, significant commitments to fight this disease, and to strengthen global health systems for the long term.  In addition to the work of our troops, our USAID DART teams have directed the response.  Our CDC disease detectives have traced contacts.  Our health care workers and scientists helped contain the outbreak.  Our team is providing support for 10,000 civilian responders on the ground.That’s what Brett Sedgewick did.  Where’s Brett?  There here is.  (Laughter.)  So Brett went to Liberia with Global Communities, which is an NGO that partnered with us to respond to Ebola.  Brett supported safe-burial teams that traveled to far-flung corners of Liberia to ensure that those who lost their lives to Ebola were carefully, safely, and respectfully buried so that they could not transmit the disease to anyone else.  And Brett reflects the spirit of so many volunteers when he said, “If you need me, just say the word.”  That’s a simple but profound statement.That’s who we are — big-hearted and optimistic, reflecting the can-do spirit of the American people.  That’s our willingness to help those in need.  They’re the values of Navy Lieutenant Andrea McCoy and her team.  Andrea, raise your hand so that I don’t look — (laughter).  Andrea and her team deployed some seven tons of equipment, processed over 1,800 blood samples.  They’re the values that drive Commander Billy Pimentel.  Where’s Billy?  Raise your hand.COMMANDER PIMENTEL:  Here, sir.THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, sir.  (Laughter.)  Like that Navy can-do attitude.He led a team of Naval microbiologists to set up mobile laboratories that can diagnose Ebola within four hours.  And he said, “It has been an honor for us to use our skills to make a difference.”These values — American values — matter to the world.  At the Monrovia Medical Unit in Liberia — built by American troops; staffed by Rear Admiral Giberson and his team from the U.S. Public Health Service Corps — a nurse’s aide named Rachael Walker went in for treatment, and left Ebola-free.  And I want you to listen to what Rachael’s sister said about all of you.  “We were worried at first,” she said, “but when we found out [Rachael] was being transferred to the American Ebola treatment unit, we thanked God first and then we thanked America second for caring about us.”And the Americans who she was speaking of aren’t just doctors or nurses, or soldiers or scientists.  You’re what one lieutenant commander from the U.S. Public Health Service Corps called the “hope multipliers.”  And you’ve multiplied a lot of hope.  Last fall, we saw between 800 and 1,000 new cases a week. Today, we’re seeing between 100 and 150 cases a week — a drop of more than 80 percent.  Liberia has seen the best progress, Sierra Leone is moving in the right direction, Guinea has the longest way left to go.Our focus now is getting to zero.  Because as long as there is even one case of Ebola that’s active out there, risks still exist.  Every case is an ember that, if not contained, can light a new fire.  So we’re shifting our focus from fighting the epidemic to now extinguishing it.The reason we can do that is because of a bipartisan majority in Congress, including some of the members who are here today, who approved funding to power this next phase in our response.  And I want to thank those members of Congress who are here for the outstanding work that they did.  (Applause.)  One of them, Chris Coons, recently traveled to the region and saw firsthand that we have to continue this fight in Africa.So while our troops are coming home, plenty of American heroes remain on the ground, with even more on the way.  Doctors and nurses are still treating patients, CDC experts are tracking cases, NIH teams are testing vaccines, USAID workers are in the field, and countless American volunteers are on the front lines.  And while I take great pride in the fact that our government organized this effort — and I particularly want to thank Secretary Burwell and her team at Health and Human Services for the outstanding work that they did — we weren’t working alone.  I just had a chance to meet with some leading philanthropists who did so much, and are now committed to continuing the work and finding new ways in which we can build platforms not only to finish the job with respect to Ebola, but also to be able to do more effective surveillance, prevention, and quick response to diseases in the future.  Other nations have joined the fight, and we’re going to keep working together — because our common security depends on all of us.  That’s why we launched the Global Health Security Agenda last year to bring more nations together to better prevent and detect and respond to future outbreaks before they become epidemics.  This was a wakeup call, and why it’s going to be so important for us to learn lessons from what we’ve done and sustain it into the future.And in the 21st century, we cannot built moats around our countries.  There are no drawbridges to be pulled up.  We shouldn’t try.  What we should do is instead make sure everybody has basic health systems — from hospitals to disease detectives to better laboratory networks — (applause) — all of which allows us to get early warnings against outbreaks of diseases.  This is not charity.  The investments we make overseas are in our self-interest — this is not charity; we do this because the world is interconnected — in the same way that the investments we make in NIH are not a nice-to-do, they are a must-do.  We don’t appreciate basic science and all these folks in lab coats until there’s a real problem and we say, well, do we have a cure for that, or can we fix it?  And if we haven’t made those investments, if we’ve neglected them, then they won’t be there when we need them.So as we transition into a new phase in this fight, make no mistake — America is as committed as ever, I am as committed as ever to getting to zero.  And I know we can.  And I know this because of the people who stand behind me and the people out in the audience.  I know this because of people like Dr. William Walters.  William, you here?DR. WALTERS:  Sir.THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Laughter.)Dr. Walters is the Director of Operational Medicine at the State Department.  Last summer, he was called to help move Dr. Kent Brantly — who’s here — back to the United States for treatment.  And Dr. Walters says the first thing he did was to Google Dr. Brantly.  (Laughter.)  A little plug for Google there.  I know we got some — (laughter.)  And the first picture he saw was of Kent and his family.Now, remember, the decision to move Kent back to the United States was controversial.  Some worried about bringing the disease to our shores.  But what folks like William knew was that we had to make the decisions based not on fear, but on science.  And he knew that we needed to take care of our heroes who had sacrificed so much to save the lives of others in order for us to continue to get people to make that kind of commitment.  They had to know we had their backs in order for us to effectively respond.  And so, as William said, “We do the work we do to impact something bigger than ourselves.”  We do the work we do to impact something bigger than ourselves.That’s the test of American leadership.  We have this extraordinary military.  We have an extraordinary economy.  We have unbelievable businesses.  But what makes us exceptional is when there’s a big challenge and we hear somebody saying it’s too hard to tackle, and we come together as a nation and prove you wrong.  That’s true whether it’s recession, or war, or terrorism.  There are those who like to fan fears.  But over the long haul, America does not succumb to fear.  We master the moment with bravery and courage, and selflessness and sacrifice, and relentless, unbending hope.  That’s what these people represent.  That’s what’s best in us.  And we have to remember that, because there will be other circumstances like this in the future.We had three weeks in which all too often we heard science being ignored, and sensationalism, but you had folks like this who were steady and focused, and got the job done.  And we’re lucky to have them, and we have to invest in them.So I want to thank all of you for proving again what America can accomplish.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.  Thank you.  (Applause.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Bishop’ Conto Loses Bond Appeal

first_imgIf ‘Bishop’ Manaseh Conto and ‘Rev.’ Steve Kettor do not make their criminal appearance bond sufficient, commensurate with the L$1.5million allegedly stolen from Korea Trading Corporation, they would go back to their cells at the Monrovia Central Prison, according to Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court ‘C,’ where the ‘religious leaders’ are expected to stand trial.Further to that, Judge Paye in his own description as provided for under the law, yesterday gave the two ‘religious leaders’ 72 hours (three days) to increase their US$468,336 bond to an amount that would be satisfactory to the court so that, if in case they were to escape, it would be used to pay back the corporation’s money.The bond that released the two defendants from jail was posted by Insurance Company of Africa (ICA), but prosecution’s argument was that it falls short of the actual amount as provided for by law for a bond of such nature, thereby asking Judge Paye to reconsider his earlier decision to free the two ‘religious leaders’ on that bond.The ‘religious duo’ were indicted for their alleged role in duping Mr. Hungchi Choi, owner of Korea Trading Corporation. Judge Paye was convinced to change his mind yesterday immediately after listening quietly to the argument as to whether or not his action to free the defendants on that bond was necessary.His response yesterday was in the negative. Initially, he had accepted the bond; but during yesterday’s deliberation, Judge Paye admitted that it was insufficient.“The defendants’ criminal appearance bond is insufficient and they are mandated to make it sufficient within 72 hours, meaning three days period,” the criminal court judge declared, warning, “If they fail to do so, they would be rearrested and sent to jail until they make the bond right.”In a kind approach to his decision, the criminal court judge asked the defendants to contact their surety, the insurance company, to increase the amount on the bond or for them to file a new one that would meet the bond requirement.Before his decision yesterday, Judge Paye in a simple explanation about a bond, said a bond is intended to curtail extra financial burden of the Government of Liberia to transport the defendants from their cells to the court, while the trial is ongoing, and, also to prevent overcrowding of the prison, making specific reference to bailable offenses.Unlike Conto, who has been present at every court hearing, ‘Pastor’ Kettor is yet to appear for his hearing, since he was bailed out of jail by ICA’s bond that was finally rejected by Judge Paye.It is not clear what is responsible for Kettor’s absence from his bond hearing, although by law he is not forced to attend the bond deliberation.The ‘religious duo’ jointly posted a single criminal appearance bond.Conto and Kettor are both leaders of the Mission of Today Holy Church in the New Kru Town community They were accused of robbing the Korea Trading Corporation (KTC) of a vehicle and spare parts sale and rental services. Kettor was KTC’s general manager.Hungchi Choi, who is the owner of the company, claimed that while he was out of the country as a result of the Ebola virus outbreak, the two men sold and rented some of his vehicles, raising several hundred thousand United States dollars, and converted the proceeds into their personal use.He also alleged that the defendants rented some of his company’s vehicles to US military personnel who came to Liberia to help in the fight against Ebola and the World Food Program (WFP) and deposited the money into the defendants’ established company’s account. The defendants are yet to appear in court to say whether or not they are guilty over Hungchi’s claim.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liverpool go top, Everton down Arsenal

first_imgHowever, City have two games in hand over both Liverpool and Chelsea. Liverpool play City at Anfield next weekend.Gerrard gave the visitors the lead a minute before half-time at Upton Park after James Tomkins handled in the box as Luis Suarez played the ball forward.But there was still time before the break for the Hammers to grab a disputed equaliser.It appeared former Liverpool striker Andy Carroll had knocked the ball out of Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet’s grasp, after shoving a hand in his face, before Demel stabbed home in first-half stoppage-time.The linesman flagged but, having consulted with his official, referee Anthony Taylor let the goal stand despite furious Liverpool protests.Taylor was involved in more controversy when he awarded Liverpool a second penalty from which Gerrard made it 2-1 in the 71st minute.West Ham goalkeeper Adrian came off his line to take the ball but then made contact with Jon Flanagan in his follow-through and Taylor, somewhat harshly, pointed to the spot.“There were bad decisions both for and against us,” said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.“In all fairness the referee came out after the game and said he got it wrong for their goal.”Frustrated Hammers manager Sam Allardyce added: “Unfortunately we are talking about the officials and not the game.“There were fouls given by the referee when he was 60 yards away, the second penalty was not a penalty, Adrian plays the ball.“It looked like Andy Carroll fouled the goalkeeper for our goal but we got it. We don’t want that, nobody wants that. We don’t have enough quality referees.”Earlier, Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton bolstered their hopes of Champions League football next season by moving to within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal after they beat the Gunners 3-0.Goals from Steven Naismith, Romelu Lukaku and an own-goal by Everton old boy Mikel Arteta saw the Toffees, who have a game in hand over Arsenal, record a convincing victory.“It was a very good performance,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said.“The most pleasing aspect had to be the manner in which we defended, our concentration and discipline off the ball,” he added.– ‘Massive worry’ –Dejected Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger conceded his side had showed a “lack of fight” and that the manner of this defeat was a “massive worry” for the north London club.“Was there a lack of fight? You could say that,” said Wenger. “It is a massive worry to lose a game like that.”Naismith gave the home side a 14th minute lead when, after Lukaku’s shot was kicked clear by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, he side-footed the loose ball into the net.And 20 minutes later, Martinez’s side, knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal, doubled their lead.Lukaku, playing on the wing, collected the ball wide on the right, drove past Nacho Monreal and around Thomas Vermaelen before unleashing a powerful left-footed shot past Szczesny from the edge of the box.Arsenal, who are now in danger of missing out on a top four finish that would see them into next season’s Champions League, tried to respond in the second half.But Wenger’s visitors, whose campaign could hang on the outcome of next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Wigan, fell further behind in the 62nd minute.Kevin Mirallas dispossessed Bacary Sagna and sprinted off towards goal before playing in Naismith, who was blocked from rounding Szczesny.But as the ball came loose Mirallas and Arteta tussled for the ball only for Arteta to get the final touch to divert it into the Gunners’ net, with this defeat all but ending Arsenal’s slim hopes of winning the Premier League this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 6 – Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scored two penalties as his side returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win away to West Ham on Sunday.Victory, in a match where Gerrard struck from the spot either side of Guy Demel’s equaliser, left Liverpool two points in front of Chelsea and four ahead of third-placed Manchester City.last_img read more

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Messi statue unveiled in Buenos Aires

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Messi returned to Argentina on Monday, but has not spoken publicly about his decision. Macri said he told Messi to ‘ignore some of the nonsense because, truth be told, we are all very happy’ with how the Barcelona star has played for Argentina.Messi, who moved to Barcelona aged 13, has often faced tough criticism in Argentina because he has failed to deliver the country a major title. The lack of success with La Albiceleste is in direct contrast to his huge trophy haul with the Catalan giants at club level.Messi is often compared unfavourably to Maradona, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, but Macri said he didn’t understand the criticism of a player widely accepted as the world’s best.‘The truth is that it’s good fortune, a joy, a gift from God to have the best player in the world in a country like ours that is so football crazy,’ said Macri, a former president of Boca Juniors.Macri’s lobbying could be helped by a gathering planned for Saturday at the obelisk in central Buenos Aires, the city’s most famous landmark.Support for Messi has been overwhelming on social media with sports figures, artists and politicians urging him to return.Billboards and signs across the city are also asking him to stay. In the midst of the turmoil, the Buenos Aires city hall unveiled a statue of Messi with a football at his foot – alongside other national sports stars.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3664984/Argentina-President-says-hopes-meet-Lionel-Messi-tempt-reverse-shock-decision-quit-international-football.html 0Shares0000Lionel Messi’s decision to retire from international football has shocked the whole of Argentina. PHOTO/DM.BUENOS AIRES, Argentina June 29 – The president of Argentina said on Tuesday he hopes to meet Lionel Messi next week and convince him to return to the national team.President Mauricio Macri said he had spoken by telephone with Messi after he announced his shock retirement from the Argentine national team following the dramatic penalty shoot-out defeat by Chile in the Copa America final last Sunday.last_img read more

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Seven set for Manchester United exit on transfer deadline day?

first_imgManchester United are set to clear the decks on transfer deadline day, with as many as seven stars set for the exit door.Find out who could be on their way out of Old Trafford by clicking the yellow arrows.Leave us your thoughts below on who Manchester United should sell this summer… Marouane Fellaini – Despite a successful World Cup with Belgium, Marouane Fellaini will always be associated with David Moyes’ dire spell as Manchester United manager. The former Everton man has been linked with a move to Napoli, although the midfielder’s wages appear to be a stumbling block. The Red Devils could cover his pay during a season-long loan, ahead of a permanent switch. Shinji Kagawa – Juan Mata’s arrival at Manchester United effectively ended the Japan star’s career at Old Trafford. Former club Borussia Dortmund and keen to take the 25-year-old back to the Bundesliga and, according to reports, have launched an £6.3million offer. 8 Will Louis van Gaal get rid of these seven stars on transfer deadline day? 8 Javier Hernandez – The Mexico striker has always been viewed as a star substitute rather than a starting forward, and his desire to play more may be the motivation behind any move. Valencia and Juventus have shown an interest in the 26-year-old and an exit on transfer deadline day looks a real possibility. 8 8 8 8 8 Anderson – Having spent the majority of last season on loan at Serie A side Fiorentina, Anderson was always likely to leave Old Trafford this summer. The Brazil midfielder has failed to build on a successful first season at Manchester United and has fallen well down the pecking order. Danny Welbeck – Question marks still linger around Danny Welbeck, who has been linked with north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham. The Man United forward is a good squad player but, with Louis van Gaal looking for more effectiveness up front, it appears the 23-year-old could make way. The England star appears to be on the verge of agreeing a loan switch to White Hart Lane, which could end up resulting in a permanent move.. 8 Tom Cleverley – TC23 has long been linked with a move away from Manchester United and his time appears to have finally run out at Old Trafford. Aston Villa, West Ham and Valencia are all closing in on the England midfielder. It’s understood a free of around £8million will see the 25-year-old leave the club Anders Lindegaard – Benfica are interested in the Manchester United reserve goalkeeper, who has fallen behind Ben Amos and Sam Johnstone in the pecking order. The Portuguese side are keen on the 30-year-old and could make a move on transfer deadline daylast_img read more

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Exclusive – Allardyce: Newcastle players must help Pardew

first_imgFormer Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce claims the club’s players are not doing enough to save Alan Pardew’s job.The Magpies chief is under serious pressure at St James’ Park, following a disastrous start to the season, which sees the club sit rock bottom of the Premier League table.Newcastle fans are unhappy with the 53-year-old’s handling of the club, and some are planning protests ahead of the clash with Hull on Saturday.And Allardyce, who also fell afoul of the Magpies support during his time in the north east, claims Pardew’s players must start taking some responsibility.“The players are the only ones who can turn it around at Newcastle,” the current West Ham chief told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.“The ones, who have arrived this summer, have a responsibility to go and do better.“The club is paying them good money and wants them to go and entertain and get results. The players have to take responsibility.“Everybody knows the manager takes the can at the end of the day but the players aren’t doing enough.”last_img read more

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Lay off Luiz! Chelsea defender is an exemplary player, insists ex-PSG teammate

first_img1 Chelsea defender David Luiz is being harshly criticised, according to his Brazil team-mate Marquinhos.Luiz moved back to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day from Paris Saint-Germain for £32m – just two years after he was flogged to the French champions for £50m.The Brazilian’s return has been met by a mixed reaction, with some pundits and supporters questioning his concentration during the latter stages of games.Marquinhos however, who played with Luiz at PSG and for the national team, believes such criticism is exaggerated and unfair.“David Luiz as a person and as player is exemplary,” Marquinhos told ESPN Brasil.“I had the pleasure of working and learning from him, and I tried to learn the maximum I could.“The life of a player in his position is risky, as the central defender is the last man, he cannot make mistakes; the defender is usually a zero or a hero for his team.“David was exemplary, and some of the criticism was exaggerated because he brought a lot to the club.” David Luiz with Marquinhos during their time at PSG last_img read more

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CONFIRMED: Birmingham City takeover completed

first_img1 CONFIRMED: Birmingham City takeover completed Trillion Trophy Asia has completed their protracted takeover of Championship club Birmingham City.The buyout comes 16 months after the group were given a two-year exclusivity period to purchase the club. Shares in Blues’ parent company Birmingham International Holdings Limited resumed trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Monday.TTA, who are controlled by Hong Kong businessman Paul Suen, now hold approximately 50.64 per cent of BIHL’s shares.Birmingham confirmed: “The club’s parent company, Birmingham International Holdings Limited (BIHL), has resumed trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and is now in the expert hands of Trillion Trophy Asia Limited (TTA).“It means that, as a club, we have new owners – and we welcome all at TTA into the Blues family and we look forward to exciting times ahead at St. Andrew’s under their guidance and with their backing.”TTA’s buyout ends Carson Yeung’s seven-year ownership of the club which saw them win the League Cup in 2011 but also relegated from the Premier League the same year. Yeung was jailed in 2014 having been found guilty of money laundering.TTA had been offering financial backing to Blues for some time and little is likely to change at the St Andrew’s club with the group remaining as owners for at least two years.Birmingham are sixth in the Championship and host Rotherham on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Harry Kane determined to knock Liverpool out of title race in Anfield match-up

first_imgHarry Kane is targeting a knock-out blow on Liverpool’s title ambitions when Tottenham travel to Anfield on Saturday.Victory for Spurs would put them seven points clear of Liverpool, who could fall 16 points behind league leaders Chelsea if the Blues beat Burnley a day later.Tottenham will fancy their chances given Jurgen Klopp’s side have managed only one win in their last 10 matches, their dip reaching a new low in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at struggling Hull.Mauricio Pochettino’s men, meanwhile, along with a resurgent Manchester City, have emerged as the most likely contenders to halt Chelsea’s charge but they can ill-afford to let a nine-point gap grow any bigger.“It is an important game for us. We want to build the gap on Liverpool and if we beat them next week then we go seven points clear of them,” Kane said.“That is what we want to try to do. We want to catch Chelsea and it’s important that we stay as high up the table as possible. If we can build gaps over other teams behind us, that is the important thing.“It is not down to us. We don’t know if Chelsea are catchable. All we can do is win our games. Hopefully they drop a few points here and there.”Kane’s second-half penalty was enough to seal a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday as Tottenham extended an 11-match unbeaten run.Their surge, however, is not reflected in the table after Chelsea delivered another statement victory over Arsenal – their fifth in six since losing to Spurs at the start of the year.“They look good at the moment,” Kane said.“But it was an important win (against Middlesbrough) and after a couple of other teams dropped points.“We want to start building the gap from the others and push Chelsea all the way and see how they cope“Chelsea have that gap at the moment. But Liverpool dropped points against Hull, and Arsenal against Watford. It happens in the Premier League. There is a long way to go.”Kane’s winner at White Hart Lane was his 14th league goal of the season and he was particularly relieved to see the net ripple after the result of his last penalty in December.Then, a soggy penalty spot contributed to the striker firing high over the bar against Southampton, but he made no mistake this time.“My last penalty away at Southampton went 50 rows into the stand so I have been waiting for that one and waiting to put it right,” Kane said.“I was happy to put it away. I knew the grass here would support my foot better. It was good to send the keeper wrong way.” 1 Kane celebrates his goal in Tottenham’s hard fought victory against Middlesbrough last_img read more

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Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgTHURSDAY Ask and It is Given classes, 6:30-8 p.m., Stress Management Institute for Living Empowered, 44130 Division St., Lancaster. Call (661) 942-4220. High Desert Toastmasters will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. at 1008 W. Ave. M-4, Palmdale. Call (661) 992-3229 or (661) 944-1130. High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club meets, 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in the Experimental Test Pilots Association board room, 44814 Elm Ave., Lancaster. Call Bob Drury at (661) 400-4479. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsCedar Open Reading meets weekly, 7-9 p.m. at Cedar Hall, 44851 Cedar Ave., Lancaster, except on the second Thursday of the month, when the meeting is in the gallery, 44857 Cedar Ave., Lancaster. Call (661) 943-4314. The Overcomers, an emotional and educational support group for mental health consumers, will meet, 6:30 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G. Call Bill Slocum or Mary Rogers at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Aces & Deuces Square Dance Club will meet, 7-8:15 p.m. for beginners and 8:15-9:30 p.m. for plus at Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale, for ages 10 and up. Cost: $3. Call (661) 256-7650. Grief/Bereavement Group will meet, 10 a.m. at ProCare Hospice, 42442 10th St. W., Suite D, Lancaster. Call (661) 951-1146. The Ups and Downs, a support group for people with bipolar disorder or depression, will meet, 2 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Discovery Center, 1609 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite G, Palmdale. Call Bill Slocum at (661) 947-1595 or (661) 319-5101. Facilitated Anger Management Group for teens will meet, 4:30-6 p.m., and adults will meet, 6:30-8 p.m., at Family Resource Foundation, 38345 30th St. E., Suite A-2, Palmdale. Call (661) 266-8700 or (800) 479-CARE or visit the Web site: www.frf.av.org. Al-Anon will host a discussion, 1 p.m. at 1737 E. Ave. R, Palmdale; a step study at 7 p.m. at 1827 E. Ave. Q-10, Palmdale; and a meeting on Steps, Traditions, Concepts at 7:30 p.m. at 44815 Fig Ave., Suite 101, Lancaster. Call (661) 274-9353 or (800) 344-2666. Emotions Anonymous will meet, 7-8:30 p.m. Information and location: (661) 723-9967. Desert Aire Women’s Golf Association will meet at Desert Aire Golf Course at Avenue P and 40th Street East in Palmdale. Call (661) 269-5982. Cardio Knockout Blast, a workout for seniors, 8-9 a.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Bring a floor mat. Call (661) 267-5551. Billiard Gang for seniors, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Call (661) 267-5551. Take Off Pounds Sensibly will meet, 9-10:30 a.m. Call (661) 272-0207 or (661) 947-7672. Sierra Club will offer one- to two-hour conditioning hikes leaving at 6 p.m. from the Palmdale Park and Ride lot, Avenue S at Antelope Valley Freeway. Moderately conditioned beginning hikers are welcome. Call (661) 273-2761. Country line dance lessons for seniors, 1-2 p.m. for beginners and 2:15 p.m. for intermediate dancers at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Donation requested. Call (661) 267-5551. Soroptimist International of Antelope Valley will meet, noon at the Holiday Inn of Palmdale-Lancaster, 38630 5th St. W., Palmdale. Business and professional women are invited. Call (661) 946-1609. Compulsive Eaters Anonymous – HOW Concept will meet, 5:30 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38530 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call (661) 274-4178. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 569 will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Grecian Isles Mobile Home Park, 4444 E. Ave. R, Palmdale. Call (661) 947-7672 or (661) 285-5003. Overeaters Anonymous will meet, 7:30-9 p.m. Step Workbook reading and writing. Call (661) 947-7935. Hotline: (661) 789-5806. Support group for women in abusive or battering situations will meet, 1-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. A Spanish-language group also will meet, 10 a.m.-noon. Call (661) 945-6736 or (661) 945-5509. Narcotics Anonymous: For meeting times and locations, call (661) 266-2200 or check www.sava-na.com. FRIDAY Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club will host ballroom dancing, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. Dance lessons: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance admission: $3 for club members, $5 for nonmembers. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. Swingtime will host swing, waltz, ballroom and salsa dancing, 7-10 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. Cost: $3. Call (661) 400-3166. Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people with anxieties, panic attacks, depression and fears, will meet, 2 p.m. at Los Angeles County Mental Health offices, 349A E. Ave. K-6, Lancaster. Call (661) 943-3956. Grief Support Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Lancaster Presbyterian Church, 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster. Call (661) 951-2988. Speakers in the Wind Toastmasters will meet, noon-1 p.m. at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale. Call Jack Knight at (661) 946-7166. Adult Anger Management Group will meet, 6:30-8 p.m. Court-approved. Call (661) 266-8700. Low-cost Facilitated Parenting Group will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. Court-approved. Call (661) 266-8700.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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