first_imgMILAN (AP): Ivan Perisic’s stoppage-time goal saw Inter Milan rescue a point in an entertaining 2-2 derby draw against city rivals AC Milan yesterday. Suso had scored twice for Milan, which looked set to move to second place in Serie A before Perisic’s last-gasp equaliser. Antonio Candreva netted Inter’s other goal. Milan remained third behind Roma on goal difference and seven points behind league leaders Juventus, which beat Pescara 3-0 on Saturday. Inter moved ninth. This was likely to be Silvio Berlusconi’s final derby as Milan’s owner and the Rossoneri fans paid tribute in their pre-match choreography, unveiling a giant banner with a picture of him and all the trophies won during his tenure. Berlusconi, who purchased the club 30 years ago, is expected to close a deal next month that will see his majority stake go to a group of Chinese investors that includes a Chinese state investment fund. It was also a first Milan derby for Inter’s new Chinese owners, as well as Stefano Pioli’s debut as Nerazzurri coach after replacing the sacked Frank de Boer just before the international break. Inter had lost six of its past 10 matches in all competitions, but started the brighter and had several chances to take the lead. WEAK EFFORT Milan sparked into life towards half-time and Carlos Bacca wasted a counter-attack with a weak effort straight at Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic with team-mate M’Baye Niang unmarked. The Rossoneri broke the deadlock moments later following another breakaway. A long throw from teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma found Giacomo Bonaventura, who sprinted forward and picked out Suso, with the Spaniard curling his shot into the bottom left corner. Candreva leveled in controversial circumstances in the 53rd with a stunning strike into the top right corner. Milan players surrounded the referee in protest as they felt they should have been awarded a free kick when Inter was given the throw-in that led to the goal. The smoke from flares lit by celebrating Inter fans hadn’t cleared when Suso restored Milan’s lead. The forward collected Bacca’s pass and befuddled Inter defender Miranda before firing across into the bottom left corner. Inter could have leveled sooner, but Perisic¥ volleyed narrowly wide while Mauro Icardi scuffed an effort from a great position, with only Donnarumma to beat. They found the equaliser in the final seconds as Jeison Murillo headed on a corner and Perisic tapped it in at the far post. Meanwhile, Roma failed to keep the pressure on Juventus as a woeful second-half performance saw them lose 2-1 at in-form Atalanta, which moved level with fourth-placed Lazio.last_img read more

first_imgAs the raids on popular night spots continue, another unlicensed weapon was found, but this time at Palm Court, Main Street, Georgetown.According to Police, late Saturday, around 23:00h, ranks carried out a search at the popular Main Street establishment where an unlicensed .38 Special Revolver with four matching rounds was found on the person of a male patron. It was disclosed that the man will soon make an appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It was only last week that four men and a woman were arrested in the wee hours of Friday morning at a popular night spot in West Ruimveldt, Georgetown for possession of arms and ammunition.Guyana Times had reported that the five accused were found with two illegal firearms, several rounds of ammunition and a quantity of ganja. It was also reported that Police had swooped down at the Ballaz Wash Bay Bar some time between 01:30h and 02:30h where a search had been conducted.On Thursday last, an Annandale, East Coast Demerara man was taken into Police custody after he was found with two illegal handguns and several rounds of ammunition in his possession. According to reports, the 24-year-old, who was said to be unemployed, was arrested in South Ruimveldt, Georgetown after Police received a tip-off.last_img read more

first_imgProminent Liberians living in the commercial city of Ganta are calling on the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) to give accreditation to the Liberia International Christian College (LICC) to run a Bachelor’s degree program.The citizens made the call recently at the third graduation exercises of the institution.Taking the first turn in sending out the request to NCHE, J. Lanon Martor, District Education Officer of Meinpea Education District said at the end of every academic year over 800 students graduate from high school and most of them cannot afford to live in Monrovia.Mr. Martor said besides the high cost of education in Monrovia, it is difficult to have dwelling places couple with transportation.He added that the only state-run university is overpopulated that entering therein is very difficult.“With this condition, we are calling on the national government to see reason to grant LICC the accreditation for a Bachelor Degree program since it has the facility.  Most of our students graduating in Nimba cannot afford the living condition in Monrovia.  There are some Master’s degree earners here who can teach Bachelor’s degree candidates,” Mr. Martor stressed.Also making the same request, Bain-Garr Commissioner, Shirley Brown said Monrovia is not the only place every Liberian will have to acquire education.According to Commissioner Brown, decentralization of education will help government take more people from Monrovia to other areas in the country, thus easing the economic and other social constraints.Making the request to Nimba County District #1 lawmaker Jeremiah Koung, Commissioner Brown emphasized that students are willing to seek higher education, but because not many universities in the country to accommodate them, they are constrained to do other things than pursuing education.She said when LICC is granted degree status; most of the school-going youths will have the opportunity to acquire their education in the area they are at a low cost.“LICC has the facility and instructors who can teach our children here.  When this college is granted a degree status, it will help to reduce the population concentrated in Monrovia and people will not have problem with housing as it is in Monrovia,” Commissioner Brown said.The president of LICC, Dr. Sei Bour in an interview with the Daily Observer said the institution has the requisite facilities even more than some accredited universities operating in the country.“We are building two-storey building for the Agriculture College, and today we are dedicating this resource center that will comprise a library and a technology center.  Moreover, we have sent out some of our staff to get advance degrees to come and work here.  I can assure you that we have the capacity to operate a Bachelor program and our product will be solid and reliable in the job market,” Dr. Bour said.In response to the request, Nimba County District #1 Representative, Jeremiah Koung alluded to the fact the college has the needed facilities and can operate as a Bachelor Degree granting institution.Representative Koung assured the requestors that he would liaise with his colleagues and the Commission on Higher Education to consider all necessary reasons associated with the request to grant the institution the accreditation to offer Bachelor Degree.Liberia International Christian College is currently offering Associate of Art Degree to students who undergo its teaching for a period of three years.Courses offered by the institution include Education, Agriculture, Pastoral Theology and Business Management.  The school graduated 56 candidates during its third commencement convocation on July 6.LICC is the second college in Nimba that offers Associate of Art Degree, the first being the Nimba Community College that has not produce graduates yet.The former African Bible College is now accredited to offer Bachelor Degree and is not African Bible College University located in Yekepa.It also has more learning facilities with foreign instructors; however, it has impediment in attracting students because of the high tuition paid in the United States Dollar and its location.Unlike pre-war days when LAMCO was still operating, the area now has less population due to unimproved facilities in that local area.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_imgBy Jarryl BryanRetired sugar workers from the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Estate on the East Coast of Demerara braved the blazing sun as they took to the streets on Friday against the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).Pensioners and the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) are contending that a decision to cease payments at locations in the community, and instead pay pensioners through the bank, is inconsiderate of the retirees, some of whom have limited mobility.Some of the protesters on FridayNoting that approximately 800 pensioners from LBI to Better Hope are likely to be affected by the changes, GAWU General Secretary Seepaul Narine has urged the corporation to rethink its decision.“They (pensioners) are asking GuySuCo to make their payment as normal at the pay office here at LBI centre or some other convenient place,” Narine said. “Over the past couple of weeks, GuySuCo has been saying to them, ‘You must have a bank account to receive your pension’,” he said.“Many of these people are receiving pension as low as $950 per week. It means therefore that the cost to go to the bank is going to eat out their entire pension. And you have many of them who are not in good health because of their age and sickness,” he explained.He also pointed to instances when pensioners were targeted by bandits due to their perceived vulnerabilities. He therefore urged the corporation to take into account this, as well as the sums themselves.Indeed, checks with some of the pensioners confirmed that the sum being collected is, according to some, subpar. As such, the pensioners are of the view that to have to travel every week to the city in order to collect these sums is unreasonable. One worker who spoke to this publication lamented the treatment being meted out to them.“My name is Sydney Paul. I’m from Berbice, transfer to LBI in 1978. I was at LBI 48 years and I need my money. I’m a pensioner, I’m 63. Why I have to go to the bank?” the elderly man questioned.“Who is the Agriculture Minister to change the system. (They) got nuff old man in the party. Some people drawing $980…to take a taxi from here to go is $500. What you leave with? Nothing!”Another protestor related that while she never worked at the estate, her late husband did, and it is therefore unconscionable that she must journey every week to the city for the pension. One of her peers summed up the frustration being felt by the assembly.“Me a get $900 a week…Me live till a back so. Me got to pay taxi to come out here, taxi to come back. What me left with? Me nah able with bank! Me nah got account at bank. Them a do what them feel like fa do,” she said.A prevailing theme was angst against the sudden way in which their matter was handled. Several of the protestors have tenure of service as long as three decades. And with their belief that new generations are unlikely to come on the pension roll, they are contending that they should be left in peace.last_img read more

first_imgA former gang member turned graduate student and intervention worker was arrested Wednesday after police said they pulled over his car and found a pound of methamphetamine, officials said Saturday. Mario Corona, 30, was arrested on suspicion of transportation of narcotics, police said. Corona is director of job development for Communities in Schools, a gang prevention and intervention agency in the San Fernando Valley. Los Angeles police said in a brief statement late Friday that the incident occurred about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday when officers pulled over a vehicle in the 7000 block of Cherry Stone Avenue in Panorama City. As director of job development with Communities in Schools, Corona has tried to deter young people from the gang life by helping them find jobs and school programs. Longtime friend and fellow USC grad Maribel Romero said Saturday that she didn’t want to speak about Corona’s arrest – it was too sensitive. “He’s a great man,” she said. “I’m going to assist him in every way possible.” Calls to Communities in Schools directors were not returned Saturday. (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Officials said Corona was arrested after officers found a pound of methamphetamine on him. Officials confirmed the arrest Saturday, but had few additional details. Corona’s arrest came as a surprise to friends. Corona was honored last year as a model of success – a member who had turned his life around and decided to give back to the community by helping other gangsters. Once known on the street as “Big Spider”, Corona had been shot twice and served time in jail. But he always had an aptitude for school and sought to get out of the gang life through study. He worked his way through community college, undergraduate work and ultimately a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. last_img read more

first_img“That’s a symbol of when the wife cheats on the husband,” he said, adding that it comes from a Spanish phrase and a hand sign that mimics the horns of a bull. Perlo sought to paint the image of Orozco’s parents as immigrants completely out of touch with the challenges their children faced in urban America. They are first-generation American citizens who spoke almost no English, witnesses said. During the day, Orozco and his siblings were usually left in the care of baby sitters because of their parents’ jobs, Juan Orozco testified. The younger Orozco seemed to disagree with Perlo, however, when the defense attorney said Orozco’s mother had no inkling of the gang problem in Hawaiian Gardens or its potential impact on her children. It was under cross-examination that he recalled his mother taking a pair of pants away from him because she knew they were popular with gang members. “She ripped them up and burned them,” Juan Orozco said. “She didn’t want me wearing them. … She was afraid for me to get shot.” Deputy District Attorney Lowell Anger called one witness Wednesday, a 24-year-old man who testified that he was forced to leave the city where he grew up after he was stabbed in the back by Jose Orozco on Oct. 18, 2002. The case is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. Monday with closing arguments at Norwalk Superior Court. (562) 499-1261 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As a child, Jose Orozco was fairly shy in class, occasionally getting into trouble but never needing extensive discipline, according to two educators who taught Orozco at Hawaiian Gardens Elementary School. He grew up in a middle-class family with two younger sisters and a little brother. His parents worked long hours to pay for their modest home in Hawaiian Gardens, a community of mostly Hispanic residents and one heavily influenced by the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens gang, according to defense witnesses. But his childhood was a happy one, according to Orozco’s younger brother, Juan. Defense attorney Stanley Perlo asked Juan Orozco to explain why his brother had a pair of black horns tattooed on his forehead. Investigators called by the prosecution said the tattoos were meant to intimidate anyone who came across the defendant. But his brother had a different interpretation. NORWALK – Defense attorneys representing a convicted cop killer tried to dispel the image of their client as a hardened gang member Wednesday, bringing former teachers and the defendant’s brother to the stand to talk about his formative years. It took a jury about four hours, spread over two days, to find Jose Luis Orozco guilty in the 2005 ambush slaying of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz. Prosecutors spent many hours presenting witnesses and other evidence that showed Orozco had a long criminal history and boasted for years that he was going to kill a police officer. While the defense put up little fight in the guilt phase of the trial, they spent Wednesday afternoon trying to undo some of the damage by casting their client in a more sympathetic light. last_img read more

first_imgThey are part of a group of four players, alongside goalkeeper Sven Ulreich and defender Rafinha, whose contracts expire in June.“We need some time, then we will make decisions,” Rummenigge told Sky.“What is required of us is to create a gentle transition.“We have already made a first (round of talks), when the second will follow, we will see.”According to daily newspaper Bild, a decision will be made by the end of March at the earliest, leaving the quartet with just a few months to convince the German champions — currently 18 points clear in the Bundesliga — of their continued worth.Dubbed ‘Robb-ery’, Robben and Ribery have been stalwarts at Bayern for a decade © AFP / KARIM JAAFARBetween them Robben and Ribery — part of the team that won the 2013 treble of Champions League, German Cup and Bundesliga — have made nearly 650 appearances for Bayern and scored exactly 250 goals.However, both are injury prone, especially Ribery, who tore a knee ligament last October.Yet, when fit, they continue to perform.Robben scored two late goals in Tuesday’s 6-0 thrashing of minnows Paderborn in the quarter-finals of the German Cup.Ribery netted a rare Bundesliga goal in Bayern’s 2-0 win at Mainz last Saturday.Bayern will not want to leave themselves light on the flanks and Kingsley Coman is the only other winger in the squad, although Germany forward Thomas Mueller can play out wide.Bayern host Schalke in a crunch Bundesliga match on Saturday and face Besiktas in the last 16 of the Champions League in a fortnight.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arjen Robben is playing for his Bayern future alongside Franck Ribery © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZBERLIN, Germany, Feb 8 – Veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are effectively playing for new contracts after Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted the club are in no rush to extend their deals.Robben and Ribery, both 34, are out of contract at the end of the season and a primary round of extension negotiations has already begun.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg football match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on March 14, 2018. © AFP / Pau BarrenaBARCELONA, Spain, Mar 17 – Ernesto Valverde dismissed the idea that he, as Pep Guardiola and Luis Enrique had done before, would win a league, Cup and Champions League treble in his first season at the helm.Valverde has regalvanized the lacklustre Barcelona of last season taking over the team that had just lost Neymar and revitalised their fortunes and the form of their star player Lionel Messi. But despite an eight point advantage over Atletico Madrid, a cup final date with Sevilla in April and a relatively easy draw with Roma in the Champions League quarters, Valverde says Barca a treble is a big ask.“I don’t believe in prophecies,” said the Basque whose Barca outfit host Atletico Bilbao Sunday.“Everything is possible and we will give it absolutely everything,” he promised.“I would have signed in my own blood if you’d offered me this position at the start of the season.”But Valverde pointed to Roma as the obstacle that could make the difference between his Barcelona and those of Guardiola and Luis Enrique.“Roma beat Chelsea 3-0, a team against which we struggled,” he said after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge had preceded a Messi inspired 3-0 win at the Nou Camp.“Roma also finished above both Chelsea and Atletico (in the group stage) and Atletico is our main league rival, so you get a bit of the measure of the size of rival they are,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Guardiola has won all seven of his previous Champions League quarter-finals as a coach. © AFP / PAUL ELLISLiverpool, United Kingdom, Apr 3 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola promised to stick by his principles and attack Liverpool in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, despite admitting he is playing into his opponents’ hands.Liverpool are the only side to beat runaway leaders City in the Premier League this season in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield in January. The hosts’ fearsome front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were all on target that day as part of their combined tally of 75 goals this season.However, Guardiola’s bold brand of attacking football has been accompanied by success everywhere he has gone in a stellar coaching career from Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now at City.And he believes that is the best way for City to reach just their second ever Champions League semi-final, but the eighth in his nine seasons as a top-flight coach.“I know the way we play is perfect for Liverpool because they are a team that attack the space unlike any other team in the world, especially Mane, Salah, Firmino, they are so good,” said Guardiola on Tuesday.“But I feel the best way to win is the way we try to do since we were here.”No opposing manager has beaten Guardiola more times than Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. In 12 previous meetings, Klopp has six wins to Guardiola’s five.Klopp was keen to play down the significance of that record, but Guardiola hailed their shared spirit to entertain.“Both teams try to play. We are the teams that scored the most goals in Premier League this season by far,” added Guardiola.“I think Jurgen Klopp teams are honest teams that respect what football means. They try to attack and of course we are going to try to (do the same). I’m sure tomorrow is going to be a good game.”City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne described the sides’ January meeting as a “crazy game” that was “beautiful for the neutral”.– ‘We can beat the best’ –Klopp has a winning record against Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. © AFP / Paul ELLISAnd Klopp called on his Liverpool team to believe they can recreate those heroics despite facing a team the German labelled as the best in Europe at the moment.“I like the difficult jobs, that is the most interesting thing for a manager,” said Klopp.“It’s really difficult, but I think we can beat the best. But only if we work really hard and smart.”While City currently have the upper hand domestically, five-time European champions Liverpool have far more pedigree in continental competition.However, the Reds haven’t reached the Champions League last four for a decade and Klopp wants modern-day memories created at Anfield.“This club is already so full of history and we have to write our own history,” said Klopp when quizzed whether he was seeking inspiration from Liverpool’s glory days in Europe.“People meet me in the street and they can tell me each goal Liverpool who scored 37 years ago in the 56th minute… we need to be proud of our history but we need to create our own history.”Both sides have been struck by injury problems as City’s top scorer Sergio Aguero hasn’t travelled with the rest of Guardiola’s squad due to a knee problem that has kept the Argentine sidelined for the past month.Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip will miss the rest of the season with a thigh injury, while Adam Lallana will miss both legs against City due to a hamstring injury suffered in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.German midfielder Emre Can missed that match and remains a doubt with a back injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThe opening of Letterkenny General Hospital’s long-awaited new wing could be in doubt once again, Donegal Daily has learned.The multi-million unit, which includes a new Accident and Emergency Department, is due to open in September after a delay of more than a year.However nursing unions have expressed fears there may not be enough manpower to staff the new facility. A meeting between nursing staff and hospital management is now due to take place on August 31st to review the situation.A nursing source at the hospital told us that operating the current A&E is a challenge without the pressure of a new, larger unit being opened.“The nursing staff are delighted the new wing is almost ready to be opened.“However there is a genuine concern that staffing levels are just not adequate to run the facility. “A meeting will take place on August 31st to get reassurances that the manpower is there to operate the facility to the highest standard,” said the source. SHORTAGE OF NURSES PUTS PLANNED HOSPITAL WING OPENING IN DOUBT was last modified: August 3rd, 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:delayLetterkenny General Hospitalnursing staffOPENINGlast_img read more