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Barcelona 3 Sevilla 0 (5-0 agg): Arda at the double as Barca collect season’s first silverware

first_imgArda Turan gave further encouraging signs he can turn his Barcelona career around with a brace as Luis Enrique’s side eased to a 3-0 win over Sevilla in the Supercopa de Espana second leg at Camp Nou.The Turkey international’s displays came in for regular criticism last season as he failed to find the form that persuaded Barca to prize him from Atletico Madrid.But, playing on the left of a front three due to Neymar’s Olympic excursion, Arda impressed during Sunday’s 2-0 first-leg win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – laying on the assist for Luis Suarez’s opener.Both teams were much-changed, with a knee injury ruling out Barca captain Andres Iniesta, but Arda remained to confidently open the scoring after 10 minutes.He added a second within a minute of the restart to extinguish any lingering doubt over the destination of the season’s first piece of silverware, while Lionel Messi added gloss with an excellent header.Sevilla begin their first LaLiga season under Jorge Samapoli against Espanyol on Saturday and the former Chile boss will hope these back-to-back losses, along with the extra-time UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid, have not taken too much out of the tank before a new era begins in earnest.Samuel Umtiti made a debut at centre-back, with Aleix Vidal facing his former club and Lucas Digne named at left back in a reshuffled Barcelona defence that Sevilla sought to take advantage of early on.Joaquin Correa played in Wissam Ben Yedder, who forced Claudio Bravo to save with his feet, and the Barca goalkeeper also reacted sharply to thwart Iborra from the second of two resulting corners.The reportedly Manchester City bound Bravo was left somewhere between concerned and perplexed as the normally reliable Javier Mascherano chipped narrowly over his own crossbar under little pressure but, as in the first leg, Luis Enrique’s men led against the run of play.Messi was the architect, linking with debutant Andre Gomes and clipping the ball into Arda’s path for him to slide an assured finish across Sergio Rico and into the bottom corner.Bravo gave the Camp Nou faithful a dose of what they might soon be missing in the 32nd minute, plunging to his right to keep out an Iborra penalty that lacked conviction after Umtiti was penalised for handling Correa’s shot.With the final attack of the half, Gabriel Mercado looped a diving header against the top of the crossbar to make Barca’s lead seem even more fortuitous.It was an advantage doubled 55 seconds after the restart as first-leg goalscorer Munir El Haddadi harried Rico into a poor clearance that ricocheted to Arda, with a deflection off Mercado sending the ball high into the net.Revelling in his change of fortunes in Barcelona’s famous colours, Arda almost claimed a hat-trick when chipped over from a Messi pass, before a period for Rico to forget continued.Digne’s cross looked to be sailing over Messi but the diminutive forward hung in the air to steer a header back across goal into the corner, where a flailing Rico soon nestled alongside the ball.Barcelona were forced to play out a sedate final 11 minutes with 10 men as Mascherano limped off with all three substitutions used, giving Luis Enrique some cause for concern ahead of Real Betis’ visit on Saturday, although his squad appears to be in smooth working order for their LaLiga defence.last_img read more

Undaunted Young WI seek final spot

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh (CMC):West Indies Under-19s will bid for a place in the final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup today, but will face perhaps their sternest test of the competition.The Caribbean side takes on an accomplished Bangladesh Under-19s who whitewashed them in a three-match warm-up series before the tournament and have played unbeaten since.After making a slow start to the tour, West Indies have consistently improved, and manager Dwain Gill is hoping this progress can be reflected against the Bangladeshis.”We lost the three-game series, but we came into that series without playing any youth ODIs over the last year and they are a very well prepared team,” Gill told CMC Sports ahead of the semi-final, which bowled off at 9 a.m. here (12 a.m. today, Jamaica time).”We saw against Bangladesh … we were getting better and better all the time. It is going to be difficult because Bangladesh are always going to be difficult to beat at home, especially at Mirpur.”Following the whitewash, West Indies lost their opening game of the tournament to England by 61 runs, but then routed Fiji by 262 runs, before edging Zimbabwe by two runs, to qualify for the quarter-finals.Bangladesh had no such hiccups, trouncing South Africa by 43 runs, hammering Scotland by 114 runs and easily getting past Namibia by eight wickets.West Indies head coach, Graeme West, said: “Their top six are all well-organised batters and their spin attack is very broad, but very skilful in the conditions here in Bangladesh,” West pointed out.”They also have two good seam bowlers … but they (team) are not an unknown quantity to us. We’re very familiar with them, we know what to look out for and hopefully … we can establish a method not just to be competitive but ultimately to be successful.”HALF-CENTURYCaptain Shimron Hetmyer, a first-class player, suffered a poor run of form during the tournament, but found his touch in the quarter-final win over Pakistan on Monday with an aggressive half-century.Openers Gidron Pope and Tevin Imlach, all-rounders Shamar Springer and Keemo Paul, along with Jyd Goolie, have all had important knocks, while pacer Alzarri Joseph has been outstanding with the new ball.”The semi-final knockout stage is a pressure situation. We have seen that the team that handles the pressure better will win on the day,” Gill stressed.”Nothing counts now – nothing about preparation and how much matches you’ve had. We are aware they will have the home advantage, but we are not daunted, we believe the boys have what it takes to really come to the party and beat Bangladesh in the semi-finals.”The winner will progress to Sunday’s final to face India who defeated Sri Lanka by 97 runs in Tuesday’s first semi-final.last_img read more

Chinese Medical Team Reaches Out to Universities

first_imgAfter disinfecting public places in the SKD community where their ETUs are built, members of the Chinese medical team have begun visiting campuses of universities, beginning with the University of Liberia.The community outreach is focused on disinfecting strategic public places, including sanitation facilities, cafeteria and assembly halls where people often gather in large numbers.The outreach, arranged with the National Commission on Higher Education, is intended to spray university campuses, making them safe for students and staffers as academic activities in the country resume.Speaking to the Daily Observer on the UL’s main campus on Capitol Hill, Alfred Sahn, an employee of the National Commission on Higher Education said when the proposal was made to the Director of NCHE, Dr. Michael Slawon, he was impressed by the offer from the Chinese.Mr. Sahn said his boss’ impression was that in the midst of the Ebola crisis, the Chinese medical team’s gesture was a welcome one because it would ensure that the environments of various universities are safe for students, faculty and staff.The head of the Chinese team, through an interpreter, told the UL Administration that the venture was voluntary and was the Chinese way of identifying with Liberians as they begin scaling down their anti-Ebola activities in Liberia.After spraying the UL campus, the Chinese team is expected to disinfect the UL’s Fendell Campus on the Kakata Highway. They did not state which university campus they would be heading to next.  However, the team said that other university campuses are on the list to be disinfected.The Chinese team members, dressed in their protective gear with heavy canisters connected to a mini generator sprayed the rooms of the UL Master’s program building.The Chinese medical team arrived in Liberia last year when Ebola was raging in the country.  The team built and operates its ETU at the SKD Sports Complex.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Immigration Officers to Carry Guns

first_imgImmigration officers assigned in eight of the 15 counties will begin carrying personal defensive equipment while on duty, the Commissioner of the Bureau has announced. The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) Commissioner, Cllr. Lemuel Reeves, said the best of 150 officers from the Border Patrol Unit (BPU) would be selected following rigid vetting to participate in a thorough combat training, as well as in the usage, management, storage and control of lethal weapons.Commissioner Reeves stated that successful officers will carry firearms and other defense gear, which will include pepper spray, batons and handcuffs, at the land borders.Commissioner Reeves updated the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview on Thursday, April 7, at their new headquarters in Sinkor Airfield.He said the armed border officers will be trained by soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to enhance mobile and foot patrols at the land borders in Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Bong, Lofa, River Gee and Maryland counties.“This will be the first time that BIN officers will carry firearms since the Liberia civil crisis ended in 2003 followed by the subsequent security reform process,” Cllr. Reeves said, adding, “The vetting and training will be meticulous.”He indicated that the country has 176 entry points including the borders with Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Ivory Coast.According to Commissioner Reeves, only 45 of the 176 entry points are manned of which 23 of the 45 have infrastructures (depots), while the remaining 23 do not have shelters for the officers.He said the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has provided eight tents and additional eight are expected for the 23 entry points where officers are assigned, but do not have structures. Meanwhile, in furtherance of its preparations to man the borders amid the final drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), Cllr. Reeves said between now and January, 2018, the BIN will recruit 1,500 personnel to add to the existing 2,600 officers on active duty.He pointed out that about 250 officers are already in training in Sinje, adding that an increment in salaries of BIN officers is under consideration, as well as the supply of uniforms and other logistics.However, it is yet to be known whether the 2016 Liberia Immigration Service Act, which is still in the Legislature, will grant autonomy to immigration to empower it to meet current challenges, such as making provision for the officers to carry arms.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arrest warrant issued for Barry Dataram

first_imgAn arrest warrant has been issued for alleged drug lord Barry Dataram and his reputed wife, Anjanie Boodnarine, by Magistrate Judy Latchman after they failed to make an appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.Magistrate Latchman sounded a warning to the two other co-accused – Kevin Charran and Trevor Gouveia – who were present at Tuesday’s hearing and who are to return to court on Friday, September 23. The Magistrate cautioned that if they failed to return to court, arrest warrants will also be issued and that she will not recall the case.Barry Dataram and his reputed wife, Anjanie BoodnarineThe four are facing trial for allegedly being in possession of 129.230 kilograms (284 pounds) of cocaine. The Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit reported that the narcotic was found on April 16, 2015, at Dataram’s house, located at 661 Silver Dam, Fourth Avenue, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Defence Lawyer Glenn Hanoman explained to the court that he had spoken with Dataram and Boodnarine a few minutes before court was in session and they were only a few minutes away. He added that when he tried contacting the duo again, he was unsuccessful.Hanoman pointed out that Dataram and Boodnarine have a good record of attendance, and he was unsure if an emergency might have prevented them from making an appearance on Tuesday.A total of 692 parcels of cocaine, a multicoloured box that contained utensils and a white refrigerator have already been admitted into evidence.The foursome pleaded not guilty to the charge, which stated that on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Lot 661 Fourth Avenue, Block X, Diamond, EBD, they had in their possession 129.230 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.last_img read more

Championship round-up: Watford leap to the top as Forest and Norwich lose

first_img Watford players celebrate 1 Watford jumped to the top of the Championship table as they defeated Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 at Hillsborough, while Norwich City and Nottingham Forest fell to shock defeats.The Hornets, now managed by Slavisa Jokanovic, dispatched The Owls with ease thanks to goals from Odion Ighalo, Almen Abdi and Matej Vydra after seeing the Tricky Trees beaten 2-1 by Cardiff City in the day’s early match.And their path to the summit was clear when Neil Adams’ impressive Canaries suffered a 1-0 defeat to Fulham with Sean Kavanagh getting the game’s only goal, with Lewis Grabban missing a penalty.Steve McLaren’s Derby County now sit second, one point behind Watford, as they tamed Reading by a 3-0 scoreline. Chris Martin continued his good form with a brace and Liverpool loanee Jordon Ibe added the other.Elsewhere, in a division which is being tightly contested, Middlesbrough moved up to third with a 2-1 triumph over Brighton.Lee Tomlin and Albert Adomah put Aitor Karanka’s men two goals to the good before Gordon Greer notched a consolation strike for the Seagulls.Ipswich Town were cruelly denied fourth spot as Ben Marshall’s goal for Blackburn, who had deep into injury time saw the two sides share the spoils at Portman Road.A Harry Bunn double helped Huddersfield Town beat Blackpool 4-2 at the John Smith’s Stadium and Millwall produced a stunning comeback at home to Wolves as they went 3-0 down before Leigh Gregory and a Ricardo Fuller brace got them back on level terms.Meanwhile, Wigan and Brentford played out a 0-0 draw at the DW Stadium, a solitary Matt Mills goal gave Bolton a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Birmingham City and it was the same score at Dean Court as Callum Wilson handed Bournemouth a slim win against Charlton.last_img read more

France reach World Cup final as Paris erupts

first_imgA header from Samuel Umtiti in Saint Petersburg was enough to give Didier Deschamps’ team a 1-0 win against Belgium.The 49-year-old coach is now just one win away from winning the World Cup — 20 years after he captained the team to victory on home soil.The tournament favourites must wait 24 hours to discover whether they will play England or Croatia in Sunday’s final in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium but they will approach the game brim full of confidence.Belgium started the stronger of the two teams but Umtiti’s header from a corner in the 51st minute was the pivotal moment as the defender stole the limelight from jet-heeled Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.France players celebrate Samuel Umtiti’s goal © AFP / Jewel SAMADFrance’s other hero was goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who made a spectacular fingertip save in the first half to deny Toby Alderweireld and then kept out Alex Witsel’s drive as Belgium cranked up the pressure towards the end of the match.Deschamps said he was delighted to have the chance to bury the pain of the Euro 2016 final, which Portugal won in Paris.“I am very happy for my players,” he said. “It was hard against a very good Belgium team. I take my hat off to my players and my staff.”“Finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago,” he added.France started the tournament in Russia slowly, struggling for goals in the group stages but hit their stride in an impressive 4-3 victory against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the first knockout round.Boasting an impressive combination of experience and youthful zest, they controlled their quarter-final against Uruguay, running out comfortable 2-0 winners.The defeat is painful for Belgium, foiled at the semi-final for the second time in their history, as the clock ticks on their so-called “golden generation”.Captain Eden Hazard dazzled in patches but Kevin De Bruyne was quiet and Romelu Lukaku was a shadow of the player he had been earlier in the tournament, even though Belgium enjoyed most of the possession.Martinez bemoaned the goal his team conceded from a corner.“I couldn’t ask more of the players’ attitude,” he said. “If you are going to have to lose such a match, which is bearable, it is the manner in which our players lost, pushing for everything, trying everything until the final whistle.”– England dream – France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris celebrates victory against Belgium in the World Cup semi-final © AFP / Odd ANDERSENEngland face Croatia on Wednesday in the Luzhniki, seeking to reach their first World Cup final since 1966 against a background of near hysteria at home.Manager Gareth Southgate said his inexperienced side must look to perform at their “regular level” despite the pressure.Captain Harry Kane is leading England’s charge with six goals so far, putting him top in the race for the Golden Boot.England are in the last four of a major tournament for the first time since Euro ’96, when Southgate himself missed a penalty in a shootout defeat against Germany.He is now trying to minimise potential distractions as his young team prepare to take the next step in their bid to repeat their World Cup triumph at home 52 years ago.“We’re going into a semi-final but it just seems like it’s the next step on the journey,” he said. England midfielder Jordan Henderson (right) and coach Gareth Southgate inspect the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow ahead of their World Cup semi-final against Croatia © AFP / YURI CORTEZ“This team is nowhere near the level they’re going to be capable of, partly because of their age and partly because over the next few years, with us and with their clubs, they’re going to have more and more big-match experiences.“So we’re excited about the future but we also want to make the most of the opportunity we have tomorrow.”Croatia defender Dejan Lovren believes his tired team are ready to seize the opportunity of a lifetime.It is the first time since 1998 that the nation of just over four million people have reached this stage of the competition, after they eliminated Russia in a penalty shootout at the weekend.There are concerns that fatigue could be a factor for Zlatko Dalic’s side, given they were forced to come through 120 minutes and penalties against both Denmark and the hosts in the last two rounds.However, Liverpool centre-back Lovren does not think that will be a factor.“I am perfectly ready and fit and I can say the same for my teammates. We know what it takes and in such moments you forget any fatigue you may feel,” said the 29-year-old.“This is maybe a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It may repeat itself once, maybe never.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fans in Paris celebrate France’s victory against Belgium in the World Cup semi-finals © AFP / ZAKARIA ABDELKAFISaint Petersburg, Russian Federation, Jul 9 – France reached their third World Cup final after overcoming Belgium on Tuesday, sparking scenes of unconfined joy in Paris as tens of thousands of people poured into the streets.In scenes reminiscent of France’s 1998 World Cup win, delirious crowds surged up the Champs-Elysees avenue and surrounded the Arc de Triomphe, waving flags and letting off flares.last_img read more

Foreclosure activity soars; sales fall

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – Foreclosures in the Greater San Fernando Valley jumped an annual 571percent in September and sales sank to the lowest level in 19 years as the residential real estate market’s free fall intensified, a research center said Monday. Last month, 302 home and condominium owners from Glendale to Calabasas lost their properties because they could not make the mortgage payment, up from 289 in August, said the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center. A year ago, just 45 properties were lost to foreclosure. For all of the third quarter, 854 homes were foreclosed on, the center said. Foreclosures peaked at 1,854 in the third quarter of 1996. The center’s records date back to 1988. “If there is any good news in this report, it’s maybe that the rate of foreclosures is starting to slow down,” said CSUN professor Daniel Blake, the center’s director. He said the association’s September numbers for the Valley area from Toluca Lake to Calabasas will mirror the research center’s report. Sales of new and previously owned houses and condos plunged 54.3percent to 760 transactions in September. That is the lowest number of sales in the center’s database. “I think sellers are holding off the market because they don’t have to sell now and I think the advice some of the buyers are getting is sit back if you can because there might be some better deals coming on the market,” Blake said. Despite the sales slide, the median price did inch up an annual 0.8percent, to $620,000. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.He bases this on the fact that notices of default, the first part of the foreclosure process, dropped to 874 in September from 1,035 in August. But they did increase 152.6percent from a year ago, indicating that the foreclosure problem won’t soon abate. Blake also said it will take several more months to see whether default notices continue to trend down. While some foreclosed properties are selling at about 20percent under the most-recent purchase price for the property, they have not yet pounded down home values like they did in the mid-1990s. “Out inventory is increasing but we’re not getting flooded with foreclosures,” said Jim Link, executive vice president of the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. last_img read more

Everton and Stoke target Axel Witsel agrees personal terms with Inter Milan

first_img1 Inter Milan have agreed personal terms with Everton and Stoke City target Axel Witsel.The midfielder is set to leave Zenit St Petersburg this summer after informing the Russian club he wants a new challenge.Everton and Stoke are in discussions with the Belgian and both are hopeful of completing a move this summer.However Inter Milan, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, have gatecrashed the Premier League pair by agreeing personal terms with Witsel.The 27-year-old has provisionally given the green light on a five-year deal worth £12.5million while Inter haggle over a transfer fee with Zenit.But that is proving to be a major stumbling block as Inter are refusing to meet Witsel’s £18m asking price.Inter’s hesitation gives hope to Everton and Stoke, but they must act fast to salvage any deal. Belgium international Axel Witsel last_img read more

System in place to save abandoned babies

first_img But it’s likely all of them are cold, and they’re placed in a heated crib upon arrival. “This is the first thing you do,” said Vivian Rebel, the hospital’s trauma services manager. “(Newborns) don’t keep their temperature.” Babies most likely overcome the initial physical trauma in a few days – though some who develop complications may be held in the neonatal intensive care ward. They are then placed with the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services, which oversees adoptions. “You feel like you saved a life,” Magnusen said. “There are just so many that want a child, and can’t have one,” Rebel said. But trauma may endure for their mothers, who are confronted with the choice due to poverty or fear of family and social stigma, Taylor-Snel said. “Usually, it’s a young woman who has hidden the pregnancy from friends and family, who is in denial about being pregnant,” she said. “I don’t think it’s an easy or a selfish choice. They’re still going through the grief process years later. They might walk down the street and wonder, ‘Is that my child?”‘ Still, if a child ends up in a warm home that could not be offered by a birth parent, turning to the authorities may turn out for the best, Taylor-Snel said. “Any mother, regardless their age, will tell you it takes a lot of thinking to get there – that I can’t take care of this child,” she said. “They know they need help, and they hope somebody here will have the answer. That’s certainly a much better choice than leaving it in a Dumpster.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Despite the rough start, it was the ideal ending for hospital staffers caring for those experiencing life’s first moments. But news Thursday of a former University of Southern California student accused of leaving her baby boy to die in a Dumpster left them in disbelief. “There is no reason for a baby to die,” said Michael Magnusen, a medical social worker at Newhall Memorial. The newborn was found early Monday tucked in a box in an alley behind a popular hangout near the university. Holly Ashcraft, 21, of Montana, believed to be the boy’s mother, is charged in Los Angeles Superior Court with one count each of murder and child abuse, and was held in lieu of $2 million bail. “Obviously, we failed with this one,” said Sally McGann, director of women’s services at the hospital. She sat with her colleagues in a nursery surrounded by trays of knitted pastel baby caps, a rocking chair and a heated cradle – a sanctuary for mother and child. Abandoned infants may arrive crying or softly still. Some are tethered to their birth parents by medical history – usually an anonymous form filled out at the hospital before parting. VALENCIA – Hospital social worker Marcella Taylor-Snel still remembers the infant boy – a 7-pound bundle who was left by his mother hours after his birth a year ago at a local fire station, and lived. “He was a little cold, but he was at full term,” said Taylor-Snel, who works at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. “He would eat, but he would fall asleep. Sometimes they’re so used to being warm and comfortable in the uterus, it’s like ‘I’m OK, just leave me alone.”‘ The baby boy, surrendered a year ago, was adopted within three days. He was the second and more recent infant received at the hospital since the Legislature in 2001 enacted a law allowing parents to leave newborns at emergency rooms and fire stations within 72 hours of birth without being subject to prosecution. The adoptive mother “was a single mom who was on the waiting list for four years,” Taylor-Snel said. “Her whole family was there. They’re going to be able to care for him, and are there ready to love him.” last_img read more