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La Salle outlasts FEU in five; surprising Adamson downs UP

first_imgMOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano After trading blows with FEU for a 5-5 tie in the fifth set, the Lady Spikers turned up the heat and went on a 10-2 run to end the match with Michelle Cobb connecting with Desiree Cheng for the sharp kill.La Salle’s first semblance of disparity in the fifth set was its 12-6 lead when Aduke Ogunsanya brushed off Jeanette Villareal’s attempt.La Salle already had a 24-22 advantage in the third set and needed just one point to finish off FEU. But Kianna Dy’s first attempt to end the match went out of bounds.Dy’s second attempt got blocked and Villareal denied Ogunsanya that gave FEU the 25-24 lead before Bernadeth Pons calmly scored the Lady Tamaraws’ 26th point of the third set.Adamson, though, wasted no time and stunned University of the Philippines, 25-9, 27-25, 25-20, in the other game.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano La Salle’s championship poise again came in full show. —AUGUST DELA CRUZLa Salle coach Ramil De Jesus didn’t like how his Lady Spikers let the game almost slip.But then again, De Jesus thought it might be the kind of match the defending champions needed.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 The Lady Falcons soared to their second straight win for a 2-1 card, already eclipsing their one-win total from Season 79, while the Lady Maroons slipped to their second straight loss and a 1-2 record.“It feels good, because last year was really tough for us and only winning one game it was hard so getting our second win, we’ve already our record and it feels good,” said Adamson coach Air Padda. “It shows that there’s been growth in the program and our team is not a pushover from last year.”With the Lady Falcons up two sets to none and holding a 23-18 lead in the third, Diana Carlos managed to score two straight points to cut the margin to three, 23-20, and give UP a semblance of fight.Carlos’ back-to-back hits prompted Padda to call time, and Jema Galanza calmed her mentor down with a pinpoint kill that went through UP’s defense and put the Lady Falcons at the 24-20 match point.UP’s Marian Buitre then gave Adamson the win when she failed to get the ball over from her side of the floor.Adamson had eight service aces in the first set alone.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed La Salle survived Far Eastern University, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7, to streak to its third straight win in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“I always tell the team that even though they got the first two sets, we will lag behind in the third set,” said De Jesus in Filipino. “It’s fairly easy to score the first 24 points, but it’s very difficult to get that last one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“These five-set matches are good because we can already see what needs to be fixed and it’s really a test for the team’s character.”The Lady Spikers, who tied National University on top at 3-0, sent the Lady Tamaraws skidding to their second straight loss after an opening-day win. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Awaiting Pacquiao’s ring return View commentslast_img read more

Sadio Mane: shy youngster to global star

first_imgThe 26-year-old’s first appearance at a World Cup comes just three weeks after he scored in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev, ultimately in a losing cause.Back in 2009, in Mbour, 80 kilometres (50 miles) from Dakar, a local talent scout first spotted the boy from the southern region of Senegal, known for its farming.Mane had come to the capital to compete in the “navetanes”, the district championships, and he was quickly directed towards Generation Foot, a club in Dakar always on the lookout for new talent.Jules Boucher shows a picture of Senegal and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane © AFP / SEYLLOUOne man who remembers Mane well is Abdou Diatta, Generation Foot’s veteran scout.First impressions, however, were not encouraging.“Personally, I didn’t think he’d make it with us because he was too shy. It was as if he didn’t want to play,” remembered Diatta.But Mane did not take long to make his mark.“When I saw his touch on the ball I said to myself, ‘this guy is really a good player’,” said Diatta.– ‘High class’ –After two days of trials Diatta said to Jules Boucher, the coach at the time: “This one, we’ll take him straight away.”For Boucher, 15 minutes was all it took to be convinced that this “nice and well-educated” youngster had something special to offer.“I saw in him qualities of a high-class player, in his speed, his ability to dribble, his intensity and movement,” recalled Boucher.“Here was a boy who was always hungry,” added the former player, who also highlighted Mane’s “steely mentality”.But despite his evident skill, Diatta remembers being troubled by Mane’s reluctance to mingle, his preference to train alone rather than with his teammates.Sadio Mane scores Liverpool’s goal in the Champions League final © AFP / Paul ELLIS“One day I went to him and said ‘Sadio, you’re a footballer. When you’re here, put yourself in the group, with the group, together, all the team’.”“I told him that ‘if you continue to be shy like this you risk ending up going back home to Casamance, because football’s like that. You have to be part of the team’.”The advice was taken on board. After just one week Mane was chatting away to his teammates and was even “more of a talker than the others”.Deployed in attack, as he is at Liverpool as part of Jurgen Klopp’s speedy forward line alongside Egypt star Mohamed Salah and Brazilian Roberto Firmino, Mane excelled and helped earn the club promotion to the second division in 2010-2011.But his days in the Senegal league were numbered as he was soon on the move to French side Metz, who had links with Generation Foot.His relentless rise slowed on his arrival in Europe, with precious little playing time, before his career took off again after his transfer to Salzburg, and his participation in the London 2012 Olympic Games.According to Generation Foot president Mady Toure, there was a specific reason behind Mane’s initial problems at Metz.“When he arrived at Metz he was hiding an injury (groin) because he wanted to succeed so much,” said Toure.Despite his spectacular progress, Mane has never forgotten his roots, sending 300 Liverpool shirts to his home village of Bambali for fans to wear during the Champions League final.“He is a very grateful boy, he called me up, and asks after my family,” said Boucher.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Senegal forward Sadio Mane takes part in a training session in Kaluga, Russia © AFP / ISSOUF SANOGODAKAR, Senegal, Jun 17 – When shy youngster Sadio Mane turned up in Dakar far from his home town, nobody imagined that one day he would become a globally renowned forward for Senegal and Liverpool.But from humble origins he has scaled the heights and on Tuesday the lightning-quick player will have a nation behind him as he leads Senegal’s attack in their World Cup opener against Poland.last_img read more

Mane steps out from Salah’s shadow to lead Liverpool charge

first_img0Shares0000Super Mane: Sadio Mane has scored 20 goals for Liverpool this season © AFP / Paul ELLISLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 8 – Sadio Mane has grown used to playing second fiddle to Mohamed Salah in the two seasons since the latter joined the Senegalese at Liverpool.However, the fact Jurgen Klopp’s men top the Premier League in their quest to end a 29-year wait to win the title and face Porto in the first leg of a Champions League quarter-final at Anfield on Tuesday, is largely thanks to Mane. As Salah’s goals dried up in an eight-game drought prior to Friday’s 3-1 win at Southampton, Mane assumed the mantle as chief goal getter with 11 in his last 13 Liverpool appearances taking his tally for the season to 20.That run included a double away to Bayern Munich last month that eased the five-time European champions past the German giants and eyeing another shot at Champions League glory.Sadio Mane scored twice in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 © AFP / GUENTER SCHIFFMANNHis first goal in particular at the Allianz Arena was a demonstration in the 26-year-old’s pace, skill and calmness in front of goal.Mane controlled a raking long pass from Virgil van Dijk, rounded Manuel Neuer and then dinked the ball into an unguarded net.“I’m going to have to watch back 500 times,” admitted Klopp after the game. “It’s astounding what he did.”Mane scored 10 Champions League goals in all last season, including in the final.However, his brave header in Kiev to bring Liverpool briefly level was quickly forgotten amid the furore over Salah’s early shoulder injury that saw him hobble off and aided Real Madrid’s route to a third straight European title.While Salah now carries himself with a swagger from the star status he has earned over the past two years, Mane’s humble nature means he often remains under the radar for a player of his quality.In September he was filmed helping to clean the toilets at his local mosque just hours after scoring in a vital away win at Leicester.Last week in an internal interview with Liverpool’s club media, he detailed a daily routine that consists of healthy eating, prayer and early nights.Mohamed Salah has been told to use Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane as inspiration“That’s how a normal day for me looks. This is my dream, this is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I am so grateful that I am able to do it now,” he said.“My dream came true, to play for one of the biggest clubs in Europe with a great team, a great manager.”Porto are already very aware of the threat Mane poses.When the sides met in the last of the Champions League last season, he scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 first leg rout in northern Portugal that killed the tie as a contest even before it even returned to fortress Anfield.This time round, Liverpool will be keen to get the job done in the first leg on home soil.Klopp’s men have not made life easy for themselves in recent weeks on league duty, requiring late goals to see off Fulham, Tottenham and Southampton to keep their title dreams alive.However, just by keeping pace with quadruple chasing Manchester City all season, they have shown a maturity and mental strength that has evolved from the kamikaze matches that carried them to last season’s final.“The boys are mentality monsters – I love that,” said Klopp after victory at Southampton.Moreover, unlike when Sergio Ramos’s takedown of Salah seemed to suck belief from Liverpool against Madrid almost a year ago, they now have a cast of characters capable of stepping up.Goalkeeper Alisson Becker and talismanic centre-back Van Dijk have strengthened the defence.And, at the other end, Mane has shown he can be counted on at the business end of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgVIRUS HITS COLM McFADDEN AND ARMAGHSo Kieran McGeeney was right in his pre-match assessment. His boys were just that – boys – up against the men from Donegal who arrived at the Athletic Grounds expecting to have to drain sweat and left with hardly a mop of the brow. Armagh did look lively for a spell early on but once the warm-up was complete they were out of their depth – and Patrick McBrearty’s well-taken opening goal was the sounding board for what was to come. Rory Gallagher had his team in fine shape in every sense of the term – McGeeney’s, meanwhile, was the poorest of reflections of Armagh teams of old, particularly those that once took the field with the words and tactical know-how of Joe Kernan ringing in their ears.While Michael Murphy was named man of the match and had a number of rivals on the Donegal team for that title they were truly up against little in the way of hardy opposition. The green and gold could even afford to field without Colm McFadden who was laid low with a virus.The visitors entered the lamb’s den having not tasted a Championship victory there for close to half a century – it was a hugely disappointing way for Armagh to surrender that long-standing record.There wasn’t a hint of the rough and rumble of Ulster Championship football and for those in the neutral seats and indeed all those sporting orange that made viewing it something of a chore. But let’s give due credit to this inspirational Donegal team who could have sunk to the level of their opponents on the day but instead put in a disciplined and decisive display that earned the plaudits of the sizeable contingent of fans who made the trip.Hell, even Pat Spillane was handing out the tributes in his post match comments.Derry will surely provide a much stiffer test for Gallagher’s squad in the semi-final but surely the only team that can threaten another Ulster crown for Donegal is Monaghan and they still have to overcome (a) Fermanagh and (b) the loss of key defender Drew Wylie – victim of a cruciate ligament injury which looks likely to force him out of contention until the end of the year.A RIGHT ROYAL GALLOP FOR MARTYIf you happened to be around the Trentagh/Rathdonnell area outside Letterkenny at around quarter to four yesterday afternoon, you may have heard the champagne corks popping. For family and friends of Marty Harley it was celebration time as the popular local jockey rode Goldream to victory in The King’s Stand Stakes race at Royal Ascot. It wouldn’t be true to say he romped home but winning even by a short head is still a win as he fought off some serious competition to take first place.That represents his second success at the coveted racecourse – having ridden Elidor past the post in the King George V Stakes two years ago.A nice bonus, too, for race followers after this week’s win – Goldream was priced at 20-1 but sadly I didn’t manage to darken the door of any bookies prior to it.And is there a future in television broadcasting for the young Letterkenny man? It looks very likely following his appearance as a panellist on ‘Royal Ascot – The Morning Line’ on Channel 4. Marty equipped himself brilliantly in the company of fellow Irish jockey, Mick Fitzgerald, on the programme and proved he can saddle up just as well under the camera lights.Not sure what the average viewing figures are for the show but you can be guaranteed that that Letterkenny accent was heard in millions of homes this morning across Britain and Ireland.EUROPEAN HOPES HEAD FOR AN EARLY SHOWERThe very bottom line is we should have beaten them. They’re no world shakers are Scotland – they’re not even Europe shakers – but we still, over two games, managed to avoid victory against them. Sure, Gordon Strachan is a decent manager but Euro for Sterling we possess the better players and should, certainly on our home patch, have been able to take care of them. We certainly proved it in the opening half with an impressive performance and a deserved lead, albeit with a goal that was blatantly offside.Had we survived longer than just two minutes at the start of the second we would surely have gone on to take the points but that wicked ricochet (or, to give it its technical name, John O’Shea) brought the Scots right back into it even if we still looked the team more likely to score again as the half progressed.We might have done had Shane Long been introduced well before he was and had Wes Hoolahan been kept on instead of being substituted with some seventeen minutes still to play.Martin O’Neill did his best to convince us that his team can still make it to the European Championships and the likes of Eamon Dunphy and Brian Kerr haven’t given up hope either. Six points are close to guaranteed in our next two outings against Gibraltar and Georgia and Dunphy believes we can claim the scalp of Germany at the Aviva.It is true that we are still in the running but if you don’t win your home games then the running becomes the hardest of slogs and O’Neill’s men have left themselves with too much to do while continuing to rely on other teams biting dust.On the way out of qualification we may be but I still hope that O’Neill remains in the hot seat even if his conservative approach to games has, occasionally, echoes of his predecessor.BALLYBOFEY RAIDGardai are continuing their search for a group of young men who made off with a haul of points in the Ballybofey area on Friday night. The Youths, who were all dressed in pink, got away with their valuable cargo following a raid at Finn Park.“The points should have been in the bag but somehow the bag became loose and they were quick to pounce. And before you could say where did they go, they had gone.”The culprits are believed to have made their getaway in the direction of Wexford.A second consecutive league defeat for Harps can only make for a sense of unease but while the result last weekend was disappointing, the performance was again positive as the home side fought from first whistle to last.A deflected free-kick and two breakaway goals gave the visitors those points but for much of the game, Harps were the dominant force and can count themselves unlucky to emerge with nothing but a warm show of appreciation for their efforts from the home crowd (a sure sign that they did most things right except – apart from Kevin McHugh’s cracker – finding the net).A trip to Tolka Park will follow the mid-season break – the tightest of venues, and opposition, from which to return to winning ways.  A draw or defeat will certainly see them unseated from the top spot they have occupied for some weeks now.Ollie Horgan has captured Oisin McMenamin but knows that another striker is essential given that Ruairi Keating and Regan Donelon are both returning to Sligo Rovers next month (that’s the problem with loan spells, you’re inevitably under the control of the parent club, something Harps should remember before entering into any such arrangement again next season).SO THAT’S WHERE YOU GOT TO BIG NORM…“And there’s a man I know….,” television commentator, Marty Morrissey, declared as the R.T.E. camera spanned on the balcony of a house overlooking Pearse Stadium from where a group of people were watching the Connacht Championship clash between Mayo and Galway on Sunday. A man some of the rest of us knew as well, as it happened. The unmistakable figure of Norman Costello, one-time goalkeeper with Finn Harps and currently operating as juvenile director with the Salthill/Knocknagarra G.A.A. club in Galway.Big Norm spent the guts of a season with Harps during the 1993/1994 campaign and my lasting memory of him has nothing to do with any spectacular saves or other incidents on the pitch (though there undoubtedly were some) but of the chartered plane journey home from far-off Cobh where Patsy McGowan’s team had just come a cropper in the second leg of a play-off at the expense of the local Ramblers (3-0 defeat for those of you who can’t, or don’t want to, remember).Anyway, the journey back to the City of Derry Airport, was, as you might expect, largely conducted in sombre mood with players, officials and the handful of fans on board experiencing turbulence without the turbulence, thoughts of another season to be spent in the low-flying First Division occupying all minds.All minds, that is, except our Norman’s who spent a good deal of the journey ambling from seat to seat to engage in banter in an attempt to raise spirits which were not for raising.“SIT DOWN, NORMAN,” we silently screamed at him. But I can’t recall him doing so and there he was still bantering on the balcony overlooking Pearse Stadium and his native Galway heading for yet another defeat at the hands of MayoSHOWING THE MEN HOW IT’S DONETwo Donegal teams; two All-Ireland semi-finals; and Roscommon the opposition in both cases. And the most significant common denominator, both the Donegal Ladies under-21 side and the girls under-14’s winning through to respective finals over the weekend. Not a bad couple of days work – starting with the under-age team trotting out to the St. Aidan’s G.A.A. pitch in Bawnboy in the County of Cavan, for their semi-final on Saturday. A strong start from the Roscommon girls put them 3-1 ahead on the points board early but by half-time Donegal had opened up a slight gap of their own and two goals from Moville’s Kate McClenaghan helped them overcome the pre-match favourites.A purple patch midway through the second half looked to have Greg Harkin’s side in a comfort zone but Roscommon fought back and not for the first time during the game, some stirring defensive work and outstanding goalkeeping from Bronagh Gallagher of Naomh Conaill with a handful of wonder stops kept Donegal ahead.At the time of writing the venue for the Final hadn’t been decided but the date, July 4th, and opposition, Tipperary, are now known.Longford, meanwhile, will be up against the Donegal under-21’s who edged out their Roscommon counterparts by a single point in their ‘B’ semi-final at Markievitz Park in Sligo. It was close right throughout with Donegal leading by 1-5 to 0-6 at the interval helped by Amber Barrett’s well-taken penalty which left the Roscommon ‘keeper stranded on her line.It ended as tight as it started – 1-10 to 1-9 squeezing Donegal through by the skin of their teeth for a crack at Longford in the Final.KENNY LIVEDespite the serious rival attraction of the Donegal game in Armagh, the county’s Community Games Finals drew an impressive attendance to Milford on Sunday and, once again, credit to the organisers for the smooth running of the event. One familiar face there was that of manager of Dundalk F.C., Stephen Kenny, who had family interest in this year’s Games. I got chatting to him and a true gentleman he is even if such a term rarely occupies the same sentence as football manager.The Dubliner resides in Fahan and has done so since his days managing Derry City (that still didn’t prevent me talking to him).He’s done some job with the County Louth team who look likely to follow up last year’s title win in the Premier League with another one in 2015.He’s also anticipating a kind draw in the Champions League qualifiers and I won’t be surprised if Dundalk advance beyond a couple of rounds such is the quality of their performances aided and abetted by the likes of Richie Towell and Daryl Horgan (a lookalike for Damian Duff if ever there was one both physically and in terms of his playing ability).Now where was I? Oh, yes, in Milford at the Community Games Finals. And good luck to all those young athletes who have qualified for the national finals in Athlone later in the summer.STAGE FRIGHTEvery year at this time in June, I promise myself I’m going to get along to a stage of the Donegal International (no need to add Car Rally to this for the truly avid follower out there though I just have) and every year I don’t manage it. I did make it to the starting ramp last year and the year before to the finishing line but it’s the action in between that I keep missing. Excuses I have none except that once you get out of the habit, it’s hard to rally to the cause again.And many years ago it was a habit. I can recall watching stages in Ramelton, Portsalon and the Glen and was there when the event roared through the streets of my home town of Letterkenny and we were left picking up the straw from the safety bales for days afterwards. I even did marshaling on one occasion but that was probably (well, no probably about it) because they couldn’t get anyone else for the job.And this year? No invitations to marshal but still a quiet determination to get out to at least one of those stages again and relive old times and fresh fumes.[EDITOR’S NOTE: Will I keep this item for next year as well?].VIRUS HITS COLM MCFADDEN AND ARMAGH, WHILE GARDAI HUNT ‘YOUTHS’ WHO STOLE THREE POINTS FROM FINN PARK – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: June 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:columndonegalfinn harpsHome-page SportnewsPaddy Walshlast_img read more

Bynum hopes to make impact

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I’m going to get playing time, I believe, because we only have, what, three big men,” Bynum said. His numbers are off, but not by much. The Lakers are looking at a frontcourt rotation of Chris Mihm, Kwame Brown, Slava Medvedenko, Brian Cook and possibly Corie Blount, with Lamar Odom moving to power forward from the backcourt on occasion. If any of those players gets into foul trouble, Bynum reasoned, he could be forced into action. He spent the summer working out, hopeful of making an impact as a rookie, only to suffer the abdominal injury his first week of camp. “It was extremely disappointing, because I was doing pretty good up until the fourth day, when I got hurt,” Bynum said. “To be sidelined by some kind of pulled muscle, it looks like you’re fine, there’s nothing appearing that’s wrong, people ask you why you don’t play and stuff like that. You just can’t.” The Lakers are reluctant to set a timetable for Bynum’s return but have not ruled him out of their Oct. 23 exhibition game against Charlotte in San Diego. EL SEGUNDO – He was able to take part in only four days of training camp before being sidelined by an abdominal strain. He won’t play in an exhibition game for another week, at least, and possibly longer. Yet Andrew Bynum’s expectations for his rookie season have grown during his short time with the Lakers. “Actually, I think I can contribute more than I thought I could,” said Bynum, who joined his teammates on the practice court Friday for the first time in a week before heading back to the sidelines at the start of contact drills. Even while Phil Jackson has bemoaned Bynum’s lack of game experience coming out of high school and discussed the possibility of sending him to the NBA Development League, the 17-year-old center has done a little roster math and tried to watch and learn as best he can. center_img No let up: The Lakers were back at work Friday on their full-court pressure defense, both in the video room and on the floor, with Jackson saying he always has preferred the style of play and expects to make much use out of it this season. “There’s a time when you’ve got to give it up sometimes when it runs you into mistakes or takes you out,” Jackson said. “But we think that for us to be any good, we’ve got to figure out a way to defend a team somewhere upcourt.” On past Lakers teams, Jackson said the first priority was getting back on defense with Shaquille O’Neal chugging down court. Now Jackson is even having Brown and Mihm work on trapping off the inbounds pass on the opposite end of the floor. “It’s always felt comfortable to me because I was on a team that used full-court pressure in New York,” Jackson said. “And we didn’t have outstanding speed, we didn’t have outstanding size, and we were still able to play full-court pressure because we knew that that’s what had to be done.” Pippen gone: The Lakers’ coaching staff looked a little less legendary Friday, with Scottie Pippen returning home from his job as training-camp consultant. It has not been decided if Pippen will return later in the season, but Jackson said his former player enjoyed his work. Asked if he could see Pippen working somewhere as an assistant next year, Jackson added: “If he wants to. I think he’ll have opportunities to do a variety of things, color commentating or coaching.” Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 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

2,000th U.S. death in Iraq dismays nation

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Military commanders, meanwhile, have had varying views of the Iraqi security forces’ capabilities. Bush and his military leaders steadfastly refuse to commit to an exit timetable, insisting that announcing one would only encourage terrorists to wait out the Americans. But as suicide bombers blast away at coalition forces and Iraqi people, U.S. lawmakers have become more vocal about the need for a road map out of Iraq. As a result, the 2,000th death, while in itself no more tragic than any other single war fatality, brought greater political reverberations for Bush. In recent months as the death toll rose, vital segments of voters voiced increasing displeasure with Bush. According to a recent AP-Ipsos poll, Bush’s job approval rating has sunk to 39 percent, the lowest level of his presidency, while 66 percent of those polled said the country is heading in the wrong direction. Republicans and Democrats in Congress have turned up the heat on administration officials and military leaders, grilling them about their specific plan for winning the war and bringing the troops home. WASHINGTON – The Bush administration and the U.S. military are looking for victory against a stubborn insurgency 2 years after the first bombs fell on Baghdad. Yet increasing numbers of Americans, including more members of Congress, are looking for a way out. With the death toll reaching 2,000 for U.S. troops in the Iraq war, goals are colliding as escalating public impatience with the war is triggering demands for more progress in Iraq than the political and military forces have been able to muster. That leaves predictions murky about when a significant U.S. withdrawal from Iraq can commence and about how much higher American casualties may rise. President George W. Bush has spoken only in generalities, vowing to stay the course and stay on the offense. The troops, he said, will come home when Iraqi forces become more capable. “We should recognize that most Americans are focused on an exit strategy in Iraq,” Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., told Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a Senate hearing. “Even if withdrawal timelines are deemed unwise because they might provide a strategic advantage to the insurgency, the American people need to more fully understand the basis upon which our troops are likely to come home.” Lawmakers and analysts suggest that the political hurdles in Iraq are higher than the military ones. Bush, though, has touted the progress that the fledgling democracy has made – with its successful parliamentary elections in January and balloting on the constitution this month. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., who recently returned from a visit to Iraq, said the key problem is that the Iraqi government still doesn’t have the capacity to run the country. “The military leaders will tell you this battle is not going to be won by military force; it’s a political struggle, like every insurgency,” said Reed. “We can buy time and create an environment, but if you don’t have the civilian experts who can talk about reconstruction, political activity, education reform, then we’re not going to improve people’s lives.” U.S. military commanders track the Iraqis’ progress, in part, by counting the number of Iraqi security forces considered trained, equipped and eventually able to take over the fight so American forces can go home. In October 2004, there were few more than 107,000. In late September of this year, there were about 195,000, and last week there were about 206,000. Their ability to replace coalition forces, however, is a point of debate. Gen. George Casey, top U.S. commander in Iraq, raised eyebrows in Congress recently when he said only one Iraqi army battalion was ready to go into combat without U.S. support, down from three battalions a few months earlier. U.S. commanders refuse to say when Iraqi forces will be able to take over. “We have a number of measures of merit we are using to try to determine when they will be ready to take that over,” Army Maj. Gen. William G. Webster Jr., commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad, said Friday. “We’re working very hard to turn over security to them.” U.S. troops, he said, are determined to finish their job there. “We grieve every one of these losses,” said Webster. “We think their service is worth the effort, and when you talk to the majority of their brothers, the young soldiers out there fighting the fight, they want us to finish this mission.” Webster said his 3rd Infantry Division, on its second tour in Iraq, has had nearly 150 soldiers killed in action. Public discord over the war is as much about the sales pitch as the slow progress, said Anthony H. Cordesman, a Middle East expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The way the Bush administration has presented the war, he said, “is not to present the uncertainties or the sacrifices or the range of possible costs, but to try to spin almost every major event as if somehow it was a decisive turning point.” He said people should not demand an exit timeline. “How quickly that will take place, and to what level it will reduce the cost and size of the U.S. presence, is something that has got to be determined by actual success, not some kind of calendar,” said Cordesman. 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

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgTUESDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit for location. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504“ Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY New Years Story Time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Grand Opening, 10 a.m. at Homemakers Furniture Showroom, 26455 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-3068. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Santa Clarita Emblem Club will meet, 6:45 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge, 17766 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-1500. Lunchtime Torah discussion, noon at Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Rabbi Steve Conn at (661) 254-2411. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. — To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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

Stampeding Dinosaur Tracks Made in Water

first_img(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 What were these dinosaurs running from?Science Daily reported that dinosaur trackways in Australia, formerly presumed to have been made by a stampeding herd on land, were actually formed in water.  “Queensland paleontologists have discovered that the world’s only recorded dinosaur stampede is largely made up of the tracks of swimming rather than running animals,” the article began.Some of the tracks look like vertical impressions of toes; others are long grooves.  These would fit impressions made as the dinosaurs – at least the smaller individuals – were partially buoyed up by water.  Larger individuals left flat footprints as if wading up to their legs.  The tracks are identified as ornithopod, ranging in size from chickens to ostriches.  The tracks are found in sandstone and siltstone near Queensland and Lark Quarry.The new interpretation changes the scenario from a stampede to a river crossing, the article said.The question they are not asking is, How did footprints in water get preserved?  Wouldn’t such vulnerable impressions get washed out quickly if made in a shallow river?  Wouldn’t dinosaur tracks like this be ubiquitous around the world, if made the way these evolutionary paleontologists assume, in shallow rivers over millions of years?  There should have been numerous rivers in the paths of numerous dinosaurs like this.The dinosaurs probably knew something the scientist’s don’t: flood waters were coming, and a huge wall of sand- and silt-filled water was aimed right at them.  They were running for their lives.  This was a rare, catastrophic occurrence, the last thing they would have seen.last_img read more

Play Your Part: make South Africa even better

first_imgJust launched, the Play Your Part campaign calls on all South Africansto contribute to positive change.(Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACT • Tracey Peppler  forgood  +27 11 771 2552 Play Your Part is a newly launched national initiative by Brand South Africa, and powered by the organisation forgood, to encourage all South Africans – from businesses to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young and not so young – to contribute to positive change, to become involved, to simply play a part.Through our unique South African spirit of ubuntu and our innate creativity, we hope to bring together like-minded individuals, communities and companies so that we may all become active citizens.Play your part in giving someone a helping hand, donating time and resources, providing the know-how to start a business or an opportunity to kick-start a career. We all have our part to play, big or small.With the 35th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings approaching on 16 June, celebrate what South African youth have achieved. In 1976 they were young, today they are heroes. Everyone needs a hero. You are young now, whose hero will you be one day? Play your part and become that hero … because even heroes have to start somewhere.Play your part today and let us drive this initiative forward into the bright, promising future of South Africa our land.What’s forgood all about?It’s a home-grown social network that combines purpose with fun and rewards.The forgood community is made up of friends, groups and activities. Members create groups and activities that other friends on forgood can join.Connect with others near you or those who share your cause. Offer whatever you can: time, money, skills or resources.Get your good on and earn recognition and good points in our Give/Get programme. Once you’ve earned enough points, you can exchange them for real-life rewards. Give vouchers to a group or an NGO – get movie tickets and or other goodies for yourself. We make giving fun for everyone.If you’re already involved in a social outreach project, or even if you just love helping others, create a profile for yourself, then create your group and get others to join your cause. Everyone who shares your cause and lives within 50km of your group will be invited to join you.How about if you really want to do something worthwhile but don’t know where to start looking? Once you sign up, groups and activities will come looking for you based on where you live and what you’re passionate about.Forgood gives you a real-time map of social action in your community, showing you which groups and activities are working for good right now on your local map. In time, you will find recycling points, HIV clinics, schools and other helpful places in your area.You can also read inspiring stories of good news happening on your doorstep. Or share your good news with us.last_img read more

Cape Town celebrates Mandela’s life

first_img11 December 2013Cape Town is gearing up for its tribute to Nelson Mandela at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.The commemorative event – Nelson Mandela: A Life Celebrated – will serve as Cape Town’s memorial service to honour the life of Mandela, the city said in a statement on Tuesday.The city has allocated R72-million for its week-long programme of events honouring Mandela, the former state president who died at his Johannesburg home last Thursday. The city’s events are in line with the national week of mourning.On Tuesday night, a remembrance evening was held at OR Tambo community hall in Khayelitsha. An address by poet Don Mattera, stirring performances by choirs including the Masi Choir from Masiphumelele township, as well as inter-faith prayers by community and religious leaders, were part of the evening’s events.Cape Town also hosted a special joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament – the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces – on Monday to honour and commemorate Mandela.Some of South Africa’s favourite artists, including Johnny Clegg, Freshlyground and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, have been asked to perform at Wednesday’s tribute event.Former Springbok rugby player Francois Pienaar who captained the team that won the Rugby World Cup in 1995, Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille, and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will share their memories and impressions of Mandela, the city said.Shado Twala will be the MC for the evening. There will also be performances by the Bala Brothers, Allou April, and Carla Diamond as well as various choirs.Transport and safety plans used during the 2010 World Cup have been initiated to ensure things run smoothly. Free public transport will be available for the memorial and funeral services on Wednesday and Sunday.In an effort to maintain order and safety, the city instituted a free coupon system. By Tuesday morning, all 64 000 coupons had been issued, which was “a wonderful display of Madiba’s great impact on everyone’s lives”, the city said.Coupon-holders were asked to give away the coupons that they would not be using as “this is the best way of honouring Madiba: ensuring that as many people as possible can attend the event”.Other events planned by the city include a remembrance evening in Atlantis on Thursday; a night vigial on the Grand Parade on the eve of Mandela’s funeral; and the screening of the national funeral on the Grand Parade on Sunday.Robben Island, the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, Pollsmoor, Cape Town City Hall and the Grand Parade have been identified as key areas where people are likely to congregate to pay their respects. The city has also assured its residents that there will also be “free and convenient” access to venues and related events close to their homes.Public viewing areas where communities may view the remembrance and funeral services are: the Grand Parade, Atlantis, Durbanville, Khayelitsha, Swartklip, Vygieskraal, Muizenberg.Visit the City of Cape Town’s website for more information: as Mandela surprises Johnny Clegg during his performance of Asimbonanga, which he performed in Frankfurt in 1999SAinfo reporter and City of Cape Townlast_img read more

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