Lukaku header gains World Cup spot for Belgium

first_imgSearch on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Greece responded three minutes later through Zeca, but only one more minute passed before Belgium retook the lead thanks to Lukaku’s header. It was the Manchester United forward’s 10th goal of the qualifying campaign.Victory leaves the Belgians top with an unassailable eight-point lead over second-place Bosnia-Herzegovina. That makes Belgium the first European team confirmed for the World Cup besides host nation Russia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Belgium is unbeaten in qualifying, with seven wins and a 1-1 draw at home to Greece in March.The Belgians have scored 35 goals and conceded just three in a group where they were considered the overwhelming favorites. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped the Bosnians beat Gibraltar 4-0 to leapfrog Greece into second place. Belgium has 22 points, Bosnia-Herzegovina 14, Greece 13 and Cyprus 10.Cyprus’s hopes of qualifying took another blow in a 1-0 loss away to Estonia, thanks to Mattias Kait’s winning goal in the dying seconds.Estonia is fifth with eight points while last-place Gilbraltar has lost all eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT Switzerland wins 8th straight game, Portugal stays close Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates at the end of the World Cup Group H qualifying soccer match between Greece and Belgium at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus port, near Athens, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Belgium won 2-1. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Romelu Lukaku was on target Sunday to give Belgium a 2-1 win over Greece and a place at next year’s World Cup.The Group H fixture was goalless until the 70th minute when Jan Vertonghen blasted the visitors into the lead with a fierce shot.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Icardi hat-trick as Inter reign in Milan

first_img0Shares0000Inter Milan’s captain forward Mauro Icardi (L) shows his jersey to supporters as he celebrates with teammates at the end of the Italian Serie A football match against AC Milan on October 15, 2017 © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Oct 16 – Mauro Icardi scored a hat-trick as Inter Milan kept pace with leaders Napoli with a 3-2 defeat of city rivals AC Milan in a fiery Serie A derby clash on Sunday.Inter skipper Icardi sealed victory from the spot in the final minute in front of 80,000 spectators at the San Siro to complete his hat-trick after also scoring on 28 and 63 minutes. Spanish forward Suso (36) and Giacomo Bonaventura (81) had twice put AC Milan back on level terms in the ‘Chinese’ derby between two clubs fuelled by multi-million dollar investments by their Asian owners.With Juventus losing 1-0 to Roma on Saturday, Luciano Spalletti’s Inter are now alone in second place, within two points of Napoli who they face next weekend.“Scoring three goals in a derby is something special,” said Icardi.“The important thing is that Inter won. It’s too early to talk about a Scudetto challenge,” he continued.“We are doing things the right way from pre-season and now we have to think about the next match against a great opponent like Napoli.“It’s a special match for me, because they are the leaders and play the best football in Europe.”Napoli maintained their perfect run of eight wins from eight games with Lorenzo Insigne scoring the only goal in a victory over Roma.Juventus are third after Ciro Immobile’s second-half brace for Lazio condemned the reigning champions to a 2-1 defeat, their first at home in over two years.Lazio are fourth equal on 19 points with Juventus with Roma four points adrift in fifth.– Milan in freefall –AC Milan dropped to tenth place after their fourth defeat piled the pressure on coach Vincenzo Montella.“Looking at the table right now, everything might seem out of reach, but the season is very long and we can make up ground,” insisted Montella.“This squad has quality, despite what some might say, and I thought even a draw would have been hard on us today considering all the chances created.“I think a top four finish is absolutely possible.”In a tense first half in the Derby della Madonnina, the first chance came after quarter of an hour when Antonio Candreva hit the crossbar.Both Suso and a Joao Miranda header went wide, but Inter took the lead with Icardi picking up a Candreva cross on 28 minutes.Patrick Cutrone came on after the break and lifted Milan who got back into the game thanks to a beautiful curling Suso effort.But Icardi restored Inter’s advantage from an Ivan Perisic cross before Bonaventura slid in to make it 2-2 with Samir Handanovic unable to clear.Ricardo Rodriguez brought down Danilo D’Ambrosio and 24-year-old Icardi converted to earn the praise of Spalletti.“He (Icardi) has strength, dynamism, technique. He is an all-around player, who for his age knows how to shoulder responsibility,” said the Inter coach.Earlier, Torino lost ground on the Serie A leaders after a 2-2 draw at Crotone as Atalanta also slipped up with a 3-1 defeat at Sampdoria.Bryan Cristante opened with a 21st-minute goal in Genoa only for Giampiero Gasperini’s side to concede three in a 12-minute second half spree for Sampdoria.Duvan Zapata got the equaliser on 56 minutes with Gianluca Caprari pulling the Genoa outfit ahead three minutes later and Karol Linetty sealing victory on 65 minutes.Sampdoria move up to sixth place with the side from Bergamo now in 12th.Torino settled for a point at Crotone with Lorenzo De Silvestri nodding in the equaliser two minutes into injury time.Torino are now eighth, with Bologna moving just ahead with a 2-1 derby win over SPAL.French striker Cyril Thereau scored in either half to get Fiorentina back to winning ways with a 2-1 success over his former club Udinese.It was a third win of the season for Fiorentina who have suffered four defeats and move to 11th two places ahead of Udinese.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man United deal: Is this man worth £120,000 per week?

first_img Is David De Gea worth £120,000 per week amid reports he is about to receive a bumper new £30m contract over 5 years. De Gea has the fewest errors leading to goals (1) in the previous two seasons.The Spaniard endured a torrid first season in England, mired with mistakes, but the former Atletico Madrid man has improved year-on-year and his performance against Everton prior to the international break highlighted the 23-year-old’s talent.However, De Gea has also conceded the second most number goals (79) out of the five ‘keepers, but given United’s poor and ever changing defence that is unsurprising.And had it not been for the Spaniard last season, United may well have finished lower than seventh.Is De Gea worth £120,000 per week? The Spaniard has his best years in front of him, has dealt with adversity following United’s abysmal season last year and was one of the few to come out of that campaign with his head held high.And with a settled back four in front of him, the clean sheets will increase and the new found responsibility for his country could enable the Spaniard to further mature.There are always areas of improvement and De Gea still needs to work on claiming balls from set-pieces and commanding his box, but he’s is the ideal man to continue United’s history of great goalkeepers following Peter Schmeichel and Edwin Van Der Sar.Football fans, do you think David De Gea is worth £120,000 per week? If you had the choice which one would you like to see at your club? Comment below… The significance of David De Gea becoming Spain’s goalkeeper in last Sunday’s European Championship qualifier against Luxembourg seemingly was not lost on the powers that be at Manchester United.The 23-year-old, who was the Red Devils’ Player of the Year last season, replaced veteran captain Iker Casillas, and reports suggest the Spaniard is line for a bumper new £30m contract at Old Trafford which would boost his weekly wages to £120,000 on a five-year deal.After a shaky first season in English football, De Gea has gone on to establish himself as one of the best young keepers in world football.With that in mind, talkSPORT compares his performances with Joe Hart, Simon Mignolet, Petr Cech and Wojciech Szczesny, from the 2012/13 Premier League season onward, to see if the Spaniard is worth the new deal. 2 2last_img read more


first_imgLe Mattiú O Duffaigh: MORE THAN 100 students from County Donegal will travel to Belfast this Friday – to stage a gig promoting the Irish language and cross-community involvement in it.Beo was founded by the secondary schools of Letterkenny to promote Irish through music and music promotion, with Coláiste Ailigh, St Eunan’s College, Loreto Secondary School and Errigal College all involved.Now Beo will be hosting another gig, this time in the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. And among those who will be there will be Irish language enthusiast Linda Ervine, whose later brother-in-law David went from loyalist paramilitary to one of the founders of the peace process in the PUP.Friday’s festival aims to promote the Irish language, helps young Irish bands hoping to develop, but most importantly, to spark interest in the minds of the younger generation. The students organise the event, from booking tickets, to filming the concert. Beo’s popularity continues to grow around the country with each passing year.Bands such as Disconnect 4, Not Squares, The Gandhis, Jamaican Vampires and many others have contributed their musical efforts to these events.On this particular occasion, the bands “Apollo 6”,”Paper Boy” and “More Than Conquerors” will be playing in the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast. These bands have been praised for their “good personalities” and for their “fresh new alternative rock sound” by fans.Multiple schools have agreed to partake in this event, including Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Deele College and the schools that founded Beo listed above. From the Belfast area, St Malachy’s College and Gaelcholáiste Feirste are confirmed to be attending the concert.Linda Ervine has set up Irish classes in east Belfast.”I did actually attempt to learn Irish, but couldn’t find anywhere I could go to, so it was in my mind for a very long time, but it wasn’t an option,” she said.Gordon McCoy of Ultach, will also make an appearance. He is known also for his work in promoting the Irish language in Unionist areas and for writing books and academic articles based on the Irish language. What? Beo Live:Where? Oh Yeah Centre, Gordon Street, Belfast (beside St Anne’s Cathedral)When? 7pm FridayHow Much? Admission £4 Details? Strictly Under-18s and Alcohol FreeAny other info…More details are available by emailing seosmac@gmail.comDONEGAL STUDENTS TAKING BEO GIG TO BELFAST AND ACROSS THE COMMUNITIES was last modified: January 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BelfastBeoColaiste Ailighlast_img read more

UCLA line taking a hands down approach

first_img Too often Washington’s defensive linemen were quick to get their hands up to clog passing lanes, they said. So the 20th-ranked Bruins worked on remedying that as they prepared for today’s meeting with No. 10 California at the Rose Bowl. “You have to stay firm on the line of scrimmage,” McCloskey said. “On the three-step drops, you can’t give (the defense) any penetration. You have to really focus on getting your hands on them, pushing them out. If you do that, they’re not going to want to put their hands up.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 McCloskey said blocking the Bears lower would keep the defenders from getting their hands high when Olson passed. Washington batted down at least six passes at the line of scrimmage. Cable added he may have given too much information for the youngsters sophomore guards Shannon Tevaga and Chris Joseph and sophomore tackle Brian Abraham to digest. “We’re not getting (the defenders’) hands down … that’s the guys up front,” said Cable, who is also UCLA’s offensive coordinator. “I think I’ve spent a lot of time with those three young guys and I think I’ve probably over-cooked some things … but that’s all right.” Big crowd coming A UCLA official said late Friday that all general admission tickets were sold and fewer than 2,000 reserved tickets remained for what figures to be the biggest non-USC crowd in years. For those not wishing to park at the Rose Bowl, free shuttle buses are available at the Parsons Engineering parking lot in downtown Pasadena (Walnut and Fair Oaks). There is a $6 charge to park at the lot. The shuttles begin running four hours before kickoff, and stop one hour after the game. Olson’s allegiance Olson, who grew up minutes from Cal’s campus in Piedmont, makes no secret he is a big Bears fan. In fact, during UCLA’s bye last season, he attended the Cal-Stanford game. “I’m still a Cal fan,” Olson said. “Just not this week.” Olson said he still enjoys going to games in Berkeley, and was asked if he wore a Cal hat when in attendance. “No, I wouldn’t go that far,” he said with a huge grin. Forbath selected UCLA commit Kai Forbath, a kicker from Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks, was selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl all-star game Jan. 7 in San Antonio. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img For a while it seemed more of UCLA quarterback Drew Olson’s passes were batted down at the line of scrimmage than made it near the intended receiver last week against Washington. Bruins offensive line coach Tom Cable and center Mike McCloskey said the fault lies with those blocking for Olson. last_img read more

Mother shares her heart-warming Smile Foundation story

first_imgThe Smile Foundation South Africa, founded in 2000 after a plea from President Nelson Mandela, changed Sylvia Mchunu’s daughter’s life. Sylvia Mchunu and her daughter, Princess who was born with a cleft lip in September 2013. They get free help from the Smile Foundation South Africa that helps children to reconstruct their deformed faces. (Image: Supplied)Melissa JavanPrincess Mchunu was four months old when she went for her first operation. Born with a cleft lip in 2013, the three year old has had a further two operations, and occasionally has food coming out of her nose.Sylvia Mchunu says she had been bleeding a lot and was weak on the day she gave birth to Princess. “They [the hospital staff] took my baby to the nursery [after the birth], because they saw something was wrong.“While every mother around me had their babies [in their arms], I didn’t have mine. They [the hospital staff] didn’t want me to see her. I thought ‘what went wrong?’”She says her husband demanded to see his daughter. “He was the first one to tell me there is something wrong with her.”He took it hard, says Sylvia. “I had sent my family photos of the baby, but he didn’t want to do that for his family. In our culture, some people tend to say things like ‘you have been bewitched’ if something like this happens.“We had to hide the child. He was not comfortable – very reserved. It took him time to accept what’s going on,” she says. “I had to be strong.” This is what a baby looks like shortly after she is born with a cleft lip. (Image: Wikipedia)Joining the Smile FoundationHer husband had suffered a burn injury before Princess was born. His operation was paid for by his employer. “We went to the same doctor who had done his operation after Princess’ birth. He told us that one operation would cost R50 000.“We wouldn’t be able to afford that. We didn’t even have medical aid,” says Sylvia.She and a friend Googled “cleft lip” and came across the Smile Foundation South Africa.The Mchunus met with the Smile Foundation in January 2014. “There was a parent workshop we attended. My husband was the only father there.“They explained everything to us. I felt so good about being there that I forgot there was something wrong with Princess.”Mchunu says she was scared the first time Princess went to theatre in February 2014. The operation took longer than the doctors anticipated. Princess cried a lot after the operation. “We survived it,” says Sylvia.More about the Smile FoundationThe Smile Foundation was founded in 2000 after Thabile Manyathi sent a personal request to then President Nelson Mandela.Manyathi had mailed a letter every month to Nelson Mandela appealing for help for her child, Thando. Born with facial paralysis, Thando needed to travel overseas to have a highly specialised procedure known as facial reanimation surgery.After Mandela found one of Manyathi’s letters, he made a call to the Lubner family. They then later decided to bring the skills home.According to the website, Dr Ron Zucker and Dr Craig Van Der Kolk were invited to South Africa to transfer the skills to South Africa.George Psaras, then the head of Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Witwatersrand, was the first surgeon in the country to learn this very specialised skill.Princess is one of the 2000 beneficiaries Smile Foundation South Africa has helped since 2000. Today the NGO helps children born with facial defects receive free corrective plastic and reconstructive surgery within the country. The organisation is currently based in seven of the nine academic hospitals in South Africa.Watch the Smile Foundation South Africa promo video here:Annually the organisation hosts a Smile Week at different hospitals around the country whereby the children receive surgery. Their parents get support before, during and after the surgeries.Princess is the one in 700 South African children born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains the condition: “Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Together, these birth defects commonly are called “orofacial clefts.”The support they getSylvia is also a member of Cleft Friends, a group of parents or guardians of children with cleft lip of palates that have regular gatherings to support each other. “Most of the time the fathers are stressed. You meet them in such a state, but you have to understand their pain and give them time to heal.“It’s wonderful to share experiences. It’s nice that people care about you.”She says you become stronger when you have support. “It becomes easier when you are with the Cleft Friends.“You also get more information the more you meet with them. For instance, sometimes things would be happening to Princess that I don’t know about. Then another mother advises me that it is a normal thing to happen.”Watch Helena Cullis share how she and her husband started the Cleft Friends:Princess is going for a check-up at the end of August, says Sylvia. “There were difficulties during the operation done in November last year. Her palate is not closed yet.”Princess also regularly visits a speech therapist.last_img read more

Getting people to help themselves

first_imgIn January 2016, Musa Mathebula established the NPO Musa Projects. His organisation aims to create hope and empower those who cannot provide for themselves so as to improve the quality of life in these affected communities.Musa Projects’ mission is to partner with both private and public sectors and find ways to improve the quality of life in impoverished communities. (Image Musa Projects)In just over a year since its establishment, Musa Mathebula’s NPO Musa Projects has collected and distributed sanitary pads to schools in rural communities; provided school shoes and toiletries to students; collected and handed out clothing to destitute families; assisted families with food parcels and other household items; and helped homeless people with clothing and open day gatherings.Some of the work Musa Projects has been involved in includes donating cement and tiles to Mbabalana Primary School in Port St. Johns in the Eastern Cape; donating baby formula and clothing to a family in Soweto in Gauteng; offering food to the victims of flash floods in Alexandra in Gauteng and handing out sanitary pads, shoes and toiletries to schools in Barseba Village in the North West.Go to to play your part in this generous movement.last_img read more

Yes, We Can

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img After Henry Ford perfected the automobile assembly line, U.S. industry experienced several decades of explosive growth. Although industrial expansion was interrupted for a decade during the 1930s, it roared back during the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. Historians have proposed several explanations for these decades of growing productivity, including the country’s high rate of immigration and access to cheap energy and natural resources.Another possible factor is especially intriguing: Our large farming population produced several generations of skilled tinkerers who excelled at mechanical innovation. According to this theory, rural American teenagers in the 20s, ’30s, and ’40s spent hours in the barn tinkering with tractors, hay balers, and wind generators. These farm mechanics could make and fix just about anything using a variety of parts from broken-down equipment and the local dump. Many of these self-taught tinkerers later became engineers and industrial innovators.“Our industry will be crippled”The decades of increasing U.S. productivity might be called the “Can Do” era. Sometime around 1970, however, the tide shifted. At the risk of oversimplification, it’s tempting to say that U.S. industry made a transition to a new era — the “It’s Impossible” era.Among the leaders of the “it’s impossible” camp are U.S. automakers. For decades, automakers sent an army of lobbyists to testify before Congress that auto safety, efficiency, and clean-air mandates would cripple the industry and make cars unaffordable. Among the innovations that these lobbyists resisted were mandatory airbags, catalytic converters, and improved gas- mileage standards.Once Congress finally got the courage to increase safety, mileage, and clean-air standards, guess what happened? The cost of the innovations quickly dropped.Appliance manufacturers imitated automakers by hiring lobbyists who claimed that proposed refrigerator-efficiency standards were burdensome and unaffordable. Once new efficiency standards were enacted, however, manufacturers… last_img read more

Two arrested for firing at Dalits in Saurashtra village

first_imgA day after people belonging to the upper caste opened fire on Dalits over a land dispute in Mevasa village in Saurashtra, the police arrested two persons on Thursday. The dispute was over a piece of agricultural land in the village.“We have arrested two persons involved in the firing that injured four persons from the Dalit community. We have filed a case of atrocity and launched an investigation,” a police officer from Khambhalia said.A mob had gathered on an agricultural land where a few Dalits were working. Asking them to vacate the land, two armed men started firing, injuring four. They are being treated at a government hospital in Jamnagar.The police officer indicated that more arrests were likely to be made in the case, as the complainant had mentioned several names in the FIR.last_img read more