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Barcelona romp to title after Luis Suarez hat-trick

first_imgBarcelona clinched the Spanish Liga title after a hat-trick from Luis Suarez gave them the three points they needed against Granada to finally overcome rivals Real Madrid in a captivating title race.With all to play for on the final day of the league season, Zinedine Zidane’s side, who were a point behind their rivals at the start of play, scored through Cristiano Ronaldo in the seventh minute at Deportivo La Coruna.The Portuguese winger doubled his side’s lead in the 25th minute, but his goal came shortly after Luis Suarez notched his first of Barcelona’s match at Granada with a simple tap in from Jordi Alba’s cross.When the Uruguayan added a second after Javier Mascherano and Dani Alves combined to set him up, the title race looked over before half-time in both matches. He added a third with five minutes remaining after Neymar set up the simplest of chances, to put the icing on the cake for the Catalans. Luis Enrique’s men could now double their haul of trophies next week when they face Sevilla in the Copa Del Rey final on Sunday, May 22.Real Madrid, meanwhile, could still lift the Champions League trophy if they beat city rivals Atletico next Saturday.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

‘We all want the Champions League’ – Oyarzabal urges Real Sociedad to give surprise season a final flourish

first_imgMikel Oyarzabal (right) is adamant Real Sociedad can hold onto fourth place in La Liga this season and qualify for the Champions League.Madrid, Spain | AFP |  “I am happy where I am, I feel loved,” says Mikel Oyarzabal, Real Sociedad’s captain and creator, often linked with Manchester City but whose best chance of playing in the Champions League next season might be to stay where he is.Real Sociedad are fourth in La Liga, one point ahead of Atletico Madrid, after Oyarzabal’s penalty helped them beat Eibar on March 10, the league’s last match that was played behind closed doors before fixtures were suspended completely.A week earlier, another Oyarzabal penalty sent la Real through to their first Copa del Rey final in 32 years, this one against Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao for the first time ever. In February, they had each knocked out Real Madrid and Barcelona on the same night.Oyarzabal, together with Martin Odegaard who is flourishing on loan from Real Madrid, has been at the heart of it. The Spanish number 10 who marauds off the left has been fouled twice as much as Lionel Messi and sits below only five players with 14 goals and assists combined.It has already been a brilliant season and it is tempting to wonder if it will be judged a success too, regardless of how Real Sociedad place at the end of La Liga’s sprint finish that begins on Thursday.“Listen, not for me,” Oyarzabal says, in an exclusive interview with AFP. “We are a few points ahead so what we all want is to sit in the Champions League, to live that competition next year.“Everyone is completely plugged in now and it feels like a good time to fight for where we are.”– “Something beautiful” –It is not only about where they are but how they got there, with many seeing Real Sociedad as the best team to watch in Spain this season.“People can say nice things but it’s more about what we feel,” says Oyarzabal. “We feel comfortable, we feel happy and I think that shows in how we play.“I’m proud of this team, of what we’re doing. But we’re 11 games away from achieving something beautiful, something exciting.”Capable of precision and pace in equal measure, la Real are full of surprises. Oyarzabal is too, a dancing dribbler with size 47 feet and a club captain already at the age of 23.He watches the news every morning at the training ground over breakfast and has a business degree in administration and management.“I think learning about leadership is important,” he says. “Even as a footballer you are always with people, in fact it can be the most important part of the job.” Share on: WhatsApp His leadership as captain perhaps assumes even greater importance as La Liga gets set to resume under strict health guidelines this week for the first time in three months following the coronavirus crisis.His home club Eibar have expressed doubts about restarting but Oyarzabal is convinced. “I feel safer than ever,” he says. “We are adhering to all the protocols and I think everyone is being led by their conscience. We know this is serious.“I don’t feel fear because anyone can get it, it’s not only in our hands, you can’t say 100 per cent that nobody will touch you. We can only do everything we can to avoid it.”Oyarzabal admits their match without fans against Eibar felt “decaffeinated” but accepts empty stands is the price for the season completing. Yet the cup final against Bilbao, he says, must wait.“It’s a historic game, a final between two Basques where the atmosphere is everything and not just the atmosphere but the memories people create together before the game, during the game. This is everything,” Oyarzabal says. “It has to wait for the fans.”If it waits beyond this season, though, they might be without Odegaard, their other sparkling attacking midfielder, whose first year of a two-year loan has gone so well Madrid might take him back.“He’s an example for everyone and this year has been good for him to gain confidence and prove he really is ready for anything,” Oyarzabal says.“We hope to have him as long as possible but we have to enjoy him while he’s here and make sure he enjoys himself.“It is a personal decision for him but he’s happy here, he’s found his feet. That should also be important when the time comes to make up his mind.”Oyarzabal could have a decision to make too if one of Europe’s elite comes calling, with Pep Guardiola a known admirer in England.“I’m happy where I am, I feel loved, I feel valued and at no time have I said that I will jump,” says Oyarzabal.“People talk too much, I want to focus on trying to do the best I can, like I have done so far, and to continue as a footballer here at la Real. I am where I want to be.”last_img read more

On The Hunt For Clinging Jellyfish

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaAS THE BOSTON whaler slowly cruised the murky green water off Monmouth Beach’s Columbus Drive, state scientist Gary A. Buchanan picked out a needle in a haystack – or, more precisely, noticing the dimesized jellyfish in the Shrewsbury River.It was the object of the twoboat search, the clinging jellyfish, small but with a powerful sting that could land a person in the hospital in severe pain. Tiny, but easily identifiable by the X across its clear back.On a partner boat, Dena Restaino, a Montclair University doctoral student, netted the jellyfish. It will go back to the college laboratory for study.In this particular area, the scientists from the college and the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) knew where to look. On June 19, about 45 were observed off a nearby residential dock at Columbus Drive.Scientists this week began formally studying the Shrewsbury River to determine the extent there of nonnative clinging jellyfish. In a two-hour search on this day, two were found, both off Columbus Drive.“They’ve been mostly localized around Monmouth Beach, the southern end (of the river),” said Joseph J. Bilinski, a research scientist in the DEP’s Bureau of Environmental Assessment. “They’re really localized in a preferred habitat.” The state has contracted with Montclair State for a 30-day study costing $30,000, said Bob Considine, a DEP spokesman. The study began the week of June 26, with Shrewsbury River work beginning Wednesday, July 6.“We do not know if these recent reports of clinging jellyfish are isolated or if they are becoming established in areas of the state,” said Buchanan, director of the Division of Science, Research and Environmental Health.“Given that this species has not been recorded in New Jersey, we need to understand the distribution and life history to establish a baseline,” Bologna said.When the clinging jellyfish are caught, their DNA can be compared with the DNA of clinging jellyfish from the native Asian Pacific Ocean or of clinging jellyfish established elsewhere on the East Coast, Bilinski said.The study includes trawling for clinging jellyfish and placing artificial sea grass mats to capture the species. Depending on the study results, which are to be released publicly, the state could authorize more work involving the clinging jellyfish.“It’s a good idea and the right first step,” said Tim Dillingham, executive director of the Sandy Hook-based American Littoral Society environmental group. “We also need to focus on why.”Clinging jellyfish have a red, orange or violet cross across its middle. They can have 60 to 90 tentacles. Also, they cling on vegetation during sunlight, but travel at night and cloudy days to feed, primarily on zooplankton.“We’re encouraging people, if they see it, to report it to NJDEP,” said Lauren E. Brajer, communication and program coordinator for the Clean Ocean Action environmental group, based on Sandy Hook.In an ongoing project, Montclair State is studying if native sea slugs will eat the polyp phase of sea nettle jellyfish, a native that has been a problem in Barnegat Bay, Bilinski said. Now, the study will expand to see if sea slugs will eat clinging jellyfish polyps, Bilinski said.Also, lab observance suggests sea nettles will eat clinging jellyfish, Gaynor said. Gaynor noted there were “a lot of sea nettles” in the Shrewsbury.“That’s probably the first good news we’ve heard about sea nettles,” Gaynor said.Clinging jellyfish were found in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in 1894 and are now established there. They also have been found on the eastern end of Long Island.“It’s likely they came in on the bottom of the ship or the bilge water,” Dillingham said. “Ships take ballast, pump in, pump out.”The division recommends if stung, one should apply white vinegar to immobilize stinging cells and rinse the area with saltwater and remove tentacles with gloves, thick towel or by scraping with a credit-type card. A hot compress or cold pack can be applied for pain. Medical attention may be necessary.“The most immediate impact is on people’s ability to enjoy the water,” Dillingham said. “I think the bigger issue is where and why we’re seeing these jellyfish. We don’t know how well they’re going to survive (here) in what conditions.”None of the researchers has been stung by a clinging jellyfish, Gaynor said.“I think that’s a good thing,” Gaynor said, “I don’t want to be the guinea pig.” The June 9 report is the first confirmed of clinging jellyfish in New Jersey, according to the DEP. Now, the state is trying to figure out how spread out are they in New Jersey waters.The preferred habitat of Gonionemus vertens – native to the Asian Pacific Ocean, but naturalized on parts of the East Coast – is shallow water of 8 inches to 24 inches with vegetation such as eelgrass or algae and a food supply of grass shrimp and fish larvae. The water would have a low velocity and lower salt content, Bilinski said.Because of these various factors, they do not appear to be a threat to the Atlantic Ocean or Raritan Bay, locally.Brian Carlucci, 26, of Sea Bright said he has seen clinging jellyfish in the Shrewsbury River and is avoiding the river for swimming.“I’m just waiting to hear what’s going on,” Carlucci said. “The ocean’s good enough for me. I’ll swim in that for the time being.”center_img On June 15, a 20-year-old man was hospitalized with a clinging jellyfish sting or stings in the Shrewsbury River at Monmouth Beach, according to the division. On that same day, a Monmouth Beach lagoon owner observed several and Montclair State University later collected about seven in that area.Clinging jellyfish have “strong toxins,” so they can cause cramping and slurred speech, said Paul Bologna, a Montclair State biology professor. But a sting has never resulted in a known death, only temporary symptoms including severe pain, said John Gaynor, another Montclair State biology professor.Other Shrewsbury River reports, according to the division, include:• June 18, seven at Oceanport.• June 19, an unconfirmed report of one in 3 feet of water about 20 yards offshore from Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright, or at the confluence of the Navesink River.• June 20, 50 collected in shallow water by resident a Monmouth Beach resident and given to Montclair State.• June 21, 30 collected in shallow water at Patricia Court, Monmouth Beach.On June 9, one was collected in the Manasquan River near the entrance to the Point Pleasant Canal, which leads to the Metedeconk River and the upper reaches of Barnegat Bay.last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL: INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF LIGHTNING STORM THAT LIT UP DONEGAL SKY

first_imgAbove are a selection of incredible images of last night’s spectacular lighting storm that lit up Donegal.These fantastic images were taken by Paula Greene in Dungloe.The timing of the pictures and impressive and show the fork lightning that struck the entire county after heavy snowfall.The lightning storm caused 1,600 homes in Moville to be left without electricity.While many homes in Letterkenny and the surrounding areas were also left without power for a time.If you’ve got any images of the lightning storm from last night then send them into us at [email protected] SPECIAL: INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF LIGHTNING STORM THAT LIT UP DONEGAL SKY was last modified: January 14th, 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:electricityFeaturesFork Lightninglightning stormnewspicture specialPowerlast_img read more

ASU Coach Bobby Hurley Threw Out The 1st Pitch At Last Night’s Diamondbacks Game

first_imgArizona State coach Bobby Hurley throws first pitch.Arizona State Bobby HurleyNew Arizona State head basketball coach Bobby Hurley is best known for his play as a point guard at Duke and later in the NBA. However, Hurley did play a little baseball growing up in Jersey City, N.J., and last night he had the opportunity to put some old skills to use. Hurley was a guest of the Arizona Diamondbacks and threw out the first pitch before the team’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Beforehand, he had a chance to meet some of the D-Backs players and coaching staff, and was even interviewed by Sun Devil quarterback Mike Bercovici, who was in attendance with teammate Jordan Simone. He is in the house! pic.twitter.com/DEtkghvLSW— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015Sun Devils in the house. Tuffy. Hurley. Graham Rossini. #ForksUp pic.twitter.com/R886wvabYM— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015Hey look at @MikeBerco and @JordanSimone38 with @BobbyHurley11 pic.twitter.com/g2hKLjipAs— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015Don’t ask him tough questions Berco. pic.twitter.com/GPVxePXdfU— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015The @BobbyHurley11 family is here to support him. Unless he bounces it. pic.twitter.com/OjcVsLRy24— Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) May 24, 2015To add another degree of difficulty to Hurley’s toss, the Curtain of Distraction, usually employed by ASU’s student section to harass free-throw shooters, was brought out. It didn’t seem to affect him much, as his throw was accurate.Calm, cool and collected. Nicely done, @BobbyHurley11. https://t.co/sMyggvY9Yh— #VoteDbacks (@Dbacks) May 24, 2015Looks like Hurley is still comfortable with the ball in his hands, even if it’s not a roundball.last_img read more

Contship Italia Sees Slight Drop in Box Volumes

first_imgzoom Italy’s container terminal operator Contship Italia Group recorded a 1.3% overall decrease in handling volumes for 2017, compared to 2016.As informed, the company recorded the drop in 2017 volumes “despite strong performances at its flagship facilities at La Spezia, Salerno and Tangier.”Whilst market demand for Contship’s Gateway terminals with access to Italy, south and central Europe continues to increase, transshipment activities resulted in a 6.8% decrease year-on-year.Contship’s La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) handled a total of 1.38 million TEUs in 2017, a 17.6% increase when compared to 1.17 million TEUs seen in 2016.Additionally, Salerno Container Terminal’s (SCT) volumes rose to 420,000 TEUs in 2017 from 375,000 TEUs recorded a year earlier.Terminal Container Ravenna (TCR) was Contship’s only maritime gateway terminal whose volumes decreased to 185,000 TEUs in 2017 from 204,000 TEUs handled in 2016.Box volumes at Eurogate Tangier continued to rise, with a total of 1.44 million TEUs handled in 2017, compared to 1.17 million TEUs reported in 2016.However, Medcenter Container Terminal (MCT) and Cagliari International Container Terminal (CICT) both saw box volume declines by 35.5% and 12.4% in 2017, respectively.“2017 was a challenging year for the maritime industry, especially the reorganisation of liner alliances which has significantly changed the environment,” Cecilia Eckelmann-Battistello, Contship Italia Group President, commented.“More and more the focus has shifted from port performance to supply chain performance with Contship’s intermodal product Hannibal, being able to record increased transport volumes compared to the year before,” Eckelmann-Battistello added.last_img read more

ONTARIO ACTRA CENSUS HIGHLIGHTS PERFORMER WAGE GAPS

first_imgAdvertisement Toronto, January 28, 2019 – A new census commissioned by ACTRA Toronto and ACTRA Ottawa with funding provided by Ontario Creates shows that the average earnings of Ontario ACTRA screen performers are not only substantially lower than Ontario workers in all industries, they are also significantly lower than other Ontario workers in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry.Membership and demographic information provided by the 3,409 ACTRA members who participated in the Ontario ACTRA Census was linked to earnings data to provide valuable insight into issues of compensation, access to work and pay equity.According to ACTRA Toronto Treasurer Richard Young, one of the study’s authors, “Performers are precarious workers, by any definition of the term, and the census results confirm that financial hardship is a reality for most performers.” According to ACTRA Toronto Treasurer Richard Young, one of the study’s authors, “Performers are precarious workers, by any definition of the term, and the census results confirm that financial hardship is a reality for most performers.”But Young acknowledged that there is lots of work still to do. “Thanks to the Ontario ACTRA Census respondents, we now have the numbers to show that significant performer wage gaps currently exist, correlated with gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and physical and mental diversity. That may be no surprise to the performers affected but, now that we have solid metrics, we can accurately track the entertainment industry’s real progress on access and inclusion and work with other industry partners to create the changes needed. That’s huge.”ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing over 15,000 of Canada’s 25,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers.Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC) is a provincial agency that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors. ontariocreates.caLink to Ontario ACTRA CensusLink to Ontario ACTRA Census Infographic Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Newmont Mining to buy Goldcorp to create one of worlds biggest gold

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:G)The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp. and Goldcorp Inc. of Vancouver have agreed to combine their gold companies in a deal worth about US$10 billion.The companies announced today that Newmont will exchange 0.328 of a share and two cents for each of Goldcorp’s outstanding common shares.The deal has the unanimous support of the directors of both companies but requires regulatory approvals in several countries.The combined company would be called Newmont Goldcorp and be owned 65 per cent by current Newmont shareholders and 35 per cent by Goldcorp shareholders Newmont CEO Gary Goldberg says the company expects to generate up to US$100 million in annualized “synergies” before tax and operate in the Americas, Australia and Ghana.Newmont Goldcorp will also divest between US$1 billion and $1.5 billion of assets over two years to optimize gold production of six to seven million ounces annually.Goldcorp President and CEO David Garofalo says Newmont Goldcorp will be one of Canada’s largest gold producers, with a North American regional office in Vancouver that will oversee more than three million ounces of gold production — about half of the combined company’s projected output.last_img read more

Literacy Society officially launches Dolly Partons Imagination Library

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Literacy Society announced today that it has launched the Fort St. John and the surrounding chapter of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, thanks to generous donations from BC Hydro and Pembina Pipeline.Country singer Dolly Parton started the Dollywood Foundation in 1986, and in 1995 the Imagination Library program was launched.The program provides enrolled children with a carefully-selected book every month until they turn 5, regardless of income. “We are thrilled to bring this amazing program to Fort St. John, and look forward to getting children enrolled” said Jessica Kalman, Executive Director. “Thanks to generous donations from Pembina Pipeline and BC Hydro, this program is funded for the first year, depending on enrollment numbers; and we are now at the point where we can start getting kids signed up.”All children that are enrolled before November 1st will receive their first welcome book in December.Enrollment forms can be found at the Fort St. John Literacy Society’s office and website. Alternatively, parents can enroll their children online at: www.imaginationlibrary.com/ca/affiliate/BCFORTSTJOHN/The Fort St. John Literacy Society is a non-profit organization which has been dedicated to promoting literacy for all individuals and groups throughout the local region since 1990.last_img read more