Barca title bid on rocks as Atletico upstage Messi’s 700th goal

first_imgBarcelona gave up more ground to Real Madrid in La Liga’s title race on Tuesday after being held to a 2-2 draw at home to third-placed Atletico Madrid as a late penalty from Saul Niguez cancelled out Lionel Messi’s 700th career goal.The draw meant the Catalans stayed second in the standings on 70 points and leaders Real Madrid, who have 71, will go four points clear at the top with five games left if they beat Getafe at home on Thursday.Barca went ahead at an empty Camp Nou in the 11th minute when Atletico striker Diego Costa knocked Messi’s delivery from a corner into his own net. Topics : The Catalans desperately needed to win after twice throwing away the lead to draw 2-2 with Celta Vigo on Saturday but history repeated itself as Quique Setien’s side failed to sparkle against a determined Atletico who are unbeaten since the season resumed.”It’s very hard to try and fight for the title when you drop points two matches in a row but we’ll keep going until the end,” said Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets.As well as defending with their usual steel, Diego Simeone’s side caused Barca plenty of problems down the wings due to the pace of Yannick Carrasco and their man-of-the-moment Marcos Llorente, who is enjoying a new lease of life as a forward.Belgian winger Carrasco won both penalties for Atletico, out-foxing Arturo Vidal in the first half and then proving too quick for Nelson Semedo.Saul had sent Ter Stegen the wrong way to score his first equalizer but the German guessed the right way in their second duel from the spot. The ball, however, squirmed through his hands and crept in off post.Barca coach Setien left former Atletico forward Antoine Griezmann out of his starting team for the second game in a row and turned to the 120-million-euro man in stoppage time, but the Frenchman had barely any time to provide the desired reaction. center_img Saul leveled soon after from the spot after the referee ordered a re-take when Costa’s initial penalty was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen who had strayed from his line.Barcelona then earned a penalty soon after the interval which Argentine Messi coolly converted for a remarkable 700th strike for club and country, only for Saul to strike again from the spot in the 62nd to earn a share of the points.”It’s a real shame and the league title is looking much harder for us with each game,” said Barca coach Quique Setien, whose side have drawn three of their six games since the campaign resumed after the coronavirus stoppage.”Dropping these points in reality pushes us further away from the title but we have to keep on working hard.”last_img read more

5th Dist. gains early lead in ISSC Meet

first_imgBased on the latest medal tally, CDSA5 was on top with five golds, four silver and seven bronze medals, followed byCDSA 1 with 4-1-1, CDSA 4 with 3-3-2 and CDSA 2 with 0-1-1. ILOILO City – Congressional DistrictSports Association (CDSA) 5 gained the early edge at the start of the 2019Iloilo School Sports Council Meet at the Iloilo Sports Complex here. CDSA 5’s Rhealyn De Costa also nettedtwo golds in secondary girls shot put and discus throw. CDSA 1 also captured gold courtesy ofFranklin Catela in elementary boys high jump, edging Niño Calubayan of CDSA 4and John Ceriaco of CDSA 5. Daryl John Bantiling captures the gold medal in elementary boys long jump of the ongoing 2019 Iloilo School Sports Council Meet at the Iloilo Sports Complex. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN CDSA 1 also won golds in secondaryboys and girls high jump from Hilario Tagat and Cathy Nebran.center_img CDSA 5 notched most of its medals inathletics with Daryl John Bantiling capturing a gold in elementary boys longjump, defeating CDSA 2’s Mark Bautista and Jay Christian Roguio of CDSA 4. CDSA 4 also had their share of goldhaul in athletics with Ashley Faith delos Reyes topping the elementary girlshigh jump defeating CDSA 5’s Liezel Chavez and Nicole Tanate. Peter Petipet of CDSA 4 also netted agold in secondary boys discus throw outdueling Seth Seduco of CDSA 1 and JronLangurayan of CDSA 5. The five-day ISSC Meet serve asqualifier for the Ilonggo athletes for the WVRAA Meet slated early next year./PNlast_img read more

Sobriety checkpoint planned in Jennings County

first_imgJennings County, In. — Indiana State Police have announced a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Jennings County Thursday, September 21. Motorists are asked to have driver’s license and registration information available, the procedure will only take a few minutes if further investigation is not required.To help to ensure your weekend is safe and enjoyable, observe the following tips:Plan ahead and always use a designated driver.Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages; call a taxi, a family member, or friend who has not been drinking to give you a ride.If you are hosting a party, always offer alcohol-free beverages and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver or allow them to spend the night.Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk.  Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive while impaired.Sobriety checkpoints are designed to remove drivers from the roadways that are impaired or posing danger to others.last_img read more

Mourinho angered by Costa treatment

first_img “There is a real professionalism and respect in the league so you can understand why the players weren’t happy with that, in the same way of trying to buy free-kicks with the way he plays. “I will not fall in to that trap of being disrespectful.” Mourinho described Costa’s performance as “fantastic in every aspect”. “In the first half he was tackling Coleman on the edge of our box, he recovered balls, he held the ball up, went face to face with Howard two times and scored two goals – his movement, his quality was really good. “But we made defensive mistakes. It is difficult to believe Wednesday afternoon we trained one and half hours and did only two things: defensive corners and defensive free-kicks. “So imagine how happy I am with the result of our work. It was better Wednesday to give them free time, stay at home with my wife and kids rather than train when they come here and concede the second goal, which is ridiculous.” Branislav Ivanovic made it 2-0 inside three minutes after Costa’s opener and after Kevin Mirallas pulled one back on half-time Coleman’s own goal restored Chelsea’s cushion at the start of a mad 11-minute spell which also brought further goals for Steven Naismith, Nemanja Matic, Samuel Eto’o on debut, Ramires, and finally Costa. Press Association “The only thing I didn’t like in this game – apart from some of our defensive mistakes – was the way some Everton players were trying to create problems for him,” said the Portuguese. “I don’t think this is English football. There is a good tradition with Everton teams because everything is good, everything is positive: the manager, the quality of their football. “But to be chasing cards to a player who once more had good behaviour and was just here to play football is disappointing. “At the end of the story Diego is maybe the best player in the Premier League in the first three matches and he has two yellow cards; one against Burnley where he didn’t simulate – it was a penalty and today when everyone was chasing him to get him in trouble. That is disappointing.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez’s response was to suggest Costa’s behaviour showed he had yet to learn the standards associated with English football but refused to be drawn into a slanging match. “I am disappointed if a manager who has won a game away from home complains about the attitude of players,” said the Spaniard, who said his side showed fear when the ball came anywhere near their penalty area. “There are certain foreign players who come to the Premier League who need to understand the ethics and the culture as the behaviour in the British game is unique. “The last thing you want to see is disrespect from a player to another player and I am sure he will learn that very quickly. The Spain international scored in the first and last minutes but in between was booked for an altercation with Seamus Coleman, having previously upset his opponents by apparently goading the Republic of Ireland international for his own goal to make it 3-1 in the second half. Mourinho said he was disappointed with some of Everton’s attempts to aggravate his £32million signing from Atletico Madrid. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accused Everton’s players of trying to get striker Diego Costa into trouble during their manic 6-3 victory at Goodison Park. last_img read more

Intercity Transit will Reduce Some Bus Service

first_imgFacebook164Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit continues to monitor the latest developments in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation evolves, the agency remains in close communication with public health officials and is responding according to their recommendations.Public transit is a vital service to our community and the only means of transportation for many. The agency’s goal is to continue to provide these lifeline services, while reducing risk to our passengers, employees and community.As such, Intercity Transit will temporarily discontinue some routes and reduce service on others. Over the coming days, the following changes will be implemented:Effective Saturday, March 14, Nightline will be discontinued until further notice.Effective Monday, March 16, “The One” and DASH service will be discontinued until further notice.Effective Wednesday, March 18, the number of daily trips on our Olympia Express service between Olympia and Pierce County will be reduced. Service to Lakewood will continue, allowing regional connections; however, Olympia Express service between Lakewood and the Tacoma Dome Station will be discontinued until further notice. All northbound trips will end in Lakewood at the SR 512 Park and Ride. All southbound trips will depart from the SR 512 Park & Ride. Details about schedule changes are forthcoming.This is a constantly changing situation and additional adjustments may become necessary. The most up-to-date service information will be available at, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Customers can also sign up to receive text or email alerts at are asked to limit non-essential trips and, most importantly, to stay home when sick. The public’s patience, cooperation and understanding is appreciated as we work together through these unprecedented circumstances.last_img read more

Holiday Events for Dec. 14-20

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDSThe Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will host a holiday performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, by the Henry Hudson High School A Cappella Choir, directed by Cody Holody.Attendees will be able to enjoy holiday songs and refreshments in the decorated Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle. The mansion will be open at 7 p.m. * * * * *Claddagh na nGael is hosting a Christmas social/fundraiser to benefit Sandy victims from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec 16, at Molly Maguire’s Blackpoint Inn, 132 East River Road.The event will be an afternoon of Irish music and family entertainment. With as many as 20 musicians expected, children and student musicians are welcome to the open session. New unwrapped toys will be collected for distribution to children whose families were hit hard by Super Storm Sandy. The toys will be donated to Project Paul, which operates the largest food pantry in Monmouth County helping approximately 1,600 individuals a week.Donations for the organization will also be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Project Paul.Those who can’t afford a toy or monetary donation are invite to bring their families and listen to the good music.Information about Project Paul is available at MIDDLETOWNCentrex Sports Club is offering holiday cheer for those less fortunate and for those families who were affected by Sandy, with a free brunch and other holiday activities from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15. Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck from Middletown Volunteer Fire Company 1 and will pose for photos with the children.State Senator Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr. and his family will be joined by township elected officials as they and club representatives distribute toys from the club’s annual drive.Centrex is located at 500 State Highway 35 in the Union Square shopping center. COLTS NECKColts Neck High School is hosting the Jingle Bell Walk, a 5K Stroll for Sandy at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, to help raise money for disaster relief efforts.The 5K walk will start and end near the track where vendors and crowds will gather. Jersey Strong T-shirts and food and drinks will be available.After the walk, music and entertainment will be provided.Prizes will be awarded at 11 a.m. for best holiday-themed costume for a group and individual.Walkers are encouraged to bring food for The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and unwrapped presents for Toys for Tots.The preregistration fee is $20 and race day registration is $25. Children 10 and under walk for free.Corporate donations and sponsorships are being sought.All proceeds will be donated to the schools in Monmouth County as well as the township’s adopted town of Union Beach. LITTLE SILVERRed Bank Regional (RBR) has the recipe to usher in the holiday season with fabulous music, dance and art.The RBR Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) will present a Holiday Showcase, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, at the RBR Theatre at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver.The presentations are unique and feature different works each night. The performing groups include the RBR art, drama, creative writing, instrumental music, piano, photography and vocal majors with the chamber singers, concert choir, concert bank, harp ensemble and string ensemble.Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. RUMSONThe English Speaking Union will be holding its annual holiday repast on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Rumson Country Club, 163 Rumson Road.Libations will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. traditional English Christmas dinner and entertainment at 8 p.m.The organization’s scholarship winner, Evelyn Giovine, will provide a special holiday program.The cost is $60 per person for members and $65 for nonmembers. Wine will be provided at the table, and a cash bar will be available throughout the evening.All are welcome; the dress is black tie optional.A silent auction, with half of the proceeds to be donated to local storm relief efforts, will be featured.Additional information is available by contacting ESU President Richard Biernacki at 732-787-2217 or emailing [email protected] * * * * *The festivities continue all month throughout town.Every Saturday through Dec. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. shoppers can enjoy the sounds of the season from the Holiday Harmonies. Tradi­tional carolers, choirs, brass bands, rock, folk, jazz and blues musicians will bring holiday tunes to the sidewalks of Red Bank.Classic horse and carriage rides will be available from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22, sponsored by Pauline Poyner and Red Bank RiverCenter.A new event – “We Double Dog Dare You Scavenger Hunt” – will allow participants to visit the 50-plus businesses involved to search through Sunday, Dec. 16, for a hidden holiday character inspired by the holiday classic movie A Christmas Story. Shoppers will gather stamps on their hunt for every character they find, and once 15 are collected, they can be entered to win a Red Bank prize package.The movie theme continues with the return of the popular, window-decorating contest. Businesses have been invited to decorate their windows using any holiday movie they choose. Shoppers can vote online at www.ACoolLittle through Sunday, Dec. 16, for their favorite windows.Pictures with Santa will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16 by, TSS Photography at The Galleria, 2 Bridge Ave.Free parking continues in borough parking lots through Christmas Day, courtesy of the Borough of Red Bank.In a program that captures the heart of the Christmas story, the 50-voice Tower Hill Choir presents “A Spiritual Christmas,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank (Tower Hill), 255 Harding Road.The choir is under the direction of Adam Peithmann, the church’s director of music ministries. RED BANKA Christmas Carol will be presented at the Count Basie Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The play is a production of the Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s national tour. A cast of two-dozen actors with a live orchestra will faithfully portray all the beloved characters from Dickens’ 1843 novel.Their voices and lively dancing render traditional carols like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Away In a Manager” and “Here We Come A-Wassailing” as a musical theater treat for the entire family.This production recreates Victorian era London with more than 100 costumes, a set evoking a Currier and Ives print and ghostly special effects.Tickets are $49.50, $29.50 and $19.50 and are available at the theater box office at 99 Monmouth St. or by calling 732-842-9000. * * * * *The adult and children’s choirs of St. Agnes Catholic Church will present their 18th annual Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.The choirs will be directed by G. Thomas Elliott and accompanied by organist Corina Pauta.The church is located at 103 Center Ave., at the corner of Avenue C. FAIR HAVENThe Fair Haven PTA’s biennial house hour will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and will include a Super Storm Sandy relief fundraising effort designed to assist local victims with replacing kitchen and household items lost in the storm.Tour attendees will be encouraged to donate new kitchen essentials and much needed gift cards for home-goods stores. There will be donation boxes at each of the eight tour homes. These donations will be given to Sandy Family Match to distribute to local victims of Sandy.Tickets to Fair Haven’s First Floors are $50 and will be sold, beginning at 10:30 a.m. the day of the tour, at 248 Kemp Ave. and 85 Grange Ave. No children will be allowed on the tour and participants will be asked to remove their shoes. The Two River area has an array of concerts, shows, bazaars and other fun events for the holiday season. Here is a selection of events in the area this week:last_img read more

Cop Serves As A Liaison To Latino Community

first_imgStory and photo by John BurtonRED BANK – “It wasn’t easy. We didn’t have much,” said Sgt. Juan Sardo, with the Red Bank Police Department, remembering back when he and his family arrived in the U.S. and settled in the borough.Those who come from other countries, just like anyone else, travel different paths in life. Some take on the challenge of starting and operating a business. Some continue to work for others. Sardo helps others as a police officer. And with his background, language skill and sensibilities stemming from his background, he serves as a voice for many in the increasingly diverse community that Red Bank has become.Sardo, who is assigned to the patrol division, is among a number of the 42-member department who are fluent in Spanish, assisting the large Latino population that has been growing for the last approximately 20 years.Sardo serves as the department’s liaison to the Latino community, often taking on the responsibility of communicating with the community putting forth department information that would benefit those residents. That mission is often done in cooperation with St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 121 Bridge Ave., which is responsible for a considerable amount of outreach to the Hispanic community.It’s Sardo’s own life story that provides an added layer of insight into the plight of the recently arrived.“With my background I can communicate better with the community,” he offered. “Not only communicate,” he continued, “I can relate to them.”Sardo was just 6, and didn’t speak a word of English, when he and his family left Venezuela for the U.S. His father, an Italian national, was a soldier in the Italian Army during World War II, who immigrated to the South American country following Italy’s surrender and married and started a family.In 1979 the family moved and settled in Red Bank. However, Sardo’s parents divorced and his father moved away and is no longer in the family picture.“It was really hard,” for him, his mother, Dianora and his three siblings, Sardo remembered. “You had to adjust to a different language,” and culture. Sardo acknowledged the language barrier led him to having to repeat a primary school grade at a time when there weren’t many Latinos in the community.“She raised the four of us cleaning houses in Rumson,” with the money not going far enough, Sardo said. “There was a lot of sacrifice.” School shopping meant visiting the former Monarc thrift shop on Monmouth Street.Growing up, though, “My mom instilled in us really good values.” And that included an appreciation of hard work, he said. “We learned responsibility quick.”At 12 he got his first job learning to make pizzas at Luigi’s Pizzeria and went on to working in just about everywhere in town where pizza was made, including Mr. Pizza Slice and The Brothers, still operating today.Today he continues that work ethic, by using his off time from the department working as a real estate agent. In the early 2000s he and another officer opened a hair salon, Que Bonita, on Shrewsbury Avenue, with Spanish speaking stylists, catering to the Hispanic community. They sold the salon a few years later.Sardo has been with the department for 19 years, working in various bureaus. “There’s no better work than police work, for this,” he said, where he can offer help and protection for the entire community.He mentors every other week at Lunch Break soup kitchen and food pantry, helping community members having difficulty making their way. “This is what I’m all about,” noting his strong religious faith, instilled in him by his mother, has been a grounding influence for much of his life. He is a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Shrewsbury, where Sardo transports some children to Bible study.In 2005 he received the Law Enforcement Award from the NAACP of Greater Red Bank; and in 2015 he was inducted into the Red Bank Regional High School’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.The Hispanic community can be victims of crime, taken advantage of by the unscrupulous and dangerous. However, “They have a fear coming forward reporting a crime,” especially those whose who may not be here undocumented.That’s not an issue for local law enforcement, he tries to make clear to the community. “Policy is we don’t ask,” about immigration status in that context, he explained. If it’s not exactly a law enforcement issue, he explains, what can people do to address it.“For me there’s only one race – the human race,” he said.Sardo has been married for 20 years to his wife Nohemi, has two children, Juan Jr., 13, and Javier, 10, and lives in Ocean Township.He may not have been born here, but Sardo has come to appreciate his home. “This is the best country in the world. My country.“I thank God every day that my old man decided to come here.”last_img read more

More than two grand, 70 birdies, five eagles and a hole-in-one

first_imgLocal golfers Braden Chown and Craig Wilkinson golfed from dawn to dusk as part of the PGA of BC Golfathon to raise more than $2,000 for ALS patient services (Monday) June 10.The total topped the $1,167 total from 2012.Wilkinson was on hand Friday at the Balfour Golf Club to receive recognition first hand from Wendy Toyer of the ALS executive. Chown and Wilkinson completed 162 holes each with 70 birdies and five eagles.The highlight of the day was Chown registering his first ever hole-in-one on the 7th hole of the fifth round.All funds raised go toward finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS ), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.This is a fatal  neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere; typically the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis.There is no known cause or cure yet, but there is hope through the ALS Society of BC.Donations can still be made online at: www.golfathonforals.calast_img read more

Najeeb-Brush throws eight shutout innings, Callahan homers twice in Crabs’ win over Seals

first_imgArcata>> With only five games remaining in the 2017 season, it’s pretty safe to say that Robin Guiver and Co. wanted to begin their final week of the year on a pretty good note.Consider the first one of five checked off the list.Andrew Najeeb-Brush had arguably his best outing of the summer, throwing eight shutout innings while striking out 12 batters, and birthday boy Kyle Callahan homered twice as the Humboldt Crabs rolled to an 11-0 win over the San Francisco Seals on Tuesday night.After …last_img read more

Zambian airline takes to SA skies

first_img26 June 2009Zambezi Airlines has taken to the local skies, promising travellers value for money on flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport and Lusaka, Ndola, Kitwe and Livingstone in Zambia.Attending launch of the airline’s new routes in Johannesburg earlier this month, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele the new flights would open doors to increased tourism and business between countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).“This development has come to fruition on the connection between Zambia and South Africa and the SADC region as a whole,” Ndebele said. “Its operation is going to increase people-to-people, business-to-business and government-to-government relations.”World-class operationZambezi Airlines chairman Morris Jangulo said the airline’s vision was to operate a world-class operation safely, reliably and efficiently, and maximise business opportunities between the two countries and the rest of the SADC region.Jangulo cautioned, however, that apart from the global economic recession being experienced by most countries, the airline will not be immune to challenges of fluctuating oil prices and airports infrastructure challenges, adding that the 2010 Fifa World Cup was a litmus test for the aviation industry in Africa and the whole world.Airlift strategyAccording to a statement by the Department of Transport, the South African government approved its Airlift Strategy in July 2006, with the aim of liberalising local skies. Since then, there has been a 40% increase in air traffic frequencies being granted within the various bilateral air services agreements that South Africa has with other countries.“Such an increase in air traffic frequency capacity is only viable when operators show confidence in the market and continue to operate flights to entry points,” Ndebele said. “In this regard, I must applaud the new entrant to our country, Zambezi Airlines.”Free skiesNdebele said that sought-after Zambian destinations such as Lusaka, Ndola, Livingstone and Mfuwe had opened up over recent years, with South African carriers currently operating 58 flights to these destinations each week.“The introduction of a Zambian designated airline into Johannesburg clearly demonstrates that there remains a continuing demand in air travel between South Africa and Zambia,” he said. “South Africa is as much your home as it is ours.”Ndebele said it was necessary to encourage the further liberalisation of the skies, as this would lead to the introduction of more flights between countries.At the same time, he said, “we must ensure that the safety and security integrity of the industry is maintained, and continues to meet the requirements for the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more