Brazil will have the luxury of being able to treat their game against Ecuador in Porto Alegre as a training exercise after securing qualification in their last outing, a 3-0 win over Paraguay in March — their eighth consecutive victory.The game may see Brazil coach Tite select Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, who has not played for the Premier League team this season amid a transfer saga involving Barcelona.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Argentina’s forwards Lionel Messi (L) and Mauro Icardi talk during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, on August 29, 2017 ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifier football match against Uruguay. / AFP PHOTO / Juan MABROMATALuis Suarez could yet line up against Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi on Thursday as South America’s battle for 2018 World Cup places resumes with Argentina’s trip to Uruguay the pick of the fixtures.With leaders Brazil already locking up their place at next year’s tournament, attention turns to the tussle for the three remaining automatic berths on offer in the marathon 10-team qualifying tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Colombia are second in the standings on 24 points while Uruguay and Chile occupy the other two automatic spots on 23 points.It means that fifth-placed Argentina have little margin for error as they head to Montevideo’s Estadio Centenario for the latest instalment of their historic rivalry with the Uruguayans.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’Argentina have spluttered their way through the qualifiers so far, notching only six wins in 14 games, but have shown signs of life under new coach Jorge Sampaoli.Sampaoli, who masterminded Chile’s victory at the 2015 Copa America, took control of the ‘Albiceleste’ in May, and began his reign with a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Brazil in a friendly in June. LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles A 6-0 romp over lowly Singapore provided a further clue that Sampaoli, who favours an aggressive, attacking style, may already have begun to have an influence.Higuain axedSampaoli served notice of his determination to invigorate Argentina’s ranks by axing striker Gonzalo Higuain in favour of Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.Icardi is expected to start at the apex of a front three with Messi and Juventus prodigy Paulo Dybala lurking just behind.Argentina’s path to Russia has been complicated by the Court of Arbtitration for Sport ruling on Tuesday that confirmed a sanction against Bolivia for fielding an ineligible player in their September 2016 0-0 draw with Chile.ADVERTISEMENT Athletes raise millions for Texas flood disaster MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FIFA later converted that result to a 3-0 win for Chile, a ruling that means Sampaoli’s former team now have a one-point advantage over the fifth-placed Argentines.“Now we have to play catch-up to get to the World Cup,” Sampaoli said Tuesday.Uruguay meanwhile are sweating on the fitness of Barcelona star Suarez.The 30-year-old talisman was initially ruled out of the fixture through injury but has travelled back to his homeland to train with the team.Veteran coach Oscar Tabarez hinted Suarez may yet make a dramatic return on Thursday, declining to rule out the striker.“He has shown signs of recovery that have rather surprised us,” Tabarez said.If Suarez fails to win his fitness battle, Uruguay will once again turn to in-form Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, who is the top scorer in the qualifying competition with nine goals.“It is a very, very difficult match… We will see who has the most guts for it,” said Tabarez.Elsewhere on Thursday, second-placed Colombia will aim to edge closer to qualification with an away victory over already-eliminated Venezuela.Fourth-placed Chile meanwhile host Paraguay in Santiago as they aim to remain ahead of Argentina in the qualifying positions. 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The cash strapped Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) is going after those businesses which it said are underpaying rates and taxes, since the valuation of their properties have not been updated following renovation works. Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Municipality, Debra Lewis, in a statement on Thursday, said that despite the completion of their buildings several years ago – which includes construction of new buildings, extensions to existing ones, and change of use from residential to commercial – several businesses continue to pay the same residential rates to the council.“The Mayor and City Council has written to the Valuation Department of the Ministry of Finance, seeking its assistance to get a number of corporations and businesses to comply with property rates’ by-laws and regulations, to make their proper contribution to the city of Georgetown,” Lewis stated.According to the PRO, this move would allow the Council to collect its correct amount of property rates from these businesses.Lewis pointed out that this action on the part of businesses creates a deficit which, when coupled with the neglect of other property owners to fulfill their civic responsibility, continue to impede and restrict the ability of council to deliver municipal services to local communities and the city as a whole.Among the services the Municipality is responsible for are the maintenance of 160 miles of roads; maintenance of 800 miles of concrete and earthen drains, including construction and maintenance of hundreds of culverts; maintenance of 12 outfall channels and sluices; maintenance of all parapets, reserves and thoroughfares within council area; maintenance and servicing of all bridges, footpaths and other sidewalks; collection and disposal of all waste generated (350 tons daily); and street lighting.The City Council is thus urging all property owners to settle their accounts with the City Treasurer’s Department, and support the municipality in its effort to make Georgetown a clean, green, safe and healthy city for all.The M&CC had last year announced plans to recoup from defaulting taxpayers billions owed in rates and taxes. Recoup plans included taking such persons to court. Additionally, the Council had devised a number of payment plans and negotiation systems to provide a reasonable breakdown of sums which would otherwise be strenuous, especially to low-income earners, all in order to encourage the payment of taxes.Some of the businesses that the M&CC will be going after in regard to the payment of rates and taxes of undervalued buildings are: The New Building Society Limited, Caricom General Insurance, Full Works Motor Stores, Best Buy Pharmacy, May’s Shopping Centre, Ashley Fashion, Shoppers Paradise, Chetson’s, Oceanic Trading Company, Torginol Paint/Continental Agencies Ltd, US Wireless and Gift, Riaz Computer Centre, Young Photo Studio, Gabriella’s Trading Wholesale and Retail, Guyana Oil Co. Ltd, GBTI, Bounty Supermarket, Full Worth’s Curtain Store, Rong Xin Mao Trading, Yong Quiang, Super Star Trading, Julius Variety Store, R. Bassoo and Sons Ltd, among other businesses.Notably, the City Council is currently engaged in a court battle with the New Building Society Limited (NBS) over the highly controversial Parking Meter Project which many city businesses and citizens have objected to and have called for its scrapping. NBS took the M&CC to court, challenging the placement of parking meters outside its Avenue of the Republic Office. High Court judge Justice Brassington Reynolds has since ordered respondents in the matter, Town Clerk Royston King and Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan, to present arguments as to why the Parking Meter Project should not be rescinded.
0Shares0000Mesut Ozil’s father said he believed his son had agreed to have a photograph taken with the Turkish president only out of “politeness” and that it was never meant to be a political statement © TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE/AFP / KAYHAN OZERBERLIN, Germany, Jul 8 – The father of Mesut Ozil said Sunday his son should quit Germany’s national squad after he was “made the scapegoat” for Die Mannschaft’s shock first-round defeat at the World Cup.Ozil, 29, has come in for hefty criticism in Germany after the World Champions crashed out in Russia, finishing bottom of their group. Pressure had already been mounting on the Arsenal midfielder in the World Cup run-up over a controversial photograph with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that was seized on to question his loyalty to Germany.On Thursday, Germany’s team boss Oliver Bierhoff sparked a new round of outcry over a statement suggesting Ozil, who has Turkish roots, should have been dropped after his failure to publicly clear up the Erdogan meeting.“This statement is insolent. In my opinion, it is aimed at saving one’s own skin,” said the mid-fielder’s father Mustafa Ozil in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.Bierhoff later backtracked, apologising that he “was wrong”.Ozil senior said he believed his son had agreed to have a photograph taken with Erdogan only out of “politeness” and that it was never meant to be a political statement.He also defended Ozil for not having spoken out to clarify his position.“He no longer wants to explain himself, he no longer wants to have to defend himself all the time. He has been playing for nine years in the German team… including becoming world champions with the A-team.“He has contributed a lot for this country. It has always been: if we win, we win together.“But when we lose, we lose because of Ozil? He is now getting whistled at and made a scapegoat. I can understand if he feels insulted,” said the midfielder’s father.Calling the treatment accorded to his son “so unfair”, Ozil senior said “he needs to decide for himself. But if I were in his place, I’d say – thanks a lot but that’s it!”“The hurt has grown too strong. And who knows what’ll happen at the next match. In Mesut’s place, I would step down. But that’s just my very personal opinion,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Sergio Aguero is a better player than Mohamed Salah © AFP / Daniel ROLANDMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – Pep Guardiola insists Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has lost none of his goal-scoring prowess, but the Manchester City boss claims the Egyptian must repeat last season’s prodigious feats before he can match Sergio Aguero.City forward Aguero, the club’s all-time record scorer, has opened the new campaign in predictable fashion, scoring eight times in 10 games already this season. Liverpool winger Salah has made a more modest start to 2018-19, certainly in comparison to last season’s 44-goal campaign, with just three goals to date.And, while Guardiola has no doubt that Salah remains a lethal threat, the City manager believes the Egypt star must score prolifically over a period of multiple years to match Aguero’s achievements.“He (Salah) is younger and it was his first year back in England since his time at Chelsea, so we will see in the future,” said Guardiola, talking ahead of City’s visit to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.“But a guy who has the quality to score 50 goals in a season always has that quality. But football is all about ups and downs.“Salah remains an excellent player and will score goals in the future. When you are in there scenting goals sometimes this happens.“Sergio has scored a lot of goals but there were periods when he didn’t score goals.“How many years has Sergio scored all those goals, eight or nine years? For Salah it was the first one so we will see in seven or eight years.”Another City forward, Raheem Sterling, should be involved at Anfield despite Guardiola having left him out of one of the two trips to Liverpool last season.Sterling, a former Liverpool player, was given a torrid reception from his former club’s supporters who were unimpressed at the manner of his leaving Merseyside.– Prime contenders –But Guardiola believes that coping in the face of such adversity is part of the 23-year-old’s learning curve.“He has played against Liverpool at Anfield before,” said Guardiola. “He didn’t start last season for the first time but that was for a tactical reason.“I don’t think about him differently for this game because he’s a former Liverpool player. Maybe it’s affected him before, maybe it hasn’t. I don’t know because we haven’t spoken about it.“But even if that’s happened because he was so young, he has to learn. Hopefully he will be here for a long time with us, so he will go many times to Anfield. That’s normal.“He grew up as a player at Liverpool, he has good memories of his career there. Of course Liverpool fans want him to play bad, and he doesn’t want to play bad, he wants to play good.”Liverpool, over the first two months of the season at least, have emerged as the most potent challengers to City’s hopes of retaining the Premier League title won in such spectacular fashion last season.And while Guardiola, diplomatically, name checked the division’s other leading sides, he did concede that he expected Jurgen Klopp’s team to be prime contenders in this season.“Liverpool are a strong team but so are Chelsea, and Arsenal, Manchester United. Tottenham as well,” Guardiola said.“But for us, for Manchester City, we want to defend our title, and they are contenders. Liverpool have started so well, they have the same points us, but we were expecting that all along.“Liverpool were an excellent team last season and since then they have bought some more incredible players to fight against us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Dodge’s Magnum is yesteryear’s station wagon on steroids. Especially when it’s powered by a 5.7-liter, 350 horsepower Hemi V-8 under the hood. Or better yet, the 6.1-liter, 425 horsepower beast. OK, it might not be the prettiest or most practical urban explorer out there. But there is no mistaking its distinctive low profile and the edgy exhaust growl that subtly announces some powerful American muscle is nearby. In one sense, this car is almost in a class by itself these days. It’s a station wagon, pure and simple. This particular niche fell out of favor when SUV mania hit in the early 1990s, but the genre actually dates back about 30 years when AMC introduced the Eagle for the 1980 model year. And that was pretty much it for the good ol’ station wagon. In fact, the original Dodge Magnum first appeared in 1978 as a bulked up, high-style (for the time) sports sedan. This current version appeared in 2005 and is the company’s first station wagon since the Colt model in the early 1990s. While the SUV supplanted the station wagon in popularity, Dodge seems to have hit upon something because I encounter lots of Magnums while traveling about Southern California. The car seats up to five and will carry a modest amount of cargo – there is 27.2 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 71.6 cubic feet with them down. This is ample space for a road trip of a week or longer. The Magnum’s rear liftgate swings up instead of out so loading in parking areas is easier and the opening is larger than expected, too. “The 2007 Dodge Magnum is a stylish alternative for consumers who want the comfort and performance of a car, and the capability and image of a sport-utility vehicle (SUV), without sacrificing everyday functionality. Nothing else is like it on the road,” George Murphy, senior vice president for global marketing at the the Chrysler Group, said in a statement. The R/T model Drive Time tested also came with rear-wheel drive for the first time. This option also includes performance-tuned suspension, braking and steering, large 20-inch chrome-clad wheels and 245/45ZR20 all-season performance tires. The 2007 Magnum lineup features three engines, two transmissions, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive systems, and a variety of suspension tuning characteristics. The Hemi engines feature what Dodge calls a multi-displacement system that shuts off fuel consumption in four cylinders when V-8 power is not needed. Dodge says this can boost fuel efficiency by up to 20 percent. It also has an electronic stability control program, all-speed traction control and four-wheel anti-lock brake system. All this gets you where you are going in comfort and style. The Magnum handles like a smaller car and the ride is nice and firm. The interior is focused on the driver and features classic-style round instruments and satin silver dash, door and console accents. The adjustable leather trim seats and firm and comfortable. The only noticeable drawback is the center console. It’s a bit short and made for an comfortable place for my right elbow at times. The cockpit also featured a hands-free cell phone connection with Bluetooth technology, Sirius satellite radio (one-year fee subscription with purchase), a full map DVD navigation keyed to a global positioning system and a rear seat DVD video system with remote control. Headphones were included so the driver wouldn’t be distracted by the sound track. “If practicality isn’t your priority, though, the Magnum may be an attractive choice. Its bold styling commands the road, and the optional Hemi V-8 delivers confident acceleration,” noted the Web site cars.com. “Perhaps the biggest draw is its distinctiveness. In a market crowded with conformity, it’s a welcome nonconformist.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The World Cup of soccer began Friday in Germany and several of the drivers in the Indy Racing League will have an interested eye on the games. Valencia’s Bryan Herta has two teammates at Andretti Green Racing who come from countries with long and successful soccer histories. One of the Andretti Green Racing drivers is from Brazil, always a favorite to win the World Cup. Another is from Scotland, which has a rich and passionate soccer tradition as well. “Being a Brazilian, I’m a big soccer fan,” said Andretti Green’s Tony Kanaan. “We’ve won so many World Cups that I’m definitely going to keep an eye on it.” Andretti Green driver Dario Franchitti is from Scotland, which didn’t qualify for the World Cup. For this year’s event, Franchitti said he is lending his allegiance to Kanaan’s Brazil and against England, home country of his former Andretti Green teammate Dan Wheldon. “As Scotland aren’t in because we didn’t qualify, I think Brazil will be tough to beat,” Franchitti said. “I know Wheldon is going to cheer on England, but I’m liking Brazil.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2If by chance Brazil makes an early exit, Kanaan said he has no problem rooting for the United States. Herta, an American, doesn’t have quite as much faith in the United States team. “I don’t know who’s going to win,” said Herta, a Hart High of Newhall graduate. “All I know … is it won’t be Scotland or the U.S.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
THIEVES have raided the bank accounts of AIB customers in Co Donegal.The online scamsters have taken thousands of euro from customers by skimming their debit Visa cards.Three members of the same family in Donegal Town all lost money in the raids. “I lost 300 euro with AIB debit card, taken out from my account, my wife lost 240 euro and my mother lost 540 euro and I know of many others,” said one victim.“The banks phoned today to inform us and I just wanted Donegal Daily to issue a warning to other customers.“It appears the money was taken from our accounts and converted to American dollars before disappearing.“We fully expect to have the money given back to us by the bank.” He urged other customers of the AIB Donegal Town branch to check their accounts as soon as possible.“I know a lot of other people who have been victims of this,” he added. BANK WARNING AS THIEVES TARGET AIB DONEGAL CUSTOMERS was last modified: October 12th, 2013 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:AIBdebit card scamDonegal DailyDonegal Townonline thievestheft
Finn Harps have advanced to the quarter-final of the FAI Cup after an impressive 2-1 victory over fancied Wexford Youths.The Ballybofey side made it through to the last eight of the competition after a solid display at Ferrycarrig Park.Goals from Thomas McGonagle in the 23d minute and Michael Funston in the 76th minute put Harps in the driving seat. The home side managed to pull one back through Dean Broaders in the 89th minute to leave a nervous finish.But Harps held their nerve and progress through to the final eight alongside such sides as Dundalk and Derry City who also won their games tonight. HAPPY HARPS MAKE IT THROUGH TO QUARTER FINAL OF FAI CUP was last modified: August 22nd, 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:fai cupfinn harpswexford youths
Paddy McBrearty lined out for his club Kilcar when he was just 16.A new rule has been passed which will stop players who are sixteen-years-old from lining out with their club and county at senior level.For years talented sixteen-year-olds have turned out for their respective clubs at senior level.This season St Michael’s underage starlet Michael Langan played regularly for their senior side and started in a number of their club championship matches. Donegal minor star Michael Carroll from Gaoth Dobhair also played for his club when he was just 16.While high profile stars like Patrick McBrearty and Michael Murphy lined out for their club when they were sixteen.In fact the duo also made their senior bow for Donegal at just seventeen years of age.The Minor Review Workgroup was established to tackle the evidence that teenage GAA players are put under too much stress. It is expected they’ll make the recommendation to Central Council that the eligibility of playing adult football should be raised by one year from sixteen to seventeen.It is expected that Central Council will pass the motion proposed by The Minor Review Workgroup.However, the motion is expected to receive strong criticism from struggling rural clubs who are finding it difficult as it is to field teams due to emigration. SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLDS TO BE BANNED FROM PLAYING SENIOR FOOTBALL AT CLUB AND COUNTY LEVEL was last modified: January 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:bannedBarredClubsGAAnewsSenior LevelSeventeenSixteenSport
Eureka >> In some stories it takes a while to get to the good part, and that was the case for the Humboldt B-52s Saturday evening.In the first game of the last home series of the summer, the Bombers overcame a 2-1 deficit to claim an 11-3 victory over the Bercovich Gold at Bomber Field.“It just took us a while to get to their pitcher,” B-52s head coach Scott St. John said. “We had some opportunities, and I think we let some get by us early, but we were right there with them. We were putting …