Sporting scare should serve as Real warning, says Ronaldo

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo said Real Madrid’s late escape act against Sporting Lisbon should serve as a warning after the European champions staged a remarkable four-minute turnaround to open their Champions League defence with a 2-1 win on Wednesday.Ronaldo denied his boyhood club a famous win by cancelling out Bruno Cesar’s opener with a free-kick in the 89th minute, before substitute Alvaro Morata continued Real’s proud tradition of great European comebacks by grabbing a 93rd minute winner.Despite a euphoric atmosphere at the Bernabeu Stadium at full time, Ronaldo issued a warning to his team mates.“This is what Real Madrid is all about and comebacks like these form part of the mystique of this stadium — but this needs to be a warning for the future,” Ronaldo told reporters.“We can’t be as soft as we were because teams will walk all over us. For me, Sporting’s performance was not a surprise.”Ronaldo’s rifled free-kick took his record tally of goals in the Champions League to 95, nine ahead of nearest challenger Lionel Messi, who hit a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 7-0 drubbing of Celtic on Tuesday.The Portugal captain, however, chose not to celebrate the goal, which was his third against his former club, adding to two he scored with Manchester United in two Champions League games in 2007.“I couldn’t celebrate it. This is the team that made me who I am and I have too much respect for them. They’ll always be in my heart,” he added.Real coach Zinedine Zidane saluted the team’s fighting spirit after they had looked on course to become the first defending European champions to lose their opening game of the following campaign since AC Milan in 1994.“We’re delighted because we believed we could turn it around right until the end and we didn’t give up,” Zidane said.“Sometimes you meet opponents who play very well but our players were tremendous, they made an enormous effort and they got their reward.”last_img read more

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PNG men’s touch team snatch gold

first_imgPNG for the first time found themselves behind 2-0 in the opening minutes of game and then trailing 4-3 at the break.PNG’s Harry Kea levelled the scores after the break to make it 4-4. Samoa’s Peter Hazelman dived in to give Samoa the lead again.It needed something special to put PNG back in the game and an intercept touch down from Ronald Bibiken did this.This brought on another try within a minute for PNG when Ellison Waluka scored a touchdown to put PNG in front for the first time, 6-5.Samoa scored twice to change the lead once again and get the game back in their favour.PNG looked to captain Eugene Eka who attacked the line and flicked a quick pass on to Kora David who scored a touchdown.And in the dying minutes, Uari Sarufa raced over to score the winning touchdown to break the hearts of the Samoans who had looked certain to cause an upset.In the bronze medal play off, the Cook Islands beat the Solomon Islands 14-8.last_img read more

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Might is right…

first_img…with migrantsThe shameful treatment by the Trump Administration of “illegal” immigrants continue to plumb what’s evidently the infinite depths of man’s inhumanity to man. What makes it even more shameful is the patent hypocrisy that undergirds the issue – not only in the US but also in Europe. On World Migration Day, 34,361 migrants from the impoverished South – read Africa – were said to’ve died since the early 1990s, trying to enter Europe.Some folks will protest your Eyewitness’ use of scare quotes on the word “illegal” and insist the people facing Trump’s ire ARE in fact, illegal…and deserve what they’re getting. But – even ignoring the non sequitur – they should take a step backwards and ask how come folks are only trying to get into the US and Europe from their shithole countries to enjoy their ‘good life”??And that’s the rub, ain’t it? How come the US and Europe are living high off the hog and African and Latin America are mired in shit? Are the two conditions related? Well, they damn well are, and you should know this even if you have the skimpiest exposure to history. Where did all the wealth of the US and Europe come from? As Julie Andrews advised in the “Sound of Music”, we should start at the very beginning!And that was when, after Columbus’ ‘discovery” of the Americas is 1492, the ancestors of those folks trying every which was to get into America through the Mexican border were virtually wiped out by “Guns, germs and steel” of the Europeans who then occupied the land and raped it something fierce. Did you hear about the Cherokees who were herded from their lands in the Carolinas and forcibly marched into the Midwest? And the Americans have the gall to romanticise Pocahontas as loving the usurper of her lands!!Africa? You can read all about it in Rodney’s How Europe underdeveloped Africa! But the plot is simple: define the inhabitants as “sub human”, ship millions and millions of their able-bodied men and women as slaves in the Americas – and then ensure that no industry is developed there in the following centuries!! For good measure, in the 20th century, set up vicious dictators in Latin America and Africa who’d toe the imperial line – but make the statements about being “uncivilised” into a self-fulfilling prophesy!And that’s why there are scare quotes over “illegal” immigrants! If there was any justice in this world, the US and Europe should be overrun by the folks whose blood turned them into paradise.By that’s coming. By 2100, the populations of the US and Europe would’ve shrunken and Africa will have 40 per cent of the world population!!…on the right to rebelOne columnist from SN got her knickers into a knot about the Opposition Leader’s response to the PNC preparations for 2020 elections rigging – that his party won’t take it lying down. She asked, “…aren’t we supposed to be worried when anyone threatens our peace? Have we forgotten what peace looked and felt like under Jagdeo’s Administration?” Well this Eyewitness certainly did…so why not start at the very beginning??And that’s right after the December 1997 elections when Desmond Hoyte launched massive protests marches in Georgetown about “elections rigging”! His supporters burnt “Janet” dolls as they “wuk pon she”. When that didn’t kill her, they beat anyone who looked like “PPP supporters” – read Guyanese Indians – in Georgetown while the Police looked on.After arson, killings, and calling on his “kith and kin” in the armed forces, Hoyte forced Janet Jagan to truncate her term of office by two years and hold a forensic audit of the elections. Which showed no rigging!!When Jagdeo assumed office in 1999, Hoyte launched “slow fyaah; mo fyaah”!! Destroying any hope for peace!!…on rice creditThe PNC Government took credit for finding new markets for rice in places like Panama – after they nixed the Venezuelan market.So why not take credit for millers not being paid? Such modesty!!last_img read more

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Whither the IMF?

first_imgAfter its heyday in the wake of the global liquidity crunch in the later seventies and eighties, the International Monetary Fund appears to be adrift. Unlike its interventionist role during the Asian financial crisis of 1997, the even larger one in the western economies during 2007-2008 basically saw it once again facilitating recovery, rather than imposing controls.The IMF, along with its “twin sister”, the World Bank, was created in the waning days of WWII as the US elbowed out Britain as the pre-eminent economic power. Whatever might have been their stated mission, their operations in the seven decades since have merely worked to facilitate the perpetuation of the exploitative relationships inherent with those imperial relations. Poor countries are basically underpaid for their work and goods by the powerful nations in control of the twin sisters, and when they run into trouble, they have to borrow from the very people that underpaid them in the first place.The IMF works as the collections agency for the private banks of developed countries. Take the case of Guyana in the seventies. After the 1973 nationalisation of oil by the OPEC countries, the windfall had to be recycled through western banks. These encouraged even Third World decrepit dictatorships like Guyana to borrow beyond their means. When these countries could not repay, they were forced to accept loans from the IMF – the bank of last resort – to tide them over. And the famous IMF “conditionalities” kicked in. The stringency of these depended on the country’s posture to the West. Jamaica under Manley, for instance, got the cold shoulder, while his successor, Seaga, was granted much more favourable terms. By the 1980s, the IMF’s portfolio of prescriptions for troubled economies was dubbed the “Washington Consensus”, expressing its point of origin. Its remedies were grouped under three headings that should resonate with Guyanese for the simple reason that we went into an IMF programme in 1989: stabilisation, privatisation and liberalisation. Stabilisation meant, for instance, reining in inflation by cutting spending, even if it meant jettisoning desperately needed services like health and education. As with the recent Barbadian IMF loan, where 3000 lost their jobs, the public sector is also a favoured area for cutbacks. The PPP government has never been given enough credit for resisting IMF pressures to reduce our public sector. Hoyte had gone along with the IMF conditionalities in 1989 and cut thousands from the public payroll. Dr Jagan balked, just as he did with demands to privatise GuySuCo. But it would appear that the PNC-led coalition intended to out-IMF the IMF on sugar when it unilaterally closed three estates and threw 7700 sugar workers into the streets.But in 1997 the IMF overplayed its hands. Several of the emerging economies in the Far East ran into liquidity problems (brought on not so incidentally by the IMF’s insistence on liberalisation of capital markets) and fell back on the IMF for relief. The conditions crafted by Geitner, who later became US Treasury Secretary, were so draconian that several of those economies nearly went belly up. Those economies (along with China that watched the debacle with close interest) then resolved to build up their own foreign reserves, so that they never had to return to the IMF. Apart from precipitating the present international imbalance in reserves and debt, the IMF was made almost irrelevant by its own wilful partiality.It was given a life raft by US administrations after the 2007-08 financial meltdown when asked to intermediate the recovery-in-progress. The institution, still headed “by tradition” by a European, even after promised reforms to increase the role of China, worked hard to prevent a default by Greece in the wider EU crisis. The treatment was totally opposite to those still imposed on the Third World countries. The project of China to create a new world reserve currency, the rise of BRICS and their development bank, and the uncertainties in the recent US policies suggest maybe it is time for the IMF to be disbanded.last_img read more

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BLUES HOST RIDGEBACKS IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN

first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s soccer team hosts the Ontario Tech Ridgebacks in the first round of the OUA playoffs this Wednesday, October 23 at Varsity Stadium.Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The match is free and open to the public and will also be streamed live on OUA.tv.The Blues finished the regular season in fourth place in the OUA East division with a 7-4-3 record, while Ontario Tech was fifth with a 6-6-2 standing. Toronto defeated Ontario Tech, 3-1, in their lone regular-season meeting in 2019.The winner of Wednesday night’s matchup will advance to Sunday’s quarter-final round and travel to face either the Ottawa Gee-Gees or Queen’s Gaels.The Blues have been led by two 2019 transfer students this season. Third-year midfielder Miranda Badovinac came to the Blues from the UAlbany Great Danes, while fifth-year striker Jenny Wolever joined the Blues after four seasons with the Queen’s Gaels. The duo scored seven goals apiece to account for 58% of Toronto’s offence in 2019. Fourth-year veteran Levanta Staggolis has led Toronto in net, racking up four clean sheets and sitting fifth in the province with a .865 save percentage. She and Toronto’s stellar back line have allowed less than one goal against per game this season.Ontario Tech was led by forward Taijah Henderson and midfielder Sarah Foster, who scored four and six goals, respectively, this season. Alicia Chisholm has backstopped the Ridgebacks for the majority of the season, holding a .875 save percentage over 12 matches.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Messi, Ronaldo clash in ‘Cup Clasico’

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, January 30 – Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo come into Wednesday’s ‘el clasico’ clash in Madrid in the Spanish Cup semi-final in fine form and full of goals.Messi has hit 16 and Ronaldo 12 in their last 10 games, and the four the Argentine got against Osasuna on Sunday makes it 33 in the league while Ronaldo has 21 after his hat-trick against Getafe. It will be the fourth time Real Madrid and Barcelona have met this season.Madrid took the Spanish Super Cup on away goals over two legs and managed a 2-2 draw in Barcelona in the league, the only points Barca have dropped at home, so there is little to choose between the two up to now.In the league Barca enjoy a 15-point advantage over their rivals but that will all be forgotten when Madrid seek to avenge last season’s quarter-final defeat in the same competition that Barca eventually won.Messi’s goals at the weekend meant he became the first player in history to score in 11 consecutive La Liga matches and he can equal or break another record on Wednesday.One goal would level Alfredo Di Stefano’s long-standing 18 goal tally in games between the two sides.Meanwhile, Ronaldo will be walking a yellow card tightrope.He has already picked up two in the Cup, another on Wednesday will mean he misses the second-leg scheduled to take place in Barcelona in almost a month’s time on the 27th of February.The Portuguese star also has goalscoring form in recent games with the Catalans, hitting seven in the last six meetings, and he has told his club’s TV station that the game can’t come quick enough.“It’s an important but complicated game for us against one of the most difficult teams in the world, but it should be a big night. We’re at home and have a good chance but we’ll have to play well, we know Barca have a great team but I’m looking forward to it,” he said.Real Madrid go into the game with important players missing. Most of all club captain Iker Casillas, who fractured a bone in his hand in the previous round against Valencia.The club reacted quickly to sign Diego Lopez from Sevilla last Friday as cover, for €3.5 million, and he will come into contention for his debut.However, Antonio Adan kept a clean sheet at the weekend with Lopez sat on the bench, and he may continue to deputise.Also out for Madrid are the suspended trio of Sergio Ramos, Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao, plus the injured Pepe.Jose Mourinho will have to choose between Raphael Varane, Raul Albiol and former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho for his centre-half partnership.Mourinho was able to rest Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Karim Benzema and Alvaro Arbeloa on Sunday against Getafe and all should start.Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets sees the tie being tight despite Madrid missing players.“It will be an even game, it doesn’t matter who is out for them, we must focus on our own game. The tie won’t be decided in the Bernabeu so a good result for us would be a win, not a draw,” he said.His side don’t share Madrid’s selection headaches and key midfielder Xavi Hernandez will be celebrating the signing of a new contract that ties him to the club until 2016, when he will be 36.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Sunderland stars in line for shock Italy call-ups

first_img Fabio Borini has stepped up his game for relegation-threatened Sunderland in recent weeks Sunderland duo Fabio Borini and Vito Mannone are in line for shock call-ups to Italy’s pre-Euro 2016 camp.Both players endured difficult starts to the season but have become pivotal members of Sam Allardyce’s team in recent months.Uncapped Mannone started the season behind Costel Pantilimon but the Romanian’s move to Watford in January has allowed the former Arsenal stopper to nail down a regular place in the Black Cats starting XI. And Borini, who has just one senior international appearance to his name, has scored twice in his last four games to boost Sunderland’s survival chances.Indeed, the pair’s form has not gone unnoticed by Italy coach Antonio Conte, and, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, they will both be named in Italy’s provisional squad on Monday. 1last_img read more

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Harry Kane is destined to win Golden Boot

first_imgIan Wright believes Harry Kane will win the Premier League’s Golden Boot for a successive season because of his main man status at White Hart Lane.The 23-year-old saw off competition from the likes of Sergio Aguero and Jamie Vardy in the 2015/16 campaign, as the England international scored 25 league goals in comparison to his rivals’ tally of 24.Alexis Sanchez, Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic currently lead the way with 14 goals apiece, but Kane only trails the free-scoring trio by a single goal, despite missing seven weeks of the season due to an ankle injury.And Wright reckons Kane’s consistency will see him claim the prize once again.He said: “Harry Kane [to win the golden boot]. It’s going to be one of him or Zlatan [Ibrahimovic]. I think [Alexis] Sanchez will nick his goals but he won’t get them as frequently as Harry Kane, because he is their main man. You see what he did against West Brom – he gets a hat-trick. “You can’t write them [Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa] off. But if you asked me who I’d fancy to be the most prolific –continually throughout the Premier League – with the way Harry Kane is going now, I think it would probably be him again.“Yes, Harry Kane has had patches where he hasn’t scored for a lot of games and so has Sanchez. And Aguero has been the most consistent.”Listen to much more on ‘The Sun Football Podcast, sponsored by Sun Bets, with Ian Wright and Shaun Custis’ – available to download on iTunes now Kane saw off Sergio Aguero and Jamie Vardy in the 2015/16 campaign 1last_img read more

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Trouble in Paradise

first_imgEnnis discovered that the cemetery’s records have been changed. There is no way now of finding out whether her mother’s remains are still in her plot or even if her body is at the cemetery. The state Cemetery Board took over the property in 1995, after an investigation revealed that thousands of graves had been resold and that remains had been dug up and left in a mound of dirt. Their families then filed a class-action lawsuit against the cemetery’s managers, Alma and Felicia Fraction, and against other mortuaries the relatives claimed were aware of the fraud. The Fractions received jail time and fines, and the lawsuit’s plaintiffs received an $8 million settlement. The state used $1.8 million of that amount to set up an endowment for the cemetery’s maintenance, since it was no longer operational and not generating money. The Cemetery Memorial Fund, a nonprofit organization of three board members, was created to oversee the money. The fund also owns and manages the property. About 40,000 people are buried within the 11-acre cemetery, said attorney Milton Friedman, who represented the plaintiffs in their civil suit against the Fractions. After the lawsuit was settled, officials placed a large tombstone engraved with the words “Whomever, Forever, Wherever” on the north side of the cemetery, where the majority of graves were dug up and resold. Although Ennis wants to exhume her mother and bury her elsewhere, she has no way of finding out what happened to her remains. Ennis also was shocked to see the cemetery in disrepair. The once-green lawn is dotted with pockets of yellow, dead grass and soft, dry dirt. The cemetery has not been watered regularly. Michael Green, whose stepfather, Dennis Green Sr., died of cancer and is buried at Paradise, said he chose to bury him there because it was all he could afford at the time. “This cemetery’s for poor folks,” said Green, who keeps plastic roses and American flags at his stepfather’s grave. “They ain’t got no water now, but it used to be worse,” said Green. “It was full of weeds four months ago.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But when Ennis tried to visit her mother’s grave at Paradise Memorial Park and Mortuary in Santa Fe Springs to honor the woman who had sacrificed so much for her, she discovered a strange headstone where her mother’s body should be. The stone read: “Cornelius Jack, World War II, January 5, 1915 to April 29, 1957.” That’s when she learned that the cemetery’s previous owners had “buried people on top of other people,” Ennis said. “They double-sold plots. My mother might be under Cornelius Jack,” she said. More than a decade after the Paradise cemetery was shut down by the state amid a grave-swapping scandal, relatives like Ennis who have family members buried there continue agonizing over where their loved ones’ remains are. Viola Mae Lobb had 15 children but settled in Los Angeles 53 years ago with one daughter and four sons. To make ends meet, she scrubbed floors at a hospital, said her now-55-year-old daughter Diane Ennis. As a single mother, she struggled to feed and care for her children. Then she was diagnosed with cancer shortly after moving to the area from Texas. She died of the disease when Ennis was 9 years old. Her children were adopted by members of her Highland Park-area church. last_img read more

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Palmdale district seeks applicants

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe board could act to fill the vacancy after Oct. 30, possibly at the Nov. 8 board meeting or at a special meeting, LaMoreaux said. Applicants must be registered voters and live in the water district’s Division 3, which is made up mostly of the neighborhoods between Avenue S and Pearblossom Highway from 25th Street East to 45th Street East, and from 20th Street East to 25th Street East between Avenue R and Avenue S. Division 3’s boundaries can be viewed on the Palmdale Water District Web site at www.palmdalewater.org/IS/BD/PDF_MAPS/PWD_Division3.pdf. Applicants should submit their qualifications to the attention of Raul Figueroa, the board president, at the Palmdale Water District office at 2029 E. Ave. Q, Palmdale, CA, 93550. LaMoreaux said officials recommend that candidates submit their qualifications by Oct. 30, because that is the soonest the board can take action. PALMDALE – Palmdale Water District officials are looking for applicants to fill a board vacancy created by a director’s resignation. Director Sheryl Sarna, an elementary school teacher elected to the water board in 2003, resigned because she moved out of the district to another part of the Antelope Valley, General Manager Dennis LaMoreaux said. The remaining directors decided last week to appoint a replacement to serve the remaining year in Sarna’s term, which expires in November 2007, rather than to schedule a special election. “It’s very expensive to hold a special election. They opted to go with an appointment,” LaMoreaux said. last_img read more

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