Atletico edge Liverpool with vintage defensive display

first_imgBy Richard MartinChampions League holders Liverpool will need to summon another famous European comeback at Anfield next month after they were beaten 1-0 away to Atletico Madrid in their last-16 first leg on Tuesday.Spain midfielder Saul Niguez struck the only goal of the game in the fourth minute by bundling into the net from close range following a corner, their traditional weapon of choice in recent years.Liverpool, who have won 25 of 26 Premier League games this season and are on course for a record-smashing title win, missed a series of chances to equalise in the second half, with Mohamed Salah and captain Jordan Henderson coming closest to scoring.Juergen Klopp’s side play at home to Atletico on March 11 in the return leg at Anfield, where they produced an incredible 4-0 win over Barcelona in last year’s semi-final second leg after losing the first match 3-0.last_img read more

Christmas in an Indigenous village: A time for preserving traditions of our ancestors

first_imgBy Leah HernandezDating back thousands of years ago, our Indigenous people are known for their unique and exquisite heritage. That heritage is displayed in each encounter one would have with our first people, whether it be through their craft or way of life.However, despite their rich culture, our country’s first inhabitants began fighting some years ago (and still are presently) to preserve all their ancestral teaching owing to rapid urbanisation in most interior regions. Nevertheless at the same time, some of our Indigenous people are determined to overlook such and cling to the traits that make them so unique. Such can be used to described the tight-knit community of Four Miles, located in Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini).This over 800 population has chosen to strongly display their uniqueness through Christmas, one of the most festive and busiest seasons of the year.Leader of the Four Miles Village, Toshao Lloyd Adolphus, in an interview with Guyana Times elaborated on how the community, as a whole, worked towards preserving their cultures and traditions as well as the atmosphere on Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Day.Adolphus shared that instead of purchasing chicken which is widely used for the pepper-pot dish in the city, males (both young and old) within the community would normally set out to hunt for wild meat (namely labba, deer, wild hog, or accuri) since these would add extra flavour and variety to the dish, but most importantly maintain a mean of survival practised by their ancestors to complement substantial farming.Another form of preservation is seen through the use of freshly-baked soft cassava bread with pepper-pot on Christmas morning complemented by locally-made drink( either piwari or potato wine), moving away from the typical breakfast combination of homemade bread and tea/juice. And according to Toshao Adolphus, the closely-arranged houses in the community offer villagers the opportunity to not only visit but to share among themselves something done yearly.This led to the Indigenous leader sharing one tradition that never changed during his childhood days.“From since I know myself, during my youth, one thing I’ve learnt is that every Christmas especially during the nights or even the day we always visit each other. And whoever family we visit, they share with us and whoever pays us a visit we share with them,” he explainedLike the coastland’s population, this Indigenous community starts their Christmas preparations by way of cleaning and house rearranging. However, unlike the range of activities listed to be done on Christmas and Boxing Day in the city, these locals usually prefer to spend the time with their families or other relatives.But during periods leading up to the highly-anticipated December 25, the religious community would spread cheer to young children through the hosting of special parties and distribution of toys. For adults, gift exchanges are usually agreed on.Adolphus, who is also a religious leader, went on to share that the majority of the community’s populace ends the old year and celebrates the start of the new one by partaking in their traditional church service.“Old Year’s Night, we have church. We come together, cook different foods and have a great time in church until sometime around 1:00 am in the morning” he communicated.The quiet and relaxing atmosphere continues on New Year’s Day, as it is mainly utilised for rest followed by the community gathering in the evening to generally welcome new beginnings.An excited Adolphus is spending this Christmas as the first since being elected Toshao; this is among the many reasons why he has his heart set on dwelling with his community more for this festive season.“My heart is with going to the different churches throughout the villages, visiting some during the day and other during the night and having an enjoyable moment with the rest of the villagers for this Christmas,” the Toshao sharedHis Christmas message to Guyanese and the entire Indigenous community is to: “Live happily together, respect each other, work together and cooperate with each other so we can go to a higher level within the village and everywhere else.”last_img read more

Smoking Gun Jack faces Wenger wrath

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, July 16- Arsenal will read Jack Wilshere the riot act when he reports for pre-season training on Sunday.The Gunners midfielder was due back in London on Tuesday following his controversial trip to Las Vegas, where he was caught with a cigarette for the second time in nine months. Wilshere was on the receiving end of stinging criticism from Gunners legend George Graham yesterday and he will face further wrath when he returns to the club’s London Colney HQ.Wenger, who is a staunch anti-smoker, is said to be far from impressed by the photographs of Wilshere, together with England team-mates Joe Hart and James Milner, behaving outrageously in Vegas.Naturally, the Arsenal manager is concerned by the effects smoking will have on Wilshere’s fitness.However, Wenger is also frustrated by the fact Wilshere has again tarnished his own – and the club’s reputation – by his behaviour.Wilshere was spotted with a cigarette just a few days before a match in October and vowed that there would not be a repeat situation.Club officials will remind the talented 22-year-old of his responsibilities when he returns for pre-season training, while Wenger will also reprimand Wilshere.Speaking yesterday ex-Arsenal manager Graham said: ‘Arsene Wenger has to have a word with Jack and tell him the responsibility he has now got.“His career has not gone anywhere in the last 18 months.”-By Daily Mail0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

A Very Community Christmas Concert to feature local music and raise money for local charity

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A Very Community Christmas Concert, presented by the Fort St. John Co-op will feature an amazing line-up of local musicians some of your favourite Christmas songs December 20 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre. The line-up of local performers will be backed up by the North Peace Community Band.  Each of the performers will sing a classic Christmas song and a new take on another.Tickets for the event will be FREE, but residents are encouraged to reserve their seat now, as space will be limited.  To reserve your space, visit Advertisement -Video Player error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Instead of charging for tickets, organizers will be instead collecting cash donations for the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society at the door.  Donations of other items for the Women’s Resource Society will also be accepted at the door.The event wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors including the Fort St. John Co-op, The Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, Eaglevision Video Productions, Sound in Town and Moose FM.Sponsorships are still available for local businesses to help support this event.  Contact Moose FM for more information about becoming a sponsor.Advertisement Local performers include:Tom ColeKim & Karli of Scarlet Sway Skyler RowsellElysia CruzSteve Kennedy Airik ClarkLuke & Jordyn WarrinerPlus the North Peace Community BandThe doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.last_img read more

‘Chronic complainant’ to represent self in civil trial

first_imgA woman sued for defamation by four Los Angeles police officers who call her a “chronic complainant” said today she will represent herself during the upcoming trial of their lawsuit and her countersuit. “I’m going into court with one hand tied behind my back,” Guadalupe Andrade said after a pretrial hearing today before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ralph W. Dau. “If the jury can see the truth, then fine.” LAPD Lt. Gregory Jones, Sgt. Andrew Rea and Officers Raymond G. Castro and Oscar Garza filed suit against Andrade in July 2006. They also are asking for an injunction directing Andrade, 35, to stop filing “false, frivolous and defamatory complaints,” according to their court papers. Luis A. Carrillo withdrew as Andrade’s attorney last Monday when the possibility arose that he might have to testify against his own client. “They just want me to shut up,” Andrade said. However, she said she, too, is anxious to put the litigation behind her. “I want this over as soon as possible,” Andrade said. Andrade filed her countersuit March 5, alleging the officers are trying to silence her for addressing the public and the media about alleged police misconduct and for organizing community petitions to remove “problem officers” from the Ramona Gardens area. Berger said after the hearing that the $1,000 settlement offer is “in the ballpark of what the officers are seeking,” but declined further comment, saying Andrade told him she wanted to keep settlement talks confidential. The trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 10. Andrade said she wants to call two witnesses in her case, including LAPD Chief William Bratton. Andrade lives in the Ramona Gardens area and has filed about 100 complaints against LAPD officers and commanders, causing her to be deemed a “chronic complainant” by the LAPD, according to the officers’ court papers. Andrade “has disclosed that her goal in filing personnel complaints … is to impact the careers of officers who engage in gang enforcement in Ramona Gardens and … discourage and intimidate the LAPD and its officers from enforcing the law and protecting the law-abiding public in that area,” the officers’ court papers state. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The officers’ attorney, Marc Berger, said he may call Carrillo to the stand to support Jones’ denial of information in a complaint filed by Andrade, alleging he pointed a gun at her and her 6-year-old son. Carrillo was an eyewitness to the encounter and told internal affairs investigators that he saw no gun, although he did say he saw Jones reach into his shirt as if going for a gun or a holster, Berger states in his court papers. Carrillo would have a possible conflict of interest if he was Andrade’s lawyer in the same case in which he was called to the stand by the side opposing her, Berger said. Andrade said Carrillo was representing her for free and that she is unable to afford another lawyer. She also said she will not agree to pay the officers’ proposal to settle the case if she collectively pays them $1,000, promises not to file any more complaints against the plaintiffs and drops her countersuit against them. Andrade said she does not have $1,000 and does not want to give up her rights to file further complaints against the four LAPD members. last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Brighton agree deal to sign Ghana striker Raphael Dwamena

first_imgBrighton have reached an agreement to sign Ghana striker Raphael Dwamena from Swiss club FC Zurich.The 21-year-old, who had been rated at around £8million, although the fee was not disclosed by the Premier League club in confirmation of the deal on Monday evening, moves on after only seven months in Switzerland, having joined Zurich from Red Bull Salzburg in January.A statement read: “Brighton & Hove Albion can confirm that the club has reached agreement with FC Zurich for the permanent transfer of Ghanaian international, Raphael Dwamena, subject to work permit and international clearance.“The 21-year-old striker has also agreed personal terms with the club and is now awaiting clearance to travel to the UK for his medical.” 1 Raphael Dwamena is set to travel to England for his medical last_img read more

British report warns of warming disaster

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Blair called for “bold and decisive action.” LONDON – Raising the stakes in the global warming dispute with the United States and China, Britain issued a sweeping report Monday warning that Earth faces a calamity on the scale of the world wars and the Great Depression unless urgent action is taken. The British government also said former Vice President Al Gore has agreed to provide advice on climate change – a clear indication of Prime Minister Tony Blair’s growing dissatisfaction with U.S. environmental policy. Gore has emerged as a powerful environmental spokesman since losing the 2000 presidential election. The 700-page report argues that environmentalism and economic growth can go hand in hand in the battle against global warming. But it also says if no action is taken, rising sea levels, heavier floods and more intense droughts could displace 200 million people by the middle of the century. The report said unabated climate change would eventually cost the equivalent of between 5 percent and 20 percent of global gross domestic product each year. The report by Sir Nicholas Stern, a senior government economist, represents a huge contrast to the U.S. government’s wait-and-see policies. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Swain and Jackson County Livestock Producers Reminded to Report Forage Losses by Jan. 30

first_imgSwain/Jackson County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Becky Williamson reminds livestock producers who suffered grazing losses that occurred throughout 2016 due to drought or wildfire to report their losses and to enroll in the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) by Jan. 30, 2017.LFP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who suffered grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately-owned or cash-leased land or fire on federally-managed land. Producers in Swain and Jackson  Counties are eligible to apply for 2016 LFP benefits on small grain, native pasture, improved pasture, annual ryegrass or forage sorghum.  Livestock producers are encouraged to contact the Swain/Jackson County FSA Office with any questions regarding specific forage crops that are eligible.“Prolonged drought or wildfire conditions have created a need for livestock disaster assistance programs in Swain and Jackson Counties,” said Williamson. “I encourage all affected livestock producers to contact the Swain/Jackson County FSA Office to schedule an appointment to enroll in the program before the Jan. 30 deadline.”Livestock producers must complete the LFP application and required supporting documentation no later than Jan. 30, 2017, for losses that occurred throughout 2016. Producers who already have appointments scheduled require no additional action to meet the deadline.Eligible livestock includes alpacas, beef cattle, buffalo, beefalo, dairy cattle, deer, elk, emus, equine, goats, llamas, poultry, reindeer, sheep or swine that have been or would have been grazing the eligible grazing land or pastureland.Visit to learn more about FSA disaster assistance programs or contact the Swain/Jackson County FSA Office at 828-488-2684 Ext.2 or 828-524-3175 Ext.2. To find a local FSA office, visit a continuing effort to better serve the public, USDA has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster-focused organizations to develop the central resource for disaster related materials. This knowledgebase is a collection of disaster-related resources that are powered bylast_img read more

Motlanthe reassures the nation

first_imgPresident Kgalema Motlanthe (Image: The Presidency of SA)Wilma den HartighThe global economic crisis and South Africa’s social grants were major priorities in President Kgalema Motlanthe’s State of the Nation Address on Friday.  He also assured South Africans that the nation is in a good state, despite the strain on the local economy and much political uncertainty.He said South Africa could not ignore the global credit crunch and its consequences for production and trade. The government’s immediate task is to devise responses that will minimise the impact of the crisis, he said, especially on the most vulnerable sectors of society.Motlanthe stressed that South Africa’s counter-cyclical budget policies had helped the country avoid the worst impact of the crisis.“We are in a period in which others are experiencing or projecting recessions. South Africa and the rest of the continent are still poised for growth, even if at a slower rate,” he said.The president announced that a task team was busy debating a number of interventions for the country. These include continued public investment projects, the value of which has increased to R690-billion for the next three years.“Where necessary, we will find creative ways to raise funds,” he said. This will include support by development finance institutions, loan finance from international agencies, partnerships with the private sector and utilisation of resources controlled by workers such as pension funds.Plans to expand employment in sectors such as health, social work, education and law-enforcement agencies will continue. The introduction of the next phase of the Expanded Public Works Programme will also be fast-tracked.  He spoke of “mitigating actions” to be undertaken within the private sector to counteract an excessive investment slowdown and unnecessary closures of production plants. For example, government will adapt industrial financing and incentive instruments to help deal with challenges in various sectors, and also encourage development finance institutions to assist firms in distress. Alternatives to layoffs will be explored, including longer holidays, extended training, short time and job-sharing.Many analysts and opposition parties welcomed the introduction of the task team, as well as the proposed intervention strategies.  “What stands out is that the president spoke about the global financial crisis. It is an indication that government is not in denial,” said Judith February, head of the political information and monitoring service at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa.She added that it was a “good steadying speech” that addressed how the economic crisis will impact on South Africans. However, she did express concern about the implementation of the initiatives.Raenette Taljaard, director of the Helen Suzman Foundation, said Motlanthe approached the implications of the global financial crisis for South Africa in a very thoughtful way.“He even made some suggestions of what can be done if we know that the credit markets are going to be closed for infrastructure,” Taljaard said.Dr Pieter Mulder, leader of the Freedom Front Plus, largely agreed.“Although the address was an election speech in a certain sense, the intervention plans are concrete and we welcome the task team discussions,” Mulder said.  Social grants also came under the spotlight in the address. Motlanthe said government has over the past 15 years done its best to attack the scourge of poverty through the social wage. Income poverty among African and Coloured communities has declined, partly as a result of higher rates of employment and access to social grants. In 1999 the number of grant beneficiaries was 2.5-million. By 2008 this had increased to 12.4-million.Research conducted by a team of academics at the University of Stellenbosch, led by Professor Servaas van der Berg, indicates that money-metric poverty declined substantially since the turn of the century. The reduction is to a large extent due to a dramatic expansion in social grants expenditure from 2002 onwards.Among households that include children (aged 17 and younger), the number of households reporting that a child went hungry declined dramatically (from just over 31% to 16%) between 2002 and 2006. Evidence of the social wage is also seen in massive improvements in access to primary health facilities.Despite these advances, Motlanthe said still more could be done.“Government is painfully aware that abject poverty is still too widespread in our society and the level of inequality is too high.”As part of the intervention plan, he said government will sustain and expand social expenditure, including progressively extending access to the child support grant to children 18 years of age and reducing the age of eligibility for old age pension to 60 years for men.Helen Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance, was critical of this emphasis on social grants, saying poverty-stricken South Africans need more than a “few hundred rand a month” to sustain themselves. Zille said what is needed is to grow the economy and create more jobs so that people can sustain their families and earn a honourable living.Jacob Zuma, president of the ruling African National Congress, pointed out that the levels of poverty in 1994 were “beyond description” and social grants were necessary to address this situation. “It is important to begin to think how we can come out of this. We can’t have a country that depends on grants forever,” Zuma said, adding that an emphasis on education is an important tool to address this issue and lower the number of people dependent on grants.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at read more

Springboks win 2009 Tri-Nations

first_img14 September 2009South Africa secured the 2009 Tri-Nations title with a 32-29 win over New Zealand in Hamilton on Saturday. It was the Springboks’ fifth win from six Tri-Nations matches.After the Boks’ somewhat flat display against the Wallabies the previous weekend in Brisbane, where the Australians notched a 21-6 win, SA captain John Smit had come in for plenty of criticism. Against the Kiwis, he answered his critics with an inspired display.He was solid in the scrums and won a hugely important penalty on the hour mark when he overpowered Tony Woodcock with the All Blacks deep in South African territory. He also put in the tackle of the night, smashing Brad Thorn back and forcing the lock to cough up the ball in what some deemed a measure of revenge for Thorn’s spear tackle on Smit in last season’s Tri-Nations competition.InspirationalSmit was also, as usual, inspirational in his role as a leader. The general opinion among leading experts is that he is the finest international captain in the game today.The skipper was well backed up by his deputy Victor Matfield, who was in imperious form at lineout time, turning the All Blacks’ throw-ins into a lottery, and a losing one at that most of the time.In fact, New Zealand failed to win a single lineout in the first half. When they eventually won one in the second half their attempt to move the ball wide went horribly wrong when Jean de Villiers intercepted a Daniel Carter pass and sprinted away for a try.Another of the senior players, Fourie du Preez, was superb in the manner in which he controlled the game from the base of the scrum. Opinion is fairly united that he is the best number nine in the game at present.SensationalAnd Francois Steyn, in his final match before joining French club Racing Metro, was simply sensational with three long-distance kicks at goal. His first kick, from South Africa’s 10-metre line, 60 metres long, silenced the Hamilton crowd. He then followed that up with others successful kicks from 58 and 52 metres.Captain Smit described Steyn’s boot as a “siege gun”.Besides winning the Tri-Nations, South Africa’s third win of the season was the first time the Springboks had managed the feat of three wins in succession over the All Blacks since 1949, when Felix du Plessis, the father of Morne du Plessis, led SA to a 4-0 sweep of New Zealand in South Africa.When South Africa won 30-28 in Dunedin last year, it was the Boks first win in New Zealand in 10 years. Now they have managed two in as many years.Behind earlyThe game got off to a disappointing start for the Springboks when captain Smit was blown up for obstructing while supporting Matfield as he fielded the kick off. It was a disputable award by referee Nigel Owens, but it cost the South Africa as Daniel Carter landed his shot at goal.In the fifth minute, the All Blacks were penalised for going offsides at a ruck. When Francois Steyn indicated he wanted to kick for goals, there were some who laughed at the idea of a 60-metre attempt. When the kick went over, the Waikato Stadium was stunned, causing the shouts to die down in the throats of New Zealand supporters.Three minutes later, Steyn was at it again. Strong defence from the Springboks led to Stephen Donald holding onto the ball on the ground. The SA fullback knocked over another big kick to put South Africa 6-3 in front.LevelThe first scrum took place after about a quarter of an hour. It went down when Bok skipper Smit slipped. Slips are supposed to result in reset scrums, but even though referee Owens acknowledged that it was a slip he awarded a penalty to New Zealand. Carter took advantage of the opportunity to level the scores at 6-6.Only three minutes later, the Boks, despite having played most of the game in their half, were back in the lead. This time it was Morne Steyn who provided the points, calming slotting a drop goal.Midway through the half the Springboks scored the first try of the contest.TryScrumhalf Du Preez hoisted a high-up-and-under onto Joe Rokocoko. Under pressure from the SA number nine, Rokocoko failed to field the ball. Mils Muliaina also couldn’t gather it up, but Bakkies Botha could. He drove towards the tryline and was brought down only a metre short. Du Preez was back up in support and sold a dummy to the short side before forcing his way over for the try.The Springboks’ 10-point lead was soon reduced to seven points when the South African forwards were penalised for entering a ruck from the side. Carter was pinpoint in his accuracy from a difficult angle to make the score 16-9.Fullback Steyn was back to punish the All Blacks shortly after that, converting another penalty from the halfway line to put the Springboks 10 points clear again.FrustrationNew Zealand’s frustration, which was compounded by their inability to win a lineout, cost them points in the 32nd minute when Kieran Read shoulder-charged Bryan Habana after the whistle had sounded. Morne Steyn made them pay with a three-pointer that extended South Africa’s advantage to 22-9.Carter, with another assured kick, made it 22-12 two minutes later after the Boks were blown up for going offsides at a ruck.The teams turned with South Africa in the driving seat; Coming into the game, New Zealand knew they needed wins over the Springboks and Australia, and at least one bonus point, as well as to keep the Boks without a point, in order to be in with a shout if winning the Tri-Nations. It wasn’t going well for the home side.South Africa began the second half strongly, forcing New Zealand to play from inside their half. A drive for the line by Bismarck du Plessis was stopped when SA was blown up for accidental obstruction only five metres from the whitewash.Captain John Smit earned high-fives all round when he crushed Brad Thorn in a tackle, driving the big lock backwards in the air as the ball flew forwards out of his hands and gave the Springboks possession.InterceptionIn the 51st minute, the All Blacks finally won a lineout. They tried to run the ball, but Jean de Villiers read the move perfectly and intercepted Carter’s pass with ease before racing away to score under the posts. Morne Steyn added the extras to put South Africa over two converted tries clear at 29-12 ahead.Four minutes later, the All Blacks hit back. Jimmy Cowan took a quick penalty and fed the ball left. Isaia Toeava, on for Donald, took the outside gap and fed Sitiveni Sivivatu, who went over for the try. Carter’s boot was smoking hot and his conversion attempt was again on the money. 29-19 to the Springboks.Just after the hour-mark, Carter punished Bakkies Botha for side entry at a ruck with a penalty kick that made it 29-22.With 10 minutes to go, the gap was back to 10 points. A clever kick into space by Fourie du Preez left mils Muliaina isolated at the back with Habana and Jaque Fourie on top of him when he field the ball. He was forced to hold onto it on the ground, resulting in a penalty to South Africa. The dependable Morne Steyn slotted the penalty to make it 32-22.The All Blacks were desperately trying to haul in the Springboks, giving the ball air and trying to move it wide, but time after time John Smit and company put in punishing hits to stop the home team’s momentum.Cross kickFinally, with two minutes left on the clock, Carter found captain Richie McCaw with a superb cross kick on the right hand touchline, right on the Springboks’ try line. McCaw fell over for the try and Carter duly converted from the sideline to make it 32-29.The All Blacks surged back onto the attack, looking for a last gasp win and once again they tried to catch the Springboks out with a cross kick to the corner from Carter. His kick, however, passed just over the outstretched arms of lock Isaac Boss and went into touch.The final whistle sounded and South Africa had won their third Tri-Nations title and their first since 2004.South Africa’s trophy cabinet now includes the Tri-Nations trophy, the World Cup, the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate (for beating Australia overall in the Tri-Nations), the Freedom Cup (for beating New Zealand overall in the Tri-Nations), the British and Irish Lion series trophy, the Super 14 trophy, and the IRB Sevens World Series Trophy. It’s been an excellent year for the country’s rugby teams.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more