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English Premier League Reviews

first_imgSAT, JAN 2, 2016ARSENAL 1NEWCASTLE UNITED 0GOAL: ARSENAL: KOSCIELNY 72.Arsenal are now two points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League after a narrow win over troubled Newcastle. A draw looked likely until defender Laurent Koscielny came to the rescue with a close-range winner in the 72nd minute. Newcastle could have come away with at least a point, having been on the front foot for much of the second half.LEICESTER CITY 0AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0GOALS: NONE.Leicester wasted the chance to return to the top of the Barclays Premier League after Riyad Mahrez had a second-half penalty saved against 10-man AFC Bournemouth. Moments after Bournemouth captain Simon Francis was sent off for denying Jamie Vardy a goal-scoring chance, Artur Boruc denied Mahrez with a two-handed save.MANCHESTER UNITED 2SWANSEA CITY 1GOALS: UNITED: MARTIAL 47; ROONEY 77. SWANSEA: SIGURDSSON 70.Wayne Rooney’s brilliant winner beat Swansea as Manchester United ended a run of eight games without a win.The goal ensures that Rooney is now second place on the all-time Barclays Premier League goal-scoring lists on 188, 72 behind Alan Shearer. After a dour first half, Martial headed United in front, before Gylfi Sigurdsson’s glancing effort set nerves on edge at Old Trafford.Manchester United move up to fifth, two points behind Tottenham.NORWICH CITY 1SOUTHAMPTON 0GOAL: NORWICH: TETTEY 76.Alex Tettey’s second-half goal gave Norwich a hard-fought win over 10-man Southampton at Carrow Road. Saints went a man down when Victor Wanyama was sent off, with Norwich scoring just three minutes later. Canaries’ striker Dieumerci Mbokani had missed good chances from close range before the break, while Steven Davis forced the hosts’ Declan Rudd into a good save in the first half.SUNDERLAND 3ASTON VILLA 1GOALS: SUNDERLAND: VAN AANHOLT 30; DEFOE 72, 90. VILLA: GIL 63.Sunderland boosted their Barclays Premier League survival hopes as they ended a run of five straight defeats with a win over bottom-side Aston Villa. The hosts took the lead against the run of play when Patrick van Aanholt’s low 20-yard shot deflected wickedly off Micah Richards and into the net. A brilliant acrobatic volley from Carles Gil levelled after the break, before Jermain Defoe’s low strike. Defoe added a late third, leaving Villa with no wins in 19 league matches.WATFORD 1MANCHESTER CITY 2GOALS: WATFORD: KOLAROV OG 55. CITY: TOURE 82; AG¸ERO 84.+Late goals from Yaya TourÈ and Sergio Ag¸ero rescued Manchester City as they came from behind to beat Watford in an entertaining finale. Watford went ahead after the break when Aleksandar Kolarov headed Ben Watson’s corner beyond Joe Hart, who had the situation covered, for an own goal. With defeat looming, TourÈ side-foot volleyed Kolarov’s corner into the near post to level. And Ag¸ero headed Bacary Sagna’s fine cross home to secure a rare away win.WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2STOKE CITY 1GOALS: WBA: SESSEGNON 60; EVANS 90. STOKE: WALTERS 81.Jonny Evans grabbed a stoppage-time winner for West Brom as Stoke suffered just their third defeat in 13 matches. After a sterile first 60minutes, Stephane Sessegnon fired the Baggies into the lead with a powerful shot. Stoke created little in the second half, but substitute Jonathan Walters headed them level from a superb Joselu cross. Almost immediately, the visitors’ Geoff Cameron was sent off for striking Claudio Yacob, before Evans tapped home after a goalmouth scramble.WEST HAM UNITED 2LIVERPOOL 0GOALS: WEST HAM: ANTONIO 10; CARROLL 55.Andy Carroll scored against his former club as West Ham leapfrogged Liverpool in the table thanks to a first league double over the Reds for 52 years. Michail Antonio beat Nathaniel Clyne to Enner Valencia’s early cross to net the Premier League’s first goal of 2016. Liverpool midfielder Emre Can was denied by the bar, but Jurgen Klopp’s side were off the pace throughout. Carroll sealed the points after meeting Mark Noble’s cross.SUN, JAN 3CRYSTAL PALACE 0CHELSEA 3GOALS: CHELSEA: OSCAR 29; WILLIAN 60; COSTA 66.Guus Hiddink maintained his unbeaten record since taking over from sacked Chelsea boss JosÈ Mourinho as his side extended their unbeaten run to four with an impressive dismantling of high-riding Crystal Palace. Oscar gave the Blues the lead when he latched onto Diego Costa’s pass. Willian made it 2-0 with a delightful long-range effort, then turned provider for Costa after Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey spilled the cross.EVERTON 1TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1GOALS: EVERTON: LENNON 22. TOTTENHAM: ALLI 45.Former Spurs winger Aaron Lennon netted against his former club, but Deli Alli ensured Spurs extended their unbeaten away sequence to nine games, their best run for 20 years. In a rare Everton attack, Lennon put the home team ahead with a half-volley. Alli then levelled before the break, controlling Toby Alderweireld’s cross-field ball with his chest and finishing low beyond Tim Howard.last_img read more

Mikmaw chiefs ready to take their fight over welfare rates to the

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsHALIFAX – Chiefs in the Maritimes are ready to take the federal government to the Supreme Court of Canada over a plan by Aboriginal Affairs (AANDC) to cut social assistance rates on-reserve to provincial levels.The legal battle has gone on for three years. While the Mi’kmaq won the first round at the Federal Court of Canada, Ottawa appealed and won. It will be months before the chiefs know if Canada’s top court will hear the case.Maliseet and Mi’kmaq chiefs say the problem with the federal plan is bands use the social assistance money differently.“This case is about how the government interprets comparability,” said Naiomi Metallic, the lawyer representing the chiefs. “More broadly, it’s about what limits are there on AANDC when it makes decisions like this? Does it have to consult First Nations?”Metallic said Ottawa doesn’t take into account that certain programs off reserve, aren’t available to Mi’kmaq living on social assistance in First Nation communities.“Equality standards that exist today are such that, it’s not just providing identical services,” said Metallic. “It recognizes that sometimes treating people equally might mean treating them different but to their benefit to make sure that really overall they get the same.”With a two per cent cap in place since 1996, First Nations’ social programs are already underfunded. To pay for housing, the band shaves off a portion of the social assistance money to pay off the loan to Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.That won’t happen under the new formula.“Ottawa would save millions of dollars,” said Metallic. “But at what cost?”In Mi’kmaw communities, a single person on welfare right now gets a cheque for $82 a week and in some communities, like Elsipogtog in New Brunswick, 85 per cent of the band is on welfare.“Mi’kmaq community members who are on social assistance are surviving on very little money,” said Chief Leroy Denny, lead chief of the social portfolio for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs. “How can there be equality when non-Native social recipients have access to government programs to help them when our people do not?”Metallic said it’s a complete 180 from social policy Aboriginal Affairs followed until 2011. In fact, AANDC spent a decade and $15-million dollars working with Mi’kmaq and Maliseet leaders to develop an income assistance manual.It was delivered to Aboriginal Affairs in 2007 where it sat on a bureaucrat’s desk gathering dust. That manual was never implemented.Instead, four years later, regional officials were told by AANDC Headquarters in Ottawa to save money. There was a push toward what government called active measures, programs to offer people re-training, literacy classes and get them back to work, but no new money to do it.“In 2011, we were already not equal and the government wanted to make it worse,” said Metallic. “But you can’t take the money out of basic social assistance to do that because people just need a basic level in order to survive so by further impoverishing them on the day to day amounts, that’s not going to encourage people to go do the things to get them jobs. They’re going to be fighting to basically just exist.”Denny said the government’s current position would “starve” people in the communities.“We are constantly looking at ways to create opportunities and employment for our community members. These changes will not help our people but rather put them further back. Starving our people will not create a better life.” said Denny.Court documents show that officials with Aboriginal Affairs knew that there would be negative impacts. The evidence list includes “damage to AANDC/First Nation relationships,” “negative media attention,” and “increased demand” on child and family services.“More child apprehensions,” said Metallic. “Department officials absolutely knew that the decisions they were going to make was going to have severe consequences on people.”The legal battle has gone on for three years. While the Mi’kmaq won the first round at the Federal Court of Canada, Ottawa appealed and won.It will be months before the chiefs know if the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case.But Metallic says there are important questions that impact all First Nations across the country.“We’re saying to the Supreme Court, you’ve heard a lot of cases about aboriginal and treaty rights and that’s all very important, but services on reserve are just as important,” said Metallic. “The system that’s currently working is broken. Even the UN Special Rapporteur recognized that things are worse than they’ve ever been on reserve in terms of services that people are getting.”At the same time Aboriginal Affairs was trying to implement this new funding scheme for social assistance in 2011, Canada’s Auditor General reviewed programs for First Nations on reserve and found a “lack of appropriate funding mechanisms,” a “lack of clarity about service levels,” and a “lack of a legislative base.”That gives Aboriginal Affairs a lot of leeway to make unilateral decisions.“It creates this kind area where AANDC can go in and make decisions and there’s no oversight by parliament and other bodies,” said Metallic. “Right now, there’s barely any boundaries provided by law. So that’s what we’re asking the court to do.”troache@aptn.ca@trinaroachelast_img read more