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0Shares0000Jubilant Mathare United Under-20 players receive the trophy from CAF President Issa Hayatou. PHOTO/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 26 – Alfayo Oyugi stepped off the bench to score a superb 91st minute free kick as Mathare United won the August edition of the Kenyan premier League under-20 championship at the Nyayo National Stadium on Friday afternoon, a match watched by CAF President Issa Hayatou.With the game seemingly headed for penalties, Mathare won a free kick at the edge of the box, Oyugi stepped up, breathed in deep, looked at the goalkeeper and his wall and sent a rocket of a shot in, bouncing on the underside of the bar before crossing the line. It was a huge heartbreak for the Gor juniors who had the better of the chances in the second half but wasted all much to the dismay of the handful of fans who had braved the cold to cheer on their side.“I feel really great as a coach because it is something we have worked hard for and here are the fruits. I hope this win will spur the management to revive the Mathare Youth team because it shows there is so much potential in our young boys,” Gabrial Kingi, the Mathare under-20 head coach told Capital Sports.Mathare had a better start to the match, showing more urgency from the first whistle. They came close to opening the score in the 5th minute, but Gor centre back Stephen Otieno cleared the ball off the line after Lawrence Luvanda lifted the ball over the advancing keeper.Gor Mahia’s Ezekiel Mugendi and Mayhare United’s Peter James tussle for the ball. PHOTO/RAYMOND MAKHAYADennis Kamau was enterprising on the wings with his swift runs for Mathare, but he failed to get it right when it mattered most, floating in the crosses.Gor picked up as the game progressed and had their first opportunity in the 21st minute and it was from a training ground routine free kick.Musa Ismail started the ball short from the left to Kevin Otieno at the edge of the box, with the latter pulling a belter of a shot that flew inches over the bar.A minute later, the two combined again with a one-two interchange of passes with Otieno’s shot being an easy pick for Mathare keeper Job Ochieng.Gor had another brilliant opportunity in the 29th minute, Henry Juma shooting wide with a decent opportunity from the edge of the box and a clear view of goal.In the second half, the K’Ogalo juniors started with as much pace but once again, their poor finishing cost them.Martin Ongori wasted two glorious opportunities, first shooting wide one on one with the Mathare keeper after breaking the offside trap before shooting meekly after breaking through on the right.Towards the final minutes of the match, both sides seemed to tire off, but Mathare’s last minute moment of brilliance which sent them into frenzy earned them the title.They were handed their trophy by Hayatou alongside his senior vice president Almamy Kabele Camara and CAF Secretary General Hicham El Amrani.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 600 career goals for club and country © AFP/File / Adrian DennisCARDIFF, United Kingdom, Jun 4 – Cristiano Ronaldo said he had no intention of slowing down after spearheading a 4-1 victory over Juventus that made Real Madrid the first team to retain the UEFA Champions League.Ronaldo’s double in Saturday’s final at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, allied to goals by Casemiro and Marco Asensio, earned him a fourth Champions League win and gave Madrid their third in four years and 12th in total. Ronaldo, 32, has now scored 600 career goals for club and country, including 105 in the Champions League, and has finished as the top scorer in the competition for the last five seasons.“I think people don’t have words to criticise, because the numbers don’t lie,” he told reporters after receiving the man-of-the-match award from his former Manchester United mentor Alex Ferguson.“I’m very happy. It was an amazing season again. We won trophies. It’s one of the best moments in my career. I have the opportunity to say that every year. But it’s true.“This year was amazing again, last year was amazing too. Now I have two or three days off to rest and after we have a (World Cup) qualifying game for Portugal and we have the Confederations Cup.“It’s a long season, but I’m motivated, I’m happy. I’m in a good moment. My age is just a number. I feel like a young boy.”Madrid became the first team to defend the European Cup successfully since Arrigo Sacchi’s AC Milan in 1990 and the first to achieve the feat since the competition relaunched as the Champions League in 1992.“There’s no doubt whatsoever, today is a truly historic day for Madrid’s fans, myself and our big family,” said coach Zinedine Zidane, who has now won four Champions Leagues as a player and coach.Ronaldo’s goalscoring feat © AFP / Alain BOMMENEL, Valentina BRESCHI“Having said that, you know how things are. Next year it’s going to be even more difficult. We’re going to have to work very hard to win once again.“But today we can say that we are a very good team and that we deserved to win the league and the Champions League. It was not easy.”Zidane, 44, led Madrid to glory in last season’s Champions League less than five months after succeeding Rafael Benitez to take up his first managerial role.– ‘Still lots to give’ –The former France playmaker’s contract expires in a year, but he said he was not thinking about leaving.“I’m not going to confirm I’ll stay here all my life. That’s impossible to say,” he said.“But I’m extremely happy and I’m very grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity to coach these fantastic players.“I have a one-year contract left. I think I’ll be here next year!”The emphatic nature of Madrid’s victory removed some of the gloss from Mario Mandzukic’s sensational equaliser for Juve, which cancelled out Ronaldo’s 20th-minute opener.Leonardo Bonucci’s raking pass was volleyed into the box by Alex Sandro and Gonzalo Higuain kept the ball airborne for Mandzukic to chest it up and send a looping volley over Keylor Navas.Casemiro restored Madrid’s lead just after the hour and further goals from Ronaldo and substitute Asensio confirmed victory before Juve substitute Juan Cuadrado was harshly shown a second yellow card for pushing Sergio Ramos.Juve have now lost five successive European Cup finals and a record seven in total.The Turin giants, Serie A and Coppa Italia winners this season, fielded a starting XI with an average age of 30 years and 336 days, but coach Massimiliano Allegri dismissed talk of decay.“No, I don’t think Juventus have reached the end of a cycle at all,” he said.“(Gianluigi) Buffon will still be the goalkeeper next year. The same applies to Andrea Barzagli, who will still be with us for at last another year. They’ve still got lots to give.“If our current team is complemented with new players, we’ll be really competitive in the Champions League next year.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Zabinsky and Grimsrud will be sworn in as councillors at the regular council meeting on Monday, November 5th. A total of 2,861 votes were cast, which is up from 2014 but is still a relatively low turnout of only 20 percent.Mayor Ackerman was on hand for the announcement of the votes and gave her thoughts on the election results.“It’s tough for those who were seeking re-election and were not re-elected. There’s a lot of mixed emotions here, but we move forward. Council is one body and members come and go, so we’ll be fine. I’ve already told Tony and Becky that there’s a lot of information, they’re going to have a bit of a steep learning curve because we’ve spent the last two years planning and preparing for the growth that LNG will bring.”The final council meeting that will feature outgoing councillors Evans and Christiansen is this Monday, October 22nd.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Becky Grimsrud and Tony Zabinsky are the two newest members of Fort St. John City Council.Grimsrud received the most votes of all 12 candidates running, garnering 1,718 votes. Zabinsky received the fifth-highest vote total, getting 1,372 votes.After the results were read, Grimsrud said “I’m honoured that the City has chosen me to represent them. I know I have a steep learning curve ahead of me, but I’m excited to start on this journey.”- Advertisement -Councillors Trevor Bolin, Byron Stewart, Gord Klassen and Lilia Hansen were also re-elected. Incumbent councillors Bruce Christensen and Larry Evans did not receive enough votes to continue for another four years.Here are the full results[ninja_tables id=”135063″]Advertisement
The deal calls for the archdiocese to publicly release priest personnel files that could show what church leaders knew and when they knew it. A judge must review each file before it is released.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lawyers for the plaintiffs will get an estimated $218 million to $264 million of the payout. Since the lawsuits were filed, five years ago, 12 victims have died from suicide, alcohol addiction or heart attack. Claims for these victims may be nullified. The archdiocese will pay $250 million through loans and the sale of some of its properties and investments. Three insurance companies will pay $227 million, and several religious orders will pay $60 million. The remaining $123 million will come from religious orders that chose not to participate in the settlement. The proposed settlement, plus $114 million in related settlements to which the church has agreed, pushes the archdiocese’s financial liability beyond $774 million. In 2004, the archdiocese identified 211 priests and clergy accused of misconduct since the 1930s. Since then, more than 40 of them have died. Record settlement Here are details of the settlement filed Monday in which the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will pay $660 million to 508 people who claim they were sexually abused by a clergy member. Victims will receive payouts, differing depending on how badly they were abused and how long the abuse lasted, by Dec. 1.
LOS Angeles Animal Services cannot risk that a few weeks of training at its proposed Pit Bull Academy will turn “unsafe” dogs with demonstrated aggressive behavior into docile companions. They insist that violent dogs can be rehabilitated into loving pets, and that the problem is “just the owner, not the dog.” But when they make such claims, animal lovers and humane advocates play into the hands of the Michael Vicks in the savage world of dogfighting, who count on our refusal to admit the genetic animal-aggression of most pit bulls. We are in denial that something must be done to provide protection from – and protection for – this unusual and brutally exploited breed. Unprovoked attacks by pit bulls on other animals and especially on children and the elderly cannot be blindly ignored or justified as the actions of a “misunderstood breed” because of the frequency and intensity of these incidents. Doing so allows dogfighters to continue their barbaric “breed-specific” sport, while well-meaning activists assure that no legislation designed to provide breed-specific care and ownership standards is enacted. Animal People, which tracks dog attacks in media reports throughout the U.S., states that from September 1982 through July 2007, pit bulls and their mixes maimed 670 adults and children and caused 119 deaths. German shepherds formerly headed animal control statistics, but pale in comparison at 63 attacks and 16 deaths for this same period. Pit bulls are a broad class of dogs. Bulldogs were used for “bull baiting” until it was banned in England in 1835. Blood-thirsty enthusiasts soon turned their dogs on each other and bred large bulldogs with terriers to create smaller dogs with a propensity for quick attack and the ability to grab, shake and hang onto the throat or other body area of an opponent until its death. Genetics play the dominant, driving role in any breed’s particular traits. Pointers point. Herding dogs herd. A pit bull designed to fight and kill will do so instinctively. These are not traits that can be taught – or removed – by training. According to “The Pit Bull Dilemma – the Gathering Storm” (1990), pit bulls in the U.S. went from a few hundred in the 1960s to an estimated 500,000 in 1986. In 1989, the California Legislature held hearings regarding escalating pit bulls attacks and a proposed ban on the breed. But underground dogfighting organizations paid influential attorneys and lobbyists to assure that only generic “dangerous dog” legislation was passed. Unknowing, passionate humane groups joined in, sincerely believing they were protecting the rights of the animals. These hearings brought publicity to high-stakes gambling aspects of staged dogfighting, as well as the “macho” image of owning a pit bull. Savvy gang members also saw the benefits of placing pit bulls on chains to guard illicit drug- and gun-sale sites and the chance to engender fear in the community by owning a dog with a reputation for killing on command. It seems contradictory, but pit bulls were historically loyal and gentle companions to humans, e.g., Petey of “Our Gang” fame. Professional fighters bred for this trait, needing to assure that no humans involved in training or refereeing a fight would be injured by a dog. But when the culture shifted to “quick-buck” street fighting, and breeding for human aggression became essential for guard dogs, the “nanny dog” nature of pit bulls was changed – not for the better. Only a few pups in any pit bull litter may have the “gameness” to be tagged for future use as a fighter. The remainder are sold or given away to unsuspecting families or individuals with no knowledge of the control that must be maintained throughout the lifetime of the dog. Thus our shelters are filled with thousands of pit bulls and pit mixes. In some, the dominant genetic makeup for aggression and fierce confrontation is present. In others, the gene is recessive and, in the right homes, these dogs can make excellent, loving pets. For dogs in the first category, no amount of training can prepare novice owners to handle the degree of power and fury that often erupts in a matter of seconds. Can we turn this around? Yes. Geneticists say that inherent traits can be altered within five generations and some conscientious breeders are doing this. Breeding for fighting must be directly addressed because of the vested interest in keeping this breed aggressive. Shelters must apply strict temperament testing, keeping only friendly, stable pit bulls for adoption and, of course, spaying or neutering prior to release. And we must establish and enforce strict, humane standards for maintaining pit bulls – for the safety of the public and the safety of the dogs. Phyllis M. Daugherty is director of the Los Angeles Animal Issues Movement.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Micah Richards has rubbished suggestions it’s time for Yaya Toure to leave Manchester City.The Ivorian has been blamed by many for the club’s poor season, with his lacklusture displays supposedly symbolic of a lack of desire at the club.Serie A giants Inter Milan are the firm favourites to land the 32-year-old, but Manuel Pellegrini has insisted the former Barcelona midfielder is going nowhere.And Richards, whose deal at the Etihad expires in the summer, claims City would be crazy not to hold on to Toure.“No, it’s not time for Yaya Toure to move on,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “A lot of people say he should move but if you look at his stats he’s still involved in a lot of City’s good play.“Sometimes he’s not the best at tracking back and every player goes through a little period where you’re not having a good time but, with his qualities, he’s going to be hard to replace.“For me, he’s still one of the top midfielders in the world and would be very difficult to replace.”
She said that not only progress toward peace initiated by Fatah could be undermined, but that funding to nongovernmental service organizations could be severed with dire consequences throughout the region. “We’re hoping for the best. I don’t know what to make of it,” said Thousand Oaks resident Silvia Muna, a Christian native of Palestine whose family fled to Jordan in 1948. For the sake of peace, she said Hamas should recognize Israel’s right to exist. Samer Khalaf, a Palestinian-American attorney who divides his time between Los Angeles and New York, said he is also concerned about the Hamas landslide, which he said was not unexpected considering the services it provided Palestinians. “For a chance at peace,” said Khalaf, 36, who is also Christian, “there must be mutual respect and understanding (between Jews and Palestinians) and for two, independent countries.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 “What uniform is (Hamas) going to wear? It can’t wear both.” Unless Hamas recognizes “the right of the Jewish state of Israel,” Hier said, the U.S. and the EU should immediately suspend billions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority. But while Palestinian-Americans worried over the loss of services to Palestinians because of the Hamas vote, they also heralded the strong turnout at the polls as signs of an emerging democracy in the Palestinian region. Maysoon Zayid, founder of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival in Los Angeles this week, said she stayed up all night glued to the TV news in anticipation of the vote, which she called “a worst-case scenario.” “I’ve got a lot of anger – I am extremely, extremely disappointed,” said Zayid, 30, who spends four months a year in the Palestinian region caring for disabled and orphaned children. “I am really quite fearful for what the future might bring for Palestine.” The upset Thursday by the Islamic group Hamas in Palestinian polls angered Jews and Palestinians living in Los Angeles, who expressed concern about peace in the Mideast. Hamas, deemed a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, announced it would not disarm its military or revise its charter calling for the destruction of Israel. Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called the decisive win by Hamas over the ruling Fatah faction of the Palestinian Authority “absolutely destructive” to the Middle East peace process. “This is the moment of truth,” Hier said. “You can’t be a bank teller in the morning and a bank robber in evening. You’ve got to make up your mind: Are you going to be parliamentarians in suits by day, or are you going to wear terrorist hoods by night?”
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MILWAUKEE – Internet threats of “dirty bomb” attacks at NFL stadiums this weekend were a hoax inspired by a writing competition between two men trying to come up with scary threats, a law enforcement official said Thursday. The threats, which were posted on a Web site last week and mentioned stadiums in seven U.S. cities, were deemed to be false by the FBI on Thursday after agents questioned a 20-year-old Milwaukee man. “This is a hoax,” said Special Agent Richard Kolko, a spokesman at the FBI’s Washington headquarters. A joint statement from the FBI and Homeland Security said fans “should be reassured of their security as they continue to attend sporting events this weekend.” An FBI official in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is still under investigation, said the Milwaukee man acknowledged posting the phony stadium threat as part of a “writing duel” with a man from the Brownsville, Texas, area to see who could post the scariest threat. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsNo decision has been made yet on whether charges will be filed, the official said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!