Ronaldo scores as Madrid matches Barcelona’s unbeaten record

first_imgFrancisco “Isco” Alarcon scored twice and Karim Benzema and Casemiro added a goal each at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Madrid is six points ahead of second-placed Barcelona, which plays fourth-placed Villarreal on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRonaldo, who was rested in Madrid’s first-leg 3-0 win against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, scored with a close-range header off a cross by Marcelo in the 27th minute.“It was important to begin the year like this,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We have to keep this pace the rest of the year.” MOST READ Thai takes lead, Saso still on top ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Madrid’s last setback was a 2-0 loss at Wolfsburg in the quarterfinal first leg of the Champions League in April. Since then, it has won 30 games and drawn nine under Zidane, a run that included three titles.Zidane, who has lost only two games since taking over Madrid a year ago, had already matched the club record of 34 games without a defeat set in 1989 under coach Leo Beenhakker.The Spanish record set by Luis Enrique’s Barcelona last season ended with a loss to Madrid at Camp Nou in April.“It gives us great satisfaction to equal this record,” Zidane said. “We have no limits and we will do everything possible to keep this going.”Madrid, which has won eight of its last nine league games, will have a chance to take the record outright in the second leg at Sevilla on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, celebrates with teammates Marcelo, right, and Francisco Roman “Isco” after scoring his team’s third goal against Granada during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. (Photo by FRANCISCO SECO/AP)Updated: 12:03 a.m., Jan. 8, 2017MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo began his year by scoring in the 5-0 demolition of Granada on Saturday in La Liga as Real Madrid tied Barcelona’s Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions.ADVERTISEMENT Isco opened the scoring with a low shot from inside the area in the 12th after a mistake by the Granada defense while trying to move the ball forward, and Benzema — in an offside position — added to the lead in the 20th off the rebound of a shot by Luka Modric.Benzema, who also was rested against Sevilla, has scored in seven consecutive games against Granada. He has a total of 10 goals in 11 matches against the team from southern Spain.Ronaldo increased the lead after Marcelo cleared a defender in the left side before making a perfect cross into the area, and Isco netted again from close range after a low cross by Modric from the right flank for 4-0 in the 31st.Casemiro scored the final goal in the 58th after a free kick by James Rodriguez, who entered in the second half after impressing against Sevilla midweek.Madrid was still without injured defenders Sergio Ramos and Pepe, as well as forward Gareth Bale.Granada remained second-to-last in the 20-team standings.Third-placed Sevilla plays at fifth-placed Real Sociedad later Saturday, while sixth-placed Atletico faces Eibar. –Tales AzzoniSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View commentslast_img read more

Wenger rules out Karim Benzema bid

first_imgHowever, Wenger has moved quickly to dampen expectations, insisting that he has no knowledge of an impending bid.“I don’t know where that story has come from. But that’s not happening at the moment,” said Wenger.Benzema, 27, joined Los Blancos from French giants Lyon in 2009 for a reported fee of 35 million euros, and has gone on to make 188 appearances in La Liga, scoring 87 times in the process.His place in Madrid’s starting eleven appears to be under threat, though, with Benitez said to be toying with the idea of deploying Cristiano Ronaldo as a lone striker in the upcoming campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Karim Benzema celebrates scoring for Real Madrid against Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League. PHOTO/FileSINGAPORE, July 17- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out the possibility of making a move to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.The Gunners had earlier this week been tipped to launch a £40million bid for the France international, due to lingering doubts over his first-team place under the newly-appointed Rafael Benitez.last_img read more

LARGE CROWDS TURN OUT FOR LETTERKENNY PARADE – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgMarty Bond makes sure the floats don’t go on fire!Large crowds thronged Letterkenny’s Main Street today for the town’s annual St Patrick’s Day parade.Despite threats of torrential downpours, it managed to stay dry for most of the afternoon in the Cathedral Town.A number of community groups, schools, companies and clubs went the extra mile to make it a great day for young and old alike. There was dogs. vintage cars, tractors and even a miniature horse on display.The only complaint was that the day ended so quickly!Results of the Letterkenny St.Patrick’s Day ParadeBest Float (Overall winner) – Letterkenny CDP Best Band – Letterkenny Senior Accordian BandBest Business –  Letterkenny Shopping CentreCommunity –  Mary’s MealsIndividual – Tom Giblin, Lifetime Video (Miniature Pony & Cart)Youth – Letterkenny Gaels Sport – Termon GAACarnival – Orchard BarThe Letterkenny Senior Accordian Band are back doing the business!One of the many vintage cars on display in Letterkenny.John Gildea and son Fionn enjoy the parade this afternoonOne of the many marching bands in the Letterkenny parade this afternoonOne of the most colourful floats on display todayTermon GAA club do their parish proud in LetterkennyNobody knew how much ‘horse power’ this little fella had!It was a tiring day for some particpantsWell-known solicitor Cathal Quinn almost got to ‘lead’ the parade!Fr Eamon Kelly never feels blue – even on Paddy;s Day!LARGE CROWDS TURN OUT FOR LETTERKENNY PARADE – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: March 17th, 2013 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:Letterkenny paradepictureslast_img read more

Trio entertains at Reds game

first_img 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The trio had been to Baltimore – Hanks led the crowd in spelling O-R-I-O-L-E-S during the seventh-inning stretch – and to Pittsburgh before arriving in Cincinnati. They arrived without fanfare, and wouldn’t say where they were going next. Hanks said they had shortened the trip to fewer than seven ballparks, but didn’t provide more information. “Tom is so influential that he’s arranged a St. Louis Browns game,” Miller joked, referring to the defunct team. Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and Dennis Miller turned a two-hour rain delay during a Reds-New York Mets game into a media event in Cincinnati. The actor, director and comedian sat at a table in an interview room behind the press box Wednesday, cracking jokes and recounting their boyhood baseball memories. Cincinnati was the third stop on their hush-hush ballparks tour. Hanks, who turned 50 on July 9, decided to visit seven ballparks as a birthday present to himself. “This is the dream you have all the way back,” said Hanks, star of “The Da Vinci Code,” directed by Howard. last_img read more

Red Star Belgrade 0-1 Arsenal: Olivier Giroud’s spectacular strike seals victory

first_imgOlivier Giroud scored a stunning winner as a much-changed Arsenal side saw off 10-man Red Star Belgrade in their Europa League clash.Arsene Wenger made nine alterations from the team that lost at Watford on Saturday and it was an underwhelming display from his side until Giroud’s overhead kick settled the game in favour of the visitors.The 1-0 win maintains Arsenal’s perfect start to their Europa League campaign as they move closer to qualifying for the round of 32.Red Star hit the post in the first-half and worked Petr Cech and the hosts were incensed to lose Milan Rodic to a red card in the closing stages.Despite making a host of changes, Wenger’s experienced campaigners showed their class, Cech making a number of key saves before Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Giroud combined for the only goal of the contest.It was a slow start for both sides but Red Star goalkeeper Milan Borjan did superbly to keep out Walcott’s effort on 15 minutes, saving with his feet from the England international.Red Star skipper Mitchell Donald arrowed a shot wide of Petr Cech’s goal with the hosts’ first opening of the game.Striker Richmond Boakye, reportedly attracting the attention of Chelsea, headed against the post when free in front of goal as Arsenal failed to deal with Nenad Krsticic’s corner.The visitors seemed rattled and Reiss Nelson allowed Nemanja Radonjic to collect the ball from a cross, forcing a low save from Cech before Nelson recovered to block Radonjic’s second attempt off the rebound.Arsenal should have taken the lead soon after the interval.Teenager Joe Willock did well to break into the box and feed Walcott, whose drilled strike flew towards Giroud, with the Frenchman prodding at the ball when unmarked seven yards from goal.Nelson was next to make in-roads but his pass to Walcott saw the forward mis-kick altogether, the young wing-back then stinging the palms of Borjan with his own strike.Red Star almost made Arsenal pay for their profligacy as Krsticic sent a bullet header goalwards but too close to Cech to beat the Gunners captain.Elneny then gifted possession to Radonijc and he too forced Cech into action with a well-struck effort.With neither side able to find a breakthrough, Red Star were reduced to 10 men when Rodic was shown a second yellow card with just under 10 minutes remaining for catching Coquelin with a stray arm.It took Arsenal hardly any time to make their numerical advantage pay off as Wilshere and Walcott exchanged passes before the latter headed the ball across for Giroud to finish in spectacular style and secure the win. Olivier Giroud scored a stunning goal 1last_img read more

Aberdeen register £533,000 profit despite record wage bill

first_imgAberdeen recorded a profit of £533,000 in the last financial year as turnover rose by nearly £2m.The Dons’ second place finish and appearances in both cup finals helped increase revenues from £13.414m to £15.281m.The Reds’ coffers were also boosted by the sale of Jonny Hayes to Celtic.On-pitch success came at a cost, however, with the wage bill rising from £6.817m to a record £7.761m following a recruitment drive by manager Derek McInnes. “It is just disappointing that their exceptional effort did not result in silverware.”He added: “The reshaping of the first team squad during the summer involved a great deal of work with a number of players coming in and out as well as players already here committing their immediate futures to the club.” Aberdeen took on £3.3m of additional investment into the club and the AFC Community Trust, which came courtesy of a £2.5m injection from Dave Cormack and £775,000 boost from Tom Crotty. Operating profits were diluted as a result, but stayed consistent with the last four seasons.In a letter to key shareholders outlining the main points, chief executive Duncan Fraser lauded the work of McInnes and his squad.He said: “The 2016-17 season was one of the most successful in recent years. “Finishing second in the league for the third successive season and reaching both domestic cup finals reflect the great effort by Derek McInnes and his team of players.last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Looking Forward, Reflecting on Past

first_imgWhen I first saw the two Tundra Swans swimming in Newburg Lake at Edward Hines Park on Christmas Day, they were swimming side-by-side along the shoreline. One swan stopped its movement and turned to swim out toward the middle of the lake, while the other kept swimming along the shore. The view reminded me of what the end-of-year holiday season means for me: reflections and celebrations of the past year as I look forward to the joys and unexpected wonder of the coming year. Hope you had, or are still having, a lovely, relaxing holiday break! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Common Loon at Newburg LakeWhat a treat! Seeing the Common Loon at Newburg Lake was a FOY (first of year) find for me. Check out the bright red eye and the white collar, distinguishing marks for the Common Loon. If I hadn’t read about the sighting in our Michigan birding email list, I would…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Newburg LakeLooking out over snow-covered Newburg Lake from Edward Hines Park in Livonia, Michigan you can barely see the ice fisherman’s trail on the lake.In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Detroit Institute of Arts Inside|Out ProgramI was thrilled to read last week’s announcement from the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) that their popular Inside|Art program was back for the sixth year. And even more excited when I learned one of the venues for the program was near me, in Edward Hines Park in southeastern Michigan.…In “Michigan”last_img read more

School to empower Malawian girls

first_imgStudioMDA’s artist aerial impression of the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls. Some of the girls to enroll at the academy have been orphaned by the aids epidemic. Madonna unveiling the site of the academy in 2009. (Images: Raising Malawi) MEDIA CONTACTS • StudioMDA Academy designers +1 212 343 3330 mail@studiomda.com RELATED ARTICLES • Malawi: Africa’s warm heart • SA comics team up for charity • Celebrities on sale for charity • Epic run to put smiles on facesBongani NkosiThe words “dare to dream” signified the beginning of an inspiring journey as Madonna, the acclaimed US pop star, laid the first brick, inscribed with the adage, for the construction of Raising Malawi Academy for Girls – a school she’s building in Malawi.Madonna attended the ceremony on 6 March to mark the start of construction of the academy, located in a village on the outskirts of the country’s capital Lilongwe. The US$15-million (R108.9-million) academy is part of Raising Malawi, an NGO the singer co-founded with Kabbalah rabbi Michael Berg in 2006.It will accommodate about 450 girls from across Malawi’s 28 districts, and hopefully will enrol those from some of the Southern African country’s most impoverished families. “Our academy will educate, protect, and empower … young girls who are Malawi‘s hope for the future,” Madonna said in a statement.The academy, designed by New York-based architect company StudioMDA, will sit on a 46ha plot, according to design blog Inhabitat.This land was secured from 200 villagers who were compensated with about $115 000 (R844 000) in total to be relocated. While they were reluctant to vacate the village, the government convinced them that the academy would benefit the country, and also offered them land to build new houses.The vision for the academy is that it will fulfil a much bigger role than just that of a school, as it will also serve as a “family and support centre for many orphaned girls who have been left to raise their brothers and sisters”, said Raising Malawi. “It will also be a source of protection and access to medical care and regular meals.”Inhabitat reports that the school will offer a library, an administration building, a dining hall, a gymnasium, a wellness centre, a sports field, 30 classrooms, 12 dormitories and 18 staff houses.“… Most importantly it will be an outstanding school,” said Raising Malawi. “Never before will so many Malawian children have access to a school library, or be able to hold a textbook of their own.”Developers are building the school using Hydraform bricks, a form of non-burnt bricks which cuts down on deforestation in Malawi, Inhabitat said. The academy will also generate much of its own energy, as its “entire gymnasium roof will be covered in photovoltaic panels to help supply the school with power”.Curbing the brain drainMadonna hopes the school, to be headed by local academic Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo, will produce top professionals such as scientists, lawyers and doctors, who will serve their country. She said part of its aim is to curb the prevalent trend of locals being drawn to Western countries.“We will stop the brain drain happening in so many African nations… our students will receive an internationally competitive education while incorporating local values.”The inclusion of Malawian cultural values will help build national pride in the students, and in turn inspire them to give back to their nation. The local culture will be preserved and passed on, with the incorporation of music, art and dance in the academy’s curriculum.“As an artist, I know the transformative power of art,” Madonna said. “Once instilled with pride in their homeland, young women will understand the importance of remaining in Malawi and investing in their own communities.”Children are the futureThe pop star, who shot to fame in the 1980s, said she was touched when she visited Malawi in 2006. She was devastated by the impact of HIV/Aids in the country, she said, having met scores of children who had been orphaned by the epidemic.She came across children heading their homes and raising other children, and, returning home knowing that the future of the country rested on those young shoulders, was inspired to act.She stated that the education of girls was key to rebuilding communities and raising the nation, and was encouraged by the determination shown by the orphans. “I know they have the strength to save Malawi; they just need to be given the tools.”Madonna has adopted two Malawian children, David Banda and Chifundo ‘Mercy’ James, who accompanied her biological offspring Rocco and Lourdes to this week’s charity tour. The star is also funding a number of charities in the country.“It is with hope for a bright future that I am here. The brick I [laid] is not just the bedrock to a school; it is the foundation for our shared future,” she said.last_img read more

8 Things to Consider When Updating Employee Handbooks for 2017

first_imgFederal and state legal developments over the last year brought a lot of changes that impact workplace policies and procedures, making it critical for companies to review their handbooks for compliance. “2016 was the busiest year I can recall in this regard,” said Elaine Diedrich, an attorney with Littler in Pittsburgh.Workplace rules and regulations may continue to change under President Donald Trump’s administration, but employers should make sure their handbooks are up to date under current laws, she added.  Trump has made overtures that regulations will be pulled back, and if that happens, it could be positive for businesses that have been struggling to keep up with all of the latest changes, said Jason Keck, an attorney with Fisher Phillips in Chicago.In the meantime, employers should take a close look at their policies. From National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decisions to local paid-sick-leave laws, here are some of the important changes to note from the past year.1. NLRB Decisions”At the federal level, we’ve seen a lot from the NLRB,” Keck said. Employers should review their social media policies, keeping in mind the board’s Aug. 18, 2016, decision that found that Chipotle’s social media policy prohibiting employees from “posting incomplete, confidential or inaccurate information” violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).The board said that “in order to lose the act’s protection, more than a false or misleading statement by the employee is required; it must be shown that the employee had a malicious motive.”Employers also should examine and possibly rewrite “any policy that simply tells employees they need to act professionally and in a positive manner or be nice to customers,” Diedrich said.The board’s decision in T-Mobile U.S.A. Inc. (April 29, 2016) found that several workplace rules were unlawful, including a rule about maintaining a positive work environment.The NLRB said employees could reasonably interpret the rule to restrict “potentially controversial or contentious communications and discussions,” including those involving their right to join a union and bargain collectively.Also review policies about recording in the workplace, media inquiries, reference checks and policies that prohibit disparagement of the employer, Diedrich added.Keck noted that the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually weigh in on the NLRB’s position that class-action waivers in arbitration agreements violate an employee’s right to engage in protected, concerted activity.Until then, employers will have to assess whether to have a class-action waiver in their handbook, he said.2. Reporting ViolationsMake sure handbook provisions don’t … To continue reading this article, please click here.last_img read more

Open Data: Enabling $5 Trillion Annually in Economic Value?

first_imgOpen Data has the potential to unlock between $3 trillion to $5 trillion annually in economic value, says a report by McKinsey. Specifically, the identify seven sectors of the global economy where the value could be attained.Michael Chui, principal at McKinsey, told CMSWire that that “open data has traditionally been motivated by societal goals such as improving transparency. But it is important to recognize that by opening data, you also create significant economic value.”While the McKinsey results are interesting, they seem a bit of a stretch. While certainly Open Data is one technology that can contribute in improving the areas that they suggest, Open Data alone will not be able to unlock the enormous projections that McKinsey forecasts. Parallel advances in Big Data, analytics, and computing all play an equally important role in helping to better utilize and achieve value from data.The McKinsey report found that “Making data more ‘liquid’ (open, widely available, and in shareable formats) has the potential to unlock large amounts of economic value, by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of existing processes; making possible new products,services, and markets; and creating value for individual consumers and citizens.”The seven sectors where McKinsey sees open data playing a major role in unlocking economic value include:Education – Open data can enable $890 billion to $1.2 trillion annual savings by identifying effective teaching strategies, improving instruction, and better matching students to programs and jobs.Transportation – Open data could realize $720 billion to $920 billion in value by helping to improve planning and management of infrastructure. Open Data can also improve the purchasing, deployment and maintenance of fleets, and it can improve decision making by customers to better select from travel options so as to fit their needs and schedule.Consumer Products – Open data can help achieve $520 billion to $1.5 trillion annually by improving product design and manufacturing, making store operations more efficient, better targeting sales and marketing, better informing consumers about food benefits and product recalls, and improving post-sales interactions.Electricity – Open data can help enable $340 billion to $580 billion annually by helping to optimize how money is spent and invested for power generation. It can improve and make more efficient power generation. It can help to identify and develop ‘smart grid’ technologies for achieving more efficient transmission and distribution of power, and it can help consumers be better informed about the electrical appliances and the electric power services that they use.Oil and Gas – Open data can enable $240 billion to $510 billion annually by providing better seismic and geologic information that can help oil and gas businesses better decide how to invest in future discovery. Better data can improve the efficacy of exploration and production, help businesses better select plant locations, and to improve the reliability of their refining, processing and retail operations.Health Care – Open data in the Health Care industry can help realize $300 billion to $450 billion annually. The data could help people make better lifestyle and treatment decisions. The data can guide practitioners into selecting more effective treatments. Consumers would be better able to wisely select providers that better match their needs, and also help them to be more cost-effective in the decisions that they do make. Health-related research, such as in the area of new drugs and better medical devices, could be make more productive.Consumer Finance – Open data could unlock $210 billion to $280 billion annually. Better targeted and custom-designed financial products could be developed with better data. Consumer marketing could be more targeted. With better data, consumers would be able to make better informed financial decisions.last_img read more