Atletico defeat leaves Barcelona on brink of title

first_imgBarcelona’s Nelson Semedo, left, Massi, center, and Ousmane Dembele celebrate after a second goal was scored, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between RC Celta and Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo, Spain, Tuesday April 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)MADRID — Atletico Madrid lost 3-0 at Real Sociedad on Thursday, leaving Barcelona one victory away from clinching the Spanish league title.Barcelona, which drew 2-2 at Celta Vigo on Tuesday without most of its regular starters, can secure its 25th crown at Deportivo La Coruna on April 29.ADVERTISEMENT BETIS VICTORYReal Betis defeated second from bottom Las Palmas 1-0, with a goal by Junior Firpo in the final minute of stoppage time keeping alive its slim hopes of making the Champions League next season.Fifth-place Betis moved within 10 points of Valencia, which is fourth, with a sixth straight league win, a feat it hasn’t achieved in nearly 60 years.Relegation is almost certain for Las Palmas as it is 13 points behind Levante.GIRONA WINSGirona ended a four-match winless streak with a 2-1 victory at Alaves, staying in contention for a Europa League spot next season.Aleix Garcia opened the scoring for Girona in the 59th minute and Cristhian Stuani added a penalty in the 86th, moving the team within one point of seventh-place Sevilla.Tomas Pina struck in the 90th minute for Alaves, which is 15th. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NBA mourns death of Gregg Popovich’s wife, a ‘real star’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC The Catalan club faces Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday.Barcelona has a 12-point lead over Atletico, with five matches left, and is 15 in front of third-place Real Madrid, which needed a late goal by Cristiano Ronaldo to draw 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAnother loss for Atletico on Sunday against Real Betis would leave Diego Simeone’s team out of contention for the title because Barcelona holds the head-to-head advantage between the clubs.“Sociedad deserved the victory,” Simeone said. “They played a very good match.” Willian Jose put Sociedad ahead in the 27th minute at the Anoeta Stadium. Juanmi Jimenez made it 2-0 in the 80th after a perfect backheel from Jose before Jimenez scored again with an injury-time header.“We played very well against one of the best teams right now,” Sociedad coach Imanol Alguacil said. “We are very happy with how things turned out for us.”It was a third straight win for Sociedad, which stayed 11th in the standings. Atletico hadn’t lost in three consecutive league matches.MALAGA RELEGATEDEmmanuel Boateng scored in the third minute of stoppage time to give Levante a 1-0 win against Malaga, relegating the bottom club to the second tier for the first time in 10 seasons.The result left Malaga 17 points behind 17th-place Levante, the first team outside the drop zone. Levante is seven points ahead of 18th-place Deportivo La Coruna.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

What Can We Learn from Eric Duncan?

first_imgCan the death of Ebola-infected Eric Duncan in a United States hospital teach us anything?We believe it surely can.  The first lesson we can learn is that none of us should take Ebola for granted.  It can be, and often indeed is, a death sentence, though, as we have seen in the case of many survivors, it does not have to be.When in 1976 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) reported the first Ebola outbreak, statistics showed that 90% of those infected died.  Today in Liberia, statistics indicate that over 50% of the Ebola infected die.This means that we are dealing with a highly dangerous, indeed deadly disease. The second lesson we can learn from Eric’s death is that the minute we sense the symptoms, we should run to a treatment center.  Once there, the ball is in the government’s court.  The center must be prepared to receive the patient and begin immediate observation, treatment and care.  Too many people have died unnecessarily because in their desperation, they have gone to treatment centers only to be turned back because of no space. We are grateful for the good news that engineers of the Armed Forces of Liberia and the United States military contingent here are building new treatment centers in many parts of the country.  We are also appreciative of the ELWA treatment center and others operated by Medecin Sans Frontier (MSF), which have been treating patients successfully and discharging them.  We pray that construction work on the new centers will be expeditiously completed, so that the infected may receive immediate relief and healing.The third lesson we can learn from our brother Eric is honesty.  We are compelled to be honest with ourselves and all others around us.  We must realize that it is highly dangerous to engage in what Winston Churchill called “terminological inexactitude,” which means a lie or untruth.  See how far Duncan’s lie led him—all the way across the Atlantic and into contact with airline passengers and crew, as well as his fiancé and all the others in the home and neighborhood in Dallas, Texas.  It is only by the grace of God that so far, no one has been found to have been infected by him.  Let us pray it remains that way.  The fact is that if we are not honest with ourselves we could infect others, as we saw in the case of Miss Liberia in Caldwell, where she and several others in the household died.We keep referring to great example of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, and Madam Yah Zolia, both of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, who quarantined themselves the moment they discovered that they had been in contact with infected persons—who later died.  That is the way to do it.  In the process, many lives will be saved.What next can we learn from Eric?  Many Liberians interviewed following his death in a U.S. hospital said they were not surprised.  They recalled that two U.S. citizens who traveled back to the USA with the same infection from the same Liberia were cured.We cannot cast aspersion (misleading charge) on the Presbyterian Health Center where Eric was   treated and died.  We believe they did their best for him.  The only problem was that when he first appeared there, with a temperature of 100 degrees, instead of immediately detecting an abnormality, they gave him tablets and let him go.  There is a good chance that had they, knowing his nationality, tested him for Ebola, he might have had a chance of survival.  But by the time he paid his second visit, it was apparently too late.Our final point is about Liberians asking why did Eric die in an American hospital when two Americans were cured in American medical institutions.  This seems to be a lesson we Liberians have difficulty learning: the Americans, like most other nationalities, know how to look after one another.  Do we in Liberia? NO!  We prefer looking after other people rather than ourselves.  See how two Lebanese rapists who viciously assaulted Liberian women were freed by Liberian courts.What is the lesson there?        Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Government probing missing US$5M payment

first_img– former President could not confirm paymentA recent visit to China by Minister of State Joseph Harmon has revealed that Chinese company, DatangMinister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman speaking to the media on WednesdayTelecom Technology and Industry Group, has already repaid the outstanding US$5 million for Government’s shares in GTT, however, local authorities are yet to find a record of the payment.In 2012, the Chinese company purchased Government’s 20 per cent shares in the local telephone company at the cost of US$30 million from the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL).However, based on an agreement with the then People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, the company paid off US$25 million and had to two years to make the outstanding payment.Datang failed to repay the outstanding amount within the agreed time and as such, upon its assumption to office, the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) regime undertook to recoup the monies; hence Minister of State Joseph Harmon’s recent trip to China. During the trip, Harmon was accompanied by NICIL’s Legal Counsel, Natalia Seepersaud.At the post-Cabinet briefing on Wednesday, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman was asked about the outcome of the visit to which he responded by making the disclosure. “What I can say is that Mr Harmon has been able to retrieve some documents which tell a different story. That story being, of course, that the five million was paid so we are trying to track down to whom, how, where and when,” Trotman revealed to reporters.While the Government spokesperson did not provide much details in relation to the information found on the payment by the Chinese company, he did hint it was made under the previous Administration when he said “that was before May 16, 2015”.Nevertheless, Trotman noted that the Minister of State has provided Cabinet with a full report on the matter while NICIL is also looking into it. “The NICIL board, as far as I know, is considering the findings and that will be made public shortly,” he remarked.It was reported that Datang had refused to make the payments within the stimulated time after it requested to have an additional Director on GTT’s Board. However, the local telephone company rejected the request, saying that based on the amount of shares the Chinese company had, it is only entitled to one Director on the Board.The PPP/C Administration had long maintained that the US$5 million was still outstanding to Guyana. In fact, when contact on Wednesday evening, former President Donald Ramotar, under whose leadership the transaction was conducted, told Guyana Times that he is not aware of Datang making a payment on the outstanding amount. However, he noted that if any such payment was made, it would have been paid to NICIL, with whom they had the transaction.Meanwhile, at a press conference late last year, former Head of NICIL, Winston Brassington stated that efforts were afoot to recoup the monies.Brassington had even defended selling the shares to the Chinese company, explaining that the share-offer was advertised more than 40 times locally and close to 30 times overseas. He added that Government had even written all the embassies and consulates and in the end, the highest offer received was US$7 million.“We did consider the shares to be worth a lot more [than US$7M],” he said. So the sale of US$25 million upfront and US$5 million later was considered a good deal.  We had other options from the Chinese which offered less money upfront and more money later. However, the Privatisation Board and the Cabinet accepted the position that maximised the payment up front. It was a good price, we believe,” the former NICIL Head stated.Brassington had also credited the investor being brought via the Guyana Ambassador to China, Dr David Dabydeen.Government used the money collected from the sale to partly finance the construction of the Marriott Hotel. Former CEO Brassington had disclosed that some US$15-US$20 million have been spent on building the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown, by the State-owned Atlantic Hotels Inc.One observer noted that if Cabinet was given a full report, and that the purpose of the China trip was to engage Datang, did the Government team obtain from Datang officials evidence of the payment to NICIL? When the US$25 million was paid, it was made by international wire instructions, from one bank to another. The payment into NICIL’s bank account would have been easy to trace.The observer noted that the Government should be more forthcoming on the trip given that Datang is a Chinese state-owned entity and the Chinese Embassy in Guyana is reported to have assisted in making preparations.last_img read more

Columbus Flyers end season undefeated

first_imgThe Flyers will play Grande Prairie in the first round of the playoffs, which starts on Feb. 26th at the Fort St. John Rec Centre at 2:45 p.m. The next day, the team will travel to Grande Prairie for game two. The Fort St. John Knights of Columbus Flyers ended their season with a dominant performance over Peace River.On Friday, the Flyers traveled to Peace River, leaving the town with a 12-6 victory under their belts, earning an undefeated record on their season with 11 wins, no losses and only one tie.- Advertisement -The game opened at a furious pace, which saw eight goals scored in the first period alone. With the teams tied at two, Lien Miller-Jeanotte scored a short handed goal for the Flyers and the team never looked back. The Flyers ended the period up 5-3, continuing to put the puck in the net throughout the remainder of the game.Multiple Flyer players finished the game recording multi-point games, with Ricky Bateman finishing the game with a three goal, one assist performance, while Miller-Jeanotte recorded a hat-trick himself.Sean Gjeners picked up the win in between the pipes for the Flyers.The Flyers should enter the playoffs brimming with confidence, as they begin the post season without suffering a loss during their regular season.Advertisementlast_img read more

Two of a kind

first_imgPASADENA – Beginners’ luck doesn’t begin to describe World Poker Championship contestant Euna Jee. The 25-year-old aspiring real estate agent walked into the Commerce Casino last week having never played a professional hand of poker. Two days later, Jee won the Los Angeles Poker Classic’s Ladies No Limit Hold ’em tournament – and $15,000 in prize money. “She proves that it doesn’t take years of experience to win a top tournament in poker,” said tournament director Cheri Dokken, “just passion for the game.” The big win has guaranteed the Pasadena resident a spot in the World Poker Tour’s celebrity invitational – a haunt of stars such as James Woods, Mimi Rogers and Jennifer Tilly. But perhaps the biggest prize of all for her is that Commerce Casino will now sponsor her $25,000 buy-in for entry into April’s World Poker Championship, one of the most prestigious events in the game. Coming from what she describes as a traditional Korean family that looks down on all forms of gambling, Jee said she never expected to be in this position. “If I go to a casino I didn’t even put a dollar in the machine,” she said of her previous attitude toward gambling. Jee said she wouldn’t have picked up poker if she hadn’t met her husband – professional player Michael Yoshino. A San Marino native who honed his skills while on a tour of duty in Iraq and Kuwait with the Marine Corps Reserve, he has won as much as $100,000 in a tournament. When they met, Jee said she was skeptical about his line of work. “But I see he always wins and is putting away savings and is able to make a living out of it,” she said. “I was thinking, hmm.” Once they began dating, Yoshino taught her to play poker so she would have something to do while he played in tournaments. She read book after book on strategy and skill. Then she started playing cash games at casinos – and winning. “I found out poker is about a mind game. It’s very involved in a lot of psychology. You have to stay on top of the other person’s head,” she said. Yoshino said he never doubted Jee’s ability. “She is very smart woman. She picks up on things very quickly,” he said. But Yoshino might soon wish he’d never taught Jee to play. He will also be playing in the World Poker Championship. “Hopefully, we won’t be at the same table,” Jee said. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4494160Want 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

Suspect arrested in Chevron gas station robbery

first_imgThe robbery occoured October 3 at 4:30 a.m. The accused is said to have taken cash from the gas station. Police were able to locate Clark after reviewing surveillance from the scene and an investigation.- Advertisement –last_img

Thika hold Posta to pick vital survival point

first_img0Shares0000Thika United Goal Keeper Allan Owiny stop a cross ball with Posta Rangers midfielder Jerry Santos. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 23- Thika United picked a vital point that would go a long way in aiding their bid for survival after holding Posta Rangers to a 1-1 draw at the Ruaraka Complex on Saturday afternoon.Two  goals in two minutes characterized what was hugely a balanced affair with Thika skipper Suleiman Ngotho equalizing for his side just a minute after Georson Likonoh had flicked home a Luke Ochieng long throw. With goals having been hard to come by of late in their eight-match winless streak, head coach Sammy Omollo had re-jigged his tactics, curiously playing two wide players in central striking roles. John Nairuka and Georson Likonoh were played through the middle while Joseph Nyaga and Edwin Mwaura played wide.More interesting was that Posta named seven outfield players on the bench without a substitute keeper. Martin Musalia started in between the posts with Patrick Matasi out on suspension while Farouk Shikalo wasn’t part of the 18.Posta Rangers head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIt was a decent start to the match with both sides having scoring chances, John Nairuka having two shots from the edge of the box fly wide. On the opposite end, Eugene Mukangula’s header from a Shami Kibwana cross went in but the goal was ruled out for offside.Posta broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute when Likonoh had the final brush from an Ochieng long throw, the Thika defense and keeper Allan Owiny caught flat out when Jerry Santo had the initial brush to take the ball off the defense’s path.However, Thika responded immediately a minute later when defender Suleiman Ngotho slammed home from close range after the Posta defense failed to deal with a freekick.The equalizer gave Nicholas Muyoti’s men confidence and they took on Posta with a lot more ease but they couldn’t create meaningful danger.Posta had good scoring chances deep towards the end of the first half. In the 42nd minute, Mwaura’s volley from a Nyaga cross went wide while two minutes later, Jockins Atudo’s free header from a Nairuka corner went wide.Thika United coach Nicholas Muyoti.Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAt the stroke of halftime, Nairuka had a brilliant chance when he picked up a loose ball at the edge of the box but his shot with a gaping goalmouth went over.At the start of the second half, Omollo reshuffled his tactics, going in with two centre forward by pulling out Likonoh and Mwaura for Dennis Mukaisi and Jared Obwoge. The change saw Nairuka drift back wide.The game turned out to be a balanced affair between the two sides with none having clear cut chances. Atudo had another free header from a Nyaga cross go over.On the other side, Eugene Mukangula had two chances, first with a header from close range which went over after the ball took an awkward bounce while the second was with a freekick which curled beyond the wall but keeper Musalia parried it for a corner.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThese stunning images of a snow-capped Errigal – would make you think that we’re bang in the middle of Winter! It’s almost the summer, but the Irish weather as we all know is so, so unpredictable, and nothing captures that statement better, than these pictures of Errigal this morning.It’s the summer in a few days, but instead of getting our flip flops, shorts, and sun-cream out of the closet, we’re searching for our winter woollies.The beautiful pictures were taken by the talented photographer and adventurer Iain Miller.Forecasters are predicting that the cold spell is expected to last for another few days at least! If you’ve got any pictures that’d you like to share with us, then send them into us at info@donegaldaily.comWOW! CHECK OUT THE STUNNING IMAGES OF ERRIGAL IN ALL ITS SNOWY GLORY! was last modified: April 27th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:AprilBeautifulErrigalIain Millerpicturessnowsummerweatherwinterlast_img read more


first_imgTHERE is considerable anger among Ladies Football fans in Co Donegal tonight after the Ulster Council awarded the Ulster Intermediate title to Monaghan Harps earlier this evening.The Ulster Council had refused to comment ahead of tonight’s meeting at which they studied the referee’s report.Thee showpiece final in Brewster Park Enniskillen ended in farce on Sunday after Four Masters were told they had WON the game and the title. However they were then told it was a DRAW!Instead of extra time, the girls – Donegal’s Intermediate Champions – were told there would be a replay.But that is not going to happen.In a statement the Ulster Ladies Gaelic officials said they had awarded the game to Monaghan Harps because they had actually WON the match! After 60 minutes the score board read Monaghan Harps 1-8 Four Masters 2-4 however the referee scored the game as a one goal victory for Four Masters. After further consultation the game was declared a draw 1-8 to 2-5.Four Masters Ladies may now appeal the decision.Surely a replay would have been better for all concerned.But as it stands, Four Masters ladies are out of a chance of going for an All Ireland title.It seems Sunday’s farce has been repeated. In a statement Monaghan Harps Ladies insisted that they are the deserved winners of the Intermediate Ulster Club Championship title.They describe the fact that they were not awarded the title on Sunday as an “injustice”.ANGER AS FOUR MASTER LADIES TOLD MONAGHAN HARPS WON GAME was last modified: November 5th, 2014 by John2Share 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:four mastersrobbedUlster councillast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL star Eamon McGee has spoken of his desire to win more All-Irelands – after being taunted by one of Tyrone’s greatest players.The Gaoth Dobhair man said Brian McGuigan boasted about having three medals.“I remember last year against Tyrone and myself and Brian McGuigan were having a tit-for-tat. He said to me, ‘No matter McGee, I will still have three All-Ireland medals,” said Eamon today. “And he’s right. When you’re playing at the top level the currency is medals, All-Ireland medals, provincial medals that’s how the great teams will be remembered.”In an interview with the Irish Sun, McGee spoke of his desire to win back-to-back All Irelands with Donegal.“It’s incredibly hard. It’s very, very tough to do,” he said.“But it’s all about goal-setting. Now we have the All-Ireland, we need to change the goal to retaining it and actually working hard towards it. “This requires a different frame of mind. You have to approach it like what we did last year will not be good enough to retain it.“You have to find another level. And there’s no better man than Jim to help you. Jim talked about a few of the squad only playing to 60 or 70 per cent.“It’s up to them to push on and not be looking to Karl Lacey or Michael Murphy or whoever else to carry you. You have to get every man up at the All-Star level.”The Gaoth Dobhair player also laughed at suggestions that Jim McGuinness’s part-time role with Celtic was affecting Donegal.“One of the lads was asking me if I have seen less of him. Unfortunately not! Since the new year started he has been there every time training has been on. “If he’s not, we have Rory Gallagher and Maxi Curran. They’re more than willing to step it up. Since the team holiday to Dubai everyone has knuckled down.“Last year after each game Jim wasn’t happy. I’m sure once we start, we’ll soon look at the All-Ireland final against Mayo and say, ‘What went wrong?’ and ‘Why did we not drive on when we could?’”‘TYRONE STAR TAUNTED ME ABOUT WINNING 3 ALL-IRELANDS’ – McGEE was last modified: January 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:’TYRONE STAR TAUNTED ME ABOUT WINNING 3 ALL-IRELANDS’ – McGEEDonegal GAAlast_img read more