Manchester City face an anxious wait to discover if David Silva can play a part in the last four games of their Barclays Premier League season after the Spaniard was stretchered off in the 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion. Ridgewell’s loss would be a further blow to the Baggies who will now go into Saturday’s pivotal Hawthorns clash with West Ham just three points above the relegation zone. Mel said: “The most important thing we can do is focus on Saturday which is really like a final for us. “It really was as difficult game after conceding in the third and 10th minutes and we had to change everything we’d been working on during the week. After that the team did really well.” And Mel questioned the decision of referee Phil Dowd to rule out a Matej Vydra strike which would have levelled the score at 1-1 due to a marginal offside decision. Mel said: “We’ve seen the images on the TV and it was very tight, and every time there is a tight decision it seems to go against us.” “He got a kick some weeks ago and every week he has played the game with pain. It is hard to tell without the doctors giving their assessment but hopefully it will be a short-term injury.” Silva’s injury took the gloss off a workmanlike performance from City which moved them to within six points of leaders Liverpool with a game in hand. Fears of a repeat of Wednesday’s slip-up against the Black Cats were extinguished by a lightning start in which Pablo Zabaleta headed a third-minute opener and Sergio Aguero struck a sweet second past Ben Foster with 10 minutes on the clock. The Baggies responded well and Graham Dorrans reduced the deficit with a magnificent strike but Pellegrini’s men effectively wrapped the game up before the break when Martin Demichelis got a rather fortunate touch to Samir Nasri’s left-wing corner. Looking ahead to the title run-in, Pellegrini added: “It is exactly the same as last week – we knew when we had two or three games postponed it would be difficult for us to be at the top of the table and to feel we are the team that has more chances. “We lost the game against Liverpool and we knew we wouldn’t depend on what we are going to do between now and the end of the season – but we have a duty to win our games.” Baggies boss Pepe Mel revealed defender Liam Ridgewell is a doubt for the remainder of his side’s relegation run-in after hobbling off in the dying moments with a knee injury. Ridgewell will undergo tests at the club on Tuesday but Mel said: “We have a feeling he may go on to miss the rest of the season. We will have a look at the tests tomorrow but the feeling is he won’t be able to play.” Press Association Silva fell after a tangle involving Morgan Amalfitano and Billy Jones in the 67th minute of the Etihad Stadium clash and early indications are that the midfielder has suffered another recurrence of the ankle injury which has been troubling him in recent weeks. City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “We will see tomorrow what has happened. David played the last three games with pain in his ankle and that is why it wasn’t possible for him to play against Sunderland (last week).
India crashed out of the AFC Asian Cup with a heartbreaking 0-1 defeat against Bahrain, who scored in the injury time, in their final Group A match in Sharjah on Monday.Bahrain converted a penalty in the 91st minute through Jamal Rashed, who made no mistake after India captain Pronay Halder committed a careless tackle inside the penalty area.India finished outside the top two after the the group’s other game between UAE and Thailand ended in a 1-1 draw. India finished with three points from three matches. Hosts UAE, Bahrain and Thailand advanced to the Round of 16.We defended like warriors & the defeat is really hard to take. Disappointed seeing how it turned out but we can only go upwards from here. Proud of the boys and we thank the fans for their support: @SandeshJhingan #INDBAH #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream #BlueTigersIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 14, 2019Nobody expected us to do so well in the @afcasiancup and we showed that we belong here. However, football is a cruel game sometimes: @SandeshJhingan #INDBAH #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball #AsianDream #BlueTigersIndian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 14, 2019Entering their final group game following a 4-1 win over Thailand and a 0-2 loss to hosts United Arab Emirates, a determined India held on for 90 minutes before conceding.Thailand progress to the next round of the #AsianCup2019 alongside @uaent2019 and @bfainfo congratulations to the War Elephants pic.twitter.com/I4as5DRnl2#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 14, 2019This was India’s fourth appearance in the continental showpiece, beginning with the 1964 edition, in which only four teams participated.advertisementIn their next Asian Cup in 1984, India were knocked out in the first round and they suffered a similar fate in 2011, when they lost heavily to Australia, South Korea and Bahrain.However, the team under coach Stephen Constantine started the tournament with a demolition of Thailand, sounding a warning that it was not here to make up the numbers.They were a shade unlucky against UAE and went down fighting, but looked determined against Bahrain.The Blue Tigers started off shakily after losing defender Anas Edathodika to injury as early as the second minute, but Sandesh Jhingan and his colleagues managed to stave off the Bahrain strikers until the blunder inside the box.
Story Highlights The pilot is part of a three-year programme between the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) and Family Life Ministries (FLM). A pilot foster care project will be undertaken over the next year as the Government moves to place more children under State care in stable family settings. Under the initiative, dubbed ‘For the Child Foster Care Programme’, the FLM will identify, recruit, assess, engage and notify the CPFSA of prospective foster families for processing. A pilot foster care project will be undertaken over the next year as the Government moves to place more children under State care in stable family settings.The pilot is part of a three-year programme between the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) and Family Life Ministries (FLM).Under the initiative, dubbed ‘For the Child Foster Care Programme’, the FLM will identify, recruit, assess, engage and notify the CPFSA of prospective foster families for processing.Both entities signed a Service Agreement to solidify the partnership during a ceremony at FLM’s Cecelio Avenue offices in St. Andrew on Tuesday (March 5).State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, welcomed the partnership noting that it is “a key step forward in the progress being implemented in Jamaica for the care and protection of our children”.State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Alando Terrelonge (left), discusses a matter of interest with Chief Executive Officer of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), Rosalee Gage Grey. Occasion was the signing ceremony for a Service Agreement between the CPFSA and Family Life Ministries (FLM) for a pilot foster care project, at the FLM’s Cecelio Avenue offices in St. Andrew on Tuesday (March 5). “This collaboration, I believe, will be the beginning of a significant move of children from State care facilities into homes with loving parents, who will not just care for them emotionally, physically but [also] ensure that their psychological needs are met; in particular to build their self-confidence and their self-esteem, their self-worth and their sense of value,” he said.Chief Executive Officer of the FLM, Dr. Barry Davidson, explained that under the arrangement, the entity will be seeking “devoted, Christian families to help us show love, care, [and] compassion for children who are in State care”.“FLM would like to bridge the gap between the challenges that we are facing in our society with so many children who are neglected, who are not cared for and who need our help. Our solution is to provide therapeutic family homes for these children,” he said.Dr. Davidson said the FLM will be recruiting parents from churches, who will then be screened to ensure that they are suitable in all aspects of parenting. The selected parents will then be trained “to become the kind of parents who would be very effective in caring for these children,” he noted.“We will be engaging in a matching programme where we will be matching these parents to children from CPFSA. Once a child has been properly matched, we will assist the parent to provide ongoing care for these children by providing them with ongoing supervision, counselling, and support for the family,” he added.For CEO of the CPFSA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, the agreement is historic, as it marks Jamaica’s first model public-private partnership in foster care.“This concept has been very effective in First-World countries such as Canada, in particular Nairn Family Homes, a premier foster care institution with over 45 years of experience,” she said.Mrs. Gage-Grey noted that there are close to 4,500 children in the care of the State. More than 900 of these children are in foster care placement with over 800 foster parents.“Our aim is to recruit more families to open their homes and hearts. This is what will be achieved through this public-private partnership to drive the recruitment, service delivery, management and treatment programmes for children,” she said.
zoom Owner and operator of LNG carriers Dynagas LNG Partners has secured more work for two of its LNG carriers, Arctic Aurora and Clean Energy.The company entered into a new three-year charter agreement with Statoil for the employment of the 2013-built Arctic Aurora. The 155,000 cbm, tri-fuel diesel engine, ice class LNG carrier is currently, and has been since 2013, on charter to Statoil.As informed, the extended charter is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2018 in direct continuation of the current charter. Statoil will have the option to extend the new charter by two consecutive 12-month periods at escalated rates.In addition, PetroChina International (Singapore) has exercised its right to extend the current charter term for the Clean Energy by a minimum period of approximately four months.The 2007-built, 150,000 cbm LNG carrier was delivered to PetroChina in October 2017. It is now expected to be redelivered to Dynagas under the charter, as extended, at the earliest, in May 2018 and at latest, in June 2018, prior to its delivery to Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore in July 2018, when the vessel will commence a time charter with a term of approximately eight years.The extension of these two charter periods increases the partnership’s estimated contracted backlog to approximately USD 1.51 billion with average remaining contract duration of about 10.6 years, according to Dynagas. “Statoil is an important partner for Dynagas that further solidifies our operation of LNG carriers in subzero and ice bound areas. The charter with PetroChina strengthens an important cooperation that provides cleaner energy in a rapidly growing Chinese gas market,” Tony Lauritzen, Chief Executive Officer of Dynagas LNG, commented.“As previously communicated we have been executing on our strategy of securing term employment for part of our availability in 2018 on the back of an improving LNG shipping market,” Lauritzen added.Currently, Dynagas LNG Partners’ fleet comprises six LNG carriers. Each of the vessels has a carrying capacity of approximately 150,000 to 155,000 cbm.
Three of the Internet’s most beloved pets are teaming up to help the millions of cats and dogs in shelters and rescue groups across the country find loving homes.Social Media Superstars Lend Star Power To Homeless Cats and DogsFashion icon Toast Meets World, globally recognized pianist Keyboard Cat and life of the party Hamilton Pug are lending their star power to “Start A Story. Adopt,” a new public service advertising (PSA) campaign from The Shelter Pet Project, a collaborative effort between Maddie’s Fund, The Humane Society of the United States and the Ad Council.Toast Meets World, Keyboard Cat and Hamilton Pug receive millions of views, likes and shares on social media, but most people don’t know they were adopted. Created pro bono by J. Walter Thompson New York, these new PSAs share these pets’ unique stories, which all began in shelters and rescue groups, and highlight the special bonds between the pets and their families. Prospective owners are encouraged to visit TheShelterPetProject.org to learn more about the adoption process and search for adoptable pets at shelters and rescue groups near them. Adoption advocates are also encouraged to support the effort on social media by using the hashtag #StartAStoryAdopt to share stories of how their shelter pets changed their lives for the better and to encourage others to start their own stories by adopting an amazing shelter dog or cat today.Video: #StartAStoryAdopt | Shelter Pet AdoptionWayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS said: “Millions of healthy, adoptable dogs and cats enter shelters across America each year and are just waiting for a special home. Unfortunately, many of those animals never find one. We hope Toast, Keyboard Cat and Hamilton Pug inspire people to support their local animal shelters and start their own stories by adopting a pet in need of a home.”There is a common misconception that there is something wrong with shelter pets; however, the majority of these pets end up in shelters and rescue groups through no fault of their own. “Moving” and “landlord issues” are among the top reasons animals find themselves in shelters.“This campaign comes at a watershed moment for homeless pets,” said Amy Zeifang of the Maddie’s Fund Executive Leadership Team. “Thanks to the increased popularity of shelter and rescue group pets, we’re close to reaching our goal of ending pet homelessness in the country. In fact, if every community in the United States would just adopt six more pets each month, every healthy and treatable shelter dog or cat in America would have a home.”The TV, radio, print, outdoor and web PSAs will be distributed this week to national media and will air in donated time and space per the Ad Council’s model. Over the coming months, the campaign will continue to build awareness around the issue through an extensive social media campaign, which will include original and user-generated content encouraging people to share their shelter pet adoption stories. Through the Ad Council’s first partnership with CrowdTap, the campaign will also leverage the marketing platform’s extensive network of social media influencers to spread the word about shelter pet adoption and the new PSA campaign.“J. Walter Thompson is proud to partner with The Shelter Pet Project and The Ad Council to champion the adoption of shelter pets,” said Gustavo Martinez, Worldwide Chairman & CEO of J. Walter Thompson Company. “By showcasing the wonderful success stories of our adopted celebrity pets and the happiness they bring to thousands of people each day, we hope that prospective owners can see the difference they can make and choose a shelter pet as their next companion.”The Shelter Pet Project is the first national PSA campaign to bring together animal welfare organizations and shelters across the country with one unified goal – to increase pet adoption. Since launching in 2009, The Shelter Pet Project has received more than $272 million in donated media. In the past year alone, there have been more than 700,000 searches for adoptable pets on TheShelterPetProject.org.“It’s heartbreaking that so many healthy and treatable pets are needlessly euthanized every year,” added Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “Pets can bring so much love and comfort to a family, and I urge those thinking about adopting to make shelters and rescue groups the first place they turn.”