David Kibuuka’s dry wit has made him a firm favourite on the comedy scene. Eugene Khoza is known for his boldness and quick- thinking comebacks. With over 10 years experience under his belt, Kagiso Lediga is one of South Africa’s leading funny men. Trevor Noah’s is fast becoming South Africa’s favourite comedian having already done several high profile shows. Loyiso “Loyiso for President” Gola uses his unique formula of comedy to shock and amuse audiences. Images: Podium Entertainment Khanyi MagubaneThe Cape Town International Comedy Festival taking place from 7 to 21 September is billed as the biggest gathering of comedians in South Africa.Now in its 12th year, the event attracts hundreds of comedy lovers each year and the 2008 edition of the festival has been beefed up even more.International comedians set to perform this year include, Mario Joyner from the United States, who opened for comedy legend Chris Rock’s No Apologies world tour, which also toured South Africa in June. He is also famous for his portrayal as the “pimped-out” lawyer in several episodes of US sitcom Seinfeld, as well as his guest appearances in Everybody Hates Chris.He returns to South Africa as host of the Main Arena venue at the festival. Fresh from Chris Rock’s world tour, he also opened for Jerry Seinfeld during his recent nationwide tour of the US.Sugar Sammy, a Canadian comedian of Punjabi descent, is also a firm favourite set to have festival goers rolling with laughter. Sammy has enjoyed quite a lot of success around the world, with his one-man show and his unique brand of stand-up comeday setting attendance records in the US, Europe, South Africa, and Asia.As with every year, there will be a platform for established as well as up-and-coming comedians. The “comedy showdown” programme consists of new and unknown comedians competing for the number one position. Over the course of the 14-day festival, the newbies will compete against each other, until the final few are awarded a chance to perform at the finale.South African comedians, who have recently been making international news, will also showcase their skills at the festival.Internationally acclaimed business and finance newspaper The Wall Street Journal recently featured a group of South African comedians who have been fearless in tackling social issues.The group of young, black comedians recently made the cover of the newspaper’s entertainment section, for their fearless comedic routines which joke about apartheid, from which many South Africans still carry scars.But if there is any therapy in humour, then these comedians Loyiso Gola, David Kibuuka, Kagiso Lediga, Trevor Noah, part of South Africa’s growing stand-up comedy fraternity, are proving that there could be some truth to the cliché “laughter is the best medicine”.Interviewed by author and Journalist Rian Malan for the Wall Street Journal, the comedians were not shy to talk about being part of a fraternity of comedians who break boundaries and who tackle issues that many South Africans still won’t dare to discuss, even at the dinner table.All based in Johannesburg and working regular gigs on the underground scene, the comedians gained much of their popularity after their hit TV show The Pure Monate Show literally meaning The Pure Delicious Show in Tswana, one of South Africa’s 11 official languages.The show consisted of satiric skits, which took a swipe at the nation’s obsession with crime, race, social standing and also the ever popular Zimbabwe jokes.No laughing matterAlthough the aim of stand-up comedy is to make audiences laugh at themselves in a non-degrading manner, the new breed of stand-up comedians are addressing serious issues, using humour as a medium.This young breed of comedians also find themselves in a favourable position where they are able to make comedy a full-time career, enabling them to constantly hone their craft.Trevor Noah for instance, although the 24 year-old has been performing for a little over two years, his sharp wit and bravado have already made him a firm favourite in South Africa.His career highlights include opening for internationally acclaimed comedian Russell Peters on his South African Tour, and being chosen to represent his country as the only local act at the Jozi International Comedy Festival that included six other headlining acts from six countries around the world.His achievements also include performing at the 2008 Cape Town International Comedy Festival. Comedians from around the world, including Canadian Sugar Sammy, are billed to perform at the festival.Leading the pack is Kagiso Lediga, with over 10 years’ experience under his belt. He started performing while he was still studying at the University of Cape Town.Besides performing at all the major comedy events in South Africa, Lediga has also travelled the world extensively, performing at comedy events including the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. He has also performed in New York, Toronto, London and Mauritius.Often described as crass; Lediga was the creator of the Pure Monate Show, which has in the past, been nominated for eight South African Film and Television Awards.As a writer, and one of the lead actors in the South African cult movie, Bunny Chow, he has also enjoyed success as a filmmaker. Bunny Chow scooped awards at the Toronto, Los Angeles, Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals.In South Africa, Lediga won the Best Actor Award at the Cape Town Film Festival. His award also includes winning People’s Choice Award at the biggest comedy festival in South Africa – the Cape Town International Comedy Festival.One of the new leading faces of comedy in South Africa is Eugene Khoza. Described as an all-rounder comedian, he’s said to challenge prejudices and inverts stereotypes, tear down barriers and build up bridges. Undaunted by working in his native African language and in English, his razor sharp performances are littered with vernacular references and vivid characterisations.Khoza uses his life growing up in South Africa’s black townships as his source of humour, but cleverly include current affairs into his routine.From humble beginnings, which began when he won a comedy competition, he has grown from a relatively unknown name, to performing at all the major comedy events including the Blacks Only, Just Because comedy festivals as well as Heavyweight Comedy Jam. He is now the TV host of a programme keeping South Africans abreast on the developments leading up to the Fifa 2010 World Cup entitled, Build Up to 2010.Ugandan-born David Kibuuka’s popularity in South Africa has been on a steady growth path since he entered the comedy scene about three years ago. An honours graduate in finance at Wits University “Dave” as he is popularly known, has a unique brand of humour that combines wit and intellect without losing touch with his audiences.2008 has been a particularly good year for the finance-guru turned comedian. This year he opened for one of the top comedians in the world, Australia’s Carl Barron during his South African Tour.Apart from stand-up comedy, David also has a keen interest in movies, having also been a part of the critically acclaimed Bunny Chow film. He continues to grow his brand of comedy, which not only includes jabs at South Africans, but Africans as a whole, having lived in other parts of the continent.Award winning comedian Loyiso Gola, is notoriously known for keeping his audiences on the edge of their seats with slacked jaws and wide eyes thanks to his “shock tactic” humour.Having started his career from his hometown, Cape Town, while he was still in high school, his big break came when he was a runner-up in the prestigious Freshest Five comedy competition in 2003. Gola was only 19 at the time.With a successful one-man show Loyiso Gola for President and a TV show which he co-hosted with South African satire legend Pieter Dirk Uys, Loyiso is a versatile comedian, equally comfortable on stage an in front of the camera.His credits include opening for international superstars Russell Peters and Sugar Sammy on their South African tours, as well as his performances in London, Dubai and New York.Immensely popular amongst South Africans, Gola performs regularly at corporate functions and popular comedy clubs.The comedy fraternity was first made aware of his talents when he won the Sprite Soul Comedy competition and was the runner-up in the professional category of the Freshest Five Comedy Competition literally upon his arrival in Johannesburg in 2003.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] linksWall Street JournalCape Town international Comedy FestivalPodium Entertainment
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:36Undas 2019: Remembering the dead and reuniting with the living00:51Clarkson on being PH flag-bearer: One of the happiest moments in my career01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “He brings another championship pedigree, championship DNA,” James said at Cleveland’s media day. “He brings another player to the team who can get guys involved, can make plays and also has a great basketball mind. … I hope we can bring him here. I would love to have him.”Once Wade completes the waiver formality, he’ll be the latest new, high-profile player to join the Cavs, who traded for All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, signed former league MVP Derrick Rose and added two strong wing defenders in Jae Crowder and Jeff Green, wing players who may help them defend the Warriors if those teams get back to a fourth straight Finals matchup.Thomas isn’t expected to play until January because of a hip injury, but until he returns the Cavs have plenty of firepower in James, Wade, Rose and All-Star Kevin Love, who could thrive as Cleveland’s No. 2 scoring threat now that Kyrie Irving is in Boston.Wade agreed to a contract buyout earlier this week with the Bulls, who signed him before last season as a free agent.The Cavaliers emerged Tuesday as front-runners over the Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder to land the 35-year-old Wade, who many feel say has plenty of game left.ADVERTISEMENT He’ll now have a shot at another championship — his fourth — while playing alongside James, whom he has been friends with since they broke into the league together in 2003. When James left Cleveland as a free agent in 2010 and signed with Miami, much of his reason for leaving his home state was a chance to play with Wade and Chris Both.Wade played his first 13 seasons in Miami, leaving in the summer of 2016 to sign a two-year deal with the Bulls. But the Bulls are in a rebuilding mode after trading Jimmy Butler this summer, and instead of paying Wade $23.8 million to play for what will likely be a struggling team they agreed this weekend to buy him out and let him find a better situation.In an interview with AP, Wade said that whatever decision he makes would be “a pure basketball decision and I’ll make the one that I feel fits me best at this point in my career and with what I feel I have to offer a team that needs what I have to offer.”Following practice on Tuesday, Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson said Wade would be a “great” fit in Cleveland.“He’s a guy that’s proven, not just individually, but a team that won three championships,” Thompson said. “He’s pretty familiar with most of the guys on our team. … He’s always been a good locker room guy. We’ve never heard anything bad.“It would be great for our team to have another championship-mentality player.”Wade has averaged 23.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 14 seasons. He averaged 18.3, 4.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Bulls.One of the game’s premiere closers in the postseason, Wade has averaged 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 172 playoff games. Wade, a 12-time All-Star, is expected to clear waivers on Wednesday and then join the Cavs, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be completed until Wade goes through the waiver process.In Cleveland, Wade will be reunited with James, his close friend, former Miami teammate and a player he confided in before signing with his hometown Chicago Bulls last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWade and James won two NBA titles together during four seasons with the Heat and will now chase another one with the Cavs, who have been revamped after losing to Golden State in last season’s Finals.On Monday, James said he would “love” to play again with Wade. 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Pakistan kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the semifinals of the World Twenty20 tournament beating Australia by 32 runs in their final Super Eights tie at the R Premadasa Stadium here Tuesday. The Aussies, however, qualified for the last four on the basis of the net run rate.Put in to bat, Pakistan made 149/6 in their allotted 20 overs with young middle-order batsman Naser Jamshed (55) scoring his second half-century of the tournament — the first one (56) coming against New Zealand Sep 23.Wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal (32) provided good support to Jamshed after the Asian giants were 29/2 in the sixth over, when Imran Nazir (14) got caught by Aussie skipper George Bailey on the bowling of Shane Watson.Australia kept taking wickets at regular intervals which kept the Pakistani run rate in check, limiting them to a sub-150 score.All-rounder Abdul Razzaq (22) played a small cameo in the end to push the Pakistani score.Mitchell Starc starred with the ball clinching three wicket in his four overs, giving away only 20 runs.All-rounder Shane Watson, Pat Cummins and Xavier Doherty also chipped in with a wicket each.With 150 to chase at a run rate of 7.5 per over, Australia started poorly, losing both openers for eight. Man-in-form Watson and David Warner were both trapped in front of the wicket by the fifth over.Australia could never recover from there and lost wickets at regular intervals.The Pakistani spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan and skipper Mohammed Hafeez wreaked havoc upon the Australian top order, together taking all seven wickets restricting Australia to 117/7.Michael Hussey (54 not out) was the only batsman who tried to propel the Aussie innings, but kept losing partners at regular intervals.With the win, Pakistan improved their head-to-head in T20Is against Australia to 7-4.For Pakistan to qualify for the semifinals, South Africa must beat India. If India win, then net run-rates will come into effect.Brief scores:Pakistan: 149 for 6 in 20 overs (Nasir Jamshed 55, Kamran Akmal 32; Mitchell Starc 3/20, Shane Watson 1/23).Squads:Australia: Shane Watson, David Warner, Mike Hussey, George Bailey (c), Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty.Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (c), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Raza Hasan.advertisement
It wasn’t long ago that a career .265-ish hitter with some pop and a versatile glove was destined for cult status. (Think Ty Wigginton or Fernando Tatis.) And in a way, I suppose Ben Zobrist, whom the Kansas City Royals acquired Tuesday from the Oakland Athletics with an eye on Friday’s trade deadline, has achieved just that. But here’s the twist: The denomination that worships Zobrist most is the Church of Sabermetrics — coincidentally, a movement that has essentially taken over baseball in the past decade-plus. And that makes Zobrist a fascinating case study in how the right player with the right metrics at the right time can be elevated to stardom.There was little about Zobrist’s early career that suggested breakout potential. He didn’t make his major league debut until he was 25 years old, a good six years later than the Mike Trouts and Bryce Harpers of the world. Drafted out of college with the 184th overall pick in 2004, Zobrist hit well in the minors1His career minor-league OPS (on-base plus slugging) was .885. but was older than his peers at almost every stop along the way. He certainly never made any top prospect lists and did little to impress in his first two MLB seasons. And although he flashed signs of potential — an .844 OPS (on-base plus slugging) with good power — as a part-time player during the Tampa Bay Rays’ magical 2008 World Series run, Zobrist wasn’t a major league regular until the following season, at age 28.All he did that season was lead the American League in wins above replacement (WAR).2Among position players. Then, two years later, he did himself one better, leading the entire majors. Over the 2009-12 period, he topped all major league position-players in WAR. Before the 2013 season, you could have made a case — on the basis of sabermetric statistics, at least — that Zobrist’s name belonged on the list of candidates for Best Player In Baseball, perhaps even at the top.WAR is Zobrist’s best friend, its modular nature being well-suited to detecting the strengths of Zobrist’s well-rounded game. Given Zobrist’s versatility, it’s no surprise that he fares best in a holistic metric whose components range from batting3Which uses Weighted Runs Created Plus (wRC+), that most advanced creature in the evolution of hitting metrics, as its basis. to baserunning, double-play avoidance, fielding quality by position and — perhaps most importantly — positional scarcity.Zobrist played eight different positions — everything but pitcher and catcher — for the Rays in 2009 and was better than average at darn near all of them. His defense alone added something like 2 to 2½ wins above average to Tampa Bay’s ledger during his best years there. (Amazingly, there’s even an argument to be made that WAR underrated Zobrist, because his position-switching theoretically freed up extra roster spots for his team.)Baseball scouts traditionally quantify a player’s worth by grading his “tools” in five categories: hitting ability, power, running speed, fielding and arm strength. But we can give that toolbox a bit of a modern makeover, evaluating a player’s core skills (contact- and power-hitting, plate patience, speed and defense4Measured, respectively, by strikeout rate, isolated power, walk rate, speed score and defensive WAR.) by setting his rate statistics relative to the league on a scale where 100 is average and 15 points represents one standard deviation of performance. After we do that, Zobrist shows up as one of the only “five-tool” players in MLB’s post-World War II era:Traditional forms of evaluation don’t properly appreciate a player like Zobrist. Even in his most valuable years, he hit just .268 with about 20 home runs and 85 RBIs per season. But with the growth and mainstream acceptance of sabermetrics, Zobrist came along at the right time for his particular mix of skills to be both comprehended and acknowledged.
The Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams are a fascinating exercise in modern NFL team-building. While their opponents in Atlanta, the dynastic New England Patriots, seldom break the bank for anybody other than quarterback Tom Brady — who has been under center for a record nine Super Bowls with the Pats — the Rams spent aggressively after the end of last season. They opened the pocketbook for homegrown stars such as Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley, who each signed massive extensions, and also made a handful of outside pickups, including Brandin Cooks, Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Dante Fowler Jr.All told, the spree left L.A. with 34 percent of its 2018 salary-cap dollars committed to returning veteran players on fresh extensions (tops among playoff teams) and an additional 22 percent of the cap spent on incoming veterans (third only to the Bears and Texans among playoff teams), according to data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. The result was a star-studded roster that many called the dreaded D-word — “dream team” — a label that has come to symbolize a roster concept that doesn’t always work in the NFL. But unlike previous dream-team iterations, the Rams have made it work, primarily by relying less on the newcomers and more on the talent they’ve developed. And that might provide a blueprint for future champions, if not exactly future dynasties. The dream-team paradigm has gone through several permutations over the years. In the era before the salary cap, star-powered rosters could stay together for many consecutive seasons, resulting in monstrous talent collections such as the Steel Curtain-era Pittsburgh Steelers (who had an absurd nine Hall of Famers on their roster in 1978) and even more recent teams such as Bill Walsh’s San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Johnson’s Dallas Cowboys. But the advent of free agency in 1993 — and the subsequent addition of the salary cap — made such dream teams more difficult to keep together, whether by pre-emptively forcing teams to let useful players go or penalizing for years teams that tried to skirt the cap by pushing player paydays into the future.More recent dream team attempts have been the subject of ridicule, such as when the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles signed a group of veteran free agents that included Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jason Babin and — of course — Vince Young. When Young was asked to describe Philly’s new squad, he infamously responded with a smile and two words: “dream team.” In the end, the Eagles went a disappointing 8-8, writing a cautionary tale for future free-agent spending sprees.But around the same time, the NFL’s current preferred team-building strategy began to come into focus as young, cheap (at the time) quarterbacks such as Baltimore’s Joe Flacco and Seattle’s Russell Wilson won Super Bowls. With a change to the league’s collective bargaining agreement significantly lowering the price tags on incoming rookie QBs, teams realized that they could use the draft to acquire the most important asset in football — a star quarterback — for a relatively low price and then trick out the rest of their roster with the savings. The dream team concept was reborn.Take the 2017 champion Eagles, who spent a combined 4.5 percent of the cap on signal-callers Carson Wentz and Nick Foles — the former of whom vied for league MVP honors before a knee injury ended his season and the latter of whom was the Super Bowl MVP. That Philly team was laden with non-QB talent, and many of its members were productive veterans (Ronald Darby, Jay Ajayi, Alshon Jeffery, Timmy Jernigan, etc.) who had been plucked from other teams.This season’s Rams have taken a version of that same formula and run with it even further. They got 40 total points of Approximate Value1Pro-Football-Reference.com’s single-number measure of player value. out of veteran newcomers, which would rank 10th among Super Bowl winners, and that was with Talib, Peters, Suh and Fowler all having relative down seasons.That last part makes the Rams a bit different from other successful dream teams of the past. The 1994 49ers, for instance, were jam-packed with talented veteran newcomers — including Rickey Jackson, Ken Norton Jr. and Bart Oates, each of whom posted double-digit AV the previous season. The crown jewel, of course, was Deion Sanders, who arrived from Atlanta in free agency. They were all meaningful contributors to the Niners’ Super Bowl win that season, most notably Sanders, who won defensive player of the year honors. Similarly, the 1999 St. Louis Rams picked up Marshall Faulk from the Indianapolis Colts, along with many other newcomers, and went on to win the Super Bowl thanks to Faulk’s NFL offensive player of the year season.2An MVP turn from QB Kurt Warner didn’t hurt, either.The 2018 Rams don’t have anyone with the instant impact of a Sanders or Faulk. But one thing that makes them intriguing is how they’ve supplemented the dream-teamers they do have with younger, cheaper talent. The average age (weighted by AV) for the 10 Super Bowl champs most laden with new veteran talent3Ages are as of Dec. 31 for each season. I used a quick-and-dirty calculation that multiplies together AV from the current and previous seasons for incoming veteran players, to capture both established production and current-season value. was 27.6 years old; for L.A. this season, that number is 26.8. The Rams’ four best players by AV — Gurley, Donald, Jared Goff and Robert Woods — are all 27 or younger, and none of them were among the newcomers L.A. brought in this season. (And only Donald and Gurley were playing on contracts guaranteeing more than $30 million.) Whereas yesterday’s dream teams rose or fell more on the performances of their incoming stars, the new formula for general manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay has been to use them as supplemental pieces to help support a young core.Not that the current Rams have nothing in common with their dream-team precursors, mind you. Even though teams have gotten much savvier about using contractual tricks to free up cap space and avoid the kind of “salary-cap hell” that, say, the 49ers found themselves in during the late 1990s, the Rams’ aggressive roster moves have still ratcheted up the pressure to win in a relatively short window of time. While most of the Rams’ key starters are still locked up in 2019 as well (with the exceptions of Suh, Cory Littleton and Rodger Saffold), they will begin facing tough salary constraints in the offseason before 2020 — when most of the current secondary and offensive line hits free agency — and particularly before 2021, when Goff will need to sign an extension. Compounding things, L.A. also traded away its second- and third-round draft picks this spring to snag Peters and Fowler.4On top of downgrading from the fourth round to the sixth in 2018 and losing a 2020 fifth-rounder. Even a smartly managed win-now strategy has an expiration date.But then again, so does every team-building tactic in the NFL — unless we’re talking about the Patriots. The Rams are exactly where they knew they’d need to be to justify their all-in roster strategy. They have the young stars and the veteran talent, plus the right coach to steer things in McVay. All that’s left is one more win to prove that dream teams are a viable way to build an NFL champion after all.
Jurgen Klopp admitted that he thought it was a “joke” when he was told of Barcelona’s shock elimination at the hands of AS Roma on TuesdayThe runaway La Liga leaders were shockingly defeated 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico by a Roma side benefiting from Eusebio Di Francesco’s tactical masterstroke in using a 3-4-1-2 formation to leave Barcelona exposed.Klopp, speaking after Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Manchester City ensured their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 5-1 aggregate victory, admitted that he initially did not believe it when he was told he could be next facing the Giallorossi.“I walked up the stairs and somebody told me [Roma had gone through] — I really thought it was a joke,” said the Liverpool coach, according to ESPN.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Not that I don’t respect Roma, the absolute opposite. They have a fantastic team — Edin Dzeko, wow. They lost Mo Salah and they are in the semis, that’s quite a big thing.“I cannot say anything about the game, I didn’t expect it before the game but I knew it was possible.“This competition is quite fair and I really think a normal final would have been Manchester City against Barcelona, and now they are both out.“But there will still be two other really strong teams in there plus Roma and us. We will see what happens but that’s not the thing I have to think about tonight.”
Jack Wilshere has admitted his frustration at missing out on England’s World Cup squad and believes that he “could have made a real impact” at RussiaThe midfielder was a notable absentee in Gareth Southgate’s final 23-man team for next month’s tournament, despite having been a regular at Arsenal this season.After struggling with injuries over the past few seasons. Wilshere has made 38 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners and was hopeful of being a part of Southgate’s plans.However, in the 26-year-old was forced to leave the England camp in the previous international break in February with an injury and evidently failed to convince the boss that he was ready for Russia.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Think it’s about time I had my say…,” Wilshere wrote on Twitter.“It goes without saying that I’m naturally incredibly disappointed to have been left out of the England squad for the World Cup. I’ve felt fit, sharp and strong all season and believe I should be in the squad!“And given the chance, I could have made a real impact.“However, I have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best for the tournament. I will always be an England fan and will be supporting the boys with the rest of the nation.”
Chelsea is likely to be Liverpool’s rival for signing Roma’s Alisson Becker after the deadlock talk for a new contract with their current goalie, Thibaut Courtois.Alisson, who was just signed by Roma in 2016, has suddenly caught every big clubs attention due to his impressive performance after guarding his team to the Champions League Semifinal last season. Roma will be apparently quite reluctant in releasing him less than £80 m to all the suitors.Skysports reported that Chelsea has grown frustrated to find Courtois’ potential replacement as the Belgian goalie is likely on his way out of Stamford Bridge. Real Madrid has been presumably his next target. Meanwhile, Alisson seems to be the perfect choice to rise the west London side after disappointing end last season by finishing only on the fifth at the standings and missing out Champions league next season in spite of winning FA Cup against Manchester United at Wembley last June.
The Sterling Highway is now open while the Skilak Lake Road remains closed. Construction will resume on the highway and pilot cars and flaggers will be used in these areas. Continue to drive with caution in the fire area. Minimal fire activity with isolated pockets of torching with some surface fire was reported on the fire line yesterday. Similar fire behavior is expected for today’s operations. Yesterday, a new fire progression map was made. Note, that the acreage on that map was not updated to our current 162,328. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 6:55am:Last night an infrared flight was flown. This flight indicated an increase in 149 acres. The Swan Lake Fire in now 162,328 acres. Original Post: 6am: The Swan Lake Fire remains at 162,179 acres with 719 personnel assigned, and at 29% containment. Firefighters are utilizing the overnight moisture to assist in mop up operations to further contain the fire. Dan Nelson, Incident Manager with the Kenai Peninsula Borough: “Make sure that you are ready to evacuate or take action as needed. However, this shows a good significant shift in fire behavior, and it show that the crews have made good progress in getting those areas contained.” Chainsaw and mop up operations are being conducted on the southwest side near Sterling to clean up tree debris along the fires edge from past wind events, so be aware when driving through the area. Travelers will see smoke and downed trees while passing through the fire area. Fire crews may also be working along the road cleaning up trees that have fallen so drivers are encouraged to drive safely and remain alert. The reduced fire activity allows firefighters to build line closer to the fire’s edge, south of Resurrection Pass Trail. The priority is to reduce potential fire spread toward Cooper Landing, if fire activity picks up again. Chipping operations will continue in the Cooper Landing area to reduce slash and larger debris material.A joint community meeting was held in both Sterling and Cooper Landing last night to update the residents on the current status of the fire and the downgrade of evacuation status for both communities. All restrictions for outdoor activities due to air quality, and activity related travel between Sterling and Cooper Landing on Sterling Highway were removed effective on Tuesday for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Cooper Landing School will reopen Wednesday on a normal schedule. In a letter from the district, thank you to everyone for your patience throughout the past 14 days while these restrictions were in place for student and staff safety.