Atlético: the Champions League is in danger if LaLiga ends as it did a year ago

first_imgAtlético’s calendar for this season with respect to that of the last one has some similarities. Atlético will return to the competition against Athletic, at home, on matchday 28, the same in which he faced a year ago against the Basque team (fell 2-0) and later he will travel to Pamplona. On matchday 29 of last year, he played against Alavés (won 0-4). Just like last year, he has to visit the Camp Nou, where he was defeated. He receives Valladolid, whom he did an exercise 1-0. And in this campaign he ends with two games that can be key: Getafe and Real Sociedad, the first outside and the last in the Wanda Metropolitano.The great difference, and the great incentive of this exercise is that Atlético continues in the Champions League and is among the eight best clubs in Europe. The Madrid team eliminated Liverpool and aspire to be in the final of the European tournament in Istanbul. But first of all, he must secure that fourth place, which is the great headache for Simeone and his footballers. Football begins its countdown to start training and gradually return to normal activity. And Atlético needs to prepare thoroughly for its great challenge: finish the season in the top four. Something that has been complicating Atlético day after day. Atlético is sixth, with 45 points, one less than Getafe, fifth, and Real Sociedad, fourth. And two less than Seville, who has 47 points. There are eleven days left and Atlético has to wipe a distance of two points. It seems within the reach of Simeone’s team but his numbers in the last season do not invite optimism. Atlético will have to improve a lot. Otherwise you may run into serious trouble going to the next Champions League.In the previous campaign, 2018-19 season, Atlético did not make a good end to the league year. Of the eleven final matches of LaLiga, the Cholo team lost three and tied two. He won 20 points out of 33 possible, thanks to his six wins and the two draws. Possibly this campaign will not be worth it to enter the Champions League if he adds the same number of points. Atletico, a year ago, lost to Athletic, Barcelona and Espanyorl. He tied in the last two days, against Sevilla and Levante. And he defeated Alavés, Girona, Celta, Eibar, Valencia and Valladolid. He scored 16 goals in favor and conceded 12.last_img read more

‘We could never pay you’ – Holness thanks athletes for building Brand Jamaica

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that the Government intends to develop a concept to represent the lasting legacy of Jamaica’s sporting heroes. He was speaking while saluting the Rio 2016 Olympians and Paralympians during Saturday night’s symbolic function in in their honour. The event, which was held at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night, was part of a three-day Heroes’ weekend celebration organised by the Ministry of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport. The colourful and entertaining evening saw a modest, but very vocal crowd in attendance. “Tonight belongs to the athletes. They made us gather as one people, with one mission in Half-Way Tree, as one people. They kept you on the edge of your couch, willing them on, thousands of miles away through your television, for them to win,” the prime minister said in his remarks. “You shared in the thrill of their victory. And yes, we were sad when they didn’t win, but we willed them on anyway because their victory is our victory,” added Holness to loud applause. “So don’t ask what we are giving to our athletes, which should never be questioned, because my answer is we haven’t done enough. SYMBOLIC “What we are doing here is just symbolic to show that we care about you, our athletes, because you bring pride to our nation. You make Jamaica’s name fly high in the world, and we could never pay you for what you have done in building Brand Jamaica,” the Prime Minister stressed. “So on behalf of a grateful nation, on behalf of all Jamaican people here and in the diaspora I stand here on this stage to say ‘thank you’.” He added: “I have directed the minister of sport, minister of tourism to develop a concept and come to the nation because the nation has to have participation in anything that we do to represent the legacy of our athletes.” There was a sizeable delegation of athletes in attendance, from sprint legend Usain Bolt, to Racers clubmate Yohan Blake, then Asafa Powell, who received the biggest cheers on the men side. On the female side, sprint superstars Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, and Veronica Campbell-Brown were given voracious cheers of approval. Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, whose ministry hosted the show, gave tributes to the Olympians, Paralympians, and national chess team, which also competed in Europe during the summer at the World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. FORERUNNERS Drawing on the popular Jamaican phrase ‘wi likkle but wi tallawah,’ Grange said, “Your success over the years continues to excite and astound the world. I must take this opportunity to once more acknowledge the forerunners who set the stage and built the foundation for those of you who are with us today. “The achievement of our athletes at the Rio Olympics and Paralympic Games is no small feat, and this in spite of our size and our population and limited financial resources,” Grange observed. Over 11,000 athletes competed at the Rio Games, with Jamaica’s 57 athletes finishing 16th of 209 countries and third in track and field behind the United States and Kenya. There were 36 first-time athletes on the team, which won six gold, three silver, and two bronze medals. Most of the nation’s representatives were given special awards. On behalf of Jamaica Olympic Association, Vishwanath Tolan, who served as chef de mission, commended “the performance of all the athletes who have sacrificed their time, money and efforts”, while thanking their coaches and officials. Shot putter Odayne Richards, who was co-captain of the Rio team, delivered the vote of thanks. “On behalf of the Olympic team, Olympians, I would like to say thank you. We really appreciate it and we look to 2017 for more exploits,” said Richards.last_img read more

Four Japan athletes booted from Asian Games in prostitution scandal

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Asian Games: Agatha Wong gives Philippines its 3rd bronze medal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “I would like to humbly apologize to the Japanese public, the JOC and everyone who supports basketball for this deplorable incident,” Japan basketball chief Yuko Mitsuya said in a statement.“We will decide on the appropriate punishment for the four players once we have heard all the facts. We need to work harder to make sure this kind of scandal does not happen again.”Japanese swimmer Naoya Tomita was expelled from the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, four years ago after being caught on video stealing a journalist’s camera.   /vvpADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Four Japanese basketball players have been sent home from the Asian Games in disgrace for allegedly paying prostitutes for sex, the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) said Monday.The players were spotted in a notorious red light district of Jakarta in their national jerseys last week, JOC officials told a press conference, saying the quartet had been ordered to leave immediately.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ News that Yuya Nagayoshi, Takuya Hashimoto, Takuma Sato, Keita Imamura had been booted out will come as a major embarrassment for Japan, who were forced to send a swimmer home from the last Asian Games in 2014 for stealing a journalist’s camera.“I just feel a sense of shame,” Japan’s chef de mission Yasuhiro Yamashita told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We deeply apologize and intend to give the athletes thorough guidance from now on.”The basketball players had dinner after leaving the Games village and are believed to have been solicited by touts on the street to go to a hotel with women, Yamashita added. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Asian Para Games: Gawilan bags 3rd gold, PH chess team racks up medals

first_imgErnie Gawilan added another gold to his medal haul as the Philippines continued to hike its medal tally in the second to the last day of 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.Gawilan, who was born without feet and left hand, captured his third gold medal, this time ruling men’s freestyle 400m S7 (6-7) on Friday with a time of 4:56.98, 35 seconds ahead of the second best competitor.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal PBA: NorthPort wins back to back, hands Meralco 6th straight loss Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img View comments MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The 27-year-old swimmer gave the country its first gold medal in the Asian Para Games history in the opening day of the continental meet.Meanwhile, the Philippine men’s chess team bagged two golds, a silver and four bronze medals in rapid chess.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSander Severino also took home his fourth gold medal after winning the men’s individual rapid P1 and the men’s team rapid P1 along with Jasper Rom and Henry Roger Lopez.Henry Roger Lopez settled for silver in the men’s individual rapid P1 while Rom ended up with the bronze in the same category. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arman Subaste (men’s individual rapid B2-B3); Francis Ching, Rodolfo Sarmiento and Cecilio Bilog (men’s team rapid chess B); and Redor Menandro, Subaste and Israel Peligro (men’s team rapid B2-B3) also won bronze medals.In cycling, Arthus Bucay came away with the gold medal in the men’s C5 4000M individual pursuit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Task Force Hands Over Prosecutorial Role to MOJ

first_imgThe Chairperson of the Special Presidential Task Force (SPTF) investigating the Global Witness (GW) alleged bribery report – The Deceiver – Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, Thursday, June 2, announced that the Force has handed the prosecutorial role over to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).Although the Force also has prosecutorial powers given to it by the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Ministry of Justice, however, is the government’s statutory arm that prosecutes cases in courts. The SPTF is a tripartite entity which includes the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs (MOS), the Ministry of Justice and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC).Speaking yesterday at the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Cllr. Koffa, who is also the Presidential Affairs Minister in the Office of President Sirleaf, disclosed that at least four persons (names not given) from one corporation have been indicted and that several indictments will be served to individuals, whose names, he also did not mention, by next week.He stated that even though being Chairman and still having “prosecutorial patent,” he was taking the backseat, allowing the MOJ to take the lead because active prosecution has begun of people linked to the GW Sable Mining report. Min. Koffa said that he and others will be in the background providing all the necessary pieces of evidence needed to successfully prosecute all persons who will be indicted.He added: “We went into this work and came out extremely impressed by the skills and competence of the investigators and members of the LACC and the lawyers at the MOJ. We are proud to be able to provide support.”Cllr. Koffa, who before accepting his ministerial post, was chairman of arguably the third largest opposition political party – Liberty Party – said that in the next few weeks, SPTF is going to assist the LACC and the MOJ in “compiling the mountain of evidence they have obtained in a fashion in which prosecutors will be able to present them to a jury” in court, in order to ensure a successful prosecution of all who will be indicted. During his response to questions from journalists, one of the concerns raised was the issue of whether he has the moral integrity to prosecute the case being a former convict in the United States. He has come under harsh criticism with people calling on him to step aside from theSPTF. However, others have urged him to not be distracted by those comments and that he should go ahead with his mandate.Responding to the issue of moral integrity, Cllr. Koffa said: “Everybody is entitled to their own opinions; I doubt if they are entitled to their own facts, so I suggest that people go and review the facts and then give their opinions and we will let the people judge.”Another concern he responded to was whether the British government will allow one of its corporations—Sable Mining— owned by its citizens, to be prosecuted by a Liberian court.Cllr. Koffa: “We are working with the British government to have an arrangement by which justice is served on those, including Sable Mining, who may have committed wrongful acts here in Liberia.” He clarified that their discussions with the British government were not yet concluded, and did not provide further details. Also speaking, Cllr. Frederick Cherue, two days into his ministerial role at the MOJ, thanked Cllr. Koffa “for the job done so far,” with the case. Although the Minister of Justice accepted the task of prosecuting, he, however, added: “We will rely on you and your people for the pieces of evidence you have, for all the materials that are available to you, both humans and materials.”The new Justice Minister said that while some people have commented that the process was a witch hunt, he strongly feels that a few in the society does not think so, and that the process is good for Liberia’s democracy. “Comments that are being made, negative or positive, are good for our democracy,” Cllr. Cherue, who was brief in his remarks, added. Responding to one question about him “being a very good friend” of one of the indictees – Cllr. Varney Sharman – who being Chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the Liberian Senate had to recuse himself of his role when his friend Cllr. Cherue had gone to the Senate for confirmation for his position as Justice Minister, stated: “I have integrity, which I have exhibited over the years in my career unless you have a reason to challenge that. In answering your question, I tell you when we get to that bridge, we will cross it.” BACKGROUNDThe Global Witness (GW) report alleged that over US$950,000 in bribes and other suspicious payments were made by UK mining firm Sable Mining through its Liberian lawyer Cllr Varney Sherman. The report, titled ‘The Deceiver,’ alleges that Cllr. Sherman, one of Liberia’s best-connected lawyers and current Chairman of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Unity Party, in an effort to secure the Wologizi iron ore concession in northern Liberia, paid bribes to senior officials to initially get Liberia’s concessions law changed. According to GW, Sherman then began distributing Sable’s money to some of Liberia’s most important government officials, some of whom have also been indicted. 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Grader collides with Train near Montney

first_imgThe collision happened near the 273 road on the 256 road.  The train wasn’t derailed but was heavily damaged and the grader received over $30,000 in damage.No one was injured in the collision and CN will now investigate the cause.- Advertisement –last_img

High-flying aircraft put on display

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – A record-setting unmanned flying wing tested at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center is enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. Part of a program that set altitude records for propeller aircraft, the solar-powered Pathfinder-Plus is now on display at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Virginia. The aircraft was flown at NASA Dryden in the 1990s. “It’s certainly a valuable artifact,” museum spokesman Peter Golkin said. “The Pathfinder-Plus represents great progress in solar power and in the ability to do research in high altitudes.” Built by Monrovia-based AeroVironment, the aircraft originally was used for a classified government program in the early 1980s that was aimed at developing a high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft for surveillance purposes. It originally was powered by batteries. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After that program was canceled, the aircraft was stored for 10 years before being brought back briefly in the early 1990s for use in developing a long-duration aircraft as part of a ballistic missile defense system. In the mid-1990s, the aircraft became part of a NASA Dryden-led effort to develop high-altitude, long-duration research aircraft. In September 1995, Pathfinder set an altitude record of 50,500 feet for solar-powered aircraft in a flight near Edwards and then set another record by flying to 71,500 feet in 1997 in a flight over the Hawaiian Islands. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743last_img read more

Inter Milan ready to sell Tottenham target

first_img Colombia and Inter Milan star Fredy Guarin Inter Milan are ready to sell Tottenham target Fredy Guarin as they attempt to raise funds for new signings.Guarin was linked with a move away from Inter in January, with Chelsea touted as the likely destination for the Colombia international.The Serie A side had been reluctant to sell back then, but now, according to Tuttosport, Inter are willing to cash in on Guarin.Tottenham are now the favourites to land the 28-year-old, who has been capped over 50 times by Colombia.However, Juventus are also thought to be keen on Guarin if their star midfielder Arturo Vidal leaves for Manchester United. 1last_img read more

Getty Museum sends artifacts to Italy as part of agreement

first_imgOne of the works was a highly prized vase attributed to the 5th century B.C. Greek painter Euphronios. The delivery was the first since Getty Director Michael Brand signed a deal with Rutelli last week to return 40 contested artifacts from the Getty’s Los Angeles collection that Italy says were looted from its territory. The Getty has always denied knowingly buying illegally obtained objects, and Italy’s deal with the museum includes no admission of guilt. It calls for all but one of the treasures to be transferred to Italy by year’s end. The last and most prized work, a 5th century B.C. statue of the goddess Aphrodite, will remain at the Getty until 2010. In exchange, Italy will lend the Los Angeles museum other artifacts for up to four years each. The agreement also provides for cultural cooperation, including research projects and joint exhibitions. The four objects returned Tuesday include a red-figured ceramic vase known as a kantharos, with masks of Dionysus and a satyr. The work, which is believed to date from 480 B.C., is attributed to the great painter Euphronios. Another Euphronios work, a large vase, was at the heart of Italy’s negotiations with Metropolitan Museum in New York over its disputed antiquities. In addition to the Euphronios, the other Getty artifacts include a fragment of a wall fresco from the 1st century B.C. depicting Hercules; an Etruscan terra cotta statue from the 5th century B.C.; and a vase depicting a garden scene dating from 350 B.C. and attributed to the potter Asteas. Former Getty curator Marion True is on trial in Rome accused of knowingly acquiring ancient treasures that Italy maintains were stolen or unearthed illegally and smuggled out of the country. True denies wrongdoing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Nicole Winfield THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ROME – Four prized artifacts from the J. Paul Getty Museum in California returned to Italy on Tuesday, the first of 40 works to be handed over by the Getty as a result of Italy’s efforts to recover antiquities it says were looted and sold to museums. Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli announced that the four works, which he said were insured for $427 million, would be distributed to Italian museums. last_img read more

Digging into earthquakes

first_img“For the very first time, scientists can hold the San Andreas Fault in their hands,” said Mark Zoback, a professor of earth sciences and geophysics at Stanford University. “It’s a new beginning for several different areas of earthquake research.” Researchers aren’t optimistic that the dark-gray chunks of rock will help them predict when the Big One is about to occur. But they will now know exactly what the fault is made of, which they hope will answer questions about the mechanics of earthquakes. Hundreds of scientists from around the world are expected to submit requests to study the samples, yet it will likely be years before they understand what the rocks have to say about the physics of earthquakes. “The ultimate goal is to understand how faults work,” Ellsworth said. The drilling occurred about 23 miles northeast of Paso Robles near the small town of Parkfield. The site was selected because it’s an especially active part of the San Andreas Fault that moves regularly but does not produce large earthquakes. There is no risk of the drilling itself causing a massive temblor. Researchers can already see from the samples that chunks of serpentine are embedded within them. Serpentine is a green mineral that scientists have long suspected might be one of the reasons why that stretch of the San Andreas Fault silently creeps. But it had never been proved that the substance was indeed in the fault. Scientists wonder if the serpentine – which is California’s official state rock – has been smoothing the way for huge tectonic plates to slide silently past one another. During the next phase of the project, scientists will create the world’s first underground earthquake observatory that is within an active fault. They will lower into it a number of seismic instruments that will await and observe dozens of small earthquakes and their aftershocks over the next 10 to 20 years. That phase of the project could help scientists determine whether earthquakes are predictable.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Why do earthquakes start? How do they stop? What is the fault made of? Scientists believe that by studying the new rock samples they’ll be able to come up with answers for some of the tough questions that have eluded them for years. “This for us is really the mother lode,” said William Ellsworth, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park. “They’re more precious than moon rocks and gold.” The samples, taken from 21/2 miles beneath the surface of the San Andreas Fault, are the first rocks ever to be obtained from deep within an actively moving fault zone responsible for some of the world’s most damaging earthquakes. The project, with a budget of about $25 million, has been 15 years in the making. After drilling close to the fault in 2004 and 2005, geologists worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week last summer to retrieve 135 feet of rock cores, each measuring four inches in diameter. The last of the samples was brought to the surface in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 7. The scientists unveiled the rock samples Thursday. By Julie Sevrens Lyons SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS After drilling more than two miles into the ground in a remote area of central California, scientists said Thursday they have hit pay dirt – the first rocks ever to be obtained from deep within the San Andreas Fault. Experts believe the cylindrical samples, which have been washed, shrink-wrapped and gently tucked away in refrigerators for safekeeping, may hold many secrets about earthquakes and the 800-mile-long fault line responsible for the Bay Area’s devastating 1906 earthquake. last_img read more