Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent Premier League record by beating Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield.Joel Matip’s header and Salah’s second-half brace ensured the Reds moved three points clear at the top of the table, with the Gunners staying second despite suffering a fourth straight away defeat to Liverpool in the Premier League.Although Lucas Torreira recorded an 85th-minute reply, Liverpool’s victory means they have won 12 consecutive Premier League matches, breaking the club’s record in the competition, while they are now up to 42 home league games without defeat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Adrian’s gaffe in the 2-1 win against Southampton did not cost Liverpool last time out but he was at fault again in the early stages, racing out of his goal to slice a clearance straight to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who could only lob a bouncing ball just wide.Mistakes continued to come at both ends. Dani Ceballos gifted Sadio Mane a chance but the forward fired his shot too close to Bernd Leno, then Jordan Henderson’s lapse allowed Nicolas Pepe to race away, though he could not beat Adrian.Not since March 2018 has Virgil van Dijk been successfully dribbled past in the #PL539 days and 50 matches later, Pepe delivers…#LIVARS pic.twitter.com/49sOfCZ1Us— Premier League (@premierleague) August 24, 2019Liverpool took the lead in the 41st minute, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz distracted by Virgil van Dijk and leaving Matip to meet Trent Alexander-Arnold’s right-wing delivery, with another corner from the full-back headed over by Mane before the break.Arsenal were unable to cope with Liverpool after the restart, David Luiz pulling back Salah in the box with the forward hammering the resulting penalty into the top-left corner.Salah then span away from the Brazilian centre-back on Liverpool’s right flank, cut inside and slotted a trademark left-footed finish across Leno to make it 3-0.Only Liverpool easing up prevented further Anfield misery for Unai Emery’s men, with substitute Torreira beating an unsighted Adrian from inside the box for a late consolation. What does it mean? Arsenal’s false dawnBattling victories over Newcastle United and Burnley indicated Arsenal had finally found a way to grind out wins, but this was much more like their brittle old selves. Liverpool cut them open time and time again, with Aubameyang and record buy Pepe cut adrift in attack.As for Liverpool, it was business as usual in this fixture. They have now scored 25 times in Arsenal’s last seven Premier League visits and Jurgen Klopp’s European champions look strong title contenders once again.Salah in the grooveThe Egypt superstar did not have a huge impact on the first half but burst into life following the resumption. Salah’s penalty was emphatic and he eviscerated David Luiz for his third Premier League goal of the season.Sensational. Special. Salah. pic.twitter.com/ElyFivR64K— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 24, 2019Back to earth with a bump for CeballosCeballos recorded two assists against Burnley last time out in a star performance that had some hailing him as the successor to Santi Cazorla. But, facing a side who press as ferociously as Liverpool, the on-loan Real Madrid midfielder gave the ball away in poor positions far too often.Key Opta facts- Since Jurgen Klopp took over in October 2015, Liverpool have scored 26 goals in eight Premier League games against Arsenal – the most one side has netted against another in the competition in that period. – Arsenal have now failed to win any of their last 23 away league games against fellow ‘big six’ sides (D8 L15) – during this run they have conceded 53 goals while keeping just one clean sheet.- Since the start of the 2018-19 season, Arsenal have given away eight Premier League penalties – only Brighton (10) have faced more.- Trent Alexander-Arnold has assisted nine goals in his last 10 appearances at Anfield for Liverpool in all competitions, including assisting once in each of his last five competitive home games.- Nicolas Pepe has become the first player to successfully dribble past Virgil van Dijk in the Dutch defender’s last 50 appearances in the Premier League, since Mikel Merino in March 2018 for Newcastle.What’s next?Liverpool go to Burnley next Saturday in their final game before the first international break of the season, while Arsenal must bounce back when they host Tottenham in the north London derby. read more
OTTAWA — The head of Canada’s postal service has announced he plans to step down next spring, nearly three years before his contract was set to expire.Canada Post says Deepak Chopra has advised the Crown corporation’s board of directors that he intends leave his position on March 31, 2018.Chopra’s signalled departure comes as the federal Liberal government ruminates about whether to restore door-to-door mail delivery to tens of thousands of homes.The former Pitney Bowes Canada executive joined the agency in 2011 as it faced a dramatic shift in revenue streams, from declining mail volumes to a growing parcel delivery business.The previous Conservative government had renewed his contract prior to the 2015 election, effective Feb. 2016, despite criticisms of Canada Post’s cost-cutting moves, including the phase-out of door-to-door delivery.The move to community mailboxes became a hot topic during the 2015 campaign, with the Liberals winning power under a platform that included a promise to review the home delivery decision.Once in office, the Liberals placed a moratorium on any future conversions of home delivery to community mailboxes.A spokesperson for Public Services and Procurement Minister Judy Foote, who has been on leave from her cabinet post, said a decision on the future of home delivery was expected some time before the end of 2017.The president of the union representing postal workers said he hopes Chopra’s departure signals an end to cost-cutting at Canada Post and a renewed commitment by the postal agency to maintain the services Canadians want.Chopra leaves “a legacy of failed cuts,” said Canadian Union of Postal Workers national president Mike Palecek.“So, hopefully this will be a new chapter for Canada Post.”Chopra was among dozens of people appointed to plum patronage posts in the dying days of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government who were asked, once the Liberals took power, to voluntarily step down.Chopra, who was reportedly paid an estimated $500,000 annually, declined to do so.In a statement, Canada Post said Chopra has left an enduring legacy that has positioned the corporation as the country’s leader in e-commerce delivery in the face of declining mail deliveries, noting that the agency delivered two billion fewer pieces of mail last year than at its peak in 2006.The agency said Chopra had also co-operated with the government as it reviewed the mandate of Canada Post.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Safety oversight funding due to expire for National Energy Board by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2015 1:34 pm MDT VANCOUVER – Temporary funding for safety oversight programs at the National Energy Board is set to expire as scrutiny of major pipeline projects winds up.A report from the federal pipeline regulator shows a substantial reduction to staff and planned spending by the 2017-18 fiscal year, which a spokeswoman attributed to the sunsetting of a five-year funding allotment.The board regulates construction and operation of pipelines and power lines, which includes conducting environmental assessments on projects. It has been under fire recently for limiting participation at public hearings into the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline between Alberta and Vancouver.A coalition in Vancouver claims the NEB has violated the charter right to freedom of expression. It recently launched a challenge asking the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn the board’s decision to limit public participation in hearings.The NEB’s 2015-16 Report on Plans and Priorities shows that over the next two years the board faces a nearly 24 per cent decrease in planned spending. Also projected is a 15 per cent drop in full-time equivalent positions, or 73 staff members.The funding difference from the current fiscal year to the end of the budget projection is more than $18 million. The report also attributes the spending decline to one-time expenses that won’t continue and a shift in application submissions.NEB spokeswoman Stacey Squires said Thursday the board instituted a temporary plan for the five-year cash infusion in association with several large projects including Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and the Energy East pipeline extension to New Brunswick.A variety of positions were filled for the added work, from market analysts to inspectors to engineers, but the projected funding decline won’t necessarily equate to job loses, she said.Squires said it’s too soon to speculate on whether the board will request more funding.“It would be false to say that we’re not very much live to the need for responsible fiscal management, to use our resources correctly and in an appropriate way,” she said. “But I don’t think that constitutes a crisis.”A message in the report from board chair Peter Watson says the plan is released at a critical juncture for the regulator.“An increasing number of large and highly complex project applications are juxtaposed against the operational realities of legislated time limits, resource constraints and the need for fair, efficient regulatory processes.”Karen Wristen at the Living Oceans Society said her group is shocked by the budget changes, and she criticized the federal government for cuts to the board’s capacity.“The management of the process has just been horrendous,” she said. “The thought that they could continue to manage the number of projects that they’re trying to manage with fewer people and less budget is beyond belief.”Natural Resources spokesman Alain Caccione said in an email that there are no cuts, and that outcomes of future funding decisions will be reflected in the board’s budget exercises.Follow @TamsynBurgmann on Twitter