Carvajal, Banega and Unai López among the sanctioned of the 20th day

first_imgThe Competition Committee has published the agreements reached after studying the minutes of the 20th day of LaLiga. The agency has reported the following suspensions:A match for accumulation of reprimands to:Unai López (Athletic)Rubén Pérez (Leganés)Ximo Navarro (Alavés)Carlos Fernández (Granada)Emerson (Betis)Carvajal (Real Madrid)Banega (Seville) A match for double warning to:Germán Sánchez (Granada)Javi López (Espanyol)Parejo (Valencia)Two matches for protests to the referee:Daniel Jesús Pastor Bejarano (physical trainer of Mallorca).last_img read more

Liverpool seek to regain title momentum as Man City visit

first_imgHowever, Liverpool’s perfect run of seven straight wins to begin the campaign in all competitions has come unstuck in the past week.Defeat by Chelsea with a much-changed side in the League Cup was followed by a well-earned point against the same opponents at Stamford Bridge thanks to Daniel Sturridge’s brilliant late equaliser.Yet, more worrying for Jurgen Klopp was an uncharacteristically lacklustre display in losing 1-0 to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.“This was a reality check on how things must not go,” warned midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.Liverpool were outplayed for large spells in Italy and looked to be feeling the physical toll of a brutal run of fixtures that also included a trip to Tottenham and a thrilling 3-2 Champions League win over French champions Paris Saint-Germain in a four-week spell.“You have seen it has been absolutely intense since the last international break with the games we’ve had — Chelsea twice — coming to Napoli, playing PSG and now we have the game on Sunday against Man City,” said Klopp. “We cannot change that, so we have to make sure we are ready.”– Salah slump –Mohamed Salah scored three times against Manchester City last season, but has struggled to match that form so far this season © AFP / Anthony DevlinCity’s visit, therefore, doesn’t come at the best time as Liverpool seek to show they are capable of knocking Pep Guardiola’s record breakers off their perch.Liverpool had the edge on City when they went head-to-head last season, winning three of their four meetings.City’s hopes of an unbeaten season went up in smoke in a 10-minute period at Anfield in January as Liverpool struck three times en route to winning 4-3.And they also prolonged Guardiola’s quest to land City’s first-ever Champions League title with a 5-1 aggregate thrashing in the quarter-finals.However, the task for Klopp is to marry that ability to rise to the big occasion with City’s consistency that racked up 100 Premier League points last season.Liverpool certainly now have the squad for the long haul. So often outgunned by Abu-Dhabi backed City in the transfer market in recent years, it was the Reds who were the biggest spenders this summer.Of the new recruits, though, only goalkeeper Alisson Becker has made a big impact as Klopp has prefered to stand by those who got Liverpool to the Champions League final last season.That run owed much to the firepower of Mohamed Salah’s 44 goals. However, the Egyptian has so far struggled to match those heights in his second season at Anfield.Salah was subbed off on his return to Stamford Bridge last weekend and largely anonymous in Naples as Liverpool failed to muster a single shot on target.“I don’t remember when that happened last,” admitted Klopp, who remains convinced Salah’s slump will be temporary.“It’s like riding a bike. It’s not like you wake up in the morning and you cannot finish any more.”Liverpool need Salah back in the saddle come Sunday if they are to stop City puncturing their super start by striking first blood in the title race.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool are looking to repeat their strong form over Manchester City last season © AFP / PAUL ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 5 – Liverpool welcome Manchester City to fortress Anfield on Sunday hoping to lay down a marker against the Premier League champions and regain momentum for a tilt at a first title in 29 years.Both sides can only be separated by City’s superior goal difference at the top of the table having dropped just two points each in unbeaten starts to the league season after seven games.last_img read more

Conte concedes ‘unstoppable’ City too good for Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000Bernardo Silva’s second goal in as many matches moved Man City another step closer to the title © AFP / Anthony DevlinMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 4 – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte conceded his side were powerless against an “unstoppable” Manchester City who opened up an 18-point Premier League lead with a 1-0 home win on Sunday.Bernardo Silva scored the only goal of the match 35 seconds into the second half at the Etihad Stadium when he prodded home at the back post from David Silva’s low cross. Chelsea’s fourth defeat in five league games left Antonio Conte’s reigning English title-holders five points adrift of the top four.And the Italian’s negative approach came under scrutiny after the visitors failed to register a shot on target after he again opted to start without a recognised centre-forward by leaving Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud on the bench.“Today they showed the difference between them and us in this moment,” said Conte.“Twenty-five points is a big gap and I think that we can have a regret for the other games but not for this one.“The effort of the players was an important effort. When you play against Manchester City, this type of team, they are showing fantastic quality but also fantastic mentality.“When you match quality with mentality, you become unstoppable.”City now need a maximum of four wins from their last nine league games to seal the title and even manager Pep Guardiola admitted he is surprised by the extent of City’s dominance.“No way. Who could believe it?” Guardiola said of his side amassing 78 points from 29 games. “I think if you ask the players, the players neither.”Guardiola celebrated wildly at the full-time whistle as he senses his first Premier League title is now a matter of weeks away.And he hailed his players’ relentlessness not to let up despite their mammoth lead.“I think we made an amazing performance because (it) is against Chelsea, the last champion.“We were aggressive, we had desire, we had commitment to show we want to do it again and again, and that’s why we won.”– Sane stands out –Just as in a 3-0 win at Arsenal on Thursday, Leroy Sane was the inspiration for much of City’s best attacking play.Sane created the hosts’ first big chance 21 minutes in when he slalomed past three Chelsea defenders before feeding Bernardo Silva, whose shot dipped just too late and dropped onto the roof of the net.The German thought he had opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark when he caught Kevin De Bruyne’s cross flush, but Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta bailed out his side with an excellent goal-line clearance.So anonymous were Chelsea as an attacking threat that their own fans sarcastically cheered when a rare foray forward earned a corner just before the break.However, Conte’s contain and counter-attack game plan was undone within a minute of the second period when Sergio Aguero’s reverse pass picked out David Silva and his namesake Bernardo knocked the ball into the ground and over the helpless Thibaut Courtois for his seventh goal of the season.Thereafter, City were quite content to keep possession as Chelsea still refused to abandon their cautious approach.Conte eventually introduced Giroud with 12 minutes remaining, whilst Chelsea’s club-record signing Morata had to wait until the final minute to get on.But even then it was top scorer Eden Hazard who was sacrificed and the Belgian cut a frustrated figure as he trudged off in the pouring rain.The visitors could, though, have snatched an unlikely point in stoppage time only for Marcos Alonso’s mishit strike from the edge of the box to dribble wide.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Shooting outside Birmingham High

first_imgIn July, a 20-year-old man was shot in the head outside Millies after a parking-lot argument escalated into a shooting. He survived. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKE BALBOA – One man was shot as he sat at a restaurant near Birmingham High School as students walked home from school, police said. The 23-year-old man was shot in the leg and elbow by two Latino males who approached him as he sat at a Jack In The Box Restaurant on Vanowen Street, just east of Balboa Boulevard, said LAPD Sgt. Teresa Wilson. Details are sketchy in the 3:25 p.m. attack and police initially received a call that some males “shot at students as they were walking by (nearby Millies) restaurant,” said LAPD Sgt. Teresa Wilson. Police described the suspects in the shooting as two Latino males. No other details were available. last_img read more

Kante is the eighth Premier League player to win this double – name the others

first_img 8 4. Kolo Toure won the Premier League with Arsenal (2004) and Man City (2012) 7. Robert Huth won the Premier League with Chelsea (2005, 2006) and Leicester (2016) 8 8 3. Henning Berg (above, left) won the Premier League with Blackburn (1995) and Man United (1999, 2000) 2. Carlos Tevez won the Premier League with Man United (2008, 2009) and Man City (2012) 6. Gael Clichy won the Premier League with Arsenal (2004) and Man City (2012, 2014) 8. N’Golo Kante won the Premier League with Leicester (2016) and has followed up his success by sealing the title with Chelsea (2017) 8 Chelsea sealed the Premier League title on Friday night with a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.It’s a top flight triumph that has seen midfielder N’Golo Kante join an exclusive list of players to win successive titles with different clubs, after his success with last season’s champions Leicester City.Only a handful of footballers have won the Premier League with two different clubs, but can you name them?talkSPORT has started you off with an easy one in Ashley Cole. 5. Nicolas Anelka won the Premier League with Arsenal (1998) and Chelsea (2010) 8 8 1. Ashley Cole won the Premier League with Arsenal (2002, 2004) and Chelsea (2010) 8 8last_img read more

32 in U.S. named Rhodes Scholars

first_imgBOSTON – A student who was shot four times while promoting democracy in Iraq and a senior who is writing her thesis on vampires and blood contagion in 19th century literature were among 32 Americans selected Sunday as Rhodes Scholars for 2006. The scholars, chosen from 903 applicants, will enter Oxford University in England next October. The scholarships fund two or three years of study. About 85 scholars from at least 14 nations are selected each year. One winner was Scott R. Erwin, a 2005 graduate of the University of Richmond in Virginia, who founded Ambassadors of Democracy, a civic-education initiative at Mustanseriya University in Baghdad. He underwent eight hours of surgery in June 2004 after an ambush on the car in which he was riding. Two of his Iraqi friends, both teachers, were killed in the attack. An investigation found that insurgents targeted his car in an attempt to stop civic-education classes, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I’m proud to say the attacks did not stop the program from continuing,” said Erwin, a 23-year-old native of Weatherby Lake, Mo. “Iraqi students continue to promote democratic ideals to their peers.” Erwin received the Medal for the Defense of Freedom, the civilian equivalent of the Purple Heart. He was wounded in both arms and in his abdomen but has recovered. He plans to study international relations at Oxford. Others selected include Alexander K. Dewar, a Wheaton College senior in Massachusetts who built a preschool for children of Ugandan farmers, and Rahul Satija, a senior at Duke University in Durham, N.C., who studies the smallpox virus while also teaching violin to inner-city children. The U.S. Naval Academy had the most students selected: four – the largest number in one year in the academy’s history, said a spokesman, Cmdr. Rod Gibbons. Duke, Yale University and the University of Chicago each had three winners. The Rhodes Scholarship program – initially just for men – was created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist and diamond magnate Cecil Rhodes. Applications were also accepted from women starting in 1976. Winners are selected for attributes including high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Vipers defender Musa Malunda joins Bul FC

first_imgMusa Malunda was voted the best defender in 2015 (file photo)BUL FC have completed the signing of Musa Malunda from reigning Azam Uganda Premier league champions Vipers SC.He is believed to have put pen to paper on a 1 year contract and becomes the Jinja based side’s first signing.The center back has struggled get playing time at Vipers SC due to stiff competition from Geoffrey Wasswa, Bashir Asiku and Halid Lwaliwa. And now that Ibrahim Kiyemba has joined the Venoms this off season, it is more realistic as to why Malunda has opted out.Malunda joined Vipers SC from CRO and won the 2014/15 AUPL title with the Kitende based side. In the same season he was named the best defender in the league.He joins a BUL side that had their head coach Kefa Kisala resign and 7 of their players for last season have been show the exit door.Players like Yusuf Mukisa, Patrick Crespo Asiku, Charles Tibingana, Mike Ndera, Godfrey Atieke and Shaka Ssozi who were released last month.Aziz Kemba had his loan spell from Vipers SC expire while Fred Agandu joined Onduparaka FC on a 2 year deal.BUL FC finished 6th on the 16 team Uganda premier league log with 39 points garnered from 30 league outings.Comments Tags: Bul FCMusa Malundavipers sclast_img read more

Saganism Lives On in Futility

first_img(Visited 523 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Carl Sagan’s daughter picks up where her dad left off, adding an unexpected twist for creatures on a pale blue reviewed Sasha Sagan’s new book, For Small Creatures Such As We. Basically, Carl Sagan’s daughter thinks that since humans evolved to be ritualistic, we should come up with some secular rituals that atheists can enjoy during their brief, meaningless lives on a speck orbiting a speck in a speckless universe. Reviewer Chelsea Gohd sums it up in her subtitle: “People are born and people die. We’ve all got to get through it one way or another.”“For Small Creatures Such as We” (G.P Putnam’s Sons, 2019), Sagan’s new book pays homage to her late father, the astronomer and science communicator Carl Sagan (whose famous quote from “Contact” inspired the title of the book), and her mother, “Cosmos” co-writer Ann Druyan, while finding traditions and inspiration in the natural world.After becoming a mother, Sagan, who is nonreligious but who has a Jewish background and a husband with a Christian background, realized the importance of having rituals with her own family. But, being secular, she didn’t want to draw on religion to inform their family traditions. Instead, as she explores in the book, Sagan looks to the beauty and “magic” of nature, on our planet and out in the cosmos, to inspire ritual and togetherness in her home.Sasha Sagan advises setting up “secular traditions” that might kindle “wonderment” for families. Perhaps the evolved humans, lost in space, going nowhere, could gain meaning through feelings of “awe” at the vastness of space, and also at human accomplishments, like the success of the solar sail mission. She hopes people might find inspiration in her father and mother’s famous works and memoirs. But can atheists really conjure up awe out of materialism?A separate post on offers an excerpt from Sasha Sagan’s book. This quote picks up after her correct argument that wishing something to be true does not make it true.So if a person is interested in testing their preconceptions, in discovering how things really are and why, how does one go about that? My parents taught me that the scientific method is designed for precisely this job. My father was a scientist. He was the astronomer and educator Carl Sagan. Science wasn’t just his occupation, it was the source of his worldview, his philosophy, his guiding principles. He and my mom, writer and producer Ann Druyan, taught me that belief requires evidence. They taught me that science wasn’t just a set of facts to be compared and contrasted with other philosophies but a way of testing ideas to see which ones stand up to scrutiny. They taught me that what scientists think today might be disproven tomorrow, and that’s wonderful, because that’s the pathway to a better, deeper understanding.If atheism were disproven tomorrow to her satisfaction, would she find that wonderful? Would she accept theism as the pathway to a better, deeper understanding? Would she be willing to apply the scientific method to secular rituals? Perhaps she could seek evidence that the Stuff Happens Law generates feelings of awe and wonderment. “People are born and people die.” Wow! Oh, what a feeling!The Apostle Paul preached that without Christ’s resurrection—which brings hope that we can be raised like Him—life would be meaningless. “If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (I Corinthians 15:32). It also means that the worst tyrants and dictators got away with their crimes. It means that our conjured-up attempts at pleasure or wonderment are futile. Our innate sense of justice in the conscience is appalled at that conclusion. Why even try to do right, if that is our fate?Illustra Media illustrated Sagan’s worldview in his own words in this short film, David and the Pale Blue Dot, posted on, one of the episodes in their full-length DVD The Call of the Cosmos:The only way that awe can be genuine is if a God of wonders created this universe, the Earth and life for a good purpose. Sagan was a die-hard Darwinist. “Evolution is a fact!” he declared in Cosmos, after sharing an example of artificial selection. “It really happened!” Yes, “stuff happens.” There is a lot of evidence for that. But understanding does not happen by chance. Understanding takes a mind. So does the Scientific Method. The very things that Sagan relied on for his worldview are inaccessible from the Stuff Happens Law he espoused. By trying to see through everything with science, he saw nothing. C. S. Lewis explains why the Scientific Method cannot be applied to everything:Up to that point, the kind of explanation which explains things away may give us something, though at a heavy cost. But you cannot go on explaining away’ for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on seeing through things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. It is good that the window should be transparent, because the street or garden beyond it is opaque. How if you saw through the garden, too? It is no use trying to ‘see through’ first principles. If you see through everything, then everything is transparent. But a wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To ‘see through’ all things is the same as not to see. (The Abolition of Man, last paragraph)Contrast Sagan’s despairing view of human life to one that recognizes beauty as the work of a loving Creator God. That’s where us tiny humans in a pale blue dot can rejoice in true awe, because beauty has a purpose, to draw us to the Creator. Darwin admitted, “Beauty for its own sake… would be fatal to my theory.” Let Illustra Media show, in its short film Beauty, Darwin and Design, how we are surrounded by a superabundance of beauty that not only is fatal to Darwinism, but lifts us to genuine awe, hope and meaning. (This film can also be found on read more

South Africa’s Constitution Hill

first_imgThe multi-million rand Constitution Hill development was one of South Africa’s most ambitious public building projects following the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, and gave rise to some of the new South Africa’s most admired architecture.The Constitutional Court features powerful symbolism and an extensive art collection. (Image: Constitution Hill)Brand South Africa ReporterConstitution Hill, overlooking the city of Johannesburg, is more than just the site of South Africa’s Constitutional Court – the highest court in the country on constitutional matters.The multi-million rand Constitution Hill development was one of South Africa’s most ambitious public building projects following the country’s first democratic elections in 1994, and gave rise to some of the new South Africa’s most admired architecture.A multi-purpose, multi-faceted heritage precinct in the heart of the city, Constitution Hill was built on the 100-acre site of a century-old prison complex where the leaders of every major South African liberation group – Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi among them – were once detained.Nowhere is the story of South Africa’s turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy told as it is at Constitution Hill, witness to a century of South African history.Interactive experiencesThrough guided tours and exhibitions that have been designed as interactive experiences, visitors can learn about the injustices of South Africa’s past while observing the process by which the country’s freedom was won and is now protected.Tours take in the visitor decks of the Constitutional Court, where visitors can experience a real court case, as well as the court’s extraordinary collection of South African artworks, as well as three prison museums: Number Four, the Women’s Gaol and the Old Fort.The Old Fort, built in 1893, is one of Johannesburg’s oldest buildings and was used as a fortress by Paul Kruger during the Anglo Boer War. Nelson Mandela was the only black prisoner to be held in this “whites only” prison.A journey to the section of the Old Fort complex reserved for black men, Number Four, deepens one’s understanding of how the apartheid system made criminals of “non-whites”. Number Four was once home to prisoners such as Mahatma Ghandi, Robert Sobukwe and the students of the 1976 Soweto uprising.The grace of the Victorian-style building housing the Women’s Gaol – where the likes of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Fatima Meer and many other political activists were held – belies the pain and suffering that occurred within its walls.‘The Robben Island of Johannesburg’The complex housing these prisons was the place where more representatives of South Africa’s diverse communities were jailed for fighting for freedom than anywhere else in the country.For decades, thousands of prisoners streamed through the complex’s “delousing” chambers, were made to do the humiliating “Tauza” dance, were beaten and abused in the notorious Number Four prison for black men, were held for months in dirty, overcrowded conditions in the Awaiting Trial Block, were stripped of their underclothes and their dignity in the Women’s Gaol.The complex saw it all: from rebellious British soldiers who fought with the Boers at the turn of the century to striking mineworkers, Defiance Campaigners, Treason Trialists, and youths caught up in the Soweto Uprisings.Both the famous and the infamous were incarcerated here: war rebels, political activists, notorious gangsters and criminals. Activists were usually held as awaiting trial prisoners and then sent off to Robben Island or Pretoria to serve jail terms.Most of those imprisoned at the complex, however, were ordinary people arrested in their droves every day under the apartheid government’s Pass Laws restricting the movement of black people.Brewing beer – an illegal activity if you were black – also landed many women in jail. Still others were arrested for having sex across the colour bar or for homosexual sex.And black men lived in dread of Number Four, with its chilling Ekhulukhuthu (the deep hole) isolation cells.‘Gandhi: prisoner of conscience’Besides the regular temporary exhibitions at Constitution Hill, two permanent exhibitions focus on the lives of two of the great 20th century fighters for the rights of the oppressed, both of whom spent time within the Old Fort.The exhibition “Gandhi: prisoner of conscience” focuses on the years Mahatma Gandhi spent in Johannesburg, from 1902 until 1914, when he left South Africa at the age of 46. It was during this time that Gandhi formulated and refined his Satyagraha or passive resistance philosophy, and was transformed from a shy lawyer into an extraordinary leader of international stature.The exhibition details the experiences that shaped his development by means of photographs, quotes, artefacts and audio material. Gandhi’s transformation is symbolised in the changes in his attire – from a besuited lawyer to rough prison garb to a simple cotton tunic on his departure for India in 1914.Gandhi said of his experiences in South Africa: “Truly speaking, it was after I went to South Africa that I became what I am now. My love for South Africa and my concern for her problems are no less than for India.”Mandela is quoted on the walls of the exhibition as saying: “The spirit of Gandhi may well be a key to human survival in the 21st century.”Nelson Mandela’s prison cellHoused in the cell where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner, the other permanent exhibition documents the time that Mandela spent at Robben Island as well as at the Old Fort.Mandela spent two weeks in the Awaiting Trial Block, now demolished, in December 1956, before being transferred to Pretoria for the remainder of the lengthy Treason Trial.And in August 1962, he spent a few weeks in the Old Fort hospital. He wasn’t ill, but he was kept there because of his status, and possibly because it was believed that he could more easily escape from Number Four, where the other black male prisoners were kept.Here, in his meticulously reconstructed cell, the various pictures and objects on display include a stack of wooden boxes that form but a small sample of the 76 boxes used to hold the 70 000-plus pieces of correspondence between Mandela and the prison authorities over the 27-and-a-half years of his imprisonment.He frequently wrote letters on behalf of his fellow inmates protesting against regulations disallowing books for study or complaining about the quality of the food. One letter of complaint runs to 25 pages. Some of the letters were written in Afrikaans, the mother tongue of the prison bosses.Two videos run constantly as part of the exhibition. The first one, filmed in April 1977, some 13 years into Mandela’s life sentence on Robben Island, records an official visit in which the prison authorities invited the foreign press to visit the island.The second, from December 2003, shows Mandela arriving at the newly built Constitutional Court, built below the Old Fort, and being welcomed by the then chief justice of the court, Arthur Chaskalson.For full visitor information, as well as information about special programmes, exhibitions and venue hire, visit you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.,Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Trevor Noah wins Emmy award for The Daily Show

first_imgTrevor Noah continues his world domination since taking over as host of American comedy news show The Daily Show. In addition to his sell-out comedy tours in the US and South Africa and his bestselling memoir, Born A Crime, Noah has won his first Emmy award.Trevor Noah joined the Daily Show as host in September 2015, and has since then received critical and popular acclaim for his distinctive comedic flair and level-headed commentary to the American and global political climate. (Image: YouTube)CD AndersonNoah won the award for Best Short Form Variety Series, specifically for the popular YouTube insert The Daily Show: Between the Scenes, in which Noah provides web-exclusive commentary to political events in the US and around the world.The award was part of the Emmy Creative Arts ceremony that highlights production and technical work in television, as well as outstanding short form and new media programming.Watch one of Trevor Noah’s Between the Scenes videos below:The main ceremony, focused on the best of full-length dramatic and comedy television takes place on 17 September 2017.The Daily Show insert beat other nominees that included YouTube favourites Epic Rap Battles and Honest Trailers.News of Noah’s win provoked a wave of national pride among South African Twitter users, as well as a notable shout-out from South African opposition party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to whom Noah responded in his distinctive comedic flair, much to the amusement of South Africans.EFF congratulates @Trevornoah for winning his first Emmy for The Daily Show: continue to make us proud ??— EFF (@EFFSouthAfrica) September 11, 2017Thank you comrades. Where would my comedy career be without you! ?— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) September 11, 2017Source: News24Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more