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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‘My Patriotism is Unquestionable’

first_imgThe Ministry of Lands, Mines, Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Minister for Administration-designate, has assured a Senate confirmation hearing that as a public servant his patriotism remains unquestionable, while his loyalty and commitment to country are unflinching and surpass everything.Mr. Jenkins Okika Atuanya told the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy and Natural Resources, that character and credibility play significant roles in setting the gauge to qualify a person for a high profile job like the one he has been nominated to occupy.Believing that perfection is not common to humans, except Jesus Christ, Mr. Atuanya said it is important to add “some moral values to whatever we do in the public sector and this is where the issue of integrity comes into play.” “Practically, for me, integrity is what you do when you are in your closet or your darkest corner, or locked behind your office door and no one is watching you. My inspiration of the years of service has been to serve my country and I do this with a great deal of respect and love for country, not engaging in unscrupulous acts,” declared Atuanya, who has served the ministry since 2012 as Assistant Minister for Administration and Comptroller. Atuanya promised that if confirmed, he will keep track of all ongoing activities, especially the priority of bringing reliable and affordable electricity “to our people and re-strengthening the mining sector in the wake of the shock.” He admitted that the mining sector lacks sufficient manpower, especially in the area of supervisors and inspectors.To the dismay of committee members, Mr. Atuanya disclosed that the shortage of inspectors is such that the ministry is constrained to use non-employees to serve as mining inspectors, who in turn pay themselves from what is realized from their field jobs. Before his nomination, Atuanya served in the positions of Comptroller, Project Director, Executive Assistant, and Director for Administration and Finance, and currently Assistant Minister for Administration.Also appearing before the Albert T. Chie-chaired Committee in the Conference Room of the Pro Tempore Armah Jallah last week, was Henry Sambola, who, as Assistant Minister for Administration-designate, is nominated to replace Atuanya.Confirmation reports for both nominees are expected on the agenda for today’s sitting of the Senate. 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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Concession Conflict Management Meeting Gets Underway in Monrovia

first_imgAs part of improving citizens’ engagement in concessions management and managing concession-related conflicts, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is organizing a two-day national multi-stakeholders platform meeting in Monrovia, according to a press release yesterday.The meeting brings together four Multi-Stakeholders’ Platforms (MSPs) from affected communities in concession areas in Grand Cape Mount, Maryland, Nimba and Sinoe counties.The meeting, which is in partnership with the National Bureau of Concession (NBC) and the United Nations Mission in Liberia, is designed to strengthen concession monitoring and prevention capabilities of participants by providing space for practical learning on how to formalize, operationalize and monitor the activities of MSPs.It is part of activities on ‘Strengthening National Reconciliation through Improved Understanding of Conflict Drivers in Concession Areas and the Establishment of Multi-Stakeholder Platforms under the Assessed Contribution Project.’The events which take place on June 22 and 23 at the Monrovia City Hall will discuss the timeline and operational modalities for the multi-stakeholder platforms over the next year.Additionally, participants will review and refine the framework for concession conflict management as well as reflect on concession grievances, the lessons learned and opportunities for improvement.It is expected that the leaderships of project affected communities will be formally inducted into office during the meeting.Participation at the meeting will include representatives of Project Affected Communities at the Sime Darby Liberia-SDL in Grand Cape Mount County; Acelor Mittal-(AML) in Nimba County; Golden Veroleum-GVL in Sinoe County; and the Maryland Oil Palm Plantation-MOPP in Maryland County.Others include representatives of county authorities from the four counties, the Legislature, relevant ministries, agencies and commissions, the United Nations, as well as civil society and other local peace building organizations.It is hoped that at the end of the exercise, a framework would be developed to conduct multi-stakeholder dialogue for concession management; develop more clearly articulated land concession conflict management strategies and practices; enhance capacities for diagnosis and response to effectively contribute to the prevention of land concession conflicts; and better identify vulnerabilities, the press release stated.The Accessed Funding Project is a peace building and community cohesion project that builds upon the work undertaken by Sime Darby’s Sustainable Partnership Initiative (SPI), which brings project-affected communities (PACs), relevant government entities, civil society, development partners and concessionaires to a common platform to work through specific concerns arising from concession operations, as well as framing collective agendas.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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Aqueduct inspection is halted

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – A state agency suspended its underwater inspections of an aqueduct that supplies water to millions of people after the mysterious deaths of two divers. Department of Water Resources spokeswoman Sue Sims said Friday that the 11 remaining members of the dive team would not perform any inspections, maintenance or repair work while investigators try to determine how two men died at a state pumping plant. “At this time, our employees are not diving pending the results of the investigation,” Sims wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press. Divers Tim Crawford, 50, and Martin Alvarado, 44, died Wednesday after descending 30 feet to inspect screens that filter out garbage and debris on the floor of the California Aqueduct at the Dos Amigos Pumping Plant near the small town of Los Banos. As is standard practice at the department, the pair were wearing recreational scuba gear – equipment that industry and diving experts have described as woefully insufficient to protect from the strong currents and obstacles at the bottom of the aqueduct. In the private sector, commercial contract divers abide by stricter industry standards. Those require sturdy helmets, ropes and oxygen lines, as well as a monitoring station.last_img read more

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Court weighs mayor’s LAUSD plan

first_imgAttorneys for the Los Angeles Unified School District argued that the mayor’s plan runs afoul of the Constitution and that the Legislature, by making it law, intended to give him powers beyond those he is granted in his elected job as the city’s chief executive. “It is unabashed that their purpose is to take away power and to give it to somebody else they think would do a better job at it,” said Fredric D. Woocher, one of the attorneys representing the Board of Education. The Office of Legislative Counsel twice concluded that the bill was unconstitutional, Woocher said. AB 1381 would have shifted some of the decision-making authority from the seven-member board to the district superintendent. LOS ANGELES – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to assume partial control of the Los Angeles school district came under close scrutiny Monday by members of a state appellate court panel who questioned its impact on voters’ rights and asked whether sufficient alternatives had been explored. The justices from the 2nd District Court of Appeal heard two hours of oral arguments from attorneys for the mayor and the board of education, with Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles Parents Union attempting to convince the justices to overturn a judge’s Dec. 21 ruling that the law creating the mayor’s plan is unconstitutional. The most pointed questions came from Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, who noted the Legislation, AB 1381, is scheduled to expire in six years if it is eventually enacted into law. “There are only `X’ number of years to this scheme and then it’s all over,” Klein said. “Does that coincide with the two terms of the mayor?” last_img

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Vying for a chance to get ‘fired’

first_img “You watch three seasons of the show and you figure, Why not?” Also looking for a career change was math teacher Bill Newyear, 58. “An MBA is fine. Young and energetic is good. But an old dog can learn new tricks,” said Newyear, a silver-haired teacher at New Vista Middle School in Lancaster who “would leave teaching in a heartbeat because the 250 grand or whatever sure beats the snot out of what teachers make.” Then there was David Schwartz, a 43-year-old artist from Oxnard, who already has plans for Trump City, “a fascinating place, very futuristic” that supposedly is being planned for the moon. “My creative ideas can not only help the Trump industry but help the world,” said Schwartz, who wore a black beret, tattered, paint-covered blue jeans and a jacket and tie. Shivering next to him was Eric Mark, a business consultant from Marina del Rey who got a call-back interview when he auditioned in San Diego for season four. Mark thinks he has a real shot of making the final cut this time and is ready for the reality TV ordeal: “It certainly takes a certain kind of person, the kind who enjoy challenges and humiliation.” After nearly four frigid hours outside, my back aching, I got into the warmth of the replica Globe Theatre. There were five tables inside a large room. Most had 10 applicants and two casting directors asking the questions. My table had nine hopefuls – and Trump. We had a former Miss Yugoslavia, an investment banking wunderkind and a 30-year-old once worth $60 million but now almost penniless, save the gold Rolex he kept as a memento from his salad days. TV crews and their blinding lights surrounded us. I knew I was going to do something stupid. After introductions, which were humbling at best, Trump asked us to debate whether dating should be allowed among colleagues. “If Mr. Trump were dating one of the contestants, I’d see a problem with that,” said Alex, the kind but unsmiling investment banker from Goldman Sachs. Trump and his casting producer based their picks on the way candidates interacted during the debate and articulated their points. I was at a loss, drowned beneath the din of a few dominating voices. I quickly learned how frustrating it must be to actually be on this show. After about five minutes, Trump asked each of us to fire someone. Miss Yugoslavia, the first to decide, said something about “glasses” and pointed at me. Scott Salyers, the casting major domo, told the group to avoid giving this journalist the boot. I asked that I not be treated special. “Well, then, everybody is going to pick you,” the amiable Salyers said. Charles, who is still in college, was the other offender to finger me. I soon returned the favor. “The first thing he said was, ‘I’m interested in business.’ I don’t want someone who isn’t interested in business,” I said. “I want someone who knows business.” “You did say that, Charles,” Trump nodded, validating my contribution. And like that, 10 minutes after it started, our interviews were over. We were told that everyone selected for a follow-up interview in May would be called by the end of the day. “So leave your cell phones on,” Salyers advised. Before I left, I pulled Trump away from the cameras and asked what I had been dying to know: How did I do? “You did great,” he told me. It was 11 a.m. I went home happy. And I waited. My phone never rang. Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3436 brad.greenberg@dailynews.com 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 About 25 people were ahead of me when I stepped into line at 5:44 a.m. It was so cold that Farrah Evagues was wrapped in a gray blanket as she sat in a pink folding chair at the head of the line. “We left Orange County at 2, got here at 3 and then drove around for an hour trying to figure out where we were supposed to be,” said Evagues, a 23-year-old director of operations for an Anaheim military-electronics company. Her mom was waiting in the car. The line quickly grew to several hundred. But this being Los Angeles, hundreds of others had mailed in taped submissions. Back in the line, dressed in a black suit and red T-shirt that read “future billionaire,” was Jon Cronstedt, 24, a mortgage division manager from Orange County who lamented that interest rates were rising and his list of prospective clients was shrinking. “The Apprentice,” he said, would broaden his career opportunities. UNIVERSAL CITY – You just don’t turn down a job interview with Donald Trump – not even if you’re a newspaper reporter instead of an wannabe executive. Trump was in Southern California on Friday to promote a 17-city casting call for the sixth season of the NBC reality show “The Apprentice,” which will be filmed in Los Angeles for the first time. A contact at NBC had arranged for my interview to be done by The Donald himself, so I worked late Thursday on my application and resume. I needed something extra to wow Trump and become one of 16 cast members. But even a magician can only do so much with “student, intern, reporter, reporter.” My printer failed about five minutes before midnight, and I made a quick run to Kinko’s. I managed to get four hours of sleep before getting myself ready and driving to Universal City, arriving before 6 a.m., even though NBC had said not to. last_img read more

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LEITRIM GAA STAR SEEKS DONEGAL SWITCH

first_imgLeitrim star Paul Brennan is seeking a transfer from Melvin Gaels to Bundoran.Leitrim GAA star Paul Brennan has requested a transfer from his club Melvin Gaels to Bundoran.It is believed the reason Brennan wants the transfer is because he wants to pave a path into the Donegal set-up under new manager Rory Gallagher.Brennan has ambitions of competing at the very highest level inter-county football has to offer. It is believed he feels that the best option of achieving that is with Ulster SFC winners and All-Ireland Finalists Donegal.His transfer request comes hot on the heels of the decision by star forward Emlyn Mulligan to take a year out of the game.Rory Gallagher is continuing to run the rule over a number of club players he has regularly gathered for trials.Gallagher hopes the trials can unearth some players who are capable of performing at inter-county level having enjoyed good season with their clubs.   LEITRIM GAA STAR SEEKS DONEGAL SWITCH was last modified: December 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegalGAAleitrimnewsPaul BrennanSportlast_img read more

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Migrant Wives: The Harsh Reality of Indian H4 Visa Holders

first_imgThe cover picture on Rashi Bhatnagar’s blog ‘H4 Visa, A Curse’ says it all. It depicts a woman sitting distraught in a golden cage. Rashi lived in the US for over 10 years before she started her blog. She says she chose the name ‘H4 Visa, A Curse’ “because it is not people’s choice that they are unable to work. It is a strange situation that has been imposed by the US government on immigrants.”Read it at First Post Related Itemslast_img

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White Sox Take Apart Yankees, 7-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Chris Sale exchanged high-fives with teammates after becoming the major leagues’ first eight-game winner and had just put on a headset for a live television interview when Chicago White Sox teammate Avisail Garcia emptied a Gatorade cooler over his head.“It was water. It wasn’t sticky,” Sale said with a smile. That was almost the hardest contact made on him all night.Sale worked quickly and efficiently in a six-hitter Friday that led Chicago over the New York Yankees 7-1. Sale (8-0) became only the fourth White Sox pitcher to win his opening eight starts, the first since Jon Garland in 2005. He is the first in the major leagues since Arizona’s Brandon Webb started 9-0 in 2008.“That’s really the new him,” Chicago Manager Robin Ventura said. “This is a different guy. He could strike people out, but I think you’re seeing a more effective guy that can go deeper into games. I think the last couple years he probably wouldn’t be able to do this.”Chicago went ahead 3-0 in the second and opened a 7-1 lead in the third against Luis Severino (0-6), who tied Minnesota’s Phil Hughes for the big league lead in losses. Jose Abreu hit a two-run single in the second and Jimmy Rollins sent a two-run homer into the right-field second deck in the third.Sale struck out six and walked none, retiring 15 consecutive batters from the fourth through the eighth innings. He did not throw more than 15 pitches in an inning and tossed a season-low 99 pitches in all. New York’s only run scored on Chase Headley’s second-inning homer.Last year, Sale led the AL with 274 strikeouts in going 13-11 for a White Sox team that went 76-86.“They don’t want to get to two strikes,” he said of batters. “All the hype last year with all the strikeouts and stuff, I think they’re trying to stay away from getting two strikes on them.”Sale lowered his ERA to 1.67. The complete game was the 10th of Sale’s career and second this season. He has allowed six runs in his last six starts.“I think where we were at in the last couple of years — offensively we struggled and defensively we struggled — I don’t think it’s out of the realm that he went out there trying to basically strike everybody out,” Ventura said. “He felt like he had to do that to win.”Chicago held spring training discussions with Sale about getting outs earlier in counts.“Yeah, he could strike guys out,” catcher Alex Avila said. “If you want him to take that next step to being that ace, going out there for that seventh, eighth, ninth inning is huge.”Overshadowed in Chicago by the Cubs and their big league-leading 26-8 start, the White Sox improved the AL’s top record to 24-12, their best after 36 games since 2006.Severino allowed seven hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings as his ERA rose to 7.46. The Yankees sent him for an MRI and said he will go on the disabled list Saturday with a mild right triceps strain.“I think if it was an ongoing issue, you wouldn’t have seen 97 (mph) tonight,” New York Manager Joe Girardi said before the diagnosis was announced.“So I think whatever popped up was new today. But it’s a concern. When someone leaves a game because of something in their elbow, you’re really concerned.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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