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Messi begins bid for 1st World Cup title against Iceland

first_imgLionel Messi plays the ball during a training session of Argentina on the eve of the group D match against Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)MOSCOW — Lionel Messi takes the field for the first time in this year’s World Cup on Saturday when Argentina opens group play against Iceland, the smallest nation to ever play in the tournament.The superstar forward goes into the World Cup under enormous pressure to finally win a major international title. Critics of the Barcelona forward believe that void takes him out of the debate as the best player in the history of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Messi is playing in his fourth World Cup and came close to the title in 2014. Although he was named player of the tournament, Argentina lost to Germany 1-0 in the final. Messi took Argentina only to the quarterfinals in his first two World Cup appearances.He turns 31 on June 24 during the group stage, and this could be Messi’s final shot at a World Cup title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMessi will be the headliner of the Group D match at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, but Iceland could have strong fan support after its improbable run to the quarterfinals of the 2016 European Championship. Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson does not mind being the darling of the tournament in its World Cup debut and only second major tournament.Slovakia in 2010 was the last first-time World Cup team to make it to the knockout stage of the tournament and Iceland believes it can make a run, as well. Captain Aron Gunnarsson, who sports a long red beard and plays the role of a Viking warrior, leads the postgame, slow-building clapping exchange between the team and fans that is Iceland’s trademark and should energize the crowd. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments LATEST STORIES Federer beats Pella to book Stuttgart Open semifinal place The game is at 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. Eastern).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Convicted FDA Finance Manager’s Prison Sentence Suspended

first_imgThe former Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Finance manager, Bernard Bropleh, last Monday, walked free out of Criminal Court ‘C, after his prison sentence was suspended by Judge Yussif Kaba.Judge Kaba also ordered Bropleh, who he found guilty of stealing US$17,208.34 from the FDA, to pay back the money within a year.The Criminal Court Judge further ordered Bropleh to perform community service of three hours daily, five days a week, at the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) for a period of six months.“Bropleh will be monitored and supervised by the authority of the Paynesville City Corporation,” Judge Kaba stated.He further ruled that “Bropleh would also be turned over to the Probation Section of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), so that his activities would be monitored for a period of two years, to ensure that he engages in no act of financial malpractices or any (similar) act(s) during the two year period.”Bropleh throughout the trial confessed that he stole US$17,208.34 from the FDA, but said it was with the intention to engage in business activity and was not intended to unduly deprive government of its revenue.In his confession to the court and the prosecution, Bropleh pleaded guilty to stealing US$17,208.34 and asked the court to grant him forgiveness and to have him restitute the money.He also asked the court to allow him to pay back the money within a year and to render community service in a location where he would be monitored.He went ahead to promise by saying “If my appeal is accepted and approved, I would do nothing to delay the payment of the amount.”Bropleh also apologized, describing his action as “error of judgment.”On Monday, Judge Kaba took less than an hour to find Bropleh guilty.In his ruling, the Criminal Court Judge said, “This court noted with keen interest that the defendant in these proceedings has shown his conduct when he was made to plead to the charged that he indeed regretted his action.”Since this is the case, Judge Kaba added, “this court hereby grants the request of the defendant for a suspended sentence and he has to pay the money within one year.”Instructing the Court Clerk, Judge Kaba declared, “The Clerk of this court is hereby ordered to do a communication to the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), and to the Probation Section of the MOJ to give effect to this judgment.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The AFC is dead and buried

first_imgDear Editor,Each day that passes only serves to confirm that the Alliance For Change (AFC) is ‘dead meat’ and no amount of empty rhetoric will bring it back to life. The message is quite clear: the A Partnership for National Unity no longer needs the AFC since it has very little to offer, if anything at all.Those supporters, who came from the People’s National Congress (PNC) and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) have returned to their respective homes. Undoubtedly, the 2020 General Elections is a race between the PPP and the PNC. The smaller parties have been decimated and obliterated. However, the young people of this country will be the deciding factor and since they are not in any way influenced by ‘party loyalty’ I am sure they will vote based on how they view what is taking place currently and then make an educated comparison of what had taken place during the tenure of the previous governments.I am confident that the poor and inept handling of many issues such as the oil PSA, the quicksilver nature of addressing the GuySuCo dilemma, the ever expanding web of corruption as it relates to procurement, the unilateral appointment of the GECOM Chairman and the economic decline affecting the country. Corruption is more blatant than it ever was, and the Government lacks the political will to effect any meaningful change.It must be noted that from May 2015, the AFC has become increasingly tone deaf to all the issues mentioned above and its Ministers within the coalition Government are only intent on securing their ’good life’. I do feel that Moses Nagamootoo should use this opportunity to leave on medical grounds after securing his pension since his ‘spin’ bowling is no longer necessary. He has become so uncharacteristically silent on so many issues afflicting this nation.In addition, the Public Security Minister seems to be making more statements on agriculture related issues whenever he visits Berbice rather than finding solutions for the escalating crime problems. Corruption has been growing within the Police Force and his Ministry. It has been alleged that there is a ‘yard sale’ of gun licences in Black Bush Polder.Then Minister Trotman has made tremendous ‘blunders’ with the EXXON deal which reeks of corruption with this nation losing whatever windfall would have accrued from the discovery of oil. His gimmicks and excuses have become unbearable to the average Guyanese. Guyanese will have to continue to live as third-class citizens because of his ‘blunders’. Moreover, the Public Infrastructure Minister seems to be having a rough time determining who is not corrupt within his Ministry. Cronyism and corruption are devouring his Ministry.Yours sincerely,Muhammad Mustaphalast_img read more

GBTI defeats Scotiabank

first_imgBattle of the Banks…GBTI pulled off a 13-run win against Scotiabank when the two companies clashed on Friday last at the GBTI Recreational Centre in Bel Air Park, Georgetown.Playing under lights, GBTI Captain Mohan Balram won the toss and opted to bat. Eventually, a target a target of 55 was set, and the visitors were restricted to 41, taking to e advantage of home conditions by batting first.Team GBTI seemed distracted on familiar conditions, as the batsmen showed signs of intimidation, which resulted in three run outs within the first four overs.Despite wickets falling at the other end, opening batsman Ramesh Sookram (14) stayed firm, as he was joined by captain Mohan Balram (16), who came in and settled the innings. David Mohamed entered next and supported well with 14 as the side end up with 54 from the allotted 12 overs.The standout bowler for Scotiabank was Parmeshwar “Andy” Budhu, who took 3-9.Scotiabank’s attempt to overhaul GBTI’s score did not go so well, as they were greeted with some hostile fast bowling from Mohamed.The top order was further derailed by two (2) excellent run outs from Bhesham Persaud and wicketkeeper Devon Powley.A late surge from Binsaud Baksh and Ravi De Souza threatened to take the game away, but in the end, GBTI’s bowling proved to be too hot to handle, as Scotia Bank ended well short when the overs expired.Baksh top scored for Scotia with 23, while Balram’s 1-2 earned him the Player-of-the-Match award.last_img read more

One week left in SPCA community challenge

first_imgThis first event this week is “Woofstock” at Burgers and Brews on Friday, May 24. The fundraising event will feature music by Ryan Hennessy, Craig Brooks, and Mike Strandberg, with a burger, beer and side dish included in the $25 ticket. Tickets are available at Investors Group, the North Peace SPCA or at the door.Then this weekend is the fourth annual Doggy Day Spa fundraiser, taking place at Oculus Transport on 72 Street. Canine lovers in the Energetic City can bring their pooches to get pampered for the day, all for a donation to the SPCA. The minimum donation is $20 for a bath and blow dry, plus $5 extra each for a nail trim, anal gland expression or an ear clean. To reserve your spot, send an email with your name, your dog’s name, breed and size, and your phone number to doggiedayspa@hotmail.ca, and your drop off time will be confirmed.Lastly, the SPCA will be holding a barbecue at the Fort St. John Visitors Information Centre on the last day of the challenge May 31. – Advertisement -As of half way through the month, the South Peace branch was closing the gap on the North Peace branch.last_img read more

Sofapaka hits Thika to go third as Ulinzi falter

first_imgIn the earlier kick off, 2010 champions Ulinzi Stars suffered their third successive loss with a 1-0 result against Nakumatt FC. The result more or less punctures the military side’s title hopes.Substitute Kevin Thairu scored the winner with two minutes left on the clock after racing to a rebound following Jacktone Odhiambo’s save from a Jack Bruno freekick.In Chemelil, Mike Madoya struck to cancel out John Mwita’s goal as a resilient Zoo Kericho rallied from a goal down to draw 1-1 with hosts Chemelil Sugar.But the day arguably belonged to Sofapaka who scored three goals for the second consecutive time, having beaten Muhoroni Youth 3-2 in midweek away from home.After a clumsy first half, the game broke into life in the second period with Kassumba breaking the deadlock just seven minutes after the restart.Poor defensive awareness from Dennis Lewa saw Kassumba pick the ball up inside the box and fire past fellow Ugandan Allan Owiny. From a Willis Ouma cross on the right, Lewa failed to clear with his attempt at controlling the ball turning awry and gifting the Ugandan with possession.Five minutes later, Thika conceded almost from similar fashion. Morven Otinya broke off from the left before cutting back a cross which found the Thika backline in slumber. Echesa who had just come on for Kennedy Oduor found the ball and simply slapped it home.Sofapaka took firm control of the game dictating possession while Thika tried to get themselves back on song.Their efforts were nipped right in the bud with Aloro striking a superb freekick over the wall and into the net, all but affirming Sofapaka would be keeping all three points.Late on, Thika tried to cut the deficit with Saad Musa’s well curled freekick failing to land on a target inside the box while Christopher Oruchum’s shot from range was saved by Kigonya despite taking an awkward bounce right before him.Thika hadn’t created much in the game with their best chance coming in the 19th minute when Onwudi Chibueze sent Mwinyi Kibwana through one on one with Kigonya, but the keeper was faster off his line blocking the effort.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ulinzi Stars’ Samuel Onyango attempts to go past Nakumatt’s Christopher Wekesa during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on August 6, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6- Three goals in the second half saw Sofapaka move to third in the Kenyan Premier League standings with a 3-0 win over Thika United at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday afternoon.Two goals within five minutes from Umar Kassumba and substitute Hillary Echesa set the 2009 champions on song after a clumsy first half with Rodgers Aloro striking a sumptuous freekick to seal the points 15 minutes to time.last_img read more

Ex-Leicester striker: Title triumph could be a reality check for big spenders

first_img1 Les Ferdinand, seen here battling with Tottenham’s Ledley King, spent a year at Leicester City, in 2003-04 Les Ferdinand believes Leicester City’s inconceivable title triumph will change the face of English football and provide a reality check for the Premier League’s big boys.Claudio Ranieri’s 5000/1 outsiders completed one of the most remarkable stories in sporting history on Monday following second-placed Tottenham’s dramatic 2-2 with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.With a squad that cost just £54.4m to assemble, Leicester will finish comfortably above mega-rich clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea this season and former Foxes striker Ferdinand feels those sides will have to reassess their recruitment policies in the summer.“It’s a great footballing story and it’s one that everybody wanted to see happen,” said Ferdinand, who spent one year at the club in 2003/04, scoring 13 goals in 31 appearances.“It’s fantastic for football because for many years supporters have looked at football clubs and even said to be competing they’ve got to spend £250m.“This may be the changing face of football for a long time. Things have been spiralling out of control but we’ve now seen a team who haven’t spent millions and millions on their squad go and win the league.“Arsenal for many years have had their supporters screaming out that Wenger has got to spend the money but it doesn’t guarantee success.“Man United spent £250m this year and they’re struggling to make the Champions League.“What we’ve got is a team who are willing to fight for their manager and they’ve ended up winning the Premier League.”last_img read more


first_imgA MAN caught driving at 141km/hr on the dual carriageway between Manorcunningham and Letterkenny has kept his driving licence after telling a judge he has learned his lesson after attending a safer driving course.Brian McGovern, 21, pleaded guilty to the offence on June 21 last year.He was in Donegal for the rally at the time. He had been ordered at a previous sitting of Letterkenny District Court to attend the Pro-Social Driving Course, a classroom-based course where dangerous drivers meet to discuss their actions with car crash victims and members of the emergency services.He drove from his home in Gleneely, Co Antrim, to attend the four week course.“It was a real eye-opener seeing what could happen to you,” McGovern told Judge Paul Kelly.The shop assistant pleaded guilty to one charge of dangerous driving in his Seat Leon at Trimragh.Judge Kelly fined him €400, telling his solicitor Patsy Gallagher: “I won’t disqualify him time but his licence is in jeopardy if he drive like this again.”RALLY FAN DROVE AT 141KM/HR ON DUAL CARRIAGEWAY was last modified: January 8th, 2016 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:dangerous drivingLetterkenny Courtrally fanlast_img read more


first_imgThe second of the Tir na nÓg Road Race series took place on Sunday morning, April 21st over the picturesque Cashelnagore railway 5 mile loop. The Course started and finished at Teach Rúairi in Baltoney with the course extending over local scenery of Muckish, Errigal and the Sea. it made for a perfect Sunday morning outting.  The Course which  was challenging proved an interesting change to the 5km runs which also form part of the series. The overall winner was Loughanure man Micheal Logue, who was home in a time of 31.20. Second and third overall were Derry’s Oran Doherty in 31.42 with local man Seimi Ferry completing the course in a very strong 32 mins. The First three Senior Women home were Termon Lady Nicola Doherty in an impressive 35.48, with Gaoth Dobhair’s Noreen Mc Gee in second in 37.36 and local women Eibhlin Boyle in third place in 43.48. Other notable performances included, Magheroarty lad Ryan Lafferty winning the Junior men’s event in an excellent 33.30. It was also great to see Falcarragh man Pat Ban Gallagher returning from injury to post an excellent 33.16 and finish 3rd in the Over 40 mens category.  The Tir na nÓg Race Series continues with the next event due to take place on Sunday May 13th at 11am. Registrations at the Centre in Gortahork from 9.30am – All welcome.. These events aim to provide a fun type opportunity for athletes and walkers to improve their fitness and access form though the period… Further information from the Centre at 074 91 62972 or find us on Facebook. Results Tír na nÓg Road Race Series Race 2–Railway Run 5 Mile – Sunday 22nd April   –  PlaceTimeRace NumberNameCategoryClub / Area 131.20136Micheal LogueS MLoughanure 231.42166Oran Mc BrideOver 40 MDerry332.00066Seimi FerryOver 40 MGlasserchoo433.16090Pat B. GallagherOver 40 MFalcarragh533.30086Ryan laffertyJunior MMagheroarty635.32352Derek AlcornOver 40 MDunfanaghy735.43092Eugene Mc CaffertyS MDerrybeg835.46088Joseph CaseyS MFalcarragh935.48175Nicola DohertyS WTermon1036.24167Ciaran GallagherS MFalcarragh1137.36171Noreen Mc GeeS WGaoth Dobhair1238.45087Martin Mc GarveyOver 40 MCreeslough1338.58352James AlcornOver 40 MDunfanaghy1442.06093Hugo GallagherS MGortahork1542.43170Neil KellyJunior MFalcarragh1642.44065Manus KellyOver 40 MFalcarragh1742.44169Pat KellyS MFalcarragh1842.45168Aodán Ó CearbhaillS MGaoth Dobhair1943.48161Eibhlin BoyleS WGortahork 2043.48174Roise DiverS WGortahork 2145.06064Joe Mc ClaffertyOver 40 MGortahork2245.26091Brian O DonnellOver 40 MBaltoney2345.30089Murt CollinsOver 40 MFalcarragh2445.54172Bridget MooreS WFalcarragh2548.46173Mary ruddyS WFalcarragh2649.11003Niall DoranS MChurchill2751.53068Noeleen DooganS WFalcarragh2851.53081Ashling FineganOver 40 WFalcarragh2954.47351David GeaneyOver 40 MFalcarragh3060.32069James DooganJunior MFalcarragh3160.40162Shiela GallagherWalk WFalcarragh3260.58163Anne CannonWalk WKeeldrum3360.58164Maire Mc LaughlinWalk WBaltoney3461.02165Liam Mc ClaffertyS MFalcarragh3561.11067Noirin Nic AoidhWalk WMagheroarty3664.52066Maureen Nic AoidhOver 40 WMagheroarty3773.10006Anne Mc FaddenWalk WGortahork3873.11004Bridie DohertyWalk WBallyconnell3973.12005Fiona DohertyWalk WBallyconnell 4073.40096Maire Ni ChoilmWalk WDun Luiche4173.40095Nora RoartyWalk WDunlewey4273.40097Martina RoartyWalk WDunlewey  RESULTS: SECOND RACE IN TIR NA nÓG SERIES was last modified: April 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:RESULTS: SECOND RACE IN TIR NA nÓG SERIEStir na nog racelast_img read more

Former Man United star predicts: ‘Jose Mourinho will be gone by Christmas’

first_img“He’s moaned about not signing new players and not bigging up the ones he’s got.“The football’s not entertaining and what makes it twice as bad is that their two biggest rivals, Man City and Liverpool, do play exciting football.“His negative style does not fit in with the expansive football that United fans want. I think he’ll be gone before Christmas.”Sharpe did play for an exciting United team under Sir Alex Ferguson between 1988 and 1996, winning the Premier League title three times and the FA Cup twice.And the former England winger believes Mourinho has created a lot of his own problems with his abrasive man-management style.“I do not think Mourinho has handled the Pogba situation very well,” Sharpe said at a McDonald’s community football day prior to United’s weekend defeat.“It was the same with Luke Shaw before that. Any views should be kept in-house and not appear in the press. smart causal SORRY Former Manchester United star Lee Sharpe believes Jose Mourinho will not be in charge of the Red Devils by Christmas.The pressure has been piled on Mourinho, the United manager, following the club’s 3-2 defeat to Brighton on Sunday. After just two matches of the season the Old Trafford club are already playing catch-up with top six rivals Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham, with Liverpool also having the chance to move three points ahead of United should they beat Crystal Palace on Monday evening. gameday cracker predicted Most read in Premier League Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Pogba openly criticised the attitude Manchester United showed against Brighton changes latest Could Mourinho’s famous third season be in full swing? 2 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Paul Pogba, captaining United, admitted the Red Devils had the wrong attitude for the match, and that they lacked ‘hunger’. Such admissions have strengthened the belief Mourinho has lost the dressing room, having come on the back of a summer of moaning about transfers, as well as the players he currently has at his disposal.Whether the famous third season effect is in full swing remains to be seen, but Sharpe certainly believes it is – with the ex-England international expecting Mourinho to be out of a job by Christmas.“(Mourinho) is the wrong man for the job,” Sharpe said.“When he came to Chelsea the first time he was quite charming and fun, but now he just seems dour and fed up. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won revealed whoops The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings silverware Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update “Mourinho talks about class (he accused Manchester City of lacking it by making their Amazon TV series) but that is the sign of class in my eyes.“Every player who played for Sir Alex Ferguson – whether they liked him or not – respected him because you knew that any grievances would not be aired in the press.”last_img read more