Arsenal go clear atop Premier League

first_img At Emirates Stadium, Laurent Koscielny scored the decisive goal for Arsenal, but goalkeeper Petr Cech was the one celebrated after the victory over Newcastle strengthened their position at the summit of the standings. Koscielny scored from close range in mid second half after Cech made two outstanding saves to deny Georginio Wijnaldum. “He is calm and never panics. We needed that,” manager Arsene Wenger said of Cech. Second-place Leicester failed to keep pace with Arsenal after being held to 0-0 at home by 10-man Bournemouth. Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty to frustrate Leicester, who are only a point above City after their comeback at Vicarage Road. Watford went ahead when Aleksandar Kolarov diverted Ben Watson’s corner into his own net in the second half. But City overturned the deficit with two late goals in as many minutes. Yaya Toure scored with superb control from Kolarov’s corner, then Sergio Aguero’s header followed swiftly after to secure City’s first away win since September. “We have to build on this. We hadn’t won in six on the road,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said. “It’s not championship-winning form, but we’re somehow still in it.” Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll scored to take their tally to two goals each in as many games as West Ham achieved a first-league double over Liverpool in 52 years. Klopp was not impressed by the performance of his side, which dropped to eighth. “Today is not a day to be disappointed. It is a day to be angry,” Klopp said. Meanwhile Norwich beat Southampton 1-0, West Bromwich Albion overcame Stoke 2-1, and Sunderland beat Aston Villa 3-1. Outstanding saves LONDON (AP): Manchester United rediscovered what winning felt like as Arsenal edged Newcastle 1-0 to move two points clear atop the English Premier League yesterday. Manchester City came from a goal down to beat Watford 2-1 to stay a point behind Leicester, and West Ham rose to sixth in beating Liverpool 2-0, leaving the latter’s coach, Juergen Klopp, furious. At Old Trafford, there were only smiles for United’s first win since November 21, ending a win-less run of eight games, their longest in 26 years. Anthony Martial put United ahead after half-time, and set up Wayne Rooney to flick in the winner with his heel. The goal made Rooney second on the club’s all-time scoring list on 238 11 behind Bobby Charlton and second all-time in the Premier League on 188, behind Alan Shearer’s total of 260. “It was his left foot behind his right foot. You cannot imagine what a goal that is,” manager Louis van Gaal said of his captain’s strike. United stayed in fifth place, provisionally two points behind Tottenham, who will be at Everton today.last_img read more

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Drug Treatment Court can reduce drug addict cases— Justice Kofi Barnes

first_imgLaw enforcement officers were on Thursday engaged in a Drug Treatment Court Awareness Workshop, intended as a preventative measure in controlling the number of drug addicts within the country.With partnering agencies such as the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA); the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Secretariat; the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), the engagement sought to establish that drug abusers could be reintegrated into society thus preventing them from entering the drug arena.Speaking at the workshop, Justice Kofi Barnes of the Ontario High Court pointed out that recovery through a drug treatment court was important to end the scourge of an unending cycle, which may present itself in a person’s metamorphosis.He explained that when persons were indicted for a drug-related offence and were sentenced to prison, they served the required time and returned to that lifestyle once they were out on the streets again. However, the court breaks this cycle by allowing addicts to receive assistance, medically and mentally.He added that countries that turn to the judicial system to fix the high number of drug addict cases have saved millions of dollars in just one year.“Ottawa in Canada calculated that based on the number of persons that have been going to the Drug Treatment Court, they have been able to save the justice system three million dollars a year… It costs money. If it is the healthcare services that they are using, it costs money. Police Officers always going to arrest them, it costs money. All these things, by going through the programme, is saving an additional nine million dollars.”Throughout the workshop, participants were briefed on plans which are crucial in establishing such a court, the importance of monitoring the drug treatment court model, treatment issues and international approaches which are to be implemented for successful results.For 2017, 55,139 kilograms (121,305.8 pounds) of narcotics was seized according to NANA. Law enforcement agencies seized the narcotics, which include substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy; and have even managed to eradicate over 117,000kg (257,400 pounds) of marijuana plants.The drugs were said to be valued in excess of $20 billion, and were snatched from the streets, while more than 300 persons have also been convicted for various drug crimes. A report issued in September of 2018 claimed that combined efforts by the Public Health, Education and Public Security Ministries, along with several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), resulted in over 900 persons receiving training in drug prevention and drug supply reduction, to work with youths and at-risk populations. Further, over 100 persons have reportedly received specialised treatment for problematic drug use via the Phoenix Recovery Project and the Salvation Army Men’s Social Service.last_img read more

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