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Refereeing blunders in the spotlight as title race and relegation battle march on

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first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouThere were no significant changes in either the championship race or the relegation battle as four of the weekend games ended in draws and the two that had a winner were of no relevance.  However there was one big loser from the weekend games and that was Cyprus refereeing.In the Limassol derby between Apollon and AEL the ref wrongly disallowed a goal for each side, and gave away a soft (to say the least) penalty leaving both sides feeling hard done by.Apollon were by far the better team over the ninety minutes and if they had kept their cool in front of goal they could have wrapped up the game before the break. They needed sixty three minutes to break the deadlock when Lopez finally succeeded in beating AEL keeper Fagrouch from just inside the box.AEL were a shadow of the team that has topped the league for such a long time. Their usually impregnable defence was all over the place while their forward line was unable to break through their opponents rearguard.They needed a highly dubious penalty decision fifteen minutes from time to salvage a point. They could have won it though if the referee had not disallowed what appeared to be a perfectly good goal a couple of minutes from time. This would have been rough justice for Apollon who themselves had a perfectly good goal disallowed earlier on in the game.In Nicosia, Omonia and APOEL fought another goalless draw in a game where chances were few and far between. Apart from the first half hour where APOEL were dominant and had carved out a few openings the rest of the game was poor.The only other point worth mentioning was the ref’s decision not to award APOEL a penalty in the 75th minute. It was not so much his decision not to award the penalty, when Manduca was clearly fouled in the penalty area, but the explanation he gave that caused an uproar. Ref Nicolaides, who had an otherwise good game, essentially claimed that ‘he played the advantage’.In the final group A game Ermis Aradippou defeated Anorthosis by 2-1 with Tagbanjumi getting both goals for Ermis.Despite taking an early lead through Thuram, Aris were left to rue a number of missed chances as Ethnikos Achnas managed to equalise five minutes from time.AEK Kouklion’s slim hopes of survival were kept alive even though they could only draw against Doxa Katokopias. Doxa though will be the happier of the two as they maintained the two point distance from the relegation zone.Nea Salamina defeated AEK Larnaca and increased their lead at the top of group B to six points.last_img read more

Andy Murray’s China Open run meets brave end in quarterfinals

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first_imgAndy Murray of Britain reacts while competing against Dominic Thiem of Austria in their quarterfinal match in the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Andy Murray went down fighting in the China Open quarter-finals on Friday as the former world number one lost 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) to top seed Dominic Thiem.The 32-year-old Briton, battling to get back to a semblance of his best following career-saving hip surgery in January, was defeated in just under two hours after threatening an unlikely, late comeback.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LATEST STORIES Murray, who says that he now has no pain in his hip, looked down and out as Thiem served for the match.But he does not know how to quit and broke Thiem to make it 5-5 in the second set, then went up 6-5, before Thiem forced the tie break. He carried that momentum to victory.The 26-year-old Thiem plays Karen Khachanov in the last four after the Russian fourth seed defeated Fabio Fognini of Italy in three sets.ADVERTISEMENT A third match in four days in the Chinese capital proved a step too far for Murray, who looked exhausted after a three-set victory on Wednesday against Cameron Norrie.Murray, a three-time Grand Slam winner, had the Beijing crowd firmly behind him against the Austrian Thiem, ranked fifth in the world to his opponent’s 503rd.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4But Murray lost his first service game to go behind from the outset, putting himself under pressure immediately.At times there were shades of the Murray that topped the world rankings in 2016, but the second set started in the same way as the first, the Briton having his serve broken. UAAP commissioner: Imperfect officiating can’t justify Perasol’s outburstcenter_img LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing downlast_img read more

We must work to remove the fear, mistrust, hate and envy (Part 2)

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first_imgDear Editor,Like rational human beings, we all want the best for ourselves, our families, our organisation, our groups; but we need to recognise and to accept that while we have a right to ‘the good life’; so too do the other people nearby and next door. We need also to respect their rights and their cultural diversity. All of us must be involved. We must see ourselves as agents of change.Thus the government has an important role in facilitating and accommodating the PPP’s involvement for we too have a continual important role as a Change Agent and an experienced one at that. Approximately 204,000 Guyanese voters by their votes at the 2015 Elections, affirmed this even as they also affirmed their confidence and trust in the PPP/C and we must never lose sight of that fact.Let’s start in the home: Parents/guardians can make a difference by setting the right example. Installing hate-free values in your children and spending quality time with them. They learn not only by seeing and observing what we do but by also listening to what we say.The arrogance, disrespect and hostility displayed by many of our youths towards adults; the racial slurs hurled by many could only be a representation of the learned behaviour they would have inculcated in their homes, schools, work places and communities, and sadly enough, adults to whom they look often for guidance would have been the teachers.At school through Family Life Education among others, we must help children develop the capacity to live in peace and harmony with and to love and respect each other’s culture and religious values; to show racial tolerance; to deal with emotions; to handle peer pressure and to make their own decisions.Family Life Education must focus on character education: attitudes, behaviour, moral values, etc providing our children with the capacity to live in peace and harmony and to show love and respect for each other. Talk of Social Cohesion…empty!The role of the Church must go beyond the singing of hymns and praying, important though they be. The Church’s role must be redefined to include influencing thinking and positive behavioural change; and also being good examples to their congregation.Many are they who are very vociferous on the pulpit and portray characteristics that must be similar to that possessed and displayed by some of Jesus’ disciples. Albeit, off the pulpit the antagonist and questionable attributes they portray must have been similar to that displayed by Judas Iscariot: Not good examples of laudable human behaviour.Many are overtly hostile to the People’s Progressive Party and its supporters as if the Almighty had delegated the task of passing judgement to them.My friends, we may never have a society free of ethnic suspicions and tensions but we must make special efforts to achieve this. Integral to the desired behaviour changes we seek is the work of the political parties among the people of Guyana.We must all be carrying the same message intended to benefit all and not some; for the task before us is to govern our multiethnic Nation. In this regard there is a very important role for the People’s Progressive Party.After all, the PPP has always been in the forefront of every effort to bring improvement to the quality of the lives of Guyanese.Let APNU+AFC be reminded that almost 50% of the Guyanese voters indicated by their votes on May 11, 2015, that they have confidence in the PPP’s ability to deliver further improvements in the lives of Guyanese. Presently, that figure would have moved closer to 55% or more.Collectively we must work to remove the fear, hate, envy and mistrust that stalk this dear land of ours, or talk of change is merely what it has been thus far: mere empty talk devoid of any intent to deliver but intended to keep some people’s hopes and expectations alive.Respectfully,Norman Whittakerlast_img read more

Qatar ‘will not host W Cup’

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first_img0Shares0000BERLIN, September 22- Qatar will not host the World Cup in 2022, according to Theo Zwanziger, the German member on the executive committee of world football’s governing body FIFA.“I think that at the end of the day the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar,” Zwanziger said in an interview with Sport Bild Plus. The former head of the German football federation (DFB) cited high summer temperatures as the reason Qatar would lose the right to host football’s global showpiece.“As Mr Zwanziger himself says, it’s his personal opinion,” a FIFA spokesman responded to AFP subsidiary SID when asked about the German’s statement.Zwanziger said: “Doctors say, and I had insisted on this point in the protocol, that they cannot guarantee that a World Cup can be held in summer in these conditions.”While Qatar has reportedly developed stadium cooling systems, Zwanziger said “the World Cup involves not only stadiums. There are fans coming from the four corners of the world who will be concerned by the heat”.“The first incident putting a life in danger will be subject to an investigation. And that, nobody in the FIFA Executive Committee would want to reply to.”But in an interview with Die Welt newspaper, Hassan al-Thawadi, secretary-general of the Qatar 2022 organising committee, declared himself “sure that the 2022 World Cup would take place in Qatar”.“No, I’m not worried,” he said. “Firstly because there’s no basis to lose the World Cup.“And secondly because it’s the first World Cup in the Middle East.“When people think of this region, it’s rather in terms of conflict. The World Cup will be an occasion to unite peoples. It will leave a positive heritage.”Controversy has plagued FIFA’s awarding of the World Cup to Qatar in 2010, with summer temperatures in the Gulf emirate reaching the upper-40s Celsius.The idea of switching the World Cup to cooler winter months does not sit comfortably with all officials of Europe’s big leagues. Gas-rich Qatar has also come under the spotlight over foreign workers’ rights as well as accusations that corruption played a part in winning the right to host the World Cup.Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper has alleged that former Qatari football boss Mohamed Bin Hammam paid more than $5 million (3.7m euros) to gain support for the emirate ahead of the vote.Qatar has strongly denied the allegations.FIFA’s ethic committee is to announce in early 2015 the results of its investigation into the attribution of not only the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, but also the 2018 edition to Russia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Peace Region could see up to 25 cm of snow by Friday

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first_imgThe snowfall will come in two pulses. The first pulse will move into the region tonight with snowfall spreading into the region from south to north. 5 to 15 cm expected by Thursday afternoon with the highest amounts expected near the Rockies.Temperatures will warm Thursday afternoon likely resulting in the snow changing partially to rain.However the rain will change back to snow early Thursday evening as the second pulse moves into the region. The snow will intensify Thursday evening and continue all night long. Snowfall amounts could possibly exceed 10 cm except at the northern reaches of this system where the area near Sikanni Chief can expect closer to 5 cm.By Friday morning, snowfall through the region are expected to range from 15 to 25 cm, with the higher amounts likely near the Rockies.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The spring storm expected to hit the region Thursday could now produce up to 25 cm of snow by Friday.That’s according to a special weather statement issued late Wednesday night.  Environment Canada says the snowfall will come in two waves starting overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.  The first wave could produce from 5 to 15 cm of snow with the snowfall starting in the South Peace and moving to the North.  Areas closest to the Rocky Mountains could see the highest amounts.As the temperature increases through the day on Thursday, the snow will turn to rain before turning back to snow on Thursday evening.  The second wave of could exceed more than 10 cm in northern parts of Peace River North.- Advertisement -See the full warning below.Issued at 2017-04-13 05:26 UTC by Environment Canada:Special weather statement continued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:A significant spring snowfall is possible for the BC Peace and portions of Highway 97 near Wonowon and to a lesser extent, Sikanni Chief.Advertisementlast_img read more

$100,000 bequests making difference AVC Foundation, Grace agency aided

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first_imgLANCASTER – Bequests of $100,000 were presented Thursday to the Antelope Valley College Foundation and Grace Resource Center from the estate of Helen Babcock, a longtime resident who admired the work of both institutions. For the college foundation, the donation actually means it will receive $200,000. Babcock’s donation will be matched dollar for dollar by a federal grant for an endowment for the college. “This will be helping students for years to come,” said Bridget Razo, executive director of the college Institutional Advancement and Foundation Office. “This money will be working for students in perpetuity.” For Grace Resource Center, which provides aid for the homeless, the donation is the single largest in the organization’s 16-year history. The gift will provide the organization with something it’s never had before – a cash reserve, said Steve Baker, the center’s director. “This is a silent gift, but it means so much to us,” Baker said. “I hope people will be moved by this to include us in their estate planning.” For the college, the donation ties in with a $3.5 million, five-year federal grant the college received last year. That grant is providing the matching funds for the endowment. The Title V award was one of 33 presented nationally by the federal Department of Education to benefit institutions of higher learning whose enrollment is at least 25 percent Latino, half of whom are from low-income families. Although the grant is based on minority populations, the money is used to benefit all AVC students, said Christos Valiotis, a physics instructor who serves as grant coordinator. Efforts being conducted with the help of the grant funding include help broadening access to the college through community outreach and helping students stay in school and continue on to four-year colleges and universities, Valiotis said. The grant is also assisting with partnerships AVC has with California State University, Bakersfield, and CSU Fresno to address shortages in the teaching and engineering professions, Valiotis said. — Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743james.skeen@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We’ve never had a cushion before,” Baker said. “It takes a huge load off me.” Babcock and her husband, Roy, moved to the Antelope Valley in the early 1950s. She had worked at a Sears store before retiring, while Roy, who died 10 years ago, had been a longtime employee of Northrop Grumman. Babcock had donated to both causes before, including $10,000 given three years ago to the college. Babcock had a high regard for nursing and wanted to contribute more to the college and to its nursing program, said her friends Robert and Judy Lavens. She thought of Grace as “light in the community,” the couple said. The organization feeds 8,000 people a month and provides job and life skills for the needy. The center is hoping to start a culinary arts class later this year. last_img read more

SINN FEIN SLAM MINISTER MCGINLEY’S REFUSAL TO GIVE GUARANTEE ON UDARAS’ FUTURE

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first_imgSinn Féin TD for Donegal South West Pearse Doherty has hit out at Fine Gael’s refusal to guarantee that Údaras na Gaeltachta will retain it’s enterprise functions as recommended in the 20 Year Strategy for the Irish Language.After sustained questioning in the Dáil from Deputy Doherty, Minister Dinny McGinley refused to confirm whether or not these functions would be retained.Speaking from Leinster House Deputy Doherty said he was shocked that Minister McGinley  could not give him a guarantee on Udaras na Gaeltachta’s future enterprise role. “On average 1,000 new jobs are created in the Gaeltacht each year, contributing €1.5 billion to the local economy. Údaras na Gaeltachta plays a vital role in this creation of jobs.“The proposed Gaeltacht Bill which is currently being drafted will give affect to the new Údaras na Gaeilge agus Gaeltachta structure which will replace Údaras na Gaeltachta.“After sustained questioning from myself in the Dáil today, Minister for the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley, in a clear breach of the 20 Year Strategy refused to confirm whether or not enterprise functions for the Gaeltacht will be retained with this new body.“I am extremely disappointed that Minister McGinley will not confirm that Údaras will retain their enterprise and job creation functions. “The removal of these functions, if this is the case, will come as a crushing blow to the Gaeltacht which is already under pressure from funding cuts and high unemployment.“After news yesterday that the Irish Speakers Scheme is to be scrapped is this another example of Fine Gael’s attitude to the Gaeltacht and the Irish language?“I would ask the Minister to state clearly and unequivocally – will the enterprise and job creation functions of Údaras na Gaeltachta be retained?”ENDSSINN FEIN SLAM MINISTER MCGINLEY’S REFUSAL TO GIVE GUARANTEE ON UDARAS’ FUTURE was last modified: April 14th, 2011 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:Fine GaelSinn FeinÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

Economic indicators are up and down

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first_imgNEW YORK – A pair of indicators offered a mixed picture of the economy Monday as growth slowed among U.S. manufacturers while commercial construction showed surprising resilience. Hurt by weaker auto sales and a slumping housing market, the manufacturing sector expanded in September at the slowest pace in more than a year, a trade group said. A big gain in commercial construction spending, however, was enough to offset a decline in home building in August, the Commerce Department said. Construction spending edged up 0.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.20 trillion, the best showing in five months. The dreary manufacturing report had a stronger effect on markets Monday than the rosier construction data: the dollar fell, Treasury bonds rallied, and stocks slipped after nearing all-time highs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The reports are two of many that the Federal Reserve will look at to gauge whether the economy is slowing too fast – a decision it must make Oct. 25, when it meets to either raise interest rates, lower them or leave them unchanged. The Institute for Supply Management, based in Tempe, Ariz., said its manufacturing index registered 52.9 in September, below August’s reading of 54.5 and the lowest reading since May 2005, when the index hit 51.4. Analysts had predicted a reading of 53.5. The September figure represented the 40th consecutive month of growth. A reading of 50 or more indicates expansion, while below 50 shows contraction. It’s only a matter of months before manufacturers start reporting a contraction, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com. “The good news is there is still growth, and pricing pressures are easing,” Zandi said. “The bad news is growth is slowing, it will slow more, and it’s leading to cuts in jobs.” The reason is threefold, he said: decreasing home construction, slashed auto production, and less need to build up inventories. Automakers General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group are cutting back production – leading auto suppliers Timken Co., Visteon Corp., BorgWarner Inc. and Lear Corp. to lower their outlooks. The auto industry accounts for about 10 percent of the nation’s manufacturing, Meckstroth said. The ISM’s employment index dropped to 49.4 in September from 54.0 in August. The prices paid index fell to 61.0 in September from 73.0 as commodity prices took a tumble. The new orders index stayed the same at 54.2, but the backlog of orders index fell to 46.5 in September from 51.5. Meanwhile, the housing market has been leveling off. The Commerce Department’s report Monday said spending on private home construction dropped 1.5 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted rate of $617 billion.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Everything you need to know ahead of Aberdeen v Celtic

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first_imgSTV Sport’s resident statto Thom Watt took a look at the number and figures behind the rivalry between Aberdeen and Celtic. Who will be a League Cup final hero? And who will be the villain?This is the first time since 2000 that the two clubs will have met in the final of this competition and we have the statistics on how the match will unfold.Sunday’s winning coach will greatly enhance their reputation with victory at Hampden and STV Sport’s Scott McClymont takes a look at what this match means to both McInnes and Rodgers.There was a time not so long ago that winning the League Cup was a managerial curse, but will that prove to be the case this time around?The last time Aberdeen and Celtic met each other in a League Cup final Geri Halliwell was number one and Kevin Spacey was about to win an Oscar for American Beauty.So how many of the players who featured in that match in 2000 can you name? McInnes expressed his belief before the final that his Aberdeen team are closer to Celtic than they are widely given credit for.Celtic head into the game as clear leaders at the top of the Scottish Premiership after enjoying an impressive start to the season under Rodgers, but Rodgers has warned not to write off his team.Rodgers says his managerial career will not be defined by trophies as he attempts to land his first piece of silverware as a coach.But whether he defines his career in such a way or not, losing his first cup final as Celtic manager to Aberdeen would be considered a blot on his copybook. Can he avoid that? It might have come a little earlier than usual, but the first cup final of the season is upon us, with Aberdeen and Celtic facing off at Hampden for the Scottish League Cup.There is a lot on the line for both clubs, with build up over the past week befitting of a cup final between the country’s best two clubs over the past couple of seasons.Derek McInnes is looking to lead the Dons to their second piece of silverware in three years, with Brendan Rodgers hoping to get his hands on his first major trophy as a manager.Here is your ultimate guide to the 2016/17 Scottish League Cup final between Aberdeen and Celtic.last_img read more

Man Arrested For Stealing From Kimball Electronics

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first_imgA Jasper man was arrested on felony theft charges after allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from his employer Kimball Electronics.Police arrested 36-year-old Chad Farley, and he is being held without bond in the Dubois County Security Center.Farley’s arrest followed an investigation by Jasper Police, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, and Prosecutor’s Office. Jasper Police say all items Farley stole have been located and recovered.The alleged thefts occurred between July and December of last year.last_img read more