Fiorentina beat Juve, lead cut to one point

first_imgMILAN (AP):Fiorentina coach Paulo Sousa got his tactics spot on as he steered his side to a 2-1 win over Juventus, which saw the Serie A leader’s advantage slashed to only one point yesterday.Juventus had been seven points clear of second-placed Roma after beating the Giallorossi 1-0 on Dec. 17 and were seemingly on an unstoppable march to a record sixth straight Serie A title.They have played a match less than most other teams due to the Italian Super Cup, which they lost on penalties to AC Milan.Juventus have conceded 16 goals in 19 league matches this campaign. It conceded just 20 in the whole of last season.Fiorentina dominated from the start, with the players winning all their individual battles and imposing themselves physically on their opponents.Juventus were given an early warning when Matias Vecino, who had already seen an effort saved by Gianluigi Buffon, hit the left post in the 10th minute.Buffon also had to make another fine stop to deny Federico Chiesa, before Fiorentina took the deserved lead in the 37th as Nikola Kalinic latched onto Federico Bernardeschi’s through ball and slotted into the far bottom corner from a tight angle.Fiorentina doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half as a throw-in found Milan Badelj 30 yards out and he launched the ball toward Chiesa who attempted to meet it with an acrobatic effort as it bounced in. It was unclear whether Chiesa got a touch or not but his movement was enough to confuse Buffon.REDUCED GAPThe league’s official website, which had initially awarded the goal to Chiesa, later credited it to Badelj.Juventus reduced the gap three minutes later when Sami Khedira floated in a cross from the left and it came off opponents Stefano Sturaro and Maximiliano Olivera. Gonzalo Higuain was on hand to slot it home.Juventus almost leveled in the 80th but Higuain’s header was stopped by the legs of Fiorentina goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu and Giorgi Chiellini’s attempt from the rebound was blocked before the ball was finally cleared.Paulo Dybala also blazed over the bar from a good position minutes from time.It was only Fiorentina’s second home win over Juventus since 1998.last_img read more

Granger pushes security, sustainable development at ACS summit

first_imgIn his address at the Seventh Summit of Heads of State and of Government of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in Havana, Cuba, on Saturday, President David Granger posited that the challenges of sustainable development, climate change and peace in the Caribbean Basin cannot be met without also addressing security challenges within.“Security is essential to peace. Peace is essential to sustainable development. Development cannot be sustained in situations of threats to a country’s territory, sovereignty and independence,” the Guyanese Head of State pointed out.The ACS considers the Caribbean Sea as part of the patrimony of the Region, as such, Granger noted that the resources of the Caribbean Sea, if they are to contribute to the development of the Region, must be preserved and protected against environmental damage and must be sustainably developed for the benefit the region.However, he explained that the Caribbean Sea can only be sustainably developed and protected from contamination if the entire Region is preserved as a ‘zone of peace’.“Rising sea levels, floods and droughts are associated with climate change. The warming of our oceans increases the intensity and frequency of tropical storms, cyclones and hurricanes. The destruction, devastation, loss of lives and livelihoods resulting from natural disasters can create security crises,” the President stated.According to the Guyanese Head of State, such environmental hazards can lead to the desertification of wetlands, destruction of valuable eco-systems and depletion of natural assets. He added too that these disasters can also result in food shortages and trigger conflict and mass migration, thus occasioning unmanageable security crises.On this note, Granger outlined that security cannot be dispensed with ease or be ignored. He underscored that it is essential to any strategy to promote sustainable development and to arrest the adverse effects of climate change.“Sustainable development through the prudent management of resources, the promotion of conservation, and the preservation of the Region’s rich biodiversity contribute to the fight against climate change,” he stated.The President further remarked that with Guyana having set aside 371,000 hectares of pristine rainforests to the Commonwealth to promote the sustainable management of its forests, the country has become part of the “lungs of the earth”. He stressed too that Guyana provides ecological services to all humanity, while noting that every country in the region must contribute to sustainable development and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.“Guyana’s contributions, however, cannot be divorced from action to address the security concerns that threaten sustainable development and those that result from climate change,” he said. The President went on to outline that security remains a primary consideration in the pursuit of sustainable development and in the fight against climate change.Against this backdrop, he reiterates Guyana’s desire “to ensure, that in addressing the challenges that confront our region, the important security concerns, so essential to most issues, will not be ignored or bypassed.”Moreover, Granger pointed to the fact that the summit is being held in Havana, the capital of a country which has been undaunted in defending the rights of all countries to pursue their own course of development, free from threats and intimidation.On a lighter note, he congratulated St Lucian diplomat Dr June Soomer on her election as the incoming Secretary General. He extended wishes for her success while pledging Guyana’s support during her tenure.last_img read more

UK investors eye Guyana oil and gas sectors

first_imgInvestors in the United Kingdom have expressed an interest in getting into Guyana’s petroleum, oil and gas sectors.The proposals were made during a recent State visit to the UK by President David Granger. The Guyanese Head of State on that occasion met with in excess of 200 UK-based companies and individuals.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge on Wednesday made the revelation while addressing a press conference held in the main boardroom of the Foreign AffairsIn the audience at the Investment Seminar on Guyana were business executives from infrastructure, port development, oil and gas, tourism and hospitality and shipping sectors, as well as some members of the diplomatic communityMinistry.According to Greenidge, the Guyanese delegation met with some 250 persons and companies from the Diaspora and further afield, all with an interest in Guyana.He told reporters that the meetings did not yield any formal investment proposals from any of the participants since the forum was more of a fact-finding foray.According to Greenidge, the various technical officers for each of the sectors, such as mining and agriculture, were not present with the delegation.He said the event centred on persons learning more about Guyana and some of the opportunities available and some of the persons did disseminate information for several Government agencies such as the Agriculture Ministry.Minister Greenidge said too that talks in the UK at the Government to Government level also centred on matters of security, Brexit and the development of Guyana’s green State economy among others.On the matter of security assistance, Greenidge told reporters that based on the initial talks between the two Governments in addition to a scoping mission currently underway by a British security expert, it has given rise to the possibility of the funds being released by the end of the year.Minister Greenidge said he was speaking to the Security Sector Reform Programme (SSRP) which was scrapped by the previous Administration.The Guyana Foreign Affairs Minister told reporters that on the matter of the United Kingdom’s pull out of the European Union – Brexit – the Guyanese leader expressed concerns over the likely impact on the Caribbean region and on Guyana.According to Greenidge, it was not a concern of the Guyana Government to find out what the UK was negotiating with the EU as it relates to its pullout but rather the impact on the Caribbean and countries such as Guyana that trade in goods and services with the UK.He told reporters the visit by the Guyanese delegation “took place at a critical juncture of Guyana’s development and at an equally critical one in the UK’s political and economic evolution.”According to Greenidge, “In keeping with this, the representatives of the UK and Guyana Government discussed a range of important pertinent issues, such as Brexit implications for Guyana and proposed transitional arrangements for the Caribbean, cooperation in the sphere of crime and security and to the development of a green State in Guyana.”Greenidge said there is still a great deal of uncertainty with regard the implication of Brexit and that previous bilateral arrangements between the two countries through their respective High Commissioners will have to be resuscitated.Minister Greenidge also used the occasion to provide an update on his meetings in Istanbul, Turkey, where he represented the country and Caribbean region for the establishment of a permanent mechanism of cooperation between the Republic of Turkey and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).He lauded the relations between Turkey and CELAC as he sought to point to the geographic and economic importance of that country as a bridge between the East and the West and between Europe and the Middle East.last_img read more

Court case to stop Site C construction to continue today

first_imgLawyers representing two northeastern B.C. Treaty 8 First Nations will go back before a Judge Thursday to try and stop construction of the Site C Dam.The Prophet River and Moberly Lake First Nations want the court to issue a stop work order against B.C. Hydro, which has already started land clearing and road building work in the project area.The hearings were supposed to wrap up Wednesday, but according to the Lawyer with the two first nations, the case will continue Thursday.- Advertisement -It is unknown when the judge will render a decision in the case.last_img read more

Jack Grealish chooses England: The war of words over Villa starlet’s future

first_img 8 Ireland boss Martin O’Neill, June 2015: – “What I’ve said to him is that he’s a fairly decent chance, a better chance, of getting into our team than he would have of getting into England in the foreseeable future. There’s wee things we think that we might be able to help along the way.” getty 8 Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane on the influence of Grealish’s father, November 2014: – “Sometimes it’s respect, you don’t want to pester people but, unfortunately, a lot would be coming from Jack’s dad. Knowing his dad, we could be waiting a bloody long while.” Hodgson, apparently losing patience, in September 2015: – ”I’m not 100 per cent certain of what he is waiting for. I would like him to come out and say, ‘I’ve thought about it, I’ve got the two possibilities and I’m opting for England’ and then he will be available for selection.” 8 8 O’Neill responds to England boss with tongue firmly in cheek a few days later: – “Well, that’s encouraging, it’s encouraging, anyway. Roy is not going to hang around, so well done Roy, putting the pressure on.” 8center_img Villa boss Tim Sherwood on how the midfielder had to earn his call-up by either nation in April 2015: – ”It’s up to Jack where he wants to go, purely up to him. What I’ve got to do is make sure he’s got that decision to make. He must be doing something right for Aston Villa if he’s got those options. Then it’s up to Jack to decide where he wants to go. I had the same situation with Nabil Bentaleb [at Tottenham], who could have played for France but decided to pick Algeria. I had a chat with him and he asked me what to do. I just said, ‘You’ve got to go with your heart. Do you think you’re French or Algerian?’ That’s the decision he had to make and now Jack has got to make that decision…but has to play a few more times for Aston Villa before he needs to make that decision.” 8 8 Keane during the same month, June 2015: – “He’s a really nice kid. People have been too hard on him lately, and if he comes and plays for us, brilliant. But if he goes and plays for England, then you have got to respect the decision. Whether you like it or not is irrelevant. You have got to accept it.” England manager Roy Hodgson in May 2015: – “If he doesn’t want to play or he has doubts, then don’t play. We are doing them a favour by picking them – not them doing us a favour by turning up.” Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish finally ended the saga over his international future on Monday when the Premier League club announced his decision to represent England rather than the Republic of Ireland.The 20-year-old midfielder, born in the West Midlands town of Solihull, impressed for the Villans in his breakthrough Premier League campaign last season.He was eligible for Ireland selection through his grandparents and represented them at youth level, but he has now given Roy Hodgson the answer he wanted and Martin O’Neill the one he was dreading.Here, with the help of Press Association Sport, talkSPORT takes a look at what was said as the two nations fought for an emerging talent.Click the arrow, above right, to check out what the likes of Roy Keane, Tim Sherwood, Martin O’Neill and Roy Hodgson had to say over Jack Grealish’s international future… CLICK THE ARROW FOR THE BATTLE FOR JACK GREALISH, INCLUDING KEANE, HODGSON AND SHERWOOD! 8last_img read more

Remi Garde made ‘right’ decision over Jack Grealish banishment, claims ex-Aston Villa striker

first_imgFormer Aston Villa striker Andy Gray believes current Villans boss made the right move by banishing Jack Grealish from the first-team squad.Grealish was pictured severely inebriated on a night out at the end of November just hours after the Premier League’s basement side Villa were thrashed 4-0 at Everton.Garde’s decision to ostracize the youngster, who he felt had been ‘unprofessional’, has come in for some scrutiny, but Gray has backed the Frenchman’s handling of the situation and thinks Grealish will come back stronger because of it.“Remi has got it right,” he told the Sports Breakfast.“At 19 years of age you have to learn but hopefully he’ll come back stronger and more aware of his responsibilities as a modern day footballer.“It’s part of his maturing as a footballer and hopefully everybody will be better for it after.”Villa have one just once so far this season and their paltry five points is the equal lowest tally at this stage of any season in the Premier League era.last_img read more

Chelsea forward apologises to Crystal Palace

first_imgPatrick Bamford has apologised via Twitter for critical comments he made about his time at Crystal Palace upon ending his loan spell there on Monday.The promising forward has rarely featured this season, but having played against Swansea in his last appearance for the club, said: “If I were being honest, it has been terrible.“No one wants to sit on the bench and not play. It was my decision. The gaffer (Alan Pardew) hasn’t actually spoken to me.”Bamford has since been linked with a loan move to Swansea, and it has also been reported that Chelsea’s interim manager Guus Hiddink hopes to retain him, but in his apology he insisted his comments had been taken out of context and that his real feelings surrounding his time at Palace are far more positive than they appeared.“My comments after the game at the weekend were taken completely out of context and for that I apologise,” he wrote.“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Palace, the lads were brilliant, the gaffer and training were great.“I want to thank the chairman (Steve Parish) as I couldn’t have been at a nicer club, I’m just disappointed I couldn’t do more for the team but wish them all the best for the second half of the season and thank the fans for their amazing support every weekend.” 1 Patrick Bamford last_img read more

Dog-gone shame

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The puppies cost between $1,000 and $3,000 and ranged in age from 2 to 3 months. Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Mills said the burglary happened sometime between 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Mills said that at 3:30 a.m. a security guard saw the glass front door of the business had been smashed. There are no suspects at this point. The thief also swiped a $200 pet bed on display. He may have taken other items as well, but Ro said he wasn’t certain. The store at 14766 Beach Blvd. sells not only dogs but also dog food and accessories like handbags to carry one’s furry companions, pet beds and canine clothing. • Photo Gallery: Pet Shop Break In • Video: Pet Shop Break In LA MIRADA – A thief with a penchant for pricey pooches broke into a pet store early Wednesday and dognapped 22 puppies worth about $30,000. Security video showed a man putting teacup Yorkshire terriers, Shih-Tzus, Chihuahuas, Maltese and Pekingese into a trash bag, said Paul Ro, 50, owner of Puppy Love. “I’m so afraid these puppies might die soon. They must be stressed out,” Ro said. The thief cleaned out most of the store’s canine inventory but missed a 1-year-old Yorkshire terrier and a 7-month-old Maltese in a pen plus a 3-month-old Pomeranian that was in a corner cage. Ruth Teo, 21, of Whittier works at the store. She said the thief also didn’t take Ro’s cocker spaniel, Bella. She said all the dogs taken were teacups, meaning they’re small dog breeds. Ro didn’t know how the thief missed the puppy but thinks the crook deliberately steered clear of the older dogs. “I think this guy had knowledge of dogs,” he said. Hours after the break-in, Ro stood holding the Pomeranian and surveyed the empty cages. He looked at the little furball and suggested calling it “Survivor.” While Mills said he has seen cases of people walking in and grabbing dogs, he hasn’t experienced an incident with this many taken. He suspects the thief will sell the purloined pooches. “Nobody wants 22 dogs unless (it is) to sell them,” Mills said. “That’s my guess. Why else steal 22 dogs?” Ro is concerned about how his dogs are faring and made a plea to the thief. “Please be gentle with the puppies. They are very vulnerable. They can’t survive stresses. Take good care of those puppies. Please,” Ro said. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at (562) 863-8711. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Warm car bonnet gives the game away for drunk-driver

first_imgA Garda caught a suspected drink-driver after feeling the bonnet of his car was warm in a petrol station forecourt.Brian MacCuillin, 65, of 189 Culmore Road, Derry, appeared in court charged with drink driving at Ballyderowen, Burnfoot, on February 5, 2017. The court heard that MacCuillin had a breath alcohol reading of 89mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – putting him more than four times over the limit.Garda Inspector David Murphy said Garda Mooney received a report a suspected drink driver in the Burnfoot area.He said he encountered the car in question at a filling station in Burnfoot village .“Garda Mooney said the bonnet of the car was warm and when the driver, Mr. MacCullin, came out of the shop he was unsteady on his feet and got into the driver seat,” Insp. Murphy outlined.“When he was questioned he admitted he drove to the location and that he had been drinking that day, his response to Gda. Mooney was ‘you got me’.”Insp. Murphy said at the Garda Station the Derry man provided a drink driving limit of 89mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.Defence solicitor David Henry said his client was a married man who lives in Derry but was coming from his holiday home at Carrigart at the time of detection.He said MacCullin is a carer for his elderly parents and pleaded guilty at the outset of the case.Mr. Henry said MacCullin had no previous convictions and was co-operative and helpful with gardaí.Judge Paul Kelly fined the Derry man €300 and banned him from driving for three years.Warm car bonnet gives the game away for drunk-driver was last modified: January 23rd, 2018 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:breath testBurnfootdonegaldrunk drivinglast_img read more

DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY LOCALS LICKING THEIR LIPS FOR ICE-CREAM SUNDAY!

first_imgDUNKINEELY NOTES WALKING GROUP – Meets every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am for a walk or stroll of about 30 – 40 minutes with a cup of tea afterwards if you want. All are welcome to join this group. Contact Marie Hutchinson or the Dunkineely Community Limited Office if you are interested: 074 9737678.FAMILY BARBEQUE – Come on Wednesday 25th June at 6pm to the Robertson N.S., Ballintra to enjoy a family event to raise funds for Wayne McGrath and Emma Morrow to go to Columbia to work on a home for street children. Live Music, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Food provided.Just turn up: 7 euro on the gate. Family concessions.DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LIMITED – are hosting an “ICE-CREAM FUNDAY” in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland this Thursday 26th June at the Manse in Dunkineely! It’s guaranteed to be fun! It’s a great way to get together with your friends and family to have fun with ice-cream all while raising funds for Down Syndrome Ireland. Please come and support this great cause! MC INTYRE’S BAR – Every Wednesday night have Traditional music from 10:00 pm, also Traditional music session in McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely on Sunday afternoon at 5pm. All musicians and singers welcome.A MEETING – of the DCL Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless Festival sub-committee will take place on Thursday 26th June at 7:00 pm at Dunkineely Community Limited office (The Manse, Dunkineely). All welcome.DUNKINEELY/KILLAGHTEE/BRUCKLESS FESTIVAL – Are having an “Open Photography Competition”. Senior Photography, CLASS 1 Humorous Photography, CLASS 2 Landscape i.e Sea or Land, CLASS 3 Portrait i.e Person or Animal, CLASS 4 Best Filter i.e Smart Phone Photos. €5.00 per entry. Place your Name, Address and Contact number on the reverse of the photograph clearly marking the CLASS you want to enter. Closing date is Thursday 24th July. Post your entries to Dunkineely Community Limited’s Office, Main Street Dunkineely, or just drop them into the DCL Office. Keep a look out on Dunkineely Community Limited’s Facebook page.Dunkineely/Killaghtee/Bruckless Festival – are also having an “Open Art Competition”, Categories include: LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, SKETCH OR DRAWING. €5.00 per entry. Place your Name, Address and Contact number on the reverse of the photograph clearly marking the CLASS you want to enter. Closing date is Thursday 31st July. Post your entries to Dunkineely Community Limited’s Office, Main Street Dunkineely, or just drop them into the DCL Office. Keep a look out on Dunkineely Community Limited’s Facebook page.DUNKINEELY IN BLOOM – This competition will brighten up the town and surrounding area. From St John’s Point to Croagh and Tullintain to Ballymagowan – if you’re in the Parish of Killaghtee, please consider entering. No fee to enter as Dunkineely Community Limited has funding from Donegal Local Development Company. We’ll be looking for winners of categories such as:> Best Business > Best small town garden > Best Church > Best school > Best vegetable plot > Best large garden > Best container garden etc.The main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Bruckless and Killaghtee area if we all take part however small or big a garden plot/place for window boxes/pots we have.Judging will take place Sunday 10th August.But the main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless area. Entry forms available from the Dunkineely Community Limited Office and in local business’s in the Community. “This is a great Community event if we all get involved!” If you are interested contact Dunkineely Community Limited Office on 074 9737678 if you’d like enter or help organise in anyway. BRUCKLESS ROAD RUNNERS – THE POINT 10K CHARITY FUN/RUN/WALK – Is taking place in Dunkineely on Saturday 16th August 2014 at 11:00 am (Same route as last year). The chosen charities for this year’s event are Billy’s World Ireland and Clara House Killybegs – (Day Centre for Intellectual Disabilities). Everyone welcome! Contact Pauric McNern for further information.A DEFIBRILLATOR – Is now in Killaghtee School, it is on the wall closest to the road. The following people are trained and key holders:Andrew Walker – 087 2276366Carol Duddy – 074 9737046Norman Henry – 087 9474350Phyllis Young – 087 1300499Clive Vance – 086 8276575Georgina Armstrong – 087 3921384.There is also a key in the following places: Dunkineely Health Centre, Dunkineely Community Limited Office and Killaghtee School.DCL – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature. (Roald Dhal’s Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone & The Goblet of Fire), Classics (J.R.R. Tolkien to Marian Keyes), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c or perhaps DVD’s, Lego Batman or The Patience Stone from just 50c per night.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or Print Documents (20c per page).Please note that Dunkineely Community Limited office has changed it’s number to 074 9737678.DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY LOCALS LICKING THEIR LIPS FOR ICE-CREAM SUNDAY! was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 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:Dunkineely noteslast_img read more