first_img Struggling powerhouse The struggling powerhouse, which have already been disqualified from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player, will also have to be careful not to be caught by fourth-place Villarreal after Bruno Soriano scored his second of two goals deep into stoppage time to grab a 2-1 victory at Deportivo La Coruna. Benitez’s latest stumble, which arrived after losses at home to Barcelona and away at Sevilla and Villarreal in the last eight rounds, came in his return to a Mestalla Stadium where he established his reputation with two league titles and a UEFA Cup trophy. Benitez’s counterpart, Gary Neville, remained winless in his fourth league game since taking over at Valencia, but his team earned a morale-boosting result. Madrid’s strong start provoked panic in Valencia. Bale started the move with an audacious back-heeled flick to send Benzema’s pass to Cristiano Ronaldo, who slid the ball back for Benzema to slot his shot into the corner of the net. But instead of going for a second goal to finish the hosts off, Madrid let complacency creep in, and Valencia slowly began to push forward through midfielder Andres Gomes and forward Joao Cancelo. A Gomes incursion was only stopped when Pepe tripped him in the area, letting Parejo step up and level the score. Madrid recovered some of their attacking verve after the restart, but it was stalled by Kovacic’s sending-off for a lunging tackle on Cancelo in the 70th. Toni Kroos, however, placed a free kick for Bale to rise up and gracefully head in off the far post to momentarily restore Madrid’s lead. But Valencia charged right back to score when Rodrigo Moreno headed down a pass for Alcacer to nod home. Also Sunday, it was Athletic Bilbao 2, Las Palmas 2; Real Betis 0, Eibar 4; Granada 2, Sevilla 1; and Rayo Vallecano 2, Real Sociedad 2. BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Real Madrid squandered a great opening goal and a chance to catch Barcelona in the Spanish league standings when they slipped to a 2-2 draw at Valencia in a match it ended with 10 men yesterday. Madrid seemed set to romp to an easy victory after Karim Benzema finished off a superb move in the 16th minute, but Valencia’s Dani Parejo levelled from the penalty spot just before half-time. Gareth Bale headed Madrid back in front in the 82nd, despite his team playing a man down after Mateo Kovacic saw a direct red card, only for Paco Alcacer to strike right back for the hosts a minute later to spark a thrilling finish by both teams. Coach Rafa Benitez will face even more scrutiny after Madrid failed to capitalise on Barcelona’s scoreless stalemate at Espanyol on Saturday and remained two points behind the defending champions, which have a game to play. Madrid also fell four points behind provisional leaders Atletico Madrid, the only title contender to win this round. Benitez said: “I can’t stop some people from speculating” about his future. “What I can do is get the team to work hard like they did today,” he said. “We missed an opportunity – only if you look at the result. But the effort that my team made deserves more praise that anything else.”last_img read more

first_imgA plumber and father of a four-month-old baby was on Monday charged with discharging a loaded firearm and hauled before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Keiron HindsTwenty-five-year-old Keiron Hinds, of Lot 4 Smyth Street, Georgetown, denied that he fired gunshots at a Police Constable who was pursuing him.The first charge stated that on April 16 at Fifth Street, Alberttown, Hinds had one Taurus pistol in his possession without being a licensed firearm holder.He was also charged for having five rounds of ammunition in his possession on the same day at the same location.It is also being alleged that on the same day at the same location, he discharged rounds in a public place.According to Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore, the rounds were discharged in the direction of a Police Constable who was pursuing Hinds.The Police had reportedly received a 911 call informing them that someone matching Hinds’s description was firing gunshots on the seawall.However, while at Alberttown on patrol, ranks saw Hinds, who started to run when he saw the Police vehicle. According to the Prosecutor, Hinds was pursued by Police Constable Holder, at whom he fired shots. Other ranks joined the chase when they noticed the defendant throwing something under a car.After they managed to catch him, Hinds was taken back to the said location where the gun was discovered under a car.However, Hinds’s Attorney denied that the gun belonged to his client. He noted that his client ran from the ranks when he noticed them because his father was allegedly killed by Police some years ago.In his bail application, he told the court that it was the Police who discharged rounds at Hinds as he was running, but the bullets hit a motor car.He further revealed that his client was beaten by the Police and was not able to get medical attention.Magistrate Latchman remanded Hinds to prison. The case will continue on May 14, 2018.last_img read more

first_imgBy Adam ReaburnPower has been restored to Charlie Lake and area residents after losing power for some at 5pm Monday.BC Hydro reports that the power was restored to all their customers in that area at approximately 9:40pm.   At the peak of the outage, over 1,400 customers were without power, with some in the dark for over 4 hours.- Advertisement -According to BC Hydro’s David Conway, the outage was caused by a small electrical fire at a BC Hydro facility near Mile 54 and the Petro Canada Truck stop.One switch on a three phase line caught fire and in order to repair the switch all three parts of the three phase line had to be taken down.  Hydro is currently investigating what caused the fire.The outage stretched from the Highway 29 to Fort St. John. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAn eighth successive win in all competitions would represent Arsenal’s best run since the spring of 2015, and it would leave them in a strong position to qualify from Group E after they began their European campaign by beating Vorskla of Ukraine 4-2.Emery is likely to rest leading players for the 4,000km trip to the Olympic Stadium in Baku, which will host the final next May.Goalkeeper Petr Cech is out for up to a month with a hamstring injury, while playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan may not play given the long-standing political tensions between Azerbaijan and his native Armenia.Those issues meant Mkhitaryan did not travel with Borussia Dortmund to a Europa League game in Azerbaijan in October 2015, with the German club citing “safety concerns” at the time.Premier League rivals Chelsea host Hungarian champions Vidi, who dropped into this competition after losing to AEK Athens in the Champions League play-offs.Maurizio Sarri’s team won their Group L opener, beating PAOK in Greece with a solitary Willian goal.– Old Firm’s Austrian double-header –Scottish champions Celtic have had a poor start to the season, although Brendan Rodgers’ team did beat Rosenborg 1-0 in their Europa League group-stage opener.The Hoops are traditionally poor on their travels in Europe — excluding qualifying rounds they have won just twice away from home this decade.That means they are likely to find life tough against Austrian champions Salzburg, who reached the semi-finals last season.Rangers, meanwhile, face Austrian opposition too.Steven Gerrard’s side, who held Villarreal away from home two weeks ago, host Rapid Vienna, with the visitors to Ibrox having just appointed a new coach.Dietmar Kuehbauer, a former Rapid player, replaces Goran Djuricin, who was sacked at the weekend.Other fixtures to look out for include AC Milan’s home meeting with Olympiakos and former winners Sevilla’s trip to Russia to face Krasnodar.Fixtures in the second round of Europa League group games on Thursday (Groups A-F kick-offs 1655 GMT; Groups G-L kick-offs 1900 GMT unless stated):Group AFC Zurich (SUI) v Ludogorets (BUL)Bayer Leverkusen (GER) v AEK Larnaca (CYP)Group BRB Salzburg (AUT) v Celtic (SCO)Rosenborg (NOR) v RB Leipzig (GER)Group CZenit (RUS) v Slavia Prague (CZE)Bordeaux (FRA) v FC Copenhagen (DEN)Group DAnderlecht (BEL) v Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)Fenerbahce (TUR) v Spartak Trnava (SVK)Group EQarabag (AZE) v Arsenal (ENG)Vorskla Poltava (UKR) v Sporting (POR)Group FAC Milan (ITA) v Olympiakos (GRE)Betis (ESP) v Dudelange (LUX)Group GRangers (SCO) v Rapid Vienna (AUT)Spartak Moscow (RUS) v Villarreal (ESP)Group HEintracht Frankfurt (GER) v Lazio (ITA)Apollon Limassol (CYP) v Marseille (FRA)Group ISarpsborg (NOR) v Genk (BEL)Malmo (SWE) v Besiktas (TUR)Group JStandard Liege (BEL) v Akhisar (TUR)Krasnodar (RUS) v Sevilla (ESP)Group KAstana (KAZ) v Rennes (FRA) (1450 GMT)Jablonec (CZE) v Dynamo Kiev (UKR)Group LChelsea (ENG) v Vidi (HUN)BATE (BLR) v PAOK (GRE)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Unai Emery is getting his message across at Arsenal after a wobbly start © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKPARIS, France, Oct 3 – Unai Emery’s Arsenal are looking to keep up their winning run when they make their longest ever journey for a competitive game to face Qarabag in Azerbaijan in the Europa League on Thursday.The Gunners have recovered from losing the opening two games under their new Spanish coach and Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford in the Premier League was their seventh victory on the bounce.last_img read more

first_imgPolling took place yesterday but the result will be known today.AS counting in the referendum continues, it looks like Ireland will say ‘Yes’ to the gay marriage proposal.And early counts in Donegal suggest it is reflecting that barometer of public opinionBoxes from Inishowen have been counted with 53.5% Yes and 46.5% No. Votes from the Letterkenny area have still to be counted.So it appears that the ‘Yes’ voters have it in Donegal North East. LATEST REFERENDUM NEWS….DONEGAL NORTH EAST ‘YES’ TO GAY MARRIAGE was last modified: May 23rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal north eastInishowenLATEST REFERENDUM NEWS….DONEGAL NORTH EAST ‘YES’ TO GAY MARRIAGElast_img read more

first_imgThe head-shaking saga of the Marinovich family is reaching its concluding chapters. And it’s predictably depressing.A short primer: Marv Marinovich, a two-way lineman at USC in the early 1960s who played one game for the Oakland Raiders in 1965, set about building son Todd into the ultimate athlete, a perfectly engineered quarterback. A trainer (Marv worked for the Raiders after his cameo as a player), he combined his vast expertise and radical practices and turned Todd into what some called a …last_img read more

first_imgSkiing down Ben McDhui, one of the highmountain peaks in the New England andWartrail region.(Image: South African Tourism)MEDIA CONTACTS • Kath IstedChair, New England Wartrail CommunityTourism Association+27 45 974• Janet ViedgeVice-chair, New England WartrailCommunity Tourism Association+27 45 974 9261ajviedge@lantic.netRELATED ARTICLES• Wandering the Whale Trail• Scuba-diving South Africa• The Tour de Kruger: a wild ride• Return to Zimbabwe• Knysna away from the crowdsFiona McIntoshWith the final draw over, the group stage matches scheduled and the official football unveiled, excitement for the 2010 Fifa World Cup is ramping up.But what if you aren’t excited? What if magnificent stadiums leave you cold, and the idea of the crowds, the buzz, the drama and spectacle fill you with horror? Well, then you can head for the hills – literally.One of the best places in South Africa to get away from almost everything is the Wartrail and New England region of the southern Drakensberg mountains, in one of the more remote parts of the Eastern Cape province.With the World Cup playing in June and July, during the southern hemisphere winter, this little-known mountainous part of the country is likely to be covered snow, a far cry from what you’d expect from an African winter.Mountain peaks such as Ben McDhui, Avoca and Snowdon rise to over 3 000 metres, tumbling rivers have carved deep sandstone gorges and caves, there is well-preserved rock art, and a host of adventures from fishing to horse riding.Wartrail is long drive from anywhere, cellphone reception is extremely limited and the accommodation is warm and welcoming rather than five-star. But this is its appeal – a place you can throw snowballs then drink red wine in front of the fire. Somewhere you can escape the crowds.There’s no shortage of farm-stay accommodation in the area so you can stay put or migrate between the dozen affordable fully-catered or self-catering guest houses. All have fireplaces and electric blankets, and specialise in home cooking, often using home-grown ingredients.The key to enjoying the place is to bring good boots, warm jackets, beanies and gloves and get out with a make-shift sledge or a carrot for the snowman’s nose, enjoying some fun in the snow.With its high mountain passes, which include Naude’s Nek, the highest pass in the Cape, and the challenging Bastervoetpad, Wartrail is a mecca for 4×4, quad-biking and mountain-biking enthusiasts who revel in challenge of the steep and icy tracks, but there are also easy trails too suited to kids and novices.But the best way to appreciate the area is on foot. Here hikers are spoilt for choice, with numerous short strolls and day walks from the farms.There’s also a five-night, guided and fully catered trail, the Wartrail Skywalk, which starts at Rosstrevor near the town of Barkly East, heads over the hills for around 15 kilometres each day to the farms of Pitlochrie, Balloch, and Reedsdell before ending at Bidstone, high up the valley. The trail is certainly not for the faint-hearted at any time of year, but if you’re reasonably fit it’s a must to really get a feel for wild mountain country.En route, usually accompanied by the farm dogs, you climb spectacular peaks and ridges, watch lammergeier (bearded vulture) soaring overhead and enjoy some of the least visited, yet most accessible rock art in the country. It was here that rock art specialist David Lewis-Williams, co-author of Images of Power, based most of his early research.Many of the paintings are easy to find, such as those among the craggy sandstone boulders behind Balloch Guest House, while real enthusiasts wanting to learn more about the techniques and interpretation of the paintings can sign up for a rock art tour with local fundi Dawn Green.And then of course there’s the chance to swish down the white stuff on skis or snowboards, to drink glühwein and indulge in some après ski fun at nearby Tiffindell, South Africa’s only downhill ski resort.If this all sounds too active don’t worry, it’s not all about adrenalin. There’s plenty to amuse those of a more leisurely bent. Anglers can tickle a trout even in the cold, and there’s a lovely tea garden at Reedsdell.At the Old Dairy Restaurant at Rosstrevor, housed in a beautiful old sandstone barn converted from a dairy, you can while away the day enjoying the scenery in a sedentary fashion, reading, talking to the local people and learning more about the history the area.The Wartrail area, situated below Lundean’s Nek, was the old border of the former homeland of Transkei and Lesotho. Its name comes from the days when King Mosheshwe of Lesotho sent cattle raiding parties over the Nek and through Mosheshesford to rustle the stock of the Xhosas living down in Elliot.Returning to Lesotho with the cattle, Mosheshwe’s men were often pursued by the Xhosa and, instead of abandoning the beasts, they would drive them into the river to drown. This is the origin of the name of the river flowing through Reedsdell, the River Joggem, “eater-of-cattle”.It’s hard to imagine such bloodshed when you survey the tranquil surrounds. Today Wartrail is a peaceful place, proud of its community projects, such as the Bruce Sephton Tennis Academy and the Masibambane Knitting Project.The latter encourages rural women to start their own businesses by supplying them with skills training and equipment an providing a local outlet for their products – knitted beanies, scarves and children’s jerseys – which are sold, along with emu products made on site, in the Wartrail Craft Shop on Reedsdell Farm.Of course the World Cup is just one good reason to escape to Wartrail, but this pristine wonderland is the perfect antidote to the stresses of city life at any time of year. You don’t need an excuse to head to wild mountain country.last_img read more

first_img12 December 2013Women of all religious groups have been invited to reflect, pray and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto outside Johannesburg on Thursday.Hosted by the Gauteng provincial government, the event aims to recognise “the ways in which Tata Madiba promoted women’s development and emancipation”, Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, said at a media briefing on Wednesday.The interfaith women’s day of prayer forms part of the 10-day national mourning period for the former president, who died last Thursday at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg.Mandela was passionate about women’s equality, Thebe Mohatle writes on the Gauteng Province’s website. “Cognisant that women bore the greatest brunt of the apartheid system, former president Nelson Mandela has throughout his life strived to promote women’s development and emancipation”.The programme includes representatives from different religious groups, including Christians, Muslims, Bahai, Jewish, Hindu and African Independent Churches, Chabane said.The government has invited South Africans to form a guard of honour along the memorial route between 1 Military Hospital and the Union Buildings, where Mandela will lie in state until Friday.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

first_img2 Steps to Prep Your Travel Bug® for Its JourneyEveryone is doing the Travel Bug® 2-Step. Here’s how. It begins a bit like dropping your kid off at school for the first time. He may cry and stomp his feet, refuse to walk into the classroom, but in the end you know he’ll make it through just fine. Your Travel Bug is much the same. It might be difficult to part, but because you’ve taken the two key steps to ensuring his journey is successful you know you’ll see him again (online):1. Seal the Travel Bug in a small plastic bag to prevent damage from moisture.No matter how cute that little toy might once have been, if it’s icky now most people will take a pass. Nobody likes picking up a dirtied, smelly Travel Bug…queue the Ziploc. Some Travel Bugs are even sent off with provisions: sewing kits, an extra key chain, or superglue. You decide what goes in your Travel Bug’s luggage.2. Include a note with a description of your Bug’s goalPut yourself in the place of a first-time geocacher. You probably know slightly more about rocket science than about trackable etiquette. As a trackable owner, it’s difficult to fault a newbie for accidentally moving your Bug in the opposite direction it wants to go…but you can certainly prevent it! Make it clear that your Travel Bug wants to visit every country in Europe with a monarchy by writing this clearly on a note. Not only will this ensure that your TB isn’t accidentally brought to Fiji, it will also introduce new geocachers to the idea of Travel Bug goals, so they look out for them in the future. Geocachers who do the Travel Bug Two-Step help create the beautiful global choreography that unfolds in this Travel Bug® Travels video.Can’t get enough of Travel Bugs? Read more about how you can help keep others’ TBs on the road: 3 Travel Bug Travel TipsShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNew Years Resolutions for…Your Travel Bug®January 13, 2014In “Community”Astro the Eyepiece: The Tale of a Travel Bug® on a MissionSeptember 22, 2012In “Community”Trackable Tattoos – Never LostSeptember 23, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgPanaji, Jun 8 (PTI) With the onset of monsoon, tourists in Goa are eschewing beaches and are looking to shift from water to hinterland activities during the rainy season.Water sports activities at the beaches are banned during monsoon while swimming is prohibited with red flags posted along the 105-km coast.The State Tourism Department said it plans to promote monsoon tourism with hinterland activities like eco-trekking and expeditions among others.”The water sports activity has been banned along the coast due to rains from June 4 onwards. It will be resumed only after the monsoon season,” Captain of Ports, which is the licencing authority for water sport activity in Goa, James Braganza told PTI today.Water sports equipment like banana boats, kayaks, jet ski and para sailing kits are currently kept on the shore, while lifeguards could be seen stopping tourists from venturing into the sea.Traditional beach shacks, a prime tourist attraction, have also been dismantled after a dull tourist season.”The shacks were dismantled from May 31 onwards as per the licencing norms of the tourism department. Many shacks had shut before the actual date as the response from tourists was very poor,” said Cruz Cardoso, president of Shack Owners Welfare Society.Goa has 356 traditional shacks that are erected only during the tourist season.”The last season was very poor. Now, we are waiting for October month when new (tourist) season begins,” he said.Manuel Cardoso, General Secretary, Traditional Shack Owners Association said spending capacity of visitors in the last season was less.advertisement”Even if there were tourists, their spending capacity was less. If we really want to have good upcoming season, the government should allot shacks by August so that they can be erected by September or October,” he said. (MORE) PTI RPS ARS TIR BASlast_img read more