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first_img BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer SCOTT PILLING staff Brookdale’s Brendan Hilliard (l), of Hazlet, fires the ball upfield during the Jersey Blues’ game with Prince George’s College in Lincroft on Aug. 30. Mike Costa and the Brookdale Community College men’s soccer team will spend the early part of the 2006 season learning about each other. Costa, the Jersey Blues’ new head coach, who was an assistant at the school in 2002, has been spending the preseason finding out just what he has, while the players are learning that the former Jackson Memorial High School coach puts defense first. “We have some very talented players and they move the ball well,” said Costa, who replaced Wayne Palmer on the sidelines. “It’s a matter of combining the different styles, and the players getting used to each other.” The one criticism of the his club is that it “just doesn’t play defense the way I’m used to.” That has been a Costa priority. The Blues will be a predominately young team this fall with just four sophomores, three of them returning starters, on the team. Two of them, Mike Baur (Colts Neck) and Pablo Penagos, are two of the team’s tri-captains. Baur is a midfielder and Penagos is a forward. Penagos missed last season due to a knee injury. Vic Masino (Howell), a sweeper, is the third captain. Masino is a two-way player at sweeper who will be the anchor of the defense, as well as the player who can trigger the transition from offense to defense. Costa said the ex-Rebel is an “excellent leader.” Up front, Christian Pozo (Neptune) is a talented forward who is a proven scorer. The Blues have two solid forwards in Sergio Morales (Colts Neck) and Helder Andrade (Ocean Township), who are good playmakers. The Brookdale offense got a lift when Joe Shan (Central Regional) returned from injury. The versatile midfield/forward missed most of the preseason with a broken collarbone. Also starting at forward is Tomas Cholula (Colts Neck). Costa has a lot of depth on defense with Steve Coleman (Point Pleasant Beach), one of three returning starters on the team, Anthony Ferretti (Freehold Township), Brendan Hilliard (Raritan) and Stalin Larco (Long Branch). Starting in goal is sophomore Juan Medias, the third returning starter. He was a field player in ’05 and has switched to goal, where he is playing well. Rounding out the team are Diego Alvarez, forward; Henry Cachipuendo (Freehold Borough), midfield; Eric Castanheira (Howell), midfield/forward; Brett Czerwinski (Ocean Township), midfield; and Lee Sherman (Shore Regional), defender. Costa, who became the Blues coach just three weeks before the start of the season, credited his assistant coaches Brad Fraley and George Banaco (goalie coach), both ex-Jersey Blues players, with being big assets for him. Costa is happy to be back on the Lincroft campus where he coached in ’02. “I always loved Brookdale,” said Costa. “When I had my good run at Jackson (winning a state title), I sent my kids to Brookdale because I knew they would graduate.” Brookdale’s season began Wednesday with a 3-3 tie against nationally ranked Prince George’s (Md.), in Lincroft. Pozo knotted the match at 3-3 when they were 61 minutes into the match. Cholula and Shan scored in the first half for the Blues. Medias made 15 saves in his net debut. The Blues play four of their first five games at home. They host Gloucester on Saturday at noon and Sussex on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

first_imgThe Liberian question, “When will government get ready?” caught up with squatters on land belonging to the University of Liberia Fendell campus yesterday when a bulldozer indiscriminately broke down several concrete structures on the university’s property.The demolition exercise that began during the morning hours was characterized by violent protests by evicted residents who claimed that they have title deeds to the land.They set road blocks and burnt tires on the road, stopping vehicles from moving.Eyewitnesses told the Daily Observer that the angry encroachers threw petrol bombs at the university’s power generator room. Fortunately, the petrol bombs did not cause any harm to the University facilities.“The angry victims were throwing stones at police and the demolition team this morning and burning tires on the road; but police reinforcement came and they all dispersed,” an eyewitness told this paper.Some officers of the Liberia National Police told reporters that they encountered a tough time with the aggrieved demolition victims.Some unarmed police officers said they were stoned while others took cutlasses and single barrel rifles to shoot at them; but that they called for reinforcement and the presence of heavy manpower drove the rioters away.The officers said in separate statements that the aggrieved parties are planning arson attacks on buildings on the university’s campus. This plan, coupled with students’ planned demonstration against increase in tuition fees, has increased heavy police presence on the campus. The second phase of demolition on the western side of the Fendell campus came following demolition of the eastern side that left hundreds of illegal residents homeless.A ranking official of the Ministry of Public Works at the demolition site refrained from speaking to the Daily Observer on grounds that the UL authority did not authorize him to comment to the press.However, another Public Works official was heard telling police officers and others that the encroachers were given a long time and were informed about the demolition on May 9, but they refused to relocate.“These people were given a long time to prepare and leave this place, but they perpetually refused to do; and with all legal backings, this property belongs to the University of Liberia,” the MPW official said.Up to the time a bulldozer was demolishing structures, encroachers were seen getting their belongings from the houses and taking them on pick-up trucks to other locations.A resident of the area also said in a conversation that a day to the demolition, an encroacher attempted selling a parcel of land to an individual that was seeking to buy land.“I am telling you, someone was here yesterday to buy land, and one of the victims dwelling on this property attempted selling land to him,” the resident said.Another evicted resident who sells food on the Fendell campus said, “I had my structure at the first place they broke down two weeks ago; and I am now in my own area near the bridge towards Careysburg. We were told long time ago that they will break this place down, and we all know. I am only telling my customers where I am currently, but what people are saying around here is nothing to go by.”Meanwhile, houses demolished at Fendell were marked by Ministry of Public Works years back, and notices served indicated that the land belongs to the University of Liberia.Despite the warnings and time given to prepare for relocation, the encroachers remained complacent up to the time of demolition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe Uruguayan struck again with 20 minutes left, his 29th goal in 29 league appearances this season also his 42nd goal in all competitions, a remarkable total.Blaise Matuidi then sealed a comfortable victory for Unai Emery’s side on a glorious spring evening in the French capital, and Paris climb back above Nice into second place in Ligue 1, three points behind leaders Monaco with seven matches remaining.“We didn’t do enough in the first half and Guingamp don’t make it easy but once we got the first goal the game opened up a bit and we went looking for more goals. We are certainly happier with the second half,” said Emery.Nice, who are a further point behind PSG in third but have played a game more, came from behind to win 2-1 at Lille on Friday thanks to a Mario Balotelli double while Radamel Falcao’s goal gave Monaco a 1-0 win at Angers on Saturday.Monaco now go to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, while PSG are still recovering from the trauma of their European exit at the hands of Barcelona last month.They are still in contention to win a clean sweep of the domestic honours for a third season running, however, with the League Cup already in the bag after last week’s 4-1 win over Monaco in the final in Lyon.Guingamp, the modest mid-table club from Brittany who like PSG are into the semi-finals of the French Cup, are the last French team to have beaten the capital side.Paris Saint-Germain’s midfielder Blaise Matuidi celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Guingamp at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, on April 9, 2017 © AFP / FRANCK FIFEHowever, PSG had gone 19 domestic games without losing since their 2-1 loss in Guingamp in December and Antoine Kombouare’s men had not won in 10 away league outings since October.They started well enough but PSG had the best chances in the first half, Cavani heading against the bar from a Di Maria corner and the Argentine then setting up skipper Blaise Matuidi for a shot that was saved by Guingamp’s Swedish goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.– Verratti’s outrageous skill –The home side lost left-back Layvin Kurzawa to injury just before the interval, but they took the lead 11 minutes into the second period.Paris Saint-Germain’s midfielder Marco Verratti (L) vies with Guingamp’s midfielder Lucas Deaux (R) during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Guingamp at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, on April 9, 2017 © AFP / FRANCK FIFECavani picked up possession wide on the left and spotted Di Maria in space in the middle. His pass was perfect and the former Manchester United man controlled the ball before deftly lifting it over the advancing Johnsson.Four minutes later it was 2-0, Adrien Rabiot releasing Cavani, who got the break of the ball in the box before finishing.That goal, though, was really all about an outrageous backheel in midfield from Marco Verratti that set Rabiot away in the build-up.Cavani missed a host of chances to increase the lead before he did make it 3-0, controlling a Di Maria ball forward and advancing into the area where he planted a shot into the bottom-left corner.Matuidi then completed the scoring in the second minute of stoppage time, bundling in a low cross from the right by substitute Lucas Moura.Elsewhere in France on Sunday, Marseille’s prospects of European qualification took a hit as they were held to a 0-0 draw at Toulouse and Saint-Etienne’s own European prospects were not helped as they drew 1-1 at home to Nantes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani (L) scores his second goal during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Guingamp at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, on April 9, 2017 © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Apr 10 – Edinson Cavani scored two goals and set up another as Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 4-0 win over Guingamp on Sunday to maintain their pursuit of Monaco in the French title race.After a goalless first half at the Parc des Princes, Angel Di Maria gave PSG the lead in the 56th minute before Cavani doubled the advantage on the hour mark.last_img read more

first_img“All we know is we will staff those courtrooms. It will happen,” Parachini said. Antelope Valley Superior Court Supervising Judge Thomas White said that at least one new judge has been approved for the Antelope Valley. “Just the fact that it’s budgeted in for 07-08 fiscal year is terrific news. As you can imagine we are extremely grateful to Supervisor (Michael) Antonovich, the mayors of the two cities, and a lot of other parties that have been supporting this for some time,” White said. White said the money will pay for the courtrooms, the lockup between the two courtrooms and chamber facilities. The $109 million, four-story Michael D. Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse opened in October 2003 on 4th Street West and Avenue M. The buff and terra cotta building has a glass-encased, barrel-shaped atrium. Inside are 15 courtrooms, including two in the basement for high-security cases. Six more courtrooms can be added to handle future growth. The money to build two of the six courtrooms is coming from bond proceeds being transferred over from the Chatsworth courthouse project, said Anna Pembedjian, Antonovich’s justice deputy. “We do see the backlog in cases,” Pembedjian said. “We want to make sure we meet the ever-growing population growth and caseload increase in the courthouse and reduce the number of cases that are moved to other courts, which is a hardship on citizens, the D.A., law enforcement and witnesses.” The courthouse replaced a 40-year-old courthouse at 10th Street West and Avenue J, in which officials worked in cramped conditions and part of a women’s restroom and a broom closet were converted to judge’s chambers. The Antonovich courthouse has a state-of-the-art lockup, which can hold 530 defendants, and is more secure than the one at the Lancaster courthouse, where defendants were walked down back hallways used by staffers and judges. (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Los Angeles County supervisors Monday approved allocating $1.3 million in the 2007-08 budget to build two more courtrooms at the Antelope Valley Courthouse. That would bring the total number of courtrooms to 17, which should help ease court congestion and reduce the number of trials being transferred out of the Antelope Valley. “This is a very welcome decision, and it will enable us to expand the scope of services that we can offer in the Antelope Valley, and we have been wanting to do that for some time,” Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said. The details of how to staff the new courtrooms were still being worked out, but court officials said they were committed to placing judges there. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe Mustangs had other ideas. Mira Costa, showing it’s still the team to beat in the Bay League and the South Bay, pulled away in the third quarter of its 8-5 victory at Palos Verdes. Mira Costa (8-7, 3-0) drew 14 personal fouls on Palos Verdes (7-4, 1-1). The Mustangs did not take advantage during 6-on-5 situations, but they did convert on their penalty shots during the momentum-turning third quarter. The score was tied, 3-3, at halftime, then the Mustangs caught fire. Mira Costa’s Jeff Giery scored three of his game-high five goals in the third quarter, including two on penalty shots. Palos Verdes’ Mike Katzer skipped a shot into the net off a pass from John Wilkins, but the goal was sandwiched between Giery’s goals on penalty shots. Then Giery and Todd Burns netted back-to-back goals from the field to give Mira Costa a 7-4 lead. BOYS WATER POLO: Mustangs wear down foul-plagued Sea Kings in key Bay match. By Dave Thorpe STAFF WRITER The Palos Verdes boys water polo team came into Tuesday’s Bay League showdown against Mira Costa thinking it could dethrone the defending league champions. “Giery’s goal total was up because of those penalty-shot goals, but those are hard to make,” Mira Costa coach Jon Reichardt said. “He does a great job from that area.” Giery is one of Mira Costa’s go-to guys for the second straight season. He’s doesn’t shy away from shooting even if he’s not finding the back of the net right away. “He’s got a lot of confidence,” Reichardt said. “Any day, even if he misses three in a row, he’ll keep shooting.” A lot of Palos Verdes’ offensive firepower was taken away when Katzer and Michal Halac were ejected in the third quarter after drawing three exclusions each. After Halac was ejected, Palos Verdes coach Chris Murin felt he had no choice but to keep Katzer in the game, despite the fact he was one exclusion away from ejection. “I thought we needed to have our big guys in the game,” Murin said. “Mike (Katzer) is one of our big guys for set pieces and we were trying to stay in the game.” After Katzer was ejected, the tide turned Mira Costa’s way during a 4-1 run in the second half. “That definitely helped us,” Reichardt said. “If someone has two exclusions, we usually go after him.” Matt Burton and JL Kiss added first-half goals for Mira Costa, which got eight saves from goalkeeper David Olson. Palos Verdes’ Paul Mitre also recorded eight saves. “I thought both goalies played extremely well,” Reichardt said. John Wilkins, Cassidy McBee and Halac had first-half goals for Palos Verdes. Cooper Hart scored with 17 seconds left in the game for the Sea Kings and was a stalwart on defense. “He showed a lot of movement on defense, especially with bigger guys, Giery and Burton, trying to post him up,” Murin said. Mira Costa, which reached the final of the South Bay Tournament, came out strong and only got better as the game went on. “We just came ready to play,” Reichardt said. “We played great defense, scored when we needed to and I think our conditioning helped us in the second half.” dave.thorpe@dailybreeze.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

first_imgThe Canadian government, in cooperation with the networks and the entertainment lobby, might set up a web of advocacy groups staffed with legal teams to support the Canadians who were, after all, simply writing for wages that Americans considered too low. Perhaps then Hollywood would release a satirical film entitled “A Day Without a Canadian” that mocked the plight of its former American writers by noting that Tinseltown would collapse if the government started enforcing immigration laws. As outlandish as those circumstances may seem, that’s pretty much what has happened over the past two decades in a wide array of industries that provided critical paychecks for the American working class. Blue-collar communities have faced greater competition from workers illegally in the country, while simultaneously watching their access to education, health care and other social services suffer as a result of overcrowding and limited resources. On the Left Coast today, illegal immigrants who replace blue-collar American workers are portrayed as heroic “hard-working immigrants.” But the very moment they were to take a job from a privileged class of Americans (screenwriters, for example) you can bet they’d get an instant Hollywood makeover into job-poaching “scabs.” As they scream about the networks’ greed and unfair practices, it’s a safe bet that many of these writers – who earn an average of $200,000 annually – have a nanny at home who doesn’t speak English. How many of them are paying their nannies overtime? How many are covering their payroll taxes, disability and unemployment insurance? Do they get paid time off? Do they offer health insurance? Hardly. And that’s precisely why illegal immigrants get the job. In a fine touch of irony, the so-called “reality” television shows, which are cheaper non-union productions, may actually provide the networks with enough fresh programming to prevail in the strike. If that happens, the guild’s writers will get a small taste of the bitter reality show that working-class Americans have been subjected to for years. Mark Cromer is a Senior Writing Fellow for Californians for Population Stabilization, Write to him by e-mail at mrcromer@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHAT’S the difference between an illegal immigrant on a job and a “scab” that crosses the picket line? After all, aren’t both merely seeking work where they can find it? Aren’t both willing to toil at a lower wage in an effort to feed their families? The difference – at least in the ongoing strike by the Writers Guild of America – is Hollywood liberalism and the bicoastal 213/212 area code universes that ideologically feed it. For what the strike by the WGA has revealed yet again is that outrage among the Los Angeles-Manhattan intelligentsia over corporate greed, unfair labor practices, stagnating wages and vanishing job security is directly related to the income and education level of those threatened. Consider for a moment the hundreds of thousands of American workers in California alone who have been forced from jobs in construction, landscaping, auto-body repair, cable installation and a host of other jobs by an alliance of greed-driven employers and an ethnocentric lobby that’s hungry for demographic power. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThese aren’t crop-picker or dishwasher jobs that Americans allegedly won’t do, but rather entire skilled and semi-skilled industries that have provided the butter and bread for the working class table. Where is the outrage within Hollywood’s fabled “Thirty Mile Zone” for these displaced workers? If there’s any anger at all, it’s actually directed at the American workers and their supporters for daring to speak out against the employers and the illegal immigrants who brazenly break the law to replace them on the job. They are belittled as bigots and dismissed as protectionists unable to adjust in a global economy. But when college-educated writers earning six-figure incomes that are padded with residuals take a bottom-line hit, the blood-curdling rage can be heard from Malibu to Martha’s Vineyard. The writers have taken to the streets for increased profit participation in the DVD and Internet-based markets. Those who have crossed the line to continue work have been labeled far worse than just “scabs.” Ellen DeGeneres has faced the scalding wrath of the guild for daring to continue her show through the strike. Now imagine what would happen if the studios decided to break this strike by using Canadian writers – by the thousands – who were coincidentally in the country illegally. And imagine if the political establishment then turned on the striking writers in support of the Canadians, labeling the American writers as hate-fueled “xenophobes.” last_img read more

first_imgArsene Wenger revealed to talkSPORT what he told his players at half-time to inspire Arsenal’s last gasp win over Burnley.Laurent Koscielny netted a controversial winner with the last kick of the game as the Gunners claimed all three points at Turf Moor, downing the resilient Clarets.And having huffed and puffed with no end product in the opening period, Wenger has revealed he told his players to make fewer mistakes if they wanted to earn all three points on the Frenchman’s 20th anniversary as manager of the North London side.Speaking to talkSPORT, Wenger said: “I told them we have to go more in behind their defenders, and make less technical mistakes than in the first-half.“And I give merit to my side as they kept patient and kept going.”Despite the Gunners dominating the ball and having the best of the game, Burnley registered two clear cut chances which they really should have converted.Sam Vokes missed a free header and Johann Berg Gudmundsson forced Petr Cech into a fine save from close range, and Wenger is well aware his side were fortunate to leave Lancashire with all the points.“We were a bit fortunate, yes,” he added.“But we kept going against a very strong Burnley side – it will be very difficult for them to swallow defeat.“It could have gone both ways this game; we could have won 1-0, we could have lost 1-0 as well. They give a tough game to anybody who comes here, and that’s what we got today.“We were not as fluent as we can be, not as pacy as we can be, not as accurate in our passing as we can be.“But the mental aspect of our side was right, the physical a bit less.”Wenger did comment on Koscielny’s controversial winner, which he appeared to convert from an offside position with his arm, but neither the head coach, nor the defender himself, had any idea whether the goal was good or not.Wenger continued: “I haven’t seen it yet, and you can see from the bench it is impossible to see.“I asked Koscielny if it was a regular goal, and he told me ‘I don’t even know because the ball bounced at me and goes in the goal!’”last_img read more

first_img1 “I don’t know what’s in there!”@Joey7Barton has his say on #LFC’s Jurgen Klopp claiming he could write a book on defending in 2 hours…— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) September 25, 2017 Joey Barton has branded Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side as a team with ‘a Champions League attack and a Championship defence’, after they shipped more goals away from home this weekend.The Reds have been a shambles at the back this season and leaked a further two goals against Leicester City on Saturday – taking their tally up to TEN goals conceded in just THREE away games this term.Fortunately for Klopp, his in-form front line continued to dazzle and found the net three times through Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson, which proved enough to win at the King Power Stadium.Manager Klopp admitted his frustrations over his leaky back-four following the game, and told press he could ‘write a book on defending in two hours’.READ MORE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: ‘I’m a really good defensive coach’But, when asked about the Liverpool boss’ claims, Sports Breakfast co-host Joey Barton told talkSPORT: “I don’t know what’s in that book!“Liverpool are great going forward, they’ve got a Champions League attack…but they’ve got a Championship defence.“If you’ve going to build a side to challenge the big clubs in this league then you’ve got to be able to defend.“Klopp’s statement that he can write a book on defending…anyone can write a book on defending! We can sit here and go through footage and draw out how we’d perfectly like to defend a set-play – it’s easy to do that.“But defending is all about attitude and I don’t think he’s bought players who have the right attitude towards defending.“You can say that it’s individual mistakes, it’s this, it’s that, but they haven’t got a desire to put their head in places and get hurt and defend properly.“You’ve got to have a desire to keep clean sheets.” Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had a direct hand in both of Leicester’s goals, with the Belgian flapping at a corner to allow Shinji Okazaki to prod home, and then palming a shot straight into the path of Jamie Vardy who coolly headed in.The Belgian later made amends by saving a late Vardy penalty to ensure the Reds took home all three points, but Barton believes Liverpool’s defensive frailties all stem from Mignolet’s nervousness.“Mignolet looks dodgy every time the ball comes in and around him,” he added. “I don’t think he’s sure of himself.“People perhaps forget that he was the Sunderland goalie – it’s not like he’s got top-class pedigree. He’s not an international goalkeeper. He’s in the Belgium squad but he’s never going to push Courtois for the number one jersey.“You look at the Premier League’s top six sides, Liverpool have the worst goalkeeper. Man City have got Bravo, Man United have De Gea, Chelsea have Courtois, Tottenham have Lloris, even Arsenal have Cech.“Then when you look at their central defence partnership and full-backs, you realise Liverpool have actually got the worst defensive structure of all the top six clubs.” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp 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’“He told me, `I also want to eat an arm, I want to eat fingers,”‘ said Vasilieva. Stalin provoked the famine in a campaign to force peasants to give up their private farms and join collectives. Authorities collectivized agriculture throughout the Soviet Union, but farmers in Ukraine – known as the breadbasket of the USSR – fiercely resisted collectivization and bore the brunt of the man-made disaster. Historians say the overwhelming majority of deaths in the Great Famine occurred in Ukraine, which lost one-third of its population. Authorities ordered each village to provide the state with a quota of grain, but the demands typically exceeded crop yields. As village after village failed to meet the requirements, they were put on a blacklist. The government seized all food from blacklisted villages, but residents were prohibited from leaving – effectively condemning them to starvation. During the Soviet era, the mass starvation of a nation with some of the world’s richest farmland was a closely guarded state secret, but information trickled out over the years and Ukraine declassified more than 1,000 files documenting it in 2003. Ten nations, including the United States, have recognized the Great Famine as an act of genocide, defined as the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political or cultural group. Genocide is a crime under international law. Russia argues that the orchestrated famine did not specifically target Ukrainians but also other peoples in the Soviet agricultural belt.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KIEV, Ukraine – If a black flag waved in the air above a Ukrainian village in 1933, Ukrainians knew that every single resident was dead and their emaciated bodies were waiting to be collected. Today, this former Soviet republic marks the 73rd anniversary of the Great Famine – a tragedy orchestrated by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin that continues to haunt and divide the nation of 47 million. President Viktor Yushchenko wants the deaths of an estimated 10 million of his countrymen recognized as genocide, but Russia has warned Kiev against using that term to describe the mass starvation. During the height of the famine, 33,000 people died of hunger every day. Cases of cannibalism were widespread as desperation deepened. Parents ate their children, and adult children ate elderly parents. “Cats were eaten, dogs were eaten, then people started eating each other,” Anna Vasilieva, 85, told The Associated Press. She said her younger brother, Oleksiy, once returned home and told her he had just seen their neighbor eat a boiled hand. last_img

first_imgDespite a third reverse in five group games, the Parkhead atmosphere was as you would expect, how could it not be when a team like Barcelona come calling? But by the end the home fans were content to make the most of the occasion rather than hoping for a comeback which was never likely to materialise.Instead of frustration creeping in at 2-0 they accepted their team just hadn’t been good enough both on the evening and throughout the tournament. SNS GroupConsidering it was Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge and the magnitude of the task in hand – not every team is unlucky enough to draw two of the biggest teams in the world on their awaited return to the Champions League – many would argue they actually exceeded expectations winning (at least) two points.Of course there’s still a game to go with a trip to Manchester next month but Celtic are now out of the running for the top three spots which would have seen them extend their run in Europe beyond Christmas. It started with Lionel Messi and it ended with Lionel Messi.The unstoppable superstar scored the first three goals in Celtic’s Champions League group campaign and it was the little striker who also knocked them out of Europe with a double on Wednesday night.There may still be a final matchday in Manchester to negotiate but Celtic’s hopes of continental adventure in early 2017 ended with Messi’s firmly-struck penalty.In a week where Brendan Rodgers was asked a bizarre question comparing the forward to a mythical creature, he underlined his legendary status with another decisive performance. It was hardly a realistic target for a club in transition, however. They were happy just to secure qualification and participate in this season’s competition. An extended run may become a more realistic aim in the long run as Brendan Rodgers wants to make Celtic a regular last 16 side in the Champions League. For now annual qualification is the first priority.They are far from the polished article – defensive errors, bad decisions and slack reading of the game are areas that need worked on – but they’re making crucial steps in the right direction.Rodgers said after the Barcelona clash he was proud of his team because they played without fear and showed vast improvements from their 7-0 humbling in the Camp Nou. The signs are there, Celtic are on the up.He needs individuals who are experienced on the Champions League stage but right now only has the likes of Mikael Lustig, Scott Brown and Kolo Toure. SNS GroupBy taking a settled squad of players on a journey together they could grow and mature as a team. Neil Lennon did just that when his side built their way up to the Champions League last 16 after two league campaigns and a foray in the Europa League first.The majority of Rodgers’ squad have long term contracts and ambitions with the club so the likes of Craig Gordon, Erik Sviatchenko, Scott Brown and Leigh Griffiths – the spine of the team – will still be around next season.Patrick Roberts won’t be there next season but Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and Lustig all remain settled.Question marks lie over players like Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair who could attract interest from elsewhere with their good performances. It might also be tough to hold on to Tom Rogic and Stuart Armstrong if they continue to grow and impress in the starting line-up. SNS GroupBefore the Barcelona game, Scott Brown spoke about the fans understanding the magnitude of the task in hand. He said they were willing to be more patient with the players because of the size of the opposition.Of course the Celtic support want regular success at the highest level but Champions League glory will require some patience. Good things come to those who wait.The fans have faith in Brendan Rodgers – just six months into the job and he’s already a hero who can do no wrong in their eyes – so they will give him time to make it work long term. They’ve already watched Celtic test themselves against two of Europe’s biggest sides – putting in mature performances and pulling off unexpected draws against Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach. Valuable lessons will have been learned in the process because instead of simply settling for qualification, Celtic were thrown in at the deep end and fought their ground. While they weren’t good enough on this occasion, they didn’t flop spectacularly and showed enough signs of promise for the future.Building on this will be Rodgers’ main task next term.last_img read more