Son helps South Korea reach Asian Games semis after late penalty

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced South Korea’s captain Son Heung-min gestures during the men’s football round of 16 match between Iran and South Korea at the 2018 Asian Games in Cikarang on August 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHITottenham forward Son Heung-min helped South Korea reach the Asian Games semi-finals as the defending champions beat Uzbekistan 4-3 in an extra-time cliffhanger on Monday.The World Cup star, who is in Indonesia chasing a gold medal that would spare him a career-threatening spell of military service, produced a pair of smart assists for hat-trick hero Hwang Ui-jo before a late Hwang Hee-chan penalty sent the Koreans through.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Anxious athletes from quake-hit Lombok hope to spread smiles back home Japan-based Hwang smashed in his seventh of the competition with a dipping shot from long distance to restore his side’s advantage 10 minutes before the break.However, Korean hopes of advancing to the semi-finals almost evaporated in the space of two calamitous second-half minutes.Ikromjon Alibaev fired Uzbekistan level in the 53rd minute after finding himself unmarked at the back post.Moments later, the midfielder tried his luck from range and got a huge slice of luck as the ball took a wicked deflection off Hwang Hyun-soo and trickled into the net.Hwang Ui-jo — like Son hoping for an exemption from military service — struck back, latching on to a Son through-ball to complete his hat-trick with aplomb after 75 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms As Spurs prepared to visit Manchester United in the Premier League some 7,000 miles away, Son was the driving force as the Koreans squeezed through to face either Syria or Vietnam in the last four.The 26-year-old South Korea captain provided a superb assist after just five minutes in Bekaski, near Jakarta.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It was the tournament’s top scorer Hwang Ui-jo who scored the opener, tucking away his sixth goal after a brilliant run from Son.But Jaloliddin Masharipov pounced on South Korea’s defensive hesitation to equalize with a sharp finish after 17 minutes. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Son then let fly with a ferocious left-foot shot that whistled past the post as the Koreans went in search of a winner in normal time.Already booked, Alibaev was sent off for a shove early in the first period of extra time.Both teams looked out on their feet after going toe-to-toe in sapping humidity but as a penalty shootout loomed, Hwang Hee-chan triggered ecstatic scenes from the Koreans as he stepped up to blast home from the spot after a foul on Hwang Ui-jo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Region 6 chairman calls for political reconciliation

first_imgSeveral calls were made for unity as Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) ushered in Republic Day with a flag- raising ceremony which commenced with activities on Thursday evening. The need for unity among races and political parties was highlighted by a number of speakers as Guyana commemorated its 48th Republic anniversary.The first call for unity was issued to the gathering of hundreds by Region Six Chairman David Armogan. He posited that the nation has come a long way since receiving Republican status some 48 years ago, and that Guyana has the resource potential to become one of the leading countries in the 21 century.The Chairman charged the gathering to find common ground with one another, stating: “The time has come for us in this country to find political reconciliation. If we continue to fight each other, we have nowhere to go, despite the abundance of resources that we possess.”Region Six Chairman David Armogan addressing the gathering at the eventOn a similar note, New Amsterdam Mayor Winifred Haywood made the call for unity and support, while highlighting the volume of development that is taking place in New Amsterdam.The Mayor touched on the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s commitment to the improvement of the nation’s oldest township. She noted that development would be realised only if all efforts receive the full support of stakeholders.The feature address of the event was delivered by Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who focused on the development of Region Six. Minister Henry advised that all Guyanese need to be prepared to contribute in an optimal way to the development of Guyana.“It is time to research, educate, retrain, seek and complete the necessary skills qualification you need to be part of the 21st Century workforce that will take Guyana to places we have all dreamt of,” the Education Minister said.But even as Chairman Armogan called for political reconciliation, the Corriverton Town Council was prevented from hosting its annual flag-raising ceremony after the APNU/AFC Coalition Government and the Guyana Police Force blocked its officials from carrying out the event.“It was a dark night in the history of Corriverton, when the Police and Government attempted to undermine the will of the people and our right to local democracy. In all of our 48 years of hosting flag-raising events, this has never happened. I am not only upset, but I am concerned about the embarrassment that we faced; but the people were on our side,” Corriverton Mayor Krishnand Jaichand told this publication.Speaking with Guyana Times during an interview on Friday afternoon, Jaichand related that neither Minister Ronald Bulkan nor the leadership of the Guyana Police Force had reached out to the Town Council to formally apologise over the fiasco which saw the event being halted prematurely.last_img read more

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LGE results were a reality check – Govt

first_img– says it is analysing, taking losses seriouslyA Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) performance at the recently held Local Government Elections (LGE), which saw them gain only 34 per cent of the vote, has served as a reality check for the Government.This assertion was made by Minister of State and Government’s designated spokesperson, Joseph Harmon, on Friday. Harmon acknowledged the importance of taking stock from and analysing whatever message the electorate sends at the polls.“As political parties, it’s very important that you look and analyse the results of the elections. I think it has been a reality check and therefore you have to pay attention to what the people are saying. It’s not like we haven’t been doing so, but sometimes you go out there and you talk to people and you miss some in the exchanges.Because LGE are so diversified you can actually speak to issues as they affect communities, as opposed to a General Elections where the numbers are general.According to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, LGE results were a reality checkSo you can now look to what the communities are saying and speak to that with the way your budget is structured and the way in which you do your outreaches to these communities. So we did look at these and we had a review and the review actually said to us a number of things.”Harmon referred to the elections as a ‘barometer’ by which they could gauge the mood of the populace. According to Harmon, Government has reviewed the elections and assimilated the results. Despite all this, however, Harmon does not feel that the election results are necessarily an indictment on the coalition Government.“In so far as it being a census on the coalition Government, I think that may not necessarily be an accurate statement. If you recognise the turn out, the turnout was low. And what you’re looking at were percentages of low turnout. But as I said, it has actually given us a guide about how to move forward.”At the 2018 LGE held earlier this month, the governing coalition parties, particularly the Alliance For Change (AFC) received heavy defeats at the hands of the People’s Progressive Party when the people were given their chance to have their say.Official results from the Guyana Elections Commission show that the People’s Progressive Party won 61 per cent of the vote (122,307). The A Partnership for National Unity trails behind with 34 per cent (68,060). The AFC, which had previously said it won 10 per cent, only netted four per cent of the votes (8719).Soon after the November 12, 2018 LGE, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo announced the filing of a no-confidence motion against the Government. He later described the defeats the coalition sustained as a no-confidence vote from the people themselves.Out of 572,531 people registered to vote, only 208,534 actually came out to exercise their franchise. This is a turnout of 36 per cent. When LGE were last held in 2016, the turnout was 47 per cent.last_img read more

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Love Bomb – A Play With Music coming to Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A powerful musical play is coming to Fort St. John on Monday, September 19th. Tickets for the show are sold at the door and the play is taking place at NPSS at 7:00 pm. All proceeds go to NPSS.The play focuses on Human Trafficking in young people, as well as communities. The show is set in Fort St. John, but apparently has been playing a lot in Vancouver. The artists are from down south, and have decided to set the play in Fort St. John.Sarah Vickruck, who plays Justine, says her character had her song go viral. She then gets accosted by Lillian, a mother looking for her daughter.- Advertisement -Reneè Laci, a director, says Sex Trafficking is a very real issue, and that a lot of people might have pre-conceptions about the issue itself.Sarah Vickruck hopes this play raises awareness about human trafficking, and helps start making change.You can view the trailer below.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Drunk farmer’s trousers fell and backside exposed during Garda pursuit

first_imgA drunk farmer who hitched a lift from his son on the back of his tractor exposed his backside after his trousers fell down during a pursuit by Gardai.The driver of the Massey Ferguson tractor appeared before Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with dangerous driving. The court heard how Gardai spotted an elderly farmer clinging to the back of a tractor on the night of November 7th, 2016.Garda Inspector Barry Doyle said Gardai had been on routine patrol close to the Kilross Junction around 11.15pm when they came across the incident.The tractor was being driven by a younger man and the older man was standing on a link bar at the back of the vehicle.The tractor was being driven by Charlie McFadden of Dooballagh, Letterkenny, who is in his 40s and his father was standing on the rear of the machine.Gardai estimated that the tractor was being driven at speeds of up to 60kph along the hard shoulder.Inspector Doyle said the male was clinging on to the vehicle and commented “He could have fallen off at any stage. It was extremely dangerous.”Gardai were then forced to activate their siren on their patrol car.Upon doing so, Charlie McFadden stopped the tractor suddenly causing his father’s trousers to drop leaving his “backside fully exposed”, according to Inspector Doyle.When interviewed, Gardai told the court that Mr McFadden senior was intoxicated.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Ciaran Haran said he was not sure if Judge Paul Kelly had ever had the pleasure of driving a Massey Ferguson tractor.He said that he personally had and disputed the fact that it could travel at 60kph and had checked this with local company Donegal Farm Machinery.He said his client had been contacted by his father from the local pub and was giving him a lift home.He apologised to the court and he said his client had genuinely not heard any siren form the Garda patrol car.Judge Kelly asked Mr Haran if the tractor in question was a vintage model and Mr Haran replied that it did have an ‘IH’ registration which meant it was made pre 1988.Judge Kelly replied, “I think that I have heard everything now.”He reduced the charge from dangerous driving to one of careless driving and fined Mr McFadden €200.Drunk farmer’s trousers fell and backside exposed during Garda pursuit was last modified: July 8th, 2018 by StephenShare 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:Charlie McFaddencourtdonegalDooballaghGardaitrouserslast_img read more

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Women’s Tennis Narrowly Falls To Missouri State, 4-3

first_imgStory Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team suffered a 4-3 loss to visiting Missouri State Sunday afternoon at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Photos Watch Live Next Game: Valparaiso 4/13/2019 – 11 A.M. Box Score (HTML) The Bulldogs continue conference play next weekend with two matches in central Illinois at Bradley and Illinois State. Live Statscenter_img Missouri State 4, Drake 34/7/2019 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Singles competition1. Liza Petushkova (DU) def. Anna Alons (MSU) 7-6, 6-22. Carmen Palumbo (DU) def. Alye Darter (MSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-23. Fati Khamissi (MSU) def. Daria Walczak (DU) 6-3, 6-34. Sophia Haleas (DU) def. Clara Gand-Gonzalez (MSU) 6-3, 6-45. Phoebe Boeschen (MSU) def. Kenya Williams (DU) 6-4, 6-36. Ellie Burger (MSU) def. Megan Webb (DU) 6-2, 6-3 Preview The loss was the Bulldogs’ first Missouri Valley Conference loss of the season as Missouri State sealed the match with Fati Khamissi’s win at No. 3 singles. The Bulldogs won two matches after the match had been decided to tighten the score. Full Schedule Roster Doubles competition1. Anna Alons/Ellie Burger (MSU) def. Liza Petushkova/Megan Webb (DU) 6-42. Carmen Palumbo/Daria Walczak (DU) def. Alye Darter/Mara Presot (MSU) 6-33. Fati Khamissi/Phoebe Boeschen (MSU) def. Kenya Williams/Sophia Haleas (DU) 6-2 After winning the doubles’ point, MSU secured straight-set wins at Nos. 6 and 5 singles before Liza Petuskova earned a 7-6, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles to get the Bulldogs on the board. MSU picked up the clinching win at No. 3 singles next before Drake closed the match with Carmen Palumbo winning at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and Sophia Haleas collecting a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles. Match NotesMissouri State 9-7Drake 7-13Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,5,1,3,2,4) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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McGUINNESS DEFENDS COST OF TRIP TO PORTUGAL FOR WARM-WEATHER TRAINING

first_imgDonegal manager Jim McGuinness has taken his players on a training camp to Portugal and has been defending the cost of the trip.Jim McGuinness – Donegaldaily FileMcGuinness said it will be a good warm up for their championship campaign and believes the benefits will outweigh the criticism of such trips.He told the Irish Times: “One of the things about trips away is you get the chance to sit down and talk to players one-on-one. “You’re also without the pressure of the lads going to work or going training or running home again. Everybody has their own little pressures at home as well, so to be out of that environment, and be nice and relaxed, is always good. And I suppose the bit of sun helps as well.“It’s also good for us just to recharge the batteries after a hard enough league campaign, and just talk about football all the time. That can only be good for the whole group…”It is not known the cost of the trip.McGUINNESS DEFENDS COST OF TRIP TO PORTUGAL FOR WARM-WEATHER TRAINING was last modified: April 9th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Jim McGuinnessportugalWARM-WEATHER TRAININGlast_img read more

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La Liga: Barcelona seek solace at home to Betis as Real entertains Valladolid

first_img Tags: barcelonaReal Betisreal madridSpanish La LigatopValladolid Granada vs SevillaEstadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, GranadaFriday, 23-08-2019 @9pmThese two sides will have widely contrasting expectations this term, but both will be in equally good spirits heading into this Friday’s clash in Andalusia following positive starts to the 2019/20 La Liga campaign last weekend.Newly promoted Granada weren’t fancied to get anything on their top flight return at Villarreal and Diego Martinez’ charges indeed looked cooked at Estadio de la Ceramica after going 4-2 down with just 17 minutes remaining.But there were more twists and turns to come in what was the standout game on match day one, thanks dually to Granada’s sheer tenacity and Villarreal’s calamitous defending from set pieces.Veteran Roberto Soldado pounced with a powerful header on debut for Nazaries against his former club with 15 minutes remaining, before Antonio Puerta sealed a share of the spoils nine minutes from time, poking home the final touch after Soldado again found himself unmarked.It was the least that Granada deserved from an enthralling contest and Martinez’ side will be worth watching this season if they approach the rest of their fixtures in the same way. They will certainly take plenty of confidence into their first home match of the campaign this Friday at Los Carmenes where they were breached just twice in 2018/19 en route to automatic promotion.Sevilla will surely pose a much sterner test to Nazaries though than Villarreal did last week. Los Rojiblancos began life under new boss Julien Lopetegui with a sticky looking away fixture against last season’s 7th placed side Espanyol, but ran out cosy 0-2 winners at RCDE Stadium thanks to goals from Real Madrid loanee Sergio and industrious forward Nolito.The result and performance did much to dispel uncertainty around how Sevilla’s transformed line-up would click together in the early weeks of the season – and a similar showing here from Lopetegui’s men will probably see Granada outclassed and picked off based on how they set about their business on match day one.Levante vs VillarrealEstadio Ciudad de Valencia, ValenciaFriday, 23-08-2019 @11pmA dreadful run in of just three wins from 15 games saw Levante fade into 15th last season and Granotas began the new La Liga campaign on a bum note away to Alaves on the opening weekend.Paco Lopez’ men dominated possession at Mendizorrotza but cut little ice in front of goal – a key reason as to why they lost ten of their 19 matches on the road in 2018/19. Alaves nicked the three points thanks to a goal from Joselu ten minutes into the second half and the result leaves Levante on the back foot heading into match day two.But a return to Estadi Cuitat de Valencia offers hope for Levante this weekend, as despite their poor end to last term overall, they are unbeaten in their last six games at home. Furthermore, Granotas have netted at least twice in each of those outings, a stark contrast to their goal-scoring form on their travels where they have drawn a blank in half of their last 12 La Liga fixtures.Nonetheless, Villarreal have enjoyed plenty of success on this ground in the past, winning on nine of their previous 14 visits including a comfortable 0-2 victory last term. Indeed, El Submarino Amarillo have consistently dominated their fellow Valencian’s in the head to head overall, winning 20 of their 30 previous clashes and losing just six.The visitors only make limited appeal here in the match betting though after they failed to see off newly promoted Granada at home last week. Javier Calleja’s side looked nailed on for the three points in a thrilling contest at Estadio de la Ceramica after Samuel Chukwueze put them 4-2 up with 17 minutes to play, but some dire set piece defending let Nazaries back in as Roberto Soldado and Antonio Puertas headed home to clinch a 4-4 draw.With Granada likely to struggle in the top flight this season, the result was a far cry from what Villarreal fans would have been demanding and Calleja’s charges will feel just as much pressure as the hosts this weekend.Osasuna vs EibarEstadio El Sadar, IruneaSaturday, 24-08-2019 @6pmAfter a 2-1 defeat away to Mallorca on match day one, Eibar are on the road once more this week against newly promoted opposition, as they take on Segunda champions Osasuna at Estadio El Sadar. Los Armeros have been struggling for some time on their travels having registered just two away wins throughout last term, and we think Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side could be up against it again here with the hosts unbeaten at home in league action since April 2018.It was a superb opening weekend all round for the newly promoted teams as Mallorca beat Eibar and Granada drew thrillingly at Villarreal, but Osasuna’s 0-1 success away to Leganes was arguably the pick of the results.Los Rojillos were far from infallible away from home in 2018/19 as they lost seven times despite romping their way to the Segunda title, but Lega failed to break them down at Butarque as goalkeeper Ruben pulled off a string of excellent saves.After soaking up plenty of pressure, Osasuna seized their chance in the 75th minute as new signing Chimy Avila hit an absolute thunderbolt past Pichu Cuellar from just outside the area and that proved sufficient to seal an important three points for Jagoba Arrasate’s side on their return to top flight action.It should leave Osasuna brimming with confidence heading into their first home match of the campaign against Eibar this weekend and the Pamplona based outfit have some record to defend at Estadio El Sadar.Osasuna haven’t lost at home in league action since April 2018 and they were near flawless in front of their own fans last term, winning 19 and drawing two of their 21 games. Whilst at a lower level, that’s quite a formidable tally and enough to concern an Eibar side who won two, drew eight and lost nine of their 19 away matches last season.Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side didn’t play too badly at Estadi de Son Moix on match day one and looked like potentially going onto snatch all three points after Paulo Oliveira’s scrambled equaliser on 57 minutes, but the Portuguese turned villain 18 minutes later when he turned the ball past keeper Marko Dimitrovic into his own net.Real Madrid vs ValladolidEstadio Santiago Bernabeu, MadridSaturday, 24-08-2019 @8pmA hamstring injury prevented marquee summer signing Eden Hazard from making his La Liga debut for Real Madrid on match day one, but the Belgian’s absence mattered little at Balaidos as Los Merengues powered their way to a 1-3 success over Celta Vigo, despite having to play the majority of the second half with ten men following Luka Modric’s controversial dismissal.Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez all got themselves on the scoresheet, with Kroos’ long distance pile-driver the clear pick, however it was Gareth Bale who arguably shone the most for Real after being handed a surprise start by boss Zinedine Zidane.Bale’s long term inclusion obviously hinges on his form in the coming weeks and whether Zidane feels he can incorporate both the Welshman and Hazard into the starting eleven, but that’s certainly not a bad problem for the Frenchman to have. Additionally, the aforementioned Vazquez looked fantastic in the final 20 minutes after replacing Junior and the 28 year-old could well play a more pivotal role this term.Aside from the suspended Modric, Real’s line-up should be unchanged for this weekend’s game and the hosts are expected to have far too much firepower for Valladolid as they did for Celta in last Saturday’s opener.Real have won eight of the last nine meetings between the sides (one draw), hitting four goals on five occasions in that sequence including their 1-4 success at Jose Zorrilla when the teams last met in March.  Los Merengues also beat Pucela 2-0 on home soil last term with the minimum of fuss and it’s difficult to envisage a different outcome this time around despite Valladolid’s fine start to the campaign at Real Betis last week.Their task at Benito Villamarin was made significantly easier when Betis keeper Joel Robles saw red just eight minutes in, but Valladolid still have to be credited for playing some really good counter attacking football and showing patience to overcome Los Verdiblancos.They had to wait until after the hour mark to make the breakthrough via Sergi Guardiola and they stole all three points late in the day through Oscar Plano after Loren Moron restored parity for Betis. Boss Sergio did a fantastic job to keep Valladolid up last term, but on the evidence of match day one the club can aspire to better their 16th place finish this season.Celta Vigo vs ValenciaAbanca Balaidos, VigoSaturday, 24-08-2019 @10pmWith home games against Real Madrid and Valencia preceding an away trip to Sevilla in the first three match days, Celta Vigo fans must have been cursing when this season’s La Liga fixtures were released. Their side played fairly well but were unsurprisingly outgunned by Los Merengues in last Saturday’s opener, so can we expect more of the same when Los Che rock up at Balaidos on match day two?Recent history certainly suggests that Celestes will come up short again, as the last five meetings between the teams have produced three wins for Valencia and two draws. Los Che pinched a 1-2 victory at Balaidos when the sides last clashed in January and the bookmakers have rightly marked the visitors up as favourites for this one at a touch of odds-against.Valencia will need to step things up from last week though if they are to match Madrid’s result and performance in Vigo. Los Che created plenty of chances in their opening fixture against Real Sociedad at Mestalla, but failed to put the contest to bed after Kevin Gameiro gave them the lead just before the hour mark.And their lack of cutting edge proved decisive, as Sociedad earned a penalty deep into injury time after a shot from outside the area struck Francis Coquelin on the arm. Coquelin received a second yellow card to rule him out of this weekend’s fixture and Mikel Oyarzabal converted from the spot to take a point back to San Sebastian.It was a messy start for a Valencia side fancied to do great things this term, although a lack of sharpness in front of goal can perhaps be forgiven on the opening day. Boss Marcelino is unlikely to dwell on the result too much and he’ll know that his charges are likely to get plenty of chances at Balaidos where Celta have conceded 18 times in their last 11 La Liga outings.Celestes are prolific themselves though in front of their own fans after scoring 13 in their last six matches, and although clear second best against Madrid last week they could have easily netted more. Hot prospect Iker Losada was the only Celta player to do the business late in the day and the 18 year-old could well be given more time this week if the likes of Iago Aspas and Santi Mina fail to deliver.Getafe vs Athletic BilbaoEstadio Alfonso Perez, GetafeSaturday, 24-08-2019 @10pmA stunning scissor kick from veteran hitman Aditz Aduriz downed champions Barcelona at San Mames on the opening day of the campaign and Athletic Bilbao supporters will have high hopes for the season ahead. Los Leones face a different kind of test but one equally stern this weekend however as they make the trip to Coliseum Alfonso Perez to face a Getafe side that finished 5th last term.Bilbao began the season unbeaten in 14 games at San Mames and spectators could see exactly why Los Leones had racked up that sequence from minute one against Barcelona last Friday. Gaizka Garitano’s side were all over the champions, suffocating play in the middle of the pitch and counter attacking at speed when given the opportunity.After a lack of clear cut chances despite their best endeavour, it appeared as though a 0-0 stalemate was going to be the reward for all of their hard work until late substitute Aduriz smashed in what may turn out to be goal of the season, sending San Mames into a complete frenzy.On the evidence of Bilbao’s performance and how strongly they ended the 2018/19 campaign under Garitano, Los Leones could well be a force in the race for Europe this term but they need to prove that they can also cut the mustard away from home. They won just four and lost nine of their 19 games on the road last season, failed to score in four of their last five.Whilst Aduriz’ goal was worthy of winning any game and beating any side, Bilbao can’t be relying on moments of brilliance every week and more will be demanded from the likes of Inaki Williams and Iker Munain. This weekend’s encounter away to Getafe will really examine how creative and industrious Bilbao can be, with the hosts winning nine of their last 13 matches at Coliseum Alfonso Perez and conceding just 13 times in front of their own fans in 2018/19.Getafe’s stingy defence underpinned their success last season as the Madrid based outfit consistency punched above their weight, challenging both Valencia and Sevilla for the final Champions League berth.They eventually lost out to Los Che by a couple of points and finished 5th, but that was no disgrace and Getafe could well benefit for qualifying for the Europa League as it’s a competition they can realistically win. Another strong La Liga campaign should also be in store for Pepe Bordalas’ side who performed with credit on match day one to go down by just a single goal against Atleti at Wanda Metropolitano.Last season’s league table and three draws from the previous four meetings reinforce that there’s very little to choose between these two teams and we’re forecasting a stalemate on Saturday night, which both managers would probably consider a good result.Deportivo Alaves vs EspanyolEstadio de Mendizorroza, Vitoria-GasteizSunday, 25-08-2019 @6pmDetails to follow shortlyMallorca vs Real SociedadIberoster Estedi, Palma de MallorcaSunday, 25-08-2019 @6pmMallorca are the bookies’ favourites for relegation this season however they made a great start to life back in La Liga with a 2-1 win against Eibar at Son Moix on match day one. Los Bermellones chances of survival in the top flight will probably hinge on their form in Palma where they lost just twice in Segunda last term and they have another opportunity to put points on the board this weekend when they entertain Imanol Aguacil’s Real Sociedad.It would be surprising were Mallorca not to struggle overall this term; however Vicente Moreno’s men will be confident that they can post enough positive results at home against mid to lower table opposition.An opening day clash against Eibar seemed like a fairly kind introduction back to top flight football for the Balearic Islanders considering Los Armeros had won just twice on the road in 2018/19 and so it proved as Los Bermellones battled to victory thanks to an early strike from Dani Rodriguez and an own goal from Paulo Oliveira 15 minutes from time, just moments after the Portuguese defender had levelled matters for Jose Luis Mendilibar’s side.Mallorca had just 40% possession throughout the game which indicates how they’re likely to suffer against much stronger opposition, but Moreno will hope that his charges can now grow in stature after getting that all important first success under their belt. The visit of Real Sociedad to Son Moix arguably presents Los Bermellones with a stiffer test on match day two, but the hosts won’t be too fearful considering the Basques have won just one of their last ten away La Liga fixtures.Sociedad will be equally delighted though with their result last weekend after snatching a late draw against Copa Del Rey holders Valencia at Mestalla.Txuri-urdinak were undoubtedly second best over the 90 minutes and perhaps a shade fortunate to be just one goal behind after Los Che spurned a number of chances, but their tenacity was rewarded deep into stoppage time after Francis Coquelin handled inside the area. Mikel Oyarzabal converted decisively from the spot and Sociedad escaped with a precious point which will set them up nicely for this weekend’s game.And it’s a contest which could easily go either way; the visitors clearly possess more quality but their aforementioned recent win ratio away from home is a concern whilst Mallorca should rise to the occasion once more at Son Moix.Leganes vs Atletico MadridEstádio Municipal de Bartaque, LeganesSunday, 25-08-2019 @8pm2018/19 runners-up Atletico Madrid began the new La Liga campaign in typically workmanlike fashion at home to Getafe last weekend, sneaking a slender 1-0 victory over their city rivals thanks to an excellent header from Alvaro Morata midway through the first half. Diego Simeone’s side take on Madrid based opposition again this week as they travel to Leganes, where they will be looking for their first La Liga win at Butarque after three previous draws.Atleti’s 1-1 draw here last term was one of several results that ultimately stunted their title challenge, as Los Rojiblancos really should have been good enough to turn over a Lega side that were breached by four other clubs at home en route to finishing 13th in the table.But Madrid’s struggles at this venue have become a bit of a trend, as they could only attain 0-0 stalemates at Butarque in the two previous campaigns. Atleti simply have to claim maximum points from fixtures like this if they are to mount a serious push for the championship and close the nine point gap which Barcelona held over them in 2018/19.A hard fought success over Getafe was a decent enough start for Simeone’s side on match day one considering the high profile changes in personnel over the summer, and the likes of Joao Felix and Kieran Trippier certainly made promising starts to life at Wanda Metropolitano.Simeone was visibly delighted at the full time when the points were secured, with the only real negative being the first half dismissal of new full-back Renan Lodi for two bookable offences.  The result will count for little though if Los Rojiblancos are unable to follow up here on Sunday, especially after Lega were turned over by newly promoted Osasuna on match day one.Los Pepineros took the game to the Segunda champions but couldn’t find a way through goalkeeper Ruben, and they paid the price 15 minutes from time as Chimy Avila drilled a rasping drive past Pichu Cuellar. Oscar Rodriguez saw red for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men in stoppage time to add insult to injury and the result leaves Leganes on the back foot as they prepare to host their more illustrious city rivals.Barcelona vs Real BetisEstadio Camp Nou, BarcelonaSunday, 25-08-2019 @10pmBarcelona lost just four La Liga matches across both the 2017/18 and 2018/19 campaigns however the Catalan giants were felled by Athletic Bilbao on the opening day of the season at San Mames last Friday thanks to a moment of sheer brilliance from veteran striker Aditz Aduriz. In truth, Bilbao fully deserved their victory after harrying and suffocating the champions throughout the 90 minutes and Barca must now pick themselves up quickly to get off the mark when they host Real Betis at Camp Nou on match day two.Nothing can be taken away from Bilbao’s performance or the emphatic scissor kick from Aduriz which was worthy of winning any game, however Barca were extremely out of sorts at San Mames and clearly missing captain Lionel Messi who is currently side lined with a calf strain.Whilst Luis Suarez cracked the Bilbao upright mid-way through the first half, the chance came purely through a defensive lapse from the Basque side as Barca failed to get going all night in terms of creativity and the free flowing football we are used to. Summer marquee signing Antoine Griezmann was quiet at best and Suarez also had to exit proceedings after sustaining a calf injury similar to Messi’s. The Uruguayan will play no part this weekend and is likely to miss the next 2-3 weeks.Consequently, Griezmann will have to step up to the plate as the lone frontman this weekend leaving Ivan Rakitic to fill the void in midfield. There’s no doubting that the absence of Suarez and Messi significantly depletes Ernesto Valverde’s charges, but the situation could well work in Griezmann’s favour if he’s able to hit the ground running on match day two.And fortunately for Barcelona, they face a Betis side who they have dominated in recent years as they look to recover from their sluggish start. Barca have won 12 and drawn three of the last 16 meetings between the teams, including a consummate 1-4 success at Benito Villamarin in March. Nonetheless, their only defeat in that sequence came at Camp Nou last term as Los Verdiblancos edged an absolute thriller 3-4.Betis also made a poor start to the season last week as they were turned over 1-2 at home by Real Valladolid. Their cause wasn’t aided by the dismissal of keeper Joel Robles after just eight minutes, but the Andalusian’s will still have been disappointed to come away empty-handed in Rubi’s first match in charge considering their opponents finished 16th in 2018/19.Comments last_img read more

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R4-billion for 4.5-million jobs

first_imgThe Northern Cape Community Builders construct 100 low-cost houses in Upington. (Image: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library.)Mary AlexanderThe South African government is to extend its Expanded Public Works programme fourfold in the next five years, spending R4-billion (US$440-million) to create 4.5-million job opportunities by 2014. If successful, this will give work to roughly 10% of the country’s population.The EPWP uses public funds to boost job creation and skills development. It puts the unemployed to work on labour-intensive public projects such as road building, thereby not only providing them with short-term jobs but also helping them learn the skills they need for more permanent employment.Cabinet approved the initial five year plan in late 2003 and the EPWP officially started the following year. In late 2008, Cabinet agreed to roll-out the second phase.The first phase managed to reach its target of creating 1-million jobs in 2008, a full year before its deadline. In the second phase, the focus will shift to home-based care and community health projects.The second phase has several new features. First, provinces and municipalities will be given incentives to reach – or surpass – their job targets.“To be eligible, provinces and municipalities need to meet the agreed minimum participation targets for women, youth and people with disabilities, and employment creation targets using their conditional infrastructure grants, as well as report on their contribution to the EPWP to the national Department of Public Works,” Deputy President Baleka Mbete said at the launch of the second phase in Cape Town on Saturday.“Other key adjustments to the programme design include the establishment of a fiscal incentive committed to this programme to reward the creation of longer term, more stable employment in provinces and municipalities. This is based on performance and is not a planning-based allocation.”Civil society will also have a role in the new phase . Mbete said that, for the first time, the government will fun or co-fund job-creation projects managed by nongovernmental organisations.“As EPWP moves from the first to the second phase, there is an urgent need for the programme to be bigger and better,” Mbete . “This need for a bigger EPWP encouraged us to grow the programme fourfold in the next five years.”An important benefit of the EPWP is improved public service, as more people work in essential services. This has led to positive, if unexpected, developments. For example, EPWP-trained fire-fighters now attached Working for Water and Working for Fire, worked alongside professional firefighters, did an excellent job in fighting the wildfires that engulfed the Cape Pensinsula recently.At the launch, Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge emphasised the importance of a joint partnership between the government and ordinary South Africans.“EPWP is your programme, with the sole aim of ridding you of the yoke of unemployment and poverty,” he said. “Take this programme wherever you go.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesBusiness, govt launch crisis plan One million jobs in four years Drive to create a million jobs Teaching jobless how to find jobs Eating, earning from city farms Useful linksExpanded Public Works ProgrammeDepartment of Public WorksThe Business TrustMillennium Development Goalslast_img read more

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Zip Zap circus school teaches life skills

first_imgThe Baker Boys, a slapstick comedy act.(Image: Zip Zap Circus School)  Work and fun combine in the visionary concept of the Cape Town-based Zip Zap Circus School.Founded by MD Laurence Estève and artistic director Brent van Rensburg, the Zip Zap school of circus arts uses innovative methods to inspire and empower young people, equipping them with skills they can take with them into any life situation.Originally called Dare to Dream, the current name aptly originated from the mouths of children.Youngsters from all walks of life are encouraged to join the school where they learn invaluable life skills such as teamwork, trust and dedication, with the important element of fun as the foundation of all courses. Around 60 children are enrolled at any one time, and they have to learn to treat each other with tolerance and respect.Through professional training coupled with entertainment and fun, children are given an opportunity to become good citizens, to experience the world and receive recognition from audiences in other countries, thereby building their self-esteem. This allows them to fulfil their potential while they become young leaders and ambassadors for the school and for their country.There is no charge for studying at Zip Zap, thanks to assistance and sponsorship from the National Lottery Board, the Grandwest Cape Culture and Heritage Foundation, the National Arts Council, Cirque du Soleil, and others.Proceeds from the school’s performances, including corporate events, also help to fund its operations but, said Van Rensburg, they are always happy to bring more sponsors on board.A daring combinationCape Town-born Van Rensburg learned his daring aerial skills at a circus school in the suburb of Observatory between 1973 and 1978. For the next 15 years he travelled internationally, appearing under the big top and working as an instructor in France, Norway, Monte Carlo, Italy, the Netherlands, England, Denmark and the US.During December and January 1986 he worked as the late Patrick Swayze’s stunt double on the film Steel Dawn, shot in Swakopmund, Namibia.However, a back injury meant he could no longer perform and he decided to become an acrobatic instructor, completing a two-year course at the Clown College in Florida, US. After graduation he spent the next few years giving circus workshops at Club Med holiday resorts, and it was at one of these that he met his future wife.French-born Estève studied physical education after school and acquired a handful of teaching diplomas in various sports disciplines. In 1988 she completed her Masters in Science and Technology of Economy and Administration of Sports Institutions at the University de Paris IX.She learned her circus skills from Van Rensburg – they later performed as a duo trapeze act known as The Flying Classics in the Circus Gruss in France in 1991.In 1992 they returned to South Africa to pursue their dream of establishing a circus school for the Cape Town youngsters who spent most of their time on the streets.Backed by Van Rensburg’s 30 years of experience and passion for the circus, it wasn’t long before young participants were juggling, flying and tumbling, and two years later they debuted at the annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.Positive goalsThe school has a number of stated objectives – these are to “enhance the lives of young people who would otherwise never be exposed to the magic of the performing arts”, while entertaining audiences of all ages and from all cultures. It also aims to equip the children with the skills to live sustainably, and foster the priceless qualities of self-esteem, confidence, self-expression and mutual respect.In doing so Zip Zap works to break down cultural differences and to facilitate coexistence between all South Africans. Also, it aims to nurture talent and, using the language of the circus, develop literacy and communication.Finally, Zip Zap’s children act as ambassadors for Cape Town and South Africa.A circus way of lifeVarious courses are offered, from on-demand training at beginner level to a full-time adult course. Children begin their training at age seven, continuing through to adulthood where they may become independent performers or stay with the Zip Zap Circus School and help out in all areas pertaining to the running of the shows.Initially, young children are taught as and when they wish, with no set schedule for lessons. Here trust, teamwork and confidence using music and dance are introduced.Older children keep to a more rigid lesson schedule, which teaches them the paramount importance of teamwork and discipline in the circus environment. They may choose circus acts and receive specialised training in those areas.A full-time program is offered for adults, which teaches all the skills needed to run a circus. These include financial management; communication; healthy living, sound and video editing; sewing; choreography; rigging; circus instruction and direction; and travel planning.Zip Zap also holds an annual Trainers of Trainers short course, where instructors from Canada’s renowned Cirque du Soleil, and their colleagues from Africa and elsewhere in the world, come together to share circus teaching skills as well as knowledge and methodology.Hope for the future:The Cirque du Soleil has an outreach program, Cirque du Monde, which is active throughout the world. Zip Zap is a Cirque du Monde partner in South Africa.Cirque du Monde sponsors Zip Zap’s annual Trainers of Trainers course as well as their Ibhongolwethu project, which operates in the semi-informal township of Khayelitsha on the outskirts of Cape Town.With the help of Médecins Sans Frontières, Zip Zap staff run a programme twice a week for HIV-positive children on antiretroviral treatment. This provides children who have dealt with hardship and illness most of their lives with a sense of worth, belonging and a positive outlook for the future. The community in turn learns awareness, acceptance and understanding about HIV/Aids.The programme culminates in an annual performance at a local community centre.Local and international performancesThanks to the experience of its founders, Zip Zap’s performances are on par with international standards, and are professionally executed and highly entertaining. The team has been invited for the fourth time in as many years to perform in Paris in October, with a month-long tour of France to follow.South African fans can catch their next show at the Spier Estate in Stellenbosch, Western Cape province, on 30 October 2010.last_img read more

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