Reintegrated Mahrez helps Leicester into FA Cup quarters

first_imgLeicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, left, warms up with teammates prior to the Emirates FA Cup, Fifth Round soccer match at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, Friday Feb. 16, 2018. Mahrez returned to Leicester’s starting lineup Friday and helped the team reach the FA Cup quarterfinals, starting for the first time since the collapse of his move to Manchester City last month. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)Back in favor at Leicester, Riyad Mahrez helped the team reach the FA Cup quarterfinals by resuming his lethal partnership with Jamie Vardy on Friday.Vardy earned Leicester a 1-0 win over second-tier Sheffield United in the fifth round by heading in a cross from Mahrez, who was starting for the first time since the collapse of his move to Manchester City at the end of the January transfer window.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mahrez spent more than a week in self-imposed exile after being denied a transfer to the English Premier League leader, missing two games and a string of training sessions.He began his reintegration by going on as a substitute last weekend — coincidentally in a league match against Man City — and was given a standing ovation by Leicester fans when substituted in injury time on Friday. He applauded them back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The most important thing in the game was the fans supported Riyad,” Leicester manager Claude Puel said, “and when I replaced him, it was a good feeling with the fans. It’s important to stay united about this.”Chelsea also advanced against opposition from the League Championship, beating Hull 4-0 with Willian scoring twice and Olivier Giroud netting his first goal since joining from Arsenal.LETHAL COMBINATION PASSING THE AUDITIONWith Eden Hazard rested, this was a chance for other members of Chelsea’s attack to stake a claim for a starting place in next week’s Champions League match against Barcelona.They didn’t disappoint.Giroud, Willian and Pedro Rodriguez, the three-pronged forward line, all scored in the first half against Hull as Chelsea roared into a 4-0 lead by the 42nd minute.Both of Willian’s strikes were from outside the area and came off passes by Giroud, who scored the fourth with a neat near-post finish from a cross by debutant Emerson Palmieri. Cesc Fabregas set up Pedro’s goal with a superb pass over the defense.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte now has plenty of options up front for the last-16 first leg against Barcelona, with Giroud vying with fit-again Alvaro Morata for the striker spot while Pedro and Willian are competing for a place alongside Hazard.“For sure when I go home, I have many good doubts,” Conte said.Chelsea reached the quarterfinals for the 12th time in 17 seasons.REMAINING GAMESThe rest of the fifth round takes place from Saturday to Monday, with the two Manchester clubs and Tottenham still involved. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed City finishes off the round by visiting third-tier Wigan in a repeat of the 2013 final won surprisingly by Wigan.United visits Huddersfield on Saturday, when it’s also: Sheffield Wednesday vs. Swansea, West Bromwich Albion vs. Southampton; and Brighton vs. Coventry. Tottenham is away to fourth-tier Rochdale on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Vardy and Mahrez linked up to devastating effect when Leicester stunned the soccer world by winning the Premier League in 2016.During that memorable season, Vardy set a record by scoring in 11 straight league games and the England striker is on another run, having scored in five straight games in all competitions.His latest goal was a far-post header that looped over the goalkeeper in the 66th minute, following a cross from the right by Mahrez.“To see Riyad and Jamie play together again on the pitch was a good feeling,” Puel said.The goal would have given Vardy extra satisfaction, considering he is a boyhood Sheffield Wednesday fan.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Out-of-form Pogba under scrutiny at Man United Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

Liberia Dedicates U$6M Emergency Operating Center

first_imgAs part of the rebuilding of Liberia’s health system following the Ebola outbreak, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has turned over a newly erected Emergency Operating Center to the Ministry of Health (MOH).The center is located opposite the MOH and adjacent to the TB Annex at 72nd Junction. It is meant to enhance collection of data and information about Ebola and other life threatening diseases.According to CDC Country Director, Desmond Williams, the center will be a place to train health workers to be adequately prepared for outbreaks and surveillance.He said prior to dedicating the center yesterday, about 30 health workers were trained there in Epidemiology.Mr. Williams said at a press briefing that CDC spent US$6 million to erect the structure.He also indicated that US$75.7 million has been invested in the counties for operation of emergency centers.In separate remarks, US Ambassador Deborah Malac and officials at the Centers for Disease Control said the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program provided US$100 million toward the fight against Ebola in West Africa.Ambassador Malac said the newly dedicated center is now the final home of the Emergency Operating Center having operated in a temporary facility in Sinkor for a year and a half.A representative of CDC, Jeffrey Bryant, in his remarks expressed delight over the construction of the center and attributed the success to the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program.He said the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program was very timely in responding to their request for help to West Africans affected by Ebola when they at CDC expressed the need for a quick emergency response and intervention to the outbreak.Also making remarks, Brennan Banks, Deputy Director for Programs at the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program said the center has several pieces of equipment, including computers which will help Liberian medical personnel to quickly respond to data gathering and training of local staff to address disease outbreaks.He hoped that the center will be an establishment of excellence for all Liberians to benefit.In her words of gratitude to the US Government, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn said the erection of the center is in compliance with the consensus reached with partners to revitalize the health sector.Dr. Dahn said the Ministry has developed nine pillars, among which are the erection of the Emergency Operating Center, training of competent health workers, establishment of public health facilities and information gathering and data collection.She underscored that the US Government has been working along with the Ministry of Health in implementing the plan to rebuild the collapsed health system.The support is evidenced by the establishment of Emergency Operating Centers in all of Liberia’s 15 counties, said Dr. Dahn.She further indicated that the dedication of the center put government under obligation to make budgetary allotment for its operations.Meanwhile, the CDC also pledged to support government through the Ministry of Health to ensure that technical equipment and training are provided to get Liberia prepared for any emergencies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more