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Apoel thrashed 3-0 at home by Basel

first_imgApoel face a titanic challenge to remain in the Europa League after they were soundly beaten 3-0 at GSP Stadium in Nicosia by Swiss team Basel.It was only the second game in charge for new manager Marinos Ouzounides, but his European journey seems to be already over, as Apoel played one of the worst games of their season so far.The Cypriot champions however, started the match with confidence, oragnised at the back and with Musa Al-Taamari particularly inspired on the right flank.The Jordanian came close to scoring a wonder goal in the 9th minute when he tried to chip the goalkeeper from the halfway line, but the ball went wide.Nevertheless, after a good start for Ouzounides’ men, Basel went ahead in the 16th minute, as Raoul Petretta latched onto a long ball forward from Eray Comert and drilled it past Apoel’s goalkeeper Vid Belec.The goal hit Apoel hard and boosted the Swiss team’s morale. Despite Uros Matic’s good effort in the 25th minute with the ball going wide, Basel came close to doubling their lead one minute after with a header attempted by right back Silvan Widmer, this time saved by Belec.The Slovenian goalkeeper saved the result once again in the 40th minute with a superb save on Arthur Cabral’s shot from a good position after he broke free inside the Apoel box.Basel started the second half with same tempo kept throughout most of the first 45 minutes.Valentine Stocker eventually managed to double his team’s advantage in the 53rd minute after a quick counter attack with Fabian Frei serving the Swiss forward who netted the ball past Belec for the 2-0.Marcel Koller’s men almost closed the game shortly after Cabral turned Giorgos Merkis inside the box but his header came back off the crossbar.However, just when Apoel was starting to show signs of life, Basel tripled their lead with Cabral, who fired low beyond Belec from outside the box after yet another counter attack initiated by Petretta.To add insult to injury, Ioannou had to be replaced by Christos Wheeler in the 78th minute after sustaining a thigh injury.The return leg of the Europa League round of 32 will take place on February 27.last_img read more

Nastase responds to backlash about Serena Williams comments

first_imgLATEST STORIES “At the press conference I was asked what opinion I had about Serena being pregnant. I then found out for the first time (she was pregnant) and my reaction was spontaneous,” said Nastase, who is the captain of Romania’s Fed Cup team.Nastase also said Williams was “one of the greatest players of all times and I know how much work goes into achieving these results.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWilliams is black and her fiance, Alexis Ohanian, is white.Nastase was also criticized for swearing at player Johanna Konta and Britain captain Anne Keothavong during a Fed Cup match. He said he would not try to “defend my words, but I assure you that behind them was my desire to defend the interests of the Romanian team and Romanian tennis.” Romania won the best-of-five series 3-2, but Nastase was banned by the International Tennis Federation.Nastase called tennis not a sport but “my life,” saying his outburst meant “I managed to do what I didn’t imagine was possible, to feel that tennis was slipping away from me.”“I know that nothing can really excuse my words, nor a high-level match, not the non-conformist attitude I am now known for, not the unfortunate amplification of the situation,” he said. “My life remains dedicated to tennis and its public and I ask you to accept, as much as is possible, my apologies.”Despite the apology, he also took another shot at Konta.“I think what happened was exaggerated from all sides. Nonetheless, Johanna Konta should not have spoken with the chair umpire, that’s what the team captain does,” Nastase said. “I asked her in a civilized way for some explanations and she sent me to the tribune where I was removed as captain. After this, the umpire suspended the match. I don’t know why the match was suspended.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte FILE – In this Monday, May 23, 2016, file photo, former Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase watches a match at the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, France. Nastase made an attempt at apologizing for his comments about Serena Williams and his outburst during a Fed Cup match. The 70-year-old tennis great posted a statement on Facebook a week after he speculated about the skin color of the baby the pregnant Williams is expecting. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)BUCHAREST, Romania — Ilie Nastase responded to the backlash from his comments about Serena Williams and his Fed Cup outburst, saying his remarks about the pregnant tennis great were “spontaneous” and his tirade inexcusable.The 70-year-old tennis Nastase posted a statement on Facebook a week after he speculated about the skin color of the baby Williams is expecting.ADVERTISEMENT Tested again, resilient Raptors rest up for Cavs rematch Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nastase earned the nickname “Nasty” for his on-court outbursts and gamesmanship in his playing heyday in the 1970s. But it also described his game, which earned him two Grand Slam singles titles and more than 100 ATP titles. He’s a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot deadlast_img read more

Philippines bows out of 3×3 World Cup

first_imgDuterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Kiefer Ravena rallied the troops and got the Philippines within four, 15-11, but Gasper Ovnik was quick to douse that run before Adin Kavgic iced the game from the free throw line with 1:20 left on the clock.Ovnik and Finzgar fired seven points apiece, Anze Srebovt added four markers, and Kavgic had three for Slovenia, which topped Pool B with a 4-0 slate to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundRavena led the Philippines (1-2) with seven points, while Kobe Paras chipped in four markers from a pair of two-pointers.Jeron Teng chimed in two points, while JR Quiñahan got one in the losing effort. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Parks ready to serve PH as Reyes welcomes him in Gilas pool China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet View comments Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES The Filipinos can still cap off the campaign on a positive note as they brace for El Salvador in the tournament closer.The Scores:SLOVENIA 21 – Ovnik 7, Finzgar 7, Srebovt 4, Kavgic 3.PHILIPPINES 14 – Ravena 7, Paras 4, Teng 2, Quiñahan 1.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 Kiefer Ravena skies for a layup in the Philippines’ game against Slovenia. Photo by Fiba.comThe Philippines bowed out of contention in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup with a 14-21 defeat to second-seed Slovenia Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) at Parc des Chantiers de I’lle in Nantes, France.Overwhelmed from the get-go by the powerhouse Slovenians, the Filipinos struggled to find their rhythm and found themselves down early, 5-0, before stumbling to a 14-4 deficit courtesy of Simon Finzgar’s hot shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Cardenas to make merry in Sunrise-Six

first_img 1. BROOKLYN 2. UNBREAKABLE 3. DANCING QUEEN 4, CONCUR 5. UNIVERSAL BOSS 6. FRIENDLY NEIGHBOUR SUNRISE-SIX BROOKLYN will surely be running only against the clock in tomorrow’s first race, an 1100 metres event for $450,000 claimers. Nine will face the starter in this opening event of the Sunrise-Six and the Anthony Smith-trained five-year-old mare has an easy task to notch her fifth win in 26 starts. In her last run on September 29 in overnight allowance company, BROOKLYN was just ten lengths off the Wayne DaCosta-trained Without Exception, one of the most improved horses in training. Since crossing the line in 1:13.0 to win over 1200m on September 29, Without Exception has clocked 1:05.2 for 1100m (placed second), 1:18.3 over 1300m (second) and then won the Invitational Mile on Burger King Superstakes Day in 1:37.1. BROOKLYN has therefore kept very good company. She has not competed in well over a month but advertised her well being with a 36.0 flat work for 600m on November 3 and is ready for a big run. Panamanian Dick Cardenas has been chasing Anthony Thomas for a long time in the jockeys’ championship and now he is just eight behind. The gap should be seven after tomorrow’s second race. Cardenas rides UNBREAKABLE who has dropped two levels down to the $210,000 claiming group and at 52.0kg is just too light to lose this 1500 metres event. UNBREAKABLE led the $450,000 claiming group for 800m of a 1600m race on October 20 clocking a final time of 1:43.4 behind the winner’s 1:39. 4. Nothing in this field can match the seven-year-old gelding’s 47.2×1:12.2 1200m metres splits for that race and he will be a lonely winner. DANCING QUEEN, with former champion jockey Dane Nelson in the saddle, should also use her superior speed to get away from rivals in the third. The majority of the eight-horse field are middle distance horses with none having the speed to test Errol Waugh’s five-year-old mare on the headlines. PRINCESS EMANUELLE does have pace but is much too heavy at 57kg to mount a challenge. The last time she tackled this 1200m distance in mid-year DANCING QUEEN lost by just three quarters of a length to Bilingual as she finished in a final time of 1:12.4. The fourth is over 1300m for $180,000 claimers and has attracted a full field of 16 runners. CONCUR who won over the distance on October 13 clocking a good 1:22.1 should use his superior fitness to get the better of rivals. ALSO CORRECT who has dropped down to this level with just 51kg on his back, courtesy of apprentice Raddesh Roman’s 4kg claim, should also run well. Take Cardenas to close out the Sunrise-Six with newcomer UNIVERSAL BOSS in the fifth and FRIENDLY NEIGHBOUR in Race Six.last_img read more

“Nation’s Destiny Must Rest on Its Shoulder”

first_imgChinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue has challenged the Government and people of Liberia to take responsibility for the destiny of the country, adding, “The destiny of a nation should and can only dwell on the shoulder of the nation itself, big or small.”In his speech marking the handover of the newly constructed Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC), Ambassador Zhang emphasized that hard work, perseverance, strong leadership; right policies and unity are some of the defining factors behind success.He said it is from such experience that China has become great as it is in the world. According to Ambassador Zhang, both China and Liberia are developing countries facing similar development challenges which he said compel them to consider development as a top priority for which they must engage in mutually beneficial cooperation.The construction of the MVTC is one of China’s promised development projects to Liberia.The Chinese Ambassador expressed the hope that young Liberians will shoulder the responsibility to make better use of the facility to acquire knowledge that will help build their country.“I wish you can take this precious opportunity of getting access to modern training facilities in the new MVTC and devote yourselves to the development of Liberia,” Ambassador Zhang urged the youth.He reiterated China’s commitment to reliable partnership with Liberia, noting that it is not only in training and education, but also in all fields that could benefit Liberians.“Each generation has its own mission and it is our generation’s responsibility to further promote China-Liberia cooperation and inject new vigor into the comprehensive cooperative relationship between our two countries,” he emphasized.He urged Liberians to engage in team work, expressing China’s readiness to dedicate itself to work with Liberia.The MVTC, Ambassador Zhang said, is equipped with sufficient modern facilities to meet the learning needs of young Liberians.With a budget of roughly US$9 million, MVTC’s entire campus is composed of a large teaching, laboratory, and administrative building, and two dormitory buildings for faculty and students respectively.It is also composed of a library that can accommodate 300 people with energy and water supply systems that can serve the entire facility.It also has special facilities that will cater to the needs of the disables people and a sewage disposal system for environmental protection. The new facilities were constructed by the Shanxi Construction Company.In her words of appreciation to the Chinese Government, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the project as a “long awaited” one to get young Liberians to take charge and contribute to the development of their country.The President told Liberians that “the facility is ours, and so its operation and maintenance rest upon us.”She said poor maintenance and destruction of facilities have made it difficult for the country’s infrastructure to be maintained, expressing the hope that other government functionaries including the Legislature will cooperate in making the facility useful.She then commended the Chinese Government for the project and reiterated her call for the completion of the rest that include the ministerial complex and the refurbishing of the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.Earlier, Youth and Sports Minister, Eugene Nagbe, said the completion of the project brings to realization President Sirleaf’s mandate to officials that they should not only break ground for a project, but the project should be fully implemented.He said considering that a greater portion of Liberia’s population is youth, the vocational training center was important to the Training Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program in meeting the skills needs of many young Liberians.The center, Minister Nagbe said, will teach electricity, plumbing, welding, masonry, carpentry, and other skills to prepare Liberians yearning for skills to make them productive in society.Meanwhile, the MVTC is a part of many projects the Chinese Government has completed and dedicated to the Liberian Government in aid. Others are the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Nimba County and the Fendall campus of the University of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kakata Cemetery Closed

first_imgMargibi County Superintendent, John Zubah Buway, has ordered the closure of Kakata’s only public cemetery, located in the Mandingo Quarter, due to what his office called “the lack of land space to continue burying the dead.” Superintendent Buway told Liberia News Agency (LINA) Margibi correspondent that he ordered the cemetery closed because of looming health hazards that the cemetery poses to residents. He said due to the lack of burial space, residents have resulted to burying the dead on top of other graves, a situation which he observed was creating serious problems. Furthermore, Supt. Buway said, suspected criminals who have escaped arrest for crimes they allegedly committed in other places are being harbored in the cemetery from where they terrorize peaceful residents, especially under the cover of darkness.“The suspected criminals not only use the cemetery as a hideout camp, they use the area as their base from where they often terrorize peaceful citizens,” said Buway.He expressed disappointment with the situation, but blamed residents who he said have encroached on the 20 acre land, resulting in the lack of burial spaces.Buway also blamed previous administrations for doing nothing to protect the cemetery land from encroachers thus causing serious embarrassment for his administration. With regard to new plots to bury the dead in Kakata, Supt. Buway said he would allocate at least 15 acres of land at three different locations in the city to ease the burden on the Madingo Quarter cemetery. Buway said the Margibi County authority is concluding discussions on the allocation of 15 acres a piece to be located on the Bong Mines Road, 26 Gate Road and the Weala- Kakata highway, to ease the burden of burial spaces. Residents around the cemetery have welcomed the superintendent’s decision to shut down the burial site, but called on his office to put in place measures to ensure a routine clean up of the cemetery, as well as the posting of security guards to deter residents from burying their dead during night hours.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Guyana Chronicle’s misleading headline

first_imgDear Editor,The next time the Guyana Chronicle tries to discredit a Government Press Secretary or a Government Communications Officer, it might be wise for them to be accurate by at least attempting to print the entire story. What Guyana Chronicle failed to print in its article dated Saturday 29 October 2016 and titled “Harmon: Ministers not meeting public at Congress Place”, was that a Press Release announcing those public meetings (copied to the entire media corps) was sent directly from the People’s National Congress Reform’s Headquarters at Congress Place, Sophia.It should also be noted that the journalist from Stabroek News who posed the question about those public meetings to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, was honest enough to indicate that a release was sent out directly from the POLITICAL PARTY (PNCR).Additionally, as a youth member of the PNCR, I see absolutely nothing wrong with those ministers meeting with members of the public at Congress Place, Sophia. The fact is that those Government Ministers are also Members of Parliament and members of the People’s National Congress Reform – the party which is the largest in the APNU+AFC Coalition Government. Those Members of Parliament have constituents that would have chosen them to represent their interests at the highest levels of office. I would have seen an issue had it been that those proposed meetings at Congress Place were the only public appearances made by the government ministers who again I stress, are also MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT.Further, one cannot expect the Minister of State to address a political party issue at a POST-GOVERNMENT CABINET PRESS BRIEFING – a fact the minister clearly stated during that Press Conference.Guyana Chronicle’s headline twisted Minister Harmon’s words to create a perception of “confusion in the camp” and achieve the paper’s own unethical purpose.Please see Minister of State Joseph Harmon’s verbatim response on the matter, below.“There was no discussion at CABINET about a statement put out by a POLITICAL PARTY about ministers and going to meet with the public so I’m not aware of it at this point and time that you’re raising it, but I’m sure that we’re going to examine that.Clearly there is a distinction between the government and parties and so sometimes parties even in the coalition when they go to their party conferences and so on and make statements, we do not comment as a government.I deal with government and I would ask maybe that you address those party matters to the political parties who made the statements; but certainly as a government we never discussed that at Cabinet.”Sincerely,Malika N RamseyPNCR Youth Memberand Press Secretarylast_img read more

Man facing drug charges in Grande Prairie following vehicle search

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – One man is facing a number of drug-related charges after being pulled over in Grande Prairie last week.On Friday, January 13th at approximately 12:30 p.m., members of the Grande Prairie RCMP pulled a vehicle over in the Prairie Mall parking lot for a traffic violation. Upon making contact with the driver, police detected an odour of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.AdvertisementDuring a search of the vehicle, police seized: 34 bags of cocaine, 14 grams of cocaine, 26 grams of marijuana, a pair of cell phones, and $4,410 cash.- Advertisement -22 year-old Grande Prairie resident Aaron Albert Bertrand has been charged with Possession of cocaine and marijuana, and Possession of Proceeds of Crime less than $5000.Bertrand was released on bail, and is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on February 1st.last_img read more

Two killed by train mourned at service

first_imgPASADENA – Family and friends of a Covina man and his niece, killed when his car was struck by a Metrolink train on Father’s Day, came together Friday to celebrate two lives. Earl “Lorenzo” Brown, 53, and Raeven Smith, 10, were remembered as “twin towers” of faith, who touched the lives of all who knew them. The dual service at the Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopalian church lasted nearly two hours and afforded time for many of the 300 friends and family in attendance to come to the altar and remember the pair. Among those in attendance was Brown’s 12-year-old daughter Christina, who survived the crash. One hand wrapped in a tight bandage, Christina needed a walker to make the short journey down the church’s center aisle. She was recently released from Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles after undergoing several surgeries. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Pet-spaying bill neutered

first_img“Every time we put an exemption in the bill,” he said, “they tell me it’s not good enough.” Levine’s bill would have barred anyone from owning a cat or dog older than 6 months that hasn’t been spayed or neutered. Exceptions were carved out for animals handled by licensed breeders, show animals, police dogs and a few others. People caught with “intact” pets would receive a citation and have 30 days to prove that their pet had been fixed. Violators would have faced a $500 fine per animal. Revisions offered As it became clear that a majority of committee members were prepared to vote against his bill, Levine offered drastic revisions. One suggestion was to amend it to apply only to people cited for other pet-related offenses, such as letting their dogs run loose or illegally housing too many of them. Other pet owners who keep their dogs and cats confined, but choose not to have them spayed or neutered, would not be affected. Senators said they were encouraged by the offer but balked at adopting last-minute changes, so Levine dropped the bill. Supporters of the bill were disappointed, although they acknowledged that it was better to withdraw it than have it voted down. “It is a shame,” said Woodland Hills resident Charlotte Laws, president of Directors of Animal Welfare, which represents animal issues on the city’s neighborhood councils. “I’m sad to hear it’s been shelved, but I’d rather it be shelved than die. I don’t understand why there was so much passion behind defeating this legislation. It’s just mind-boggling.” Cathie Turner, director of the Woodland Hills-based Concerned Dog Owners of California, which opposed Levine’s bill, said many pet owners would be willing to work with Levine next year on alternatives to controlling the pet population. She said the state, for example, should do more to encourage pet owners to microchip their animals to cut down on the number of lost or abandoned pets. The state also should take a more voluntary, incentive-based approach such as reduced or free licensing fees for owners who microchip and spay or neuter their animals. “Positive reinforcement works better than negative punishment,” said Turner, a Sylmar resident who owns three golden retrievers. “We need to apply that across the board.” She said mandatory spay/neutering often fails or causes negative consequences because some pet owners who oppose the practice will then stop licensing and vaccinating their animals. Opponents staged a rally after the bill was withdrawn – dogs in tow – outside the Capitol. Like Patriot Act? One foe called Levine’s bill more far-reaching than the Patriot Act, the controversial law that expanded federal powers to combat terrorism. “People are screaming that’s intrusive, and here they want to check under Fido’s tail,” said Kathy Cress of Campbell, whose pet beagle, Lou, sported a “No on AB 1634” T-shirt. “How far are you going to take it?” But supporters of the measure also promised they’d be back next year. “I’m very happy it didn’t go away,” said Mary Catalano, who rescues cats and dogs in Los Angeles. “If you’re a human being and have compassion, a heart, this is something that is good.” Staff Writer Harrison Sheppard contributed to this report. mzapler@mercurynews.com (916) 441-4603.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The move was a clear setback for spay-and-neuter advocates who say a statewide law is the only way to reduce the hundreds of thousands of pets euthanized at shelters each year. But vocal critics and opponents – led by the well-organized breeder community – howled that it was too broad, would punish responsible pet owners and was a stark example of government overreaching into people’s lives. The debate escalated into one of the Capitol’s fiercest battles this year, with each side hiring lobbyists, creating Web sites and bombarding legislators’ offices with faxes and e-mails. Levine said he remains committed to pursuing the measure and said it helped spotlight that too many cats and dogs are being killed in California. Still, he expressed frustration with opponents, whom he said showed no willingness to compromise. SACRAMENTO – Faced with an onslaught of passionate opposition, a San Fernando Valley lawmaker withdrew a bill Wednesday that would have forced most California pet owners to spay or neuter their dogs and cats. State Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, pulled AB 1634 just hours before a key Senate committee vote he was certain to lose. While the measure is dead for this year, Levine vowed to revive it next year, but in what could be a vastly scaled-back form. “While I’m disappointed,” he said, “I’m optimistic … we’re going to be able to solve the problem.” last_img read more