Press Association The 25-year-old right back has penned a new deal at the Barclays Premier League club until the summer of 2018. Ward has been an ever present for the Eagles in their Premier League campaign this season, with Alan Pardew’s men having moved into 11th place well clear of the survival battle. Defender Joel Ward has signed a contract extension with Crystal Palace. “It has been something that has been talked about a little bit and I am glad to now put that to the back and just concentrate with my football and I’m delighted to have signed the deal,” Ward said on the club’s official website, www.cpfc.co.uk. “The relationship with the gaffer and the club helped. I am excited for what the next few years have in store.” Ward, who signed from Portsmouth in June 2009 and helped the Eagles secure promotion back to the top flight, added: “I love the passion of the club, the fans have been exceptional since I’ve come here and they’ve welcomed me with open arms. “It has been a joy to play in front of them – especially at home – week in, week out. Even the travelling support’s been incredible.” Palace – who followed up their home win over Manchester City with an impressive 4-1 victory at relegation-threatened Sunderland last weekend – welcome West Brom to Selhurst Park on Saturday, now managed by former Eagles boss Tony Pulis.
-Jamaican Government Pensioners including widows, widowers and dependents will receive an increase in their pensions next month..The Jamaican Cabinet gave approval for the increase with effect from July 1, 2016.Increases are applicable to pensioners who retired not later than January 1, 2014, were not less than fifty- five (55) years of age at June 30, 2016, retired on the ground of ill-health regardless of their age as at June 30, 2016; and in receipt of widows and widowers and dependents pensions which commenced prior to July 1, 2016.The Office of the Prime Minister stated that increase will be paid on gross receipt at June 30, 2016, and is applicable to compassionate awards granted for life where such awards are in respect of service; and disability allowances and additional pensions whether statutory or otherwise; granted in respect of injury or service.Where a pensioner is in receipt of a pension from more than one source, the increase should be apportioned on a pro-ratio basis.In addition, where a widow or widower is in receipt of a service related pension in his/her own right and is also a widow/widower pensioner the full increase should be given separately on each pension.Individuals who are not eligible for the increase include Governor Generals, Prime Ministers, persons previously covered by the United Kingdom/Jamaican Public Officers Agreement; Awards granted by the Citizens Distinguished Service Grants Committee; and awards granted by the Assistance Committee.
Barcelona were shocked 3-1 away at Real Sociedad while title rivals Atletico Madrid went down 3-0 at Osasuna, giving Real Madrid a three-point lead at the top of the table after their 3-0 victory over Elche.Barca, who had not won at Sociedad since the 2006/07 season, were outclassed by their bogey team as they succumbed to their third loss of the season. The hosts were an attacking threat throughout the match as Gerardo Martino’s men never really kicked into gear, going down 1-0 on 32 minutes after an Elustondo header deflected off Cameroonian Alex Song into the back of the Barca net. Lionel Messi equalised with a low drive four minutes later, yet went behind nine minutes after the break as Antoine Griezmann finished off a great counter-attacking move from Sociedad.The Blaugrana were 3-1 down on the hour mark as David Zurutuza zipped in front of a hesitant Victor Valdes to tuck home a Griezmann chip and send the home fans into absolute delirium. Sociedad dominated the rest of the game as Barcelona were unable to find their way back into the match, as their seven-year winless run at the Anoeta Stadium continued.Real Madrid now have a three-point advantage at the top of the table after their comfortable 3-0 win at home to Ulche. Spanish midfielder Asier Illarramendi gave Los Blancos the lead after controlling a corner and firing in for his first goal of the season as the hosts went into the break 1-0 up.The Galacticos’ second came on 72 minutes when Welsh winger Gareth Bale picked up the ball in midfield and sent in an unstoppable shot from outside the area to net his 10th league goal for Real, after which Isco added a third to ensure all three points for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.Joint La Liga leaders at the start of the weekend Atletico Madrid were no match for a rampant Osasuna side, who put in a dominant display in beating their more-fancied opponents 3-0. First half goals from Alvaro Cejudo, Emiliano Armenteros and Roberto Torres shocked Atletico who now slip down to third place in La Liga, as they prepare to host crosstown rivals Real Madrid on Sunday. Weekend La Liga results:Valladolid 1-1 LevanteReal Sociedad 3-1 Barcelona Almeria 0-0 MalagaCelta Vigo 1-1 GetafeReal Madrid 3-0 ElcheRayo Vallecano 0-1 SevillaReal Betis 0-2 Athletic BilabaoValencia 2-1 GranadaOsasuna 3-0 Atletico Madrid