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Preview: Real Madrid looking to keep Barça and Atlético at bay with Depor win

first_img “It’s not an issue for me to comment on. I have never meddled in players’ private lives and I’m not going to start now. Players can do want they want out of work,” he said at a press conference on Friday. Sergio Ramos is also absent, with Nacho set to continue at the heart of Los Blancos’s defence.   Real Madrid will be looking to stretch their lead over Barcelona at the top of la Liga to four points when they take on Deportivo de la Coruña on Saturday evening after a hard week on and off the pitch. Following their 4-0 humiliation to Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon last weekend, stories began to circulate about the future of talisman Cristiano Ronaldo after his 30th birthday party against club wishes. Ronaldo has since apologised for his actions amid criticism from fans and will be focused on adding to the one-point lead Madrid currently hold over Barça, who host Levante on Sunday. Harry De Cosemo 13/02/2015 “They have a great responsibility in representing the Madrid shirt and I value all of them as professionals – that has never been a doubt in my mind.” Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has downplayed the drama over his star man and says he has no problem with the professionalism of his squad.  After a less than convincing performance at the Calderon, Iker Casillas’s place is in doubt, so Keylor Navas could come in for just his third league start since joining the club in the summer from Levante. Gareth Bale will yet again be out to prove a point to the growing number of disgruntled Madridistas, who have voiced their frustrations at his lack of goals and work-rate recently.center_img Real head into the game with mounting injury problems. James Rodriguez and Sami Khedira, also in hot water with the club after attending the party while injured, will miss out alongside Luka Modric and Pepe. Upd. at 21:22 Marcelo returns from suspension having missed the derby last time out and Lucas Silva could be set for his debut in midfield having moved from Cruzeiro last month, but Ancelotti says he will not start the game. “The only problem is when others see it as a lack of professionalism, but these players have shown that they are professional and committed – they demonstrated that last season when they won several trophies. CET Back in September, Real travelled to the Riazor to face Depor licking their wounds after a home defeat to Atleti, but were able to bounce back in spectacular style with an 8-2 victory. That day, a Ronaldo hat-trick and a brace from Bale and helped them to three points – how both players would love a repeat to ease the tension at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.last_img read more


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Spanish police seize Champions League final fake tickets

first_imgSpanish police have seized fake steward bibs, imitation devices for the technical ticket check and false accreditations as demand for Champions League final tickets intensified.With estimates claiming 100,000 fans have descended on Madrid for the all-Premier League clash between Liverpool and Tottenham the quest to get tickets – both clubs got less than 17,000 each – has become almost impossible.UEFA issued a warning about fake tickets circulating on the black market and police have stepped up their clampdown on what is an organised attempt to defraud supporters or – at worst – steal their authentic tickets.Rumours swept the city that 4,000 official tickets would be released on Saturday morning but this has been dismissed by UEFA.“The Spanish police have seized fake steward bibs, fake devices for the technical ticket check, as well as fake accreditations,” said a statement from European football’s governing body.“This makes us believe that an organised group of people, impersonating genuine stewards or officials might try to act as if they were conducting the visual or technical ticket check, with the aim of stealing tickets during such controls.“Supporters should therefore make sure they only show their tickets at the clearly marked check zones and not to individuals or small groups of people who could be wearing fake bibs and might approach them on the way to the stadium, outside of the official check zones.”last_img read more

Suddie crime wave

first_imgDear Editor,A crime wave is now ripping through the once quiet and peaceful location of my village, Suddie, Essequibo Coast, and the neighbouring environment, with the perpetrators posing a challenge to Police, with most incidents remaining unsolved, much to the suffering of the local residents.I was the most recent victim, as the bottom-flat of my residence was broken into on January 26 and a quantity of articles were stolen, with the majority of items being cooked food from the refrigerator, along with beverages and some cash.From all appearances, it would seem that the culprit(s) was/were more interested in foodstuff items, as they did not steal a computer, radio or cellphone, among other valuables which were at their disposal.A crow bar, left behind by the bandit(s), was used to gain entry through the bottom-half of the back door. The Police were alerted to the scene and dusted for fingerprints from the well-ransacked house, with books and stationary scattered about in an apparent hope to find money.During the first month of the year, a business next door to me was broken into during the night while the owner was at home. A quantity of articles were stolen from her shop.Just a short distance away, an attempt was also made to break into a shop, but it was foiled after an alarm was raised while the bandits were in the process of wrenching-off the padlocks during the night.At the Sea Road area, an elderly woman had her house set alight by bandits who escaped with some ,000 in cash and household items after gaining entry. A known character was charged for the offence and remanded.In the Suddie Housing Scheme, a sickly woman who lives alone, left to get medication in the city, only to return and that her house was broken into and all her household items stolen.Several other incidents of break and enter and larceny were committed during the past two months in the Onderneeming Sand Pit area, inclusive of Little Red Village housing scheme, with the victims still mystified by the Police failing miserably to suppress the alarming situation.Yours faithfully,Baliram Persaudlast_img read more

Chinese Embassy Donates Computers to Faith Foundation School

first_imgThe Chinese Embassy near Monrovia has donated 10 brand new Dell desktop computers to the Faith Foundation School in Congo Town. The ceremony took place in the edifice of the Bethel Cathedral of Hope, which is the parent institution of the school.Making the donation on behalf of the Embassy, Mr. Li Zhuang, Deputy Chief of Mission, said the school was chosen because of its high quality and advanced teaching methodology, which has deeply attracted students.“As developing countries, both the Chinese and the Liberian governments put education as one of the top priorities. China is deeply affected by the problems and challenges which Liberia is facing, because it has experienced almost the same during the development process,” said Mr. Li. Yesterday’s donation, he said, was a small step forward that indicates the Chinese people’s strong willingness to promote education, cooperation, and collaboration with Liberia.Mr. Li reminded the audience about the immense efforts China has made over the years to Liberia’s education sector. He said the Chinese government provides a yearly grant of 50 scholarships to Liberian students as well as training opportunities to 120 Liberian personnel in different disciplines.“We provide the Chinese Ambassador Scholarship and Chinese Enterprises Scholarship every year to 10 Liberian universities with a number of more than 300 beneficiaries,” he said.He named the construction of the Fendell Campus of the University of Liberia; the extension of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC); three laboratories, and the newly built Information and Communication Technology (ICT) center in Zorzor, Kakata; and on the campus of the University of Liberia (UL) through the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) China Funds-in-Trust project; as tangible evidence of China’s commitment to education in Liberia.Mr. Li has meanwhile encouraged the students to take full advantage of the donation and study hard to empower themselves toward successful careers. He said the future of Liberia and China’s friendship rests with the youth, and therefore the youth must strive to make their contribution to solidify the friendship.Faith Foundation School Principal, Mrs. Della B. Belleh, who received the donation, expressed gratitude to the delegation from the Chinese Embassy for the kind gesture.Mrs. Belleh assured Mr. Li that the computers will be used by the students during the upcoming academic year.The donation, according to Mrs. Belleh, was made through special arrangements headed by Dr. Augustine Konneh, Director General of the Foreign Service Institute, who is also a member of the Board of the Faith Foundation School. The school is owned and operated by the Bethel World Outreach Ministries International.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Galatasaray left facing tough trip to Schalke

first_img0Shares0000ISTANBUL, Turkey February 21 – Galatasaray midfielder Nordin Amrabat has admitted the ambitious Turkish team face an uphill task to stay in the Champions League after their 1-1 draw at home to Schalke 04 in the last 16, first-leg.The Royal Blues take a slim advantage back to Gelsenkirchen for the return leg on March 12 after Burak Yilmaz gave Galatasaray an early lead, before US midfielder Jermaine Jones levelled for Schalke on the stroke of half-time.“The formula for victory is very simple: we need to score and win, but it won’t be easy,” said Amrabat after Wednesday’s game. Schalke 04 ignored poor recent form to hold the hosts and could have left the Turk Telekom Arena with a win after missing a host of chances as Galatasaray, including star signings Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder, failed to fire.The Royal Blues arrived in Istanbul with one win in their last 12 games, but, along with neighbours Borussia Dortmund and Juventus, are now one of only three undefeated teams left in this season’s Champions League.“We are really happy with the result,” beamed goal-scorer Jones. “We made one or two mistakes and conceded the goal, but all together we played well.“Our goal was important, we’ll see how things go from here. We have earned a lot of respect.”However, Jones is suspended for the return leg on March 12 after his appeals for a booking against Selcuk Inan saw him earn a yellow card of his own on 35 minutes.“The action which led to my yellow card was dumb from me, I hope I can still play in the quarter-final,” he added.Schalke have now lost just one of their last ten European away fixtures, including victories at Olympiakos and Arsenal.With Dortmund having earned a 2-2 draw at Donetsk and after Bayern Munich’s impressive 3-1 win at Arsenal on Tuesday, all three Bundesliga clubs have a strong chance of making the quarter-finals.“It was a great game from my team, it was a very compact and engaged team performance” said relieved Schalke coach Jens Keller, who was making his Champions League debut as coach.“We created a few chances, but unfortunately didn’t take them all.”Schalke’s rising star Julian Draxler, who made three appearances for the senior Germany team last year having risen up the ranks, said the draw was an important confidence booster.“We put in a focused performance and are in a good position ahead of the return leg,” said the 19-year-old midfielder.“We have experienced some problems in the past few weeks, but with today’s performance we can go into the return leg with some confidence.” Despite Drogba and Sneijder making their Champions League debuts for the ambitious Turkish club since joining last month from Shanghai Shenhua and Inter Milan respectively, both had quiet games as the hosts failed to dominate.“In the first half, the atmosphere was really intense, but it wasn’t so bad after the break,” said Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand.“We can still be real spoilsports, Schalke are a team for the big competition.“Even when things go to pot, we’re still here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Champions League draw: Man City face PSG in quarter-finals

first_img1 Manchester City have been drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.City defeated Dynamo Kiev to reach the last eight of Europe’s elite competition for the first time.PSG, meanwhile, knocked Chelsea out as the French team look to add the Champions League to their domestic Ligue 1 title, which they wrapped up in record time with eight games still to play.Elsewhere, defending champions Barcelona will take on La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid will play German outfit Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich tackle Benfica.The quarter-final ties will be played over April 5/6 and April 12/13.Champions League quarter-final draw in full:Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester CityBarcelona v Atletico MadridBayern Munich v BenficaWolfsburg v Real Madridlast_img read more

YouTube’s copyright plan may help, hurt

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“If the video migrates to other places, I fear the audience will too, so YouTube needs to be really careful about how it does this,” he said. YouTube offers a gold mine of clips depicting all manner of amateur hijinks and tons of unauthorized commercial videos. Kevin Davis, a 16-year-old from Torrance, likes to peruse YouTube for music videos by R&B singer Chris Brown and rappers Lil Wayne and The Game. “I find what I’m looking for most of the time,” he said. YouTube, based in San Mateo, has licensing deals with CBS Corp. and three major recording companies – Warner Music Group, Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The entertainment companies will get a cut of YouTube ad revenue each time someone views a video licensed by them. YouTube stressed that it won’t be filtering content itself. A technology designed to detect copyright material could give YouTube a needed dose of legal legitimacy and calm any concerns Google Inc. has about spending $1.65billion on the Internet video site. But that same technology could hurt YouTube’s edgy appeal. While YouTube is known as the place to find almost any kind of video clip, recent agreements with high-profile content creators require YouTube to deploy an audio-signature technology that can spot a low-quality copy of a licensed music video or other content. YouTube would have to substitute an approved version of the clip or take the material down automatically. Analysts said that stepped-up monitoring by entertainment companies raises the likelihood that YouTube fans won’t find what they’re used to getting – and will go searching for the next online video rebel. “There’s very little that holds YouTube’s audience to YouTube except the belief that whatever they want to see, there is a very good chance YouTube will have it,” said Joe Laszlo, senior analyst with Jupiter Research. Instead, the technology being developed will allow copyright owners “to identify their content, locate it and then make a decision based on whether they want to remove it,” spokeswoman Julie Supan said. The new technology will be designed to scan a digital audio file, such as an MP3 or video, and compare the electronic “fingerprints” to databases of copyright material. But copyrights can be tricky on sites such as YouTube. Even a homemade video can run afoul of the law if it has a professional song playing in the background. Amateur concert footage and other video may be pulled from sites as a precaution simply because it’s unclear who owns the rights. “We’re going to probably see a lot of instances like that,” said Michael McGuire, a technology analyst for Gartner Inc. “It’s going to be a constant game of cat and mouse.” YouTube did not provide further details on the technology, which it expects to roll out by the end of the year. Some analysts doubt the screening technology will be foolproof. For example, detecting someone singing a copyright song on a homemade video could be difficult because the sound would not exactly match the original recording. “It’s impossible to be completely effective,” said Josh Bernoff, a digital video analyst with Forrester Research. “The devil’s in the details.” YouTube’s final product could resemble a system developed by Audible Magic Inc., which has compiled electronic fingerprints for more than 4million recordings to compare with content posted on iMesh, an online file-sharing application. Another video-sharing site, Guba LLC, which hosts user-generated videos as well as Hollywood movies that can be streamed or downloaded for a fee, uses a different content filtering technology dubbed “Johnny” that has been endorsed by major film studios. On the Web YouTube http://www.youtube.com Google Video http://video.google.com Guba http://www.guba.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Europe copes with own hot streak

first_imgPARIS – How hot is it? So hot that there was an ice cream shortage in Sweden. So hot that Polish lawmakers held a special Mass to pray for rain. Europe, from north to south, east to west, has sizzled through July with power outages and scores of deaths. The heat wave even brought a sinister reminder of the past, with officials in eastern Germany warning that World War II munitions might surface as river levels dropped. In Ireland, where the average temperature in July is normally 59 degrees, the temperature soared to 88 on July 19 – the hottest day since August 1995. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“It’s amazing how quickly we’ve got used to it. We seem to think we’re Mediterranean now,” said Brendan O’Connor, a newspaper and TV satirist. “There’s even a danger that we’ll start drinking sensibly.” Elsewhere, records also were being set. Germany, like Britain, has experienced the hottest July on record. In France, officials were frantic to avoid a repeat of the summer of 2003, when 15,000 people – most of them elderly – died of heat-related causes. This year, medical students were recruited to help doctors, advice was broadcast day and night on radio and television with reminders to drink water and stay indoors. A media campaign to boost neighborliness, and ensure no elderly are forgotten, went into full swing. Even the Eiffel Tower was not left out. Four giant misters were installed at its base to douse overheated tourists. Still, French health authorities reported 64 deaths by Thursday. Throughout July, temperatures cruised in the high 90s to more than 100 in Europe – high for a continent where air conditioning is generally the exception. But as anyone taking public transport knows, it was hotter than that. In Britain, road surfaces melted, and the Evening Standard newspaper measured temperatures on the Underground at a stifling 117 degrees. Necessity is the mother of invention. While the young, and less young, romped in fountains in Rome and Paris, those obliged to take subways in London or Paris used fans – hand-held or battery operated – to try to stay cool. The heat has wreaked havoc with electricity supplies. More than 1,000 businesses in London’s major shopping district were left without power Thursday, with the electric grid overwhelmed by demand. A state-owned power operator in the Czech Republic halted energy exports to neighboring countries and forced major industrial consumers to cut electricity use for several hours Tuesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Additionally, a new hip prosthesis with a large joint known as a “BFH” (big femoral head) allowed Mossman to return to work in less than a week following his second surgery. “I was checked out of the hospital within 72 hours with a walker,” said Mossman, whose first replacement used the traditional surgical method and took longer to heal. “I used the walker for less than a week and went straight back to work.” This weekend Mossman will be back doing what he loves best – drag racing. He’ll compete in the 2006 Goodguys Fuel & Gas Finals at the Famoso Raceway near Bakersfield. Mossman, who has been an avid drag racer for the past six years, spent seven years and $150,000 building his 1972 Malibu funny car, which can go a quarter-mile in seven seconds, he said. It will be his first drag race since his hips first began giving him trouble and comes just three weeks after the BFH surgery. “It’s the best thing since aspirin,” Mossman said of the surgery. Using specialized tools, the PATH method only requires an incision about one-third the size of that necessary in traditional hip replacement surgeries, resulting in less trauma to the area, said Mossman’s orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Riffenburgh of Pasadena. “There are two parts to Kevin’s surgery that are relatively new,” Riffenburgh said. “One is the actual prosthesis itself and the second \ is the procedure we used to insert it into the joint.” Riffenburgh said the bigger head of the BFH is less likely to be dislocated and offers a broader range of motion to active people like Mossman. Although Riffenburgh did put the new BFH replacement in both of Mossman’s hips, he only became aware of the new PATH procedure during the time between Mossman’s surgeries. “Kevin didn’t have the best experience with his first surgery when we used the traditional method,” Riffenburgh said. “He took a while to heal. But when we used PATH, he was up walking the day after surgery.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When Kevin Mossman became debilitated by an early case of arthritis in both hips last year, he feared his drag racing days would be over. The sharp pain caused Mossman, 44, to experience difficulties folding his 6-foot, 300-pound frame in and out of his shiny red 1972 Chevy Malibu hot rod. By the time the Whittier resident finally went in for medical treatment, doctors found an eight-month-old fracture in his left hip that had resulted in bone spurs and the beginnings of arthritic degeneration in the right hip. But Mossman regained full mobility after undergoing two surgeries – one of which used a new hip replacement procedure called Percutaneous Assisted Total Hip replacement. last_img read more