Surprising start to season: Madrid struggles, Barcelona thrives

first_imgMOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Timberland Heights to host first Spartan Sprint Philippines Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 A costly, catty dispute finally settled Madrid had opened with a convincing 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna but then was held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia at the Bernabeu. Next weekend it will face a difficult test when it travels to play co-leader Real Sociedad at Anoeta Stadium. Before that, it makes its Champions League debut against Apoel.Barcelona, which opened with 2-0 victories against Real Betis and at Alaves, hosts Juventus in the Champions League before playing at Getafe in the league on Saturday. Getafe has four points and is yet to win at home.To make things worse for Madrid, it will have to face Real Sociedad without Karim Benzema because of a muscle injury sustained against Levante, and without veteran left back Marcelo because of red card picked up late in the game.Cristiano Ronaldo, still suspended after pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final, also won’t play on Sunday.Barcelona is back at full strength after Saturday’s return of Suarez, who missed the first two league games with an injury.Lionel Messi thrived as the team’s lone star, scoring five goals in the first three league matches, including a hat trick in the Catalan derby against Espanyol.Barcelona’s good start has put fans back at ease after the team started the season in bit of a crisis following the Spanish Super Cup loss to Madrid and the transfer-window debacle in which it failed to sign any top players other than Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.“The most important thing is that the team has been playing well and the players are committed,” Valverde said. “We are being able to play well and please the fans who have been coming to watch us.” FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — No one saw this one coming.Real Madrid is the team struggling early in the Spanish league. Barcelona is just cruising along in the lead.ADVERTISEMENT Break new groundcenter_img Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Winning start OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It was supposed to be the other way around considering how both teams entered the season: Barcelona was in turmoil, Madrid was thriving.Madrid, the defending European and Spanish champion, was considered the early favorite after keeping its top players from a season ago and routing Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup. It had also defeated Manchester United 2-1 in the European Super Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBarcelona was reeling after the surprise departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and the failure to sign many top players during the offseason. It also had to deal with the absence of Luis Suarez because of an injury.It all pointed to early success for Madrid and disappointment for Barcelona. View comments But three games into the season, Barcelona has a perfect record and Madrid has only one victory.The Catalan club is the league leader with nine points from three victories, along with Real Sociedad, while Madrid is in seventh place with five points from a win and two consecutive draws, both at home.“It’s early in the season and the difference in points is not significant, but it’s better to be in front than to be behind,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the team’s 5-0 rout of Espanyol at Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday. “You never know what may happen later on. It doesn’t mean much now, but it’s good to be ahead. We will keep focused on winning and adding points.”Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid could not manage more than a 1-1 draw against minnow Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday.“I’m not worried, games like this one are normal in a season,” Zidane said. “There will be ups and downs, but the good thing is that we have plenty of time to fix things.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

NHA Announces US$20K EJS Estate Plan

first_imgLiberian workers now have the advantage of owning their own homes if they are able to raise a down payment of US$4K for a three-bedroom, two baths estate house at the Ellen Johnson Housing Estates in Ben Town, Marshall Road in Margibi County.. Briefing representatives of ministries and agencies of government last Wednesday, National Housing Authority Sales and Marketing Manager Elizabeth Howe said the units in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Housing Estate in Marshall, are priced at US$20K.“A down payment of US$4,000 is required and the balance US$16,000 will roll into a mortgage plan with the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) for ten years,” she said.The tour, she said, was to acquaint the ministries and line agencies with the activities of the NHA, provide information about the NHA/LBDI mortgage payment plan as well as encourage Liberian workers to take advantage of the plan to own their own homes.“The exercise is to also provide a concise picture of deliverables by the NHA through funding from GOL and NASSCORP,” she said. Mr. James Kanneh, NHA project coordinator told the Daily Observer that the estates construction does not only provide support to the Government’s Development Agenda (GDA) but aids in the socio economic development where over 750 jobs have been created.Mr. Kanneh said the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Estate project commenced last March and has reached about 95% completion with anticipated full completion by July 20. The Gobah Town Brewerville Housing Estate units contain two bedrooms and a bath and are priced at U$11,000 per unit with a down payment of U$2,200.On the tour were representatives from the Ministries of Public Works, Finance and Development Planning, Youth and Sports, Foreign Affairs, Lands, Mines & Energy and Transport. Agencies’ representatives included National Port Authority, Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation and the Liberia Electricity Corporation.On behalf of the ministries and line agencies, Mr. Aaron Ketter of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, commended the NHA management for creating the opportunity for Liberian workers to become owners.He promised to relate the exciting news to colleagues and relatives. The representatives toured estates in Marshall and Gobah Town Brewerville Housing Estates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Red Light ‘Illegal Money Changers’ Escape CBL Inspectors

first_imgThe Central Bank of Liberia’s (CBL) recent crackdown on illegal foreign exchange operators has entered the Paynesville Red Light General Market.Unfortunately, CBL field inspectors did not apprehend any of the foreign exchange dealers.A team of CBL inspectors backed by personnel of the Liberian National Police (LNP) had earlier planned to arrest and confiscate any amount of money in the hands of ‘illegal foreign exchange operators.’However, during the Red Light Market raid, the team seized some makeshift stalls the ‘illegal foreign exchange dealers’ had left behind after they reportedly vacated the area.Prior to the CBL team’s arrival at the market, many of the moneychangers had already been tipped-off about their coming. They all did as expected and left the area, abandoning their sitting stools and worn out tables.However, some financial analysts have predicted that the exercise against the moneychangers is likely to give rise to further increment in the prices of goods and services.The analysts are of the opinion that the CBL action might create artificial shortages or hoarding of unspecified amounts of Liberian dollars from circulation.They argued further that CBL should have first considered the ripple effects of its action on ordinary Liberians, whose purchasing power continues to shrink as the Liberia to the U.S. dollar exchange rate increases.As a result of the hike in the exchange rate, prices of commodities, including transport fares, have increased.Consequently, residents are calling on the CBL to design another strategy to address the current foreign exchange crisis.For his part, a former moneychanger, Joe Marshall, 42, said the CBL should exercise restraints and allot some time to the ‘illegal foreign exchange operators’ to regularize their registration with the CBL. “Consider our present financial conditions, as our economy is at its lowest ebb,” Mr. Marshall advised.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bigger water bill on the way

first_imgLAKEWOOD – Look for area water rates to rise in the near future. Local water utilities are getting a double hit of 5.8 percent increases each from the Water Replenishment District and the Metropolitan Water District. The replenishment district’s board voted Friday to raise its rate for pumping groundwater from $138 per acre-foot to $149 per acre-foot, effective July 1. The MWD board voted early in April to raise its rates from $478 per acre-foot to $508 per acre-foot, effective Jan. 1. An acre-foot, 326,000 gallons, can be visualized as a football field 1-foot deep in water. It also is the amount of water used in a year by an average family of five. Those two increases as well as others are driving the Orchard Dale Water District, which serves much of unincorporated South Whittier, to propose its own increase, said Tom Coleman, Orchard Dale general manager. Coleman said he understands the need by MWD and the replenishment district to raise their rates. “MWD hasn’t raised its rates and has been absorbing cost increases for a number of years,” Coleman said. “They’re playing catch up. The ripple effect is going to trickle down to the end user.” The MWD rate increase is responsible for more than half of the replenishment district’s increase, said Robb Whitaker, its general manager. The rest is due to inflation, Whitaker said. Officials from other Whittier-area agencies said they are not sure how these rate increases will affect them. “At this point it will not cause us to immediately raise rates, but it’s something we’ll have to look at,” said Mark Grajeda, Pico Water District general manager. The replenishment district’s increase will cost his district about $40,000 a year. Ken Bradbury, general manager for the Montebello and Land and Water Co., said the replenishment district increase is a $36,000 annual increase to his mutual water company. However, his utility just raised its rates in April, so it will absorb the increased cost for this year, Bradbury said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The culmination of increases from outside sources and a need to replace our infrastructure has driven the need for a rate increase,” Coleman said. Coleman is proposing a $5.6 million capital improvement program over the next seven years. It would include replacement of a major line that runs from Colima Road to Mills Avenue – somewhat along Cornishcrest Road. His board will hold a public hearing at 7p.m. May 30 to consider raising its bi-monthly service charge from $20 to $31.10 for a 5/8th-inch or 3/4-inch meter and its commodity charge from $1.50 per cubic foot of water used to $1.70 per cubic foot. Orchard Dale hasn’t raised its rates since 2002. An average customer is expected to pay an additional $7.50 per month. last_img read more


first_imgHollie’s lost engagement ring.A young Belfast woman has issued an appeal after she lost her engagement ring in Letterkenny on Friday night last.Hollie Johnston is distraught after losing the ring.She retraced her steps and feels she may have lost it in McGinley’s Bar on the town’s Main Street. Hollie has left her details with the bar staff if anybody may have come across the ring.Or they can contact us at and we will contact Hollie.“Please please if someone has found it can you please leave it into the bar they have my contact details,” said Hollie.WOMAN ISSUES APPEAL AFTER ENGAGEMENT RING LOST IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 1st, 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:donegalengagement ringlostMcGinley’s Barlast_img read more

CONFIRMED: Manchester United reach agreement to sign Victor Lindelof

first_imgManchester United have reached an agreement to sign Victor Lindelof from Benfica for 35million euros.Having secured Champions League football by adding the Europa League to their EFL Cup and Community Shield triumphs, attention quickly turned to reinforcements.Lindelof is now set to become Jose Mourinho’s first signing of the summer after United struck a deal with Benfica – it is understood the signing will cost around £30.75million.A statement on the Premier League club’s official website read: “Manchester United is pleased to announce that it has reached agreement with Benfica for the transfer of Victor Lindelof, subject to a medical examination, international clearance and personal terms.“A further announcement will be made once the transfer is complete.”Lindelof has been a long-standing target at United, having flourished in recent seasons with Portuguese giants Benfica.The Sweden international comes into a side that are set to release compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer, although the veteran striker will continue his rehabilitation from serious knee ligament damage with them.It is understood Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is among those United are keen on as they look to sign a new number nine.Reported target Romelu Lukaku appears close to leaving Everton for former club Chelsea, while links to Torino striker Andrea Belotti continue.Mourinho’s first summer at the Old Trafford helm saw Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba arrive.United are understood to be looking for another three or four high-quality acquisitions this summer, but their interest in Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann has cooled due to changing priorities.In terms of outgoings, captain Wayne Rooney has to decide whether to fight for his place or move on to pastures new.Real Madrid are no longer said to be in pursuit of goalkeeper David De Gea, but other players around the club are the subject of speculation and interest. 1 The Swedish international is expected to seal a £30.75million move on July 1 last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny 247 Triathlon club notesGeneralThe club postponed the club Aquathon last Friday. It has been rescheduled for Friday the third of June at 7.30 pm in Gartan. Details are on the web page and facebook page. The race was postponed due to the death of David Wasson father of club co- founder Adrian. The club extends its’ condolences to Adrian and all the Wasson Family.RacesThere were two races to report on. The half iron man in Galway and the European championships in Lisbon. Clara Quigley represented her club and country in Portugal In the European championships where she performed very well finishing in the top twenty in her category. Aidan Callaghan again had no luck in the Half iron man in Lough Cultra with the swim being cancelled due to fog. He still performed well finishing third with Gavin Crawford twelfth and Sean Mcfadden in his first triathlon of the year finishing sixty second.Locally there were a few personal bests in the Buncranna five k with Paul Dillon and Natasha Kelly racing well. TrainingTraining continues as followsMonday: Gartan – Open Water Swim 6.30 pmTuesday: Aura track – Track session 7.50 pmWednesday : Aura Pool – Swim session 8.00 pm Thursday : Foxhall TT or Brick 6.30pmResultsEuropean Championship Lisbon19 th Clara Quigley 1.19.16 Lough Cultra Half Iron man3 rd Aidan Callaghan 3.53.40 1 st in category12 th Gavin Crawford 4.09.32 3 rd in category62nd Sean McFadden 4.29.42LETTERKENNY 247 TRIATHLON NOTES: CALLAGHAN FINISHES 3RD IN HALF IRON-MAN was last modified: May 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:half iron manlast_img read more

GAA News: Cloughaneely won by landslide last Saturday

first_imgSeniors/ReservesOur Seniors and reserves had great victories over St. Naul’s on Saturday evening at home. The reserves won easily on a 6-11 | 0-4 score-line. Our senior game was a much closer affair, but our boys came out worthy winners with a final score of 2-13|2-5.Our focus turns back to championship this weekend with Cloughaneely lining out on Saturday evening away to Naomh Colmcille! Please keep an eye out on the club facebook/twitter pages for confirmed times!  Club LottoNumbers drawn on Wednesday, 17th August, were 6, 8, 10, 16, 19, 20! We had no match 6 winners so jackpot rises to €3,300! We had 3 match 5 winners who win €35 each: congratulations to Sheila Murray (Dublin 15), Willie Graham (Upper Keeldrum), William Stewart (Dunfanaghy)! Draw takes place each Wednesday night at the bingo in Óstan Loch Áltan. Tickets on sale in various outlets throughout the parish and in Óstan Loch Áltan prior to the bingo! July 100 Club Winners€500 John Joe Curran€100 each to Fiona Coyle, Maire McGee, McClafferty Girls, Sally Duggan and Tom Feeny! Congratulations to all!  CongratulationsCongratulations to Banna Ceoil CloichCheann Fhaola on winning yet another All-Ireland title at the Fleadh Cheoil last weekend. Great Achievement – well done to all involved! Congratulations also to Conor Gallagher who won first place U-15 singing at Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉireann! County MinorsCommiserations to our county Minors as their all-Ireland campaign came to an end last weekend against Galway. The parish of Cloich Cheann Fhaola is particularly proud of our own Jason McGee and Michael Mulhern who were a great representation for their club and county throughout the year. The future of county football remains bright! SympathiesOn behalf of all at the club we would like to extend our sympathies to James Mulhern (one of our club sponsors) on the passing of his father recently. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam.GAA News: Cloughaneely won by landslide last Saturday was last modified: August 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:CloughaneelyGAANoteslast_img read more


first_imgRED-tape bureaucrats have axed funds to a scheme aimed at promoting Donegal’s rich food resources.The Food Coast programme took place last year – but plans for the same promotion in 2011 have been scrapped.The scheme was funded by the LEADER programme….‘Liason Entre Actions pour le Development d’lEconomie Rurale’ is a Rural Development Programme part-funded by the European Union. The County Enterprise Board had been cheerleading the campaign and had initially been given the green light.Said a source: “The Department has put a stay on all projects that had anything to do with food. The LEADER companies have been advised that this is due to some issue that the Dept. is seeking to resolve with the EU but in the interim they cannot consider any project related to food.“We have been advised in recent days that no significant progress has been made to resolve this issue. Unfortunately this means that it is unlikely that we will be able to implement the Food Coast Events for which we were seeking funding from LEADER in 2011.”Richard Corrigan, celebrity chef and restaurateur, officially launched the new food initiative, The Food Coast – Donegal Good Food Initiative, in the Silver Tassie Hotel last year. REVEALED: DONEGAL LOSES FOOD COAST INITIATIVE AFTER FUNDING AXED was last modified: June 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Donegal County Enterprise Boardfood coastinitiative axedLEADER programmelast_img read more

Men’s Tennis Set To Play At San Diego Spring Break Tournament

first_imgThe teams participating in the competition are No. 25 Oregon, Iowa, Harvard, Drake, No. 30 Tulane, Arizona and the two host schools, San Diego and San Diego State. Drake enters this weekend with a 9-7 record and is coming off a pair of wins over Michigan State and Western Michigan. The Bulldogs are led by sophomore Vinny Gillespie, who is ranked 48th in singles, has an impressive 11-2 singles record. Drake will play either No. 30 Tulane or Arizona on Friday.  Print Friendly Version The Toreros (6-4) are coming off a loss against No. 42 Washington. Filip Vittek has paced USD this season with a 12-5 singles record and is ranked 55th. Fifth-year head coach Davidson Kozlowski is two wins away from his 100th career victory. He has guided the Bulldogs to a 98-35 record over the last five season and has led Drake to its only two NCAA Tournament wins in 2013 and 2015.center_img The Bulldogs and the Toreros last met in the finals of the 2015 tournament as USD came out on top, 4-2. Previously, Drake won the tournament in 2014 and fell to Harvard in the finals in 2013. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team is set to compete at the San Diego Spring Break Tournament for the fourth time in the last five seasons on Thursday through Saturday. The Bulldogs will open the three-day event with a first-round match-up against San Diego.last_img read more