Champions League round-up: Malaga and Porto reach last 16

first_imgMalaga and Porto became the first teams to clinch their places in the knockout phase of the Champions League.Group C leaders Malaga drew 1-1 at AC Milan, while Porto also earned a point at Dynamo Kiev in Group A, as both progressed with two matches remaining.Real Madrid’s late equaliser against Borussia Dortmund in Manchester City’s Group D means the German champions must wait to seal qualification.Olympiakos moved to within a point of Arsenal after beating Montpellier 3-1.Porto’s qualification put a smile on the face of the Portuguese side’s coach Vitor PereiraPorto’s qualification put a smile on the face of the Portuguese side’s coach Vitor PereiraDefeat for the French side means they have been eliminated, while Dinamo Zagreb are also out following their 4-0 loss at Paris Saint-Germain. Group APorto, who won each of their opening three matches, saw their 100% record disappear after a largely uneventful 0-0 draw in Kiev. But more importantly the Portuguese side, who rarely threatened their Ukrainian hosts, earned the point they needed to take them through to the last-16.The qualification hopes of Kiev, whose 60-year-old coach Oleh Blokhin watched from the stands following a recent health scare, look slim after PSG’s comfortable home win against Zagreb.Goals from Alex, Blaise Matuidi, Jeremy Menez and Guillaume Hoarau moved the big-spending Parisians five points clear of third-placed Kiev and closer to the knockout stage.Group B Olympiakos scored two late goals to secure victory against Montpellier and keep up the pressure on Arsenal.The Greek side saw Paulo Machado’s early opener cancelled out by Younes Belhanda’s 66th-minute penalty for the French visitors.But quick-fire goals from Leandro Greco and Kostas Mitroglou in the final 10 minutes enabled Olympiakos to move one point behind the second-placed Gunners, who drew 2-2 at leaders Schalke.Group CChampions League debutants Malaga knew victory against seven-time European champions AC Milan, coupled with defeat for Zenit St Petersburg at previously winless Anderlecht, would clinch their qualification as group winners. It looked to be heading towards a dream night for the Spaniards as they led through Portuguese midfielder Eliseu’s first-half strike at the San Siro.Alexandre Pato’s 73rd-minute header restored parity for Milan, but it was not enough to stop Malaga progressing thanks to Anderlecht’s 1-0 win against Russian visitors Zenit.Dieudonne Mbokani’s first-half strike enabled the Belgians to earn their first Champions League home win in nine years.Group DGerman champions Borussia Dortmund looked set to join Malaga and Porto in the knockout stage as they led 2-1 against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu with just a minute of normal time remaining. But Real boss Jose Mourinho, who claimed before the match that Dortmund could go on to win the competition, saw Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil rescue a point with an 89th minute free-kick.All the other three goals were scored before half-time, with Marco Reus’s strike and an Alvaro Arbeloa own goal, either side of Pepe’s header, putting Dortmund in command.Ozil’s late leveller kept the Spanish champions five points clear of fourth-placed Manchester City, who could only manage a 2-2 home draw against Ajax.last_img read more

Ghana Cricket qualifies for Africa Div 1

first_imgGhana  have qualified for the Africa Cricket Division 1 following the team’s 131 runs victory over Mozambique in the final game of the T20 Pepsi Africa Division 2 tournament in South Africa on Wednesday.The Black Batters scored an impressive 200 runs for 4 wickets in 20 overs during the first innings and Mozambique only managed 69 runs for 7wickets in 16 overs.Ghana topped the table following Zambia’s 62 runs defeat to Nigeria to earn a superior net run after both Ghana and Zambia clinched 8 points apiece.The victory guarantees Ghana a slot in next year’s Africa Division One to be staged in Uganda and World Division 6 cricket Tournament in either Australia or New Zealand.Watch Photos:last_img

Jamal Crawford eyes move to Lakers if Clippers trade

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers have been careful this offseason not to commit money beyond 2018, so they might not be willing to offer Crawford a multiple-year contract. But with the Lakers sitting about $12 million under the $99 million salary cap, they could offer him a richer contract than the veteran’s minimum.Since trading D’Angelo Russell before the draft, the Lakers have been on the hunt for veteran reinforcements in the backcourt. They pursued point guard George Hill before the former Utah Jazz star agreed to a three-year, $57 million deal with Sacramento on Tuesday. They also have shown interest in former All-Star Rajon Rondo, who was bought out by the Chicago Bulls earlier this summer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhile the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are both expected to be in pursuit of the streaky but durable Crawford, who averaged 12.3 points in 82 games last season, for now, the Lakers seem to be at the top of his wish list.According to an ESPN report, the interest is mutual.A cross-town move makes sense for the three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year. He would prefer not to move his family out of L.A. and he already has a personal relationship with Lonzo Ball, the 19-year-old selected No. 2 overall by the Lakers in June’s draft.Widely recognized as one of the NBA’s friendliest players and a stable locker room presence, Crawford would add a dose of veteran leadership to a 15-man roster that could have as many as nine players who were drafted by the Lakers since 2014.The Lakers have several things working in their favor, although they would not be able to offer a title chase like the Warriors or Cavaliers, who have met in the Finals for three straight years.center_img Career sixth man Jamal Crawford has strong interest in remaining in Los Angeles and signing with the Lakers if a proposed three-team trade that would send him from the Clippers to the Atlanta Hawks goes through, a source said Tuesday.The Hawks, who are rebuilding after losing Paul Millsap and trading Dwight Howard, would have to buy out the remaining two years on the 37-year-old Crawford’s contract.On Monday night, the Clippers appeared close to a three-way blockbuster deal with Denver and the Hawks that would send Danilo Gallinari to the Clippers on a new three-year, $65 million deal and would allow All-Star Millsap to relocate to Denver. To clear room for Gallinari, the Clippers were poised to trade Crawford, last year’s second-round pick Diamond Stone and a future first-round pick to the Hawks.Crawford has two years and nearly $29 million remaining on the three-year, $42 million deal he signed with the Clippers last summer, but the third year is only partially guaranteed.last_img read more

Nike shoe breaks apart, US hoops star injured

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA Rockets star Harden fined $25K for ripping referees Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In this file photo taken on February 20, 2019, Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after falling as his shoe breaks against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. AFPNEW YORK, United States – Zion Williamson, the expected top pick in June’s NBA Draft, was declared out for Duke University’s game at Syracuse on Saturday, three days after his Nike shoe shredded during a game.Duke’s athletic department announced on Twitter that the 18-year-old forward would miss the contest while still recovering from a right knee sprain suffered in the early seconds of a loss Wednesday to rival North Carolina.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nike was in damage control mode after the high-profile star suffered the injury and left a game whose ticket resale prices rivaled those of Super Bowls and whose spectators included such celebrities as Barack Obama and Spike Lee.Williamson, who stands 6-foot-7 (2.01m), has averaged 22.4 points a game. He was dribbling near the free throw line on his team’s first possession when he planted his left foot and his sneaker blew apart. /cbbFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

Over 20 hinterland communities received transportation in 2017

first_imgMore than 20 hinterland communities benefited from transportation in the form of buses; All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs); pickups; tractor-trailers; boats, and engines, in 2017.The vehicles and engines were procured through the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry’s 2017 Capital programme, to aid in emergencies, agriculture, tourism drives, and the transport of seniors to uplift their pensions and students within the hinterland communities.During her 2018 Budget presentation, Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe explained that during 2017, funds were released to procure four buses to transport students to and from schools at Santa Rosa, Port Kaituma, Thomas Hills and Moblissa. These buses form part of President David Granger’s 5 Bs (buses, bicycles, boats, breakfast, and books) Initiative.According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), a total of 13 villages in Regions One, Five, Seven, Eight and Ten received outboard engines, while 12 villages got grants to construct boats for the engines.  Two villages also received ATVs.“…The Government is committed to providing such transportation relief to the Indigenous communities to provide assistance to our people, especially the elderly, children and also for emergency purposes,” Minister Garrido-Lowe emphasised.The Minister announced that in 2018, the Ministry will extend its transportation programme by procuring one additional bus to serve the scholarship students at the Hinterland Dormitory at Liliendaal.An additional six villages will receive support with outboard engines, while 10 villages will receive grants to construct boats.  Four ATVs will be bought in 2018 to serve communities in Regions Two, Eight and Nine.last_img read more

Bandits cart off millions in jewellery from L Seepersaud Maraj and Sons

first_imgBandits have carted off millions in gold, diamond and silver jewellery after they broke into the popular L Seepersaud Maraj and Sons Jewellery Store located at Stabroek Market. It is believed the robbery was executed between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.Guyana Times understands that upon arrival at the jewellery store on Tuesday morning, the owner and staff realised the stall was broken into. Upon checking, the entire store was ransacked and the vault was torched open.In a press release late Tuesday night, the family said the robbery was the work of “highly-skilled thieves”.“We have consulted with several security specialists and others trained in ironwork and welding, and we have been informed that it would have taken no less than five (5) hours for the vaults to be cut open. We have spoken directly to two City Constables who claimed that checks were done earlier in the market, but nothing was discovered. As stall owners operating under market rules, we have no choice but to depend on the City Constabulary for security whenever the market is closed. At the time of writing this, we have not been contacted by anyone from the Mayor and City Council’s Office or the Town Clerk’s Office. We are surprised at the lack of care and diligence by the City Constabulary in not observing that such an elaborate crime was being perpetuated over so many hours. Additionally, the stall was secured with an alarm system that was being monitored by the MMC Security Force. We contacted the MMC Security Force late this afternoon and we were informed that the alarm was indeed set off three times last night. However, MMC never informed us or the Police that the alarms went off. On every other occasion, whenever the alarm is set off, MMC would call us immediately and the fact that we never received any calls or reports from them is puzzling.”While assuring customers that no one was hurt or harmed, the family said “our losses cannot be estimated at this time as we have not done a full check of inventory” and asked customers who may have information regarding the robbery to contact them or the Police.Meanwhile, Crime Chief Paul Williams headed a team to the scene, who were able to collect fingerprints from one of the heavy-duty safes in which the jewellery was secured. Upon closer inspection, the investigators discovered that the padlock to the stall was cut and the locks to the safe were torched.The robbery has yet again raised concerns about security at the market. Police thought it was quite strange that no one heard any abnormal noises or saw any abnormal movement since a robbery to that magnitude could take a few hours. It was later disclosed that the City Constabulary officers have access to the Market at all times through the southern gate.Up to press time, no one has been apprehended in connection with the robbery.Only recently, the City Constabulary named Stabroek and Bourda markets as popular criminal hotspots where consumers are attacked and robbed on a daily basis. These offences are suspected to be gang-related.Chief Constable Andrew Foo has stated that the markets have been on the radar for quite a while now in light of the increase in criminal activities in those areas.Foo explained that at the Stabroek Market, since it is a transportation hub, persons entering and leaving public transportation are the main targets. With respect to Bourda Market, most of the incidents occur among vendors and shoppers in the rush hours, when sales are at a peak.last_img read more

Second jobs for officers at issue

first_img Several commissioners suggested they will formally oppose allowing officers to work second jobs in the security or investigations fields. The LAPD surveyed 38 other police agencies and found that all permit off-duty jobs, but that more than 55 percent prohibit private investigations work. Police officials are now studying increasing their oversight over outside work and possibly banning private investigation-related moonlighting. However, the city attorney has advised the department that any such ban would probably require discussions with the officers’ union. Cmdr. Kenneth Garner, head of the LAPD’s Personnel Group, said officials are considering probing deeper into the type of outside work its officers are doing. He noted that the employee involved in the Pellicano case did not have a permit. “If you’re doing something shady, you’re not going to ask for a work permit,” he said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The number of officers with permits to work an outside job rose sharply after the LAPD adopted schedules that allow cops to work three 12-hour days or four 10-hour days a week, giving them large blocks of free time to do other work. When the flexible schedule took effect in 2002 the number of permits issued was 500, up from 300 in 2001. The flexible schedule has been welcomed by the officers’ union and Chief William Bratton but criticized by former Chief Bernard Parks, who is now a councilman. Commission President John Mack said outside work could affect officers’ performance and create the potential for conflicts of interest. “It increases the probability of burnout, in addition to some highly questionable ethical issues,” he said. Almost a quarter of Los Angeles cops have permits to work second jobs, officials said Tuesday, leading some Police Commissioners to call for stricter controls over moonlighting. Los Angeles Police Department officials told the commission that only eight officers are licensed private investigators but that 2,200 more officers have permits allowing some sort of outside work. “When I look at this I don’t know how an officer can serve two masters,” said Commissioner Anthony Pacheco. “As a member of the public, I want to know officers are beholden to my interest only and not private interests.” The review was prompted by the involvement of a retired Los Angeles Police Department sergeant in the scandal surrounding gumshoe Anthony Pellicano, who is accused of using illicit wiretapping and other tactics to help his high-profile clients. last_img read more

Donegal babies to benefit from new book launched at Letterkenny Library

first_imgAuthor and children’s education expert Dr. Mary Roche visited the Central Library in Letterkenny on Wednesday last to launch a fantastic new booklet called ‘Babbling Babies Nursery Rhyme and Action Song Book’.Dr. Roche is the author of ‘Developing Children’s Critical Thinking through Picture books: a guide for primary and early years’ students and teachers’. She had previously taught for many years in primary schools in Cork and is now a Senior Lecturer in the Education Department of St Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co Tipperary.Mary is passionate about encouraging parents to read with babies and children and was delighted to be launching this new book which was developed by Lifestart Services with support from Donegal Library Service and HSE Health Promotion & Improvement Service. The booklet will be distributed to families throughout Donegal in the coming weeks and months, through Lifestart Services, the library network and other partner organisations. Dr. Mary Roche enthralling her young audience during the launch of Babbling Babies Nursery Rhyme and Action Song Book in the Central Library, Letterkenny on Wednesday last.Mary said: “Saying and singing rhymes along with your child is great fun and also develops essential pre-reading skills. By reading aloud and discussing books with children you are stimulating their imaginations, developing their understanding of how language works, reinforcing the value of reading, helping them to discover the joys of reading, strengthening the relationship with your child, and giving them a great start to their education.”Studies show that if babies and children are read to early, they will enjoy reading and learning more, and do better in school. The aim of the booklet is to encourage language and reading development, and to promote the importance of reading to children. Rhymes and songs in English, Irish, Polish, Romanian, Hindi and Kiswahili (Kenya) are included. Babbling Babies Nursery Rhyme and Action Song Book which was launched by Dr. Mary Roche in the Central Library, Letterkenny on Wednesday last and which will be distributed to families throughout Donegal in the coming weeks and months.Speaking at the launch, the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr. Gerry McMonagle said “I would like to congratulate and thank all involved for their hard work on bringing this lovely booklet to completion. I hope it will be enjoyed by families throughout Donegal in the weeks and months to come.“If you are not familiar with Donegal County Library Service yet, I encourage you to join. It is a wonderful resource, freely accessible to everyone and has much more than books to offer. Check out the library website to see what your little library card can do for you and your family”.Babbling Babies Nursery Rhyme and Action Song Book is an initiative of the Education & Learning Sub Committee of Donegal CYPSC (Children and Young People’s Services Committee) – which includes Lifestart Services, the Library Service and HSE Health Promotion & Improvement Service. The booklet was funded by The Parenting Support Initiative (PSI), administered through a collaborative partnership between the Katharine Howard Foundation and the Community Fund for Ireland.Donegal babies to benefit from new book launched at Letterkenny Library was last modified: April 23rd, 2018 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:Babbling Babies Nursery Rhyme and Action Song Bookbook launchcentral library letterkennyDr. Mary RochefamiliesPARENTSlast_img read more

Global leaders share wisdom on unity

first_imgSouth Africa’s first Anti-Racism Week starts on 14 March and ends on Human Rights Day, 21 March. It comes from various civil society organisations, with the aim of uniting South Africans and celebrating our commonalities. We look back on inspiring leaders, and what they have said about unity.South Africa’s first Anti-Racism Week runs from 14 to 21 March 2016, ending on Human Rights Day. (Image: Brand South Africa)• Multimedia: South Africa, the United Nations and apartheid• Robert Sobukwe: South Africa’s non-racial Africanist• How our African neighbours helped end apartheid• South Africans championing human rights• Ginwala helped shape South Africa’s history Today, 14 March, is the start of the inaugural Anti-Racism Week in South Africa.The initiative comes from the newly established Anti-Racism Network South Africa (Arnsa) and is a mechanism to deal with racism in the country.Spearheaded by the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the network was launched in November 2015 and is made up of approximately 80 civil society organisations and government institutions.“People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups,” said former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “We can love what we are, without hating what – and who – we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings.”His words ring true for South Africa too.When struggle veteran Kathrada addressed a special sitting of the UN two years ago, he called for a global response to racism – a “Greenpeace of anti-racism” he called it. “The ideal would be to strive towards creating a global anti-racism network to focus on anti-racism education training in all schools across the world,” he said.Kathrada believes Arnsa is the start of such a movement.To commemorate Anti-Racism Week, we read the words of global leaders who support a world beyond race.Academic, lawyer and founder of the Pan-Africanist Congress Robert Sobukwe was vocal that there was only one human race. (Image: SABC)Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on humans to love each other. (Image: Unesco, Facebook)American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian and a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, used non-violent civil disobedience as a means to build a non-racial society. (Image: Unesco, Facebook)Nelson Mandela famously said love came more naturally than hate. (Image: Unesco, Facebook)Indian Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda celebrated humanity’s oneness. (Image: Unesco, Facebook)last_img read more

Chicago-area Doctors Charged With Fraud

first_imgA Chicago cardiologist is charged with bilking more than $13 million in improper reimbursements from Medicare and other insurers According to prosecutors, between January 2002 and July 2007, Sushil Sheth, 49, of Burr Ridge, Ill., secured private healthcare information on scores of patients and submitted fraudulent claims totaling $8.3 million to Medicare and $5.1 millionto other insurers for costly cardiac treatment he never performed.Prosecutors are seeking to reclaim $13.4 million and properties in Arizona and Illinois from Sheth and his wife, plus two properties each in Arizona and Illinois  Related Itemslast_img