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Mastercard treats football icons, others to exclusive UEFA Champions League viewing

first_imgLeading global payments technology firm and UEFA Champions League sponsor Mastercard on Tuesday hosted Ghana’s top celebrities, sportsmen and customers at an exclusive big screen viewing of the televised semi-final match between Tottenham and Ajax. Football legend Samuel Kuffour and over 100 Mastercard customers gathered at the Kempinski Hotel, Accra, to feel close to the UEFA Champions League action and enjoy Africa’s most loved sport together. At the premium star-studded event, guests and sports aficionados pitched their tents with opposing teams, predicting outcomes and cheering as the match progressed.  After an eventful play, reactions were split as Tottenham emerged winners of the semi-finals set with a 3-2 lead score.  Samuel Kuffour, the Ghanaian professional football icon and bronze medalist at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, who played for Bayern Munich for over a decade, expressed his surprise at the outcome of the game. He said: “Both teams played valiantly but I had pegged Ajax for the win based on their first-half performance and lead so it was both an exciting and nerve-wracking game to watch.” Ghanaian Reggae sensation, Stonebwoy, thrilled the audience with his hit songs at the end of the match.  Mastercard will be hosting more customers in Nigeria for the finals match of the UEFA Champion’s league, Europe’s most prestigious football competition; as Tottenham and Liverpool battle for the coveted trophy in perhaps the most anticipated football match pairing of the year.   Mastercard has been a sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, since 1994.last_img read more

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Angels trade Ian Kinsler to Red Sox

first_img Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Angels have traded Ian Kinsler to the Boston Red Sox for left-handed pitching prospects Williams Jerez and Ty Buttrey, the second move in the past five days in which they unloaded one of their impending free agents.The deal was first reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.The Angels, who have faded to fourth place in the American League West, acquired Kinsler this winter, getting him from the Detroit Tigers as part of an infield remodel that also included third baseman Zack Cozart. Cozart suffered a season-ending injury last month, and the Angels traded Gold Glove catcher Martin Maldonado to the Houston Astros last week.While the injury-plagued Angels have faded and become clear sellers going into Tuesday’s 1 p.m. PT non-waiver trade deadline, Kinsler has shaken off a slow start at the plate. Since the All-Star break, Kinsler has hit .452 with five doubles and two home runs in nine games.center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Kinsler, 36, is in the final year of his contract, meaning he’s a short-term fix at a position of need for AL East-leading Boston.Four-time All-Star Dustin Pedroia has played just three games this season. The former World Series MVP returned from offseason knee surgery in late May only to go right back on the disabled list a week later. He’s currently rehabbing at home in Arizona with no indication whether he’ll be able to return this season.With Pedroia out, the Red Sox have leaned on Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt, but those two also have been needed at third base and shortstop, and Rafael Devers is on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.Related Articleslast_img read more

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Clippers upended by surging Pelicans

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Injuries and illness across New Orleans’ roster provided Daruis Miller a chance to play extended minutes with his old Kentucky teammate, Anthony Davis.They did a lot of winning together in college, and Wednesday night’s game against an NBA playoff contender was no different.Davis had 16 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks while Miller capped a 16-point outing with a pair of clutch jumpers, and the under-manned Pelicans won their fourth straight, 98-96 over the Clippers.“I just knew I had an opportunity. I wanted to come out and play aggressively,” said Miller, whose nearly 29 minutes of action were more than double his season average of 11.8. “I just so happened to have a good game. I think everybody did, though. Everybody stepped up and that’s the reason why we won.” Miller’s 3 made it 95-90, and his 16-foot jumper coming off a screen to the left of the foul line gave the Pelicans a 97-92 lead with 47 seconds left.Anthony Morrow, also playing extended minutes, scored 27 points, while reserve center Alexis Ajinca added 14 points and 11 rebounds.“We beat a team that’s got a chance to win a title,” Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. “I can’t say enough about our group. It felt like a playoff game in there tonight.”Jamal Crawford scored 31 for the Clippers, but narrowly missed a couple late 3-point attempts, including one as time expired that could have won it.“We didn’t execute the play,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of the final seconds. “But the game didn’t come down to the final play. I really thought (New Orleans) deserved to win. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img “If we had won, I would have taken it, but sometimes the basketball gods punish you for messing around and I though that’s what we did.”Former New Orleans star Chris Paul had 12 assists, but set a Clippers record for shooting futility by missing all 12 of his attempts from the field. His only points came on two foul shots.“If I go 0 for 15 or 0 for 20 and we win, I could care less,” said Paul, whose team had won nine of its previous 10 games to get within striking distance of the second playoff seed in the Western Conference. “It’s more than this game. It’s about playing the right way going into the playoffs.”Blake Griffin had 21 points, including a late off-balance floater as he was fouled with 10.5 seconds left. But he missed the following free throw that could have tied it. Davis rebounded the miss, but clanked a free throw on the other end, giving Los Angeles one more chance to tie or win.Davis scored 10 of his points in the second half, including a two-handed dunk in which he sprung toward the hoop from right side of the lane too quickly for DeAndre Jordan to respond. Davis also took on Griffin with confidence, rising over him to score on one end and alter his shots on the other.“AD wanted to prove that he and Blake are on the same level,” Williams said.Jordan had 11 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, but lamented, “We didn’t play defense in the first half. We gave them a lot of confidence and when that happens it’s hard to turn guys off.”Pelicans guard Eric Gordon missed his third straight game with left knee tendinitis, while point guards Brian Roberts (bruised left knee) and Austin Rivers (upper respiratory infection) were also out.That forced Williams to start shooting guard Tyreke Evans at point guard, with Miller, normally a small forward, also playing some minutes at guard. Evans finished with 10 points and nine assists.“It’s like MASH unit,” Williams said. “We’re sitting there looking at the guys go through warm-ups this morning and it didn’t look good. So we brought the guys together and just talked to them about, ‘Just compete at a high level.’”New Orleans managed to keep pace with Los Angeles in part because Paul kept missing and didn’t score until hitting two free throws with 2:52 left in the third quarter.“Chris started pressing a little bit,” Rivers said. “He was trying to get going, which you want him to do. Just keep doing it in the realm of the offense.”last_img read more

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Patrick Beverley roasts Paul George for blaming bad game on officiating: I locked you up

first_imgPaul George wasn’t happy with the officiating during Oklahoma City’s loss to the Clippers on Friday. He was so mad he called out the referees and was fined $25,000 for his comments.But Patrick Beverley — a man who takes serious pride in his ability to play one-on-one defense — didn’t take kindly to what George said and his response to the All-Star forward sparked a heated exchange. “Men lie, numbers don’t. He tried to blame the refs. Naw bra bra!!!,” Beverly wrote on Twitter.Men lie, numbers don’t. He tried to blame the refs. Naw bra bra!!!— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) March 9, 2019This tweet was actually in reply to another pointing out George’s success, or lack thereof, when Beverley guarded him Friday. Related News George went 3-of-10 shooting with seven points on 44 possessions. But the MVP candidate wasn’t having it from Beverley.”Stop it pat lol LA has gave you a platform now but stop it bra bra,” he wrote.Stop it pat lol LA has gave you a platform now but stop it bra bra!— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) March 9, 2019Beverley wasn’t backing down. In fact, he upped the ante.”never knew u for the excuse type,” he wrote. “Give credit if credit is due. I locked u up last night. I won the Battle last night. Plain and simple.” @Yg_Trece never knew u for the excuse type. Give credit if credit is due. I locked u up last night. I won the Battle last night. Plain and simple.— Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) March 9, 2019The Thunder and Clippers do not play again in the regular season. However, the Clippers are just two games behind the Trail Blazers for fifth in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City is fourth.If LA were to get there the two teams would face off in the playoffs. Paul George fined $25K for criticizing officialslast_img read more

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Basketball players from Sanski Most are the champions of the basketball league of the Una-Sana Canton

first_imgIn a derby match of the last round of the Cantonal league of the Una-Sana Canton in basketball for seniors , OKK ”Sana” won against the team ” Limometal” from Cazin with the result of 81: 76. With this victory, the team from Sanski Most has qualified in the higher ranks of the competition, namely in the A2 League of the Federation of B&H.The host of this match was the team from Cazin, which dominated the first half of the match and had a better result. After the break, in the third quarter of the match the result was even, leading both teams to make a lot of mistakes. Towards the end of the last quarter of the game, the team from Sanki Most played better and were more engaged in their defense positions as well as more efficient in their strikes. At the end of the match OKK ”Sana” celebrated their victory, while the team from Cazin suffered a great defeat.The coach of OKK ”Sana” Emir Lasić said that the engagement of all players has contributed to this victory. In the next season the team of OKK ”Sana” will compete at higher ranks, namely in the A2 League of the Federation of B&H. This means that more qualified basketball players will be coming to the team from Sanski Most.last_img read more

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Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari: A timeline of their relationship, from 2010 first date to divorce

first_imgReality star Kristin Cavallari on early Sunday announced that she and her husband, former quarterback Jay Cutler, are getting a divorce.The couple had been together for 10 years, and have three children together: two sons and one daughter. View this post on Instagram With great sadness, after 10 years together we have come to a loving conclusion to get a divorce. We have nothing but love and respect for one another and are deeply grateful for the years shared, memories made, and the children we are so proud of. This is just the situation of two people growing apart. We ask everyone to respect our privacy as we navigate this difficult time within our family.A post shared by Kristin Cavallari (@kristincavallari) on Apr 26, 2020 at 10:11am PDTMORE: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez: A look at their relationship timelineThe couple have also been a large part of Cavallari’s reality show, “Very Cavallari,” which follows her life and the promotion of her clothing line.Here’s a look at the relationship timeline between Cutler and Cavallari:2009: The relationship that almost didn’t happenIn an interview, Cavallari said Cutler made the first move, but that she wasn’t interested in a relationship.”I got a call from my publicist that Jay wanted to fly me out to Chicago and take me out,” Cavallari said. “I didn’t know who he was! I had to Google him. I was in the middle of filming ‘The Hills’ so I was like, ‘I don’t want a boyfriend in Chicago,’ and passed on it.” View this post on Instagram Getty View this post on Instagram Welcome Jaxon Wyatt Cutler 7lbs 11oz 5/7/14 ❤️A post shared by Kristin Cavallari (@kristincavallari) on May 7, 2014 at 10:14am PDT2015: Baby No. 3Almost a year after the birth of their second child, the couple announced on Cavallari’s own app that baby No. 3 was coming.”We’re at it again! Thrilled to announce baby number 3 is on the way! The Cutler crew just keeps on growin’!”Saylor James Cutler was born on Nov. 23.center_img “With great sadness, after 10 years together we have come to a loving conclusion to get a divorce,” the reality TV personality posted, along with apicture of her and Cutler.”We have nothing but love and respect for one another and are deeply grateful for the years shared, memories made, and the children we are so proud of,” her statement continued. “This is just the situation of two people growing apart. We ask everyone to respect our privacy as we navigate this difficult time within our family.”Cavallari also said the divorce was not because of cheating. View this post on Instagram In her book “Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health, Happiness, and Making It All Work,” Cavallari explained that she was also a little creeped out by his initial ask. “Plus, to be completely honest, years prior I had had a different Chicago athlete go through my publicist to ask me out, so I was a little weirded out by all these Chicago sports guys wanting to date me.”2010: Sparks flyCavallari was in Chicago visiting her mother when they went to a Bears preseason game. She didn’t remember that Cutler had asked her out, but her mom did.Cavallari said that she thought he was “really cute” when they finally met.In her book Cavallari wrote, “We hung out two nights later, and that began a swift and intense romance. I flew back to Chicago at least every two weeks. When we were apart, we texted constantly, and he wrote me the sweetest love emails. He was the strong, manly man I wanted but had a sweet, romantic side as well.”April 2011: The engagementCavallari and Cutler got engaged over Easter weekend in Mexico after only eight months. Cavallari was said to be surprised by the proposal, but happy.Summer 2011: The breakupThe engagement didn’t last long. Just three months after their engagement, multiple reports claimed that Cutler had broken up with Cavallari, but she set the record straight in her book.”A few things needed to change, and I knew the only way Jay would see how serious I was, was if I ended the relationship,” she wrote. Apparently, Cutler “envisioned himself being the sole breadwinner and his wife staying at home.”Fall 2011: Reunited and it feels so goodBy the fall of 2011, the pair were back on and better than ever.Cavallari was a contestant on Season 13 of “Dancing With the Stars.” During one performance, the camera panned to Cutler cheering her on. By November, the couple confirmed they were not only dating again, but also engaged.”It was so silly,” Cavallari told E! News. “I was in the airport, leaving Chicago. We had just spent however many days together and we were texting and somehow it came up, like, ‘Oh, shall we get married?’ We’re like, ‘Yeah, OK.’ And then he sent my ring in the mail. So I actually had my ring sitting at home for a couple of weeks before I put it on.”2012: Baby No. 1Two months after getting back together, the couple announced in a People magazine exclusive that they were having a baby.”We are thrilled to announce we are expecting our first child together. It’s an amazing time in our life and we can’t wait to meet the new addition to our growing family.”Cavallari gave birth to her son, Camden Jack, on Aug. 8 2012.June 2013: Married at lastWedding bells for the happy couple! The pair were legally married in a civil ceremony on June 7 before their June 8 wedding at the Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville (followed by a reception at the Houston Station). They were wed in front of 150 family and friends.Cavallari said she would’ve been perfectly fine staying engaged forever, as her own parents’ divorce made her hesitant to tie the knot. But the birth of their son changed her mind.”Having a kid made me realize that I wanted the security of a legal union for him. I wouldn’t want him (or any of our kids, now) to ever interpret our voluntarily not getting married as a sign that Jay and I may not be completely committed to our family.”2014: Baby No. 2The Cutler family kept growing.Shortly after their wedding, the couple tweeted that they were expecting baby No. 2 — Jaxon Wyatt Cutler.Thank you for all the love!! We are so excited for Camden to be a big brother!— Kristin Cavallari (@KristinCav) October 30, 2013They announced the birth of the baby on Instagram. The real behind the scenes from #VeryCavallari 😂 One week until the premiere!!! @verycavallari @velvetsedgeA post shared by Kristin Cavallari (@kristincavallari) on Jul 1, 2018 at 1:31pm PDTCutler, who previously had a reputation in the NFL for being a bit grumpy, became a star of the show, as fans gained a glimpse at his laid-back personality and dry humor.March 2020: Stuck in the BahamasThe Cutler/Cavallari clan flew down to the Bahamas on March 15 for a family spring break vacation. They became stuck there for three weeks as travel and safety conditions became increasingly dangerous under the coronavirus pandemic.Several people have speculated that this lockdown led to the divorce, but there is nothing confirmed at this time.Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler have been stuck in the Bahamas with her hairstylist for 22 days THREAD— claire (@clairecdowns) April 6, 2020April 2020: Divorce announcementOn April 26, 2020, Cavallari announced on Instagram that the pair were going their separate ways. Really sad about missing my 10 year high school reunion last night…so many people I wanted to see…but at least I have a good excuse 💕A post shared by Kristin Cavallari (@kristincavallari) on Nov 29, 2015 at 9:52am PSTJuly 2018: ‘Very Cavallari’ premieres”Very Cavallari” premiered on E! on July 8. The reality show gave viewers a look into the life of Cavallari as she balanced family and business.last_img read more

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Five infamous sulks

first_imgDiego Costa currently dropped by the Chelsea manager ConteLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Diego Costa’s stand-off with English Premier League champions Chelsea is just the latest in a long line of disputes between players and their employers.Here AFP Sport picks out five such infamous examples:French World Cup squad’s ‘Busman’s holiday’Probably the most spectacular and humiliating spectacle experienced by a national side as the entire squad — captained by Patrice Evra and including icon Thierry Henry — refused to get off the bus for a training session at the 2010 World Cup. Their fury at unpopular coach Raymond Domenech had been provoked by the sending home of the player nicknamed ‘The Incredible Sulk’. Nicolas Anelka had launched a foul-mouthed tirade at Domenech at half-time over his tactics in the first-half of the opening loss against Mexico, and was duly punished. Unsurprisingly given the venomous atmosphere, France went out in the first round. Evra, Anelka and others were severely disciplined on their return whilst little has been heard of Domenech since.Blame it on the BogardeCosta will have to go some to outdo Dutch international Winston Bogarde in causing as much trouble for Chelsea. Signed aged 30 and apparently without the knowledge of then Blues manager Gianluca Vialli in the 2000/01 season, the latter’s successor Claudio Ranieri disliked him so much that he wanted the player to leave just weeks later. Bogarde dug his heels in and stayed for four years, despite being dropped first to the reserves and then the youth team. He justified his behaviour by declaring in his biography: “This world is about money (he was on a reported £40,000 a week), so when you are offered those millions you take them. Few people will ever earn so many. I am one of the few fortunates who do. I may be one of the worst buys in the history of the Premiership but I don’t care.”Tevez refuses walk-on part Argentinian international striker Carlos Tevez played up to his nickname of ‘Apache’ by refusing to warm up to potentially go on as a substitute for Manchester City in the last moments of a Champions League match in September 2011 against Bayern Munich. Manager Roberto Mancini said Tevez, then 28, would never play for City again. But a combination of his massive wages and the huge fee City were asking meant there were no takers. Tevez holidayed in Argentina and considered retiring before eventually returning to the first team in March 2012. He was to leave in 2013 for Juventus.Van Hooijdonk lights Forest fireDutch international striker Pierre Van Hooijdonk’s goals had been instrumental in Nottingham Forest returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking in the late 1990s but he went on strike at the beginning of the 1998/99 season because he was furious key players had been let go. He then trained at his old club NAC Breda and demanded a move, which was rejected. He eventually yielded and then-manager Dave Bassett felt compelled to play him. But the depth of antipathy at the club was reflected when he scored his first goal on his return and the players congratulated Scott Gemmill for creating the chance and not the goalscorer. Forest were relegated and he left, Vitesse Arnhem buying him for £3.5 million.‘Godfather’ just the spur for BerbatovMoody Bulgarian international striker Dimitar Berbatov tested the patience of the Tottenham Hotspur hierarchy and manager Juande Ramos as he looked to engineer a multi-million pound “dream” move to Manchester United at the beginning of the 2008/09 campaign. Appropriately for a player who learnt English by watching the Godfather films, he awaited an offer Spurs couldn’t reject. He refused to play in the Premier League game with Sunderland and was threatened with demotion to the reserves. Spurs complained to the Premier League about United ‘tapping up’ the striker but eventually sold him on September 1 that season for £30 million.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Five England players in Curtis Cup squad visit

first_img3 Dec 2015 Five England players in Curtis Cup squad visit Five England players have been invited to take part in a Curtis Cup squad visit to Dun Laoghaire GC, near Dublin, which will host next June’s match between Great Britain & Ireland and the USA. They are: Gemma Clews of Cheshire (Image © Leaderboard Photography), Alice Hewson of Hertfordshire, Meghan MacLaren of Northamptonshire, Inci Mehmet of Surrey and Rochelle Morris of Yorkshire. Bronte Law of Cheshire and Australia-based Charlotte Thomas – both former Curtis Cup players – are unavailable. The five will join Leona Maguire and Olivia Mehaffey of Ireland and Chloe Williams of Wales for the two-day visit on 18 and 19 December. The players will get the chance to look round the course and facilities under the watchful eye of their captain, Elaine Farquharson-Black, and team manager, Helen Hewlett. Elaine, who has been a member of a winning Curtis Cup team, said: “I am really looking forward to getting these players together and to start preparing for the Curtis Cup. I have been over to Dun Laoghaire Golf Club already and it is a fantastic course with great facilities.” The GB&I team of eight for the biennial match will be announced on Thursday 28th April 2016 at 2pm.  Six players will gain automatic selection – the top four GB&I players in the world golf rankings and the top two in the Ladies’ Golf Union Order of Merit. Two other players will be selected to complete the line-up. The players who will visit the Curtis Cup host club are: Gemma Clews, 21 (Delamere Forest)                                        Alice Hewson, 18 (Berkhamsted                                                       Meghan Maclaren, 21 (Wellingborough)  Leona Maguire, 21 (Slieve Russell) Olivia Mehaffey, 18 (Royal Co Down Ladies’) Inci Mehmet, 19 (Royal Mid Surrey)    Rochelle Morris, 20 (Woodsome Hall)  Chloe Williams, 20 (Wrexham) Further information about the Curtis Cup match is available on read more

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The skid continues as Nelson Leafs drops 3-2 decision to Fernie

first_imgThe tailspin continues for the Nelson Leafs.Nolan Lagace scored less than a minute into the third period to snap a 2-2 tie lifting the Fernie Ghostriders to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The loss is the fifth straight for Nelson, which is slowly falling out of the race for the top of the Murdoch Division after the Beaver Valley Nitehawks won its tenth consecutive game, 3-1 over Kimberley.Nelson trails the Nitehawks by 10 points in Murdoch standings. Beaver Valley defeated the Leafs 3-1 Friday in Nelson.“The last couple of games have been tough because we’ve had so many suspensions and injuries,” said Leaf captain Sawyer Hunt, finishing the game with two assists.“But we’ve got a good team in that (dressing room). So we just need to get back to the rink, have a good week of practice and be ready when we play Castlegar Thursday.”Twice the Leafs rallied from one-goal deficits Saturday.Tyler Abbott beat Ben Kelsch in the Leafs nets to give the Riders a 1-0 lead in the first period.Twelve seconds later, Dale Howell tied the game.Riley Siebel scored early in the second period to regain the lead for Fernie.But Jordan Unger pulled Nelson even on the power play before the period ended. However, in the third the Leafs had no answer after Lagace jammed the puck past Kelsch seconds into the final frame.Despite out shooting the Riders 10-6 in the period, Nelson failed to beat Fernie goalie Brandon Youngson to tie the game and force overtime.Hunt, Howell, David Lenzin and Ryan Piva all had great chances to tie the game.“You’ve got to give their goalie (Brandon Youngson) credit, he played well when we pressured him,” Hunt said.“But it’s tough playing two games like that in two days short handed.”For the third consecutive game the Leafs played minus a handful of players due to suspension and injuries.Saturday Nelson welcomed defenceman Jacob Karran back to the lineup following his two-game sit, but was still missing defenceman Brent Headon, and forwards Jack Karran and Mason Mullaney to suspension.All three players are expected back in the lineup when Nelson faces Castlegar.Nelson finished the game out shooting the Ghostriders 32-23.The Leafs dropped to third place in the Murdoch Division standings, a point behind Grand Forks Border Bruins, with an 8-6-2-0-1 record.The Bruins edged Spokane Braves 5-4 in the Boundary City to leapfrog past Nelson.The Leafs have little time to lick their wounds as the team travels to Castlegar Thursday to face the Rebels. And the Sunflower City squad will not be a pushover despite trailing the Leafs in the standings.Castlegar has won three consecutive games after blasting Columbia Valley Rockies 7-2 Saturday in Invermere.Next home game for Nelson is Saturday, November 26 when the Leafs host Grand Forks.last_img read more

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Llamazares: “It will be harder to beat Valencia than Atleti”

first_imgAnd another team arrives that will play the round of 16 of the Champions League, Valencia. How many options does your team have to give the second ‘Culturalazo’ followed?The same as the other day: few. And if we already see the match that Valencia made against Barcelona we are even more scared. Once it is difficult to give but already two. It is normal for Second B teams to go hyper-motivated and perhaps the First teams, somewhat relaxed, thinking that it will be easy. But I guess that Valencia is not going to happen because they are already aware of what happened to Atlético here. Therefore, I think it will be more difficult to win against Valencia than Atlético. I have many Valencian friends. Among them, Martín Labarta, Valencia Basket delegate, who is going through bad times and I send him a hug from here.But they have a spectacular hobby, as seen last Wednesday …A lot of people will come, just like last Wednesday. In León there is a moment of euphoria and you have to take advantage of it. People are going to cheer up a lot and have a great time. Is the stadium going to be filled?No, we have a hard time filling it. But we do want to match at least the capacity before Atlético: about 12,200 spectators. Today (yesterday) 3,500 tickets had already been sold and there were queues throughout the day. Also, I think people will come from Valencia. The hour is worse than the other day but the rush of victory will make many who did not come this time, against Valencia. What is the current radiography of the Cultural?In 2012 I entered a club about to disappear, with many embargoes and in the Third Division. We went up to Second with economic hardships and managed to sell the club to Aspire, through José Lasa, who knew him from the world of basketball. It was in 2014-15. The club had 1,800 members and now it has 6,800. Three years ago we managed to ascend to Second and then we went down by one goal. Now we have made a team, according to the category, to go up to Second again.And how does a former ACB referee for 25 years run a football club?I had a sports management company and in the end it’s all the same. A sponsor asked me to enter 2012 and until today.With a Qatari owner, how is communication with him?In the day to day we deal with the people of Aspire in Madrid. The president is in Qatar. We plan and we try everything to agree. The ratio is 10. They give us a lot of freedom.Since last Wednesday you have become famous?The truth is that the victory against Atlético has had more impact than the promotion or when we played in the Cup against Madrid or Barça. It was crazy after that victory.center_img After winning at Atlético, his team fell to Athletic B. Are you afraid that all this euphoria of the Cup will degrade your team from the true objective?No, because last Wednesday, eight players played against Atlético who played two games they didn’t play, a goalkeeper who had only played one game. Many players played against Athletic B who did not play in the Cup.Having a rich owner, what the lockers fix the season financially does not go with you …Yes man. Everything that is to reduce the deficit and that the owner has to put less, much better.last_img read more

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Onwards to a Police state – PNC

first_imgDear Editor,Reference is made to a press release titled, “Government to submit Brief to Speaker addressing consequences of Dec 21 vote,” posted on the coalition Government’s Department of Information (DPI) website.In it, the public was told: “Until and unless fresh elections are held, the Government remains in full control of the governance apparatus of the state and will continue to carry out its mandate according to its constitutional requirement. Any suggestion to the contrary is intended to breed anarchy and disorder in Guyana and that too will be resisted.”These are the most chilling statements issued thus far by the coalition Government since it fell on December 21, 2018. Unless this is bluff and desperation, there are profound implications here.First, the coalition Government appears to be ready to assume de facto status and, if necessary, organise a state of emergency on false pretenses in order to declare martial law and dismiss the constitutional edict of fresh elections.Secondly, the coalition Government wants to muzzle free speech and the relentless public criticism of its refusal to resign from office, and call new elections as the Constitution requires.The coalition Government is publicly calling all critics and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Bharrat Jagdeo, the latter having accused the coalition of a judicial coup, anarchists or enemies of the state bent on “anarchy and disorder.”State media and state organs including the DPI are being utilised to tell citizens and the Leader of the Opposition to be quiet, to shut up, to have no expressed opinion about matters that occurred in their National Assembly on December 21.The Leader of the Opposition was told that he must know his place which is to say his constitutionally created office must now take instructions from junior Ministers of the coalition Government. In other words, the coalition is using intimidation to swallow Opposition politics.Third, public notice is now given that anyone who speaks out will be “resisted” by the coalition Government which has at its disposal, the full arsenal of state apparatus. The coalition has already, or is about to swallow the State. The State will do the biddings of the coalition.It is time to be prepared to be arrested and booked with bogus charges for writing or speaking. It is time to anticipate the army mobilising against citizens in the street and establishing camps on their private property. It is time for “wanted” bulletins to be issued for persons for mere questioning. It is time for unlawful detention. This press release makes clear that there is no more equal protection.Finally, the fallen coalition Government rejects the idea that it is a caretaker Government. Instead, it tells the entire electorate that it will not only exist but “continues” to govern in full capacity (“carry out its mandate”) as if December 21 dropped off the face of the calendar. There no longer is any original mandate. Onwards to a Police state.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

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Zika fears rise in Wakenaam

first_imgBy Devina SamarooHealth authorities are concerned about the unavailability of practical means to detect the presence of the ZikaThe Wakenaam Cottage Hospitalvirus on the island of Wakenaam in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).Some 20 persons who visit the Wakenaam Cottage Hospital on a daily basis are diagnosed with the Chikungunya virus, given the symptoms they exhibit.However, those persons could very well be diagnosed with the Zika virus, since the symptoms are similar, but there is no way to confirm owing to the unavailability of facilities in the region.“Most of the time, the patients come and they have rashes and fever, we would diagnose them with Chikungunya and give them the treatment,” Resident Doctor (Ag) Marcia Evelyn explained.The Chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne disease, features the sudden onset of fever two to four days after exposure. The fever usually lasts two to seven days, with accompanying joint pains typically last weeks or months but sometimes years.Initially, the Zika virus was considered to be less severe than the Chikungunya since it causes mild symptoms like low fever, headaches and joint pain.However new research has linked to disease to paralysing disorders.Both diseases are treated symptomatically since there is no actual cure for the infection; however, it is critical to any society to monitor the spread of the disease.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton noted that it is definitely a concern that residents of Wakenaam are unaware whether or not they are infected with the Zika virus, noting that measures must be put in place to remedy the situation.He noted that a prevention and awareness campaign definitely needs to be introduced to the island.Meanwhile, the regional health officials explained that many of the persons on the island live in poverty and therefore cannot afford travel to the Georgetown Public Hospital for further testing.At the moment, those persons exhibiting symptoms of the Chikungunya virus, which is similar to the Zika virus, are being prescribed symptomatic treatment and sent home.French researchers recently discovered that in addition to causing severe birth defects, the Zika virus can result in a rare neurological ailment in adults and is linked to paralysis-causing myelitis (inflammation in the spinal cord).Myelitis can affect limb movement and cause paralysis by interrupting communication between the spinal cord and the rest of the body.Emerging research also shows that the virus may cause eye damage in babies.The virus has also been classified as a sexually transmitted disease, after there have been less than a handful of reported cases of sexual transmission.Persons exhibiting the symptoms are advised to visit the nearest health institution to get tested. Currently, there are nine confirmed cases of the Zika Virus in Guyana.last_img read more

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Minister Addy Promises Gov’t Support to Liberian Businesses

first_imgThe Minister of Commerce and Industry (MOC),Axel M. Addy, has promised more of Government’s support to Liberian-owned businesses operating in the Country.Minister Addy made the assertion on Friday, July 11 during the grand opening of Aminata and Sons new state-of the art filling station in Sinkor.According to him, the government is committed to helping Liberians “go into genuine and honest business” noting that each step in any good business should be taken towards improvement.He described the station as the “pride of Liberia” which has emerged from “a filthy station to a filling station” and is ready to serve and provide job for more Liberians.“When we say only Liberians can build Liberia, this is it. Toure cannot remove this and go anywhere; he has an investment and pays his taxes to Government,” Minister Addy said in his comments before launching the new station adding, “Toure, you have made us proud and you have given us reasons to believe in more Liberians.”The new Aminata Service Station magnificently stands on 17th Street in Sinkor with four pumps containing six electric fuel service pumps. The biggest supermarket of any service station in the area is within the new facility and as well as Peace Café, which is ready to provide breakfast for your desires.The station has also introduced the “Fuel Filtration Machine”. The machine has the capacity to carry out a thorough cleaning of vehicle fuel tanks. It separates and sucks out water from fuel in the tanks. Slots and particles in vehicle fuel tanks clog and damage the fuel injection system. The filtration machine is built to solve that problem; it has the capacity to dislodge slots and particles from the tank and improve fuel injection system.For his part, the Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum and Refinery Corporation (LPRC), T. Nelson Williams, has acknowledged the CEO & Managing Director of Aminata and Sons  for building a modern service stations in the country and providing jobs for thousands of Liberians.The LPRC boss observed that few years ago, Total-Liberia was the only filling station in the country that was selling brand on the market to consumers, “today, we are proud that Aminata and Sons has taken the lead too.”He noted that out of the ten importers of petroleum products, they have at LPRC; Aminata and Sons is in the third place, particularly when it comes to selling petroleum product on Market.“So, it gave me great joy and pride to be here today to see another station being open by Mr. Siaka Toure, CEO of Aminata & Sons,” he declared.Mr. Williams emphasized that Aminata & Sons filling stations are moving outside of Monrovia, “We need to decentralize the gas string sector of the petroleum market and SiakaToure is doing that.”Meanwhile, Mr. SiakaToure, CEO of Aminata and Sons filling stations, told the gathering that his company was upgrading its standards and outlook as a result of the constructive criticism from the Liberian people.“You said you were tired of the filthy stations, the old manual hand pumps. You said you were tired of all these and you were asking questions and now we have answered the questions and we have given you what you deserved – quality service stations with modern outlook,” Mr. Toure declared.He then thanked the Government of Liberia for creating the favorable atmosphere for good business that led to the banks believing in them.The Aminata and Sons Chief Executive Officer also extended appreciation to the banking community especially ECOBANK for it support.Aminata and Sons chief executive officer concluded by saying his filling station will continued to make the difference in Liberia by providing good service to its people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Health Workers Launch Scathing Attack on Dr. Dahn

first_imgThe National Health Workers Association of Liberia, (NAHWAL), has issued a three-page communication to the Senate, cataloguing alleged misdeeds that, if considered, the Senate would not be able to qualify Deputy Minister of Health, and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bernice Dahn for the post of Minister.In the communication dated April 20 and signed by Messrs George Poe Williams and Joseph S. Tamba, secretary general and president, respectively of NAHWAL, Dr. Dahn, among other things, is accused of constantly discouraging partners who wish to increase incentives of health workers, as is now the case at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town.NAHWAL, according to the letter, “strongly believes that if government’s agenda is for an improved health care delivery system in the post-Ebola era, then certainly, Dr. Dahn, the former CMO, who led the sector for ten years to its total collapse, cannot be a worthy steward of the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare.”NAHWAL recalled that it took Dr. Dahn ten years to diagnose the employment of health care workers as a problem, only after the Ministry had suspended and later dismissed NAHWAL’s leadership who had “earlier spoken to this very issue.  This has caused us immense stress, including referring to our colleagues who were dying of Ebola as reckless and dying due to their own negligence.  Yet, it is she who had failed to provide the necessary protective equipment and training for us.”Considering the alleged psychological trauma inflicted on health workers, the leadership of NAHWAL noted in its communication that its membership cannot work with Dr. Dahn as their Minister while they continue to grieve in their hearts.“In fact, Dr. Dahn’s name serves as a flashback and a trademark of distress for health care workers,” the letter noted.Based on issues raised, and many other problems that the health workers claim were instituted by the minister-designate, NAHWAL’s letter concluded that the outgoing CMO had always been a co-conspirator in the misdeeds of former Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale.“Health workers appeal to this Honorable body for a Moses, who shall lead us to the Promised Land, and not a Pharaoh, who will keep us in captivity,” the statement said.Further, NAHWAL contends that Dr. Dahn’s confirmation will make no difference to the plight of health workers and that the vote of no confidence in Dr. Gwenigale would be of no effect where one of his collaborators and protégés would be assigned to continue his anti-people positions.“We are convinced that the minister-designate is no different from Dr. Walter Gwenigale; we therefore appeal to you Honorable body not to confirm her,” the statement added.It may be recalled that last November, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf nominated outgoing Civil Service Agency Director General, George T. Werner, to the Senate to replace then embattled Minister of Health, Dr. Gwenigale.The Senate however, through recommendations from the Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children’s Affairs, unanimously voted in executive session to reject Mr. Werner.The Senate’s decision was taken after the Secretary of the Senate had read the Peter Coleman chaired committee’s recommendation in plenary, declaring that the then CSA Director General “lacked the requisite qualification” to head such an important post as Minister.In October 2014, the Senate voted unanimously to cite Minister Gwenigale to appear before that body and show cause why he should not be held in contempt for refusing to reinstate two sacked officials of NHWAL.The then Minister’s citation was prompted by a communication from Lofa County Senator, George Tengbeh, to plenary that there was again rumor that health workers would go on strike if their two dismissed leaders were not reinstated as earlier agreed in a meeting between Health Ministry officials and the Senate.The two dismissed officials were never reinstated, and the only remedy as far as the Executive Branch of government was concerned was the announcement that Minister Gwenigale was retiring opening the way for a new minister designate.Meanwhile, the NAHWAL communication has been sent to the Senate Committee on Health, which is responsible for conducting confirmation proceedings on the Minister-designate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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St. Anthony’s Boys through to Copa semis

first_img0Shares0000St. Anthony’s Boys from Kitale celebrate after beating Kinondo from Coast 2-1 in the Copa Cocacola National Secondary School Games in Eldoret on July 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluELDORET, Kenya, Jul 25- Captain Cedric Muchina scored a thumping stoppage time winner as St. Antony’s Boys Kitale qualified for the semi-finals of the Copa Cocacola National Secondary School Games with a 2-1 win over Coast region’s Kinondo in Eldoret on Wednesday afternoon.The win sees St. Antony’s move to six points in Pool B and will face Upper Hill in the group decider on Wednesday, the Nairobi region team having resuscitated their hopes with a solitary goal win over Olbolosat, a result that took them to four points. “My boys really played well and we didn’t give up until the last minute. We fought for every ball and we deserved this victory. Upper Hill will not be an easy opponent but we want to win and top the pool. I am looking forward to win my third Copa Cocacola title,” coach George Owoko said after the win.He has previously won the title with Ambira High School in 2010 and 2011.The match played at the Hill School in Eldoret was attended by Harambee Stars assistant coach Nicolas Bouriquet.The first half was a hotly contested affair with Kinondo playing with a bit of confidence having picked a draw in their first match against Upper Hill yesterday.Harambee Stars assistant coach Nicolas Bouriquet on the sidelines during the Copa Cocacola National Secondary School Games match between Rift Valley’s St. Anthony’s Boys from Kitale and Coast’s Kinondo at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 25, 2018.PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluTheir skipper Mohammed Ismael was the danger man, twice having chances from the edge of the box with one of them being saved while one went inches wide.The game came to life in the second and Ismael almost broke the deadlock five minutes after the restart with a shot from range which went inches wide.In the 43rd minute, St. Antony’s had a chance when a curling freekick from the left fell kindly inside the box but Kennedy Mwendwa overcooked his effort, dribbling too much in the box allowing the Kinondo defense to clear.Two minutes later, Issa Lumumba had a chance with a shot from inside the box which was well saved by the keeper.The pressing by the Solidarity Boys  paid dividends in the 55th minute when Ansar Shamun placed the ball to the far post beyond the keeper after being picked out unmarked on the right by a delightful ball from Daniel Odhiambo.St. Antony’s Kennedy Mwendwa attempts to control the ball under pressure from Kindondo’s Juma Ngare during their Copa Cocacola National Secondary School Games tie at the Hill School in Eldoret on July 25, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe lead was however short-lived as Kinondo drew level immediately from the penalty spot through Hassan Kombo after Christopher Raila handled inside the box.But despite losing the lead, St. Anthony’s pushed on by a capacity crowd at the Hill School kept on asking the questions and Shamun should have completed a brace five minutes to time when he was picked out by another diagonal ball, but he could not beat the keeper.Nonetheless, at the stroke of full time, skipper Muchina rose through a crowd of defenders at the edge of the six yard to thump in a header from a corner for the winner.0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgLetterkenny District Court.A young man who was arrested after refusing to pay his taxi is now dealing with his alcohol demons through work.Patrick Toner (25) who now lives in Navan, Co Meath appeared in Letterkenny District Court today for failing to comply with direction of gardai, refusing to provide his name and address, using insulting behaviour and being intoxicated in a public place. He was arrested at Letterkenny Garda Station after he refused to pay his taxi fare on January 23, 2011.The court heard that he was in a highly intoxicated state and barely able to stand. When asked by gardai to leave the area, he used abusive language and refused to give his name and address.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher told the court that he had returned from a period in Australia to do a full-time plumbing apprenticeship, from which he earns €250 a week.The court heard how Toner had little or no recollection of the night in Letterkenny, and has not had a drink since. In reference to his past problems with alcohol, the defence said that he has “dealt with his demons by way of work.”Toner has had previous public order convictions in Kells in 2008 and Trim in 2010.Judge Paul Kelly warned Toner that he could face a custodial sentence. Toner asserted that such an incident would not happen again, as he has sworn off alcohol and attended AA meetings in Australia. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, the court heard that he hopes to return to Australia.Toner was fined €300 for public order offences and his charge of being intoxicated in a public place (Section Four Criminal Justice Act 2003) was struck Rachel McLaughlinMAN TURNS OVER A NEW LEAF AFTER BOOZED-UP ARREST was last modified: January 28th, 2014 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) Tags:Letterkenny District CourtPatrick Tonerlast_img read more