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first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is eager to return to action as he prepares for his first start of the season when Real Madrid begin their Champions League defence on Wednesday against Apoel Nicosia, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday.Ronaldo, who was the top goalscorer in Europe’s elite competition last season for the fifth consecutive year and scored twice in the 4-1 win over Juventus in the final, has been starved of football so far this season due to a long suspension.The Portuguese was given a five-game ban for being sent off and pushing a referee in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona in August, leading him to miss Real’s first three Liga games and next week’s trip to Real Sociedad, but is clear to face Cypriot champions Apoel.“He’s in a very good mood and is very happy to play, because this is what he really loves, playing football, but he’s also right mentally and he’s happy to be on the pitch again,” Zidane told a news conference.Ronaldo’s return boosts Real’s attack after a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Levante on Saturday, their second successive home draw which left them trailing early Liga leaders Barcelona and Real Sociedad by four points.“We all know how good Cristiano is and I prefer him to be with us all the time. We can’t talk about Cristiano-dependence, I want everyone to be available all the time,” added the Frenchman.“Cristiano doesn’t just contribute goals, he’s a leader, he always wants to win and he transmits that to everyone else. We’re all excited to have him back with us.”As well as Ronaldo, Zidane is set to recall Luka Modric and Keylor Navas after resting them to his side’s cost against Levante, although Karim Benzema is out for at least a month with a hamstring injury.Zidane was critical of his side after their display at the weekend, but said he and his players were relaxed despite drawing back-to-back league games for the first time in a year.“The same thing happened last year so we’re not worried at all, the opposite,” said Zidane, who is the first coach to successfully defend the European Cup since 1990 and has won seven trophies since taking charge of Real in January 2016.“We can’t be happy with the results, especially the last one, but we’re not going to change the way we work, just as we didn’t last year. You’re always going to have a few bad results in a season,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Comeback bids go either way and what happened to Meralco’s attempt against NLEX in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup was just sad.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Lagunacenter_img The Bolts trailed by as much as 19, 96-77, midway through the fourth quarter and managed to get within four, 100-96, with 1:14 left after Raymond Almazan’s layup.Almazan, however, was called with a controversial goaltending violation on Kiefer Raven’s missed layup with around 35 seconds remaining giving the Road Warriors a 104-96 buffer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4NLEX eventually took the 105-99 victory, and Almazan was adamant that his supposed rebound should’ve been legal and that Ravena straight up missed his layup.“For me, that was legal because I’ve seen that being done in the World Cup. I haven’t even touched the rim and when I saw the ball bounce I immediately grabbed it,” said Almazan in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Gilas women stay in Division A after rout of India in Fiba Asia Cup No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown “I thought [Kenneth Ighalo] was called with a foul and I was about to go shoot free throws and I was surprised when they called a goaltend violation.”NLEX held a 102-96 lead with 53 seconds left in the game before Almazan’s goaltending violation and that margin was still within striking distance for any team especially one carrying momentum off a 19-4 run.Almazan, who had 17 points, 17 rebounds, and two blocks, said the goaltending violation played a big part in their loss.“We were down by just four and then it became six, maybe if we got a basket and a stop we could’ve brought the game to overtime,” said Almazan.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


first_imgDear Editor,Recently, residents of the forgotten community in Providence have resorted to contracting a private individual to weed the road shoulders along the road leading into the community. This is the road close to the Green Field Park entrance. Editor, I say forgotten because since the last election, nothing has been done in the community with regards to maintenance, sanitation and least of all, drainage and irrigation.This community was birthed out of the Housing Ministry’s ‘Turn Key’ initiative, under the previous administration. It was once brimming with potential. What a sight it was to see all of the brightly coloured homes lining the streets, which, because it was a new community, was finished with crusher run. Three years on and the streets are almost impassable. Nothing has been done since that time, even though the community has about 97 per cent occupancy. We were told that the roads would be completed when the community became populated. Again, this was under the previous administration and we have all been forgotten.With regards to the overgrowth of vegetation, the road leading into the community, which I mentioned earlier, is unsafe due to the thick vegetation on the sides. Cars passing on this stretch, made for two lanes, would have to take turns to pass each other, and the cattle walking on the already narrow roadway does not make it any safer. Concerned residents contacted the NDC who explained that the scheme was not yet handed over. When contacted, the Communities Ministry said that the NDC has responsibility for the area.The residents are now being given the royal push around. But, since the area is still our home, as citizens, we took it upon ourselves to repair the roads (using builder’s waste) and most recently, some have taken on the responsibility to clear the road shoulders.Even though it is commendable that the community is banding together, it is absolutely shameful that the Regional Authorities and the Ministry officials have totally forgotten this community. A community of young, tax-paying professionals. I gather that the future of community development is through self-help.Sincerely,Annmarie Singhlast_img read more


first_img“Today was the inauguration of club member nominees of the Board of Directors of KMSF. As we have been saying over the past few months, it’s taken a while to get here but clubs who are the shareholders are now sitting as Directors of KMSF. “What it means for the KMSF and the motor sports clubs in Kenya is that there will be improved communication between the Federation and shareholders which will invigorate them and the federation. Problems solving will become more realistic and broader between all the groups,” McKenzie stated upon election.The Meeting also appointed new commission heads and mandated them to immediately constitute a list of members they will work with during the season which starts this weekend with the National Motocross Championship.The Motorcycle, Rallies, Autocross and Rally Raid commissions will be headed by Maina Muturi of East African Motor Sports Club (EAMSC), Ashok Bhalla, James Burke and Simon Sharpe who retained his portfolio in that order.Ashok who has chaired the Rallies Commission previously replaces Abdul Sidi, while Burke takes over from Antony Colin as Maina fills the void left behind by Anthony Nielsen.“Issues are now going to be resolved by the vote, we have a chairperson at the KMSF, and that all decisions we made today were made by 11 people, and that’s the new policy that we are determined to move forward,” added McKenzie.Directors nominated to the Board will be Jim Kahumbura of Kenya Motor Sports Club, Renzo Bernardi of EAMSC, Rob Collinge of Rift Valley Motor & Sports Club (RVMSC), Dave Macharia from Rallye Sports Club (RSC), Bob Dewer of Alfa Romeo Owners Club and Dali Kalsi (Sikh Union Nairobi).Surinder Thatthi (East African Safari Rally), Bimal Patel (Nanyuki Rally Group) and Kisumu’s Equator Motor Club (EMC) nominated Rajbir Chatthe complete the board.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, January 15- Interim chief and Mombasa-based Roy McKenzie has been elected the new chair of Kenya Motor Sport Federation (KMSF) following a Special General Meeting held in Nairobi on Tuesday.McKenzie who chaired the five man Interim Committee- mandated to run motor sports operations during last month’s AGM- promised to steer the Federation to greater heights and in a more transparent and accountable manner.last_img read more


first_imgClosing arguments in the trial are scheduled to begin today. The case is expected to be submitted to the jury Friday. “This has been definitely the most difficult year of my life. My finances are a shambles and I am on the verge of losing everything,” Clarkson wrote in an e-mail months before she died. Clarkson, 40, an actress who sold her pinups on the Internet and modeled herself after Monroe, found modest success in the 1980s within the exploitation movie world. She was nearly 6 feet tall, blonde, buxom and gorgeous. She was discovered by director Roger Corman and starred in a series of films that made her a semi-cult figure. She played a super-heroine in “Barbarian Queen,” a character Corman said was the model for TV’s “Xena: Warrior Princess.” “Lana was a beautiful woman, a wonderful actress, and an adventurous spirit,” Corman said in a statement after her death. “Always brave, she performed all of her own stunts, and showed unusual fortitude and athleticism in her horseback riding and fight sequences.” Her Web site, called Living Doll Productions, featured glamorous, smiling photos. But her computer yielded e-mails documenting her failed quest for work, addiction to painkillers, a tendency to drink too much and fear that she would lose the tiny cottage she rented in Venice, where she lived surrounded by photos of Monroe. She worried about turning 40, an age when actresses are less in demand. “I’m kind of feeling like giving up the dream and therefore the struggle,” said one of her e-mails. It was a classic Hollywood story: auditions, callbacks, an occasional commercial or a bit part on a TV show. Never grabbing the brass ring of stardom. “We thought she was going to do very well,” agent Nick Terzian testified. “She was bigger than life. She walked in and owned the room.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Phil Spector could not have learned much about actress Lana Clarkson in the three hours they spent together before she died, but during his five-month murder trial he and the public have known her as an ambitious dreamer who chased fame but found it only in death. “Her main motivation was to be known,” said John Barons, a playwright who hired and fired her for a role as Marilyn Monroe shortly before she died. “It’s not like she wanted to be in Dostoyevsky and that she wanted to do Shakespeare … or even Tennessee Williams. The passion was more to be a famous actress,” he said. Snapshots of Clarkson’s life presented by Spector’s defense sought to show, through her own writings and the words of those who knew her, that she, not Spector, pulled the trigger on the gun that ended her life Feb. 3, 2003, in Spector’s hilltop Alhambra castle. The prosecution contends Spector killed her when she tried to leave his home after going there for a drink. last_img read more


first_imgWhere are my medals, dude? While he didn’t live up to the hype, skier Bode Miller did set a record for most medals not won during one Olympics. Selling out: The White House defended the sale of shipping operations at six major U.S. seaports to a government-owned business in the United Arab Emirates, calling it a brouhaha over nothing. “It’s not like they’re in charge of port security,” declared presidential spokesman Scott McClellan. “That’s going to be handled by Iran.” Responding to the report that the president didn’t know about the deal until finding out about it in the news, McClellan said, “I hope that puts to rest the idea that the president doesn’t read the papers.” Unable to get alternative energy off shoe: Scientists announced that methane derived from enhanced dog feces can be used as fuel, though others think the new process stinks. “It’s nearly impossible to get the smell of the fuel off your fingers,” said Dr. Wil Scoop. “And dogs are running much faster after cars using the new fuel.” What are they smoking? The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a small branch of a South American religious sect may use hallucinogenic tea as part of a ritual intended to connect with God. Now the group, O Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal, has been forced to bring on help to handle the rush of new converts. “Dealing with the repeated calls from Hollywood studios alone is overtaxing our already smashed staff,” giggled OCEBUV’s spokesman Stone Alldatyme. “We had to set up a separate line for Charlie Sheen alone.” Alldatyme added: “You gonna finish those fries?” Saddam caught on tape: Newly broadcast tapes not only reveal that Saddam Hussein spoke of warning about terrorists attacking the United States, but that he also spent Mardi Gras in New Orleans revealing his breasts to college kids offering beads. Yeah, right: A million-dollar Ferrari crashed this past week on Malibu, leaving in question who the driver actually was. The alleged passenger – the car’s owner – said the driver was a German by the name of Dietrich. He also said that Dietrich ran off because she wanted to “see what the boys in the back room would have.” Marlena had no comment. And the bad news is? San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds, complaining that making skillions of dollars playing a kid’s game isn’t fun anymore, says that his retirement is imminent. Bonds then blamed everybody else who ever lived for his unhappiness. Real good news: Vin Scully signs up to broadcast Dodger baseball for a couple more years, assuring us of at least one big-time winner on the team. Can’t-make-this-up story of the week: The Chinese government has banned talking animal cartoons because Chinese officials say kiddies might be confused into thinking animals really can talk. Fox News executives are looking into the ban to see if it might keep Bill O’Reilly from broadcasting in China. Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Scientists are also high on bull excrement as a fuel additive, which, as one expert put it, “could run America for years just from what emanates out of Washington alone.” It’s all how you look at it: Government scientists say that global warming is more illusion than fact. “It’s not that the icebergs are melting,” said professor May Kitup, “it’s that the Earth is getting larger while the icebergs are staying the same size, giving the impression that the icebergs are getting smaller.” Next week the government will be releasing the “Babies come from ostriches’ storks” study. Scientists say that there will be surprise revelations. “Since stork babies are widely believed to come from storks,” said Kitup, “it doesn’t take a brain obstetrician to see where we’re going with this.” They’ve got the right balls: In what might be the most ironic story last week, the lucky Powerball winner of $365 million was thought for a time to be Exxon Oil. “After the latest tax break we got,” said giddy Exxon spokesman Rich Azwannabe, “we’ll probably put the lottery winnings into petty cash for our July picnic.” Sorry I put my face in the way of your bullet: Harry Whittington, the lawyer who was accidentally shot by Dick Cheney, apologized for the misery his being shot put the vice president and Cheney’s family through. “It isn’t Whittington’s apology that’s mystifying,” said American Bar Association spokesman Ian Witdadevl, “It’s an attorney feeling sorry for anything that’s really got us scratching out heads.” last_img read more


first_img Jack Wilshere celebrates Bournemouth’s winner with goalscorer Josh King Eddie Howe praised Jack Wilshere’s attitude after he came off the bench to help inspire Bournemouth to victory against West Ham.Cherries striker Josh King will hog the headlines for his hat-trick in the 3-2 win, but Howe was delighted with the role Wilshere played.The on-loan Arsenal star, left out of the starting line-up for the second successive game, set up King’s last-gasp strike with a driving run having been brought on with just five minutes to play.“Jack is the ultimate professional,” said Cherries boss Howe.“Tactically we had to change a couple of things, we have gone with the two strikers, but how he has reacted and his attitude was fantastic.“He was the game-changer for us. At that moment in the game, we needed some inspiration and his involvement in the third goal was top class.” 1last_img read more


first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today that he struck a compromise with the teachers union and state legislators giving him direct authority over the district’s 36 lowest-performing schools and increasing his power over Los Angeles Unified’s massive budget and hiring of a new superintendent. In agreeing to the proposal, Villaraigosa dropped his efforts to gain total mayoral control and instead agreed to a form of shared leadership with the school board that will be limited to policy authority. Calling it a “historic” agreement, Villaraigosa said the proposed plan was about raising achievement and reducing dropout rates. “I always said this wasn’t about mayoral control, it was about public accountability,” Villaraigosa said. “I recognize this could be an albatross around my neck. I want the toughest schools … the schools where people say these kids can’t learn. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 “We are going to show people that kids in low-performing schools, who come from broken families, who have a high poverty rate, will have the opportunity to excel. These schools will be an incubator for success.” The announcement came after Villaraigosa made a hasty trip to Sacramento Monday when he learned that his efforts to get legislation were foundering. The compromise was announced after two days of intense negotiating with union leaders and legislators. United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy said the agreement is in line with what the union has been pushing for all along — partnerships between all parties. “This plan builds on the core beliefs we share and involves everything we know will work for kids. We were opposed to mayoral takeover, but we were always in favor of partnerships — partnerships with the mayor, with the district, with all the stakeholders and everybody in the City of Los Angeles. “All of these folks are going to have to work together to bring this off,” Duffy said. “It’s the framework for hard work that needs to happen for real lasting change in public education in Los Angeles.” The legislation — Assembly Bill 1381 — is expected to be introduced Friday and is scheduled to be heard in the Senate education committee June 28. The bill contains the following key elements to reform LAUSD: • Granting expanded authority to the LAUSD superintendent to make personnel, business operation, budgetary and facilities decisions • Keeping the authority of the school board intact by focusing the board of education’s focus on student achievement • Establishing a council of mayors of those cities that have schools in the LAUSD to enhance their interaction with the school district in regard to reviewing budgets • Creating a central role for the mayor of Los Angeles with the leadership of the LAUSD by giving the council of mayors a role in the selection and final hiring of a superintendent • Giving greater instructional choice to educators at their school sites • Streamlining the process for Los Angeles schools to receive waivers from the state board of education • Creating a mayor’s community partnership for school excellence • Establishing in statute a six-year sunset provision with an opportunity to extend reforms based on final evaulations.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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesBut Valencia still has plenty of talent – with experience. Last year, the Vikings gained some invaluable experience, defeating second-seeded Campbell Hall of North Hollywood in the semifinals before losing to top-seeded Brentwood in the title game. Stock, a four-year varsity player, and Fraczek, a sophomore, benefited the most from postseason run and both could develop into a reliable contributors while splitting time playing No.1 singles for Valencia. Palmera teamed with Kristin Anderson at No. 1 doubles last season but will be playing with a new partner this season after Anderson moved on. MacKay could end up being the perfect complement, after she lost her partner, Cassie Strange, as well. “We’re excited to get things started again,” Kellogg said. “Sure, we lost some people, but we like the nucleus we have here. We think we can make another run in the playoffs.” Despite the losses, it appears as if the Vikings are the front-runners in the Foothill League and poised to defend their title. VALENCIA – Michelle Stock, Isabella Fraczek, Monique Palmera and Lehren MacKay have flown under the radar, to so speak, for the past couple of years for the Valencia High girls’ tennis team while Alexa and Cassie Strange garnered most of the attention. And the Vikings did rather well as a result, advancing to the Southern Section Div. III semifinals in 2003 and 2004 before making it to the championship game last season for the first time in the history of the program. Things figure to be decidedly different this year considering the Strange sisters graduated in June and are playing at Marist College in New York. Their departures left the big question – who will step in and lead the team? “Losing Alexa and Cassie really hurts,” Valencia coach Annie Kellogg said. “They were great. It will be tough to replace them.” Saugus could end up making things interesting behind returners Thalia Wilczynski, a sophomor, and junior Holly Beaman. And the Centurions chances greatly improved after Burbank and Burroughs of Burbank moved to the Pacific League. Juniors Elizabeth and Isabella Tang will anchor Hart and its hopes of challenging for a league title. Canyon and newcomer Golden Valley, in its first year of varsity play, could end up struggling.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 MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips ROSAMOND – Two months before he was beaten to death, 5-year-old Darion Wheat visited his grandmother and told her he was afraid of his mother’s boyfriend. The grandmother found bruises on Darion’s 4-year-old brother and called authorities. But social workers allowed the boys and a toddler brother and infant sister to return to their mother, in whose home investigators believe Darion was fatally beaten on Aug. 9. “I said, what do you mean? How are you going to give back the kids when they’ve got bruises and Darion said he was scared?” said grandmother Annie Ray, who had custody of the older children until last December and now has the three surviving children living with her. “Two months later this happened.” The 26-year-old boyfriend, George “Bleu” Tyler, is now jailed in Kern County on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Darion. Darion’s 22-year-old mother, Dionna Wheat, was charged this week with felony child endangerment and being an accessory after a felony. Tyler’s mother, Mavis Watson, 45, also has been charged with being an accessory to a crime and destruction of evidence. Tyler and Watson have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Wheat has yet not appeared in court. Wheat, who was on probation for forgery in Los Angeles County, originally told officials that Darion had been fatally injured when she accidentally ran over him with her car in their Rosamond driveway. But an autopsy indicated Darion died from blunt-force trauma, inconsistent with being run over by a car, Kern County officials said. center_img Tyler had been under a court order to stay away from Darion and the two younger boys, though not the 8-month-old girl, his daughter, a Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services report shows. Department officials would not comment on the case, but Ray said she was told the court order was issued in December – when the children were returned to their mother – because Tyler refused to be fingerprinted for a background check. A social worker told her the order had never been enforced because Tyler had not been served with it, Ray said. Social workers also told her visits to the Buckwheat Avenue home in Rosamond showed no signs a man was living there. A department status report that Ray obtained after she made her complaint in June said that Wheat seemed to have a loving relationship with the children, that the house was neat and clean when social workers arrived for unannounced visits, and that there weren’t any safety issues involving her. A sheriff’s deputy who accompanied social workers to Ray’s home to investigate her abuse report dismissed the bruises on the younger boy’s buttocks as minor, Ray said. “The sheriff said that was normal for a parent to spank a child. I said, it wasn’t a parent that spanked the child. It was the boyfriend who wasn’t to be in contact with the children,” Ray said. Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services spokesman Stuart Riskin said confidentiality laws forbid him from commenting on Darion’s case, but that the department investigates every death of a child in the system. The Office of Independent Review, which investigates shooting by sheriff’s deputies, also investigates deaths under an agreement with the department. “We always look into it to see what policies work and what don’t work,” Riskin said. Ray said she got custody of the older children in January 2004 after they were found in a car after a police chase that ended in Van Nuys. A year before, they had wound up in temporary protective custody after they were found at a Mojave motel where Dionna’s boyfriend was arrested, she said. Ray said she believes the children were given back to their mother in June because their safety wasn’t social workers’ top priority. “My personal opinion is that it’s all about trying to do their paperwork, and making their paperwork as easy as possible. It wasn’t about caring for the welfare of the children,” she said.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