…died from asphyxiation – PM resultsA taxi driver, who was arrested for driving under the influence and placed in the lockups was found dead at the Suddie Police Station.Dead taxi driver: Lallbachan BachanDead is Lallbachan Bachan of Lot 21 Maria’s Lodge, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Reports are the 39-year-old man’s lifeless body was found at 06:10h on Monday. He was arrested on Friday last after two arrest warrants were issued for him for driving under the influence of alcohol. Following the discovery, Bachan was rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The police in a statement said that the body bore no marks of violence. The police also said that Bachan was the lone prisoner in the cell.Meanwhile, speaking with Guyana Times, the dead man’s 68-year-old mother, Maharanie Bachan, said that she visited the Suddie Police Station on Friday to take food for her son, but she was not allowed to see him.“When me was at the station on Friday to take food for me son, the police take the food from me and they did not allow me to see he but me hear me son ah cry out fuh pain he saying that he nah feeling well but the police just ignored he,” the grieving mother said.According to the woman, she last saw her son, who was a former ambulance driver at the Suddie Public Hospital, on Sunday.She said that when he was taken out of his cell for it to be cleaned on Sunday, she was able to see him for five minutes.On Monday his sister said that the family was told of her brother’s death and they went to see his body at the mortuary.She reported that she saw swelling on her brother’s forehead and minor injuries on his hand and feet. Bechan leaves to mourn his wife, Samantha Bachan, and their four children.Meanwhile, a post mortem has been conducted by Dr Nehaul Singh on Monday and the cause of death was given as asphyxiation.
Justin Donally of the Fivestar Fight League says amateur cards give fighters a chance to continue to enhance their skills without going pro before they are ready.“We’ve got an affiliate gym in Tumbler Ridge and our head kickboxing coach [Paul Rosborough] is there all the time and he has a huge amount of athletes there,” he says. “It’s really important that you keep these amateurs active so they’re not going pro before it’s time to go pro. Our kickboxing program here at Fivestar is huge. This gives us a chance to really promote kickboxing as well as MMA.”He adds that last year’s show in Tumbler Ridge went very well despite the small population and hopes to make a stop in the town an annual event for Fivestar.- Advertisement -“Tumbler [Ridge] was a huge success. Aside from Fort St. John it was my favourite show. We had close to 800 people come out in Tumbler Ridge with a population of less than 4,000,” Donally states. “The whole community got behind it. We’ve got six or seven locals competing on the card. It’s a little hidden gem. Not only is it a good fight town but it’s a beautiful place to visit. We’re really looking forward to going back and doing it and we’ll continue to do it every year.” In an effort to allow anyone to come who may have been affected by job losses in the community, tickets prices for the event have been reduced and some will be given away in a charity event prior to weigh ins for the card.“There’s been some layoffs as everybody has heard in the mines down there so obviously we had to look at that when we were planning this card but we said ‘you know what, if we have to go there and give away tickets we’re going to come back’ because we want to support the community,” Donally explains. “We dropped our ticket prices down for this event so everybody could afford to go. We’re doing a charity golf tournament the day before weight ins and giving away a bunch of free tickets for that. It’s what we do; we give back and we’ll put on a great show for Tumbler [Ridge] and we’ll be back next year.”Advertisement Tickets for the event are $65 for beer garden tickets and $45 for general admission. VIP tables run at $100 per person for a table of ten. Tickets are on sale now at Fivestar Athletics.
Canadians everywhere welcomed the arrival of Tax Freedom Day three days earlier than last year and 19 days earlier than it was under the previous Liberal government.Then our Conservative Government, in close consultation with the Forest Products Association of Canada, created the new $1-Billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Fund to help struggling pulp and paper producers, who produced black liquor in 2009, become more energy efficient. Our riding’s share of this program was a whopping $122.8-million!The Bear Mountain Wind Park, just outside Dawson Creek, became British Columbia’s first fully-operational Wind Farm. The project was completed on budget and ahead-of-schedule with help from a $20.5-million federal investment over the next 10 years through the ecoEnergy Renewable Power program.And the first 747 aircraft touched down for refuelling at the Prince George Airport. Prince George now has Canada’s third longest commercial runway – a tech stop with no operational restrictions and curfews, offering international carriers a 24/7, lower-cost, non-congested alternative for refuelling and crew changes.Advertisement Over the past year, Prince George-Peace River had well over $300-million in new federal investment to celebrate. That’s much-needed funding for highways, bridges, sewers, water systems, recreational facilities, and job-creation and worker training.In terms of legislative change to boost the prosperity and safety of Canadians, as I outlined earlier this month, 2009 has brought Canada one of its most successful Parliament’s ever! Our Conservative Government introduced a total of 70 bills and, even in this minority parliament, 34 of those bills, or half, received Royal Assent.Unfortunately, this success is being threatened by Liberal Senators who are over-ruling the will of the majority of elected Members of Parliament, including their own leader Michael Ignatieff and fellow Liberal MPs, by gutting important justice and consumer product legislation.These legislative reforms are essential to the safety and health of Canadians and must be passed. Therefore, this week Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the ‘prorogation’ of this session of Parliament. With a new session in the New Year, Senate Standing Committees can be reconstituted and we can continue to build upon the accomplishments of 2009.Next week I’ll look ahead to 2010! Advertisement MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“2009 A Year of Wins for Prince George-Peace River”When I started to look back on 2009 and what it meant for Prince George-Peace River, at the forefront of my mind were the challenges we’ve faced as fallout from the global economic crisis, particularly by our forest workers and communities.Yet, as I reviewed the measures taken to counter these challenges I was surprised at just how many triumphs – big and small – we were able to celebrate in our region this year.- Advertisement -January heralded a federal budget that included a new $1-billion Community Adjustment Fund to help our forest communities restructure and diversify their economies.That same Economic Action Plan also directly answered the call for assistance from mills right here in our constituency to extend the Employment Insurance Work Sharing program by 14 weeks, thereby avoiding more layoffs while the industry and economy recovers.Given their proven track record in driving economic activity, we celebrated locally as the Northern Development Initiative Trust was chosen by the federal government to deliver $30-million of the Community Adjustment Fund to create jobs in Northern BC.Advertisement
…yet denies degutting foreign serviceSix Guyanese diplomats who served in foreign states were fired by the David Granger-led Administration but the President downplayed the issue on Wednesday, saying that his Administration’s actions were “just a planned change”.This newspaper understands that those terminated are Hamley Case, who was posted in the United Kingdom; Bishwaishwar Ramsaroop, stationed in the twin-island republic Trinidad and Tobago; Clarissa Riehl, who was posted in Canada; Bayney Karran in China, Cheryl Miles in Venezuela, and JR Deep Ford in Switzerland. Riehl had taken the Government to task in 2016, when Attorney General Basil Williams attempted to take control of a plot of land she owns at Middle and Carmichael Streets, Georgetown under the Acquisition of Lands for Public Purposes Act. Efforts to contact the diplomats for comments on Wednesday proved futile.President David GrangerAlong with the recalled diplomats, Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Audrey Waddell was replaced by a permanent secretary. She is cited as one of the newest recruits for a diplomatic position outside of Guyana.On the sidelines of an event at the Ministry of the Presidency on Wednesday, the President downplayed the situation by insisting that it was the Government’s intention to recruit new diplomats who have reached the eligible requirements. According to him, there is no ‘shakeup’.Hamley Case“There has been no shakeup. At the start of my presidency, I had made it clear that the Ambassadors who would be appointed would be there for only three years and that with my Government’s intention to professionalise the foreign service, that is to say, to reduce or remove political appointees and to allow career officers who had been recruited as diplomats and have been trained and educated as diplomats, to be diplomats,” Granger said.Clarissa RiehlHe further asserted that the Guyanese Ambassadors and High Commissioners were aware of this intention.This decision, he said, was made after the elections were announced for March 2, 2020.“It so happened that the contracts of many of the Ambassadors and High Commissioners expired during the time there was some uncertainty about when elections would be held and as a result of that uncertainty, some of the changes were not made. But when it became certain that elections wouldn’t be held until March 2020, a decision was taken to proceed with those changes. So it is not a shakeup.JR Deep FordIt is a planned change and the Ambassadors and High Commissioners knew that the intention of the Government has always been to professionalise the service”.Bayney KarranAfter news of the recall spread last week, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall had contended that Government is a caretaker mode, and, therefore, has no authority to make such decisions.However, the President contended, “There is no change really, it is a smooth transition from having political appointees as head of Guyanese missions to having professional Ambassadors and High Commissioners…I do not see that it would have any impact that is negative for this country because it is typical in most countries to have professional Foreign Service officers”.Bishwaishwar RamsaroopGranger, meanwhile, confirmed that Waddell was moved from her portfolio. But the President insisted that she has been earmarked for a foreign post. It was his decision to replace her with the Permanent Secretary.However, while Granger points to the fact that he wants professionalise the foreign service, Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed is not a career diplomat but his services have been retained.Cheryl Miles
A Donegal priest facing a number of indecent assault charges has had his case adjourned for two weeks.Fr Eugene Boland, whose address is listed as the Parochial House, Killyclogher county Tyrone faces four charges of indecent assault on a female. Fr Boland, who originally from Moville, worked as administrator in Galliagh parish in Derry and also served in the Creggan and Waterside parishes.DONEGAL PRIEST HAS INDECENT ASSAULT CASE ADJOURNED was last modified: January 4th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Fr Eugene Boland
The viaduct which was the scene of the tragedy. Pic by Brian McDaid of the Christeph Gallery.On the evening of Friday, 30 Jan 1925, an engine pulling two carriages, one wagon, and a combined van, was travelling on the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway (Burtonport Extension), which had been opened in 1903.In the 20 years the line had been open, there had been no serious accidents and only two mishaps which resulted fatally. However, the crossing over the Owencarrow viaduct was known to be dangerous in bad weather, which what was being experienced that evening.The train approached the viaduct, which was from 400 to 440 yards in length, at a speed of about 10 miles per hour. The 14 passengers had been enjoying the journey, having left Kilmacrenan Station at 7:52pm, running only 5 minutes late. The driver had observed nothing unusual as he approached the viaduct – only that it was a very stormy night. When the train was a little more than 60 yards onto the viaduct, there was a great gust of wind, which lifted the carriage next to the engine off the rails.The driver applied the vacuum brake and stopped the train. When the train came to a halt, the back carriage, which had been lifted off, had carried the wagons halfway over the wall of the bridge. The other carriage was lying over the embankment, the covered wagon was lying over the coping, and the six-wheeled passenger carriage was tumbled upside down.The gust of wind had lifted two of the big coaches from the rail and flung them top downwards on the parapet. Their roofs were smashed and by the violence of the impact, passengers were hurled from the carriages into the valley below. The masonry of the parapet gave way beneath the shock and stress, and masses of it thundered down upon the injured passengers.Despite all this, the engine kept the rails and the couplings held, suspending the upturned coaches across the parapet. Of the 14 passengers, only one was unhurt – a Miss Campbell was flung from the upturned carriage, then deflected from the course followed by the other falling passengers, landing on soft and boggy soil, sinking knee-deep into it. Those killed:Mr Philip Boyle, Leabgarrow, ArranmoreMrs Sarah Boyle, Leabgarrow, Arranmore (wife of Philip)Neil Duggan, MeenabunoneMrs Una Mulligan, Falcarragh Injured Passengers:Unnamed Boyle boy, son of Philip and Sarah – shockMrs Brennan, Dungloe – severe injuries to her headMrs McFadden, sister-in-law of Mrs Brennan – shock Mrs Bella McFadden, Gweedore – shockEdward McFadden, Magheraroarty – shock and wounded handDenis McFadden, Cashel, Creeslough – severe concussionCrew:Neil Boyle, train guardBob McGuinness, engine driver, 13 years experience on the Burtonport Extension lineCon Hannigan, firemanOthers:James McFadden, Kilfad & Pat McFadden, Terlin – their bravery was recognized at the inquest, for rescuing two women from a carriage hanging over the edge of the viaductRev Father Burns, CC Doe and the Rev J Doherty, Letterkenny – were early to the scene and attended to the woundedThe inquest on Philip Boyle and Una Mulligan was opened Saturday, 31 January, by the Coroner, Dr JP McGinley, at the licensed premises of Mr Bradley, Falcarragh. Dr McGinley also opened an inquest on Neil Duggan at his residence in Meenbunone. The inquest on Mrs Boyle was held by the Deputy Coroner for East Donegal, Dr Walker, at Letterkenny Workhouse. The proceedings consisted of the formal identification of those killed in the train crash. The inquest was then adjourned until the following Friday, 6 February, at Creeslough.At the conclusion of the inquest, the jury found that death in every case was due to the injuries received. They added, as a rider, their unanimous opinion that if a properly constructed rail had been carried along the whole length of the viaduct, from cutting to cutting, and without an intervening gap, no lives would have been lost. They were also of the opinion that the driver, fireman, and guard were not in any way to blame.CARNAGE ON THE LOUGH SWILLY RAILWAY REMEMBERED 90 YEARS ON was last modified: January 31st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Lough Swilly Railway
Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has accused the Minister for Health James Reilly of breaking yet another promise to patients by failing to extend the BreastCheck programme as promised.Minister Reilly has confirmed to Fianna Fáil through a Parliamentary Question that he will not extend the BreastCheck Programme to women aged 65 – 69 this year.Deputy McConalogue has said it’s the latest in a long list of broken promises to patients. “This can be added to the ever-growing list of broken promises from the Health Minister James Reilly. He gave a clear commitment in the last general election campaign that he would extend BreastCheck beyond the age of 64. That was three years ago and the Minister has done absolutely nothing about it,” the Donegal Deputy said.“The BreastCheck Programme is crucial in the detection and treatment of breast cancer. At the moment, it provides free mammograms to all women age 50 – 64. This has vastly improved breast cancer survival rates due to a combined approach of screening, symptomatic detection and improved treatment.“Breast cancer five year survival is now estimated at 81.8% for people diagnosed between 2003 and 2007. That’s up from 76.8% for people diagnosed between 1992 and 1998. Uptake of the programme has increased in the 50 – 64 year age group from 128,800 in 2012 to 144,000 in 2013.“In view of the success of the programme for those between age 50 and 64, it is now vital that the Minister keeps his promise to women and extends the programme to cover those aged 65 – 69 in line with his commitment before the election. “Patients in Donegal and across the North West region have seen community health services slashed right, left and centre over the past three years. They were promised by Fine Gael that BreastCheck would be extended. I am now calling on our local Fine Gael Deputies to ensure that their colleague Minister Reilly keeps that promise.” TD’S ANGER AT BREACH OF BREASTCHECK PROMISE was last modified: March 11th, 2014 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:Breast CheckCharlie McConalogue
Drake 4, Northern Illinois 3Jan 19, 2019 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)Singles competition1. Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. Kristopher Ortega (NIU) 6-4, 6-22. Eric Marbach (NIU) def. Barny Thorold (DU) 6-7, 7-5 (10-7)3. David Pata (NIU) def. Bayo Philips (DU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-44. Tom Hands (DU) def. Bor Schweiger Muzar (NIU) 6-2, 6-25. Calum MacGeoch (DU) def. Mikko Malinen (NIU) 6-2, 7-66. Shao-Yu Yu (NIU) def. Ben Clark (DU) 5-7, 5-3, 6-4 Match NotesNorthern Illinois 0-1Drake 1-0Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,1,5,3,6,2) Preview Gillespie then made fast work in the No. 1 singles match with a 6-4, 6-1 win followed by Clark’s 6-1, 6-2 victory in the No. 5 match. Thorold sealed the home win with 6-1, 6-4 decision in the No. 2 match. Full Schedule Roster Watch Live Doubles competition1. Eric Marbach/Kristopher Ortega (NIU) def. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) 7-6 (8-7)2. Tom Hands/Bayo Philips (DU) def. Bor Schweiger Muzar/Erich Schuette (NIU) 6-43. Calum MacGeoch/Ben Clark (DU) def. David Pata/Shao-Yu Yu (NIU) 6-1 Results (HTML) The Bulldogs host Big Ten foe, Purdue, Sunday at 10 a.m. followed by their first Summit League action as Illinois State visits for a 6 p.m. match. Next Game: DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team started off the 2019 portion of its schedule with a 4-3 win over visiting Northern Illinois Saturday morning at the Knapp Center. Hands then made quick work of NIU’s Bor Schweiger Muzar at No. 4 singles with a 6-2, 6-2 win followed by a straight-set, 6-4, 6-2 win by Vinny Gillespie (Stirling, Scotland) at No. 1 singles. Tennessee Tech vs DrakeJan 19, 2019 atDrake 6, Tennessee Tech 1Singles competition1. Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. TOSETTO, Rafael (TTU) 6-4, 6-12. Barny Thorold (DU) def. KONTOPOULOS, Fanis (TTU) 6-1, 6-43. Tom Hands (DU) def. KUBOTA, Riku (TTU) 6-3, 6-44. ALBIN, Wenceslao (TTU) def. Calum MacGeoch (DU) 6-3, 6-25. Ben Clark (DU) def. GRUBERT, Elias (TTU) 6-1, 6-26. Finley Hall (DU) def. VICENTE, Carlos (TTU) 7-6, 7-5Doubles competition1. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) def. TOSETTO, Rafael/GARCIA, Gonzalo (TTU) 6-22. KUBOTA, Riku/ALBIN, Wenceslao (TTU) def. Tom Hands/Bayo Philips (DU) 7-53. Calum MacGeoch/Ben Clark (DU) def. GRUBERT, Elias/KONTOPOULOS, Fanis (TTU) 7-6 The Bulldogs won three singles matches in straight-sets to claim the victory after opening the match with the doubles point. The Bulldogs continue action Saturday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center when they host Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m. Story Links Results (HTML) – TN Tech Live Stats MacGeoch sealed the win with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Mikko Malinen at No. 5 singles. Saturday evening, the doubles point was decided in the No. 3 match as Calum MacGeoch (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Ben Clark (Comberton, England) claimed their second win of the day 6-2, this one the clincher. Vinny Gillespie (Stirling, Scotland) and Barny Thorold (Loughborough, England) won the No. 1 doubles match 7-6. Purdue 1/20/2019 – 10 AM DES MOINES, Iowa –The Drake University men’s defeated Tennessee Tech, 6-1, Saturday night at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. It was the second victory on Saturday for Drake (2-0), which edged Northern Illinois, 4-3, earlier in the day. Calum MacGeoch (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Ben Clark (Comberton, England) opened the day with a 6-1 doubles victory followed by a 6-4 win from Tom Hands and Bayo Philips (Houston, Texas) to win the doubles point. Match Notes:Tennessee Tech 0-1Drake 2-0Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,2,4,3,6) Print Friendly Version
High-profile bloggers were whisked around Donegal on an action-packed trip last week as Donegal Tourism championed the Coolest Place at the successful TBEX conference.TBEX – Travel Blogger Exchange – is the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals.Each year, TBEX partners with fantastic host destinations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific to bring the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network and do business. For the second time in the history of the event the conference has been hosted in Ireland. Official Opening of the TBEX Conference in Killarney by the TBEX CEO – Rick Calvert. #TBEXIreland / @TBEXeventsTBEX took place in Killarney from October 2nd – 5th and Donegal Tourism in association with Donegal County Council attending the event as Gold Sponsors maximising the marketing opportunities for the county, promoting Donegal as a destination on the Wild Atlantic Way and the Coolest Place on the Planet.The Gold Sponsorship package provided Donegal Tourism with much needed exposure before and during TBEX including sponsor table in the Sponsor Showcase, inclusion in Speed Networking session between industry and bloggers, social media mentions, attendee gift bags items, Donegal Tourism and Donegal County Council profiles on the official TBEX website tbexcon.comThe Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Gerry McMonagle welcomed this initiative as a new opportunity to further develop Donegal’s presence in the world of online travel.There was a huge interest in the Donegal stand among bloggers who came to speak to Donegal Tourism Representatives about what they do and to find out more about the county. Over two days of Speed Networking Sessions alone, Donegal Tourism staff engaged in conversations with nearly 50 bloggers from the USA, Canada, Australia and mainland Europe exploring the potential for future collaboration.Travel Bloggers at Sliabh Liag as part of #TBEXIreland familiarization trip. Photo L-R: Amee Cantagallo, USA, Carol Cain, USA, Yeison Kim, Costa Rica, Charles McCool, USA, Gordon Arthur, Australia, Paula McInerney, Australia, Samantha Wei, Costa Rica, Julie McCool, USA.3-day Fam VisitAs an event sponsor – Donegal Tourism in association with Fáilte Ireland also availed of the opportunity to invite a group of online journalists on a 3-day familiarisation (or fam) trip to Donegal. A group of selected high profile bloggers came to Donegal to experience the local culture, heritage, activities and people against the backdrop of spectacular and rugged coastline.Travel Bloggers on #TBEXIreland 3-day familiarization trip to Donegal. Photo L-R: – Paula McInerney, Australia, contentedtraveller.com, Iga Lawne, Donegal County Council, Amee Cantagallo, USA, Charles McCool, USA, McCoolTravel.com, Carol Cain, USA, GirlGoneTravel.com, Julie McCool, USA, funinfairfaxva.com, Gordon Arthur, Australia, shortholidaysandgetaways.com, Samantha Wei, Costa Rica; mytanfeet.com, Yeison Kim, Costa Rica, mytanfeet.com, Shane Smyth, Discover BundoranChief Executive of Donegal County Council and Chairman of Donegal Tourism –Seamus Neely said ‘The partnership between the agencies and the trade shows the strength of working together as a county. Without their generous support this fam trip would not be possible. I strongly believe that the fam trip will give Donegal additional online exposure worldwide’.Donegal Tourism CLG and Donegal County Council would like to sincerely thank Donegal businesses for their assistance and sponsorship of accommodation, meals and activities.The following Donegal providers have kindly offered their services: Fin McCool Surf School, Creevy Pier Hotel, Rossmore Manor B&B, Donegal Castle, The Reel Inn, Walking Ireland – John McGroary, Harvey’s Point Hotel, Cyndi Graham Handweaving, Glencolmcille Folk Village, Nancy’s Bar – Ardara, Arranmore Sea Safari, Waterfront Hotel, Dungloe, Glenveagh National Park, Glenveagh Tea Rooms, Kinnegar Brewery, Berry Lane – Letterkenny, The Cathedral Quarter, Fort Dunree, Tullagh Bay Equestrian Centre, Nancy’s Barn – Ballyliffin and Inishowen Gateway Hotel – Buncrana. Top travel bloggers discover Donegal after major tourism conference was last modified: October 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
Chelsea remain on course for victory over Stoke City thanks to Bertrand Traore’s brilliant first-half strike.Traore, playing up front because of a tendon injury to Diego Costa, turned sharply 25 yards from goal following a Nemanja Matic pass and crashed the ball in to the far corner from the edge of the box.Stoke came close to levelling soon after the restart when Marco Arnautovic tested Thibaut Courtois with a fierce shot from distance, while the Belgian keeper also saved well from Xherdan Shaqiri’s low strikeAt the other end the impressive Eden Hazard – on his 200th Blues appearance – fired an attempt across goal following a swift break by Willian.And as the game opened up and became increasingly frantic, both sides went close.Shaqiri had a fizzing effort saved, while the outstanding Willian almost set up a second home goal on several occasions and Oscar had a strong claim for a penalty waved away by referee Mark Clattenburg after a push by Marc Muniesa.The only goal came on 39 minutes with Chelsea well on top, but Stoke had started brightly and created three good chances on the break.Courtois made a decent save from Ibrahim Afellay’s long-range strike and Mame Diouf twice wasted good shooting positions.But Chelsea started to threaten more regularly after the half-hour mark, mainly through the recalled Willian, who blasted an effort narrowly wide and also saw a shot blocked after a fine run by Hazard.The Blues and the Potters are both chasing a fourth consecutive Premier League victory. A Chelsea win would take them above Stoke in the table and could take them up to seventh place in the table.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Baba, Ivanovic, Cahill; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Hazard (Loftus-Cheek 63), Oscar; Traore (Remy 68).Subs: Begovic, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Fabregas, Pato.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook