BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Real Madrid head to Manchester City for tomorrow’s first leg of their Champions League semi-final with dark clouds over Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Both star strikers, who have scored 74 goals between them this season, are nursing right-leg injuries. Ronaldo strained a muscle in a win over Villarreal on Wednesday, ruling him out of Saturday’s match at Rayo Vallecano — that Benzema exited before halftime with a leg injury of his own. Coach Zinedine Zidane said that Ronaldo, who trained on Sunday, will travel with the squad to England. Benzema is a bigger worry for the former France great. “We’re going to assess Benzema,” Zidane said after Saturday’s match. “All I can say is that it’s not a knock. I hope that it’s nothing serious and that he’ll be available for Tuesday.” The 10-time champions have already found their saviour in case Ronaldo and Benzema have not fully recovered to face City. Gareth Bale rose to the occasion when both his strike partners were out on Saturday, scoring two goals to lead a 3-2 comeback victory at Rayo that kept Madrid in the fight for the Spanish league title. For Bale, Madrid have the “psychological” advantage of playing the second leg back in Spain. “If we get a good result in the Etihad Stadium, back at the Bernabeu our fans are always going to help us,” Bale said. “As long as we don’t lose there, we’ll be very confident at the Bernabeu.” Under former Madrid manager Manuel Pellegrini, City are in fine form domestically in April. Besides a draw against lowly Newcastle, high-scoring wins — 3-0 over Chelsea and a 4-0 rout of Stoke on Saturday — are a reminder of City at their best. Kevin de Bruyne has been the inspiration behind the revival, as a dynamo in midfielder since returning after two months out. The Belgian was rested against Stoke in preparation for Madrid. “Now almost everybody is back and it gives us a different feeling,” De Bruyne said.
ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships 2017 is now history. Those who had the good fortune to follow it through the various media were fed a diet of bright prospects whose brilliance, brought about by some breath-taking performances, will continue to boggle the mind for some time to come. Foster’s Fairplay will focus on that which brought most pleasure to this columnist. In order to place the matter of the Champs phenomenon in true perspective, it is essential that it be accurately defined. In that regard, a few questions must be asked. What exactly is this thing called Champs, that, every year, causes in excess of 30,000 spectators to swarm a stadium hopelessly unable to accommodate them come that special Saturday? What is this thing called Champs that inspires men, well advanced in years, to forget their regular attire and don their school colours just to identify with an institution of learning where their teenage days were spent? What is this thing called Champs, that motivates schoolgirls to ignore their own schools and throw their stentorian support behind a Kingston College, a Calabar, or a Jamaica College? What is this thing called Champs that can have so many of its perennial committed supporters, still floundering for entry tickets days after the event had started? Foster’s Fairplay dares to hazard a guess as to what brings about this frenzy just to be in the arena of excitement and quality. The magic of Champs which endears it to the Jamaican people, is no longer a mystery. It has taken the image of the spectacle to a different level. A clear understanding of and appreciation for what goes on out there on the track only add to the appeal of the final product. Two examples of the contributory factors to the Champs’ ability to attract are given. At the turn of the century, the Holmwood Technical child prodigy Anneisha McLaughlin was part of a set of supremely talented female athletes who set the stage for a nine-year ascendancy at Girls’ Champs for the Christiana-based school. She registered a time of 23.11 seconds in winning the 200m event in Class Three. As a testimony to its quality, the record stood unmolested for 16 years. However, here comes a 14-year old miss, Kevona Davis, out of Edwin Allen High, who takes it to 23.07. This time qualifies her to be entered in the event at the World Championships in London this year. If anticipation of such an outstanding performance by young Davis is not enough, take a look at the boys Class Two 1500m final. It was the first appearance of the much-talked about Ugandan, Ari Rodgers, representing Kingston College in a round from which points were to be scored. The route taken by Rodgers to access the five-day event was enough to allow him the favourite label. Hot rivals, Calabar, prepared by the coaching guru at schoolboy level, Michael Clarke, had two athletes, Kevroy Venson and Kimar Farquharson, in the race. The manner in which Clarke had obviously planned his execution strategy to out-general his Kingston College counterpart was worth more than the cost of the entry ticket. The two Calabar athletes stalked Rodgers throughout the race, enough to neutralise his expected last-lap sprint, with Venson eventually taking the win. It provided stark evidence as to what Champs is all about: brilliance in the moment. Despite the accustomed inability by some supporters to get tickets, Champs 2017 was a spectacular affair. There was no less quality on account of the format changes aimed at restricting athletes’ workload. A word must be said to the Kingston College management. After his victory in the 5000m Open, Rodgers produced a Ugandan flag. The size and length of time that it was paraded suggested two things. First, there must have been prior knowledge of Rodgers’ intentions and also, there should have been a visible attempt to abort the ill-timed action. It has been cited elsewhere as an act similar to Michael O’Hara’s ambush marketing deed two Champs prior. Foster’s Fairplay will not take it to that level. However, it did not fit the true spirit of the occasion. Otherwise, another good job, ISSA. – For Feedback: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
View comments PBA takes another breather on the following Wednesday, August 16, before going back to its normal programming on Friday, August 18.The PBA-backed Gilas Pilipinas squad will fly to Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday for the Asian championship where it will compete from August 8 to 20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Through the course of the continental meet, unbeaten Meralco and cellar-dweller Kia will play thrice, NLEX, Rain or Shine, Phoenix, GlobalPort, and Blackwater to see action twice, and TNT once.From the Fiba Asia-bound squad, Terrence Romeo, Gabe Norwood, Raymond Almazan, and Matthew Wright will miss two games for their respective teams, while Jayson Castro and Roger Pogoy will be inactive for the KaTropa’s August 20 game against Rain or Shine. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano NCAA: Lyceum cruises to sixth straight win SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ With the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup coming up, the PBA has made slight tweaks to its schedule as it is set to take a week-long break in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.After Sunday, August 6, the league will not hold games on Wednesday (August 9) and Friday (August 11) before returning to action the following Sunday, August 13.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ “You have to understand also that it’s a big sacrifice also for the PBA. We have to play when your superstars are not there, and that affects also the attendance and the interest in the PBA,” said PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa.“But as what is said by the teams and the owners themselves, that’s a sacrifice they asked us to make, and that’s a sacrifice we’re willing to give for the success of this program.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets
The Daily Observer has confirmed that a nationwide strike by the National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL) now in its third day, is disrupting clearing of imports at the nation’s seaports, airports and borders, depriving the government of millions of dollars in tax revenues.Unconfirmed reports say the 40,000 strong Customs Brokers across the country who contribute a hefty US$2m daily into government coffers have a list of complaints that have so far not been addressed by the Liberia Revenue Authority or the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning. The Customs officers, citing unlawful, illegal and unjust collection of taxes from members of the business community by LRA, among other criticisms, have threatened to continue the strike until their terms are met.As the frustrated customs brokers entered their third day of strike action today, clearing of imports have slowed down denying the Government of Liberia millions of dollars from tariffs and other import charges.The major ports of entry affected include the Freeport of Monrovia, the Port of Buchanan, the border points in Cape Mount and Lofa Counties as well as Ganta entry point in Nimba County.During a press conference yesterday at their headquarters in the Freeport Community, NCBAL said their protest stemmed from ‘unsuccessful negotiations’ between them and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), headed by Madam Elfrieda Tamba.The president of NCBAL, Mr. Ivan J.F. Tumbey, said that a letter of complaint it sent to the Minister of Finance and Development Planning is yet to receive any redress.There is unlawful, illegal and unjust collection of taxes from members of the business community by LRA, especially those businesses involved in the importation of cargo through the Free Port of Monrovia and the Roberts International Airport (RIA), Mr. Tumbey charged.He said the association was taken aback when the LRA began charging tax payers additional fees on Clean Report of Findings (CRF) and collecting fees of US$50 per 20 foot container and US$100 per 40 feet container for scanning of Pre-Shipment Containers (PSI) when in fact, the scanner is not functioning.Tumbey said the unnecessary additional fees are disturbing and NCBAL is demanding that the LRA stop such charges until the scanner is functional and the charging power is renegotiated.“This an act which contravenes an earlier agreement signed between GOL and BIVAC (Bureau Inspection Valuation Assessment). If the LRA will continue tore-appraise the Clean Report of Findings, then let it forget about the BIVAC and Liberia’s lawful contract of 1997,” Mr. Tumbey declared.Another point of contention said Tumbey is that the LRA has appointed additional assessors to the already assigned assessors in Assessment at the DI-sites at the Freeport of Monrovia to re-appraise all cargos, a procedure which he said is outside of the agreement signed between BIVAC and GOL.Only BIVAC is authorized to appraise all cargos at the Country of Origin, using all of the internationally accepted procedures, according to the agreement between GOL and BIVAC.“Assigning additional Customs officers has also created serious congestion at various DI-sites at the Port causing delays in the clearing process which is a serious burden for the Tax Payers and the consuming public at large,” the Customs Brokers’ president said.Mr. Tumbey further called on the LRA to put an end to the inhumane treatment being meted out against Tax Payers, including denying them access to restrooms, drinking water, cafeteria and waiting accommodations among, others.“We want such deprivations to stop because it is not in the best interest of the country and it circumvents international best practices,” Mr. Tumbey noted.The NCBAL boss described as an act of corruption LRA officers prohibiting the clearing of cargos and door-to-door delivery of Cargos after 4:00 pm instead of these activities being 24-hour services according to the Maritime and Revenue Laws of the Country.“This situation results in the tax payers having to pay more for storage at APM Terminals while at the same time leaving their perishable goods at the mercy of truck owners and port security, posing a huge cost burden on both the tax payers and the consuming public,” Mr. Tumbey indicated.Mr. Tumbey alleged that Customs officers of the LRA and employees of the Ministries of Commerce & Industry and Finance and Development Planning are engaged in Clearing and Forwarding while at the same time carrying on their normal government functions.“We think that this is unprofessional behavior by (employees of) these government agencies and this is a very serious conflict of interest. How will you be a referee and a player at the same time? Clearing and forwarding is for the Brokers,” he said.The Customs officers maintained that the strike action will continue causing the Liberian government to lose millions of dollars until their terms are met.When Madam Tamba’s offices was contacted for her comment, a female employee who picked up the call, refused to give her name and position, but said the LRA would come out with its position statement very soon.The female employee, however, dismissed reports that LRA is charging unlawful fees. She argued that all fees charged by the LRA are aimed at collecting lawful revenues on behalf of the government. She promised to contact the Daily Observer very soon to respond to their “so-called allegations.”There is speculation that Commissioner Tamba is making efforts to resolve the strike action.This means if the Liberian Government through the Ministries of Finance and Development Planning and Commerce and Industry as well as the National Port Authority do not resolve the strike action soon, government revenues to support the projected US$660 million 2015/2016 budget may be at risk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Few years from now, Liberia will witness a decline in linguistic diversity for the first-time in history; and yet, most people seem not to care about this growing problem. And worst of all, some are even happy about it.When minor languages like the Dei, Belleh, Gbi and Doru (ones that are seriously in danger) become extinct, it is possible that the major ones will soon follow suit because globalization has increased the demand for English, thereby creating a situation where parents and even people of the older generation don’t care about teaching the young their mother tongues. Except in remote part of the country where the presence of globalization has not been severely felt, children are compelled to learn Dei, Belleh, Gbi, Dorlu and other unpopular dialects. But in Monrovia and other major city centers across Liberia, things are quite different.When we allow languages like those mentioned above to die, we also lose the knowledge and ability to understand the culture and people who spoke them, including the proper teaching of the custom, oral tradition and other inherited knowledge about these cultures.Not only that, as each language dies, science in linguistics, anthropology, prehistory and psychology loses some diversity in data sources as well.Worst of all, this kind of neglect results in a cultural identity and cultural information crisis, which brings about the loss of a vital part of the culture that is necessary to completely understand it, even in its entirety.A solution is, however, not far off hand. If the Liberian media start raising awareness on the issue of language extinction and language preservation, things will change, and these endangered local languages will live on.How can the media help? First, every television and radio station in the country needs to allocate at least four hours every day to programs that support linguistic diversity and expression, creation and dissemination, in every language. Likewise, the print media needs to create columns for the use of local languages (in writing form) highlighting traditional stories, poems, among others.By doing this consistently, the media will be erasing the idea that speaking local languages or teaching the young generation about them is backward or obsolete. This will return the pride in these languages, which would be a welcomed asset, and make secondary dominant languages like English and French.Also, our linguistic, intellectual and cultural diversities and identities will be saved. In addition, media houses should create a library of audiovisual materials from traditional communities, documenting the oral traditions and preserves such languages for future generations. In fact, talk shows and live interviews should be translated into these local languages as well.Furthermore, such policies must not be seen as promoting or supporting the already dominant local languages to the exclusion of others, especially the minor languages. There should be balance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
There are still spots available for this weekend’s Lone Wolves Co-ed Slo-Pitch Tournament.The tourney is scheduled for this weekend with the registration deadline being tomorrow, Wednesday August 20th. All games will take place at the Taylor Ball Diamonds.Proceeds from the Tournament will help the Lone Wolves Slo-Pitch Team travel to the Slo-Pitch Provincials coming up the last weekend in August.- Advertisement -For more on the tournament and to register, call Tom at 250-263-2526.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A fire at the North Peace Arena in July scorched a good portion of the building, and left the gymnastic club without a place as their space was the most damaged by the blaze.They had to shut down and stop teaching classes for a period, as they had no space to do it.However, at the end of September, they struck a deal with the Stonebridge Hotel to rent a room from them until June 2016. In November, they received new equipment to use — and that same month, they received a $1,000 donation from speakers at the NEBCRM Coalition.- Advertisement -The Gymnastic space at the Arena was supposed to be part of an audit by consultants who came to visit and assess facilities in July. Unfortunately, the fire burnt down the facility before they could examine it, and no clear plan has been presented yet as to what will happen for the Gymnastics Club when their lease with the Stonebridge runs out next June.However, Chantelle Yates with the NPGA told Energetic City in November they have received outstanding support from the community, and will see what happens.
Martin Demichelis 1 Martin Demichelis has signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester City.The Argentine defender’s previous deal was due to expire in the summer but he is now tied to the club until the end of the 2015/16 season.Demichelis, 34, endured a difficult start to his City career after joining from Atletico Madrid in September 2013, but has gone on to become a key member of the squad.He played a big role in the club’s Premier League title triumph last season and has been a regular in the centre of defence this term, making 30 appearances in all competitions.“I want to say that I am really proud and happy to have extended my contract for another year,” he told City’s official website.“Manchester City is a club with a lot of ambition. We want to grow every year. When you get to hold a trophy, it’s the best feeling for any player.“I want to say that I will fight for this club and for my teammates until the end of my contract. I will fight to try and win titles.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsBesides abortion, gay marriage and immigration, the candidates fielded questions about gambling, global warming, nuclear power, transportation and unions. “It was a debate that covered all of the issues,” said Mike Radlovic, former executive director of the Los Angeles County Republican Party, who has endorsed Hagman. “Nobody differed.” On nearly every question, both candidates emphasized their conservative Republican credentials. “I’m a pro-business conservative Republican,” Dick said. “I’m running because the taxing and spending in Sacramento has got to stop,” he said. “We need to stop the tax-and-spend mentality. I want to preserve our personal liberties and freedoms.” ORANGE – A pair of Republicans seeking election to the state Assembly took on abortion, immigration, gay marriage and gambling in their first debate. After more than 90 minutes and 18 questions, there didn’t appear to be significant differences between the two men in their party’s primary for the 60th Assembly District seat. Larry Dick, a Metropolitan Water District director, and Chino Hills Councilman Curt Hagman are hoping to represent an area that includes Diamond Bar, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Walnut and a portion of Whittier as well as Chino Hills and parts of Orange County. About 50 attended the Villa Park-Orange California Republican Assembly-sponsored forum Thursday night at Orange City Hall. Hagman said he wants to go to Sacramento to save tax dollars for his constituents. “I’m going to fight for Republicans throughout the state,” he said. “I’m going to fight to protect our freedoms. I have a broad background in local and regional government. I’m active in issues from transportation to prison overcrowding to education.” Both also took on the issue of illegal immigrants. “We need to stop them at the border,” Hagman said. “That is a federal problem, but at some point the state of California and residents of California have to take the initiative to go to the border.” Dick also said it might be necessary for California to set up a border patrol. He also favored deporting criminals who were illegal residents. There were different approaches on at least one issue. Asked about prison overcrowding, Hagman proposed re-entry facilities as a way of reducing recidivism. More training is needed to find ways to ensure that when prisoners leave prisons they go into jobs, he said. Dick discussed other ways of reducing overcrowding. “I have no problem sending prisoners out of state,” he said. The two candidates also opposed abortion and gay marriage, don’t like any of the health-care proposals now under consideration in Sacramento, oppose taxes and support budget cuts to balance the budget, support charter schools and vouchers, support nuclear power and favor local control on making decisions about legal gambling. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A Donegal made doll has featured in a wacky You Tube clip which has received a staggering 4 million views in just a week.Children’s doll Lottie, the brainchild of Ballybofey man Ian Harkin, features in the clip about a Canadian couple’s private life. Mr Harkin, whose company is now based at the CoLab Building at the LYIT, is delighted by the exposure.Simply CLICK to play and keep an eye out for Lottie! DONEGAL DOLL FEATURES IN GLOBAL YOU TUBE HIT was last modified: May 30th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:DOLLIan HarkinLottieYou Tube