Hughes upbeat over Stoke prospects

first_img Press Association The Potters announced last Friday that Hughes, who was appointed to the job in the summer of 2013, had signed a new contract through to 2019. They have thrived under the Welshman so far, last term securing their best Barclays Premier League finish of ninth with their highest points total of 50 – records they are looking to better this time around, currently lying 10th on 42 points from 30 matches. “I’ve never been in any doubt that if the right target is available and it is a possibility to get it over the line, then finances will be made available to me.” Stoke are currently only a point worse off than eighth-placed Swansea, but seventh-placed Tottenham have 11 more points than the Potters. Asked if the equivalent for the Staffordshire outfit of Chelsea’s pursuit of the title was a push for eighth place, Hughes said: “Yes, it is fair to say that – and we will always strive to be even higher than that. “Last year we were ninth and arguably we came second in that mini-league – the teams above that, seventh to first, were markedly better over that season. “So you could argue we came second then, and that the challenge for us is to be first and then maybe even better that. “Certainly that (a finish higher than eighth) won’t happen this year, but the anticipation and hope is that in the seasons that follow we can possibly break through that glass ceiling.” Jonathan Walters has sustained a calf knock, but Hughes expects the Potters forward will be available for this weekend’s Stamford Bridge contest. Defender Marc Muniesa is set to return to the matchday squad after missing five games because of a hamstring problem, and Victor Moses is also fit again – but will not be able to feature on Saturday as the opposition is the on-loan winger’s parent club. Stoke boss Mark Hughes has emphasised his confidence that he can keep the club moving in the right direction. And Hughes, happy with the financial backing he has been promised, has every confidence things can keep improving for Stoke in the seasons to come. Speaking about his new deal at his press conference to preview Saturday’s trip to league leaders Chelsea, the 51-year-old said: “I’m really pleased – I think what it gives me and the staff at the club is continuity, and that is a rare thing in football these days it seems. “I’ve had 18 months here and really enjoyed every moment of that. And to get a commitment from the owners is really satisfying. “I think we are in a good place at the moment, that everyone is excited about what is ahead of us, and that a lot of the things you need to be successful at this level are in place. We just have to make sure we keep improving.” Although Stoke have spent moderately so far in his time at the Britannia Stadium, Hughes stressed funds are there for him to “really push the boat out” in the transfer market. “We haven’t spent a great deal since I’ve been here – I think it is something like a net spend of £6million,” the former Manchester City manager said. “But I’ve never been given the impression that if the right player was available and we wanted to really push the boat out, there would not be funds available. “There have been some targets we have got very, very close to, where we would have been in a position to make a decision about whether or not we spent significant amounts, but we never actually got to the point where we needed to do that, just because the target fell by the wayside. last_img read more

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Apostle Ragnauth cashes in to win Household Plus golf tourney

first_imgFORMER sprint champion, now Apostle of the Life Spring Ministries,and playing golf for under three years, Balgobin Ragnauth golfed in fine style to be declared the winner of the tournament sponsored Household Plus and Regent Household Electronics,that lived up to its expectations.Ramnauth (63/91) beat off Patanjalee ‘Pur’ Persaud and Pandit Ravi Persaud, with Brian Hackett coming fourth after edging out Superintendent M. Gayadin.Best Gross was won by Imran Khan and Nearest to the Pin (10ft) was won by Ian Gouveia.Teeing off at 13:00hrs, the golfers were eager to perform excellently having had a tournament practice the previous Saturday where the top 10 were close, leaving persons eager to see who will emerge champ this Saturday.Managers Nasser Hamid and Shaheed Hamid of Household Plus and Regent Household Electronics respectively,were represented at the prize-giving ceremony by Past-President Brian Hackett, who conveyed their happiness at being involved.Hackett also conveyed the companies willingness to continue sponsoring such tournaments at the Lusignan Golf Club.Hackett reminded members that at the two stores – both in business for over 20 years – there is a wide variety of Household, Electronics, Clothing, and Cosmetics available.Vice President Patrick Prashad, acting as the day’s Captain, requested that Club members observe a 1-minute’s silence in observance of the passing of Dr Samuel Bera who had been a member of the Club for several years and had been very active prior to 2000.President Ramroop extended deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Dr Bera, on behalf of the LGC and himself.last_img read more

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Former Syracuse guard Ash charged after fight in Armory Square in May

first_imgFormer Syracuse women’s basketball guard Tyler Ash was charged with trespass and harassment for her involvement in a fight at Urban Outfitters in Armory Square on May 27, according to court records cited in an article published by The Post-Standard Monday.Ash is accused of hitting two Urban Outfitters employees in the fight. She will appear in court July 9.Ash left the team at the conclusion of the academic year, said Dave Gunn, assistant director of athletic communications. Gunn said the SU athletic department could not comment on the situation since Ash is no longer an SU athlete. She is still listed as a senior on the SU directory system.According to court records cited in The Post-Standard, Ash entered the store with Zeyanna Stokes, who store employees said was banned from the store after being caught stealing merchandise.After the employees told them they needed to leave, Stokes is accused of punching a female employee in the face. Another female employee then yelled at Ash to get Stokes off the employee, and Ash was then accused of hitting the second employee, according to the article.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAsh was also accused of punching, pushing and scratching the first employee, leaving her with a swollen left eye and scratches on her chest, under her nose and under her left eye, according to the article.Ash enjoyed a standout career at Liverpool High School before arriving at Syracuse as a top recruit in 2008. She started five games and played in 30 games her freshman year, averaging 1.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. As a sophomore, Ash played in 36 games and averaged 4.3 points and four rebounds per game.She then redshirted as a junior in 2010-11 due to knee injuries and did not play any games despite being on the roster in 2011-12.rjgery@syr.edu Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

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Resource fair teaches students about mental health

first_imgJenny Chung | Daily TrojanMind over matter · Organizations including the Disability Services and Programs, Office for Wellness and Health Promotion and Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services helped students at the fair.Students learned about available resources both on and off campus for combating mental health issues at the Mental Health Resource Fair that took place on Trousdale Parkway Monday morning. The fair, which was part of October’s Mental Health Awareness Month, was organized by the Undergraduate Student Government’s Academic Culture Assembly.The ACA, which is made up of 12 member organizations, aims to cultivate academic curiosity in students. Mental Health Awareness Month aims to overcome the stigma related to mental health and help students talk about their issues. This year’s student-led campaign theme is “Self Care and Community Care.”The Mental Health Resource Fair included the participation of representatives from various organizations like Student Counseling Services, The Painted Brain, Disability Services and Programs, Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services, Asian Pacific American Student Services, Student Support and Advocacy, the Office for Wellness and Health Promotion, Breathe SC and the Occupational Therapy Faculty Practice Clinic. Students were able to chat with the representatives and learn about the resources and services they provide.The Student Counseling Services provides individual counseling, group counseling and psychiatry services. They also offer outreach programs where they arrange educational workshops on a range of topics. There are several groups that are offered by them where students get to share their experiences and relieve anxiety and stress. They organize events like yoga apart from other stress-reducing activities. They also have drop-in hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for emergencies, where students can walk in and ask to meet any counselor to discuss their concerns. For non-emergencies, a student needs to schedule an appointment. Apart from this, they also have crisis therapists who are available 24/7 to help students.The Disability Services and Programs’ goal is to help students with disabilities gain an equal standing in all facets of their experiences at USC. They offer a variety of support services and students can utilize them by registering with them on their website.“Our office is to help students be as successful as they can be,” said Sourena Haj-Mohamadi, a postdoctoral fellow at Disability Services and Programs. “They have great strengths and challenges and our office is to help those students.”The Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services provides confidential counseling to students who have experienced any kind of sexual or gender-based harm during their stay at USC. RSVP has created a peer outreach program called Violence Outreach Intervention and Community Empowerment that engages students in preventing sexual violence and gender discrimination and also supports students who have gone through this trauma.Shannon Lam, a sophomore majoring in human biology and gender studies, is a member of VOICE who spoke on the program’s impact on the USC community.“[VOICE] is a great program that a lot of different communities can use,” Lam said. “[For example], they can have us give a presentation to get the message out to different cultural groups on campus. We are open to people coming out to us and we want to help them and spread awareness about relationships and sexual violence.”The Asian Pacific American Student Services engages Asian and Pacific American students in a dialogue and facilitates their participation in order to empower them. They are also offering in-house counseling, every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in which they will bring people from the Office for Health and Wellness Promotion to help students. They want to have counselors and therapists of color, because that would be more impactful in helping students who look like them, according to Alex Kanegawa, a senior majoring in policy, planning and development.“I think what the Academic Culture Assembly is doing is really great,” Kanegawa said. “Their idea of a holistic student involves mental, physical and emotional well-being, and they are taking a great amount of steps to provide resources and give all the support that a student might need.”The Office for Wellness and Health Promotion organizes “happy hour,” which seeks to promote a healthy environment at USC, and wants to help students manage stress and develop self-care skills. These classes are free and include yoga and other stress relief exercises. They also have a program called “Pause for Paws” that involves a visit from a therapy dog once a week on campus, where students can engage with dogs and reduce their stress levels.There is also an open group meditation program called Breathe SC that takes place every Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. and every Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Thornton Quad. It is organized by Natalie Raphael, one of the co-founders of BreatheSC.“We don’t necessarily guide you, but we give you a space where you can just calm yourself down and focus on your breath and feel a sense of stillness,” Raphael said. “I used to have really bad anxiety and worry about things for no reason, and meditation has taught me to feel this sense of stillness and not worry about the past or future but focus on the present.”Nitya Pydipati, a data informatics graduate student, believes students must attend such events to know the services and programs that USC provides so that they can utilize them.“I think it is great that we have so many facilities here at USC and students can greatly benefit from them,” Pydipati said. “We need to overcome the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and students should approach these organizations to overcome problems and discuss their issues.”last_img read more

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Superior blocking lifts Syracuse over N.C. State

first_imgEarly in the second set of Sunday’s match, Santita Ebangwese pounded a block back into the N.C. State side, screaming as she embraced her teammates. The very next point, the Wolfpack hitters targeted her, yet again. Her response, a booming block on the NC.. State spike, sent the crowd into a frenzy.The two blocks in a row from Ebangwese started a rally that carried to Orange to a 25-17 victory in the second set. SU (18-7, 9-5 Atlantic Coast) eventually won the match, 3-1, against the Wolfpack (14-12, 3-11) and much of the victory was powered by a great blocking performance on behalf of the Orange.“We’ve always been focusing, and working, on the block,” Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin said.Ebangwese tallied 12 total blocks in the victory, three of which were solo.“I was able to close the block,” Ebangwese said, “and I was successful in reading which way (the middle hitter) was going today.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShe said that after the loss on Friday against North Carolina, Ebangwese worked to improve her game, namely her blocking. By watching film and working in practice, Ebangwese was prepared to shine on Sunday.As a vocal leader on the court, the team relies on Ebangwese’s callouts on defense. During the game, she calls out opposing hitters for her teammates, and her yells reverberate through the gym.Every time she was on the court Sunday, Ebangwese yelled numbers and positions, and flashing signs to her teammates.“(Callouts) help me with blocking because then I know, ‘Ok, this player is usually going a one, or a three, or this position,’” Ebangwese said, “And I can do the best of my ability.”The third set was the only time in Sunday’s game when Ebangwese and the other Orange blockers ran into trouble.The N.C. State duo of sophomore hitters Perry Ramsey and Julia Brown started putting balls in the holes the Orange blockers usually kept closed, leading the Wolfpack to a 25-20, set-three victory. It was their only set win of the match.Otherwise, SU’s frontline was strong. Six players on the Orange’s roster tallied at least one solo block, compared to just three players with blocks on the N.C. State side.According to Yelin, every coach has something he’s “crazy about”. For him, that aspect of volleyball is blocking. His teams have traditionally been strong in blocking, and he said it has become somewhat of a trademark for his teams.The 2015 Orange squad boasts one of the top blocking lines in the country. It’s currently ranked No. 11 in the nation and No. 3 in the ACC in blocks, with 2.98 blocks per set. The Orange boasted eight solo blocks and twenty-four block assists in Sunday’s victory.“(Blocking) is a key for defense,” Yelin said, “You can’t even have good defense without a good blocking team.” Comments Published on November 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm Contact Matt: mjfel100@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Dodgers photo day at spring training: See the new and returning faces

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousNew Dodgers pitcher Brusdar Graterol poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Dodgers starting pitcher David Price poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDodgers third baseman Justin Turner poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers relief pitcher Blake Treinen poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers utility player Chris Taylor poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers utility player Kike Hernandez poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers infielder Max Muncy poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Dodgers pitcher Dustin May poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Dodgers pitcher Brusdar Graterol poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)New Dodgers starting pitcher David Price poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 16New Dodgers starting pitcher David Price poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandGLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers are back on the field at spring training – and they’ve added some high-profile new pieces to their lineup as they try to get back to the World Series.Every year at spring training the Dodgers, like every MLB team, hold Photo Day, the annual parade of players and coaches having their moment in front of the cameras from several media outlets.Dodgers players and coaches were out there posing for the cameras on Thursday at their Camelback Ranch facility. Check out some of the new faces and returning veterans photographed by O.C. Register/SoCal News Group staff photographer Kevin Sullivan.last_img read more

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Spain coach Luis Enrique resigns for personal reasons; interim Robert Moreno takes over

first_imgOFICIAL | Robert Moreno, nuevo seleccionador de la @SeFutbol.¡Mucha suerte, míster!#UnidosPorUnRETOMás info: https://t.co/ArSXJR5JI9 pic.twitter.com/1LaSSm1Cxc— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) June 19, 2019″The decision of the RFEF is to trust Robert Moreno as the coach. He will continue on the same duration of the contract that was already signed. He will be in charge of taking us to Euro 2020 and of doing a good job if we qualify.”Moreno said: “I want to thank [the RFEF] for placing your trust in us. It’s a bittersweet day.”I didn’t expect to be the head coach this way. We are going to try to continue the high-level work that Luis started.”I’ve been involved in football for many years, and since I was 14 years old I’ve thought about reaching the highest level. But I did not expect it this way, and Luis has agreed and supported us.”A statement given on behalf of Enrique was read at the news conference announcing the changes (via ESPN.com): “Due to the reasons that prevented me from carrying on my duties as coach since March and because they continue, I’ve decided to step down.”All my gratitude to the RFEF for their confidence and the understanding shown. I want to thank especially all the people that are part of the staff and the players for their professionalism. I cannot forget the media for your discretion and the respect shown in view of the situation.”Spain fired Julen Lopetegui on the eve of last year’s World Cup after he agreed to a deal with Real Madrid. Fernando Hierro led the team to an underwhelming tournament in Russia and subsequently was replaced by Enrique. Spain coach Luis Enrique, who has missed three Euro 2020 qualifying matches after a family emergency in March, is stepping away for personal reasons, and former assistant Robert Moreno, who has served on an interim basis in Enrique’s absence, has been named the Spanish national team’s head coach.Moreno and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) were keen to see Enrique, the former Barcelona boss, return for the next international break in September. However, it was confirmed Wednesday that Moreno will take on the job on a full-time basis in the latest coaching change for La Roja.”Luis Enrique has informed us that he will not continue as coach. I have to thank him, he has behaved with the RFEF in a ’10’ manner, we do not have the slightest rebuke. Our doors will always be open to him,” RFEF president Luis Rubiales said. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standingscenter_img World Cup 2022: Former FIFA exec Michel Platini held in Qatar corruption probe The three-time European champions finished second behind England in their Nations League group but have since won their first four Euro 2020 qualifiers.RFEF sporting director Jose Francisco Molina said the decision to appoint Moreno was made in a bid to maintain continuity.”Robert Moreno was the only possibility we considered,” Molina said. “A year ago we started a sports project that is going great and we wanted to continue that project. If we signed another coach, the project would have changed.”last_img read more

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Nacho never fails

first_imgHowever, little by little he was entering the Madrid rotation: this season debuted as left back against Osasuna due to the injuries of Marcelo (he took a strong blow to the shoulder during the match against Levante in September) and Mendy (confirmed within 33 hours of the match against the reddish team, and that would keep him one month off the grounds of game). He would also act on the left-handed side against Atlético (0-0) and against Bruges (2-2) on October 1. “3 points to get us up !!! Great team Very happy for my goal. “With this phrase, crowned with three photos of his match against Valladolid, Nacho summed up (Madrid, January 18, 1990) his performance against the pucelano team: a complete match from the right side with a goal included (celebrated with a warm hug with his coach Zinedine Zidane) to place Madrid in the first place of the qualifying table after losing it on day 8 of the championship.To Nacho, This season didn’t seem to bring anything positive. To begin with, the club decided to strengthen the central position at the beginning of 2019. Thus came Eder Militao, from Porto. his third central role a post was delayed before the arrival of the Brazilian central. That way I was going to see also reduced the amount of minutes I was going to play: in the previous six seasons, the Madrid defender had exceeded the 1,000 minute barrier. The defender had offers from Sevilla and Italian football to leave the White House, but decided to stay … and seize his opportunity. Precisely, at the premiere of the Champions League at the Bernabéu he suffered a serious injury in the internal collateral ligament: it would be more than two months in the dry dock. He would play again in Valencia on December 15, 75 days after his injury. He would repeat on the left side, as in his previous three games. He would also play against Athletic a week later, on December 22, against Athletic. He replaced Militao in the 57th minute when the Brazilian central suffered a blow in one eye. Nacho occupied his demarcation and was about to mark with a formidable stub that crashed into the crossbar. He has not played again until this week, when he did it before Unionistas and Valladolid, where he achieved both the triumph. “I am happy for the goal because all three points are important for the team, which wants to win the League,” he explained at the end of the match. The center again did what it knows best: to render from the first minute until the end of the match. The motto of Madrid. ‘Until the end, let’s go Real’. Zidane knows that it has an intangible value in Madrid’s deaf work. You already know: Nacho never fails …last_img read more

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Magical Messi mesmerises in El Clasico

first_img LEADING SCORER MADRID (AP): Lionel Messi scored his 500th career goal for Barcelona to give the Catalan club a dramatic 3-2 win over 10-man Real Madrid in the last minute of the ‘Clasico’ yesterday, leaving the Spanish league title race wide open. Messi netted his milestone goal – his second of the night – with a low left-footed shot from inside the area after a cross by Jordi Alba two minutes into stoppage time. That goal left the two rivals level at the top on 75 points. Barcelona lead on the head-to-head tiebreaker, but Madrid have six games left – one more than Barcelona. It was the second consecutive win by Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, coming after a 4-0 rout last season that put Madrid in crisis and eventually led to the replacement of coach Rafa Benitez by Zinedine Zidane. This year’s victory could keep Madrid from winning the league title for the first time since 2012 and give the Catalan club their third straight La Liga trophy. “We can’t be happy,” Zidane said. “When you don’t put the game away, things like this can happen. We are disappointed because we didn’t deserve to lose.” It was another outstanding performance by Messi, who played part of the game with a bloodied mouth after being hit by an elbow by Madrid left back Marcelo. “He is the best player in history,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said of Messi. “He makes the difference.” Messi’s winner at the Bernabeu came after Sergi Roberto made a great run from Barcelona’s defence, leading to Alba’s low pass across the area as Messi came charging to one-touch the ball into the corner past the diving Keylor Navas. Messi’s first goal came after he got past Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal with a run inside the area after picking up a pass by Ivan Rakitic outside the box in the 33rd. Messi is the all-time leading scorer in the Clasico with 23 goals. He has scored 14 goals in his last 10 league matches and is the competition’s leading scorer with 31 goals, seven more than teammate Luis Suarez. The Argentine playmaker has 47 goals with Barcelona in 46 games this season. It was a thrilling match at the Bernabeu, with the teams attacking from the start and giving both goalkeepers plenty of work. Casemiro had put the hosts ahead from close range after Sergio Ramos struck the post in the 28th. After equalising five minutes later, Messi also helped set up Barcelona’s go-ahead goal by Rakitic in the 73rd, a powerful left-footed shot from outside the area. Ramos was sent off with a straight red card in the 77th after a foul on Messi to stop the playmaker from a one-on-one situation in a breakaway. Despite that, Madrid still found the strength to equalise in the 85th with substitute James Rodriguez. He redirected a cross by Marcelo only three minutes after he had entered the match to replace Karim Benzema. Cristiano Ronaldo had a few good chances but was not able to capitalise on them.last_img read more

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‘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

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