Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool & Man Utd

first_imgTottenham v Sheffield UnitedSpurs thumped Crvena Zvezda in midweek and it was great to see Son Heung-min score two after his involvement in Andre Gomes’ horrific injury last Sunday. But the 1-1 draw at Everton was another example of Spurs blowing a lead and they need to beat Sheffield United. It won’t be easy, as United are going great, but I have a feeling Spurs can do it.Dimitar’s prediction: 3-0. Comment Betfair Exchange Odds Burnley 11/8, Draw 11/4, West Ham 9/4 Liverpool v Manchester CityWhoever plays in goal for Manchester City won’t be too much of a concern for Pep Guardiola, as he has faith in Ederson’s understudy Claudio Bravo. The City manager will be aiming to come away from Anfield with three points on Sunday. It will be tight, and the first half could be a tactical chess match, but I’m backing City to nick this one and blow the title race wide open.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-2. Betfair Exchange Odds Wolves 20/21, Draw 11/4, Aston Villa 7/2 Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool & Man Utd Newcastle v BournemouthI had a feeling Newcastle would raise their game for the trip to West Ham last Saturday and so it proved with Steve Bruce’s men holding on to win 3-2. Bournemouth upset the odds by beating Manchester United but, with a long trip to the north east, I can see them coming unstuck against this gutsy Magpies team.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-0. Advertisement Betfair Exchange Odds Southampton 2/1, Draw 5/2, Everton 8/5 Betfair Exchange Odds Manchester United 5/7, Draw 11/4, Brighton 11/2 Betfair Exchange Odds Tottenham 5/8, Draw 6/5, Sheffield United 11/2 Betfair Exchange Odds Newcastle 7/4, Draw 12/5, Bournemouth – 15/4 Dimitar Berbatov previews another blockbuster weekend of Premier League action (Pictures: REX/Metro.co.uk)Our Premier League clubs enjoyed a productive week in Europe but attention returns to domestic action this weekend.Liverpool’s heavyweight summit meeting with reigning champions Manchester City at Anfield tops the bill with Jurgen Klopp’s side presented with an opportunity to take a potentially decisive nine-point lead into the international break.Elsewhere, Chelsea are strong favourites to continue their rapid progress under Frank Lampard with what would be a sixth straight win when they host Crystal Palace, while it could be curtains for Unai Emery if his under-performing Arsenal side drop more points at rampant Leicester.Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Bebatov reviews the action exclusively for Metro.co.uk…AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTChelsea v Crystal PalaceIt’s five league wins in a row for Chelsea and their stunning comeback against Ajax will have felt like a victory. But you have to remember Ajax had two players sent off and ask why Chelsea let themselves go 4-1 down at home in the first place. Against Crystal Palace, the Blues will concede again and it will be close.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-1.center_img Betfair Exchange odds Chelsea 4/11, Draw 9/2, Crystal Palace 9/1 Betfair Exchange Odds Leicester 21/20, Draw 14/5, Arsenal 14/5 For more from Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Berbatov head to www.betfair.com/berbatov and to find out more about the new Betfair Exchange ‘How to Hub’ head to www.betfair.com/howtoexchangeMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Betfair Exchange Odds Liverpool 13/8, Draw 11/4, Manchester City 9/5 Southampton v EvertonSaints lost their last home match in the league 9-0 against the excellent Leicester. They showed more fight, and better organisation in going down 2-1 away to Man City last weekend, and I reckon they can bounce back again on Saturday. Everton are really struggling so I expect a draw here.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-1. Burnley v West HamLast week, the Clarets became the latest team to be outplayed at Brammall Lane, losing 3-0 to a strong Sheffield United team. Burnley should be much better at Turf Moor on Saturday but West Ham come to Lancashire needing a result.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-1. Leicester v ArsenalWhat is Brendan Rodgers telling his players in training? What are they eating? Whatever it is, the results are there for all to see with Leicester flying in the Premier League this season. That man Jamie Vardy scored against last weekend and I can see him getting amongst the goals against a struggling Arsenal team that played in the Europa League in midweek (albeit on Wednesday).Dimitar’s prediction: 2-1. Dimitar BerbatovFriday 8 Nov 2019 10:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link379Shares Advertisement Wolves v Aston VillaWolves played well and won in the Europa League on Thursday. The question is, will they be tired when they host west Midlands rivals Aston Villa, who were unlucky against Liverpool last week, on Sunday? I have a feeling Wolves might struggle against Villa and am going for the away win.AdvertisementAdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 2-1. Man U v BrightonBrighton sit above United in the table but it’s still difficult for me to contemplate anything other than a home victory when the Reds play at Old Trafford. Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all scored in midweek which should be good for their confidence. United need to put the fear factor back into their performances, especially at home.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0.last_img read more

UK pensions regulator raises option of master-trust licensing regime

first_img“And one of the things I’m particularly concerned about – because of this impact on members if these schemes go down – is [the introduction of] some sort of living will.”Both TPR and the UK government have stepped up their rhetoric around master trust regulation, with Warwick-Thompson telling IPE in January that the regulator needed to “think very hard about how we prevent more master trusts coming into the market”.His comments came shortly before Harriett Baldwin, economic secretary to the Treasury, said new regulation of the market would be introduced “as soon as practically possible”. Warwick-Thompson told the TISA event that the absence of thorough checks of business plans for master trust providers, or examinations of their capitalisation, were “anomalous” when compared with the scrutiny other pension product providers were placed under prior to launch.Market consolidationNigel Waterson, chair of trustees at Now Pensions, which previously backed the idea of licensing providers eligible for auto-enrolment contributions, echoed Warwick-Thompson’s remarks by saying the master trust market was “ludicrously active”. Waterson, shadow pensions minister at the time the launch of auto-enrolment and the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) was legislated for, said the feared market failure that led to the creation of NEST had not occurred.Instead, the large number of master trusts – more than 100 are known to the regulator, of which 73 are active – will need to come down, with Waterson suggesting the regulator act as a “marriage broker” in the coming years.Waterson also seemed to accept the need for capital adequacy requirements but insisted that, if such steps were taken, then NEST could not be exempt from the regulation. The UK Pensions Regulator (TPR) has raised the possibility of a new licensing regime for master trusts, as it believes mandating the use of the master trust assurance framework will fail to address the “key problem” facing the market.Andrew Warwick-Thompson, executive director for regulatory policy at TPR, said the idea of making the voluntary framework mandatory would not go far enough in regulating the market, or address the regulator’s key concerns about low barriers of entry into the market.He stressed that any regulatory change was a matter for Parliament to decide, noting that calls for TPR to make the framework mandatory were falling on deaf ears because it did not have the requisite powers to introduce such a change.Discussing the options for the stricter regulation of master trusts, Warwick-Thompson said at an event organised by the Tax-incentivised Savings Association: “The options will possibly be some sort of licensing, possibly some sort of enhanced supervision, possibly some sort of capital adequacy.last_img read more

Wellington track invite tonight; Rogers signs; JV golfers at Tex Consolver; and latest baseball/softball league standings

first_imgArk Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV Clearwater4-212-4 Augusta5-39-5 Wellington4-27-7 W. Collegiate5-39-7 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington fans will get a chance to see the high school track team in action today with the Wellington Invitational. Micah Rogers has signed a letter of intent to Labette County, the junior varsity golf team played in the Goddard Eisenhower Invitational at Tex Consolver Golf Course and the latest standings of the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV for baseball and softball accumulated…•••••Wellington InvitationalThe high school invitational will be held today at Wellington. Teams participating include: Belle Plaine, Caldwell, Conway Springs, Mulvane, Rose Hill, South Haven, Circle and Wellington.The schedule for the meet is as follows:3:15 – Boys and girls javelin, and high jump.3:45 – Field events (no finals).4:30 – 4×800 relays5:15 p.m. – All other running events (there will be no preliminaries for any event).•••••Micah Roger signsWellington High School senior Micah Rogers signed to play volleyball at Labette County Community College Thursday morning at the WHS Library. Present with Rogers for the signing were her parents Brian and Krista Pottier and WHS head volleyball coach Cherity Elder. The scholarship at Labette includes tuition and books. Photo was taken by Steve Sturgis.Micah Rogers signs with Labette.•••••Junior Varsity golf Wellington scored a 232 at the Tex Consolver Golf Course Thursday. In nine holes of golf, Will Long had a 61, Brock Edwards 49, Jessica  Reyes 60, Jake Leverich 62 for a 322 total. Maize won the tournament with a 180.•••••Latest Ark Valley – Chisholm Trail League Div. IV standings: Wellington4-48-6 Andale/GP2-48-6 Andale/GP8-012-2 Circle0-83-11 Clearwater0-83-11 Boys Baseball Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down john s · 327 weeks ago good job Report Reply 0 replies · active 327 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Augusta6-012-2 Circle0-62-10 Girls Softball   LeagueOveralllast_img read more

No-confidence motion timely and opportune

first_imgDear Editor,The ‘No-Confidence’ motion filed against the APNU/AFC Coalition Government is timely and opportune, since corruption and mismanagement of public funds are at its zenith. The entire economy is in a downward spiral, crimes are on the increase, jailbreaks have now become the norm, and the entire social fabric is disintegrating.It must be noted that unlike the motion brought by the Leader of the Opposition Dr Jagdeo, the ‘no-confidence’ motion brought against the Ramotar Administration in August 2014, was contrived solely to wrest power by deliberately creating the ‘reasons’. That motion, presented by Moses Nagamootoo read, ‘BE IT RESOLVED: That this National Assembly has no confidence in the Government’.The ‘no-confidence’ motion was to protest the spending of some $22.5 million without parliamentary approval, on items ranging from school stipends to an airport expansion project. This ‘scissoring’ of the budget was initiated by Moses Nagamootoo, the same person who piloted the ‘no-confidence’ motion in Parliament! That $22.5 billion was the restoration of monies cut from the budget for the Amerindian Development Fund (ADF), hinterland airports, the University of Guyana student loan programme, vouchers for public school students, and the One Laptop for Family Project.The second reason, was the non-transfer of monies to the Consolidated Fund, which was held, legally, by semi-autonomous agencies, and the third reason, was a procedural breach in the $4 billion transferred to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), and allegations of corruption. However, the Opposition Leader has maintained that, ‘They have not proven any of these issues so far.’We have now seen that these allegations of procedural breaches are nothing when compared to what is happening under the Coalition Government. It must be recalled that the budget cuts during Ramotar’s Administration were meant to frustrate the functioning of the Ramotar Administration, to stymie social and economic development and to oust the PPP/C from power. The Budget was cut in 2014 by $37.4 billion, 2013 by $31 billion and 2012 by $21 billion. Those cuts were unconscionable and illegal to say the least! They were never proven to be illegal! Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled that the National Assembly has no right to cut the National Budget, and the National Assembly has a role to either approve or disapprove the National Estimates, not to reduce them. Yet they were used as reasons to bring down a democratically elected Government. Compare this with the intent and purpose of the PPP/C’s ‘no-confidence’ motion.We have seen, that until now, the US$18 million signing bonus which was the subject of many deceptive statements from the Finance Minister and his government, is yet to be included in the Consolidated Account. The D’urban Park Project, in which over $1.3 billion was spent, is yet to be fully accounted for; the many breaches of the Procurement Act ($605 million sole-sourcing of drugs at the GHPC and the $148 million Demerara Harbour Bridge feasibility study, etc); taxpayers losing more than $1 billion in 2017 due to overpayments to contractors; payments for goods without vouchers, and payments for goods that were not delivered; unaccountability of more than $1 billion spent by the Amerindian Ministry; the numerous cases of poor accountability highlighted in the Auditor General’s report 2017; the loss of more than 30,000 jobs; the devastation of the sugar sector and the impoverishment of the dismissed workers, and the negative ripple effects; the exorbitant increases in over 200 taxes, placing an additional $60 billion tax burden on the people and businesses; reckless and wasteful borrowing(over 200 billion); spiraling corruption at all levels of Government; decreasing budgetary allocations vital for agriculture and infrastructural developments; massive increases in various criminal activities including frequent jail breaks and increasing police brutality. How can there be any confidence when our treasury is being raided on a daily basis and we, the taxpayers, continue to receive less but are demanded to pay more.The people have spoken at the Local Government Elections (LGE) as is evidenced both by those who voted and those who abstained. The APNU and the AFC must not be fooled that the reason for the poor turnout at the Local Government Election (LGE) was because voter-education was lacking. Those who stayed at home did that intentionally. The voters’ apathy displayed was a result of the high cost of living, retrogressing living standards and lack of public security. These persons would willingly take part in a General Election to change the obstacles to the ‘good life’ sooner than 2020. On the other hand, those who have voted sent a stronger and graphic message to the APNU and the AFC that ‘enough is enough’ and it’s time to go!The masses have lost confidence! Therefore, the ‘no-confidence’ is definitely most opportune.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

China, India Commit to Liberia Recovery Agenda

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has disclosed that the People’s Republic of China and India have committed themselves to helping Liberia recover from the lashes of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).Speaking upon her return from what she described as successful trip to the two top Asian countries, President Sirleaf noted that the countries have made huge commitments that would be of great impacts to the development drive of Liberia, but only when Liberians are willing to fulfill their end of the agreement.President Sirleaf made the comments at the Sinkor Assembly of God Church during a Thanksgiving Service in commemoration of her 77th birth anniversary and successful mission and safe return to the country.President Sirleaf visited India, where she formed part of the 54 African Heads of States that attended the India-Africa Summit; there after paying a lengthy state visit to China where she met with that country’s authorities and business community. President Sirleaf said at the Thanksgiving service that the governments of India and China have committed themselves to support Liberia’s development efforts, but Liberians must be prepared to help themselves.“Unless we demonstrate the preparedness to help ourselves, others won’t do for us,” she said.The President said she would reveal the contents of her agreements with the leaders of the two countries when she addresses the nation this week.The two countries, she said, resolved that Liberia will remain one of the nations with which they will remain fully engaged.Reports indicated that while President Sirleaf was in China, she held bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, discussed several areas of partnership and cooperation and sign three bilateral agreements.China’s State Council Premier, Li Keqiang assured President Sirleaf that all outstanding projects in Liberia, which include the construction of a Ministerial Complex, Annex to National Legislature and the refurbishment of the nation’s major soccer stadium-the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, will be fully implemented as scheduled. He said the implementation of these projects will begin shortly.“We are well informed about Liberia’s history and characteristics and recalled that China was far worse than Liberia after its own wars,” said Premier Keqiang during a meeting with President Sirleaf in Beijing.He assured President Sirleaf that China was ready to help Liberia in the health sector. He said that investment in agriculture in addition to fisheries, wood processing and manufacturing complemented by a massive re-planting program as well as the establishment of processing industries to add value to the many natural resources the country is endowed with can certainly transform the country.Premier Keqiang indicated that China has effective technologies for high yield in agro-business and rice production which, when harnessed, can help Liberia create jobs for the young people, ensure food sufficiency and achieve food security. He expressed the hope that China-Liberia relations can be of mutual benefits or a win-win situation for both countries.He assured her of a very productive relationship between China and Liberia on the one hand and China and Africa on the other, and praised President Sirleaf for the excellent leadership demonstrated with national and international support to defeat Ebola.He noted that President Sirleaf has taken China-Liberia relations very seriously since her ascendency, adding that China appreciates her.The visit to China was President Sirleaf’s second State Visit since she took up the country leadership 2006 and was described by the Chinese leader as “very successful.”Meanwhile, President Sirleaf told the gathering at the A.G Church that her visits afforded Liberia the opportunity to appreciate how those countries are tackling poverty, and learn from their experiences in terms of how they have transformed in just two decades and are now vying for super-powership.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more