Christian wrecks Leicester’s Christmas

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool’s Christian Benteke (C) celebrates scoring during an English Premier League football match against Leicester City on December 26, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLIVERPOOL, December 25- Christian Benteke’s second-half strike made all the difference as Liverpool beat Premier League leaders Leicester City in a 1-0 victory at Anfield on Saturday.This was Leicester’s second visit to Merseyside inside a week after last Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Everton but they went home empty-handed this time around following an encounter that Liverpool dominated. Liverpool went into this contest having picked up a solitary point from their last three matches and manager Jurgen Klopp was only too aware that a victory was needed if their resurgence since the German’s arrival was to continue.In a bright opening period, Liverpool went closest after just three minutes when Philippe Coutinho’s curling effort from 25 yards just drifted wide of Kasper Schmeichel’s far post.Although Liverpool could not break down Leicester’s defence early on, they appeared the more composed side as Coutinho and Emre Can pulled the strings going forward.However, Leicester’s resolute defence has been a highlight of their season and Wes Morgan and Robert Huth, back in the side after a hamstring problem, both remained strong at the back.After 15 minutes, Coutinho again had a decent opportunity but blasted over following impressive work from Divock Origi while Adam Lallana then thrashed wide just 60 seconds later as Liverpool surged forward.Can was the next Liverpool player to threaten as Schmeichel had to be at his best to keep out his low curling effort before Origi also went close at the near post.Leicester barely had any possession and could not unleash Premier League top-scorer Jamie Vardy on the home side to any effect while Riyad Mahrez and Shinji Okazaki were equally as quiet.Liverpool’s quest for goals was not helped, however, when Origi had to come off with seven minutes of the first half remaining but the fact that £32.5m striker Benteke replaced him underlined the strength in depth Klopp has at his disposal.Leicester’s best chance in the opening 45 minutes fell towards half-time as Mahrez’s trickery led him inside the Liverpool box but Simon Mignolet –- back in the side after missing last weekend’s 3-0 loss to Watford -– did well to turn the shot over the crossbar.In the second half, Benteke continued to be a nuisance to Huth and Morgan while Can and Coutinho also probed the away team’’s defence until, finally, Benteke gave Liverpool the lead after 63 minutes.Roberto Firmino’s low cross from the left was met by Benteke first time and he slid his effort past Schmeichel.Leicester desperately pushed for an equaliser and Liverpool had Mignolet to thank for a brilliant point-blank save from Nathan Dyer with 16 minutes remaining.Anfield became increasingly nervy as the end approached yet both teams, to their credit, continued to push forward whenever they could.Can smashed one effort high into the Kop from outside the box while Mahrez continued to run hard for Leicester in a bid to break down Liverpool at the back.As the end approached, a long throw by Christian Fuchs caused confusion in the Liverpool box but Mignolet recovered well but that was as close as Leicester got.Henderson then squandered one glorious chance late on as he opted to pass rather than shoot with the Leicester goal at his mercy before Benteke did the same in the dying seconds and although that enraged Anfield, Liverpool’s fans ultimately went home happy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Olympian coming to Bert Ambrose to celebrate completion of Classroom Champions program

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canadian Olympian Alysia Rissling will be at Bert Ambrose Elementary School tomorrow to celebrate the student’s completion of the Classroom Champions program.Rissling’s two-woman bobsled team placed sixth at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. Rissling also won her first World Cup bronze medal at the PyeongChang 2018 test event earlier this year.The program pairs teachers with Canadian and U.S. Olympians, as well as Paralympians who use video lessons and live video chats to engage students and encourage them to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big. Classroom Champions is the first program of its kind to bring elite athletes into schools in hopes to make students, families, classrooms and mentors better to build strong communities today.- Advertisement -Classroom Champions have increased the availability of the program by offering more chances to join with scholarships and self-funded routes.The Classroom Champions ceremony will start at 5:00 p.m. and go until 7:00 p.m. at Bert Ambrose.last_img read more

Web users leave privacy worries behind

first_imgBetween Facebook and MySpace ? and an onslaught of confessional TV talk shows, you have to wonder if the concept of personal privacy is an anachronism. A Silicon Valley startup is betting that it is. Pudding Media is testing a free Internet phone service. The catch is that the company’s software eavesdrops on the conversation and, in response to certain keywords, posts related ads on the caller’s computer screen. The example generally given is that a conversation about going out to dinner and a movie will cause ads for restaurants and films to pop up on the screen. The advertisers pay based on the number of clicks on their ads. To more tightly focus the ads, Pudding Media asks for the subscriber’s sex, age and ZIP code, among other details. ? Google already monitors its Gmail for information of interest to advertisers without a great deal of outcry. Pudding Media CEO Ariel Maislos told The New York Times that young people are less concerned with privacy than older people and that “the trade-off of getting personalized content versus privacy is a concept that is accepted in the world.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sadly, he’s probably right. – Dale McFeatters Scripps Howard News Service last_img read more

Health officials say most young children in need of flu shot

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – Far too few young children get annual flu shots, particularly those who are most at risk of serious illness or death because they have asthma or other chronic diseases. A survey released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only about one-third of children between age 6 months and 2 years get a flu vaccination. A different survey, conducted by state health departments, says about 48 percent of children in that same age group are getting their flu vaccine. “The real message is, no matter what survey you look at, we’re nowhere near protecting the number of children that we’re supposed to,” said Dr. Jeanne Santoli, a pediatrician at the CDC. This year, medical experts have expanded the age range of children who should be vaccinated. Health officials now say children between 6 months and 5 years should get flu shots; previously the range was 6 months to 2 years. Many parents may not be aware of the change. Regardless of age, if children have such chronic conditions as asthma or diabetes, they should get a flu vaccine. However, only about a third of children in the high-risk categories do. The primary reason for the low vaccination rates is that many Americans don’t take flu seriously. Less than half of the people who responded to a consumer survey plan to be immunized against the flu this year, says the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. Of that group, 43 percent did not think the flu was serious enough to warrant vaccination. Many others, 46 percent, worried that getting a vaccine would cause them to get sick. Occasionally, people getting the vaccine experience a mild fever and fatigue for a day, but recipients cannot get the flu from the vaccine. “That’s a very persistent myth, but a myth nonetheless,” said Dr. William Schaffner, a professor at Vanderbilt University. This year, a vaccine shortage won’t be a credible excuse for failure to get a shot. More than 100 million doses of vaccine will be available – the most ever. The dosages are available as a shot or through nasal spray. “Vaccine that remains in the refrigerator cannot prevent influenza,” Schaffner said. The stakes are high when it comes to the flu, said officials who attended a press conference designed to raise awareness of the illness. It kills about 36,000 people each year and puts more than 200,000 people in the hospital. Most of the deaths and serious cases are among the elderly. Officials noted that the government pays for influenza vaccination for Medicare beneficiaries, yet only about two-thirds of seniors get a flu vaccine. The vaccine is one way the Bush administration is trying to get beneficiaries to focus on preventing disease, said Dr. Mark McClellan, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “What we have here is another example of a prevention gap,” McClellan said. Officials are also trying to get the word out to families that children ages 2 to 5 have been added to the list of groups that should get vaccinated. For that age group, officials noted the flu leads to a higher rate of clinic and emergency room visits than do other illnesses. While children under the age of 6 months should not get vaccinated, it’s important that their siblings and parents do. First-ever vaccination of a young child requires two separate doses. Other priority groups for vaccination include: all people 50 and older, all people with chronic conditions such as diabetes and AIDS who are older than 6 months of age, all pregnant women and all health care workers. Each year, reports of a vaccine shortage invariably flare up as doctors report not being able to get all of the vaccine that they ordered the previous February. Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the CDC, said there is often a mismatch in the early part of the season with some health care providers getting too many doses, and some not enough. However, overall, there should be plenty of vaccine this year.last_img read more