Ronaldo: Iceland showed small mentality and won’t do anything at Euro 2016

first_img “They scored a goal, they created two chances in the ninety minutes and otherwise they got every player behind the ball,” he said in the mixed zone after the game.  “It was a lucky night for them. We should have three points, but we are OK.” Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET Iceland, who are the smallest nation at Euro 2016, came from a goal down to hold Portugal in their tournament debut, but Real Madrid forward Ronaldo was far from impressed with their tactics.  15/06/2016 Cristiano Ronaldo claimed Iceland displayed a “small time” mentality in their draw with Portugual.  He added: “I thought they’d won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end, it was unbelievable.center_img “It was a little bit frustrating, we tried hard to win the game, Iceland didn’t try anything.” And the 31-year-old then went one step further, criticising Iceland for the way they celebrated at the final whistle.  Sport EN “They put the bus in the net, so it’s difficult when one team don’t try but Portugal try and play football and try to win the game. “When they don’t try to play and just defend, defend, defend this in my opinion shows a small mentality and are not going to do anything in the competition.”last_img read more

Train pain as rail strike looms

first_imgBy Mitchell Clarke More train pain could hit commuters with the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU) indicating action could be taken across…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Lancers’ seniors go out winners by capturing conference title

first_imgThe St. John Vianney High School softball team finished the season on a high note. Coming off a loss to underdog Immaculata High School in the NJSIAA Non-Public South Jersey A finals, the Lancers bounced back in the Shore Conference Tournament championship a day later. St. John Vianney came out swinging with six runs in the first two innings, and the Lancers went on to rout Pinelands Regional High School, 12-0, for the title.“You want to go out winning your last game,” head coach Kim Lombardi recalled telling the team’s seniors. “I told them not to leave the field without a win.”Top-seed St. John Vianney got on the board when Demi Rivera came around to score on an error. Junior Jessica Carlucci knocked in another run with a single, followed by an RBI-hit off the bat of freshman Gianna Mavica.Pinelands had three more errors in the second inning, allowing three Lancers to score. In the fourth inning, St. John Vianney broke the game open. A run-scoring hit by senior Katie Baron and a two-run home run by Carlucci made it 9-0.Senior Jackie Gallagher drove in two runs with a single. Sophomore Helena Coppola tacked on another run with an RBI single that scored senior Marlena Bevilacqua. “I didn’t have one player hit below .300 this year. We hit consistently one through nine,” Lombardi said.The conference championship caps a season that began with big questions for St. John Vianney (26-2), which lost standout pitcher and University of Notre Damebound Katie Beriont to an injury before Opening Day. The Lancers dealt with other injuries as well. Junior Claire Stefanelli missed the entire season.Lombardi noted how St. John Vianney showed no signs of slowing down after losing two of its top players right off the bat.“I’m proud of our kids,” she said.Junior Ashley Ventura had a very strong year on the mound, throwing seven no-hitters and four perfect games en route to a 26- 2 record. In the Shore Conference title game on June 4, Ventura allowed just three hits in five innings of work against Pinelands.Lombardi, who completed her 10th season as head coach, said Ventura proved to be a dominant pitcher “for a girl who was going to be at first base this season.”Following last week’s loss in the state sectionals, the Lancers were motivated to win their final game of the year. Lombardi said the team rallied around St. John Vianney’s seniors, who were taking the field for the last time.“I told them they can’t get down,” she said. “They had one more championship to play. They had a chance to redeem themselves.” By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent last_img read more

Working for Guyana

first_imgThere is no dearth of explanations or reasons proffered for our anaemic post-independence development: underdevelopment of our economy and our society by the departed colonials; squabbling politicians; lack of capital; ethnic/racial divisions; brain drain, etc. But for each of the identified constraints and then some (for instance, lack of physical resources), other countries, such as S. Korea, Singapore, and others in the Far East, have yet jumped from Third World to First.But we would like to place on the agenda one factor that somehow has not received the attention that we believe it should: the need for us to have a strong desire to work for the common good of Guyana. Now, it might be said that this is a consequence of the ethnic divisions in our society, but Malaysia, for instance, also has these divisions, and was able to leapfrog them to knock on the doors of the First World. If the successful ‘developed’ and developing countries are analysed, more often than not, one would discern a strong sentiment of ‘doing it for my country.’This emphasis can be measured by the degree to which, emotionally or consciously, people agree that a common good justifies restrictions on the individual, including oneself. It could also be described as the degree to which the members of a society are willing to forego individual advantages if thereby a larger advantage is secured for the community. Can we say we have this sentiment widespread in Guyana?Some time ago, noted CUNY political scientist Richard Wolin visited China and asked one worker, “What do people here do on weekends?” The reply, to his surprise, was, “We have no weekends. We have to work hard to pass America!” On his tours across many campuses and cities, he found the same sentiment very widespread. The people were willing to work for what they saw as the good of their country. Because of such an orientation, China has, for three decades, been able to maintain a double-digit growth rate, and is now the second largest economy in the world – nipping on the heels of the US.Japan, which led the thrust for ‘miracle growth’ in the post WWII era, was also helped by a strong patriotic fervour among its people.Many people conveniently forget that the Industrial Revolution in Britain and Europe followed their consolidation as nation states, where the people were willing to sacrifice for ‘King and country”. While the US overthrew the king, its citizens also rallied for the national cause.In Guyana, we are still at a point where the feeling of ‘we the people’ has not been inculcated into the psyche of our people. In the absence of such a sentiment, individuals will act only in the interest of their sub- group or themselves on an individual basis. Looking out for “No 1” becomes the rallying cry. It is up to the leaders in our society to mobilise these individuals for the ‘common good’.Unfortunately, the present PNC-led Government has jettisoned all its promises for an inclusive Government that would transcend our divisions, and has actually exacerbated them. Immediately upon achieving office, it slighted its AFC partner, which had purportedly brought in Indians who were traditionally outside the PNC’s constituency.  Guyanese today should compare the differential rates of development in the Far East, where exertion for the common good is commonplace, and that of, let’s say Africa, where most countries are riven along ethnic lines – like us. We must do better.In societies lacking an ethos of the common good, people do what is advantageous for themselves, and have no qualms in abandoning principles or changing sides when it is beneficial to them. This expedient behaviour also encourages corruption, which is not just a problem of political systems, but is an attitudinal problem. Persons who are little inclined to accept personal disadvantages for the common good are easily corrupted.last_img read more

City are favourties CSKA boss admits

first_img“The fact that they haven’t won any group matches so far means nothing as in the English Premier League they perform really well.”The coach added that the fact that Tuesday’s Champions League Group E encounter will be played behind closed doors in Moscow gives the advantage to the visiting side.“Of course it’s for City’s good,” he said. “Just imagine we would play at an empty Etihad arena. Who will get the advantage of that?”City are currently third in the group with one point from two games — already three points behind Roma and five behind leaders Bayern Munich. CSKA are bottom with two defeats.Slutsky also said the absence of Frank Lampard is unlikely to hold back City. “He hasn’t become as important a figure for City as he was for Chelsea.”The coach named Yaya Toure and Fernandinho as “City’s key players in midfield.”CSKA’s Nigerian striker Ahmed Musa said his team will badly miss their fans’ support in the Khimki stadium.“Hopefully, we’ll play a good match on Tuesday,” he said. “It’s very difficult to play without our fans support, we will really miss it. But we will perform at our best to achieve positive result anyway.”Musa added that the experience of playing Manchester City last year will help CSKA. “We’ve studied City’s style closely, we know what they’re capable of and I believe we’ll have our chances tomorrow,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MOSCOW, October 20- CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutsky on Monday touted Manchester City to win the whole Champions League ahead of their key group clash.“Manchester City were and currently are clear favourites not only of our group but the Champions League in general,” Slutsky told a news conference.last_img read more

Dead pedestrian identified

first_imgHe is free on $50,000 bond and will appear June 18 at Downey Superior Court. Police said Gutierrez was racing the driver of a newer model black Honda Civic when he lost control of his 2005 Subaru Impreza and struck Barrajas and another man walking in the crosswalk. Carlos Parga, 20, of Downey was taken to Downey Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken leg and released, police said. Barrajas was transported to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where he died later from his injuries. DOWNEY – Coroner’s officials Tuesday identified a Pico Rivera man killed when a driver racing another motorist lost control and plowed through a Downey crosswalk. Miguel Barrajas, 19, died of multiple traumatic injuries, said coroner’s spokesman Capt. Ed Winter. A second pedestrian suffered a broken leg in the crash Saturday on Imperial Highway and Brookshire Avenue in Downey. The driver, 26-year-old Adam Gutierrez of Downey was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. The Civic didn’t stop and continued east on Imperial Highway. Anyone with information was asked to call Downey police Traffic Detective Rosie Gutierrez, (562) 904-2339. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

Vick pleads guilty to federal dogfighting charge

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. – Michael Vick pleaded guilty Monday to a federal dogfighting charge and awaited a Dec. 10 sentencing date that could send the NFL star to prison. The plea by the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback was accepted by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who asked: “Are you entering the plea of guilty to a conspiracy charge because you are in fact guilty?” Vick replied, “Yes, sir.” Hudson emphasized he is not bound by sentencing guidelines and can impose the maximum sentence of up to five years in prison. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You’re taking your chances here. You’ll have to live with whatever decision I make,” Hudson. In his written plea filed in federal court Friday, Vick admitted helping kill six to eight pit bulls and supplying money for gambling on the fights. He said he did not personally place any bets or share in any winnings. The NFL suspended him indefinitely and without pay Friday after his plea agreement was filed. Merely associating with gamblers can trigger a lifetime ban under the league’s personal conduct policy. The case began in late April when authorities conducting a drug investigation of Vick’s cousin raided the former Virginia Tech star’s rural Surry County property and seized dozens of dogs, some injured, and equipment commonly used in dogfighting. last_img read more

Water cleanup imperiled

first_imgPICO RIVERA – A more than two-year-old project that cleans polluted groundwater headed toward Pico Rivera from the San Gabriel Valley could be forced to shut down when money to operate it runs out next June, officials said Tuesday. The project, including two wells in Pico Rivera, a 6,000-foot-long water pipeline and a treatment plant, was originally funded with $10 million in federal money that also covered operating costs for seven years. But in March 2003, officials of Central Basin Municipal District, which operates the project, found that an additional $5 million will be needed to operate the site beyond June 2007. The $5 million will allow the treatment project to operate for an additional five years – the estimated time needed to completely clean the contaminated plume of ground water flowing from the San Gabriel Valley. The increased expense above the original $10 million was caused by rising electricity prices and a more expensive treatment plant, officials said. Central Basin’s General Manager Art Aguilar said the district has been trying since March 2003 to secure additional money to complete the cleanup project. But so far Congress has not come through. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“We’ve been trying to get it,” Aguilar said. “There’s no problem if we get it. But we’re not sure what’s going to happen. Everybody’s uncertain on federal money, what with the government having such a deficit.” Calls placed Tuesday afternoon to Whittier-area congressional Rep. Grace Napolitano’s office were not returned. If no additional federal money is secured to continue, the district’s Board of Directors must decide whether to use its own money or seek a partner to help pay the $900,000 to $1 million annual operating costs, Aguilar said. The cleanup project was launched 21/2 years ago to catch and treat contaminated water that had flowed past an Environmental Protection Agency treatment plant in the Whittier Narrows Nature Center to the north. The industrial waste-contaminated water is pumped from the two wells to the treatment plant, where it is treated and cleaned and then pumped to Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs and Whittier for use. So far nearly 2.4 billion gallons of water has been pumped since the project began, officials said. Van Jew, manager of engineering and operations for the Central Basin district, said pollutants in the ground water are still being detected, but the amounts appear to be going down since the project went on line. But Jew said he’s not certain how much of the contaminated plume has been eliminated. “At some point somebody needs to do a study,” said Jew, referring to the EPA. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 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

Watford sack manager Quique Sanchez Flores after less than three months back in charge

first_img PEP TALK Getty Images – Getty 3 Watford now travel to high-flying Leicester on Wednesday, by which time they appear likely to have their third permanent manager of the season in the dugout.Sanchez Flores becomes the third Premier League manager to the sacked in less than two weeks following the departures of Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham and Unai Emery at Arsenal. LIVING THE DREAM Watford have sacked their manager Quique Sanchez Flores, 85 days after he returned to the club.In early September, the Hornets dismissed Javi Gracia owing to their poor start to the season and reappointed Sanchez Flores in his place. LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son SAY THAT AGAIN? appointed Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta deals ‘Are you ready for this?’ – Souness in rare praise of returning Paul Pogba update 3 Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future The Spaniard previously led the club in 2015/16 and hoped to bring positive results back to Vicarage Road, however things have not improved hence the decision to restructure once again.The change comes after Watford’s 2-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Southampton, which ensured they remained rock bottom of the Premier League with just eight points from 14 matches.Watford chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury said in a statement: “Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive impact, but ultimately results have dictated our decision.“The appointment of a new head coach is imminent and, with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful.” Getty Images – Getty center_img Watford’s form in 2019 has been woeful Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Quique Sanchez Flores was unable to turn fortunes around at Watford Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked MIKEL TALKS Arteta confirms Ljungberg’s role, discusses transfer plans and Mesut Ozil rookie error Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Watford said they would make no further comment until the appointment of a new head coach, with former Brighton boss Chris Hughton the favourite to take the role.Sanchez Flores only returned for his second spell in charge at Vicarage Road on September 7.His first game saw a point gained from a 2-2 draw with Arsenal, but this was swiftly followed by an 8-0 thumping at the hands of Manchester City.October’s draw at Tottenham and November’s win at Norwich were positive moments, though defeats to Everton, Chelsea, Burnley and now Southampton ultimately cost the 54-year-old his job. latest Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 3 statement Chris Hughton is the big favourite to take over Getty Images – Getty last_img read more

League One wrap: Late Lister goal edges Aidrie over Albion, Pars win

first_imgBut Cowdenbeath soon hit back as Greig Spence slotted home after rounding Dunfermline goalkeeper Sean Murdoch shortly before the break.Both goalkeepers were kept busy after the restart, but Moffat came up trumps by winning and then scoring a penalty after the hour mark, though Dunfermline’s efforts to extend that lead were thwarted by Cowdenbeath stopper Jamie Sneddon.Peterhead cut the gap on second-placed Ayr to four points in Ladbrokes Scottish League One after a thumping 4-1 victory over Stenhousemuir.The Blue Toon were in front after just five minutes thanks to James Redman’s glancing header but, after floodlight failure had temporarily suspended the game, the visitors levelled just after the half hour through Alan Cook’s stunning blast into the top corner.James Stevenson re-established Peterhead’s lead in the 53rd minute with a wonderful strike while Rory McAllister thrashed home after 77 minutes to double the advantage.Kevin Dzierzawski drilled the ball past Matthew Gould to add gloss to the scoreline with eight minutes left as Jim McInally’s men won for the third game in a row and are now unbeaten in eight.Stranraer moved up to eighth in Scottish League One after claiming their second victory in a row with a surprise 1-0 win over promotion chasers Ayr.The Blues had the first opportunity of the match when Scott Robertson headed wide early on while at the other end goalkeeper David McGurn saved brilliantly after Jordan Preston had burst through on goal.It proved a crucial intervention as the hosts took the lead in the 57th minute, Jamie Longworth scoring from the rebound after Sam McCloskey’s initial shot was saved by Ayr custodian Greg Fleming.Ayr, who have now lost three of their last four league games, pushed hard in the closing stages but could not find a way through a resolute Stranraer defence. Substitute James Lister’s last-gasp header saw Airdrieonians secure a 2-1 victory at Albion, ending a three-match losing streak.The match got off to an entertaining start as David Cox hit a free-kick off the crossbar for the visitors before Paul Willis was denied by a goal-line clearance at the other end.Joshua Mullin had a powerful effort for Rovers and they took the lead in the 26th minute when John Gemmell headed home Scott McBride’s cross.Mullin saw a shot well saved as the visitors pushed for a leveller which would arrive in the 67th minute as Alan Reid put past his own goalkeeper. It set the Diamonds on course for a late comeback victory, with Lister coming off the bench to net the winner three minutes from time.Michael Moffat scored twice as Dunfermline extended their winning run to five games with a 2-1 home win over Cowdenbeath.Cowdenbeath had started brighter of the two sides but were behind on 17 minutes when Moffat finished off a good team move.The visitors had more misery when player-manager Colin Nish was sent to the stands by referee Barry Cook.last_img read more