Juventus Won 2-0 to Strike a Significant Blow to Monaco

first_imgMONACO (AP) — Monaco’s much-vaunted attack finally met its match against a supremely efficient Juventus team in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday.The Italian champion showed there is a considerable gulf in class between the two sides, winning 2-0 to strike a significant blow heading into next Tuesday’s return leg in Turin.Monaco has scored an incredible 146 goals in an inspirational season that has made the rest of Europe take notice, but was found wanting both in terms of composure and tactical knowledge. At other times, cruelly exposed by the superior passing and clearly unsettled by the higher energy of the two-time European Cup winner.While 2015 runner-up Juventus is odds-on to reach another final, Monaco looks unlikely to reach only its second final after losing to Porto in 2004.It was clear to see that Monaco’s players were not used to the scenario unfolding in front of them, because they have not been pressured in this way by such an astute side. Even when Monaco enjoyed some good spells of flowing football, Juventus never panicked.“Tactically they were much better than us,” Monaco midfielder Fabinho said. “We couldn’t get a goal back, perhaps because we lacked experience.”Monaco’s players have been used to playing on the front foot, scoring 12 goals in four games against Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in the two previous knockout rounds.But after missing early chances against Juventus, finding a Plan ‘B’ became far harder against a Juventus center-half pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, with their years of club and Italy experience together, and 39-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon still at the top of his game.While Buffon made excellent saves to frustrate Mbappe and top scorer Radamel Falcao, at the other end Gonzalo Higuain showed them how to finish with both Juventus goals.“Most importantly of all, we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal,” said Monaco’s 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe, who had a header and a shot saved early on. “They had two clear chances and scored two goals. It was a good experience for us, as it will allow us to progress.”Juventus knew when to close down, when to back off and — if needed — when to make things more physical. When Bonucci and Chiellini — Juventus teammates since 2010 — roughed things up, this clearly intimidated a young Monaco side unequal in terms of physical presence.Monaco’s frustration was compounded when coach Leonardo Jardim withdrew attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva with eight minutes left.Symbolically, it was like a boxer’s corner throwing in the towel.The Portugal international has been brilliant for most of the season, tormenting teams with his quick feet, probing passes and darting runs.But Juventus simply shut Silva down and he was largely ineffective. This had a knock-on effect of deflating his teammates because, with their chief creator stifled, the belief started to slip away.Monaco had scored in its previous 41 home games in all competitions, but was held goalless at home for the first time since losing 2-0 to Belgian side Anderlecht on November 26, 2015.“Juventus played very intelligently and we came up against one of the best teams in the world,” Silva said. “It was very difficult to find any space against such an experienced side that works so well together. We will have to study how we played before the return match. We’ll have to try and score early on.”JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Shooting for 2: Lakers Retire Kobe Bryant’s 8 and 24 Jerseys

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Kobe Bryant has been asked many times, he still isn’t sure who would win a mystical game of one-on-one between the young Kobe in his No. 8 Lakers jersey and his older self, who wore No. 24.“I kind of go back and forth,” Bryant said with a sly grin. “But 8 has something that 24 will never, ever, ever have, and that’s the ability to grow hair.”The Lakers couldn’t choose, either. So they honored both eras of Kobe’s incredible career.In an NBA first, the Lakers on Monday night retired both jersey numbers worn by Bryant, the leading scorer in franchise history.Bryant attended the Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors for a halftime ceremony at Staples Center, which was packed with fans eager to bear witness once again to the beloved superstar scorer. Dozens of Bryant’s former teammates showed up, including Shaquille O’Neal and Derek Fisher, along with the Lakers’ usual cavalcade of celebrity fans.Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant’s two jerseys are retired during a halftime ceremony at an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)“I feel great,” Bryant said after entering Staples Center while pushing a stroller containing Bianka Bella Bryant, his infant daughter. “I’m very proud I get to come here with my family. It feels good as a father to have my family come in and share this.”Bryant is the 10th player with a retired jersey for the 16-time NBA champion Lakers. His numbers were revealed high on the Staples Center wall, flanking the banner honoring Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn.“It’s not about the jerseys that are hanging up there for me,” Bryant told the cheering crowd. “It’s about the jerseys that were hanging up there before. They inspired me to play the game at a high level.”Magic Johnson and Lakers owner Jeanie Buss gave brief tributes to Bryant at halftime, with Magic boldly declaring, “We’re here to celebrate the greatest who ever wore the purple and gold.”Buss cleverly explained the reasoning behind the Lakers’ decision to hang two jersey numbers for Bryant: “If you separated each of the accomplishments under those numbers, each of those players would qualify for the Hall of Fame.”“I thank you for staying loyal to the purple and gold and remaining a Laker for life when it might have been easier for you to leave,” Buss added.FILE – At left, in a Jan. 25, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/File)Along with Bryant’s 33,643 points, the five-time NBA champion and 18-time All-Star selection also leads the Lakers in games played (1,346), 3-pointers (1,827), steals (1,944) and free throws (8,378). Bryant is the third-leading scorer in league history.He also was the first player to spend at least 20 seasons with one franchise, and he is widely beloved in Southern California, where he still lives with his family.“He’s everything in this city,” said Lakers coach Luke Walton, Bryant’s teammate on the last two title teams.“To play his entire career for one organization, in modern sports, it really doesn’t happen very often anymore,” Walton added. “To go through two different championship runs, I think the Lakers are such a huge part of this city that people feel connected to him. … They feel as if they were on that journey with him, with us, and I think that’s why there’s such a connection.”The Lakers celebrated by closing down the street outside Staples Center and staging a street fair dubbed “Kobeland,” complete with a Ferris wheel and many other games and attractions. Thousands of fans crowded into the downtown streets several hours before the game just to appreciate the atmosphere.The Lakers typically only retire the numbers of players enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Bryant isn’t eligible until 2021, but the Lakers decided not to wait for that formality — and for Kobe, they doubled up the honor.Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant watches as both of his jersey’s are retired during a halftime ceremony at an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Bryant switched jersey numbers halfway through his career, neatly dividing the eras of his 20 years with the Lakers. The No. 8 Bryant won three NBA titles, and the No. 24 Bryant won two more before retiring in 2016 with a stunning 60-point performance in his farewell game against Utah.Bryant even scored almost the same number of points in No. 8 (16,777) as he did in No. 24 (16,866).When pressed to pick his favorite era of his own career, Bryant reluctantly did it.“If 8 is playing 24 after he just ruptured his Achilles, then it’s a problem for 24,” Bryant said. “If 24 is playing 8 when he tore his shoulder, it’s a problem for No. 8. so it depends. … It’s really, really tough for me. I think 24 was more challenging, and I tend to gravitate to things that are harder to do, and physically for me, it was really hard to get up night in and night out. It was really a grind.”—GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Indian Super League: NorthEast United and FC Goa play out thrilling 2-2 draw

first_imgNorthEast United were held to a 2-2 draw against FC Goa in their Indian Super League match at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Monday.Bartholomew Ogbeche’s equaliser in the 53rd minute helped NorthEast earn a point after Ferran Corominas’s second goal put FC Goa ahead in the 38th minute in an entertaining clash.After a stop-start first few minutes, the hosts were gifted a goal after a terrible error from 18-year-old Mohammad Nawaz, who was handed an ISL debut. The Goa custodian charged out of his box and handled the ball in the belief that Bartholomew Ogbeche was offside.However, no such whistle was blown by the referee who instead awarded the free-kick to NorthEast United for a handball. With Nawaz yards outside the box, Federico Gallego showed some quick thinking to chip the dead ball into the empty net, much to the horror of Nawaz.Having profited from Nawaz’s error to take the lead, the hosts relinquished it minutes later after an error by their own goalkeeper, TP Rehenesh.The NorthEast custodian failed to collect a floated cross from Jackichand Singh and Spanish sharpshooter Ferran Corominas was on hand to bundle the ball into the net. The visitors gained a foothold in the match after the equalizer and came close to taking the lead twice through Jackichand but the winger’s first attempt was deflected away for a corner, while the second just bounced over the bar.Goa had their deserved lead in the 39th minute with Corominas bagging his second of the night. A midfield scramble saw Hugo Bomous release the Spaniard in the box and the prolific striker did well to evade two tackles with body feints before beating Rehenesh at his near post with a perfectly placed shot.advertisementWatch how Ferran Corominas put @FCGoaOfficial back on level terms against @NEUtdFC!#HeroISL #LetsFootball #NEUGOA #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/xm2WvKxiZSIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 1, 2018In the second half, the Highlanders did not have to wait too long to get their second goal with Ogbeche getting off the mark with a thumping header. The NorthEast forward’s header after a perfect cross from Keegan Pereira gave Nawaz no chance as the home fans roared in delight.The hosts had two gilt-edged chances to take the lead around the 65th minute when Nikhil Kadam beat his man to come one-on-one with the Goa custodian. The winger attempted to curl the ball into the right-hand corner of the goal but Nawaz pulled off an excellent dive to deny him. From the resulting corner, Grgic had the goal at his mercy but the central defender directed his header wide.Minutes later, Boumous made a darting run into the hosts’ box after being released by Carlos Pena.With two goals to his name tonight, @FCGoaOfficial’s Ferran Corominas picks up the Hero of the Match award!#NEUGOA #LetsFootball #FanBannaPadega pic.twitter.com/0Agl6erattIndian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 1, 2018The Goa midfielder had done well to beat his markers and was poised to take a shot with only Rehenesh to beat but a last-ditch tackle by Leudo averted the danger.The end-to-end action continued till the final whistle with the teams sharing the spoils.last_img read more

MLS improving USA’s CONCACAF rivals

first_imgWC Qualification CONCACAF MLS helping CONCACAF’s budding powers compete with USA and Mexico Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 2 years ago 02:15 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Marco Urena Costa Rica Noah K. Murray WC Qualification CONCACAF MLS United States v Panama Costa Rica v Honduras Mexico v Trinidad and Tobago Honduras United States Panama Costa Rica Trinidad and Tobago Mexico From World Cup quarterfinalist Costa Rica to Gold Cup finalist Jamaica, MLS is helping develop stiffer competition for the regional heavyweights Marco Urena knows what it’s like to come up against the “wall.”For the 27-year-old Costa Rica striker, there was a time when facing a regional powerhouse like the United States came with a mental block of sorts. As a player whose club career had taken him from Costa Rica to Russia and Denmark, it was natural to be daunted by a squad packed with experience from top-five European leagues.This past January, Urena left Danish side Brondby to sign with the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS. In making 24 appearances this season, the veteran has found himself regularly facing U.S. stars such as Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore. He’s shared the field with Mexico regulars Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos, as well. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Over time, battling CONCACAF’s elite turned routine. That comfort level was evident during World Cup qualifying last month, when Urena scored both Costa Rican goals in a 2-0 triumph over the U.S. before netting again four days later in a 1-1 draw with Mexico.”You play a whole year against Altidore, Bradley, for example, and Dempsey,” Urena told Goal. “You play against good players and sometimes you beat them. You see that wall sometimes against these players, and when you win against them you say, ‘I can do it.'”You take away [the thought] in your mind that you can’t do it. It helps a lot for the national team, for sure.”Marco Urena quote GFXAs Costa Rica dealt a blow to the Americans’ doomed World Cup hopes on that night in New Jersey, coach Oscar Ramirez fielded a lineup featuring five MLS players: Kendall Waston, Francisco Calvo, David Guzman, Christian Bolanos and Urena.And the Ticos are just one budding CONCACAF power leaning on MLS talent. There were nine MLS players in Jamaica’s lineup as the Reggae Boyz shocked a Mexico B-team with a 1-0 win in the Gold Cup semifinals this past summer. The likes of Panama, Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago also draw heavily from MLS squads.In helping build CONCACAF’s depth, MLS has perhaps made life trickier for the region’s traditional heavyweights. Having breezed through recent qualification cycles, the U.S. failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986 with a 2-1 loss Tuesday in Trinidad.Houston Dynamo stars Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto scored in Honduras’ 3-2 win over Mexico that pushed the Catrachos past the U.S. in the Hexagonal standings. And Seattle Sounders defender Roman Torres fired home the late winner in Panama’s 2-1 victory against Costa Rica that officially ousted the Americans.This isn’t a new development: Four years ago, Mexico needed a playoff win over New Zealand to book its ticket to Brazil. There hasn’t been a USA-Mexico matchup in the Gold Cup final since 2011, with underdogs crashing the party three tournaments in a row. Costa Rica was CONCACAF’s top finisher at the 2014 World Cup, making a run to the quarterfinals.”You don’t know what to expect in CONCACAF,” said Trinidad & Tobago midfielder Kevin Molino, who plays for Minnesota United. “The bridge has been closing so fast. These teams are very close, and it’s good to see a lot of players in CONCACAF playing in the league and growing.”Look at how close the Gold Cup was. Jamaica were second-time finalists. You look at some of the games and Mexico is struggling to beat any team now in CONCACAF, and years ago Mexico would roll over any team. MLS has helped the whole CONCACAF, all of the teams, a lot.”Marco Urena Tim Ream Costa Rica USAKevin Molino Joevin Jones Trinidad & TobagoJermaine Taylor Jamaica MexicoWhile national team-caliber players tend to outgrow domestic circuits across Central America and the Caribbean, the top European leagues can prove to be a bridge too far. So MLS represents a comfortable middle ground.Lifestyle-wise in MLS, CONCACAF players often find the culture shock of venturing abroad softened by the common languages and weather. Although Urena gave the European game a tactical advantage, he said MLS facilities were on par with his experiences across the Atlantic. As mechanisms such as designated players and targeted allocation money bolster the talent at the top of MLS rosters, the quality of play continues to evolve.”It’s nice for a Jamaican to be able to get a chance to come over to Major League Soccer to experience rubbing shoulders with guys who have played in big-time leagues all across the world,” said Jamaica defender Jermaine Taylor, who joined Minnesota this past offseason after stints with Houston and Portland. “We look at it as a steppingstone to get yourself outside of Jamaica because the league is not great there. If you want to play at a high professional level, looking at MLS would be a first start.”With familiarity also comes mutual respect. As CONCACAF national teams develop, their players become increasingly appealing options for MLS coaches. European sides may look upon CONCACAF prospects as unknown quantities, but World Cup qualifiers, Gold Cup matches and CONCACAF Champions League fixtures have helped MLS clubs cultivate an expansive understanding of the region’s player pool.”We used to always talk MLS — ‘It’s not that good for us, I’d better go to Europe,'” Urena recalled. “If you tell me right now when I was in Costa Rica at 20 years old and I left to Russia, I would’ve preferred to be in MLS first and then maybe go to Europe, step by step. In Europe the competition is really high, you have players from Africa and Asia — all of the good players meet in this continent. It’s a small country, nobody knows where Costa Rica is, so it’s difficult for you to open eyes.”In Mexico it’s only South American players — they don’t bring in any Caribbean, they don’t bring in any Central Americans. The MLS has open hands, like, ‘Welcome all of you, good players come here, enjoy the league, improve, develop, make the league better.'”MLS, of course, isn’t only aiding CONCACAF’s underdogs — the league will continue to develop personnel for the U.S. national team. While the era of CONCACAF dominance by two front-runners has come to an end, stronger regional opposition could ultimately lead to better performances from the U.S. and Mexico on the global stage.In offering a welcoming environment for talent across CONCACAF, MLS has reshaped the regional soccer landscape over the past 22 years. Those players have, in turn, put their own stamp on the burgeoning league’s identity.”Tremendously the league has grown since I was watching it as a kid to now,” Molino said. “This is home for CONCACAF players.”last_img read more

Swimmers Take To The Touch Football Field

first_imgSwimmers including Stephanie Rice, Nick D’Arcy, Kenrick Monk, Bronte Barratt and Meagen Nay took to the Touch Football field for a bit of fun at Colley Reserve in Glenelg. The following story was published in Friday’s Adelaide Advertiser. Olympic Swimmer Stephanie Rice Proves A Dab Hand At Touch Football Too Stephanie Rice’s talent isn’t just limited to the pool. The glamour girl proved she’s got flair with the ball as well, showing off her skills in a game of touch footy with her teammates at Colley Reserve in Glenelg yesterday.With a record 10 swimmers from the Queensland-based St Peters Western club making the Australian Olympic team, head coach Michael Bohl organised the workout as a bit of fun after a successful week.”The meet is really finished for all our guys, so we thought we’d go down to the park and have a bit of a touch footy game and have some lunch,” Bohl said.The coach, who included a touch footy session every week until December, said the triple Olympic champion had grown into the sport.”Steph Rice, she’s probably the most improved, I reckon. She started out a bit of a gumby but she’s really got a liking for it,” Bohl said.”She is always down there mixing it with the best of them.”The crew were having such a good time, a few swimmers from different squads wandered down to join in.Bohl said some in particular had shown a bit of ability on the park.”Bronte Barratt’s got a lot of speed … and Meagen Nay is very good as well. She’s played a bit of it before and holds her own with the boys,” he said.”Ned McKendry has got a bit of talent, he’s a really fast runner … You’ve got to watch Nick D’Arcy, he gets a bit toey when he plays touch footy.”To view a photo gallery of the game, please click on the link below:http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/gallery/gallery-e6freye9-1226307339188?page=9 The swimmers aren’t the only ones that have been enjoying Touch Football, with former Miss Universe Australia, Rachael Finch, helping her Touch Football team to grand final victory in Sydney recently. “Thank you for all the good luck messages for our game today, we won our grand final 5-3! Tough game. Sore knee. So happy!!!” Finch said on Twitter. To read a story on Finch’s Touch Football team in Sydney Confidential earlier this month, please click on the link below:http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspxlast_img read more

India vs Australia Live Streaming: When and how to watch 3rd ODI on Sony Liv

first_imgIndia vs Australia Live Streaming: When and how to watch 3rd ODI on Sony LivIndia vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 3rd ODI Live Streaming: After levelling the series in Adelaide, in-form India will be hoping to seal the ODI series when the two teams meet in the decider in Melbourne on January 18.advertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 17:21 IST India vs Australia Live Streaming, 3rd ODI Match: Visitors India will be hoping to finish their tour of Australia on an unbeaten note (AP Photo)With the three-match ODI rubber tantalisingly poised at 1-1, the task is cut out for both India and Australia to pull up their socks in the series decider at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday.India bounced back from the 34-run loss in the series opener at Sydney, with another Virat Kohli masterclass century combined with his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s vintage finish to pull off a 6-wicket win at Adelaide.Going into the final ODI, India will be aiming to take the winning momentum and end the ongoing tour Down Under without losing a series.The Virat Kohli-led side started their tour with a three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series that ended in a 1-1 draw, followed by a historic first-ever 2-1 Test series win for India on Australian soil.In the crucial series decider at the MCG, India will once again hope for their in-form top order, comprising Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and skipper Kohli to score the bulk of the runs.With Dhoni marshalling the less-tested middle-order, and Kedar Jadhav still warming the bench, both Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik will aim to get some runs if they are to stay in contention for a berth in the 2019 World Cup squad.While the bowling department led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar has impressed in both the games, with pacer Mohammed Shami and the spin duo of chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja providing good support, India’s main point of concern will be the fifth bowler in the absence of suspended all-rounder Hardik Pandya.advertisementThe Men-in-Blue tried left-armer Khaleel Ahmed in the first ODI before handing a debut to Mohammed Siraj in the second, but neither could make an impact.In that scenario, the team management could be tempted to test all-rounder Vijay Shankar on Friday or may opt for the leggie Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been warming the bench for the first couple of matches.What time does the 3rd ODI between India vs Australia start?The 3rd ODI starts at 7:50 AM IST on January 18, Friday at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.What TV channel and live stream is the 3rd ODI between India and Australia Live Streaming on?Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in English commentary and Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Sony Liv will live stream India vs Australia match.Where will the 3rd ODI between India and Australia be played?The 3rd ODI between India and Australia will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne from 7:50 AM IST.Where can I watch India vs Australia 3rd ODI live?The match will be shown on Sony sports network and can also be streamed on SonyLIV.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs Australia 3rd ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs Australia from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the teams for the 3rd ODI between India and Australia?India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Vijay ShankarAustralia: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, Ashton TurnerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow 3rd ODIFollow India cricket teamFollow India vs Australia cricket live streamingFollow Virat Kohlilast_img read more

Traffic Advisory Annapolis County

first_img -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, between the Victoria Road (Exit 18A) and Brooklyn interchanges (Exit 18), is closed due to a serious traffic accident. A detour is available via Trunk 1 through the Town of Middleton. Signs and traffic control personnel will be on site as soon as possible. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593last_img

Rare Mandarin duck at park in Burnaby BC could be an escaped

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – A rare duck native to East Asia is making a splash in a lake east of Vancouver and experts believe he is an escaped pet.The Mandarin duck, with his vibrant golden, green and blue plumage, is attracting visitors to Burnaby Lake and was first seen in May, says Irene Lau, chair of the Burnaby Lake Park Association. A similar fowl in New York has drawn crowds too.Lau saw the male duck in the park in late September.This is not the first time that a Mandarin duck has been seen in this park, she says.Records show that about 10 years ago there was a sighting of a Mandarin duck in the area, Lau says, although she adds that there is only that one record.“It just popped in and out.”The Mandarin duck is a distant cousin of wood ducks, which have been calling the park home since they were first sighted in the 1960s, she says.In the 1970s the park association started putting up nesting boxes for them so the wood ducks began to spend winters at the lake.These birds not only glide on water and walk through the grass but they often sit in trees, Lau says.“They have little hooks on their webbed feet that allow them to perch in trees.”Harold Eyster, a PhD student studying biodiversity and nature conservation at the University of British Columbia, says it seems likely that this bird is an escapee, since these birds are popular garden ornaments.There’s likely nothing on the books that says you can’t keep Mandarin ducks as pets, says the BC SPCA in a statement.Geoff LeBaron, director of the Christmas bird count at the National Audubon Society, says the ducks are a very popular bird with people who raise water fowl, so this bird could be an escaped pet.There was a bit of a flurry of Mandarin ducks being seen in the area for a number of years in the 1980s and 1990s, he says, which possibly came from breeders.Mandarin ducks can breed with the wood duck and create hybrids, LeBaron says.In the wild, they live up to five to seven years.“It could be there quite a while,” he says.Lau believes the duck escaped from a hobby farm, and says people at the park have mostly left him alone.The park also has a bobcat family and a mink so whether he dodges them depends on how smart he is, she says.“But he could stay year-round because life at the lake is pretty good,” Lau adds with a chuckle.last_img read more

Royal Gendarmerie Officers Jailed for Corruption and Financial Diversions

Rabat – Two members of the Royal Gendarmerie were arrested on charges of corruption and financial diversions in the province of Safi, stated the daily Al Akhbar in its March 13 edition.After imposing disciplinary sanctions on several senior officials in Mohamed Haramou’s department, two members of the military establishment were detained in custody in the barracks of Tamesna in Rabat.The two gendarmes, including the driver of Colonel Houssine Kaamouz and the officer responsible for the management of social housing for the gendarmerie in Safi, were jailed pending the end of the department investigation. The initial stages of the investigation reveal that the officers diverted an allocation from the high command of the Royal Gendarmerie that was intended for the creation of social housing, specifically, the construction of a four-floor building in the city of Safi.General Haramou, head of the Royal Gendarmerie, has also made several changes in the ranks of his department. Haramou was appointed by King Mohammed VI in early December 2017, replacing Lieutenant General Hosni Benslimane.Read Also: King Mohammed VI Appoints New Head of Royal Gendarmerie read more

Caterpillar Apple among big names hit by USChina trade war

NEW YORK — Companies making everything from computers to construction cranes are seeing their profits hurt as the United States’ trade war with China causes the world’s second largest economy to slow.Apple is selling fewer iPhones in China and Caterpiller fewer bulldozers. Nvidia, a maker of graphics chips for video game consoles, reported a drop in its revenue.Intel and 3M are among the other big-name companies who’ve recently blamed circumstances in China for their worsening financial outlooks.More broadly, any companies making the majority of their revenue outside the U.S. fared worse on earnings and revenue growth during the fourth quarter. They’ll likely see further falls this year.China’s economy grew at the weakest annual rate last year since 1990. Demand for Chinese exports faded last year and the International Monetary Fund expects China’s growth to weaken further in 2019.Much of the current trade uncertainty hinges on a deadline, just over a week away, that could see the U.S. hike its tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 per cent to 25 per cent on March 2.President Donald Trump imposed the penalties last year over complaints Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. Beijing retaliated with higher duties on U.S. goods and told its importers to find other suppliers. That led to a 40 per cent drop in Chinese imports of American goods in January.The dispute has already raised costs of goods for companies and consumers. An escalation of the trade fight would ripple through the global economy, said Mark Schofield, managing director at Citi Research.Citi’s base case for an immediate resolution involves a preliminary trade deal that would likely keep tariffs, and uncertainty in place. At worst, an escalation adds costs to companies and more volatility to the market, he said.The two sides are meeting for talks Thursday and Friday in Washington, and Trump says he might be willing to push back the March 2 date if the talks go well.Even if a deal is struck, the broader retraction in China’s economy will still be an issue.Caterpillar was among the first companies to sound the alarm. Its fourth-quarter results fell well short of forecasts and the Deerfield, Illiniois-based company warned investors that sales in China will be flat in 2019 after two years of growth. Caterpillar gets between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of its construction industry sales there.Apple warned investors about a slowdown in iPhone and other product sales in China as earnings season began. Nvidia blamed “deteriorating macroeconomic conditions” in China for a drop in revenue.Chipmaker Intel cited lower demand in China and industrial conglomerate 3M cited weak sales for several of its units.While optimism over a trade deal seems to be the sentiment on Wall Street, investors may fare better by just holding out for a clearer view.“Nobody knows what’s going to come,” said Mark Stoeckle, CEO and portfolio manager of Adams Funds. “Investors are better served by waiting for data and facts.”Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

President assures action against those accused in bond scam

President Maithripala Sirisena today assured that action will be taken against those accused in the treasury bond scam.He says even though a few people in the Government leveled allegations and criticisms against him for appointing the Bond Commission, he appointed the Commission to fulfill the pledge given by him to the people to eradicate fraud and corruption from the country, while ensuring the fair justice in the society as a government of good governance. He made these remarks while addressing the second death anniversary of late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha thero, held at the premises of the Ape Gama in Battaramulla, today. The President stated that the good things done by the government of good governance which completes 3 years on January 08 next year should be taken to the people. He said the government still has the time to correct some wrong things done by few people in the government, and move forward as a government.“The highest tribute which can be paid to late Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero is to be committed to build a fair society which was his vision, philosophy and the expectation”, the President said. All should commit themselves as a consensual government to protect the concept of Good Governance as well as to deliver the social justice, the President said. He added that the rule of law should be equal for every citizen and the enforcing the law against the wrongdoers should also done in a proper manner.The President also said that he became the President of this country with the readiness to give up that position any time, and said that it is the responsibility of all those who are with the government to provide their assistance for the initiative he has taken for the betterment of the country. President Sirisena emphasized that all who are accountable for the Central Bank bond issue should take the responsibility in this regard and further said that the Good Governance government formed with a clear pure intention, not to do the erroneous acts done during the previous era. read more

Annan calls for a new coalition on UN reform to bridge northsouth

“It is time for those who really care about reform to come together and form a new coalition – one that bridges the artificial, destructive divide between north and south and brings together all those who are willing to work together because they share the vision of a UN that really works, for the benefit of all the world’s peoples,” the Secretary-General said in an op-ed article published today in The Financial Times. The situation, he noted, stemmed from a decision made by Member States last December when they adopted a budget for the current 2006-2007 biennium, but gave the UN “authority to spend only enough to carry us through the first six months.” The main contributors, led by the US, insisted that this spending cap should be lifted only when there is significant progress on UN reform. “We are now perilously near the deadline and it is far from clear that enough reform to satisfy them has been achieved,” the Secretary-General wrote. “Neither side has found a way of engaging with the other to agree on further reforms.”In the midst of this stalemate, he recalled a “minor storm” broke out last week when Mark Malloch Brown, the Secretary-General’s deputy, made a speech suggesting that the US should engage more fully and wholeheartedly with other members of the UN to bring about reform. “That is absolutely right, but he and I believe the same message needs to be heard in many other countries besides the US,” he said, maintaining that that country is trying to use “the power of the purse” to force through the badly needed reforms and the tactic has provoked a negative reaction among developing countries, who see “overwhelming influence of a few rich countries.”It was crucial to get passed this impasse in order to get on to the full scope of reforms that needed to be accomplished in the organization, including updating the Security Council, which would require greater political vision on the part of all governments.“But even while we wait for political vision to catch up with the scale of today’s challenges, we have vital work to do right now – programmes that have been mandated by members and provide essential services to people in acute danger or need,” he said. “We must not let that work be stalled,” he urged. read more

UN agency appeals for 687 million to assist Palestinian refugees next year

Speaking at the annual pledging conference for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Deputy Commissioner-General Margot Ellis noted that the renewed peace talks on the Arab-Israeli conflict offer a “glimmer of hope” for the aspirations of Palestinians that their tragic plight will one day come to an end. “Until then, UNRWA’s ability to serve Palestine refugees will remain dependent on the generosity of Member States, donors and host communities, who – together with UNRWA – bear the collective responsibility of supporting Palestine refugees,” she stated.The Agency was created by the UN General Assembly in the wake of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict to carry out direct relief and works programmes for Palestine refugees. Today, it provides some five million Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria with vital services such as education and health care. “Neither the environment in which we operate nor the needs of the increasing Palestine refugee population are static,” Ms. Ellis told the gathering at UN Headquarters in New York.For 2014, UNRWA has developed a core budget of $687 million. “Unfortunately, we already anticipate a cash shortfall of 10 per cent or $65 million,” said Ms. Ellis. “I cannot stress enough that ‘core’ means the basic services that you, members of the General Assembly, have asked us to provide, including education, health, relief and social services to Palestine refugees.”The overall funding situation of UNRWA – which is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from Member States – remains “dire if not desperate,” said Ms. Ellis, noting that despite the implementation of stringent austerity measures, the Agency still has an estimated cash shortfall of $36 million this year.Major donors to UNRWA include the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Australia. Ms. Ellis said that the Agency’s resource mobilization efforts have expanded to new regions and countries with a view to broadening the donor base and enhancing support for UNRWA. “The Commissioner-General has engaged with governments in Latin America, Asia and other parts of the world and we hope that the Agency will soon bear the fruits of its outreach efforts,” she stated. “Building new partnerships with the private and public sectors is also at the centre of UNRWA’s resource mobilization strategy but these take time to develop and even more time before it bears fruit.” read more

LETTER Justice can be delivered only by a court of law

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: AG’s behaviour embodies a steadied mindset of being above the lawMarch 31, 2017In “latest news”LETTER: PSC maintains that President Granger and his Govt must respect the ConstitutionFebruary 13, 2019In “latest news”Letter: Until Parker is removed, Communities Ministry will be deemed complicit in tyrannyFebruary 15, 2017In “Letters” Dear Editor,I refer to an article captioned, ‘Carl Parker the alleged sexual offender must be judged’ (GT, Sept 3), in which several misleading and inaccurate statements were made. Unfortunately, I am therefore forced to use time to correct those inaccuracies. Of course, the weak tactic of placing lies in the public domain and waging campaigns of innuendo without evidence is one at which the opposition is adept.The term “victim” was used throughout the article in reference to the virtual complainant. Evidently, the writer has already judged and convicted Mr Parker even though legal proceedings are still ongoing.Editor, the facts are as follows: after a written allegation of sexual misconduct was made against Mr Parker by a District Education Officer (DEO) in 2015, I advised Mr Parker to show the letter to the police so that the DEO may be invited to give a statement. This was done and she declined the invitation by the police to make a report, opting instead to go to the media and launch a letter writing campaign to regional officials. There was never any attempt by the administration or even the thought of covering up anything. Incidentally, the DEO’s name appeared on the PPP’s list of candidates in the last general election.There followed in April 2016, a letter addressed to His Excellency President Granger accompanied by a “petition” requesting Mr. Parker’s removal. The letter contained numerous allegations against Mr Parker including the assertion that Mr. Parker engages in acts of political and ethnic discrimination in the award of contracts, in favour of the ruling administration’s supporters. That is ironic as I have been bombarded by complaints that of contracts awarded most were given to known PPP allies.As was mentioned in the article, the letter also said that 1,200 persons had signed the petition. Upon checking, there were, in fact, fewer than 550 signatures. A more thorough investigation revealed that the person who signed the letter could not be located and may actually not exist, that the vast majority of “signatures” were written by the same hand, and that the few genuine signatures were affixed after the resident was misinformed about what he or she was being asked to sign.Following those two events, there came a third one. On December 30, 2016, a report of sexual misconduct was made to the police against Mr. Parker by the Deputy Mayor of Lethem. Mr. Parker was arrested in February 2017, and appeared before the court on June 6, 2017.On that date, after the virtual complainant had presented her evidence in chief, she was cross examined by Mr. Parker’s counsel. The following day, when her cross examination was due to be continued, she, at the beginning of proceedings, requested leave of the court to obtain legal counsel. The defendant, Mr Parker had no objection. She was granted leave until September 5, and the court was adjourned.On September 5, the case was called. Neither Mr Parker’s accuser nor her legal representative appeared. Instead, a medical certificate was tendered by the prosecutor stating that she was ill. Interestingly, many residents have reported seeing Mr Parker’s accuser during that period, travelling among communities and the Capital City, apparently in good health.Additionally, it was reported that on that date, the court made mention of the article which was published by GT. The court said that it was annoying, malicious, contemptuous and filled with lies.The matter was called yet again on Friday, September 8, and again, the virtual complainant did not appear, even as she continues her social media campaign against Mr Parker.The next date set for a hearing is December 7.Of course, one knows that justice can be delivered only by a court of law, not by social media. Therefore, if one were truly interested in having justice served speedily, one would make every effort to attend court instead of dragging one’s feet and prolonging what would otherwise be a straightforward process. Under the circumstances, given the facts, one may reasonably surmise that Mr. Parker’s accuser is less interested in the service of justice than she may be in prolonging the matter to the unfair detriment of the accused.Sincerely,Ronald BulkanMinister of Communities read more

Greek airports enjoy upturn in arrivals

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Arrivals from abroad at the country’s two main airports posted an impressive 28.8 percent increase in the first two months of the year on an annual basis, according to data published on Monday by the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE).Arrivals from abroad at the airports of Athens and Thessaloniki amounted to 395,307 in the year to end-February, compared to 306,887 in the same period in 2013.This data came on the same day as positive comments by the secretary-general of the World Tourism Organization, Taleb D. Rifai, who told a maritime tourism conference at the Acropolis Museum in Athens that the mood toward Greece as a destination has been fully reversed in the 18 months.He added that the 15 percent rise in tourism arrivals posted by Greece in 2013 is three times the global average.last_img read more

WWE Network now available in Japan and Germany

first_img Now Playing Up Next Google+ Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Facebook Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Triple H WhatsApp WWE to honor Hall of Famer in Japan this Friday; Bruce Prichard rushed home for oral surgery Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Steve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlam Now Playing Up Next Remember The XFL? No? Well, It Might Be Making A Comeback Videos Articles Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE Network is now available in Japan and GermanyWWE fans in Japan and Germany can now order WWE Network online by visiting WWENetwork.com to receive their first month of service free. WWE Network in Japan and Germany will cost $9.99 USD per month, with no commitment and the ability to cancel any time.Subscribers have access to the U.S. English language version of WWE Network and get all 12 WWE pay-per-view events at no additional cost, as well as 24/7 scheduled programming and the most comprehensive video-on-demand library with more than 4,000 hours of content, including Raw and SmackDown re-airs, and every WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view.WWE Network will first be available on desktop, laptop and mobile devices, followed by Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku and Smart TVs in time for Royal Rumble.“Japan and Germany is strategically important for WWE given our passionate and engaged fan base in the market,” said George Barrios, WWE Chief Strategy & Financial Officer. “The global expansion of WWE Network is critical to the continued growth of our brand internationally.”In addition to the 12 live WWE pay-per-events, WWE Network original programming includes:Breaking Ground – WWE Network’s newest original series gives viewers access to the WWE Performance Center, chronicling what it takes to become a WWE Superstar and Diva.Swerved – Directed by Jeff Tremaine (“Jackass,” “Bad Grandpa”), Swerved combines the worlds of comedy and sports-entertainment as WWE Superstars and Divas play hilarious pranks on one another.The Monday Night War – WWE Network’s 20-episode original series documents the epic television ratings battle between entertainment icons Vince McMahon and Ted Turner.Stone Cold Podcast Live! – WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin sits down with the biggest names in WWE, and the world of sports and entertainment, for a no-holds-barred, in-your-face, exclusive interview.NXT TakeOver – The future is here. WWE’s hottest up-and-coming Superstars compete to prove they’ve got what it takes. More than just evolution, it’s a revolution. Witness these WWE Superstars of tomorrow as they take over WWE Network with live two-hour specials.WWE 24 – The acclaimed 30-minute docu-series takes viewers on a lightning-fast journey through a day in the life of WWE’s most intriguing Superstars and groundbreaking events.Total Divas (Seasons 1-3) – Total Divas gives viewers an exclusive, outside-the-ring look at WWE’s top Divas with an inside glimpse into their personal lives as they balance their own drama and the non-stop action of their professional careers.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour today Videos Articles Pinterest Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in Januarylast_img read more

Fernandinho Man City can improve even more

first_imgManchester City midfielder Fernandinho warned rival clubs that they have yet to reach their peak level performance this seasonThe Citizens recorded an emphatic 3-0 Champions League win at Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night with goals from David Silva, Aymeric Laporte and Bernando Silva.Despite that though, Fernandinho still sees room for improvement at City.“I think that is important (the team operates) as a whole – not just the defenders, but the attacking players as well,” Fernandinho told CityTV.“They start to press so high, they make it difficult for the opponent to take chances and get the ball to the midfielders.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“When the ball gets to our box it is a little bit easier for our defenders and the keeper as well.“The general concept is we are in good shape and everybody now understands what we have to do. We just have to improve it more to get better.”Fernandinho, who spent eight seasons at Shakhtar before leaving in 2013 for City, also added how nice it was to back at his old ground.But the Brazilian’s full focus is now on Monday’s “massive” Premier League game with Tottenham at Wembley.last_img read more

New plan to save bull trout drops number goals

first_imgGRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Obama administration is offering a new approach to saving the bull trout, a fish whose need for clean and cold water has put it in conflict with logging, mining and grazing in the Northwest.The draft recovery plan posted online Wednesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service eliminates numerical goals for rebuilding populations, recognizes that climate change makes losing some populations inevitable, and focuses on fixing threats to habitat and genetic diversity.The public has 90 days to comment, and then another draft will be issued. After another public comment period, a federal court settlement calls for a final plan to be issued by Sept. 30, 2015.Michael Garrity of the conservation group Alliance for the Wild Rockies says if the elimination of numerical goals stands, they will be back in federal court.“Conservation biology says if they are going to drop those goals, they are not going to recover bull trout,” Garrity said. “It’s an extinction plan, not a recovery plan.last_img read more

Top 10 most read stories this week

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on employeebenefits.co.uk on 27 August-2 September:1. Government steps up penalties for national wage non-compliance2. Barclays chairman uses Feng Shui on company cars3. Workplace should promote mental wellbeing4. Sky to discuss benefits communication at Employee Benefits Live5. Jury to rule on employee status of FedEx drivers6. NHS to launch £5m health and wellbeing programme7. Capital One to share how to become a destination employer8. Better work-life balance drives people to change jobs9. Wealth at Work acquires Life Academy10. 66% have little to no understanding of pension tax relieflast_img read more