Argentina seek great escape via rejuvenated Nigeria

first_imgLying a humiliating last in a group they were expected to win, Argentina must beat Nigeria on Tuesday to have any chance of progressing and keeping alive captain Lionel Messi’s dream of winning a first World Cup.The ‘Super Eagles’, though, are bouncing after a tactical shake-up following their opening defeat propelled them to a 2-0 win over Iceland and will not fear the illustrious rivals they have met five times in six World Cups.“We know we can do it, our confidence is coming back,” said coach Gernot Rohr whose team beat Argentina 4-2 in a friendly last November, albeit in the absence of Messi.Rohr dropped the misfiring Odion Ighalo and Alex Iwobi after their opening loss to Croatia, and is likely to stick with Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho against the South Americans.A win against Argentina, who have looked shambolic in their first two games despite boasting some of the biggest names in the game, would guarantee a place in the second round.A draw will not be enough even if Iceland beat already-qualified Croatia, depending on goal difference.For Argentina, and the legions of fans who have made the huge journey across the world decked in blue-and-white number 10 Messi shirts and face masks, it is last chance saloon.They must beat Nigeria and also hope Iceland do not win against Croatia, as that could send them home anyway, again depending on goal difference.To do that, Messi and his team-mates will have to improve on abject displays so far.The Barcelona forward has looked stressed and miserable in both games, been largely crowded off the ball and missed a penalty against Iceland while he was anonymous versus Croatia.“The team is lost,” former Argentina international and Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said in a leaked audio.“What’s happening to the team right now is what has happened to Argentina in these last four disgraceful years: anarchy, no leadership from the players, coaches or directors.”Argentina’s coach Jorge Sampaoli, who has had a poor year in charge and looked utterly despondent after the Croatia defeat insisting that he alone was to blame, must hope such stinging words finally fire up a reaction from his players.last_img read more

“Orange the Runway” billed for December 9

first_imgIn observance of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, the Heart to Art Foundation, a non-governmental organisation whose mission is to combat mental illness through the arts’, has organised its first charity and fundraising event – Guyana’s first fashion, award and advocacy show – “Orange the Runway Volume 1,” slated for Sunday, December 9, at Herdmanston Lodge.“Orange the Runway” aims to increase awareness of gender-based violence in Guyana and the Caribbean. This initiative has been birthed with the mandate of acquiring funds for organisations such as ‘The Save Project’ to aid in their work of reducing and eliminating gender-based violence and other social issues surrounding young girls and women and also young boys and men.Most importantly, this event aims to honour and award local activists and advocate survivors of gender-based violence and sexual assault.International Model, Juanita Bledman will also be present at the event. In addition, patrons will witness stunning designs from Andrea Wilson of the British Virgin Islands, Isaiah Luther Designs, Rhoda Dox and other Guyanese designers and local boutiques.The show is scheduled to commence at 15:00h but gates will open at 13:00h.last_img read more

Young people and crime

first_imgDear Editor,Our young people today in Guyana are rapidly sliding down a hill into immorality and a life of crime. As I watched the news and read the papers I note with a great deal of interest that most of our young people are involved in some very serious gun crimes. Most of these young people are Afro-Guyanese; most are from broken homes and single parent backgrounds.These young people are trying to get-rich-quick by robbing innocent citizens daily and the drug trade is growing like a tree perpetually among the young and old. Even old ladies in their 70’s and 80’s are pushing drugs, thus drugs destroy the youths in our communities and that motivates them to commit crimes to get money to fuel their drug cravings. We have bicycle and motorbike snatchers in the city of Georgetown; pickpockets, choke and rob and firearm bandits all over in Guyana as well.The robbery of the Cambio dealer in Berbice of over million gives us much to think of, considering a former Police Officer was involved, according to the news. These big guns they were carrying were AK-47’s. This gives us much to desire pertaining to where and how they acquired these weapons and if they are not caught they will create a wild rampage of more crimes in this country. Most Police Officers do not carry weapons and those at the stations are unable to deal with these hard-core criminals who carry weapons. I am yet to hear the voice of the Public Security Minister, our President and all our foreign embassies, on how to tackle this crime situation. It is my firm opinion that these criminals have many masterminds or ‘’intellectual authors’’ planning these crimes and more is yet to come if this AK-47 gang is not dealt with expeditiously.Getting rich quick has been a way of life for many young people, both males and females who have embraced a life of crime in Guyana. The crime is here to stay because this Government has much too lenient laws for these criminals who killed innocent citizens. These criminals must be given the death sentence. If this APNU/AFC Government enforces tougher laws the crime will be eradicated. We must remember Mr Desmond Hoyte when he said ‘’To Hang Them High’’ if we don’t get rid of criminals they will get rid of us as a nation. They might even take over this nation by a military invasion judging from the military guns they are using to rob and kill people.Crime is also a moral problem. It stems from poor family values. If our young people have parental guidance and a good home and education they will not turn to drugs and crime. We need to build schools and churches in our prison compounds to educate these prisoners; even get teachers to teach them CXC so they can have a better future. We need a prison reform programme and better living conditions for prisoners.Drugs and crime have now become a global phenomenon, not only in Guyana but all over the world and we must not be fooled to think that in America there is no crime. We must act now as a nation to get rid of crime or all our business people will leave Guyana very soon; many have left already. We must work hard to get what we want not by pushing drugs. We must have more programmes for our youths, because today’s youths will be tomorrow’s leaders.Yours faithfully,Rev Gideon Cecillast_img read more

ICT needed to transform traditional teaching techniques – Granger

first_imgPresident David Granger emphasised the need to connect every school in the country through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in order to transform the traditional teaching techniques into modern methods that can significantly boost the level of education being offered to students.He reiterated this message during a recent interview on the Public Interest, which was inkeeping with the theme of Education Month.President David GrangerThe President underscored the need for every child to go to school so as to attain an education – the backbone of any developing society.He noted that while parents have their part to play in ensuring that their children attend school, the government must also live up to its role to ensure the environment and conditions under which children study are conducive.In this regard, the President said his Government is still committed to ensuring that every teacher, upon graduating from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), leave with a laptop which will aid in bringing ICT to schools nationwide.Last year, the E-governance unit began rolling out Wi-Fi networks in schools and works were to commence to provide Internet access to hinterland and remote areas.Only recently, President Granger pledged an initial $1 million to boost the Berbice High School’s (BHS) computer laboratory as he noted that an education founded in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects is key to innovation and transformation of the country.But while the President has been placing significant emphasis on the importance of education, the unemployment rate of the country continues to soar.In fact, a large number of educated/qualified persons continue to struggle to find jobs commensurate with their qualifications.Just on Sunday, Guyana Times featured a 19-year-old Communication Studies student who has been struggling to find a job since graduation from high school several years ago.The teenager wrote a poem in the form of an open letter to the President about the unemployment rate in the country and had implored on the President to take action to address the situation.last_img read more

Ki sinks Chelsea in League Cup thriller

first_imgBut Fabio Borini equalised for the Premier League’s bottom club in the 88th minute and Ki sent Sunderland into the semi-finals with a cool finish two minutes from the end of extra-time.It was Ki’s first goal in 13 appearances for the Black Cats since his loan switch from Swansea, with whom he won the League Cup last season, in September.Ki had never scored in English football since moving to Swansea from Celtic in 2012, and this was his first club goal since he netted for the Scottish giants at Hibernian in February 2012.“It was just unbelievable, I didn’t expect to score but I am really pleased to help the team go through,” Ki told Sky Sports.“This was a very hard game for us, but we didn’t give up. The boys played unbelievable.”It was a dispiriting night for Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who won the League Cup twice in his first spell in charge of the west London club but saw his fears about his shot-shy team confirmed during a lacklustre display.“We never lost a match because we didn’t play or that the opponent was stronger, it’s just we don’t kill opponents and we give them life,” Mourinho said.“Every opponent knows they can score a goal against us. We had fantastic chances to score and didn’t score.”After struggling to find any rhythm in a tepid opening 45 minutes, Chelsea took the lead less than 60 seconds after the break.Frank Lampard was challenged by Cattermole near the goal-line as the pair competed for Cesar Azpilicueta’s low cross and the ball rolled into the net.Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone tried to claw the ball out from behind the line, but the goal was correctly given, with referee Anthony Taylor pointing to his watch to indicate goal-line technology had been used to confirm the decision.It was the first time goal-line technology had been used in the League Cup, although the system was established in the Premier League at the start of this season.Sunderland equalised when on-loan Liverpool striker Borini fired home from an acute angle after a driving run from Jozy Altidore.And Ki eventually sealed the win in extra-time with a clinical low strike from Borini’s pass.At the King Power Stadium, City were effectively through to the semi-finals by half-time as they finally took their free-scoring home form on the road.Manuel Pellegrini’s men were on top right from the start and took the lead in the ninth minute when Serbian defender Aleksandar Kolarov whipped a fine 25-yard free-kick into the top corner of Kasper Schmeichel’s goal.There was a setback for City moments later as Argentine right-back Pablo Zabaleta was forced to come off with a hamstring injury.Leicester sit third in the Championship yet they offered minimal resistance and City increased their lead in the 41st minute.It was a sweeping move as Jesus Navas teed up James Milner and the England winger’s cross picked out Dzeko, who headed home emphatically from close-range.Bosnian striker Dzeko struck again in the 53rd minute, this time scuffing his shot past Schmeichel from another Milner cross.Leicester replied in the 77th minute through Lloyd Dyer’s deflected shot, but City, who haven’t reached the League Cup final since 1976, were never in danger of blowing their lead.“We had a very good first half, and dominated the game,” Pellegrini said.“It is an important competition, it is important to win every game you play in and to get to the final at Wembley would be wonderful for the supporters.”On Wednesday, the other two quarter-finals see Tottenham host West Ham in the north London club’s first match since the sacking of manager Andre Villas-Boas on Monday, while Manchester United travel to Stoke.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, December 18 – South Korea’s Ki Sung-Yueng stunned Chelsea as the Sunderland midfielder’s first goal for the club sealed a shock 2-1 win in the League Cup quarter-finals, while Manchester City swept into the last four with a 3-1 victory at Leicester on Tuesday.Gus Poyet’s team had been on the verge of defeat at the Stadium of Light after goal-line technology was used for the first time in the League Cup to give Chelsea the lead through Lee Cattermole’s own goal in the opening minute of the second half.last_img read more

Belgium training called off after blasts

first_img0Shares0000A police officer sets up a security cordon near Maalbeek metro station in Brussels on March 22, 2016 after a blast at thie station near the EU institutions caused deaths and injuries. PHOTO/AFP.BRUSSELS, March 22 – Training for Belgium’s friendly football match against Portugal was called off on Tuesday following the deadly explosions that rocked Brussels airport and metro.“All our thoughts at this moment are with the victims (of the blasts). Football is not the priority today. Training cancelled,” the Belgian Football Federation posted on its Twitter account. There was no immediate word if the match, due to be played next Tuesday at the King Baudoin stadium in the Belgian capital, would go ahead.Belgium are currently the top ranked team in the world and the game against Portugal is part of the team’s preparations for the Euro 2016 competition which takes place in France in June and July.In another reaction to the blasts, the Travers la Flandre cycling race, which had been due to be held on Wednesday, was also called off. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe North West Words group will hold an arts night in the writer’s venue Café Blend Letterkenny Thursday 13th December 8:00pm.There will be a book Launch by: M Tea Vessels by Alfie Bradley, Angela Halvey, Caroline Mason and Siobhan PattenThere will be music by Sean Feeney Charity CD in aid of GROW & Simon and also by Chris Ward There will also be a seasonal Open Mic- read any poem \ story by any author.Prizes & raffles galore and admission freeCafé Blend -Café & Venue – Food from 7:00 pm tel 074 91 77787-9160066  ARTS NIGHT BY THE NORTH WEST WORDS GROUP AT CAFE BLEND was last modified: December 6th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:cafe blendNORTH WEST WORDSlast_img read more


first_imgContracts will be signed today on the €5 million sewerage scheme for the Glenties and Dungloe areas.Pat The Cope Gallagher MEPWork on the scheme is expected to begin in February next.MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the signing of the contract. These schemes will provide new wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations and sewers in Dungloe and Glenties to replace the present overloaded and obsolete infrastructure.The new works will facilitate existing and future residential and commercial development in the Dungloe and Glenties areas.In addition, the state of the art wastewater treatment plant, which will treat the wastewater in each location to the highest standards, will ensure that the local environment is enhanced and the good quality of the Dungloe and Owenea rivers is protected and improved.Pat the Cope said he is confident that work on both schemes will commence by February 2014.  CONTRACT TO BE SIGNED TODAY ON €5 MILLION DUNGLOE SEWERAGE SCHEME was last modified: December 20th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Glenties and Dungloe sewerage schemePat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

‘Mourinho took Chelsea from small club to champions – fans should respect him!’

first_imgFormer Manchester United striker Diego Forlan insists Jose Mourinho should get a warm reception from Chelsea fans on Sunday for ‘taking a small club and making them champions’.Red Devils boss Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for the first time since he was sacked by the club last year.The build-up to the highly-anticipated clash has been dominated by the Portuguese boss and whether he will meet a sensational or steely welcome from his former supporters.POLL: Chelsea v Man United – Would you boo Mou? VOTE HERE!But ex-Red Devils Forlan insists they have to show their gratitude to Mourinho for how he transformed the club during his celebrated for spell as manager.Forlan told The National: “When is asked my captain Roy Keane and other Manchester United players about Chelsea, they explained: ‘Chelsea are a small club, nothing like as big as Liverpool or Arsenal’.“In my time at United, Chelsea were bought by Roman Abramovich and would go on to become one of the strongest teams in the world.“Jose Mourinho would also take charge just before I left England. He had become a hero there, taking a ‘small club’ and making them champions of England for the first time in 50 years.“Mourinho is loved by Chelsea and can expect a good reception when he returns with his new club – United – on Sunday, even though he is trying to defeat the club who sacked him a year ago.”An away victory for Mourinho would see United leapfrog Chelsea in the Premier League table, but Forlan insists he should get a warm reception from supporters despite the magnitude of the meeting.“Chelsea fans would probably prefer he was not at United,” said the Uruguayan. “He achieved so much at Chelsea, winning the league in both of his spells there.“That is why they will welcome him at Stamford Bridge, even though it is a game that neither he nor his Antonio Conte can afford to lose.“English fans are good like that and it helps that he is not a player, who could have a more visible impact on the game.” 1 Will Jose Mourinho get a warm welcome from Chelsea supporters? last_img read more

Things To Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesFamily Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. C.L.E.A.R. (Community and Law Enforcement Aware Response) fundraiser will feature food, live entertainment and an opportunity to register for the program, 3-11 p.m. today at The Londoner, 18511 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Live entertainment begins at 9 p.m. Call Lisa Prather at (661) 755-4813. Heroes’ Day to thank local firefighters, law enforcement and military will feature food, music, guest speakers, raffles and door prizes, 4-9 p.m. today at Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call Suzon Gerstel at (661) 606-2569 or Sharon Ventrice at (661) 755-8629. Oldies & Goodies Classic Car, Truck and Bike Show will feature classic vehicles from 1975 and older, rides, games, vendors, food and entertainment, 5-10 p.m. today at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Terri Burbank at (661) 259-3886, Ext. 223 or visit Western Day will feature food, drinks, live music and dancing, 5:30 p.m. to midnight today at Jack Bones Equestrian Center, Castaic. Tickets: $20. Call (661) 294-8677. Ride of Silence will honor the memory of cyclists who have been killed or injured on the road, 7:30 a.m. today beginning at Canyon Country Park, 17615 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-4993 or e-mail Sierra Club hike to Los Pinetos will meet, 9 a.m. today at the Walker Ranch entrance to Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call Gaylon Rodin at (661) 263-0568. Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. today at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. An Evening Under the Stars will feature dinner, dancing and a charity auction to benefit the Michael Hoefflin Foundation for Children’s Cancer, 6-11 p.m. today at Mann Biomedical Park, 25104 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia. Tickets: $150. Call Allison Starr at (661) 250-4100. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Wild Sunday will feature an in depth look at a group of animals, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “The Guys” will be presented to firefighters and other emergency personnel, 7 p.m. Sunday, and to the public as a fundraiser for the Southern California Firefighters Association, 8 p.m. Monday at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Monday tickets: $75. Call (661) 288-0000. “With Their Eyes: The View from a High School at Ground Zero” will be presented, 6:30-8 p.m. Monday at the Valencia High School Theatre, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 294-1188, Ext. 522 or e-mail Senior Cinema will present “The Trouble with Harry,” 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Castaic Chamber of Commerce Summer Mixer, will feature food and fun, 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the Castaic Regional Sports Complex, 31230 Castaic Road, Castaic. Call (661) 295-8303. Movies to Talk About will present “30 Days: Living on Minimum Wage,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-7866 or visit SCVSingles will hold a mixer, 7 p.m. Thursday at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494. 62nd annual Barbecue Fiesta, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 3 p.m.-midnight Sept. 16 and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 17 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-2276. The Angels of Dawn will perform pop and alternative rock, 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-2276. Majesty will present a program of sacred music, 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Recital Hall at The Master’s College, near the corner of Quigley Canyon Road and Placeritos Boulevard in Newhall. Admission is free. Call (661) 259-3540. Lee Greenwood will perform, 8 p.m. Friday at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5304. Moonlight hike, 8-9 p.m. Friday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want 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