Ronaldo leads Madrid past Bilbao

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo turned into Real Madrid’s playmaker by setting up two goals to beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 yesterday and keep on track to reclaim the Spanish league title. Ronaldo passed for Karim Benzema to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. Bilbao equalised through Aritz Aduriz’s header in the 65th, but three minutes later Ronaldo flicked on a corner kick for Casemiro to finish off. “We won at a very difficult ground. We had to dig in but we played with real character,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. Madrid, which have not won the league since 2012, lead second-placed Barcelona by five points. Barcelona host Valencia today. The loss ended Bilbao’s unbeaten home streak at 13 games in the league, one short of the club record in 1992. Madrid spent long stretches in their half absorbing Bilbao’s pressure brought by wingers Inaki Williams and Inigo Leque. But Madrid’s efficiency proved the difference. As Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde put it: “They beat us with two moments of brilliance.” Midfielder Casemiro played a part in Benzema’s goal when he spotted Ronaldo breaking down the left. Ronaldo received his long pass and squared the ball for Benzema to slot in.last_img read more

Nadal beats Djokovic and will face Zverev for Rome title

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his semifinal match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Saturday, May 19, 2018. Rafael Nadal was challenged in the first set by Novak Djokovic before pulling away for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win to reach the Italian Open final on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME — The latest installment in the rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic met expectations for one tight set.Then Nadal pulled away for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win to reach the Italian Open final on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT “On this surface (Nadal) is almost unbeatable,” Zverev said. “I’ll have to play my best.”If Nadal wins his record-extending eighth Rome title, he will replace Roger Federer at No. 1.Federer is sitting out the clay season to prepare for Wimbledon.On the women’s side, top-ranked Simona Halep rallied past three-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and will again face Elina Svitolina for the trophy.Svitolina comfortably defeated Anna Kontaveit 6-4, 6-3 in the other semifinal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Serena Williams, David Beckham in lineup for royal wedding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES “Those are the little details in tennis that only players and people who were on the court know,” Djokovic said.Still, this was Djokovic’s best performance of the year.“I played four matches here and I didn’t expect anything coming into this tournament,” Djokovic said. “I’m pleased with how I played the last three days — very pleased — and hopefully Roland Garros can be a continuation of this run.”Sharapova appeared worn out toward the end of her nearly 2 1/2-hour match against Halep, having been on court more than seven hours longer than her opponent this week.The fourth-ranked Svitolina produced only 18 winners to Kontaveit’s 24 but also committed fewer unforced errors — 13 to 20 — in a match that lasted 74 minutes.Kontaveit, an Estonian, could still be pleased with a week that saw her eliminate four established players: 12th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe, two-time finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova, 1999 champion Venus Williams and second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 In last year’s final, Svitolina came back to beat Halep after the Romanian rolled her ankle.“I hope I don’t get injured again,” Halep said. “It’s a great opportunity.”This is the last major warmup before the French Open starts next weekend.The first set alone of Nadal-Djokovic made the Open era’s most prolific men’s rivalry worth watching. Djokovic recovered from an early break with excellent shot-making and Nadal converted his first set point with a return winner on the line after Djokovic followed his serve to the net.During one particularly entertaining point midway through the first set, Nadal ran down a drop shot and forced Djokovic to retreat with a smartly angled response before Djokovic came forward again to finish the point off with a volley winner.Fans stood up and applauded them on multiple occasions.“It was a really good quality match,” Djokovic said. “I enjoyed it.”After losing the first set tiebreak, Djokovic started shouting at his support box in an apparent discrepancy over tactics — then did it again on the next changeover.Nadal got an early break in the second set and never looked back.Djokovic noted that at 3-3 in the tiebreak he had to go play against the wind, “which is a huge difference” when playing Nadal. In their 51st meeting but first in more than a year, Nadal’s court coverage eventually proved too much to handle for Djokovic, who is still regaining his form from a persistent right elbow injury.“That was a tough battle, a good level of tennis, a combination of good tactics and great shots from both of us,” said Nadal, who has had injury trouble of his own over the past year.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 crownNadal’s opponent in Sunday’s final will be defending champion Alexander Zverev, who recovered from an early break in the second set to beat Marin Cilic 7-6 (13), 6-4.Zverev destroyed his racket near the end of the tiebreak in which he saved five set points. The German player is aiming for his third title in three weeks after lifting trophies in Munich and Madrid — but he hasn’t beaten Nadal in four tries. View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

No matter what they do, Guyana will be free

first_imgDear Editor,Common sense would inform any rational mind that these are times of emergency in Guyana. In such times, senior officials must act with a sense of urgency, but this seems not to be the case with GECOM in terms of fulfilling their responsibility in regard to the holding of General Elections.It would be negligent of me, however, to not respond to the lethargic actions of people like GECOM Chairman James Patterson and his colleague Commissioner Desmond Trotman as they seek to glaringly misrepresent the logic and common sense behind this official voters’ list.I listened carefully to Mr. Robert Corbin in the CCJ Court Room when he spoke about the National Registration Act Chap 19:08 and the Representation of the People’s Act Chap 1:03, and I must say he got it. So why do not Mr. Patterson and Mr. Trotman get it? Maybe if Mr. Corbin was potentially not the most attractive option to now lead the PNC out of its current electoral ravine, he might have made an excellent GECOM Commissioner.People move, People change their names, People die, and People come of age. However, none of these events needs a house-to-house registration to be captured in times of a national emergency.Even more importantly, none of these events poses an insurmountable challenge that cannot be fixed within six weeks. So I clearly cannot understand why Mr. Patterson is so doggedly attached to this concept that only a process of house-to-house registration can clean the list.Let me, please, explain further, Mr. Editor. Young people come of age, meaning that they grow up to be old enough to become first-time voters. However, you do not need house-to-house registration to accurately and completely capture these first-time voters on the official voters’ list.According to the National Registration Act Chap 19:08, (which Mr. Corbin referred to in his presentation), all Guyanese who are 14 years of age are eligible to be registered and be placed on a Central Register, which is then used to extract the Official Voters’ List which has the names of all the over-18-year-olds.But those who are hell bent on delaying the elections will then say this list will still not be clean enough, because people moved, people changed their names, people died, and they are still on the list.Nonetheless, if you put on your solutions cap and you focus on the fact that people moved and changed their names, then the solution is “no big thing”. Two weeks of an intense claims-and-objections period, with late opening up to 8 pm at nights in all the geographic districts, would easily solve that.Then the negaholics might come up with another excuse, and ask, ‘What about those who died?’Again, my response is “no big deal”. A formal request to the Head of the General Registrar’s Office (GRO) for a list of all the names for which death certificates were issued would quickly solve that problem. That list can be used to remove the names of the dead from the Official Voters List. That, again, would take no longer than two weeks to be accomplished, and can be done simultaneously during the claims and objections period; and boom, the complexity is sorted.So why do we have all this hullaballoo being pushed by the Chairman and his ‘clique of merry men’ that Guyana must have house-to-house registration immediately in this period of abnormality and uncertainty? Is this a ruse to cover up their grand scheme to delay and deny the people of Guyana free and fair elections, and elections free from fair?Paraphrasing the national poet Martin Carter, “this is the dark time, my love”. As Mr. Carter said in that poem, “it is the season of oppression…….” Mr. Patterson and Mr. Trotman must understand that “time and history are not on their side”; so no matter what they do, Guyana will be free.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

Williston Reservoir levels “normal” after June rainfall

first_imgAt this point, Gammer doesn’t expect the lake to reach maximum elevation this year, which would be approximately 2.5 feet higher. Instead, he’s seen what he calls a “very gradual, slow increase” in levels. Precipitation levels in Fort St. John were well above average for June, at 117.3 millimetres. Coupled with a below average May at 28.9 millimetres, the unofficial total for the past two months is 35.1 millimetres ahead of the May/June norm, at 146.2. To stay ahead of the precipitation average for the three months ending July 31st, the city will need to record more than double the amount received this month last year. Although July is traditionally the top precipitation month of the year, with an average of 83.2 millimetres, the Energetic City fell well short of that in 2012, at only 22.1. – Advertisement -However, it was only two years ago that the local airport weather station recorded 144.9 in July, and a record June/July total of 321.4. Still, prior to 2011, you have to go back to 2005 to find a year when the total for July reached the monthly norm. We have 79.7 millimetres to go to match the monthly average this year, after recording .8 yesterday.Advertisementlast_img read more

Referee standards ‘will get worse’ according to former senior match official

first_imgA former senior referee has warned the standard of officiating will decrease in the next ten years.The prediction comes after a number of controversial decisions, such as Charlie Austin and Sadio Mane’s recent disallowed goals and Alexandre Lacazette’s handball assist in Premier League games at St Mary’s, The Emirates and Selhurst Park respectively. David Elleray talking to England boss Gareth Southgate 3 It is hoped the introduction of VAR will improve future decision-making. 60 matches across the FA Cup and EFL Cup this season – all involving Premier League teams – are helping officials prepare for the technology’s Premier League debut next season.PGMOL General Manager Mike Riley said: “VAR can actually add value. If the referee has made a wrong decision and VAR can quickly correct that and get the right outcome then the game will benefit.” Speaking anonymously to talkSPORT, the former match official claimed the influence of FA Referees Committee Chair David Elleray is the reason for his concern.He said: “In the next ten years the standard will not be as good as it has been in the past.”“You get to a certain level in refereeing and you make a choice of lining or refereeing. The way it was implemented was people were forced into making decisions where they had to choose refereeing or lining, or it was made for them. They lost a number of good referees because a lot of the good referees have been told to go on the lining track. They’re now constantly short of referees.”David Elleray declined to comment when contacted by talkSPORT. 3center_img The source also believes a lack of support given to grassroots officials causes many to give up.“Sometimes there’s too much pressure on people at that level and they walk away from it and we lose some good referees”, he added. “Or they have enough of the bureaucracy.”The FA confirmed the majority of FA Referees Committee are from County FAs and they ensure that the Chairman has a full briefing on grassroots football.Earlier this year Mark Clattenburg told talkSPORT he had been bullied by David Elleray before he left the UK to lead refereeing in Saudi Arabia.The anonymous match official said: “The problem is, as soon as Mark Clattenburg talks and speaks about the unfairness and the bullying he’s spoken about, everybody else disappears and clams up because those who are still operational are not going to challenge David Elleray or the PGMOL.” Austin couldn’t believe his goal was ruled out Mane had a fair goal ruled out against Arsenal 3last_img read more

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY AS FESTIVE LIGHTS GO ON AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL!

first_imgThe Christmas lights have been switched on at Letterkenny General Hospital tonight but there’s a good reason for it!Christmas has come early at Letterkenny General Hospital!The traditional festive lights, normally switched on in late November, have lit up the skyline tonight.Passers-by have been watching in amazement as dozens of the lights lit up the roof of the hospital. It was thought by many that a simple mechanical error has resulted in the lights being turned on.But the real reason, of course, is that the hospital is taking part in raising childhood cancer awareness.Lightitupgold is a parent-led campaign and Letterkenny General Hospital is kindly taking part.One passer-by said “It was amazing to see it. Everyone is rubber-necking and checking the calendar when they get home. “Hopefully come Christmas the current troubles of the hospital will be someway behind us.“Cancer touches so many people across Donegal and Ireland and this is a super way of reminding people of the challenges many families face each and every day.“Hopefully these kind of gestures will keep that challenge fixed firmly in people’s thoughts.”There is also a fun day at Bernard McGlinchey Town Park in Letterkenny from 2-5pm tomorrow (SAT).Well done to everyone involved. CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY AS FESTIVE LIGHTS GO ON AT LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL! was last modified: September 6th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Christmas lightsLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

Lack of graveyard space in Letterkenny is a ‘matter of urgency’

first_imgThe need for additional graveyard land has arisen as a major issue for Letterkenny, according to local Councillor Ciaran Brogan.As space in the town’s current designated graveyards runs out, the council has been called on to address the issue as a matter of urgency.Cllr Brogan said that the issue can be seen first-hand and it should be addressed in the Local Area Plan. “I think this has to be a huge priority for this council and it’s becoming very clear that there are no additional lands for graves,” he said. The Letterkenny Local Area Planning consultations were described as a success for the council as they prepare for the growth of the town into a future city. Over 500 submissions were made online from engaged members of the community who shared ideas on how they would like to see the town develop.The council said that the matter of graveyards is on the planning agenda and confirmed that they have received direction in the identification of suitable ground.Lack of graveyard space in Letterkenny is a ‘matter of urgency’ was last modified: July 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Ciaran Brogangraveyardsletterkenny municipal district meetinglast_img read more

Feeding winter hay on pasture fields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we approach winter I have a question for you. Where do you feed your livestock?When the grass runs out do you bring them to a barn or facility to feed them? Do you leave them out on pasture and bring the feed to them?The reason for my questions is that experienced graziers spend the fall planning their winter feeding programs — planning to the point of not only what they will feed but also where they will feed the animals.I do not know the exact percentage, but it should be safe to say that many forage based livestock producers use round bales of hay as their primary stored winter feed. Hay is stored in some central location and then moved to the field for feeding. Quite a few of these producers feed round bales in rings out in the pasture field. Depending on the number of animals to be fed, producers will move bales out to these rings two or three at a time. This requires starting a tractor and moving bales throughout winter and in less than ideal conditions.Some graziers are using the dry days in fall to place bales where they will do the most good. They are placing bales in protected areas for nasty weather, areas with access to water and even in areas that they want to improve.I first saw this system demonstrated by the Missouri Forage Systems Research Center and have seen it adapted for many different farms in Ohio. The placement of the bales will depend on each farm, but basically consists of bales set out in fields about 20 to 25 feet apart in rows. The spacing is to allow enough space between bales for livestock to eat. You can use more or less rows depending on the amount of livestock you have and the field you are using.After you set the bales, a temporary electric fence can be used to exclude the stock for the remainder of the grazing season. When hay feeding begins, the appropriate number of bales is exposed with ring feeders over them and the livestock are allowed access. The number of bales fed depends on the number of animals. Hay should be consumed in two to three days. If it takes longer than that then hay waste will increase significantly.Any type of fencing may be used to protect the bales from the livestock during the season. Poly-tape and step-in posts seem to be the fence of choice. This fence can be moved very quickly and is highly visible to the livestock, thus making it very effective. One major consideration in winter is the use of step-in post in frozen ground. A post with a small diameter spike and a broad foot piece will work best in frozen ground with heavy boots.During winter you could carry a cordless drill to help plant posts. Concrete post anchors, using 5-gallon buckets as forms, will also work. A piece of 3/16 diameter tube set in the center makes a hole for the step-in post.The labor required for feeding bales this way is not necessarily less than conventional feeding systems. You still have to move the bales. You just get to spend less time doing it in winter.Some producers have used this system to improve run down fields. By placing bales for winter feeding they import nutrients and organic matter in the form of manure and wasted hay to areas that need it. Usually they also import seed from the hay.Are there areas of your pastures that could use extra manure? Can you get to them in winter with a tractor? Would placing bales during dry days in fall make your winter easier?last_img read more

AgTube: Importance of Tillers in Wheat Management

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the latest Practical Farm Research (PFR)® Report Jonathan Perkins, Beck’s PFR Location Lead, is in the field for a feekes 3 topdress application of wheat. In order to determine nitrogen needs we’re asking questions like, “What are the tillering counts per square foot?” and “How many units of nitrogen should we apply based on tiller counts? Watch the video to learn more and be sure to check back during the growing season to see how things are progressing with our winter wheat studies.last_img read more

Insights from a Military Parent (Part 5): Adjusting to Home Life after Deployment

first_imgToday we continue our series, “Insights from a Military Parent,” an ongoing discussion in which Rhonda, National Guard spouse and mom of two young boys, responds to questions that arose from her telling of her family’s experience living through two deployments with two young children during our webinar presentation, “Intentional Connection: Establishing Positive Relationships Between Child Care Providers and Military Parents.”In today’s post, Rhonda describes some of the military behaviors that took a while for her husband to shed after returning to home life, and how those behaviors were perceived by others, including the boys’ teachers. Awareness, communication and patience, Rhonda explains, are the keys to supporting military families (particularly Guard and Reserves) who are experiencing reintegration.Question: You’ve said that reintegration is a process that can take a while.  What advice would you give a teacher/provider who wants to support that parent as he or she reconnects to the child’s daily life, including school/child care, in ways that are sensitive to his or her adjustment?The two most critical times for our family were the months during pre-deployment and post-deployment. These are the times when routines are disrupted, finances are being juggled, family roles are evolving and revolving, and dad is acclimating – either to leaving or returning.Try to connect with both parents before the actual deployment if possible. This will help lay the groundwork for the post-deployment interactions. My husband joked at our pre-deployment teacher/parent meeting that he was just there to model his uniform. Ok, I was the one doing all the talking. However, we did talk about post-deployment issues in that pre-deployment meeting and his presence was important. He and I have discussed his post-deployment return to civilian life and reflected on how much our lives have changed. We anticipate that we will evolve again when he returns this time.Post-deployment is different for everyone. What we expected from reading the books and literature on post-deployment were insomnia, nightmares, aversion to crowds or large social gatherings, being in a state of high alert, and adjusting to family life. Sometimes we joked about going through a checklist of behaviors or situations that were outlined in the books.As a Guard family the transition from active duty in the war zone back to home is far more abrupt than for full-time military. He goes from being in a full-time military environment where everyone is in uniform, procedure and protocol are the norm, and everyone is on high alert – into a civilian world where people invade your personal space in the check-out line, honk their horns less than a second after the light changes, and debris on the road is really just debris. Every instinct and reaction, honed through military training and reinforced in the war zone, is still active, but the environment is more benign.As a family we had to help him bring out his civilian persona. Some adjustments are comical and others are a bit more stressful. For the first few weeks I felt like I was living with a teenage girl because he would stand in front of his closet with his hands on his hips staring at his clothes, then declare he had nothing to wear. After suggesting several different combinations of shirts, pants, shorts, etc. I left the room frustrated. He emerged ten minutes later back in uniform. This went on for several days until we went shopping so he could buy khaki cargo shorts and plain t-shirts in black, gray, and white. It took a few months to help him transition to a more varied wardrobe, but he still wears combat boots most days.Dressing wasn’t the only thing that went through a period of adjustment. He also switched his field of work. He could no longer work indoors in an office setting. He became a communications and cable installer which kept him physically active and constantly on the move. He had the right mix of human interaction and physical labor to keep him focused and at ease.  This helped considerably with re-establishing a routine and adjusting to the routine of family life.Friends, colleagues, and teachers also experienced a period of adjustment with us. The first few times he picked the boys up at school it was a “mission” and they were his “packages.” He was in uniform, moved briskly, didn’t speak, and barely made eye contact. When I picked the boys up a few days later I was updated on all the upcoming activities that were posted on the doors and on flyers that dad didn’t acknowledge. One of the teachers tentatively asked me if he was upset with the school. I was confused until she described his demeanor when he picked up the kids. I smiled and explained that he was doing the same thing at home. I shared with her what I had learned from the books about the process of going from a military to a civilian mindset, and that it would take time. Within a few months he was greeting folks, retrieving flyers, and exchanging pleasantries with other dads.The teachers and I worked together to make sure important notices weren’t overlooked or forgotten. One morning they called me at work to ask if i knew it was picture day. I dropped my head to my desk as I recalled what the boys were wearing that morning. You know it wasn’t good if they called. I asked how long I had to get them a change of clothes, hung up the phone, and raced to a Target. Luckily, I was only a few miles from the school and store and found suitable clothes for both of them. When dad picked them up that evening our oldest put his hands on his hips and snapped, “You forgot picture day! Mommy had to get us clothes and we do not like them!” Dad bought them ice cream. Guess who the hero is in our house!One other vestige of deployment that raised alarm with me and the teachers was dad’s tone. For the first few weeks his tone of voice was harsher and louder than prior to deployment. Again, this is the result of being in a war zone and interacting with other adults in tense situations. I would remind dad that we weren’t troops and that he was being really loud, or overly sensitive, to minor infractions. These were conversations best handled by me in private. If you encounter this with a recently returned military parent, take it up carefully with the home-front parent. Odds are it is already a topic under discussion in the home. If it isn’t, there may be an opportunity for helping the home front parent.Finally, be patient and be observant. Stay in communication with the home-front parent and don’t be surprised if certain events or activities are skipped or only attended for a brief time. Music programs, graduations, and other group events were difficult at first. I sat, he stood, in the back of the room and usually left right after the boys were done with their part. As time went on, he mellowed and actually sat through an entire event. Reintegration is different for everyone and it can take months, sometimes years, to find balance and harmony._________________________________________________________________Rhonda will be sharing more insights and recommendations about the reintegration process during our webinar, “Getting to Know You (Again): Helping Young Children Adjust to the Return of a Military Parent,” on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 2:00-3:00 EDT. This link will take you to the page where you can log in – no registration is necessary. The webinar will also be recorded and available at the same link approximately 2 days after the live event.Part 1: The Power of Hearing Their StoriesPart 2: Understanding Parenting DecisionsPart 3: Why I’m Reluctant to Talk to YouPart 4: Responding to Misbehavior with Compassion__________________________________________________________________This blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network.last_img read more