News April 3, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Control of news and information part of battle for Abidjan, RTI reportedly broadcasting from mobile truck Photo : AFP Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Organisation Help by sharing this information October 29, 2020 Find out more Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election to go further RSF_en October 16, 2020 Find out more Côte d’IvoireAfrica Reports News November 27, 2020 Find out more 03.04.2011 – 12 noon – RTI reportedly broadcasting from mobile truckWhile yesterday’s resumption of broadcasting by state-owned Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) gave the impression that its headquarters had been recovered by forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, various local sources have told Reporters Without Borders that the Gbagbo camp could be broadcasting the RTI signal from an Abidjan house using a mobile broadcast truck. This is also what Capt. Kouakou Léon Alla, the spokesman of the government of Gbagbo rival Alassane Ouattara, claims in communiqué, a copy of which has been obtained by Reporters Without Borders.“The Prime Minister and defence minister (Guillaume Soro) assures all Ivorians and the international community that it is by using a mobile truck that the Gbagbo clan pirates are trying to revive RTI in order to continue their propaganda for the destruction of Côte d’Ivoire,” says communiqué No. 030 of 02/04/11/CAB-PM-MD/PP, signed by Alla.“This vehicle is the target of a search by the pro-Ouattara] Republican Forces and will be destroyed as soon as possible,” the communiqué continues. “RTI’s actual installations are no longer functional.”The Gbagbo government’s spokesman, Ahoua Don Mello, and its foreign minister, Alcide Djédjé, deny these claims and insist that their camp still has control of RTI.Several sources who live near the RTI headquarters in the Abidjan neighbourhood of Cocody, told Reporters Without Borders that there was no one currently in the building.President Gbagbo gave RTI a mobile broadcasting truck worth 1 billion CFA francs in February 2009, along with two Fly-Away mobile TV signal satellite uplinks.“Propaganda and public appeals to Ivorians to mobilize are compounding such rumours and mysteries of the past 72 hours as who controls RTI and where Laurent Gbagbo is,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The fierce street fighting is being accompanied by an all-out communication and information war. We caution all the forces involved against using the media to issue messages of hate against opposing forces or civilian groups.”—————————————————————————————–02.04.2011 – 7pm – Held by pro-Gbagbo forces, RTI urges supporters to protect presidential palaceSoldiers loyal to Laurent Gbagbo appealed on the air on state-owned Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) late this morning for troops to mobilize to “protect the republic’s institutions,” effectively confirming their control of the station. Described as “Communiqué No. 1 from the support point” and read by a soldier accompanied by 10 others, it urged soldiers to report to five Abidjan-based units.During a 1 p.m. news broadcast, Damana Pickas, an adviser to the president of the pro-Gbagbo Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), urged the “Young Patriots” to take to the streets and converge on the presidential residence in the Abidjan district of Cocody and the presidential palace in Plateau.He also urged the “Young Patriots” to block two bridges linking the southern districts of Abidjan with Plateau.In a text message at the bottom of the screen, Gbagbo youth minister Charles Blé Goudé, who is also head of the “Young Patriots,” urged the population to go about its everyday activities, claiming that Abidjan was under the control of pro-Gbagbo forces.—————————————————————————————-02.04.2011 – 11am – RTI resumes broadcasting, unclear who is in controlThe state-owned national broadcaster Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) resumed broadcasting last night in Abidjan, transmitting footage of Laurent Gbagbo being sworn in after the 28 November presidential election and then patriotic music.The content belied suggestions that forces loyal to Gbagbo opponent Alassane Ouattara were in control of RTI but it did not prove that the pro-Gbagbo forces had regained full control, as Gbagbo’s foreign minister, Alcide Djédjé, claimed yesterday. Sources told Reporters Without Borders that it could have been just archive footage that was pre-set to play in the absence of any current programming.At this point, it continues to be very hard to determine whether one camp or the other has effective control of the RTI building and its equipment. They are located in the Abidjan district of Cocody, where there has been intense fighting since 31 March.Read the Reporters Without Borders article [“Big battle for small screen in Abidjan” that was published in French in SlateAfrique.fr yesterday. ————————————————————————————–01.04.2011 – Control of news and information part of battle for AbidjanReporters Without Borders fears that the ongoing military battle for control of Côte d’Ivoire’s business capital, Abidjan, could be accompanied by atrocities and massacres. It urges all parties to protect civilians and hopes that peace will be quickly restored.Amid a climate of confusion in which information is hard to confirm, Reporters Without Borders also warns against any score-settling and reprisals within the highly-polarized Ivorian media. The suspension or disruption of media activities is likely to encourage rumours and disinformation.Forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara announced that they took control of the Abidjan headquarters of state-owned Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) last night. Since then, its signal has been cut. As a result of the chaos in Abidjan, no newspaper was printed or distributed today.The continuing crisis has fuelled a spate of rumours, denials and propagandistic statements. The following entry was posted on Laurent Gbagbo’s blog at 5 a.m. today:Gbagbo appears on RTI, in good shape. At a time when mad rumours encouraged by the Ouattara terrorists, are claiming that the Abidjan government is on its knees, Ivorians were able to see President Laurent Gbagbo at his home, thanks to RTI. The relaxed president was surrounded by aides, friends and members of his family. The president was in a good mood and was conversing with everyone, while the so-called international press was gleefully predicting the worst for his government. The doors of Abidjan’s main prison were opened early yesterday and all the inmates were freed. They included two Télé Notre Patrie journalists, Abou Sanogo and Gnahoré Charly, who had been held since 28 January .“I left the prison at 7:50 a.m.,” Charly said. “All the other prisoners also left (…) We were in our cells when, at around 6:30 a.m., we heard shooting. The shooting lasted until 7:10 a.m. Then we heard shouts of joy. We went down and saw that the prison’s gates had been opened. We did not wait to ask why. We just left.”Charly added: “There had been no guards in the prison since yesterday (Wednesday) evening. Once outside, we saw members of the ‘invisible commando’ around the prison but no members of the FDS [the pro-Gbagbo army].” Côte d’IvoireAfrica News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York His shoulder-length black hair in a tight ponytail, an acoustic guitar strung across his shoulder, and barefoot, singer/guitarist Adam Ezra stood center stage at The Paramount Tuesday night, April 7 and told the packed house that in order to properly do a Boston accent he’d “need to drop a lot of ‘F’-bombs.”The disclosure was met with cheers—launching him and his band, the Adam Ezra Group, into an electrifying, expletive-saturated performance of their speed-fiddle-soaked “The Devil Came Up To Boston,” a hilarious and catchy take on The Charlie Daniels Band classic “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” briefly dipping into slivers of fellow Bay Staters Dropkick Murphys’ “Shipping Up To Boston” before wrapping up to resounding applause.Ezra next hoisted a glass in the air and offered a heartfelt salute to the charged crowd.“Cheers to you all,” he smiled, gulping its dark contents down. “Cheers.”The folksy, country-esque, rootsy sextet followed New York City rockers Silverbird as openers for legendary Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, and Ezra, switching between guitar, harmonica and banjo for his group’s next two numbers—which also featured his bongo player furiously smashing together two metal garbage can lids—could hardly contain himself. He told the audience he remembered stealing his grandparents’ car back in the day and smoking marijuana with his friend “all night to [The Doors’] ‘Peace Frog’” before he’d even begun to write his own songs, and announced that after his set he’d be in the merchandise section selling CDs and T-shirts. If concertgoers dug his music, Ezra said, they could contribute $10 or $5 to an “I Love You Box” for a disc, or even enjoy an album for free if they didn’t have the cash.Also sharing that the band had suffered a flat tire on the way to the gig, it was apparent this guy had a lotta heart [he and his band played with a lotta heart, too], and by the time the house lights dimmed for headliner Krieger at around 9:45 p.m., dozens had visited Ezra at the band’s merch station for autographs, photos and CDs.Billed as “An Evening of The Doors Greatest Hits” with Krieger’s son Waylon contributing guest vocals, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer did not disappoint, along with keyboardist Nathan Wilmarth, bassist Phil Chen and drummer Ty Dennis, delivering a powerful, tight set of songs spanning the iconic group’s six studio albums with late vocalist Jim Morrison, who died in 1971 from a supposed heroin overdose at 27.Krieger, at 70 years old, absolutely owned the night.Wearing an oversized hockey jersey, riffing on his signature Gibson SGs and lending backing vocals on several tunes, his performance proved that he’s not only still got it, but that the guitar masterwork that has earned him a ranking on Rolling Stone’s List of the 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time and catapulted The Doors to rock mega-stardom has only refined with age.Krieger commanded his instrument with the same passion and virtuosity one would expect from someone who’s been opening interdimensional, genre-shattering portals with a six-string for more than 50 years, first experimenting in flamenco, blues, folk and jazz in high school before teaming up with keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and Morrison in 1965, and after the latter’s death, continuing with its remaining members before launching a solo career, a jam band Jam Kitchen—with his son Waylon on guitar and vocals—and then returning to The Doors’ music with Manzarek for more than a decade until the keyboardist’s death in May 2013. That incarnation featured a revolving cast of singers and musicians, including for a time Ian Astbury of The Cult filling in for Morrison and Stewart Copeland of The Police on skins.In a recent interview with StarPulse.com, Krieger said he hadn’t played Doors tunes since the passing of Manzarek in 2013, but recently returned to the catalog when his son Waylon (who’s also a guitarist) “took an interest in singing and got me motivated to fill that gap and play Doors music again.”Lucky for us.Krieger summoned a kaleidoscopic cacophony of noise and laser-guided notes that sparkled with life, gliding and dancing through the air, veering into total chaos at times, and always looping back into perfect cadence with the killer rhythm and virtuosic keys. An arsenal of pedals at his feet transformed his licks into otherworldly meteors of droning, mind-bending going-to-ravage-the-Earth dissonance or straight-up whiskey-drenched jazz-blues. Supersaturated in echo and reverb, some notes lingered like ghosts, wandering among those dancing along on the Paramount’s floor and mixing with the faint wafting scent of marijuana before drifting off into the netherworld he conjured, while others glimmered and leapt from his amplifier like the simmering ashes of a Native American ceremonial funeral pyre.Late Doors singer Jim Morrison may have been the Rimbaud-manchild shaman of the supergroup, but it was Krieger, Manzarek and Densmore’s eclectic fluidity that both provided a foundation for Morrison’s mad poetry, accentuating and anchoring his visions through a magical cohesion at once horrifically dark, sinister, healing and infectious, thus redefining rock and roll along the way.Krieger was also a chief songwriter of the group, penning or co-writing some of the mega-hits that launched the four musicians from gigging shitty bars in L.A. to their ascension as one of the most important rock bands that have ever existed. Among those: “Light My Fire,” Touch Me,” “Love Me Two Times” and “Love Her Madly”—the latter containing lyrics inspired by his then-girlfriend, now-wife of 42 years, Lynn, he told the howling audience.When she’d get mad with him (which was often, Krieger joked), she’d run out on him, slamming the door of wherever they were at the time as she fled. Thus the line: “Don’t you love her as she’s running out the door,” he laughed.The band started Tuesday’s show with rousing versions of “Break On Through (To The Other Side)” and “Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar),” to jubilant cheers.With a slick, short haircut and sporting a black leather jacket, dark sunglasses and Batman T-shirt instead of Morrison’s trademark skintight leather pants and shaggy, Adonis-like mane, Waylon was no Lizard King, but held his own throughout the more than two-hour set. The fact it was Krieger’s son singing—and thus, a father-son team—nullifies any ill-will from my Doors-purist self to crucify him as a wanna-be MoJo Rising-karaoke freak who lacked the latter’s stage presence, passion and antics (No One Can Fill Morrison’s shoes–let me repeat that: NO ONE), emotion, fury, destruction and force, missed a few notes, perhaps even jumbled a verse or two, and even if he wasn’t trying to imitate Jimbo at all, perhaps came off a wee-bit so, though honestly, there was a certain magic cast that night through that generational performance. At one point, about mid-set, they gelled and sounded so well that if you closed your eyes you could imagine yourself being back at an original Doors gig. Well, a little bit, anyway. A smidgen, perhaps? I know, I know. Wow, Tirana. Wowww. What the hell is this Tirana guy spewing? As elusive Press food critic Chris Cooke used to state, “I write it like I eat it,” so too will this humble music critic profess: “I write it like I hear it.” So as Morrison infamously told the cop who maced him before taking the stage at the legendary New Haven Arena gig in 1967: “Eat it.”“‘Wait what was that?’” you ask. “‘Did he just–no, no he did not. The music writer did not just tell me to–this is unreal!’”It’s called rock and fkn roll, and this is a Robby Krieger show, people. Robby fkn Krieger! And his son! Doin’ Doors songs!The band next unleashed a ferocious “Back Door Man,” again garnering massive applause from the audience, with Krieger introducing Wilmarth afterward as “a keyboard collector” who’s “got all of Ray Manzarek’s keyboards.”Krieger next whipped out his legendary slide for a stirring rendition of “Moonlight Drive,” reciting the lines to “Horse Latitudes” at its close, while simultaneously climbing up and down his SG’s neck to create the frightening effects of a horse drowning at sea. Without but a millisecond of a pause, the house lights dimmed into the mean, gritty opening riff of “Wild Child,” his son adding a “Yeah! C’mon!” as the band kicked in.Next came the epic “When The Music’s Over,” punctuated by Krieger striking, then down-tuning, the low-E string, and slowly tightening it again and again several times to milk the song’s infamously defining sonic moan that somehow mimicked the ghastly, otherworldly bellow of a downed airplane as it plummets and careens across an ocean of distortion before leveling off, then spiraling downward again.“Quiet!” shouted Waylon in an ill-fated attempt to get the crowd to simmer for the band’s buildup kick-back-in at the end—which featured his father just ripping like a madman across his frets during an extended finger-tapping session.“Any suggestions?” he asked afterward, to a deafening assault of song names. [I personally wanted to hear “Love Street,” “The Crystal Ship,” “Indian Summer” or “The Unknown Soldier,” but being far back from the stage with one of my brothers and sisters keeping a buddy with flatfeet company on the steps of the back riser, I happily immersed myself in one of my $14 Blue Point Toasted Lagers instead. “To Jim,” I thought. “To Jim and Ray.”]Radio go-to “People Are Strange” won out, followed by demands for “Peace Frog!” to which Waylon asked: “Do we have any psychics in the house?” and explaining that was the next number on their set list.“The problem with Doors songs is that there’s too many good songs,” joked his father. “Can’t do ’em all. But we can do ‘Peace Frog.’”It was tight, loud and fantastic, and many in the packed hall danced along.The group then launched into an energetic rendition of “Love Me Two Times”—with Waylon getting jammed up on a line or two while his dad dueled off trading licks for a bit with Wilmarth.The crowd went wild.Waylon then announced to the screaming crowd it was “The Special-Treat Portion of the Show,” and his father traded his SG for a classical acoustic and removed his jersey to reveal a white T-shirt with the iconic “Young Lion” Morrison across its front, tossing a pick out to the screaming crowd.“Back in the day, when we did ‘Spanish Caravan,’ I did this cool solo thing in the middle of the song but they cut it out for some reason,” he explained. “It was really cool. Ended up on the cutting room floor, so I figured I’ll do it now.”For the next five minutes, Krieger’s fingers methodically picked, plucked and brushed his strings, weaving a multi-tiered tapestry onto the canvas of the night, pacing back and forth across the stage and periodically pausing several times at its edge before a sea of adoring fans and chants.Then came those all-familiar descending notes—guitar, organ and drums, falling, falling, falling, then just cascading beneath rabid torrents of crashes.Wild. Explosive. Gorgeous. Dennis became a human machine gun.“Every time we play this song, it rains, so—” Krieger said afterwards, with the band kicking into the popular thunderstorm-drenched “Riders On The Storm.”Sick.Then came “Love Her Madly,” the father-son duo recalling the aforementioned history of the tune—the elder referring to his now-wife as his “girlfriend at the time.”“She’s still my mom,” joked Waylon.“She’s still my wife,” replied his dad, admitting that he “Kind of stole” the song’s title from Duke Ellington.Next came the bluesy “Maggie McGill,” from 1970’s Morrison Hotel.“Illegitimate son of a rock and roll star,” boomed Waylon. “I’ve been singing the blues ever since the world began.”“Not sure if it was the 14 dollar drinks of just yearning wishful hallucinations but arnd this time just seemed to fkn gel,” read my scribbled notes from that moment. “Pple dancing. Tight. Everyone in the groove.”Damn that was a hot one lol.So was its follow-up: an insane jam-out rock-out mondo-mega “L.A. Woman.”“We need some help here, so help me out,” Waylon muttered to the crowd during the mid-song slowdown, dangling the mic chord as if a swinging pendulum. “This is what’s called your audience fkn participation. You guys, at The Paramount—this is the best fkn crowd on the whole fkn tour. I ain’t just saying that. Cause sometimes we lie. Sometimes we lie. We’re not lying right now. You guys are the shtt. So help me out with this next part, yeah? All right.“Mis-ter Mo-Jo Rising,” he and the audience sang along together.The band left the stage to roaring cheers and applause. Pretty much everybody in the house was up on their feet shufflin’ and movin’ to the tunes at this point, and they demanded more.“You’re a tough crowd,” said Waylon as the group re-emerged for an encore, beginning with a rabid version of “Not To Touch The Earth,” into “Soul Kitchen.”“We have time for one short song,” announced Krieger around midnight, above the roars of the still-hopped-up crowd. “So we’ll do a long one.”The whole place danced along to an insane, extended “Light My Fire,” with Waylon leaving the stage for some of it and each musician just flat-out killing it on extra-long solos and jam-outs.“Let’s hear it for Ray, c’mon,” implored Krieger, inciting even more howls from the audience.His solo was nothing short of crushingly devastating, mixing discernable portions of the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” within the controlled chaos of this beautiful beast.Krieger re-introduced the band members following equally killer bass and drum solos before wrapping up this epic, the house lights back on, the crowd still roaring, and (if I remember correctly), Creedence Clearwater Revival pouring out of the house PA as we all spilled out onto New York Avenue.“He absolutely owned it,” read my notes. “The songs… The nite.”The Adam Ezra Group will be returning to The Paramount on June 5 with Rusted Root and The Wailers. 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– Advertisement – This month, Sky Sports presenter Adam Smith was joined by former Premier League kingpin Joleon Lescott and Olympic gold-medal hockey player and presenter Sam Quek – who is also an avid Liverpool fan.So, how did the team unfold? Let’s start between the sticks…Goalkeepers The Kings of the Premier League show, sponsored by Budweiser, returned on Sky Sports this Friday with another all-star line-up on the panel.Guests pit stats against gut when they compare results from the statistical Power Rankings with fans’ votes for Kings of the Match on the Premier League website.- Advertisement – “I think they pick themselves,” said Joleon. “There’s a lot of top-quality talent in this position, but Kyle Walker has been the standout performer this season – and that’s something to say when there are the likes of Trent-Alexander Arnold and Chilwell.“For me, Chilwell is the closest Chelsea have had to Ashley Cole, if he can stay fit. He’s that good. He’s hit a level of consistency. Cole loved to venture forward and get in the box and Chilwell’s got that in him.”Final selections: Ben Chilwell and Kyle Walker Both guests agreed on selecting Wolves centre-back Conor Coady. “I’m a massive fan,” revealed Sam. “His England performance was an extra cherry on top of the cake. His stats don’t leap off the page, but, as a defender, if you just do your job properly, sometimes it’s under-appreciated.“If you’re in the right position to let the forward go wide, or you close off the path in the channels, or you make the opposing defender pass back, that’s your job half done. So, technically, you’re making fewer tackles but doing the same job – and Coady does that excellently.”“I also went for Gabriel,” added Joleon. “He’s new to the Premier League and he looks like he’s played here for a number of years. He’s aggressive, which I like, and hasn’t made many mistakes. He’s played in different positions, on the left and in the middle of a three – so he has a good understanding of different roles.” – Advertisement – Saturday 7th November 8:15pm Sam selected Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who has conceded only one goal in his previous four league games and made almost twice as many saves as Mendy during that time.Joleon debated whether Patricio could have aligned his wall more effectively to prevent Jacob Murphy’s late equaliser for Newcastle, but ceded ground to back the Wolves No 1.Final selection: Rui Patricio “And James Rodriguez oozes class and he’s also passionate. You want your big players to step up for the big games and he was arguing with the ref and shoving Liverpool players in the Merseyside derby – and that’s what you want to see.”Joleon swung the vote for the third and final midfield selection after making a case for Aston Villa midfielder Ross Barkley. “If you get him playing with confidence, he’s hard to stop – a lot of positive traits. A great signing for Aston Villa and he’s proved that during his time there.”Final selections: Jack Grealish, James Rodriguez and Ross BarkleyForwards Joleon nominated new Chelsea stopper Edouard Mendy, who has kept three successive clean sheets in the Premier League since his debut.“Mendy’s come into the league and showcased why he’s No 1 at Chelsea,” said Joleon. “Against Manchester United, he produced three or four world-class saves.”“He’s kept three clean sheets – but he didn’t face a shot on target in two of those games!” argued Sam. “So it’s pretty easy to keep a clean sheet!” There was no debate for the full-backs this month, with Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell and Manchester City’s Kyle Walker immediately rubber-stamped with starting berths. – Advertisement – Centre-backs Image:Rui Patricio has faced twice as many shots on target as Edouard Mendy since October 1 and made almost twice as many saves But Sam was keen for Kurt Zouma to be selected after helping Chelsea keep three shutouts during his four league appearances over the past month. “For me, he’s got to be Frank Lampard’s first name on the team sheet.“When you look at the clean sheets he’s kept, he’s had that consistency with three different centre-back partners. I think he’s done excellently and he’s also been a threat from corners with two headed goals.”“I’m not basing this on scoring,” joked Joleon. “I look at the defending and the stats state Gabriel has been better defensively!”Final selections: Conor Coady and GabrielFull-backs Kings Of The Premier League “It’s really interesting how Kane’s dropped deeper and wider,” added Sam. “Is that down to him, the partnership with Son, or is it Jose Mourinho and the way he wants his team to play? But whatever it may be, you have to give credit to Kane for adapting and becoming more of a team player.“And Mohamed Salah has scored seven goals so far this season, he’s got points on the board for Liverpool. They’re top of the table. I do get frustrated with him, because he goes missing in games, but then that’s when he’s also at his most dangerous, because he just pops up, out of nowhere and rattle one in.”Final selections: Heung-Min Son, Harry Kane and Mohamed SalahFinal KOTPL XI King of the month Midfielders Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son – who have scored nine goals between them since the turn of October – and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah were uncontested starters along the forward line.“Son has definitely upped his game to another level this season,” said Joleon. “He’s probably the most balanced forward from the names on that list. He scores with his left foot, right foot and headers. He contributes in all areas and tracks back.” The show’s best bits will play out across Sky Sports’ YouTube and the partnership will also deliver the weekly Power Ranking articles every Tuesday on the Sky Sports website and apps.The second episode aired on Friday, November 6, with repeats over the weekend and on-demand, and will run throughout the first four months of the Premier League season.Do the Premier League’s statistical leaders make the cut in this month’s XI, or do the fans’ favourites earn starting berths? Tune into Sky Sports Premier League to find out… Sky Sports and Budweiser, official partner of the Premier League and King of Beers, have joined forces to bring you the Kings of the Premier League show.On the back of its resounding success last season, the debate returns to your screens at 7pm on the last Friday of every month on Sky Sports Premier League.Sky Sports presenter Adam Smith and two guests will build an ultimate XI from the top-performing players over the past month, pitting stats against gut as they compare data-driven form charts with Kings of the Match fan votes.“This show really is the perfect way to pick the team of the month,” according to Smithy. “It’s never easy picking a dream XI, so let the debate commence.” Final selection: Heung-Min SonPick your KOTPL XIDisagree with the final selections? Use the team selector below to create your XI and share it on Twitter @SkySportsPL using the hashtag #KOTPL.Kings of the Premier League on Sky Sports Aston Villa talisman Jack Grealish and Everton playmaker James Rodriguez were unanimous selections in midfield.Sam poured praise upon Grealish, who was named in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad on Thursday to face a friendly with the Republic of Ireland and Nations League fixtures against Belgium and Iceland this month.“He’s has been brilliant for Villa. To be where they are now, compared with where they were last season, it’s incredible. They’ve brought in some more young talent, recruited well, and that has brought him on even more.
A fire occurred at Eckstein & Shane in Morris on Thursday evening.A vehicle fire caused significant damage to a local business on Thursday.The blaze occurred at Eckstein & Shane in Morris around 7:30 p.m.Firefighters from Morris, Sunman and Batesville were on the scene at 14241 N. Morris West St., as flames from the vehicle caused damage to the building.Owner Rick Shane said the electrical fire began in a truck that was parked inside the building. He was unsure of the exact amount of damage and what will happen to the building.No one was injured and the business is operating under normal business hours.
Manchester City win domestic treble. PHOTO via @ManCityLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola saluted Manchester City’s history makers after they clinched the domestic treble with a swaggering 6-0 rout of Watford in the FA Cup final on Saturday.Guardiola’s side capped an incredible campaign in fittingly dynamic fashion as Watford were put to the sword by Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick and goals from David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus.Just a week after winning a second successive Premier League crown, City’s record-equalling FA Cup final victory made them the first English club to win the English title, FA Cup and League Cup in the same season.They are the first English top-flight side to register 50 wins in all competitions in a single season.Guardiola’s men also scored a record 169 goals in 61 games this season, beating their own previous best of 156.City now rank high on the list of the greatest English teams of all-time and Guardiola admitted it was remarkable to watch his side scale such heights.“It was an incredible final for us and we have finished an incredible year. To all the people at the club a big congratulations, especially the players because they are the reason why we have won these titles,” he told the BBC.Although City finished as emphatic winners, the final could have been different if Watford had capitalised on a lively opening at Wembley.Crucially, the Hornets wasted a golden chance in the 11th minute when Roberto Pereyra ran clear, only to see his shot saved by Ederson.Guardiola agreed that Ederson’s save was a turning point. “In the final these kind of things make the difference. Ederson saved us at a key point at the beginning of the game, because 1-0 would have been really difficult for us,” he said.City have now lifted five of the past major six domestic trophies available.As Guardiola watched his player cavort joyously around the pitch after the final whistle, the Spaniard was asked if City could top their astonishing run over the last two years.Guardiola admitted last week that he is addicted to winning and, ominously for City’s rivals, he made it clear he expects his stars to be even better next term.“We have to, always you can improve. There is no sense to stay still,” he said.City captain Vincent Kompany was quick to pay tribute to Guardiola for his ability to hold his squad to a high standard.“It starts with the manager, who set the standard at the start of the season and said we had to go back-to-back (as title winners), and then it’s the group,” Kompany said“It’s the best team in the world. To set such a high standard for such a long period, for two years running. What a team, what a privilege!”Share on: WhatsApp
9 Apr 2018 Amelia’s win sets her on course for title defence England girl international Amelia Williamson took the first step in a title defence when she won the Hampshire Rose by a stroke.She was three-under par for the 36 holes at a very wet North Hants Golf Club, adding her name to a trophy which has previously been held by top professionals Charley Hull and Georgia Hall.Next step for the 17-year-old from Royal Cromer, Norfolk, is the Roehampton Gold Cup on Saturday. It’s paired with the Hampshire Rose to create a 72-hole event, offering world ranking points for the players and the overall winner receives the Gold Rose Trophy.Williamson became the first winner of the combined event last year and has her sights set on retaining the trophy, which was given by Olympic champion Justin Rose.The weather omens are encouraging. “I’ve looked at the forecast for Saturday and it’s wet,” said Williamson, who managed similar conditions at North Hants in style.“There were only five or six holes when you didn’t need waterproofs,” she said. “But I always gave myself chances to make par and holed out well from under 10ft.”She was two-under 70 in the morning, followed by one-under 71 in the afternoon and finished a shot ahead of Kath O’Connor (West Byfleet, 68 74). Two more members of the England Golf girls’ squad filled the next two places: Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill, 72 71) and Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland, 71 74). Tags: Amelia Williamson, Hampshire Rose
MIAMI (AP)—Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is a doctor now.O’Neal received his doctoral degree in education from Barry University alongside 1,100 other students during commencement ceremonies Saturday.The Miami Herald reports that O’Neal got on one knee so the chair of Barry’s organizational learning and leadership program could drape a light blue hood around O’Neal’s more-than-7-foot frame.O’Neal then high-fived other graduates as he made his way back to his seat along with his manager, Cynthia Atterberry, who also received a doctorate in education.The former All-Star and MVP earned a cumulative GPA of 3.813 while completing 54 credit hours at Barry, mostly through online courses and video conferencing over the last four years. O’Neal’s doctoral capstone project explored how CEOs and business leaders use humor in the workplace.
LINCROFT – Monmouth County residents looking to ready themselves for jobs in new or growing fields have four new options this fall at Brookdale Community College.New for the 2013-2014 academic year is a national security studies track, a communication disorders option, a criminal justice certificate and a social media certificate that can be earned entirely online.The social media certificate teaches the skills needed to build or expand a business through social media. Three new classes developed for the program teach how to identify an audience, develop a compelling message, manage a brand, measure effectiveness and avoid common social network pitfalls. The courses are Introduction to Social Media, Writing in the Digital Age and Social Media Marketing.The national security studies track is part of the Criminal Justice Associate of Science program. Courses prepare students to transfer to the National Security Studies bachelor’s program at New Jersey City University.The communication disorders option is a pre-professional program that provides academic groundwork for students considering a career in speech and language. Students earn an associate of arts degree and transfer to another institution for further study. Courses include Voice and Diction, Introduction to Communication Disorders and American Sign Language.The criminal justice certificate is a 36-credit certificate designed for those seeking a career in law enforcement or looking to enhance their current career with academic credentials. Classes provide an overview of the criminal justice system and teach skills in emergency response and physical fitness. Students can apply the credits toward an associate degree in criminal justice.“It is essential for Brookdale to adapt to the national and global markets and provide a curriculum that will meet the needs of the economy and provide our students with the necessary skills and framework to achieve,” said Dianna Phillips, executive vice president of educational services.In addition to the new courses developed for these programs, other new courses this fall include Magazine Writing, Introduction to the Music Business, Automotive Electricity II and Air Conditioning, Project Management, Human Biology, Elementary Portuguese, Independent Chemistry Research and ESL Writing through Research I and II.
On Sunday, Jan. 30 at 9:30 p.m. Golden RCMP received a missing persons report about two overdue skiers.The two males from Vancouver Island had been skiing at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort the day prior to the report. RCMP were notified by a friend of the party that the two individuals were unaccounted for. Golden RCMP notified Golden Search and Rescue and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort of the missing persons. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort conducted an inbounds perimeter search for the missing party. No missing persons were found within the ski area boundary. In addition, a full air search began with Golden Search and Rescue at first light on Monday, Jan. 31. At approximately 8:37 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 31 the first individual was spotted by the Golden Search and Rescue approximately six kilometres outside and beyond the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort controlled recreational area. A long line rescue was used as the individual was in a heavily forested area. At 9:30 a.m. the first individual was rescued and transferred to Golden and District Hospital. At 10:16 a.m. the second individual was found outside Kicking Horse Mountain Resorts controlled recreational area in approximately the same region. The individual was transferred by helicopter to hospital. Both males are presently being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The Golden RCMP is currently investigating the incident.