Salah shines as clinical Liverpool see off Porto

first_imgPORTO (Reuters) – A resurgent Mohamed Salah scored one and set up another to inspire a clinical Liverpool to a 4-1 win at Porto in their Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday that teed up a last-four clash with Barcelona.The Reds, who eased through 6-1 on aggregate, held off Porto in the early stages before Salah and Sadio Mane combined for the Senegalese to put them ahead with their first shot on target following a VAR review.Egypt striker Salah doubled the tally after the break and goals from Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk wrapped it up late on. Porto had briefly reduced the arrears through Eder Militao, but having lost the first leg 2-0 at Anfield, they never seemed in a position to overturn the deficit.Barcelona advanced on Tuesday when they won 3-0 in their second-leg against Manchester United, completing a 4-0 aggregate victory.Five-times European champions Liverpool, who had produced a scintillating display to beat Porto 5-0 in the last-16 at the Dragao stadium last season, had a totally different approach this time. They soaked up the pressure as Porto made an adventurous start, with Jesus Corona curling a powerful shot just over the bar in the opening minute.Juergen Klopp’s side looked temporarily toothless, but they were just waiting for their moment — which came in the 26th minute. Mane latched onto a cross from Salah to beat Iker Casillas from close range but he was initially flagged offside, only for referee Danny Makkelie to check the VAR.After a two-minute review, the goal was eventually given.Facing the huge task of scoring four goals to qualify, Porto looked stunned, despite having attempted 15 shots before the interval.Salah, who endured a goal drought in March, confirmed he was getting close to his best again when he coolly slotted the ball past Casillas after collecting a perfect diagonal through ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 65th minute. It was Salah’s first Champions League goal since December, and his first away from Anfield in the competition in 12 months.Militao soothed the home fans’ suffering a little, beating Roberto Firmino in the air to head home in the 69th minute.Brazilian Firmino, who had started on the bench as Klopp handed a rare start to Divock Origi, made it 3-1 with a downward header with 13 minutes left and Van Dijk headed home a fourth from a corner eight minutes later. Tottenham Hotspur will face Ajax Amsterdam in the other semi-final tie.last_img read more

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Woman wins 3.8 million jackpot at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

first_imgA Fort Lauderdale woman celebrating her 60th birthday is now a millionaire after hitting the jackpot on a $1 slot machine at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.The woman was inducted into a new tax bracket on Thursday after wagering a $5 bet on the slot machine:“I am in absolute shock,” the woman told our news partners at WPTV. ” You like to dream big but that’s really big. That’s not even in the really big. That’s not even in the ballpark of what you think you can win. That’s a lottery. It still feels like a dream.”The winner who asked to remain anonymous says she plans to spend her winnings modestly:“We’re talking about hurricane windows,” she said. ” We talked about resurfacing the pool or maybe getting a nicer condo after retirement.”The 3.8 million win is the largest payout at any Seminole Tribe of Florida gaming property.last_img read more

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U14 Selects enjoy taste of Kootenay South Gold

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe roundball season is in full swing and so is the Nelson U14 Selects.The Reps blasted Kootenay South 6-0 en route to the gold medal in the U14 Boys Division at the KSYSA 16th Annual Boys Tournament Sunday at Mozzochi Park in Fruitvale.Micah May scored three times and James Miller added a pair to lead the Reps to the convincing victory.Dunavan Morris-Jansen scored the final tally for Nelson.“In the close games we maintained most of the possession but we just couldn’t finish and even when we were down our boys just kept at it,” said Nelson coach Dan Szabo.“Their perseverance paid off, they didn’t quit. Once they found the net you could just see the confidence build.”The Selects opened the tournament by rallying back to edge Kootenay South 3-2. Trailing 1-0, Spencer Szabo tied the game on a penalty kick. Kootenay South restored the lead before May pulled the team even again. Nicholas Wethal notched the game winner with just minutes to play.In the afternoon game, the Reps blasted Creston 9-0. James Miller scored three times for Nelson with the remaining goals going to May, Szabo, Keaton Roch and Sam Woodward.Sunday, Nelson advanced to the final by edging Kootenay East Rovers of Cranbrook 3-1. Once again the Selects needed to comeback after being down 1-0.But goals from Morris-Jansen and Tucker Anderson, followed up by an insurance marker by Dylan Bennett, allowed the Selects to pull out the victory.“This was a very important weekend for (the players),” Szabo explained. “The boys have grown and are now, truly, a ‘team’. I couldn’t be happier for them.”Despite scoring more than 20 goals, Szabo was impressed by the strong play of the defensive line.“Much of the credit goes to our fullbacks,” he said. “Johnny Johnson, Theo Bakas and Nick Wethal were a force back there and (goalkeeper) Harrison Giles made some terrific saves.“That guy is a walking Tide commercial.”The Reps have a week off before traveling to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for a rep tournament during the May long weekend.  [email protected]last_img read more

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Electric Grapevine: Get the puck out

first_imgAs the dust settles and bandwagoners watch the National Hockey League (NHL) training to see which team provides the best chance of redemption next year, I can look back at the season and see what is left.  Well, a few less cop cars and windows for certain, but the real fans are still standing. It’s well chronicled that I’m not a hockey fan but I am a National Basketball Association (NBA) fan so I can relate to the ups and downs faced by Canucks fans. Where the difference is though, is where bandwagoners come in to play.  I appreciate die hard fans of anything, as my neurotic side is evident in all my passions. Bandwagoners, however, are the lowest form of “fan” on the planet. These people make me sick. My theory is, if you can’t name each and every player on “your” team they aren’t yours okay? If you don’t know who they played on the home opener of that season, take off the knockoff jersey you bought at the Chinatown night market and turn the channel. And whatever you do, don’t zing around the term “we” under any circumstance. There is no “we” there are real fans and then you.  The phrase du jour in Vancouver is now: “real Fans don’t riot.” While this is true, the inversion is not necessarily. So many people keep proclaiming that the worst offenders aren’t fans. I don’t buy this. A huge number of these idiots were sporting real jerseys worth upwards of 250 bucks and were most certainly keeping an open bar tab to whet their palate during each and every dry second period of the Stanley Cup finals. Don’t try to tell me that a sport predicated on smashing people into glass and ice, funded by the beer industry isn’t going to promote the same behaviour off the ice. BS.  “The rioters were well organized anarchists.” Oh get the h…e..double hockey stick out of here. I’m so sick of this weak veil of misdirection that I engage anyone I hear spout this garbage.  Did any part of that riot look to be well thought out by planning geniuses? Do you think they’re having their well-organized annual general meeting right now in anticipation of a White Caps flameout? Are they readying their riot gear in case of a meltdown by the local lacrosse team?  No, they aren’t because they’re hockey fans. Face it. They aren’t the only ones who behave like this. Don’t get me wrong, European football fans (that means soccer for all you pucks) are some of the most violent fans on earth.  They typically target opposing players or refs mind you. They also burn down opponents’ neighbourhoods, not their own. What they don’t do is attach themselves to a team during the conference finals. They bleed their team colours and typically do for most of a lifetime with every loss and relegation more painful than the last.  My allegiance to my beloved Chicago Bulls left me disappointed this season but I didn’t don a Miami Heat jersey as the finals began. I simply rooted against them as I hate all they stand for. The Heat is the bandwagoners of the player world. This team of tin men turned their back on cities that cherished them, made them and paid them in order to seek glory in the easiest manner possible. It seemed like they had succeeded too until a team of relatively old, washed up players took them out in the finals in a gutsy performance. A heartwarming story of redemption and overcoming obstacles for sure, but not enough to make me jump ship.  Sure it was weird to not have a team I like in the finals but I stayed true to the team I’ve watched since I was nine. And when my team lost I simply ranted on Facebook without feeling the need to smash windows or burn cop cars. And I’m a fan of a sport that’s supposed to consist of thugs raised by thugs, so why couldn’t hockey fans keep their cool?   I realize I’m probing a sensitive spot with the majority of Canadians being hockey fans and the game seven loss still in our rear-view, so I’d like to point out that the bandwagoners caught most of my ire. That said, I expect hate mail from you passive aggressive lot so I’ve turned up my spam filter from “Luongo” to “Thomas” just in case.last_img read more

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Rockets blast off on Kootenay Wildcats, pound home side in weekend series

first_imgHome ice advantage could not stop the offensive surge of the Thompson-Okanagan Rockets.Thompson-Okanagan flexed its offensive muscles to dump the Kootenay Wildcats in a pair of B.C. Female Midget AAA League action Saturday and Sunday in Nelson.The Rockets opened the two-game set by blasting Kootenay 9-0 at the Civic Centre Arena.
Sunday, the Wildcats held the Rockets to a handful of goals, but could only score once in a 5-1 setback.The only bright spot on the one-sided weekend was a third period goal by Shea Weighill of Nakusp.The goal snapped a five-period goal-less streak for the Cats.The loss drops the Wildcats to 2-6 on the season. Kootenay sits fourth in the five-team league, six points behind league leading Fraser Valley Phantom.The Rockets are second at 4-1-1, one point behind the Phantom.Vancouver Fusion is third.Prince George Cougars are winless in six games.The Cats are idle until the November 12 when the team travels to Pitt Meadows to face the league leading Phantom in the first game of a two-game [email protected]last_img read more

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Tony Joseph wanted to help out of pureness of heart – PM

first_img… sees “nothing wrong” with arrangementPrime Minister and First Vice President Moses Nagamootoo on Friday announced that his son-in-law Tony Joseph sought to assist to find investors for the cash-strapped Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) out of the pureness of his heart.Nagamootoo’s son-in-law, Tony Joseph, a businessman, is currently encouraging investors to meet with Government officials to deliberate on possible plans for the local industry, in keeping with the coalition’s intentions to either privatise or diversify the sugar company.The Prime Minister told the media on Friday that indeed he had made the suggestion to his son-in-law to liaise with potential investors for GuySuCo.“He just listened to the Prime Minister in India saying bring some investors to help the crippled sugar industry and he did… I met him in Delhi (India) where there was a Rotary club meeting, I met him with the High Commissioner, he went there on his own business and I met with all the business people. He asked me to go to a dinner and everyone wants to come to Guyana… they want to even form a Guyana/New Delhi Friendship Society and I said, ‘listen Tony, get a list of all who wants to invest in Guyana, coordinate with our High Commissioner and see if you can make contact (with Ministries)’,” Nagamootoo explained.But the Prime Minister believes there is nothing amiss about such an arrangement, insisting that his son-in-law embarked upon this venture out of the pureness of his heart.“This issue is not about the Prime Minister’s son-in-law. This issue is about a businessman, a credible successful businessman who has decided that he will bring investors to Guyana wherever he can find them. He’s a Guyanese, he is a Berbician and he wants to help Guyana,” Nagamootoo told <<>> when questioned about the swirling conflict of interest and nepotism concerns on the matter.In fact, Nagamootoo expressed that the entire nation should thank his son-in-law for the interest he has demonstrated in helping the country’s ailing sugar industry.“The nation should thank him… in fact I am so proud of him,” Nagamootoo expressed.Representatives of Srinath Ispat Limited, an India-based company with extensive knowledge of the sugar industry, are expected in Guyana this week to have dialogue with Government on potential investments in GuySuCo.The Agriculture Ministry last week announced that the delegation would be led by President of Integrated Casetech Consultants PV T LTD, Rajesh Kumar Agarwal and Managing Director of Sunrise Holdings, Tony Joseph. They would visit the country’s major sugar estates before meeting with several key Government officials, including the Prime Minister.The businessman is married to Prime Minister Nagamootoo’s daughter Angela, something which Government failed to disclose when it made the announcement.Joseph currently heads a freight forwarding company, Joseph Pack-n-Ship in Muscatine, Iowa. Back in October 2015, Prime Minister Nagamootoo had participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Joseph Pack-N-Ship.Meanwhile, Government continues to entertain such interest from investors as it faces major decisions on the future of the local sugar industry.To this end, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with Trinidadian company D Rampersad and Company Limited (DRCL) for the undertaking of a feasibility study. The agreement will see the company likely to rake in major benefits from the Guyana Government, including favourable tax incentives for the development of an integrated sugarcane processing facility at the Skeldon Sugar Estate.The Skeldon Sugar Factory, which is located on the estate, alone is worth US$200 million, so the total value of the Estate would amount to billions.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo believes that Government’s talks about wanting consultations with stakeholders are perfunctory.According to the former President, Government seems to already have preconceived ideas about the future of the sugar industry and the consultations they are requesting are just smokescreens.This, he said, is evident when the Government requested a meeting with the Opposition Leader and the workers unions only after it entered into a MoU with the Trinidadian firm.last_img read more

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Area freeway funds take exit

first_imgLast Friday’s show of force by state and local legislators on a bridge overlooking a crowded 10 Freeway interchange had no apparent effect on the California Transportation Commission. A revised list of recommendations by CTC staffers released Monday nearly doubled the amount of money available for freeway funding from a recently approved transportation bond measure. Despite the extra money, San Gabriel Valley cities not only failed to get funding for one long-awaited project, they also lost funding for another project that had already been approved. “The bottom line is, the San Gabriel Valley got totally screwed,” said state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles. “What did we do to lose every single dollar?” The updated list again leaves out $70.5 million in upgrades to the long-congested San Gabriel River (605) and San Bernardino (10) freeway junction. Commission staffers also cut $97.3 million for a first-phase car-pool lane extension on the 10 between Puente and Citrus avenues. The latter funding had been included in an initial list of projects recommended for approval. At the same time, CTC staff added a $730 million car-pool project on the San Diego (405) Freeway that was initially left off the list. Local lawmakers have long claimed that San Gabriel Valley projects are regularly scuttled in favor of those in the politically powerful Westside. At Friday’s freeway press conference, Romero accused the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of lobbying more strongly for the 405 project, at the expense of the 605/10 interchange. On Monday, Romero pointed to the latest CTC recommendations as proof that the eastern portion of the county is being shortchanged. She added that if further lobbying efforts fail, San Gabriel Valley cities may have to reconsider how well they are represented on the MTA. “This is the Los Angeles County MTA, and I would reiterate the word county,” Romero said. “There are 10 million residents in L.A. County, and 4 million in the city of L.A. That leaves 6 million who should be questioning how this money was recommended.” Baldwin Park Councilman David Olivas echoed Romero’s concerns. “It is clear that the lobbying effort for that part of Los Angeles County overwhelmed the voice of the San Gabriel Valley, and that is not acceptable,” Olivas said. Local politicians have pointed out that L.A. County initially received 12 percent of the initial $2.8 billion available for freeway improvements statewide. Yet the county accounts for more than 28 percent of California’s population. The new CTC recommendations increased the amount of funding available this year for freeway improvements statewide to $4.5 billion from $2.8 billion. The money comes from $20 billion in transportation bonds approved by voters through Proposition 1B in the November election. And while projects in San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties got additional funds, the lion’s share of the increases in L.A. County went to the Westside’s 405 project. “There appears to not have been an effort to distribute the funds more evenly throughout the area, and that is certainly a concern,” said Duarte Councilman John Fasana, a member of the MTA Board of Directors. “It is bad news for the San Gabriel Valley.” Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano said he has contacted Romero’s office, as well as the office of Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, and L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina to help lobby for reinstating at least some of the funding taken away by the CTC. He said he will be part of a delegation that will head to the CTC hearing Wednesday in Irvine, where a final decision on the funding will be made. “We have been totally disenfranchised,” said Lozano, pointing out that in addition to the 405 project, Orange County also received $387 million for car-pool lane upgrades. “We are tired of having to hear every morning about Sigalerts in Baldwin Park. The fight is not over.” Lozano added that if local politicians cannot persuade the CTC to change course, they will lobby the MTA directly to fund the 605/10 interchange upgrade with whatever state money the agency gets. Federal officials also expressed disappointment at the CTC recommendations. Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, who co-authored a bipartisan letter from the state congressional delegation to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking for additional funding for L.A. County, said she felt the CTC had undermined the San Gabriel Valley. “This is not just about Baldwin Park but about all the communities that traverse this area,” said Solis. She added that she would work through the congressional appropriations process to get more money for San Gabriel Valley transportation improvements. “I agree the 405 needs to be funded,” Solis said, “but not at our expense.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 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

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Wenger plans to attack stuttering Chelsea

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his team will show plenty of attacking intent in Sunday’s derby at Chelsea.The Blues’ stuttering home form continued on Wednesday evening when they drew 2-2 with Southampton after being two up.That slip-up followed recent wins at Stamford Bridge for Swansea and bottom-of-the-table QPR.Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has argued that his team’s problems at home have been caused by opposing sides defending in numbers.But Wenger has hinted that will not be the case against the Gunners, who won 5-3 at the Bridge last season.He said: “I saw the final part of the Southampton game and Southampton had a go. They played well.“We will not change our style too much. We will try to attack and try to create chances.”However, the Frenchman is wary of the added attacking threat posed by Chelsea following the signing of Demba Ba, who has already netted three times since moving to west London from Newcastle.“He scored 13 goals before he went to Chelsea, so you are not surprised that he can score goals,” said Wenger.“At Chelsea he has even more chances, so you’d think he will be even more prolific. He’s a very efficient centre-forward.”See also:Chelsea left stunned by Saints comebackFrustrated Benitez demands an improvement against ArsenalUnder-fire Benitez blames poor defending and missed 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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SA stunned by Oscar Pistorius news

first_img14 February 2013 South Africans woke up on Thursday morning to the news that Paralympic and Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius has been remanded in police custody for the shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp, 30, in his home in Pretoria in the early hours of the morning. Media reports allege that Pistorius accidentally shot Steenkamp, his model girlfriend, and there is speculation that he mistook her for an intruder. “Paramedics declared the woman dead on the scene and police proceeded with their investigation,” said South African Police Service spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale. “The woman sustained wounds to her head and upper body.” Police confirmed that a 9mm pistol was recovered from the scene and that a 26- year-old male was taken into custody. “I can confirm that a 26-year-old suspect will be appearing in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court this afternoon,” Mogale said. Police declined to confirm the identity of the man in custody but confirmed that a woman was fatally wounded in a shooting at Pistorius’s house. Pistorius, 26, was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics. He is known as the Blade Runner because of the ground-breaking prosthetics he uses for racing. He made history at the London 2012 Olympics when he became the first amputee sprinter to compete in the able-bodied Games, running in the 400m and 4x400m relay. The Johannesburg-born athlete, who was born without fibulas in his legs and had the limbs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, had to win a legal battle over his blades with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in 2008 for the right to compete in able-bodied competition. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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This House is Assembled With a Screw Gun

first_imgA French design studio has come up with a prototype for a house made from blocks of expanded polystyrene foam insulation, lengths of laminated veneer lumber and not much else.The Pop-Up House from MultiPod Studio in Marseille is a 1,615-sq. ft. building assembled on site in just four days with nothing more than a screw gun and long screws, according to a blog by Matt Hickman at Mother Nature Network.The house is designed to meet the Passivhaus standard for energy consumption and air tightness, although TreeHugger’s Lloyd Alter wonders whether it would qualify for certification. Basic shell on the cheapAs the time-lapse video at MultiPod’s web site shows, construction amounts to assembling the precut blocks of foot-thick foam and lengths of LVLs with long screws. Given the low weight of the foam, and the modest size of the LVLs, there’s not much heavy lifting involved, either.Components are assembled on what look like I-joists rather than a conventional foundation or slab. When complete, the structure consists of two rectangular wings connected by a glass-faced room that would be a living/kitchen area.MultiPod advertises the cost of the building at $200 euros per square meter, or roughly $26 per square foot, but you’re buying only a shell. While that price includes labor for assembly, it doesn’t cover interior finishes, exterior wall sheathing, siding, roof sheathing, roofing, electrical work, plumbing, or any HVAC equipment.If you don’t like the idea of using all that foam, other insulating materials could replace it, MultPpod says, including rock wood panels, cellulose, or cork. A variety of roofing options are possible.You can’t buy the house, at least not yet. MultiPod says it created two prototypes (an office as well as the house) and is looking for manufacturers to develop and market the idea. Still a lot of questionsDevelopers say the Pop-Up House concept will meet the Passivhaus test for airtightness, which means air leakage of less than 0.6 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 pascals. The company, however, said by email on March 24 that no blower door tests have been conducted on the prototypes.Prospective owner/builders might wonder about how the roof and exterior walls are sealed to the weather. Here, MultiPod suggests a variety of options, including an EPDM membrane for a flat roof, and conventional roofing over purlins in cases where the building includes a pitched roof. For exterior walls, the company says, options include fiber cement panels, metal, or even the exterior insulating finishing system (EIFS).There’s also the issue of meeting U.S. fire codes, which prohibit exposed foam on the interior of a building. At least that one would be fairly simple to solve by attaching a fire-rated material, such as 1/2-in. gypsum drywall, to furring strips.For now, the Pop-Up House is in development. Whether it ever gets to market here remains to be seen.last_img read more

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