Turkey appoint former Shakhtar boss Lucescu

first_imgTurkey have appointed Romanian Mircea Lucescu as national team coach, a week after parting ways with Fatih Terim, local media reported on Wednesday.Lucescu spent 12 years at the helm of Shakhtar Donetsk from 2004, winning eight domestic league titles and six national cups as well as the UEFA Cup in 2009 to become their most successful coach.He left the Ukrainian club to join Zenit St Petersburg in Russia, but was dismissed in May after a solitary season in charge.He has previously coached the Romanian national team, Inter Milan and Turkish clubs Galatasaray and Besiktas.Terim left his job two weeks after being involved in a brawl in a west coast holiday town.The 63-year-old former Fiorentina, AC Milan and Galatasaray manager was seen in television footage fighting with a restaurant owner. Turkish media said he and his sons-in-law left five men injured after the incident.last_img read more

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Tenorio stars as Ginebra upends no. 2 Alaska for semis berth

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown LA Tenorio leads Ginebra. PBA IMAGESGinebra charged in the second half and pulled off a 108-97 victory over Alaska to advance to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.LA Tenorio took the responsibility of taking the life out of the Aces, unleashing 31 points, three assists, and two rebounds, including the dagger floater to put his side up, 102-91, with 1:32 to play and seal the deal.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leytecenter_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Blazer at Heart: De Guzman ‘still with Benilde’ after graduation MOST READ The Gin Kings used an 8-0 blast to turn a 63-all deadlock in the third frame to a 71-63 advantage, which they extended to as high as 14, 89-75, on a Japeth Aguilar putback at the 7:17 mark of the fourth period.Calvin Abueva topped Alaska with 29 points and 13 rebounds, while Vic Manuel got 23 markers and five boards in the defeat.The Scores:GINEBRA 108 – Tenorio 31, Mariano 20, Ferrer 15, Thompson 10, Mercado 9, Ellis 9, Marcelo 7, Cruz 5, Aguilar 2, Helterbrand 0, Caguioa 0.ALASKA 97 – Abueva 29, Manuel 23, Casio 10, Racal 8, Pascual 6, Galliguez 6, Exciminiano 5, Thoss 4, Cruz 3, Dela Cruz 3, Hontiveros 0, Jazul 0, Magat 0, Mendoza 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 21-25, 51-53, 82-71, 108-97. But it wasn’t just Tenorio who did the work, as Ginebra also leaned on its young guns to stun the second-seed Aces and overcome a twice-to-win disadvantage.Aljon Mariano nabbed a career-high 20 markers and eight boards, Kevin Ferrer had 15 points and five rebounds, and Scottie Thompson got 10 markers, nine rebounds, three steals, and two assists to carry the Gin Kings to the Final Four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We picked the right time to play our best game of the conference,” said coach Tim Cone. “Our guys played really hard. It almost takes a special kind of group to pull of this kind of thing, and these guys are proving that they are special.”Ginebra will face Star in the best-of-7 semifinals to begin on Thursday. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

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Lawlessness on our roads

first_imgThe Traffic Department of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is reporting that almost one year after “Operation Safeway” was launched, there has been a marked improvement in terms of reducing road accidents in Guyana.On September 15, 2016, the Traffic Chief launched “Operation Safeway” with the intention of decreasing accidents and deaths on the roads and promoting better road safety awareness. Giving a brief report on the programme’s success thus far, Traffic Chief Dion Moore was quoted in the media as saying that “Operation Safeway” “has borne us some amount of fruit”. That fruit is a reduction in the number of fatal accidents this year compared to the same period last year.The Traffic Chief reported that this year, to date there has been a 22 per cent decrease in accidents and a 20 per cent decrease in deaths in comparison to the same period last year. From January to September 2017, the GPF has recorded 65 accidents with 72 deaths. He noted that speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol remain the leading causes of accidents on the roadways.It should be noted that when the campaign was launched in 2016, the GPF had already recorded 89 accidents with 96 deaths. That was a 33 per cent increase in fatal accidents and a 17 per cent increase in deaths compared to 2015. The year 2016 was one of the deadliest for road users with 116 fatal accidents resulting in 127 deaths by the end of that year.If we are to go by the statistics provided by the GPF, even though the achievement has not been that great, it could still be regarded as an improvement which needs to continue. The GPF must continue to mount certain targeted campaigns to halt the level of lawlessness we see daily on our roadways.Almost every week there are reports in the media of someone being killed or badly injured on our roadways. Despite action on several fronts, including Government enacting the relevant legislation, civil society groups mounting numerous protest marches for stronger action against reckless drivers, and the Traffic Department carrying out a number of ‘campaigns’, the road fatality rates remain unacceptably high.The reasons for the high rates of road accidents are well known and there is no need to rehash them here except to say that, while there are various factors which impact on road safety, there is little doubt that the single most important in a general sense is enforcement of the traffic laws. The Government has enacted the relevant legislation in relation to driving under the influence, loud music in vehicles, overloading, speeding, etc, but if the laws are not adequately implemented, they become useless. It would be interesting to find out how many of the drivers/conductors who are stopped for breaking a traffic law/s are actually charged and brought before the courts.While it is not our intention to paint the entire Police Force with the same brush, as there are many professional and honest officers within the Force, we are convinced that unless what is perceived as the endemic corruption in the organisation, and the traffic section in particular, is addressed in a systematic way, we will not achieve the desired results.Importantly too is that along with the measures being undertaken by the law enforcement authorities to reduce road fatalities, there is need for all Guyanese to move away from the culture of disregard and irresponsibility in relation to using the roadways. In this regard, the Education Ministry and other relevant stakeholders should examine the possibility of strengthening the school curriculum with the aim of increasing knowledge, skills and understanding among children and young people about the responsible use of our roadways. Similar efforts should also be made targeting the adult population as they too are sometimes found to be irresponsible when using our roadways.Too many of our citizens continue to lose their lives or are becoming permanently disabled at a young age due to road accidents. For a small country such as ours, we cannot afford to continue along this path.last_img read more

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Kuria sponsors Gor, AFC Gatundu clash

first_imgK’Ogalo will feature in another parallel tournament this weekend after they were invited to mark 114th anniversary at the spiritual home of their supporters.“We will participate in both and have merged the senior team and the Under 19s to send strong teams. I’m not aware if AFC Leopards are also invited but if they are, we will play them, we have no objection,” Ngala told Capital Sport.The giants will be meeting for a third time this season after the second leg league encounter between the two aborted after chaos erupted before Gor were awarded maximum points on review.Kuria says the event is a peace drive for his constituents and is delighted the local titans have confirmed participation.“Gor Mahia versus AFC Leopards is a big match but the most important thing is that the two coming together for this event in Gatundu underscores the important role football can play in fostering peace among different communities in our great country because national cohesion is a duty we must undertake seriously.“I’m not underrating the fact that in football; there can be upsets but the fact that the giants are coming with their main squads, including Footballer of the Year, Michael Olunga and others, should be obvious that it will be big,” Kuria declared.“It will be very interesting to see the people of Gatundu split loyalty supporting their preferred choice between two of Kenya’s greatest clubs and of course it is worthy entertainment for us all,” the legislator added.Kuria was involved in fund raising exercises of the clubs to fulfill their SPL (Leopards) and Cecafa Kagame Cup (Gor) obligations in a season they struggled for lack of title sponsors.Leopards will be the first to take to the pitch against Gatundu Combined A with Gor entertaining Gatundu Combined B in the second match before the titans lock horns at 5pm.Saturday matches will mark the opening of the inaugural MK Cup, “It will be the beginning of an exciting tournament that will run for several weeks and we shall be rewarding winners with exciting cash prizes as well as trip his in a bid to help unlock the full potential of grassroots football.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia players applaud their supporters after the SPL second leg Mashemeji Derby match was called off. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, December 18 – Unbeaten SportPesa Premier League champions, Gor Mahia will clash with bitter rivals AFC Leopards in a friendly Mashemeji Derby at Saturday’s MK Cup in Gatundu, Kiambu County.Gor assistant secretary General, Ronald Ngala told Capital Sport they will send a strong team after blending the seniors and their development side to compete in the one day tournament organised by Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Pochettino is the right man to take Tottenham forward, insists Comolli

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is the right man to lead the club, insists the club’s former sporting director Damien Comolli.The pressure is increasing on the Argentine head coach as Spurs sit 12th in the Premier League after sinking to their fifth defeat of the season against a spirited Stoke side at White Hart Lane.But, after his impressive time in charge of Southampton, Comolli believes Pochettino has all the credentials to be a success in north London, and he wants a senior figure within the club to come out and back their man.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Tottenham cannot keep changing [manager] all the time. I think someone needs to show some leadership at the club, come out publicly and say, ‘Mauricio Pochettino’s the right man. He’s the one we picked during the summer and we’re going to stick with him’, because I can’t see the logic in changing manager every six months.“It’s the same group of players so whether there is something wrong at the club or there is something wrong with the players [I don’t know].“Pochettino has done extremely well since he arrived in England and, for me, he was the right choice and he should be the right person going forward. They just need to come out and say it publicly and give him some support.”last_img read more

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Prosecutors rest case in Padilla trial

first_imgMIAMI – For a star defendant whose name is known around the world, Jose Padilla has become almost a bit player in his terrorism-support trial – and some observers say the federal government may not have proved its case against him. Prosecutors rested their case Friday after nine weeks, 22 witnesses and dozens of FBI wiretap intercepts played at trial, most of them in Arabic with written translations for jurors. Defense lawyers for Padilla and his two co-defendants will begin presenting their case next week. Much is at stake for the government, which once heralded Padilla’s arrest as a success in the country’s War on Terror, accused him in an al-Qaida “dirty bomb” plot, and held him for 3 years as an enemy combatant. Padilla’s voice was heard on only seven intercepts, a tiny fraction of the 300,000 collected by the FBI during the nearly decade-long investigation. Padilla was never linked to any specific acts of terrorism or homicide and, unlike his co-defendants, he was not accused of using purported code words such as “tourism” for “jihad” or “eggplant” for “rocket-propelled grenade.” “Although everyone has been referring to this case as the Padilla trial, the government’s case against Padilla has been pretty thin,” said David O. Markus, a Miami defense attorney who has frequently written about the case on his legal blog. “I’m sure the government lawyers are sweating quite a bit right now.” Padilla, a 36-year-old Muslim convert, was arrested in 2002 as he got off a plane in Chicago, returning from Pakistan. He was carrying $10,526, a cell phone and e-mail addresses for al-Qaida operatives. A month later, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft interrupted a trip to Moscow to announce the arrest, saying Padilla was part of an al-Qaida plot to set off a radioactive “dirty bomb” in the United States. President George W. Bush declared him an enemy combatant and he was held by the military for 3 years. Just before the administration had to justify that decision to the Supreme Court, he was transferred to civilian custody and added in late 2005 to the Miami terror support case. The “dirty bomb” allegations were dropped and alleged admissions Padilla made to interrogators in a Navy brig during his confinement have not been presented during the trial. That’s partly because Padilla was not allowed to consult an attorney during questioning, but prosecutors also don’t want to discuss how Padilla was treated at the brig. Padilla’s lawyers have said the conditions amounted to torture. The key to the case against Padilla, according to attorneys and legal experts, is how much weight jurors give to the five-page “mujahedeen data form” he allegedly filled out in July 2000 to attend an al-Qaida training camp in Afghanistan. Seven of Padilla’s fingerprints are on the form, which was recovered by the CIA in Afghanistan in December 2001. “The question is whether the defense has a plausible theory for how Padilla’s fingerprints got on the form that doesn’t implicate him,” said Stephen Vladeck, law professor at American University in Washington. The form also serves to link Padilla co-defendants Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi, both 45, to al-Qaida. Most of the other evidence and wiretap intercepts concern actions Hassoun and Jayyousi supposedly took to benefit Islamic extremists in global hot spots such as Chechnya, Somalia, Kosovo and Lebanon. The ominous presence of bin Laden hovers over the trial, even though U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke limited references to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Jurors were shown a 1997 CNN interview in which bin Laden bitterly denounced the U.S. and heard Hassoun and Jayyousi discuss it on telephone calls. “Bin Laden might as well be sitting at the defense table next to Padilla,” said former Miami U.S. Attorney Guy Lewis.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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Cervical, testicular cancer victims are more apt to undergo divorces

first_imgThe researchers said since Norway’s divorce rate is the same as other developed countries the results may apply elsewhere. Lesley Fallowfield, a professor of psycho-oncology at Sussex University who was not connected to the study, said that because sex is a particularly important way for young couples to cement their relationship, a cancer diagnosis that affects a couple’s sex life might be very damaging. “No patient develops cancer in a social vacuum,” she said. “The diagnosis will always have an impact on a loved one, and in some cases, they may decide to leave.” Syse said that her study was good news for some cancer patients. “There’s a myth that if you get breast cancer, your husband will leave you,” she said. In fact, she and her colleagues found that survivors of breast cancer were less likely to get divorced than similar women without the disease. Another study presented Wednesday at the Barcelona meeting found that children of cancer patients were so affected by the news of their parent’s diagnosis that they had post-traumatic stress symptoms years later. “We clearly need to be looking closer at how cancer affects a patient’s loved ones,” Fallowfield said. “There is more to treating cancer than just medical care.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Maria Cheng THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BARCELONA, Spain – People who develop cervical or testicular cancer may face another harsh reality: they are more likely to get divorced than those without the disease, a new study says. In research presented Thursday at a meeting of the European Cancer Organization, Norwegian experts found cancer patients were no more likely to get divorced than people without cancer, except for those with cervical and testicular cancer. The divorce rate actually dropped slightly in the years following diagnosis for most cancers, they said. But the study showed women with cervical cancer had a 40 percent higher chance of getting divorced than other women. Men with testicular cancer were 20 percent more likely to get divorced than similar men without cancer. Both types of cancer are curable and are diagnosed at younger ages than other cancers. The researchers didn’t have any information on why the couples divorced. Experts thought that the breakups could be due both to the cancers, and to the youth of the couples involved. Older couples might be more committed to each other. The researchers said the risk of divorce among those with cervical or testicular cancer dropped with age. “It seems to be worse for your marriage to get cancer early,” said Astri Syse, an epidemiologist at the Norwegian Cancer Registry who led the study. The researchers looked at 2.8 million people, comparing the divorce rates of 215,000 cancer survivors and couples with no cancer. They did not ask about the reasons for the divorces, but only looked at marriage and divorce registration data between 1974 and 2001. last_img read more

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OUT! Man United star to miss Belgium’s Euro 2016 qualifier with Wales through injury

first_img Marouane Fellaini 1 Marouane Fellaini will miss Belgium’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier with Wales on Friday after picking up a groin injury in training.Fellaini’s national coach Marc Wilmots confirmed the Manchester United midfielder would miss the Cardiff game in a tweet on the official Belgian FA account on Wednesday afternoon.“He is not ready for selection for #walbel and leaves the squad for further rehabilitation,” Wilmots said on the BelgianRedDevils account.It is understood the ex-Everton star picked up the problem as the Belgium squad trained at Anderlecht’s Constant Vanden Stock Stadium.Belgium, who are second in the FIFA world rankings, have plenty of depth to their squad but the loss of Fellaini would still come as a huge blow to the Red Devils.The powerful 27-year-old has scored eight goals in his last 13 games for club and country and was on target twice in Belgium’s 4-3 friendly victory against France in Paris on Sunday night.Belgium lead the way in Group B at the halfway stage of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, but only lead second-placed Wales on goal difference.last_img read more

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Common cons

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 THE saddest thing about the investigation that uncovered massive fraud in the county home-care program is that it’s so ho-hum. Revelations that scammers are ripping off taxpayers to the tune of millions of dollars every year have become the rule rather than the exception. That Los Angeles County prosecutors are seeking the arrest of several people for ripping off the home-care program for millions in false billings is unfortunate, but not surprising. Anytime there’s a big pot of money around, there will be people who set about to illegally get a piece of it. And while the money may be intended to aid needy members of society, that’s not a deterrent to self-serving criminals. It’s a good thing that the county is going after these scammers. But this case also underscores that waste and fraud continue to drain taxpayer funds because government isn’t doing enough to stop it.last_img read more

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Lunch meeting to feature international market expert

first_imgLANCASTER – Terrence Barber will speak at an Antelope Valley Public Relations Officials (PROz) luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at Texas Cattle Company, 44206 10th St. W. Barber is a principal of Tenso Barterre Group and vice president for International Operations of Alliant International University in San Francisco. Barber has over 20 years experience in international market development, oriented toward global competitiveness and high value market access. He was a senior diplomat for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Japan, where he designed and oversaw a $20 million marketing budget. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Born in Japan of Japanese, African-American and Cherokee heritage, he promotes transcultural understanding as a critical path for global market success. PROz members and guests are invited to attend. Luncheon cost is $13 for members and $25 for non-members. Reservations are required by Nov. 8. Call (661) 816-8749. 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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