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Pique expects Barca to benefit from Neymar’s Olympic glow

first_imgNeymar should return to Spain with renewed enthusiasm after leading Brazil to their first football gold medal at an Olympic Games, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said.Neymar, who has scored 85 goals in 141 games in his three seasons at Barcelona, was given permission to stay in Brazil until after international games early next month.“I think it’s a good decision to grant him (Neymar) that,” Pique told El Mundo Deportivo. “He has earned it.“I’m sure he is very happy and will come with a lot of enthusiasm to Barcelona.”Neymar scored the winning penalty in a shootout against Germany in Saturday’s gold medal game at the Maracana stadium in Rio and then stepped down as Brazil captain, a position he had held since September 2014.“It has been a difficult tournament for him,” Pique said.“To play at home means you have the pressure to win but Ney (Neymar) is accustomed to that. He has proved why he is one of the best in the world by scoring that penalty in the final.”Neymar has been away since May 23 after helping his club to win a La Liga and King’s Cup double last season.He is set to play for Brazil in 2018 World Cup qualifiers after being named in new coach Tite’s squad.Brazil take on Ecuador in Quito on Sept. 1 and five days later host Colombia in Manaus with the national team currently sixth in their South American group, outside the qualifying positions.Barcelona decided against recalling Neymar for this Sunday’s La Liga game at Athletic Bilbao to cut down on his flights. He is expected to be available for his club in their next game at home to Alaves in La Liga on September 10.Barcelona kicked off the league season by hammering Real Betis 6-2 last Saturday.last_img read more

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PNG Kumuls player allegedly assaulted

first_imgAfter the Kumuls’ 32-22 win over the England Knights yesterday in Port Moresby, Nene Macdonald and some of his teammates went out to unwind when he was allegedly assaulted.In a Facebook post, the Kumuls centre said he will not wear the red, black and gold jersey again until the man who smashed a bottle over his head at Lamana is dealt with.Coach Michael Marum confirmed the incident but said they are still in the early stages of gathering information.“He is traveling out today and no, his injury was not severe,” stated the coach.More to follow…last_img read more

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Coral reefs thrive next to rat-free islands, new study finds

first_imgA team of ecologists examined the impacts that invasive rats on tropical islands have on coral reef ecosystems.Because rats eat seabird eggs and young, they can decimate seabird populations.With fewer seabirds depositing their guano on islands, coral reef ecosystems near rat-infested islands can’t support as much life.The findings suggest that eradicating rats from tropical islands could be a straightforward way of bolstering the health of coral reefs. TOULOUSE, France — Rats exact a punishing toll on island seabird colonies, decimating their numbers as they eat the birds’ eggs and young. Research has shown that fewer birds, and fewer bird droppings, mean that ecosystems on these islands don’t have the same diversity and quantity of life. But until now, our understanding of the impact that rats have has stopped at the island’s edge.“What people haven’t really captured is how that then affects adjacent marine ecosystems,” said Nick Graham, a marine ecologist at Lancaster University in the U.K.Graham is the lead author of a study published July 11 in the journal Nature, in which he and his colleagues demonstrate that coral reefs next to rat-infested islands aren’t as healthy as reefs near rat-free islands. He presented the team’s research on July 10 at the European Open Science Forum 2018 (ESOF18) in Toulouse, France.“These rats are having a knock-on effect to the adjacent coral reef system,” Graham said, “and that’s never been shown before.”last_img read more

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Provide proof instead of engaging in name-calling

first_imgDear Editor,In Guyana, it is most unfortunate that almost every discourse degenerates into race or a charge of racism no matter how well intentioned the commentator. Thus, one can never get into a constructive or serious discussion on issues even when it would benefit the entire country. Discussing matters impinging on race is even more divisive. And therefore, the country cannot make progress.People make all kinds of idiotic claims even when they cannot be justified or supported with solid evidence. An Africanist makes a claim for 15 thousand square miles based on land development by his ancestors and when shown how the argument is flawed, he calls you a racist. If you show your ancestors developed more land and therefore are entitled that land, using the same logic as he did, he opposes your claim. Worse, he also accuses you of being a racist for making such a claim even when you accept his claim on the condition that he respects yours. Worse, he seeks to silence you and threaten violence – he will do a Rwanda on your people.This only serves to inflate racial passions and won’t take the country forward on development as happened during the ethnic apartheid like dictatorship during Burnhamism.Only those without much intellect and whose claims lack validity descend to name-calling and attacking a media and its highly respected columnists for their views on land issues and other unjustified claims. But such a strategy only works against the meek and those who cower in fear of being denied bread and butter if they speak accurately.Rather than engaging in name-calling (calling people racists to silence them), a better option would have been to present incontrovertible proof to support a claim.No commentator or columnist has a monopoly on public discourse. And merely giving your opinion does not make it a fact, no matter how many times you state it. Writers are entitled to their views providing they offer fair, objective, balanced and non-racist comments.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Leguan man remanded for drug charge

first_imgVishal Masedas, 21, of Endeavour, Leguan Island, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) was on Wednesday remanded to prison for the possession of narcotic for the purpose of trafficking.He made his appearance before magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate Court. The man initially pleaded guilty but due to his explanation a not guilty plea was recorded.Masedas was arrested on September 11 at Enterprise, Leguan for being in possession of 48.2 grams of cannabis.Acting on information police from Leguan visited Enterprise and spotted a speed boat from where the defendant threw a black bag into the river. Police retrieved the bag and a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis was discovered. He was told of the offence and arrested.The unrepresented Masedas was remanded to prison until September 27, 2016.last_img read more

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49ers looking to end losing streak

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! – Frank Burlison LONG BEACH The Long Beach State men’s volleyball team will attempt to snap a two-match losing streak tonight in the Walter Pyramid when it takes on Stanford in a 7 p.m. Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match. The 49ers fell to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in the MPSF after being swept at home last week by Cal State Northridge and UC Santa Barbara, dropping them to 10th in the national ratings. center_img The Cardinal is winless (0-9 overall and 0-4 in the MPSF). Coach Alan Knipe’s team plays the fourth in a five-match home stand Saturday at 8 p.m. when it faces Pacific (3-5 and 1-3). last_img read more

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‘NEW OPPORTUNITIES’ PROGRAMME COMING TO TORY ISLAND

first_imgA PROGRAMME aimed at creating new jobs is set to visit Tory Island next month. The free ‘Winning New Opportunities’ programme is a 20-hour training programme that helps people who are unemployed to access new education, volunteering, enterprise, and employment opportunities. Topics covered by the specially-trained WNO facilitators include: identifying participants’ skills and strengths; finding openings in areas of interest to participants; effective interviewing techniques; application form, CV, and cover letter writing; networking for opportunities; and dealing with obstacles and set-backs. The Tory Island WNO programme is run by Tuath in collaboration with Meitheal Forbartha na Gaeltachta (MFG), and is funded by the International Fund for Ireland. The programme will take place at Ionad Pobail Thorai from Monday, 9th May, to Friday, 13thMay, for four hours per day. Please ring MFG on (074) 95 32017 for more information. ‘NEW OPPORTUNITIES’ PROGRAMME COMING TO TORY ISLAND was last modified: April 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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:donegaldailyNew Opportunies ProgrammeTory Islandlast_img read more

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Upland girls takes control

first_img Junior Alyssa Davila broke a 1-1 tie four minutes into the second half. Davila took a shot from the 22 yards out and it went high into the upper-left corner to give Upland (17-1-2, 4-0) a 2-1 lead. Davila also helped to create the Highlanders’ third goal in the 70th minute when she fed Briann Oostinga on what turned out to be the deciding goal. Oostinga took the feed and went to the net, but collided with Los Osos keeper Britni Williams. The players went down, but the ball skipped into the goal. ”We just have to continue to play the same way we have been. We have to shut them down,” Medina said. ”If you give a team like that a chance to do what they want to do, they’ll hurt you. So our mission is to come out and shut them down from the beginning of the game and not let them do what they want to do.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The Grizzlies (14-3-2, 3-1) put the pressure on and broke through in the 74th minute, when Erin Moskos scored on a rebounded save that Upland keeper Cherie Silas could not hold onto. Los Osos kept pressing the issuse, drawing five corner kicks in the final three minutes, but the Highlanders remained calm and weathered the barrage. Silas made an emphatic punchout stop on the final corner kick with less than a minute left to play, capping an eight-save effort. Upland coach Ed Bell said the victory gave his team a boost heading into the turn for the second half of the season, and another meeting at the end of the regular season against Los Osos. ”It puts us in the driver’s seat right now,” Bell said of the victory. ”Five of the next six games are on artificial turf for us, so that’s big.” Los Osos coach Pedro Medina said the outcome of the next meeting will be determined by how well his team can make the Highlanders adjust to what Medina and his team will try to do. center_img RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The top two girls soccer teams in the Baseline League met Friday. Both Upland and host Los Osos entered the match with a 3-0 record in league play, but the advantage went to Upland. The Highlanders scored two goals in the second half and held off a late rally to come away with a 3-2 victory and a one-game lead in the standings, with a game left in the first round of league play and six games left in the regular season. last_img read more

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Former Sunderland star tells Defoe he must QUIT club to achieve World Cup dream

first_imgJermain Defoe must leave Sunderland this summer to keep his World Cup dream alive, according to Micky Gray.Having starred for the Black Cats this season despite their struggles in the Premier League, Defoe has forced his way back into the England squad after a four-year absence.The 34-year-old striker now has his sights set on playing for Gareth Southgate’s side at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.But, with Sunderland looking doomed to relegation this season, Gray has warned he will have to leave the Stadium of Light if he is to stand any chance of making the squad.“It pains me to say it but Jermain should have left Sunderland in the transfer window,” said Gray, speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT.“I am sure he is as frustrated as not just myself but every other Sunderland supporter that things just aren’t changing at the club.“There was interest from West Ham in January and I thought he should have went because I looked at Sunderland and I couldn’t see us getting out of the situation we are in.“I know we have done it in the past, but this time around it is one step too far.“If he wants to play in the World Cup in 2018, I believe that won’t happen if he stays at Sunderland because I think we will be in the Championship.“This is Jermain’s last chance.”last_img read more

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