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    Merseyside vs. Manchester dominates the weekend action – Premier League Preview

    Ahead of another busy weekend of Premier League fixtures, we’re here to preview the best of the upcoming action in England’s top flight.


    After both FA Cup and League Cup commitments for the Premier League’s 20 clubs in the last week – four sides have played in both – Premier League football returns this weekend.

    Liverpool have drawn 0-0 at home to Plymouth Argyle and lost 1-0 at Southampton, but Sunday’s visit to Man United is another level of importance altogether.

     

    It is one of 10 top-flight matches to look forward to – here’s a look at some of the standout action in the coming days.

     

     

    Liverpool vs. United: The latest chapter

    We don’t normally focus too much on Liverpool in these Premier League previews – enough is written about them in other articles – but it is different when United are their opponents.

    This remains the biggest game in English football, and while some of the recent fixtures between the pair haven’t been too crucial, this one really is.

    Liverpool are five points clear of their rivals, and victory at Old Trafford would not only keep them well clear of them, but it would also keep their title hopes strongly alive.

    On the flip side, defeat could be catastrophic, with Chelsea likely to pick up three points on Saturday and United suddenly only two behind.

    Should that happen, a place in the top-four would suddenly look a little iffy.

    United are flying, having won nine on the bounce in all competitions (mostly against an absolute load of dross), but the Reds must show the belief and quality that has been lacking a little of late. It is a very tough one to call.

     

    Champions hope to thwart title favourites

    LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Boxing Day Monday, December 26, 2016: Leicester City's manager Claudio Ranieri during the FA Premier League match against Everton at Filbert Way. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Chelsea’s incredible winning run fortunately came to end at Tottenham last week, with the Blues’ 2-0 defeat giving their rivals at the top some hope.

    A win would have put them eight points clear, but the hope is that the loss has put some slight doubt into the back of their minds.

    On Saturday evening, Antonio Conte’s side visit champions Leicester City, in what has the potential to be an intriguing match-up.

    For all the Foxes’ struggles this season, they showed what they are still capable of against Man City last month, and will hope for more of the same this weekend.

    Chelsea remain the strong title favourites, however, and three points for them at the King Power Stadium would really crank up the pressure on Liverpool at Old Trafford.

     

    Can Everton do the Reds a favour?

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Everton's Romelu Lukaku in action against Arsenal during the FA Premier League match at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    We all know that Liverpool can never rely on Everton to help them out – their pathetic showing at home to Man City in 2014 is proof of that – but we can at least hope that that changes one day.

    Ronald Koeman’s inconsistent outfit welcome City to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon, in the kind of game that really could go either way.

    City are the kind of side who could go quietly under the radar without playing well, putting together a winning streak before you know it.

    Liverpool would appreciate their Merseyside rivals nipping that in the bud nice and quickly, both in terms of the title race and top-four battle.

    You never quite know what you’re going to get from either team, but City have to be considered favourites, due to their attacking quality. The first goal feels crucial.

    Everton still don’t look right under Koeman, with their FA Cup exit to Leicester another low point, and Pep Guardiola will fancy his side’s chances.

     

    Winnable games for north London duo

    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 23, 2012: Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger before the Premiership match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Vegard Grott/Propaganda)

    The battle between the top six sides could end up being the most fascinating of the Premier League era, and Spurs and Arsenal are right in the mix.

    The north London adversaries will both believe a top-four finish is the bare minimum in 2016/17, and this weekend offers a great chance to seal three more points apiece.

    Spurs host West Brom on Saturday lunchtime, and although the Baggies are proving typically tough to face under Tony Pulis, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are far more resilient and ruthless these days.

    Dele Alli is in sparkling form, and if they can just get Harry Kane back to his best, there is no reason why they can’t be in the title shake-up come May.

    Arsenal don’t look wholly convincing, by any means, with their 3-3 draw at Bournemouth summing up how unpredictable they are, but they just keep plugging away.

    Saturday trip’s to Swansea City is a must-win game if they want to stay in touch with Chelsea, and they should get the better of the Swans with relative ease.

    Liverpool could do with the London duo slipping up this weekend, but that may be wishful thinking.

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  • Manny Pacquiao gives 150 homes to poor families

    Filipino boxer and lawmaker Manny Pacquiao has always been known for his charitable ways and the 37-year-old proved it once again when he gave 150 families new homes just a week before his 37th birthday.

    Pacquiao shelled out about PhP28.5 million (roughly $600,000 after currency conversion) for the project dubbed as the "Pacman Village." The lucky recipients were the ones over at Bales Village, Maasim in the province of Saranggani, Philippines.

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  • Phone over heating solutions

    Your phone overheats. But is it happening all by itself, or do you have apps running in the background that you don’t know about? Perhaps you’re gaming too much, or the environmental conditions are too extreme… the fact is, it’s difficult to pinpoint just why your smartphone is overheating.

    Perhaps the device becomes sluggish when hot, or perhaps it shuts down until it has cooled. Either way, it has to stop. So let’s have a look at the various causes and help you to work out just what is going on.

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  • Copyright amendment: a game changer

    In April 2007, the Malawi Broadcasting Station (MBS), a state-owned radio station, had its office furniture and cars impounded by the country’s police following a dispute over unpaid music royalties.

    The measures followed a long-running legal wrangle between the station and the Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA). A Malawi court ordered MBS to pay USD 250,000 to COSOMA for years of accumulated music royalties. The confiscation was aimed at ensuring MBS pays up the sum. 

    COSOMA, a consortium of associations in the field of intellectual property, is a statutory body tasked to enforce copyright laws of Malawi. Boasting a history of over two decades, the society is considered a role model for the rest of Africa in the protection of copyright. Here is one of the six African countries where an Ethiopian delegation went last year to draw lessons. The delegation was tasked with the responsibility of proposing an amendment to the Copyrights and Neighboring Rights Protection Proclamation (No. 410/2004) of Ethiopia.

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  • Bust lock-down: Bra only unhooks for love, true love

    Japanese lingerie company Ravijour doesn't want its customers to settle for anything less than true love. That's why it developed the True Love Tester, a bra with a mission to keep its contents contained until the wearer is really head over heels. Ravijour calls it "a revolutionary bra that knows how women truly feel." A promotional video implies the brassiere could help save women from one-night stands with less-than-savory men.

    The bra contains a heart-rate sensor and sends the data it collects, via Bluetooth, to an app for analysis. The app calculates what the designers call the "true love rate," comparing the readings to activities like shopping, watching a horror movie, flirting, jogging, or receiving a surprise gift.

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  • Alexis Sanchez dumped by Laia Grassi over issues in the bedroom

    Alexis Sanchez was dumped by his girlfriend Laia Grassi because he could not provide the goods in the bedroom, reports Chilean newspaper La Cuarta.

    The Gunners star saw his face eradicated from Grassi's Instagram account last week in what was the clearest indication that the two had parted ways.

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  • US offers $20m in rewards on 'four IS leaders'

     

    The US government is offering rewards totalling $20m (£13m) for information on what it says are four leaders of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.

    It named the four as Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli; Abu Mohammed al-Adnani; Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili and Tariq Bin-al-Tahar Bin al Falih al-'Awni al-Harzi.

    They join a list of suspects sought under the Rewards for Justice Program.

    On Tuesday, IS said it was behind an attack in Texas.

    It said "two soldiers of the caliphate" had attacked a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest being held at a conference centre in Garland near Dallas.
    Zawahiri tops list

    The US State Department offered up to $7m for information on Qaduli whom it described as a senior IS official who originally joined al-Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq.

    It offered $5m each for Adnani and Batirashvili and up to $3m for Harzi.

    It describes Adnani as an official IS spokesman; Batirashvili as a battlefield commander in northern Syria and Harzi as chief of IS's suicide bombers.

    IS has seized swathes of territory in eastern Syria and northern Iraq, declaring them a caliphate and imposing a harsh interpretation of Islamic law on the inhabitants.

    The state department said the group was responsible for systematic human rights abuses, including mass executions, rape and the killing of children.

    The highest reward offered under the Rewards for Justice scheme is up to $25m for Ayman al-Zawahiri who was named leader of al-Qaeda in June 2011, shortly after Osama Bin Laden's death.

    Read More at The Daily Star

     

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  • NEWS | Kenyan Muslims shield Christians in Mandera bus attack

    A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses.
    They told the militants "to kill them together or leave them alone", a local governor told Kenyan media.
    At least two people were killed in the attack, near the north-eastern village of El Wak on the Somali border.
    The Somali based al-Shabab group says it carried out the attack.
    The group often carries out attacks in Kenya's north-east.

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  • Ethiopia: Ethio telecom announces 3.64 billion Br (182 Million USD) gross profit for the last three months operations

    Ethiopia’s state-owned telecom monopoly has seen first quarter operations bring its books 3.64 billion Br gross profit, from an operating revenue of over five billion Birr. Its profit, described by its corporate communications head, Abdurahim Ahmed, as “remarkable results”, represents an 11pc growth compared to the same period last year.

    However, ethio telecom’s operating revenue is five percent short of its plan, yet experienced a 20pc growth in comparison with the same period last year. Of this, about 70pc was earned from mobile services. International call service, data and internet accounts about 10.5pc and 13.3pc of the general revenue, respectively.

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  • Ethiopia issues unfamiliar investor warning over war and famine

    The document, seen by the Financial Times, is a sobering reminder of the risk of investing in one of Africa’s less developed nations. With gross domestic product per capita at less than $550 per year, Ethiopia is the poorest country yet to issue global bonds.

    In the 108-page prospectus, issued ahead of its expected $1bn bond, Ethiopia tells investors they need to consider the potential resumption of the Eritrea-Ethiopia war, which ended in 2000, although it “does not anticipate future conflict”.

    There is also the risk of famine, the “high level of poverty” and strained public finances, as well as the possible, if unlikely, blocking of the country’s only access to the sea through neighbouring Djibouti should relations between the two countries sour.

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