Devastating Argentina reach Copa final

first_imgArgentina produced their best performance of the Copa America so far to crush Paraguay 6-1 on Tuesday and set up a classic final against hosts Chile.Angel di Maria scored twice and Marcos Rojo, Javier Pastore, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain also found the net in a brilliant display orchestrated by an inspired Lionel Messi.Argentina had scored only four goals in their four previous matches but Messi said it was not because the team had not been playing well.“We talked about that just before the match and we said it was just chance that we hadn’t scored more because we’ve been playing well,” Messi said.“Today all the goals came at once.”Gerardo Martino’s side took the lead after 15 minutes when Messi swung a free kick in from the left, Rojo failed to connect cleanly with his first touch but swept the ball home from close range with his second.Argentina doubled their lead 12 minutes later and again Messi was the provider, threading an inch-perfect pass through the Paraguayan defence for Pastore to run on to. His powerful low shot gave goalkeeper Justo Villar no chance.Things went from bad to worse for Paraguay when both their strikers, Derliz Gonzalez and Roque Santa Cruz, limped off injured.Santa Cruz’s replacement, Lucas Barrios, gave them hope with a goal just before the break but in the second half Argentina were unstoppable.Minutes into the second half Pastore burst through midfield and fed Di Maria, who buried a left-foot shot into the bottom corner of the net.Six minutes later Messi destroyed the Paraguayan defence with a mazy run to set up Pastore. His shot was parried by Villar but Di Maria was on hand to slot home the rebound.On 80 minutes Di Maria turned provider, crossing from the left for Aguero to head home, and minutes later Higuain came off the bench to score a sixth.Argentina will face Chile at Santiago’s national stadium on Saturday.last_img read more

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Seven up for Man City as they demolish Schalke

first_imgRampant Manchester City demolished a woeful Schalke 7-0 to complete a 10-2 aggregate win and become the third English side into the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday.City’s record home win in Europe did not look likely after a quiet opening 35 minutes but once Sergio Aguero began the rout from the penalty spot it became embarrassingly easy as City reached the last eight for the third time in four years.Aguero doubled City’s lead three minutes later and the impressive Leroy Sane made it 3-0 before halftime.Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva finished off flowing moves after the break and youngster Phil Foden bagged his first European goal before Gabriel Jesus made it seven.City, who trailed 2-1 in the away leg before turning it around late on, join Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the quarter-finals with Liverpool in action against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.last_img read more

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‘Last Well’ Ambassador Arrives in Liberia

first_imgLiberian-born former United States professional soccer player and Olympian, Doc Lawson who is the newly appointed Global Ambassador to the Last Well, a not for profit US based organization determined to provide clean drinking water throughout Liberia to eradicate water-borne diseases, has arrived in the country.Mr. Lawson said in an interview yesterday at the YMCA in Monrovia that his presence in the country is to review the clean water projects that have been completed since late 2008 by The Last Well. He will also visit several counties during his stay including Montserrado, Margibi, Bong and Bomi with possible visits to both Grand Kru and Maryland where much of the current work is being done. “I’ll also meet with our local partners to ensure that we meet with the objective to eradicate water-borne diseases from the country by 2020,” he said.Ambassador Lawson is expected to meet with senior government officials at the Ministry of Public Works, Speaker of the House Alex Tyler, Ambassador Julie Endee, Chief Zanzan Karwor, Vice President Joseph Boakai, and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the duration of his four months visit. Several non-governmental organizations that are in partnership with The Last Well are Water of Life, Living Water International, World Hope International, Samaritan’s Purse, Life Water, Equip Liberia, Christian Revival Church Association, Vision Collaborators, Water 4, Teamwork Africa and Wordsower Liberia.Ambassador Lawson is also working in partnership with the YMCA Liberia to bring sports to the communities served with water and the Gospel.“The idea is a way to provide direction for children to be able to develop their capabilities in their growth as individuals,” Ambassador Lawson said. Ambassador Lawson said while there are lots of potentials, Liberians need a little push and therefore Dr. Todd Philips and The Last Well program wants to give Liberians a helping hand to let them aspire to their full potential.The Last Well, a Christian organization is headed by Dr. Todd Philips and it partners with Liberian ministries and other Christian groups to bring the good news of Jesus to the communities they serve. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Guyana is governed by ‘lawless dictators’

first_imgDear Editor,News items in the print and electronic media have revealed the following in the latest saga of the Attorney General and those threatening remarks’ case. Events are that Justice Franklin Holder is now required to recuse himself from the matter before him. This directive came from the second highest official of this country – the Prime Minister himself. And to add insult to injury, the very same contemptuous Williams, against whom the contempt matter has been drawn up, is the one directed to deliver the message to Justice Holder.Lawlessness has reached epic proportions in this two-year-old coalition Government; and, from all indications, the worst is yet to come. To think of it: when someone who is supposed to be the ‘guardian and protector of the law’ could, with such ease, threaten a judge and be let off the hook like that, it tells you the depths to which the State has sunk. Williams, in the final analysis, was just given a slap on the wrist, like we commonly say, “Naughty boy!” as if nothing happened.I am still dumbfounded at this latest development.And lest I forget: the Attorney General has been further equipped with five paid advisors, four of whom are judges. This is what you call crass backwardness and flagrant disregard for (according to them) our scarce resources. If this is not what it is, then what is?Frankly speaking, the message this coalition Government is promoting is: “We can do “practically anything illegal”, and nothing can be done about it. They, in their belligerent, spiteful authoritarian self, are shouting this fact from the rooftops.So where are the so-called voices of reason, like the ABC countries? What is their take on these latest developments? Are they stunned into silence, so that no dissenting voice is heard? I remember that, at the height of their propaganda campaign to get the PPP/C out of office, the US-led forces brought on the LEAD programme, to dictate to the PPP/C the rudiments of “good governance”. So I ask the question: Where are they now? Have they lost their sense of reason? I rest my case.Guyana is being governed by a bunch of lawless dictators, and I challenge anyone to prove me wrong.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Exclusive – Manchester United legend can’t understand decision to sell Welbeck

first_imgManchester United legend Gary Neville has questioned the club’s logic in selling Danny Welbeck to rivals Arsenal for just £16million.The Gunners snapped up the striker on deadline day and many believe the 23-year-old will excel as being a central figure at the Emirates, rather than being on the periphery at Old Trafford.Welbeck has yet to appear for the north London side, but netted both goals in England’s 2-0 win over Switzerland in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Monday night.And Neville, who was team-mates with the Red Devils academy product, believes Arsene Wenger has pulled off a coup in landing the forward.The England coach and former international right-back told Drivetime: “I can’t work it out [why Manchester United sold Welbeck]. After all the prices I’ve seen paid this summer and, obviously I’ve been working with him the last week, I’m thinking how is it just £16million?“There’s been right-backs and left-backs galore who have been bought for £15million this summer. How have they got him for £16million?“I can’t work it out to this day, it’s a strange one. It really does feel strange that it’s a centre forward and actually it’s helped out a competitor, someone who will be vying for those third and four places with United this season.“I’m struggling to understand the logic behind the deal in two or three ways really.”last_img read more

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Little hope for survivors in Brazilian plane crash

first_imgSAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) – A plane crashed and burst into flames after skidding off a runway at Sao Paulo’s airport that had been criticized as being too short, and all 176 people aboard were feared dead, the state governor said. The Tam airline’s Airbus-320 slid off the runway at Congonhas airport in a driving rain, then crossed a busy road at the height of rush hour in South America’s largest city before slamming into a gas station, said Jose Leonardi Mota, a spokesman with airport authority Infraero. A witness said he saw one charred body as flames shot into the sky and clouds of black smoke billowed into the air after the crash. “I was told that the temperature inside the plane was 1,000 degrees (Celsius), so the chances of there being any survivors are practically nil,” Sao Paulo State Gov. Jose Serra told reporters at the airport. The temperature in Celsius translates to about 1,830 degrees Fahrenheit. 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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Taliban hangs boy for having U.S. money

first_imgKANDAHAR, Afghanistan – Taliban militants hanged a teenager in southern Afghanistan because he had U.S. money in his pocket, and they stuffed five $1 bills in his mouth as a warning to others not to use dollars, police said Monday. Taliban militants elsewhere killed eight police. The 15-year-old boy was hanged from a tree Sunday in Helmand, the most violent province in the country and the world’s No. 1 poppy-growing region. “The Taliban warned villagers that they would face the same punishment if they were caught with dollars,” said Wali Mohammad, the district police chief in Sangin. Dollars are commonly used in Afghanistan alongside the afghani, the local currency, although the U.S. currency is more commonly seen in larger cities where international organizations are found. The U.S. military launched a new “Most Wanted” campaign offering rewards of up to $200,000 for information leading to the capture of 12 Taliban and al-Qaida leaders.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Militants often justify their attacks and executions as a response to U.S. meddling in Afghan affairs. In Sangin on Saturday, the Taliban shot and killed another man who had sought farm assistance and seeds from an international aid program, Mohammad said. The militants accused him of being a spy. Taliban insurgents in Ghazni province, meanwhile, ambushed a police convoy Sunday, killing eight officers, said Abdul Khaliq Nikmal, spokesman for the provincial governor. He said Afghan authorities have sent police reinforcements to the area and are meeting with U.S. military officials to plan a counterattack. Violence has surged in Afghanistan in recent months. Last week alone, violence killed more than 270, including 165 militants killed in two large battles in the south and 30 people killed in a suicide bombing on an army bus in Kabul. last_img read more

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State’s environmental fate rests in governor’s hands

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“He has great command of the subjects in a speech-making kind of way. Environmentalists see him, unlike with (former Gov.) Pete Wilson, as `there’s always a chance with Arnold that you might get a bill signed.’ He is a centrist.” Last year, Scwharzenegger won worldwide attention for signing AB32, a law requiring California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020. An end run around the Bush administration, that measure was opposed by the state’s oil industry, utilities and other business groups. Yet he also disappointed environmentalists by vetoing a bill that would have set a $30 fee on shipping containers coming into Los Angeles and Long Beach to fund programs to clean up diesel smog. The trucks and ships in the ports make them the largest stationary source of diesel pollution in California, linked to severe respiratory problems in thousands of people. This year, there are roughly 15 bills on environmental issues that have reached the governor’s desk. “We hope that the governor is going to want to reinforce his environmental reputation by signing some of these key bills,” said Bill Magavern, a lobbyist for the Sierra Club. Environmentalists and industry officials alike are holding their breath, waiting for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to act on a stack of environmental bills in the next few days that would do everything from require green building standards on new homes and commercial buildings to banning a controversial type of chemicals in children’s toys. Schwarzenegger has until Sunday to sign or veto all the bills that the state Legislature sent him this year. And as in years past, Schwarzenegger is keeping both supporters and opponents of many of the top environmental issues guessing right until the end. His actions are harder to predict than previous governors, they say. “Arnold is a celebrity. He loves some of these environmental issues,” said John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, an environmental group in Sacramento. The bills include: AB 1108, by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, which would ban chemicals called phthalates in toys and child care products designed for children under 3 years old. The chemicals, which are used to soften plastic, have been linked in some studies to early onset of puberty, testicular cancer and liver problems. Opponents of the bill, including the American Chemistry Council, say that without phthalates, toys would become brittle and could pose a choking hazard. They also argue the studies showing health risks were done by giving rats massive doses – far more than children would receive through pacifiers, baby bottles and other products. AB 821, by Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, which would ban lead bullets for hunters in the range of the California condor, which extends roughly from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. Recent studies by toxicologists at UC Santa Cruz have shown that condors, a highly endangered species, have suffered lead poisoning after eating bullet fragments left in deer and wild pigs killed by hunters. Many hunting groups oppose the bill, saying that copper bullets cost more and don’t fly as true. AB 1470, by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, which would create a $250 million annual subsidy for solar hot water heaters with the goal of installing 200,000 by 2017. The money would come from a surcharge on monthly utility bills that would be set by the California Public Utilities Commission. The bill is modeled after Schwarzenegger’s “Million Solar Roofs” program, and is designed to cut natural gas use by encouraging people to install solar devices that heat the water for their homes. One area of controversy is green buildings. There are three bills that would require green building standards. They are: AB 888, by Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-El Segundo, which would require that starting in 2013, new commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet would have to meet the “gold” standard of the United States Green Building Council. The rule would affect everything from office buildings to supermarkets. AB 1058, by Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, which would require the state Building Standards Commission to set green building standards for new homes by 2010. AB 35, by Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, D-Los Altos, which would require the state EPA to set sustainable building standards by 2009 for the construction and renovation of state buildings so that they meet the `silver’ standard of the US Green Building Council. Supporters include most of the major environmental groups in Californis who argue that better insulation, more efficient lighting and other measures reduces energy use. Opponents include the California Chamber of Commerce and the other business groups. “We’re very supportive of green building,” said Bob Raymer of the California Building Industry Association. “The problem here is that all three of these bills reference national guidelines, and each of them are put together by private sector groups. They don’t go through any public scrutiny or comment process.” Raymer said that California is unique – with lots of earthquakes, landslides and fires – and should design its own standards. This year, many of the top environmental measures stalled or died in the Legislature, particularly in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. They include measures to require 33 percent of California’s electricity to come from renewable sources, the $30 fee on shipping containers to reduce ports smog, and AB493, by Ruskin, which have would set fees of up to $2,500 on the sale of new vehicles that guzzle gas and emit high levels of carbon dioxide. The money would have funded rebates of up to $2,500 for people who purchase low-emission, fuel-efficient cars. The bill was defeated in the Legislature after intense lobbying from car dealers. “Last year was clearly a better year,” said Magavern of the Sierra Club. “It helps us when it’s an election year.” progers@mercurynews.com (408) 920-5045 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Things To Do

first_img Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Sierra Club hike will meet, 9 a.m. Saturday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call Henry Schultz at (661) 284-5613. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. By the Light of the Silvery Moon Hike, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Meet in the parking lot. Call (661) 255-3606. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Movies to Talk About will present “Sukhavati: A Mythic Journey with Joseph Campbell,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. The showing will be followed by a discussion. Visit www.UUofSCV.org. Moonlight Hike, 5-6 p.m. Friday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Les Miserables” will be presented by the Canyon High School Advanced Drama students, 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $12 for adults and $10 for children and students with ASB cards. Call (661) 313-3887 for tickets. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. 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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PARC LAUNCHES BOOK TO HELP VICTIMS OF ROAD CARNAGE

first_imgA woman whose husband died in a road accident eight years ago has published Ireland’s first guide for people who lose loved ones through road carnage.Susan Gray’s world came crashing down around her when her husband Steve was killed by a learner driver on St.Stephen’s Day in 2004.Steve, a taxi-driver, was hit as he was helping passengers to get out of his car in Inishowen. Since then his beloved wife has set up a group Public Against Road Carnage (PARC).Now the group has published Ireland’s first guide to help families affected by road carnage to deal with their trauma.The book deals with helping families through their ordeal and how to cope with such issues as post mortems and dealing with Gardai and preparing them for court cases and inquests.Mum-of-two Ms Gray said she hopes the book ‘Finding Your Way’ will be made available through all Garda liaison officers and other agencies. “So many people out there simply don’t know what to do when something like this happens to a loved one and that is completely understandable.“They don’t know what happens in an inquest or who they should consult about certain things.“This book aims to answer all those questions in the painful days, months and years that follow a road death,” she said.Among the relevant agencies, Mrs Gray and her organisation sought advice from was the Gardai and the Coroner’s Office.“We went back time and time again to make sure every detail of the book was correct and that is why it took us a year. “If it can help just one person overcome the loss of a loved one, then it will have all been worthwhile,” she said.PARC LAUNCHES BOOK TO HELP VICTIMS OF ROAD CARNAGE was last modified: November 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bookletPARCroad carnageSusan Graylast_img read more

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