Zinedine Zidane defends Gareth Bale and Benzema

first_img RELATED STORIES IN SPORT.ES Upd. on 22/02/2018 at 01:03 CET 21/02/2018 Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane spoke after the 3-1 win over Leganes at Butarque. Reserves coming in: “Lucas and Asensio have always been important and I’m over the moon for Lucas because he deserves it. He scored and fought hard despite the injuries he had beforehand. Asensio did well too and Kovacic was phenomenal. We have had tough times and we have to enjoy this moment. What matters is they do well and show their flair when they take to the pitch. I have to come up with a starting eleven and that can be tough at times. It is great for me to see those players who have played less, coming on and playing well.” On Benzema: “I’m not worried (that he didn’t score). It’s the situation we have now. He likes to score and he did the other day against Betis. Tonight he did not but he did a lot of good things for his team-mates.”center_img Xavi Canals On Bale:“I’m pleased with him, he needs to take it slow to get back to his best. We are in a good dynamic and I’m happy. I rely on all these players”. Zidane defiende a Benzema y Bale Conceding from a free kick:“I’m not worried. That’s football. I’d rather concede and then score three or four. Conceding early on comes from a lack of concentration but I’m not fretting. I would be worried if we didn’t react but tonight we did and we got the win.” Sergio Ramos not giving up on La Ligalast_img read more

Leafs need overtime to even up Murdoch Final

first_imgAfter 40 minutes of scoreless play, Leafs Nicholas Onofrychuk opened the scoring early in the third period.Midway through the final period, Michael Hagen tied the game for Beaver Valley.The Nitehawks finished the game outshooting Nelson 24-19, including a 12-4 advantage in the first period.Hunter Young registered the win in goal for Nelson while Noah Decottignies took the loss for Beaver Valley.The loss was the first of the playoffs for the Nitehawks, who rocked the Leafs 5-2 in Saturday’s series opener in Nelson.Game five of the series is back in Nelson Friday, at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Nelson Leafs needed to work a little longer to even the Murdoch Division Final Series.Reid Wilson scored in overtime to lift the Leafs to a 2-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Sunday night at the NDCC Arena.The best-of-seven series is now tied at 1-1 with Games three and four, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Frutivale Arena. Puck drop for both games is 7 p.m.last_img read more

Ron Nuzzolo

first_imgFish On Return of winter stalls early striped bass fishing In search of the first striped bass of the year was not as easy as I thought. Opening day was Thursday, March 1. I searched as far south as Exit 58 on the Garden State Parkway. Bloodworms were the bait of choice, which was almost impossible to even find. One angler said he did get some at Scotts Bait and Tackle in Tuckerton. Clams were the second choice, and they, too, were tough to find – one angler improvised and went to Costco and picked up what they had. Water temps were in the low 30s – still a little too chilly for bass. I did speak to a few gentlemen who released a few shorts (under 28 inches) off the Route 9 bridge at the Forked River Power Plant discharge canal. They did mention if you fish on the West side of the Route 9 bridge, you are required to have a freshwater fishing license, so keep that in mind. Offshore: The Gambler out of Point Pleasant is still pursuing the deep water ling and hake offshore. The Gambler did come into some nice size sea bass and ling as well as a few mackerel in the mix. You have to applaud the crew; they worked it the entire winter, producing good numbers all along, including the Norma K lll, who had a good winter as well. Thanks, guys, for curing cabin fever for those of us with the need to fish. 2007 fluke regulations are in: The state Marine Fisheries Council voted Thursday for a 108-day fluke season, which will allow anglers to fish on both Memorial Day and Labor Day this year. Over 100 people attended the meeting at the Atlantic County library in Absecon, and, after an hour and 10 minutes of discussion, the decision was made. Fluke season is opening May 26 and running through Sept. 10 with an eight-fish possession limit and a 17-inch minimum size. Good luck and fish on. Every week I ask readers to send in their favorite local recipes to share with the rest of us. At the end of the year, I will post my three favorite recipes. Once we post them, you, the readers, will decide who will become the first annual “Fish on with Ron – Local Seafood Recipe Champ.” Please send your recipe and/or fishing report to me at ron@signbrothers.com First place will receive their favorite fishing picture reproduced on a 2-by-2-foot gallery-wrapped canvas photo. If you need a centerpiece over your fireplace, this is it. Remember, your recipe should also tell us where you’re from and how you came about creating your culinary masterpiece. Our next recipe is very interesting; it comes from a fan reading the article on www.gmnews.com. Laura Mooney is from across the bay, a Staten Island native for over 50 years, and she read “Fish On” while at a friend’s house, Kevin Mckee of Middletown. Since she doesn’t receive the paper, she simply accesses it on the Internet. She claims to hold many blue-ribbon cooking awards and also enjoys any cooking contests she can enter. Laura was nice enough to e-mail this original masterpiece to share with us that can go with just about any fish you wish. Get the net: 5 out of 5 nets Comment: very diverse, healthy, excellent presentation, original Difficulty: simple Steamed fish with olives and capers Parchment paper can be used to cook fish. It creates steam and makes any thick fillet taste awesome Chilean sea bass Olive oil Olives Capers Cherry tomatoes Fresh parsley Fresh garlic Place fish on parchment paper (comes in box like waxed paper, available in supermarkets). Meanwhile, mix good virgin olive oil with sliced black olives, a handful of capers, about 10 cherry tomatoes, some minced garlic and chopped fresh parsley. Add all these ingredients to fish and seal up the paper. Place it on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. You can use any thick fillet for this. Chef: Laura Mooney, Staten Island, N.Y.last_img read more

Odessa Natasha Nichola De Barros vying for the title of Miss Renaissance

first_imgThe Miss Renaissance Pageant will be held on August 19 at the National Cultural Centre, with 12 professional women competing for the coveted title. The delegates were introduced to the media in June at a sashing ceremony.The pageant serves as a catalyst to re-educate the public about their inner beauty, creativity, cultural awareness and an accomplishment of the matured Guyanese women 30 years and older. For the next few weeks, Guyana Times entertainment will feature each delegate. This week, we are pleased to introduce to you 40-year-old Odessa Natasha Nichola De Barros who received her administrative professional training and completed her computer training in Georgetown, Guyana.She is educated at the nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary level and is an employee of the Education Ministry as an Administrative Professional for the past 22 years. The proud mother of two is currently attached to the St Roses High School.Her mentoring skills were enhanced when she joined the membership at the Diamond/Grove Lions Club which is affiliated to Lions Club International. De Barros enjoys the culinary arts and event planning.“My reason for being a part of this pageant is two-fold; to fulfil a long dream of participating in a pageant and to encourage and motivate other mature women to enter such a pageant,” the confident woman stated.last_img read more

‘I Won’t Remain Silent Until Justice is done’

first_imgMs. Lloa Bass-Golokeh, the woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Joseph Chourity, a former restaurant manager at the Royal Grand Hotel, has said that she won’t remain silent until justice is done in her case.Ms. Bass Golokeh, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently in Monrovia, said: “I will not be silent about this issue because I did not give anyone permission to touch and sexually assault my body. I was humiliated and sexually violated before several of my close friends and family that were there celebrating the New Year at what we thought to be a safe and prestigious hotel.”She explained her ordeal: “It was early Friday morning, January 1, when I and some of my friends came from the Alpha Kappa Alpha New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball and went to the Royal Grand Hotel in continuation of the New Year’s Day festivities. “We arrived at the hotel around 2:15 a.m. and immediately went to the rooftop bar of the hotel for their celebration.”While celebrating the advent of the New Year Ms. Bass-Golokeh said she stood for photos with friends.Then, she said, “I felt a hand go up my dress in between my thighs pulling down my underwear. As soon as I turned around, I saw the manager of the restaurant, defendant Joseph Chourity, directly seated behind me.” Ms. Bass-Golokeh said she was shocked and humiliated by Chourity’s attitude over the incident.Ms. Bass-Golokeh said she had returned to Liberia from Nairobi, Kenya where she worked with UNHCR for over a year in the protection/resettlement unit, which often dealt with sexual and gender based violence.In an effort to give back to her country, she said she had decided to move back home and further pursue her career and develop an NGO. Returning to the incident at the hotel, she said instead of ringing in the New Year she was sexually assaulted by someone with whom she had never interacted.She, however, called on Liberian women to join and support her to in ensuring that justice is done so as to minimize the high rate of rape and sexual assault in the country.She said it is her hope that Liberians will take rape and sexual gender based violence issues seriously “by educating our people on the serious legal, moral, and ethical offense to rape, molestation, sexual assault and harassment by anyone, irrespective of their gender or age. “I will take a stand and speak out on what happened to me with the hope that other women will have the courage to do the same.” She added: “My physical and sexual protection is important, but how about the protection of others who have been through this but can’t speak out? It’s time for everyone to stand up and say no to these types of violence against women in the country.”Based on the complaint filed by Ms. Bass-Golokeh, Police in Monrovia have charged Chourity with the crime of sexual assault, a violation of Section 14.77 of the Revised Penal Code of Liberia, and will soon face prosecution.During preliminary investigations, police said defendant Chourity, a Lebanese national, admitted touching Ms. Bass-Golokeh from the back part of her body while they were at the top of the hotel. He, however, denied touching her between her thighs or attempting “pulling down” her underwear, as she alleged. The Charge Sheet further said “Chourity admitted indirectly when Deputy [Police] Commissioner Emmanuel Jlikan asked him why he placed his hand between the thighs of the victim.Chourity responded by “regretting” his action. The investigation established that Chourity admitted in the presence of his legal counsel, Cllrs. G. Moses Paegar and Golda Bonah Elliott of the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, that he was never permitted by Golokeh to touch her body.Police also quoted Chourity as saying, “other people were present when the incident took place, but I do not know them.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Woods’ fairytale Masters win inspiration for Cardiff: Warnock

first_img0Shares0000Woods’ remarkable victory in The Masters can be an inspiration in Cardiff’s bid to avoid relegation, said manager Warnock © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Kevin C. CoxLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 15 – Tiger Woods’ epic comeback from career-threatening injury and scandal in winning the Masters on Sunday can spur Cardiff to avoid relegation from the Premier League, manager Neil Warnock said on Monday.Cardiff are presently third from bottom — Fulham and Huddersfield having already been relegated — but can reduce the gap to two points between themselves and Brighton if they beat the latter on Tuesday. Brighton would still have a game in hand but Warnock believes 43-year-old Woods’ achievement in capturing his first major in 11 years can be an inspiration for his team.Winning a fifth Masters title cemented a fairytale comeback to the pinnacle of golf for Woods, whose career imploded after a 2009 sex scandal and knee and back injuries that required a total of seven surgeries.“We just have to look at the golf and at what Tiger has done — amazing,” said Warnock.“Nobody gave him a chance either, he has been written off that many times and we have.“Obviously over the last few weeks we have felt sorry for ourselves a few times.“We haven’t got time to do that (at Brighton) and if it’s not good enough then we accept it.“But this is an opportunity to give ourselves a chance till the end of the season. We have to grab that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ouma appointed Stars assistant coach

first_imgOuma, the SportPesa Premier League side, Sofapaka assistant coach, guided Harambee Starlets to the third round of the 2016 Olympics qualifiers where they were bundled out by South Africa’s Banyana Banyana.Malaysia based defender, Lawrence Olum, Al Tawoon’s David Ochieng and Azam FC new signing, Allan Wanga are the only foreign based players that joined the 15 who play domestically in camp with record scorer, Dennis Oliech, set to link up with the team that will be training at Nyayo.Williamson hopes to have a full house by Tuesday with Stars seeking to collect maximum points against the 2012 champions on Sunday after they started their campaign with a tepid barren home draw by minnows Guinea Bissau in their opener,.“We are going to train intensively from tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) but we may have some light work-out in the morning.“It is a difficult match but we are counting on the home support to drive us through the extra mile and supply us with that additional incentive,” Williamson, who led his charges to a 1-1 stalemate away to Congo Brazzaville in their opener, underscored.Skipper, Victor Wanyama who plies his trade at EPL side Southampton is expected to arrive in the course of the week after missing his club’s two matches, leading to further speculation over his future at St Mary’s.Wanyama has handed in a transfer request, hoping to secure a move to Tottenham Hotspur before the transfer window closes, and told his manager Ronald Koeman in a meeting on Friday he was not in the right frame of mind to play for the club.Kenya who took early charge of Group E are running to return to the AFCON finals for the first time since 2004.The Zambia are expected to jet in on Friday at 10.00am local time (+3GMT) and will have two training sessions, at the match venue.Sudanese referees Mutaz Khairalla (centre), Haitham Ahmed and Mohmood Ismael as his assistants will officiate the encounter.Mohammed Abdallah Ibrahim was appointed the fourth official while Ethiopian Asfaw Bergashaw will sit on the match commissioner’s seat.-Players in camp-Keepers: Boniface Oluoch (Gor Mahia), Wycliffe Kasaya (Nakumatt), Ian Otieno (Posta Rangers). Defenders:Harun Shakava (Gor Mahia), Edwin Wafula (AFC Leopards), Dennis Odhiambo (Thika United), Lawrence Olum – Malaysia, hg.v (Al Tawoon – Saudi Arabia). Midfielders: Collins Okoth (Gor Mahia), Bernard Mang’oli (AFC Leopards), Sammy Meja (Thika United), Humphrey Mieno (Tusker), Noah Wafula (Tusker), Johanna Otieno (Mathare United), Danson Kago (Thika United (Tusker), Strikers: Jesse Were (Tusker), Michael Olunga (Gor Mahia), Allan Wanga (Azam FC – Tanzania),Training schedule:Tuesday – 2.30pm at Nyayo National Stadium (Open to media)Wednesday – 10.00am at Nyayo National StadiumWednesday – 2.30pm at Nyayo National StadiumThursday – 2.30pm at Nyayo National StadiumFriday – 10.00am at Nyayo National Stadium (Open to media)Friday – 2.30pm at Nyayo National Stadium0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Ouma who also Sofapaka assistant coach, while training Harambee Starlets in a past match. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, August 31 – National women’s football team head coach, David Ouma has been drafted to Harambee Stars’ technical bench that reported camp on Monday ahead of this weekend’s 2017 AFCON qualifier against Zambia at Nairobi’s Nyayo National Stadium.Ouma joins retired former captain, Musa Otieno, as assistant coaches to Scotsman Bobby Williamson while Willis Waliaula has been appointed Team Manager to replace former midfield lynchpin, Simeone Mulama who resigned in April.last_img read more

Number of rabid bats rises in county

first_imgAbout 0.5 percent of the bat population has rabies, so the more bats that are tested, the higher the number that will be found with rabies, French added. And more bats would be found in a drought. “A drought is harder on the bats,” French said. “Bat colonies will have to fly much farther to find food and water and so more bats will die because the food supply isn’t as good.” Stephanie Remington, an Orange County biologist who specializes in bats, agreed that drought is hard on bats, but said the local increase in bats is probably just random. Ryan and Sun were reluctant to speculate why the county figures jumped, but said county residents making a bigger effort to call in could play a role. But Ryan expressed doubts. “We’re not really testing an extra number of bats,” Ryan said. “Maybe there are more numbers of rabid animals in the wild,” said Sun. “Or there’s a local hotspot or outbreak.” Getting rabies from a bat is rare, with only 50 human cases in the country in the past 60 years, French said. But officials said people should avoid touching bats, and that pets need to be vaccinated every few years. Dogs and cats are often the first in the family to find the furry creatures, officials said. If an infected bat’s saliva comes into contact with an open cut on a pet or person who isn’t inoculated, they can still be saved from the fatal disease by seeking quick treatment: a series of six shots in the arm over the course of a month. But while people can tell their doctors whether they’ve touched any bats lately, pets can’t. If cats and dogs aren’t vaccinated and exposure goes unnoticed, they could contract rabies. Once symptoms develop, there is no cure, said Sun. The county will offer $6 rabies vaccinations in Covina Park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday on the tennis courts at 301 N. Fourth Ave., Covina. alison.hewitt@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They’re being found significantly earlier,” he said. “At this point, we don’t really know if we’re starting to see a trend.” The numbers of bats with rabies elsewhere in Southern California are not showing the same spike as Los Angeles’ figures. San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside and Ventura counties show small increases – such as three bats, compared with one at this time last year – or no increase at all. Statewide, 49 rabid bats have been found, compared with 47 at this time last year, said Ben Sun, California’s public health veterinarian. “The increase in Los Angeles County is large percentage-wise, but if you look at the absolute number, I would say it’s not a huge increase,” Sun said. Most likely, there are more bats being tested, not more bats with rabies, said Barbara French, a biologist with Bat Conservation International, an advocacy group for the flying critters. Usually, only sick or dead bats – mostly those found on the ground by humans – are tested. More people know to call the county when they see a bat, so more of the insect-munching mammals are being tested, she said. Six rabid bats have been found by Los Angeles County public health officials so far this year, including three in the area in the past month. Normally, only one or two would have been found by now, said Patrick Ryan, the chief veterinarian with the county’s Department of Public Health, which does rabies surveillance of animals. Bat experts speculated that the increase might be related to the drought. Locally, the three bats were found in a home in La Verne, a warehouse in Downey, and a Pico Rivera school that Ryan would not name. None of the bats found this year harmed anyone. The county would normally find about nine rabid bats in an entire year, and not until mid-summer and fall, Ryan said. last_img read more

Retail sales growth slows in June

first_imgJune, the second-most important month of the year in a retailer’s calendar behind December, is the period when merchants start to clear out summer goods to make room for fall merchandise. Stores had some big challenges. Rain, particularly in the Northeast, made selling summer clothes difficult. Results were also hurt by comparisons with June 2005, when same-store sales rose a robust 5.2 percent. Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers, said that factor alone depressed sales by one percentage point. But analysts worry that consumers are starting to feel the effects of increasing economic pressures, including higher gasoline prices and interest rates. Higher rates have also helped cool the housing market. Last week, the Federal Reserve raised short-term rates to the highest point in more than five years but also lifted hopes that a respite from two years of increases might be in the offing. Stores have feared a slowdown in consumer spending in the second half, but the question is how deep and when will it start.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Retail sales growth stalled in June, leaving merchants wondering whether shoppers who were resilient for much of the year are now curbing their spending because of higher gas prices. As merchants issued their sales reports Thursday, disappointments included Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Federated Department Stores Inc. and Limited Brands Inc. There were also the usual laggards – Gap Inc. and Pier 1 Imports Inc., which again suffered sales drops. Winners included Target Corp., J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and AnnTaylor Stores Corp. Rainy weather that wiped out demand for summer clothes hurt sales for some retailers. And many merchants had to compare their results against very strong business a year ago, making this year’s sales look a little weaker than they really were. Still, some analysts said they saw a loss of sales momentum. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It’s a mixed bag, but it is definitely slower,” said Jharonne Martis, an analyst at Thomson Financial. “Consumers’ discretionary spending is decreasing as the economy is slowing down.” Another analyst was more upbeat about shoppers. “Consumers are still resilient. These numbers tell you that they are still in the stores, in the malls,” said Janet Hoffman, managing partner of the North American retail division of Accenture, a consulting firm. “They may be trading to different formats, but they are shopping.” The International Council of Shopping Centers-UBS sales tally of 56 stores rose 2.6 percent in June, the low end of the projected 2.5 percent to 3 percent range. The tally is based on same-store sales, or sales at stores opened at least a year. Same-store sales are considered a key measure of a retailer’s health. June’s results were below the 4.3 percent gain averaged in the first five months of the calendar year. last_img read more

Arsene Wenger ‘disrespectful’ to talk about Aubameyang, say Borussia Dortmund

first_imgBorussia Dortmund have slammed Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for being “disrespectful” by commenting on the speculation surrounding striker Pierre-EmerickAubameyang has been strongly linked with a switch to the Gunners in January, with the 28-year-old reportedly handing in a transfer request to try and force a move.At a press conference on Thursday, Wenger told the media Aubameyang would ‘fit in’ at the Emirates Stadium.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc responded by aiming criticism at Wenger, saying the Frenchman overstepped the mark with his comments.“We consider it disrespectful to speak about players from other clubs,” Zorc said.“There is no contact with Arsenal. We assume that Wenger has enough to do dealing with his own players.”The spotlight on Aubameyang’s Dortmund future intensified on Thursday after the frontman was left out of the squad to face Hertha Berlin in Friday’s Bundesliga clash at the Olympiastadion.The Gabon striker, who was the Bundesliga’s top goalscorer last season with 31 goals and has hit 13 in 15 games so far this year, has been suspended twice by Dortmund this season for disciplinary reasons.Dortmund coach  Peter Stoger recently admitted club officials are ‘baffled’ by the star man’s behaviour, although added that he expected Aubameyang to stay this month.READ MORE: Arsenal target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ‘baffled’ Borussia Dortmund bosses with his recent behaviour Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 1last_img read more