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Cyprus on a roll with five medals in three days in Glasgow

Cyprus on a roll with five medals in three days in Glasgow

first_imgBy Andreas VouGEORGIOS Achilleos has won gold for Cyprus in the men’s skeet shooting, taking Cyprus’ medal count in the opening three days of the Commonwealth Games to five.Achilleos was the favourite going into the event and the former world champion showed his superiority, earning the top prize with four clays to spare. The 33-year-old’s gold comes less than 24 hours after Dimitris Minasidis earned Cyprus its first gold medal in weightlifting.The 25-year-old beat off all competition in the 62 kg class. A total lift of 276 kg was enough to secure gold for Minasidis who saw off the challenge of Sri Lanka’a Sudesh Peiris, who lifted 273 kg, while Samoa’s Vaipava Ioane took the bronze.Meanwhile, Themida Christodoulidou won the bronze medal in the individual rhythmic gymnastics competition on Saturday while fellow Cypriot Pantelitsa Theodoulou narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing in fourth place.On Thursday, 23-year-old Andreas Krassas won a silver medal in the under-66 kg judo class, winning four consecutive matches before eventually losing out in the final against world number seven Colin Oates. The silver medal won by Krassas makes it just the second that Cyprus has won in judo in the history of the 20 Commonwealth Games, after Christos Christodoulides’ silver in 2002 in Manchester.Another success for judo followed shortly after, as Robert Nicola finished in fifth place in the 81 kg category with two wins and two defeats.Nicola overcame the challenge of his first opponent, Kenya’s Joshuah Omondi, with ease but England’s Tom Reid proved too tough an opponent for the Cypriot, meaning that he just missed out on a medal. Nicola later spoke of his frustration at narrowly missing out on the podium, feeling that he could have beaten Reid but rued making a solitary error which ended up proving costly.“I could have beaten the Englishman. I made one mistake, but that’s Judo,” he said after the match. Elsewehre, Andri Eleftheriou, competing in the women’s skeet shooting, entered the semi-final with a ranking of 69/75, the second best out of the other five competitors. The 30-year-old went on to win the bronze medal, beating England’s Sarah Gray in the shoot-off with 13 out of 16 shots compared to her rival’s 12/16.last_img read more

Germany have one eye on the finals, Ireland one on Scotland

Germany have one eye on the finals, Ireland one on Scotland

first_imgBy Conor HumphriesWhile world champions Germany will be eager to seal their automatic qualification for Euro 2016 with a win on Thursday, Ireland will have one eye nervously cast on the progress of play-off rivals Scotland.Victory in Dublin would keep Germany on course to top Group D ahead of Poland although winger Lukas Podolski is doubtful for the match, and Sunday’s game against Georgia after picking up an ankle injury.However, Marco Reus is available after missing the last two qualifiers with a fractured toe.The Germans, like every other national team, have only had a short time to prepare and coach Joachim Loew said he had taken that into account in his planning.“The players at the moment are under a lot of strain and that is something we have considered, but I don’t want to start experimenting,” he said.Loew said he expected the Irish to be more aggressive than Scotland, who lost 3-2 to Germany in Glasgow last month.“Scotland were mainly concerned with not conceding a goal, The Irish will be attacking with even more courage. They have a lot of high quality players,” he said.An injury-hit Irish defence faces the daunting task of stopping Germany‘s frontline that includes in-form Thomas Mueller, who has scored eight goals in qualifying, and Mario Goetze, both of whom scored twice in their wins over Poland and Scotland last month.Captain John O’Shea, who scored a last minute equaliser when the sides met a year ago, will likely be partnered by the inexperienced Richard Keogh at the heart of defence with Marc Wilson and Ciaran Clark both doubtful. Midfielder Glenn Whelan is suspended.Ireland coach Martin O’Neill will mostly be keen to get on and talk about someone other than Jack Grealish, the Aston Villa midfielder who eventually chose to represent England over Ireland last week, a saga that has dominated Irish football for over a year.Ireland are four points clear of Scotland in the battle for a third place play-off spot and will not need a result against the group leading Germans or Poland if Scotland fail to get at least a draw at home to the Poles on Thursday and a win over lowly Gibraltar in their final game.“I wouldn’t have a concern at all about the play-offs,” O’Neill said.“Over two games I’d take my chances. If you were saying would I take the play-offs now, there’s no point in beating around the bush – yeah.”last_img read more

England call up Abraham and Tomori for Euro qualifiers

England call up Abraham and Tomori for Euro qualifiers

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate named Chelsea youngsters Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori on Thursday in his squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria.Abraham turned 22 on Wednesday, scoring the opener in a 2-1 Champions League victory at Lille, and has yet to make a competitive debut for England.Despite making two senior appearances for England in friendlies two years ago, Abraham is also eligible to play for Nigeria and had said he remained undecided about his international future.Tomori, 21, is called up for the first time.Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli was omitted from the squad, as were fellow-midfielders Jesse Lingard and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. There was also no place for Manchester City defender Kyle Walker.Goalkeepers: Tom Heaton (Aston Villa), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley)Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Leicester), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid)Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Everton), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), James Maddison (Leicester), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Declan Rice (West Ham), Harry Winks (Tottenham)Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis)last_img read more

‘Mind-boggling’ taxpayers involve in similar cases – GRA Head

‘Mind-boggling’ taxpayers involve in similar cases – GRA Head

first_imgLuxury vehicle fiascoBusinessman Brian Tiwari, owner of BK International, was sometime last month found in possession of a 2014 luxury vehicle that had an outdated number plate; and Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Commissioner General Godfrey Statia has revealed that there are several similar cases within the country.Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Statia pointed out that the GuyanaGRA Commissioner GeneralGodfrey StatiaRevenue Authority has detected more than a thousand vehicles on the roadways with wrong number plates, or dual number plates, or number plates that belong to older vehicles.He noted that sometimes the number plates of vehicles that had crashed and were written off were put on new vehicles by their owners in an effort to avoid paying the relevant taxes.“Mr BK’s case is not the only case I’ve seen. Unfortunately, that one got in the news, but trust me, that is not the first and would not be the last… And believe it or not, some of the things that we’ve found (would) boggle your mind. Because there’re some taxpayers – who you don’t even want to hear their names – who’ve been involved in that,” the GRA boss disclosed.To highlight the prevalence of this situation, Statia revealed that, earlier this year, a GRA vehicle was involved in an accident and a staff member had replaced it with another vehicle as a cover-up.“The staff (member) went to Suriname and brought (a vehicle) over, changed it,Businessman Brian Tiwariput on the number plate and sprayed it back. My staff! So both himself and his father were dismissed for that same reason. So (this cover-up to evade paying the relevant taxes) is all around, and we need to understand the society in which we live. We could only do so much,” the concerned GRA Head remarked.Outlining that vehicles are coming into Guyana not only from Suriname, but Brazil as well; and they are not being registered, he told Guyana Times that GRA officers now have to go to the various warehouses of the vehicle dealers to conduct checks.He said that in efforts to put an end to this practice, GRA staffers have been working along with the Police to collect information relating to those vehicles that have been written off.Customs officers had reportedly seen Tiwari’s 2014 model SUV on Main Street, Georgetown a few weeks ago, and had become suspicious, since it carried a registration number that was issued a decade ago. The officers called and informed their supervisor, who instructed them to take the information of the vehicle and the matter would be dealt with on the following Monday, since it was late Friday and they had no access to the GRA database.Investigations that followed revealed that the registration number on the vehicle had been issued to Tiwari, and he had probably placed the number plate of an older vehicle on the SUV, which was unregistered.The Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 2008 (Act Number 12 of 2008) was amended nine years ago to insert a new section – 106 A – in the Principal Act, Chapter 51:02. This new section primarily deals with cases of false number plates, and it came about following number-related crimes at the time. The offence attracts jail time and a mandatory fine of $1 million for those found guilty of this offence.Asked why the Police had not been called in to probe the Tiwari issue, Statia unapologetically declared that the GRA should not have to be doing the job of the GPF. He reminded that that was why he had gone to court in regard to the SOCU matter, and opined that the Police themselves should have been doing the same checks or making the same observations his officers had made to detect breaches of the law. “My officers are not traffic cops,” he asserted.last_img read more

Galaxy romp, Vieira’s first win as MLS kicks off

Galaxy romp, Vieira’s first win as MLS kicks off

first_img0Shares0000(From L) Steven Gerrard, Robbie Rogers, Ashley Cole and Robbie Keane of Los Angeles Galaxy warm up prior to their MLS match against DC United, at StubHub Center in Carson, California, on March 6, 2016 (AFP Photo/Victor Decolongon)LOS ANGELES, March 7 – Los Angeles Galaxy launched their new Major League Soccer season with a 4-1 victory over DC United on Sunday inspired by two of the star-studded outfit’s lesser lights.The Galaxy, whose starting line-up featured former Premier League stalwarts Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, Nigel de Jong and Robbie Keane, had looked in danger of suffering a shock loss after United took the lead through Lamar Neagle on five minutes. But the five-time MLS Cup champions staged a second half rally and drew level through unheralded defender Daniel Steres in the 54th minute after a corner from Mike Magee.Magee then put Galaxy ahead, deftly steering home an angled lob from close range on 64 minutes to make it 2-1.Magee then won a penalty converted by skipper Robbie Keane in the 83rd minute before heading home his second of the match four minutes later to complete the scoring.In Oregon, champions the Portland Timbers defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 in a rematch of last season’s MLS Cup final.Portland midfielder Diego Valeri and Nigerian forward Fanendo Adi scored the goals for the champions.Crew’s goal came via a spectacular bicycle kick from Federeico Higuain, the 31-year-old elder brother of Argentina and Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain.Portland head coach Caleb Porter was delighted with a victory he believed has laid down a marker for the season. “We showed today that we picked up right where we left off, that last year wasn’t an anomaly,” Porter said.Orlando City produced the opening day’s most remarkable result with an injury time fightback to snatch a 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake in front of 60,147 fans at a sun-baked Citrus Bowl.Salt Lake looked to be heading for victory after Joao Plata struck a 26th-minute penalty and a deft 66th-minute finish to put the visitors 2-0 up.But Canadian striker Cyle Larin gave Orlando a flicker of hope after pulling a goal back in the fourth minute of time added on and then moments later Adrian Winter bundled home the ball after latching onto a speculative goal-kick to make it 2-2.– Vieira’s winning start –Elsewhere Sunday, Patrick Vieira’s managerial reign got off to a winning start as New York City FC opened their campaign with a 4-3 victory at the Chicago Fire.World Cup-winning former France international Vieira is hoping to inspire a transformation in New York’s fortunes after a disappointing inaugural season that saw them fail to reach the playoffs.Vieira was relieved to have secured the first three points of his tenure after a late Chicago fightback, which saw a tense finale after David Accam’s 72nd-minute penalty cut City’s lead to 4-3.“I think it was a really good team performance,” said Vieira. “I strongly believe we are not at our best at the moment because it was the first game of the league. We will get better and stronger.”New York, missing the injured Frank Lampard, had opened the scoring after just 10 minutes, with midfielder Thomas McNamara curling a superb right foot shot into the top corner to make it 1-0.Romanian international Razvan Cocis equalized for Chicago in the 19th minute, springing the New York offside trap with ease before coolly finishing past City goalkeeper Josh Saunders. City responded swiftly, however, with goals from Tony Taylor and United States youth international Khiry Shelton putting the visitors 3-1 ahead.Nigerian midfielder Kennedy Igboananike clawed a goal back for Chicago after the break but US international Mix Diskerud’s sweetly struck 63rd minute volley restored City’s two-goal cushion before Accam’s late penalty for Fire.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP looking for missing 10 year-old

Grande Prairie RCMP looking for missing 10 year-old

first_imgUPDATE – As of 9:25 p.m. Mountain Daylight time, the RCMP are pleased to advised that Cohen NEILSON has been located. He is safe and unharmed.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP are looking for assistance to locate missing 10-year-old male Cohen Neilson.Neilson was reported missing on May 14, 2017 after not returning home from playing in a park around noon in Clairmont.- Advertisement -Cohen is described as Caucasian, brown hair, blue eyes, 4’6″ tall and 90 lbs. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, possibly a camo hoodie, blue jeans and camo boots.If you have information about the location of Cohen’s whereabouts, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.last_img read more

Richard Krieger

Richard Krieger

first_imgI remember that day when the Whittier Narrows Earthquake occurred. I was at Carls Jr. in Hacienda Heights having breakfast. The building shook, some people ran outside, while others got underneath the table. It was over in less than a minute. When I heard on the news that the damage was extensive in Uptown Whittier, I came home immediately to check my house. There was a crack in the ceiling and a crack in the north wall of the house. No other damage to the house. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When I saw Uptown Whittier, the damage was extensive and Greenleaf Avenue was a ghost town. The only blessing was no more Pussy Cat Theater because of the damage there, it was shut down permanently. Less than three years later, turned into now what is the Whittier Village Cinemas. last_img read more

New Burbank special district seeks to collect $250,000 a year for business recruitment

New Burbank special district seeks to collect $250,000 a year for business recruitment

first_imgBURBANK – Magnolia Park property owners and the City Council have approved a special district to collect about $250,000 a year in taxes to improve parking and recruit business for the neighborhood. Near 55 percent of the landowners voted in favor of the assessment, which will be levied for five years on commercial properties along Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way between Buena Vista to the city limits. The City Council confirmed the result late Tuesday and voted 3-0 to form the district. Councilman David Gordon, who owns property in the area, recused himself from voting, and Councilman Jef Vander Borght was absent. The tree-lined stretch of mom-and-pop stores and restaurants linking downtown with North Hollywood is in the midst of a revival – city officials and business owners have pointed to the opening last year of the popular Cuban bakery Porto’s in the area. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesStill, some believe the neighborhood could use a boost. “It’s way under-marketed here,” said Laree Adel, who owns property and an antique store on the 3400 block of Mangolia Boulevard. “(The landlords) are trying to make it shopper-friendly, but we’re not doing it on our own. We actually have to pay somebody to come in and kick us.” Opponents were leery of more assessments – up to 12 cents per square foot. But Sam Asheghian of the Magnolia Park Merchants Association believes they will be swayed by the results. “A few shops are against it,” said Asheghian, who owns an local auto repair shop. “They think the city should pay for everything. “But these people, they will be happy later on.” The new district will be governed by an 11-member panel of property and business owners, residents and city officials, who will oversee the Management District Plan. It calls for creating at least 150 new parking spaces, more frequent litter removal, business promotions and advocacy. Gail Stewart, downtown manager for the city’s community development department, said the new district will help market Magnolia Boulevard as commercial destination. “The area will be able to offer more – more activity, more energy,” she said. Adel believes the neighborhood will complement downtown Burbank’s shopping centers. “Burbank has become fast-paced,” she said. “They want to keep a strip that’s real quaint – try to get it a little bit more upscale, but fun and slow-paced. A place you can relax and have lunch and do some shopping if you’re not in the mood to go to the malls.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818)546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Aymeric Laporte not in Athletic Bilbao squad amid Manchester City speculation

Aymeric Laporte not in Athletic Bilbao squad amid Manchester City speculation

first_img1 Laporte is set to become Manchester City’s record signing Aymeric Laporte was left out of Athletic Bilbao’s match-day squad to face Eibar on Friday night amid speculation of a possible move to Manchester City.The 23-year-old centre-back has been a virtual ever-present for Athletic this season and on Thursday was named in Jose Angel Ziganda’s 20-man squad for the LaLiga clash.However, Laporte was one of the two players who dropped out of that group on Friday and took no part in the Basque derby at San Mames.Laporte has been heavily linked with a £60million move to Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.The City boss was quizzed about his side’s supposed interest in the defender during his press conference on Friday, but was giving little away.He said: “He’s a player for Athletic Bilbao. I didn’t speak about previous players here. You will know if it happens. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”last_img read more

Air France, Qantas in codeshare deal

Air France, Qantas in codeshare deal

first_imgPrincess Juliana airport, St Maarten was destroyed by Hurricane Irma Air France passengers received some rare good news Wednesday as the French airline and Australian carrier Qantas revealed they had entered into a new codeshare agreement.The Australian carrier renewed its codeshare, dropped when it entered into its alliance with Emirates, on flights connecting in Singapore and Hong Kong. It said the deal involved up to 200 flights a week, depending on the season.Read: Air France strikes continue as crisis prompts survival warning.From July 20, Air France will add its code to Qantas flights between Hong Kong and Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and between Singapore and Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.Air France customers will also be able to access codeshare services from Sydney to five cities on the Australian airline’s domestic network: Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, Cairns and Darwin.Qantas will add its code to flights operated by Air France between Singapore and Hong Kong and Paris-Charles de Gaulle. This will be a continuation of flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.The deal includes access by eligible Air France customers to Qantas lounges in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia as well as the ability to earn freq8uent flyer points on the new services.Air France executive vice president Patrick Alexandres said the deal confirmed Air France’s desire to expand in the Asia-Pacific.“Thanks to this agreement, the Air France-KLM group will be able to offer one of the best possible travel solutions for its customers from Europe to Australia,’’ he said in a statement. “It will also deliver a better travel experience for our Business customers, with connections in Singapore and Hong Kong, two of the most popular airports in the world.”The codeshare agreements offers Australians another route to Europe via Asia with the opportunity to earn frequent flyer points.The carrier stopped flying its London services via Dubai in March and returned to Singapore but still has a codeshare with alliance partner Emirates on services to Paris.Qantas International chief executive Alison Webster said the codeshare as great news for Australian customers who wanted to fly to Europe via Asia and now had another option to get to Paris.“The return of this popular codeshare delivers on our strategy of partnering to provide customers with access to an expanded network and more seamless travel experiences wherever they want to fly,’’ she said.last_img read more