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Jan
18

Timberwolves star Butler has minor surgery on hand

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Kyrie Irving insists he’ll be ready for Celtics camp Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to being called for a foul against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter in Game Four of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Rockets defeated the Timberwolves 119-100. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler has undergone minor surgery on his right hand.The Timberwolves announced Thursday that Butler had the elective procedure on Tuesday. The team said Butler has already returned to offseason activities.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Butler, who missed 21 games last season with an injury to his right knee, averaged 22.2 points per game for the Timberwolves after arriving in a trade with Chicago. He helped lead the Wolves to their first postseason appearance since 2004. Butler can opt out of his contract and become a free agent after the upcoming season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more

Jan
15

Liberians Are Without Jobs Because of Konneh & Jones Rivalry

first_imgIn the face of a tight and unbearable economic situation, Liberian workers are suffering to get jobs simply due to two public officials whose unnecessary rivalry continues to hurt our nation: Central Bank Governor Mills Jones and Finance Minister Amara Konneh’s continuous misunderstanding is more than worrisome and could not be ignored by the President in her State of the Nation’s Economy Address recently.“……. in the absence of full cooperation between the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Liberia, have created stress in the banking system and the depreciation in the exchange rate”, the President noted in laying out some of the main reasons for the country’s current poor economic situation.For the past five to six months now, the Liberian Government lacks funding to honor its obligations to contractors, of course with emphasis on those who are responsible to fix or repair our roads. This makes one to wonder about the survival of these Liberian workers just as the rainy season gets into full gear.When the Public Works Minister Antoinette Weeks during her recent appearance on Capitol Hill told the Liberian Senate about the indebtedness of the Liberian Government to contractors in the tone of over US$84 million, it makes one to project the kind of hardship Liberian workers who find themselves in this sector will continue to endure based on Governor Jones and Minister Konneh’s hardened rivalry.But just a minute: where are all the taxes or revenues generated by the Finance Ministry with no return to benefit Liberian contractors?But you may also wonder where is Governor Jones’ professed nationalism (of dashing out unregulated loans) when he is refusing to prioritize the interests of those who are just merely surviving to get their wages through these companies that are either already shutting down or have ceased to operate due to the lack of funds to pay workers and vendors?For Minister Konneh who always preaches ‘austerity’ but practices waste and abuse, he must know that he needs to cut-off such non-compliance posture with the Bank Governor so payments can be made to those companies for his compatriots to get some money in their pockets.Just so you know, 90% of these companies have already closed down or ceased operations because they are being owed too long and Liberians earning their living through these companies are the only victims.If the primary reason for non-payment to contractors is the song ‘Lack of Funds In The Budget’, then why can’t a reported US$10,000 monthly allowance to the Finance Minister be curbed considerably to help address these issues? As a matter of fact, how is he justifying that amount in the first place? How possible in that when Governor Jones continues to parade Monrovia and the entire country in his very expensive and luxurious bullet-proof jeep? Just for the record, when former Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan (now Foreign Minister) was at Finance, it is a known secret that there were fewer taxpayers and businesses and every contractor and vendor were getting paid at least three times in a single Fiscal Year. Unlike now, where taxpayers and businesses have increased, the (opposite?) is just the ironical reality. What sense does that make?Where are the reserves at the CBL? Ain’t they supposed to be used to intervene in such an economical time as this? (Or is the focus only on the civil servants’ salaries and allowances, some with very fabulous ones eventhough these Liberians in the contractual sector who depend only on their respective monthly payments are also Liberians and deserve same treatment under the law?)Where are accrued funds or revenues from the Foreign Direct Investments that yielded over US$16 billion? Yes, we know that some of these investments have been spread over time (some up to 25 years) but they and most of the others are all spread over phases which means phase-payments for the past almost nine years.Which is more important: getting the hydro up in order to have sufficient power supply for our citizens who, however, won’t afford to buy a single cup of rice, least to mention access to adequate medical services due to the prevailing situations of Liberians being cut off from jobs?Which is more important: giving out ‘political loans’ at the expense of the Liberians’ state resources for the Governor’s political motives or ordinary Liberians’ empowerment to keep food on their families’ tables by paying contractors through which they too will get paid? Which is better: the Finance Minister’s ‘lobbied’ Finance Minister of The Year Award or lifting Liberians out of poverty by making sure the companies through which they earn their daily bread remain functional? Which is more important: satisfying the individual political motives of these politics-drunk public officials or preventing rural (and urban) Liberians from potential disasters of terrible roads in the midst of heavy rains that would leave some homeless?What about the CBL’s responsibility to regularize institutional failures in order to make corrective measures like contacting the World Bank (and probably other donors) to lend Liberia some funds to meet its budgetary obligations?As we speak, Public Works workers and contractors are striking not because there is no electricity, but not a single pot-hole in Monrovia has been repaired since over six months now. So, that foreshadows the story of rural dwellers who expect to get basic social services including medical supplies and others. They too are Liberians who will be expecting to transport supplies and also food to and fro; but how possible in the absence of maintained and repaired roads now that the rains have begun?Those Liberians in rural parts are threatened with hunger and serious medical situations if Governor Jones and Minister Konneh cannot afford to collaborate in the interest of the country. In fact, it would be best for the President to request their respective resignations, if you ask me for the best solution. These two men are holding an entire nation hostage and Liberia, in its current recovery drive can’t afford to be held hostage by its two greedy and selfish fiscal and monetary bosses. Please for once, Madam President, take action and take it now!Where are we heading, I wonder? So when will the President take action against these two fiscal and monetary officials whose behaviors continue to undermine her Government? When she hinted in her recent address that she will make sure of her direct leadership in effective changes and prosecuting offenders, I think that time is now, when she would put the right people at the right places at such a time in the history of our country’s economy.If both men truly love their country, this is the time to show it. Politics aside, they will truly be hailed in return.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jan
14

Faulty Ball Distribution Dooms LISCR

first_imgLISCR FC president Mustapha Raji could not believe what was happening. His boys had begun their 2-2 encounter against Wataga FC last Saturday on an impressive note.Striker Chris Jackson scored the first goal for his side in the 10th minute and everything looked good for LISCR FC.They kept the pressure on Watanga and earned three successive corner kicks that kept Watanga FC’s defense working overtime.And truly the first 30 minutes seemed to have gone how LISCR FC decided it to go. But when an unmarked Watanga FC attacker headed a ball inside the 6-yard box directly into the goal, goalkeeper Tommy Songo was caught unawares.He just stood there like an ordinary spectator, as the ball hit the back of his net.He was flatfooted. With the game at 1-1 LISCR FC, unperturbed, resumed their attack as Watanga struggled to rise above their game.Though LISCR FC increased the tally 2-1, goalkeeper Tommy Songo made a bad ball distribution that caused the goal against him.Watanta FC had launched an offensive and goalkeeper Songo rushed out to bring the ball under control.In the process, he sadly punched the ball onto the path of an opposing player who had the easy job of tapping the ball beyond his reach.Songo, according to Coach Kasumu Silla, committed a similar poor ball distribution several months ago when LISCR FC played against a Diaspora Team in a friendly match.Commenting on the game, Coach Silla, former national team goalkeeper, said it is time attention on goalkeeping becomes a concern to coaches and sports administrators.He wants to help teams’ goalkeepers to get over “foolish mistakes.”CAF Education Officer Francis Tamba admitted it is necessary to help goalkeepers.He revealed that the LFA has applied to CAF for a training course for Liberian goalkeepers.Meanwhile on Saturday, Pro Sisters drew 1-1 with NASKIDs and World Sisters defeated Island Queens 3-0.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dec
25

MALIN HEAD COASTGUARD STATION TO UNDERGO MASSIVE UPGRADE

first_imgThe Malin Head Coastguard Radio Station is to be left unmanned for the next two weeks as the station upgrades its services.However the public have been reassured that the vital service provided by the coastguard for Inishowen and further afield will be maintained. Donegal Daily has learned that officers from the station have been sent to Dublin for training on the new system.However emergency calls to the centre will be re-routed to Dublin and the same staff will monitor calls.Deputy Joe McHugh, who raised the issue of the retention of coastguard stations in the past, said he welcomed the upgrade from analogue to digital.He added that the volunteer network amongst the coastguard and rescue service in Co Donegal was among the best in the country.   MALIN HEAD COASTGUARD STATION TO UNDERGO MASSIVE UPGRADE was last modified: May 8th, 2012 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:analoguedigitalMlain Head Coast Guard stationlast_img read more

Dec
25

49er water polo looks to bounce back

first_img The first official practices for basketball teams across the country will be Oct. 14. The NCAA has moved the starting time up to 7 p.m., from the original midnight. Both the 49er men and women will practice on that date. Both practices will be held in the Gold Mine due to the 49er women’s volleyball team playing at home that night. The women will practice from 7-9 p.m. and the men will go from 9-11 p.m. The men will be hosting a 3-point “Shoot-A-Thon’ that evening, with all proceeds collected going to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. Volleyball fundraiser 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The eighth-ranked Long Beach State men’s water polo team will play Saturday at the Cal Baptist Tournament in Riverside versus Princeton, and will attempt to bounce back from two consecutive losses. Both losses came versus No. 5-ranked UC San Diego. The 49ers (14-5) will play Princeton at 2 p.m. and then meet Cal Baptist at 5:45 p.m. Basketball practice center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The annual Fall 4’s/Halloween Haunt Beach Volleyball Tournament will be held on Oct. 16 at the Huntington Beach Pier (north side). Sponsored by the 49er Sideout Club, the booster club for the Long Beach State men’s volleyball team, the tournament features five divisions of play. The cost to participate is $25 per person and entries must be received by, Oct. 14. For more information, visit longbeachstate.com. Coach chat The fall “Coach Chat,” featuring 49er men’s basketball coach Larry Reynolds, will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Joe Jost’s in Long Beach. Admission is free. Information for this report provided by the Long Beach State Sports Information office. last_img read more

Dec
22

SC Villa, Onduparaka lock horns in Super 8 semis

first_img Tags: asaph mwebazeFUFA Super 8onduparaka fcSC Villatop The SC Villa team that started in the 1-0 win over URA FC at Namboole (File Photo)FUFA Super 8 2018Onduparaka FC vs SC VillaGreenLight Stadium, AruaTuesday, 21-08-2018Onduparaka and SC Villa will on Tuesday afternoon clash for the last spot in the inaugural FUFA Super 8 final at the GreenLight Stadium.KCCA FC who defeated Nyamityobora 4-0 last week are waiting to face the winner between the Caterpillars and Villa, in the final.Today’s hosts overcame StarTimes Premier League new comers Ndejje University on penalties and will be hoping the same luck befalls them when they take on 16 time record league champions SC Villa.In the dugout for the Caterpillars will be Asaph Mwebaze, a former Maroons tactician who was acquired last week to replace Livingstone Mbabazi.Mwebaze will have a chance to make a dream start to life in Arua, something he is optimistic will happen on Tuesday afternoon.“Team is in proper shape thanks to coach Adraa (Leo) and Masaba (Simone) who have been with the boys before i came. Said Mwebaze in a press briefing ahead of the game.“I have worked with them for a week and i can confidently say it’s a very good team and we are in position to win against Villa.About SC Villa, Mwebaze dismissed claims that the record league champions are a weak side despite the massive exodus that has gone at Villa Park in the last few months.“What has been said that Villa is a weak team, i disagree with that because Villa is Villa, continued Mwebaze.“They are a premiership team and we expect them to be ready for the game but possibly we shall be on top of the game after 90 minutes.All eyes will be on Mwebaze as he faces an uphill task of bettering Onduparaka’s last season which saw them finish 4th, their best league position since promotion to the top tier two years ago.For Villa, they overcame URA 1-0 in the quarter finals at Namboole to get here.They are a much changed side from the one that finished third last season as most of the first team left for greener pastures and so did the coaching staff.They are currently under the guidance of former Uganda Cranes head coach Moses Basena who has already started re-building the side.He has brought in the experienced trio of Habib Kavuma, Savio Kabugo and ex Villa captain Mike Sserumaga to try and help as he tries to shape-up a side able to compete next season.Match Facts:This will be the fifth competitive fixture between the two sides.There has never been a draw in any of their past four meetings (all in the premier league).The last meeting saw SC Villa defeat Onduparaka 1-0 at the GreenLight stadium on 10/03/2018, the only time an away side triumphed in this fixture.The four meetings have seen 14 goals scored including a 4-3 win for Onduparaka in October 2016.Comments last_img read more

Dec
22

Juventus, Napoli do battle in Serie A round 7

first_img Tags: Serie Atop Roma vs LazioStadio Olimpico, RomeSaturday, 29-09-2018 @04:00pm (Super Sport 9)The Derby della Capitale arguably could not come at a better time for both fans of Roma and Lazio, as well as general Serie A neutrals. Both the Giallorossi and the Aquile come into this fixture having won their respective midweek ties against Frosinone and Udinese, but at this point in the season, that is pretty much all the bitter cross-town rivals can say they have in common. Lazio did have a rough start to the campaign, but in all fairness to Simone Inzaghi’s side they did have to face Napoli and Juventus – the two sides who finished second and first in the league table – in their first two games of the current term. Not an easy proposition for any side, and not the way any team would want to kick start a new season. Injuries also have not been kind to the Aquile, either, but such is the luck of the draw in football, and Inzaghi has done the best he can with the resources he has available. Having overcome those two difficult opponents, though, Lazio seem to have slowly started to find their footing, and now come into this game having won four on the trot. That includes a 4-1 defeat of Genoa in a performance more reminiscent of what fans were used to seeing from Lazio last term, and a more assured showing in a 2-1 road victory against Udinese midweek. Certainly, they will be brimming with confidence ahead of their derby clash against a Roma side who are still out of sorts and seem to be suffering from a hangover following their impressive exploits of last term.Eusebio Di Francesco’s side did cruise to a comfortable 4-0 win over Frosinone, but that has only helped to paper over some major flaws in this team. Roma have had a torrid time so far, throwing away two points against Chievo in a match they really should have won, and suffering a humiliating 2-0 loss to a Bologna side who before then had not scored a Serie A goal. The change to a 4-2-3-1 formation seems to have worked, giving Cengiz Under and Javier Pastore roles they relish in support of a centre-forward. As for Lazio, Felipe Caicedo’s impressive form and work-rate could see him push Luis Alberto on to the bench for a more traditional 3-5-2. Could this derby be the turning point for the Lupi, or will they be picked off by their arch rivals who are beginning to hit form at just the right time?There has been only one draw between these sides since January 2015, with Roma winning six and Lazio two.Juventus vs NapoliAllianz Stadium, TorinoSaturday, 29-09-2018 @07:00pm (Super Sport 9)It is a top of the table clash on Saturday as Juventus host Napoli in the match of the season so far. Juventus have had a perfect beginning to the new campaign, both domestically and in Europe. Last weekend they defeated a resilient Frosinone 2-0 after Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock with less than 10 minutes to spare, a week after breaking his Serie A duck against Sassuolo. In their midweek victory against Bologna, Paulo Dybala grabbed his first goal of the season before Ronaldo assisted Blaise Matuidi for a 2-0 win. Federico Bernardeschi is also in red hot form for La Vecchia Signora, so he is expected to line up in this fixture, although in what role and what formation it remains to be seen. A win here for the Bianconeri will solidify their spot up top, and will be a huge statement for a club potentially heading for their eighth straight Scudetto. In team news, Max Allegri will be missing Sami Khedira, Mattia De Sciglio and Leonardo Spinazzola as they battle injuries, while Douglas Costa is still suspended for two more games.Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli have enjoyed a great start to the season of their own. Their sole loss of the season came in the third round – a 3-0 loss to Sampdoria. However, they have won each of their five other games. They have already beaten the likes of Lazio and Milan, so the Partenopei could move into top spot with a win in Turin. On Wednesday, they made light work of Parma with a 3-0 victory, thanks to an Arkadiusz Milik brace and Lorenzo Insigne. The Polish striker has scored three times already this season, so he is starting to rediscover his form he was in before his knee injury two seasons ago. Napoli will be without long-term absentees Alex Meret, Faouzi Ghoulam, Amin Younes and Vlad Chiriches for the top-of-the-table clash.Last season, Kalidou Koulibaly’s header ended a run of one point from Napoli’s last nine competitive trips to Turin.Inter Milan vs cagliariStadio Guiseppe Meazza, MilanSaturday, 29-09-2018 @09:30pm (Super Sport 9)After a slow start to the season, Inter have won three on the bounce and are looking to make it four against Cagliari this Saturday. The Nerazzurri play host to the Rossoblu following their last match against Fiorentina, which saw Luciano Spalletti’s men take all three points. Cagliari Coach Rolando Maran, however, isn’t in such high spirits. The Sardinian side haven’t won a league match since the beginning of the month, so the task of turning their fortunes around at San Siro is a tough ask. Inter captain Mauro Icardi scored his first Serie A goal of the season in the form of a penalty during his team’s match against La Viola, and he’ll be looking to get back into the fray for the title of Capocannoniere. Despite Icardi’s slow start, Inter haven’t lacked an offensive threat. There have been seven separate goal scorers so far this season, Ivan Perisic leading the pack with two.  Defensively, Inter are yet to find an outright consistent level. Despite that, the back line has seen improvements that are sure to become permanent once Sime Vrsaljko returns from his injury. Also, the fact that the partnership between Stefan de Vrij and Milan Skriniar is starting to click is a big blow to the already struggling Cagliari attack.Cagliari are currently 16th in the league and have scored a measly four goals in their opening six matches – half of those coming against Sassuolo. So far no one has established themselves as a valuable source for goals and unless Leonardo Pavoletti, Marco Sau, or Diego Farias take up the responsibility, things don’t bode well for the Rossoblu.In their last three matches with Cagliari, Inter averaged four goals a game.Bologna vs UdineseStadio Renato Dall’Ara, BolognaSunday, 20-09-2018 @01:30pmBrecentologn’s  2-0 home win against Roma suggested that Bologna were about to turn a corner, and while the midweek loss to Juventus was tough and left them in the relegation zone, they would have eyed up this game against Udinese as the real barometer of their capabilities.  After facing Inter, Roma and Juve already, Bologna will be happy to see an Udinese side that, while talented, has yet to put together a strong run of results to move them out of the middle of the Serie A table. Two wins, two draws and two losses have been all Julio Velazquez’s side could muster out of their start, but while the results may not be too pleasing, they’ve at least shown in their losses to Fiorentina and Lazio that they’ve stayed in the game until the final whistle and have always given themselves a fighting chance. The wins against Sampdoria and Chievo showed that they can bring out wins when they work as a team – with the stats in both games suggesting that Udinese weren’t exactly dominant – but games like this against Bologna is where they will have to pick up points. They’ll see this as a very winnable game and a chance to put all three points on the board, but Bologna won’t be an easy test.Udinese have won five of the last seven meetings between these sides, home and away, but there hasn’t been a draw since 2013.Cheivo vs TorinoStadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi, VeronaSunday, 30-09-2018 @04:00pmThe pressure is mounting on Torino for not fulfilling their potential, while Chievo sit rock bottom and show no signs of improvement. The Flying Donkeys are glued to the bottom of the table sitting on minus one point after having three deducted from them at the start of the season for financial irregularities. Their last outing was a 2-0 loss away to Genoa midweek, which followed another 2-0 defeat this time at home to Udinese.  Their comeback against Roma when two goals down and a somewhat decent performance against champions Juventus have been their only highlights so far. Coach Lorenzo D’Anna is in his first full season as a boss in the top flight and has a tough job on his hands to lift his team up out of the relegation zone. He will be fully aware that picking up something in this match is vitally important for his side to start their climb up the table. D’Anna’s inexperience, the fact that they began the season on minus three points and the lack of any real quality on the pitch have all probably contributed to their poor start. Two of his defenders, Bostjan Cesar and Mattia Bani, are doubts to be fit in time for this one.The Granata, on the other hand, have had a slightly better start to their league campaign with one win and three draws to their name, but still precious little compared to expectations. Their last match was a goalless draw in Bergamo midweek, which came off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Carlo Ancelotti’s rampant Napoli side. Toro were timid and toothless in that game and had to rely on an Andrea Belotti penalty to get themselves on the scoresheet.Torino are unbeaten against Chievo since February 2016, managing two wins and two draws, home and away.Fiorentina vs AtlantaStadio Artemio Franchi, FirenzeSunday, 30-09-2018 @04:00pmFiorentina are raging after their narrow defeat to Inter and want to take it out on struggling Atalanta in a crunch tie for European targets. The Viola have been very impressive this season with youthful Federico Chiesa, Giovanni Simeone, Alban Lafont and Nikola Milenkovic their standout performers. The only losses to Napoli and Inter have been very tight and unlucky, especially at San Siro where their players and directors were furious at various refereeing decisions. They’ll want to take that frustration out on Atalanta, who are a shadow of their former selves. Starting the season in July only to crash out of the Europa League play-offs on penalties to FC Copenhagen took a lot out of them. Without a win now since the opening weekend, the Orobici scraped just four draws from their last seven competitive games.The last four meetings between these sides were all stalemates. Atalanta haven’t beaten Fiorentina since a 2-0 Bergamo result in April 2012, managing nine straight defeats and those four draws. The most recent away victory for the Orobici was 1-0 in January 1993.Frosinone vs GenoaStadio Benito Stirpe, FrosinoneSunday, 30-08-2018 @04:00pmFrosinone are still looking for their first Serie A goal of the season, as they welcome high-flying Genoa to the Stadio Benito Stirpe. The newly-promoted side have struggled upon their return to the top flight, and only Chievo’s point deduction is keeping them off the bottom of the table. We may not even be in October yet, but the early signs indicate a quick return to Serie B for the Canarini, albeit not as quick as Palermo would have liked after their appeal against Frosinone’s promotion was thrown out. In fairness to Moreno Longo and his side, they’ve had a tough start to the season which has seen them face Lazio, Sampdoria, Juventus and Roma in their past four matches. Nonetheless, a record of 16 goals conceded and not a single one scored doesn’t make for happy reading and this weekend’s fixture is another tough one.Genoa were slipping toward relegation under Ivan Juric last season, but the return of Davide Ballardini lifted them away from danger and the Coach has continued his good work this season. The postponement of their opener against Milan means the Grifone have played one game less than everyone bar the Rossoneri, but they nonetheless sit in seventh place, just one point behind Inter. However, they have lost both games on the road so far this season, which should offer a glimmer of hope for Frosinone – they just have to score first.If Frosinone fail to score against Genoa they’ll set a new record for a goalless start to the season. Against Roma they equalled Catania’s unwanted record of failing to score in the first six games, which was set in 1970-71.Parma vs EmpoliStadio Ennio Tardini, ParmaSunday, 30-09-2018 @07:00pmThese two sides were promoted from Serie B over the summer and so far Parma have adapted better than Empoli. Roberto D’Aversa’s side will finally feel their season can achieve lift-off. The Ducali have had arguably the toughest start to their Serie A campaign, with games against Napoli, Inter and Juventus making up half of their schedule. Credit does have to be given as Parma find themselves in 12th place with a surprising amount of optimism around the club after the rebirth of Gervinho and the win against Inter at San Siro. However, it’s the games like this one against Empoli that will define Parma’s season, whether that’s surviving relegation or even beyond.Empoli, however, reside where they’re most likely expecting to be for the most of the season – near the relegation zone. Aurelio Andreazzoli’s side had a hard-fought draw against Milan last round, but their win against Cagliari on opening matchday remains their only success. As the home and superior side, you can expect Parma to control the ball for large portions of this encounter. The individual quality of Gervinho and Roberto Inglese should be enough to see Parma through this one, but another top performance from Empoli’s goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano surely cannot be written off.In team news, Parma have a host of injuries, including winger Jonathan Biabany and Sulley Muntari, who is yet to make his debut for the club. Empoli will welcome back crucial Slovenian attacking midfielder Miha Zajc, who sat out his one-match ban against Milan.Last season, Empoli beat Parma home and away in Serie B. The Ducali managed only one point against them since a 4-1 Stadio Castellani victory in March 2009.Sassoulo vs AC Milan MAPEI Stadium – Città del Tricolore, Reggio nell’Emilia  Sunday, 30-09-2018 @09:30pmSurprise third-placed side Sassuolo face their second real test of the season with Milan in what already feels like a crunch match for Gennaro Gattuso. The main threats facing the Rossoneri on their trip to the Mapei Stadium are two faces the Milanisti will know well. Manuel Locatelli made the short move south this summer and has masterfully anchored a midfield previously desperate for an injection of youth, while Kevin-PrinceBoateng has been reinvented into a False 9, a role he performed with aplomb in La Liga with Las Palmas. Khouma Babacar and Federico Di Francesco have also proven to be useful additions for the Neroverdi, but Roberto De Zerbi’s side, much like their opponents, have no trouble in finding the net, but struggle to keep their opponents out. Sassuolo’s 2-0 win away to SPAL on Thursday evening may have been their second clean sheet of the season, but the Neroverdi have shipped eight goals in six games, a trend that is not sustainable for any side.Milan on the other hand have yet to keep their opponents out this season, and their midweek encounter with Empoli emphasised their weak points. Gonzalo Higuain was out with a muscular issue, so their 15 shots returning just one goal seems a little bit more acceptable, but it does bring worries as to where the rest of their goals are going to come from when their record signing isn’t on the pitch or has an off day. Patrick Cutrone is still nursing that sprained ankle and was limping as a substitute in the draw with Empoli. That was Milan’s third consecutive stalemate, yet again taking the lead only to fumble it.With both Gattuso and De Zerbi merchants of the 4-3-3, it will be interesting to see who wins the tactical battle. Sassuolo have certainly been more consistent in their play, but arguably too safe at times. It’s a great sign for them that they were able to rest so many key players on Thursday and still win away to surprise outfit SPAL. For Milan the key will lie with Franck Kessie and Lucas Biglia. The pair are known for covering lots of ground each game, but as Sassuolo’s attacks develop from deep and move very quickly from midfield to attack, early prevention will be the best way to stop their shaky backline conceding once again.Although Domenico Berardi has found the net eight times in 11 games against Milan, the Rossoneri have dominated this fixture as of late. Sassuolo’s last win over the Rossoneri was in March 2016, followed by three defeats and a draw.Sampdoria vs SpalStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, Genova Sunday, 30-09-2018 @09:30pmSampdoria face SPAL with both sides’ form having tailed off slightly following a promising start to the season. Marco Giampaolo’s Blucerchiati have taken only two points from their last three matches, while Leonardo Semplici’s men have lost three of their most recent four encounters. Goals have also been at a premium of late for both teams, with neither Samp nor SPAL having found the net in their last two Serie A fixtures.The Marassi club will see Monday’s meeting with the Blucerchiati as an excellent opportunity to get back on track following difficult fixtures against Fiorentina and Inter and a midweek trip to Cagliari. Giampaolo’s team were unfortunate to lose late on to Marcelo Brozovic’s stoppage-time goal for the Nerazzurri last week, while they also sparkled in 3-0 and 5-0 victories over Napoli and Frosinone respectively. And with Fabio Quagliarella and Gregoire Defrel set to lead the line once more, Samp will be confident of breaking their recent scoring drought and climbing the table once more. Despite recent back-to-back defeats against Fiorentina and Sassuolo, SPAL are still performing above expectations to be sitting on nine points after six matches played.The worry for Semplici is that the bedrock for early season wins over Bologna, Parma and Atalanta was his side’s ability to keep a clean sheet on each occasion. But having leaked five goals in their last two matches, the Ferrara side will have to produce a much better rearguard action if they are to take anything from Marassi. There are no suspensions for either side, although Monday’s match comes too soon for Riccardo Saponara, who is still a week away from recovering from a muscle injury. For SPAL, Federico Viviani is nearing a comeback following a calf strain but won’t be involved, while Jasmin Kurtic is expected to be out for around a month.Samp have conceded just three goals in their opening six matches of the season – the best defensive record in Serie A. Comments last_img read more

Dec
21

Crowds savour the delights of A Taste of Donegal – Picture Special

first_imgA Taste of Donegal Food Festival was a feast of fun and flavours in Donegal Town last weekend.The food and drink event attracted up to 25,000 people to see top chefs and an exciting mix of exhibitors from Friday to Sunday.Donegal Daily’s Live Festival Blog was rolling all weekend to keep everyone up to date on the events, but if you’d like an extra slice, we have a picture special for you below: Mary McGettigan and Eve-Anne McCarronChef Catherine Fulvio Conor Grimes from Spoonful Botanical Dr Rhatigan and Sian Breslin in the Cherrymore Kids KitchenCherrymore Kids KitchenCherrymore Kids KitchenPaul O’Sullivan and Gabrielle McMonagle Chef Paul Brady – Castle Grove Country HouseErnan McGettigan leading the raffle at A Taste of DonegalChefs Zack Gallagher, Chris Molloy and Paul BradyDaniel Mullarkey, winner of A Passion to Inspire 2019, with Shauna Long and baby TaylorThe Chandpur Indian Restaurant teamComedy cooking with Chef Joe Shannon and Frank FordeComedian Frank FordeIsabella Rowatt from Bellaville BurgersChef Oliver DunneChef Christopher Molloy  Crowds savour the delights of A Taste of Donegal – Picture Special was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:A Taste of DonegalDonegal TowneventsFood festivalpicture speciallast_img read more

Dec
20

Raiders vs. Broncos: What to watch for in possible Coliseum finale

first_imgALAMEDA — Beyond the main storyline of Monday night’s affair with the Broncos potentially being the last Raiders home game at the Oakland Coliseum, there are still 60 minutes of football to be played.If you’re an X’s and O’s diehard – there are some of you still out there among Raider Nation, I’m sure – you’ve come to the right place.Here are three things to watch between the white lines when the longtime division rivals square off in the final game of Week 16.An eye on Derek Carr’s clean …last_img read more

Dec
18

SA steps down from UN Security Council

first_img3 January 2013 South Africa concluded its second term as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 31 December. South Africa’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Baso Sangqu, said the country had used its tenure effectively to promote a multilateral, rules-based system worldwide. “We approached our membership of the Security Council from the premise that the UN remains the most appropriate forum for addressing international challenges in the maintenance of international peace and security, which are best served through collective co-operation,” Sangqu said in a statement on the weekend. Despite constraints, South Africa influenced a large number of Security Council outcomes, actively engaged on all issues on the council’s agenda in line with its mandate. Sangqu said South Africa’s leadership role and significant contribution to the work of the Council on African issues, particularly on Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, the DRC, Mali and Libya, as well as its principled position on the Middle East and Western Sahara, was well recognised. “Notable achievements during South Africa’s tenure include its leadership role in chairing the Working Group on Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa … and the 1540 Committee, which prevents non-state actors from gaining access to weapons of mass destruction.” South Africa also championed landmark Security Council decisions on strengthening strategic cooperation between the UNSC and the African Union Peace and Security Council, as well as the promotion of the rule of law in conflict and post-conflict situations. The country also co-led a Security Council mission to Africa, and led a successful visit of the council to Timor-Leste in 2012. “Looking back, South Africa’s participation in the over 800 meetings held by the Council during our tenure, we can in all humility … state that South Africa has made a positive and significant contribution to the international community’s efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts the world over,” Sangqu said. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more