Aberdeen coach knows they need a big performance to win the

first_imgFor Derek McInnes, his team will have the most difficult match of the year against Celtic on SundayAberdeen and Celtic will face each other in the Scottish League Cup Final on Sunday.And Aberdeen’s manager Derek McInnes knows his team has to play their best match of the season to win.“We haven’t lost a goal in the competition yet, we’ve beaten three Premiership teams already,” said McInnes to the BBC.ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - MAY 04: Manager of Celtic Neil Lennon celebrates as his side secured the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership title after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Lennon praises Celtic’s fan support Manuel R. Medina – May 5, 2019 According to the team manager, the way the supporters behave this season helped the team achieve an eighth consecutive title.“We’ve had to win at Easter Road [on penalties against Hibernian]; Hampden against Rangers.”“We feel we’ve got the big performance in us to win the game. Celtic are the bigger club, they’ve got the bigger squad; better squad but we are capable of a bigger performance on the day and that’s what we’re searching for,” he added.“In the last few months, we’ve had two very tight games against them.”“The game we won, there was nothing really in the game. We came up with a big moment to get the three points and an important result,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Journey to Dhaka begins

first_imgHolidaymakers are returning home after enjoying Eid vacation. Photo: UNBA crowded Dhaka looked somewhat deserted once people started leaving the capital city to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha at their village homes.The holidaymakers have already started returning to the capital after celebrating the Eid with their families in their hometowns, reports UNB.They are coming back as the weekday begins on Sunday.On Saturday, moderate crowds of people coming back to the city were found at Railway stations, bus and launch terminals.However, the pressure of the returnees is still low, said witnesses and authorities.Alamgir Hossain, ioint director at Naval Traffic, said 70 launches reached Sadarghat Launch terminal from 23 routes from around 7am to 11am on Saturday.He said the number of returning passengers is not that much high yet, but it will increase on Sunday.Trains were running about half an hour behind their schedules on average, causing delay to the departure of the outgoing ones, said Mizanur Rahman, a sub-inspector at Kamalapur Railway Station.Shahidul Islam, a banker who returned from Kushtia by train, told UNB that he along with his family members had to return today (Saturday) as his office and the schools of his kids reopen on Sunday.”There was a less crowd. So, we didn’t have to suffer much except the delayed train,” he added.Meanwhile, ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari route were disrupted for two hours from around 4am to 6am due to poor navigability in the Padma river causing immense sufferings to passengers.Ten small ferries are in operation while more than 300 vehicles waiting on both sides of the river, said Khandaker Shah Khaled Newaz, assistant general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).The dredging worksare going on to solve the navigability problem and soon the ferry services will get back to normalcy, he added.He also said 87 launches and 400 speedboats are transporting passengers on this route.Farhana Dolly, a resident of Shahjahanpur who was returning from Feni, said, it took lesser time to reach Dhaka this time as the highway was relatively free of traffic.As the festive mood of Eid vacation has not lost its charm yet, those who did not leave the city for Eid celebrations enjoyed the city free from traffic jams, noise and crowd.Zarif Rafiul Haque Iraz, a Dhaka city dweller, said Dhaka remains free from traffic only during long vacations, especially during Eid holidays.”This is the reason I along with my friends decided to roam around the city to enjoy crowd-free and traffic-free Dhaka experience,” he added.This year, along with the three-day Eid holidays, most of the holiday makers got additional two days off — Friday and Saturday.Dhaka is expected to get back to its usual bustle on Sunday when people will be returning to the capital in their thousands from Saturday night.last_img read more

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Health Care Vote Could Threaten Republican House Majority

first_imgNicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty ImagesProtesters shout at lawmakers walking out of the Capitol on Thursday after the House of Representatives narrowly passed a Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.As soon as the House approved the GOP health care bill on Thursday, Democrats were working on using it against Republicans in next year’s midterm elections.“They have this vote tattooed on them. This is a scar they carry,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared just after the American Health Care Act passed the House.Just to rub it in, many Democrats on the House floor began singing “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” to their colleagues across the aisle after the vote, a moment of schadenfreude as they hope for the same fate many of their own suffered after the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010.Democrats need to flip 24 seats to win back the House in 2018, and the congressional vote to repeal and replace Obamacare may well have made that a much easier task. Some of the most vulnerable House Republicans voted in favor of the GOP health care plan on Thursday. No Democrats voted for it, while 20 Republicans opposed it, and it only eked by with 217 yay votes — one more than it needed to pass.Even members who bit the bullet and voted yes, on what they admitted was an imperfect bill, sounded anything but certain about the vote they had just cast.Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo — who represents a Miami district Hillary Clinton won in 2016 by 16 points — made a “game-time decision” to vote for the legislation, his spokeswoman told the Miami Herald, and now will be looking to the Senate to smooth out some issues with the bill.“Today’s vote is just a step in the legislative process for this bill — not the end of it,” Curbelo said in a taped statement. “We have worked hard to improve the legislation, but we have a long way to go.”The bill has yet to be scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to determine how much the bill will cost or how many people could lose coverage. A CBO report in March on an earlier iteration of the bill predicted that 24 million fewer people would be covered.Atop Democratic target lists for 2018 are the 23 Republicans who sit in districts that were won by Hillary Clinton last November. Of those members, 14 ended up voting for the bill, with just nine opposing it. One of those no votes, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, announced earlier this week she wasn’t seeking re-election, so that’s one open race Democrats are feeling hopeful about.Many of the Republicans who voted against the bill cited concerns that the legislation didn’t do enough to protect people with pre-existing conditions — echoing a major attack line that Democrats are already using and will surely stick with over the next 18 months.Moderate New Jersey Republican Tom MacArthur worked with members of the conservative Freedom Caucus to come up with an amendment to the GOP’s American Health Care Act that allows states to seek waivers from Obamacare requirements, including on coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.Further changes put more money toward so-called “high-risk pools” to help defray costs for people with pre-existing conditions. But NPR’s Alison Kodjak reported that “an analysis released Thursday by consulting firm Avalere Health concludes that that amount would be inadequate for providing full health coverage for the number of people who now buy insurance in the individual market and have medical problems.”“At this time, I cannot support the AHCA with the MacArthur amendment because I’m concerned that a small percentage of those with pre-existing conditions may still not be protected,” Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman, who sits in a district Clinton won, said in a statement explaining his decision.For Democrats, it’s a pronounced turn of events since Obamacare passed in 2010. With Republicans riding high on the public opposition to the law, the Democrats’ majority in the House was decimated that year, with 63 seats and control of the House lost.But sentiment has changed on Obamacare, with Gallup Poll finding this month that 55 percent now approve of the ACA.The AHCA faces a much tougher road in the Senate, and if it dies there, some of those vulnerable GOP members may have made what ends up being a futile vote.But there’s another side to consider, too. For Republicans who have made the refrain “repeal and replace Obamacare” their mantra for seven years now, not acting on their signature campaign promise could risk depleting enthusiasm among their core voters, who they also need to turn out in November 2018 to combat a Democratic base that is energized against President Trump.And after the first attempt at repeal failed in an embarrassing fashion, House Republicans and Trump badly needed a win. That’s why they took a victory lap in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday afternoon, even though the bill is far from becoming law.“The American people expected us to deliver on the promises we’ve made and that’s what House Republicans have just done,” National Republican Congressional Committee communications director Matt Gorman wrote in a memo after the vote.Republicans have pointed out that more insurance companies are pulling out of state-run exchanges, and the GOP bill will cut about $765 billion in taxes over the next decade, NPR’s Scott Horsley reported, though mostly for wealthy Americans.Some Democratic operatives were already gloating on social media that the Rose Garden event provided great footage for attack ads against House Republicans next year.Ultimately, for the most vulnerable House Republicans, this may be a vote they won’t be able to escape over the next year and a half — even if it never becomes law.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. 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first_img   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 12:29Broken down vehicle on M6One lane closed and queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J14 A34 (Stafford North) and M6 (Stafford Services). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. Stafford Services is located between J14 and J15.12:10Delays on A53 in Stockton BrookVery slow traffic on A53 Leek New Road in both directions at A5009 Baddeley Green Lane. In the roadworks area.Caller reports resurfacing works are causing delays in the area. Traffic is especially slow travelling Westbound.12:05Abandoned vehicle on M6A Highways England spokesman said:Soundbound exit slip. Abandoned vehicle on the verge. Recovery and #trafficofficers on scene. Lane 1 closed for recovery. Please take care in area “11:33Delays on M6 in StaffordshireNorthbound near junction 13. More here.11:04Just one lane closed nowOne lane closed and queueing traffic due to multi-vehicle accident on M6 Northbound before J13 A449 (Stafford South).Lane one (of four) is closed. Traffic was held to attend to the vehicles and clean up the scene. Cameras show on of the cars involved on the verge next to lane one. 10:56Traffic being held On M6Stationary traffic due to all traffic being temporarily held and multi-vehicle accident on M6 Northbound before J13 A449 (Stafford South).Traffic has been held to attend to the vehicles and clean up the scene. Cameras show on of the cars involved on the verge next to lane one. Emergency services are at scene attending to the vehicles.10:47Multi-vehicle accident on M6One lane closed and very slow traffic due to multi-vehicle accident on M6 Northbound before J13 A449 (Stafford South).Lane one (of four) is closed. Cameras show on of the cars involved on the verge next to lane one. Emergency services are at scene attending to the vehicles. 10:17Slow traffic in CheadleVery slow traffic on A522 Tape Street Southbound at B5417 Queen Street. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 10:06Investigation continues after blaze rips through houseFive fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze. More here.08:30Heavy traffic at Smallthorne RoundaboutsHeavy traffic on A5272 Hanley Road / High Lane around Moorland Road (Smallthorne Roundabouts). Travel time is four minutes. 08:01Temporary traffic lights causing delays on A52Queueing traffic on A52 in both directions from A523 (Swinscoe) to B5032 Ashbourne Road (Mayfield). In the roadworks area.Due to temporary traffic lights. 07:48Robbie Williams and wife Ayda quit as X Factor JudgesThe couple have confirmed they won’t be returning as judges on the ITV music competition. More here.07:34Heavy traffic in BucknallA52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights).07:07Usual queuing traffic on A50Queueing traffic on A50 Eastbound at B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). In the roadworks area.Due to a lane closure.06:35Arrest after late night collisionA person was arrested after police were called to a collision in Newcastle town centre. More here. 06:21Good morningWe’ll be bringing you the latest updates from across the region throughout the morning. Punter found hiding in bushes Hello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday, April 12. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing womancenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

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Motorists beware These are the roads which will be closed in StokeonTrent

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman New women’s champion for event There will also be roads closed in the city between 10:45am and 12:15pm.  These are: Albion Street, Lichfield Street to Cheapside; Cheapside; Piccadilly, Cheapside to Stafford Street; Stafford. Spectators are being urged to line the streets as hundreds of runners take on race, sponsored by the Hanley Economic Building Society. Read MoreCelebrate World Gin Day this weekend with a FREE drink at a Stoke-on-Trent pub (but there’s a catch)   The event will see more than 1,600 participants tackling the 13.1-mile course, which includes challenging sections such as Anchor Road and the infamous ‘Heartbreak Hill’ on Milton Road. Runners – including the first leg of the relay teams – will gather in Huntbach Street, Hanley, and then start at 10.30am from Potteries Way; finishing back in the city centre at the Sir Stanley Matthews statue near the intu Potteries Shopping Centre. Councillor Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “The Potters ‘Arf is one of the most unique and inspiring half marathons in the country. The support on the route is something special and the atmosphere at the city centre finish is amazing. “The junior event is also a fantastic part of the ’Arf and can inspire future generations to take up running and keep fit. Many previous young entrants have actually gone on to take on the main race – so it’s definitely an inspiration for children in the city. “Our council and partner organisations have worked for months to support this event and the Potters ’Arf is a fantastic example of how this great city comes together for events like this. Read MorePotters ‘Arf 2019 Driver named following fatal collision Thousands take part in event A look at this year’s races Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . From 10am until 2pm the roads affected by closures include: Potteries Way, Huntbach Street to York Street; York Street, Potteries Way to Hanover Street; Hanover Street, York Street to Hope Street; Hope Street; Stafford Street, Hope Street to Quadrant Road; Quadrant Road, Stafford Street to Town Road; Parliament Row; Old Hall Street, Parliament Row to Lichfield Street; Lichfield Street, Old Hall Street to Leek Road; Victoria Road, Leek Road to Victoria Place; Victoria Place; King Street, Victoria Place to Times Square; Times Square; Market Street; Anchor Road; Dividy Road, Anchor Road to Beverley Drive; Beverley Drive, Dividy Road to Malthouse Road; Malthouse Road; Ruxley Road, Malthouse Road to Marychurch Road; Marychurch Road, Fellbrook Lane; Abbey Lane; Abbey Road, Abbey Lane to Leek Road; Leek Road, Abbey Road to Baddeley Green Lane; Baddeley Green Lane, Leek Road to Leonard Avenue; Leonard Avenue; Leek New Road, Leonard Avenue to Berwick Road; Berwick Road; Milton Road, Berwick Road to Hanley Road; Hanley Road, Milton Road to Cromwell Street; Chell Street, Cromwell Street to Hulton Street; Hulton Street;Town Road, Hulton Street to Quadrant Road and Quadrant Road, Potteries Way Slip Road to Town Road. center_img Potters ‘Arf champ wins for second year Organiser praises city’s ‘spirit’ Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA number of roads in Stoke-on-Trent will be closed on Sunday for the annual Potters ‘Arf. The annual event takes in a route of 13.1 miles through the city  with those taking part expected to gather in Huntbatch Street ready for the race which will start on Potteries Way. The race, on Sunday, starts at 10.30am but a number of roads will be closed before then. Between 7am and 2pm, the following roads will be closed: Town Road, Quadrant Road to Huntbach Street; Huntbach Street, Town Road to Meigh Street and the sliproad from Potteries Way to Quadrant Road. Punter found hiding in bushes “It will show the amazing community spirit across Stoke-on-Trent and the passion for sport that this city has. Good luck to everyone who’s taking part.”  David Lownds, head of sales, marketing and business development at the Hanley Economic Building Society, said: “We are looking forward to another successful Potters ’Arf Marathon. As a local business, supporting our community is a key priority and once again, we’re delighted to be involved in this famous local event. “Hanley Economic have supported the Potters ’Arf for 15 years now and it’s always a brilliant atmosphere, a real pleasure to be a part of.” Runners can still get a place and register on the day of the race. To sign up, visit the Hanley Economic branch in Lamb Street, Hanley, from 8.15am to 9.30am on Sunday, June 9. The costs (cash only) will be – affiliated runner £25; unaffiliated runner £27; walker £22; relay team £37; and juniors £6. Participants will also need to fill in a registration form, so please arrive in good time. New entries after 9.30am will not be accepted. More details are available here. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive 140 photographs from the event Route and road closures Full list of runners, results and times last_img read more

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