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Chelsea nearer to EPL title after Tottenham loss

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first_imgLONDON, England (AP):Chelsea were handed a clearer path to the Premier League title yesterday after a disjointed Tottenham lost 1-0 at West Ham to end a nine-match winning run.The trophy can now be secured for the second time in three seasons by Chelsea over the next week – before Tottenham play again – if Antonio Conte’s side beat Middlesbrough on Monday and West Bromwich Albion on Friday.Chelsea remain four points ahead of Tottenham and have a game in hand. Tottenham’s challenge now is holding on for its highest finish in 54 years in the remaining three games.”It’s nearly impossible,” defender Eric Dier said of Tottenham’s pursuit of a first title since 1961.Mauricio Pochettino’s players were looking lethargic at the Olympic Stadium when Manuel Lanzini punished them in the 65th minute by pouncing after Aaron Cresswell’s cross wasn’t cleared. It was the first time Tottenham had trailed in a league game in a month and the damage would have been heavier had goalkeeper Hugo Lloris not made a diving save to deny Jonathan Calleri.”We started the second half a little bit sloppy, we conceded in the space and the way we conceded the goal in this type of football, when you are fighting for the big things, you feel disappointed,” Pochettino said. “We tried, it was difficult. The performance was not the best.”The visitors could find no way back as West Ham celebrated a signature win in their troubled first season at the main stadium for the 2012 Olympics which Tottenham had tried to secure in a bitter battle that ended up in court.UP SIX PLACESWest Ham turned on the style to foil a Tottenham side usually so energetic and menacing to ease any lingering relegation fears. The victory hauled Slaven Bilic’s team up six places to ninth in the standings after days of public debate about the manager’s futureWhat has proved costly for Tottenham are the dropped points in the opening months of the season. Tottenham were fifth in the standings after 18 games but have won 13 of their last 17 games to unexpectedly challenge Chelsea for the title, outmuscling bigger-spending rivals with a wage bill lower than their rivals in the top six.Now Tottenham are looking down again, holding an eight-point lead over Liverpool with three games to go. Tottenham are still set for a second consecutive season in the Champions League for the first time. But for the second year in a row, the team’s title bid has faltered in the closing weeks of the season.last_img read more

Bids received for upgrade of zoo

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first_imgGuyana’s lone Zoological Park, located within the Botanical Gardens on Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, will be upgraded soon with bids in excess of $5 million already received to kickstart the project.At the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) on Tuesday, three bids were received to the tune of $5 million, while another firm requested over $6 million to have the project completed.This aspect of the job would see repairs being conducted to rehabilitate enclosures and exhibits for birds within the park.The bids received were as follows: JPM’s General Construction, $6.2 million; Fiffe Building, $5.7 million; W Rasheed Service, $5.3 million and RP Construction Agency, $5.4 million. The engineer estimated the project to cost $5.4 million.This project was retendered under the Department of Environment, Ministry of the Presidency after no bids were received on July 23, when the project first came up at the Tender Board.Several notices were published in the newspapers prior to that bidding process, however, no contractors expressed their interest.The Zoological Park is long overdue a facelift.The zoo has been in quite a state for some time now. Many were excited by the news of the rehabilitation, which would hopefully help to restore the zoo to its former glory.Former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, who had the responsibility for Guyana’s tourism, had announced plans to construct a safari-type facility for the remaining animals back in March of this year.According to him, the Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission (GWCMC) was considering this type of structure for the animals.However, the contract which will be signed soon could put contractors at risk, given that moves made by the caretaker Government following the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion, are dubbed “illegal”.Only recently, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) said that the uncertain footing of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government has put Private Sector contracts with the State at risk.The PSC had slammed the behaviour of President David Granger and his Government, who despite being toppled by a No-Confidence Motion, have been criticised for seeming reluctant to go to the polls and comply with the Constitution and Court rulings.“It is the Private Sector’s view that the President, by his behaviour, has put at risk all Private Sector entities and other organisations made subject to contracts and any other action authorised by the Cabinet, by presuming them to be legal. The Private Sector Commission has, therefore, advised its members to seek legal advice in this regard,” the Commission stated.last_img read more