Alexis Sanchez scores, sees red as Inter stay top

first_imgAlexis Sanchez scores for Inter Milan. PHOTO via @InterMilan, Italy | AFP | Alexis Sanchez scored and was sent off in an eventful first Inter Milan start as his new club maintained their perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win at Sampdoria to stay top of Serie A ahead of champions Juventus, who eased past SPAL 2-0.Manchester United flop Sanchez moved to Italy on a season-long loan deal after failing to live up to expectations at Old Trafford and the Chilean international made a big impact in Genoa, deflecting in Stefano Sensi’s long-range opener after 20 minutes and tapping in another Sensi cross two minutes later.However the 30-year-old was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for diving just after the break, leaving his side to play the entire second half a man down and wobbling after Jakub Jankto pulled one back in the 55th minute.But Roberto Gagliardini slotted in the third goal just after an hour to give Antonio Conte’s side a huge boost days before their trip to Barcelona in the Champions League.“A situation arose that could have killed anyone, but not us, not these lads,” said former Chelsea manager Conte.“We were exceptional to hold out, we were even able to balance the situation from the bench with changes for the battle.“Now we have to recover and prepare for Barcelona. It’s a valuable experience and can help us to mature.”Inter have a maximum 18 points from six games — two ahead of Juve — after winning their first six league matches for the first time since the 1966-67 season, with the pair set for a top-of-the-table clash at the San Siro next weekend.“Juventus have won eight Serie A titles in a row, and are a solid team,” said Conte, who coached Juve to the first three titles in the series.“We are glad to go into the head-to-head with 18 points.”Samp meanwhile are rock-bottom with three points after a dreadful start under Eusebio Di Francesco, level with SPAL following their defeat at the hands of Juve.Cristiano Ronaldo notched up his third consecutive goal at home this season after 78 minutes to add to Miralem Pjanic’s opener just before the break.Ronaldo was rested for the midweek win over Brescia as a precaution with a slight muscular problem ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen in Turin. “Inter? I haven’t watched them play yet this season,” said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.“I’ve read they’re doing well, but I had no doubts considering who their coach is. For now our thoughts are just on the Champions League match against Leverkusen.”– Buffon sets new record –Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was unworried by SPAL as the 41-year-old made his 903rd club football appearance, surpassing the Italian record of 902 achieved by AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini.The damage could have been worse at the other end but for some fine saves from SPAL’s Albanian goalkeeper Etrit Berisha.Berisha, on-loan from Atalanta, stopped Paulo Dybala’s curling goal-bound effort just after half an hour, and then parried a point-blank Aaron Ramey header from a Ronaldo cross in front of goal.Pjanic had a shot cleared off the line before connecting with a Sami Khedira assist to fire in from a distance for his second goal of the season after the winner at Brescia on Tuesday.Dybala set up Ronaldo for the second with the Portuguese star’s downward header beating Berisha, after he had been frustrated in two earlier efforts.Berisha again proved solid as he denied Ronaldo in the hosts’ final attack of the game, as the side from Emilia Romagna fell to their fifth defeat in six games.Third-placed Atalanta travel to mid-table Sassuolo later Saturday before their first ever Champions League home game against Shaktar Donetsk midweek.Last year’s runners-up Napoli host Mario Balotelli’s Brescia on Sunday desperate for a win after their surprise midweek home reversal at the hands of Cagliari.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Tiger says strength is back, but not swing

first_imgIn this July 16, 2014, file photo, Tiger Woods is watched by coach Sean Foley on the practice green ahead of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club in, Hoylake, England. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell, File)WINDEMERE, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods is too busy in the gym to find a new swing coach, or even swing a golf club.Woods said Monday his strength has returned from “busting my butt in the gym pretty hard” and he is on schedule to resume competition in December. But he still hasn’t hit a golf ball since he missed the cut at the PGA Championship on Aug. 8, and still doesn’t know when he will.“We’re pretty much past the strength phase now, and I’ve got my strength where I want to have it,” Woods said at Isleworth Golf & Country Club, where he lived for the first 15 years of his pro career. “Now I just need to get my fast twitch going and get my speed back, and that’s going to take a little bit of time. That’s part of our second phase of training. And that’s coming up now.”Woods had his fifth surgery in 20 years — this time on his back — and failed to win a PGA Tour event for the third time in the last five years.Rory McIlroy referred to Woods and Phil Mickelson has being on “the last few holes” of their careers when he was asked about the two best players of their generation not being eligible for the Tour Championship for the first time since 1992.McIlroy simply was noting their ages (Woods turns 39 in December, Mickelson is 44) and their injuries. And when “the last few holes” became an Internet sensation and McIlroy was asked if he needed to explain his remarks to Woods, he replied with a laugh, “I’ve said worse to his face.”Woods response?“I thought it was funny,” he said. “Phil has less holes to play than I do, though. It’s a reality, you know? We’re all older. I’m nearing my 20th season on tour here coming up pretty soon. … It’s just part of the aging process.”The Tiger Woods Foundation announced that India-based Hero Motocorp would be the new title sponsor of Woods’ year-end charity event, which is moving to Isleworth from Sherwood Country Club in California. The tournament will played Dec. 4-7.Woods played an exhibition in India in February when he met Pawan Munjal, the vice chairman and CEO of Hero.“That’s my last good round I played all year,” Woods said. “I shot 63 that day.”Even though he smiled, there was some truth to that. A nagging back injury became progressively worse until Woods chose to have back surgery March 31, forcing him to miss the Masters for the first time and the U.S. Open during a three-month recovery.When he returned, Woods missed the cut twice, had his worst 72-hole finish in a major and withdrew from a World Golf Championship when he jarred his back hopping off a steep slope into the bunker in the final round at Firestone. He didn’t qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs for the second time, both injury related. And he took himself out of consideration as a Ryder Cup pick.Woods didn’t regret coming back too soon. He said he didn’t realize how much stamina he lacked.“I felt good enough to do it, and the only unfortunate part is I couldn’t maintain the conditioning,” Woods said. “I wasn’t as conditioned as I needed to be. So as the tournament would wear on, I would get more and more fatigued and tired, and I wasn’t as explosive. I wasn’t as strong. … I could lift the weights that I’m accustomed to lifting, as well as playing and practicing.“Eventually, the game started to deteriorate a little bit because … I wasn’t in good enough shape to maintain it.”He said his conditioning program is similar to when he returned from reconstructive knee surgery after winning the 2008 U.S. Open, his last major title.Woods fired Sean Foley two weeks after the PGA Championship. He already has had three swing coaches — and four different swings — during his pro career.“Am I looking for a new coach? As of right now, no, I’m not,” Woods said. “Right now I’m just trying to get physically better, stronger, faster, more explosive. … I’m in no hurry to look for one right now. As I said, I’m just focused on what I’m doing.”Among the early commitments to the Hero World Challenge are U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer, Masters champion Bubba Watson and either other players in the Ryder Cup next week, along with two Americans who won’t be in the Ryder Cup — FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel and Chris Kirk.“It’s going to be a deep field,” Woods said. “And hopefully, I can play a little bit better than I have been playing.”Woods lost in a playoff last year to Zach Johnson. That was his last top-10 finish.last_img read more

CCJ President urges local judiciary to use mediation as ADR

first_imgWith the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) proving to be an effective method in courts around the world, Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) President, Justice Adrian Saunders is encouraging the local judiciary to use this form of conflict resolution in disposing of civil cases.“Mediation is a very special skill; it is a very useful skill to resolve disputes. It helps to lighten the court’s load [and] the nature of the agreements because they are consensually worked out.“All these statistics show that all over the world, mediation agreements are honoured more readily and more quickly than judgements of the court. Mediation preserves relationships, in fact, sometimes it restores and rebuilds relationships between parties and I’m a very, very big proponent of the use of mediation,” Justice Saunders said during an interaction session hosted in Georgetown lastCCJ President Justice Adrian Saundersweek.According to the new CCJ President, many persons have a misconception that every dispute filed must end years or months later in a fully blown trial before a judge.“That’s just a myth. Courts will not be able to afford the resources to accommodate the trial of every case that is filed, but, more importantly, cases that are filed amidst an enormous range of possible solutions, not all of them are particularly suited for a full-blown trial,” he noted.The CCJ President asserted that in many cases, a mediated solution would yield a greater level of satisfaction to the parties involved and as such, he encouraged Guyana’s judicial sector to adopt mediation as an ADR or even arbitral solution, which would yield just as great a solution as a full-blown trial.“So, it is important [to use ADRs], and now that you have new Civil Procedure Rules that accommodate this, it is important that at a very early stage, some assessment is made of whether the dispute that is filed is suitable for mediation, arbitration or some other form of dispute resolution … So, I really hope that your mediation infrastructure is really robust that Judges are very liberal in sending litigants to mediate,” he asserted.Justice Saunders pointed out that not all parties in civil cases filed really want to go through trial. In fact, he recalled a case he was co-defending in which after his senior had cross-examined the main witness on the other side and made him out to be not a very truthful person, his client said that she did not care about the case thereon and was just happy that the other party was made out to “look like the liar that he is”.“So her purpose for coming to court was not to have a big trial or to win a case, [it] was just to ensure that people recognised that this man had done her something wrong. So, people have all sorts of different reasons to go to court and it is a waste of judicial time not to afford them an opportunity to resolve issues at an early stage in ways that would not necessarily involve trials in the court,” he posited.The St Vincent-born Judge went on to note that he was involved in the introduction of court-connected mediation in St Lucia. In fact, he said it was the first country that introduced court-connected mediation in the Caribbean and the Judges there were told that if they assessed that a case was suitable for mediation to order the parties to attend the mediation centre.“Now you can lead the horse to the water, but you can’t force it to drink, but the mediation order that says it must go to mediation was an order of the court, if you failed to obey that order, then you are liable to be held for contempt of court. I have known mediators who have sat with somebody who have showed up for mediation and who would say “I don’t know why the Judge send me here, I don’t want to mediate my case, I want to go before the Judge to hear my case and I don’t have anything to say. They told me to come and I have come,” but then three and a half hours later, there was a mediation agreement signed by that same party,” he related.In Guyana, the Mediation Centre was established in 2003 and according to statistics provided back in May, of the 880 cases filed, the court has directed 772 to mediation and of that number, 108 matters were settled before actual mediation while 48 matters were successfully mediated where an agreement was reached.However, in 228 matters, the mediation was unsuccessful and the case referred to trial.last_img read more

Ranieri desperate for a ‘leader’ to rescue ailing Fulham

first_imgThe London club lie second from bottom, four points adrift of safety, despite having spent more than £100 million ($127 million) in the close season.Chelsea’s veteran former England central defender Gary Cahill has been mentioned as a potential new arrival.The 33-year-old — who has made only seven appearances this season with just one of those in the Premier League — would provide the leadership Ranieri desires as well as vital experience for the division’s leakiest defence.“I think we have to sign somebody to survive,” said Ranieri. “We have a very good team, but without experience.“We need somebody who has experience, a leader, with good character, that’s his personality, then we can improve our team.“I need somebody who can help us; I need somebody.”Ranieri, who guided Leicester to their remarkable Premier League title win in 2016 before being fired a few months into the following season, faces a potentially crucial relegation showdown with fifth-from-bottom Burnley on Saturday.He is not concerned that the players’ morale has been dented going into the match despite the shock defeat by fourth-tier Oldham in the FA Cup last weekend.“I’m positive because I believe in this team and this club,” said Ranieri. “But also Burnley think, ‘if we kill Fulham we go up’.“And for this reason, I think it’s a very, very crucial match. Believe me, at the moment I never look at the table.“Because I know where we are, staying under water and I want to go up.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ranieri says that Fulham need a player with leadership qualities © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 10 – Claudio Ranieri says Premier League strugglers Fulham need to sign a “leader” if they are to avoid an immediate return to the second-tier Championship.The 67-year-old Italian has not engendered a major revival in Fulham’s fortunes since he replaced the sacked Slavisa Jokanovic in November.last_img read more

‘Going to be better than Pogba’ – Some Arsenal fans are going wild about Guendouzi

first_img Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Arsenal fans may have a new favourite player after Matteo Guendouzi put on another exciting performance in pre-season against Paris Saint-Germain.The France youth international, signed from Lorient earlier this summer, already looks a steal at £8million. possible xi Guendouzi carries on like this he’s way ahead of Elneny in the pecking order imo.— Paul C (@mr_gooner14) July 28, 2018 Not to be over the top but i think Guendouzi is the best player ive ever seen. EVER.— David (@david_ison91) July 28, 2018 possible standings REVEALED How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? And Gunners fans across the world were weighing in with their thoughts as their side beat PSG 5-1 in Singapore.The central midfielder looks tidy in possession and far more progressive with possession than the likes of Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny, with many wanting to see Guendouzi start ahead of the pair already.Some views were hyperbolic, but overall the Arsenal fans were glowing with praise on Twitter, as you can see below. Guendouzi and Smith-Rowe are serious ballers— KP (@Kkizz_) July 28, 2018 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade TOP WORK Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade We’ve got Guendouzi, Matteo Guendouzi, I just don’t think you understand! etc— Fresh To Death (@freshtodeath) July 28, 2018 IN DEMAND NEW ERA England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland who plays? three-way race Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won targets ALTERED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Latest Transfer News Fully on board the guendouzi hype train— Jack (@GuendouziSzn) July 28, 2018 Arsenal starlet Matteo Guendouzi impressed again for the Gunners. REVEALED this Matteo Guendouzi seems to be nice signing— Orshio Raphael (@Lordraph001) July 28, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ gameday 1 Is Guendouzi the best midfield player of all time?— Theo (@Theo_mwangi) July 28, 2018 REVEALED Another promising display by Guendouzi today!— BayfieldXCV (@Bayfield2795) July 28, 2018 silverware RANKED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Latest Premier League News How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Guendouzi could give Xhaka a real fun for his money. (I realize this could also be just a massive preseason overreaction but he looks like a star.)— YankeeGunner (@YankeeGunner) July 28, 2018 LIVING THE DREAM Guendouzi is gonna be a baller for us👀, something about his style I really like.— Patron (@mkkanu) July 28, 2018 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father PSG will be regretting losing Matteo Guendouzi. Arsenal have secured a gem of a player. pic.twitter.com/FIwu9b5ZV6— Darren (@DF_Arsenal) July 28, 2018 smart causal Guendouzi is going to be better than Paul Pogba— #GARRACHARUA (@ArsenesMan) July 28, 2018 moving on targets Guendouzi you know, he’s better than Andrea Pirlo— AndyP (@andy_p10) July 28, 2018 LATEST last_img read more

Junior Davis leads the way as Humboldt Crabs beat San Leandro Ports to end two-game losing skid

first_imgARCATA >> Leave it to the birthday boy to steal the show in his first start of the summer.Hoopa Valley native Junior Davis took the reins and ran with them Wednesday night, throwing six shutout innings of one-hit ball in the Humboldt Crabs’ 6-1 win over the San Leandro Ports at the Arcata Ball Park to get back over the .500 mark on the young season.Manager Tyson Fisher said 24 hours earlier after the Crabs’ 5-2 loss to the Ports that this would be Davis’ chance to shine under the spotlight.On …last_img read more

SA’s first biodiversity assessment

first_img8 April 2005The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism has launched South Africa’s first national spatial biodiversity assessment, allowing the country to identify the areas of its environment most urgently in need of protection.Undertaken by the SA National Biodiversity Institute, the report presents results of and recommendations for South Africa’s terrestrial, freshwater, estuarine and marine environments.Launching the report in Cape Town on Wednesday, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said the results were “a warning to us all”.According to the report, 34% of SA’s terrestrial ecosystems are threatened, with 5% critically endangered; 82% of the country’s 120 rivers are threatened, with 44% critically endangered; three of SA’s 13 groups of estuarine biodiversity are in critical danger; and 12% of its marine bio-zones are under serious threat.Van Schalkwyk said the report made specific recommendations on how best to link conservation with development in most-threatened areas, ensuring both sustainable conservation and community upliftment.According to the report, South Africa is diverse not only in terms of its people and their cultures but also in its biological resources and ecology, with one of the world’s richest diversities of plants and animals.The country’s biodiversity also provides an important basis for economic growth and development, the report states.Preserving this biodiversity is also vital for providing sustainable “ecosystem services” such as clean air and water, carbon storage to counteract global warming, and prevention of erosion, the report finds.Loss of biodiversity, the report argues, would place aspects of the country’s economy and quality of life at risk and reduce the socio-economic options of SA’s future generations.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Promoting Freedom of Expression and African identity through the use of vernacular languages and inspiring a culture of reading

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 23 October 2019 – “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart,” words once said by the father of the nation, Nelson Mandela.In echoing the sentiments of the former statesman, Brand South Africa and the Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Ms Thembi Siweya are heading to the Eastern Cape, Bizana on Friday, 25 October 2019 to promote freedom of expression and African identity through language, in honour of the late Moses Mtileni, who achieved 3 Masters degrees in African languages.This opportunity also presents Brand South Africa a chance to promote constitutional awareness,  pride and patriotism among South Africans to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.The activation is a collaboration of various primary schools around Bizana  and will see  grade 3 – 4 learners compete in a reading, spelling bee and storytelling competition all crafted in their mother tongue. We see the late Moses Mtileni as an advocate, not only for African languages, but also for the African identity”, said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Communications, Ms Thoko Modise.“We look forward to conversing with young people to inspire pride in African identity. It is important that young people are reminded that they have a right to use the language and to practice their culture as enshrined in the South African Constitution.”Language and culture Everyone has the right to use the language and to participate in the cultural life of their choice, but no one exercising these rights may do so in a manner inconsistent with any provision of the Bill of Rights. – The Constitution OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, 1996 – CHAPTER 2 BILL OF RIGHTS Media is invited to attend details as follows;Date: 25 October 2019 Venue: Multipurpose Youth Centre, Mbizana Local Municipality, Eastern CapeTime: 08:30 amRSVPS/Enquiries:     Ntombi Ntanzi                             Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.com                             Mobile number: 064 890 6819 Brand South Africa will also be able to facilitate any requests for interviews.Follow the conversation on  #PlayYourPartlast_img read more