Liverpool ease past Porto to close on Champions League semis

first_img0Shares0000Keita and Firmino scored the goals as Liverpool saw off Porto© AFP LLUIS GENELIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 9 – Liverpool closed in on a Champions League semi-final meeting with Barcelona or Manchester United as Porto were swept aside 2-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Anfield.Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino struck inside the first 26 minutes to put the hosts in command and Liverpool’s only regret may be not building a more emphatic lead to take to northern Portugal for next week’s second leg. However, a fourth clean sheet in five home Champions League games this season means an away goal at the Estadio do Dragao on April 17th will leave Porto needing four to progress.Liverpool thrashed the Portuguese giants 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie last season and the scoreline could have been just as embarrassing for Sergio Conceicao’s men had the hosts been more accurate in front of goal.It took Jurgen Klopp’s men just five minutes to open the scoring as Keita got his second goal in as many games having waited nine months to open his Liverpool account.The Guinean got the benefit of a big deflection off Oliver Torres as his strike from the edge of the area left veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas helpless.Minutes later Firmino was galloping into acres of space in behind the Porto defence, but this time his deflected effort drifted just beyond Casillas’s far post.Mohamed Salah ended his eight-game goal drought as Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win at Southampton on Friday, but the Egyptian got his angles wrong when he failed to hit the target with just Casillas to beat.– Porto’s slack defending –Conceicao was visibly furious with his side’s slack defending, but Porto could easily have got back into the tie when Alisson Becker saved well with his feet from Moussa Marega.Liverpool then had to survive a VAR review for a potential handball against Trent Alexander-Arnold as Alisson palmed the ball into his full-back.Soon, though, Alexander-Arnold was helping twist the knife into Porto at the other end with his eighth assist of the season.Jordan Henderson, playing in a more advanced midfield position than normal, cut the visitors’ defence open for the England international to square for Firmino to tap into an empty net.Liverpool have become accustomed to winning games late in recent weeks in their bid for a first Premier League title in 29 years.However, Klopp’s men seemed keen to kill the tie off before their trip to Portugal as Firmino blazed a great chance from Henderson’s pinpoint pass off target.Only a matter of centimetres denied Liverpool a third early in the second half when another excellent Henderson cross picked out Sadio Mane to volley home, but the Senegalese was flagged offside.Marega kept plugging away to try and find the away goal that would pull Porto back into the tie, but only one of his many second-half efforts forced Alisson into a comfortable save.The fine balance Liverpool must strike in maintaining their quest for European glory alongside ending a long wait for a top-flight title was in evidence as Klopp withdrew Mane and Firmino in the final quarter with one eye on Sunday’s league visit of Chelsea.However, that proved a luxury that Liverpool could afford to take as they look set for a second Champions League semi-final in as many years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal set their sights on Uruguay striker after Benzema snub

first_imgArsenal are now chasing Edinson Cavani after they were snubbed by Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, according to talkSPORT’s South American football expert Tim Vickery.Benzema tweeted on Monday saying Madrid was his home and that fans should not believe the “clowns” linking him with a move away.Paris Saint-Germain’s Cavani is another who has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Manchester United interested, but Vickery has his reservations about the striker.“The angle the Uruguayan press are going with is that now with Benzema now not going to happen, Arsenal have set their sights on Cavani,” he told Hawksbee & Jacobs.“He’s a box to box centre-forward, his workrate is outstanding. He is quite happy to chase well back into his own half and he really does put in a shift.“My doubt about him – and I’ve seen a lot of him from Uruguay under-20s – is that he never quite manages to score the goals that you think he should.”last_img read more

DONEGAL ENTREPRENEURS GET RED CARPET TREATMENT ON JUNIOR DRAGON’S DEN

first_imgRonan and Conor Mc Garvey of Donegal Pens pictured in the Four Seasons Hotel, Dublin on Saturday for the premier screening of Junior Dragons Den and awards event. The programme will screen on RTE1 on Sunday, May 5th at 9.30pm. Included from left are John Gorman, Principal, Rosses Community School, Dungloe, Anne Mulhern, Bank of Ireland, Dungloe, Aoife Mc Garvey, Eilise O Harte, RCS, Dungloe, Ramona Nicholas, Eoin Mc Garvey, Marie Mc Garvey, John Michael Sweeney and Konrad Dechant.Three young Donegal entrepreneurs, their families and teachers got a chance to view an exclusive preview of the Junior Dragons’ Den TV shows in Dublin at the weekend.Donegal Pens brothers Ronan and Conor Mc Garvey from Loughanure, and Letterkenny lad Niall Mc Closkey of Easy Grower were among the twenty young enterprises that made it into the Dragons’ Den.Over 350 entries were received from all over the country but only twenty made it to the Den, two of the enterprises from Donegal. The Bank of Ireland hosted red carpet premier screening was held in the plush Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin and three of the five dragons were in attendance – Ramona Nicholas, Sean O’Sullivan and veteran dragon Gavin Duffy.The two junior shows were screened before the huge audience and later in the night presentations were made to all the young entrepreneurs who made it to Dragons’ Den.The boys are remaining tight lipped about the outcome of their time in the Den but were all smiles with the rest of the junior entrepreneurs in Dublin at the weekend.The Donegal Pens brothers and Niall from EasyGrower will feature in the second programme of the junior Dragons’ Den on RTE1 on Sunday, May 5th at 9.30pm.  DONEGAL ENTREPRENEURS GET RED CARPET TREATMENT ON JUNIOR DRAGON’S DEN was last modified: April 22nd, 2013 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:DONEGAL PENSDragon’s DenEasy Growerlast_img read more

Ireland’s first visually-impaired competitor bids for rally glory in Donegal

first_imgTEENAGE rally navigator Sara McFadden hopes to catch the eye as she competes in Donegal for the first time this weekend.The 18-year-old, from Castlebar, is Ireland’s first visually-impaired competitor in Irish rallying – and could secure a class victory in the Border Championship tomorrow at the 2019 Donegal Harvest Rally.Sara was born with albinism, which has affected her vision. In sunlight, for example, Sara sees ‘nothing but white’. Along with her albinism, Sara has a condition called nystagmus, meaning the muscles behind her eyes are not fully developed and her eyes move constantly. In order to read, Sara has to work to stop her eyes from moving. Born into a rally-mad family, the sport was always her dream.“When I was 12, I found out I’d never be able to drive and that was just a devastating blow,” she says.“I always wanted to follow in my parents’ footsteps. All I wanted to be was a rally driver. “It didn’t take me too long to realise that I could navigate. When I turned 16, we started putting things in place and I got my licence last year.” Sara has used a kart track in Galway to practice her skills as a co-driver and, having passed the various criteria laid down by Motorsport Ireland and the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, she was granted a licence to compete as a navigator.Last year, she called the notes for her dad, Keith, at the Imokilly Rally in Cork.“I have no problem reading the pace notes,” Sara says. Sara calls the pace notes for her dad, Keith“They’re big enough and once I can feel where we are on the stage, I can follow the notes. “My eyesight is worse in sunlight. So, when it’s bright, I can’t see very much at all. I see basically nothing but white. When I’m inside, I’d see a little bit – not a lot – more. Sitting in a rally car is quite difficult with the changing light – at speed!” Sara used an iPad while at Davitt College in Castlebar and is now studying at IT Sligo.Rallying is her big passion and the Mayo native literally has to get a feel for the stages at recce before she competes. “So, obviously it’s harder for me,” Sara says.  “I do it mainly through feel, whereas other navigators are able to look out the window. I’m able to feel the corners and know where we are on the stage.“It’s literally all about getting the feel for it. You get used to it and adapt.” Sarah and Keith will take to the stages tomorrow at the Harvest Rally in their Honda Civic hoping to edge Roger Kennedy and Wendy Blackledge for the Class 3 title in the Border Championship.“We always have a good battle ever day we go out against them pipping each other by a few seconds on every stage of the day but this time it’s different – this time there is a lot more on the line,” Sara says, “It doesn’t mean we will have any hard feelings, regardless of the outcome on Saturday evening as I know that we fought hard all year for it.”The McFaddens are regular visitors to Donegal as spectators, but now Sarah will get a proper taste of some of the county’s famous tarmac.She says: “I’m absolutely over the moon to be going to Donegal.The McFadden family are big rally supporters“I can’t believe we’re actually going to compete in Donegal. I’m really excited. Now, I’m competing with the likes of the people I looked up to.“Every year, we’d be up at the International and the Harvest as well.  It’s always special coming up to Donegal to watch, but I never thought I’d be coming up to actually compete in Donegal.”Ireland’s first visually-impaired competitor bids for rally glory in Donegal was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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 Harvest RallyAlbinismCastlebarInishowenKeith McFaddenMotorsport IrelandSara McFaddenlast_img read more

Woman caught with taser said it was for her own protection

first_imgA young woman who was caught with a taser gun said she carried it for her own protection after a previous experience.Shauna Gallagher was caught with the taser which was shaped like a torch when stopped by Gardai at Manorcunningham on March 20th last. Gardai had stopped the Subaru Legacy car which Ms Gallagher was traveling as part of a drugs investigation.The taser was found in the back of the car and Ms Gallagher, aged 23, admitted she owned the instrument.She told Garda Darren Carter that she had bought the taser online after she had suffered a previous experience.Garda Carter asked if she knew it was illegal to own such an instrument and she said she did not.She said she knew that the taser would give a sting to someone and would allow time to escape from a situation.She told Gardai “I haven’t hurt anyone in my life. This is the first time in my life I have been in trouble and it is for trying to protect myself.“I have this fear that something is going to happen to me. I wasn’t aware that it is illegal to have it and I have never used it.”Ms Gallagher, of Riverview Apartments in Letterkenny was arrested and later charged with an offence under the Firearms and Dangerous Weapons Act.Having heard the evidence solicitor Rory O’Brien said he was seeking an application to have the charge dismissed.He said that Gardai could not prove that Ms Gallagher had intended to use the taser to intimidate or hurt anyone.He also said that when the taser was seized it was in a public place but was in a private car.Judge Paul Kelly said he felt there was an intention to use the instrument as the accused woman had admitted she knew it would give a sting.However, he accepted the taser was found in a private vehicle parked in a public place.Because of that the taser was not in a public place and it was in a private car which a person would have to be invited into if the taser was to be used.Because of this the application to dismiss the case was accepted.Woman caught with taser said it was for her own protection was last modified: September 7th, 2019 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:courtguntazerlast_img read more

Di Matteo, Smith and more

first_imgWatford want to re-sign Tommy Smith, reports the Daily Express.The Hornets are looking to replace Marvin Sordell, who moved to Bolton on deadline day, and are believed to be keen to capture forward Smith from QPR.On his way back to Watford?A loan move back to Vicarage Road would mean a third spell at Watford for Smith, who faces stiff competition for a first-team place at Rangers.The South Wales Echo reveal that Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay – formerly of Watford – is also interested in Smith and remains keen on Jamie Mackie.The Daily Mirror say Fulham are already planning a move to sign Hugo Rodallega when his Wigan contract expires at the end of the season.Tottenham are also apparently interested in the Colombian, who was linked with both clubs before the transfer window closed.The Mirror also claim FA chiefs could order Fabio Capello not to select John Terry for Euro 2012 after the Chelsea and England captain’s alleged racist abuse trial was set for the week following the tournament.Finally, while former QPR manager Neil Warnock is the strong favourite to take over at Leeds, the Express suggest Elland Road chairman Ken Bates’ preferred choice is Chelsea assistant boss Roberto Di Matteo.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Reconciliation Day: Time to join hands in the spirit of Ubuntu

first_imgJeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and EvaluationReconciling and uniting people who lived as adversaries for many years was always going to be a painful and difficult task. Reconciliation affects every aspect of our life as a country. It is not a once-off event, but a process. It demands that we work together and look beyond our differences. This is the legacy our founding father and former president Nelson Mandela left us with.On 16 December this year we observed National Reconciliation Day without Madiba for the second time, but his legacy of a united and prosperous country lives on in each and every one of us. Tata was laid to rest on 15 December 2013 and we honoured his memory a day later with the unveiling of a nine-metre statue at the Union Buildings. He, along with other leaders, made enormous sacrifices for our country. Some paid with their lives so that we may be free and celebrate this day.Together they achieved the impossible by convincing those who did not see eye to eye prior to 1994 to find each other and work towards building a country based on the values of our Constitution. Our Constitution lays the foundation for an open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights and is regarded around the world as very progressive.December 16 is used to foster reconciliation and national unity in the true spirit of our late icon as he had envisaged at the start of our democracy. It also serves as a reminder of how far we have come in uniting the country and of the challenges that still lie ahead. This year’s commemoration under the theme: “Social Cohesion, Reconciliation and National Unity in the 20 years of Democracy” coincides with South Africa celebrating 20 Years of Freedom.As a nation, we have come a long way in healing the wounds of the past and in building an inclusive society. The government has over the last 20 years provided leadership in creating an enabling environment for achieving this. It successfully laid the foundation for the removal of obstacles that divided our people on the basis of race, culture, religion or language.As part of our reconciliation we began to ensure the equal spread of national resources. The government started to provide basic services such as water, sanitation, electricity, houses, health and education for those who were deprived prior to 1994.Reconciliation also required government to tackle the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. We have taken decisive steps to promote the economic growth through the implementation of the National Development Plan, the National Infrastructure Plan, the New Growth Path and the Industrial Policy Action Plan.But the task of reconciling a nation is not merely the duty of government alone but a societal responsibility. Through our collective effort and perseverance that we can achieve the social harmony former President Nelson Mandela spoke about and are able to advance national reconciliation. As citizens we need to reach out to each other and break down the barriers that still define us 20 years into our democracy.We need to ask ourselves whether we have done enough to confront and overcome the stereotypes and myths that were entrenched over years under colonisation and apartheid. We remain concerned over the racism-related incidents across the country. They are unacceptable and go against our goal of building a society based on the ethos of Ubuntu where everyone feels valued, respected and safe.Reconciliation requires of us to confront our past and educate fellow South Africans of the past wrongs committed against black people. A major step towards reconciliation is to acknowledge that apartheid was a crime against humanity.Addressing the National Council of Provinces in 1998, former President Nelson Mandela said: “What has been revealed in the TRC shows not only what human beings can do to other human beings, but has actually confirmed the condemnation by the international community that apartheid was a crime against humanity. To kill people without bringing them before a court of law; to bury them secretly, this is an illustration of how apartheid is an evil against humanity.”It is disheartening that the 2014 South African Reconciliation Barometer published by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, shows that 25% of South Africans believe apartheid was not a crime against humanity. We should take this survey as a call to action to do more in educating and raising awareness about the injustices and violence that were perpetrated by the apartheid regime against the majority of people. The youth, in particular, should know our history to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future.last_img read more

Violence shifts to Mirik in Darjeeling, TMC leader’s house attacked

first_imgViolence in the Darjeeling hills, which has been on the boil over the statehood stir, shifted to the Mirik municipality when a petrol bomb was hurled at the residence of a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader in the early hours of Friday.The house of M.K. Zimba, vice-chairman of the TMC Board at Mirik Municipality was attacked. Mr. Zimba sustained head injuries in the attack, following which he had to be medically treated.Miscreants also set on fire a Gorkhaland Territorial Administration office and an Agriculture Department office building in Mirik. In the recently concluded municipal polls, the TMC won the Mirik municipality while the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) won three other municipalities of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong. A fresh spate of violence erupted in the hills on Thursday night after miscreants attacked a patrol party comprising the CRPF and police personnel. Five police personnel were injured in the violence. The miscreants snatched a Self- Loading Rifle and a 9-mm pistol from the police-CRPF patrol party in the Rangli police outpost area in the Darjeeling district. Later in the day, the arms were recovered by the police from the same area. The GJM has denied any role in the incidents.Meanwhile, at the third all-party meeting convened at Kalimpong, it was decided that the shutdown in force since June 15 will continue.last_img read more

Bihar bans socks, shoes inside Class X board exam centres to check cheating

first_imgTo keep an eye on cheating, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has asked students appearing for the upcoming Class X board examinations, beginning from February 21, not to wear shoes and socks and instead wear slippers.In the just-concluded Intermediate examination in the State, 985 students were expelled for use of “unfair means” and 25 were caught for impersonating other students.“The board has decided that candidates wearing only slippers will be allowed to enter the examination halls…those coming to the centres wearing shoes and socks will have to remove them outside the hall”, said BSEB chairman Anand Kishor.The board has taken this decision to “prevent cheating”, added Mr. Kishor.Last year too, shoes and socks were not allowed for the students at the exam centres. “Besides, many agencies conducting entrance examinations too have banned shoes and socks inside examination halls”, said the BSEB chairman.Altogether, 17.70 lakh students will be appearing for the Class X board examinations at 1,426 centres in the State this year, which is scheduled from February 21 to February 28.The Board has also decided to depute one invigilator for every 25 students and the examination will be video recorded. “Section 144 to will be clamped on a radius of 200 meters from the examination centre”, said Mr. Kishor.Bihar, of late, has been hitting the headlines for use of unfair means at Class X and Intermediate examinations and the BSEB taking tough measures to check cheating.last_img read more

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari calls all-party meet to end deadlock in Parliament over Coalgate

first_imgRajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Thursday called an all-party meet to end the ongoing crisis in Parliament over the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG’s) report on coal scam indicting the UPA government. Ansari discussed the situation with the leaders from the ruling as well as opposition parties and got their views on how deadlock could be ended. However, no solution emerged from the meet. The BJP-led NDA has been stalling Parliament proceedings demanding resignation from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been directly blamed for the Rs 1.86 lakh crore coal scam. It has allowed no business in both the Houses this week.Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar invited the opposition leaders to talk over the issue. However, they refused to come. According to sources, the speaker had appealed the opposition leaders on government’s request to resume work. However, the Opposition communicated that it would spell its stand on Monday. Sources said that the BJP communicated to the speaker that it could not compromise on the issue at the moment. She has now called leaders of all the parties to end the deadlock.last_img read more