A moving Tribute to Fidel was held in Philadelphia on Jan. 28 at the Church of the Advocate, bringing together around 175 people, both long-time activists and people new to the struggle. Cuban leader Fidel Castro died Nov. 26 at the age of 90.The Philadelphia Tribute to Fidel Organizing Committee included current and former members of the All African People’s Revolutionary Party; Coalición Fortaleza Latina Pennsylvania; International Action Center Philadelphia; the MOVE Organization; political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal; Mundo Obrero/Workers World Party of Philadelphia; Party for Socialism & Liberation, Philadelphia Branch; and the Philadelphia Coalition for REAL Justice.Coming one week into the Trump administration, the event and the unity demonstrated by the organizers were timely. While Trump is working overtime to build walls and divide people, socialist Cuba, under Fidel Castro’s leadership, is exemplary in unifying people well beyond its borders, despite the continuing U.S. economic blockade.With music, spoken word, great food and amazing speakers, tribute was paid to Fidel as well as the Cuban people. American Sign Language and English-to-Spanish interpreters were included. Video images and Cuban music were interspersed between speakers. The audience was diverse in race, age and gender.Community activist Asantewaa Nkrumah-Ture and Berta Joubert-Ceci, a member of Partido Mundo Obrero/Workers World Party, facilitated the program and gave opening remarks.Joubert-Ceci also represented the local Puerto Rican community organization Comité Boricua Filadelfia-Camden. She paid tribute to Cuba’s long-time solidarity with Puerto Rico and spoke of the coming release of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. A full-size cutout of Rivera adorned the wall next to a full-size poster of U.S. political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.Speakers included Mexican immigrant rights activist Carmen Guerrero, with the Coalición Fortaleza Latina Pennsylvania, who helped lead demonstrations against Trump earlier in the week. Transgender IAC activist Mattie Boyd spoke about Cuba’s positive role in the struggle for LGBTQ liberation.Shani Akilah, of the Black and Brown Workers’ Collective, spoke on Cuba’s support for the Haitian people. Akilah’s grandfather was born in Cuba and later moved to Haiti. Karla Martin, representing PSL, addressed Cuba’s solidarity with Chile and other South American countries.Ramona Africa, minister of confrontation for the MOVE organization and sole adult survivor of the 1985 government bombing of MOVE, challenged the audience to stand up in future struggles, as her family had to do to survive.Palestinian writer and human rights activist Susan Abulhawa spoke of Cuba’s solidarity with the Palestinian people who have been without a country after Israel seized their homes in 1948. Abulhawa read from her poetry collection, “My Voice Sought in the Wind.”Gail Walker, executive director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace, described her organization’s solidarity with Cuba since 1960. IFCO, which has organized hundreds of trips to Cuba in violation of the U.S. blockade, was recently notified that the IRS revoked its tax-exempt status.Kashara White of PSL spoke of Cuba’s defense of Black Liberation Army fighter Assata Shakur. MOVE organization member Pam Africa, who visited Cuba on behalf of Mumia Abu-Jamal, described Cuba’s support for U.S. political prisoners.Godfrey Sithole, from the African National Congress of South Africa, addressed the long-standing friendship between Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela and Cuba’s total support for the liberation struggle in South Africa and Angola.The program concluded with former Temple University professor Dr. Anthony Monteiro calling on the audience to continue Cuba’s example of steadfast resistance when fighting the Trump administration. The event ended with a call to go to the Philadelphia airport to protest Trump’s outrageous ban on Muslims entering the U.S.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
And it’s all out there for everyone to hear, thanks to TMZ Sports, which broke the story late Friday night. TMZ did not explain how it obtained the recording. This news organization has not heard the tape nor verified its authenticity.But needless to say, it immediately reached the Clippers players, who, according to a source, held a team meeting to discuss the situation.Clippers coach Doc Rivers spoke at practice Saturday. He said the players were angry, but their play would speak as their protest.Still, this is a moment in history. As hard as it might be, as difficult as it is to walk away from a goal they’ve spent a lifetime working toward, the Clippers can not take the floor Sunday against the Warriors in Game 4 of their Western Conference playoffs.They can not play another second for a man who is no longer a closet racist, but a full-fledged card-carrying bigot. OAKLAND >> It’s always about the other shoe falling for the Clippers, isn’t it?No matter how good things are seemingly going, disaster is always waiting behind the corner. And it’s usually a self-inflicted calamity at that.The other shoe fell late Friday night and it came down with such force it’s difficult to imagine them surviving it, no matter what they do the rest of their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors or beyond.You don’t rebound from the sort of vicious, racist, hate-filled remarks owner Donald Sterling can be heard spewing in a remarkably, bigoted, tasteless nearly 10-minute taped conversation in which he tells his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, that he doesn’t want her posting pictures of minorities or bringing African-Americans to Clippers games. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Short of Sterling announcing between now and tip off he is relinquishing ownership of the team, or the NBA demanding he sell it ASAP, the Clippers should not – nor should they be expected to – devote one more ounce of effort for an owner who clearly doesn’t like them or respect them or wish to be associated with them or people with the same skin color.It would be sending the absolute wrong message to step foot at Oracle Arena knowing what we now know about Sterling.And it would be sending the absolute wrong message for the NBA or anyone else to expect them to.The Clippers came to the Bay Area prepared to take command of their series against the Warriors and lift a formerly laughable franchise to new heights.Only to find out they play for a pig-headed, money grubbing racist.The other shoe indeed.The irony, of course, is that Sterling’s girlfriend is African-American and he owns a team in a sport dominated by African-American players.Can you imagine how conflicted proud men like Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin must feel right now?Can you imagine what Doc Rivers, the Clippers African-American head coach, must be thinking?How can he legitimately stand in front of his team today and tell them to go out and beat the Warriors, knowing full well his owner looks down on him with hate and judgment simply because of the color of his skin?There is no good time to find out the person you work for is a racist, but now of all times?Right smack in the middle of their long anticipated playoff run in which a win here Sunday would give them a commanding 3-1 lead heading back to Los Angeles, they get waylaid with the realty their owner doesn’t want his girlfriend posing for pictures with them and forebodes her from bringing friends with the same skin complexion as them to their games.On the verge of perhaps mounting a franchise-best playoff run, they learn their owner wants nothing to do with them other then their ability to make him money.How are they expected to take the floor in good conscience?How are they expected to play a game on national TV, with fans of all shades and colors and racial and religious backgrounds watching, knowing their owner stands for the very worst, most despicable among us?How can they look themselves in the mirror knowing they gave another ounce of sweat for a man filled with such hatred.How can they look at their family and friends?Paul has been pulling himself up and down the court with a hamstring so iffy he nearly had to leave Game 3, and on top of having a fever reaching beyond 100.For what, for whom?Donald Sterling is not worth Paul’s time, let alone his effort.Basically Sterling is telling Paul and Jordan and every other black player in the NBA you can play for me, but don’t dare step foot in my home and don’t dare have the audacity to take a picture with me or anyone around me.Here’s hoping the Clippers stick it to their owner and anyone else who allows him to be associated with the NBA.It’s time to take a stand against a known bigot.And that means boycotting the rest of the playoffs until Sterling walks away for good or the NBA removes him once and for all.
DOUBLE DUTY—Manasseh Garner of Brashear finds a hole in the Westinghouse defense. Garner scored two touchdowns for the Bulls and was also called on to play quarterback after starter Henri Chatman injured his ankle in the first quarter. Perry (3-2) was a part of the four-way tie of first place in the City League that also included its opponent on Friday, Oliver (4-1). They did not prevail as the Bears had one of their best defensive showings of the season, winning a 12-6 thriller at Cupples Stadium. “I had to answer a question to myself in the fourth quarter,” Oliver coach Tim Keefer said. “Do I want to be aggressive playing defense, or do I want to play it safe? We decided to be aggressive.” Their aggression was on display whenever Perry had a final drive in which they had advanced to the Oliver 25-yard line in an attempt to win in the last minutes of the game. Perry’s quarterback Greg McGhee was sacked twice in six plays and hurried once. This led to a final heave to the end zone with 27 seconds remaining that was incomplete and sealed the victory for Oliver.“The next step is getting our kids to do their parts in the classroom,” said Keefer. “We want to keep our kids striving so that they can (stay out here on the field).”The winning points for Oliver were scored in the third quarter whenever quarterback Dante Jeter flipped the ball to Martise Smith who then fired it to David Marshall for the 10-yard score. They also scored on a 60- yard fumble recovery by Ed Mathis late in the second quarter.Perry jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Richard Lowry scored on a 10- yard run. He finished with 27 carries for 117 yards. The Perry offense had 181 yards total offense—123 more than Oliver.OTHER GAMESBrashear 17, Westinghouse 0Brashear (4-1) kept Westinghouse winless as they stayed in a first place tie with Schenley. Manasseh Garner scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. He added on another 5-yarder in the third quarter.Brashear’s kicker Cody Magliocca hit a rare (for the City League) 19-yard field goal, also in the third quarter, which helped his team get past the Bulldogs.Peabody 16, Allderdice 0This game was scoreless into the final quarter until Peabody scored on an 81-yard pass from Ronell Moses to Shannon Binion on a fake punt. They added an 18-yard touchdown run by Daniel Burrell with the game winding down.Allderdice’s losing streak extends to 20 games (0-5 on the season). They were held to only 30 yards total offense in the game.This Saturday, Peabody (3-2) will take on Schenley (4-1) in its Homecoming game at 12 p.m. at Cupples Stadium as the Highlanders continue to take part in the post-season.
Samuel Weber added an insurance marker for the Leafs, which evened the season series between the two teams at one game each.Colum Mcgauley and Chad Grambo scored seconds apart in the opening period as the teams sparred through the first period tied 1-1.Brendan Mckay, shorthanded, gave Nelson a brief 22-second lead as Trey Mason tied the game.David Lenzin put the home side ahead after 40 minutes before Dylan Haney tied the game for the third time during the final frame, scoring on the power play.Josh Bolding was solid between the pipes for Nelson, facing 22 shots while Anthony Galliart took the loss in goal for Grand Forks.Nelson returns to home ice Saturday against Spokane Braves while the Bruins hosts Kimberley Dynamiters in the Grand Forks Arena.BLUELIINES: Leafs added another player to the roster as 6’2″ 185-pound forward Mason Mullaney played for the first time against the Bruins. Mullaney, 18, came to Nelson from the Saskatchewan Hockey League. . . . While most teams support Breast Cancer month by wearing pink skate laces or hockey tape, Grand Forks took it to another level by sporting pink jerseys and socks for Friday’s game. For almost 59 minutes Nelson Leafs and Grand Forks Border Bruins exchanged body blows in a Murdoch Division Showdown.With 1:03 remaining in the game, Andy Fitzpatrick nailed the Bruins with a knockout punch, scoring the winning goal in a 5-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory for the Green and White Friday at the NDCC Arena.The win pulls Nelson into a second-place tie in the Murdoch Division with the Bruins.Beaver Valley continues to hold a one-point lead over both Grand Forks and Nelson.
The normal day saw boxers wake up for some road work at 6 a.m. before breakfast.A technical training session would take participants to lunch before an afternoon of sparring.Conditioning would complete the day.“It’s been awesome for our boxers to compete against boxers from outside our club to see where they fit in the sport,” said Pineiro.“And what I’m seeing our guys are looking very favourable with other boxers.”Pineiro is optimistic three boxers from Nelson have the skills to compete at the upcoming Canada Winter Games. Short term, a group from Nelson competed on a card Saturday in in Kellogg, Idaho. The Nelson Boxing Club was filled with a cast of aspiring young boxers as the local organization played host to a Summer Boxing Camp this past week at the Baker Street location in the basement of the Pharmasave Building.More than 15 boxers from host Nelson, Cranbrook, Kelowna, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Saskatchewan were put through 12-hour days to refine their skills in the ring.“It’s been great to have the energy in the club over the summer,” said Nelson Boxing Club head coach Jesse Pineiro.“It’s been good energy and these kids are learning every day and getting tested against fighters they normally wouldn’t see.”
SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kent Desormeaux62149623%47%$898,538 TRAINER ARMANDO LAGE DEAD AT AGE 59Trainer Armando Lage died of a heart attack at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning at his home in Richmond, California, according to his long-time friend, fellow trainer O.J. Jauregui. Lage (pronounced LA-hay) was 59.A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, where Lage was a Bay Area fixture in recent years. He had 1,259 career wins from 9,083 starters who earned more than $20 million.“He was a good trainer and a better person,” said fellow trainer Steve Miyadi. “He was strong mentally and physically, a great father and a stand-up guy who told it the way it was, which so few do.”Lage is survived by his wife, Iga, two daughters and several grandchildren. FINISH LINES: Jockey Drayden Van Dyke, 22, is at home in Pasadena recovering from a broken right arm suffered in a two-horse spill at Santa Anita on Jan. 26. “He’s out of the hospital and had lunch the other day with Mike Smith,” said Van Dyke’s agent, Brad Pegram, who also represents Smith . . . San Clemente Handicap winner Mokat worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Thursday in 1:00.60 under Kent Desormeaux, after which trainer Richard Baltas said her next race would be the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at a mile on grass Feb. 18 . . . There were 261 recorded works Thursday, 22 on the dirt training track . . . There is a Pick Six carryover of $71,437.76 going into today’s card, with the total pool expected to approach $500,000 . . . Santa Anita hosts the Dumpling and Wonton Festival Saturday. Patrons can snack on scrumptious Asian and Asian-inspired dumplings and wontons on Santa Anita’s trackside apron. Buy online and save at www.santaanita.com/events . . . On Sunday, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch The Big Game at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to view it. Sirona’s will offer $5 drink specials all day. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar . . . Clocker Andy Harrington will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens. There is no seminar Sunday. Peter Miller441113525%66%$659,790 Doug O’Neill688151112%50%$649,658 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won ROYAL MO SET FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN LEWISRoyal Mo, a bay son of Uncle Mo trained by John Shirreffs for owners Jerry and Ann Moss, drew the rail against four other three-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, a major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8.Trainer Doug O’Neill has three of those entered in the 1 1/16-mile Lewis, which offers 17 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, 10 to the winner.“Royal Mo is coming into the race good, very nice,” said Shirreffs, who also conditions Grade III Sham Stakes winner Gormley for the Mosses. “I don’t have any particular (pre-race) strategy. I think Victor (Espinoza) will determine that.”Royal Mo broke his maiden in his most recent start, leading throughout going a mile at Del Mar last Nov. 27 under Espinoza, who has been aboard for all three of his races.Gormley, who won the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes as a two-year-old last December, worked four furlongs Thursday for the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 11. With Espinoza up, the son of Malibu Moon was timed in 49.60, going a quarter mile in 25.60 with a five furlongs gallop out of 1:02.60.The field for the Lewis, which goes as the second event on a nine-race card that starts at 12:30 p.m.: Royal Mo, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Irap, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Dangerfield, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Term of Art, Tyler Baze, 9-2; and Sheer Flattery, Mike Smith, 2-1. Tyler Baze932019822%51%$884,067 Jerry Hollendorfer581081117%50%$890,959 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 29) Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6195315%28%$449,530 HOPPERTUNITY, MOR SPIRIT HEAD SAN ANTONIOBob Baffert sends out two Grade I winners in Saturday’s San Antonio Stakes, a forerunner to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. They are long distance specialist Hoppertunity, winner of the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Mor Spirit, winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity.Hoppertunity, a six-year-old full horse, has not raced since finishing fourth in the Grade I Clark Handicap last Nov. 25. Mor Spirit rallied for fourth in the Grade I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs on Dec. 26, his first start since the Kentucky Derby last May 7.Hoppertunity, a son of Any Given Saturday, drew the rail, where Baffert seems to be living recently, although it didn’t hamper Arrogate in the Pegasus.“I don’t know why they always stick me in the one hole, but Hoppertunity is doing really well,” Baffert said. “He’s training very well but I hated to see him down on the inside. I think Mor Spirit needed that race (fourth in the Malibu at seven furlongs on Dec. 26). He’s been working really well, and he’s quicker (than Hoppertunity).”The field for San Antonio, for four-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles: Hoppertunity, Flavien Prat, 2-1; Avanti Bello, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Prospect Park, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; El Huerfano, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Mor Spirit, Mike Smith, 3-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Accelerate, Tyler Baze, 5-2; and Hard Aces, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1.TWENTYTWENTYVISION BACK ON TURF IN SAN MARCOSTurf specialist Twentytwentyvision performed admirably to finish third in the San Gabriel Stakes last out, despite the fact that the 1 1/8-mile race was run over a sloppy main track when wet weather forced it to be moved from the grass.Trainer Richard Mandella expects Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at a mile and a quarter to remain on turf when Twentytwentyvision runs from the 13 post position in a full field of 14 entered.In 15 career starts, Twnetytwentyvision has run 10 on turf, winning four, with three seconds and three thirds.“I think turf is a little better for him and a mile and a quarter should suit him,” Mandella said. “I expect him to run a big race and I’m not concerned about being on the outside going this distance.”The San Marcos, the last of nine races: A Red Tie Day, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Blue Tone, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Power Ped, Stewart Elliott, 20-1; Gustnado, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; Perfectly Majestic, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Conquest Daddyo, Luis Contreras, 12-1; Some in Tieme, T.J. Pereira, 15-1; Isotherm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Hi Happy, Altair Dominguez, 10-1; Twentytwentyvision, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Frank Conversation, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1. ARROGATE ‘LOOKS GOOD’ AFTER PEGASUS ROMP Horse of the World Arrogate, who returned to his Santa Anita base this past Sunday at 6:30 p.m., appears none the worse for wear after conquering two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome and 10 others in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park Saturday.“He looks great,” trainer Bob Baffert said while supervising workouts at Santa Anita on a brisk Thursday morning. “He was out jogging here today but we have no plans yet (for his next race). We’ve got a lot of options but we’re going to give him a couple weeks to see how he’s doing before we decide.“I haven’t really mapped out a schedule for him, although it looks like the race didn’t take a lot out of him. He looks good.”Arrogate, who won the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5, won the Pegasus geared down by 4 ¾ lengths, earning $7 million for owner Juddmonte Farms Inc. Rafael Bejarano7511101515%48%$698,083 Flavien Prat902091522%49%$1,218,768 Philip D’Amato3584623%51%$563,575 PEGASUS KING ARROGATE IS BACK HOME AT SANTA ANITALEWIS STRATEGY FOR ROYAL MO WILL BE UP TO ESPINOZABAFFERT HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN GRADE II SAN ANTONIOHINDSIGHT IS LOOKING GOOD FOR TWENTYTWENTYVISIONRACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF TRAINER ARMANDO LAGE Richard Baltas58911816%48%$523,963
Donegal County Council is reminding householders and businesses that the burning of waste often known as “Backyard Burning’ is illegal.Backyard burning is the uncontrolled burning of waste, which is frequently carried out in backyards in a barrel or open pile, or even waste burned in open fires, ranges or other solid fuel appliances.It also applies to burning waste in a ‘home or garden incinerator’ that are frequently advertised. This activity in any of these situations is illegal. Backyard Burning is illegal and is an offence under the Waste Management Act 1996-2008, the Air Pollution Act 1987, and the Waste Management (Prohibitions of Disposal by Burning) Regulations 2009.BonfiresIt is also an offence for householders or businesses to supply waste materials to parties collecting materials for ‘Bonfire Night’, and, it is illegal to give waste to a person that does not have a waste collection permit.Donegal County Council is currently undertaking an audit of certain businesses to ensure that there is compliance under the relevant legislation and to ensure that waste materials are not supplied for the practice of burning on bonfires. While traditionally wood and straw were used on bonfires in recent times materials such as tyres, mattresses, furniture, plastics, metal etc are burned on bonfires. Providing waste material for burning on a bonfire is a committing a criminal offence.The burning of waste is not only harmful to the environment but it is also harmful to our health. When waste materials are burned on a bonfire or in a backyard environment harmful dioxins are created and released into the air that we breathe. ExemptionsThere are some exemptions under the regulations where burning is permissible. These are only in the case of some agricultural wastes namely uncontaminated (free of dangerous substances, preservations, or other artificial impregnation or coating) wood, trees, tree trimmings, leaves, brush, or other similar waste generated by agricultural practices. The disposal of these permitted wastes by burning are permitted provided the farmer looks at all other reasonable options before burning and gives advance notice to the Local Authority before burning. COUNCIL WARN PEOPLE NOT TO BURN IN BACKYARDS was last modified: October 24th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BACKYARD BURNINGDonegal County Council
Willian scored the winner the last time Chelsea met EvertonKick-off: 12.45pm, Saturday 12 September 2015Referee: Andre Marriner (Sheldon, West Midlands)BetVictor.com preview: Back Blues to see off Everton despite poor startMatch in a nutshell: Chelsea look to bounce back at Goodison Park after their worst start to a season since 1995.Injuries and suspensionsEVERTONRuled out: Tom Cleverley (ankle), Leighton Baines (ankle), Darron Gibson (foot), Steven Pienaar (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (knee).Fitness tests: Bryan Oviedo (knee), Brendan Galloway (knee)Suspended: None.CHELSEARuled out: Thibaut Courtois (knee), Oscar (muscle injury).Fitness tests: None.Suspended: None. Predicted line-upsEverton: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Jagielka, Oviedo; McCarthy, Barry; Lennon, Barkley, Kone; Lukaku. Subs from: Robles, Browning, Pennington, Galloway, Besic, Deulofeu, Mirallas, Naismith, Funes Mori, Holgate, McGeady, Osman.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa. Subs from: Blackman, Baba, Aina, Zouma, Djilobodji, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Ramires, Kenedy, Remy, Falcao. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesEverton total: D L W D L (5 points)Home: L D L L W (4 points)Chelsea total: L W L D W (7 points)Away: W L L W D (7 points)Top scorers – all competitionsEverton: Lukaku 4; Barkley 2; Kone 1, Mirallas 1, Naismith 1.Chelsea: Azpilicueta 1, Costa 1, Falcao 1, Oscar 1, Pedro 1.Last five meetings12 February 2015: Chelsea 1 Everton 030 August 2014: Everton 3, Chelsea 622 February 2014: Chelsea 1 Everton 014 September 2013: Everton 1 Chelsea 019 May 2013: Chelsea 2 Everton 1Everton 1 win, Chelsea 4 wins, 0 drawsSee also:Chelsea keeper Courtois undergoes knee operationOscar closing in on Chelsea returnMourinho not thinking about possible emergency loan after Courtois injuryEverton v Chelsea line-ups: Cahill and Willian dropped, Mikel plays, two changes for EvertonFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
AirAsia A320 The multinational search team looking for Indonesia Air Asia flight QZ8501 which disappeared Sunday with 162 aboard has found debris and bodies in the Java Sea.Search teams found the debris trail for the plane 10km from its last known position, south-east of Belitung Island in the Java Sea. Altogether 12 helicopters, 11 planes, and 32 ships from Indonesia Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the US are involved.There were 162 passengers and crew aboard doomed flight, including 16 children and one baby. AirAsia confirmed there were 154 Indonesians, three South Koreans, two French nationals, one Singaporean, one Malaysian and one Briton on the plane. The first hint that the plane had been found came mid-afternoon but the evidence was far from convincing with photographed debris resembling timber floating in the water. Shortly after officials announced objects resembling an aircraft emergency slide, plane door and dozens of smaller white items had been spotted.Any doubts however doubts were quickly dispelled when an Indonesian Air Force official identified a human body in the sea. A search plane also saw a “shadow” on the seabed believed to be of the missing Flight QZ8501, National Search and Rescue Agency chief Bambang Soelistyo told a news conference in Jakarta.The Indonesian warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 3 bodies.Indonesian officials have asked relatives of passengers for DNA samples to help identify the victims.WORLD’S SAFEST AIRLINESMH370: MALAYSIA REJECTED EVIDENCEFlight QZ8501 was operating between Surabya and Singapore on Sunday morning when it disappeared in bad weather just 45 minutes after take-off.Severe weather impact is thought to be responsible for the apparent loss of the six year old aircraft. A leaked radar screenshot from AirNav Indonesia, the air traffic controller, obtained by AirlineRatings.com shows that the A320 had critically lost 200km/hour in airspeed and it could no longer sustain flight at the altitude it was flying.Air traffic controllers lost contact with the A320 just five minutes after crew requested a deviation of their flight route to avoid storms. ATC denied the pilot’s request to climb from 32,000ft to 38,000ft but agreed to 34,000ft but just minutes later the ATC radar plot shows the A320 at 36,300ft and climbing.One former A320 pilot who spoke to AirlineRatings.com said the A320 was flying far too slow when it disappeared and it “may have been in a stall.”“Flying slow at high altitude is very dangerous,” said the pilot. Just after the radar plot was taken the transponder signals disappeared indicating a catastrophic failure. The former A320 pilot said that the crew may have been deceived by the aircraft’s radar, which was not the latest model available and may have flown into the centre of a thunderstorm and been hit by a massive updraft. The latest radars are called multiscan and automatically detect thunderstorms.However the plane’s commander Captain Iriyanto was a 20,537 veteran of which 6100 hours was with Indonesia Air Asia. The co-pilot was Rémi Emmanuel Plesel, who had a total of 2,275 flying hours with AirAsia Indonesia.Divers are expected to examine the fuselage which lies at a depth of 45m on Wednesday December 31 and the recovery of the black boxes is expected to be swift.