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Messi nets 3, Dembele debuts as Barcelona routs Espanyol

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend He got his second by sliding to redirect Jordi Alba’s pass by goalkeeper Pau Lopez. Messi started the attack but lost the ball, only for it to take two deflections off defenders before falling to Alba in the area.After Espanyol forward Pablo Piatti hit the post, Messi made it a treble with a left-footed strike to slot in another pass from Alba.Dembele went on moments later to a round of applause from his new supporters. Barcelona paid a club-record sum to Borussia Dortmund for the 20-year-old France forward. With add-ons, his transfer could reach 147 million euros (about $173 million).Dembele showed his speed when he raced down the right side on a quick counterattack and crossed for Suarez to score.Suarez was making his league debut this season after missing the first two matches with a leg injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ A costly, catty dispute finally settled OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Ousmane Dembele set up a goal in his debut for Barcelona in a comfortable 5-0 win over crosstown rival Espanyol on Saturday.Messi struck twice in the first half, and leads the Spanish league with five goals. Gerard Pique headed in a fourth goal.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winning start After going on as a second-half substitute, Dembele didn’t take long to help his team when he passed for Luis Suarez to round off the rout in the 90th.A third win in as many rounds left Barcelona atop of the standings, with two more points than second-place Sevilla and four more points than defending champion Real Madrid in sixth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMessi opened the scoring at Camp Nou when he received a pass from Ivan Rakitic in what appeared to be an offside position. With no call coming from the referee, Messi dribbled around a defender and fired home.“They told me that the first goal could be offside, (…) but we did a lot to create several chances,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. Break new ground Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open title It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’last_img read more

Jared Goff, Rams’ electric offense shorts out in Super Bowl defeat

first_imgNew England Patriots’ Kyle Van Noy (53) sacks Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff (16) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)ATLANTA — Jared Goff trudged to the Los Angeles Rams’ bench, his face a mask of confusion and despair while the Patriots celebrated their interception behind him.Sean McVay left the sideline and leaned into his ear. The coach didn’t say much, but he encouraged his quarterback to learn from the Rams’ offensive flop.ADVERTISEMENT Casual football fans who hadn’t watched the Rams during the past two years would have no idea how they got to the Super Bowl after watching this tentative, inconsistent performance.All of Los Angeles’ recent success came to a weird anticlimax at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with its lowest-scoring performance in 36 games under the 33-year-old head coach.Los Angeles managed just 260 yards, got only 14 first downs — just six in the first three quarters — and punted a season-high nine times. But even putting the raw numbers aside, the Rams’ miserable execution left them looking unprepared for a stellar defensive game plan from Bill Belichick.“I’m pretty numb right now, but definitely I got outcoached,” McVay said. “I didn’t do nearly a good enough job for our football team. … This one is going to stick with you. It just stings in your gut.”Though Goff’s teammates and coaches refused to blame him, Los Angeles’ 24-year-old quarterback had one of the rougher performances in Super Bowl history. Along with his 19 incompletions, he was sacked four times and finished with a 57.9 passer rating.ADVERTISEMENT Goff’s ability to execute McVay’s offensive innovations and clever play-calling put the Rams (15-4) back in the Super Bowl for the first time in 17 years. His highs have been outstanding, but his lows are frequently disheartening — and this game appeared to be among his worst.The Rams all seemed to know exactly what New England had done against them defensively. The Pats showed deceptive fronts before the snap, and they frequently retreated into zone pass defenses that forced Goff to find open receivers in a confusing coverage.Although McVay strenuously blamed his play-calling for putting his players in untenable positions, Goff realized he needed to make more consistent throws and better decisions, particularly at the line of scrimmage. His underthrown pick near the New England end zone crushed the Rams’ hopes for a tying touchdown with 4:17 to play.Goff had only nine completions in the first three quarters before getting 10 more in the fourth while the Rams’ rally fell short.“We were moving the ball well at times, but we just couldn’t get that one play,” Goff said. “We know what type of offense we have, and to not be able to show that, it’s tough.”The Rams’ first eight drives in the Super Bowl ended in punts and resulted in only 72 net yards. Johnny Hekker punted for the eighth time early in the third quarter, a record for punts in a game during McVay’s two seasons.Despite their ineptitude, the Rams’ defense was playing brilliantly. Los Angeles still could have taken the lead late in the third quarter when Brandin Cooks broke wide open on a post route, but he stood waving in the end zone while Goff saw him too late and uncorked a throw that took far too long to get there, allowing New England to knock it down.“I was surprised he was that wide-open,” Goff said. “I tried to get it to him as quickly as I could. It was too late.”Goff was in the midst of his best drive right before his interception. He hit Josh Reynolds in perfect stride for an 11-yard gain and a first down with just over five minutes left, and he found Robert Woods with another beautiful long pass on the next snap.But under pressure from blitzing Duron Harmon, Goff wound up and flung a high pass in the general direction of Cooks. The ball was underthrown, and Cooks lost a fight for the ball with Stephon Gilmore, who picked it off. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption McVay and Goff are likely to be together for many more years, and they hope they’ll remember their embarrassing 13-3 loss in the Super Bowl on Sunday night as a springboard to the future, not the crushing flop that it felt like immediately afterward.Goff’s 19-of-38 performance for 229 yards and a key fourth-quarter interception played a large role in the Rams’ defeat, but almost nothing went right for a team that has been frequently brilliant with the ball in its hands. A remarkable year ended with a big-game performance that looked nothing like most of the past two seasons while the Rams matched the lowest-scoring performance in Super Bowl history.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Rams led the NFL in points per game over the past two seasons, yet they became just the second team in NFL history to fail to score a touchdown in the Super Bowl.“It’s the toughest loss I ever had,” Goff said. “It kills. It’s terrible. It’s a game I wish I would have played better. I wish I could have a million plays back.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Just like everyone in the Rams’ locker room, Cooks took the blame on himself.“I’m great enough to make that play,” Cooks said. “I’ve still got to make it, no matter what.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Donald Trump: NFL people thankful he signed criminal justice bill Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

New bridge built at Kashi Dhaam

first_imgKashi Dhaam, on the West Coast Demerara, is a sacred site on the Ruimzeigt foreshore where a crematorium and supporting facilities were created over 12 years ago by the Ramroop Foundation. Over the years, the Foundation has maintained the institution in an immaculate condition with a full-time staff to ensure that the last rites for those who desire to be cremated are conducted in a dignified atmosphere. Last month, a completely new bridge was constructed to replace the former structure which had become worn under the elements.“Kashi Dhaam” alludes to the famous Ghats in Kashi (Benares or Varansi) along the sacred River Ganga, where Hindus are cremated in the city dedicated to Lord Shiva, and where they believe they will attain liberation (Mosksa) after having died there. In Guyana, however, individuals of all or no faiths are allowed to be cremated at Kashi Dhaam, with the only stipulation that alcohol be not consumed on the premises.The location at Ruimzeigt had been used for cremations ever since the ancient method was permitted by the authorities in 1956, after being previously prohibited since Indians immigrants arrived in 1938. However, it was very difficult for the mourners maintain a dignified ceremony in the prevailing muddy conditions – specially to cross the canal from the public road to the site on the Atlantic Ocean. The Ramroop Foundation was formed, and with no fanfare constructed Kashi Dhaam.In addition to the concreted pathway to open brick-paved ground that can accommodate four cremations simultaneously, there is a large adjoining structure that offers several hundred visitors cover from the elements.last_img read more

Kelly Lake Cree Nation speaks out against bombings

first_imgThe chief of Kelly Lake Cree Nation is denouncing the recent bombings of an EnCana pipeline just a short distance from the homes of band members.Chief Caillou says although his band engaged in a two day community disaster drill and pamphletting event that blocked oil and gas traffic on a road near Wapiti River earlier this year, they would never consider resorting to this kind of action to get their point across. [asset|aid=455|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=776e798d4beec0f5fa55ee22a818edbe-Caillou-1_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -Lynette Hodges, who works with the band, says many members actually work for EnCana and other oil and gas companies in the area. [asset|aid=456|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=776e798d4beec0f5fa55ee22a818edbe-Lynette Hodges – 1_1_Pub.mp3] Police spokesperson Tim Shields says the safety of residents in the area is the force’s number one priority, and a community meeting has been planned for today to address the issue. The RCMP has said it’s bringing more forensic experts into the area this morning to aid in the investigation.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ibrahimovic says he misses Man United and Mourinho

first_imgUnited agreed to the mutual termination of Ibrahimovic’s contract in March, before the 36-year-old signed for MLS side LA Galaxy.In a personal message to the United squad, Ibrahimovic said: “I see you are doing well. You made it to the [FA Cup] final, which I like a lot even if I am not there.“Here, everything is okay. I enjoy the sun every day.“I want to say to all the fans: ‘I miss you, I miss playing at Old Trafford and seeing all the red shirts’. I have great memories from there.“I want to thank everybody for the push, adrenaline and energy you gave me. I want to thank my team-mates also because you have been fantastic and you made it easy for me.“Coach [Jose Mourinho], I miss you also. You know what you need to do to win. There is no secret behind that.”Ibrahimovic also announced his vote for United’s Player’s Player of the Year award, backing the eventual winner David De Gea.“Even if a goalkeeper shouldn’t win player of the year, but he has had a fantastic year,” he said. “He continues that high level of performance.”De Gea was also claimed the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award, becoming the first player to win it four times.-By Sky Sports- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zlatan Ibrahimovic told his former team-mates he misses playing at Old TraffordLONDON, United Kingdom, May 2 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he is missing Manchester United and his former manager Jose Mourinho.In an emotional video posted on United’s official Twitter page, the striker addressed his old club as they met for their end of season awards on Tuesday.last_img read more

She Cranes fly high after win over Lesotho

first_img Tags: Africa Netball ChampionshipsLesothoMartha SoigiMary Nubashe cranesSouth Africazimbabwe Action between Uganda and Lesotho at the Africa Netball Championships in South Africa. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Africa Netball championshipsLesotho 24 – 98 UgandaUganda Netball team, the She Cranes defeated Lesotho 24-98 in the African Netball Championships at the Bellville Velodrome in South Africa.The She Cranes, who are the reigning champions, were supposed to open their title defense against Zimbabwe on Friday but the game did not take place as planned after the South African nation failed to turn up and Uganda got a walkover.The Uganda national team also defeated Zambia 67-37 in their second game on Saturday.The She cranes won in each quarter of the game against Lesotho.Goal shooter Mary Nuba who scored more goals was in the second half and bought on Stella Oyella.Hindu Namutebi the goal attacker later came on for Martha Soigi.Uganda will play hosts South Africa in their next game.She Cranes Squad in South AfricaJesca Achan, Privas Kaye, Irene Eyaru, Irene Mirembe, Mary Nuba Cholock, Shaffie Nalwanja, Joan Nampungu, Stella Oyella, Martha Soigi, Hindu Namutebi, Stella NanfukaComments last_img read more

Jurassic Park Gets Overhaul

first_imgHow much do we understand the dinosaurs?  ABC News reported on some big-time updates and revisions being made to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History dinosaur exhibits.  The title of the article is, “Getting Their Dinosaur Facts Right, at Least for Now.”The problem is that even though the newest of the dinosaurs are 65 million years old, scientists’ understanding of them has been racing along, changing with each new find.  So the Carnegie staff has decided to dismantle – and rethink – its entire collection.    Our image of dinosaurs comes mostly from what one finds in old sci-fi films – big, lumbering creatures, dragging their tails on the ground.  In recent years, scientists have decided they were probably much more energetic and agile – and the way most fossils were displayed was wrong.    “Unfortunately, they don’t come with instruction manuals,” Matt Lamanna, a paleontologist at the museum, said with a smile.The project requires “a small army of painters, sculptors, welders and former museum staffers” to fix the newly-found errors and set the dinosaurs to rights.The scientists back then certainly had the best of intentions but not the best information.  Very few of the fossil skeletons they dug up were complete, so they made educated guesses, sometimes based on their knowledge of other species.This may satisfy the purists for now.  But the article speculated that “years from now, as the scientists learn more, they say they’ll probably have to change the exhibits all over again.”Evolutionists insist that some of their theory’s greatest strengths are the very driving forces of the theory itself: change and adaptation.  However, when an idea that you defend constantly changes, very few would consider that a strength.  Indeed, Charles Darwin himself would scarcely recognize his own theory today.   This is illustrated in scientific interpretations of dinosaurs.  When putting the bones together, they had to place the backs out of joint merely to fit with their beliefs of dinosaur skeletal structures – literally, forcing the evidence to match their theories.   Notably, the Carnegie collection itself has not changed.  Those old bones remain the same, and it is only evolutionists’ understanding that has changed.  And as ABC aptly pointed out, it will probably all need to be changed again mere generations from now – which means that even this updated display is probably wrong in ways we cannot recognize.  So what is racing along?  Understanding?  Scientific progress?  Human imagination?  The bones aren’t saying.  —DM(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Volunteers lend a hand at Refilwe

first_imgLooking to make as big an impact as possible, the Refilwe Community Project is running a wide range of initiatives involving children of all ages through to adulthood.On the outskirts of the township of Joe Slovo, just outside Lanseria, in Gauteng, lies the Refilwe Community Project. It is a space that serves as a sanctuary for many children living in the surrounding townships, a place of learning and security.The Refilwe Community Project, established in 1991 by Jean Stewart and Yvonne Jacques as a Christian-based community development initiative, has catered to many of the needs of the people of Lanseria and its surrounding areas.Going the Extra Mile campaign (GEM) and Play Your Part paid the organisation a visit to see how it went about its day-to-day activities. Children from Refilwe’s Godparent programme and from the surrounding areas gather for Refilwe’s weekly Kid’s Club on Saturdays, at which facilitators such as Megan Corbett and volunteers run various workshops with the children.“The two communities come together for Kid’s Club every Saturday,” explains Corbett. “We do worship, we do Bible study and run a feeding scheme with them every Saturday.”Volunteers, who had heard about the opportunity to volunteer through the GEM application, were on hand to help run the workshops and prepare the food for the feeding scheme.Sherley, one of the volunteers present through GEM, said she would probably have been relaxing at home if she had not been made aware of the opportunity to volunteer. “It’s good that they [Refilwe Community Project] have got kids involved,” said Sherley. “They’d also probably be chilling at home doing nothing; now they’re learning and playing together and developing, so I think it’s great to see.”She spoke about the role volunteers could play in helping organisations such as Refilwe, and how GEM had made the process so much easier. “The more people who see it, the more people you have involved, the more donors you can get which means the more projects you can start. So it’s important to get people involved so they can grow.”Looking to make as big an impact as possible, the Refilwe Community Project is running a wide range of initiatives involving children of all ages through to adulthood.GEM CONNECTS YOUGEM is a social development drive aimed at mobilising people and developing a sense of ownership of the organisations and initiatives that have been established to make a difference to people’s lives. The GEM app, developed in conjunction with Play Your Part, rewards volunteers for their efforts in helping during special programmes or in the day-to-day activities of NGOs such as Refilwe.One of Play Your Part’s main objectives is to encourage and empower active citizenship amongst all people of South Africa and, through the partnerships such as this one with GEM, the campaign has increased its reach and made it easier for citizens to take action and help.Volunteers can choose to participate in any campaign listed in the app’s database; once the good deed is done, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, called a GEM. This reward can then be redeemed for a range of products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity, or movie tickets.For more information on how to get involved in your community and to keep track of the activities in and around your area, visit GEM’s website or download the application.last_img read more

High yields and aid help offset low commodity prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Record-high crop yields and new government aid are expected to help insulate Ohio crop farmers from significant financial losses that would have occurred because of low commodity prices, according to a recent Ohio State University study.If net income for farms across Ohio this year follows the projected national trend, then it will decrease by 15% compared to last year’s total. But it could have been a whole lot worse.Fortunately, Ohio farmers, on average, are basking in high yields. The average yields of both soybeans and corn are projected to beat the state’s previous record highs. Soybeans, which are estimated to average 60 bushels per acre, are expected to top last year’s average by 19%, and the 190 bushel-per-acre average for Ohio corn is up 11% from 2017’s average, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).“It’s not just a good year in terms of yields statewide, it’s an incredible year. And that’s helping our financial standing,” said Ben Brown, manager of the farm management program in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.Brown is one of three authors of a recent CFAES study about a new government compensation program called the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which is aimed at helping offset farmers’ losses as a result of the recent overseas tariffs on U.S. goods. The study’s two other authors are Ian Sheldon, an agricultural economics professor in CFAES who serves as the Andersons Chair in Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy; and Haylee Zwick, a graduating senior in CFAES’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, where Brown and Sheldon work.Through the new government aid program, the per-acre compensation to Ohio growers on average will be $47.85 for soybeans, 94 cents for corn, $5.25 for wheat, $4 per pig and 6 cents per 100 pounds of milk, the study found. The estimates are based on average yields and will vary, so farms with below-average yields will be compensated at lower rates.An Ohio farmer with 1,100 acres who harvests 660 acres of soybeans and 440 acres of corn is estimated to receive a government compensation payment of $31,988 before taxes, according to the study. That payment will supplement whatever the farmer earns from crop sales.The compensation is being offered in part because the per-bushel prices for corn and soybeans, the most commonly grown crops in Ohio, have plummeted. That’s due to foreign tariffs imposed this year on soybeans, corn and other U.S. goods sold abroad, as well as greater than average supplies of both crops, Brown said.Payments to producers are based on 2018 production levels for corn and soybeans and include a cap of $125,000 to any individual farmer or business. In Ohio, an estimated $255 million in government compensation is expected, according to the study.“These payments will help financial positions,” Brown said. Even so, “some farmers will say, ‘We’re below what we could have had with record yields and average prices.’ ”The drop in commodity prices has coincided with a flurry of tariffs imposed first in the United States, then abroad. What began with a 25% tariff on foreign steel and 10% on foreign aluminum purchases in the United States has burgeoned into U.S. tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods. China countered with retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products including soybeans, which now have a 28% tariff in the Chinese market.“Next year, we expect farmers to reduce acreage or switch to more profitable crops” depending on what they project they will make on next year’s crop, Brown said.Between May, before the first round of tariffs were imposed, and September, the price the USDA reported for soybeans dropped by $1.40 a bushel, from $10 to $8.60 per bushel and corn decreased by 30 cents a bushel.The government’s compensation to farmers “is not the ideal solution, but it will help producers stay afloat and get to the next production year,” Zwick said.Farmers who want to apply for government compensation through the MFP program can do so until Jan. 15, 2019, through a local office of the Farm Service Agency, which is run by USDA.The study on the MFP program can be found at go.osu.edu/MFPreport.last_img read more

Sync Your Footage Faster with Red Giant’s Plural Eyes

first_imgRed Giant Software releases Plural Eyes 3 for syncing audio and video  Discover why this update may become an essential part of your post production workflow.When Final Cut Pro X was announced at the 2011 NAB Supermeet I couldn’t help but feel a bit sorry for the team from Singular Software (maker of Plural Eyes) that had a booth there.  After all, Apple’s new editing app included it’s own synching tool that could automatically marry video with external audio.   Adobe’s Premiere Pro now has a similar software based syncing tool.  Surely Plural Eyes would become an obsolete software, right?Imagine my surprise then when Red Giant Software, a leading video editing plugin developer, snatched up Plural Eyes in the summer of 2012.  Now we know why.Plural Eyes 3 is faster than ever…20 times faster to be exact.  Anyone shooting on DSLR knows the time it takes to sync up camera footage/audio with audio recorded on an external recorder.  Depending on the amount of footage it could take days manually, and hours using earlier software syncing technology.  The new Plural Eyes aims to make this process a breeze.  It’s a standalone application, so you don’t need a certain video editing application for it to work.  Plural Eyes can export its timeline to Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro for an even smoother post production workflow.For video editors who do a lot of work with externally recorded audio having this tool in your editing toolkit seems like a no-brainer.  Time is money…so speed up your workflow so you can make the most of it.More info and download Plural Eyes 3 at Red Giant ($199).See Plural Eyes 3 in action:last_img read more