WLC Crafts New Bill for 21 Seats in the House

first_imgAs part of efforts to ensure that women, youth and people with disabilities have increased opportunities to participate in national leadership, the Women Legislative Caucus has crafted a Bill seeking to establish twenty one (21) additional seats in the House of Representatives.The Bill, titled “The Equitable Participation and Representation Act of 2016,” was concluded during a forum in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, in November last year.Sen. Jewel Howard Taylor, who is the Chairperson of the Women Caucus, said the proposed law will be introduced during the 5th Session of the 53rd Legislature and that members of the Caucus are lobbying with their male counterparts to ensure that it is enacted into law.A copy of the draft law is in the possession of the Daily Observer. When enacted through legislation, the law will establish 21 special legislative constituencies in addition to the already 73 seats in the House of Representatives, which means there will be 94 members in the House and 30 in the Senate.Out of the 21 new seats, 15 seats will be exclusively allotted to women, with one seat from each county; three seats will be to youth and three allotted to persons with disabilities. According to Section I 1.2, “Individuals seeking for election to the House of Representatives within the Special Legislative Constituencies shall be subjected to the eligibility criteria for said positions as set forth in the Constitution; and once elected, shall also enjoy the tenure, rights, privileges and benefits accorded members of the House of Representatives as enshrined in the Constitution, Statutes and Laws of Liberia.”A local electoral college of women, youth and persons with disabilities will be created for the sole purpose of electing designated representatives through their various national organizations.Moreover, the bill seeks to mandate the President of Liberia to ensure that a minimum of 30% of all presidential appointees are women in accordance with Section 6 6.1 of the proposed law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CJ grants Interim Stay in misconduct charge against Singh, Brassington

first_imgThe Chief Justice on Tuesday granted an interim stay for the matter involving charges of misconduct in public office laid against former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington, stemming from the sale of the former Sanata Textiles Complex to Queens Atlantic Investment Inc (QAII).On June 9, 2018, Singh, 45, of Lot 129 Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, and Brassington, 50, of Florida, USA, were called before Magistrate Leron Daly, who was hearing the case on the Chief Magistrate’s behalf. The matter was adjourned to July 26. As a result, the charge, which alleges that the property was sold at a grossly undervalued price to QAII, was neither sworn to nor read.Following the charges being laid in the Magistrate’s Court, Singh and Brassington filed an affidavit in the High Court, in a manner similar to the affidavits filed when three similar charges were brought in May.Attorney Sase Gunraj, who appeared before the Chief Justice for the defendants, told <<>> that despite stringent objections from representatives of the Attorney General Chambers, his arguments prevailed and the Judge granted a stay pending the hearing and determination of the substantive action.Gunraj said that he argued that a court had already granted a stay of the other matters and this one was filed in his opinion, very capriciously in the face of the other matters being stayed. Secondly, the charges that have been filed are almost identical to the ones that were previously filed. Thirdly, there is the issue of the [matters] canvased here are the same ones canvased and considered by Justice Franklin Holder in the previous case,” he added.The Attorney said the overarching consideration was the extreme prejudice to which it exposed his clients.Singh and Brassington are already before the courts on similar charges, for which an interim stay has been granted by Justice Holder, but the charge for the sale of the Sanata Textiles Complex was filed after the stay granted, despite being almost identical in form to the previous.The charge alleges that Singh and Brassington, while performing the duties of Finance Minister and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NICIL respectively, between October 26 and December 20, 2010, acted recklessly when they agreed to the sale of the Sanata Textiles Complex to QAII. According to the charge, the 18.976-acre property was sold for $697.8 million, but it was valued at $1.04 billion.However, according to privatisation documents published by NICIL, the property was valued at $245 million by the Government’s Chief Valuation Officer, but QAII paid $809.5 million for the property – more than three times the Government valuation.According to documents seen by this newspaper, upon Cabinet’s approval, QAII embarked on its promised programme of reclamation, clean-up and investment. On May 30, 2007, QAII had requested and received a valuation of the property from the Government Assistant Valuation Officer, which proposed $330.375 million (land $269.200 million; improvements $119.175 million). On June 7, 2018, NICIL had commissioned a valuation from the private firm of Rodrigues Architects Ltd, which posited that the property be valued at $1,042,403,500 (land $209.650 million; improvements $832.753 million). NICIL also obtained on June 27, 2007, a valuation of the land and its improvements from the Government’s Chief Valuation Officer, which came in at $245.175 million (land, $130 million; improvements $115.175 million).QAII was responsible, at its expense, for the asbestos clean-up and removal of scrap, which alone incurred a cost of above $400 million.The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) had previously brought charges against the two former Government officials in April. The two men were arraigned on charges of allegedly selling several plots of land on the East Coast of Demerara to National Hardware Guyana Ltd for over $598 million. In addition, the charges include selling land to Scady Business Corporation at a cost of $150 million, and to Multi-cinemas Guyana Inc at a cost of $185 million.Many political and social commentators, even those in the legal fraternity, have argued that the charges against the two former Government officials may be unconstitutional on the basis that they are not “public officers” in accordance with the Constitution.Following these events, former Finance Minister Sasenarine Kowlessar, who served from 1999 to 2006, was taken in for questioning at SOCU’s Kingston, Georgetown head office, and was interrogated for close to five hours before being released on $200,000 station bail.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said the decision to charge the duo for the sale of the lands was nothing more than a “frivolous” attempt to keep the campaign promise made by the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) to jail members of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).“It is all frivolous… This Government campaigned on a promise that they will jail all of us when they get into power because we’re massively corrupt … We were told that we had assets that we were not declaring to the Integrity Commission. We’re told that the People’s Progressive Party and its leaders had stolen so much money they couldn’t stash it in Guyana, they had to stash it abroad. These were the campaign. This was in the mouth of every person who spoke on the APNU platform. Jail, jail these people,” Jagdeo told the media last month.Former Finance Minister Singh expressed confidence that the charges brought against him would be disposed of in the near future, because they were frivolous and had no bearing.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Photo saved as: SaseCaption: Attorney-at-Law Sase Gunrajlast_img read more

Murder suspect eyed in rapes

first_img karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bogan has not been arrested or charged in connection with the rape cases. Records show Bogan was paroled in 2001 after being convicted of a Gardena residential burglary in 2000. He had been convicted in Norwalk in 1994 of being an accessory after the fact to robbery, records also show. In the Antelope Valley case, Bogan has pleaded not guilty to charges he murdered Jeremiah McKenney, who coroner officials said died from blunt-force trauma to his abdomen. Jeremiah died Sept. 20 in a hospital where he was taken by authorities after a 911 call reporting a child not breathing at a Palmdale Boulevard motel where the mother, child and Bogan had been staying. Investigators said Bogan told them the tot was injured when he fell out of his car seat and hit his chest on the door frame of a sport utility vehicle as Bogan was getting ready to drive away from a friend’s home. A Palmdale ex-convict charged with murdering his girlfriend’s 3-year-old son was ordered Tuesday to give DNA samples after Gardena police got a possible match on two unsolved rape cases from 1999. Ladrill Bogan, 33, was ordered by a judge to give a cheek swab after Gardena police got a “cold hit,” matching his DNA on file with the state with evidence from the rape cases. “We had to confirm that it was his DNA. We’re not sure it’s him. There’s a suggestion it’s him,” Gardena Sgt. Mike Bartlebaugh said. “We’ve got to get a known sample from him and make a comparison with the DNA we got from the original crimes.” “You are talking eight years ago. To actually hit on something that’s in the databank, it’s satisfying,” Bartlebaugh added. last_img read more

Exclusive – Jol: Tottenham ‘have all the ingredients’ to finish in the top four

first_imgFormer Tottenham manager Martin Jol has told talkSPORT the current Spurs side “have all the ingredients” to secure a top-four finish to the Premier League this season.The north London outfit are desperate to claim a coveted Champions League spot after string of near misses.Spurs got a taste for Europe’s top table following their surprise run to the quarter-finals under Harry Redknapp in the 2010/11 campaign, and while they did finish fourth the following year, Chelsea’s Champions League final victory bumped them back down to their familiar Europa League berth.However, after splashing out over £100million on new players last summer and a season of bedding the new talent into the side, Jol believes Tottenham have a great chance to end their wait with new boss Mauricio Pochettino at the helm.“All the top clubs want to be in the four, but when I was at Tottenham there were the big ‘top four’ teams and we were the best of the rest in fifth,” the Dutch coach told Drivetime.“It’s much more difficult now with teams like Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool all spending a lot of money, but maybe this is the year for Spurs to do something.“I really believe with the players they have and the money they spend that they can finish in the top four.“All the ingredients are there for Spurs to be in the top four. They have the players, all they need to do now is gel together and try to create a team which can deliver.“They’ve got an unbelievable fan-base, when you go to London there are Spurs fans everywhere and Arsenal are second.“They’ve got everything for them to be in the top four and to be a fantastic, successful, club.”However, the Jol also warned it may not be so rosy if Tottenham can’t begin to win on a consistent basis, starting with Southampton’s trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday.Jol added: “When Pochettino started I felt really positive and I still feel positive about it.“But they’ve only got eight points from their first six games, which is a disastrous start really.“And if they don’t win the game against Southampton at the weekend, they’ve got a problem.”last_img read more

Arsenal fans are getting excited for the 2016/17 season and here’s why

first_img 4 There is, despite the negativity often surrounding the Emirates, plenty to look forward to at Arsenal.With Leicester City cruising to Premier League triumph, pressure has been heightened even further on the Gunners to deliver.And while some may be left frustrated after another season of underachievement, it’s time to move on from the disappointment.So, check out four reasons Arsenal fans should be getting excited for the 2016/17 season by viewing the slideshow above. 1. Arsene Wenger’s send-off? – click the arrow above, right, to check out three more reasons Arsenal fans should be excited for the 2016/17 season – Wenger is entering the final season of his contract and it really could be the beginning of the end for the Frenchman. The 66-year-old signed a two-year extension in May 2014, but that may have been his final deal. The Emirates faithful may be divided by the possibility of his departure; however, the feeling is it’s time for change in the dugout. But will Wenger go out on a high? 4 4. A mystery signing – Wenger has made a habit of keeping Arsenal supporters guessing over who his marquee summer signing may be. Will he sign a new striker? Or perhaps a centre back? Granit Xhaka isn’t expected to be the Frenchman’s solitary key arrival ahead of the new season, and plenty will be excited at who could be preparing for a move to north London. 4 2. A fresh midfield – Not only do the Gunners welcome Granit Xhaka to their midfield, but the likes of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are returning to full fitness. With Mohamed Elneny, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also available, Wenger has a whole host of options in the centre of the park. Provided yet another injury crisis doesn’t affect the squad, Arsenal will have one of the strongest midfields in the Premier League. 4 3. Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey – Giroud and Ramsey, despite a season in which they came in for criticism over their influence at the Emirates, were excellent at the Euro 2016 finals. The pair will therefore return to north London confident of sealing a place in Wenger’s starting XI next season. Giroud may have been linked with an exit over the past week, but it would surely be madness if he is sold. As for Ramsey, the Welshman thrived in an attacking role for Wales and his performances should have given him just the boost needed. last_img read more

GAA REFUSE REQUEST FOR DONEGAL V MAYO HURLING MATCH AT CROKER

first_imgA REQUEST to host the Donegal U21 hurlers clash with their Mayo rivals this Saturday at Croke Park has been turned down by the GAA.As many gaels travel to Croker for the senior footballers All-Ireland quarter-final match, followers of hurling had hoped the All-Ireland B Quarter Final between the same counties could go ahead at headquarters on the same day.But the GAA said no to the request for a 2pm throw-in for the hurlers. Tyrone take on Monaghan at 4pm with Donegal clashing with Mayo in the football at 6pm.Donegal qualified for the All-Ireland U-21 B championship after securing the All-Ireland C Championship in an historic win last week.Their clash with Mayo’s U21 hurlers will now take place at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny this Saturday with a 2pm throw-in.But fans of both codes won’t be able to see both games because of the decision.  GAA REFUSE REQUEST FOR DONEGAL V MAYO HURLING MATCH AT CROKER was last modified: August 6th, 2015 by John2Share 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:all-irelandB ChampionshipdonegalhurlersMayoU21last_img read more

Mourinho breaks silence on Martial’s decision to leave United’s pre-season tour

first_img Anthony Martial warned the boss that he was going to leave the tour What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Most Read in Football How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings gameday cracker predicted NEW ERA silverware Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? 3 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won JOSE MOURINHO has revealed Anthony Martial warned him in advance before leaving Manchester United’s pre-season tour.The French star flew back to France on Tuesday to be with his partner ahead of the birth of their child. ALTERED latest Jose Mourinho is willing to offload the France international this summer Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BIG PRESENTS UP TOP The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Mourinho admitted that he “had no right” to stop the 22-year-old leaving before the clash against AC Milan.The Reds boss said: “I found out that Martial was going to Paris when he told me. It was two or three days ago.“When it is personal reasons, everyone analyses that the way they think is the correct way and when a man is going to be a father in this case, it’s the second time he is going to be a father, and he decides is very important for him to go, nobody has the right to stop him to go.”Martial had started in both of United’s previous matches on the tour, but failed to impress during the 1-1 tie with Club America and the 0-0 draw with San Jose Earthquakes. BEST OF 3 revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The relationship between Mourinho and Martial has now hit rock bottom as the forward continues his search for a new club.It is understood that United are willing to sell him this summer, but not to one of their Premier League rivals.He has attracted interest from Premier League giants Chelsea and Tottenham, while Bayern Munich have also been linked.In June, Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley said: “After thinking about all the possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United.” Anthony Martial has attracted interest from a number of clubs this summer impact Manchester United still have to play Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the US before they return to England.It is understood that Martial will not fly back out to meet his team-mates. 3 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes last_img read more

League One side sack boss after just seven games with successor already lined up

first_img Collins sacked by Bradford, who could announce a successor on Tuesday (image courtesy of bradfordcityfc.co.uk) impact Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off REPLY Latest EFL news Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack “The decision is based on an unsatisfactory start to the season and performances not being good enough. We anticipated a much better start and the results have not matched expectations.“We have acted swiftly to appoint a new head coach who we believe will take us towards achieving our goals this season and beyond.“We care massively about this football club and believe this decision has been made at the right time, with everything very much to play for.“We are now looking forward to naming our new head coach and moving forward, together, in a positive manner.” EFL result Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ROUND-UP center_img 1 stalemate Michael Collins has been sacked by Bradford City just seven games into his reign with the Bantams.In a shock move, the club have announced in a statement they would reveal his successor as soon as Tuesday. Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place goalless CONFUSION Macclesfield set for further EFL sanctions after Plymouth match is called off The 32-year-old only took charge of the League One club in the summer but was let get go after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Fleetwood.Collins was promoted from his position as a youth team coach to replace Simon Grayson as Bantams boss in June.His reign started with a 1-0 win at Shrewsbury but the Bantams lost four of their next five league games and were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Macclesfield on penalties.Chairman Edin Rahic told the club’s website: “(Co-owner) Stefan (Rupp) and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael for the work he has done for the club. Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues last_img read more

GETTING BEHIND JIMMY’S BOYS FROM WEST AFRICA – NOW SEND YOUR MESSAGE!

first_imgCOME ON DONEGAL: L-R, Patrick Boyle (moville) Nigel Dowd (killybegs) Declan Melly (killybegs) and Michael Barrett (Ardara)DONEGAL’S GAA heroes don’t just have fans in Senegal – they’ve got fans in the West African country of Mauritania too!Kilcar’s Rory Gallagher may be top of the charts with Jimmy from Senegal with their Donegal GAA tribute.But in Mauritania, right next door to Senegal, four Co Donegal men will be avidly following the boys as they take on Cork in Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final clash. “We are just Donegal men working off the coast of Mauritania in West African and just want to wish the Donegal team all the best for Sunday’s game,” said Ardara man Michael Barrett.“We might be thousands of miles away but we are right behind Donegal this Sunday and we want Jim McGuinness, his players and all the fans back home to know that those of us overseas are proud of them and wish them all the best.”Our picture shows Patrick Boyle (Moville) Nigel Dowd (Killybegs) Declan Melly (Killybegs) and Michael Barrett (Ardara).Now you can leave your messages of support for Donegal this Sunday – by emailing us with your pictures and messages from all around Donegal and around the world to info@donegaldaily.com.    GETTING BEHIND JIMMY’S BOYS FROM WEST AFRICA – NOW SEND YOUR MESSAGE! was last modified: August 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Chelsea, Arsenal clash as Premier League enters day two

first_img Tags: Premeir leaguetop Cardiff City vs Newcastle UnitedCardiff City Stadium, CardiffSaturday, 18-08-2018 @02:30pmReferee: Craig PawsonCardiff City and Newcastle United will square off on Saturday afternoon with both sides looking for their first points of the season. The hosts lost 2-0 to Bournemouth on opening day while the Magpies were defeated 2-1 by Spurs on the same day.Cardiff City’s new loan signing Harry Arter is expected to make his debut, having been ineligible against parent club Bournemouth last weekend. Kenneth Zohore, who has been nursing a groin problem, faces a late fitness test, while Aron Gunnarsson is sidelined with a knee injury.DeAndre Yedlin is out for Newcastle after the right-back injured his knee in the home defeat by Tottenham. Javier Manquillo is set to deputise for him, while Salomon Rondon could start.Cardiff’s run of 10 defeats against Newcastle is their worst ever league record against any team. Newcastle’s 10 consecutive league wins is their best such run against any opponent. Cardiff’s last league victory in this fixture came at home in the Second Division in 1981, while their last top-flight win against the Magpies was in 1961. However, the Bluebirds did register an FA Cup victory at Newcastle in 2014.Everton vs SouthamptonGoodison Park, LiverpoolSaturday, 18-08-2018  @05:00pmReferee: Lee MasonEverton forward Richarlison, who scored twice on his debut against Wolves, is available after being taken off because of cramp in that match. Phil Jagielka begins a three-game ban and could be replaced by Chelsea loanee Kurt Zouma, as Yerry Mina is out with a minor foot injury.Mohamed Elyounoussi is a major doubt for Southampton because of a tight hamstring. Scottish midfielder Stuart Armstrong has recovered from a knock. Striker Danny Ings featured as a substitute last weekend and could start his first game for Saints.Everton are unbeaten in their last 13 home league games against Southampton, winning nine and drawing four. Saints have scored just seven goals during that run, failing to score more than once. Southampton’s 2-0 win at Goodison Park in November 1997 is their only victory in 19 Premier League games there. However, Everton have won only one of their last five Premier League encounters with Saints (D2, L2).Leicester City vs Wolverhampton WanderersKing Power Stadium, Leicester Saturday, 18-08-2018  @05:00pmReferee: Micheal DeanThis is only the third Premier League meeting between Leicester and Wolves and the first since a 0-0 draw in February 2004 at the King Power Stadium. Leicester haven’t beaten Wolves in the top flight since a 5-1 win at Filbert Street in December 1983 – Gary Lineker was among the scorers for the Foxes. Wolves’ last top-flight win at Leicester was a 2-1 victory in December 1971. The Foxes have only won three of the last 14 league and cup meetings between the clubs (D7, L4). The last meeting between the sides, in January 2013, ended in a 2-1 victory for Leicester.Leicester will again be without Japanese forward Shinji Okazaki, who only recently resumed training after a post-World Cup break. Midfielder Matty James is out with a Achilles injury, while new signing Caglar Soyuncu is not match fit.Wolves could hand a debut to club-record signing Adama Traore , but Belgian midfielder Leander Dendoncker will not be included. Winger Ivan Cavaleiro remains sidelined by a troublesome back issue.Tottenham Hotspurs vs FulhamWembley, LondonSaturday, 18-08-2018  @05:00pmReferee: Anthony TaylorTottenham midfielders Erik Lamela, Harry Winks and Josh Onomah have returned to training but are unlikely to feature this weekend. Forward Son Heung-min is away with South Korea at the Asian Games.Fulham defenders Tim Ream and Alfie Mawson are out with respective thigh and knee injuries, while Denis Odoi is suspended. Left-back Joe Bryan should be available despite being forced off with an ankle problem against Crystal Palace.Tottenham have won eight of the last nine Premier League meetings between the sides, losing the other. Fulham’s last Premier League win over Spurs was at White Hart Lane, a 1-0 victory in March 2013 thanks to a goal from Dimitar Berbatov. The Cottagers have won just two of their 24 top-flight away matches against Spurs (D6, L16). Harry Kane scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 FA Cup win at Craven Cottage the last time the teams met in February 2017.West Ham United vs AFC BournemouthLondon Stadium, LondonSaturday, 18-08-2018  @05:00pmReferee: Stuart AttwellWest Ham and Bournemouth have two wins each in six Premier League meetings. Both matches last season were drawn. Bournemouth’s first Premier League victory came at West Ham, a 4-3 triumph in August 2015 featuring a Callum Wilson hat-trick. The Cherries’ total of 12 goals against the Hammers is their best return against any Premier League opponent.West Ham could give debuts to more of their summer signings with forward Lucas Perez and Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez in contention. Long-term absentees Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid and Andy Carroll remain out in an otherwise fully-fit squad.Club-record signing Jefferson Lerma could make his bow for Bournemouth but fellow new arrival Diego Rico is suspended because of his final-day dismissal in La Liga last season. Junior Stanislas is still sidelined.Though naturally concerned by some aspects of their capitulation at Anfield , West Ham fans will more realistically reserve early judgement of the new Manuel Pellegrini era until they’ve witnessed this weekend’s events. As clashes with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are on the agenda before the end of September, there’s certainly a feeling that they could do with beating a team who have won just two of their last 15 away trips. That said, Bournemouth’s victory against Cardiff a week ago means they are now closing in on a club-record fourth straight top-flight success and having not lost to the Hammers in almost two years, their expectations will be high.Chelsea vs ArsenalStanford Bridge, LondonSaturday, 18-08-2018 @07:30pmReferee: Martin AtkinsonChelsea have won five of their last six home league games against Arsenal, with the exception being a 0-0 draw last season. Arsenal have failed to score in four of their last five Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge. In all competitions, there were two meetings between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge last season, with both finishing 0-0. Prior to that, Chelsea had scored in 12 consecutive home matches against the Gunners in all competitions. In all competitions, Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in their last two away games against Chelsea. They’ve not kept three in a row away at Stamford Bridge since January 1924. Arsenal and Chelsea have met 52 times in the Premier League. In the first 26 meetings, Arsenal had a 54% win rate (W14 D9 L3), while Chelsea have won 54% of the last 26 (W14 D7 L5). Arsenal lost their opening Premier League match against Manchester City – they haven’t lost both of their first two games in a season since 1992-93 (vs Norwich and Blackburn).Arsenal were beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester City in their first competitive match under Unai Emery. Petr Cech will continue in goal for the Gunners despite being criticised for aspects of his display against City.Midfielder Cesc Fabregas will not feature against his former club due to a minor injury, but Sarri hopes he will be back in training next week despite describing it as “a very unusual injury”.Arsenal will be without Ainsley Maitland-Niles after he suffered a small fracture to his leg in last weekend’s defeat to Manchester City that could rule him out for up to two months. Maitland-Niles played at left-back in that loss and is likely to be replaced by fit-again Nacho Monreal, with Danny Welbeck also back in training, but Sead Kolasinac (knee), Laurent Koscielny (Achilles) and Carl Jenkinson (ankle) are absent.Burnely vs WatfordTurf Moor, BurnelySunday, 19-08-2018 @03:30pmReferee: Paul TierneyDyche is expected to make several changes after his side’s Europa League exertions but Robbie Brady, Steven Defour, Nick Pope and Tom Heaton remain on the injured list.Matej Vydra is also unlikely to be involved. The £11m signing is short of match fitness after a disrupted pre-season at Derby and is not yet considered ready for first-team action.Watford are still without injured quartet Gerard Deulofeu, Nathaniel Chalobah, Tom Cleverley and Stefano Okaka.Burnley have won three of their four Premier League meetings with Watford (L1), including both matches last season. Watford haven’t won any of their last 10 away league games against Burnley (D4 L6), failing to score in the last three. Their last win at Turf Moor was back in April 2004 (3-2). Watford haven’t scored in their last 349 minutes of league football at Turf Moor against Burnley since a Nathaniel Chalobah goal in the 11th minute of their 1-1 draw in the Championship in December 2012. Burnley are winless in their last six Premier League games (D3 L3), following a run of five wins in a row in March and April last season. o At home, Burnley have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League games (W2 D3 L5) – a 0-0 draw with Brighton in April. Watford have failed to score in their last eight away Premier League games, since a 1-3 defeat at Man City in January. Only Crystal Palace (10) and West Ham (9) have ever had longer goalless runs away from home in the competition.Manchester City vs Huddersfield TownEtihad Stadium, Manchester Sunday, 19-08-2019 @03:30pmReferee: Andre MarrinerAfter their record breaking Premier League season last year, Pep Guardiola’s men faced a potentially tricky opener to the defence of their title. Manchester City made the trip down south to the Emirates Stadium to face an Arsenal side under the fresh management of Unai Emery.It didn’t turn out to be a tricky fixture for the dominant Manchester City though. They controlled the ball for long periods at the Emirates, opening the scoring on 14 minutes via a magical Raheem Sterling strike and deservedly doubling their lead in the second half thanks to Bernardo Silva. It was a composed, efficient, and quite frankly a routine win for the visitors, despite their illustrious opponents.That sort of performance doesn’t bode well for the potential challengers to Manchester City’s throne, and not many will be expecting them to slip up at home to Huddersfield on Sunday.The hosts scored in all but one of their home Premier League games last season and have found the net in 17 of their last 18 home and away. The one blip on those records did actually come at home to Huddersfield, but a repeat of that goalless draw looks extremely unlikely here. Manchester City won 16 of their 19 home league games last season and scored a huge 61 goals in total, and they’re facing a Huddersfield side coming into this on the back of a thrashing.Manchester City have won two, drawn three, and lost one of their last six meetings with Huddersfield, although their only defeat during this period was in the Championship back in 1999. The last time that Manchester City won a home league game against Huddersfield was in 1987, with the Citizens winning by the ridiculous scoreline of 10-1.Manchester City remain without Danilo and Eliaquim Mangala for this clash, while David Silva is a fitness doubt. The big news, however, is a potentially serious knee injury suffered by Kevin De Bruyne in training which is likely to keep him out for up to three months.Huddersfield come into this tie without Juninho Bacuna, Danny Williams, Isaac Mbenza, and Erik Durm. Jonas Lossl should be back between the sticks though, while new signing Adama Diakhaby will hope for a start after making his debut from the bench against Chelsea.Brighton vs Manchester UnitedThe American Express Community Stadium, FalmerSunday, 19-08-2018 @06:00pmReferee: Kevin FriendThe Seagulls will be looking to bounce back following a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Watford on the opening weekend, but face a tough task in taking on the Red Devils.Jose Mourinho’s men beat Leicester 2-1 last Friday, and will be looking for another three points on the south coast. Unfortunately for the Portuguese boss, his injury issues have not disappeared ahead of the second game of the season.Right-back duo Antonio Valencia (calf) and Diogo Dalot (knee) are both out, although Ashley Young could now start having nearly two weeks of training under his belt following his late return after the World Cup.However, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Phil Jones are now all in contention for starts as they approach full fitness following post-World Cup breaks. That means Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Andreas Pereira could all be dropped to the bench, although we expect the latter to remain in the line-up for now.Jose Izquierdo (knock), Florin Andone (knock) and Bruno (hamstring) are all doubts for the hosts who could bring new signings Yves Bissouma and Alireza Jahanbakhsh in for first starts after coming off the bench last week. If Chris Hughton does so, he will have to choose who to drop out of Solly March, Anthony Knockaert, Yves Bissouma, Pascal Gross and Dale Stephens.Crystal Palace vs LiverpoolSelhurst Park, LondonSunday, 19-08-2018 @10:00pmReferee: Micheal OliverWilfried Zaha can become Crystal Palace’s all-time Premier League top scorer as they face Liverpool on Monday Night Football. He will make Crystal Palace history if he can find the back of the net at Selhurst Park on Monday night, less than a week after he signed a new five-year contract with the Eagles. The news came as a relief to Roy Hodgson, who admitted he had been concerned the club’s top scorer from last season could have left during the summer.For their opponents Liverpool, Sadio Mane scored twice as Liverpool thrashed West Ham 4-0 at Anfield last weekend, taking an early lead ahead of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the goalscoring stakes early on – even if the Egyptian will be favourite to overturn that soon enough.Manager Jurgen Klopp said the trio operate more in a spirit of co-operation than competition, however, with each bagging at least 20 goals in all competition last season.Max Meyer could make his Crystal Palace debut against Klopp’s side. The summer signing from Schalke missed last weekend’s 2-0 win at Fulham as he fought for full match fitness. But Hodgson has no fresh injury concerns so can pick from a full-strength squad.Liverpool could bring Joel Matip and Fabinho into their squad for the trip to south London.Crystal Palace have lost each of their last three home league games against Liverpool – it’s their longest losing home run against the Reds in league competition. After a run of three defeats in a row against the Eagles, Liverpool have won four of their last five Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace. The last Premier League meeting on a Monday between these sides was back in May 2014 – Liverpool were leading 3-0 after 78 minutes before Crystal Palace came back to draw 3-3. Crystal Palace, who have won their last three Premier League games at Selhurst Park, are looking to secure four home top-flight wins in a row for the first time since December 1990 – the fourth game in this run also came against Liverpool. Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha needs one more goal to become the Eagles’ all-time highest Premier League goalscorer (currently 23, level with Chris Armstrong). Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke has scored six goals in nine top-flight games against former club Liverpool, more than he has against any other current Premier League team.Comments last_img read more