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2 days agoReal Madrid coach Zidane hails Benzema leadership

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane hails Benzema leadershipby Carlos Volcano2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has hailed the leadership Karim Benzema is showing this season.The French striker shone in victory at Champions League opponents Galatasaray last night.On Benzema’s performance, Zidane said: “The leadership role of Benzema? It comes naturally to him. “He knows he’s a captain and he takes it naturally. We are all in the same boat and everyone has to contribute in their own way. “Karim does it in his way of playing and giving instructions.” last_img read more

Nebraska’s AD Is ‘Working’ To Make A Popular Change To Nebraska’s Schedule

first_imgQuarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game.LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)For a while now, Nebraska football has played games on the Friday after Thanksgiving. During the program’s time in the Big 12, Oklahoma and Colorado were the standard match-ups for the Huskers. In the Big Ten, Iowa has become the annual rivalry game for that date.The Big Ten was set to undo that in the next few years, however. The 2020-2021 Thanksgiving week games are scheduled against Minnesota. They were originally scheduled to be played on Saturday.Meanwhile, Iowa is now playing Wisconsin that weekend during those two games. However, both schools clearly want to return to playing each other on “Black Friday.”Recently, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said he spoke to his Nebraska counterpart Bill Moos about the issue. Both sides seemed interested in pushing the Big Ten to get the schedule back to the way it has been.“We were at a meeting at the time, and at one of the meetings, he just pulled me aside and asked where I stood and where [football coach] Kirk [Ferentz] stood,” Barta, Iowa’s athletic director, recalled after the first day of the Big Ten’s spring meetings wrapped up early Monday evening.“And we said we always like, and still like, that Friday matchup. We love playing Nebraska in that series.“So who knows? No updates. It isn’t done, but it’s something that Kirk and I remain interested in.”Now, Bill Moos has made a big announcement about the 2020 and 2021 Nebraska football schedules.Those two Minnesota games are being moved up to Friday. From there, Moos hopes to get Iowa back as an annual Black Friday game.Bill Moos confirms that #Huskers’ two games against Minnesota on the last week of the season in 2020 and 2021 will be on Friday. Then working for it to be Iowa indefinitely, “long after I’m gone.”— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) May 22, 2018That may not be all that changes for the Big Ten. Earlier this week, Moos hinted at a large change to help the Big Ten guarantee a spot in the College Football Playoff.It is unclear to what he is referring. However, the prevailing theory is a move back to an eight-game league schedule.The Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12 have all missed at least one College Football Playoff. All play nine-game conference schedules.The ACC and SEC are four-for-four in making the playoff, with the SEC getting five teams in the field in four years. Those leagues play eight conference games each.last_img read more

Michigan DC Interviewing For Head Coaching Job

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh reacts on the sidelines.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh reacts on the sidelines while playing the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan won the game 32-23. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)In 2018, Michigan boasted one of the best defenses in the entire country thanks in part to defensive coordinator Don Brown. Now, it looks as though Brown’s could be on the verge of landing a head coaching job.According to’s Marc Narducci, Brown is being interviewed for the Temple Owls head coaching job – along with “8-10 other candidates.”The news comes on the heels of a report that Texas A&M DC Mike Elko – a Temple target – would be returning to the Aggies next year.Source: Mike Elko will return to Texas A&M as defensive coordinator.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 12, 2018Brown has previous head coaching experience, having coached Plymouth State, Northeastern, and UMass. He recorded a 95-45 record as a head coach at those three stops.In 2006, Brown led UMass to the 1-AA (now FCS) national championship game, where they lost to Appalachian State.Brown took over the Michigan DC position in 2016, following the departure of D.J. Durkin. Prior to being hired by Jim Harbaugh, Brown served as DC of Boston College from 2013 to 2015.Last year, Brown reportedly turned down an offer to take over as Mississippi State’s DC.last_img read more

NHT to Upgrade 49 Schemes

first_img The National Housing Trust (NHT) is to undertake infrastructure upgrading at 49 housing schemes across the island at a cost of more than $2.5 billion. He said that work will start on 16 schemes in seven parishes, at a cost of approximately $813 million, before the end of the current fiscal year on March 31. Story Highlights This was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 19). The National Housing Trust (NHT) is to undertake infrastructure upgrading at 49 housing schemes across the island at a cost of more than $2.5 billion.This was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his contribution to the 2019/20 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 19).He said that work will start on 16 schemes in seven parishes, at a cost of approximately $813 million, before the end of the current fiscal year on March 31.The agency will embark on an additional 33 projects at a cost of $1.7 billion, beginning in 2019/20.The projects to start this fiscal year are Lower Works ($28 million) and Jerusalem ($23 million), St. Elizabeth; Culloden ($60 million) and Bethel Town ($50 million), Westmoreland; Farm Heights ($40 million) and Pitfour ($60 million), St. James; Seville Housing Scheme ($60 million), St. Ann; Bariffe Hall ($46 million) and Gayle ($47 million), St. Mary; Woodstock ($60 million) and Anchovy ($39 million), Portland; and Avalon Court Phase II, Grants Pen, Cooreville (Apartments), Duhaney Park (Hemingway and Sherlock Crescent), and Brook Valley Housing Scheme in Kingston and St. Andrew, where $60 million each will be spent.Those slated to commence in 2019/20 are Orange River, St. Mary, where $15 million will be spent; Bushy Park and Ashley Hall, Clarendon, where $60 million each will be expended; Cedar Grove ($26 million) and Chudleigh ($60 million), Manchester; Moneague Housing Scheme ($49 million) and Mount Edgecombe ($17 million), St. Ann; Orchard, Westmoreland – $18 million; Esher Housing Scheme, St. Elizabeth – $60 million; Hague ($60 million) and Vanziland ($44 million), Trelawny; and Yallahs Housing Scheme and Red Hills Pen, St. Thomas – $60 million each.Thirteen developments in St. Catherine are earmarked for upgrading at a cost of $60 million each.They are Southboro, Riverside Park, Cumberland, Portsmouth, New Works, Cromarty Grove, Hellshire Park, Westchester, Hamilton Gardens, Ebony Vale, Charliemont, Lime Tree Grove, and Church Pen.Work will also commence on five schemes in Kingston and St. Andrew.They are Mountain View, $30 million; and Delacree Park Housing Scheme, Beverly Gardens, Brown’s Town/Victoria Avenue, and Grants Pen, where $60 million will be spent in each case.Mr. Holness noted that the upgrading project, which commenced in 2017 and targeted selected housing schemes, including those built by the Ministry of Housing prior to 1986, is focused on five priority areas.These are disaster mitigation works, inclusive of river training, sewerage, water, roadways and curbs, among other infrastructure.The Prime Minister advised that the NHT has partnered with other Government agencies, including the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and Municipal Corporations, National Works Agency, and National Water Commission, “to make these projects a reality”.“This Administration is committed to ensuring that Jamaicans live in decent communities, and encourages persons to take greater responsibility for their environment,” Mr. Holness emphasised.last_img read more

Tribunal continues to hear how feds allegedly spied on Cindy Blackstock

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has been accused of violating the privacy of First Nation child welfare advocate Cindy Blackstock.The alleged incidents of spying began after Blackstock filed a human rights complaint against the feds claiming they underfund child welfare.Both parties have been battling it out at the Canadian human rights tribunal this week in Ottawa.APTN’s Annette Francis has an overview of the last three days.last_img

School District 60 Schools close and no bus service during BC Winter

first_imgStudents are being encouraged to participate and support the games through competition, volunteering and spectating.To view the post; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School has posted to its website, School District 60 is a partner group to the BC Winter Games and its facilities will be closed during the games.Thursday, February 20, 2020, and Friday, February 21, 2020, the District is participating as a partner group in support of the games. The post shares, this is a substantial community initiative.For the two days, Thursday and Friday there will be no regular instruction at any school sites or bus service.last_img read more

With polls coming Gurugram police cracks down on drugs illegal liquor

first_imgGurugram: Gurugram police are cracking down on drug mafia and illegal liquor cartels as the election nears. According to law enforcement officials, the mafia involving in this form of illegal trade becomes active as they can make big profits during this time. The millennium city is apparently witnessing a rise in the illegal trade of marijuana with the police have seized 60 kgs of the banned substance worth around Rs 80 lakh in March. “We have registered 19 FIRs linked to the trade and transportation of contraband. Of this, 17 are linked to marijuana export”, said a senior police official from Gurugram police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe law and order challenge posed by drug mafia posed in Haryana can be gauged from the fact that in 2017 over 2,000 criminals involved in the crime of drug trafficking were arrested. Being the richest district of the state the drug mafia along with illegal liquor trade is now posing a major law and order challenge to law enforcement officials. On Tuesday there were seven drug traffickers that were arrested. In one of the incident, a person was arrested with 35 kgs of the sulpha drug. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsNot only are the officials from Gurugram police but now even the special task force (STF) has become involved in curbing the drug mafia in the city. According to sources most of the big criminal gangs that are operating in the city are now shifting their focus from illegal land deals, extortion to transportation and supply of drugs. While Synthetic drugs like Ganja, Sulfa are in high demand other forms like charas, Opium and heroin are also gaining popularity. In the recent arrest made by Gurugram police, seven people have been arrested for trafficking methadone drug that is believed to be the new addition.last_img read more

Video Moroccan Man Prevents Elected Official From Using Car After 6

Rabat – A video posted on social media on Saturday shows a man in Morocco preventing an elected official from using his government car after 6:00 pm.The video, which was posted less than two hours ago and has been shared by several thousand people.The man is hear saying “it is past 6 pm, you have no right to use the care.” Some passerby tried to calm him down and allow the elected official to use his car, but the unidentified man stayed put, and kept saying “you have no right to use this car.” The incident comes amid a heated debate over the lifetime pensions Moroccan Ministers and members of the parliament earn once they serve their terms as elected officials.In line with the law regulating the use of government cars, elected officials are not allowed to use the vehicle provided by the government beyond working hours from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.However, this rule is seldom respected by some elected officials, many of whom use government vehicles for their personal use beyond business and working hours. read more

Charged with Rebellion Ousted Catalonia Leader Flees to Belgium

Rabat – Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s ousted president, has fled to Belgium along with other members of his dissolved cabinet after treasonous charges were laid against them in Spain.On Monday, October 30, Spain’s attorney-general filed charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds against Puigdemont and five of his ministers.Following the announcement of legal proceedings to be taken against the region’s dismissed president, international media reported this Monday that Catalonia’s president and five of his ministers had driven to Marseille, France, before flying to Brussels. Paul Bakert, a Belgian lawyer acting for Puigdemont told Reuters that the sacked president will seek asylum in Belgium.“I can affirm that Carles Puigdemont has appointed me as his legal representative, and that he is currently in Belgium,” the lawyer told Reuters in a phone conversation. However, Bakert did not confirm whether he was working with Puigdemont on an asylum claim.Puidgemont’s escape sparked a new round of speculations about the possibility of setting up a government while in exile.On Monday, Marta Pascal, a spokeswoman for Puigdemont’s Catalan Democratic Party told local media that “we had presidents in this country who were not able to be here during Franco’s time but were still heading the Catalan government,” referring to Josep Tradellas, a former Catalan leader.Tardellas lived in exile in Paris after Francisco Franco, a Spanish general who ruled over Spain as a military dictator, dissolved Catalonia’s autonomy for resisting his rule in 1932. read more

Graduate students have a new space to congregate

It’s a room with a view to even greater things for graduate student culture.The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) invites the Brock University community to an open house on Thursday, April 28, from noon until 2 p.m. to showcase their new lounge space in Mackenzie Chown C Block (C301).The GSA recently completed renovations to the former seminar room next to the GSA office, giving it new life as a lounge available to the approximately 1,700 graduate students at Brock.Aidan Smyth, who completes his term as GSA president at the end of April, was very pleased to be the “closer” on the project.“A lot of credit goes to past GSA executives who kept the conversation alive to make the case for additional space to meet the needs of graduate students at Brock,” he says. “Our hope is that this space will be used extensively for social gatherings, both formal and informal. This space has the potential to develop graduate student culture, increase the visibility of graduate students on campus, and ultimately enhance the experience and reputation of graduate studies at Brock.”The renovations included painted walls, new floor, sink, cupboards, and new furniture.Mike Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, agrees with Smyth about the importance of increasing designated space for graduate students.“I know from my own graduate student experience the value that comes from having a dedicated space to go to every day,” he says. “We want to build a home base for our graduate students that’s welcoming — a place they can call their own and where they will build friendships and peer support that make a big difference in their lives as developing researchers and scholars.” read more

Tressel seeking 100th win at OSU

Jim Tressel (99-21) will be going for his 100th win as head football coach at Ohio State as the No. 2 Buckeyes (5-0, 1-0) take on Indiana (3-1, 0-1) Saturday in Ohio Stadium. What does the potential accomplishment mean to Tressel?    “I guess I’m getting old,” Tressel said. “If you stick around long enough, you’re going to get some of those milestones.” Despite Tressel’s downplay, the win would be historic. Tressel would join Woody Hayes (205) and John Cooper (111) as the only coaches to top the 100 mark in wins as OSU head coaches. More noteworthy is how quickly Tressel might reach the plateau. “Woody got it his 144th game, Cooper his 138th game, and if Jim gets it Saturday, it will be his 121st game. That’s really something,” OSU football historian Jack Park said. Tressel has a chance of achieving another record. “If Ohio State wins every game the rest of the year and wins its postseason game, (Tressel) will have the highest winning percentage of any coach in the history of the Big Ten Conference that has coached in the conference at least 10 years,” Park said. Tressel’s success at OSU should come as no surprise considering what he accomplished at Youngstown State from 1986-2000. Tressel compiled a 135-57-2 record and won four national titles. “A lot of the things they are doing at Ohio State now are things they were doing at Youngstown State,” said Steve Helwagen, managing editor. “It’s just the Tressel form. It’s been amazing the success he’s had.” read more

Danica Deckard dominating for Ohio State field hockey

Senior forward Danica Deckard is athletically explosive on the field. “Her first three steps will eliminate most defenders,” said women’s field hockey coach Anne Wilkinson. Deckard has led the Ohio State field hockey team’s offensive attack in previous years, and her senior campaign is shaping up to be her best campaign yet. Last season, Deckard earned second team All-Big Ten honors and led the Buckeyes in goals, netting 11 scores in 20 games. In the nine games she has played this season, Deckard has already amassed 10 goals. “She’s really very strong, a tough player to play against and she’s a goal scorer. She loves to find the back of the net and if there is a will there is a way for her,” Wilkinson said. Deckard does not take any credit when she talks about her wealth of goals, though. “Yeah, the goals are going in, but it’s easy when you have the people around you that are getting you the ball in the right place and the right time,” Deckard said. Wilkinson recruited Deckard out of Selinsgrove Area High School in Selinsgrove, Pa., and has seen her advance in her OSU career. She said Deckard’s strength and dynamic play stands out. “Her physicality, she is just really very strong,” Wilkinson said. “She gets a good clean reception on it, she’ll take off on you.” During their first four games, OSU totaled four goals and Deckard was the lone source of offense, scoring all four unassisted. After the 2-2 start, Deckard was reunited with fellow senior forward Berta Queralt who returned from time with the Spanish U-21 national team. “It’s been four years, we know a lot about each other, where we are going to move. It’s great to have one of your classmates that is also on your line,” Queralt said. Queralt has assisted Deckard on two of her 10 goals and Deckard has assisted Queralt on two of her six goals. Deckard’s collegiate success extends beyond the field. She is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Deckard’s ultimate goals for this year are the same as they’ve been most years, but the senior is not looking too far into the future. “Our goal is always to win the Big Ten outright and then go to NCAAs,” she said, “but we’re really just taking one game at a time and trying to win each game.” read more

Women requesting caesareans meet judgemental attitudes barriers and disrespect

Women at three quarters of maternity units are being denied the right to choose a Caesarean birth, research suggests.Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) state women who ask for a caesarean should be offered one if, after support and discussion with a doctor, they feel it is best for them.But a report by childbirth charity Birthrights found that only 26 per cent of trusts were abiding by the guidelines and many women faced delays and difficulties in requesting a caesarean on non-medical grounds.Experts raised concerns that women who had previously undergone traumatic births would be unable to access the care they need.The charity said it feared that women who may have been through sexual assault or were vulnerable due to language barriers, mental health problems or learning difficulties were being forced to undergo unsafe vaginal births. Many women who requested a caesarean were told to go elsewhere.Rebecca Schiller, chief executive of Birthrights, said: “It is clear that women requesting caesarean sections meet judgemental attitudes, barriers and disrespect more often than they find compassion and support.”We are concerned that this lack of respect for patient dignity could have profound negative consequences for the emotional and physical safety for women.” “This information should reflect the individual woman’s current and previous medical, obstetric and psychological history.”A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “It is vital that women feel informed and supported in making safe choices around childbirth and we expect doctors and other NHS staff to work closely with mums-to-be to make sure they are given the right options where appropriate.”Have you ever been turned down for a  caesarean? We want to share our readers’ stories to show the different experiences that parents have had in this area.  We want to hear your story, how it impacted your birthing experience and what advice you have for other parents going through it.   You can share your story by sending an email to We aim to use these stories to create an article, so please let us know if you would prefer to remain anonymous.    Overall, the charity’s research found hat 47 per cent of trusts had inconsistent or confusing policies on offering caesareans on request.It found 28 per cent of women requesting a caesarean did so because they had an underlying health problem, such as pelvic pain, that did not meet the medical threshold for requiring a caesarean. Prof Baskaran Thilaganathan, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: “I don’t think there is any circumstance under which, if you feel a woman has been informed, understands her choices and chooses to, that you could deny her the right to that.”Gill Walton, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives said: “Women must be given the information to explore their views and feelings about Caesarean birth, to enable them to come to an informed decision about their preferred type of birth. She had another haemorrhage and her baby went to neo-natal intensive care. “She had to have rescue breaths and my other half saw her come out purple,” she said. “She got taken one way and I got taken to theatre. It was horrific.”Ms Tidman said the consultant she had met had not listened to her concerns.”He was just going on the fact of ‘this is your second birth, there’s no reason why it should happen again’. But he didn’t look into why we were anxious about it.”The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, where Ms Tidman gave birth, said it practised evidence-based care with respect to Caesarean sections.”If a woman requests a Caesarean section when there is no clinical indication, we follow the guidelines… but only after thorough exploration of all the issues,” a spokesman said. She said some pregnant women were denied the procedure on cost grounds.It costs about £700 more to have a Caesarean, compared with a vaginal delivery.”Some women say they have had cost quoted at them – ‘You can’t have a Caesarean because it will cost too much,’ the trust might be fined, that the clinical commissioning groups themselves won’t fund those requests – but there doesn’t seem to be one reason,” she said.Lucie Tidman, 32, said she was refused a Caesarean despite pleading for one for the birth of he second child.When she gave birth to her first child, six years ago, she had a serious haemorrhage and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).During her second pregnancy, she asked for a Caesarean, to avoid any more trauma, but was told it was not possible. Women must be given the information to explore their views and feelings about Caesarean birth, to enable them to come to an informed decisionGill Walton, Royal College of Midwives We are concerned this lack of respect for patient dignity could have profound negative consequencesRebecca Schiller, Birthrights Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

More than US1M being spent on filaria campaign this yearLawrence

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyanese express worry over contracting filaria as prevention programme wraps upNovember 10, 2018In “Health”Citizens urged to help eradicate ‘big foot’August 23, 2016In “Health”MP calls for changes in filaria tablet distribution in schoolsOctober 20, 2017In “Health” Filaria pill distribution process ongoingIn an effort to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease filaria, the Government through the Public Health Ministry will be spending over US $1M in pills and sensitization procedures this year.This was related by the Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence during an interview recently.Although the Minister was unable to say specifically how much money is being spent on the Mass Drug Administration (MDA), which is currently being rolled out in four different administrative Regions she noted that the Ministry will invest all it has to, to protect its citizens.At the launch of the MDA programme earlier this month, Senior Health Officer, Quincy Jones disclosed that each year about US $1M is spent on the distribution process.Lawrence said, “This year we’re on that push to ensure that we can eradicate filaria from Guyana. It’s a big project for the Ministry of Public Health we believe that we can do it and we have invested more money with the help of our partners PAHO/WHO (Pan American World Health Organization/World Health Organization)”.It was on the same breath that the subject Minister sought to explain how the additional money is being spent. According to her, “We have had quite a lot of educational pieces, educating people so that persons wouldn’t get caught up with the rumors and people (who are) just saying things without evidence”.The Member of Parliament reported that so far the MDA programme, which officially began two Mondays ago, has been successful as locals are more interested in taking the pills to prevent the dreaded disease from affecting their lymphatic glands, such as the legs, breasts and even genitals to swell.The Minister said although some are excited to take the pills, others are more concerned with the side effects. Due to this, she noted that more information will be provided for locals on the side effects, which are mild, as well as the benefit of consuming the tablets.The four regions benefitting from the free pills, albendazole and diethylcarbamazine citrate (DEC) are Regions; Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); Four (Demerara-Mahaica); Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) as these were found to be the most affected Regions during in a survey conducted by the Ministry a few years ago.The number of tablets will vary as per age, and is not to be given to pregnant women and children below the ages of two years old. It is said that a persons require five annual doses of the pills before they become immune to the mosquito borne disease.Although these pills are being distributed in those regions, a Senior Health Officer had assured that the Ministry has not forgotten about the other regions.“Whilst we enjoy the success of the past year and buckle down to the challenges of this year to continually roll out the MDA program within these four regions that is currently undertaking, I urge the members of the public and the media to know that the other Regions…are not forgotten,” the officer pointed out.Persons are being urged by the Ministry to take the pills as it will prevent the spread of lymphatic filaria which has no signs during the first 10 years in the life of an infected person.It was disclosed during the launch of the MDA programme that epidemiology coverage has improved from 45.7 per cent in 2015, to 54.42 in 2016 as only two Regions received the pills back in 2015 and in 2016, the government was able to extend the pill distribution areas to four in 2018. read more

Nicaraguan police beat journalists protesting at office raid

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNicaragua frees protesters after international outcryOctober 16, 2018In “latest news”REGIONALLY: Baby killed amid Nicaragua protestsJune 24, 2018In “latest news”Nicaraguan activists sentenced to more than 200 yearsFebruary 19, 2019In “Crime” Nicaraguan police are reported to have kicked and beaten several journalists who were protesting against raids on their offices.The journalists were outside a police station in the capital Managua, complaining that raids on the offices of a news website were illegal.Witnesses said riot police armed with batons dispersed them with force. Nicaragua has been rocked by months of protests against President Daniel Ortega.The anti-government protests were declared illegal by Ortega in September following five months of often violent clashes in which hundreds of people were killed. He accuses protesters of planning a coup against his Sandinista party government.In Saturday’s confrontation, a witness quoted by Reuters said at least seven journalists from international and national media were grabbed and kicked by police.They included Carlos Fernando Chamorro, who runs the news website Confidencial. He accused the police of acting without any justification.Prominent journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, second right, was among those driven away by police during the protest (AFP)Chamorro is the son of former Nicaraguan President Violeta Barrios de Chamorro who led an anti-Sandinista coalition in 1990 to defeat Mr Ortega in elections.Police called the journalists “coup plotters” and chased them, threatening to confiscate their equipment, witnesses said.“Three officers beat me. They kicked me in the leg trying to knock me down,” said Néstor Arce, a journalist at Confidencial.The protest came days after police raided and ransacked the offices of Confidencial, seizing computers.At the time, Mr Chamorro accused the police of behaving like criminals. He said the website would continue to denounce “the abuses of the regime”. Nicaraguan police have so far not commented on Saturday’s alleged assault on the journalists. read more

600th WIN FOR BARCA IN ASOBAL Pascuals guys ready for Paris

← Previous Story HUNGARY: Pick Szeged 9 of 9! Next Story → ALGERIA: Draw for African Championship 2014 Barcelona PSGFC Barcelona handballhandballhandball Barcelona FC Barcelona celebrate their 600th victory in ASOBAL over Anaitasuna 34:23! Team of Xavi Pascual have no problem in Spanish league this year with the rivals, which are going home with 10 or more minus in their nets. This was warm-up for the clash with Paris Saint Germain at the EHF Champions League next weekend.34 – Barcelona (16+18): Sterbik (Saric, m.31 a 60); Saubich (2), Gurbindo (3), Noddesbo (7), Sarmiento (1), Karabatic (7, 2p.), Ariño (1), siete inicial, Lazarov (4), Morros (-), Sorhaindo (2), Raúl Entrerríos (-), Stranovsky (2), Balaguer (4) y Kasal (1).23 – Anaitasuna (10+13): Sánchez Capón (Santana, m.31 a 60); Etxebarria (2), Borragán (-), Martínez (2), Meoki (2), Bernatonis (1), Goñi (3), siete inicial, Gastón (-), Bazán (1), Montávez (3,1p.), Reig (1), Chocarro (3, 2p.) e Iker Antonio (5). read more

This is what a bolt of lightning did to a house in

first_img(Image: Neil Proven/ reader)A HOUSE IN Tipperary was badly damaged today when it was hit by a bolt of lightning.The incident happened at around lunchtime near the village of Ardfinnan.Neil Proven, the home owner, told that he was in the house at the time when he heard a “loud bang from upstairs and then tiles started falling from the roof”.The lightning also made holes in the concrete wall and sockets inside the home were blown out of the walls.“It was unexpected because there was no rain at the time, only overcast skies,” he added.(Image: Neil Proven/ reader)Lightning Bolt in Cork Pic of the Day>Read: 6 natural phenomena that will probably terrify you>last_img read more

Green New Deal forum planned for Friday

first_imgThe Green New Deal is coming to Vancouver for a town hall forum featuring community leaders discussing why action is needed to counter climate change.The event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Columbia Room at Vancouver Community Library, 901 C. St.The event is being organized by the Sunrise Movement, a group of youth activists that formed to stop climate change. Sunrise gained national prominence last November by organizing a sit-in at then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Washington, D.C., office.Organizers say Friday’s town hall is one of more than 250 similar events taking place across the nation this spring as part of the national Road to a Green New Deal Tour.Speakers at Friday’s event include:• Linda Garcia, an activist from Vancouver’s Fruit Valley neighborhood who received the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize for her work opposing a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.• Don Orange, a small-business owner elected to the Port of Vancouver board of commissioners in 2017, with his opposition to the oil terminal serving as a cornerstone of his campaign.last_img read more

Gambias Afro Manding Artist Starts European Tour

first_imgWith MUHAMMED S. BAHWelcome to another edition of Arts and Culture, the Column that seeks to promote Arts, Music and Culture in the Gambia. In this edition of the Column, we will feature ‘Bala’ Ranks, one of the Gambia’s finest Afromanding artist on his European Tour.The artist’s European tour is organised by his label ‘Mansa Jali’ Movement and ‘Stand Tall’ Promotions. He will stage shows in Germany, Italy and Austria. ‘Balla’ also known as the ‘Evil Hunter’, will record his next afro-manding reggae album.“I give thanks to the Almighty Allah for the blessing. I have arrived safely in Germany and the tour is on! I look forward to seeing you all in my coming events. More love and blessings to all,” he told Foroyaa.‘Bala’ who is known for his afro manding beats, is pushing his music to a higher level by working with international producers and promoters around the world.Marshal Telisman, Bala Ranks manager, urged Gambians to come out in their large numbers and do their bookings and support Gambian music. “We want to reach out to a wider audience and collaborate with different music gurus within Europe, by spreading positivity and entertain the people through (the language of) music,” Marshal said.‘Bala’ Ranks is currently in Hamburg City where he will stage a performance on the 19th of July 2019.About Bala RanksBorn on 26th July 1980, Musa Kuyateh popularly known as ‘Bala Ranks’ is a Gambian Afro-manding reggae artist. He was born in a family of griots known as ‘Jali’. There are several singers and players of musical instruments such as the ‘kora’ and ‘balafon’ within his family. His father was a renowned ‘kora’ player and his mother was a singer.At the age of 11, young Musa began to learn how to play the ‘kora’, but his father encouraged him to start learning the Quran at a local Arabic School. After completing his studies, he taught himself how to play ‘kora’ because his father was too old to teach him anything.In 2002, Musa moved to Banjul and opened a carpentry workshop with his brothers. In 2005, he released two singles entitled: ‘Am Not a Fool’, and ‘Work Hard’. The songs became a hit and he started growing a fan base.In 2006, he released two more singles titled: ‘Allah Muta’, ‘Voice of The Children’, and two video clips namely ‘Am Not a Fool’ and ‘Allah Muta’.In 2008, he was part of thirty young Gambian artists who were selected to be part of a music competition called Gamcel Chart Busters, and became the first runner-up.In 2009, he released two hit singles called ‘Amako’ and ‘Badinyaa’. The songs became a national success and earned him a household name in the country’s music industry. In 2011, Musa released his debut album titled ‘E-Mira’. The album featured nine tracks such as ‘Allah Muta’, ‘Amakoyi’, ‘Badinyaa’, ‘Kafunyo’, ‘Kanay Dankong’ and others.In 2014, he released a second ten-track album titled ‘My Home Land’.last_img read more

Villareal boss reflects on painful defeat

first_imgUnder-pressure Villarreal Coach Javi Calleja believes Sunday’s late defeat to Alaves was contentious because of a dubious foul.Javi Calleja’s men are fighting the drop after securing only nine points from ten league games to date this season one place ahead of La Liga’s relegation zone.“It hurts to lose when the points escape you at the end, it is painful” Calleja admitted to reporters after the game, as cited by Football Espana.Guiseppe Rossi, Villarreal, ItalyReport: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…“We thought we were on course for a good result and we have lost it, now we have to turn the page and refocus ahead of our game in the Copa del Rey.“We were focused entering this game and we knew it would be a matter of details against a rival who can do a lot of damage from set pieces, and in the end, the tie came down to a dubious foul.“We need to keep working and re-find the intensity we showed against Atletico Madrid and Rapid Vienna.”last_img read more