Flores earns point for Swans

first_img Twice Pablo Hernandez found space in front of the Hull defence, finding Nathan Dyer, who curled wide, and then failing to locate Michu. But they fell behind in the eighth minute as Graham ended his 11-month wait for a goal with his calm, far-post finish which, despite the relief he must have felt, he barely celebrated in a nod to the home support. Swansea continued to have stacks of possession, but it counted for very little as they struggled to break down their visitors. Hull were well-organised, compact, and deprived their hosts of space in between defence and midfield, where they can thrive if given the chance. Home frustrations steadily grew, as did the scrappiness in Swansea’s play. They did work a half chance for Jonathan de Guzman, but he blazed miles over the bar. Swansea were booed off at the break, but there was little improvement after half time and Tom Huddlestone, who picked off countless stray Swansea passes, could have doubled their lead only to prod over a loose ball from the edge of the box. It took the introduction of Alejandro Pozuelo in the 58th minute to spark some urgency into Swansea’s play and the equaliser quickly arrived, although in dubious circumstances, through Flores. Hull responded strongly and pushed Swansea back but they were on the wrong end of a second contentious handball decision with 20 minutes remaining after Tiendalli used both his hands to make his block. David Meyler thought he had put them back in front as they continued to press, but had strayed just offside as he ran on to meet Jack Livermore’s header. Yannick Sagbo then stung Gerhard Tremmel’s palms with a fierce drive from distance. Michu worked Allan McGregor at the other end before Ashley Williams and Sagbo were booked after an unseemly squabble before Flores, himself on a booking, flung himself to the ground feigning that Sagbo had elbowed him. It proved the last meaningful effort as Hull held off a late Swansea flurry without alarm. Press Association Chico Flores’ equaliser ensured Danny Graham’s first goal since January was not enough to give Hull all three points at Swansea. Hull could still have won it had referee Martin Atkinson not missed a blatant handball by Swansea defender Dwight Tiendalli as he blocked an Alex Bruce header. Much had been made of Graham’s return to Swansea and a goal drought stretching back to January 9. It was almost inevitable he would end it against his former club, and so it proved. A poor Ashley Williams pass was picked off by Ahmed Elmohamaday and his invited deep cross was converted at the back post to give Graham his first top-flight goal in 1,626 minutes. Swansea had no response as they toiled through the rest of the first half but they found a leveller 15 minutes into the second half. A short corner routine gave Shelvey the room to drill the ball towards the six-yard box, where it struck Flores to beat Allan McGregor. Atkinson then missed Tiendalli almost catching Bruce’s header as the sides took away a point apiece. Swansea, with Michu back in action after five weeks out, had started positively as they looked to pick up where they had left off against Newcastle last week. Graham had not found the net since leaving the Liberty Stadium earlier this year, but he returned to haunt his former club with a fine far-post finish in just the eighth minute. The Tigers kept their hosts at bay with ease until the hour mark when Jonjo Shelvey’s driven ball hit Flores and flew in to give the Spaniard his first Premier League goal, although replays suggested the ball had come off his arm on the way into the net. last_img read more

City staff recommend $25 fee for Volunteer Criminal Record Checks

first_imgAt the March 23rd Council meeting two different motions were brought forward and in the absence of Councilor Bruce Christensen, both resulted in a tie vote.  One motion recommended a $50 fee, while the other recommended a $25 fee. Council will make its decision at Tuesday’s meeting.  Click the attached file to read the entire report. City staff are recommending Council consider a $25 fee for volunteer criminal record checks. The recommendation will be brought forward at Tuesday’s Council meeting following information Council received from the RCMP in March.   The Fort St. John RCMP state that 1,732 criminal record checks were completed last year and in one three month period, over 21 percent of them were not picked up, with the major of those not picked up being volunteer applications. – Advertisement -According to City staff we are not the only municipality in Northern BC that waives the fee for criminal record checks.  Out of eight other communities in our region, only one community, Smithers, charges for both volunteer and business criminal record checks.   Plus, Fort St. John receives the second highest number of requests for this type of service per month, second only to Williams Lake. Staff believe implementing a refund would increase the workload for both the RCMP and Finance Departments and therefore is not recommended. Advertisementlast_img read more

The Great American Soccer Hope Is Here For Real This Time

There have been roughly 100 million males born in America in the past 50 years. Among that total, there appears to finally be one who can safely be called a legitimate international soccer star.Eighteen-year-old Christian Pulisic of the U.S. men’s national team scored twice on Thursday night in Colorado, lifting the USMNT to a critical World Cup qualifying win over Trinidad and Tobago. With the game tied 0-0 in the 52nd minute, Pulisic’s smart run and cool finish put the U.S. up a goal, and 10 minutes later the teenager slipped in behind the defense to double the lead. This has become typical for the Americans. Against Panama, Pulisic held off two defenders in the box to get free and feed Clint Dempsey for the USMNT’s lone goal. He scored one and assisted two in the 6-0 romp over Honduras. All told, over its crucial last three competitive matches, the U.S. has scored nine goals and Pulisic has scored or assisted six of them.1Sebastian Lletget’s goal against Honduras came from a rebound off a saved Pulisic attempt, and Dempsey scored a free kick after Pulisic won a foul, so you could count eight. Pulisic has been one of the best teenagers in Europe since 2010-11 Pulisic was one of the most dangerous players in Germany 11Salomon KalouHertha BSC0.210.190.40 82015-16Kingsley ComanBayern Munich0.51 5Emil ForsbergRB Leipzig0.180.430.61 15Thiago AlcantaraBayern Munich0.210.160.37 12016-17Ousmane DembeleBorussia Dortmund0.72 13Nicolai MullerHamburg0.260.130.39 122013-14Leon GoretzkaSchalke0.41 14Raphael GuerreiroBorussia Dortmund0.240.150.39 132012-13Raheem SterlingLiverpool0.41 8Christian PulisicBorussia Dortmund0.220.300.52 10Kerem DemirbayHoffenheim0.160.250.41 152010-11Jack WilshereArsenal0.37 22013-14Raheem SterlingLiverpool0.67 PLAYERCLUBGOALSASSISTSGOALS + ASSISTS 62015-16Leroy SaneSchalke0.52 2Ousmane DembeleBorussia Dortmund0.260.470.72 Statistics for the 2016-17 season.Source: OPTA The team that has never quite had a scoring force to build around now seems to have a one-man army. As a result, the USMNT has nearly climbed out of the hole it dug under former coach Jurgen Klinsmann when it lost its first two matches in the “Hex,” as the North and Central American qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is known. With two wins and a draw in its last three qualifiers, the U.S. has raised its chances for making the tournament from 60 percent to 83 percent percent.Evidence of Pulisic’s quality is not limited to matches against Caribbean nations and middling Central American challengers. He has proved himself for German power Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. This past season, Pulisic scored four goals and assisted eight in the Bundesliga and Champions League. And there’s good reason to believe these numbers were no fluke or merely a function of a hot finishing run. By expected goals, a statistical estimate of the quality of scoring chances, Pulisic’s shots and passes created chances with an estimated value of roughly five expected goals (xG) and seven expected assists (xA). Among nonstrikers with at least 1,500 minutes played, Pulisic was eighth in the Bundesliga in xG + xA per 90 minutes, slightly behind Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa. 6Paul-Georges NtepWolfsburg0.250.280.54 9Marco FabianEintracht Frankfurt0.310.130.43 102015-16Julian BrandtBayer Leverkusen0.47 3Shinji KagawaBorussia Dortmund0.290.410.70 92013-14Bruno FernandesUdinese0.49 4Franck RiberyBayern Munich0.260.370.63 EXPECTED PER 90 MINS 52015-16Marco AsensioEspanyol0.52 142011-12Julian DraxlerSchalke0.39 72016-17Christian PulisicBorussia Dortmund0.52 42012-13Julian DraxlerSchalke0.54 1Arjen RobbenBayern Munich0.390.360.75 112015-16Ousmane DembeleRennes0.44 7Douglas CostaBayern Munich0.190.340.53 The more advanced numbers show that the young American is not limited to shooting, either. For the Panama goal, Pulisic had to beat two defenders in close quarters. His ability to break a defense by winning one-on-ones helps his team create chances even when Pulisic doesn’t get the goal himself. With 72 successful take-ons (beating a defender in an open-field contest), Pulisic was fifth among Bundesliga players in take-ons per 90 minutes, just ahead of Bayern Munich’s world-class veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.And last night against Trinidad and Tobago, Pulisic scored twice after runs off the ball into dangerous areas. His ability to read space and slip unmarked into the penalty box is already elite. Thirty-six times in the last season Pulisic made a run to receive an entry pass into the penalty area, and 16 times he dribbled by a defender to get into the penalty area. In this statistic, Pulisic led all Bundesliga players. He outpaced even Bayern’s Thomas Muller, the 2014 World Cup hero for Germany who had made his name ghosting into scoring positions without alerting the defense.Just this level of production would be enough to make Sam’s Army salivate. But at 18, Pulisic is hardly a finished product and has room to get even better. If you compare his production to players under 20 years of age in the top leagues in Europe, he stands out all the more. 32015-16Dele AlliTottenham Hotspur0.58 YEARPLAYERCLUBEXP. GOALS AND ASSISTS PER 90 MINS 12Joshua KimmichBayern Munich0.310.090.40 Includes players age 18-19 with highest goals and assists per 90 minutesSource: Opta Pulisic’s 0.52 expected goals+assists per 90 minutes is the best mark by any 18-year-old nonstriker in the top five leagues since 2010-11. Among under-20s, Pulisic is seventh and surrounded by high-priced stars such as Leroy Sane of Manchester City and Real Madrid’s Marco Asencio. In terms of receiving or dribbling the ball into the penalty area, he ranks only behind Manchester United’s young star Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe, whose market value is reportedly north of $130 million. Right now Pulisic is not considered to be on the market, but high eight-figure fees are common for players at his level and age.For the U.S. team, the emergence of a true star creates new tactical concerns. Opposing teams will key on Pulisic and look to shut him down. At home against Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago, manager Bruce Arena — who took the reins after Klinsmann was fired in November– played Pulisic at the tip of a diamond midfield to give him freedom. Pulisic paid it off not only with goals but by being a consistent outlet all over the attack third. But at Panama, Pulisic mostly stuck to the wing, as he had under Klinsmann. These two maps show where Pulisic received the ball in the final third when playing a central role behind the striker as opposed to his pass receptions as a winger. As a winger, Pulisic plays on the wing or moves from the wing into the penalty area, whereas from the 10 he can move across the width of the field in the final third. The toughest game the USMNT will play in the Hex is this Sunday in at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, where it has never won a competitive fixture and only drawn twice in nine matches. Arena is unlikely to use the same attacking tactics he used against Trinidad and Tobago with the diamond and will most likely choose a more defensive formation with Pulisic on the wing. But if he wants to maximize the Americans’ chances of stealing a rare win in front of nearly 90,000 at the Azteca, he should look into finding a way to play Pulisic in the hole behind the striker rather than leaving him on the wing where his positioning is more predictable and he can be more easily contained. To play a more defensive formation while keeping Pulisic central would probably require benching the veteran Dempsey, who typically plays as the more reserved of two strikers.A U.S. manager has never had the luxury of such a decision. But the moment to commit to Pulisic and the future of the USMNT may be Sunday. read more

Militants assault worshippers in Egypts deadliest attack on civilians

first_imgTags: Egypt, Travel Alert EL-ARISH, Egypt — Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing at least 200 people in the deadliest ever attack on Egyptian civilians by Islamic extremists.The attack targeted a mosque frequented by Sufis, members of Islam’s mystical movement, in the north Sinai town of Bir al-Abd. Islamic militants, including the local affiliate of the Islamic State group, consider Sufis heretics because of their less literal interpretations of the faith.The IS affiliate has been waging a stepped-up campaign of violence in northern Sinai for years and has claimed deadly bombings on churches in the capital, Cairo, and other cities, killing dozens of Christians. It also is believed to have been behind the 2016 downing of a Russian passenger jet that killed 226.But this was the first major militant attack on a Muslim mosque and the startling bloodshed eclipsed any past attacks of its kind, even dating back to a previous Islamic militant insurgency in the 1990s.The militants opened fire from four off-road vehicles on worshippers inside the mosque during the sermon, blocking off escape routes from the area by blowing up cars and leaving the burning wrecks blocking the roads, three police officers on the scene said.Victims including some 130 wounded were rushed to local hospitals, they added, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief reporters.No one claimed responsibility immediately following the attack, but IS has targeted Sufis several times in the area in the past, notably beheading a leading Sufi religious figure, the blind sheikh Suleiman Abu Heraz, last year and posting photos of the killing online.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Images circulating on social media showed dozens of bloodied bodies wrapped up in sheets laid across the mosque floor, while others revealed dozens of relatives queuing up outside the hospital as ambulances raced back and forth.Resident Ashraf el-Hefny said many of the victims were workers at a nearby salt firm who had come for Friday services at the mosque, which had contained some 300 worshipers.“Local people brought the wounded to hospital on their own cars and trucks,” he said by telephone.Egypt’s state news agency reported the casualty toll, citing “official sources,” revising it upward several times following the officials’ initial reports.MENA reported that Egypt’s presidency declared a three-day mourning period, as President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi convened a high-level meeting of security officials.Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has condemned the extremist attack on a mosque in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, calling it “criminal” and “cowardly” and expressing condolences to the victims and their families.In a statement after the meeting, el-Sissi said the attack “will not go unpunished” and that Egypt will persevere with its war on terrorism. The suffering of the victims was not in vain, he added, and will only “add to our insistence” to combat extremists. Addressing the nation later on television, he repeated his view that Egypt was fighting a battle for the rest of the world.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckCairo’s international airport boosted security following the attack, with more troopers and forces seen patrolling passenger halls, conducting searches and manning checkpoints at airport approaches.State condolences poured in for Egypt, including messages from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, the U.S., Russia, France and Britain condemning the violence.President Donald Trump denounced what he called a “horrible and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent and defenceless worshippers in Egypt.”“The world cannot tolerate terrorism” he said on Twitter, “we must defeat them militarily and discredit the extremist ideology that forms the basis of their existence!”Security forces have been battling militants in northern Sinai for years, but attacks to date have focused on military and police assets, although assassinations of individuals IS considers government spies or religious heretics are not uncommon.Hundreds of soldiers and militants have been killed in the conflict, although exact numbers are unclear as journalists and independent investigators are banned from the area.Egypt is also facing a growing number of attacks by militants in its Western Desert, including an attack last month that killed 16 police, according to an official tally issued by the Interior Ministry. Security officials have told journalists that dozens more, including high-ranking counterterrorism officers, perished in the Oct. 20 attack some 135 kilometres (84 miles) southwest of the capital, Cairo. By: Ashraf Sweilam and Brian RohanSource: The Associated Press Friday, November 24, 2017 Share Militants assault worshippers in Egypt’s deadliest attack on civilians << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Virtuoso predicts top 20 travel destinations for luxury travellers this summer

first_img Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Tags: Virtuoso Virtuoso predicts top 20 travel destinations for luxury travellers this summer Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> NEW YORK — After analyzing its data warehouse of $40.7 billion in transactions, Virtuoso has released its list of top destinations for upscale travellers this summer, including the fastest-growing places of interest.While European countries continue to attract the most visitors, the ranking of the hottest locales displays surprising diversity, with comeback destinations making a huge impact.Here are the top 10 most popular destinations for summer vacations based on future bookings:1. United Kingdom2. Italy3. Canada4. France5. South Africa6. Greece7. Germany8. Netherlands9. Ireland10. SpainEurope remains eternally popular for summer travel, with eight countries cracking the top 10. The boom in river cruising has boosted the popularity of countries like Germany. Canada also finishes strong thanks to its vibrant cities and close proximity to the U.S.Meanwhile, the countries that have seen the largest percentage of growth in year-over-year bookings are:More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North America1. Greece2. Poland3. Dominican Republic4. New Zealand5. Zambia6. Morocco7. Turks and Caicos8. Saint Lucia9. Vietnam10. EgyptEmerging from its financial upheaval, Greece is this summer’s fastest-growing destination due to pent-up demand. Poland, a gem of Eastern Europe, is also seeing luxury traveller growth, while adventurers are turning to less touristy destinations like Zambia, which boasts varied experiences alongside new luxury infrastructure. In the Caribbean, rising in the ranks are D.R., Turks and Caicos and Saint Lucia, all of which had minimal to no impact from the September 2017 hurricanes.last_img read more

Beatrice Tollman inducted into British Travel Hospitality Hall of Fame

center_img Friday, May 10, 2019 TORONTO — Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of Red Carnation Hotel Collection, part of The Travel Corporation, is the latest inductee into the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame.Each year, the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame event honours the greatest achievers in travel, hospitality, tourism and leisure, each having led their business to success while simultaneously inspiring and shaping the industry.In a career spanning more than 60 years, Tollman has used her service ethos, “no request is too large, no detail is too small”, to build a collection of four- and five-star boutique hotels in the U.K., Ireland, Geneva, Florida and South Africa.Receiving the award last week at the Four Seasons Hotel in London, Tollman said: “This wonderful award means the world to me, it’s quite overwhelming and I’m so appreciative of the kind words. The hotel industry is very competitive and you can only be a success if you’ve got your staff and teams working with enthusiasm and passion, and I do try to inspire them and show that I am always there to help them in any way I can.”More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backSome of the most inspiring ways Tollman motivates her staff include holding an Annual Staff Appreciation Party, which is considered the Oscars of Red Carnation, operating an award-winning training program, and personally selecting holiday gifts for the more than 2,000 employees across the business.Notable properties in the Red Carnation Hotel Collection include Ashford Castle in West Ireland, the Oyster Box Hotel in South Africa (the Best Hotel in South Africa according to TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice), and the newly five-star rated Rubens at the Palace in London. In 2018, the collection was recognized by Travel & Leisure as the number two hotel brand in the world. The Travel Corporation’s list of brands is long and varied and includes Insight Vacations, Luxury Gold, Trafalgar, Contiki, Lion World Travel, U River Cruises, Uniworld and many more.For more information about The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, visit redcarnation.com. Travelweek Group last_img read more