Zlatan, Cavani give Chelsea the blues

first_imgPARIS (AP):Struggling striker Edinson Cavani came off the bench to score the winner as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) beat Chelsea 2-1 in a pulsating first leg in the last 16 of the Champions League yesterday.Cavani, who has lost his place in the side in recent weeks, latched on to a superb pass over Chelsea’s stretched defence from winger Angel Di Maria and slotted through the legs of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from a narrow angle in the 78th minute.”I’m happy for Eddy. I’ve said it often because people doubt his scoring abilities, but he’s always shown he can score goals,” PSG coach Laurent Blanc said. “He was going through a very difficult period and I hope that scoring this goal gives him his confidence back.”Zlatan Ibrahimovic put PSG ahead with a powerful free kick in the 39th minute, only for Chelsea to level on the stroke of half time with a rare goal from midfielder John Obi Mikel.Courtois made a string of saves to keep Chelsea in contention heading into the second leg, and Spanish winger Pedro almost spoiled the home celebrations in injury time with a rasping drive into the side netting.”This is a very strong PSG, so I think the performance of our players was very good,” Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink said. “But we could have been more lethal in the four or five counters that we made.”PSG are unbeaten in domestic competition since March and in all competitions since a 1-0 reverse away to Real Madrid in the group stage on November 3 – a run of 23 games.Still, Blanc’s side could regret a host of missed chances and Chelsea will fancy their chances at Stamford Bridge in three weeks’ time.”It’s up to us to go and score at Stamford Bridge. We will get chances, and we must take them,” Blanc said.In the night’s other match, Benfica beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 in Lisbon thanks to an injury-time goal from Brazilian striker Jonas.Chelsea knocked out PSG in the quarter-finals two years ago and PSG won when they met at the same stage last season with both ties settled on away goals.last_img read more

Ebola Outbreak, not Punishment from God

first_imgSince the outbreak of the virus was announced by government, there have statements issued by clerics that God had lost favor with Liberia for the country’s sins, and the punishment, according to them was sending Ebola to the nation.However, the Lutheran Church thinks differently and believes that God is not scared or weak as many think.At a press conference yesterday in Monrovia, LCL Bishop D. Jensen Seyenkulo disagreed with those who have characterized God in ways that run contrary to biblical revelation.“The God we know and serve, as Luther pointed to us through scripture, is not a God who kills because of sin. The incarnation is a clear manifestation of the gracious character of God.“Sickness and death have been part of the normal course of life since the fall of humankind through Adam and Eve,” Bishop Seyenkulo declared.LCL argued that assertions by some Liberians relative to said claims have no biblical foundation.Bishop Seyenkulo: “There is no scriptural basis for saying people who fear and love God do not suffer. While it is true that God hates sin, it is equally true that God loves the sinner. This is the Gospel message that we believe and that is what we preach.“To suggest that God is punishing this poor nation because of her sins is to say that God is too scared or weak to take on the more powerful nations that are just as sinful. The God we know and serve is neither timid nor weak.”The church reaffirms its commitment and support to the people and government of Liberia in the wake of the national health crisis, adding; “LCL is concerned about the Ebola crisis and stands with the government, religious and international communities in the fight.”LCL had been part of an effort by the Action of Churches Together (ACT Alliance) reaching out to hospitals and healthcare centers around the country with Ebola preventives and other medical supplies.The Church recounted the numerous assistances it has received and delivered through many different channels involving Global Health Ministers, Operation Blessing International, the Episcopal Relief and Development Organization and other outlets of the Church in the fight against Ebola.“We have, through the LCL-ZOE and Malaria Programs, provided Ebola preventive materials to 240 households of orphans and vulnerable children in Kakata, Margibi County. We declared Sunday, September 7 “Stand Against Ebola” day in the Lutheran Church in Liberia. On this day, all congregations of LCL gathered Ebola prevention materials and food items that will be distributed in Ebola endemic areas. We have begun to organize a task force that will handle all Ebola issues in the Church. We are ready to deliver a truck load of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and other medical supplies to Gbapolu County this week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kevin Sinclair’s brilliance leads RHT to title

first_imgBCB/New York Business Group…Rose Hall Town (RHT) Pepsi on Saturday last regained their New York Business Group Berbice Under-19 Cricket Championship title by easily outplaying Blairmont Community Centre Cricket Club on first innings.RHT Pepsi Captain Kevin Sinclair receiving the winning prize and trophy from a representative of the New York Business GroupThe historic final was played under lights using a pink ball at the Albion Cricket Ground, in front of a sizeable crowd for both nights.RHT won the toss and elected to bat first, with national youth players Kevin and Junior Sinclair adding 85 for the first wicket, and with solid contributions from fellow national player Kevlon Anderson and Berbice all-rounder Keith Simpson, they posted 268 all out.Kevin and Junior blasted 32 and 52 respectively, while Anderson top scored with a brilliant 73, which included five boundaries. He was supported by Simpson, who batted for over two hours to hit a composed 71.Nigel Deodat took 5 – 75 with his left arm spin, while off-spinner Seon Glasgow took 2 – 62 before Blairmont’s response.It was a disappointing effort which ended when they were bowled out for 92 from 46 overs.Fawaz Gafoor batted well for 28, as Kevin returned with the ball and claimed 7 – 30, while fellow off-spinner Junior bowled well to claim 3 -32.Rose Hall Town Pepsi, with a healthy 172 runs lead, opted to bat again; which led Kevin to complete a remarkable all round match by scoring a brilliant 101 not out as they reached 176 – 4 declared.Anderson chipped in 48 in the second innings as the target for victory set was now 349. Marvin Prashad finished with 3 – 48 for Blairmont.The declaration left Blairmont with 95 minutes to bat. They struggled to 58 for 5 before the game was called off thirty minutes before the scheduled closing time. National Under-19 player Javed Karim was unbeaten on 30, while Anderson and Keith Sinclair took 2 – 13 and 2 – 10 respectively.President of the Berbice Cricket Board, Hilbert Foster, hailed the tournament as a huge success and proudly announced that Berbice Cricket was on a roll.RHT pocketed $100,000 for the triumph and the winning trophy, while Blairmont had to settle for the $50,000 runner-up prize.Kevin Sinclair was adjudged Man-of-the-Finals for his magnificent performance. Trophies were also presented to Sinclair as the best batsman and bowler if the finals. Other Awards shared out were Best Batsman of the Tournament – Kevlon Anderson; Best Bowler of the Tournament – Nigel Deodat; Best Wicket Keeper – Antonio February; and Best All-rounder – Kevin Sinclair.The New York Business Group also donated a Grass mower to the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club.last_img read more

Alcohol believed to be cause of fatal rollover in Dawson Creek on Friday night

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Police say that speed and/or alcohol were possible factors in a crash that killed a 17 year-old Dawson Creek teen on Friday night.On Friday September 9th, at 9:33 p.m., the Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of a single vehicle rollover crash on the Dangerous Goods Route near Adams Road west of Dawson Creek.Upon arrival, police found a pickup truck in the ditch and people, believed to be involved in the crash standing on the road with obvious injuries, while two people appeared to be performing CPR on an unresponsive male. It was determined that five occupants were in the truck when it left the road and rolled into the ditch.- Advertisement -All five occupants of the pickup were transported to hospital in Dawson Creek. The   unresponsive 17 year-old boy who was identified on social media as 17 year-old Logan Power later succumbed to his injuries in hospital. On their website, the Dawson Creek Secondary School says that grief councillors will be on hand this week to speak with students about the accident.Police continue to investigate what caused the crash, but believe that speed and alcohol may have played a role. The location of the crash is a curve where the Dangerous Goods Route turns from east/west to north/south.Anyone who may have witnessed this crash or have information that may assist the police are asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at (250) 784-3700, or Crimestoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgA COUNTY Donegal man’s dedication to sport has been recognised – in the New Year’s Honours List in Gibraltar. Mick McElwee’s award of the Gibraltar Medal was given to him for services to sport, particularly football.Mick is the son of Patsy McElwee, deceased of Muineagh, Ballyheerin and Ellen, nee Wilhare, deceased of Devlinreagh, Carrigart. Mick grew up in Corby and has played football to a very high standard all his life. He played for Fanad and won a number of trophies with them.He has lived and worked in Gibraltar for many years, marrying a local girl, Yvette – pictured with him above.He retains strong links with Donegal, returning regularly to see his aunt, Josie McFadden, and uncle John Wilhare as well as his many cousins and friends.He last returned in April this year to celebrate his 50th birthday on the Isle of Roy with friends and family. His eldest daughter Megan inherited her father’s love of Ireland and is studying Economics at UCD. His other children are Molly, 18 and Patrick John (PJ) 14.His sister Grace told us: “We are so proud of him.”Mick’s award was presented by the island’s Governor, Sir Adrian Johns.DONEGAL MAN GETS GONG IN NEW YEAR’S HONOURS LIST was last modified: December 29th, 2012 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:DONEGAL MAN GETS GONG IN NEW YEAR’S HONOURS LISTlast_img read more


first_imgA Judge has described the drugs trade as a ‘cancer on society’ as a Milford man appeared in court charged with supplying drugs to children.Kennedy was supplying hash from his car to children.Lee Kennedy, 25, was caught by Gardai in a sting operation selling drugs out of his car to sixteen year olds. After receiving a tip-off Garda John Joe Doherty and Eugene Organ targeted Kennedy of 5 Lough Road, Milford on November 28th last.They witnessed him selling small quantities of drugs from his car to a juvenile they later discovered was 16 years old.The stopped his car and found a quantity of drugs in it.After they arrested him, they then searched his home which he shares with his partner Simone Duggan.There they found a quantity of drugs kit including more drugs, hash pipes and grinders.In total €360 worth of drugs were found on this occasion.When interviewed Kennedy admitted he bought the drugs in Derry from a foreign national and then brought them to Donegal for distribution.He said he would buy an average of ten grammes, sell six and keep four for his own personal use.Kennedy’s solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was terrified at the thought that he might go to prison.“And so he should be – selling drugs to children,” replied Judge Paul Kelly.Judge Kelly then said that the drug trade was a cancer on our society.“He was obviously at a low level in the drugs supply chain but each link is another one in this sordid chain. The damage that this sort of crime wreaks on the community is appalling and doubly so when children are involved.“This was a sophisticated enough operation and it happened over a period of time. While it  was a low level operation, drugs and drug dealing is still a cancer on society,” he said.He ordered a community service and probation report on Kennedy but added that he is still of a strong mind to impose a custodial sentence and added that he was making no promises.He also ordered Kennedy to take drugs tests and to prove to him that he was clean when he appears before the court again. on July 15th.MAN CHARGED WITH SELLING DRUGS TO KIDS TOLD TRADE IS ‘CANCER ON SOCIETY’ was last modified: May 21st, 2015 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:childrencourtdonegaldrugsGardaiLee KennedyMilfordlast_img read more

Man beaten as gang raid house in Lifford

first_imgA man has been hospitalised after he was attacked in his house by six men with weapons in Lifford last night.The man was at home at Coneyburrow last night (Mon) at 7.30pm when the front door of his home was burst open.Six men armed with hammers and bars then attacked him and gave him a severe beating. The gang then fled the scene.The man was rushed to hospital but Gardai say his injuries are not life-threatening.Garda forensic teams are currently at the scene of the horrific attack.Garda Sergeant Eunan Walsh has issued an appeal for anybody who was in the area to contact them. At this stage Gardai are not aware of how the men made their escape.They are scanning CCTV footage in an effort to track the gang and their movements last night.“This was a terrifying ordeal and our forensic team are at the scene.“These six men came through the front door and subjected this man to a series of assaults.“We have still not determined what form of transport these men used and we would appeal to anybody who may have noticed anybody in the area at the time to contact us,” he said. All information on the incident can be forwarded to Letterkenny Garda station on 0749167100.Man beaten as gang raid house in Lifford was last modified: November 20th, 2019 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:appealattackbarsGardaihammersLiffordlast_img read more

Wally Hayward: going the distance

first_imgIn the course of an athletics career spanning 60 years, Wally Hayward excelled at distances ranging from 100 metres to 100 miles.He competed on the track in his early twenties, represented South Africa at the Olympic Games in the standard marathon, and set world long distance records.His defining achievements, however, were reserved for one of the greatest ultra-marathons of them all: the Comrades.One of the world’s greatest ultra-marathons, the 90-kilometre Comrades Marathon is internationally recognised both for the body-sapping challenge it poses and the camaraderie it fosters among its thousands of participants.Run between Pietermaritzburg, capital of Kwazulu-Natal province, and the coastal city of Durban, the race alternates each year between an “up run” from Durban and a “down run” from Pietermaritzburg.First Comrades victoryWally Hayward won his first Comrades Marathon in 1930, at the age of 21, in a time of 7 hours 27 minutes – then returned to racing shorter distances.Earlier in the same year, he had won the national 10-mile championship, and over the course of the next 20 years he became national champion in distances from three miles to the marathon. He was also decorated for his actions during World War Two, being made a Member of the British Empire.When Hayward returned to the Comrades in 1950 he was discounted as a serious contender because of his age – he was 41 years old. That didn’t stop him from taking the lead at halfway and going on to win in a record time of 6 hours 46 minutes – 41 minutes faster than his winning time two decades before.6-hour barrier, 24-hour recordThe following year, in his first attempt at the Comrades down run, he powered his way to a 6 hours 14 minutes victory, slashing 7 minutes and 57 seconds off Johannes Coleman’s 1939 record.Hayward missed the Comrades in 1952 when he competed for South Africa at the Helsinki Olympic Games, but returned in 1953 to become the first athlete to break the six-hour barrier, in a time of 5 hours 52 minutes.In the same year he travelled to England, where he established new records in the London to Brighton Marathon, the Bath to London 100-miler – and a 24-hour track race staged by England’s Road Runners Club at Motspur Park.Hayward’s distance for “the day race” was 256.4 kilometres, a new world best – and a mark not bettered until two decades later, when Englishman Ron Bentley managed 259.6 kilometres.Hayward followed that up in 1954 by breaking his own record for the Comrades up run with a win in 6 hours 12 minutes.Barred from racingHowever, a second visit to England that year cost him dearly when the South African Athletic and Cycling Association declared him a professional for allegedly accepting donations for expenses.The rules of the race at the time meant that Hayward – having established new records for both the up and down runs and equalled the five wins of Arthur Newton and Hardy Ballington – could no longer run the Comrades.His amateur status was only reinstated 20 years later, in 1974, by which time he professed little appetite for racing, though he attended the finish of the Comrades every year to help inspire other runners.Saving the best till lastThen, in 1988, Hayward was persuaded by friends to take part in the race once more. The country was stunned when the 79-year-old crossed the finish line in 9 hours 44 minutes, beating more than half the field.Hayward’s most dramatic moment, however, came the following year, in 1989, when he completed the down run at the age of 80. There was hardly a dry eye in the stadium as he staggered across the line in an obviously distressed state, making the 11 hours cut-off time by a mere 1 minute and 57 seconds.To this day, he remains the oldest finisher in the history of the Comrades Marathon.The Wally Hayward medalWally Hayward died in May 2006 at the age of 97. In November, the Comrades Marathon Association announced that a new medal, the Wally Hayward medal, would be presented to runners for the first time in 2007.The medals are awarded to those runners who fail to earn Comrades gold medals – awarded to the first 10 men and women finishers – but still come in under the six-hour barrier first broken by Hayward in 1953.“The late Wally Hayward was one of the greatest ever Comrades runners, with seven finishes, including five wins,” association chairman Dave Dixon said in announcing the new medal.“He had a remarkable Comrades career that spanned 60 years, and is still the oldest person ever to finish the race.“In creating this medal, the Comrades Marathon Association salutes a man who epitomized the spirit of the race and inspired thousands of men and women to run it.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Startup Claims It Can Sell Your Used MP3s Legally

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#web center_img audrey watters While not quite a truism, it’s pretty widely accepted that a music startup is a bad idea. The record industry is at best unsupportive and at worst litigious when it comes to digital music sales and sharing and when it comes to welcoming (or crushing or suing) new companies and technologies.So it’s hard not to be quite skeptical about the claims from a new startup – ReDigi – that it plans to launch a marketplace where you can legally sell your pre-owned digital music.The ReDigi Marketplace will be a contemporary used record store of sorts, the company says, where customers can bring in their old, unwanted records and CDs for trade-in and then buy used music at a discounted price. Except in this case, of course, those unwanted records are digital music files, and the transfer of ownership is a lot more complicated than simply handing over an old CD for a couple of bucks.Buying and Selling Used MP3s – Is It Legally or Technically Possible?ReDigi claims it’s meeting a customer demand – the desire to get rid of old music you no longer want. “The typical listener regularly uses only about 20 percent of the music in their libraries. The balance represents a lot of money and disk space being tied up on their computers and mobile devices,” says John Ossenmacher, ReDigi’s CEO. “With the legal issues involved in the selling and sharing of digital music, people have been stuck with their unwanted tunes, or forced to delete them in order to free space. ReDigi is the answer to that problem.”ReDigi says it has come up with a technological solution to this problem, although it hasn’t released details of exactly how this transfer will work. It also claims that it’s “figured out what could be done to legally ensure that consumers regain the freedom to manage their own personal music collections.” Details are scarce there too.Ownership of Digital Content – Is It Different Than the Physical Version?Digital music files were once viewed by the record industry as illegal in and of themselves. An MP3 was presumed to be ripped and stolen from a CD. Although you can now easily purchase MP3s (and/or music in a DRM-restricted format), the rights you are granted as a customer are quite different than those when you buy a physical copy of an album. When you download an MP3 from Amazon, for example, the terms of service say that “upon your payment of our fees for Digital Content, we grant you a non-exclusive, non-transferable right to use the Digital Content for your personal, non-commercial, entertainment use, subject to and in accordance with the Terms of Use.” You are free to sell your physical copy of a record, in other words. That’s legal. But you cannot transfer your rights to an MP3 to another person.According to a story in Hypebot, ReDigi says it will give record labels and artists a share of sales. And while these groups have never had a share of the used record business, I am still skeptical that this is enough to win the record industry’s support. The Future for Used (Digital) Music, Used (Digital) BooksEven if a music startup is a bad idea and a marketplace for used MP3s a suspicious one, this project is fascinating nonetheless. Are physical copies different than digital copies of content or not? The challenges that, I predict, ReDigi will face will likely be yet another demonstration of how the rules that apply to physical media – namely the ownership, transfer of ownership, and lending rights – often only apply to digital media when those rules benefit publishers and record labels. You can only lend a copy of an e-book to one person at a time, for example – just like a printed copy. You can only lend an e-book 26 times – quite unlike the shelf-life of a printed copy. You can sell a CD you don’t want to another person, but you cannot sell MP3s you don’t want. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

U.S. Senate Blocks House Plan to Exempt NIH From Shutdown

first_imgThe top Democrat in the U.S. Senate has blocked a House of Representatives plan to restore current funding levels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through 15 December, saying House Republicans shouldn’t be allowed to pick and choose which federal agencies they’d like to reopen.“We are also not going to choose between veterans [and] cancer research,” said Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate majority leader, before using a procedural move this afternoon to essentially kill the House NIH measure.Nearly three-quarters of NIH’s staff are now off the job as a result of the U.S. government shutdown that began on 1 October. 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In response, the Republican leaders of the House of Representatives offered a series of bills that would temporarily reopen NIH and several other popular agencies, including the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution. Senate Democrats, however, rejected that approach, saying Republicans should pass a bill restoring funding for the entire government, not just bits and pieces.The rhetorical dueling became fierce during last night’s House debate on the NIH bill, which passed 254 to 171, largely on party lines.“I rise in opposition to this cynical and, quite frankly, offensive NIH funding bill,” said Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). “[W]hile medical research is vitally important, it is also only one of the many vitally important things our government does. We also help to feed women and children who are living on the edge, and 9 million have been cut off from nutritional support. We also keep track of the spread of infectious diseases, and the Centers for Disease Control has been forced to halt those activities. … Where is the funding for all of these other important activities?”“I strongly support the NIH,” said Representative Fred Upton (R-MI). “We have folks waiting in the queue to participate in lifesaving clinical trials. They have every right to be furious with this body, but we can fix that by passing this bill so that they don’t have to wait. Come on. Let’s put policy over politics and do this, not for us but for them.”“The House floor is starting to feel like a new episode of The Hunger Games,” said Representative George Miller (D-CA). “Every day, the Republican leadership tries to find a new way to pit one desperate group of Americans against another. Today, because of the shutdown, Republicans are pitting kids with cancer against kids who are hungry. … I don’t buy their newfound concern about NIH funding, and the American people aren’t buying it either.”“There is no defensible argument against this legislation,” said Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC). “The government shutdown is preventing new patients from entering clinical trials. For those patients, it is a matter of life and death; it is not a matter of politics.”The debate came hours after conservative media targeted the Senate’s Reid for supposedly suggesting he didn’t care about kids with cancer, prompting extensive pushback from other media outlets.Once the House bill reached the Senate, however, it was put in procedural limbo by Democrats, who are pushing the House to pass legislation that would temporarily extend current funding levels for the entire government while lawmakers negotiate a longer-term solution.See more of our shutdown coverage here.last_img read more