Magical Messi Scores Hat-trick against PSV, Inter Extends Spurs’ Misery

first_imgLionel Messi’s pre-tournament quest to win the UEFA Champions League again this season began on a promising note last night after leading host, FC Barcelona to 4-0 win against PSV Eindhoven with the captain having three of the goals to his credit.The win pushed the former European champions into momentary lead of the ‘Group of Death’ following Inter Milan’s late 2-1 comeback win over Tottenham Hotspurs at the San Siro Stadium.It was an early kick-off in both group matches that saw Messi scoring from trade mark free kick long before other teams on match day-one could even name their squad for their games. Messi would have his second and third before the end, but the game was up by then thanks to a superb strike from the excellent Ousmane Dembele.Only when Barca were three ahead was Samuel Umtiti sent off for a second yellow card, and with 10 men, Messi completed his hat-trick for a 4-0 win.Dembele’s goal was worthy of deciding any match but this was Messi’s night. After a miserable World Cup trying to retrieve the irretrievable Argentina, Barcelona’s now-captain proved his quality again to any doubters that are left.Four goals already in La Liga, seven overall, neither age nor Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Spain appear to have taken the edge off him.But even if Messi remains as good as ever, his team will need others to step up. Philippe Coutinho was impressive here and, after a difficult debut campaign, Dembele is finding his rhythm.The 21-year-old’s driving run earned Messi his free-kick while a sizzling shot brought the goal his bustling display deserved.Perhaps more importantly, this victory was a clean slate for Barcelona.It was exactly 23 weeks ago that Roma pulled off one of the greatest comebacks ever seen in this competition and sent the club into a depth of disappointment that, in truth, not even winning the double could alleviate.Instead, Madrid rubbed salt into the wound by making it look easy and winning their third in a row. “It is a thorn in our side,” Luis Suarez said. “It’s time to win the Champions League,” said Messi.In the other group match, Tottenham’s campaign started with defeat as goals from Matias Vecino and a Mauro Icardi stunner gave Inter a 2-1 win.Spurs had taken a second half lead through a deflected Christian Eriksen strike, but on their return to European football’s top competition after six years away, the Italian side took all three points at the death.After a goalless first half, Spurs took the lead eight minutes into the second half through Eriksen, who sent a deflected effort over Handanovic after his first effort from the edge of the box was pushed away by the goalkeeper.The English Premiership side had two good attempts to double the lead but wasted the opportunities to give the home team some respites deep into the second half when Mauro Icardi scored Inter Milan’s first Champions League goal in 2,381 days since their last match against Marseille by Diego Milito in March, 2012!Uruguayan midfielder, Vecino scored the winner late in the added time and send Spurs to a third consecutive defeat after two defeats in the domestic league.RESULTSBrugge 0-1 DortmundMonaco 1-2 AtleticoBarcelona 4-0 PSVInter 2-1 SpursZvezda 0-0 NapoliLiverpool 3-2 PSGGalatasaray 3-0 LokomotivSchalke 1-1 PortoTONIGHT’S FIXTURESShaktar v Hoffenheim (5:55pm)Ajax v AEK Athens (5:55pm)R’Madrid v Roma (8:00pm)Young Boys v Man Utd (8:00pm)Man City v Lyon (8:00pm)Benfica v B’ Munich (8:00pm)Vicktoria Plzen v CSKA (8:00pm)Valencia v Juventus (8:00pm)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

NORTH MINISTER CONFIRMS CANCER UNIT ON TIME FOR DONEGAL PATIENTS

first_imgTHE North’s health minister’s representatives have met with Donegal cancer care campaigners to assure them that the Northwest Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagevin is scheduled to be completed on time.Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest, CCC(NW), said it very pleased to meet recently with a health official from the Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety, NI, to discuss progress regarding the North West Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin, (NWRU).Edwin Poots, Minister for Health and Donegal-born William Hay, Speaker for the Assembly facilitated this meeting. CCC(NW) says it has been assured that since Minister Poots approved the Project on 23 May 2011, the timetable for completion and operation of the Radiotherapy Unit remains on track.  In summary:•     The Radiotherapy Unit Manager has been appointed and is in post;•     Outline Business Case 1 (OBC1) has been approved.  Preliminary enabling works design has already commenced on some of the peripheral areas adjacent to and within the Altnagelvin Tower Block by the existing tower block design team.  This work will ensure the minimum amount of time is expended in the commencement of the main scheme;•     Outline Business Case 2, (OBC2) is nearing completion and it is envisaged that it will go to the Department of Finance & Personnel for final approval by summer/autumn; •     Intensive work continues at all levels of the project, particularly in the project team and subgroups, to progress preparations with regard to the site enabling works and the planning of the new unit.  When the appointment of the design team has been confirmed, work will commence immediately on the radiotherapy unit design;•     It is envisaged that the construction of the radiotherapy unit will commence in autumn 2013 with completion by 2015.  Following a period of commissioning, the unit is planned to be fully operational by mid 2016;•     The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), The Department of Health and Children (DoHC) and Letterkenny General Hospital (LGH) continue to fully engage with their Northern Ireland counterparts to realise this Project.  The DoHC, the NCCP and LGH/HSE are represented on the Project Board and Project sub-committees.Said Noelle Duddy, Spokesperson, CCC(NW):“Over the years we have developed very good working relationships with management from LGH and the Western Health & Social Care Trust (WHSCT) at Altnagelvin.“We believe that the central ethos for this unit must be one of social inclusion, equal access according to clinical need and true cross border collaboration based on LGH, Altnagelvin and both Health Boards working to develop each other’s strengths. “Both Hospitals and Health Boards must have ownership of these services so that a comprehensive, fluent, seamless cancer/radiotherapy service is provided for all cancer patients in the North West Region.  CCC(NW) remains confident that staff from both Letterkenny and Altnagelvin Hospitals continues to work together, in collaboration to develop a world class radiotherapy service in the NW for cancer patients.“Let us remind ourselves why we need a Radiotherapy Unit in the North West Region.  One in three people are expected to receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime one in four will die from cancer.  50 – 60% of cancer treatments involve radiotherapy.  Treatment requires the patient to attend a radiotherapy unit, usually daily, Monday – Friday for several weeks, often travelling distressing hundreds of miles for treatment, and coping with an added financial burden.  Depending on treatment prescription, treatment varies from days to weeks.  Breast and prostate cancer treatments may last between 4 and 7 weeks.  Each actual treatment session lasts for several minutes.”Ms Duddy went on: “As it stands, Donegal and its environs do not have a large enough population to safely sustain a radiotherapy unit and neither do the WHSCT. However, as a region, the North West’s population exceeds 500,000 and by joining together the populations on either side of the Border, the ‘critical mass’ required to safely provide a radiotherapy service can be achieved.“As a region, the North West is co-dependent on both jurisdictions accepting responsibility to provide its people with a Radiotherapy Unit.  The NW is currently the only region on this island without reasonable access to radiotherapy services. “When it is operational the majority of cancer patients in Donegal/NW requiring radiotherapy will be able to receive their treatment near to home, families and friends.  Patients who currently have to refuse treatment because they are unable to travel to Dublin, Galway or Belfast, will be able to accept and avail of treatment.  The NWRU is a very successful good news story for this region and the services it will provide will do nothing short of strengthening and enhancing cancer services for patients in Donegal/NW.“CCC(NW) very much welcomed in Minister Poots May statement recognition that ‘the location of the new centre in the Northwest also provides the opportunity for genuine, sustainable and meaningful cross-border co-operation and that it has the potential to deliver real mutual benefits to both jurisdictions’.  We also welcome the approval of the ‘North – South Feasibility Study’ by both Departments of Health and we welcome the Joint Committee on Health and Children and the NI Assembly’s Health Committee meeting in Leinster House to discuss ‘Cross Border Co-operation on Healthcare’ in March this year.”“At a local level we were assured by Mr Sean Murphy, General Manager, LGH and Mr John Hayes, Local Health Manager, HSE West, during a meeting with CCC(NW) held in March that they envisaged a strong and positive future working with colleagues from across the border.  CCC(NW) believe increased North-South co-operation in healthcare is a win, win situation for everyone: for the patient, healthcare provider and tax payer on either side of the border.”NORTH MINISTER CONFIRMS CANCER UNIT ON TIME FOR DONEGAL PATIENTS was last modified: June 4th, 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:NORTH MINISTER CONFIRMS CANCER UNIT ON TIME FOR DONEGAL PATIENTSlast_img read more

Help for farmers in overgrazed areas

first_img16 September 2013 The government has unveiled an Animal and Veld Management Programme to provide support for farmers working in parts of South Africa that have historically suffered from overgrazing. The programme, launched by Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti in Msinga village in KwaZulu-Natal last week, will also help with soil rehabilitation, spatial decongestion and re-greening of the environment. It is one of a number of initiatives aimed at reversing the legacy of the 1913 Natives’ Land Act, which led to the congestion of the majority of black people into 13% of the land, resulting in overcrowding and overgrazing in communal areas. Farmers in communal areas who have shown potential will be given the opportunity of moving into state-owned farms to grow their skills and expand their operations. Speaking on behalf of the Gunjana livestock farmers during the launch, Mkakeni Mchunu from Msinga village welcomed the introduction of the programme in their village. “We have livestock but not enough grazing land,” Mchunu said. “We appreciate not only the opportunity to access more land, but also the training and skills development in order to enhance our farming operations.” The Animal and Veld Management Programme will reach the country’s 24 poorest district municipality areas. Msinga has been identified as one of the areas that has been most affected by soil erosion. Twenty-seven young people from Msinga have received training in disaster management and have been deployed to help rehabilitate the 42.5 hectares of land where community members keep their livestock. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

CONGRATULATIONS BEN AND KYLIE

first_imgCongratulations to Aussie Mens Open representative Ben Robinson and also Sharks Womens Open representative Kylie Glasson who married last weekend in a surprise/private ceremony. The couple, pictures and location looked beautiful and we wish them all the best as they start their new life as Ben and Kylie Robinson. Congratulations guys!last_img

25 days agoSouthampton ​manager Hasenhuttl plans Cedric talks after late withdrawal

first_imgSouthampton ​manager Hasenhuttl plans Cedric talks after late withdrawalby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl admits that he is not sure why Cedric Soares pulled out of their game against Tottenham at the last minute.The right back is a key member of the Saints lineup.Jannik Vestergaard came into the team near kick off, with Cedric reportedly suffering an injury.However, Hasenhuttl has called into question that version of events with his post-match comments.He said to reporters: “It wasn’t the perfect start to the game. “You prepare for the game and then half an hour before he says he can’t train. “I don’t know what happened. It wasn’t the best preparation for the game. I haven’t spoken to him now but I will.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Michigan’s Blake O’Neill Boots 80-Yard Punt vs. Michigan State

first_imgMichigan players down a 80 yard punt by Blake O'Neil.michigan 80 yard puntMichigan’s offense didn’t have much success against Michigan State on its first drive, but the Wolverines were still able to pin the Spartans deep in their own territory after the possession. Why? Punter Blake O’Neill somehow booted an 80-yard punt to flip the field. Check this out:What does an 80-yard punt look like? @umichfootball punter Blake O’Neill show you! Brought to you by @GrubHub. http://t.co/5AJvoTqXKp— Michigan on BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 17, 2015Michigan and Michigan State are scoreless near the end of the first quarter.last_img read more

Privacy commissioner it should be easier to remove deindex online information

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal privacy commissioner says Canadians need better tools to protect their online reputation, including the right to ask search engines to de-index or remove inaccurate, incomplete or outdated information.The Office of the Privacy Commissioner says its proposals have some similarities to the Right to Be Forgotten rules in Europe but that existing Canadian law already contains protections for online reputation.For instance, a federal privacy law covering the private sector currently provides for both de-indexing — which removes links but leaves content on a database — and the removal of content from the internet through source takedown.The report says Canadians should be permitted to easily delete information they’ve posted about themselves on social media and have the right to challenge information that’s illegal, inaccurate, incomplete or out-of-date.Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien is also recommending that Parliament undertake a study of the issue, so that elected officials confirm that Canada has the right balance between privacy and freedom of information.last_img read more

A media giant in the balance ATT antitrust trial kicks off

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – On Monday, AT&T squares off against the federal government in a trial that could shape how you get — and how much you pay for — streaming TV and movies.AT&T says it needs to gobble up Time Warner if it’s to have a chance against the likes of Amazon, Netflix and Google in the rapidly evolving world of video entertainment.The Justice Department’s antitrust lawyers say that if AT&T and Time Warner are allowed to combine, consumers will end up paying more to watch their favourite shows, whether on a TV screen, smartphone or tablet.“On one hand, the government is saying this is the Old World and AT&T Time Warner is saying this is the New World,” said Larry Downes, senior industry and innovation fellow at Georgetown University. “They’re arguing completely different views of how the content industries look right now, let alone in the future.”In October 2016, AT&T offered to buy Time Warner for $86 billion. Dallas-based AT&T Inc. provides wireless, broadband and DirecTV satellite services via phone and TV. New York-headquartered Time Warner owns the HBO, TNT, TBS and CNN networks and sports programing including Major League Baseball’s playoffs and the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament.The government sued to block the deal this past November.___AT&T’S CASEAlmost 60 per cent of Americans still get TV primarily from traditional cable services, according to a Pew Research Center report. But that is starkly divided by age. About 61 per cent of people aged 18 to 29 primarily use streaming services — compared with 10 per cent of people aged 50 to 64.AT&T says the merger is necessary to compete as more people use streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and others. It denies the government’s assertion that the merger will limit choice and lead to higher prices for consumers.“Blocking the transaction would deny consumers these benefits and shield large, vertically integrated firms such as Comcast/NBCU, Netflix, Google, Amazon, and Facebook from new competition on their own turf,” the company wrote in its pre-trial brief.___THE GOVERNMENT’S CASEThe government brushes off the argument that the proposed purchase is about offering consumers more choice. Instead, it says, the deal will lead to less competition and innovation while bringing higher prices for consumers, as AT&T could withhold Time Warner programming from other distributors or offer it more cheaply only on its own network.The Justice Department is similarly dismissive of the notion that the mega-merger could promote competition to big internet players such as Google and Netflix, noting that most people still watch TV via traditional cable boxes.___THE OUTCOME“The real fundamental thing this trial will decide is how much room does the media industry have to use scale to combat the internet giants that are eating their lunch right now,” said B. Riley FBR analyst Barton Crockett.If the judge blocks the deal, a chill over media deal-making is likely. Big internet players like Amazon or Google could decide to keep building up their own content offerings rather than growing them by acquisitions.But if the court lets the deal go through, it could easily spur a wave of similar deals as other distributors — think major cable, satellite and phone companies — bulk up with entertainment purchases in order to compete against rivals born on the internet.A middle-ground compromise is also possible if AT&T loses this round. The company could agree to sell off some businesses or comply with other restrictions in order to win approval for the merger.last_img read more

ADF Group reports 72million loss in latest financial year revenue up

first_imgTERREBONE, Que. – ADF Group Inc. lost $7.2 million in its latest financial year compared with a profit in its previous year as it was hit by one-time tax charges at its U.S. operations.The company, which manufactures large complex steel structures, says the loss amounted to 22 cents per diluted share for the financial year ended Jan. 31 compared with a profit of $1.5 million or a nickel per share in the previous year.ADF noted that if it not been for the change to the U.S. federal tax rates and the write-off of deferred income tax assets, it would have earned $2.0 million or six cents per diluted share for the year.Revenue increased to $180.5 million compared with $102.8 million.At Jan. 31, the company’s order backlog totalled $85.5 million, compared with $194.5 million a year earlier.Last month, ADF temporarily laid off 50 employees after three unsuccessful bids for major projects in the United States.Companies in this story: (TSX:DRX)last_img read more

The Latest France detains 1220 after antigovt protests

first_imgPARIS — The Latest on the unrest in France (all times local):10 a.m.France’s Interior Ministry says 1,220 people were taken into custody around France during the latest yellow vest protests — a roundup the scale of which the country hasn’t seen in years.Police frisked protesters Saturday at train stations around the country, confiscating everything from heavy metal petanque balls to tennis rackets — anything that could remotely be used as a weapon.The Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum reopened Sunday after closing amid Saturday’s rioting. Shops assessed looting damage Sunday and cleared out broken glass, after shutting down on Saturday at the height of the holiday shopping season.Fierce winds and rain pummeled Paris overnight, complicating the effort to clean up Sunday. Used tear gas canister lids lay scattered on the cobblestones of the Champs-Elysees.In the melee Saturday, protesters had ripped off the plywood protecting Parisian store windows and threw flares and other projectiles. French riot police repeatedly repelled them with tear gas and water cannon.___8 a.m.Paris monuments reopened, cleanup workers cleared debris and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again Sunday, a day after running battles between yellow-vested protesters and riot police left 71 injured and caused widespread damage to the French capital.The man who unleashed the anger, President Emmanuel Macron, broke his silence to tweet his appreciation for the police overnight, but pressure mounted on him to propose new solutions to calm the anger dividing France.The number of injured in Paris and nationwide was down Saturday from protest riots a week ago, and most of the capital remained untouched, but the violence in neighbourhoods popular with tourists is tarnishing the country’s image.Exceptional police deployment failed to deter determined protesters, and some 125,000 took to the streets Saturday around France with a bevy of ever-expanding demands related to the country’s high living costs.Police and protesters also clashed in other French cities, notably Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux, and in neighbouring Belgium. Some protesters took aim at the French border with Italy. Some 135 people were injured nationwide, including the 71 in Paris.Saturday’s protests were a direct blow to Macron, who made a stunning decision last week to abandon the fuel tax rise that initially prompted the protest movement a month ago. His turnaround damaged his credibility with climate defenders and foreign investors — yet did nothing to cool tempers of the “gilets jaunes,” the nickname for the crowds wearing the fluorescent yellow vests that all French motorists must keep in the cars.The disparate movement now has other demands, from taxing the rich to raising the minimum wage and Macron’s resignation.The Associated Presslast_img read more