Barca continue Champions League defence at old foes Arsenal

first_imgBARCELONA take a 32-match unbeaten run to Arsenal for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday (9.45pm) as the Catalans continue their bid to become the first team to retain the trophy in 26 years.No team has won back-to-back titles in the Champions League era, with Arrigo Sacchi’s all-conquering AC Milan side the last to claim consecutive European Cups in 1989 and 1990.Unbeaten since a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in October, Luis Enrique’s side look well-placed to repeat the feat.They come into the match at the Emirates buoyed by a 2-1 win at Las Palmas on Saturday that has kept their closest challengers in La Liga at bay, while they boast arguably Europe’s premier marksman in the 41-goal Luis Suarez.Arsenal’s copybook was blotted on Saturday as they ended a 14-match winning streak in the FA Cup with a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to second-tier Hull City.Luis Enrique said Barcelona must iron out some defensive issues that were posed by a creative Las Palmas side, who might have snatched a late equaliser.The coach will be boosted, however, by the return of defender Gerard Pique, who was rested at the weekend, and defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets from suspension.“At some moment, due to attacking, we suffered more counter-attacks than usual and the last 10 minutes were more down to our rivals’ need to equalise,” Enrique said.The onus will be on Arsenal to get a good home leg result against opponents they have only beaten once in seven Champions League meetings.To do so, they will have to shackle Uruguay striker Suarez, who opened the scoring against Las Palmas to take his La Liga tally to 25 and 41 in all competitions, while rediscovering their cutting edge.Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger used to dream about Suarez, the signing that got away, and he will be hoping the Uruguayan striker doesn’t give him nightmares on Tuesday.Wenger, who was rebuffed by then Liverpool striker Suarez in 2013, said he admired the striker’s ability to bring a team together.“I used to think ‘what if I signed Luis Suarez’ before, but not now,” Wenger was quoted as saying by British media on Monday.“He gives camaraderie to a team. He did it at Liverpool and he did it playing with Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan for Uruguay, and did it well.”The 29-year-old, who joined Barcelona in 2014, has been in imperious form this season as part of the Catalan’s formidable front three of Argentine Lionel Messi and Neymar of Brazil.“Individually, all their players are difficult to stop,” Wenger said. “We have to find a way to do it collectively. We have to keep Suarez quiet on Tuesday night.Arsenal rotated their squad for the clash with Hull, leaving out Mesut Ozil who was suffering with an illness and restricting former Barca forward Alexis Sanchez to a late cameo.German playmaker Ozil will return on Tuesday, as will Aaron Ramsey, and Arsenal will need their big guns in form as their only victory against Barcelona came in 2011 when goals from Robin van Persie and Andrei Arshavin gave them a 2-1 victory in the first leg of their last-16 tie.That victory ultimately proved futile, however, as Messi, who had scored four times to knock out Arsenal in the 2010 quarter-finals, struck twice in the second leg to secure a 4-3 aggregate win.The two sides also met in the 2006 Champions League final, with Barcelona scoring twice late in the second half to win 2-1.last_img read more

Excavator operator granted bail

first_imgA 29-year-old excavator operator of Lot 928 Herstelling Housing Scheme was on Tuesday granted bail after denying a charge of robbery under arms.Ryan Goodluck appeared before Magistrate Dylan Best at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It is alleged that on October 29, at Campbellville, armed with a gun and on motorcycle CH 528, Goodluck robbed Mondessa Cameron of a cellular phone, her purse and cash.The defendant was represented by Attorney-at-Law Darren Wade.The prosecution stated that on the day in question, around 20:00h, the defendant terrorised and robbed Cameron with a hand gun.The prosecution objected to bail, citing the nature and prevalence of the matter. However, Magistrate Best stated that he has considered the prosecution’s concerns, but would grant bail to the defendant.Goodluck was granted bail in the sum of $75,000.Magistrate Best ordered the defendant to return to court on December 19 for statements. In addition, he was ordered to report to Providence Police Station every Monday, pending the outcome of his trial.last_img read more

2012 Kenya motorsports wrap

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya January 2 – The 2012 Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) witnessed an average of 60 plus entries thus surpassing expectations of organizers and spectators alike.Given the influx of state-of-the-art contraptions into the country visavis the global economic recession, the exploits in the season were amazing. The massive entry lists on average were indeed the biggest in the entire continent but few or none of the Kenyan crews participated in the FIA African Rally Championship series which was won by Mohamed Essa from Zambia navigated by Greg Stead of Zimbabwe.In 2005 Kenya had an average of 35 entries while the Tanzanian NRC’s had just 16 in 2012.But as the 2012 Kenyan Rally Champing Carl Tundo would put it, the KNRC was much more competitive than the ARC.The KCB Safari Rally, a round of the ARC, had a total of 83 entries while the season closing Guru Nanak Rally enlisted a record 79 cars.This went down as the highest ever recorded on African soil even surpassing the Rally of South Africa. While Kenyan events dominated entries, Ugandan rallies drew the largest crowds. The spectator turnout at the Lubiri spectator stage in Kampala at this year’s Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally was amazing-with some 30 spectators in attendance.ALL LADIES CREWSThe year 2012 had perhaps the biggest turnout of all ladies teams in the history of the sport. The “Haraka Mamas” comprising Joan Nesbitt and Tamara K. Jones, “Warembo Bila Make up” of Stella Macharia and Hellen Shiri, the “Rally Queens” with Samira Khan and Chantal Young as well as “Ladies Luck” of Michelle Van Tongeren and Safina Syed Khan captivated the season. Ladies Luck romped back from a six year sabbatical to clinch the coveted “Coupe Des Dames” (for the most meritorious ladies crew) besides finishing third overall in the supplementary class of the Safari Rally.Carl Tundo and his sister Tash Di Cangio became the first ever brother-and-sister crew to win a rally on Kenyan soil and they did it here in bravado during the 2012 Guru Nanak Rally which made Tash the first ever woman navigator to win a round of the KNRC since Sylvia King trailed the blaze on the same event in 1984.Female navigators Bella Erskine and Chantal young were impressive. Bella finished second overall in Mombasa Rally, won the SPV Class in Safari and eventually the SPV championship.Eventual 2012 Kenya Champion Carl “Flash” Tundo and his Dalbit Petroleum teammate Alastair Cavenagh literally took the KNRC Division 1 category by storm winning 7 out of 8 rallies in the prestigious KNRC whose accolade is the most coveted in the motorsports calendar.On many occasions, the duo would sweep the ground with all and sundry winning the highest number of competitive stages.Legendary driver Ian Duncan claimed the Kisumu Rally scalp when Tundo and Alastair kissed the lakeside tour goodbye.But Duncan, the six times Kenyan champion and WRC Safari Rally winner in 1994 gave a good account of himself also with some stage wins to shout home about.For Cavenagh, winning his maiden Mombasa Rally accolade after 15 years of trying was a feat to remember.Tundo won 6 out of 8 rallies and didn’t just achieve his career 3rd KNRC title in bravado, but won the Safari Rally (Kenya’s round of the continental series) for the fourth time.Tundo emerged the victor of the season-opening Nyeri tour, Nakuru Rally, Safari Rally, Nanyuki Rally, Eldoret and the season closing Guru Nanak Rally.His fifth win of the season in Eldoret was what confirmed his KNRC hat trick, and by extension, a rare 3rd victory in the Western Kenya Motor Club (WKMC) -organized round. The 2012 motorsports season culminated on December 9 with Kenya losing the FIM Central Africa Motocross Challenge title to Ugandans. Kenyans dominated individual races but Ugandans claimed the “battle for Migingo” what with the numbers they fielded in two of the three races staged in Kampala.Shazar Anwar, son of three times former Kenya Rally Champion (Azar Anwar) was impressive. He, won the cross-country Rally Raid’s quad class for the fifth year running but maintained that his best is yet to come.Bush Pilot Kyle Lucas (who started racing in 2011) stunned all and sundry when he claimed the Autocross championship. Surprises in the 2012 didn’t just end there. It was an amazing feat for the 13 year old St Austins Academy student Tejas Hirani who won the buggy class of the National Cross Country Raid with his “Magi-Bug” navigated by Riyaz Ismail.Tejas and Eugene Maina (16) were the youngest competitors on buggies with the latter finishing second in the National under-24 Autocross championship behind winner Charles Mugo.Kenya Motor Sports Federation (KMSF) organizes rallying, autocross, the cross country rally raid, Enduro and motocross.FINAL KNRC STANDINGS:1. Carl Tundo 525,2. Ian Duncan 340,3. Azar Anwar 265,4. Baldev Chager 260,5. A. Cavenagh 250.2012 RALLY CHAMPIONSCLASSIC CAR CUP: Aslam Khan (driver), Chantal Young (navigator).2WD: Nadeem Kana (driver), James Mwangi Harrison (navigator).S-CLASS: Jazzy Chana (driver), Ravi Chana (navigator).KNRC DIVISION TWO: Don Smith (driver), Bob Kaugi (navigator).KNRC DIVISION 3: Jassi Chathe (driver), Gugu Panesar (navigator).SPV: Peter Horsey (driver), Bella Erskine (navigator).0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, March 27

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester United will offer Cristiano Ronaldo a mega contract to bring him back to Old Trafford. United are preparing a bid of £80million for the Real Madrid superstar and are ready to hand him a staggering £14million-per-year salary. (Daily Express)Brazil defender Marquinhos has extended his contract with Paris Saint-Germain by one year until 2019, news which will come as a blow to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal. (Daily Mail)Jose Mourinho has targeted a move for £36million-rated Valencia star Andre Gomes. Chelsea boss Mourinho wants to strengthen the Premier League leaders’ midfield even further in the summer and has had rave reviews about the 21-year-old. (Daily Mirror)Arsene Wenger is keeping an eye on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus, as the Gunners boss weighs up potential replacements for Theo Walcott. (Daily Telegraph)Tottenham are considering a bid for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente, who is free to leave the Turin club this summer. (Daily Express)Abel Hernandez is being watched by Newcastle and West Ham having fallen down the pecking order at Hull. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest headlines…Liverpool given boost in pursuit of diminutive Roma midfielderBlow for Manchester United as long-term defensive target pens new PSG dealSami Khedira confirms he will leave Real Madrid this summer on a free transferBoca Juniors waiting in the wings to sign former Man United and Man City manBlow for Liverpool and Tottenham as Inter Milan set sights on France starLazio star’s agent confirms Manchester City interest and admits ‘it’s a good sign’Brazil star insists he’s happy at Chelsea despite Atletico Madrid links‘Nothing concrete’ – PSG star’s agent plays down transfer talkInter Milan and Everton to battle it out for Ghana starlast_img read more

Celtic line up v Molde without Mulgrew or Forrest – this XI to lift the Hoops above Norwegians?

first_img 11 9. Leigh Griffiths (striker) 14. Stuart Armstrong (wide midfield) 11 11 11 20. Dedryck Boyata (centre back) 11 6. Nir Bitton (midfield) 1. Craig Gordon (goalkeeper) – click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Celtic line-up against Molde in squad number order 11 2. Tyler Blackett (centre back) 11 11 11 15. Kris Commons (wide midfield) 11 James Forrest and Charlie Mulgrew are still recovering from injury but Celtic have Stefan Johansen available for the match against Molde.The Norwegian has played against the club’s Europa League opponents before in his homeland and admits Celtic will have to be on form.“They have done really well and they have great players, and I play with some of them in the national team as well. We will have to be at our best to beat them,” he said.Molde, who have reappointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager, are seventh in Norway’s top flight, but sit two points ahead of Celtic in Group A.Click the arrow above, right, to see the possible Celtic line-up. 11 8. Scott Brown (midfield) 23. Mikael Lustig (right back) 3. Emilio Izaguirre (left back) 25. Stefan Johansen (central attack)last_img read more

Parks and wrecks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita As distressing as the findings in the audit are, they are a cause for some hope. The audits were requested by the Department of Recreation and Parks’ then-incoming General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri about two years ago, and there’s every indication he’s seriously responding to the audit’s problem areas. Mukri will have to move soon. Otherwise, the city will have to rename it the Parks and Wrecks Department. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The latest of a trio of audits examining operations and finances of city’s parks and recreation facilities just confirms the complaints of many residents that years of bad management have hastened the deterioration of parks and other public recreation facilities – especially in the San Fernando Valley. This latest audit by City Controller Laura Chick notes that while the city is spending millions to create new parks, it’s allowing the older ones to fall into disrepair. For example, several of the city’s swimming pools have had to close because of poor maintenance, and several others are at risk of closing due to poor upkeep. “The way we are maintaining our assets now is we wait for them to break down, then we go in to fix them,” Chick said. That is no way for the city to treat its most valuable municipal assets. In very real terms, the city’s 390 parks, 176 recreation centers, 13 golf courses, 54 swimming pools and 30 senior centers represent hundreds of millions of dollars. last_img read more

Donegal’s men’s and ladies Ulster champions stars of the show at annual banquet

first_imgDONEGAL’S Ulster champions – both men’s and ladies – were presented with their provincial medals at tonight’s Donegal GAA Annual Banquet at the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town.It was the first time to respective boards – CLG Dhun na nGall and and Ladies County Board – joined together for an awards night – a facet that was acknowledged by Donegal county board chairman, Mick McGrath.Declan Bonner’s men overcame Cavan to win the title for the second year on the spin and Maxi Curran led the ladies to their third crown in succession and fourth in five seasons since making the breakthrough in 2015. The men who presented with their medals – both Ulster an Allianz League Division 2 –  by Michael Geoghegan, Cisteoir, Comhairle Uladh, with the ladies getting their’s from Hugh Devenney, Leas Uachtarain, Comhairle Uladh, with an address following from County Ladies Cathaoirleach Seamus Harron.Michael Murphy from Glenswilly was named as Senior Footballer of the Year, with Geraldine McLaughlin of Termon winning the ladies award.Ciaran Thompson of Naomh Conaill was named as the winner of Gradam Shéamuis Mhic Géidigh, in memory of the broadcaster who died in 2016, for the best player in the Donegal SFC. Thompson follows in the footsteps of Michael Murphy, Mark McHugh and Odhran MacNiallais.Other award winners were:Club Gaeltachta: Naomh ColumbaNon-Gaeltachta Club: Letterkenny Gaels Advertisement Services to Culture Award: Eoghan Mac Giolla BhrighdeSenior Club of the Year: Naomh ConaillIntermediate Club of the Year: St Naul’sJunior Club of the Year: Buncrana Grounds Award: CarndonaghServices to Refereeing: Hugo Wallace (Burt)Handballer of the Year: Odhran McGlynn (Glenfin)Senior Hurler of the Year: Jack O’Loughlin (Buncrana)Overseas/Appreciation Award: Paddy McDevitt (Donegal Boston)Lifetime Achievement Award: Malachy McCann (Buncrana)The evening was hosted by Damien Ó Dónaill of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, who stepped into take the place of Charlie Collins of Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub, who had a prior arrangement hosting a fundraiser for the late Manus Kelly in Letterkenny. Advertisement Ó Dónaill recalled the tragic day when Kelly lost his life on the final day of the Donegal International Rally, the news filtered throughout St Tiernach’s Park in Clones ahead of the Ulster SFC final. “A couple of weeks later,” Ó Dónaill added, “Manus’s young son Charlie was playing at half-time in the Donegal v Meath match in the super Eights at the the start of the second half the Donegal team, led by Michael Murphy, came out past and Michael gave young Charlie the thumbs up.”Meanwhile, tributes were paid to two members of the 2012 All-Ireland winning panel who retired recently – Frank McGlynn of Glenfin and Naomh Brid’s David Walsh.   Donegal’s men’s and ladies Ulster champions stars of the show at annual banquet was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:2019 Donegal GAA Banquetciaran thompsongeraldine mclaughlinMichael Murphylast_img read more

The Rovers Review podcast 08/09/2019

first_imgIt’s safe to call this a cup-run now!Sligo Rovers 4-0 win against UCD takes Liam Buckley’s side into the last four of domestic football’s biggest cup competiton.One of Saturday night’s goalscorers Ronan Coughlan to talk about the cup, playing up front alongside Romeo, and his future. play stop mute max volume 00:00 00:00 repeat The Rovers Review podcast 08/09/2019 Download Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. The Rovers Review is broadcast every Sunday evening at 6:20pm (ish).The contact the programme, email

How Far from Home? SA couple chronicle their wander list online

first_imgCreative couple Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger have given up ad agency jobs and careers to travel the world and, as they go, chronicle the journey online through writing, illustration, design and photography. Joburgers Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger mark off how far from home they are by writing the kilometres on a board, on their around the world trip. They started their boards in Joburg. (Image: Supplied) • Clive Rice: South African cricketing icon dies at 66 • South African foodies cooking up a storm • Comedian David Kibuuka joins The Daily Show as writer • The Wayfaring Loner: Elvis Goes Country in Africa • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR Priya Pitamber Many dream of giving up their nine-to-five jobs to travel the world, but two Joburg advertising executives have done more than dream. On a trip from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean coast, with Asia and Oceania next, they are creatively charting their journey online. At significant destinations they snap a photo of their progress, holding a board showing how many kilometres they are from South Africa’s City of Gold.For 10 years Chanel Cartell (30) and Stevo Dirnberger (29) worked in the ad industry as a creative and art director, respectively. They now call themselves “creative experientialists” and are chronicling their “How Far from Home” journey on their blog and Instagram account. “It’s always been something we’ve strived towards, but constantly found ourselves saying ‘one day,’” they said.As the couple explained to Ad Week, the challenge is both geographic – to see how far they can get from Joburg – and personal: to see how far they can test and push themselves creatively.Cartell enjoys design, and Dirnberger loves to illustrate, so they combine these skills with their passion for photography on their blog – where they experiment with creative writing – and an Instagram account.It all started at the 2014 Design Indaba when they attended a talk by Stefan Sagmeister called “The Power of Time Off”. Cartell described Sagmeister’s presentation as life-changing.“In it he explained how he closes his New York design agency every seven years to take a creative sabbatical,” she said. “After hearing the talk, we both agreed it was time we turned ‘one day’ into something tangible.“We loved his idea that you should spread your retirement years throughout your lifetime, and after having been in the branding and advertising industry for nearly a decade, we figured it would be a good time to take our first creative sabbatical.”Their wander listGiving up their lives in South Africa was a long process. “Yes, even we procrastinated our dream,” Cartell confessed.They compiled their “wander list” – their version of a bucket list – and started to pool their savings and make small sacrifices to turn the dream into reality. “We stopped going out as much, and placed all disposable income into a separate account.”Dirnberger had already been diligently saving for five years, while Cartell started to save about 15% of her salary in 2014. Selling their furniture and appliances helped with extra cash.In their year of preparation they stayed motivated by reading extensively, including James Wallman’s Stuffocation and Miki Agrawal’s Do Cool Shit. Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger visit Norway on their adventure. (Image: Supplied)And off they goIn March, the couple they boarded a plane to Salzburg. Their time in the old Austrian city was one of their strangest experiences, Cartell said, because they had to unlearn the hustle and bustle of Joburg.“We adapted to the odd feeling of being completely independent, and created a new seven-to-nine routine,” she explained. “Our time was filled exploring the town of Salzburg, taking classes on Skillshare and creating art.”Time to experiment and create art is one thing they love about their journey. They also enjoy exploring cities and new cultures. They have met new people, learned new skills and made new friends.They have stuck to their wander list, which currently highlights the European countries where they both have family.“We’ve explored most of Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), some of central Europe (Austria, Germany), are currently in southern Europe (Greece, followed by Italy), and plan on heading south to Australia and Thailand later this year.”One-of-a-kind experiencesThe travelling couple have done things they would not and could not have done in Johannesburg. Highlights include going to the Arctic Circle and living with – and looking after – 70 huskies. An evening road trip in northern Europe was taken under the midnight sun.They summited the Untersberg in the Austrian Alps and cooked a 12-course meal with a top chef in Norway. Waking at 3am to take scenic drives along lakes in central Sweden, spotting fox cubs, reindeer and moose was another memory. Chanel Cartell and Stevo Dirnberger travel through Sweden. (Image: Supplied)Some of the best food they have eaten is all 19 courses at Noma, the acclaimed two-Michelin-star restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark.But they did not enjoy eating whale meat in Norway: it “was tasty, but we felt odd eating it”. Traditional fish butter in Salzburg was also less than desirable. But the Austrian beer Stiegel got the thumbs up.Pitfalls on the journeyWithout regular salaries, the budget has been a challenge. “We’ve already spent more than we intended to, so things will get interesting when we run dry,” Cartell said. But she was hopeful and positive because she reckoned creativity should help them solve any issues.Another problem was the language barrier – they did end getting a little lost. Ultimately, she said, it was about balance – “balancing the high highs of having all the freedom in the world, with the low lows of demotivation and occasional doubt”.South Africa’s lureThrough it all though, there are things about South Africa they miss – Dirnberger craves boerewors rolls and biltong while Cartell misses original rooibos tea.“We also get really excited when we hear the South African accent,” she added. “We recently crashed a wedding in Athens and were very happy to hear South Africans and South African music. Mandoza is a hit at Greek weddings, it seems.”The two plan to return to South Africa in February 2016 for a wedding and a meeting. “But besides those two commitments we have no plans. We quite like the unknown and have learnt to go with the flow, so only time will tell.”You can do it tooThey believe that humans were born to explore and create, and that money spent on travel should be seen as an investment in personal growth. “Experiences and memories are worth so much more than the ‘stuff’ we accumulate with money we make, and it’s not what our hard-earned money and time should be spent on,” she added. “No matter how, everyone should make a concerted effort to explore and create daily.”Taking the plunge is the toughest part and they advise that if you are brave enough to leave everything behind, it is best to enjoy the journey once you are on it. “There will be moments of struggle and doubt, but the important thing is to reflect constantly, reminding yourself why you went on the journey in the first place,” Cartell said.It was also important to learn something new and to get out of your safe and comfortable routine. “Talk to locals and give yourself creative briefs to complete.”Staying true to themselves has allowed Cartell and Dirnberger to travel 24 567km from home so far. “We have a final number in mind, but let’s see!”last_img read more