The prodigious white decade

first_imgThis beginning was born with Mourinho on the bench. The Portuguese managed to win three titles, one for each season he trained at Madrid. He left with the misfortune of not raising the Champions League, target for which he was signed. Of course, he won the Cup against Barcelona and a League: it was the first team that reached 100 points, setting a record number of goals scored, 121 (more than 3 goals per game on average). Yes the Orejona would win his successor in office: Ancelotti. The whites defeated Atlético in Lisbon after 12 years of crossing (4-1). With the Italian, in addition, the Cup was reconquered (also against Barça). Ten seasons, 18 titles. Blunt and real. Since raising the Cup title in 2011 (after 18 years of waiting), Madrid has become the mythical phrase of Van Nistelrooy with goals and ketchup. It was to mark Cristiano at Barcelona and since then, he has raised a title at least in each season.This Madrid Gold Generation has four Champions, two Leagues, three European Super Cups, four Club World Cups, two Copa del Rey and three other Super Cups in Spain. To these collective titles we must add five Golden Balls. Four are held by Cristiano (2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017), plus the one conquered by Modric in 2018. However, during these ten campaigns, the most decisive technician has been Zidane: he has 10 titles in just three years and three months. Add more than half of the successes: 55.55%. Throughout its stage, no one has earned more than French throughout the European continent. In the saints’ Madrid coach, Miguel Muñoz is ahead of him, who, with 14, is the most successful coach of the white team (Muñoz spent 14 seasons leading the whites (1960-1974)). He only resists the Copa del Rey. The coach has not been able to win it either as a player (he lost twice the final of said competition) or as a coach. Now, this Madrid who likes challenges, has the difficult, not impossible, challenge to match and overcome the Madrid of Di Stéfano, Gento and the Yé-yé: from the 1953-54 campaign until 1969-70, the Whites added 23 titles in 17 consecutive seasons (La Galerna was in all). They emphasize especially their five European Cups won consecutively. Something unpublished to date.Nor is La Quinta del Vultre left behind: they won five Leagues and two UEFAS in a row from 1984-85 until the 1990-91 campaign to add 12 titles. The same figure raised Galactic Madrid (1996-97 until 2003-04): the three Champions won between 1998 and 2002 stand out, which brought a new winning cycle in Europe.But Zizou’s Madrid is not thinking of stopping now: it aspires to continue filling the emblematic showcases of Santiago Bernabéu with titles …center_img Zidane factorlast_img read more

Big punchers in big showdown

first_imgTwo hard-hitting Jamaican boxers, Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis and Michael Gardener, will clash tonight in the first quarter-final bout of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender series at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. The tournament that started on March 10 with 16 boxers, has now been whittled down to eight and the winners in this segment will all be guaranteed one of the top financial prizes. These are $2 million to the champion, $500,000 to the runner-up, $250,000 for third place and $200,000 for fourth. Lewis is a veteran of the Contender series and reached the finals as a welterweight in 2012, where he lost to Donovan ‘Police’ Campbell. In his first appearance this year against Fard Muhammad, he showed touches of brilliance, but also the ill effects of a nearly two-year absence from the ring. He won that fight by technical knockout, when Muhammad, a veteran in Mixed Martial Arts, made his debut as a professional boxer. He caught Muhammad with some good punches, but took some himself and was wild at times. He has to improve a lot tonight if he is to win. He acknowledged his weaknesses after that fight and vowed to do better next time around. That next time is tonight and he will be going up against a formidable opponent. In his first fight in the competition, Gardener, who was making his professional debut, was composed going up against American Jose Guzman and his punishing body attacks allowed him to win by knockout in the second round. He is very confident for tonight’s fight and has promised more of what he produced against Guzman. Punching power and stamina will undoubtedly be the two main ingredients tonight and it is obvious that both men are coming into the fight in an attacking mode. It will only be over five rounds, but that will be plenty of time for both men to put their boxing skills and punching power on display. Spectators should therefore have a lot to cheer about, for as long as the fight lasts. The programme starts at 8:30 p.m. and the main bout, which will be broadcast live on TVJ, is scheduled for 9:30.last_img read more

Indian Community Offers Crematorium

first_imgThe Indian Community Thursday, July 31, offered the Liberian Government the use of its crematorium for the burning of the remains of anyone who has died from the Ebola virus.The Indian Community made the offer following President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s announcement to the nation on Wednesday, July 30, that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoSHW) and relevant agencies are to consider the cremation of all victims of the deadly Ebola virus.According to the President, the measure “is intended to avoid tampering with the dead and contaminating water sources.”At the National Ebola Task Force (NETF) meeting Thursday, President Sirleaf reiterated that the option for cremation was still open. However, before she made this statement, Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, had stated that remains of Ebola victims were being interred in body bags, which according to him are safe and won’t contaminate the water source.But the President, who is the Chair of the NETF, countered that there was no scientific proof to show otherwise so the option of cremating victims was on the table.More to follow on this story… Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe County Health Officer for Bong County, Dr. Sampson Azoakoi has confirmed four cases of the Ebola virus at the Phebe Hospital.Addressing journalists recently in Gbarnga, Dr. Azoakoi explained that a nurse working at the Phebe Hospital was confirmed of the virus while four other health workers were suspected of the disease.The County Health Officer informed journalists that statistics has established a total of eight suspected cases, five probable total cases and four confirmed cases reported.Dr. Azoakoi was swift to notify reporters that the confirmed and suspected cases have already being transferred to Monrovia at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare testing and treatment centers.He lamented that the nurse whose name was not disclosed contracted the virus while catering to a patient suspected to have died from the Ebola disease at the Phebe Hospital early this month.The County Health Officer named the lack of chlorine, training for health workers, myth and entrenched disbelief of many people about the existence of Ebola, church and church related organization failure to use the pulpit to preach anti Ebola messages, and limited funding to create more awareness on the disease as some major challenges confronting the county health team in combating the disease.“Can you imagine we have only one ambulance in the county?  So, if a confirmed case is being taken to Monrovia, we have to wait for the ambulance to return before taking any person whether suspected or not” Dr. Azoakoi emphasized.   Commenting on protective equipment for health workers in the county, the health officer said the Ministry of Health and partners have made available some defensive gears for health workers in the county, but was quick to state that equipment were not enough to cover everyone.The Liberian Medical Practitioner told newsmen that the county health team in collaboration with its partners was doing everything possible to ensure that all health facilities will remain functional despite the reported cases of Ebola in the county.At the same time, Dr. Azoakoi has called on nurses and health workers in the county not to turn down patients who are coming to the hospitals for treatment.Meanwhile, Dr. Azoakoi has warned residents of Gbarnga against the doubting of the existence of the deadly Ebola virus.Signs and symptoms of Ebola include, fever, nausea, tiredness, headache, vomiting diarrhea, coughing and bleeding. He told journalists that despite the number of deaths reported in recent times, there are some people in the county who are persistently denying the existence of the virus.The County Health Officer described the act as barbaric and said has the propensity to spread the disease, making it difficult to fight the virus.He then encouraged community residents to join the County Health team to increase the fight against the disease and urged them (residents) not to stay away from the hospital.In March of this year the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare confirmed the existence of the Ebola virus in the country and advised the public to take preventive measures since there is no cure for it.The Ministry warned the citizens against the consumption of bush meat especially monkey meat, fruit, bats and chimpanzee, and encouraged them to always take the sick to the hospital.The World Health Organization reported that more than 500 people have died from the disease which started from neighboring Guinea and to Sierra Leone and Liberia early this year.This is the largest number of deaths from the Ebola disease since it was discovered in 1976 in former Zaire now Democratic Republic of Congo. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

AFC being sidelined by APNU “cabal” – Jagdeo

first_imgCity Hall woes…slams party leaders for failure to publicly back their own councillorsEchoing statements emanating from Georgetown’s outgoing Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has expressed the view that the influence of the Alliance for Change (AFC) at the level of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown (M&CC) has been subverted in favour of a ruling cabal of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).AFC Councillor Sherod Duncan was muzzled while trying to nominate his colleagueDespite the protests and agitation against her leadership, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green was recently re-elected as mayor. The Deputy Mayor position, held by an AFC representative since 2016, was allocated to another APNU representative.Commenting on the City Hall woes, Jagdeo noted that the AFC was effectively booted out from the deputy mayor position.Outgoing Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran“In spite of all that we’ve heard about how atrocious (Town Clerk Royston) King is and the current Mayor, and almost all right- minded citizens thinking they are not good for the city, The PNC part of the coalition persisted in reinstating them. The AFC part of the coalition and the PPP councillors fought against this, but the AFC councillors were fighting a losing battle,” Jagdeo offered.“Why? Because the AFC national leaders have already sold out all the ordinary AFC members. They don’t care too much that the AFC got booted out of the Deputy Mayor position. So why did this happen and you didn’t hear a single word of protest from any AFC leader? Not (Public Security Minister Khemraj) Ramjattan, not (Prime Minister Moses) Nagamootoo, wherever he is now.”Slamming the senior AFC leaders for their public silence in the face of the party being sidelined at City Hall, Jagdeo posited that the AFC bigwigs are enamoured with their ministerial perks and are unwilling to endanger the Cummingsburg Accord by clashing with APNU, for fear of losing the perks. According to Jagdeo, the AFC is now fully in the arms of the APNU.Nominated and elected under controversial circumstances, Deputy Mayor-elect Akeem PeterHe pointed to the saga at the Guyana Chronicle, where political activist Dr David Hinds, a Working People’s Alliance heavyweight, has had his column pulled. Dr Hinds is well known for calling the Government out on its missteps.“Nothing (has been heard) from (Natural Resources Minister Raphael) Trotman; nothing from (Public Telecommunications Minister) Cathy Hughes. Because they are enjoying themselves! This is a cabal defending itself with the support of Central Government,” Jagdeo declared.MuzzledThe election of a deputy mayor saw Councillor Sherod Duncan being denied an opportunity to nominate incumbent Lionel Jaikarran to the post. It is understood that after the new Deputy Mayor, Akeem Peter, was nominated, Duncan’s attempts to nominate his colleague to continue in the role was thwarted by APNU councillors.Following her own re-election, Chase-Green opened the floor for nominations for the position of deputy mayor and both the AFC’s Duncan and Chase-Green’s People’s National Congress (PNC) colleague Councillor Oscar Clarke rose to nominate their candidates.However, Clarke was allowed to nominate his choice, which was Councillor Akeem Peter, and Duncan had to take his seat. Immediately after, Councillor Ivelaw Henry rose to second Peter’s nomination, after which both Duncan and Councillor Tricia Richards both stood up, resulting in the mayor asking one of them to be seated. When they both remained standing, she was asked to recognise one councillor and she chose to listen to her other PNC colleague, Richards, who then successfully moved a motion for nominations to be closed, resulting in Duncan being denied the opportunity to speak.It was that scenario that prompted Jaikaran to say afterwards that the AFC has lost its voice at City Hall, signalling some amount of bad blood between the coalition partners. This is a troubling prospect when the council’s history leading up to elections is considered.Both Duncan and Jaikarran are known for their anti-corruption advocacy at City Hall, something that has brought them into conflict with Chase-Green and the APNU councillors. Most recently, their attempts to introduce a no-confidence motion against Town Clerk Royston King over a litany of offences was thwarted by Chase-Green and company. (Jarryl Bryan)last_img read more

Celtic move for former Chelsea and West Ham man scuppered by injury

first_img Carlton Cole 1 Former West Ham and Chelsea striker Carlton Cole will have to wait to see if he will be offered a Celtic contract after sustaining an injury during training.The 31-year-old left Upton Park in the summer and has been on trial with the Glasgow giants in a bid to earn a deal with the club.Manager Ronny Deila had been impressed with Cole’s contribution and it was rumoured that he was lining up a contract for the forward.However, Cole suffered an injury last week which has put any permanent deal on ice for now.last_img read more

Art museum gets $100 million treasure

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It’s a major deal to get this work in one fell swoop, at a time when the art market has made it nearly impossible for museums to purchase work of this quality,” Michael Govan, LACMA’s director, told The Times. “This significantly expands the modern collection, where we need help.” About 80 works from the collection will go on view Jan. 13, a month before the museum unveils the first phase of an ambitious expansion and renovation program. Although Henri Lazarof is a veteran composer and his wife, a daughter of the late banker-philanthropist S. Mark Taper, is president of the S. Mark Taper Foundation, the couple have maintained a low profile in art circles, according to The Times. For about 25 years, they have assembled works by a who’s who of 20th century figures, including Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro and Henry Moore, The Times reported. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Two Los Angeles art collectors have given the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 130 works by major artists, a treasure trove believed to be worth more than $100 million, it was reported today. LACMA officials told the Los Angeles Times that the gift from Janice and Henry Lazarof includes 20 works by Pablo Picasso spanning 65 years, seven figurative sculptures and a painting by Alberto Giacometti, and two versions of Constantin Brancusi’s signature bronze, “Bird in Space.” There are also Impressionist pieces by Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, but the gift is primarily a Modernist bonanza, The Times reported. The museum did not disclose the value of the artworks, but recent auction sales of similar pieces suggest the collection is worth more than $100 million, according to The Times. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal GAA Captain Michael Murphy will join Joan Freeman, founder of suicide and self-harm crisis centre Pieta House to launch Darkness into Light 2016 with Electric Ireland in The Station House Hotel, Letterkenny on Friday, March 4th at 7pm.Taking place on Saturday, 7th of May, Darkness into Light is a unique, early morning fundraising event which begins in darkness at 4.15am as thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking.This year, Darkness into Light will take place in more than 100 locations in Ireland and abroad including in the US, the UK, Scotland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand the Middle East and Asia. The event is set to be the biggest ever in Donegal with 7 venues on board to host it including Donegal Town, Maghery, Letterkenny and for the first time Buncrana, Arranmore Island, Falcarragh and Tory Island.Registration and route information for Darkness into Light will be available at from March 7th and all are welcome to attend the launch in Donegal.MICHAEL MURPHY TO LAUNCH DONEGAL’S DARKNESS INTO LIGHT 2016 was last modified: February 29th, 2016 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:Darkness into LightdonegalMichael Murphylast_img read more


first_imgNineteen swimmers made an early start on Sunday 1st March to travel to Larne for the final Development Gala of the season.There were some fine performances from all swimmers with each one of them setting personal best times.This is fine reward for all their hard work and dedication over the season.For a lot of the young swimmers this was their first visit to the development series. Brilliant performances came from Megan Bonner, Lauren Hall, Brooke Mc Cauley, Katie McGee, Jim Mc Laughlin, Lydia Neely, Lakshmi Shaji, Shyam Shaji and Chloe Shiels. Cian Mulligan gained qualifying times and Lisa Bond missed out narrowly on a medal placing fourth in the 200 backstroke. A large haul of medals were taken home to Letterkenny with brilliant performances from.Cora Ferry – Bronze 100 Fly, Silver 200 Free, Gold 200 Back.Thomas Keys – Bronze 200 I.M, Bronze 200 Breast, Gold 100 Free.Karim Maguella – Silver 200Breast, Silver 200 I.M, Gold 100 Free. Molly Nulty – Gold 200 Free, Gold 100 Fly, Gold 100 Free.Grainne Russell – Silver 200 Free, Gold 100 Fly.Bronagh Sheridan – Silver 100 Fly, Gold 100 Breast.Conor Shiels – Bronze 100 Back, Silver 100 Free.Emma Tinney – Gold 200 Free, Gold 100 Fly, Gold 100 Breast, Gold 400 Free. SWIMMING: SEALS BACK ON DRY LAND WITH HAUL OF MEDALS was last modified: March 2nd, 2015 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)last_img read more


first_imgEleven swimmers took part in the Swim Ulster Provincial Towns League end of season gala on the 16th April in Ballymena. These swimmers qualified for this competition at a time trial held in Letterkenny for all the North Ulster clubs recently.Joyce Hudy had a fine outing lifting gold medals in the 50m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle. She also won silver in the 100m Individual Medley. Jonathon Martin showed class in the 50m Butterfly and 100m Individual Medley picking up silver in both events, he also lifted bronze in the 50m backstroke.Filip Blazejczak won silver in the 50m backstroke and bronze in the 50m freestyle a fine reward for this young swimmer.Sinead O’Kane picked up bronze in the 50m breaststroke in a thrilling race.Fourth place finishes were attained by Bronagh Sheridan 50m breaststroke, Chloe Shiels 50m breaststroke, Thomas Coyle 50m breaststroke and Grainne Russell in the 50m butterfly.Personal best times were also achieved by Peter Coyle in the 50m breaststroke and Thomas Keys in the 50m breaststroke also. Ellie Maloney also achieved a new personal best time in the 50m freestyle.A huge congratulations to these swimmers on their achievements and well done to the North Ulster team which they were part of that defeated the South Ulster team. SWIMMING: SWILLY SEALS COMPETE IN ULSTER PROVINCIAL TOWNS LEAGUE was last modified: April 19th, 2016 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)last_img read more