Spectacular Knockaert strike breaks Palace resistance

first_imgA moment of brilliance from Anthony Knockaert settled a fiercely contested local derby as Brighton & Hove Albion beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park to edge further clear from the Premier League relegation zone.The Frenchman moved inside his marker to fire a curling 74th-minute left-foot winner from outside the area as Brighton completed the league double over their great rivals for the first time since 1983-4.But Knockaert was fortunate to still be on the pitch after only receiving a yellow card for a crunching challenge on Luka Milivojevic after just 28 seconds — the quickest booking in the Premier League for 10 years.Brighton opened the scoring on 19 minutes when 35-year-old Glenn Murray — promoted off the bench after Florin Andone was injured in the warm-up — volleyed home after Scott Dann misjudged his headed clearance.The goal was Murray’s 100th league strike for Brighton and seventh in this fixture, three of which he scored for Palace.Brighton, impressively marshalled at the back by Lewis Dunk, were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty when Dann wrestled Shane Duffy to the ground but then conceded from the spot after the break when Davy Propper fouled Andros Townsend.The ever-reliable Milivojevic converted the penalty for the 17th time as a Palace player before Knockaert had the final say as Brighton registered back-to-back league victories for the first time this year to join Palace on 33 points in the standings.Afterwards Knockaert, who was substituted immediately after his goal, described it as “a special day for us and the fans”.Knockaeart said the referee spoke to him at halftime about his two-footed challenge on Milivojevic which led to his early booking. “We both went for the same ball. I was a bit late,” he said.Murray said he was delighted to get a start — and his goal. “I got drafted in just before the game after Florin Andone felt his groin go in the warm-up,” he said.“The 100 goals and things like that don’t bother me, it’s something to look back on but I’m just delighted to get the three points.”last_img read more

Porto goalkeeper Casillas suffers heart attack, taken to hospital – club statement

first_imgMADRID, May 1 (Reuters) – Spain’s World Cup winning captain Iker Casillas, 37, suffered a heart attack while training with his team Porto on Wednesday and was taken to hospital, the Portuguese club said in a statement, adding that the goalkeeper’s life was not in danger.“Iker Casillas suffered an acute heart attack during this Wednesday’s training session,” Porto said in a statement on their official website.“The session was quickly halted so medical assistance could be provided to the Porto goalkeeper, who is currently in the CUF Porto Hospital. Casillas is ok, stable and the heart problem has been resolved.”Casillas played 167 times for Spain, famously captaining his country to their first and only World Cup win in 2010 as well as the 2008 and 2012 European Championships.Born in Mostoles, Madrid, Casillas came through Real Madrid’s academy and spent the majority of his career there until joining Porto in July 2015.He is Real’s second all-time appearance maker, playing 725 matches between 1999 and 2015, winning five La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns with the club. His former team mate Raul made 741 appearances for Real.last_img read more

Out on a limb: Unlikely collaboration boosts orangutans in Borneo

first_imgLogging and hunting have decimated a population of Bornean orangutans in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park in Indonesia.Help has recently come from a pair of unlikely allies: an animal welfare group and a human health care nonprofit.Cross-disciplinary collaboration to meet the needs of ecosystems and humans is becoming an important tool for overcoming seemingly intractable obstacles in conservation. BUKIT BAKA BUKIT RAYA NATIONAL PARK, Indonesia — In the heart of Indonesian Borneo, a dwindling population of orangutans is getting a new lease on life thanks to a group of wildlife rescuers and medical professionals who have joined forces.Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) numbers are only about a third of what they were 20 years ago, with forest destruction and hunting leading to an estimated loss of almost 150,000 individuals between 1999 and 2015. The IUCN predicts that the species’ numbers will halve again by 2025, painting a bleak future for this critically endangered primate.Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, a sprawling 1,811 square kilometers (699 square miles) of rainforest in central Borneo, is ideal orangutan habitat: Towering tropical hardwoods dominate the forest, flowering in synchronized bursts and showering the ground with whirling, two-winged seeds once or twice a decade. Giant trees like ironwood (Eusideroxylon zwageri) reach dizzying proportions, their trunks stretching 60 meters (196 feet) into the clouds and swelling to 2 meters (6 feet) in diameter. And a ring of mountains surrounds a lowland basin dotted with abundant fruit trees.Butan and Marsela, Bornean orangutans rescued as infants from forest destroyed for a palm oil plantation, climb into the canopy after being released in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park. Image courtesy of Heribertus/IAR Indonesia.Yet the park is home to only “a very small and potentially non-viable resident wild orangutan population,” Karmele Llano Sánchez, program director of International Animal Rescue in Indonesia, said in an email. Just as hunting and logging have threatened Borneo’s orangutan species as a whole, so too have these human pressures nearly wiped out Bukit Baka Bukit Raya’s population. A recent survey found just a handful of orangutan nests in the park, and the apes have been entirely absent from some areas for 20 to 30 years.Then, in 2016, two unlikely allies teamed up to secure an alternative future for them.On one side, International Animal Rescue, a U.K.-based wildlife welfare group, is providing an initial boost to the population by releasing Bornean orangutans rescued from captivity or conflict. On the other, Health In Harmony, a U.S.-based healthcare nonprofit, is working to eliminate logging and hunting by meeting the needs of the surrounding communities.Gail Campbell-Smith, research and conservation adviser for International Animal Rescue in Indonesia, says the two organizations work well together because each has carved out its own niche.“Both of them do things very differently, but there’s also a lot of commonalities as well,” she said. “And I think we also need each other.”last_img read more

Constitutional values

first_imgThe political crisis in which we have become mired because of the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led Government’s refusal to obey the dictates of our Constitution after the successful No-confidence Motion brought by the Opposition, brings to mind an observation of the 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant.“The problem of organising a State, however hard it may seem, can be solved, even for a race of devils, if only they are intelligent. The problem is, given a multitude of rational beings requiring universal laws for their preservation, but each of them is sincerely inclined to exempt himself from them, to establish a Constitution in such a way, although their private intentions conflict, they check each other, with the result that their public conduct is the same as if they had no such intentions.”And this is the nub of our problem: the PNC voted for reintroduction of the no-confidence clause in the slew of constitutional changes approved in 2000. In the tradition of parliamentary government, long established in Westminster, it forced the Government to demonstrate that it retained the legitimacy to govern, by demonstrating it retained the majority of the National Assembly.Immediately after the motion was carried, the Prime Minister, who represents the President in the National Assembly said: “Guyanese must understand that the democratic process is sometimes unpredictable. You may have results that are not planned for and, like cricket, democracy could be a game of great uncertainty. But the outcome has to be accepted.” He repeated this in his column, captioned, “The historic no-confidence vote”. The following day, President Granger announced, “Govt will abide by constitutional requirements following N-confidence Motion.” Yet, the week after, thrown a contrived lifeline, the PNC sought refuge in the courts to “exempt” its Government from obeying the Constitution.President Granger took the high ground, at least in his public pronouncements. But at this juncture of our history, he has the opportunity to move from rhetoric to action by following the further advice Kant proposed to create a solution to the inevitable conflicts in societies such as ours, caused by those who would seek to exempt themselves from the constitutional rules. He proposed that institutions, as with all normative behaviour, would have to satisfy the “categorical imperative”.Which is to, “Act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same time will that it should become a universal law: which if followed, would ensure the person(s) behaving in accordance with it, are behaving morally.” As one whose Minister of State declared to be a Christian, President Granger would undoubtedly recognise the similarity of the categorical imperative with the Golden Rule of the Holy book: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” If the PNC in Government will always choose to cherry pick which portions of the Constitution they will obey – invariably those that only further its interests – they should not be surprised when the populace and other political players develop a cynicism towards them and politics in general.During the first 28 years of illegal rule by the PNC, they made a mockery of constitutional Government by completely rewriting the Constitution in 1980 to institutionalise its authoritarian rule. Unfortunately, even though there were the aforementioned constitutional changes of 2000, by then the political culture permeating all political institutions had become so distorted, that the Guyanese people must insist on constitutional change which the PNC is resisting.The Opposition must lead a national discourse to reinforce the values undergirding the “basic structure” of the new Constitution which must be enshrined in the basic structure of our Constitution so they are beyond change and to institute sanctions on those who would transgress them.The values that have shaped the struggle of all Guyanese above all others are democracy, liberty and equality. We must resist the opportunistic manoeuvrings of the PNC so that they become living reality. Only then we can hope for justice, which is the prime imperative for all social institutions.last_img read more

Man City face fireworks charge from UEFA

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) “Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League second-leg quarter final between Manchester City FC and Paris Saint-Germain played on 12 April in England,” read a statement from UEFA.“Charges against Manchester City FC: – Setting off of fireworks – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.“This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 19 May,” it added. 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring against Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions league quarter-final on April 12, 2016. PHOTO/AFP.PARIS, April 13 – Manchester City have been charged by UEFA after fans set off fireworks during Tuesday’s 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final at the Etihad Stadium.Kevin De Bruyne’s 76th-minute goal sent City through to their first Champions League semi-final with a 3-2 aggregate win, but the Premier League side could face punishment from European football’s governing body.last_img read more

Salvation Army has been receiving generous help from the community

first_imgSalvation Army FB Page CLICK HEREFor more information on the Red Kettle Campaign CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Salvation Army has been building their 165 Christmas Hampers that they could not have done without the generous help of this Community.In the past month, several organizations and businesses have come together to help provide food and gifts to create a successful Christmas Hamper Campaign.Some of the community support has been received through;Huskies – Fill a bus, was more successful than the year previousSafeway – Donated four tons of foodFSJ Senior Flyers – Teddy Bear Toss, received a couple hundred bearsCentury 21 – Toy Drive, saw the most toys this year and sponsored 21 hampers (Independently purchased the food, gift cards and toys. $165 value per hamper)ATCO Two Rivers Camp – Donated $2500 purchased food from the Wholesale ClubDoig First Nations – Donated $2500Giant Power Tong – Donated 100 TurkeysButcher Block – Donated 150 HamsC&V Trailer Rentals – Donated the use of a Trailer to pick up the donations- Advertisement -“With every added donation we are able to help more people,” said Cameron Eggie, Executive Director for the Salvation Army. “Big efforts have been put forth by a lot of people to make this all happen.”The Red Kettle Campaign continues and spaces are still available to volunteer.If you are interested in Volunteering for the Red Kettle Campaign call the Volunteer Coordinator Tatiana (250) 261-1933Advertisementlast_img read more

Man United on alert as Lazio star reveals he has NOT signed new deal

first_img1 Lucas Biglia Manchester United have been put on red alert after Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia revealed he has not signed a new contract.The Argentina international was linked with a move away in the summer after impressing in Serie A last season.Manchester United were one of the clubs keeping tabs on the 29-year-old, while Wolfsburg were also reportedly interested.In a bid to keep hold of Biglia there was talk that Lazio were ready to offer him an extension on his current deal, which expires in 2018.However, the former Anderlecht man has now revealed he is no closer to agreeing new terms with the club.“I have not signed any renewal with Lazio,” Biglia told hoymercedes.com.ar.last_img read more

Watch Tottenham players enjoy their time at the World Darts Championship

first_img1 Tottenham players are enjoying their festive time off.Spurs have to wait until January 2 before they play their next fixture against Swansea in the Premier League.And the trio of Danny Rose, Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier decided they fancied a trip to the World Darts Championship.Rose made the most of his camera time to show off a sign commemorating Harry Kane’s scoring achievements, although comically.And Trippier joined in on the fun too with a dedication to Sean ‘Ginger Mourinho’ Dyche. Shots fired from Danny Rose at @HKane… 🔫🔫Looks like Kieran Trippier has a message for his former Gaffer too! pic.twitter.com/LbuDQHhIuB— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 27, 2017center_img Rose made the most of his camera time last_img read more

Trial of man charged with assaulting Kristian Shortt collapses

first_imgA case of serious assault on the son of Donegal publican Frank Shortt has collapsed at Letterkenny Circuit Court.The case, which has been ongoing for the past two days, dramatically came to an abrupt halt this afternoon following a legal issue.The case involves Dublin businessman Kenneth Broe, aged 44, who is charged with assaulting Kristian Shortt, now aged 36, at a flat on Letterkenny’s Main Street. Mr Broe, of Tallaght in Dublin, denies two charges of assault and assault causing serious harm.During his evidence on the first day of the the trial, Mr Shortt alleged that he was stabbed 17 times by Mr Broe after they had been socialising together.Judge Brian O’Callaghan dismissed the jury and ordered a retrial.The trial has been adjourned until the December sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court. Kristian ShorttTrial of man charged with assaulting Kristian Shortt collapses was last modified: February 22nd, 2017 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)last_img read more

Stratford to battle at the border

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – The Stratford Tigers boys basketball team will play in next season’s Wisconsin/Minnesota Border Battle, set for February 1, 2020, at La Crosse-Central High School.The event will feature seven games involving Wisconsin and Minnesota schools. Stratford will play the first game of the day at 10 a.m. versus Spring Grove, MN.In other games that day, Brookfield Academy, coached by former UW-Marshfield/Wood County standout Pat Clarey, will face Lake City MN, while Kaukauna, coached by Marshfield native Mike Schalow, will meet Mahtomedi.last_img read more