Messi, three months without marking away from Camp Nou

first_imgIn part, Messi greatly misses the presence of a killer. Specifically, from his friend Luis Suárez. The Uruguayan was the footballer who cleaned the landscape of centrals and the one that allowed him to play more liberated and with more options ahead of the ball. He is the one who misses his absence the most and the numbers certify it.Messi left crestfallen from the Bernabéu. He feels that he should be collaborating more with the team away from home. The defeats against Granada, Valencia, Levante and Madrid, or the same draws in Anoeta or against Espanyol have the team in a compromised situation. And he wants to improve his numbers. Messi is less Messi this season away from Camp Nou. The Argentine does not score away from home in the League since December 1 of last year, just the day before the Golden Ball gala in which he received his sixth award. It was at Wanda, where he crowned a great game with a spectacular goal against Atlético (0-1).Since then, Messi only scored a goal in the Spanish Super Cup played in Arabia, but that game is considered played in neutral field, so that the streak without scoring away from home extends already in the last three months. In fact, of the 23 goals he has scored this season, only four have been away from home. One in Eibar, one in the house of the Levant, that of the Wanda and another in the Sinobo Stadium in Prague. The last month is being tough for Messi. In the last six days of the League he could only mark the day he scored four goals against Eibar. He did not score against Valencia, Levante, Betis, Getafe and Real Madrid. Nor did he do it in Naples and where he missed his goal the most was in San Mamés. With 0-0, Arthur put a gold ball that the Argentine could not embocar since he met Unai Simón.last_img read more

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Windies in good position – Holder

first_imgSHARJAH, UAE, (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder says he believes an impressive late afternoon session yesterday against Pakistan, has put his side in a “good position” to press for its first win in 14 Test matches.Four wickets fell for eleven runs in a dramatic post tea session, as Pakistan stumbled to 87 for four in their second innings on the third day of their third and final Test at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.West Indies are trailing by 31 runs after scoring 331 in their first innings in reply to Pakistan first innings score of 281.”We knew there’s just limited time in the last session, so we wanted to just give it our all,” Holder told Ten Sports.”Fortunately for me, I was able to get some balls to lift off a good length, which took the edge or the gloves. Fortunately, we had some luck in this session. I think we put ourselves in a good position because of this session.”Three of the four wickets to have fallen are as a result of a hostile spell of fast bowling from Holder, who has captured three wickets for ten runs from nine overs including four maidens.Pakistan were at one stage reeling on 43 for one and the West Indies captain says his three-wicket haul was motivated by the patient unbeaten century from opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who anchored the Windies first innings.Brathwaite accumulated 142 off 318 balls with eleven boundaries and carried his bat through the innings to hand his side a 56-run first innings lead.”He showed great character, great composure, great faith. It was very inspirational for me and gave me the energy to go and do what we did in the end,” said Holder.ELUSIVE WIN”I have played a lot of cricket with Brathwaite – Under-13, 15, 17 and 19, and now senior cricket. He has scored a lot of runs in junior cricket.”West Indies are aiming to press their advantage on the fourth day as they hunt an elusive win on a wretched tour in which they have lost all of their matches in back-to back T20, ODI and Test series losses against Pakistan.The West Indies skipper believes leg spinner Devendra Bishoo will have a major role to play.”As the pitch wears out, Bishoo will come into the picture. He has a big job to do for us tomorrow. The plan is to just keep rotating bowlers,” said Holder.”It’s important to keep them under pressure in the first hour. We just have to continue to maintain the intensity. We all have to really toil for the wickets. We are very happy with the situation but we need to start well tomorrow.”last_img read more

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Amb. Wallace Hails Deployment of 20 ECOWAS Volunteers

first_imgOfficials posed with the group of Volunteers and invited guests.A renowned Liberian Diplomat and advisor to the President on Foreign Affairs, Ambassador George W. Wallace, Jr., has hailed the deployment of 20 ECOWAS volunteers from four countries to Liberia to share knowledge and expertise with their Liberian counterparts as a show of African solidarity and fraternity, a release from the Ministry of Foreign Ministry has said.Amb. Wallace told the gathering that Liberians will forever remain proud and grateful to the volunteers and to their various governments.Wallace also noted that the transfer of knowledge and other policies that enhance regional integration have always been placed at the heart of Liberia’s foreign policy, which supports South–South Dialogue that is aimed at promoting social-economic development and regional cooperation.He currently serves as the Officer-in-Charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.According to the release, he made the remarks yesterday when delivered the keynote address at the Induction Training of ECOWAS Volunteers in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.Wallace represented Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, who is currently out of the country on official matter.He expressed extreme gratitude to welcome the newly deployed ECOWAS volunteers to the country on behalf of President George Weah; adding, “I hasten to tell you that Liberia is a place of peace, hospitality and friendship.”Wallace further asserted that as Liberia goes through the process of post-conflict reconstruction, the ECOWAS Volunteers Program will enhance the country’s development agenda, noting that the coming of the volunteers is timely as the country strives to address its postwar challenges.He also stated that Liberia has had a long experience with volunteers, dating back to the early 1960s when President John F. Kennedy of the United States dispatched the US Peace Corps Volunteers to teach in schools across Liberia.The Peace Corps volunteers took assignments in various technical areas, including agriculture extension, conservation, and health. “We are pleased to welcome the second deployment of 20 ECOWAS volunteers from Nigeria, Benin, Ghana and Sierra Leone, who arrived in Liberia, since Saturday, February 10, to serve their brothers and sisters in promoting ECOWAS’ vision: moving ECOWAS from boundaries to ECOWAS peoples.Wallace used the occasion to thank the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel A. de Souza, for including Liberia into the pilot project, and called on him to extend the program across the length and breadth of the sub-region so as to enable West Africans benefit from this laudable initiative.Francis Njoaguani, Director of ECOWAS Youth and Sport Development Center, expressed delight over the occasion and on behalf of the Special Representative of the President of ECOWAS, officially welcomed the new volunteers.Njoaguani emphasized that the workshop marking the induction training of the volunteers was the second of its kind for Liberia to receive a group of young, patriotic, enthusiastic and energetic West Africans, who passionately volunteered to come and render services to their fellow West African brothers and sisters in Liberia.The ECOWAS Youth and Sports Director then thanked the Government and People of Liberia, for availing all necessary supports and assistance for the second cycle of the ECOWAS Volunteers as they carry out their mandate.Mr. Njoaguani reassured the volunteers of ECOWAS’ unflinching support toward their stay in Liberia.The ceremony was attended by Ghanaian Ambassador, Representatives of AU and ECOWAS offices in Liberia as well as the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps and various line ministries and agencies.Through the ECOWAS Volunteer Program, the organization Commission aims to facilitate the engagement and participation of its young citizens in peace and development initiatives through volunteerism.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Prison escapee Uree Varswyck killed by Police

first_img…2 arrested for harbouring wanted menPrison escapee Uree Varswyck, also known as Malcolm Gordon, was killed in ashootout with law enforcement officers on a Joint Services intelligence-led operation at Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden at about 23:45h on Thursday.Reports are that ex-policeman Varswyck and fellow fugitive from justice MarkTear gas mask found in the houseRoyden Durant, aka Royden Williams and Smallie, were seen in the Central Amelia’s Ward area of Linden, Region 10, a short distance away from the Amelia’s Ward Police Outpost. As Joint Services ranks approached their hideout, they opened fire. The ranks returned fire, killing Varswyck in the process. His body is at the Wismar Hospital Mortuary, Linden as ranks continue their relentless pursuit of Royden Williams.A 9MM pistol with 40 live rounds, a haversack and cloth bag containing medication, a gas mask,military camouflage clothing, toiletries and a cellular phone were found when police went to retrieve Varswyck’s body. A bicycle and a rakeGun and ammunitionwere leaning against the small wooden house. Black plastic bags were spotted inside the yard, and a spade was at the front of the yard. A bag of tennis rolls was just outside the front of the fence, and the gate to the premises was secured. Varswyck, who had escaped from prison while on remand for murder, was lying dead clad in a camouflage vest and a pair of military boots.Residents in vicinity of the shootout recalled seeing Police occasionally traversingDead: Uree Varswyck aka Malcom Gordonthe area. A resident recalled hearing the commotion on Thursday evening and seeing the Police traversing the location. The resident also recalled spotting the owner of the house and another man fitting the description of Williams at the house over the course of the past week “smoking on the step”.One resident told this publication that they are “scared”, given that the area is densely vegetated. Another resident recalled hearing on Thursday evening what sounded like squibs going off, and noted that they were made aware of what had transpired only on Friday morning.‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander, (ag) Superintendent Anthony Vanderhyden, noted that Joint Services ranks acting on information headed to Lot 5118 Central Amelia’s Ward, whereupon shots rang out at them.The lawmen returned fire, killing Varswyck in the process. The Commander (ag)Clothing, medication and other items found in the housenoted that the deceased had been spotted in the company of Williams.Two other persons have since been arrested for reportedly harbouring the escapees. This newspaper understands that one of persons taken into custody is the owner of the said property where the incident occurred. Residents informed Guyana Times that the individual who owns the home is a “Rasta man” who goes by the alias “Priest”. One resident described him as a “cool Rasta man” who always “hail up everybody.”According to residents, the man has been living at the location for over seven years, and is a “well-known” individual.Investigations are ongoing.Varswyck, Royden Durant and Cobena Stephens, aka OJ, are said to be theThe alledged hideoutmasterminds behind the July 9, 2017 Camp Street Prison fire and escape which left prison officer Odinga Wickham dead.Durant, also called Royden Williams, was sentenced to death for the BarticaFood and beverages found in the hideout houseMassacre.last_img read more

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Flyers play final two games before Christmas break this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers are back in action for a pair of games this weekend.The team is coming off a 7-1 victory over the Manning Comets on home ice to improve their record to 7-3. The Flyers got contributions from 10 different players and scored six straight goals to coast to the win. Goaltender Travis McLean had his shutout bid halted with just over six minutes to go.“It’s amazing what happens when you have a team of players that want to compete at a high level,” said head coach Andrew Leriger. “This is the final string of games versus the teams that aren’t in our division, after this we play Dawson and Grande Prairie for the remainder of the regular season.”- Advertisement -Tonight the team is heading to Manning for a rematch, before returning home to clash with the High Prairie Regals on Saturday evening. Both games get underway at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Two Boys Die in Farming Accident

first_imgTwo young brothers died yesterday in a farm accident in McLennan, 160 kilometres northeast of Grande Prairie.The boys, aged 5 and 7, were playing on top of a grain trailer when the hopper was activated, pulling the brothers under the grain. The boys were trapped under the grain for between 5 and 10 minutes before they were rescued. Attempts to resuscitate the children at the scene were unsuccessful.Their names have not been released. – Advertisement –last_img

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Guyana heighten preparations as tournament draws near

first_imgAntilles U-18 3-on-3 Basketball C/ships…The Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) will come alive with excitement this weekend as Guyana will be looking to take home court advantage when they take on the rest of the Caribbean in the Antilles U-18 3×3 basketball Championships.As the tip-off for the competition looms closer and closer, the eight-member Guyanese male and female teams have stepped up their preparations, getting an early feel of the indoor CASH facility as they worked on fitness and tactical plays.The regional tournament, which targets Under-18 players, will bounce off today as over 65 participants flow into Guyana to vie for the top honours against the hosts, Guyana.A workshop will mark the beginning of the tournament and will be conducted by International Basketball Federation (IBF/FIBA) officials, while the intense competitive play runs from 14:00h on October 20 to 21.Aside from the brewing rivalry in the 3×3 segment, players will also compete in three points shootout, skills challenge and a slam dunk contest.Meanwhile, the shortlisted players for Guyana are: Males – Akeem Crandon, Andrew Johnson, Nigel Bowen and Shamar France with Mark Agard as Head Coach. On the other hand, the female squad will feature Saffiya Greene, Lydia Roberts, and Roschelle Campbell with Troy Greene as Manager.The U-18 Antilles 3×3 Basketball Final is being organised by the IBF and the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF). Admission to the highly anticipated event will remain free for both days.The participating countries include: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Dominica, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Lucia and hosts Guyana for the men, while the female category comprises Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Martinique and hosts Guyana.last_img read more

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Benin wait goes on after Guinea-Bissau stalemate

first_img0Shares0000Stephane Sessegnon (L) was unable to inspire Benin to victory on his return from suspension © AFP / OZAN KOSEISMAILIA, Egypt, Jun 30 – Benin’s long wait for a first win at the Africa Cup of Nations was extended Saturday by Guinea-Bissau following an attritional goalless draw in Ismailia, the tournament’s third in a row.After a creditable 2-2 draw with Ghana in their first game in Egypt, Benin have now gone 11 matches without a victory in the competition dating back to their debut in 2004. Only Mozambique, with 12, have played more games in the competition without recording a win.Guinea-Bissau, who appeared for the first time in this competition in 2017, picked up their first point in Group F as both sides remained in contention for a place in the last 16. Holders Cameroon top the section on four points, with Benin and four-time champions Ghana level on two.Angola and Mauritania started the day with a 0-0 draw in Suez after the previous 21 matches produced 43 goals. Cameroon and Ghana then played out a goalless stalemate in the first game of the doubleheader in the northern city of Ismailia.Sori Mane rifled wide from distance in a rare opportunity for a Guinea-Bissau side ranked 118th in the world, 30 places behind their opponents.Former Sunderland and West Brom midfielder Stephane Sessegnon returned to the Benin line-up after suspension but it was Huddersfield forward Steve Mounie who had his team’s best chances, drawing a sharp save from Jonas Mendes and then heading over unmarked from a Sessegnon free-kick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Manson Family disciple denied parole again

first_imgShea’s remains were later found buried near the Spahn movie ranch in Chatsworth, where Manson and his disciples lived. Davis was not involved with other Manson followers in the 1969 murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate, grocery store chain owner Leno LaBianca and his wife, Rosemary. Manson and his co-defendants have repeatedly been denied parole — with Manson losing his latest parole bid on May 23 and Leslie Van Houten being denied parole last Thursday. A one-time Manson Family disciple convicted in connection with two killings in 1969 was denied parole today. A parole board panel meeting at the California Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo decided Bruce Davis should next be eligible for parole in 2008. This is the 25th time Davis has been denied parole. Davis, now in his 60s, was convicted along with others in the stabbing death of musician Gary Hinman in his Topanga Canyon home and the slaying of Donald “Shorty” Shea. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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CHELSEA WARNING! Blues must make Premier League title statement after Euro exit

first_imgMark Bosnich says Chelsea must get over the disappointment of their exit from Europe quickly or risk derailing their Premier League title bid.Jose Mourinho’s side were knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage on Wednesday night, with Paris Saint-Germain securing a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge to progress to the quarter-finals on away goals, despite playing the majority of the match with ten men.But Bosnich says the Blues must not get too downhearted and must now focus all their efforts on beating Southampton this weekend to maintain their charge for Premier League glory.“When you suffer such a disappointment, in whatever competition, it is so important to bounce back in your next game,” said the former Chelsea goalkeeper, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It is a very fine line between success and failure. There will be a few players feeling sore and mentally a bit tired because they went out to PSG so they have to go out and make a statement to the fans and to the Premier League.”Mourinho admitted his side got what they deserved against PSG, who hardly looked hindered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first-half sending off, and Bosnich agrees that the better team won through.“Laurent Blanc got it tactically spot on, especially after Zlatan Ibrahimovic got sent off,” he said.“He left Chelsea’s right-hand side unattended and made sure they had somebody on Eden Hazard. You just have to say well done to Paris Saint-Germain.”last_img read more

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