Arsenal bounce back to rout feeble Fulham

first_imgThe midfielder had all the time he needed to control the ball and poke it past Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico.Arsenal relaxed and created a series of chances, Xhaka and Sokratis having shots blocked, Aubameyang heading wide and Lacazette seeing a shot hit Rico’s trailing leg.A second goal arrived ten minutes into the second half.It was Arsenal at their intricate, quick-passing best.Iwobi, on the left, touched the ball forward to Aubameyang, who saw Kolasinac advancing inside him and rolled it into his path. The defender unselfishly squared for Lacazette to hit the ball past Rico from ten yards.Kamara briefly gave Fulham hope when he made amends for Saturday’s controversial penalty miss at home to Huddersfield — he had insisted on taking the spot kick himself — by arriving at the far post to convert Sessegnon’s low cross.The Gunners, though, put the game to bed 11 minutes from time.Matteo Guendouzi and Kolasinac opened Fulham up down the left, Aubameyang smacked Kolasinac’s low cross against the post and the rebound fell to Ramsey, who shot high past Rico’s left hand.Aubameyang made it 4-1 after 83 minutes when Fulham failed dismally to clear a corner and the Gabon striker’s shot was deflected over Rico by Tim Ream’s attempt to block.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal responded to their thrashing by Liverpool in the best possible manner reeling off a routine 4-1 humbling of struggling Fulham in their Premier League clash on Tuesday.Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka had set Arsenal on their way with his fourth goal of the season. Alexandre Lacazette added the second after 55 minutes with their momentum temporarily halted as Aboubakar Kamara pulled one back after 69 minutes.However, Welshman Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to make it 3-1 eleven minutes from time and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added a fourth.Arsenal have yet to keep a clean sheet since beating Huddersfield Town on December 8, but a second win in six matches saw them move on to 41 points two points off the Champions League places.Fulham have shown little sign of a recovery under Claudio Ranieri since he took over from the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic and are second from bottom.The visitors did have their chances early on to break the deadlock.First Fulham captain Tom Cairney sent Ryan Sessegnon clear of defenders with the simplest of passes only for the England under-21 star to sidefoot his shot wide of Bernd Leno’s goal.Then Andre Schurrle hit a dangerous low cross from the left and Sessegnon ran in behind Sead Kolasinac only to miskick with the goal at his mercy.Fulham paid dearly for that miss in the 25th minute as Arsenal exposed the defensive frailties that have blighted their season.Alex Iwobi spotted Xhaka advancing unmarked into the penalty area and flighted the ball into his path.last_img

In a World Obsessed with Passport Tiers, Citizenship Is Personal and Political

first_imgLate last week, I was informed that I would not be able to travel to Dubai for an important meeting scheduled months ago.Like other countries across the globe, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) halted travel for those with Guinean, Liberian, and Sierra Leonean passports during the height of the Ebola outbreak. It has not lifted these restrictions.The miniature red suitcase I had packed lay abandoned on my wooden floor. I caressed my dark green Liberian passport as if to reassure this inanimate marker of identity that my citizenship was not on trial here.The specter of Ebola had simply triumphed over reason.Yet, the irony of this episode hasn’t escaped me. Dubai is a hub for cross continental travel. In 2013 alone, the UAE boasted the fifth largest international migrant pool in the world—hosting 7.8 million foreign residents out of a total population of 9.2 million. Furthermore, foreign labor migrants account for 90 percent of the country’s private workforce, mostly from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.Unlike the US and UK, where anti-immigrant sentiments have reached fever pitch, the UAE seems more pliant to international travelers. So, naturally, I thought it was odd when I attempted to complete the online visa form and Liberia was not listed as an option for ‘present nationality’. Nor were Guinea and Sierra Leone.This was punishment for simply being born in Africa with a particular African passport. Even the organizers of the meeting were shocked, disbelief sprinkled in their conciliatory e-mails and phone calls. All diplomatic channels had proved futile. The verdict was irreversible. I would not be getting on that plush Emirates flight.Never mind that Liberia was declared Ebola-free on May 9, exactly one month ago.Never mind that I have not been to my homeland in over 10 months. Nor was I asked about recent travel there.Never mind that my country and its people are slowly trying to recover from an invisible foe that killed nearly 5,000 and infected about 11,000.In the past year, I’ve seen my passport scrutinized more intently than ever before, but the UAE blanket bias felt like adding salt to a fresh wound.At first, I experienced blinding rage with a touch of indignation. The kind that gurgles in the pit of your gut, and then explodes.Then I was amused by the absurdity of it all. If I were traveling directly from Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone and had a passport from a country on UAE’s list of exemptions, I would have gotten a visa on arrival with ease. No questions asked.Mild acceptance slowly seeped in, reminding me that we maintain immigration hierarchies as a form of erasure and silencing. In our obsession with citizenship tiers, west is best. North trumps South. And white is inevitably right.Never mind black/brown solidarity. Or does that even exist?I have shied away from returning home fearing the kind of immobility that sees people not as complex beings but as nameless, faceless ‘threats’ to national security. A sedentarist kind of metaphysic that keeps certain people in their place.People like me.Truth be told, the natural human compulsion for mobility is currently under threat because of irrational immigration bans such as the UAE’s.For all the rhetoric about globalization’s free flow of ideas, capital and technology, the world remains obsessed with restricting the movement of people who don’t fit into our neat boxes of what is tolerable or even desirable. The UAE saga is a microcosm of a larger debate about the need for immigration reforms worldwide.The scapegoating of migrants across the globe deflects attention from the fact that most countries have failed to improve the quality of life of their domestic citizens. Afro-fobic attacks in South Africa, Australia’s Pacific Solution, and the plight of Rohingya Muslims off the coast of Indonesia are extreme examples. Immigration is framed as a zero sum game, with finite rights and resources available to a select few.I watch migrants who look like me risk their lives on sardine-packed, rickety boats to cross the Mediterranean, and know intuitively that they wouldn’t flee if they had a choice. With each desperate attempt to cross over, what they are effectively saying is that Europe must make amends for waging unjustifiable wars and supporting authoritarian regimes in some of their countries of origin.Centuries ago, Africans were so eager to escape lives of bondage, some dove to sudden death in the Atlantic. They were the first forced migrants I can recall. Now, many of us travel across these same waters for short-, medium- and long-term trips. Not because of some deep, abiding love for life abroad, but because it gives us a measure of flexibility. It keeps us physically connected to the rest of the world.And for someone like me with chronic wanderlust, the ability to travel unencumbered is almost as necessary as oxygen itself.Although a self-professed transnational, I used to be suspicious of Liberians who changed their read more

BRAC Trains 20 in Nutritional Health

first_imgParticipants with a BRAC-Liberia official at the end of the trainingBy George HarrisBRAC Liberia recently concluded a two-day nutrition training for twenty (20) leaders in the health and agriculture sectors of six counties, including Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Bong, Bomi, and Cape Mount.The training was held in Kingsville, Careysburg district, Montserrado County.According to BRAC-Liberia the training focused on breastfeeding, complementary breastfeeding, malnutrition prevention, and vitamin A deficiencies.Facia Goah, nutrition focus person for Montserrado County at the Ministry of Health, appreciated BRAC for involving community organizations in the fight against malnutrition.She added that diet diversification is one of the major challenges to reducing malnutrition in the country.“Our people are used to eating one kind of food, and parents are encouraging children to eat the same food. However, encouraging people to eat varieties comes with huge collaboration,” she said.A participant, Wrojay Goah from Buchanan, Grand Bassa County told the Daily Observer that knowledge from the training had placed her in the position to help ‘baby mothers’ in her community.“What I have learned about exclusive breastfeeding, vitamin A deficiency, and malnutrition prevention is important information that I can apply when I get back to my community. I am surrounded by many children and ‘baby mothers,’ and I feel that I can teach them what I have learned,” Ms. Goah said.Participants were urged to break the generational cycle of malnutrition through the establishment of backyard gardening where nutritional crops are grown.Moreover, participants were also encouraged to serve as nutritional ambassadors in their communities.BRAC-Liberia believes that serving as nutritional ambassadors will help participants implement what they have learned.Responding to the appeal, the leaders volunteered to take nutritional messages to their communities and speed up the production of nutritional crops in their various rural and urban communities.According to a United States Agency for International Development report titled, Liberia Nutritional Profile of 2014, food insecurity is still a national challenge in Liberia.The report said that every household of five persons in the country is considered food insecure, something that is prevalent among rural households with informal livelihoods.While the highest rates of food insecurity, according to the Profile, are found in Bomi, Grand Kru, and Rivercess counties; however, the percentage of chronic and acute under-nutrition has decreased in the past six years.The Liberian government through the Ministry of Health’s Nutrition Division is implementing national strategies, including the National Food Security and Nutrition Strategy (NFSNS), Food and Agriculture Policy and Strategy (FAPS), the National Policy on Nutrition (NPN), to mitigate hunger and under-nutrition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Senate Intelligence Chief Wants MCC Focus on Sanitation

first_imgSen. Steve Zargo: “The paramilitary uniform on the MCC police is wrong and it is illegal. The Municipal police of the MCC is limited and the Mayor should reconsider his focus, and instigate campaigns to clean the filthy city of Monrovia.” Rather than municipal ‘paramilitary’ policingThe Senate’s Sub-Committee chairman on Intelligence and Security Lofa County Senator Steve Zargo has urged Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) mayor Jefferson Koijee to put emphasis on the sanitation of the country’s capital city and stop focusing on the MCC police, which illegally wears paramilitary uniforms.The Senate Intelligence Chief, who is also the Chairman of Liberty Party (LP), told journalists in his Capitol Building office that either he or Senator Nyonblee Karngar-Lawrence of Grand Bassa County is considering writing the Plenary of the Liberian Senate to summon Mayor Koijee over the paramilitary uniforms being used by MCC police.He made the assertion on Thursday, January 31, in his Capitol Building office.Sen. Zargo served as the chairman on Defense and Security before serving as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Security, following his preferment as a member of the Liberian Delegation to ECOWAS Parliament.“Paramilitary uniforms being used by the MCC police are wrong and they are illegal. The municipal police of the MCC are limited and the mayor should reconsider his focus and instigate campaigns to clean the filthy city of Monrovia,” Senator Zargo said.Regarding President George M. Weah’s Annual Message, which he delivered on Monday, January 28, the Lofa County senator expressed his disappointment over the president’s failure to mention the security status of the country in the wake of the obvious absence of UNMIL.“There are plans on the book that the strength of the AFL should be 8,000 and the Police 5,000, but they are far-fetched,” Sen. Zargo said.Also, to help analyze and correlate intelligence reports, Sen. Zargo said the National Security Agency (NSA) should not solely be responsible and therefore recommends that the police have a Deputy Inspector General for Intelligence and Investigation.In the wake of the re-introduction of the establishment of a National Security Bill by Nimba County District #5 Representative Sam Kogar, Sen. Zargo said the government should direct its resources and focus on the equipment of the army and police.“The proliferation of security apparatus in the country is not prudent,” Sen. Zargo said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

SWAT Commander remains under close arrest

first_img…after busted with 30 cases of ‘smuggled’ whiskeyThe Guyana Police Force confirmed on Sunday afternoon that Head of the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT), Motie Dookie, was still in custody and under close arrest after 30 cases of illegal whiskey were discovered in a vehicle in which he was travelling.SWAT Unit Head, Motie DookieThe discovery was made when officers stopped the minibus on the Whim Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice to conduct a routine search.The whiskey, reportedly the Johnny Walker brand, was seized and the senior Police rank was taken into custody.Dookie reportedly told the Police that there were only ten cases of whiskey, but a search later unveiled that there were actually 30 cases.The Deputy Superintendent of Police is still being questioned by CID officials and other superior officers about the discovery of the illegal alcohol.“He was not able to provide us with all the necessary documentation, but is insisting that there was no wrongdoing on his part. We have questioned the driver of the minibus too. He said the alcohol was to be used at a party”, a source confirmed.Reports surfacing Sunday claimed that the rank had escaped from lawful custody after he was detained, but when contacted, a senior police rank in ‘B’ Division denied knowledge of any escape, maintaining that the detainee was still in custody. Nevertheless, Guyana Times understands that the accused should not have been in Berbice in the first place, based on confirmation that his commanding officer never permitted him to leave Police headquarters in Georgetown.Investigations into the matter are continuing.last_img

Undercover cop takes over suspect’s ‘marijuana’ sales

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – It proved a double-barreled sting for sheriff’s deputies who arrested a Boron man, found he was selling marijuana behind a Canyon Country Ralphs market and took over his business using fake weed, authorities said. Sales were brisk and 14 were arrested – plus one more who decided to tag the grocery store walls while his teenage friends were buying the phony marijuana, according to a sheriff’s report. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, an undercover sheriff’s deputy sold the homemade, harmless version of the herb behind the Ralphs supermarket on White Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road, the report said. Customers showed up and, one by one, were taken into custody. Ten adults and four juveniles were arrested on suspicion of attempting to possess marijuana and one of the adults also faces a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest. A fifth juvenile was arrested on suspicion of vandalism for painting graffiti on the wall while he was waiting for his two friends to complete their buys, the report said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The adults were booked and were to be released with citations if they had no outstanding warrants. The youths were released with citations to their parents. Earlier in the day, deputies had arrested Kendall Berkley of Boron, the man suspected of selling the real thing behind the supermarket, according to a sheriff’s report. Berkley, 46, was booked on suspicion of marijuana sales at the Lancaster sheriff’s station. Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgA man has suffered two broken legs and other injuries after he was struck by a car while trying to stop raiders from robbing his truck.The man was attending a wake in Burnfoot around 7.30pm when he noticed two men close to his truck.He approached them but they got into another car which was parked close to his vehicle. He tried to stop the men and managed to hang on to the door of their car as they headed towards the Bridgend Roundabout going towards Derry .However as the man held on, the driver swerved into the path of an oncoming car which struck the man hanging onto the car.Gardai have said the man is lucky to be alive.The man has ben hospitalised and is understood to have suffered two broken legs and other injuries. One of the first people on the scene was the Mayor of Buncrana, Peter McLaughlin who told Donegal Daily he could not sleep after the incident.“I didn’t see the man being dragged along by the car but I saw him afterwards.“It was horrific and he looked like he was I so much pain. I couldn’t sleep for thinking about him. I hope he is okay,” he said.He added that it was obvious the raiders were targeting cars in the area.“They were not out for a Sunday drive. They knew exactly what they were at,” he said. Garda Superintendent Eugene McGovern said they are looking for the whereabouts of a silver coloured car with a partial license plate of ‘TUI.’“We are anxious to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident and may know of the whereabouts of this car.“This man is lucky to be alive and this is a very serious matter. If anyone has information they can contact us on 074 9320540.”MAN DRAGGED BY STOLEN CAR HAS TWO LEGS BROKEN DURING ORDEAL was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:BurnfootGardailegs brokenthefttrucklast_img

Video: Vuvuzela, Africa’s call

first_imgAnchoring the Brand South Africa campaign for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup is a stunning television advert featuring the vuvuzela – the trumpet that has come to symbolise South African football – and nine of Africa’s most famous locations.Click arrow to play video.Posted on on 11 May 2009.last_img

Tracking the Middle East’s Hashtag Uprisings

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We here at ReadWriteWeb have been following the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt with great interest. We’ve even written about them once or twice. Our eyes are now on Bahrain and Yemen and all the other uprisings that have been “scheduled” via date-driven hashtags.(Egypt used #jan25 to aggregate information about that uprising, for instance, and Bahrain #feb14.)So, to keep track of these rapidly changing situations, we (and be “we” I mean “Jared“) have created a widget that tracks news about the uprisings, their context and their build-up by pulling the feeds from them from Twitter Search. And we (and by “we” I mean “I”) would like to share them with you. Here’s the widget. If we’re missing a #date, please let us know in the comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkinslast_img

Talks with Anna satisfactory: Bhamre

first_imgUnion Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre on Monday said discussions with Anna Hazare were “satisfactory” and expressed hope that the activist would give up his fast soon. The indefinite strike commenced by Mr. Hazare entered day 6 on Monday.“I have had an hour-long discussion with him on a number of issues from the appointment of the Lokpal and the Lokayuktas to the plight of the farmers and the implementation of the Swaminathan Committee reports. I feel that these discussions were fruitful and that we can expect a positive development by Tuesday noon,” said Mr. Bhamre. He had rushed on Monday evening to hold talks with Mr. Hazare in Ralegan Siddhi in Ahmednagar..With public ire mounting in Ralegan Siddhi that the Centre and State were apathetic towards Mr. Hazare’s fast, the Centre urgently dispatched Mr. Bhamre, to assuage the veteran social crusader that his demands were being seriously considered.Earlier, Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, representing the Fadnavis government, had a three-hour discussion with Mr. Hazare as the former attempted to persuade him to end his fast.Both Mr. Bhamre and Mr. Mahajan urged Mr. Hazare to end the strike in wake of the latter’s rapidly declining health.‘All right’While doctors said that Mr. Hazare had lost four kilos since he began his fast on January 30, the activist said he felt all right and could pull on with his strike for five more days.last_img