Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career

first_imgFormer Lady Eagles saddened by Ateneo-Bundit drama Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jayjay Helterbrand was ready to call it a career last season.But after Ginebra ended their eight-year title drought with a conquest of the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup, he felt he had another year in him.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES READ: Adrenaline-fueled Tenorio dedicates Finals MVP trophy to Helterbrand“It was awesome to be able to play in front of all the people who’s been there for my entire career, the people who have supported Ginebra throughout the years, and to win it for them is amazing.”However, Helterbrand said that he may have ended his playing career but that doesn’t mean that he’s step away from the game for good.“I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still be around,” he promised.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We won the championship and I knew we could do it again, so I stayed for another year,” he said.READ: Jayjay Helterbrand announces retirementFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd the Gin Kings made sure that Helterbrand made the right decision after completing the title repeat in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, giving their longtime playmaker the rightful sendoff he deserves.“It came to life that we won again and I think this is a perfect time for me to hang it up,” said Helterbrand, who wrapped up his 17-year career with six titles with Ginebra and a Most Valuable Player award in the 2009 season. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “What a better way to go out and winning two championships. For me, I think it’s the perfect time. I had a great career, no regrets, and I’m happy where I am right now. I’m just really excited to see what the future holds.”READ: Helterbrand to sign one-year extension with GinebraJayjay Helterbrand. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe 41-year-old Helterbrand admitted that he didn’t expect to reap all of these accolades when he entered the league as a direct hire in 2000.“I had no expectations on how my career was going to be. All I wanted to do was play. I didn’t think that I’ll be one of the top players of all time in the PBA and it’s amazing to win these many championships,” he said.Now considered as one of the 40 greatest players of the PBA, Helterbrand could look back on his successful career, with his last memory being the record 54,086 fans cheering in jubilation at Philippine Arena to celebrate the Gin Kings’ Game 7 conquest.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

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Knicks trade center Willy Hernangomez to Hornets

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2017, file photo, New York Knicks’ Willy Hernangomez dunks against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of a NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)NEW YORK— The New York Knicks were scouting Kristaps Porzingis ahead of the 2015 draft when they noticed one of his teammates in Spain.Willy Hernangomez eventually joined Porzingis in New York, and after his promising rookie season both were considered key pieces for the team’s future.ADVERTISEMENT The deal came hours after the Knicks lost Porzingis to a torn ACL. There was thought after the injury that Hernangomez could finally get back into the rotation in his friend’s place, but the Knicks instead decided to deal him.They were teammates in Seville and after the Knicks took Porzingis with the No. 4 pick, they acquired Hernangomez’s rights after Philadelphia drafted him at No. 35.Hernangomez averaged 8.2 points and 7.0 rebounds last season and was voted to the All-Rookie first team. But the Spanish national team player couldn’t get on the floor this season, appearing in just 26 games and averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds.O’Bryant averaged 4.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 40 appearances with the Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Now Porzingis is headed for surgery and Hernangomez is on his way to Charlotte.The Knicks traded Hernangomez to the Hornets on Wednesday in a deal that brings back second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts, plus forward Johnny O’Bryant.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 folkHernangomez was an all-rookie selection last season and had been identified by team management during the summer as a one of the young players to build around. But the Knicks then acquired Enes Kanter from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony trade and Hernangomez fell to third in the center rotation behind Kanter and Kyle O’Quinn.“He showed last season that he can contribute when given the opportunity and we believe that the added depth he provides will benefit our frontcourt rotation,” Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a statement. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Drummond, Griffin leads Pistons over Netslast_img read more

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UNMIL Drawdown, Ebola Recovery Top EU-Liberia Dialogue

first_imgThe Government of Liberia and the European Union have held their 3rd Political Dialogue in Monrovia with specific credence given to the ongoing drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the government’s plans for the transition and for the post-Ebola recovery exercise.Also highlighted was the Universal Periodic Human Rights Review. Updates were also provided on the Ebola recovery and stabilization plans. Discussions were also held on the long-term issue of the Schengen visas issuance in Liberia and the Special Senatorial elections held last year.The dialogue, which was held under the theme, “Governance, Security and Justice” took place yesterday at the C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. Auditorium, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The Liberia delegation was led by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, while the EU team was led by its Ambassador Tiina Intelmann. Present also were several Ambassadors of EU member states accredited to Liberia.Several high profile representatives from several ministries and agencies of the Liberian government including the Ministries of Finance and Development Planning, Justice, and others were there.Speaking at the opening of the dialogue, Minister Ngafuan said since the launch of the dialogue three years ago, it has been a major milestone in the EU-Liberia relations, “Since then we have successfully staged two productive dialogues; on November 22, 2012 and February 17, 2014.”He disclosed that preceding the dialogue were several key events, such as the signing of the Forest Governance and Trade Agreement, the EU-Africa summit and the High Level International conference on Ebola hosted by the EU.He made mention of the 279 million Euros development agreement signed between the EU and Liberia at the Ebola conference at the High Level Ebola conference under the EU National Indicator Program (NIP) for the 11th EU Development Fund in Liberia.“We note with appreciation that this funding will address key areas that are vital to our development, spanning six years 2014-2020,” Minister Ngafuan said.He noted that the EU has always been a friend to Liberia, investing greatly in infrastructure, security, human right, agriculture, energy and education.He indicated that the EU has contributed more than 1.2 billion Euros to the overall fight against Ebola to which Liberia has significantly benefitted.“And as a nation, we will remain appreciative to EU member states within the context of the Paris Club, who were very gracious in cancelling a significant portion of our debts. Furthermore, we acknowledge with esteem that the EU prides itself as the highest contributor to Liberia’s budget; a position it has maintained for many years,” Minister Ngafuan said.Ambassador Intelmann spoke of the works that the EU has been involved in with the Liberian government, especially during the Ebola crisis where her organization helped greatly in ensuring that the virus is brought under control.She called for more efforts to strengthen the partnership and make it stronger. She spoke of her unwavering support through the EU to make sure that the EU meets with commitments with the government.Meanwhile, the EU-Liberia Political Dialogue is in line with Article 8 of the Cotonou Agreement, which states that the EU and member states of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries (which include Liberia) shall regularly engage in a comprehensive, balanced and deep political dialogue leading to commitments on both sides.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ganja possession lands man in court

first_imgThirty-four-year-old Dwight Pindar on Monday found himself before Georgetown Magistrate Judy Latchman to answer to a charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.Pindar appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he denied that on October 26, 2018, he had in his possession five grams of cannabis while he was at Regent Street, Georgetown.Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris told the court that on October 26, Police ranks were conducting a raid on Regent Street, when the defendant was seen acting in a suspicious manner. A search was conducted on his person and two ziplock bags containing what was suspected to be cannabis were found in his pants pocket. He was cautioned, arrested and later charged for the present offence. The Police Prosecutor made no objections to bail. The defendant was released on $10,000 bail. The case will continue on October 31, 2018.last_img read more

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Mayor also blames Georgetown residents for flooding

first_img“When flooding happens, [it] is not only the Mayor and City Council, [it] is our people also contributing to it,” Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine said on Monday as he pointed accusing fingers at the residents of Georgetown.The environs of the Georgetown Public Hospital flooded during the rainy seasonMayor of Georgetown, Ubraj NarinePointing out that City Hall is not the only party to be blamed for flooding, Narine, during the Council’s Statutory Meeting on Monday, called on residents of the city to desist from littering as he lamented the fact that the recent flash floods in the city could have been worse.While making this appeal, the Mayor revealed that during a recent cleanup activity in Georgetown, a host of items such as sofa sets and old pieces of cloth were among other things that clogged the drainage system.“So far we were able to get off most of the water and the reason why the water was in the city as well for a very long time, many of the areas was clogged with plastic bottles, plastic bags, old cloths and even chair! Chair! We had to get and get people to send down to take out these things them,” Narine said.Further, the Mayor said he understands that several other areas, such as the East Coast of Demerara were affected by accumulated water. He highlighted the work of the Council’s Deputy Engineer, who was reportedly working tirelessly to ensure the water runs off in a timely manner.Narine called on residents in the city to work along with the Council to keep the city in a “proper condition”.Last weekend, Guyana Times visited parts of the capital city where it was observed that several inches of water had accumulated in key sections, including the environs of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).In other sections, the trenches and canals could not have been differentiated from the roads due to the buildup of water around the city.The Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, also told this publication on Wednesday that drainage works in the capital city were ongoing to ensure that floodwaters recede as the Ministry prepares for upcoming spring tides.This is although some $163 million was spent in April by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) to assist in reducing the occurrence of flooding.In April, Guyana Times reported on the costly project undertaken by the NDIA to reduce flooding in Georgetown.It was revealed that three high-capacity mobile drainage pumps would be installed at Church Street, Sussex Street, and Ruimveldt to assist in reducing flooding.The NDIA stated that the contracts have been approved for the cleaning of the city’s drainage channels, with manual cleaning operations totalling $71.9 million and mechanical cleaning operations totalling $91.6 million.However, in May, when the rainy season kicked in, several sections of the capital city were flooded despite the costly works. A study conducted by a European firm, Vivid Economics, had found that some $1.3 billion is lost every year in Georgetown as a result of flooding.The lead consultant from the agency, Charlie Dixon, shared a few findings during his presentation, which indicated that the vast sum is not only is a reason for concern presently but also in years to come, as it is expected to increase significantly with oil production.last_img read more

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Pomeroon coconut company to go public

first_img…shares to be sold on local Stock Exchange MarketLocal agri-business Pomeroon Trading is looking to share its success and growth with Guyanese investors, now that the company recently announced its plans to list shares on the Guyana Stock Exchange Market.Chief Operating Officer Jared KissoonThe company is a grower and processor of coconuts and spices, and has been in operation since 2017 along the Pomeroon River.This Initial-Public-Offering (IPO) will make the company just one of three companies to successfully join the Guyana Stock Exchange over the last decade and will be the first agri-business on the exchange. In an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Chief Operating Officer Jared Kissoon explained that the listing of shares is timely for the local firm and will give Guyanese an opportunity to invest in a local company, which is guaranteed to expand.Some of the company’s coconut plants“Basically, giving Guyanese a chance to invest into a local company, invest into a local business, and invest back into Guyana. It’s a massive opportunity notwithstanding the opportunity that they have as a very sound investment for their money in terms of seeing their money grow over a period of time with a respected and reputable company,” he stated.The company shares will be sold at a price of US$7.50 per share for any new investor who wishes to invest in the company, but according to Kissoon, the return rate per share will be similar to those of other agri-businesses, which is estimated to be around 25 per cent.“Early investors last year got in at 6.00 dollar per share they’re currently trading, we’re gonna release them at 7.50 dollar per share that’s a modest increase in share value…again, we are an operating business, so in terms of dividend pay-outs, we will be commensurate with other agri-business companies throughout the region which is between 22 to 25 per cent,” Kissoon notedPomeroon Trading, as a company, is also involved in estate rehabilitation— which includes replanting with more efficient coconuts varieties, building a coconut nursery for seedlings, and implementing an intercropping programme spanning from bananas to ginger. Some of the main by-products include copra and processed spice. In the near future, we plan to invest in additional processing facilities including coconut water and tropical fruitsInvestors wishing to participate in the listing, via the company’s agent, Guyana Americas Merchant Bank, may receive copies of management presentations and materials. There will also be open-house sessions with company management held at Cara Lodge in Georgetown on Thursday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 18 from 17:00h to 18:30h.last_img read more

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Sugar workers strike at Albion, Wales Estates

first_imgAfter an announcement that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) will not be considering wage increases for workers until 2020, the workers united in a one-day strike to express their disapproval on Thursday.These sugar workers are demanding better treatmentAt the Albion Estate, the workers demonstrated their disagreement with the position GuySuCo has taken by staging a protest. Close to 70 workers held placards bearing anti-GuySuCo slogans and chanted, “No money, no wuk”, along the Corentyne Highway.According to Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) General Council Member Fizal Inderdat, the claims being made by GuySuCo are “unrealistic”.“Based on figures that GuySuCo put forward to the Union, you find that they inflating them. When they say that they owe so much debt is not so much they owe. They say that they owe $89 billion, but is not $89 billion in solid cash they owe; when you check the liability of GuySuCo, with all the buildings that they have, it is $32 billion they owe…and the executive in GuySuCo, $339 million they drawing a year, and that is only for about 12 of them, so that is about $48 million a year one person getting, [but] still GuySuCo saying that they don’t have money,” he said.For the first half of this year, Guyana experienced 3.2 per cent inflation. In 2015, GuySuCo paid $21.6 billion in wages. This year, it will pay some $19 billion as wages to its workers at seven estates – Skeldon, Albion, Rosehall, Uitvlugt, Enmore and Wales.“That $2.5 billion could have come in and give the workers something. In order to give each worker one per cent increase, it will cost GuySuCo $181 million. We put in a proposal for eight per cent, but we are willing to negotiate with them,” the General Council Member noted.Meanwhile, workers’ representative Stephen Inderdat opined that the workers are suffering and deserve a wage increase.He said, “Look at the public servants, those people have received their benefits.We are not saying that they should not have, they are working class people; we in the sugar also deserve more than what we have here.”At the other Berbice estates, there was no grinding as work also came to a standstill.Wales strikeMeanwhile, several workers of Wales Sugar Estate, West Bank Demerara, on Thursday morning gathered at the factory gate, where they downed tools to protest unpaid wage increases and severance packages.Workers informed this publication that they would not perform duties for the remainder of this week and were prepared to withhold their services for an extended period if they were not paid increases as other categories of public servants.“GuySuCo [has] money to pay, because they using $1.5 billion to make a road from here to Uitvlugt and they budget $500 million for diversification,” the Wales Field Secretary explained.Nonetheless, the protesting workers related that they were uncertain of their future and that of their families, as they have received official word on the diversification plans for Wales.“Since we understand that the Wales Estate gan close this year-end, we want to know what time we gan receive our severance,” a worker expressed.Many workers said that they had no intention of transferring to Uitvlugt Estate, as was offered by GuySuCo.“We ain’t going no Uitvlugt; I employ a Wales Estate and will remain a Wales Estate,” another worker declared.Some even decried the earnings of GuySuCo’s Board.GAWU President Komal Chand late Thursday confirmed that the majority of workers supported the one-day strike action. Guyana Times, however, understands that workers at the Uitvlugt Estate did not fully support the move.It was only last year that GuySuCo had claimed that it was not going to address the issue of wage increases for workers until 2017. However, when GAWU met with the Sugar Corporation to commence discussions, GuySuCo deferred the date for increases to 2020.last_img read more

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GECOM now attempting to fill key vacancies

first_img…over 2100 transactions C&O so far – CommissionerAlmost one year after the passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) against the coalition government, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is only now scrambling to full a number of key posts, with only five months remaining before next year’s March 2 polling day.This is according to Government-nominated Commissioner at GECOM, Vincent Alexander. He told reporters, following Tuesday’s three-hour statutory meeting, that they have advanced certain aspects of the Commission’s work.Opposition-nominated GECOM Commissioner Sase GunrajThis, he noted, includes reactivating the work of the admin committee to look at a number of vacancies that have not been filled. These are: a logistics manager, an Assistant Chief Elections Officer, a research person, and someone responsible for voters’ education.Government-nominated GECOM Commissioner Vincent Alexander“Obviously, those vacancies have been affecting the capacity of the Secretariat to do its work. The admin committee is scheduled now to meet on Tuesday so we can advance the process of filling those vacancies,” he posited.From the December 2018 passage of the NCM— which triggered early elections within three months— GECOM has come under heavy criticism for its failure to be in a state of readiness to hold General and Regional Elections.In fact, in its ruling on the consolidated NCM cases, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) said that all constitutional actors, including GECOM, must abide by the provisions of the Constitution.GECOM“The Court must assume that these bodies and personages will exercise their responsibilities with integrity and in keeping with the unambiguous provisions of the Constitution, bearing in mind that the No-Confidence Motion was validly passed as long ago as 21 December 2018,” the Trinidad-based regional court had stated.According to Article 106, Cabinet including the President shall resign and call elections within three months of the successful passage of a No-Confidence Motion. This meant elections were due since March 21, 2019. But while the court noted that timeline was on pause as a result of the legal proceedings, its June 18 ruling validating the passage had re-triggered the elections deadline.However, Alexander explained that the Elections Commission could not have done any work to fill these vacancies since it was without a Chairman for several weeks. However, these vacancies were present since last year and GECOM was only without a Chair for about one month in July.The CCJ had also ruled in June that the 2017 appointment of then GECOM Chair Retired Justice James Patterson was unconstitutional. This resulted in Justice Patterson’s resignation late June. After several weeks of meetings between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and their representatives, current Chair, Retired Justice Claudette Singh, was appointed on July 26.“These vacancies have been there since last year. Work on the vacancies were held up when we did not have a Chairman,” Commissioner Alexander contended.Meanwhile, he went on to say that the Operations Committee is continuing with its work and will be meeting again on Friday to look at issues relating to the data from the scrapped House-to-House (H2H) Registration.He said that the encoding process of that data is ongoing with all transactions having gone passed the first stage.With regards to the Claims & Objections (C&O) exercise which commenced on October 1, Alexander noted that there has been an “average response” to it.However, Opposition-nominated Commissioner Sase Gunraj told reporters after the meeting that Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield updated them that more than 2100 transactions have been recorded thus far during the C&O exercise.“I understand from the CEO that there were 2127 transactions for Claims and two Objections so far,” Gunraj disclosed.He further related that they are still trying to get more details on other aspects such as the H2H data, as well as the overseas fingerprint cross-matching, before any decisions are taken.According to the Opposition-nominated Commissioner, the encoding (entering data into GECOM’s database) of the H2H data is schedule to finish on the October 15.Last week, Government-nominated Commissioner Charles Corbin had told reporters that the encoded data will be available for scrutiny before the C&O exercise concludes in November.“What we can tell you is that it will be for 21 days [for scrutiny]. So we’re assured that all of the [H2H] data will be available 21 days before the end of the C&O processing period for public scrutiny,” he had said.GECOM was forced to bring the controversial H2H Registration to a premature end on August 31, by which time it had obtained in excess of 370,000 registrants. It was then decided that the new data obtained will be merged with the existing National Register of Registrants (NRR) Database – something which the Opposition People Progressive Party (PPP) has been against.In fact, fellow Opposition Commissioner Bibi Shaddick on Friday said they are trying to clarify what aspect of 370,000+ new registrants gathered during the H2H is going to be put up for public scrutiny.According to Shaddick, while they believe that only the data on first-time registrants should be used, the Elections Secretariat cannot disaggregate that information because they are still in the process of encoding the H2H data.In the meantime, the Elections Secretariat has sent some 180,000 registrants overseas for cross-matching of fingerprints. This was done to ensure that there is no duplication of the data obtained from the H2H exercise and those already in the NRR database.The results from that first set is expect to be back soon and the second and final set of data to be cross-matched by fingerprint experts will be sent.last_img read more

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West Ham news: Cheikhou Kouyate red card appeal successful

first_imgWest Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has had his red card against Blackburn on Sunday overturned.Kouyate was dismissed by referee Jon Moss for bringing down Rovers defender Adam Henley in the 75th minute of West Ham’s 5-1 FA Cup win at Ewood Park.But the Hammers appealed against the decision, contesting that the ball had run a long way in front of Henley and was not therefore presenting an obvious goalscoring opportunity.The Football Association on Tuesday agreed with the appeal, meaning Kouyate will not serve a suspension and will be able to face Sunderland at Upton Park on Saturday.An FA statement read: “Cheikhou Kouyate’s one-match suspension for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity has been withdrawn with immediate effect following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.“West Ham United’s claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to their Emirates FA Cup fifth-round proper tie against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday 21 February 2016 was upheld.” 1 Cheikhou Kouyate was dismissed for a last-ditch challenge on Adam Henley last_img read more

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